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2019 – IEEE Denver Computer, Information Theory, and Robotics Society



 

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

18 October 2019 @ 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM MDT

 

Denver IEEE Computer Society Guest Lecturer,

 

Dr. Ashwin Pingali (ABD)

Information Technology Engineer, Manager, and Expert Consultant

Chief Technology Officer for Aivante

 

Ashwin Pingali has completed his PhD in Computer Science & Information Technology with the University of Colorado, Denver (All but Dissertation). An MBA in Operations, Information Systems and Marketing with the  Indian Institute of Management and a BS in Engineering Technology (Gold Medal Honors) with the Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Hyderabad India. Ashwin is currently working as the CTO for Aivante a health care fintech startup and Apps Consultants a company focused on bringing Big Data technologies into everyday business operations. Dr (ABD) Pangali Dissertation research on “How IT can change mental models to improve decision-making effectiveness” has lead him to curtail his theoretical academia pursuits for more applied research path. Ashwin’s current research focus and skills are in Artificial Intelligence, Deep Learning and Cognitive Computing, and his specialty is in bringing both graph based mathematical representations to healthcare expenditure contexts, creating probabilistic models of reasoning and using Big Data predictive technologies  to aid in the processing of large contextual graphs for actionable decision making.

Dr Panglai additionally consults with Dish Networks as a Data Scientist helping their budding Enterprise Data Science execute Predictive Modeling and Optimization projects in AdTech and Fraud Monitoring. Dr Pangali achievements at Dish Networks includes building a complex forecasting system to generate over 500,000 forecasts for improving yield management. Dr Pangali is currently working on Ad-Brain an initiative to embed AI into Ad capacity planning and pricing.

Presentation: Building Real Time Recommendation Engines

We are seeing recommendation engines at work everywhere. When we switch on Netflix, the shows that we see on the screen are coming from a recommendation engine. When we search google, the results that come as well as the ads that are displayed are the result of a complex interplay of several recommendation engines. In this presentation we will look at the mathematics behind Recommendation Engines. The talk will be a presentation but attendees can follow the presenter by getting their hands dirty in building a simple recommendation engine that uses a collaborative filter. (The tutorial will show how to Build an actual recommendation engine that makes recommendations for product purchases and movie recommendations.)   This presentation will describe how a graph database is useful when it comes to recommendations. Please come and join us.

 

 

Location: – University of Denver, (Room 357) 2155 E Wesley Ave, Denver, CO 80208

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

Cost: Free

 

 



 



 

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

14 November 2019 @ 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM MDT

 

Denver IEEE Computer Society Guest Lecturer,

 

Dr. Santosh Veda

Electrical Engineer, Manager, and Research Scientist

Manager and Senior Researcher, Grid Automation & Control Group – NREL

 

Dr. Veda received his PhD and MS from Virginia Tech in Electrical Engineering, and his Bachelors in Electronics & Electronics Engineering from Anna University in India. Dr. Veda is the Manager of the Grid Automation & Controls Group in the Power System Engineering Center at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado. He leads a group of 15 researchers working in the areas of advanced grid automation controls, microgrid controls development and validation and integration of non-traditional DER systems. Dr. Veda also leads projects in the area of distribution grid modernization including deployment and performance evaluation of utility management systems like the advanced distribution management system (ADMS) and distributed energy resources management system (DERMS). He is also leading efforts on integration of electric vehicles and fuel cells. Prior to joining NREL, he was a Lead Researcher at GE’s Global Research Center where he developed advanced algorithms for grid control. Additionally, Dr Veda Senior IEEE Member, holds several patents, has published numerous papers, and has been a guest speaker at multiple national conferences in the area of power grid and electronics.

 

Presentation: Maintaining Power Grid Operation Resiliency

Abstract: Dr. Veda will present on the role of computers in maintaining the reliability and resiliency of power grid operations, and how it has evolved to address the newer challenges. The presentation will cover an overview of power systems, and the evolving nature of the grid. The presentation will include cover microcomputers in protection relays to supercomputers for complex system simulations.

 

 

Location: – University of Denver, (Room 400) 2155 E Wesley Ave, Denver, CO 80208

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

Cost: Free

 


 

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

12 December 2019 @ 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM MDT

 

Denver IEEE Computer Society Guest Lecturer,

 

Dr. Stephan Gerali

Chief Software Architect and Engineer

Lockheed Martin Fellow

 

Dr. Gerali has his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Colorado and his MBA from Colorado State University. Stephan is certified in Java, BEA WebLogic, Six Sigma and Secure Software Engineering. Dr. Gerali is a Lockheed Martin Fellow specializing in Software Architecture / Software Engineering with more than 22 years of experience working on large-scale distributed systems. Stephan is currently the Chief Architect for Space IT supporting solutions across the entire Space business area.

