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

Hello friends,
The Central Texas area has gained in popularity for hosting conferences and events, and we have some great events coming up for you:

   Oct 30 - Nov 4 AMTA 2016 Symposium (Antenna Measurement).  Tuesday is a free day for IEEE members!

  Nov 3 Rock Stars of Big Data 

  Nov 7-10 ICCAD 2016 International Conference on Computer-Aided Design

  Dec 8-9  ARFTG Microwave Measurement Conference

  Feb 4-8 IEEE/ACM International Symposium on Code Generation and Optimization

  Apr 30 – May 3 Custom Integrated Circuits Conference

For more, see our Central Texas Area Conferences page.

Do take advantage of your proximity to these terrific events, and join us!
Hope to see you soon,

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

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Membership Development

New to IEEE? Want a refresher on the benefits of your membership?

Go to http://www.ieee.org/start  for a step by step approach to maximizing your membership benefits.

ALSO, the IEEE has a special program to support new members with navigating all the benefits of being an IEEE member.  Each month IEEE hosts a New Member Orientation Webcasts that typically start at 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM ET.  These one hour Webcasts are intended to assist new IEEE members in navigating all the benefits of being an IEEE member.  Go to http://www.ieee.org/start and look for the “Register for orientation” hotlink on the right of the page.

Not an IEEEE Member?  Have you been waiting for the right time to join?

Join the IEEE this month and receive 14 months of the benefits of being an IEEE member for the price of 12.  Go to http://www.ieee.org/join to begin receiving all the benefits of being an IEEE member NOW.

 IEEE is the world's largest technical society, bringing members access to the industry's most essential technical information, networking opportunities, career development tools, and many other exclusive benefits.  To find out more, go to http://www.ieee.org/membership

Opportunity to make a difference as an Engineer!

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

Science Fair Judge – Yes it is science fair season again.  There is a number of science and engineering focused schools in the CTS area that host science fairs each year. Commitments are typically a half day.  Below are those upcoming science fairs known to the CTS.

If you look, there are many more local Science Fairs that are listed above.  Pick a school,  register, and go make a difference in the next generation of engineers!

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

Late last month, I received my brand new IEEE Life Senior Member certificate and membership card.  This means that as of the 2017 membership year I will be age 65 years or older and have been a member of IEEE for at least 35 years.  One of the benefits of being a life member is that my annual IEEE membership dues will be waived.  I remember that in my early years the annual dues were a significant personal expense and I questioned the value of my membership each year before renewing.  It was often a difficult decision because I was not engaged in many IEEE activities nor did I utilize IEEE services to a significant extent and as a result the value proposition was only marginally compelling.  Over time, the perceived value improved as I increased my utilization of IEEE services and participation in local section and technical society activities.  In recent years the value of my IEEE benefits significantly outweighed the cost of membership.  In addition, the annual dues represented a smaller proportion of my personal income and were less of a factor in my membership renewal decision process.  However, I have discovered that the cost side of the equation is less important than the benefit side, which is measured in terms of engagement rather than dollars.  Even the “free” membership that comes with my Life Senior Member status is of little value unless I continue to remain engaged in IEEE activities.  As it is with most activities in life, the more you put into it the more you get out of it.

As an analogy, consider the value proposition of an automobile.  The purpose of owning or leasing an automobile is for transportation and, unless it is a collectable, if it is not driven then it is of little value.  Even if the automobile is driven there are often more economical means of transportation available.  The value is appreciated in terms of convenience, comfort, accomplishment, prestige, a sense of freedom, and other factors related to enjoyment of the driving experience.  Therefore, just as the joy of owning or leasing an automobile is relative to its operation, the value of membership in IEEE is relative to engagement in activities and utilization of services.

It is relatively easy to get engaged in IEEE activities, but it is up to the individual to take the initiative to join in rather than to rely on being invited in.  Generally speaking, members of existing groups within organizations tend to socialize with each other and do not necessarily reach out to new members.  It is not that they are unfriendly or exclusive, and if one takes the initiative to join in they usually find themselves accepted in short order.  This is especially true in nonprofit organizations that rely on volunteers to conduct their operations.  More hands to share the work are almost always welcomed, and new volunteers will quickly find themselves totally immersed in a variety of activities.

There are many opportunities to get engaged in IEEE activities.  By way of example, my own experience was to get involved through technical conferences in my field of interest.  It is fairly safe to say that there are IEEE conferences in every field of interest that are considered to be the key gatherings of academicians, technical practitioners, government agencies, and/or industry to meet, make technical presentations, display new products, network, and socialize with each other.  If a conference does not exist, it is a great opportunity to organize one.  New IEEE members should identify and attend the key IEEE conferences in their technical field of interest, present technical papers, and volunteer to organize or lead sessions at these conferences.  After some time and experience, the members will be prepared to serve on conference organizing committees, offer to be the local host for future conferences in their cities, and chair the conferences.  The goal is to become recognized first as a “player” within the community and eventually a leader.

A related opportunity to get engaged in IEEE activities is through the technical societies.  When IEEE members identify the key conferences in their technical field of interest, they should also join the IEEE technical societies that sponsor these conferences.  Membership in technical societies expand members opportunities to obtain the latest information in their field of interest, interact with peers in their field, participate in the development of relevant IEEE Standards, recognize others or be recognized for professional achievements, and interact with other professionals sharing common interests through participation in local chapter activities.  These activities tend to lead to greater involvement and leadership opportunities with the technical societies.

