Introduction of LiDAR Systems and Practical Applications


Dr Chou will first give an introduction of LiDAR system and how it has originally developed to perform remote optical sensing thus a guidance could be made for a response. Further applications of LiDAR system have been derived and used in air and ground applications. The self driving vehicle has been benefited from LiDAR and it provides a fundamental technology for automats driving.

An introduction of conventional mechanical and solid state LiDAR systems will be presented and discussed.

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•LiDAR Systems

−Brief discussion of physical principles and device major components

−Utilization for airborne and ground sensing

•Typical Applications

−Measurements of air temperature, pressure, wind speed, and chemical species

−Ground mapping

• Self Driving Car Applications

−Topographic 3D imaging and motion detection

−Compare to camera, US, and radar sensors

•Mechanical and Solid State LiDAR

Dr HP Chou received his MS and PhD degrees from University of Southampton, U.K. He worked at Chen-Kung University (Taiwan), then UTSI, Tennessee, AVCO Research Lab., Everett, MA., and Textron Systems Corp., Wilmington, MA., and has more than 30 years of R&D experience in wide range of lasers and electro-optics: laser and lasers system research, design and development; modeling and experimenting laser and nonlinear optical systems; development of cooling techniques for high power intra-cavity AO modulator; design and development of ultra-efficient and compact diamond cooled SS laser under DARPA sponsored program; design and development of laser radar (Lidar)) systems under NASA's LAWS program (satellite Lidar device) and FLD ground base laser radar system contracted by Air Force. He has published more than 30 papers and owned three patents.

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Make Your Best Career Decision at Time of Change

Time: 7/12/2019 18:30pm-21:00pm (Fri.)
Venue: ZGC Innovation Center- 4500 Great America Pkwy., Santa Clara, CA, 95054

Registration: SIgn up here


The Speaker will share his personal experience how he made his career choice when he faced various challenges in his career path. Specifically, he will share how to overcome the Asian stereotype in tech companies, take career risks, develop soft skills to manage up and manage across, and build and promote your personal brand.

James Xiao, Corporate Vice President and General Manager of the Display Thin Film Group at Applied Materials, Inc. 

This event is hosted by CIE-SF ( co-organized by ZGC Innovation Center. It’s free but space is limited, so please register in advance, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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What's 5G? How a New Wireless Technology Will Change the World

Time: 6/20/2019 18:30pm-21:00pm (Thu.)
Venue: ITRI International - 2870 Zanker Road #140, San Jose, CA, 95134

Registration: SIgn up here

Think about a world in which not just people but all things are connected: cars to the roads they are on; doctors to the personal medical devices of their patients; augmented reality available to help people shop and learn and explore wherever they are. This requires a massive increase in the level of connectivity.

5G is the technological answer, making possible billions of new connections, and making those connections secure and instantaneous. 5G will impact every industry – autos, healthcare, manufacturing and distribution, emergency services, just to name a few. And 5G is purposely designed so that these industries can take advantage of cellular connectivity in ways that wouldn’t have been possible before, and to scale upwards as use of 5G expands.

Gary will share his own observation on how 5G, AI and IoT can change the world and 5G key technology.

Gary Ni, Vice President at North America Taiwanese Engineering and Science Association (NATEA)

This event is co-hosted by CIE-SF and TAITA (Taiwan American Industry Technology Association It’s a free event. Please register in advance.

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Digital Product Marketing for Techie with Anya Cheng

Venue: ITRI International - 2870 Zanker Road #140, San Jose, CA, 95134

[矽谷阿雅講座] 科技人的數位行銷:一次掌握定義、策略與趨勢!

You have a great idea but it’s still ambiguous, and now you want to turn it into a concrete web and app product that consumers love. Or maybe you run a small business and are looking to use digital or growth marketing to attract more customers. Join us on Wednesday, May 22 at 6:30 pm to meet Anya Cheng, a Facebook product marketer, TEDx Talk speaker, and an award winner of Girls in Tech Taiwan 40 under 40.
你有個好點子,但是不知道該如何讓變成消費者愛不釋手的網站或app?你有個小創業,想知道一些成長駭客行銷點子,好吸引更多消費者?讓矽谷知名部落客、臉書無線網路部門產品行銷長「矽谷阿雅」與你分享有效的產品管理方法與數位行銷,從敏捷開發、搜尋引擎最佳化(SEO) 及每次點擊付費(PPC) 、聯盟行銷、電子郵件行銷及社群媒體,到當紅的成長行銷。

About Speaker, Anya Cheng
Anya Cheng, Head of Product Marketing, Wi-Fi at Facebook, is a Taiwanese-American product management and digital marketing leader, as well as a Webby Award-winning product leader who specializes in eCommerce. Before joining Facebook, she was the Head of Product for Emerging Markets at eBay, acted as the Sr. Director of eCommerce at McDonald’s, and served as the Head of Tablet Mobile Product at Target.

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Advances in Wireless Communication: 5G and LI-FI

Date: May 8, 2019 (Wednesday) 7:00 - 9:00 pm (registration at 6:30PM)

Venue: ITRI Int’l, 2870 Zanker Rd., Suite #140, San Jose, CA

The speaker will present the technology behind 5G and Light Fidelity. Come and learn about them!


5G is the next generation wireless communication technology and it promises a whole suite of dramatic improvements. It can achieve speeds up to 100 times faster than 4G, 100 times more connected devices, 100x energy efficiency,  and10x latency reduction. It will help kick-start the Internet of Things, since it was designed to connect billions of machines, appliances, and sensors at low cost without draining their batteries.

Li-Fi is a new technology that uses light to transmit data. It offers several advantages like working across higher bandwidth, working in areas susceptible to electromagnetic interference (e.g. aircraft cabins, hospitals) and offering higher transmission speeds.

This two hour seminar will present an overview of 5G (technology, new capabilities, applications) and also present Li-FI technology (how it works, Li-Fi vs Wi-Fi, advantages, disadvantages, and applications)

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 50 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.

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 include the subjects of Energy, Environment and Education.

He teaches and is a frequent lecturer on various Emerging Technologies including Clean Technology, Renewable Energy,  Big Data and Data Analytics, IoT, Smart Cities, Sensor Networks, Innovation, Augmented and Virtual Reality, Robotics, AI / Machine Learning, AR/VR  and 3D Printing.

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