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


Follow the Central Texas Section in Social Media
  • Join our LinkedIn group - this group is limited to IEEE members only
  • Follow us on Twitter, use the hashtag #IEEECTS
  • Follow us on Facebook
  • Join CTS on IEEE Collabratec - an integrated online community where technology professionals can network, collaborate, and create - all in one central hub.



From the Central Texas Section Chair

Fall has finally made it and hopefully cool weather is coming soon. All chapters should be in the final stages of 2015 officer elections. Don't forget to report them to the Section Secretary, Zhuo Li (zhuoli@ieee.org).

On Oct. 6th the Central Texas Section Young Professionals will be hosting a celebration of  "IEEE DAY".  Please join them and other IEEE members around the world to celebrate the day when engineers worldwide will celebrate the anniversary of the first IEEE members gathering to share their technical ideas in 1884. The CTS celebration will be a networking event at Scholz Beer Garten (1607 San Jacinto, Austin TX), which is located near the Texas State Capitol building. Sign up at https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/meeting_view/list_meeting/36144 or just show up and celebrate.

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

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Membership Development

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Join IEEE today and get 15 months of membership for the price of 12.  That’s right signup today and renewals will be deferred till 2015.  Checkout the updated benefits of being an IEEE member at http://www.ieee.org/membership
Did you know about IEEE – staying current in technology
Did You Know -
You can find out what are the most accessed documents in IEEE Xplore for the month. By selecting the Knowledge Tab in myIEEE, you will see the IEEE Xplore module located in the middle column. Here you will find a list of the top 10 documents accessed this month. Citations and their Abstract are available with quick links to the full article. IEEE Xplore has over two million documents on emerging and revolutionary technologies.  Check it out thought your myIEEE account at: http://www.ieee.org/myieee

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

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News of Interest to the Section

IEEE Collabratec™ has officially launched
Although IEEE Collabratec has been freely available for over six months (and the Central Texas Section has been part of the pilot program), the formal launch and marketing began on 21 September. You may have already started to see messaging within IEEE communication vehicles such as Society newsletters, membership emails, ieee.org, Spectrum advertising, and various online social mediums outside of IEEE.

You may have already had a chance to connect and collaborate with IEEE members and technology professionals on IEEE Collabratec and are aware of its benefits. Below are some highlights:
  • Collaborate, create, and share ideas anytime, anywhere
  • Build and manage your own network
  • Hold discussions of common interests with global networks
  • Connect according to geographic location, technical interests, or career pursuits
  • Create and share a professional identity that showcases key accomplishments
  • Discover a more efficient way to develop research and save time in the content creation process
  • Assemble and manage private groups
  • Access a suite of research and authoring tools
  • Plus much more!
Join in collaborating on IEEE Collabratec. Go to ieeecollabratec.org now

IEEE Day October 6, 2015

IEEE Day 2015 will be held on Tuesday, 6 October. This will be the sixth anniversary of IEEE members celebrating the anniversary of the first time IEEE members gathered to share their technical ideas in 1884. Since the first IEEE Day event in 2010, the number of events worldwide has grown over 600%, from 80 to over 520. The Central Texas Section held our first IEEE Day event last year with a mixer at Scholz Beer Garden. We will be replicating that event at Sholz again this year.  Come join us from 6-8PM for refreshments and snacks. Register here: https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/36144

2015-2016 IEEE-USA Government Fellowships: Work with and Advise Government Policy-Makers
IEEE-USA's Government Fellowships provide opportunities for U.S. IEEE members to provide expertise to the U.S government and learn firsthand about the public policy process through personal involvement. Each year, IEEE-USA sponsors four qualified IEEE members to serve as government fellows: one Engineering & Diplomacy Fellow; one Engineering & International Development Fellow; and two Congressional fellows. The Fellows spend a year in Washington -- from September to August each year -- serving as advisers to key U.S. Department of State or U.S. Agency for International Development decision-makers, or the U.S. Congress. The application deadline for all 2016-2017 Fellowships is 15 January 2016.

Applicants from the Central Texas Section have been very successful with this program over the past few years.

Free Member eBook: Writing for Success, Vol. 3
This month, members can download at no charge Writing for Success - An Engineer's Guide - Volume 3: The End Products of Engineering. To download your free eBook, go to the IEEE-USA Shop, sign in with your IEEE Account, add the book to your cart and use promo code SEPTFREE at checkout (offer good through 15 October). If you aren't an IEEE member yet, join now for this and other benefits!

Texas Board of Professional Engineers Licensing Webinars
Information on the application process and the requirements to become a Licensed Professional Engineer in Texas.
October 20, 2015, 12-1 p.m.
October 21, 2015, 12-1 p.m.
Registration Link

Texas Board of Professional Engineers Ethics Webinars
Provides an up-to-date overview of agency activities, case studies, and a review of professional ethics topics.
December 3, 2015, 10-11 a.m., 12-1 p.m. and 2-3 p.m.  
P.E.s renewing the quarter of the webinar will be sent an email notification of the upcoming event.
Registration will open November 3, 2015
 
Each webinar is limited to 1,000 attendees. Registration links for all webinars are posted at http://engineers.texas.gov/webinar.
 
If you are interested in scheduling a live TBPE ethics presentation at your workplace, refer to our outreach page at: http://engineers.texas.gov/outreach.

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Call for Volunteers



Call for IEEE Volunteers for Engineer's Week Activities
The Young Professionals (and the IEEE Central Texas Section in general) are hosting events especially aimed at innovators and entrepreneurs!  During Engineers’ Week (February 21-27), we’ll have demos, hackathons, happy hours and lunches at a variety of industry sites, and on Friday, February 26, we’ll hold the Entrepreneurs and Engineers event at the AT&T Conference Center adjacent to UT.  And on Sunday, March 13, as part of South by Southwest, IEEE will host a fantastic party at the Driskill Hotel, where our sponsors will have a hands-on showcase of their tools and products!

