CITRIS Foundry | Upcoming Events
CITRIS Foundry is the University of California accelerator for founders building deep technology startups. We bring extensive experience at the leading edge of university-driven innovation and entrepreneurship to guide startups and institutional partners in bridging the gap from lab to market.
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Upcoming Events

October 18, 2021
  • 9:00 pm - 10:00 pm Foundry Open Office Hours - Kira

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  • 10:00 pm - 11:00 pm *Workshop* Engaging with Angel Investors


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    Location: This is a Zoom web conference.

    You can join this meeting from your computer, tablet, or smartphone.

    Password: u6UnsZ

    Jane Ge is the founder of Vectors Angel, an angel syndicate focused exclusively on impact investment with a primary focus on sustainability and healthcare, especially those companies with technology-driven solutions.

October 20, 2021
  • 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm CITRIS Research Exchange – Ahmed Sabbir Arif on Human Computer Interaction

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    A CITRIS Research Exchange Seminar with speaker Dr. Ahmed Sabbir Arif 

    TALK TITLE: “What if Computers Could Read Our Lips? Silent Speech as an Active Mode of Interaction with Computer Systems”

    SPEAKER: Dr. Ahmed Sabbir Arif, Assistant Professor Computer Science and Engineering, UC Merced

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    BIO: Dr. Ahmed Sabbir Arif leads the Human-Computer Interaction Group at the University of California, Merced. His research makes computer systems accessible to a wider range of users by developing intuitive and effective input and interaction techniques. A major thread of his work focuses on smarter solutions for text entry. His other interests include mobile interaction, accessibility, and applied machine learning. He has received a Hellman Fellowship, three Michael A. J. Sweeney Awards, and a CHISIG Gitte Lindgaard Award for his research activities. Before joining UC Merced, he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Ryerson University and an NSERC ENGAGE Fellow at York University. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from York University. He also holds an M.Sc. from Lakehead University and a B.Sc. from Trent University, both in Computer Science.

    ABSTRACT: Silent speech that converts lip movements into text can mitigate many challenges of speech and traditional input methods. Yet, existing silent speech recognition models are error-prone or use impractical extremal devices or implants. In this talk, I will present the findings of three projects involving silent speech input. First, a social study established silent speech as an acceptable and desired mode of interaction. Second, two empirical studies revealed that users are more tolerant of errors in silent speech and tend to speak slowly when interacting with it. Third, a new end-to-end deep neural network that can automatically segment lip sequence videos and classify them into text. In an evaluation, the model reduced the word error rate by 57% compared to the state-of-the-arts without compromising the overall computation time.


October 21, 2021
  • 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm Foundry Open Office Hours - Kira

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  • 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm *Foundry* Office Hours - WilmerHale Legal

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    Ashwin Gokhale helps public and private technology companies navigate through technology transactions and licensing matters. He draws on his prior experience leading a legal team at a high-growth venture-backed company and his business experience working for various other startups in Silicon Valley to provide practical solutions to the legal and business challenges his clients face.

    Molly Holsinger is a corporate senior associate who represents public and private companies in mergers and acquisitions, technology transactions, and venture capital and private equity financings.

  • 11:30 pm - 1:00 am CITRIS Foundry Startup Showcase

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    Join us as we celebrate our Spring21 Cohort and network with our innovation entrepreneurship community

    About this event - REGISTER HERE

    Join us for a virtual celebration of select startup teams from S21 Cohort, hear from alumni and community entrepreneurs, and network with our innovators, entrepreneurs, mentors, and supporters!


