• Automated Influence (AI?) – What Could Go Wrong?

    Online event

    Please join us for our September meeting which will be held via Zoom webinar. You will need to register for this webinar at: https://acm-org.zoom.us/webinar/register/8616263698687/WN_IHWwUSGeQQ-w2wE_l-cx1Q

    We have entered an age of mass customization of messaging. Gone are the days when Walter Cronkite came on TV and gave the entire nation the straight word each evening in one go. We are rapidly converging on a situation where technology will support the creation of intelligent bots – automated social media accounts - that can be given a mission of persuasion and influence along with the tools to dynamically customize their engagement with each individual human target in order to achieve maximum impact. The persuasion and influence bots of today are still fairly crude and even so have shown themselves to be remarkably effective. But it is what is coming next that I will focus on in this talk. The technological components needed for this next generation of bots are already in various stages of development, some being quite advanced. This includes technology to generate content, interpret human response, and respond accordingly to achieve an influence goal. So, what could possibly go wrong?

    Speaker Biographies:

    Dr. Waltzman has 38 years of experience performing and managing research in Artificial Intelligence applied to domains including social media and cognitive security in the information environment. He is formerly Deputy Chief Technology Officer and a Senior Information Scientist at the RAND Corporation in Santa Monica, CA. Prior to joining RAND, he was the acting Chief Technology Officer of the Software Engineering Institute (Washington, DC) of Carnegie Mellon University. Before that he did a five-year tour as a Program Manager in the Information Innovation Office of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) where he created and managed the Social Media in Strategic Communications (SMISC) program and the Anomaly Detection at Multiple Scales (ADAMS) insider threat detection program. Dr. Waltzman joined DARPA from Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Laboratories (LM-ATL), where he served as Chief Scientist for the Applied Sciences Laboratory that specializes in advanced software techniques and the computational physics of materials. Prior to LM-ATL he was an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden, where he taught and performed research in applications of Artificial Intelligence technology to a variety of problem areas including digital entertainment, automated reasoning and decision support and cyber threat detection. Before his professorship he served as a DARPA Program Manager focusing on Artificial Intelligence and Image Understanding. Dr. Waltzman has also held research positions at the University of Maryland, Teknowledge Corporation (the first commercial Artificial Intelligence company in the world where he started in 1983), and the Applied Physics Laboratory of the University of Washington.

    Register for this Zoom Webinar at:
    https://acm-org.zoom.us/webinar/register/8616263698687/WN_IHWwUSGeQQ-w2wE_l-cx1Q

    Co-sponsors

    This event is co-sponsored by the IEEE Orange County Computer Society and the Los Angeles Chapter of the ACM.

    2
  • GIS, Location Data, Imagery and Machine Learning: Applications and Opportunities

    Please join us for our July meeting which will be held via Zoom webinar. You will need to register for this webinar at: https://acm-org.zoom.us/webinar/register/1416209252824/WN_8BWmQK7sSeaH2W_6B9qm2g

    This presentation will provide an overview of how local governments use geospatial data and tools with specific examples of image-based data analysts and extraction and propose opportunities to extend these capabilities further by leveraging machine learning methods with an every-expanding pallet of remotely sensed data acquired from sUAS systems (drones) and other field, airborne and spaceborne remote sensing systems.

    Working with both commercial and research organizations the County of Los Angeles is exploring a variety of new ways to take advantage of available data and methodologies. Using ML with street level data to extract information about urban infrastructure and assets and most recently, kicking off our Urban Tree Sensing Project [UTSP] The UTSP will leverage high resolution images from LARIAC imagery and LiDAR data collections in combination with hyperspectral data from the NASA JPL’s Airborne Visible/Infrared Imaging Spectrometer (AVIRIS) sensor to map trees at a much greater level of detail than previously possible. These data are essential to planning for the County’s sustainability plan in assessing opportunities to reduce urban heat island effects, sequester carbon, reduce air pollution and storm water runoff and much more.

