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Future Forum – Artificial Intelligence

Wed 28th Jun 2017 PDT


How Will Artificial Intelligence Affect Industry and Workforce in LA County?


About our Presenting Sponsor
Centrally located in the South Bay and the heart of Los Angeles, CSU Dominguez Hills is a diverse, welcoming community of learners and educators collaborating to change lives and communities for the better. With our strong academic programs, dedicated faculty mentors, supportive staff, and many campus amenities, CSU Dominguez Hills is committed to connecting our students to a high-quality and transformative education while providing our communities with a vital resource for talent, knowledge, skills, and leadership needed to thrive today and tomorrow.

Future Forum explores the region’s Artificial Intelligence industry and jobs.

As disruptive technologies continue to pervade society, they require people and organizations to adapt to new capabilities. Artificial Intelligence is already having a profound impact on our personal and working lives–and it’s impact will only increase in the future. Much like the PC disrupted our lives in the 1980’s, AI will lay the foundation for future decades of how we interact with technology, and how these new advents in technology will impact our everyday lives.  More specifically, how will advanced manufacturing and machine learning affect our workforce in LA County?  Will robots replace jobs, or complement and enhance existing roles in the various industries in the LA region? How will the benefits offered by the Internet of Things (IoT) and AI present opportunities for industries including airlines, manufacturing, smart buildings, smart homes, and oil and power?

AI & Robotics will disrupt society in ways that we don’t fully comprehend yet.  On the one hand, it will potentially displace humans with autonomous machines, but on the other hand these innovations will provide tremendous advantages to early adopters of AI & Robotics to lower costs, enhance customer experiences, and offer new business opportunities. Join us as we hear from leading voices in the field share their insights and expertise on this essential topic.

Admission Cost

General Public: $65.00
LAEDC Member: $40.00
Student Rate: $40.00

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Questions?  Contact LAEDC’s Jessica Bevel at [email protected] or at 213-236-4864

Cancellation and Substitution Policy: cancellations to your registration may be made 7 days prior to the event with a full refund.  After this time, only substitutions may be made for your registration.  All cancellations and substitutions must be made in writing to [email protected]

Keynote Speaker

Michael King
VP & General Manager, Global Education Industry

Michael King is the worldwide leader for the IBM Education Industry with responsibility for strategy, marketing and sales across schools and higher education.  He oversees all facets of IBM’s work with K12 schools and higher education institutions, including the development of industry specific solutions. IBM’s portfolio in Education includes consulting and IT services, analytics tools and other software, as well as cloud and high performance computing.

He has been with IBM for over 30 years in various executive and management positions, with most of those in education and learning.  Michael’s passion has been constantly leveraging new technology to improve education for institutions and students. He helped deliver programs like ThinkPad University, Insight at School, LearningVillage and many others. Michael also worked in IBM’s corporate training segment, leading marketing, strategy and partner programs.  Mostly recently, he helped direct IBM’s strategy for cognitive computing in Education, bringing Watson to classroom, campus, and career.

Michael will discuss the impact of AI on skill development and workforce preparation. AI will drive a further wave of personalization of services for individuals, as well as support process reengineering for businesses. Education institutions and workforce development programs must prepare for an economy where constant skill development is a reality for individuals. Michael will also discuss:

  • AI will impact most industries and many jobs
  • Education is already confronting a skill gap with workforce needs
  • Personalization will drive new expectations, while the gap with workforce needs expands
  • Education institutions must embrace AI technology to better personalize learning and become a “lifelong learning home” for individuals
  • Driving change in Education institutions requires five key elements to succeed

Featured Speaker

Mike Quindazzi
Managing Director and Business Development Leader, Southwest region

Mike has 28 years invested in gathering industry experience and crafting his management consulting abilities; leading teams and global companies on strategy and transformational initiatives. He will be our featured speaker on the global megatrends that are shaping future paths for business and society and will focus on the 8 emerging technologies essential to the enterprise by 2020. Mike was just recognized by Onalytica as a top 6 social media influencer for Artificial Intelligence in the world and top 6 for Robotics. In addition to serving clients, Mike currently serves on the executive committee at the LAEDC, leading a number of important economic development initiatives. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Montclair State University where he graduated Summa Cum Laude and was granted honorary membership from the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. Please join Mike on Twitter to continue the conversation: @MikeQuindazzi and on LinkedIn: Mike Quindazzi.

