83rd Annual Seminar Day

SATURDAY, MAY 16, 2020
9 AM – 3 PM PT

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David Ho (BS ’74)

Session I

SARS-CoV-2 Pandemic

This presentation provided an overview of the status of the COVID-19 pandemic caused by a novel coronavirus now termed SARS-CoV-2. Prospect for science to deliver therapeutic and prophylactic solutions was discussed as well.

David Ho (BS ’74)

Distinguished Alumnus and Caltech Trustee; Director, Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Center; Clyde and Helen Wu Professor of Medicine, Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons

Azita Emami (left) and Katherine Bouman

Session II

Sensing to Intelligence: From the Human Body to Black Holes in Space

In this session, Caltech professors Azita Emami and Katherine Bouman discussed a holistic approach that brings together the two distinct fields of sensor technology and artificial intelligence through the co-design of sensors and algorithms. The aim is to create sensor networks that intelligently and autonomously process their own data and adapt their activity in real time based on what they detect, enabling transformative discoveries in areas ranging from neural signals in the human body to black holes in space.

Katherine Bouman

Assistant Professor of Computing and Mathematical Sciences and Electrical Engineering; Rosenberg Scholar

Azita Emami

Andrew and Peggy Cherng Professor of Electrical Engineering and Medical Engineering; Investigator, Heritage Medical Research Institute; Executive Officer for Electrical Engineering

Michael Watkins

Session III

The Mars 2020 Mission and Robotic Exploration at JPL

Over the last 50 years, JPL spacecraft have visited every planet in our solar system and we have had continuous robotic presence on the surface of Mars for over 20 years. This presentation discussed the new Mars rover, Perseverance, and highlighted its science goals and current assembly in preparation for the upcoming July 2020 launch.

Michael Watkins

Vice President and Director, Jet Propulsion Laboratory; Professor of Aerospace and Geophysics

Jean-Laurent Rosenthal (PhD ’88)

Session IV

Pandemics and the Economy; Lessons from History

Putting the COVID-19 pandemic in historical context helps underscore an unprecedented willingness to reduce economic activity to save lives. What are the consequences of this approach for the long term? Can history help us envision our post-COVID future?

Jean-Laurent Rosenthal (PhD ’88)

Rea A. and Lela G. Axline Professor of Business Economics; Ronald and Maxine Linde Leadership Chair, Division of the Humanities and Social Sciences

Also Featured

Thomas F. Rosenbaum

President, Caltech; Sonja and William Davidow Presidential Chair and Professor of Physics

Patt Morrison

Los Angeles Times Columnist and Television and Radio Host with six Emmys and a share of two Pulitzer Prizes; Best-Selling Author

Chris Bryant (BS ’95)

President, Caltech Alumni Association

Ralph Amos

Assistant Vice President, Alumni Relations; Executive Director, Caltech Alumni Association


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