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Okay, we've gone over all the submissions for our first Winter Photo Contest and debated at length over our favorites. And, we've finally come to a consensus, which will introduce our second, second-time contest winner: ZZ3D.   First Prize: Snow Fight   ZZ3D's a long-time contributor to 3DVisionLive and has shared some amazing work with us. Snow Fight is certainly no exception! We felt this image captured the essence of the contest's Winter theme very well, and...
The votes have all been cast and we can now, finally, bring you the results of our First Annual Summer Photo Contest. Dozen's of excellent images were submitted and it was a challenge to whittle all the entries down and select the prize winners. Without further ado we get to the results - drumroll please!   First Prize: "Soap Bubble" Zoran Zelic (ZZ3D)'s "Soap Bubble 1" takes the top prize. We like the spontaneity the image implies along with the overall composition...
Sometimes it’s just great “when a plan comes together.” An avid warbird photographer, I’d been familiar with Christian Kieffer’s outstanding pinup photography for years – his company produces some truly amazing nostalgic calendars featuring vintage WWII aircraft and models done up to mimic the pinups from the same era that helped to keep many an airman’s spirits high. Thinking the subject matter would lend itself well to 3D, I approached Christian a few months ago about...
The 2004 release of id Software’s Doom 3 spurred many PC gamers to upgrade their rigs – with many building completely new machines with the sole intent of driving this game at its ultimate eye-candy settings. And many gamers still came up a bit short, which is just one reason why they are looking forward to jumping into the corridor-crawling fray again with the release of Doom 3 BFG Edition.Silverlight.createObject("http://d2q1944p6r21t1.cloudfront.net/files/...
We’ve rolled out a new look for the Photo page that updates the page to have a similar look and feel to the home and video pages. We’ve added a pane of larger thumbnails across the top that is user-navigable. Just click the right or left arrows to cycle. (We will be adding an auto-scroll mechanism to this soon.) And these are viewable in 3D - just click the 2D/3D toggle button at the top right of the page. Make sure to upgrade to the most recent drivers for best performance...

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What’s a journalism and politics major from Ithaca College in upstate New York doing interning at NVIDIA, which focuses on AI, self-driving cars and VR? Believe me, I asked myself the same question.

I never thought I would be writing on subjects such as intelligent drones protecting endangered species in Africa, a Chinese startup building driverless trucks, and AI’s ability to determine the future of red giant stars.

Researching and writing stories like these as a corporate communications intern here this summer has made one thing clear: the company’s GPU-powered AI revolution values diversity.

Over 400 students interned at the company’s Santa Clara headquarters this summer, its biggest class yet. That put NVIDIA’s University Recruiting team into overdrive developing a comprehensive curriculum, offering opportunities to build skills, and planning networking events for our interns and their new colleagues.

Building the Future Dozens of interns and managers got together for a San Jose Earthquakes game.

Innovation has been the crux of Anuj Rao’s work making our GPUs with our architecture team. Using simulation models, Rao, a computer engineering master’s student at the University of California, San Diego, worked to modify the overall performance of our GPUs, with a focus on better running AI applications.

“I gained an understanding of the workflow since people usually only see the end product,” said Rao. “But I worked on trials and collaborated with research, hardware and software teams for feedback.”

Growing up with little access to computers in Bokaro Steel City, a small town in the mineral-rich state of Jharkhand, India, Leena Sarkar never imagined she would one day be working on the forefront of self-driving car technology.

Collaborating with our autonomous driving unit, she’s made the most of the experience by developing a chatbot for navigation using recurrent neural networks. The bot finds the best route as per driver preferences and provides a few route choices that drivers can select to navigate. It’s a critical step towards both copiloted and complete autonomous driving.

“It has been very exciting,” said Sarkar, who moved from India last year to pursue her master’s thesis in processing and machine learning at Stony Brook University in New York. “I loved working on AI and this gave me a great opportunity to explore goal-oriented dialogue agents.”

Others, like new-experiences research intern Alexander Majercik, had the chance to travel outside of Silicon Valley. Majercik helped his team with their emerging technology demo on virtual reality at SIGGRAPH, an annual computer graphics conference held in Los Angeles.

“VR research specifically is fundamentally changing the way we interact with technology such as computers, so it’s been very interesting to be a part of a transformation,” said Majercik, a recent computer science graduate of Williams College, in Massachusetts.

Each summer, NVIDIA interns take part in community giving events. Culture of Giving Back

It’s not all coding, programming and data crunching for our interns. Over 85 of them tackled a different kind of project in late July: packaging meals to support “Rise Against Hunger,” an international hunger relief organization.

Supported by the NVIDIA Foundation, the team assembled more than 18,000 meal packets filled with soy, dehydrated vegetables, rice and vitamins, which will be distributed to Pacific Rim countries, including North Korea, Vietnam and Cambodia.

“It’s awesome. I haven’t had a chance to do something like this before,” said Akanksha Bindal, a computer science major at Georgia Institute of Technology, who’s been working on our product strategy team for gaming products.

Bonding at Break Time

Interns also built ties through sports and weekend excursions.

In mid-July, around 300 interns and their mentors sporting NVIDIA shirts and hoodies gathered at Avaya Stadium to enjoy a BBQ and vegetarian dinner and watch a friendly soccer match between the San Jose Earthquakes and Bundesliga’s Eintracht Frankfurt.

Interns and managers’ night out at the Avaya Stadium.

Taking every opportunity to soak in the California sun, a few dozen interns regularly coordinated weekend trips through an “intern-excursions” listserv. They hit destinations such as Monterey, Santa Barbara and Santa Monica. Jacob Rampertab, who interns with our Tegra Software team, said his favorite experience was visiting a waterfall near Lake Tahoe.

“We’ve done a lot of attractions, sightseeing and almost everything you’d find if you went on TripAdvisor,” said Rampertab, a mechatronics student at the University of Waterloo in Canada. “We have a good group, so there’s always some subset of people who want to do something.”

It’s never too early to plan your next summer. Find out more about NVIDIA’s internship program.

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Volkswagen and NVIDIA are looking to help five top startups put the pedal to the metal in the race to bring new technology to the automotive industry.

The companies selected will join the Startup Collaboration Space at the Volkswagen Data:Lab in Munich, for a 14-week program. The call for applications is open until Sept. 15.

The startups will be part of a VW effort focused on exploiting technology such as, but not limited to, GPU deep learning, machine learning and data science to solve challenges the auto industry faces inside and outside the vehicle, including cybersecurity, logistics, speech and image recognition, and predictive maintenance.

Those selected will each receive €30,000 ($35,000) investment without giving up equity; office space and lab facilities within the lab; mentoring and guidance from VW and NVIDIA experts; plus access to the full resources of the Data:Lab, including an NVIDIA DGX-1 AI supercomputer.

After the first 14-week session, further startups will be selected to participate in future cycles.

“At the Data:Lab Munich, our mission is to create an environment where our team of machine learning experts, industry and academic partners can realize AI’s potential to transform the auto industry,” says Barbara Sichler, director of Business Development and Product Management at the Volkswagen Data:Lab.

Interested startups should apply at the Startup Collaboration Space platform.

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