Modular Multilevel Converter (MMC) for Transportation Traction Applications đź—“

— Medium Frequency Transformer, weight of magnetics, efficiency, electric railway application, topologies …

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Webinar Date: Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM (EDT)
Speaker: Dr. Luiz Henrique Barreto, Universidade Federal do Ceará
Location: on the Web
Cost: none
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Event Details & Registration: tec.ieee.org/education/webinars

Summary: Since its initial conception, the transformer has been used in the most diverse applications where insulation and adaptation of voltage levels are demanded. In fact, this device is widely employed either directly or indirectly in all electrical engineering fields due its simple design for distinct power and voltage conversion levels. More specifically, the power transformer ensures the aforementioned characteristics in power systems applications, such as: ac power energy transmission and distribution, as well as medium-voltage machine drives. However, such applications are typically based on a bulky low-frequency device called Line Frequency Transformer (LFT).
Moreover, many applications normally use oil inside the LFTs for cooling and insulation purposes, which has direct impact on weight and volume and implies serious environmental issues. Another drawback lies in the low efficiency of LFTs, since they are typically designed with high current densities (as less copper is required) and operate at heavy load conditions that may result in operation with efficiency of 90%. In order to overcome such bottlenecks, many recent studies have tried to replace the conventional LFT for a power converter using a Medium Frequency Transformer (MFT) with operating frequency around thousands of hertz, thus reducing the intrinsic size and weight of its magnetics.
Such reduction is a must in medium-voltage machine drives, more particularly in electric railway application, since a more compact propulsion system is a requirement, resulting in the improvement of the transformer efficiency and reduction of the requested power with the same cargo capability. This advantage is especially desired in Electric Multiple Units (EMU) where the propulsion system is distributed among the locomotive’s cars.
Besides the voltage and weight reduction, the approach using MFTs must ensure harmonic mitigations, power factor correction, and fault suppression, among other functionalities.
This talk will present several SST topologies. Since all configurations must deal with high voltage levels due the innate SST propose, designers must choose the technology that best fits in their applications, considering the particular characteristics.

Unlocking the Value of IoT: A Cognitive Energy System Future đź—“

— massive data, real-time demand, predict behaviors, customer solutions, confidence-weighted actions …

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Webinar Date: Thursday, October 5, 2017
Time: 1:00 PM (ET)
Speaker: Liang Downey, Business Development Executive, New Energy and Environment Group, IBM Corp.
Location: on the Web
Cost: none
RSVP: required
Event Details & Registration: smartgrid.ieee.org

Summary: The IoT creates a huge amount of data and can become a stress factor for organizations. A Cognitive New Energy System will consume fewer resources based on knowing the real-time energy demand, weather, consumption; thus it only generates the right amount of energy when and where it is needed. The system not only captures machine2machine and human2machine knowledge from the past by learning from each interaction, but it is also able to predict future behaviors.
To thrive amid the DER complexity and digital disruption, the new energy sector must overcome struggles unlocking the value of massive amount of IoT data that is largely underutilized to better manage system, offer new customer solutions that delights them, such as energy trading. Cognitive-based systems are unique in their ability to make sense of all kinds of data to build knowledge and provide confidence-weighted actions. This capability is critical to build the new energy future that is more distributed, flexible, efficient and sustainable.

Liang Downey works for IBM as a Business Development Executive for IBM’s New Energy and Environment Group. She promotes emerging solutions that leverage IOT, analytics and cognitive computing to better balance the distributed energy supply and demand, eliminate energy waste and reduce GHG emission. Her professional experience spans over 20 years in consulting, program management and emerging technology development across multiple industries. For 5 years at a renewable energy start up, she helped the company grow, from business strategy and partnership to licensing company’s IP.
Liang joined a group of volunteers to support the IEEE Humanitarian Technology Challenge (HTC) in 2009. HTC was designed to enable remote villages in regions of the world that lack access to electricity by deploying mobile solar trailers built-in with stationary battery, home batteries, as well as LED lighting and phone charger, to light up and digitize dark homes. HTC has since evolved into IEEE Smart Village initiative today. Ms. Downey earned a Master Degree in Electrical Engineering from Clarkson University in New York, with GPA 4.0/4.0. She received her MBA in Finance from Wayne State University in Dec.2014.

