Since 2016, we have been convening a cross-disciplinary group of academic and industry experts and the general public to explore the impacts AI, machine learning, and other frontier technologies have on our personal and professional lives.
Artificial Intelligence Los Angeles (AI LA) is a public benefit 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization; supporting the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics) communities of the Greater Los Angeles area.
Our mission is to catalyze innovation through education, conversation, and collaboration. Our dedicated community explores the impacts of artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, and other emerging technologies on humanity. We offer guidance and create professional and industry development opportunities by delivering programs and initiatives—on contemporary topics and multidisciplinary applications of AI— to serve our region.
On this journey, we have helped many professionals and organizations find jobs, business partners, new hires, funding, friends, lovers (yep), and a general sense of belonging.
Since 2016, we have been trusted conveners of cross-disciplinary groups of academics, industry experts, and the general public to explore the impacts of artificial intelligence, machine learning, and other frontier technologies, on our personal and professional lives. So far, we have hosted over 100 in-person and virtual events; including panel discussions, technical workshops, hackathons, design workshops, summits, symposia, and (soon) citizen science projects.
Our story has only begun, and we hope you'll join us, as we transform the Greater Los Angeles region into a hub for responsible AI research, development, and application.
Ameed Taylor merges his entrepreneurial and cloud expertise with his roles in Cloud ERP, Analytics, and AI. His work focuses on medical and aerospace sectors, utilizing advanced models and tools like GPT-4, Google Gemini, and LangChain. Ameed excels in enhancing AI models for diverse applications, including multimodal and computer vision.
Currently a student at the University of Southern California studying Applied and Computational Mathematics and Economics. She is passionate about green innovation and hopes to combine her interests in technology, entrepreneurship, and sustainability to create positive environmental and social impact.
Grant has been building successful technology businesses in Seattle and Los Angles for over 20 years. His company codeSpark, the most used coding platform for young kids, was recently acquired by BEGiN. He currently runs Sun Gem an AI Consultancy and advises several early stage start-ups, including Nexa AI.
Julianna Montano is a law student under Southwestern Law School's Two-Year Accelerated Program. She is a recent graduate of USC, where she was a member of the AI Safety Governance Fellowship and pursued a dual-degree in Philosophy and Pharmacology. Through AI LA and Students for Technology Law and Entrepreneurship, she is exploring the social and political impact of AI technologies across the biotech industry. (edited)
As a Triple USC Trojan, earning a Bachelor's in Applied Math, a Master's in Business Analytics, and working part-time within people analytics at the University of Southern California, Kyle Evenson is a data analyst devoted to actionable change toward sustainability and social equity.
Rachel Joy Victor is a strategist and designer working with emerging technologies. Her strategy work aligns brand, product, and content strategy, centering user engagement and experience throughout. She designs systems architectures and user experiences--from tools and platforms to spaces and cities to narratives and immersive content. Rachel draws from degrees in computational neuroscience and spatial economics and data analysis to align emergent systems and human behavior in her work.
With an Applied Mathematics background from UCLA and active involvement in the VC and startup landscape, Rita is dedicated to fostering innovation within the entrepreneurial community. Her passion for AI, particularly in healthcare and biotech, has fueled her efforts to mentor and inspire, bridging the gap between technology and human-centric solutions. Through collaboration and education, Rita aims to empower the next wave of innovators, driving meaningful advancements in the AI realm.
Shree is a technologist dedicated to accelerating human progress with AI. His experience spans building, advising, and investing in startups, where his passion lies in empowering entrepreneurs and catalyzing innovation in the venture universe. Shree is a fierce techno-optimist, and believes that AGI will emerge as the most transformative force in humanity’s existence. 🚀
Founder and CEO of Semio and the Vice President of the AI LA Community. Ross's research focuses on multimodal natural language processing in face-to-face human-robot interaction, resulting in more than 40 peer-reviewed publications supported by over $10-million in grants for which he was a primary contributor.
Margeaux is an innovator in the edtech sector. She is cofounder of Kr8 Ventures, a software development company and edtech incubator for early stage startups. Kr8’s programs focus on equity-centered, engineering design thinking to build products that transform learning and the way education institutions operate. She is passionate about AI in the classroom, data science and virtual reality innovations. Margeaux is also creator of C-Tech, a STEAM school in South LA, and board member at CalCreative Learning Academy.
Shawn Poiley is the Founder/CEO of Receptor—a business incubator focused on digital health. He is a 16-year Disney/Marvel alum with deep experience in strategy and marketing. Shawn has served on the board of AI LA since 2018. He holds a BS. Accounting and an MBA from the University of Florida, and is a Masters candidate (expected graduation May 2022) in Integrated Design, Business, and Technology at USC’s Iovine and Young Academy.
Lara Jeremko is Founder & CEO of Beyond Ventures, a strategic investment and advisory firm partnering with entrepreneurs, investors, researchers, brands and creatives. She advises Pivotal Ventures, the incubation and investment company founded by Melinda French Gates. Lara also led the XR Education Prize Challenge funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Previously, Lara was an investment officer managing a $1.5 billion venture fund portfolio at the University of Texas endowment assets, and a private equity analyst at Credit Suisse.
I have over 12 years of experience researching and managing data/algorithms in: psychometrics, human-machine interaction, psychophysics, biophysics, robotics, MRI, image processing, machine vision, time-series algorithms, matching, recommendation, & reinforcement algorithms, animal-models, control systems, cost-optimization models, and iterative bayesian methods.