Lecture Series Archive

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.

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.

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.

Optical Filters and Their Applications (2021)

Casey White

Mr. Casey White
Senior Engineering Project Manager
Viavi Solutions, Santa Rosa, CA

Thu, 04/15/2021

Abstract – Founded in the 1940s in Santa Rosa, CA, Optical Coating Laboratories (OCLI) has been designing and building optical interference filters for applications from security features in currency notes to satellite optics. OCLI, now known as VIAVI Solutions, continues to service the needs of customers in the Aerospace, Document Security, Telecommunications, and Consumer Electronics industries. In this talk we will review interference filter technology: how they are used to create bandpass, lo and hi-pass, and other filter types for wavelengths ranging from Ultraviolet to Far Infrared, how these filters are created using specialized materials at the nanoscale, and some examples of products created that include optical filters.

Mr. Casey White is a Senior Engineering Project Manager in R&D at VIAVI Solutions Optical Security and Performance Products division in Santa Rosa, CA. He has over 20 years of industry experience at all levels of the organization. Casey has a Bachelor’s of Science in Electrical Engineering from Sonoma State University and Licensed Project Management Professional. Casey has been involved with multiple space missions delivering hardware for the International Space Station, GOES-16, Joint Polar Satellite System, Europa Clipper, and many others.

Using 3D Computer Aided Design to Bring Your Ideas to Life

Tom Greer

Mr. Tom Greer
Gizmo Design, Santa Rosa, CA

Thu, 04/01/2021

Abstract – Developments in Computer Aided Design have led to the rise of increased productivity, Product Design / Engineering, and long-term quality surrounding the field of Product Design and Mechanical Engineering. These rapid visualization tools allow design teams to collaborate with utmost efficiency. Design validation using Simulation to characterize Mechanical Stresses, Flow simulation, and Plastic injection molding are available at a fraction of the cost compared to the first advanced CAD systems some 40 years ago. Coupled with rapid prototyping, CAD tools accelerate the development of Prototypes, putting the end product in users’ hands for both Functional and Environmental testing. This lecture will provide the participant with an overview of the design process using SolidWorks CAD software. While explaining the SolidWorks user interface, we will show the construction of Parts, Assemblies, and Drawings. Thereby offering a recipe as to how parts are made. This will include a “layman’s” overview of Boolean logic and the Cartesian Coordinate system as it relates to the creation and modification of 3D Geometric Parts, which is the foundation of most CAD systems. By the end of this lecture you will understand how using 3D CAD can bring your ideas to life!

Mr. Tom Greer’s interest in Design and Mechanical Engineering started as a youth; taking things apart and trying to put them back together without having any spare parts left over. He started drawing, building models and prototypes at an early age, and has continued to do so as owner and founder of Gizmo Design, Inc. over the past 21 years. Tom studied Product Design at Montana State University, with a focus on Biomechanics and Human Factors Engineering. Post-graduate studies include Advanced Composites Engineering and Testing at Mississippi State University’s Raspet Flight Research Laboratory, and Structures and Composites at Stanford University. He worked with Burt Rutan on the Design and construction of the fireproof cabin for the Voyager aircraft, spent years in the Aerospace industry, followed by years as a Designer and Brand Manager in the Bicycle industry, and Hi-tech/ Silicon Valley. Tom worked as the CAD designer with the Television series “Prototype This!”. He holds numerous certifications and Patents, and has taught hundreds of students how to use 3D CAD to bring their ideas to life! In his spare time, Tom enjoys being with his family and friends, music, exploring the outdoors with a fly rod, bicycle, Skis, or backpack, and is an active board member of Trout Unlimited, and of course, still takes apart and fixes things.