Past Meetings/Webinars

Prototyping mmWave 28GHz Systems to Realize 5G Networks 🗓

— (ComSoc) – spectrum, mobile applications, propagation loss, blockage., beam searching/tracking, robust design, pitfalls …

Webinar Date: Thursday, July 27, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM (PDT)
Speakers: Prof. Robert W. Heath Jr., University of Texas at Austin; Farooq Khan, CEO, PHAZR.
Location: on the Web
Cost: none
RSVP: required
Event Details & Registration:

Summary: The rollout of fifth generation (5G) wireless networks will involve a shift to the millimeter wave (mmWave) spectrum in the frequency bands above 24GHz for mobile applications. However, achieving this mmWave spectrum comes at the cost of high propagation loss and susceptibility to blockage. So-called beam-forming techniques can overcome propagation loss by concentrating RF energy in a certain direction. However, this is just a starting point.
The mmWave spectrum requires continuous intelligent beam searching and tracking to discover and then switch to the dominant beam path. This beam path will constantly be changing depending on the environment and mobility, so you need to have a robust mmWave design that makes it feasible in both indoor and outdoor environments. The key to coming up with this robust design is prototyping. This webinar will look at what is involved in prototyping a mmWave 28GHz system, what you can expect to learn, what some of the pitfalls are and how you can overcome them.

Robert W. Heath Jr. received the Ph.D. in EE from Stanford University. He is a Cullen Trust for Higher Education Endowed Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin and a Member of the Wireless Networking and Communications Group. He is also the President and CEO of MIMO Wireless Inc and Chief Innovation Officer at Kuma Signals LLC. Prof. Heath is a recipient of the 2012 Signal Processing Magazine Best Paper award, a 2013 Signal Processing Society best paper award, the 2014 EURASIP Journal on Advances in Signal Processing best paper award, and the 2014 Journal of Communications and Networks best paper award, the 2016 IEEE Communications Society Fred W. Ellersick Prize, and the 2016 IEEE Communications Society and Information Theory Society Joint Paper Award. He authored “Introduction to Wireless Digital Communication” (Prentice Hall in 2017) and “Digital Wireless Communication: Physical Layer Exploration Lab Using the NI USRP” (National Technology and Science Press in 2012). He co-authored “Millimeter Wave Wireless Communications” (Prentice Hall in 2014). He is a licensed Amateur Radio Operator, a registered Professional Engineer in Texas, and is a Fellow of the IEEE.

Intrigued by early cell phones in the 1980s, Farooq Khan decided to turn his curiosity for “what makes them tick” into his career. And ever since, he has never doubted he made the right choice. Now, after three decades, Farooq is the leading authority on mobile technology and envisions a world where an Internet of connected people and things will make us more aware of humanity as a whole, creating a shared wisdom to solve the world’s greatest challenges.
Before founding PHAZR, Farooq was President of Samsung Research America in Dallas, Texas, where he led high impact collaborative research programs in mobile technology. He holds over 200 U.S. patents, has written 50 research articles and a best-selling book, and presented over 100 speeches at professional forums worldwide.

From Closed Smart City Solutions to Open Marketplaces 🗓

— (ComSoc) – large cities, smaller regions/towns, resources, regional integration, field trial, innovation footprint …

Webinar Date: Thursday, July 20, 2017
Time: 8:00 AM (PDT)
Speakers: Rafael Cepeda, Senior Manager, InterDigital Europe; Trevor Brennan, Strategy & Programme Manager, Hertfordshire C.C.; Prof. John Polak, Imperial College London.
Location: on the Web
Cost: none
RSVP: required
Event Details & Registration:

Summary: Smart city activities are usually driven by large cities with enough resources to adopt and deploy the solutions they need. This approach generally works for large metropolitan areas where there is enough population to attract further innovation. This scheme, however, is not applicable to smaller regions and satellite towns that may not have enough resources to procure smart city platforms, are not ready to commit to long-term contracts, or that simply do not have the size to bring in large-scale development. In this webinar, we will use a multi-region IoT field trial in the UK as a way to introduce the use of open IoT standards to enable regional integration of data and to stimulate a wider innovation footprint by creating an open marketplace for data and data services.