    Speaker Biographies:

    STEVEN J. STEINBERG, PH.D., MPA, GISP

    As Geographic Information Officer (GIO) for LA County Dr. Steinberg guides the geospatial strategy across all departments. He is passionate about the use of geospatial methods to solve real-world problems. Previously Dr. Steinberg served as a Principal Scientist at an environmental research agency and before that was a full-time Professor of Geospatial Science at Humboldt State University, CA. He continues teaching and working with graduate students on a regular basis and is actively involved in geospatial organizations, including a current role as a member of the Board of Directors for URISA International. Dr. Steinberg also serves on National workgroups with the United State Geological Survey (USGS) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). He is co-author of two books on GIS research and applications and recently released a co-edited volume, Resilient Communities Across Geographies (Esri, 2021).

    Register for this Zoom Webinar at:
    https://acm-org.zoom.us/webinar/register/1416209252824/WN_8BWmQK7sSeaH2W_6B9qm2g

    Co-sponsors

    This event is co-sponsored by the IEEE Orange County Computer Society and the Los Angeles Chapter of the ACM.

  • Causal Analysis and Software and Systems Engineering

    Online event

    Anandi Hira and Jim Alstad – A practical application of Causal Analysis

    Software and Systems Engineering share the tasks of planning and managing their activities. This talk will describe the use of Causal Analysis to better understand how to estimate the cost of development/engineering which is in turn used in the planning and management of the work. While this talk addresses a particular type of engineering data, i.e. for engineering effort and related parameters, it is also meant to encourage the audience to apply the techniques to their own data.

    This talk will cover the topic in four parts:
    1. An introduction to causal analysis
    2. A live demonstration of the Tetrad causal analysis tool
    3. An introduction to the sources of the data we analyzed: the calibration data sets for COCOMO II and COSYSMO 3.0.
    4. Application of causal analysis to the datasets, including the need for weak signal analysis and the generation of estimating equations.

    Speaker Biographies:

    DR JIM ALSTAD
    Dr Jim Alstad received his PhD from USC under Dr Barry Boehm in 2018; his thesis topic was "COSYSMO 3.0: An Extended, Unified Cost Estimating Model for Systems Engineering". Previously, Jim had a 32-year career in software engineering at Hughes Aircraft and Boeing Satellite Systems. At Boeing Jim worked on satellite flight software on a variety of systems, including leading the Wideband Global SATCOM flight software team. He was an Associate Technical Fellow at Boeing. On the side, Jim taught courses at USC in various capacities for 13 years. He holds a patent on a satellite algorithm, “Fast Pair Catalog Access”. Next year, Jim will have been a member of ACM for 50 years.

    ANANDI HIRA
    Anandi Hira is a Cost Analyst at Tecolote Research Inc, and has received her PhD in software cost estimation under Dr. Barry Boehm at University of Southern California (USC). For her research, she collected data and calibrated the COCOMO® II model to include functional size metrics. Her research interests include software metrics and its application to project management, software cost estimation, and software process improvement.

    Register for this Zoom Webinar at:
    https://acm-org.zoom.us/webinar/register/7616190379791/WN_eSFIF3P0SRmsH87X0C3Brw

    Co-sponsors

    This event is co-sponsored by the IEEE Orange County Computer Society and the Los Angeles Chapter of the ACM.

  • Data Science in Action using Python

    Online event

    $20.00

    Gain hands-on experience in building a Data Science engagement using Python

    Expected Outcomes:

    * Design data science engagement using a defined methodology
    * Understand data sources and prepare data sets using Python
    * Prototype Data and AI-driven modeling techniques in Python

    With the explosive growth of data in unstructured data, we have ample opportunities to design, develop and deploy AI models. The objective of this course is to get you an introductory coding experience in data science. Our data science workshop is designed for someone with Excel, SQL, or similar background with limited or no exposure to Python. The course uses a public cloud-based Python development environment.

    This boot camp introduces our 7 steps data science methodology and uses Python to explain each step using a real-life use case example.

    Hour 1:
    - Set up environment and access datasets
    - Hands-on exercise:
    Step 1: Describe Use Case to explain the selected use case for data science work
    Step 2: Describe Data in data sets using Python.

