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SmartGrid Seminar: High Performance Computing for Power System Applications

Topic: 
High Performance Computing for Power System Applications
Abstract / Description: 

Control center operation is becoming more complex as new and often-conflicting reliability, economics, and public policy issues emerge. Computer simulations will be required to analyze larger and larger amounts of system data (of different types) and what-if-scenarios to derive succinct information for operators to make informed decisions. Existing control center applications are primarily based on the original digital computing infrastructure first designed in the 1970's. While some incremental improvements have been made over the past several years, control center applications do not take full advantage of computing power in their existing infrastructure or in the computing industry in general.

High Performance Computing (HPC) and advanced computer are used widely within the government and in selected industry applications to solve important problems of high complexity, providing a factor from hundreds to millions times improvements in time-to-solution over desktop computer solutions. This presentation will share and discuss some research work of applying high performance computing to solve power system problems.

Date and Time: 
Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 1:15pm to 2:15pm
Venue: 
Y2E2 270

Computing with Fluids

Topic: 
Computing with Fluids
Abstract / Description: 

In this talk, I will discuss an emerging intersection of physical science and computer science, starting with a historical perspective in all-fluidic computation from the 60's. Advances in modern microfluidics lead to renewed interests in fluidic mechanisms for coding and computation in fluids. With absence of inertial forces at low Reynolds numbers in small geometries, we were faced with exploring new non-linearities that are intrinsic in multi-phase microfluidics. I will briefly describe our motivations for inventing a universal digital logic family in multi-phase microfluidics that utilizes drops and bubbles to compute. This first logic family was asynchronous leading to timing errors. Next, I will discuss latest advances from our lab that finally demonstrate a new synchronous universal droplet fluidic logic family and control. We will discuss scaling laws and demonstrate cascadable universal logic, feedback, fan-out and non-volatile ring memory. The presented platform opens up a scalable means to both program and manipulate matter and information simultaneously in integrated microfluidic systems. Exploring applications of microfluidics in low-resource settings and global health, I will finally describe a new platform we have recently invented that enables programmable microfluidics using old-school "punch card" tapes.

I will close the talk with (slightly unrelated) but fascinating demonstration of an artificial fluidic analogue of biological chemotaxis.

Date and Time: 
Monday, January 26, 2015 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Venue: 
AllenX Auditorium

Stanford Optical Society Seminar: Cleantech Investing - A Perspective from KPCB

Topic: 
Cleantech Investing - A Perspective from KPCB
Abstract / Description: 

John Denniston was previously a Partner at the venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, where he co-founded and co-ran the firm's $1 billion Green Growth Fund. John retired from the firm in 2013. Before joining KPCB, John was a Managing Director and Head of Technology Investment Banking for the Western United States at Salomon Smith Barney. He also served on the Investment Committee for Salomon's venture capital direct investment fund and CitiGroup's venture capital fund-of-funds. Earlier in his career, John was a Partner at Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison, where he was Head of the firm's Venture Capital Practice Group and Co-Head of its Information Technology Practice Group. He also served on the investment committee for the firm's venture capital fund. John earned his B.A. in Economics and J.D. from the University of Michigan.

Date and Time: 
Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Venue: 
Spilker 232

Toward energy-neutral computational sensing - challenges and opportunities

Topic: 
Toward energy-neutral computational sensing - challenges and opportunities
Abstract / Description: 

The "internet of everything" envisions trillions of connected objects loaded with high-bandwidth sensors requiring massive amounts of local signal processing, fusion, pattern extraction and classification, coupled with advanced multi-standard/multi-mode communication capabilities. Higher level intelligence, requiring local storage and complex search and matching algorithms, will come next, ultimately leading to situational awareness and truly "intelligent things" harvesting energy from their environment.


