Sony Pixel Power calrec Sony

College Students in AI Take World's Greatest Field Trip' to GTC


Seventy-five students from Houston Community College's new two-year artificial intelligence program will attend NVIDIA's GTC conference next month.

Calling it the greatest field trip of all time, the program's coordinator, G. Raymond Brown, sees it as a way to bring students in the program up to speed fast.

The program at HCC, launched in August 2020, aims to get skilled workers into Houston's booming job market. HCC reaches more than 110,000 students per year, making it one of the largest and most diverse two-year public colleges in the United States.

We've found GTC to be a marvelous resource, said Brown, who first sent students to the conference in April. Being virtual has made an enormous difference for us.

Bringing More Skills to More Workers GTC is one of the premier events in AI, accelerated computing, autonomous vehicles and robotics.

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, the conference brought together innovators from various industries at events in Silicon Valley and around the world.

But GTC went virtual in 2020 as the COVID-19 pandemic took hold.

When that happened, Brown and USAi Labs, a Houston nonprofit developer network specializing in mentoring, education and intelligence-based R&D, sprang into action.

With the bulk of the conference free, and no need to worry about a travel budget, GTC's lineup of speakers, training sessions and keynotes could become an invaluable resource.

That's what Brown - who holds a Ph.D. in physics from Duke University and is known as Doc Brown - was looking to add to HCC's AI program.

The cost of tuition at four-year colleges in the United States has never been higher, leaving many students with enormous debts.

At the same time, worldwide demand for AI skills is surging.

And there are a vast number of opportunities in Houston, America's most diverse city, with its medical, aerospace, oil and gas, and technology industries, Brown said.

Brown, who has worked in private industry and as a physics professor at four-year colleges, knows this territory well.

Two years ago, he saw an opportunity for an affordable two-year college program at HCC that could make a difference by engaging a broad population of students.

The goal: prepare them for jobs as AI support specialists who can help enterprise teams put the latest AI technologies to work.

As a result, Brown's students are already busy.

He said that many already have part-time jobs and side gigs, even before his nascent program has graduated a single student.

One student, Denzel Wilson (left), spent the summer at Rice University, helping graduate students and faculty in bio-genomics put AI techniques to work to advance their research.

Another student recently gave a presentation on the latest AI techniques at the Pumps and Pipes meetup. It brings Houston's world-class oil and gas engineers together with members of the region's medical community to exchange ideas.

Brown says such opportunities can be the first rung on the career ladder for his students, many of whom are from disadvantaged backgrounds.

And many employers are eager to pay for more training and education for new hires, letting students accumulate in-demand skills rather than debt.

Others, such as Neethi Anand Gangidi (right), who already holds master's degrees in chemical engineering and subsea engineering, see HCC's AI program as a way to swiftly add practical AI to their skill sets.

Digging In In the spring, Brown added GTC to three of the program's courses - History, Theory and Platforms 1370, Machine Learning in AI 1371, and Computer Vision in AI 1378 - in two course modules with assignments, discussions and presentations.

Some courses in the program even make use of teaching kits from NVIDIA's Deep Learning Institute.

Brown reports students dug right in, starting with NVIDIA CEO Jensen Huang's keynote. Some students, like Gangidi, sat in on dozens of sessions across a wide variety of industries.

Having the opportunity to learn what's going on in the AI industry is really awesome, Gangidi said.

From there, students chose sessions that piqued their interest. Brown reports that many were overwhelmed in the first few days, but they soon got their bearings.

They began to pick up on who was influential in the world of AI. They started to understand trends in the field better. And they got a broader perspective on the growing number of industries it's reshaping, Brown reports.

There are just so many things to take in, said Wilson, who is taking courses at HCC while he works as a laboratory assistant.

One of the most valuable lessons students learned from seasoned pros working in AI is that it's a process rather than a product.

Most of the kids were surprised, Brown said. Most students believe everything should work out of the box. They don't realize that good AI is a matter of gradually getting to the right answers, not an instant answer.

Brown's eager to send students back for more. For next month's GTC, he's expanding the amount of coursework built around GTC.

We want our students to see themselves as the professionals they are becoming, Brown said. That starts with inclusion in events like GTC.
See more stories from nvidia

North America Stories



Jun29 IMT AIRBORNE VIDEO DOWNLINK SYSTEM (AVDS) TAKES OFF AT ALEA EXPO 2016 SAVANNAH, GA, JUNE 29, 2016 - Integrated Microwave Technologies (IMT), a leader in...


Images from NAB 2017

Apr25 Images from NAB 2017 Mike Payne of Vislink delivers a presentation on newsnet, a secure, high-bandwidth IP network that completely transforms traditiona...



