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.


You can always check on all of the upcoming Central Texas Section activities here


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From the Central Texas Section Chair

As the last year of my term as IEEE Central Texas Section Chair begins, l want to tell you what an honor it's been to serve this exceptional group. This year the Section hosted a very large conference of then IEEE Communications Society called Globecom and I am glad to report that from all indications it was very successful. Several chapters and members receive awards and acknowledgements which you should all be proud of. I am sure 2015 will bring yet more remarkable accomplishments by you and the chapters.

Please join me in congratulating all of the newly elected chapter officers, I am sure this year will be one of the most exciting in CTS history. On that note, I would like to remind all the new officers that the Training Coordinator, Ina Angeles, has a Chapter Officer Training class scheduled for Tuesday January 6th at 7 PM. Please sign up at https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/30871.

This was a very active year for IEEE activities in Central Texas. Several chapters held very successful workshops. We would like all CTS members to help with a reminder to what may be a third of our members.  Be sure to renew your IEEE membership.  IEEE is growing, but about 30 percent of members are arrears at the end of each calendar year, and it takes a lot of Membership Development effort early in the year to remind them that they have not renewed.  We would be better off to spend it on things like advancing existing members to the Senior Member status and facilitating the nomination of new IEEE Fellows. 

Chapter officers, you need to be sure that your L31 meeting reports are up to date, including administrative meetings, and to be sure that Don Drumtra has all the financial information he needs so that your portion of the Section's books can be audited.  That means that expenditures should be able to be matched with receipts.  Finally, you need to be sure that Zhuo Li has received the report of your election of officers so the section's officers roster can be updated.  Updating the chapter web pages continues to be the chapter's responsibility. 

You also need to be sure that your chapter will be represented at the CTS Executive Committee meeting on January 24th at Texas State University in San Marcos.  We will be approving the budget for 2015. Be sure to sign up at https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/30613.

I look forward to 2015 and all the opportunities I know it will bring for CTS.

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

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Membership Development

Have you renewed your IEEE membership for 2015?
It is easy to forget and easy to put off.  If you haven’t renewed your IEEE membership, or don’t know if you have, go to your MYIEEE account NOW and check at http://www.ieee.org/myieee  or call 800 678-4333.

OR just renew now to avoid loss of any of your IEEE benefits at http://www.ieee.org/renew .

If you have already renewed, thank you for being part of the Central Texas Section and the IEEE, the world’s largest technical professional association. We have a lot planned for you in the CTS for 2015.

Visit http://www.ieee.org/membership to view all YOUR benefits of IEEE membership.
IEEE Young Professionals Hosts Upcoming Professional Development Webinar
The IEEE Young Professionals sponsors webinars covering a variety of topical areas of interest to the new engineer as well as the engineer well into their career.  There are recorded webinars are available for IEEE members as well as for non-members.  These webinars cover professional development, technical development, as well as IEEE’s humanitarian initiatives.

Go to here  and browse the recorded webinar topics and check out what’s coming in 2015.
 
Did you know about IEEE – IEEE Spectrum
As a member of IEEE you have exclusive download privileges to view a rich content of IEEE Spectrum articles and features.  Check it out at http://www.ieee.org/spectrum

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

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News of Interest to the Section

IEEE-USA’s Free E-Book to Members Helps Shape Engineering Careers by Learning from Life’s Career Challenges
Penned by IEEE Life Fellow Gus Gaynor, it is the first in the IEEE-USA 2014 Communicator Award of Excellence e-book series.

The series describes the challenges that practitioners, academics and managers face in building their careers and provides guidance about what is required to build a successful career in technology or related discipline.

“Book 1” is Gaynor’s personal journey from his roots in Toledo, Ohio, in 1921 -- through what he describes as a “Lifetime of Challenges” to “Retirement.” After each phase, he writes about the lessons he learned.
 
“Shaping an Engineering Career -- Book 1: Responding to Career Challenges -- A Personal Journey” can be downloaded here for free to IEEE members. ($9.99 for non-members.)

