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Past Meetings

Innovation for Sustainable Planet

October 2019

Topic:

Innovation for Sustainable Planet

Abstract:

There wouldn't be a day go by without the news on global warming, plastic pollution and other environmental disturbing activities. We as a community at this juncture has a responsibility to fix it to safeguard planet and our future generations. After a short presentation, let’s identify a few issues from our city and come up with innovative ideas to fix them. Let’s brainstorm and find out whether we can solve the problems as entrepreneurs do. Typical issues could be transportation, plastic pollution, textile pollution, water recycling and energy saving. 


Speaker:
  Prasad Jaladi, http://suraksha.us/

Speaker's Bio:

Prasad Jaladi is a social entrepreneur and Chief Facilitator at Suraksha. He was President of Intelligent Enterprise Solutions, operated in social entrepreneurship model. He has international experience in multiple industries. With Masters in Organic Chemistry, he ventured into multiple disciplines. He built local and international partnerships to foster innovation and entrepreneurship. He worked with corporations, universities, government, private research institutions and hospitals offering software, consulting and training services. Prasad introduced SaaS for intelligence analytics on 35 technologies, end to end automation of intellectual property management and data mining in gene expression analysis. He supports application of AI, VR/AR, Blockchain, Chatbots and IoT. Prasad established and managed IT consulting business in Silicon Valley. He has experience in pharmaceutical industry as Managing Director, managed R&D, QA, QC, pilot and commercial manufacturing. He led a team to obtain US FDA approval. He works with international scientists, organizations for technology commercialization of products from natural and renewable resources.


Date & Time: Wednesday, October 23, 2019, Networking at 6:00 p.m., business and program from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Location: PoK-e-Jo's, 2121 W. Parmer Lane at Lamplight Village, Austin, TX 78727
Map: map
Cost: $5.00 minimum charge for the restaurant. BBQ dinner is optional on your own.
Reservations: Please register here to ensure we do not exceed the capacity of the venue.
For more information: Slides from the presentation.


Also on Meetup site:


Peeking Into the Car of the Future

September 2019

Topic:

Peeking Into the Car of the Future

Abstract:

"We are the automobile. We are here to help you."

Modern cars are robots, or at least robot-wannabes. But unlike with domestic robots that clean your house and maybe cook and feed you, do we trust our lives and those of others to these rising autonomous machines? We shall attempt to look into the vehicle electronics of these new cars.


Speaker:
  Luis Basto
Speaker's Bio:


Luis is an engineer in the Automotive division of NXP Semiconductors. He is responsible for Design for Testability of the circuits used in the next generation of vehicles. Luis has many years of design and DFT experience in the semiconductor industry working for Motorola, AMD, Analog Devices, Cadence, NXP, and others. He has worked as an individual contributor as well as managed design teams globally. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE and has been awarded 6 US patents in hardware and software design. He has a BSEE from the University of Houston and an MSEE from Southern Methodist University.


Date & Time: Wednesday, September 25, 2019, Networking at 6:00 p.m., business and program from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Location: PoK-e-Jo's, 2121 W. Parmer Lane at Lamplight Village, Austin, TX 78727
Map: map
Cost: $5.00 minimum charge for the restaurant. BBQ dinner is optional on your own.
Reservations: Please register here to ensure we do not exceed the capacity of the venue.
For more information: Presentation slides


From Craftful to Catastrophe -- Contracts  Issues for Consultants

August 2019

Topic:

From Craftful to Catastrophe -- Contracts  Issues for Consultants

Abstract:

Join us for a program addressing a range of contract issues for consultants that should see more light of day, particularly for technical consultants. Topics will include a range of alternative structures to consider for your engagements, opportunities that you might not know were there, terms that can appear straightforward and binding yet be ineffective, and a number of bear traps to watch out for and avoid.

This should be an interactive discussion following the interests of our audience. And our goal is to provide all some measure of a better foundation as informed consumers of contracts as tools in their practice.


Speaker:
   Mark Andrew Smith
Speaker's Bio:


Mark’s legal practice concentrates on Intellectual Property and builds on his prior experience, both as a Partner in an IP boutique and in-house as Attorney and Senior IP Counsel in leading R&D, software and energy companies.

He has served as an adjunct law professor and serves entrepreneurs and graduate students in commercializing new technologies mentoring teams and judging business plans in related professional, academic and accelerator programs. Active in the Licensing Executive Society, Mark has served in leadership positions in the local chapter and nationally with the LES Foundation.

Mark has engineering and law degrees from SMU, an LL.M from UH and an MSTC (technology commercialization) from the UT/McCombs; is admitted to the Texas Bar and the USPTO; and is credentialed as CLP Emeritus (Certified Licensing Professional, CLP Inc.) and a RTTP (Association of Technology Transfer Professionals).


Date & Time: Wednesday, August 28, 2019, Networking at 6:00 p.m., business and program from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Location: PoK-e-Jo's, 2121 W. Parmer Lane at Lamplight Village, Austin, TX 78727
Map: map
Cost: $5.00 minimum charge for the restaurant. BBQ dinner is optional on your own.
Reservations: Please register here to ensure we do not exceed the capacity of the venue.
For more information:

Blockchain Technology and Its Financial Transaction Application

June 2019

Topic:

Blockchain Technology and Its Financial Transaction Application

Abstract:

A brief explanation of blockchain technology fundamentals and how it can create trustless proof.
Speaker:
  Paul Snow
Speaker's Bio:
Paul Snow is CEO at Factom, creator of the first usable blockchain technology to solve real-world business problems by providing an unalterable record keeping system. A leader in the open-source technology arena, Paul brings more than three decades of software development experience to his position at the helm of Factom.

Paul’s innovative approach to software and application engineering has spawned a litany of inventive open-source companies and solutions that have paved the way for Factom. A true open-source evangelist, Paul also acts as Chief Architect for DTRules, an open source project  he founded in 2004 to make Decision Table based Rules Engines available to all sorts of projects. He built the first Decision Table based Rules Engine for the Texas TIERS project. He went on to build another for the state of Ohio to support onsite corporate audits. But both projects tied up the source code with the vendors and states.  DTRules, as open source has allowed this general purpose decision-making protocol to be used in many states for health and human services projects, commercial websites, university projects, and many other applications.

An active proponent and developer of blockchain based technologies, Paul is a founder of the  the Texas Bitcoin Conference, and currently serves as president and chair. He holds three patents for graphics hardware and system configuration technologies. He is a supporter of and sometimes contributor to  the Colored Coins and Ethereum projects, in addition to driving the development of Factom.

 

Paul earned his Bachelor of Science in Computer Science at Louisiana Tech University and his Master’s degree in computer science and electrical engineering from Texas A&M University. Paul Snow is on Reddit.


Date & Time: Wednesday, June 26, 2019, Networking at 6:00 p.m., business and program from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Location: PoK-e-Jo's, 2121 W. Parmer Lane at Lamplight Village, Austin, TX 78727
Map: map
Cost: $5.00 minimum charge for the restaurant. BBQ dinner is optional on your own.
Reservations: Please register here to ensure we do not exceed the capacity of the venue.
For more information: Slides from the presentation.

Dr. Marcel J. E. Golay,  A Retrospective

May 2019

Topic:

Dr. Marcel J. E. Golay,  A Retrospective

Abstract:



Dr. Marcel J. E. Golay was born in Switzerland and received the License of Electrical Engineer from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich in 1924. Golay then joined Bell Labs in the U.S. for four years before going to the University of Chicago where he received the Ph.D. in physics in 1931. He then joined the U.S. Army Signal Corps at Ft. Monmouth, NJ where he spent much of his career during WWII and thereafter.

Dr. Golay was well known in the field of optical instrumentation; he was a consultant with and later employed by Perkin Elmer for many years where he improved the Golay Infra-Red Detector. Golay applied mathematics to many problems resulting in contributions to communication codes, error detecting and correction codes and other advances in electronics. Golay returned to the Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich near the end of his life.
Speaker:

Robert D. (Bob) Hunter
Speaker's Bio:

Robert D. (Bob) Hunter is a retired manager of regulatory compliance and consultant whose published books treat intellectual property (IP) from a management perspective (not a "how-to"). Bob was one of the founders of the IEEE Consultants organization and served as Chair of the Central Texas Section (1980). Bob is a Life Senior Member (LS) of the IEEE, a Life Member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), and a Fellow of The Society for Standards Professionals (SES). Bob obtained BS and MS degrees in electrical engineering from Drexel University in 1959 and 1962, respectively. Bob was employed at Philco as a Patent Engineering Specialist for 12 years.
Date & Time: Wednesday, May 22, 2019, Networking at 6:00 p.m., business and program from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Location: PoK-e-Jo's, 2121 W. Parmer Lane at Lamplight Village, Austin, TX 78727
Map: map
Cost: $5.00 minimum charge for the restaurant. BBQ dinner is optional on your own.
Reservations: Please register here to ensure we do not exceed the capacity of the venue.
For more information:

When Artificial Intelligence (AI) meets Human Intelligence (HI): A Road to World Wide Intelligence

April 2019

Topic:

 When Artificial Intelligence (AI) meets Human Intelligence (HI): A Road to World Wide Intelligence

Abstract:

The technology transformation across industries is happening at an exponential pace. The presentation will provide a window into the future of the impact of this transformation on the human resources departments across the world. The journey will include the history of human evolution to the rise of AI and modern-day technologies. It will also discuss how we can prepare for the upcoming revolution and thrive in the new world.

Speaker:

Adil Dalal, Director, Human Architecture, Hitachi Global Digital Holdings, Global Social Innovation Business.
Speaker's Bio:

Dalal is the Director, Solution Architecture, at Hitachi Global Digital Holdings, Global Social Innovation Business. He is a technical and business solutions expert for digital enterprise and IoT solutions across multiple industry verticals. Prior to that he was the CEO of Pinnacle Process Solutions, Intl®, LLC; past-Chair of ASQ's Human Development & Leadership division and past-Education and Certification Chair of Lean Enterprise Division of ASQ.

Adil’s book "The 12 Pillars of Project Excellence: A Lean Approach to Improving Project Results" is the winner of the prestigious “2015 ASQ Philip B. Crosby Medal”, “2014 Shingo Research and Publication award” and “2013 Axiom Best Business book award”. 

Adil has also authored "A Legacy Driven Life" and co-authored ASQ's “Lean Handbook” for Bronze Certification.   He has pioneered several innovations like: Sensei Leadership™, iLean® Technology, iCulture™, Lean Project leadership™, Holistic Lean®, and other advanced technologies like The V-Factor™ and Pinnacle Performance Zone™.

Date & Time: Tuesday, Apr 16, 2019, Networking at 6:00 p.m., business and program from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Location: PoK-e-Jo's, 2121 W. Parmer Lane at Lamplight Village, Austin, TX 78727
Map: map
Cost: BBQ sinner on your own.
Reservations: Please register here to ensure we do not exceed the capacity of the venue.
For more information:

No IEEE Central Texas Consultants Network Meeting for March

March 2019

Topic:

None, Zip, Nada, Nein, 沒 有, Hет, Pas, לא, No

Abstract:

Other upcoming meetings you might be interested in:

Power and Energy, (PI)2 Chapter – Austin (PES/PELS/IAS/IES)

 

Tuesday, March 26, 6:30 – 8:30 PM , Dinner, Social and Bus mtg 6 – 7:00, Program 7:00 – 8:30

Cover 3     

2700 West Anderson Lane

Austin, Texas 78757

Topic:  Dynamic Stability on the ERCOT Transmission System

Speaker: John Schmall, ERCOT Dynamic Studies Department

Cost: We ask that all attendees order at least $20 in food and drink, or consider this to be a cover charge.

Students are welcome!  PI2 will reimburse up to $20 of meal expense for IEEE student members attending our Technical Meeting.

RSVP: Please register using IEEE Vtools at: https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/193020

For more information: Please Email: pi2-secretary@ieee.org


TAG – Technologies Advisors Group

 

Friday, March 29, 7:00 AM – 8:30 AM    ***  BREAKFAST MEETING  ***

Calavista Software

3700 North Capital of Texas Hwy, Suite 450

Austin

Topic: Tethr - Actionable Insights from Customer Interactions

Registration: http://www.tagaustin.org

Cost: $17.50 before 27-March, $20 after

Information and registration: https://tagaustin.org/

For more information: Contact Bill Kleinebecker  at  akleineb@alum.mit.edu

 

IEEE CTS EMC Chapter Meeting

 

Monday, April 8, 6:00 -- 8:30 PM

6:00pm - Social/food 
7:00pm - Chapter Meeting 
7:20pm - Technical Presentation 
8:20pm - Wrap-up 

8:30pm - Meeting ends 

ETS-Lindgren

1301 Arrow Point Drive

Room 110

Cedar Park

https://www.google.com/maps/place/ETS-Lindgren/@30.5347628,-97.8033734,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x865b2cdc99c718b9:0x557e778d9489421b!8m2!3d30.5347628!4d-97.8033734

Topic: Reverberation Chambers

Speaker: Alistair Duffy, De Montfort University

For meeting information, contact Ross Carlton at ross.carlton@ieee.org or 512-531-2747.


Speaker:
 
Speaker's Bio:

Date & Time: Wednesday, Mar 27, 2019, Networking at 6:00 p.m., business and program from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Location: PoK-e-Jo's, 2121 W. Parmer Lane at Lamplight Village, Austin, TX 78727
Map: map
Cost: $5.00 minimum charge for the restaurant. Supper is at optional extra cost.
Reservations: Please register here to ensure we do not exceed the capacity of the venue.
For more information:

Add a Computer to your Design through SIP Technology

February 2019

Topic:

Add a Computer to your Design through SIP Technology

Abstract:

Now even novices to hardware can build a Linux computer, right at the custom PCB level, enabling you to define your own features and form-factor to meet your precise computing needs. Fit a computer into a tiny IoT container with System-in-Package technology! Neeraj Dantu will walk through how SiP integrates heterogeneous processors, memory, and power under one easy to layout package and how it lowers the HW, SW and boot complexity as well as time to production. He'll also take a look at how this technology brings building a Linux PC within reach of the larger community of embedded systems designers.

Speaker:
Neeraj Danju  , Engineer, Octavo Systems


Email: 
Speaker's Bio:
Neeraj Danju

Neeraj Dantu is an Applications and Systems Engineer at Octavo Systems. In his role, Neeraj develops application software and hardware utilizing System-in-Package (SiP) technology changing the face of electronic design and manufacturing. With diverse experience in Linux operating systems, hardware design, machine learning, computer vision, and signal processing, Neeraj brings a fresh perspective and experience to customers using the Octavo Systems SiP products. Neeraj earned his B.Tech (Bachelor of Technology) in Electronics and Communications Engineering from The LNM Institute of Information Technology, India, and a Masters in Electrical Engineering from Rice University.


Date & Time: Wednesday, Feb 27, 2019, Networking at 6:00 p.m., business and program from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Location: PoK-e-Jo's, 2121 W. Parmer Lane at Lamplight Village, Austin, TX 78727
Map: map
Cost: $5.00 minimum charge for the restaurant. Supper is at optional extra cost.
Reservations: Please register here to ensure we do not exceed the capacity of the venue.
For more information: Slides from the presentation.

Plant Tour of M3 Systems

January 2019

Topic:
This month the IEEE Central Texas Consultants Network and IEEE PI2 Austin is jointly inviting you to have a tour of M3 Design.
Please RSVP with Steve Pearson if you wish to attend. See detail info below.

COMSOC/EBMS
You are also invited to attend

IEEE Austin ComSoC/SP and EMBS & Computer Joint chapters are presenting

"Collaborative Technologies trends in 2019 that will disrupt the market in 2020"

by Fawzi Behmann, President, TelNet Management Consulting, Inc.

PLEASE RSVP – (is required to access the AT&T Building)

https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/185661



Date & Time: Tuesday, Jan 29, 2019, 5:45 to 8:00 p.m.
Location: 575 Round Rock West Dr., Round Rock, Texas 78681, Building: Suite 100
Map: map
Cost: Free
Reservations: Please contact Steve Pearson, IEEE PES/IAS?PELS/IES Austin Chapter. (512) 466-1450, steve@pearsonstrategy.com
For more information:
February Tour
IEEE PI2 Austin also invites you to a tour of Thermon in early February.
Please go here to see more information and RSVP.

