CIE Emerging Technologies Group seminar 5/11 AR/VR, Data Visualization and Big Data

Date: May 11, 2016 (Wednesday) 7pm-9pm (Registration starts at 6:30pm)
Venue: ITRI Int’l, 2870 Zanker Rd., Suite #140, San Jose, CA
Registration: Here

Title: Virtual and Augmented Reality: sensors, data, and the new control paradigm

by Dr. Kevin Chang


Virtual/Augmented Reality is poised to become the “next big thing” after mobile. The VR/AR industry is projected to hit $150 billion by 2020. VR immerses users in virtual worlds and AR blends the real world with the virtual world. In both cases, they dismantle perceptions of reality and immerse human’s basic sensory experience. But with so much data streaming into our senses, how do our senses talk back? It is equally important to capture inputs from the users. Motion sensors, gesture controls, and eye controls are emerging technologies that accompany the success of VR/AR. In this talk, Dr. Chang will share his perspective on what’s hyped about VR/AR and how user-centric sensing will become an integral part of the immersive experience.

Speaker Bio

:Dr. Kai-min Kevin Chang received his B.S. from University of Waterloo, M.S. and Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University. Dr. Chang is currently a research faculty at Carnegie Mellon’s Language Technologies Institute. His many years of government-funded projects with machine learning and neuroscience spans consumer-grade EEG (electroencephalography ) to room-sized fMRI ( functional magnetic resonance imaging) . He has received and contributed to projects supported by National Science Foundation (NSF), Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) and published in some of neuroscience’s leading journals including Science and Neuroimage. Dr. Chang became a biosensor researcher  because he believed the digitization of biosignals will transform the way humans interact with technologies. He is excited to show the wider public how much biosensing can improve the simplest applications. Recently, he started a company to build eye tracking for virtual reality.

Title:  Big Data Visualization 

by Tom Rzonca


:Tom will talk about his experience and expertise in:- UX, UI information architecture, interactive content and visual design- Application design & development, mobile, desktop & web- Creative direction & visual design- Curriculum design and development- 3D data visualization and animation- Digital photography, video production and sound design

Speaker Bio:

Tom Rzonca is a Principal UX designer at TCS working on data visualization.  Tom is a graduate of the School of Visual arts in New York (BFA 1979). Tom has been designing award winning user experiences and interactive communications for over 30 years. A tradition of sensible design has continued through the years with Wabby Awards and several nominations for National Design awards from the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution,  for Interaction Design and Lifetime Achievement.  

Talk Title:  “Innovation, Transformation, Big Data, and the Industrial Internet

by Dr. John Jiang


:Dr. Jiang has developed solutions in media cloud, real time operational intelligence for data center, network analytics, and sensor platform, etc. Dr. Jiang also has extensive experience in executive briefing, enterprise IT and transformation, global business development, customer co- innovation and Silicon Valley style open innovation. He will describe and discuss his personal experiences at the seminar.

Speaker Bio

Dr. Jiang was an experimental particle physicist at DOE national labs and research scientist at NASA Ames supercomputing center.  Dr. Jiang got his PhD from Stony Brook and did his Postdoc at Stanford Univ.  Dr. Jiang worked for leading software companies in Silicon Valley during the .com boom and went to DC area after 911 as management and technical consultant and system integrator.  Dr. Jiang was CTO of Lockheed Martin IT homeland security line of business and leader of Bearing Point's big data solution practice. He joined IBM GBS as the executive architect for enterprise transformation and Dell Global Services for data center transformation.  He joined Hitachi America R&D as rage chief research architect to drive the One Hitachi Transformation and go to market in various verticals by developing innovate solutions and services.Dr. Jiang is the CEO of VESS LLC, a Silicon Valley and DC based consulting and solution company. VESS's verticals include Communication, Media, Entertainment, Connected Cars, Smart Cities, Smart Data Centers, Retail, and Automative Manufacturing. etc. 

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