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2018 Silicon Valley Engineers Week Banquet, Thursday, February 15, 2018, Hyatt Santa Clara SVEC
Keynote: Tina Tsou, Enterprise Architect, ARM "The Race to Neural-Class Networks". See ad below.

Energy Conversation Congress and Exposition (ECCE) 2018, ECCE2018 Digests due January 25.
Renewables, smart grid, energy harvesting, reliability, diagnostics, measurement techniques; see ad for ECCE below.

Frontiers in Education,FIEabstract submissions due by February 5, 2018
Innovations in education; see ad for FIE below.


February 8, 2018, IEEE Connected & Automated Vehicles Summit (a 5G-driven event), Hilton Santa Clara
vts autonomous driving, sensor fusion, deep learning, 5G, DSRC, LIDAR, radar, mapping, computing platforms, IoT, cloud, security, and societal impacts. See ad

February 23, 2018, Power System Basics, ARC Flash Mitigation, Renewables, and NEC Code Changes Seminar, Pleasanton ias See ad

March 13-14, 2018, ISQED 2018, Santa Clara
Security, IoT, Machine Learning, and Electronic Design conference. isqed See ad

May 14-16, 2018, IEEE Symposium on Product Compliance Engineering (ISPCE), San Jose
All relevant topics for workers and innovators in the product safety area.

June 26-28, 2018, Sensors Expo & Conference 2018, San Jose
Sensors, connectivity, and systems

June 26-28, 2018, Autonomous Vehicle & Sensors Conference, San Jose
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June 26-28, 2018, Medical Sensors Design Experience, San Jose
Artificial Intelligence, Drug delivery, ECG & EEG, Medical grade wearables

September 23-27, 2018, Energy Conversation Congress and Exposition (ECCE) 2018, Portland, Oregon
Renewables, smart grid, energy harvesting, reliability, diagnostics, measurement techniquesECCE2018 See ad

October 3-6, 2018, Frontiers in Education, San Jose
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Advanced engineering short courses are organized by MEAD Microelectronics and are held at UC Santa Cruz from March 26-30, 2018

UCSCmead MEAD education short courses are taught by both academic and industrial instructors, which allows the coverage of the theoretical as well as practical aspects of every topic in all courses. The following courses are offered:

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Time Assisted Analog Design, Circuit Techniques for OpAmp Speed and Accuracy Improvements, CMOS Switched-Capacitor Circuit Design

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Delta Sigma Converter Basics, CTDS Modulators, Dynamic Element Matching, Design of Building Blocks for CTDS Modulators

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SVEC The Silicon Valley Engineering Council (SVEC) proudly presents its Silicon Valley Engineers Week Banquet on Thursday, February 15, 2018. The SVEC will be welcoming two individuals into their Hall of Fame, and will feature keynote speaker Tina Tsou, Enterprise Architect of ARM, who will deliver a talk titled, "The Race to Neural-Class Networks".

Individuals inducted into the Hall of Fame include:

* William "Bill" Jennings - Vice President of Engineering, FarmX
* Dr. Randy Katz, United Microelectronics Corp. Distinguished Professorship, University of California, Berkeley

Tickets are $125 through 2/5 and $140 thereafter. SVEC and IEEE members receive $26 discount, with discount code "orgmember". The SVEC Banquet will be held at the Hyatt Hotel, 5101 Great America Parkway, in Santa Clara, beginning at 5:30 pm. Reserve your tickets at


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1/23 SF IAS | Data Center Availability Analysis SF Italian Athletic Club, 5:30 pm
as much art as science, improving facility MTBF and MTTR, calculations involved , and what the numbers mean

1/25 SFBA EPS | Heterogeneous Packaging Integration for Electronics Systems, TI, Santa Clara, 11:30 am
mobile products, system-on-chip, dissimilar chips, performance, cost, SiP, TSV, interposers, forecast

1/25 SFBA PELS | Improve System Accuracy & Power Savings with Power Monitor, TI, Santa Clara, 6:30 pm
utilizing power monitoring hardware to enhance the measurement and accuracy of system power measurements with a focus on consumer applications

1/27 SCV PES/IAS | Energy Storage Seminar: Technology, Policy, Applications and Investment, Huawei Technology, Santa Clara, 12:00 pm
Join us as three executives from major firms give their unique perspective on the future of grid storage

1/30 SCV CES | IEEE Consumer Electronics Society 2018 CES Download, NVIDIA, Santa Clara, 6:30 pm
New and unusual things seen at the Consumer Electronics Show in early January, See photos and hear explanations, events that are held just before and after CES

2/1 SFBA TEMS | Millennials Who Manage, National Instruments, Santa Clara, 6:00 pm
top challenges young professionals experience when entering the workforce / management and strategies for overcoming them

2/8 SCV VTS COMSOC | IEEE Connected & Automated Vehicles Summit (a 5G-driven event), Hilton Santa Clara, 8:00 am
autonomous driving, sensor fusion, deep learning, 5G, DSRC, LIDAR, radar, mapping, computing platforms, IoT, cloud, security, and societal impacts.

