IEEE Central Texas Section

THE ANALOG

Volume 57-05

May2013

Newsletter of the Central Texas Section of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, Inc.

Archives of The Analog can be found on the CTS web site here.

Published monthly. Deadline for inclusion is the 26th day of the previous month. Send submissions, comments, questions to John Purvis, Editor, john.purvis@ieee.org


CONTENTS


General Interest

Chairman's Column

Membership Development

News of Interest to the Section

Continuing Education

Student Branches

Calls for Volunteers


Local Chapter Activities

Antennas & Propagation/Microwave Theory and Techniques

Joint Circuits and Systems/Solid-State Circuits

Components, Packaging and Manufacturing Technology

Computer Society - Austin

Computer Society - San Antonio

Consultants Network

Electromagnetic Compatibility Society

Electron Devices Society

Engineering in Medicine and Biology

Graduates of the Last Decade

Instrumentation and Measurement Society

Laser and Electro Optics Society

Life Members Affinity Group

Joint Power and Energy, Power Electronics, Industrial Electronics, and Industrial Applications Societies - Austin

Power Engineering Society - San Antonio

Product Safety Engineering Society

Joint Signal Processing/Communications Society - Austin

Joint Communications and Signal Processing Society - San Antonio

Systems, Man and Cybernetics

Technology Management Council - Austin

Technology Management Council - San Antonio

Women in Engineering


Conferences, Events and Other Meetings

Local IEEE Conferences, Events and Workshops

Non-IEEE Meetings and Events of interest suggested by the membership



Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Events and Information

Career

Tips, Tools and Gadgets

IEEE EXTERNAL LINKS

IEEE

IEEE-USA

IEEE Region 5

IEEE Central Texas Section

Call for Papers

IEEEXplore - full text access to IEEE Publications

What's New at IEEE

SocietyNews from IEEE

IEEE Standards Association

The Spectrum Online - The Magazine for Technology Insiders

IEEE Regional News

IEEE Member Newsletter http://theinstitute.ieee.org



General Interest


Chairman's Column

The Central Texas Section was honored last month at the Region 5 Annual meeting with the 2012 Outstanding Large Section award. This honor goes to all the members of the Section, congratulations to all of you. I would also like to congratulate Scott Atkinson who received the Outstanding Member award and Zhuo Li who received the Individual Member Achievement award.  See photos here. 

This month I would like to highlight the Design Automation Conference (DAC) that is coming to Austin June 2-6 and is offering FREE registration for a limited time. This year DAC is celebrating 50 years as the leading technical conference and trade show on electronic design, design automation, embedded systems and software. DAC is usually held in California, so we are excited to have it in Austin for the first time. This year DAC is offering FREE limited registration to everyone who registers before May 17th. Go to the I LOVE DAC webpage to register: http://www.dac.com/registration+i+love+dac.aspx

Call for nominations

It's time for the nominating process to begin for chapter officers for next year. Nominations for chapters and affinity groups should go to the chairman of the group. The IEEE Member and Geographic Activities Operations Manual states that all chapter officers are elected annually. The term of office will date from 1 January through 31 December. Each member of the Chapter Committee shall be an IEEE member of Graduate Student Member, Member, Senior Member or Fellow grade and a member of the parent Society. Elections should take place during the chapter November meeting. If the chapter does not have a meeting scheduled for November then the election should take place during the meeting prior to November.

The Chapter Elections process is specified in the MGA Operations Manual, section 9.6.F Chapter Election Process ( it can be found at http://www.ieee.org/documents/section_09_feb_2013.pdf).

Kenny Rice
Chairman, Central Texas Section
krice@ieee.org

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Membership Development

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  • Which Witch is Which? Social Media and the Job Hunt by Elizabeth Lions
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You DO NOT need to be a GOLD member to participate. For more information and a listing of available recorded Webinars, see
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Joe Redfield
CTS Membership Development Chair
J.Redfield@ieee.org
210-522-3729

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News of Interest to the Section

IEEE-USA’s Free E-Books
In May, IEEE-USA E-Books will offer “Launching Your Career: Lifelong Learning – Your Key to an Enjoyable and Rewarding Career,” by former IEEE-USA President John Meredith.

This book is a guide for engineering students or new engineers just about to begin their careers. It offers a number of practical ideas that can help make lifelong learning a priority in pursuing an exciting and rewarding career.