IEEE ComSoc/SP and CTCN

December 2018

Topic:

Joint Holiday Social and Networking Event





 

You are invited to share an evening with your colleagues and enjoy some holiday cheer.
 
COMSOC/SP and CTCN will provide the snacks and a drink.  Anything more is up to you.



Date & Time: Tuesday, December 18, 2018, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Location: Opal Devine's Marina Austin Grill,
12709 Mopac & Parmer Lane in north Austin, TX 78727

(on Mo-Pac north bound frontage road in front of Fry's Electronics)
Map: map
Cost: COMSOC/SP and CTCN will provide the snacks and a drink.  Anything more is up to you.
Reservations: Please register at https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/183839 so that we know approximately how many are coming. You do not need to be a member of IEEE to register. Last minute walk-ins and guests welcome.
For more information:
The COMSOC/SP website is: http://sites.ieee.org/ct-comsp  http://sites.ieee.org/ct-comsp

Texas Board of Professional Engineers - Professional Practice Update/Ethics

November 2018

Topic:

Texas Board of Professional Engineers - Professional Practice Update/Ethics

Abstract:

Updates on engineering ethics and Code of Conduct, Board Activities, rule and statutory changes, and general updates on Board initiatives.


Speaker:
Rick Strong   rick.strong@engineers.texas.gov
Speaker's Bio:

Rick D. Strong, P.E. joined the Texas Board of Professional Engineers in April 2017 as the Director of Licensing. As the Director of the Licensing Division, he oversees the review of all PE applications, Firm registrations, EIT certifications and renewals in the State of Texas. The Licensing division reviews more than 3,000 PE applications per year and handles the renewals for close to 64,000 licensed Texas PEs and approximately 10,400 registered engineering Firms.

He has 31 years of experience in the Texas coal mining industry; he is knowledgeable in all aspects of mining engineering and mine operations. Rick has been a licensed professional engineer in Texas since 1992.

He is a 1985 graduate from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor’s degree in Mining Engineering.

He resides in the Austin area with his wife Cindy. They enjoy their large family of six grown children and seven grandchildren.

Date & Time: Wednesday, November 24, 2018, Networking at 6:00 p.m., business and program from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Location: PoK-e-Jo's, 2121 W. Parmer Lane at Lamplight Village, Austin, TX 78727
Map: map
Cost: $5.00 minimum charge for the restaurant. Supper is at optional extra cost.
Reservations: Reservations are requested at https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/181967
For more information:

How to Get More Projects, Automatically

October 2018

Topic:

How to Get More Projects, Automatically

Abstract:

For a consultant client, we generated $5m of sales opportunities in 3 weeks. 
All they had to do is respond quickly to the prospects who raised their hand and said "Yes" to the offer. 
In this 45 minute dinner presentation, Malcolm will show you how this strategy works, 
and how you can execute it yourself.


Speaker:
Malcolm Lui   www.eversprint.com
Speaker's Bio:
 Malcolm Lui
Malcolm Lui is the Managing Member of Eversprint, LLC, an Austin based 
agency that specializes in generating more high ticket sales through automation for their clients.

Pre-event attendee survey: So that Malcolm can tailor his presentation for your needs, please complete this survey on or before Monday, October 22nd: f.eversprint.com/ieee-survey
Date & Time: Wednesday, October 24, 2018, Networking at 6:00 p.m., business and program from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Location: PoK-e-Jo's, 2121 W. Parmer Lane at Lamplight Village, Austin, TX 78727
Map: map
Cost: $5.00 minimum charge for the restaurant. Supper is at optional extra cost.
Reservations: Not required. All interested parties are invited to attend.
For more information: Slides from the presentation.


Should You Patent It Yourself

September 2018

Topic:

Should You Patent It Yourself

Abstract:

Patents have, to some extent, fallen out of favor for the protection of certain Intellectual Property (IP). Recent statistics indicate as many as 80% of all issued patents are invalid because of poor quality of processing at the Patent and Trademark Office (PTO).

For many years, some inventors have obtained patents without the services of a Patent Attorney or Agent using David Pressman’s fine book but there are some practical and management issues with that.

Bob will review these issues for certain situations and will describe a hybrid approach that has worked well.

Note:
Bob is not a patent attorney or agent and therefore cannot provide legal advice on the subject.


Speaker:
Bob Hunter   Email: robert.hunter2119@att.net
Speaker's Bio:
Bob Hunter

Robert D. (Bob) Hunter is a retired manager of regulatory compliance and consultant whose published books treat intellectual property (IP) from a management perspective (not a "how-to"). Bob was one of the founders of the IEEE Consultants organization and served as Chair of the Central Texas Section (1980). Bob obtained BS and MS degrees in electrical engineering from Drexel University in 1959 and 1962, respectively. Bob was employed at Philco as a Patent Engineering Specialist for 12 years.

Date & Time: Wednesday, September 26, 2018, Networking at 6:00 p.m., business and program from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Location: PoK-e-Jo's, 2121 W. Parmer Lane at Lamplight Village, Austin, TX 78727
Map: map
Cost: $5.00 minimum charge for the restaurant. Supper is at optional extra cost.
Reservations: Not required. All interested parties are invited to attend.
For more information:


Audio Forensics: A Brief Survey and Personal Experience

August 2018

Topic:

Audio Forensics: A Brief Survey and Personal Experience

Abstract:

A discussion of what it takes to be an expert witness, and Mr. Beck's 20 year history and perspective on Audio Forensics.


Speaker:
Steve Beck of Beck Forensic Audio Consulting, Email: stevenbeck@alumni.rice.edu
Speaker's Bio:
Steve Beck

Steve Beck holds a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from 
Rice University in Houston TX. He was an Engineering Fellow with BAE Systems and is now the owner of 
Beck Forensic Audio Consulting.

Mr. Beck has served as an expert witness on a number of cases involving audio analysis. He was in charge 
of audio forensics research for speaker and gunshot recognition on contracts with the FBI, developing gunshot 
localization systems on contracts with the U.S. Army, and a was a DARPA principal investigator for the 
Bionic Ear program (with MIT) and the DARPA neural network sonar recognition program (with UT Austin).

Date & Time: Wednesday, August 22, 2018, Networking at 6:00 p.m., business and program from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Location: PoK-e-Jo's, 2121 W. Parmer Lane at Lamplight Village, Austin, TX 78727
Map: map
Cost: $5.00 minimum charge for the restaurant. Supper is at optional extra cost.
Reservations: Not required. All interested parties are invited to attend.
For more information:


Also on Meetup site:

Upcoming Event: Successful Consulting in 2018: an IEEE Workshop

Central Texas Consultants Network presents a workshop co-sponsored by the Austin Life Member Affinity Group and Mercer Consumer.

Topic: Risk control: Protecting your business from financial threats

Come to this workshop and hear successful consultants share their experiences. Learn what you need to know about professional liability insurance including case studies and risk vignettes, contracts and contract provisions, and the IEEE member group plan.


  SPEAKERS

Steve Stephanides

Steve Stephanides of Beazley

Biography:

Steve is an underwriter for architects and engineers professional liability. He also is the Head of Office for Philadelphia. He joined Beazley as an Architects and Engineers underwriter in January, 2006, based in Philadelphia.

Jim Jacobsen

Jim Jacobsen of Mercer Consumer

Biography:

Jim Jacobsen, leads the Professional Liability Engineers Program for Mercer Consumer.  Jim’s responsibilities include managing the Professional Liability program for IEEE and supporting the customer experience. He has over  20 years of insurance experience, the last 5 managing Architects & Engineers Professional Liability Programs.

Address:Mercer Consumer, 12421 Meredith Drive, Urbandale, Iowa, United States, 50398




Attendees of this workshop will experience an interactive, multi-media presentation covering Contracts and Contract Provisions, Professional Liability Claim Case Studies, Professional Liability Risk for Engineers video vignettes and discussion with the subject matter expert.

Key Take-aways:

* How you can identify risk in contract provisions and what to negotiate for your own protection

* How even the most seasoned engineering firms and professionals may become involved in litigation, whether frivolous or warranted, and how your insurance responds

* How to reduce your risk of financial loss, reputation loss and loss of time with specific risk management tips

Subject matter expert: Steve Stephanides, RPLU, MBA, of the Specialty Lines/A&E practice at Beazley Group. Steve is the lead underwriter for Beazley, as it pertains to the IEEE member’s professional liability insurance program.

Program expert: Jim Jacobsen, Sr. Associate at Mercer Consumer, IEEE Professional Liability Insurance Program manager

Register early and save.  Save $10 by registering before midnight, September 7th.  (IEEE Life and Student Members have their own reduced rate not subject to this deadline.)

Cost for this workshop (in advance/after September 7th or walk up)

$25/$35 IEEE Members (except Life and Student Members)

$30/$40 non-IEEE members

$10/$10 IEEE Life and Student Members

Cancellation requests must be received by midnight Friday, August 31st.  Refunds will be by check and subject to a 20% administration fee.  Send cancellation requests to Lester Johnson at L.Johnson@ieee.org.

Walk-ins please pay at the event with cash, or a check made out to "IEEE-CTS."  No credit cards at the door, please.


Date: 8 September 2018

Time: 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET (16:00 to 21:00 UTC-04)

Location: ACC Highland Campus, 6101 Highland Campus Dr., Austin, TX 78752, Room 310. maps

Registration: https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/175261

Members and non-members are welcome.

AI Edge Inference

July 2018

Topic:

AI Edge Inference

Abstract:

"AI Edge Inference" has been getting significant attention lately, but what is it? This presentation discusses what neural networks are, what inference is, why the edge matters, and who Mythic is. In the end, attendees should understand the purpose of the space and how it affects computing.


Speaker:
Dave Fick  http://davefick.com/
Speaker's Bio:
Dave Fick

Me (Dave Fick)

Dave Fick is the CTO and co-founder of Mythic, an Austin-based startup that is creating the next generation of inference microchips. Mythic uses mixed-signal computing to achieve 20-100x improvements in neural network performance for edge devices, and has raised $55M from top-tier investors to execute on this vision. Dave Fick earned his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.

Date & Time: Wednesday, July 25, 2018, Networking at 6:00 p.m., business and program from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Location: PoK-e-Jo's, 2121 W. Parmer Lane at Lamplight Village, Austin, TX 78727
Map: map
Cost: $5.00 minimum charge for the restaurant. Supper is at optional extra cost.
Reservations: Not required. All interested parties are invited to attend.
For more information:
Slides from the presentation.


Ultra-paranoid Computing for the Consumer

June 2018

Topic:

Ultra-paranoid Computing for the Consumer

Abstract:

A brief history of security failures underscores the ultra-paranoid assumptions. 

Multiple parts separated onto safe media and stored in safe places can address even the 
ultra-paranoid assumptions.


Speaker:
David Pruett
Speaker's Bio:
David Pruett

David Pruett's 50-plus year obsession with computers has resulted in several
unintended consequences.  His 5th grade fascination with the economic model
in Danny Dunn and the Homework Machine continues unabated to this day.
Danny Dunn's secret Homework Machine (a computer) frees the protagonist to
go out and play while the other kids toil.  The quest for Homework Machines
has molded Mr. Pruett's interests towards those fields capable of producing
Homework Machines, and those that study how to benefit from them.

Eventually the Homework Machines helped bring to life an array of amazing
early prototype devices, which as often as not ended up becoming Homework
Machines themselves.  Having the world's first tablet computer twenty years
before the other kids was a significant step in the quest for Homework
Machines.  Likewise blazingly fast parallel machines, and other devices.
Amazing people with amazing wisdom tend to come along with amazing devices,
and Mr. Pruett is casually working on material for a blog about some of the
devices and people that shaped our world.

If the person with the coolest toys wins, money does not get you the VERY
coolest toys that can't be bought at any price.  From Kahneman's 2010
Princeton study, neither does it get you happiness.  One of Pruett's more
recent results in economics incorporates Kahneman's results to derive the
supply curve for labor.  In excess of ten people have retired almost
immediately after seeing the result.  Mr Pruett is currently majoring in Fun
at Texas State University, without enrolling or attending formal classes.
Recent reports suggest students actually went as Pruett for Halloween.

Homework Machines involve focusing on eliminating the largest obstacles to
fun, which is sometimes no longer homework, but fear.  His computer security
project is now in its 6th year of testing.

Date & Time: Wednesday, June 27, 2018, Networking at 6:00 p.m., business and program from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Location: PoK-e-Jo's, 2121 W. Parmer Lane at Lamplight Village, Austin, TX 78727
Map: map
Cost: $5.00 minimum charge for the restaurant. Supper is at optional extra cost.
Reservations: Not required. All interested parties are invited to attend.
For more information:
Slides from the presentation.


FPGA Chips: Introduction, History, and Applications

May 2018

Topic:

FPGA Chips: Introduction, History, and Applications

Abstract:

Field Programmable Gate Arrays have been around for over 30 years are and are now into their 3rd generation.  A convenient way to study them and their applications is to follow the timeline and their expanding capabilities.  The talk uses Steve Trimberger’s retrospective on FPGA technology with introductory material and greater focus on applications.

Speaker:
Jim Brakefield, jim.brakefield@ieee.org
Speaker's Bio:
Jim Brakefield
Life Senior Member, IEEE

He holds a BS-Applied Math from University of Wisconsin and Masters of Science (Computer Science and EE) also from UW.  His professional career includes work in the Avionics, Semiconductor , Life Sciences and Communications industries as well as Image Processing and video.

He has experience in assembly language programming on over a dozen processors usually in the context of hard real-time embedded systems.  He has done FPGA projects: small, medium and not that large.  He does circuit board design and systems architecture including microprocessors, FPGAs, power supply, analog and data conversion.

He is currently examining computer architecture in the context of FPGA soft core processors.


Date & Time: Wednesday, May 23, 2018, Networking at 6:00 p.m., business and program from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Location: PoK-e-Jo's, 2121 W. Parmer Lane at Lamplight Village, Austin, TX 78727
Map: map
Cost: $5.00 minimum charge for the restaurant. Supper is at optional extra cost.
Reservations: Not required. All interested parties are invited to attend.
For more information: Slides from the presentation.


Black Holes and Their Degenerate Friends

April 2018

Topic:

Black Holes and Their Degenerate Friends

Abstract:

The astrophysics of astronomical objects depends on equilibrium between forces of expansion and
contraction. Black holes represent a failure of this balance. There have been scientific puzzles of how
intermediate, massive and super-massive black holes came to exist. A new source of information in the
form of gravitational waves, comparable to Galileo's first use of a telescope to study the sky is
producing new results that promise to greatly accelerate progress in this field.

Speaker:
Clyde Springen 
Email: springen@sbcglobal.net 
Speaker's Bio:
Clyde Springen
BSEE, Mastron - Retired - Systems and Software Engineer & Adjunct Professor of Astronomy and Engineering.

Was privileged to have a 47 year career as an engineer and teacher. Engineering
alumnus of Texas Instruments, Lockheed Missiles and Space, Northrop Grumman and
Textron. Primary technology areas in Engineering were in Artificial Intelligence –
robotics, machine vision, and expert planning systems, tracking and data fusion, and
in Astronomy - photometry analysis and galactic simulation. Worked on applications
including surface systems for missiles and rockets, conveyor belt robot and vision
systems, automated test systems and corps level army battle planning systems. Some
highlights include creating a rule-based countdown sequencer for NASA, developing
an innovative state-machine based application programming language for robots resulting in two
patents and developing a fault-isolation sub-system to diagnose failure in digital circuit cards. As a
teacher at Austin Community College taught Introduction to Engineering, Solar System and Stellar
Astronomy courses. Also obtained a NASA grant to incorporate satellite telemetry into engineering
curriculum.

Date & Time: Wednesday, Apr 25, 2018, Networking at 6:00 p.m., business and program from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Location: PoK-e-Jo's, 2121 W. Parmer Lane at Lamplight Village, Austin, TX 78727
Map: map
Cost: $5.00 minimum charge for the restaurant. Supper is at optional extra cost.
Reservations: Not required. All interested parties are invited to attend.
For more information: Slides from the presentation. Here is the neutron star merger video.

