Past Meetings/Webinars

Full duplex, low power systems, for high throughput communication and computing platforms πŸ—“

— Full-duplex transmission promises to double spectral efficiency.

IEEE ComSig Chapter of Orange County

Meeting Date: May 1, 2018
Time: 6:00PM Social; 6:30 PM Networking & Dinner; 7:15 PM Presentation
Speaker: Prof. Ahmed M. Eltawil, UCI of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, The Henry Samueli School of Engineering University of California, Irvine
Location: Santa Ana
Cost: First 10 early-birds (first-come-first-serve) are free! After that, $20 for non-members with dinner, $10 for IEEE members with dinner, $5 for student-members with dinner, free for presentation only
RSVP: requested, through website
Event Details: IEEE vTools

Enabling the 5G vision of a wirelessly interconnected ecosystem requires innovation and optimization at all levels of the hierarchy. In this talk, we first consider the system from a link enhancement perspective, where we present recent results directed at enabling Full-duplex communications. Currently systems operate in “Half duplex mode” to avoid self-saturation, where the high-powered transmitter saturates the receive path. Full-duplex transmission promises to double the spectral efficiency by allowing bidirectional communications to be carried out over the same resources. The key challenge in practical full-duplex systems is the un-cancelled self-interference power caused by a combination of hardware imperfections. We discuss recent work that identifies system limitations, performance, optimizations, and the practicality of proposed architectures.

In the second part of the talk, we consider the Achilles heel of wireless systems, namely, power consumption. Traditionally, reliability is attributed to higher power consumption. We show that this is not necessarily true. In fact, one can design systems to be both reliable (within desired specifications) and low power. We present a unique approach for power management which factors in the built-in algorithmic resilience to errors inherent in all wireless designs. This error tolerance can be utilized and co-designed with the hardware circuitry in mind to provide resilience not only to channel induced errors but also to hardware induced faults (due to low power modes), thus expanding the adaptation space to unexplored domains.

Bio: Ahmed M. Eltawil is a Professor at the University of California, Irvine. He has been with the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science since 2005 where he is the founder and director of the Wireless Systems and Circuits Laboratory. His current research interests are in the general area of low power digital circuit and signal processing architectures with an emphasis on mobile systems. In addition to his department affiliation, he is also affiliated to a number of research centers across the University of California, Irvine. He received the Doctorate degree from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 2003 and the M.Sc. and B.Sc. degrees (with honors) from Cairo University, Giza, Egypt, in 1999 and 1997, respectively. Dr. Eltawil has been on the technical program committees and steering committees for numerous workshops, symposia, and conferences in the areas of low power computing and wireless communication system design. He received several awards, as well as distinguished grants, including the NSF CAREER grant in 2010 supporting his research in low power systems.

Understanding Ultra-Low-Latency in 5G Cellular πŸ—“

— under one millisecond, driving applications, end-to-end perspective, latency at various layers, core network architecture, congestion control …

Webinar Date: Thursday, April 19, 2018
Time: 11:00 AM (PT)
Speaker: Sundeep Rangan, Director, NYU Wireless
Location: on the Web
Cost: none
RSVP: required
Event Details & Registration:
Summary: Ultra-low latency connectivity of less than one millisecond is one of the key IMT 2020 requirements for fifth-generation (5G) cellular systems. In this talk, we will describe the applications that are driving these ultra-fast connections and the technologies in 5G that can achieve them. We provide an end-to-end perspective and consider latency at various layers of the protocol stack, including the physical layer (with a particular focus on millimeter wave communications), rate adaptation and scheduling, core network architecture, and congestion control.
Bio: IEEE Fellow Sundeep Rangan is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at NYU and the Director of NYU Wireless. In 2000, he co-founded Flarion Technologies, a spin-off of Bell Labs, that developed Flash OFDM, the first cellular OFDM data system and pre-cursor to 4G cellular systems including LTE and WiMAX. In 2006, Flarion was acquired by Qualcomm Technologies. Dr. Rangan was a Director of Engineering at Qualcomm, involved in OFDM infrastructure products. His research interests are wireless communications, signal processing, information theory and control theory.

