SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 4, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- More than 250 leading researchers from over 50 countries will gather at the Future Technologies Conference (FTC) in San Francisco next month. Running from 6 - 7 December, this event will focus on the future trends in technology and various experts will explore a plethora of topics such as: artificial intelligence, machine learning, data science, security, IoT, robotics. The conference showcases deliberations from reputed researchers and technology leaders including a keynote by Laura Haas, an IBM Fellow and Director of IBM Research's Accelerated Discovery Lab. She will speak about cognitive computing and how recent changes in the availability of data have driven rapid advances in analytics, enabling smarter applications, and bringing us to this new era. "We'll see how Watson, the Jeopardy!-playing computer, an early example of a cognitive system, is growing up, and describe some emerging cognitive applications that may change our world," said Laura Haas. Ruzena Bajcsy, Professor at the University of California, Berkeley will explore about the development of personalized models of kinematic and dynamics of an individual during physical activities and its applications in improving healthcare. Ella Atkins Professor of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Michigan will describe long-term research in improving safety and robustness through autonomous contingency management with application to manned and unmanned aircraft. Dr. Atkins will also summarize her research on the use of nontraditional databases and real-time data to reduce risk to people and property. Other speakers include James Loudermilk - Senior Level Technologist at the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Science and Technology Branch, Bin He - Director of Institute for Engineering in Medicine, University of Minnesota and Arjuna Chala - Sr. Director of Innovation and Emerging Technology at HPCC Systems. In two days, the conference will host a total of six keynotes, five project demonstrations and 190 paper presentations organized into thirty sessions. The conference program also offers various networking opportunities including an evening reception which will give attendees the chance to mingle with other researchers after a day full of speakers, meetings, and thought-provoking topics.