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Keynotes and Panels

June 19, 2024, 1:15 p.m.

Swami Sivasubramanian

Dr. Swami Sivasubramanian is the Vice President of AI & Data at AWS. In this role, Swami oversees all AWS AI and Data Services. His team’s mission is to help organizations leverage the power of AI and data to solve their most urgent business needs.

Swami and his team innovate across multiple areas of the AI and data stack. Swami’s team works across three layers of the AI stack, including: (1) Amazon SageMaker and optimized deep learning frameworks/engines in the bottom layer of the stack (which is for developers and companies wanting to build foundation models (FMs); (2) Amazon Bedrock, which forms the middle layer of the stack, is for customers seeking to leverage an existing foundational model, customize it with their own data, and get access to features like RAG, Guardrails, etc., to build a GenAI application — all as a managed service. Amazon Bedrock, the first managed service of its kind, provides customers with the easiest way to build and scale GenAI applications with the broadest selection of first-party and third-party FMs, as well as leading ease-of-use capabilities that allow GenAI builders to get higher quality model outputs more quickly; (3) In the top layer of the stack, we have GenAI applications, with Amazon Q being the primary application to call out. Amazon Q, is an expert on AWS that writes, debugs, tests, and implements code, while also doing transformations (like moving from an old version of Java to a new one), and querying customers’ various data repositories (e.g. Intranets, wikis, Salesforce, Amazon S3, ServiceNow, Slack, Atlassian, etc.) to answer questions, summarize data, carry on coherent conversation, and take action. Q is the most capable work assistant available today and continues to evolve quickly. Most AI applications heavily rely on data, so Swami also leads teams focused on helping customers with data preparation (EMR, Glue), data catalog and governance (Amazon DataZone) and BI/analytics (with Amazon QuickSight).

Since joining Amazon in 2005, Swami has also led the AWS Analytics and Databases portfolio, plus helped to build AWS services including Amazon S3, Amazon CloudFront, Amazon RDS, and Amazon DynamoDB. In September 2023, Swami joined the Amazon senior leadership team, or Steam.

Swami has been awarded more than 250 patents, authored 40 referred scientific papers and journals, and participates in several academic circles and conferences. Swami is also a member of the National Artificial Intelligence Advisory Committee, which is tasked with advising the President of the United States and the National AI Initiative Office on topics related to the National AI Initiative.

June 19, 2024, 2:45 p.m.

It is still laughably easy to foil SotA AI with adversarial attacks. Why? Because such systems lack embodiment. But dropping deep learners into robots and calling the result Embodied AI misses the mark: Embodiment is about more than just having a body; it is about change. Consider how much the world changes from the perspective of a human as she grows from one cell into 36x10^12 of them. Grappling with such massive internal change makes grappling with external change, like learning to read or drive, easy by comparison. Thus, to realize safe AI, we must similarly create autonomous technologies whose internal physical changes pretrain them to handle external change, like new tasks or adversarial attacks. I will demonstrate some soft and biological robots capable of this “morphological pre-training” and point out several paths via which the CVPR community can join us in creating such a future.

Joshua Bongard

Josh Bongard is the Veinott Professor of Computer Science at the University of Vermont and director of the Morphology, Evolution & Cognition Laboratory. His work involves automated design and manufacture of soft-, evolved-, crowdsourced-, and biological robots (so-called "xenobots"). A PECASETR35, and Cozzarelli Prize recipient, he has received funding from NSF, NASA, DARPA, ARO and the Sloan Foundation. He is the co-author of the book How The Body Shapes the Way We Think, the instructor of a reddit-based evolutionary robotics MOOC, and director of the robotics outreach program Twitch Plays Robotics.

June 19, 2024, 4 p.m.

