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

The last weekend of January the CTS Section and Chapter Officers met at Texas State University for the semi-annual Section Executive Committee meeting. About 40 chapter and student branch officers reported on the 2014 activities of their chapters and their plans for 2015. It was great hearing about all the different types of plans that the chapter leaders have for 2015.

Speaking of Texas State University, on behalf of the entire IEEE Central Texas Section, we would like to thank the University and the Texas State IEEE Student Branch for hosting the Central Texas Future City Competition on January 17, 2015. It was a great event and the 7th and 8th grade students all did an excellent job on their projects.

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 http://www.ieee.org/renew  NOW and find out or simply call 800 678-4333.

Renew NOW to avoid loss of any of your IEEE benefits.

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.
Opportunity to make a difference as an Engineer!
As an IEEE member, or simply as an Engineer, we get the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of future engineers AND have some fun at the same time!  See the CTS web site or the URLs below for additional details on the listed opportunities.

Science Fair Judge – Yes Science Fair season is in full swing.  There are a number of science and engineering focused schools in the CTS area that host Science Fairs each year beginning in the fall.  Commitments are typically a half day.  Below are those upcoming Science Fairs known to the CTS. Find a time, register, and go make a difference in the next generation of engineers!
IEEE Professional Development Webinars
The IEEE Young Professional Program regularly invites IEEE members to attend quarterly Professional Development Webinars. 

These webinars cover many of the important targeted to the young professional member.  Past topics include Project Management, Engineering for Change, and Scientific writing, to name a few.  Past Webinars have been recorded and are ready for viewing at any time through your MyIEEE account.

Go to Young Professional Webinars for a list of past webinars and for a schedule of what’s to come.
Did you know about IEEE – IEEE.tv
Made possible by the members of IEEE, IEEE.tv is an award-winning Internet-based television network.  IEEE members produce and deliver special-interest programming about technology and engineering for the benefit of IEEE’s member and the general public.

IEEE.tv Public Access is free to the general public, and made possible by IEEE members and select industry-sponsors.

IEEE members log in to access special members-only programs and site features including download and program transcripts.

Check it out at: http://ieeetv.ieee.org

A GREAT HAVE TO SEE 7 minute video that defines the difference we make as IEEE members here.

Joe Redfield
CTS Membership Development Chair
J.Redfield@ieee.org
210-744-2968

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News of Interest to the Section

International Engineers Week February 22-28, 2015

Congratulations to Devon Ryan

Congratulations to CTS Young Professissionals Chair Devon Ryan on being elected to the IEEE-USA Board as the 2015 Young Professionals Representative.
Want to Volunteer With IEEE? This Training Program Can Help Get You Started
Workshops help volunteers find their best fit within the organization
IEEE-USA's Free February E-Book Explores Work-Life Balance
“Work-life balance is a state of control, achievement and satisfaction in your life,” Hutcheson says. “It means you have a sense of being able to make choices that fit for you, given your current situation and your goals. It also means that you align your choices with those things that are important to you in life, so that you are able to enjoy a sense of satisfaction from the choices you have made.”

Hutcheson gives a few examples of what it means to struggle with balancing those things we are committed to doing, the things we are obligated to do and the things we really want to do. She asks the reader “How balanced are you?” and includes a “Work-Life Balance Check-Up” chart.

Once completed, you will have a better understanding of your work-life balance issues. Hutcheson shares that, even if you are generally well-balanced in your life, “it is up to you to decide just which of the choices you are making are contributing to the goal of having a sense of control, achievement or satisfaction.”

“Work-Life Balance: Book 1” can be downloaded here for free to IEEE members. The price is $5.99 for non-members.

Austin Projected for Huge Population Growth
The Austin populations is expected to grow by more that 30% over the next 15 years. Read more . . .

Two Austin companies named to Forbes List of 100 Most Promising Companies
Q1 Media Inc., an Austin-based developer of web publishing platforms, was ranked the No. 50 most-promising company. While Phunware Inc., an Austin-based mobile-app developer that claims huge clients such as NASCAR and NBC, was ranked No. 58. Read more . . .

Austin Ranked in Top 300 Metropolitan Economies
the 2014 edition of Brookings' Global MetroMonitor, ranks the economic performance of the world's 300 largest metropolitan economies. Released January 22, the report said Austin had the 38th fastest growing economy in the world in 2013 and 2014. Read more . . .

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Call for Volunteers

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.
Volunteers Needed for Central Texas First
Central Texas FIRST is seeking volunteers and judges for their upcoming FIRST Lego League (FLL) Qualifying Tournaments! Are you or your company interested? Contact Them Today!

