12/5 Tall Tales and Reality of Brain Tech, and What Can an Engineer Do Today to Exploit this Burgeoning Field?

Time: Tuesday, Dec 5, 6:30pm - 9:00pm
Venue: ITRI International - 2870 Zanker Rd., Suite #140, San Jose, CA 95134
Registration: https://ciesf2017bio.eventbrite.com


Caption: Mark Zuckerberg wants to read your mind, while Elon Musk wants to merge his brain with AI.  These bold initiatives brought attention to the brain tech industry like never before.  In this talk, I will give you an overview of the state of the art in brain technology.  Why are Mark and Elon's ambition moon-shots?  While waiting for these revolutions to happen, what can you do already with the existing brain technologies?  I will show you examples of some interesting brain-machine interface applications using today's technology, and demonstrate to you the NeuroSky tools you can use to develop your own brain-machine applications.



Speaker: Jake Chuang

Chief Product Officer of NeuroSky, Inc.

As Chief Product Officer of NeuroSky, Inc., Jake Chuang runs the science and engineering research and development functions at the biosensor company, and the global leader in mass market Brain-Computer Interface technology. NeuroSky has developed a revolutionary non-invasive neural communication sensor that converts brainwaves and other bio-signals into digital electronic signals. This technology can control electronic devices, enable machines to adapt to people, and further enhance education and research on creative applications powered by the brain. NeuroSky has forged successful partnerships with a broad range of companies from Fortune 500 industry leaders to innovative independent developers. Furthermore, NeuroSky leverages collaboration with a number of top domestic and international academic institutions to move technology out of the lab and into the marketplace.
After receiving his MSEE and BSEE from the University of Texas at Austin, Jake set out to create innovative products that can change people's life.  He held progressively senior engineering and marketing positions in several IC companies and is proud to have worked on 7 different products that are named Product of the Year from prestigious organizations.  Jake's current interest is to create products that can aid students to learn and excel in their life.

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11/14 Current Overview of Energy Storage

Time: Tuesday, Nov 14, 6:30pm - 9:00pm
Venue: ITRI International - 2870 Zanker Rd., Suite #140, San Jose, CA 95134
Registration: https://ciesf2017emen.eventbrite.com

We have two speakers of this event.


Talk Title:   Flywheel Energy Storage: The Utility Scale Energy Storage Solution

Abstract:  Energy storage is now emerging as an essential electric utility resource to effectively enable higher penetration levels of variable renewable generation resources.  In California, in response to RPS mandates for increased renewable penetration, Assembly Bill 2514, in conjunction with CPUC rulings, has called for 1.3 GW of flexible energy storage to be incorporated into the energy mix by the three California IOUs during the next few years.  The talk will review the energy storage landscape, in terms of opportunity, established and emerging storage technologies, and commercial progress. The talk will focus advanced flywheel energy storage to meet utility scale challenges.  In short, a flywheel functions as a battery, with kinetic energy storage replacing conventional electrochemical processes.  During the past 20-30 years, there has been a general belief in the power systems community that flywheels are only suited to short term applications, for example in frequency regulation, grid stability enhancement, voltage support, and in UPS and transit system applications.  This is not the case, and the talk will outline how flywheels can be economically designed to meet multi-hour energy shifting applications, that are essential for provision of capacity, and extended integration of variable renewable generation. Some details on product and project development at grid scale energy storage start-up Amber Kinetics will be discussed.

Speaker: Seth Sanders


Seth Sanders, PhD, Amber Kinetics, Inc.Dr. Sanders is a co-founder of Amber Kinetics and a leading expert in flywheel energy technology, power electronics, and power conversion technologies.
He began exploring flywheel energy storage systems in the mid-1990s as a professor of engineering in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences Department at the University of California-Berkeley. Publication on this early work received the first prize paper award when presented at the IEEE IAS annual meeting in 1998.
He followed his work with the conception, design, fabrication and test of a fully integrated homopolar motor/generator flywheel system. This system featured a solid steel rotor, but was fabricated solely from high strength alloy steel, similar to that used in the present Amber Kinetics rotor designs.
Dr. Sanders has extensive experience as an electric machine designer and electric machine control system designer. Since his days as an undergraduate and graduate student at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), he has carried out projects centered on induction machines and on permanent magnet machines. These have been as primary research projects and as supporting system components in numerous projects.
Dr. Sanders received his bachelor’s and master’s of science degrees and his PhD in electrical engineering from MIT. He has served as chair of the IEEE Technical Committee on Computers in Power Electronics and as a member-at-large of the IEEE PELS Adcom.