Sound interesting?  If you’d like to get involved, there are several ways to help.
  • Identify potential sponsors.
  • Help contact potential sponsors. (Go with me to call on them, and I’ll teach you how to make a pitch.)
  • Help with the logistics and project planning.  (You’ll get good networking and project planning experience here!)
  • Help with Social Media and Marketing.

If you would like to be involved in this great event, contact me, Leslie Martinich at lmartinich@ieee.org and join the team!
Leslie Martinich
CTS Austin Vice Chair
lmartinich@ieee.org


Why I am an IEEE Member?

I joined IEEE as an undergraduate student in 1980 because a professor recommended membership.  I continue my membership because it extends my professional network worldwide and, whether serving as Section Webmaster, Region 5 Audit Committee or GlobeCom2001 Tutorials Chairman, allows me to explore interests that help me grow in my career.

Clif Denny SM, Past Section Chair

Q&A With Devon Ryan, a Tireless Entrepreneur
Devon Ryan says that running a company is part of his nature. He met his business partner, Fabio Gomez, in a programming class where the two pursued bachelor’s degrees in engineering at the University of Texas, San Antonio. In 2013 the two IEEE members decided to team up and form Lion Mobile, a software development company. The company is based is based in Austin, Texas, and currently has eight employees.

The first product the pair developed was “unWine,” a mobile app that educates users about wines and encourages them to post reviews of ones they’ve tasted. It was featured in “Meet the IEEE Members Behind Five of Today’s Hottest Startups,” part of our September special issue on startups.

In addition to running a business, Ryan represents the IEEE Young Professionals group on the IEEE-USA Board of Directors. He writes regular career advice columns for IEEE-USA InSight. Ryan is also a model, an actor, and a frequent speaker at career guidance and networking events. The Institute recently caught up with Ryan to talk about what motivated him to be his own boss, what he’s learned along the way, and what IEEE can do to better serve members who are just starting their careers. 

What inspired you and your partner to start Lion Mobile?

Entrepreneurship runs in my family. My grandfather was an engineer and physicist, and he started several successful companies in Silicon Valley. He definitely had an influence on me growing up.

The tipping point for me, however, was in college. My family was poor. I was constantly struggling to make ends meet while trying to pursue an intensive degree in engineering. I started my own math tutoring business, and I remember how great it felt to be my own boss and help people at the same time. Then, I met my future business partner in a programming class. We were both reading the book, The Greatest Salesman in the World, which would profoundly impact us. We realized that everyone around us was pursuing the same piece of paper—a degree. And for the most part, we were all going to take this same piece of paper and compete for jobs. We wanted to stand out. That’s when we decided to start our first business together.

How did you come up with the idea for unWine?

I remember standing in the wine section and staring at a wall of bottles. I had no clue where to start, and it was daunting. I asked a “wine expert” who worked there to please advise me. He began explaining all the different options, but it sounded like he was speaking a different language. He threw all these obscure wine terms at me and made me feel even more overwhelmed. I thought to myself, “Why does wine have to be so complicated? Why so serious? I just wanted to unwind.”

Often, the wineries or wine stores market themselves to an older crowd, creating a stigma that you need to be knowledgeable, serious, or sophisticated to drink wine. That’s where unWine comes in. It’s a social platform that enhances wine experiences and provides you with an escape by making wine fun.

What are some things you've learned from starting your own business?

Embrace uncertainty. There is no linear path to success. You create your own path.

With that being said, there are a few things to keep in mind that will help you on your journey. You will eventually hit a wall or you will reach a plateau. If you want to get past these obstacles, you have to be able to embrace and leverage three things: people, time, and technology.

I’ve also learned that starting your own company will enable and accelerate your development. Even if your company doesn’t generate six- or seven-figure profits in a fiscal year, you will still benefit from the challenge alone. Starting something from nothing is a huge endeavor that will force you to reach deep inside and bring out both the best and the worst out of yourself. Everyone struggles but in my opinion, struggle increases your creativity.

How did you first get involved with IEEE? How has your volunteer work benefited your career?

I began volunteering while I was attending college. I started out as the president of the IEEE student branch at my university, and the rest is history.

The organization has helped me in three ways; leadership, networking, and providing me with a variety of challenging situations. I could have just joined a company after graduating and met the challenges my employer presented me. Instead, I joined an organization like IEEE, which introduced a number of leadership challenges that gave me more insight into life and how to think critically with a group of people to accomplish a common goal—an essential skill for starting a business. 

IEEE Young Professionals changed its name last year and continues to look for ways to resonate with engineers who are just starting out. What are some changes you’ve noticed since the rebranding? What else can YP do to benefit its members?

Sometimes it really just comes down to effective messaging. Previously, it was called Graduates of the Last Decade, or GOLD, which was not explicit enough. It didn’t resonate with young engineers. I believe YP can continue to refine its messaging and demonstrate its unique value to recent graduates.

Creating an environment where young engineers can discover themselves and network would be my suggestion. I believe young professionals are not done discovering themselves after college. In fact, they are really just are getting started. This is a huge untapped opportunity for IEEE.

How do you organize your time? Do you have any tips?

People can do far more than they realize with small changes in their lifestyle and schedule. For more context on this topic, read my article in IEEE-USA InSight on using your time wisely.

Personally, if I have spare time, something isn’t right. I embrace the fact that I do not have spare time. It’s an indicator that I am challenging myself constantly. Everything I do has intention, even when I just go surfing. To me, life is like having the unique opportunity to go to an amusement park. Are you there just to ride one ride? Or are you there to make the most of everything the park has to offer?
Devon Ryan
IEEE-USA Board Member
Young Professionals Representative
devon.ryan@ieee.org


Innovators, Entrepreneurs, Engineers and Evangelists

When you think of IEEE, think beyond just the Institute for Electrical and Electronic Engineers.  Think of Innovators, Entrepreneurs, Engineers and Evangelists!  IEEE provides many services for the latter group. 

Question: When do innovations take off? 
Answer:   When an industry standard emerges.

IEEE has been the force behind many important standards in our industry.  Think of the IEEE 802.11 set of standards.  When an industry supports a standard way of doing things, the industry can grow rapidly.

