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Oakland University Sunday 25 January 2018 CYBER SECURITY 2018: A VIDEO PRESENTATION AND DISCUSSION 馃棑

Cyber Security 2018: A Video presentation and discussion

We kick off the year with a look at how an actual cyber attack using ransomware took place in 2017, paralysing the UK’s National Health Service (NHS).

In 2017, the NHS was hit by a widespread and devastating cyber attack – BBC Horizon tells the inside story of one of the most challenging days in the history of the NHS.

On the morning of 12 May the attack started. Appointment systems, pathology labs, x-rays and even CT scanners were infected – putting not just data but patients lives at risk, and on every screen a simple – some may even say polite – message appeared. ‘Ooops, your files have been encrypted!’

But what followed was far from civilized. It was very clear that all the data on an infected machine was now scrambled and only the hackers could unscramble it. For a price – and with an extra twist – after a few days the ransom money doubled, and if nothing was paid within a week, the hackers threatened to destroy all the data – forever.

Following this there will a general discussion, Q&A and update on the current state of Meltdown and Spectre (recent hardware flaws and issues with current processor chips) by Sharan Kalwani

Date: 25 January 2018
Time: 06:30 PM to 08:00 PM
All times are US/Eastern
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146 Library Drive
Oakland University
Rochester, Michigan
United States 48309-4479
Building: Engineering Center
Room Number: EC 254

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Co-sponsored by Subramaniam Ganesan
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Data Science 2018: An Introduction

We continue our kick off for the year with an introduction to the world of Data Science.

What is Data Science?

Data Science is the study of the generalizable extraction of knowledge from data. Being a data scientist requires an integrated skill set spanning mathematics, statistics, machine learning, databases and other branches of computer science along with a good understanding of the craft of problem formulation to engineer elective solutions. This short lecture will introduce you to this rapidly growing field and introduce some of its basic principles and tools as well as its general mindset. Students will learn concepts, techniques and tools they need to deal with various facets of data science practice, including data collection and integration, exploratory data analysis, predictive modeling, descriptive modeling, data product creation, evaluation, and effective communication. The focus will be on the very high level treatment of these topics, synthesis of concepts and their application to solving problems.

Following this there will a general discussion, Q&A and update on the current state of landscape (recent major annoucenments will be also shared)

Date: 22 February 2018
Time: 06:15 PM to 07:30 PM
All times are US/Eastern

115 Library Drive
Oakland University
Rochester, Michigan
United States 48309-4479
Building: Engineering Center
Room Number: EC 254

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Co-sponsored by Prof. Subramaniam Ganesan & Education Society SE Michigan chapter
No Admission Charge
Starts 02 February 2018 09:45 AM
Ends 22 February 2018 07:27 AM
All times are US/Eastern
Menu: Vegetarian Pizza, Cheese Pizza, Regular Soda Pop, Diet Soda Pop
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Future Electrification beyond the More Electric Aircraft 馃棑

— hybrid propulsion, energy conversion, status, trends, advantages, limitations …

Webinar Date: Thursday, February 15, 2018
Time: 11:00 AM (ET)
Speaker: Hao Huang, GE Aviation – Electrical Power
Sponsors: IEEE Transportation Electrification Community, with the IEEE Industry Applications Society
Location: on the Web
Cost: none
RSVP: required
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Summary: Aerospace is experiencing its third major technological advancement. The biggest milestone of the first major advancement was the human historic first flight by Wright Brothers in 1903, and the biggest milestone of the second was the introduction of the turbojet in 1939. The third major advancement involves the electrification of aircraft including more electric aircraft (MEA), hybrid electrical propulsion (HEP), etc. Energy conversion plays an important role in this major advancement. With this big wave of change on going, the speaker will first introduce the status, trend, advantages, and limitations of more electric aircraft (MEA), followed by a talk about the status, trend, progress, and limitations of turbo engine based aircraft propulsion. From there, he will lead a discussion on the necessity and benefits of the electrification beyond the MEA including hybrid electric propulsion, the new opportunities associated with, and the technology bricks needed to further this advancement. Finally, the challenges of the electrification beyond MEA and the relationship between HEP and MEA will be explored.
Bio: Dr. Hao Huang is the Technology Chief of GE Aviation-Electrical Power. He is responsible for generating the technical directions, innovation strategies, and multi-generation product roadmaps for the GE aircraft electrical power division. He has been constantly leading and involving innovations and inventions of aircraft electrical power technologies.
Dr. Huang is an IEEE fellow and an SAE fellow. He received his Ph.D. Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1987. He has 30 years of experience in Aircraft Electrical Power Systems, Power Generation, Engine Starting, Power Electronics and Controls, and electric vehicle drives. Dr. Huang has had 50 US patents including pending, and he has multiple technical publications in the above-mentioned areas.