IoT Security Best Practices đź—“

— (IEEE-IoT) – weak security, potential IoT devices, potential harm, simple rules, security guidelines, best practices …

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Webinar Date: Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM (EDT)
Speakers: George Corser, Computer Science and Information Systems, Saginaw Valley State University; and Jared Bielby, President, Netizen Consulting Ltd.
Location: on the Web
Cost: none
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Event Details & Registration: internetinitiative.ieee.org

Summary: Individuals, companies, and countries have suffered great harm resulting from unnecessarily weak computer and internet security. The sheer number of potential Internet-of-Things (IoT) devices implies that, if not defended effectively, the IoT has the potential to permit even greater harm. Much of this potential harm is preventable by enforcing a few simple rules. Attend this webinar to learn about IoT security guidelines and best practices that can be used as a basis for future standards, certifications, laws, policies, and/or product ratings.

George Corser is Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Information Systems, Saginaw Valley State University. George’s research examines the performance of location privacy and security protocols in vehicular ad hoc networks, recently published in the journal IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems. His speaking engagements include technical and policy conferences, such as IEEE End to End Trust and Security Workshop for the Internet of Things. Corser is a member of IEEE Vehicular Technology Society, Society of Automotive Engineers and the Michigan Infragard, where he serves as a resource on the topic of digital security in the transportation sector. As a private citizen, he advocates sensible cybersecurity legislation, successfully lobbying for a researcher exception to a Michigan car hacking bill. Corser holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science and Informatics from Oakland University, a Master of Science in Computer Science and Information Systems from the University of Michigan-Flint, and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering in Civil Engineering from Princeton University.
Jared Bielby is President, Netizen Consulting Ltd. and the President of Netizen Consulting Ltd., an incorporated consulting and project management research group focused on developments in digital culture. He is an active consultant and project manager for initiatives in information ethics and internet governance and is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Freelance Netizen. He currently serves as Co-Chair for the International Center for Information Ethics and editor for the International Review of Information Ethics. Jared moderates IEEE’s Collabratec Internet Technology Policy community (IEEE-ITP) where he manages several projects for IEEE’s Internet Initiative. He also chairs the IEEE Global AI Ethics Initiative committee on Classical Ethics in Artificial Intelligence. Jared completed his BA in Religion & Theology at King’s University College and a double MA/MLIS in Digital Humanities at the University of Alberta.

Transformative Role of Photovoltaics in the Transportation Sector đź—“

— (IEEE-TEC) – role of PV, proof of concept, power network in, transport sector …

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Webinar Date: Wednesday, Nov 8, 2017
Time: 2:00 PM (EST)
Speaker: Dr. Rajendra Singh, Clemson University
Location: on the Web
Cost: none
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Event Details & Registration: tec.ieee.org/education/webinars
Summary: The transportation sector is one of the largest greenhouse gas creator in the US. Electric vehicles (EVs) have the potential to offset a huge portion of the nation’s carbon footprint. The use of photovoltaics (PV) and batteries results in a local direct current (DC) powered network that is resilient, reliable, sustainable and economical as the cost of solar power has decreased to levels lower than any other electricity-generating source, and the cost of batteries continues to decline at a rapid pace. The local DC power network is the ideal solution to create electricity infrastructure to meet the need of electric vehicle (EV) based transportation sector. Autonomous vehicles based on electrical power will provide “personal mobility’ which will be driver of disruptive digital economy in the 21st century. In this webinar, transformative role of PV in transportation sector including proof of concept data of PV based DC power network in transport sector will be presented.