Question: How can I get involved with setting standards?
Answer:   Check out the IEEE Standards Association.

We’ll have an IEEE Standards Workshop at Texas State University in San Marcos on November 6.  Stay tuned for more information and registration.

Question: How can I engage with other local IEEE Entrepreneurs?
Answer:   Come meet Devon Ryan and Fabio Gomez at IEEE Day, October 6!  Register here.

IEEE’s The Institute recently featured Devon’s and Fabio’s entrepreneurial adventures.  Read the article before you come meet them so you’ll have good questions to ask!

Question: I have an idea for a startup.  What do I need to know in order to make it successful?
Answer:   Join us on February 26 at the AT&T Conference Center for an all-day workshop on just that topic.

Stay tuned for more information and registration!   But mark your calendar now for Engineer’s Week, February 21-27 when we’ll have many local happy hours, site tours, tool demos and the all-day Entrepreneurs, Innovators and Engineers Workshop.  And follow that up with the IEEE Party at SxSW on Sunday March 13!

Watch for this column each month in upcoming Analog editions.  And let me know if you have any questions. 

Leslie Martinich
lmartinich@ieee.org

From Vision to Reality: IEEE's New Entrepreneurship Opportunities

IEEE members have a long history of turning their visions into reality. IEEE's recently launched entrepreneurship resources are designed to help the technical community build an entrepreneurial skillset and bring new ideas to a greater market. ...Read More...

Other articles of interest:



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.

More Than 400 Courses Now Available on IEEE Xplore
It’s easier to find IEEE’s more than 400 online courses now that they’ve been added to the IEEE Xplore Digital Library. Known as the eLearning Library, these interactive online classes can be found in the library’s Courses section. Based on tutorials and workshops presented at IEEE conferences, the courses were developed and peer-reviewed by experts in their fields. Read more . . .
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

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


Tips, Tools and Gadgets

Have you ever tried to send someone your location, but when you enter the address and look at the resulting map the destination appears to be in the middle of a parking lot, or 100's of feet from the location you want? A good solution to that is to use the iPhone myLocation App by ErgonDesign.

With the App running on your iPhone, approach the location that you want to pinpoint, then use the App to capture the location. You can then use the embedded email or SMS interface to share that precise location with others.  This is a great way to let someone know exactly where you are at a park, a shopping mall or a sports venue, anywhere where you can get a GPS signal.

The CapMac Users Group, of which I am also an active member, has taken advantage of the precise location reporting this App provides for it's GeoGo project. They have been using myLocation, working with the App developer, and with the OpenStreetMap Project to create a database of locations around the Austin area and beyond. The purpose is to aid the vision impaired to navigate more precisely to their destinations.

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: Jorge Padilla, email: jpadilla4@mail.stmarytx.edu

Texas State University - San Marcos

Faculty Adviser: Larry Larson, email: Larry.Larson@txstate.edu

Branch Chair: Alison Chan, email: c_c457@txstate.edu

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TXST.IEEE



Trinity University - San Antonio
Faculty Adviser: Farzan Aminian, email: faminian@trinity.edu
Branch Chair: Sang Choi, email: schoi1@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: Walter Oji, email: chair@ieeeut.org

Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/ieeeut



University of Texas at San Antonio (http://ieeeutsa.com/)

Faculty Adviser: Paul Morton, email: PaulMorton@utsa.edu
Branch Chair: Mark Pena, email: Mark.W.Pena@gmail.com
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

  • October 6, 2015: IEEE Day Celebration
    IEEE Day 2015 will be held on Tuesday, 6 October. This will be the sixth anniversary of IEEE members celebrating the anniversary of the first time IEEE members gathered to share their technical ideas in 1884. Since the first IEEE Day event in 2010, the number of events worldwide has grown over 600%, from 80 to over 520. The Central Texas Section held our first IEEE Day event last year with a mixer at Scholz Beer Garden. We will be replicating that event at Sholz again this year.  Come join us from 6-8PM for refreshments and snacks. Register here: https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/36144

  • November 2-6, 2015: International Conference on Computer Aided Design (ICCAD)
    ICCAD is the premier forum to explore emerging challenges, present cutting-edge R&D solutions, record theoretical and empirical advances, and identify future roadmaps for design automation. More information about the International Conference on Computer-Aided Design can be found at  https://iccad.com/

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

    SC has been at the forefront in gathering the best and brightest minds in supercomputing together, with our unparalleled technical papers, tutorials, posters and speakers. SC12 will take a major step forward not only in supercomputing, but in super -conferencing, with everything designed to make the 2012 conference the most you friendly conference in the world. We re streamlining conference information and moving to a virtually real -time method of determining technical program thrusts. No more pre -determined technical themes picked far in advance. Through social media, data mining, and active polling, we ll see which technical interests and issues emerge throughout the year, and focus on the ones that interest you most.

    Actor and author Alan Alda is scheduled to provide the keynote speech at a November supercomputing conference in Austin. Read more . . .

  • December 1-4, 2015: 2015 IEEE Real-Time Systems Symposium (RTSS)
    San Antonio, TX, USA

    The IEEE Real-Time Systems Symposium (RTSS) is the premier conference in the area of real-time systems, presenting innovations in the field with respect to theory and practice. RTSS provides a forum for the presentation of high-quality, original research covering all aspects of real-time systems design, analysis, implementation, evaluation, and experiences. RTSS’15 continues the trend of making RTSS an expansive and inclusive symposium, looking to embrace new and emerging areas of realtime systems research. RTSS’15 welcomes submissions in all areas of real-time systems, including but not limited to operating systems, networks, middleware, compilers, tools, modeling, scheduling, QoS support, resource management, testing and debugging, design and verification, hardware/software co-design, fault tolerance, security, power and thermal management, embedded platforms, and system experimentation and deployment experiences.

