IEEE Smart Tech Metro Area Workshop series is coming to Seattle 1-2 November 2013.

The two-day intensive workshop will be held at the Double Tree by Hilton Seattle Airport. Receive two days of instruction, plus meals, for only US$169 for members* and US$219 for non-members. Continuing Education Units (CEUs) will be awarded for all workshops.

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.

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



Friday, 1 November

Saturday, 2 November


Multiple half-day courses. Choose one morning and one afternoon session:

Morning Sessions: Afternoon Sessions:

Multiple half-day courses. Choose one morning and one afternoon session:

Morning Sessions: Afternoon Sessions:
7:00 a.m. – 7:45 a.m.
Registration and Continental Breakfast
Registration and Continental Breakfast
7:45 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
Opening Session
 Opening Session
8:00 a.m.–9:30 a.m.
Track Session
Track Session
9:30 a.m.–10:00 a.m.
10:30 a.m.11:45 p.m.
Track Session
Track Session
11:45a.m.–12:30 p.m.
12:30 p.m.–1:15 p.m.
Afternoon Keynote
Afternoon Keynote
1:15 p.m.–2:45 p.m.
Track Session
Track Session
2:45 p.m.–3:15 p.m.
3:15 p.m.5:00 p.m.
Track Session
Track Session
5:30 p.m.7:30 p.m.
Keynote Address and Evening Reception
Workshop Series Ends at
5 p.m.


Microprocessor-Based Protection of Power Systems: Distribution and Transmission Lines

All Day Friday
Traditional electromechanical relays used to detect short circuits on distribution and transmission lines have been replaced with microprocessor-based relays that are not only more versatile and more flexible but also include additional functions such as data recording and fault locating.
This course presents features that must be considered when microprocessor-based relays are installed at electric utility substations, stressing the need for high-quality products at every step of the engineering, design, and application process.
This course is designed for engineers and technical professionals interested in learning about the utility industry with a focus on microprocessor relay and protection systems. Knowledge areas covered include:
  • Zone of Protection;
  • Redundancy and Reliability;
  • Voltage and Current Inputs;
  • Analog and Virtual Inputs;
  • DC Power Requirements;
  • Supporting Calculations;
  • Trip and Alarm Outputs;
  • Acceptance Testing;
  • Oscillography and Fault Recording Features;
  • Employment Trends and Demand in Power.

After the course, attendees should be able to:

  • understand why microprocessor-based protective relays are installed and the need for rapid fault detection and prompt fault isolation;
  • understand the relationship between microprocessor relay inputs, logic ladders, outputs, and other design features;
  • recognize increased demands on DC power supplies when installing microprocessor-based relays;
  • understand why repeat acceptance testing is needed whenever inputs, outputs, firmware (including relatively minor changes provided by the uP manufacturer), etc., are changed;
  • discuss the need to address reliable fault detection and security from unwanted actuations;
  • understand employment trends, demand, necessary skills, and other components needed to make a successful transition into power technology.

About the instructors:

Tony Sleva, Technical Manager of Electrical Engineering, Altran Solutions, Cranbury, NJ, USA, has worked in the electric power industry for more than 40 years. Tony has experience designing, building, operating, refurbishing, retrofitting, and enhancing substations, power lines, and generating plants. Tony is an adjunct instructor at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, WI, USA, a licensed Professional Engineer in Maryland and Pennsylvania, USA, and a Senior member of IEEE.

Joseph Dzwonczyk holds a BSEE from Drexel University. He has been employed by Florida Power and Light as a system-protection field specialist, and by Baltimore Gas & Electric as a system protection design engineer and engineering supervisor. He has designed protection and control systems for all components of transmission and distribution systems, calculated relay settings, and completed arc flash studies. He has also served as an instructor for relay technicians and engineers. Mr. Dzwonczyk is currently employed by Altran as a Lead Engineer and is a registered professional engineer in Pennsylvania, Maryland, and New York, USA.

