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CIAN Lecture Series Webinar – Gilles Lamant

Integrated Photonics IC

Date:  Friday, April 28, 2017
Time:  2pm PST, 2pm AZT, 5pm EST

Please register by clicking on the link: Webinar   or copy and pasting to your browser: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4749423321647453185

Biography


Gilles Lamant
Cadence

Gilles graduated from ESIEE (Ecole Supérieure D’Ingénieurs en Electronique et Electrotechnique), Paris, France in 1991.

He joined Cadence during his last year of study to work on his thesis (1989). He holds an Engineering Degree with a double major (Signal processing and component modeling).

After working in the field (including 8+ years in Japan and 2+ years in Russia), with customers in the areas of analog, Mixed-signal designs and custom layout, he joined the R&D team in San Jose. He lead the migration of the Virtuoso platform to the industry standard database (OpenAccess). He was instrumental in enabling the FinFet flow in the Virtuoso advanced node platform. About 4 years ago, he engaged into following the photonics industry, and in the last 2 years, lead the Virtuoso development and integration with Virtuoso two main partners, Lumerical and PhoeniX.

Looking forward at the next disturbance in the force is his job. He is currently learning about spin-tropics, spin-wave devices.

Gilles has about 20 patents, several as a single author.

Gilles hobbies include Lego, Pottery and doing things with my 2 twin boys (~6 yo).

Abstract

The close integration of photonics ICs with their electrical counterpart has highlighted for many large companies the big gap in design methodology/productivity/predictability between the two. This has triggered an attempt to leverage the EDA investment (technical and methodology) to ramp up photonics IC design. This is very similar to what has happen on the manufacturing side, with Silicon Photonics taking advantages of all the advances made in CMOS manufacturing.

We will review several key examples of EDA methodologies (such as schematic driven layout) that can be used and leverage to increase photonics design productivity. At the same time, we will highlight some differences between the two domains, and how these are dealt with in a production environment such as Virtuoso.

Finally we will present some highlights of what can further be done to leverage the 3D, 2.5D IC methodology, signal integrity capabilities and packaging features of the electronics tools as the EPDA solution matures.

CIAN Student Retreat Innovation to Market Workshop 2017

This year’s Student Retreat and Innovation to Market Workshop took place in San Francisco, CA. Students from across the CIAN universities attended to participate in the professional development and innovation workshops. Two speakers gave workshops for the students. Below is included the recording of Will Tungpagasit’s presentation on Startup Life and Bri McWhorter’s summary of best practices in formal presentations.

will-tungpagasitStartup Life: Fact and Fiction
Will Tungpagasit
Shabuta Corp.

Will Tungpagasit, engineer and entrepreneur, will share his experiences founding and building companies in Silicon Valley. He will clarify the hype surrounding the industry, what options you have to actually building a company, and specific strategies on how to innovate efficiently via entrepreneurship. Afterwards, he’ll lead a brainstorming session and meditation workshop.


bri-mcwhorterPresentation Fundamentals: Formal presentations, Elevator Pitches & Developing Your Brand
Bri McWhorter
Activate to Captivate

Using acting tools, learn the techniques that all the best public speakers utilize to craft a dynamic and compelling speech. Become familiar with the necessary vocal, articulation and breath support tools that every presenter should have. Figure out how to distill your message to clearly articulate your ideas and take advantage of every opportunity which comes your way. Explore what makes you unique, clarify your career goals and make a plan to develop your personal brand.

Defining Your Audience:
Formal Presentations, Elevator Pitches and Developing Your Brand
By Bri McWhorter

No matter where you are presenting your ideas, whether it is in a formal presentation, an elevator pitch or developing your brand, you need to think about your audience first. How you craft and deliver your message depends on who you are speaking to.

 1. Presentation

Think about what type of audience you will be addressing. Are they a technical audience or a general one? What type of jargon is appropriate? How much detail can you go into? Knowing these answers will help you develop and organize your message.

Once you have that message, you have to think about the best way to deliver it. Focus on telling your story, rather than reiterating facts. Tell the audience why they should care about your research. Get them invested in the process.

2. Elevator Pitch

In an elevator pitch, you have a very small window of time where you have to capture your audience’s attention. Have a few pitches ready depending on whom you are talking to. That way, once you know a bit about their background, you can jump into the pitch that best fits the situation.

However, it isn’t enough to have different ideas of pitches, you need to workshop them. Practice with people from different backgrounds. See what works and what doesn’t. Then adjust your message depending on that feedback. It would be a shame to miss an opportunity to connect with someone because you didn’t take the time to work on perfecting your pitches.

