EMS SCV Meetings: SEP 2005 – JUN 2006

 

List of Meetings (details below)

 
May 31, 2006:
Special Meeting: The State of Engineering in the USA and Six Things You can do to Improve It – Dr. Ralph Wyndrum
Apr 26, 2006:
Management Forum: The Nanotechnology Era – Dhaval Brahmbhatt
After-dinner Talk: Design with Variability in Nanometer Era – Xi-Wei Lin
Mar 29, 2006:
Management Forum: What does management have to do with innovation? – Dr. John Levy
After-dinner Talk: Managing Security and Emerging Threats – Dr. Neil Daswani
Feb 22, 2006:
Management Forum: The Quest for Strategic Resilience – Liisa Valikangas
After-dinner Talk: Managing Security and Emerging Threats – Dr. Neil Daswani
Jan 25, 2006:
Management Forum: Key Foundation to Successfully Build and Manage High Performance Teams in Large Company – Munir Palla
After-dinner Talk: The Power of the Dual Vee System Development Model – Hal Mooz
Dec 7, 2005:
Management Forum: Key Foundation to Successfully Build and Manage High Performance Teams in Large Company – Munir Palla
After-dinner Talk: The Power of the Dual Vee System Development Model – Hal Mooz
Oct 26, 2005:
Management Forum: Environmental Compliance for RoHS/WEEE – a Controlled Approach to Risk Management and Cost Containment for Business in the EU – Manu Pillai
After-dinner Talk: Perspectives on the Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) and the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directives – Joe Renda
Sep 28, 2005:
Management Forum: Who the Engineering Manager Is and Isn’t – Gregory J. West
After-dinner Talk: From Smart Dust to Reliable Sensor Networks – Kris Pister

 


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MEETING SUMMARIES & BIOS

 

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May 31, 2006

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SPECIAL NOTICE: There has been a change to our May 31st meeting.

Because of an unforeseen scheduling conflict with the IEEE-PACE group meeting (see meeting details below) at the same time, and in the same place as our May 31st EMS meeting, we have decided to combine our EMS meeting with the PACE meeting this month.

Our “brainstorm” survey from last month’s meeting indicated that “Globalization” was a topic of high interest to our members. The PACE meeting speaker, Ralph Wyndrum, IEEE-USA president, is speaking on this very topic!

We will reschedule this month’s planned EMS speakers, Dr. Lynn Ware and Dr. Margaret Eaton, for a later meeting.

We hope that you don’t mind this last minute change, and hope that you will enjoy the new program.

Our online signup system is not processing reservations for this meeting, all reservations are processed by IEEE-PACE. To sign up for this meeting, please email j.david@ieee.org

Time: Social: 5:30pm, Dinner at 6:00pm ($30), Presentation at 7:00pm (no charge)
 

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Special Meeting: The State of Engineering in the USA and Six Things You can do to Improve It

Presented by Dr. Ralph Wyndrum, IEEE-USA President

Engineers have been vocal about changes in our economy that have impacted the profession throughout the country, and especially locally, in the heart of “Silicon Valley,” due to the Internet Bubble and its burst a few years ago. Engineers talk about encouraging their children to enter any career but Engineering, while we still only talk about the profession that allows us to get paid for stuff we’d do anyway.

Globalization has been flattening our economic playing field, but some claim it’s hard to prove that this has hurt the engineering profession in the US. None-the-less, there have been calls to limit immigration and temporary worker programs, and calls to open it up, and just to curb its worst abuses. What can we do that will actually help the engineers in the Valley, and throughout the US?

The rapid pace of technology innovation – our own creation – also renders many specialties obsolete overnight. In the manufacturing sector, the Federal and State Governments offered retraining programs to help get the affected folks back into the job market, but this has not been happening in the High-Tech sector. What can we do to prevent our own obsolescence, as well as supporting a thriving US and world Economy?

Ralph W. Wyndrum, Jr. 2006 IEEE-USA President, believes there are things that you, I, and the IEEE can do to improve the State of Engineering here in the US, and he will share 6 of those things with us on Wednesday Evening, May 31, at the Ramada Silicon Valley. Can you help? Bring your ideas, join us for dinner and join in the discussion following the presentation. This Dinner is sponsored by SCVPACE, a group of IEEE members working on the broad issues that affect our Members and our Industry, including Career, Education and Government interface.

