Past Meetings/Webinars

2017 NASA/ESA Conference on Adaptive Hardware and Systems (AHS) 🗓

Focus of this conference is on communications and space applications

— IEEE Circuits and Systems Society, Society for Adaptive and Evolvable Hardware and Systems
Meeting Dates: July 24 – 27, 2017

Location: CIT Pasadena

RSVP: At 2017 NASA/ESA.org
Summary: The purpose of the conference is to bring together leading researchers from the adaptive hardware and systems community to exchange experiences and share new ideas in the field. While the focus of this conference is on communications and space applications, we welcome original contributions in other application areas such as consumer, medical, defense and security, as the techniques employed in these areas can be disseminated across the board.

Big Bang – Origin of Universe – Future?? 🗓

The first ~300,000 years of the universe and the physical frame work of events.

— IEEE Central Coast Event
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Meeting Date: July 19, 2017
Time: 6:00 PM Networking & Food; 6:30 PM Presentation
Speaker: Brian Williams, PhD Astrophysics UCSB
Location: Rusty’s Pizza, Goleta
Cost: none for IEEE members,
RSVP: requested, through website
Event Details: IEEE vTools
Summary: Mankind has been looking up, in wonder, at the night sky for thousands of years, but it is only in the recent past that we have been able to observe the sky to gather data about our universe. Observations of the sky allow us to see back ~13.8 billion years into the universes past, gain knowledge about its geometry, measure its age, and its density history just to name a few. While the events that immediately followed the big bang are masked from our observation. They shaped our universe and set into motion the structure that gave rise to everything we know. Looking back to just after the Universe becomes transparent to radiation we can better understand what happened before this. We will discuss the first ~300,000 years of the universe and explore the physical frame work of events. This will lead us to a basic understanding of modern cosmology and what observations of the Cosmic Microwave Background (Remnant energy of the big bang) can teach us.
Bio: Brian Williams PhD Astrophysics UCSB

Using Big Data Analytics to Fight Identity Fraud 🗓

What is Identity Fraud? How does it occur?

— IEEE San Diego Section
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Meeting Date: July 20 2017
Time: 6:30 PM Networking & refreshments; 7:00 PM Presentation
Speaker: Stephen Coggeshall
Location: Qualcomm, San Diego
Cost: Free to IEEE and Qualcomm, all others $5 online or $10 at the door.
RSVP: requested, through website
Event Details: IEEE vTools
Summary:
What is Identity Fraud? How does it occur?

We all know about Identity Theft, but do you know about Identity Manipulation? Synthetic Identities? What are the different modes of Identity Fraud.

In this presentation we will talk about all things Identity Fraud – what it is, how it occurs, where it is happening, and how we are using big data analytics to protect both businesses and consumers from this continually rising threat.

Bio: Stephen Coggeshall is retired Chief Analytics and Science Officer at ID Analytics (Symantec). His primary role was assembling and managing world-class technical teams of Data Scientists and software developers for high performance software and applied machine learning algorithms in the business environment. His specialties include behavioral modeling and consulting in financial services, telecommunications and consumer products; algorithm development around financial engineering for derivatives, asset allocation, technical corporate valuations and trading algorithms. Previous experiences are Exec. Director of Advanced Sciences for Morgan Stanley, Founder and CEO of Los Alamos Computational Group, Group VP of Technology Development at HNC Software, Founder & Director of Consumer Analytics at Center for Adaptive Systems Applications. Stephen received MS and PhD in Music and Nuclear Engineering from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and BA in Music and BS in Math & Physics from Southern Illinois University. Stephen holds 7 patents, has authored over 100 publications, and currently teaches a graduate business course.

Internet of Things: How did we get here? What can we do for Healthcare? 🗓

Inaugural event – San Diego Section IoT SIG, launch of new Interest Group & Talk Series

Co-sponsored by IoT SIG, Computer, Communication, Engineering Medical Biology, Industrial Applications, Consumer Electronics
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Meeting Date: July 27, 2017
Time: 6:15 – 6:45 PM Networking & Refreshments; 6:45 PM Presentation
Speaker: Harinath Garudadri, Associate Research Scientist at the UC San Diego’s Qualcomm Institute of Calit2
Location: Qualcomm, San Diego
Cost: none
RSVP: requested, through website
Event Details: IEEE vTools

Summary: Multiple technologies evolved and converged over the last 140 years resulting in a powerful platform that we now call IoT. This presentation will address (i) a historical perspective of Internet of Things (IoT) and (ii) some Healthcare related applications of IoT that the speaker is pursuing in his lab.

