YOUTOPIAN * Exploring the Future of Education at UCLA

Speaker: Lisa Sibila, Dr. DP Prakash, Paul Marca
Affiliation: Youtopian

Talk Date / Time: Wednesday, June 16 – 1:00pm to 2:30pm PDT


In-person:  Engineering 4 Building Room 53-125

In-person Demonstration Dates / Times:  (Engineering 4 Building Room 53-125)

June 16 – 10:00am to 12:00pm PDT
June 16 – 3:00pm to 6:00pm PDT
June 17 – 10:00am to 12:00pm PDT
June 17 – 2:30pm to 5:00pm PDT


Abstract:  Everywhere we are facing 10x the rate of change versus prior decades. Rules based repetitive tasks are being AI automated. eXtended Reality (XR) technology is giving birth to a web of 3D spaces and the Digital Twin of the world. Long held traditions and location based activities are challenged to increasingly embrace digital options. Given the unprecedented speed of change, no single brand of hardware, software and services in the exponentially evolving marketplace can meet all the adaptive Digital Transformation needs of an organization.

Innovation is the only game. Organizations that see this as a massive opportunity in disguise and invest to innovate will separate themselves from the pack and reap competitive advantage of a kind that comes only once in many centuries. Organizations that reach “AI Predictive, Zero Waste and Continuously Learning” steady state of operations will outperform competition. End users will find greater value in super-brand experiences that continually and uniquely combine best capabilities across brands to create new and recurring value.

Every organization must develop an AI XR omnichannel strategy to win. Every function of every organization, and especially the Learning and Development (L&D) function that is common to industry and academia, must ask “what is our AI XR omnichannel strategy?”.   As there are over 2500 majors cumulatively offered from the Top 55 universities alone, universities need to further accelerate cross-field learning.

Faculty’s role is shifting from being a sage on the stage to becoming a guide on the side. With up to 90% of employees in enterprises expressing unhappiness in their current jobs, the faculty’s role should expand beyond imparting technical skills to also helping students develop enduring life skills – how to align to one’s authentic dreams, learning how to learn from hybrid channels lifelong, and continuously reinventing at every stage of life.

Students of the next generation have to embrace an “X” shaped professional expertise profile, developing the ability to learn any skill 10X faster. Vertical “I” shaped profile of a technical leader or even a broader “T” shaped profile of a business leader are prone to rapid obsolescence in fast changing environments of today.

In this talk, Youtopian will provide cutting edge insights from Digital Transformation initiatives powered by AI XR technologies spanning use cases in industries and academia. The demo will introduce the audience to elements of a new omnichannel delivery standard that combines text, audio, pictures, video, 360, VR, AR, AI Tutor and live mentor. We will conclude by sharing a perspective on how to meet learners where they are and accelerate them to full potential by stepping up effectiveness and efficiency of L&D innovations.

For further information, please contact Prof. Subramanian Iyer ()

Date(s) - Jun 16, 2021
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

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