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Wednesday, September 28th, 2016

“Fuzzy Similarity for Function Computation Model”, January 21

Thursday, December 31st, 2015

Date: 21-January-2016
Time: 06:00PM to 08:00PM (2.00 hours)
AT&T Labs
Room Number: #220

Presenter: Dr. Chin-Liang Chang, President of Nicesoft Corporation

Abstract:

As technology advances, we need to build “Massively Parallel Array Processors” to tackle hard Artificial Intelligence problems such as Visual Recognition, Natural Language Processing (NLS), and Robotics. In this presentation, I will point out that the limitation of deep learning and neural networks is that they are procedural and cannot be computed in parallel.

The computational model that I propose is based on nearest neighbor classifiers for a large number of samples; for example, a driverless car may encounter a problem with over a million samples (situations). A massively parallel array processor can tremendously speed up the computation of a large nearest neighbor classifier.

We need to consider different technologies to implement a massively parallel array processor. For example, a silicon-based technology with 20 billion transistors on a chip will be a nice technology to have.

Brief Biography:

Dr. Chin-Liang Chang earned his PhD from University of California, Berkeley, CA in 1968. He was with National Institutes of Health, IBM, and Lockheed. After his retirement, he founded Nicesoft Corporation. He has written four books and more than 50 papers. His fields are Artificial Intelligence, Relational Database, and Software Engineering.

“Leadership Improv” May 21

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015

IEEE Austin COMSOC/SP Meeting

Leadership Improv

Speakers:  Mr. Glenn Stephens and Ms. Leslie Martinich

May 21, 2015, 6:00–8:00 pm

Abstract:

Do you want your boss to have better leadership skills?  Come join us (and bring your boss if you like) for a free Leadership Improv class!  Borrowing techniques from the world of improv comedy and using scenarios directly from the tech industry, Glenn Stephens and Leslie Martinich will engage you with a fun demonstration of the skills and practices that can make or break a leader ­employee interaction.  Take these techniques back to your office, and everyone will have fun while they improve their skills.

Speaker/BIO:

Glenn Stephens is a software engineer, project manager and digital online marketer for over 25 years. He has worked at IBM, Novell, Motorola and Freescale Semiconductor. He managed internet business strategy and development of customer facing applications including enterprise web site content, mobile applications, web analytics, eCommerce, and marketing and sales force lead automation platforms. Mr. Stephens is recognized and celebrated as an exceptional manager and mentor in the business world. He is a natural communicator and uses his skills to distill big picture ideas into actionable goals.  While juggling the demands of his executive role, he remained focused on nurturing the skills of his expansive team.Leslie Martinich is a software engineer and executive in the software industry.  She is a noted author and expert in technology leadership and innovation.  She is an invited speaker to international conferences and executive education programs. Her recent eBook is My Career, Your Career

IEEE COMSOC/SP Austin in collaboration with Computer Society Chapter, Technology and Engineering Management Society, Women In Engineering, Education Society.

Location:
ATT Labs
Room #220
9505 Arboretum, Austin
Austin,  Texas
United States 78729
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<THIS EVENT IS FREE.  Please RSVP at:  https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/34490

For any questions, please contact COMSOC/SP Chair Fawzi Behmann at f.behmann@ieee.org

IEEE COMSOC/SP (Austin) website: http://sites.ieee.org/ct-comsp/

“An Insiders View of the 1960’s Space Program” March 19

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

IEEE Austin COMSOC/SP Meeting

An Insiders View of the 1960’s Space Program

Speakers:  Mr. Dennis P. O’Connor, PE

March 19, 2015, 6:00–8:00 pm

Abstract:

In 1961, President John F. Kennedy began a dramatic expansion of the U.S. space program and committed the nation to the ambitious goal of landing a man on the moon by the end of the decade. A new space program, Project Mercury, had been initiated during President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s administration. Seven men were selected to take part as astronauts in the program. As space exploration continued through the 1960s, the United States was on its way to the Moon. Project Gemini was the second NASA spaceflight program. The Apollo Program followed Project Gemini. Its goal was to land humans on the moon and assure their safe return to Earth.
Mr. Dennis P. O’Connor will provide his personal insights of the 1960’s space program. He will provide an overview of the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo programs followed by providing details on Apollo program structure, Apollo program ground facilities, and Apollo program vehicles. Mr. O’Connor will conclude with his personal observations (the crazy things).