Computer Based Testing
The Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam is now being delivered via computer-based testing and is available year round instead of just two times per year.  Please encourage all young engineers to register online and take the FE exam - they don't need to wait for April or October any more.  For more information and to register, go to http://www.ncees.org

TBPE continues to offer ethics outreach presentations both in person and in a webinar format for the convenience of our licensees.   The free webinars have been so well received that we are now adding additional events as needed.  
Online Ethics Webinars:  The next ethics webinars are March 6, 2015, June 4, 2015 and September 2, 2015.  Each event is limited to 1,000 attendees.  Registration links for all webinars are posted at:  http://engineers.texas.gov/webinar one month prior to each event.

Congratulations to newly elevated Central Texas Section Members
The following Central Texas Section members were elevated to Senior Member at the A&A Review Panel meeting that was held on 22 November in New Brunswick, NJ: Jeffrey Achtermann, Qusi Alqarqaz, Semih Aslan, James Austin, Benjamin Barlin, Jeffrey Christensen, Jonathan Dezelle, Savithra Eratne, Takao Inoue, Curt Kamstedt, Eugene Preston, Ravi Singh, David Wright and Chick Wilson.

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Call for Volunteers

FIRST ROBOTICS SEEKING 150 VOLUNTEERS
Consider giving time to volunteer at an upcoming FIRST LEGO League event! We are seeking volunteers for events on January 31st. Interested? Contact Noah Bickford for more information.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: AUSTIN ENERGY REGIONAL SCIENCE FESTIVAL - Feb. 19
The Austin Energy Regional Science Festival is seeking volunteers for one of Texas’ largest regional science fairs with almost 3,000 students from 3rd through 12th grade. It encourages and rewards innovative student research and provides scientists, engineers and other professionals a chance to volunteer in the community.

Continuing Education

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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.

Computer Society Webinars
Register now for our latest free live technical webinars. Or check out our past webinars at your convenience.  See this site  for more information. 

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. 

ComSoc Training
See this calendar  for a list of upcoming courses. 

Other learning opportunities
IEEE e-Learning Library
IEEE Online Education Portal
IEEE-USA Webinars (attendees can earn professional development hours -- PDHs)
CodeAcademy
Learn to code interactively for free

Corsea.org
A web site that provides an aggregate of university course offerings. Their tag line is "Take the World's Best Courses, Online, For Free." They have 16 course categories, most in technology areas from 16 major universities. 

MIT Open Courseware
MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW) is a web-based publication of virtually all MIT course content. OCW is open and available to the world and is a permanent MIT activity. More can be learned here.

Saylor.org: Free Education
The tag line of the Saylor website is "Harnessing Technology to Make Education Free." Although Saylor.org does not grant degrees, students can download a certificate of completion for successfully passing the exam at the end of each course. There are thirteen areas of study that visitors can choose to explore, including Computer Science, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Mechanical Engineering.

University of Texas Professional Development
UT Center for Lifelong Education provides several courses (these are NOT free). The list can be found here.

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Career

Articles of possible interest
CTS Job listing
The Central Texas Section receives job postings from time to time. These are posted on the Section Web site. If you have a job to post to the site, send the information to cts-webmaster@ieee.org

IEEE ResumeLab
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.

The IEEE Job Site
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.

The IEEE-USA Career Manager 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


Some Perspectives on Engineering

Some people think studying other people work will help you succeed in yours, others think innovation and thinking outside the box is what they need to succeed.  Gary Kildall, an electrical engineer tweeted few weeks ago in in the IEEE@IEEE.org twitter that knowing the work of others helps push your own work forward and we need to study people’s work, their approaches to problem solving and tools they used give a fresh way to look at your own work.  That is in other words, working inside the box.  In my view, there are no rules of what to do. When it comes to daily responsibilities, it can be a response to a past learning involvement from your previous jobs or first boss and I think first boss teachings are vital in shaping your career.  It’s either the boss or any other engineer you worked with and learned from.  During the first few years of my career, I was blessed to report equally in engineering and management to Mr. Avdos, a genius engineer and planner from Greece.   I met John during the summer of 1988, when I was a senior in college and worked for him during the first 5 years. From John I learned the most valuable lesson; thinking that we should do the work as we have always learned and continuously did as no better effective method will do well; can discourage creatively wellness. Creative works always start by looking for different perspectives of execution the work, generating multiple flexible thoughts,  develop and elaborate these ideas and incorporate any chances of failures and success then pick the idea that no one else had picked it before.