    Hour 2:
    - Overview of data preparation and modeling
    Step 3: Prepare Datasets using Python.
    Step 4: Develop a Model using Python.

    Hour 3:
    - Overview of:
    Step 5: Evaluate your AI Model Results using Python.
    Step 6: Deploy Model exploring options – no hands-on.
    Step 7: Monitor model - process for continuous monitoring – no hands-on

    Instructors:

    Dr. Arvind Sathi is the Director of AI Literacy at KPMG and a faculty member with University of California where he teaches courses on AI and Analytics. Dr. Sathi received his Ph.D. in Artificial Intelligence from Carnegie Mellon University and worked under Nobel Prize-winner Dr. Herbert A. Simon. Dr. Sathi is a seasoned professional with leadership in Artificial Intelligence and Data Science solution development and delivery. Dr. Sathi was a pioneer in developing AI solutions at Carnegie Group (a Carnegie Mellon startup), leading to its successful public offering as a profitable AI company. At KPMG / Bearingpoint, he led the practices for Intelligent Process Automation, Enterprise Integration, & Analytics. At IBM, Dr. Sathi has led several AI and Data Science programs involving IBM products from IBM Watson, and Cloud business units, and has provided technical oversight to IBM’s strategic accounts. He has also delivered numerous workshops and presentations at industry conferences on technical subjects and holds four patents in information technology. He has published four books on analytics - Cognitive (Internet of) Things, Engaging Customers Using Big Data, Big Data Analytics, Customer Experience Analytics. He has also been a contributing author in a number of Data Governance books written by Sunil Soares and has published an article series on Advanced Analytics for IBM Developer Works.

    Neena Sathi is a principal at Applied AI Institute. She has 30 + years of experience envisioning, designing, developing, and implementing AI solutions associated with enhancing customer experience, back-office automation, and risk and compliance for many Fortune 100 organizations. She has worked in senior technical positions at the Carnegie Group, Inc, an AI startup, Accenture, KPMG, and IBM.

    Neena has three master's degrees including MBAs from leading US universities. She is a Master certified integration architect from IBM and Open Group as well as a certified Project management professional (PMP) from the Project management institute. She is also certified in many Cloud and Cognitive technologies. She has presented widely and published many papers in AAAI, IEEE, WCF, ECF, IBM Information on Demand, IBM Insight, World of Watson, IBM Developer Works, and various academic journals.

    7
  • Why Your Privacy Matters!

    Online event

    Please join us for our March meeting which will be held via Zoom webinar. You will need to register for this webinar at:
    https://acm-org.zoom.us/webinar/register/4016109275345/WN_FiynGUPGSHKUvKKXch8RJg

    Data Privacy has become one of the most hotly discussed topics worldwide – usually in the context of complying with some new onerous law or regulation.

    In reality, Data Privacy is far more complex and has a broader impact on us personally and professionally including social norms, our mental and physical health, human rights, education, technology, consumer behavior, and experiences. In short, it is real and meaningful…personally.

    Join Privageo’s co-founders Brad Kelso and Steve Kerler to learn:

    • What Data Privacy means to YOU and why you should care.
    • The latest issues in privacy - recent events and their impact
    • The future of privacy technologies and how they will affect us all
    • How companies are building their Data Privacy response

    Speaker Biographies:

    BRAD KELSO
    Brad has 20+ years in executive leadership and consulting roles delivering data-centered products and SaaS solutions to meet financial regulations, data compliance, and risk management in mortgage lending, banking, interactive businesses, consumer credit, data, and real estate. As Co-founder and Managing Partner at Privageo and the PrivacyOC community, Brad leads clients to solve Data Privacy issues and execute Data Privacy strategies.

    STEVE KERLER
    Over his 30+ year career, Steve has delivered numerous large-scale change initiatives, both as a senior executive and management consultant. His experience includes work with 50+ Fortune 500 companies across 20+ industries and business functions. Steve’s fervent belief that “good data stewardship is good business!” led him to co-found Privageo, a Data Privacy solutions firm focused on helping companies build a “culture of privacy.” Steve is also a key leader of the Orange County Chapter of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) and is the co-founder and organizer of Privacy OC, an online community built to serve data privacy professionals in Southern California.