Fei-Fei Li

Dr. Fei-Fei Li is the inaugural Sequoia Professor in the Computer Science Department at Stanford University, and Co-Director of Stanford’s Human-Centered AI Institute. She served as the Director of Stanford’s AI Lab from 2013 to 2018. And during her sabbatical from Stanford from January 2017 to September 2018, Dr. Li was Vice President at Google and served as Chief Scientist of AI/ML at Google Cloud. Since then she has served as a Board member or advisor in various public or private companies.

Matt McIlwain

Matt is passionate about founders building companies that leverage applied machine learning and cloud computing to solve problems better than ever. They can be intelligent applications for enterprise or “intersections of innovation” — where life science and data science intersect.

Matt graduated from Dartmouth College and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a master’s in public policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. He has been on the Forbes Midas list and Top 100 Venture Capitalists by CB Insights and The New York Times several times. In 2017, Matt was named Emerging Company Director of the year by the Puget Sound Business Journal in partnership with the prestigious National Association of Corporate Directors’ Northwest chapter. In 2011, he received the Washington Policy Center’s Champion of Freedom Award.

Hadi Partovi

Hadi Partovi is a tech entrepreneur and investor, and CEO of the education nonprofit

Born in Tehran, Iran, Hadi grew up during the Iran-Iraq war. His school did not offer computer science classes, so he taught himself to code at home on a Commodore 64. After immigrating to the United States, he spent his summers working as a software engineer to help pay his way through high school and college. Upon graduating from Harvard University with a Masters degree in computer science, Hadi pursued a career in technology starting at Microsoft where he rose into the executive ranks. He founded two startups: Tellme Networks (acquired by Microsoft), and iLike (acquired by Newscorp). Hadi now invests and advises other technology startups.

In 2013 Hadi and his twin brother Ali launched the education nonprofit, which Hadi continues to lead full-time as CEO. has established computer science classes reaching 30% of US students, created the most broadly used curriculum platform for K-12 computer science, and launched the global Hour of Code movement that has reached hundreds of millions of students spanning every country in the world.

Hadi has served as an early advisor or investor at many tech startups including FacebookDropboxairbnb, and Uber. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Axon and MNTN.

Oren Etzioni

Dr. Oren Etzioni is the founder of, a nonprofit fighting political deepfakes. He was the Founding Chief Executive Officer at the Allen Institute for AI (AI2), having served as CEO from its inception in 2013 until late 2022. He is Professor Emeritus at the University of Washington where he helped to pioneer meta-search, online comparison shopping, machine reading, and open information extraction.  He has authored several award-winning technical papers, achieving an H-index of 100 (100 technical papers each cited over 100 times).  Finally, he is a technical director of the AI2 Incubator and a Venture Partner at Madrona. He has founded several companies including Farecast (acquired by Microsoft).

Peter Lee

Dr. Peter Lee is President, Microsoft Research. He leads Microsoft Research and incubates new research-powered products and lines of business in areas such as artificial intelligence, computing foundations, health, and life sciences. Before joining Microsoft in 2010, he was at DARPA, where he established a new technology office that created operational capabilities in machine learning, data science, and computational social science. Prior to that, he was a professor and the head of the computer science department at Carnegie Mellon University. Dr. Lee is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and serves on the boards of the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence, the Brotman Baty Institute for Precision Medicine, and the Kaiser Permanente Bernard J. Tyson School of Medicine. He served on President Obama’s Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity. He has testified before both the US House Science and Technology Committee and the US Senate Commerce Committee. With Carey Goldberg and Dr. Isaac Kohane, he is the coauthor of the best-selling book, “The AI Revolution in Medicine: GPT-4 and Beyond.” In 2024, Peter Lee was named by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in health and life sciences.

June 20, 2024, 10:30 a.m.