An added benefit of membership in an IEEE technical society is the opportunity to participate in meetings of the chapter of that society within the member’s local section.  Attendance of chapter meetings is another way to meet professionals with common technical interest, share ideas and experiences, build networks, develop friendships, and grow professionally.  In my case, there was not an existing local chapter of my technical society, so I worked with other section members to create one.  I have met many new colleagues and established meaningful personal relationships as a result, and so can you.

These are but a few of the ways to get engaged in IEEE activities.  There are many other ways to participate including the development of IEEE Standards, publication of IEEE Journals, serving as an IEEE ABET program evaluator, joining special interest groups, etc.  Check out these opportunities and get engaged in a way that you find meaningful and rewarding.  It is a great way to boost your career.

Walt Downing IEEE LSM
Chair Joint Systems, Man & Cybernetics Society (SMC) & Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society (AESS)


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


IEEE Free Day at AMTA and AMTA Student Day
IEEE Free Day means members can visit the AMTA exhibition at NO CHARGE on Wed, Nov 2.  Normally the badge fee is $45 so that is a good deal.  The exhibition is pretty impressive with a lot of intstrumentation and software demos, etc.
 
AMTA Student Day is free to all local college and engineering students from 11 am – 7 pm on Tues, Nov 1.  The day includes some great presentations, free lunch and dinner, plus an antenna design contest (with prizes)  AMTA exhibitors also use this day to informally meet students and possibly recruit new hires during the scavenger hunt in the exhibit hall.  Last year over 70 students attended Student Day at our conference in Southern CA.  This year is the 10th year anniversary of AMTA Student Day so we want to have record attendance (especially since the conference is in Texas and everything’s bigger in Texas)!  Details are at http://amta2016.org/student-day.html

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
As a special benefit to IEEE members for the month of October, IEEE-USA E-Books will offer “Shaping an Engineering Career--Book 3/Vol. 2: Advancing to Management.” Author Alan C. 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 This e-book is available 1 October to 15 November.

Get your free e-book (log in to your IEEE Account, add book to your cart, and use promo code OCTFREE16 at checkout)

In November, IEEE-USA E-Books will offer "A Living Resume--Vol. 3: Documenting Your Professional Service, Community Service & Consultancies." 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. This e-book is available 1 November to 15 December.

Get your free e-book (log in to your IEEE Account, add book to your cart, and use promo code NOVFREE16 at checkout)

To purchase IEEE members-only products and to receive the member discount on eligible products, members must log in with their IEEE Accounts.

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.

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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

IEEE how has an App (available for both iOS and Android) to help IEEE members identify IEEE events or conferences has been released. The app will use the geolocation feature of the user's phone to identify events happening nearby.
Using the search functionality allows the user to find events by:
  • Event/Conference title
  • Date and event types
  • City
  • State/province
  • Country
  • Regions
  • Sections
  • Chapters
  • IEEE sponsoring Societies/Councils
Download the free app from the Apple iTunes or Google Play store.

If you work in Computing, you might be interested in a short video from IBM that talks about their development of the first disk drive, the RAMAC. The video was made in the mid 1950s, but it is interesting if you are interested in computer history. I made some comparisons between the RAMAC 350 and a typical disk available today.

There is a mini series coming in November to the National Geographic Channel, "Mars: Our Future of the red planet", based upon the book by the same name. I watched the first episode available now on their web site and it looks to be a good mix of documentary footage of the challenges of getting to Mars along with dramatic fiction of the first manned mission. You can take alook at the trailer if you are interested in space exploration.

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


IEEE PES has announced their 2016-2017 PES Scholars.
There were 230 scholarships awarded this year.
 
I am very proud (at several levels) to report that there were:
  • 6 from Central Texas
  • 5 from UT-Austin (national average was two per institution represented)
  • 1 from TSU
  • 4 females from Central Texas (66% - national average was 25%)
 
The Central Texas recipients were:
  • Julia Conger, University of Texas at Austin, 2018
  • Madeline Drake, University of Texas at Austin, 2017
  • Garrett Maples, University of Texas at Austin, 2017
  • Kassandra Smith, University of Texas at Austin, 2018
  • Oriana Wong, University of Texas at Austin, 2017
  • Michael Rodriguez, Texas State University, 2017
Great student participation and performance! Congratulations to all.


Senior Design Day at Texas State
Senior Design Day
Ingram School of Engineering
 
December 9, 2016
9:00AM - 4:00PM
Embassy Suites, San Marcos TX

Exciting New Engineering Capstone Projects!

Electrical - Manufacturing

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


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Conferences, Meetings and Events

Local IEEE Conferences, Events or Workshops

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 4, 2016: Workshop on Technical Standards and Consensus Building
Delivered by highly experienced standards developers and industry professionals, this unique workshop is designed to teach students, educators and working engineers about technical standards and standards development. Topics include the importance of standards to industry, fundamentals of standards development, case studies on IEEE 802.11 (WiFi) and IEEE 802.3 Ethernet Standards, and an interactive multi-hour consensus-building exercise.

10:00AM to 4:00PM.
There is no charge – but reservations are necessary to attend [limited attendance] and to get lunch
Reservations: https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/41649
Location: Texas State University, Ingram School of Engineering
749 Comanche Street. San Marcos, TX 78666
5th Floor, RFM Building – Room 5242

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)

The ICICDT is the forum for engineers, researchers, graduate students, and professors, to cross the design-technology boundary through interactions with design, technology, and process experts to develop the skills for future IC research and development.

