Past Meetings/Webinars

Teaming at a Distance: How to Make Remote Teams Work for You and Your Company πŸ—“

β€” IEEE-USA β€” business strategy, problems, miscommunication, core concepts, practices, success …

β€” IEEE-USA β€” business strategy, problems, miscommunication, core concepts, practices, success …
Webinar Date: Thursday, September 8, 2016
Time: 11:00 AM (PDT)
Speaker: Pam Estes Brewer, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Mercer University
Location: on the Web
Cost: none
RSVP: required
Event Details & Registration: www.ieeeusa.org/careers/webinars/2016/webinar-9-8-16.html
Summary: Remote teams are probably a part of your organization’s day-to-day operations. Teaming at a distance is critical to current business strategy, and yet organizations are not preparing their employees to be successful in these teams. Among 285 engineering professionals who participated in a recent survey, 68% reported experiencing communication problems in their virtual teams, and many of these professionals emphasized the costs of miscommunication in virtual teams. Sixty percent of these professionals reported that their organizations provided no formal training to prepare employees to work in remote teams. Another 17% reported that their companies provided some formal training but with limited success. Instead, most of these professionals confessed to learning by trial and error, a very costly approach.
In this webinar, Dr. Pam Estes Brewer will tell you how to make remote teams work for you and how to increase the reach of your organization. In this webinar, she will cover:

  • Some basics of remote teaming
  • Current remote team practice among engineering organizations
  • Predictions for the future of remote teaming
  • Core concepts for making your remote teams successful
  • Finally, she will take questions and invite you to a new LinkedIn group on remote teaming.

    Bio: Dr. Pam Estes Brewer is a technical communicator, educator and management consultant. She teaches in Mercer University’s School of Engineering. She researches remote teaming, and her book entitled International Virtual Teams: Engineering Global Success was published in 2015.

    Landing Your Dream Job in Today’s Competitive Landscape πŸ—“

    β€” IEEE-USA β€” career path, roadblocks, preparing, experiences from an engineer …

    β€” IEEE-USA β€” career path, roadblocks, preparing, experiences from an engineer …
    Webinar Date: Wednesday, September 7, 2016
    Time: 11:00 AM (PDT)
    Speaker: John Collins, Hardware Program Manager, Microsoft – Hololens
    Location: on the Web
    Cost: none
    RSVP: required
    Event Details & Registration: www.ieeeusa.org/careers/webinars/2016/webinar-9-7-16.html
    Summary: The career path for one engineer: from Microsoft to Apple, then landing a dream job.

    Bio: John Collins has his dream job, creating the future of augmented reality with HoloLens. But the path to get there wasn’t well defined and he had to adapt to roadblocks along the way. John will share his story, starting from college to now working at Microsoft on the HoloLens, including his time at Xbox and at Apple on the latest battery technologies. Top job openings can receive thousands of applications from around the world, gain insight into landing your dream job in this competitive landscape.

    IEEE-USA Legislative Update πŸ—“

    β€” IEEE-USA β€” professional issues, status in Congress, updates …

    β€” IEEE-USA β€” professional issues, status in Congress, updates …
    Webinar Date: Thursday, September 1, 2016
    Time: 10:00 AM (PDT)
    Speaker: Russell T. Harrison, director of Government Relations, IEEE-USA
    Location: on the Web
    Cost: none
    RSVP: required
    Event Details & Registration: www.ieeeusa.org/careers/webinars/2016/GR-webinar-9-1-16.html
    Summary: Stay up to date on recent events in Washington that affect IEEE members. IEEE-USA Director of Government Relations Russ Harrison will brief attendees on what Congress is doing for, and to, our profession.

    Bio: Russell T. Harrison is IEEE-USA’s director of Government Relations. He previously served as senior legislative representative for grassroots activities. In addition to providing overall strategic direction and day-to-day operational management of IEEE-USA’s government relations program and staff, he also focuses on programs and activities design to help U.S. IEEE members interact with – and influence – elected officials. He is also responsible for a number of IEEE-USA government relations initiatives, particularly small and independent business policy and high-skill immigration reform.
    Prior to IEEE-USA, Russell directed grassroots programs at the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries and the American Iron and Steel Institute. In these positions he also raised over $300,000 in campaign contributions through the associations’ political action committees. He has also represented the recycling and steel industries on Capitol Hill and in state capitols on a variety of issues as a professional lobbyist. Russell has a B.A. in Political Science, with minors in History and Communication, from Allegheny College, and a Masters in Public Policy from the University of Maryland.

