* IEEE-INDUSTRY DAY-February 5, 2009 *
Peter Sobel | Dr. Terman | Ibrahim Gedeon | Dr. Krishna Raghunandan | Upendra Chivukula | Dr. Moreno | Dr. Drobot | Dr. Kosinski | Harvey Waxman | Dr. Schulzrinne | Dr. Chernock | Dr. Raychaudhuri | Dr. Ranky | Dr. Andrews | Dr. Birru | Ed Liberty
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The IEEE - Industry Relationship

Peter Sobel
Director, Corporate and Foundation Partnerships

This talk looks at partnership's between IEEE and companies such as IBM, Boeing, and Toyota. It then addresses the benefits of IEEE membership, such as aiding members in staying technically current, promoting professional networking, providing member discounts, helping in career development, and giving back to the profession.

What Keeps a CTO Up at Night

Mr. Ibrahim Gedeon

Chief Technology Officer

The changing landscape today is not only that of evolving technologies. There is a fundamental shift into changing operator emphasis and spend from network centric expenditures to service and management centric ones. The presentation will describe the new challenges facing operators (namely NA) in the technology, service development and launch. The re-definition of the OSI layers from an organization into the eTOM and TMF definitions will enable operators to meet the new challenges ahead.

Advanced Communication Systems for Public Safety

Dr. Krishna Raghunandan
Construction Administrator (Wireless)
New York City Transit

Communication technologies currently available for use in public safety organizations are presented in this talk. Since mobility is essential to most public safety personnel, many wireless systems are emerging in this market. Since 911, new spectrum was allocated by the FCC exclusively for public safety. These are being deployed and many of these technologies will be presented during this talk. This talk will highlight the differences between commercial and public safety networks and focus on specific requirements unique to public safety.

Examples of wireless technologies include broad band wireless access, Gigabit wireless links, digital wireless data links, location schemes that do not use GPS. Wireless CCTV - safety and protection systems, Intelligent Transport Systems

Transformational Hybrid Systems

Dr. Jaime Moreno

Senior Manager, Microprocessor Architecture
IBM Research.

Advances in computing are paced by the evolution in technology, which have historically enabled system improvements at roughly 2x every two years. Recent trends suggest that such pace will no longer be sustainable. At the same time, there are emerging applications that would benefit from system improvement at even a faster rate; if this was possible, we would experience a transformational impact on business and industries that depend on such applications. In some domains, such as high-performance technical computing, the rate of evolution has been 4x every two years. The difference over 2x/2 years implies that there is an opportunity to leverage specialization for selected domains, so that the combination of system specialization with general-purpose functions can provide much better overall system characteristics. These trends suggest the emergence of Hybrid Computer Systems, combining general-purpose with system specialization, as the new frontier for high-end systems.

This talk provides an overview of the trends driving the emergence of Hybrid Computer Systems and their transformational nature, and articulates a characterization of the relevant components required for such systems driven by selected high-end application domains. In addition to compute-intensive functions, compelling features for specialization include network-speed computing and highly specialized subsystems, among others. The system level integration of these capabilities (or subsets thereof) represents the fundamental feature for a new Hybrid System Architecture, whose key attribute will be seamless integration in a manner that makes the components indistinguishable at the system level. In other words, the Hybrid System must abstract its architecture as a single unified system architecture, with a management infrastructure and software stack that conveys a single image view of the entire system, as if it was just one single fully integrated system.

Telecommunication Futures

Dr. Adam T. Drobot

CTO & President
Advanced Technology Solutions

The Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Sector now accounts for over 7% of the US GDP. Economists have recognized that much of the gains in productivity seen over the last two decades are the result of widespread ICT deployment and exploitation in other sectors. In this talk we will explore a 360° view of how the telecommunications industry will likely evolve over the next two decades. Some of the topics covered include: the global trends in telecoms; the role of technology; what 5G and 6G may be about; the shape of the industry and the underlying infrastructure; impact on customers and institutions; what life may be like for workers in the telecoms; and a re-look at regulation and governance of the industry.

Advanced Electronics in the Fight Against Terror:
The US Army Intelligence and Information Warfare Directorate

John A. Kosinski, Ph.D., FIEEE
Principal Deputy for Technology
Fort Monmouth, NJ 07703

Countries across the world are currently confronted by the use of terror as a means for non-state actors and organizations to achieve goals involving social, political, economic, and religious aspects. Whereas nation-states are bound by international law to distinguish combatants from non-combatants, and to protect non-combatants from undue harm, those who employ terror against civilian populations are unrestrained in their targets and tactics and often deliberately operate within crowds of civilians and dressed as civilians, and making use of the civilian infrastructure to improvise weapons and explosives. As such, the ability to sort out terrorists from civilians, discover their networks and infrastructure, and neutralize their use of improvised weapons and explosives is a prime mission of the US Army Intelligence and Information Warfare Directorate (I2WD). This is a mission that must continue unabated as I2WD transitions from Fort Monmouth, NJ to Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD under the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure Commission decision. This talk will highlight the broad range of activities at I2WD and the extreme technical challenges faced in dealing with the terrorist threat, while making clear the many career opportunities in the IEEE interest areas of RF systems (radar, wireless, and other), computer networks, and information processing.

The Future of Unified Communications

Harvey Waxman
Chief Architect

The market place continues to redefine the term Unified Communication. Ask 3 vendors and 2 industry analysts and you will get 7 different definitions. It is defined as narrow or as broad as needed to suite the agenda of the person providing the definition. This talk will look at the evolving needs of an enterprise business user and project future implications for Unified Communications, acknowledging of course, this is but one persons view.

Location-Based Services

DR. Henning Schulzrinne
Professor & Chair - Dept. of Computer Science, Columbia University

The availability of accurate time information on networked devices has enabled many new applications. Similarly, I believe that location can become a new fundamental building block for mobile applications. Such applications range from the well-known, such as navigation and finding nearby restaurants, to automatically tuning application behavior, improved emergency calling and intuitive security.

DTV Transport Basics

Rich Chernock
Triveni Digital

The transition to digital television is now nearly complete. In this conversion process, broadcasters have had to convert not only their equipment, but also their knowledge base to the new digital system. A thorough understanding of how the system works is essential to keep operations smooth and determine how to solve problems as they arise. The core of the broadcast DTV system is based on MPEG-2 transport, with enhancements and constraints added by the ATSC standards - as well as metadata (PSI and PSIP) that allows the various elements to be discovered and connected. In many cases, in the rush to convert, attention to the system basics has been lost.

This tutorial will provide an in-depth refresher overview of the basic transport technologies used for DTV - with a major focus on how the different elements actually work together:

Emerging Wireless Technologies and the Future Internet


Professor, ECE Dept & Director, WINLAB
Rutgers University

Wireless and mobile devices are proliferating at a remarkable rate, and will inevitably have a significant transformative effect on the architecture of the global Internet. In this talk, we consider several emerging wireless scenarios (ad hoc/mesh, sensor, vehicular, cognitive radio) and identify related new protocol and network service requirements. Some examples of "clean-slate" wireless networking protocols from ongoing projects at WINLAB are given for illustration. The talk concludes with a brief discussion on open/programmable wireless networking platforms and testbeds which are critical for enabling forward looking experimental research in this field.

Sustainable Green Design & Manufacturing Engineering>

Dr. Paul Ranky


My goal is to help you to improve your sustainable lean and green design and manufacturing activities in terms of engineering a product, a process and/or a service system in various industries and countries around the world.

The fundamental purpose of the greening effort is to help to increase overall quality of life. Furthermore, to improve the quality of green compliant products and processes, and simultaneously reduce cost, pollution, the carbon and the environmental footprint of all product design, manufacturing and related activities, including raw material processing, as well as warehousing, transportation, logistics, remanufacturing, recycling, and reuse. My hope is, that we can all stay compliant with European, USA, and other international 'green' laws, that govern global trade and supply chains, whilst maintaining crucially important IP (Intellectual Property) rights.

