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Unless otherwise specified, meetings of the Fox Valley Subsection are held in the auditorium at IIT's Rice Campus, 201 East Loop Road, Wheaton, Illinois. The meetings are normally held on the 4th Wednesday of the month.

Directions: Take Rt.56/Butterfield Rd. to the first stoplight east of intersection of Butterfield and Naperville roads. Turn north onto East Loop Road (Phillip's 66 Gas Station on the corners); the campus will be on your right about two blocks north of Butterfield Rd.

More detailed directions and a map are available at: http://www.iit.edu/rice/about/directions.shtml .


Meetings and Events for this Season (beginning Sept. 2010)
(Click here for announcements from past seasons.)


14 SEPTEMBER 2010 (TUESDAY), 6:30PM - 9:00PM at IIT Rice Campus

Title: "Understanding of Software Testing"

Speaker: Jianming Tsai, Distinguished Member Technical Staff, Alcatel-Lucent

Abstract:
Software testing is a key part of any software product development process.  But, how early the testing would have to start, how often should the testing take place, how much testing effort should be dedicated within the development budget but sticking with requirements defined and still keeping a good product quality, and what types of testing are suitable for a product, all of these remain very challenge to many testers in different industry products.  This presentation will show the fundamental solutions to these testing challenges.  Abundant with eighteen-year diversified industrial testing experience in various products, the speaker will share her experience, lessons learned, and testing process improvements.  She will also present the wisdom of software testing – rule of thumb of productive and effective testing and delivery of software product with a guaranteed quality.

About the Speaker:
Ms. Jianming Tsai is a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff at Alcatel-Lucent.  She has been an experienced tester for Alcatel-Lucent 5ESS wireline and CDMA.  She is currently a tester in ALU IP Division and working on cluster level testing for evolved packet core in 4G/LTE (Long Term Evolution).  Being a strong catalyst for improving test productivity and successfully rolling out Risk Assessment Based Testing initiative at ALU, she has always been trying to find ways to enhance test efficiency and effectiveness.  She has been a testing team leader with effective interpersonal and communications skills, and organizes tasks and motivates colleagues to meet and exceed cross-functional team objectives.  She has excellent track records for on time delivering products and customer solutions with good quality.  Jianming Tsai earned her two MS degrees in Physics and Electrical Engineering from Northern Illinois University in 1993.

Time: (see top of this page for directions to IIT Rice Campus)
  6:30pm: Networking Time
  7:00pm: Presentation
No reservation required

Sponsorship
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IEEE Communications Society, Chicago Section
IEEE Fox Valley Subsection

Professional Engineers: this meeting qualifies for Professional Development Hours


17 November 2010 (WEDNESDAY), 6:30PM - 9:00PM at IIT Rice Campus

Title: "Information Explosion leads to Backup and Recovery headaches: (exploring techniques for headache relief)"

Speaker: David Larimer, Senior IT Specialist for IBM Storage Software

Abstract:
The information age has brought along with it an exponential explosion of the amount of information generated.  This information has to be managed and protected in the event of disaster and for long term retention.  The techniques available for a small business, small research facility, and the individual are grossly inadequate to handle this management and protection.  The presentation will cover the following:

  • The causes of the information explosion
  • The implications of this same information explosion
  • Some techniques to handle this information explosion
  • What is available in the marketplace to manage, protect, and archive information?
  • What’s coming in the future?

About the Speaker:
David Larimer is a 10+ year certified Senior IT Specialist for IBM. I have 35 years experience in Information Technology as well as nearly 20 years in the backup and recovery of information.  Mr. Larimer has designed and administered backup and recovery systems in some of the largest IT organizations in the world.  Some of the milestones in my career as a backup and recovery specialist include the following:

  • Elected to the National IT Specialist Certification Board
  • Membership in the Technology Exploration Center guidance Council
  • Teaching engagements at IBM’s Top Gun storage classes worldwide
  • Guest speaker at Guide Symposium for backup and recovery

(Presentation Slides)   (Handout)

Time: (see top of this page for directions to IIT Rice Campus)
  6:30pm: Networking Time
  7:00pm: Presentation
No reservation required

Sponsorship
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IEEE Fox Valley Subsection

Professional Engineers: this meeting qualifies for Professional Development Hours


26 January 2011 (WEDNESDAY), 6:30PM - 9:00PM at IIT Rice Campus

Title: "Cloud and High Performance Computing"

Speaker: Dr. Ioan Raicu – Assistant Professor, Illinois Institute of Technology

Abstract:
Cloud Computing has garnered immense popularity in just a few years.  There are still many definitions out there of what clouds are. Cloud Computing is not a completely new concept; it has intricate connection to the relatively new but fifteen-year established Grid Computing paradigm, and other relevant technologies such as utility computing, cluster computing, and distributed systems in general.  This talk strives to compare and contrast Cloud Computing with Grid Computing from various angles and give insights into the essential characteristics of both.