Bio: Rajendra Singh is D. Houser Banks Professor in the Holcombe Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Department of Automotive Engineering at Clemson University. He is a leading semiconductor and photovoltaic (PV) technologist with over 38 years of industrial and academic experience. He is fellow of IEEE, SPIE, ASM and AAAS. He has published extensively in the area of photovoltaics and batteries based local DC power network and transportation sector. Dr. Singh has received a number of international awards. On April 17, 2014 he was honored by US President Barack Obama as a White House “Champion of Change for Solar Deployment” for his leadership in advancing solar energy with PV technology.

mmWave 5G Phased Array and Beamforming System Design đź—“

— (ComSoc) – advanced modeling, simulation, practical scenarios, impairments, live software demo …

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Webinar Date: Thursday, September 28, 2017
Time: 1:00 PM (EDT)
Speaker: Sangkyo Shin, 5G Product Planning and Application Developer, Keysight Technologies
Location: on the Web
Cost: none
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Event Details & Registration: www.comsoc.org/webinars

Summary: Beamforming phased array systems are becoming essential in 5G and next generation communications, especially in mmWave frequency bands. This webcast introduces advanced modeling and simulation approaches for various beamforming techniques. We will demonstrate phased array system design while using practical phased arrays in working, system-level beamforming scenarios. The webcast includes a live software demo with typical configurations, weightings, and impairments that affect beam-level performance (such as nonlinearities, coupling, and element variations). We then show how to apply the arrays in communications link applications such as Verizon pre-5G system and 3GPP NR.

Sangkyo Shin is the 5G product planner and application developer in Keysight EEsof EDA division. He specializes in wireless communications and digital signal processing. He has been working as a system engineer and wireless application consultant for over 15 years at Keysight Technologies (formerly Agilent) contributing to various custom solutions and technical paper development. In the last 5 years, Sangkyo has developed the 5G reference IP library and authored over 30 application notes, seminar papers and 4G/5G simulation technical papers.

Addressing Direction Finding in Over-the-Air Testbeds and Prototypes đź—“

— (ComSoc) – MIMO, military, security, spectrum monitoring, geo-location, calibration, synchronization …

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Webinar Date: Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Time: 2:00 PM (EDT)
Speakers: Paul Harris, Lead Researcher, University of Bristol; Benny Chitambira, Researcher, University of Bristol
Location: on the Web
Cost: none
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Event Details & Registration: www.comsoc.org/webinars

Summary: Direction finding has found use in many applications that include military or security, spectrum monitoring, geo-location and intelligent communications like SDMA. It is an indispensable first step in most radio-detection systems. Multi-antenna systems make direction finding easier and reliable. As the source signal reaches an antenna array, one can take advantage of the variations in the received signal at each antenna, together with the knowledge of the array characteristics, to determine the direction of arrival of the signal. This approach requires the antennas to be calibrated and synchronized, and achieving this, is a challenge. This Webinar provides an overview of the practices and methodologies employed in direction finding particularly for communication systems, highlighting their advantages and drawbacks. An overview of a 128-antenna massive MIMO testbed will also be given to provide an example of how practical direction-finding research could be conducted.

Paul Harris, University of Bristol. The focus of Paul’s PhD has been to evaluate the real-world performance of massive MIMO. Within the Communication Systems & Networks (CSN) Group at the University of Bristol, he is the lead researcher and systems engineer for a 128-antenna massive MIMO testbed. Working in collaboration with Lund University and National Instruments, Paul led two research teams to set spectral efficiency world records in 2016. For this achievement he received 7 international awards from National Instruments, Xilinx and Hewlett Packard Enterprise, and an honorary certificate of appreciation from the IEEE Communications Society Student Competition for “Communications Technology Changing the World”. He was also recently consulted for technical input on a video produced by the IEEE Spectrum titled “Everything you need to know about 5G”.
Benny Chitambira, University of Bristol. Benny graduated with a BSc Honors in Electrical Engineering from The University of Zimbabwe in 2003. He worked for 3 years in IT with senior roles in projects & operations management; broadband communications; and ISP engineering, before undertaking postgraduate studies at The University Nottingham where he graduated with an MSc Electronic Communications and Computer Engineering in 2008. After that, he spent some time in IT as a Systems Engineer with primary responsibilities in network and storage engineering.

