Past Meetings/Webinars

Sixth Annual IEEE Intercollegiate Computer Game Showcase – Student game developers present their best student developed video games 🗓

— IEEE OC Game Engineers SIG …

— IEEE OC Game Engineers SIG
Meeting Date: Saturday, June 10, 2017
Time: 1:00 – 4:00 PM

Location: California State University, Fullerton
Cost: none, 159 tickets available
RSVP: requested, through website
Event Details: Details
Summary: Now in its the 6th year, the IEEE Intercollegiate Games Showcase is providing student game developers the chance to present their best student developed video games for judging by an elite panel of video game professionals.
Come out in support of your favorite colleges as student development teams go head-to-head for school pride, bragging rights, and this year’s cup. Finalists will demonstrate their games for a growing number of students, alumni, and sponsors representing our internationally renowned video game industry.
This year’s showcase will be held at California State University, Fullerton Titan Student Union pavilion A,B & C. Parking is free in the State College parking structure (SCPS) adjacent to the Titan Student Union. Following the showcase enjoy a reception featuring local gourmet food trucks, game demonstrations by the student developers, and networking. Put on your game face and come to cheer your favorite school, watch demos and play games.
The public is invited to attend the annual intercollegiate competition among the major universities of Orange County and the surrounding area.

ASA DataFest 2017 at Chapman University – (data hackathon for undergraduate students) 🗓

— Volunteer Professionals needed —

— Chapman University / IEEE — data hackathon for undergraduate students, …
Meeting Date: April 21 – 23, 2017

Location: Chapman University

Event Details: Datafest
Analyze ASA DataFestTM will introduce you to what is likely the richest, most complex dataset you’ve seen so far in your undergraduate career. The dataset is provided by a real-life organization and is chosen to provide many avenues of discovery. Students at any stage of their data science education will find something of interest and will have the opportunity to make an original finding. Students from any major are welcome.

Network Mingle with data science professionals who visit DataFestTM to offer their advice and answer your questions. You’ll also get to meet students from other colleges and universities in southern California.

Experience Past participants of the ASA DataFestTM have gone to job interviews able to describe technical challenges overcome, explain how they work under time-pressure, and talk about their thoughts on solving real-life data problems.

The Microgrid Controller Innovation Challenge at the NREL 🗓

— (IEEE SmartGrid) – competition, sparking innovation, access to hardware, implement, test, contest details …

Webinar Date: Thursday, March 23, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM (PDT)
Speakers: Sarah Truitt & Brian Miller, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
Location: on the Web
Cost: none
RSVP: required
Event Details & Registration:

Summary: The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), partnering with MIT Lincoln Laboratory, will host a competition to spark innovation in microgrid controller technologies where contestants will have access to controller-hardware-in-the-loop (CHIL) and power-hardware-in-the-loop (PHIL) test beds to improve their technologies and compete for prizes.
The Challenge is supported by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Electricity and the Lab-Bridge pilot. The Lab Bridge pilot is part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Technology-to-Market Program. Lab-Bridge enables the national laboratories to explore new solutions addressing the barriers they face when collaborating with outside partners and moving lab-developed technologies to market. Through small-scale projects, participating labs will implement and test new tools and approaches for increasing access to national laboratory resources and pushing lab innovations further toward market readiness.
Join this webinar to learn about the details and ask questions about the competition.

Sarah Truitt has been a Program Manager at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) for the past six years. She is currently building up NREL’s User Program for the Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF) and leads NREL’s partnership development activities with academic and international partners. Sarah received her B.A. from the University of Colorado and her M.B.A. from George Washington University.
Brian Miller helps clients implement innovative power system projects featuring newly developed technologies and methods based on the latest research findings. He conducts site assessments, modeling, and detailed analysis of complex systems including microgrids. He provides sophisticated consultations and best practices for optimal renewable power, distribution, and storage.
Brian retired as a Major in the US Air Force prior to joining NREL. During his 15 year military service, he excelled as design engineer and project manager on multi-million dollar projects around the globe, earning substantial recognition for technical merit and leadership. Brian provided secure systems for national defense facilities, energy consults to the Pentagon, presentations to senior leadership, tech analysis to Korean officials, grid monitor research with Oak Ridge, hydropower implementation in Afghanistan, and system design/code/safety courses to military bases.