Life Sciences: Connected Health in Action and Dynamics of Human Movement

Friday Morning

Part 1: Connected Health In Action

Interoperability is integral to the success of connected health. This course will use two case studies to illustrate: 1) the potential of connected healthcare to facilitate an active lifestyle, chronic disease management, and preventive healthcare in high-risk populations and disasters, and 2) to demonstrate the need for interoperable technologies, and particularly those designed for maximal ease-of-use, to realize this potential. They are:

  1. Disaster Cardiovascular Prevention Network (DCAP):The DCAP network was established to provide preventive care to a group of survivors of the Great East Japan earthquake of 2011, who were identified as being at high risk for a cardiovascular incident. The DCAP program was established in the wake of the earthquake and was distinct in its application of technologies previously certified as interoperable. The course will give an overview of the clinical and technical design of the program, the clinical outcomes, as well as time and cost to design and implement the program.
  2. mHealth Grand Tour: mHealth Grand Tour is a 13-day, 2,100 km cycling challenge taking place in September 2013 and presented jointly by the GSMA and the International Diabetes Federation. The ride will feature a first-of-its-kind live clinical study of the effects of multi-day endurance exercise on blood glucose levels of riders with and without Type 1 diabetes. Rider data will be captured and transmitted wirelessly through a collaborative technical solution provided by ANT+, Dexcom, and Orange and in compliance with interoperability design guidelines published by the Continua Health Alliance. Review of this case study will include the clinical study, technical design, rationale, and outcomes if available.

Participants will be able to name at least three applications for connected health technologies; name two or more populations that can benefit from connected health; explain the advantages of interoperable technologies in connected health; and define “plug and play” in that context.

About the instructor: Charles (Chuck) Parker is Executive Director of Continua Health Alliance, a non-profit promoting interoperable personal connected health by certifying products according to its international standards-based guidelines for interoperability and advocating for policy and regulation that promote a thriving global market for plug-and-play healthcare. He was previously with Masspro and VHA, Inc. and has served organizations such as CMS, Bridges to Excellence, and the Office of the National Coordinator for Healthcare IT. He holds an M.S. in Healthcare Informatics.

Part 2: Dynamics of human movement - An introduction to OpenSim, an open-source software platform for musculoskeletal modeling and simulation

Computer simulation has emerged as a powerful tool to understand the dynamics and function of human movement, evaluate new assistive technologies, and revolutionize medical decision making and design. Applied to rehabilitation research, simulation has the potential to help identify the underlying mechanisms of movement disorders, optimize new rehabilitation strategies, evaluate human-robot interactions, and provide quantitative measures of the rehabilitation and recovery process. This workshop will provide a hands-on introduction to computer simulation that is accessible to engineers, scientists, and clinicians of all backgrounds. The NIH National Center for Simulation in Rehabilitation Research (NCSRR) was created to equip the rehabilitation research community with state-of-the-art simulation tools that enable investigators to complement experimental studies of human performance with advanced simulation software and biomechanical models ( OpenSim is a freely available, open-source software platform that serves as the central development framework for the NCSRR.

Participants in this workshop will learn about the capabilities and limitations of computer simulation and receive hands-on instruction on how to run simulations and evaluate assistive or other rehabilitation devices using OpenSim. As an example, participants will use OpenSim to evaluate the design of an ankle-foot orthosis to prevent ankle inversion injuries during a drop landing. This example will provide participants with an understanding of the OpenSim framework, an overview of the tools and analyses available in OpenSim, and how assistive devices can be integrated with musculoskeletal simulation. The specific objectives for this workshop include:

  • learn the capabilities and limitations of musculoskeletal simulation using OpenSim;
  • complete a hands-on example exploring the impacts of an ankle-foot orthosis on musculoskeletal dynamics during a drop landing;
  • discuss other analyses available in OpenSim and how to add new functionality;
  • provide pathways for further training, development, and application of musculoskeletal simulation to participants’ research.

This will be a hands-on course in which participants will use their own laptops or work in teams to explore OpenSim, work through an example, and design a next-generation ankle-foot orthosis.

