Mile High Spark – October 2019 – Volume 10, Issue 3

AGL eDigest Newsletter Applied Wireless Technology Magazine

 

White Paper – Rethinking the Three “Rs” of LiDAR: Rate, Resolution and Range. By Luis Dussan, Blair LaCorte, Barry Behnken, and Allan Steinhardt
IEEE Spectrum 6G: The Next Frontier: From Holographic Messaging to Artificial Intelligence Using Subterahertz and Visible Light Communication
Hot Topic – Blockchain – Jason Rupe, Section Chair – Registration thru October 26; Presentation is on October 30
Guest Column – Putting a Price on the 5G Vision – By Femi Adeyemi, Ph.D, Fujitsu Case Study – A Case Study for Universal Design in the IoT
On the Edge – Smart Cities Trends in 2019 – By Morne Erasmus, Commscope Insight – Towards the Connected Smart Home – By Adlane Fellah
October 2019
Volume 10 Issue 3
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.


 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!

Editors:
Ernest Worthman
Message from Denver Section Chair, Jason Rupe

The Denver section is a fairly active group. We have a lot of activities and opportunities for engineers to learn about interesting work through our dine and learn events or chapter events. This are discoverable on our Denver section calendar. But there are IEEE activities going on that you may not know about, which certainly may be opportunities for you to consider.

For example, I will be speaking on a panel for a webinar on October 23rd about blockchain developments in the cable industry. I will be focusing on standards developments in distributed ledger technology and the IEEE blockchain initiative. You can find out more and register for this free event here: https://www.cablelabs.com/event/informed-webinar-links-in-the-chain

Also, I will be presenting on blockchain in communications, and the IEEE Blockchain Initiative at CU on October 30th, which you can attend in person, but seats are limited. Find out more here: https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/207252.

Finally, your Denver section and the IEEE Blockchain Initiative are planning a blockchain workshop. It will be open to IEEE members, as well the public, to engage Colorado on the work of the IEEE blockchain initiative, with some specific work on projects involving transactive energy. Watch the Denver section website or blockchain.ieee.org for updates.

The IEEE has a lot of societies, and sometimes their executive and administrative committees meet in Denver. Just last weekend, the IEEE Reliability Society met in Denver for two days to work on society business, which gave us a chance to highlight the work going on in Denver. Unfortunately, we had to make the decision to fold the rocky mountain chapter of reliability society. It had not been active for quite some time. However, the society continues to flourish as one of the leads for the blockchain initiative, a supporter of many conferences, and a growing publication portfolio.

The Denver section Executive Committee meets the third Tuesday of  the month, with the exception of December. We also have an officers training event, which will be held on Saturday, November 16th. This is a great opportunity to find out more about the Denver section activities, meet some of the chapter officers, and discover if you might want to be involved in the chapters or section.

There are existing positions to fill in the Denver section, as well as chapters. We would love to see some more new faces at this event, next month. It also offers opportunity to start your own activities. Please come and check it out.

The Denver section is currently looking for a young professionals coordinator, and a coordinator for our various university student chapters, for example. But we can always make a position that suits you if you are interested in doing something else that would be aligned with the IEEE’s mission.  If you are thinking about checking out any of these opportunities or want to know more, check out the Denver section calendar and find your favorite event to attend, then come see us!  y4^=�

From the Editor, Ernest Worthman

Should we be concerned about concentrated RF?

Discussions pertaining to the damage that may be caused by ambient or incidental RF have been around for years, even prior to the cellular era. However, in the early cellular days, once RF radiation got really close to the body, ears piqued and there have been endless debates about whether or not having a mobile phone near one’s head is dangerous.

I started writing about this over 20 years ago. I revisit it from time to time, over the years, as the topic refreshes with new data. Overall, evidence has been sparse that RF from mobile phones is damaging to the body. However, it took a long time for the tobacco companies to admit smoking was detrimental to your health. The evidence, finally once proven to be true, created a sea of change.

My point is that just because something is poo-pooed, does not mean it is not true. Conversely, just because alarms are raised about something does not mean there is a concern.Things take time to prove out.

The effects of RF on living tissue is well documented and beyond reproach. However, there is copious ambiguity around how much, where and for how long, exposure to low-level, RF affects the body. For this discussion, I am going to funnel down to 5G, eventually – stay with me.

As I noted earlier, little evidence exists that substantiates using mobile phones is hazardous to one’s health. On the other hand, it has been only 20 years since we started putting them next to our brain. The kind of damage that comes from such low-level energy radiation is highly subject to exposure time, exposure energy and length of use. With this many variables it takes many, many years to develop a pattern. There is also the issue that, if such damage is occurring, are we identifying it correctly or attributing it to something else.

