Samsung Info Session
Speaker: Nick Cassimatis
Distinguished Scientist and Vice President, Head of Intelligence Innovation (In2) Lab at Samsung Research America and Christopher Peri Director at Samsung, University of California, Berkeley
Date : November 1, 2017
Time: 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Location: Gates Building, Room 104
Dinner will be served!
Distinguished Scientist and Vice President, Head of Intelligence Innovation (In2) Lab at Samsung Research America
Head of the Intelligence Innovation (In2) Laboratory. The Lab does research into future generations of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and its applications.
Founder of SkyPhrase developed a Deep Natural Language Understanding (NLU) technology that substantially exceeded the prior state of the art in the richness of language it could understand and the precision with which it could do so. SkyPhrase deployed data analytics services (for web traffic data and sports statistics) and search services for (Twitter, email, music, and flights). Was funded by Han Huang and the Breakout Labs division of the Thiel Foundation. Yahoo acquired SkyPhrase in 2013.
Associate professor of Cognitive Science and Computer Science Directed the Human-Level Intelligence Laboratory where he performed research in artificial intelligence (AI), cognitive architectures, machine reasoning, and computational linguistics. (Promoted from assistant to associate professor with tenure in 2010.)
Director at Samsung
University of California, Berkeley
My expertise is in the field of information design and system architecture, both for presentation and collaborative systems. I have worked in both traditional corporations and recently, in two startups playing both an executive and production role. My recent activities focus on product definition, identifying and pursuing new markets for a product, directing a team programmers and artists as well as managing customer expectations for product creation and deployment. I have a very hands-on management style as an early student of the Agile software development techniques. I work well with technical teams having been, and still as a hobby, a developer myself.
Specialties: Corporate Direction, Project Management, Web based applications, Web Publishing.
Christopher had worked on 3D and VR starting with the VFX1 back in 1995 including teaching a class on VRML. His master thesis at UC Berkeley, 'Spatial Perception in Virtual Environments: Visual Cognition Gain with Head Mounted Displays' focused on how spatial perception and memory are improved using a HMD. This work was a foundation for his Ph.D. in Spatial Communication. His professional work includes creating many virtual worlds using VRML and Java and then employed those skills to dynamic web content using Flash. Later in his career he focused on project management to company leadership including 3 years as CTO at VentureBeat. Currently Christopher has returned to his roots working at Samsung Research Lab working on mobile strategy and business development for various VR/AR projects.