IEEE Smart Tech Metro Area Workshop series is coming to Detroit on 7-8 September 2012.

The two-day intensive workshop will be held at the Best Western PLUS Sterling Inn Banquet & Conference Center in Sterling Heights, MI. Receive two days of instruction, plus meals, for only US$159 for members*, and US$209 for non-members.

Smart Tech Workshops offer parallell, 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. Attendees may choose one full-day track on each day of IEEE Smart Tech. Some tracks are repeated to accommodate schedules and ensure you won't miss anything.

As a special incentive for non-members, if you choose to wait and join IEEE onsite 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 Standard.

Friday, September 7

Saturday, September 8


Three tracks run concurrently all day, choose one:

Three tracks run concurrently all day, choose one:

Registration and Continental Breakfast
Registration and Continental Breakfast
Opening Session
 Opening Session
Track Session
Track Session
Track Session
Track Session
Track Session
Track Session
Track Session
Track Session
Keynote Address and Evening Reception
Workshop Series Ends at 5pm


Introduction to Smart Grid

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 which 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.

CEU credits are earned by completing this course.

At the end of the course the particpant 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 standard sin 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
Doug Houseman is the VP of Technology and Innovations at EnerNex. He is a long time member of the smart grid industry, and has done work on projects around the world. He has developed many of the IEEE Smart Grid Tutorials and is working on the IEEE 2050 Grid Vision Project. Doug is a member of the NIST/EPRI smart grid framework architecture team and helped develop the NIST smart grid framework model. Doug was the lead investigator on one of the largest studies on the future of distribution companies over the last 5 years working with more than 100 utilities and 20 governments. He is routinely invited to speak at international events in the industry and has been widely quoted in a number of international publications. Doug has facilitated over 40 single utility smart grid road map sessions in 14 countries.

Electric Vehicle Engineering

This course will consist of three sessions:

Session 1: Overview of HEV Power Trains, Power Electronics Components, Motors and Chargers
This session will cover fundamental aspects of modern HEV powertrains, from characteristics of subsystems to vehicle level requirements pertaining to powertrains. An overview of power electronic components (Inverter, DC-DC Converters, and Chargers) and electric motors will be provided. HEV operating strategies and controls are explained in the light of meeting powertrain requirements. Examples from some of popular HEV models are used to explain the current state of art of HEV powertrains and components. Potentials and challenges of PHEV and EREV are also discussed.

Session 2: Role of Software in Advanced Vehicle Development
As compared to conventional vehicles, hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) powertrains have many different electrification components and subsystem. In order to achieve higher fuel economy, lower emissions, improved performance, and all with an acceptable cost, HEV powertrain design requires significant attention in selection of its design parameters. Due its multidisciplinary nature, software plays an important role in modeling, analysis and testing of next generation HEV powertrains. Software simulation is useful in validating a model and improving the design by tuning the performance parameters. However, this requires proper understanding of the modeling and simulation techniques. Moreover, particularly in HEV powertrain simulation, selecting the optimal software is very important to achieve the results faster. Therefore, this session is organized to present the use of different software tools and simulation techniques in the development of HEV powertrains. The requirements and technical details in component and system level simulations will be introduced. The effect of selecting the correct simulation parameters will be discussed to achieve higher speed and better accuracy. Examples from different simulation software will be given to explain how to analyze individual components and their interactions in HEV powertrain. The role of real time hardware-in-the-loop simulations in advanced vehicle powertrain development will be also reviewed.

Session 3: High voltage vehicle safety training
This session is designed to introduce the student to the necessary safety precautions when working on a high-voltage (HV) vehicle. This includes Hybrid Electric Vehicles (HEV), and Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEV). The session will include a lecture and demonstrations. By the end of the session, the participant should understand how to: understand HV hazard; distinguish the differences through visual identification between high voltage and non-high voltage vehicles; safely disable and enable the HV system; identify all of the major components associated with the HV propulsion system; demonstrate safe working habits and an awareness of specific precautions for working on HV systems, and; identify the personal items that must be worn or removed prior to working on an HV system.