What makes green design and manufacturing (in other words green engineering) very exciting, is that it is an interdisciplinary subject. It should attract a flexible person with an open mind, that is ready to think laterally, structure, reason and integrate quality information, and then turn it into new knowledge to help mankind and all living entities in our Mother Earth.

Consider the fact, that factory pollution created in one continent can now be measured in another... therefore it is not a local issue anymore... it changes everybody's life on Earth... not just those who are polluted, but also those who are polluting!

Maybe it is time for mankind to wake up and realize, that we are all in the same boat and it is our common interest to change our polluting products, processes, factories and systems for sustainable, energy efficient green solutions...

The other very important driving force towards green, is that governments enforce compliance and IP, and consumers in the USA, as well as in Europe, and increasingly in Asia (China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Japan) demand green products, made in non-polluting sustainable green factories...

Consider this interesting fact: over 92% of young graduates in the USA want to work for a 'green' enterprise... also, 9 out of 10 new venture capital requests in California relate to some kind of greening invention... and this is just the beginning.

Greening will become a bigger revolution than what the Internet has created for all of us!

In a free society consumers have a lot of power, and can change entire industries by purchasing only environmentally friendly, green products... Shouldn't we all be ready to drive this major transition?

Welcome to my green engineering world (above and below the ocean... as a PADI certified Rescue Diver, I do care about eco-tourism and the condition of the reefs).

Smarter Buildings

Dr. Clinton J. Andrews, Ph.D.

Associate Professor - Rutgers University
Director, Urban Planning and Policy Development Program

We spend 90% of our time indoors, in buildings that ought to be safe, healthy, functional, and efficient. Many existing buildings perform poorly along those dimensions. The current push for greener buildings seeks to reduce their environmental footprint without reducing the occupants' quality of life, by balancing, for example, energy efficiency and indoor air quality objectives during design. Smarter building design is an integrated process that brings architects, engineers, and contractors into much closer coordination, and allows more "what if" analysis of design alternatives. During operation, buildings designed to be smarter can respond to fluctuating environmental conditions, energy prices, occupant needs, and building system conditions, thereby enhancing their performance. When connected to a smart electricity grid, smart buildings add adaptability to the network and improve the feasibility of renewable energy production. This talk identifies emerging opportunities in software, control systems, sensors, communications, and system integration for those interested in smarter buildings. Like buildings themselves, these opportunities are all around us.

Considerations for Integrated Energy Management and Control in Buildings

Dr. Dagaachew Birru

Philips Research Laboratories
Principal Member Research Staff/Project Leader

"Green Building" is a growing area of importance worldwide. About 40% of the total energy in the US is consumed in buildings, a portion that will likely increase if appropriate measures are not taken. Fortunately, public and government awareness and actions to reduce the energy consumption of buildings is increasing. For example, in the US, alternative energy generation and energy efficiency is a new focus of state, federal R&D and VC funding. Investment in these areas is expected to increase significantly. The US Federal R&D agenda envisions net-zero energy buildings by 2030. A combination of building envelop optimization, use of energy efficient devices, use of renewable energy sources, and energy control and management solutions is needed to achieve this goal.

In North America, about 60% of the energy in buildings is consumed by lighting, heating, cooling and ventilation (HVAC). However, there is ample opportunity to reduce the energy consumption of these units and contribute to net-zero energy buildings. For example optimal control of natural light (daylight) and electric light can reduce the electric energy used for lights significantly. In addition, an integrated control of daylight, electric light and HVAC elements can bring additional energy saving opportunities without compromising user comfort. Technologies such as low-power wireless connectivity can facilitate deployment of sensors needed for such control solutions. Integrated energy management and control solutions to optimally monitor and control the devices will thus increasingly become an important topic from both the environment and cost post of view. This presentation will highlight some of the motivations, challenges, opportunities and approaches of control solutions to reduce energy consumption and balance user comfort in buildings. Some simulation results and experimental data will also be presented.

Application of Solar PV Technology from a Business Perspective

Ed Liberty

Vice President, Energy Advisors, Procurement Consulting & Asset Development
Dome-Tech Inc.

Ed Liberty will discuss the business aspects of implementing a succesful solar photovoltaic project from project development and evaluation through to commercial operation.