Central Texas First Lego League (FLL)
An event like the Invitational is a huge deal, not just speaking figuratively. Really, it's BIG. So big in fact, that it takes months of preparation and more than 200 adult volunteers to make it come to life. Today, Central Texas FLL still needs 150 volunteers like you to join us in making this year the best ever. Please invite your friends and family to volunteer with you and enjoy the tournament. We have volunteer roles for all ages!  Sign up to tell us how you want to join in the action!

Our volunteers come back year after year because of how fun and exciting FLL is. We hope you'll join us- whether as a veteran or a brand new volunteer. Be a part of this transformational program, which makes science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) as fun for kids as sports!
 
WHEN: Saturday, March 7, 2015
CHECK IN: 7:00 AM
WHERE: Connally High School | 13212 N. Lamar Blvd. Austin, TX 78753
VOLUNTEER POSITIONS: Judges, set up, breakdown, team queuers, and table resetters are just a few of the positions available. Visit our volunteer role descriptions to see what each role entails.

VOLUNTEER ORIENTATION & JUDGING TRAINING WEBINAR
All volunteers are required to participate in an orientation and training webinar.  Please follow the link below to RSVP.

WHEN: Wednesday, March 4 | 6:00 - 7:00 PM
RSVP: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5589868001566233602

Continuing Education


IEEE Provided
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)

Other Sources
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


Brief Report "Advancement in WiFi/Cellular IT Infrastructure at GLOBECOM 2014"

IEEE GLOBECOM 2014 conference was just held in Austin December 8-12, 2014. The Mayor of the City of Austin has declared that week to be IEEE Week for Austin. Over 2400 attendees from over 30 countries. Mr. John Donovan, the General Chair of the conference has introduced all officials at the plenary on Tuesday morning December 9. The president of Austin Chamber of Commerce gave the opening remarks followed by the presidents of IEEE and IEEE Communications Society. Program Chair was Ted Rappaport and Executive Chair was Scott Atkinson.

One of the key objectives of the organizing committee is to provide attendees with enriching experience through strong and sustainable wireless signal and coverage at all meeting facilities, common areas and guest rooms.

The preparation and complexity related to GLOBECOM 2014 IT Infrastructure took approximately 2 years.  Fawzi Behmann, the Local Arrangement & Marketing Chair for GLOBECOM 2014 formed and led a 26 committee members consists of IT senior staff from AT&T, Hilton, and IEEE. The committee members have worked diligently spanning 10 meetings. The milestones of the work were:
  • Conduct on-site feasibility assessment (Q3, 2013) identifying:
  • Test the upgraded infrastructure against SXSW event (Q1, 2014)
  • Address other remaining items such as one level authentication, security branding and reliability (Oct., 2014).
This is the first time for GLOBECOM exhibiting a state of the art WiFi/Cellular IT infrastructure spanning the conference meeting areas, common areas, lobby and guest rooms at Hilton for a sustainable signal and coverage. Over 3,100 client devices used the WiFi/Cellular network with intensive usage (180 Mbps bandwidth), which is equivalent to 7,500 client devices used during SxSW, a major event held during March 2014.  This comparison shows that GLOBECOM 2014 attendees are more savvy and heavy user of the network. The infrastructure handled easily the intensive concurrent download of conference proceedings.
Contributed by Fawi Behmann
Austin Com/Soc and Austin Computer Societies Chair

Some Perspectives on Engineering

Some Engineering Aspects on Air Field Lighting
We see them all the time while setting in the Airplane or driving by the Airport runway. Air field lighting, many bright lights beautifying the airfield and I am pleased to talk about this great part of engineering.

Airfield Field Lighting was used for the first time late 1920 and developed significantly to high technology LED lighting. Even if the technology is considered low to other high tech automatic landing systems and other complicated aircraft systems, it is always considered a major safety feature.
 
The lighting pattern of the Air Field Lighting confirms the correct approach angle and safe landing.  The Airfield Lighting system comprises of white approach lights installed and extended at least 2000 feet outside the runway, green threshold lights to show the start of the landing area, white / yellow runway edge, white red runway center lights, red runway end, green Taxiway, and blue Taxiway Edge lights.

Airfield lighting control & monitoring System is used to control and monitor all Airfield Lighting, monitor their status and provide the appropriate feedback to the operator and maintenance staff. Another major trend for airfield lighting is the increasing emphasis on becoming greener, with several airport start using LED lights to drastically reduce energy consumption. LED airfield lighting is increasingly used at airports in the United States as part of the green solutions portfolio. However, implementing LED is not as simple as unscrewing one light bulb and replacing it with another. It does require a lot of research.