    See http://2015.rtss.org/ for more details

  • January 24-27, 2016: 2016 IEEE Radio and Wireless Symposium (RWS)
    JW Marriott Austin
    110 2nd Street
    Austin, TX, USA

    This is a set of five conferences with a focus on wireless components, applications, and systems that effect both now and our future life style. These conferences main niche is to bring together technologists, circuit designers, system designers, and entrepreneurs at a single event. It was and is the place where these worlds meet, where new processes and systems can be bench-marked against the needs of circuit designers at the bleeding edge of RF systems, where today’s design compromises can trigger tomorrow’s advanced technologies. Where dreams can become a reality.

    Abstract submission deadline: 24 Jul 2015
    Final submission deadline: 06 Nov 2015
    Notification of acceptance date: 16 Sep 2015

  • May 14-22, 2016: 2016 IEEE/ACM 38th IEEE International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE)
    Renaissance Austin Hotel
    9721 Arboretum Blvd

    ICSE 2016 is the premiere worldwide forum for professionals interested in all aspects of software engineering research. Over 1000 academic, industrial, and governmental researchers from dozens of countries—including over a hundred students—attend ICSE. The three-day main conference has multiple tracks reporting on innovative research results as well as on software engineering education and practice. Tutorials, workshops and other collocated events are held before and after the main conference to allow in-depth presentations and discussions of specific topics in software engineering.

    Abstract submission deadline: 28 Aug 2015
    Full Paper Submission deadline: 28 Aug 2015
    Final submission deadline: 13 Feb 2016
    Notification of acceptance date: 15 Dec 2015

    See http://2016.icse.cs.txstate.edu/ for more details

  • May 15-16, 2016: 2016 IEEE/ACM International Conference on Mobile Software Engineering and Systems (MOBILESoft)


  • June 2-10, 2016: 2016 53nd ACM/EDAC/IEEE Design Automation Conference (DAC)
    Hilton Austin
    500 East Fourth Street
    Austin, TX, USA

    The world's premier EDA and semiconductor design conference and exhibition. DAC features over 60 sessions on design methodologies and EDA tool developments, keynotes, panels, plus the NEW User Track presentations. A diverse worldwide community representing more than 1,000 organizations attends each year, from system designers and architects, logic and circuit designers, validation engineers, CAD managers, senior managers and executives to researchers and academicians from leading universities.

    See http://www.dac.com/ for further details

  • October 23-26, 2016: 2016 IEEE Compound Semiconductor Integrated Circuit Symposium (CSICS)


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.


October 14, 2015: Eaton Engineering Education Seminar
Wednesday October 14  at the Embassy Suites in San Marcos, TX. Seven PDH classes on the power industry will be offered FREE OF CHARGE. If you are interested, send your full name, title, company, phone number and email address to andreanelson@eaton.com


October 16, 2015: Engadget Live heads to Austin

Engadget Live is taking over the Austin Music Hall to bring gadget lovers and awesome tech companies together. Entry is free, but they're also offering you the chance to beat the crowds and get in an hour early for $15. Get your free ticket or purchase an early-access pass here.

Read more . . .


October 16, 2015: Texas Wireless Summit

The 13th annual Texas Wireless Summit (TWS) provides a forum on emerging technology and business models for industry leaders and academics. Hosted by the University of Texas at Austin’s Wireless Networking and Communications Group (WNCG), the Summit offers direct access to cutting-edge research and innovations from industry leaders, investors, academics and startups.

Through keynote and panel-driven discussions, leading business and technology executives and top academics share entrepreneurially-oriented research. This year’s theme focuses on The View to 5G: From Applications to the Air Interface.

The faculty organizers for this event include WNCG Profs. Jeffrey Andrews, Constantine Caramanis and Robert Heath.

The 2015 Texas Wireless Summit will be hosted on The University of Texas at Austin campus in the Blanton Art Museum.

Find out more at http://texaswirelesssummit.com

November 5, 2015: 2015 Workshop on Hardware and Algorithms for Learning On-a-chip (HALO)
Call-For-Poster: 2015 Workshop on Hardware and Algorithms for Learning On-a-chip (HALO)

Collocated with IEEE/ACM ICCAD, November 5th, 2015, Austin, TX, U.S.A.
http://nimo.asu.edu/halo

Background

Machine learning algorithms have made significant progresses, achieving the accuracy close to, or even better than human-level perception in various tasks. Yet hardware implementation of the massively parallel and/or deep learning algorithms is still too expensive in both computation and power consumption. There is a timely need to map the latest learning algorithms to application-specific hardware (e.g., FPGA, ASIC, etc.), in order to achieve orders of magnitude improvement in performance, energy efficiency and compactness. Recent progress in computational neurosciences and nanoelectronic technology, such as resistive memory devices, will further help shed light on future hardware-software platforms for learning on-a-chip.

The workshop organizers strongly encourage the submission of early results in the related topics.  The submissions will be evaluated by the Technical Program Committee. The author(s) of the accepted submissions are expected to present the results in the format of posters at the workshop. Travel support will be provided to students or post-doctoral researchers, at the level of $500 for each domestic team and $1000 for each international team.

Key Topics
  • Synaptic plasticity and neuron motifs of learning dynamics
  • Computation models of cortical activities
  • Sparse learning, feature extraction and personalization
  • Deep learning with high speed and high power efficiency
  • Hardware acceleration for machine learning and computer vision
  • Hardware emulation of brain
  • Nanoelectronic devices and architectures for neuro-computing
  • Applications of learning on a smart mobile platform
 
Abstract Format
One page maximum in US Letter or A4 format.  Once accepted, the authors are required to give a short oral introduction as well as poster presentation.

Travel Support
Travel support for a total of $15,000 is provided to accepted abstracts. The amount for each team will be at $500 (US) or $1000 (international).

Timeline
  • Submission Deadline:  September 30th, 2015
  • Notification of Acceptance: October 3rd, 2015
  • Workshop Date: November 5th, 2015
Submission
Please send the abstract in PDF format to yu.cao@asu.edu, with subject “HALO 2015 poster submission”

Contact
Professor Yu Cao, School of ECEE, Arizona State University, yu.cao@asu.edu

November 6-8, 2015: Barnes & Noble to Host 650 Mini Maker Faires
Calling all Makers: Here’s your chance to “think globally, act locally” and support Maker Faire — and your local bookstore, too.