    Register for this Zoom Webinar at:
    https://acm-org.zoom.us/webinar/register/4016109275345/WN_FiynGUPGSHKUvKKXch8RJg

    Co-sponsors

    This event is co-sponsored by the IEEE Orange County Computer Society and the Los Angeles Chapter of the ACM.

  • The 5G Revolution

    Online event

    Please join us for our January meeting which will be held via Zoom webinar. You will need to register for this webinar at:
    https://acm-org.zoom.us/webinar/register/4516035766057/WN_itxw-I_PRqet2xrOL_AakQ

    Abstract:

    5G, the fifth generation of wireless technology, is revolutionizing the wireless industry. 5G networks are envisioned to be faster and more robust than their predecessors, offering fiber-like mobile speeds and ultra-reliable communications to support the massive proliferation in mobile data traffic. In addition to supporting the insatiable demand for mobile applications, 5G is expected to transform industries by wirelessly connecting together devices in emerging verticals such as industrial automation, smart cities, smart agriculture, smart grids, smart manufacturing, autonomous driving, logistics and public safety. Consequently, new enabling technologies are required to harness the opportunities and address the challenges presented by existing and emerging 5G wireless applications. The key enabling technologies include a scalable Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing (OFDM)-based air interface, Dynamic Time Division Duplex (TDD), Massive Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO) antenna configurations, advanced channel coding, and beamforming techniques.

    This talk will present the major 5G services and uses cases, and the key technologies enabling them. The speaker will also provide insights from practical deployments and some of the 5G enhancements being discussed in the wireless industry..

    Speaker Biography:

    Dr. Lola Awoniyi-Oteri currently works as a Systems Research & Development engineer within the Qualcomm Research organization. In her current role, she is involved in standardization, research and development of 5G mmWave devices. Her focus is on improving connectivity performance, enhancing the mobile user experience, enabling network mobility support and reducing network and device power consumption. Her research interests span multiple Wide Area Network technologies, such as Cellular and Satellite networks; and a myriad of wireless Local Area Network technologies such as WiFi and Bluetooth networks. Prior to joining Qualcomm, she worked at Texas Instruments developing 3G mobile handsets.

    She received a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering at Georgia Tech and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. Lola has authored/co-authored over 150 approved worldwide patents.

    She has held many volunteering roles within the IEEE organization including Chair of IEEE ComSoc Young Professionals [masked]), member of IEEE Industry Engagement Committee (2018), Secretary of IEEE ComSoc Nomination and Election Committee [masked]) and member of IEEE Standard Association, Products and Services Innovation Committee [masked]).

    Register for the Zoom Webinar:

    https://acm-org.zoom.us/webinar/register/4516035766057/WN_itxw-I_PRqet2xrOL_AakQ

    Co-sponsors

    This event is co-sponsored by the IEEE Orange County Computer Society and the Los Angeles Chapter of the ACM.

  • Big Data Analytics with Apache AsterixDB

    Online event

    Please join us for our November meeting which will be held via Zoom webinar. You will need to register for this webinar at:
    https://acm-org.zoom.us/webinar/register/5515997844539/WN_BHuLS-saSb6xJPyMqAj8Cg

    Abstract:

    Apache AsterixDB is a Big Data Management System (BDMS) with a feature set chosen to target use cases such as web data warehousing and social media data analysis. Its notable features include:
    - A NoSQL-style data model based on extending JSON with object database concepts;
    - A declarative query language, SQL++, that supports a broad range of queries against multiple semi-structured datasets;
    - A query optimizer for parallel queries and an efficient dataflow execution engine for partitioned-parallel query execution;
    - Partitioned and LSM-based native storage and indexing for large datasets;
    - Support for querying of external data (e.g., data on AWS S3) as well as natively stored data;
    - Rich data type support, including numeric, textual, temporal, and simple spatial data;
    - Basic NoSQL-like transactional capabilities.

