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


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


Follow the Central Texas Section in Social Media
  • Join our LinkedIn group - this group is limited to IEEE members only
  • Follow us on Twitter, use the hashtag #IEEECTS
  • Follow us on Facebook
  • Join CTS on IEEE Collabratec - an integrated online community where technology professionals can network, collaborate, and create - all in one central hub. While there are some "members only" features of Collabratec, it is open to the public to join.
  • Slack - Several CTS members have begun using Slack to exchange ideas and foster discussion. If you are interested in joining the CTS Slack Team send an email to Fabio Gomez ( fabio.gomez@ieee.org )

From the Central Texas Section Chair

We are off to an exciting start for 2017.  See the list of activities posted in this newsletter for some interesting meetings.  I have been able to attend a variety of chapter meetings during this last month, and I have to say, our volunteers do a FANTASTIC job. Finding great speakers, getting the word out.  I am so thrilled to be able to serve this great group of volunteers.

February 4-8 The 23rd IEEE Symposium on High Performance Computing Architecture in Austin

February 19-26 Engineers' Week (Watch for a Proclamation from the Austin City Council on Thursday, February 16!) 

I hope to see you at some upcoming events!

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

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Membership Development

Have you renewed your IEEE membership for 2016?
It is easy to forget and easy to put off.  If you have not renewed your IEEE membership, or do not know if you have, go to http://www.ieee.org/renew  NOW and find out or simply call 800 678-4333.

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

If you have already renewed, thank you for being part of the Central Texas Section and the IEEE, the world's largest technical professional association.

IEEE Professional Development Webinars
The IEEE Young Professional Program regularly invites IEEE members to attend quarterly Professional Development Webinars. 

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

Go to Young Professional Webinars for a list of past webinars and for a schedule of what is to come.

Did you know about IEEE - IEEE Virtual Job Fair
As a service to its members IEEE has created an online virtual job fair.  The online job fair allows IEEE members to sign up for interview slots and virtually talk one-on-one with hiring companies.  The next fair is scheduled for March 15 and six additional fairs are scheduled for the remainder of 2017.  Check it out at http://www.ieeeexpo.org.

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

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News of Interest to the Section


A Message from the IEEE President
Dear Colleagues,

Thanks to everyone who has reached out to us regarding the recent executive order on immigration in the United States.  We as an organization agree that this is a significant and urgent matter.

I want to assure you that we are currently reviewing information and potential impact to IEEE from this complex situation.  A statement is forthcoming that reinforces IEEE's principles.

There may be an immediate desire to send independent statements regarding the executive order to your constituents, understandably.  However, at this time, I respectfully ask that you please refrain until we issue an IEEE statement so that we can be unified in our messaging on this important topic.

Please share this within your organizations.  If you have any questions, concerns, or comments, they can be sent to president@ieee.org. Thank you for your cooperation and assistance.

Best regards,
Karen

Karen Bartleson
2017 IEEE President and CEO


F
ree eBook from IEEE USA to IEEE Members
At this time of rapid change and shifting corporate strategies, complacency can easily threaten an engineering career. Global competitiveness is unforgiving, and if not sharpened regularly, an engineer's skills can obsolesce quickly. Continuing education is one of the keys to a robust engineering career.

"Staying Sharp -- Vol. 1: Tips for Staying Sharp Inside Your Company," the first in a two-part series, provides more than a dozen proven strategies engineers can incorporate on the job. In this award-winning IEEE-USA E-BOOK, veteran engineering professional and educator Harry T. Roman shares his thoughts about how engineers can sharpen their non-technical skills for career success.

“Never forget that during your ‘sharpening’ process, the soft skills are just as important as the hard skills,” Roman says. “And that includes the people you lead and manage.”

Volume 1 is filled with tips about mentoring, starting project teams, working with schools and continuing education, among other topics.  Roman also advises to “do your R&D … a process that converts uncertainty into risk,” for many companies. But he encourages getting involved with it, explaining that if you know the risk associated with a technological path, you can make educated investments for the future.

Roman says that he is where he is today from decades of mentoring, and the advice his IEEE colleagues gave him over many years of IEEE membership.
 
Now through 15 March, IEEE members can get a free download of this e-book by going to: http://shop.ieeeusa.org/usashop/product/careers/125999.  Log in with your IEEE Web account, add the book to your cart and use promo code FEBFREE17 at checkout.

MARCH FREE E-BOOK

In March, IEEE-USA E-BOOKS will offer "Women in Engineering -- Book 1: Inspire and Close the Gender Gap," free to IEEE members.

In Book 1 (Volume 1) of the award-winning IEEE-USA Women in Engineering E-Book Series, author Nita Patel examines the questions: How many women pursue STEM career fields? Why are more women not graduating with STEM degrees? How can we recruit and retain women in engineering?

Over the past few decades, women’s participation in the workforce has increased significantly. Women are earning a larger share of university degrees, and the demand for STEM-educated professionals has grown more than four times the rate of the U.S. labor force as a whole. Nevertheless, women’s representation in STEM occupations has remained relatively flat -- or is decreasing -- worldwide.

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 190,000 engineering, computing and technology professionals who are U.S. members of IEEE.

Austin's SailPoint Ranked 4th by Glassdoor
SailPoint, an Austin security ID company founded by two software leaders who have long histories in the city’s tech scene, is the fourth best small- to medium-sized business in the country, according to a Glassdoor analysis of reviews.

Glassdoor announced their 9th annual employees choice awards in December, which highlighted the 50 best large and small- to medium-sized businesses to work for, as rated by a company's employees. Austin-based SailPoint Technologies was ranked #4 out of the 50 small and medium-sized businesses.

Read more . . .

Texas A&M to Host SXSW Events
Texas A&M has announced that the school will be hosting five days of events at this year’s South By Southwest Conference (SXSW). The A&M events pull from research and projects all across the college including a chemistry road show, an interactive data display and a project combining art and technology.

Read more . . .

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Volunteer Opportunities

Texas STEM Connections

Texas STEM Connections is a web-based tool that makes it easy for STEM professionals to connect with K-20 educators, classrooms, out of school time programs, and other volunteer opportunities. Professionals can share their skills and expertise to bring real-world, authentic learning opportunities to all our students helping to create the next generation of innovators. Through in-person matches and virtual sessions, professionals can help educators and program providers connect their students to the world of STEM. Together we can make a difference.