 Air filed lighting engineers are highly required all over the world and for those who are interested; I recommend some training on airfield circuit theory and operation covers airfield lighting product specifications used by various organizations (FAA /ICAO), Constant Current Regulator (CCR) or a Switchgears Regulator System (SGRS), the operational theory of airfield series circuits and the operational differences between airfield incandescent and LED lighting. ADB , and Crouse-Hinds of Cooper Industries   are the world's leading airfield lighting Technology Companies in the FAA and ICAO markets and offer many training courses and information about this great field of engineering.
 
I have personally been involved with air field systems design and installation as a contractor and engineer managing the installation and commissioning of many airfield lighting systems for many years and found it a great field of electrical engineering and a career that does not required local experience. Airfield lighting is the same throughout the world.  So next time you’re on a flight, think of this filed.
Contributed by Qusi Alqarqaz
http://qusialqarqaz.wordpress.com
qusi.alqarqaz.us@ieee.org


IEEE Central Texas K-12 Activities

It is important that we promote our profession to the younger generation so that our country can remain  a leader in engineering and technology. At our recent planning meeting in San Marcos on January 24, 2015, we decided to form a committee to help us to plan on how our section can best contribute to this endeavor.

I thank John Purvis and Joe Redfield for announcing volunteer opportunities in “The Analog” and in the mid-month reminders. I also thank the persons who give the information to them.

I also thank all of our members who participate in many of the K-12 programs sponsored and run by other organizations; however, we are also looking for ways to increase IEEE and Central Texas Section visibility.

The committee which we want to form should be made up of regular members, student members, and educators. I would like the committee to address questions such as the following.

How can we as a section support K-12 education?

Should we have our own programs?

Should we support existing programs and, if so, which programs?

If you would like to be in this committee or would like more information, please send me an e-mail at alozano@ieee.org.  Please put IEEE K-12 in Subject Line.

I want to schedule a meeting in February with the people who respond to the article.

Contributed by Albert Lozano
k-12 Activities Committee Chair
alozano@ieee.org

Tips, Tools and Gadgets

Do you have Broadband?
On Thursday January 29, 2015 the United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC) set new standards for the classification of "broadband". To qualify as "broadband" a service provider must provide download speeds of at least 25 megabits per second (Mbps) and upload speeds of at least 3 Mbps. This was done because the FCC felt that the US was not keeping up with available speeds in much of the rest of the world.  By the FCC's estimates, 17% or 55 million Americans do not have access to the newly defined "broadband" capability. Are you one of the few who has "broadband" per the new standard?
 
There are many sites that you can use to test your connection. One of these is http://www.speedtest.net/, this website will test your connection (NOTE: The site does require both Flash and JavaScript). If you have an iOS device, then you can install the FCC Speed Test App from the Apple iTunes store. The App is free and runs on iOS 7.0 or later and is compatible with both the iPhone and iPad.

I used the FCC app on my iPad connected to my home network over Wi-Fi and the results were 7.61Mbps down and 1.44 Mbps up. To verify that the Wi-Fi connection was not limiting my bandwidth, I duplicated the test from my Mac Mini which has a cat 5 hard wired connection to my ATT Uverse router. I visited the SpeedTest URL mentioned above in the Google Chrome browser. That test gave nearly the same results: 7.60 Mbps down and 1.52 Mbps up.

Clearly my home internet connection is FAR from the new "broadband" standard. That hardly surprises me when the US shows up ranked number 26 on a list compiled by OOKLA of countries by network speed (the US is rated at 32.65Mbps, we are tied with Bulgaria). The speeds that I measured actually puts me with the same connectivity as Bangladesh, which is ranked number 112 on the list.

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

IEEEmadC (Mobile Applications Development Contest)
IEEEmadC (Mobile Applications Development Contest) is a new international contest organized for all IEEE student members across the globe. The main goal of the IEEEmadC is to provide additional competitive activities for students in the scope of computer science. By competing, students will focus on developing their technical, social and team skills. IEEEmadC is organized in four main stages (Education, Idea, Development and Judging stage) within six months from November 2014 until April 2015. Teams of up to three students are invited to devise and develop mobile applications that could contribute to the IEEE community or apply technology for humanity. We invite all students to participate in this contest and win attractive prizes. More info is available on our official web page: http://ieeemadc.org/ or Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/IEEEmadC.

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

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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

  • 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:
    ·        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 2-6, 2015: International Conference on Computer Aided Design (ICCAD)
    More information about the International Conference on Computer-Aided Design can be found at  https://iccad.com/

    The Call for Papers is now open and can be found at https://iccad.com/content/2015_call_for_papers

    The important dates are...

