10/25 Manufacturing: The Future is Artificial Intelligence

Manufacturing is undergoing a quiet revolution. Humans have been difficult to compete with so far because they have excellent vision and manipulator systems (eyes and hands) that can be endlessly re-trained, but data output options are really slow: handwriting, typing, or speaking. Machines on the other hand, are getting better at both vision and manipulation, but the key advancement is that they can communicate at the speed of light.

Manufacturing intelligence is an inevitable evolution of the automation and analytics trends in the space today. Making just one unit that is high-quality is hard; designing a process that can make thousands or millions, over and over again, is even harder. This field is still nascent, with the first of these machine-learning algorithms just starting to hit the marketplace from companies like Cognex and Instrumental.

Date and Time: Oct 25 2017 18:30 to 21:00 PDT

Location: 2870 Zanker Road, Suite 140, San Jose, CA 95134 (Free Parking)

Registration: https://ciesf2017ai.eventbrite.com

Speaker: Anna-Katrina Shedletsky

Bio: "Anna-Katrina is the CEO and founder of Instrumental, a manufacturing data company that uses machine learning to find anomalies on consumer electronics assembly lines. She has two degrees in mechanical engineering from Stanford University and went on to work as a Product Design Engineer at Apple. During her six years there, she designed mechanical components for three iPods and led system product design for the Apple Watch Series 1. After spending over 300 days in China finding and fixing issues on manufacturing lines, she started Instrumental to build an intelligent quality system to modernize manufacturing. Instrumental customers range from startups to Fortune 500s and span consumer electronics, apparel and more."

She allows us to post part of her talk. Video link: https://youtu.be/TcoQ9eoSSBA

And She gave us an inspired advice. Video link: https://youtu.be/BJ5q_kbasGE

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9/12 2017 Emerging Technologies, the Gartner Hype Cycle, and Technology’s Exponential Growth Rate

Emerging technologies are those technical innovations which represent progressive developments within a field and are characterized by radical novelty, relatively fast growth, prominent impact, and uncertainty. Their most prominent impact lies in the future and they may represent a significant, competitive advantage over the next five to 10 years.

In this two hour talk Dr. Kao will first introduce the Gartner Hype Cycle, which provides a cross-industry perspective on the technologies and trends that business strategists, R&D leaders, entrepreneurs, global market developers and chief innovation officers should consider in developing emerging-technology portfolios. Dr. Kao will explain the five phases of the Hype Cycle: technology trigger, peak of inflated expectations, trough of disillusionment, slope of enlightenment, and plateau of productivity.

The speaker will then present a brief overview of current emerging technologies including AI, machine learning, deep and reinforcement learning, new types of new computing: quantum, edge, cognitive, affecting; smart dust, 4 - D printing, augmented reality, virtual reality, human augmentation, connected homes, autonomous cars, digital twin, 5G, volumetric displays, brain- computer interface, conversational user interface, robotics, nanotube electronics, software defined security, etc.

Finally he will discuss the currently exponential growth rate of technology and the impact of its compounding effect for the rest of the 21st Century


Tue, September 12, 2017    6:00 PM – 9:00 PM PDT


ITRI International, 2870 Zanker Rd., Suite #140, San Jose, CA 95134



Speaker: Dr. William Kao

Dr. 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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9/10 CASPA/CIE Educational Day

Learn how to teach your children math, leadership, American History and communication.

After you register, you will have a chance to sign up FREE online math competition via Areteem's website. http://areteem.org/ The link will send out one week before the event. And there are 3 different level's competitions. AMC 8, AMC 10, AMC12. AMC 10 is for students in 10th. grade and below.

On the education day, Dr. Kevin Wang, Academic Director and Head Coach at Areteem Institute, will come from L.A. to run 1.5 hour AMC/AIME level problem solving session. Dr. Kevin Wang is a former China Team member for the  International Olympiad. Your children can learn how to solve the math problem and you can also learn how to teach your children the math problem.

Time: 13:00 - 17:00,Sunday, September 10, 2017
Venue: Cadence Auditorium Building 10, 2655 Seely Ave, San Jose, CA
Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/caspacie-educational-day-tickets-36245382916



1:00 ~ 1:30 registration and networking
1:30 ~ 1:35 CASPA introduction
1:35 ~ 1:40 CIE introduction
1:40 ~ 2:00 Keynote session "Youth Leadership and Volunteer Opportunities in Local Government" by Assembly-member Kansen Chu <Video Link>
2:00 ~ 2:20 session "Connecting with Your Youth" by Rick Maloon, M.ed, principal of Miramonte Christian School <Video Link>
2:20 ~ 2:25 5 minutes break
2:25 ~ 3:55 AMC/AIME level math competition problem coaching session, by Dr. Kevin Wang, Academic Director and Head Coach at Areteem Institute, home of Math Zoom and ZIML Competition
2:25 ~ 3:55 American History coaching session & how to participate in American History competition, by Steven Wang, Founder of Bay Area Community American History Club
3:55 ~ 4:00 Prize given to top competitors in 3 categories

iFree Parking & Free Ice Cream



Kansen Chu, California Assembly Member
Former San Jose City Council
Former Berryessa Union School Board

