IEEE Smart Tech Metro Area Workshop series is coming to Atlanta 18–19 October 2013.

The two-day intensive workshop will be held at the Georgia Tech Research Institute Conference Center. Receive two days of instruction, plus meals, for only US$169 for members* and US$219 for non-members. CEUs will be awarded for each workshop.

Smart Tech Workshops offer parallel, all-day track sessions that allow attendees to immerse themselves in a given technology. Below you will find the agenda and course description for each track.

As a special incentive for non-members, if you choose to wait and join IEEE on site at the workshop, you will receive a US$50 credit toward your first-year membership dues in lieu of the member discount on your registration fee.

*Society Affiliates are not eligible for the member rate.

Workshop schedule

All times are Eastern (ET).

Friday, 18 October

Saturday, 19 October


Three tracks run concurrently all day; choose one:

Three tracks run concurrently all day; choose one:

7:00 a.m.–8:00 a.m.
Registration and Continental Breakfast
Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:00 a.m.
Opening Session
Opening Session
8:30 a.m.–10:00 a.m.
Track Session
Track Session
10:00 a.m.–10:30 a.m.
10:30 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
Track Session
Track Session
12:15 p.m.–1:15 p.m.
1:15 p.m.–3:00 p.m.
Track Session
Track Session
3:00 p.m.–3:30 p.m.
3:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
Track Session
Track Session
5:15 p.m.–7:30 p.m.
Keynote Address and Evening Reception
Workshop Series Ends at 5 p.m.


Mobile Technologies: Machine to Machine (M2M) Wireless Communication & AppInventor

Friday Morning: Machine to Machine (M2M) Wireless Communication

This course deals with non-human, wireless communications (no voice) and mobile M2M methods. Wireless communication could be as simple as temperature and pressure monitoring, or it could be a ticket vending machine or even a camera to send pictures when there is some movement. Most commonly, it involves sensors in manufacturing plants spread over a wide area. Wireless service over a wide area provides the advantage of collecting information from a variety of sensors on a 24-hour basis. Specific topics covered include:

  • modem and wireless access (resource allocation at tower);
  • sensor interface and connection;
  • sending data/receiving commands;
  • event reporting structure;
  • interactive systems (need for central control);
  • security issues relating to M2M systems;
  • access delay and impact (network management systems);
  • examples of a typical payment network (credit cards, NFC units);
  • cellular handoff (authentication for mobility and usage);
  • round-trip delay and limits based on mobility;
  • periodic updates of location, conditions;
  • encapsulation of sensitive data (user perceptions);
  • public concerns on radiation safety in enclosed spaces;
  • SIM card, integrated systems (security features);
  • cellular standards view of M2M systems;
  • limitations of data rate (types of camera and sensors);
  • upgrade and maintenance of modems (use of OTAP and NMS);
  • trends and employment demands in wireless communications.

About the instructor: Krishnamurthy Raghunandan (Raghu) is a Construction Administrator in MTA/New York City Transit. His current responsibilities include bringing the latest wireless technologies into mass transit, including piloting new products/systems. Prior to joining MTA, he worked on cellular technology for over a decade in Bell Labs, developing products, field trials methods, and standards for cellular handsets and infrastructure. Earlier, he worked on satellite and launch vehicle systems that provided him with a strong background in systems reliability and test methods.

Friday Afternoon: Designing Smartphone Apps for Android Devices Using the AppInventor Platform

Learn how to create Android mobile apps with AppInventor in this hands-on workshop. AppInventor is an "easy," drag and drop, visual programming system for creating apps for Android phones and tablets. AppInventor comes with a PC "emulator," which mimics a phone, so a real Android phone/tablet is not needed to create or test your apps.

To maximize instruction time, workshop participants are required to bring their PC or Mac laptop on which AppInventor has already been installed and tested (directions will be provided to session attendees upon registration) and participate in a checkout procedure at breakfast (or lunch) that will test their computer’s preparedness for this hands-on workshop.

