Risks and Rewards of AI

Time:  11/8/2018  6:30 PM (Wed)
Venue: ITRI International, 2870 Zanker Rd., Suite 140 (free parking) San Jose, CA 95134
Registration: https://cieriskofai.eventbrite.com

The development of Artificial Intelligence is accelerating in recent years due to the vast increment in computing power and available data. One hypothesis says we may achieve superintelligence by the end of this century, while others say this may never happen. Although this debate is fascinating, it is important to look at the risks and rewards of AI more objectively just like any other engineering disciplines. In this talk we will examine various aspects of development, potential risks, the ethics, and the social impacts of AI.

 

Speaker: Dr. David Y. Fong

David Y. Fong, Ph.D. is Senior Vice President of CITS Group, Inc., a consulting firm focusing on technology advisory and expert consulting in IT and environment areas in the US and China. He is also Founder and President of Forte Connections, Inc., a solution provider of Enterprise Application Software.

Dr. Fong graduated from the Electrical Engineering Department, National Taiwan University, and obtained his Master’s and Ph.D. degrees from University of Cincinnati, Ohio, both in Electrical and Computer Engineering. He taught at Clarkson University, New York, after receiving his Ph.D. degree, and conducted research and directed graduate studies in the image processing, pattern recognition and artificial intelligence areas. Afterwards he went into the high-tech industry, working in Lockheed, an advanced aerospace company in the Silicon Valley, and doing research in the automatic recognition of aerial photographs. In the early 1990’s, Dr. Fong joined Photon Dynamics, a start-up company, as a project manager, leading a technical team in completing the prototype of a capital equipment for the testing of LCD flat panel displays using image processing and pattern recognition technologies. Subsequently, he entered the semiconductor industry, undertaking the technical and management tasks of developing semiconductor test equipment for KLA-Tencor, again using imaging technologies.

In the late 1990’s he left the semiconductor industry, and assumed the position of Vice President of e-Commerce Technology, Inc., and was in charge of the business and technical developments of Internet and e-Commerce software. Early 2002, Dr. Fong started Forte Connections, providing customers with enterprise information website, e-commerce, e-government, and business automation software and customized total solutions.

Dr. Fong has more than thirty years of experience in technology development and management. His technical expertise includes digital image processing, pattern recognition, artificial intelligence, display technologies, and software development methodologies. In the management side, he is familiar with business development, engineering management, software development, application engineering, and professional training.

Dr. Fong is very active in the Chinese-American engineering community. He has been with the Chinese Institute of Engineers, USA (CIE/USA) for over 20 years. He was President of CIE/USA San Francisco Chapter in 2000 and 2003, Chairman of the Board in 2001, 2004 and 2014. He was US Chair of 2006 Modern Engineering and Technology Seminars (METS) held in Taipei, and US Chair of 2012 Sino-American Technology and Engineering Conference (SATEC) held in Beijing. Dr. Fong is also interested in the performing arts. He conducts the Ching Ching Chorus and the National Taiwan University Alumni Chorus in Silicon Valley, and founded Dimension Performing Arts, promoting fine Chinese performing arts to the US audience. He received CIE’s Technology and Humanities Award in 2010 for his contribution in both arts and technology, and Chinese government’s State Friendship Award in 2012, for his contribution to international technology exchanges and collaboration.

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Energy Storage III - From Battery to AI Powered Energy Storage

Time: 9/15 (Sat) 12:00PM - 16:00PM

Venue: 250 West Tasman Dr, San Jose, CA 95134

Registration: https://energystorage3.eventbrite.com (Lunch Included)

Abstract: This is the third of a series seminar on Energy Storage. In the first two seminars, we invited, CA state energy policy makers, investors, successful entrepreneurs, industrial company directors to talk about the policy, technology, applications, and business model. In this seminar, two speakers will review the latest battery technologies of Lithium Battery and Flow Battery respectively, and the third speaker will talk about an interesting application of Artificial Intelligence (AI) on energy storage, and how AI powered energy storage can help to reduce energy bill.
 
Energy storage is considered as an emerging technique which can help to solve some challenges which renewable energy brings to the power grid. It becomes a very hot topic for government policy makers, investors, researchers and scientists, utility companies, and many industrial companies. 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.

Speakers: 

Linh Tran, Director of Sales for Residential Energy Storage Markets in North America, LG Chem

Linh Tran is the Director of Sales for Residential energy storage markets in North America.  Linh's professional background includes R&D engineering for US homeland security, utility demand response programs and software analytic sales. She has earned her MBA from California State Univ., East Bay.  Linh is responsible for the successful deployment LG Chem’s first home battery in North America, called RESU.

Britt Shaw, Sr. Manager, Business Development, Primus

Britt Shaw is Senior Manager of Business Development at Primus Power, a California-based original equipment manufacturer of long-life, long-duration and low-cost flow batteries. In her role, she is responsible for business development activities related to grid-scale storage use cases, utility solicitation proposals, commercial and industrial solar plus storage projects, as well as research on EnergyPod sustainability and end of life management. Prior to her work at Primus, Britt coordinated USAID-funded geothermal energy technical assistance programs in Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania as a program coordinator for the U.S. Energy Association. Ms. Shaw holds a master’s degree (MSc) in Energy and Resources from UC Berkeley and a Bachelors (BS) in Science, Technology and International Affairs from Georgetown University.

