Past Meetings/Webinars

IEEE Milestone Dedication in San Diego for CDMA and Celebration of Inventions in Mobile Communications 🗓

— IEEE San Diego Section …

Meeting Date: November 7, 2017
Time: 3pm to 6pm — see agenda below

Location: San Diego
Cost: none,

Event Details: IEEE vTools
Please join us for the IEEE Milestone Plaque Dedication for the very first IEEE Milestone Plaque in San Diego. The IEEE milestone plaque celebrates the pioneering work in CDMA, the first public demonstration of a CDMA cellular radio system – 28 years prior, on November 7, 1989.

Look forward to having you celebrate with us and hope this is the first of many milestone plaques for San Diego!

3:00 – 3:30 pm: IEEE Milestone Plaque Dedication – Building N Campus Lawn – Dedication of the first San Diego IEEE milestone plaque celebrating the pioneering work in CDMA, the first public demonstration of a CDMA cellular radio system – November 7, 1989.

3:30 – 4:00 pm: Social Break – Building N lobby – Refreshments and VIP tours of Qualcomm demos and museum

4:00 – 5:00 pm: IEEE Milestone Panel and Qualcomm Inventor Awards – Irwin M Jacobs Qualcomm Hall, Building N – Join us for an interactive panel featuring world-changing CDMA technology leaders followed by an awards presentation

5:00 – 6:00 pm: Reception – Building N lobby – Celebrate the many inventions in mobile communications with Live Music, Food and Networking! Hope to see you there!

Perspective, Challenges and Future of Automotive Cyber Security Enriched with Blockchain Technology 🗓

— privacy, trust between vehicles, data transaction blocks, perspectives, challenges …

Webinar Date: Wednesday, Dec 6, 2017
Time: 4:00 AM (PT)
Speaker: Dr. Madhusudan Singh, Yonsei Institute of Convergence Technology, Yonsei University
Location: on the Web
Cost: none
RSVP: required
Event Details & Registration:

Summary: As we know, Intelligent vehicles are almost in-market, and very soon they will replace human drivers worldwide. The intelligent vehicles are internet-connected vehicles, which is also communicating and data sharing between vehicle-to- vehicle (V2V), vehicles-to-infrastructure (V2I), and within vehicles. In such vehicle communication, they use CALM, DSRC and WAVE communication channels. This s kind of machine has many security vulnerabilities such as data security, privacy, legality, trust between vehicles etc. They need a strong security mechanism to solve these challenges. However, the Intelligent vehicles are making secured through the traditional security mechanism similar to information technology security standards (ISO 27000 and family), but a risk of attacks will reach new levels of interoperability, and the independent decision-making will begin to embed complexity, security loopholes and potential “black swan” events. This type of research need to be built-in security and architectural design to protect emerging threats. However, Blockchain technology will break this traditional mechanism for data validation and facilitate a trustworthy environment creation for Intelligent vehicles. Blockchain is a secure decentralized distributed ledger. The intelligent vehicles with Blockchain can create and maintain a continuously growing data transaction blocks of cryptographically secured data records against fraudulence and tamper. Blockchain can also reduce the cost of data and unpredictability of working edge devices or connecting machines. It simplifies the development of cost-effective data transaction, where anything can be tracked and exchanged, without requiring a central body. However, security is big challenge for intelligent vehicles. This presentation will introduce the automotive cyber security: perspective, challenges, and discuss how can blockchain can provide a secure trust environment for the intelligent vehicles.

Madhusudan Singh is a Research Professor at Yonsei Institue of Convergence Technology at Yonsei University, Korea since June, 2016. He has worked as Senior Engineer at Research Group at Samsung Display from March 2012 ~ March 2016. He received his Ph.D. degree in the Dept. of Ubiquitous IT, from Dongseo University(DSU), South Korea in Feb. 2012; M. Tech. degree in Dept. of IT with spec. in Software Engineering from Indian Institute of Information Technology-Allahabad(IIIT-A), India in July 2008; and his MCA degree in the Dept. of Computer Application from Uttar Pradesh (State) Technical University(UPTU), Lucknow, India in 2006. BCA degree is the Dept. of Computer Applications from VBS Purvanchal University-Jaunpur, India. Dr. Singh was a visiting research scholar at Univ. the Pisa, Italy in 2010.
Currently, he is an associated with numerous scientific organizations and has published more than 35 refereed scientific papers. His fields of interests are Automotive Cyber Security, Machine Learning, Blockchain Technology, Internet of Things, Image processing, and Software Engineering.

