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  • 1 September 2016 17:02

NVIDIA Brings Deep Learning AI Revolution to Australia

GTCx features exciting global speaker line-up of technology and thought leaders

NVIDIA is bringing the deep learning artificial intelligence (AI) revolution to Melbourne in the form of GPU Technology Conference Extension (GTCx) Australia on October 4 and 5, 2016.

GTCx Australia is an extension of GTC, the world’s largest and most important event for GPU developers held annually in San Jose, United States. To be held at Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, the event is designed for C-level, professionals, developers, and researchers across many industries — from finance and big data analytics to academia and entertainment.

Themed “Deep Learning AI Revolution -The Next Computing Platform”, it will feature keynote addresses, hands-on lab, posters, exhibition, a VR Village and three tracks covering accelerated computing, Pro VR/Pro Viz and deep learning.

The opening keynote will be by NVIDIA Fellow Dr David B Kirk, a former NVIDIA Chief Scientist who led the development of graphics architecture and technology. Kirk was honoured by the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in 2009 with a Distinguished Alumni Award, its highest honour, for his work in the graphics-technology industry. He is the inventor of more than 75 patents and patent applications relating to graphics design and has published many articles on graphics technology and parallel programming.

Another notable speaker is Associate Professor Mark Sagar, Director of the Laboratory for Animate Technologies based at the Auckland Bioengineering Institute. Sagar previously worked as the Special Projects Supervisor at Weta Digital where he was involved in the creation of technology for digital characters in blockbusters such Avatar, King Kong and Spiderman 2. His pioneering work in computer-generated faces was recognised with two consecutive Oscars at the 2010 and 2011 Sci-tech awards, a branch of the Academy Awards that recognises movie science and technological achievements.

As a testament of Australia as a leader in adopting and applying GPU technologies in many areas, the line-up of speakers also includes Professor Anton Van Den Hengel (Director, Australian Centre for Visual Technologies), Professor Tom Drummond (Leader of Computer Vision Lab, Monash University), Dr. Jose Alvarez (Computer Vision Researcher Data61, CSIRO), Dr. Mark Suresh Joshi (Professor, University of Melbourne), Dr. Wojtek James Goscinski (Manager, High Performance Computing, Monash eResearch Center, Monash University), and Dr. Werner Scholz (Chief Technology Officer and Head of R&D, Xenon Technology Group).

In conjunction with GTCx Australia, NVIDIA is also organising on October 5 the NVIDIA Deep Learning Institute where participants can learn directly from trained instructor-led labs. They can discover how advanced deep learning techniques are being applied to rich data sets to help solve big problems. Upon completion of the NVIDIA Deep Learning institute lab, participants will receive a certificate of attendance and free online training credits.

Registration for GTCx Australia is now open at http://www.gputechconf.com.au/register.html Registration for GTCx Deep Learning Institute at http://www.gputechconf.com.au/agenda.html For more information on GTCx Australia, go to http://www.gputechconf.com.au/

About NVIDIA

NVIDIA (NASDAQ: NVDA) is a computer technology company that has pioneered GPU-accelerated computing. It targets the world’s most demanding users — gamers, designers and scientists — with products, services and software that power amazing experiences in virtual reality, artificial intelligence, professional visualization and autonomous cars. More information at http://nvidianews.nvidia.com/.

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