Regulatory Aspects of Implementing Advanced Technology 🗓 🗺

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Date: July 25 2019.
Time: 05:15 PM to 06:45 PM (EDT)
Speaker: Dr. Jessica Bian

Location:

8100 Walton Parkway
New Albany, Ohio
United States 43054

Cost: Free
RSVP: Required.
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Summary:

Would deploying energy storage and/or other innovative technology alter business models and the utility of the future? We are experiencing significant changes in energy supply due to a number of factors, including the increased availability of natural gas; the growth in renewable, demand-side and storage technologies; and new environmental requirements. This lecture provides an overview of US federal regulation of public utilities, including rate revision, challenge process, and the landmark orders that shaped energy industries we have today. In addition, the lecture offers insights of why energy industries moved from traditional cost-based regulation to competitive markets in an open access environment, and how regulators encourage the use of advanced technology in new transmission projects. Advanced transmission technologies increase the capacity, efficiency, or reliability of an existing or new transmission facility while continuing to ensure that consumers have access to sustainable energy at a reasonable cost.

Biography:

Dr. Jessica Bian

Dr. Jessica Bian is a visionary leader and architect. She has spearheaded electric industry’s reliability metrics and grid risk assessment. She is currently with Grid-X Partners. Before that, she was with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Washington, DC. Previously, she was the Director of Performance Analysis at North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) in Atlanta, Georgia. Under her leadership, a total of 18 industry-wide reliability indicators were established to determine grid reliability, adequacy, and associated risks.  She is widely recognized as a pioneer and trusted world leader in the field.

Before joining NERC, Dr. Bian was with PJM, ERCOT and Westinghouse Electric. She published over 70 articles and received the 2014 IEEE PES Wanda Reder Pioneer in Power award for her technical achievements. She has been the PES Secretary since 2016, and is a candidate for the PES President-Elect, 2020-2021.

Grid Reliability and Its Vital Signs 🗓 🗺

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Date: July 24 2019.
Time: 06:00 PM to 09:00 PM (EDT)
Speaker: Jessica Bian of Grid-X Partners

Location:

4350 Northern Pike
MONROEVILLE, Pennsylvania
United States 15146

Cost: Free
RSVP: Required.
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Summary:

Frequency, voltage, customer interruption. What do these vital signs tell us about the bulk power system? Learn the grid health underlying the vital signs and how to accurately assess them.  This lecture will explore reliability aspects of bulk power system so that you will develop a systematic, integrated understanding of how to assess the bulk power system reliability.  Additional indicators include energy emergency alerts, transmission outage rates, protection system operations, and resource reserve margin.  The presentation will also provide ranges, trends, and driving factors that influence changes in these indicators.

Biography:

Dr. Jessica Bian is a visionary leader and architect. She has spearheaded electric industry’s reliability metrics and grid risk assessment. She is currently with Grid-X Partners. Before that, she was with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Washington, DC. Previously, she was the Director of Performance Analysis at North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) in Atlanta, Georgia. Under her leadership, a total of 18 industry-wide reliability indicators were established to determine grid reliability, adequacy, and associated risks.  She is widely recognized as a pioneer and trusted world leader in the field.

Before joining NERC, Dr. Bian was with PJM, ERCOT and Westinghouse Electric. She published over 70 articles and received the 2014 IEEE PES Wanda Reder Pioneer in Power award for her technical achievements. She has been the PES Secretary since 2016, and is a candidate for the PES President-Elect, 2020-2021.

International Future Energy Challenge 🗓 🗺

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Date: July 28 2019- July  31 2019.
Time: 06:00 PM to 09:00 PM (EDT)

Location:

  • 1415 Engineering Dr
    Madison, Wisconsin
    United States 53706

Cost: Free
RSVP: Required.
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Summary:

IFEC is an international student competition for innovation, conservation, and effective use of electrical energy, which is open to college and university student teams from recognized undergraduate engineering programs in any location.

Prizes:

There will be a Grand Prize of $10,000 and three additional awards granted at $5,000, $3,000 and $1,000 each. Competition will include design aspects, dynamometer testing and riding on race-track.

Specification:

Input: 48V dc nominal from specified 9Ah battery pack.
Output: 3-phase BLDC motor drive; Vout: 36V; Pout: 500W; variable speed.
Power Density: >1.5 W/cm3 without fan.
Converter temperature rise < 40°C with 500W @ 25°C Ambient Temperature.
Judgment criteria will include energy consumption for a typical drive cycles.

