Ever wondered how artificial intelligence affects our life in this digital age? Get all your questions answered in this unique Ask Me Anything session opportunity with globally recognized innovator and business leader Dr Vishal Sikka.


Dr Vishal Sikka

Dr Vishal Sikka is a globally recognised innovator and business leader, who champions the transformative power of technology to amplify human potential and address extraordinary global challenges. He is the founder and CEO of Vianai Systems, Inc., a start-up company that provides advanced software and services in artificial intelligence and machine learning. Previously, he was the CEO and Managing Director of Infosys Limited, a multinational IT services company, from 2014 to 2017. From 2002 to 2014, Sikka was at SAP SE, a multinational software company, where he served on the Executive Board from 2010 to 2014. He serves on the Supervisory Board of BMW Group and on the Advisory Council for the Stanford Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence. Sikka holds a PhD in computer science with a focus on artificial intelligence from Stanford University.

Born and raised in India, he studied computer science at Syracuse University in New York and then gained entry to the elite computer science doctoral program at Stanford University. There he researched artificial intelligence (AI), among other things, and gained his PhD in 1996. He initiated a focus on start-ups, driving venture investments and leading product incubation and co-innovation with customers. He is also credited with developing and driving the success of a revolutionary database and analytics engine, SAP’s now-flagship product, HANA. He has introduced initiatives that set industry precedents and is helping companies leverage advances in AI and machine learning. He is also promoting grassroots innovation and fostering the creativity of people through a culture of learning. His big thinking extends to sustainability, and he is passionate about education and discovery for the digital age. Dr Sikka remains active in research and collaboration with industry and universities.


Dr Caitlin Curtis

Caitlin Curtis is interested in science and technology and its impacts on society. She comes from a robust science foundation in genomics with subsequent training and experience in policy and communication. More recently, her work has expanded to be more interdisciplinary, investigating the impact of science and emerging technology on society - with a particular focus on trust in artificial intelligence and emerging genomics technologies She has a deliberate focus on public and stakeholder engagement to foster the important debates required for the responsible introduction of technology.

About Ask Me Anything Series

Ask Me Anything Series is your opportunity to ask those burning questions about artificial intelligence.


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Advanced Engineering Building