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Dr. Mark J. Nitzberg , Caruma Technologies, Inc.
Tuesday, Feb 14, 2017 - 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm          The Technical Impossibilities of Autonomous Driving 1  The Technical Impossibilities of Autonomous Driving 2

In this talk, Dr. Mark Nitzberg will provide his engineering overview of autonomous driving, and will describe its greatest technical challenges. He will also discuss the companies in this field, and the technologies that they each hope will allow them to crack the code.


Tuesday, Jan 10, 2017 - 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm          What You Need to Know About Blockchain for the Internet of Things 4  What You Need to Know About Blockchain for the Internet of Things 5

If you’re building or using Internet-connected devices, you need to know the key role blockchain technology will play in how we work with these devices. Come and learn the basics of blockchain, hear the range of possible uses, and see what is available today.


Tuesday, Dec 13, 2016 - 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm          Game Design: The Dark Art of Human Motivation 7  Game Design: The Dark Art of Human Motivation 8

As computing grows in its ubiquity in human experience, issues of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and User Experience are correspondingly more conspicuous. This talk will show how computer game design holds a large number of lessons and keys of which designers and engineers should be aware as computers embed themselves further into everyday life.


Wednesday, Nov 9, 2016 - 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm          How Artificial Intelligence is Accelerating the Race to Self-Driving Cars 10

This talk will cover the details of artificial intelligence in the automotive environment, and how a deep learning "supercomputer in a box" within the car itself will enable the dream of an autonomous vehicle. Also examined will be various implementations currently under development within the industry.


Ioannis Kanellakopoulos, PhD , Oraton Consulting
Tuesday, Oct 11, 2016 - 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm          Automated Vehicles: Challenges and Opportunities 12

This talk will provide an overview of the challenges that come with Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) and self-driving vehicles, as well as the potential opportunities in dealing with these challenges.


Tuesday, Sep 13, 2016 - 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm          Automated Vehicles: The Hot New Arena for Sensors and Mapping 14

This talk will provide a high level overview of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), and the sensor technologies and mapping systems that are driving the trend toward Automated Vehicles.


Thursday, Sep 8, 2016 - 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm          Atari's Impact on Silicon Valley: 1972-84 16

This event will include stories about products such as Pong and the Atari 2600, as well as the fun and turmoil surrounding this corner of Silicon Valley from 1972 to 1984.


Thursday, Jun 2, 2016 - 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm          Annual CNSV Dinner Meeting: Success Through Adversity - A CEO's Story of Entrepreneurship 18

Ray Zinn will be speaking about the entrepreneurs journey, what makes an entrepreneur thrive and how to deal with the ups and downs of building an enduring business.


Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm          Flash: How Silicon Valley Enabled the Mobile Computing Revolution 20
Location: Foothill Club 

The Saratoga Historical Foundation, in cooperation with the IEEE Silicon Valley History Committee, presents a discussion of the origins of the mobile computing revolution in language that anyone in attendance will understand and enjoy. The story starts at Bell Labs in New Jersey in the 1940s, transitions to the birth of Silicon Valley in 1956, and shows how Sputnik and the creation of the first Silicon Valley start-up led to an amazing series of inventions.


Tuesday, May 10, 2016 - 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm          USB Type-C: One Plug to Rule Them All? 22  USB Type-C: One Plug to Rule Them All? 23

USB has become ubiquitous in consumer electronics, and USB Type-C provides a major upgrade. In this talk, Ken Shoemaker will elaborate about the various functions available over USB Type-C, along with some warnings about problems that can arise with different implementations.


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