    Embracing Open Data Science in Your Organization πŸ—“

    β€” ACM β€” Python, R and Spark; Anaconda, collaboration, workflow, security, deployment …

    β€” ACM β€” Python, R and Spark; Anaconda, collaboration, workflow, security, deployment …
    Webinar Date: Wednesday, September 7, 2016
    Time: 9:00 AM (PDT)
    Speaker: Christine Doig, Senior Data Scientist, Continuum Analytics
    Location: on the Web
    Cost: none
    RSVP: required
    Event Details & Registration: Web Link
    Summary: Large organizations wanting to leverage the amazing technology being developed in open source for data science in the Python, R and Spark ecosystems struggle to modernize their traditional analytic stack. Anaconda, the leading Open Data Science platform, is built on open source technology to fulfill the enterprise needs of Data Scientists and their colleagues, including Business Analysts, Developers, DevOps and Data Engineers. Anaconda leverages the open source innovation technology while providing enterprise features around collaboration, security, authentication, and deployment.
    In this webinar, we’ll present the Anaconda platform and its foundational open source packages: Conda for package and environment management, Bokeh for interactive data visualization, Dask for parallel computing, Numba for high performance Python, and Datashader for large scale visualizations. We’ll discuss the workflow of Data Scientists from exploring and building machine learning models to collaborating in a team and deploying. With the Anaconda Platform, it has never been easier to embrace and leverage Open Data Science.


    Bio: Christine Doig is a Senior Data Scientist at Continuum Analytics, where she has worked, among other projects, on MEMEX, a DARPA-funded project helping stop human trafficking. She has 5+ years of experience in analytics, operations research, and machine learning in a variety of industries, including energy, manufacturing, and banking. Christine holds a M.S. in Industrial Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia in Barcelona. Christine loves empowering people through open source technologies and is a regular speaker and trainer at community conferences including PyCon, EuroPython, PyData, OSCON and Data Science Summit.

    Battery Balancing and Management System for Electric Vehicles πŸ—“

    β€” TEC β€” series and parallel, equaling contribution, control system designs …

    β€” TEC β€” series and parallel, equaling contribution, control system designs …
    Webinar Date: Wednesday, September 14, 2016
    Time: 2:00 AM (PDT)
    Speaker: Prof. Eric Cheng, Hong Kong Polytechnic University & IEEE Transportation Electrification Committee
    Location: on the Web
    Cost: none
    RSVP: required
    Event Details & Registration: web link
    Summary: Energy storage for electric vehicle is mainly the battery and super-capacitor. Usually a large number of cells care connected in series and parallel in order to provide required voltage and current levels. The balancing is therefore needed to enable each of the cell under equal contribution to the voltage and current. The battery management system (BMS) includes the balancing, other management and monitoring and control system. Today BMS is the most important parts in most of the electric vehicles and there are reports that BMS is a critical parts to avoid any accident of electric vehicle.
    The talk presents the recent technology in the energy storage of electric vehicles including Li-ion battery and super-capacitor, cell balancing and BMS, and also introduces a number of different designs of the cell balancing techniques.

    Bio: Prof. Eric Cheng graduated from the University of Bath in 1987 and started research in Power Electronics and obtained his PhD in 1990 from the same university. He is now the Director of Power Electronics Research Center and a professor of the Department of Electrical Engineering at Hong Kong Polytechnic University.
    He has developed a number of electric vehicle techniques including the battery charging system, battery management, electric drive, lighting, power conversion, in-wheel and integrated charger. He is also the project leader of a number of electric vehicle projects. He is also then project leader of a number of power electronics projects including medical robotics, intelligent clothing, DC distribution, electromagnetic modeling and excitation. He received the IEE Sebastian Z De Ferranti Premium Award (1995), outstanding consultancy award (2000), Faculty Merit award for best teaching (2003) from the University, Faculty Engineering Industrial and Engineering Services Grant Achievement Award (2006), Brussels Innova Energy Gold medal with Mention (2007), Consumer Product Design Award (2008), Electric vehicle team merit award of the Faculty (2009). Special Prize and Silver Medal of Geneva’s Invention Expo (2011) and Eco Star award (2012) He has published over 250 papers and 7 books. He is now the professor and director of Power Electronics Research Centre of the university. His research interests are all aspects of power electronics, electromagnetics, motor drives, EMI and energy saving.

