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
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From the Central Texas Section Chair

Beginning on August 15, IEEE holds elections.  Among the other items on the ballot is a broadly disputed proposed IEEE Constitutional Amendment.  Many people oppose this amendment, and I will quote a message from the ComSoc Board of Governors:

During its 26 May 2016 meeting, the IEEE Communications Society's Board of Governors carefully reviewed and considered the proposed IEEE Constitutional Amendment change that will be on the IEEE members' ballots with the start of the IEEE Election on August 15th. As a result, the Communications Board of Governors unanimously passed this motion:
  1. 
"The BoG of the IEEE Communications Society opposes the proposed constitutional amendment and modified board structure."
  2. 
The reasons behind the position include the following:


  3. The problem statement that the proposed amendment is attempting to
 solve is not well-defined and the proposed solution adds complexity

  4. The existing IEEE Constitution offers alternative, less complex
 ways of accomplishing the intended improvements
  5. The risk associated with a major constitutional change is not
 clearly outweighed by its possible benefits.

  6. There are serious risks that the Bylaws changes induced by the
 Constitutional Amendments will reduce the visibility and control of
 IEEE societies and geographical regions on key strategic decisions
 made by the IEEE Board of Directors for the future of the IEEE.

  7. There is a risk that the proposed changes, like the Constitutional
 Amendment, will shift too much power from IEEE members to IEEE
 Corporate Staff.


The IEEE Communications Society BoG wants Society members to be fully informed voters, so this motion was also unanimously passed:


"It was moved for the Society to create and communicate a balanced view of the pros and cons of the constitutional amendment to the membership of the Society and to inform members of the Society on the BoG position about the Constitutional Amendment."


We urge you to read about the proposed changes, make up your own mind about them, and dutifully exercise your right to vote to influence IEEE's future.


For background, the IEEE governing documents, including the Constitution and Bylaws, can be found here.

The proposed changes to the Constitution can be found here


Similarly, you can learn more about the IEEEin2030 effort to evolve the IEEE organizational structure here:



And those opposing this amendment have set up a web site with information as to why they are opposed and which can be found here:


However you decide to vote, please vote.   Recent IEEE votes have only had around 17% of the voting members participating.  Your vote, whether yes or no, does count.

Enjoy your summer!

Leslie Martinich
Chairman, Central Texas Section
lmartinich@ieee.org

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Membership Development

HALF PRICE IEEE MEMBERSHP
That’s right half price IEEE membership.  Join IEEE for the first time and pay only ½ annual dues.  If you have been looking to join, but waiting for a good excuse, now is it.  Go to http://www.ieee.org/join for details.

If you are currently unemployed and have not renewed your membership for 2016, you can also receive IEEE membership at ½ price.  Simply go to: http://www.ieee.org/renew.

Did you know about IEEE – myIEEE
Did You Know –

You can find the most current technology new from IEEE through your myIEEE account. By selecting the IEEE News Tab in myIEEE, you will see the latest IEEE technology news including an in-depth technical reporting that you won’t get in the public media.  Log on now to see the details of Tesla self-driving car crash.

GO TO myIEEE now at http://www.ieee.org/myieee

Joe Redfield
CTS Membership Development Chair
Region 5 Membership Development Chair
J.Redfield@ieee.org
210-744-2968

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News of Interest to the Section

New Central Texas Section Chapter
Founding Chair and Officer, Brent Lunceford received notification from IEEE on June 27, 2016 that the petition to form a new Sensors Council Chapter has been approved. This new chapter will pull together the topic of MEMS & sensors into a single chapter.

The next meeting will be on July 26, 6:00-8:00pm at Silicon Labs.  See further information here.

The IEEE Sensors Council focuses on the theory, design, fabrication, manufacturing and application of devices for sensing and transducing physical, chemical, and biological phenomena. With an emphasis on the electronics, physics, and reliability aspects of sensors and integrated sensor-actuators.

Membership in the Sensor Council is free if you are already a member of one of the sponsoring IEEE Societies. Those Societies are: AES, AP, BT, CAS, COM, CPMT, C, DEI, ED, EMB, EMC, IE, IA, IM, MAG, MTT, OE, PE, PHO, RA, SP, SSC, UFFC, and VT.