During my first business, I spent the first few years looking for different ideas and different aspects of doing my work differently. I never had a super genius way of doing the work, but the amount of good ideas I had helped me to win many new clients and projects for many years. Some of the different ideas I had incorporated in my first business were applying ISO quality system to my company where no one else had started doing so, distinguished logo and many other small ideas.  I admit some of these ideas were costly for small business like mine, but at the end, I have learned a lot from generating and applying these ideas to my business. That is what it is all about, learning. I always believed that nothing is impossible. Nothing should stop us from break the box and go as far as we can.

Albert Einstein said once: “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” And always I thought nothing is miracle.



Tips, Tools and Gadgets

We all have to replace our home computers from time to time. Regardless of how well they are working, we are eventually faced with the need for more modern hardware. While most of those reading this are familiar with computer hardware, we may have friends and family that are not so savy. I came across this site recently that may be of assistance - http://www.howtoreplaceyourpc.com

The site takes the potential buyer through the selection process, providing an explanation for the options and letting the user decide what kind of a new system that they need.

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. 

John Purvis III P.E.
john.purvis@ieee.org
http://johnpurvis.wordpress.com
IEEE Senior Member, Past Section Chair, Analog Editor


Student Branches and Activities


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

Texas State University - San Marcos
Faculty Adviser: Larry Larson, email: Larry.Larson@txstate.edu
Branch Chair: Kyle Paul, email: kp1352@txstate.edu
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TXST.IEEE

Trinity University - San Antonio
Faculty Adviser: Farzan Aminian, email: faminian@trinity.edu
Branch Chair: Niti Nararidh, email: nnararid@trinity.edu
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/TrinityIEEE

University of Texas at Austin (http://ieee.ece.utexas.edu/)
Faculty Adviser: Sriram Vishwanath, email: sriram@ece.utexas.edu
Branch Chair: Josh Frazor, email: chair@ieee.ece.utexas.edu
Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/ieeeut

University of Texas at San Antonio (http://ieeeutsa.com/)
Faculty Co-Adviser: Paul Morton, email: PaulMorton@utsa.edu
Faculty Co-Adviser: Lars Hansen, email: Lars.Hansen@utsa.edu
Branch Chair: Patrick Stockton, email: pstockton@ieee.org
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ieeeutsa

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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: The Bridge - IEEE-Eta Kappa Nu (IEEE-HKN)'s signature publication, an interactive digital magazine published three times a year.

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


Other Region 5 Section Newsletters



Conferences, Meetings and Events

Local IEEE Conferences, Events or Workshops

  • January 6, 2015: Chapter Officers' Training session
    More details and RSVP here: https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/30871

  • March 31-April 1, 2015: 2015 IEEE Workshop on Silicon Errors in Logic – System Effects (SELSE 2015) Website: http://www.selse.org
     
    NOTE TO AUTHORS:  Paper submission deadlines are earlier than for previous SELSE workshops.
     
    Important dates:
    ·         Register an abstract: December 8, 2014
    ·         Paper submission: December 15, 2014
    ·         Authors notification: January 30, 2015
    ·         Camera-ready submission: February 18, 2015
     
    The growing complexity and shrinking geometries of modern manufacturing technologies are making high-density, low-voltage devices increasingly susceptible to the influences of electrical noise, process variation, transistor aging, and the effects of natural radiation. The system-level impact of these errors can be far-reaching. Growing concern about intermittent errors, unstable storage cells, and the effects of aging are influencing system design and failures in memories account for a significant fraction of costly product returns. Emerging logic and memory device technologies introduce several reliability challenges that need to be addressed to make these technologies viable. Finally, reliability is a key issue for large-scale systems, such as those in data centers. The SELSE workshop provides a forum for discussion of current research and practice in system-level error management. Participants from industry and academia explore both current technologies and future research directions (including nanotechnology). SELSE is soliciting papers that address the system-level effects of errors from a variety of perspectives: architectural, logical, circuit-level, and semiconductor processes. Case studies are also solicited.
     
