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


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


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From the Central Texas Section Chair

Welcome to Autumn!  Yeah!  I have a few quick announcements for you.

VOTE!  If you have not voted already in the IEEE Election, now is your last chance.  Ballots must be received by noon on October 3. 
You should also vote in your Societies’ elections.

IEEE Day, October 4
Everyone is invited to join us for a special event on IEEE Day! Come hear Distinguished Lecturer Riku Jäntti, speak on “Machine Type Communications for Internet of Things – Recent Advances and Future Possibilities.” 9505 Arboretum, Austin, Building: AT&T Labs Room #220
Be sure to register so that we’ll have enough food for you, and so that you can easily pass through the security check.  Free parking in the garage.
RSVP http://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/40983

USABILITY STUDY
We need people from around the USA to participate in a usability study for a new template for some IEEE websites. If people are qualified and they help out they'll get $100 for participating for 1 hour of their time.

Our requirements are:
  • Both Non-IEEE members and IEEE members
  • They must be younger than 36
  • They must live in the USA, outside of Region 6
  • Have training and work in one of the IEEE designated fields of interest

If you can qualify, fill out our survey here:  https://goo.gl/forms/nwkCyyFZosnsCtof2


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

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Membership Development

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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
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IEEE members can access more savings in more places for home and office including group discounts on insurance, travel, home/office and technology needs. While you focus on your career, we'll take care of saving you money. See vendor details for terms, conditions and availability.
Visit the Member Discounts page at http://www.ieee.org/discounts  to discover this added perk of IEEE Membership.

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

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Why I'm an IEEE Member



Why do you feel it is important to be a member of IEEE? Share your story by emailing john.purvis@ieee.org.



News of Interest to the Section


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
Are you thinking about moving into management? If so, IEEE-USA E-BOOKS has a complimentary book to help guide your decision.

Now through 15 November, IEEE members can get a free download copy of “Shaping an Engineering Career -- Book 3, Vol. 2: Advancing to Management.”

The publication highlights some of the challenges and lessons learned from advancing to a management level position in an engineering-oriented company.

“The one thing that never changes,” author Alan C. Tribble writes, “is that change is inevitable, and the best example of that is the reorganization that happens within every large company.”

In Vol. 2, Tribble explains the different types of management jobs, (e.g., engineering management, program management, business development management, etc.) that are typical career-growth opportunities for engineers. He offers advice on how to work within an organization, as well as specific recommendations for technical personnel preparing to transition to management.

Tribble also examines his own motivation for wanting to progress from one position to another, the people and factors that influenced his career choices, and gives advice on how to work within an organization.

To get your free download of this e-book, go to http://shop.ieeeusa.org/usashop/product/careers/76022. Log in with your IEEE Web account, add the book to your cart and use promo code OCTFREE16 at checkout.

NOVEMBER FREE E-BOOK

In November, IEEE-USA E-BOOKS will offer “A Living Resume -- Vol. 3: Documenting Your Professional Service, Community Service & Consultancies” free to IEEE members.

In this final installment of the “Living Resume” trilogy, author Harry T. Roman advises readers on ways to participate in activities outside of their companies. “Give back to your community,” Roman says, “and it will come back to you with great reward … when you least expect it.”

CALL FOR AUTHORS

IEEE-USA E-BOOKS seeks authors to write an individual e-book or a series on career guidance and development topics. If you have an idea you think will benefit members in a particular area of expertise, 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.

Congratulations to new Senior Member
At the IEEE Admission & Advancement (A&A) review Senior member panel meeting held in Hong Kong in September, Central Texas Section member Cheng Yunzhi was elevated to Senior Member. Congratulations Cheng.

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Call for Volunteers

The John Jay Science & Engineering Academy Science and Engineering Fair
The John Jay Science & Engineering Academy is hosting its annual Science and Engineering Fair on Saturday, December 3rd, 2016 from 8:30 am-1:00 pm and we are seeking volunteers to serve as judges for the fair.
 
Nearly 200 judges are required to provide feedback to our students. Our school fair is one of the largest of its kind in the state of Texas and the nation and includes nearly 700 students presenting their scientific research. Additionally, St. Mary's University and the University of the Incarnate Word reward top students at our local fair with $560,000 in scholarships each year.
 
Projects include the STEM areas of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Engineering, Math and Computers as well as projects in the Social Sciences such as Psychology and Sociology.  Project levels span beginner (freshmen) to advanced (upperclassmen).  Because of this wide spectrum of topics and levels, we need a variety of volunteers with different experiences and levels of training/interest.
 
Please feel free to share this e-mail with your friends and colleagues.
 
To learn more about our fair click on the following link: 
 
http://www.nisd.net/sciaca/partnerships
 
To register as a judge please complete the following google form: https://goo.gl/forms/1xmYv11cRs4u7XjX2

Young Women’s Leadership Academy Science Fair
The Young Women’s Leadership Academy science fair will take place from 9:30am until approximately 2:00 pm on Saturday, December 3rd 2016, at Young Women’s Leadership Academy.  Judges are asked to arrive at 8:45am for check-in and a procedural overview.  Food and beverages will be provided, along with any necessary tools for tabulation and judging.  Lunch will be served from 11:00-12:00.  Judges will also receive a certificate for community service hours for their participation.

We appreciate your time and consideration on this important day for our junior scientists, and we sincerely hope that you will be able to join us.
From all of us here at YWLA, thank you for your consideration. 
 
Please complete and return the Judge’s Information Sheet by email at kharris2@saisd.net (preferred) or fax at 210-732-7999

Tips, Tools and Gadgets

First I have to admit that I missed an important annual celebration in the September Analog. National Coffee Day is celebrated September 29th each year. Where would we be on those late nights studying or all-night problem solving sessions without coffee!

I saw a article about How-To Geek, an online tech magazine, and thought that it might be something of interest to the Analog readers.  It includes articles targeted at the technical as well as general readers.

