FESTIVAL EVENT

SONORAN CLOUD CITY – Oct. 17

Time: 8am–7pm | Location: TCC
College of Optical Science_Sonoran Cloud City
Time Activity Description
7:30-8:00 am Registration

(TCC Arena Entrance)

Registration Opens

Join us for coffee as we kick-off registration for the Sonoran Cloud City Conference!

8:00-8:45 am Keynote

(Meeting Room: Coconino)

Connected Vehicles & the Impact on the Cloud & Smart City Development

Jay Liebowitz is the morning keynote, and he will be talking about his photonics experience and time at Princeton Lightwave – a LIDAR company that was acquired by ArgoAI/Ford. In addition to sharing about his entrepreneurial journey, he will talk about the impact that connected vehicles will have on the cloud and the needs of city infrastructure, energy, etc.

9:00-10:00 am Breakout Session 1

Cloud Infrastructure Track

(Meeting Room: Gila)

Affordable and Secure Computing Through Faster Networks

Daniel Kilper, Administrative Director at the Center for Integrated Access Networks (CIAN), Research Professor of Optical Sciences & Research Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Affordable and ubiquitous computing has long been a goal in personal and enterprise systems and more recently in the Internet of Things (IoT). Thin clients are widely used, but compromise performance. The cloud can bring back performance in some areas, but still lags far behind a true personal computing experience. The network has always been a bottleneck. 5G wireless together with new affordable optical networks promises unprecedented speeds and ultra-low latency. Combined with edge cloud computing, we examine the potential for these new networks to unleash affordable and secure cloud-based computing in the COSMOS smart city testbed under development in Harlem, New York.

9:00-10:00 am Breakout Session 1

Sustainability Track

(Meeting Room: Graham)

 

Data Driven Community Solutions to Improve Sustainability

The Tucson 2030 District uses building performance data to inform and motivate building owners, local professionals and community organizations to collaborate together to reduce energy use, to use water holistically in the Sonoran Desert environment and to improve transportation modes of travel to reduce CO2 emissions. How this building performance data is collected, analyzed and communicated will be described by 2030 District members. Building owners who have made significant improvements in their buildings will join the panel to describe the social, environmental and economic benefits that have come from their actions and how those are being used to motivate others to follow similar paths. Panel features:
• Peter Dobrovolny, Founder of the Tucson Emerging 2030 District
• Mike Peel, Southern Arizona Director, Local First Arizona
• Also featuring property owners & business representatives from the 2030 District

9:00-10:00 am Breakout Session 1

Smart City Track

TBA
10:15-11:15 am Breakout Session 2

Cloud Infrastructure Track

(Meeting Room: Gila)

Building-Integrated Cooling Strategies with Circular Economy Material Systems

Aletheia Ida, Architect and Assistant Professor in Architecture at the University of Arizona

The building construction industry contributes the largest percentage of the world’s overall material waste. 50% of this waste is due to end of life demolition, which incurs a high rate of turn-over in industries such as datacenters when technologies are rapidly replaced every two years. Furthermore, the cooling load requirements in datacenters comprise high energy demand that can be mediated with building-integrated cooling strategies. There is a critical need to address the life-cycle of materials in datacenters for recycling and re-use into new material systems for the building-integrated cooling technologies. Holistically, this research introduces new building technology concepts for realizing a more sustainable circular economy in datacenter design and construction.

10:15-11:15 am Breakout Session 2

Sustainability Track

(Meeting Room: Graham)

 

Funding Community Sustainability

Local nonprofits are leading new efforts to leverage grants and alternative lending to support community initiatives for sustainable building, operations, and programs. Hear how current participants and partners have achieved success in creating and implementing sustainability plans, and learn about some of the challenges facing local businesses and community organizations from achieving more significant metrics. Panel features:

  • Peter Dobrovolny, Founder of the Tucson Emerging 2030 District
  • Kerri Caine, Chief Strategy Officer, Community Investment Corporation
  • CJ Agbannawag, SCALE UP Program Manager at Local First Arizona
  • Anna Spitz, Director, Agnese Nelms Haury Program in Environment and Social Justice
10:15-11:15 am Breakout Session 2