    Key areas of interest are (but not limited to):
    •             Technology trends and the impact on error rates.
    •             New error mitigation techniques.
    •             Characterizing the overhead and design complexity of error mitigation techniques.
    •             Case studies describing the tradeoffs analysis for reliable systems.
    •             Experimental silicon failure data.
    •             System-level models: derating factors and validation of error models.
    •             Error handling protocols (higher-level protocols for robust system design).
    •             Characterization of reliability of systems deployed in the field and mitigation of issues.
     
    Authors are requested to register to submit a paper by December 8th, 2014 and to submit their paper for review by December 15th 2014. Papers will be considered for both oral and poster presentation, and all accepted submissions will be distributed to SELSE participants. Authors will be notified by January 30th, 2015. Final papers are due on February 18th, 2015.
     
    Additional information and guidelines for submission are available at http://www.selse.org.  Submissions and final papers should be in PDF following IEEE two-column conference proceedings format that does not exceed six printed pages. Papers are not made available through IEEE, and authors retain the copyright of their work. Authors may optionally choose to make their presentations available online at the workshop web site.

  • April 18-19, 2015: 2015 IEEE Region 5 Conference
    InterContinental New Orleans
    444 St. Charles Ave
    New Orleans, LA
    http://www.r5conferences.org

  • May 17-20, 2015: 2015 10th System of Systems Engineering Conference (SoSE)
    Hilton Palacio del Rio
    San Antonio, TX, USA
    Full Paper Submission deadline: 01 Feb 2015
    Final submission deadline: 20 Apr 2015
    Notification of acceptance date: 12 Mar 2015
    http://sosengineering.org/2015/

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

  • May 31 thru June 4, 2015: 2015 IEEE 26th Symposium on Fusion Engineering (SOFE)
    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 

  • 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
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.

January 10, 2015: Data Day Texas
The event will be held on Saturday, January 10, 2015 at the AT&T Conference Center.
http://data-day-texas-2015.eventbrite.com/

January 12, 2015: Pentesting 101 with Trey Blalock
GeekAustin (Official)
Monday, January 12, 2015 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM (CST)
This course is a deep-dive into the latest techniques for penetration testing from a practitioner who has been at the forefront for 15+ years.
https://pentesting-101-austin.eventbrite.com

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

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/.

TryEngineering.org

IEEE’s online engineering education resource for pre-university educators, parents and students, is now available in a new mobile-friendly format.  Visitors can now access the TryEngineering content they love, anywhere, any time on virtually any device including desktops, tablets and smart phones.

Starry Sky Austin

Starry Sky Austin is an educational astronomy program for all. The mission of Starry Sky Austin is to share the enthusiasm and knowledge of the universe with others and in doing so, bring about a sense of wonder and appreciation for our universe. Starry Sky Austin offers programming, stargazing classes, Girl Scout badges, and other exciting ways to get everyone curious about astronomy through an informal approach.

CODE@TACC  
The mission of the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC), at the University of Texas at Austin, is to enable discoveries that advance science and society through the application of advanced computing technologies. TACC offers STEM programming for students of all ages, building the pipeline for the next generation of innovators. CODE@TACC (Jr. SCI) is a two-week, summer program that exposes rising high school juniors and seniors to a variety of STEM careers by teaching the principles of high performance computing. TACC's K-12 Education Programs Coordinator and FabFem, Mariel Robles, is passionate about increasing the understanding and appreciation of STEM careers as well as promoting gender equity and minority participation in science and engineering. Applications for CODE@TACC open Winter 2015. Stay connected to TACC through Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

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 here.  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 here

