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|On the Edge – Accelerating hybrid and electric mobility in the commercial transportation segment.
|Insight – Evolution of the Intelligent Industrial Edge
|Guest Column – Digital is the Great Equalizer in Powering An Accelerated Resurgence
|Tech Talk – edgeBoost™, bandBoost™ and coexBoost™ – Three Types of Wi-Fi Filters
|Technical Articles and While Papers
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|Message from Jim Sipes, Chair, IEEE Denver Section.
Welcome to a New Year, with a new set of challenges and opportunities!
I suspect none of us are sad to see 2020 in the rear-view mirror. As the Covid-19 vaccines become more and more available, we begin to see the possibility of 2021 returning to a more nearly normal, pre-pandemic life. I personally felt a great weight lifted when I got my first vaccine jab, and I hope that all take the opportunity of getting those jabs as our turns come up.
We plan to continue with virtual meetings for much of this year; if things are looking safe by late in the year, we may be able to start returning to meeting face-to-face. As we return to face-to-face, we should be looking closely at how to continue capitalizing on one of our learnings from this period of virtual meetings – how to share meetings over geographically diverse areas. Many of our chapters and groups have been having joint technical meetings with chapters and groups in other parts of our region and in other regions. One of the chapters had a meeting in which the principal speaker was in South Korea! So how to have successful hybrid meetings, with some participants virtual and some face-to-face but with all feeling included is going to be our next challenge to master.
With the New Year the Denver Section has me as the new chair and a new vice-chair, Jeff Hardy. Jason Rupe gets to retire to being Past-Chair, and Ian MacMillan gets to move from being Past-Chair to doing lots of other stuff. There are still many opportunities to contribute to the Section, and all are welcome at our monthly virtual ExCom meetings on the third Tuesday of the month. And don’t forget our monthly Webex and Learn (aka, Dine and Learn) technical presentations on the second Tuesday of the month.
The 2021 IEEE Green Technologies Conference Organizing Committee is hard at work getting this year’s conference, April 7-9, ready to roll. Papers have been submitted and approved and the technical program is being finalized, but there is still opportunity to contribute to making it a success. For more information, see https://ieeegreentech.org.
If GreenTech is not your thing, the Colorado Science and Engineering Fair (CSEF) still has openings for judges. CSEF brings together the best of the thirteen Colorado Regional Fairs, with typically over 300 middle and high school students’ projects being judged at the state level. Winners at the state level then have the opportunity to compete internationally. It is a great opportunity to interact with Colorado’s brightest students and is a very rewarding experience. Judging will be held virtually on April 8, 2021. For more information, see https://www.csef.colostate.edu or contact me directly at email@example.com.
Here’s to a safe and (hopefully) back-to-normal 2021!
From the Editor’s Desk, Ernest Worthman
Breaking up is hard to do
Recently National Public Radio did a drill-down on what has been simmering on the back burners of several government agencies for a while now – how to manage the tech giants.
In the center of the radar screen are Facebook, Alphabet (Google’s parent company), Apple, and Amazon. Usually known as FAANG (Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Google, Netflix). The new acronym for the U.S. House of Representatives-targeted monopoly players is FAAA (Facebook, Apple, Amazon, and Alphabet).
There has been much noise, for a couple of years on the supposed negative impact of these Silicon Valley giants. Recently, the House Judiciary Committee finished up a report that found the members of FAAA are monopolies. The report is 450 pages and the result of a 16-month investigation (which is one of the things politicians do best, generate reports).
Note that this was a House report. I doubt the Senate, its Republicans to be precise, share the same viewpoint because, in fact, none of the Senators have endorsed it. Nevertheless, it is worth taking a deeper dive into the conclusions of the committee.
The report claims FAAA are the dominant players in their respective segments and they control the market. And, while the report finds some antitrust possibilities, I did not find that the report made really strong arguments on the control issue.
