IEEE Central Texas Section

THE ANALOG

Volume 57-10

October 2013

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

It is finally fall and hopefully cool weather is coming soon. All chapters should be in the final stages of 2014 officer elections. Don't forget to report them to the Section Secretary, Zhuo Li (zhuoli@ieee.org).

October has several great events happening. The IEEE PE/PEL/IEA/IA Joint Societies Chapter has a workshop on the 2014 NEC Code Change on October 4th. Sign up at https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/meeting_view/list_meeting/18422.

GlobalSIP is a new flagship IEEE Signal Processing Society conference that will be held in Austin Dec. 3-5, 2013. The focus of this conference is on signal and information processing and up-and-coming signal processing themes. For more information and registration go to http://www.ieeeglobalsip.org/.

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

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Membership Development

Annual IEEE Election – VOTE…VOTE….VOTE!
The 2013 IEEE annual election ballots have been mailed. If you have not yet voted in this year's Annual Election, the balloting period is open until 12:00 PM Central Time USA (17:00 UTC) on 1 October 2013.  When you vote, you are choosing the future direction of the IEEE as an organization. Your votes provide an important service to IEEE.  Thank you for making this a part of your IEEE membership experience.
Information about the candidates and access to your ballot on the IEEE Election Site at: https://www.ieee.org/election
You will need your IEEE Web Account username and password to authenticate access or the ballot Control Number and E-signature located on your paper ballot (at the top and to the right of your mailing address).

Not an IEEE Member
Join IEEE today and get 15 months of membership for the price of 12.  That’s right signup today and renewals will be deferred till 2014.  Checkout the updated benefits of being an IEEE member at http://www.ieee.org/membership

Did You Know about IEEE – staying current in technology
You can find out what are the most accessed documents in IEEE Xplore for the month. By selecting the Knowledge Tab in myIEEE, you will see the IEEE Xplore module located in the middle column. Here you will find a list of the top 10 documents accessed this month. Citations and their Abstract are available with quick links to the full article. IEEE Xplore has over two million documents on emerging and revolutionary technologies.  Check it out thought your myIEEE account at:
 http://www.ieee.org/myieee

Joe Redfield
CTS Membership Development Chair
J.Redfield@ieee.org
210-522-3729

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News of Interest to the Section

Frome the K-12 Activities Chair
I recently made a presentation at the IEEE Central Texas Fall Planning Meeting at Texas State University in San Marcos, TX

There are many activities such as Future City, Discover Engineering, and others to promote STEM (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics) Education.

I would like to make the IEEE more visible in the K-12 education community. This can be best be done by our member participation in these activities.

This link will take you to the the IEEE-USA Precollege Education page. I intend to promote this website to our members,to teachers, and to parents.

http://ieeeusa.org/volunteers/committees/pec/index.html

I am looking for your help.

Please contact me, Albert Lozano, if you would like to help me in this endeavor. My phone is
210-432-8636 and my email is alozano2915@sbcglobal.net


IEEE Day

IEEE Day is an event for IEEE member's to share their excitement, vision and joy with the world. It is the fourth time in history when engineers worldwide celebrate the anniversary of the first time IEEE members gathered to share their technical ideas in 1884!

The IEEE Day Committee and Section Ambassadors of IEEE Day 2013 would like you to join us in this celebration on 1 October 2013.  Please help the IEEE Day 2013 team spread this message and motivate your IEEE colleagues to be part of this year's celebration.

The theme of IEEE Day 2013 is "Leveraging Technology for a Better Tomorrow".


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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

None at this time

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Local Chapter Activities

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


Topic/Title

Smart Radar Motion Sensors for Biomedical and Civil Applications

Speaker

Changzhi Li
Changzhi Li received the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Florida, Gainesville, FL in 2009. In the summers of 2007 and 2008, he worked at Alereon Inc., Austin, TX, on BiCMOS/CMOS ultrawideband (UWB) transceivers. In the summer of 2009, he worked at Coherent Logix Inc., Austin, TX, on BiCMOS software-defined radio. He joined Texas Tech University in 2009 as an Assistant Professor. Dr. Li received the IEEE MTT-S Graduate Fellowship Award in 2008 and the NSF CAREER Award in 2013. His research interests include microwave and analog circuits and their biomedical/civil applications.