The site was founded in 2006. Articles are divided into the categories of Windows, Linux, Office, Gadgets, Mobile, Hardware, Apple, and Geek School. This might be a good addition to your 'tech' leisure reading.

I have subscribed to their RSS feed so that I get all of their articles in my RSS reader (I use the FOSS program Vienna).

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: Haley Alexander, 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


Trinity University Receives AES Society Award
President Teresa Pace and Treasurer Bob Rassa of the IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society have approved a $2,500 award to students at Trinity University to support the design and development of vehicle electronics for their senior design project which they hope might compete in the 2017 Formula SAE competition.

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Useful IEEE Links

IEEE

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IEEE Region 5

IEEE Central Texas Section

What's New at IEEE

SocietyNews from IEEE

IEEE Regional News

     

Call 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 2-5, 2016: 2016 IEEE Professional Communication Society (ProComm)
AT&T Education and Conference Center
1900 University Avenue
Austin, TX, USA
ProComm 2016 will attract technical communicators, engineers, educators, researchers, students, administrators, consultants, and other members of business and academic communities to meet and explore ideas at the intersection of technical communication and entrepreneurship. Technical and professional communicators have long been innovators in their fields. ProComm 2016 invites explorations into the new spaces and the new communication practices created by entrepreneurs.

Keynote Speaker:
We are pleased to announce that in addition to receiving an exciting number of diverse submissions, the keynote address will be delivered by co-inventor of Ethernet, founder of 3Com, and now Professor of Innovation at the University of Texas at Austin, Dr. Robert Metcalfe.

More information:
Contact conference chair Hillary Hart at hart@mail.utexas.edu or 512-471-4635. We look forward to seeing you there!

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


October 21, 2016: IEEE Photovoltaic Standards Workshop
Friday, October 21, 2016 7:00AM to 6:00PM
Austin Energy, 2526 Kramer Lane, Austin, TX 78758
Kramer Lane Assembly Room

Workshop:

This one-day workshop will provide instruction on the recent changes to the applicable standards of photovoltaic module level electronics design and installation, such as UL 1741 SA, CPUC Rule 21, IEEE1547 and NEC. Presentations will also cover specs and operation, monitor communications, and functionality of AC module systems that use built in microinverters. In addition, there will be exhibits by industry experts regarding the design and installation of solar powered systems and equipment. Upon completion of the workshop, participants will receive a PDH certificate for eight hours.

Instructors:

Patrick Chapman - Senior Director of Development at SunPower Corporation

Overview and trend of module level electronics

Brian Kuhn - Director of Engineering at SunPower Corporation

Design challenges (environment, communication, standards)

Paul Parker -Director of Design for Reliability (DfR) at SunPower Corporation

Power electronics reliability design

Kelly Mekechuck - Systems Engineer at SunPower Corporation

California Rule 21 Phase 1, 2 and 3 Lunch Sponsor - Concurrent Design, Inc.

Thomas Ortman, President & CEO, to speak during lunch

Jon Ehlmann - Power Electronics Engineer at SunPower Corporation

UL1741SA test procedure summary and status

Greg Kern - Principal Power Electronics Engineer at SunPower Corporation

Status of Pending IEEE 1547 Changes

Steven Wurmlinger - Senior Regulatory Engineer at SunPower Corporation

Product safety and 2017 NEC requirements; Hawaii utility requirements

Professional Letter

Registration and payment for this workshop must be completed by 10/12/2016 at

https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/40853

Professional Letter

If you have any questions or need any additional information about the workshop, please contact James Mercier at jmercier@ieee.org.

Professional Letter


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


October 30 - November 4, 2016: 38th Annual
Meeting and Symposium of the Antenna Measurement Techniques Association
(AMTA)
The IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society is a technical co-sponsor of this symposium.  Many well-known APS members are either speaking at or involved in this symposium, including Prof. Andrea Alu from UT Austin, Prof. Gregory Huff from Texas A&M University, and Dr. Brian Kent from ARA (former APS Distinguished Lecturer). 

Join us for two short courses (Antenna Boot Camp and RF Materials Measurements), four days of peer reviewed papers presented on a continuous basis (no parallel sessions), one technical tour and several social events! 

The annual AMTA Student Day on Tuesday, November 1, provides an opportunity for local college students to get a taste of antenna engineering and related disciplines by interacting with practicing engineers in a variety of venues. Students will be able to tour vendor exhibits, sit in on papers, and enjoy a free lunch AND dinner while listening to a presentation targeting issues relevant to those about to enter the engineering profession. In addition, AMTA will host a hands-on Student Day Design Contest. This will give students an opportunity to show off their engineering skills to recruiters (they should bring their resumes) and have fun at the same time.

On Wednesday, November 2, IEEE members are welcome to attend the exhibition only at no charge.  Exhibit hall passes are $45, but November 2 is IEEE FREE DAY (you must present your IEEE membership card upon arrival). 

Join us at AMTA 2016!  For more information, see http://www.amta2016.org or contact Janet O’Neil at j.n.oneil@ieee.org

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 4-8, 2017: 2017 IEEE International Symposium on High Performance Computer Architecture (HPCA)

The International Symposium on High-Performance Computer Architecture provides a high-quality forum for scientists and engineers to present their latest research findings in this rapidly-changing field of computer architecture.

Hilton
Austin, TX

For more information see http://www.hpcaconf.org


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

Austin, TX
The International Symposium on Code Generation and Optimization (CGO) provides a premier venue to bring together researchers and practitioners working at the interface of hardware and software on a wide range of optimization and code generation techniques and related issues. The conferences spans the spectrum from purely static to fully dynamic approaches, including techniques ranging from pure software-based methods to architectural features and support.