Mike will discuss the megatrends leading to the rapid emergence of Artificial Intelligence in the last few years and the history over the past 70 years. He will touch on the perception and impact of A.I. and robots on consumers and the workforce, and the future of role of A.I. as a competitive force for business and nations over the next two decades.


Dr. Randall W. Hill, Jr.
Executive Director
USC’s Institute for Creative Technologies

Randall W. Hill, Jr. is the executive director of the University of Southern California’s Institute for Creative Technologies.  Located in Los Angeles, ICT is a University Affiliated Research Center sponsored by the United States Army.  The mission of the ICT is to perform research on immersive technologies and apply them to training, education and therapy.  Hill steers the institute’s exploration of how virtual humans, mixed reality worlds, advanced computer graphics, dramatic films, social simulations and educational video games can augment more traditional methods for imparting lessons.

Hill is a full research professor in the Computer Science department at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering.  He has over seventy publications in journals, conferences and books on topics related to his research in artificial intelligence, intelligent tutoring, and virtual humans.

After graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point, he served six years in the U.S. Army and subsequently joined the technical staff of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.  He earned his Ph.D. degree in computer science from the University of Southern California in 1993.

Randall’s talk, AI and the Creative Industries: New tools for new jobs, will cover:

  • AI-based tools are opening the aperture on new types of Experience. Creative workers will need to have skills in computer science, engineering, design, art, and narrative.
  • Machine Learning is revolutionizing visual effects: a single low-resolution photo of a person can be used to create a 3D photorealistic avatar.
  • AI is empowering new forms of interactive digital media: virtual humans are changing the user experience in entertainment, museums, social work and collaboration with robots.
  • USC is preparing the work force of the future through its interdisciplinary educational programs.  Furthermore, it is a leading institution in developing a diverse work force through neighborhood outreach programs and actively accepting community college transfers.

Todd Holloway
Lecturer in Data Science
UC Berkeley

Todd Holloway teaches applied machine learning (AI) at UC Berkeley.  He previously led Netflix’s data science team in Los Angeles, which supported the company’s studio efforts including predicting how well shows will perform on the service.  Prior to Netflix, Todd led data science at Trulia, and worked in a variety of domains including drug discovery, local business search, and shopping search. Todd will discuss Perspectives on the Growth of Big Data.

Marcos Frommer
Manager, Corporate Affairs & Communications
American Honda Motor Company

Marcos Frommer leads Advanced Technology, Environmental, and Corporate Social Responsibility Communications for Honda North America. Frommer works closely with engineers to develop stories about the potential of new technologies to benefit society and make people’s lives better. During his ten years at Honda, he has led a variety of global communications initiatives, including the launch of Honda Silicon Valley Lab, the delivery of the world’s first first fuel cell vehicle to an individual customer, and Honda’s award-winning presence at CES 2017, the global consumer electronic show. Frommer pioneered the use of short form video to translate complex issues and technology themes into emotionally engaging stories. He has won multiple awards for his short form videos. Frommer is currently focused on communicating the benefits of technologies related to artificial intelligence, autonomous driving, robotics, and CO2 reduction.

Marcos will discuss:

  • Autonomous vehicles will bring change and disruption, though perhaps not as quickly as some predict. With disruption will come winners and losers, and not everyone will be happy with the outcome. Whether autonomous vehicles will dramatically improve the quality of life in LA is uncertain.
  • Artificial Intelligence, the underlying technology advancing autonomous vehicles, will transform the mobility experience, from creating emotional bonds with new anthropomorphic digital assistants to monetizing drivers’ downtime.
  • Like any technology revolution, many unanticipated events will continue to alter the trajectory of AI, making it difficult to predict the future.

Welcoming Remarks

Willie J. Hagan, Ph. D.
California State University, Dominguez Hills

Bill Allen
Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation

About Future Forum:  The Transformation of L.A.’s Key Industries

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Are you and your company prepared to be part of L.A. County’s new economy? LAEDC’s Future Forums series take a deep dive into burgeoning industries like virtual medicine, cybersecurity, digital entertainment, and artificial intelligence. As technological innovation and globalization take the economy in new directions, this region is destined to be an incubator for business opportunities that were only an entrepreneur’s dream a few years ago. Each Future Forum will be your chance to learn about the trends ahead, the workforce demands that will be required and, most importantly, the opportunities that will be available tomorrow.



Wed 28th Jun 2017
7:30 am - 10:30 am
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777 S. Alameda Street
Los Angeles, California 90021