OK, but it is not like these tech companies were handed this. The leaders of these companies are shrewd, edge-of-the-envelope, forward-thinking individuals that saw opportunity and seized upon it.
So, now they have gone from darling, a few years ago, to monsters that gobble up everything in their path to achieve dominance.
The report is titled “Investigation of Competition in Digital Markets.” It has been recapped by any number of media outlets but there are some interesting points nestled between the usual legal pontifications.
The first assessment is that they are too big and need to be broken up into separate units – shades of the original AT&T. However, these “monopolies” have a different model. The investigation claims they are controlling the market by stifling competition. I found that much of what the investigations claimed was marginal.
Take Facebook, for example. The rub here is that they absorbed their immediate competition – Instagram and WhatsApp. That certainly puts the kibosh on their major competition. However, it does have a competitor, of sorts, in LinkedIn, although not a major one.
However, truth be told, who cares if Facebook is a monopoly? Nobody is being forced to use it or advertise on it. It does not cost the user and if advertisers want to be visible on it, you either pay the going rate or do not advertise.
This is not like having a monopoly in personal protective equipment where people on Amazon were charging big bucks for masks and it was a critical product or service. It is Facebook, a novelty, even if it is a global app.
There is really no harm in it being the only app of its kind. This is a fair game. If advertisers want to connect with users, then pay the price. Nobody is going to die if a vendor does not connect with users or users do not have another choice other than Facebook.
What about Amazon? It grew to where it is now because it filled a need nobody else offered. There is plenty of competition to it, particularly Walmart.
There might be some question if Amazon is selling its own brand in competition to its members and prevents them from selling the same product. However, I have not seen that. For the most part, Amazon is, technically, a marketplace that offers sales opportunities to anyone who wants it. You do not have to buy an Amazon product – there are plenty of choices.
The same goes for Google, which has the largest search engine. But again, there are a ton of others; Bing, Yahoo, Baidu, Ask, are the major ones but there are also smaller ones such as DuckDuckGo, AOL, Dogpile, and more (who, in their right mind would name anything Dogpile anyway). Perhaps Google could, simply, be forbidden to buy competitive search apps.
But again, who cares if Google has the search engine field sewn up as long as there are others that can be used, and Google does not stop the user from using other choices.
Aside from some of the absurdities the report makes, there are a couple of arguments worth discussing. One is how to even the playing field where there is legitimate concern about monopolies that actually restricts competition. An example of that is by restricting what other companies Facebook can acquire.
For Google, there could be restrictions on their search engine that keep them from interfering with competing ones. For Apple, it could be that they must have open-source code for their apps requiring equal space for competitive apps that are not Apple-certified.
There is also the question of the ramifications of reigning them in – the law of unintended circumstances. For example, if you, say, break up Apple into sub-companies, it can have a negative effect on their ability to maintain ubiquitous service and technical excellence.
Antitrust is a slippery slope in high tech. There are no real precedents for digital monopolies, which makes current laws dated. Although some of the antitrust elements certainly apply, digital economies have different models than those that sell goods, questioning the applicability of existing laws to digital models. So, following these dated “analog-era” laws can have a slew of unintended consequences.
I believe a better approach is to see exactly what verifiable damage is being caused by these mega-corporations before we run off reeling them in because they capitalized on new opportunities and became the dominant players.
Personally, I do not use Facebook or Instagram. WhatsApp is useful if I am out of my mobile carrier’s network (internationally). I use Bing as my search engine and as far as Amazon goes, I use it because it is convenient and, much of the time, I cannot find what I need locally at a decent price. I do not use “Whole Paycheck” simply because the ubiquitous grocery story is too expensive (although Amazon is working on that).
The report notes that Amazon is the “dominant online marketplace” and that evidence “demonstrates that Amazon functions as a gatekeeper for eCommerce.” Well, ok. That results in a standardized interface with a single point of interface to eCommerce. I happen to like that. And is Walmart that much different?
