Past Meetings/Webinars

2016 IEEE Online Conference on Green Communications πŸ—“

β€” (ComSoc) β€” green wireless, green optical, architectures, smart cities, energy efficiency, industry experience, perspectives, trends …

Dates/Times: Monday, Nov 14, 2016, 7:00 AM – 10:30 AM (PST); Tuesday Nov 15, 12:00 PM – 3:30 AM (PST); Wednesday Nov 16, 2:00 AM – 5:30 AM (PST); Thursday Nov 17, 3:00 AM – 7:20 AM (PST)
Sessions: — Sustainability I and II; — Green Wireless I and II; — Green Optical I and II; — Smart Cities I and II; — plus panels on Industry Experience and Perspectives, and on Trends of Green Communication, with live Question & Answer periods.

Location: on the Internet
Cost: $175 IEEE members, $225 non-members, $50 for Life Members
Included in the Fee: Registration includes full access to the presented papers and their associated recordings (video broadcasts), which will become available beginning 14 November 2016 and will remain accessible until 31 December 2016.
RSVP: required
Further Program Details:
Attend all or any portions that will impact your knowledge and career.
Summary: OnlineGreenComm is dedicated to addressing the challenges in energy-efficient communications and communications for green technologies. It is held virtually, to emphasize the need for reducing global greenhouse gas emissions, avoiding the most polluting aspects of conferences — the use of mass transport systems for traveling. Common to all IEEE conferences, IEEE OnlineGreenComm features a full-fledged paper submission, review, and publication process that adheres to the high standards defined by IEEE.
IEEE OnlineGreenComm covers a wide spectrum of research subjects, including green methodologies and architectures for communication technologies, communication technologies as enablers for green solutions, energy efficiency in Smart Grid communications, and energy management.

Hyperscale Data Center with Software Defined Infrastructure (SDI) and Rack Scale Design (RSD) for Hyper Cloud πŸ—“

β€” (CS) β€” requirements, complexity, workloads, management, challenges, benefits …

Webinar Date: Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Time: 7:00 PM (PST) Live Chapter Meeting
Sponsor: Santa Clara Valley (Silicon Valley) Computer Society Chapter
Speaker: Fulcan Fong, Sr. Cloud Solutions Manager, Intel
Location: on the Web
Cost: none
RSVP: required (to get login credentials by email)
Event Details & Registration:

Summary: Traditional server systems where compute, storage and network reside in a single server box or blade have been around for quite some time. With the emergence of hyper-scale data centers with multi-cloud requirements, the management of these servers has become more complex to support different types of cloud workloads. This has led to the creation of data-center resource pooling to support various types of cloud workloads as service providers are adopting Software Defined Infrastructure (SDI) and Rack Scale Design (RSD). Fulcan Fong will present the challenges of modernizing data centers, explain what SDI and RSD are, and also talk about how service providers will benefit by adopting them.

Realizing New Potentials in Miniature Subsea Robotics πŸ—“

– IEEE SPECTRUM Webinar – hazards, real-time, navigation, navigation electronics, field results …

Speaker: Ben Kinnaman, CEO and President, Greensea Systems, Inc.
Webinar Date: Tuesday, November 8, 2016
Time: 11:00 AM (PST)
Cost: none
Location: on the Internet
Summary: Multiple applications across the subsea marine industry are adopting miniature robotics to accomplish tasks too hazardous for humans, and to assist human operators. To realize their full potential however, these robotic platforms require accurate real-time pose, navigation, and localization estimates. The groundbreaking miniaturized KVH 1750 inertial measurement unit, can provide the basis of an affordable and accessible inertial navigation solution appropriate for these miniature robotic systems. Greensea uses the KVH 1750 as the core building block in a modular and distributed vehicle architecture built with the OPENSEA software framework. This system provides a distributed, scalable, and flexible control and navigation platform that is enabling miniature subsea robotics to do more than ever before. This discussion provides an overview of Greensea’s integrated technology using the KVH 1750, presents field results demonstrating advanced navigation and automation for miniature underwater robotics, and establishes a realistic vision for next-generation vehicle technologies.

Bios: Ben Kinnaman is CEO and President of Greensea Systems, Inc. He has a Bachelor of Science in Physics from Davidson College and a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering, specializing in control and robotics, from Johns Hopkins University.
Sean McCormack is Director, FOG & OEM Sales for the KVH Industries Guidance & Stabilization Group. Mr. McCormack has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts, and earned his Master’s degree from Emmanuel College, Boston, MA.

