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—15th Annual Embedded Systems Workshop 2017


  • Date: 21 October 2017
  • Time: 08:00 AM to 04:30 PM
  • All times are US/Eastern



08:00 AM – Registration Desk Opens

08:30 AM – Welcome

08:45 AM – ETAS, Udo Rieber: “New Methods for Reducing Complexity in Embedded Software Design”

09:30 AM – NVIDIA, Bill Veenhuis: “Implementing AI and Neural Networks in Embedded Systems”

10:15 AM – Coffee & Tea Break

10:30 AM – INTREPID Control Systems, Dave Robins: “CAN FD hits the street: What you need to know”

11:15 AM – Vector CANTech, Salvador Almanza: “An Overview on Automotive Ethernet and Service Oriented Architecture Modeling”

12:00 noon – Lunch Break

12:45 PM – Workshop Resumes, Chapter business update

01:00 PM – Image Mining LLC, Jim Morgenstern, “How To Realize the GPU’s Potential for High Throughput in Embedded Systems”

01:45 PM – Beningo Engineering, Jacob Beningo, “Developing Reusable Firmware for Microcontroller based Systems”

02:30 PM – Coffee & Tea Break

02:45 PM – DfR Solutions, Jim McLeish: “Reliability Challenges & Solutions for Embedded Automotive Electronics”

03:15 PM – DS, Sharan Kalwani: “Popular Programming Environments for Embedded Systems” & “Perspectives in the emerging field of IoT” (double header)

03:45 PM – Raffle/Door Prizes Drawing

03:50 PM – Panel Session on current trends in IoT, Embedded Systems, Industry Issues

04:30 PM – Vote of thanks & Conclusion

04:30 PM – Workshop Ends


  • Oakland University
  • Rochester, Michigan
  • United States 48309
  • Building: Hannah Hall
  • Room Number: 190

Cost: none

  • No Admission Charge
  • Starts 11 May 2017 12:00 AM
  • Ends 20 October 2017 09:00 AM
  • All times are US/Eastern
  • Menu: Turkey Sandwich, Chicken Sandwich, Vegetarian Sandwich, Tuna Sandwich

Event Details: (link text to chapter/vTools information)

IEEE EMC Society Meeting Notice – October 19, 2017 – Maker Event – Bosch 🗓

— IEEE EMC Society Meeting Notice – October 19, 2017 – Maker Event – Bosch
Meeting Date: October 19th 2017
Time: 5:30 – 7:30 PM
15000 Haggerty Way
Plymouth, Michigan
United States 48170
Cost: none
RSVP: requested
Summary: Room Number: Presentation Room – West Entrance
Come join us at Bosch for a Maker event October 19, 2017, 5:30pm to 7:30pm! We might make an HDTV antenna, current probe, E and H field probes, horn antenna, or a RF power meter based on chips found in your cell phone. Candace and John Suriano who have a bevy of RF toys they have made, ask you to join the SEM EMC Society at Bosch in an enjoyable and profitable evening of instruction.

Use the visitor parking lot near the main entrance. The conference room in just off the lobby. Go behind the guard desk and the conference room entrance is on the left side of the hallway.


Candace Suriano is a graduate of GMI Engineering & Management Institute (BSME) and has graduate degrees from Purdue University (MSME, MSE) and the University of Dayton (Ph.D.). She is the author of numerous papers on electromagnetic compatibility and chaired an antennas and probes workshop at several IEEE EMC symposia. Her interests are in the areas of electromagnetic compatibility and electromagnetic modeling. Candace is a mom with interests in MOM.

John Suriano is a graduate of GMI Engineering & Management Institute (BSEE) and has graduate degrees from Purdue University (MSME, Ph.D.). He supervises an EMC laboratory for Nidec Motors and Actuators in Auburn Hills, Michigan. He has interests in electric motors and electromagnetic modeling.

