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Distinguished Lecture Series 2017/18 – Prof. Ikhlaq Sidhu

Prof. Ikhlaq Sidhu from University of California Berkeley, USA visited the Department and delivered a Distinguished Lecture on “How to Achieve Data Analytics and Artificial Intelligence in X - Learning from Experiences at UC Berkeley” on 23 January 2018. In the lecture, Prof. Sidhu described strategies to maximize the benefit of Data and AI across the university and the evolution of data-related education including some examples from recent initiatives at Berkeley and the collaboration with HKBU. The lecture was full of constructive interaction and well received.

Prof. Ikhlaq Sidhu is the founding faculty director and chief scientist of UC Berkeley’s Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology. He received the IEOR Emerging Area Professor Award from his department at Berkeley. He is an innovator with an industry background and the perspective of an academic.

Prof. Sidhu teaches, advises, and manages people to enable impactful and relevant innovation, which today demands a different kind of leadership. From him, people learn how to create new things that are technically complex that will also actually have impact in the real world.

He is an innovator in the narrow sense (e.g. created 60+ patents, technology, and products) and he is an innovator in the broad sense (e.g. launched ventures, raised funds, founded organizations, led businesses, and navigated complex organizational challenges) within areas of data networking, telecommunications, and academics.

Prof. Sidhu is most known for bringing an industry perspective to academia. He founded the Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology in 2005 and launched its many spin-offs programs. With Ken Singer, he co-created the Berkeley Method of Entrepreneurship (for students) and the Berkeley Method of Innovation Leadership (for existing companies). Both of these frameworks add concepts of social-psychology, mindset, and journey to the traditional steps of innovation. The spin-offs from his work at Berkeley include the GVL in 2008, the Fung Institute in 2009, the Engineering Leadership Professional Program in 2011, SkyDeck in 2012, the Innovation Collider in 2015, and Data-X in 2016.

Prof. Sidhu serves on several boards and advisory roles including Venture Advisor at Onset Ventures (a leading Silicon Valley investment firm), the Faculty Committee for Lawrence Hall of Science at UC Berkeley, the Board of Trustees of the Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Qatar, Fellow, Applied Innovation Institute, and the Faculty Director’s Council, Jacob’s Institute of Design at UC Berkeley.

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