Within Lockheed Martin, Stephan has supported IS&GS (Information Systems & Global Solutions) in Army (All Source Analysis System and Future Combat System), USSTRATCOM (Strategic Threat Analysis Reporting System) and Air Force (Single Integrated Space Picture) command and control systems and within EIT (Enterprise IT) has supported LMPeople, LMCareers, Performance Based Logistics, University Relations Recruiter’s Network, Center for Leadership Excellence, Non-Employee Access Tracking, Infrastructure Health Management, Event Correlation & Analysis, Enterprise Data Warehouse / Business Intelligence and Digital Tapestry.

Presentation: Delivering Real Time Monitoring of Industrial Machines using AWS IoT Services

Abstract: We will learn how information technology may be teamed up with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to deliver an integrated Internet of Things (IoT) solution for data capture, data transformation, data storage, data analytics and data visualization for real time monitoring of industrial machines used in the IoT manufacturing process. This presentation will cover the deployment of a full IoT solution to include: Kepware ServerEX for connectivity to industrial protocols, AWS IoT Core for IoT data processing, Amazon S3 for scalable storage of IoT data, MTConnect for a common data model for industrial machine telemetry data, Amazon EMR for interactive analytics on IoT data, Tableau for visualization of IoT data and SIAT for automated anomaly detection for industrial telemetry data. In addition, we will summarize the future roadmap for other AWS IoT Services. Please join us for a great presenter and presentation on information technology, Amazon Web Services (AWS), and integrated Internet of Things (IoT) solutions and integration.

 

Location: – University of Denver, (Room 410) 2155 E Wesley Ave, Denver, CO 80208

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

Cost: Free

 



2020 – IEEE Denver Computer, Information Theory, and Robotics Society



 

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

09 January 2020 @ 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM MDT

 

Denver IEEE Computer Society Guest Lecturer,

 

Dr. Haluk Ogmen

Professor and Senior Associate Dean

Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science – University of Denver

 

Haluk Ogmen holds a B.Sc.A. and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, both from the Université Laval, Québec, Canada. Haluk is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and serves as Senior Associate Dean at the Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Denver.  Haluk’s research interests include natural and artificial intelligence, human visual perception, attention, memory and learning. His research is multi-disciplinary and combines theoretical, computational, and empirical approaches to reverse-engineer the human brain.

 

Presentation: Artificial versus Natural Intelligence

Abstract: In this presentation, Dr Haluk Ogmen will provide a brief overview of the history of studies of intelligence and mind from a multi-disciplinary angle, including philosophy, psychology, neuroscience, and cognitive science perspectives. we will also discuss parallel efforts to build artificial intelligence systems and trace their relationships to the studies of natural intelligence. Dr Ogmen primary argument will support that, if artificial intelligence is to be more like human intelligence, it needs to abandon its aprioristic or empiristic bases and instead adopt a constructivistic approach following the stages of cognitive development in infants. This presentation is going to be a cutting edge venture into AI, artificial thought, and cognition – we hope to see you there.

 

Location: – University of Denver, (Room TBD) 2155 E Wesley Ave, Denver, CO 80208

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

Cost: Free

 


 

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

13 February 2020 @ 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM MDT

 

Denver IEEE Computer Society Guest Lecturer,

 

Mr. William Fischer

Biological, Electrical, and Information Systems Engineer

Patent Attorney

 

William Fischer holds a JD from the University of Colorado School of Law, a BS in Electrical Engineering from the College of Engineering & Applied Science of the University of Colorado – Boulder, a BS in Biotechnology from Rutgers University and an MS in Molecular Bioscience & Biotechnology from Lehigh University. Mr. Fischer is a licensed attorney in Colorado and Washington State, and is registered to practice as a patent attorney before the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. William, along with his network of trusted professionals, assists businesses and individuals in a variety of business and personal matters. Mr. Fischer’s patent, trademark, copyright and trade secret law practice provides clients counseling, drafting, and advice on cost effective acquisition, protection and monetization of intellectual property to advance business goals. Mr. Fischer engages both domestic and foreign clients involved in business and technological endeavors in diverse industries, including communications, medical devices, robotics, financial services, automotive, aviation, oil and gas, integrated circuits, control systems, power generation and distribution, tools, machinery, and consumer products.

Mr. Fischer’s experience in multi-disciplinary science, engineering, business, and legal roles in diverse industries provides informed perspectives for executing intellectual property strategies for accomplishing business goals. William’s professional experience, including 10 years in patent practice, enables him to provide expert advice and services in electrical, computer, software, mechanical and biomedical engineering technologies spanning manufacturing, AI, IoT, control systems, business methods, mechanical devices, and industrial designs.

 

Presentation: Cost-effective intellectual property protection strategies

Abstract: With an ever increasing array of US and foreign entities filing patent applications for inventions, obtaining effective advice and assistant for your technical and business ventures is crucial. In this presentation, basics of patent law and the mechanics of seeking patent and other forms of intellectual property rights will be summarized. Some examples of patent applications and patent examination will be illustrated to demonstrate the process and to highlight potential pitfalls. Several ways to increase the odds of success and maximize the value of patent claims will be discussed, along with proven strategies to ensure that all potentially protectible aspects of inventions are analyzed and accounted for. Please come and join us for a great presentation from a scholar that has many great years of engineering and judicial experience. This will be a great event don’t miss it!

