Past Meetings/Webinars

Creative Statistics: Revealing New Relationships from Diverse Data Sets 🗓

— (SPECTRUM Webinar) — curiosity, creativity, relationships, innovation, case study …

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Webinar Date: Friday, November 4, 2016
Time: 9:00 AM (PDT)
Speaker: Arthur J. O’Connor, Academic Director, Data Analytics, CUNY
Location: on the Web
Cost: none
RSVP: required
Event Details & Registration: attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6145335792024941316
Summary: Data Science is not just about programming and math; the field also relies heavily on intellectual curiosity, creativity, and exploration. By creating and combing through variables from different types of data sets, data scientists can reveal new and interesting relationships, in addition to different avenues for future research.
In this webinar, we will discuss how empirical evidence supporting a new theory about the relationship between organizational values and industry automation was discovered, as well as demonstrate how the public availability of diverse types of data expands opportunities for innovative ideas.


Bio: Arthur J. O’Connor is the Academic Director of the MS in Data Analytics, BS in Information Systems, and BA in Communication and Media degree programs at CUNY SPS. He has served as a senior corporate officer of two Fortune 500 corporations, and for the past decade, worked in risk analytics and systems implementation roles at Reuters, Citigroup, and most recently, Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group.

IEEE Webinar: Utility Microgrid Standard 🗓

— (IEEE SmartGrid) — distributed framework, investment, centric nodes, revenue …

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Webinar Date: Thursday, October 27, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM (PDT)
Speaker: John F. Kelly, PEER Program Specialist, Green Business Certification Institute
Location: on the Web
Cost: none
RSVP: required
Event Details & Registration: smartgrid.ieee.org/utility-microgrid-standard
Summary: The electricity sector faces game-changing conditions driven by higher expectations from local governments and electricity customers, technology advances, and new policies that emphasis performance and customer participation. What if utilities chose to leverage microgrids and a more distributed framework; taking advantage of customer investment and new utility services to make the system better while increasing returns? This presentation will introduce a utility microgrid approach and standard as a means for addressing these industry forces.
The Performance Excellence in Electricity Renewal (PEER) standard and rating system can serve as a standard, guide, specification, and education tool. This microgrid approach begins by dividing vast utility territories into a network of manageable customer centric nodes (i.e. utility microgrids) that leverage nested private microgrids and customer distributed resources. The PEER standard is then utilized to optimize each utility and private microgrid for the benefit of the customer, utility and ratepayer.

Bio: John F. Kelly: Over the past seven years, Mr. Kelly worked with an industry team of leaders to research and develop microgrids and supporting standards. Mr. Kelly authored numerous research papers on electricity reliability, markets, and pricing, as well as, smart grid cost/benefit and best practices for electricity policy reform. He provided consulting services to the energy for 30 years, developing innovative sustainable energy plans and designs for large multi-use developments and cities. Mr. Kelly held leadership positions with Duke Engineering and Gas Technology Institute then co-founding a sustainable energy. He holds a B.S. in energy engineering and certificate in environmental engineering.

8th Annual IEEE/CPMT Soft Error Rate (SER) Workshop 🗓

— CPMT — three Tutorials, four talks, packaging materials, alpha particles, testing …

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Webinar Date: Thursday, November 3, 2016
Time: 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM (PST)
Speakers: from IBM, Cisco, Xia, iROC, Xilinx, Cypress
Location: on the Web
Cost: none
RSVP: required
Event Details & Registration: www.cpmt.org/scv/?p=197
Summary: The annual IEEE Soft Error Rate Workshop, now in its 8th year, continues its unique offering of simultaneous in-room and remote participation (via WebEx), with discussions on a variety of critical issues on SER (Soft Error Rates) for an ever-increasing international audience. Attendees can participate in any of the three Tutorials: — An Introduction to Single Event Effects (Xilinx) — System Design Considerations for Soft Error Mitigation (iROC) — Techniques and Challenges of Alpha Emissivity Measurements (XIA, IBM). In addition, there are four technical presentations on current issues and case studies: — Challenges of Alpha Testing (Cisco) — Resilience and Inexact Computing (Los Alamos Labs) — Soft Error Upset Sensitivity to the Array Background Pattern in SLC Flash Memories (Cypress) — Alpha-Induced Soft Errors in Xilinx UltraScale+ Devices (Xilinx)
See the website for summaries of the tutorials and talks, the speaker listing, and to register.

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.

