IEEE Seattle Section

November 30th, 2015

Please join the Seattle section Banquet

Time : 5:30pm-8:30pm, Tuesday  Dec 8th, 2015

Place : Haiku Sushi and Seafood,

              7548 164th AVE NE Redmond, WA 98052

After Dinner speech

“Rumble in the deep” by Mr. Skip Denny


A new undersea observatory discovered an otherwise unnoted volcanic eruption, right off our coast.  On the day of the eruption, we detected ~8,000 earthquakes in the volcano, only a couple of which were detected on the shore-side seismometer network.  We (UW APL and Oceanography) have been working in this area for several consecutive summers.  We’ll show some before and after pictures (still and video) of Axial volcano and talk about the eruption and some of the data that shows the power of the new observatory.

Speaker Bio;

I’ve worked in the R&D side of Ocean Engineering for over 30 years in large and small businesses.  I’ve got a B.A. in Applied Physics and Information Sciences from UC San Diego and a M.S. in Ocean Engineering focusing on acoustics, system design and acoustic signal processing as a result of Navy exposure to the topic.  I  am currently a Principal Engineer at the Applied Physics Lab at UW and for the last 8 years have been part of a team that has designed, developed and deployed a cabled Ocean Observatory.  I am currently the Chair of the Seattle Chapter of the Ocean Engineering Society.

Please join us ;

IEEE Seattle section members and family : $10 ,  Guests: $40

Ticket and RSVP please go to Eventbrite website


Happy holidays !!!


Sheree Wen Ph.D

Chair, Seattle section

November 9th, 2015

Please join our November EXCOM

Time ; 7pm, Tuesday,  November 10th, 2015

Place ;  Microsoft Building 99, Room 1919,

14820 Northeast 36th Street
Redmond, WA 98052 USA

Please join us !!!


Sheree Wen , PH.D


October 12th, 2015

Please join our October  lecture and EXCOM

Time: Oct 13th, 2015

6 pm Lecture


Place : Microsoft Research Building 99 , room 1919
14820 Northeast 36th Street
Redmond, WA 98052 USA

Speaker : Dr. Zhengyou Zhang , Microsoft Research,  IEEE fellow

Title: Surface Hub + Kinect: Interaction Beyond Touch and Collaboration Beyond Video Chat


Abstract: Large displays are becoming commodity, and more and more, they are touch-enabled. In this talk, we describe a system called ViiBoard, Vision-enhanced Immersive Interaction with Touch Board, by adding a Kinect (depth sensor) next to Surface Hub (large touch display). Please see attached details. It consists of two parts.

The first part is called VTouch that augments touch input with visual understanding of the user to improve interaction with a large touch-sensitive display such as Microsoft Surface Hub. A commodity color plus depth sensor such as Microsoft Kinect adds the visual modality and enables new interactions beyond touch. Through visual analysis, the system understands where the user is, who the user is, and what the user is doing even before the user touches the display. Such information is used to enhance interaction in multiple ways. For example, a user can use simple gestures to bring up menu items such as color palette and soft keyboard; menu items can be shown where the user is and can follow the user; hovering can show information to the user before the user commits to touch; the user can perform different functions (for example writing and erasing) with different hands; and the user’s preference profile can be maintained, distinct from other users. User studies are conducted and the users very much appreciate the value of these and other enhanced interactions.

The second part is called ImmerseBoard. ImmerseBoard is a system for remote collaboration through a digital whiteboard that gives participants a 3D immersive experience, enabled only by an RGBD camera mounted on the side of a large touch display. Using 3D processing of the depth images, life-sized rendering, and novel visualizations, ImmerseBoard emulates writing side-by-side on a physical whiteboard, or alternatively on a mirror. User studies involving three tasks show that compared to standard video conferencing with a digital whiteboard, ImmerseBoard provides participants with a quantitatively better ability to estimate their remote partners’ eye gaze direction, gesture direction, intention, and level of agreement. Moreover, these quantitative capabilities translate qualitatively into a heightened sense of being together and a more enjoyable experience. ImmerseBoard’s form factor is suitable for practical and easy installation in homes and offices.