 

Location: – University of Denver, (Room TBD) 2155 E Wesley Ave, Denver, CO 80208

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

Cost: Free

 


 

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

12 March 2020 @ 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM MDT

 

Denver IEEE Computer Society Guest Lecturer,

 

Dr. Ashwin Pingali (ABD)

Information Technology Engineer, Manager, and Expert Consultant

Chief Technology Officer for Aivante

 

Ashwin Pingali has completed his PhD in Computer Science & Information Technology with the University of Colorado, Denver (All but Dissertation). An MBA in Operations, Information Systems and Marketing with the  Indian Institute of Management and a BS in Engineering Technology (Gold Medal Honors) with the Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Hyderabad India. Ashwin is currently working as the CTO for Aivante a health care fintech startup and Apps Consultants a company focused on bringing Big Data technologies into everyday business operations. Dr (ABD) Pangali Dissertation research on “How IT can change mental models to improve decision-making effectiveness” has lead him to curtail his theoretical academia pursuits for more applied research path. Ashwin’s current research focus and skills are in Artificial Intelligence, Deep Learning and Cognitive Computing, and his specialty is in bringing both graph based mathematical representations to healthcare expenditure contexts, creating probabilistic models of reasoning and using Big Data predictive technologies  to aid in the processing of large contextual graphs for actionable decision making.

Dr Panglai additionally consults with Dish Networks as a Data Scientist helping their budding Enterprise Data Science execute Predictive Modeling and Optimization projects in AdTech and Fraud Monitoring. Dr Pangali achievements at Dish Networks includes building a complex forecasting system to generate over 500,000 forecasts for improving yield management. Dr Pangali is currently working on Ad-Brain an initiative to embed AI into Ad capacity planning and pricing.

Presentation: TBD

 

Location: – University of Denver, (Room TBD) 2155 E Wesley Ave, Denver, CO 80208

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

Cost: Free

 


 

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

09 April 2020 @ 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM MDT

 

Denver IEEE Computer Society Guest Lecturer,

 

Ms. Sherry Jones

Philosophy and Game Design Subject Matter Expert and Instructor

Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design and Co-Founder of Social Good Engine, LLC

 

Sherry Jones holds an advanced graduate certification in teaching writing from Johns Hopkins University and MH in philosophy from the University of Colorado Denver. She is a philosophy and game design subject matter expert and instructor at Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design. She also serves as the editor-in-chief of The Liminal: Interdisciplinary Journal of Technology in Education and as a steering committee board member of the International Game Developers Association (IGDA) Learning, Games, and Education. The U.S. Dept. of Education invited Ms. Jones to attend June 20, 2019 Summit on Education Blockchains to discuss policies on using blockchains to create digital identities and render educational data secure, accessible, and portable with zero-knowledge proofs.

Ms. Jones has published book chapters including exploring Nietzschean virtue ethics with the digital game, Life is Strange (upcoming 2019, ETC Press), and articles including “A Solution to OER Publication Resistance: Using Blockchain Technology to Protect Scholar Copyright” (2018, IJOER). Ms. Jones is the co-founder of Social Good Engine, LLC., an educational company that designs digital apps and games based on philosophical theories. Her current game-in-development is Elocutio, a 3D space-themed MMORPG that promotes evidence-based argumentation via Hegelian dialectic.

 

Presentation: Ethics in Programming and Computer Gaming

Abstract: Current code of ethics and professional conduct in programming, as recommended by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), includes such ethical principles as avoid causing harm to users, respect users’ privacy, and fulfilling one’s social responsibilities. Although ACM’s code of ethics encourages programmers to operate in good faith and consider their responsibilities to a society or nation, the code does not address how programmers, bound by a company’s code of ethics while acting at the behest of the company’s corporate interests, should respond to ethical challenges that arise as companies expand across national borders, such as surveillance capitalism, cultural and moral relativism, or globalization and nationalism. This presentation will examine current ethical problems in the technology and the gaming industries and proposes a re-examination of ethics in programming by revisiting the moral philosophies of Foote, Nietzsche, Rachels, and other thinkers.

 

Location: – University of Denver, (Room TBD) 2155 E Wesley Ave, Denver, CO 80208

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

Cost: Free

 


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

14 May 2020 @ 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM MDT

 

Denver IEEE Computer Society Guest Lecturer,

 

Dr. Aju Jugessur

Director, Colorado Nanofabrication and Characterization (COSINC) Center

University of Colorado, Boulder

 

Presentation: Nanotechnology

 

Location: – University of Denver, (Room TBD) 2155 E Wesley Ave, Denver, CO 80208

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

Cost: Free