Contents Chairman's Column Membership Development News of Interest Call for Volunteers Continuing Education Career What if . . . Perspectives Tips, Tools & Gadgets
Student Branches
Useful IEEE Links
Chapter Activities
IEEE Events Non-IEEE Events
STEM Activities

The Analog is the monthly newsletter of the Central Texas Section of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, Inc. New issues are published around the first of each month.  The deadline for inclusion of material is the 26th of the month.  Send submissions, comments, questions to John Purvis, Editor, john.purvis@ieee.org. Archives of The Analog can be found on the CTS web site here.

From the Central Texas Section Chair

I would like to congratulate the Central Texas Section Young Professionals Chapter for hosting the YP Mixer in early March. It was a great success and stay tuned for more exciting events for the IEEE Young Professionals.

In May CTS is pleased to sponsor the 2014 ICICDT conference. For more information go to: http://www.icicdt.org/

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

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Membership Development

New to the IEEE OR want to find out more about the benefits of your IEEE membership?
The IEEE has developed a website, http://www.ieee.org/start , specifically to support new IEEE members in navigating though the IEEE.  Along with the information on the site, IEEE has created a new member orientation. The orientation is typically held on the 3rd Thursday of each month at 9:00 AM EDT and 3:00 PM EDT.  The next new member orientation will be 17-April.  Check the IEEE website for registration.

If you are a new member to IEEE OR just want to refresh yourself on what the IEEE offers to its members, check out the site and the orientation. 

Not an IEEE member and have been waiting to join?
Join now with year dues!  Join IEEE and receive 10 months of membership for the price of six.  If you have been away from IEEE for more than a year, you can re-join for half price!

Not sure if you’ve renewed for 2014, please go to http://www.ieee.org/renew or call the IEEE Contact Center at 1 800 678-4333.     

Did you know about IEEE – IEEE.TV
The IEEE provides an internet-based television network where IEEE member generated special-interest programming about technology and engineering is provided.  There are public programs available and an extensive set of members’ only programs.  Check the most viewed programs at http://www.ieee.tv

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

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News of Interest to the Section

Texas Professional Engineer Criminal History Record Check - REGISTRATION IS OPEN NOW.  DON'T WAIT!
By law, all active PEs must complete a criminal history record check (CHRC) prior to renewing their license. PEs can register and complete the process at any time.  It is strongly recommended to begin the process as soon as possible as the scheduling process for in-state engineers may take several weeks.  For out-of-state engineers, the process can take even longer.  Do not wait until the last minute, your license renewal will not be processed until this requirement has been met.
 
The background on this requirement:  Earlier this year, the Texas legislature passed a change to the Texas Engineering Practice Act that requires all active PEs to have a Criminal History Record Check prior to renewing his/her license in 2014. This requirement was a result of standard licensing model recommendations by the Sunset Commission, and is similar to requirements for other professions in Texas. The Board has worked diligently with the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) and its state-selected vendor, MorphoTrust, to develop the process. The procedures to complete the CHRC are now in place and you can register to set up an appointment to complete this requirement at any time. For instructions on how to complete the CHRC and for additional information, go to http://engineers.texas.gov/recordcheck.html.

PES 2013 Outstanding Engineer Awarded
On the evening of March 26 PI-2 presented David Costello, P.E., SM, the PES 2013 Outstanding Engineer Award.  David, a Senior Application Engineer for Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, was selected for this honor for providing expertise on protective relays for power systems to the industry, authoring many technical papers and application guides, and robustly supporting PES chapters.  Because his humility wouldn’t let him show up to receive the award, we invited him to speak and then surprised him with the presentation.  David will be one of the presenters at the planned PI-2 Grounding Techniques and Details Workshop this Fall.

Why is American internet so slow?
The United States invented the internet, yet it currently is ranked 31st in the world in terms of average download speeds. We rank far worse in terms of global average upload speeds at 42nd. Why have we fallen behind? Read more . . .

IEEE Global Membership Hits Another All-time High
IEEE’s global membership has set another record. At the end of 2013 it reached 431,191, an increase of 2106 members since the end of 2012. Graduate student membership grew by 4.4 percent, to 45 854. Undergraduate student membership totaled 74,535, an increase of 3.1 percent. For the first time in six years, higher-grade membership declined slightly, to 310,802, a decrease of 0.7 percent, or 2059 members. Read more . . .

Texas forecast to post strong job growth in second quarter
Manpower Employment ran a survey which indicates that Texas companies could surpass the national average for hiring new employees in the second quarter of 2014. Read more . . .

App-E-Feat Mobile App Development Contest to Benefit Humanity
App-E-Feat (http://www.appefeat.org/) is a mobile app development initiative featuring a two-category contest to help solve a local or global problem and have a positive impact on people’s lives. Contestants 13- to 17-years-old are asked to draw or describe an app online. Those 18 and older have to submit the actual app code. A panel of judges will choose the winning entries.

Prizes include an iPad Air tablet computer for first-place finishers in each of the two categories. Second-place finishers will receive a $250 Amazon gift card; those placing third will receive a $150 Amazon gift card. Each of the top contestants will have the opportunity to work with an IEEE mentor to enhance their technology-development skills and interest.

Examples of problems an App-E-Feat entrant could help solve include, among others, apps that provide location information for immunization clinics, educational resources and places to find safe drinking water.

“IEEE-USA launched the App-E-Feat contest to inspire both engineers and the next generation of technology professionals to find ways to leverage their expertise to benefit humanity,” said Dr. Karen Panetta, IEEE-USA vice president for communications & public awareness.

The contest is open through 19 May, and winners will be announced 20 June. For more information and official rules, see http://www.appefeat.org/contest.

Why are so many people moving to Austin?

Austin is a hot spot. It is one of the fastest growing cities in the U.S. See the Infographic in the referenced article for an at-a-glance summary. Read more . . .

Potential change coming to salaried employee overtime regulations
The president instructed the U.S. Department of Labor to update its regulations relating to exempt salaried employees. What do Texas employers need to know? Nothing has changed — yet. We will have to wait for specifics from the federal government on how they will implement this directive. Read more . . .

IEEE-USA Free E-Books to Members Feature Building a Relationship with Elected Officials
IEEE-USA E-Books is offering “Communicating with Congress -- How to Build a Relationship with Your Elected Officials” free to IEEE members in April.