Using Blockchain for AI Authenticity

March 2018

Topic:

Using Blockchain for AI Authenticity

Abstract:

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is only as good as the data upon which it is based. Standards for identification of data sources for historical data are virtually non-existent. Join Karen Kilroy, CEO of Kilroy Blockchain, for a discussion of why the data science and AI communities need to collaborate to make AI sources of data verifiable. We will also share ideas on how we can establish ways for consumers of AI to verify that no one has tampered with the data.

Speaker:
Karen Kilroy
Speaker's Bio:
Karen Kilroy is a life-long technologist with heart.  Living in Austin, Texas, she has invented several products including Kilroy Blockchain PaaS, Riley, and Carnak.  Karen believes that artificial intelligence and virtual reality don't have to be scary and that technology can be proactively designed to be used for good. Karen's background includes many years of working as an open source software engineer, which has prepared her for the new world of cognitive intelligence and immutable ledgers.

Karen is also a professional dragon boat coach, and currently volunteers to coach the Wildcats at the Texas School of the Blind and Visually Impaired.

Karen lives in downtown Austin, Texas, is the host of the IBM Watson Cognitive Tech Meetup and of the OroPlatform Meetup, and is co-host of the Blockchain for Business Meetup.

Date & Time: Wednesday, Mar 28, 2018, Networking at 6:00 p.m., business and program from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Location: PoK-e-Jo's, 2121 W. Parmer Lane at Lamplight Village, Austin, TX 78727
Map: map
Cost: $5.00 minimum charge for the restaurant. Supper is at optional extra cost.
Reservations: Not required. All interested parties are invited to attend.
For more information: Slides to presentation

Light-field Display Architecture and Properties

February 2018

Topic:

Light-field Display Architecture and Properties

Abstract:

Human binocular vision and acuity, and the accompanying 3D retinal processing of the human eye and brain are specifically designed to promote situational awareness and understanding in the natural 3D world. The ability to resolve depth within a scene whether natural or artificial improves our spatial understanding of the scene and as a result reduces the cognitive load accompanying the analysis and collaboration on complex tasks.

A light-field display projects 3D imagery that is visible to the unaided eye (without glasses or head tracking) and allows for perspective correct visualization within the display’s projection volume. Binocular disparity, occlusion, specular highlights and gradient shading, and other expected depth cues are correct from the viewer’s perspective as in the natural real-world light-field.

Light-field displays are no longer a science fiction concept and a few companies are producing impressive light-field display prototypes. This presentation will review the application agnostic light-field display architecture being developed at FoVI3D. In addition, general light-field display properties and characteristics such as view angle, directional resolution, and their effect on the 3D aerial image will be discussed.

Speaker:
Thomas Burnett, tburnett@fovi3d.com, www.fovi3d.com
Speaker's Bio:

Thomas Burnett graduated from Texas A&M University in 1989 with a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science. He has spent 25+ years developing, architecting, and managing computer software and hardware projects including processor logic synthesis and simulation, 2D image processing pipelines, 2D/3D and light-field rendering solutions, 3D physics engines and 2D/3D games.

Thomas has been a developer/manager with multiple visualization start-up companies in and around Austin's Silicon Hills. At Applied Science Fiction (ASF) he co-developed image processing libraries and a processing pipeline to render images from exposed yet undeveloped 35mm film. As the software lead at Zebra Imaging, Thomas was a key contributor in the development of static light-field topographic maps for use by the Department of Defense in Iraq and Afghanistan. He was the computation architect for the DARPA Urban Photonic Sandtable Display (UPSD) program which produced several wide-area light-field display prototypes for human factors testing and research.

More recently, Thomas launched a new light-field display development program at FoVI3D where he serves as President and CTO. FoVI3D is developing a next-generation light-field display architecture and display prototype to further socialize the cognitive benefit of spatially accurate 3D aerial imagery.

Date & Time: Wednesday, Feb 28, 2018, Networking at 6:00 p.m., business and program from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Location: PoK-e-Jo's, 2121 W. Parmer Lane at Lamplight Village, Austin, TX 78727
Map: map
Cost: $5.00 minimum charge for the restaurant. Supper is at optional extra cost.
Reservations: Not required. All interested parties are invited to attend.
For more information:

The Drone of Drones

January 2018

Topic:

The Drone of Drones

Abstract:
It seems everywhere you turn these days there's something about Drones. Yet the information tends to be at once both scattered in subject and specific to one particular type of Drone - QuadCopters. But the industry itself has much more reach and potential - yet has many hazards from both malevolent and untrained users and regulatory systems that are much less agile than the technology and the industry itself. We'll take a look at the various industry components that make up assorted drone markets, and the potentials they promise
Speaker:
Philip Wheat
Speaker's Bio:
Philip Wheat is an industry veteran who has been active in the computer industry for over 20 years. With experience stretching back to the beginnings of the PC era, he has remained active on the leading edges of technology focusing on embedded systems, knowledge management, and sensor technologies. He is one of the few who has worked with SharePoint since the original beta, built his own microprocessor, and who has had robotics projects featured in the press and TV shows around the world. He is currently CTO and Chief Architect of WBC Drone - focused on the usage of various technologies to assist in Drone management and safety.
Date & Time: Wednesday, Jan 24, 2018, Networking at 6:00 p.m., business and program from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Location: PoK-e-Jo's, 2121 W. Parmer Lane at Lamplight Village, Austin, TX 78727
Map: map
Cost: $5.00 minimum charge for the restaurant. Supper is at optional extra cost.
Reservations: Not required. All interested parties are invited to attend.
For more information: Presentation slides are here.
  https://www.slideshare.net/PhilWh/the-drone-of-drones

IEEE Central Texas Consultants Network & Life Members
HiTech Holiday Social and Networking Event

You are invited to share an evening with your colleagues and enjoy some holiday cheer. The Central Texas Consultants Network and the Life Members affinity groups will provide the snacks and a drink. Anything more is up to you.


December 2017

Topic:

HiTech Holiday Social and Networking Event

Date & Time: Wednesday  Dec 7, 2017, 5pm - 7pm.
Location: Sherlock's Baker Street Pub and Grill, 9012 Research Blvd., Austin, TX 78758. Southeast corner of Burnet Road and US 183/Research Blvd.
Map: map
Cost: The Central Texas Consultants Network and the Life Members affinity groups will provide the snacks and a drink. Anything more is up to you.
Reservations: https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/48654 so that we know approximately how many are coming.  Last minute walk-ins and guests are welcome.
For more information:

Artificial Intelligence with Search-Basaed Function Computation Model

November 2017

Topic:

Artificial Intelligence with Search-Basaed Function Computation Model

Abstract

We should consider search-based function computation model, not just expression-based function computation model, because if we use the search-based function computation model, then "parallel computation" can be applied. If you use the expression-based function computation model, then computations are sequential as specified in a programming language. I call the search-based function computation model "Fuzzy Similarity for Function Computation Model", which is basically a table lookup and a nearest neighbor classifier approach. For example, before we had a computer, we used "sin(x)" table. If we are given 66 degrees, we look up the table to find the result.

To find a "best fuzzy similar" vector, I use "parallel reduction method" by using 5000 cores in a GPU. If you have 20 million samples, divide them by 5000, each core just need to search 4000 samples. This is manageable even we need to use procedural loops.

In this talk, I'll first give a demo of OpenCL C++. Then, I'll describe "Fuzzy Similarity for Function Computation Model". Finally, I'll give another demo on flower image recognition.

Speaker:
CL Chang
Speaker's Bio: CL Chang received his PhD in 1967 from University of California, Berkeley. He was with National Institutes of Health, IBM San Jose Research Lab, and Lockheed Software Center. He now has his own company, Nicesoft Corporation. His fields are AI, Relational Databases, and Software Engineering. He has published several books and about 50 papers. He has engaged in many discussions in the Berkeley Initiative in Soft Computing (BISC) and North America Taiwanese Engineering and Science Association (NATEA). For the more detailed information, click on the following link: http://www.nicesoftsearch.com/bio.html
Date & Time: Wednesday  Nov 15, 2017, Networking at 6:00 p.m., business and program from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Location: PoK-e-Jo's, 2121 W. Parmer Lane at Lamplight Village, Austin, TX 78727
Map: map
Cost: $5.00 minimum charge for the restaurant. Supper is at optional extra cost.
Reservations: Not required. All interested parties are invited to attend.
For more information:

Officers Elections
Proposed Slate of CTCN 2018 Officers and Call for Nominations

We will elect officers for 2018 by voice vote in the November 15th meeting.  Nominations are now open.  If you would like to nominate someone, including yourself, for a position please do so via email to Bill Martino, bill.martino@ieee.org, by November 8th.  Keep in mind that the Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, and Treasurer must be members of IEEE.

Here is the proposed slate:

        Chair: Jody Everett

        Vice Chair: Luis Basto

        Secretary: Bill Martino

        Treasurer: Jody Everett

        Program Manager / Membership: Les Johnson

        Webmaster: Luis Basto

        Member at Large: Sergio Liberman

        Member at Large: Kai Wong


Embedded Non-Volatile Memories for Intelligent IoT

October 2017

Topic:   Embedded Non-Volatile Memories for Intelligent IoT
Abstract

Betty will repeat her Keynote Presentation given at the Leading Edge Embedded NVM Workshop, held in Gardanne, France, in September.  An Intelligent Internet of Things (IIoT) will require diverse embedded non-volatile memories (eNVM).  eNVM is used in: wearable medical networks, car networks, smart home and building networks, traffic control networks and public utility networks. These, together with other networks, will form eventually smart interconnected cities using millions of processors with eNVM.  Varieties of eNVM will be needed to satisfy the diverse requirements of these networks ranging from single poly EEPROMs to large 3D RRAM neuromorphic processors. eRRAM, eMRAM, eCBRAM, ePCM and eFeRAM with differing properties will also be needed.

Speaker:
Dr. Betty Prince
Speaker's Bio: Dr. Betty Prince is CEO of Memory Strategies International. She has also  worked with Texas Instruments, NV Philips, Motorola, RCA and Fairchild.  She is author of several books on memory technology including: Semiconductor Memories (1992), High Performance Memories (1999), 3D Vertical Memory Technologies (2014) (all John Wiley & Sons), and Emerging Memories - Technologies and Trends, (2002) (Springer). She is a Senior Life Member of the IEEE and has served as an IEEE SSCS Distinguished Lecturer. She  founded the JEDEC JC-16 Interface Committee and was Co-Chair of the JC42.2 SRAM Standards Committee.  She has served on the Technical Advisory Board of several memory companies and on the Board of Directors of Mosaid Technologies. She holds patents in the memory, processor and interface areas. She has a B.S. and M.S. in physics and math  from UNM and U. of Calif., Berkeley, and an M.B.A and Ph.D. from UT with doctoral dissertation on fractal modeling.
Date & Time: Wednesday  Oct 25, 2017, Networking at 6:00 p.m., business and program from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Location: PoK-e-Jo's, 2121 W. Parmer Lane at Lamplight Village, Austin, TX 78727
Map: map
Cost: $5.00 minimum charge for the restaurant. Supper is at optional extra cost.
Reservations: Not required. All interested parties are invited to attend.
For more information:

Successful Consulting in 2017: an IEEE Workshop

September 2017

Topic: Successful Consulting in 2017: an IEEE Workshop
Presentations:

Click on link to view or
download presentation

Joe Redfield: The Road To Consulting

Joel Sandahl: Consulting on Purpose

Harold Ingersoll: Accounting and Tax Issues Related to Starting Your Own Consulting Firm

Marc Miller:  Looking at Your Career from a Turkey's Perspective and What To Do Instead

David Smith: A Structured Approach for Looking at the Future

Date & Time: Saturday,  September 23, 2017, 12:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Highland Business Center, ACC, 5930 Middle Fiskville Rd., Austin, TX 78752, Room No. 301.0
Map: map
Cost:

$20/$30 IEEE Members (except Life and Student Members)

$25/$35 non-IEEE members

$10/$10 IEEE Life and Student Members



For more information.
Download the printable Brochure for detailed information about the Workshop.




Volunteers Needed to Help Victims of Hurricane Harvey


Please consider the following request for support of our fellow Texans in this time of need.  You do not need to be an IEEE member to volunteer.

IEEE-USA MOVE has been deployed to Texas to help with disaster recovery efforts. Hurricane Harvey has intensified to a category 2 hurricane and is expected to reach category 3 as it hits landfall late Friday/early Saturday. Life-threatening conditions are expected to last for days and 30+ inches of rain, 120+ miles per hour winds, and significant storm surges/flooding expected. 

·  Web: http://move.ieeeusa.org

·  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ieeeusamove

We may need additional disaster relief technology volunteers or people with photography/social media skills. If interested, please respond to me at d.iams@ieee.org.

Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions,

David Iams




Vintage Electronics Show-and-Tell

August 2017

Topic: Vintage Electronics Show-and-Tell
Abstract: Do you have an interesting, portable, piece of old electronic gear you would like to share with the group? A ham receiver, stereo amplifier, five-tube radio, piece of radar, etc.? Bring it to PoK-e-Jo's and we'll indulge in a bit of nostalgia looking at these things as we eat barbeque. You will have a chance to speak to the group and give the behind the scenes story associated with your item if you desire. There is only one rule: anything with an integrated circuit inside is too new.
Date & Time: Wednesday  August 23, 2017, Networking at 6:00 p.m., business and program from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Location: PoK-e-Jo's, 2121 W. Parmer Lane at Lamplight Village, Austin, TX 78727
Map: map
Cost: $5.00 minimum charge for the restaurant. Supper is at optional extra cost.
Reservations: Not required. All interested parties are invited to attend.
For more information.

Upcoming Events
Successful Consulting in 2017: an IEEE Workshop
Saturday, September 23, 12:20pm to 5:00pm

Agenda

12:20  -- 12:50     Registration and Networking

12:50  --   1:00     Welcome & Opening Remarks

  1:00  --   1:40     "The Road to Consulting," Joe Redfield of Redfield Consulting Services

  1:45  --   2:25     "Consulting on Purpose," Joel Sandahl of ZX Technologies, Inc.

  2:30 --   3:00      "Advice from an Accountant for Those Starting a Consulting Business," Harold Ingersoll of Atchley & Associates, LLP

                              20 min. Break

   3:20  --   4:00     "Looking at Your Career from a Turkey's Perspective and What to do Instead," Marc Miller of Career Pivot

   4:05  --   4:45     "A Structured Approach for Looking at the Future," David Smith of Strategic Pathways

   4:45  --   5:00     Networking

 



Good Password Hygiene:  Protecting Your Personal  Information

July 2017

Topic: Good Password Hygiene: Protecting Your Personal Information
Abstract: Larry Moore, of Tangoe, will speak about threats to your personal information on the internet, and describe tools and techniques for creating secure passwords.
Speaker: Larry Moore
Email:
Speaker's Bio: Larry Moore has thirty years of experience in Information Technology, specializing in Information Security in the last eighteen years.  His projects span diverse areas of Information Security, including architecture, secure software development, penetration testing, server administration, project management, and executive management. He was employed by the State of Texas, working on critical infrastructure protection.  Upon graduation from college Larry worked for NASA.  Following that, he developed applications, device drivers and kernel extensions for various operating systems, such as OS2, Windows, and UNIX.  His work on the AIX security kernel included audit, single sign-on, PKI.  Development of a behavioral-based intrusion detection tool became a precursor to his migration to the information security field.  He recently served as the lead Solution Security Officer for Gemalto’s North American region.  There he ensured the proper delivery of security requirements for the company’s trusted platforms and mobile payment solutions for large an small customers.  He also audited, designed, or modified the security programs for three of the company’s large data centers, enabling customer mobile payment processing.

