8:00am | Keynote Presentation

Bringing AI to K-12: Why, How, and Getting Started!

AI is all around us. From digital assistants like Siri on phones to shopping and movie recommendations on websites like Amazon and Netflix to self-driving cars, AI is now in the lives of our kids. While many think of AI as a part of computer science, it is now in so many aspects of our lives that learning AI can now be part of nearly every subject from science to art to math. So how can kids learn what AI is, and how can you as a teacher get them started and pumped up about learning this new technology?

In this keynote, Dr. Talagala will cover some trends of AI and how it increasingly impacts all of our lives over time. She will talk about AI Literacy – how to get K-12 students to understand what AI is, have opinions about its role in our lives, and how to teach them to use AI to solve real-world problems.

Dr. Nisha Talagala
CEO & Founder, AIClub.World

Dr. Nisha Talagala is the CEO and founder of AIClub.World which brings AI Literacy to K-12 students, professionals and other individuals worldwide. Nisha has significant experience in introducing technologies like Artificial Intelligence to new learners from students to professionals. Previously, Nisha co-founded ParallelM which pioneered the MLOps practice of managing Machine Learning in production for enterprises – acquired by DataRobot.

Nisha is a recognized leader in the operational machine learning space, having also driven the USENIX Operational ML Conference, the first industry/academic conference on production AI/ML. Nisha was previously a Fellow at SanDisk and Fellow/Lead Architect at Fusion-io. Nisha has more than 20 years of expertise in enterprise software development, distributed systems, technical strategy and product leadership. Nisha earned her PhD at UC Berkeley in Computer Science, holds 73 patents, over 25 refereed research publications, is a frequent speaker at industry and academic events, and is a contributing writer to Forbes and other publications.

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9:00am | Panel Discussion

AI Jobs Now: A look inside how AI is impacting agriculture and healthcare in North Central Washington

Will Little, Moderator
Managing Director, Prota Ventures

Will is a bioengineer turned software developer and technology entrepreneur & investor. He is one of the Managing Directors at Prota Ventures, an operator-investor group that invests holistically in early stage entrepreneurs to promote human flourishing

Amanda Vargas
Supply Chain Analyst, Stemilt Growers

Amanda dedicates most of her time to cross-functional projects and specializes in Stemilt’s Fresh Cube Distribution Center and Warehouse Management System. A member of the 30 Under 35 class of 2020, Amanda embraces technology to optimize efficiency in innovative ways.

Dr. Gautam Nayak
Cardiologist, Confluence Health

Dr. Nayak established the first specialty telemedicine program in the NCW region in 2016 to better connect with his patients in Okanogan County. As both a clinical and technical innovator, Dr. Nayak is building a bridge to better patient care in his underserved region through his work with technology company Cognition Med.

10:00am | Panel Discussion

AI Jobs of the Future: A conversation about emerging AI jobs & preparing the next generation for these roles

Dr. Assefaw Gebremedhin, Moderator
Associate Professor, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, WSU

Assefaw leads the Scalable Algorithms for Data Science (SCADS) lab at Washington State University.  His current research interests include: data science and AI, network science, high performance computing, pervasive computing, and applications in energy systems, healthcare, and cybersecurity.

Lacy Stockton
Energy Efficiency Marketing Strategist, Chelan PUD

Lacy’s diverse work centers around improving business processes, developing creative marketing strategies, and leveraging data analytics to ensure organizations make informed decisions and deliver cost-effective marketing campaigns that convert.

Dr. Caleb Pan
Data Scientist, Innov8.ag

Caleb uses geospatial data from several sources together with machine learning and statistics to address labor prioritization, harvest yield, disease, and drought stress across fruit orchards in the Pacific Northwest. Throughout his career, Caleb has explored complex data to address environmental impacts on natural resources and livelihoods.

Peter Vanney
Senior Data Analyst, Chelan County PUD

Peter uses machine learning models, neural networks, Bayesian methods, forecasting, linear programming and traditional statistical analyses to help the PUD make data-driven decisions, promote digital transformation, improve monitoring metrics, and increase efficiency of our hydroelectric plants.

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