Past Meetings/Webinars

Impacts of SGIG Consumer Behavior Studies of Time-Based Electric Power Rates on Customer Acceptance, Retention and Response 🗓

— (IEEE SmartGrid) — Smart Grid Investment Grants, customer responses, opt-in, pricing versus rebates, control technologies …

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Webinar Date: Thursday, January 19, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM (PST)
Speaker: Peter Cappers, Research Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Location: on the Web
Cost: none
RSVP: required
Event Details & Registration: smartgrid.ieee.org

Summary: Since 2009, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the electric power industry have jointly invested over $7.9 billion in 99 cost-shared Smart Grid Investment Grant (SGIG) projects. Ten electric utilities agreed to conduct consumer behavior studies (CBS) and produce comprehensive reports with the aim of evaluating customer responses to various types of time-based rate programs implemented in conjunction with information and control technologies.
Results summarizing the analyses of the CBS utilities will be presented over five different topical areas:
(1) Recruitment approaches: effects of opt-in and opt-out; (2) Pricing versus rebates: effects of CPP and CPR; (3) Customer information technologies: effects of IHDs; (4) Customer control technologies: effects of PCTs; (5) Customer response to prices: effects of TOU.
Bio: Peter Cappers, a Research Scientist and Deputy Group Leader in the Electricity Markets and Policy Group at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, has conducted research for the past 15 years into demand response and energy efficiency issues. At present, he is leading DOE’s technical assistance and evaluation efforts of eleven Smart Grid Investment Grant projects who agreed to undertake a dynamic pricing consumer behavior study with a controlled and randomized experimental design approach. Prior to joining LBNL, he worked for Neenan Associates where he helped to develop and implement techniques for quantifying customer price response to both dynamic retail rates and wholesale demand response programs, and their subsequent impact on wholesale market prices, price volatility, and service reliability. Mr. Cappers received a B.A. in 1997 from Syracuse University in Mathematics and Economics, and a M.S. in 2005 from Cornell University in Applied Economics.

Performance Requirements for 5G Antennas 🗓

— (IEEE ComSoc) — up to 70GHz, data rates, approaches, beamforming, MIMO …

IEEE Communications Webinar Series: Three Key Challenges for 5G (Part 1 of 3)
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Webinar Date: Available on Demand
Time: Available on Demand
Location: on the Web
Cost: none
RSVP: required
Event Details & Registration: www.comsoc.org/webinars/performance-requirements-5g-antennas

Summary: This series of IEEE Communications Society webinars will highlight three areas of intense technical interest that require substantial development to make 5G a reality and realize its promises for the Internet of Things. (Part 2: Three Key Challenges for 5G; Part 3: 5G’s Signal-Processing Demands)

Emerging 5G designs will have to handle a wide range of frequencies, from today’s 3G bands up to the 70 GHz range and beyond. They will also need to deal with an equally wide range of approaches for making the most efficient use of existing and expanded bandwidth, from flexible short-range device-to-device communication, shifting frequencies to adapt to conditions, and strategies like beamforming and MIMO. So, among other challenges, designers will have to devise antennas that are compact enough to fit into handheld devices or compact base-stations, flexible enough to respond to a much wider variety of frequencies over short and long distances, and smart enough to accommodate both low-data-rate spatial multiplexing (MIMO) and antenna arrays that can shape signals to deliver high data rates to a single receiver in a crowd.

Smart Grid: A Case Study of New England 🗓

— IEEE SmartGrid – energy efficiency, photovoltaics, wind, storage, integration, scenario analyses …

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Webinar Date: Thursday, December 15, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM (PST)
Speaker: Michael I. Henderson, ISO New England
Location: on the Web
Cost: none
RSVP: required
Event Details & Registration: smartgrid.ieee.org/smart-grid-a-case-study-of-new-england

Summary: New England presents an interesting case study to IEEE members interested in the system effects of energy efficiency, photovoltaics, wind expansion, and imports from neighboring systems. The current development and projections of these types of resources will be discussed along with some of the key policy drivers encouraging the development of renewable resources. The speaker will also discuss regional scenario analyses being performed to inform the region on key issues that must be addressed.
— Overview of New England
— Leader in: EE, PV, Potential for wind development (First offshore plant in US), Onshore HVDC and FACTS
— Policies continue encouraging development: RPS, MA (including storage)
— Scenario Analysis Informing the region, brief description of project, key findings, next steps
— Issue summary