2016 IEEE Maker Project Contest
Want your chance to win a $500 prize? Are you a tinkerer or creator? The upcoming IEEE 2016 Maker Project is the place for you to showcase your ideas! We’re looking for entries from participants who are working on an exciting new technology. Projects can be an app, robot, 3D-printed gadget, wearables, or anything you have engineered. We want to see what you are building from scratch and how it can help enhance our world.
Submission Categories:
  • Accessibility
  • Education
  • Entertainment
  • Health & Safety
  • Sustainability
  • Transportation
Follow IEEE on Facebook and Twitter or check back on IEEE Transmitter for more information about the 2016 content, including how to enter. 

2017-2018 IEEE-USA Government Fellowships: Work with and Advise Government Policy-Makers
IEEE-USA 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 2017-2018 Fellowships is 23 December 2016.


Free eBook from IEEE USA to IEEE Members
IEEE-USA E-BOOKS is offering “Shaping an Engineering Career -- Book 2: Dual Career Ladders.”

The dual career ladder represents the choice of career paths many engineers face: technical, management or both. In some cases, depending on the needs of the corporation, the engineer can move from one side to the other. The choice, however, is not always simple.

Authors Raymond E. Floyd and Richard H. Spencer caution that many organizations are careful about using the words “engineer” and “manager.” The rationale is that such a title may give the impression that someone has all the responsibilities of a manager when they really don’t.

From today through 15 July, you can get your free e-book to download by going to http://shop.ieeeusa.org/usashop/product/careers/75870. Log in with your IEEE Web account, add the book to your cart and use promo code JUNEFREE16 at checkout.

For more on the dual career ladder, see this article from IEEE-USA InSight: http://insight.ieeeusa.org/insight/content/careers/60215.  

JULY FREE E-BOOK

In July, IEEE-USA E-BOOKS will offer “A Living Resume -- Volume 1: Documenting Your Accomplishments.”

The Living Resume Series, by Harry T. Roman, helps you to document your growth as a professional. It is designed to make you think carefully about what you have accomplished and explore how you can record it in a logical manner. Roman writes that one day you might need a compendium of your career to help you keep your job or perhaps land a new one.

Volume 1 discusses how to document your career accomplishments.

SEEKING AUTHORS

Do you have an idea for an e-book you think will benefit your fellow members? If so, IEEE-USA E-BOOKS would like to hear from you. We are seeking authors to write an individual e-book, or a series, on career guidance and development topics.

Please email your proposal to IEEE-USA Publishing Manager Georgia C. Stelluto at g.stelluto@ieee.org.

IEEE-USA serves the public good and promotes the careers and public policy interests of nearly 200,000 engineering, computing and technology professionals who are U.S. members of IEEE.

Collabratec
Integrated Messaging Now Available!
Reach out to your network wherever they are. The new integrated messaging feature will allow you to: button
  • Message individuals or start a group conversation with people in your Network.
  • Reach your connections on their desktop, tablet or phone.
  • Receive push notifications when comments are made.

People Sharing Technical Interests
Passionate technology professionals around the world are actively participating in IEEE Collabratec to:

  • Connect with like-minded people who have similar technical interests and career aspirations.
  • Share ideas, information, and opinions on a vast array of technical topics.
  • Collaborate on research, authoring papers, and projects.

Taking part in a niche community focused on the interests of technology professionals can help you advance your career. Here's some of what you can do in IEEE Collabratec:

  • Complete your profile by highlighting your education and career accomplishments, choose your technical interests, and add your published paper(s).
  • Take part in group conversations by joining communities focused on technical topics, career aspirations, collaboration opportunities, or IEEE member benefits.
  • Create Private Groups to work with colleagues on research projects, co-authoring of papers, or to organize activities.
  • Find jobs or make your profile visible to recruiters seeking talent for the top technology companies around the globe.
  • Give back to others by serving as a mentor or seek out a mentor of your own to gain insight from someone who has life experiences to share

IEEE Maker Project competition: deadline 17 September

The IEEE Maker Project competition has launched and will run through 17 September 2016. This year, Thomas Coughlin, IEEE Senior member and Chair of the IEEE Public Visibility Committee, will serve as the host of this competition and will be featured in an ongoing video series that will highlight cool projects and events on the contest website.

If you’ve been tinkering with a tech project that solves complex problems and has application in the real world, here’s your chance to showcase your work. Contest categories include accessibility, education, entertainment, health and safety, sustainability, and transportation.

Learn more about the IEEE Maker Project and/or enter the contest

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Call for Volunteers

None this month


Li-Fi, The future of the wireless internet access

The world is observing the birth of a new global wireless internet and communication technology called Li-fi. The new technology is expected to have a USD 9 billion market in few years.

