WCOM: a new Chinese satellite mission for studies of the global water cycle

The IEEE Los Angeles Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society Chapter Present a Special Lecture Event!

WCOM: a new Chinese satellite mission for studies of the global water cycle

Dr. Jiancheng Shi
State Key Laboratory of Remote Sensing Science, Beijing, China

Wednesday, May 30, 2018
5:30–7:30 PM

Arms Laboratory, Sharp Lecture Hall
California Institute of Technology
Pasadena, California

About the Talk: The Water Cycle Observation Mission (WCOM) is the first Earth science driven satellite mission of China with the most synergetic capabilities for global water cycle observations. WCOM is currently under engineering phase and will be launched around 2020.

WCOM aims to measure the global water cycle under global changes through synchronous acquisition of its key elements in an accurate manner. Key elements including soil moisture, ocean salinity, snow water equivalent, soil freeze-thaw, atmospheric water vapor, precipitation and other associated parameters will be measured by improving the accuracy and synchronization. The resulted consistent and accurate datasets will enable us to refine the long-term satellite observations over the past decades, and to represent the changing trend in hydrological elements which are needed for global change studies.

The mission concept of WCOM satellite is a combination of active and passive microwave remote sensors with a wide frequency coverage. The WCOM satellite will be flown with a 6:00 am/pm sun synchronous polar orbit at about 600 km height. The WCOM satellite design provides not only the most sensitive microwave information of the target element but also the environmental variables which are needed in the retrieval algorithms.

About the Speaker: Dr. Jiancheng Shi received his B.A. in Hydrogeology and Engineering Geology from the University of Lanzhou in China, and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Geography from the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) in 1982, 1987, and 1991, respectively.  He then worked the Institute for Computational Earth System Sciences (later Earth Research Institute) at UCSB as a research professor.  In 2010, he joint Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth, Chinese Academy of Sciences as director and senior research scientist at the State Key Laboratory of Remote Sensing Science in Beijing, China. His research interests are microwave remote sensing of water cycle related components. He has published more than 300 journal and conference papers. He is a PI of Chinese Global Water Cycle Mission and Fellows of IEEE and SPIE.

Directions and Parking: Parking on the Caltech campus is accessible from Michigan Avenue, south of Del Mar Avenue. Parking is free after 5 pm. Arms Lab location: http://www.caltech.edu/map/charles-arms-laboratory-of-the-geological-sciences

Reservation: Please RSVP with your IEEE membership # to la.grss.officers@ieee.org. You are welcome to bring your spouse as a guest. Non-members can go to www.ieee.org/join, then send your membership number.

Please see the event flyer for agenda and other details.

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Earth, Air, Fire, & Water: Monitoring Natural Hazards in California

Special Panel Event at the Northrop Grumman Azusa Campus sponsored by Northrop Grumman and the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society Chapter in Los Angeles!

Earth, Air, Fire, & Water: Monitoring Natural Hazards in California

Thursday, May 10, 2018
5:00–7:00 PM

Northrop Grumman Campus
Azusa, California

Panel Members

  • Andrea Donnelan, Principal Investigator of NASA’s GeoGateay project, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA
  • Mark Jackson. NOAA Meteorologist In Charge (MIC) for Los Angeles& Oxnard, CA
  • Tom Pagano, Systems Architect and Project Manager at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA

RSVP: 

US Citizen: To attend, please RSVP here: https://goo.gl/forms/Bzez1rvf5G8R454z2 by Tuesday, May 8th. It is pertinent that you RSVP byTuesday, May 8th so that an accurate Northrop Grumman visitor list can be generated allowing a seamless security check-in process.  If you have any problem, please email la.grss.officers@ieee.org.

Non-US Citizen: The deadline for RSVP has passed, sorry!

Directions:  Northrop Grumman is easily accessible from the 210 freeway with entrances and exits just east of campus off Vernon Avenue. Please see the Northrop Grumman Visitor’s Guide for detailed directions.

