NVIDIA announces Ralph V. Gilles and Erez Lieberman Aiden as the keynote speakers for the fourth-annual GPU Technology Conference.
Santa Clara, CA --
NVIDIA announced its lineup of world-class keynote speakers for the fourth-annual GPU Technology Conference (GTC), which will be held at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, Calif., March 18-21.
NVIDIA CEO and co-founder Jen-Hsun Huang will discuss the profound and growing impact of GPU technology in gaming, science, industry, media and entertainment, design and other fields in an opening keynote address on Tuesday, March 19 at 9 a.m. PT.
On Wednesday, March 20, Erez Lieberman Aiden, a pioneering genomics researcher, will discuss his work sequencing the human genome in 3D, which allows scientists to gain deep insights into gene behavior and fundamental biological processes of life. Aiden will reveal how his team harnesses GPUs to accelerate the analysis of massive amounts of genomic information and simulate the physical process of genome folding, uncovering insights into gene expression that can now be used by thousands of researchers.
The keynote address on Thursday, March 21, will feature Ralph V. Gilles, senior vice president of Product Design, president and CEO of SRT (Street and Racing Technology) Brand and Motorsports at Chrysler Group LLC, and the mind behind some of the company’s most innovative products. Providing a behind-the-scenes look at the auto industry, Gilles will review how GPUs are used to advance every step of the automobile development process – from the initial conceptual designs and engineering phases, through product assembly and marketing. He will also discuss how Chrysler Group uses GPUs and the latest technologies to build better, safer cars and reduce time to market.
“GTC has become the single most important event for professionals who use GPUs to advance their work,” said Ujesh Desai, vice president of corporate marketing at NVIDIA. “Our vision for creating this show was to give experts a platform to share their research with their peers – and GTC 2013 promises to be the best ever."
Erez Lieberman Aiden is an assistant professor in the Department of Genetics at Baylor College of Medicine and in the Department of Computer Science of Computational and Applied Mathematics at Rice University. He is also the principal investigator at the CUDA Center of Excellence at Baylor and Rice University, and a fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows. He recently invented a method for 3D genome sequencing, working with a team that created the first three-dimensional map of the human genome in 2009.
His research has won numerous awards, including: one of the top 20 “Biotech Breakthroughs that will Change Medicine,” by Popular Mechanics; the Lemelson-MIT prize for the best student inventor; the American Physical Society’s Award for the Best Doctoral Dissertation in Biological Physics; and membership in Technology Review’s 2009 TR35, recognizing the top 35 innovators under 35.
Ralph V. Gilles is senior vice president of Product Design, and president and CEO of SRT Brand and Motorsports for Chrysler Group LLC. Since joining the former Chrysler Corporation in 1992, Gilles has put his extensive academic background in industrial design and business administration to use at various positions within the company. He serves as executive sponsor of the Chrysler African American Network, in addition to playing a leading role with The Chrysler Global Diversity Council.
Gilles has earned numerous academic and industry awards, including: the Michigan State University Eli Broad Graduate School of Management Young Alumni Achievement Award; the Automotive Hall of Fame Young Leadership & Excellence Award; NV Magazine Innovation Award; Black Engineer of the Year President’s Award; and the N’Digo Foundation’s “N’Design” Award. He holds an MBA from Michigan State University, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in industrial design from the College for Creative Studies, in Detroit.