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"Making AI Work for Real"

Originating Calendar ECE ILLINOIS Explorations
Speaker IBM
Dr. Hillery Hunter (BSEE ’99, MS ’02, PhD ’04) IBM Fellow and CTO of Infrastructure, IBM Hybrid Cloud
Date: 10/31/2018
Time: 5 p.m.

Grainger Auditorium, Room 1002 ECE Building

Event Contact:

Office of Advancement | 1070 ECE Building



Event Type: Seminar/Symposium

DR. HILLERY HUNTER| CTO and VP of Cloud Infrastructure, IBM Hybrid Cloud

An alumna from ECE ILLINOIS (BSEE ‘99, MS ‘02, PhD ‘04), Hillery is an IBM Fellow and CTO of Infrastructure in the IBM Hybrid Cloud business. Prior to this role, she served as Director of Accelerated Cognitive Infrastructure in IBM Research, leading a team doing cross-stack (hardware through software) optimization of AI work­loads, producing productivity breakthroughs of 40x and greater which were transferred into IBM product offerings. Her technical interests have always been interdisciplinary, spanning from from silicon technology through system software, and she has served in technical and leadership roles in memory technology, Systems for AI, and other areas. She is a member of the IBM Academy of Technology.


Whether it’s voice recognition on our phones or auto-tagging of friends’ faces on social media posts, AI is in use all around us. Many futurists have forecast that “movie AI” will take over, but we somehow seem far from that. This talk will provide a view of the challenges and solutions needed as AI progresses - from computational improvements to accountability, fairness, and bias considerations for AI creation and deployment. Cutting edge research will be highlighted in each of these areas and we’ll talk about how the IBM-Illinois C3SR Center for Cognitive Computing Systems Research is making AI work.

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