Upcoming Presenters

2021 – IEEE Denver Computer, Information Theory, and Robotics Society



 

Virtual Meeting

IEEE Denver Computer, Information Theory, and Robotics Society – Technical Meeting

11 Feb 2021 @ 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM MT

Denver IEEE Computer Society Guest Lecturer,

Dr. Kevin Moore 

Executive Director of the Humanitarian Engineering Program and Director of the new Robotics Program

Colorado school of Mines

 

Dr. Kevin L. Moore is a professor at the Colorado School of Mines in the Division of Engineering, Design, and Society and the Department of Electrical Engineering. He received his B.S and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering from Louisiana State University in 1982 and from the University of Southern California in 1983 respectively. He received his Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering, with an emphasis in control theory, from Texas A&M University in 1989. At Mines he was previously the Vice Provost for Strategic Initiatives and Dean of Integrative Programs (2018-2020) and the Interim Director of Mines’ Division of Economics and Business (2019). He was previously Dean of the College of Engineering and Computational Sciences (2011-2018), overseeing programs in civil, electrical, environmental, and mechanical engineering, as well as applied mathematics, statistics, and computer science. He held the G.A. Dobelman Distinguished Chair from 2005-2013. Prior to his time at Mines, he held faculty and leadership positions at Utah State University and Idaho State University. He has industry experience via consulting and as a Member of the Technical Staff at the former Hughes Aircraft Company.

Dr. Moore’s general interests are in the area of control systems, intelligent control theory, and autonomous systems. He is the author of the research monograph Iterative Learning Control for Deterministic Systems, published in 1993 by Springer-Verlag. He was a USU College of Engineering and ECE Department Researcher of the Year in 1999-2000, ISU Outstanding Researcher of the Year in 1996-1997, and received the 1993 DOW Outstanding Young Faculty Award from the Pacific Northwest Section of the American Society for Engineering Education. He is currently an ABET Program Evaluator representing ASEE and IEEE.

Presentation: Perspectives and Connections: From Control Theory to Intelligent Robots to Cooperative Autonomy

Abstract: In this talk we give perspectives on the problem of devising autonomous systems by describing several threads of research from the speaker’s experience. After a brief introduction to the past and present of robotics at the Colorado School of Mines, we begin showing how a control-theoretic point of view can be exploited to develop single-entity autonomous systems, such as mobile robots and autonomous systems that can be considered “intelligent.” We emphasize a system engineering view on the conceptual design and integration of (a) the components used in unmanned systems, including the locomotion, sensors, and computing systems needed to provide inherent autonomy capability, and (b) the algorithms and architectures needed to enable control and autonomy, including path-tracking control and high-level planning strategies. We then consider the use of multiple autonomous systems that cooperate to achieve a collective goal, primarily via the theoretical notion of “consensus.” Throughout the talk concepts are illustrated using case study examples from robotic and unmanned systems developed by the author and his colleagues over the past 20 years. Further, throughout the talk we provide comments on research that may be helpful to students and professional practitioners, emphasizing the importance of connections between what at times might seem to be disparate research areas that come together to enable advances.

Location: – Virtual – WebEx 

Invited: IEEE members, guests, students, walk-ins are welcome.

Cost: Free



 

Virtual Meeting

IEEE Denver Computer, Information Theory, and Robotics Society – Technical Meeting

11 Mar 2021 @ 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM MT

Denver IEEE Computer Society Guest Lecturer,

Dr. Carlos Henrique Cabral Duarte

National Bank of Social and Economic Development

IEEE Computer Society Distinguished Speaker

 

Dr. Duarte is a senior member of technical staff at the Brazilian Development Bank (BNDES). He is now on a temporary work assignment at the Brazilian Institute of Statistics and Geography (IBGE). Dr. Duarte earned his BMath degree with a minor in Informatics from the Computer Science Department at the Federal University of Juiz de Fora. He earned an MSc degree in Informatics from the Department of Informatics at the pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro and a Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from the Department of Computing at the Imperial College, London. His research focuses on Software Engineering (SE), Distributed Systems (DS), Public Policies for Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Industry Development (Pol-ICT). In SE and DS, he studies and develops processes (from requirement elicitation and design to implementation) and application areas (programming languages, database systems, etc). Concerning Pol-ICT, he has studied, developed, and applied technology transfer, financing, and digital transformation.

Dr. Duarte is currently a strategies advisor to the IBGE. At BNDES, he served as the financing analyst of accredited machines, equipment, components, and Systems (2012 – 2020). Previously he was the operations manager, in charge of funding more than 50 technology companies, two now listed in the Bovespa Stock Market. He was the BNDES representative in the National Information Technology Advisory Committee of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (CATI/MCTI, 2003-12) and deputy board member of the Society for the Promotion of Brazilian Software Excellence (Softex, 2003-12). He has written, reviewed, and edited many papers for scientific journals and conferences.