    Recent Developments in Antenna and RF/Microwave Testing for Improved Measurements and Performance Evaluation πŸ—“ πŸ—Ί

    β€” EMC/MTT/AP β€” half-day workshop: digital interfaces, polyurethane absorbers, very-near-rield techniques …

    β€” EMC/MTT/AP β€” half-day workshop: digital interfaces, polyurethane absorbers, very-near-rield techniques …
    Meeting Date: Thursday, September 17, 2015
    Time: 1:00 PM Registration and lunch; 2:00 – 4:30 PM Presentations, reception
    Speakers: Bruce Williams, Nearfield Systems, Inc; Zhong Chen, ETS-Lindgren; Chris Payan, EMSCAN
    Location: Boeing, 5310 Bolsa Ave, Huntington Beach
    Cost: none
    RSVP: through Phil Strong with Altamont Technical Services, 909-460-1861
    Event Details:
    sites.ieee.org/ocs-emcs
    Summary:
    Presentation 1: Testing of Antennas with High Speed Digital Interfaces
    By Bruce Williams, Nearfield Systems, Inc., Torrance
    Presentation 2: High Power Applications and Considerations of Polyurethane Based Absorbers
    By Zhong Chen, ETS-Lindgren, Cedar Park, TX,
    Presentation 3: Fast and Effective Characterization of Large Antennas using Very-Near-Field Measurement Techniques
    By Chris Payan, EMSCAN, Calgary, Alberta,

    Bio: (first & last name) rest of bio …

    Apple Watch and Other Products: Xray and Teardown πŸ—“ πŸ—Ί

    β€” CPMT β€” packaging design, layers, assembly, complexities …

    β€” CPMT β€” packaging design, layers, assembly, complexities …
    Meeting Date: Thursday, Sept 17, 2015
    Time: 5:30 PM Social/Networking; 6:00 PM Presentation; 7:00 PM dinner
    Speaker: Bill Cardoso, PhD, Creative Electron
    Location: Broadcom Corporation, Bldg. 2, 5300 California Ave., Irvine
    Cost: none
    RSVP: requested, through website
    Event Details: tinyurl.com/nmvokh8
    Summary: Teardowns are powerful tools to gain invaluable insight on how things are designed and built. Critical lessons can be learned from this process to improve our jobs as designers and manufacturers of electronic products. The Apple Watch went from novelty to market leader in just a few weeks. Added to its impressive commercial success, this device is an incredible work of electronic packaging design. In this presentation we will show the details of the Apple Watch teardown, showing its many layers and complexities. We augment the teardown with x-ray images of several parts of the Apple Watch to gain extra insights on how this tightly packaged device is assembled. We will also present other similar teardowns, including cell phones and wearables.

    Bio: Bill Cardoso started his first company in Brazil at age 17 and sold it a few years later when invited by the US Department of Energy to work at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory to do nuclear and high-energy physics research. As the Department Head for Systems Engineering and after a 10-year long career at Fermilab, Bill moved from Chicago to sunny California to start Creative Electron. True to the American Dream, Creative Electron quickly grew from Bill’s garage to the largest US manufacturer of x-ray machines for the electronics industry (no longer in his garage). At Creative Electron Bill leads the team of engineers who designs and manufactures x-ray systems that are shipped worldwide. Starting with an associate degree at age 13, Bill has a BS, MS, and PhD degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering and an MBA from The University of Chicago. Bill is the president of the SMTA San Diego chapter and member of the technical committee for SMTA International, SMTA Counterfeit Conference, and SMTA LED Conference, Components for Military and Space Electronics Conference, SPIE Photonics, and the IEEE Nuclear Science Symposium. He is an IEEE Senior member and the author of over 120 technical publications, a contributor to 2 books, owner of a few patents, and a frequent speaker at technical conferences.

    The Technical Challenge of Hate Speech, Incitement and Extremism in Social Media πŸ—“ πŸ—Ί

    β€” CS β€” pervasiveness, concerns, companies & governments, solutions, regulation …

    Meeting Date: Tuesday, August 30, 2016
    Time: 6:00 PM Networking and dinner; 7:00 – 8:30 PM Presentation
    Speaker: Dr Andre Oboler, social media expert
    Location: Room 3008, CALiT2 Building, UCI, Irvine
    Cost: none (dinner sponsored by Gigasavvy)
    RSVP: requested, through website
    Event Details: meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/40781
    Summary: Despite its pervasiveness in society, social media has been a largely unregulated domain. There have been growing concerns over the use of social media for the purposes of hate speech, incitement and the promotion of violent extremism. These issues have not been sufficiently addressed by social media companies and governments, particularly in Europe, are increasing looking to regulation. The agreement on a β€œCode of Conduct on illegal online hate speech” signed by the European Commission and Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Microsoft the end of May 2016 is a sign of this shift.
    This talk will introduce the problem of hate speech, incitement and extremism in social media. The technical challenges in measuring and responding to these problem will then be discussed, along with some of the technical solutions which have been created. The ethical obligations of Software Engineers in light of these problems will also be considered.