3. Developing Your Brand

Knowing who your target audience is will help you decide which social media platforms to utilize. There are so many options available and it can be a bit overwhelming when you are starting out. For example, if you are trying to target young millennials, Snapchat is a good place to start. However, if you are trying to reach experts in your industry, I would suggest utilizing LinkedIn first, so you can establish a larger professional network.

Once you decide who you want to target, start connecting with people. Engage with posts they’ve written. Share your own ideas by writing articles. Establish your voice and take advantage of every networking opportunity that social media provides.

Summary

During a presentation, a pitch, or building your brand, always think about your audience first. Craft your goal by thinking about things from their perspective. This will help you create, distil and deliver your message in the most effective way.

Lumerical hosts Webinar

web_lcml-feb2017Recently, photonic design methodologies incorporating mature electronic design automation (EDA) software with optical design and simulation tools have emerged to support reliable photonic integrated circuit (PIC) design. Critical to any of these design methodologies is a Process Design Kit (PDK). The PDK provides the required fundamental information to produce a design based on a specific foundry process, from component geometries and cells for layout, to design rules, process variability data and simulation models. Essential to first-time-right designs, and the foundation of reliable fabless design methodologies for PICs is the inclusion of a calibrated photonic compact model library (CML) in the photonic PDK. The photonic CML enables a separation of component design from circuit design where PIC designers can scale complexity and optimize circuit performance and yield, confident that the underlying component geometry, material composition, and component design physics are represented by the CML, thereby ensuring reliable fabrication and predictable operation of their designs.

Lumerical’s suite of photonic design tools provides an infrastructure that supports the development and distribution of CMLs for PIC simulation and design. Typically, a CML is built upon a combination of accurate component-level simulation results and experimentally measured data. Lumerical works with leading integrated photonics foundries and researchers to develop modeling methods and libraries of the most advanced integrated photonics components.

We are hosting a complimentary webinar to introduce the Lumerical Compact Model Library (LCML), a reference library of common photonic elements and corresponding model development workflows. The webinar will show users how the LCML can be used to:

  • develop foundry-calibrated models for Process Design Kits (PDKs);
  • develop custom components and models for internal libraries;
  • and, design innovative photonic circuits and systems.

Two sessions will be held on February 7, 2017. Complete session details, as well as registration information, can be found here: https://www.lumerical.com/support/webinar/intro_lcml.html

To evaluate Lumerical simulation products, visit our Download Center and register for a 30-day trial.

As a photonic simulation software provider, Lumerical develops tools which enable product designers to understand light, and predict how it behaves within complex structures, circuits, and systems. Our current simulation software suite offers optical (FDTD Solutions, MODE Solutions), electrical (DEVICE CT), and thermal (DEVICE HT) simulation for component design, as well as circuit simulation for system design (INTERCONNECT).

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CIAN Lecture Series Webinar – Lou Norman

Current Security Threats and How to Stop Them

Date:  Thursday, November 10, 2016
Time:  12pm PST, 1pm AZT, 3pm EST

Please register by clicking on the link: Webinar   or copy and pasting to your browser:  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/394402895690035459

Biography

lounormanLou Norman
Security Consulting Systems Engineer
CISCO

Lou Norman is a Security Consulting Systems Engineer with 30  years of network EXPERIENCE.  His network design experience has been utilized in Fortune 500 companies, Universities, and large school districts across the Southwest.  His current role has him focused on information security design for government and education sectors for Cisco Systems.  He holds both CCIE and CISSIP certifications, and lives in Tucson, Arizona.

Abstract

There are many security challenges facing organizations today. Everything from Ransomware and data exfiltration. We will cover the current security landscape, specific threats and exploits, and steps to prevent your organization from network threats.

CIAN Lecture Series Webinar – Rajat Sharma

Towards Understanding and Exploring Artificial Nonlinearities in Silicon/Dielectric Waveguides

Date:  Friday, October 28, 2016
Time:  1pm PST, 4pm EST

Please register by clicking on the link: Webinar   or copy and pasting to your browser:  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8733183742582077953

Biographys


rajatRajat Sharma
Ph.D. Candidate
University of California, San Diego

Rajat is a 4th year PhD student working with Prof. Shaya Fainman at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at UCSD. The main focus of his research is engineering nonlinearities in silicon. He graduated with a B.S and M.S in Electrical Engineering, with a specialization in microelectronics and VLSI, from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras in 2012.

