IEEE Smart Tech Metro Area Workshop series is coming to Minneapolis 17-18 April 2015.

The two-day intensive workshop will be held at the Earle Brown Heritage Center in Brooklyn Center, MN, USA. Receive two days of instruction, plus meals, for only US$139 for members* and US$169 for non-members. Smart Tech Workshops offer parallel, all-day, and half-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.

*Society affiliates are not eligible for the member rate.

Workshop agenda

Below is the schedule for the Metro Area Workshop in Minneapolis. Four different tracks are presented over the two days. For a detailed description of what is covered as well as the speakers for each course, read the course descriptions (PDF, 138 KB).

All times are local to the venue.

Friday, 17 April

Saturday, 18 April

7:00 a.m.7:45 a.m.
Registration and Continental Breakfast
Registration and Continental Breakfast
7:45 a.m.–8:45 a.m.
Opening Session and Keynote Address
 Opening Session and Keynote Address
8:45 a.m.10:15 a.m.
Internet of Things - Bluetooth, WiFi or Cellular? Tutorial on connectivity options
Intro to Transmission System Planning
Cyber Security
Modeling RF with Sonnet Lite
Career Assistance
10:15 a.m.10:45 a.m.
10:45 a.m.12:15 p.m.
Internet of Things - Challenges and Strategies for Cellular Integration and Approvals
Intro to Transmission System Planning (continued)
Cyber Security (continued)
System RF
Career Assistance (continued)
12:30 p.m.1:30 p.m.
1:30 p.m.3:00 p.m.
RF Design Basics and Tools
Intro to Power System Protection
Electricity Market Pricing: Marginal vs. Convex Hull Pricing
Robotics in Assistive Technologies 
Scalable Systems for Connected Devices
Career Assistance (continued)
3:00 p.m.3:30 p.m.
3:30 p.m.5:00 p.m.
Analog and Mixed-Signal Integrated Circuit Verification
Intro to Power System Protection (continued)
Electricity Market Pricing: Marginal vs. Convex Hull Pricing (continued)
Artificial Heart Tutorial: Progress and Challenges
Robust Design & Technical Communications Skills and Techniques
Career Assistance (continued)
5:00 p.m.6:30 p.m.
Evening Reception
Workshop Ends at
5:00 p.m.




What do past attendees think about the Metro Area Workshop series?
  • "This was one of the best investments that I have made in my professional life. Thank you for making this opportunity available for me."
  • "Events like this significantly increase the value of IEEE membership."
  • "My interest in IEEE is rekindled. For me the IEEE has struck a note by focusing on the need for reputable and affordable resources for career and skill development and training. This is not available through our employers. And going back to school for graduate or post-grad education is not feasible in terms of money or time."
  • "I was very impressed with the instructors. They seemed to enjoy being there and really stressed that IEEE's goal is to serve its members. They were very approachable and seemed to be interested in speaking with you."
  • "Thanks for your efforts. It was a successful event to meet my needs. I hope there will be another event pretty soon."
  • "I was very pleased with the quality of the material and professionalism exhibited by IEEE at the workshop. Well done."