Final submission deadline: 04 Jan 2016
Notification of acceptance date: 02 Nov 2016

For more information see http://cgo.org/cgo2017/


March 8-10, 2017: 2017 IEEE Workshop on Advanced Robotics and its Social Imapcts (ARSO)

The theme of ARSO 2017 will be "robotics and the economy": with growing concerns about the fragility of our economies, we all ponder about the future role of robotics and autonomous systems in our individual economic lives. Positive thinkers believe that robotic advancements will create new markets and grow the middle class.

Abstract submission deadline: 07 Oct 2016
Full Paper Submission deadline: 07 Oct 2016
Final submission deadline: 15 Jan 2016
Notification of acceptance date: 11 Dec 2016
Student Activity Center
204 East Dean Keeton St.
Austin, TX, USA

For more information see http://sites.utexas.edu/arso2017/


March 31 - April 2, 2017: 2017 Region 5 Meeting

Denver Marriott Tech Center
4900 South Syracuse St.
Denver, CO, USA


April 24-25, 2017: 2017 IEEE Custom Integrated Circuits Conference (CICC)

Austin, TX, USA
Abstract submission deadline: 07 Nov 2016
Notification of acceptance date: 27 Jan 2017


May 23-25, 2017: International Conference on IC Design and Technology (ICICDT)

Full Paper Submission deadline: 01 Feb 2017
Final submission deadline: 17 Apr 2017
Notification of acceptance date: 27 Feb 2017

UT Avaya Auditorium
Austin, TX
Contact: Thuy Dao thuy.dao@nxp.com

September 24-29, 2017: 2017 ACM/IEEE 20th International Conference on Model Driven Engineering Languages and Systems (MODELS)

Austin, TX, USA
Abstract submission deadline: 01 Mar 2017
Full Paper Submission deadline: 10 Mar 2017
Final submission deadline: 09 Jun 2017
Notification of acceptance date: 09 Jun 2017


September 26-28, 2017: 2017 IEEE Accelerated Stress Testing & Reliability Conference (ASTR)
Austin, TX
Full Paper Submission deadline: 10 Mar 2017
Final submission deadline: 09 Jun 2017
Notification of acceptance date: 09 Jun 2017


April 5-8, 2018: IEEE R5 GreenTech/Annual Meeting

Austin, TX
Sponsor: IEEE USA, R5 and CTS
Conference Site Bid: 31 May 2016
Notification of Venue Selection: 2 Aug 2016


October 27-30, 2019: 2019 IEEE Sensors Conference

Austin, TX
Sponsor: IEEE CTS and Sensors Society
Conference Bid  deadline: 30 Aug 2016
Notification of Venue selection: October, 2016



IEEE Conference Search 

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.


October 11, 2016: Austin (CTEA) Expo & Tech Forum
Location: Norris Conference Center
2525 West Anderson Lane
Austin, TX

Plan now to join us for free technical sessions, free lunch and the chance to network with leading suppliers to our industry

Free Technical Program & Schedule:
Exhibit Hours:
Tuesday, October 11th, 2016
10:00AM–4:00PM

Register Now


October 18, 2016: Texas Wireless Summit 2016
Early Bird Discount Available
On October 18, 2016, Texas Wireless Summit (TWS) will explore how automated vehicles will re-shape wireless over the next 10 years with their demands for coordinated sensing and decision-making. Reshaping Wireless through Automated Vehicles will look at the benefits and requirements of connectivity, the key challenges of vehicle sensing and shared data analytics, including lightly-processed radar, lidar and camera data.

Register online NOW and save $50 off the normal ticket price! Visit: http://texaswirelesssummit.org/ for more details and to register.

The 14th annual Texas Wireless Summit provides a forum on emerging technology and business models for industry leaders and academics. Hosted by WNCG at the University of Texas at Austin, 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 share entrepreneurially-oriented research.


December 7, 2016: TBPE Ethics Webinar
10 a.m. or 2 p.m. - These quarterly webinars provide an up-to-date overview of agency activities, case studies, and a review of professional ethics topics. Ethics webinars are held approximately one month prior to each quarterly expiration date.  Registration for these webinars will open one month prior to each event.


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

January 28-29, 2017: BodyHackingcon 2017
Austin Convention Center
 http://www.bodyhackingcon.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.




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.

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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
SC
Sensor Council
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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The EMC and MTT/AP Society Chapters are Jointly sponsoring an Antenna Workshop on September 27. See IEEE Events for details.

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Council on Electronic Design Automation (CEDA)

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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.

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  Join CTS CEDA on LinkedIn

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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Clock and Data Recovery Techniques for Optical Communication Systems

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Kadaba R. (Kumar) Lakshmikumar
Kadaba R. (Kumar) Lakshmikumar received his B.E. and M.E. degrees in Electrical Communication Engineering from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India, and Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada. He did pioneering work in the area of modeling mismatch in MOS devices for his doctoral work. The standard deviation of mismatch was shown to be inversely proportional to the square-root of the channel area. His paper in the December 1986 issue of the IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits is among the top 20 cited publications of the journal between 1968 and 1992. (http://www.ieee.org/organizations/pubs/newsletters/sscs/oct02/TopArticles.html.) Lakshmikumar has made lasting contributions to the field of IC design through his leadership in identifying and solving technically challenging problems. He presented a tutorial titled “PLL Design in Nanometer CMOS” at ISSCC 2010. The tutorial (http://sscs.ieee.org/tutorials-online/2010-issccshort-courses-and-tutorials/426-isscc-2010-tutorial-pll-design-in-nanometercmos.html) illustrates design techniques for overcoming large variability, low supply voltage and high leakage. In 2015, he presented a short course, “Clock and Data Recovery Techniques for Optical Communication Systems” at CSICS. Many reference-less CDR architectures are discussed here. He has held senior engineering positions at Bell Labs, Multilink and Conexant Systems. Currently he is heading the analog design group at Cisco Systems’ Silicon Photonics division in Allentown, PA. He has served on the Technical Program Committees of IEEE Custom Integrated Circuits Conference and IEEE International Solid State Circuits Conference and Compound Semiconductor Integrated Circuits Symposium. He is an associate editor of the IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits. He has mentored a number of graduate students and serves as an external examiner for Ph.D. candidates. Lakshmikumar is a Fellow of IEEE.

