Dr. Jim Kurose, Assistant Director for the Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE), National Science Foundation (NSF) (CISE)

Dr. Jim Kurose is the Assistant Director of the National Science Foundation (NSF) for the Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE). He leads the CISE Directorate, with an annual budget of more than $900 million, in its mission to uphold the nation's leadership in scientific discovery and engineering innovation through its support of fundamental research in computer and information science and engineering and transformative advances in cyberinfrastructure. Dr. Kurose also serves as co-chair of the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development Subcommittee of the National Science and Technology Council Committee on Technology, facilitating the coordination of networking and information technology research and development efforts across Federal agencies.

Dr. Kurose received his Ph.D. in computer science from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in physics from Wesleyan University. He is a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE).

Dr. Raj Reddy, MozaBint Nasser University Professor of Computer Science and Robotics in the School of Computer Science Carnegie Mellon University.

Dr. Raj Reddy is the MozaBint Nasser University Professor of Computer Science and Robotics in the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University. He was an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Stanford from 1966-69 and a faculty member at Carnegie Mellon faculty since 1969. He served as the founding Director of the Robotics Institute from 1979 to 1991 and the Dean of School of Computer Science from 1991 to 1999.

Dr. Reddy's research interests include the study of human-computer interaction and artificial intelligence. His current research interests include: Technology in Service of Society, Voice Computing for the 3B semi-literate populations at the bottom of the pyramid, Digital Democracy, and Learning Science and Technologies. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He was president of the American Association for Artificial Intelligence from 1987 to 89.

In 1994, he was received the ACMTuring Award, the highest honor in Computer Science, for his contributions to the field of Artificial Intelligence. He served as co-chair of President Clinton’s Information Technology Advisory Committee (PITAC) from 1999 to 2001. In 2006, he was the recipient of Vannevar Bush Award, the highest Award of the National Science Foundation in the United States, for “lifetime contributions to science and long-standing statesmanship in science and on behalf of the nation”. Dr. Reddy was awarded the Legion of Honor by President Mitterand of France in 1984, Padma Bhushan by President of India in 2001, the Okawa Prize in 2004, and the Honda Prize from Japan in 2005.

Dario Gil, Vice President of AI and IBM Q, IBM Research

Dr. Gil is a leading technologist and senior executive at IBM. As Vice President of AI and IBM Q, Dr. Gil is responsible for IBM's artificial intelligence research efforts and for IBM's commercial quantum computing program (IBM Q). Prior to his current position Dr. Gil was the VP of Science and Solutions, directing a global organization of 1,500 researchers across 12 laboratories with a broad portfolio of activities spanning the physical sciences, the mathematical sciences, and industry solutions based on AI, IoT, Blockchain and Quantum technologies. His research results have appeared in over 20 international journals and conferences and he is the author of numerous patents. Dr. Gil is an elected member of the IBM Academy of Technology. He received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT.