Cybersecurity Workshop – Introduction To Pen(etration) Testing: A Workshop 🗓

Penetration testing to find vulnerabilities that an attacker could exploit

Meeting Date: Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Time: 6:00 PM Networking; 6:30 PM Dinner; 7:00 PM Workshop
Speaker: Joe McCarthy
Location: Tustin ATEP-IVC Room D106
Cost: None. Food and beverage at this event is free and is sponsored by TEKsystems, Inc.
RSVP: Reservations are appreciated
Event Details: https://https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/41614

Bio: Joe has been developing software for decades. He has worked for various companies of various sizes from startups to Fortune 500s. He has a very strong interest in hacking and cybersecurity.
He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Information and Computer Sciences from The University of California, Irvine.

Summary: By the end of the session, attendees will be able to find systems on a network, identify potential targets and learn about various exploits that could be used to compromise the target systems.

D2D, MU-MIMO and mmWave in 5G Wireless Systems 🗓

Device-to-Device (D2D) communication, MU-MIMO and mmWave – (5G) cellular network

Meeting Date: Wednesday, November 9, 2016
Time: 6:00 PM Networking; 6:30 Dinner; 7:15 PM Presentation
Speaker: Prof. Rose Qingyang Hu, Utah State University
Location: The Doubletree Club Orange County Airport
Cost: Free with no dinner; With dinner: First 10 early-birds (first-come-first-serve) are free! After that, $20 for non-members, $10 for IEEE members, $5 for student-members
RSVP: Preferred
Event Details: http://oc-comsig.eventbrite.com/

Summary: Device-to-Device (D2D) communication, MU-MIMO and mmWave are among the key technologies in the next generation (5G) cellular network as they can significantly improve the system performance on connectivity, spectrum efficiency and energy efficiency. In this talk, we will address how to exploit these technology advantages and tackle the key technical challenges to achieve high system performance gains. In particular, we will present D2D, MU-MIMO, NOMA and mmWave based schemes and their related performance study in 5G/IoT settings. These schemes include power control in D2D underlaid cellular networks, beamforming and NOMA based MU-MIMO in a downlink cellular network with underlay D2D users, and relay-assisted Millimeter Wave cellular networks. The talk will present detailed 5G system model, technology background, mathematical approaches and performance results based on both analysis and simulations. Key technical insights from these studies will be provided.

Bio: Dr. Rose Qingyang Hu [S’95, M’98, SM’06] (rosehu@ieee.org) is an Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Utah State University. She received her B.S. degree from University of Science and Technology of China, her M.S. degree from New York University, and her Ph.D. degree from the University of Kansas. She has more than 10 years of R&D experience with Nortel, Blackberry and Intel as a technical manager, a senior wireless system architect, and a senior research scientist, actively participating in industrial 3G/4G technology development, standardization, system level simulation and performance evaluation.

Developing a Complex Sequence of Operations 🗓

— PES/IAS — sequence of operation, failure modes, PLC programming, testing …

— Power & Energy Society (PES) and the Industry Applications Society (IAS) — (sequence of operation, failure modes, PLC programming, testing …
Meeting Date: (Thursday), (November 17), 2016
Time: 6:00 PM Networking; 6:30 PM Dinner; 7:30 PM Presentation
Speaker: (Mr. Jerrold Peterson of Kohler Power Systems)
Location: The Doubletree Club – Orange County Airport, Costa Mesa
Cost: None for talk only; Dinner can be purchased upon arrival – $25 for IEEE members; $30 for non-members; $10 for students
RSVP: Reservations are appreciated but not required
Event Details: meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/41534
Summary:
The design of a complex on-site power system presents unique challenges from both a documentation and PLC programming prospective. The typical narrative sequence of operation does not provide the necessary detail to ensure that all failure modes have been accounted for. This presentation will cover:
1. How to create a chart based sequence of operation that removes all ambiguity from the sequence of operation and ensures that all failure modes have been taken into account.
2. We will also look at how this chart is used to program and test the system.
3. We will also look at best practices for programming the PLC to ensure the system never gets lost and allows easy troubleshooting and changes.
4. Finally we will look at best practices for sequence testing the system.