Abstract

Clock and Data Recovery (CDR) is a key function in a communication system. We begin this part of the course with a review of the fundamentals of CDR in Non-Return-to-Zero (NRZ) serial links. System level metrics like jitter-tolerance, jitter-transfer and jitter-generation are introduced to evaluate the performance of a CDR. Several CDR architectures are discussed. Their advantages and drawbacks specifically for high-speed optical systems are compared. Many optical systems require a reference-less CDR. Various techniques to extract frequency from the incoming data are explained in detail. Linear and bang-bang phase detectors at full-rate are introduced. Sub-rate structures that ease the speed requirements of the circuits are also described.

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24 October 2016
06:00 PM to 08:00 PM

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

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The joint Circuits & Systems/Solid State Circuits Societies normally meet on the 2nd Tuesday of every month. This meeting is open to the public and interested parties. Additional details will be posted at the website. IIf you have any questions about this meeting or this group, please contact zhuoli@ieee.org.
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Components, Packaging and Manufacturing Technology (CPMT)

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Austin Computer Society (C)

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Machine Type Communications for Internet of Things – Recent advances and future possibilities

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Prof. Jäntti Riku, Head of the department of Communications and Networking at Aalto University School of Electrical Engineering, Finland

Riku Jäntti (M’02 - SM’07) is an Associate Professor (tenured) in Communications Engineering and the head of the department of Communications and Networking at Aalto University School of Electrical Engineering, Finland. He received his M.Sc (with distinction) in Electrical Engineering in 1997 and D.Sc (with distinction) in Automation and Systems Technology in 2001, both from Helsinki University of Technology (TKK). Prior to joining Aalto (formerly known as TKK) in August 2006, he was professor pro tem at the Department of Computer Science, University of Vaasa. Prof. Jäntti is a senior member of IEEE and associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology. He is also a distinguished lecturer of the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society.  The research interests of Prof. Jäntti include radio resource control  and optimization for machine type communications, Cloud based Radio Access Networks,  spectrum and co-existence management and RF Inference.

Abstract

The Internet of Things (IoT) is the network of physical objects ‘things’. The connectivity requirements of the things depend heavily on the application. In this talk, we focus on the use cases that require low power consumption, long battery life, and are characterized by low duty cycle and massive number of low cost devices. This talk is divided into two parts. In the first part, we focus on Narrowband IoT system for low power cellular connectivity, and in the second part, we discuss ambient re-scatter communications that allow extreme low power short range connectivity.

Narrowband IoT (NB-IOT) is a recent 3GPPP standard that specifies narrow band low power long range connectivity for machine type communications (MTC). NB-IOT is non-backwards compliant version of LTE that has been optimized for MTC applications. It supports three modes of operation: standalone mode utilizing a GSM carrier, guard band mode utilizing resource blocks within a LTE carrier’s guradband and in-band mode utilizing resource blocks within a normal LTE carrier. Operators can start using NB-IOT on their own frequency bands simply by updating the base station software making NB-IOT deployment easy. Besides the standard cellular MTC use cases, NB-IOT could potentially be used for other types of IoT connectivity applications as well.  In this talk we will present a software defined radio based implementation of NB-IOT and discuss the system performance. We will also discuss the possible use cases of such an extreme light weight low cost base station implementation.

Even though NB-IOT is very low power radio, its power consumption still may exceed the capabilities of ultra-low power senor systems relaying on energy harvesting. The radio transceiver is one of the most energy hangry components of the IoT devices. In RFID systems, the reader transmits an unmodulated carrier signal that gets reflected and modulated from the RFID tag. The RFID tag itself does not need transceiver. It modulated the carrier by changing its reflection coefficient (impedance) which only requires a simple switching action. In ambient re/backscatter systems, the tag or sensor devices, modulated and re-scatters a modulated signal that is utilized by some other (primary) system for communications. The receiver of the primary communication link could try to demodulate both the original (primary) signal and the signal superimposed by the re-scatter devices. We show that such a bistatic re-scatter system can increase overall channel capacity and the excess capacity can be divided between the original communication link and the re-scatter system. That is, sensor information can be read from the devices with almost zero energy cost without interfering with the ongoing data transmission.

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4 October 2016
06:00PM to 08:00PM

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AT&T Labs,
9505 Arboretum, Austin, TX

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Riku Jäntti (M’02 - SM’07) is an Associate Professor (tenured) in Communications Engineering and the head of the department of Communications and Networking at Aalto University School of Electrical Engineering, Finland. He received his M.Sc (with distinction) in Electrical Engineering in 1997 and D.Sc (with distinction) in Automation and Systems Technology in 2001, both from Helsinki University of Technology (TKK). Prior to joining Aalto (formerly known as TKK) in August 2006, he was professor pro tem at the Department of Computer Science, University of Vaasa. Prof. Jäntti is a senior member of IEEE and associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology. He is also a distinguished lecturer of the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society.  The research interests of Prof. Jäntti include radio resource control  and optimization for machine type communications, Cloud based Radio Access Networks,  spectrum and co-existence management and RF Inference.