To be fair, smartphone technology has advanced to the point where their signals are high-tech – meaning the way power is managed, the way they send and receive data their power cycles, modulation schemes, antenna design and such. The industry has heard the concerns of the early days and, unlike the tobacco industry, stepped up to address RF issues early on. For some time now, phones are no longer a radiation concern except in the most extreme situations.

However 5G, particularly mmWave has not had the same evolutionary track. Millimeter wave applications have been in use for decades, however, most installations are not near dense concentrations of populous. That will not be the case with 5G, from about 3 GHz and up. Of course, metrics change with frequency so 28 Ghz has different issues than 6 GHz.

Recently, the issue of ambient RF was brought up by some members of Congress. In response, Chairman Pai responded with a “not to worry” reply. He said that the FCC always has the health and safety of the users as a top priority. That is a pretty canned response, but then, what could, or should, he say?

There are many watchdogs in the RF arena. There needs to be. RF is dangerous. But, it is not like tobacco, which has no good use. RF, if properly managed (and it has been quite successfully), is safe and a fundamental technology in more than just communications. It has become part of our lives in, virtually, every segment. It will only become more prolific.

OK, fast forward to 5G. As the years wane on, if smartphones are culprits in causing bodily harm it will start, at some point, to become evident. However, we have also lessened the threat by moving away from holding these devices to our heads and replaced them with other RF emitting devices such as wireless headphone and earbuds. These are much newer than phones so the history will take a lot longer to prove, or disprove, any RF issues around them. And that will change the early metric of having them at our heads. The multitude, variety and changing landscape of this segment makes obtaining conclusive evidence long in coming.

However, leaving the personal space for a moment, hovering over the 5G landscape does appear to present some concerns. One is the sheer density of transceivers needed to provide ubiquitous coverage. While the platforms at lower frequencies, such as T-Mobile’s 600 MHz, will not be subject to congested densification, 5G mmWave platforms will.

Some say there will be a transceiver, of one sort or another, every 50 to 100 meters at mmWave frequencies. Perhaps even closer in contain areas such as the enterprise. That translates into nearly a million of such cells to be deployed, by 2026, according to a study commissioned by the CTIA.

What makes this a topic of concern are several factors. One, little research has been conducted around the safety issues of 5G. Also, FCC rules pertaining to RF safety are over 20 years old and have not been updated. Next, these rules are not applicable to much of the mmWave spectrum.Even the FCC agrees that the rules need updating.

As well, the RF environment, once such densification occurs, will be much more complex than what exists today. While we know much about individual RF frequencies and their effects, as just about as much with coexistence, once all of this mixes in a complex environment, things will change.

The 5G landscape will differ radically from what exists today in terms of ambient RF. It will be integrated to a degree we have never seen previously. Perhaps we have been lucky thus far – that man-made RF has not been so concentrated, or so ubiquitously prolific, that we are constantly being bathed in some form of it. And where it is, we know how to manage it.

In the end, it is all about the period of the exposure, power of the signal and how long it goes on. It gets much more complicated with periodic events such as coronal mass ejections (CMEs), stray natural RF fields, other natural and man-made sources of radiation, and the like. Perhaps singularly, they are manageable. But in areas where mmWaves are going to become as prolific as street furniture, perhaps taking both the narrow view of just RF and the broader view of multiple types and sources of radiation is warranted.

Is RF exposure a subject of concern? I believe so. While it, generally, is not be an issue today. I would keep my ear to the rail going into tomorrow.


IEEE GLOBECOM 2019

Workshop on Blockchain in Telecommunications: Emerging Technologies for the Next Decade and Beyond – IEEE Global Communications Conference 9-13 December 2019, Waikoloa, HI, USA

Scope and Topics

Blockchain is a decentralized, transparent and trusted database, defined as part of the Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) framework, and considered as an enabling technology of new IT enterprise systems and applications.  Blockchain in Telecommunications is a new powerful concept that can tremendously improve telecom networking operations and customer-facing processes experience, adding a new layer of authentication, validation and security for all telecom assets and transactions.

Telecom companies will benefit most from enterprise, permissioned Blockchain solutions to enhance existing IT (Information Technology) and OT (Operations Technology) solutions to address fraud prevention, customer identity management, mobile transactions settlement and mobile payment, among others, Blockchain is still a nascent technology and as such there are challenges for the wide adoption of Blockchain/DLT as a new enterprise and operational layer.