    Bio: Dr. Andre Oboler is CEO of the Online Hate Prevention Institute an Australian charity combating racism, bigotry and extremism in social media. He also serves as an expert on the Australian Government’s Delegation to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, co-chair of the Working Group on Antisemitism on the Internet and in the Media for the Global Forum to Combat Antisemitism, and as a Vice Chair of the IEEE Computer Society’s Member and Geographic Activities Board. Dr Oboler holds a PhD in Computer Science from Lancaster University (UK), a Juris Doctor from Monash University (Australia) and completed a Post Doctoral Fellowship in Political Science at Bar-Ilan University (Israel). His research interests include empirical software engineering, process improvement, hate speech in social media and the social implications of technology.

    “Body-on-a-Chip” πŸ—“

    β€” EMBS Chapter, Orange County Section β€” 3D Lab Tissue, human body organs, blood vessels …

    Meeting Date: Wednesday, November 9, 2016
    Time: 6:30 PM Networking; 7:00 PM Presentation
    Speaker: Professor Cristopher C.W. Hughes, UC Irvine
    Location: The Cove, UCI Applied Innovation,
    Cost: none, snacks and drinks provided
    RSVP:
    Event Details: Eventbrite

    Summary:
    Human organs and their associated functions are, with few exceptions, 3-Dimensional, and so it is hardly surprising that 2D cell culture systems often do a poor job at replicating human biology. It is only the simplicity of 2D systems that has maintained their popularity for so long. We are changing this dynamic – we can now create 3D tissues in the lab that share many of the characteristics of organs in the body. Most importantly, the tissues receive their nutrients through living blood vessels, just as they do in the body. This is a unique platform – we are the only lab in the world able to do this. We are creating multiple organs, including pancreas, brain, liver and heart, which we will use to study diseases such as Diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease and Heart Failure. In addition, we have created multiple types of micro-tumors, including colon, breast, prostate and melanoma, which we are now using for novel drug screening

    Bio:
    Dr.Hughes has extensive experience in the field of vascular biology and the process of angiogenesis. In particular, his lab has studied the role of notch signaling in vascular development and we were the first to demonstrate the role of notch in regulating tip cell function during angiogenic sprouting. His lab has recently published on the role of the transcription factor slug in angiogenesis, and are working on wnt regulation of vascular assembly. More recently, in collaboration with Drs. Steve George and Abe Lee he has also been focusing on novel drug-screening platforms, including β€œtumor-on-a-chip” microfluidic devices. This has been partly driven by their belief that mice are often inadequate models for some aspects of human biology. He has worked with Program PI and project Co-I Dr. Waterman on several projects related to tumor angiogenesis and wnt signaling, and has co-mentored a student with PI Dr. Lowengrub. He is the co-director of the OncoImaging and Biotechnology (OIB) Program – part of the NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center at UCI – and Chair of the Department of Molecular Biology & Biochemistry. He has a joint appointment in Biomedical Engineering, and is Interim Director of the Edwards Lifesciences Center for Advanced Cardiovascular Technology. He works extensively with the rare disease non-profit, cureHHT (formerly HHT Foundation International), and is Chair of their Global Research and Medical Advisory Board. Dr. Hughes was recently elected a Fellow of AAAS. He has mentored 13 Ph.D. students doing their thesis work in his lab, numerous rotation students, and several post-doctoral fellows. Several of these are now running their own research programs. Dr.Hughes’ experience in the Cancer Center OIB program and in the BME department have been vital to his research success.

    Software Engineering for the Research Environment πŸ—“ πŸ—Ί

    β€” CS DL Lecture β€” new life cycle, ideals, 3-year test, impacts …

    β€” CS DL Lecture β€” new life cycle, ideals, 3-year test, impacts …
    Meeting Date: Monday, August 29, 2016
    Time: 4:00 PM Networking; 4:30 – 6:00 PM Presentation
    Speaker: Dr Andre Oboler, social media expert
    Location: Room 3008, CALiT2 Building, UCI, Irvine
    Cost: none (Parking: $2/hr @ Anteater Parking Structure, near the Calit2 building)
    RSVP: requested, through website
    Event Details: meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/40793
    Summary: Having found that traditional software engineering approaches and tools were not used by academic researchers in the United States and Australia, a new Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC) was created to tailor software engineering more appropriately to this environment. This talk introduces the ideals embedded in the new SDLC and explains how they were instantiated in a three-year experiment involving multiple researchers on independent projects. The new approaches were shown to have a significant impact when results were compared to a control group. The talk will introduce some of the ideas and tools which led to this impact.

    Bio: Dr. Andre Oboler is a social media and online public diplomacy expert. He is CEO of the Online Hate Prevention Institute and a consultant on various online projects. He received his PhD in computer science from Lancaster University, UK and his LLM(JD) from Monash University, Australia. Dr Oboler has also been a Post-Doctoral Fellow in Political Science at Bar-Ilan University, Israel. He is an IEEE Computer Society Distinguished Lecturer.