Larry serves on the board at the Computer Science department at Parker University in Dallas and at the Austin chapter of the International Systems and Security Association.  He is Vice-President and IT Sector Chief for the Austin chapter of Infragard.  He has given numerous presentations and authored several articles on security architecture, threat intelligence, and software development.  Larry has a degree in Computer Science from Florida Institute of Technology.
Date & Time: Wednesday  July 26, 2017, Networking at 6:00 p.m., business and program from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Location: PoK-e-Jo's, 2121 W. Parmer Lane at Lamplight Village, Austin, TX 78727
Map: map
Cost: $5.00 minimum charge for the restaurant. Supper is at optional extra cost.
Reservations: Not required. All interested parties are invited to attend.
For more information.
Slides to presentation

Integration of Drones into Multiple Business Models

June 2017

Topic: Integration of Drones into Multiple Business Models
Abstract:
You will have the opportunity to visit with representatives from an industry leading drone imaging firm. Examples of work done for a number of industries will be shared including, architectural engineering & design, oil research & production, motion picture & television, commercial real estate marketing, and industrial assessments. You will leave with an understanding of Federal, State and Local regulations and how they may impact your ability to utilize drone imaging.
Speaker: Robert Youens
Email: robert@camerawings.com
Camera Wings Aerial Photography
Speaker's Bio: Robert Youens is the owner of Camera Wings Aerial Photography.  Studying Engineering at Texas A&M, College Station, and Business at The University of Texas, Austin, has given Mr. Youens a solid base to drive technology in the immerging field of small Unmanned Aircraft Systems / Drones. The past 8 years have been focused on unmanned aircraft development, advancing flight control, integration of modern photogrammetry (digital aerial mapping), architectural analysis and motion picture cinematography techniques. His team of developers include a leading Defense Department imaging expert, flight systems designers, computing specialists, video editors and cinematographers that are pushing the bleeding edge of UAS usage. While others are involved in UAS development, with Mr. Youens every second of every day is 100% committed to Drone imaging advancement. Check out CameraWings.com.

Some examples of his work in the U.S. and internationally include:

  1. Architectural View Analysis of future high rises in Houston, Boston, Dallas, Denver, Minneapolis, Seattle, and Austin. This work is done with a Patent Pending drone camera system developed by Camera Wings Aerial Photography. 

  2. 3D mapping of the Circuit Of The Americas race track – Austin, TX, Exuma Chain of Islands in Southern Bahamas for University of Miami, West Caicos Island in Turks & Caicos for University of Texas Bureau of Economic Geology, Bonaire in the Dutch Antilles for Texas A&M. 

  3. Motion Picture and TV cinematography with projects including the recently released feature movie MAX for MGM, Angle Sings working with Texas Director 

  4. Commercial Real Estate: CBRE, Trammel Crow, Stream Realty, HFF, Oxford Commercial, Johnson Development are just a few examples of the movers and shakers Mr. Youens works with in this industry. 


Mr. Youens enjoys public speaking and sharing with all that will listen, the fun and fortunes that can be had with “Drones”.


Date & Time: Wednesday  June 28, 2017, Networking at 6:00 p.m., business and program from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Location: PoK-e-Jo's, 2121 W. Parmer Lane at Lamplight Village, Austin, TX 78727
Map: map
Cost: $5.00 minimum charge for the restaurant. Supper is at optional extra cost.
Reservations: Not required. All interested parties are invited to attend.
For more information.
Slides to presentation

The Changing Face of Network Security Management - Packet Delivery Platforms

May 2017

Topic: The Changing Face of Network Security Management - Packet Delivery Platforms
Abstract:
In recent years, huge strides in network management have been made with the advancement of visibility tools, application layer filtering, and centralized management yet many networks are running with the same tools and methodology that were used 15 years ago.  This talk will provide an overview of the ISO standard of FCAPS for network management, provide insights of how to best deploy new network security tools and show the value of a comprehensive network management framework in the field of Cybersecurity.

The challenge for security and performance monitoring of the computing environment is providing these tools visibility across all the areas of the network that need to be monitored.  Traditionally, these tools have been deployed inline at the connection to the Internet or in monitor only mode, they are connected to a SPAN port on a switch or router.

Device based management of your computing environment is no longer sufficient, the next generation of performance and security tools require visibility into the packets passing through the network. Employing the use of a Packet Visibility Platform provides the means to aggregate all sources of network traffic (inline Bypass, SPANs, TAPs, Virtual), sending the right data to the right tool through filtering, cleaning up the data streams by transforming the packet flows and most importantly sending the data to all the tools or tool groups that need to see those packets.

The computing environment is not only an essential component of every major company, it can also provide a competitive edge and be a differentiator in the industry.  The ability to deploy new cybersecurity tools in a timely fashion is key to not only protecting your company from cyber attacks, but also saves time and money.
Speaker: Allen Hébert
Email: allen@allenhebert.com
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/allenhebert/
Speaker's Bio: Allen Hébert, Corporate Blogger, Senior Systems Engineer, Gigamon –With over 25 years of experience in the high-tech industry,  Allen Hébert serves as a senior technical member of Gigamon’s Field Sales Team providing support for Texas and Louisiana customers.  Allen sits on the board of directors for the Capitol of Texas Chapter of ISSA. Prior to Gigamon, Allen held various senior system engineering positions and consulting roles at Brocade, AT&T, Marconi, IBM Global Services and Motorola. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science from St. Edward’s University in Austin, TX.

Summary: Detecting and responding to security breaches in a timely fashion is an essential task of any cybersecurity organization.  Packet Visibility Platforms collect, select, clean and deliver packets from your network to the security tools for analysis and remediation.
Date & Time: Wednesday  May 24, 2017, Networking at 6:00 p.m., business and program from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Location: PoK-e-Jo's, 2121 W. Parmer Lane at Lamplight Village, Austin, TX 78727
Map: map
Cost: $5.00 minimum charge for the restaurant. Supper is at optional extra cost.
Reservations: Not required. All interested parties are invited to attend.
For more information.

Automation Engineering and the Role of the RFID

April 2017

Topic: Automation Engineering and the Role of RFID
Abstract:

Automation engineering is a field we encounter, as expected, in industrial applications, but it also plays a role in our everyday life.  Controls of all kind are part of our life.  Computers with or without robotic integration determine the quality of our experiences when our desires lead us to use technology.  Optimizing the interaction requires sensing of direct and indirect entities, accessing and processing information, followed by execution of appropriate steps.  These are the basic components, and goal, of automation engineering.

We will discuss the basics of automation engineering, including what, why, and how.  Then we will introduce the concept of RFID and its applications in this field.

Speaker: Zafar Taqvi
Email: ztaqvi@gmail.com
Speaker's Bio:

Zafar Taqvi is an Adjunct Engineering Faculty at the University of Houston Clear Lake and a consultant in the area of engineering analysis. He received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from University of Houston and his M.Sc. (Tech) in Electronics and Radio Engineering, and BS degrees from Allahabad University, India.

Dr Taqvi has worked for aerospace industry at NASA Johnson Space Center for 41 years, taught concurrently at the University of Houston System for 36 years and has held various local, national and international volunteer positions with IEEE, American Institute of Aeronautics and Aeronautics (AIAA), International Society of Automation (ISA), and Clear Lake Council of Technical Societies (CLCTS). His leadership role in pursuing and enhancing the professional objectives of IEEE, not only earned him the Outstanding Member Award by the region but also to his section as the Outstanding Small Section Award internationally by IEEE/MGA.

 

He received Donald Beckman Education Award and Distinguished Service award from ISA, and Third Millennium Award & Medal and Regional Professional Leadership Award twice by IEEE. He was ISA’s Director of Robotics and Expert Systems Division, Director Telemetry Division, V/P Automation and Technology, and Chairman A&T Advisory Board, and IEEE’s Aerospace Society Board member and Director International Operations. Currently he is a member of IEEE Communication Society North American Region (NAR) Board and NAR Distinguished Speaker Coordinator.

 

Dr Taqvi is a Life Fellow of ISA, an Associate Fellow of AIAA, a Life Senior member of IEEE, and has the unique distinction of being a member of five honor societies- Tau Beta Pi, Eta Kappa Nu, Phi Kappa Phi, Omicron Delta Kappa, and Sigma Xi. He is also a Distinguished Toastmaster, and a past District Lt Governor of Toastmasters International District 56.

Date & Time: Wednesday April 26, 2017, Networking at 6:00 p.m., business and program from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Location: PoK-e-Jo's, 2121 W. Parmer Lane at Lamplight Village, Austin, TX 78727
Map: map
Cost: $5.00 minimum charge for the restaurant. Supper is at optional extra cost.
Reservations: Not required. All interested parties are invited to attend.
For more information.

Daring to Do Your Own Patent Searches

March 2017

Topic: Daring to Do Your Own Patent Searches
Abstract:
Patent searches are part science and part art – and often intimidating.  Steve will share some patent research insights with you, and also will touch on other components of prior art research during his presentation.
As a patent research professional, Steve has learned that the methodology is the same for every inventor – large or small: namely, knowing when to search, how to manage your efforts, how to manage uncovered data, recognizing what’s important and knowing when to stop. Plus, you’ll need to know what to ignore and when to search again.
Speaker: Steve Pearson
Email: steve@pearsonstrategy.com
Speaker's Bio:
Researching diverse technologies, for clients ranging from individuals to IP attorneys to large Fortune 500 companies, has taught Steve Pearson a great deal about tailoring the approach for various situations. 
Steve is the founder of The Pearson Strategy Group, LLC which provides services mimicking Innovation Boards in patent research, Competitive Intelligence, Innovation Support, and Strategic Development to the technology, power, consumer, and transportation industries.
His second company, Visionex Holdings, LLC, is an intellectual property holding and licensing company.
Steve is the sole individual inventor of three U.S. patents, all for improvements to the evaporator units of air conditioning systems.
Steve served aboard a Navy submarine as a nuclear reactor operator and electronics technician, graduated from UT San Antonio as an electrical engineer, and has worked in various engineering roles in semiconductor manufacturing with Motorola Semiconductor, piping and fitting manufacturing with Applied Materials, and in research and consulting.
Steve is past chairman and currently the Vice-Chairman for the Austin chapter of the IEEE’s Power and Energy Society and mentors for both the TechShop and Profit Movers.
Date & Time: March Wednesday  22, 2017, Networking at 6:00 p.m., business and program from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Location: PoK-e-Jo's, 2121 W. Parmer Lane at Lamplight Village, Austin, TX 78727
Map: map
Cost: $5.00 minimum charge for the restaurant. Supper is at optional extra cost.
Reservations: Not required. All interested parties are invited to attend.
For more information.
Presentation slides

MEMS in Austin, Texas - Days of Disruption, Market Creation and Industry Growth

February 2017

Topic:

MEMS in Austin, Texas – Days of Disruption, Marketing Creation and Industry Growth

Abstract: In 2000, MCC spun out Austin MEMS industry along with cool examples of the technology and the broad applications will be discussed.
Speaker: Brent Lunceford
Email: blunceford@austin.rr.com
Speaker's Bio: Brent Lunceford is a serial innovator who for two decades has driven product innovation and new market entry at both Fortune 500 companies and high-growth ventures. Brent runs Memstronics, a management-consulting firm where he advises companies on product, growth, and supply chain and operations management strategies.

Before Memstronics, Brent worked at 3M’s Global Innovation Center, where he led product and business development for Communication Markets Division and Electronics Materials Division. Prior to that, Brent formed and led engineering and production teams at Silicon Light Machines, which was acquired by Cypress Semiconductor during his tenure. In his early career, he raised funding and managed programs resulting in the development and commercialization of disruptive technology including novel radio frequency communication technology and new microelectronics systems and materials at Austin’s first microelectronics technology consortium, Microelectronic Computer Technology Corporation (known as MCC). His technology was acquired and resulted in the spin out of Teravicta Technology, Austin’s first MEMS company.

Brent is an Entrepreneurial Advisor for the University of Texas-Cockrell School of Engineering Innovation Center. He serves as the founding Chair of the IEEE Central Texas MEMS and Sensors Chapter. In 2013 he was invited by a group of Silicon Valley innovators to serve as a founding Officer of the IEEE San Francisco Bay Area MEMS & Sensors Chapter, the first chapter of its kind under IEEE, where he currently serves on the Executive Committee.
Brent currently lives in Austin, Texas. He holds an Executive MBA from the University of Texas at Austin-McCombs School of Business, as well as B.S. and M.S. degrees in chemistry from Texas State University.
Date & Time: Wednesday, February 22, 2017, Networking at 6:00 p.m., business and program from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Location: PoK-e-Jo's, 2121 W. Parmer Lane at Lamplight Village, Austin, TX 78727
Map: map
Cost: $5.00 minimum charge for the restaurant. Supper is at optional extra cost.
Reservations: Not required. All interested parties are invited to attend.
For more information.

A Review of IEDM 2016

January 2017

Topic: IEEE CAS/SSCS, CTCN, EDS Joint Meeting: A Review of IEDM 2016
Abstract: The annual IEDM is the Premier Electron Devices Conference. Papers shown at this conference describe technologies that may go into production several years hence or may not. Topics covered at the 2016 IEDM included technology scaling, chips for artificial intelligence and IoT, 3D integration, and various memory devices. Technologies to be reviewed in this talk include: advanced platform technologies, 3D memory and emerging memory advances including MRAMs and RRAMs; 2D devices such as Carbon Nanotube Logic and 1D materials (graphene and MoS); 3D process technology; charge based memories such as MONOS, 3D-NAND Flash, Ferroelectric FETS; and tunnel FETs. Other topics also at the IEDM which will be mentioned but not reviewed include: optoelectronics, displays, sensors, MEMs, power devices, advanced numerical models, simulations, and various reliability issues.
Speaker: Betty Prince
Speaker's Bio: Dr. Betty Prince is CEO of Memory Strategies International. She has also worked with Texas Instruments, NV Philips, Motorola, RCA and Fairchild. She is author of several books on memory technology including: Semiconductor Memories (1992), High Performance Memories (1999), 3D Vertical Memory Technologies (2014) (all John Wiley & Sons), and Emerging Memories - Technologies and Trends, (2002) (Springer). She is a Senior Life Member of the IEEE and has served as an IEEE SSCS Distinguished Lecturer. She founded the JEDEC JC-16 Interface Committee and was Co-Chair of the JC42.2 SRAM Standards Committee. She has served on the Technical Advisory Board of several memory companies and on the Board of Directors of Mosaid Technologies. She holds patents in the memory, processor and interface areas. She has a B.S. and M.S. in physics and math from UNM and U. of Calif., Berkeley, and an M.B.A and Ph.D. from UT with doctoral dissertation on fractal modeling.
Date & Time: Wednesday, January 25, 2017, 6-8:30pm.
Location: 11501 Alterra Parkway, Austin TX 78758
Building: Amazon
Room number: 2nd Floor Conference Rm.
Map: https://google.com/maps/search/11501 Alterra Parkway, Austin, Texas, United States
Cost: Food and beverage provided.
Reservations: Registration is required for admittance to the building. Registration closes at 6pm CST, Monday, January 23.
https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/42761
For more information.

Local Event:
2017 BODYHACKING Conference 
BDYHAX is an annual convention in Austin, TX about taking the hacker/maker methodology to our bodies to achieve each individual's ideal self.

Event: 

Date: Jan 27-29, 2017
Location: Austin Convention Center

Year End Social

December 2016

Topic:

Year End Social

Abstract:
Speaker:
Speaker's Bio:
Date & Time: Wednesday, December 14, 2016, 5-7pm.
Location: Sherlock's Baker Street Pub and Grill, 9012 Research Blvd., Austin, TX 78758. Southeast corner of Burnet Road and US 183/Research Blvd.
Map:
Cost: Complimentary first drink and light snacks.
Reservations: https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/42248
For more information.