About the instructor: Dr. Kat M. Steele is an expert in developing and analyzing human movement through experimental and computational techniques. She is currently Assistant Professor in mechanical engineering at the University of Washington, WA, USA, where her research focuses on improving mobility for individuals with movement disorders including stroke and cerebral palsy. She earned her B.S. from the Colorado School of Mines and M.S. and Ph.D. from Stanford University, CA, USA. Dr. Steele has also worked in multiple hospitals including the Cleveland Clinic, The Children’s Hospital of Colorado, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, and, most recently, the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago.

Foundations of Secure Software

Friday Morning

Software security is becoming increasingly important due to numerous emerging threats exploiting software vulnerabilities.

This course begins with a broad overview of various software security threats and some of the most effective countermeasures used to thwart them. More specifically, software practitioners will learn how to build security into their software products throughout their life cycle, using best practices and tools to minimize the chance of falling victim to a software attack.

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.

The discussion of how to manage a secure software-development process concludes this course. Discussions include layered design approaches, 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.

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

  • understand and be able to relate the significance of software security;
  • describe the major sources of software security threats;
  • overview software security best practices;
  • outline and explain the secure software life cycle;
  • describe the processes involved with secure software testing;
  • discuss the career outlook in software security and how to prepare;
  • review software assurance management.

About the instructor: Dr. Jungwoo Ryoo is Associate Professor of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) at the Pennsylvania State University-Altoona (Penn State), PA, USA. Dr. Ryoo is also an affiliated faculty member of the College of IST at Penn State. His research interests include information assurance and security, software engineering, and computer networking. He is the author of numerous academic articles and conducts extensive research in software security, network/cyber security, security management (particularly in the government sector), software architectures, architecture description languages (ADLs), object-oriented software development, formal methods, and requirements engineering. Many of Dr. Ryoo's research projects have been funded by both state and federal government agencies. He also has substantial industry experience in architecting and implementing secure, high-performance software for large-scale network management systems. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Kansas in 2005.

Friday Afternoon

Part 1: Future Trends in Avionics and the Impact on Flight Operations

This session will address avionics trends and the impact they will have on flight operations. From MOSA (Modular Open Systems Architecture) and FACE (Future Airborne Capability Environment) to NextGen and SESAR (next-generation ATM US and Europe) to cyber security to unmanned vehicle operations, there is an incredible array of work going on in avionics development that will play a key role in future commercial, military, and general aviation flight operations. The challenge is how these systems will be implemented, integrated, certified, and fielded. Who will do the development, bear the cost, and manage the overall integration effort?

While we haven’t seen jet packs or flying cars, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are becoming more common. With the FAA working toward rules for an integrated NASA Advanced Supercomputing (NAS) system in 2015, what will this mean for future flight? 

Another question we need to consider: can avionics be hacked? What needs to be done to protect systems and safety of flight as aircraft are networked together?

The Avionics Systems Technical Panel of the AESS is beginning work in these areas and is considering the question "What will aviation look like in 50 years?" Join this session to help start the process of answering this question.

About the instructor: Paul Kostek is the Chair of the AESS Avionics Systems Technical Panel and will be leading this session. He works as an independent contractor/consultant in systems engineering/project management. Paul is a past President of the IEEE Aerospace and Electronics Systems Society, chaired the 2004 Intelligent Transportation Systems Conference, 2006 Digital Avionics Systems Conference, and is an AIAA Distinguished Lecturer.  

Part 2: Lightning and Lightning Effects on Composite Aircraft

For many years, lightning phenomenon in the earth’s atmosphere has been the subject of physical studies and considerations, especially in the aerospace industry and in civil aviation. It is estimated that each commercial aircraft will be affected by a lightning strike every 3,000 flight hours, or one time per year.

For the aircraft made of aluminum and titanium, when lightning strikes occur, the aircraft’s structure and metallic skin become a part of the stationary lightning discharge channel. Entering through the aircraft’s conductive structure, a lightning charge rapidly spreads and current density is quickly reduced to harmless level.