Integrated Power Distribution Planning: Bridging Traditional Capacity Planning and DER Planning 🗓

— distributed energy, grid-scale renewables, capacity planning methods, tools, best practices, problems …

Webinar Date: Thursday, November 2, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM (PT)
Speaker: Gerhard Walker, Director of Grid Evolution, and Hisham Omara, Director of Engineering, Opus One Solutions
Location: on the Web
Cost: none
RSVP: required
Event Details & Registration:

Summary: Integrated Distribution Planning tools are integrating traditional capacity planning methods with distributed energy resource planning. These tools are becoming increasingly important as utilities plan, account for, and manage higher penetrations of grid scale renewables. This webinar intends to share insights including best practices, pitfalls, problems, and results of deploying an enterprise level roll-out.

Hisham Omara is the Director of Engineering and Consulting at Opus One Solutions with 10 years experience in the utilities sector in Canada, United Kingdom, Europe, and the Middle East. He engaged in a wide variety of business and strategic planning projects for firms competing in the electric power business. These projects are in response to changing or evolving conditions in the industry, the emergence of new entrants and technologies, or structural and regulatory changes. Furthermore, he has 7 years of experience in the design, development and deployment of smart grid, and energy efficiency solutions. Most recently, he was an Associate Director at Navigant, he established Navigant’s Energy presence in Qatar. Hisham holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Manchester.
Gerhard Walker is the Director of Grid Evolution at Opus One Solutions. Prior to his engagement with Opus One he was the Director of Grid Solutions at GE’s Current and started his career in the utility business at the EnBW AG’s DSO Netze BW in Stuttgart, Germany as project manager and leader of a Smart Grid Competence Center. He studied electrical engineering at the University of Stuttgart and Tokyo Tech, and holds a BS and MS degrees in electric and power systems engineering and defending his PhD in Electrical Engineering October of this year.

Forecasting, Optimization and Control of Distributed Flexible Power Resources 🗓

— renewable generation, quality-of-service, weather forecasts, aggregate loads, optimization, scalable control …

Webinar Date: Thursday, October 19, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM (PT)
Speakers: Yan Pan, Senior Electric Power Engineer, GE Global Research Center; Reza Ghaemi, Senior Control Systems Engineer, General Electric Research Center
Location: on the Web
Cost: none
RSVP: required
Event Details & Registration:

Summary: The availability of flexible resources is becoming increasingly important with increasing renewable generation. As part of the ARPA-E NODES project, a group of researchers are working on aggregating distributed flexible loads and DERs to provide grid services while maintaining customer quality-of-service. The presentation will cover the development of flexibility forecasts that use weather forecasts and other data to estimate the reserve potential of aggregate loads and DERs. An optimization framework that enables aggregation of a large numbers of flexible loads and DERs and determines the optimal day-ahead schedule for these resources will be discussed. Finally, a scalable control architecture for coordinating and controlling the resources in real-time with low latency will be presented.

Yan Pan is currently working with GE Global Research Center (GRC) as a Senior Electric Power Engineer. She received the BSEE and MSEE degree in Power Systems from Wuhan University, Wuhan, China in 2000 and 2003, respectively, and the PhD degree in Electrical Engineering from the Center of Advanced Power Systems, Florida State University, in 2009. She worked with Beijing Sifang Automation Co., Ltd as a Protection Engineer in 2003-2005. In 2009, she joined GE GRC, leading and working on R&D projects in the areas of DMS/DERMS functions, Power System Protection, PMU applications, dynamic/static load modeling and so on. She is a senior member with IEEE PES.
Reza Ghaemi is a senior control systems engineer at General Electric Research Center (GRC). Prior to joining GRC, he was a post-doctoral researcher at Massachusetts Institute of Technology between 2010 and 2012. He was also a visiting scholar at the Automatic Control Laboratory at ETH Zurich in 2008. He received M.Sc. in Mathematics (stochastic and optimization) in 2009 and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, Systems in 2010 from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
His research interests include optimal control, Model Predictive Control, system biology, supervisory control, aircraft flight path optimization, and decentralized power grid control.