Dr. Wyndrum is currently CEO of Executive Engineering Consultants. A member of Eta Kappa Nu, Sigma Xi, and Beta Gamma Sigma, he has authored 40+ technical papers and textbook chapters. Wyndrum joined Bell Laboratories (1963), holding various positions in Integrated Circuit Design and Transmission Development, and six patents. In 1980-87, he led the SLCR-5 digital loop carrier systems development, now serving 5+ million telephone customers globally. From 1987-95, he was Director of Systems Analysis, Director of Process Engineering and Director of Quality, Engineering, Software, and Technology. In 1996, he was appointed Technology Vice President at AT&T Labs; in 1999, Program Planning and Management VP. He was Adjunct Professor at Stevens Institute (1980-88) and now teaches at Rutgers University.

Ralph Wyndrum began his IEEE affiliation at Columbia University (B.S.E.E., M.S.E.E.). He obtained the Eng. Sc. D., N.Y.U., and M.S. (Bus. Admin.), Columbia. He has served as a Division Director of IEEE, and on the IEEE Board.

 

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Apr 26, 2006

Management Forum: The Nanotechnology Era

Presented by Dhaval Brahmbhatt, President, PHYchip Corporation

This month’s meeting theme of nanotech will be introduced by the IEEE chairman of the Bay Area Nanotechnology Council. Dhaval Rrahmbhatt will provide an overview of the field and how it is overtaking the technology development interests of many R&D communities.

Dhaval Brahmbhatt is the Chairman of the IEEE SF Bay Area Nanotechnology Council. He is also Chairman of the Economic Development Commission for the City of Milpitas and Chairman for Berryessa School District Advisory Council in San Jose. Dhaval serves on the Blue Ribbon Task Force on Nanotechnology put together by US Congressman Mike Honda and California State Controller Steve Westly, and he is a member of Fusion Fund Task Force put together by California Assembly member Ira Ruskin. Dhaval also works actively with the National Science Foundation and the National Institute of Health (NSF, NIH, – agencies of US Government) as Reviewer on SBIR/STTR grant decisions. Mr. Brahmbhatt believes in preparing the next generation for this huge opportunity and he teaches Nanotechnology at Santa Clara University Graduate School of Engineering as Adjunct Faculty member.

Since 2002, Dhaval has served as President, Chairman & CEO, of PHYchip Corporation, a company he founded, that is focused on commercialization of Nanotechnology. Mr. Brahmbhatt is a serial entrepreneur, he has founded companies, taken them public, and/or helped get them acquired.

He holds two graduate degrees in Engineering; M.Sc. in Solid State Electronics from Gujarat University (India, 1977) and M.S.E.E. in Electrical Engineering from University of Cincinnati (USA, 1978). Dhaval is a creative engineer with 11 awarded U.S. patents and several publications.

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After-dinner Talk: Design with Variability in Nanometer Era

Presented by Xi-Wei Lin, Director of R&D, Synopsys Inc.

One has to ask the questions as to how one manages the sometime divergent criteria in DFY, DFT, DFR (yield, testability, reliability). Firms must be willing to undergo change: These required changes involve tailoring the design and development process and the traditional organizational structuring. Benefits to companies: Reduction or elimination of the number of design changes and re-engineering efforts in the manufacturing and production phase of the development process; Reduced labor and resource requirements; Ability to recognize necessary design changes early in the development process; Increased innovation by having manufacturing personnel participate in the concept development phase.

This presentation focuses on three areas: a) Semiconductor Technologies Computer-Aided-Design (TCAD) based modeling that brings process parameters into spice models, enabling direct communication between manufacturing and design. b) Stress proximity effects which cause design variability and require better modeling. c) The complexity of interconnect variations in timing analysis.