Smart City Track

TBA
11:30-1:15 pm Lunch

(Room: Ballroom. (TCC South Entrance/Glass doors)

The Challenge of Scaling the Cloud

Christian Belady is the general manager of Cloud Infrastructure Strategy & Architecture (CISA). He is responsible for driving the strategy of datacenter development worldwide, including site selection, advanced development & research, energy, and sustainability.  Recently, Christian is also responsible for developing all of the physical network infrastructure both undersea and terrestrial. The data center and network provide the foundational cloud infrastructure for over 200 Microsoft online and cloud services for consumers and businesses worldwide.

1:30-2:30 pm Breakout Session 3

Cloud Infrastructure Track

(Meeting Room: Gila)

Building a Circular Water and Energy Ecosystem in Next Generation Water Treatment through Novel, Integrated Technologies

Kerri Hickenbottom, Assistant Professor of Chemical and Environmental Engineering

Water and energy are closely intertwined and increasing in demand due to population growth and economic expansion. To alleviate global water stress, water resource management requires a paradigm shift from waste to reuse. Likewise, development of advanced technologies that maximize energy production and minimize emissions, reduce water consumption, and lessen reliance on non-renewable energy resources is essential in promoting a clean energy economy. This presentation will discuss research on novel, membrane-based systems coupled with renewable energy resources for low-energy water treatment that could be impactful in transforming how water and other natural resources are managed.

1:30-2:30 pm Breakout Session 3

Sustainability Track

(Meeting Room: Graham)

 

Sustainability & Social Justice

As communities strive for environmental sustainability and economic development, how can initiatives minimize the disproportionate impact on marginalized, low-income residents of Southern Arizona? How can sustainability initiatives protect human welfare and ensure social justice? Join this panel to learn more about how current projects that are working to promote social equity through sustainability partnerships.

1:30-2:30 pm Breakout Session 3

Smart City Track

TBA
2:45-3:45 pm Breakout Session 4

Cloud Infrastructure Track

(Meeting Room: Gila)

Advanced Solar Energy Systems

Robert Norwood, Professor of Optical Sciences

2:45-3:45 pm Breakout Session 4

Sustainability Track

 

TBA
2:45-3:45 pm Breakout Session 4

Smart City Track

(Meeting Room: Graham)

Building Smart Transportation for Arizona

Join our speaker, Ian R. Roark, Vice President of Workforce Development at Pima Community College, as he discusses the ways that colleges and universities are trying to address the mobility of people and goods throughout the region. During his talk, Roark will describe the Pacific Southwest Region University Transfer Center and how they are leveraging technology to address transportation while improving mobility for vulnerable populations and addressing environmental concerns.

4:00-5:00 pm Closing Panel

Room: Ballroom. TCC South Entrance/Glass doors)

Back to the Future: How IBM’s Arizona Workforce Helped Drive Data Storage & Cloud Innovation

During our closing panel, representatives from IBM will have a coffee talk session discussing how IBM’s Arizona workforce has developed key data storage innovations that drive the cloud today. Panelists will also touch on the data recovery effort that successfully recovered data from the space shuttle Challenger flight recorder tapes in 1986. Speakers include Rick Bradshaw, Tape Storage Expert, and Calline Sanchez, Vice President, IBM WW LBS, IBM Tucson Site Leader & IBM New Mexico State Leader.

5:00-7:00 pm Reception

Room: Ballroom. TCC South Entrance/Glass doors)

Big Blue: Celebrating 70 Years of IBM in Arizona

This year marks IBM’s 40th year in Tucson and 70th year doing business in Arizona. Join IBM employees for hors d’ouevres, drinks, and entertainment, as we recognize IBM for being an integral part of Southern Arizona’s history and continued growth. Proceeds from the celebration will support SARSEF’s science fair initiatives (Southern Arizona Research, Science and Engineering Foundation).