Alamo Regional Science and Engineering Fair (ARSEF)

Requesting judges for the  Alamo Regional Science and Engineering Fair (ARSEF).  Last year, this method of registering judges was very successful except for those with government/military e-mail accounts.  Please register for either the AJAS, the ARSEF, or you can register for both at the same time.  If you cannot access the link below, please try the ARASE website at http://arase.org under Judges or contact me at RFanick@swri.org.  The Judges registration link is:
 
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1HkL-hXV7BspdVo4HoViWq8iRKZV-iduHz40zoONuU6M/viewform?embedded=true
 
If you have questions or difficulties with this link, please contact me at the numbers below or by e-mail; and I will be happy to help you get registered.  Please feel free to share this request and link with your colleagues.

The ARSEF will be held on Friday February 24, 2017 at St. Mary's University.  The judging schedule for ARSEF is:
 
Friday, February 24 (Judging Day)
7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. Judges Check-In and Breakfast
8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Judges Orientation
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Judging
11:45 a.m. - 1:45 p.m. Lunch
3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Blue Team Check-In
3:30p.m. - 3:45 p.m. Blue Team Briefing
3:45 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Blue Team Judging


Judges and Volunteers needed for the Austin Energy Regional Science Festival

Science Fest is a competition for students from 23 school districts and 12 counties who are advancing from their local schools.
 
Junior (middle school) Division and Senior (high school) Division students submit their projects in one of 17 scientific categories, covering both Life and Physical Sciences as well as Math and Engineering. Judging is competitive and the top three winners in each category from both divisions advance to the state fair in San Antonio. The overall top six projects in the Senior Division, called "Best of Fair", advance directly to the international competition.

Because judging is competitive, we need subject matter experts to evaluate the projects. About 7-8 projects are assigned to each group of judges (typically consisting of 3 people). After a group has interviewed their assigned students, group members discuss the merit of each project and jointly determine the ranking. Seniors are judged in the morning, Juniors in the afternoon. It is a 2-4 hour commitment, depending on the amount of students in each category. ( Junior Division categories tend to be rather large, for example, and have to be done in two rounds.) We offer orientation sessions in the weeks leading up to the fair.

Judging for next year's Junior/Senior fair will take place on Thursday, Feb 16, 2017 at the Palmer Event Center. Students will register and set up their projects on Wednesday, Feb 15, and projects will be available for previewing that night without students present. Links to the abstracts will be made available the week-end prior to the fair.

Elementary students are judged on Saturday, Feb 18, 2017; judging is not competitive and every project receives either a 1st, 2nd or 3rd  place ribbon.

You can register as either a judge or general volunteer at http://www.sciencefest.org/volunteers
For more information, please contact ingrid.weigand@austinscience.org



Tips, Tools and Gadgets

I have another collection of tidbits this month. First, with the long hours most of us spend on one project or another we tend to consume large amounts of coffee. You might be encouraged to learn that a recent study out of the Stanford University School of Medicine shows that drinking coffee may slow down aging.

If you want to improve the taste of your daily brew, use freshly ground beans and grind them just before you make your coffee. To improve flavor consistency, weigh out your beans before grinding and carefully measure the water you are using. You will have to experiment some to find the right combination, but once found you can brew that perfect cup of coffee each time.

While on the subject of health, I was pleasantly surprised with the findings of a study recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (“Association of “Weekend Warrior” and Other Leisure Time Physical Activity Patterns With Risks for All-Cause, Cardiovascular Disease, and Cancer Mortality“). For those of us who find it difficult to squeeze in exercise in our daily regimen, this study showed that contrary to prior believe, the recommended 150 minutes of weekly exercise does not have to be spread out over several days. Instead, it can be accomplished in one or two days and still have much the same beneficial affect.

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


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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
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Computer Society Webinars
Register now for our latest free live technical webinars. Or check out our past webinars at your convenience.  See this site  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.
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Other learning opportunities
IEEE e-Learning Library
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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


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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


Local Conferences, Meetings and Events

2017

February


4-8



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


7-10



UT Austin Energy Week 2017
Etter-Harbin Alumni Center | The University of Texas at Austin
Mark your calendar for UT Energy Week 2017, a forum for prominent energy experts to provide their insights on emerging energy trends, new technologies, and the latest in energy research. The event is free to all UT Austin faculty, staff and students.

http://energyweek.utexas.edu/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=utew17-4


11



TechShop Member Orientation - Open to the public
Saturday, February 11, 2017
11:00 AM

You are invited to join us for our New Member Orientation, where we will talk about how the shop works and how you can get the most out of your membership here.

TechShop Austin-Round Rock
120 Sundance Parkway Suite #350
Round Rock, TX 78681

https://www.meetup.com/TechShop-Austin-Round-Rock/events/237165532/?rv=me1


15-18



Austin Energy Regional Science Festival
Science Fest is a competition for students from 23 school districts and 12 counties who are advancing from their local schools.
 
Junior (middle school) Division and Senior (high school) Division students submit their projects in one of 17 scientific categories, covering both Life and Physical Sciences as well as Math and Engineering. Judging is competitive and the top three winners in each category from both divisions advance to the state fair in San Antonio. The overall top six projects in the Senior Division, called "Best of Fair", advance directly to the international competition.

Because judging is competitive, we need subject matter experts to evaluate the projects. About 7-8 projects are assigned to each group of judges (typically consisting of 3 people). After a group has interviewed their assigned students, group members discuss the merit of each project and jointly determine the ranking. Seniors are judged in the morning, Juniors in the afternoon. It is a 2-4 hour commitment, depending on the amount of students in each category. ( Junior Division categories tend to be rather large, for example, and have to be done in two rounds.) We offer orientation sessions in the weeks leading up to the fair.

Judging for next year's Junior/Senior fair will take place on Thursday, Feb 16, 2017 at the Palmer Event Center. Students will register and set up their projects on Wednesday, Feb 15, and projects will be available for previewing that night without students present. Links to the abstracts will be made available the week-end prior to the fair.

