Past Meetings/Webinars

Good Girls Ask: Negotiations For Women 🗓

— preparation, money, butterflies, best timing, anxiety, fairness …

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Webinar Date: Thursday, August 16, 2018
Time: 9:00 AM (PT)
Speaker: Elizabeth Lions, writer and coach
Location: on the Web
Cost: none
RSVP: required
Event Details & Registration: www.ieeeusa.org
Summary: This powerful presentation has been given globally, as well as locally. No woman is ever the same after hearing Elizabeth’s talk on money and negotiations. The days of having butterflies in your stomach while discussing your promotion, a raise or an increase to your fees are over. Money is not emotional, it’s the ideas you attach around money that stick. Elizabeth will demonstrate how to make friends with your finances — for good!
Participants will learn: — The best time to ask for a raise; — Why women get anxious around asking for money or the promotion; — How skills = money and how to ask for what is fair; — How to ask for money without having your stomach in knots
Bio: Elizabeth Lions is the Author of three books, “Recession Proof Yourself” and “I Quit! Working for You Isn’t Working For Me.” Her third book will be released on leadership and is entitled, “Hear Us Roar: Unapologetic Women Leading in Corporate America.” She has designed and developed leadership, career courses, webinars and even a radio show entitled, “Leadership Lessons from the Lioness,” featured on Plaid for Women. Over the course of her career, Elizabeth estimates she has read more than 100,000 resumes and hired thousands of professionals in some of America’s top organizations, including Intel, Fiserv, Wells Fargo, Microsoft, Precision Castparts and AT&T, to name a few. An expert adviser on career conundrums, Elizabeth has been quoted in Yahoo, The Ladders, and Dice job boards. Her words have reached as far as the front page of the Philadelphia Tribune, PBS, CBS Money Watch, Dale Carnegie and John Tesh’s blog. In 2014, she took her leadership courses to Dubai and the Middle East. Bottom line: Elizabeth knows why someone is hired, fired or promoted – often before they do. Today, Elizabeth can be found writing, coaching and collaborating with the who’s who of the Corporate America. When she isn’t working, Elizabeth can be found traveling across state lines with her husband on their Harley Davidson motorcycle or in the yoga studio twisting for hours on end.

PV-Rich Communities, Storage, and Flexibility: The Need for Distribution System Operators 🗓

— (IEEE SmartGrid) – residential PV, daytime storage, flexible networks, participants, technical challenges opportunities …

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Webinar Date: Thursday, August 23, 2018
Time: 6:00 AM (PT)
Speaker: Luis (Nando) Ochoa, Professor of Smart Grids and Power Systems, University of Melbourne
Location: on the Web
Cost: none
RSVP: required
Event Details & Registration: smartgrid.ieee.org
Summary: Australia has currently the largest residential photovoltaic (PV) penetration in the world, with almost 1 in 5 houses with the technology. Battery storage systems are also becoming attractive as they allow storing excess PV generation during the day to use it later at night. However, PV-rich communities will pose significant technical and economic challenges on distribution networks – but also some opportunities.
For this PV-rich future to thrive, more intelligent, flexible electricity networks, also known as Smart Grids, are likely to play an important role. But for Smart Grids to emerge, the traditional Distribution Network Service Provider (DNSP) needs to evolve into an engaged, flexible Distribution System Operator (DSO) in which network elements and participants (consumers, generators, and those that do both) are actively managed to fulfill technical, economic, and environmental objectives.
This talk will present and discuss the different challenges of PV-rich communities, the role of adequately controlling storage to create more flexibility, and the vision, potential future roles, and challenges to ensure the transition to DSOs.
Bio: Luis (Nando) Ochoa is Professor of Smart Grids and Power Systems at The University of Melbourne, Australia and part-time Professor of Smart Grids at The University of Manchester, UK. His expertise in network integration of low carbon technologies and his extensive portfolio of industrial and academic projects have led to 140+ publications, 60+ technical reports, and one patent filed by Psymetrix Ltd. Prof Ochoa is an IEEE PES Distinguished Lecturer and has also several leadership roles within IEEE PES, including Member-At-Large of the Governing Board and Editorial Board Member of the IEEE Power and Energy Magazine. Prof Ochoa is an IEEE Senior Member since 2012. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering from UNI (Peru), and a Research MSc and a PhD in Electrical Power Engineering, both from UNESP Ilha Solteira (Brazil).

The Outbreak of Smart Grid Cyber-Security: The Modern Campfire Story 🗓

— (IEEE SmartGrid) – vulnerability, impacts, outage costs, improving resilience, importance and urgency …

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Webinar Date: Thursday, September 13, 2018
Time: 7:00 AM (PT)
Speaker: (Dr. Abedalsalam Bani-Ahmed, Power Systems Cyber-Security, Eaton Corporation
Location: on the Web
Cost: none
RSVP: required
Event Details & Registration: smartgrid.ieee.org
Summary: Recent cyber-security incidents have caused severe power outages in distribution system operations, which have highlighted the importance and urgency of improving the resilience of the electric distribution systems. Unlike IT networks, vulnerability of Smart Grid (SG) infrastructure has a direct impact on the vulnerability of system assets and operational outage costs. SG infrastructure can be secure, but yet not safe. Recent trends in cyber-security solutions have a broader necessity, not only on communications security, but the resiliency to cyber-attacks. This webinar is intended to provide a list of cyber-security definitions and technical considerations of SG critical infrastructure.
Agenda: — Overview and Definitions; — The Path from philosophy to science to corpo-reality; — Cyber-physical perspective (Requirements and developments); — Where to go (resources, targets), and how to go (backgrounds, starting point); — Conclusions.
Bio: Abedalsalam Bani-Ahmed was born in Sakib, Jordan in 1984. He received a B.Sc degree (2007) in Engineering Technology from Yarmouk University, Irbid, Jordan, a M.Sc degree in Computer Engineering (2011) from Jordan University of Science & Technology, Irbid, Jordan, and a PhD degree in Electrical Engineering (2017) from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, Wisconsin, specializing in the cyber-physical integration in decentralized smart microgrid control systems. He has worked as research assistant at the Center for Sustainable Electrical Energy Systems (UW-Milwaukee) from 2012 to 2017, and a Power Systems Engineer at Eaton Corporation in 2017.
Currently, Dr. Bani-Ahmed is a Lead Engineer of Power Systems Cyber-Security at Eaton Corporation, Corporate Research and Technology. His research interests include Smart Grids, Microgrids and DERMS, IIoT communications infrastructure, protocols, cyber-security, and standards, and has published numerous technical journal and conference papers, and white papers on related topics. In addition, he is active with IEEE Smart Grid R&D (operations & education committees) and IEEE Smart Cities (R&D, Education, and Publication committees). He also serves as a reviewer to multiple IEEE PES and IAS transactions, and various international Smart Grid related journals.
Dr. Bani-Ahmed is an active member in the following societies: IEEE Member, IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES), IEEE Computer Society (CS), IEEE Industry Applications Society (IAS), IEEE Young Professionals & IEEE Communications Society (ComSoc).

The Race to Secure: The Evolution of Security Threats and Security Defenses 🗓

— IEEE OC CyberSecurity Technical Talk

IEEE OC Cybersecurity, Co-sponsored by ISSA-OC, ISACA-OC, OWASP-OC AND WEBSTER UNIVERSITY IRVINE
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Meeting Date: August 28, 2018
Time: 6:30 PM Networking & Food; 7:00 PM Presentation
Speaker: Tom Ruffolo of eSecurity Solutions
Location: Irvine
Cost: none
RSVP: requested, through website
Event Details: IEEE vTools

Summary: Since the 90’s, criminals have been creating methods to attack company’s security in order to reap financial or other benefits. Since then, it has been a cat and mouse game with security solution providers to keep companies safe. We will evaluate the history of security threats and corresponding solutions as well as the future of security. By understanding the evolution of security, companies will be better prepared to plan for and deploy appropriate security for their companies.

Bio: Tom Ruffolo is the President & CEO of Cybersecurity focused eSecurity Solutions, based in Newport Beach, California. Tom founded and manages eSecurity Solutions since its founding 14-years ago. He is a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) and has driven the company’s security regulation compliance initiatives. Mr. Ruffolo is the author of a regular security blog and is engaged in multiple security speaking events in southern California and via Webcasts.

eSecurity Solutions a nationwide provider of compliance level information security solutions to small, medium and large businesses. They help companies assess security risk, prioritize solutions, define gaps and implement and manage their security.

Tom holds earned his MBA from Pepperdine University, and also his BS in Computer Science from Colorado State University.

Foothill YP Network Social event at Rescue Brewery 🗓

— meet and network with local young professionals

IEEE Foothill Section Young Professionals
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Meeting Date: August 30 2018
Time: 6:30 PM Networking & Food;

Location: Old Town Upland, CA
Cost: none, Pizza will be provided.
RSVP: requested, through website
Event Details: IEEE vTools

Summary: Young engineers dedicate time and energy to learn their industry. It’s only after years of employment that some realize they have not capitalized on the value they created during their most formative years. Building such awareness early in one’s career boosts job security and earning potential.

Join us to meet and network with local young professionals. Event is open to all types of engineers and you can learn more about IEEE events and membership benefits.

Introduction to MEMS Technology 🗓

— an overview of device and fabrication technologies; applications and markets; key issues; and future trends.

BUENAVENTURA ED/CAS CHAPTER
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Meeting Date: August 28, 2018
Time: 6:30 PM Networking & Food; 7:00 PM Presentation
Speaker: Dr. Jeffrey DeNatale of Teledyne Scientific Company
Location: Newbury Park, California
Cost: none
RSVP: requested, through website
Event Details: IEEE vTools

Summary:
Since its inception, MicroElectroMechanical Systems (MEMS) has been seen as a highly promising technology with the potential to revolutionize a broad range of applications and products. By virtue of its leverage of the rapidly expanding semiconductor technology base, it offered the ability to integrate novel sensing and actuation functions with electronic circuits. Early demonstration of high-impact products (such as inertial sensors and optical display engines) clearly established the value of MEMS, and advancement of the following years in reliability, packaging and fabrication technologies have dramatically expanded the range of products currently in production. Coupled with macro-trends in smart systems and connectivity, advancement in both MEMS technology and product applications are still growing.

An introduction to MEMS technology will be presented, addressing an overview of device and fabrication technologies; applications and markets; key issues; and future trends.

Bio: Dr. Jeffrey DeNatale is Manager of the MEMS Department at Teledyne Scientific Company in Thousand Oaks. Since 1997, he has led the efforts in MEMS development, spanning the range from advanced R&D to product development and manufacturing. This has involved projects across a wide range of MEMS applications areas, including RF, optical, inertial sensing, industrial sensing, precision time and frequency standards, thermal management and quantum systems. He is a Senior Member, IEEE; and holds 51 issued patents.

IEEE/CN – Collaborative Robots 🗓

—Collaborative Robots as market disruptors

IEEE Consultants’ Network of San Diego

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Meeting Date: August 13, 2018
Time: 6:00 PM Networking & Food; 7:00 PM Presentation
Speaker: Dylan Shanahan, Universal Robots
Location: San Diego
Cost: none
RSVP: requested, through website
Event Details: IEEE vTools

Summary:
Industry 4.0 and Collaborative Robots, or CoBots, are changing the landscape of manufacturing floors around the world. Universal Robot’s Danish robots are democratizing robotics and bringing manufacturing back to the US. Designed to be used alongside human workers, these robots are used without the need of specialized guarding that traditional robots require. This helps to shrink the overall space a robotic cell needs, allows the robot to be moved to different locations to perform different tasks, and overall allows a company to be flexible in their deployment of robotics. CoBots from Universal Robots are also designed for programming and use by non-programmers, allowing users to easily and effectively utilize robotic functions in their everyday operations.