Author Russell Harrison offers insight into effective communication techniques to use when meeting with members of Congress. The IEEE-USA senior legislative representative encourages readers to be activists, and provides guidance on writing letters to Congress and having a successful congressional visit.

The ability to communicate well with your congressional representatives plays a key role in helping to ensure a strong science and engineering workforce, as well as sufficient funding for research and development.

“Engineers must become as adept in dealing with societal and political forces as they are with gravitational and electromagnetic forces,” retired Lockheed Martin CEO Norm Augustine said. “We must equip engineers of the future to present their cases in almost every forum imaginable -- from town meeting to state legislature, from “The New York Times” to “60 Minutes,” from Congress to the Oval Office.”

“Communicating with Congress: How to Build a Relationship with your Elected Officials” can be downloaded at http://www.ieeeusa.org/communications/ebooks/files/april14/29-0fnv/Communicating-with-Congress-2010-Update.pdf for free to IEEE members. The non-member price is $7.99.
To purchase IEEE members-only products, and to receive the member discount on eligible products, members must log in with their IEEE Web account.

Texas Cities at top of the list for job seekers
Austin came in 6th on a list prepared by personal finance website WalletHub and San Antonio 23rd. Read more . . .

Central Texas Section member blogs for The Institute

You may have seen the article "Empathy: The Secret Formula for Engineering?" mentioned in The Institute Alert email that went out March 11. That article was written by Central Texas Section member Qusi Alqarqaz. Qusi has another article appearing later in this newsletter.

Austin the fastest growing big city city in the US
The U.S. Census' latest population estimates peg Austin as the fastest growing large metro area in the country. Read more . . .

Congratulations to new Senior Members!
The following members of the Central Texas Section were elevated to Senior Member at the February 15 meeting of the A&A committee: Alex Demkov, Christine Julien, Seth Wilk and Wilhelm Wojsznis.

The Society of Women Engineers

http://societyofwomenengineers.swe.org/
Formed in 1950, the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) works to give "women engineers a unique place and voice within the engineering industry." Its website offers visitors access to a range of resources via headings such as Membership, Learning, Scholarships, and K-12 Outreach. This last area features a range of items including podcasts and webinars that explore mechanical engineering, gender equity in college engineering programs, and other interesting topics. Within the Learning section of the site, visitors can learn about the SWE's free online courses, career opportunities, and relevant conferences and events. Moving on, visitors should not miss the SWE Magazine, featuring articles such as, "Technology as Workplace Differentiator" and "Redefining the Workspace." A subscription-based newsletter is also available for interested parties.

Tesla Puts San Antonio Back On Short List For Gigafactory
San Antonio has gotten itself back on a possible list of locations for electric car maker Tesla Motors new "gigafactory"--its plans to build an enormous, solar powered factory somewhere in the nation to develop its new generation of electric cars. According to the San Antonio Express-News, Tesla has been holding secret meetings with San Antonio mayor Julian Castro. Read more . . .

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Call for Volunteers

Discover Engineering http://www.centexeweek.org/
Volunteers can now sign up at http://www.centexeweek.org/volunteer to be paired with a school for a visit.

Schools/Educators, get all your info at http://www.centexeweek.org/educators if you would like to have engineers visit.

July 17, 2014: Family Science Night at the Library

Organization: Wells Branch Community Library
Date: Thursday July 17, 2014
Time: 6pm to 8pm (not including set up time)
Location: 15001 Wells Port Drive, Austin Tx 78728
Volunteer Request: This program will be a part of our summer reading program. This year's theme is "Summer of Science" and we'd like to provide interactive STEM activities for families to participate in. We're flexible on the topic - perhaps demonstrations and activities covering physics, chemistry, or engineering topics. We're open to any suggestions on specific activities, but would like them to be as interactive as possible. / We're anticipating a large turnout of perhaps 100 - 150 kids & adults, but this can be split up into smaller groups if we have multiple volunteers. Being a public library, we will likely have a broad range of kids from toddlers to teenagers.
Deadline for Volunteering: May 15, 2014
Contact the Following to Volunteer: Brittany Hecker at brittany@wblibrary.org

Continuing Education

IEEE Spectrum Tech Insider Webinars
Learn from industry experts about latest technology advances via our free Tech Insider Webinars. This page lists upcoming and available 'on demand' Tech Insider webinars. All the live webinars are archived and are available on demand for 12 months. IEEE members can also earn PDH certificates for each webinar. Go to http://spectrum.ieee.org/webinars

IEEE Computer Society Webinars
Register now for our latest free live technical webinars. Or check out our past webinars at your convenience.  See  http://www.computer.org/portal/web/webinars/Register-for-a-Webinar for more information. 

IEEE Computer Society 2014 Professional Development Courses
Expand your knowledge base by taking a professional development course in your area of technical interest. Half-day webcast formats (3.5 hours) enable you to quickly get up to speed in a specific technology area without leaving your desk. And each are at a low cost of $49. For a limited time, sign up for three courses and receive the fourth one for free.  See the list of training courses. 

IEEE ComSoc Training
See http://www.comsoc.org/training/training-calendar for a list of upcoming courses. 

Other learning opportunities with IEEE
IEEE e-Learning Library - http://ieee-elearning.org/
IEEE Online Education Portal - https://ieee-elearning.org/outreach/
IEEE-USA Webinars (attendees can earn professional development hours -- PDHs) - http://www.ieeeusa.org/careers/webinars/archive.asp

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Career

Articles of possible interest
IEEE ResumeLab NEW
IEEE members have a new tool to help gain a competitive edge in the employment process. IEEE ResumeLab is a new online service that allows IEEE members to develop a resume or curriculum vitae using specialized tools tailored for each step of the job seeking process. This new product is added to the list of offerings that assist members as they find jobs and develop their careers.

Come to IEEE ResumeLab today and get started!

The Redesigned IEEE Job Site Launches!
The IEEE Job Site has undergone a makeover with new features and easier navigation to better serve IEEE members. Its still easy for IEEE members or IEEE member job seekers to conduct job searches or create and upload a resume, but with the use of HTML5 technology, the site boasts a cleaner layout and crisp contemporary design making the IEEE Job Site more user-friendly.

Visit the redesigned IEEE Job Site today to view open positions or simply to stay current with career-related news and information.

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

What if the NEC had been written by a poet . . .