Dr. Rafael Cepeda is leading the New Markets and Smart City activities for the InterDigital’s European office in London. Rafael holds an MBA and an MSc in Financial Management from the Rotterdam School of Management (RSM), and a PhD and MSc degrees in Communication Systems & Signal Processing, both from The University of Bristol. He joined InterDigital from British Sky Broadcasting plc (BSkyB), where he led research on future wireless technologies. Before this position, he was a Principal Research Engineer at Toshiba Research Europe Ltd. His more than 18 years of professional activities have conducted to several publications and granted patents. Rafael is a Chartered Engineer, Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, Senior Member of the IEEE, and a Sainsbury Management Fellow.
Trevor Brennan is the owner and director of Mode Split, which is a specialist sustainability and transport consultancy. He is an experienced programme and people manager, with a 20-year career record of delivering sustainable transport schemes both within the public and private sector. Currently, Trevor is working at Hertfordshire County Council and is the sponsor for oneTRANSPORT which is the county’s smart transport programme.
John Polak is Professor of Transport Demand and Director of the Urban Systems Laboratory, Imperial College London and a Director of the ESRC London Interdisciplinary Doctoral Training Partnership. He is also Honorary Professor of Intelligent Transport Systems at South East University in Nanjing, China. Prior to establishing the Urban Systems Laboratory in 2016, he was Director of the Centre for Transport Studies and Director of Research in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Imperial. Professor Polak has published extensively on a number of aspects of travel demand modelling, network performance estimation, network control and traffic management and intelligent transport systems. He serves as a member of the Mayor of London’s Smart London Board, and on the UK Department for Transport’s Strategic Roads Reform Expert Group.
Tim Gammons is a Director at Arup with responsibility for the Smart Mobility and ITS Business. Prior to joining Arup, Tim worked in R & D, planning and implementation of transport solutions at several organisation, including Department of Transport (UK), Highways Agency and private sector. Notable is his 15 years leading the delivery of some of the UK’s first ITS solutions for inter-urban highways and a period of two years in Bangkok as technical advisor to the Royal Thai Government. His professional interests focus on mobility measures to influence travel behaviour, and his current projects include creating an open market place for data and travel services, through the oneTRANSPORT IoT platform and working on Smart Motorways Programmes in England, Scotland and Australia. He serves as Honorary Secretary for ITS-UKs Smart Environment Interest Group and is a member of the IET’s Transport Executive.

Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) 🗓

an environmental protection strategy to reach an environmental objective of a decreased total environmental impact of a product

Meeting Date: July 25, 2017
Time: 6:00 PM Networking & Food; 6:30 PM Presentation
Speaker: Vinay Goyal
Location: Irvine
Cost: none
RSVP: requested, through website
Event Details: IEEE OC PSES
Summary: Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) is an environmental protection strategy to reach an environmental objective of a decreased total environmental impact of a product, by making the manufacturer of the product responsible for the entire life-cycle of the product and especially for the take-back, recycling and final disposal.

Bio: Vinay Goyal
has been working in the field of Product Environmental Compliance (Stewardship) since 2003 and successfully implemented in various world class organizations to meet their cradle to grave obligations.

Vinay has worked as the Director of Quality, Manufacturing and Test engineering in various companies in the past. Vinay received his Bachelors of Engineering in Electronics and Telecommunication from University of Roorkee (currently named Indian Institute of Technology) in India.

