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Daytona IEEE Section
February 2018

Technical/Dinner Meeting

On Thursday, February 22nd, 2018 the Daytona IEEE  Section will hold their monthly Technical/Dinner meeting. As this meeting is associated with Engineering Week the meeting will be held at the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. The location of the meeting will be the Atrium on the 1st floor of the Lehman Bldg. at 600 S. Clyde Morris Blvd in Daytona Beach, Florida. Greetings, Cocktails and dinner (optional) will be held at 5:30 PM. The technical presentation will be held at 6:00 PM.

The traditional defensive security solutions employ techniques such as; parameter-based defenses, data encryption, attribute-based access control, redundancy and replications, to safeguard systems.  With the rise of sophisticated cyber-attacks from intelligent adversaries in recent years, given sufficient time and resources, all of these methods can be defeated.  Moving Target Defense (MTD) is a promising new defensive security solution that aims to change the adversary's gain-loss balance by continuously shifting the system attack surface.  In this talk, I will discuss the design, implementation and experiments of a MTD framework for distributed systems on virtualized cloud platforms (i.e. Openstack).

Our speaker for the meeting will be Dr. Noor O. Ahmed is a computer scientist at the Air Force Research Laboratory in Rome NY since 2003. He holds a BS from Utica College (2002), MS from Syracuse University (2006), and PhD from Purdue University (2016), all in Computer Science.  His research areas include resiliency and reliability in distributed systems with special emphasis on Moving Target Defense, semantic computing.  Blockchain, and security issues in publish/subscribe, Service Oriented Architectures and cloud computing.

A more detailed description of the technical topic and more details of the speakers background,  directions to the meeting venue and the menu for the dinner can be found on the Calander of Events page on this website.


Daytona IEEE Section
January 2018

Technical/Dinner Meeting

On Thursday, January  25th, 2018 the Daytona IEEE  Section held their monthly Technical/Dinner meeting. The meeting was held at the Halifax River Yacht Club, 331 South Beach Street, Daytona Beach, Florida.  Greetings and Cocktails were held at 5:30 PM, the dinner was served at 6:00 PM and the technical presentation will be held at 7:00 PM.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) and autonomy are becoming a major component of our day-to-day life.  In this talk, we will first look at how intentionally or unintentionally we are interacting with the different applications of AI, then we will briefly look  at some of the different techniques and methods that are used in different AI applications.  Finally, we take a look at some of the myths and aspirations of what AI can do for us now or in the future.

Our Speaker for the meeting will be Dr. Masood Towhidnejad. He is a Professor of Software Engineering at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.  Dr Towhidnejad received his Ph.D. in Computer Engineering from the University of Central Florida in 1990.  His teaching and research interests include STEM education, software engineering, software quality assurance and testing, autonomous systems, and Air Traffic Management. He has also served as a Faculty Fellow at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, and a Visiting Research Associate at the Federal Aviation Administration. 

A more detailed description of the technical topic, and the speakers background can be found on the Recent Event page on this website.

Computer Society Chapter of the IEEE Daytona Section

For information on the Computer Society Chapter of the IEEE Daytona Section, contact Dr. Keith Garfield at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (386) 226-7081.  You can also reach him by email at

Newsletter Available on Line

On this website the current copy of the "Sparks" newsletter will be provided by clicking on Sparks Newsletter at the top of this page. Copies of the newsletter for the past several years are available by clicking on the Newsletter Archives at the top of this page, and then selecting the  appropriate newsletter from the archives by date.

Internet Address Shortcut

At the suggestion of several members of the Section the web master requested an alias web site address from IEEE Headquarters.  For people with short memories we can now be reached on our old web address or our new alias address: IEEE-USA .

Webmaster Charles Husbands
Updated 13 February 2018

Welcome to the Daytona Section of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

Daytona Section
Life Members Affinity Group
Technical Tour
FEbruary 20, 2018

The Daytona Section Life Members Affinity Group has arranged for a short presentation and a tour of the Burns STEM school in Oak Hill on Tuesday, February 20 (Engineers week starts Feb. 19). We will start the tour, which will take about one hour, at 11:00 a.m. Please arrive 10-15 minutes early so that you can find and get signed in at the main lobby. It is recommend that we plan to go to Goodrich's restaurant (on the river) for lunch after the tour. Their menu can be found at

The Burns Charter school opened in August 2011, with an enrollment of 240 children. The school is housed in an elementary school facility that was closed by the school district circa 2009. The local community formed working groups to find a way to re-open their neighborhood school and the Burns STEM school servicing kindergarten through grade 8 was the result. They now have 450 students the maximum the site will handle. They have achieved an A rating from the State of Florida. Last spring they were certified K-8 STEM, and the school was accredited, by teams from AdvancED.