The first part of the talk is an abridged version of course-1 from a 6-course IoT specialization offered by Coursera. This course was commissioned by Qualcomm and developed at UCSD to teach learners hands-on skills for building IoT devices using a smartphone platform. The thesis in this part of the talk traces how multiple technologies evolved and converged – specifically, (i) circuit switched networks, (ii) packet switched networks, (iii) computer-telephony integration, (iv) wireless technologies and (v) features and apps to highlight significant advances that led up to IoT.

The second part of this talk will address how the stories of the pioneers motivate us to leverage this platform with unprecedented potential to build exciting products and services in domains such as drones, automotive, healthcare, etc. The speaker left Qualcomm about 4 years ago and joined UCSD to pursue hard problems in healthcare. The challenges in connecting billions of sensors to the cloud – low power sensing, efficient communication, distributed processing, security, inference, etc. – are similar to those in healthcare applications. In addition, each healthcare application appears to have its own set of unique challenges – we have made extensive collaborations with clinical community to guide us through these. We are presently working on (i) advanced hearing aids, (ii) concussion assessment in youth sports, (iii) falls risk assessment and (iv) spasticity assessment in cerebral palsy, stroke and other neuromuscular disorders. This presentation will address some aspects of these applications to highlight IoT applications in healthcare.

Bio: Harinath Garudadri is an Associate Research Scientist at the UC San Diego’s Qualcomm Institute of Calit2. He moved to academia in Nov. 2013 after 26 years in the industry to work on technologies that will improve healthcare delivery beyond hospital walls. He has a PhD in electrical engineering (1988) from University of British Columbia, Vancouver, B.C. where he spent half his time in ECE and the other half in School of Audiology and Speech Sciences, Faculty of Medicine. His industry contributions have been incorporated into cell phones and commercial networks. Hari has 42 granted patents (9 in body area networks, 8 in audio, 6 in video, 5 in speech, 3 in biomedical signal processing, and 11 in voice recognition), and over 16 pending patents in biomedical signal processing and related areas. Hari has over 43 peer-reviewed publications. His contributions were incorporated in 14 international standards specifications.

IEEE China-Lake Bakersfield Technical Presentation on Power Quality 🗓

IEEE China-Lake Bakersfield Section and Sponsored by Eaton Corporation
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Meeting Date: July 20, 2017
Time: 6:00 PM Networking & Food; 7:00 PM Presentation
Speaker: Christopher Stewart, P.E. of Eaton Corporation
Location: Bakersfield
Cost: none
RSVP: requested, through website
Event Details: IEEE vTools

Summary:
Sources and Symptoms Power Quality Problems
Power Quality Solutions
Harmonic Sources and Symptoms
IEEE-519 Compliance
Point of common coupling
Harmonic Limits
Harmonic resonance
Harmonic Solutions
Transient and transient Solution
Grounding and Grounding Solutions

Bio: Christopher Stewart
is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of California. He joined Eaton Corporation in 2008 and worked for four and a half years as a Field Service Engineer. He has been with the Power Systems Engineering group at Eaton Corporation since 2012 and has performed power systems analysis services; including arc flash hazard analysis, power quality studies, motor starting studies, and bus bracing studies. He also conducts Arc Flash Safety Training courses, based on NFPA 70E for local industrial and commercial customers. He is currently the technical leader for the Power Systems Engineering team at Eaton, in the Pacific region.

Technology and challenges of designing a membrane spacecraft called “Brane Craft” for active debris removal in low earth orbit. 🗓

IEEE Communications, Signal Processing and Vehicular Technologies Joint Chapter and Co-sponsored by The Aerospace Corporation
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Meeting Date: July 12, 2017
Time: 11:30 AM Networking & Food; 12:00 PM Presentation
Speaker: Dr. Siegfried Janson
Location: El Secundo
Cost: none
RSVP: requested, through website
Event Details: IEEE vTools
Summary: IEEE Communications, Signal Processing and Vehicular Technologies Joint Chapter invites you to a presentation by Dr. Siegfried Janson on the technology and challenges of designing a membrane spacecraft called “Brane Craft” for active debris removal in low earth orbit. Flattening a spacecraft into a membrane can produce a low mass vehicle with an ultra-high power-to-weight ratio for rapid electric orbit transfers. The target application is removal of orbital debris in low Earth orbit (LEO) through rendezvous, conformal wrapping, and application of thrust.