Make: has partnered with our friends at Barnes & Noble to bring Making to 650 domestic stores for the weekend of November 6 to 8, as part of the Barnes & Noble Mini Maker Faire program.

Read more . . .

January 16, 2016: Data Day Texas

AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center. Register here
This will be the biggest Data Day ever.
http://datadaytexas.com

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

Women in Science and Mathematics (WiSM)
While the express goal of this website is to recruit and retain women students in sciences and mathematics at Eastern Illinois University, there is plenty of good information on the site for the rest of us. Readers may like to start with Further Reading, where they can link to media coverage of women in science from around the web. From there, they may select Biographies of Women in Science, where they can access dozens of biographies of women who have made contributions to fields as diverse as chemistry, primatology, biophysics, and astronomy. In addition, the site features links to half a dozen other websites on the topic, from the Smithsonian's photo portraits of women scientists to the San Diego Supercomputer Center's coverage of women scientists from around the world.

STEMblog
STEMconnector is both a resource and a service that is designed “to link those advocating science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education across disciplines and distances.” It seeks to connect diverse educators, professionals, and government officials together based on a love of applied science. The STEMblog, a project of STEMconnector, is updated regularly and focuses its energies on the relationship between business and STEM subjects. Recent articles, for example, have alerted readers to corporate-sponsored prizes for high school science teachers, a recognition of National Engineers Week, and the math behind a new Android app. For readers who are looking to make connections between STEM subjects and industry partners, the STEMblog is an informative site to check back on regularly.

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.

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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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IBM Watson Robotics

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Ali Unwala
Ali Unwala attended the University of Texas at Austin for both his Bachelor and Master of Science in Electrical Engineering. During his graduate work, he focused on robotics and AI systems. Ali's major contribution during his Master's work was creating a fully robotic system that was able to navigate autonomously multiple floors in a building to deliver coffee to individuals. Within IBM, Ali works at the Watson Innovation Labs and leads the robotics team there. His goal is to find innovative uses for Watson services in the space of robotics.

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The talk will consist of three main themes. First how Ali built his own first robot during his graduate studies and finding a career path into robotics as a specialization. Second how IBM is leveraging the value of robotics in their business endeavors. And third how you can build your own robot at home. Robotics is now becoming a cutting edge technology with the power many new AI algorithms. With the ability to reason and interact with the world we hope they may help change the world.

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October 1st from 6:00PM to 8:00PM.

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IBM Corporation
Building 908
Texas Star Room
11501 Burnet Road
Austin, Texas
http://ewh.ieee.org/r5/central_texas/ceda/other_files/Routes_to_Texas_Star_Room.jpg

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Food and drinks will be provided.

  Join CTS CEDA on LinkedIn

NOTE: Being a member of the following IEEE Societies makes you eligible to be a member of CEDA: AP, CAS, C, ED, MTT and SSC. However, you need to go to the IEEE web site and sign in to be added as a FREE member of CEDA. See this PDF for detailed instructions.

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)

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Seminar: MICROPOWER INCREMENTAL A/D CONVERTERS

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Gabor Temes of Oregon State University
Gabor C. Temes is a Life Fellow of IEEE. He published over 600 research papers, and wrote or coauthored five books on circuit design, translated into Chinese, Japanese, Russian and other languages. He holds 15 patents on novel circuits and devices. He served as Editor of IEEE TCAS-I. He received the CAS Darlington Award, and the CAS Education as well as Technical Achievement Awards. He won the 1998 IEEE Graduate Teaching Award, the 2006 IEEE Gustav Robert Kirchhoff Award, and the 2009 CAS Mac Van Valkenburg Award. He is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering.

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Integrated sensor interfaces need high-resolution and power-efficient data converters. In some applications, a single A/D converter has to be multiplexed between many sensors. Often, the optimum choice for the ADC architecture is the incremental data converter (IDC). An IDC is a memory-less (Nyquist-rate) ADC, which uses an embedded delta-sigma (ΔΣ) ADC and a digital postfilter to achieve very high accuracy (say, 22 ENOB) through noise shaping. As in a ΔΣ ADC, the accuracy can be enhanced by cascading several ADC stages to achieve noise cancellation. The resulting extended counting ADC (EDC) may share the hardware between several stages.

In this seminar, a tutorial introduction will be given which explains the peculiar features of IDCs and EDCs, as well as the relative merits and limitations of IDCs vs. conventional Nyquist-rate ADCs and ΔΣ ADCs. After that, our recent research results on the design of micro-power IDCs and EDCs will be discussed, and illustrated with implemented data converters.

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19-October-2015
6:00 to 6:30 pm -- Networking and refreshments (pizza and water)
6:30 to 8:00 pm – Seminar

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Building: POB 2.402
201 East 24th St
Austin, Texas

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Occasionally you might find street level parking for free -- but watch out for the parking signs and restrictions. Another place to park is SJG, the San Jacinto Garage -- after 6PM, it is $7 to park all night.


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3D Vertical NAND Flash

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Dr. Betty Prince of Memory Strategies International
Dr. Prince is CEO of Memory Strategies International. She previously worked with Texas Instruments, NV Philips, Motorola, RCA Semiconductor and Fairchild Semiconductor.. She is author of the recent book 3D Vertical Memory Technologies (2014 - Wiley) as well as Semiconductor Memories (1982), Semiconductor Memories 2nd Edition (1992), High Performance Memories, (1999), (Wiley)and Emerging Memories - Technologies and Trends, (2002) (Springer). She is a Senior Life Member of the IEEE and has served as an IEEE SSCS Distinguished Lecturer, on the Program Committee of the IEEE CICC and the ITC and on the Technical Advisory Board of IEEE Spectrum magazine. She was founder of the JEDEC JC-16 interface standards committee, Co-Chair of the JC42.2 SRAM standards committee and U.S. representative to the IEC SC47A WG3 memory committee. She has served on the Technical Advisory Board of several memory companies  and on the Board of Directors of Mosaid Technologies.. She holds patents in the memory, processor and interface areas. She has a B.S. and M.S. in physics and math, an M.B.A.in International Marketing, and  Ph.D.(U. of Texas) with doctoral dissertation in fractal modeling.

