Artificial Intelligence and Convolutional Neural Networks

Today’s companies are building systems that gather data and automatically process it to drive elements of their business operations. Join SJSU for a panel discussion on how we are moving deeper into this new world at a blinding pace.

December 4

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About the Speakers

Private investor and SJSU alumnus Jim Hogan

Private investor and SJSU alumnus Jim Hogan is currently the managing partner of Vista Ventures, LLC.

Hogan has worked in the semiconductor design and manufacturing industry for more than 40 years, gaining experience as a senior executive and board director in electronic design automation, intellectual property, semiconductor equipment, material science and IT companies. He was a general partner at Telos Venture Partners and senior vice president of business development at Artisan Components Inc., now part of ARM Holdings PLC. Hogan held executive engineering, marketing and operational management positions at Cadence Design Systems, Inc., National Semiconductor Corporation (TI) and Phillips Semiconductor (NXP). Hogan holds three degrees from San Jose State: a BA in mathematics, a BS in computer science and an MBA. He serves on several private companies’ board of directors. Additionally, Hogan serves as a strategic advisor to several private and public companies.

Raik Brinkmann is president and chief executive officer of OneSpin Solutions.

As vice president of OneSpin’s formal verification software development, he turned its fundamental scientific and engineering innovations into state-of-the-art formal verification solutions. Brinkmann has specific expertise in machine learning techniques as related to formal verification and adaptive algorithms, having studied the subjects at Stanford University. An authority on machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) techniques applied in various applications, he has been cited in scholarly articles. He holds a Diplom Informatiker from the Clausthal Technical University, Germany, and a Dr.-Ing. (PhD) in electrical engineering from the University of Kaiserslautern, Germany.


Chris Rowen is a well-known Silicon Valley entrepreneur and technologist.

He created Cognite Ventures in 2016 to invest in, advise and analyze the cognitive computing and deep learning startup arena. He has served as CTO for Cadence’s IP Group, where he and his team develop new processor and memory for advanced applications in mobile, automotive, infrastructure, deep learning and IoT systems. Rowen joined Cadence after its acquisition of Tensilica, the company he founded to develop extensible processors in 1997. As Tensilica’s chief executive officer and chief technology officer, he helped it become one of the leading embedded architectures, with more than 225 chip and system company licensees who have shipped more than 12 billion processor cores. Before founding Tensilica, he was vice president and general manager of the Design Reuse Group at Synopsys. Rowen was a pioneer in developing RISC architecture and helped found MIPS Computer Systems, where he was vice president of microprocessor development. He holds an MSEE and PhD in electrical engineering from Stanford and a bachelor’s degree in physics from Harvard. Named an IEEE fellow in 2015 for his work developing microprocessor technology, Rowen holds about 50 U.S. and international patents.


James R. Gambale Jr. is a registered patent attorney experienced with mobile hardware and software architecture.

Gambale spent nine years with Qualcomm as the patent counsel responsible for development of intellectual property (IP) relating to mobile camera systems, GPU architecture, and multimedia systems. He also had primary responsibility for IP analysis of Khronos multimedia standards including OpenCL, OpenVX, OpenGL and Vulkan. Gambale began his career with General Dynamics, where he was a developer for the DMA Mark 90 photogrammetric extraction workstation and chief engineer for the development of the army engineering topographic labs digital stereo photogrammetric workstation (DSPW). He is admitted to the California Bar and registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. He received a BS in computer engineering from the University of Florida and JD from California Western School of Law.


Drew Wingard is the co-founder and chief technology officer of Sonics, Inc.

His areas of expertise include semiconductor design, the architecture and integration of complex devices, interconnection network (NoC), memory system and power management. He received a BSEE from the University of Texas, Austin and an MS and PhD in electrical engineering from Stanford University. He has presented at 2017 Machine Learning Devcon in Santa Clara, the 2016 Design Automation Conference in Austin, Texas, the 2015 IP-SOC Embedded System Conference and Exhibition in Grenoble, France and the 2015 MemCon in Santa Clara. He has been to Tokyo, Japan, more than 50 times.

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