Wednesday Sessions

All times listed are in Eastern Standard Time

12:15 P.M. – 1:05 P.M.

KEYNOTE: The Eye of A.I.Dr. Karen Panetta

Artificial Intelligence holds much promise to help us explore, explain and expand our knowledge of the universe. It can be a game changer to advance and expedite applications for autonomous operations to efficiently explore trends in massive data sets. However, there are major challenges we must overcome to fully utilize AI. One challenge is that AI accuracy and reliability is dependent on; the quality, diversity and breadth of the ground truth data used to train it. Another challenge is ensuring the results of AI are conducive for human consumption. This includes ensuring that imagery sensor data is optimal for human visual perception, without the need for a human evaluator in the loop. This talk will present Human Visual System (HVS) methods that emulate the way humans evaluate quality. We show how to utilize this concept in computer vision to ensure AI recognition and detection systems produce optimal results for safety, security, and biomedical applications. Quantitative quality metrics based on Human vision and new efficient AI architectures are introduced to address the challenges. Finally, real world applications of these methods will be demonstrated for removing weather anomalies, for detecting disease and show the impact of these methods to increase detection performance for AI recognition systems.

1:15 P.M. – 2:50 P.M.

Expo Booths and Recruitment Fair

Dedicated time to visit our sponsors virtual booths to learn of their unique opportunities and to increase your professional contacts.

3:00 P.M. – 3:50 P.M.

Take Your Career to the Next Level with Qualcomm! Zachary Stern and Kodi Bobier

Join our Talent Acquisition and Qualcomm Academy teams as we discuss working at Qualcomm! We’ll talk about roles available, how our internship programs work, hiring timelines, and how you can find available positions. We’ll then discuss our free professional development and certification opportunities that can help enhance your 5G and AI skills and prepare you for your career.

5:00 P.M. – 6:00 P.M.

Networking Resume Review

Need a fresh set of eyes to review your resume or some advice on how to get through companies’ keyword searches ? Or maybe you would like to learn from others on how to best depict your skills. The members of the HKN Board of Governors and Graduate Student Subcommittee are conducting a drop-in resume review at this special networking session.

Thursday Sessions

All times listed are in Eastern Standard Time

9:15 A.M. – 10:00 A.M.


Meet with other students and professionals from all over the world and build your networks!

10:15 A.M. – 11:05 A.M.

Innovating Responsibly: Ethical Insights into Automation within Construction Engineering – With David Veasy of John Deere

Exploring the ethical implications of automation adoption in the construction industry, this presentation delves into the delicate balance between innovation and ethical decision-making. By examining the intersection of technology advancements and ethical responsibilities, we aim to navigate the complexities of integrating automation while upholding integrity and values within construction engineering practices.

11:15 A.M. – 12:05 P.M.

No borders – finding your home in IEEE Technical Activities With Fred Schindler

IEEE has a home for virtually every technical interest. It can be challenging finding your technical communities. We’ll review the overall IEEE organization and then review the societies, technical councils and other communities in Technical Activities. Let’s find your home and help you get engaged to support your professional career.

12:15 P.M. – 1:05 P.M.

Find Your Technical Home Networking Session

Meet with representatives from IEEE Societies to learn about opportunities they offer to support you along your career path.

1:15 P.M. – 2:50 P.M.

Expo Booths and Recruitment Fair

Dedicated time to visit our sponsors virtual booths to learn of their unique opportunities and to increase your professional contacts.

3:00 P.M. – 3:50 P.M

From Tech to Tech Ethics: A Professional Journey

Moderated by Mark A. Vasquez with Sophia Wushanley

Sophia Wushanley is a software engineer-turned-philosopher. As an IEEE TechEthics Global Ambassador, she is part of an international group of volunteers overseeing the IEEE TechEthics program in partnership with professional staff. Join us as we learn about how and why Sophia made the transition from tech to tech ethics.

4:00 P.M. – 4:50 P.M.

