Surya Ganguli is an Assistant Professor of Applied Physics at Stanford, with courtesy appointments in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science and Neurobiology. He leads the highly interdisciplinary Stanford Neural Dynamics and Computation lab, whose research spans the fields of neuroscience, physics, and machine learning. Prof. Ganguli’s work involves combining and extending techniques from mathematics, physics, statistics, and computer science to better understand how biological neural circuits work, as well to better analyze and design artificial neural networks. He also consults one day a week at the Google Brain Research Team.
Hemant Taneja is a Managing Director at General Catalyst, a premier venture capital firm with approximately $4b raised. He is currently on the board of the Stanford Engineering VC Fund. He is a leading thinker on technology and investing with involvement in companies like Snap, Stripe, Samsara, Gusto, ClassDojo and Color Genomics. He is also co-founder (with Tom Steyer, Member of the Board of Trustees at Stanford) and board chair of Advanced Energy Economy and a member of the Stanford Medicine Board of Fellows. Finally, Hemant has thought deeply about the intersection of AI, entrepreneurship and society; he is currently finishing a book, Unscaled, that explores these issues in depth and is due out in early 2018.