IEEE Seattle Communication Society (COM-19) and Vehicular Technology Society ( VT-06) joint chapter presentation

Thursday, June 8, 2017 from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM (PDT)

Bellevue City Hall
Rm 1E-113
450 110th Avenue NE
Bellevue, WA 98004


Technical Seminar by Dr. Fan Bai 

Title: Towards building Internet of Vehicles


Recent developments in the automotive industry point to a new emerging domain of connected vehicles, in which vehicles equipped with wireless radios can communicate a wide range of information to each other as well as the Internet infrastructure, including traffic updates, safety notification and infotainment content.

The first half of the talk will focus on how to develop a hybrid network architecture for vehicular networks which combines both the existing cellular infrastructure as well as new vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication capabilities. Compared to either a purely centralized cellular-based approach or a purely distributed V2V approach, our proposed hybrid network architecture will improve cost, capacity and robustness. The second half of the talk will elaborate one particular example of vehicular applications – collaborative automotive sensing, which could be supported by vehicular networks. In collaborative automotive sensing, hundreds of embedded automotive sensors in each vehicle, coupled with online maps and other databases as well as crowd-sourced information from other cars, can jointly assess vehicular surrounding environments and driving contexts, and be used to enhance system performance and  provide assistance to vehicle drivers and passengers.


The IEEE Seattle Section

 Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) Society Chapter

Antennas and Propagation (AP) Society, Microwave Theory and Techniques (MTT) Society, Electronic Devices (ED) Society Joint Chapter

Communications Society (ComSoc) and Vehicular Technology (VT)

Society Joint Chapter

Proudly Present


Advances in Antenna/EMC/Wireless Test and Measurement:                         

A Colloquium and Exhibition


With Special Keynote Speaker

Professor Yahya Rahmat-Samii

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

The Museum of Flight

9404 East Marginal Way

Seattle, WA 98108-4097

Registration required

Program Outline
8:00 am IEEE EMC Society Welcome

Dennis Lewis, The Boeing Company, Seattle EMC Chapter Chair

8:10 am EMC of Things: How the IoT Needs Electromagnetic Compatibility

Update on the IEEE New Initiative on IoT

Mr. Mike Violette

Founder and CEO, Washington Labs, Gaithersburg, Maryland





Evolution of Reflector Antennas in Diverse Applications:

From Archimedes’ Burning Mirror to Innovative CubeSat Antennas

Yahya Rahmat-Samii

Distinguished Professor, Member of the US National Academy of Engineering, Department of Electrical Engineering

University of California, Los Angeles

10:00 am BREAK
 10:20 am Perpetual Computing: Technologies for Banishing Batteries

Dr. Joshua R. Smith, Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Department of Electrical Engineering

University of Washington

11:05 am Wireless Integration Interference Challenges (aka EMC for Highly Integrated Wireless Devices)

By Mr. Harry G. Skinner, Intel Labs, Hillsboro, Oregon

11:50 am LUNCH
 12:50 pm Complex Challenges in Measuring 5G / Millimeter Wave Device Performance

By Dr. Michael Foegelle, ETS-Lindgren, Cedar Park, Texas

1:35 pm Optimizing the Radiated Performance of Wireless IoT Devices

Scott Prather, AT&T, Redmond, Washington

2:20 pm BREAK
2:40 pm An Overview of the 3GPP/LTE Narrowband Internet of Things


Dr. Hossam Fattah, Microsoft, Redmond, Washington

3:25 pm Over-the-Air Testing of Large Cellular Wireless Devices

in Reverberation Chambers
Dr. Kate Remley, Distinguished Lecturer with the IEEE EMC Society

NIST, Boulder, Colorado

4:10 pm Closing Comments

Dennis Lewis, The Boeing Company, Seattle EMC Chapter Chair

4:15 pm –

6:00 pm


Complimentary access to registered attendees only


           NOTE:  Tabletop displays (exhibits) will be open during registration, lunch, and all breaks.  Access to the tabletop displays is available during the technical sessions, but the displays may not be manned during those times.  The above program is subject to change without notice. 