Perspective, Challenges and Future of Automotive Cyber Security Enriched with Blockchain Technology 🗓

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

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:

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 🗓

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

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:

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 🗓

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

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:

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 🗓

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

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
RSVP: required
Event Details & Registration:

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.

IEEE 5G and Beyond Testbed Workshop 🗓

The IEEE 5G Initiative will be holding a Testbed Workshop focusing on experimental testbeds on 5G and Beyond. The objective of this workshop is to bring together developers, practitioners, technical experts and researchers to share experiences and advance the state of the art in all aspects of 5G systems prototyping, evaluation and testing. The workshop also aims to solicit contributions and promote discussion on the novel methodological studies and experimental paradigms for future 5G testbeds and co-development and co-deployment of experimental platforms. Of particular interest are ideas on extending publicly available testbeds with 5G related technologies as they become available and how they can be used to address common technological and scientific problems that are related to advanced wireless systems
IEEE 5G and Beyond Testbed Workshop
Co-Located with VTC 2017
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Sunday, 24 September 2017
Time: 9:00-17:30
Speakers from National Instruments, Ciena, Telus, Nokia, Shanghai Institute of Fog Computing, ONF, Edinburgh University, Intel, Oulu University, FOKUS, Rutgers University, Northeastern University, and more!

Sunday, 24 September 2017 | 9:00-17:30
Click Here to Register

The workshop will cover a spectrum of distinguished speakers from all over the world who will share their experiences about building testbed and experimental results. They will also highlight how these testbeds can be used by IEEE 5G Community.
Please join us on
Sunday, 24 September 2017 from 9:00-17:30
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IEEE Southeastern Michigan Section 2017 Fall Conference 🗓

Advancing Technology
for Humanity

IEEE Southeastern Michigan Section
2017 Fall Conference

Ethics in Engineering, Science and Technology

Conference Program
(Draft v3)

November 9, 2017
Greater Detroit Area (venue tbc)
Michigan, USA

Table of Contents

1. Welcome 3
2. Program 4
3. Venue 5
4. Keynote Address 6
5. Invited Speakers 7
5.1 Tamara Bonaci (University of Washington) 7
5.2 Cheryl Brown (University of North Carolina Charlotte) 8
5.3 Claude Louis-Charles (Microsoft Corporation) 9
5.4 Ali Muzzafar (Deloitte) 9
6. Panel 10
7. Event Support 11
8. Conference Committee 12
9. 2017 SEM Section Officers 13

1. Welcome
Welcome to the IEEE Southeastern Michigan Section 2017 Fall Conference. This event is produced by the Southeastern Michigan Section to provide you with a number of personal and IEEE-related opportunities.
• Once again, a very highly regarded and entertaining keynote speaker.
• Invited speakers that will present overviews of their work with respect to the conference theme, Ethics in Engineering, Science and Technology. We are sure there is something for everyone in the range of topics this diverse mix of talented speakers will cover.
• Networking time to catch up with friends and make new acquaintances. Everyone at the Conference is an ‘expert’ in something, and one of the most fascinating aspects of a Section wide conference is finding those interesting individuals you will meet ‘for the first time’. So be sure to make that extra effort to introduce yourself to someone you have not met before.
• Socialize over the Conference Dinner with both old and new friends.
• Recognition of some of our volunteers who have contributed so much to our Section’s success in the past year.
This year, we have chosen Ethics in Engineering, Science and Technology (ETHICS 2017) as the theme for our Fall Conference, in recognition of the difficulty in a modern world of fulfilling multiple and sometimes conflicting moral obligations to different parties. By the 19th century, the emergence of engineering as a distinct profession was accompanied by a need to clarify the relationship between the self-interest that practitioners of engineering have in advancing their careers and business interests, and their moral obligations to society, to their employers and/or clients, and to their profession. As global, social, environmental and business pressures have evolved over the past 150 years, ethical dilemmas have intensified. It has become necessary for all of us to reflect carefully as we traverse an evolving and increasingly challenging ethical landscape.
ETHICS 2017 provides an exciting opportunity for researchers, regulators, educators and practitioners alike to debate, discuss and deliberate issues concerning modern engineering ethics and ethical standards, and their impact on our lives, careers, profession and society. Our Keynote and invited speakers, panel forum, and a reception will enable exchange of experience and perspectives on many levels.
Please enjoy the Conference and the presentations, and take advantage of the wealth of intellectual and network resources available here today. Thank you for your attendance and for supporting the IEEE Southeastern Michigan Section.
Robert Neff
SEM Section Chair