These challenges are around scalability, interoperability, standards, privacy, security, governance and consensus mechanisms that need to be defined and validated for telecom-specific applications.

This IEEE Globecom Telecom Blockchain Workshop will introduce the basic concepts of Blockchain applied to Telecommunications, and will discuss emerging trends and the challenges ahead.  It will also provide a forward-looking perspective on the emerging technologies and key applications in this new field.

TOPICS TO BE COVERED (Call for Papers)

This workshop will be aligned with IEEE Blockchain Initiative strategic directions and promoted as a joint initiative with Globecom Paper submission link: http://edas.info/N26307 The IEEE Globecom Telecommunications Blockchain Workshop invites prospective authors to submit their original technical work on any aspect of engineering, science, and technology of current interest to the workshop. Topic areas include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Blockchain in 5G Technologies
  • Blockchain in IoT
  • Blockchain in Networking and Cloud Technologies
  • Blockchain in Telecommunications Process, Operation and Customer Management
  • Blockchain Telecom Enterprise Applications
  • Blockchain Telecom in Home Automation and Communications
  • Blockchain Telecom Cybersecurity
  • Blockchain Telecom Scalability, Performance and Privacy
  • Blockchain Telecom Interoperability
  • Blockchain Telecom Pilots and Applications
  • Blockchain Telecom Regulatory Challenges and Requirements
  • Blockchain Telecom Emerging Technologies

Contact Tim Weil for details – weil.ieee@gmail.com


 

Call for Papers

IEEE CCWC 2020

The 10th IEEE Annual Computing and Communication Workshop and Conference University of Nevada, Las Vegas, USA; January 6-8, 2020.

We are pleased to announce that CCWC 2020, the 10th IEEE Annual Computing and Communication Workshop and Conference, to be held on 6-8 January 2020 at University of Nevada, Las Vegas, USA. The conference aims to bring together scholars from different disciplinary backgrounds to emphasize dissemination of ongoing research in the fields of in Computing and Communication. Contributed papers are solicited describing original works in these fields and related technologies. The conference will include a peer-reviewed program of technical sessions, special sessions, business application sessions, tutorials and demonstration sessions.

Accepted and presented papers will be submitted for publication to IEEE Xplore® digital library (Scopus; EiCompendex; Web of Science and Google Scholar). Click here for the conference flyer (http://ieee-ccwc.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/iemccwc-CFP.pdf) KEYNOTE SPEAKERS:

1. Ernesto Zamora Ramos (Intel Corporation, USA)

2. Son Vuong (University of British Columbia Vancouver, Canada)

3. Lanier Watkins (Johns Hopkins University, USA)

4. Shahram Latifi (University of Nevada, Las Vegas, USA) 5. Renee Bryce(University of North Texas, USA) 6. Daniel Bryce(Smart Informtion Flow Technologies(SIFT), LLC, USA) IMPORTANT DEADLINES:

• Full Paper Submission: 31st October 2019

• Acceptance Notification: 30th November 2019

• Camera Ready Paper Submission: 15th December 2019

• Registration :15th December 2019

• Presentation :31st December 2019

• Conference Date: 6 – 8 January 2020 Conference URL: http://ieee-ccwc.org/

SUBMISSION: Please see our website: http://ieee-ccwc.org/submission/

REGISTRATIONL: Please see our website: http://ieee-ccwc.org/registration/

CONTACT INFO: General Queries: conference@ieee-ccwc.org, secretary@ieee-ccwc.org, himadri@iemcal.com,himadri@ieee.org

 

TPEC 2020

The 4th annual IEEE Texas Power and Energy Conference, financially and technically co-sponsored by the IEEE Industry Applications Society (IAS), and technically co-sponsored by the IEEE Power and Energy Society (PES) and the IEEE Power Electronics Society (PELS) will be held at Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, USA, on February 6-7, 2020. This two-day conference will bring together participants from industry and academia to present and discuss the latest research progress and challenges in the power and energy industry.

TPEC 2020 invites authors to submit high-quality research papers from all areas of electric power and energy engineering, especially with the following focus:

  • Power Systems
  • Power Electronics
  • Machines, Electromechanics and Drives
  • Cyber and Physical Security
  • Renewable Energy and Smart Grid Technologies
  • Energy Market and Demand Response

Papers accepted and orally presented by the author at the conference will be submitted for publication through IEEEXplore.

All papers presented at this conference are eligible for review by IEEE Industry Applications Society for possible publication in IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications or IEEE Industry Applications Magazine.