At the end of the session, particpants will be able to:

• Understand the necessary skills and components needed to make a successful transition into Vehicle Electrification;
• Identify the current-voltage characteristic for a Thyristor, MOSFET, and IGBT and their relative speeds and power handling capabilities. Describe applications in AC/DC, DC/DC, and DC/AC conversion circuits;
• Understand of DC-DC converters (Boost, Buck, Buck-Boost), AC-DC Rectifiers and DC-AC Inverters;
• Understand design constraints, integration and validation of electric vehicle components;
• Perform steady-state calculations for induction motor operation in terms of applied voltage, currents, slip, rotational speed, and torque, and identify the relationship between the speed-torque characteristic of the induction motor and a speed-torque characteristic for typical loads. Identify voltage/frequency speed control techniques;
• Distinguish the differences through visual identification between high voltage and non-high voltage vehicles;
• Safely disable and enable the HV system;
• Identify all of the major components associated with the HV propulsion system;
• Demonstrate safe working habits and an awareness of specific precautions for working on HV systems;
• Be aware of the employment trends and demand in Vehicle Electrification.

CEU credits are earned by completing this course.

About the instructors:
Dr. Mahesh Krishnamurthy (S’97 – M’08) received his MS in Electrical Engineering from the Missouri University of Science and Technology (formerly University of Missouri at Rolla) in 2004 and his PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2008. Currently he is an Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering and the director of the Electric Drives and Energy Conversion Laboratory at the Illinois Institute of Technology. Before joining IIT, he worked as a Design Engineer at EF technologies in Arlington, Texas. His research primarily focuses on design, analysis and control of power electronics, electric machines and adjustable speed drives for renewable energy and automotive applications. Dr. Krishnamurthy was the recipient of the 2006-2007 IEEE VTS- Transportation Electronics Fellowship Award for his contributions. He is also a distinguished lecturer with the IEEE- Vehicular Technology Society. He has co-authored over 50 scientific articles, book chapters and technical reports and has one US patent and two pending. He is currently serving as the guest editor for IEEE- Transactions on Vehicular Technologies’ special issue on Sustainable Transportation.

Dr. Berker Bilgin (S’09 – M’12) received his B.S. degree in electrical engineering and M.S. degree in mechatronics engineering from Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey in 2004 and 2008, respectively. He received his Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL in 2011. From 2004 to 2008, he was an Engineer with Mercedes-Benz, Istanbul, where he was involved in several projects. Between 2010 and 2011, he was with Leveler LLC, Downers Grove, IL, as a Magnetic System Analyzer for toroidal core inductors in surge and protection circuits. He is currently the Chief Electrical Engineer in Canada Excellence Research Chair (CERC) in Hybrid Powertrain Program in McMaster Institute for Automotive Research and Technology (MacAUTO) at McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, Canada. His research focuses primarily on design, analysis and control of electric machines, adjustable speed drives and power electronic systems for hybrid electric vehicles.

Sheila Turner, High Voltage Systems Engineer – Electrified Power Train at Chrysler Group LLC. Ms. Turner has extended experience in high voltage systems, powertrain controls, hybrid and electric vehicle design, development and implementation, diesel engine validation and calibrations. Specific technical experience includes the use of model based design software tools such as MATLAB/Simulink/Stateflow, automatic code generation, Hardware-In-the-Loop simulators and various calibration tools. Ms. Turner was a Senior Project Engineer for FEV Engine Technology before joining Chrysler. She holds a Master’s Degree in Systems Engineering and a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Oakland University.

Computer Engineering: Embedded Systems

Embedded software and hardware is found in most electronic devices designed today. Embedded software/hardware controls our cell phones, microwaves, network routers, automobiles, and industrial controls. Each of these embedded systems is unique and highly customized to the specific application. As a result, embedded systems development is a widely varying field that can take years to master.This basic course requires no prior embedded system knowledge and is an overview that surveys the basics of embedded systems. The course will cover the major aspects of hardware and software development and testing including:

Model-Based Design through an Example: AC Motor Control Architecture, Code Generation, and Verification
Design and test control algorithms using simulation in the initial stages of development before hardware is available, Eliminate hand coding errors by generating C-code for the controller and integrating it into an existing software application, Measure performance of the compiled code executing on the processor by profiling resource usage and conducting processor-in-the-loop (PiL) testing.

A Better Way to C-: ESDL (Embedded Software Development Language)
A tour of ESDL and covers the motivation behind ESDL: preventing common C programming errors at source & how to address issues arising in safety standards like ISO26262 and IEC61508.The similarities between ESDL & C: covering syntactic style, statements and expressions. The differences between ESDL & C: strong typing, modularity & encapsulation and the portability provided by ESDL: isolating the code from the impacts of compiler, hardware changes and runtime-platform changes.

