Past Meetings/Webinars

Webinar: Five Action Steps to a Better, More Positive Work Culture 🗓

–real, tangible, and actionable steps to building a better workplace culture

Webinar Date: January 9, 2020
Time: 10:00 PM (PT)
Speaker: Catherine Mattice Zundel
Location: on the Web
Cost: none
RSVP: required
Event Details & Registration: Event
This presentation changes all that. Attend and learn the real, tangible, and actionable steps to building a better workplace culture, using Civility Partners’ proven method for positive culture change.
Bio: Catherine Mattice Zundel
The founder of Civility Partners, Catherine Mattice Zundel, MA, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, is a Strategic HR Consultant who assists organizations in building positive cultures through HR practices.

2020 IEEE 14th International Conference on Semantic Computing (ICSC) 🗓

Meeting Dates: February 3-5, 2020

Location: San Diego

Information and registration:
Content Analysis (from contents to semantics) Structured data image and video audio and speech big data natural language deep learning Description and Integration (of data and services) Semantics description languages ontology integration interoperability Use of Semantics in IT Applications Multimedia IoT cloud computing SDN wearable computing mobile computing search engines question answering robotics web service security and privacy Use of Semantics in Interdisciplinary Applications biomedicine healthcare manufacturing manufacturing engineering education finance entertainment business science humanity Interface Natural language multi-modal

2020 Think-Tank Workshop on Grand Challenges in Engineering in Medicine and Biology (GC-EMB) 🗓

Meeting Dates: January 17- 19, 2020

Location: San Diego

Information and registration:
The Workshop will focus on identifying 5-10 grand challenge problems that are driven by societal needs and at the interface of engineering and biomedicine. In addition the Workshop will characterize the core competencies that would help in the solution. Attendance is by invitation only.

Content & Activity Engineering (CAE 2020) 🗓

== sponsored by the IEEE Computer Society

Meeting Dates: February 3-5, 2020

Location: San Diego, California

Information and registration:
Content & Activity Engineering 2020 (CAE 2020), technically sponsored by the IEEE Computer Society, is an international forum for academia and industries to exchange visions and ideas in the state of the art and practice of Content & Activity Engineering, as well as to identify the emerging topics and define the future of CAE..
​TOPICS OF INTEREST​​ include, but are not limited to:

•Content retrieval and management
•Automatic and semi-automatic content generation
•Authoring tools for all types of content including structured data, text, video, audio, graphics, etc.
•Computational creativity
•Modelling and simulation
•Syntactic and semantic aspects of content and activity
•Question answering and conversational agents
•Context modelling
•Activity generation
•Incremental problem solving
•Collaborative problem solving
•Virtual and augmented reality
•Gaming and entertainment
•Social networking
•E-Commerce and recommendation
•IoT driven activities and content
•New types of content and activity

Toward 100Gbps Fully Integrated Wireless Communication Transceivers 🗓

— Hear about way of implementing highly integrated ultra-high-speed wireless transceivers.

IEEE Joint Foothill and OC Sections Nanotechnology Council Chapter
Meeting Date: March 24, 2020
Time: 11:30 AM Networking & Food; 12:00 PM Presentation
Speaker: Huan Wang
Location: Cal Poly Pomona
Cost: none
RSVP: requested, through website
Event Details: IEEE vTools

The future’s more connected societies are in sore need of high-speed point-to-point wireless links with a data rate comparable to wireline links in both indoor short-range and outdoor long-range scenarios. Enabling applications include: optical fiber replacement, high-capacity backhauls, close-proximity wireless data transfer, etc. High-speed communication relies on two major factors: bandwidth and modulation format. The vastly under-utilized mm-wave to sub-THz band is very attractive for this application. However, the abundance of bandwidth in mm-wave/sub-THz bands cannot be easily utilized with commercially available low-cost Silicon-based fabrication technologies. Meanwhile, increasing modulation order puts stringent requirement on the high-speed mixed-signal interface design, i.e. analog-to-digital converters, digital-to-analog-converters and digital signal processors. In short, conventional transceiver architectures encounter serious bottleneck that limits achievable data rate and posts significant concerns on system cost and efficiency. The state-of-the-art solutions will be presented and discussed first, followed by our proposed way of implementing highly integrated ultra-high-speed wireless transceivers.