Attendees are also welcome to submit posters to TPEC 2020. Accepted posters only qualify for a poster competition hosted at the conference.

Full six-page paper submissions will open on September 20, 2019 and will be due on November 7, 2019.

Sep. 20, 2019:  Submission System Opens.

Nov. 7, 2019: Full Paper Submission Deadline.

Nov. 7, 2019: Poster Abstract Submission Deadline. 

Dec. 12, 2019: Decisions Notification..

Jan. 9, 2020 : Final Poster Submission.

General information: Conference website: tpec.engr.tamu.edu Date: February 6-7, 2020 Location: Memorial Student Center, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas Organizer: IEEE PES/IAS/PELS Joint Student Chapter Email: tpec2020@exchange.tamu.edu 

 

3rd IoT Vertical and Topical Summit

The 3rd IoT Vertical and Topical Summit will be held January 26–27, 2020 as part of RWW2020 in San Antonio, Texas. The one and a half day Summit will address the important role that mmWaves play in the IoT ecosystem.  The choice of the theme, “IoT and the mmWave Frontier”, is motivated by increases in deployment and the regulatory attention paid to new allocations of licensed and unlicensed mmWave spectrum.

We are seeking submissions related to the following areas: 

  • State of the art mmWave technologies, phenomenology, and performance characteristics important for mmWave solutions.
  • Exploratory use cases and differentiated IoT solutions and applications that rely on mmWave technologies.
  • Lessons learned from deployments, demonstrations, and experiments exploiting mmWave technologies.
  • The choices of policy, regulatory regimes, and legal aspects of operating in the mmWave and adjacent bands.

The majority of the presentations for the Summit are chosen by invitation and address current issues important to IoT and the theme of the Summit. In this call for submissions, we are seeking the following items:

  • Suggestions for speakers to present on the subjects identified above.
  • Suggestions for assisting in organizing panels or round-tables on specific subtopics and in identifying panel participants.
  • Suggestions for other formats that will help the Summit be more interactive and meaningful to the audience.
  • Submission of papers to accompany presentations at the Summit. These will be fully peer reviewed as indicated in the instructions below. The choice of presenters will be made by the Summit Chairs, based on relevance to the Summit. Selection of a presenter does not guarantee the acceptance of papers for publication.

We will also accommodate a limited number of original and novel submitted papers. These will be fully peer reviewed, and the accepted papers will be published in IEEE Xplore. Please note that we may ask you to participate as a presenter if we conclude that the material is highly relevant to the summit, but your paper was not accepted for publication. We expect that all presentations will be posted on the Summit Website after the event.

Submission Deadline: 15 September

 

IEEE 6th World Forum on Internet of Things (WF-IoT 2020)

5-9 April 2020 // New Orleans, Louisiana, USA: https://wfiot2020.iot.ieee.org/ The 2020 IEEE 6th World Forum on Internet of Things (WF-IoT 2020) is the premier conference of the IEEE IoT Initiative. Every year the conference is attended by hundreds of most active participants from research community, government and public sector,  small business, multinational corporations and industry. The technical papers, presentations and events at this conference are focused on contributions to enhance and accelerate the adoption of IoT technologies and applications for the benefit of humanity. WF-IoT 2020 will include a multi-dimensional program of technical research papers, expert presentations, panels, workshops, tutorials and industry forum on the latest technology developments and innovations in many fields and disciplines that drive the utility and vitality of IoT solutions and applications.

WF-IoT 2020 seeks submissions of technical papers and proposals that address, but are not limited to, the following topics:

  • RFID, Sensors, and Actuators
  • Power and Energy for IoT
  • IoT Enabling Technologies
  • Computing Platforms for IoT
  • Data Acquisition, Storage and Management for IoT
  • IoT Applications and Services
  • Security and Privacy for IoT
  • IoT Social Impact
  • Design, Integration and Testing Methods
  • 5G and IoT Networks
  • IoT Data Analytics
  • Signal Processing for IoT
  • IoT Experimental Results and Deployment Scenarios
  • Machine Learning for IoT

Accepted papers that are presented at the conference will be included in the conference proceedings and will be published in IEEE Xplore®. All papers must be submitted through the conference web site.

