Magnus Ekman, Ph.D., is a director of architecture at NVIDIA Corporation. His doctorate is in computer engineering, and he is the inventor of multiple patents. He was first exposed to artificial neural networks in the late nineties in his native country, Sweden. After some dabbling in evolutionary computation, he ended up focusing on computer architecture and relocated to Silicon Valley, where he lives with his wife Jennifer, children Sebastian and Sofia, and dog Babette. He previously worked with processor design and R&D at Sun Microsystems and Samsung Research America, and has been involved in starting two companies, one of which (Skout) was later acquired by The Meet Group, Inc. In his current role at NVIDIA, he leads an engineering team working on CPU performance and power efficiency for system on chips targeting the autonomous vehicle market.
As the Deep Learning (DL) field exploded the past few years, fueled by NVIDIA's GPU technology and CUDA, Dr. Ekman found himself in the middle of a company expanding beyond computer graphics into becoming a deep learning (DL) powerhouse. As a part of that journey, he challenged himself to stay up-to-date with the most recent developments in the field. He considers himself to be an educator, and in the process of writing Learning Deep Learning (LDL), he partnered with the NVIDIA Deep Learning Institute (DLI), which offers hands-on training in AI, accelerated computing, and accelerated data science. He is thrilled about DLI's plans to add LDL to its existing portfolio of self-paced online courses, live instructor-led workshops, educator programs, and teaching kits.