Advancing Technology for Humanity in Practice

IEEE’s motto is “Advancing Technology for Humanity” but what does that look like for different Societies. How do engineers grapple with competing interests and possible unintended consequences to ensure that they ultimately contribute to humanity in positive ways? Hear IEEE Societies’ and non-profit organizations’ perspectives on how to always develop and apply your engineering skills with an eye to advancing technology for humanity.

Friday Sessions

All times listed are in Eastern Standard Time

10:00 A.M. – 10:50 A.M

AI, Public Policy, and You – with Russell Harrison

Artificial Intelligence will have a profound impact on societies around the globe. Governments are rushing to develop legal systems to control this new technology, which is a problem since most government decision makers don’t understand AI. Which is where we come in. IEEE, IEEE-USA, and individual technologists across the United States have been engaging with policy makers to help them understand AI and then to guide them as new laws are created to control AI. These efforts are good for the US, the planet, and for IEEE members who are going to be innovating within the legal system Washington creates. Join IEEE-USA Managing Director for an update on how Washington is approaching AI regulation, how IEEE members have shaped this thinking, and how you can help

11:00 A.M. – 11:50 A.M.

AI for Good: A Framework for Building Ethical AI Solutions – Mrinal Karvir

Join us for a conversation that bridges AI technology with ethical foresight. We’ll unpack the essentials of responsible AI, focusing on practical measures for ethical development. We’ll discuss how to incorporate responsibility into AI systems, champion diversity in development teams, and encourage a human-centric approach throughout the lifecycle of AI projects. Discover how to make AI that not only performs but also respects and enhances our shared human experience, transforming innovation into a force for positive change.

12:00 P.M. – 12:50 P.M.

KEYNOTE: X-Factor Conversation with Dr. Sandra Magnus, HKN Eminent Member and former NASA Astronaut, and Burt Dicht

Dr. Sandra Magnus is National Academy of Engineering member, former NASA astronaut, and HKN Eminent Member. Learn about and be inspired by her illustrious career and insights on aerospace engineering during this special HKN X-Factor conversation hosted by Burt Dicht, Managing Director of Membership at the National Space Society (NSS)

1:00 P.M. – 1:50 P.M.

Our Technical Careers and Lessons Learned with IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society Along the Way – with Dr. David Kunkee and Dr. Sidharth Misra

Dr. Misra, a Technologist at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and Dr. Kunkee, a Senior Project Leader at the Aerospace Corp, will talk about their careers as remote sensing specialists in the field of geoscience. Geoscience and remote sensing is a growing technical field and they will discuss how the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society (IEEE GRSS) helped them along the way. They will also discuss the amazing potential of the remote sensing field that spans the Earth, Oceans, Atmosphere, as well as Planetary bodies.

2:00 P.M. – 2:50 P.M

10X Your Research with IEEE DataPort – with Rakesh Kumar and Witold Kinsner

See how IEEE DataPort can help accelerate research, bring researchers global exposure and help increase citations. IEEE DataPort is designed to enable researchers to access research datasets across a wide-spectrum of engineering and scientific topics which can help a researcher jump-start their research and increase the velocity of research projects. The IEEE DataPort platform also enables researchers to upload datasets to meet funding agency requirements for making data accessible. And publishing data on IEEE DataPort will bring global exposure to the researcher as the platform has 10-15K users/day. And one of the best benefits is to potentially increase your citations since data is citable – and if you link your data to your manuscript, you can direct people to also cite your manuscript. So 10X your research today using IEEE DataPort!

3:00 P.M. – 3:50 P.M

Geoscience and Remote Sensing in the Age of AI: Career Opportunities and Growing our Community – moderated by Dalton Lunga, with Manil Maskey, Fabio Pacifici, and Lexie Yang

The field of Geoscience and Remote Sensing (GRS) has seen tremendous growth over the past decades. With focus interests spanning from science and engineering to dissemination and techniques of remote sensing of the Earth, Oceans, Atmosphere and Space, the field remains central to enabling the society’s understanding of the interaction between human activities, the Earth system and our living environment through the combination of observational data science and physical modeling.