A new trend in the aerospace industry is the use of composite materials in the construction of aircraft wings and fuselages. This has brought about new technologies, with a reduction in weight being a major advantage. At the same time, lightning safety has become a new challenge, not only for aircraft system integrators but for component and sub-assembly designers as well.

Due to the low conductivity of the composite structures, in the case of direct lightning strike, high currents will flow through the conductive structural elements. As a result of electromagnetic effects, a significant amount of energy will be present on all aircraft metallic assemblies, including electrical harnesses, cables, and hydraulic transport elements. Considering that all hydro-mechanical components are connected with hydraulic tubes, they become part of conductive paths where induced currents and pulse voltages can cause serious damage. This presentation has intention to bring awareness to the aerospace industry and to outline safety boundaries concerning future projects with composite structures.

About the instructor: Neno Novakovic has more than 20 years of experience in various aircraft systems design, integration, testing, and certification. In his early career, working for the Department of Defense in former Yugoslavia, he was a part of the R&D team, developing turbo-jet engine control and health monitoring systems. In the early 90s, he moved to Canada and made the transition to the area of Landing Gear Systems design and integration. Acting as a Landing Gear Systems Lead on the Boeing 787 program, he was an author of the Lending Gear Systems Lightning Compliance for the Boeing 787-8 program. He has a BSEE and MSEE and has published technical articles in scientific magazines and international conferences. Novakovic is also a member of IEEE and the SAE Aerospace A-6A1 Committee.

Cloud Computing in the Business Environment

Friday Afternoon 

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.

Learning objectives include:

  • 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.  

Introduction to Smart Grid

All Day Saturday

Smart Grid - Concepts, Solutions, Industry Standards, Impact of Renewables, Recent Developments, and Lessons Learned

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 are 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.

After completing this session, the attendee should be able to:

  • know the difference between a device, system, and solution and be able to describe six Smart Grid solutions;
  • know the difference between industry standards compliance and interoperability, and be able to describe how the success of Smart Grid solutions is dependent on industry standards compliance and interoperability;
  • be able to describe three lessons learned from deploying Smart Grid solutions.

About the instructor: Edwin Liu, Vice President of Strategy Initiatives and Smart Grid, Quanta Technology, has more than 30 years of experience in consulting and R&D on power system analytics and integration. Throughout his career, he has worked with universities, software vendors, utility and consulting companies focusing on applying state-of-the-art technologies to the energy industry. At Quanta Technology, he is responsible for initiatives in the smart grid and energy management areas. Before joining Quanta, he worked for Siemens, Pacific Gas and Electric, Bechtel, and was a member of the start-up team of Nexant. Edwin received his BS degree in Electrical Engineering from National Taiwan University, MS and PhD in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, from University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Liu is an IEEE Fellow and the former Chairman of the IEEE Computing and Analytical Methods Subcommittee.

Embedded Systems: Advances in hardware/ software/ development

Embedded software and hardware are found in most electronic devices designed today. Embedded software/hardware control 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:

Simulation and model-based embedded-system design, code generation, and testing
This presentation will introduce the system simulation techniques, software tools from Mathworks/NI LabView, model-based design, simulation, testing, and code generation for target controller boards. An example PID controller system will be described.

Validation and verification of embedded system
This presentation will start with the description of embedded-system life cycle, definition of Validation and Verification, Modeling embedded-system hardware and software, model in the loop (MiL), software in the loop (SiL), hardware in the loop tests (HiL), validation of requirement, requirement analysis, design analysis, non-ideal behavior of components, worst-case design of critical components, thermal/EMC/failure analysis, fault tolerance, reliability issues, verification of integrated modules, diagnosis of embedded system, etc.

Real-Time System: Scheduling and timing analysis
This presentation describes soft and hard real-time system characteristics, performance measure, task assigning, scheduling, meeting deadlines, use of simulation tools like ETAS INTECRIO/ASCET to analyze the task timing behavior, real-time operating systems, real-time communication, and practical applications.