    This talk will provide a brief user-level overview of the system, which in current industrial terminology might be classified as a "parallel NoSQL document database system". It will then dive into how Apache AsterixDB's SQL++ language can be used to query and analyze large volumes of semistructured (JSON) data. "NoSQL" does NOT mean NoQueries!

    Speaker Biography:

    Michael Carey received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from Carnegie-Mellon University and his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. He is currently a Bren Professor of Information and Computer Sciences and Distinguished Professor of Computer Science at UC Irvine, where he leads the AsterixDB project, as well as a Consulting Architect at Couchbase, Inc. Before joining UCI in 2008, he worked at BEA Systems for seven years and led the development of their AquaLogic Data Services Platform product for virtual data integration. He also spent a dozen years at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, five years at the IBM Almaden Research Center working on object-relational databases, and a year and a half at e-commerce platform startup Propel Software during the infamous[masked] Internet bubble. He is an ACM Fellow, an IEEE Fellow, a member of the National Academy of Engineering, and a recipient of the ACM SIGMOD E.F. Codd Innovations Award. His current interests center around data-intensive computing and scalable data management (a.k.a. Big Data).

    Co-sponsors

    This event is co-sponsored by the IEEE Orange County Computer Society and the Los Angeles Chapter of the ACM.

  • Integrating Named Data Networking in Connected Communities

    Named Data Networking provides a foundation for secure data sharing among autonomous vehicles.

    Please use this link to register for this Zoom Webinar:
    https://acm-org.zoom.us/webinar/register/4815938876567/WN_CTOgmG0VTdW5ev1NuyKsow

    Despite the current Internet architecture supporting both static and mobility (Mobile IP) and tending to be secure, we still receive Spams every day and we also frequently experience significant delays in content retrieval. Based on several literature findings, the current Internet architecture was not originally designed to support mobility and was never prone to the hundreds of today’s sophisticated attacks on its reliability and privacy. Therefore, during the past decade, many research efforts have been triggered to redesign the current “host-centric” Internet architecture. The rationale behind those efforts is contingent on the Internet thirst of end-users, which has been exponentially growing to support fancy applications disseminating enormously sized contents. Almost every effort to change the Internet architecture intersects at the concept of Content Delivery Networks.

    In this talk, the speaker will briefly look at the driving forces for one of the popular Future Internet architectures known as Named Data Network (NDN). He will also discuss our contributions to the field of Vehicular NDN. Finally, the speaker will look at NDN’s applicability and an application use-case in terms of automating traffic violation ticketing using vehicular communications.
    .

    Speaker Biography:
    Syed Hassan Ahmed completed his BS from KUST, Pakistan, and his M.S./Ph.D. from Kyungpook National University, South Korea, both in computer science & engineering, in 2012 and 2017, respectively. Later, he was a post-doc with the University of Central Florida, Orlando, USA and on the faculty of the CS Department of Georgia Southern University (GSU) at Statesboro, USA, where his research interests included sensor and ad hoc networks, cyber-physical systems, vehicular communications, and Future Internet. Currently, Dr. Hassan is with JMA Wireless as a Product Specialist with a focus on distributed antenna systems and mmWave products.

    Register for the Zoom Webinar:
    https://acm-org.zoom.us/webinar/register/4815938876567/WN_CTOgmG0VTdW5ev1NuyKsow

    Co-sponsors

    This event is co-sponsored by the IEEE Orange County Computer Society and the Los Angeles Chapter of the ACM.

  • Personal Privacy

    Online event

    Please join us for the fourth of the Orange County ACM Chapter's 2020 bi-monthly evening program series. This event has been rescheduled from March 18.

    Personal Privacy

    Agenda

    6:50 PM Zoom Webinar goes "live"
    7:00 PM Announcements and Presentation
    8:30 PM Zoom meeting for post-presentation discussion starts
    9:00 PM Meeting Adjourned

    Event Details:

    We will discuss several items related to privacy in general. We will start with a general background on privacy, its meanings and interpretation in the law over the years. We will then cover not only individual privacy, but new California laws regarding new legislation (AB375) and its implications for consumers, social media companies and other tertiary firms that use data harvested online, including specific person rights to control and restriction of that data. We will conclude with a similar treatment of workplace privacy and the implications for employees and employers, covering also impacts on public sector agencies and local governments, and their handling of constituent data. Discussions are happening in Sacramento on increasing the liability of elected officials who are not addressing privacy and cyber resiliency adequately.

