May 11th is an exciting day for IEEE. For the second consecutive year, the IEEE Vision, Innovation, and Challenges (VIC) Summit will take over The Palace Hotel in San Francisco. This event is particularly notable because it combines a full day of panels and lectures with the IEEE Honors Ceremony in the evening, including the presentation of the IEEE Medal of Honor.

Established in 1917, the IEEE Medal of Honor is IEEE’s highest award. In a world where location data plays a larger role every day, it shouldn’t be a surprise that this year’s recipient is Bradford W. Parkinson, who led the development and design of the Global Positioning System.

Celebrating Bradford and the outstanding contributions of each award recipient is a key part of the event—but it’s far from the only aspect. The day is filled with world-class presenters who will be discussing today’s most crucial emerging technologies. Attendees get to learn from these great conversations, as well as connect with some of the top innovators and disruptors in the tech world in an intimate setting.

The day’s schedule includes a keynote by Todd Richmond, Director of the Mixed Reality Lab/Studio at USC, who will be discussing new immersive mediums. There’s also a presentation by Mark Meyer from the Pixar Research Group on geometry processing and animated film.

There are three exciting panel offerings. The first, “The New Gene Therapy: CRISPR-Cas9 and the Future of Medicine,” features John Tisdale from the NIH and Bruce Conklin from UCSF; the moderator is Glenn Zorpette, the Executive Editor of IEEE Spectrum.

The second, “Robots on the Rise: The Future of Robotics and AI,” is moderated by Stanford Professor Oussama Khatib, and features Cynthia Breazeal, Associate Professor at MIT & Founder and Chief Scientist of Jibo, Inc.; Eric Krotkov, COO at TRI; Marc Raibert, Founder and CEO of Boston Dynamics; and Grant Imahara, Consulting Mechanical Designer, Disney Research, and the host of Discovery Channel’s MythBusters.

The third panel, “Social Impact, and the Role of Engineers in Today’s Society,” is moderated by Matthew Fiedler, the co-founder and CTO of re:3D, and features panelists Ryan Cousins, CEO of krtkl, inc.; Kevin Noertker, Co-Founder and CEO of Ampaire; and Veronica Osinski, Founder and Managing Partner of Trifecta Capital.

Last year’s attendees came from over 21 countries, and their backgrounds ranged from C-level executives to academics, engineers to consultants. The power lies in the fact that all attendees and presenters see technology as a force to better mankind, no matter their professional focus.

To learn more, visit http://ieee-vics.org/.

To register, click here.

Stay tuned for live updates from the VIC Summit and Honors Ceremony on IEEE Transmitter.

Written by IEEE on April 30, 2018