Lectures & Workshops

Engineering Colloquium Fall 2021

Each spring and fall, the Engineering Department at SSU presents a series of colloquia on a wide range of engineering topics and trend of technologies. The talks are generally very high-level and designed for the general audience. The Engineering Colloquium was established in Fall 2006 and was initially sponsored by former Agilent Technologies (now Keysight Technologies) and local industries.

Days & Dates: First and Third Thursday of every month
Zoom ID:
Lecture: 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. including Q &A

For more information, please contact the ES Department at (707) 664-2030 or engineering@sonoma.edu.

The convergence of Internet of things (IoT) and Artificial Intelligence (AI)

Shivakumar Mathapathi

Mr. Shivakumar Mathapathi
Co-Founder and CTO
Xtrans Solutions LLC

Thu, 09/02/2021

The rapid growth of billions of IoT connected devices encourages to train the machine for delivering desired output parameters. The relationship between internet of things, machine learning and artificial intelligence is demonstrated through many research and development of products and services. Dataset collected from IoT devices are now available for analysis and predicting future trends. One of the embodiments is to forecast weather based on the previous data collected. This talk will discuss and demonstrate the convergence of IoT connected devices such as temperature, humidity and connect to the machine learning model to predict readings for subsequent week/days. Practical application of python enabled ML linear regression implementations will be shown. Mathematical modeling and analyzing data using matplotlib and various python library function such as NumPy and Pandas will be exhibited exercising Jupyter notebooks and open source hardware (Raspberry Pi).

Shivakumar (Shiva) Mathapathi has over 25 years of experience in product development, design, and faculty. Shiva is a seasoned technologist, instructor and practitioner on the Internet of Things (IoT) with extensive experience as lead faculty, lab practice and mentorship in executing smart city, smart agriculture, assisted living and other IoT-related projects. Currently his teaching and research areas includes: Industrial IoT 4.0, Data Analytics using Python, and foundation course on Artificial Intelligence. He is invited speaker for several IoT conference and workshop. He has published numerous papers and articles. He is the Co-Editor of recent publication from Springer titled: Soft Computing for Intelligent Systems, June 2021 edition. He is also an adjunct faculty at Northeastern University and UC San Diego.

The Future of Fiber Optics to the Home

Ed Boyd

Mr. Ed Boyd
Vice President Engineering & CTO, Co-Founder

Thu, 09/16/2021

Abstract – Like electricity and water, internet access has become a critical utility for the home or office. Distance learning and working from home during the COVID-19 Pandemic highlighted the challenges with the current technologies. Rural and urban locations need to get higher bandwidth, lower latency, and more reliable internet access. Copper access technologies are reaching their limits and the cell phone network doesn’t provide enough bandwidth for home and business applications. The world has embraced fiber optics and specifically Passive Optical Networks (PON) for the future of internet access. The technology used for past, current, and future internet access will be explored with a detailed look at the latest PON fiber technologies.

Mr. Edward Boyd is the Chief Technical Officer and Co-Founder of Tibit Communications. Tibit Communications is a Northern California startup company developing Pluggable Network Interface solutions including the world’s first Micro-OLT in an SFP form factor. Before Tibit, Ed was the CTO and Co-Founder of Teknovus, Inc before it was acquired by Broadcom in March of 2010. Mr Boyd was Senior Technical Director for Broadcom Corporation working on the Ethernet Passive Optical Network (EPON) and Ethernet Protocol over Cable (EPoC) products before leaving to become a Co-Founder of Tibit. Mr. Boyd has more than 20 years of experience defining and developing ASICs for data communications, cable access networks, and telecom access networks. Mr. Boyd holds numerous patents in areas of cable modem, PON, and Ethernet networks. Mr. Boyd has been active in CableLabs, ITU-T (BPON/GPON), and IEEE 802.3 (Ethernet/EPON /EPoC) standards bodies.

A Quantum Computing Industry Overview – challenges and opportunities on the road ahead

Liz Ruetsch

Ms. Liz Ruetsch
General Manager of Quantum Engineering Solutions Business
Keysight Technologies, Santa Rosa, CA

Thu, 10/07/2021

Abstract: The field of quantum computing is moving at a rapid pace, and the year 2021 was no exception. In this talk, I will cover an overview of various quantum computer technology implementations, a view of the global market makers of quantum computers, how these machines may be accessed from the cloud, and how Keysight is helping to enable these industry players as well as the overall quantum ecosystem.

Bio: Liz is currently the General Manager of our Quantum Engineering Solutions (QES) team at Keysight Technologies. She is leading a team focused on the Quantum Computing, Quantum Sensing, and Quantum Communications markets. She has been responsible for integrating two acquisitions into the quantum team: Labber (in 2020), and Quantum Benchmark (2021).

Liz has worked in a wide variety of Keysight business units including our EEsof EDA Software Division based in Santa Rosa, CA; Oscilloscope and Protocol Division based in Colorado Springs, CO; China Communications Operation based in Beijing, China; Microwave and Communications Division, and in our Field Sales Organization based in Andover, MA.

Liz holds a BSEE from Rutgers University (1994), and an MBA from the Boston University Executive MBA Program (2006). Her work has been recognized with both internal and external awards including the Agilent CEO Innovation Award (2009), SWE Global Leadership Award (2017), and North Bay Women in Business Award (2019). Liz is also active in many volunteer efforts – most recently serving as the executive sponsor for the mentoring program for Women in Quantum.

Analog and RF integrated circuit design; design-oriented theory of circuits

Dr. Asad Abidi
Electrical and Computer Engineering, UCLA, CA

Thu, 10/21/2021

Amateur Radio

Dennis Derickson

Dr. Dennis Derickson
EE Department, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA

Thu, 11/04/2021

Great Impedance Match for Knowledge Transfer:
Amateur Radio as part of Electrical and Computer Engineering Education

Abstract - The amateur radio community is well known for its creativity and ingenuity in their projects constructed with a modest budget and basic laboratory equipment. The Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) community is known for its innovation and world-changing impact. When these two communities meet in the world of electrical and computer engineering education, great outcomes await for faculty and students. This presentation talks about how a university makes these connections to help student success. A starting point is to encourage students to take the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) amateur radio examination early on in their college education in order to get exposure to advanced topics in ECE well in advance of when they take courses on the topic. A second initiative is to encourage student creativity to design and implement their own projects, using amateur radio, in formal and informal laboratory settings of the University curriculum. Finally, amateur radio provides a rich set of topics for senior and graduate level project/thesis activity. This presentation will provide examples of how these amateur radio/ECE interactions occur along with specific project examples that demonstrate that amateur radio is still on the forefront of project innovation.

Dennis Derickson, Amateur Radio call sign AC0P, received his BS, MS, and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from South Dakota State University (1981), the University of Wisconsin in Madison (1982) and the University of California in Santa Barbara (1992). His farming background and youth ham radio hobby heavily influenced his career in engineering. He worked on spectrum and network analyzer measurement equipment at Hewlett Packard (HP) in Santa Rosa, CA in the 1980’s. His Ph.D research focused on high-speed optoelectronics. He joined the Electrical Engineering faculty at Cal Poly in 2005 and was department chair from 2010-2020. He is a founding member of the start-up company Insight Photonics Solutions that is commercializing research initiated at Cal Poly. His outreach activities include summer science camps and robotics programs for local schools.

Efficient Computational Methods with Provable Guarantees for Data-Driven Problems

Dr. Somayeh Sojoudi
Assistant Professor
Dept. of EE & CS, UC Berkeley, CA

Thu, 11/18/2021