Abstract Submission deadline: 06 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

For further information visit http://www.icicdt.org

June 18-22, 2017: Design Automation Conference (DAC)

The Premier Conference for the Design & Automation of Electronic Systems
DAC is accepting submissions for the Research Track, Designer Track, and IP Track on the following themes: Electronic Design Automation (EDA), Electronic Systems & Software (ESS), Design, Intellectual Property (IP), Internet of Things (IoT), Automotive, and Security.  DAC offers outstanding training, education, exhibits and superb networking opportunities for designers, researchers, tool developers and vendors.


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


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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.


November 4, 2016: Educators' Day at TechShop Austin-Round Rock
Friday, November 4, 2016
5:30 PM
TechShop Austin-Round Rock
120 Sundance Parkway Suite #350
Round Rock, TX 78681

What is Educators' Day? An Open House at TechShop Austin-Round Rock to meet our local educators, librarians, and individuals who work with youth and young adults. LEARN MORE . . .


November 10, 2017: Austin Design Week - TechShop Studio Tour with Pretty Smart Homes
3:00 PM
TechShop Austin-Round Rock
120 Sundance Parkway Suite #350
Round Rock, TX

Austin Design Week Celebrate Austin design through a week of workshops, talks, studio tours and events this November as the city celebrates its creative economy in the inaugural Austin Design Week. We’ve invited the community to propose and showcase...
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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.


December 19, 2016: TechShop Member Orientation - Open to the public
Saturday, November 19, 2016
6:30 PM
TechShop Austin-Round Rock
120 Sundance Parkway Suite #350
Round Rock, TX 78681

Welcome to TechShop! We're excited that you are thinking about or already have joined our vibrant community and want to take advantage of all the equipment and classes that TechShop has to offer. You are invited to join us for our New Member Orientation. LEARN MORE

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.

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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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Alejandro Aceves
Alejandro Aceves earned his MS in Applied Mathematics at the California Institute of Technology in 1983 and his PhD in Applied Mathematics, University of Arizona in 1988. Between 1989 and 2008, he moved through the ranks from Assistant to Full Professor of Mathematics at the University of New Mexico, where he held the position of Chair of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics between 2004 and 2008. He is currently Professor and Department Chair of Mathematics at Southern Methodist University. He has had visiting positions at Brown University, Universita di Brescia Italy, University of Limoges and University of Rouen, France and has been a visiting scientist at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, the US Air Force Laboratory and Bell Laboratories.

Aceves has worked in the general area of modeling nonlinear wave phenomena predominantly in the field of nonlinear optics and photonics and more recently in climate models. He has authored or co-authored over 90 publications and has mentored numerous PhD students and postdoctoral fellows. He is a a member of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) where he served as Chair of the Nonlinear Waves and Coherent Structures activity group. He has also served as advisor of the mathematical modeling in nonlinear optics of the US Air Force Office of Scientific Research. In 2016, he was elected Fellow of the Optical Society of America.

Abstract

Recent developments in the areas of nanophotonics and metamaterials present exciting opportunities for the design of faster, smaller, more efficient photonic-based devices. Parallel to technological advances there is a need for theoretical investigations of the dynamics of light propagating in such media. In this talk we will discuss such dynamics in different settings, including PT-symmetric and graphene-based couplers and binary arrays.

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16 November 2016
10:30 AM to 11:30 AM

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https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/41085

Location

UT Austin
1616 Guadalupe St.
Austin, Texas
Building: UTA
Room Number: 7.532

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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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INTERNET OF THINGS (IOT): HARDWARE AND APPLICATIONS POINTS OF VIEW

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Kadaba R. (Kumar) Lakshmikumar
Edgar Sánchez-Sinencio (IEEE F’92, LF’10) was born in Mexico City, Mexico. He received the degree in communications and electronic engineering (Professional degree) from the National Polytechnic Institute of Mexico, Mexico City, the M.S.E.E. degree from Stanford University, Stanford, CA, and the Ph.D. degree from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, in 1966, 1970, and 1973, respectively.

 He has graduated 58 M.Sc. and 47 Ph.D. students. He is a co-author of six books on different topics, such as RF circuits, low-voltage low-power analog circuits, class-d amplifiers, and neural networks. His most recent book is “Design Techniques for Integrated CMOS Class-D Audio Amplifiers” by A. Colli-Menchi, M. A. Rojas-Gonzalez and E. Sanchez-Sinencio, World Scientific Publishing 2017. He is currently the TI J. Kilby Chair Professor, University Distinguished Professor and Director of the Analog and Mixed-Signal Center at Texas A&M University. His current interests are in the area of ultra-low power analog circuits, RF Circuits, Harvesting techniques, Power Management, and Medical Electronics Circuit Design.

He is a former Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems II and a former IEEE CAS Vice President–Publications. In November 1995 he was awarded a Honoris Causa Doctorate by the National Institute for Astrophysics, Optics and Electronics, Mexico. This degree was the first honorary degree awarded for microelectronic circuit-design contributions. He is a co-recipient of the 1995 Guillemin-Cauer Award for his work on cellular networks. He received the Texas Senate Proclamation # 373 for Outstanding Accomplishments in 1996. He was also the co-recipient of the 1997 Darlington Award for his work on high-frequency filters. He received the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society Golden Jubilee Medal in 1999. He is the recipient of the prestigious IEEE Circuits and Systems Society 2008 Charles A. Desoer Technical Achievement Award. He was the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society’s Representative to the IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society during 2000–2002. He was a member of the IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society Fellow Award Committee from 2002 to 2004. He is a former (2012-2013) Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Circuit and Systems Society and a member of the IEEE ISSCC Analog Committee member (2012-2016). He is the Guest Analog Editor of the Special Issue of the IEEE Journal of Solid State Circuits December 2016. He is also a Co-Guest Editor of the Special Issue on Internet of Things to be published in the IEEE Trans. on Circuits and Systems –I on June 2017. He has an h-index=42 according to the Scopus database.