Governing the Rise of Artificial Intelligence đź—“

— (IEEE Standards) – AI, online civic debate, collective intelligence, ideas/solutions, actionable policy tools …

Part 1: An Introduction of the Online Civic Debate Collective Intelligence Platform
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Webinar Date: Thursday, September 7, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM (EDT)
Speakers: Frank Escoubes, President and co-founder, bluenove; Kay Firth-Butterfield: IEEE Global Initiative for Ethical Considerations in Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Systems
Location: on the Web
Cost: none
RSVP: required

Summary: Join us for the first in a series of three free online events on Governing the Rise of Artificial Intelligence. This global Online Civic Debate is a 6-month campaign using massive collective intelligence to identify ideas and solutions for the impact of Artificial Intelligence (AI) on society. Leveraging this platform would allow us to present actionable policy tools to government and decision makers.
This introductory webinar will delve into the details of Assembl, the collective intelligence platform which we will use, explaining how it works and what outcomes are expected.
Kay will provide perspectives on policy from and an overview of The IEEE Global Initiative for Ethical Considerations in Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Systems as part of the program.


Frank Escoubes is the President and co-founder of bluenove, a consulting and technology firm specialized in open innovation and collective intelligence based in France and Canada. He is a former Deloitte Principal. He worked as a strategy consultant for 20 years in Europe and North America, including 8 years with Deloitte in Canada, in charge of Strategy Innovation and Cluster Acceleration.
Kay Firth-Butterfield is Executive Committee Vice-Chair, The IEEE Global Initiative for Ethical Considerations in Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Systems, Executive Director, AI Austin. Firth-Butterfield is a Barrister and part-time Judge who has worked as a mediator, arbitrator, business owner and professor in the United Kingdom. In the United States, she is the Executive Director and Founding Advocate of AI-Austin which is a globally focused non-profit dedicated to the responsible design, development and use of AI and the socially beneficial use of AI in the community, specifically in Healthcare, Education and ethical governance of AI. She is the former Chief Officer of the Lucid.ai Ethics Advisory Panel.

New Directions for Energy Storage đź—“

— (IEEE SmartGrid) – changes, driving forces, next 15 years, trillion-dollar market, next-gen …

How technology will change how we create, store and use electrical energy
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Webinar Date: Thursday, September 7, 2017
Time: 1:00 PM (EDT)
Speakers: Lee Stogner, President, Vincula Group; Soumya Kanti Datta, Research Engineer, Eurecom; Tom Coughlin, President, Coughlin Associates
Location: on the Web
Cost: none
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Event Details & Registration: smartgrid.ieee.org

Summary: For most of the past 1,000 years, the storage of electrical energy has not changed. In just the past 20 years, the driving force of Mobile Devices, Electric Vehicles and Renewables for the Electric Grid has driven the market to create battery technologies that go well beyond what was thought possible. This market by 2030 will exceed Trillions of Dollars. This presentation will give an overview of what is happening as the world develops the next generation of Energy Storage.

Lee Stogner is the President of the Vincula Group, a consultancy in Business Innovation, Digital Transformation, Project Management and the Internet of Things.
Soumya Kanti Datta is a Research Engineer in Eurecom, France and a co-founder of a start-up: Future Tech Lab in India. His R/D work focuses on generation of new ideas, development and standardization of next-generation technologies in Internet of Things, Machine-to-Machine Communication, Mobile Computing and Computer Security.

Tom Coughlin is the President of Coughlin Associates, Inc. He is an authority on data storage products including storage devices, network attached storage, storage area networks, and storage applications.