2. Program

1630-1700 Registration / Networking
1700-1705 Welcome & Opening Remarks: PHILIP HALL (Conference Chair)
1705-1735 Speaker #1: CHERYL BROWN (University of North Carolina Charlotte)
1735-1800 Speaker #2: ALI MUZZAFAR (Deloitte)
1800-1830 Speaker #3: TAMARA BONACI (University of Washington)
1830-1900 Speaker #4: CLAUDE LOUIS-CHARLES (Microsoft Corporation)
1900-1930 Panel & Open Forum Q&A: JOHN HAVENS (Moderator)
1930-2030 Conference Dinner
2030-2115 Dinner Keynote: JOHN HAVENS (IEEE Global Initiative on Ethics in AI/AS)
2115-2130 Closing Remarks: Robert Neff (Chair, IEEE SEM Section)

3. Venue
The conference venue will be in the Greater Detroit Area. Details to be advised once the actual venue is confirmed.

4. Keynote Address
“Prioritizing ethical considerations at the front-end of design”

John C. Havens
Executive Director of The IEEE Global Initiative for Ethical Considerations in Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Systems

John C. Havens is the Executive Director of the IEEE Global Initiative for Ethical Considerations in Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Systems (see He is also a regular contributor on issues of technology and wellbeing to Mashable, The Guardian, HuffPo and TechCrunch and is author of Heartificial Intelligence: Embracing Our Humanity To Maximize Machines and Hacking Happiness: Why Your Personal Data Counts and How Tracking it Can Change the World.

John was an EVP of a Top Ten PR Firm, a VP of a tech start-up, and an independent consultant where he has worked with clients such as Gillette, P&G, HP, Wal-Mart, Ford, Allstate, Monster, Gallo Wines, and Merck. He is also the Founder of The Happathon Project, a non-profit utilizing emerging technology and positive psychology to increase human wellbeing.

John has spoken at TEDx, at SXSW Interactive (six times), and as a global keynote speaker for clients like Cisco, Gillette, IEEE, and NXP Semiconductors. John was also a professional actor on Broadway, TV and Film for fifteen years.

5. Invited Speakers
5.1 Tamara Bonaci (University of Washington)
“Privacy Threats Against Brain-Computer Interfaces”

Tamara Bonaci

Lecturer & Researcher
Northeastern University and the University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Tamara is a researcher interested in security and privacy of cyber-phsyical systems, in particular emerging biomedical technologies. Her current research focuses on security and privacy issues related to neural engineering systems, visual prosthesis, and teleoperated robots.

In the area of neural privacy and security, Tamara has been working towards understanding and quantifying the amount of private information that can be extracted using a person’s electro-physiological signals as information sources. She has also worked on research and development of a signal processing mechanism, referred to as the BCI Anonymizer, which will be used to prevent and mitigate privacy attacks.

In the area of teleoperated security, Tamara has been investigating potential security threats against the next-generation teleoperated robotic systems. She has worked towards quantifying the impact of these threats on remote operators, robots, as well as teleoperated procedures as a whole. In addition, Tamara has been researching and developing mitigation strategies against the detected attacks, which rely on human operator’s haptic interaction with the system.

Tamara received her Ph.D. and M.S. degrees from the University of Washington, Department of Electrical Engineering, and her B.S. degree from the University of Zagreb, Croatia.

5.2 Cheryl Brown (University of North Carolina Charlotte)
“RFID Implant Technology and Artificial Intelligence: Can We Spell Ethics and Trust?”

