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CTA Names First CES 2017 Keynote Speaker: Nvidia’s Jen-Hsun Huang

The Consumer Technology Association (CTA) announced its first keynote speaker for CES 2017: Nvidia co-founder and CEO Jen-Hsun Huang.

Huang will deliver the event’s preshow address at 6:30 p.m. on Wed., Jan. 4.

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“Nvidia plays a central role in some of the most important technology forces changing our world today,” said Gary Shapiro, CTA president and CEO. “Its work in artificial intelligence, self-driving cars, VR and gaming puts the company on the leading edge of the industry. Mr. Huang is a visionary CEO who consistently anticipates trends well before their arrival. I am especially pleased to welcome him to the keynote stage given the growth we’ve seen in all of these areas on the CES show floor.”

The Autonomous Vehicle Marketplace — formally known as Vehicle Intelligence — has grown by 75 percent since its inception at CES 2014, according to CTA. Nvidia will exhibit alongside automotive manufacturers in the North Hall at CES 2017. There will also be more than a dozen conference sessions dedicated to autonomous vehicles and vehicle technology at the show.

Huang co-founded Nvidia in 1993 and has served since then as president, CEO and as a board member. Noted by Harvard Business Review as one of the world’s 100 best-performing CEOs, he is a recipient of the Dr. Morris Chang Exemplary Leadership Award from the Global Semiconductor Assn. and has also received the Daniel Epstein Engineering Management Award from the University of Southern California, and an honorary doctorate from Oregon State University. He is also a founding honoree of the U.S. Immigrant Entrepreneur Hall of Fame.

Nvidia invented the GPU in 1996 and has evolved it into a computer brain that gives humans the power to simulate virtual worlds and gives computers the intelligence to understand the real world, CTA said.