Modeling Piezoelectric Devices đź—“

— (SPECTRUM) – behavior, electromechanical interaction, anisotropic properties, complex response, numerical simulation, computational analysis …

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Webinar Date: Thursday, August 17, 2017
Time: 2:00 PM (EDT)
Speakers: Kyle Koppenhoefer, Principal, and Joshua Thomas, Engineer, AltaSim Technologies; Yeswanth Rao, Technical Sales Manager, COMSOL
Location: on the Web
Cost: none
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Event Details & Registration: http://spectrum.ieee.org/webinar/modeling-piezoelectric-devices

Summary: Understanding the behavior of piezoelectric materials is critical for the successful development of devices (e.g., microelectronics, sensors, and transducers) and technologies (e.g., energy harvesting, joining of materials, and medical imaging). Piezoelectric materials exhibit a linear electromechanical interaction between their mechanical and electrical state; however, the response is complex due to the anisotropic properties. Thus, numerical simulation is needed to predict the response of piezoelectric devices and quantify the effects of design changes.
In this webinar, AltaSim Technologies will draw on its experience in the computational analysis of a range of piezoelectric-based technologies to demonstrate ways in which these devices can be successfully analyzed and designed using COMSOL Multiphysics®. You can ask questions at the end of the webinar during the Q&A session.

Kyle Koppenhoefer has been one of the principals and leaders at AltaSim Technologies for 15 years. He works with customers to identify how computational analysis can be used to further develop their products and manufacturing processes. Prior to cofounding AltaSim, Kyle worked for the Department of Defense and the Edison Welding Institute. He holds a PhD in civil engineering from the University of Illinois.
Joshua Thomas has provided consulting and training support in COMSOL Multiphysics® over the last six years as an engineer at AltaSim Technologies. He is a lead instructor in many of AltaSim’s classes and has worked extensively with structural mechanics problems and multiphysics problems that include structural mechanics. Josh received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from Ohio State University.
Yeswanth Rao is a technical sales manager and has been with COMSOL since early 2008. He holds a PhD in biological engineering and a master’s degree in electrical engineering. His finite element background is in MEMS, particularly piezoelectric modeling.

The Valuation of Distributed Energy Resources đź—“

— (IEEE SmartGrid) – generation, energy storage, demand response, bulk pricing, dispatching, project goals …

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Webinar Date: Thursday, August 17, 2017
Time: 1:00 PM (EDT)
Speaker: Brian D. Bunte, IEEE Smart Grid Education committee
Location: on the Web
Cost: none
RSVP: required
Event Details & Registration: smartgrid.ieee.org/the-valuation-of-distributed-energy-resources

Summary: The optimal mix of distributed energy resources for a project or microgrid is dependent on many factors including project load profile, available rate structures, geographic location, space considerations, and project goals. Hourly modeling of the project over the course of a year can be used to estimate the savings and return on investment for different combinations of distributed energy resources including renewable generation, CHP generation, energy storage, and demand response. Different rate structures including time of use and real time price for electricity supply should be considered. Different operating modes for dispatching local generation assets should be evaluated including dispatching based on bulk electricity price and dispatching based on minimizing demand changes. Finally, project goals must be considered. For example, one project might prioritize maximizing renewable generation and minimizing environmental impacts. Another project might prioritize achieving full islanding capability for resiliency during grid outages.

Brian Bunte has twenty-five years’ experience in the electric power industry including five years of research and support of demonstration projects focused on electricity system sustainability. He supported the development and implementation of the Performance Excellence in Electricity Renewal (PEER) performance standard. Prior to 2012, Brian was a senior manager in engineering and business operations for a major electrical power utility working at multiple corporate offices and generating stations.
Mr. Bunte is a member of the IEEE Smart Grid Education committee and the IEEE 1547 Conformity Assessment Steering Committee – Accelerated Deployment Effort. He attended the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana at which he received a BS in Physics, a MS in Mechanical Engineering, and an MBA.