MIMO Radar: Fundamentals, Sparse Sensing and its Application in Autonomous Driving (Part II) 🗓

focus on the role of radar in autonomous driving and various aspects of automotive radar signal processing techniques.

— Joint Meeting Buenaventura EDCAS, COMSOC, and AESS Chapters …
Meeting Date: October 24, 2017
Time: 6:30 PM Networking & Food; 7:00 PM Presentation
Speaker: Dr. Shunqiao Sun of Delphi Electronics & Safety
Location: Newbury Park
Cost: none
RSVP: requested
Event Details: IEEE vTools
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 (October) 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, “smart” 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 “MIMO Radars with Sparse Sensing”.

Advanced Sensor Concepts 🗓

— Two talks: 1) Advanced Sensor Concepts, Exploitation, Signal Processing & Systems Engineering 2) Knowledge Based Space-Time Adaptive Processing

— IEEE Central Coast Section
Meeting Date: October 2, 2017
Time: 6:00 PM Networking & Food; 6:30 PM Presentations start
Speaker: Distinguished Lecturer Michael C. Wicks PhD of University of Dayton
Location: Rusty’s Pizza at 5934 Calle Real in Goleta
Cost: none
RSVP: requested
Event Details: IEEE vTools
Talk 1: Advanced Sensor Concepts, Exploitation, Signal Processing and Systems Engineering
In this talk, a number of concepts and technologies forming the foundation for the exploitation of sensors from a Big Data perspective are presented. A signal processing and systems engineering approach is discussed, and heuristic techniques are presented as being critical to leap ahead advances in sensor exploitation. While radar centric in nature, the foundation for a more general sensors approach to Big Data exploitation is discussed. Archival data is considered to be essential to the optimal exploitation of sensor phenomena, as humans are unable to fully observe or even comprehend the volumes of rapidly changing data available today. Topics as diverse as radio frequency tomography for below ground imaging, millimeter wave sensing for exquisite feature extraction, target resonance and dynamic imaging of targets obscured by clutter and cover, as well as space-time adaptive processing are presented. The integrating theme of Big Data exploitation is discussed within the context of these enabling sensor technologies as is the “Velocity of Sensor Data.”

Talk 2: Knowledge Based Space-Time Adaptive Processing
This presentation discusses the development of space-time adaptive processing (STAP) technology for ground moving target indication (GMTI) applications. Current GMTI systems, e.g. the E-8 Joint STARS, use non- adaptive displaced phase center antenna (DPCA) techniques. The Joint STARS platform has been very successful. So the question naturally arises, why is STAP needed for GMTI?

Bio: Dr. Wicks is a leading research scientist in remote sensing, signal processing and systems engineering, with a current focus on distributed sensing and radio frequency technology. He has pursued a variety of research interests in his career, including: cognitive radar, radio frequency tomographic radar, counter explosive sensor technology, cognitive radar and radio, space object sensing, missile defense, deep earth probing radar, multi-dimensional adaptive processing for airborne and space based radar, ultra-wideband radio and radar, passive and active multi-static systems, and concealed weapons / contraband detection and carrier identification. He pioneered the concept of knowledge-based signal processing and waveform diversity, and has led national and international research teams on the design, development and fielding of novel algorithms, architectures and systems for remote sensing from space, air and surface platforms.

Tour of the James Webb Space Telescope 🗓

–The tour will include views of the mirrors, sun shield, and bus for the telescope.

— IEEE Costal Los Angeles Young Professionals
Meeting Date: October 5, 2017
Time: 2:45 PM to 04:00 PM

Location: Redondo Beach, California
Cost: none
RSVP: This event is open to US citizens only. All attendees must bring a government-issued ID
Event Details: IEEE vTools

IEEE Costal Los Angeles Young Professionals are pleased to present a tour of the James Webb Space Telescope. Scheduled to launch next year, the telescope is currently under testing at Northrop Grumman. It is part of NASA’s next generation space program. Utilizing its unparalleled resolution and sensitivity, it is tasked with investigating the formation of the first galaxies, stars, and planets as well as imaging exoplanets and novas beyond the reach of current technology.

The tour will include views of the mirrors, sun shield, and bus for the telescope. It is being lead by IEEE member and Young Professional, Walter Iu.