Another conclusion was that Fortune 500 companies, in dealing with the tech giants, feel dependent on their whims. Well, cry me a river and call the waaambulance! I am pretty sure they did not become a top Fortune company by being the nicest guys on the block.
This report may be timely to, shall we say, cap the unrest Washington has been feeling about big tech. However, I do not believe antitrust legislation should be wielded with a sledgehammer, if at all in these cases.
Let us start with some precision microsurgery and see how the patients fare if the government feels it has to do this to make it look like they are actually accomplishing something.
Of course, FAAA players all dispute the findings. While there may be some validity to them, to me, as our illustrious leader likes to say, it looks a bit like a witch hunt.
In essence, their mega-status does not affect me, or most of the people I know. In spite of what the politicians in the House have determined, I still have plenty of choices.
About This Year’s CVD
Our CVD will be a bit different in 2021.
Because travel to Washington is still difficult (and probably unwise), this year’s CVD will be virtual. Instead of traveling to Washington, participants will meet with their legislators at their local legislative offices, by video conference, or by conference call, depending on your location.
This change is necessary, but it is also an opportunity. Because nobody can travel to Washington, your legislators will not expect you to. In fact, IEEE-USA has learned that many legislative offices are having difficulty communicating with their voters because they can’t do face-to-face meetings. This means that our meetings will be especially valuable, and appreciated, this year.
What’s Different This Year
IEEE-USA will be arranging meetings for CVD participants with all three of their legislators in Washington, both Senators and your Representative. We will give the legislators the option of holding the meeting in-person at their local office (not in DC), or electronically. We expect most of these meetings to be conference calls, but in-person meetings are still possible in some parts of the country, so we want to leave that option on the table.
Meetings will be scheduled for 14 April.* IEEE-USA will coordinate the specific schedule with you and your local team of volunteers.
Everything else will be the same. Teams of volunteers from your local community will meet with your legislators to introduce yourselves to your elected leaders, to explain what IEEE is and what you do, and discuss IEEE-USA’s legislative priorities for the coming year. These meetings will be the best opportunity IEEE-USA has to communicate, as a group, with the new Congress.
Registration will close on 12 March, so please register at your earliest convenience.
SET CVD raises awareness of the long-term importance of science, engineering and technology to the nation.
The core messages we will deliver in 2021 are:
Basic Ground Rules for Participants
CVD is free for all participants.
In-person meetings: Business Professional Attire
Video meetings: Also Business Professional Attire
IEEE-USA will be distributing leave-behind and other preparatory materials to you in advance. We will also be posting videos to help prepare you for your meetings starting in early March. Materials for the “Leave Behind” Folder will be made available at the IEEE-USA Training.
Designed to Provide a Synergized Understanding of E-Drive Motors, E-Motors and Power Electronics
Taking Place Online on 24 & 25 March 2021
Automotive IQ brings you the Advanced E-Drive Systems for BEV/HEVs 2021 conference (24-25 March), focusing on cutting-edge developments in e-drive components, e-motors and power electronics.
Thoroughly researched with attendees and speakers from our long-running E-Motor Technology Conference (sold out 8 years in row!), the Component Innovation for E-Drives Conference, and the Advanced Power Electronics for EV/HEV event, the latest digital event is designed to deliver greater value from the comfort of your home/office.
Log in from your own home, or office, on Tuesday, March 24th from 3:00pm CET/9:00am EST and join over 500 automotive experts to:
View the full online agenda to explore the full range of sessions and discussions that you can be a part of.
On behalf of Automotive IQ, I look forward to welcoming you to the online event in March.
The IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC) is one of the two flagship conferences of IEEE Communications Society (ComSoc). ICC 2021 will be held virtually 14-23 June.
Themed “Connectivity-Security-Privacy,” ICC 2021 will feature an extensive high quality program of keynotes, tutorials and workshops covering a range of topics including: 5G, 6G, AI, Sensing, Internet of Things and so much more.