Elementary students are judged on Saturday, Feb 18, 2017; judging is not competitive and every project receives either a 1st, 2nd or 3rd  place ribbon.

You can register as either a judge or general volunteer at http://www.sciencefest.org/volunteers
For more information, please contact ingrid.weigand@austinscience.org


19



Discover Engineering Day at the Thinkery
10AM until 2PM


20-24



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/



21



ASQ Sponsored Tour of Flextronics
ASQ section 1414, located in Austin, TX, will sponsor a Flextronics Web Site Facility Tour: 
12:00 – 12:30 PM – Networking Time / Lunch
12:30 – 12:45 PM – Announcements
12:45 – 2:00 PM – Tour
Flextronics Background: For over 20 years, Flex’s facility in Austin, Texas, has provided new product introduction services for industry-leading customers. The Austin Product Innovation Center specializes in advanced engineering and supply chain support for the most complex technology, including both large and small form factor printed circuit board assemblies

http://asqaustin.org/2016/12/11/february-tour-020817/


24



Alamo Regional Science and Engineering Fair (ARSEF) - see Volunteer Opportunities for further information



Texas Society of Professional Engineers, Travis County Chapter, 2017 Engineers Banquet
Date: Friday, February 24, 2017 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (program begins promptly at 12 noon)
 
Location: JW Marriot Downtown (110 E. 2nd Street, Austin, TX 78701)
 
Topic: Panel Discussion on Transportation in the Central Texas area - making the most of future options and how we can work together on improvements.

We are excited to announce panel participants include:
City of Austin Mayor Steve Adler
Hays County Commissioner Will Conley
Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt
Williamson County Commissioner Cynthia Long
State Senator Kirk Watson
Moderated by FOX 7's Scott Fisher
 
Submit questions or topics for consideration in the panel discussion.
 
Sponsorships: Sponsorships range from $350 to $5,000. Become a sponsor and your company will be recognized in event promotional materials and onsite at the banquet. Please click here to download the Sponsorship Form and sign up today to help us make this banquet a memorable experience for everyone involved!
 
Act now - We still have a limited number of free parking vouchers available for the next three companies who sign up. Download a sponsorship form and submit via email to tspe.travis@gmail.com.

For Sponsorship Form Click Here!

Funds raised in the annual banquets help support TSPE initiatives and the MATHCOUNTS program where we engage the younger generation in engineering.


25



Out in Space, Down to Earth STEM Educator Conference 2017
San Antonio, TX
The 23rd annual Out in Space, Down to Earth 2017 STEM Educator Conference will be hosted at the Scobee Education Center at San Antonio College in San Antonio, Texas. This is an exciting venue housing a planetarium, observatory and the Challenger Learning Center. The Out in Space, Down to Earth conference targets STEM educators of all grade levels (pre-K to 12) in the greater San Antonio, Central and South Texas areas.

March


8



Texas Board of Professional Engineers Ethics Webinar
Registration links will be posted 30 days prior to the event at: https://engineers.texas.gov/webinars.html.


8-10



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.

Student Activity Center
204 East Dean Keeton St.
Austin, TX, USA

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


21



Texas Consumer Venture Forum 2017
March 21st 2017 | Palmer Events Center

https://tencapital.group/txcvf17/


22



ASQ March Webinar
6:00 - 7:00 PM CST
BodyHacking: Improving Yourself Through Science, Data and Technology
http://asqaustin.org/2017/01/12/march-webinar-032217/


28



Austin VMUG UserCon
Austin Convention Center

You asked and we listened. The 2017 Austin VMUG UserCon is back with more networking opportunities and ways to connect with members of your VMUG community. We are hard at work on new topics and presenters, but one thing that will not change is the one-of-a-kind education and access to VMware experts that you cannot get anywhere else.

Take a day to gain the knowledge to drive your company's success (and your career):
  • Meet with VMware experts face to face
  • See the latest products and services in our Exhibit Hall
  • Make connections to create a local network of peers who will be a resource year round
  • Have we mentioned that it's FREE?
  • Get rewarded with the giveaways that UserCons are famous for!
Register Now


30-31



IEEE 2017 National Electrical Code Updates Workshop
Thursday, March 30 & Friday, March 31, 2017 8:00AM to 5:00PM
 Creedmoor Community Center
12513 FM 1625, Creedmoor, TX  78610
Workshop: This two-day workshop will provide instruction on the changes in the 2017 National Electrical Code in a new and unique way.   Rather than cover the NEC changes in the standard sequence, the instruction will introduce a topic important to electrical engineering and design such as short circuit current ratings, selective coordination, or incident energy. After understanding that topic, the instruction will draw attention to the various NEC changes affecting the topic before moving on to the next topic.  This Workshop is intended for Electrical Designers, Estimators, and Field Engineers.  In addition, there will be exhibits by industry manufacturers and suppliers. 

Attendees are advised to bring a laptop and an engineering calculator.
 
Upon completion of the workshop, participants will receive a PDH certificate for sixteen hours.

Registration & Cost:



Membership Status

Through
3-07-2017

After
3-07-2017

IEEE Members

$450.00

$550.00

Non-IEEE Members *

$650.00

$750.00

IEEE Life Members, Students

$250.00

$350.00


* Become an IEEE member and enjoy the substantial IEEE member discount!
The workshop fee includes breakfast tacos, breakfast beverages, break refreshments, lunch and a spiral bound copy of the 2017 NEC.


Registration and payment for this workshop must be completed by 3/22/2017 at   https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/43318.  Registrations completed after 3/22/2017 can not be guaranteed a copy of the 2017 NEC as part of the registration.


