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Artificial Neural Networks (ANNs) and Machine Learning

13 December 2018 @ 18:00 - 21:00



Artificial Neural Networks (ANNs) and Machine Learning

Speaker: Dr. Lan Nguyen, LinQuest Corporation

Date: Thursday, December 13, 2018

Social Hour: 6:00 p.m.
Dinner: 6:30 p.m.
Presentation: 7:15 p.m.

The Doubletree Club Orange County Airport
7 Hutton Centre Drive,
Santa Ana, CA, 92707-5794

Please RSVP at http://oc-comsig.eventbrite.com/

Cost: First 10 early-birds (first-come-first-serve) are free! After that, $20 for non-members with dinner, $10 for IEEE members with dinner, $5 for student-members with dinner, free for presentation only
For more information on current and future events, please visit Orange County ComSig chapter website at: http://comsig.chapters.comsoc.org/


The development of Artificial Neuron Networks (ANNs) began in the 1940s with the work of Warren McCulloch and Walter Pitts who showed that network of artificial neurons could in principle compute any arithmetic function or logical function. In recent years, neural networks have achieved results that surpass many traditional techniques. Thousands of neural networks have been applied successfully in hundreds of fields, which include target tracking, radar and image processing, cybersecurity, cancer diagnosis, mortgage screening, routing systems, and integrated circuits. These neural networks have been proven to learn complex relations between input data (features) and output values.

The intent of this talk is for the public who want to understand neural networks and machine learning. Topics to be covered in this talk include:

  • Introduction to Artificial Neural Networks (ANNs), what is an ANN and why ANN? A brief history of ANN, biological neural networks versus artificial neural networks, and principles of ANNs
  • Important neural networks models, such as Adaline and Perceptron, feed forward and feedback networks, self-organizing networks (Kohonen’s model)
  • Learning methods, such as Hebbian learning, supervised learning, unsupervised learning, reinforcement learning, back propagation learning, and data training
  • Machine learning, what is machine learning? Challenges of machine learning, and the role of neural networks in machine learning
  • Case studies

Speaker Biography:

Lan Nguyen is a System Engineer at LinQuest Corporation. He joined LinQuest in 2004 and has over 30 years of industry experience.  His current research interests are in the area of SATCOM, Communication Theory, Digital Signal Processing, and Machine Learning. Dr. Lan Nguyen has been on the technical program committees for numerous symposia and conferences.  He has published numerous conference and journal papers in the areas of SATCOM and wireless communication. He is a Senior IEEE member and a Certified Expert System Engineering Professional (ESEP), International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE).

Dr. Lan Nguyen
IEEE OC ComSig Chapter Chair


Dr. Lan Nguyen
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The Doubletree Club Orange County Airport

7 Hutton Centre Dr
Santa Ana, CA 92707 United States