Orange County ACM

Welcome to the Orange County Chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery

We welcome all interested members, ideas and contributions. We are a non-profit organization whose members include professionals involved in software research and development, from algorithms and computing theory to big data applications, from medical devices and communications to national defense, from computer graphics and scientific visualization to computer games and entertainment. Literally any and all applications to which computer technology has been applied or is yet to be invented are encompassed by your fellow professionals in the ACM.
Planning for Large-Scale Multi-Robot Systems
Wednesday, January 16, 2019
6:30 PM to 8:45 PM
Knobbe Martens
2040 Main Street, 2nd Floor, Irvine, CA (map)
See: Parking
This meeting is being held at Knobbe Martens.
Parking validation will be provided to attendees.
Multi Robot

Sven Koenig

Please join us for the first of the Orange County ACM Chapter's 2019 bi-monthly evening program series.
Please register at Meetup

Agenda

6:30 PM Doors Open & Networking
7:00 PM Announcements and Presentation
8:30 PM Meeting Adjourned

Event Details

Multi-robot systems are now being used in industry. For example, hundreds of robots navigate autonomously in Amazon fulfillment centers to move inventory pods all the way from their storage locations to the inventory stations that need the products they store (and vice versa). Autonomous aircraft towing vehicles will soon tow aircraft all the way from the runways to their gates (and vice versa), thereby reducing pollution, energy consumption, congestion, and human workload. Path planning for these robots is difficult, yet one must find high-quality collision-free paths for them in real-time. Shorter paths result in higher throughput or lower operating costs (since fewer robots are required). Prof. Koenig will discuss different versions of such multi-robot path-planning problems, algorithms for solving them, and their applications.
Prof. Koenig will also discuss a planning architecture that combines ideas from artificial intelligence and robotics. It makes use of a simple temporal network to post-process the output of a multi-robot path-planning algorithm in polynomial time to create a plan-execution schedule for robots that provides a guaranteed safety distance between them and exploits slack to absorb imperfect plan executions and avoid time-intensive re-planning in many cases. This talk is suitable for audiences with some computer science background. A background in artificial intelligence or robotics is not necessary.

Speaker Bio

Sven Koenig is a professor in computer science at the University of Southern California. Most of his research centers around techniques for decision making (planning and learning) that enable single situated agents (such as robots or decision-support systems) and teams of agents to act intelligently in their environments and exhibit goal-directed behavior in real-time, even if they have only incomplete knowledge of their environment, imperfect abilities to manipulate it, limited or noisy perception or insufficient reasoning speed. Additional information about Sven can be found on his webpages: idm-lab.org

Co-sponsors
This event is co-sponsored by the IEEE Orange County Computer Society.

Parking Instructions for programs at the Knobbe Martens Conference Center


Knobbe Martens
Knobbe Martens

The Knobbe Martens Conference Center is located at:
2040 Main Street, 2nd Floor, Irvine, CA 92614

When you arrive, you'll be issued a parking ticket at a kiosk. Look for the signs for "2040" and park in the designated parking structure or one nearby.

You must bring your parking ticket with you to the meeting. On the way into the 2040 building, inform the first floor ambassador (security guard) that you would like parking validation and are attending the OC ACM Chapter Meeting.

All validations are given via an electronic encoder machine – the card you pulled upon entry to the parking structure will be electronically noted with the appropriate validation.

To exit the parking structure, you can turn right or left out of the garage to drive up to the exits.
-If you go right, there will be two lanes – both accept validation.
-If you go left, there will be three exit lanes – the left and middle accept validation. (The right hand lane is for monthly user only and cannot accept validation.) A good rule-of-thumb is to stay in the left lanes.

Once you pull up to the machine, there are two slots capable of accepting either validations or credit cards, be sure to read directions for inserting validations.

Knobbe Martens Parking

Upcoming Programs

Date............... Event Presenter Meetup
16-Jan-2019 Planning for Large-Scale Multi-Robot Systems Sven Koenig, PhD Meetup