Parking:  Parking is available outside the Building 59, Executive Lobby on Hollyvale Street (as indicated on map). Additionally, there is an overflow parking lot just southeast of Bldg. 59, off 3rd street. Parking is free and unlimited.

Check-in:  Check-in will be located in Northrop Grumman’s Building 59, Executive Lobby from 5:00pm-5:45pm. Northrop Grumman is a closed campus and all visitors are required to furnish proof of identification prior to entering the campus.

Please see the flyer for more information.

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Laser Cooling and Trapping on ISS

OSSC and IEEE GRSS and Photonics Chapters in Metropolitan Los Angeles Present a Special Lecture & Dinner Event!

Laser Cooling and Trapping on ISS

Dr. Rob Thompson
Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Wednesday, April 11, 2018
6:00–8:00 PM

St. Gregory Church
2215 East Colorado Boulevard
Pasadena, California

About the Talk: Microgravity offers a wealth of advantages for studies of ultra-cold atomic gases and their applications.  These include the ability to achieve exceptionally low temperatures via expansion into very weak traps, which don’t need to be supported against gravity and the ability to achieve very long interaction times with samples that have been released from traps. The Cold Atom Laboratory (CAL) will be a flexible, multi-user ultra-cold atom facility that will enable the precise study of quantum gases at effective temperatures well below the coldest achievable on Earth. CAL will launch to the International Space Station in early 2018, giving scientists a unique window into the quantum world.  CAL is supported by SLPS and ISS-PO. Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and the California Institute of Technology.

About the Speaker: Dr. Rob Thompson developed the mission concept for the Cold Atom Lab, and is the Project Scientist for the project. He has over twenty-five years of research experience and numerous publications in atomic and molecular physics, laser physics, and cavity quantum electrodynamics. His current research interests include studies of degenerate quantum gases in microgravity; space-based quantum sensors; and optical clocks. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin.

Visit here for Registration & Details

Please see the event flyer for agenda and other details.

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Metro LA IEEE GRSS Panel Discussion Event 

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Metro LA IEEE GRSS Panel Discussion Event 

“Fire and Water: How Are We Monitoring Natural Hazards in Southern California?”

Thursday, May 10, 2018, 5-7 PM
Northrop Grumman, Azusa

 Last year’s panel event was so successful that we are doing another again this year.  Don’t miss out this time if you didn’t make it last time.  This year’s topic is “Fire and Water: How Are We Monitoring Natural Hazards in Southern California?”.  We are lining up experts in sensor fabrication and users of the data in the field.  Stay tuned for more information to register.  Registration will be required by April 19th  to gain access to the facility.

More details to follow in near future.

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GRSS Webinar: Airborne Thermal Infrared Hyperspectral Imaging for Mineral Mapping

GRSS Webinar: Airborne Thermal Infrared Hyperspectral Imaging for Mineral Mapping

Alexandrine Huot
Wednesday, January 24, 2018
10:00 AM Pacific Time (6:00 PM GMT/UTC)

Next Tuesday’s speaker is Alexandrine Huot, a Field Application Scientist for Telops, who will demonstrate the benefits of using thermal infrared hyperspectral imaging (TIR HSI) for mineral mapping during an airborne survey, in this case carried out over an open-pit mine in the Thetford Mines (Qc, Canada) area. The results show how the high spectral resolution data provided by the Telops Hyper-Cam airborne system facilitates temperature emissivity separation (TES) and atmospheric correction in order to retrieve a thermodynamic temperature map of the area and its associated spectral emissivity datacube. Mineral mapping of various minerals such as lizardite, serpentinite and quartz was achieved through linear unmixing of the emissivity data using reference emissivity curves found in spectral libraries. The results illustrate the potential of TIR HSI for airborne mapping of silicate minerals. 

The lecture will be broadcast live from Quebec, Canada at 4:00PM GMT/UTC on February 13. (This is 8:00AM February 13, US Eastern Time.)

If you would like to tune in to this free webinar, click here to register.

For more information on the lecture, visit the event description page.