“Launching Your Career: Lifelong Learning – Your Key to an Enjoyable and Rewarding Career” can be downloaded at http://www.ieeeusa.org/communications/ebooks/files/47skc0ie/Launching-Your-Career-Lifelong-Learning.pdf for free to IEEE members. The nonmember price is $7.99.

CTS Section K-12 Activities Chairman Albert Lozano Reports
I have recently participated in several K-12 Activities.
 
I participated in the ExxonMobil Texas Science and Engineering Fair on March 28, 2013 as a judge. The host for this event was the University of Texas at San Antonio. I was happy to encounter several of our members serving as judges.
 
I also participated in the Green Energy Event on February 23rd, 2013 at Centers of Excellence at SW campus, St. Philip’s College as a volunteer.

Throughout the month of April, I have been mentoring an at risk student at a local middle school.

There are many opportunities to serve this age group. Many programs exist to encourage STEM education. One thing that all have in common is the need for volunteers.

The San Antonio Life Members Affinity Group has participated as a group in the Witte Museum's Build it day for several years.

Please contact me:
  • if you have participated in any K-12 activities.
  • if you are interested in promoting your favorite K-12 organization such as First Robotics.
  • if you would like to help me put together a plan to encourage volunteerism in our section.
  • if you want to help me create a database of volunteers in San Antonio such as the one that Discover Engineering has in Austin.

Contact me at alozano@ieee.org

Free ComSoc Membership - promoting the 2013 IEEE ComSoc half year membership.
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For those chapters in IEEE's list of eligible developing countries, the e-membership option is $25 for IEEE dues; ComSoc membership would be free.

Find the list of eligible countries at
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The free offer does not require a promo code and is not available to former ComSoc members.
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Another CTS Member Heads to Washington D.C.
Another member of CTS has been selected to go to Washington DC. Len Hause has accepted a IEEE State Department Fellowship. He report to DC in September.

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Continuing Education





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Student Branches

St Mary's University - San Antonio (http://engineering.stmarytx.edu/ieee/)
Faculty Adviser: Djaffer Ibaroudene, email: dibaroudene@stmarytx.edu
Branch Chair: Jordan Dean, email: jdean5@mail.stmarytx.edu

Texas State University - San Marcos (new branch, 2009)
Faculty Adviser: Larry Larson, email: Larry.Larson@TXState.edu
Branch Chair: Adrian Fabian, email: af1362@txstate.edu

Trinity University - San Antonio (http://www.engr.trinity.edu/)
Faculty Adviser: Farzan Aminian, email: Farzan.Aminian@Trinity.edu
Branch Chair: Mohsin Rahim, email: mrahim@trinity.edu

University of Texas at Austin (http://ieee.ece.utexas.edu/)
Faculty Adviser: Sriram Vishwanath, email: sriram@ece.utexas.edu
Branch Chair: Connor Weins, email: chair@ieee.ece.utexas.edu

University of Texas at San Antonio (http://www.utsaieee.org/)
Faculty Adviser: Shuo Wang, email: Shuo.Wang@utsa.edu
Branch Chair: Michael Starkweather, email: michael.starkweather@ieee.org

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Calls for Volunteers


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Local Chapter Activities

Antennas & Propagation/Microwave Theory and Techniques (APS/MTTS)
http://ewh.ieee.org/r5/central_texas/ap_mtt/


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Council on Electronic Design Automation (CEDA)
http://ewh.ieee.org/r5/central_texas/ceda


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The CEDA chapter normally meet on the 3rd Thursday of every month. This meeting is open to the public and interested parties. Additional details will be posted at the website. If you have any questions about this meeting or this group, please contact zhuoli@ieee.org.

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Joint Circuits and Systems/Solid-State Circuits (CASS/SSCS)
http://ewh.ieee.org/r5/central_texas/cas_ssc/


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The joint Circuits & Systems/Solid State Circuits Societies normally meet on the 2nd Tuesday of every month. This meeting is open to the public and interested parties. Additional details will be posted at the website. IIf you have any questions about this meeting or this group, please contact zhuoli@ieee.org.
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Components, Packaging and Manufacturing Technology (CPMT) - Austin
http://cpmtaustinchapter.org/

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Computer Society - Austin (CS)
http://www.austin-cs.org/

Topic/title

Mingle, Twist and Go – An integrated ALM environment for increasing velocity and software quality

Speaker

Justin Craycraft is a Pre-Sales Engineer for ThoughtWorks Studios. In this role, he is passionate about working with clients to solve technical and business challenges using ThoughtWorks Studios solutions for Project Management, Test Automation and Continuous Delivery.
 