Cyber Security for Small Businesses and Consultants 🗓

— (IEEE-USA) – latest threats, managing risks, proactive approach, vendor-neutral architecture …

Webinar Date: Thursday, March 30, 2017
Time:11:00 AM (PDT)
Speaker: Kayne McGladrey, Integral Partners
Location: on the Web
Cost: none
RSVP: required
Event Details & Registration:

Summary: Do you feel like you are overwhelmed trying to run your business while defending against the latest cyber threats? Join Kayne McGladrey, speaker, author and Director of Information Security Services for Integral Partners, for our upcoming presentation on taking a proactive, risk-oriented approach to cyber security for individual consultants and small businesses.
Kayne will discuss:
— Why you should manage risks based on user identity instead of chasing the latest threats
— How individual consultants can protect themselves
— A vendor-neutral reference architecture for cyber security at small businesses

Kayne McGladrey is a visionary and strategic thinking Professional Services Director with 20+ years of experience, including 10 years in blending information technology and management acumen to cultivate and build best practices within Professional Services organizations. Kayne has a proven track record of consulting, coaching, mentoring, training and developing leading professionals to streamline operational processes, optimize client engagements, mitigate underperformance and maximize revenue generation. Kayne writes expert articles about Professional Services Management and consulting for and the Washington Technology Industry Association, and created the first industry-recognized online class about the fundamentals for Professional Services Management.

People-Centered Electronics Design 🗓

— (TEMS, WiE, YP) – procedures followed at UCSD’S Design Lab, current work, healthcare, automation …

Meeting Date: Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Time: 6:30PM Food & Networking; 7:00 PM Presentation
Speaker: Don Norman, UCSD
Location: Qualcomm, San Diego
Cost: Free to IEEE Members, Qualcomm employees and Students with Student ID. All others $5 cash only at the door.
Event Details:
Summary: At UCSD’s Design Lab, design is considered to be a way of thinking, of making sure we are solving the correct problem (not just the symptoms), and of making the interaction between people and technology smooth, understandable, and enjoyable. Far too many existing products and services are designed around the technology, not the people.
Don Norman will discuss the procedures followed at the Design Lab and talk of the current work being performed in healthcare and automation. Don will also describe how to make this happen in a corporation.

Bio: Don Norman founded the cognitive science department at UCSD, then retired to become VP of Apple. He was brought back 3 years ago to start the design Lab. At UCSD he is in the departments of psychology, cognitive science, and electrical engineering. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and author of 20 books translated into 20 languages. His most popular book is Design of Everyday Things.