About the instructor: Charles P. Rubenstein, Ph. D., CEng, is a tenured professor at Pratt Institute’s graduate School of Information and Library Science in New York City, USA, and was a visiting professor of engineering at Farmingdale State College (SUNY) Farmingdale, New York. He has an earned doctorate in bioengineering (Polytechnic Institute of New York) and master’s in library and information science (Pratt Institute). He has received many IEEE honors including IEEE’s Robert S. Walleigh Distinguished Professionalism Award, an IEEE-USA Citation of Honor, IEEE Centennial Outstanding Young Engineer and Third Millennium Medals, and an IEEE Regional Activities Board Innovation Award. An internationally known distinguished lecturer for Engineering Management and Computer Society Tutorial Programs, he has delivered HTML, leadership skills, ecommerce, wireless technology, and "Scalability of Membership" presentations, tutorials, and workshops throughout the world. Dr. Rubenstein was 2010-2011 IEEE Director and Region 1 Chair (NE USA) and is 2013-2014 Chair of the IEEE-USA Conferences Committee. He is a member of Eta Kappa Nu and Tau Beta Pi engineering honor societies.

Introduction to Smart Grid

All day Friday. Course content provided by IEEE Power & Energy Society.

This course provides a basic introduction to Smart Grid from multiple stakeholder perspectives. It covers the Smart Grid principles that accommodate all generation types including renewable and energy-storage options. These principles drive the goals and objectives that enable new products, services, and markets; optimize asset utilization and operating efficiencies; improve system reliability and power quality; and enable informed customer participation. The NIST Conceptual Model and its domains and interfaces will be explained. Smart Metering is explored. The various definitions and focus areas of Smart Grid are described, as well as the current state of Smart Grid applications and how these drive infrastructure requirements. Monitoring equipment used by Smart Grid applications in the network to generate data for analysis and improving customer service is highlighted. Issues involved with the integration of Smart Grid elements into utility operations is explored. A look is taken at how distribution automation can be an enabling technology for Smart Grid. The terminology and techniques of Smart Grid cyber security and the technology and techniques used to provide security are introduced. The Smart Grid standards framework and the challenges associated with it are described. An overview of Smart Grid network communications and the data needed in/out of the network are explained.

At the end of the course the participant will:

• gain a high-level understanding of the levels of the NIST Conceptual Model and be able to identify the conceptual model's seven domains and describe their functions;
• be able to compare Smart Grid applications of today and tomorrow and how they impact infrastructure requirements and deployment challenges;
• gain a high-level understanding of the large volume of data required to enable the Smart Grid and how this data is obtained;
• gain an understanding of issues important to energy consumers and how monitoring enabled by the Smart Grid can help utilities address these issues;
• gain a high-level understanding of security principles and how these principles are applied to Smart Grid concerns;
• gain a high-level understanding of the various types of equipment used in distribution automation and the benefits of distribution automation;
• gain an overview of the need for interoperability and how the explosion of data that results from Smart Grid will require a common method of communication;
• be able to list the categories of standards in the Smart Grid Standards Framework and relate these to stakeholder benefits;
• understand the employment trends, necessary skill, and other components needed to make a successful transition into Smart Grid.  

About the instructor: John D. McDonald, P.E., is Director, Technical Strategy and Policy Development for GE Energy Management’s Digital Energy business. John has 38 years of experience in the electric utility industry. John joined GE in 2008 as General Manager, Marketing for GE Energy’s Transmission and Distribution (now Digital Energy) business. In 2010, John accepted his current role of Director, Technical Strategy and Policy Development, where he is responsible for setting and driving the vision that integrates GE’s standards participation, and Digital Energy’s industry organization participation, thought leadership activities, regulatory/policy participation, education programs, and product/systems development into comprehensive solutions for customers.

He is a sought-after industry leader, technical expert, educator, and speaker. In his 25 years of Working Group and Subcommittee leadership with the IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES) Substations Committee, John led seven Working Groups and Task Forces that published Standards/Tutorials in the areas of distribution SCADA, master/remote terminal unit (RTU), and RTU/IED communications protocols. John was elected to the Board of Governors of the IEEE-SA (Standards Association) for 2010-2011, focusing on long-term IEEE Smart Grid standards strategy. John was elected to chair the NIST Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP) Governing Board for 2010-2012. John is presently President and Chairman of the Board for SGIP 2.0, Inc., the new member-funded nonprofit organization.