Presentation Abstracts

EMC of Things: How the IoT Needs Electromagnetic Compatibility

Update on IEEE New Initiative on IoT

By Mr. Mike Violette, Founder and CEO, Washington Labs, Gaithersburg, Maryland

Abstract:  From standards to testing to spectrum to facilities to all things coexistence, the Internet of Things screams for EMC. The effort to connect to billions of devices to the Internet is well underway and, for many sectors, has already arrived. According to Cisco, globally-connected devices will increase from 16 billion to 26 billion between 2015 and 2020.* This represents an enormous opportunity for EMC engineers of every ilk: from antenna folks to box people to spectrum aficionados to have a spin at the game. The importance of the EMC Society, representing 12 difference Technical Committees—all with a stake in IoT—represents a diverse group of specialists that can play a positive role in the development of IoT. This presentation will cover some of the aspects of IoT, some of the jargon and scope of the global effort to connect everything to the Net.
*Cisco, VNI Complete Forecast Highlights Tool (2016), http://www.cisco.com/c/m/en_us/solutions/service- provider/vni-forecast-highlights.html (“Global” and “United States” selected).


Evolution of Reflector Antennas in Diverse Applications:  From Archimedes’ Burning Mirror to Innovative CubeSat Antennas

By Yahya Rahmat-Samii, Distinguished Professor, Member of the US National Academy of Engineering, Department of Electrical Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles, USA


Abstract:  Reflector antennas are perhaps the most recognized type of antennas with vast applications in satellite communications, radars, wireless communications, remote sensing, planetary missions, radio astronomy and others.  This is an antenna topology that is never gets old with ample modern applications. Typical frequency ranges of operations have been as low as the P-band, microwave, millimeter wave, and as high as Terra Hertz and optical. Reflector antenna designs have evolved from simple single parabolic dish with a solid surface to sophisticated mesh and membrane reflector antennas with multiple surfaces. The basic role of a reflector antenna is to confine most of the electromagnetic energy captured over their apertures into a focal plane or redirect the radiated field of the feed into the far field. This invited keynote talk focuses on a concise history of reflector antenna evolution over an extended historical time span, dating back to Archimedes, and links it to the recent and challenging developments of innovative reflector antennas for CubeSats, etc.  The author particularly confines his presentation material to the areas that have influenced his research activities including novel designs and optimizations, simulations and measurements of reflector antennas. The material presented in this overview talk is the summarized version of many journal and conference papers and book chapters co-authored by the author and his contributions to the original designs of many currently functioning communications, remote sensing, radio astronomy and radar antenna systems.

An Overview of the 3GPP/LTE Narrowband Internet of Things (NB-IoT)

By Dr. Hossam Fattah, Microsoft, Redmond, Washington

Abstract: 3GPP 5G technology has introduced a new radio interface, NB-IoT and massive IoT, aiming at connecting a large and dense number of devices in a wide range of application domains forming so-called Internet of Things (IoT). Connected devices are to communicate through cellular infrastructure, device-to-device communication, or over a relay network. With this new interface, a new UE category has also been introduced that is suitable for IoT; in the range of 10s of kbps (LTE Cat-NB1). 5G NB-IoT is designed with target requirements and goals and different mode of operations to cover the wide and vast variations in applications, deployment scenarios, and smart connectivity. This technology promises to create a highly connected world with a projection of billions of connected devices over the coming decade. In this talk, we go over the new 3GPP 5G proposal for IoT, its architecture, design, and key features. We will explain the target performance goals, different modes of operations, and supported uses cases and scenarios.

Complex Challenges in Measuring 5G/Millimeter Wave Device Performance

By Dr. Michael Foegelle, ETS-Lindgren, Cedar Park, Texas


Abstract:  As new 5G/millimeter wave technologies become increasingly implemented into the modern wireless environment, we face new and unique challenges of verifying the product first and foremost meets the regulatory requirements for EMC. The SMART antenna systems used in today’s products make the test methodologies that have been used for decades obsolete. New innovative test methods need to be developed. Secondly, 5G/millimeter wave products are primarily designed to be used for communication.  Measuring the performance of the device with adaptive antenna systems (AAS) creates test challenges. In this presentation we will demonstrate these problems and outline possible solutions for how to effectively measure some of these parameters.

Wireless Integration Interference Challenges (aka EMC for Highly Integrated Wireless Devices)

By Mr. Harry G. Skinner, Intel Labs, Hillsboro, Oregon

Abstract:  Wireless communication on everything is fast becoming the norm. Unfortunately adding wireless functionality to devices has its own challenges. One of those challenges is the close proximity of intentional wireless transceivers with high speed digital circuitry. This talk is intended to introduce broad concepts related to what is widely known as radio frequency interference. Subject matter will include both platform and RF communications based interference sources and victims. It will cover foundational aspects related to differences between unintentional and intentional radiators including coexistence challenges. As well as addressing current challenges and possible solution paths, the talk will also look ahead at potential challenges related to future communications standards and devices.