Bio: Mr. Peterson has over 23 years of experience in the power industry and has supported end-users and consultants for the design of mission critical, healthcare, water and industrial facilities. He currently works for Kohler Power Systems as an Engineered Solutions Manager, focusing his efforts working with a variety of customers, providing critical design support and solutions. His past experience includes working for Black & Veatch as a design engineer for the Transmission and Distribution Group, General Electric as Team Lead for the Electrical Distribution and Controls group and over 11 years with Caterpillar’s Electric Power Group as Regional Sales Manager. Jerry has lived in Texas for more than 35 years and currently resides in Frisco, TX.

Five Common Generator Issues for California 🗓

— PES/IAS – backup generators, facilities, issues, solutions …

— PES/IAS – backup generators, facilities, issues, solutions …
Meeting Date: Thursday, October 20, 2016
Time: 6:00PM Networking; 6:30PM Dinner; 7:30 PM Presentation
Speaker: Mr. Paul O’Hara of Cummins Pacific, LLC
Location: The Doubletree Club – Orange County Airport, Costa Mesa
Cost: None for talk. If purchasing meal:  $25 for IEEE members; $30 for non-members; $10 for students
RSVP: Highly Appreciated. Not required for meal
Event Details: meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/40793
Summary: This presentation covers the five most common issues which are encountered when designing and installing backup generators at facilities in California.

Speaker Bio: Paul O’Hara, the General Manager of Mission Critical and Technical Communications for the Distribution Unit of Cummins, Inc. which provides service and application assistance of generators, automatic transfer switches and paralleling controls in North America. Paul is a registered P.E. in California and has been helping consultants apply on site power generation to facilities for over 30 years.

