Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Time on their hands?

Thanks to l'affaire Katehi and her board memberships, there is likely to be a look-see at what other chancellors are doing in their spare time. Indeed, that process has begun:

San Diego has (a)... high-profile connection to the video spy world.
According to a news release from the Avigilon Corporation of Vancouver, British Columbia, UCSD chancellor Pradeep Khosla has joined the board.
"Chancellor Khosla is an internationally renowned researcher, author, and educator with more than 30 years' experience in the fields of engineering and computer science," says the release, dated January 21.
"Chancellor Khosla has also managed advanced research and development projects for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency." Alexander Fernandes, Avigilon's founder, president, chief executive officer, and chairman of the board, was quoted as saying of Khosla:
"His expertise in engineering and computer science, in particular with video analytics and artificial intelligence, is a valuable asset to Avigilon's innovation and growth."
Mahesh Saptharishi, an Avigilon executive, told the firm's blog that faces are just the beginning. "How people walk, how people move actually are very unique to each individual, so you could combine facial recognition information with their body movements to uniquely identify them. And when you have two mutually exclusive pieces of validation that uniquely identifies you, the accuracy now goes up without the restriction of having a cooperative subject."
One of the company's current specialties is video security, with clients including San Diego's Metropolitan Transit System. “With its advanced video search capabilities, the Avigilon HD Surveillance System has played a key role in our ability to resolve conflicts and prevent criminal activity across our transit system,” Larry Savoy, assistant director of security and code compliance at MTS, was quoted in a company news release as saying...
I guess the chancellor has time on his hands. We're not sure that nothing but love will come from these extracurricular activities:

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