Abstract

This presentation will cover various advanced NAND Flash devices in development and now entering production including recently announced scaled planar NAND Flash technology and the different configurations of 3D vertical NAND Flash.  The revolutionary and evolutionary aspects of  the various vertical NAND flash technologies currently in development and production will be covered including vertical charge trapping vs. vertical floating gate NAND technology, and horizontal stacked as well as vertical channel 3D NAND technologies.  The BiCS, TCAT, VNAND  and other vertical NAND flash device technologies will be described.  Polysilicon and monocrystal silicon vertical channels will be discussed along with gate-all-around (GAA) and double gate cells.  Junction-less vertical channel issues will be covered as well as barrier engineered SONOS.

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27-October-2015
6:00 to 6:30 pm -- Networking and refreshments (pizza and water) 6:30 to 8:00 pm – Seminar.

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

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Occasionally you might find street level parking for free -- but watch out for the parking signs and restrictions. Another place to park is SJG, the San Jacinto Garage -- after 6PM, it is $7 to park all night.


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)

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Topic/Title A Graph-Theoretic Markovian Algorithm in Web Analytics
Speaker Dr. Ram Kosuru, HP  and Dr. Choudur K. Lakshminarayan, HP
Dr. Ram Kosuru holds a Ph.D. in Engineering (Computer Science Major) from University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee. He has been working in HP for the last 17 years;  and briefly worked in Hitachi Computers (North America). IDr. Kosuru has 18  patents/patent applications  in database systems, data analysis  with US patent office  and one patent application with India patent office. His areas of interests include Database architectures (systems and design), machine learning algorithms, data mining, algorithm design.
 

Choudur K. Lakshminarayan is a Principal research Scientist in HP. He works in the areas of mathematical statistics, applied mathematics, and machine learning with applications in data mining, data compression, and data analysis of structured and unstructured data in real-time settings. He holds a Ph.D. in Mathematical Sciences and lives in Austin, Texas.
Abstract Much effort in Big Data Analytics is dedicated to discerning human intent in order to improve revenue, profit, satisfaction and other key performance indices (KPI). One example is modeling clickstreams to predict behaviors of web browsers. More particularly, we model browser intent (buy/no buy) as a function of sequence of clicks at the session-level. We use the labeled data for the two classes. Often the training set for the class “buy” is much smaller than that of the class “no buy.” In this exposition we present techniques to augment the training set of the class buy to improve the classification of unknown data (new sequences). We apply Markov chains of various orders (complexity) to distinguish buyers from non-buyers. The techniques are also used in multi-class classification and are thus extensible.
Date/Time October 21, 2015
Time: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Location THE ADVISORY BOARD - BUILDING 7
12357-C Riata Trace Parkway
Bldg 7, Suite 100
Austin, Texas
Cost Free
Registration https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/36356
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San Antonio Chapter Web Site


Topic/Title Diffusion Tensor Imaging of the Central Nervous System Following Spinal Cord Injury and Stem Cell Transplant
Speaker Dr. Michael Jirjis
Dr. Michael Jirjis is a research biomedical engineer for the Air Force Research Laboratory, 711 Human Performance Wing, Bioeffects Division, RF Research Branch in Fort Sam Houston, TX. He obtained his Bachelor of Science (2009) and Doctoral degrees (2013) from Marquette University. Dr. Jirjis has worked in the biotechnology industry at Cargill Inc., building up and analyzing biological cultures. He also has experience in the medical device industry working for both Medtronic and Boston Scientific on medical defibrillators, pacemakers, and cardiac stents. During his graduate research, Dr. Jirjis managed and conducted human and animal experiments in spinal cord injury, stem cell development, and medical imaging fields across three institutions.
Before joining AFRL, Dr. Jirjis worked as a defense contractor for General Dynamics acting as a subject matter expert for human effects of NLW technology development and performing biological effect based experimental studies with radio frequency technology. Dr. Jirjis was influential in establishing the human effects modeling and analysis program roadmap for the Department of Defense's Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Directorate. He has also conducted and coordinated human effectiveness and risk characterization for various NLW technology development programs. Dr. Jirjis has published 7 peer-reviewed manuscripts and 14 technical reports, and has presented his work at scientific conferences.
Abstract The purpose of this research was to characterize use of magnetic resonance diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) as a diagnostic and prognostic tool in understanding changes that occur throughout the spinal cord and brain following a spinal cord injury (SCI) and following stem cell transplant. Diffusion of water inside the nervous system is dramatically altered around a traumatic SCI lesion site. However, little is known about diffusion characteristics away from an injury and even less is understood about DTI's sensitivity to structural changes that occur following regenerative transplant therapies. The non-invasive nature of DTI could allow for remote diagnostic and prognostic indicators of an SCI and could provide physicians a method for tracking and monitoring effectiveness of injected stem cells.

To evaluate the sensitivity of DTI to structural changes in the central nervous system (CNS) following a traumatic SCI, diffusion metrics in the rat brain and cervical spinal cord were compared for four different injury severities in a thoracic contusion model of SCI. Structural changes in the cervical region of the spinal cord after transplantation of C17.2 neuronal stem cells were also examined with the use of DTI.

The findings from this research suggest that diffusion tensor imaging is sensitive to changes in tissue structure in regions remote from injury and to cellular environments that increased sprouting of astrocytes as a result of stem cell transplant. Mean water diffusion in distal locations of the spinal cord and in the brain decreased following SCI. Neuronal stem cells that are known to elicit astrocytic proliferation produced mean increases in water diffusion. These results further clarify the potential for DTI to provide physicians a non-invasive method to monitor CNS changes following SCI.
Date/Time 22-October-2015
07:00PM to 08:35PM
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Reservations https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/36181
Location UTHSCSA Research Imaging Institute
Seminar Room
8403 Floyd Curl Drive
San Antonio, Texas
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Central Texas Consultants Network Affinity Group

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Topic/Title Cornerstone: Mindfulness for Life
Speaker Jenn Fairbank is the co-CEO and co-Founder of Cornerstone: Mindfulness for Life. She is a nationally trained mindfulness expert with a masters degree in social work and shares the ancient and scientific practice of mindfulness in her trainings and private practice in Austin, Texas. She studied in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Bristol, Vermont. She is the co-author of Companion for Life.