Biography:
Dr. Siegfried Janson is a senior scientist in the Space Science Applications Laboratory at The Aerospace Corporation. He obtained a Ph.D. in aerospace engineering from Cornell University in 1984, was a post-doctoral associate at Cornell from 1984 to 1987, and joined the Aerospace Corporation in 1987 to pursue experimental research in advanced electric thrusters for spacecraft. He published over 20 papers on electric thruster research by 1995. Dr. Janson’s current research interests are nano/pico/femtosatellites, membrane spacecraft for orbital debris removal, spacecraft optical communications, microthrusters, formation flying, micro-electromechanical systems, and distributed space systems. He started investigating sub-kilogram mass spacecraft in 1989 and has published over 50 papers on small satellite propulsion requirements, basic design issues, MEMS for space applications, all-silicon satellites, and small satellite orbital architectures. Dr. Janson has flown MEMS experiments on sounding rockets, nanosatellites, CubeSats, the Space Shuttle, and the International Space Station. Dr. Janson chaired the SPIE “MEMS Components and Applications” conference in 2001, 2003, and 2004, and is co-editor of the book “Small Satellites: Past, Present and Future.” He is currently the principal investigator on the NASA-sponsored Optical Communications and Sensor Demonstration CubeSat program, and the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) Phase II program, “Brane Craft.” He is a NASA NIAC fellow, a member of the IEEE, and currently holds 14 U.S. patents in orbital mechanics, spacecraft attitude sensors, glass/ceramic systems, thermoelectric coolers, and MEMS fabrication.

Why an Active Power Grid Demands Greater Collaboration 🗓

— (IEEE SmartGrid) – digitization, redesign, transformation, edge, mobile, cloud, active grid of tomorrow …

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Webinar Date: Thursday, July 13, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM (EDT)
Speaker: David Daly, product director, Advanced Distribution Management, GE Solutions
Location: on the Web
Cost: none
RSVP: required
Event Details & Registration: smartgrid.ieee.org

Summary: Utilities have been on a digitization journey for many years, but it’s now time for a transformational step change. Namely, an evolution to a decentralized, collaborative model over traditional, centralized command and control models —- where edge, mobile and cloud solutions are used to redesign utility business processes and operational practices.
Distributed generation, renewables, smart grids, storage and prosumers are accelerating the rate of change as well as creating a new level of complexity to manage—traditional command and control operational models can only get utilities so far. It’s time to move away from the operational models of the past —- it’s time for a paradigm shift to meet the new level of change and complexity required to manage the active grid. The active grid of today and tomorrow demands greater collaboration —- from the control room out to the field and the grid edge —- for utilities to successfully meet the challenges of grid modernization and digital transformation.

David (Dave) Daly is a product director in Distribution & Grid Modernization, with global responsibility for GE’s Advanced Distribution Management Solutions. Dave has over twenty years of experience in utility control solutions, focused on distribution management. At GE, Dave has held various leadership roles across product management, engineering, project delivery and customer services. Prior to joining GE, Dave worked at ASCADA & IBM as a software engineer.
Dave holds a B.Eng in Electrical Engineering from the University of Glasgow, UK.

SMART Power Flow Controllers for Smart Grid Applications 🗓

— (IEEE SmartGrid) – capacity, demand, existing transmission lines, solutions, functional requirements …

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Webinar Date: Friday, August 4, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM (PDT)
Speaker: Kalyan K. Sen, Chief Technology Officer, Sen Engineering Solutions, Inc.
Location: on the Web
Cost: none
RSVP: required
Event Details & Registration: smartgrid.ieee.org

Summary: Increasing transmission capacity is essential to meet an increased demand of electricity, integration of renewable generation and so on. The power industry’s pressing need for the most economical ways to transfer bulk power along a desired path may be met by building new transmission lines, which is a long and costly process. Alternately, it may be quicker and cheaper to increase the available transfer capacity of the existing transmission lines with a power flow controller.
Power flow control techniques have been practiced, from using inductors, capacitors, transformers and load tap changers in the earlier days of electrical engineering to power electronics-based solutions in recent years. Even though the costs and complexities of the available solutions vary widely, the basic underlying theory of power flow control is still the same as it always has been. To recommend proper solutions, SMART Power Flow Controllers are designed based on functional requirements and cost-effective solutions.