Advanced DSP processors and multimedia/automotive applications
This presentation will cover basics of DSP processors and advanced multi-core DSP processors, embedded-systems development tools, and hardware platforms. A few automotive applications with DSP processors will be described:

  • characteristics of a typical and advanced DSP microprocessor (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;
  • DSP-based system design;
  • DSP in automotive, multimedia or other applications.

System design with FPGA and automotive applications
This presentation will cover basics of FPGA processors and advanced FPGA processors, embedded-systems development tools, and hardware platforms. A few automotive applications with FPGA processors will be described, such as how VHDL and C language codes are used to implement embedded-system design on FPGA boards.

About the instructor: Dr. Subra Ganesan has more than 25 years of teaching experience and currently is a professor at Oakland University, MI, USA. 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.

Career Assistance: Setting a Course for Career Satisfaction

Saturday Morning

Presented by volunteer members of the IEEE-USA Employment and Career Services Committee (ECSC), the goal of the 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 in:

  • developing networking and job-seeking skills;
  • 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.

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.

About the instructors:

Peggy Hutcheson, Ph.D., is the founding partner of the Odyssey Group, a firm specializing in products and services for organizations and individuals to connect people to changing work roles. Currently she serves as Co-Chair of IEEE’s Innovation Institute, and she is past Chair of its Employment and Career Services group. Peggy is a speaker and author, having co-authored Helping Employees Manage Careers, published more than a dozen articles, presented a half-dozen invited webinars, and contributed to five books. Her contributions have been recognized with leadership awards from ASTD, the IEEE-USA, and Georgia State University, GA, USA.

Holly M. Cyrus is currently Project Manager for the Airport Safety Technology R & D Section, ANG-E261, at the FAA William J. Hughes Technical Center, Atlantic City, NJ, USA. She performs research and development of Visual Guidance equipment and Pavement Marking Materials. She has been with the Federal Aviation Administration for 24 years. Her experience includes two years with the Environmental Engineering Branch, Depot Engineering, AAC-445C, where she found replacements for obsolete parts for lighted navaids and engine generators. She worked for 11 years with the Navigation and Landing Branch, AOS-240, in Oklahoma City, OK, USA, performing modifications and field support of lighted navaids. Holly is a graduate of the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, USA. She received her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. She is a graduate of Capella University, Minneapolis, MN, USA. She received an MBA. She has been in Toastmasters for 11 years and is a Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM). She has also been in IEEE for 11 years and is an IEEE Southern New Jersey Employment and Career Activities Coordinator Region 2 and Women In Engineering (WIE) Committee Member at the International level.

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 Project Engineer and Program Manager at Harris Corporation.

Electric Vehicle Engineering

Saturday Afternoon

Power Electronics, Electric Machines, and Motor Drives in HEV and PHEV Powertrains

This session will cover fundamental aspects of modern HEV powertrains including characteristics of automotive subsystems. An overview of power electronic components (inverter, DC-DC converters, and chargers) and electric motors will be provided. An introduction to HEV operating strategies and controls will be discussed. Examples from some popular HEV models are used to explain the current state of art of HEV powertrains and components. Potentials and challenges of PHEV and EREV will also be discussed.

After completing this session, the attendee should be able to:

• identify the current-voltage characteristic for a Thyristor, MOSFET, and IGBT and their relative speeds and power handling capabilities, and describe applications in AC/DC, DC/DC, and DC/AC conversion circuits;
• understand operation 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 electric motor operation in terms of applied voltage, currents, rotational speed, and torque, and identify their speed-torque characteristics;
• identify fundamental machine topologies most widely used from an electromagnetic perspective;
• get a basic understanding of some select control strategies relevant for traction motors.  

The presentation will include a discussion with attendees in elaborating some of the challenges faced in the implementation of power electronics for their respective applications pertinent to powertrain systems.