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San Antonio Computer Society (C)

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Topic/Title TI’s Speak & Spell: A Success Story
Speaker Dr. Richard Wiggins
Richard Wiggins received his PhD in applied mathematics from Harvard University and spent several years at the MITRE Corporation in Massachusetts in what was then the rapidly developing field of Digital Signal Processing. The combination of new high speed digital hardware, digital computer architectures, and the mathematics of digital processing of signals permitted the development of several innovative speech processing systems. Dr Wiggins contributed to DSP software, algorithm design and high speed processing architectures at MITRE, the Air Force ESD Laboratories, and Lincoln Laboratory. His work contributed to the introduction of several new digital speech processing systems. In 1976, Dr Wiggins accepted a position with the speech research group in the Central Research Laboratories at Texas Instruments in Dallas Texas to work on semiconductor designs for speech processing. In this position, he played a key role in the design of the speech synthesis system for the Speak & Spell and for the innovative processing architecture that formed the basis for the IC design.
Abstract In the mid seventies, when the growth of semiconductors was rapidly expanding, the research laboratory of Texas Instruments proposed an innovative approach to achieve solid state speech synthesis for battery powered hand held devices. The first application for his approach was the TI learning aid for spelling called Speak & Spell. The unique success of this product was recognized in a cover story of Business Week in September of 1978, by the IEEE as a technical milestone, and several other awards. Now some 40 years later, this talk presents a look back on this product, the technical design, it’s commercial success, and the impact on both technology and culture. At the end of the seventies, potential applications for digital signal processing (DSP) included digital modems and the digital processing of speech signals. The technology of faster digital computation was pushed to implement new complex algorithms for innovative speech applications. A major application driver at this time was narrowband voice compression which contributed key ideas to the TI speech synthesis IC.
Date/Time 18 October 2016
Time: 07:00 PM to 09:00 PM
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Reservations https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/40886
Location St. Mary's University
1 Camino Santa Maria
San Antonio, Texas
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Central Texas Consultants Network Affinity Group

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FPGA's in 2016

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Jody Everett
Jody Everett holds a BSEE degree from Oklahoma State University. He has been a digital integrated circuit designer for 32 years and has been issued two patents in telecom chip design.  Also in his three decades of experience he has co-authored the following publications: “Testing a DSP-Based Mixed Signal Telecommunications Chip” and “Autologic II Database, Simulation & DFT Model Generation System”. Jody is a member of IEEE,  IEEE circuits and Systems,  IEEE Central Texas Consultants Network, Asic and FPGA engineers, Austin Hi Tech, and FPGA/CPLD design groups.

Abstract

Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs) today are used in many varied applications, including ASIC emulation, robotics, cellphone base stations, electronic test equipment, medical equipment, and military equipment.  They are used anywhere re-programmability is desired.  Their flexibility is desirable for many applications.  This presentation is an overview of present day FPGA technology and application with a focus on the Xilinx FPGA family,  Xilinx is a leader in programmable logic technology with over 51% of the market today(Wikipedia). 

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26 October 2016
6:00 to 6:30pm -- Networking
6:30 to 8:30pm -- Business and Program

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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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The EMC and MTT/AP Society Chapters are Jointly sponsoring an Antenna Workshop on September 27. See IEEE Events for details.

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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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Instrumentation and Measurement Society (IM)

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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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Austin Life Members Affinity Group


Topic/Title Intellectual Property and Patents
Speaker Steve Pearson
Researching diverse technologies, for clients ranging from individuals to IP attorneys to large Fortune 500 companies, has taught Steve a great deal about tailoring the approach for various situations. Not only will Steve share some patent research insights with you, he will touch on other components of prior art research during his presentation.

Steve is the founder of The Pearson Strategy Group, LLC which provides services mimicking Innovation Boards in patent research, Competitive Intelligence, Innovation Support, and Strategic Development to the technology, power, consumer, and transportation industries.

His second company, Visionex Holdings, LLC, is an intellectual property holding and licensing company.

Steve is the sole individual inventor of three U.S. patents, all for improvements to the evaporator units of air conditioning systems.

Steve served aboard a Navy submarine as a nuclear reactor operator and electronics technician, graduated from UT San Antonio as an electrical engineer, and has worked in various engineering roles in semiconductor manufacturing with Motorola Semiconductor, piping and fitting manufacturing with Applied Materials, and in research and consulting.

Steve is a 26 year member of IEEE, past chairman and currently an officer for the Austin chapter of the IEEE’s Power and Energy Society, and mentors for both the TechShop and Profit Movers.
Abstract Entrepreneurs, inventors, and many companies have lots of big ideas but typically a lot fewer resources, money and time. This presentation will cover some practical considerations along the way to having a viable company, idea, and patent. Highlights will include how to minimize the risk of a business failure, getting money back from your patent, and tips for avoiding future legal problems.
Date/Time 18 October 2016
2:00 PM  Networking and lunch
2:15 PM  Presentation - Intellectual Property and Patents
Location Pok-e-Jo's Smorekhouse
2121 West Parmer Lane at Lamplight Village Ave.
Austin, Texas
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Reservations https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/40436
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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

Topic/Title SOFIA, or Stratospheric Observatory For Infra-red Astronomy
Speaker Scott Atkinson
Scott is retired from the U. S. Air Force, as a Lt. Col. and locally from USAA.  He has experience in engineering and managerial positions which included Telecommunications, Information Technology and Project Management. 

He held assignments during his military career as Base Communications Operations Officer, Top Secret Control Officer, Crypto Custodian, Advisor to the California Air National Guard, Unit Commander and Disaster Recovery Officer.  He held two military technical specialties: Communications Officer and Research and Development Officer.

Scott received his formal education with a Degree in Physics from Texas A & I University, Kingsville, Texas in 1961 and an MBA from Pepperdine University, Malibu, California in 1979.

His business career included positions at Lockheed Electronics Company (at NASA Manned Spacecraft Center Houston) and Tenneco Inc. in Houston and USAA in San Antonio, TX.

These days he spends his time volunteering for his professional society the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and the San Antonio Genealogy and History Society.

Due to his Mother’s interest in genealogy, which was passed to him, he now spends time at his personal hobby in researching family history.

He became a member of the Sons of the American Revolution in May 2010.  Additionally he became a hereditary member of the Society of Cincinnati in the State Connecticut in April 2012.                            

He is currently researching his Revolutionary War Soldier, Major Ezekiel Scott of Farmington CT, and is writing a book on his life and times.  Of particular interest is his military experience that includes the French & Indian War and the Revolutionary War.

