2/20 Bitcoin, Blockchain Technology and Crypto Currencies

Talk Title: “ Bitcoin, Blockchain Technology and Crypto Currencies”  

Date: February 20, 2018 (Tuesday) 7:00 - 9:00 pm (Registration starts at 6:30pm)

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

Registrationhttps://ciesf2018blockchain.eventbrite.com

 

Talk Title: “Bitcoin, Blockchain Technology and Crypto Currencies”  by Dr. William Kao

 

Talk Abstract:  Few commodities are hotter right now than bitcoin, the world’s most popular digital currency, which has rocketed up to around $19,000 last week (Dec 18, 2017) from less than $1,000 since Jan. 1, 2017.

Bitcoin is a crypto currency and worldwide payment system.  It is the first decentralized digital currency, as the system works without a central bank or single administrator. The network is peer-to-peer and transactions take place between users directly through the use of cryptography, without an intermediary. These transactions are verified by network nodes and recorded in a public distributed ledger called a blockchain.

Currently, over 100,000 merchants and vendors accepted bitcoin as payment. Starting Dec 2017 , Coinucopia, a Sacramento-based startup, offers instant access to bitcoin at automated teller machines in northern California, in locations as varied as the South Bay’s Westfield Valley Fair mall, a Berkeley gas station and an Oakland liquor store.

 September 2017 was rocky for bitcoin in which the digital currency briefly plunged more than $2,000 as China cracked down on crypto currencies and J.P. Morgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon called bitcoin a "fraud" that "won't end well."

Crypto currency is a medium of exchange like normal currencies such as USD, but designed for the purpose of exchanging digital information through a process made possible by certain principles of cryptography. Cryptography is used to secure the transactions and to control the creation of new coins. The first crypto currency to be created was Bitcoin back in 2009. Today there are hundreds of other crypto currencies, often referred to as Altcoins.

In this two hour presentation, the speaker will present the history, the technology, and the market of Bitcoin, Blockchain and crypto currencies in general.

 

 

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 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 including Clean Technology, Renewable Energy, Business Sustainability, Big Data, IoT, Smart Cities, Sensor Networks, Innovation, Augmented Reality, Robotics, AI and 3D Printing.

 

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1/17 Technology Predictions and Forecast

Talk Title: “2018 Technology Predictions and Forecast”  

Date: Jan 17, 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 more about some of the “Technology Predictions and Trends” for  this new year 2018!

 

Talk Title: “2018 Technology Predictions”  by Dr. William Kao

 

Talk Abstract:  It is the beginning of the year 2018.

What are the technology trends that will dominate, and what are some of the technology predictions for 2018?

In this two hour seminar talk, Dr. William Kao will report on what the tech industry is predicting for 2018. He will cover what major firms and institutions such as Gartner, Forbes, Forrester Research, Computer World, Time Magazine are saying about this year: trends, facts and figures,  some predictions, projections and prognostications.

Focus will continue on IoT, AI and Machine Learning. Other technologies covered include: AR/VR, Big Data, Blockchain, etc.

 

 

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 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 including Clean Technology, Renewable Energy, Business Sustainability, Big Data, IoT, Smart Cities, Sensor Networks, Innovation, Augmented Reality, Robotics, AI and 3D Printing.

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12/16 工程師與中醫講座:從中醫的觀點看三高的預防與治療

Time: Saturday, Dec 16, 1:30pm - 4:00pm
Venue: Cadence Auditorium Building 10, 2655 Seely Ave, San Jose, CA
Registrationhttps://ciesf2017tcm.eventbrite.com

在忙碌的工作與家庭活動間,我們如何可以減少高血壓、高血糖、高血脂的可能性?如果已經有三高的現象、中醫有哪些緩解以及治療的方法?我們請到李宗恩博士來為灣區的朋友講解相關的問題。此次演講為中文,Q&A可以接受英文發問。

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Speaker: Andy Lee, PhD of Stanford University, MBA of Berkeley, CEO at youngQi, Inc. 

李宗恩博士,陽氣中醫院院長、陽氣健康管理科技公司執行長。李博士原為高科技創業家、高層管理人、及投資人,擁有史丹佛大學電機工程博士、加州大學柏克萊分校企業管理碩士(MBA)、台灣大學物理學學士 ,曾擔任Maitreya私募基金執行合夥人、Berksford投資與策略顧問公司負責人、EiC Corporation首席財務長、TeleVersal Systems創辦人及首席科技長,之前於AMD、Vanguard、Cisco擔任工程師及管理階層。後來因父親罹患肝癌轉變人生,積極投入醫學領域,擁有美國國際醫藥大學中醫碩士及加州針灸中醫師執照,並成為中醫經方大師倪海廈學術傳人,以臨床療效卓越著名,受邀到許多醫學機構與會議演講及臨床教學。

李博士亦致力於結合臨床醫學與科技應用,以專家系統與大數據處理,把中醫經典智慧帶入現代生活醫學應用,並應用生物科技把中藥方劑普及到主流醫學。李博士擔任史丹佛大學訪問學者、北京市政府醫療資訊專家顧問、台灣工研院顧問,以及數個國際公司的科技策略與投資顧問。李博士的中文部落格為www.DrLee.us,臉書網頁「當張仲景遇上史丹佛」

膽固醇是什麼?膽固醇是人體中非常重要的成分,每個細胞都需要,用來建構保護膜、新陳代謝、產生能量等,人體缺乏膽固醇更會導致荷爾蒙、性功能、骨骼、消化、神經等方面的嚴重問題。那麼,人們為什麼那麼擔心膽固醇過高?

LDL是什麼?LDL不是膽固醇,是低密度脂蛋白,負責把肝臟製造的膽固醇帶到身體各處,沒有了LDL, 就無法運送膽固醇到各個細胞,細胞即會死亡。那麼,人們為什麼把LDL叫做「壞的膽固醇」,非常擔心驗血報告中的LDL數值?而為什麼最新醫學研究顯示,LDL偏高的年長者,平均壽命卻高於LDL偏低的年長者?

高血脂、高血糖、高血壓,所謂「三高」的數值到底代表什麼?李宗恩中醫師將從西醫數值的角度進入主題,討論三高的意義,及人們對三高的許多誤解,再從中醫及臨床治療的角度來交互探討如何面對及治療高血脂、高血糖、高血壓,期待聽眾能得到正確的觀念,並以正面的方式避免或面對人人害怕的「三高」問題。

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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

CO-FOUNDER & CHIEF SCIENTIST of Amber Kinetics

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

Abstract:

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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