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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 2014
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.
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A New OS Architecture for the Internet of Things
Tuesday, May 06, 2014 7:00 PM
Agilent Technologies, Inc. - Aristotle Room, Bldg. 5
5301 Stevens Creek Blvd., Santa Clara, CA 95051
Steve Jordan, Paqet Systems Corp.
No RSVP needed
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Program Slides

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.

Edge devices for the IoT are typically small in size, are run by a low-end microcontroller, include small amounts of RAM, Flash and ROM, and have low power consumption. Off-the-shelf real-time operating systems (RTOSs) are not geared toward this environment, and hence are unable to solve many of the problems faced by the IoT designer.

In this talk, Steve Jordan will propose a different approach for an IoT RTOS. IoT edge devices first and foremost require an Internet-centric connectivity OS that can handle the Internet's non-deterministic nature. For instance:

  • it is unknown if and when a browser will be able to successfully open any particular web page,
  • the Internet is state machine-oriented by its nature, and
  • IoT edge devices are generally very constrained by the amount of power available.

Thus, (1) an IoT OS must exhibit the characteristics of a state machine architecture since the Internet is more connectivity-driven than what is supported by conventional RTOSs, and (2) an IoT OS must be architected for the lowest node power possible. Steve Jordan will elaborate on how these requirements can be achieved.

About the Speaker
Steve Jordan is President and CEO of Paqet Systems, and was a VP at Poqet Computer where he led the design and introduction of the first DOS-compatible handheld PC. He also worked at Fairchild Semiconductor Co., Daisy Systems and Mostek Corp.

Steve has consulted to technology businesses for over 20 years, with a focus on developing successful growth strategies for both Fortune 100 companies and venture funded startups. He was a Partner with R. B. Webber and Co. (RBW), a leading Silicon Valley technology strategy management consulting firm, as well as an Engagement Manager with McKinsey and Co. in its technology practice. He earned a BS in EE and a BS in Economics at MIT, and an MBA at Harvard Business School.

Big Data SIG Pre-Meeting (6-7 pm)
Chairs: Shashidhar Sathyanarayana and Brian Berg
Location: Aristotle Room

Fraud Detection with Sequence Mining on a Big Data Platform
Speaker: Pranab Ghosh

This talk will start with a brief overview of the Big Data ecosystem, and will include an actual use case of credit card fraud detection with sequence mining on a Big Data platform.

How Hadoop gets used to build a machine-learning model using historical transaction data will be shown, as well as how Storm processes real time transaction data and identifies potentially fraudulent transaction sequences making use of the model built by Hadoop.

Pranab Ghosh is a Big Data Consultant who has worked with a myriad of platforms and technologies including mainframes, real time systems, Java, enterprise applications, big data and cloud technologies. His focus for the last several years has been Hadoop, Hive, Storm, NOSQL databases and the surrounding big data ecosystem.

Pranab maintains a blog on topics such as Big Data in general, as well as machine learning solutions in Big Data. He is a graduate of IIT, MIT and the Univ. of California.

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