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January 19, 2015

The World of the Expert Witness

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Tuesday March 3, 2015
Consultants’ Network of Silicon Valley (CNSV)
Subject: The World of the Expert Witness
– Expert Witness, good career path, learn, understand, follow along a typical case
Speaker: Joel Williams, emLinux
Time: 7 pm
Cost: free
Place: Agilent Technologies, Inc. – Aristotle Room, Bldg. 5, 5301 Stevens Creek Blvd., Santa Clara, CA 95051
RSVP: not required.


Current State of Physically Modeled Musical Instruments on Handheld Mobile Devices

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Wednesday February 11, 2015
Signal Processing Society (SPS)
Subject: Current State of Physically Modeled Musical Instruments on Handheld Mobile Devices
– Handheld mobile computing devices, “moForte Guitar”, modeled musical instruments ..
Speaker: Pat Scandalis, moForte Time: 6:30 pm
Cost: Free
Place: AMD Sunnyvale

February 11

January 12, 2015

SF-IAS Design safe. Be informed. Save time

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Friday February 27, 2015
The Practicing EEâ??s â??ELECTRICAL GRAILâ?: What YOU Need to Know about Grounding, Codes, and Design Efficiency
Speakers: Gary Fox, GE Energy; Jay Tucker, GE Energy; Chris Small, Laeverco, Post-Glover; Mike Stone, NEMA; John Taeker, UL, Chase Sun, PG&E; Rick Miller, RNM Engineers; John Griffiths, Mazzetti; Geoffrey Yamasaki,Mazzetti; Jessie Avery P.E.,LEED – Mazzetti; and Hamid Matinpour, Mazzetti
Time: 7:30am: Continental Breakfast and registration,8:30 am to 4:40 pm: Conference w/ Lunch
Cost: $250
Place: The Double Tree, 7050 Johnson Dr., Pleasanton, CA 94588
RSVP: Payment MUST be received by the Chapter Treasurer no later than Friday, February 20, 2015 or your reservation will be CANCELLED.


The Human Intranet â?? Where Swarms and Humans Meet

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Date: Tuesday, February 17, 2015, 6:30 PM
Location: Cadence / Bldg 10, 2655 Seely Ave, San Jose, CA (map)
Speaker: Dr. Jan M. Rabaey, Professor, UC Berkeley

Time: 6:30 PM (PT) Networking/Refreshments, 7:00 PM Presentation

Registration: Please register by ordering a ticket below

There is no question about it â?? the Internet of Things (IoT) is happening as we speak. It is radically transforming the information technology platform, and providing an extremely high bandwidth channel between the cyber world (as represented by the Cloud) and the physical and biological world in which we live. The evolution is quite foundational as for the first time it allows for the engineering of systems that tightly interweave the â??realâ? physical and the â??imaginaryâ? cyber worlds, often blurring the boundary between the two.

Yet, the IoT concept on itself conjures a picture of a static, internet-centric organization, in contrast to the dynamic and organic nature of many of the cyber-{physical,biological}
applications we envision. In such an environment, which we have dubbed the â??Swarmâ?, applications would form by opportunistically marshaling the resources that are available to them at a given time and place. The Berkeley Ubiquitous Swarm Lab is developing a broad range of technologies essential to make the Swarm vision come to reality.

Some of most compelling application domains of the Swarm relate to how humans interact with the world around it and the cyberworld beyond, as well as their fellow human beings and themselves. While the smartphone has already introduced a fundamental change, most of our interactions are still funneled through a limited set of means (such as displays, headphones, keyboards, touch panels) integrated in a single device. The Swarm has the potential to change all of this. Envision instead a â??Human Intranetâ?, that harvests the capabilities of all the devices we carry around us, on us, or inside us, to create a single open and integrated platform, opening the door for true innovation and creativity.

In this presentation, some of the true opportunities, challenges and limitations of the swarm and human intranet vision will be addressed.

