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.
A Roadmap for Regulating AI Systems
Nov 16, 2022
6:30 PM Pacific Time
As AI systems become more powerful and prevalent in our lives, what used to be a questionable behavior in the lab can now have profound impacts to our lives and livelihoods. To this end, governments all over the world have attempted to specify acceptable behaviors of AI systems to prevent harmful applications from damaging our economies and societies. A notable such effort is the ongoing discussion at OECD, the Secretariat of G7/G20 whose work on internet privacy has led to legislations like GDPR in EU and CCPA in California. It is expected that OECD's work on AI may also be widely adopted. However, with AI new heights in its capabilities and making inroads into unforeseen application domains, thorny ethical questions emerge. This talk will describe the current state of OECD's approach to establishing a regulatory framework on AI systems and how stakeholders can still influence its direction. What additional considerations must be taken by AI system developers will also be discussed.

This meeting will be held in person at the Knobbe Martens' Irvine offices. Parking validation will be provided to attendees. This will be a hybrid event supporting live streaming.

Dr. Kuansan Wang

Dr. Kuansan Wang

Dr. Kuansan Wang received BS from National Taiwan University, MS and PhD from University of Maryland, College Park, all in Electrical Engineering. After completing his dissertation on the neural network in the primary auditory cortex, he joined Bell Labs to apply auditory models to noise robust speech recognition. He then continued the work at Microsoft Research, where he was responsible for spoken technologies in Windows Speech API, Microsoft Speech Server, Windows Mobile Voice Command (later Cortana), and Microsoft Response Point. Recognizing that computers cannot conduct natural conversations because of the lack of knowledge and the capabilities to automatically acquire it, he moved to Microsoft Online Service division and work on the nascent knowledge graph research. He then became a Managing Director of Microsoft Research where he oversaw Academic services and the largest open data distribution of Microsoft Academic Graph. He retired from Microsoft in 2021 after helping non-profit organizations to reproduce the technologies underneath MAG and continue the project in the public domain.

Dr. Wang has represented Microsoft to international standard bodies W3C, ECMA, and ISO to adopt intellectual properties he developed at Microsoft, served on the adanced research advisory council of ITRI in Taiwan, and as an OECD AI expert in the classification and risk working group. He has more than 100 academic publications and 100 patents, and has been serving on the program committees and editorial boards in the areas of AI and Data Science.

Program Events

We hold program meetings on the third Wednesday of odd-numbered months with speakers drawn from both industry and academia. We welcome program speakers from a broad range of topics, but are especially interested in the topics of data science, AI and machine learning, blockchain, predictive analytics, data visualization, and cybersecurity. Interested speakers may reach out to our Program Coordinator at

We are currently holding hybrid in-person and Zoom meetings. Our in-person meetings are held at the offices of Knobbe Martens (2040 Main St # 14 Irvine, CA). We will offer options to participate in our program meetings via Zoom for the foreseeable future. Both in-person and Zoom attendees for our program meetings should register for the event with the Zoom registration links. Parking for in-person meetings can be found here.