FPGA's in 2016

October 2016
Topic: FPGA's in 2016

Abstract:
Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs) today are used in many varied applications, including ASIC emulation, robotics, cellphone base stations, electronic test equipment, medical equipment, and military equipment.  They are used anywhere re-programmability is desired.  Their flexibility is desirable for many applications.  This presentation is an overview of present day FPGA technology and application with a focus on the Xilinx FPGA family,  Xilinx is a leader in programmable logic technology with over 51% of the market today(Wikipedia). 
Speaker: Jody Everett
Speaker's Bio: Jody Everett holds a BSEE degree from Oklahoma State University. He has been a digital integrated circuit designer for 32 years and has been issued two patents in telecom chip design.  Also in his three decades of experience he has co-authored the following publications: “Testing a DSP-Based Mixed Signal Telecommunications Chip” and “Autologic II Database, Simulation & DFT Model Generation System”. Jody is a member of IEEE,  IEEE circuits and Systems,  IEEE Central Texas Consultants Network, Asic and FPGA engineers, Austin Hi Tech, and FPGA/CPLD design groups.
Date & Time: Wednesday, October 26, 2016 : networking at 6:00 p.m., business and program from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Location: PoK-e-Jo's, 2121 W. Parmer Lane at Lamplight Village, Austin, TX 78727
Map: map
Cost: $5.00 minimum charge for the restaurant. Supper is at optional extra cost.
Reservations: https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/41302
For more information.
Presentation slides

Women In Engineering, the Ethics Gap

September 2016
Topic:

Women In Engineering, the Ethics Gap


Co-sponored by IEEE Women In Engineering

Abstract: Karen will explore the gender differences which have evolved in ethics for men and women.
Speaker: Karen Ulferts, of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI)
Speaker's Bio: Karen Ulferts has been working with unmanned systems since 2005. Her technical career began with the QF-4 Full-Scale Aerial Target Drone performing systems testing and auto pilot software development. She joined with the Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) as the Lone Star Chapter Secretary in 2007, later holding the office of Vice President and is now the Chapter President. Her education includes a bachelor and master of science degree in Industrial Engineering (IE) from the University of Tennessee. Karen has published various papers for ensuring proper documentation and reporting within the engineering decision making process including the moral dilemma of artificial intelligence in autonomous systems.

Interesting TED talk connecting empathy to morality, empathy to hormones, and suggesting differences between men and women:
http://video.ted.com/talk/podcast/2011G/None/PaulZak_2011G-480p.mp4.
View it before the meeting if you wish.
Date & Time: Wednesday, September 28, 2016 : networking at 6:00 p.m., business and program from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Location: PoK-e-Jo's, 2121 W. Parmer Lane at Lamplight Village, Austin, TX 78727
Map: map
Cost: $5.00 minimum charge for the restaurant. Supper is at optional extra cost.
Reservations: https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/40914
For more information.

BodyHacking : Improving Yourself Through Science, Data, and Technology

August 2016
Topic:

BodyHacking : Improving Yourself Through Science, Data, and Technology

Abstract: Bodyhackers come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. Even "normal" ones. That's because bodyhacking isn't just about appearances. It can relate to inward reflection, chemical adjustment, or even a fancy new watch that connects to a smartphone. The body is a vehicle to be tuned, modified, added to, taken away from, painted, tweaked, and customized. Maybe your preferred method is listed here. Maybe it isn't. Either way, you belong at BDYHAX.
Speaker: Dustin D. Trammell, Chief Executive Officer, Trammell Ventures
Email: dustin@trammell.ventures
http://trammell.ventures/
Speaker's Bio: Dustin brings over 15 years of experience in advanced information security research and architecting secure networks and systems. Having long held an interest in cryptography and privacy he became an early contributor to and adopter of Bitcoin. As best as we can tell, he was second person after Satoshi to join the bitcoin peer-to-peer network and the third person after Hal Finney to transact with the cryptocurrency. His early involvement led him to need to make a public statement in 2013 that he was not Satoshi Nakamoto. Dustin is also a passionate advocate for the bodyhacking/biohacking movement. His knowledge of blockchain and information security technologies serves as a wellspring that inspires and informs his investment and inception decisions.
Date & Time: Wednesday, August 17, 2016 :  6:00 to 8:30 p.m. (2.5 hours)
Location: Cadence Design Systems, 12515-7 Research Boulevard, Suite 130, Austin, TX 78759
Map: map
Cost: Free food and drinks (0% CH3CH2OH)
Reservations: https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/40552
For more information.
Please note: This month's meeting is a Joint session: IEEE Computer Society Austin Chapter, IEEE CTCN and IEEE ComSoc/SP Austin Chapter. Plese note the date and location is different from the regular Consultant meeting as highlighted above. Also, since free food is provided you need to RSVP.

Secure Element - Protecting Your Digital Life

July 2016
Topic:

Secure Element - Protecting Your Digital Life

Abstract: We live in a digital society. How safe is our digital life? What risks are our personal information facing? How do we secure our electronic devices (e.g. smart phones, PCs, passports, smart meters)? How do we safely access online services? Why do our banking cards have chip symbols? Answers to these questions vary through time, location, and context, but some principles of protection are surprisingly steady. To help understand all this, I will first provide some background about secure elements, and then explain how the secure elements provide security and privacy protections in our digital life. We will also learn how products can incorporate these secure elements, how services can utilize them, and how people and machines can benefit from them.
Speaker: Dr. H. Karen Lu
Email:
Speaker's Bio: Dr. H. Karen Lu   is a long time IEEE Senior Member. She is a principal security architect at Gemalto, a digital security company. Karen has over 10 years of experience and expertise in security, risk management, identity and access management, and privacy protection. She holds 19 patents and has 60+ publications spanning several research fields. Karen received her Ph.D. from the University of Pittsgurgh. She holds the Certificate of Cloud Security Knowledge (CCSK), and is a Certified Information System Security Professional (CISSP), a contributor to the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) and to the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), and an active member of the Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP).
Date & Time: Wednesday, July 27, 2016 : networking at 6:00 p.m., business and program from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Location: PoK-e-Jo's, 2121 W. Parmer Lane at Lamplight Village, Austin, TX 78727
Map: map
Cost: $5.00 minimum charge for the restaurant. Supper is at optional extra cost.
Reservations: Not required. All interested parties are invited to attend.
For more information.
Presentation slides.

Object-based Audio for Home Theater Systems and Video Games

June 2016
Topic:

Object-based Audio for Home Theater Systems and Video Games

Abstract: Home theater systems have seen great advanced in video quality with 4K resolution, 3D and high dynamic range with the recently introduced Ultra HD and Dolby Vision. The correspondent advances for the soundtrack uses object-based audio technology to offer 3D-like sound fields. This presentation will discuss Dolby ATMOS and DTS:X object-based audio, and the applications for home theater, video games and mobile.
Speaker: Sergio Liberman
Email: sergio.liberman@gmail.com
Speaker's Bio: Sergio Liberman   has more than 29 years of experience in the semiconductor industry in design and architecture of over 22 chips including DSP processors, digital-to-analog converters, Class-D audio amplifiers and SoC application processors. Sergio currently develops multi-processor, multi-board systems for high-performance, large channel count digital audio processing. Sergio holds three patents and has authored over 15 technical publications. Sergio received a B.Sc. EE from Tel-Aviv University, Israel. Sergio is a Senior Member of the IEEE.
Date & Time: Wednesday, June 22, 2016 : networking at 6:00 p.m., business and program from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Location: PoK-e-Jo's, 2121 W. Parmer Lane at Lamplight Village, Austin, TX 78727
Map: map
Cost: $5.00 minimum charge for the restaurant. Supper is at optional extra cost.
Reservations: Not required. All interested parties are invited to attend.
For more information.
Presentation slides.

Epidermal Sensor Systems for Sensing and Therapy

May 2016
Topic:

Epidermal Sensor Systems for Sensing and Therapy

Abstract: The Epidermal sensor system is a class of skin-mounted, tattoo-like circuits and sensors capable of multiple functions, such as continuous vital sign monitoring, human-machine interface, and administering transdermal therapies.  Mechanical properties, such as thickness, softness, and mass density are well matched with the human epidermis and are therefore able to form a very intimate contact with human skin thereby providing unprecedented signal fidelity and comfort. These systems have successfully demonstrated many functions, including long-term, continuous, measurement of electroencephalogram (EEG), electrocardiogram (ECG), electromyogram (EMG), skin temperature, skin hydration, respiratory rate, blood pressure, and sweat analysis (e.g. glucose and lactate), as well as thermal treatment and transdermal drug delivery.  However, the high material and manufacturing cost have greatly hindered the widespread use of disposable epidermal sensors.  We therefore invented a cost and time effective, completely dry, benchtop “cut-and-paste” green manufacturing method to produce freeform and portable multiparametric epidermal sensor systems.
Speaker: Dr. Puling Wang
Email:
Speaker's Bio: Dr. Pulin Wang received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and M.S. in Technology Commercialization from the University of Texas at Austin. He holds three patents, which are being commercialized by different start-ups with millions of dollars raised. He is the co-founder and CEO of Stretch Med, Inc., which is developing a biometric sensory platform based on the epidermal sensor technology.
Date & Time: Wednesday, May 25, 2016 : networking at 6:00 p.m., business and program from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Location: PoK-e-Jo's, 2121 W. Parmer Lane at Lamplight Village, Austin, TX 78727
Map: map
Cost: $5.00 minimum charge for the restaurant. Supper is at optional extra cost.
Reservations: Not required. All interested parties are invited to attend.
For more information.
Presentation slides.

Not Just H20 -- Why Water Quality Is Important

April 2016
Topic:

Not just H2O -- why water quality is important

Abstract: Groundwater is an important source of water for Texas.  In 2010 more than 60% of the water used in the state came from the ground.  Groundwater resources are managed through public stakeholder participation.  The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) develops technical tools (e.g. groundwater availability models) for use by the citizens of Texas so that they can make science-based decision when developing groundwater policies.  A series of four educational videos will be shown at the talk to introduce the basics of aquifer science and how the results are used in developing groundwater policy.
Speaker: Dr. Ernest To
Email:
Speaker's Bio: Dr. Ernest To is an environmental engineer who has worked in the water resources field for 17 years. Ernest earned his BS and PhD degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, and his MS degree in Environmental Engineering from Cornell University. He specializes in computer modeling of pollutants in water bodies such as lakes, rivers and estuaries. He works for an environmental consulting company - Alan Plummer and Associates, Inc.- in Austin, TX.
Date & Time: Wednesday, April 27, 2016 : networking at 6:00 p.m., business and program from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Location: PoK-e-Jo's, 2121 W. Parmer Lane at Lamplight Village, Austin, TX 78727
Map: map
Cost: $5.00 minimum charge for the restaurant. Supper is at optional extra cost.
Reservations: Not required. All interested parties are invited to attend.
For more information.
Beautiful and education videos on aquifers can be found at http://www.twdb.texas.gov/groundwater/video/index.asp

City of Austin Research and Development Projects Using Open Data, Big and Not so Big

March 2016
Topic:

City of Austin Research and Development Projects Using Open Data, Big and Not so Big

Abstract: The City of Austin is committed to open data in support of open government. To that end it has published several data sets on its open data portal. It has several initiatives with universities, industry and community members to use that data to address community challenges while enabling business development and community participation in improving city services, transportation, safety, the environment and workforce equity. This talk will be a review of some of the initiatives.
Speaker: Ted Lehr, Ph.D.
Email: ted.lehr@ieee.org
Speaker's Bio: Dr. Lehr is the IT Data Architect with the City of Austin and part-time lecturer in computer science at Texas State University.  He has over 20 years of experience in companies large and small as an engineer, researcher, executive and manager.  He is currently focused on assisting the City’s open data efforts as well as facilitating citizens, businesses and universities in the Austin area to add  value to that data.  He teaches software engineering at Texas State University.
Date & Time: Wednesday, March 23, 2015 : networking at 6:00 p.m., business and program from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Location: PoK-e-Jo's, 2121 W. Parmer Lane at Lamplight Village, Austin, TX 78727
Map: map
Cost: $5.00 minimum charge for the restaurant. Supper is at optional extra cost.
Reservations: Not required. All interested parties are invited to attend.
For more information.
Note:
Slides and pictures from last month's meeting are available. Click on the Past Meetings tab and look for the Slides and tower building pictures under "For more information".

Discover Engineering: Encouraging School Students to Pursue Technology Careers

February 2016
Topic:

Discover Engineering: Encouraging School Students to Pursue Technology Careers

Abstract: Each year Discover Engineering ( http://www.centexeweek.org/ ) recruits engineers as role models from the local engineering community to encourage the children of Central Texas to pursue technology careers. Discover Engineering has been active in STEM outreach in the greater Austin area for over a decade. We look for a diverse group of engineers to visit classrooms and lead hands-on activities that demonstrate teamwork and logical processes while discussing their jobs and their enthusiasm for engineering.  John Purvis will tell us more about the Discover Engineering story, and lead us in a hands-on activity like the ones conducted during school visits.
Speaker: John Purvis III of IEEE Central Texas Division
Email: john.purvis@ieee.org
Speaker's Bio: John Purvis earned a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Houston in 1973 and a MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin in 1982. He has worked at TRW, Texas Instruments, National Instruments, IBM and HostGator. He has also served on the Computer Sciences faculty at St. Edward's University.

John has been the author or co-author of over 60 articles, papers or technical presentations. His professional experience spans system engineering, programming, product management, college lecturer and Unix/Linux system management.

He has been a member of IEEE for 48 years and an active volunteer with the Central Texas Section since 2000. He served as IEEE Central Texas Section Chair for 2004-5, as Austin IEEE Computer Society Chapter Chair 2008-9 and is currently on the IEEE Region 5 Executive Committee.

John has also served nearly 10 years on the board of Discover Engineering and on the Board, and is currently Vice President, of the Capital Macintosh User's Group (CapMac).
Date & Time: Wednesday, February 24, 2015 : networking at 6:00 p.m., business and program from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Location: PoK-e-Jo's, 2121 W. Parmer Lane at Lamplight Village, Austin, TX 78727
Map: map
Cost: $5.00 minimum charge for the restaurant. Supper is at optional extra cost.
Reservations: Not required. All interested parties are invited to attend.
For more information.
Slides.   Pictures of tower building -- tallest tower vs. strongest tower.
Local Event:
The BODYHACK Conference focused on everything from information security in wearable tech to the sense of touch being integrated into prosthetics.

Event: BODYHACKCON2016
Date: Feb19-21, 2016
Location: Austin Convention Center

Fun With Chemistry

January 2016
Topic:

Fun with Chemistry

Abstract: Fun with Chemistry presents a short lecture on the fundamental differences of chemical and physical changes through several unique demonstrations, including the explosions, thunderclouds, and other fun experiments. Dr. B will make chemistry come alive and foster interest in learning and discovery for students of all ages by participation in hands-on activities. Fun with Chemistry is a science outreach program provided by the Department of Chemistry at The University of Texas at Austin that was created with the hope of inspiring students to focus on science and pursue a career in a chemistry-related field.

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Speaker: Dr. Katherine Biberdorf of University of Texas at Austin, Chemistry Department
Email: kate.biberdorf@cm.utexas.edu
Speaker's Bio: Kate "Dr. B" Biberdorf is a Lecturer at The University of Texas at Austin. She is a general chemistry instructor and is particularly known for developing explosive demonstrations that excite undergraduate chemistry students. Outside of the classroom, Dr. B is often found at local Austin schools, promoting science education with her outreach program 'Fun with Chemistry'. Watch her demos live on the third Wednesday of every month on her monthly TV segment on We are Austin.
Date & Time: Wednesday, January 27, 2015 : networking at 6:00 p.m., business and program from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Location: PoK-e-Jo's, 2121 W. Parmer Lane at Lamplight Village, Austin, TX 78727
Map: map
Cost: $5.00 minimum charge for the restaurant. Supper is at optional extra cost.
Reservations: Not required. All interested parties are invited to attend.
For more information.

Holiday Social and Networking Event

December 2015
Topic: Holiday Social and Networking Event
Abstract:
You are invited to share an evening with your colleagues and enjoy some holiday cheer.
CEDA, CTCN and SSC/CAS will provide the snacks and a drink.  Anything more is up to you.


Other Sites:

The CEDA website is: http://ewh.ieee.org/r5/central_texas/ceda/index.html

The CTCN website is: http://ewh.ieee.org/r5/central_texas/cn/

The SSC/CAS website is: http://ewh.ieee.org/r5/central_texas/cas_ssc/

Date & Time: Friday, 11-December-2015: 5:00pm to 7:00pm (two hours)
Location: Sherlock's Baker Street Pub and Grill, 9012 Research Blvd, Austin TX 78758. Southeast corner of Burnet Road and US 183/Research Blvd.