2017 IEEE Rising Stars Conference πŸ—“

— where Students and Young Professionals Come to Connect and be Inspired …

Conference Dates: January 2-4, 2017
Location: Excalibur Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.A.
Cost: $295 for Student Members, $349 for IEEE Members (through Nov. 25th)
RSVP: requested, through website
Event Details:

As the premier IEEE student event, the Rising Stars conference brings together the most promising students and young professionals to network and be inspired by each other and the top tech companies from around the world. It will be taking place the first week in January 2017 at the Excalibur in Las Vegas, Nevada. This conference is in conjunction with the Consumer Electronics Showcase which occurs just after the conference.
“The Rising Stars Conference is a great opportunity for any young engineer. At this conference, I had a chance to network with a lot of great engineers, both present and future. Talking to all these great engineers allowed me the opportunity to work at Northrop Grumman for a summer internship. Due to that internship, I have a job offer before I even graduate! For any young engineer thinking of attending, I would give them a resounding ‘Do It!’. I can guarantee that you won’t regret it.” – Joe Fercho, 2015 Attendee

Converting Challenges into Opportunities: Tips and Tricks to Own Your Career πŸ—“

β€” (IEEE-USA Webinar) β€” taking ownership, challenges, mentors, software, simple tips …

Webinar Date: Thursday, November 10, 2016
Time: 11:00 AM (PST)
Speaker: Tim Worboys, Sr Manager, Software Engineering, LinkedIn
Location: on the Web
Cost: none
RSVP: required
Event Details & Registration:
Summary: Whether you are a student, new graduate or seasoned professional, being able to take ownership of your career is often challenging. Colleagues, managers, and peers often feel like they might be getting in the way of our success. In reality, however, we control a lot more than we think, and we’re likely getting in our own way! In this session, LinkedIn software engineering manager and Future Leaders Forum speaker Tim Worboys will talk about how he has worked through challenges and changes in his career and turned them into opportunities. Tim will share a handful of simple tips he has developed (or fallen into by accident) by working with mentors and peers to solve the many challenges encountered in his career path.

Bio: Tim Worboys received his BASc in Computer Engineering from the University of Waterloo in Canada before starting his career at LinkedIn in 2012. Tim has worked at LinkedIn through it’s hypergrowth phase between 2012 and the present where the number of employees grew from 2,100 to 9,200 in only 4 years. During this time he grew from an entry level Software Engineer to his current role as Senior Manager, Software Engineering.
Tim is passionate about leadership and management and enjoys speaking and writing about these topics as well mentoring and helping people to grow their careers. He has held several positions in the IEEE including Vice Chair, Leadership and Training for the Young Professionals and his current roles as Region 6 – Central Area Chair, and Social Media Chair for the Communications Committee of the IEEE-USA. In his spare time you can find Tim hiking, snorkeling, kayaking or whitewater rafting.

Creative Statistics: Revealing New Relationships from Diverse Data Sets πŸ—“

β€” (SPECTRUM Webinar) β€” curiosity, creativity, relationships, innovation, case study …

Webinar Date: Friday, November 4, 2016
Time: 9:00 AM (PDT)
Speaker: Arthur J. O’Connor, Academic Director, Data Analytics, CUNY
Location: on the Web
Cost: none
RSVP: required
Event Details & Registration:
Summary: Data Science is not just about programming and math; the field also relies heavily on intellectual curiosity, creativity, and exploration. By creating and combing through variables from different types of data sets, data scientists can reveal new and interesting relationships, in addition to different avenues for future research.
In this webinar, we will discuss how empirical evidence supporting a new theory about the relationship between organizational values and industry automation was discovered, as well as demonstrate how the public availability of diverse types of data expands opportunities for innovative ideas.

Bio: Arthur J. O’Connor is the Academic Director of the MS in Data Analytics, BS in Information Systems, and BA in Communication and Media degree programs at CUNY SPS. He has served as a senior corporate officer of two Fortune 500 corporations, and for the past decade, worked in risk analytics and systems implementation roles at Reuters, Citigroup, and most recently, Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group.

IEEE Webinar: Utility Microgrid Standard πŸ—“

β€” (IEEE SmartGrid) β€” distributed framework, investment, centric nodes, revenue …

Webinar Date: Thursday, October 27, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM (PDT)
Speaker: John F. Kelly, PEER Program Specialist, Green Business Certification Institute
Location: on the Web
Cost: none
RSVP: required
Event Details & Registration:
Summary: The electricity sector faces game-changing conditions driven by higher expectations from local governments and electricity customers, technology advances, and new policies that emphasis performance and customer participation. What if utilities chose to leverage microgrids and a more distributed framework; taking advantage of customer investment and new utility services to make the system better while increasing returns? This presentation will introduce a utility microgrid approach and standard as a means for addressing these industry forces.
The Performance Excellence in Electricity Renewal (PEER) standard and rating system can serve as a standard, guide, specification, and education tool. This microgrid approach begins by dividing vast utility territories into a network of manageable customer centric nodes (i.e. utility microgrids) that leverage nested private microgrids and customer distributed resources. The PEER standard is then utilized to optimize each utility and private microgrid for the benefit of the customer, utility and ratepayer.

