NVIDIA reveals it strengthened its ties with some of the world's top AI researchers at the Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition conference in Honolulu. At the event, NVIDIA gifted a free NVIDIA Tesla V100 card to representatives of each of the 15 attending research institutions. All fifteen cards came in a box that was signed by NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang.
One of the researchers, Silvio Savarese, an associate professor of computer science at Stanford University and director of the school’s SAIL-Toyota Center for AI Research, likened the signed V100 box to a bottle of fine wine.
Savarese’s research has broken ground in computer vision, robotic perception and machine learning. In recent years, he has received the Best Student Paper Award at CVPR 2016, the James R. Croes Medal in 2013, a TRW Automotive Endowed Research Award in 2012, an NSF Career Award in 2011 and a Google Research Award in 2010.
It was clear this moment meant something special to him.
“It’s exciting, especially to get Jensen’s signature,” Savarese said. “My students will be even more excited.”
He said the V100 would be used for new research on autonomous driving and virtual reality, among other areas.
“Everything is powered by deep learning,” said Savarese. “We can do things we’ve never done before.”