Control Challenges in Automotive Electrical Traction Drives 馃棑

— power electronics, real-time control, fast dynamics, embedded platform, control challenges …

Webinar Date: Thursday, March 15, 2018
Time: 1:00 PM (ET)
Speaker: Sabin-Constantin Carpiuc, MathWorks
Sponsor: IEEE Transportation Electrification Community
Location: on the Web
Cost: none
RSVP: required
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Summary: Vehicle electrification is a key research direction in the automotive business, with many challenging problems and opportunities arising. An important part in automobile electrification is represented by the electric drive with integrated electric machine, power electronics, high voltage battery and real-time control software. However, the implementation in a micro-controller based embedded system is a difficult task because these applications are characterized by fast dynamics that are subject to hard physical and control constraints. Therefore, it yields a complex embedded platform that must meet tough requirements and compulsory safety standards. The goal of this presentation is to discuss the operation of automotive electrical traction drives at the system level and to analyze the arising control challenges. The talk will cover aspects from modeling, control, hardware implementation and testing in automotive electrical traction drives. The talk will also include relevant case studies.
Bio: Sabin-Constantin Carpiuc received the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in systems engineering from the “Gheorghe Asachi” Technical University of Iasi, Iasi, Romania, in 2012, and 2015, respectively. From March 2010 to June 2016, he was with the Powertrain Division, Business Unit Hybrid Electric Vehicle, Continental Automotive Romania, Iasi R&D Center, Iasi, Romania. From October 2010 to June 2016, he has been also an Associate Teaching Assistant with the Department of Automatic Control and Applied Informatics, the “Gheorghe Asachi” Technical University of Iasi. In June 2016, he joined the Physical Modeling group at MathWorks in Cambridge, United Kingdom.
His research interests include physical modeling, electric machines and power electronics, automotive electric traction drives, model predictive control and optimization, constrained control and automotive control systems.

Enhancing Vehicle Dynamics and Energy Efficiency in Electric Vehicles with Multiple Motors Via Torque Vectoring 馃棑

— energy efficiency, stability control, torque allocation, net traction force, cornering response, experimental results …

Webinar Date: Thursday, April 12, 2018
Time: 11:00 AM (ET)
Speaker: Basilio Lenzo, Sheffield Hallam University, UK
Sponsor: IEEE Transportation Electrification Community
Location: on the Web
Cost: none
RSVP: required
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Summary: Electric vehicles with multiple motors allow torque-vectoring (TV), i.e. the individual control of each drivetrain. TV has been largely studied in the literature since it can provide significant benefits in terms of vehicle safety and drivability. This webinar analyses recent experimental results of the EU FP7 Projects EVECTOORC and iCOMPOSE, in which torque vectoring is exploited for: i) enhancing vehicle dynamics; ii) maximising energy efficiency.
TV can enhance the handling qualities of a vehicle well beyond the capabilities achievable with conventional stability control systems, as it intervenes seamlessly and continuously without variation of the net traction force. A direct yaw moment can be generated through different torque allocation at the left and right sides of the vehicle, allowing the design of the cornering response of the vehicle. For instance, a “Sport” driving mode was designed to reduce the understeer gradient, extend the region of linear vehicle operation, and increase the maximum lateral acceleration compared to the passive vehicle.
As regards energy efficiency improvement, a simple and effective torque distribution strategy was developed. Basically, the torque demand on each vehicle side is compared to a “switching torque” value (function of the vehicle speed) which is defined based on the experimental measurements of the drivetrain power loss characteristic. The developed energy efficient torque distribution algorithm allows energy savings typically between 2% and 3% along common driving cycles, and up to ~4% during cornering conditions with respect to fixed torque distribution strategies.

Bio: Basilio Lenzo received the M.Sc. degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Pisa and Sant鈥橝nna University in 2010. He received his Ph.D. degree in robotics from Sant鈥橝nna University in 2013.
In 2010, he was an R&D Intern with Ferrari F1. In 2013, he was a Visiting Researcher at the University of Delaware and Columbia University. In 2013, he was appointed as a Research Fellow with Sant’Anna University, focusing on kinematics and dynamics of robotic mechanisms. He obtained the “Marzotto” grant providing 250,000 Euro for a robotics startup developed at PercRo (Perceptual Robotics Laboratory, Sant’Anna University). In 2014 he won the Bernardo Nobile award for the best PhD thesis resulting in a patent application.
In 2015-2016, he was a Research Fellow with the Centre for Automotive Engineering, University of Surrey, UK. His research was focused on vehicle dynamics and control (European Project iCOMPOSE), dealing with: development of vehicle simulation models and state-of-the-art controllers for vehicle dynamics and energy management; experimental assessments of the performance of such controllers on rolling road facilities and proving grounds. In 2015, he obtained the MIT Young Innovators Under 35 Italy award. He was also invited to give a TED talk at TEDxBergamo2015.
Since September 2016, he has been a Senior Lecturer in Automotive Engineering with Sheffield Hallam University, UK. His teaching/research interests include vehicle dynamics, control, and robotics.

