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2017 MIT Information and Communication Technologies Conference

April 12-13, 2017

8:00 - 9:00

Registration & Continental Breakfast

9:00 - 9:15

Welcome and Introduction

9:15 - 9:55

Cyber Security of IoT
How can you protect yourself against threats you don’t know about? What measures can you take to assess your risk before a breach? How can you protect yourself against an attack that originates in an innocuous object like a toaster? Professor John Williams will discuss how organizations can prepare themselves to defend against cybersecurity threats to protect their enterprises. He will discussrisk a modeling and data analytics tool (Saffron), that helps to identify risk tolerance and strategies for assessing, responding to, and monitoring cyber security risks.
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9:55 - 10:35

Some Simple Economics of the Blockchain
Blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies are poised to influence the rate and direction of innovation. By allowing firms to perform costless verification, blockchain lowers the cost of auditing transaction information and allows new marketplaces to emerge. Adding a distributed ledger to the mix allows marketplaces to be bootstrapped without the need for traditional intermediaries. How will this technology challenge existing revenue models? What impact will it have on the regulation, auction, and provision of public goods, software, identity, and reputation systems? With research grounded in economic theory, Catalini will discuss how blockchain is poised to upset the global market.
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10:35 - 10:45

MIT Professional Education

10:45 - 11:10

Networking Break

11:10 - 11:50

On the Future of Autonomous Vehicles: From fleets of self-driving cars to tiny consumer drones
In the next five years, autonomous vehicle technology may finally blossom and enter our lives. The first applications of intelligent self-driving vehicles may embark on highways, campuses, and warehouses. Bottlecap-size consumer drones may roam around, filming the next big hit video on social media. What are some of the technical challenges and technological enablers? How will the new technology impact new products, markets, businesses, and ultimately our lives? Professor Sertac Karaman's research is enabling new ways of designing autonomous vehicles with the help of rigorous, mathematical thinking that leads to valuable insights.
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11:50 - 12:30

Energy-Efficient Hardware for Embedded Vision and Deep Neural Networks
Visual object detection and recognition are needed for a wide range of applications including robotics/drones, self-driving cars, smart Internet of Things, and portable/wearable electronics. For many of these applications, local embedded processing is preferred due to privacy or latency concerns. In this talk, we will describe how joint algorithm and hardware design can be used to reduce the energy consumption of object detection and recognition while delivering real-time and robust performance. We will discuss several energy-efficient techniques that exploit sparsity, reduce data movement and storage costs, and show how they can be applied to popular forms of object detection and recognition, including those that use deep convolutional neural nets (CNNs). We will present results from recently fabricated ASICs (including our deep CNN accelerator named “Eyeriss” which is 10x more energy efficient than a mobile GPU) that demonstrate these techniques in real-time computer vision systems.
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12:30 - 12:40

MIT’s Global Internship Program (MISTI)

MIT Technology Licensing Office

12:40 - 1:10

STEX Introduction with Lightning Talks
- Shashi Kant, CTO & Founder, Netra
- Jeff Orkin, CEO & Founder, GiantOtter
- Josh Kanner, CEO & Founder, Smartvid.io
- Catherine Havasi, CEO & Co-Founder, Luminoso
- Alan Ringvald, CEO, Relativity6
- Ali Merchant, President and Founder, CADNexus
- Abhi Yadav, CEO & Founder, ZyloTech
- AJ Perez, Chairman, New Valence Robotics
- Jacob Rosen, Co-Founder & CTO, Legit Patents
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1:10 - 2:40

Lunch with Startup Exchange and MIT’s Global Internship Program (MISTI) Exhibit
Meet students from the MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives (as they/who will) talk about their internship projects in global companies.
- Arjun Khandelwal, developed a new “buybox” to optimize revenue and conversion rate for an e-commerce company in Brazil
- Celia Han, worked in IT projects in China and Hong Kong
- Evan Denmark, developed a tool to read text information from photographic data in India
- Ji Seok Kim, worked in social data analytics in Korea
- Marie Menshova, worked to anonymize sensitive data information from datasets in France
- Michael McGraw, worked at a global automotive manufacturer in Germany
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2:40 - 3:40

Moving from Hype to Impact with Digital Health
Digital Health mobile apps and connected medical devices are rapidly changing how patients learn, monitor, diagnose and treat disease. Even in these early days of the digital transformation of healthcare, connected medical devices and digital services are winning reimbursement as “digiceuticals” by payors and insurers. However, the critical need going forward is how to measure, compare and prove these new tools and digital biomarkers are safe, effective and valuable at scale, not just in the USA but globally, across geographies, cultures and health systems.
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3:40 - 4:20

Extremely cost-effective semiconductor layer-transfer process via graphene & Highly uniform advanced RRAM
As a strategy to save the cost of expensive substrates in semiconductor processing, the technique called “layer-transfer” has been developed. In order to achieve real cost-reduction via the “layer-transfer”, the following needs to be insured: (1) Reusability of the expensive substrate, (2) Minimal substrate refurbishment step after the layer release, (3) Fast release rate, and (4) Precise control of a released interface. Although a number of layer transfer methods have been developed including chemical lift-off, optical lift-off, and mechanical lift-off, none of those three methods fully satisfies conditions listed above. In this talk, we will discuss our recent development in a “graphene-based layer-transfer” process that could fully satisfy the above requirements, where epitaxial graphene can serve as a universal seed layer to grow single-crystalline GaN, III-V, II-VI and IV semiconductor films and a release layer that allows precise and repeatable release at the graphene surface. We will further discuss about cost-effective, defect-free heterointergration of semiconductors using graphene-based layer transfers.

Lastly, I will introduce our new research activities in developing advanced RRAM devices. Resistive switching devices have attracted tremendous attention due to their high endurance, sub-nanosecond switching, long retention, scalability, low power consumption, and CMOS compatibility. RRAMs have also emerged as a promising candidate for non-Von Neumann computing architectures based on neuromorphic and machine learning systems to deal with “big data” problems such as pattern recognition from large amounts of data sets. However, currently reported RRAM devices have not shown uniform switching behaviors across the devices with high on-off ratio which holds up commercialization of RRAM-based data storages as well as demonstration of large-scale neuromorphic functions. Recently, we redesigned RRAM devices and this new device structure exhibits most of functions required for large-array memories and neuromorphic computing, which are (1) excellent retention with high endurance, (2) excellent device uniformity, (3) high on/off current ratio, and (4) current suppression in low voltage regime. I will discuss about the characterization results of this new RRAM device.
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4:20 - 5:00

Platform Revolution: How Networked Markets Are Transforming the Economy
Platform firms are coming and will impact you in ways that you cannot control. The successful business models of the last generation are no longer sufficient and corporations must adapt to the multi-sided markets that are the hallmark of the platform business model. How quickly an industry adapts to and utilizes platforms depends on regulation, cost, and risk. Join Geoff Parker to explore why platform firms are a threat, how they will affect your business, and how you can transform your business model to compete.

5:00 - 6:30

Networking Reception