June 2020 Spark


AGL eDigest Newsletter

Current Happenings in the Wireless Space

Applied Wireless Technology Magazine

On the Cutting Edge of Everything Wireless

Local Events News Interesting Links
On the Edge –  Securing the Edge: Cybersecurity in the Age of IoT, By Larry Ponemon, Ph.D., Chairman and Founder, Ponemon Institute. Insight – When to use 5G, when to use Wi-Fi 6
Guest Column – An interview with Tim Danks, VP, Risk Management & Partner Relations at Huawei Technologies about the anti-China sentiment in Washington. By Ernest Worthman  Hot Topic Facial Recognition
Interesting Articles and While Papers
TAKING STOCK OF COVID-19. The Short- and Long-Term Ramifications on Technology and End Markets. A report  by ABI Research 
FogBus: A Blockchain-based Lightweight Framework for Edge and Fog Computing. By Shreshth Tuli, Redowan Mahmud, Shikhar Tuli, and Rajkumar Buyya
The Cold, Hard Truth About 5G Conformance Testing (or 4 Tips for 5G Conformance Testing) – Of all the challenges mobile device and base station manufacturers are up against in the 5G rollout, passing conformance and device acceptance tests is among the most daunting. By Dylan McGrath, Senior Industry Solutions Manager, Keysight Technologies
Radio fundamentals for cellular networks. A White paper By Abderahman Rejeb, John G. Keogh, and Horst Treiblmaier,
What’s the Difference Between All Those Emerging Memory Technologies? By Jim Handy, CEO, Semiconductor Analyst, Objective Analysis
Embedding Machine and Deep Learning For Mitigating Security and Privacy Issues in IoT Enabled Devices and Networks. By Anil Lamba, Satinderjeet Singh, Balvinder Singh, Natasha Dutta, Sivakumar Sai Rela Muni Department of Computer Science, Charisma University, Turks and Caicos Islands.
Internet of Things: State-of-the-art, Challenges, Applications, and Open Issues. By Hany F. Atlam, Robert J. Walters, Gary B. Wills, University of Southampton, Southampton, Menoufia University, Menoufia, Egypt.
Internet of Things: A primer. By Anand Paul and Rathinaraja Jeyaraj
Fundamentals of Radome And Bumper Measurements. A Whitepaper by Rohde & Schwarz
SerIoT: An H2020 Research and Innovation Action to Assure the Security of the Internet of Things. By Joanna Domanka, Erol Gelenbe, Anastasios Drosou, Tadeusz Czachorski and Dimitrios Tzovaras, Institute of Theoretical and Applied Informatics, Polish Academy of Sciences.


Petition to Adjust Annual Dues 

As a IEEE Society volunteer, I would like to inform you that my constitution

amendment petition to reduce IEEE annual dues to $100 USD has been publicly posted on the IEEE Annual Elections Petitions web page on www.ieee.org. The link to this page is https://www.ieee.org/about/corporate/election/petition.html.

You can view and download the petition by scrolling halfway down the page. You will also notice IEEE has posted my petition to run for 2021 IEEE President-Elect.

Please visit the “Society Factor” page on my web site at  100member10student.com where I explain why increasing IEEE member dues have severely reduced Society membership. 

If you believe current IEEE dues are too high, please sign my constitution amendment petition. If 1500 IEEE members sign this petition, it will be placed on the 2020 election ballot so that all IEEE members will have the opportunity to actually have their annual IEEE dues reduced to $100 USD in the near future.

IEEE requires members to download the amendment form. Print your name & member number and sign the form. Mail the constitution amendment petition to IEEE. The mailing address is located at the bottom of the petition form. It is important that your original signature is on the form. IEEE will reject the petition if it is faxed, emailed or scanned to IEEE.  Many IEEE members can sign the same amendment form to save on mailing costs.

Peak IEEE Society membership of 410,000 occurred at the end of 2001. It plunged to 336,878 at the end of 2005. At the end of 2018 it was 328,558. I believe increasing IEEE member dues is the prime reason. Members have less money to spend on Societies.

I believe reducing annual IEEE member dues to $100 USD and students to $10 USD will reverse the current overall IEEE membership decline (-2.7%/yr. since 2013) and actually double membership within 7 years and significantly increase Society membership with the money saved in member dues.

Please contact your IEEE friends and IEEE associates to let them know they have a unique opportunity to actually reset their annual IEEE dues to $100 USD.

Signed copies of this constitution amendment petition must be received by IEEE no later than 5pm Friday April 10, 2020. The petition can be mailed to IEEE with only one signature.

I hope you support reducing your annual IEEE dues to $100 USD.