Abstract

Starting from our past-experience in studying the linear electro-optic properties of strained-silicon waveguides, we carry forth a detailed analysis of various mechanisms contributing towards the exhibited (apparent) nonlinearity. We show, both theoretically and experimentally, that the bulk of the linear electro-optic response exhibited by such waveguides can be accounted for by the so-called free-carrier, capacitive, plasma-dispersion effect. The nature (magnitude and sign) of this effect is then shown to be critically dependent on the fixed-charges that are induced on the interface between a semiconductor and a dielectric. As such, this study becomes relevant and must be taken into account, not just for silicon waveguides, but all semiconductor waveguides. The range of tunability of both the real and imaginary part of the refractive index is measured and reported, the knowledge of which can be used in desigining high-efficiency silicon-slot capacitive modulators as well as low-loss passive devices. Furthermore, in our investigations, we find that commonly used clads (in strained silicon waveguides) like silicon nitride (SiNx) can exhibit bulk second-order nonlinearity. This is demonstrated via both free-space and in-waveguide measurements and a coefficient as high as 2.23 pm/V is reported for the case of the as-deposted PECVD SiNx. This value, though small, serves as a starting point in our efforts towards leveraging the SiNx platform for on-chip modulation and nonlinear wavemixing. The value of the exhibited coefficient can be enhanced manifolds by either shifting to non-stoichiometric silicon rich nitride (SRN) and or using SiNx in a slot configuration  with silicon and utilizing the electric field induced second harmonic effect (EFISH).

CIAN Lecture Series Webinar – Mahajan & Ghobadi from Microsoft

A Look at the Optical Layer of Cloud Networks

Date:  Monday, October 17, 2016
Time:  1pm PST, 4pm EST

Please register by clicking on the link: Webinar   or copy and pasting to your browser:  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8126853657085849345

Biographys

ratulDr. Ratul Mahajan
Principal Research Scientist
Microsoft

Ratul Mahajan is a Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research and an Affiliate Professor at the University of Washington. His research interests include all aspects of networked systems. His current work focuses on network verification and optical networks. His past work spans connected homes, software-defined networking, Internet routing and measurements, and vehicular networks. He has published over 50 papers in top-tier venues such as SIGCOMM, SOSP, MobiCom, and CHI and many technologies that he has developed power Microsoft’s cloud infrastructure. He has been recognized as ACM Distinguished Scientist and ACM SIGCOMM Rising Star and has won the ACM SIGCOMM Test of Time Award, the William R. Bennett prize, two SIGCOMM best paper awards, and Microsoft Research Graduate Fellowship.

moniaDr. Monia Ghobadi
Research Scientist
Microsoft

Monia Ghobadi is a postdoc at Microsoft Research. Her research interests are broadly in systems and networking, with recent focus on optical networking and congestion control. She received her PhD from University of Toronto and worked at Google’s data center team before joining Microsoft Research.

Abstract

To keep pace with the tremendous bandwidth growth in cloud networking, large scale proviers, such as Microsoft, employ optical technologies ubiquitously.  In fact, Microsoft’s long haul network carries hundreds of Tbps of data using optical links, and in its data center networks, all switch-to-switch links are optical.  Despite their almost-ubiquitous presence, little is known today about even basic characteristics (e.g., signal power, attenuation) opical links in such networks.

We conduct one of the first large-scale study of the optical layer of long haul and data center networks.  Our analysis uncovers several findings that can help improve network planning, increase capacity, and reduce transceiver cost.  In long haul networks, we find that substantial gain can be achieved using bandwidth variable transponders and changes in Q-factor can predict future optical-layer outages.  In data center networks, we find that the optical layer is significantly over-engineered in terms of optical power budget and monitoring optical layer metrics can lead to faster mitigation of packet corruption.

CIAN Lecture Series Webinar – Chris Chase

Long Wavelength Tunable VCSELs

Date:  Friday, August 19, 2016
Time:  10am PST, 1pm EST

Please register by clicking on the link: Webinar   or copy and pasting to your browser:  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6279840147821260545

chrischaseBiography

Dr. Chris Chase
Bandwidth10, Inc.

 

Christopher Chase received his B. E. E. degree from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in 2005 in Electrical Engineering and a Ph.D. from U.C. Berkeley in 2011 in Electrical Engineering. He investigated high contrast grating integration in tunable and long wavelength VCSELs in his dissertation research. He has spent the last 5 years at Bandwidth10 in Berkeley, CA developing tunable VCSEL products for optical network and sensor applications.