Power Electronics-Enabled Autonomous Power Systems – Synchronized and Democratized (SYNDEM) Smart Grids 馃棑

— distributed energy resources, flexible loads, virtual synchronous machines, reduced complexity, improved performance, resiliency …

Webinar Date: Tuesday, March 20, 2018
Time: 11:00 AM (ET)
Speaker: Dr. Qing-Chang Zhong, Illinois Institute of Technology, and Founder, Syndem LLC
Sponsor: IEEE Power Electronics Society
Location: on the Web
Cost: none
RSVP: required
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Summary: Power systems are going through a paradigm change from the current power systems dominated by electric machines to the next-generation smart grid enabled by power electronics, presenting a great opportunity to the power electronics society. In this lecture, it will be shown that the power electronic converters in millions of active, intermittent, non-synchronous, variable and distributed energy resources and flexible loads can be controlled to behave like virtual synchronous machines (VSM). They can all take part in the regulation of power system frequency and voltage via independent individual actions in a synchronized and democratized manner, leading to synchronized and democratized smart grids. Moreover, the dedicated synchronisation units, often phase-locked-loops, can be removed to further reduce complexity and improve performance. These active distributed players only require local information and communicate with each other through the power network, rather than through additional communication infrastructure, bringing stability, scalability, operability, reliability, security and resiliency to next-generation smart grids.
Bio: Dr. Qing-Chang Zhong, Fellow of IEEE and IET, is the Max McGraw Endowed Chair Professor in Energy and Power Engineering and Management at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, USA, and the Founder & CEO of Syndem LLC. Having been recognized as a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Power Electronics Society, the IEEE Power and Energy Society and the IEEE Control Systems Society, he is a world-leading multidisciplinary expert in power electronics, control, and power systems. Before joining Illinois Institute of Technology, he was the Chair Professor in Control and Systems Engineering at The University of Sheffield, UK, where he built up a $5M+ research lab dedicated to the control of energy and power systems.

Tuesday Feb 6th 9:00 am to 4:30 pm 2018 Automotive EMC Design & Test Seminar Automation Alley 2675 Bellingham Troy, MI 48083 馃棑

Automotive EMC Seminar

Automotive EMC Design & Test Seminar!

Troy, MI
February 6, 2018

Please join us at the Automotive EMC Design & Test Seminar on February 6th!

Learn from respected experts in your field. We鈥檒l have great speakers ready to share their vast knowledge with you. Lunch will be provided!

Dan Beeker from NXP is our primary speaker along with others from leading EMC solution providers such as NEC, Oak-Mitsui and API where they鈥檒l present their latest EMC design and debugging solutions.

Date: February 6th 9:00 am to 4:30 pm

Automation Alley
2675 Bellingham
Troy, MI 48083

Cost: Free





Power Distribution Made Easy


How to Mitigate EMI from Switching Mode Power Supply Using EMIStream


Lunch and Product Fair


Benefits for Advanced Thin Dielectrics to Optimize the Power Delivery Networks


Near-Field Scanning: Searching for Root Causes


Break and Product Fair


Keysight Overview of Tools for the EMC Lab


Wrap Up

Presentation 1
Power Distribution Made Easy by Dan Beeker
NXP Semiconductors
Principal Engineer, Automotive Field Applications Engineering


This presentation will present a simple EM physics and geometry based approach to designing power distribution networks on PCBs. From input power connection to the IC die, the simple rules discussed can be used to reduce power supply noise and improve EMC.

This course will, after an introduction to EM field behavior, describe several effective methods for designing the spaces which are used to deliver power on a PCB. These methods are driven by considerations for how fast the switches are changing states, and the geometry of the spaces and placement of components to properly delivery energy to prevent EMC and signal integrity issues.

Presentation 2
How to Mitigate EMI from Switching Mode Power Supply Using EMIStream by Yoshiaki Maruyama
Engineering Manager



In recent years, automotive EMC is becoming more important especially EMI from power supply circuit would affect AM/FM band. In this talk, we will cover how to mitigate EMI from switching mode power supply and also resonance from power plane. We will show you a case-study as well as comparison between simulation and measurement.

Presentation 3

Benefits for Advanced Thin Dielectrics to Optimize the Power Delivery Networks by Bob Carter
Vice President of Technology and Marketing



路 Power Delivery Network

路 Benefits/Improvements using Thin Dielectrics

路 Applications where this is being used today: Automotive, Network, Aerospace, Medical, Telecom, RF, MEMS and Sensors, and Chip Packages, etc.