Cost: No admission charge.
Reservations: Please register so that we have know approximately how many are coming.  Last minute walk-ins and guests welcome.
For more information.

DC Power Distribution is Coming to a Building Near You -- Driven by LED Lighting

November 2015
Topic: DC Power Distribution is Coming Soon to a Building Near You -- Driven by LED Lighting
Abstract: We are living in a DC world. Most electrical and electronic devices used in the office and at home today, including LED lights, are powered by Direct Current. Solar electrical power is DC at the source. Therefore serious consideration should be given to the use of DC for electrical wiring in the future. Drew will discuss the theory and physical installation of AC and DC electrical distribution systems, and then explain why Class II DC wiring will be widely used for electrical distribution in buildings in the future. He will review specific examples of past and present electrical distribution systems for lighting. Then he will focus on LED lighting as the application compelling the use of Class II DC wiring for power distribution in buildings in the future.
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Speaker: Drew Vigen
Speaker's Bio: Drew Vigen's experience in electrical engineering ranges from designing high voltage infrastructure to electronic/embedded circuits. He has worked on projects for the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), Disneyland, and international high-rise hotels. Later he moved into electrical contracting and systems contracting. More recently, he has worked on developing electronics and software for building control and automation, remote video monitoring systems, and photosynthesis monitoring and control.

Drew founded ALGLO in 2013. The company is forging technologies disrupting Legacy systems for power distribution in buildings by pioneering Lighting as a System (LaaS). ALGLO is accelerating the shift to DC power systems in buildings.

Drew has been active in management of socially responsible projects at Rotary International and Kiwanis International for decades. He is an active environmentalist and considers himself a minimalist at heart.

Email: drew@alglo.com

Date & Time: Wednesday, November 18, 2015 : networking at 6:00 p.m., business and program from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Location: PoK-e-Jo's, 2121 W. Parmer Lane at Lamplight Village, Austin, TX 78727
Map: map
Cost: $5.00 minimum charge for the restaurant. Supper is at optional extra cost.
Reservations: Not required. All interested parties are invited to attend.
For more information.

Cornerstone: Mindfulness For Life

October 2015
Topic: Cornerstone: Mindfulness for Life
Abstract: High stress, project deadlines, and never-ending demands are a way of life in our industry. Come learn how to practice mindfulness to increase productivity, reach success, and build relationships from two of Austin’s nationally trained mindfulness experts! Meditation creates neuroplasticity, which is your brain’s ability to change both structurally and functionally. Your brain can literally grow and improve cognition. The neural pathways and synapses increase and improve body awareness, emotional intelligence, behavioral awareness, and your mental capacity.
Speaker: Jenn Fairbank and Erika Marcoux of Conerstone: Mindfulness for Life
Speaker's Bio: Jenn Fairbank is the co-CEO and co-Founder of Cornerstone: Mindfulness for Life. She is a nationally trained mindfulness expert with a masters degree in social work and shares the ancient and scientific practice of mindfulness in her trainings and private practice in Austin, Texas. She studied in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Bristol, Vermont. She is the co-author of Companion for Life.

Erika Marcoux is the co-CEO and co-Founder of Cornerstone: Mindfulness for Life. She is a nationally trained mindfulness expert with a masters degree in psychology and shares the ancient and scientific practice of mindfulness in her trainings and private practice in Austin, Texas. She studied in the San Francisco Bay Area in California and Washington, D.C. She is the co-author of Companion for Life.
Date & Time: Wednesday, October 28, 2015 : networking at 6:00 p.m., business and program from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Location: PoK-e-Jo's, 2121 W. Parmer Lane at Lamplight Village, Austin, TX 78727
Map: map
Cost: $5.00 minimum charge for the restaurant. Supper is at optional extra cost.
Reservations: Not required. All interested parties are invited to attend.
For more information.


Five Keys to an Engaged and Innovative Culture

September 2015
Topic: Five Keys to an Engaged and Innovative Culture
Abstract: This presentation provides individuals and organizations five keys for creating and growing engaged and innovative cultures that are cutting-edge, while increasing retention, productivity, employee and customer loyalty, and profitability. A strong purpose, vision, and the inclusion of all stakeholders is vital to accomplish these goals. Attendees will learn practical ways for staying ahead of the latest industry trends, and for creating a caring environment that provdes access to an organization's most important resources -- the imaginations, creativity and passion of its employees and other stakeholders.
Speaker: Carrie Vanston of Technology Futures, Inc.
Speaker's Bio: Carrie Vanston is VP of Communications and Culture Coach at Technology Futures, Inc. and its MiniTrends Project. She excels at helping clients create and grow innovative cultures that succeed and thrive by staying on the cutting edge of industry trends with maximum engagement by all stakeholders. She is a consummate connector who enjoys bringing like-minded people together to share, learn, and grow. She is developer of "Five Keys to an Engaged and Innovative Culture" and Co-Author of the award-winning book MINITRENDS: How Innovators & Entrepreneurs Discover & Profit From Business & Technology Trends. Recent articles by Carrie have appeared in Texas CEO Magazine and the Austin Business Journal.
Date & Time: Wednesday, September 23, 2015 : networking at 6:00 p.m., business and program from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Location: PoK-e-Jo's, 2121 W. Parmer Lane at Lamplight Village, Austin, TX 78727
Map: map
Cost: $5.00 minimum charge for the restaurant. Supper is at optional extra cost.
Reservations: Not required. All interested parties are invited to attend.
For more information.

Enhancing Web-based Customer Support via Cognitive Computing Techniques

August 2015
Topic: Enhancing Web-based Customer Support via Cognitive Computing Techniques
Abstract: Major players such as IBM Watson are marketing the technology of the future. This talk will investigate and describe the good, bad and ugly of incorporating machine learning into businesses' customer experience. Using my own experience with a start-up company focused on exploiting machine learning to enhance customer service, and drawing on other leading thoughts in the industry, I will discuss what can really be expected at this point in time and what can we look forward to in the future.
Speaker: Ryan Lund of Cerebri, Inc
Speaker's Bio: Ryan Lund is the CEO of Cerebri, focusing on machine learning products and service to enhance consumer experience, while increasing revenue and decreasing costs of the businesses they serve. Previously an Implementation Director at one of the premier EMR Software companies in the United States, Ryan oversaw software development and implementations across the United States.
Date & Time: Wednesday, August 26, 2015 : networking at 6:00 p.m., business and program from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Location: PoK-e-Jo's, 2121 W. Parmer Lane at Lamplight Village, Austin, TX 78727
Map: map
Cost: $5.00 minimum charge for the restaurant. Supper is at optional extra cost.
Reservations: Not required. All interested parties are invited to attend.
For more information.

Bridges - They're Really Very Safe

July 2015
Topic: Bridges - They're Really Very Safe
Abstract: James will show photographs of the several different bridge styles in Texas, along with some explanation on them. Then, he will explain what the terms "Functionally Obsolete" and "Structurally Deficient" really mean and why our bridges are not as bad as has been commonly reported. He will also discuss some recent bridge related incidents with the explanation of what happened and why the incident was actually very unusual. Overall, bridges in Texas and the US are very safe in spite of the media hype.
Speaker: James Mercier of IEEE (PI)^2 Society, Austin
Speaker's Bio: James J. Mercier, P.E. is retired from the Texas Department of Transportation where his jobs have included Highway Lighting Engineer, Traffic Signal Engineer, and more recently a Hydraulics Engineer specializing in open channels and storm drains. James graduated from the IBEW electrical apprenticeship program in 1979 as a Journeyman Electrician. Afterwards, he returned to college to graduate from the University of Cincinnati with a BS in Civil Engineering (1986). James is a licensed Professional Engineer in Texas and five other states, and a Texas licensed Master Electrician.James joined IEEE and ASCE as a student member at the University of Cincinnati, and has remained active in both. He was the Chair of the Austin Chapter of the PES, now (PI)^2, for 2001 and 2002. Three months ago, the (PI)^2 Vice-Chair/Chair Elect moved to Colorado, so James stepped in to fill that vacancy.
Date & Time: Wednesday, July 22, 2015 : networking at 6:00 p.m., business and program from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Location: PoK-e-Jo's, 2121 W. Parmer Lane at Lamplight Village, Austin, TX 78727
Map: map
Cost: $5.00 minimum charge for the restaurant. Supper is at optional extra cost.
Reservations: Not required. All interested parties are invited to attend.
For more information.

Engineering and Public Policy - A Career Perspective

June 2015
Topic: Engineering and Public Policy - A Career Perspective
Abstract: Many engineers consider public policy a peripheral concern in their careers. The Internet and the rapid adoption of new technology has placed the need for a common understanding between the engineering and policy communities in the forefront. In this presentation, the speaker will trace his engineering career over 50 years in the context of public policy. He will also outline some of the issues and opportunities that today's engineers might consider for their own career path.
Speaker: Len Hause of MashBrain LLC
Speaker's Bio: Len Hause is a Senior Technology Advisor for the U.S. Department of State in the Office of the Coordinator for Cyber Issues. He is also president of MashBrain LLC where he consults on transformational strategies that leverage Internet technology and marketing. He was a Fellow of the Technical Staff, Associate of the Science Advisory Board, Internetologist, and Senior Marketing Director at Motorola where he spent more than 30 years in global management roles and as an individual contributor. He has been recognized as a pioneer in the adoption of Internet protocols and culture within the Enterprise for innovation, collaboration and organizational learning. He was an IEEE Science and Diplomacy Fellow, and is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery, The Recording Academy and has served on many industry, educational, corporate, and government advisory boards and consortiums. Len holds U.S. Patents in telecom and a BS degree in Electrical Engineering from Lehigh University.
Date & Time: Wednesday, June 24, 2015 : networking at 6:00 p.m., business and program from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Location: PoK-e-Jo's, 2121 W. Parmer Lane at Lamplight Village, Austin, TX 78727
Map: map
Cost: $5.00 minimum charge for the restaurant. Supper is at optional extra cost.
Reservations: Not required. All interested parties are invited to attend.
For more information.

Economic, Social, and Political Impact of Low Oil Prices

May 2015
Topic: Economic, Social, and Political Impact of Low Oil Prices
Abstract: The presentation will offer a perspective on recent happenings in the oil industry and interrelated economy and will discuss some of the main perturbations and changes, including substantial changes in the domestic retail price of gasoline. Needless to say, the oil industry is an important and influential player in our overall economy, and changes have both positive and negative impacts on most all human activity. We will attempt to recognize some of the greater social and political impacts, and particularly to identify the principal causes of the recent period of much reduced prices in gasoline motor fuel. The Speaker brings some useful experience with the exploration, drilling and production aspects of the oil industry; and although he has opinions, he makes no claim to be a notable authority on the oil economy. The discussion includes some special focus on technological advancements that have played a major roll in recent improvements in oil production. Opinions are given on effects related to the economy.

Round Table Discussion: The intent of this presentation is to first offer the foregoing introductory discussion of the subject, and then the Speaker will host a general group discussion by the audience for the remaining available time. All experiences and opinions are welcome, and this is hoped to be a mutual learning experience for all.

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Speaker: Darrell Word of D. R. Word Associates
Speaker's Bio: Dr. Word received BSEE, MSEE, and PhD degrees from The University of Texas at Austin. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in Texas. He worked at the UT-Electrical Engineering Research Laboratory (EERL) and the Electrical Geophysics Research Laboratory (EGRL) for 10 years, doing research in low frequency EM fields associated with the Earth System and on instrumentation and methodologies for various EM applications such as submarine detection, communications, and electrical geophysics. He also has served as an adjunct professor in the UT- ECE Department from time to time. In 1970, he was a partner and co-founder of Geotronics Corporation of Austin, providing electrical geophysics instrumentation and methodologies and exploration services for oil and mining companies. Since 1990, Dr. Word has operated a private consulting firm, D. R. Word Associates, working in a wide range of fields, including instrumentation, signal processing, electromechanical and control systems, communication and telemetry, radio navigation, EM related applications, electrical geophysics, etc.; and he is occasionally involved in certain aspects of AC power engineering. With strengths in math and physics, his consulting work tends to focus on problems requiring extended theoretical analysis and fundamental principles.
Date & Time: Wednesday, May 27, 2015 : networking at 6:00 p.m., business and program from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Location: PoK-e-Jo's, 2121 W. Parmer Lane at Lamplight Village, Austin, TX 78727
Map: map
Cost: $5.00 minimum charge for the restaurant. Supper is at optional extra cost.
Reservations: Not required. All interested parties are invited to attend.
For more information.

High Resolution Audio

April 2015
Topic: High Resolution Audio
Abstract: The goal of High Resolution Audio is to allow the listener to hear exactly what the artist has been hearing in the studio while creating music. The wide availability of low cost mass storage and high Internet bandwidth allows consumers to access music recordings using High Resolution Audio technology. This presentation will discuss how High Resolution Audio recordings differ from available CD and MP3 recordings, what equipment is required for proper playback of High Resolution Audio recordings, and how the quality requirements affect the design of players, D/A converters, amplifiers, headphones and speakers. slides
Speaker: Sergio Liberman
Speaker's Bio: Sergio Liberman has more than 29 years of experience in the semiconductor industry in design and architecture of over 22 chips including DSP processors, digital-to-analog converters, Class-D audio amplifiers and SoC application processors. These devices have been used in digital audio systems for consumer, professional, and automotive applications. Sergio holds two patents in high-performance audio digital-to-analog converter design, and has authored over 15 technical publications. Sergio holds a B.Sc. EE from Tel-Aviv University.
Date & Time: Wednesday, April 22, 2015 : networking at 6:00 p.m., business and program from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Location: PoK-e-Jo's, 2121 W. Parmer Lane at Lamplight Village, Austin, TX 78727
Map: map
Cost: $5.00 minimum charge for the restaurant. Supper is at optional extra cost.
Reservations: Not required. All interested parties are invited to attend.
For more information.

Factom: Using the Bitcoin Blockchain to Enable Internet of Things, and Ensure Privacy and Security

March 2015
Topic: Factom: Using the Bitcoin Blockchain to Enable Internet of Things, and Ensure Privacy and Security
Abstract: The Factom protocol creates a general purpose data layer over Bitcoin. The Bitcoin Bllockchain is the most secure distributed and ordered ledger in the world. Factom uses this ledger to allow the creation of lists, and allows the adding of data to these lists. This architecture allows the building of state for the Internet of things to build more secure, more private, yet more powerful smart devices. This talk will explain how these objectives can be met with Factom.
Speaker: Paul Snow of Factom.org
Speaker's Bio: Paul Snow is the chair of the Texas Bitcoin Conference, and the technical founder of Factom, a data layer for the Bitcoin blockchain. He has been a developer for 30+ years. He designed and implemented the Decision Table based Rules Engine used by Texas to evaluate eligibility for all Health and Human Resource Assistence programs (Medicare, Medicade, TANF, SNAP, etc.). He also wrote the first Postscript clone to ship in a comercial product. Paul lives in Austin Texas, and is active in the technical community.
Date & Time: Wednesday, March 25, 2015 : networking at 6:00 p.m., business and program from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Location: PoK-e-Jo's, 2121 W. Parmer Lane at Lamplight Village, Austin, TX 78727
Map: map
Cost: $5.00 minimum charge for the restaurant. Supper is at optional extra cost.
Reservations: Not required. All interested parties are invited to attend.
For more information.