Abstract

Low cost tunable lasers are a key component for the implementation of next generation optical access networks. The lack of a commercially available, low-cost tunable transceiver has hindered the implementation of higher speed, WDM (wavelength division multiplexed) capable access networks. In this talk, we will present Bandwidth10’s work implementing tunable VCSELs with high contrast gratings, achieving ~25 nm mechanical tuning range and over 3 mW output power. Error-free operation of an optical link using directly-modulated tunable VCSEL-based transceivers transmitting at 10 Gbps over 16 channels and transmitted over 10 km of single mode fiber is demonstrated, showing the suitability of the HCG tunable VCSEL as a low cost source for next generation WDM communications systems in access networks.

CIAN Photonics Education & Leadership Webinar Series – Effective Communications & Personal Branding

Effective Communications & Personal Branding

Date: Friday, May 20, 2016
Time: 11am Pacific Time / Arizona Time / 2pm East Coast Time

Register now!
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7099110449137650433 

This presentation is hosted by CIAN ERC & the Iranian American Women Foundation.

royaBiography

Roya Soleimani
Corporate Communications Manager, Social Impact
Google

 

Roya Soleimani is a Corporate Communications Manager at Google where she focuses on the company’s People Operations, Diversity, Culture, Computer Science Education, and Philanthropic efforts. Roya is also a lead Google Trends analyst, highlighting trending topics across Google on radio and media across the country. Roya regularly speaks on personal branding and effective communications, and also serves as an advisor and operational partner at PejmanMar Ventures, helping early stage startups with their messaging and communications strategies.

She holds a Masters degree in Middle Eastern studies from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, and her Bachelors in Political Science and Public Policy from the University of California, Berkeley. Roya is involved with several community organizations, including the iBridges, the Iranian American Women’s Foundation, the OMID Foundation Bay Area Committee, PAAIA NexGen’s National Organizing Committee, and more.

Before joining Google, Roya served as the Research Director and co-founder of the Internet freedom project, Weapons of Mouse Destruction. She spent five years in Washington, DC where she worked for the University of California Washington Center and Voice of America’s Persian News Network. During her time at Georgetown, Roya was as a graduate student researcher on a project assessing the condition of urban Iraqi refugees in Egypt, Jordan, and Syria, the Middle East Institute, and served as a Graduate Intern at the Albright Stonebridge Group, Secretary of State Madeleine Albright’s global strategy firm. Roya is passionate about Internet freedom, free expression, and the continued growth of women and under represented groups in technology.

This webinar was sponsored by Iran American Women Foundation with the help of Farbia Bolurieh

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CIAN IAB Lecture Series Webinar – Varun Gupta

AMuSe: Large-Scale Video Delivery over WiFi

Date:  Friday, March 25, 2016
Time:  12pm Pacific Time / 3pm East Coast Time

Please register by clicking on the link: Webinar   or copy and pasting to your browser:  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8317999351438489858
Webinar ID: 141-184-491

people-gupta2Biography

Varun Gupta
Ph.D. Candidate
Columbia University

Varun Gupta completed his undergraduate studies in Electrical Engineering at IIT Delhi and received his M.S. in Electrical Engineering at Columbia University in 2012. He is currently working towards his Ph.D. at Columbia University. His research interests include wireless networks, performance evaluation, and datacenter networks.

Abstract

WiFi multicast to very large groups has gained attention as a solution for multimedia delivery in crowded areas. Yet, most recently proposed schemes do not provide performance guarantees and none have been tested at scale. In our recent papers we proposed AMuSe, a scalable system for WiFi multicast video delivery. The system includes a scheme for dynamic selection of a subset of the receivers as feedback nodes and a rate adaptation algorithm MuDRA that maximizes the channel utilization while meeting QoS requirements. In this talk I will present the design of AMuSe and results about its experimental evaluation on the ORBIT testbed with 200 WiFi nodes.

CIAN Student Retreat & Innovation to Market Workshop 2015

This year’s CIAN Student Retreat and Innovation to Market Workshop took place after the CIAN Annual Retreat. Two speakers were hosted to share their expertise on interview skills and entrepreneurship. Below, find George Kenney’s presentation and advice from Bri McWhorter on the “Top Five Interview Techniques.”

Access George Kenney’s Presentation

Part 1

Part 2

 

george-kenneyGeorge Kenney
Managing Director & Co-Founder
Shepherd Ventures

A Managing Director and co-founder of Shepherd Ventures, George has a strong technical background combined with extensive Wall Street and financial industry experience. He has been a successful manager in rapid growth environments, turning around struggling operations and developing and mentoring high technology companies. George has invested in a broad range of technology companies. He also runs an Entrepreneur’s Boot Camp which prepares CEOs to raise money.