Past Programs

At meetup
Date............... Event Presenter Meetup Slides YouTube
07-Nov-2018 Computational Challenges in High-throughput DNA Sequencing Michael Weinstein, PhD Meetup Slides .
19-Sep-2018 Docker - Approaching the Holy Grail for Software Distribution< Ryan Smith< Meetup Slides .
18-Jul-2018 Bringing Blockchain to Global Enterprise Ben Taylor Meetup Slides .
16-May-2018 Quantum Computing : State of Play Justin Dressel, PhD Meetup Sildes .
21-Mar-2018 The Use of AI Diagnostics in Healthcare Sharief Taraman, MD Meetup . .
10-Jan-2018 One World, One Internet, Many Futures Sigmund Fidyke Meetup Slides .
09-Nov-2017 Experiences Implementing DevOps Sanja Maru
Steve Mason
Marc Tamsky
Meetup Slides .
13-Sep-2017 Proof or Consequences Gerard Holzmann, PhD Meetup . YouTube
12-Jul-2017 Explaining Black-Box Machine Learning Predictions Sameer Singh, PhD Meetup SlidesYouTube
10-May-2017 Saving Power in the Data Center Marios Papaefthymiou Meetup Slides:
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Slides:
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08-Mar-2017 Cyber Attacks and Defenses: Trends, Challenges, and Outlook Michael Franz Meetup . .
11-Jan-2017 Connection, Collection, Concentration - Evolving to the Intelligent Experience Peter Coffee Meetup Slides .
09-Nov-2016 The Diversity of the Cyber Threat Landscape Brian Wallace Meetup Slides .
14-Sep-2016 An Intellectual Property Primer For Software Developers John King, JD Meetup Slides .
13-Jul-2016 The Past, Present and Future of Virtual and Augmented Reality Jacquelyn Morie Meetup Slides .
11-May-2016 The Desktop 3D Printing Revolution and The Software Behind It Erick Wolf Meetup Slides .
09-Mar-2016 Distributed Applications at Scale with the Elastic Container Service (ECS) Curd Zechmeister Meetup . .
13-Jan-2016 Computing at the Edge of the Internet of Things Mark Bachman Meetup . .
11-Nov-2015 Big Data: Hope or Hype? Padhraic Smyth Meetup . .
09-Sep-2015 Breaking the Data Science Bottleneck Oren Goldschmidt Meetup .
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Upcoming Meetings of the ACM OC Chapter Executive Committee

Wednesday: December 27, 2018 (to check)
12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
IBM, Conference Room 675
1540 Scenic Avenue, Costa Mesa, CA 92626(map)
The address is 1540 Scenic Avenue, Costa Mesa, CA 92626. But, that address (in google maps) will take you to the back of the building, so you want to enter at the IBM sign at 1510 Scenic Avenue, Costa Mesa, CA 92626. You will enter in between two building, the meeting-place building is the one at your left.

Agenda
1) Review and approve prior meeting minutes
2) Treasurer's report
3) Review learnings from the prior program meeting
4) Operational planning for the next program meeting
5) Identify and discuss potential future program speakers
6) Other business
Note
These Executive Committee Meetings are open to all.
We meet in the Pirates Cove Conference Room.

Past Meetings

Date............... Meeting Meetup Documents
28-Nov-2018 Executive Committee . Agenda & Notes
24-Oct-2018 Executive Committee . Agenda & Notes
26-Sep-2018 Executive Committee . Agenda & Notes
22-Aug-2018 Executive Committee . Agenda & Notes
25-Jul-2018 Executive Committee . Agenda & Notes
27-Jun-2018 Executive Committee . Agenda & Notes
23-May-2018 Executive Committee . Agenda & Notes
25-Apr-2018 Executive Committee Agenda & Notes . pptx
28-Mar-2018 Executive Committee Agenda - Minutes
21-Mar-2018 Annual Business Meeting . Minutes
28-Feb-2018 Executive Committee Agenda & Minutes
24-Jan-2018 Executive Committee Agenda & Minutes
29-Nov-2017 Executive Committee Agenda & Minutes
25-Oct-2017 Executive Committee Agenda & Minutes
27-Sep-2017 Executive Committee Agenda & Minutes
23-Aug-2017 Executive Committee .
09-Aug-2017 New Volunteers .
26-Jul-2017 Executive Committee Agenda & Minutes
28-Jun-2017 Executive Committee Agenda & Minutes
24-May-2017 Executive Committee Meetup Agenda & Notes
26-Apr-2017 Organizing Committee Meetup Agenda & Notes
22-Mar-2017 Organizing Committee Meetup Agenda & Notes
22-Mar-2017 Organizing Committee Meetup Agenda & Notes
22-Feb-2017 Organizing Committee Meetup Agenda & Notes
25-Jan-2017 Organizing Committee Meetup Agenda & Notes
14-Dec-2016 Organizing Committee Meetup Agenda & Notes
26-Oct-2016 Organizing Committee Meetup Agenda & Notes
28-Sep-2016 Organizing Committee Meetup Agenda & Notes
24-Aug-2016 Organizing Committee Meetup Agenda & Notes
27-Jul-2016 Organizing Committee Meetup Agenda & Notes
22-Jun-2016 Organizing Committee Meetup Agenda & Notes
25-May-2016 Organizing Committee Meetup Agenda & Notes
27-Apr-2016 Organizing Committee Meetup Agenda & Notes
23-Mar-2016 Organizing Committee Meetup Agenda & Notes
09-Mar-2016 Annual Business . Agenda & Notes
24-Feb-2016 Organizing Committee Meetup Agenda & Notes
27-Jan-2016 Organizing Committee Meetup Agenda & Notes
25-Nov-2015 Organizing Committee Meetup Agenda & Notes
28-Oct-2015 Organizing Committee Meetup Agenda & Notes
23-Sep-2015 Organizing Committee Meetup Agenda & Notes
26-Aug-2015 Organizing Committee Meetup .
22-Jul-2015 Organizing Committee Meetup .
17-Jul-2015 Programs Committee Meetup Bylaws