Previously here we considered how Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Dr. Seuss would have written the National Electrical Code or NEC had either been granted the contract.  We also discovered Sir Rudyard Kipling’s treatment of Chapter 3, Wiring Methods and Materials.  His submittal, which unfortunately was never used either, focused on conductors in general.  Let’s see now how he would have written his part to make it more readable for us …


Rudyard Kipling (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rudyard_Kipling)      On Conductors

You can run them in conduit,
Commercial jobs all do it,
Knob and tube, or even sheathed in power cables.
But, to know the proper use,
Of insulation, size, or fuse,
You have to find them listed in the tables

You can run them underground,
Where the worms and moles abound,
If you want to lay them quietly out of sight
Enclosed in proper raceway,
Or packed up tight in clay,
The coating must be one that’s water tight.

If your run is vertical,
Conduit, box, and all,
You’ve got to put some grippers in the run.
They hold conductors sound,
From slipping to the ground,
A table gives the spacing for each one.

You can string wires in the sky,
Where the air is moving by,
And the insulation doesn’t have to bake.
Seven feet above the floor,
Or better yet, maybe more,
But, the minimum conductor’s number 8!

So, here’s to wiring methods,
Some are good and some are blessed,
We hope that this will help you in design.
For, if you use the book,
And to its guidance look,
Then you’ll know that its restrictions are benign.

Now, didn’t you feel the majesty of Great Brittan in the writing, the type that Kipling was famous for in spite of the fact that the NEC is an American document?  Yes, you did!

Next month we'll see how another poet considered some part of the NEC.

Contributed by James Justin Mercier, P.E., CFM
James.Mercier@txdot.gov


Some Perspectives on Engineering

I wish I could turn the clock back.

Young Engineers: See what you've been missing.
The IEEE Central Texas Section provides highly qualified speakers to talk to its members and I am very fortunate to be affiliated with an employer who encouraged me to join the IEEE and attend these practical education and distinguished lectures which can play an important role in our career development.

Here is why young engineers are not interested.
I have questioned myself and others, why today's engineers are different than I was and are no longer interested in learning from senior colleagues? We all learn by trial and error, but this experimental education is not efficient. Sometimes, small changes in the way we do things, if someone have told us, could yield large benefits.

My coworker, Shawn is a young electrical engineer graduate from the University of Houston in 2010 and had field power systems control commissioning and testing experience in many countries before working as an electrical designer. Shawn is not an IEEE member and is” too busy to join” and “does not think IEEE can benefit him much nor help in his work”.

Another young electrical engineer, Marc, graduated from Texas State University in 2007 with years of field experience in power systems testing and now is a lead designer. He is not an IEEE member either. His view was:” the IEEE is for senior (older) engineers only” and “his school should have emphasized IEEE as a professional and personal development organization”.

Here is what I believe can be done to get them involved.
The PI-2 is developing its long term strategy this month and for the first time will include education. That is what the chair Steve Pearson told me and this is what I suggest:
Engaging Marc, Shawn and many other young professionals in programs like K-12 will foster the web invention and innovations and will aspire the transformation of old culture teaching into making science, math, engineering and technology as "cool" for kids as sport today.
 Certainly, mentoring and emphasis on young engineers is a hallmark, for them and our industry.  Whether we like it or not, our future is their hands, and we can do better than leave it to chance.

Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn”. Benjamin Franklin.

Contributed by Qusi Alqarqaz
M&S Engineering
qalqarqaz@msengr.com

Tips, Tools and Gadgets

I had written last month about some web based scientific calculators that are available. Before I go on to a new topic, I wanted to mention that I discovered an interesting fact about the calculator app on the iPhone. If you hold the phone in the upright (portrait) position the app is a regular four-function calculator. However, if you turn the phone sideways (landscape), the app turns into a scientific calculator.

I recall starting my engineering studies at the University of Houston with a Pickett slide rule. Then I made a $150 investment (a real deal at the time) in a Texas Instruments four function calculator. The Pickett and TI calculator got me through my four years of undergraduate EE study.

Something I recently came across is littleBits (http://littlebits.cc). The company sells a library of small modules (called “Bits modules”) integrated with electronic functions — such as lights, sounds, and motors — that snap together with magnets for do-it-yourself (DIY) prototyping. These have been called the "Legos for the iPad generation". Over 50 different "bits" are available allowing a wide variety of circuits to be quickly assembled. The "bits" are available in kits, or can be purchased individually.

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.  

Student Branches

St Mary's University - San Antonio (http://engineering.stmarytx.edu/ieee/)
Faculty Adviser: Djaffer Ibaroudene, email: dibaroudene@stmarytx.edu
Branch Chair: Omar Garcia, email: ogarcia21@mail.stmarytx.edu

Texas State University - San Marcos
Faculty Adviser: Larry Larson, email: Larry.Larson@txstate.edu
Branch Chair: Alexander Katrenick, email: ak1338@txstate.edu

Trinity University - San Antonio
Faculty Adviser: Farzan Aminian, email: faminian@trinity.edu
Branch Chair: Zachary Meicler Garcia, email: zmeicler@trinity.edu

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

University of Texas at San Antonio
Faculty Adviser: Shuo Wang, email: Shuo.Wang@utsa.edu
Branch Chair: Patrick Stockton, email: pstockton@ieee.org

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Useful IEEE Links

IEEE

IEEE-USA

IEEE Region 5

IEEE Central Texas Section

What's New at IEEE

SocietyNews from IEEE

IEEE Regional News

     

Call for Papers

IEEE Standards Association

IEEEXplore - full text access to IEEE Publications

The Spectrum Online - The Magazine for Technology Insiders

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


Local Chapter Activities

The IEEE is organized into Societies and Special Interest Groups.  The full list as well as a link to join each can be found at http://www.ieee.org/membership_services/membership/societies/index.html. The Central Texas Secion has several Society and  Special Interest Group Chapters with their own local activities as listed below. Note that some Joint Chapters represent more than one Society.

You can subscribe to an RSS feed of all Central Texas Section meetings that have been scheduled through vTools at http://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/meetings/rss/5/CENTRAL%20TEXAS

Click Meetings to see the next 180 days of planned activity.