Abstract

IoT interest is rapidly growing because the host of applications and its growing potential market. There are several aspects for IoT.  We are concentrating in this presentation on IC.  Low power hardware and practical applications. Energy harvesting power management for different energy harvesting sources is discussed.  To illustrate photovoltaic, thermal generators, piezoelectric and RF harvesting are considered. The design of power management for the different EH sources and their capabilities and limitations are discussed. We discuss general concepts independent of the nature of the EH source. Finally, some important examples of applications in different fields are presented.

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02 November 2016
12:00 PM to 01:00 PM

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https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/41788

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UT Austin
100 E 24th St
Austin, Texas
United States 78712
Building: NHB
Room Number: 1.720

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Active Filters: Past and Current Design Methods Trade-offs

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Kadaba R. (Kumar) Lakshmikumar
Edgar Sánchez-Sinencio (IEEE F’92, LF’10) was born in Mexico City, Mexico. He received the degree in communications and electronic engineering (Professional degree) from the National Polytechnic Institute of Mexico, Mexico City, the M.S.E.E. degree from Stanford University, Stanford, CA, and the Ph.D. degree from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, in 1966, 1970, and 1973, respectively.

 He has graduated 58 M.Sc. and 47 Ph.D. students. He is a co-author of six books on different topics, such as RF circuits, low-voltage low-power analog circuits, class-d amplifiers, and neural networks. His most recent book is “Design Techniques for Integrated CMOS Class-D Audio Amplifiers” by A. Colli-Menchi, M. A. Rojas-Gonzalez and E. Sanchez-Sinencio, World Scientific Publishing 2017. He is currently the TI J. Kilby Chair Professor, University Distinguished Professor and Director of the Analog and Mixed-Signal Center at Texas A&M University. His current interests are in the area of ultra-low power analog circuits, RF Circuits, Harvesting techniques, Power Management, and Medical Electronics Circuit Design.

He is a former Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems II and a former IEEE CAS Vice President–Publications. In November 1995 he was awarded a Honoris Causa Doctorate by the National Institute for Astrophysics, Optics and Electronics, Mexico. This degree was the first honorary degree awarded for microelectronic circuit-design contributions. He is a co-recipient of the 1995 Guillemin-Cauer Award for his work on cellular networks. He received the Texas Senate Proclamation # 373 for Outstanding Accomplishments in 1996. He was also the co-recipient of the 1997 Darlington Award for his work on high-frequency filters. He received the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society Golden Jubilee Medal in 1999. He is the recipient of the prestigious IEEE Circuits and Systems Society 2008 Charles A. Desoer Technical Achievement Award. He was the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society’s Representative to the IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society during 2000–2002. He was a member of the IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society Fellow Award Committee from 2002 to 2004. He is a former (2012-2013) Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Circuit and Systems Society and a member of the IEEE ISSCC Analog Committee member (2012-2016). He is the Guest Analog Editor of the Special Issue of the IEEE Journal of Solid State Circuits December 2016. He is also a Co-Guest Editor of the Special Issue on Internet of Things to be published in the IEEE Trans. on Circuits and Systems –I on June 2017. He has an h-index=42 according to the Scopus database.

Abstract

Electronic filters is a familiar topic for analog designers. We will briefly discussed their origin and its evolution. From passive discrete components filter, active-RC with tubes (bulbs), then with transistors and finally monolithic and fully integrated. The integrated CMOS Active –RC has morphed into very creative and practical filters.  In particular, we will touch key issues of the following filter types:

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02 November 2016
03:00 PM to 04:00 PM

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https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/41789

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UT Austin
201 East 24th St
Austin, Texas
United States 78712
Building: POB
Room Number: 2.402

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Phase noise in LC oscillators: from the basic concepts to advanced topologies

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Carlo Samori
Carlo Samori received the Ph.D. in electrical engineering in 1995, at the Politecnico di Milano, Italy, where he is now a professor. His research interests are in the area of RF circuits, in particular of design and analysis of VCOs and high performance frequency synthesizers. He has collaborated with several semiconductor companies. He is a co-author of more than 100 papers and of the book Integrated Frequency Synthesizers for Wireless Systems (Cambridge University Press, 2007). Prof. Samori has been a member of the Technical Program Committee of the IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference and he is a member of the European Solid-State Circuits Conference. He has been Guest Editor for the December 2014 issue of the Journal of Solid-State Circuits.

Abstract

Despite having been the subject of extensive study in last 20 years for the solid-state IC community, the phase noise in voltage-controlled oscillators (VCOs) is still today an important research subject. The main reason is that phase noise is one of the main issues encountered during the design of a transceiver whose understanding is an essential know-how for an RF designer. A second reason is that the intrinsic time-variant nature of VCOs makes these circuits difficult to analyze, therefore new topologies are often proposed, claiming advantages in term of phase noise and/or dissipation that in several cases are hard both to understand and verify without a direct implementation.

This lecture will start from the basics of LC VCOs and of phase noise. The phase noise will be calculated in basic topologies and the fundamental trade-off with power dissipation and tuning range will be highlighted. The lecture then will continue by presenting advance VCO topologies, showing how these circuits typically aim to enhance either the current or the voltage efficiency, in order to improve the phase noise vs. power dissipation trade-off.

