Past Meetings/Webinars

Origins of Silicon Valley: Why and How It Happened ๐Ÿ—“

— IEEE DL Talk: early 20th century, tech development, new management practices, where innovation happens today …

IEEE China Lake Section and China Lake Museum Foundation
Meeting Date: December 19, 2017
Time: 6:30 PM Networking & Food; 7:00 PM Presentation
Speaker: Paul Wesling, IEEE Distinguished Lecturer and Life Fellow, Hewlett Packard (retired)
Location: Marriott Spring Hill Suites, 113 East Syndor Ave, Ridgecrest
Cost: none
RSVP: required through website by December 17th
Event Details: IEEE vTools
Summary: Why did Silicon Valley come into being? Paul Wesling, an IEEE Life Fellow and Distinguished Lecturer, will give an exciting and colorful history of device technology development and innovation that began in Palo Alto with some Stanford grads, and spread across the Santa Clara Valley during and following World War II. You’ll meet some of the colorful characters โ€“ Cyril Elwell, Lee DeForest, Bill Eitel, Charles Litton, Fred Terman, David Packard, Bill Hewlett and others — who came to set leadership patterns for the worldwide electronics industries through their inventions and process development and allied management techniques. Exploding after military investments during and after WW II, this innovation continued through analog design, to digital, then to software, biotech, the Internet, mobile, Big Data, virtual reality, and now autonomous transportation. Heโ€™ll end by telling us about some current movements that keep alive the spirit of the radio Hams and the Homebrew Computer Club — Maker Faire, MeetUps, incubators, and the other entrepreneurial groups where geeks gather to start new companies that invent the future.

Bio: Paul Wesling IEEE Distinguished Lecturer and Life Fellow, Hewlett Packard (retired)

The Things We Ought to Know About Digital Communications: ๐Ÿ—“

— CSULB Systems Council Chapter presents IEEE Distinguished Lecture Series

Co-sponsored by Coastal Los Angeles
Meeting Date: December 4, 2017
Time: 4:00 PM Networking Presentation until 6:30 PM
Speaker: Dr. Bernard Sklar
Location: California State University – Long Beach
Cost: none
RSVP: Not requested
Event Details: IEEE vTools

Summary: This part of the whirlwind talks (on things that communications engineers should know) explains the creative technology of orthogonal frequency-division multiplexing (OFDM), and single-carrier OFDM (SC-OFDM). We start with a very quick overview of our “important-concept” listing, and the things we’ve already covered. Next, we use easy-to-understand methods to navigate through the interesting details of OFDM, such as the very-important function of the cyclic prefix. We present new visualizations to get an intuitive feeling of how OFDM combines the use of power-limited signaling for the subcarriers, and bandwidth-limited signaling for the data. We also show how the bandwidth efficiency of OFDM is improved by placing independent data on the positive copy and the negative copy of each subcarrier. We explain how SC-OFDM has evolved to solve the peak-to-average power ratio (PAPR) problem in ordinary OFDM. We consider real-world numerical examples. This intense talk is geared toward designers, managers, software developers, and whoever wants to partake in the passion that drives communication engineers.

Bio: Dr. Bernard Sklar has over 60 years of technical experience at: Republic Aviation, Hughes Aircraft, Litton Industries, and The Aerospace Corp. At Aerospace, he helped develop the MILSTAR satellite system, and was the principal architect for EHF Satellite Data Link Standards. Currently, he is Head of Advanced Systems at Communications Engineering Services, a consulting company he founded in 1984. He has taught engineering courses at several universities, including the UCLA and the University of Southern California, and has presented numerous training programs throughout the world. Dr. Sklar has published and presented scores of technical papers. He is the recipient of the 1984 Prize Paper Award from the IEEE Communications Society for his tutorial series on digital communications, and he is the author of the book, Digital Communications: Fundamentals and Applications, 2nd Edition, Prentice-Hall, 2001. He is past Chair of the Los Angeles Council IEEE Education Committee. He holds a Ph.D. degree in engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Cybersecurity for the Smart Grid: Challenges and R&D Directions ๐Ÿ—“

— reliability, security, attacks, sophistication, resilience, mitigation, case studies, best practices …