APS
CASS
CEDA
ComSoc
CN
CPMTS
CS
EDS
EdSoc
EMBS
EMCS
GOLD
IAS
Antennas and Propagation Society
Circuits and Systems Society
Council on Electronic Design Automation
Communications Society - Austin | San Antonio
Consultant's Network
Components, Packaging, and Manufacturing Technology Society
Computer Society - Austin | San Antonio
Electron Devices Society
Education Society
Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
Electromagnetic Compatibility Society
Young Professionals
Industry Applications Society
  IES
IMS
IPS
LM
MTTS
PELS
PES
PSES
SMCS
SPS
SSCS
TMC
WIE
Industrial Electronics Society
Instrumentation and Measurement Society
Photonics Society
Life Members - Austin | San Antonio
Microwave Theory and Techniques Society
Power Electronics Society
Power & Energy Society - Austin | San Antonio
Product Safety Engineering Society
Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Society
Signal Processing Society - Austin | San Antonio
Solid-State Circuits Society
Technology Management Council - Austin | San Antonio
Woment in Engineering

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


Topic/Title

Time Domain’s UltraWideband Ranging Radio and Radar – Concept, Implementation and Applications

Speaker

Alan Petroff, Time Domain, Huntsville, AL
Alan Petroff is Principal Technologist at Time Domain.  In this role he has two main responsibilities.  He introduces the technology to commercial, industrial, governmental and academic users.  He also assists end users in evaluating specific applications.   Alan is also the Hardware Product Manager for Time Domain’s platforms.    He received his BSEE from Cornell University in 1974 and holds approximately 20 patents.

Abstract

In this talk, I will describe and demonstrate the operation of Time Domain’s UltraWideband (UWB) RF platform.  The discussion includes: principles of operation, characteristic advantages, two-way time-of-flight range measurement, example commercial applications, current academic research areas, and use in undergraduate education.  The discussion also includes two short videos.  The first shows the operation of a multi-static radar used as a virtual fence to detect, localize, track and characterize targets. The second shows the ranging capability used in a number of robotic applications.  The presentation will conclude with a demonstration of UWB platforms in operation as a radar, ranging platform and network.

Date/Time

April 18, 2014, 10:30 am

Cost

Free

Reservations


Location

POB 2.402, University of Texas at Austin

Notes


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


Topic/Title

System C Tutorial

Speaker

Bill Bunton from LSI

Abstract

Over recent years the EDA community has embraced Electronic System Level (ESL) design flow, SystemC, Transaction Level Modeling (TLM) and High Level Synthesis (HLS).  Today all major EDA vendors provide the tools needed for an ESL design-flow.  With the tools available design teams need to develop a flow that provides early return on investment, creates a foundation for the next generation of products and do this with minimum disruption of the existing designs and design-flow.
 
This presentation will explore the most common ESL use-cases and their relation to traditional SoC design flow. An example ESL design-flow identifies the opportunities and challenges as a team’s traditional design-flow evolves to an ESL flow that includes architecture, hardware, design-verification and software.  The common ESL use-cases include early architectural exploration, performance modeling, virtual system prototypes, shared functional verification, and high level synthesis.

Date/Time

April 8, 2014, 6 to 9 pm

Cost

Free

Reservations

https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/meeting_view/list_meeting/24833

Location

Building: Building A, (Previous Freescale auditorium)
Room Number: Auditorium
7700 W Parmer Ln.
Austin,  Texas

Notes



Topic/Title

Data Mining in Design and Test - Principles and Practices

Speaker

Li-C. Wang of University of California, Santa Barbara
Li-C. Wang is professor of ECE department at UC-Santa Barbara. He received Ph.D. in 1996 from University of Texas at Austin. He was a senior CAD software technical staff member at Somerset PowerPC Design Center, Motorola from 1996 to 2000, where he led various projects for PowerPC microprocessor test and verification. Dr. Wang received best paper awards from DATE-1998, IEEE VTS-1999, and DATE-2003. He is the recipient of the Technical Excellence Award from Semiconductor Research Cooperation (SRC) in 2010 for his contribution on developing data mining technologies in the areas of test and validation. He co-founded the IEEE Microprocessor Test and Verification (MTV) Workshop, and is currently the program co-chair. He is currently serving or had served as technical PC member for various workshops and conferences including ITC, VTS, ICCAD, DATE, DAC, ISQED, HLDVT, ITSW, DATA, ATS, ICCD, VLSI-DAT, etc and is currently serving as the general co-chair for VLSI-DAT. He is an associate editor of IEEE Trans. on CAD and also guest editors of a number of D&T special issues. From 2005, his research group has published more than 60 papers on the topics of applying data mining and machine learning in test, verification and validation.

Abstract

This tutorial teaches the principles of various data mining approaches and explains application examples to illustrate how these approaches can be applied in solving design and test problems in practice. We will cover machine learning topics such classification, regression, novelty detection and rule learning, and explain their working principles. We will present examples of applying specific learning technique in design and test contexts. Experience of developing a practical data mining flow will be presented. Promises of applying data mining in practice will be demonstrated through positive experimental results based on industrial settings. The tutorial is intended for engineers, researchers, and managers who are interested in understanding data mining and machine learning and how they can be applied in design and test in practice. Tutorial will teach the knowledge for someone interested in pursuing a learning approach in their respective application context and/or interested in assessing the potential of data mining that can be brought to their research and development effort.

Date/Time

April 16, 2014, 6 to 9 pm

Cost

Free

Reservations

https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/meeting_view/list_meeting/24719

Location

Building: Building A, (Previous Freescale auditorium)
Room Number: Auditorium
7700 W Parmer Ln.
Austin,  Texas

Notes


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/

Topic/Title

VLSI Architectures for Communications and Signal Processing

Speaker

Kiran Gunnam , Ph.D of Violin Memory
Kiran Gunnam received the MSEE and PhD in Computer Engineering from Texas A&M University, College Station, TX. He currently works as Director of Engineering at Violin Memory. He previously held research and development positions at Nvidia, Certicom, LSI, Marvell Semiconductor, Starvision Technologies, Schlumberger, Intel and Texas Engineering Experiment Station.
Dr. Gunnam has extensive research and development work experience in complex data path and control path systems. Dr. Gunnam is an expert in IC implementation of communications and signal processing systems. His PhD research contributed several key innovations in advanced error correction systems based on low-density parity- check codes (LDPC) and led to several industry designs. He has done extensive work on ASIC hardware architecture, micro-architecture and digital IC implementation for different systems (IEEE 802.11n Wi-Fi, IEEE 802.16e WiMax, IEEE 802.3 10-GB, Holographic read channel, HDD read channel and Flash read channel).
Dr. Gunnam has around 75 patents/patent applications/invention disclosures on hardware architecture and micro-architecture (46 issued patents, 4 pending patent applications and 25 more invention disclosures). He is the lead inventor/sole inventor for 90% of them. He is an IEEE Senior Member. He is also an IEEE Solid State Circuits Society Distinguished Lecturer for 2013 and 2014.