Thank you

Bob Lesniewski Senior Member, 2019, 2020 Susquehanna Section Past Chair, 2020 Region 2 Continuing & Professional Education Coordinator, 2019 Region 2 Central Area Chair, 2016, 2017, 2018 Susquehanna Section Chair, 2015 Susquehanna Section Vice Chair, 2014 Susquehanna Section Secretary, 2018, 2019, 2020 Susquehanna Section Life Member Affinity Chair, 2015 to 2020 Susquehanna Section Program Chair, 2016 to 2020 Susquehanna Section PACE Chair, 2014 to 2020 Susquehanna Section Vtools Coordinator

February 2020
Volume 11 Issue 1
In This Issue

Section Officers

◊ Chair:  Jason Rupe

◊ Vice-Chair:              

◊ Treasurer:  James Sipes

◊ Secretary:  Santosh Veda

Excom Meetings
3rd Tuesdays of the Month*
  • 6:00 pm: Supper and Networking
  • 6:30 pm: Excom meeting
Original Brooklyn’s
2644 West Colfax Ave.
Denver, CO 80204 
*Except July & December

Recent Excom Actions
  • 2019 Budget approved
  • 2018 Elections completed
  • 2018 New Officers Training Seminar

Open Positions

Some of the Standing Committees where we could use some great volunteers include:

  • Awards and Recognition
  • Finance & Audit
  • Government Relations
  • Industry Relations
  • Professional Activities (PACE)
  • Programs & Events
  • Public Relations and Publicity
  • Strategic Planning
  • Consultants Network
  • Young Professionals
Actually just about anything you can think of, we’re interested in talking to you!

If you are interested in volunteering, please send email to  chair@ieee-denver.org. Positions will be open until filled.

IEEE Denver


 Try Something New!
Whether you are active in IEEE ExCom, are a chair of a technical society, or just a paying member, we thank you for being a part of something that we think is pretty great. If you want to get more involved, you know where to find us! And if you just want to enjoy the hard (and not-so-hard) work of our volunteers by attending our events we would love that even more! Take advantage of the monthly volunteering efforts we have put together for you. Try something new, meet some new people, and learn something new by listening to a distinguished lecturer. Oh, and thank you for being a reader of our newsletter!

Ernest Worthman
Message from Jason Rupe, Chair, IEEE Denver Section. 

Denver Section and Colorado play a strong role in Transactive Energy

Jason Rupe, Denver Section Chair, Blockchain Initiative Chair, Reliability Society VP C&E

The IEEE Denver Section, and various organizations, businesses, and groups in Colorado, have an opportunity to play key roles in the future of the IEEE and transactive energy technologies.

The IEEE blockchain initiative continues to develop on key areas to learn about on the initiative website, with Colorado universities, businesses, and experts, all heavily involved,

And, these new projects bring new opportunities for us, as well. One is the IEEE Denver Section’s Blockchain local groups created through the initiative. Colorado also has a significant amount of expertise in blockchain and energy technologies, making it an excellent candidate for much of the transactive energy work that will begin soon.

The IEEE Blockchain Initiative (blockchain.ieee.org) received the first year of funding for a three-year project to achieve several new benefits to IEEE members. Elements of the project focus on two main areas: transactive energy, and enabling technology-focused groups to develop and thrive.

The transactive energy work will focus on developing architectures and standards that can enable interoperability and effective, efficient replication of solutions that allow small energy producers to sell the energy they produce, efficiently, and sell it efficiently to those looking to purchase it. It also will establish a certification program to further facilitate the deployment of the technologies.

Envision small municipalities where many have solar power, wind generation, and energy storage solutions. When needs arise, efficient markets can handle transactions automatically to enable energy to be shared appropriately on a transaction backbone run on distributed ledger technologies.

At the same time, the initiative has learned how to work with, and support, local groups who want to work on technology in very locally-specific ways. We found that to be a great way to meet the mission of the IEEE.

As an example, we have the IEEE Denver Section’s local group focused on blockchain technology. It works with several organizations, outside of the IEEE, to improve life through technology in the Denver area, and beyond.

But we recognize that this focus may be short-lived, or there may be others who want to focus on different technologies. Recognizing that, sections and chapters may want to focus on different, locally-important work. The blockchain initiative is going to develop tools, systems, and processes within the IEEE to help sections and chapters connect their local needs to the right IEEE organizations to help these groups grow, thrive, and change the world in positive ways.

All the elements described are depicted in the figure at the beginning. We will develop the platforms and systems needed to support the groups that get created. These will be general-purpose for sections and chapters to work with IEEE members and non-IEEE experts in technology areas to form groups for various purposes aligned with the IEEE.

All groups can interface with the vertical application incubation center, which can help magnify the work of these groups. Those that are focused on technologies that can play a role in developing transactive energy solutions, can interface with the work that the initiative is doing in this space. The members of these groups, be they IEEE members or not, can help develop blockchain certification, and work that these groups do can be certified as well.

The IEEE Blockchain initiative will continue developing these capabilities to strengthen the IEEE over the next two and one-half year. Following it will take on a form within the IEEE, yet to be determined.

The Denver Section and greater Denver area experts can play a role in this future. If you are interested, then first join the blockchain initiative at blockchain.ieee.org, then contact the Denver Section or our local group on blockchain technologies. We can help connect you to the right groups doing the things that interest you most.

From the Editor

There will always be ignorance, and ignorance leads to fear – Bill Gates

FUD – that is, perhaps, the steadfast belief held throughout the ages. Fear of the unknown has led to everything from genocide to revolution, and war. And it continues today with 5G.