This is a unique opportunity to observe and learn about a preminent engineering accomplishment of modern times.

Unfortunately, this event is open to US citizens only. All attendees must bring a government-issued ID.

Advanced RF Front- End and Transceiver Systems Design Overview for Carrier Aggregation-Based 4G/5G Radios 🗓

—focuses on discussing the RF system architectural challenges for Advanced-LTE based user equipment (UE) radio

— Co-sponsored by UC Riverside, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and IEEE Foothill MTT Section
Meeting Date: October 2, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM Presentation
Speaker: Walid Ali-Ahmad, VP of Technology Qualcomm
Location: UC Riverside
Cost: none
RSVP: requested, through website (or required, by ___ date)
Event Details: IEEE vTools

Over the past few years, there has been an explosion in the mobile data usage mostly due to the
increasing number of tablets and smart phones in use. To support such demand, wider
transmission bandwidths are needed, and hence, the technique of Carrier Aggregation (CA) has
been introduced in 4G cellular systems. This enables scalable bandwidth expansion beyond the
single LTE carrier by aggregating two or more LTE component carriers of similar or different
baseband bandwidth, which can be chosen from the same 3GPP frequency band (intra-band) or
different 3GPP frequency bands (inter-band). Furthermore, CA is supported by both FDD and TDD
modes, and this offers the optimum flexibility in the way the spectrum is utilized and how the
network scheduling is configured. In order to push towards 5G data rates (>1Gbps), leveraging
more antennas and transmitting more bits per symbol to increase spectral efficiency requires the
use of MIMO and higher-order modulation techniques. This presentation focuses on discussing the
RF system architectural challenges for Advanced-LTE based user equipment (UE) radio, and the
resultant increased complexity in the radio due to the use of CA, MIMO, and higher order
modulation techniques; furthermore, concurrency and coexistence scenarios with other radio
access technologies (RAT) are considered in how they further add to the complexity of the RF frontend
and to its linearity requirements.

Bio: Walid Ali-Ahmad is currently a VP of Technology at Qualcomm, Inc; he is involved in the
architecture and RF systems design of advanced RF Front-Ends and transceiver systems for 4G
and sub-6GHz 5G User Equipment (UE). Since January 2016, he has been also with the ECE
department at UC San Diego as Visiting Professor. Before July 2014, he was a senior director of
Technology at Mediatek, and led the architecture and RF systems design of low-cost 2G/3G/LTE
integrated transceivers and SoCs for China market feature phones and smartphones. He was a
visiting professor in the ECE department at UC San Diego during Winter term 2016, and was an
associate professor in the Electrical Engineering department at the American University of Beirut
between Sept 2004 and Sept 2007, with focus on applied electromagnetics and communication
circuits and systems. Between July 1997 and July 2004, he was a principal member of Technical
staff at Maxim Integrated products, and led the systems development of the first low-cost low-power
WCDMA direct-conversion transceiver IC in SiGe BiCMOS. He holds several patents in the area of
RF front-end tuning, and has published many articles and given many talks in the area of RF
systems design for cellular and millimeter-wave radio systems. He is a senior IEEE member and an
IEEE distinguished microwave lecturer for the 2017 – 2019 term. He has been part of the IEEE
RFIC conference technical program and steering committees since 2004; he is currently the
RFIC2018 general chair.

Theory of Nano-Electron-Fluidic Logic (NFL): A New Digital “Electronics” Concept. 🗓

This talk presents the theory, physics and design principles of NFL.

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Meeting Date: October 17, 2017
Time: 6:00 PM Networking & Food; 6:30 PM Presentation
Speaker: Dr. Hector De Los Santos of NanoMEMS Research, LLC, Irvine, CA
Location: San Diego
Cost: none
RSVP: requested
Event Details: IEEE vTools

As predicted by Gordon Moore more than 40 years ago, the number of transistors able to fit on a computer chip has doubled approximately every 18 months. But if the trend is to continue for the years to come, it will have to be with technology other than the conventional CMOS design. As the size of transistors gets down to the nanoscale, CMOS devices begin to suffer from several issues, in particular, increased resistance, decreased channel mobility, and increased manufacturing costs. To overcome the challenges involved with scaling, researchers from around the world have begun to look for alternatives to CMOS technology. Our recently introduced concept, called nano-electron-fluidic logic (NFL), is based, not on electron particle transport, but on the generation, propagation, and manipulation of surface plasma waves (plasmons) in an electron fluid. NFL gates are projected to exhibit femtojoule power dissipations and femtosecond switching speeds at finite temperatures, while taking full advantage of established semiconductor manufacturing infrastructure. NFL represents a paradigm shift in digital technology, and is poised as a strong candidate for “beyond-CMOS” digital logic. This talk presents the theory, physics and design principles of NFL.