Over-the-Air Testing of Large Cellular Wireless Devices in Reverberation Chambers
By Dr. Kate Remley, IEEE EMC Society Distinguished Lecturer

National Institute of Science and Technology (NIST), Boulder, Colorado

While the smartphone comes to mind when cellular technology is mentioned, the number of machine-to-machine device applications is also on the rise. These devices may take on large form factors such as parking kiosks, vending machines, car dashboards and the fast growing area of wearable devices that must be tested on body phantoms. Reverberation chambers can provide a relatively low-cost, repeatable laboratory environment for testing these larger cellular wireless devices. However, for some key metrics, the chamber set-up must provide channel conditions similar to those in which the receiver was designed to operate. This may require additional loading of the chamber, complicating both test procedures and uncertainty analyses. We discuss methods for configuring reverberation chambers and assessing uncertainty in the measurement of large-form-factor cellular devices.

Perpetual Computing: Technologies for Banishing Batteries

By Dr. Joshua R. Smith, Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Washington


The energy efficiency of computing has improved by a factor of about one trillion since the electronic computer was invented.  This astounding energy efficiency scaling is creating the opportunity for battery-free sensing and computing systems that are powered by radio waves and other ambient energy sources.  Such devices can be implanted inside the body, permanently built into structures, or deployed at scales where batteries and wires are infeasible.  My group’s work aims to enable battery-free, perpetual computing.  I will describe our work on RF energy harvesting, wireless power transfer, and ambient backscatter communication, as well as sensor systems built using these building blocks.  I will also describe research challenges in areas from solid-state devices to networking that could help make perpetual computing systems a reality.

 Optimizing the Radiated Performance of Wireless IoT Devices

By Mr. Scott Prather, AT&T, Redmond, Washington

Abstract:  With the rapid deployment of products intended to support the wireless “Internet of Things”, it’s very important to ensure that the radiated performance of these devices will meet customer expectations. However, the assessment of wireless IoT device radiated performance can be complicated due to restrictions associated with the device’s form factor or its intended use. In addition, the device’s radiated performance can often be significantly compromised by lack of attention to EMC. This presentation describes the concepts behind the measurement of radiated performance, as well as the specific challenges associated with ensuring that wireless IoT devices will meet customer expectations across a broad range of device types, form factors and use cases.

About the Speakers


Hossam Fattah, Ph.D., P.Eng., received his Masters and Ph.D., degrees both in Electrical & Computer engineering from the University of Victoria and University of British Columbia, British Columbia, Canada in 2000 and 2003, respectively. Since then, he has been with the industry working on many wireless standards and technologies including IEEE 802.15.4 (ZigBee), cdma2000, CDMA-1X-EV-DO, IEEE 802.16 (WiMax), IEEE 802.11 (WiFi), UMTS, Long-Term Evolution (LTE), and LTE-advanced.   He is currently with Microsoft as a senior engineer working on different networking technology in Microsoft products and services. His industry and research interests are in the area of wireless communication systems, resource management and scheduling, cross-layer and PHY-layer optimization, and wireless protocols design and validation. He has many peer-reviewed conference, journal, and patent technical publications. He is also a registered Professional Engineer (P.Eng.) in the Province of British Columbia, Canada.


Scott Prather has worked in the wireless communications industry since 1979. His experience encompasses 14 years in the paging industry, three years in the fixed wireless industry, and the remainder in the mobile wireless industry. Since 1999, Scott has been with the Subscriber Product Engineering group of AT&T in Redmond, WA, where he holds the position of Lead Product Development Engineer.

Scott currently serves as co-chair of the CTIA OTA Working Group, which oversees all radiated performance work within CTIA. He serves as co-chair of the CTIA ICS Task Force and the PTCRB IoT Workgroup. Scott is also a frequent contributor to the CTIA W-IoT Radiated Performance Sub Group. Through his participation in these industry groups, Scott is actively involved in the development of test specifications for current and future mobile communications devices. For example, as former chair of the PTCRB Notebook Workgroup, he led the development of a streamlined certification process for notebook computers based on electromagnetic noise signature analysis. He has also authored numerous AT&T internal white papers addressing such topics as the use of reverberation chambers for radiated performance measurement, MIMO performance evaluation, and the impact of disparate emission masks on new and existing spectrum allocations. Scott is a senior member of the IEEE, and holds the IEEE Wireless Communications Professional (WCP) certification. He currently holds 10 patents pertaining to electromagnetic compatibility or test methodologies unique to wireless communications devices.


