Qualcomm’s Vinesh Sukumar says, 'The rise of Cognitive AI would redefine edge-based systems to think beyond statistical correlations'

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Dr Vinesh Sukumar, Senior Director - Head of AI/ML Product Management at Qualcomm, shared his insights on the rise of smart technologies and how Qualcomm is using them to redefine the customer experience for their modern users. Read on as he gives his valuable insights on where the industry is headed in the wake of digital transformation and recent global semiconductor scarcity.

Across many industries, we are currently experiencing the creation of intelligent machines that is using AI to simulate smart behavior.


MEDIA 7:  From NASA to Qualcomm, your work experience spans across highly complex matrix organizations. What do you believe is the driving force behind your proven track records and achievements?
VINESH SUKUMAR:
Honestly, all the credit goes to some good mentors that I have had over the years who constantly coached me to be adaptable and a lifelong student. Also, I have been lucky to be part of some great teams who always put team success as a higher priority than individual accomplishments. This definitely educated me on how to work across complex organizations and get the best from everyone around you.


M7: How is Qualcomm redefining the customer experience for its modern users with the help of AI?
VS:
Qualcomm is putting a lot of investment and research into understanding key user experience-related challenges across productivity, gaming, enterprise, driver monitoring, and many such segments. Through this investment, our goal is not only to use AI to improve on these key experience indicators (KEI’s) but also personalize this experience to every user – this I believe lays the foundation for the future of modern users.

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It is unfortunate that the pandemic has played a huge part in fluctuating demand leading to semiconductor shortages.


M7: What are the challenges that you face regarding handling and maintaining such highly developed AI technologies at Qualcomm?
VS:
In Qualcomm, I am fortunate to be working with a diverse set of people who constantly challenge my product vision ideas. Having this dynamic tension always encourages me to be a constant learner at heart. This also helps me drive the ability to articulate why certain investments in AI is needed and what does it take to be successful in commercializing this investment thereby driving critical innovation


M7: Artificial intelligence applications and devices are transforming the industries as we speak. A few years down the line, how do you see AI, IoT, and deep learning technologies changing the world around us?
VS: 
Transformation is the correct nomenclature to use. Across many industries, we are currently experiencing the creation of intelligent machines that is using AI to simulate smart behavior while supporting decision-making ability with little or no human interference. A few years down the line, I wouldn’t be surprised by the rise of Cognitive AI that would redefine edge-based systems to think beyond statistical correlations, self-correct and explain itself as it generates better outcomes.

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Restoring supply and demand balance will take time as the manufacturers don’t have the capacity to meet the desired demand cycles.


M7:  What are your thoughts on recent global semiconductor Scarcity, do you see it easing toward the end of this year?
VS:
It is unfortunate that, the pandemic has played a huge part in fluctuating demand leading to semiconductor shortages. Restoring this supply and demand balance will take time as the manufacturers don’t have the capacity to meet the desired demand cycles. I anticipate we should be seeing a lot of improvements in 2022.


M7: You have over 20 years of industry experience spread across various domains. What do you read, and how do you consume information to stay at the top of your game?
VS:
I usually try to read a variety of books to provide me with the opportunity to think outside the box and continue to polish my behavioral skills. Some recent books are – Atomic Habits by James Clear, Inspired by Marty Cagan, etc. On the technical side, I tend to force myself to attend AI seminars or conferences and listen to many talks from some of the industry luminaries which has proven to be quite insightful on how the industry is progressing and driving innovation.

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At Qualcomm, they invent breakthrough technologies that transform how the world connects, computes, and communicates. They interact with products and technologies made possible by Qualcomm every day—5G-enabled smartphones that double as pro-level cameras and gaming devices, connectivity solutions th...

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