Generative AI: Accelerating Innovation

March 14, 2023, 5pm-8pm
SRI International, Menlo Park


Join experts on AI, Enterprise Transformation, and Corporate Innovation,
and explore the innovation impact of Generative AI.

Generative AI has captured the imagination of executives, investors, and entrepreneurs alike. Consumers are amusing themselves with OpenAI’s ChatGPT, which Microsoft is integrating into its products. Google has responded with Bard. The applications of Generative AI and Foundation Models overall seem endless, and the limitations are not well understood. In this session we will examine Generative AI and how it can accelerate innovation.

We will discuss:

  • The origin and inner workings of Generative AI
  • Innovation application areas
  • Generative AI in the Enterprise
  • Organizational Transformatio
  • Overcoming limitations of Generative AI
  • Implications for work and organizational cultures



5:00 pm: Reception, networking
   Enjoy wine, beer, sodas, sangria, and light appetizers

6:00 pm: Opening Remarks

   Dr. Suresh Sunderrajan, President, Commercialization Group, SRI International

6:05 pm Generative AI and Organizational Transformation
   Frode Odegard, CEO, Post-Industrial Institute

6:20 pm: Generative AI: Origins, Applications, Limitations
   Dr. Karen Myers, Director of the Artificial Intelligence Center at SRI

6:40pm: Generative AI in the Enterprise
   Dr. Evangelos Simoudis, Founder and Managing Director, Synapse Partners

7:00pm: Break

7:10pm: Panel Discussion, Audience Q&A
   Mike Tung, CEO, Diffbot
   Dr. Karen Myers, Director of the Artificial Intelligence Center at SRI
   Dr. Evangelos Simoudis, Founder and Managing Director, Synapse Partners
   Frode Odegard, CEO, Post-Industrial Institute

8pm: Program Conclusion

Speaker bios

Dr. Karen Myers, Lab Director, Lab Director, Artificial Intelligence Center, SRI International

Karen Myers’ research focuses on intelligent systems that facilitate man-machine collaboration. Her expertise includes autonomy, multi-agent systems, automated planning and scheduling, and intelligent assistants. She has led the development of several AI technologies that have been successfully transitioned into operational use in areas that span collaboration tools, task management, and end-user automation.

Myers has served on the Executive Council for the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) and the International Conference on Automated Planning and Scheduling (ICAPS). She was on the editorial boards for Artificial Intelligence and the Journal for AI Research and the advisory board for ACM Transactions on Intelligent Systems and Technology. She is the conference chair for the Innovative Applications of AI conference for 2019. She was elected SRI Fellow in 2016.

Myers has a Ph.D. in computer science from Stanford University, a B.Sc. in mathematics and computer science from the University of Toronto, and a degree in piano performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music.

Dr. Evangelos Simoudis, Managing Director, Synapse Partners

With 30+ years of Silicon Valley experience, Simoudis Evangelos is a seasoned venture investor, advisor to global corporations, and a recognized thought leader in new mobility, digital platforms, and corporate innovation. Prior to his 20-year investing work, Evangelos had 20 years of experience in high-tech industries, in executive roles spanning operations, marketing, sales, and engineering. He is the author of “The Big Data Opportunity In Our Driverless Future” and “Transportation Transformation.”

Simoudis is a member of Caltech’s advisory board, the advisory board of Brandeis International School of Business, the advisory board of the US Department of Transportation’s Connected Cities for Smart Mobility Center, and the advisory board of Securing America’s Future Energy. He has served on several commissions and task forces focusing on AI, autonomous mobility, and corporate innovation. He earned a Ph.D. in Computer Science (Machine Learning) from Brandeis and a B.S. in Electrical Enginerring from Caltech.

Frode Odegard, Chairman and CEO, Post-Industrial Institute

Frode Odegard studies how enterprises, investors, and policymakers can best navigate the transition to a post-industrial civilization and economy. He is the founder of the Post-Industrial Institute, which provides advisory, educational, and strategic services to corporates and investors to help them turn disruption into opportunity.

Odegard is also the founder of the Post-Industrial Forum, a global community formed to develop and promote a better understanding of the post-industrial transition and how to navigate it. Its members include investors, executives, founders, and policymakers. He is currently working on a book about post-industrial management thinking.

Dr. Suresh Sunderrajan, President, Commercialization Group, SRI International

Suresh Sunderrajan brings over 25 years of experience and a passion for innovation at the intersection of technology and business. He focuses on developing SRI’s commercialization strategy and provides overall leadership for the institute’s commercialization efforts. Sunderrajan oversees SRI Ventures, Global Partnerships, the Nomura-SRI Innovation Center (NSIC), SRI Products and the Center for Innovation Strategy and Policy (CISP).

Previous to SRI, Sunderrajan was Associate Laboratory Director for Advanced Energy Technologies at Argonne National Laboratory. He earned a doctorate in chemical engineering from North Carolina State University and a master’s degree in system design and management from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Sunderrajan holds more than 30 U.S. patents and has received the Distinguished Inventor Award at Eastman Kodak.

Mike Tung, CEO, Diffbot

Mike Tung is the Founder of Diffbot, an adviser at the Stanford StartX accelerator, and the leader of Stanford’s entry in the DARPA Robotics Challenge. In a previous life, he was a patent lawyer, a grad student in the Stanford AI lab, and a software engineer at eBay, Yahoo, and Microsoft. Mike studied electrical engineering and computer science at UC Berkeley and artificial intelligence at Stanford.

Diffbot is an AI startup with a mission to accelerate the advent of intelligent systems by building the first autonomous system capable of synthesizing human knowledge. They crawl the entire public web and operate the world’s largest automated Knowledge Graph.