Bio: Michael I. Henderson received two Master of Engineering degrees, Electrical Power Engineering in 1977 and Electrical Engineering in 1976, both from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA. In 1975, he earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Polytechnic Institute of New York (now NYU) where he served as an Adjunct Lecturer from 1993 through 1999. Mike is the new Editor in Chief of Power and Energy Magazine and, since July 1999, he has been a Director in the System Planning Department at ISO New England. Previously, he had more than 22 years of experience at the New York Power Authority, Long Island Lighting Company, and American Electric Power. Mike has presented technical seminars as well as over six-dozen panel and technical papers at IEEE and other forums. Mike is a registered Professional Engineer, an IEEE Fellow, and a native son of Brooklyn, New York.

Radome Electromagnetic Simulation 🗓

— SPECTRUM Webinar — antenna enclosure, material selection, performance impact, modeling …

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Webinar Date: Thursday, December 15, 2016
Time: 8:00 AM (PST)
Speaker: Rodrigo Kenji Enjiu, CST
Location: on the Web
Cost: none
RSVP: required
Event Details & Registration: www.cst.com/events/webinars/2016-12-15-radome

Summary: Radomes are structures that enclose antenna systems with the purpose of protecting it from the environment. The material selection, shape and type of a radome are vital parts of the design that should ensure maximum system protection with minimum impact on the overall performance. In this webinar we will show how radomes can be tackled through electromagnetic simulation. We will introduce the topic with a range of applications, discuss the figures-of-merit for robust designs and focus on examples that illustrate how the Complete Technology of CST STUDIO SUITE can be used to achieve an optimal radome design.

Bio: Rodrigo Kenji Enjiu got his Information Engineer degree (2012) at UFABC, Santo André, Brazil. He worked as a microwave engineer in Brazil before joining CST in 2013 as an Application Engineer in Darmstadt, Germany. His areas of interest are passive devices, antennas, power electronics and EMC.

The Connected Vehicle Revolution 🗓

— (ComSig) — traffic, electronics systems, complexity, intelligent, reconfigurable, challenges …

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Meeting Date: Tuesday, December 6, 2016
Time: 6:00 PM social; 6:30 PM dinner; 5:15 PM presentation
Speaker: Kay Das, Technical Director at LinQuest Corp.
Location: The Doubletree Club – Orange County Airport, Santa Ana
Cost: $11.50 including dinner (no charge for presentation-only)
RSVP: from website
Event Details: meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/42176
Summary: A light-hearted but critical look at the Connected Vehicle revolution. There is currently much on-going activity in the research and design of systems to enhance the safety of vehicular traffic on roads and highways. These include vehicle-to-vehicle based and vehicle-to-infrastructure based electronics systems with extension to personal devices. These systems need to work collaboratively in an intelligent and reconfigurable network environment characterized by multiple localized and dynamically changing motion control loops which include each individual vehicle driver (and pedestrian). Systems will comprise a mix of existing and new technologies such as laser, imaging, computer vision, radar, cellular, WiFi, GPS, millimeter Waves, and others. System complexity is very high in order to deliver and sustain the required levels of reliability. A range of products and systems will compete for market entry from diverse sources and nations.
However, a significant challenge exists in validating prototypes and final systems productized for market entry. The cost of failure is high as human life is in the loop. This presentation reviews some of the challenges and offers some directions for this burgeoning industry propelled by developments ranging from Shannon’s Law and Moore’s Law to the evolving Internet of Things and 5G cellular communications. Management of systems research and development with frugality, without over-design, and with a holistic approach on a scale probably never required before, is required.
Bio: Kay Das was GPS Program Manager and Technical Director at LinQuest Corporation in Los Angeles from 2007 to 2013 where he additionally led new business development thrusts in the commercial and automotive safety markets. He has previously held responsibilities as R&D Director for STMicroelectronics’ Asia Pacific region. He is a winner of a Singapore Government National Award for “The Initiation and Expansion of High-value R&D and Promotion of Partnerships”.
He has built and led teams in different parts of the world and managed the development of diverse silicon-based signal processing systems with over 40 years industry experience. His current pursuits are the application of communication (such as 5G/ DSRC) and location technologies (such as GPS/ GNSS) to the Connected Vehicle revolution. He holds a MS in Electronics Systems from the Cranfield Institute of Technology, UK. Now in retirement, his pursuits other than Connected Vehicle include amateur astronomy, Internet radio, and he is a professional musician. He is an IEEE Life Member and a member of several societies.

