Clean Tech Seminar 2015-2

Clean Tech Seminar: Tuesday March 17, 2015

Place: ITRI International, 2870 Zanker Road, Suite 140, San Jose, CA
Time: 7-9PM, Registration starts at 6:30PM
See details of the two seminar talks below.
Talk Title: “Supporting the Ubiquitous System Observability in the Era of  Converging  Smart Cities and Smart Power Grids”  by Dr. Michael Hsieh

Talk Abstract:
  This talk will discuss the new era of converging smart cities and smart power grids as well as the sensor devices supporting the ubiquitous system observability.

Speaker Bio:
Dr. Michael M. Hsieh created Smart Grid Technology Series for UC Berkeley  Extension by developing and teaching 7 new courses since the beginning of 2010. Before that, he worked at Sun Microsystems Inc. for about 20 years where he and the design teams he worked with designed and delivered 3 generations of Sun’s servers and workstations for datacenters and cloud computing applications, and also designed and delivered 3 generations of UltraSPARC microprocessor chips that powered Sun platforms. Dr. Hsieh also spent 2.5+ years in designing director class Storage Area Network (SAN) switch for datacenters. Prior to joining Sun, Dr. Hsieh was a lead chip design engineer for multiple microcontroller chips intended for controlling
the embedded systems, such as those for the modern day smart power grids and Internet of Things, at Intel and Ford for 7+ years. Dr. Hsieh’s current interests include the design and realization of energy efficient infrastructure including Smart and Eco-friendly Cities, Smart Grids and Smart Microgrids, and Internet of Everything. Dr. Hsieh also works for US China Green Energy Council as a VP for Green IT Task Force and Education Program.
Talk Title: “Smart Cities: An Overview”  by Dr. William Kao
Talk Abstract: A smart city uses digital technologies to enhance urban performance and citizen’s wellbeing, to reduce costs and resource consumption, and to engage more effectively and actively with its citizens.
Key 'smart' city sectors include transportation, energy, water, waste and health care. New interest in smart cities is motivated by major global and urban challenges, including climate change, economic restructuring, ageing populations, and major urban problems such as traffic congestion, pollution, city safety, etc.
In this talk Dr. Kao will give a comprehensive overview of Smart Cities including Smart Energy, Smart Water, Smart Buildings, Smart Mobility, Smart Healthcare, and the important role of ICT .
Speaker Bio: Dr. William Kao received his BSEE, MSEE and PhD from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He workedin the Semiconductor and Electronic Design Automation industries for more than 30 yearsholding several senior and executive engineering management positions at Texas Instruments, Xerox Corporation, Cadence DesignSystems.
 Dr. Kao has authored more than 40 technical papers on semiconductors at IEEE Journals and Conferences, and holds eight software and IC design patents. He was an Adjunct Professor at UCLA Electrical Engineering Department where he taught courses in computer aided IC design.
Dr. Kao is a Senior Member of IEEE, and was one of the founding members of IEEE-Circuits and Systems - Silicon Valley Chapter, where he was Chapter Chair in 2005 and 2006.
Dr. Kao currently teaches Renewable Energy, Clean Technology and Business Sustainability courses at the University of California Santa Cruz, Silicon Valley Extension.  He is a consultant for several Clean Tech and VC companies in Silicon Valley, and a Clean Technology consultant for the Chinese Government, for the Taiwan Ministry of Science and Technology, and for the Malaysian Government on new Emerging Technologies and Education.
From 2009-2015 Dr. Kao has authored and presented more than  40 technical  talks, seminars, and short courses on a variety of  emerging technologies including Clean Technology, Renewable Energy, Business Sustainability, Big Data, Cloud Computing, Robotics, Internet of Things  and 3D Printing.
Dr. Kao also teaches and is a frequent invited speaker on a variety of non technical subjects such as business’ application of Sun Tzu’s Art of War, interpersonal skills, inter-disciplinary education and life’s philosophy and wisdom.