The conference presentations will address the following Verticals: Smart Cities; Oil, Gas and Energy; Agriculture; Health Care; Environment; and Industrial IoT, and the following topicals: AI and Machine Learning; Security and Cyber Security; Sensors and RFID; Computing Infrastructure; Data and Data Engineering; and Communication, Connectivity, and Networking. WF IoT 2020 will also feature the following:

  • Special Sessions on Emerging Technologies
  • Tutorials on Research and Industrial Hot Topics
  • PHD/MSC Forum
  • Demos and Exhibits
  • Student Paper Contest

Submit your paper or proposal today to be part of this premier IoT conference and to experience New Orleans, the Jazz music capital of the world, and one of the world’s most fascinating cities of rich culture, great food and music. SUBMISSION INFORMATION Submission Guidelines: https://wfiot2020.iot.ieee.org/wfiot-2020/authors-proposers/ Submission Site: https://epapers.org/wf-iot2020 Submission Deadline: 3 November 2019 ———————————————————————————————————— For further information, please see https://wfiot2020.iot.ieee.org/


IEEE Women in Engineering

By Sarah Beckman

2019 is well under way for the Women in Engineering group. We’ve held several fun events, breakfasts, and happy hours this year, and we still have a few more coming up. IEEE WIE 5280’s Vision is to grow a group that promotes women in STEM for the benefit of the Colorado Front Range. We are working to achieve that by facilitating avenues to recruit, connect, and retain women in STEM to improve the world we live in. All of the activities we coordinate aim to achieve those goals and to support the community around us.

Most recently, in September, we held two events. The first was a breakfast to create networking opportunities that provide a conduit to success. Our special guest at that breakfast was Rocio Perez, the Founder of Inventiva Consulting. Rocio spoke about how to bring positive change to our environments, and how we can all be intentional, insightful, and strong leaders in all areas of our lives. The conversation was engaging, and we are so happy we can offer this type of development to our WIE members.

Our second event focused on developing and encouraging women’s entry and retention in STEM. We were able to celebrate the success of one of our IEEE leaders who has made significant contributions to her field at the same time. Sandra Scanlon, LEED accredited professional and registered PE in ten states, holds many roles. She leads BCER’s electrical engineering department, is a mother, advocate for attracting more women to STEM fields, and is a community leader.

Sandra gave a fascinating presentation about how technology has become an invisible part of our everyday life and infrastructure. Her talk centered on how the Internet of Things (IoT) enables digital connectivity in our streetscapes, from security cameras and signage to streetlights and WiFi for a sustainable future.

This talk was given in collaboration with University of Denver’s Ritchie School of Engineering & Computer Science, IEEE WIE 5280, the Society of Women Engineers, BCER, and Ulteig. It was well attended by students, professionals, and those committed to attracting and retaining women in STEM careers. If you are interested in participating in an upcoming event, please join WIE in networking with other engineers, connecting with those interested in Engineering, and talking professional development. Bring an open mind or maybe an engineering problem to solve!

Registration: https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/207214

Where: Dave & Busters Executive Lounge, 10667 Westminster Blvd. Westminster, CO 80020

When: Saturday, November 2 from 11:30-2:30 p.m.

Cost: Free – Food will be provided.

Who: IEEE members, STEM students, Young Professionals, and anyone curious about engineering welcome.

Please sign up at the link above, and we look forward to seeing you for this fun networking event and conversation.


WIE Forum 2019 Dear IEEE Members, We are excited to bring you updates on the 2019 IEEE Women In Engineering (WIE) Forum USA East on November 21- November 23, 2019 in Arlington, VA (DC area), which will focus on developing and improving leadership skills and driving innovation for individuals at all stages of their careers. Attendees will have the opportunity to be educated, inspired, and empowered by presentations given by successful leaders from the IEEE-USA North-East region. Attendees will also experience the sights and sounds of Washington DC by participating in our tours and activities.

CALL FOR PAPERS AND PARTICIPATION TOPICS

  • Innovation: Cybersecurity, Big Data, Robotics, IoT, Drones & Emerging Technologies
  • Development: Communication skills in written and spoken word, effective dialog
  • Empowerment: Entrepreneurship, Financial Health, Emotional Health, Boundaries
  • Work-Life balance: Family systems traditions and changes
  • Strategic Leadership Development: Self-motivation, Teamwork, Problem-Solving, Decisiveness, and Time Management
  • Support, Promote & Mentor Women Leaders
  • Inclusion and Cultural Awareness: Women in STEM with a focus on Diversity, Inclusion, and Retention
  • Panels, Workshops, and Hands-on Demonstrations

IMPORTANT DATES Presenter Limits – To provide a diverse exposure to speakers, a speaker will only be selected for one session but may submit multiple proposals (panel members may be exceptions). Speakers are responsible for their own travel expenses and registration.

Deadline for all submissions 08/16/2019 (Extended and Final!)