This groundbreaking wireless technology will be a highly possible replacement to Wi-Fi technology in few years once it will be available commercially and more people learn about it. It is fascinating and big deal but most of us did not hear about it and the way it works or why it is different from Wi-Fi.

Li-fi or Light Fidelity is a wireless bidirectional high-speed communication technology similar to the Wi-Fi but much safer and faster. Li-fi or Light fidelity refer to the new wireless form of visible light communication technology uses LED lights as a medium to enable high-speed communication similar to Wi-Fi except Wi-Fi uses radio frequency. Li-fi has been tested at many places in many countries including the French company Oledcomm.  The company will be installing over 250,000 Li-fi enabled LED lights to provide wireless internet for Paris Metro every day via Li-fi, or Light Fidelity. The UAE-based internet provider company Du jointly with Zero 1, a Dubai-based company announced that they have officially launched Light Fidelity in Dubai. Zero 1 has already tested Li-fi and will be installing it by the end of this year at Silicon Oasis. Carrefour, the French multinational retailers is collaborating with Philips for installing Li-fi LED systems at their stores. The ministry of the industry and information technology in China announced that the managed to achieve a rate of 50 Gbits per second.
 
Li-fi was introduced to the world by the German professor Harald Haas the Chair of Mobile Communications at the University of Edinburgh in 2011 and was presented to the market in 2015. We should give professor Hass the credit for what he has accomplished, and let his works praise any credit on our success in this industry belongs to the man who is actually in 1873 published the first theory of electricity and magnetism and found the science of electromagnetism and stated that light was electromagnetic in nature and the electromagnetic radiation of other waves are possible, Clerk Maxwell.  It was 2000 years before professor Haas when the electric and magnetic phenomena were noticed first time by the Greek mathematician Thales and in 1600, William Gilbert from England performed the first experiment of electric and magnetic phenomena, in 1750, Benjamin Franklin from America established the law of conservation of charges, Charles D.E. Coulomb from France measured electric and magnetic forces, Karl Gauss from Germany formulated his famous divergence to volume and its surface, in 1800, Alessandro Volta from Italy invented the voltage cell and the electric battery, in 1819, Hans Christian from Denmark discovered that electricity in a wire could produce magnetism. Later, Andre Ampere from France invented the solenoidal coil from producing magnetic fields, George Simon Ohm from Germany invented his famous law relating voltage, current and resistance and in 1831, Michael Faraday from England demonstrated that changing magnetic field could produce an electric current, and electricity could produce magnetism. About this time, Joseph Henry from America invented the electric telegraph.  In 1886, Professor Heinrich Hertz the father of radio invented the first antenna, and in mid-December 1901, Marconi announced to the world the he has received radio signal at St. John’s Newfoundland which had been sent across the Atlantic from a station he had built in Cornwall, England. Since that time there was no end to further development in communication.

Communication systems & the Electromagnetic Radiations:
Communication systems use the electromagnetic radiations which are created when an atomic particle, such as an electron, is speeded up by an electric field, initiating it to travel. The movement yields oscillating electric and magnetic fields, which travel at right angles to each other in a bundle of light energy called a photon. Photons travel in harmonic waves at the fastest speed possible known as the speed of light. The waves have certain characteristics, given as frequency, wavelength or energy.

Electromagnetic radiation spans a vast range of wavelengths and frequencies. This range is known as the electromagnetic spectrum. The EM spectrum is generally divided into seven regions, in order of decreasing wavelength and increasing energy and frequency. The common names are: radio waves, microwaves, infrared (IR), visible light, ultraviolet (UV), X-rays and gamma rays. Usually, lower-energy radiation, such as radio waves, is expressed as frequency; microwaves, infrared, visible and UV light are usually expressed as wavelength; and radiation with higher energy, such as X-rays and gamma rays, is expressed in terms of energy per photon. All electromagnetic radiations are lights but we can only see a small portion which we call visible light. Visible light falls in the range of the EM spectrum between infrared (IR) and ultraviolet (UV).