Lazy Aggregation for Communication-Efficient Collaborative Machine Learning 🗓 🗺

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Date: June 24 2019.
Time: 04:30 PM to 06:00 PM (EDT)
Speaker: Mark Barlow

Location:

6600 Washington Ave. S.
Eden Prairie, Minnesota
United States 55344

Cost: Free
RSVP: Required.
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Summary:

Considering the massive number of devices, centralized machine learning via cloud computing incurs considerable overhead, and raises serious privacy concerns. Today, the consensus is that future machine learning tasks have to be performed starting from the network edge, namely devices. In this context, we will highlight key challenges in learning at the edge, including communication overhead, heterogeneity, and adversarial attacks. Wedding optimization techniques with system-level considerations, we will introduce novel methods for solving distributed learning problems. Our methods are simple to implement, and come with rigorous performance guarantees.

Biography:

Tianyi Chen received the B. Eng. degree in Communication Science and Engineering from Fudan University, the M.Sc. and Ph.D degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) from the University of Minnesota (UMN), in 2014, 2016 and 2019, respectively. Starting in August 2019, he will with Department of ECSE at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) as an Assistant Professor. Between 2017 and 2018, he was a visiting scholar at Harvard University, University of California, Los Angeles, and University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
His research interests lie in optimization and machine learning with applications to large-scale networked systems such as Internet-of-Things, next-generation computing systems, and energy systems. He was a Best Student Paper Award finalist in the 2017 Asilomar Conf. on Signals, Systems, and Computers. He received the National Scholarship from China in 2013, the UMN ECE Department Fellowship in 2014, and the UMN Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship in 2017.

Terraform and the Journey to Self-Service 🗓

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Doors open at 6 p.m. for those wishing to come earlier and network before the talk which starts at 6:30 p.m. We ask that if you do plan on attending, please register, so we have an accurate headcount. Food, soft drinks, and craft brews will be provided; we hope to see you there!
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Speaker bio:
Ryan has gone from developing compilers at MSU to running Linux systems at large enterprise, to provisioning cloud infrastructure to Bankrate; now he works on developing platforms for Bankrate and the greater Red Ventures organization. He’s passionate about creating automation in Python and Go, and has spent the last year and a half working to create a self-service platform for developers at Bankrate.com (Red Ventures). The platform was built to enable developers to provision their own infrastructure as code as part of their standard CI/CD pipeline, manage its changes, and understand optimization and maintainability.

When Data Science Projects Fail 🗓

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Everyone loves talking about successes, but data science projects fail all the time. Datasets don’t end up having signals, the work takes far longer than expected, and products end up missing the mark. In this talk I’ll examine the key themes that show up in projects that fail and how data scientists can spot them coming. To highlight these themes I’ll use examples from the many failed data science projects that I have been personally responsible for.

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Dr. Jacqueline Nolis is a co-founder of Nolis, LLC, data science consulting firm. She has over a decade of experience using data to help companies including DSW, Union Bank, Microsoft, and Airbnb. Jacqueline’s interests lie in the human side of data science and how organizations interpret data and make decisions. For fun she likes to use machine learning for humor, including training neural networks on pet names, and creating a website to mashup Twitter accounts.

Free Crash Course | HTML & CSS 🗓

*** Please RSVP on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/free-crash-course-html-css-tickets-62858812400?aff=meetup ***

Curious about coding, but don’t know where to begin? HTML & CSS is the perfect place to start. Here you’ll learn the basic building blocks of a website, and how to style them while completing a series of challenges to help you master your new skills.

Together we’ll work through a series of drills that will teach you the core concepts of HTML (tags, elements, and attributes), and the basics of CSS (selectors, properties, and values). All your work will be in a platform that will allow you to bring it home with you and continue to work on it after you leave.

Suggested Experience Level:
Beginner – no previous coding experience needed

What to Bring:
Laptop
Water bottle

How to find us: The event will be held at TechTown Detroit located at 440 Burroughs St. Detroit, MI 48202. The entrance is located on Burrough St. between 2nd Ave. and Cass Ave. There are several parking lots next to TechTown as well as free street parking after 6:00 pm. Rooms will be on the first floor and you can ask the front desk for directions.