There is no doubt RF is dangerous. So are automobiles. The trick is to use them safely. As we have individuals using vehicles with reckless abandon, we also have 5G hawkers wanting to push out 5G without vetting its unknown hazards.

Since the beginning of the modern use of RF for communications, there have been fears that such waves can have an adverse effect on life forms. In truth, this is 100 percent true. So, we have learned, over time, how to use RF so as not to cause harm.

It is not rocket science. RF energy distribution is inversely proportional to the square of the distance. Therefore, all we have to do is bound it by those two simple parameters – power and distance. We understand the physics of RF and its propagation characteristic well, make that relatively easy to accomplish safe boundaries.

However, since the beginning of the modern RF era, there has been the equivalent of the timeless battle between good and evil if incidental and over time exposure is harmful to the body.

It has been related to any number of conditions such as tower location, antenna placement, radiation patterns, and more. And, it is not reserved for the telecom segment. The issues of harmful RF have emerged in medical and consumer environments as well.

The latest volley around this is being fired by conspiracy theorists. Attention-getting acts include vandalism of cell towers and creating FUD with false information and claims. Some of the perpetrators even seem to think Covid 19 has something to do with 5G.

For example, recently, Thomas Cowan, a U.S. doctor, took the position that 5G poisoned cells in the body forcing them to excrete waste which eventually became known as COVID-19. It is prudent to note that this doctor is on disciplinary probation and being investigated by the Medical Board of California for using unlicensed drugs. He is also an author of books promoting ideas contrary to conventional medical procedures and a champion of the anti-vaccination movement.

Nevertheless, the video went viral and was reposted by several ignorant celebrities. Other media outlets such a TV stations (ITV and ESTV) and countless social media sites followed suit. It was just the fodder to set off the gullible who take what they want from data and fabricate it to suit their beliefs.

The most laughable conspiracy theories include that the lockdowns around the globe are a coverups for governments to secretly support the installation of 5G antenna, en masse, while we are all at home huddling around our various communications devices. There are similarly ludicrous such as the belief that the Glastonbury festival was being used as a scaled experiment for 5G on the masses, 5G is being developed as a military-grade weapon, and viruses can communicate through the radio airwaves.

As well, enemies of the state, such as Russia busy fanning the conspiracy theory flames. A recent YouTube video published by RT (formerly Russia Today a government-funded international TV network) suggested that children playing near 5G cell towers could suffer cancer, nose bleeds and learning disabilities.

Researchers have raised the possibility of covert state-backed campaigns — though, to date, none of the social media platforms have announced concrete evidence of clandestine foreign operations focused on the topic.

In the end, much like the conspiracy theories about China’s spy equipment and that Covid 19 is a weaponized virus unleashed on the U.S. by China, all such claims about 5G are utter nonsense.

There is a “but” however. And that refers back to the beginning of this editorial – safe deployment. With existing systems, it is easy to find the sweet spots and we have accumulated a wealth of knowledge on how to find the edges and make sure these systems are as safe as possible.

With 5G, the lines are not as clear. While there is substantial evidence that distribution of radiating elements is safe when the rules are followed, the wild card is densification with mmWaves.

Particularly in the mmWave band, we are wandering into areas that are not as well documented as existing platforms. While we can extrapolate, not everything scales from platform to platform.

The densification of 5G radiating elements is a moving target at mmWave frequencies where many types of local networks (small cells) are going to emerge. This, because it is the only spectrum with sufficient bandwidths to support the plethora of new services being envisioned.

Additionally, autonomous cars, augmented reality (AR), smart homes, and more, will generally look to mmWave frequencies for enhanced functionality. The volume of these coupled with living at higher frequencies, and smaller propagation characteristic,. That makes it quite likely that we will be bombarded with such waves, far more regularly than we are now. And, therein lies the issue – expo sure over time.

While we understand this very well with current environments, we have little experience with complex settings where dense, multiple mmWave situations exist using new transmission schemes. Even if it turns out to be as expected, potentially, the amount of time we are exposed to such waves alone, becomes a concern.

There is reputable, scientific evidence of this. For example, in 2018, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Toxicology Program concluded a 10-year study on the effects of cell phone radiation (2G and 3G, 900 MHz phones, barely on the edge of mmWave) on laboratory rats. There was clear evidence that these frequencies caused malignant Schwannomas in the heart, and some evidence that they caused malignant gliomas in the brain. The exposure level was four times that of typical environments. However, in uber-dense deployments, it is quite possible that 5G mmWave environments may reach such levels.

The point is that, without a doubt, RF waves have the ability to alter living cells and DNA. Most studies use levels far beyond what we typically experience with existing systems. But, with 5G mmWave that will change. It is highly probable we will be constantly bombarded with such radiation and we do not have a good understanding of these types of environments on humans and animals.

The time has come to stop hiding behind old data (the FCC rules on this have not changed since 1996) and saying it is valid for mmWave frequencies – it is not. There is no doubt we will be deploying 5G radiators en masse. We need to have a clear understanding on exactly what this will do to humans and other living things.

