San Diego CyberTECH March 2016 IoT Meetup Report

Part of the iHive Incubator Posts Category.

I attended the Thursday night San Diego CyberTECH IoT Meetup where about 80 or so people attended. The theme was The Rise of Machine Learning and presented in a TED Talk format. I served as the Master of Ceremonies for this meeting.

A video was taken and should appear in the CyberTECH YouTube Channel in the near future.

We had four qualified speakers discuss Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning as indicated below:

  • Bill Bonney – Thinking Machines: What is Artificial Intelligence?
    • Bill is a principal consulting analyst for TechVision Research, where he covers IoT, Identity Management and emerging technologies such as the block chain. In addition to his role at TechVision, he spends what spare time he has as a technology evangelist, especially in the Information Security space.
    • Bill Bonney

  • Patryk Laurent – Existing and Emerging AI Technologies for Personal IoT
    • Patryk Laurent has a PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience, and specialized in understanding how neural systems learn to act and pay attention based on reinforcement. He moved to San Diego three years ago to work at Brain Corporation, a late-stage startup that focuses on making brains for robots.
    • Patryk Laurent

  • Tom Caldwell – How we’re using AI to secure “things
    • A veteran of Cisco and Microsoft, Tom has deep expertise in delivering Cloud-based software products and large scale software systems to large enterprise and service providers. Tom is a founder and currently leads the engineering effort at CyberFlow Analytics, a Network Behavioral Analytics company focused on securing Industrial IoT and Enterprise IT. Prior to that he served as President of LonoCloud, a cloud PaaS company acquired by ViaSat. With a MS in Computer Science, he has more than 20 years in business and software engineering.
    • Tom Caldwell

  • Jeff Debrosse – Teaching robots about context
    • A member of our community for the last 13 years when Jeff came to San Diego to join an Intel spin-off that was acquired by LSI, ran the research department for ESET as well as Websense, which was also acquired, and co-chaired the Federal law enforcement working group for Securing Our eCity for over 4 years. He recently launched is latest company in San Diego, NXT Robotics (pronounced “next robotics”), which provides a B2B subscription-based security monitoring and reporting service for data centers, commercial property and parking management companies. NXT provides this service using autonomous security robots on the customers premise and provides analytics/reports via their cloud-based infrastructure.
    • Jeff Debrosse

The event started around 5:00 pm and lasted to about 9:00 pm, that’s when I left anyway. 🙂 Food and drinks were served and the gathering was very energetic with plenty of time for social networking and speaking with the presenters in an informal setting.

One of my long-time friends, Paul Webber, President of the San Diego Java Users Group, came and he expressed an interest in Robotics. I pointed him towards C-level folks who manage companies that develop commercial robots. I also mentioned CyberTECH’s XHive Incubator for more information.

Please consider attending CyberTECH’s future Meetups. I’ll look for you there. 🙂

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Using computer technology since June 1980.
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