Scott and his wife Margaret have lived in San Antonio, Texas since January 1987.  They have two grown daughters and five grandchildren.
Abstract Scott Atkinson will present information obtained during his recent visit to the Neal Armstrong Flight Research Center in Palmdale California, which is located on Air Force Plant 42 (Home of the Lockheed Skunk Works). Specifically he will describe his personal tour given him by a member of the NASA Project, known as SOFIA, or Stratospheric Observatory For Infra-red Astronomy.  His presentation will include many pictures of the specially modified 747SP airplane that has a "Hubble" size telescope mounted in the rear of the plane as well as information on the research results from their many observations of Star Formations.
Date/Time 20 October 2016
11:30 am: Meet and order Lunch
12:00 pm: Presentation
1:00 pm: Meeting ends
Location Lion & Rose English Pub
842 NW Loop 410 (Park North)
San Antonio, Texas
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Reservations https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/41258
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Austin Power and Energy Society (PE/PEL/IA/IE)

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Topic/Title Model based software for analysing integration of new technologies into the distribution grid
Speaker Matthew McGrail of Digsilent Americas
Matt McGrail is a Chartered Professional Engineer from Australia currently living and working in Austin, TX for Electrical Engineering group, DIgSILENT. Matt’s background in the Power Engineering field is in design, review and commissioning of distribution protection and model based analysis of control systems.
Abstract Model based software for analyzing integration of new technologies into the distribution grid” Distribution utilities are facing challenges arising from rapid technology developments coupled with strong drivers to minimize operating and capital expenditures. Embedded generation including solar rooftop PVs and other demand management means do not only change the demand profile of the system but also other electrical characteristics of the distribution network. Advanced power system analysis tools are required to address the needs for more accurate modelling. The ability to integrate with other enterprise software systems offers opportunities to achieve efficiency gains in day-to-day operations as well as investment planning.
Date/Time 25 October 2016
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
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 https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/41322
If you plan on attending, please RSVP by sending an e-mail to ieee.pi2.austin@zxtech.net
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Topic/Title Ideal Power Tour
Speaker Bill Alexander of http://www.idealpower.com/
Abstract A presentation and tour of Ideal Power's Austin facility which does design and testing (not manufacturing). By harnessing the power of software and semiconductor technology, Ideal Power has developed a power conversion system technology that uses transformerless isolation, eliminating the bulky and inefficient components that have been the mainstay of power conversion for decades. This new approach results in power conversion systems that are smaller, lighter, more reliable and more efficient than conventional technologies, dramatically reducing installed costs.
Date/Time 29 October 2016
Time: 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Location 4120 Freidrich Ln #100
Austin, Texas
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Reservations https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/40858
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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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Machine Type Communications for Internet of Things – Recent advances and future possibilities

Speaker

Prof. Jäntti Riku, Head of the department of Communications and Networking at Aalto University School of Electrical Engineering, Finland

Riku Jäntti (M’02 - SM’07) is an Associate Professor (tenured) in Communications Engineering and the head of the department of Communications and Networking at Aalto University School of Electrical Engineering, Finland. He received his M.Sc (with distinction) in Electrical Engineering in 1997 and D.Sc (with distinction) in Automation and Systems Technology in 2001, both from Helsinki University of Technology (TKK). Prior to joining Aalto (formerly known as TKK) in August 2006, he was professor pro tem at the Department of Computer Science, University of Vaasa. Prof. Jäntti is a senior member of IEEE and associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology. He is also a distinguished lecturer of the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society.  The research interests of Prof. Jäntti include radio resource control  and optimization for machine type communications, Cloud based Radio Access Networks,  spectrum and co-existence management and RF Inference.

Abstract

The Internet of Things (IoT) is the network of physical objects ‘things’. The connectivity requirements of the things depend heavily on the application. In this talk, we focus on the use cases that require low power consumption, long battery life, and are characterized by low duty cycle and massive number of low cost devices. This talk is divided into two parts. In the first part, we focus on Narrowband IoT system for low power cellular connectivity, and in the second part, we discuss ambient re-scatter communications that allow extreme low power short range connectivity.

Narrowband IoT (NB-IOT) is a recent 3GPPP standard that specifies narrow band low power long range connectivity for machine type communications (MTC). NB-IOT is non-backwards compliant version of LTE that has been optimized for MTC applications. It supports three modes of operation: standalone mode utilizing a GSM carrier, guard band mode utilizing resource blocks within a LTE carrier’s guradband and in-band mode utilizing resource blocks within a normal LTE carrier. Operators can start using NB-IOT on their own frequency bands simply by updating the base station software making NB-IOT deployment easy. Besides the standard cellular MTC use cases, NB-IOT could potentially be used for other types of IoT connectivity applications as well.  In this talk we will present a software defined radio based implementation of NB-IOT and discuss the system performance. We will also discuss the possible use cases of such an extreme light weight low cost base station implementation.

Even though NB-IOT is very low power radio, its power consumption still may exceed the capabilities of ultra-low power senor systems relaying on energy harvesting. The radio transceiver is one of the most energy hangry components of the IoT devices. In RFID systems, the reader transmits an unmodulated carrier signal that gets reflected and modulated from the RFID tag. The RFID tag itself does not need transceiver. It modulated the carrier by changing its reflection coefficient (impedance) which only requires a simple switching action. In ambient re/backscatter systems, the tag or sensor devices, modulated and re-scatters a modulated signal that is utilized by some other (primary) system for communications. The receiver of the primary communication link could try to demodulate both the original (primary) signal and the signal superimposed by the re-scatter devices. We show that such a bistatic re-scatter system can increase overall channel capacity and the excess capacity can be divided between the original communication link and the re-scatter system. That is, sensor information can be read from the devices with almost zero energy cost without interfering with the ongoing data transmission.