Speaker/BIO:

Mr. O’Connor has had a long career of close to 50 years of which about the 16 most recent years hands on experience at are with Boeing in theareas of Logistics Engineering for International Space Station, financial and technical planning. The other 32 years were spent with theGrumman Aircraft Engineering Corp initially in the design and test of Lunar Module at Bethpage NY and Kennedy Space Center, Fl and designing special purpose ground based telemetry systems (B1 bomber at Edwards AFB, Trident missile subs at Point Mugu, Ca. Mr. O’Connor was the chief engineer of a 200+ rack system for jet engine testing at Arnold Air Force Station in Tennessee. He was a manager of F-14 avionics and electronic warfare upgrades – ground test and a manager of hardware planning and implementation – IT services contract for all of Johnson Space Center.

Mr. O’Connor PE. holds

  • BSEE, Manhattan College, New York City, NY.
  • MSEE, Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, Fl.
  • Professional Engineering License, New York State
  • Professional Engineering License, Texas
  • Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer Certification

 

Location:
ATT Labs
Room #220
9505 Arboretum, Austin
Austin,  Texas
United States 78729
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THIS EVENT IS FREE.  Please RSVP at:
https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/33105

For any questions, please contact COMSOC/SP Chair Fawzi Behmann at f.behmann@ieee.org

IEEE COMSOC/SP (Austin) website: http://sites.ieee.org/ct-comsp/

“Wind Energy and Wind Turbines” March 16

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

IEEE Austin COMSOC/SP Meeting

(joint meeting with I&M)

Wind Energy and Wind Turbines

Speakers: Dr. Vaughn Nelson, West Texas A&M University

March 16, 2015, 6:00–7:30 pm

Abstract:

The modern wind industry began in the late 70’s as one response to the oil crisis of 1973. From the small wind turbines of up to 100 kW installed in Denmark and in the wind farms in California in the early 80’s, global capacity in wind farms is now around 365 GW. The installed capacity of small wind turbines and distributed wind is estimated at 2.5 GW.

Wind power is proportional to the cube of the velocity, so knowledge of the resource is important. Wind speed maps and wind power potential maps are available for many regions of the world. The Alternative Energy Institute, WTAMU, collected data from numerous locations across TX, and from two tall towers (up to 100 m). Wind shear is an important factor as the variation by time of day at heights of 40 m and above is relevant to the utility grid.

Types of wind turbines (lift and drag), plus configurations, generators, operation, power coefficient, and estimated and calculated energy production will be discussed. Size of turbines is now multi-MW, with rotor diameters 60 to 100 m and on towers of 60 to greater than 100 m. Capacity factors (average power) of 40% and greater are from regions with good to excellent wind resources.

There are 3 main factors for development of wind farms and the economics (cost of energy) and the value of power purchase agreements depend on whether selling at market or at fixed price. Production tax credit and renewable portfolio standards are the main drivers for installation of wind farms.

Future estimates for capacity for the world and for Texas will be given. The new transmission lines due to CREZ are a for increased wind capacity on ERCOT grid.

Speaker/BIO:

Professor Emeritus of Physics, West Texas A&M University

Retired: Dean Graduate School, Research and Information Technology 2001 

Director, Alternative Energy Institute, 1977-2003; 2009-2010

Dr. Nelson has been active in wind energy since the early 70’s. Primary work has been on wind resource assessment, education and training, applied R&D, and rural applications of wind energy with USDA. He served as Director of the Alternative Energy Institute since its conception in 1977 was principal investigator of several national and state renewable energy projects (most in wind energy). 

He was instrumental in starting online programs at WTAMU in 1997. He developed and taught online courses in solar energy, wind energy and renewable energy and also taught physics course over interactive TV. 


Dr. Nelson is the author on 3 books and 4 CDs (go to www.windenergy.org for more information) and published over 50 articles and reports. He has given over 50 workshops and seminars from the local to international level.