Webinar Date: Thursday, December 21, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM (PT)
Speaker: Manimaran Govindarasu, Professor, Iowa State University
Location: on the Web
Cost: none
RSVP: required
Event Details & Registration:
Summary: Modern electric power grid is a complex cyber-physical critical infrastructure that forms the lifeline of our society, its reliable, secure, and resilient operation is of paramount importance to national security and economic well-being. In recent years, there has been growing concerns over the cybersecurity of the power grid, due to both from increasing trend of cyber-attacks and the sophistication of these attacks. For instance, cyber attacks on Ukrainian power grid in 2015 and 2016, and also increasing number attempts to infiltrate into grid infrastructures of many nations underscore the urgency and importance of this issue. This talk first focuses on the technical challenges associated with protecting the grid, and then discusses R&D directions and best practices to achieve cybersecurity. In particular, a holistic cybersecurity framework โ€” encompassing attack deterrence, prevention, detection, mitigation, resilience, and attribution/forensics โ€” is discussed. The concepts of end-to-end-security, defense-in-depth, attack-resiliency, and cybersecurity testbeds are also briefly discussed.
Bio: Manimaran Govindarasu is currently the Mehl Professor of Computer Engineering in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Iowa State University (ISU). His research experiences include Cyber-Physical System (CPS) security for the smart grid, cyber security, and real-time systems. He has co-authored over 150 peer-reviewed research publications, and has given many invited talks and tutorials at reputed IEEE conferences, and delivered more than dozen industry training sessions, and currently hosts CPS cybersecurity testbed for research and education. He is the Founding Chair of the Cybersecurity Task Force/Working Group within IEEE PES CAMS Subcommittee. He currently serves as an Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid and IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing. His research program is funded by U.S NSF, DHS, and DOE, and PSERC. He is a Fellow of the IEEE.

Ethical Hacking in the Electric Grid ๐Ÿ—“

— basics, assessment, the what, why, and how, benefits, drawbacks, guidance …

Webinar Date: Thursday, December 7, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM (PT)
Speaker: Tim Yardley, Associate Director of Technology and a Senior Researcher at the Information Trust Institute, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Location: on the Web
Cost: none
RSVP: required
Event Details & Registration:
Summary: This webinar will cover the basics of ethical assessment in the electric grid, detailing the what, why, and how in this domain. Benefits and drawbacks of engaging in an assessment and some guidance on tools that can be used to track progress and prioritize future efforts.

Bio: Tim Yardley is the Associate Director of Technology and a Senior Researcher at the Information Trust Institute (ITI) at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. His primary duties focus on defining the strategic vision and direction for applied research in emerging technology throughout the ITI portfolio, as well as conducting research to address the core mission of his institute. His research is focused on trustworthiness and resiliency in critical infrastructure, particularly with regards to cyber security in systems like the power grid and telecommunications.

Advanced Sensing Electronic Systems for Electrified and Autonomous Vehicles ๐Ÿ—“

— mild-hybrid, starter/generator, monitoring, Radar, Lidar, wireless, convergence, alliances …

Webinar Date: Thursday, January 25, 2018
Time: 8:30 AM (PT)
Speaker: Sergio Saponara, University of Pisa
Location: on the Web
Cost: none
RSVP: required
Event Details & Registration:

Summary: The tutorial will focus on recent advances in sensing electronic systems for new generations of vehicles. To address the needs of safe, sustainable and smart mobility of people and goods, vehicles are becoming electrified and with driver-assisted/autonomous capability. The social and economic impact of the smart transportation field is huge, since every year 90 million vehicles are sold worldwide and 1.25 million people are killed due to lack of safety. In the US 3.1 billions of gallons of fuel are wasted each year due to traffic congestion. According to market forecasts, in 2017-2022, CO2 emissions can be reduced by more than 100 million tonnes per annum just applying a micro/mild-hybrid technology, i.e. using hybrid vehicles where an integrated starter/generator (ISG) electric machine, up to 10 kW, assists the internal combustion engine (ICE), which is reduced in size and weight. The ISG enables Start-and-Stop, regenerative breaking, generator working mode to supply on-board electric loads, and torque-assistance of the ICE at low-speed, when it is not efficient. 48V Li-ion batteries and/or supercapacitors are used for energy storage. Innovative motor/generator electrical machines, up to 10 kW, can represent the single traction unit for lightweight vehicles such as e-bikes, e-scooters, e-quads.