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21 November 2016
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

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https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/41248

Location

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

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DTC-based digital PLLs

Speaker

Carlo Samori
Carlo Samori received the Ph.D. in electrical engineering in 1995, at the Politecnico di Milano, Italy, where he is now a professor. His research interests are in the area of RF circuits, in particular of design and analysis of VCOs and high performance frequency synthesizers. He has collaborated with several semiconductor companies. He is a co-author of more than 100 papers and of the book Integrated Frequency Synthesizers for Wireless Systems (Cambridge University Press, 2007). Prof. Samori has been a member of the Technical Program Committee of the IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference and he is a member of the European Solid-State Circuits Conference. He has been Guest Editor for the December 2014 issue of the Journal of Solid-State Circuits.

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Digitally-intensive phase-locked loops (PLLs) have emerged in recent years as an important alternative to analog PLLs also for fractional-N synthesis in wireless applications where a very demanding spectral purity is required, in particular when scaled CMOS technologies are employed. The main reasons for this success is probably that digital circuits enable powerful calibration techniques, running in background, that allow relaxing the impact of analog impairments. The key block of these topologies is the time to digital converter (TDC), which completely equivalent to an ADC, whose performance (dissipation, resolution and linearity) often influence the overall PLL spectral purity (phase noise and spurs) and power dissipation. An alternative approach employs a one-bit TDC driven by a multi bit digital-to-time converter (DTC) in feedback. By leveraging the cancellation of quantization noise in the digital domain, it is possible to realize a fractional-N synthesizer for wireless specifications with much lower dissipation with respect to the TDC-based solution. In this sense, the DTC-based digital PLL fully typify the digitally-intensive approach. In this lecture, first the basics of digital PLLs for wireless applications will be presented. The focus will then move to the main trade-off, showing how a single-bit TDC allows a significant improvement in term of jitter vs. power trade-off, and how the use of a DTC will enable this solution. Different solutions will be reviewed together with adaptive techniques that improve the DTC linearity with negligible penalty in term of noise and power dissipations.

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21 November 2016
06:00 PM to 08:00 PM

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https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/41249

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

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PLASMONIC PROPERTIES OF METALLIC AND HYBRID NANOSTRUCTURES

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Nicolas Large
Nicolas Large is an Assistant Professor of Physics at The University of Texas at San Antonio.  After obtaining his B.S. and M.S. in Physics at the Paul Sabatier University of Toulouse, France, he obtained a dual Ph.D. degree in 2011 in Nanophysics from Paul Sabatier University of Toulouse and in Physics of Nanostructures and Advanced Materials from the University of the Basque Country in San Sebastián, Spain. He worked jointly in the Center of Materials Physics (CSIC) and Donostia International Physics Center (DIPC) in San Sebastián, and at the Center for Materials Elaboration and Structural Studies (CNRS, Toulouse) where he was supervised by Profs. Javier Aizpurua and Adnen Mlayah. Later, Dr. Large worked as a postdoctoral researcher in the group of Prof. Peter Nordlander at Rice University in Houston (2012-2014), and in the group of Prof. George Schatz at Northwestern University in Chicago area (2014-2016). During his doctoral and postdoctoral work, Dr. Large developed novel several approaches and numerical methods for the calculations of optical properties of semiconductor and plasmonic systems, including new models for the description of acoustic Raman scattering, and electron-based spectroscopies. He also conducted fundamental and applied studies for a large variety of plasmonic-based systems. He is currently conducting research in the field of theoretical nanophotonics and focuses on the modeling of the optical response of semiconductor (excitonic), metallic (plasmonic), and hybrid (plexcitonic, plasphonic, magneto-plasmonic) nanosystems.

Abstract

Nanophotonics has become a very active interdisciplinary research field during the past decades. With the development of new advent technologies, a deep understanding of the optical, electronic, thermal, and chemical properties of materials at the nanoscale became crucial. Furthermore, recent advances in the control of bottom-up and top-down nanofabrication techniques allow for the synthesis of novel materials, geometries, and devices at the nanoscale, thus revealing new physical effects and pushing away the limits of the Terra Incognita in nanosciences. The development of theoretical models, and the use of advanced numerical simulations and modeling, is necessary not only to correctly understand these new properties but also to guide experimentalists in the design of the future nanostructures and in the tailoring of new physical properties. Here, I will present some recent work on plasmonic nanosystems and their use for localized surface plasmon resonance sensing, electron-based and surface-enhanced spectroscopies (EELS, CL, SERS, TERS, SHG), plasmon-enhanced chemistry, control of light, optoelectronic and photovoltaic applications. Along the way, I will present some state-of-the-art studies of fundamental physical processes in hybrid nanostructures such as plasmon-vibration and plexcitonic couplings and novel computational and theoretical models and methods (EELS-FDTD and SHG.

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07 December 2016
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

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https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/41463

Location

UT Austin
1616 Guadalupe St.
Austin, Texas
Room Number: 7.532

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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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5G and Future Wireless Internet: Challenges and Emerging Technologies

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Distinguished Lecturer Dr. H. Anthony Chan, Huawei
H. Anthony Chan received his PhD in physics at University of Maryland, College Park in 1982 and then continued post-doctorate research there in basic science. After joining the former AT&T Bell Labs in 1986, his work moved to industry-oriented research in areas of interconnection, electronic packaging, reliability, and assembly in manufacturing, and then moved again to network management, network architecture and standards for both wireless and wireline networks. He moved to academia as professor at University of Cape Town in 2004, and moved again to industry research as he joined Huawei Technologies in Dallas USA in 2007. His current research in the Wireless Research and Standards organization of Huawei Technologies is in 5G Wireless core network with software defined network and network virtualization.

