2019/9/11 2019 Emerging Technologies, and the Technology Hype Cycle

Date And Time

Wed, September 11, 2019

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM PDT (Registration starts at 6:30pm)

Organizer: CIE Emerging Technologies Group

Speaker: Dr. William Kao

Dr. William Kao received his BSEE, MSEE and PhD from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He worked in the Semiconductor and Electronic Design Automation industries for more than 30 years holding several senior and executive engineering management positions at Texas Instruments, Xerox Corporation, and Cadence Design Systems.

Dr. Kao has authored more than 40 technical papers at IEEE Journals and Conferences, and holds eight software and IC design patents. He was an Adjunct Professor at UCLA Electrical Engineering Department where he taught courses in computer aided IC design.

Dr. Kao is a Senior Member of IEEE, and was one of the founding members of IEEE-Circuits and Systems – Silicon Valley Chapter.

Dr. Kao teaches Clean Technology, Emerging Technologies and Business Sustainability courses at the University of California Santa Cruz, Silicon Valley Extension.

Dr. Kao current interests are the latest Emerging Technologies including Clean Technology, Renewable Energy, Big Data, IoT, Smart Cities, Sensor Networks, Innovation, Augmented Reality, Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and 3D Printing. He frequently presents and discusses the above topics in a monthly seminar series.


The 2019 Hype Cycle highlights the emerging technologies with significant impact on business, society and people over the next five to 10 years. This year includes technologies that promise to deliver a global low-latency internet, create a virtual map of the real world and mimic human creativity.

Some of the technologies on the rise include artificial tissue, immersive workplaces, AR cloud, adaptive machine learning, nanoscale 3D printing, augmented intelligence, flying autonomous vehicles, emotion and explainable AI, synthetic data. Some of the technologies at the peak include edge AI, low earth orbit satellite systems, edge analytics, 5G, biochips and graph analytics. Finally technologies sliding into the trough include next generation memory, 3D sensing cameras, and autonomous driving.

This two hour seminar will present and explain the newest set of emerging technologies with an overview of each technology.

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