Fifth Generation (5G) Cellular Wireless: Vision, Goals, and Challenges 🗓

— ComSoc-OC: technologies, designs, features, adoption …

— ComSoc-OC: technologies, designs, features, adoption …
Meeting Date: Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Time: 6:00 PM Networking and light dinner; 7:15 PM Presentation
Speaker: Prof. Ender Ayanoglu, ECE, UC-Irvine
Location: Doubletree Hotel, 7 Hutton Centre Drive, Santa Ana
Cost: $10 IEEE members, $20 non-members, $5 students (no cost for talk only)
RSVP: not required
Event Details: comsig.chapters.comsoc.org/event/fifth-generation-5g-cellular-wireless-vision-goals-and-challenges
Summary: Cellular wireless or mobile communications have seen four generations of technological developments. Starting with analog voice with the first, and then moving on to digital voice with the second generation, these generations were each marked with a clear technological advancement. For the third generation, the advancement was in incorporating data on top of a voice-based infrastructure. With the fourth generation, every service was converted into data format, or packetized transmissions, including voice and video. Today, technologists are proposing a fifth generation for around the time frame of 2020. Most consider this time to be when the infrastructure will need to be renewed. Together with this observation, it is usually argued that the new generation technology should possess a number of features. Yet, there is really no consensus on what these new features should be. Some argue that we are facing a new generation of devices that will have continuous Internet connectivity, and with that there will be more machine to-machine or machine-type communications. It is further argued that, as a result, new communication protocols should be able to support the new formats of communication that this change will require. For example, it is argued that machine-type communication will require very low latency. Others argue that the demand for services will increase by about three orders of magnitude and the new technology should be designed to support this tremendous increase, perhaps handling each order of magnitude by means of a different approach. Yet, there are others who argue that the current communications infrastructure is highly energy-inefficient and the fifth generation should be designed to solve this problem, by increasing energy efficiency by several orders of magnitude. In this talk, we will discuss the pros and cons of the approaches for defining and realizing the fifth generation cellular wireless technologies as seen today. We will discuss what fifth generation can be expected to be and, more importantly, what it cannot be. The goal in this presentation is to address both the very high expectations and the realities.
Bio: Dr. Ender Ayanoglu received his Ph.D. degree from Stanford University, Stanford, CA in 1986 in electrical engineering. He was with the Communications Systems Research Laboratory, Holmdel, NJ, part of AT&T Bell Laboratories until 1996, and Bell Labs, Lucent Technologies from 1996 until 1999. During 1999-2002, he was a Systems Architect at Cisco Systems, Inc., San Jose, CA. Since 2002, he has been a Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of California, Irvine, Irvine, CA, where he served as the Director of the Center for Pervasive Communications and Computing and held the Conexant-Broadcom Endowed Chair during 2002-2010.
His past accomplishments include invention of the 56K modems, characterization of wavelength conversion gain in Wavelength Division Multiplexed (WDM) systems, and diversity coding. 56K modems broke what was believed to be the “Shannon limit” of about 36 kb/s for voiceband modems. Since every laptop computer includes one, the number of implementations of 56K modems is estimated to be in the hundreds of millions or even billions. His work on wavelength conversion gain in WDM networks showed large gains can be achieved via better wavelength selection and routing algorithms without the need for optical wavelength converters. And, diversity coding is a technique for link failure recovery in communication networks employing erasure coding introduced in 1990, prior to the publication of the first papers on network coding. During 2000-2001, Dr. Ayanoglu served as the founding chair of the IEEE-ISTO Broadband Wireless Internet Forum (BWIF), an industry standards organization which developed and built a broadband wireless system employing Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing
(OFDM) and a Medium Access Control (MAC) algorithm that provides Quality-of-Service (QoS) guarantees. This system is the precursor of today’s Fourth Generation (4G) cellular wireless systems such as WiMAX, LTE, and LTE-Advanced.
From 1990 to 2002, Dr. Ayanoglu served on the Executive Committee of the IEEE Communications Society Communication Theory Committee, and from 1999 to 2001, was its Chair. From 1993 until 2014 Dr. Ayanoglu was an Editor, and since January 2014 is a Senior Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Communications. He served as the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Communications from 2004 to 2008. Since December 2014, he is serving as the Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications – Series on Green Communications and Networking. He led the efforts to convert this series into an IEEE journal, and since June 2016, he is serving as the founding Editor-in-Chief of the new journal IEEE Transactions on Green Communications and Networking.
Dr. Ayanoglu is the recipient of the IEEE Communications Society Stephen O. Rice Prize Paper Award in 1995 and the IEEE Communications Society Best Tutorial Paper Award in 1997. He received the IEEE Communications Society Communication Theory Technical Committee Outstanding Service Award in 2014. He has been an IEEE Fellow since 1998.

Recent Developments in Antenna and RF/Microwave Testing for Improved Measurements and Performance Evaluation 🗓 🗺

— EMC/MTT/AP — half-day workshop: digital interfaces, polyurethane absorbers, very-near-rield techniques …

— EMC/MTT/AP — half-day workshop: digital interfaces, polyurethane absorbers, very-near-rield techniques …
Meeting Date: Thursday, September 17, 2015
Time: 1:00 PM Registration and lunch; 2:00 – 4:30 PM Presentations, reception
Speakers: Bruce Williams, Nearfield Systems, Inc; Zhong Chen, ETS-Lindgren; Chris Payan, EMSCAN
Location: Boeing, 5310 Bolsa Ave, Huntington Beach
Cost: none
RSVP: through Phil Strong with Altamont Technical Services, 909-460-1861
Event Details:
sites.ieee.org/ocs-emcs
Summary:
Presentation 1: Testing of Antennas with High Speed Digital Interfaces
By Bruce Williams, Nearfield Systems, Inc., Torrance
Presentation 2: High Power Applications and Considerations of Polyurethane Based Absorbers
By Zhong Chen, ETS-Lindgren, Cedar Park, TX,
Presentation 3: Fast and Effective Characterization of Large Antennas using Very-Near-Field Measurement Techniques
By Chris Payan, EMSCAN, Calgary, Alberta,

