Advanced Sensing Electronic Systems for Electrified and Autonomous Vehicles πŸ—“

— mild-hybrid, starter/generator, monitoring, Radar, Lidar, wireless, convergence, alliances …

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Webinar Date: Thursday, January 25, 2018
Time: 11:30 AM (ET)
Speaker: Sergio Saponara, University of Pisa
Location: on the Web
Cost: none
RSVP: required
Event Details & Registration: tec.ieee.org

Summary: The tutorial will focus on recent advances in sensing electronic systems for new generations of vehicles. To address the needs of safe, sustainable and smart mobility of people and goods, vehicles are becoming electrified and with driver-assisted/autonomous capability. The social and economic impact of the smart transportation field is huge, since every year 90 million vehicles are sold worldwide and 1.25 million people are killed due to lack of safety. In the US 3.1 billions of gallons of fuel are wasted each year due to traffic congestion. According to market forecasts, in 2017-2022, CO2 emissions can be reduced by more than 100 million tonnes per annum just applying a micro/mild-hybrid technology, i.e. using hybrid vehicles where an integrated starter/generator (ISG) electric machine, up to 10 kW, assists the internal combustion engine (ICE), which is reduced in size and weight. The ISG enables Start-and-Stop, regenerative breaking, generator working mode to supply on-board electric loads, and torque-assistance of the ICE at low-speed, when it is not efficient. 48V Li-ion batteries and/or supercapacitors are used for energy storage. Innovative motor/generator electrical machines, up to 10 kW, can represent the single traction unit for lightweight vehicles such as e-bikes, e-scooters, e-quads.

The interest in the research subject of electrified and assisted/self-driving vehicles is demonstrated by the rise of new vehicle companies like Tesla and Uber and by the huge investments in the automotive field of electronics/electrical companies like Google, Intel, Infineon, STMicroelectronics, NVIDIA, and ABB to name just a few. A convergence is foreseen worldwide in the near future between ICT/Electronics industry and traditional OEM and tier-1 automotive industry (see as example announced alliance between INTEL and BMW). Key enabling technologies for this scenario are the innovation in sensing electronic systems, needed for:
— assisted/autonomous driving to detect obstacles and relative position/speed in the surrounding environment (e.g. Radar and Lidar) and for accurate positioning and navigation, i.e. fusion of on-board inertial measurement units (IMU) with global navigation satellite systems (GNSS) signals.
— electrified vehicles to estimate and to monitor voltage, current and temperature of power drive electronics and energy storage sub-system (Li-ion Battery packs or supercapacitors).

The tutorial will be divided in 3 parts, each of 15 minutes, plus final Q&A interactive open discussion session.
In Part 1 innovation and market trends in the field of vehicles with electrified/hybrid propulsion and assisted/self-driving capabilities will be discussed.
In Part 2 real-time sensor acquisition and processing of data from Radar, Camera and Lidar will be discussed and a comparison of these technologies will be carried out. Practical examples of Radar surveillance in transportation systems (railway, automotive and small ships) will be presented. This Section will deal also with fusion of signals from on-board IMU sensors (accelerators, gyroscopes) and GNSS wireless signals for accurate navigation and positioning.
Part 3 will focus on circuits and architectures for monitoring and management of Li-Ion batteries and/or super-capacitor in electric/hybrid vehicles with a special focus on micro/mild-hybrid architectures. This is the most promising solution for a rapid market diffusion of electric mobility since, with bus voltage below 60-70V, in micro/mild-hybrid vehicles costly shock protection devices are not required.

Perspective, Challenges and Future of Automotive Cyber Security Enriched with Blockchain Technology πŸ—“

— privacy, trust between vehicles, data transaction blocks, perspectives, challenges …

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Webinar Date: Wednesday, Dec 6, 2017
Time: 7:00 AM (ET)
Speaker: Dr. Madhusudan Singh, Yonsei Institute of Convergence Technology, Yonsei University
Location: on the Web
Cost: none
RSVP: required
Event Details & Registration: tec.ieee.org/education/webinars

Summary: As we know, Intelligent vehicles are almost in-market, and very soon they will replace human drivers worldwide. The intelligent vehicles are internet-connected vehicles, which is also communicating and data sharing between vehicle-to- vehicle (V2V), vehicles-to-infrastructure (V2I), and within vehicles. In such vehicle communication, they use CALM, DSRC and WAVE communication channels. This s kind of machine has many security vulnerabilities such as data security, privacy, legality, trust between vehicles etc. They need a strong security mechanism to solve these challenges. However, the Intelligent vehicles are making secured through the traditional security mechanism similar to information technology security standards (ISO 27000 and family), but a risk of attacks will reach new levels of interoperability, and the independent decision-making will begin to embed complexity, security loopholes and potential “black swan” events. This type of research need to be built-in security and architectural design to protect emerging threats. However, Blockchain technology will break this traditional mechanism for data validation and facilitate a trustworthy environment creation for Intelligent vehicles. Blockchain is a secure decentralized distributed ledger. The intelligent vehicles with Blockchain can create and maintain a continuously growing data transaction blocks of cryptographically secured data records against fraudulence and tamper. Blockchain can also reduce the cost of data and unpredictability of working edge devices or connecting machines. It simplifies the development of cost-effective data transaction, where anything can be tracked and exchanged, without requiring a central body. However, security is big challenge for intelligent vehicles. This presentation will introduce the automotive cyber security: perspective, challenges, and discuss how can blockchain can provide a secure trust environment for the intelligent vehicles.