He has been honored as a fellow member of ASQ and will be honored in World Conference on Quality and Improvement. He is ASQ Certified Six Sigma Black Belt, Quality Auditor and Certified Supplier Quality Professional and teaches various ASQ certification courses



— IEEE OC Cyber Security SIG
Meeting Date: July 26, 2017
Time: 6:30 PM Networking & Food; 7:00 PM Presentation
Speaker: Gora Datta of CAL2CAL Corporation
Location: ATEP Tustin
Cost: none
RSVP: requested, through website
Event Details: IEEE vTools

Summary: With the phenomenal rise of mobile devices globally in the past decade, we have now entered the digital age – the agricultural age, the scientific age, the industrial age, the information age and now the digital age! This global transformation is bringing a change that is impacting our world in every way – how we interact, play, read, write, watch, study, research, work or even relax. Soon we will live in a world which is interconnected with Internet of Things (IoT).

Healthcare access & delivery is going through a seismic change…rapidly moving from paper to digital health. Health information technology (Health IT) is making it possible for health care providers to better manage patient care through secure use and sharing of health information. However, recent news headings (of WannaCry ransomware attacks in May 2017) are amply demonstrating the wake-up call….cybersecurity is redefining this changing world of digital health.

In this talk, we will review the digital health transformation that we are undergoing, the challenges of cyber-health that faces us and the mitigation that is critical in the 21st century world (of Blockchain, AR/VR, Precision Medicine, Predictive Analytics, Machine Learning, Cloud Computing and IoT in Health).

Bio: Gora Datta Chair IEEE OC Section

2017 NASA/ESA Conference on Adaptive Hardware and Systems (AHS) 🗓

Focus of this conference is on communications and space applications

— IEEE Circuits and Systems Society, Society for Adaptive and Evolvable Hardware and Systems
Meeting Dates: July 24 – 27, 2017

Location: CIT Pasadena

RSVP: At 2017 NASA/
Summary: The purpose of the conference is to bring together leading researchers from the adaptive hardware and systems community to exchange experiences and share new ideas in the field. While the focus of this conference is on communications and space applications, we welcome original contributions in other application areas such as consumer, medical, defense and security, as the techniques employed in these areas can be disseminated across the board.

Big Bang – Origin of Universe – Future?? 🗓

The first ~300,000 years of the universe and the physical frame work of events.

— IEEE Central Coast Event
Meeting Date: July 19, 2017
Time: 6:00 PM Networking & Food; 6:30 PM Presentation
Speaker: Brian Williams, PhD Astrophysics UCSB
Location: Rusty’s Pizza, Goleta
Cost: none for IEEE members,
RSVP: requested, through website
Event Details: IEEE vTools
Summary: Mankind has been looking up, in wonder, at the night sky for thousands of years, but it is only in the recent past that we have been able to observe the sky to gather data about our universe. Observations of the sky allow us to see back ~13.8 billion years into the universes past, gain knowledge about its geometry, measure its age, and its density history just to name a few. While the events that immediately followed the big bang are masked from our observation. They shaped our universe and set into motion the structure that gave rise to everything we know. Looking back to just after the Universe becomes transparent to radiation we can better understand what happened before this. We will discuss the first ~300,000 years of the universe and explore the physical frame work of events. This will lead us to a basic understanding of modern cosmology and what observations of the Cosmic Microwave Background (Remnant energy of the big bang) can teach us.
Bio: Brian Williams PhD Astrophysics UCSB

Using Big Data Analytics to Fight Identity Fraud 🗓

What is Identity Fraud? How does it occur?

— IEEE San Diego Section
Meeting Date: July 20 2017
Time: 6:30 PM Networking & refreshments; 7:00 PM Presentation
Speaker: Stephen Coggeshall
Location: Qualcomm, San Diego
Cost: Free to IEEE and Qualcomm, all others $5 online or $10 at the door.
RSVP: requested, through website
Event Details: IEEE vTools
What is Identity Fraud? How does it occur?

We all know about Identity Theft, but do you know about Identity Manipulation? Synthetic Identities? What are the different modes of Identity Fraud.