Abstract

Smart sensors with embedded control and communication links have the potential to improve the quality of service in healthcare, infrastructure maintenance, and energy conservation. This
presentation provides an overview of our research activities on smart radar sensors based on
Doppler, interferometry, and frequency-modulated continuous-wave (FMCW) technologies.
Starting from basic motion measurements, the scope of applications extends to sleep study, baby monitor, triage, and civil engineering. Specifically, our recent research efforts on smart house, tumor tracking, and structural health monitoring will be discussed.
In a smart house, radar provides localization, health condition, occupancy and human gesture
information, benefiting the human well-being and energy efficiency.
In cancer radiotherapy, because lung tumors can move significantly with respiratory motion, it is difficult for radiotherapy to deliver sufficient radiation dose without damaging the surrounding healthy lung tissue. We investigate radar-based accurate tumor tracking, which provides a method to dynamically target tumors with the radiation beam.
In structural health monitoring, we use sensors with active transponders to advance infrastructure maintenance, as aging infrastructure remains a national concern with widespread impacts on the quality of our daily lives.

Date/Time

Oct. 4, 2013, 10:30 am

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POB 2.402, UT Austin

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Topic/Title

Considering Imaging Polarimeters as Channeled Information Systems

Speaker

CScott Tyo
J. Scott Tyo directs the Advanced Sensing Lab in the College of Optical Sciences at the University of Arizona.  His laboratory investigates all manner of sensing problems ranging from optical polarization to terahertz imaging to radar systems.  Over this breadth of areas, one constant in the ASL's research program is that the physics of the electromagnetic wave interaction with the scene and the sensor are always part of the engineering process from the sensor design to the data exploitation.  Professor Tyo received the PhD degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, then joined the US Air Force Research Laboratory as USAF officer.  He left active service in 2001 to join the University of New Mexico, then moved to the UA in 2006.   Prof. Tyo is heavily involved in professional activities, and is a fellow the OSA, SPIE, and the IEEE.  He has served on the editorial boards of major OSA and IEEE publications, and has helped to organize several conferences, especially on imaging polarimetry.

Abstract

Polarization imaging has emerged over the past three decades as a powerful complementary imaging tool for a range of sensing applications ranging from astronomy to medical imaging to military sensing.  Polarization carries information about the geometric scattering interactions between light and an object, and polarization data provide details about object orientation, surface roughness, and material composition.  For most of the history of imaging polarization, polarimeters have been considered as zero-bandwidth devices using a linear algebraic formalism.  Over the past several years, our group has worked on new descriptions of polarimeters that describe the devices as channeled information systems.  Since optical detectors are essentially polarization-blind, the polarization details of the field are modulated onto the intensity distribution in time, space, wavelength, or some combination of these domains.  This modulation - which could be functional, periodic, random, etc., - creates channels that can then be demodulated to infer the desired polarization details.

Date/Time

Oct. 15, 2013, 4pm

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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

Distinguished Speaker Series: "Advances in Neural Engineering Research and Education"

Speaker

Dr. Metin Akay, John S. Dunn Professor of Biomedical Engineering ,  University of Houston, a distinguished lecturer of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine & Biology Society
Metin Akay received his B.S. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey in 1981 and 1984, respectively and a Ph.D. degree from Rutgers University in 1990. He is currently the founding chair of the new Biomedical Engineering Department and the John S. Dunn professor of biomedical engineering at the University of Houston. He has played a key role in promoting biomedical education in the world by writing and editing several books, editing several special issues of prestigious journals, including the Proc of IEEE, and giving several keynote and plenary talks at international conferences, symposiums and workshops regarding emerging technologies in biomedical engineering.