This talk will briefly describe Collaborative Robots as market disruptors as well as how the robotics industry is adapting to this technology. This talk will also describe the changes in technology that allow for the use of Collaborative Robotics, how they’re being used today, and will involve a technical demo showcasing the Universal Robots easy programming and safety functions. After a brief Q&A, the attendees will then be able to program and interact with the robot.

Bio: Dylan Shanahan received his Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from California Baptist University in Riverside, CA in Dec. 2015. He is currently working for Universal Robots as one of their Technical Support Engineers where he provides technical assistance for applications, maintenance, and programming guidance; he is also the main trainer in the California Office, works at tradeshows and performs Technical Seminars in the Western US. Dylan has been an active member of IEEE since his freshman year of college eventually becoming the Chair of his student organization and recently serving as the Co-Chair for the Young Professional Society for the Foothill Section

Agile Hardware Design with a Generator-Based Methodology 🗓

IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society Distinguished Lecturer Series

San Diego IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society
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Meeting Date: August 9, 2018
Time: 3:00 PM Presentation
Speaker: Elad Alon, Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at the University of California at Berkeley
Location: San Diego
Cost: none
RSVP: requested, through website
Event Details: IEEE vTools

Summary:
Despite the many applications that could substantially benefit from the energy-performance achievable with an SoC implemented in an advanced process technology, the high costs of designing and verifying such an SoC using current methodologies limits their adoption to end markets greater than ~$1B in size. Not only has this prevented substantial hardware innovation in emerging markets, but even in markets large enough to bear the high initial design cost, designers are being put under constant pressure to improve their productivity given increasingly tight time-to-market constraints and product cycles. In this talk, I will describe a collaborative effort to develop an “agile” approach that aims to substantially reduce the design and verification costs of such advanced SoCs. Building on principles originally developed for agile software design, the key missing piece for hardware is that rather than focusing on developing instances, designers should focus on developing generators that facilitate re-use and enable agile validation as well as verification. As I will describe in this talk, to support this shift in approach, our team is developing technologies that enable generation of digital and analog hardware as well as the means to verify the hardware that is produced. After briefly describing each of these technologies and highlighting some of their key features, I will then briefly describe the SoC generator we have developed and used to tape-out multiple SoC demonstrators on TSMC’s 16nm FFC process.

Bio: Elad Alon is a Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at the University of California at Berkeley, as well as a co-director of the Berkeley Wireless Research Center (BWRC). He has held advisory, consulting, or visiting positions at Ayar Labs, Locix, Lion Semiconductor, Cadence, Xilinx, Wilocity (now Qualcomm), Oracle, Intel, AMD, Rambus, Hewlett Packard, and IBM Research, where he worked on digital, analog, and mixed-signal integrated circuits for computing, test and measurement, power management, and high-speed communications. His research focuses on energy-efficient integrated systems, including the circuit, device, communications, and optimization techniques used to design them. Prof. Alon received the B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University in 2001, 2002, and 2006, respectively. He received the IBM Faculty Award in 2008, the 2009 Hellman Family Faculty Fund Award, as well as the 2010 and 2017 UC Berkeley Electrical Engineering Outstanding Teaching Awards, and has co-authored papers that received the 2010 ISSCC Jack Raper Award for Outstanding Technology Directions Paper, the 2011 Symposium on VLSI Circuits Best Student Paper Award, the 2012 as well as the 2013 Custom Integrated Circuits Conference Best Student Paper Awards, and 2010-2016 Symposium on VLSI Circuits Most Frequently Cited Paper Award.