Wi-Fi but Li-fi uses visible light which is 10,000 times larger than radio frequency. Wi-Fi uses radio frequency current supplied to an antenna and creates electromagnetic filed propagate into space where any device equipped with wireless network adaptors can detect the signal and modulate it.  A customer using Wi-Fi is able to turn the Wi-Fi off by only disabling the Wi-Fi service option from his device where if he Li-Fi is transmitting information via lighting that varies in intensity faster than the human eye can see. Chips inside LED will process that information. Li-fi technology can send and receive streams of data at the same time. By very fast and refined changes of the current, the optical output varies at extremely very high speed. This process can be simplifies by 0 1 logic. 1 if LED is on, 0 if it is off.  More like Morse code with rates million times higher. This new technology is based on a very fast ON/OFF LED function.  A Li-Fi system consists of light source (LED), internet connection and a photo detector. Additional improvements can be achieved if we use array of LEDs for parallel data transmission, or different color of LED.

Some of the main features of Li-fi are , low maintenance costs, not expensive as Wi-Fi is, power saving as it uses LED,  secured more than Wi-Fi as it does not go beyond the area covered by the light, this also means there's less interference between devices.

 On the other hand, high installation cost still one of the issues service providers have to work toward lowering it. Li-Fi will probably not completely replace Wi-Fi in the coming years and both technologies will work together to achieve more efficient and secure networks. The rapid adoption of LED light bulbs has created a big investment opportunity for organizations and businesses.


Related IEEE "The Institute" article: The Benefits of Indoor Farms in Big Cities

Contributed by Qusi Alqarqaz, IEEE Senior Member
http://qusialqarqaz.wordpress.com
qusi.alqarqaz.us@ieee.org


Tips, Tools and Gadgets

Education is important, particularly continuing education for those of us in technology. I am always looking for new ways to keep up and learn. I came across Highbrow a short time ago.

Highbrow offers relatively short (10 lesson) courses on a variety of topics. The lessons are short (about 5 minutes in length) and they are emailed to you each day over a 10 day period.

Obviously these are not in-depth courses, but they do offer a quick overview of a subject. The brief lessons and short duration of the courses means that you can try several without the effort significantly encroaching upon your busy schedule.

While I would not recommend this avenue if you seek expertise in a subject, I do think that Highbrow offers a unique offering. I have finished one course and I am in another now. I have also identified a few others that I plan to take in the future. Fortunately, Highbrow seems to be adding a handful of new courses each month so I will not soon exhaust their offerings.

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 IEEE LSM, P.E.
john.purvis@ieee.org
https://johnpurvis.wordpress.com
Past Section Chair, Analog Editor

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


Student Branches and Activities

St Mary's University - San Antonio (http://engineering.stmarytx.edu/ieee/)

Faculty Adviser: Wenbin Luo, email: wluo@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

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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

  • July 25-28, 2016: 2016 IEEE 16th International Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies (ICALT)

    See http://www.ask4research.info/icalt/2016/ for more information


    August 3, 2016: NIWeek 5G Summit
    Sponsored by IEEE ComSoc, the NIWeek 5G Summit gives you an inside look at the what, when, where, and why of 5G research. Hear wireless communications experts share their vision on key 5G topics, including new physical layer designs; large-channel massive multiple input, multiple output (MIMO) systems; and advances in millimeter wave (mmWave) communications. Additionally, learn how to accelerate research and validate results using the latest hardware and software technologies from NI.

    The event is for engineers, scientists, researchers, professors, industry experts, test managers, and students.

    2016 5G Summit Sessions
    • Panel: How Will Record-Setting Spectral Efficiency Impact Real 5G Systems?
    • Panel: Pushing the Bandwidth Limits With New Spectrum—How Much Is Enough?
    • Panel: The Path to 5G Standards
    • Panel: Cellular Technologies in Unlicensed Spectrum: LTE-U, LAA, and Beyond

    Experience the NIWeek 5G Summit, Sponsored by IEEE ComSoc
    Explore trends in next-generation wireless communications at the 5G Summit on August 3.