Bio: (first & last name) rest of bio …

Apple Watch and Other Products: Xray and Teardown 🗓 🗺

— CPMT — packaging design, layers, assembly, complexities …

— CPMT — packaging design, layers, assembly, complexities …
Meeting Date: Thursday, Sept 17, 2015
Time: 5:30 PM Social/Networking; 6:00 PM Presentation; 7:00 PM dinner
Speaker: Bill Cardoso, PhD, Creative Electron
Location: Broadcom Corporation, Bldg. 2, 5300 California Ave., Irvine
Cost: none
RSVP: requested, through website
Event Details: tinyurl.com/nmvokh8
Summary: Teardowns are powerful tools to gain invaluable insight on how things are designed and built. Critical lessons can be learned from this process to improve our jobs as designers and manufacturers of electronic products. The Apple Watch went from novelty to market leader in just a few weeks. Added to its impressive commercial success, this device is an incredible work of electronic packaging design. In this presentation we will show the details of the Apple Watch teardown, showing its many layers and complexities. We augment the teardown with x-ray images of several parts of the Apple Watch to gain extra insights on how this tightly packaged device is assembled. We will also present other similar teardowns, including cell phones and wearables.

Bio: Bill Cardoso started his first company in Brazil at age 17 and sold it a few years later when invited by the US Department of Energy to work at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory to do nuclear and high-energy physics research. As the Department Head for Systems Engineering and after a 10-year long career at Fermilab, Bill moved from Chicago to sunny California to start Creative Electron. True to the American Dream, Creative Electron quickly grew from Bill’s garage to the largest US manufacturer of x-ray machines for the electronics industry (no longer in his garage). At Creative Electron Bill leads the team of engineers who designs and manufactures x-ray systems that are shipped worldwide. Starting with an associate degree at age 13, Bill has a BS, MS, and PhD degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering and an MBA from The University of Chicago. Bill is the president of the SMTA San Diego chapter and member of the technical committee for SMTA International, SMTA Counterfeit Conference, and SMTA LED Conference, Components for Military and Space Electronics Conference, SPIE Photonics, and the IEEE Nuclear Science Symposium. He is an IEEE Senior member and the author of over 120 technical publications, a contributor to 2 books, owner of a few patents, and a frequent speaker at technical conferences.

The Technical Challenge of Hate Speech, Incitement and Extremism in Social Media 🗓 🗺

— CS — pervasiveness, concerns, companies & governments, solutions, regulation …

Meeting Date: Tuesday, August 30, 2016
Time: 6:00 PM Networking and dinner; 7:00 – 8:30 PM Presentation
Speaker: Dr Andre Oboler, social media expert
Location: Room 3008, CALiT2 Building, UCI, Irvine
Cost: none (dinner sponsored by Gigasavvy)
RSVP: requested, through website
Event Details: meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/40781
Summary: Despite its pervasiveness in society, social media has been a largely unregulated domain. There have been growing concerns over the use of social media for the purposes of hate speech, incitement and the promotion of violent extremism. These issues have not been sufficiently addressed by social media companies and governments, particularly in Europe, are increasing looking to regulation. The agreement on a “Code of Conduct on illegal online hate speech” signed by the European Commission and Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Microsoft the end of May 2016 is a sign of this shift.
This talk will introduce the problem of hate speech, incitement and extremism in social media. The technical challenges in measuring and responding to these problem will then be discussed, along with some of the technical solutions which have been created. The ethical obligations of Software Engineers in light of these problems will also be considered.

Bio: Dr. Andre Oboler is CEO of the Online Hate Prevention Institute an Australian charity combating racism, bigotry and extremism in social media. He also serves as an expert on the Australian Government’s Delegation to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, co-chair of the Working Group on Antisemitism on the Internet and in the Media for the Global Forum to Combat Antisemitism, and as a Vice Chair of the IEEE Computer Society’s Member and Geographic Activities Board. Dr Oboler holds a PhD in Computer Science from Lancaster University (UK), a Juris Doctor from Monash University (Australia) and completed a Post Doctoral Fellowship in Political Science at Bar-Ilan University (Israel). His research interests include empirical software engineering, process improvement, hate speech in social media and the social implications of technology.

