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Date: Feb 15, 2024 (Thursday)  6:30 - 8:30 PM , at ITRI 2880 Zanker Suite 103. Talk will start at 7PM.

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“2024: Most in Demand Skills Today (Hard and Soft Skills)” by Dr. William Kao

Talk Abstract: Digital and AI-powered technologies are transforming the world of work, pushing the workforce towards the need to learn new in-demand skills and adapt to future jobs. Recently, at the beginning of 2024 many big tech companies like Amazon, Google and Meta have announced large tech layoffs.

Greater technology adoption will mean a change of skills across the jobs. According to the Future of Jobs Report, about half of the current employees will need to re-skill by 2025 to keep up with the digital transformation and stay employable.

Currently, besides new digital and AI technology-related skills, Soft skills such as critical thinking, problem-solving, resilience, continuous active learning, leadership, and communication skills will be essential for the future workforce. 

In this talk Dr. Kao will discuss the currently most in demand “hard and soft” skills, how to assess your current skill levels and how to improve on your deficiencies.

Among hard skills Dr. Kao will cover current hot technical skills (AI, IoT, Big data, cloud-edge, mixed reality) and among soft skills such as interpersonal communication, leadership, collaboration, creativity, adaptability, persuasion, etc.

Join us for this very useful and informative seminar for new job seekers as well as mid career changing professionals.


Speaker Bio:

Dr. William Kao received his BSEE, MSEE and PhD from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He worked in the Semiconductor and Electronic Design Automation industries for more than 30 years holding several senior and executive engineering management positions at Texas Instruments, Xerox Corporation, and Cadence Design Systems.

 Dr. Kao has authored more than 40 technical papers on IC CAD at IEEE Journals and Conferences, and holds eight US software and IC design patents. He was an Adjunct Professor at UCLA Electrical Engineering Department where he taught courses in computer aided IC design.

Dr. Kao is a Senior Member of IEEE, and was one of the founding members of IEEE-Circuits and Systems - Silicon Valley Chapter.

Dr. Kao currently teaches Clean Technology and Emerging Technology courses at the University of California Santa Cruz, Silicon Valley Extension. 

He has given more than 100 seminars on various Emerging Technologies including Clean Technology, Renewable Energy, Big Data and Data Analytics, IoT, Smart Cities,  Augmented and Virtual Reality, Robotics, Drones, AI / Machine Learning, 5G, 3D Printing, Metaverse and Satellite Communications.

Dr. Kao is a Technology Watcher, Learner and Teacher.