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August 17, 2013

Mtg: Circuits and Systems for Wearable and Implantable Medical Devices

by @ 4:24 pm. Filed under ALL, BioEngineering, Communications, Electronics Design, Semiconductors
 

MONDAY September 16, 2013
SCV Circuits and Systems Chapter
Speaker: Prof. Wouter A. Serdijn, CAS Distinguished Lecturer, Head Biomedical Electronics Laboratory, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
Time: Networking/light dinner at 6:30 PM; Presentation at 7:00 PM
Cost: $2 requested for food
Place: QualComm, Building B, 3165 Kifer Road, Santa Clara
RSVP: from website
Web: sites.ieee.org/scv-cas

In the design process of wearable and implantable medical devices (IMDs), such as hearing instruments, pacemakers, cochlear implants and neurostimulators, the tradeoff between performance and power consumption is a delicate balancing act.  In this (more…)

Mtg: Many Uncertainties About Climate Change

by @ 4:22 pm. Filed under ALL, BioEngineering, Electrical/Power, Engineering Mgmt
 

MONDAY September 16, 2013
OEB and SCV Life Members Chapters
Speaker: Donald Anthrop, Professor Emeritus, Department of Environmental Studies, San Jose State University
Time: Networking/buffet dinner at 6:00 PM; Presentation at 7:00 PM
Cost: IEEE Members: $25; Non-members: $27
Place: Michaels at Shoreline, 2960 Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View
RSVP: from website by September 13th
Web: www.ieee4life.org

In May 2013, atmospheric carbon dioxide levels measured atop the Mauna Loa volcano on the island of Hawaii reached 399.5 parts per million (ppm).  This compares with concentrations of about 370ppm measured in 2001 and 356ppm in 1990.  However, global mean temperature has not tracked the atmospheric CO2 concentration particularly well.  Since the beginning of the 20th century, global mean temperature has increased by about 0.8oC.  However, since about 2001, global mean temperature has remained essentially unchanged while atmospheric concentrations increased from 370ppm to 400ppm.  This would suggest that factors in addition to CO2 are affecting climate.
Despite the fact that the Obama Administration’s energy regulations have already had very serious unintended consequences, in July the President announced his intention to implement new regulations to reduce CO2 emissions from existing power generating plants.  The administration claims the new regulations will reduce US CO2 emissions by 17% between 2005 and 2020.  EIA was already projecting a reduction of 545 million metric tons (mt) over this time period due to improved energy efficiency and increased use of natural gas.  The new regulations will further reduce CO2 emissions by an additional 464 million mt.  This reduction represents 1.3% of world CO2 emissions in 2020.  More significantly, emissions from China alone are expected to increase by 464 million mt in just the next year.  This illustrates the futility of efforts by the US government to reduce CO2 emissions in the US as long as there are no constraints on emissions in developing countries.

Mtg: Google’s Project Loon

by @ 4:03 pm. Filed under ALL, Communications, Electronics Design
 

WEDNESDAY September 11, 2013
SCV Communications Chapter
Speakers: Sam Leffler and Sameera S. Ponda, Google
Time: Networking and refreshments at 6:30 PM; Presentation at 7:00 PM
Cost: $5 for food
Place: TI Conference Center Auditorium, 1 Semiconductor Way, Santa Clara
RSVP: from website
Web: www.eventbrite.com/event/6708375933

Project Loon balloons float in the stratosphere, twice as high as airplanes and the weather.  They are carried around the Earth by winds and they can be controlled by rising or descending to an altitude with winds moving in the desired direction.  People connect to the (more…)

Mtg: Simulating Beyond a Billion Degrees of Freedom

by @ 3:40 pm. Filed under ALL, Computers/Software, Electronics Design, Engineering Mgmt
 

WEDNESDAY October 16, 2013
SCV Control Systems Chapter
Speaker: Dr. Elliot English, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Time: Presentation at 6:30 PM
Cost: none
Place: International Technological University, 355 W. San Fernando St., San Jose
RSVP: not required
Web: sites.ieee.org/scv-css

Over the last few years, the computational power available to both researchers and industry has increased at a rapid pace with the introduction of supercomputer type clusters with more than a million cores and a petabyte of memory.  However, this increase has not been met with (more…)

Mtg: The Supreme Court Weighs in On Gene Patents – and Implications for Software and Business Methods

by @ 3:22 pm. Filed under ALL, BioEngineering, Computers/Software, Electronics Design
 

TUESDAY September 18, 2013
SCV Engineering in Medicine and Biology Chapter
Speaker: Jim Fox, Patent Attorney
Time: Optional dinner at 6:15 PM at Hospital Cafeteria; Presentation at 7:30 PM
Cost: none
Place: Room M-114, Stanford University Medical School, Stanford
RSVP: not required
Web: www.ewh.ieee.org/r6/scv/embs

The recent Supreme Court decisions defining what sorts of things or actions are patentable — and what are not patentable — will be discussed.  These decisions were based on biotech and pharmacological inventions, and discussed not only what materials may be patentable, but also (more…)

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