IEEE Miami Section

February 1st, 2016



Constructive and Destructive Facets of Computational Problems in Cryptography

Invited Lecture by

Dr. Koray Karabina

Date: Thursday Feb 04, 2016
Time: 03:00 PM– 04:00 PM
Address: Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, Florida International University, 10555 W. Flagler Street, Miami, Florida 33174
Room: EC-3930

Abstract: The security of currently deployed cryptographic schemes rely on the intractability of computational problems. For example, the security of Diffie-Hellman type key exchange protocols, ElGamal type public key encryption schemes, and standardized digital signature algorithms all require that solving the discrete logarithm problem in the underlying group is computationally infeasible. In this talk, I will survey recent developments on some cryptographically interesting computational problems. I will also discuss constructive applications and potentially destructive impacts of these problems in cryptography.

Short Bio: Prof. Koray Karabina’s research interests are in the areas of design of new cryptographic primitives and algorithms, efficient implementation, and cryptanalysis. He received his Ph.D. degree in Combinatorics and Optimization from the University of Waterloo (UW) in April 2010 under the supervision of Alfred Menezes. After completing his Ph.D., Karabina gained experience in both academia and industry. He worked as a cryptographic researcher at Certicom Research, a subsidiary of Research in Motion (RIM) in Canada and he worked as a post-doctoral fellow at UW. Karabina is currently working as an assistant professor in the Department of Mathematical Sciences at the Florida Atlantic University (FAU). He is a member of the Center for Cryptology and Information Security at FAU and a co-founder of the cryptographic soft-ware company ZebraPET LLC. Karabina has served as a panelist and program
committee member for sever-al international conferences on information security and cryptography



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January 17th, 2016

The Energy Systems Research Laboratory presents

Characterization and Design Optimization in Efficient and Renewable Energy Applications

Invited Lecture by

Dr. A.A. Arkadan

Date: Jan 21, 2016
Time:  11:00 AM– 12:00 PM
Address Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, Florida International University, 10555 W. Flagler Street, Miami, Florida 33174
Room: EC-3960

Abstract: Much research centered on designing efficient energy conversion devices  and systems is being conducted in order to respond to the energy needs and to secure an environmentally friendly and green economy. In this presentation, we give an overview of the design process and highlight some case studies involving the use of Artificial Intelligence and computational electromagnetics in the characterization and design optimization of energy conversion systems and devices. The case studies include the characterization of high-speed PM synchronous generator for use in micro-grids and an axial-flux PM machine for use as a wind generator. Other case studies are on the design optimization of a Water Activated Device for use in ocean-wave power generation and an Axially-Laminated Anisotropic-Rotor Synchronous Reluctance Motor drive system for use in Hybrid Electric Vehicles.

Short Bio: Dr. Arkadan is a Research Professor at Marquette University, Milwaukee WI, USA. He is also the Past President of Rafik Hariri University, Lebanon. He received his Bachelor of Science from the University of Mississippi, Oxford, Mississippi in 1980, his Masters of Science from Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia in 1981 and his Ph.D. from Clarkson University, Potsdam, New York in 1988, all in Electrical Engineering. He joined Marquette University as an Assistant Professor in 1988 where he became an Associate Professor and Professor in 1993 and 1998, respectively. His research interests are in Energy Conversion, Computational Electromagnetics and Design Optimization. Dr. Arkadan is the author of over 100 technical papers. He chaired the First IEEE International Electric Machines and Drives Conference, IEEE-IEMDC, held in Milwaukee, WI in 1997 and IEEE Conference on Electromagnetic Field Computations, IEEE-CEFC, held in Chicago, IL in 2010. Dr. Arkadan is a Fellow of IEEE and a Fellow of ACES. Also, currently, he is the chair of IEEE-CEFC International Steering Committee, ACES Journal Associate Editor, and a member of ACES Board of Directors.




