Past Meetings/Webinars


AESS Annual Conference

β€” AESS β€” The International Conference for Aerospace Experts, Academics, Military Personnel, and Industry Leaders …

Meeting Dates: March 4 to 11, 2017

Location: Yellowstone Conference Center, Big Sky, Montana, USA

RSVP: IEEE 2017 Aerospace Conference

Summary: The International IEEE Aerospace Conference, with AIAA and PHM Society as technical cosponsors, is organized to promote interdisciplinary understanding of aerospace systems, their underlying science and technology, and their applications to government and commercial endeavors.

Pitfalls of the Perfect Life, and Advantages of Letting Go πŸ—“

— (IEEE-USA) – perfectionism, working too hard, enjoying too little, finding balance …

Webinar Date: Thursday, March 2, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM (PST)
Speaker: Nancy Martin, Manager, Technical Development, GE Global Research Center
Location: on the Web
Cost: none
RSVP: required
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Summary: Perfectionism served many of us well while we grew up. It allowed us to go to the best schools and get the best jobs. Yet, once we are in the “real” world, perfectionism often leads us to a life of working too hard, enjoying too little, and feeling like nothing is ever good enough. Add to that that “perfect” is now measured in more subjective ways (we don’t take tests at work), and you can find yourself working more than ever before.

About the Presenter: For more than 30 years, Nancy has worked for GE and held management positions primarily in engineering and research. She currently works at GE’s Global Research Center in Niskayuna, N.Y., where she leads technical education for the company, including the Edison Engineering Program. GE is a high tech company with over 55,000 technologists.
Nancy graduated from Clarkson University with a mathematics degree, and from Syracuse University with a Master’s degree in electrical engineering. She is married with two children, and enjoys speaking on topics like work/life balance, self-confidence, perfectionism, and finding career passion.

Wireless Evolution of the Overall Network Architecture πŸ—“

— Half-day Webinar – legacy, directions, standards, interfaces, protocol stacks, 4G, 5G, performance …

Webinar Date: Thursday, 16 February 2017
Time: 7:00 AM – 11:00 PM (PST)
Speaker: Jonathan Levine, Director of Engineering, Mobilitie, LLC
Location: on the Web
Cost: $125 IEEE ComSoc member; $155 IEEE Member; $180 non-member
RSVP: required
Event Details & Registration:

Summary: Today’s smartphone can simultaneously operate on numerous wireless network architectures. This course will define these architectures along with those legacy network elements which have come and gone. We will describe the strategy behind architecture direction in the industry and provide a view of how today’s architectures may continue to evolve. Join us and arm yourself with the knowledge to understand wireless network architecture direction as the industry continues to pave a path toward a more enhanced connected world. This course will align your understanding with the direction of the standards bodies ensuring that the path into the future appears to be a clear one.
— Understand basic network architecture functions including network elements, interfaces, signaling and control planes, protocol stacks, etc
— Step through network architectures from the early days of wireless to today, including operator networks and personal area networks
— Relate overall wireless network architecture function and evolution to the various systems deployed today; WiFi, 2G, 3G, 4G, and beyond
— Understand the approach of standards bodies including IEEE, 3GPP, and 3GPP2
— Align network function to the elements required in the architecture
— Identify the necessary requirements to evolve the wireless network architecture in support of emerging network functionality
— Understand the keys to optimal end-to-end network performance
Registration includes access to the recorded lectures after the event.

Jonathan Levine currently holds the position of Director of Engineering for Mobilitie LLC based out of Chicago, IL. In his current role he is responsible for leading engineering design and driving the technical deployment process for wireless network evolution. His particular focus is on high density 4G/5G network deployment and next generation form-factor innovation. Prior to his current role, he spent over 10 years with U.S. Cellular. His latest role there was Member of Technical Staff for U.S. Cellular’s Technology Development Group where he was responsible for the evolutionary architecture and functionality of the Radio Access Network (RAN). The RAN consists LTE, EVDO, GSM, and CDMA technologies based on both the 3GPP and 3GPP2 standards groups. Before that, he served in the USAF as a member of the 264th Combat Communications Squadron from 1999-2005. His commercial wireless engineering career began in 2005 after completion of his BSEE from Northern Illinois University. Jonathan also holds a MSEE from the Illinois Institute of Technology (2008) and is an IEEE WCP.