    Speaker Bio:

    Frank Ury is an Orange County leader in Technology Operations, Sales and Business Development with a background in setting infrastructure and IT operations strategies and roadmaps. Having served for 12 years as a Councilmember and Mayor of the City of Mission Viejo, his technology career includes senior technology positions in many major companies, including DXC Technology, HP Enterprise Services, Intel Corporation and Black and Decker. He holds a BSEE from Notre Dame, and MSEE from USC and his MBA from UC Irvine. In addition to his council position, he served on the Board for the Orange County Transportation Authority, and currently serves the Big Data-Open Data Committee for the Southern California Association of Governments, and on several regional cybersecurity advisory boards.

    Co-sponsors

    This event is co-sponsored by the IEEE Orange County Computer Society and the Los Angeles Chapter of the ACM.

    5
  • The Threat in Your Pocket

    Online event

    Please join us for the second of the Orange County ACM Chapter's 2020 bi-monthly evening program series.

    The Threat in your Pocket:
    Trends, Challenges, and Solutions in Mobile Application Security

    Agenda

    7:00 PM Announcements and Presentation

    8:30 PM Meeting Adjourned

    This will be a ZOOM Webinar. Instructions for first timers are at the end of this page following the speaker's bio.

    Event Details

    Mobile devices are ubiquitous, with billions of smartphones and tablets used worldwide. Fueling the popularity of such devices is the abundance of apps available on a variety of markets (e.g., Google Play). This abundance of apps arises, in large part, due to the platform's low barrier to entry for amateur and professional developers alike, where a re-usable infrastructure enables relatively quick production of apps. However, this low barrier to entry is associated with an increased risk of apps with defects, particularly in the form of security vulnerabilities. Consequently, developers and designers of such apps are in need of appropriate approaches, tools, and frameworks that aid them in producing secure apps. In this talk, I will first provide an overview of the security vulnerabilities in Android and the attacks that exploit them. I will then describe a few promising approaches that aim to resolve these security threats. Finally, I will conclude the talk with the lessons learned and the avenues for future research.

    Speaker Bio:

    Dr. Sam Malek is a Professor in the Informatics Department within the School of Information and Computer Sciences at the University of California, Irvine. He is also Director of the Institute for Software Research and Software Engineering and Analysis Laboratory. Malek's general research interests are in the field of software engineering, and to date his focus has spanned the areas of software architecture, autonomic computing, mobile computing, security, and software analysis and testing. The underlying theme of his research has been to devise techniques and tools that aid with the construction, analysis, and maintenance of large-scale software systems. Malek received his Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Computer Science from the University of Southern California and his B.S. degree in Information and Computer Science from the University of California, Irvine. He has received numerous awards for his research contributions, including the National Science Foundation CAREER award (2013), GMU Emerging Researcher/Scholar/Creator award (2013), and GMU Computer Science Department Outstanding Faculty Research Award (2011). Malek is currently on the editorial board of the ACM Transactions on Software Engineering and Methodology, ACM Transactions on Autonomous and Adaptive Systems, and Springer Journal of Computing. Malek is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), ACM Special Interest Group on Software Engineering (SIGSOFT), and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

    Zoom Webinar Instructions for first timers

    This will be a ZOOM Webinar. Instructions:
    1) You must be a member of this MeetUp (but not necessarily ACM) to attend.
    2) Once you RSVP, the ZOOM link will appear in the panel on the right under "Online event".
    3) Click on this link to open a ZOOM Registration screen.
    4) Once you finish registering, you will see another pop-up, and receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
    5) Click on the link in the email up to 15 minutes before the 7:00PM talk.

    Co-sponsors

    This event is co-sponsored by the IEEE Orange County Computer Society and the Los Angeles Chapter of the ACM.

    6