He is the founding editor-in-chief of the Biomedical Engineering Book Series published by the Wiley and IEEE Press and the Wiley Encyclopedia of Biomedical Engineering. He is also the editor of the Neural Engineering Handbook published by Wiley/IEEE Press and the first steering committee chair of the IEEE Trans on Computational Biology and Bioinformatics.

He established the IEEE EMBS Special Topic Conference on Neural Engineering. He is also the chair of the IEEE EMBS Neuroengineering Technical Committee. He was the program chair of the International IEEE EMBS 2001 and the co-chair of the International IEEE EMBS 2006 and the program co-chair of the International IEEE EMBS 2011 and the IEEE EMBS Point-of-Care Health Technologies (POCHT) 2013.

He currently serves on the advisory board of several international journals including the IEEE T-BME, IEEE T-ITIB, Smart Engineering Systems etc. and furthermore serves on several NIH and NSF review panels

Dr. Akay is a recipient of the IEEE EMBS Early Career and Service awards as well an IEEE Third Millenium Medal and is a fellow of IEEE, the Institute of Physics (IOP), the American Institute of Medical Biological Engineering( AIMBE) and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). His Neural Engineering and Informatics Lab is interested in developing an intelligent wearable system for monitoring motor functions in Post-Stroke Hemiplegic Patients and detecting coronary artery disease. In addition, his lab is currently investigating the effect of nicotine on the dynamics of ventral tegmental area (VTA) dopamine neural networks.

Abstract

Neural Engineering is a new discipline which unites engineering, computer science, physics, chemistry, and mathematics with cellular, molecular, cognitive and behavioral neurosciences, to understand the organizational principles and underlying mechanisms of the biology of neural systems, and to study the behavior dynamics and complexities of neural systems in nature. Therefore, it deals with many aspects of basic and clinical problems associated with neural dysfunction including the representation of sensory and motor information, the electrical stimulation of the neuromuscular system to control the muscle activation and movement, the analysis and visualization of complex neural systems at multi-scale from the single-cell and to the system levels to understand the underlying mechanisms, the development of novel electronic and photonic devices and techniques for experimental probing, the neural simulation studies, and the design and development of human-machine interface systems and artificial vision sensors and neural prosthesis to restore and enhance the impaired sensory and motor systems and functions from gene to system.

Furthermore, the neuroscience has become more quantitative and information-driven science since emerging implantable and wearable sensors from macro to nano and computational tools facilitate collection and analysis of vast amounts of neural data. Complexity analysis of neural systems provides physiological knowledge for the organization, management and mining of neural data by using advanced computational tools since the neurological data are inherently complex and non-uniform and collected at multiple temporal and spatial scales. The investigations of complex neural systems and processes require an extensive collaboration between biologists, mathematicians, physicists, computer scientists and engineering to improve our understanding of complex neurological process from system to gene.

Date/time

October 31st, 2013 6:00 - 8:00 PM, with food/drinks (membership not required to attend)
                          PLEASE NOTE CHANGE FROM USUAL CS MEETING DATES and TIME
                          CO-SPONSORED with COMSOC/SP

6:00 p.m. Networking and Gathering (Pizza, Salad, drinks provided - free)
6:20 p.m. Call to Order, Announcement
6:30 p.m. Presentation, with Q/A
7:45 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/20709

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

Topic/Title The Consert System for Management of Electric Energy Consumption in Homes and Small Businesses
Speaker Juan L. Gonzalez
Director of Technology
Consert Inc.
San Antonio, Texas