TensorFlow: A Framework for Scalable Machine Learning πŸ—“

β€” (ACM) β€” Webinar: open-source project, basics, Sessions, Variables, large-scale training …

Webinar Date: Available on-demand (originally on Oct 19, 2016)
Speaker: Martin Wicke, software engineer, Google’s TensorFlow team
Location: on the Web
Cost: none
RSVP: required
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Summary: We introduce TensorFlow, a framework for scalable machine learning. Since its launch in 2015, TensorFlow has become a popular open-source project. In this Tutorial, we start from TensorFlow basics such as how to build and run Graphs, how to work with Sessions, Variables and Ops. We then show how to perform large-scale training using queues and distribute training on several devices or computers.

Speaker: Martin Wicke, Software Engineer at Google
Martin Wicke is a software engineer working on Google’s TensorFlow team. His main interest is making cutting edge machine learning infrastructure available to the world. After completing a PhD in computer graphics at ETH Zurich, Martin Wicke worked on simulation at Stanford University and UC Berkeley. Before joining Google, he worked at startups tackling problems in engineering, energy, robotics, and AI.

Wireless Technology for the Internet of Things πŸ—“

— (ComSoc) — Half-day Webinar: intermediate level course for engineers creating products for use with IoT applications …

Webinar Date: Tuesday, 14 February 2017
Time: 7:00 AM – 11:00 AM (PST)
Speaker: Lee Vishloff, PEng, IEEE WCP, principal engineer
Location: on the Web
Cost: $125 IEEE ComSoc member; $155 IEEE Member; $180 non-member
RSVP: required
Event Details & Registration:

Summary: Wireless systems and product design expert Lee Vishloff brings us an information-packed course to keep you up-to-date on the latest in wireless and the Internet of Things. Start with IoT basics. Get familiar with different RF propagation environments and the IoT applications. Gain insights from the heart of radio technology, including:
— RF and antenna performance
— Receiver and transmitter specifications
— Wireless and networking standards.
Learn the requirements to make products legal for sale and potential mistakes to avoid. Participation includes post-event access to recording of the course.
If you are an engineer creating or about to create products for use with Internet of Things applications, join us for this live online course that can help you select a wireless solution for your IoT application. Your participation could be critical to the success of your product.
Learning Objectives: Upon completion of the course the participant should understand:
— The main attributes of the major competing wireless technologies
— How to interpret radio specifications
— How to compare two radio modules
— How to select a suitable radio technology
— The requirements to make a product legal for sale
— The common impairments affecting radio performance

Mr. Lee Vishloff is the principal engineer in a wireless consultancy focused on cellular-based M2M solutions and short-range wireless products. He has over 30 years of experience in wireless systems and product design. During his career he has designed a wide range of wireless products including satellite systems, terrestrial radio systems, rural communications, aeronautical and others. Lee brings a wide range of practical experience with hands-on and management experience in wireless telecommunication systems, modem, RF, analog, digital, embedded firmware and mechanical design technologies. He has spent the majority of his career working with equipment manufacturers with stints in the semiconductor and consulting businesses. He has served on numerous joint industry-academic committees during his career, strengthening the link between academic research and practical industry needs. Lee has a degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of British Columbia and completed his management education at Simon Fraser University and the AEA/Stanford Executive Institute.

