Nvidia online GTC event will feature 200 sessions on AI, metaverse and Omniverse

Nvidia online GTC event will feature 200 sessions on AI, metaverse and Omniverse

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Nvidia said it will host its next GTC conference virtually from September 19 to September 22, with a keynote by CEO Jensen Huang and more than 200 technology sessions.

Huang will talk about AI and Omniverse, which is Nvidia’s simulation environment for creating metaverse-like virtual worlds. More than 40 of the 200 lectures will focus on the metaverse, the universe of virtual worlds that are all connected, as in novels such as Snow crash and Ready Player One. I will moderate a session on the industrial applications of the metaverse with speakers from Mercedes-Benz, Siemens and Magic Leap executives, as well Metaverse book author Matthew Ball.

GTC will also have a fireside chat with Turing Award winners Yoshua Bengio, Geoff Hinton and Yann
LeCun discusses how AI will evolve and help solve challenging problems. The discussion will be
moderated by Sanja Fidler, Vice President of AI Research at Nvidia.

GTC talks will explore some of the key advances driving AI and the metaverse – including big languages
models, natural language processing, digital twins, digital biology, robotics and climate science.


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Great conversations

Jensen Huang, CEO of Nvidia, introduces the Omniverse Avatar.
Jensen Huang, CEO of Nvidia, introduces the Omniverse Avatar.

Other major talks will explore:

  • BMW, ILM, Kroger, Lowe’s, Siemens, Nvidia and others on using digital twins for a variety of applications, from manufacturing to neurosurgery to climate modeling
  • ByteDance’s deployment of large-scale GPU clusters for machine learning and deep learning
  • Medtronic’s use of artificial intelligence for robotic surgery and the operating room of the future
  • Boeing’s digital transformation enabling aircraft engineering and manufacturing to be more flexible and efficient
  • Deutsche Bank’s use of AI and cloud technologies to improve customer experience
  • Johnson & Johnson’s use of hybrid cloud computing for healthcare, plus a session on the use of quantum computing simulation for pharmaceutical research
  • How pharmaceutical companies can use transformative AI models and digital twins to accelerate drug discovery
  • UN and Nvidia researchers discuss AI for climate modelling, including disaster prediction, deforestation and agriculture
  • Amazon Web Services, Ericsson, Verizon and Nvidia executives describe augmented and virtual reality applications for 5G and optimize 5G deployment with digital twins
  • Executives from Adobe, Pixar and Nvidia explain how Universal Scene Description is becoming a standard for the metaverse.

Nvidia said GTC offers a variety of sessions tailored to many different audiences, including business leaders, data scientists, IT managers, designers, developers, researchers and students. It will have content for participants at all stages of their learning-and-development careers
opportunities, many of which are free.

Developers, researchers and students can sign up for 135 sessions on a wide range of topics, including:

  • 5 paths to a career in AI
  • Accelerate AI workflows and maximize cloud infrastructure investments
  • The AI ​​journey from academics to entrepreneurship
  • Applying lessons from Kaggle-winning solutions to real-world problems
  • Develop HPC applications with standard C++, Fortran and Python
  • Defining the quantum-accelerated supercomputer
  • Insights from Nvidia Research

Attendees can register for hands-on, full-day technical workshops and two-hour training labs offered by the Nvidia Deep Learning Institute (DLI). Twenty workshops are available in multiple time zones and languages, and more than 25 free training labs are available in accelerated computing, computer vision, data science, conversational AI, natural language processing, and other topics.

Registrants can attend free two-hour training labs or register for full-day DLI workshops at a discounted rate
price of $99 through Thursday, August 29 and $149 through GTC.

Insights for business leaders

The BMW Group is using Omniverse to build a digital factory that will mirror a location in the real world.
The BMW Group used Nvidia’s Omniverse to build a digital twin factory that will mirror a location in the real world.

This GTC will feature more than 30 sessions from companies in key industry sectors, including financial services, manufacturing, retail, automotive and healthcare. Speakers will share detailed insights to advance business using AI and metaverse technology, including: building AI hubs; the business value of digital twins; and new technologies that will define how we live, work and play.

In addition to those from the companies listed above, top executives from AT&T, BMW, Fox Sports,
Lucid Motors, Medtronic, Meta, NIO, Pinterest, Polestar, United Airlines and US Bank are among them
industry leaders will present.

Sessions for startups

NVIDIA Inception, a global program of more than 11,000 startups, will host several sessions, including:

● AI for VCs: Six startup executives describe how they are driving advances from robotics to
● How NVIDIA Inception startups advance healthcare and life sciences
● How NVIDIA technologies can help startups
● Revolutionizing agriculture with artificial intelligence in emerging markets

Registration is free and open now. Huang’s keynote will be broadcast live on Tuesday, September 20 at 08:00 Pacific and available on request thereafter. Registration is not required to view the keynote.

I asked Nvidia why it’s making the event virtually again, since many conferences happen in person. The company said that when planning this event many months ago, Covid-19 remained unpredictable and numbers rose again, so it felt safer to drive virtually. This also allowed Nvidia to include more developers and technology leaders from around the world.

Virtual Jensen Huang from Nvidia.
Virtual Jensen Huang from Nvidia.

As for the Omniverse and metaverse, Nvidia said GTC will once again be about AI and computing across a range of domains from the data center to the cloud to the edge.

More than 40 of the event’s 200-plus sessions will focus on the metaverse, and Huang will use his keynote to share the latest breakthroughs in the Omniverse, among other technologies.

Here are some of the other highlights of the metaverse session:

  • Wes Rhodes, Kroger’s VP of Technology Transformation and R&D, will participate in a fireside chat on using simulation and digital twins to optimize store layout and checkout.
  • Cedrik Neike, board member and managing director of Digital Industries at Siemens AG, will describe how Siemens is working with Nvidia to build photorealistic, physics-based industrial digital twins.
  • Executives from Lowe’s Innovation Labs will explain how the metaverse will help customers visualize space designs.
  • Anima Anandkumar, Senior Director of ML Research at Nvidia, and Karthik Kashinath, AI-HPC researcher and Earth-2 engineering lead, will share progress toward building Nvidia’s Earth-2 digital twin.
  • Industrial Light & Magic will describe how digital artists use Omniverse to create photorealistic digital sets and environments that can be manipulated in real time.

Other metaverse-related talks will focus on:

  • Using digital twins to automate factories and operate robots safely alongside humans
  • Build large-scale, photorealistic worlds
  • Use of digital twins for brain surgery

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