Xi-Wei Lin is Director of R&D at Synopsys Inc., developing design-for-manufacturing products. He has over 10 years of experiences in both chip design and semiconductor manufacturing. Prior to Synopsys, Lin held management and senior engineering positions in various companies, including VLSI Technology Inc., Philips Semiconductors, LSI Logic, Silicon Access Networks, and Micron Technology. He came to the industry, after working as a Staff Scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in the field of materials science and engineering. Lin published over 60 papers and holds more than 30 U.S. patents. He received his B.S. degree in electronics from Beijing University, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in solid state physics from University of Paris.

 

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Mar 29, 2006

Management Forum: What Does Management Have to Do with Innovation?

Presented by Dr. John Levy, principal, John Levy Consulting

Innovation is not about managing constraints and tracking progress, but is about creating products that appeal to new classes of customers. What is management’s role in innovation? There are three domains of activity for a manager, each of them critical for effective development of innovative products:
   1. Inwardly-focused activity, related to maintaining well-functioning teams and individuals;
   2. Outwardly-focused activity, related to creating teams, communicating and removing roadblocks; and
   3. Upwardly-focused activity, related to managing expectations of your bosses and your teams.

Drawing on many years in hardware and software development, John will suggest when to “get out of the way,” when to “get our way” and when to “get in the way” while managing a development organization.

John Levy is a management consultant who helps companies increase throughput in Engineering so they get timely and innovative products that are relevant to the customer.

John has held management positions with Quantum Corporation, Apple Computer, Tandem Computers, and Digital Equipment Corporation. He earned a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Stanford University, and holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in engineering from Cornell and CalTech.

John is a regular speaker and has authored papers on technology and management. He is currently writing a book for technology executives titled, “Get Out of the Way”.

WEBSITE: http://johnlevyconsulting.com/

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After-dinner Talk: Managing Security and Emerging Threats

Presented by Dr. Neil Daswani

This talk discusses the key design principles of computer security, surveys the pros and cons of a variety of organizational structures that are used to manage security initiatives and processes at software companies, and provides an overview of new, emerging computer security threats

Neil Daswani, Ph.D., has served in a variety of research, development, teaching, and managerial roles at Stanford University, Yodlee, and Bellcore (now Telcordia Technologies). His areas of expertise include network security, wireless data technology, and peer-to-peer systems. He has published extensively in these areas, frequently gives talks at industry and academic confrences, and has been granted two U.S. patents. He received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Stanford University, and currently works for Google. He also holds a M.S. in Computer Science from Stanford University, and a B.S. in Computer Science with honors with distinction from Columbia University.

http://scpd.stanford.edu/scpd/courses/ProEd/CompSec/instructor.htm

 

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Feb 26, 2006

Management Forum: The Quest for Strategic Resilience

Presented by Liisa Valikangas, Managing Director, Woodside Institute

Our Forum topic is about the capacity of companies to change as times demand, and associated management innovation: the art of inventing and experimenting on new ideas that can transform management principles and practice. Dr. Valikangas has worked with some leading companies toward these ends so I can share some of the concepts, methodology and results.

Dr. Liisa Valikangas is Managing Director and Research Director of the Woodside Institute-a non-profit professional research organization dedicated to advancing innovative management practice and organizational resiliency in organizations of public interest. She founded the professional research group Woodside Institute with Dr. Gary Hamel in 2002. Previously, she was the Director of Research at Strategos, an international consulting company. Her research on innovation, strategy and organizing has resulted in a number of high-profile publications (including articles in Harvard Business Review and MIT Sloan Management Review) and presented to various academic and executive audiences. Her research has won recognition in professional societies such as the Academy of Management where she hosted on All-Academy Symposium on actionable knowledge in New Orleans, August 2004.

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After-dinner Talk: Managing Security and Emerging Threats

Presented by Dr. Neil Daswani, Google

The talk, Managing Security and Emerging Threats, discusses the key design principles of computer security, surveys the pros and cons of a variety of organizational structures that are used to manage security initiatives and processes at software companies, and provides an overview of new, emerging computer security threats.

