IEEE Infrastructure Conference – Exploring Scale and the Impacts of Artificial Intelligence

Attend the 2nd annual IEEE Infrastructure Conference, 17 October 2019 in San Francisco, CA, where this year, we will continue our discussion on scale, focusing on the important role of AI. 

Gain insight and inspiration to think, or re-think, your infrastructure in sessions guided by and in discussion with foremost experts across the technology industry.

Join us as we discuss big picture questions to give you overall, forward thinking insight, as well as operational nuts & bolts for maximizing your infrastructure.

General areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning
  • AI Accelerators and how they can maintain and support infrastructure
  • Current Implementations & Challenges
  • Security & Trust
  • Scalability & Reliability
  • The Future of AI and Infrastructure



2019 infrastructure

What Makes this Conference Different

  • Designed for and by practitioners, with speakers who have all led, managed or built large infrastructures themselves
  • An intimate, neutral environment for networking and learning with leaders from top technology companies
  • Convened by IEEE, the world's largest technical professional association dedicated to advancing technology for the benefit of humanity

If you're looking for answers, ideas, or the right people to connect with regarding infrastructure, this unique event is for you!

2019 Location

The Westin St. Francis

335 Powell Street

San Francisco, California, USA

Timeless yet modern, The Westin St. Francis has a vibrant, iconic destination in San Francisco as the only hotel directly located on Union Square, with cable cars stopping just outside the doors. Newly renovated, this hotel is designed to incorporate a brightened and natural relaxing palette, perfect for gaining inspiration outside of your daily routine.



Conference Program Committee

Why Infrastructure Matters - A Note From the Chair

Infrastructures are the backend, heart and foundations of many products and companies. What I've learned throughout my career is that creativity, innovations, understanding your customers, and researching other technologies are important factors when building and running infrastructure at different scales. The problem sets and challenges could vary based on the business, architecture and the scale of each company, however, the learnings can apply uniformly independent of what industry you are in.

Our goal for this conference is to bring folks that have been or interested to be involved in building and running infrastructure at any scale and create a community that we can all learn from each other. We hope we can share our stories, lessons learned and when it makes sense even start working together on standards. We also plan on having this conference focus on different topics and based on the feedback from the participants we will adjust the frequency, location and sessions.

Mazdak Hashemi, Ph.D. (Co-Chair)

mazdak hashemi

Mazdak Hashemi's career has been focused on building and scaling platforms & infrastructures for both consumer and enterprise companies. He was formally the Vice President of Engineering at Twitter where during his tenure [2012-2018] he championed a number of efforts which improved Twitter’s reliability, scalability, and efficiency. Prior to that, he was leading Infrastructure and Security for, the remote technology company, and he was part of their core team to architect and launch their Cloud platform. Mazdak was the CTO/Founder for a software start up company and has held different engineering roles for small to medium size global software companies both in early stage to mature public companies. He has served as faculty at the University of Colorado, his alma mater. His areas of technical expertise include software engineering, data mining, databases, and distributed systems. Mazdak is an advocate of promoting equality in technology and was a male ally executive sponsor for @TwitterWomen.

Dejan Milojicic, Ph.D. (Co-Chair)

dejan milojicic

Dejan is a distinguished technologist at Hewlett Packard Labs, Palo Alto, CA [1998-]. His areas of technical expertise include operating systems, distributed systems, and systems management. He worked in the OSF Research Institute, Cambridge, MA [1994-1998] and Institute “Mihajlo Pupin”, Belgrade, Serbia [1983-1991]. He received his PhD from University of Kaiserslautern, Germany (1993); and MSc/BSc from Belgrade University, Serbia (1983/86). From his early career, Dejan has been involved in infrastructure development: from OS support for transactional systems deployed across Eastern Europe; to microkernel support for distributed systems; to global memory management in shared memory clusters; to appliance aggregation architecture; virtual desktop systems; Open Cirrus Cloud Computing stack; software architecture for accelerators for AI, and many more.


2018 Conference Program Committee Members

pascal borghino

Pascal Borghino

Engineering Director Infrastructure, WeWork


kirk bresniker

Kirk Bresniker

Hewlett Packard Enterprise Fellow and VP



karan gupta

Karan Gupta

Head of Infrastructure, Pinterest



taylor leese

Taylor Leese

Director of Infrastructure Engineering, Twitter



Barry Shoop

Barry Shoop

Professor, Electrical Engineering
Head, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science United States Military Academy at West Point


Yao Yue

Yao Yue

Sr Staff Engineer at Twitter




Thank you to our 2018 Sponsors!

ieee industry engagement committee
ieee mce
juniper networks
hp enterprise
cloud native