About the instructor: Dr. Mahesh Krishnamurthy (S’02 – M’08- SM’13) received his M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the Missouri University of Science and Technology (formerly University of Missouri at Rolla), MO, USA, in 2004 and his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington, TX, USA, 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, TX. 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 and is a distinguished lecturer with the IEEE-Vehicular Technology Society. He has co-authored over 60 scientific articles, book chapters, and technical reports and has one US patent and three pending. He was the Program Co-Chair for the 2011 Vehicle Power and Propulsion Conference and is the Technical Program Chair for the 2013 IEEE-Transportation Electrification Conference and Exposition. Dr. Krishnamurthy is also currently serving as the Guest Editor for the Special Section of IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology on Sustainable Transportation Systems, and as Guest Associate Editor for the Special Issue of IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics on Transportation Electrification and Vehicle Systems.

Wireless Communications

Saturday Afternoon

Part 1: Modern Wireless Systems & Networks: An Overview

This presentation will initially describe the underlying principles of wireless communications in a unified manner by highlighting the trade-offs faced by all wireless system architects: achieving high spectral (link) and throughput efficiency (MAC) along with network scalability (coverage), while achieving desired (low) power consumption and cost targets. It will then review the salient characteristics of broadband wireless access link and multiple access approaches for the two canonical designs: Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing (OFDM) and Wideband Code Division Multiple Access (W-CDMA). Finally, it will use OFDM and 802.11 networks as a case study to highlight how design trade-offs are achieved in practice and the role of link and MAC layer optimization toward mitigating multi-user interference.

About the instructor: Sumit Roy (Fellow, IEEE) received a B. Tech. degree from the Indian Institute of Technology (Kanpur) in 1983, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California (Santa Barbara), USA, all in Electrical Engineering in 1985 and 1988, respectively, as well as an M.A. in Statistics and Applied Probability in 1988. Presently he is Professor and Associate Chair of Research for Electrical Engineering at the University of Washington, USA, where his research interests include analysis/design of wireless communication and sensor network systems. His recent research emphasis includes wireless LANs (802.11) and wireless MANs (802.16), definition of multi-standard wireless inter-networking and cognitive radios, underwater acoustic networking, and sensor networking involving RFID technology. He spent 2001-03 on academic leave at Intel Wireless Technology Lab as a Senior Researcher engaged in systems architecture and standards development for ultra-wideband systems (Wireless PANs) and next-generation high-speed wireless LANs. His activities for the IEEE Communications Society (ComSoc) include membership of several technical and conference program committees (most recently, Track Chair for Cognitive Radios and Networks for IEEE 2010 ICC conference). He has served as Editor for IEEE Trans. Communications, IEEE Trans. on Wireless Communications, and IEEE Trans. Mobile Computing and currently serves on the Editorial Board for IEEE Trans. Communications (2nd tour), IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems, and Wiley J. Wireless Communications and Mobile Computing. His IEEE Fellow award cites his contributions to cross-layer design approaches to global wireless standards. He has engaged in professional service and global collaborations worldwide, having served on numerous external thesis committees (Canada, Israel, Thailand, Singapore, Australia, Hong Kong), research collaborations with academic colleagues (Singapore, Korea, Finland, New Zealand), and service on national research panels and review boards (Ireland, Hong Kong, Singapore). He spent the first half of 2008 as an SFI Walton Fellow at University College in Dublin.

Part 2: Short-Range Wireless Connectivity

This presentation will cover the choices in short-range wireless connectivity: Bluetooth, ZigBee, and WiFi/802.11. It will span from low rate/low power up through gigabits with antenna arrays (802.11ac, 802.11ad). Learn the characteristics of each technology and how each is used, as well as resources for further learning. See a demonstration of Bluetooth Low Energy and some of the other technologies.

About the instructor: Joe Decuir, Standards Architect at CSR, has been working on public wired and wireless connectivity standards for 26 years, including TIA, ITU-T, USB, IEEE 802, WiMedia, and Bluetooth. Joe is an IEEE CES Distinguished Lecturer.

