Industry Outlook: Powering New Applied AI Solutions

Naveen Rao, Intel

Naveen Rao on the evolution of AI chips and the influence that new designs will have on the next wave of research in AI.

Naveen Rao, Corporate Vice President and General Manager, Artificial Intelligence Products Group, Intel

Naveen G. Rao’s team at Intel focuses on deep learning, a subset of machine learning and artificial intelligence, and works to develop the hardware and software ingredients needed to enable its scalable deployment. Trained as both a computer architect and a neuroscientist, Rao joined Intel in 2016 with the acquisition of Nervana Systems, a recognized leader in deep learning, where he was chief executive officer. Before cofounding Nervana in 2014, Rao was a neuromorphic machines researcher at Qualcomm, where he focused on neural computation and learning in artificial systems. Rao’s earlier career included engineering roles at Kealia, CALY Networks, and Sun Microsystems. He earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and computer science from Duke University and spent a decade as a computer architect before going on to earn a PhD in computational neuroscience from Brown University. He has published multiple papers in the area of neural computation in biological systems. Rao has also been granted patents in video compression techniques, with additional patents pending in deep-learning hardware and low-precision techniques and in neuromorphic computation.


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