|AGL eDigest Newsletter
|Applied Wireless Technology Magazine
|On the Edge –Room-Temperature Superconductivity Has Been Achieved for the First Time.
|Insight – Giving 5G Radios Precise Local Clock Sources Even in Harsh Environments.
|Guest Column – How 4 and 5G antennas really work
|Tech Talk – Ambient Intelligence
|Interesting Articles and While Papers
|Smart Transportation Platform for Big Data Analytics And Interconnectivity. By Nandor Verba, Kuo-Ming Chao, Soizic Linford, Eleni Anoyrkati
|Keeping the IoT Smart and Secure. An ABI Research Paper
|A Survey and Evaluation of the Potentials of Distributed Ledger Technology for Peer-to-Peer Transactive Energy Exchanges in Local Energy Markets. By Pierluigi Siano , Senior Member, IEEE, Giuseppe De Marco, Member, IEEE, Alejandro Rola´n , and Vincenzo Loia , Senior Member, IEEE.
|The Security Reference Architecture for Blockchains: Towards a Standardized Model for Studying Vulnerabilities, Threats, and Defenses. By Ivan Homoliak, Sarad Venugopalan, Qingze Hum, Daniel Reijsbergen, Richard Schumi, Pawel Szalachowski.
|Blending DSP and ML Features Into a Low-Power, General-Purpose Processor. A white paper by ARM semiconductor.
|IoT Modules Hardened with End-to-End Security. By Tantra Analyst.
|Autonomic Communications in Software-driven Networks. By Zhongliang Zhao, Member, IEEE, Eryk Schiller, Member, IEEE, Eirini Kalogeiton, Student Member, IEEE, Torsten Braun, Member, IEEE, Burkhard Stiller, Member, IEEE, Mevlut Turker Garip, Member, IEEE, Joshua Joy, Student Member, IEEE, Mario Gerla, Fellow, IEEE, Nabeel Akhtar, Student Member, IEEE, Ibrahim Matta, Senior Member, IEEE
|Innovations in 5G backhaul Technologies. A white paper by 5G Americas.
|Review on Security of Internet of Things Authentication Mechanism. By Arak Nandy (Member, IEEE), Mohd Yamani Idna Bin Idris, Rafidah Md Noor, Miss Laiha Mat Kiah (Senior Member, IEEE), Lau Sian Lun, Nor Badrul Annuar Juma’at (Senior Member, IEEE), Ismail Ahmedy, Norjihan Abdul Ghani, and Sananda Bhattacharyya.
|Blockchain’s future role in cybersecurity. Analysis of defensive and offensive potential leveraging blockchain-based platforms. By Artur Rot and Bartosz Blaicke.
|Special Presentation – How Covid 19 has altered the IT Space
As much devastation as the pandemic has had on society, ironically, some segments have benefitted from it. The COVID-19 epidemic has had a positive impact on IT. However, the pandemic has raised some important issues as well, such as increased and novel cybersecurity threats and risks, performance issues due to significantly increased workload, and business continuity. This talk expands on, and dissects the National Institute of Standards (NIST) Cybersecurity Framework (CSF) as an operational model for managing the COVID-19 disruption to information technology (IT) services. Below are brief overviews of the topic and speaker. For more readable copy, simply click on the image below.
October 2019 Volume 11 Issue 5
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|Message from Jason Rupe, Chair, IEEE Denver Section.
Choose your own adventure at the IEEE
The IEEE is developing a new, flexible model that supports local activities, beyond what we have done in the past. If IEEE members and even nonmembers want to start an activity or group that is in line with the mission of the IEEE, even when there is no clear society or other group in scope, there may soon be a model to follow for making it happen. If the IEEE Denver Section is a common point, then we can be the sponsor for it. While we have limited this to member so far, one of changes we have implemented is the ability for non-members to participate. So, if you, our members, know of someone that would like to approach us with an idea for an activity, we encourage them to let us know.
For now, we call these “local groups” because they are locally focused. They can be focused on a technology or a goal, likely specific to a section or group of chapters in a section. But in some cases such a group can expand beyond the section too. While technology may be universal, there are often specific areas of focus that are of local interest.
An example of a local group already exists in the Denver Section is the Denver Blockchain Local Group. That group holds events of local interest relating to blockchain and distributed ledger technologies. Distributed ledger technologies are not just a local concern. There are local aspects to it including transactive energy, and the strong standing that these technologies have in Colorado, but it certainly has a much larger appeal. This group was the first of its kind in Denver, and the first group to be formed following the draft model being proposed.
The IEEE is working on the guidance for the formation and nurturing of these groups and their activities as we speak. The Blockchain Initiative at the IEEE, working with MGA and TAB, is also developing tools to support these groups and the existing organizations in the IEEE who will support them.
You should hear more about this in 2021 or soon later if the current plan continues. What is it you have been wanting to do through the IEEE to better humanity?
Breaking up is hard to do
Recently NPR 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 FAAAN (Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Alphabet, and Netflix).
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 FAAAN 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 FAAAN 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 they 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 PPE 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, as 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 or and open app field.
For Google, there could be restrictions on their search engine and keep them from interfering with competing ones. For Apple, it could be that they have to 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. While 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 they are 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 patient’s fare if the government feels it has to do this to make it look like they are actually accomplishing something.
Of course, FAAAN 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.
2020 International Smart Cities Conference
Smart Cities Solutions for New Challenges, Including a Pandemic
28 September – 1 October 2020 – Virtual Conference
The IEEE International Smart Cities Conference is the flagship IEEE Smart Cities event which brings together practitioners, city policymakers & administrators, infrastructure operators, industry representatives and researchers to present technologies and applications, share their experiences & views with current and future Smart Cities applications. The conference includes keynote and panel session discussions, tutorials given by experts on state-of-the-art topics, and special sessions on emerging topics with the aim of complementing the regular program.