 

Location:
National Instruments,
Building C 1S13,
11500 N Mopac Expwy,
Austin, TX 78759
THIS EVENT IS FREE.  Please RSVP at:
https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/32173

For any questions, please contact COMSOC/SP Chair Fawzi Behmann at f.behmann@ieee.org

IEEE COMSOC/SP (Austin) website: http://sites.ieee.org/ct-comsp/

“An Update on UHD Technology Evaluation” Dec. 18

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

IEEE Austin COMSOC/SP Meeting

An Update on UHD Technology Evaluation

Speakers: Mr. Pierre Costa

Lead Member of Technical Staff, AT&T

Dec 18, 2014, 6:30–9 pm

Abstract:

Beyond being the hottest buzzword in the business, 4K or UHD is a breakthrough technology that’s shaking up the industry and rewriting the rulebook on image resolution and quality. A 4K image is four times the size of an HD image (1920 x 1080) or a remarkable 3840 x 2160! This amazing resolution creates an immersive experience where the added detail and size are similar to looking out a large window. The 4K TV new standard affects not just the world of TV and cinema, but cameras, smartphones, tablets, computer monitors and video games. Practically anything that displays images or records video will need to reckon with 4K in the coming years. But this new technology also presents some challenges, particularly in video transmission systems because of the enormous amount of data it requires. This presentation summarizes 4K work performed at ATT Labs Austin facility in the last year.

This presentation is made up of two part:

1.       Video Quality Assessment for 4K Distribution: discusses the use of 4K content encoding for distribution networks, more specifically the difference between real-time encoding and off-line encoding (non real-time)

2.       Delivering 4K content over Adaptive Bitrate (ABR) networks: this segment focuses on implantations of 4K video delivery on real (existing) networks and points to future requirements on network elements.

Speaker/BIO:

Pierre Costa is Lead Member of Technical Staff at AT&T Laboratories in Austin, TX where he is a research engineer in the area of video technologies. He has been an active member of several Standards bodies and has co-chaired the ATIS Network Performance and QoS subcommittee, the VSF HBRAV and QoE technical groups. He is a member of IEEE and SMPTE, and a contributor and board member of the Video Services Forum. Mr. Costa developed early ATM technology at Washington University, MO. and has been active in video quality measurement standards as well as QoS standards for close to twenty years. He received his BSEE and MSEE from the University of Texas at Austin. He owns two patents in IP-ATM protocol conversion and 27 patents in video technologies.

Location:
ATT Labs
Room #220
9505 Arboretum, Austin
Austin,  Texas
United States 78729
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THIS EVENT IS FREE.  Please RSVP at:
https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/30639

For any questions, please contact COMSOC/SP Chair Fawzi Behmann at f.behmann@ieee.org

IEEE COMSOC/SP (Austin) website: http://sites.ieee.org/ct-comsp/

“Software Defined Networking: Why, When, Where, and How” Dec 12

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

IEEE Austin COMSOC/SP Meeting

Software Defined Networking: Why, When, Where, and How

Co-Sponsor: CASPA

Speakers:  Prof. Ying-Dar Lin,

National Chiao Tung University and
Director of Network Benchmarking Lab (NBL), Taipei, Taiwan

Dec. 12, 2014, 6:30–9 pm

Abstract:

The first wave of cloud computing was to centralize and virtualize servers into the clouds, with a phenomenal result. The emerging second wave, named Software Defined Networking (SDN), is to centralize and virtualize networking, especially its control, into the clouds. SDN deployment started from data centers and now expands to the model of “networking as a service” (NaaS) offered by the operators to enterprise and residential subscribers. By centralizing the control-plane software of routers and switches to the controller, and its applications, and controlling the data-plane of these devices remotely, SDN reduces the capital expenditure (CAPEX) and operational expenditure (OPEX) because the devices become simpler and hence cheaper and number of administrators could be reduced. SDN also enables fast service orchestration because the data plane is highly programmable from the remote control plane at controllers and applications. However, as we detach control plane from where data plane resides, new protocols shall be introduced between control plane and data plane, as the southbound API between controllers and devices and the northbound API between controllers and applications. As we further extend the control plane from controllers to applications such as Service Chaining (SC) and data plane from devices to Network Function Virtualization (NFV), newer mechanisms and APIs need to be added to these APIs. We argue why, when, and where SDN would prevail, and then illustrate how to make it happen. We shall introduce the key technology components, including OpenFlow, SC, NFV, and Network Service Header (NSH) and then review the issues on standardization, development, deployment, and research. At the end, the development and deployment experiences of a campus SDN solution for Wi-Fi/switch control and management are shared.
Speaker/BIO:
YING-DAR LIN is a Distinguished Professor of Computer Science at National Chiao Tung University (NCTU) in Taiwan. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from UCLA in 1993. He served as the CEO of Telecom Technology Center during 2010-2011 and a visiting scholar at Cisco Systems in San Jose during 2007–2008. Since 2002, he has been the founder and director of Network Benchmarking Lab (NBL,www.nbl.org.tw), which reviews network products with real traffic. NBL recently became an approved test lab of the Open Networking Foundation (ONF). He also cofounded L7 Networks Inc. in 2002, which was later acquired by D-Link Corp. His research interests include design, analysis, implementation, and benchmarking of network protocols and algorithms, quality of services, network security, deep packet inspection, wireless communications, embedded hardware/software co-design, and recently software defined networking. 
Location:
ATT Labs
Room #220
9505 Arboretum, Austin
Austin,  Texas
United States 78729
Click here for Map

