Register for the 2022 IEEE Vision, Innovation, and Challenges (VIC) Summit and Honors Ceremony, which will be held at the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina in San Diego, California, USA on Friday, 6 May. Come hear experts discuss the impacts of technology in the areas of 5G, cloud, cybersecurity, machine learning, metaverse, aerospace technology, IoT, and more. The evening’s Ceremony is a celebration of renowned icons from the areas of communications, medical imaging, visual media, information sciences and systems, and various other fields of computer and electrical engineering. This is an event not to be missed!

Spotlight on Women

The IEEE John von Neumann Medal was established in 1990, for outstanding achievements in computer-related science and technology. It is sponsored by IBM. The recipient of the 2022 medal is IEEE Fellow Debora Estrin, professor with the Department of Computer Science and Associate Dean for Impact at Cornell Tech, New York, NY, USA. She is receiving the award “for leadership in mobile and wireless sensing systems technologies and applications, including personal health management.” Estrin is an innovator of mobile sensing systems who has transformed the health technology sector by demonstrating the power of passive and active data collection for patient health management.

Estrin will also be a panelist at the pre-event to the IEEE VIC Summit and Honors Ceremony, hosted by Qualcomm, on 5 May. During the “Evening of Innovation,” a group of recipients of the 2022 IEEE Medals and Recognitions will discuss their careers and their thoughts about technologies of today as well as their impact on the future of humanity.

Also sponsored by IBM, a new medal named for a woman, the IEEE Frances E. Allen Medal, will be presented for the first time. This medal honors computing pioneer Allen, an IEEE Fellow who helped design and build Alpha, a high-level code-breaking language that featured the ability to create new alphabets beyond the system-defined ones. IEEE Senior Member Eugene Wimberly Myers Jr. and Webb Miller are the first to receive the medal, “for pioneering contributions to sequence analysis algorithms and their applications to biosequence search, genome sequencing, and comparative genome analyses.” Their computational innovations have been central to progress on the most important tasks in DNA and protein sequence data analysis, directly enabling the genomic revolution in biological science and medicine.

Women in Technology at the 2022 VIC Summit

Marguerite Gong Hancock, vice president of Innovations and Programming at the Computer History Museum (CHM), will be the Master of Ceremonies for the 2022 IEEE VIC Summit. Hancock leads a rich array of programming onsite and online to reach and engage audiences about innovation across programming, education, and diversity and inclusion. At CHM, she reaches hundreds of thousands of people each year. She is also the founding director of CHM’s Exponential Center, the first museum institution devoted to capturing the legacy and advancing the future of entrepreneurship and innovation in Silicon Valley and around the world.

Soyeon Yi, South Korea’s first and only astronaut, will be part of a panel discussing Aerospace Technology at the VIC Summit. She was selected as an astronaut in December 2006, out of 36,000 contestants vying for the title of South Korea’s First Astronaut. On April 8, 2008, Yi launched into space on-board Soyuz TMA-12. During her 11-day mission at the International Space Station (ISS), she completed an aggressive number of experiments contributing to South Korea’s science textbooks and science channel television lectures.

You can read more about Marguerite Gong Hancock, Soyeon Yi, and all of the 2022 IEEE VIC Summit speakers.

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