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

The Central Texas Section Chapters
AP Antennas and Propagation Society
CAS Circuits and Systems Society
CEDA Council on Electronic Design Automation
COM Communications Society - Austin | San Antonio
CN Consultant's Network
CPMT Components, Packaging, and Manufacturing Technology Society
C Computer Society - Austin | San Antonio
ED Electron Devices Society
E Education Society
EMB Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
EMC Electromagnetic Compatibility Society
GOLD GOLD has been rebranded as the Young Professionals
IA Industry Applications Society
IE Industrial Electronics Society
IM Instrumentation and Measurement Society
PHO Photonics Society
LM Life Members - Austin | San Antonio
MTT Microwave Theory and Techniques Society
PEL Power Electronics Society
PE Power & Energy Society - Austin | San Antonio
PSE Product Safety Engineering Society
SMC Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Society
SP Signal Processing Society - Austin | San Antonio
SSC Solid-State Circuits Society
TMC Technology Management Council - Austin | San Antonio
WIE Women in Engineering
YP
Young Professionals

Antennas & Propagation/Microwave Theory and Techniques (AP/MTT)

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Council on Electronic Design Automation (CEDA)

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Topic/Title

Tackling Variability Challenges in VLSI Circuits

Speaker

Mingoo Seok of University of Pennsylvania
Mingoo Seok is an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering at Columbia University since 2012. He received the BS (with summa cum laude) in electrical engineering from Seoul National University, South Korea, in 2005, and the MS and PhD degree from University of Michigan in 2007 and 2011, respectively, all in electrical engineering. He has spent about a year as a member of technical staff in the Systems and Applications R&D Center of Texas Instruments, Dallas. His research interests include variation-tolerant and low-power VLSI circuits, ultra-low-power SoC for emerging embedded systems such as biomedical devices, brain-computer interface, and Internet of Things, machine-learning accelerator architecture, and non-conventional computing devices. He received 1999 Distinguished Undergraduate Scholarship from the Korea Foundation for Advanced Studies, 2005 Doctoral Fellowship from the same organization, and 2008 Rackham Pre-Doctoral Fellowship from University of Michigan. He also won 2009 AMD/CICC Scholarship Award for picowatt voltage reference work and 2009 DAC/ISSCC Design Contest for the 35pW sensor platform design (a.k.a. Phoenix Processor). He holds one issued international patent and three pending patents. He has served as an associate editor for IEEE Transaction on Circuits and Systems I.

Abstract

In this talk, we will discuss variability challenges in VLSI design and our recent research efforts on variation-tolerant design techniques. Variability in circuit delay, chip temperature, and transistor aging have imposed a large amount of pessimistic margins in frequency, voltage, and device size, which has severely undermined gains from various boundary-pushing efforts. We will present (1) a low-overhead, in-situ, within-a-cycle error detection and correction technique that can operate at near/sub-threshold voltage, (2) ultra-compact thermal sensor circuits enabling 10X denser on-chip thermal sensing, (3) self-testing circuits and frameworks for in-field & in-situ aging monitoring in pipeline and SRAM register files. Several test chip measurement results will be presented.

Date/Time

 January 9th from 11:45AM to 1:00PM

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Please RSVP at the vTools link below so we know how much food to order.  We will have catered pizza and water.  Networking starts at 11:45AM and the talk will start at about noon.
https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/meeting_view/list_meeting/30937

Location

ACES (or POB) 2.402
201 East 24th St
Austin,  Texas 78712

Notes

Joint meeting with CAS/SSC Societies


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 (CAS/SSC)

Chapter Web Site


Topic/Title

Tackling Variability Challenges in VLSI Circuits

Speaker

Mingoo Seok of University of Pennsylvania
Mingoo Seok is an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering at Columbia University since 2012. He received the BS (with summa cum laude) in electrical engineering from Seoul National University, South Korea, in 2005, and the MS and PhD degree from University of Michigan in 2007 and 2011, respectively, all in electrical engineering. He has spent about a year as a member of technical staff in the Systems and Applications R&D Center of Texas Instruments, Dallas. His research interests include variation-tolerant and low-power VLSI circuits, ultra-low-power SoC for emerging embedded systems such as biomedical devices, brain-computer interface, and Internet of Things, machine-learning accelerator architecture, and non-conventional computing devices. He received 1999 Distinguished Undergraduate Scholarship from the Korea Foundation for Advanced Studies, 2005 Doctoral Fellowship from the same organization, and 2008 Rackham Pre-Doctoral Fellowship from University of Michigan. He also won 2009 AMD/CICC Scholarship Award for picowatt voltage reference work and 2009 DAC/ISSCC Design Contest for the 35pW sensor platform design (a.k.a. Phoenix Processor). He holds one issued international patent and three pending patents. He has served as an associate editor for IEEE Transaction on Circuits and Systems I.