Huan Wang (S’11) received his B.S. degree from Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China, in 2011, and the M.S. degree in electrical and computer engineering from The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas, USA, in 2013. He is currently working toward his Ph.D degree in electrical engineering at the University of California, Irvine, CA, USA. From 2013 to 2015, he was with Cirrus Logic, Austin, Texas, as an analog design engineer, where he was involved in the design of audio class-D amplifiers for mobile applications. He was an engineering intern with Qualcomm during the summer of 2012, 2016 and 2019, where he worked on the design of RF transceivers for cellular applications. His current research interest includes RF, mm-wave/THz circuits and system design for wireless communications.

X15 Rocket Plane, Flying the first wings into space 🗓

— the enthralling yet little-known story

IEEE Buenaventura Section
Meeting Date: Jan 16, 2020
Time: 6:30 PM
Speaker: Michelle Evans
Location: Westlake Village
Cost: none
RSVP: requested, through website
Event Details: IEEE vTools

With the Soviet Union’s launch of the first Sputnik satellite in 1957, the Cold War soared to new heights as Americans feared losing the race into space. This presentation tells the enthralling yet little-known story of the hypersonic X-15, the winged rocket ship that met this challenge and opened the way into human- controlled spaceflight.

This remarkable research aircraft held the world’s altitude record for 41 years, and still has no equal to match or better its speed of more than 4,500 mph. Beyond the X-15 are the stories of the 12 men who guided it into space, and all the people who kept the rocket plane flying for nearly a decade. This is the story that has never been told of the vehicle that was the true precursor to the Space Shuttle by being the first piloted and winged vehicle to exit Earth’s atmosphere, and make a controlled reentry to a landing on hard-packed dry desert lakebeds.

In her research, Ms. Evans interviewed nearly 70 people, including 9 of the 12 pilots, including Neil Armstrong, Scott Crossfield, and Robert White, with family representatives for the remaining pilots. Others she spoke with include managers, flight planners, and the technicians and engineers who made the X-15 ready to fly its next research mission at high altitude and high Mach.

Michelle Evans is the founder and president of Mach 25 Media ( and is a writer, photographer, and communications specialist in aerospace. She has written the bestselling book “The X-15 Rocket Plane, Flying the First Wings into Space” which was published by the University of Nebraska Press as part of their “Outward Odyssey, People’s History of Spaceflight” series.

Michelle’s background in aerospace engineering includes serving in the US Air Force working on missile systems, and later in private industry accomplishing environmental testing for systems used in airliners and spacecraft. Her current work with Mach 25 Media provides education and display services for astronaut appearances and other space-related events at government facilities, science centers, schools, and other venues across the country and overseas.

Michelle is a Distinguished Lecturer with the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and her book on the X-15 was a finalist for the Eugene M. Emme Award for Astronautical Literature. Michelle received the Diverse Community Leader Award from Orange County Human Relations, and was recognized as one of the 100 Most Influential People in Orange County. She has appeared in numerous publications, including Air & Space Smithsonian, Ad Astra, Orange County Register, Los Angeles Times, and New York Times. Michelle was also a technical consultant on the Neil Armstrong biopic “First Man.”

SusTech 2020, IEEE Conference on Technologies for Sustainability 🗓

— Speakers with specialties that are making an impact in the environment sustainability

Meeting Dates: April 23 – 25, 2020
Location: Santa Ana

Information and registration: vTools Sustech2020
The IEEE Conference on Technologies for Sustainability (SusTech 2020) is designed to explore the development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. 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. The conference is a combination of academic papers and invited speakers with specialties that are making an impact in the environment sustainability. Full papers will be published in the Conference Proceedings. Best Student Posters submitted for the conference will be eligible for an award.

Panels and Speakers Addressing technical solutions to critical challenges

Challenges of the Connected Vehicle Revolution – Kay Das, Senior Technology Researcher

Power Electronics, Smart Grid and Grid Modernization – Dong Tan, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems

Drought-proof Water in California – Diane Gatza and Russ Lefevre, panel organizers

Small Modular Reactors and Microgrids for Military Use – Marty Waldman, Director of Business Development, Space Information Laboratories

Panel on Challenges for Sustainability programs at SoCal Universities

The Reality of Our Changing Climate and How it Affects Our Planet and Wildlife- Allen Monroe, CEO of the Living Desert

IEEE OC Section ExCom Meeting 🗓

— All IEEE OC Committee/Chapter/Affinity/SIG Chair/Key Volunteers (or their proxy) are requested to attend

IEEE OC Section
Meeting Date: January 9, 2020

TIME: 6:00pm – 6:30pm : Networking/Dinner
6:30pm – 8:30pm : ExCom Meeting

Location: Irvine
Cost: none
RSVP: requested, through website
Event Details: IEEE vTools

IEEE Orange County Section Executive Committee Monthly meeting – occurs every 2nd Thursday of the month.