Neil Daswani, Ph.D., has served in a variety of research, development, teaching, and managerial roles at Stanford University, Yodlee, and Bellcore (now Telcordia Technologies). His areas of expertise include network security, wireless data technology, and peer-to-peer systems. He has published extensively in these areas, frequently gives talks at industry and academic conferences, and has been granted two U.S. patents. He received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Stanford University, and currently works for Google. He also holds a M.S. in Computer Science from Stanford University, and a B.S. in Computer Science with honors with distinction from Columbia University.

http://scpd.stanford.edu/scpd/courses/ProEd/CompSec/instructor.htm

 

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Jan 25, 2006

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SPECIAL NOTICE: our meeting location has changed
 
Starting January 2006 our meetings will be held at RAMADA INN
1217 Wildwood Ave, Sunnyvale CA

Directions:
     • Going north on Lawrence Expressway exit east onto Bridgewood Way, just north (bay side)
        of the highway 101 interchange; then take an immediate right onto Wildwood
     • Going south (from highway 237) exit Lawrence Expressway with a left onto Sandia and
        immediately turn right onto Blazingwood, and continue south to Bridgewood and Wildwood.

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Management Forum: Managing Security and Emerging Threats

Presented by Dr. Neil Daswani, Google

The talk, Managing Security and Emerging Threats, discusses the key design principles of computer security, surveys the pros and cons of a variety of organizational structures that are used to manage security initiatives and processes at software companies, and provides an overview of new, emerging computer security threats.

Neil Daswani, Ph.D., has served in a variety of research, development, teaching, and managerial roles at Stanford University, Yodlee, and Bellcore (now Telcordia Technologies). His areas of expertise include network security, wireless data technology, and peer-to-peer systems. He has published extensively in these areas, frequently gives talks at industry and academic conferences, and has been granted two U.S. patents. He received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Stanford University, and currently works for Google. He also holds a M.S. in Computer Science from Stanford University, and a B.S. in Computer Science with honors with distinction from Columbia University.
http://scpd.stanford.edu/scpd/courses/ProEd/CompSec/instructor.htm

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After-dinner Talk: Managing Around Sales

Presented by Stuart Silverman, CEO, SalesRamp

Mr. Silverman will present a marketing methodology for identifying and validating several critical product, market, and sales issues. These issues include identifying or validating the optimal product features, target markets, positioning, messaging, characteristics of your optimal prospects, lead generation methods, and other go-to-market strategies.

Stuart P. Silverman is the founder and CEO of SalesRamp, a consulting company providing Sales and Marketing Services to high-technology companies. These services include Market and Product Validation Studies, Win-Loss Studies, Lead Generation Programs, creation of Inside Sales Teams, and ways to improve Sales Force Productivity. He has been CEO since March, 2001.

Prior to founding SalesRamp, from 1984 to 2001 Mr. Silverman was President of New Way Marketing, Inc, a Sales and Marketing Consulting Company. Prior to that, from 1983-1984, he was Vice President of Marketing of ViewTech. From 1980-1983, he held several marketing positions at Prime Computer, Inc, including Director, Product Marketing. From 1975-1978, he was a Senior Sales Rep for Digital Equipment Corporation.

Mr. Silverman has a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan, an MS in Electrical Engineering from MIT, an MS in Political Science from MIT, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

 

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Dec 7, 2005
 

Management Forum: Key Foundation to Successfully Build and Manage High Performance Teams in Large Company

Presented by Munir Palla, Senior Manager in Automated Regression Facility, Cisco Systems

Building a high performance team is a challenging task to set the business on the right track, but managing such a team is even more challenging to execute the business on the fast track and in the right direction in a leading position, especially in the large enterprise environment. Building and managing a high performance team in large scale operation requires both essential and sufficient conditions of teamwork, collaboration, process, metric and policy. Maintaining the climate for maximum collaboration in a healthy team work environment provides the essential elements. Creating and ensuring the proper processes, metrics and policies provide the sufficient conditions. This paper brings the insight into the making of a high performance team in Cisco Systems, Inc. The team achieved 12X productivity gain with only 2X increase in head count within 4 year time frame by applying cross-functional, cross-business-unit team work and collaboration on a well established process with proper policy in an information-sharing and individual-recognition environment.

Munir Palla holds a Masters degree in CS and has 17 years of experience. He is currently employed at Cisco Systems, as a Senior Manager in Automated Regression Facility. Munir has previously held management positions at Maxtor, Oak Technology and Systems Industries.