Bio: John F. Kelly: Over the past seven years, Mr. Kelly worked with an industry team of leaders to research and develop microgrids and supporting standards. Mr. Kelly authored numerous research papers on electricity reliability, markets, and pricing, as well as, smart grid cost/benefit and best practices for electricity policy reform. He provided consulting services to the energy for 30 years, developing innovative sustainable energy plans and designs for large multi-use developments and cities. Mr. Kelly held leadership positions with Duke Engineering and Gas Technology Institute then co-founding a sustainable energy. He holds a B.S. in energy engineering and certificate in environmental engineering.

8th Annual IEEE/CPMT Soft Error Rate (SER) Workshop πŸ—“

β€” CPMT β€” three Tutorials, four talks, packaging materials, alpha particles, testing …

Webinar Date: Thursday, November 3, 2016
Time: 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM (PST)
Speakers: from IBM, Cisco, Xia, iROC, Xilinx, Cypress
Location: on the Web
Cost: none
RSVP: required
Event Details & Registration:
Summary: The annual IEEE Soft Error Rate Workshop, now in its 8th year, continues its unique offering of simultaneous in-room and remote participation (via WebEx), with discussions on a variety of critical issues on SER (Soft Error Rates) for an ever-increasing international audience. Attendees can participate in any of the three Tutorials: — An Introduction to Single Event Effects (Xilinx) — System Design Considerations for Soft Error Mitigation (iROC) — Techniques and Challenges of Alpha Emissivity Measurements (XIA, IBM). In addition, there are four technical presentations on current issues and case studies: — Challenges of Alpha Testing (Cisco) — Resilience and Inexact Computing (Los Alamos Labs) — Soft Error Upset Sensitivity to the Array Background Pattern in SLC Flash Memories (Cypress) — Alpha-Induced Soft Errors in Xilinx UltraScale+ Devices (Xilinx)
See the website for summaries of the tutorials and talks, the speaker listing, and to register.

Cybersecurity Workshop – Introduction To Pen(etration) Testing: A Workshop πŸ—“

Penetration testing to find vulnerabilities that an attacker could exploit

Meeting Date: Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Time: 6:00 PM Networking; 6:30 PM Dinner; 7:00 PM Workshop
Speaker: Joe McCarthy
Location: Tustin ATEP-IVC Room D106
Cost: None. Food and beverage at this event is free and is sponsored by TEKsystems, Inc.
RSVP: Reservations are appreciated
Event Details: https://

Bio: Joe has been developing software for decades. He has worked for various companies of various sizes from startups to Fortune 500s. He has a very strong interest in hacking and cybersecurity.
He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Information and Computer Sciences from The University of California, Irvine.

Summary: By the end of the session, attendees will be able to find systems on a network, identify potential targets and learn about various exploits that could be used to compromise the target systems.

D2D, MU-MIMO and mmWave in 5G Wireless Systems πŸ—“

Device-to-Device (D2D) communication, MU-MIMO and mmWave – (5G) cellular network

Meeting Date: Wednesday, November 9, 2016
Time: 6:00 PM Networking; 6:30 Dinner; 7:15 PM Presentation
Speaker: Prof. Rose Qingyang Hu, Utah State University
Location: The Doubletree Club Orange County Airport
Cost: Free with no dinner; With dinner: First 10 early-birds (first-come-first-serve) are free! After that, $20 for non-members, $10 for IEEE members, $5 for student-members
RSVP: Preferred
Event Details:

Summary: Device-to-Device (D2D) communication, MU-MIMO and mmWave are among the key technologies in the next generation (5G) cellular network as they can significantly improve the system performance on connectivity, spectrum efficiency and energy efficiency. In this talk, we will address how to exploit these technology advantages and tackle the key technical challenges to achieve high system performance gains. In particular, we will present D2D, MU-MIMO, NOMA and mmWave based schemes and their related performance study in 5G/IoT settings. These schemes include power control in D2D underlaid cellular networks, beamforming and NOMA based MU-MIMO in a downlink cellular network with underlay D2D users, and relay-assisted Millimeter Wave cellular networks. The talk will present detailed 5G system model, technology background, mathematical approaches and performance results based on both analysis and simulations. Key technical insights from these studies will be provided.

Bio: Dr. Rose Qingyang Hu [S’95, M’98, SM’06] ( is an Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Utah State University. She received her B.S. degree from University of Science and Technology of China, her M.S. degree from New York University, and her Ph.D. degree from the University of Kansas. She has more than 10 years of R&D experience with Nortel, Blackberry and Intel as a technical manager, a senior wireless system architect, and a senior research scientist, actively participating in industrial 3G/4G technology development, standardization, system level simulation and performance evaluation.