From current US infrastructure to a Future Smart Infrastructure

Date: April 21, 2021 (Wednesday) 6:00 - 7:30 pm 


Talk Abstract:  

The US infrastructure is old (built in the 1950’s) and crumbling, whether it's bridges that are falling down, or roads that are filled with potholes and under permanent repair. Most recently (in March 2021) we saw serious power and water line issues affecting the whole state of Texas. 

In June of 2020 the Democratic-controlled House approved a $1.5 trillion plan  to rebuild the nation’s crumbling infrastructure, to fix roads and bridges, upgrade transit systems, expand interstate railways and dredge harbors, ports and channels. This will create millions of jobs towards economic recovery from the devastating Covid-19 pandemic.

In this webinar Dr. Kao will present what is critical infrastructure, the various types of infrastructure; then discuss the current state of the US infrastructure, and finally discuss a move towards a future ‘Smart Infrastructure’ .

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 on IC CAD 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. 

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

He has given more than 90 seminars in the last ten years on various Emerging Technologies topics including Clean Technology, Renewable Energy, Big Data, IoT, Smart Cities, Sensor Networks, Innovation, Augmented and Virtual Reality, Robotics, AI / Machine Learning, 5G, Satellite Communications and 3D Printing. 

Dr. Kao is a Technology Watcher, Learner and Teacher.

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