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March 13, 2014

Mtg: Optical Flow Computations for Solar Irradiance Prediction

by @ 7:46 pm. Filed under ALL, Computers/Software, Electronics Design, Optics/Displays

MONDAY March 17, 2014
SCV Computational Intelligence Chapter
– short-term, cloud evolution, estimation, calibration …
Speaker: Sergey Koltakov, Locus Energy
Time: Presentation at 12:00 PM Noon; refreshments following
Cost: none
Place: Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley, Building 23, Moffett Field
RSVP: from website

We describe our method of short-term solar irradiance forecasting.  The method is based on prediction of cloud evolution via optical flow computations from NASA  satellite imagery. The future cloud configuration is determined and input to Locus Energyâ??s irradiance estimation model to predict irradiance. Our forecasting model was calibrated and validated against NOAAâ??s Surface Radiation network observations; we then further enhance our prediction accuracy by leveraging data from PV installations and weather sensors monitored by Locus Energy.


Mtg: Building on 37 Years of Progress: NREL’s Photovoltaic Research Program in 2014

by @ 7:25 pm. Filed under ALL, Electrical/Power, Optics/Displays

WEDNESDAY April 30, 2014
SCV Photovoltaics Chapter
– business leaders, engineers, researchers, science, technology …
Speaker: Greg Wilson, Director, National Center for Photovoltaics, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Time: Networking and refreshments at 6:30 PM; Presentation at 7:00 PM
Cost: none
Place: Palo Alto Research Center (G.E. Pake Auditorium), 3333 Coyote Hill Road, Palo Alto
RSVP: not required

The PV program at NREL began with the formation of SERI (Solar Energy Research Institute) in Golden, Colorado back in 1977.  SERI eventually became NREL and NRELâ??s PV program was (more…)


Mtg: Adaptive Optics from Sky to Eye: Applications in Astronomy, Ophthalmology, Communications and Biometrics

by @ 4:12 pm. Filed under ALL, BioEngineering, Optics/Displays

TUESDAY April 1, 2014
SCV Photonics Chapter
– atmospheric distortion, precision motion devices …
Speaker: Dr. Malcolm Northcott, CTO, Identity Solutions Division, AOptix
Time: Networking and Light Dinner at 6:00 PM; Presentation at 7:00 PM
Cost: none
Place: INTEL, Building SC-12, 3600 Juliette Lane, Santa Clara
RSVP: from website

Adaptive optics, most notably, has been used to correct for atmospheric distortions to improve the performance of terrestrial astronomic telescopes.   With the increased performance, and reduction (more…)


Seminar: The Future of Online Education

by @ 1:50 pm. Filed under ALL, BioEngineering, Communications, Computers/Software, Electrical/Power, Electronics Design, Engineering Mgmt

WEDNESDAY May 14, 2014
SCV Computer  Chapter
– half-day: MOOCs, courseware, funding base …
Speakers: Steve Poizner, Founder and CEO of EmpoweredU; Larry Lagerstrom, Director of Online Learning, Stanford School Of Engineering; plus others
Time: Presentations and Panels from 4:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Cost: $40 for IEEE members; $50 for non-members; $25 for students
Place: Packard Auditorium, Stanford University, Stanford
RSVP: from website

Massive Open Online Courses offer a challenging and changing array of opportunities for professionals engaged in technology.  Both courses themselves and the development of this courseware have attracted an increasing audience and (more…)


Mtg: Maturing Solar (PV) Technology: Time for PV 2.0

by @ 1:26 pm. Filed under ALL, Electrical/Power, Optics/Displays, Semiconductors

WEDNESDAY April 9, 2014
SCV Photovoltaics Chapter
– new positioning, opportunity, adoption, growth …
Speaker: Zvi Alon, Chairman & CEO, Tigo Energy
Time: Networking and refreshments at 6:30 PM; Presentation at 7:00 PM
Cost: none
Place: Palo Alto Research Center (G.E. Pake Auditorium), 3333 Coyote Hill Road, Palo Alto
RSVP: not required

Maturing solar (PV) technology is in need for face lift.  The last +30 years have seen improvements in the solar market, reaching 40GW in installations in just one year (2013), a total cumulative installation of 140GW, and (more…)


Mtg: Disaster Response Communications: What Works; What Doesn’t; Are You Ready?

by @ 12:15 pm. Filed under ALL, Communications, Engineering Mgmt

THURSDAY April 10, 2014
SCV SIG on Humanitarian Technology, with Women in Engineering Chapter
– deployment, technologies, best practices, pitfalls …
Speaker: Catherine Blackadar Nelson, Intel, and General Chair of GHTC
Time: Networking and food at 6:00 PM; Presentation at 6:45 PM
Cost: $12 for IEEE members, $15 for non-IEEE members, $5 for students and unemployed
Place: Frugal Innovation Lab, Santa Clara University,
RSVP: from website

Learn about deploying mission critical networks for humanitarian and disaster response communications.  The presentation will cover current challenges with disaster communications.  It will showcase the different types of technologies used (more…)


Mtg: Top SoC Design Challenges – Panel

by @ 10:55 am. Filed under ALL, Computers/Software, Electronics Design, Semiconductors

TUESDAY April 8, 2014
SCV Computer Chapter
– 4 speakers, Q&A …
Speakers: Naresh Sehgal, Intel, Director for FPGA-based Silicon Platforms; Paul McLellan, SemiWiki Project, Blogger & EDA Expert; Tom Dillinger, Oracle, CAD Technology; John Swan, Swan on Chips, SoC Technologist
Time: Networking/Refreshments at 6:30 PM; Presentations at 7:00 PM
Cost: none
Place: Cadence / Bldg 10, 2655 Seely Ave, San Jose
RSVP: from website

This talk features a panel of leading experts discussing the top challenges of SoC design in todayâ??s competitive world.


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