The History of Software Engineering πŸ—“

— software-intensive systems, major and distinct styles, raising levels of abstraction, social and economic forces …

Webinar Date: Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Time: 11:00 AM (PT)
Speaker: Computing Legend Grady Booch, IEEE/ACM Fellow and Chief Scientist for Software Engineering at IBM Research (with Will Tracz, Lockheed Martin Fellow Emeritus and former chair of ACM SIGSOFT)
Location: on the Web
Cost: none
RSVP: required
Event Details & Registration:
Summary: No matter what future we may envision, it relies on software that has not yet been written. Even now, software-intensive systems have woven themselves into the interstitial spaces of civilization, and we as individuals and as a species have slowly surrendered ourselves to computing. Looking back, we can identify several major and distinct styles whereby we have built such systems. In many ways, the entire history of software engineering can be seen as one of raising levels of abstraction. And yet, in each phase of this journey, there have been particular technical, social, and economic forces that have shaped each style, and even now act upon our field to shape its future. In this presentation, we will walk the landscape of how we have developed software-intensive systems, from the time when computers were human, to now, where we are crafting computers that act like humans. Along the way, we will present the technical details, but more importantly, highlight the stories of the people who made this work manifest.
Bio: Grady Booch is Chief Scientist for Software Engineering at IBM Research where he leads IBM?s research and development for embodied cognition. Having originated the term and the practice of object-oriented design, he is best known for his work in advancing the fields of software engineering and software architecture. A co-author of the Unified Modeling Language (UML), a founding member of the Agile Alliance, and a founding member of the Hillside Group, Grady has published six books and several hundred technical articles, including an ongoing column for IEEE Software. Grady is also a trustee for the Computer History Museum. He is an IBM Fellow, an ACM and IEEE Fellow, has been awarded the Lovelace Medal and has given the Turing Lecture for the BCS, and was recently named an IEEE Computer Pioneer. He is currently developing a major trans-media documentary for public broadcast on the intersection of computing and the human experience.

SWE-OC Professional Development Conference: You Have Arrived! πŸ—“

Learn about the skills needed to succeed in the work place and take your career to the next level

OC Society of Women Engineers
Meeting Date: April 21, 2018
Time: 8AM – 3:30PM
Speaker: Keynote by Kim O’Rourke
Four Speakers and a Panel
Location: Anaheim
Cost: $25 – $45
RSVP: requested
Event Details: Eventbrite
The Society of Women Engineers Orange County (SWE-OC) Section is hosting their annual Professional Development Conference (PDC), to be held Saturday, April 21, 2018. Whether you are a seasoned professional, seeking new opportunities, just entering the job market, or an ambitious student, You Have Arrived! PDC offers attendees the skills needed to succeed in the work place and take their careers to the next level.

2018 Creative Storage Conference πŸ—“

— Storage Enabling Immersive Content…..Storage Takes OFF!!!

β€” Caughlin Associates with co-sponsor IEEE OC Section …
Meeting Dates: June 7, 2018
Location: Culver City
8 Sessions and 4 Keynotes Spread Over the Day

Cost: Discounted Admission for IEEE Members
GET $100 off Your Registration using this code: onehundredoff651873289 on the Eventbrite registration site
RSVP and more details: At Creative Storage

Come to the one-day Creative Storage Conference to make valuable connections and to understand and participate in the latest trends and requirements for digital storage to serve creative minds and create new and growing markets.

Media and Entertainment is embracing IP-workflows and cloud storage. Flash memory is starting to be used for post production and other applications. All this is needed to provide enough storage and performance for 4K, 8K, HDR and multi-camera (e.g. 360-video) projects while keeping costs under control. In media and entertainment, digital storage is taking off.

