Women in Tech | episode 453

Democratizing AI with Anima Anandkumar

Anima Anandkumar is a leading AI researcher in both academia and the industry. As Director of Machine Learning Research at NVIDIA and a Bren Professor in the Computer and Mathematical Sciences Department at Caltech, Anima leads machine learning and artificial intelligence research groups that are developing next-generation AI algorithms. Prior to joining NVIDIA and Caltech, Anima was a Principal Research Scientist at AWS, where she implemented scalable tensor algorithms and launched one of the first cloud AI services. Anima has been working towards her mission of democratizing AI, in the process receiving numerous awards and working for several global initiatives regarding AI, such as the Global Governance of AI Roundtable and the Expert network of the World Economic Forum, among others. May 07, 2020

453: In this episode, Anima discusses the synergy of working in both academia and in the industry, from her previous positions at AWS and University of California, Irvine, to her current research at NVIDIA and Caltech. She shares how AI can accelerate scientific discovery with engineering capabilities, such as powerful GPUs, that continuously push AI forward at a very fast pace. We also discuss what is known as the Trinity of the deep-learning revolution: algorithms, data, and compute infrastructure. Anima shares insights on scaling, self-supervision techniques, embodied intelligence, and her thoughts on the future of AI. Finally, we end with a discussion of Anima’s mission of globally democratizing and diversifying AI.

The World Class IT principles in yellow were the focus of this interview

  • 01 1- People
  • 02 2- Infrastructure
  • 03 3- Project and Portfolio Management
  • 04 4- IT & Business Partnership
  • 05 5- External Partnerships

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