    Register here



    September 17, 2016: 2016 IEEE N3XT Austin
    Galvanize
    118 Nueces St
    Austin, TX, USA


    October 2-5, 2016: 2016 IEEE Professional Communication Society (ProComm)
    AT&T Education and Conference Center
    1900 University Avenue
    Austin, TX, USA

    Final submission deadline: 06 Jun 2016
    Notification of acceptance date: 02 May 2016

    See http://sites.ieee.org/pcs/procomm2016/ for more information


    October 23-27, 2016: 2016 IEEE International Telecommunications Energy Conference (INTELEC)
    The Marriott Renaissance Hotel
    9721 Arboretum Blvd
    Austin, TX, USA

    Abstract submission deadline: 05 Apr 2016
    Final submission deadline: 10 Jul 2016
    Notification of acceptance date: 01 Jun 2016

    See http://intelec2016.org for more information


    October 23-26, 2016: 2016 IEEE Compound Semiconductor Integrated Circuit Symposium (CSICS)
    Doubletree by Hilton Austin
    6505 N IH 35
    Austin, TX, USA

    Abstract submission deadline: 01 May 2016
    Final submission deadline: 15 Jul 2016
    Notification of acceptance date: 30 May 2016

    See https://csics.org for more information


    NEW DATE November 3, 2016: Rock Stars of Big Data
    November 3, 2016 | Brazos Hall | Austin, TX
    Lunch and Cocktails Included

    Register Now for the One Must-Attend Big Data Event of 2016 – Early Special Pricing Saves 25%. Click HERE for Full Details.

    What You’ll Learn –
    • Ways to leverage the big data, dark data and smart data to maximize return on innovation
    • How the need for high-performance, in-memory layers on top of data silos will continue to accelerate, extending the life of these older, siloed systems
    • What technological, organizational, and cultural considerations must be addressed to make big data actionable
    • A universal dynamic data-driven applications model based on data science: inference and prediction from data
    • How to use big data analytics to combat identity fraud
    From These Big Data Experts –
  • Kirk Borne, Principal Data Scientist, Booz Allen Hamilton, The Self-Driving Organization: Big Value from Big Data in the Internet of Things
  • James Kobielus, Big Data Evangelist; Team Lead, IBM Big Data & Analytics Hub, IBM. Fogs, Logs & Cogs: The Newer, Bigger Shape of Big Data in the Internet of Things
  • Satyam Priyadarshy, Chief Data Scientist, Halliburton, Innovation in the Oil & Gas Industry Through Big Data, Dark Data and Smart Data
  • Stephen Coggeshall, Chief Analytics and Science Officer, ID Analytics, Using Big Data Analytics to Find Identity Fraud
  • Ben Coverston, DSE Architect, DataStax, Eventually Consistent Solutions for an Eventually Consistent World
  • Bill Franks, Chief Analytics Officer, Teradata, Driving Action With Big Data Analytic
Register today for Rock Stars of Big Data to get the special early pricing and save 25%  - click HERE.

  • November 7-10, 2016: IEEE/ACM International Conference on Computer-Aided Design (ICCAD)

Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Austin
6505 N. Interstate 35
Austin, TX, USA

See https://iccad.com for more information


December 6-9, 2016: 2016 88th ARFTG Microwave Measurement Conference (ARFTG)
Hilton Austin
500 East 4TH Street
Austin, TX, USA

Abstract submission deadline: 07 Oct 2016
Full Paper Submission deadline: 11 Nov 2016
Final submission deadline: 11 Nov 2016
Notification of acceptance date: 24 Oct 2016

See http://www.arftg.org for more details


February 20-24, 2017: 2017 IEEE/ACM International Symposium on Code Generation and Optimization (CGO)

Austin, TX

Abstract submission deadline: 02 Sep 2016
Full Paper Submission deadline: 09 Sep 2016
Final submission deadline: 04 Jan 2016
Notification of acceptance date: 02 Nov 2016

Non-IEEE Meetings and Events of interest suggested by the membership

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.


July 1-3, 2016: RTX
Austin's Rooster Teeth Productions LLC multimedia studio will host it's RTX convention in Austin. RTX, which Rooster Teeth executives hope attracts 60,000 attendees in its sixth year, is scheduled for July 1-3 at three sites in downtown Austin: the JW Marriott, Hilton Austin and Austin Convention Center. Tickets are available online.


July 8-9, 2016: Texas Linux Fest

We are excited to officially announce the return of Texas Linux Fest in 2016. This year's event is scheduled for July 8 and 9 at the Austin Convention Center in Austin, Texas. This year will mark seven years of Texas Linux Fest, the annual Linux and open source software event for Texas and the surrounding region. The program will be comprised of hall day tutorials on Friday July 8th, and a general session program and an exhibit hall on Saturday July 9th.

Register here

July 18, 2016: Making Standards Work - Open Standards and Open Source
Monday, July 18, 2016
8:00am  4:30pm
Four Seasons Austin
98 San Jacinto Boulevard Austin, TX, 78701
When it comes to Enterprise Architectures, what does it mean to be "open"? In the technology industry, often we hear about things such as "open standards" or "open source" but what does open mean in each context and why are those differences important?
 