Decision notification date 09/08/2019 Final Announcement 09/20/2019

Speaker Registration Deadline 10/04/2019

We hope that you will join us and share the attached CFP flyer with your colleagues. Please visit our website for more info: http://attend.ieee.org/wie-forum-usa-east-2019 We welcome sponsorship and participation in our program.

For more information on the sponsorship levels and career fair, please visit: http://attend.ieee.org/wie-forum-usa-east-2019/sponsors-patrons/ Sincerely, Neeta Basantkumar & Felicia Harlow, General Co-Chairs 2019 IEEE WIE Forum USA East Dr. Charlotte Blair & Maryam Rahmani, CISSP, Program Co-Chairs 2019 IEEE WIE Forum USA East CONTACT US R1R2WIEForum@gmail.com


Looking for Sharp Engineers

Colorado Electronic Product Design CEPD is hiring! We’re a consulting engineering company looking for Embedded hardware/firmware Engineers. We have offices in both Broomfield and Loveland Colorado.

Job Description: The engineer will be responsible for hardware design, analysis, schematic capture, documentation, software for micro-controllers, and direct customer interfacing. Desired Skills & Experience: The position requires a minimum of a BSEE or similar degree. US citizenship is required. Local candidates only. Strong verbal and written communications skills are required. Experience in analog and digital hardware, DSP, and embedded software/firmware design is desirable. Must know C language. Familiarity with HDL is a plus. Contact us if you are interested at www.cepd.com


Masters Program/Graduate Certificate, Colorado School of Mines

Graduate Certificate, Master of Science, Master of Science (Non-Thesis)

The Future Electric Grid will be Smart

The Future Electric Grid will be smart, with user-interaction, and bidirectional power flow, with deep penetration of renewable energy resources. Students in Smart-Grid, Power Electronics, and Electrical Power Systems will learn a combined power system and power electronics approach, in which enabled renewable energy systems interact with the utility grid, establishing smart-grids with intelligent data communication, energy management and control.

This Graduate Program approaches electrical power generation, transmission, distribution and user-friendly control. Graduates will advance technology in industries and national laboratories, and will be key leaders for the sustainability of renewable energy based electrical energy conversion.

The Smart-Grid Electrical Power and Energy Systems program supports Mines mission, as a global leader in research and the advancement of technology. The research in this new program will allow a unified power system and power electronics approach, where enabled renewable energy systems will interact with the utility grid, establishing microgrids, with intelligence and data communication, in order to make our future utility grid a Smart-Grid, and our Mines graduates, leaders in this 21st century technology.

  • Certificate Program – four core courses
  • MS-Non-Thesis – course-work in accordance to the Graduate Catalog.
  • Master’s Program – Core courses, plus courses indicated in the Graduate Catalog, research.
    • Students must take 30 credits; course rotation is taught with frequency of 2 to 2.5 years.
    • Master’s Committee – Committee formed by three Faculty in this Program will advise student’s research.
EENG475 – Interconnection and Impact of Renewable Energy – Integrated Power Electronics, Power Systems and Power Quality – This course focuses on interconnection issues and power/voltage quality impacts of distributed generation resources at the power distribution level, or industrial sites. Students will have a clear understanding of the challenges associated with the integration of distributed generation resources (renewable and non-renewable) with the current distribution power grid.  The course consists of a mathematical and analytical understanding of relevant electrical energy conversion systems analysis and modeling issues and requirements for hardware, software and real-time implementation.

EENG577 – Advanced Electrical Machines for Smart-Grid Applications – The course deals primarily with the modeling and dynamic performance prediction of electric machines and associated power electronic systems as used in applications of Renewable Energy and Utility Integration on the Future Grid.  The developed models to be used in computer simulations for the characterization and performance prediction of synchronous and induction machines, permanent magnet synchronous machines synchronous reluctance and switched reluctance machines, as well as other advanced machine systems such as axil flux generators.

EENG588 – Energy Policy, Restructuring, and Deregulation of Electricity Market – This course address the holistic picture of electric power, and the electricity and energy industry; restructuring and deregulation of electricity markets; energy policy acts and their impacts on electricity market and pricing; energy economics and pricing strategy; public policy issues, reliability, and security; and regulation.  This course will require extensive reading, writing and analysis from mature students and practicing professionals on a variety of topics related to the energy industry and sustainability.