Abstract

In this talk, we will discuss variability challenges in VLSI design and our recent research efforts on variation-tolerant design techniques. Variability in circuit delay, chip temperature, and transistor aging have imposed a large amount of pessimistic margins in frequency, voltage, and device size, which has severely undermined gains from various boundary-pushing efforts. We will present (1) a low-overhead, in-situ, within-a-cycle error detection and correction technique that can operate at near/sub-threshold voltage, (2) ultra-compact thermal sensor circuits enabling 10X denser on-chip thermal sensing, (3) self-testing circuits and frameworks for in-field & in-situ aging monitoring in pipeline and SRAM register files. Several test chip measurement results will be presented.

Date/Time

 January 9th from 11:45AM to 1:00PM

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Reservations

Please RSVP at the vTools link below so we know how much food to order.  We will have catered pizza and water.  Networking starts at 11:45AM and the talk will start at about noon.
https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/meeting_view/list_meeting/30937

Location

ACES (or POB) 2.402
201 East 24th St
Austin,  Texas 78712

Notes

Joint meeting with ECDA

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)

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Computer Society (C)

Austin Chapter Web site

Topic/Title Meters to Models: Using Residential Smart Meter Data to Predict and Control Home Energy Usage
Speaker Krystian Perez, University of Texas at Austin
Krystian Perez is a PhD student in chemical engineering at the University of Texas at Austin working under Drs. Edgar and Baldea. He earned his B.S. degree in chemical engineering from Brigham Young University in Utah. He is interested in developing residential neighborhood models based on the human activity patterns, weather trends and first principles of an individual home. From this model he would like to determine the most efficient means to control electric loads, use alternative energy sources (e.g. photovoltaics) and energy storage devices (e.g. thermal storage tanks) to mitigate peak energy demand at the level of an entire residential community. He has worked with smart meter data from Pecan Street Research Institute.
Abstract Access to smart meter data in the United States presents an opportunity to better understand residential energy consumption and energy-related behaviors. Air-conditioning (A/C) use, in particular, is a highly variable and significant contributor to residential energy demand. Most current building simulation software tools require intricate detail and training to accurately model A/C use within an actual house. However, integrating existing modeling software and empirical data has the potential to create highly portable and accurate models. Reduced-order models (ROM) are low-dimensional approximations of more complex models that use only the most impactful variables. In this paper, we report on the development of ROMs for 41 physical houses in Austin, Texas, using smart meter data. These models require outdoor dry bulb temperature, thermostat set points and A/C energy use data to regress model coefficients. A non-intrusive load monitoring technique is used to disaggregate A/C electricity consumption from whole-house electricity data reported by smart meters. Thermostat set points are provided by smart thermostats. Once trained, the models can use thermostat set points and dry bulb temperatures to predict A/C loads. The ROMs are used to evaluate the potential of automated thermostat control to reduce the aggregate peak demand. A centralized model predictive controller reduces the aggregate peak load by adjusting the thermostat set points to pre-cool houses and staggers the time A/C units turn on.
Date/Time January 19, 2015,  6:00-7:30pm
Location National Instruments, Building C 1S13, 11500 N Mopac Expwy, Austin, TX 78759
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Reservations https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/31209
Notes
Joint meeting with Instrumentation and Measurement Society, Austin ComSoc Society and Austin PE/PEL/IA/IE Societies

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San Antonio Chapter Web Site

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Central Texas Consultants Network Affinity Group

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Topic/Title 3D Printing & Industrial Design
Speaker Matt Fiedler
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Date/Time January 28,  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
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Do a friend a favor. Bring your colleagues to grow the Consultants Network.