John received his B.S.E.E. and M.S.E.E. (Power Engineering) degrees from Purdue University, and an MBA (Finance) degree from the University of California-Berkeley. John is a member of Eta Kappa Nu (Electrical Engineering Honorary) and Tau Beta Pi (Engineering Honorary), a Fellow of IEEE, and was awarded the IEEE Millennium Medal in 2000, the IEEE PES Excellence in Power Distribution Engineering Award in 2002, and the IEEE PES Substations Committee Distinguished Service Award in 2003.

Life Science and Biotechnology

Friday Morning Session: The Changing World When Life Sciences Meets Engineering & Computing

Part 1: Overview of the Life Sciences intersection with Engineering & Computing

Part 2: μECoG as a tool for large-scale brain network mapping

Instructor: Jonathan Viventi, NYU Polytechnic Institute

Part 3: Computing 3D Medical Imaging

Instructor: James Shackleford, Drexel University


Friday Afternoon Session: Case Studies & Emerging Technologies

Part 1: Neuroimaging with Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Instructor: Xiaoping Hu, Emory University and Georgia Tech

Part 2: Using Technology to Transform Clinical Medicine

Instructor: Vipan Nikore, MIT and Cleveland Clinic

Computer Engineering:Secure Software Development& Cloud in the Business Environment

Saturday Morning: Managing Secure Software Development

Whenever a software system is developed and deployed, there is always an entity that will attempt to corrupt or misuse that software. Software security is thus a critical thread that must run through the entire software development life cycle. The development of secure software is the ultimate goal.

Software security involves a layered approach designed to deal with myriad threats and attack vectors based on an overall security policy that takes into account a variety of threat scenarios, the ROI of software security, the security supply chain, software assurance risk management and system evolution in an environment of never-ending threats. This course examines software security from the perspective of managing secure software development.

This course will also provide comprehensive coverage of practical knowledge in how to design secure software as well as insights on the significance of the role secure design plays during the software-development life cycle. Some of the critical topics covered in this course include secure design principles and processes in addition to fundamental security concepts such as access control and encryption. This course also devotes a significant amount of time to discussing well-known secure design solutions, including architectural patterns and design patterns focusing on security countermeasures, and it concludes with the discussion of software security analysis and evaluation as mechanisms to assess the effectiveness of the secure design solutions implemented in the form of source code.

At the end of this session, attendees will be able to:

  • discuss the nature of software from the perspective of security;
  • overview the software development life-cycle;
  • explain the layered approach to software security;
  • detail the most common threats and attack vectors and how to deal with them;
  • review the key elements of software security policy;
  • overview the concept of software risk management;
  • review software assurance management.

About the instructor: Dr. Remzi Seker is Professor of Computer Science Department at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, FL, USA. His research interests are safety and security critical systems and computer forensics. His research is motivated by the trend in rapid penetration of computer-based technologies into the society. When computer-based technologies become commodities on which people rely, the vulnerability of the society to these technologies increase as well. Dr. Seker, as a researcher, focuses on ways to address the asymmetric threats that arise from rapid, yet necessary use of technology. He is co-author of one of the very first papers that was published on Mobile Phishing and possible techniques for preventing it. Aside from professional activities, Dr. Seker participates in variety of venues for increasing public awareness on security.

Saturday Afternoon: Cloud in the Business Environment

Managers are often faced with having to decide if and how to upgrade their IT infrastructure and how to pay for it. In an environment of tight budgets and soaring hardware and software costs, they are also looking for alternatives to making huge investments that will have to be upgraded again and again. The Cloud can be that solution. Managers need information to make intelligent decisions, however.

Questions pertaining to Cloud economics, security, regulation and governance, metrics, and migration are introduced and discussed. In the final analysis, managers must be able to answer key questions: Is the Cloud the right place for my IT infrastructure and data? Is it a good business decision? How do I migrate to the Cloud? This course introduces and discusses these and other key concepts.