Gallium Nitride Power MMICs: Fact and Fiction 🗓

— (Buenaventura Section) – Efficiency, output power, low loss, thermal, issues …

Meeting Date: Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Time: 6:30 PM Pizza & Networking; 7:00 PM Presentation
Speaker: Charles Campbell of Qorvo, inc.
Location: Skyworks Solutions
Cost: FREE for IEEE members
Event Details: IEEE Buenaventura
Summary: Gallium Nitride (GaN) based transistor technology’s characteristics of very high current density combined with high voltage operation have held promise to vastly improve many microwave circuit applications that presently utilize Gallium Arsenide (GaAs) devices. Today, GaN transistors are capable of high voltage operation while simultaneously demonstrating fT & fMAX characteristics more typical of lower voltage GaAs PHEMT devices. The potential benefits of GaN device characteristics combined with monolithic microwave integrated circuit (MMIC) technology are many. Highly efficient switched modes of power amplifier operation should be possible at higher output power levels and frequency. High output impedance typical of transistors operated at three to five times the voltage of GaAs should facilitate lower loss matching networks due to the reduced transformation ratio. Alternately, transistor periphery and corresponding output power could be dramatically increased while maintaining impedance transformation ratios similar to that of existing GaAs PHEMT amplifiers. The higher output power density of GaN devices should lead to greatly reduced die size for GaN implementations of existing power amplifier functions. The improved heat flow realized by the high thermal conductivity Silicon Carbide (SiC) substrate material should allow for acceptable junction temperatures even with the much higher power dissipation. Very high power switches could be designed by using large control voltages and taking advantage of the high current capability (high Imax) of GaN. While the advantages of GaN are manifest, many of the features that make GaN transistors attractive can be shown to create significant issues that are typically not encountered with lower voltage technologies. In this talk, examples and scenarios are discussed highlighting the benefits and issues associated GaN MMIC technology.
Bio: Charles F. Campbell PhD received the B.S.E.E., M.S.E.E. and Ph.D. degrees from Iowa State University in 1988, 1991 and 1993 respectively. From 1993 to 1998 he was with Texas Instruments involved with microwave module design and MMIC development. Since 1998 he has been with various divisions of TriQuint Semiconductor where he has held positions of Design Team leader, Design Engineering Director and Design Engineering Fellow. He is currently an Engineering Senior Fellow with the Infrastructure and Defense Products Division of Qorvo. A Fellow of the IEEE, he has served on the Editorial Board for IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques, general chair for the 2015 Compound Semiconductor Integrated Circuits Symposium, and the IEEE Microwave Prize selection committee. He has authored or co-authored over 50 journal and conference papers, and authored an on-line book chapter on MMIC power amplifier design.

RF Receivers and their Assorted Benefits and Drawbacks 🗓

— (Central Coast) =spring social, receivers, advantages, issues, future directions …

— IEEE Central Coast Spring Pizza Social
Meeting Date: Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Time: 6:00 PM Networking; 6:30 PM Presentation
Speaker: Brian Williams PhD – IEEE Central Coast Section Vice Chair
Location: Goleta
Cost: FREE for IEEE members ($10 for guests at door)
RSVP: requested for guests
Event Details:
Summary: Modern technology utilizes RF receivers for its eyes and ears. This talk will briefly go through the different types of receivers and their assorted benefits and drawbacks. We will also discuss possible future directions for RF receivers and how they will continue to enrich our lives.”
Bio: Brian Williams PhD – IEEE Central Coast Section Vice Chair

Young Professionals meet for Free Boba 🗓

— (OC Young Professionals) – includes board games and a casual atmosphere …

OC IEEE Young Professionals –


Meeting Date: Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Time: 6:30 – 9:30 PM
Dinner can be bought at any of the restaurants in UTC
Location: Cha For Tea, 4187 Campus Dr. M173, Irvine
Cost: none
RSVP: Just show up
Event Details:
Summary: OC IEEE Young Professionals is hosting our monthly Boba Night at Cha for Tea! Come join us for free Boba, board games and a casual atmosphere!

The Things We Ought to Know About Digital Communications: Part 4 — IEEE Distinguished Lecture Series 🗓

—- CSULB Systems Council Chapter Presentation

— CSULB Systems Council Chapter Presentation
Meeting Date: Thursday, March 23, 2017
Time: 12 noon;
Speaker: Dr. Bernard Sklar
Location: Long Beach
Cost: none,
RSVP: requested, through website
Event Details: CSULB
The fourth part of this series on what we’ve been given by the “giants in our field,”
covers the area of Fading Channels: Characterization and Mitigation. We examine the
phenomenon of multipath with four basic relationships: Multipath Intensity Profile, Spaced-
Frequency Correlation, Spaced-Time Correlation, and Power-Doppler Spectrum. This model
allows us to understand the mechanisms that cause all types of fading, and how to overcome
their degrading effects. The talk is geared toward managers, software developers, and whoever
wants to partake in the passion that drives communication engineers.