Upcoming Programs

Wednesday, Nov 16, 2022
6:30 PM Pacific Time

A Roadmap for Regulating AI Systems
Dr. Kuansan Wang

Past Programs

At meetup
Date Event Presenter Meetup Slides YouTube
16-Nov-2022 Regulating AI Systems Kuansan Wang, PhD Meetup Slides Video
21-Sept-2022 Smart Contracts Alexander Kurz, PhD Meetup Video
20-Jul-2022 Embattling for a Deep Fake Dystopia Ilke Demir, PhD Meetup Video
18-May-2022 NFTs - Fad or Leading Trend? Cynthia Kirkeby Meetup Video
16-Mar-2022 Deep Learning Hardware: Past, Present and Future Bill Dally, PhD Meetup Slides Video
19-Jan-2022 Dimensions of Change: Measurements for a Metaverse Peter Coffee Meetup Slides Video
17-Nov-2021 Machine Learning Computer Architecture Enhancements Nader Bagherzadeh, PhD Meetup Video
15-Sept-2021 Automated Influence (AI?) - What Could Go Wrong? Rand Waltzman, PhD Meetup Video
21-Jul-2021 GIS, Location Data, Imagery and Machine Learning Dr Steven Steinberg Meetup Slides Video
19-May-2021 Causal Analysis and Software and Systems Engineering Dr Jim Alstad and
Dr Anandi Hira
Meetup Slides Video
17-Apr-2021 Data Science in Action Dr. Arvind Sathi and Neena Sathi Meetup
17-Mar-2021 Why Your Privacy Matters Brad Kelso and Steve Kepler Meetup Slides Video
20-Jan-2021 The 5G Revolution Lola Awoniyi-Oteri, PhD Meetup Slides Video
18-Nov-2020 Big Data Analytics with Apache AsterixDB Michael Carey, PhD Meetup Slides Video
16-Sep-2020 Integrating Named Data Networking in Connected Communities Syed Hassan Ahmed, PhD Meetup Slides Video
15-Jul-2020 Personal Privacy Frank Ury Meetup Slides Video
20-May-2020 The Threat in your Pocket:
Trends, Challenges, and Solutions in
Mobile Application Security
Dr. Sam Malek Meetup Slides Video
26-Feb-2020 Workshop: Pop-Up Data Mart for Sales & Marketing Analysis with Machine Learning Oracle - Hands-On Workshop Meetup Info
15-Jan-2020 Parallel Agile and ICSM Dr. Barry Boehm and Doug Rosenberg Meetup Slides
20-Nov-2019 AI for Good Neil Sahota Meetup Slides Video
23-Oct-2019 Workshop: Building Python Apps with Autonomous Transaction Processing in No Time Oracle Meetup Info
18-Sep-2019 Lessons Learned Building and Selling a Mobile App Business Ralf Brockhaus, MS Meetup Slides
17-Jul-2019 Cybersecurity: Tales From The Trenches Dave Collins Meetup Slides
15-May-2019 Cybersecurity: How Worried Should We Be? Bryan Cunningham Meetup Slides
20-Mar-2019 Memories of Tomorrow Tom Coughlin, PhD Meetup Slides
16-Jan-2019 Planning for Large-Scale Multi-Robot Systems Sven Koenig, PhD Meetup
07-Nov-2018 Computational Challenges in High-throughput DNA Sequencing Michael Weinstein, PhD Meetup Slides Video
19-Sep-2018 Docker - Approaching the Holy Grail for Software Distribution Ryan Smith Meetup Slides Video
18-Jul-2018 Bringing Blockchain to Global Enterprise Ben Taylor Meetup Slides Video
16-May-2018 Quantum Computing : State of Play Justin Dressel, PhD Meetup Sildes Video
21-Mar-2018 The Use of AI Diagnostics in Healthcare Sharief Taraman, MD Meetup Video
10-Jan-2018 One World, One Internet, Many Futures Sigmund Fidyke Meetup Slides Video
09-Nov-2017 Experiences Implementing DevOps Sanja Maru
Steve Mason
Marc Tamsky
Meetup Slides Video
13-Sep-2017 Proof or Consequences Gerard Holzmann, PhD Meetup Video
12-Jul-2017 Explaining Black-Box Machine Learning Predictions Sameer Singh, PhD Meetup Slides Video
10-May-2017 Saving Power in the Data Center Marios Papaefthymiou Meetup Saving
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 Slides
09-Sep-2015 Breaking the Data Science Bottleneck Oren Goldschmidt Meetup
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Upcoming Meetings of the ACM OC Chapter Executive Committee

