EDACafe Weekly Review November 22nd, 2017

WIT and Wisdom in the Age of Artificial Intelligence
November 21, 2017  by Bob Smith, Executive Director

Paul Cohen
Member of the Technical Staff
ESD Alliance

Editor’s Note: Filling in for Bob Smith, executive director of the ESD Alliance, is Paul Cohen, its member of the technical staff.

Two upcoming events co-hosted by the ESD Alliance, “Empowering Leadership with WIT and WISDOM” and “Artificial Intelligence and Convolution Neural Networks,” are only days apart from one another and seem to tackle decidedly different topics. Or do they?

For “Empowering Leadership with WIT (Women in Technology) and WISDOM,” a panel of executives from the technology sector will explore various career choices for men and women Tuesday, November 28, at SEMI in Milpitas, Calif.

“Artificial Intelligence and Convolution Neural Networks” Monday, December 4, at San Jose State University (SJSU) will feature a panel discussion on the systems companies are building to gather data and process it to drive business operations.

The WIT and WISDOM panel will be moderated by Ann Steffora Mutschler, executive editor/EDA at Semiconductor Engineering, and features:

  • Amita Dhawan, executive director, Applications at Stanford Health Care
  • Indira Joshi, Samsung Memory Solutions Lab’s director of Datacenter Storage and Memory Architecture
  • Sundari Mitra, CEO and co-founder of NetSpeed Systems
  • Mona Sabet, Tribal Ventures’ managing director
  • Margaret Schmitt, chief of staff to the CEO at ANSYS

We’re hosting the evening with ANSYS, SEMI and Semiconductor Engineering.

Although “Women in Technology” is part of the title, topics for the evening are important to everyone trying to advance their career in technology. Key topics include personal branding, leadership negotiating skills, networking, and mentoring. Within these topics, panelists will discuss issues such as making a memorable first impression, prioritizing our time effectively and other tips on furthering our careers.

While we reached maximum room capacity for the evening and registration is closed, please contact me (paul@esd-alliance.org) about being waitlisted if you are interested in attending.

Seating still is available, however, for “Artificial Intelligence and Convolution Neural Networks” that we’re co-hosting with SJSU. This is the third event in a series, “Industrial Revolution 4: The Cognitive Era,” where experts discuss how the emerging field of cognitive science is shaping our future.

Moderated by Jim Hogan of Vista Ventures, panelists are:

  • Raik Brinkmann, president and CEO of OneSpin Solutions
  • Chris Rowen, principal at Cognite Ventures
  • James R. Gambale Jr., a registered patent attorney
  • Drew Wingard, Sonics’ co-founder and CTO

Beginning at 6:30 p.m. with refreshments and networking, the panel will start at 7 p.m. and run until 8:30 p.m. at SJSU’s Diaz Compean Student Union Theater. This event is free and open to all. Parking is complimentary at the SJSU campus. Registration information can be found at:  http://bit.ly/2iNhgvu

We hope to see you at one or both events. Afterward, let’s compare notes to determine whether the topics are related. Certainly, both are relevant.

To all our U.S. readers, Happy Thanksgiving! 

IP-SoC 2017 – Headliners include de Geus, Saxby
November 16, 2017  by Peggy Aycinena


Dr. Gabriel Saucier has a lot to be proud of
. The Grenoble-based organization she founded, Design and Reuse, is celebrating the 20th anniversary of its flagship conference: IP-SoC.

To celebrate, IP-SoC 2017 is showcasing two of the biggest names in the IP industry – Synopsys CEO Dr. Aart de Geus and ARM founder Sir Robin Saxby. That’s pretty news worthy and a distinct reflection of the significant role Design and Reuse has played for more than two decades in promoting the wide-spread development and reuse of semiconductor IP.

Of course, it’s also worth noting that de Geus and Saxby will not be the only speakers with deep expertise in the technology.

Computer History Museum: the Future of War is Here
November 16, 2017  by Peggy Aycinena


Despite the title of this week’s Computer History Museum evening event
– The Future of War – both New York Times cyber-security reporter Nicole Perlroth and Endgame CEO Nathaniel Fick spent a lot more time talking about the past and the present than the future.

That’s because their conversation wasn’t really about war; it was about the lives that you and I are living in the here and now. And those lives – at least the privacy and security concerns associated with those lives – are mind-numbing in today’s Orwellian Digital Age.

So, are you worried about cyber-security?

Are you worried about nefarious entities hacking your email, your social media accounts, your dating history, your purchasing history or credit scores? Worried that they’ve got access to your phone, your laptop, your watch, your Alexa, your TV, refrigerator, light bulbs or thermostat? Worried that they’ve infiltrated your bank, your doctor, your medical insurance provider? That they’ve cyber-attacked your power grid, regional emergency response capabilities, state and national legislatures, your federal government, your Army, Navy, CIA or FBI? Even your elections?

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