At Consert Mr. Gonzalez oversees technology development for new product offerings as well as managing new product testing.
Previously he was manager of embedded systems with Kinetic Concepts, Inc., where he led a group of electrical and software engineers, technicians and circuit board designers in the development of wound therapy devices. Gonzalez received a B.S. in computer engineering from St. Mary’s University.
Abstract The Consert intelligent energy management system has been put in service by San Antonio’s CPS and marketed by them as the Home Manager.  There are numerous TV ads and newspaper stories promoting the system so it is gaining wide recognition.  This presentation will give us a technical look into what this system is and how it uses the newest technologies. Consert converts electric consumption in homes and small businesses into cost-effective, clean sources of capacity and energy reserves for utilities while helping consumers save money on their energy consumption. The Consert load management solution is based on real-time, wireless technology that allows participants to conserve energy using a web-based, home area network. Consert utilizes wireless networks to provide real-time communication to the Consert data center. These highly secure networks deliver fast data speeds and increased efficiencies for utilities.
Date/Time Tuesday, October 15, 2013; Dinner 6:30, Networking 7:15, Program 7:30
Location Conference Room B, University Center, St. Mary’s University, San Antonio, TX
Cost Dinner will be in the St. Mary’s Cafeteria downstairs in the University Center.  They have an all you can eat buffet for $8.50 plus tax.  Each person will pay for his or her own meal.  We will have a block of tables so we can sit together – look for Small IEEE Computer Society Signs on the tables.  Dinner is optional. You are welcome to skip dinner and come only to the technical presentation.
Reservations Not Required but for head count please email Dr. Djaffer Ibaroudene, dibaroudende@stmarytx.edu , or call (210) 431-2050
Notes
See our website for directions and parking,
 http://www.ieee-cs-cts.org
You can see more about this meeting at:
https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/meeting_view/list_meeting/20157

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

Topic/Title “Modern Health Talk and The FUTURE of Health Care”
Speaker Wayne Caswell, Founder & Senior Editor, Modern Health Talk
Speaker Bio Wayne Caswell is known for introducing IBM to the Connected Home market. He retired after 30 years when the company got out of consumer markets and established CAZITech Consulting, helped define Wireless & Home Gateway standards, volunteered with the FCC Consumer Advisory Committee, co-founded a nonprofit consumer advocacy to lobby the Texas legislature and enact new consumer protection laws, and started Modern Health Talk (mHealthTalk.com).
 
Modern Health Talk is an information website and blog that helps seniors stay safe, healthy and independent at home. It primarily serves the empty-nested baby boomer whose time is split between adult children (and grandchildren) and elderly parents, often as an unpaid caretaker. This audience is motivated by love, duty, a need to preserve family assets, and to maintain their own health and wellbeing.
Abstract After briefly describing Modern Health Talk, the rest of this presentation follows a new white paper, Moore’s Law and The FUTURE of Healthcare and trends such as:
1.       The aging population and its impact on rising health care costs and pending doctor shortage;
2.       New interest in Universal Design principles for homes & communities (also boomer related);
3.       Healthcare Robots and all sorts of enabling technologies that must enable ways to fill that gap;
4.       Healthcare could be a bigger driver of automation and M2M than smart homes;
5.       Learning (e.g. NEST thermostat) needs more awareness, like from a patch sensing skin temperature;
6.       Genetic research may soon conquer most inherited diseases while new therapies repair cell damage before it accumulates;
7.       DNA sequencing, sensor monitoring, & shared medical records data join with phenotype to explode the Big Data analytics problem;
8.       Medicine becomes Personalized & Personal (engaged patients);
9.       The return of House Calls, but by a nurse or aid with video conference to doctor, backed up by Watson;
10.   Growing awareness of the relationship of stress reduction & good sleep to health and work & sports performance;
11.   Growing understanding of neuro-sensory interfaces and the mind-computer interface;
12.   The convergence of Science & Technology (INFO + BIO + NANO + NEURO);
13.   Obamacare can bend the cost curve but not enough to stave off the boomer impact, so more reforms are needed;
14.   The stalled and polarized political system is unable to adapt policy & regulations fast enough to keep up, and this will only worsen with accelerating tech innovation.
Date October 23, 6:00 pm networking, 6:30 ,meeting.
Location Location: PoK-e-Jo's Restaurant, 2121 W. Parmer Lane at Lamplight Village, Austin TX 78727
Cost Cost $5 minimum cost for restaurant, supper optional at extra cost.
Reservations Not required.  All interested parties are invited to attend.  For more information, go to:  http://www.ewh.ieee.org/r5/central_texas/cn/index.html
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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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EducationSociety

