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ROLM: From Fruit Shed to Fortune 500
Tuesday, October 07, 2014
ROLM revolutionized two industries: military computers and telecommunications. Its Great Place to Work philosophy imprinted a work/play culture that remains the hallmark of Silicon Valley today. Katherine Maxfield’s entertaining talk will reveal ROLM’s challenges and innovations, its triumphs and missteps, and the frustrations faced after IBM bought it in the biggest deal Silicon Valley had ever seen.
Camera Array Technology Through Time
Tuesday, September 02, 2014
Tim Macmillan will present the rich history of the design and use of camera arrays in the worlds of photography and cinema effects, starting with the genesis of motion pictures nearly 150 years ago. He will chart the design philosophies that led him to explore the modern technologies enabling this effect, and he will also look at how the new wave of imaging technologies are enabling new and surprising applications. Disruptive technologies have caused dramatic changes in computing technology for decades, often in unacknowledged ways. In this talk, Dr. Dileep Bhandarkar will paint a picture that puts these changes into perspective, and which shows how this series of disruptions have set a course that has evolved from the mainframe to the current smartphone, mobile and cloud computing world.
Conference: Flash Memory Summit
Tuesday, August 05, 2014
IEEE-CNSV will have a booth on the Exhibit Floor at this event, thus providing CNSV members with a great vehicle for publicizing their skills as well as the merits of our organization. CNSV members also receive special pricing for this conference, and two CNSV members will be awarded full conference admission as well. Many aspects of this event are FREE, so register now on the conference website. This talk will describe the search for a second genesis of life in our Solar System, which is a search for a material system that enables Darwinian evolution but also represents a separate origin from life on Earth. This is a dinner meeting, with attendance requiring pre-payment. This talk will identify some of the current technology enablers for the Internet of Things (IoT), as well as some of the remaining software obstacles required to allow pervasive connection of IoT devices to the Internet - particularly regarding an Internet-centric operating system that is geared toward a low-power environment.

BigDataSIG Pre-Meeting: Fraud Detection with Sequence Mining on a Big Data Platform
Pranab Ghosh will present a talk on machine learning using Hadoop and Storm, as well as an actual use case of credit card fraud detection with sequence mining on a Big Data platform. This talk will describe a new class of computational optical sensors and imagers that do not rely on traditional refractive or reflective focusing, but instead on special diffractive optical elements integrated with CMOS photodiode arrays. Images are not captured as in traditional imaging systems, but rather computed from raw photodiode signals. Because such imagers forgo the use of lenses, they can be made unprecedentedly small - as small as the cross-section of a human hair.

IP SIG Pre-Meeting: Valuing Intellectual Capital
A talk by Dr. Gio Wiederhold on topics as included in the 2013 Springer Verlag book Valuing Intellectual Capital: Multinationals and Taxhavens. This event will be a panel discussion about the differences between Japanese and American culture from the perspective of electrical engineers. The panel of five will include two CNSV members, and will be moderated by CNSV member and independent consultant Sean Murphy. Topics discussed will include the findings of a select committee of the Japanese Ministry for Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), which is co-chaired by panel organizer Takahide Inoue, and which has been trying many different and fairly drastic changes in an attempt to revive the Japanese semiconductor industry. This live interactive tutorial will cover how to use LinkedIn to build your personal brand and sell your consulting services. Come with plenty of questions and learn how best to find new consulting leads and better your consulting career.
HTML5: Programming the Compute Continuum
Tuesday, January 07, 2014
This talk will provide a high-level technical primer of client-side web technologies that serve as the foundation for HTML5, a compelling programming platform for providing rich OS-like features, high developer productivity and cross-platform reach.
CNSV Event Details
Innovation: Work and Life of the Engineer in Japan and Silicon Valley
Monday, March 03, 2014 7:00 PM
Agilent Technologies, Inc. - Aristotle Room, Bldg. 5
5301 Stevens Creek Blvd., Santa Clara, CA 95051
Takahide Inoue, CITRIS-UC Berkeley
Free
No RSVP needed
Map & Directions

This event will be a panel discussion about the differences between Japanese and American culture from the perspective of electrical engineers. The panel of five will be moderated by CNSV member and independent consultant Sean Murphy. The panel members will be:
  • Takashi Yoshimori, Toshiba Semiconductor
  • Laura Smoliar, Independent Consultant, Signal Lake Venture Capital
  • Tom Coughlin, IEEE Region Six Director-Elect, CNSV member and Independent Consultant
  • Kim Parnell, Past Chair, IEEE Santa Clara Valley Section, CNSV member and Independent Consultant
  • Jan Rabaey, Donald O. Pederson Distinguished Professor, EECS Department, UC Berkeley

The following topics will be discussed:

  • the findings of a select committee of the Japanese Ministry for Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), which is co-chaired by panel organizer Takahide Inoue, and which has been trying many different and fairly drastic changes in an attempt to revive the Japanese semiconductor industry
  • the differences in the awareness and common sense of engineers in Silicon Valley and Japan
  • how the relationship between employers and workers differs between the two environments
  • the interest of Japanese engineers in the role of IEEE chapters, especially in Silicon Valley
  • the role of personal networks, how these networks are created, and their benefits

About the Speaker
Organization of this event was led by Takahide Inoue, the Global Outreach Director of CITRIS (the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society) at UC Berkeley. He was a Special Advisor to CITRIS from its founding in 2001 to 2010, and he is also a Founder and Principal of BA Consulting Group Company.

Takahide-san has been Senior Consultant for the Japanese Semiconductor Technology Research Corporation (STARC) since 1998. He was at Sony Corp. from 1965-98, including serving as Sr. VP of Sony Engineering and Manufacturing of America in San Jose from 1991-98. His BS in EE is from Keio-Gijyuku Univ., and his MBA is from Northeastern Univ.


CNSV Pre-Meeting: BigDataSIG (6-7 pm)
Chairs:
Shashidhar Sathyanarayana and Brian Berg
Location: Aristotle Room

Agriculture: The Next Machine-Learning Frontier
Speaker: Dr. Sivan Aldor-Noiman, The Climate Corp.

In the past decade, the high-tech industry has been revolutionized by machine learning algorithms applied to everything from market segmentation and recommendation systems to commodity price forecasting of high-frequency trading.

Agriculture and climatology are less familiar research domains among the machine learning community. Nevertheless, these domains offer unique and challenging research opportunities related to the spatio-temporal nature of the data, the multi-resolution data sources and the interaction between climatological and physical models.

In this talk, Dr. Sivan Aldor-Noiman will describe several current research projects underway at The Climate Corporation in the fields of agronomy, climatology and remote sensing. She will also discuss future research directions.

Sivan Aldor-Noiman, Ph.D., is a science lead in The Climate Corporation, a high-tech company which harnesses data to provide decision-supporting tools and insurance to help growers across the U.S. adapt to climate change. She is a statistician who grew up in Israel, and who served in the IDF as an artillery instructor where she found her passion for teaching.

Sivan went on to study in the Technion, where she received a BSc in Industrial Engineering & Management and an MSc in Statistics. She later moved to the US to pursue doctoral studies at The Wharton School, Univ. of Penn.

Sivan is an expert in Bayesian spatio-temporal forecasting methodologies, and she currently leads the Climatology and Geo-Spatial science teams in The Climate Corporation where she uses her skills and passion to tackle real-world challenges.

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