 Anthony is a Fellow of IEEE, a honorary professor at The University of Hong Kong, and an adjunct professor of Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He contributes to IETF and IEEE802.21 standards and had chaired IEEE Standard 802.21c Task Group on Single Radio Handover Optimization. He has authored/co-authored over 200 conference and journal papers, a research handbook, several book chapters, and over 20 US patents. He is a Distinguished Lecturer/Speaker of IEEE Communication Society and of IEEE Reliability Society. He had delivered 10 conference keynotes and 40 conference tutorials / short courses. His talks attempt to bring in practical issues from the industry while also offering conceptual clarity to be of broader interest to the audience.

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Wireless devices are becoming more diverse with not just over 6 billion wireless phones but also possibly a much larger number of sensors, machines contributing to machine to machine communication, and practical everything in the so called Internet of Things (IoT). With an anticipated growth in orders of magnitude of the number of these devices by year 2025, more dense radio networks are emerging. Both data and signaling from mobile devices are expected to grow exponentially over the next five or more years. The cellular networks serving cellular phones and mobile devices globally have employed centralized control with different network functions arranged in a hierarchy. On the other hand, the Internet which is originally built for fixed users is making perhaps the biggest changes to serve the wireless users. Meanwhile networks are being transformed with software defined networking as well as network function virtualization and cloudification as the technologies in communication technologies and information technologies are merging. Standards to define 5G technologies are underway.

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01 December 2016
6:00 p.m. Networking and Gathering
6:20 p.m. Call to Order, Announcement
6:30 p.m. Presentation
7:30 p.m. Q&A
8:00 p.m. Meeting Survey Feedback, Networking

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Free

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https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/41681

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AT&T Labs
9505 Arboretum
Austin, Texas
United States 78729
Room Number: #220

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Joint meeting between the Austin ComSP Society and Austin Computer Society


Topic/Title Trusted Automated Vehicles
Speaker Prof. Todd E. Humphreys, associate professor in the department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics at the University of Texas Austin
Abstract The next few decades will see automated vehicles become critical to the world economy. But daunting challenges that must be overcome to ensure trustworthy operation: Even under fairly benign conditions it has proven difficult to ensure that automated vehicles can be trusted to locate themselves accurately and to avoid obstacles. In adverse weather, or—worse yet—under a deliberate sensory attack, the difficulty is greatly magnified: How can automated vehicles reliably operate when facing both outliers and outlaws, both faults and fraud?
 
This talk will focus on reliable automated vehicle localization despite poor weather, dense urban environments, and sensor deception, including GPS/GNSS, radar, and V2V sensing.
Date/Time 15 December, 2016
06:00PM to 08:00PM
Location AT&T Labs,
9505 Arboretum, Austin, TX
Cost
Reservations https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/41818
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Joint meeting between the Austin ComSP Society and Austin Computer Society

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San Antonio Computer Society (C)

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Date/Time 15 November 2016
07:00 PM to 09:00 PM
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Reservations https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/40887
Location St. Mary's University
1 Camino Santa Maria
San Antonio, Texas
Building: University Center
Room Number: Conference Room B (2nd Floor)
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Central Texas Consultants Network Affinity Group

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Practical Details on Ufer Grounds

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James J. Mercier of (PI)² [IEEE CTS PES/IAS/PELS/IES joint society Chapter]
James J. Mercier is a Texas Licensed Professional Engineer, an IEEE Life Senior Member, and an active member of the PES/IAS/PELS/IES joint society Chapter known as (PI)².  James is also an IBEW Journeyman and a Texas Licensed Master Electrician with aviriety of construction experience spread over 40-years.  In spite of his electrical activity, James is actually a Civil Engineer and a Life Member of ASCE.  The electrical/civil combination makes him an ideal person to talk about concrete, reinforcing steel (rebar), and how to assure a good electrical ground with them.

Abstract

We are taught that concrete encased steel creates a Ufer ground which is an excellent grounding electrode for an electrical service.  (Ufer is the inventor's last name.)  But, what is a Ufer ground and how do we know it's the best?  Why does the National Electrical Code prefer a driven ground rod to a Ufer ground?  James will discuss what constitutes an acceptable Ufer ground, what can render a Ufer ground ineffective, and how to prevent problems in construction.  He also has anecdotal evidence of just how effective a Ufer ground is for lightning.

Date/Time

16 November 2016
6:00 to 6:30pm -- Networking
6:30 to 8:30pm -- Business and Program

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Reservations

https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/41812

Location

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.

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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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Emerging Memory Subsystems for Internet-of-Things

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S.H. Kang of Qualcomm Technologies [An Electron Devices Society Distinguished Lecturer]

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Emerging Internet-of-Things (IOT) demands an energy-efficient network of smart nodes (semiconductor devices coupled with sensors) connected to gateways and the cloud that serves big data. Such nodes, distributed widely in various form factors, need to be always-on, always-aware, and always-connected, despite the fact that their active duty cycles are low (<~1%), leaving them predominantly on a standby mode. In addition, these systems are expected to be secure and available at low costs. Accordingly, these create both challenges and opportunities for nonvolatile integrated circuits, in particular, embedded nonvolatile memories (eNVM). Owing to intrinsic limitations of conventional memory technologies, present IOT systems rely both on a nonvolatile storage and on a volatile working memory. In a typical IOT cycle, the execution code is read from the NVM directly or indirectly through the working memory. In addition, the transitory data pertaining to the active cycle need to be written to and read back from the working memory. When the duty cycle is low, as in the case of IOT devices, the energy consumption can be dominated by moving the code from NVM, moving the data to NVM, and retaining at least a portion of the working memory (SRAM) in standby mode between power cycles. A unified memory subsystem that combines these two types of memories can make such transactions unnecessary and improve the overall energy efficiency dramatically. This can be realized with an emerging memory such as STT-MRAM, a new class of NVM, which is capable of fast and practically unlimited read and write operations. Furthermore, such a unified memory subsystem can provide persistency, atomicity and anti-tearing which are much desired attributes for secure information transactions, mitigating vulnerabilities of certain IOT devices.