Join Andrea Gagliano, Senior Director of AI/ML at Getty Images, for an engaging session that explores the dynamic symbiotic relationship between artificial intelligence and human creativity. The conversation will focus on how training data plays a crucial role in the effectiveness and quality of outputs—specifically how AI models can generate more authentic and culturally relevant visual content that is better reflective of modern society today. Andrea will also discuss the imperative of supporting creators and respecting intellectual property through content licensing, as well as recurring compensation to ensure that models are fueled responsibly, and technologies can be harnessed to push the boundaries of AI creativity versus hinder it.

Andrea Gagliano

Andrea Gagliano, Senior Director of AI/ML at Getty Images, leads the teams responsible for improving content discovery experiences. This includes visual search and generative AI. Andrea believes in the power of AI/ML to enhance and inspire creatives, which is work she began in her graduate studies at UC Berkeley.

June 20, 2024, 2:45 p.m.

Proteins mediate the critical processes of life and beautifully solve the challenges faced during the evolution of modern organisms. Our goal is to design a new generation of proteins that address current-day problems not faced during evolution. In contrast to traditional protein engineering efforts, which have focused on modifying naturally occurring proteins, we design new proteins from scratch to optimally solve the problem at hand. Increasingly, we develop and use deep learning methods to design amino acid sequences that are predicted to fold to desired structures and functions. We also produce synthetic genes encoding these sequences and characterize them experimentally. In this talk, I will describe several recent advances in protein design.

David Baker

David Baker is the director of the Institute for Protein Design, a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, a professor of biochemistry, and an adjunct professor of genome sciences, bioengineering, chemical engineering, computer science, and physics at the University of Washington. His research group is focused on the design of macromolecular structures and functions. Dr. Baker has published over 600 research papers, been granted over 100 patents, and co-founded 17 companies. Over 70 of his mentees have gone on to independent faculty positions. David received his PhD in biochemistry with Randy Schekman at UC Berkeley and did postdoctoral work in biophysics with David Agard at UCSF. Dr. Baker is a recipient of the Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences and is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

June 21, 2024, 9 a.m.

Recent advances in AI not only created promises for what AI can do, but also introduced questions about how to bring this promise to reality in real-world applications in a responsible way. In this talk, I will describe my journey at Microsoft Research from being amazed by the sparks of GPT-4 to understanding limitations of current family of models and driving research on what comes next. I will discuss research directions we are pursuing to make future AI systems more efficient, sustainable, controllable and valuable through innovations in model training, agent technologies and engineering practices. I will conclude with reflections on our unified responsibly in balancing the promise of AI with rising risks and concerns.

Ece Kamar

Ece Kamar is the Managing Director of the AI Frontiers Lab, where she leads research and development towards pushing the frontiers of AI capabilities. She has a decade of experience studying the impact of AI on society and developing AI systems that are reliable, unbiased and trustworthy. Her work integrates techniques from artificial intelligence, human-computer interaction, responsible AI, and AI safety. She has been instrumental in building the Responsible AI efforts inside Microsoft. She serves as Technical Advisor for Microsoft’s Internal Committee on AI, Engineering and Ethics. Ece is an Affiliate Faculty in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington is currently serving on the National Academies' Computer Science and Telecommunications Board (CSTB).

June 21, 2024, 2:45 p.m.

Sofia Crespo discusses her artistic practice and creative journey, focusing on the use of generative systems, and particularly neural networks, as a means to explore speculative lifeforms.

Sofia Crespo

Sofia Crespo is an artist working with a huge interest in biology-inspired technologies. One of her main focuses is the way organic life uses artificial mechanisms to simulate itself and evolve, this implying the idea that technologies are a biased product of the organic life that created them and not a completely separated object. Crespo looks at the similarities between techniques of AI image formation, and the way that humans express themselves creatively and cognitively recognize their world.

Her work brings into question the potential of AI in artistic practice and its ability to reshape our understandings of creativity. On the side, she is also hugely concerned with the dynamic change in the role of the artists working with machine learning techniques. She's also one half of the artist duo Entangled Others alongside Feileacan McCormick.

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June 21, 2024, 4 p.m.