NEC 240.67 Arcflash Prevention and Mitigation πŸ—“

— An overview of Arc Energy Reduction Methods

IEEE PES/IAS Joint Chapter – OC Section

Meeting Date: April 19, 2018
Time: 6:00 PM Networking & Food; 6:45 PM Dinner; 7:45 PM Presentation
Speaker: John Jansen, P.E
Location: The Doubletree Club Orange County Airport

Meal: $30 (plus 2.75% for major credit cards); FREE for full-time college students with I.D.
Please specify a dinner entree: Chicken, Fish, or Vegetarian
Drawing for FREE DINNER at end of meeting (valid at a future meeting, within one year of winning).
Summary: An overview of Arc Energy Reduction Methods as outlined in NEC 2014 section 240.87 and introducing the Current Limiting Arc Flash Quenching System, a new approach to arc resistance. This presentation was done last month at the 2018 IEEE IAS Electrical Safety Workshop in Fort Worth Texas.

Bio: Mr. Jansen is an Application Engineer of electrical distribution equipment in Southern California for Eaton Corporation. Mr. Jansen has 38 years of experience working in a variety of field service, engineering and management roles with Westinghouse Electric and Eaton Corporation.

6th Annual IEEE Conference on Technologies for Sustainability – SusTech2018 πŸ—“

Call For Papers

β€” SusTech 2018 is sponsored by: the IEEE San Fernando Valley, Coastal Los Angeles, Phoenix and Oregon Sections; IEEE Region 6; IEEE-USA; and co-sponsored by the IEEE Environmental Engineering Initiative, CES and SSIT. …
Meeting Dates: November 11-13, 2018

Location: Long Beach, CA

RSVP: At Sustech2018
SusTech 2018 is designed to explore the development and application of science, engineering and technology in achieving a sustainable lifestyle for humanity. It brings together scientists, engineers, technologists and scholars from multiple disciplines to hold a dialogue on environmental issues and collaborate on ideas to develop and utilize innovative tools and intelligent systems to address them. Attendees will learn about the tools, connections and proactive solutions to take their sustainability programs to the next level.

SusTech 2018 will feature technical papers, posters and workshops. A number of prominent experts will be giving keynote addresses, plenary presentations and invited talks. Best Posters and Papers in the conference will be eligible for an award. Full papers will be published in the Conference Proceedings.

Conference content that meet IEEE quality review standards will be submitted for inclusion into IEEE Xplore as well as other Abstracting & Indexing (A&I) databases.

Building the Consultant Practice of Tomorrow Using Today’s Online Tools πŸ—“

— cloud technologies, video meetings, shared work spaces, examples, transformation …

Webinar Date: Thursday, April 5, 2018
Time: 11:00 AM (PT)
Speaker: Michael Bryant, President, Software Synergistics
Location: on the Web
Cost: none
RSVP: required
Event Details & Registration:
Summary: The past few years have seen an explosion of online tools to help businesses automate. These tools have transformed the way companies operate. Today’s “Born in the Cloud” companies have little resemblance to organizations that were running 10 years ago. Larger established companies are struggling to adapt to the rapidly changing world.
This presentation will focus on three of these cloud technologies. The focus of the discussion will show how small consulting companies can utilize these three tools to increase their marketing reach, decrease their cost of doing business, and increase profitability.
The three areas of discussion are: e-mail distribution systems, video meeting services, and shared data workspaces. Real world examples will be used with a simple consulting practice model to show how companies can use these technologies to transform their operations.
No one is going to be able to use all of the ideas presented in the webinar, but we hope everyone will find something new they can try in their own practice. Join us for this presentation and learn how other companies are using today’s business technology.