Madhusudan Singh is a Research Professor at Yonsei Institue of Convergence Technology at Yonsei University, Korea since June, 2016. He has worked as Senior Engineer at Research Group at Samsung Display from March 2012 ~ March 2016. He received his Ph.D. degree in the Dept. of Ubiquitous IT, from Dongseo University(DSU), South Korea in Feb. 2012; M. Tech. degree in Dept. of IT with spec. in Software Engineering from Indian Institute of Information Technology-Allahabad(IIIT-A), India in July 2008; and his MCA degree in the Dept. of Computer Application from Uttar Pradesh (State) Technical University(UPTU), Lucknow, India in 2006. BCA degree is the Dept. of Computer Applications from VBS Purvanchal University-Jaunpur, India. Dr. Singh was a visiting research scholar at Univ. the Pisa, Italy in 2010.
Currently, he is an associated with numerous scientific organizations and has published more than 35 refereed scientific papers. His fields of interests are Automotive Cyber Security, Machine Learning, Blockchain Technology, Internet of Things, Image processing, and Software Engineering.

Integrated Power Distribution Planning: Bridging Traditional Capacity Planning and DER Planning πŸ—“

— distributed energy, grid-scale renewables, capacity planning methods, tools, best practices, problems …

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Webinar Date: Thursday, November 2, 2017
Time: 1:00 PM (ET)
Speaker: Gerhard Walker, Director of Grid Evolution, and Hisham Omara, Director of Engineering, Opus One Solutions
Location: on the Web
Cost: none
RSVP: required
Event Details & Registration: smartgrid.ieee.org

Summary: Integrated Distribution Planning tools are integrating traditional capacity planning methods with distributed energy resource planning. These tools are becoming increasingly important as utilities plan, account for, and manage higher penetrations of grid scale renewables. This webinar intends to share insights including best practices, pitfalls, problems, and results of deploying an enterprise level roll-out.

Hisham Omara is the Director of Engineering and Consulting at Opus One Solutions with 10 years experience in the utilities sector in Canada, United Kingdom, Europe, and the Middle East. He engaged in a wide variety of business and strategic planning projects for firms competing in the electric power business. These projects are in response to changing or evolving conditions in the industry, the emergence of new entrants and technologies, or structural and regulatory changes. Furthermore, he has 7 years of experience in the design, development and deployment of smart grid, and energy efficiency solutions. Most recently, he was an Associate Director at Navigant, he established Navigant’s Energy presence in Qatar. Hisham holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Manchester.
Gerhard Walker is the Director of Grid Evolution at Opus One Solutions. Prior to his engagement with Opus One he was the Director of Grid Solutions at GE’s Current and started his career in the utility business at the EnBW AG’s DSO Netze BW in Stuttgart, Germany as project manager and leader of a Smart Grid Competence Center. He studied electrical engineering at the University of Stuttgart and Tokyo Tech, and holds a BS and MS degrees in electric and power systems engineering and defending his PhD in Electrical Engineering October of this year.

Forecasting, Optimization and Control of Distributed Flexible Power Resources πŸ—“

— renewable generation, quality-of-service, weather forecasts, aggregate loads, optimization, scalable control …

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Webinar Date: Thursday, October 19, 2017
Time: 1:00 PM (ET)
Speakers: Yan Pan, Senior Electric Power Engineer, GE Global Research Center; Reza Ghaemi, Senior Control Systems Engineer, General Electric Research Center
Location: on the Web
Cost: none
RSVP: required
Event Details & Registration: smartgrid.ieee.org

Summary: The availability of flexible resources is becoming increasingly important with increasing renewable generation. As part of the ARPA-E NODES project, a group of researchers are working on aggregating distributed flexible loads and DERs to provide grid services while maintaining customer quality-of-service. The presentation will cover the development of flexibility forecasts that use weather forecasts and other data to estimate the reserve potential of aggregate loads and DERs. An optimization framework that enables aggregation of a large numbers of flexible loads and DERs and determines the optimal day-ahead schedule for these resources will be discussed. Finally, a scalable control architecture for coordinating and controlling the resources in real-time with low latency will be presented.

Yan Pan is currently working with GE Global Research Center (GRC) as a Senior Electric Power Engineer. She received the BSEE and MSEE degree in Power Systems from Wuhan University, Wuhan, China in 2000 and 2003, respectively, and the PhD degree in Electrical Engineering from the Center of Advanced Power Systems, Florida State University, in 2009. She worked with Beijing Sifang Automation Co., Ltd as a Protection Engineer in 2003-2005. In 2009, she joined GE GRC, leading and working on R&D projects in the areas of DMS/DERMS functions, Power System Protection, PMU applications, dynamic/static load modeling and so on. She is a senior member with IEEE PES.
Reza Ghaemi is a senior control systems engineer at General Electric Research Center (GRC). Prior to joining GRC, he was a post-doctoral researcher at Massachusetts Institute of Technology between 2010 and 2012. He was also a visiting scholar at the Automatic Control Laboratory at ETH Zurich in 2008. He received M.Sc. in Mathematics (stochastic and optimization) in 2009 and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, Systems in 2010 from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
His research interests include optimal control, Model Predictive Control, system biology, supervisory control, aircraft flight path optimization, and decentralized power grid control.

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

— 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 CearΓ‘
Location: on the Web
Cost: none
RSVP: required
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 πŸ—“

— 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 πŸ—“

— (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
RSVP: required
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 πŸ—“

— DC-powered network, role of PV, proof of concept, electric vehicles, transformative role …

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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
RSVP: required
Event Details & Registration: tec.ieee.org/education/webinars
Summary: The transportation sector is one of the largest greenhouse gas creators 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 the driver of a disruptive digital economy in the 21st century. In this webinar, the 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 πŸ—“

— (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
RSVP: required
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 πŸ—“

— (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.