January 11, 2015

PES- Distribution Transformers Efficiencies

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Wednesday February 18th, 2015
Power and Energy Society

– upcoming 2016 Department of Energy efficiency standard, 2010 DOE standard …
Speaker: Jim Stieler
Time: 11:30 AM to 1 PM
Cost: Pizza (includes vegetarian), $5 – IEEE members, IEEE Life Members and Students, $10 – Non IEEE members
Place: California Public Utilities Commission, Golden Gate Room, 505 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco
RSVP: RSVP by February 16, 2015 to: Elizabeth Waldren, 913-458-7761, <

Wednesday February 18th, 2015

Review of the IEEE Guide for Grounding System Characterization (Std. 81) and Application in Touch and Step Potential Estimation in the Event of an Electrical Short-circuit Fault

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Date: Tuesday March 24, 2014
Time: 5:30 pm (Arrival/relax time)
6:00 pm (Presentation)
7:00 pm (Dinner)
Location: Sinbadâ??s Restaurant
Pier 2 The Embarcadero
San Francisco, CA 94111 415.781.2555
(short walk from Embarcadero BART)
Cost: $25
Reservations and Pre-Pay (Pre-Register qualifies for raffle,
must be present to win):
Cash/Checks Accepted at the door made out to â??IEEEâ?
Student Members: $10 (at the door) discounted cost for first 5 reserved IEEE Student Members.
Contact: Ben Roseenfeld
Kling Stubbins


The Human Intranet â?? Where Swarms and Humans Meet

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The Human Intranet â?? Where Swarms and Humans Meet

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Speaker: Jan Rabaey, Professor, UC Berkley
Time: Refreshments 6:30 PM,Presentation at 7:00 PM
Cost: none
Place: (Cadence / Bldg 10, 2655 Seely Ave, San Jose, CA, 6:30 PM)
RSVP: on web site


Integrated On-Chip Energy Storage Using Nanoporous-Silicon Electrochemical Capacitors

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Tuesday, February 17th, noon to 1 pm

SPEAKER: Donald. S. Gardner. Principal Engineer, Intel Corp. IEEE Fellow

ABSTRACT: Capacitors are favored over batteries for some energy storage applications because they can capture energy at high rates and lower voltages, as well as provide higher power. They also donâ??t degrade significantly over thousands of charging cycles. These properties come about because capacitors are electrostatic devices and donâ??t rely on chemical reactions to store energy, as batteries do. Intel researchers built and studied electrochemical (EC) capacitors based on porous-silicon (P-Si) nanostructures coated with various atomic layer deposited (ALD) films.. The devices were fabricated with conventional silicon technology, opening up the potential to integrate them on a single die with silicon CMOS circuits, sensors or energy-harvesting systems like silicon solar cells. The talk will detail how they optimized the porous-silicon nanostructure and the surface-coating processes. Some of the porous-silicon electrochemical capacitors they built that had a TiN coating, exhibited stable capacitance even after 1,000 cycles at 50 mV/sec.

RSVP at for Networking, Pizza & drinks.
This event is FREE.


Electrical Design for High-End Computer Systems

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Tuesday, February 10th 2015
Speaker(s) and company: Dale Becker, IBM
Time: 5:30pm: Networking/light dinner – 6:30pm: Presentation – 7:45pm
Cost: Water and soft drinks are free. Light dinner is available for a small fee.
Place: Agilent Technologies, Bldg. 5L-Wilson conference room, 5301 Stevens Creek Boulevard, Santa Clara, CA 95051
RSVP: not necessary
Web link:

Article/Summary text: The electrical design of computer systems includes signal integrity, power integrity, electromagnetic emissions and susceptibility and ESD. Practicing engineers in system design and development typically are skilled more deeply in one of these areas than the others. However, these are not independent disciplines and today’s dense packaging and high-speed signals require more cross-discipline skills that we call co-design and co-analysis. This presentation comes from the perspective of an engineer most deeply skilled in the power integrity discipline and explores the building of cross-discipline skills focusing on the application of electromagnetic extraction and circuit simulation tools to electrical modeling that enables co-design for robust system development.

â??A photovoltaic diode array as a retinal prosthesis for patients with degenerative retinal diseasesâ?