Ernest Worthman

Of Interest

Here is the latest edition of the 2020 IEEE Awards Booklet. You may view the entire Booklet in your browser. The Awards Booklet features this year’s Awards Recipients, their bios and photos, awards sponsors, and more.

In This Issue:

 IEEE Spectrum Feature Article on Chenming Hu,

IEEE Medal of Honor Recipient

2020 IEEE Medals, Awards, and Recognitions

2020 IEEE Technical Field Awards

IEEE Fellows Class of 2020


Continuing education online course “Wireless for the Internet of Things.”

8 July 2020 – 10:00 am to 2:00 pm EDT; Registration closes on 7 July 2020 at 5:00pm EDT

Course Description

An intermediate level course intended for engineers creating, or about to create, products for use with IoT applications

Most new Internet-of-Things (IoT) applications have a wireless component. Generally, the wireless technology is an enabler, but not the main focus of the company developing the application / product. Such companies may struggle with the main issues associated with selecting and integrating wireless technology into products. This course teaches you what you need to know in order to select a wireless solution for an IoT application regardless of the chosen platform.

Watch video introduction by wireless expert, instructor, Lee Vishloff

Who Should Attend

An intermediate level course – this is intended for engineers creating, or about to create, products for use with Internet-of-Things applications.

Registration and details here: https://www.comsoc.org/education-training/training-courses/online-courses/2020-07-wireless-internet-things








There is a place for you on IEEE Awards selection committees.

Are you interested in serving on one of the many IEEE Awards selection committees that are dedicated to honoring engineers, scientists, technologists, and practitioners who exemplify the mission of the IEEE of advancing the technology for the benefit of humanity? Please be sure to submit a form to be considered as a volunteer by 1 August. You do not need to be an IEEE member to serve on any of our selection committees.

 More information can be found here

Call for Papers (and updates)

Fianal Extension! Submit your papers now!

10-12 September 2020 | Virtual Event

The IEEE 5G World Forum Organizing Committee has decided to make our 2020 event fully virtual to eliminate uncertainty and ensure the health, safety, and well-being of our global community during the COVID-19 pandemic. With plenty of time to prepare, the goal is to make the virtual event as rich and comprehensive as in-person events, including multiple tracks and exhibition opportunities for industry. Registration fees will be reduced, and we remain committed to the publication of all accepted and registered papers in IEEE Xplore®. Stay tuned for the precise details of the virtual IEEE 5G World Forum!
The 2020 IEEE 3rd 5G World Forum (5GWF’20) Virtual Event seeks contributions on how to nurture and cultivate 5G technologies and applications for the benefit of society. 5G systems should unveil a novel mobile network architecture that not only improves physical data rate, but also creates a new ecosystem allowing the deployment of novel services and applications. A key target is to build a novel network architecture that should support not only classical mobile broadband applications and services but also vertical industry (e.g. Intelligent Transport, Industrial IoTs, eHealth, etc.) and other 5G-based services.
Submissions are now being accepted in the following:

Technical Papers
Submission Deadline: 23 May 2020 (final extension)

  • Track 1: 5G Technologies
  • Track 2: 5G Application and Services
  • Track 3: 5G & IoT
  • Track 4: 5G Security and Privacy
  • Track 5: 5G Trials, Experimental Results and Deployment Scenarios
  • Track 6: 5G Hardware and Test / Measurements
  • Track 7: 5G Special Verticals
  • Track 8: 5G Special Topicals

Special Session and Workshop Papers
Submission Deadline: 3 June 2020 (final extension)

  • New IP and Future Internet Data Planes (NIPFIP)
  • Workshop on 5G Security: Current Trends, Challenges and New Enablers
  • Workshop/Industry Panel: 5G Validation Trials Across Multiple Vertical Industries
  • Blockchain Based Secure Trust Environment Model for 5G (B-STEM-5G- 2020)
  • 5G from Theory to Practice (5GToP) Workshop
  • 3rd Workshop on Blockchain for 5G/6G, IoT, and CPS
  • Workshop on Satellite and Non-Terrestrial Networks for 5G
  • Workshop on Optical Wireless Communication for 5G and Beyond
  • Workshop on Large Scale Experimentation
  • Workshop on the Evolution of Connected Vehicles: The Role of AI/Machine Learning, Emerging Standards, and 5G and Beyond
  • IMT 2020 Radio Interface Technologies

The IoT Vertical and Topical Summit on Tourism (IoT-VTST’20) – Sardinia, Italy 8-9 September 2020

The IoT Vertical and Topical Summit on Tourism (IoT-VTST’20) will bring together global professionals from industry, public sector, and research community on the beautiful island of Sardinia, Italy

The choice of the theme “Hospitality Industry 4.0” is motivated by the fact that the tourism sector is a major source of revenue for most countries. Notably, the Italian cultural heritage includes the largest number of sites declared by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites. However, more than one third of Italian institutions that belong to the cultural sector––which attracts tourists––do not use innovative technologies to enhance the visiting experience and best leverage touristic resources. Accordingly, the Summit is designed to foster dialogue amongst professionals from the industry, the public sector, and the research community from all over the world to improve the adoption of the IoT technologies in this Tourism sector.