Join us online or in Montreal to share ideas, learn the latest research, innovations and hear insights from the experts at ICC 2021.
ICC 2021 will feature more 25 workshops on a wide array of topics. Workshop paper submissions are still being accepted through February 19, 2021 (FIRM).
ICC 2021 will offer 30 tutorials covering 6G, machine learning, AI, MIMO, UAV cellular and more.
The IEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference (WCNC) is a premier annual IEEE Conference in the wireless research arena bringing together researchers, academics, and industry professionals around the world. IEEE WCNC 2021 will take place from 29 March to 1 April in Nanjing, China.
The WCNC 2021 program will feature exciting technical symposia, tutorials, workshops, industry panels and exhibitions covering technical and business issues in wireless communications and networking, and other topics ranging from technology issues to emerging applications.
REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!
Information about Student Conference Grants is Available. For more details please click HERE.
The List of Accepted Papers is Available. For more details please click HERE.
The List of Distinguished TPC Members is Available. For more details please click HERE.
Guidelines for Final Paper Submission for Technical Papers in the Workshops is Available. For more details please click HERE.
Guidelines for Final Paper Submission for Technical Papers in the Main Conference is Available. For more details please click HERE.
Call for Papers [Workshops] is Available. For more details please click HERE.
IEEE INFOCOM 2021 Will Be Held Virtual. Due to the current pandemic in North America and around the world, IEEE INFOCOM 2021 will be offered as a virtual conference.
Call for Workshop Proposals is Available
2020 Award Winners
The IEEE Women in Engineering awards program recognizes WIE members and WIE Affinity Groups who have made an outstanding contribution to IEEE WIE, their community, and the engineering profession, through their dedication and involvement in projects or activities directed toward fulfilling the IEEE WIE goals and objectives. Women engineers are among some of the most distinguished contributors to the engineering profession. Here are the 2020 award winners.
WIE Inspiring Student Member of the Year Award:
WIE Affinity Group of the Year Award:
WIE Student Branch Affinity Group of the Year Award:
IMS 2021 Paper Submission
International Microwave Symposium 6 – 11 June 2021, Atlanta, GA
You are cordially invited to join us in Atlanta at the intersection of communications, aerospace, automotive, IoT and other emerging technologies to learn the latest developments in MHz-to-THz theories, techniques, devices, systems and applications. Please consider submitting your paper to the premier RF and Microwave event!
Please see links below to various materials helpful in completing your paper submission.
New this year:
IMS will be a hybrid conference — both face-to-face and virtual. We are 100% committed to our authors to give them the opportunity and forum to publish and present their work in a manner they feel most comfortable. Authors of the papers selected for presentation at IMS2021 may elect to present either live or virtually upon final submission of the manuscripts.
NEW MWCL Special Issue of “Top IMS 2021 Papers”! IMS2021 TPRC will select a number of high quality papers (estimated 50 papers) for MWCL editorial review. The corresponding authors will receive email invitations to publish their IMS papers at the MWCL special issue on “Top IMS 2021 Papers”.
97th ARFTG Microwave Measurement Conference
CALL FOR PAPERS
The 97th ARFTG Microwave Measurement Conference, which is part of IMS week 2021, will be held at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia, with an exciting collection of measurement topics to be presented. The theme for this conference is:
“Conducted and OTA Measurement Challenges for Urban, Rural & SatComm Connectivity”.
Technical papers are solicited describing original work in areas of measurement for state-of-the-art and next-generation technologies for communications and sensing including, but not limited to:
-Backhaul measurements challenges for terrestrial and extraterrestrial systems –Direction-Finding, angle-of-arrival and time-of-flight techniques for comm systems –Millimeter-wave antenna and OTA testing –Millimeter-wave product manufacturing measurement and calibration challenges
Topics always of interest include:
-RF/digital mixed-signal measurement and calibration –Nonlinear / large-signal measurement and modeling techniques –Terahertz measurement techniques –Calibration methods –Materials measurement approaches
February 12, 2021 Paper summary due in PDF format.