Abstract

Part 1 of this lecture covers introduction to VLSI architectures for Communications and Signal Processing Systems. Various topics include pipelining and parallel processing, retiming, unfolding, folding, systolic architecture design and algorithmic transformations. The emphasis is how to design high-speed, low-area, and low-power VLSI systems for a broad range of DSP and communication applications. Part 2 of this lecture covers speaker’s research. Low-Density Parity-Check codes now have been firmly established as coding technique for communication and storage channels. This talk gives an overview of the speaker’s research and contributions in the development of low complexity iterative LDPC solutions for Turbo Equalization for magnetic recording storage channels. Complexity is reduced by developing new or modified algorithms and new hardware architectures viz. system level hardware architecture, statistical buffer management and queuing, local-global interleaver, LDPC decoder and error floor mitigation schemes.

Date/Time

21-April-2014
6:00 to 6:15 pm -- Networking and refreshments (pizza and water)
6:15 to 8:00 pm – Seminar

Cost


Reservations

https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/meeting_view/list_meeting/25155

Location

Building: ACES (or POB) 2.402
201 East 24th St
Austin,  Texas

Notes

This is one of the April 2014 seminar of IEEE Central Texas CAS/SSC Chapter. It is a Distinguished Lecturer from the SSCS.

Topic/Title

Scaling Analog and RF Circuits: Why and How

Speaker

Peter Kinget , Ph.D
Prof. Peter R. Kinget finished a dual electrical and mechanical engineering degree and a PhD degree in electrical engineering from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium, in 1990 and 1996, respectively. From 1996 to 1999, he was at Bell Laboratories, Lucent Technologies, in Murray Hill, NJ, as a Member of Technical Staff in the Design Principles Department. From 1999 to 2002 he held various technical and management positions in IC design and development at Broadcom, CeLight and MultiLink. In 2002, he joined the faculty of Columbia University. His research interests are in analog, RF and power integrated circuits and the applications they enable in communications, sensing, and power management. Dr. Kinget is a Fellow of the IEEE. He has been a "Distinguished Lecturer" for the IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society. He is a co-recipient of the "Best Student Paper Award - 1st Place" at the 2008 IEEE Radio Frequency Integrated Circuits (RFIC) Symposium, of the "First Prize" in the 2009 Vodafone Americas Foundation Wireless Innovation Challenge, of the "Best Student Demo Award" at the 2011 ACM Conference on Embedded Networked Sensor Systems (ACM SenSys), of the "2011 IEEE Communications Society Award for Advances in Communication" for an outstanding paper in any IEEE Communications Society publication in the past 15 years, and of the "First Prize ($100K)" in the 2012 Interdigital Innovation Challenge (I2C).

Abstract

CMOS technology scaling has fueled tremendous progress in electronics and has brought about system-on-chip (SoC) products with a broad impact on our society and economy. Technology scaling is very beneficial to increase the performance and density for digital signal processing, computation and memory. Analog and radio-frequency (RF) circuits remain the critical interfaces to connect the digital cores of SoCs to the physical world and need to satisfy increasing performance demands. At the same time, designing analog and RF functions with scaled devices and reducing supply voltages is getting progressively harder. Meeting more stringent performance requirements with poorer analog devices makes the task of the analog designer very challenging and interesting. We will review scaling challenges for analog circuit performance and contrast them to digital circuit scaling. We will further discuss design paradigms that address analog and RF circuit scaling, including mixed-domain analog techniques. The talk will also touch upon the novel application opportunities that scaled CMOS technologies enable. We will illustrate how exploiting high speed transistors can enable ultra-low power wireless communications for applications such as building an Internet of Things with energy harvesting active networked tags.

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02-April-2014
9:30-10:30pm talk

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201 East 24th St
Austin,  Texas

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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 (CPMTS) - Austin
http://cpmtaustinchapter.org/

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Computer Society (CS)

Austin
http://www.austin-cs.org/

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San Antonio
http://www.ieee-cs-cts.org/

Topic/Title 9th Annual Student Night – Come and hear what local students are up to!
Speaker Students from Local Universities
Abstract This is usually a very popular program!  The students will have stations around the perimeter of the room and we will informally and independently walk to each station to see and hear what the student has to present.  Often the students have the results of their Senior Design Project.  The variety and scope of what they have accomplished In a relatively short period of time is really impressive and a pleasure to see.  One station will be for the free pizza that will be served throughout the program.  Our members and the students can chat while they enjoy the pizza.
Date/Time Tuesday, April 29th, 2014; Program Starts at 6:30 pm
Location Conference Room B, University Center, St. Mary’s University, San Antonio, TX
Cost No Cost.  Pizza provided at no cost to you.
Reservations Not Required, but to help with estimates of pizza needed please email Dr. Djaffer Ibaroudene, dibaroudende@stmarytx.edu , or call (210) 431-2050
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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/25295

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

Topic/Title Human Factors and Ergonomics
Speaker Dan E. Kolar, Ph.D. CHFP, Manufacturing Procedures Analyst and Consultant
Speaker Bio Dr. Kolar started with IBM in Chicago as a Customer Engineer, maintaining electro-mechanical banking machines. After completing his PhD. he worked in Austin’s Product Test Department when the technology was changing from Mag Card typewriters to electronic word processors. He conducted human factors usability tests by hiring potential users of the products and watching how they interacted with the machines. In the Product Development Laboratory responsibilities included testing, evaluating and creating new procedures to overcome usability problems. Two human factors based procedures resulted in a $320 M cost avoidance. He is the author of several IBM Technical Reports, user documentation and "How to Love Your Computer without Cursing the Cursor."
Abstract Dr. Kolar’s undergraduate work in mechanical engineering and Ph.D. in Industrial Psychology from the Illinois Institute of Technology gave him the ability to understand how things work, and how people interact with those things. Clever designs do not equate to usable products. We have all bumped our heads into "pull to open" doors expecting them to be "push to open" doors. Bumping one’s head is a minor embarrassment. However, when ego driven designers choose to use introspection, rather than consult a human factors professional, things can go very wrong very quickly. Not understanding the behavioral characteristics of the consumer audience can result in death and destruction. Tonight’s presentation will show many examples of how and why Human Factors is so important to our safety and sanity.
Date April 23, 6:30 p. m.
Location PoK-e-Jo's Restaurant, 2121 W. Parmer Lane at Lamplight Village, Austin TX 78727
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
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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EducationSociety (EdSoc)

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Electromagnetic Compatibility Society (EMCS)
http://sites.ieee.org/ctx-emcs/

Topic/title

Signal Integrity Parameters, Characterization, and Techniques

Speaker

Jay Diepenbrock, Lorom America

Abstract

This presentation will focus on the key electrical parameters that are important to understand and measure for ensuring optimum performance in today’s high speed serial communications interfaces. These include fundamental quantities such as inductance, capacitance, and propagation delay as well as “derived” quantities of impedance, insertion and return loss, skew, crosstalk, etc. Software tools for extracting these parameters will also be discussed.