EENG600 – Graduate Seminar on Smart-Grid Electrical Power and Energy Systems –In this course, the learners will have to plan, develop, and present a research project in their field of technology on a subject of related to Smart-Grid, Electrical Power and Energy Systems. Their chosen topic and seminar must demonstrate their knowledge and skills in scientific and engineering analysis and modeling, project handling, technical writing, problem-solving, evaluation and assessment of their goals, and oral presentation techniques.

Contact – Prof. Marcelo Godoy Simoes, e-mail: msimoes@mines.du


IEEE Happenings

ICCAD 2019

The 38th IEEE/ACM International Conference on Computer-Aided Design (ICCAD), 11/4/2019 – 11/7/2019, The Westin Westminster, Denver CO.

ICCAD 2019 is the premier conference devoted to technical innovations in electron design automation. Presentations are highly technical in nature, and papers are published in IEEE and ACM digital libraries. View program.

Register at the best rate now through October 7. View Registration Rates and Register

ICCAD has a discounted room rate of $179 king/double for November 2 – November 7, 2019. The room rate includes complimentary Wi-Fi. Please note that to secure this rate you will need to make your reservation through The Westin Westminster.

The special room rate will be available until Wednesday, October 10, 2019 by 5:00 pm Mountain Time or until the group block is sold-out, whichever comes first. Book Now Student Grants Available The SIGDA Diversity Advancement Grants are provided to students who are travelling to the SIGDA sponsored conferences. These awards are intended to increase the participation and inclusion of under-represented groups in SIGDA and support student success.


The IEEE Product Safety Engineering Society is hosting the 3rd Annual Regional Symposium on all relevant topics for workers and innovators in the product safety area on November 11-12, 2019. Join us in the Austin, Texas area for SPCE 2019 for two days of technical sessions and exhibits!

Conference Website: https://2019.ieee-spce.org/

Topics include, but are not limited to the following: Global Market Access & Regulation Compliance Management Environmental & Energy Regulations Battery & Energy Storage Systems Medical Devices Compliance 101 Hazard Based Safety Engineering & Safety Science Forensics, Failure & Risk Analysis, Assessment & Management Legal, Regulations, Directives & Consumer Protection Emerging Technologies & Innovations Symposium Chair: Steven Brody, Product EHS Consulting


2019 Smart City Summit

We are pleased to bring 2019 IEEE Smart City Summit (SCS) to Austin, Texas on November 1st at the TACC-Texas Advanced Computing Center. We invite you to register at https://attend.ieee.org/scs-2019/registration/.

The theme of summit will examine the effect of disruptive technologies on potential innovative use cases for Smart Cities, Mobility and Healthcare. Disruptive technologies being considered include IoT, 5G, and analytics AI/ML/DL.

The summit is designed to bring strong involvement from the public sector, industry and academia aimed at deepening understanding, fostering a forum for dialog and collaboration, and defining actions needed to accelerate the adoption and deployment of disruptive technologies into key market segments within Smart Cities.

The Summit will feature compelling content with 3 keynote speakers and more than 20 domestic and international speakers and panelists. Keynote Speakers: Patricia Florissi, CTO for Sales, Dell John Cole, CEO, skyTran David Atienza, Embedded Systems Laboratory (ESL) Lead, EPFL View the full list of speakers Program:

  • Panel Sessions of subject matter experts on: 1. Smart Cities 2. Mobility and 3. Healthcare. New Panelists Added!
  • Stephen Elkins, City of Austin’s CIO (Smart City panel)
  • Prof. Dharm Singh, Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) (Mobility panel)
  • Prof. Roozbeh Jafari, Texas A&M University (Healthcare panel)

Executive Recap Session Showcases from companies, start-ups and consortiums highlighting creative and innovative ideas and solutions for smart cities.

Registration Registration fees are $49, $79, $169 for students, members, and non members. A discount is available to IEEE Communications Society (ComSoc) members. Not a member? Join now.

In addition to the compelling program, registration includes AM and PM breaks with snacks and beverages, as well as lunch, networking reception and paid parking if requested. Please indicate the type of food you desire during the registration process.