Both inside and outside the industry, the concepts behind Open Standards and Open Source are often confused. But when it comes to Enterprise Architectures, most organizations should be taking advantage of both to support infrastructures that can enable the kind of Boundaryless Information Flow™ today's digital enterprises need.

This event will focus on how organizations can use openness as an advantage and how the use of both open standards and open source can help enterprises support their digital business strategies. Sessions will look at the opportunities, advantages, risks and challenges of openness within organizations.

Learn More

August 1-4, 2016: NI Week
Austin, TX
Austin Convention Center
The 22nd annual NIWeek conference presented by NI begins August 1 in Austin, Texas, and brings together the brightest minds in engineering and science. More than 3,200 innovators representing a wide spectrum of industries, from automotive and telecommunications to robotics and energy, will discover the latest technology to accelerate productivity for software-defined systems in test, measurement, and control.

Register here


January 14, 2017: Data Day Texas

Data Day Texas is based entirely on feedback from the Austin data community. What do you want to see this year? Take a moment and share your thoughts with us at suggestions@datadaytexas.com.

Since 2013, Data Day Texas has been held at Austin's premier event facility -- and one of the most warm and welcoming conference venues in the country -- the AT&T Conference Center at the University of Texas.

As usual, we'll be taking all three floors of the facility -- every spare inch of the building -- room enough for 10 tracks, workshops, birds of a feather, meetups, office hours, demos, happy hours, lounge, and a job fair.

Read more

January 15, 2017: Data Day MD
Sunday, January 15, 2017 from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM (CST)
AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center  | 1900 University Avenue | Austin, TX 78705

Based on feedback from the community, the inaugural Data Day MD will be held on January 15, 2017. Data Day MD is an extension of the successful Data Day Texas conference which in its 5th year drew 750 attendees.  Data Day MD is all about the intersection of Data, Medicine, and Healthcare -- learning to take advantage of new tools and technologies, like big data, natural language processing, machine learning, analytics, and the internet of things.

http://www.eventbrite.com/e/data-day-md-tickets-22257139704

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

July 11-13, 2016: Community Event: Go-For-Launch

The three-day day camp will run July 11 – 13 at St. Edward’s University and is open to high school students up through rising college sophomores.  Tuition is $250 and includes lunch and snacks.

Students will spend three days with an astronaut and other mentors in residence designing an experiment to fly to the International Space Station (ISS). The projects will be judged before the end of the camp, and the winner gets the chance to have its design built, flown to the ISS, and conducted on the ISS!  There’s room for up to 200 students.  St. Ed’s is the ONLY university in Texas hosting a Go-for-Launch camp this summer!  Go-for-Launch gives new meaning to St. Ed’s slogan: “Take on Your World!”. There are ways students can raise funds to offset the $250 tuition, click here for more information. Also, students can register for as little as $10 with commitment to fundraise via PopCorn Factory or FannieMae.

Register here.

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.


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 Section 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.

ALL of the Chapter Technical meetings are open to the public!!!

The Central Texas Section Chapters

AP Antennas and Propagation Society
AESS Aerospace and Electronic Systems 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
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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
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Antennas & Propagation/Microwave Theory and Techniques (AP/MTT)

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Council on Electronic Design Automation (CEDA)

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  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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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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Austin Computer Society (C)

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San Antonio Computer Society (C)

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Central Texas Consultants Network Affinity Group

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Secure Element -- Protecting Your Digital Life

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Dr. H. Karen Lu is a long time IEEE Senior Member.  She is a principal security architect at Gemalto, a digital security company.  Karen has over 10 years of experience and expertise in security, risk management, identity and access management, and privacy protection.  She holds 19 patents and has 60+ publications spanning several research fields.  Karen received her Ph.D. from the University of Pittsgurgh.  She holds the Certificate of Cloud Security Knowledge (CCSK), and is a Certified Information System Security Professional (CISSP), a contributor to the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) and to the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), and an active member of the Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP).

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We live in a digital society.  How safe is our digital life?  What risks are our personal information facing?  How do we secure our electronic devices (e.g. smart phones, PCs, passports, smart meters)?  How do we safely access online services?  Why do our banking cards have chip symbols?  Answers to these questions vary through time, location, and context, but some principles of protection are surprisingly steady.  To help understand all this, I will first provide some background about secure elements, and then explain how the secure elements provide security and privacy protections in our digital life.  We will also learn how products can incorporate these secure elements, how services can utilize them, and how people and machines can benefit from them.