Silver-Indium and Its High Temperature Electronic Applications πŸ—“

— (CPMT) – mechanical properties, hardness, toughness, reaction rate …

β€” OC CPMT β€” Ag-In the 250C solder of the future …
Meeting Date: Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Time: 6:30 PM Networking & Dinner; 7:00 PM Presentation
Speaker: Dr. Chin C. Lee, Professor EE & CS UC Irvine
Location: Broadcom Campus Building 2, Irvine
Cost: none, Please register to help the food count
RSVP: requested, through website
Event Details: IEEE vtools
The silver-indium (Ag-In) binary system is reviewed. This system has never been used in electronic industries except In-3%Ag eutectic for bonding laser diode chips. It was chosen for our packaging process development because of its forward looking possibilities that other systems do not possess. Next, conventional die-attach materials and fluxing action in soldering processes is briefly presented. Several processes dealing with tin oxides are mentioned. Our fluxless bonding is then introduced. Four fluxless bonding designs using the Ag-In system are reported. The joints were made at 250 degrees C. All joints produced have melting temperature higher than 700Β°C. Samples of the third design survived 5,000 thermal cycles between -40 to +200Β°C. The fourth design survived storage at 350Β°C for 200 hours.

The joints reported above contain pure Ag, solid solution (Ag), and/or Ag2In intermetallic compound. To find out the mechanical properties of these materials, ingots have been grown in house. ASTM tensile test (TT) samples are prepared. (Ag)-19In TT samples exhibit superior tensile properties compared to pure Ag. Here (Ag)-19In means solid solution with 19 at. % In. The hardness and fracture toughness of Ag2In are measured. Reaction experiments with sulfur (S) vapor shows that the reaction rate with (Ag)-19In is much lower than that with pure Ag and the commercial available Agentium Ag. It seems that (Ag)-19In has the superior anti-tarnishing property that the metallurgy community has been looking for several centuries.

Ag has superior physical properties. The challenge in its electronics, jewelry, and optical applications is tarnishing. It reacts easily with S and H2S to form Ag2S which is black and fragile. Our preliminary results on the properties of (Ag)-xxIn seem to indicate that (Ag) solid solution might be an answer.

Chin C. Lee was born in Taiwan. He received B.E. and M.S. degrees in electronics from Chiao-Tung University, Taiwan, and Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from Carnegie-Mellon University.

He is a professor of electrical engineering and computer science at the University of California, Irvine, where he also serves as the Director and Graduate Advisor of the school-wide Materials and Manufacturing Technology (MMT) graduate program. His research activities include acoustic waves, bonding technology, electromagnetic theory, electronic packaging, metallurgy, microwave devices, music, optoelectronics, semiconductor devices, and thermal analysis and design. He has co-authored 5 book chapters and near 300 research papers.

Chin C. Lee is a Life Fellow of IEEE (Institute of Electric and Electronic Engineers, Inc.), a Fellow of Photonics Society of Chinese-Americans, and a life member of Tau Beta Pi. He has served as an associate editor of IEEE Trans. on Components, Packaging and Manufacturing Technology (CPMT) for 23 years. Since 1998, he has been on the Program Committee of IEEE Electronic Components and Technology Conference (ECTC) and served as the Chair of Materials and Processing sub-committee for 4 yours. He also served as the Chair of CPMT Society Technical Committee on Material and Processes in 2013 and 2014.

He received the Best Paper Award for “Diagnosis of hybrid microelectronics using transmission acoustic microscopy” in 1979 IEEE Reliability Physics Symposium, the 2007 IEEE-CPMT Exceptional Technical Achievement Award, and the 2012 IEEE-CMPT Electronics Manufacturing Technology Award.

Coding for Distributed Storage πŸ—“

— ECC, redundancy, error tolerance, failure correction, regenerating codes, distributed storage …

β€” IEEE ComSoc β€” ECC, regenerating Codes, Distributed Storage …
Meeting Date: Wednesday, Feb 8, 2017
Time: 6:00 PM Networking; 6:30 PM Dinner; 7:15PM Presentation
Speaker: Prof. Zhiying Wang, Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, UC Irvine
Location: Santa Ana
Cost: First 10 early-birds (first-come-first-serve) are free! After that, $20 for non-members with dinner, $10 for IEEE members with dinner, $5 for student-members with dinner, free for presentation only
RSVP: requested

Event Details: IEEE ComSoc Chapter

Error correction codes (ECC) are ubiquitously used in data storage to provide fault tolerance. Traditionally, redundancy and error tolerance capability are considered the key performance measures for ECC. In distributed storage, however, codes need to be developed for the new challenges brought by the networked nature of the system. In this talk, we present regenerating codes, a family of codes that are efficient for failure correction. For systems with 2 redundant storage devices, the repair bandwidth can be reduced by 1/2 compared to traditional ECC.