PC-Based Validation of ECU Software
Create MiL test platform using Simulink® models and the ETAS INTECRIO software and SiL test platform using C-code and ETAS INTECRIO software. Verify that the C-code implementation functionally matches the specification and make measurements and perform calibrations in the model and code.

DSP processors and Multimedia / Automotive applications
DSP microprocessor architecture, advanced instructions, addressing modes, interrupt, system design considerations, interfacing serial and parallel I/O, memory structure, arithmetic manipulations, software development tools, multiple DSP processor system design, and embedded system applications. Performance measurement, benchmarking and DSP system simulation, testing and debugging. Applications include automotive, multimedia, and wireless communications.

System design with FPGA and automotive applications
FPGAs basics and advanced FPGA devices; the use of hardware description languages such as VHDL, C and auto-code generation tools in the design of embedded systems containing an FPGA; CPU design; high-level design tools to specify, simulate and synthesize designs to FPGAs; and design examples.

After attending this full day course, participants will learn:

  • Model based simulation, validation and verification of a control problem;
  • How to avoid common C programming errors;
  • How using types gives you better software;
  • That modularity and encapsulation can be had without runtime cost;
  • How to achieve high levels of hardware and OS portability;
  • How to create MiL and SiL platforms using ETAS INTECRIO software;
  • How to calibrate C-code using production tools like ETAS INCA;
  • How to improve productivity, reduce cost by leveraging the PC platform;
  • Characteristics of a typical and advanced DSP microprocessors/boards (e.g., Beagleboard, and VLIW processors);
  • Fixed and floating point DSP processors and their application domain;
  • DSP code development/ improvement using code composer studio;
  • Matlab/ LabView Support Tools or other filter design package for DSP system;
  • Input/Output with the DSK, writing C program for filter design and simple image processing and DSP based system design;
  • Basic FPGA architecture;
  • How VHDL and C language codes are used to implement embedded system design on FPGA boards;
  • How to design embedded systems using FPGA with soft-core microcontroller.

CEU credits are earned by completing this course.

About the instructors:

Dr. Darren Buttle is a Senior Product Manager at ETAS GmbH, a company specializing in tools for the development of automotive ECUs, where he is responsible for embedded software products. He is currently working on more efficient and effective ways to build embedded applications, but over the last 10 years has worked in a broad spectrum of embedded development issues including operating systems, scheduling theory, communication stacks, model-based software development, code generation, testing and safety-related software engineering. Dr. Buttle received a B.Sc, D.Phil. from the University of York (UK).

Vivek Jaikamal is currently an Engineering Manager at ETAS Inc., in Ann Arbor, MI. His team is responsible for delivering high-end engineering services and developing product strategy for ETAS software engineering tools in the Americas. He brings over 20 years of experience in the automotive industry, in the areas of embedded software development, model-based design, process consulting, business development, and product marketing. Vivek received his B.Tech degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India and an MS from The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH.

Dr. Subra Ganesan has more than 25 years of teaching experience and currently is a professor at Oakland University. He has taught courses in advanced embedded systems, real time systems, validation and verification, and computer architecture. He also has industrial experience and has done a number of research and development automotive projects.

Jeff Tackett holds a B.S. in Computer Engineering from Lawrence Technological University and received his M.S. in the same field from the University of Michigan. Jeff previously worked for Visteon for 4 years and at Harman International for 7 years. During that time he specialized in writing embedded code for DSP devices and developing audio algorithms for the automotive market. He joined MathWorks in 2012.

Vinay Gunasekaran is an Application Engineer at MathWorks and primarily works in the area of modeling multi-domain physical systems. He received his MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. Vinay comes from a Robotics background. Prior to joining MathWorks in 2010, some of the projects he worked on included modeling Butterfly Valves for chilled water systems used in Naval ships and developing Autonomous Kayaks.

Software Engineering Essentials

Course content provided by IEEE Computer Society.

The IEEE Computer Society Software Engineering Essentials is an in-depth look at the 12 of the 15 Software Engineering Body of Knowledge (SWEBOK) Knowledge Areas (KAs) that define the entire software life-cycle, from the development of software requirements through software deployment and maintenance. These KAs are the basis for the Computer Society Certified Software Development Professional (CSDP) Assessment Course and Certification exam.