Chair, Dr. Sheree Wen



September 29th, 2015

boriephotolloPlease join us for the Gaetano Borriello Feet on the Ground Humanitarian Symposium on Saturday, October 10, 2015 from 1:30 to 6:20 pm at the DoubleTree by Hilton Seattle. The symposium, which will feature talks by researchers and humanitarian leaders who are applying technology solutions to real-world problems, will be held during the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers’ Global Humanitarian Technology Conference, IEEE GHTC15, October 8-11 in Seattle.

Our friend and colleague, Professor Gaetano Borriello, passed away earlier this year. He was a Fellow of the IEEE and a recognized leader in the fields of Mobile and Ubiquitous Computing who devoted a significant portion of his career to developing computing technologies aimed at improving conditions in

low-resource settings.odk logo He led the development of a suite of open-source mobile data collection tools, known as the Open Data Kit (ODK), that are used by humanitarian programs worldwide to advance public health, human rights, political participation and environmental stewardship.

Dr. Borriello demonstrated how research can impact the lives of people around the globe. The symposium will honor his contributions by bringing together experts in developing and applying technologies to address humanitarian challenges. Jim Jeffries, President of the IEEE USA, will be our honored guests and deliver a special announcement.

The symposium will feature a series of technical talks and a panel discussion featuring researchers who participated in the development of the Open Data Kit. Speakers include:

  • John Bennett, Associate Vice Chancellor for Innovation Initiatives, University of Colorado, Denver and past president, Engineers Without Borders
  • Eric Brewer, Professor, Computer Science Division, University of California, BerkeleyCarl Hartung, Co-founder & CTO, Nafundi
  • Kiersten Israel-Ballard, Technical Officer, Maternal and Child Health/Nutrition, PATH
  • Lilian Pintea, Vice President, Conservation Science, Jane Goodall Institute
  • David Thau, Manager of Developer Relations, Google Earth Engine & Google Earth Outreach
  • Heather Underwood, Associate Director, Inworks and Assistant Professor, University of Colorado, Denver
  • Lorenzo Violante Ruiz, Learning & Innovation Coordinator, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
  • Roy Want, Research Scientist, Google

In addition,  an ODK panel  is also planed,

  • Waylon Brunette, Ph.D. Candidate, Computer Science & Engineering, University of Washington
  • Nicola Dell, Assistant Professor, Computing & Information Sciences, Cornell University
  • Carl Hartung, Co-founder & CTO, Nafundi

Professor Ed Lazowska, Bill & Melinda Gates Chair in Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington, will open proceedings with a tribute to Dr. Borriello’s life and work. The symposium is co-chaired by Professor Richard Anderson, Department of Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington, and Dr. Sheree Wen, U.S. national commissioner to UNESCO, chair of IEEE Seattle and vice chair of GHTC15.

In addition to honoring the life and contributions of Dr. Borriello, we will also celebrate the 70th anniversary of UNESCO, the United Nations Education Science and Culture Organization. Since 1945, UNESCO has united people in 197 countries, endeavoring through education, science and culture to improve lives through peaceful collaborations.

Attendance at the Gaetano Borriello Feet on the Ground Humanitarian Symposium is open to members of the public in addition to GHTC15 conference registrants. Because space is limited, individuals who plan to attend the symposium are encouraged to RSVP in advance at

Organized by IEEE, the world’s largest technical professional society with over 400,000 members in over 160 countries, the cross-disciplinary Global Humanitarian Technology Conference focuses on advancing technology for the benefit of humanity. More than 300 people from 30 countries are expected at GHTC15. Learn more and register to attend the entire GHTC15 conference at

Location ;

Double Tree by Hilton,

18740 International Boulevard, Seattle, Washington, 98188, USA

TEL: +1-206-246-8600 FAX: +1-206-901-5923


Sheree Wen , PH.D.

Chair , IEEE Seattle

Vice Chair, IEEE GHTC15


September 29th, 2015


The IEEE GHTC15 Committee, IEEE Young Professionals, and IEEE Women In Engineering invite all IEEE members in the Seattle Section and Young Professionals worldwide to join us at the opening reception of IEEE GHTC15, the IEEE flagship Global Humanitarian technology conference to be held Oct 8-11 2015  in Seattle.