Talk Title:    An Overview of Energy Storage, and Recent ES Developments


This seminar will present a comprehensive overview of energy storage methods, and applications. It will discuss the need for Energy Storage Systems (ESS), the role of Energy Storage Systems in modern electrical power systems, and their grid integration with renewable-based generation. It will cover all forms of energy storage (electrical, mechanical, thermal, electro-chemical), for both grid and home based energy storage.

A special focus on lithium ion batteries and next technologies beyond lithium-ion will be discussed.

Speaker: Dr. William Kao

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, Cadence Design Systems.

 Dr. Kao has authored more than 40 technical papers 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, where he was Chapter Chair in 2005 and 2006.

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

Dr. Kao current interests include the subjects of Energy, Environment and Education.

He teaches and is a frequent lecturer on various Emerging Technologies. In the past five years  he has given over 50 talks and seminars on  various emerging technology topics such as Clean Technology, Renewable Energy, Big Data, IoT, Smart Cities, Sensor Networks, Innovation, AR/VR, Robotics, Artificial Intelligence,  and 3D Printing.

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11/28 The progress of the processor: how the brain made with silicon bringing us to the era of AI

Time: Tuesday, Nov 28, 6:30pm - 9:00pm
Venue: ITRI International - 2870 Zanker Rd., Suite #140, San Jose, CA 95134
Registration: https://ciesf2017cpu.eventbrite.com


Historical Survey of Processing elements focusing on Computing since last 30 years.  This presentation will explore origin of Early Personal Computing Devices to today's Mobile Compute platforms.  I will compare and contrast CPU, DSP, FPU, and GPU and how they've changed over the years.


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John Min, Solution Engineer

MIPS Tech Inc.

Previous Director of Processor Technology Marketing, Imagination Technologies


John Min is Director of Processor Technology Marketing at Imagination. He joined the company as Director of Solution Engineering with the acquisition of MIPS Technologies, Inc. in 2013. At MIPS, Min was Solution Architect Director. Previously, Min held senior technical roles at HP, LG Electronics and other CPU focused companies. He has spent his career in the processing field for both DSPs and general purpose CPUs. Min holds degrees in Biomedical Engineering and Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California.

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Soft Skill Training V: Persuasive Presentations: A Path to YOUR Success 11/29

Time: Wednesday, Nov 29, 6:30pm - 9:00pm
Venue: ITRI International - 2870 Zanker Rd., Suite #140, San Jose, CA 95134
Registration: https://ciesf2017skv.eventbrite.com

There are more than 30 million PowerPoint presentations made each day. We spend approximately 15 million person hours per day viewing presentations. This equates to a staggering $252 million a day in terms of productivity.

The data point further fortifies that effective presentation skills have become a critical and required professional competency for achieving key goals and influencing the decisions and actions of your audience. Yet many research and surveys indicate that designing and delivering presentations at or near the top of most feared activities.

This introductory session provides an introduction to basic skills and methods needed to comfortably plan, structure, and deliver business presentations for productive outcomes.

You would also get some key insights on how to change your presentation for culturally diverse audiences, important stakeholders, and different delivery formats.


  • Identify the objective of your presentation
  • Define the structure of the presentation
  • Define the visual design for each slide
  • Understand why storytelling is important 

Speaker: Neschay Kummar

Learning and Development Manager at Cisco


Neschay Kummar is a Learning and Development Manager with Cisco Systems. In his role and his career journey of 17 years, he has create learning solutions and trained more than 10,000 of individuals which range from early in career to executives. He possesses a deep expertise in Instructional Design, Presentation Design, Body Language, and Personal Branding. He hold various certification in the space of learning and development, resume writing, and personal branding. He is also a certified to run various psychometric assessments which help to create rapid career success paths for individuals and team.
Neschay is deeply passionate about enabling the success of individuals. His diverse experience in working across industries, business functions, and regions, experience in working in HR for more than a decade, and a strong connect to Asian culture, he understands the ground realties very well and is able to provide solutions which are outcome-based and which translate into measurable impact.
Neschay is based at San Jose and live there with his 6 year old son and his wife. In his spare time, Neschay loves to read books, play games, and work-out in the gym.



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