Overview of Cloud and Fog Computing 🗓

— basic infrastructure and platform for cloud computing …

ComSoc San Diego Section
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Meeting Date: August 3, 2018
Time: 5:00 PM Presentation
Speaker: Dr. Zhensheng Zhang
Location: San Diego
Cost: none
RSVP: requested, through website
Event Details: IEEE vTools
Summary:
Recent deployment in the Internet to support Internet of Things (IoT) includes cloud computing and fog computing. In this talk, a high-level overview of the basic infrastructure and platform for cloud computing is presented, development status as well as challenges will be reviewed. We also go over fog computing, highlight the key differences between cloud computing and fog computing, and discuss under which conditions one is preferred than the other. Cloud computing is the technology of stocking and accessing data, applications and programs over the Internet instead of a local/home storage such as a computer’s hard disk and uses networks of shared IT architecture containing large pools of systems and servers. Fog computing, also known as fogging, is a disseminated computing infrastructure in which application and its services are handled either at the network edge or in a remote data center – cloud. Fog computing improves efficiency and trims the amount of data that requires to be transmitted for processing, analysis and storage by placing the data close to the end user.

Bio: Dr. Zhensheng Zhang an IEEE Fellow, received his Ph. D. in Electrical Engineering from UCLA. He has over twenty-five years of experience in design and analysis of network architecture, protocols and control algorithms, of the communication networks. He has worked at Cubic Corporation, Boeing, Bell Laboratories, Lucent Technologies, and Columbia University, respectively, focusing on research and development in wireless networks. He has published over 110 technical papers in IEEE Journals and key IEEE conferences (one paper was listed as the top 10 most read articles from IEEE Communications Society website in 2007). He was IEEE Comsoc distinguished lecturer (2010-2013), the IEEE LATINCOM Keynote Speaker (2013); received the IEEE Regional/Area Outstanding Engineer award in 2011.

The Changing Landscape of Software Refactoring Research in the Last Decade 🗓

— advances, what, when, where, why, adoption of research, making a difference …

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Webinar Date: Wednesday, August 1, 2018
Time: 9:00 AM (PT)
Speaker: Danny Dig, Associate Professor, Oregon State University
Location: on the Web
Cost: none
RSVP: required
Event Details & Registration: event.on24.com/wcc/r/1774397/248A058EA0392E4AB56BD6B71385BF43
Summary: In the last decade refactoring research has seen exponential growth, with thousands of peer-reviewed research papers. I will attempt to map this vast landscape and the advances that the community has made by answering questions such as who does what, when, where, why, and how. I will muse on some of the factors contributing to the growth of the field, the adoption of research into industry, and the lessons that we learned along this journey. This will inspire and equip you so that you can make a difference, with people who make a difference, at a time when it makes a difference.
Bio: Danny Dig is an Associate Professor of Computer Science in the School of EECS at Oregon State University, and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Illinois. He enjoys doing research in Software Engineering, with a focus on interactive program transformations that improve programmer productivity and software quality. He successfully pioneered interactive program transformations by opening the field of refactoring in cutting-edge domains including mobile, concurrency and parallelism, component-based, testing, and end-user programming. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where his research won the best Ph.D. dissertation award, and the First Prize at the ACM Student Research Competition Grand Finals. He did a postdoc at MIT.
He (co-) authored 50+ journal and conference papers that appeared in top places in SE/PL. According to Google Scholar his publications have been cited 3000+ times. His research was recognized with 8 best paper awards at the flagship and top conferences in SE (FSE’17, ICSME’17, FSE’16, ICSE’14, ISSTA’13, ICST’13, ICSME’15), 4 award runners-up, and 1 most influential paper award (N-10 years) at ICSME’15. He received the NSF CAREER award, the Google Faculty Research Award (twice), and the Microsoft Software Engineering Innovation Award (twice). He released 9 software systems, among them the world’s first open-source refactoring tool. Some of the techniques he developed are shipping with the official release of the popular Eclipse, NetBeans, and Visual Studio development environments (of which Eclipse alone had more than 14M downloads in 2014). He has started two popular workshops: Workshop on Refactoring Tools, and Hot Topics On Software Upgrades, both had at least five instances. He chaired or co-organized 14 workshops and 1 conference (MobileSoft’15), and served as a member of 35 program committees for all top conferences in his area. His research is funded by NSF, Boeing, IBM, Intel, Google, and Microsoft.