    Expert panel

    From Science to Social Impact: How Deep Tech is Shaping the Future for the Better

    Pitches from Spring 2021 Foundry Cohort startups

    Networking with our current and alumni founders, and a chance to meet and mingle with your fellow founders, investors, and innovators


    • Loggicat - Preventing data leaks by shifting data security left
    • Chemix - 10x faster product-to-market launch for new EV batteries
    • Neurona Health - Making personalized pediatric medicine a reality
    • Procuros - Driving digitization of supplier portals with all-in-one hub
    • Activism Always - Uplifting communities through social media data insights
    • OrganOmics - Drug discovery rooting in precision medicine
    • Irritector - High resolution satellite-based water usage assessments
    • WUI GO! - Helping communities and agencies prepare for wildfires with interactive tools
    • Sundial Foods - 100% plant based whole-cut meat that is good for the planet and good for you

October 22, 2021
  • 9:00 pm - 10:30 pm *Foundry* Office Hours: Carr & Ferrell LLP [Legal/Strategy]

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    Office hours with counsel from Carr & Ferrell LLP 

    -- Brian Bathurst --

    Brian is Senior Counsel in the Intellectual Property Practice Group of Carr & Ferrell. Brian's experience includes patent and trademark prosecution, litigation and licensing.

    Brian has extensive experience in several technological areas including biotechnology, pharmaceutical, medical device, hardware, software and e-commerce. Prior to practicing law, Brian held positions of increasing responsibility in the biochemical manufacturing, clinical research and strategic operations groups for Genentech, Inc. Having worked on the product development and market launches of Activase®, Nutropin®, Pulmozyme®, Actimmune® and Herceptin®, Brian's biopharmaceutical clients benefit from his industry experience.

October 25, 2021
  • 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm *Foundry* Office Hours: Shuo Yang of Fifty Years (VC)


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    Fifty Years is an entrepreneur-run early stage venture capital firm based in San Francisco. They partner with companies that inspire. Specifically, they back companies that, if successful, will be both massively profitable and make a serious dent in achieving one of the Sustainable Development Goals.

    Shuo Yang is the Principal at Fifty Years and a Berkeley alum. He's also a multi-time founder with a wide breadth of industry and international experience.  

  • 9:00 pm - 10:00 pm Foundry Open Office Hours - Kira

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October 28, 2021
  • 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm Foundry Open Office Hours - Kira

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  • 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm ☁️ UC Berkeley Cloud Computing Meetup ☁️


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    Everyone is welcome - this is a really inclusive group! You don't have to be an expert, or already know about cloud technologies; we get together so people can learn from each other.

    CONNECT VIA ZOOM: Our Zoom connection info changes each month and is posted here in meetup invite. [Note: for security reasons attendees must be logged into a Zoom account]

    No researcher wants to wake up to a headline screaming that their research has leaked human subject data onto the Darkweb. But it's not always clear to people how to protect their key research data, and there is much pressing work to do beyond security. Ever since privacy and protection of computational data has emerged as a significant service area of focus in research computing this has been a pain point.

    At UC Berkeley, we’ve developed a secure service targeted to serve those working with sensitive information across the breadth of the research community — from Social Welfare to Genomics, from Public Health to Political Science. At the September meetup you will hear from researchers themselves. This talk highlights the journey from concept to service launch, through their eyes, with a primary focus on their experiences using the new Secure Research Data and Compute service.

    Speakers: Dr. Jennet Arcara (School of Social Welfare), Jason Christopher (Research IT), Dr. Chris Hoffman (Research IT), Liza Lutzker (School of Public Health), Joleen Locanas (Research IT and Information Services & Technology)


    Welcome / announcements (5 min)

    Dr. Chris Hoffman: Introduction / context (5 min) 

    Jason Christopher: Service overview + connection to Cloud (5 min) 

    Joleen Locanas: Overview of SRDC research (5-10 min) 

    Researcher(s) talking about their research and how they are using SRDC (30 min) 

    Jennet Arcara, PhD, MPH, MPP

    Postdoctoral Researcher

    Sexual Health and Reproductive Equity (SHARE) Program

    UC Berkeley, School of Social Welfare 

    Liza Lutzker, MPH

    Research Data Analyst

    EHS MPH Coordinator & Internship Field Consultant

    Environmental Health Sciences (EHS)

    UC Berkeley, School of Public Health

    Discussion (5 min)