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Brief History and Trends of Automation and Artificial Intelligence and Their Near–Term Impacts

on August 22, 2019 from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Speaker Dr S.R. Subramanya
Topic Info

Automation has been a quest in many human endeavours, mostly in tasks which are routine and mundane. While some of these can be traced to early times, the industrial age of 19th and 20th centuries gave substantial impetus to the automation culminating in electro–mechanical systems controlled by electronics / computing systems. Even much before the advent of modern electronic computers, there have been quests to automate and mechanize aspects of human thinking and cognition. The birth of modern electronic computers spawned many formal areas of study within the computing discipline, such as programming, hardware design, operating systems, programming languages, etc. Among these ‘early’ areas was Artificial Intelligence (AI), a term coined in 1956. AI (Artificial Intelligence), among several goals, has contributed to the automation of several tasks involving human reasoning and decision making. While several of the tasks/goals have not had much success, several others have been successes, although in limited ways, and many others have matured and have been incorporated into products which are routinely used today. With the overwhelming amount of data and information to be handled in the present day in many professions, several of the AI techniques are called upon to automate and ease the tasks of deriving useful knowledge from out of the data and information, which are scattered.
In this presentation, we outline several examples of automation in a variety of areas and major developments in Artificial Intelligence (AI). While automation results in several categories of jobs to either vanish, the workforce in several others to diminish, it also creates several new categories of jobs and professions. We will also analyse and discuss the drastic changes in the nature of future jobs and the workforce reductions in many domains, which seem certain in the wake of rapid advances in AI and its use in automation in several domains.

Speaker Bio

S.R. Subramanya received his B.E. in Electronics Engineering from Bangalore University, M.E. in ECE from Indian Institute of Science, M.S. in Computer Science from Indiana University, Bloomington, and Ph.D. in Computer Science from George Washington University, Washington, D.C.

Dr. Subramanya is currently a Professor in the School of Engineering and Computing at National University in San
Diego, California. He is also the President and CEO of Exskillence, a company specializing in technical skills
enhancement workshops for students, as well as for corporate employees. He was formerly a faculty member at Missouri University of Science and Technology, teaching courses and conducting research in Multimedia Systems. He has also worked at several multinational corporations – ASEA AB in Vasteros, Sweden, NOKIA in Helsinki, Finland, and LG Electronics in San Diego, California.

He has been a visiting professor at Nayanova University, Russia, Dresden University of Applied Sciences, Germany, Northwestern Polytechnic University, Xi’an, China, Polytechnic University of the Philippines, Manila, Philippines, and Alagappa University, Karaikudi, India. He has been a Fulbright specialist at Kazakh–American Free University, Ust–Kamenogorsk, Kazakhstan.

He is the author/co-author of over 120 technical papers in refereed conferences and journals. He has served as reviewer, program committee member, session chair, and keynote speaker of several International Conferences. He has also served as a reviewer for several journals and research grant proposals. He has presented technical tutorials at numerous conferences. He is a senior member of the IEEE. His current research interests are in algorithm design, novel services for digital content, mobile applications, and Computer Science education.

Location 10401 Roselle St, San Diego, CA 92121. A link to the map is at the registration link below

Thursday, 22 August 2019

6:00 – 6:30pm: Networking and food,

6:30 – 8:00pm Presentation and Q&A

Cost Free for IEEE members, $5 for non-members

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