Membership

Welcome to the Orange County Chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery. We welcome all interested members, ideas and contributions. We are a non-profit organization whose members include professionals involved in software research and development, from algorithms and computing theory to big data applications, from medical devices and communications to natonal defense, from computer graphics and scientific visualization to computer games and entertainment. Literally any and all applications to which computer technology has been applied or is yet to be invented are encompassed by your fellow professionals in the ACM.
Our mailing list ensures that you are notified of our talks, meetings, demos, workshops, etc. ACM-OC membership offers great professional and educational benefits. You may contact us through our Contact form.

Sponsorship

The Orange County ACM Chapter would like to recognize the following organizations who have provided the chapter with financial and in-kind support:

Knobbe Martens Knobbe Martens
IEEE Orange County Computer Society
IBM Corporation

We need additional sponsors to be able to continue to offer compelling program meetings, student computer science awards, and special events, and will appropriately recognize, your participation and support.

Monetary contributions may be tax deductible.

You may contact us regarding this through our Contact form
or Chair (Daniel Whelan, PhD) or Vice Chair (Michael Fahy, PhD).

Officers

Office Officer Contact
Chair Michael Fahy, PhD chair@oc-acm.org
Vice Chair Allen Takatsuka vice-chair@oc-acm.org
Treasurer Nilo Niccolai, PhD treasurer@oc-acm.org
Secretary Daniel Whelan, PhD secretary@oc-acm.org
Communications Mike Marin, PhD communications@oc-acm.org
Webmaster Lalit Patel, PhD webmaster@oc-acm.org
Membership Madeline Bauer, PhD membership@oc-acm.org
Program Speaker Coordinators Mike Marin, PhD
Raman Rajan
Anjana Pai
Program Video Coordinators Jiancheng Lyu
Trae Palmer
video@oc-acm.org
Social Media Coordinators Trae Palmer
Cynthia Kirkeby
social@oc-acm.org
Fundraising Coordinators David Forse sponsorships@oc-acm.org
Hospitality Coordinators Karen Leigh Beatty hospitality@oc-acm.org
Members at Large Don V. Black, PhD
Shirley Tseng

History

Don V Black, PhD, realized in late 2013 that Orange County (OC) was ready for an ACM Chapter, and he decided to found such a Chapter.

Since five current ACM members in good standing were needed to sign a petition to start a Chapter, in September of 2014, he sent an email to his associates to sign the petition. Jeremy Harrington, Jenny Wang, Nilo Niccolai, Lynn Langit, Rebecca Perry, Daniel Whelan, Ken Bell, Keviin Fowler, Brian McCaleb, Dave Close, Lance Elliot, and Roger Whitney responded.

The following members attended the first lunch meetings held at the old University Club at UCI, and volunteered to serve as the first ACM officers in 2014.

  • Founding Chair: Don V Black, PhD
  • Vice Chair: Lance Elliot. PhD
  • Treasurer: Kevin Fowler
  • Secretary: Rebecca Perry, PhD
  • Communications: Jake Liang, PhD
  • Member-At-Large: Arthur Schwarz
  • University Liaison: Nilo Niccolai, PhD
  • Membership: Daniel Whelan, PhD
  • Programs: Dan Davis
  • Webmaster: Ken Bell
  • Mission Statement: Nilo Niccolai, PhD

A business manager at The UCI Institute for Innovation offered Don Black the use of the facility, which was yet to be built. Don took up the offer, and negotiated a free use of the facility for the GameSIG Showcase and ACM of OC. Don Black and others thought that since the demographics of both organizations included UCI students, they met the I4I criteria for free community support, and would increase visibility for the new UCI Institute for Innovation (I4I). They held on awesome GameSIG Showcase, and proceeded to promote ACM-OC bi-monthly presentations at the UCI I4I.

ACM-OC bi-monthly talks were extremely well received by the membership. At the suggestion of the Membership Chair, Daniel Whelan, Don Black followed the example of the San Francisco ACM Chapter, and added ACM-OC as one of his MeetUp groups.

Further details of this can be found at the ACM-OC archived website.

Past Chairs
2015-17 Don V. Black, PhD
2017-18 Daniel Whelan, PhD
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Awards

Award Awardee Detail
OC ACM Award in 2017 for Excellence in Computer Science at Chapman University Josh Graves Josh Graves

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