    Abstract Deadline:                             Friday, April 17, 2015
    Paper Deadline:                                  Friday, April 24, 2015
    Special Session Proposal Deadline:  Thursday, April 30, 2015
    Workshop Proposal Deadline:          Thursday, April 30, 2015
    ICCAD Conference:                           Monday-Friday, November 2-6, 2015

  • 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.


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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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Opportunities and Challenges in Human Centered Robotics

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Dr. Sentis is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. He received his Ph.D and M.S. degrees from Stanford University where he was also a Postdoctoral Fellow. He holds a B.S. (Honors Thesis) degree in Telecommunications and Electronics Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC). He worked in Silicon Valley as a Control Systems Engineer where he programmed Fanuc Robots for the Clean Room Automation Industry. In Austin, he directs the Human Centered Robotics Laboratory. He was the UT Austin's Lead for DARPA's Robotics Challenge entry with NASA Jonhnson Space Center in 2013. His research focuses on save physical human robot interaction, whole-body operational space control of human centered robots, building and controlling Series Elastic Actuators, mobile manipulation in rough terrains, and dynamic bipedal locomotion. His research has been funded by NASA, the Office of Naval Research, DARPA, the Chinese manufacturing sector and Willow Garage. He has over 50 Journal and Conference publications, gathering 1270 scientific citations, and an i­10 index factor of 19.

Dr. Fok is a research fellow working in the Human Centered Robotics Lab (HCRL) at UT Austin under the direction of Prof. Luis Sentis. He received his Ph.D. in computer science from Washington University in St. Louis in 2010 with a focus on highly adaptive middleware for wireless sensor networks. After graduating, he did a two year postdoc at UT Austin's Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering where he managed the Pharos Mobile Computing Laboratory and frequently deployed autonomous mobile robots in both indoor and outdoor environments for mobile computing and wireless networking experiments. In 2012 he joined the HCRL where he co-developed the ControlIt! whole body operational space control middleware that was used on Valkyrie, NASA JSC's first humanoid robot. ControlIt! is open-source (https://robotcontrolit.com) and may one day serve as a unifying foundation upon which whole body control strategies are implemented, tested, and deployed. In addition to working on ControlIt! and middleware in general, Dr. Fok's other research interests include cloud robotics, swarm robotics, adaptive control, sensing, cognitive decision making software, visual recognition software, real-time software, deep learning, and building robots and making them useful.

Abstract

We are currently witnessing a resurgence of interest in robotics as demonstrated by the plethora of robotics startups that are being created and initiatives like the DARPA Robotics Challenge and Amazon Picking Challenge. In this talk, I will discuss this resurgence and some its key enabling technologies that span mechatronics, to sensing, to middleware, to high-level software capabilities. I will in particular focus on the needs and technologies that enable robots to safely work in close proximity to humans like series elastic actuators and force control strategies. In addition, I will also discuss some of the on-going projects within the HCRL that relate to the design and development of state-of-the-art robots with the hope of striking collaborations and support from members of the Austin branch of IEEE CEDA.

Date/Time

February 3rd from 6:00PM to 8:30PM

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https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/meeting_view/list_meeting/31895

Location

ETC 2.136
204 East Dean Keeton St      <---Notice Different Location
Austin,  Texas

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IEEE CTS CEDA Chapter very late holiday dinner

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February 13rd from 6:00PM to 8:00PM

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10010 North Capital of Texas Highway
Austin, Texas

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Ultra low energy DSP @ City: Austin

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Wim Dehaene

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Feb 20 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

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

Notes

Joint meeting CEDA and CAS/SSC Chapters

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


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Ultra low energy DSP @ City: Austin

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Wim Dehaene

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Feb 20 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

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Location

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

Notes

Joint meeting CEDA and CAS/SSC Chapters

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 Building Chips using 3rd party IP - Plug & Play or Plug & Pray
Speaker Rajesh Raina, Manager, EDA/IP Design Technology, Freescale Semionductor
Rajesh Raina received a B.Tech in Electrical & Electronic Communications Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India in 1984. He received his MSEE from Michigan Technological University in 1986 and a PhD in EE from Duke University (N.C., USA) in 1991.
 
Rajesh has over 24 years of work experience in the area of VLSI Design and Testing, focusing on microprocessor & SOC designs. From 1991 to 1994, he worked on Alpha Microprocessors at Digital Equipment Corp. as DFT/Verification engineer.  From 1994 to 2010, Rajesh has held increasingly responsible roles at Motorola’s PowerPC Design Center and then Freescale Semiconductor, in the areas of VLSI Design, including a special assignment  in 2005 to establish a DFM team for Freescale and also Chaired the first industry-wide DFM Coalition (under Si2). Since 2010, Rajesh has served as EDA/IP Design Technology manager for Freescale.
 