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EducationSociety (E)

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Electromagnetic Compatibility Society (EMC)

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TBA

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Jim Drewniak

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015, 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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See the EMC Society Chapter web site at http://sites.ieee.org/ctx-emcs/ for more information and directions. This meeting is open to the public.

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Electron Devices Society (ED)

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Engineering in Medicine and Biology (EMB)

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Young Professionals (YP/GOLD) Affinity Group

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Instrumentation and Measurement Society (IM)

Topic/Title Meters to Models: Using Residential Smart Meter Data to Predict and Control Home Energy Usage
Speaker Krystian Perez, University of Texas at Austin
Krystian Perez is a PhD student in chemical engineering at the University of Texas at Austin working under Drs. Edgar and Baldea. He earned his B.S. degree in chemical engineering from Brigham Young University in Utah. He is interested in developing residential neighborhood models based on the human activity patterns, weather trends and first principles of an individual home. From this model he would like to determine the most efficient means to control electric loads, use alternative energy sources (e.g. photovoltaics) and energy storage devices (e.g. thermal storage tanks) to mitigate peak energy demand at the level of an entire residential community. He has worked with smart meter data from Pecan Street Research Institute.
Abstract Access to smart meter data in the United States presents an opportunity to better understand residential energy consumption and energy-related behaviors. Air-conditioning (A/C) use, in particular, is a highly variable and significant contributor to residential energy demand. Most current building simulation software tools require intricate detail and training to accurately model A/C use within an actual house. However, integrating existing modeling software and empirical data has the potential to create highly portable and accurate models. Reduced-order models (ROM) are low-dimensional approximations of more complex models that use only the most impactful variables. In this paper, we report on the development of ROMs for 41 physical houses in Austin, Texas, using smart meter data. These models require outdoor dry bulb temperature, thermostat set points and A/C energy use data to regress model coefficients. A non-intrusive load monitoring technique is used to disaggregate A/C electricity consumption from whole-house electricity data reported by smart meters. Thermostat set points are provided by smart thermostats. Once trained, the models can use thermostat set points and dry bulb temperatures to predict A/C loads. The ROMs are used to evaluate the potential of automated thermostat control to reduce the aggregate peak demand. A centralized model predictive controller reduces the aggregate peak load by adjusting the thermostat set points to pre-cool houses and staggers the time A/C units turn on.
Date/Time January 19, 2015,  6:00-7:30pm
Location National Instruments, Building C 1S13, 11500 N Mopac Expwy, Austin, TX 78759
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Reservations https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/31209
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Joint meeting with Austin Computer Society, Austin ComSoc Society and Austin PE/PEL/IA/IE Societies


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Photonics Society (PHO)

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.

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Austin

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For information email Tom Grim

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San Antonio

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Power and Energy Society - Austin (PE/PEL/IA/IE)

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Topic/Title Meters to Models: Using Residential Smart Meter Data to Predict and Control Home Energy Usage
Speaker Krystian Perez, University of Texas at Austin
Krystian Perez is a PhD student in chemical engineering at the University of Texas at Austin working under Drs. Edgar and Baldea. He earned his B.S. degree in chemical engineering from Brigham Young University in Utah. He is interested in developing residential neighborhood models based on the human activity patterns, weather trends and first principles of an individual home. From this model he would like to determine the most efficient means to control electric loads, use alternative energy sources (e.g. photovoltaics) and energy storage devices (e.g. thermal storage tanks) to mitigate peak energy demand at the level of an entire residential community. He has worked with smart meter data from Pecan Street Research Institute.
Abstract Access to smart meter data in the United States presents an opportunity to better understand residential energy consumption and energy-related behaviors. Air-conditioning (A/C) use, in particular, is a highly variable and significant contributor to residential energy demand. Most current building simulation software tools require intricate detail and training to accurately model A/C use within an actual house. However, integrating existing modeling software and empirical data has the potential to create highly portable and accurate models. Reduced-order models (ROM) are low-dimensional approximations of more complex models that use only the most impactful variables. In this paper, we report on the development of ROMs for 41 physical houses in Austin, Texas, using smart meter data. These models require outdoor dry bulb temperature, thermostat set points and A/C energy use data to regress model coefficients. A non-intrusive load monitoring technique is used to disaggregate A/C electricity consumption from whole-house electricity data reported by smart meters. Thermostat set points are provided by smart thermostats. Once trained, the models can use thermostat set points and dry bulb temperatures to predict A/C loads. The ROMs are used to evaluate the potential of automated thermostat control to reduce the aggregate peak demand. A centralized model predictive controller reduces the aggregate peak load by adjusting the thermostat set points to pre-cool houses and staggers the time A/C units turn on.
Date/Time January 19, 2015,  6:00-7:30pm
Location National Instruments, Building C 1S13, 11500 N Mopac Expwy, Austin, TX 78759
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Reservations https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/31209
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Joint meeting with Instrumentation and Measurement Society, Austin ComSoc Society and Austin Computer Society