Challenges and Opportunities in Internet of Everything (IoE)

February 2015
Topic: Challenges and Opportunities in Internet of Everything (IoE)
Abstract: Smart IoT solutions and services, such as for smart connected homes and buildings, are proliferating because of recent advances in wireless, miniaturization technology, improvement in processing power, standards and market readiness. This presentation will examine the early adoption of IoT and examine how IoT has advanced, empowered by parallel advancements in technology and standards for sensing, gateway and services. Forecasts project connecting 50 Billions smart things by 2020, improving business efficiency and quality of life. Attendees will also learn about critical considerations in building IoT product and system solutions leveraging a smart software IoT platform approach to handle security, event-filtering, messaging protocols, cloud server, and sensor fusion frameworks. The IoT roadmap calls for a collaborative intelligent approach that will impact our connected life and businesses. IoT application requirements for some of the future opportunities in smart homes and buildings will be explored with support from some use-cases.
Speaker: Dr. Kwok Wu, Freescale Semiconductor
Speaker's Bio: Kwok Wu, PhD is Head of Embedded Software and Systems Solutions, Freescale Semiconductor. Dr. Kwok Wu, an award-winning industry veteran and sought after speaker, has been awarded 2012 Innovator of the Year by ECD (Embedded Computing Design Magazine) for his platform approach to Wireless Smart IOT Gateways.Kwok is a recent co-author of a book on the future of IoT (Collaborative Internet of Things for Future Smart Connected Life and Business), exploring creative examples and opportunities in a simplified and visionary approach. In addition, Kwok was awarded the 2011 Innovative Networking Product Award, from the Broadband World Forum for the Secured Broadband Multi-Service Gateway. He was also a recipient of the 2012 Best Networking and Communication Product Award for Smart Metering at the Australia and New Zealand Summit. He has held various executive management positions at ATT Bell Laboratories, Lucent Technology, Actel, AMD, Lattice and Freescale Semiconductor. Kwok is member of IEEE Computer Society and is the Treasurer for the Austin Chapter of the IEEE Communications Society. He holds a PhD, EECS (Computer Engineering) from the University of Texas at Austin.
Date & Time: Wednesday, February 25, 2015 : networking at 6:00 p.m., business and program from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Location: PoK-e-Jo's, 2121 W. Parmer Lane at Lamplight Village, Austin, TX 78727
Map: map
Cost: $5.00 minimum charge for the restaurant. Supper is at optional extra cost.
Reservations: Not required. All interested parties are invited to attend.
For more information.

Breaking barriers in manufacturing with low cost 3D printing

January 2015
Topic: Breaking barriers in manufacturing with low cost 3D printing
Abstract: In the last few years the lowering cost and increasing availability of 3D printing technologies has now given companies the leverage to faster prototyping and unique manufacturing capabilities. This is allowing companies to save time and money, strengthen their market position as well as enter new markets. We will discuss the landscape overview of 3D printing technologies for business, how 3D printing is changing business practices and challenges faced during these transitional times.
Speaker: Matt Fiedler
Speaker's Bio: Matthew earned his Bachelor's and Master's degree from the University of Nebraska in Manufacturing Engineering and Biomechanics. He spent six years with the Neuroscience Laboratory at the NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston Texas as a Biomedical Engineer. Matthew's dedicated interest in research and development with 3D printing is breaking new ground in science and industries from bronze casting to prosthetics.
Date & Time: Wednesday, January 28, 2015 : networking at 6:00 p.m., business and program from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Location: PoK-e-Jo's, 2121 W. Parmer Lane at Lamplight Village, Austin, TX 78727
Map: map
Cost: $5.00 minimum charge for the restaurant. Supper is at optional extra cost.
Reservations: Not required. All interested parties are invited to attend.
For more information.

IEEE CTCN and CEDA Holiday Social and Networking Event

December 2014
Topic: IEEE CTCN and CEDA Holiday Social and Networking Event
Abstract: You are invited to share an evening with your fellow consultants and enjoy some holiday cheer. CTCN and CEDA will provide the snacks. You buy your favorite beverages.
Date & Time: Wednesday, December 17, 2014 (Please note this special meeting is earlier due to Christmas): Networking and Socializing from 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Location: Sherlock's Baker St. Pub and Grill, 9012 Research Blvd, Austin, TX 78758
Directions: Southeast corner of Burnet Road and US-183/Research Blvd.
Cost: None/cash bar
Reservations: Not required. All interested parties are invited to attend.

The Science and Foundation of Personal Identity using Biometrics and Social Network Analysis

November 2014
Topic: The Science and Foundation of Personal Identity using Biometrics and Social Network Analysis
Abstract: We deal with identity on a daily basis without thinking about it. We show our ID cards; we verify friends through friends-of-friends; we use our personal identification numbers and we even occasionally talk to complete strangers. But what does it mean to really identify a person? How do you truly know a person is who they say they are? This talk will examine the foundations of identity through the use of simple tokens, biometrics, social connections, and many other methods, as well as examine the myriad techniques used to mask identity.
Speaker: Dr. Alex Kilpatrick
Speaker's Bio: Dr. Alex Kilpatrick holds a PhD in Artificial Intelligence from the Air Force Institute of Technology. He is currently a co-founder and CTO of BeehiveID, focusing on the use of social network analysis to prevent fraud online. He has been involved in biometrics for over a decade, serving as the chief architect for both the Afghan and Iraqi national biometric databases, as well as deploying to the middle east over a dozen times in support of various biometric programs. He also managed the Air Force basic research program in Computer Science for the Air Force Office of Scientific Research and has performed a variety of research activities for Darpa and the intelligence community.
Date & Time: Wednesday, November 19, 2014 : networking at 6:00 p.m., business and program from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Location: PoK-e-Jo's, 2121 W. Parmer Lane at Lamplight Village, Austin, TX 78727
Map: map
Cost: $5.00 minimum charge for the restaurant. Supper is at optional extra cost.
Reservations: Not required. All interested parties are invited to attend.

There was no CTCN meeting in October 2014

October 2014

Workshop

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Saturday, September 13, 2014

 

7700 West Parmer Lane, Austin, TX

 

 

Co-hosted by CTCN and AICN (Alliance of IEEE Consultants' Networks)

 

 

 

Co-sponsored by CAS/SSC, CEDA, COMSOC/SP, EdSoc, TMC, and WIE

 

Today's most successful engineers likely will perform many and varied roles during the course of a career. This full day conference addresses the challenges we all face staying ready to serve today's marketplace. Attend in order to hone your personal interaction skills, stay abreast of emerging technical markets, and learn from the experience of speakers who have been successful employees, consultants, and entrepreneurs in the course of their working lives. Whether you are a student, new graduate, or seasoned professional, attend this workshop and sharpen the talents you need to enjoy a flexible, fulfilling, lifelong, career. During this full-day workshop six nationally recognized speakers will share experiences and knowledge gained during their individual, wide-ranging, careers.

 

 

Topics and Speakers:

 

Bob Krause, IEEE-USA AICN Coordinating Committee (AICN)

"How to Stimulate and Hone Your Networking Skills"

 

William R. Kassebaum P.E., IEEE-USA AICN Coordinating Committee

 

 

"Start-up Tactics"

 

 

Gary Blank, IEEE-USA President

"From Employee to Consultant, How Can I Do It?"

 

David Smith, CEO of Strategic Pathways, President of Social Care

"A Sea of Changing Waters - HealthCare Technology - The Perfect Storm"

 

Sharon Drew Morgen, Visionary, Author, Consultant

"Selling Doesn't Cause Buying"

 

Leslie Martinich, Founder and Principal Consultant at Competitive Focus

"Focus Your Career"

 

 

 

The 2014 CTCN workshop presentations can be downloaded here.

 
For more information and to register visit https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/27533.
 

                     

3D Memory Technologies

August 2014
Topic: 3D Memory Technologies
Abstract: As scaled memory ICs become increasingly challenging, the possibility of increasing bit density by moving into 3D becomes an attractive alternative. Both scaled and 3D technologies present difficulties. Three 3D technologies are at the forefront. (1) The highest volume memory product today is the NAND flash and it has been one of the first to appear in 3D. Both versions of the 3D NAND flash, vertical channel and vertical gate, will be discussed. (2) Resistance RAMs have been investigated for several years and have appeared in low level production. These ReRAMs offer a highest density 3D memory when stacked in 3D cross-point arrays. The three types of ReRAMs - metal oxide, conductive bridge, and phase change - will be discussed along with the three types of 3D cross-point array configurations - Unipolar, Bipolar and Complementary. (3) Stacked DRAMs and logic chips connected with silicon vias already exist as a packaging technology and are poised to become a 3D chip technology. This will involve a revolution in chip design and design tools.
Speaker: Dr. Betty Prince
Speaker's Bio: Dr. Betty Prince is CEO of Memory Strategies International. She has worked with Texas Instruments, N.V. Philips, Motorola, R.C.A and Fairchild. She is author of 6 books on semiconductor memories including "Vertical 3D Memory Technologies", September 2014, (Wiley). She is a Senior Life Member of the IEEE and was an IEEE SSCS Distinguished Lecturer from 2005-2011. She has served on several IEEE conference committees and on the Technical Advisory Board of IEEE Spectrum magazine. She has been active in the JEDEC and IEC memory standards committees and was founder of the JEDEC JC-16 Interface Standards Committee. She has served on the Technical Advisory Boards of several memory companies and was a Director of Mosaid Technologies for 10 years. She holds patents in the memory, processor and interface areas. She has a B.S. and M.S. in physics and math from the U. of New Mexico and the U. of California, an M.B.A. and a Ph.D. from the University of Texas with doctoral dissertation on fractal modeling.
Date & Time: Wednesday, August 27, 2014 : networking at 6:00 p.m., business and program from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Location: PoK-e-Jo's, 2121 W. Parmer Lane at Lamplight Village, Austin, TX 78727
Map: map
Cost: $5.00 minimum charge for the restaurant. Supper is at optional extra cost.
Reservations: Not required. All interested parties are invited to attend.
For more information.

Unmanned Vehicle Systems

July 2014
Topic: Unmanned Vehicle Systems
Abstract: Karen Ulferts, president of the Lone Star Chapter of the Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), will present an overview of the AUVSI and the issues of drones and other unmanned systems relevant to Texas. Karen will provide examples of their usage and both non-profit and for-profit business ventures. slides
Speaker: Karen Ulfert
Speaker's Bio: Karen Ulferts has been involved with the Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) since joining the Lone Star Chapter as Secretary in 2007 and is now the Chapter President. AUVSI (AUVSI.org) is an international organization of unmanned systems enthusiasts and activists from the private, commercial, and government sectors. Karen's primary organization role is that of quality assurance representative (QAR) specializing in defense and military software quality standards, ISO 9001:2008, IEEE 12207, and commercial (IBM, CMMI) systems and software quality requirements. She has a bachelors and masters degree of science in Industrial Engineering from the University of Tennessee and has published various papers on commercial best practices for software process improvement including quality assurance. Karen recently formed an LLC "A Drone of Her Own" to focus upon the usage of robotics and unmanned systems from a woman's perspective.
Date & Time: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 : networking at 6:00 p.m., business and program from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Location: PoK-e-Jo's, 2121 W. Parmer Lane at Lamplight Village, Austin, TX 78727
Map: map
Cost: $5.00 minimum charge for the restaurant. Supper is at optional extra cost.
Reservations: Not required. All interested parties are invited to attend.
For more information.

EMC, EMI, What, Why and Which Engineering Rules to Apply

June 2014
Topic: EMC, EMI, What, Why and Which Engineering Rules to Apply
Abstract: The presentation will cover Electromagnetic Interference from introduction through product verification with emphases on engineering design rules. Hence no matter what level of EMC/EMI expertize you have, you should find it of interest. Please note: This subject is not covered in many colleges, invite an engineering student or/or colleague.
Speaker: Richard F. Gillette
Speaker's Bio: Mr. Gillette holds a BSEE from the Illinois Institute of Technology, an MBA from Loyola University Chicago and is an Illinois, Licensed Professional Engineer. He worked as a technician at a number of companies and as an engineer at Beltone Electronics and Knight Kit while earning his degree. He started at Hallicrafters as an engineer designing ECM receivers. During the next 30 years he held many positions in engineering, research, marketing and program management, including VP of Engineering. He has hands on experience designing many ECM systems, all requiring full military environmental qualification including MIL-STD-461, the "Requirements for the Control of Electromagnetic Interference Characteristics of Subsystems and Equipments". Richard retired from Northrop Grumman nee Hallicrafters and became an independent consultant. His consulting projects include: Converting a bandwidth limited go-no go test set to measure performance of an pulsed IR jammer, solving problems in military qualification of a LASER PPLN crystal, designing a sapphire window heater to withstand 60,000 v/m without heater failure or the heater leads transmitting the RF power to the circuitry behind the window and engineering a minimal mod to allow an existing medical product to pass EURO EMI qualification. He is an IEEE life senior member, a charter member and treasurer of the IEEE Houston Consultants Network, a Director Emeritus and past Chair of the IEEE Chicago/Rockford Consultants Network, an Old Crow and holds Amateur Radio License W9PE. He also serves as Executive Director of the Save Community College Organization Incorporated, a 501 © 3 educational charity.
Date & Time: Wednesday, June 25, 2014 : networking at 6:00 p.m., business and program from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Location: PoK-e-Jo's, 2121 W. Parmer Lane at Lamplight Village, Austin, TX 78727
Map: map
Cost: $5.00 minimum charge for the restaurant. Supper is at optional extra cost.
Reservations: Not required. All interested parties are invited to attend.
For more information.

Out-Smart the Competition with These Patent Research Tips

May 2014
Topic: Out-Smart the Competition with These Patent Research Tips
Abstract: Researching patents is an important step in evaluating your position in a marketplace and establishing your long-term strategy. You can learn where competitors are spending their R&D money, which new technologies are headed for the marketplace and discover business opportunities or threats. This discussion will cover these topics as well as how to use targeted alerts to keep up with your competitor's activities in real-time. slides
Speaker: Steve Pearson
Speaker's Bio: Steve is the founder of the firm The Pearson Strategy Group, LLC that provides services in Competitive Intelligence, Innovation Support, and Strategic Development to the technology, power, consumer, and transportation industries. Steve is an electrical engineer but has worked in various engineering roles including semiconductor manufacturing, machining and consulting. He has served aboard a Navy submarine as a nuclear reactor operator. Steve is Chairman for the Austin chapter of the IEEE's Power and Energy Society.
Date & Time: Wednesday, May 21, 2014 : networking at 6:00 p.m., business and program from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Location: PoK-e-Jo's, 2121 W. Parmer Lane at Lamplight Village, Austin, TX 78727
Map: map
Cost: $5.00 minimum charge for the restaurant. Supper is at optional extra cost.
Reservations: Not required. All interested parties are invited to attend.
For more information.

Human Factors and Ergonomics

April 2014
Topic: Human Factors and Ergonomics
Abstract: Dr. Kolar's undergraduate work in mechanical engineering and Ph.D. in Industrial Psychology from the Illinois Institute of Technology gave him the ability to understand how things work, and how people interact with those things. Clever designs do not equate to usable products. We have all bumped our heads into "pull to open" doors expecting them to be "push to open" doors. Bumping one's head is a minor embarrassment. However, when ego driven designers choose to use introspection, rather than consult a human factors professional, things can go very wrong very quickly. Not understanding the behavioral characteristics of the consumer audience can result in death and destruction. Tonight's presentation will show many examples of how and why Human Factors is so important to our safety and sanity.
Speaker: Dan E. Kolar, Ph.D. CHFP, Manufacturing Procedures Analyst and Consultant
Speaker's Bio: Dr. Kolar started with IBM in Chicago as a Customer Engineer, maintaining electro-mechanical banking machines. After completing his PhD. he worked in Austin's Product Test Department when the technology was changing from Mag Card typewriters to electronic word processors. He conducted human factors usability tests by hiring potential users of the products and watching how they interacted with the machines. In the Product Development Laboratory responsibilities included testing, evaluating and creating new procedures to overcome usability problems. Two human factors based procedures resulted in a $30 M cost avoidance. He is the author of several IBM Technical Reports, user documentation and "How to Love Your Computer without Cursing the Cursor."
Date & Time: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 : networking at 6:00 p.m., business and program from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Location: PoK-e-Jo's, 2121 W. Parmer Lane at Lamplight Village, Austin, TX 78727
Map: map
Cost: $5.00 minimum charge for the restaurant. Supper is at optional extra cost.
Reservations: Not required. All interested parties are invited to attend.
For more information.