At the end of this course, attendees will be able to:

  • describe the Cloud from the perspective of a business manager or owner;
  • demonstrate by example the principle economic considerations of the Cloud, including Net Present Value, Benefit Rations, and Playback Periods;
  • explain the principle security issues with the Cloud and what kinds of data would and would not be entrusted to the Cloud and why;
  • illustrate the principles of Cloud governance and its regulatory environment;
  • outline and explain the key issues and steps in migrating a business to the Cloud.

Interactivity is achieved through constant questioning and discussion engagement as well as interactive exercises and in-line quiz sessions.

About the instructor: As Cofounder and Chief Technology Officer, Don Shafer developed Athens Group’s oil and gas practice and leads engineers in delivering software services for exploration, production, and pipeline monitoring systems for clients such as BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil, and Shell. He led groups developing and marketing hardware and software products for Motorola, AMD, and Crystal Semiconductor. From the development of low-level software drivers to the selection and monitoring of semiconductor facilities, he has led key product and process efforts. In 2010, as an expert witness, he helped win for the plaintiff the second largest jury verdict in Texas: $238 million. 

He received a B.S. from the United States Air Force Academy and an MBA from the University of Denver. Twice Treasurer of the IEEE Computer Society Board of Governors, past Editor in Chief and Chair of the IEEE Computer Society Press, an IEEE Senior member, and a Golden Core member, he is a software engineering subject-matter expert for the Cockrell School of Engineering’s Advanced Research in Software Engineering Center at the University of Texas at Austin, TX, USA. Shafer has contributed to three books, written more than 20 published articles, and is coauthor of Quality Software Project Management, published by Prentice-Hall. He is a contributor to the 2010 edition of the Encyclopedia of Software Engineering and is a Certified Software Development Professional. His current projects include the development of a multi-volume set of Software Engineering Proven Practices for the oil and gas industry based on more than a decade of extensive engineering work done at Athens Group. His current patents deal with control system hardware and software virtualization for functional and performance validation and verification in a virtualized, Cloud environment.

Wireless Communication & Spread Spectrum Design

All day Saturday.

This course is designed for wireless communication engineers involved with spread spectrum systems, as well as managers who wish to enhance their understanding of the wireless techniques that are being used in all types of communication systems and products. It provides an overall look at many types and advantages of spread spectrum systems that are designed in wireless systems today.

At the conclusion of this course, attendees should be able to:

• perform link budgets for types of spread spectrum communications;

• evaluate different types of wireless communication transceivers;

• understand methods used for spread spectrum modems, multiple access, OFDM, error detection/correction for digital communication systems;

• understand multipath and how to reduce multipath and jammers;

• understand techniques that are being used for broadband communications in both commercial and military radios, including networking.

About the instructor: Scott R. Bullock, P.E., MSEE, specializes in Wireless Communications including spread spectrum systems and broadband communication systems for both government and commercial applications. He holds numerous patents in communications and has published several articles in various trade magazines. He was active in establishing the data link standard for GPS SCAT-I landing systems and developed spread spectrum landing systems for the government. He is the author of two books, Transceiver and System Design for Digital Communications and Broadband Communications and Home Networking, Scitech Publishing. He has taught seminars and at universities for years and was a guest lecturer for Polytechnic University on "Direct Sequence Spread Spectrum and Multiple Access Technologies." He has held several high-level engineering positions including Vice President, Senior Director, Director of R&D, and Engineering Fellow.

Career Assistance: Managing Your Career as a Business

All day Saturday.