Apr24 VISLINK UNVEILS ALL-NEW HCAM, HEVC 4K UHD CAMERA TRANSMITTER AT NAB 2017 18 Unit Purchase by UK Based-Broadcast RF to be Finalized at Show LAS VEGAS, ...





Grass Valley and Broadcast Solutions Group Sign Multi-Million Enterprise Pricing Agreement

MONTREAL, December 2, 2021 - Grass Valley announces it has signed an enterprise ...


IBC Announces Changes to IBC Digital

LONDON Despite the cancellation of the 2021 IBC in-person event, IBC is refining its IBC Digital online program to reflect last minute changes....


Artel Joins Ross openGear

OTTAWA Ross Video has announced that Artel Video Systems has joined its Emmy-award winning openGear signal processing platform. Created in 2006, openGear is the...


ESPN Digital Hits Record 120M U.S. Users in October

BRISTOL, Conn. The fall sports season has been boosting digital audiences on ESPN Digital to new records, with the company reporting 120 million unique visitors...


CBC/Radio-Canada Plans 3,500+ Hours of Live Winter Olympics Coverage

OTTAWA, Canada In the runup to the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022, CBC/Radio-Canada has announced that its coverage of the XXIV Olympic Winter Games Beijing ...


Sonys Airpeak S1 Drone for Video Professionals Now Available for Order

SAN DIEGO Sony Electronics today announced the availability timing of the company's first-ever professional drone, Airpeak S1. The introductory model in the...


Discovery Extends Relationship with AWS To Assist in Global Rollout of Discovery+

SEATTLE Discovery has turned to Amazon Web Services (AWS) to assist with the glo...


Vislink Introduces New Mobile Viewpoint BaseLink 5G Mobile Encoder

HACKETTSTOWN, N.J. Vislink this week launched its new Mobile Viewpoint BaseLink 5G mobile encoder for remote production and enhancements to its and Mobile Viewp...


AccuWeather Network Inks Measurement Deal with Nielsen

STATE COLLEGE, Penn. The AccuWeather Network has announced that it has entered into a multi-year agreement with Nielsen for cable TV measurement to help deepen ...


Senate Panel Approves Rosenworcel's Nomination to FCC

WASHINGTON D.C. The Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee has voted to approve Jessica Rosenworcel s nomination to another term at the Federal ...


Gigi Sohn Navigates Issue-Filled FCC Nomination Hearing

WASHINGTON, D.C. As expected, Democratic Federal Communications Commission nominee Gigi Sohn took some tough questions during her Senate Commerce Committee nomi...


Ross Updates its Servers

OTTAWA Ross has added new functionality to its video server line of products, which include Mira, Tria and Kiva products and has reduced prices as well....


New ViacomCBS Report Shows Improved Diversity in Management Ranks

NEW YORK As part of ViacomCBS's efforts to improve the diversity of its workplace and the content it delivers to the public, the company has issued its seco...


A+E Networks to Launch in Encompass' Altitude Media Cloud

ATLANTA In a notable example of how media companies are moving operations into cloud-based infrastructures, Encompass Digital Media has announced that it will l...


Canon Launches a New Reference Display and a PTZ Camera

MELVILLE, N.Y. Canon USA has announced two new products, the DP-V1830 18.4-inch 4K/HDR professional reference display and the CR-X300 4K outdoor PTZ camera....


SVG Voices: WWE Director of Television Production Management Jeremy Shand

SVG Voices: WWE Director of Television Production Management Jeremy Shand By SVG Staff Thursday, December 2, 2021 - 6:30 am Print This Story | Subscribe ...


SVG Esports Production Summit: NBA 2K League's Matt Arden & TJ Canty on Pivoting to Remote Production, Creating a New Fan Experience

SVG Esports Production Summit: NBA 2K League's Matt Arden & TJ Canty on Pivo...


Sky Deutschland Pushes Ahead With Pioneering 5G Trials for In-Stadium App and e2e Broadcasting

Sky Deutschland pushes ahead with pioneering 5G trials for in-stadium app and e2...


SVG, Hazeleden Betty Ford Families in Recovery Series Looks at Dealing with Stigma, Shame, and Guilt

SVG, Hazeleden Betty Ford Families in Recovery Series Looks at Dealing with Stig...


Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame 2020-21: Fred Gaudelli, Father of the Modern Pro-Football Broadcast

Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame 2020-21: Fred Gaudelli, Father of the Modern Pr...


The SVG Podcast: Inside the League of Legends World Championship Final With Riot Games' Nick Troop and Carrie Dunn

The SVG Podcast: Inside the League of Legends World Championship Final With Riot...


SVG Summit Preview: Dec. 14 Sessions Dive Deep in Market Segments

SVG Summit Preview: Dec. 14 Sessions Dive Deep in Market Segments By SVG Staff Thursday, December 2, 2021 - 2:09 pm Print This Story | Subscribe Story H...