Please register at: https://attend.ieee.org/scs-2019/registration/ Sponsorship/Exhibitor: If you wish to contribute, please check sponsorship and other opportunities available at  https://attend.ieee.org/scs-2019/sponsors/

If you have any question, please don’t hesitate to contact me at f.behmann@ieee.org


 

IEEE Future Networks

IEEE Future Networks Tech Focus September Issue now available

The IEEE Future Networks Tech Focus is a content-driven online publication containing practical and timely technical information and forward-looking commentary on developments and deployments of current and future generations of networks around the world. The September issue of IEEE Future Networks Tech Focus eNewsletter includes:

  • Advanced 5G Validation Trials across Multiple Vertical Industries
  • 5G Communications Systems and Radiofrequency Exposure Limit
  • Key New Fiber Wireless Access Technologies for 5G and Beyond
  • Ultra-high Capacity Wireless Communication by Means of Infrared Optical Beams

Read past articles and learn how to submit an article IEEE Future Networks Podcasts with the Experts

In the latest episode of IEEE Future Networks Podcasts with the Experts, titled “5G Connectivity Beyond the City – Agricultural Use Cases through 5G RuralFirst,” James Irvine talks with Karina Maksimiuk and Greig Paul about their work with 5G RuralFirst, a UK government test bed and trial project, which describes itself as a “call to action” to be sure the benefits of 5G go beyond the city.

Podcasts are available on iTunes, Google Podcasts, or on the Future Networks portal IEEE Workshop on Cooperative and Automated Driving.

The fourth Workshop on Cooperative and Automated Driving will be held on 27 October 2019 in Auckland, New Zealand, in conjunction with the IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Conference (ITSC 2019), one of the major annual conferences of the IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Society (ITSS).

The workshop targets connected, cooperative and autonomous technologies for Cooperative ITS and automated driving. Similar to the past, the workshop also features an Industry Panel with experts from related industries, which will again foster the interactive exchange of academia and industry. Learn more.

Call for Participation: IEEE International Network Generation Roadmap (INGR) The Future Networks Initiative is looking for volunteers to contribute to the IEEE International Network Generation Roadmap whose objective is to guide and focus the industry and standards ecosystems to successfully evolve network generations (5G and beyond) from current to future state, including

  • Technology and business drivers and trends
  • Technology assessments and future needs
  • Key topic areas, enabling technologies, and capabilities
  • Challenges and gaps for achieving needs
  • Possible solutions and innovations

We have a variety of working groups that are looking for participants, such as Edge Automation Platform, Optics, Millimeter Wave, Satellite, and more. Learn more and consider volunteering.

Contact information can be found here. In addition, an Industry Advisory Board meets regularly to ensure that industry needs, challenges, and expectations are addressed. Email 5Groadmapinfo@ieee.org if you are interested in participating on the INGR Industry Advisory Board. For more information contact: Ashutosh Dutta, Co-Chair IEEE Future Networks Initiative Tim Lee, Co-Chair IEEE Future Networks Initiative Gerhard Fettweis, Co-Chair IEEE Future Networks Initiative

 

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.

2020 IEEE Green Tech Conference: 1-3 April, 2020; Oklahoma City OK

The IEEE Oklahoma City Section wants to hear from you with the possibility to present your Green Technology ideas so you can be an individual, academician or businessperson to write a paper? We’re looking for papers along the following ‘tracts’ or you can look at https://ieeegreentech.org/cfp/ for full details and sub-genres of each track.

  • Energy Generation & Storage Technologies
  • Energy Usage Reduction and Conservation.
  • Architectural and Engineering Sustainable Designs Environmental, Legal, Social, Economic, and Political Impacts
  • Smart Systems and Smart Infrastructures
  • Sustainable IT, Computing & Software
  • Engineering Biomedical & Biotechnology
  • Radar, Weather Forecasting
  • Water & Sanitation

If we pick your abstract for selection in the 2020 IEEE GreenTech Conference there are a number of ways you can choose to present as a patron, including: Individual presentations, Tutorials or Workshops, Seminar/Special Sessions, Executive Forum/Panel Session, Demonstrations or Presentation Session.

The best papers shall be included in the conference proceeding then will be submitted to the IEEE Xplore® digital library Deadlines and (Notification Dates):

Workshop Proposal: Oct 7, 2019 Technical Paper: Oct. 7, 2019 (Nov. 4, 2019)

Tutorial, Forum, Panel & Talk: Oct. 14, 2019 (Oct 21, 2019)

Graduate & Doctoral Poster: Nov. 18, 2019 (Dec 02, 2019)

Technical Camera Ready: Nov. 25, 2019

Student Poster, Showcase and Recruiter: Dec. 9, 2019 (Dec 23, 2019)

Please contact any of the names below if you have any question. Technical Program Chair: Pierre Tiako, PhD (tiako@ieee.org) Industrial Program Chair: Ryan Musgrove (ryan.musgrove@ieee.org) General Conference Chair: Robert Scolli (r.scolli@ieee.org) Robert Scolli 2019 IEEE OKC Section Chair ieeeOKC.org 2019-2020 General Chair 2020 IEEEGreenTech.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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