Charles J. Lord

Charles J. Lord, PE is an embedded systems consultant and trainer with over 40 years' experience in system design and development in medical, military, and industrial applications. For the last twelve years, he has specialized in the integration of communication protocols into clients' products, including USB, Ethernet, and low-power wireless including ZigBee, 6LoWPAN, LoRa, and Thread. He has taught classes in these protocols for Freescale, Renesas, various universities and conferences including ESC and Arm TechCon. He has been a design partner with Freescale/NXP, Microchip, and Renesas. He also teaches webinars for various clients on IoT and embedded systems topics. He earned his BS in electrical engineering from N.C. State University in Raleigh, N.C. and provides training and consulting services through his company, Blue Ridge Advanced Design, in Asheville, N.C. He is a licensed professional engineer in NC and a senior member of the IEEE. In his volunteer work at the IEEE, he has served at many levels from local to regional to board committees. He is currently the chair of the IEEE Western NC Section, NC Council and was general chair of IEEE SoutheastCon 1995 and 2017.

May 13 - Day 3 - TensorFlow Hands-On Part 1: Hello World!

TensorFlow and its derivatives such as TensorFlow Lite have become one of the prevalent programming environments for developing ANNs. We will look at the development environment for TensorFlow including the use of Jupyter notebooks on Google Colab – no local development system needed! We will build...
May 13, 2020 - 2:00pm EDT

May 12 - Day 2 - Neural Network Simulation and Programming

Many common programming languages have been used over the years to program neurons and complete ANNs, from Lisp to Python to C++. Other specialized languages have been used including Torch, Keras, and of course TensorFlow. Building on our first class, we will look at the various programming...
May 12, 2020 - 2:00pm EDT

May 11 - Day 1 - A Brief History of Artificial Neural Networks

To best understand how Artificial Neural networks (ANN) are used in artificial intelligence (AI), in this leadoff class we will look at the ways that ANNs have been used in theoretical as well as applied applications. The class will start from the first hardcoded neurons through some of the...
May 11, 2020 - 2:00pm EDT

September 27 – Day 5 – Putting it All Together

For our final class, we will use the NXP NTAG Explorer kit to read and write the tag’s info that we access with our app to close the loop between the phone and our embedded device. We will look at the tradeoffs and areas for improvement for the future use of this user interface.
September 27, 2019 - 2:00pm EDT

September 24 – Day 2 – An NFC Primer and Introducing the NXP NTAG

Our second day will be spent learning the basics of Near-Field Communication (NFC) and what the standard specifies for various classes of passive transponder tags. We will define the tag type we will use and what parameters we need to pass back and forth, as well as what security structure we need...
September 24, 2019 - 2:00pm EDT

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