All IEEE OC Committee/Chapter/Affinity/SIG Chair/Key Volunteers (or their proxy) are requested to attend. Other IEEE members are also welcome to attend. Please RVSP here to ensure adequate food is ordered. Routine attendance is required to qualify for your chapter annual IEEE rebate.

IEEE OC Section R60027 ExCom Agenda will be sent out to the OC ExCom ListServ

Automated Vehicle Workshop — SusTech 2020 🗓

— build your very own automated vehicle

Co-sponsored by SusTech 2020
Meeting Date: April 25, 2020
Time: Workshop starts at 9 AM. Lunch at noon, and ends at 5 PM
Speaker: Tyler Folsom
Location: Santa Ana
Cost: none
RSVP: requested, through website – Coming SOON
Event Details: IEEE vTools

The Automated Vehicle Workshop is a follow-up to SusTech that details applying open-source software and hardware to building your very own automated vehicle. The focus is on automating micromobility, providing SOV urban transportation that matches automotive performance, but using 45 times less energy. This one-day event features background on the opportunity and technologies, followed by hands-on experiments.

Transportation is a major challenge for energy sustainability. However, two-thirds of the 3T vehicle miles Americans travel annually are urban, typically at speeds of 60 km/h or less. Automated micromobility could handle many of these trips. The Elcano Project is an open-source hardware and software effort to prototype an autonomous covered tricycle controlled by Arduinos. Participation in the project has been limited by the need to obtain and modify a vehicle. This workshop introduces an interface kit that runs the Elcano software on the open-source CARLA driving simulator. Topics include:
•Introduction to Arduino programming in C++
•Automotive architecture, CAN bus and automation
•Architecture of the Elcano system
•Introduction to the Carla simulator
•Participants modify code and observe the effects in simulation
•Selected modified code runs on a physical autonomous vehicle

Tyler Folsom

Multistatic 3D Whole Body Millimeter-Wave Imaging for Explosive Detection 🗓

Paste into Location field: Society Initials or IEEE committee (city)
Meeting Date: December 6, 2019
Time: 10:00 PM
Speaker: Carey M. Rappaport
Location: San Diego
Cost: none
RSVP: requested, through website
Event Details: IEEE vTools

Most of the airport passenger security systems use millimeter-wave radar portals to detect threats concealed under clothing. These sophisticated sensors employ advanced RF radar modules and GPU-based accelerated processing. While they are very sensitive, alerting on even small anomalies, they are prone to false alarms, which lead to invasive pat-downs.

New research in multistatic focusing radar systems has the potential to improve detection and lower false alarms. Improvements in the antenna system and in the inversion algorithms help rule out innocent objects while making the detection of non-shape-specific anomalies more likely, without increasing the processing time.

A proposed toroidal reflector antenna, consisting of a tilted ellipse rotated about the vertical axis, provides for multiple, overlapping high-resolution nearfield beams that form multi-view, true multistatic mm-wave imaging for security applications. Modeled results indicate the point spread function (PSF) on a torso target is wide and short, allowing for quickly computed 2D images which can be stacked to reconstruct detailed 3D surfaces. The elliptical curvature in the vertical plane focuses beams to narrow horizontal slices on the object to be imaged. With only this slice illuminated, the scattered field will be due to just this narrow portion of the subject, allowing for computationally simple inversion of a one-dimensional contour rather than an entire two-dimensional surface. Stacking the reconstructed contours for various horizontal positions provides the full object image.

Assuming typical smooth variations of the human body surfaces, the object detection is performed by comparing the retrieved surface with a smoothed one. In addition, weak dielectric explosive threats can be detected as foreign objects, and distinguished from innocuous concealed items. The improved advanced imaging technology system has the promise of reducing false alarms and minimizing pat-downs at airport security lines.

Carey M. Rappaport received five degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology: the SB in Mathematics, the SB, SM, and EE in Electrical Engineering in June 1982, and the PhD in Electrical Engineering in June 1987. He is married to Ann W. Morgenthaler, and has two children, Sarah and Brian.

Prof. Rappaport joined the faculty at Northeastern University in Boston, MA in 1987. He has been Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering since July 2000. In 2011, he was appointed College of Engineering Distinguished Professor. He was Principal Investigator of an ARO-sponsored Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative on Humanitarian Demining, Co-Principal Investigator and Associate Director of the NSF-sponsored Engineering Research Center for Subsurface Sensing and Imaging Systems (CenSSIS), and Co-Principal Investigator and Deputy Director of the DHS-sponsored Awareness and Localization of Explosive Related Threats (ALERT) Center of Excellence.