31



2017 Region 5 Meeting

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


April


1-2



2017 Region 5 Meeting

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



5



Global Day of the Engineer
The international event that celebrates engineering.
Take the pledge to:
  • Celebrate engineers.
  • Engage students in engineering.
  • Share an engineering innovation.

http://discovere.org/our-programs/global-day/landing


24-25



2017 IEEE Custom Integrated Circuits Conference (CICC)

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


May


8-11



O'Reilly Open Source Convention (OSCON)
OSCON is where the open source community gathers to celebrate achievements, spark new ideas, and map the future of open computing through collaboration, education, and connecting people with technology.

https://conferences.oreilly.com/oscon/oscon-tx?cmp=em-prog-free-na-ostx17_nurture_em2_how_you_got_here&imm_mid=0ec21c


13-14



Austin Maker Faire
10AM-6PM
Palmer Events Center

http://makerfaireaustin.com


22-25



NI Week 2017
Join NI at NIWeek 2017, the ultimate learning environment that gives you the tools and knowledge to increase your proficiency and develop applications faster, smarter, and more cost-efficiently.

http://niweek.ni.com/events/niweek-2017/event-summary-80b3f15fba9e440cb95d4c5387c6af34.aspx?espuid=CNATL000015632317&cid=Direct_Marketing-70131000001RoxDAAS-Corporate-em110015


23-25



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.

Contributed papers are solicited in the following subject areas:

    • Advanced materials and processing technologies
    • Advanced transistor and interconnect structures

    • Interposer/Three-Dimensional (2.5D/3D) integration

    • Variation-tolerant designs

    • Process and design techniques for soft errors, plasma-induced damage, and reliability

    • Advanced memory devices and circuits

    • RF, analog, mixed signal, and I/O circuits for future technology generations

    • Simulation and modeling of advanced processes, devices,and circuits

    • EDA and design optimizations across system,circuit,and/or device levels for high performance, energy efficiency, yield, and/or reliability

    • Design for manufacturing, yield, and test

    • System-on-Chip (SoC) and system-in-package (SiP) design integration

    • Power semiconductor technologies and circuits

    • Emerging technologies, circuits and Applications (Internet of Things, Autonomous cars)

    • Quantum computing

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


14



Texas Board of Professional Engineers Ethics Webinar
Registration links will be posted 30 days prior to the event at: https://engineers.texas.gov/webinars.html.


17-18



The 26th International Workshop on Logic & Synthesis
sponsored by ACM/SIGDA and by the IEEE
Thompson Conference Center, Austin, TX
The International Workshop on Logic and Synthesis is the premier forum for research in synthesis, optimization, and verification of integrated circuits and systems. Research on logic synthesis for emerging technologies and for novel computing platforms, such as nanoscale systems and biological systems, is also strongly encouraged. The workshop encourages early dissemination of ideas and results. The workshop accepts complete papers highlighting important new problems in the early stages of development, without providing complete solutions. The emphasis is on novelty and intellectual rigor.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to: hardware synthesis and optimization; software synthesis; hardware/software co-synthesis; power and timing analysis; testing, validation and verification; synthesis for reconfigurable architectures; hardware compilation for domain-specific languages; design experiences. Submissions on modeling, analysis and synthesis for emerging technologies and platforms are particularly encouraged. The workshop format includes paper presentations, posters, invited talks, social lunch and dinner gatherings, and recreational activities. Accepted papers are distributed exclusively to IWLS participants.

Paper abstract submission:  March 5, 2017
Full paper submission:          March 12, 2017 - 11.59pm Anywhere on earth
Notification of acceptance:   April 16, 2017
Final version due:                 May 14, 2017

http://www.iwls.org/iwls2017/


18-22



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


6



Texas Board of Professional Engineers Ethics Webinar
Registration links will be posted 30 days prior to the event at: https://engineers.texas.gov/webinars.html.


24-29



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



26-28



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


27-29



2017 Accelerated Stress Testing and Reliability (ASTR) Conference
The event is co-sponsored by IEEE and ASQ
The 2017 Accelerated Stress Testing and Reliability (ASTR) Conference is focused on highlighting cutting-edge methods to deliver maximum cost-benefits from reliability testing. ASTR 2017 is relevant to manufacturers in the aerospace, automotive, consumer electronics, defense, medical, telecommunications and other industries where reliability is a key driver of operational and business success. If your company needs to improve product testing with a goal to improve reliability, reduce warranty costs, improve profits, gain market share, and be more competitive, then the 2017 ASTR Conference is for you.

http://www.ieee-astr.org

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Austin (CTEA) Expo & Tech Forum
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Location: Norris Conference Center
2525 West Anderson Lane
#365
Austin, TX

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

Free Technical Program & Schedule:
Exhibit Hours:
Tuesday, October 10th, 2017
10:00AM - 3:00PM

http://www.smta.org/expos/#austin

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Texas Board of Professional Engineers Ethics Webinar
Registration links will be posted 30 days prior to the event at: https://engineers.texas.gov/webinars.html.
2018

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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

2019

October


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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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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 - Austin | San Antonio
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)

Chapter Web site

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)

Chapter Web Site


Topic/Title

ULTRA LOW-POWER ANALOG FRONT-END DESIGN

Speaker

Pieter Harpe of Eindhoven University of Technology
Pieter Harpe received the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from the Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands. In 2008, he joined Holst Centre / imec where he worked on low-power ADCs. In April 2011, he joined Eindhoven University of Technology as assistant professor on low-power mixed-signal circuits. His main interests include power-efficient and reconfigurable data converters and low-power analog design.

Abstract

This talk, based on a recent publication, discusses the design of a nano-power analog front-end including pre-amplification and analog-to-digital conversion. It starts with fundamentals on power-efficiency in analog and mixed-signal circuits. It also describes considerations in terms of low-voltage operation and PVT reliability. After that, the presentation discusses one complete system implementation in more detail, including the amplifier, ADC, biasing stages and clock generation.

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Date: 02 February 2017
Time: 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

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https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/41254

Location

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

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Topic/Title

POWER-EFFICIENT, HIGH-RESOLUTION AND RECONFIGURABLE SAR ADCS

Speaker

Pieter Harpe of Eindhoven University of Technology
Pieter Harpe received the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from the Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands. In 2008, he joined Holst Centre / imec where he worked on low-power ADCs. In April 2011, he joined Eindhoven University of Technology as assistant professor on low-power mixed-signal circuits. His main interests include power-efficient and reconfigurable data converters and low-power analog design.

Abstract

This presentation describes recent developments in the field of SAR ADCs. The focus is on techniques to improve power-efficiency, techniques to achieve higher resolution, and ideas to make SAR ADCs reconfigurable in terms of speed and resolution. The presentation discusses architectural, circuit-level and algorithmic solutions. Recent examples from literature are used for illustration.