The Summit is accepting proposals for Key Talks, Panels, and Technical Papers describing original research within, but not limited to, following areas:

Personalizing the Tourism Experience: Context and situation aware services • Self-forming services • Affective IoT • Quality of Experience • Privacy • Smart museums/digital heritage

Improving the Transport Services for Tourists:  Connected vehicles • Intelligent transport • Mobility as a Service • Ticketing • Vehicle sharing services

IoT and Tourist Hospitality:  IoT multimedia and societal impacts • Energy efficiency and comfort management • Accommodation sharing services • Identity management

Digital Tools for Tourism: Augmented/Virtual Reality • Cloud/edge computing • Crowdsensing/crowdsourcing • Artificial Intelligence/machine learning

Enabling a More Accessible Tourism: Enabling barrier-free destinations • Developing assistive technologies • Inclusive tourism experience • User-aware services

Submission Deadline: 2 May, 2020

Visit https://sardinia2020.iot.ieee.org to learn more or contact Luigi Atzori, Professor of Telecommunications, University of Cagliari, Italy, l.atzori@diee.unica.it.

Call for Papers

The 6th IEEE International Smart Cities Conference (ISC2 2020) will be held as a virtual conference, during September 28 – October 1, 2020. The worldwide governmental restrictions on travel, gatherings, and meetings, imposed to limit and slow the spread of the novel corona-virus, make it impossible to organize the conference in the traditional format. However, we are confident that the changes induced by the virus to our everyday lives, and the responses given to these new challenges by smart city researchers and practitioners, city policymakers and administrators, critical infrastructure operators and industry representatives, economists and sociologists will generate exciting and edifying presentations and discussions, both as part of our keynote addresses, panel debates, workshops or research talks. After all, one of the main reasons for cities becoming smart should be to safely and efficiently support us, citizens, in such difficult times. The theme of the conference this year will thus be: Smart Cities Solutions for New Challenges, Including a Pandemic. 

IEEE ISC2 is the flagship conference sponsored by the IEEE Smart Cities Technical Community, a coalition of six IEEE technical societies and organizations. Besides contributions addressing the conference theme, authors are welcome to submit their original research results in traditional topics across broad application and functional domains, within the context of smart urban infrastructure systems. The technical areas include, but are not limited to:

Community & Governance

  • Citizen participation
  • Healthcare
  • Emergency management
  • Smart environment & ecosystems
  • Policy development
  • Mobility and transportation
  • Digital city and smart growth
  • Sustainability and energy efficiency
  • Education

Infrastructure & Technology

  • Smart buildings and smart grids
  • Transportation and traffic systems
  • Smart city theory, modeling, and simulation
  • Manufacturing and logistics
  • Energy systems
  • Sensors and actuators
  • Intelligent infrastructure
  • Vehicle-to-infrastructure integration

Data, Privacy, & Security

  • Computational intelligence
  • Open data and big data analytics
  • Internet of things (IoT)
  • Pattern recognition
  • (Cyber) security and
  • Networks and communications
  • Data security and privacy
  • Data collection and visualization

Paper submission guidelines

Prospective authors are encouraged to contribute high-quality original full (8 pages max) or short (4 pages max) papers to this conference. All submitted papers must be unpublished and not considered elsewhere for publication. The papers should be written in English and formatted according to the IEEE-Manuscript Template. Manuscripts in PDF format must be electronically submitted for peer-review at EDAS by link: https://ieeeisc22020.edas.info. All accepted and presented papers will appear in the conference proceedings and in IEEE Xplore, the conference being a virtual event will have no effect on the publication of results.

Best papers to journals

Exceptional quality papers will be recommended to several journals including IEEE Consumer Electronics Magazine, Springer Journal of Network and Systems Management for publication. Authors will be asked to extend and revise their papers according to the standards of journals, which will be subjected to the journals’ review process.

Important dates

  • Workshop and Tutorial Proposal Deadline – July 1
  • Conference Paper Submission Deadline  – July 15
  • Workshop Paper Submission Deadline – July 30
  • Conference Acceptance Notification – August 15
  • Workshop Acceptance Notification – August 22
  • Conference/Workshop Camera Ready Deadline – September 10
  • Conference Dates – September 28 – October 1

IEEE CAVS 2020 CFP Now Open

IEEE Connected and Automated Vehicles Symposium

Co-located with VTC2020-Fall

Call for Papers Deadline: 15 June 2020

With the advances in computing and communication technologies, vehicle technology has entered a new era of connected and automated vehicles (CAVs). The host of technologies that are required to enable CAVs are many and span several engineering and science disciplines. This symposium aims to bring together researchers who are working on different aspects of CAVs. IEEE CAVS is a symposium for reporting advances in all aspects of CAVs, including theory, tools, protocols, networks, applications, systems, test-beds and field deployments. IEEE CAVS 2020 will be held on 4-5 October 2020 in Victoria, Canada, co-located with IEEE VTC-2020 Fall (October 4-7, 2020, https://events.vtsociety.org/vtc2020-fall/). Standalone and combined registrations packages will be offered for IEEE CAVS and IEEE VTC2020-Fall events. Areas of interest include (but are not limited to) the following:

– Autonomous driving
– Motion Planning, Decision-Making, and Controls for CAVs
– Vehicular networks. V2V, V2I and V2X communications
– ADAS technologies, systems and applications
– Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning for CAVs
– 5G and Beyond for connected and automated vehicles
– In-vehicle communications
– Sensing, detection, and actuation
– Formal Methods and Model Checking in Autonomous Driving
– Multi-CAV Coordination
– Multi-sensor fusion
– Mapping and localization
– Vision and environment perception
– In-car electronics and embedded software, OS and systems
– Networked automotive cyber-physical systems
– Automotive IoT
– Vehicular and transportation data analytics
– Automotive cybersecurity, liability and privacy
– Smart and shared mobility systems and applications
– Coexistence of CAVs, automated, connected and conventional/legacy vehicles
– Connected and automated vehicle safety applications
– Cooperative driving and cooperative perception/sensing
– Impact of CAVs on transport safety, traffic management, characterization and prediction
– Computer aided modeling, simulation, verification
– Field trials
– Standards development, business models, policies
– Human factors, human machine interfaces and Human-Vehicle Interaction
– Emotion detection in self-driving vehicles
– CAVs and vulnerable road users

Prospective authors are invited to submit 5-page, original, and unpublished full papers. Manuscripts should be formatted according to IEEE two-column conference style, including figures and references. You can find the template here. Manuscripts should be submitted through Trackchair: https://ieee-cavs2020.trackchair.com/

All submissions will undergo peer-review by subject matter experts, and the full paper version of accepted submissions will be published in the conference proceedings and submitted to IEEE Xplore (conditional on presentation at the conference). Standalone and combined registrations packages will be offered for IEEE CAVS and IEEE VTC2020-Fall events.


Submission deadline: 15 June 2020  (closed)
Acceptance notification: 31 July 2020
Final paper submission: 7 August 2020

IMFW 2020 Conference date: Oct. 28-30, 2020

IMFW 2020 is the first International Microwave Workshop dedicated to the microwave/terahertz filter community, both academic and industrial segments. The event is organized by the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society (MTT-S) with the technical co-sponsorship of the European Microwave Association (EuMA). This Workshop represents a unique and unprecedented opportunity to bring together scientists from industry and academia around the world that specialize on filters, to share the most recent advances in filter theory, technology and manufacturing issues.

There will be significant interaction between industrial expertise and academia, by intent. After this first event, organized in Perugia in Italy, the Workshop will be held in other parts of the world, locations where microwave academia interacts strongly with the industrial microwave community.

This event provides a good opportunity for the filter community to interact in a venue that is both academic and industrial, without the need for an expensive journey to a major multi-disciplinary event. Authors of accepted papers will be encouraged to submit an extended paper for a mini-special issue in the IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques. Don’t miss IMFW 2020. You won’t get a second chance to attend this very first event!!!

Perspective authors are cordially invited to submit papers in all areas of filter theory, technology and manufacturing, including but not limited to:

  • Filter synthesis theory
  • New filter technologies
  • Planar filters & multiplexers
  • Non-planar filters & multiplexers
  • Reconfigurable filters
  • 3D-printed filters
  • Filters for 5G 
  • Filtennas
  • Filters for Space
  • BAW and SAW filters
  • Manufacturing problems and solutions

Submitted papers should be 3 pages in length. Authors must adhere to the format provided in the paper template available in the conference site.

Submission deadline: May 31, 2020; Notification of acceptance: July 1, 2020; Final paper submission: Aug. 1, 2020

Conference General Chair Cristiano Tomassoni University of Perugia, Italy cristiano.tomassoni@unipg.it
Conference General Co-Chair Richard V. Snyder RS microwave, NJ, USA rsnyder@rsmicro.com
Technical Program Chair Giuseppe Macchiarella Politecnico di Milano, Italy giuseppe.macchiarella@polimi.it
Technical Program Co-Chairs Simone Bastioli RS microwave, NJ, USA Vicente E. Boria Univ. Politécnica deValencia, Spain Ming Yu Chinese University of Hong Kong
Conference Finance Chair Gian Guido Gentili Politecnico di Milano, Italy gianguido.gentili@polimi.it
Publication and Website Chair Roberto Gómez-García University of Alcala, Spain roberto.gomez.garcia@ieee.org
Awards Committee Chairs Raafat Mansour University of Waterloo, Canada Miguel A. G. Laso Public University of Navarre, Spain
Industrial Liaison Roberto Sorrentino RF Microtech, Italy
Liaison to Space Activities Petronilo Martin Iglesias ESA/ESTEC, The Netherlands

IEEE IMBioC 2020

IEEE MTT-S International Microwave Biomedical Conference (IMBioC)

Date: 12/14/2020 – 12/17/2020

Venue: Hotel Mercure Compans Cafarelli, Toulouse, France

The IEEE ImBioC Conference, sponsored by IEEE MTT-S (Microwave Theory and Techniques Society), AP-S (Antenna and Propagation Society) and EMB-S (Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society), is now scheduled the next 14-17 December 2020 in the Hotel Mercure Compans Cafarelli, Toulouse, France.
While, the submission of the extended conference articles to the special issue organized in IEEE JERM is scheduled for the next September 2020.
These IEEE ImBioC Conference updates are summarized in the attached advertising document.