The interest in the research subject of electrified and assisted/self-driving vehicles is demonstrated by the rise of new vehicle companies like Tesla and Uber and by the huge investments in the automotive field of electronics/electrical companies like Google, Intel, Infineon, STMicroelectronics, NVIDIA, and ABB to name just a few. A convergence is foreseen worldwide in the near future between ICT/Electronics industry and traditional OEM and tier-1 automotive industry (see as example announced alliance between INTEL and BMW). Key enabling technologies for this scenario are the innovation in sensing electronic systems, needed for:
— assisted/autonomous driving to detect obstacles and relative position/speed in the surrounding environment (e.g. Radar and Lidar) and for accurate positioning and navigation, i.e. fusion of on-board inertial measurement units (IMU) with global navigation satellite systems (GNSS) signals.
— electrified vehicles to estimate and to monitor voltage, current and temperature of power drive electronics and energy storage sub-system (Li-ion Battery packs or supercapacitors).

The tutorial will be divided in 3 parts, each of 15 minutes, plus final Q&A interactive open discussion session.
In Part 1 innovation and market trends in the field of vehicles with electrified/hybrid propulsion and assisted/self-driving capabilities will be discussed.
In Part 2 real-time sensor acquisition and processing of data from Radar, Camera and Lidar will be discussed and a comparison of these technologies will be carried out. Practical examples of Radar surveillance in transportation systems (railway, automotive and small ships) will be presented. This Section will deal also with fusion of signals from on-board IMU sensors (accelerators, gyroscopes) and GNSS wireless signals for accurate navigation and positioning.
Part 3 will focus on circuits and architectures for monitoring and management of Li-Ion batteries and/or super-capacitor in electric/hybrid vehicles with a special focus on micro/mild-hybrid architectures. This is the most promising solution for a rapid market diffusion of electric mobility since, with bus voltage below 60-70V, in micro/mild-hybrid vehicles costly shock protection devices are not required.

MIMO Radar: Fundamentals, Sparse Sensing and its Application in Autonomous Driving (Part II) ๐Ÿ—“

โ€” Joint Meeting Buenaventura EDCAS, COMSOC, and AESS Chapters…
Meeting Date: November 28, 2017
Time: 6:30 PM Networking & Food; 7:00 PM Presentation
Speaker: Dr. Shunqiao Sun of Delphi Electronics & Safety
Location: Newbury Park, California
Cost: none
RSVP: requested
Event Details: IEEE vTools

Summary: Radar not only has found widespread application in advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) but also is one of the key technologies to enable environmental perception in autonomous driving. Compared with LiDAR and camera, radar technology provides reliable measurements of range, velocity and angle information of obstacles surrounding vehicle in all kinds of weather conditions. Unlike the traditional phased-array radar system which transmits via its antenna array a single waveform with different phase shift, multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) radar can transmit multiple waveforms that may be chosen freely. As compared to traditional radar system with the same number of transmit and receive antennas, MIMO radar achieves significantly improved spatial resolution by exploiting waveform diversity. Due to its advantages, MIMO radar technology has been widely used in designing millimeter-wave radar sensors for ADAS and self-driving cars.

The Part I talk will focus on the fundamentals of MIMO radar as well as novel MIMO radar approaches with the emerging sparse sensing techniques. This talk will cover the radar basics, MIMO radar architecture and waveform design, sparse sensing methods in MIMO radar including compressive sensing (CS) based MIMO radar as well as novel MIMO radar approach using matrix completion (MC).

The Part II talk will focus on the role of radar in autonomous driving and various aspects of automotive radar signal processing techniques. This talk will cover the radar system requirements and architecture for autonomous driving, principles of frequency-modulated continuous-wave (FMCW) radar, high resolution angle finding methods, โ€œsmartโ€ radar sensors with machine learning, as well as unique problems associated with automotive radars for autonomous driving such as pedestrian detection.

Bio: Dr. Shunqiao Sun received his Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey in Jan. 2016. He is currently with the radar core team of Delphi Electronics & Safety, Agoura Hills, CA, where he is working on advanced radar signal processing and machine learning algorithms for self-driving cars. In the past, he held internships at Cisco Systems and Mitsubishi Electric Research Labs (MERL). His research interests lie at the interface of statistical and sparse signal processing with mathematical optimizations, MIMO radar, machine learning, and smart sensing in complex environments. Dr. Sun is winner of the 2016 IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society Robert T. Hill Best Dissertation Award for his thesis โ€œMIMO Radars with Sparse Sensingโ€.

