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A WEARABLE MICROWAVE-BASED BREAST CANCER DETECTION SYSTEM

Saturday, May 6th, 2017
Speaker Dr. Joshua D. Schwartz, Associate professor in the Engineering Science department at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas

Joshua D. Schwartz was born in Montreal, Canada in 1980. He received his bachelor’s degree in 2003 and his Ph.D. in 2008, both from McGill University (Montreal) in electrical engineering. His dissertation work was carried out in the Photonics Systems Group at McGill under the supervision of Dr. David Plant. He carried out post-doctoral work from 2008-2010 with the Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique (INRS) in Montreal, Canada under the supervision of Dr. José Azaña.

He is currently (2010-) an associate professor in the Engineering Science department at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. He continues to actively collaborate in the microwave area and has interests in passive and active hardware design, analog circuits and signal processing, and the use of microwaves for medical imaging applications.

Dr. Schwartz was distinguished as the top graduating student in his program at McGill for both his bachelor’s and doctoral degrees, in the latter case receiving the Governor General’s Gold Medal, considered the highest academic honor in Canada bestowed upon a graduating scholar by an academic institution. He has authored or coauthored over 35 publications in scientific journals and peer-reviewed conference proceedings. Dr. Schwartz received the 2009 IEEE Microwave Prize for a paper on fully-electronic temporal imaging (a.k.a. “time-stretch”) systems that did not use optical techniques. He also received in 2008 the Award of Excellence of the Academy of Great Montrealers for his dissertation work in this area. Recently (2016), Trinity University honored him with the Junior Faculty Award for Teaching and Scholarship.

Abstract The gold standard for breast cancer screening is the mammogram, and yet this technology has key drawbacks. It is unpleasant and uncomfortable for the patient. It exposes patients to ionizing radiation and thus can only be used infrequently. It is a high-cost piece of clinical hardware that is neither portable nor easily deployed in remote or ill-equipped locations. There have been a number of efforts this past decade to seek alternative imaging and detection modalities. Our research group, like several others, has investigated the use of low power microwaves to interrogate the breast tissues. Unlike other groups, however, our team has focused on translating this concept away from benchtop hardware to a potentially portable, low-cost device that can be integrated into a bra. Our vision is of a “bra-and-laptop” system with costs controlled to the low 4-digit range and the potential to monitor the breast health of patients frequently, cheaply, comfortably, and anywhere. In this talk, I will discuss our team’s progress towards this goal with an emphasis on my own efforts to improve the hardware aspects of such a system.
Date/Time 19 April 2017
06:00 PM to 08:00 PM
Location 9505 Arboretum
Austin, Texas
United States 78729
Building: AT&T Labs
Room Number: #220
Cost
Reservations https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/44271
Notes Joint Computer/EMBS and ComSoc Chapter Meeting

Preparing for 5G and collaborative technologies in Austin

Saturday, May 6th, 2017

By

Fawzi Behmann, President TelNet Management Consulting, Inc. and 

Vice Chair, IEEE NA Communications Society

Date: 11 May 2017

Time: 06:00 PM to 08:00 PM Central

Location: AT&T Labs,  9505 Arboretum  Austin, Texas

 

RSVP

https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/45416

 

Abstract:

5G technologies is promised to be the technology that is not only will increase coverage and data rate but also accelerate and enable new use cases and applications that would be difficult to be supported by 4G.

 

5G is expected to impact many areas in our lives such transportation, energy, public safety and drive greater efficiencies, safety and smartness. In the area of health, 5G  will enables new possibilities in terms of health care including imaging, diagnostics, data analytics, and treatment that will bring consistent, reliable user experiences to improve medical care.

 

Austin is taking a lead in several fronts promoting 5G platform for research, trials, collaboration and education.

 

The talk will describe some of the key differences between 4G and 5G, 5G roadmap, and trials. How 5G, IoT, Virtualization and security will result in a powerful ecosystem to serve all markets. Ecosystem players will include public-private partnership (City, Universities & Researchers, Service Providers, equipment vendors, Utilities, 3rd parties, startups and others). Several use cases will be illustrated in key areas such as transportation, energy, public safety and health. These will all be part building smarter city.

 

The talk will conclude with some of the 2017/18 Austin activities and events addressing 5G and collaborative technologies such as City of Austin 5G initiative, 2018 IEEE GreenTech of Smart City and several other industry events.

 

Bio:

 

 

Fawzi Behmann,

President TelNet Management Consulting, Inc

Vice Chair, IEEE  NA Communications Society

DL, IEEE Communications and Computer Societies

 

Fawzi is a visionary, thought leader, author and contributor in advancing adoption of technology in serving humanity. Fawzi spent over 30 years in industry and held various executive and leadership positions with Tier 1 companies in the areas of communications and networks spanning Semiconductor, communication systems and service provider. Fawzi was a principle architect and championed the definition and the development of integrated pre-IoT telecom alert system and networking management solution at Teleglobe Canada. He was a senior product manager with Nortel Networks for enterprise broadband edge and core product releases. Fawzi, also served as the Director of Strategic Marketing with Motorola/Freescale for SoC networking & Communications product line in Austin, Texas.

