Distinguished Lecturers Program (DLP) Calendar

DLP Lectures in 2019

Distinguished Lecturer: "The Origins of Silicon Valley: Why and How It Happened" at Holmdel, NJ and Lehigh Valley, PA -- in September 2019

Speaker: Paul Wesling, IEEE Life Fellow & DL Speaker; H-P (retired)

Guest speaker (Holmdel only): Bob Lucky, exec director of Bell Labs (retired) and IEEE SPECTRUM columnist

Dates: Monday, September 23, 2019 (TEMS chapter, in Holmdel, NJ); Wednesday, September 25, 2019 (SSCS chapter, in Bethlehem, PA)

Time: Dinner at 6:00 PM; Presentation at 6:30 PM

Cost: none

SUMMARY: Silicon Valley is known to be unique, with its wealth of technology companies and different style of management. Why did Silicon Valley come into being? The story goes back to local Hams (amateur radio operators) trying to break RCA's tube patents, Stanford "angel" investors, Fred Terman and Stanford University, local invention of the amplifier and oscillator circuits and of high-power tubes (gammatron, klystron), WW II and radar, William Shockley's mother living in Palo Alto, and the SF Bay Area infrastructure that developed -- these factors pretty much determined that the semiconductor and IC industries would be located in the Santa Clara Valley, and that the Valley would remain the world's innovation center as new technologies emerged -- computers, software, mobile, biotech, Big Data, VR, and now autonomous vehicles -- and it would become the model for innovation worldwide.

Paul Wesling, an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer and an engineer, executive, SV resident, and educator, will give an exciting and colorful history of device technology development and innovation that began in Palo Alto, then spread across the Santa Clara Valley during and following World War II. You'll meet some of the colorful characters – Leonard Fuller, Lee De Forest, Bill Eitel, Charles Litton, Fred Terman, David Packard, Bill Hewlett, Russ Varian and others -- who came to define the worldwide electronics industries through their inventions and process development. You'll understand some of the novel management approaches that have become the hallmarks of tech startups, and the kinds of engineers/developers who thrive in this work environment -- and handle an original Audion tube, designed by Lee de Forest at his lab in Palo Alto. He'll end by telling us about some current local organizations that keep alive the spirit of the Hams, the Homebrew Computer Club, and the other entrepreneurial groups where geeks gather to invent the future.

At the Holmdel Presentation Only: Bob Lucky will talk about when he was part of the New Jersey study group (with Fred Terman, in 1965) planning a high-tech graduate program in northern New Jersey that could replicate Silicon Valley's advantages.

Bio: Paul Wesling received degrees in electrical engineering and materials science from Stanford University. He then worked locally at companies including Lenkurt Electric, Sperry-Univac, Datapoint Peripheral Products, and Amdahl, joining Tandem Computers in Cupertino in 1985. Paul retired from HP in 2001, then served as "Mr. IEEE" for the San Francisco Bay Area for 10 years. He is a Life Fellow of the IEEE.

As vice president of publications for the IEEE Electronics Packaging Society for 22 years, he supervised four archival journals and a newsletter. He received the IEEE's Centennial Medal, the Board's Distinguished Service award, the Society Contribution Award, and the IEEE's Third Millennium Medal. An Eagle Scout, he served as scoutmaster of his local Boy Scout Troop for 15 years, was Advisor of a High-Adventure Crew, and enjoys backpacking, fly fishing, guitar and amateur radio (call sign: KM6LH).

"Excellent speaker!! Great grasp of materials and breadth of his knowledge." Stanford Historical Society attendee

Two Lecturer Choices:

 



Speaker:  K.C. Tan
Date: June 10, 2019 
Location: Wellington
Chapter: New Zealand
Title of Talks: Advances in CI

Speaker:  Rudolf Kruse
Date: July 3, 2019
Location: Sorbonne University
Chapter: CIS IEEE France Chapter (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Title of Talks: Decomposable Probabilistic and Possibilistic Graphical Models

Speaker: James Bezdek
Date: Septmeber, 17 2019
Location: City of Buenos Aires
Chapter: Ecuador Section CIS Chapter
Title of Talks: How big is too big? Clustering in BIG DATA with the Fantastic 4 

Speaker: DLP 19-04 James C. Bezdek
Date: November 11-15, 2019
Location: Guayaquil–Ecuador
Chapter: IEEE CIS Ecuador Section Chapter (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Title of Talks: Every picture tells a story

Speaker: DLP 19-05 K.C. Tan
Date: June 10, 2019
Location: Wellington, New Zealand
Chapter: IEEE CI New Zealand Chapter (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Title of Talks: Advances in CI

Speaker: DLP 19-07 Carlos Coello Coello
Date: August 12-16, 2019
Location: Western Cape, South Africa
Chapter: IEEE CIS South African Chapter (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Title of Talks: Evolutionary Multiobjective Optimization

Speaker: DLP 19-08 Carlos Coello Coello
Date: May 30, 2019
Location: University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada
Chapter: IEEE CI/SMC Ottawa Joint Chapter (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Title of Talks: Recent Results and Open Problems in Evolutionary Multiobjective Optimization

Speaker: DLP 19-10 P. N. Suganthan
Date: December 19-20, 2019
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Chapter: IEEE Victorian Section (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Title of Talks: Research Seminars in Differential Evolution & Learning Methods for Classification
Status: Scheduled

Speaker: DLP 19-11 K. C. Tan
Date: August 21, 2019
Location: Exeter, UK
Chapter: IEEE UK & Republic of Ireland (UKRI) Section (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Title of Talks: Advance in CI
Status: Scheduled

Speaker: DLP 19-12 James C. Bezdek
Date: December 16-18, 2019
Location: Valdivia, Chile
Chapter: IEEE Chile Section (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Title of Talks: How big is too big?
Status: Scheduled

Speaker: DLP 19-13 P. N. Suganthan
Date: November 19, 2019
Location: Waterloo, Canada
Chapter: IEEE Kitchener Waterloo Chapter (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Title of Talks: Randomisation Based Deep and Shallow Learners
Status: Scheduled

Speaker: DLP 19-14 Plamen Angelov
Date: December 11, 2019
Location: Santa Clara, USA
Chapter: IEEE Santa Clara Valley Chapter (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Title of Talks: Owards Anthropomorphic Machine Learning: How to get Fast, Interpretable Deep Learning
Status: Scheduled