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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

Topic/Title Advances in Neural Engineering Research and Education
Speaker Dr. Metin Akay, John S. Dunn Professor of Biomedical Engineering ,  University of Houston, a distinguished lecturer of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine & Biology Society
Abstract Neural Engineering is a new discipline which unites engineering, computer science, physics, chemistry, and mathematics with cellular, molecular, cognitive and behavioral neurosciences, to understand the organizational principles and underlying mechanisms of the biology of neural systems, and to study the behavior dynamics and complexities of neural systems in nature. Therefore, it deals with many aspects of basic and clinical problems associated with neural dysfunction including representation of sensory and motor information, electrical stimulation of the neuromuscular system, analysis and visualization of complex neural systems from the single-cell to the system levels,  as well as development of novel electronic and photonic devices and techniques for experimental probing, neural simulation studies, development of human-machine interfaces, and artificial vision sensors and neural prosthesis.

    Neuroscience has become a more quantitative and information-driven science since emerging implantable and wearable sensors from macro to nano and computational tools facilitate collection and analysis of vast amounts of neural data.  Complexity analysis of neural systems provides physiological knowledge for organization, management and mining of neural data with advanced computational tools. Investigations of complex neural systems and processes require an extensive collaboration between biologists, mathematicians, physicists, computer scientists and engineering to improve our understanding of complex neurological process from system to gene.
Date/Time Friday, 1 November,
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Notes This is a joint meeting with the Communications and Signal Process joint chapter.  Information on time and location will be in the mid-month reminder and sent  to the EMBS and Com/SP emailing lists.  A vtools site will soon be available.

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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

What is the Role of MIMO in Future Cellular Networks: Massive? Coordinated? mmWave?

Speaker

Dr. Robert Heath, UT Austin - Distinguished Lecturer of IEEE Signal Processing Society
Robert W. Heath Jr. received the Ph.D. in EE from Stanford University.  He is currently a Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin and Director of the Wireless Networking and Communications Group. He is also the President and CEO of MIMO Wireless Inc and Chief Innovation Officer at Kuma Signals LLC. Prof. Heath is a recipient of the 2012 Signal Processing Magazine Best Paper award and the 2011 EURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking best paper award. He holds The Cullen Trust for Higher Education Professorship in Engineering #6, is a registered Professional Engineer in Texas, and is a Fellow of the IEEE.

Abstract

MIMO communication exploding again – this time in the number of antennas. Massive MIMO brings hundreds of antennas at the base station serving tens of uses ala multiuser MIMO. Coordinated MIMO coordinates dozens of antennas at different base stations to reduce the effects of interference. mmWave MIMO uses large arrays at base station and user equipment to serve multiple users with narrow beams and lots of spectrum. This talk will explain key features of each technology and then will provide comparisons of coverage and capacity using a mathematical framework built around stochastic geometry.

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October 21, 2013 - Reception 6-6:15pm, Presentation 6:15-7:30pm

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https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/meeting_view/list_meeting/20553

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 IEEE Milestone Tour of Canada
Speaker Bob Harris, Ernest Franke
Abstract Life Members Harris and Franke will tell about their visit to Canada in August 2013, in which the focus was IEEE Engineering Milestones in Eastern Canada, from Toronto. Ontario to St. John's, Newfoundland.
Date/Time Thursday, October 17, 2013, 11:30 AM
Location  Lion & Rose British Restaurant & Pub
 842 NW Loop 410 (at Blanco Road)
 San Antonio, TX
Cost We will order from the regular lunch menu, and the restaurant will provide separate checks.
Reservations Use IEEE vTools (https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/meetings/html/0/180/asc/5/CENTRAL%20TEXAS) or contact Tom O'Brien (Chair) at 210 481 3443 or t.p.obrien@ieee.org
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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

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Power and Energy Society - San Antonio
http://ewh.ieee.org/soc/pes/centraltexas/sanantonio