Kalyan Sen, CTO, Sen Engineering Solutions, Inc., who specializes in developing SMART power flow controllers is a recently-selected Fulbright Scholar. He spent 30 years in academia and industry and became a Westinghouse Fellow Engineer. He was a key member of the FACTS development team at Westinghouse. He has authored or coauthored more than 25 peer- reviewed publications, 8 issued patents, a book and 4 book chapters in the areas of FACTS and power electronics. He coauthored the book titled, Introduction to FACTS Controllers: Theory, Modeling, and Applications, IEEE Press and John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 2009, which is also published in Chinese and Indian paperback editions. He received BEE, MSEE, and PhD degrees, all in Electrical Engineering, and an MBA. He is a licensed PE in Pennsylvania.

— (IEEE SmartGrid) – capacity, demand, existing transmission lines, solutions, functional requirements …

Demystifying Blockchain for Energy and Utilities 🗓

— (IEEE SmartGrid) – transactions support, eco-system, business network, distributed resources, market participants, application, challenges …

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Webinar Date: Thursday, July 27, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM (PDT)
Speakers: Marc Peters, IBM Distinguished Engineer and CTO for E&U Europe, IBM; Jos Roling, Senior Architect for Global Center of Competency Energy & Utilities, IBM
Location: on the Web
Cost: none
RSVP: required
Event Details & Registration: smartgrid.ieee.org/

Summary: Blockchain is a new pattern in IT that dramatically changes the support of transactions between market participants that form an eco-system or business network. This particularly of importance for the energy & utility industry that is undergoing major transformation. This transformation leads to more frequent transactions and additional challenges linked to growth of distributed energy resources and number of market participants.
This talk demystifies the applications of blockchain in the energy eco system. After a brief explanation of blockchain we discuss how innovative energy parties address this new opportunity.
— The types of use cases of applying blockchain
— The decision model to start a blockchain project
— The taxonomy of a blockchain project
Finally, we briefly discuss some of the blockchain projects both presenters have worked on.

Marc Peters is an IBM Distinguished Engineer and IBMs CTO for Energy & Utilities in Europe. He is an industry transformation and architecture thought leader guiding energy and utility companies through the digital transformation and reinvention process. Marc is a co-chair of the bitkom smart grid workgroup and representing IBM in the Architecture and Quality Committee of openKonsequenz (a grid operator consortium). Marc is also a member of the global IBM E&U Architecture Council.
Jos Roling is an Open Group Master Certified Architect and blockchain leader in IBMs global center of competency for Energy & Utilities. He is an expert in IT/OT convergence and consults European utilities in their IoT and Blockchain initiatives.

NERC PRC-027 Compliance: Impact on Utilities’ Short-Circuit Modeling and Protective Relay Coordination Studies 🗓

— (IEEE SmartGrid) – tie lines, relay settings, status, requirements, impact on electric utilities, deployment …

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Webinar Date: Thursday, June 29, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM (PDT)
Speaker: Ashok Gopalakrishnan, Principal Advisor, Quanta Technology, LLC
Location: on the Web
Cost: none
RSVP: required
Event Details & Registration: smartgrid.ieee.org

Summary: PRC-027-1, “Coordination of Protection Systems for Performance during Faults,” is an upcoming NERC compliance standard that will require electric utilities to perform periodic reviews of their Bulk Electric System (BES) relay settings to ensure proper coordination between protection relays, including relays that are applied on tie lines with neighboring utilities.
The standard will impose several requirements on utility protection engineering departments: (i) establish a process for developing new and revised relay settings, (ii) periodic reviews of evolving short circuit levels and/or protection coordination studies to assess the impact on protection for all BES elements and (iii) establish a process for deploying new settings to the field devices.
The webinar will explore the standard’s current status and its requirements in detail, along with its impact on utilities. Potential methods for complying with the standard and the implementation timeline will also be discussed.

Ashok Gopalakrishnan, Principal Advisor, Protection & Control, has over 18 years of industry experience, working in India and the United States. He is highly experienced in the computer-aided analysis of electrical power systems, and has developed advanced automation techniques to help analyze complex protection coordination issues. Ashok has also participated in several system protection engineering studies for utilities and consulting companies. He is an expert in the usage and application of the Computer Aided Protection Engineering (CAPE) software, having been intimately involved in its development for over a decade. At Quanta Technology, he manages and provides support for projects involving wide-area protective relay coordination and relay settings.