IEEE Section Night


1st. Speaker: Dual Talk: J&J Farm and Olbers’ Paradox

2nd. Speaker: Cybersecurity, AI and the Internet of Things

Sponsored jointly by the Magnetics (MAG) and Reliability (R) Societies Chapters

  Date and Time




  • Date: 17 Jan 2017
  • Time: 06:00 PM to 09:00 PM
  • All times are (GMT-05:00) US/Eastern
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  • Sheraton University City
  • 3549 Chestnut St.
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • United States 19104

  • Starts 29 December 2016 12:00 AM
  • Ends 17 January 2017 12:00 PM
  • All times are (GMT-05:00) US/Eastern
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Jack Nachamkin, Ph.D.


Dual Talk: J&J Farm and Olbers’ Paradox

Olbers’ Paradox has puzzled scientists for centuries. Why is the night sky dark when a good telescope reveals almost innumerable numbers of stars in nearly every direction of the sky? And, why do some of the points of light in the sky “Twinkle” and some don’t? Some speculative ideas to explain these phenomena applying quantum mechanics will be presented.


Jack Nachamkin is a retired physicist, now an organic farmer, living in Glen Mills Pennsylvania. He began his career as post-doctoral fellows at Atomic Energy of Canada and Kansas University. As a nuclear physicist in Los Alamos he was in charge of a small group that incorporated physics and mathematics into codes he wrote to describe fusion devices. In addition, he worked on superconducting magnets, vacuum electronics, and electric vehicles.

Dr. Marcello Balduccini


Cybersecurity, AI and the Internet of Things

In the public's perception, the internet is quickly evolving from an idillic world of entertainment and increased productivity to a warzone where nations and non-government organizations face each other and civilian population may be hit anywhere, at any time. In this talk, I will discuss these worries, whether they are founded, and what can be done about it. In particular, I will review recent advances in cybersecurity and in artificial intelligence that have a potential to help curb security issues in the ever-growing internet of things.


Dr. Balduccini is an Assistant Research Professor at the College of Computing and Informatics of Drexel University. His research interests are focused on artificial intelligence and cybersecurity. Dr. Balduccini’s recent projects include algorithms for reasoning in changing environment, techniques for information retrieval, and malware detection and mitigation. His research has been funded by DARPA, NASA, IARPA, as well as various companies and industrial consortia. Prior to joining Drexel, he worked as a Principal Research Scientist at Kodak Research Laboratories, where he led projects focused on planning, scheduling, and workflow automation. Dr. Balduccini is affiliated with the Drexel University Cybersecurity Institute and has published over 70 refereed technical publications.