Together, we are celebrating the global humanitarian accomplishments of compassionate “feet-on-the-ground” leaders in the IEEE, as well as the 70th anniversary of UNESCO.
Join us for an exciting keynote talk by Jackie Stenson of Essmart, a inspiring panel discussion on the “techie life in Seattle,” and a night of casual open networking. Local Seattle techies AJ. Bush from Microsoft, Eric Godo from Boeing, Ravanda Lei from Amazon, Mike Brisbois from Siemens and Leon Turner from Honeywell will share their inspiring life with you.

Time ; Thursday Oct 8th 2015, 6:30pm 

Double Tree by Hilton,
18740 International Boulevard, Seattle, Washington, 98188, USA

TEL: +1-206-246-8600 FAX: +1-206-901-5923

Please Register for free at


We are looking forward to seeing you at GHTC15
Sheree Wen PH.D.

June 1st, 2015

Please Join the June IEEE Seattle  Technical Lecture and Seattle Section EXCOM meeting

June 9th, 2015

6:00PM-6:45pm   Technical Lecture  

Speaker – Prof. Les Atlas, , IEEE Fellow , Vice Chair of   Signal Processing Society Seattle Chapter . V.M. Bloedel Hearing Research Scholar and Professor of Electrical Engineering University of Washington, Seattle, USA

7PM-8:30PM    Seattle Section EXCOM ,   Chair,  Dr. Sheree Wen

Location :   Microsoft Research Building 99, Room 1919, 14820 NE 36th Street, Redmond, WA 98052-6399

Please register at

Title : Decompositions of Natural Signals Still Need Fresh Ideas

Abstract :

Musical tones are the simpler and more regular elements of the sensations of hearing, and that we have consequently first to study the laws and peculiarities of this class of sensations.

Hermann von Helmholtz, On the Sensations of Tone as a Physiological Basis for the Theory of Music, 2nd English Edition (A. Ellis).

This passage was written 135 years ago. Yet we still have no unique accepted formal foundation for going beyond what Helmholtz brilliantly saw as the building blocks he called musical tones, which we now call frequency. Helmholtz also saw that beats of simple tones and beats due to combinational tones or differential tones [op. cit., Page 159] formed sum and difference beats. Generations of engineers went on to generalize and heavily capitalize this notion of modulation. The hand-held revolution has been heavily dependent on it.

Over the last 15 years our University of Washington Lab has refined a sum-of-products model of natural signals, such as speech and music, where low frequency information-bearing waveforms modulate higher frequency carriers. While this basic view is not new, careful analysis shows that, in general, past assumptions that carriers are narrowband, and that modulators are non-negative and real, is incorrect. Deeper analysis shows that these past assumptions break down and more information is available when there is: 1) significant statistical correlation between real and imaginary parts of the modulators and 2) significant correlation between differing frequency regions of the original signal.

The above theoretical results have had practical impact. For example, our recent results show how improved analysis of sonar and enhancement of reverberant speech signals (like the echoes heard in speakerphones) is possible. Also, as was just publicized on National Public Radio (, we will show how it is now possible, in the few patients we have tested, to encode musical timbre (the difference between musical instruments) for cochlear implants for the profoundly deaf. More work remains from these new views and the impact could extend beyond one-dimensional acoustic signals.

This research is joint with many others and is currently supported by the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation, the Army Research Office, and the Office of Naval Research.


Les Atlas received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University in 1979 and 1984, respectively. He joined the University of Washington in 1984, where he is a Professor of Electrical Engineering. His previous work, now commonly used within machine learning and for big data, includes the original concepts of convolutional neural networks (with T. Homma and R.J. Marks II) and active learning for better generalization (with D. Cohn and R. Ladner). Professor Atlas received a 2004 Fulbright Senior Research Scholar Award and a 2012 Virginia Merrill Bloedel Scholar Award. He is a Fellow of the IEEE for contributions to time-varying spectral analysis and acoustical signal processing.

Please join Us

Sheree Wen

Chair, Seattle Section


May 5th, 2015

Hooray !!!

Our IEEE Seattle  Signal Processing Society Chapter is born

Our  Signal Processing Chapter Officers were  elected  during the first  SPS chapter meeting on Friday May 1st 2015.