Prior to ThoughtWorks, Justin worked as a Pre-Sales Engineer at Digby, HRsmart, SigmaFlow and TriActive. Justin spent the first five years of his career as a Test Developer for Motive Alcatel-Lucent building test automation for web applications. Justin holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.
 
Aside from being a geek, Justin enjoys running, mountain biking, snow skiing and yoga. Justin resides in Austin, Texas with his incredible girlfriend Sarah.

Abstract

Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) has increased in popularity and importance. This is driven by the intense competition to get products out to market sooner which are also rock solid.  This presentation will walk us through a highly integrated solution for increasing velocity and time to market while maintaining control and increasing quality through relentless automation and effective collaboration.
 
Some of the latest trends around product ideation through development, build, test and deployment will be explored using real live examples. We will start with Mingle (Agile Project Management), then explore refactoring large functional automated tests using Twist (Agile Testing) and finally execute Continuous Delivery in Go (Agile Release Management). We will also cover the RESTful API and a few of the more popular integrations and extensions to the integrated ALM environment from ThoughtWorks.

Date/time

May 15th, 2013 6:30 – 8:45 PM with food/drinks (Open - membership not required to attend)
6:30 p.m. Networking and Gathering
7:00 p.m. Call to Order, Announcement
7:15 p.m. Presentation, with Q/A
8:45 p.m. Meeting Evaluation, Adjourn

Location

THE ADVISORY BOARD - BUILDING 7 (map - http://bit.ly/PA804c)
Room Number: Suite 100
12357-C Riata Trace Parkway
Bldg 7, Suite 100
Austin, Texas

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https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/meeting_view/list_meeting/18471

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Computer Society - San Antonio (CS)
http://www.ieee-cs-cts.org/

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Central Texas Consultants Network Affinity Group
http://ewh.ieee.org/r5/central_texas/cn

Topic/Title HALT and HASS:  A New Paradigm for Rapid Reliability Development
Speaker Kirk Gray,  Accelerated Reliability Solutions
Speaker Bio Kirk Gray began working with Dr. Gregg Hobbs, the creator of HALT and HASS, at StorageTek Corporation in 1989, and has 20 years experience writing about, teaching, and using HALT.  He has over 32 years in the electronics manufacturing industry beginning in the 1980’s installing and servicing high vacuum semiconductor process equipment.  From 2003 to 2010, he was a Senior Reliability Engineer at Dell, where he created and implemented the HALT to HASS development process on power supplies for client and server hardware that became a standard process for all Dell suppliers.  The process was recognized for being the highest ROI (Return on Investment) ongoing reliability testing for the company. Kirk is a Senior Member of the IEEE and Charter Committee Member of the IEEE/CPMT Workshop on Accelerated Stress Testing and Reliability.  He is a Senior Collaborator with the University of Maryland’s Center for Advanced Life Cycle Engineering (CALCE) Consortium.  He has presented papers on accelerated testing at numerous conferences and authored articles for leading industry magazines.  He holds a BSEE from the University of Texas.
Abstract This brief overview will discuss the basic methods of Highly Accelerated Life Testing (HALT) which are run during the design phase of a program to find design weaknesses and eliminate them, and how Highly Accelerated Stress Screens (HASS) are developed from HALT.  Even though the methods of HALT and HASS have existed for over 20 years, they are one of the most misunderstood methodologies in engineering.  HALT and HASS are a fundamental paradigm shift in the development of reliable electronics hardware in that they are not used to determine a “life” prediction.  HALT is a method to discover reliability weak links using the inherent strength limits found empirically in step stress testing. HASS is a production screening method to detect latent manufacturing defects based on the strengths found in HALT.  A case history will show how one company achieved a 90% reduction in warranty returns after using HALT and HASS.  This overview will also show how using HALT can help to accelerate the detection of software and firmware reliability issues.
Date Wednesday,  May 22, 2013
Networking at 6:00 pm;  Business and Program from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Location PoK-e-Jo’s,  2121 W. Parmer Lane at Lamplight Village,  Austin  TX  78727
Cost $5.00 minimum charge for the restaurant.   Supper is at optional extra cost.
Reservations Not required.  All interested parties are invited to attend.
For more information, go to:  http://ewh.ieee.org/r5/central_texas/cn/
Notes

Do a friend a favor. Bring your colleagues to grow the Consultants Network.