THIS EVENT IS FREE.  Please RSVP at:
https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/30031

For any questions, please contact COMSOC/SP Chair Fawzi Behmann at f.behmann@ieee.org

IEEE COMSOC/SP (Austin) website: http://sites.ieee.org/ct-comsp/

“ZPEG video compression technology – How it can be monetized?” Aug 21

Monday, July 28th, 2014

IEEE Austin COMSOC/SP Meeting

ZPEG video compression technology – How it can be monetized?

Speaker:Dr. Raymond Westwater, President Futureware, LLC

Aug 21, 2014, 6–8 pm

Abstract:
Video compression is a mathematically complex subject where solutions require years of research and thousands of hours of development time – to arrive at prototype solutions. New contributions must compete with established standards and even free technologies, and the sales cycles for mature products are typically 12 to 18 months. So how can a new technology be monetized, particularly by a start-up? This question is answered in this presentation, a follow-on to the technology presentation of last year described below.

The three-dimensional DCT optimally decorrelates video content, making it an important tool applicable to various areas of motion video processing. The 3D DCT forms the basis of an ideal image quality processing algorithm, improving upon the existing JND subband decomposition technique. The 3D DCT is a statistically optimal description of motion video that forms the basis of a new motion video format conversion algorithm. This format conversion algorithm has application in crossconversion of video content between high definition and standard definition formats, and in the recovery of information lost in transmission (or compression). Finally, the 3D DCT is used to formulate an important new compression algorithm (ZPEG), which gives highest theoretically possible compression ratios without visual loss. These areas will be discussed, and a live demonstration of the ZPEG video algorithm will be conducted.

Speaker/BIO:
Dr. Raymond Westwater is President of Futureware, LLC, an Austin Technology Incubator Landing Pad start-up company (www.futureware.com). He holds a PhD in video compression from Florida Atlantic University and has worked in video and cellular transmission applications for Lucent, Microsoft, and Intel, secure radio for the US military, and for AT&T Labs qualifying head-end equipment for the IPTV U-verse product.

A special note: The evening will feature Brazilian catering from Joceli Romao.

Location:
AT&T Labs
9505 Arboretum, Austin
Austin,  Texas
United States 78729
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THIS EVENT IS FREE.  Please RSVP at:
https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/27511

For any questions, please contact COMSOC/SP Chair Fawzi Behmann at f.behmann@ieee.org

IEEE COMSOC/SP (Austin) website: http://sites.ieee.org/ct-comsp/

“IP video surveillance – an irreversible trend for the future”

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

IoT – IP Video Surveillance – Fawzi Behmann 07-17-14

IEEE Austin COMSOC/SP Meeting

IP video surveillance – an irreversible trend for the future

Speaker:Dr Fawzi Behmann, Founder of TelNet Management

July 17, 2014, 6–8 pm

Abstract:
Advancement in Signal & Communications processing technologies have fueled the emergence, deployment and growth of Video Surveillance solutions and services in the past decade.
We are witnessing an unprecedented growth of video surveillance over the streets of Austin, Texas, the nation and the world. We see it in business, cars, schools, homes, government agencies, retail, pubic safety  and law enforcement.
An effective Ecosystem solution video surveillance system encompasses sensing, GPS/GIS, processing, connectivity, DVR/NVR – big data and analytics.
The presentation will address the market, technology, requirements & ecosystem solutions in key markets as well as challenges and future trends and impact over our lives.