Rick Maloon, Principal of Miramonte Christian School
Former Principal of Thunderbird Adventist Academy
Former Principal of Shenandoah Valley Adventist Elementary School

Dr. Kevin Wang, Academic Director and Head Coach at Areteem Institute,
AMC test problem writer and reviewer, grader for USA(J)MO and MathCounts National, former coach of MOSP;
Former math faculty at UCI and UCLA;
Former Principal Engineer in Cisco, Oracle, etc.;
First China IMO Team Member;
PhD in Mathematics from The Pennsylvania State University.

Steven Wang, the founder of Bay Area Community American History Club.  Current a high school student at Lynbrook high school.  He scored perfect score on AP history in 9th grade.  He is first place in California American History competition.

Extra introduction of Kevin Wang:
Dr. Kevin Wang is a former China Team member for the  International Olympiad. Dr. Wang was the top scorer in China in  AMC and AIME, and the winner of multiple national & international  contests in math and science in China. He holds a Ph.D. in  Mathematics from the Pennsylvania State University, and worked  as a faculty member in Mathematics at UC Irvine and UCLA. Dr.  Wang also has broad experiences in industry, working at  technology and media corporations such as Oracle and News Corp.  Dr. Wang was invited to teach at the MOSP (Mathematical Olympiad  Summer Program), an all-expense-paid program, and only the top  50 participants of the USAMO are chosen to attend. The 6 members  of the IMO team for USA are selected from MOSP participants. Dr.  Wang is a member of the AMC Advisory Board. Dr. Wang is also an  AMC test problem reviewer and USA(J)MO grader. He has coached  several students who eventually reached the very top of the major  competitions.

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E4E Program (Engineers for Engineers)


This program provides Engineers an opportunity to practice public speaking and formal presentation.

(1) This program align with our soft skill training program.
(2) The applicant will make a 5 minutes presentation. We prefer it is a power point presentation or a computer operated presentation.
(3) It should include the greeting, the reason of the present and the main body of the present.
(4) Please select the contents which interest most of the engineers. It could be a skill, a tool, features of a tool, a website, etc.
(5) The present will be taken place at the beginning of some of our events.
(6) Applicant needs to apply for the program and CIE-SF will review the application.
(7) CIE-SF may provide coaching.
(8) CIE-SF will video record the present and put on youtube to let more engineers can be benefited from it.
(9) After you sing up the form, CIE-SF will contact you for next step.


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Soft Skill Training IV: Unleash Your Career and Personal Success with Non Verbal Advantage 8/19

George Bernard Shaw said:

 “The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.”

 In these times of change and business challenges, we cannot afford to live under this illusion. We also know that communication is key to being a trusted advisor and on coming across as Credible, Capable, and Compatible to your customers, managers, stakeholders, and team members. Effective verbal communication is also dependent upon aspects such as culture and nationality.

 However, the interesting data point is that focus is usually on verbal communication, even though words only comprise 7% of the communication. Remaining 93% of communication comprises of non-verbal communication of which body language comprises - 55% and tone - 38%. Hence, there is a mode of communication, the potential of which is largely untapped.

 This training would focus on science behind non-verbal communication and enable you with very powerful and proven frameworks, tools, and techniques of non-verbal communication, which would greatly improve the effectiveness of your communication and the impact you would make as a trusted advisor to your customers and stakeholders.

 After completing this training, you would be able to:

  1. Understand the neuroscience, which drives the use of non-verbal communication modes and its interpretation.
  2. Use the 5 cardinal rules to accurately decode the body language of their stakeholders and what’s on their mind.
  3. Understand the neuroscience, which drives the use of non-verbal communication modes and its interpretation.
  4. Use the 5 cardinal rules to accurately decode the body language of their stakeholders and what’s on their mind.
  5. Observe postures, gestures, micro-gestures of others and self to accurately interpret the messages in non-verbal communication and flex the communication style.
  6. Apply advanced techniques and tips of meeting seating, eye contact, congruence, mirroring, imprinting, handshakes, building rapport etc.

This session would be followed by a 90 group coaching session over a web conferencing solution where we would review the concepts learned and also address questions from the participants.

Time:  8/19/2017  1:00PM - 5:30PM (Sat.)

Venue: ZGC Innovation Center @ Silicon Valley 4500 Great America Parkway. Santa Clara CA

Registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/unleash-your-career-and-personal-success-with-non-verbal-advantage-tickets-35734623220

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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