Erika Marcoux is the co-CEO and co-Founder of Cornerstone: Mindfulness for Life. She is a nationally trained mindfulness expert with a masters degree in psychology and shares the ancient and scientific practice of mindfulness in her trainings and private practice in Austin, Texas. She studied in the San Francisco Bay Area in California and Washington, D.C. She is the co-author of Companion for Life.
Abstract High stress, project deadlines, and never-ending demands are a way of life in our industry. Come learn how to practice mindfulness to increase productivity, reach success, and build relationships from two of Austin’s nationally trained mindfulness experts! Meditation creates neuroplasticity, which is your brain’s ability to change both structurally and functionally. Your brain can literally grow and improve cognition. The neural pathways and synapses increase and improve body awareness, emotional intelligence, behavioral awareness, and your mental capacity.
Date/Time 28-October-2015
6:00 to 6:30pm -- Networking
6:30 to 8:30pm -- Business and Program
Location Pok-e-Jo's Smokehouse
2121 West Parmer Lane at Lamplight Village Ave.
Austin, Texas
Cost $5.00 minimum cost for the restaurant.  Supper is optional at extra cost.  Reservations are not required.  All interested parties are invited to attend.
Reservations https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/36179
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Do a friend a favor. Bring your colleagues to grow the Consultants Network.

More information on Consultants Networks

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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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Topic/Title Diffusion Tensor Imaging of the Central Nervous System Following Spinal Cord Injury and Stem Cell Transplant
Speaker Dr. Michael Jirjis
Dr. Michael Jirjis is a research biomedical engineer for the Air Force Research Laboratory, 711 Human Performance Wing, Bioeffects Division, RF Research Branch in Fort Sam Houston, TX. He obtained his Bachelor of Science (2009) and Doctoral degrees (2013) from Marquette University. Dr. Jirjis has worked in the biotechnology industry at Cargill Inc., building up and analyzing biological cultures. He also has experience in the medical device industry working for both Medtronic and Boston Scientific on medical defibrillators, pacemakers, and cardiac stents. During his graduate research, Dr. Jirjis managed and conducted human and animal experiments in spinal cord injury, stem cell development, and medical imaging fields across three institutions.
Before joining AFRL, Dr. Jirjis worked as a defense contractor for General Dynamics acting as a subject matter expert for human effects of NLW technology development and performing biological effect based experimental studies with radio frequency technology. Dr. Jirjis was influential in establishing the human effects modeling and analysis program roadmap for the Department of Defense's Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Directorate. He has also conducted and coordinated human effectiveness and risk characterization for various NLW technology development programs. Dr. Jirjis has published 7 peer-reviewed manuscripts and 14 technical reports, and has presented his work at scientific conferences.
Abstract The purpose of this research was to characterize use of magnetic resonance diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) as a diagnostic and prognostic tool in understanding changes that occur throughout the spinal cord and brain following a spinal cord injury (SCI) and following stem cell transplant. Diffusion of water inside the nervous system is dramatically altered around a traumatic SCI lesion site. However, little is known about diffusion characteristics away from an injury and even less is understood about DTI's sensitivity to structural changes that occur following regenerative transplant therapies. The non-invasive nature of DTI could allow for remote diagnostic and prognostic indicators of an SCI and could provide physicians a method for tracking and monitoring effectiveness of injected stem cells.

To evaluate the sensitivity of DTI to structural changes in the central nervous system (CNS) following a traumatic SCI, diffusion metrics in the rat brain and cervical spinal cord were compared for four different injury severities in a thoracic contusion model of SCI. Structural changes in the cervical region of the spinal cord after transplantation of C17.2 neuronal stem cells were also examined with the use of DTI.

The findings from this research suggest that diffusion tensor imaging is sensitive to changes in tissue structure in regions remote from injury and to cellular environments that increased sprouting of astrocytes as a result of stem cell transplant. Mean water diffusion in distal locations of the spinal cord and in the brain decreased following SCI. Neuronal stem cells that are known to elicit astrocytic proliferation produced mean increases in water diffusion. These results further clarify the potential for DTI to provide physicians a non-invasive method to monitor CNS changes following SCI.
Date/Time 22-October-2015
07:00PM to 08:35PM
Cost
Reservations https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/35823
Location UTHSCSA Research Imaging Institute
Seminar Room
8403 Floyd Curl Drive
San Antonio, Texas
Notes Joint meeting between Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society and San Antonio Computer Society Chapters

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Young Professionals (YP/GOLD) Affinity Group

Topic/Title IEEE Young Professionals Happy Hour @ Scholz Garten
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Abstract Come join us for a Young Professionals Happy Hour @ Scholz Garten to celebrate IEEE day!
 
- Craft Beer and appetizers will be provided!
- Great Networking
- 6pm-8pm
 
IEEE is the largest non-profit dedicated to advancing technology for humanity.
Date/Time 06-October-2015
6pm-8pm
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Reservations https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/36144
Location Scholz Garten
The North Dining Room
1607 San Jacinto Blvd
Austin, Texas
Notes Joint with CTS IEEE Day celebration

Devon Ryan prepared this 'highlight' video of Young Professional activities at SXSW 2015.

Follow the Young Professionals on Facebook

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Photonics Society (PHO)

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

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Topic/Title MEDIUM VOLTAGE MOTOR WORKSHOP
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Abstract Medium voltage motors operate at voltages from 2.3 kv through 7 kv. This one-day workshop will provide instruction on the principles of the design, manufacture, maintenance, and trouble-shooting of medium voltage motors. The workshop will conclude with a tour of the TECO-Westinghouse manufacturing facility.

