January 10, 2017

UCLA Anderson Hosts Third CES® Conference

Event brings together innovations from big tech, startups and university labs

The Easton Technology Management Center at UCLA Anderson School of Management, in association with student-run Anderson Tech Business Association, is hosting its third annual CES® conference. The free event is in partnership with and follows the CES® held annually in Las Vegas by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)TM, which showcases the latest innovations in consumer electronics.

The CES® event at UCLA Anderson will highlight some of the newest emerging technologies through featured speakers and panel discussions from various industries in the Executive Dining Room, 11:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m., along with numerous exhibitors, 4:30 p.m.–6:30 p.m., on January 12, 2017.

“This third edition of the CES at Anderson will feature the latest innovations in terms of artificial intelligence, machine learning, and virtual reality,” says Guillaume Roels, UCLA Anderson associate professor of decisions, operations and technology management and faculty director of the Easton Technology Management Center. “Technology innovations, such as self-driving cars and computers detecting credit fraud or making health care recommendations, which seemed so far-fetched a few years ago, have now become reality. We are very excited to bring together a distinguished set of speakers and panelists to discuss their business implications.”

According to CTA Communications & Strategic Relationships SVP Jeff Joseph, “In many ways, our [CTA] mission parallels that of UCLA Anderson, in working to ‘Invest in the Next’, promote innovation and introduce the world to new technologies. The CES @Anderson event provides an opportunity to place a spotlight on the next great range of innovation, the next great generation of technological breakthroughs.”

Keynote addresses will be delivered by Neil Sahota, worldwide business development leader and master inventor, at IBM Watson Group; and Ravi Sawhney, founder and CEO of RKS Design and LoanGifting. Dyan Decker (’02), partner at PwC and leader of the company’s U.S. forensic technology practice, will be participating in a Fireside Chat prior to lunch. The program will also include panel discussions by invited industry professionals and faculty from across the UCLA campus on topics featured at the recent CES® event in Las Vegas. The themes for this event will include: Machine Learning/Artificial Intelligence, Virtual Reality/Augmented Reality, Internet of Things, Wearables, Big Data, Autonomous Vehicles and Smart Homes.

Panelists and moderators include:
• Harnish Jani, Lead Strategic Designer and Venture Architect, BCG Digital Ventures
• Michael Leyva (’14), Product Manager, New Markets, Epson
• Mayank Mehta, Professor of Physics and Astronomy and Neurobiology, UCLA
• Sami Ramly, VR Product and Program Lead, Wevr
• Anima Anandkumar, Principal Data Scientist, Amazon Web Services
• Daniel Cheng (’15), Senior Product Manager, Sengled
• Brian Gamido (’08), Head of Business, Deepgram
• Ramin Ramezani, Assistant Adjunct Professor of Computer Science, UCLA
• Tom Burdakin (’18), MBA Intern, EYEQVR
• Kavika Dilawari (’17), Lead Product Marketing Manager Intern, AT&T
• John Blevins, Assistant Adjunct Professor and Incoming Faculty Director, Easton Technology Management Center

“This CES event will bring together university labs, SoCal startups and big tech communities to learn as well as ‘touch and feel’ today’s cutting-edge technologies,” says Vandana Mangal, executive director of the Easton Technology Management Center and research director of Business and Information Technologies. It will culminate in an exhibition showcasing various new prototypes from exhibitors such as Epson, Ring video doorbells, Sengled, TrueCar, HP, Southern California Edison, UCLA BioMechatronics Lab, UCLA Supra Studio and many others.

The event is by invitation and designed for UCLA students, faculty, staff and alumni, and includes Anderson Afternoons, a networking reception sponsored by the Easton Technology Management Center.

Schedule and reservations for the upcoming CES® event at UCLA Anderson: http://bit.ly/2hPXSMF

CES® is a registered trademark of the Consumer Technology Association (CTA™). Neither UCLA nor the Easton Technology Management Center is affiliated with or endorsed by CES or CTA.

About UCLA Anderson School of Management

UCLA Anderson School of Management is among the leading business schools in the world, with faculty members globally renowned for their teaching excellence and research in advancing management thinking. Located in Los Angeles, gateway to the economies of Latin America and Asia and a city that personifies innovation in a diverse range of endeavors, UCLA Anderson’s MBA, Fully Employed MBA, Executive MBA, Global Executive MBA for Asia Pacific, Master of Financial Engineering, doctoral and executive education programs embody the school’s Think In The Next ethos. Here some 1,800 students annually are trained to be global leaders seeking the business models and community solutions of tomorrow.

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