Before forming Shepherd Ventures, George was CTO and Partner at Nicholas-Applegate, a money management firm in San Diego, where he directed technology and operations to grow and sell the company. Prior to Nicholas-Applegate, George was CTO and Managing Director at Kidder Peabody in New York City, becoming an expert in Investment Risk Management. Previously he held top information technology positions at Swiss Bank, Salomon Brothers and the American Stock Exchange. As Director of Research for North American Philips and co-founder of Digital Measurements Corp., George obtained numerous US and foreign patents.

George holds an MBA in Finance from Columbia University, an MSEE from Stanford University and a BS in Electrical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Additionally, he attended the Optic’s Program at London’s Imperial College and is a Graduate of Harvard University’s Industrial Management Program.  A noted technology futurist, George has been a keynote speaker at financial conferences on The Future of Technology. He has served as a Trustee for the San Diego Museum of Art and as pro-bono Chairman of the museum’s Investment Committee.  He has also served on the Board of Governors of the National Association of Small  Business Investment Companies and is currently  a board member of several technology companies.


TOP FIVE INTERVIEW TECHNIQUES

by Bri McWhorter, CEO and Founder of Activate to Captivate

1. BE MENTALLY PRESENT

Be here and now. It is the most important advice I can give. Miscommunications and missed opportunities occur far too often because people are distracted by their own thoughts and not focusing on what is happening in front of them. This is especially hard in an interview, when your body is filled with nerves and your mind is running through all the various ways this interview could play out. Instead of focusing on what could be, pay attention to what is.

2. CHANGE YOUR MINDSET

The first thing to do before entering an interview is to change your mindset. Instead of saying to yourself, “Don’t mess up” or “Please pick me,” enter the room believing you are already on their team. You and the interviewer are already colleagues. You are entering the room to get to know each other better, to exchange ideas and to see if you can work together to build something great. You are not entering the room to be grilled or interrogated. This is a supportive atmosphere where you can have a conversation and explore new topics.

3. YOU ARE ALSO INTERVIEWING THEM

It is important to remember that you are also interviewing them. You need to figure out if this is a work environment that you can thrive in. The last thing you want to do is move your whole life around for this job and find out that this is not a place you feel you can spread your wings in. That is why an interview is a conversation. Go in excited to explore new possibilities. You are seeing if you can add to their team and if their team is the right fit for you.

4. GO WITH THE FLOW

The most common remark I hear when I help people prepare for interviews is that they are afraid of not knowing an answer to a question. It is impossible to predict and prepare for every possible situation and question. Instead, breathe and be excited about this experience. Fun is the antidote to fear. I have my clients engage in various improvisation exercises to remind them that the unplanned can be fun.

5. PREPARE

Even though you can’t prepare for everything, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t prepare. Do your homework. Know the company you are interviewing for. What is their mission statement? What are they currently working on? Were any articles about them released lately? With the internet at your fingertips, you have a vast amount of resources to consult before entering an interview situation. You also need to know why you are the best fit for this job. If you don’t know why you are ideal for this position, how can you expect others to believe you are?

Prepare the answer these questions:

  • Why you?
  • What sets you apart from the rest of the competition?
  • Why this job?
  • Why this company?
  • What previous experiences will help you succeed in this new position?
  • What questions would you ask if you were interviewing someone for this job?
  • What do you hope to accomplish with this position?
  • What questions do you have for the interviewer?

 SUMMARY

  • Stay mentally and physically present.
  • Change your mindset about the interview. See it as an opportunity to exchange ideas.
  • You are also interviewing them. You want to see if this is the right fit for you. Be sure you can thrive.
  • Go with the flow. Have fun.
  • Prepare what you can.

bri-mcwhorterBri McWhorter
CEO and Founder
Activate to Captivate

Bri McWhorter is the CEO and Founder of Activate to Captivate where she teaches communication techniques from an actor’s point of view. She specializes in Presentation Skills, Interpersonal Communications, Interview Techniques and is a Speech Coach. She is a Communications Consultant for UC Irvine. She teaches communication certificate programs on public speaking for graduate students and postdocs. She also works with faculty on upcoming presentations. She has a MFA in Acting from UC Irvine and a BA in Theater and Performance Studies from UC Berkeley.  She is a private speech coach and conducts group communication workshops for various companies and universities. For more information on Bri, please visit www.activatetocaptivate.com.