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Product Safety Engineering Society (PSES)
http://www.ewh.ieee.org/soc/pses/

Topic/Title  No meeting this month - Product Safety Symposium rigth here in Austin!
Speaker Many, with various topics pertinent to the product safety wrealm.
Abstract This year the PSES symposium is right here in our own back yard! Please join us for the many topics of interest that will be provided there.
Date/Time October 7th and 8th, 2013  -  See the website for details ( http://www.psessymposium.org/ )
Cost Depends on your choice of days to attend and your IEEE membership.
Reservations Can still be made for the symposium. Please see the website for details.
Location Westin Austin at the Domain
Notes F

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

What is the Role of MIMO in Future Cellular Networks: Massive? Coordinated? mmWave?

Speaker

Dr. Robert Heath, UT Austin - Distinguished Lecturer of IEEE Signal Processing Society
Robert W. Heath Jr. received the Ph.D. in EE from Stanford University.  He is currently a Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin and Director of the Wireless Networking and Communications Group. He is also the President and CEO of MIMO Wireless Inc and Chief Innovation Officer at Kuma Signals LLC. Prof. Heath is a recipient of the 2012 Signal Processing Magazine Best Paper award and the 2011 EURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking best paper award. He holds The Cullen Trust for Higher Education Professorship in Engineering #6, is a registered Professional Engineer in Texas, and is a Fellow of the IEEE.

Abstract

MIMO communication exploding again – this time in the number of antennas. Massive MIMO brings hundreds of antennas at the base station serving tens of uses ala multiuser MIMO. Coordinated MIMO coordinates dozens of antennas at different base stations to reduce the effects of interference. mmWave MIMO uses large arrays at base station and user equipment to serve multiple users with narrow beams and lots of spectrum. This talk will explain key features of each technology and then will provide comparisons of coverage and capacity using a mathematical framework built around stochastic geometry.

Date/Time

October 21, 2013 - Reception 6-6:15pm, Presentation 6:15-7:30pm

Location

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

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Reservations

https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/meeting_view/list_meeting/20553

Notes

joint event with the Instrumentation & Measurement chapter

See also joint meeting with Austin Computer Society Chapter October 31 - Distinguished Speaker Series: "Advances in Neural Engineering Research and Education"

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

Topic/Title

Advances in Neural Engineering Research and Education

Speaker

Dr. Metin Akay, John S. Dunn Professor of Biomedical Engineering ,  University of Houston, a distinguished lecturer of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine & Biology Society

Abstract

Neural Engineering is a new discipline which unites engineering, computer science, physics, chemistry, and mathematics with cellular, molecular, cognitive and behavioral neurosciences, to understand the organizational principles and underlying mechanisms of the biology of neural systems, and to study the behavior dynamics and complexities of neural systems in nature. Therefore, it deals with many aspects of basic and clinical problems associated with neural dysfunction including representation of sensory and motor information, electrical stimulation of the neuromuscular system, analysis and visualization of complex neural systems from the single-cell to the system levels,  as well as development of novel electronic and photonic devices and techniques for experimental probing, neural simulation studies, development of human-machine interfaces, and artificial vision sensors and neural prosthesis.

    Neuroscience has become a more quantitative and information-driven science since emerging implantable and wearable sensors from macro to nano and computational tools facilitate collection and analysis of vast amounts of neural data.  Complexity analysis of neural systems provides physiological knowledge for organization, management and mining of neural data with advanced computational tools. Investigations of complex neural systems and processes require an extensive collaboration between biologists, mathematicians, physicists, computer scientists and engineering to improve our understanding of complex neurological process from system to gene.

Date/Time

Friday, 1 November

Location


Cost


Reservations


Notes

This is a joint meeting with the Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society chapter.  Communications and signal processing engineers will be interested in the computer-nervous systems interfaces.  Information on time and location will be in the mid-month reminder and sent  to the EMBS and Com/SP emailing lists.  A vtools site will soon be available.