Smart Rural Grid: Digitalizing the Electrical Grid 🗓

— (IEEE SmartGrid) — distribution, flow, prosumers, consumers, generators, storage, network …

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Webinar Date: Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM (PDT)
Speakers: Dr. Santi Martínez Farrero & Mr. Ramon Gallart Fernández – Estabanell Energia, S.A.
Location: on the Web
Cost: none
RSVP: required
Event Details & Registration: smartgrid.ieee.org/smart-rural-grid-digitalizing-the-electrical-grid

Summary: The management of packets of electricity will change the way the electricity is distributed. The outcome of the SRG project will allow utilities to interconnect energy between a variety of actors, including prosumers, consumers, distributed generators and energy storage, to enable multi-directional power flows. Such power flows are managed by an innovative hierarchical management tool, enabling the optimization of the operation of the rural grid while both isolated and connected to the main distribution grid. In the power plane of the architecture, power flows are controlled by exploiting the flexibility provided by a variety of wired and wireless communication technologies that helps to cope with geographical restrictions, along with an innovative so called Intelligent Distribution Power Router (IDPR) device. This device, which is based on power electronics and secondary batteries, permits actually routing of power between each of the phases of the three-phase distribution system.
Bios: Santi Martinez is the CEO of Estabanell Energia since 2010, where he is devoted to create the right environment for digitalizing the businesses in which the company is active, as Generation, Distribution and Retail of electricity, commercial telecom, and pushing for the internationalization of the outcomes of the research projects which the company is leading. Santi has a Ph.D. in Political Science, M.Sc in Society of Knowledge and University Degree in Business Administration and also in Marketing. His former assignment was as Business Controller for the Philips’ lighting business in Iberia
Ramon Gallart is the Head of Smart Grids in Estabanell Energia, where he puts in practice his wide experience in telecommunication systems, automation in primary and secondary substations, and developing distributed integrated control systems applied over Smart Grids. He is Telecommunications Engineer. Since the company started his first project funded by the European Commission in 2013, Smart Rural Grid, he has been the technical project manager, leading the company’s teams, succeeding always in time and quality. He has been the person creating the concepts in which the projects are based, all them having to do with the digitalization of the electricity

Server Containers – Why the Disruption is so Fundamental 🗓

— (CS) — open source, cloud, applications, infrastructure, impact …

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Webinar Date: Tuesday, December 6, 2016
Time: 7:00 PM (PST)
Speaker: Vipin Jain, Founder/Lead, Contiv Project (& Cisco Systems)
Location: on the Web
Cost: none
RSVP: required (Log in at 6 PM; URL and instructions will be sent for 7 PM broadcast)
Event Details & Registration: computer.ieeeSiliconValley.org

Summary: Applications are the fundamental drivers for most of the infrastructure. Application format standardization is fundamentally changing the way infrastructure is consumed. In this talk we examine the impact of this tectonic shift and the under-currents that are impacting the the layers of the infrastructure.

Vipin Jain is a lead developer and founder of the open source project, Contiv, a policy model for automated infrastructure for containers. He is also a Distinguished Engineer at Cisco Systems. Prior to this, he has worked in numerous successful startups building industry-leading infrastructure software and hardware products.