Chair:  Dr. Li Deng , IEEE fellow

Vice Chair:  Professor  Les Atlas,  IEEE fellow

Secretary: Dr. Jianshu Chen

Treasure:  Dr. Yelong Shen

Congratulations   !!!!


Dr. Sheree Wen

Chair of Seattle Section

Interim Chair of  Signal Processing Chapter


April 23rd, 2015

Great News, !!!

Our New Signal Processing  Chapter has been  approved .

Please join our first meeting at Microsoft Research , Building 99 . room 3800

Time,  Friday May 1st 2015 , 5pm

Please join us !!

Please Register at

Please RSVP to

Please nominate our new officers for Signal Processing Chapter  , Chair, Vice Chair , secretary and treasure.

Send nomination to

I am looking forward to seeing you.

Sheree Wen

Chair , Seattle Section

April 23rd, 2015

Please join our monthly Lecture   and EXCOM meeting

Time ;  Tuesday  May 12th , 6pm- 6:45 pm  Seminar , The State of LTE –  Titus Lo 

                                                   7pm to 8:30pm   EXCOM meeting

place ; Microsoft research Building 99 Room 1919. 14820 Northeast 36th Street

Title: The State of LTE

Abstract: It is expected that LTE becomes the dominant force in the wireless market for many years to come. This talk will provide an overview of the state of LTE technologies and services. In particular, we will cover some aspects of advanced, broadcast, device-to-device, machine-type, and unlicensed spectrum LTE features

Bio;  Dr. Titus Lo is a consultant in the areas of wireless communications technology, with more than 25 years of experience in various telecomm and wireless technologies. Having worked in different sectors of the wireless industry, he has a deep understanding of the telecomm and wireless industry ecosystem. He is a pioneer in the field of smart antenna technology for wireless communications and satellite communications and an expert in OFDM/OFDMA technology. He has given numerous talks on topics related to LTE/LTE-A to local technical and industrial communities. He received his B.A.Sc. from the University of British Columbia, Canada, and his Ph.D., from McMaster University, Canada, in electrical engineering. He is the current chair of IEEE Seattle Communications Society and Vehicular Technology Society Joint Chapter.

Please register at



April 10th, 2015

Technicial Seminer; The ABCs of Electric Vehicles (EVs) — By Dr. Eric Sortomme  6pm-6:45pm


Time:  Tuesday,   April 14th, 2015

6 pm- 6:45 pm   Technical  seminar presented by Dr. Eric Sortomme
                             The ABCs of Electric Vehicles (EVs) 

7 pm- 8:30pm    Seattle Section ExCom meetingChair; Sheree Wen

Location :   Microsoft Building 99, Room 1919, 14820 NE 36th Street, Redmond, WA 98052-6399

Please register at

Title: The ABCs of Electric Vehicles (EVs)

Presenter: Dr. Eric Sortomme, IEEE PES, Senior Power Systems Engineer, Alstom Grid

Abstract:Electric vehicles (EVs) have the potential to reduce fossil fuel consumption and increase energy independence. If their charging is managed properly, they can also be a tool for fortifying the grid and increasing the integration of renewable energy sources such as wind and solar. However there are many differences in the ownership experience between a traditional internal combustion vehicle and an EV. These range from maintenance requirements and daily refueling, to road tripping and group charging with other EV owners. This presentation will focus on the various issues associated with daily EV usage and EV ownership. This information is important to consider when planning for mass EV adoption. It is also important to convey to the public so they are more informed about life with an EV.

Bio: Eric Sortomme received a B.Sc. degree (magna cum laude) in electrical engineering from Brigham Young University, Provo, UT, in 2007 and the Ph.D. degree from the University of Washington, Seattle, in 2011. His employment experience includes internships with Wavetronix LLC and Puget Sound Energy. He is currently a Senior Power Systems Engineer at Alstom Grid, Redmond, WA. He has authored or coauthored many technical publications. His research interests are smart grid technologies, including microgrids and vehicle-to-grid, and wind power integration. Dr. Sortomme is a co-recipient of the 2010 UW Department of Electrical Engineering Chair’s Award. He has been a member of IEEE since 2007 and has served as the Electric Vehicle Working group chair and the Seattle Chapter vice-chair