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Date: 02 February 2017
Time: 06:00 PM to 08:00 PM

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https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/41255

Location

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

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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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Joint Austin Computer Society (C) and Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMB) Chapter

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Topic/Title A System of Systems Framework for Autonomy, Big Data Analytic, Machine Learning and Cloud Infrastructure
Speaker Prof. Mo Jamshidi, Ph.D., DEgr. (h.c.) Fellow, IEEE, ASME, AAAS, TWAS, NYAS, AF, AIAA Lutcher Brown Endowed Chaired Professor Member, UT System Chancellor's Council Department of Electrical and Computer Engr. University of Texas San Antonio, TX

Mo M. Jamshidi (Fellow IEEE, Fellow ASME, A. Fellow-AIAA, Fellow AAAS, A. Fellow TWAS, Fellow NYAS) received BS in EE, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR, USA in June 1967, the MS and Ph.D. degrees in EE from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IL, USA in June 1969 and February 1971, respectively. He holds honorary doctorate degrees from the University of Waterloo, Canada, 2004 and Technical University of Crete, Greece, 2004. Currently, he is the Lutcher Brown Endowed Distinguished Chaired Professor at the University of Texas, San Antonio, TX, USA. He has been an advisor to NASA (including 1st MARS Mission), USAF, USDOE and EC/EU (Brussels). He has over 750 technical publications including 68 books (12 text books), research volumes, and edited volumes in English and a few foreign languages. He is the Founding Editor or co-founding editor or Editor-in-Chief of 5 journals including IEEE Control Systems Magazine and the IEEE Systems Journal. He is currently Editor-in-Chief of Intelligent Automation and Soft Computing published by Taylor & Francis in UK. e is an Honorary Professor at three Chinese Universities (Nanjing and Xi’an), Deakin University (Australia), Birmingham University and Loughbrough University (UK), and Obuda University (Hungary). In October 2005 he was awarded the IEEE’s Norbert Weiner Research Achievement Award. He is a member of the University of the Texas System Chancellor’s Council since 2011. In his two research laboratories with 25 graduate students, he is currently involved in research on system of systems engineering with emphasis on cloud computing, robotics, UAVs, bioinformatics and sustainable energy systems. He has close to 9000 citations on Scholar Google.
Abstract Large data has been accumulating in all aspects of our lives for quite some time. Advances in sensor technology, the Internet, wireless communication, and inexpensive memory have all contributed to an explosion of “Big Data”. System of Systems (SoS) are integration of independent operatable and non-homogeneous legacy systems to achieve a higher goal than the sum of the parts. Today’s SoS are also contributing to the existence of unmanageable “Big Data”. Recent efforts have developed promising approach, called “Data Analytics”, which uses machine learning tools from statistical and soft computing (SC) such as principal component analysis (PCA), clustering, fuzzy logic, neuro-computing, evolutionary computation, Bayesian networks, deep architectures and deep learning, etc. to reduce the size of “Big Data” to a manageable size and apply these tools to a) extract information, b) build a knowledge base using the derived data, and c) eventually develop a non-parametric model for the “Big Data”. This keynote attempts to construct a bridge between SoS and Data Analytics to develop reliable models for such systems.  A photovoltaic energy forecasting problem of a micro grid SoS, traffic jams forecasting and a system of autonomous vehicles will be offered for case studies. These tools will be used to extract a nonlinear Model for a SoS-generated BIG DATA. Videos for autonomous vehicles will be shown.
Date/Time 23 February 2017
Time: 06:00 PM to 08:00 PM
Location AT&T Labs
9505 Arboretum
Austin, Texas
Cost
Reservations https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/43227
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Joint meeting for Austin IEEE COMSOC/SP AND EMBS/CS Chapters

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San Antonio Computer Society (C)

 Chapter Web Site


Topic/Title NON VOLATILE MEMORY
Speaker Professor Ethan C. Ahn of University of Texas at San Antonio
Dr. Ahn is currently a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering at The University of Texas at San Antonio. Previously he served as a Senior Panel Process Engineer at Apple, Inc. (Cupertino, CA) and as a post-doctoral researcher at Stanford University. He received his Ph.D. in EE at Stanford University in 2015, under the supervision of Professor H.-S. Philip Wong. He joined Stanford in 2010, after a 3-year research career on the STT-MRAM technology with the Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST) in Seoul, Korea. He received the B.S. and M.S. degrees in EE from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) in Daejeon, Korea, in 2005 and 2007, respectively. He is the author of over 30 peer-reviewed research journal and conference papers and wrote one book chapter of Emerging Nanoelectronic Devices. His primary research interests include energy-efficient nanoscale logic and memory devices, carbon-based and other 2D-layered nano-materials, electronic/thermal/magnetic transport in nanoscale devices, and novel energy devices for beyond-CMOS domain. Dr. Ahn has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including John Bardeen Student Research Award for Excellence in Nanodevice Research in 2014 and Best Summer Research Intern Award by T.-C. Chen at IBM T. J. Watson in 2013.
Abstract With the advent of so-called 'abundant data' era and the required throughput and energy-efficiency for the next-generation computing paradigm, it becomes increasingly important to explore more scalable approaches for both computational (logic) and information storage (memory) devices. Significant progress on emerging non-volatile memory (NVM) technologies such as spin-transfer-torque magnetic random access memory (STT-MRAM), resistive RAM (RRAM), or phase-change memory (PCM), made it possible to replace the mainstream NVM (NAND Flash) and even reach certain on-chip memory requirements (e.g., L2/L3 SRAM cache). The status, key challenges, visions, and promising applications of the RRAM, PCM, and STT-MRAM technologies will be briefly compared and discussed in the talk.
Date/Time 21 February 2017
Time: 07:00 PM to 08:30 PM
Location 1 Camino Santa Maria
San Antonio, Texas
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Reservations https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/43293
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Central Texas Consultants Network Affinity Group