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Systems, Man & Cybernetics Society

Topic/Title

No meeting scheduled at thist time

Speaker


Abstract


Date/Time


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Reservations


Notes

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

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

Topic/Title No meeting scheduled at thist time
Speaker
Date/Time
Location
Cost
Registration
Notes

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
Topic/Title Toyota Motor Manufacturing Plant Tour
Speaker
Abstract Opportunity to tour the Toyota Motor Plant which builds the Toyota Tundra and Tacoma.

The Plant tour will take 1.5 hours. Toyota representatives will discuss the Toyota Production System – the process on which it builds its vehicles.
Date/Time Wednesday, October 23 at 1:30 pm.
Location Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Texas, Inc
Visitor & Education
Center 1 Lone Star Pass building 47
San Antonio, TX 78264-3413
Phone: 210-263-4002
Cost
Registration Email Michael Frye at mfrye@uiwtx.edu if you plan to attend. Seating is limited for the tour.
Please RSVP by Tuesday, October 15.
Notes We will meet at the Toyota Visitor and Education Center at 1:00 pm for check-in on October 23.          

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Women in Engineering Affinity Group
http://www.austin-wie.org/

Topic/Title No meeting scheduled at thist time
Speaker
Date/Time
Location
Cost
Registration
Notes

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

  • October 7-9, 2013: 2013 IEEE Symposium on Product Compliance Engineering (ISPCE)
    Westin at the Domain
    Austin, TX, USA
    Registration for ISPCE 2013 - IEEE Symposium on Product Compliance Engineering opens June 1, 2013!
    Advance Registration reduced rates are available until July 19. Register now while they are available. Register online by clicking on the registration tab on the ISPCE website.
    Advance Registration closes at midnight, July 19, 2013.
    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
    Over the last two decades, many organizations and individuals have relied on electronic collaboration between distributed teams of humans, computer applications, and/or autonomous robots to achieve higher productivity and produce joint products that would have been impossible to develop without the contributions of multiple collaborators. Technology has evolved from standalone tools, to open systems supporting collaboration in multi-organizational settings, and from general purpose tools to specialized collaboration grids. Future collaboration solutions that fully realize the promises of electronic collaboration require advancements in networking, technology and systems, user interfaces and interaction paradigms, and inter operation with application-specific components and tools.

    The Ninth International Conference on Collaborative Computing (CollaborateCom 2013) will continue to serve as a premier international forum for discussion among academic and industrial researchers, practitioners, and students interested in collaborative networking, technology and systems, and applications.

    - Two full day workshops
       -- CIoT: http://cs.txstate.edu/~hn12/iot/
       -- TRUSTCOL: http://scl.cs.nmt.edu/trustcol13/

    - Three Keynote Speakers
       -- Keynote 1: Lorenzo Alvisi (University of Texas at Austin)
       -- Keynote 2: Vasant G. Honavar (NSF, Pennsylvania State University)
       -- Keynote 3: Murat Kantarcioglu (Universtity of Texas at dallas)

    - Two Panels
       -- Panel 1: Autonomic Federated Security
       -- Panel 2: Collaborative Computing and Current Hot Topics

    - Over 75 technical papers altogether
    http://www.collaboratecom.org/

  • 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

January 11, 2014: Texas Data Day
Texas Data Day 2014 will be hel on Saturday, January 11, 2014. Once again, the event will be held at the AT&T Conference Center on the University of Texas Campus.
See http://datadaytexas.com/ for more information

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



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
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Tips, Tools and Gadgets

How many of you have an IEEE email alias?  Did you realize that IEEE recently migrated that service to Google mail?
 To access your GoogleApps@IEEE service, go to: http://email.ieee.org. Sign in with your IEEE Account Username and Password. 

It is important that you frequently check your email there as I found many emails were being marked as SPAM and were not being forwarded. 

If you want to bypass the SPAM checking all together and have all of the email forwarded, there is a way to set that up.  See this document for instructions on how to bypass the SPAM check.  I did this a couple of weeks ago and am much happier now with the ieee.org email alias. 

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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