In this presentation we will talk about all things Identity Fraud – what it is, how it occurs, where it is happening, and how we are using big data analytics to protect both businesses and consumers from this continually rising threat.

Bio: Stephen Coggeshall is retired Chief Analytics and Science Officer at ID Analytics (Symantec). His primary role was assembling and managing world-class technical teams of Data Scientists and software developers for high performance software and applied machine learning algorithms in the business environment. His specialties include behavioral modeling and consulting in financial services, telecommunications and consumer products; algorithm development around financial engineering for derivatives, asset allocation, technical corporate valuations and trading algorithms. Previous experiences are Exec. Director of Advanced Sciences for Morgan Stanley, Founder and CEO of Los Alamos Computational Group, Group VP of Technology Development at HNC Software, Founder & Director of Consumer Analytics at Center for Adaptive Systems Applications. Stephen received MS and PhD in Music and Nuclear Engineering from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and BA in Music and BS in Math & Physics from Southern Illinois University. Stephen holds 7 patents, has authored over 100 publications, and currently teaches a graduate business course.

Internet of Things: How did we get here? What can we do for Healthcare? 🗓

Inaugural event – San Diego Section IoT SIG, launch of new Interest Group & Talk Series

Co-sponsored by IoT SIG, Computer, Communication, Engineering Medical Biology, Industrial Applications, Consumer Electronics
Meeting Date: July 27, 2017
Time: 6:15 – 6:45 PM Networking & Refreshments; 6:45 PM Presentation
Speaker: Harinath Garudadri, Associate Research Scientist at the UC San Diego’s Qualcomm Institute of Calit2
Location: Qualcomm, San Diego
Cost: none
RSVP: requested, through website
Event Details: IEEE vTools

Summary: Multiple technologies evolved and converged over the last 140 years resulting in a powerful platform that we now call IoT. This presentation will address (i) a historical perspective of Internet of Things (IoT) and (ii) some Healthcare related applications of IoT that the speaker is pursuing in his lab.

The first part of the talk is an abridged version of course-1 from a 6-course IoT specialization offered by Coursera. This course was commissioned by Qualcomm and developed at UCSD to teach learners hands-on skills for building IoT devices using a smartphone platform. The thesis in this part of the talk traces how multiple technologies evolved and converged – specifically, (i) circuit switched networks, (ii) packet switched networks, (iii) computer-telephony integration, (iv) wireless technologies and (v) features and apps to highlight significant advances that led up to IoT.

The second part of this talk will address how the stories of the pioneers motivate us to leverage this platform with unprecedented potential to build exciting products and services in domains such as drones, automotive, healthcare, etc. The speaker left Qualcomm about 4 years ago and joined UCSD to pursue hard problems in healthcare. The challenges in connecting billions of sensors to the cloud – low power sensing, efficient communication, distributed processing, security, inference, etc. – are similar to those in healthcare applications. In addition, each healthcare application appears to have its own set of unique challenges – we have made extensive collaborations with clinical community to guide us through these. We are presently working on (i) advanced hearing aids, (ii) concussion assessment in youth sports, (iii) falls risk assessment and (iv) spasticity assessment in cerebral palsy, stroke and other neuromuscular disorders. This presentation will address some aspects of these applications to highlight IoT applications in healthcare.

Bio: Harinath Garudadri is an Associate Research Scientist at the UC San Diego’s Qualcomm Institute of Calit2. He moved to academia in Nov. 2013 after 26 years in the industry to work on technologies that will improve healthcare delivery beyond hospital walls. He has a PhD in electrical engineering (1988) from University of British Columbia, Vancouver, B.C. where he spent half his time in ECE and the other half in School of Audiology and Speech Sciences, Faculty of Medicine. His industry contributions have been incorporated into cell phones and commercial networks. Hari has 42 granted patents (9 in body area networks, 8 in audio, 6 in video, 5 in speech, 3 in biomedical signal processing, and 11 in voice recognition), and over 16 pending patents in biomedical signal processing and related areas. Hari has over 43 peer-reviewed publications. His contributions were incorporated in 14 international standards specifications.