Cheryl L. Brown, PhD
Associate Professor
Associate Chair and Undergraduate Coordinator
Political Science and Public Administration
American Council on Education Fellow (2007 – 2008)
University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Cheryl L. Brown is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration and a faculty affiliate of the Data Science Initiative at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Brown’s current research focuses on privacy, ethics, and trust in big data for precision medicine and health quantification for connected and autonomous vehicles, both projects she presented at National Institutes of Health conferences.

She teaches courses on privacy, ethics, and governance of big data; cybersecurity policy and the Internet of Things; and Chinese domestic and foreign policy. Brown received her B.A. degree in Political Science from the University of Florida and Ph.D. and M.A. degrees in Political Science, specializing in Chinese studies, from the University of Michigan. She contributed to the health sector of the 5th Cybersecurity Framework Workshop of the National Institute of Standards and Technology in 2013. Her writings in the social sciences and engineering include topics on health biometrics and privacy in China and the United States; China’s second-generation identification card and RFID technology; cultural dimensions of e-government and smart cards; and ethics in engineering, data science, robotics, and biomimetics. She is an active member of IEEE and participates in IEEE standards working groups on ethics, privacy, and security.

5.3 Claude Louis-Charles (Microsoft Corporation)

Claude Louis-Charles
Director Healthcare
Microsoft Corporation
Washington D.C.

Claude is the Director Healthcare, at Microsoft Corporation, where he is directly responsible for Microsoft Federal Healthcare consulting services for all Health and Human Services (HHS) agencies, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS), Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

5.4 Ali Muzzafar (Deloitte)
“Youth and technology in a changing world”

Ali Muzzafar
Senior Consultant, Deloitte
Orange County, CA USA

Ali Muzzafar is a Senior Consultant at Deloitte and currently serves as Chairman of the Sir Syed Global Scholar Award ( – a non-profit organization providing Higher Education Scholarships to students in India. He was a United Nations Youth Delegate at the 2017 Winter Youth Assembly, and serves as Vice-Chair of the recently established Student and Young Professionals Committee in the IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology (SSIT).

6. Panel
“Ethics in Industry and Innovation”

Moderator: John Havens (IEEE Standards Association)


Tamara Bonaci (University of Washington)
Cheryl Brown (University of North Carolina Charlotte)
Jennifer Dukarski (Butzel Long)
Claude Louis-Charles (Microsoft Corporation)
Bill Moylan (Eastern Michigan University)
Ali Muzzafar (Deloitte)

7. Event Support
We thank our patrons and sponsors for their generous support of our IEEE SEM Fall Conference: ETHICS 2017.

Financial Sponsors

Technical Co-Sponsors

In cooperation with the:
• IEEE Ethics and Member Conduct Committee
• ACM Special Interest Group on Computers and Society
• ACM Committee on Professional Ethics

8. Conference Committee
Conference Chair
Philip Hall, The University of Melbourne, Australia
Chair, Chapter 3, IEEE Southeastern Michigan Section

SEM Section Chair
Robert Neff, IEEE Southeastern Michigan Section

Kimball Williams, IEEE Southeastern Michigan Section

Finance Chair
Nevrus Kaja, The University of Michigan

Registration Chair
David Mindham, ITC Holdings Corporation

Local Arrangements Chair
Ravi Nigam, IEEE Southeastern Michigan Section

Patronage, Sponsorship and Exhibits Chair
TBA, IEEE Southeastern Michigan Section

Publications Chair
Ravi Nigam, IEEE Southeastern Michigan Section

Publicity Co-Chairs
Akio Fujimaki, IEEE Southeastern Michigan Section
Rajeev Verma, IEEE Southeastern Michigan Section

Student & Young Professionals Chair
Nevrus Kaja, The University of Michigan

Scott Lytle, Yazaki Testing Center

Conference Liaisons
Charles Rubenstein, Pratt Institute and ETHICS Symposium International Steering Committee Chair

9. 2017 SEM Section Officers
Included updated list from the 2016 Fall Conference or 2017 Spring Conference booklet.


