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Distinguished Speaker Series

"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.

Data, Analytics and the Dawn of the Cognitive Era of Computing

Laura Haas
Thursday, June 25, 2015 - 5:30pm


We are poised on the brink of a new era of computing, one in which computers will increasingly
partner with people to improve our lives and enhance our ability to solve complex problems.
These new systems will feed on data and leverage a diverse set of analytic tools and strategies,
constantly learning. In this talk, we’ll introduce cognitive computing…


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