Emerging Innovation Series
Every month the FedEx Institute of Technology invites a leading innovator in emerging technologies to speak about what they are most excited about. Featuring researchers, local leaders, nationally-recognized innovators, and business luminaries, this series is designed to encourage conversation and engage the Memphis community. All talks are free and open to the public.
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Autonomous Vehicles are coming, but how do we blend them into our already complicated transportation infrastructure? Join Brad Breeze, TDOT Traffic Operations Division director, for a talk on how autonomous vehicles will fit in to Tennessee.
August 17th @ 5:00
Join Ken Zakalik, Director of Innovation at ALSAC/St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, for a talk on how ALSAC is using emerging technologies to build a better St. Jude.
September 14th @ 5:00
Join Chad Fowler, Microsoft CTO for Education, OneNote, and Wunderlist for a talk on how we detect true innovation amidst hype and noise.
October 12th @ 5:00
DNA: The Next Stage in Data Storage
Join Dr. Reinhard Heckel of UC Berkley for a talk on novel data storage techniques utilizing DNA as a storage medium.
July 13th @ 5:00
Technological Advancements Enabling Larger Arrays for Submillimeter Spectroscopic Astronomy
he submillimeter (submm) is one of the last wildernesses in the electromagnetic spectrum. Join Dr. Caleb Wheeler of Vanderbilt University as he highlights the current state of heterodyne submillimeter spectroscopy from giant molecular cloud to published plot.
June 15th @ 5:00
Memphis Grizzlies: Technology Innovation in Professional Sports
Professional sports are a hotbed of technology innovation in sports medicine, multimedia technology, and many other fields. President of Business Operations for the Memphis Grizzlies, Jason Wexler, speaks about the innovations happening at the FedEx Forum.
April 20th @ 5:00
Technology Innovations in Orthopedics
Emerging technologies in material sciences and additive processes are changing the way orthopedics are manufactured and implemented. Ed Austin is the Senior Director of Technology Assessment and IP Management at Smith and Nephew. He will discuss his experience working at an international company, and the future of the field.
February 16th @ 12:30
Promise and Potential of Mobile Sensor Data-To-Knowledge
In 2015 the NIH funded a research initiative in mobile health data. This initiative, based at the University of Memphis, has pioneered the implementation of sensor technology in healthcare. Join Dr. Santosh Kumar for a discussion of where mobile healthcare is and where it is going.
January 19th @ 5:00
Emerging Innovations in Intelligent Systems
Intelligence Systems are changing the way we engage with the world. Dr. Vasile Rus, William Dunavent Professor of Computer Science, talks about where the future in AI is headed.
November 18th @11:30
Blockchain and Market Competition
Blockchain is changing the way we do business. Join SimplyAgree CEO Will Norton and U of M Law Professor John Newman for a discussion of how markets will respond to this emerging technology
October 20th @12:00