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Exothermic Welding

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Dave Dixon,

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January 27, 2015
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

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If you plan on attending, please RSVP by sending an e-mail to ieee.pi2.austin@zxtech.net.
  • 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

Location

El Gallo Mexican Restaurant, 512-444-2205
2910 S Congress
Austin, Texas

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Power and Energy Society - San Antonio (PE)

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Product Safety Engineering Society (PSE)

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Joint Signal Processing/Communications Society (COM/SP)

Austin Chapter Web Site

Topic/Title Meters to Models: Using Residential Smart Meter Data to Predict and Control Home Energy Usage
Speaker Krystian Perez, University of Texas at Austin
Krystian Perez is a PhD student in chemical engineering at the University of Texas at Austin working under Drs. Edgar and Baldea. He earned his B.S. degree in chemical engineering from Brigham Young University in Utah. He is interested in developing residential neighborhood models based on the human activity patterns, weather trends and first principles of an individual home. From this model he would like to determine the most efficient means to control electric loads, use alternative energy sources (e.g. photovoltaics) and energy storage devices (e.g. thermal storage tanks) to mitigate peak energy demand at the level of an entire residential community. He has worked with smart meter data from Pecan Street Research Institute.
Abstract Access to smart meter data in the United States presents an opportunity to better understand residential energy consumption and energy-related behaviors. Air-conditioning (A/C) use, in particular, is a highly variable and significant contributor to residential energy demand. Most current building simulation software tools require intricate detail and training to accurately model A/C use within an actual house. However, integrating existing modeling software and empirical data has the potential to create highly portable and accurate models. Reduced-order models (ROM) are low-dimensional approximations of more complex models that use only the most impactful variables. In this paper, we report on the development of ROMs for 41 physical houses in Austin, Texas, using smart meter data. These models require outdoor dry bulb temperature, thermostat set points and A/C energy use data to regress model coefficients. A non-intrusive load monitoring technique is used to disaggregate A/C electricity consumption from whole-house electricity data reported by smart meters. Thermostat set points are provided by smart thermostats. Once trained, the models can use thermostat set points and dry bulb temperatures to predict A/C loads. The ROMs are used to evaluate the potential of automated thermostat control to reduce the aggregate peak demand. A centralized model predictive controller reduces the aggregate peak load by adjusting the thermostat set points to pre-cool houses and staggers the time A/C units turn on.
Date/Time January 19, 2015,  6:00-7:30pm
Location National Instruments, Building C 1S13, 11500 N Mopac Expwy, Austin, TX 78759
Cost
Reservations https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/31209
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Joint meeting with Instrumentation and Measurement Society,  Austin PE/PEL/IA/IE Societies and Austin Computer Society

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San Antonio Chapter Web Site

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Systems, Man & Cybernetics Society (SMC)

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

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Technology Management Council (TMC)

Austin Chapter Web Site

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

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San Antonio Chapter Web Site


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Women in Engineering Affinity Group (WIE)

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Contact Leslie Martinich (lmartinich@ieee.org) for more information about WIE.

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