路 Technical Data/Case Studies

路 Wrap

Presentation 4

Near-Field Scanning: Searching for Root Causes by Hamed Kajbaf
Amber Precision Instruments
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路 Near-field effects of electrostatic discharge events

路 Conducted susceptibility: where does ESD current go?

路 Sniffer probes are smarter than they look

路 Electromagnetic lens: from near-field to far-field

Presentation 5

Keysight Overview of Tools for the EMC Lab by John Kinney
Keysight Technologies
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With Connected Car applications there is a range of tools Keysight offers for the EMC lab, ranging from RF Power Meters, RF Signal Sources, to Pre-Compliance Analyzers, Compliance Analyzers, and VNA鈥檚 (Vector Network Analyzers) for applications like EMC Test and Debugging, Signal Integrity, TDR (Time Domain Reflectometry), and the Ford RI-115 requirements. In addition Bases Station Emulators and Channel Faders are finding their way into EMC labs to support Connected Car Application.

April 24th-26th 2018 AECQ Reliability Council Sheraton Detroit Novi MI 馃棑

he Automotive Electronics Council (AEC) was originally established by Chrysler, Ford, and GM for the purpose of establishing common part-qualification and quality-system standards. From its inception, the AEC has consisted of two Committees: the Quality Systems Committee and the Component Technical Committee. Today, the committees are composed of representatives from the Sustaining Members (currently Autoliv, Bose Corporation, Continental Corporation, Cummins, Delphi Corporation, Denso International America, Gentex Corporation, Harman, Hella, John Deere Electronics Solutions (Phoenix International), Kostal Automotive, Lear Corporation, Magna Electronics, Sirius XM, Valeo, Visteon Corporation and ZF TRW Automotive) and other Technical, Associate, and Guest Members.

The AEC Component Technical Committee is the standardization body for establishing standards for reliable, high quality electronic components. Components meeting these specifications are suitable for use in the harsh automotive environment without additional component-level qualification testing. This web site makes available the technical documents developed by the AEC Component Technical Committee. These documents can be downloaded directly.

Saturday, March 24, 2018 K-12 STEM Poster Competition For High School, Middle School and Elementary Students Lawrence Technological University Campus, Southfield 馃棑

鈥 Saturday, March 24, 2018 K-12 STEM Poster Competition For High School, Middle School and Elementary Students Lawrence Technological University Campus, Southfield
K-12 STEM Poster Competition
For High School, Middle School and Elementary Students
Saturday, March 24, 2018
Lawrence Technological University Campus, Southfield
Architecture Auditorium and Gallery (A200 & A210)

Lawrence Technological University and IEOM Society International, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, are jointly organizing IEOM STEM Poster Competition for middle school, high school and elementary students on March 24, 2017 (Saturday). Students can create a poster illustrating your project in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) and present it to industry professionals in the STEM fields.

Interested High School and Middle School students should a title and a short summary online:

Participants need to bring a poster printed or any school project posters to the event in the area of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Recommended size 36鈥 x 24-48鈥 (36 inches high by 24-48 inches wide). Posters will be judged in the each age categories: K-12. Winners will be awarded certificates and 1st, 2nd & 3rd place winners of each grade will receive a gift card of $20 each. Any students from K-12 institution in Michigan can join the competition.

All participants will receive attendance / presentation certificates.

Tentative Program

08:00 鈥 10:00 Registration

10:00 鈥 13:00 Poster Competition (K-12)

13:00 鈥 14:00 Lunch and Keynote

14:00 鈥 15:00 Winners Recognition and Certificates Distribution


$20 GIFT CARD for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners of each grade level. A total of 50 gift cards will be given.


Dr. Ahad Ali ( and Professor Don Reimer (
Co-Chairs: IEOM STEM Poster Competition Michigan 2018


ASQ 鈥 Greater Detroit Section
Lawrence Technological University

Sponsorship opportunities are available.

Student鈥檚 participation in the STEM Poster Competition can be helpful for their Portfolio Development for extra curriculum activities including project presentation, attendance certificate, team participation, leadership, publications and networking.

Application Deadline is February 12, 2018 – Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program 馃棑

Are you interested in gaining hands-on research experience at NIST through a unique summer internship opportunity? Would you like to learn more about NIST or the summer internship opportunities available through the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program? After visiting the SURF website, do you have still have questions? If you answered 鈥測es鈥 to any of the previous questions, you are invited to attend a webinar to learn about the mission of NIST, the research opportunities available through the SURF Program, and the application process for the SURF Program.

University staff and students are invited to attend and submit questions during the webinar.

Application Deadline is February 12, 2018