 

Fawzi is passionate about technology automation and has founded TelNet Management Consulting Inc. in 2009 offering consulting services in the areas of technology trends and positioning for smart networking empowered by collaborative technologies such as IoT, 5G, virtualization, big data/analytics and security across key markets and areas such as Health, energy, transportation, public safety and smart cities.

 

Fawzi has been a keynote speaker at difference conferences, distinguished lecturer at several events. Fawzi conducted workshops and organized sessions at aeveral industry events. He is a board member with several companies and has several publications and co-authored book on the subject of future IoT “Collaborative Internet of Things for Future Smart Connected Life and Business “ published by Wiley, June 2015 http://eu.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-1118913744,subjectCd-EEJ0.html

 

Fawzi has been the recipient of several awards from Industry and IEEE.  He is a senior member of IEEE, and is currently the ComSoc NA vice chair, CTS Conference & PACE Chair, and ComSoc/SP/CS/EMBS Austin chapter chair.

 

Fawzi holds a Bachelor of Science with honors and distinction from Concordia University, Montreal; Masters in Computer Science from the University of Waterloo, Ontario and Executive MBA from Queen’s University, Ontario Canada.

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Seats are limited. Please RSVP

Free F&B

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email f.behmann@ieee.org

Chair ComSoc/SP and EMBS/CS Austin Chapters

Smart Tech Workshop

Wednesday, September 28th, 2016

Engineering Overview to Legacy High School Students, Central Texas

Saturday, June 4th, 2016

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Building Next Generation Workforce

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016

Topic: “Building Relationship with Future Workforce at an Impressionable Age

Presenter: Revathi Balakrishnan, Teacher (Chosen as 2016 Texas Teacher of the year)

Date: February 24, 2016

Time: 6:30 – 9:00 pm CST

Location: The Advisory Board, 12357-C Riata Trace Parkway, Building 7 Room 100, Austin, Texas 78727

Please register in the link below

 

Abstract:

Partnership between schools and businesses are vital in the development of a future workforce that is ready to take on jobs that require critical thinking, creativity and innovation. Revathi will discuss the ways in which members of IEEE can take on the very important role of nurturing schools. This does not happen by chance. It must be carefully designed and implemented. A successful relationship between schools and you, the leaders of the community, can not only make learning very relevant for students but might also mean the difference between dropping out and graduating.

 

Bio:

Revathi Balakrishnan works with gifted students at Patsy Sommer Elementary in Round Rock ISD. She was recently chosen as the 2016 Texas Teacher of the Year and will represent about 335,000 teachers in the National Teacher of the Year program. Revathi’s undergraduate and graduate degrees are in Economics. After 14 years as a systems analyst at Liberty Mutual Insurance and watching her own children grow, she decided that it was much more fun being around children than being around computers. She got her teaching certification from Texas State University and was hired by Forest North Elementary in RRISD to revamp their gifted education program. In 2008, she helped open Patsy Sommer Elementary where she created and established a similar program that aimed to provide a rigorous and relevant education and one that helped students build resilience and relationships. In Round Rock ISD, she is known for providing opportunities for students in math, Shakespeare, chess, robotics and coding. She is often called upon to use her computer skills to automate processes. Her latest venture is to establish a teacher induction and mentoring program at her school, which she hopes will be the prototype for her school district and eventually, all Texas schools. Revathi has presented in many conferences including Texas Association for Gifted and Talented, Texas State Writing Conference and the RRISD Google Ninja Academy. She has led many district professional development courses and is constantly looking for ways to help teachers improve their quality of teaching. In her spare time, Revathi works with Soroptimist International , which helps to promote the welfare and education of women and girls. She enjoys spending time with her family, reading world news (also known as surfing the web!), blogging and creating her own websites.

 

Reserve, register for the event:

RSVP      https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/37844

Free F& B

 

“Multicore Processor Solutions for Smart Factories, Smart Cities and Smart Energy” September 10

Friday, August 28th, 2015

IEEE Austin COMSOC/SP Meeting

Multicore Processor Solutions for Smart Factories, Smart Cities and Smart Energy

Speakers: Mr. Altaf Hussain, Business

Development Manager, Freescale’s Digital Networking group

Sep 10, 2015, 6:00–8:00 pm

Abstract

  • Automation of factories, utilities and buildings will deliver efficiency, operational benefits and improve the security of supply.
  • Smart city infrastructure will make cities safer and improve quality of life.
  • Both will require a network infrastructure, which is secure, operates reliably 24/7 and combines wireless and wired connections.
  • Learn how secure, flexible networking and energy efficient platforms can reshape the landscape of smart factories and smart cities.