Yahya Rahmat-Samii is a Distinguished Professor, holder of the Northrop-Grumman Chair in electromagnetics, member of the US National Academy of Engineering (NAE), winner of the 2011 IEEE Electromagnetics Field Award and the former chairman of the Electrical Engineering Department at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Before joining UCLA, he was a Senior Research Scientist at Caltech/NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Dr. Rahmat-Samii was the 1995 President of the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society and 2009-2011 President of the United States National Committee (USNC) of the International Union of Radio Science (URSI).  He has also served as an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer presenting lectures internationally.

Dr. Rahmat-Samii is a Fellow of IEEE, AMTA, ACES, EMS and URSI. Dr. Rahmat-Samii has authored or co-authored over 1000 technical journal articles and conference papers and has written over 35 book chapters and five books. He has over fifteen cover-page IEEE publication papers. In 1984, he received the Henry Booker Award from URSI, which is given triennially to the most outstanding young radio scientist in North America. In 1992 and 1995, he received the Best Application Paper Prize Award (Wheeler Award) of the IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation. In 1999, he received the University of Illinois ECE Distinguished Alumni Award. In 2000, Prof. Rahmat-Samii received the IEEE Third Millennium Medal and the AMTA Distinguished Achievement Award. In 2001, Rahmat-Samii received an Honorary Doctorate Causa from the University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain. In 2001, he became a Foreign Member of the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts.  In 2002, he received the Technical Excellence Award from JPL. He received the 2005 URSI Booker Gold Medal presented at the URSI General Assembly. He is the recipient of the 2007 Chen-To Tai Distinguished Educator Award and the 2009 Distinguished Achievement Award of the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society. He is the recipient of the 2010 UCLA School of Engineering Lockheed Martin Excellence in Teaching Award and the 2011 campus-wide UCLA Distinguished Teaching Award. In 2015, he received the Distinguished Engineering Educator Award from The Engineer’s Council.  In 2016, he received the John Kraus Antenna Award of the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society and the NASA Group Achievement Award.

Prof. Rahmat-Samii has had pioneering research contributions in diverse areas of electromagnetics, antennas, measurement and diagnostics techniques, numerical and asymptotic methods, satellite and personal communications, human/antenna interactions, RFID and implanted antennas in medical applications, frequency selective surfaces, electromagnetic band-gap structures, applications of the genetic algorithms and particle swarm optimizations, etc.,  His original antenna designs are on many NASA/JPL spacecrafts for planetary, remote sensing and Cubesat missions (visit http://www.antlab.ee.ucla.edu/). Prof. Rahmat-Samii is the designer of the IEEE AP-S logo which is displayed on all IEEE AP-S publications.

Dr. Kate A. Remley (S’92–M’99–SM’06–F’13) was born in Ann Arbor, MI, USA.  She received the Ph.D. degree in electrical and computer engineering from Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR, USA, in 1999. From 1983 to 1992, she was a Broadcast Engineer in Eugene, OR, serving as the Chief Engineer of an AM/FM broadcast station from 1989 to 1991. In 1999, she joined the Electromagnetics Division of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Boulder, CO, USA, as an Electronics Engineer. She is currently the Leader of the Metrology for Wireless Systems Group at NIST, where her research activities include development of calibrated measurements for microwave and millimeter-wave wireless systems, characterizing the link between nonlinear circuits and system performance, and developing standardized test methods for RF equipment used by the public-safety community. Dr. Remley received the Department of Commerce Bronze and Silver Medals, an ARFTG Best Paper Award, and is a member of the Oregon State University Academy of Distinguished Engineers.  She was the Chair of the MTT-11 Technical Committee on Microwave Measurements from 2008 to 2010 and the Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Microwave Magazine from 2009 to 2011.

Harry Skinner is a Director and Senior Principal Engineer in Intel Labs. Since joining Intel in 1996, Harry has held a variety of positions, all dealing with Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC). For the vast majority of his tenure Harry has directed Intel’s EMC/EMI Research and Development while driving industry EMC guideline development for initiatives such as PCI Express* and SATA. More recently Harry has been driving Intel’s research for Radio Frequency Interference (RFI) and Antennas. Other noteworthy projects include dithered clocks for IA platforms (SSC), ATX SE EMI containment guidelines (u-seam and waveguide implementations), and EMI design of Intel’s mobile modules. Before coming to Intel, Harry spent six years with IBM. He has been awarded more than twenty patents, has multiple patents pending, and has published numerous papers at IEEE symposiums and other technical forums. Harry received a first-class honors Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng) degree in electronics and electrical engineering from the University of Glasgow, Scotland.