Rajesh has over 50 publications & 2 patents including papers in IEEE/ACM conferences such as ITC, DAC, ICCD & VTS. Rajesh has also moderated panels and chaired sessions at the above conferences. In 1999, the President of Motorola Semiconductor Products Sector awarded Rajesh the Gold Quill award for outstanding contributions in research & education.
 
Rajesh is a member of the IEEE and IEEE Computer Society & Standards Association.
Abstract In the next Ten years, there are three trends shaping the future of people. (1) Health and Safety (2) Net Effect and (3) Going Green. Medical devices, Wearables, Automotive Electronics and Universal Connectivity, all the while being mindful of power consumption, have created an enormous demand for semiconductor chips – especially sophisticated microcontrollers. There is only one way semiconductor industry can meet the enormous demand of the coming decade – by building these large chips using pre-fabricated & pre-tested building blocks from various 3rd party suppliers. As obvious and straight-forward this strategy sounds, challenges abound.
 
This talk will provide semiconductor industry requirements from 3rd party suppliers in building next generation chips. Speaker will provide an assessment of what works and what needs to work. The talk will conclude with future opportunities and challenges in developing 10-Billion transistor chips.
Date/Time Thursday February 19, 2015
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Location AT&T Labs, Room #220, 9505 Arboretum, Austin, Texas
Cost
Reservations https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/31917
Notes
Joint meeting: Austin ComSoc and Austin Computer


Topic/Title Building Chips using 3rd party IP - Plug & Play or Plug & Pray
Speaker Koichi Asatani, IEEE Distinguished Lecturer, IEEE Fellow, IEICE Fellow, Lecture Professor, Nankai University, Tianjin, China Professor Emeritus, Kogakuin University, Tokyo, Japan
Koichi Asatani received his B.E.E.E., M.E.E.E. and Ph. D. degrees from Kyoto University in 1969, 1971 and 1974, respectively. From 1974 to 1997, Dr. Asatani was engaged in R&D on optical fiber communication systems, hi-definition video transmission systems, FTTH, ISDN, B-ISDN, ATM networks, IP Networks and their strategic planning in NTT. In 1997 he joined Kogakuin University as Professor, and in 1999 he joined, Graduate School of Global Information and Telecommunication, Waseda University as Visiting Professor, both in Tokyo, Japan. He is currently Lecture Professor, Nankai University, Tianjin, China and Professor Emeritus, Kogakuin University. He is Fellow of IEEE and Fellow of IEICE. He was appointed as Distinguished Lecturer of IEEE Communications Society for 2006-2009 and 2011-2012, 2013-2014.

He is a founder of Communications QoS, Reliability and Performance Modeling series symposium at ICCs and Globecoms.  He served as co-chair for this symposium at ICCs and Globecoms for 2002-2004.  He is Ex-Chair and Advisory Board Member of IEEE Technical Committee on Communication Quality and Reliability (CQR-TC), Feature Editor on Standards (1993-1999), Senior Technical Editor (1999-2005) of IEEE Communications Magazine. He also served as Executive Chair, ICC2011 in Kyoto. From 1988 through 2000, he served as Vice-Chairman of ITU-T SG 13 (formerly CCITT SG XVIII), responsible for digital networks including GII, IP networks, NGN and Future Networks.  He serves as Chair for National Committee on Next Generation Networks in Japan. He is also serving as Chair, R&D and Standardizations Working Group, Next Generation IP Network Promotion Forum. He is serving as IEEE Communications Society Director, Membership Programs Development for 2014-2015 term. He was also elected as a member of Board of Governor, IEICE, and Chair, IEICE Standards Activities for 2014-2016.

He has published more than fifty papers, and gave more than 120 talks including keynotes and invited talks at international conferences. He is author or co-author of nineteen books including "Designs of Telecommunication Networks"(IEICE, 1993, in Japanese), "Introductions to ATM Networks and B-ISDN)" (John Wiley and Sons, 1997), "Multimedia Communications" (Academic Press, 2001), "Introduction to Information Networks-Fundamentals of Telecom & Internet Convergence, QoS, VoIP and NGN-" (Corona-sha Publishing, in Japanese, 2007).

His current interests include Information Networks including Broadband networking, Internet Interworking, IP telephony, NGN, Future Networks and their QoS aspects.
Abstract Carrier-grade networks for the future are being developed as Next Generation Networks (NGN). The NGN is a converged solution after the legacy telecom networks by enabling QoS management and controls in IP network like in legacy telecom networks and by supporting economical, versatile multi-media applications like those on the Internet. NGN supports voice, Internet services and further services which are being and will be developed in the future with flexible and cost effective manners and with high dependability and high security. It also supports third-party applications through the open interface. NGN also provides more flexible access arrangements such as fixed-mobile convergence (FMC) with generalized mobility, and horizontal and vertical roaming as well as improved security.