Dr. Zhiying Wang is an Assistant Professor at University of California, Irvine. She was a postdoctoral research fellow at Stanford University. She received Ph.D. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering at California Institute of Technology, and B.S. in Information and Electronic Engineering at Tsinghua University. Her research interests include information theory, coding for data storage, and compression for genomic information. She is the recipient of IEEE data storage best paper award and NSF Center for Science of Information Postdoctoral Fellowship

EVs, Chargers, Grid Integration and Lessons Learned from Public Chargers πŸ—“

— (IEEE SmartGRID) – growth, new EVs, demand, vehicle segments, capacity, lessons learned …

Webinar Date: Thursday, January 26, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM (PST)
Speakers: Doug Houseman, NIST Fellow; Sean Morash, EnerNex Smart Grid; Scott Fisher, Market Development Director, EVgo
Location: on the Web
Cost: none
RSVP: required
Event Details & Registration:
Summary: High-speed chargers for electric vehicles (EVs) are growing in public locations. They are the fastest growing segment of chargers. With the release of more than 20 new EVs at the Detroit Auto Show in January 2017, the demand for public charging is going to grow. EVs finally cover most of the vehicle segments from motorcycles to semi-trucks. In many cases a single high-speed charger can exceed the installed electric service in a small parking garage or highway rest area.
— Looking at real data from public chargers, what are the impacts?
— Does the typical solar cycle support the typical charger usage profile?
— What are the other lessons learned.
— Presentation is based on real world data.

Bios: Doug Houseman has been working in the industry for more than 40 years. He started working on Demand Response and DER issues in the 1980s. He is a senior member of PES, a NIST Fellow and the lead author of the Distribution Utility Technology Roadmap. He has worked with major utilities globally over the last 20 years.
As a consultant with the EnerNex Smart Grid Engineering team, Sean Morash produces solutions through research based on a working knowledge of Smart Grid related applications, including communication technologies and protocols, advanced sensing and control, renewable energy, electrical, mechanical and information systems integration, enterprise information architecture, cyber security, information modeling, and related disciplines and methodologies. He specializes in the simplification of complex modern grid themes and systems.
Scott Fisher

The Optical Networking and Communication Conference & Exhibition πŸ—“

— (ComSoc) – optical devices, components, digital transmission, physics, architectures, techno-economics …

Conference Dates: March 19-23, 2017
Location: Los Angeles Convention Center
Cost: $665 ($125 more after Feb. 20)
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Summary: The Optical Fiber Communication Conference and Exhibition (OFC) is the largest global conference and exhibition for optical communications and networking professionals. For over 40 years, OFC has drawn attendees from all corners of the globe to meet and greet, teach and learn, make connections and move business forward.
OFC attracts the biggest names in the field, offers key networking and partnering opportunities, and provides insights and inspiration on the major trends and technology advances affecting the industry. From technical presentations to the latest market trends and predictions, OFC is a one-stop-shop.

Information Theory and Applications Workshop (ITA) πŸ—“

— deep learning, info theory, cognitive computing, mathematics of estimating, inference …

Workshop Dates: Feb 11 – 17, 2017
Sponsor: IEEE Information Theory Society
Location: Catamaran Resort Hotel, San Diego
Cost: $240. (Daily registrations also available)
Summary: A relaxed gathering of researchers applying theory to diverse areas in science and engineering. Monday and Tuesday will focus on information theory and communications. Thursday and Friday will center on networking, computer science, machine learning, bioinformatics, signal processing, statistics, and related disciplines.
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