More information on Consultants Networks: http://www.ieeeusa.org/business/whatis.asp

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Electromagnetic Compatibility Society
http://ewh.ieee.org/mu/ctx-emcs/

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Electron Devices Society (EDS)
http://ewh.ieee.org/r5/central_texas/eds/

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Engineering in Medicine and Biology (EMBS)
http://ewh.ieee.org/r5/central_texas/embs/index.html

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Engineering Management
http://www.ewh.ieee.org/r5/central_texas/ems

The Engineering Management Society has become the Technology Management Council. Information about meetings can be found in the sections for Technology Management Council - Austin and Technology Management Council - San Antonio

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Graduates of the Last Decade (GOLD) Affinity Group

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More information on GOLD: http://www.ieee.org/membership_services/membership/gold/index.html

GOLD Launches Mentoring Connection Webinar
Are you interested in becoming a mentor or finding a mentor to help with  your professional development? If the answer is yes, check out a free new IEEE Graduates of the Last Decade (GOLD) webinar aimed at
helping mentors and mentees connect with each other. Learn more at http://bmsmail3.ieee.org:80/u/17953/32170

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Instrumentation and Measurement Society (I&M)

Topic/Title

Improved Resolution Time Domain Reflectometer ( TDR )

Speaker

Robert H. Flake, D.Sc., University of Texas at Austin
Email: flake@ece.utexas.edu, Phone: 512 471 1014
Robert is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin.  He teaches courses in Automatic Control and conducts research on new applications of non-dispersive signals propagating in lossy media. He holds 18 US and International patents on the applications.

Abstract

A TDR is an instrument that operates similar to a Radar. Radars send an electromagnetic pulse toward a target that reflects the pulse back to the Radar receiver antenna. The receiver detects the pulse and measures the time the pulse took to travel to and back from the target. The known propagation velocity of the electromagnetic signal traveling in air together with the time the signal takes to travel to the target (Time of Flight or TOF) is used to determine the distance to the target.
A TDR can be used to test the integrity of signal interconnects on circuit boards or metal cables. Unlike the Radar pulse, travailing in air without significant dispersion or change in shape, an electrical pulse traveling along a circuit board interconnect or electrical cable may suffer significant shape distortion. This signal distortion generally degrades the accuracy of the measurement of the signal’s TOF. We discovered a non-sinusoidal, non-periodic pulse shape that does not change shape while traveling in lossy media, e.g., along a metal cable. We will present a live demonstration of a TDR prototype using this distortion-less pulse to enhance the TDR TOF measurement resolution.

Date/Time

May 20, 2013 - Reception 6-6:15pm, Presentation 6:15-7:30pm

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https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/meeting_view/list_meeting/18357

Location

National Instruments - Building C 1S13 - 11500 N Mopac Expwy, Austin, TX 78759

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Laser and Electro Optics Society

No meeting scheduled at this time.

For more information, contact Ray Chen

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Life Members (LM) Affinity Group - San Antonio

Topic/Title Social - Networking Dinner
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Abstract Networking at 6:30pm to 7:00, Dinner at 7:30pm,
Limit of 1 guest/spouse per Life Member
Event is planned for the 2nd floor patio, next to the River
Event may be canceled or rescheduled upon inclement weather.
(Partially funded via the IEEE Life Member's Committee; Donation requested:
$10:00 per person, paid in cash at the meeting.
Excess funds over cost will be donated to the Life
Members Fund
Date/Time 17 May 2013
6:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Location Landry's Seafood
(2nd Floor Patio)
517 N. Presa
San Antonio, Texas 78205
Main Tel: 210.229.1010
Cost $10.00 Cash per person.
Reservations Use IEEE vTools or t.p.obrien@ieee.org 210 481 3443
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Limited to 24 people, (first come, first serve, register early)
Please make your reservations using vtools at the following link.
https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/meeting_view/list_meeting/18251


More information on LM: http://www.ieee.org/societies_communities/geo_activities/life_members/index.html

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Power and Energy Society - Austin (PES/PELS/IAS/IES)
http://www.ewh.ieee.org/soc/pes/centraltexas/austin