A common vision for IoT, 5G and Virtualization by 2020? 🗓

— (ComSoc) – impact, advance services, architectural evolution, collaborative IoT, scalable …

Meeting Date: Tuesday, Oct 10th, 2017
Time: 4:00 PM Networking; 4:30 – 6:00 PM Presentation
Speaker: Fawzi Behmann of IEEE NA Communications Society
Location: MSC 372
Oakland University
Rochester, Michigan
United States 48309-4479
Building: Math & Science Building
Room Number: MSC 372
Cost: none
Starts 04 September 2017 12:00 AM
Ends 09 October 2017 12:00 AM
Event Details:
6:30 PM – Welcome and Introductions, Chapter business update
6:40 PM – Technical Talk
7:30 PM – Q & A
7:45 PM – Wrap Up
7:45 to 8 PM – Networking

Summary: Several technologies are converging empowering IoT and delivering a greater impact and advance services to multiple markets by 2020’s. This keynote presentation will introduce the concept of IoT and architectural evolution from a pre-IoT to Collaborative IoT.

Mr. Behmann will highlight technology trends and provide various examples and scenarios for different market domains such as smart home, smart energy, smart buildings, smart connected vehicles, smart infrastructure, public safety, smart health & wellness, and smart city. Solution building blocks include sensing, wearables, aggregation/gateway, mobile devices and data analytics will be highlighted.

Finally the talk will conclude with some of the factors and challenges to deliver scalable solutions, delivering better quality of services and experience. These include development platforms, 5G, virtualization and security.

Takeaway points:

Understanding of rapid evolution of IoT & and other related technologies.
Emerging of ecosystem cloud based addressing the root cause and not symptoms
2020’s Impact and considerations for scalable and secure networks

Bio: Biography:

Fawzi is a visionary, thought leader, author and contributor in advancing adoption of technology in serving humanity. Fawzi spent over 30 years in industry and held various executive and leadership positions with Tier 1 companies in the areas of communications and networks spanning Semiconductor, communication systems and service provider. Fawzi was a principle architect and championed the definition and the development of integrated pre-IoT telecom alert system and networking management solution at Teleglobe Canada. He was a senior product manager with Nortel Networks for enterprise broadband edge and core product releases. Fawzi, also served as the Director of Strategic Marketing with Motorola/Freescale for SoC networking & Communications product line in Austin, Texas.

Fawzi is passionate about technology automation and has founded TelNet Management Consulting Inc. in 2009 offering consulting services in the areas of technology trends and positioning for smart networking and IoT/GIS solutions. Examples included Solar Energy, Public Safety – emergency response systems. He organized and chaired workshops, tutorials and was a keynote speaker and distinguished lecturer on key topics such as IoT, 5G, virtualization and Big Data/Analytics.
Fawzi is a board member with several companies and has several publications and co-authored book on the subject of future IoT “Collaborative Internet of Things for Future Smart Connected Life and Business “ published by Wiley, June 2015,subjectCd-EEJ0.html

Fawzi is a senior member of IEEE, and is currently the ComSoc NA vice chair, CTS Conference & PACE Chair, and ComSoc&SP and CS&EMBS Joint Austin chapter chair. He was the recipient of IEEE ComSoc Chapter Achievement and Chapter of the Year Award in 2015 and 2017 and Outstanding R5 member award for 2013, 2014 and 2015. He is currently serving as Conference chair for IEEE Central and organized sessions and IoT workshops at BHI, Himss, Smart Tech, and in Africa Uganda and Kenya.

Fawzi holds a Bachelor of Science with honors and distinction from Concordia University, Montreal; Masters in Computer Science from the University of Waterloo, Ontario and Executive MBA from Queen’s University, Ontario Canada

Unlocking the Value of IoT: A Cognitive Energy System Future 🗓

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

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:

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.