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Thursday November 17th,  6PM

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Yes, light snacks & drinks

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https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/41650

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Novati Conference Room, 2706 Montopolis Drive, Austin, Texas

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Jeff Wetzel will be our local host - He has asked "We are a Trusted facility and that requires visitors to state their citizenship status to gain access to the building;  foreign nationals (but not green card holders) need to show their passports.  - - To this end - Please enter your citizenship in the field labeled "Phone Number"

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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)

Topic/Title Infrared Photo-induced Force Microscopy
Speaker Sung Park
Dr. Park is the CEO of Molecular Vista, which he co-founded with Prof. Kumar Wickramasinghe (UC Irvine, formerly of IBM) in 2011 to provide research and industrial tools for rapid and nanoscale imaging with chemical identification.  He has 25 years of experience of industrial R&D, engineering, marketing and sales, and operations, having co-founded Park Scientific Instruments (PSI), which was one of the first commercial companies to develop and sell scanning tunneling microscopes (STM) and atomic force microscopes (AFM).  PSI was sold to Thermo Instruments 1997; by then, it had sold upwards of 1,000 instruments to customers worldwide. Just prior to founding Molecular Vista, Dr. Park served as the General Manager of Park Systems, Inc.  Prior to founding Park Scientific Instruments, he worked as a post-doc at IBM Watson Research Center.  He earned his Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Stanford University and BA in Physics from Pomona College.
Abstract Infrared Photo-induced Force Microscopy (IR PiFM) is based on an atomic force microscopy (AFM) platform that is coupled to a widely tunable mid-IR laser. PiFM measures the dipole induced at or near the surface of a sample by an excitation light source by detecting the dipole-dipole force that exists between the induced dipole in the sample and the mirror image dipole in the metallic AFM tip. This interaction is strongly affected by the optical absorption spectrum of the sample, thereby providing a significant spectral contrast mechanism which can be used to differentiate between chemical species. Due to its AFM heritage, PiFM acquires both the topography and spectral images concurrently and naturally provides information on the relationship between local chemistry and topology with sub 10 nm spatial resolution on a variety of samples. PiFM spectral images surpass spectral images that are generated via other techniques such as scanning transmission X-ray microscopy (based on synchrotron source), micro confocal Raman microscopy, and electron microscopes, both in spatial resolution and chemical specificity. The breadth of the capabilities of PiFM will be highlighted by presenting data on various material systems (organics, inorganics, 1D/2D, bio-molecules, and nano-photonic materials). By enabling imaging at the nm-scale with chemical specificity, PiFM provides a powerful new analytical method for deepening our understanding of nanomaterials and facilitating technological applications of such materials.
Date/Time 09 November 2016
02:00 PM to 03:00 PM
Location 10100 Burnet Road
Microelectronics Research Center
Austin, Texas
Building: 160
Room Number: 2.114
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Reservations https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/41858
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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


Topic/Title Strategies for Required Minimum Distributions from IRAs
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Date/Time 15 November 2016
2PM - 4PM
Location PoK-e-Jo's Smokehouse
2121 West Parmer Lane at Lamplight Village Ave.
Austin, Texas
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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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  San Antonio Power and Energy Society (PE)

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Product Safety Engineering Society (PSE)

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  • Lessons to be learned from the Samsung 7 recall
  • An update and demonstration of the use of QR codes for product safety labeling
  • Election of CTPSES officers for 2017
  • Planning for the 2017 meeting topics
Speaker Gary Schrempp and Daniece Carpenter, Dell Technologies Product Safety Group
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Date/Time November 15, 2016 at 7:00pm (come early for some networking time!)
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Reservations Please RSVP to Dale Ritzen using email address austin278757@yahoo.com
Location Dell Technologies East Parmer Lane Campus, Victoria conference room.
Notes For directions to the meeting place please contact Dale Ritzen at the email address above.

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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


Topic/Title

5G and Future Wireless Internet: Challenges and Emerging Technologies

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Distinguished Lecturer Dr. H. Anthony Chan, Huawei
H. Anthony Chan received his PhD in physics at University of Maryland, College Park in 1982 and then continued post-doctorate research there in basic science. After joining the former AT&T Bell Labs in 1986, his work moved to industry-oriented research in areas of interconnection, electronic packaging, reliability, and assembly in manufacturing, and then moved again to network management, network architecture and standards for both wireless and wireline networks. He moved to academia as professor at University of Cape Town in 2004, and moved again to industry research as he joined Huawei Technologies in Dallas USA in 2007. His current research in the Wireless Research and Standards organization of Huawei Technologies is in 5G Wireless core network with software defined network and network virtualization.

 Anthony is a Fellow of IEEE, a honorary professor at The University of Hong Kong, and an adjunct professor of Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He contributes to IETF and IEEE802.21 standards and had chaired IEEE Standard 802.21c Task Group on Single Radio Handover Optimization. He has authored/co-authored over 200 conference and journal papers, a research handbook, several book chapters, and over 20 US patents. He is a Distinguished Lecturer/Speaker of IEEE Communication Society and of IEEE Reliability Society. He had delivered 10 conference keynotes and 40 conference tutorials / short courses. His talks attempt to bring in practical issues from the industry while also offering conceptual clarity to be of broader interest to the audience.

