Debate with Dr. Eng Lim Goh, Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, High Performance Computing and AI, Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Dr. Thomas Hertog, Professor of Theoretical Physics, KU Leuven

Dr. Eng Lim Goh
Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, High Performance Computing and AI, Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Dr. Eng Lim Goh joined SGI in 1989, becoming a chief engineer in 1998 and then chief technology officer in 2000. After acquisition, HPE appointed him vice president and SGI chief technology officer. He oversees technical computing programs with the goal to develop the next generation computer architecture for the new many-core era.
His current research interest is in the progression from data intensive computing to analytics, machine learning, artificial specific to general intelligence and autonomous systems. He continues his studies in human perception for user interfaces and virtual and augmented reality.

In 2005, InfoWorld named Dr. Goh one of the World's 25 Most Influential CTOs. He was included twice in the HPCwire list of "People to Watch"; 2005 and 2015. In 2007, he was named "Champions 2.0" of the industry by BioIT World magazine, and received the HPC Community Recognition Award from HPCwire.

Dr. Goh is a frequent industry speaker and he continues to discuss, in different forums, innovative technologies and their applications. He co-presented with NASA at the inaugural 1st plenary of the Supercomputing 2014 Conference to an audience of 2,500.

Before joining SGI, Dr. Goh worked for Intergraph Systems, Schlumberger Wireline and Shell Research. A Shell Cambridge University Scholar, Dr. Goh completed his Ph.D. research and dissertation on parallel architectures and computer graphics, and holds a first-class honors degree in mechanical engineering from Birmingham University in the U.K. Dr. Goh has been granted six U.S. patents.

Dr. Thomas Hertog
Professor of Theoretical Physics, KU Leuven

Thomas Hertog (Leuven, May 27 1975) received his undergraduate degree from the KU Leuven, Belgium, and his doctorate from the University of Cambridge. He joined the University of California as a research fellow in 2002 and became a fellow at CERN, Geneva, in 2005. He returned to Belgium in 2011 where he is currently Professor of Theoretical Physics at the University of Leuven and member of the International Solvay Institutes for Physics and Chemistry.

Hertog is an internationally renowned cosmologist and a close collaborator of Stephen Hawking.

At the KU Leuven he leads a research team that investigates the physical nature of black holes and the big bang on the basis of string theory. Hertog also leads Belgium’s participation in the European Space Agency’s first mission devoted to gravitational waves — ripples of spacetime once predicted by Einstein.

Hertog holds an ERC Consolidator grant of the European Research Council. He has lectured at both a general and a technical level in more than 25 countries, and his research has featured in distinguished media channels. In 2015 he was awarded the Prize of the Flemish Science Foundation for his research. He lives with his wife and their four children in Bousval, Belgium.