2/8 SCV REL | Best of RAMS - 2018, Qualcomm, Santa Clara, 6:00 pm
best of Reliability and Maintainability Symposium (RAMS), expanding applications, such as self-driving cars, application of Big Data analytics to reliability, IOT, and reliability innovation in general.

2/13 SCV CNSV RAS CES | Insider Secrets of a Robotics & Consumer Electronics Design Consultancy , SEMI, Milpitas, 7:00 pm
Business and technology behind over 100 robotics projects in the toys, education and consumer electronics industries

2/14 SFBA EPS | Trends and Transitions in Semiconductor Packaging , TI, Santa Clara, 11:30 am
business models, supply chain, technology requirements, forecast for 2018 and 2019

2/14 OEB LMAG | Building the First "Steamship" in History, Beeb's, Livermore, 11:00 am
running steamboats on rivers, lakes and bays became a normal and accepted part of American life. Taking such a vessel on a voyage across the ocean was a different proposition altogether. Experienced mariners didn't think it could be done.

2/15 OEB IAS | Changes to NFPA-70E-2018, Zio Fraedos, Pleasant Hill, 5:30 pm
created by OSHA, the effects of arc flash, blast, and the hazards of DC power, hierarchy of risk controls, risk assessment with consideration of human factors such as human error as part of the assessment process

2/22 SFBA EPS | Heterogeneous Integration Roadmap Symposium, TI, Santa Clara, 8:30 am
end of CMOS scaling, difficult challenges, future vision, research, academia, labs, collaboration

2/22 SFBAC-PELS | Derivation and Real-World Use of DQ Current and Voltage Loop Control for Motor Drives, TI, Santa Clara, 6:30 pm
enhancing understanding of direct-quadrature (DQ) control of electric motors and associated power electronics


FIE Frontiers in Education (FIE) Conference is a major international conference focusing on educational innovations and research in engineering and computing education, focused at the graduate, undergraduate and pre-college levels. The theme for 2018 is Fostering Innovation Through Diversity, and will be held in San Jose on October 3-6, 2018.

The abstract submissions are through February 5, 2018, and are including the following thematic tracks:

* Diversity/equity/inclusion in engineering and computing
* Encouraging and teaching innovation
* Innovation in software engineering education
* Upward mobility, and EPICS/service-learning

Please see for information on the conference, and Call for Abstracts for more specific information.


The Tenth Annual IEEE Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition (ECCE 2018) will be held in Portland, Oregon, USA on September 23 - 27, 2018 ECCE 2018 is the pivotal international conference and exposition event on electrical and electromechanical energy conversion field. ECCE 2018 will feature both industry-driven and application-oriented technical sessions, as well as expositions. Digests are due January 25, in the following areas:

ECCE2018 Energy Conversion Systems and Technologies, such as
* Renewable and alternative energy systems
* Smart grids, micro-grids, and utility applications
* Electrical energy storage systems

Components and Subsystems for Energy Conversion, such as
* Power electronic devices (Si and Wide band-gap) and applications
* Power conversion topologies, modulation, and control
* Rotating/linear electro-mechanical devices and drive systems

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Attend the Power System Basics, ARC Flash Mitigation, Renewables, and NEC Code Changes Seminar on February 23, 2018 in Pleasanton, and you will learn:

ias * Switchboard & Switchgear Basics and UL 1558 Vs. UL 891
* Motor Control Centers: From Basic Functionality to "Smart MCCs"
* Surge protection Basics and Integrated Systems
* Department of Energy 2016 New Efficiency Standards for Transformers
* New Industry Trend Regarding Arc Flash Mitigations
* Microgrid, PV systems and Storage Systems
* Progress of the 2014, 2017 and 2020 NEC

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The IEEE Communications Society (ComSoc) and IEEE Vehicular Technology Society (VTS) are hosting a one-day summit on February 8 at the Hilton Santa Clara, the IEEE Connected & Automated Vehicles Summit (a 5G-driven event), at the Hilton Santa Clara
Does the idea of autonomous and connected vehicles intrigue you? Come learn how 5G networks can support the automotive and mobility industries. The IEEE Connected & Automated Vehicles Summit features a large lineup of speakers from the automobile, semiconductor, and communications industries to address:

* Autonomous driving        * LIDAR             * IoT
* Sensor fusion                   * Radar               * Cloud
* Deep learning                  * Mapping          * Security
* 5G                                     * DSRC              * Societal impacts
* Computing platforms

See how 5G will drive the autonomous and connected vehicle industry reach their destination. Go to

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isqed To learn the latest trends in electronic design & automation and semiconductor technologies, attend the 19th International Symposium on Quality Electronic Design (ISQED 2018). This premier interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary Electronic Design conference bridges the gap among Electronic/Semiconductor ecosystem members providing electronic design tools, integrated circuit technologies, semiconductor technology, package assembly, and test to achieve total design quality. The conference covers:

* Security
* IoT
* Machine Learning
* Electronic Design

ISQED 2018 will be held on March 13-14, 2018, at the Hyatt Regency Santa Clara. For more information, see ISQED 2018.


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