Topic/Title  CHP Technology
Speaker Satish Ravindran
Satish Ravindran is a Research Associate at Houston Advanced Research Center . He works primarily on Combined Heat and Power projects and provides technical support to the Gulf Coast Clean Energy Application Center. He conducts feasibility studies and analysis related to CHP, district heating and waste heat recovery. Satish graduated with his Masters degree in Industrial Engineering from Texas A&M in 2009 .  He has over three and half years’ experience in the field of energy efficiency and HVAC at Nexant Inc. His areas of expertise include Retro-commissioning and energy auditing of facility systems and performing engineering and energy analysis calculations. Satish has good experience in working as a project engineer for various utility programs in Texas. He has worked on CenterPoint Energy’s Retro-Commissioning program and was involved in program design and development. He is a licensed EIT engineer in Texas.
Abstract CHP technology, its implementation, project development, current market in Texas and US, outlook, potential and regulatory policy environment.
Date/Time May 28, 2013, 6:00pm – 8:30pm
Location El Gallo Mexican Restaurant, 512-444-2205 2910 S Congress Austin, Texas
Cost $11 - $20 (cash only)
Reservations Please RSVP by sending an e-mail to ieee.pi2.austin@zxtech.net.
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Power and Energy Society - San Antonio
http://ewh.ieee.org/soc/pes/centraltexas/sanantonio

Topic/Title Arc Flash Mitigation Techniques
Speaker Antony C. Parsons, Ph.D., P.E.
Antony Parsons is a Technical Consultant in Schneider Electric's Power Systems Engineering group.  He is responsible for providing power system analysis, troubleshooting, and design consulting services for Schneider Electric's customers, as well as engineering support for Schneider Electric's field services operations.  He is proficient in computer modeling of electric power systems, system protection, power quality and harmonics, and electrical safety.  Antony received the BSEE degree from the University of Houston in 1995, then received the MSE and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Texas at Austin in 1996 and 1999, respectively, all in electrical engineering.  He is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the IEEE Power Engineering Society and Industry Applications Society.  He is a licensed engineer in the states of Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana.

Antony has authored several technical papers, both in IEEE Transactions publications and IEEE conference proceedings, and has made technical presentations at conferences in the US and abroad.  He has also helped to develop extensive training material for both Schneider Electric employees and clients, and has served as an instructor for Schneider Electric’s “Power Quality and Disturbance Monitoring” and “Understanding Arc Flash” short courses.  He is a member of the IEEE P1584 working group on Arc Flash Calculations, and represents Schneider Electric as a member of the Technical Advisory Committee to the IEEE/NFPA Arc Flash Collaborative Research Project.
Abstract
Date/Time May 23rd
6:00 to 6:30PM Social
6:30 to 7:00PM Dinner
7:00 to 8:00PM Speaker Presentation
Location

Acadiana Cafe
1289 Southwest Loop 410
San Antonio, Texas
210-674-0019

Cost Attendees shall order and pay for their own meals via room waitstaff.
In addition the following fees are due for IEEE:
$1 Members
$2 Non-members
$5 No meal ordered
$0 Students fee is waived
Cash only please, No checks or credit cards for the IEEE fee.
Reservations Curtis Cryer @ 210-353-2159, or cbcryer@ieee.org
 
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Product Safety Engineering Society (PSES)
http://www.ewh.ieee.org/soc/pses/

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We encourage you, others in your organization, or other interested parties to participate in our meetings. The PSES meets on the third Tuesday of every month at 6:30pm, with the program starting at 7:00pm. For further information about the PSES, please contact Dale Ritzen at (512) 651-5338.

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Joint Signal Processing/Communications Society - Austin

http://sites.ieee.org/ct-comsp/



Topic/Title

Motion Video Processing with the Three-Dimensional Discrete Cosine Transform (DCT)

Speaker

Dr. Raymond Westwater, AT&T
Dr. Raymond Westwater holds a PhD in video compression from Florida Atlantic University. He has worked in video and cellular transmission applications for Lucent, Microsoft, and Intel, secure radio for the US military, and is currently working with AT&T Labs qualifying head-end equipment for the IPTV U-verse product.

Abstract

The three-dimensional DCT optimally decorrelates video content, making it an important tool applicable to various areas of
motion video processing. The 3D DCT forms the basis of an ideal image quality processing algorithm, improving upon the existing JND subband
decomposition technique. The 3D DCT is a statistically optimal description of motion video that forms the basis of a new motion video
format conversion algorithm. This format conversion algorithm has application in crossconversion of video content between high
definition and standard definition formats, and in the recovery of information lost in transmission (or compression). Finally, the 3D DCT
is used to formulate an important new compression algorithm (ZPEG), which gives highest theoretically possible compression ratios without
visual loss. These areas will be discussed, and a live demonstration of the ZPEG video algorithm will be conducted.