Presented by volunteer members of the IEEE-USA Employment and Career Services Committee (ECSC), the goal of this workshop is to assist engineers and technology professionals in developing lifelong employability, in a continuously changing career and employment environment, by focusing on their own professional and career development. The workshop will provide information and tools that will help engineers and technology professionals with:

  • developing networking and job-seeking skills;
  • achieving career satisfaction;
  • improving the ability to take responsibility for personal career and professional development;
  • emphasizing that career and professional development involves both technical and non-technical areas;
  • learning how to make organizations more productive

Specific topics that will be discussed in the workshop may include:

  • Managing
  • Your Career as a Business
  • Career Strategy
  • Networking
  • Job Searching
  • Resumes
  • Interviewing
  • Consulting
  • Globalization and your Career

Throughout the Career Assistance track, the presenters will highlight the unique resources that IEEE makes available to help engineers and technology professionals manage their careers. Participants will learn:

  • why career management is vital to a satisfying career;
  • how to effectively compete in the job market through improved job searching, resume preparation, and interviewing;
  • how to assess if consulting is a viable career option, and how to compete in the consulting market;
  • how IEEE can greatly enhance career management through available tools and networking opportunities.

About the instructors:

Gary L. Blank, Ph.D., is the IEEE-USA Vice President, Career and Member Services, 2010-12, responsible for the IEEE Consultants Networks Coordinating Committee, the Employment and Career Services Committee, the Entrepreneurs Activities Committee, the Licensure and Registration Committee, and the K-12 STEM Literacy Committee. He teaches review courses for the FE and PE Exams and is also an independent consultant in the areas of power, controls, and electronics. As a consultant to the US Department of Energy he also teaches courses in Smart Grid, renewable energy, and electric cars for college instructors and high school science teachers.

Edward L. Kirchner is the 2012 Chair of the IEEE-USA Employment and Career Services committee, on which he also represents IEEE Region 3. His engineering career spans 28 years and includes senior technical and management positions. He is currently a Project Engineer and Program Manager at Harris Corporation.

Tarek Lahdhiri, Ph.D., PE, PMP, SM-IEEE is the IEEE Region 4 PACE Chair and the IEEE Region 4 representative to the IEEE-USA Employment & Career Services committee. Dr. Lahdhiri is the recipient of the 2001 IEEE-USA Professional Achievement Award, the 2004 IEEE-USA Professional Leadership Award, and the 2007 IEEE-USA Citation of Honor Award. Dr. Lahdhiri is a licensed Professional Engineer (PE) in the State of Michigan, USA, and a licensed Project Management Professional (PMP) by the Project Management Institute (PMI). He works at General Motors Corporation, where he is the Strategy Leader for Real-Time Control Systems.

Keynote Address: Paul Miller from

Paul Miller,, Keynote Speaker for Atlanta Metro Area WorkshopHad enough of the “If you’ve never had a career before, here’s everything you’ll ever need to know?” Join Paul Miller for a freewheeling discussion around making the best career moves later into your career. including the ins and outs of networking, what recruiters REALLY care about, and how you can put your best foot forward in every situation. Interview landmines, what your body language says about you, and yes, even some resume tips (just when you think you’ve heard them all …) are just a few of the topics we’ll touch on in this exciting keynote address.

About the speaker: Paul Miller has been a Client Trainer for since 2005, delivering 2,000+ recruiting-focused trainings to Monster clients around the USA. Prior to joining Monster, Paul was a recruiter for eight years. The first five were with a staffing firm in Atlanta, GA, USA, with the last three as a consultant for a consulting firm, where he acted as an onsite HR Director for a European firm establishing their first office in the states, and as a recruiting manager of pharmaceutical sales specialists and executives, as well as project management of high-volume sales expansions. Paul has sourced and interviewed more than 10,000 candidates over the course of his career.

Saturday Morning Opening Session: Janine Anthony Bowen, Esq.

Cloud computing is an industry disrupting technological advancement and has completely changed the way businesses operate. Hear Janine Anthony Bowen, Esq., give an overview of the technical, business, and legal issues related to cloud computing. Additionally, the audience will be introduced to the role of the cloud in technology convergence, big data, and mobile applications.

About the Speaker: Janine Anthony Bowen, Esq. is an engineer and technologist, as well as an attorney. The founding partner of JACK, Bowen counsels clients in technology?related matters regarding cloud computing, mobile commerce, Internet and e?commerce, privacy and data security, intellectual property, and the licensing and acquisition of technology. She helps clients maximize the value of their technology and technology?related spend.