Daytona IEEE Section
Life Members Affinity Group
Technical Tour
  May 3rd 2017

On May 3rd, 2017 a Life Members Meeting was held at the New Smyrna Water Reclamation Facility, conference room at 3119 State Road 44 (behind WalMart).

The New Smyrna Beach Utilities Commission has offered to provide us with an overview of their electrical facilities.  They are one of 34 public power communities in Florida. The Utilities Commission electric system has 115 kV interconnections with Florida Power and Light and Duke Energy.  The Utilities commission owns and maintains approximately 231 miles of overhead and 33 miles of underground electrical circuits. The electric system is monitored 24 hours a day by System Operations employees from the Electric Operations Center located on SR44.

Please RSVP to Ron Gedney, Life Member Committee Chair at (386.478.1204) if you plan to attend the meeting, or need additional directions to the meeting venue.

IEEE Section Polo Shirts
and Coffee Mugs

We are pleased to offer Daytona Section polo shirts and coffee mugs for our Section members.  Shirt's are embroidered with the IEEE logo and Daytona Section on the left and your name and grade, if desired, on the right. For additional size, contact and pricing information please see the article in the latest version of the Sparks Newsletter. Specifications and prices for the Coffee Mugs are also available in the same publication.

Small Radio Telescope Project

The objective of the Small Radio Telescope Program was to acquire and operate a small radio telescope in support of a comprehensive educational and research program.  This program was directed at increasing the understanding of science and electrical engineering in the local schools and universities of the greater Daytona Area.

In early 2007 a grant application was submitted by the Daytona IEEE Section to the IEEE Life Member Committee (LMC) to provide funding for a Small Radio Telescope (SRT) Program.

 The SRT Program was designed to acquire, assemble and calibrate a small radio telescope to be used for teaching radio astronomy, electronics, communications, antenna theory, and data processing. The device is to be used to support the teaching of these technologies at the University Level, High School and Middle School Level, and provide workshops to home schooled students.

In February of 2008 the Small Radio Telescope (SRT) Program, funded by the IEEE Life Member Committee, placed the initial purchase orders necessary to obtain a commercial small radio telescope instrument.

In late 2008 and early 2009 the SRT was assembled in the High Bay Laboratory and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. During this period  initial tracking and calibration testing was performed.

In late February 2009 the completed SRT system was delivered to the Daytona Museum of Arts and Sciences (MOAS).  On 21 February 2009 the system was demonstrated to the Life Members Committee (LMC) who had funded the program. 

In early April 2009 the antenna system was mounted on a 20 foot mast at the Museum of Arts and Sciences and integrated into the planetarium's  control console position. With the antenna installed in the museum's planetarium a series of detailed tests were run prior to integrating it into the planetarium program.

During November 2009 a small team of engineers from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University examined the existing SRT software interfaces and modified them to make it more user friendly and more meaningful to potential users.

In early 2010 hardware and software were installed to permit the SRT to be remotely operated to extend its application for research and educational purposes. This modification allowed the  SRT is  available to researchers and educators, from any location, in the world, that has internet access.

A prototype website with the URL was developed to permit a gateway to the SRT to allow operation of the small radio telescope for research and educational purposes. 

Photos and a detailed description of the development and testing phase of the small radio telescope installation can be found on the SRT Program section of this website

On March 19, 2011 a conference  paper "Development of a Small Radio Telescope for Engineering Education" was presented at SoutheastCon2011.  The  paper was authored by Charles Husbands, Dr. William Barott, and Jeanette Barott.  Copies of this paper are available through the IEEE Xplorer Network or can be obtained, for personal use, by contacting the authors.  The authors all appear on the Section Officers Page of this website.

The SRT is current out of service as the antenna structure had be relocated due to construction at the museum.  We are examining new sites for the antenna system and hope to have it up and operational for educational purposes in the near future.