Context-aware Intelligent Assistant Software Systems & the Internet

July 29, 2015 by · Comments Off on Context-aware Intelligent Assistant Software Systems & the Internet
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On Wednesday, 11 November 2015, Rao Machiraju of reQall Inc. will discuss “Context-aware Intelligent Assistant Software Systems & the Internet”.

Abstract

The Advanced Research Projects Agency Network (ARPANET) was an early packet switching network and the first network to implement the protocol suite TCP/IP.   First demonstration of packet switching was in August 1968. ​​WWW and Internet followed and we deem it to be a pervasive phenomenon.

This talk is about the possibilities of Internet of Things and context awareness that is brought about by billions of sensors and the technology disruption that is poised to happen that is going to change our practices in production, consumption and commerce.  Specifically, we will walk thru use cases in automobile, health and food applications

About the Speaker

Rao Machiraju is the CEO of reQall Inc., an MIT Media Lab spin off and a NASA Research Partner. He is also the Co-founder of Magically Inc. Rao was a Principal Scientist at Apple Inc., heading various groups including The Learning Communities Laboratory. Rao holds 10 patents in computing/information retrieval. He has an interdisciplinary educational background: Masters in Public Health (M.P.H. from California State University, Northridge), he studied General Systems and Information Networks under James Grier Miller and Kjell Samuelson (Certificate from United Nations Institute for Training and Research, University of Stockholm and UCLA), and Ed.D in Instructional Technology (Doctorate from University of Southern California).​

Meeting Info

Meetings are free and open to the public.

Please register at the link below:
https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/35405

Pizza and networking:  6:30 PM
Presentation, Q&A:  7:00 PM

Location:
Swenson Center, Room 101
California Lutheran University
Thousand Oaks, CA  91360

Parking:    Free parking is available in the G1 visitor lot at the corner of Olsen Road and Mountclef Boulevard.  Alternatively, CLU Public Safety has provided us with parking passes for on street parking.  Do not park in the faculty/staff lots, and do not park in areas marked “Homeowner Parking Only”.

Additional maps:  http://computer.ieee-bv.org/meetings/

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The State of Cyber Security

July 29, 2015 by · Comments Off on The State of Cyber Security
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On Wednesday, 14 October 2015, Don Thomas will discuss “The State of Cyber Security”.

Abstract

Smart capabilities enter every facet of our lives. From the internet we can control our environment remotely as well as perform activities that no longer require our physical presence. Anything that can be converted in digital form can be transported through the cyber network across the globe. But data has value and is the target of piracy or malicious destructions.

Cyber security today is a global affair. Attacks can come from anywhere in the world. Anyone or system connected to the internet can become a target of cyber-attacks. Cybercrime is getting organized and weaponized, creating hubs of services that novices or non-technical minds can use to participate in the DarkNet, but could not handle the technical dimension.

Strengthening the security and resilience of cyberspace has become an urgent priority for Governments, global corporations and individuals to protect their privacy, intellectual property and identity. The risk of a wide-scale malevolent attack is high. Protecting systems and networks from unwanted cyber intrusions, denial of service attacks and intellectual property theft is particularly difficult. Don Thomas will go over the current state of cyber security, go over some recent high profile crimes and will highlight some of the strategies recommended to fend waves of future attacks.

About the Speaker

Don Thomas is a Principle Computer and Network Security Architect. He has designed, developed and networked IT systems to protect corporations from cyber fraud for more than 18 years. Mr. Thomas has focused on comprehensive architectures to mitigate the current threats and evolve network topologies cost effectively to defend companies from future risks. Don Thomas worked for Bank of America as the Chief DMZ Architect protecting over $250MM in assets globally and responsible for the architecture, governance and roadmaps for the DMZ, global mobility and remote access solutions. Prior to Bank of America, Mr. Thomas worked for prominent corporations, Munger Tolles & Olson, LLP, JP Morgan Chase, Washington Mutual, EarthLink, Nortel, Disney Worldwide Services, IBM, and Lockheed CADAM among others. Don Thomas has a BS in Electrical Engineering from the California State University Northridge. Mr. Thomas is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) and a Certified Global Information Assurance Incident Handler (GIAC/GCIH). Don Thomas is, involved in several technical societies that advance technology, IEEE Computer Society, Information Systems Security Association (ISSA), Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP), Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) and more.

Meeting Info

Meetings are free and open to the public.

Please register at the link below:
https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/35416

Pizza and networking:  6:30 PM
Presentation, Q&A:  7:00 PM

Location:
Swenson Center, Room 101
California Lutheran University
141 Faculty Street
Thousand Oaks, CA  91360

Parking:    Free parking is available in the G1 visitor lot at the corner of Olsen Road and Mountclef Boulevard.  Alternatively, CLU Public Safety has provided us with parking passes for on street parking.  Do not park in the faculty/staff lots, and do not park in areas marked “Homeowner Parking Only”.

Additional maps:  http://computer.ieee-bv.org/meetings/

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DevOps – What is it? Why? Is it real? How to do it?

June 29, 2015 by · Comments Off on DevOps – What is it? Why? Is it real? How to do it?
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On Wednesday, 9 September 2015, Marc Hornbeek of Spirent Communications will discuss “DevOps – What is it? Why? Is it real? How to do it?”