 

Presenters/Bios

Altaf is the business development manager for Freescale’s Digital Networking group focused on communications and security requirements for Industrial Infrastructure. Altaf is an expert in challenges and solutions for Smart Grid, Manufacturing and Process Automation, and Aerospace and Defense applications. He has over 25 years of experience in networking communications markets working with customers defining requirements for routers, switches, and security appliances.  

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/35742

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

 

“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
Click here for Map

<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/

“Carrier-Grade Networks toward the Future – NGN and Its Issues” Feb. 23

Sunday, February 1st, 2015

IEEE Austin COMSOC/SP Meeting

Carrier-Grade Networks toward the Future – NGN and Its Issues

Speakers: Koichi Asatani

IEEE Distinguished Lecturer, IEEE Fellow, IEICE Fellow

Lecture Professor, Nankai University, Tianjin, China Professor Emeritus, Kogakuin University, Tokyo, Japan

Feb. 23, 2015, 6:00–8:00 pm

Abstract:

Carrier-grade networks for the future are being developed as Next Generation Networks (NGN). The NGN is a converged solution after the legacy telecom networks by enabling QoS management and controls in IP network like in legacy telecom networks and by supporting economical, versatile multi-media applications like those on the Internet. NGN supports voice, Internet services and further services which are being and will be developed in the future with flexible and cost effective manners and with high dependability and high security. It also supports third-party applications through the open interface. NGN also provides more flexible access arrangements such as fixed-mobile convergence (FMC) with generalized mobility, and horizontal and vertical roaming as well as improved security.
The concepts and architecture of NGN are described. The current status of NGN implementation in a commercial offer in Japan is touched upon. Issues for the global evolution of NGN are also described, such as IPv6 related issues, impacts of smartphones, cloud computing, global standards and regulations.

 

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/31915

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/

“Building Chips using 3rd party IP – Plug & Play or Plug & Pray” Feb. 19

Sunday, February 1st, 2015

IEEE Austin COMSOC/SP Meeting

Building Chips using 3rd party IP – Plug & Play or Plug & Pray

Speakers: Rajesh Raina,

anager, EDA/IP Design Technology, Freescale Semiconductor

Feb 19, 2015, 6:00–8:00 pm

Abstract:

In the next Ten years, there are three trends shaping the future of people. (1) Health and Safety (2) Net Effect and (3) Going Green. Medical devices, Wearables, Automotive Electronics and Universal Connectivity, all the while being mindful of power consumption, have created an enormous demand for semiconductor chips – especially sophisticated microcontrollers. There is only one way semiconductor industry can meet the enormous demand of the coming decade – by building these large chips using pre-fabricated & pre-tested building blocks from various 3rd party suppliers. As obvious and straight-forward this strategy sounds, challenges abound.

This talk will provide semiconductor industry requirements from 3rd party suppliers in building next generation chips. Speaker will provide an assessment of what works and what needs to work. The talk will conclude with future opportunities and challenges in developing 10-Billion transistor chips.

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/31917

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/

“Are you prepared to think about the world as an Internet of Things?” Feb. 16

Sunday, February 1st, 2015

IEEE Austin COMSOC/SP Meeting

Are you prepared to think about the world as an Internet of Things?

Speakers: Fawzi Behmann 

President, TelNet Management Consulting, Inc.

Feb. 16, 2015, 6:00–8:00 pm

Abstract:

The Internet of Things, while still largely unknown amongst the general public, is expected to make a big impact in 2015. Estimates indicate that the number of connected devices will reach 4.9 billion this year, but not everyone is getting excited about this disruptive technology. However, various sources points out to 50-200 billion devices on the Internet of Things by 2020

That means things like smart locks and fridges, cooking thermometers and laundry machines. Each of these formerly “dumb” objects now connects wirelessly to a smartphone or computer, allowing for better security, more efficient usage and remote control.

As the network grows, it will allow manufacturers to accurately analyze their supply chains and equipment. Retailers will be better able to take inventory, and their consumers will make smartphone purchases without contact. The IoT is transforming industries enabling new types of services and applications, altering business models and creating new marketplaces.

This presentation will provide a quick overview on the evolution of IoT, explore future opportunities that calls for innovative approach supported by industry initiatives and standards activities. Key architecture and solution considerations will be presented including platform open source, Metcalf low, power management, security, and big data/analytics.

The presentations will conclude with a few walkthrough examples addressing smart health & fitness, smart home, smart energy, smart car, smart parking, smart public safety and smart cities.

 

Location:
National Instruments
Building C
11500 N Mopac Expwy
Austin, Texas 78759

 

THIS EVENT IS FREE.  Please RSVP at:
https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/31939

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/