Date/Time

May 16, 2013
6:00-8:00 pm CDT

Location

Location (RSVP required to enter secure building):

AT&T Labs (enter on guard's side)
9505 Arboretum Blvd
Room #220
Austin, TX 78759

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https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/meeting_view/list_meeting/18487

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Joint Communications and Signal Processing Society - San Antonio (Com/SP)
http://ewh.ieee.org/r5/central_texas/satx

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Systems, Man & Cybernetics Society

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For further information, contact David Akopian david.akopian@utsa.edu

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Technology Management Council - Austin
http://www.austin-tmc.org/

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Contact Leslie Martinich (lmartinich@ieee.org) for more information about the Austin TMC.

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Technology Management Council - San Antonio (TMC)

http://webinabox.vtools.ieee.org/wibp_home/index/CH05214
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Women in Engineering Affinity Group
http://www.austin-wie.org/

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Contact Leslie Martinich (lmartinich@ieee.org) for more information about the Austin TMC.

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Conferences, Other Meetings and Events

Local IEEE Conferences, Events or Workshops

  • May 10, 2013:2013 IEEE Electron Devices Society Central Texas Mini-Colloquim
    AMD Austin Lone Star Campus
    7171 Southwest Parkway
    Austin,  Texas 78735
    https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/meeting_view/list_meeting/16471
    contact Thuy Dao thuy.dao@freescale.com for any questions

  • May 29 - June 7, 2013: 2013 50th ACM/EDAC/IEEE Design Automation Conference (DAC)
    Austin Convention Center
    Austin, TX, USA
    http://www.dac.com/

  • June 2, 2013:2013 ACM/IEEE International Workshop on System Level Interconnect Prediction (SLIP)
    Austin Convention Center 500 East Cesar Chavez Street Austin
    Austin, TX, USA
    http://www.sliponline.org/

  • June 2-3, 2013: 9th IEEE International Conference on Microelectronics System Education (MSE) to be held on June 2 -3 2013 in Austin Texas.

    MSE is the premier conference dedicated to furthering undergraduate and graduate education in designing and building innovative microelectronic systems. MSE is co-located with Design Automation Conference (DAC) providing the participant a unique opportunity to attend both conferences.

    Topics of Interest
    The MSE conference provides an excellent opportunity for educators and industry to work together to ensure continued excellence in the field of microelectronic systems.  Of particular interest is incorporation of emerging trends in the microelectronic system industry and research into the classroom.
    Papers are invited in (but not limited to) the following areas:

    Pedagogical innovations using a wide range of technologies, including nanometer-scale integrated circuits, low-power design, nanotechnology, application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs), field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs), multicore/many-core processors, graphics processing units (GPUs), sensor networks, and embedded systems. Educational techniques including novel curricula and laboratories, assessment methods, distance learning, textbooks, and design projects. Industry and academic collaborative programs and teaching. Preparing students for industry, entrepreneurship, academics, and/or research.

    Submission
    Papers submitted to MSE 2013 should not exceed four (4) pages in length. Submissions must comply with IEEE Computer Society formatting requirements.  Submissions in PDF or postscript format may be submitted on-line at http://www.mseconference.org.  Submissions will be judged on originality, appropriateness, technical strength, assessment, and other relevant criteria.
    Important Dates
    Submission of papers:                   January 15, 2013
    Notification of acceptance              March 15, 2013
    Submission of final papers              April 8, 2013

  • June 2-6, 2013: DAC- Device Automation Conference
    For those of you who have not heard the 50th IEEE/ACM Design Automation Conference will take place in Austin, Texas in June 2-6, 2013. The Design Automation Conference (DAC) is the leading technical conference and tradeshow on electronic design, design automation, embedded systems and software . It is where IC Design and the EDA ecosystem learns, networks, and conducts business. DAC 50 will take place at the Austin Convention Center celebrating 50 years of innovation and research. It's the first time DAC will be in Austin. The conference is typically held in California. This is a wonderful opportunity for both the conference and the design communities in Texas.

    The Design Automation Conference (DAC) is celebrating 50 years as the leading technical conference and tradeshow on electronic design, design automation, embedded systems and software.  This year DAC is offering FREE limited registration to everyone who registers before May 17th. Go to the I LOVE DAC campaign to register. See below for more details on I LOVE DAC.
    DAC is usually held in California, so we are excited to have this event local to Austin this year.  It is also the 50th anniversary of the conference that has played a central role in the EDA industry. This is an excellent opportunity to learn about what is new and exciting in the electronic design automation universe.  It's also an opportunity to see your peers discussing some of their innovations in this industry.
    Conference details can be found at: http://www.dac.com/dac+2013.aspx with many direct links to the programs/sessions listed below
    We look forward to seeing you at DAC! 