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4 October 2016
06:00PM to 08:00PM

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https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/40983

Location

AT&T Labs,
9505 Arboretum, Austin, TX

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Riku Jäntti (M’02 - SM’07) is an Associate Professor (tenured) in Communications Engineering and the head of the department of Communications and Networking at Aalto University School of Electrical Engineering, Finland. He received his M.Sc (with distinction) in Electrical Engineering in 1997 and D.Sc (with distinction) in Automation and Systems Technology in 2001, both from Helsinki University of Technology (TKK). Prior to joining Aalto (formerly known as TKK) in August 2006, he was professor pro tem at the Department of Computer Science, University of Vaasa. Prof. Jäntti is a senior member of IEEE and associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology. He is also a distinguished lecturer of the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society.  The research interests of Prof. Jäntti include radio resource control  and optimization for machine type communications, Cloud based Radio Access Networks,  spectrum and co-existence management and RF Inference.


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

Chapter Web Site

Topic/Title SOFIA, or Stratospheric Observatory For Infra-red Astronomy
Speaker Scott Atkinson
Scott is retired from the U. S. Air Force, as a Lt. Col. and locally from USAA.  He has experience in engineering and managerial positions which included Telecommunications, Information Technology and Project Management. 

He held assignments during his military career as Base Communications Operations Officer, Top Secret Control Officer, Crypto Custodian, Advisor to the California Air National Guard, Unit Commander and Disaster Recovery Officer.  He held two military technical specialties: Communications Officer and Research and Development Officer.

Scott received his formal education with a Degree in Physics from Texas A & I University, Kingsville, Texas in 1961 and an MBA from Pepperdine University, Malibu, California in 1979.

His business career included positions at Lockheed Electronics Company (at NASA Manned Spacecraft Center Houston) and Tenneco Inc. in Houston and USAA in San Antonio, TX.

These days he spends his time volunteering for his professional society the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and the San Antonio Genealogy and History Society.

Due to his Mother’s interest in genealogy, which was passed to him, he now spends time at his personal hobby in researching family history.

He became a member of the Sons of the American Revolution in May 2010.  Additionally he became a hereditary member of the Society of Cincinnati in the State Connecticut in April 2012.                            

He is currently researching his Revolutionary War Soldier, Major Ezekiel Scott of Farmington CT, and is writing a book on his life and times.  Of particular interest is his military experience that includes the French & Indian War and the Revolutionary War.

Scott and his wife Margaret have lived in San Antonio, Texas since January 1987.  They have two grown daughters and five grandchildren.
Abstract Scott Atkinson will present information obtained during his recent visit to the Neal Armstrong Flight Research Center in Palmdale California, which is located on Air Force Plant 42 (Home of the Lockheed Skunk Works). Specifically he will describe his personal tour given him by a member of the NASA Project, known as SOFIA, or Stratospheric Observatory For Infra-red Astronomy.  His presentation will include many pictures of the specially modified 747SP airplane that has a "Hubble" size telescope mounted in the rear of the plane as well as information on the research results from their many observations of Star Formations.
Date/Time 20 October 2016
11:30 am: Meet and order Lunch
12:00 pm: Presentation
1:00 pm: Meeting ends
Location Lion & Rose English Pub
842 NW Loop 410 (Park North)
San Antonio, Texas
Cost
Reservations https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/41258
Notes
Joint meeting with San Antonio Life Members and Com/SP Chapters

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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.

Topic/Title

BIOLOGICALLY INSPIRED MICROPHONES

Speaker

Neal A. Hall
Neal A. Hall received the B.S. degree in mechanical engineering from The University of Texas at Austin in 1999, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in mechanical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, in 2002 and 2004, respectively. From 2004 to 2006, he was an Intelligence Community Postdoctoral Fellow at Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM. He joined the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, The University of Texas at Austin, as an Assistant Professor in January 2009, where he performs research in the areas of silicon micromachined acoustic transducers, optics and photonics. Neal is a 2012 recipient of a DARPA Young Faculty Award (YFA) and a 2014 recipient of an ONR Young Investigator Award (YIA). He is also Founder and Chief Technology Officer of Silicon Audio, Inc. a start-up developing acoustic and seismic sensors.

Abstract

The parasitoid fly Ormia Ochracea has the remarkable ability to locate crickets using audible sound. This ability is, in fact, remarkable as the fly’s hearing mechanism spans only 1.5 mm, which is 50 times smaller than the wavelength of sound emitted by the cricket. The hearing mechanism is, for all practical purposes, a point in space with no significant interaural time or level differences to draw from. It has been discovered that evolution has empowered the fly with a hearing mechanism that utilizes multiple vibration modes to amplify interaural time and level differences. Here, we present a fully integrated, man-made mimic of the Ormia’s hearing mechanism capable of replicating the remarkable sound localization ability of the special fly. A silicon-micromachined prototype is presented which uses multiple piezoelectric sensing ports to simultaneously transduce two orthogonal vibration modes of the sensing structure, thereby enabling simultaneous measurement of sound pressure and pressure gradient.

Date/Time

06 October 2016
6:30 PM Doors open, pizza available
7:00 PM Talk and discussion
8:00 PM Adjourn

Location

Novati Technologies
Rio Grande conference room
2706 Montopolis Dr
Austin, Texas

Cost

Pizza and beverages will be available starting at 6:30 pm for a $5 donation

Reservations

https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/41283

Notes

Novati is located at 2706 Montopolis Drive, Austin, TX.  Once on-campus, park in the first lot and enter through the double-doors (if you drive by construction, you’ve gone too far).  At the security desk, tell the security guard you’re there for the IEEE Meeting.  An escort will come to take you to the meeting room.