Photovoltaic System Design and Market Fundamentals

March 2014
Topic: Photovoltaic System Design and Market Fundamentals
Abstract: While PV (Photovoltaic) system installations are still a small percentage of overall power production, growth in the market has been tremendous over the last 5 years. This talk will cover some of the history of PV, market influences, and then dive into the fundamentals of PV system design, component selection, and impacts on system performance. In addition, financial models for both residential and commercial projects will be discussed.
Speaker: D.J. Rosebaugh
Speaker's Bio: D.J. is a 20 year veteran of Motorola and Freescale Semiconductor, primarily holding roles in marketing, strategy, portfolio planning and product management. In 2009, D.J. was driven by a desire to bring more meaning to his career and decided to transition into the renewable energy industry and became the Director of Training for ImagineSolar, a local school dedicated to training installers, sales professionals and engineers the knowledge and skills needed in the PV industry. Seeing strong growth opportunities in 2012, D.J. began working with Lighthouse Solar developing national business development strategies and leading their commercial and utility scale solar PV sales efforts.
Date & Time: Wednesday, March 26, 2014 : networking at 6:00 p.m., business and program from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Location: PoK-e-Jo's, 2121 W. Parmer Lane at Lamplight Village, Austin, TX 78727
Map: map
Cost: $5.00 minimum charge for the restaurant. Supper is at optional extra cost.
Reservations: Not required. All interested parties are invited to attend.
For more information.

Solutions for Scale-out Communications-Centric Data Center Processing

February 2014
Topic: Solutions for Scale-out Communications-Centric Data Center Processing
Abstract: Communications systems look to take advantage of data center technologies such as virtualization, aggregation and Linux user space data path processing to solve demanding networking and security processing problems. Optimal solutions leverage multicore processing, integrated acceleration and networking interfaces. Freescale QorIQ processors provide leading performance, performance density, and cost and power savings while providing an Open Linux based user-space programming environment for networking and security application development. This presentation will discuss the QorIQ data path acceleration architecture and outline its advantages versus competitive solutions.
Speaker: Sam Fuller
Speaker's Bio: Sam Fuller is the Head of System Solutions for the Digital Networking Group at Freescale Semiconductor. Mr. Fuller has over 20 years of executive leadership experience in computer architecture, SoC architecture, embedded systems and semiconductor marketing and applications, and has lead innovative development efforts in SIMD processing, fabric interconnects and symmetric multicore processing. Mr. Fuller holds BSEE and MSEE degrees from Brigham Young University and an MBA degree from the University of Texas at Austin.
Date & Time: Wednesday, February 26, 2014 : networking at 6:00 p.m., business and program from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Location: PoK-e-Jo's, 2121 W. Parmer Lane at Lamplight Village, Austin, TX 78727
Map: map
Cost: $5.00 minimum charge for the restaurant. Supper is at optional extra cost.
Reservations: Not required. All interested parties are invited to attend.
For more information.

It's All Politics: Why Community Engagement is Critical to Professional Development

January 2014
Topic: It's All Politics: Why Community Engagement is Critical to Professional Development
Abstract: For a lot of people, politics calls to mind a lot of unpleasant things: politicians full of hot air, negative campaigning, and even the specter of corruption. It is no surprise that when surveyed, substantial numbers of Americans want nothing to do with politics, and often do not even want to hear or learn about it. But is it truly possible to live a completely apolitical life? And even if it was, would it be desirable? In an age where over 90% of job opportunities are never publicly advertised and technology and economic changes have blurred the lines between the personal and the professional, politics permeates every aspect of our careers. Learn how politics and community engagement are not as mysterious or unfamiliar as you may think, and why being involved is critical to your professional development as a technology professional.
Speaker: Ramey Ko
Speaker's Bio: Ramey Ko is a partner with the immigration and business law firm of Jung Ko, PLLC, and a Democratic candidate for Travis County Treasurer. He previously practiced housing and domestic violence law with Texas RioGrande Legal Aid and the Texas Advocacy Project. In January 2010, Ramey was appointed the first Asian American judge in Travis County and served as an Associate Municipal Judge through 2013. Ramey also teaches as a Lecturer in Asian American Studies at the University of Texas, focusing on Asian Americans and the law. Since September 2010, Ramey has served on the President's Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, which advises the Obama Administration and federal agencies on how to better serve the AAPI community. He currently serves on the Austin Public Safety Commission, which oversees the budgets and policies of police, fire, and emergency medical services. He is a Board Member of the Austin Asian American Resource Center, Asian Pacific Americans for Progress, the Greater Austin Asian Chamber of Commerce, GlobalAustin, and a delegate of Local 1624 of the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees on the Central Labor Council. Ramey cofounded the Capital Area Asian American Democrats in April 2007, serving as president from April 2007 to June 2012 and Vice President since June 2012. Ramey graduated from Yale University in 2002 with a degree in history and with honors from the University of Chicago Law School in 2006. He loves cooking, karaoke, and trivia.
Date & Time: Wednesday, January 22, 2014 : networking at 6:00 p.m., business and program from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Location: PoK-e-Jo's, 2121 W. Parmer Lane at Lamplight Village, Austin, TX 78727
Map: map
Cost: $5.00 minimum charge for the restaurant. Supper is at optional extra cost.
Reservations: Not required. All interested parties are invited to attend.
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Holiday Social and Networking Event

December 2013
Topic: Holiday Social and Networking Event
Abstract: You are invited to share an evening with your fellow consultants and enjoy some holiday cheer. CTCN will provide the snacks. You buy your favourite beverages.
Date & Time: Wednesday, December 11, 2013 (Please note this special meeting is earlier due to Christmas): Networking and Socializing from 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Location: Sherlock's Baker St. Pub and Grill, 9012 Research Blvd, Austin, TX 78758
Directions: Southeast corner of Burnet Road and US-183/Research Blvd.
Cost: None/cash bar
Reservations: Not required. All interested parties are invited to attend.

What's Secured and What's Not with Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) to the enterprise?

November 2013
Topic: What's Secured and What's Not with Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) to the enterprise?
Abstract: BYOD is now entrenched in many enterprises, globally. It enhances productivity, employee stimulation, inspiration and innovation, but also brings mobile device management (MDM) complexities and security threats to the enterprise. This is a quick overview of enterprise mobile security around the BYOD at the current state of the market covering existing and declining mobile platforms. slides
Speaker: Dan Sharoni
Speaker's Bio: Mr. Dan Sharoni is a strategic architect and subject matter expert (SME) in the emerging enterprise mobility ecosystem. He focuses on aligning growing enterprise analytics, productivity and security requirements with transformative smart mobile devices, such as iPhone and iPad. Mr. Sharoni was the Emerging Enterprise Mobility Lead at Accenture Technology Labs as an executive, technology innovator and project manager. He has over fifteen years of experience in emerging mobility, wireless network, Web 2.0, multimedia and collaboration. Dan is a practitioner of the complete Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC), as well as an Agile practitioner as a Certified Scrum Master (SCM). He has brought wide and deep architectural knowledge in leading enterprises including Accenture, Hewlett Packard and Adobe. He is passionate about distributed computerized music with research work presented at SIGGRAPH and JAVAONE. Mr. Sharoni holds two US Patents. Currently Dan is at the McCombs Graduate School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin, graduating as M.Sc. in Technology Commercialization. Dan holds a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, Israel.
Date & Time: Wednesday, November 20, 2013 : networking at 6:00 p.m., business and program from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Location: PoK-e-Jo's, 2121 W. Parmer Lane at Lamplight Village, Austin, TX 78727
Map: map
Cost: $5.00 minimum charge for the restaurant. Supper is at optional extra cost.
Reservations: Not required. All interested parties are invited to attend.
RSVP and for more information: Please email to ctcnaustin at gmail dot com.

Modern Health Talk and The Future of Health Care

October 2013
Topic: Modern Health Talk and The Future of Health Care
Abstract: After briefly describing Modern Health Talk, the rest of this presentation follows a new white paper, Moore's Law and The FUTURE of Healthcare and trends such as: 1. The aging population and its impact on rising health care costs and pending doctor shortage; 2. New interest in Universal Design principles for homes and communities (also boomer related); 3. Healthcare Robots and all sorts of enabling technologies that must enable ways to fill that gap; 4. Healthcare could be a bigger driver of automation and M2M than smart homes; 5. Learning (e.g. NEST thermostat) needs more awareness, like from a patch sensing skin temperature; 6. Genetic research may soon conquer most inherited diseases while new therapies repair cell damage before it accumulates; 7. DNA sequencing, sensor monitoring, and shared medical records data join with phenotype to explode the Big Data analytics problem; 8. Medicine becomes Personalized and Personal (engaged patients); 9. The return of House Calls, but by a nurse or aid with video conference to doctor, backed up by Watson; 10. Growing awareness of the relationship of stress reduction and good sleep to health and work and sports performance; 11. Growing understanding of neuro-sensory interfaces and the mind-computer interface; 12. The convergence of Science and Technology (INFO + BIO + NANO + NEURO); 13. Obamacare can bend the cost curve but not enough to stave off the boomer impact, so more reforms are needed; 14. The stalled and polarized political system is unable to adapt policy and regulations fast enough to keep up, and this will only worsen with accelerating tech innovation. slides
Speaker: Wayne Caswell, Founder and Senior Editor, Modern Health Talk
Speaker's Bio: Wayne Caswell is known for introducing IBM to the Connected Home market. He retired after 30 years when the company got out of consumer markets and established CAZITech Consulting, helped define Wireless and Home Gateway standards, volunteered with the FCC Consumer Advisory Committee, co-founded a nonprofit consumer advocacy to lobby the Texas legislature and enact new consumer protection laws, and started Modern Health Talk (http://mHealthTalk.com).
Date & Time: Wednesday, October 23, 2013 : networking at 6:00 p.m., business and program from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Location: PoK-e-Jo's, 2121 W. Parmer Lane at Lamplight Village, Austin, TX 78727
Map: map
Cost: $5.00 minimum charge for the restaurant. Supper is at optional extra cost.
Reservations: Not required. All interested parties are invited to attend.
RSVP and for more information: Please email to ctcnaustin at gmail dot com.

Redefining Datacenter Efficiency

September 2013
Topic: Redefining Datacenter Efficiency
Abstract: Discuss how a new wave of micro-servers is starting to change traditional data center architectures, and how Calxeda ARM based servers are architected to accelerate this change.
Speaker: David Borland, Co-founder and VP of Hardware Engineering, Calxeda
Speaker's Bio: David Borland has served in roles of Vice President and Director of Engineering at leading semiconductor companies such as Intel, AMD and Marvell and brings low power SoC architecture, design and high volume manufacturing leadership to Calxeda. Mr. Borland delivered innovative market leading Cellular and Application Processors to high volume mobile applications building a "ground up" business for Intel that was acquired by Marvell. Upon joining Intel in 1999, he led the ADI/Intel Joint Development that delivered a new DSP Core architecture and implementation with industry leading power/performance and effective C programming that is used by Analog Devices, Intel, Marvell and MediaTek. Mr. Borland was with AMD for 14 years where he was the Product Line Manager of Cordless Telephones. He began his engineering career at AMD as a product and design engineer on single chip modems after earning a BSEE in 1984.
Date & Time: Wednesday, September 25, 2013 : networking at 6:00 p.m., business and program from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Location: PoK-e-Jo's, 2121 W. Parmer Lane at Lamplight Village, Austin, TX 78727
Map: map
Cost: $5.00 minimum charge for the restaurant. Supper is at optional extra cost.
Reservations: Not required. All interested parties are invited to attend.
RSVP and for more information: Please email to ctcnaustin at gmail dot com.

Consultants Workshop: Manage Your Career - Don't Get Blindsided by Reality

August 2013

August 2013 Consultants Workshop

Manage Your Career - Don't Get Blindsided by Reality - August 28, 2013, 1:00pm -6pm

Hosted by CTCN and Co-Sponsored by CAS, SSCS, CEDA, TMC, WIE, CS/SPS

This is not your grandfather's job market where one could work and retire from one company after 40 years. Your father has probably not fared that well either. The fast pace of technology change and productivity improvements, in an increasingly competitive market, have forced companies to change their strategy, frequently upgrade and improve their products or services, and adjust their workforce.

Downsizing, outsourcing, automation, financial pressures, short-term demands, and failed strategy all contribute challenges to your career and your ultimate retirement goal. How can one prepare for, react to, and manage this situation? Smart, proactive career planning, management, and transition may be the answer. The workshop objective is to increase your awareness of unintended consequences of change, to expect the unexpected, and to motivate you to proactively execute your career goals.

Agenda

1:00 - 1:20 Registration and Networking
1:20 - 1:30 Co-Sponsor Chapter Remarks: Fawzi Behmann, Leslie Martinich, Zhuo Li
1:30 - 1:35 Opening Welcome: Bill Martino
1:35 - 2:25 "Vision on Technology and Future Jobs," David Smith, CEO, HBMG slides
2:25 - 3:15 "Defining Career Success - Beyond Skills and Experience," Tommy Chiodo, M.Ed., LPC, Career Counselor slides
3:15 - 4:05 "Empowered Productivity: Winning the War Against Info Overload," Maura Thomas, President, RegainYourTime.com slides
4:05 - 4:20 Break for Networking and Refreshments (Snacks and Drinks)
4:20 - 5:10 "Build Your Brand," David Hughen, Principal, AustinHR.com
5:10 - 6:00 "Repurpose Your Career - 5 Steps to Your Next Career Pivot," Marc Miller, Career Designer slides

Location

Building A, Auditorium, Business Park at 7700 W. Parmer Lane, Austin, TX 78729 Map

Registration

For Workshop Details, to Register and to Pay, go to IEEE vTools here.

The Cost (If Paid Via vTools by 8/23/13): Advance Registration: $20 IEEE Members; $25 Non-Members.

IEEE Life Members and Student Members can attend for free, but still need to register.

After 8/23, Walk-In Onsite Registration: $30 IEEE Members; $35 Non-Members. Payment onsite is with Cash or Check to "IEEE-CTS" only. No Credit Cards Please!

Future Internet - The Transformation Continues

July 2013
Topic: Future Internet - The Transformation Continues
Abstract: The Internet could be the most powerful transformation engine that the World has ever known. What lessons can we learn from previous technology and social transformations that might apply to future Internet strategies? What fundamental principles can be applied across sectors and what opportunities can be exposed thru a maturity model based approach? This session will briefly review case studies and discuss a methodology using the Smart Grid and the energy sector as an example. slides
Speaker: Len Hause, President, MashBrain
Speaker's Bio: Len Hause is President of MashBrain LLC where he consults on transformational strategies that leverage Internet technology and marketing. He was a Fellow of the Technical Staff, Associate of the Science Advisory Board, Internetologist, and Senior Marketing Director at Motorola where he spent more than 30 years in global management roles and as an individual contributor. He has been recognized as a pioneer in the adoption of Internet protocols and culture within the Enterprise for innovation, collaboration, and organizational learning. He was recently selected as an IEEE-USA Engineering and Diplomacy (US State Department) Fellow for 2013-2014. Len holds US Patents in telecom and a BS degree in Electrical Engineering from Lehigh University.
Date & Time: Wednesday, July 24, 2013 : networking at 6:00 p.m., business and program from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Location: PoK-e-Jo's, 2121 W. Parmer Lane at Lamplight Village, Austin, TX 78727
Map: map
Cost: $5.00 minimum charge for the restaurant. Supper is at optional extra cost.
Reservations: Not required. All interested parties are invited to attend.
RSVP and for more information: Please email to ctcnaustin at gmail dot com.

It's a Mad, Mad, Mad World of Mobile Marketing

June 2013
Topic: It's a Mad, Mad, Mad World of Mobile Marketing
Abstract: NEWS FLASH !! Mobile Marketing is taking over the world of Marketing. This interactive, case-driven session, is an attempt to understand what factors make mobile marketing so special, and whether / how it is different from traditional marketing. Considering that everyone is now a mobile marketer, what does it really mean to have a successful "Mobile Marketing Campaign"? What are the hidden challenges and naked opportunities? And how can one drive additional business or improve profitability using the right Mobile Marketing techniques. Get to this session to find out whether this mad, muddled world of Mobile Marketing is indeed the solution to effective marketing or just Snake Oil. slides
Speaker: C. K. Kumar
Speaker's Bio: C. K. Kumar is a consummate Marketing and Strategy professional who has spent the past 16 years in several technology and marketing roles in start-ups and large companies including AMD and Synopsys. His diverse work experience includes engineering roles in semiconductor and marketin