About the Speaker:
Dr. Ioan Raicu is an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science at Illinois Institute of Technology. He was a NSF/CRA Computation Innovation Fellow at Northwestern University in 2009 - 2010, and obtained his Ph.D. in Computer Science from University of Chicago under the guidance of Dr. Ian Foster in 2009. He is a 3-year award winner of the GSRP Fellowship from NASA Ames Research Center, and has recently received the prestigious NSF CAREER award for his work on distributed file systems for exascale computing. His research work and interests are in the general area of distributed systems. His work focuses on a relatively new paradigm of Many-Task Computing (MTC), which aims to bridge the gap between two predominant paradigms from distributed systems, High-Throughput Computing (HTC) and High-Performance Computing (HPC). His work has focused on defining and exploring both the theory and practical aspects of realizing MTC across a wide range of large-scale distributed systems. He is particularly interested in efficient task dispatch and execution systems, resource provisioning, data management, scheduling, and performance evaluations in distributed systems. His work has been funded by the NASA Ames Research Center, DOE Office of Advanced Scientific Computing Research, the NSF/CRA CI Fellows program, and the NSF CAREER program. Ioan's research interests include resource management in large scale distributed systems with a focus on many-task computing, data intensive computing, cloud computing, grid computing, and many-core computing. He is a member of the ACM and IEEE.

(Presentation Slides 7MB pdf)

Time: (see top of this page for directions to IIT Rice Campus)
  6:30pm: Networking Time
  7:00pm: Presentation
No reservation required

Sponsorship
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IEEE Fox Valley Subsection

Professional Engineers: this meeting qualifies for Professional Development Hours


27 April 2011 (WEDNESDAY), 6:30PM - 9:00PM at IIT Rice Campus

Title: "Control of Advanced Prosthetic Limbs"

Speaker: Dr. Laura A. Miller – Prosthetist, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago and Assistant Professor, Northwestern University

Abstract:
Dr. Miller will be presenting work done by the Center for Bionic Medicine at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago related to control of advanced prosthetic limbs. Targeted Muscle Reinnervation (TMR) is a surgery that was revolutionized by the Center’s leader, Dr. Todd Kuiken, to increase the number of control signals available to control myoelectric prosthetic limbs for individuals with an amputation at a high-level (at the shoulder or above the elbow). Work progressed to improve signal processing for control of more advanced components. This signal processing method (pattern recognition) was used as part of the research to control prosthetic limbs developed through the DARPA projects and is now also being developed to control artificial arms for other levels of amputation and to control new powered leg prostheses. As well as receiving a significant amount of media publicity, the group’s work has been widely published by IEEE and other top scientific journals.

About the Speaker:
Laura A. Miller is a prosthetist at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago and an Assistant Professor in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Northwestern University, participating in research through the Neural Engineering Center for Artificial Limbs (NECAL).  She completed her MS and PhD in Biomedical Engineering at Northwestern University.  She has multiple publications in the area of normal gait and lower limb prosthetics.  She has an interest in and has been an author in the area of high-level upper limb prosthetic fittings.  Dr. Miller is an ABC and Illinois licensed prosthetist and a member of the AAOP and the ISPO.

Time: (see top of this page for directions to IIT Rice Campus)
  6:30pm: Networking Time
  7:00pm: Presentation
No reservation required

Sponsorship
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IEEE Fox Valley Subsection
IEEE Women in Engineering Chicago Chapter

Professional Engineers: this meeting qualifies for Professional Development Hours


22 June 2011 (WEDNESDAY), 6:30PM - 9:00PM at IIT Rice Campus

Title: "LED Lighting"

Speaker: Bridget Ford (Cross) - Specification Engineer for GE Lighting

Abstract:
Bridget Ford Cross of GE Lighting will be presenting on LED lighting including an understanding and qualification of LED’s and a discussion on standards such as Energy Star and LM79.  Understanding life and color including a review of what products are available, from signal and refrigeration lamps to general lighting and replacement lamps.  Reviewing applications that work and looking towards the future with OLED.

About the Speaker:
Bridget Ford (Cross) is a Specification Engineer for GE Lighting, out of Westchester IL.  She previously worked as a VP of Sales for io lighting an LED start-up company and a Regional Sales Manager for Cooper Lighting, io division.  Bridget has extensive lighting industry experience having previously worked for Valmont, Panasonic and Philips Lighting’s Advance Transformer division. Bridget is active in her local lighting community having served twice as the IES section president, national conference host committee and has taught the lighting fundamentals course numerous times, all over the Midwest. Bridget has been a speaker and panelist for various AIA, Architectural seminars, IES sections and Department of Energy forums, including the Energy Efficient Schools program through the DOE. Bridget has her undergraduate degree in Business from Marquette University and a Masters from Illinois Institute of Technology she is also a Toastmaster, CTM, married with one child.

(See Bridget's Helpful Links for other lighting resources and local events)

Time: (see top of this page for directions to IIT Rice Campus)
  6:30pm: Networking Time
  7:00pm: Presentation
No reservation required

Sponsorship
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IEEE Fox Valley Subsection
IEEE Women in Engineering Chicago Chapter

Professional Engineers: this meeting qualifies for Professional Development Hours


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