Conference website at https://imbioc-ieee.org/
Contact email: ducrocq@laas.fr
Conference PDF: https://engage.ieee.org/rs/756-GPH-899/images/IMBioC2020 advertisement.pdf


IEEE Women in Engineering

St. Mary’s Academy strong in STEM support

In 2013, Morgan Wagner and Dave Gesler took a risk and founded the St. Mary’s Academy Robotics All-Girls Team, 5493 (“SMAbotics_AG”), in Englewood Colorado. They did it with the intent of creating a place where young women could develop their confidence and pursue their passions in STEM. SMAbotics_AG works tirelessly to implement our mission statement: “We strive to ignite young women’s passion for STEM through Leadership, Collaboration & Creativity. Together, we can be the next generation of innovators in our increasingly globalized, technologically-driven world.” Every day, we make an effort to build an environment where young women are excited to take on a challenge in STEM and know they will be successful with persistence and hard work. In each girl, we hope to instill the confidence and will to take risks, fail, and try again. Furthermore, SMAbotics aims to develop strong, resilient, and dedicated women leaders in STEM. SMAbotics_AG aspires to grow through the years, passing down traditions and empowering the next generations of young women.

For more information, to become a sponsor, or just support a great cause, here are a couple of websites for them.




Industry Video: The Challenges Facing the Semiconductor Industry in the U.S.


IEEE Happenings

Call for participation

The MGA Training Committee is pleased to announce the launch of the 2020 Volunteer Leadership Training (VoLT) Program. The VoLT Program invites growing volunteers who have a desire to continue growing as IEEE volunteers and lead their local units to complete the program’s prerequisite courses, and apply for the program when the application opens in June.

To date, over 300 volunteers representing all ten IEEE Regions, and over 100 Sections, have graduated from the VoLT Program. As a testament to its success, graduates are taking positions of leadership with their local operational units and at the Region level.

Prerequisite Courses & Other Requirements

To be considered for the program, candidates are required to complete the eight prerequisite courses that cover the core organizational units of IEEE and provide foundational knowledge of the organization. Log into the IEEE Center for Leadership Excellence (CLE) to access the courses. For complete application requirements, see our Application Checklist.

Application & Key Dates

The application for the 2020 class will open June 1st, 2020. Volunteers who complete the prerequisite courses between now and May 31st, 2020 will receive an email invitation to apply. The link to the application will also be posted on the website.

The application deadline is July 17th, 2020. In addition to their applications, candidates must have completed the eight prerequisite courses and submitted their endorsements by this date in order to be considered for a seat in this year’s program.

Candidates will be notified of their application status in August 2020. The program starts September and ends early December. During the program, participants will attend weekly virtual webinars focused on leadership topics. Participants will have a mentor, and work on a project with their assigned teams.

For more information about the program, please visit our new home in the CLE. Please share this announcement with anyone who may be interested in the program.

Thank you,

Rubén Barrera-Michel

2020 MGA Training Committee Chair

IEEE 6th World Forum on Internet of Things

(WF-IoT 2020 Virtual Multi-Event Forum)

Event #1: Technical Paper Program

2-16 June 2020


Program Link: https://wfiot2020.iot.ieee.org/program/technical-paper-program/

The IEEE World Forum on Internet of Things (WF-IoT) is the premier forum of the IEEE IoT Initiative which presents the latest technology developments and innovations in the fields and disciplines that drive the utility and vitality of IoT solutions and applications annually to IoT practitioners around the world.

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the WF-IoT 2020 this year will be held as a “Virtual Multi-Event Forum.” The novel Virtual Multi Event format will enable authors and other attendees to listen and discuss the latest IoT research contributions without taking any Corona related travel risks.

The 1st event of the IEEE WF-IoT 2020 is happening now until June 16th, 2020, which includes on-demand presentations of the peer-reviewed papers accepted for publication and the Vertical and Topical Program for WF-IoT 2020:

The latest in Research (9 Tracks)

The M.Sc. Forum (1 Track)

The Ph.D. Forum (1 Track)

Demonstrations (1 Track)

Vertical and Topical Areas (1 Track)

All of the Paper Presentations will be prerecorded, available on-line from June 2nd to June 16th, and published in IEEE Xplore after the Virtual Conference. You will be able to listen to and see the presentations for any of topics that you are interested in during the Virtual Forum. The conference tool has the ability for registrants to ask questions and make comments. Each of the on-demand Sessions has two co-chairs who will forward queries and post replies and clarifications from the presenters.

Join us online for engaging technical exchanges and learn the latest IoT advancements.