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TUESDAY, February 10th, 2015
IEEE SCV Electron Devices Society Seminar
Speaker: Dr. Theodore I. (Ted) Kamins, Stanford University
Time: 6:00 PM – Pizza, 6:15 PM – Seminar
Cost: Free
Location: Texas Instruments Building E Conference Center
2900 Semiconductor Dr., Santa Clara, CA 95052.
See the TI Building location map and directions
Contact: Sandeep Bahl

Web link:


Several groups are investigating silicon devices to be implanted near the retina for patients with age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and retinitis pigmentosa (RP), in which the photoreceptors degrade while other parts of the retina remain mostly functioning. One class of these devices, subretinal photodiode arrays, aim to replace the degraded photoreceptors and couple to the functioning portions of the eye. Most approaches rely on a power source external to the eye, requiring complex surgical procedures and creating paths for serious infections. In our approach the device operates in the photovoltaic mode, so that the external light provides both the signal and the power source. Each pixel in the two-dimensional array independently converts pulsed infrared light into electrical current that stimulates the retinal neurons.

After a brief discussion of the overall system and its application, this talk will emphasize the design, fabrication, and optoelectronic performance of the photodiode arrays. To enhance charge injection each pixel contains multiple photodiodes connected in series to provide a photovoltage sufficient to stimulate the neurons, but which is limited by the ionization threshold of the fluid in the eye. An active and a return electrode in each pixel provide localized current flow to improve spatial resolution.


Expressing Solar – PhotoVoltaic Society

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Wednesday February 11, 2015 
PhotoVoltaics Society 
Subject: Expressing Solar 
– solar energy, communicating with less technical people.. 
Speaker: Doug McKenzie Time: 6:30PM Networking 7PM Presentation 8:30PM Adjourn 
Cost: Free 
Place: Palo Alto Research Center, G.E. Pake Auditorium), 3333 Coyote Hill Road, Palo Alto 


January 5, 2015

IEEE International Systems Conference (SysCon)

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Engineering of Complex Systems: Case Studies and Practical Experiences
IEEE International Systems Conference (SysCon)
— April 13-16, 2015   — 4 Tutorials, 4 Tracks, 32 sessions   — Vancouver, Canada
This conference creates an interactive forum for the advancement of the practice of systems engineering across the multiple disciplines and specialty areas associated with the engineering of complex systems. This is a venue for systems engineering practitioners, managers, researchers, and educators.
Topics:   – System Architecture   – Engineering Systems-of-Systems   – Complex Systems Issues   – Cyber Security Issues   – Modeling and Simulation   – Systems Engineering Theory   – Research in Systems Engineering   – Model-Based Systems Engineering   – Systems Verification and Validation   – Decision Making Systems   – Autonomous Systems   – Sensors Integration and Applications   – Large-Scale Systems Integration   – and more.     Save $100 through March 16th! Download the full program at

January 2, 2015

Wearables Technology Conference (WearablesTechCon)

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Wearables Technology Conference (WearablesTechCon)
— March 9-11, 2015     — Hyatt Regency Burlingame
— 33 Classes     — Keynotes, Panels, Exhibits
Wearable computing devices are the next Big Wave in technology — for OEM Builders, designers, and developers of wearable computing technology.   Classes:   – Adding Context to the Web: Bluetooth APIs and Device Integration   – Hacking Android Wear and Google Glass   – Android Wear vs the Apple Watch for Developers   – Apple Watch Tells the Industry What Time It Is   – Beyond the Screen: Interaction Development in a Wearable World   – Building a Thought-Controlled Drone   – Connecting Wearable Devices to the Physical Web   – Extending Apps using Android Wear   – Getting Your Wearable to Market   – Wireless Charging in Wearable Devices   – Battery Consumption on Wearables   – Geographically-Enabled Apps for Smartwatches…   plus 21 more!
Save, through January 9th.   Additional $200 discount with Code “IEEE”.   For information and to register:


Int’l Symposium on Quality Electronic Design (ISQED)

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Int’l Symposium on Quality Electronic Design (ISQED)  
– March 2-4, 2015     – Santa Clara Convention Center
Tutorials: – The Frontiers of Robust Circuit Design in Sub-28nm Process Technologies   – Secure Hardware in the Nano Era: Some New Directions   – Security and Validation in SoC Designs: Cooperation, Conflicts, and Trade-offs   – Computational Intelligence and Neuromorphic Computing.   Panel on Hardware and System Security with ARM, Intel, Microsemi, Cadence, Freescale, … plus sessions, keynotes, exhibits. Full information and registration:

Internet of Things (IoT) Summit  
– March 5-6, 2015     – Santa Clara Convention Center
Latest products, applications, development, and business opportunities. Topics: Wearables, health & fitness, automotive, energy, enabling technologies, services, applications, standards, and test-beds.
Full information and registration:


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