Intended Audience: Hardware engineers, Signal Integrity engineers, EMC engineers.

Date/time

Wednesday, April 9, 2014. 6:30-7:00PM social/food, 7:00-9:00pm program

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National Instruments, Building C, 11500 N. Mopac Expwy, Austin, TX, 78759

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Not necessary https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/meeting_view/list_meeting/24599

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Food and refreshments are provided
See the EMC Society Chapter web site for more information and directions. This meeting is open to the public.  

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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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Young Professionals (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 (IMS)

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Photonics Society (IPS)

No meeting scheduled at this time.

For more information, contact Mikhail Belkin

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Life Members (LM) Affinity Group

Life members must be at least 65 years of age and have been a member of IEEE or one of its predecessor societies for such a period that the sum of his/her age and his/her years of membership equals or exceeds 100 years. When an individual achieves Life member (LM) status, their basic membership dues and Region assessments are waived on 1 January of the year following attainment of LM status.

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

Austin

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San Antonio

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

Topic/Title A tour of the Pecan Street's Pike Powers Lab
Speaker Scott Hinson
Abstract A tour of the Pecan Street's Pike Powers Lab. The Pike Powers Laboratory and Center for Commercialization offers specialized capabilities for developing, testing and validating consumer electronics and applications that incorporate metrology, building controls, solar PV, natural gas fuel cell, machine-to-machine, vehicle charging and disaggregation technologies.
Additional Information:
- This tour is currently capped at 40 people, please RSVP to ensure that you will be able to attend. A second tour may be opened up if there is enough interest.
- There is no charge to attend and you do not need to be a member of IEEE.
- Kids over 8 will be allowed on the tour if they are accompanied by an adult and are on the RSVP list.
- Tour information may change after you register; please watch your email for updates.
Date/Time 19-April-2014
09:00AM to 11:00AM
Location 3924 Berkman Drive
Austin,  Texas
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Topic/Title Plug-In Electric Vehicles
Speaker Dave Tuttle
Dave Tuttle is presently a Research Fellow and PhD student in renewable energy systems, the integration of Plug-In Vehicles and the grid, and the Smartgrid in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department at the University of Texas at Austin.
He joined IBM R&D with B.S. and Master of Engineering degrees in Electrical Engineering with Highest Honors from the University of Louisville. He was one of the original designers and technical team leaders of the POWER1 microprocessor which launched IBM's UNIX/RISC systems. After POWER1, he completed his MBA at UT-Austin with the Dean’s Award for academic excellence. He then led the joint Apple/IBM/Motorola team which designed the first PowerPC microprocessor that launched the Apple PowerMac and IBM PowerPC based systems. He went on to lead multiple R&D teams responsible for high speed fiber optic based adapters & switches, the POWER2-SC microprocessor (used in the 1997 IBM Deep Blue chess playing Supercomputer which beat World Chess Champion Garry Kasparov), and other advanced processors and systems. Dave was then recruited by Sun Microsystems to build an Austin design center from scratch. He also helped steer Sun’s processor roadmap to develop more energy efficient Chip Multithreading architectures.
From 2006 to 2007 he was the team manager of the University of Texas DARPA Urban Challenge autonomous vehicle team and an adviser to the UT-Austin Mechanical Engineering Department of Energy/ChallengeX hybrid vehicle development team. Today, he is one of the researchers in Austin’s Pecan Street Consortium/University of Texas Plug-In Vehicle and Smartgrid research project.
Abstract With the advancement of battery, power electronics, and automotive powertrain architecture technologies, viable mass market plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) are now on the roads today. Electric drive can provide numerous benefits to a driver and to the U.S. PEVs can reduce the U.S. dependency on foreign oil, greatly improve energy security, reduce the imported-oil related trade deficit, lower operating costs, lower emissions, and reduce U.S. energy-related geopolitical entanglements. Electric vehicle topics that will be covered in this presentation include: the types of electric vehicles, electric vehicle charging/refueling, and the synergies between electric vehicles and electricity grid.
Date/Time 22-April-2014
6:00 to 6:30 PM Social
6:30 to 7:00 PM Dinner
7:00 to 7:30 PM Business Meeting
7:30 to 8:30 PM Program
9:00 PM room closes for the benefit of long distance drivers and early risers
Location El Gallo Mexican Restaurant, 512-444-2205 2910 S Congress (directions below) Austin, Texas
Cost Choose from a select menu of soups, salads and dinner plates. Cost:
• IEEE Members and accompanying spouses: $11 to $17 for dinners ($2 non-meal participants)
• Visitors (non-IEEE members): $14 to $20 for dinners ($5 non-meal participants)
• IEEE Student Members: $3 for dinner (no charge for non-meal participants)
• Student Visitors (non-IEEE members): $6 to $10 for dinners ($2 non-meal participants)
• All: $2 for non-alcoholic beverages
• A bar is available for those who care to purchase a beer or other alcoholic beverage
Reservations https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/meeting_view/list_meeting/24131
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Power and Energy Society - San Antonio (PES)
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 Wearable Electronic Technology
Speaker Joseph Wei
Joseph Wei is the founder of SJW Consulting, Inc., he consults on wearable, cloud and IoT product strategy, investment and partnerships. He is a Senior Member of IEEE, serves as the Chair of the IEEE Consumer Electronics Society Santa Clara Valley. He is also the co-organizer of the Silicon Valley Wearable and Connected Device Meetup. Prior to his consulting practice, he held executive positions at Inventec, Amphus, SGI, NEC and DEC. He is recognized for creating the Linux Clustering group at SGI that led the enterprise adoption of Linux applications as well as his early work in the development of blade servers while working at Amphus.
Abstract This presentation will be based on a recent article authored by Mr. Joseph Wei to be published in the IEEE Consumer Electronics magazine.