The concepts and architecture of NGN are described. The current status of NGN implementation in a commercial offer in Japan is touched upon. Issues for the global evolution of NGN are also described, such as IPv6 related issues, impacts of smartphones, cloud computing, global standards and regulations.
Date/Time Monday February 23, 2015
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Location AT&T Labs, Room #220, 9505 Arboretum, Austin, Texas
Cost
Reservations https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/31915
Notes
As a part of 2015 COMSOC Distinguished Lecture Tour program, IEEE COM/SP (Austin) Chapter is pleased to invite Distinguished Lecturer Prof. Koichi Asatani from Japan

Joint meeting: Austin ComSoc and Austin Computer


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San Antonio Chapter Web Site

Topic/Title No meeting scheduled at this time
Speaker Dr. Albert Xin Jiang, of Trinity University in San Antonio
Abstract Dr. Albert Xin Jiang, of Trinity University in San Antonio, will speak about a topic in his research.
Date/Time Feb 17 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Location Room B – upstairs
Bldg: University Center
St. Mary's University
1 Camino Santa Maria
San Antonio, Texas
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Central Texas Consultants Network Affinity Group

Chapter Web Site

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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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We will discuss the results of the first year of the program "Make the World a Better Place."

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11:00 Lunch and discussion
12:30 Adjourn

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Feb 11 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Location

Bombay Bistro
4200 S. Lamar Blvd, Suite 300
Austin, Texas

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Electromagnetic Compatibility Society (EMC)

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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 Are you prepared to think about the world as an Internet of Things?
Speaker Fawzi Behmann of President, TelNet Management Consulting, Inc.
Fawzi’s focus is on the development of global strategic initiatives, products, solutions, training and support in the areas of IoT, wireless, public safety, enterprise, industrial, medical, and big data analytics. Fawzi is a recent co-author of a new book on the future of IoT “Collaborative Internet of Things for Future Smart Connected Life and Business” exploring creative examples and opportunities in a simplified and visionary approach.
Fawzi has many years of experience in global communications and networking spanning supply-chain from semiconductor, networking equipment and service providers in Canada and the US including Teleglobe, Nortel Networks, Motorola/Freescale, Power.org and others. Experience includes senior posts in corporate governance, technology assessment and positioning, strategic planning, system architecture, system solutions development, product management & marketing, and consulting services.

Fawzi is active in international forums and standards activities with ITU, ITRS and IEEE. As the GLOBECOM 2014 Local Arrangement and Marketing Chair, Fawzi led a 26-member committee in creating a sustainable Cellular/WiFi IT Infrastructure for the conference. He has written and published several white papers and has been a keynote speaker and presenter at several conferences domestically and internationally. Fawzi holds a Bachelor of Science Honors in Mathematics with Distinction from Concordia University, Masters in Computer Science from Waterloo University and an Executive MBA from Queens University in Canada. Fawzi is a recipient of the Freescale CEO Diamond Chip Award (2008), the IEEE R5 Outstanding Member Award (2013) and most recently the IEEE COMSOC president appreciation award for contribution at GLOBECOM 2014 as the local arrangement and publicity chair.
Abstract The Internet of Things, while still largely unknown amongst the general public, is expected to make a big impact in 2015. Estimates indicate that the number of connected devices will reach 4.9 billion this year, but not everyone is getting excited about this disruptive technology. However, various sources points out to 50-200 billion devices on the Internet of Things by 2020
That means things like smart locks and fridges, cooking thermometers and laundry machines. Each of these formerly “dumb” objects now connects wirelessly to a smartphone or computer, allowing for better security, more efficient usage and remote control.

As the network grows, it will allow manufacturers to accurately analyze their supply chains and equipment. Retailers will be better able to take inventory, and their consumers will make smartphone purchases without contact. The IoT is transforming industries enabling new types of services and applications, altering business models and creating new marketplaces.

This presentation will provide a quick overview on the evolution of IoT, explore future opportunities that calls for innovative approach supported by industry initiatives and standards activities. Key architecture and solution considerations will be presented including platform open source, Metcalf low, power management, security, and big data/analytics.

The presentations will conclude with a few walkthrough examples addressing smart health & fitness, smart home, smart energy, smart car, smart parking, smart public safety and smart cities.
Date/Time February 16, 2015,  6:00-7:30pm
Location National Instruments, Building C 1S13, 11500 N Mopac Expwy, Austin, TX
Cost
Reservations https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/31939  
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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.