Chapter Web Site


Topic/Title MEMS in Austin, Texas – Days of Disruption, Market Creation and Industry Growth
Speaker Brent Lunceford
Abstract Austin’s MEMS industry started as a result of a joint collaboration between MCC and IBM in the late 1990’s.  In 2000, MCC spun out Austin’s first MEMS company and today the Central Texas region benefits from a robust MEMS & Sensors value chain that make up our regional industry.  MEMS stands for micro-electro-mechanical systems. Today everyone reading this abstract benefits from more than one form of MEMS technology.  This technology is a key enabling technology for smart phones, ink jet printers, hearing aids, pace makers, drones, autonomous vehicles, wearable electronics, and medical devices. In this talk, the history of Austin’s MEMS industry along with cool examples of the technology and the broad applications will be discussed.
Date/Time **Wednesday** (Correction) February 22
6:00 to 6:30pm -- Networking
6:30 to 8:30pm -- Business and Program
Location PoK-e-Jo's Smokehouse
2121 West Parmer Lane at Lamplight Village Ave.
Austin, Texas
Cost
Reservations https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/43706
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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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EducationSociety (E)

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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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Human-Robot Interaction and Whole-Body Robot Sensing

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Dr. Vladimir Lumelsky of University of Wisconsin-Madison
Vladimir Lumelsky is Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics is from the Institute of Control Sciences, Russian National Academy of Sciences, Moscow. He has held engineering, research, and faculty positions with Ford Motor Research Labs, General Electric Research Center, Yale University, University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Maryland, NASA-Goddard Space Center, National Science Foundation. Concurrently he held visiting positions with the Tokyo Institute of Science, Japan; Weizmann Institute, Israel; USA-Antarctica South Pole Station.

He has served аs IEEE Sensors Council President; Founding Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Sensors Journal; chair and co-chair of major conferences; on Editorial Boards of IEEE Transactions on Robotics and Automation and other journals; on various governing bodies and committees of IEEE; served as guest editor for special journal issues. He has authored over 200 publications (books, journal papers, conferences, reports); is IEEE Life Fellow, and member of ACM and SME.

Abstract

The ability by a robot to operate in an uncertain environment, such as near humans or far away under human control, potentially opens a myriad uses. Examples include robots preparing the Mars surface for human arrival; robots for assembly of large space telescopes; robot helpers for the elderly; robot search and disposal of war mines. So far advances in this area have been coming slowly, with a focus on small categories of tasks rather than on a universal ability typical in nature. Challenges appear both on the robotics side and on human side: robots have hard time adjusting to an unstructured environment, whereas human cognition has serious limits in adjusting to robots and grasping complex 2D and 3D motion. As a result, applications where robots operate near humans – or far away under their control – are exceedingly rare. The way out of this impasse is to supply the robot with a whole-body sensing - an ability to sense surrounding objects at the robot’s whole body and utilize these data in real time. This calls for large-area flexible sensing arrays - sensitive skin covering the whole robot body akin to the skin covering the human body. Whole-body sensing brings interesting, even unexpected, properties: powerful robots become inherently safe; human operators can move them fast, with “natural” speeds; robot motion strategies exceed human spatial reasoning skills; it becomes realistic to utilize natural synergy of human-robot teams and allow a mix of supervised and unsupervised robot operation. We will review the mathematical, algorithmic, hardware (materials, electronics, computing), as well as control and cognitive science issues involved in realizing such systems.

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01 February 2017
6:00-7:00pm    Arrival, networking
7:00-8:00pm    Presentation
8:00-8:25pm    Q & A
8:30pm            Depart

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J.J. Pickle Research Center
Building: The J. Neils Thompson Commons Building (TCB), #137
Room Number: Balcones Room
10100 Burnet Rd, Austin, TX
Austin, Texas

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https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/42871

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Joint meeting with Sensor Council and Electron Devices Chapters

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Engineering in Medicine and Biology (EMB)

(see Austin Computer Society for information on Austin EMB Chapter activities)

Chapter Web Site San Antonio

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Young Professionals (YP/GOLD) Affinity Group

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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.

More information on LM

Austin Life Members Affinity Group


Topic/Title MEMS in Austin, Texas – Days of Disruption, Market Creation and Industry Growth
Speaker Brent Lunceford
Abstract Austin’s MEMS industry started as a result of a joint collaboration between MCC and IBM in the late 1990's.  In 2000, MCC spun out Austin’s first MEMS company and today the Central Texas region benefits from a robust MEMS & Sensors value chain that make up our regional industry.  MEMS stands for micro-electro-mechanical systems. Today everyone reading this abstract benefits from more than one form of MEMS technology.  This technology is a key enabling technology for smart phones, ink jet printers, hearing aids, pace makers, drones, autonomous vehicles, wearable electronics, and medical devices. In this talk, the history of Austin’s MEMS industry along with cool examples of the technology and the broad applications will be discussed.
Date/Time Tuesday February 21
2PM-4PM
Location PoK-e-Jo's Smokehouse
2121 West Parmer Lane at Lamplight Village Ave.
Austin, Texas
Cost
Reservations https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/43683
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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 THE SAN ANTONIO MUSEUM OF SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Speaker David Monroe, SAMSAT Board Chair & CEO of E-Watch Corp.
David Monroe began his career as an intern at Datapoint Corporation, working on the team responsible for developing the first microprocessor chip.  While at Datapoint, he began collecting very early electrical, communication and computer devices and systems.  He was vice-president for R&D at Datapoint, holds over 40 patents and has been involved in several technology startup companies.  He is presently CEO of E-Watch, a security software company.  Over the years David has continued collecting vintage electrical, communication and computer devices and now has an outstanding collection, including many unique items related to technology development in San Antonio.  This collection forms the initial nucleus of the SAMSAT exhibits. 
Abstract San Antonio has been the site of many technical and scientific developments ranging from microprocessors to communications to medical devices and space technology but there has not been any facility or museum to highlight these achievements.  In fact, San Antonio is the only large city in the US that does not have a museum of Science & Technology.  Now plans are underway to build the San Antonio Museum of Science and Technology (SAMSAT) including exhibit areas, meeting facilities, STEM activity areas, etc.  The initial exhibits of the Museum will be from a collection of items assembled by David Monroe, SAMSAT Board Chair.