3D Printing, Microwave Design, and Woodwinds Come Together ๐Ÿ—“

— musical devices, 3D printers, design tools, to working instruments …

โ€” IEEE Central Los Angeles Life Members …
Meeting Date: January 27, 2018
Time: 10AM Networking 10:30AM Presentation
Speaker: Dr Charles Jackson
Location: Rolling Hills Estate, California
Cost: none
RSVP: requested
Event Details: IEEE vTools

Summary: People have been making musical instruments for a long time; for over 40,000 years. We use whatever we can find to make them. Today we can use 3D printers to make them. This talk will show how to apply microwave theory (transmission line theory, network analysis, and S-Parameters) to the design of woodwind instruments; especially renaissance instruments such as the flute, crumhorn, or cornetto. The talk will then show how to use 3D printing to make working instruments.

Bio: Dr. Jackson has had an interest in the design of woodwind instruments for many years. He has written articles on Quasi-optical components, High Temperature Superconductors for microwave applications, Ferroelectric phase shifters, and Microwave Radiometers. He has been awarded three patents. He is on the Center Staff of the RFMS of Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems. He was President of the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society in 2001, and is a Fellow of the IEEE.

Design and Implementation of Haptic Robotics and mHealth Systems in Rehabilitation ๐Ÿ—“

— Co-sponsored by USD IEEE Student Branch, IEEE San Diego AES, RAS, and CS Chapters …

Meeting Date: November 21, 2017
Time: 12:15 PM Networking & Food; 12:25 PM Presentation
Speaker: Dr. Charmayne M.L. Hughes of Health Equity Institute / San Francisco State University
Location: University of San Diego
Cost: none
RSVP: requested, through website
Event Details: IEEE vTools

Haptic Robotics and mHealth Systems in Rehabilitation combine motor control, neuroscience, and engineering to address the impacts of violence and trauma on neurocognitive and neuromotor functioning for resource-constrained and vulnerable populations.

Bio: Charmayne Hughes is a Health Equity Institute Associate Professor of Kinesiology at San Francisco State University. She received her PhD in motor behavior from Purdue and completed her postdoctoral work at Bielefeld University, the Technical University of Munich,and Nangyang Technological University. She works to elucidate the impact of violence and trauma on underlying neurocognitive and neuromotor functioning and to develop scientific, engineering, and technological solutions that benefit resource constrained and vulnerable populations.

Smart Tech San Diego ๐Ÿ—“

–the best in SOCal Tech

โ€” IEEE San Diego Section
Meeting Dates: December 8, 2017
Time: 8AM – 5PM

Location: San Diego


The one-day intensive workshop will cover the best in SOCal Tech and will be held at Coleman University in San Diego, CA, USA. Explore the course agenda below. Smart Tech events offer all-day track sessions that allow attendees to immerse themselves in a given technology.
Course outline:
Big Data Science & Engineering
Intellectual Property & Patents
Latest Trends in Employment and Career Planning
Autonomous and Connected Vehicles
The Commercialization of 5G
Smart Cities Panel
Latest Trends in UAV
IOT Technologies and Applications
Blue Tech

TechPortal Talks: Benefiting from the pre-incubator experience ๐Ÿ—“

Hear firsthand accounts of lean startup practices and lessons learned

Meeting Date: November 16, 2017
Time: 5PM Networking 5:30PM Presentations 7:30PM Buffet
Paul Dhillon, CEO, Integra Devices
Aditi Majumder, UCI professor and founder/president, Summit Technology Laboratory
Byron Shen, CEO, Velox Biosystems
Michael Tam, associate, Crosscut Ventures
Nancy Kim Yun, senior director, Research Translation Group, UCI Applied Innovation

Location:Calit2 Building Auditorium, UC Irvine

RSVP: requested, through website
Event Details: Register

According to conventional wisdom, nine out of 10 startups fail. The problem? Itโ€™s not true. The U.S. Small Business Administration says 66 percent of startups make it to two years and roughly half of new businesses survive five years of operation. But often, very early-stage startups are not ready to jump head first into the commercial marketplace. Thatโ€™s why CALIT2 opened TechPortal, a pre-incubator to house and assist young startups still in the process of formulating business plans, developing prototypes, establishing an entrepreneurial team, soliciting investments and preparing for market readiness. TechPortal has been home to 16 startups, many of which have gained strong footholds in their respective markets. Others are currently navigating the pre-incubation channels, and some simply didnโ€™t succeed.

Join us Thursday, November 16, 2017 to:
ยท Hear firsthand accounts of lean startup practices and lessons learned
ยท Understand new startup customer-development and ideas-validation processes
ยท Discover unique resources that a campus pre-incubator can provide
ยท Learn about federally funded revenue streams and get advice from an early-stage investor
ยท See what UCI is doing to better enable commercialization efforts