Presentation: Digital Transformation

Abstract: The maturation of disruptive digital technologies (such as robotics, the Internet of Things, and artificial intelligence), in conjunction with their ubiquitous introduction in many different domains, has given rise to digital transformation in businesses, governments, and society. A business-oriented high-level overview of digital transformation will provide specific examples of digital transformation projects and other activities. This lecture will present digital transformation viewpoints, approaches, challenges, and opportunities to include definitions and online resources. These digital transformation notions are analyzed from strategic planning and public policy forecast perspectives and will also be illustrated using a database of business cases. These cases and notions of digital transformation will allow us to also analyze the mutual influence that digital transformation and software /requirements engineering have on each other.

This presentation is by one of the IEEE’s best digital transformation experts and trainers. We are expecting a large and diverse turn out, please join us in learning from Dr. Duarte’s years of experience and education. This is going to be a great event! See you there.

Location: – Virtual – WebEx

Invited: IEEE members, guests, students, walk-ins are welcome.

Cost: Free



 

Virtual Meeting

IEEE Denver Computer, Information Theory, and Robotics Society – Technical Meeting

07 April 2021 @ 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM MT

Denver IEEE Computer Society Guest Lecturer,

Dr. Tarek El-Ghazawi

Professor High-Performance Computing at George Washington University 

IEEE Computer Society Distinguished Speaker

 
 

Tarek El-Ghazawi is a Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at The George Washington (GW) University, where he leads the university-wide Strategic Academic Program in High-Performance Computing. He is the founding director of The GW Institute for Massively Parallel Applications and Computing Technologies (IMPACT) and was a founding Co-Director of the NSF Industry/University Center for High-Performance Reconfigurable Computing (CHREC). Dr. El-Ghazawi’s research interests include high-performance computing, computer architectures, reconfigurable and embedded computing, nano-photonic based computing, and computer vision and remote sensing. Dr. El-Ghazawi is also one of the pioneers of the area of High-Performance Reconfigurable Computing (HPRC).

Dr. El-Ghazawi was also one of the early researchers in Cluster Computing and has built the first GW cluster in 1995. At present, he is leading efforts for rebooting computing based on new paradigms including analog, nano-photonic, and neuromorphic computing. He has served on many boards and served as a consultant for organizations like CESDIS and RIACS at NASA GSFC and NASA ARC, IBM, and ARSC. He has published over 250 refereed research publications in his area and his work is funded extensively by government organizations like DARPA, NSF, AFOSR, NASA, DoD, and industrial organizations such as Intel, AMD, HP, SGI. Dr. El-Ghazawi has served in many editorial roles and has chaired numerous IEEE international conferences and symposia, including IEEE PGAS 2015, IEEE/ACM CCGrid2018, DSS 2017 to name a few.

Presentation: Rebooting Computing — The Search for Post-Moore’s Law Breakthroughs

Abstract: The field of high-performance computing (HPC) or supercomputing refers to the building and using computing systems that are orders of magnitude faster than our common systems. The top supercomputer, Summit, can perform 148,600 trillion calculations in one second (148.6 PF on LINPAC). The top two supercomputers are now in the USA followed by two Chinese supercomputers. Many countries are racing to break the record and build an ExaFLOP supercomputer that can perform more than one million trillion (quintillion) calculations per second. In fact, the USA is planning two supercomputers in 2021 one of which, when fully operational (Frontier), will perform at 1.5 EF. Scientists however are concerned that we are reaching many physical limits and we need new innovative ideas to make it to the next generation of computing. This talk will consider where we stand and where we are going with the current state of supercomputing with emphasis on future processors, and some of the ideas that scientists are looking at to re-invent computing. A comparative understanding of Neuromorphic and Brain-Inspired Computing, Quantum Computing, and innovative computing paradigms will be provided along with an assessment of progress so far and the road ahead. Further, I will cover some of our own progress on Nanophotnonic PostMoore’s law processing efforts.

Location: – Virtual – WebEx

Invited: IEEE members, guests, students, walk-ins are welcome.

Cost: Free



 

Virtual Meeting

IEEE Denver Computer, Information Theory, and Robotics Society – Technical Meeting

12 Aug 2021 @ 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM MT

Denver IEEE Computer Society Guest Lecturer,

 

Dr. Haadi Jafarian

 Professor of Computer Science and Engineering

Director of Active Cyber and Infrastructure Defense (ACID) lab at University of Colorado Denver

 
Presentation: Cyber Security / Computer Science Security

Location: – Virtual – WebEx

Invited: IEEE members, guests, students, walk-ins are welcome.

Cost: Free



 

Virtual Meeting

IEEE Denver Computer, Information Theory, and Robotics Society – Technical Meeting

09 Sept 2021 @ 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM MT

Denver IEEE Computer Society Guest Lecturer,

 

Mr. Kevin Havis

Industrial Engineer, Data Visualization Expert, & Engineering Leader

Lockheed Martin Operations

 
 

Presentation: Data Driven Decisions and Continuous Improvement

 

Location: – Virtual – WebEx

Invited: IEEE members, guests, students, walk-ins are welcome.

Cost: Free