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Distinguished Speaker Series

Data Science – What are the Implications for Managers?

Rick Hutley & Jim Hetrick
Thursday, October 26, 2017 - 5:30pm

In a panel discussion, Rick Hutley & Jim Hetrick will discuss what evolving concepts in Big Data, Data Science and Machine Learning, AI and cognitive applications mean to management in present business world. How managers can use data science and the kinds of questions they can (and can’t) expect Analytics to address for them?

Data Science – What is it and How is it changing the Workplace?

Sadie St Lawrence
Thursday, September 7, 2017 - 6:00pm

If you’ve read through your twitter feed or scrolled through the news in the past year or two, you’ve probably seen a lot of buzz around Big Data, Data Science, Machine Learning, AI, and Cognitive Applications. While the future of technology is exciting, Sadie will provide some real-life context to what these terms mean.

Human Computer Interaction: Past, Present and Future

Dr. Elizabeth Churchill
Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 5:30pm

Human Computer Interaction (HCI) is a multidisciplinary field of research and practice, Dr. Chrchill will review the history of HCI as a field, discuss present challenges and speculate on the future of HCI as a field of endeavor. Dr. Chrchill will illustrate past and emerging methods through case study examples.

IT @ Cloud – The New Paradigm

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 - 6:00pm

With increased adoption of Cloud, Enterprise CIOs are facing new challenges in terms of managing and monitoring cloud applications. Often they can become very expensive when adopting these cloud based solutions. Solutions like SSO, IAM and CASB provide a comprehensive option for CIOs and CISOs to overcome these challenges. The talk will discuss various challenges and solution approaches and benefits of these.

"Gaming the System" to Communicate Flood Risk

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - 6:00pm

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and partners from the State of Nevada have developed an education game to open the door for discussion on complexities of water management and the flood control systems on which we all depend. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Water Resources Planner Hunter Merritt will talk about the Gamification of Flood Risk and the video game that has been developed by USACE as a Learning Tool.

Internet of Things & Transportation Transformed by Technology

Jeffrey L Spencer
Wednesday, March 22, 2017 -
6:00pm to 7:30pm

What is the future of mobility and the effects on cities?
This panel format discussion will analyze this question in light of advancements in IoT. Be prepared to witness an informative conversation and participate with your insightful questions.

Talk on Smart Grid - SmartSacramento

Jim Parks
Thursday, September 1, 2016 - 5:30pm

Join us on Thursday, September 1, 2016 at 5:30 PM for a talk by distinguished speaker Jim Parks from SMUD.
abstract: Due to changes in technology, increases in distributed energy resources (renewables, energy storage, electric vehicles, microgrids, demand response, energy efficiency), increasing legislative and regulatory demands, and increased customer expectations, electric utilities are facing the biggest changes in their history. Utilities can either view these challenges as opportunities for improvement or can ignore them and hope they will go away. Either approach will have long-lasting impacts on utilities.

Cloud-Centric Ecosystem Approach to address IoT Interoperability

Dr. Yujing Wu
Thursday, July 14, 2016 - 5:30pm

To create successful Internet of Things, connected devices and applications must be able to easily, and intelligently interact across silos. Dr. Yujing Wu from Samsung ARTIK Cloud, will discuss how a cloud-based IoT development platform supports interoperability across vendors, and therefore creates an ecosystem. In such a system, multiple players each focus on their core strength (devices, applications, analytics, etc.) and build an end-to-end IoT solution collectively, without integration pain. Dr. Wu will go over the methodology and elaborate points through a case study.


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