More information on LM

Austin

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San Antonio

Topic/Title Early Bell System Patents: Background and Context
Speaker Tom O'Brien
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Date/Time February 19, 11:30 am to 1 pm
Location Lion and Rose Pub, 842 NW Loop 410 (Blanco and NW Loop(410), San Antonio, TX
Cost Pay for your own lunch
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Albert Lozano - alozano@ieee.org

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

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(PI)² elected and installed a new Chair and officers for 2015.  Joel Sandahl will Chair (PI)² for the ensuing year.  Over all this is not unusual because (PI)² always has an annual election and has had a few different presiding officers, each one different, some even twice.  (PI)² has elected PE’s, non-PE’s, men, women, and a whole collection of names.  But, as far as the record has revealed, (PI)² has never elected anyone named “Joel” before.  In honor of that exciting event, (PI)² celebrated with the following song:
 
The First Joel
 
The first Joel all of Pi-square did say
Was to certain poor tech-ies in fields where they play;
In the fields electrical, the Societies for Power,
On a cold winter’s night that he rose up to tower.
 
Refrain
 
Joel, Joel,
Joel, Joel,
Here is the Chairman that we know so well.
 
They looked and saw a star, shining far in the east,
For Joel works in China, well part time at least;
And he journeyed back to bring us his wisdom and light,
But to get here he traveled both day and by night.
 
Refrain
 
As he brings the PI-square star, to shine with energy more,
That will make us a force that they just can’t ignore;
And by the light of that same star, PI-Square will surely succeed,
As into the future we grow and exceed!
 
Refrain
 
Congratulations to Joel Sandahl and the (PI)² Chapter!  
Contributed by James Mercier, P.E., CFM

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Power and Energy Society - San Antonio (PE)

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Product Safety Engineering Society (PSE)

Chapter Web Site

Topic/Title Conversations with the Dallas Product Safety Engineering Society - Topics are to be determined during the online meeting
Speaker Representatives from both the Austin and Dallas chapters
Abstract We will be talking with the new PSES chapter in the Dallas area during our regularly scheduled meeting. Please join us for a chance to meet the new group in Dallas and find out how they formed, who's involved and how they plan to carry on as a group. Should be a lively exchange of ideas and activities.
Date/Time 7pm on Tuesday, February 17th.
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Location Dell, Parmer South Campus. For directions and other info please call or email Dale Ritzen, daler@austinmfg.com or (512) 651-5338.
Notes We meet every other month (even months) at the Dell facility.

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Joint Signal Processing/Communications Society (COM/SP)

Austin Chapter Web Site


Topic/Title Building Chips using 3rd party IP - Plug & Play or Plug & Pray
Speaker Rajesh Raina, Manager, EDA/IP Design Technology, Freescale Semionductor
Rajesh Raina received a B.Tech in Electrical & Electronic Communications Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India in 1984. He received his MSEE from Michigan Technological University in 1986 and a PhD in EE from Duke University (N.C., USA) in 1991.
 
Rajesh has over 24 years of work experience in the area of VLSI Design and Testing, focusing on microprocessor & SOC designs. From 1991 to 1994, he worked on Alpha Microprocessors at Digital Equipment Corp. as DFT/Verification engineer.  From 1994 to 2010, Rajesh has held increasingly responsible roles at Motorola’s PowerPC Design Center and then Freescale Semiconductor, in the areas of VLSI Design, including a special assignment  in 2005 to establish a DFM team for Freescale and also Chaired the first industry-wide DFM Coalition (under Si2). Since 2010, Rajesh has served as EDA/IP Design Technology manager for Freescale.
 
Rajesh has over 50 publications & 2 patents including papers in IEEE/ACM conferences such as ITC, DAC, ICCD & VTS. Rajesh has also moderated panels and chaired sessions at the above conferences. In 1999, the President of Motorola Semiconductor Products Sector awarded Rajesh the Gold Quill award for outstanding contributions in research & education.
 
Rajesh is a member of the IEEE and IEEE Computer Society & Standards Association.
Abstract In the next Ten years, there are three trends shaping the future of people. (1) Health and Safety (2) Net Effect and (3) Going Green. Medical devices, Wearables, Automotive Electronics and Universal Connectivity, all the while being mindful of power consumption, have created an enormous demand for semiconductor chips – especially sophisticated microcontrollers. There is only one way semiconductor industry can meet the enormous demand of the coming decade – by building these large chips using pre-fabricated & pre-tested building blocks from various 3rd party suppliers. As obvious and straight-forward this strategy sounds, challenges abound.
 