Instructions for Authors
Contributed papers will be presented as 20-minute talks or in an interactive poster session. The final version of the papers will be published in the conference proceedings, and will be submitted as well to IEEE Xplore, provided it has been presented during the conference.
We request that authors submit a 4-page summary paper with supporting figures of both experimental setups and measurement results to enable evaluations of the novelty of the work. More details and submission instructions can be found at:
This year, ARFTG will also be participating in the Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition along with IMS and RFIC. Authors of accepted papers will be able to enter this competition with finalists presenting a description of their work for a general audience.
Exhibit & Sponsorship
The 97th ARFTG Microwave Measurement Conference also offers an outstanding exhibition and sponsorship opportunity. Please contact our Exhibits and Sponsorship Chairs (firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com) directly for further information.
IEEE ComSoc International Communications Quality and Reliability Workshop
13 May 2021 // Virtual Conference
Call for Papers
The 35th IEEE International Workshop on Communications Quality and Reliability (CQR2021) will be held virtually on 13 May 2021. The workshop will offer technical sessions, original paper presentations, and keynotes panels designed to further career opportunities and the in-depth understanding of key issues impacting communications networks quality and reliability.
Continuing the tradition of this series of workshops, CQR 2021 will provide an international technical forum for experts from industry and academia to exchange ideas and present results of ongoing research in the areas listed below.
You are invited to submit a paper related to various aspects of QoS and Reliability for the following networks/services, but are not limited to:
-Grid and Distributed Cloud Computing – Software Defined Networks -Network Function Virtualization -Data Center Networks -Information-Centric Networking -Vehicular Networks -Cognitive Radio Networks -Delay Tolerant Networks -Internet of Things (IoT) -5G/B5G Mobile Networks -Network Slicing -Edge/Fog Computing -MIMO Communications -Robotics -Application of Data Analytics -Network Architecture and Design -Network Security and Reliability -Network Survivability -Operations, Administration and Maintenance -QoS Metrics and Measurement -QoS Policy and Assessment -QoE Assessment and Management-Resource Allocation and Management -Anomaly Detection -Intrusion Detection -Impact of Security on QoE -Scheduling and Buffer Management-Traffic Control -Traffic Modeling and Characterization -Service Level Agreement -Machine Learning for Networking -ML-based Operations
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: 5 February 2021
IEEE Global Communications Conference (GLOBECOM 2021)
CALL FOR PAPERS AND PROPOSALS
The 2021 IEEE Global Communications Conference (GLOBECOM 2021) will be held in Madrid, Spain, from 7 -11 December 2021. Themed “Connecting Cultures around the Globe,” this flagship conference of the IEEE Communications Society will feature a comprehensive high-quality technical program including 12 symposia, selected areas in communications track and a variety of tutorials and workshops. IEEE GLOBECOM 2021 will also include an attractive Industry program aimed at practitioners, with keynotes and panels from prominent research, industry and government leaders, business and industry panels, and vendor exhibits.
Industry Forums and Exhibition Program
Proposals are sought for forums, panels, demos, seminars and presentations specifically related to issues facing the broader communications and networking industries.
Proposals are sought for half- or full-day tutorials in all communication and networking topics.
Proposals are sought for half- or full-day workshops in all communication and networking topics.