From the computational viewpoint, the challenge is formidable and can be addressed only by pushing computing fabrics toward massive parallelism and brain-like energy efficiency levels. We believe that CMOS technology can still take us a long way toward this vision. Our recent results with the PULP (parallel ultra-low power) open computing platform demonstrate that pj/OP (GOPS/mW) computational efficiency is within reach in today's 28nm CMOS FDSOI technology. In the longer term, looking toward the next 1000x of energy efficiency improvement, we will need to fully exploit the flexibility of heterogeneous 3D integration, stop being religious about analog vs. digital, Von Neumann vs. "new" computing paradigms, and seriously look into relaxing traditional "hardware-software contracts" such as numerical precision and error-free permanent storage.

Date and Time: 
Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Venue: 
Gates 415

SmartGrid Seminar: SmartSacramento®, SMUD's Smart Grid Initiatives Project Overview and Lessons Learned

Topic: 
SmartSacramento®, SMUD's Smart Grid Initiatives Project Overview and Lessons Learned
Abstract / Description: 

With the help of a Smart Grid Investment Grant from DOE, SMUD completed over 40 smart grid initiatives valued at $308 million. SMUD also completed $43 million worth of R&D projects bringing total smart grid spending to over $350 million over a four-year period.

The eight broad smart grid categories included:
1. Advanced Metering Infrastructure
2. Distribution Automation
3. Consumer Behavior Study (Smart Pricing Options)
4. Customer Applications
5. Demand Response
6. Technology Infrastructure
7. Cyber Security and
8. R&D Projects

Many innovative projects were developed and implemented as part of this project and many lessons were learned while going through the process of designing initiatives, procuring and installing equipment, and implementing, operating and evaluating programs and pilots.

Jim Parks of SMUD will talk about the projects, highlight the lessons learned and discuss next steps.

Date and Time: 
Thursday, January 22, 2015 - 1:15pm to 2:30pm
Venue: 
Y2E2 270

GSEE HappEE Hour

Topic: 
HappEE Hour
Abstract / Description: 

Join us for another HappEE Hour

This week, we will have delicious Chinese food, as well as an assortment of beverages and music. Please bring proof of age (21+) if you plan on drinking alcohol.

Show up early at 5:00 PM to help us set up, and we will guarantee you a front place spot in the food line! That means NO WAITING and first dibs on all the dishes!

 

See you there!

- GSEE

Date and Time: 
Friday, January 16, 2015 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Venue: 
AllenX Patio

Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders Series: Alon Cohen

Topic: 
Talks from leaders in technology, business, finance, education and philanthropy
Abstract / Description: 

The DFJ Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders Series features talks from leaders in technology, business, finance, education and philanthropy, the DFJ Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders Series continues to educate and inspire. Presented by the Stanford Technology Ventures Program and BASES, we thank the venture capital firm of Draper Fisher Jurvetson (DFJ) for their continued support of the series and entrepreneurship education at Stanford. 

For details, please see etl.stanford.edu

Date and Time: 
Wednesday, February 4, 2015 - 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Venue: 
NVIDIA Auditorium, Huang Engineering Center

Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders Series: Kathryn Gould

Topic: 
Talks from leaders in technology, business, finance, education and philanthropy
Abstract / Description: 

The DFJ Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders Series features talks from leaders in technology, business, finance, education and philanthropy, the DFJ Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders Series continues to educate and inspire. Presented by the Stanford Technology Ventures Program and BASES, we thank the venture capital firm of Draper Fisher Jurvetson (DFJ) for their continued support of the series and entrepreneurship education at Stanford. 

For details, please see etl.stanford.edu

Date and Time: 
Wednesday, February 11, 2015 - 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Venue: 
NVIDIA Auditorium, Huang Engineering Center

Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders Series: John Collison

Topic: 
Talks from leaders in technology, business, finance, education and philanthropy
Abstract / Description: 

The DFJ Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders Series features talks from leaders in technology, business, finance, education and philanthropy, the DFJ Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders Series continues to educate and inspire. Presented by the Stanford Technology Ventures Program and BASES, we thank the venture capital firm of Draper Fisher Jurvetson (DFJ) for their continued support of the series and entrepreneurship education at Stanford. 

For details, please see etl.stanford.edu

Date and Time: 
Wednesday, February 18, 2015 - 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Venue: 
NVIDIA Auditorium, Huang Engineering Center

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