    There are two ways to attend the 50th Design Automation Conference in Austin, Texas, June 3-5, 2013.
     
    1. Full Conference Registration: this badge includes ALL that DAC has to offer Monday thru Friday:
     
    5 Keynote Addresses from National Instruments, Samsung, Freescale, Texas Instruments and Qualcomm
     
    Technical Sessions
    34 technical paper sessions, 20 sessions focused on EDA, 10 on embedded systems and four specific to system-level design
     
    12 Special Sessions
    In parallel to the technical sessions, 12 special sessions dive into technical depth on specific topics, such as: designing with IP, FPGAs as accelerators, the roadmap to the 6nm node, 3-D, low-power, medical device security, synthesis and modeling of biological systems.
     
    10 Technical panels
    Industry experts will share the challenges and engage participants on the role of design automation covered in the 10 technical panels
              
    6 SkyTalks ** New to DAC
    There are two SKY talks each afternoon. Six prominent speakers from the following companies and universities will be presenting SKY Talks: IBM, NVIDIA, Texas Instruments, Barcelona Supercomputing Center, DARPA, D.E. Shaw Research and Stanford University.
    Designer Track - 56 presentations in 12 sessions and 100+ posters in two sessions.
    Including: Designed in Texas, This program will consist of 30-minute invited talks across two days of the conference. Designed in Texas talks will feature senior technical leads and managers presenting design experiences and results. This will provide an unprecedented opportunity for the Texas design community to interact with each other and the DAC community.
     
    Networking receptions & Events - Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evening, including Monday night's 50th DAC celebration at Austin City Limits.
     
    In addition to the full technical program, a full conference registration grants you access to the exhibit floor including:
     
    175+ exhibitors showcasing their technology and services
    15 Pavilion Panels
     
     
    2.  I LOVE DAC - Exhibits Badge; valid Monday - Wednesday only. This badge is free for those who register through the I LOVE DAC campaign before May 17. I LOVE DAC registration page: http://www.dac.com/registration+i+love+dac.aspx
     
    Includes:
     
    Access to the exhibit floor with 175+ exhibitors showcasing their technology and services
     
    5 Keynote Addresses from National Instruments, Samsung, Freescale, Texas Instruments and Qualcomm
     
    15 Pavilion Panels
    The Pavilion will host a lineup of 15 exciting, educational and entertaining panels
     
    Designer Track - 56 presentations in 12 sessions and 100+ posters in two sessions.
    Including: Designed in Texas, This program will consist of 30-minute invited talks across two days of the conference. Designed in Texas talks will feature senior technical leads and managers presenting design experiences and results. This will provide an unprecedented opportunity for the Texas design community to interact with each other and the DAC community.
     
    Networking receptions & Events - Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evening, including Monday night's 50th DAC celebration at Austin City Limits.
     
    New to the Exhibit Floor for DAC 50:
    DAC, being an institution that made a global impact over the past 50 years, will be hosting a special Global Forum exhibit where invited countries will be represented in an interactive exhibition to show relevant electronic design activities in their corresponding countries. Representatives will include academia, industry and government bodies.

  • June 7-8, 2013: IWLS 2013
    22nd  International Workshop on Logic and Synthesis
    Austin, TX
    http://www.iwls.org/

  • October 7-9, 2013: 2013 IEEE Symposium on Product Compliance Engineering (ISPCE)
    Westin at the Domain
    Austin, TX, USA
    http://www.psessymposium.org/

  • October 20-23, 2013: 9th International Conference on Collaborative Computing: Networking, Applications and Worksharing (CollaborateCom).
    This conference will be held in Austin

  • December 3-5, 2013: 2013 IEEE Global Conference on Signal and Information Processing (GlobalSIP)
    Austin Convention Center 500 East Cesar Chavez Street Austin
    Austin, TX, USA
    http://www.ieeeglobalsip.org/

  • December 8-12, 2014: Globecom2014
    IEEE International Globecom Conference is coming to Austin in December 8-12, 2014. Plan is underway targeting 2,000 in attendance to be enriched with technical, Industry and social programs.

    The technical program will provide a high quality and comprehensive

    Coverage of the state-of-the-art research in all areas of communications. The program features will include tutorials, workshops and symposiums presented by leading researchers and experienced academics in more than a dozen parallel technical tracks.

