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Maine Artificial Intelligence Webinar Series

Maine Artificial Intelligence 2020 Webinar Series

First Thursday of the month, Sept. through Dec. 12–1 p.m. (live via Zoom) This webinar is for the business community, policymakers, attorneys, healthcare providers and other members of the public interested in learning about AI. Each topic will be followed by Q&A opportunities. Moderator: Ali Abedi, Assistant Vice President for Research, UMaine and IEEE R1 Northeastern Area Chair.

Join us for this free webinar series.

Here is a flyer for distribution!
Registration opens August 1, 2020:

Sept. 3, 2020: Advances in Artificial Intelligence

Rebecca Hwa, National Science Foundation, Program Director
Kaushik Chowdhury, Associate Director of the Institute for the Wireless
Internet of Things, Northeastern University
Fawzi Behmann, North American Director of IEEE Communications Society

Oct. 1, 2020: Applications of AI in Business, Industry, Government, Healthcare and Environment

Mohamad Musavi, Associate Dean of Engineering, UMaine
Owen McCarthy, President and Co-founder of MedRhythms Inc.
Somayeh Khosroazad, Software Architect at Activas Diagnostics

Nov. 5, 2020: Education and Workforce Development

Yifeng Zhu, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, UMaine
Torsten Hahmann, Associate Professor of Computing and Information Science, UMaine
Walter Rawle, Chair IEEE Maine Section

Dec. 3, 2020: Social, Ethical, Policy, and Legal Considerations

Manuel Woersdoerfer, Assistant Professor of Computing and Information Science, UMaine
Leigh Saufley, Dean of the University of Maine School of Law
Jim Isaak, Past President of IEEE Computer Society, IEEE NH Section Chair

CEWIT 2020 Conference on November 5th

Region 1 is sponsoring the 16th International Conference on Emerging Technologies for a Smarter World (CEWIT2020).  This meeting will be held virtually on November 5, 2020. The conference will center on the four major fields which are penetrating our business and personal lives: Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain and Computational Medicine.The conference’s Venture Capital Breakout session will address how successful investors and technology companies are responding to the current business climate. It will start with discussion by a Venture Capital Trends Panel composed of lead investors (alphabetically) from India, Israel, the UK, and USA. This will be followed by business Updates presented by exciting early phase technology companies representing a spectrum of external funding cases from minimal through Series B. Commercially viable technologies are in no short supply among university faculty members across geographies. Pitches by a number of faculty researchers looking for their commercial launchpad will also be presented.

For more details, please visit: CEWIT Conference 2020

Congratulations 2020 Engineering Seniors!

“One of the proudest moments of my college career and my life in general was getting published in the IEEE conference as a first author.”

Hajim School of Engineering & Applied Sciences: University of Rochester

George Klimiashvili, a senior in Electrical and Computer Engineering, is a recipient of The Charles L. Newton Prize which recognizes engineering students who show a special proficiency in an engineering subject and have conducted research, given a presentation or published a paper.

Outside of his major, George is completing a minor in Economics and has participated in UR Robotics. He has worked as a research assistant in the Wireless Communications and Networking Group, and has worked with Dr. Marvin Doyley on robust minimum variance beamforming through an independent study. George has also held an internship in Software Development at SITA Information Networking Computing USA Inc.

George will be attending Stanford University to complete a Masters degree in Electrical Engineering!

R1 Evening short course: Project Management for Engineering Professionals

To view complete details for this event, click here to view the announcement

Region 1 –  short course
Offered online
April 13th– May 20th

Instructor: Ed Palacio – Director, Region 1

Register Now

VIRTUAL COURSE:  All registrants will be emailed information regarding how to participate through WebEX. 

Project Management: Achieving Competitive Advantage, 4th Ed. by J. Pinto.  Prentice-Hall.
A Guide to the Project Management Body Of Knowledge (PMBOK Guide) 5thEditionProject Management Institute

Objective and Contents:

This course is designed to help business and engineering practitioners and students understand some of the greatest challenges that organizations face today – the effective and efficient methods for implementing projects in organizations.  Project management, referred to by Fortune magazine as the #1 career choice for the coming decade, represents a skill that is in high demand by all companies, both domestic and international.  This course will provide a comprehensive overview of the skills needed and challenges to be faced in managing projects in organizations.

The course is divided into 14 modules, comprising a series of major topic areas relating to different elements of project management.  After developing a sense of the strategic overview of project management, we will begin analyzing various components of project management such as project selection, planning, organizing, and project control.  The goal is to shape the course to approximate the elements of project management and the challenges faced chronologically; that is, first considering how to plan the project and then, how to effectively run the project. The remainder of the course concentrates on making use of the theories by developing analytical and interpersonal skills in the students that will be useful to them as project managers.

This is an intensive seminar that will attempt to cover approximately one semester of material in 12 lectures.  As such, the course will run from 8:00 PM to approximately 9:00 PM in the evening, twice a week.

The lecture will be on-line and recorded. It is open to R1 IEEE members at no charge, although they will have to register to the course.

This course is based on the PMBOK, however, it is not associated nor sponsored by the Project Management Institute and, as such, has not been approved as providing Professional  Development Units ( PDU’s).

Course Topics:

  • Introduction and Expectations / Course Description: What is Project Management?, Historical context
  • Project Stakeholders, Strategy & Success and Organization Structure: Project stakeholder management, Strategic fit of projects, Organizational structures, Culture and projects
  • Project Selection: Processes for project selection, Qualitative selection models, Financial selection models, Gate reviews
  • Project Leadership: Leadership and Projects, Roles of Leaders, Project Champions
  • Groups and Project Team Development: Factors in effective groupsm Stages in team development, Conflict, Negotiation
  • Scope Management: Planning and Statements of Work, Work Breakdown Structures, Steps in Scope management
  • Risk Management: Four stages in risk management, Qualitative risk assessment, Quantitative risk assessment, Risk mitigation
  • Budgeting and Cost Estimation: Cost estimation, Developing the project budget
  • Activity Networks and Scheduling I: Defining the elements of the project, Duration estimation, PERT/CPM
  • Project Scheduling II: Lag relationships, Gantt Charts, AON vs. AOA Scheduling
  • Critical Chain Project Management: Critical path vs. critical chain, The human side of scheduling
  • Resource Planning and Management: Resource leveling, Resource loading charts, Portfolio resource planning
  • Project Performance Monitoring: Earned value, S – curves and milestones, Critical success factors
  • Project Termination: Forms of termination, Deciding to cancel a project, Steps in project close-out

  • Date and Time

    • Date: 13 Apr 2020
    • Time: 08:00 PM to 09:00 PM
    • All times are America/New_York


  • Starts 05 April 2020 11:36 AM
  • Ends 13 April 2020 11:36 AM
  • All times are America/New_York
  • No Admission Charge