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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

Chapter Web Site

Topic/Title


Speaker

Dr. Michael Frye
Dr. Michael Frye is an Associate Professor of Engineering at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, TX. Dr. Frye teaches circuit theory, system and control theory, engineering mathematics, and computer programming. Dr. Frye earned his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Houston in 1996, his Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from University of Southern California (USC) in 2000, and his Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at San Antonio in December of 2006. His area of research is in nonlinear control theory with applications to the robust and optimal flight control of rotorcraft Unmanned Aircraft Systems. Dr. Frye is a CO-PI for the UIW Autonomous Vehicle Systems Laboratory. Dr. Frye is an Associate Fellow in the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering. Dr. Frye has over 30 publications.

 From 1994 to 1996, Dr. Frye worked for Continental Airlines in Houston, TX as an intern with the Avionics Engineering where he was a system integrator for the RDR-4B Predictive Windshear System on the 747, DC-10, and A300 aircrafts. From 1997 to 1999, he was the lead project engineer for the U-2S Autopilot and AirData System (APADS) while working for the Lockheed Martin Skunk Works in Palmdale, CA. Dr. Frye's responsibilities included the design, integration, and flight testing of all APADS upgrades and configurations on the U-2S surveillance aircraft. From 1999 to 2000, as a graduate student at USC, Dr. Frye worked with the NASA Ames Rotorcraft Directorate assisting in the development of a nonlinear model for an autonomous rotorcraft vehicle. Upon graduation from USC, Dr. Frye was hired by AT&T Communications in their corporate Leadership Development Program. He held various supervisory positions in the AT&T Network while as a Special Services Installation and Network Operation Center Manager. Also, Dr. Frye held a position as a manager in AT&T Corporate Finance where he worked on financial reporting. He finished his career with AT&T as an Associate Director of Business Marketing for SBC Telecomm. In August 2003, Dr. Frye began his Ph.D. program at the University of Texas at San Antonio. From August 2003 to October 2006, Dr. Frye worked for Southwest Research Institute developing digital signal processing, detection, and estimation algorithms while as a graduate researcher.

Dr. Sree Nair
Dr. Sree Nair is an Assistant Professor of Physics at the University of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio, TX. Dr. Nair received her PhD in Physics (Nanomaterials and Laser Optics) and MS in Physics from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2011. She also earned Master’s degrees in Photonics and Applied Electronics from the University of Kerala, India. Her graduate research was primarily focused on the spectroscopic analyses of nanoparticles that have important military and biomedical applications, such as lasers, imaging, range finding, flash lidar, and remote sensing. Her current area of research is biologically inspired ground robots and particle swarm optimization. Dr. Nair has over 20 publications and given more than 40 presentations for national/international STEM conferences. Dr. Nair is a CO-PI for the UIW Autonomous Vehicle Systems Laboratory and a Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering. She teaches Physics for Engineers and Scientists, General Physics for STEM students, and Modern Physics for undergraduate Physics minor students.

During her graduate study in India, Dr. Nair also worked as a research intern at the Vikram Sarabhai Space Research Center (VSSC) with an emphasis on the analysis of important vacuum technologies used in rocket propulsion. She also worked as a R&D Assistant at Raman Research Institute, India, with a focus on the synthesis and surface science analysis of liquid crystal materials that are found to have potential applications in building soft actuators in robotics. Before joining UIW, Dr. Nair worked at Twist Education, LLC. San Antonio as a Subject Matter Physics Expert and developed educational games for K-12 students which were available to be downloaded through apple and android devices.

Abstract

Dr. Michael Frey, Associate Professor of Engineering, and Dr. Sree Nair, Assistant Professor of Physics, at the University of the Incarnate Word, will present information on the research and undergraduate education they are conducting in the Autonomous Vehicle Systems (AVS) Laboratory.  Their long-term research goal is to investigate techniques for autonomous control, collaboration, and decision-making in unstructured, dynamic, and uncertain nonlinear environments for ground and air vehicles.

The Autonomous Vehicle Systems (AVS) Lab is located at the University of the Incarnate Word in the School of Mathematics, Science, and Engineering. A multidisciplinary lab for research and education in the areas of autonomous vehicles, the AVS Lab is unique in the fact that it is entirely focused on undergraduate STEM research. Our undergraduate research students belong to various disciplines that include biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, and engineering. The AVS Lab is currently emphasizing its research on three primary areas: collaborative control, biologically inspired robots, and machine learning. The Lab is managed by Drs. Sreerenjini Nair and Michael Frye, both Co-Directors and Co-PIs of the AVS Lab. Our core research is funded primarily through various DoD grants. The AVS Lab also has a mission based project team of PIs and undergraduate students who are actively engaged in various community outreach programs funded through the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and other local funding agencies.

The purpose of the AVS Lab tour is to present the functionality of the lab through demos and hand-on exercises. Additionally, Drs. Frye and Nair and will discuss some of the ongoing research projects and community outreach programs managed by the AVS Lab.

Date/Time

14 October 2016
12:00 PM to 01:00 PM

Location

University of the Incarnate Word
4301 Broadway
San Antonio, Texas

Cost

https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/41022

Reservations

For the October 14 SMC/AES meeting at UIW, we will serve pizza.  In order to get an accurate head count we would like for attendees to register for the meeting on vTools (use link above).

Notes

Technical presentation, laboratory tour, and demonstration


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Austin Technology and Engineering Management Society (TEM)

Chapter Web Site

Topic/Title The Internet of Things (IoT) and Robotics
Speaker P. G. Ramachandran, Program Director, Accessibility Technology & Innovation, IBM Research
Abstract
Date/Time Tuesday October 25, 2016
6:00 Networking and snacks
6:30 Talk
7:30 Discussion
8:00 Adjourn
Location Galaxy Café
8127 Mesa Drive, Ste A100
Austin, Texas 78759
Cost
Registration https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/41397
Notes

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

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San Antonio Technology and Engineering Management Society

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Women in Engineering Affinity Group (WIE)

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Join us on the 4th Tuesday of each month at Cirrus Logic, 800 W. 6th St. Austin, TX 78701

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

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