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December 10th, 2015



Cybersecurity Automation – The Path from Sense Making to Decision Making

Invited Lecture by

Ehab Al-Shaer

Date: Dec 10, 2015
Time: 02:15 PM– 03:15 PM
Address: Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, Florida International University, 10555 W. Flagler Street, Miami, Florida 33174
Room: EC-3115

Abstract: The incredible growth of cyber connectivity (e.g., mobility, clouds, IoT and cyber-physical) has significantly increased the potential and sophistication of cyber-attacks. Ensuring validity and effectiveness of cyber configurations (including security policies) is key to enforce secure accessibility, and system hardening for proactive defense. Furthermore, and not less important, is ensuring the agility of the cyber configuration to respond to attacks (or potential threat) and maintain the mission integrity effectively ((i.e., minimize damage) and timely. However, this has been an extremely challenging and daunting task for most enterprises (agencies, institutions, service providers etc), because they often contain thousands-to-millions of physical and/or virtual cyber devices that must be configured correctly, while considering the hidden interdependencies between configurations and services in order to guarantee the secure system behavior.
This talk will present the state-of-the-art techniques and tools to support cybersecurity automation, describe the active community effort within NSF IUCRC CCAA ( in addressing these challenges, and illustrating emerging and future research challenges of cybersecurity automation for active cyber security and resiliency.



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October 26th, 2015



Recent Breakthroughs In
Power-Electronic Controls: A Device Perspective and New Applications/Solutions

Invited Lecture by

Dr. Sudip K.Mazumder,Ph.D.

Date: Oct 30, 2015
Time: 11:00 AM– 12:00 PM
Address: Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, Florida International University, 10555 W. Flagler Street, Miami, Florida 33174
Room: EC-2300

Abstract: All power-electronics systems (PESs) comprise solid-state semiconductor devices that enable switchable control of power flow and hence PES dynamics exhibit discontinuous and hybrid nonlinear dynamics that evolve on multiple scales. Yet, the conventional approach for analysis and control design of PESs is primarily based on averaged-modeling approach that ignores the multi-scale dynamics of the PESs. This presentation provides a fundamentally different perspective to the control of solid-state semiconductor-device-based switching PESs. It is based on controlling the time evolution of the feasible switching sequences and controlling the switching transitions of PESs. The switching-sequence-based control (SBC) – yields rapid response under transient condition, optimal equilibrium response, and yields seamless transition between the two dynamical modes. This presentation will provide the mechanism to carry out SBC synthesis and how it leads to multi-scale optimality. Subsequent to the outline of SBC, the presentation will focus on switching-transition control (STC). This presentation will demonstrate, along with results, multiple practical application scenarios where the radically new control concepts make a tangible and substantive difference.

Short Bio:Dr. Sudip K. Mazumder received his Ph.D. degree from Virginia Tech and MS degree from RPI in 2001 and 1993, respectively. He is the Director of Laboratory for Energy and Switching-Electronics Systems and a Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois, Chicago. Dr. Mazumder also serves as the President of NextWatt LLC, a small business organization that he setup in 2008. He has over 24 years of professional experience and has held R&D and design positions in leading industrial organizations and has served as Technical Consultant for several industries. His current areas of interests are switching-sequence and switching-transition based control of power-electronics systems and interactive-power networks; power electronics for renewable energy, micro/smart grids, energy storage; Wide-bandgap (GaN/SiC) power electronics; and optically-triggered wide-bandgap power semiconductor devices. His research has attracted over 40 sponsored-research projects from leading federal agencies and industries, and yielded close to 200 peer-reviewed publications in prestigious tier-one international journals and conferences, 8 patents, 10 book chapters and 1 (pending) book, and over 70 invited/plenary/keynote lectures and presentations. Dr. Mazumder is the Chair for IEEE Power Electronics Society Technical Committee on Sustainable Energy Systems since 2015. He also serves as the Co-Chair for IEEE Power Electronics Society Subcommittees on Distributed Generation and Renewable Energy and Power Semiconductors, and as a Committee Member for IEEE PELS Standards Subcommittee.