 

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GRSS Webinar: Statistical Information Theory and Geometry for SAR Image Analysis – Alejandro C. Frery

GRSS Webinar: Statistical Information Theory and Geometry for SAR Image Analysis

Alejandro C. Frery
Tuesday, February 12, 2018
8:00 AM Pacific Time (4:00 PM GMT/UTC)

 

Next Wednesday’s speaker is Prof. Alejandro Frery, a GRSS Distinguished Lecturer, who will discuss the main statistical distributions used for SAR, and then apply them to eight seemingly different problems in remote sensing.

The lecture will be broadcast live from Universidade Federal de Alagoas, Brazil at 6:00PM GMT/UTC on January 24. (This is 1:00PM January 24, US Eastern Time.)

If you would like to tune in to this free webinar, click here to register.

For more information on the lecture, visit the event description page on IEEE.tv.

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Christmas Unplugged: Reclaiming the Holiday Spirit on Dec 16

The IEEE Metropolitan Los Angeles Section and IEEE Los Angeles Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society Chapter Present a Special Event!

Christmas Unplugged: Reclaiming the Holiday Spirit

John Doan
Saturday, December 16, 2017
3:00–6:10 PM

Hagga Hall, Huntington Library
1151 Oxford Rd
San Marino, CA 91108

Tickets : $10 for each adult
Must Buy Tickets at: 
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/christmas-unplugged-reclaiming-the-holiday-spirit-tickets-40958033581?aff=erelpanelorg

Directions: https://goo.gl/maps/iL2sk4ZZk932
Parking Information: Parking is free. Entry into the Huntington Library grounds is not necessary to attend the concert.

Description: Emmy-Nominated musician, storyteller and harp guitarist, John Doan presents his acclaimed program “Christmas Unplugged – Reclaiming”. the Holiday Spirit.”  Nominated for “Best Entertainment Special of the Year”, “Christmas Unplugged” is a refreshing and magical escape from the frenzy of our times. Experience Christmas past as if it were today with group sing-alongs and whistle-alongs, archival photographs, and the sound of a century old instruments, such as a harp guitar, classical banjo, and various zithers.  John’s physical comedy, interspersed with fine musicianship, makes for a fun filled evening for all ages. 
Short Clip about John’s earlier events and an interview
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qKWB3J9jsxg
https://youtu.be/1VVJcPKt9bw

Agenda:
3:00-4:00 – Social Hour
4:00 to 4:20 –  Opening remarks by IEEE region, Section and Societies
4:20 –  John performs act 1
6:10  –  End of Performance

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Christmas Unplugged: Reclaiming the Holiday Spirit on Dec 15

The IEEE Metropolitan Los Angeles Section and IEEE Los Angeles Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society Chapter Present a Special Event!

Christmas Unplugged: Reclaiming the Holiday Spirit

John Doan
Friday, December 15, 2017
7:00–10:00 PM

7th Day Adventist Church
770 North Glendora Avenue
Glendora, CA 91741

Tickets : $15 for each adult
Must Buy Tickets at: 
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/christmas-unplugged-reclaiming-the-holiday-spirit-tickets-40752703433?aff=erelpanelorg

Description: Emmy-Nominated musician, storyteller and harp guitarist, John Doan presents his acclaimed program “Christmas Unplugged – Reclaiming”. the Holiday Spirit.”  Nominated for “Best Entertainment Special of the Year”, “Christmas Unplugged” is a refreshing and magical escape from the frenzy of our times. Experience Christmas past as if it were today with group sing-alongs and whistle-alongs, archival photographs, and the sound of a century old instruments, such as a harp guitar, classical banjo, and various zithers.  John’s physical comedy, interspersed with fine musicianship, makes for a fun filled evening for all ages. 
Short Clip about John’s earlier events and an interview
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qKWB3J9jsxg
https://youtu.be/1VVJcPKt9bw

 

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Electron-Beam Fabricated Diffractive Optics for Earth and Space Applications

The IEEE Los Angeles Photonics Society Chapter Present a Special Lecture Event!

