Industry Spotlight: Exciting Cyber Physical Course Ahead + Laser Modelling for Fun

Our eighth Industry Spotlight session, held on Tuesday, January 26, 2021.6-7:30 PM PT.

This event was part of our series of presentations by industry experts at the IEEE Santa Clara Valley Section Corporate Liaison Program (CLP). If you have ideas for future speakers, please email the SCV CLP Chair.

Talk #1: Exciting Cyber Physical Course Ahead at Crossroads of Domain, Data, & Data Sciences
Abstract below.
Speaker: Chandrakant Patel, Chief Engineer and Senior Fellow, HP
Talk #2: Laser Modeling for Fun (and Profit)
Abstract below.
Speaker: Ray Beausoleil, Senior Fellow and Senior Vice President, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Panel: Is Silicon Valley Losing an Edge? Panelists:

  • Ray Beausoleil
  • Chandrakant Patel
  • Dejan Milojicic, Distinguished technologist, Hewlett Packard Labs, IEEE Fellow, IEEE SCV CLP Chair


Talk #1 ABSTRACT: 19th and early 20th century engineering was about the industrialization of physical and electro-mechanical systems like the steam engine and the utility grid. The latter half of the 20th century has been about information management, cyber systems and the Internet. The 21st century is about the integration of the two and the proliferation of cyber-physical systems (CPS) that address the challenges stemming from global social, economic and ecological trends such as resource constraints, demographic shifts, human capital constraints. The burden of negative externalities, from pandemics to environmental issues, is accelerating the need for cyber physical systems.

The solutions of the cyber physical era are systemic instantiations of operating technologies (OT) and information technologies (IT) that function at the intersection of domain theories, data organization and data science. Data science advances in Artificial Intelligence (AI) are intertwined with advances in physical sciences resulting in complex cyber physical systems.

The 21st century cyber physical contributors must have depth in engineering fundamentals of the machine age and breadth in information sciences of the cyber age. This can be achieved through a variety of learning paths such as dual degrees, continuing education and “learn by doing” projects focused on building cyber physical OT+IT integrated systems to become “T” shaped systems contributors.

Talk #1 SPEAKER: Chandrakant Patel is HP’s Chief Engineer and Senior Fellow. He has led HP in delivering innovations in chips, systems, data centers, storage, networking, print engines and software platforms. Chandrakant is a pioneer in thermal and energy management in data centers, and in application of the information technology to drive available energy management at city scales. His current technical interests are focused on 21st century cyber physical systems such as HP’s 3D Print Engines.
Chandrakant is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and a Fellow of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), holds 153 patents, and has published more than 150 technical papers. An advocate of the return to fundamentals, he has served as an adjunct faculty in engineering at Chabot College, U.C. Berkeley Extension, San Jose State University and Santa Clara University. In 2014, Chandrakant was inducted into the Silicon Valley Engineering Hall of Fame. In 2018, he was inducted to the National Academy of Engineering.

Chandrakant Patel on LinkedIn


Talk #2 ABSTRACT: In the Large-Scale Integrated Photonics group at Labs, we perform basic and applied research on optical technologies targeting applications in data communication and accelerated computing. The art of technology transfer to product requires mapping this research onto available fabrication and packaging technologies in timely and cost-effective ways. As an example of our approach to this problem, I’ll discuss how we are modeling the physics of quantum-dot “comb lasers” to guide our choices in laser materials, configurations, and ideal operating conditions to create a practical product-ready device.
Talk #2 SPEAKER: Ray Beausoleil leads the Large-Scale Integrated Photonics Lab at Hewlett Packard Labs, where he is responsible for research on the applications of optics at the micro/nanoscale to high performance classical and quantum information processing. Beausoleil has expertise in a variety of fields, including solid-state laser physics, nonlinear optics, quantum optics, quantum information science and technology, nanophotonics, embedded computer algorithms, and image processing. His current projects include photonic interconnects for exascale computing, low-power complex nanophotonic circuits, new computing technologies, and mode-locked semiconductor lasers. He and his team have developed new hardware licensing and product development models that convert research into revenue with substantial reductions in R&D investment.

Beausoleil joined Hewlett Packard Labs in 1996 after serving as an officer or director of R&D at three small companies in the laser and computer industries. Among his other accomplishments, he invented the optical paper-navigation algorithms incorporated into the HP/Agilent optical mouse and now used in the Great Wall and Golden Gate DesignJet large-format printers.

An adjunct professor of applied physics at Stanford University, he is a Fellow of both the Optical Society of America and the American Physical society, and he received the 2016 APS Distinguished Lectureship on the Applications of Physics “for his sustained, groundbreaking work in photonics and optics, especially applied to the integration of optical and electronic computing and information processing.” He has published over 300 papers and conference proceedings (including many invited papers and keynote/plenary addresses) and five book chapters; according to Google Scholar, his work has received more than 18,000 citations, and has achieved an h-index of 72. He has over 150 patents issued, and more than three dozen pending. Beausoleil received his B.Sc. (with Honors) in physics from the California Institute of Technology and both M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in physics from Stanford University.


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