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September 10th, 2015

The Energy Systems Research Laboratory presents

“Microgrids for Enhancing the Power System Resilience, Reliability, & Economics”

Invited Lecture by

Mohammad Shahidehpour, Ph.D.

Date: Sept. 11, 2015
Time:  10:30 AM– 11:30 AM
Address Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, Florida International University, 10555 W. Flagler Street, Miami, Florida 33174
Room: EC-2300

Abstract: Natural disasters have further underscored the need for a resilient electricity infrastructure. The integration of microgrids in power distribution systems will offer a decentralized control of local resources for satisfying the network reliability, resilience, and the power quality required by local loads. Microgrids will also ensure absolute and universal availability of energy in the quantity and quality necessary to meet every consumer’s needs.

This presentation discusses an algorithm for the microgrid planning as an integral component of generation and transmission ex-pansion planning in electric power systems. The objective in this study is to minimize the total system planning cost which compris-es investment and operation costs of local microgrids, co-optimized planning of large generating units and transmission lines, and the expected cost of unserved energy. The cost of unserved energy reflects the cost of load shedding which is added to the objec-tive function for reliability considerations. The microgrid-based co-optimization planning problem is decomposed into a planning problem and annual reliability subproblem. The optimal integer decision variables calculated in the planning problem will be exam-ined against the system reliability limits in the subproblem and the planning decisions will be revised using proper feasibility cuts if the annual reliability limits are violated. Numerical simulations demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed microgrid-based co-optimization planning in power systems and explore the economic and reliability merits of microgrid planning as compared to grid-based generation and transmission upgrades.

 Bio: Dr. Mohammad Shahidehpour (IEEE Fellow) is the Bodine Chair Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and Director of the Robert W. Galvin Center for Electricity Innovation at Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago ( He is also the Principal Investigator of over $50 million grants on smart grid research and development. His DOE Project on Perfect Power Systems has converted the entire IIT Campus to an islanded microgrid. He has recently initiated two new research centers at IIT including CSMART (Center for Smart Grid Applications, Research, and Technology) for promoting the smart grid cybersecurity research and implementation and enhancing the resilience of wireless networked communication and control systems in smart cities, and REACH (Renewable Energy Applications to Conserve Humanity). REACH partners are working on a federally-funded project for planning the first PV-based microgrid in the U.S. Virgin Islands. He is the 2009 recipient of the honorary doctorate from the Polytechnic University of Bucharest. He is currently a Research Professor at King Abdulaziz University (Jeddah), North China Electric Power University (Beijing), and the Sharif University of Technology (Tehran). He was the recipient of the IEEE Burke Hayes Award for his research on hydrokinetics, the Edison Electric Institute’s Power Engineering Educator Award, the Innovation Award from the Association of Electrical Engineering Department Heads, and IEEE/PES Outstanding Power Engi-neering Educator Award in 2012. He has co-authored 6 books and 400 papers on electric power system operation and planning, and serves as the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid. Dr. Shahidehpour was a member of the United Nations Commission on Microgrid Studies.




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September 7th, 2015



Dear Osama A Mohammed, Miami Section Membership Development,

I am pleased to recognize the Miami Section for meeting its recruitment goal for the 2015 membership year. Congratulations!

The membership development goals were developed based on your Section’s three year performance. You are to be commended for continuing to grow IEEE membership in the Miami Section.

In recognition of this achievement, I have attached an image that you can place in your e-mail signature and on your Section website or newsletters, which signifies your outstanding achievement for the 2015 membership year.

Please feel free to share this with other leaders in your Section to recognize the good work you are doing, and to let your members know you are working hard to provide them the best member experience possible.


Antonio Luque
2015 Chair, IEEE Membership Recruitment and Recovery Committee