SPI has an Advisory Board with very experienced members in company operations, product development, marketing, intellectual property, and finance. Dr. Aldrin Leung is President of ABL Technologies. In the past, Dr. Leung served as VP of Multimax, an information technology service company with more than 1000 employees. He will provide guidance in business directions and company structure. Dr. Jenson Yin is currently Vice President of PowerScan and has over 20 years of experiences in commercial software product design. He will help SPI in software product development. Mr. Steve Arnold, the President of Advanced Signaling, will advise SPI in product development and marketing, and business operations. Mr. Ming Chow is President of Sinorica, which is a intellectual property think tank. He will advise us on issues related to copyrights, patents, trademarks, and IP. Finally, Ms. Limin Lee, a CPA and a partner of Yorke, Burke, and Lee, will provide guidance related to finance and accounting.
Employees (full-time, part-time, and consultants) at SPI have strong expertise in algorithm development, software and hardware design, and system integration. All of us have advanced degrees and have over 10 years of experiences in various areas. We are dedicated to converting research ideas into products and are willing to walk extra miles to satisfy our customers' needs.
In particular, Dr. Chiman Kwan at SPI worked in the Beam Instrumentation Department of the SSC (Superconducting Super Collider Laboratory) in Dallas, Texas, from April 1991 to February 1994, where he was heavily involved in the modeling, simulation and design of modern digital controllers and signal processing algorithms for the beam control and synchronization system. He received an invention award for his work at SSC. Between March 1994 and June 1995, he joined the Automation and Robotics Research Institute in Fort Worth, where he applied neural networks and fuzzy logic to the control of power systems, robots, and motors. From July 1995 to March 2006, he worked at Intelligent Automation, Inc. and served as Principal Investigator/Program Manager for more than 65 different projects, with total funding exceeding 20 million dollars. With a lot of help from his collaborators at Superconducting Super Collider Lab., Automation and Robotics Research Institute, and Intelligent Automation, Inc., Dr. Kwan has achieved the following significant achievements over the past 15 years:
· Manager and/or Principal Investigator of projects funded by Boeing, Honeywell, Ford, Motorola, Stanford Telecom, DARPA, NSF, Navy, Air Force, Army, BMDO, and NASA totaling 22 million dollars.
· More than 50 journal papers and more than 120 refereed conference papers.
· 2004 NASA Space Act award for contributions to the development of a real-time monitoring system for Space Shuttle Auxiliary Power Units
· 2004 Industrial and Commercial Power Systems (I&CPS) Ralph H. Lee Department Prize Paper Award for the paper, entitled “Integrated High Speed Intelligent Utility Tie Unit for Disbursed/Renewable Generation Facilities”
· One of seven finalists (out of 1000 papers) for Kayamori Best Paper Award in 2003 Int. Conference on Robotics and Automation (Paper: A Novel Approach to Fault Diagnostics and Prognostics)
· 2003 Jeff Collins Best Paper Award (Automation and Robotics Research Institute, The U. of Texas at Arlington) for a paper entitled “Design and Implementation of Industrial Neural Network Controller Using Backstepping” which was published in IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics
· Invited Speaker in the 2003 annual meeting on mechanics and materials division of Japan Society of Mechanical Engineering (Tokyo section)
· Senior Member of IEEE since 1998
· Listed in “Who’s Who in Science and Technology”
· Presented two lectures (2006 and 2007) in the Distinguished Lecture series of Automation & Robotics Research Institute