Wearable, Cloud and the Internet of Things (IoT) are the hottest technology markets in the recent years. Cloud has been around longer since the introduction of Amazon EC2 in 2006, Wearable and IoT are just beginning to take shape while their applications and usage models are still being defined.
 
According to a new market report published by Transparency Market Research "Wearable Technology Market - Global Scenario, Trends, Industry Analysis, Size, Share and Forecast, 2012- 2018" the global wearable technology market is expected to grow from USD 750.0 million in 2012 to USD 5.8 billion in 2018. While some of the wearable and IoT devices will directly connected to the cloud, some won’t depending on the usage and the business models. The high rate of growth of wearable and IoT are fueled by new low power processors, MEMS and wireless technologies such as ARM SoC, gyro, Bluetooth Smart, 4G, etc.
Date/Time April 15, 2014       6:30 - 8:00pm
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Location Dell Parmer Campus, Parmer South Building 4, Victoria Conference Room
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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 (SPS/ComSoc)

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

Topic/Title

Aging, Brain Science, and the Future of Health Care

Speaker

Wayne is the Founder and Senior Editor of Modern Health Talk, where he writes about tech solutions for keeping seniors safe at home and avoiding costly institutional care. As a retired technologist, futurist and marketer with IBM, Dell, Siemens and his own consulting firm, Wayne knows the positive effect digital technologies can have on society and the challenges of adopting them. He introduced IBM to the Digital Home market and only left after the company got out of consumer markets. After IBM, Wayne established CAZITech Consulting, held leadership roles in Wireless & Home Gateway standards organizations, volunteered with the FCC Consumer Advisory Committee, successfully lobbied the Texas legislature to protect the rights of municipalities to install public Wi-Fi networks, co-founded a nonprofit consumer advocacy to enact new consumer protection laws and abolish an abusive state agency, and founded Modern Health Talk. These days, Wayne is also helping a colleague launch a new sleep wellness business.

Abstract

While it’s important to live longer, it’s even more important to live well. This talk looks at the future of health care from several perspectives. First is the demographic of aging baby boomers who are living longer but aren’t necessarily healthy and the effect that will  have on our healthcare system. Next is the effect that Moore’s Law and shrinking circuits will have on improving care and reducing costs. And the final segment explores the convergence of engineering, computer science, physics, chemistry and mathematics with cellular, molecular, cognitive and behavioral neurosciences, based on my interview with Dr. Metin Akay, who spoke to this group several months ago. Dr. Akay is Founding Chairman of the new Biomedical Engineering Department and the John S. Dunn professor of biomedical engineering at the University of Houston.

Date/Time

17-April-2014
06:00PM to 09:00PM

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AT&T Labs  , 9505 Arboretum, Austin,  Texas  78729

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https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/meeting_view/list_meeting/24445

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For further information, please contact IEEE COMSOC/SP Austin Chapter Chair Fawzi Behmann at  f.behmann@ieee.org

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San Antonio
http://ewh.ieee.org/r5/central_texas/satx

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Systems, Man & Cybernetics Society (SMCS)

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Technology Management Council (TMC)

Austin
http://www.austin-tmc.org/

Topic/Title Engineering Your Career
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Abstract Some concrete and specific tips to help you strengthen and build your career while making it a more satisfying experience.
Date/Time Thursday, April 3, 2014, noon – 1
Location LCRA, Lake Austin Blvd.
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Registration https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/meeting_view/list_meeting/24517
Notes Joint meeting with WIE

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

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San Antonio

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

Topic/Title Engineering Your Career
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Abstract Some concrete and specific tips to help you strengthen and build your career while making it a more satisfying experience.

Date/Time Thursday, April 3, 2014, noon – 1
Location LCRA, Lake Austin Blvd.
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Registration https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/meeting_view/list_meeting/24517
Notes Joint meeting with Austin Technology Management Council

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

  • April 15, 2014: Make the World a Better Place
    Learn how to MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE by creating IMPACT, IMPROVING the quality of life, and INNOVATION to save lives and our planet. The IEEE Central Texas Section K-12 Education, Education Society Chapter, Women in Engineering Chapter, and Technology Management Council Chapter (Austin) are sponsoring the event.

    Location: Dripping Springs High School
    Dripping Springs,  Texas

    Meeting Agenda:
    6:30 - 7:00 pm : Dinner
    7:00 - 8:00 pm : Open house and Panel Discussion
    8:00 - 9:00 pm : Conversations

    https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/meeting_view/list_meeting/25351

  • May 28-30, 2014: 2014 IEEE International Conference on IC Design & Technology (ICICDT)
    AMD- Austin Lone Star Campus
    7171 Southwest Parkway
    Austin, TX
    http://www.icicdt.org/

  • September 22-26, 2014: 2014 IEEE International Symposium on Precision Clock Synchronization for Measurement, Control, and Communication (ISPCS)
    Hilton Austin
    500 East 4th Street
    Austin, TX
    http://www.ispcs.org/2014/index.html

  • September 25, 2014: 2014 Rock Stars of Cybersecurity
    Austin, TX

  • October 14-17, 2014: 2014 IEEE Broadcast Symposium (BTS)
    Hilton Palacio del Rio
    200 South Alamo
    San Antonio, TX
    http://bts.ieee.org/

  • December 5-7, 2014: International Performance Computing and Communications Conference
    Renasance Marriott Auboritum
    Austin,  Texas
    Register here
    https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/meeting_view/list_meeting/23653


  • December 8-12, 2014: GLOBECOM 2014 - 2014 IEEE Global Communications Conference
    Hilton Austin Hotel
    Austin, TX

    IEEE GLOBECOM 2014 will include a Technical Program comprised of 12 specific symposia, tutorials and workshops as well as an Industry Program featuring panels, posters, demonstrations, tutorials and workshops.

    Call for Technical and Industry submissions
    • TECHNICAL TUTORIALS: Due 15 March 2014
      Proposals are sought for new and emerging topics within the scope of communications.