The program will include a description of some of the unique artifacts that David has collected over the years and an overview of his vision for a Science and Technology Museum in San Antonio.  Since SAMSAT is just getting started, there will be a need for volunteers with technical ability to plan, refurbish and develop exhibits and activities.  David will discuss opportunities for IEEE Life Members to become involved in these activities. 
Date/Time 16 February 2017
Time: 11:30 AM to 01:00 PM
Location Lion & Rose English Pub, 842 NW Loop 410 (Park North)
San Antonio, Texas
Cost
Reservations https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/43442
Notes
Joint meeting held with the IEEE Life Members and Com/SP Chapters of San Antonio

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

Chapter Web Site


Topic/Title Communicating with Your Valentine and Your Boss
Speaker Leslie Martinich of President, Competitive Focus and Chair, IEEE Central Texas Section

Leslie Martinich received Certification from the University of Texas McCombs School of Business Institute for Managerial Leadership, M.S. in Computer Sciences from The University of Texas at Austin. Her Bachelor's Degree is from the University of California at San Diego. She was selected as the 2012 IEEE Congressional Fellow for Science and Technology Policy. She leads Competitive Focus, a managerial consultancy focused on training technology leaders to be more effective. Her research interests include innovation, strategy and the leadership skills to successfully lead technology firms. She has presented research at the IEEE International Technology Management Conferences and has provided training at universities and companies around the world. She publishes regularly in the IEEE Engineering Management Review. She has over 25 years of experience in the high-tech industry, and currently serves as the Chair of IEEE, Central Texas Section.
Abstract [Editor's note: This is a special event designed to be useful and informative to all attendees; please invite your significant other or someone else to join you.]

The purpose of this one-hour workshop is to enhance your capacity to lead technology organizations effectively.

Why are some leaders better and more successful than others? One reason involves their ability to communicate with others in the moment, to be mindful and respond to what is happening right now.  We borrow techniques from improv to help you learn to better communicate with others.

Improv requires skill, preparation and practice to be able to listen, act and react in the moment. This improv workshop prepares both individual contributors and leaders how to react, adapt and communicate honestly with others.

We use real world examples and cases to make this workshop immediately applicable to your workplace or your home. You will learn how to listen, ask questions to learn more about your boss or subordinate's goals (or your partner's), and to respond in ways that improve understanding and cooperation.

The word "improv" brings to mind improv comedy and laughter.  While this class is serious business, the workshop is engaging and entertaining while you learn. In this highly participative class, we use case studies and real-world scenarios from the tech industry, which provide you the opportunity to learn new techniques and put them to immediate use.
Date/Time 28 February 2017
Time: 06:00 PM to 09:00 PM
Location NOTE NEW MEETING LOCATION
Cafe Express
3418 N Lamar Blvd
Austin, Texas
Cost MINIMUM $9.95 per member or guest attending meeting, which includes up to $9.95 of meal selection.  Attendees select from cafeteria style line and pay restaurant cashier.  Meet in the large glassed-in room past the cashier station.
Reservations https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/43382
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  San Antonio Power and Energy Society (PE)

Chapter Web Site

Topic/Title ETHICS: UPDATES ON BOARD RULE CHANGES WITHIN THE LAST YEAR
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Abstract Texas Board of Professional Engineers - Professional Practice Update / Ethics: Updates on Board rule changes within the last year, general updates on initiatives the Board is working on, information on enforcement statistics, and the engineering Code of Conduct
Date/Time 23 February 2017
Time: 06:00 PM to 08:00 PM
Location 9707 Broadway Street
San Antonio, Texas
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Reservations https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/43453
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Product Safety Engineering Society (PSE)

Chapter Web Site

Topic/Title Safety Implications of Genetic Engineering
Speaker Dale Ritzen
Originally a college biology major, Dale has held many and varied jobs in several different lines of work prior to his retirement last year. None of them were in the biological sciences. However, he continues to be interested in biology, especially the power that we now possess to change the very basic genetic patterns of animal and plant life on Earth.
Abstract Along with climate change, genetic engineering is the second greatest challenge - both ethically and morally - that mankind faces. With the CRISPR-Cas9 genetic splicing tool we now have the power to easily alter the genetic patterns in the double helix of DNA to improve plant and animal life to benefit mankind. However, the reasons behind making these genetic changes - and the implications of allowing the changes to escape into wild populations - continue to be argued by the scientific community. They are aware of the issues and have tried to control or limit this process within their own international organizations. However, the CRISPR-Cas9 tool has changed the whole picture. It has allowed easy manipulation of genetic material in relatively simple laboratory settings. In this meeting we will discuss what this means and the possibilities - both positive and troubling - that present themselves in this ongoing debate.
Date/Time February 21, 2017 at 7pm
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Location Dell Parmer South Campus, Building PS4, in the Victoria conference room (just inside the front door).
Notes Please RSVP to Dale Ritzen (austin278757@yahoo.com) to give us some idea of how many attendees to expect and for directions to the Parmer Lane location.

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

Chapter Web Site

Recognized as the 2015 ComSoc Chapter of the Year and a 2015 Chapter Achievement Award Winne
Topic/Title A System of Systems Framework for Autonomy, Big Data Analytic, Machine Learning and Cloud Infrastructure
Speaker Prof. Mo Jamshidi, Ph.D., DEgr. (h.c.) Fellow, IEEE, ASME, AAAS, TWAS, NYAS, AF, AIAA Lutcher Brown Endowed Chaired Professor Member, UT System Chancellor's Council Department of Electrical and Computer Engr. University of Texas San Antonio, TX

