Tech Innovation... and AI

Tuesday, April 25  •  6:00 to 7:30 p.m. • Arts Pavilion

Our third Community Salon of 2022-23 will focus on the topic of Technology Innovation & AI. We'll be talking with three parent panelists, Eric Friedman (Co-Founder, CTO - Fitbit) ; Lama Nachman (Director of Intelligent Systems Research Lab - Intel) and Ed Fine (AI & Data Science Consultant, UC Berkeley). Panelists will be sharing their insights and experiences in a casual, intimate setting open to our entire community. Click here to RSVP.

Community Salons are free and open to all members of our school community.

  • Lama Nachman, Director of Intelligent Systems Research Lab-Intel

    An adamant believer in technology's ability to improve people's lives, as an Intel Fellow and Director of Intelligent Systems Research Lab at Intel, Lama’s mission is to drive innovations that can amplify human potential. She has spent nearly two decades researching and developing human-AI collaboration, context-aware computing, multi-modal adaptive interfaces, sensor networks, computer architecture, embedded systems, and wireless technologies at Intel Labs. By starting with the questions, what are people's unmet needs, and what do we need to invent to satisfy these needs? she explores how these technologies can enhance equity and inclusion in today's digital world. At Intel Labs, her team primarily focuses on creating technologies that can assist people in their everyday lives. She believes that by harnessing the complementary nature of human intelligence and artificial intelligence, we can make AI systems more accurate, resilient, accessible, responsible, sustainable and scalable. These systems need to be contextually aware, understand people and their environments, interact with them naturally and personalize to their needs. This type of innovation is what inspires her to drive meaningful technological advancements that will ultimately unlock opportunities for billions of people around the globe. She has served at Intel Labs for almost 20 years. Her BA and MS in computer engineering from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. 

  • Eric Friedman, Co-Founder, CTO - Fitbit

    Eric Friedman is best known for being one of the founders of Fitbit where he served as CTO and was on the Board of Directors. Launched in 2007, Fitbit pioneered and popularized wearable fitness monitors that can track and share user data. Fitbit was acquired by Google in 2021, and Friedman now leads a team focused on consumer health research within Google. He is an experienced technologist who loves to create and scale innovative consumer applications. Previously, Friedman served as an engineer manager at CNET Networks, was a co-founder of Wind-Up Labs, a founding engineer of Epesi Technologies, and a technical member of the Real-Time Collaboration Group at Microsoft Corporation. Eric holds a B.S. and M.S. in Computer Science from Yale University.

  • Edward Fine, AI and Data Science Consultant  & Instructor 

    Edward Fine is an experienced data scientist who develops cutting edge AI and technical solutions to ambiguous, data intensive problems. He specializes in developing creative, actionable, analytical insights in results-driven environments. Edward uses statistical and machine learning methods appropriate to the scale and form of the problem to produce reasoned solutions. An important part of the work is communicating challenging technical concepts to a broad audience, ranging from engineers and software architects to clients and the broader public. Edward has also taught a range of courses at UC Berkeley School of Information. He serves as AI instructor and Fractional VP of Technology and Data Science at Afinepoint and course developer at DevelopIntelligence, helping make complex technical topics understandable. He holds a BA from Wesleyan and an MS from CalTech.