    • TECHNICAL SYMPOSIA: Due 1 April 2014 (hard deadline)
      Authors are invited to submit original technical papers in the following areas:
      • Selected Areas of Communications    • Ad Hoc and Sensor Networking
      - Access Networks and Systems            • Cognitive Radio and Networks                     
      - Cloud Networks                                  • Communication & Information System Security
      - Data Storage                                        • Communication QoS, Reliability & Modeling
      - e-Health                                               • Communication Software, Services & Multimedia  
      - Green Communications                       Application
      - Human Centric Communications         • Communication Theory
      - Internet of Things                                 • Next Generation Networking & Internet
      - Nanotechnology                                   • Optical Networks & Systems
      - Power-Line Communications               • Signal Processing for Communications
      - Satellite & Space Communications       • Wireless Communications
      - Social Networks                                    • Wireless Networking

    • INDUSTRY PROGRAM: Due 1 April 2014
      Submissions are sought for Industry panels, posters, demonstrations, tutorials and workshops on the latest ideas, trends, and product innovations in the broader communications and networking industries. Proposals are invited addressing potential topics that include, but at are not limited to:
      • Wireless Access                                                      • Enabling Technologies
      • Wired Access                                                          • Emerging Applications
      • Networking & Information                                      • Business & Government

    For author requirements and submission guidelines, visit http://www.ieee-globecom.org.

  • May 31 thru June 4, 2015: 2015 IEEE Pulsed Power Conference (PPC)
    Hilton Austin
    500 East 4th Street
    Austin, TX

  • November 15-20, 2015: 2015 SC - International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis
    Austin Convention Center
    TX
  • 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

See the Door64 calendar for other local tech events
See the Texas Tech Pulse Calendar of Texas High Tech Events

Second & Fourth Friday of evey month: TechRanch Austin, Campfire
Come join our entrepreneurial community
every 2nd and 4th Friday of the month.

Want to connect and network with local tech entrepreneurs? Validate your business idea? Interested in getting more involved with Tech Ranch? Come out for a Campfire!

Campfire is all about connecting you to the larger tech startup community. Every 2nd and 4th Friday at 3:30 PM, we gather interesting, accomplished people from across Austin’s vast entrepreneur ecosystem so you can get the introductions, insight, and help you need to move your business forward, while also helping others.

http://techranchaustin.com/programs/campfire/

April 1, 2014: Emerging Medical Technology Symposium
San Antonio will host the 6th annual Emerging Medical Technology Symposium. The event will spotlight all of the medical and biotechnology innovation going on in South Texas. Read more . . .

April 2, 2014: InnoTech
In its 7th year, the region's largest business to business technology event, InnoTech San Antonio, will happen on Wednesday, April 2, 2014.
Read more . . .

April 8, 2014: CapMac Users Group
TEXAS Highways: Griff Smith's Texas
J Griffis Smith, has traveled and photographed for the prestigious Texas Highways for almost 28 years.

His travels have taken him from Alpine to Zephyr – as he captured the history, grandeur, diversity, and uniqueness that is Texas, for the worldwide readership of Texas Highways.

This month Griff will share his unique views on photography, Texas, and the magazine that sets the standard for state travel magazines.

And of course – Griff and Texas Highways use Macs.

Please join us as we welcome Griff to CapMac, and share some of the wonders of Texas and Texas Highways.

7:00pm - 9:00pm
CapMac General Meeting

Join us early for the great food and drink specials at Sherlock's Pub.

Sherlock's Baker St Pub
9012 Research Blvd
Austin, Texas USA  78758

http://www.capmac.org

May 3, 2014: Austin Mini Maker Faire
This is the third year for the Austin Mini Maker Faire. This year's event will be held at the Travis County Expo Center on Saturday May 3rd. It will continue the tradition of an annual festival to share what people in the area make, create, learn, invent, craft, hack, recycle, build, think, play and be inspired by science, technology, engineering, arts, music and crafts. More than 8000 visitors are expected to attend. Read more . . .

June 13-14, 2014: Texas Linux Fest 2014

It's that time... TxLF 2014 is here!

Are you as excited as we are for the 5th annual Texas Linux Fest?!

We are going to be at the Austin Convention Center June 13th and 14th, 2014.

This year we are planning to do two full days of expo-floor in a much larger venue. This means more vendors. More free stuff. More prizes. And more awesome-ness.

Pre-Register for the best price!

We are now accepting registration for this year's event. Sign up now!

Call for papers is officially open!

If you would like to submit a talk, please check here for more info.

Want to be a vendor? Have an awesome idea? Maybe you want to volunteer to help out?

For any other questions, feel free to shoot an email over to info@texaslinuxfest.org

Austin Convention Center
500 E. Cesar Chavez Street
Austin, Tx
http://texaslinuxfest.org

July 4-6, 2014: RTX 2014 gaming conference
The fourth annual RTX gaming conference, a creation of Austin digital media company Rooster Teeth, is expected to draw 30,000 attendees this year. The conference, set for July 4-6 at Austin Convention Center, has grown to become a leading gaming industry event. Read more . . .

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

April 15, 2014: Make the World a Better Place
Learn how to MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE by creating IMPACT, IMPROVING the quality of life, and INNOVATION to save lives and our planet. The IEEE Central Texas Section K-12 Education, Education Society Chapter, Women in Engineering Chapter, and Technology Management Council Chapter (Austin) are sponsoring the event.  Read more here.

Texas Girls Collaborative Project
The TxGCP Google Group is the best way to be connected in your region with all things K12 STEM - are you connected to the conversation? Join the group in your region of Texas - http://txgcp.org/k12-stem-outreach-google-group/.

MentorNet
MentorNet is intended to help women and minority students achieve academic success by pairing them with an experienced mentor. Read more . . .

Springboard to STEM

http://stem.firstbook.org/

The goal of the Springboard to STEM program is "to increase student interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and provide training and classroom materials for teachers." On this website, visitors can take advantage of free educational materials like worksheets, lesson plans, and discussion questions. Visitors need to fill out a form on the site before they can access all of the materials, but this only takes a minute or two. Moving on, the News and Links area contains links to their work around STEM education and the project's Twitter feed. The Marketplace is another great feature of the site which contains links to high quality STEM-related resources, such as books and classroom DVDs, that are available for purchase.

March 7, 2014: TxGCP SciGirls Workshop: 4-H CAPITAL
Austin, TX; March 7, 2014; 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
4-H CAPITAL is hosting the Texas Girls Collaborative Project for a workshop based on SciGirls, a PBS KIDS weekly series and website out to change how millions of tween girls think about science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). 4-H CAPITAL staff and educators are invited to attend this free professional development opportunity and discover how to engage girls (ages 8-13) through research-based, high quality activities and resources.
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