October 21, 2009

Conference will highlight innovation, technology

by Tim Crosby

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- A student group at Southern Illinois University Carbondale is planning a three-day conference highlighting innovation and technology and providing important networking opportunities for hundreds of students and professionals.

The Southern Illinois University Innovative Systems group, a student-run interdisciplinary effort aimed at helping students at SIUC and around the area, has set the conference for Oct. 29-31 at the Engineering Building. The event, titled “SIUIS4,” is a premier professional networking event featuring more than 20 speakers as well as technical presentations, panel discussions, paper symposiums, competitions and workshops, among other items.

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Reporters, photographers and camera crews are welcome to cover SIUIS4. For more information, contact Anil Mehta, conference chair, at 618/203-4655 or anil@siu.edu.

SIUIS4 is aimed at benefiting students, faculty and area professionals, said Anil Mehta, co-founder and chair of the conference and a doctoral student and lecturer at SIUC. Organizers expect more than 500 students, faculty, staff and professionals to attend.

Past conferences helped forge excellent connections with the industry, providing a foundation for collaborative research and internships with top-notch companies.

“As a direct result of the conference students have been able to secure jobs in world-class companies,” Mehta said. “Many of the speakers have helped shape the world we live in.”

Keynote speakers and presenters for the three-day event include:

• John Waclawsky, former vice president at Motorola Inc. Waclawsky will speak on “The 3 dimensions of Innovation” at 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29, in room A131.

• Dewayne Hendricks, CEO of Dandin Group of Fremont, Calif. Hendricks speaks on “Future Challenges and Innovative Solutions for Entrepreneurs” at 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30, in room A111.

• Flavio Bonomi, head of research for CISCO Systems Inc. Bonomi will speak on “The Internet of the Future” at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, in room A111.

•Rich Goldman, vice president for strategic alliance with Synopsys Inc. Goldman speaks on “The Industry Academia Alliance” at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 31.

•Terry Galloway, president, Intellergy Corp., Point Richmond, Calif. Galloway speaks on “How to Innovate a Sustainable Future” at 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, in room A111.

SIUIS’ mission is to provide networking opportunities to students and professionals in the region by hosting discussions on state-of-the-art technology featuring nationally known speakers. It also strives to bring collaborative research to SIUC and the region and develop opportunities for professionals.

For more information and a complete list of presenters/speakers with photos and biographies, go to http://innovativesystems.siu.edu/.

To register for the event, go to http://innovativesystems.siu.edu/ and select "Register" or http://innovativesystems.siu.edu/direct/Register

University support for SIUIS comes from: Office of the Chancellor, Office of the Provost, Office of the Vice Chancellor Student Affairs, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, the City of Carbondale, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, College of Engineering, College of Business. Corporate sponsors include Synopsys Inc, EMAC Inc., Old National Bank, SIU Credit Union and IEEE.