Antenna Analysis and Design with Characteristic Mode Analysis 🗓

— (SPECTRUM Webinar) — modal approach, solver module, MIMO, improved design, benefits …

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Webinar Date: Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Time: 11:00 AM (EST)
Speaker: Jan Eichler, CST
Location: on the Web
Cost: none
RSVP: required
Event Details & Registration: spectrum.ieee.org/webinars

Summary: The modal approach has long been used by the research community to design novel antennas for various applications. The Characteristic Mode Analysis (CMA) approach is now becoming increasingly popular for improved antenna design by simulation in industry, and has been integrated as a solver module in the latest version of CST STUDIO SUITE®.
This webinar will introduce the basics of CMA and demonstrate its usage and benefits for antenna engineers. Several examples will illustrate the power of CMA in improving antenna design, systematically reducing coupling between multiple antennas on a small platform, and improving MIMO antenna performance in mobile devices.
Jan Eichler received the M.Sc. degrees in electrical engineering and Ph.D. in radioelectronics from the Czech Technical University in Prague in 2010 and 2014 respectively. He joined CST in 2014 as an Application Engineer where his main area of work involves high frequency applications and EMC/EMI simulation.

High-Power Transformer Simulation 🗓

— (SPECTRUM Webinar) — specific factors, windings, low frequency, losses, thermal, inrush response …

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Webinar Date: Thursday, November 17, 2016
Time: 7:00 AM (PST)
Speaker: Frank Weiand, senior application engineer, CST
Location: on the Web
Cost: none
RSVP: required
Event Details & Registration: spectrum.ieee.org/webinars

Summary: Transformers are applied in a wide range of applications, from those in small-wattage power supplies up to transformer stations with some hundreds-MVAs for power generation and transmission. For each category different implementations have been developed, concerning the type of conductors in the windings, the core’s material and design, and the insulation management for high power transformers.
National and international standards have to be respected and the specifications of the electricity utilities and their contractors must be fulfilled. For power transformers, these conditions are to a large extent determined by the network to which they are connected and specific factors at the installation site. The dimensioning of the power transformer must adhere to the necessary specifications. In this process, mechanical, electromagnetic and thermal characteristics must be taken into account. For every manufactured transformer, a works test is carried out to ensure correct operation and safety under operating conditions spanning several years.
To achieve their targets, such as optimizing structures with respect to electromagnetic performance as well as material usage, or meeting project deadlines, simulation is getting more and more important to engineers, who apply simulation tools in various ways. Important aspects concerning the efficient and accurate simulation of electromagnetic fields in transformers in the low frequency regime, typically found in power generation and transmission systems, are shown in this presentation.
An overview of available simulation techniques in CST STUDIO SUITE® will be given, with particular emphasis on transient simulation, with the aim of extracting important performance parameters, such as losses in structural components, and inrush response as well as forces on coils. Other aspects are core losses in active parts and their thermal rating.

2016 IEEE Online Conference on Green Communications 🗓

— (ComSoc) — green wireless, green optical, architectures, smart cities, energy efficiency, industry experience, perspectives, trends …

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Dates/Times: Monday, Nov 14, 2016, 7:00 AM – 10:30 AM (PST); Tuesday Nov 15, 12:00 PM – 3:30 AM (PST); Wednesday Nov 16, 2:00 AM – 5:30 AM (PST); Thursday Nov 17, 3:00 AM – 7:20 AM (PST)
Sessions: — Sustainability I and II; — Green Wireless I and II; — Green Optical I and II; — Smart Cities I and II; — plus panels on Industry Experience and Perspectives, and on Trends of Green Communication, with live Question & Answer periods.

Location: on the Internet
Cost: $175 IEEE members, $225 non-members, $50 for Life Members
Included in the Fee: Registration includes full access to the presented papers and their associated recordings (video broadcasts), which will become available beginning 14 November 2016 and will remain accessible until 31 December 2016.
RSVP: required
Further Program Details: ieee-onlinegreencomm.org
Attend all or any portions that will impact your knowledge and career.
Summary: OnlineGreenComm is dedicated to addressing the challenges in energy-efficient communications and communications for green technologies. It is held virtually, to emphasize the need for reducing global greenhouse gas emissions, avoiding the most polluting aspects of conferences — the use of mass transport systems for traveling. Common to all IEEE conferences, IEEE OnlineGreenComm features a full-fledged paper submission, review, and publication process that adheres to the high standards defined by IEEE.
IEEE OnlineGreenComm covers a wide spectrum of research subjects, including green methodologies and architectures for communication technologies, communication technologies as enablers for green solutions, energy efficiency in Smart Grid communications, and energy management.