    The Industrial Forum and Exhibition (IF&E) events will provide a comprehensive program tailored to the telecommunication practitioner’s fields of interest, to include current technologies, major implementations, complex IT business systems, regulatory impact assessments, economic models and engineering methods. Sessions will include keynotes, tutorials, exhibits and presentations by experienced industry engineers and managers.

    An outstanding social program is being planned for you and your family’s enjoyment. We will have pre-conference tours, a Texas style Welcoming Reception, an active Guest’s Hospitality Suite, a uniquely structured Banquet with outstanding local talent plus post-conference tours and events. We want to make this one event for the memories that you and your family will remember for many years to come.

    If you are interesting to

    -        volunteer and help in any of the above areas,
    -        interested in speaking opportunity,
    -        interested to get information about having a booth at the exhibit floor

    Then please send your contact information to f.behmann@ieee.org expressing your are of interest and we’ll provide you with more information.
  • IEEE Conference Search can be found at http://www.ieee.org/web/conferences/search/index.html

  • See also http://www.wikicfp.com - A place to organize and share Calls for Papers.


Non-IEEE Meetings and Events of interest suggested by the membership

May 4-5, Austin Mini Maker Faire, Palmer Events Center. More Info

May 8, 2013: Door64 Hardware Speaker Series - Low Power
You can find more details via http://www.door64.com or on Eventbrite at http://www.eventbrite.com/org/2892133203?s=12752656

May 9, 2013: Door64 Happy Hour South
You can find more details via http://www.door64.com or on Eventbrite at http://www.eventbrite.com/org/2892133203?s=12752656

May 10, 2013: Door 64 Software Focused Event featuring conversations on Big Data and Analytics
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.   Norris Conference Center

May 15, 2013: Door64 Happy Hour North
You can find more details via http://www.door64.com or on Eventbrite at http://www.eventbrite.com/org/2892133203?s=12752656

May 16, 2013: Door64 Happy Hour Downtown
You can find more details via http://www.door64.com or on Eventbrite at http://www.eventbrite.com/org/2892133203?s=12752656

May 17, 2013: Door64 Speaker Series in Partnership with RISE
You can find more details via http://www.door64.com or on Eventbrite at http://www.eventbrite.com/org/2892133203?s=12752656

May 17, 2013: Door 64 STEM Professional Event

May 1- June 1, 2013: Texas Linux Fest
Texas Linux Fest 2013 is the fourth annual Linux and open source software event for Texas and the surrounding region. We are assembling a one day program for the business and home Linux user, and for the experienced developer and newcomer alike. 
For more information visit http://2013.texaslinuxfest.org/

June 17-19, 2013: HostingCon, Austin, Texas
The Premier Industry Conference and Trade Show for Web Hosting and Cloud Service Providers
http://www.hostingcon.com/?utm_source=Door64&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=HostingCon2013

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Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Events and Information

June 17-19, 2013: U.S. News STEM Solutions National Conference
U.S. News STEM Solutions - June 17-19 in Austin
Mark your calendar and register today for the only National Conference that seeks to find answers to the STEM challenge through collaboration. Attend the second annual U.S. News STEM Solutions in Austin, Texas June 17-19, and be part of the solution.  Details at http://usnewsstemsolutions.com/. NOTE: Last year we had a discount code so you may want to wait a bit to see if that happens again before you register. Early registration ends April 30. 

Career

The IEEE-USA Career Manager (http://www.ieeeusa.org/careers) is organized into eight categories designed to help you manage and advance in your career:

* Career Management Interactive Workshop
* Salary Service
* Consulting and Entrepreneurship
* Professional Development Webinars
* Employment Assistance and Job Search
* IEEE Online Distance Learning
* E-Book Library
* IEEE.tv

Tips, Tools and Gadgets

I began (really returned afer a few years) to investigating my family's history a few months ago.  One of the tools that I came across is the program GRAMPS http://gramps-project.org/.  Gramps currently runs on Linux, MAC OS X, and Windows. Guides for installation on all three (plus BSD and Solaris) are available. Gramps is a Free Software Project for Genealogy, offering a professional genealogy program, and a wiki open to all.

To find out more visit http://www.grc.com/securitynow.htm and listen (or read the transcript) of Episode #389

If you have comments, or suggestions as to something I should mention in a future issue, please let me know at john.purvis@ieee.org.  I look forward to reading your comments and suggestions.  

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