Mo M. Jamshidi (Fellow IEEE, Fellow ASME, A. Fellow-AIAA, Fellow AAAS, A. Fellow TWAS, Fellow NYAS) received BS in EE, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR, USA in June 1967, the MS and Ph.D. degrees in EE from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IL, USA in June 1969 and February 1971, respectively. He holds honorary doctorate degrees from the University of Waterloo, Canada, 2004 and Technical University of Crete, Greece, 2004. Currently, he is the Lutcher Brown Endowed Distinguished Chaired Professor at the University of Texas, San Antonio, TX, USA. He has been an advisor to NASA (including 1st MARS Mission), USAF, USDOE and EC/EU (Brussels). He has over 750 technical publications including 68 books (12 text books), research volumes, and edited volumes in English and a few foreign languages. He is the Founding Editor or co-founding editor or Editor-in-Chief of 5 journals including IEEE Control Systems Magazine and the IEEE Systems Journal. He is currently Editor-in-Chief of Intelligent Automation and Soft Computing published by Taylor & Francis in UK. e is an Honorary Professor at three Chinese Universities (Nanjing and Xi'an), Deakin University (Australia), Birmingham University and Loughbrough University (UK), and Obuda University (Hungary). In October 2005 he was awarded the IEEE's Norbert Weiner Research Achievement Award. He is a member of the University of the Texas System Chancellor's Council since 2011. In his two research laboratories with 25 graduate students, he is currently involved in research on system of systems engineering with emphasis on cloud computing, robotics, UAVs, bioinformatics and sustainable energy systems. He has close to 9000 citations on Scholar Google.
Abstract Large data has been accumulating in all aspects of our lives for quite some time. Advances in sensor technology, the Internet, wireless communication, and inexpensive memory have all contributed to an explosion of "Big Dat". System of Systems (SoS) are integration of independent operatable and non-homogeneous legacy systems to achieve a higher goal than the sum of the parts. Today’s SoS are also contributing to the existence of unmanageable “Big Data”. Recent efforts have developed promising approach, called “Data Analytics”, which uses machine learning tools from statistical and soft computing (SC) such as principal component analysis (PCA), clustering, fuzzy logic, neuro-computing, evolutionary computation, Bayesian networks, deep architectures and deep learning, etc. to reduce the size of “Big Data” to a manageable size and apply these tools to a) extract information, b) build a knowledge base using the derived data, and c) eventually develop a non-parametric model for the "Big Data". This keynote attempts to construct a bridge between SoS and Data Analytics to develop reliable models for such systems.  A photovoltaic energy forecasting problem of a micro grid SoS, traffic jams forecasting and a system of autonomous vehicles will be offered for case studies. These tools will be used to extract a nonlinear Model for a SoS-generated BIG DATA. Videos for autonomous vehicles will be shown.
Date/Time 23 February 2017
Time: 06:00 PM to 08:00 PM
Location AT&T Labs
9505 Arboretum
Austin, Texas
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Reservations https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/43227
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Joint meeting for Austin IEEE COMSOC/SP AND EMBS/CS Chapters


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

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Topic/Title THE SAN ANTONIO MUSEUM OF SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Speaker David Monroe, SAMSAT Board Chair & CEO of E-Watch Corp.
David Monroe began his career as an intern at Datapoint Corporation, working on the team responsible for developing the first microprocessor chip.  While at Datapoint, he began collecting very early electrical, communication and computer devices and systems.  He was vice-president for R&D at Datapoint, holds over 40 patents and has been involved in several technology startup companies.  He is presently CEO of E-Watch, a security software company.  Over the years David has continued collecting vintage electrical, communication and computer devices and now has an outstanding collection, including many unique items related to technology development in San Antonio.  This collection forms the initial nucleus of the SAMSAT exhibits. 
Abstract San Antonio has been the site of many technical and scientific developments ranging from microprocessors to communications to medical devices and space technology but there has not been any facility or museum to highlight these achievements.  In fact, San Antonio is the only large city in the US that does not have a museum of Science & Technology.  Now plans are underway to build the San Antonio Museum of Science and Technology (SAMSAT) including exhibit areas, meeting facilities, STEM activity areas, etc.  The initial exhibits of the Museum will be from a collection of items assembled by David Monroe, SAMSAT Board Chair.

The program will include a description of some of the unique artifacts that David has collected over the years and an overview of his vision for a Science and Technology Museum in San Antonio.  Since SAMSAT is just getting started, there will be a need for volunteers with technical ability to plan, refurbish and develop exhibits and activities.  David will discuss opportunities for IEEE Life Members to become involved in these activities. 
Date/Time 16 February 2017
Time: 11:30 AM to 01:00 PM
Location Lion & Rose English Pub, 842 NW Loop 410 (Park North)
San Antonio, Texas
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Reservations https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/43442
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Joint meeting held with the IEEE Life Members and Com/SP Chapters of San Antonio

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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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SPACE SCIENCE IN SAN ANTONIO

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Susan Pope, Director, Department of Space Instrumentation of Southwest Research Institute
Susan Pope is Director of the Department of Space Instrumentation in the Space Science and Engineering Division at Southwest Research Institute.  She is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering and master's degree in engineering management.

Ms. Pope is currently the project manager for an ultraviolet spectrograph instrument on the Europa mission.  This mission will provide an in-depth look at Europa's ice-shell-covered ocean, plumes, surface chemistry, and geophysics.

Ms. Pope was the deputy project manager for the CYGNSS mission.  This mission will provide new information on ocean surface winds during tropical cyclones, including the eyewall, enabling advances in the knowledge of storm genesis and intensification.  CYGNSS launched in November 2016 and is currently in the commissioning phase of operation.

Previously, Ms. Pope was the lead systems engineer for the Solving Magnetospheric Acceleration, Reconnection, and Turbulence (SMART) instrument suite on the MMS mission.  This mission launched in May 2015 and has resulted in major scientific discoveries and publications related to magnetic reconnection.

Abstract

Spacecraft hardware designed, developed, and built in San Antonio is now orbiting several planets including Venus, Earth, Mars, Saturn, and Jupiter, flying by comets and asteroids, and speeding past Pluto into the Kuiper Belt.  This presentation will cover several of these unmanned space exploration and scientific discovery missions.  In addition to an overview of these past missions, the speaker will provide additional details on two recent missions: Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) and Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System (CYGNSS).

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21 February 2017
Time: 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM

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Southwest Research Institute
P.O. Drawer 28510
San Antonio, Texas

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This presentation will be webcast.  Contact the meeting organizer for instructions on participating in the webcast.  (w.downing@ieee.org)


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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 (TEM)

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Women in Engineering Affinity Group (WIE)

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Topic/Title CTS WOMEN IN ENGINEERING MONTHLY BOOK CLUB
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Abstract Book / Article Discussion: Negotiating Your Salary

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.

Free parking is available at on West St. after 6PM.  (NW Corner of 7th and West) .  No charge for the event. Bring a friend!  And make new ones!
Date/Time 21 February 2017
Time: 06:30 PM to 08:00 PM
Location Cirrus Logic
800 W. 6th St.
Austin, Texas
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Registration https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/43244
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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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