Past Meetings/Webinars

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.

Hyperscale Data Center with Software Defined Infrastructure (SDI) and Rack Scale Design (RSD) for Hyper Cloud 🗓

— (CS) — requirements, complexity, workloads, management, challenges, benefits …

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Webinar Date: Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Time: 7:00 PM (PST) Live Chapter Meeting
Sponsor: Santa Clara Valley (Silicon Valley) Computer Society Chapter
Speaker: Fulcan Fong, Sr. Cloud Solutions Manager, Intel
Location: on the Web
Cost: none
RSVP: required (to get login credentials by email)
Event Details & Registration: computer.ieeesiliconvalley.org/?740

Summary: Traditional server systems where compute, storage and network reside in a single server box or blade have been around for quite some time. With the emergence of hyper-scale data centers with multi-cloud requirements, the management of these servers has become more complex to support different types of cloud workloads. This has led to the creation of data-center resource pooling to support various types of cloud workloads as service providers are adopting Software Defined Infrastructure (SDI) and Rack Scale Design (RSD). Fulcan Fong will present the challenges of modernizing data centers, explain what SDI and RSD are, and also talk about how service providers will benefit by adopting them.

Realizing New Potentials in Miniature Subsea Robotics 🗓

– IEEE SPECTRUM Webinar – hazards, real-time, navigation, navigation electronics, field results …

Speaker: Ben Kinnaman, CEO and President, Greensea Systems, Inc.
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Webinar Date: Tuesday, November 8, 2016
Time: 11:00 AM (PST)
Cost: none
Location: on the Internet
Reservations: spectrum.ieee.org/webinars
Summary: Multiple applications across the subsea marine industry are adopting miniature robotics to accomplish tasks too hazardous for humans, and to assist human operators. To realize their full potential however, these robotic platforms require accurate real-time pose, navigation, and localization estimates. The groundbreaking miniaturized KVH 1750 inertial measurement unit, can provide the basis of an affordable and accessible inertial navigation solution appropriate for these miniature robotic systems. Greensea uses the KVH 1750 as the core building block in a modular and distributed vehicle architecture built with the OPENSEA software framework. This system provides a distributed, scalable, and flexible control and navigation platform that is enabling miniature subsea robotics to do more than ever before. This discussion provides an overview of Greensea’s integrated technology using the KVH 1750, presents field results demonstrating advanced navigation and automation for miniature underwater robotics, and establishes a realistic vision for next-generation vehicle technologies.

Bios: Ben Kinnaman is CEO and President of Greensea Systems, Inc. He has a Bachelor of Science in Physics from Davidson College and a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering, specializing in control and robotics, from Johns Hopkins University.
Sean McCormack is Director, FOG & OEM Sales for the KVH Industries Guidance & Stabilization Group. Mr. McCormack has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts, and earned his Master’s degree from Emmanuel College, Boston, MA.

2017 IEEE Rising Stars Conference 🗓

— where Students and Young Professionals Come to Connect and be Inspired …

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Conference Dates: January 2-4, 2017
Location: Excalibur Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.A.
Cost: $295 for Student Members, $349 for IEEE Members (through Nov. 25th)
RSVP: requested, through website
Event Details: sites.ieee.org/risingstars

As the premier IEEE student event, the Rising Stars conference brings together the most promising students and young professionals to network and be inspired by each other and the top tech companies from around the world. It will be taking place the first week in January 2017 at the Excalibur in Las Vegas, Nevada. This conference is in conjunction with the Consumer Electronics Showcase which occurs just after the conference.
“The Rising Stars Conference is a great opportunity for any young engineer. At this conference, I had a chance to network with a lot of great engineers, both present and future. Talking to all these great engineers allowed me the opportunity to work at Northrop Grumman for a summer internship. Due to that internship, I have a job offer before I even graduate! For any young engineer thinking of attending, I would give them a resounding ‘Do It!’. I can guarantee that you won’t regret it.” – Joe Fercho, 2015 Attendee