Abstract

Wireless devices are becoming more diverse with not just over 6 billion wireless phones but also possibly a much larger number of sensors, machines contributing to machine to machine communication, and practical everything in the so called Internet of Things (IoT). With an anticipated growth in orders of magnitude of the number of these devices by year 2025, more dense radio networks are emerging. Both data and signaling from mobile devices are expected to grow exponentially over the next five or more years. The cellular networks serving cellular phones and mobile devices globally have employed centralized control with different network functions arranged in a hierarchy. On the other hand, the Internet which is originally built for fixed users is making perhaps the biggest changes to serve the wireless users. Meanwhile networks are being transformed with software defined networking as well as network function virtualization and cloudification as the technologies in communication technologies and information technologies are merging. Standards to define 5G technologies are underway.

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01 December 2016
6:00 p.m. Networking and Gathering
6:20 p.m. Call to Order, Announcement
6:30 p.m. Presentation
7:30 p.m. Q&A
8:00 p.m. Meeting Survey Feedback, Networking

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Free

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https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/41681

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AT&T Labs
9505 Arboretum
Austin, Texas
United States 78729
Room Number: #220

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Joint meeting between the Austin ComSP Society and Austin Computer Society

Topic/Title Trusted Automated Vehicles
Speaker Prof. Todd E. Humphreys, associate professor in the department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics at the University of Texas Austin
Abstract The next few decades will see automated vehicles become critical to the world economy. But daunting challenges that must be overcome to ensure trustworthy operation: Even under fairly benign conditions it has proven difficult to ensure that automated vehicles can be trusted to locate themselves accurately and to avoid obstacles. In adverse weather, or—worse yet—under a deliberate sensory attack, the difficulty is greatly magnified: How can automated vehicles reliably operate when facing both outliers and outlaws, both faults and fraud?
 
This talk will focus on reliable automated vehicle localization despite poor weather, dense urban environments, and sensor deception, including GPS/GNSS, radar, and V2V sensing.
Date/Time 15 December, 2016
06:00PM to 08:00PM
Location AT&T Labs,
9505 Arboretum, Austin, TX
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Reservations https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/41818
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Joint meeting between the Austin ComSP Society and Austin Computer Society


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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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UTSA Unmanned Systems Laboratory

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Dr. Yongcan Cao
Yongcan Cao is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Texas, San Antonio, starting in August 2015. Prior to that, he held a NRC Research Associate position at the Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH, from 2012 to 2015. He received the BE degree from Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics in 2003, the ME degree from Shanghai Jiao Tong University in 2006, and the Ph.D. degree from Utah State University in 2010.

His main research interest is in the area of dynamical systems, controls, and robotics with emphasis on autonomous robots, cyber-physical systems, distributed multi-agent systems, sensor networks, human-robot interaction, and machine intelligence/learning in complex and data-rich environments. His current areas of interests are (1) distributed control and optimization of networked robots, (2) data analysis and fusion in collaborative human-robot networks, (3) autonomy of unmanned systems in uncertain environments, and (4) data-driven decision making in different time scales. He is the co-author of the book "Distributed Coordination of Multi-agent Networks" (Springer 2011, 978-0-85729-168-4). He is a recipient of the Air Force Summer Faculty Fellowship in 2016 and the NRC Research Associateship Award (2012-2015) from the National Research Council. He is currently an Associate Editor on the IEEE Control Systems Society Conference Editorial Board and the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Conference Editorial Board.

Abstract

Welcome to the Unmanned Systems Lab @ University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA). We are part of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at UTSA. The primary focus of our research is in developing cooperative multiple unmanned systems technologies. These include control and coordination of multiple dynamic systems, network issues associated with communications and cooperative sensing, and development of architectures for unmanned vehicles. Some of the characteristics of our systems are autonomous, distributive, heterogeneous, and cooperative.   We work closely with the Academy Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems, US Air Force Academy and jointly support both DoD and industry sponsored projects.

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14 November 2016
02:00 PM to 03:00 PM

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The University of Texas at San Antonio
One UTSA Circle
San Antonio, Texas
United States 78249
Building: Biotechnology Sciences and Engineering Building (BSE)
Room Number: BSE 1.406 (ECE conference room)

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https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/41455

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Meeting, lab tour and refreshments
Pizza will be served.

Please register for the event so we have an accurate head count.  For lab safety reasons, attendance is limited to 30 participants.


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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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San Antonio Technology and Engineering Management Society

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Women in Engineering Affinity Group (WIE)

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Topic/Title Women in the Workplace
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Abstract Join us for a light dinner, a glass of wine, good company and a fantastic book club, focused on SURVIVING AND THRIVING IN THE TECH INDUSTRY.

Get a free copy of this article at

https://womenintheworkplace.com/Women_in_the_Workplace_2016.pdf

Consider these questions for discussion:

How can women negotiate more effectively?

How can women get more access to senior leaders?

How can managers give better and more frequent feedback to women, in order to help them take steps to improve their opportunities for advancement?

What do you think of the roadmap towards gender diversity provided in the article?  What actions can your organization take?

 Free parking will be provided.  No charge for the event. Bring a friend!  And make new ones!
Date/Time 15 November 2016
6:30 Dinner and networking
7:00 Discussion
8:00 Adjourn
Location Cirrus Logic
800 W. 6th St.
Austin, Texas
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Registration https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/41827
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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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