The details involve: Large-scale fading, small-scale fading, and their mechanisms. Differences
between Frequency-Selective fading and Flat fading; Fast fading and Slow fading; Coherence
bandwidth, Coherence time, and Doppler spread. Why is signal dispersion independent of fading
rapidity? Degradation effects: loss in SNR, ISI distortion, irreducible error rate, pulse mutilation,
and Doppler spreading. How to design a system that can withstand fading degradations.

Bio: Dr. Bernard Sklar has over 60 years of technical experience at the following companies: Republic Aviation, Hughes Aircraft, Litton Industries, and The Aerospace Corporation. At Aerospace, he helped develop the MILSTAR satellite system, and was the principal architect for EHF Satellite Data Link Standards. Currently, he is the Director of Advanced Systems at Communications Engineering Services, a consulting company he founded in 1984. He has taught engineering courses at several universities, including the University of California, Los Angeles and the University of Southern California. He was an External Examiner of Digital Communication Engineering at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, and has presented numerous training programs throughout the world.
Dr. Sklar has published and presented over 100 technical papers. He received the 1984 Prize Paper Award from the IEEE Communications Society for his series on digital communications, and he is the author of the book, Digital Communications: Fundamentals and Applications, 2nd Edition, Prentice-Hall, 2001. His academic credentials include a B.S. degree in Math and Science from the University of Michigan, an M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn, New York, and a Ph.D. degree in engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Massive MIMO Communications with One-Bit Quantization 🗓

— (ComSIG) – throughput, bandwidth, antennas, signal processing, algorithms, decoding …

Meeting Date: Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Time: 6:30 PM Networking & Dinner; 7:00 PM Presentation
Speaker: Lee Swindlehurst, Professor at University of California Irvine
Location: Tustin
RSVP: requested, through website
Event Details:
Summary: As the quest for increased wireless throughput marches on, proposals abound for 5G systems based on orders of magnitude more antennas (massive MIMO) and greater bandwidths at higher frequencies (millimeter waves). To avoid a corresponding exponential increase in the cost of the hardware required for such systems, attention has recently focused on the use of very coarse analog-to-digital and digital-to-analog converters, even down to the level of one-bit quantization for both in-phase and quadrature components. This talk reviews some of the signal processing impacts of one-bit quantization on MIMO communications systems, and provides examples of algorithms for channel estimation, uplink decoding and downlink precoding that attempt to offset these impacts.
Bio: Lee Swindlehurst received the B.S., summa cum laude, and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, in 1985 and 1986, respectively, and the PhD degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University in 1991. From 1986-1990, he was employed at ESL, Inc., of Sunnyvale, CA, where he was involved in the design of algorithms and architectures for several radar and sonar signal processing systems. He was on the faculty of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Brigham Young University from 1990-2007, where he was a Full Professor and served as Department Chair from 2003-2006. During 1996-1997, he held a joint appointment as a visiting scholar at both Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden, and at the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden. From 2006-07, he was on leave working as Vice President of Research for ArrayComm LLC in San Jose, California. He is currently a Professor of the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department at at the University of California Irvine (UCI), and a Hans Fischer Senior Fellow in the Institute for Advanced Studies at the Technical University of Munich. He served as the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies in the Henry Samueli School of Engineering at UCI from 2013-16. His research interests include sensor array signal processing for radar and wireless communications, detection and estimation theory, and system identification, and he has over 275 publications in these areas.

Dr. Swindlehurst is a Fellow of the IEEE, a past Secretary of the IEEE Signal Processing Society, past Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Signal Processing, and past member of the Editorial Boards for the EURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking, IEEE Signal Processing Magazine, and the IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing. He is a recipient of several paper awards: the 2000 IEEE W. R. G. Baker Prize Paper Award, the 2006 and 2010 IEEE Signal Processing Society’s Best Paper Awards, the 2006 IEEE Communications Society Stephen O. Rice Prize in the Field of Communication Theory, and is co-author of a paper that received the IEEE Signal Processing Society Young Author Best Paper Award in 2001.