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After-dinner Talk: The Power of the Dual Vee System Development Model

Presented by Hal Mooz, Center for Systems Management

Anyone executing development projects has options of applying the Waterfall, Spiral, or Vee Development Models. Each has certain short comings that hinder its effective application. The Dual Vee Model is a model to guide complex systems development. The Dual Vee has been developed to correct the short comings, and provides a model for concurrent architecture and architecture entity development.

Recently Spiral Evolutionary modeling has led to confusion in the development of complex systems. The Dual Vee model eliminates this confusion.

Anyone interested in the development of complex systems and in mentoring others in this regard should find the presentation meaningful. The NSA has adopted this model as their standard.

Hal Mooz specializes in Project Management, System Engineering, Proposal Management, and related processes, techniques, and skills essential to achieving predictable project performance. Mr. Mooz draws on 25 years of industry experience, consulting to both government and industry clients. These include AT&T, Lucent Technologies, GTE, Colgate, Dial, Kaiser Permanente, TRW, ESL, Argo Systems, Lockheed-Martin, and several US government agencies, including NASA.

Mr. Mooz is co-founder of the Center for Systems Management, headquartered in Vienna, VA, a leader in integrating systems engineering, project management and process improvement. Prior to that he was the founder of Consulting Resources International, providing training and consulting to government and industry clients in both project management and system engineering.

Mr. Mooz enjoyed a fast track career at Lockheed Missile and Space Company in satellite programs. He was an early member of the Corona Project, America’s first reconnaissance satellite.

Mr. Mooz is the co-author of the books Visualizing Project Management (1996, 2000, and 2005, J. Wiley & Sons), addressing the growing importance of integrating project management and systems engineering, and Communicating Project Management (2003, J Wiley & Sons). Mr. Mooz is also a contributing author of The Wiley Guide To Managing Projects (2004 J Wiley & Sons).

Mr. Mooz was awarded the CIA Agency Seal Medallion for excellence in Project Management training, and in recognition of his pioneering efforts in the field of Project Management. He was co-awarded the Pioneer Award for INCOSE (International Council of System Engineering) (2001) – presented annually to one who contributed uniquely enhancing society or its needs. He has published many articles in referred journals and proceedings and presented papers at PMI Symposiums and INCOSE conferences.

Mr. Mooz is a graduate of the ME Stevens Institute of Technology and the Lockheed Executive Management Program. He is a Certified Project Management Professional PMI (PMP) and a Certified Systems Engineering Professional (INCOSE), one of the first 37 people certified worldwide. He is on with the Adjunct Faculty, American University, University of California, and University of Santa Clara.

 

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Oct 26, 2005

Management Forum: Environmental Compliance for RoHS/WEEE – a Controlled Approach to Risk Management and Cost Containment for Business in the EU

Presented by Manu Pillai, CEO and founder, Product Acceleration Inc.

New EU Compliance regulations are something that Engineering managers need to know about – and address with clear focus.

Selling into Europe has become more difficult with the RoHS/WEEE Directive banning hazardous substances from Electronic and Electrical Equipment. The compliance date is getting closer (July 1, 2006) and more countries including the US and China are following suit in 2007. Even if exemptions are temporarily found for your product, the supply chain is moving to lead-free materials causing the need to convert.

Focused, considered action is required – which must include Engineering for success. This is not just a supply chain problem.

Manu Pillai will review the fundamentals of complying with RoHS/WEEE requirements across the organization, providing a foundation for an organization to independently take logical next steps to compliance. Basic impacts of compliance requirements across product management, supply chain, design verification – and new product development – will also be covered. A brief review of other resources will also be included.

Prior to founding Product Acceleration Inc. in October 2000, Manu Pillai worked in the areas of hardware, software, mechanical engineering, manufacturing, and manufacturing test. He was Director of Engineering at Maxtor’s Network Systems Group and Director of Advanced Technology at Fujitsu PC Corporation with responsibility for the development of a number of Fujitsu Lifebook mobile PC global platforms and peripherals. Prior experience includes Solectron Milpitas and systems engineering Mitsubishi Electric and affiliates in Japan, UAE and India. Manu has a BE (EE) from University College, Dublin (Ireland) and an MBA from Santa Clara, and has been a member of the IEEE since 1989.

