SEC meets at the High Sierra Grill, 521 Firestone Road
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When Wednesday July 12, 2017 from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM PST
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High Sierra Grill in Goleta 
521 Firestone Road
Goleta, CA 93111

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Cheryl Ebner 
Science & Engineering Council of Santa Barbara 
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7-12-17 SmartFarms: Using IoT to turn Analytics into Farm Implements 

Our July Presentation: The agriculture industry faces tremendous pressure to increase crop production and yields to meet future consumer demand for food. This problem is compounded by population growth, limited natural resources, unpredictable weather, the requirement of sustainability, and climate change. In an effort to make farms more productive, growers are increasingly turning to environmental measurements and data analysis. Computing systems can automate this process--facilitating faster problem diagnosis, more accurate outcome prediction, and proactive decision making. Unfortunately, to date such systems have received little attention from the computer science research community and extant solutions are proprietary, complex, costly, or not widely available.


 Our aim is to leverage advances in the Internet of Things (IoT) as part of a holistic system called SmartFarm. By integrating environmental sensor technologies, SmartFarm will provide growers with a secure, easy to use, low-cost data analysis and visualization system. The end result will be data-informed decisions that lead to increased productivity.

Our Speaker: Dr. Chandra Krintz is a Professor of Computer Science at UCSB and the Chief Scientist at AppScale Systems. Dr. Krintz holds MS and PhD degrees in Computer Science from UC San Diego. Her research interests include programming systems, cloud and big data computing, and the Internet of Things (IoT).  She has supervised and mentored over 60 students, has published work in a wide range of top venues, is the recipient of multiple teaching and research awards, and has led several educational and outreach programs that introduce computer science to young people.

Please reserve by the Monday before the meeting: A reservation allows SEC to provide the restaurant an accurate guarantee of meal amounts and results in faster service. When reserving, make a meal choice. You can pay in advance by credit card or at the door with check or cash. Remember you are always welcome as a walk-in member or guest without a reservation.    

Meal Choices: All meals are the same price. Please choose one when you reserve, to provide a count for the restaurant. Pay when you reserve, or walk-in and pay at the door.

  • Tri-Tip Sandwich
  • Smoked Turkey-Bacon Sandwich
  • High Sierra Chicken-Apple-Pecan Salad
  • Portobello Mushroom Sandwich with lettuce, tomato, onion
Drinks:  Diet soda, iced tea, lemonade and water are available.

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Santa Barbara News-Press
Community West Bank

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Plan now for upcoming SEC meetings:

Aug. 9: Dr. Yon Visell, UCSB Electrical and Computer Engineering
"Reverse Engineering the Sense of Touch"
September 13: Plan to have lunch with SEC and our speaker!