Bio: Dr. Hector De Los Santos received the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, in 1989. He founded NanoMEMS Research, LLC, Irvine, CA, a company engaged in Nanoelectromechanical Quantum Circuits and Systems (NEMX) and RF MEMS (NanoMEMS) research, consulting, and education, where he focuses on discovering fundamentally new devices, circuits and design techniques. Prior to founding NanoMEMS in 2002, he spent two years as a Principal Scientist, RF MEMS, at Coventor, Inc., Irvine, CA. From 1989 to 2000, he was with Hughes Space and Communications Company, Los Angeles, CA, where he served as Principal Investigator and the Director of the Future Enabling Technologies IR&D Program. Under this program he pursued research in RF MEMS, quantum functional devices and circuits and photonic bandgap crystal devices and circuits. He holds over 30 U.S., European, German and Japanese patents and is author of bestseller textbooks, including, Introduction to Microelectromechanical (MEM) Microwave Systems, Norwood, MA: Artech House, 1999 [This book was the first in the RF MEMS field and has become an Artech House classic, now being in their IPF® (In-Print-Forever®) program], RF MEMS Circuit Design for Wireless Communications, Norwood, MA: Artech House, 2001, and Principles and Applications of NanoMEMS Physics, Dordrecht: The Netherlands: Springer, 2005. His most recent book, Radio Systems Engineering: A Tutorial Approach, was published by Springer, New York, in 2014. His research interests include, theory, modeling, simulation, design and demonstration of emerging devices (electronic, plasmonic, nanophotonic, mechanical systems in the quantum regime, etc.), and wireless communications.
During the 2010-11 academic year he held a German Research Foundation (DFG) Mercator Visiting Professorship at Institute for High-Frequency Engineering and Electronics, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology/University of Karlsruhe, Germany, where his activities included teaching, and conducting research on his DFG-funded project “Nanoelectromechanical Interferometric Tuning with Non-Equilibrium Cooling for Microwave and mm-Wave Electronics”. From 2001-2003 he lectured worldwide as an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer of the Microwave Theory and Techniques Society. Since 2006 he has been an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer of the Electron Devices Society. He is a member of Tau Beta Pi, Eta Kappa Nu and Sigma Xi. He is an IEEE Fellow.

IEC 62368-1 – “A New Hope” – Anticipated changes for the upcoming IEC 62368-1, 3rd Edition 🗓

— an overview of some key changes that we expect will be approved/accepted for the upcoming 3rd Edition

— IEEE San Diego Section
Meeting Date: October 10, 2017
Time: 6:00 PM Networking & Food; 6:30 PM Presentation
Speaker: George Daverin of Nemko
Location: Carlsbad
Cost: none
RSVP: requested
Event Details: IEEE vTools

Summary: This presentation will identify and review key changes that are anticipated between IEC 62368-1, 2nd Ed. and IEC 62368-1, 3rd Ed. It is not intended to be a gap analysis but rather an overview of some key changes that we expect will be approved/accepted for the upcoming 3rd Edition of IEC 62368-1.

Bio: George Daverin has over 25 years of experience in Safety Certification with UL and Nemko, primarily in ITE and related categories. George is currently employed as a Senior Safety Engineer with Nemko USA in Carlsbad, CA.

Born and raised in Southern California, graduated from California State Polytechnic University at Pomona (Cal-Poly, Pomona) in 1990 with a BS in Electrical Engineering Technology with emphasis in Industrial Engineering and Communications. Shortly after graduating from Cal-Poly, George began his career in Safety Certification with UL where he worked for nearly 20 years and has been with Nemko for the past 5 years.

Previous work experience includes 2 years as a Teaching Assistant at Fullerton College and over 6 years in electrical power distribution and lighting design and engineering.

Outside interests include local Professional and Collegiate sports (particularly Baseball), engaging in various outdoor activities, camping, hiking.