“Body-on-a-Chip” 🗓

— EMBS Chapter, Orange County Section — 3D Lab Tissue, human body organs, blood vessels …

Meeting Date: Wednesday, November 9, 2016
Time: 6:30 PM Networking; 7:00 PM Presentation
Speaker: Professor Cristopher C.W. Hughes, UC Irvine
Location: The Cove, UCI Applied Innovation,
Cost: none, snacks and drinks provided
RSVP:
Event Details: Eventbrite

Summary:
Human organs and their associated functions are, with few exceptions, 3-Dimensional, and so it is hardly surprising that 2D cell culture systems often do a poor job at replicating human biology. It is only the simplicity of 2D systems that has maintained their popularity for so long. We are changing this dynamic – we can now create 3D tissues in the lab that share many of the characteristics of organs in the body. Most importantly, the tissues receive their nutrients through living blood vessels, just as they do in the body. This is a unique platform – we are the only lab in the world able to do this. We are creating multiple organs, including pancreas, brain, liver and heart, which we will use to study diseases such as Diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease and Heart Failure. In addition, we have created multiple types of micro-tumors, including colon, breast, prostate and melanoma, which we are now using for novel drug screening

Bio:
Dr.Hughes has extensive experience in the field of vascular biology and the process of angiogenesis. In particular, his lab has studied the role of notch signaling in vascular development and we were the first to demonstrate the role of notch in regulating tip cell function during angiogenic sprouting. His lab has recently published on the role of the transcription factor slug in angiogenesis, and are working on wnt regulation of vascular assembly. More recently, in collaboration with Drs. Steve George and Abe Lee he has also been focusing on novel drug-screening platforms, including “tumor-on-a-chip” microfluidic devices. This has been partly driven by their belief that mice are often inadequate models for some aspects of human biology. He has worked with Program PI and project Co-I Dr. Waterman on several projects related to tumor angiogenesis and wnt signaling, and has co-mentored a student with PI Dr. Lowengrub. He is the co-director of the OncoImaging and Biotechnology (OIB) Program – part of the NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center at UCI – and Chair of the Department of Molecular Biology & Biochemistry. He has a joint appointment in Biomedical Engineering, and is Interim Director of the Edwards Lifesciences Center for Advanced Cardiovascular Technology. He works extensively with the rare disease non-profit, cureHHT (formerly HHT Foundation International), and is Chair of their Global Research and Medical Advisory Board. Dr. Hughes was recently elected a Fellow of AAAS. He has mentored 13 Ph.D. students doing their thesis work in his lab, numerous rotation students, and several post-doctoral fellows. Several of these are now running their own research programs. Dr.Hughes’ experience in the Cancer Center OIB program and in the BME department have been vital to his research success.

Software Engineering for the Research Environment 🗓 🗺

— CS DL Lecture — new life cycle, ideals, 3-year test, impacts …

— CS DL Lecture — new life cycle, ideals, 3-year test, impacts …
Meeting Date: Monday, August 29, 2016
Time: 4:00 PM Networking; 4:30 – 6:00 PM Presentation
Speaker: Dr Andre Oboler, social media expert
Location: Room 3008, CALiT2 Building, UCI, Irvine
Cost: none (Parking: $2/hr @ Anteater Parking Structure, near the Calit2 building)
RSVP: requested, through website
Event Details: meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/40793
Summary: Having found that traditional software engineering approaches and tools were not used by academic researchers in the United States and Australia, a new Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC) was created to tailor software engineering more appropriately to this environment. This talk introduces the ideals embedded in the new SDLC and explains how they were instantiated in a three-year experiment involving multiple researchers on independent projects. The new approaches were shown to have a significant impact when results were compared to a control group. The talk will introduce some of the ideas and tools which led to this impact.

Bio: Dr. Andre Oboler is a social media and online public diplomacy expert. He is CEO of the Online Hate Prevention Institute and a consultant on various online projects. He received his PhD in computer science from Lancaster University, UK and his LLM(JD) from Monash University, Australia. Dr Oboler has also been a Post-Doctoral Fellow in Political Science at Bar-Ilan University, Israel. He is an IEEE Computer Society Distinguished Lecturer.