Abstract

DevOps is one of the hottest trends in engineering/IT process evolution. Depending on whom you listen to DevOps has the potential to solve all the problems of product innovation, time to market, quality and cost all at once.  Marc will present his own views of real world DevOps, pitfalls and suggested approaches.

About the Speaker

Marc Hornbeek is Sr. Solutions Architect at Spirent Communications. He recently managed DevOps Infrastructure for Spirent’s Cloud and IP business unit. He has performed as the primary architect of test and lab automation tools and champion of test automation for firms ranging from start-ups to large multi-national companies. He has published more than 30 articles and has been a speaker at numerous conferences and user forums primarily regarding topics related to continuous automated testing, DevOps and network lab automation.

Marc was a key contributor to the original ISO 9646 TTCN protocol test notation standard, a founder of the ISDN User Forum and was a CCITT Rapporteur for protocol conformance testing standards. He was the primary founder for the first company that innovated network lab automation. He is a senior member of IEEE and has held officer positions for the Ventura California Chapter. He has won multiple company innovation awards for test automation and protocol test systems that are considered strategic to the success of the businesses that use them.

Meeting Info

Meetings are free and open to the public.

Please register at the link below:
https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/35156

Pizza and networking:  6:30 PM
Presentation, Q&A:  7:00 PM

Location:
Swenson Center, Room 101
California Lutheran University
141 Faculty Street
Thousand Oaks, CA  91360

Parking:    Free parking is available in the G1 visitor lot at the corner of Olsen Road and Mountclef Boulevard.  Alternatively, CLU Public Safety has provided us with parking passes for on street parking.  Do not park in the faculty/staff lots, and do not park in areas marked “Homeowner Parking Only”.

Additional maps:  http://computer.ieee-bv.org/meetings/

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High School Robotics Teams from Ventura County

April 15, 2015 by · Comments Off on High School Robotics Teams from Ventura County
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On Wednesday, 22 April 2014, high school students from Ventura County teams will demonstrate the robots they entered in the Los Angeles Regional FIRST Robotics Competition.

Abstract
FIRST is the largest national robotics competitions of its kind at the high school level.  Students have only six weeks to design, build, program, and test a robot to perform against a field of competitors.  The game, the rules and the robot specifications are different every year.  This year, the game was Recycle Rush.  Recycle Rush is a recycling-themed game played by two alliances of three robots each. During the 2.5 minute match, robots score points by stacking totes on scoring platforms, capping those stacks with recycling containers, and properly disposing of pool noodles, representing litter.

In this competition, students get to:

  • Work alongside mentors who volunteer their time and talents to guide each team.
  • Build and compete with a robot of their own design.
  • Learn and use sophisticated software and hardware.
  • Compete and cooperate in alliances and tournaments.
  • Earn a chance to compete in the world championship.
  • Qualify for over $20 million in college scholarships.

We will hear a short introduction in the lecture hall, followed (weather permitting) by an extended demonstration and Q&A outside.  This is an excellent opportunity to get kids interested in science and engineering.

Meeting Info
Meetings are free and open to the public.
Please register at the link below:
https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/34306

Pizza and networking:  6:30 PM
Presentation, Q&A:  7:00 PM

Location:
California Lutheran University
Ahmanson Science Center, Room 100
Thousand Oaks, CA  91360

Parking:  Do not park in the faculty/staff lots.  Free parking is available in the G1 visitor lot at the corner of Olsen Road and Mountclef Boulevard.  Alternatively, CLU Public Safety has provided us with parking passes for on street parking.

Additional maps:  http://computer.ieee-bv.org/meetings/

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Tools of the Professional Security Researcher and Methods to Bypass Password Authentication Protected by Active Directory

February 10, 2015 by · Comments Off on Tools of the Professional Security Researcher and Methods to Bypass Password Authentication Protected by Active Directory
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On Wednesday, 11 March 2015, Russ Swift, Manager of information Security at a Financial Services SaaS company, will be presenting on Tools of the Professional Security Researcher and Methods to Bypass Password Authentication Protected by Active Directory.

Abstract

This presentation will go over the evolution of obtaining password hashes and will cover the specialized tools and methods of dumping Active Directory password hashes from a domain controller. It will also cover advanced methods of direct disk access to copy and manipulate system files.  The presentation will provide a historical overview of old attack methods, details around the latest methods and ideas for detecting these type of compromises and intrusions.

About the Speaker

Russ Swift is a security professional with over ten years of experience providing security engineering, penetration testing and consulting services to Fortune 100 companies within entertainment and finance industries. Russ has developed information security courseware for penetration testing for training companies and he is also a SANS curriculum advisor and researcher.  Russ’ expertise is in Microsoft Active Directory, wireless, antivirus evasion and penetration testing.

Meeting Info

Meetings are free and open to the public.

Please RSVP at the link below:
https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/33063

Pizza and networking:  6:30 PM
Presentation, Q&A:  7:00 PM

Location:
Richter Auditorium, Ahmanson Science Center
California Lutheran University
Thousand Oaks, CA  91360

Parking:  Do not park in the faculty/staff lots.  Free parking is available in the visitor lot at the corner of Olsen Road and Mountclef Boulevard.  Alternatively, CLU Public Safety has provided us with parking passes for on street parking.

Additional maps:  http://www.ieee-bv-cs.org/meetings/

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