Bio: Michael Bryant is President of Software Synergistics. Software Synergistics is a consulting company based in San Diego County California. The company’s primary focus is integrating different types of computer systems together. Recent projects included integrating an ERP system with a public website to provide customers with live inventory data, and helping a company with multinational (and multi-currency) inventory transfers, move to a cloud based system. Over their 21 year history, the company has worked in healthcare patient care and financial systems, semiconductor safety systems, wholesale, retail and manufacturing systems. Prior to Software Synergistics, Mr. Bryant worked for several technology companies in various engineering, management, sales and consulting roles.
Mr. Bryant is a graduate of University of California San Diego in Computer Engineering. He has helped found three technology companies in the past 20 years including Software Synergistics. He is currently the vice chair of the IEEE Consultants’ Network of San Diego. He is a past officer of the IEEE Orange County Consultants’ Network. He also served as a vice president for Habitat for Humanity of Orange County.

Electrical Energy Generation ‐ What are the Options? πŸ—“

SD IEEE Industry Applications Society (IAS), PES, PELS joint chapters Meeting
Meeting Date: May 8, 2018
Time: 6:00 PM Networking & Food; 6:30 PM Presentation
Speaker: David Vaglia
Location: San Diego
Cost: none
RSVP: requested, through website
Event Details: IEEE vTools
This presentation provides an overview of the methods used to generate electricity. Each generation method and technology is discussed along with its accolades and issues. An examination of where and why various methods (Coal, Natural Gas, Nuclear, Oil, Hydro, Solar, Wind, Bio, etc.) are used follows, ending with a look at trends in the energy sector.

Bio: David Vaglia has his roots in the energy engineering. He began his career in the coal mining industry, working as an applications engineer in power distribution, and electric train haulage systems, both above and below ground. He has also worked in the renewable energy sector, investigating new concept wind generation applications and solar thermal systems. Mr. Vaglia transitioned to instrumentation and control working with supervisory control and data acquisition systems, and then to the man-machine interface design of nuclear power plant control rooms. Mr. Vaglia is presently a Principal Engineer in the Control Room Design Group, Operating Plants Business, at the Westinghouse Electric Company. In Westinghouse, he has held positions in management, marketing, and engineering.

Mr. Vaglia has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and a Bachelor of Arts in General Arts and Sciences, both from the Pennsylvania State University. He also has a Master of Business Administration from the University of Pittsburgh and is a registered Professional Engineer working in the state of Pennsylvania.

Mr. Vaglia has been an active in the IEEE for over 40 years. He is a senior member serving the Pittsburgh Section (Region 2) in various capacities. Mr. Vaglia’s volunteer positions have included Section Awards Chair, Treasurer, and Section Chair. In the IAS-PES Pittsburgh Joint Chapter, he has served as Secretary, Treasurer, and Chair. He has also served as the General Chair of the 2008 PES Annual Meeting. Mr. Vaglia was nominated and appointed an IAS Distinguished Lecturer for 2015-16, and Prominent Lecturer 20017-2018. The Pittsburgh Section Joint Chapters of the IAS and PES, has won numerous IAS and PES chapter awards for being a very active chapter.

Tour of the James Webb Space Telescope πŸ—“

IEEE Coastal Los Angeles Young Professionals
Meeting Date: April 19, 2018
Time: 2:45PM – 4PM

Location: Redondo Beach, California
Cost: none
RSVP: requested, through website
Event Details: IEEE vTools
IEEE Coastal Los Angeles Young Professionals are returning to Northrup Grumman to tour the James Webb Space Telescope. We first visited last October and are fortunate to have another chance. If you missed the first time, now is your opportunity to see it before it is deployed next year. Space is limited, so if you were part of the group in October, please allow others the opportunity to join.

Scheduled to launch in 2019, the telescope is currently under testing at Northrop Grumman. It is part of NASA’s next generation space program. Utilizing its unparalleled resolution and sensitivity, it is tasked with investigating the formation of the first galaxies, stars, and planets as well as imaging exoplanets and novas beyond the reach of current technology.

The tour will include views of the mirrors, sun shield, and bus for the telescope. It is being lead by IEEE member and Young Professional, Walter Iu.

This is a unique opportunity to observe and learn about a preeminent engineering accomplishment of modern times.

Unfortunately, this event is open to US citizens only. All attendees must bring a government-issued ID.