The ISC2 2020 proceeding is now available online in IEEE Xplore: https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/xpl/conhome/9238770/proceeding
This event is financially sponsored by IEEE Smart Cities with Technical Co-Sponsorship being provided by the IEEE Technology and Engineering Management Society.
About IEEE Smart Cities
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What is the IEEE Smart Cities
IEEE Smart Cities brings together IEEE’s broad array of technical societies and organizations to advance the state of the art for smart city technologies for the benefit of society and to set the global standard in this regard by serving as a neutral broker of information amongst industry, academic, and government stakeholders.
I. IEEE MTT-S Undergraduate/Pre-Graduate Scholarships deadline extended to 5 November 2020
Up to 10 scholarships in the amount of $1500 may be granted semi-annually to assist BS, MS, or combined BS/MS students in electrical engineering. The student must be an IEEE student member to receive the award (not needed at time of application) and their faculty mentor should be an IEEE MTT-S Member. A completed submission includes 1) application form, 2) one-page resume, 3) proposed research topic, 4) official academic transcript and 5) one letter of recommendation. A description of the scholarship program and eligibility requirements can be examined in the attached Undergraduate/Pre-Graduate Scholarships form. For more information, please visit https://mtt.org/students/
II. Free APMC attendance for non-presenters
The 2020 Asia-Pacific Microwave Conference (APMC 2020) will be held virtually from 8-11 December 2020. It is organized by the IEEE AP/MTT Hong Kong Chapter, and MTT-S is one of the technical co-sponsors. APMC is recognized as one of the premier international conferences of the microwave community, with a broad forum for academia and industry to exchange research results and collaborate in the fields of microwaves, millimeter waves, terahertz waves, and infrared and optical waves. Visit https://www.apmc2020.org/ for further information, and please post the attached flyer for your community’s benefit.III. Free GHTC plenary session access
The Global Humanitarian Technology Conference (GHTC) Organizing Committee is pleased to offer free access to the 2020 Plenary Sessions; see the full announcement at https://ieeeghtc.org/2020/access-to-ghtc-2020-plenary-sessions/ IEEE GHTC 2020 is an international flagship conference sharing practical technology enabled solutions addressing the needs of under-served populations and resource constrained environments around the world. MTT-S is one of the technical co-sponsors of this event.IV. MTT-S Branding Manual now available
IV. MTT-S Branding Manual now available
Would you like to include the MTT-S logo on flyers & presentations for your chapter events? The newly released, all-encompassing manual will teach you where to obtain the logo files, how to use them within IEEE guidelines, and whom to contact with questions. Please see the attached guide.
V. 2021 Webinar Schedule
Visit https://mtt.org/mtt-s-webinars-2020/ to register for upcoming webinars by Distinguished Microwave Lecturers and other invited speakers.
The full webinar library can also be found in the MTT-S Resource Center at https://resourcecenter.mtt.ieee.org/
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:
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”.
4th IEEE Internet of Things (IoT) Vertical and Topical Summit
The 4th IEEE Internet of Things (IoT) Vertical and Topical Summit will be held as a Virtual Event January 11 – 16, 2021 in conjunction with IEEE Radio and Wireless Week. The Summit is sponsored by IEEE MTT, RWW2021, and the IEEE Multi-Society IoT Initiative. You can access details about the Summit at: https://rww2021.iot.ieee.org/. The Summit consists of six two-hour sessions described below and a concluding two-hour panel roundtable to summarize the dialog and conclusions from the Summit. The topics to be covered include but are not limited to the description below:
If you are interested in suggesting or being a speaker for this event, please provide the following information to the Summit Co-Chairs: 1) The name, title, and affiliation of the speaker; (2) The topic and title of the proposed presentation; (3) A brief description of what the presentation would cover (250-300 words); and (4) please attach any relevant supporting or background material.
96th ARFTG Microwave Measurement Conference RF to Millimeter-Wave Measurement Techniques for 5G and Beyond – Grand Hyatt, San Antonio, TX, USA; January 17-20, 2021
Call for Papers
The theme for the 96th ARFTG Conference (which will be co-located with Radio and Wireless Week) is Measurement Techniques for Accelerating the Design of 5G Circuits and Systems.
We encourage the submission of original papers demonstrating innovative approaches in state-of-the-art high-frequency test and measurement. Contributions exploring all areas of RF, microwave, and mm-wave measurements are welcome. Suggested topics include but are not limited to:
⇒ Nonlinear Measurements, Modeling, and Linearization
Abstracts are due September 25, 2020.
This conference, which is co-located with Radio and Wireless Week, will be a virtual event. More details will follow at www.arftg.org.
ICCAD 2019 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.
Call for Papers
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.
The 3rd IEEE 5G World Forum – Affordable, Virtual and More Accessible Than Ever!
We have extended the availability of all 2020 5G World Forum conference content, a collection totaling more than 350 technical presentations, through 2 November 2020. But please act soon if you intend to take advantage of this virtual event because registration closes tomorrow on 7 October.
A single registration starting at US$75 (US$25 for students) gives you access to every on-demand session in the virtual 5GWF, including:
For full conference details, visit the conference program page.
Microwave Photonics International Conference
2020 International Topical Meeting on Microwave Photonics (MWP), FULL VIRTUAL | 24 -26 November 2020.
>> The Virtual MWP 2020 will take place during three full days. Book your days between 24 and 26 November 2020 as if you were on
Submissions are closed but registration is still open.
We expect many paper contributors and participants and kindly ask for MWP Community members.
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.
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You can see all of our upcoming events on the IEEE Denver Events Calendar
2020 IEEE-USA Co-Sponsored Conferences
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