2016 CLASTECH Symposium and Exhibition 🗓

— ED/MTT Joint OC & LA Sections — engaging talks on antennas and microwave, tabletop exhibits, and good food …

— ED/MTT Joint OC & LA Sections — engaging talks on antennas and microwave, tabletop exhibits, and good food …
Meeting Date: Friday, October 28, 2016
Time: 8:30 AM Registration to 3:30 PM
Speakers: 5 Antenna talks, 6 Microwave talks
Location: LAX Marriott
Cost: $20 early registration by 10/21 and $40 at door
RSVP: At Eventbrite Tickets
Summary:
Preliminary Antenna Talks
“Horn and Reflector Design from Down Under”, by Christophe Granet, Lyrebird Antenna Research Pty Ltd., (Australia)
“Ultra-high Efficiency Planar Phased Arrays for Satellite Communications” by Karl Warnick, Brigham Young University
“Periodic Structures in Modern Electromagnetic and Antenna Applications: FSS, EBG, Reflectarrays and Nano-Pillars,” by Yahya Rahmat-Samii, UCLA
“Smart antennas for broadband satellite communications”, by Steven Gao, University of Kent
“RF Modeling of Instrument Antennas for Flight Projects: from Initial Concept to on Orbit Validation”, by Paolo Focardi, JPL
Preliminary Microwave talks
“GaN Power MMICs – Fact and Fiction” by Charles Campbell, QORVO
“Multi-scale Periodic Structure Design in 3D EM Software” by Enow Tanjong, CST
“5G candidate technologies and how to future-proof your RF designs” by Gent Paparisto, National Instruments
“Anisotropic, Nonlinear, and Active Impedance Surfaces” by Daniel Sievenpiper, UCSD
“Navigation Sensors and Systems in GNSS Degraded and Denied Environments” by George T. Schmidt, AES Distinguished Lecturer
“Terahertz lasers based upon metamaterial concepts” by Benjamin Williams, UCLA

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.

An Introduction to Railway Power Systems 🗓

— webinar: DC and AC, distribution, inverters, grounding, variations …

— webinar: DC and AC, distribution, inverters, grounding, variations …
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Webinar Date: Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Time: 7:00 AM (PDT)
Speaker: Eduardo Pilo de la Fuente, EPRail
Sponsor: IEEE Transportation Electrification Community
Location: on the Web
Cost: none
RSVP: required
Event Details & Registration: tec.ieee.org
Summary: This webinar will introduce the power supply systems which are most commonly worldwide and describe how they are implemented.
The first part will be focused on DC railways, which are normally connected to the three-phase distribution grid by means of electronic converters (generally 12-pulse rectifiers, but in some cases also inverters to achieve bi-directionality). The electrical circuit (composed of the contact system – the catenary or the feeding rails – and the return system – normally the rails) will be described. Regarding the return system, some notions related to the grounding of the return circuits (and its impact into the stray currents) will be introduced. Finally, some variations of the basic DC system, such as the 2x1500V system, are described.
The second part will be centered in the Industrial Frequency (50Hz/60Hz) systems, which are connected to the three-phase transmission or distribution grids by means of transformers (whose topologies will be described). Within this group, two sub-families will be described: the single-phase (1x) and the double-phase (2x, also called autotransformer-based) systems. The concept of (isolation) neutral zones, often required because of the way transformers are connected to the grid, will be presented. Also, the electrical circuit (composed of the contact system and the return system, which is normally grounded) will be described. Finally, the application of the so-called boost transformers in traction will be detailed.
Finally, the third part will be focused on the Low Frequency (16.6/20Hz) systems, connected to three-phase or to single-phase grids by means of transformers and/or phase/frequency converters. Within this group, the two sub-families will be described (single-phase and double-phase systems). Also, the electrical circuit (composed of the contact system and the return system, which is normally grounded) will be described. Finally, the application of the so-called boost transformers in traction will be detailed.


Bio: Eduardo Pilo received his PhD degree in ICAI (Engineering School of the Pont. Univ. of Comillas, Madrid, Spain) in 2003. From 2003 he has been involved in different research and consulting projects in the field of railways and power systems. From 2003 to 2010, he served as a researcher in the Institute for Research in Technology (Comillas), as the responsible of the research projects related with traction power systems. From 2010 to 2012, he worked for the electrical industry as a consultant of the company Multitest. In 2012, he founded his own company, EPRail, focused on providing research and consultancy services in the field of power systems in railways. His main interests include the analysis of railway power systems, the optimization of their design and operation and the conception of the next-generation railway smart grids.

Simulating MRI Heating of Medical Implants 🗓

— SPECTRUM Webinar — metallic devices, field concentration, tissue effects, testing …

— SPECTRUM Webinar — metallic devices, field concentration, tissue effects, testing …
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Webinar Date: Thursday, October 20, 2016
Time:11:00 AM (PDT)
Speaker: Kyle C. Koppenhoefer, AltaSim Technologies; Walter Frei, COMSOL, Inc.
Location: on the Web
Cost: none
RSVP: required
Event Details & Registration: spectrum.ieee.org/webinar
Summary: Metallic medical devices can concentrate RF fields and generate heat during magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), which can lead to tissue denaturing and breakdown. Computational simulation allows medical device companies to identify designs that require experimental tests, dramatically reducing the testing required to demonstrate the MRI compatibility of their products. This presentation will discuss capabilities of the COMSOL Multiphysics® software to analyze heat generation, RF fields, and heat transfer to surrounding tissue. The webinar will include a live demonstration in the software and a Q&A session.