If event is sold out, please contact Community Manager: Caitlin ([masked])

Sponsored by Thinkful:
This workshop is proudly sponsored by Thinkful, the #1 rated coding boot camp on CourseReport. Thinkful specializes in high-growth tech careers and provides 1-on-1 learning through its network of industry experts, hiring partners, and online platform to deliver a structured and flexible education. To join the Thinkful network, visit thinkful.com.

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Intro to Data Science: The Art of Visualizations 🗓

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The beauty behind the data…visualizations. In a data science career, you need more than the ability to process a large amount of data, you need to be able to communicate your findings to the right audience. You need the beauty behind the data…you need visualizations!

Visualizations help you understand your data, and most importantly, they help you communicate your data. In this hands-on workshop, we’ll discuss the different visualization packages in Python, and walk through how to implement them while covering some key data science concepts.

Suggested Experience Level:
Beginner – some prior programming experience is helpful

What to Bring:
Laptop
Water bottle

How to find us: The event will be held at TechTown Detroit located at 440 Burroughs St. Detroit, MI 48202. The entrance is located on Burrough St. between 2nd Ave. and Cass Ave. There are several parking lots next to TechTown as well as free street parking after 6:00 pm. Rooms will be on the first floor and you can ask the front desk for directions.

If event is sold out, please contact Community Manager: Caitlin ([masked])

Sponsored by Thinkful:
This workshop is proudly sponsored by Thinkful, the #1 rated coding boot camp on CourseReport. Thinkful specializes in high-growth tech careers and provides 1-on-1 learning through its network of industry experts, hiring partners, and online platform to deliver a structured and flexible education. To join the Thinkful network, visit thinkful.com.

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What is a Data Scientist? 🗓 🗺

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What is a Data Scientist? What is Big Data? Wondering if you’re qualified to start a career in this field?

We’ll cover the emergence of big data and what it means to be a data scientist. We’ll walk you through how to get the skills to become a data scientist, and focus on the different jobs that will be open to you once you’ve mastered the skill set.

Suggested Experience Level:
Beginner – no previous coding experience needed

What to Bring:
Come armed with questions, this is your opportunity to find out everything you need to know about beginning your career in tech.

How to find us: The event will be held at TechTown Detroit located at 440 Burroughs St. Detroit, MI 48202. The entrance is located on Burrough St. between 2nd Ave. and Cass Ave. There are several parking lots next to TechTown as well as free street parking after 6:00 pm. Rooms will be on the first floor and you can ask the front desk for directions.

If event is sold out, please contact Community Manager: Caitlin ([masked])

Sponsored by Thinkful:
This workshop is proudly sponsored by Thinkful, the #1 rated coding boot camp on CourseReport. Thinkful specializes in high-growth tech careers and provides 1-on-1 learning through its network of industry experts, hiring partners, and online platform to deliver a structured and flexible education. To join the Thinkful network, visit thinkful.com.

Can’t make it in person? Join one of our webinars: www.thinkful.com/webinars

Getting Started in Data Science 🗓 🗺

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What is a Data Scientist? What is Big Data? Wondering if you’re qualified to start a career in this field?

We’ll cover the emergence of big data and what it means to be a data scientist. We’ll walk you through how to get the skills to become a data scientist, and focus on the different jobs that will be open to you once you’ve mastered the skill set.

Suggested Experience Level:
Beginner – no previous coding experience needed

What to Bring:
Come armed with questions, this is your opportunity to find out everything you need to know about beginning your career in tech.

How to find us: The event will be held at TechTown Detroit located at 440 Burroughs St. Detroit, MI 48202. The entrance is located on Burrough St. between 2nd Ave. and Cass Ave. There are several parking lots next to TechTown as well as free street parking after 6:00 pm. Rooms will be on the first floor and you can ask the front desk for directions.

If event is sold out, please contact Community Manager: Caitlin ([masked])

Sponsored by Thinkful:
This workshop is proudly sponsored by Thinkful, the #1 rated coding boot camp on CourseReport. Thinkful specializes in high-growth tech careers and provides 1-on-1 learning through its network of industry experts, hiring partners, and online platform to deliver a structured and flexible education. To join the Thinkful network, visit thinkful.com.

Can’t make it in person? Join one of our webinars: www.thinkful.com/webinars