Emily Receives a Birthday Surprise in Sneak Peek at 'Emily in Paris' Season 2

Back to All News Emily Receives a Birthday Surprise in Sneak Peek at Emily in P...


LinkedIn launches in Hindi to boost access to opportunities...

LinkedIn launches in Hindi to boost access to opportunities for 600 million people Published on Dec 2, 2021 Categories: Asia, Product News LinkedIn Corpora...


Artel Joins Ross openGear Partner Network

Ottawa, Canada, December 2nd 2021 Ross Video is pleased to announce that Artel Video Systems has joined as the latest in an ever-expanding list of partners cr...


Fotokite's Autonomous Drone Gives Firefighters an Eye in the Sky

First responders don't have time on their side. Whether fires, search-and-rescue missions or medical emergencies, their challenges are usually dangerous an...


GFN Thursday: Dashing Into December With RTX 3080 Memberships and 20 New Games

With the holiday season comes many joys for GeForce NOW members. This month, RTX 3080 membership preorders are activating in Europe. Plus, we've made a li...


Omniverse Creator Takes Viewers Down an Artistic Time Tunnel in OmniRacer Video

Movies like The Matrix and The Lord of the Rings inspired a lifelong journey in computer graphics for Piotr Skiejka, a senior visual effects artist at Ubisoft. ...


Ross Revamps Video Server Solutions for Even Greater Value

Ottawa, Canada, December 1st 2021 - Ross is pleased to announce a refresh of our Video Server solutions range, with new functionality being added to the Mira, T...


WRAL-TV's Annual Coats for Children Campaign in Full Swing

WRAL-TV is once again collecting warm winter clothing, money and new toys for Salvation Army families in need through Coats For The Children, one of WRALs signa...



GLOBAL NEWS RADIO 640 TORONTO WELCOMES AMANDA CUPIDOShare on Social Media Share Tweet Post More Brands News Radio - Ontario December 1, 2021GLOBAL NEWS RA...


Marcus Lamb, Founder of Christian TV Network DayStar TV Dies of COVID

BEDFORD, TX Marcus Lamb, the founder and CEO of Christian TV network DayStar TV died of COVID on Nov. 30, the network confirmed today. Lamb, 64, is survived by ...


Viewers Are Spending Less Time Watching TV, Movies

LOS ANGELES Consumers are spending less time watching TV and movies and more time playing video games and listening to music and podcasts, according to new rese...


Best of 2021 Awards Nomination Deadline Extended to Dec. 7

Although the IBC Show has cancelled its 2021 in-person event, the TV Tech Best of 2021 Awards is still on. The deadline to submit nominations has now been exten...


Lawo Launches Three New Rear Plate Models

RASTATT, Germany To fully leverage the processing capacity of its V__matrix C100 blades and to allow users to derive more power from a smaller footprint, Lawo h...


Whip Media Adds Epix, HBO Execs to Management Team

Whip Media, whose tech platform is used to distribute and monetize content, said it hired Joanna Wise as senior VP of people and Patrick Kilkelly as VP of custo...


Nexstar Names David Hart GM of Savannah Operations

Nexstar Media Group said it named David Hart as VP and general manager of its broadcasting and digital businesses in Savannah. Georgia, including WSAV-TV....


NBC News Now To Add Daily Joshua Johnson Show To Lineup

Streaming news service NBC News Now said it will add Now Tonight with Joshua Johnson to its primetime lineup starting Dec. 6 at 8 p.m....


Comcast Reaches New Carriage Agreement With Walt Disney Co.

Heading off what could have been a major disruption, Comcast has reached a new deal to carry The Walt Disney Co.'s content....


Brian Pugh Named Chief Technology Officer For Comscore

Comscore said it named Brian Pugh as chief information officer, a new post at the measurement company....


Pen15' To End After Season Two on Hulu

Hulu comedy Pen15 will conclude after season two. Season two began in September, and the final seven episodes in the season debut Dec. 3....


In Their Own Words Continues With Angela Merkel on PBS

In Their Own Words continues with the premiere of a profile of German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Dec. 28. Merkel, who will step down as Chancellor at the end o...


TV By the Numbers: Thanksgiving Parade Floats Near Impressions, Watch-Time Leads

Below is a snapshot of TV by the numbers for the week of Nov. 22-28, showcasing the most-watched shows and networks using glass-level data from Vizio's Insc...


CNNs Chris Cuomo Indefinitely Suspended

CNN has indefinitely suspended anchor Chris Cuomo, one of its top-rated news personalities, following the release of documents that CNN Business characterized a...


Ennes Educational Foundation Trust Announces Scholarships

The Ennes Educational Foundation Trust has awarded five scholarships for 2021. The recipients were chosen from applications received by July 1, 2021, from the p...