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NVIDIA is pleased to announce the first Photo Champion for 3D Vision Live, Nick Saglimbeni. Regular visitors to the site should be well familiar with Nick's images. His Warehouse Wonderland image won the site's first monthly Photo Contest, and he was also the first repeat winner of the Contest two months later with Kim Kardashian's Wild West - one of the site's first 3D celebrity images. Nick is receiving the 2012 3D Vision Live Photo Champion Award as our formal...
Sorry folks for the delay in announcing the winner for May's Photo Contest - we had an issue with the search function and needed to make sure all entries were considered. Without further ado, on to the results! Alex Savin has been submitting some excellent images from his European adventures for some time now, and his "Fontana di Trevi" is a wonderful example of stereo photography that just plain works. The composition is top notch and the image is sharp throughout, which...
James Cameron continues to pioneer 3D technology. With the first Avatar he showed what 3D could add to the film experience. After criticizing the fast conversions from 2D to 3D that many Hollywood studios have released since Avatar, Cameron oversaw a team that turned Titanic into a 3D blockbuster. That film has been a commercial and critical success, showing what a year of meticulous conversion and $18 million can add to a 15-year-old movie. The director talks about Avatar,...
Marvel Entertainment was one of the first major Hollywood companies to commit to 3D movies. Beginning last summer, every movie based on a Marvel comic property was to be either filmed in 3D or converted to 3D for theatrical and home entertainment releases. When this mandate came down, Ari Arad (Iron Man), producer of Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, turned to NVIDIA to help with the production of the Sony Pictures sequel, which is now out on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray and DVD....
People are flocking to the theater to take in Pixar’s latest animated film, Brave, which we recommend seeing in 3D, of course. After seeing the movie you can relive the adventure by picking up the gorgeous Brave: The Video Game for PC. The third-person action/adventure game lets you play the role of Princess Merida—Pixar’s first female lead character—as you follow her adventures in a family-friendly storyline based on the film. Engage in bow-and-arrow and sword combat and...

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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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