-Cognitive Radio and AI-Enabled Networks –Communication and Information System Security –Communication QoS –Reliability and Modeling
Selected Areas in Communications:
– Aerial Communications – Big Data – Cloud Computing, Networking and Storage – E-Health – Full-Duplex Communications – Machine Learning for Communications – Molecular, Biological and Multi-Scale Communications – Quantum Communications and Computing – Satellite and Space
IEEE International Black Sea Conference on Communications and Networking (BlackSeaCom)
24-28 May 2021 // Virtual Conference
**CALL FOR PAPERS**
With the theme “From the Historical Black Sea for a Future World of Communications”, the 9th International Black Sea Conference on Communications and Networking (BlackSeaCom), is seeking original, completed, and unpublished technical papers not currently under review by any other journal, magazine, or conference. Besides the regular technical papers, the conference also welcomes the submission of poster papers that present work in progress, with preliminary results, tutorials, and demos.
-Software Defined Networks, Network Virtualization, and Network Slicing -Communications for Cloud, Edge and Fog –Social networking, connected health and multimedia communications –Optical Networks and Systems, Radio over Fiber –Mobile and Wireless Communications and Networking
Submission Deadline: 28 February 2021
The 2021 IEEE Radio Frequency Integrated Circuits Symposium (RFIC 2021) will be held in Atlanta, GA, on 6-8 June 2021.
Continuing in 2021: RFIC has expanded its focus to include systems, applications, and interactive demonstrations, including 5G systems, radar systems, terahertz systems, biomedical systems, and optoelectronic systems.
The 2021 symposium is currently planned as a hybrid event with both in-person and virtual activities. More details to follow. In person events will be held at the Georgia World Congress Center, in Atlanta, GA. RFIC 2021 starts on Sunday, June 6, 2021 with a large selection of workshops followed by two plenary talks and a reception featuring our top industry and student papers. Monday and Tuesday, June 7-8 will consist of oral presentations, an interactive demonstration, and panel sessions.
We invite authors to submit their technical papers via the RFIC 2021 website, where both the author’s guidelines and Call for Papers can be found. Complete information on how and when to submit a paper will be posted on the RFIC 2021 website. The symposium solicits papers describing original work in RF integrated circuits, systems engineering, design methodology, RF modeling and CAD simulation, RFIC technologies, device technologies, fabrication, testing, reliability, packaging, and modules to support RF applications in areas such as Wireless Cellular and Connectivity, Low Power Transceivers, Receiver Sub-Systems and Circuits, Mixed-Signal RF and Data Converters, Reconfigurable and Tunable Front-Ends, Transmitter Sub-Systems and Power Amplifiers, Oscillators, Frequency Synthesis, Millimeter- and Sub-Millimeter Wave Systems, and High-Speed Data Transceivers. The new extended RFIC scope now includes papers on systems and applications in 5G, radar, imaging, terahertz, biomedical, connectivity, and optoelectronic areas.
As with last year, a double-blind review process will be adopted to ensure anonymity for both authors and reviewers. Detailed instructions on how to submit a paper compliant with double-blind rules are found here.
Electronic Submission Deadlines:
All submissions must be made at rfic-ieee.org in pdf form. Hard Copies are not accepted.
This will be a hybrid event, held in Tokyo, Japan, from 28 June to 2 July 2021. The conference’s theme is “Accelerating Network Softwarization in the Cognitive Age,” a reflection of the current trend of research in the area of network softwarization.
Like in past years, IEEE NetSoft will host a set of workshops to complement the conference program with in-depth or integration forums that are dedicated to emerging topics and/or topics specifically related to IEEE NetSoft 2021. Accepted and presented workshop papers will be published in the conference proceedings and will be submitted for inclusion in IEEE Xplore.
Nothing here this issue but watch for the nest issue
April 27 -30 2021 (Virtual)
Join us at the 8th annual IEEE WIE ILC!
The IEEE Women in Engineering International Leadership Conference (WIE ILC) aims to support and sustain women leaders and technologists, especially those in mid to senior career. Enhance your leadership skills and knowledge of the tech industry, while networking with 1000+ STEM leaders from around the world.
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GreenTech 2021 & R5 Annual Meeting
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
by Ian MacMillan
You can see all of our upcoming events on the IEEE Denver Events Calendar
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