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27-July-2016
6:00 to 6:30pm -- Networking
6:30 to 8:30pm -- Business and Program

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$5.00 minimum cost for the restaurant.  Supper is optional at extra cost.  Reservations are not required.  All interested parties are invited to attend.

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https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/40247

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Pok-e-Jo's Smokehouse
2121 West Parmer Lane at Lamplight Village Ave.
Austin, Texas

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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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Young Professionals (YP/GOLD) Affinity Group

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

Follow the Young Professionals on Facebook

More information on YP/GOLD 

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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.

More information on LM

Austin Life Members Affinity Group


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2:00 PM  Networking and lunch
2;15 PM  Presentation TBA
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The Austin Life Members Group meets monthly. Except when meeting jointly with other groups, the Life Members meet on the third Tuesday each month. Meetings usually begin with informal networking from 2:00 to 2:15 p.m., followed by presentations from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. by experts in topics of interest to IEEE Life Members.

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San Antonio Life Member Affinity Group

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

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Speaker Jalyn Kelley of IEEE
Jalyn Kelley is an IEEE Client Services Manager, providing training and support to IEEE customers in the central and southern U.S. Jalyn previously worked as a Research Analyst at Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) providing strategic market and technical research to IT specialists in the field. Jalyn has also worked as an Assistant Editor of Information Services at the San Antonio Express-News and she received a Master of Information Science from the University of Texas at Austin.

Ray Renner of LCRA
Ray began his career in Surveying with the State Department of Highways and Public Transportation (now TxDOT) in 1975 as a Rodman/Chainman on a survey crew. From 1975 until 1990 Ray worked for private sector surveying, engineering, and aerial mapping firms in Houston, Albuquerque, Denver, and the Central Texas area. In 1990 Ray joined the Lower Colorado River Authority “Field Engineering” group which was renamed Surveying, Mapping, and GIS. Along with his roles in surveying, Ray worked in the Project Management Office at LCRA for seven years. After moving back into the Surveying group Ray progressed in the ranks to Supervisor of Surveying Operations and then to Manager of Surveying, Mapping, and GIS.
Abstract This overview of the latest value-added features and "insider tips" for searching IEEE Xplore will cover how to easily download equations and figures, find standards in HTML, stay current by setting-up saved search alerts and Table of Content alerts, find paper and patent citations, locate information on new product technologies, related patents, companies, or organizations using author affiliation.

Will give a brief history of the UAS Program and how it came to exist at LCRA. A description of the aircraft we currently have along with an overview of current and proposed FAA regulations. The presentation will show some of the work products we have been asked to provide and talk about the departments throughout LCRA that have requested our services.
Date/Time 26-July-2016
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
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Cost Dinner: Choose from a select menu of soups, salads and dinner plates.
Cost: • IEEE Members and accompanying spouses: $11 to $17 for dinners ($2 non-meal participants) • Visitors (non-IEEE members): $14 to $20 for dinners ($5 non-meal participants) • IEEE Student Members: $3 for dinner (no charge for non-meal participants) • Student Visitors (non-IEEE members): $6 to $10 for dinners ($2 non-meal participants) • All: $2 for non-alcoholic beverages • A bar is available for those who care to purchase a beer or other alcoholic beverage
Reservations If you plan on attending, please RSVP by sending an e-mail to ieee.pi2.austin@zxtech.net.

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  San Antonio Power and Energy Society (PE)

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Product Safety Engineering Society (PSE)

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Austin Joint Signal Processing/Communications Society (COM/SP)

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

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San Antonio Joint Signal Processing/Communications Society (COM/SP)

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Sensor Council (SC)

Membership in the Sensor Council is free if you are already a member of one of the sponsoring IEEE Societies. Those Societies are: AES, AP, BT, CAS, COM, CPMT, C, DEI, ED, EMB, EMC, IE, IA, IM, MAG, MTT, OE, PE, PHO, RA, SP, SSC, UFFC, and VT.

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Joint Systems, Man & Cybernetics Society (SMC) & Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society (AESS)

AESS Chapter of the Year Award 2016 for US-based chapters

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If you missed the excellent February meeting on "Supersized Robots" you can watch the video here.

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Austin Technology and Engineering Management Society (TEM)

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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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