Speaker/BIO:
Fawzi, a senior member of IEEE and Chair of the IEEE COMSOC/SP Austin chapter is the president of TelNet Management. Fawzi Behmann, has many years of experience in global initiatives and product/solutions deliverables in key markets.
Fawzi held a variety of product and marketing leadership posts with semiconductor companies, equipment vendors and global service providers in the networking and communications industry. Experience include: corporate governance and streamline operations, strategic planning, technology assessment, strategy, system architecture, product and smart system solutions development, project management, and consulting services.
Fawzi holds a Bachelor of Science Honors in Mathematics with Distinction from Concordia University, Masters in Computer Science from Waterloo University and an Executive MBA from Queens University in Canada. Fawzi was a receipt the Freescale CEO Diamond Chip Award and recently an IEEE R5 Outstanding Member Award  for services offered to the chapter, section, region and IEEE.

July 17 invitation

Location:
AT&T Labs
9505 Arboretum, Austin
Austin,  Texas
United States 78729
Click here for Map

THIS EVENT IS FREE.  Please RSVP at:
https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/meeting_view/list_meeting/27057

For any questions, please contact COMSOC/SP Chair Fawzi Behmann at f.behmann@ieee.org

IEEE COMSOC/SP (Austin) website: http://sites.ieee.org/ct-comsp/

“Measuring the Immeasurable: How geospatial technologies are changing the way we understand disaster risks and community vulnerability” June 19

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

IEEE Austin COMSOC/SP Meeting

“Measuringpic1 the Immeasurable: How geospatial technologies are changing the way we understand disaster risks and community vulnerability”

Dr. Tarek Rashed, Chief Scientist and President, GSAREH LLC
June 19, 2014, 6-8 p.m.

Abstract:
Assessing risks from and vulnerability to disasters can generally be regarded as an ill-structured problem. Many of current risk models are divergent in terms of the meaning of vulnerability and risks; hazard-specific; essentially descriptive and not of operational value to disaster managers; and short of metrics to measure and compare vulnerability; and do not include ways to assess sensitivity to policy and mitigation measures. Geospatial technologies provide a new way to address these shortcomings and proactively manage risks and reduce vulnerabilities. The purpose of this presentation is two-fold: (1) to provide a brief review of the evolution of current analytical models of disaster’s risk and vulnerability; and (2) to examine how geospatial solutions have been used sets the stage for a new era of understanding and managing natural and technological disasters.

Speaker/Bio:
Dr. Tarek Rashed is the Chief Scientist and President of GSAREH LLC, a geospatial startup and consulting company based in Round Rock, TX. He has over 20 years of experience in GIS and spatial decision making and their applications. Has a BS in Architecture Engineering, a Masters in Computer Science, a Post Graduate Diploma in Disaster Management and a doctorate in Geography. Has published and presented extensively; accomplishments include a text book in remote sensing, several refereed papers in leading GIS and remote sensing journals and chapters in and lead authorship of prominent GIS and remote sensing books, and manuals and technical reports presented internationally. Dr. Rashed is an experienced leader and manager having variously served as Business Development Consultant, Technical Advisor, Associate Director and President. International GIS project and technical development and management experience in Egypt, Ghana, Jordan, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Emirates, Qatar, Afghanistan, Croatia, UK and USA. He has a profound expertise in GIS education and an award-winner of numerous national and international awards including the prestigious Gilbert White Award for the best hazards dissertation from the Association of American Geographers, Young Scholar Award from the Consortium of Geographic Information Science, and a GIS Award from the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association. Served for 2 years as a Secretary of the Consortium of Geographic Information Science (UCGIS), and for 4 years as a Board Director in the Central Region of the American Society for Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing (ASPRS). He is also a co-founder of Urban Remote Sensing specialty group of the European Association of Remote Sensing Laboratories (EARSeL). Tarek holds professional membership in several professional and scientific organizations.

Location:
AT&T Labs
9505 Arboretum, Austin
Austin,  Texas
United States 78729
Click here for Map

THIS EVENT IS FREE.  Please RSVP at:

https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/meeting_view/list_meeting/26631

For any questions, please contact COMSOC/SP Chair Fawzi Behmann at f.behmann@ieee.org

IEEE COMSOC/SP (Austin) website: http://sites.ieee.org/ct-comsp/