Cecilia Zhou, Director, Grid Service Program, STEM

Cecilia Zhou leads the Grid Services and Utility Programs team that oversees the operational strategy and execution of utility and partnership programs. She has over 10 years of experience in the electricity industry, having started her career in wholesale electricity and transmission trading at Edison Mission Marketing and Trading. Prior to Stem, she managed Demand Response programs at utilities in the Southeast, Southwest, California, and New England at EnerNOC. Cecilia immigrated from China in high school and is the first in her family to go to college, earning a B.A. in economics from Wellesley College.

 

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Soft-Skill IX: Effective Time Management

Date: Sept 22, 2018 (Sat.) 10:00 am - 12:00 pm (Registration starts at 9:30 am)
Venue: ZGC Innovation Center, 4500 Great America Parkway,Santa Clara,Ca 95054
 
 
How do we wear all these hats?  We often have more responsibilities than we have time for.  We ask how we can better manage our time, how to work with both efficiency and effectiveness.  We actually need to learn how to manage ourselves and our lives.  We’ll discuss what the common time wasters are and how to avoid them, differentiate between Important versus Urgent, how to set our goals and prioritize our work aligned to our goals.  We’ll learn how to A.I.M. and realize our goals, living a satisfying and fruitful life.  
 
 
Speaker:
Elaine Kung, Board of Directors, VP of HR, Advisor to Young Professionals, CIE-DFW Chapter
AT&T Product Marketing Director (retired) 
 
Elaine Kung came from a very poor family, living on the edge, 30+ years later, living the American dream.  Her family immigrated from Hong Kong to Maryland as refugees in 1980.  Elaine met her husband Dominic at Cornell University where she earned her B.S. in Electrical & Materials Science Engineering.  AT&T sponsored Elaine for M.S. in Electrical Engineering at Princeton.  Elaine started with Bell Laboratories, then advanced through various technical and business leadership roles, retired from her 33 years of rewarding career as the Product Marketing Director for Software Defined Network.
 
Elaine was recognized by such awards as the WOC (Women of Color) STEM Career Achievement Industry Award, Successful Women in Business, Most On-Fire Manager.  Elaine and Dominic have been happily married since 1986.  AT&T relocated them from NJ to Dallas in 2013, they retired and moved to San Diego in January 2018.  They have two grown children: Grace, Christopher and his wife Charlene, they are all working in CA.
 
During the 4.5 years in Dallas, Elaine took on active leadership roles in the CIE/USA-DFW chapter as a Board member, VP of HR, speaker, workshop leader and mentor.  In addition, Elaine and Dominic have been serving for non-profit entities in roles such as speaker, advisor, mentor, teacher, deacon, board member and chair, church elder, and for children / youth / family / women / workplace / refugees / Stephen ministries, universities, organizations and STEM in the States and in Asia.  Elaine is frequently invited to speak on leadership, career development, marriage, parenting, and various life skills for all ages. 
 

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2018 Emerging Technologies, and the Technology Hype Cycle

Talk Title: “2018 Emerging Technologies, and the Technology Hype Cycle”  
Date: Sept 5, 2018 (Wednesday) 7:00 - 9:00 pm (Registration starts at 6:30pm)
Venue: ITRI Int’l, 2870 Zanker Rd., Suite #140, San Jose, CA
 
Come and learn about the newest emerging technologies.
 
Talk Title: “2018 Emerging Technologies, and Technology Hype Cycle”  by Dr. William Kao
Talk Abstract:
An “Emerging Technology” is any technology that is predicted will happen soon, but, for whatever reason isn't quite 'finished yet'. When new technologies make bold promises, how do you discern the hype from what's commercially viable?
The Technology Hype Cycle methodology gives you a view of how a technology or application will evolve over time, providing a sound source of insight to manage its deployment within the context of your specific business goals.
The 2018 Hype Cycle (just published in mid August) focuses on the set of new technologies (30+) that is showing promise in delivering a high degree of competitive advantage over the next five to 10 years.
 
This two hour seminar will present the newest set of emerging technologies with an overview of each technology. Some of the technologies include: General AI, flying autonomous vehicles, smart robots, blockchain, digital twin, biochips, augmented reality, 4D printing, smart dust, 5G, neuromorphic hardware,etc.
Don’t miss this highly educational and informative talk.
 
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 at IEEE Journals and Conferences, and holds eight 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  teaches Renewable Energy, Clean Technology and Business Sustainability courses at the University of California Santa Cruz, Silicon Valley Extension. 
Dr. Kao current interests are the latest Emerging Technologies including Clean Technology, Renewable Energy, Big Data, IoT, Smart Cities, Sensor Networks, Innovation, Augmented Reality, Robotics, Artificial Intelligence and 3D Printing.

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