Keynote Speakers

Session Keynote-1

Live: Keynote Speaker 1 – David S. Touretzky

9:15 AM — 10:00 AM EDT
Aug 1 Sat, 9:15 AM — 10:00 AM EDT

What Every Child (And Teacher) Should Know About Artificial Intelligence

David S. Touretzky (Carnegie Mellon University)

Artificial Intelligence technology is delivering major benefits to society, from friendly intelligent assistants to self-driving cars. But it is also a source of new threats, including loss of privacy due to ubiquitous surveillance, and the potential misuse of deep fakes. Children need to understand this technology so they can separate fact from fiction and begin preparing for careers in an AI-powered world. Since 2018, in a project funded by the National Science Foundation, I have been working with a group of K-12 teachers and computer science experts to develop national guidelines for teaching AI in K-12. We've identified "Five Big Ideas in AI" that serve as the organizing framework for the guidelines, and we're now developing grade band progression charts for each big idea. In this talk I'll describe what K-12 students and teachers should know about AI, and how they can develop competencies to advance from AI consumers to AI creators.

Session Chair

To Be Determined

Session Keynote-2

Live: Keynote Speaker 2 – Naveen Verma

10:00 AM — 10:45 AM EDT
Aug 1 Sat, 10:00 AM — 10:45 AM EDT

Bringing Artificial Intelligence into the Real World

Naveen Verma, Director of Keller Center for Innovation in Engineering Education, Professor of Electrical Engineering (Princeton University)

Machines have reached an inflection point, where they can perform at or beyond the level of humans in specific tasks traditionally associated with cognition (vision, language, strategic gameplay). How did this remarkable capability come to be? And why, when we go to deploy machines in even friendly real-world environments, do they so often fail gloriously? We may have set ourselves out on an exciting journey of discovery about artificial intelligence and, indeed, its parallels with human intelligence. But even as we embark on this journey, which is unlikely to conclude anytime soon, we would like to create evermore powerful and intelligent machines. So, how should we proceed, with such an incomplete understanding. This talk will explore the simple realities of what we know about artificial intelligence, and what clues these give us for both the deeper insights we seek and the for the paths we may pursue to build increasingly capable and useful machines.


Naveen Verma received the B.A.Sc. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the UBC, Vancouver, Canada in 2003, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from MIT in 2005 and 2009 respectively. Since July 2009 he has been at Princeton University, where he is current Director of the Keller Center for Education in Innovation and Entrepreneurship and Professor of Electrical Engineering. His research focuses on advanced sensing systems, exploring how systems for learning, inference, and action planning can be enhanced by algorithms that exploit new sensing and computing technologies. This includes research on large-area, flexible sensors, energy-efficient statistical-computing architectures and circuits, and machine-learning and statistical-signal-processing algorithms. Prof. Verma has served as a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society, and on the technical program committees for ISSCC, VLSI Symp., DATE, and IEEE Signal-Processing Society (DISPS). Prof. Verma is recipient or co-recipient of the 2006 DAC/ISSCC Student Design Contest Award, 2008 ISSCC Jack Kilby Paper Award, 2012 Alfred Rheinstein Junior Faculty Award, 2013 NSF CAREER Award, 2013 Intel Early Career Award, 2013 Walter C. Johnson Prize for Teaching Excellence, 2013 VLSI Symp. Best Student Paper Award, 2014 AFOSR Young Investigator Award, 2015 Princeton Engineering Council Excellence in Teaching Award, and 2015 IEEE Trans. CPMT Best Paper Award.

Session Chair

To Be Determined

Session Keynote-3

Live: Keynote Speaker 3 – Burt Dicht

10:45 AM — 11:30 AM EDT
Aug 1 Sat, 10:45 AM — 11:30 AM EDT

Leveraging the Power of IEEE’s Global Communities . . . To Impact as Many Students as Possible: The IEEE Volunteer Pre-University  STEM Portal

Burt Dicht (Director of Student & Education Programs at IEEE)

IEEE is known for "Advancing Technology for Humanity." As impressive as the technology of today is, it is the result of people. Ensuring there is a pool of talented individuals entering engineering and technology fields is an important part of IEEE's mission. The students of today are the engineering and technology experts of tomorrow who will spur innovation and solve the challenges and continue advancing technology for humanity. As a result, IEEE is invested in inspiring the next generation to pursue STEM fields and it is IEEE volunteers who are helping to spark excitement about engineering through their pre-university STEM education programs.

As impressive as IEEE's efforts are each year, we do not know collectively what is being done across the institution. There is no central place for volunteers to share their effective programs with each other, no central resources that volunteers can draw from when developing local STEM programs, and no data collection system to assess impact. 

The answer is the IEEE Volunteer Pre-University STEM Portal, now under development by Educational Activities with support from MGA, Technical Activities, and other stakeholders within IEEE. The portal is a centralized resource that that will provide operating units (i.e., student branches, chapters, sections, technical societies, etc.) and volunteers access to opportunities that will enable them to plan and execute pre-university STEM-based activities. The intent of the portal is to leverage the reach and strength of IEEE's global communities to impact as many students as possible.

This portal will feature a searchable library of STEM programs and activities and volunteers will have access to “how-to” resources in order to facilitate the execution of these pre-university STEM programs or create their own. Mr. Dicht's presentation will introduce you to the portal, its features and benefits for volunteers, and how it will move IEEE's pre-university STEM programs to the next level.


Burt Dicht joined IEEE in 2011 and serves as the Director of Student and Academic Education Programs. He oversees IEEE’s engineering education accreditation efforts and is responsible for the development and implementation of programs for pre-university and university educators and students. Prior to joining IEEE, he was the Managing Director of ASME’s Knowledge and Community Sector. 

Burt began his career in the aerospace industry in 1982 and held the position as a lead engineer for Northrop Grumman and Rockwell Space Transportation Systems Division. Specializing in systems and configuration integration, he worked on programs such as the YF-23A Advanced Tactical Fighter, the F-18E/F Super Hornet, and the Space Shuttle.   Burt is a member of AIAA, IEEE and is an ASME Fellow.  He received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Temple University and an M.A. in History from California State University, Northridge.

Mr. Dicht has authored numerous articles on aerospace history and is a frequent guest speaker on space topics.  Mr. Dicht volunteers as an Exhibit Explainer for the Intrepid Museum in NYC, serves as a Capt. and Aerospace Education Officer for Civil Air Patrol and is Vice President for Membership for the National Space Society.

Session Chair

To Be Determined

Made with in Toronto · Privacy Policy · © 2022 Duetone Corp.