The workshop fee includes breakfast tacos, breakfast beverages, break refreshments, lunch and workshop notebook.

Upon completion of the workshop, participants will receive a certificate for eight PDHs.

Registration and payment for this workshop must be completed by 10/14/2015
Date/Time 16-October-2015
07:00 – 08:00   Registration and Breakfast
08:00 – 08:15   Opening and Speaker Introduction
08:15 – 11:45   Morning Presentations
11:45 – 12:30   Lunch, sponsored by Shermco Industries
12:30 – 03:30   Afternoon Presentations
03:30 – 06:00   TECO-Westinghouse Tour
06:00                 Dismisal
Location TECO-Westinghouse 5100 Interstate 35 Frontage Road
Round Rock, Texa
Cost If you have any questions or need any additional information about the workshop, please contact James Mercier at jmercier@ieee.org.
   James Mercier, IEEE
   518 Academy Drive
   Austin, TX 78704
All cancellation and refund requests must be submitted in writing and received by James Mercier at the address above prior to October 2. There will be a 20% processing fee charged for all refunds.
Reservations https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/35857
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Topic/Title Austin Energy’s Arc Flash Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy
Speaker Clayton Stice of Austin Energy
Clayton Stice (BSChe 1984 from UT Austin, MSEE 2006 from UT Austin) works in the Smart Grid and System Operations group at Austin Energy where his responsibilities include improving the reliability and quality of the electrical distribution system as well as conducting company-wide efforts such as Arc Flash safety.   Before joining Austin Energy 4 years ago, Mr.  Stice spent 5 years with Stanley Consultants.  Prior to that, he worked in private industry at AMD for almost 20 years.  He is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and participated in the working group for IEEE-1547a-2014 as well as the current SCC21 effort for a full revision of IEEE1547 currently scheduled for release in 2016.
Abstract Mr. Stice will present a brief overview of Arc Flash basics and a short history of code requirements that affect Austin Energy’s employees, primarily the National Electrical Safety Code (NESC) as well as the NFPA-70E.  He will then review how the engineering study of its electrical system, and then how AE implemented Arc Flash mitigation plans.
Date/Time 27-October-2015
Time: 6:00 to 6:30 PM
Social 6:30 to 7:00 PM
Dinner 7:00 to 7:30 PM
Business Meeting 7:30 to 8:30 PM
Program 9:00 PM room closes for the benefit of long distance drivers and early risers
Location El Gallo Mexican Restaurant
2910 S Congress
Austin, Texas
United States 78704
Cost • IEEE Members and accompanying spouses: $11 to $17 for dinners ($2 non-meal participants) • Visitors (non-IEEE members): $14 to $20 for dinners ($5 non-meal participants) • IEEE Student Members: $3 for dinner (no charge for non-meal participants) • Student Visitors (non-IEEE members): $6 to $10 for dinners ($2 non-meal participants) • All: $2 for non-alcoholic beverages • A bar is available for those who care to purchase a beer or other alcoholic beverage
Reservations If you plan to attend, please RSVP via e-mail to "ieee.pi2.austin@zxtech.net". Cash required for food and beverage purchase.
https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/35653
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Power and Energy Society - San Antonio (PE)

Chapter Web Site

Topic/Title Factory Tour
Speaker Bradley Feuge
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Date/Time 22-October-2015
Time: 06:00PM to 08:00PM
Location KACO
4036 Binz-engleman Rd
Suite 208
San Antonio, Texas
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Reservations https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/35651
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Product Safety Engineering Society (PSE)

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Topic/Title Product Safety Labeling
Speaker P.J. Mullaly, Global Account Director for WorldMark
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Date/Time Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at 7pm
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Notes If you would like to attend and need a map to the meeting location, please contact Dale Ritzen (daler@austinmfg.com)

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Joint Signal Processing/Communications Society (COM/SP)

Austin Chapter Web Site

Recognized as the 2015 ComSoc Chapter of the Year and a 2015 Chapter Achievement Award Winner

Topic/Title Machine Learning and Signal processing Methods in Live Business Intelligence Operations
Speaker Dr. Choudur K. Lakshminarayan, Principal research Scientist in HP
Choudur K. Lakshminarayan is a Principal research Scientist in HP. He works in the areas of mathematical statistics, applied mathematics, and machine learning with applications in data mining, data compression, and data analysis of structured and unstructured data in real-time settings. He holds a Ph.D. in Mathematical Sciences and lives in Austin, Texas.
Abstract  As the ability to collect data from sensors in industrial applications is increasing at a fast rate, there is a need for algorithms to process data in near real-time to generate actionable insights at the speed of business. To detect patterns in the massive amount of data requires fast, on-line algorithms. Live BI monitors the state of the system, detects a diversity of anomalous events and warns about impending failures. In this talk, I present algorithms using signal processing, non-linear dynamical systems, and time series in a framework known as the mixture of experts to quickly detect changes in patterns in the streaming data. We demonstrate the usefulness of our approach through a problem from the Energy Industry. Our algorithms constructed to detect changes in flow patterns in oil from a production bore-well in real time however are not restricted to oil flows and can easily be applied to other areas such as event tracking in data centers, IT operations, and other applications where large volumes of streaming data is the norm.
Date/Time October 15, 2015
6:00 p.m. Networking and Gathering
6:20 p.m. Call to Order, Announcement
6:30 p.m. Presentation, with Q/A
8:00 p.m. Meeting Survey Feedback, Adjour
Location AT&T Labs, Room Number: #220, 9505 Arboretum, Austin, Texas
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Reservations https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/36355
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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 and Engineering Management Society (TEM)

Austin Chapter Web Site

Topic/Title Discussion of trends in Technology and Engineering Management.
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Abstract 6:00 Networking
6:30 Discussion
7:00 Election of new leadership for chapter
8:00 adjourn
Date/Time October 6, 2015
6:00 - 8:00 pm
Location Scholz Beer Garten
1607 San Jacinto Blvd
Austin, Texas
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Registration https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/36121
Notes Joint with CTS IEEE Day celebration

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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