IEEE China-Lake Bakersfield Technical Presentation on Power Quality 🗓

IEEE China-Lake Bakersfield Section and Sponsored by Eaton Corporation
Meeting Date: July 20, 2017
Time: 6:00 PM Networking & Food; 7:00 PM Presentation
Speaker: Christopher Stewart, P.E. of Eaton Corporation
Location: Bakersfield
Cost: none
RSVP: requested, through website
Event Details: IEEE vTools

Sources and Symptoms Power Quality Problems
Power Quality Solutions
Harmonic Sources and Symptoms
IEEE-519 Compliance
Point of common coupling
Harmonic Limits
Harmonic resonance
Harmonic Solutions
Transient and transient Solution
Grounding and Grounding Solutions

Bio: Christopher Stewart
is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of California. He joined Eaton Corporation in 2008 and worked for four and a half years as a Field Service Engineer. He has been with the Power Systems Engineering group at Eaton Corporation since 2012 and has performed power systems analysis services; including arc flash hazard analysis, power quality studies, motor starting studies, and bus bracing studies. He also conducts Arc Flash Safety Training courses, based on NFPA 70E for local industrial and commercial customers. He is currently the technical leader for the Power Systems Engineering team at Eaton, in the Pacific region.

Technology and challenges of designing a membrane spacecraft called “Brane Craft” for active debris removal in low earth orbit. 🗓

IEEE Communications, Signal Processing and Vehicular Technologies Joint Chapter and Co-sponsored by The Aerospace Corporation
Meeting Date: July 12, 2017
Time: 11:30 AM Networking & Food; 12:00 PM Presentation
Speaker: Dr. Siegfried Janson
Location: El Secundo
Cost: none
RSVP: requested, through website
Event Details: IEEE vTools
Summary: IEEE Communications, Signal Processing and Vehicular Technologies Joint Chapter invites you to a presentation by Dr. Siegfried Janson on the technology and challenges of designing a membrane spacecraft called “Brane Craft” for active debris removal in low earth orbit. Flattening a spacecraft into a membrane can produce a low mass vehicle with an ultra-high power-to-weight ratio for rapid electric orbit transfers. The target application is removal of orbital debris in low Earth orbit (LEO) through rendezvous, conformal wrapping, and application of thrust.

Dr. Siegfried Janson is a senior scientist in the Space Science Applications Laboratory at The Aerospace Corporation. He obtained a Ph.D. in aerospace engineering from Cornell University in 1984, was a post-doctoral associate at Cornell from 1984 to 1987, and joined the Aerospace Corporation in 1987 to pursue experimental research in advanced electric thrusters for spacecraft. He published over 20 papers on electric thruster research by 1995. Dr. Janson’s current research interests are nano/pico/femtosatellites, membrane spacecraft for orbital debris removal, spacecraft optical communications, microthrusters, formation flying, micro-electromechanical systems, and distributed space systems. He started investigating sub-kilogram mass spacecraft in 1989 and has published over 50 papers on small satellite propulsion requirements, basic design issues, MEMS for space applications, all-silicon satellites, and small satellite orbital architectures. Dr. Janson has flown MEMS experiments on sounding rockets, nanosatellites, CubeSats, the Space Shuttle, and the International Space Station. Dr. Janson chaired the SPIE “MEMS Components and Applications” conference in 2001, 2003, and 2004, and is co-editor of the book “Small Satellites: Past, Present and Future.” He is currently the principal investigator on the NASA-sponsored Optical Communications and Sensor Demonstration CubeSat program, and the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) Phase II program, “Brane Craft.” He is a NASA NIAC fellow, a member of the IEEE, and currently holds 14 U.S. patents in orbital mechanics, spacecraft attitude sensors, glass/ceramic systems, thermoelectric coolers, and MEMS fabrication.