The CSDP is the premier credential for software engineers and software development professionals embracing the principles, standards and practices of software engineering to create more robust and valuable programs and applications. Increasingly more employers are recommending or requiring the CSDP in their job descriptions when advertising for software professionals.

Whether you manage a software development group or are an individual contributor, this is a great opportunity to increase your overall knowledge of the software development life cycle – making you more valuable to your company. CEU credits are earned by completing this course.

At the end of the course participants will be able to:

  • Discuss the SWEBOK in terms of its principle objectives, the content of its KAs, and as a baseline for the practice of software engineering, including the necessary skills needed to make a successful transition into software engineering;
  • Describe the principle elements of the software development lifecycle;
  • Explain the relevance of each KA to the software development lifecycle;
  • Illustrate how this life-cycle governs real-world software engineering projects;
  • Identify how the CSDP Certification demonstrates a practical knowledge of the software development life-cycle;
  • Assess their strengths and weaknesses relative to preparedness for success in taking the CSDP certification exam;
  • Overview employment trends and demand in the field of software engineering and software development;
  • Students will also be provided with one month of access to the entire CSDP 15-module curriculum online at the IEEE Xplore Digital Library at no cost to study the three Foundations modules which will not be covered in class (Math, Computing & Engineering Foundations), along with any other desired KAs.

CEU credits are earned by completing this course.

About the instructor:

Dr. Thomas B. Hilburn is a Professor Emeritus of Software Engineering at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He has worked on software engineering research and education projects with the FAA, General Electric, Harris Corp, the MITRE Corporation, DOD, FIPSE, SEI, NSF, ACM and IEEE Computer Society. His interests include software processes, object-oriented analysis and design, formal specification techniques, and curriculum development, and he has published over 70 papers in these areas. He is an IEEE Certified Software Development Professional (CSDP), SEI-Certified PSP Developer, and currently chairs the Curriculum Committee of the IEEE Computer Society Educational Activities Board.

Career Assistance: Managing Your Career as a Business

Course content provided by IEEE-USA.

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 improve 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.

CEU credits are earned by completing this course.

About the instructors:

Gary L. Blank PhD 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, PhD, 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 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: Collaborative Innovation

The future of energy will drive all of us to new levels of Collaborative Innovation. We will face challenges that demand solutions that cross boundaries of technologies, industries and nations. For those on the forefront of implementation, we must continue to evolve our ability to collaborate to develop methods and practices that enable us to achieve greater and greater success. It won't be easy - it will be interesting, and it should be fun!

The role of the university in promoting collaborative innovation will also be discussed. Topics including Research, Career Development and Growth, Entrepreneurism and Startups, Partnerships - all from an academic perspective - will round out the keynote address given by two dynamic speakers.

About the keynote speakers:
Mark Bellinger is Vice President of Business Development and Government Relations for Infineon Technologies North America Corp. In this role, Mark is responsible for business development in emerging markets and technologies for the Americas, as well as regional strategy development and government relations. Mark began his career at General Motors in 1989, where he held various engineering, sales, and management roles. In 2001, Mark joined Infineon Technologies North America as the Visteon Global Account Manager. He went on to become the General Motors Global Account Manager, and most recently was Director of OEM Business Development in North America. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Lawrence Technological University in Engineering Technology. Additionally, Mark serves as the Chair of TechAmerica Silicon Valley Chapter, and is a board member of the Lighthouse of Oakland County Community Development.

Dennis Atkinson was recently appointed as director of corporate engagement for Wayne State University's Front Door program. The Front Door is a one-stop portal to Wayne State's resources, including research expertise and consulting, core facilities, business development programs, technology licensing, student interns, guidance for new businesses. Atkinson joined Wayne State from the University of Southern California, where he built and maintained relationships with corporations and other academic institutions to advance university research. Prior to joining USC, Atkinson spent 20 years working for General Electric Healthcare and Siemens Medical Systems. As senior scientist and manager, he developed collaborative research programs with major academic institutions and national consortia to address healthcare challenges such as Alzheimer's disease, cardiovascular risk assessment and pediatric disorders. Dennis, a Detroit native, earned a master of science degree in biomedical engineering from Pennsylvania State University and a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering at Kettering University, formerly GMI Engineering and Management Institute.