December 28, 2022
12:00 PM to 01:00 PM Pacific
Zoom Web conference

Past Meetings

Date Meeting Meetup Documents
23-Nov-2022 Executive Committee Agenda & Minutes
26-Oct-2022 Executive Committee Agenda & Minutes
24-Aug-2022 Executive Committee Agenda & Minutes
27-Jul-2022 Executive Committee Agenda & Minutes
22-June-2022 Executive Committee Agenda & Minutes
25-May-2022 Executive Committee Agenda & Minutes
27-Apr-2022 Executive Committee Agenda & Minutes
16-Mar-2022 Annual Business Meeting Agenda & Minutes
16-Mar-2022 Executive Committee Agenda & Minutes
23-Feb-2022 Executive Committee Agenda & Minutes
26-Jan-2022 Executive Committee Agenda & Minutes
24-Nov-2021 Executive Committee Agenda & Minutes
27-Oct-2021 Executive Committee Agenda & Minutes
22-Sept-2021 Executive Committee Agenda & Minutes
25-Aug-2021 Executive Committee Agenda & Minutes
28-July-2021 Executive Committee Agenda & Minutes
23-June-2021 Executive Committee Agenda & Minutes
26-May-2021 Executive Committee Agenda & Minutes
28-Apr-2021 Executive Committee Agenda & Minutes
24-Mar-2021 Executive Committee Agenda & Minutes
24-Feb-2021 Executive Committee Agenda & Minutes
27-Jan-2021 Executive Committee Agenda & Minutes
25-Nov-2020 Executive Committee Agenda & Minutes
22-Oct-2020 Executive Committee Agenda & Minutes
23-Sep-2020 Executive Committee Agenda & Minutes
27-Aug-2020 Executive Committee Agenda & Minutes
23-Jul-2020 Executive Committee Agenda & Minutes
24-Jun-2020 Executive Committee Agenda & Minutes
27-May-2020 Executive Committee Agenda & Minutes
22-Apr-2020 Executive Committee Agenda & Minutes
25-Mar-2020 Executive Committee Agenda & Notes
26-Feb-2020 Executive Committee
22-Jan-2020 Executive Committee
27-Nov-2019 Executive Committee Agenda & Notes
23-Oct-2019 Executive Committee Agenda & Notes
25-Sep-2019 Executive Committee Agenda & Notes
28-Aug-2019 Executive Committee Agenda & Notes
24-Jul-2019 Executive Committee Agenda & Notes
26-Jun-2019 Executive Committee Agenda & Notes
22-May-2019 Executive Committee Agenda & Minutes
24-Apr-2019 Executive Committee Agenda & Minutes
20-Mar-2019 Annual Business Meeting Agenda & Notes
27-Feb-2019 Executive Committee Agenda & Notes
23-Jan-2019 Executive Committee Agenda & Notes
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


Chapter membership is free and is open to everyone; there is no requirement to be a National ACM member. The ACM provides chapter members with certain benefits including:
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If you are interesting in joining the Orange County Chapter of the ACM fill out a request on the Contact tab, or better yet, register for our next meeting and introduce yourself.


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 IEEE OC
IBM Corporation IBM

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.

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Office Officer Contact
Chair Marc Velasco
Vice Chair Hassan Shah, PhD
Treasurer Michael Fahy, PhD
Secretary Daniel Whelan, PhD
Membership Chair Farhad Mafie
Communications Chair Allen Takatsuka
Webmaster Tom Phillips
Fundraising Coordinator Jared Miller
University Liaison Michael Fahy, PhD
SIGAI Liaison Ansel Teng, PhD
Program Speaker Coordinators Raman Rajan
Farhad Mafie
Program Video Coordinator Trae Palmer
Social Media Committee Don Choi
Cynthia Kirkeby
Trae Palmer
Membership Committee Dawn Childs
Members at Large A. Winsor Brown
Shirley Tseng


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
Don V. Black, PhD
Daniel Whelan, PhD
Michael Fahy, PhD
Allen Takatsuka


OC-ACM Awards for Excellence in Computer Science
Recipient Degree Institute Year
Yaosheng Xu B.S. Computer Science UC Irvine 2022
Yoshimichi Nakatsuka M.S. Computer Science UC Irvine 2022
Vibha Rajagopalan B.S. Computer Science Cal State Fullerton 2022
Brock Gieszl B.S. Computer Science (Cybersecurity) Cal State Fullerton 2022
Fulya Kocaman M.S. Computer Science Cal State Fullerton 2022
Anna Greene B.S. Computer Science Chapman University 2022
Trevor Kling B.S. Computer Science Chapman University 2021
Graciela Orozco B.S. Computer Science Cal State Fullerton 2021
Janeen Yamak B.S. Computer Science Cal State Fullerton 2021
Oscar Olazabal B.S. Computer Science Cal State Fullerton 2020
Lauren Sukumar B.S. Computer Science Cal State Fullerton 2020
Samuel Kagan B.S. Computer Science Chapman University 2020
Yuxin (Myles) Liu B.S. Computer Science UC Irvine 2020
Nicole Fergie B.S. Computer Science Chapman University 2019
Michael Seaman B.S. Computer Science Chapman University 2018
Christopher Villanueva B.S. Computer Science Cal State Fullerton 2018
Sharon Babu B.S. Computer Science UC Irvine 2018
Joshua Graves B.S. Computer Science Chapman University 2017
John Thorpe B.S. Computer Science UC Irvine 2017
OC-ACM Awards for Excellence in Computer Game Science
Recipient Degree Institute Year
Valeria Vikhliantseva B.S. Computer Science Cal State Fullerton 2018
Natalie Nygaard B.S. Computer Science UC Irvine 2017

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