SCSIM Spring Forum | March 12, 2015

March 12, 2015


Spring Forum March 2015 March 12, 2015 | Long Beach Marriott | 3:00pm-8:00pm

What are the latest trends in technology research and education?

Hear from the Deans of The Henry Samueli School of Engineering and the Donald Bren School of Information & Computer Sciences at the University of California, Irvine (UCI), the number one university younger than 50! Dean Gregory Washington, PhD and Dean Hal Stern, PhD -recognized experts in their fields will share world class innovative research at UCI and discuss industry collaborations. They will also share education trends, student profiles, and the value that this next generation brings to companies and society.

How can the CIO set and drive an actionable innovation strategy?

Our industry key speaker, Jonathan Kissane, SVP and Chief Strategy Officer at NetApp will share his approach to driving a company-wide strategic planning process and identifying opportunities for technology collaboration and targeted strategic relationships.


3:00 - 3:45 PM: Hosted Reception Networking with Colleagues / Refreshment

3:45 - 4:00 PM: Opening Remarks Membership Update / Game Changer Charity Event - Actionable Innovation

4:00 PM: Partnership Announcement University of California, Irvine

Gregory Washington, PhD, Dean, of The Henry Samueli School of Engineering

Hal Stern, PhD, Dean of the Donald Bren School of Information & Computer Sciences (ICS)

Quantum Computing Prof. Sandy Irani, PhD - ICS Faculty, Algorithms and Complexity

5:10 - 5:45 PM: Networking Break

5:45 - 6:30 PM: Featured Industry Key Note Presentation and Discussion

Jonathan Kissane, SVP and Chief Strategy Officer, NetApp

6:35 - 7:00 PM: New Directions in Large-Scale Data Analysis

Padhraic Smyth, PhD, ICS Faculty,Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

7:00 - 7:50 PM: Closing Remarks and Dinner

Special Presentations from:


   Gregory Washington, PhD University of California, Irvine Dean of The Henry Samueli School of Engineering

An engineer educator extraordinaire is innovatively educating the next generation of engineers. As Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and the Dean for the Henry Samueli School of Engineering at the University of California Irvine, Professor Washington initiated and helped design an experiential learning platform for engineering students beginning at the first year where they are exposed to real world projects and entrepreneurship. Professor Washington is internationally known for his research on ultra-lightweight structurally active antenna systems and other structures that involve the use of "smart materials". He is the author of more than 150 technical publications in journals and conference proceedings. In addition, he has received numerous research and teaching awards including the a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Harrison Faculty Award for Excellence in Engineering Education, Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award (Society of Automotive Engineers), and the National Science Foundation CAREER Award. Professor Washington is an active member of the American Society of Engineering Education's Engineering Deans Institute.


   Hal Stern, PhD University of California, Irvine Dean of The Donald Bren School of Information & Computer Sciences

Professor of statistics and dean of the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences, Dr. Stern is working to advance the school through innovative research across the spectrum of modern computing disciplines and innovative curriculum that develop the next generation of technology leadership. The hallmark of Stern's research work is interdisciplinary collaboration wherein modern statistical methodology is developed to address needs that arise out of ongoing scientific research in a variety of fields. Stern received his B.S. degree in Mathematics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1981 and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Statistics from Stanford University in 1985 and 1987, respectively.

Industry Key Note:


   Jonathan Kissane SVP, Chief Strategy Officer, NetAPP

In this role Jon oversees Corporate Strategy and Corporate Development and reports directly to the President and CEO of NetApp. Prior to NetApp, Jon was at CA Technologies, where he was responsible for identifying opportunities to improve the company's competitive position and portfolio of IT management solutions. He led the mergers and acquisitions process across CA businesses, and achieved over $1B in successful transactions. Jon started his career as a design and development engineer, and later led business development at an early-stage mobile software startup that was eventually acquired by SAP. He also worked at The Boston Consulting Group. Jon received his MBA from INSEAD based on studies in Singapore and France, and a Juris Doctor (J.D.) from Harvard Law School. He holds dual undergraduate degrees in history and engineering from Stanford University.

Additional Speakers:


   Sandy Irani, PhD Professor University California, Irvine The Donald Bren School of Information & Computer Sciences

Dr. Irani's principal research interests are in the design and analysis of algorithms. In particular, most of her research is in the area of online algorithms in which algorithms must make decisions with incomplete information. Dr. Irani has applied research in online algorithms to projects in Web caching, power management, video transmission and transportation scheduling. Recently, Dr. Irani and been working in the area of quantum computation which seeks to harness the laws of quantum mechanics to perform computational tasks.


   Padhraic Smyth, PhD Professor University California, Irvine The Donald Bren School of Information & Computer Sciences

Dr. Smyth's research includes machine learning, pattern recognition, applied statistics, data mining, information theory and artificial intelligence. His work focuses on how to automatically extract information from large and complex data sets. His research group works on the basic theory of inference from data as well as on a variety of applications of data analytic algorithms to problems in medicine, biology, climate modeling, astronomy, planetary science and analysis of Web and text data.
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SCSIM held its Spring Forum on March 12th, welcoming five presenters and speakers with the theme “Actionable Innovation - Turning Data Into Insight & Strategy.”

Presentation slides now available (click titles to download): 
Unprecedented Challenges Gregory Washington, PhD, Dean, of The Henry Samueli School of Engineering 

UC Irvine Donald Bren School of ICS SChool Overview & UCI Industry/University Relations Hal Stern, PhD, Dean of the Donald Bren School of Information & Computer Sciences (ICS) 

IT: More Then Ready for the Future Jonathan Kissane, SVP and Chief Strategy Officer, NetApp 

New Directions in Large-Scale Data Analysis Padhraic Smyth, PhD, ICS Faculty,Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

Thank you for your attendance at our March Forum and your support of SIM.

We would like to thank our sponsors, HCL and Masergy, for their partnership.
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