Prof. Joshua R. Smith is an Associate Professor in the departments of Computer Science and Engineering and Electrical Engineering at the University of Washington, Seattle, where he leads the Sensor Systems research group.  He was named an Allen Distinguished Investigator by the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation and he is the thrust leader for Communications and Interface in the NSF Engineering Research Center (ERC) for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering.  In recent years his research has focused on wirelessly powering and communicating with sensor systems in applications such implanted biomedical electronics, ubiquitous computing, and robotics.  Previously, he co-invented an electric field sensing system for suppressing unsafe airbag firing that is included in every Honda car. He received B.A. degrees in computer science and philosophy from Williams College, the M.A. degree in physics from Cambridge University, and the Ph.D. and S.M. degrees from the MIT Media Lab’s Physics and Media group.

Dr. Michael D. Foegelle is the Director of Technology Development at ETS-Lindgren in Cedar Park, Texas, and has more than 25 years of test and measurement experience in RF and wireless. He received his Ph.D. in physics from the University of Texas at Austin.  Dr. Foegelle has been actively involved in standards development with the CTIA Certification Program Working Group, 3GPP, Wi-Fi Alliance, IEEE 802.11, WiMAX Forum, and ANSI ASC C63 on electromagnetic compatibility. He has served as chair or vice-chair of various working groups in those organizations and currently co-chairs the joint CTIA/Wi-Fi Alliance Converged Wireless Group and the CTIA OTA Measurement Uncertainty Subgroup.  He has authored or co-authored numerous papers in the areas of Electromagnetics, EMC, Wireless Performance Testing, and Condensed Matter Physics, holds a number of patents on wireless and electromagnetic test methods and equipment, and is dedicated to advancing the state of the art in radiated RF testing of emerging wireless technologies.


Mr. Mike Violette is a Professional Engineer and is founder and CEO of Washington Laboratories and founder and Director of American Certification Body. He has worked in compliance since 600 MHz seemed like a high frequency and has authored numerous articles and publications for and about the industry.


Event Overview


The Program

This program was designed to bring the latest information related to RF, EMC, and Antenna measurement techniques and standards to the local community.  Experts in the industry and academia will share practical information on various topics in an extended presentation format.  This allows a thorough discussion of each topic and provides the opportunity for extended questions and answers.  The “hands-on” quality of the presentation enables the registrant to learn useful information that can be used on the job – in the “real world.”


The Exhibition & Museum Tour

There will be an exhibition by vendors of EMC, Wireless and Antenna test and measurement related products and services in the technical presentation area. These products and services address the needs of the commercial, military, and aerospace industries.

From 4:15 to 6:00 pm only, the Museum of Flight is open to everyone registered to attend this event.  Those wearing IEEE event badges only may take a complimentary self-guided tour of the museum galleries.


Colloquium and Exhibition Location

The Museum of Flight

The Skyline Room, Second Floor

9404 East Marginal Way

Seattle, WA 98108-4097


Parking Information

There is no charge for parking in the Museum of Flight parking lot.

Event Organizing Committee


IEEE Seattle EMC Chapter Chair

Event Technical Program

Dennis Lewis, The Boeing Company

Phone: 206-662-4209


IEEE Seattle EMC Chapter Vice-Chair, Event Exhibits

Janet O’Neil, ETS-Lindgren

Phone: 425-443-8106



IEEE Seattle EMC Chapter Secretary/Treasurer

Leo Smale, Lionheart Northwest

Phone: 425-882-2587

Cell:    425-785-9970



IEEE Seattle EMC Chapter
Event Registration

Brad Catlin, Lionheart Northwest

15515 NE 60th Street

Redmond, WA 98052

Tel:     425-882-2587

Cell:    425-785-9970

Email:  bradcatlin@lionheartnw.com

IEEE Seattle EMC Chapter Administrator, Event Logistics

Dean Shipman, Syntek

Phone:  425-985-0130


IEEE Seattle COMSOC/VT Joint Chapter


Chair: Titus Lo, Ph.D.


IEEE Seattle MTT/AP/ED Joint Chapter

Co-Chair:  Professor M. P. (Anant) Anantram, University of Washington


Co-Chair:  Professor Heo Deuk, Washington State University

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