This talk will provide semiconductor industry requirements from 3rd party suppliers in building next generation chips. Speaker will provide an assessment of what works and what needs to work. The talk will conclude with future opportunities and challenges in developing 10-Billion transistor chips.
Date/Time Thursday February 19, 2015
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Location AT&T Labs, Room #220, 9505 Arboretum, Austin, Texas
Cost
Reservations https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/31917
Notes
Joint meeting: Austin ComSoc and Austin Computer


Topic/Title Building Chips using 3rd party IP - Plug & Play or Plug & Pray
Speaker Koichi Asatani, IEEE Distinguished Lecturer, IEEE Fellow, IEICE Fellow, Lecture Professor, Nankai University, Tianjin, China Professor Emeritus, Kogakuin University, Tokyo, Japan
Koichi Asatani received his B.E.E.E., M.E.E.E. and Ph. D. degrees from Kyoto University in 1969, 1971 and 1974, respectively. From 1974 to 1997, Dr. Asatani was engaged in R&D on optical fiber communication systems, hi-definition video transmission systems, FTTH, ISDN, B-ISDN, ATM networks, IP Networks and their strategic planning in NTT. In 1997 he joined Kogakuin University as Professor, and in 1999 he joined, Graduate School of Global Information and Telecommunication, Waseda University as Visiting Professor, both in Tokyo, Japan. He is currently Lecture Professor, Nankai University, Tianjin, China and Professor Emeritus, Kogakuin University. He is Fellow of IEEE and Fellow of IEICE. He was appointed as Distinguished Lecturer of IEEE Communications Society for 2006-2009 and 2011-2012, 2013-2014.

He is a founder of Communications QoS, Reliability and Performance Modeling series symposium at ICCs and Globecoms.  He served as co-chair for this symposium at ICCs and Globecoms for 2002-2004.  He is Ex-Chair and Advisory Board Member of IEEE Technical Committee on Communication Quality and Reliability (CQR-TC), Feature Editor on Standards (1993-1999), Senior Technical Editor (1999-2005) of IEEE Communications Magazine. He also served as Executive Chair, ICC2011 in Kyoto. From 1988 through 2000, he served as Vice-Chairman of ITU-T SG 13 (formerly CCITT SG XVIII), responsible for digital networks including GII, IP networks, NGN and Future Networks.  He serves as Chair for National Committee on Next Generation Networks in Japan. He is also serving as Chair, R&D and Standardizations Working Group, Next Generation IP Network Promotion Forum. He is serving as IEEE Communications Society Director, Membership Programs Development for 2014-2015 term. He was also elected as a member of Board of Governor, IEICE, and Chair, IEICE Standards Activities for 2014-2016.

He has published more than fifty papers, and gave more than 120 talks including keynotes and invited talks at international conferences. He is author or co-author of nineteen books including "Designs of Telecommunication Networks"(IEICE, 1993, in Japanese), "Introductions to ATM Networks and B-ISDN)" (John Wiley and Sons, 1997), "Multimedia Communications" (Academic Press, 2001), "Introduction to Information Networks-Fundamentals of Telecom & Internet Convergence, QoS, VoIP and NGN-" (Corona-sha Publishing, in Japanese, 2007).

His current interests include Information Networks including Broadband networking, Internet Interworking, IP telephony, NGN, Future Networks and their QoS aspects.
Abstract Carrier-grade networks for the future are being developed as Next Generation Networks (NGN). The NGN is a converged solution after the legacy telecom networks by enabling QoS management and controls in IP network like in legacy telecom networks and by supporting economical, versatile multi-media applications like those on the Internet. NGN supports voice, Internet services and further services which are being and will be developed in the future with flexible and cost effective manners and with high dependability and high security. It also supports third-party applications through the open interface. NGN also provides more flexible access arrangements such as fixed-mobile convergence (FMC) with generalized mobility, and horizontal and vertical roaming as well as improved security.

The concepts and architecture of NGN are described. The current status of NGN implementation in a commercial offer in Japan is touched upon. Issues for the global evolution of NGN are also described, such as IPv6 related issues, impacts of smartphones, cloud computing, global standards and regulations.
Date/Time Monday February 23, 2015
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Location AT&T Labs, Room #220, 9505 Arboretum, Austin, Texas
Cost
Reservations https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/31915
Notes
As a part of 2015 COMSOC Distinguished Lecture Tour program, IEEE COM/SP (Austin) Chapter is pleased to invite Distinguished Lecturer Prof. Koichi Asatani from Japan

Joint meeting: Austin ComSoc and Austin Computer


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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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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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