CES 2017

CES® 2017 at UCLA Anderson

January 12, 2017

11:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Executive Dining Room, UCLA Anderson

We have grown to expect tech innovations to help solve our business and personal problems. Questions such as what will be the wearable device that will bring VR/AR into the business world and will machine learning and artificial intelligence free me from needing to drive my car and make my home sustainable and secure, have become commonplace today. Cutting edge tech innovations are displayed at the annual CES event in Las Vegas each year. 

The third annual CES 2017 at UCLA Anderson, an exclusive event where you get up-close and personal access to leading-edge tech, was held January 12, 2017. A diverse mix of groups joined us to participate; progressive startups from L.A., Silicon Beach and the UCLA Anderson community, groundbreaking technologies and prototypes from labs across UCLA, and key exhibitors from CES 2017 in Las Vegas.

The themes for the CES 2017 event included Wearables, Internet of Things, Virtual Reality/Augmented Reality, Machine Learning/ Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, Autonomous Vehicles, and Smart Homes.  Over 400 people participated in the talks and panels during the day. These components were followed by technology exhibits at Anderson Afternoons, a reception sponsored by the Easton Technology Management Center. This event was held in partnership with CTA, the entity that organizes CES Las Vegas.   

2017 Highlights

Impact Anderson
UCLA Anderson Hosts Third CES Conference
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CES at Anderson, Where Technology Shakes Hands with Science
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UCLA Anderson trade show technology shoots for the future
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Interview with VR Panelist, Prof. Mehta
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*Article in Chinese, Interview in English

Keynote Speakers

Dyan Decker

Dyan Decker ('02)
Partner, U.S. Forensic Technology Leader, PwC

Dyan Decker is a forensic services partner in PwC’s New York practice and leads the U.S. forensic technology practice within PwC. She relocated from the Los Angeles office in 2013 bringing almost 20 years of technology, accounting and business experience to her clients. Her specialties include the analysis of large, complex data sets for investigative, regulatory, compliance and litigation support engagements.

Decker’s engagements have included providing forensic accounting, asset search, electronic discovery and financial advisory services to a court-appointed receiver/trustee in a multibillion-dollar Ponzi scheme. Her testimony as a fact witness in the criminal trial of the lead defendant aided in the eventual prosecution of the defendant. Decker has successfully assisted a large financial institution in its defense of a class action lawsuit related to overdraft fees. She has also consulted with enterprises investigating cyber crime-related concerns, including advanced persistent threats and data breaches.

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Neil Sahota

Neil Sahota
WW Business Development Leader & Master Inventor, IBM Watson Group

Neil Sahota is an IBM master inventor and worldwide business development leader in the IBM Watson Group. With over 15 years of experience in business, he works with Global Fortune 500 clients and high-growth business partners to ideate next-generation products/solutions powered by Watson. Sahota’s responsibilities include identifying target markets, developing business cases and creating the market launch strategy.

Prior to this role, he was a thought leader consultant and practice leader in IBM Global Business Services, where he was responsible for the sales and delivery of complex consulting engagements spanning business strategy, new product development, revenue optimization, process improvement and business and system integration. 

Sahota’s work experience spans multiple industries, including health care, life sciences, retail, travel and transportation, energy and utilities, automotive, telecommunications, media/communication, and government. Moreover, he is one of the few IBMers selected for IBM’s Corporate Service Corps leadership program, which pairs leaders with NGOs to perform community-driven economic development projects. For his assignment, Sahota lived and worked in Ningbo, China, where he partnered with Chinese corporate CEOs to create a leadership development program. 

Sahota is also an active volunteer in IBM’s academic initiative program, which creates partnership opportunities between the IBM and the country’s top universities. He also serves as a business mentor for IBM’s Extreme Blue program, an incubator for new product ideas. With Sahota’s guidance, IBM developed new products and services in the areas of business analytics, smarter health care, smarter energy, mobile channel development and social media solutions.

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Ravi Sawhney

Ravi Sawhney
Founder & CEO, RKS Design

Ravi Sawhney is an author, entrepreneur, speaker and lecturer. He has spent 40 years at the forefront of product and technology innovation. He has grown his industrial design consultancy, RKS Design, into a global leader in the fields of strategy, innovation and design. While leading RKS, Sawhney has incubated and run several businesses that have helped generate more than 250 patents and over 200 design awards on behalf of RKS’s diverse list of international clients. His work has been featured on the cover of Business Week’s best product design issue, published as case studies by Harvard Business Press, and taught globally.

Sawhney’s book Predictable Magic describes a powerful methodology called psycho-aesthetics (P/A), which turns consumer insight into attention-grabbing product designs that make a deep, emotional connection with consumers. Sawhney designs and innovates for startup companies like KOR Water and some of the largest, well-known brands, including Pepsi, Sharp and Unilever. In each case, his repeatable, scalable and universal tool has guided his RKS team to connect with the audiences it serves. Design is no longer just about winning awards and creating great portfolios — RKS has helped improve the quality of people’s lives and provide levels of self-esteem that can only be created through insights into the “self.”

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11:00 – 11:30 a.m Registration & Check In
11:30 – 11:35 a.m. Welcome

Guillaume Roels, Associate Professor in Decisions, Operations and Technology Management; Faculty Director, Easton Technology Management Center, UCLA Anderson School of Management

Vandana Mangal, Executive Director, Easton Technology Management Center, UCLA Anderson

11:40 a.m. – 12:10 p.m. Keynote: Transforming Today with Artificial Intelligence

Neil Sahota, Worldwide Business Development Leader and Master Inventor, IBM Watson Group

Introduced by Guillaume Roels

12:15 – 12:45 p.m.. Fireside Chat

Dyan Decker (’02), Partner, U.S. Forensic Technology Leader, PwC

Moderator: John Blevins, Assistant Adjunct Professor; Incoming Faculty Director, Easton Technology Management Center

12:45 – 1:30 p.m.

Lunch and Networking

1:35 – 2:40 p.m. Panel: The Future – Virtual and Physical Worlds Connected

Introduced by Will Fox (’17), Product Operations Intern, Google

Harnish Jani, Lead Strategic Designer and Venture Architect, BCG Digital Ventures
Michael Leyva (’14), Product Manager New Markets, Epson
Mayank Mehta, Professor, Physics & Astronomy and Neurobiology, UCLA
Sami Ramly, VR Product and Program Lead, Wevr

Moderator: Tom Burdakin (’18), MBA Intern, EYEQVR

2:45 – 3:50 p.m. Panel: Machine Learning Becoming Mainstream – Past, Present, and Future Applications

Introduced by Yvonne Chan (’18), Former Project Manager, Foxconn

Anima Anandkumar, Principal Data Scientist, Amazon Web Services
Daniel Cheng (’15), Senior Product Manager, Sengled
Brian Gamido (’08), Head of Business, Deepgram
Dr. Ramin Ramezani, Assistant Adjunct Professor, Computer Science, UCLA

Moderator: Kavika Dilawari (’17), Lead Product Marketing Manager Intern, AT&T

3:55 – 4:30 p.m. Keynote: P/A: A Fusion of Maslow & Campbell’s Concepts into a Design Thinking Methodology

Ravi Sawhney, Founder & CEO, RKS Design

Introduced by Vandana Mangal

4:30 – 6:30 p.m. Technology Exhibits & Reception with Anderson Afternoons (B, C, & D Atriums)

*Schedule Subject to Change


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