Magdy Bayoumi, General Chair

Adam Drobot, Verticals and Topical Program Chair

Heiner Stuettgen, IEEE IoT Board Chair

on behalf of IEEE WF-IoT 2020 Organizing Committee

RFIC 2020 Open for Registration

We invite you to join us in the 2020 IEEE Radio Frequency Integrated Circuits (RFIC) Symposium, to be held as a virtual symposium beginning on Tuesday 4 August 2020 with the Plenary Session, which will feature world-renowned speakers, and our top student and industry papers as a virtual symposium showcase.

A single registration will allow attendees to access all Microwave Week content, including RFIC, IMS, ARFTG, the 5G Summit, a virtual exhibition, panel sessions, and more. This registration is free to all members of the IEEE Microwave Theory and Technique Society (MTT-S). All Microwave Week content will be available on-line beginning on 4 August 2020 and lasting through 30 September 2020. Click here to register today.

Our technical program features 95 paper presentations organized within 21 technical sessions. These pre-recorded video presentation will be available to attendees on demand allowing attendees to digest all that our symposium has to offer.

A joint RFIC/IMS live-streamed panel session is scheduled for Wednesday, 5 August 2020 at 11:30 AM PDT. This panel will feature speakers discussing the important topic of “Who needs RF when we can digitize at the antenna interface”. This topic is sure to interest both experts and newcomers alike.

Finally, as students of today will be our leaders for tomorrow, the RFIC 2020, in partnership with IMS, offers opportunities for students to enhance their career growth and educational experiences. These include the RFIC student paper contest and the Three-Minute Thesis (3MT®) program.

On behalf of the RFIC Steering, Executive and Technical Committees, we welcome you to join us at the 2020 RFIC Symposium! Please visit the RFIC 2020 website (http://rfic-ieee.org/) for more details and updates.


IEEE Future Networks

2020 IEEE 3rd 5G World Forum Call for Papers and Proposals
The 2020 IEEE 3rd 5G World Forum (5GWF’20) in Bangalore, India, seeks contributions on how to nurture and cultivate 5G technologies and applications for the benefit of society. 5G systems should unveil a novel mobile network architecture that not only improves physical data rate, but also creates a new ecosystem allowing the deployment of novel services and applications. A key target is to build a novel network architecture that should support not only classical mobile broadband applications and services but also vertical industry (e.g. Intelligent Transport, Industrial IoT, eHealth, etc.) and other 5G-based services. Learn more at the conference website.

Important Dates

2020 IEEE 5G World Forum

Technical Papers
31 March 2020 30 May 2020 (closed)

Workshop and Special Session Papers
1 May 2020 30 June 2020 (closed)

Tutorial Proposals
Vertical/Topical Area Proposals
Industry Forum and Panel Sessions
1 June 2020 17 June 2020

Industry Demonstrations
1 June 2020 15 July 2020

Entrepreneurship and Innovations Forum (EIF)

Conference Dates:
10-12 September 2020
Virtual Event


IEEE Future Directions

IEEE Blockchain

Blockchain – More than Cryptocurrency, blockchain is a technological foundation to a new way of conducting transactions, securing networks, and recording the validity and origin of data. Blockchain will allow a new perspective on how humans interact to society’s challenges; touching upon everything from financial transactions, energy trading, carbon emission trading, protection and easy access to healthcare records, to the protection of the valued assets of corporations and nation states.

IEEE Brain           

Brain – This initiative is dedicated to advancing technologies that improve the understanding of brain function, revolutionizing current abilities to reverse engineer neural circuits in both the central and peripheral nervous systems, and developing new approaches to interface the brain with machines for augmenting human-machine interaction and mitigating effects of neurological disease and injury.

IEEE Digital Reality          

Digital Reality – This initiative serves to enable the coming Digital Transformation through collaboration among technologists, engineers, regulators, and ethicists. The Digital Transformation is fueled by advances in sensors and actuators, artificial intelligence (AI), and machine learning (ML). By leveraging these technologies and others, such as augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), and Digital Twins, the line between the physical world and the digital world will be increasingly less distinct.

GreenTech 2021 & R5 Annual Meeting

by Ian MacMillan

Denver Section will be again hosting the GreenTech & R5 Annual Meeting in 2021.  The Students Robotics Competition is an exciting part of the the R5 Annual Meeting. The Conference Organizing Committee is forming up if you’d like to be involved in making this great fun conference happen, please contact conferences@ieee-denver.org.


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Upcoming Events

You can see all of our upcoming events on the IEEE Denver Events Calendar  

2019 IEEE-USA Co-Sponsored Conferences

5-6 Nov Woburn, Massachusetts 2019 IEEE International Symposium on Technologies for Homeland Security (HST)

15-16 Nov Boston, MA IEEE International Symposium on Technologies on Technology and Society (ISTAS)

Papers Due: 16 August 2019

6-8 Jan 2020 Las Vegas, NV 10th Annual Computing and Communication Workshop and Conference (CCWC)

Call for Papers | Papers Due: 31 October 2019



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