Upcoming Presenters

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

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

12 March 2020 @ 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM MT

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: Individual Entity Journeys, Aggregated Entity Journeys and Process Maps

An entity is a customer who interacts with an organization in several different ways that may be categorized as customer journey. Some customer journey examples include; a user phone call where one clicks on an option then gets transferred to a particular agent and then finally completes the call and a customer who may be browsing a website and then adds items to a cart and purchases something. This journey can be for any entity, not just a customer, but also for products, services, etc. For a company, to make decisions they cannot just look at each individual customer journey rather they need to look at the bigger picture and if necessary drill down to the individual customer journey. In this presentation, we will look at how to aggregate different entity journeys together to create what we call a process map. This way of combining gives us the actual process and derived from the data. We will look at examples of entity journeys and process journeys from the standpoint of a graph database. The major takeaways for audience will be how to look at events happening over time and the final outcome and how they relate to each other. Please come and join use for an outstanding presentation on cutting edge database technology. Please join us in learning more about Database theory and the real applications of cutting edge Database design.


Location: – University of Denver, (Room 401) 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 – 8:00 PM MT

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 300) 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 – 8:00 PM MT

Denver IEEE Computer Society Guest Lecturer,

Dr. Aju Jugessur

Director, Colorado Nanofabrication and Characterization (COSINC) Center

University of Colorado, Boulder


Aju Jugessur received a PhD in Optoelectronics, Electronic engineering with a focus on nanofabrication from the University of Glasgow, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship at McGill University. Dr. Jugessur expertise is in the area of photonic devices, nanolithography and nanofabrication. Dr. Jugessur was a senior research scientist in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Toronto and the manager of the nanolithography facility, Toronto Nanofabrication Center, where he spearheaded the establishment and development of a state-of-the-art nanolithography facility. Dr. Jugessur has introduced several training materials and courses on nanolithography, micro- and nano fabrication and developed the first online, real-time course in the area of nanofabrication. Dr. Jugessur founded the University of Iowa Microfabrication Facility and led the facility as its director from April 2012 to September 2018. Dr. Jugessur is currently the Director of the Colorado Shared Instrumentation in Nanofabrication and Characterization (COSINC) within the College of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Dr. Jugessur has extensive experience in leading the design, development and management of state-of-the-art nanoscale cleanroom facilities for research, education and training. Dr. Jugessur’s research interests are at the crossroads of several areas such as photonic crystals, nanofabrication and optical sensing. Dr. Jugessur has authored numerous scientific and technical journal publications and is also a Senior member of IEEE.

Presentation: Shared Facilities Enabling Nanoscale Science and Technology

Nanoscale fabrication and material characterization is the meeting ground of diverse disciplines ranging from engineering, physics, chemistry to environmental science, biology, and medicine. Most of these disciplines converge at the nanoscale, towards the same building blocks, principles, tools of investigation and fabrication. The Colorado Shared Instrumentation in Nanofabrication and Characterization (COSINC) offers a platform for the convergence of multiple scientific and engineering disciplines and facilitates collaborative research with strategic partners and information exchange.  COSINC aspires to play an instrumental role in leading Colorado in these areas within the region, while impacting and enabling innovations in a wide range of scientific and technological research areas, ranging from electronics, photonics, quantum science, energy and environment to bio-medical, pharmaceutical and nanomedicine. This presentation will present several key capabilities and state-of-the art instrumentation for nanoscale fabrication and characterization, including a broad range of research projects and application areas, enabled by the technologies within COSINC.


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

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

Cost: Free