Electron-Beam Fabricated Diffractive Optics for Earth and Space Applications

Dr. Daniel Wilson
Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Thursday, October 19, 2017
5:30–7:30 PM

Moore Laboratory of Engineering, Room B270
California Institute of Technology
Pasadena, California

About the Talk: Electron-beam fabricated diffractive optical elements have proven to be enabling for a variety of NASA instruments. By combining the precision of the electronbeam tool with carefully calibrated fabrication techniques, three-dimensional surfaces can be created with accuracies down to tens of nanometers. This allows us to fabricate high-performance diffractive optics such as precisely blazed gratings and computer-generated holograms that are designed using optical wavefront engineering algorithms. Further, we have developed techniques for e-beam writing on curved surfaces, allowing us to fabricate convex or concave gratings for compact imaging spectrometers, many of which have flown on airborne and spaceborne missions (e.g. Compact Reconnaissance Imaging Spectrometer for Mars, Moon Mineralogy Mapper, and Portable Remote Imaging Spectrometer). We have also developed techniques for e-beam fabricating grayscale phase-profiled occulting spots for exoplanet imaging coronagraphs, and spot array generators for the Mars 2020 rover. This presentation will give an overview of our diffractive optics fabrication techniques and the instrument applications.

About the Speaker: Dr. Daniel Wilson is a Principal Engineer in the JPL’s Instrument Electronics and Sensors Section. He leads JPL’s efforts in developing high-performance imaging spectrometer gratings and has research interests in the design and electron-beam fabrication of diffractive optical elements and instruments. He joined JPL in 1994 and has a PhD in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology. He was awarded JPL’s Lew Allen Award for Excellence and the NASA Exceptional Technology Achievement Medal for his work on e-beam fabricated gratings.

Directions and Parking: Parking on the Caltech campus is accessible from Michigan Avenue, south of Del Mar Avenue. Parking is free after 5 pm. Moore Lab location: http://www.caltech.edu/map/the-gordon-and-betty-moore-laboratory-of-engineering 

Reservation: Please RSVP with your IEEE membership # to dzt_ieee@outlook.com. You are welcome to bring your spouse as a guest. Non-members can go to www.ieee.org/join, then send your membership number.

Please see the event flyer for agenda and other details.

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CLASTECH 2017 by IEEE

CLASTECH 2017 by IEEE

Description

October 20, 2017 — Advanced Registration closes 10/13

Friday, from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM, for the 2017 CLASTECH Symposium and Exhibition. We will be back at the Proud Bird- the renovation has been great, so come by and check it out. The format will be the same as the previous years, with engaging talks, table top exhibits, and good food, for $20 early registration, or $40 onsite (same as last year). To register, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/clastech-2017-tickets-36808043850.

Parking is Free!

Check out the web page- www.clastech.org

Contact c.jackson@ieee.org for more information

Preliminary Antenna Talks

“Monolithic Optical Phased Arrays “, by Prof. Hossein Hashemi, USC
“Time-Varying Electromagnetic Systems”, by Prof. Ethan Wang, UCLA
“Low cost phased-arrays for Ku- and Ka-band SATCOM and 5G “, by Prof. Gabriel Rebeiz, UCSD
“Liquid-crystal Based Reconfigurable Holographic Metamaterial Electronically Scanned Antennas “, by Dr. Nathan Kuntdz, Kymeta.
“HFSS Dynamic Range Reduces Trips to the Antenna Range”, by Dr. Larry Williams, Ansys.

Preliminary Microwave Talks

“Engineered and Full 3D RF Materials”, by Dr. Vesna Radisic Northrop Grumman
“Plasmonic Terahertz Devices for High-Sensitivity Terahertz Imaging and Sensing Systems “, by Prof. Mona Jarrahi, UCLA
“Time Domain Measurements for Test Site Validation above 1 GHz: Implications of Site VSWR Measurement Uncertainties on Radiated Emissions Measurements”, by Zhong Chen, ETS-Lindgren
“PolyStrata Technology: Enabling New Architectures for Phased Arrays”, by David Sherrer, president of Nuvotronics.
“Proposed Guidelines for Space Qualification of GaN HEMT Technologies”, by John Scarpulla, Aerospace Corp

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