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After-dinner Talk: Perspectives on the Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) and the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directives

Presented by Joe Renda, OEM Marketing Manager, Cookson Electronics Enthone

Joe Renda will review basic requirements for board finishes and show current market trends and cost comparisons. The impact of lead free requirements on PCB’s including HASL, immersion tin, ENIG, immersion silver as well as the latest in organic will be covered, from design to reliability impacts.

Joe Renda has over twenty years experience in electronics manufacturing and business development. He worked for Motorola developing incircuit and functional test code, Equipment Sales as a regional sales and service engineer , and also Advanced Electronics as a manager of their surface mount manufacturing facility. Joe has been with Cookson and for almost eleven years as Director of Business Development, Global Account Manager and OEM Marketing Manager. Joe has BSEE from Northeastern University.

 

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Sep 28, 2005

Management Forum: Who the Engineering Manager Is and Isn’t

Presented by Gregory J. West, Quality Manager, Sipex Corporation

In his article, “Who the Engineering Manager Is Not,” published in the 2rd Quarter, 2003, IEEE Engineering Management Society Newsletter in response to the publication’s 1st Quarter “Conference Call for Engineering Managers * Who Is the Engineering Manger,” Greg claims that truly successful engineering managers are not great leaders, motivators, or technical experts. In fact, he claims that if a person uncontrollably excels in any one of these characteristics, he or she will detract from optimizing the organization’s overall success, and will, thereby, fail as a manager. Greg will facilitate an open forum discussion based on these concepts in an effort to come to consensus on what skills and characteristics make great engineering managers.

Gregory J. West is a 25 year industry veteran with more than 20 years in engineering supervision and management roles forming and leading high performance product development and operations teams in some of the biggest and best known companies including Texas Instruments, National Semiconductor, Philips Electronics, and Samsung Semiconductor, as well as in community based, volunteer, and government organizations. Greg founded Jonathan Byrnes Associates, a management consulting firm in 2003 and currently is the Quality Assurance Manager at Sipex Corporation, a company that designs and produces analog interface, power management, and optical storage integrated circuits. Greg earned his BSEE from Milwaukee School of Engineering, and his MS Engineering Management from Santa Clara University. He is also a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Wisconsin.

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After-dinner Talk: From Smart Dust to Reliable Sensor Networks

Presented by Kris Pister, Founder & CTO, Dust Networks, Prof. EECS, UC Berkeley

The DARPA-driven concept of low-cost ubiquitous sensor networks that took shape in the early to mid 90s is now widely recognized as having a multi-billion dollar potential in markets such as building and industrial automation. Following a brief history of the Smart Dust project and an overview of current industrial sensor network markets, an architecture for enterprise-class reliable low power sensor networking will be presented. To address industrial requirements for reliability in the presence of severe RF interference, this approach implements a time-synchronized frequency-hopped fully-meshed network. In low-rate data gathering applications, measured performance of this architecture is 99.999% end-to-end network reliability, with average current consumption of all motes in the network below 100microAmps. A simple predictive model for network performance will be presented, which allows accurate simulation of network capacity, latency, energy consumption, noise sensitivity, etc. The talk will conclude with some mild pontification about technology directions in the next few years.

Kris Pister coined the phrase Smart Dust as an assistant professor at UCLA in 1995, and wrote the DARPA proposal of the same name in 1997 as a professor at UC Berkeley. From 1998 to 2002 his students set records for the lowest power 8bit ADC, lowest power 900MHz radio, and smallest mote, all of which still stand today. In 2002 he founded Dust Networks, where he was CEO until 2004, raising roughly ten million dollars in private and venture investment. He returned to Berkeley in 2005, and remains CTO at Dust Networks.

Kris holds a PhD and MS in electrical engineering and computer sciences from UC Berkeley and a BS from UC San Diego. Currently on leave as a professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at UC Berkeley, and a father of four brilliant children, he is doing his part to continue the advancement of technology in the next generations.

pister@eecs.berkeley.edu

 

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