Keynote Address: Paul E. Gartz, Boeing Technical Fellow

Paul E. Gartz, Keynote Speaker at IEEE Seattle Metro Area WorkshopSystems-of-Systems (SoSs) & Systems Engineering: The Value to Business and Economic Growth

Globally, the world continues to become more technical, more integrated and more complicated. “Systems”, with their human interfaces, now abound, and these have become much more interconnected resulting in societal-changing capabilities (e.g., cell phones and Facebook behind the “Arab Spring”). There also have been some dramatic “failures”, such as the recent global economic crisis and global healthcare issues. These “systems” of products, services, technology and humans are often developed sub-optimally resulting in poor business returns, missed market opportunities, lowered customer utility, safety concerns and sometimes bankruptcies. Is there a way to both increase business opportunities and address these issues?

Now emergent are what are called “Systems-of-Systems (SoSs)”. These are a new way to view and optimize the interdependencies of major groupings of large numbers of products, services, technologies, information and humans that together provide higher societal functions. One example is air transportation where the assemblage of airplanes, radars, satellites, ground stations, airlines, weather, airports, etc. form a global, air transportation SoS. Another is communication. Yet another is global healthcare that appears exceptionally sub-optimized. What can be learned from these and what are the best practices to address them?

SoS knowledge gives businesses, governments, professionals and even lay people knowledge not available to others and hence a market, technical, business and/or a personal advantage. Businesses can make more money; governments can provide better services for less with greater safety; professionals can advance careers faster; and the public benefits from all.

Closely related are the special skills needed to better develop and operate not just SoSs, but any major product and service. The talk will review SE401…21st century best practices for advanced, systems engineering and systems thinking. It can be practically applied at any level of complexity or size to improve business and technical results. As a national skill base, it can advance whole industry sectors and even a country for competitive advantage at a global and GDP level. Japan vividly demonstrated this via the Toyota method from the 1960s onward.

About the Keynote Speaker: Paul E. Gartz has spent over forty years in the aerospace and communications industries working large-scale, multi-billion dollar programs on commercial, defense and civil projects; including many world firsts. He developed the first overall systems engineering (SE) best practices for Boeing Commercial Airplanes, led the Boeing effort to get the world’s first combined model-based SE/Software Engineering tools and datasets, and, as SE architect, technically led systems engineering efforts on many of Boeing’s modern transports. His application domain experience includes research, development, service business creation, large scale manufacturing and supplier base and process and knowledge management in all of above. His recent focus is Systems-of-Systems (SoSs). He was Chief Architect – Engineer for Boeing’s entry into the Global Earth Observation SoS (GEOSS) market. He had similar roles on three of Boeing’s four SoSs. Earlier Paul was a lead on other world firsts at Bell Labs including the Bell Labs SAFEGUARD Antiballistic Missile Program and AT&T’s Picturephone©. Paul is a member of the Boeing Technical Fellowship, a past president of IEEE AESS, an IEEE global lecturer and recipient of the international Harry Rowe Mimno Award.

Friday Afternoon Keynote: Blake Hannaford

Better Patient Outcomes by Advancing Robotics in Surgery

Surgery is a demanding unstructured physical manipulation task involving highly trained humans, advanced tools, networked information systems, and uncertainty. This talk will review engineering and scientific research at the University of Washington Biorobotics Lab, aimed at better care of patients, including remote patients in extreme environments. The Raven interoperable robot surgery research system is a telemanipulation system for exploration and training in surgical robotics. We have recently deployed 12 "Raven-II" systems at leading surgical robotics research centers to create an interoperable network of testbeds. Highly effective and safe surgical teleoperation systems of the future will provide high quality haptic feedback. Hear about the research in systems theory and human perception that is addressing that goal.

About the speaker: Blake Hannaford, Ph.D., is Professor of Electrical Engineering, Adjunct Professor of Bioengineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Surgery at the University of Washington. He received the B.S. degree in Engineering and Applied Science from Yale University in 1977, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1982 and 1985 respectively. Before graduate study, he held engineering positions in digital hardware and software design, office automation, and medical image processing. At Berkeley he pursued thesis research in multiple target tracking in medical images and the control of time-optimal voluntary human movement. From 1986 to 1989 he worked on the remote control of robot manipulators in the Man-Machine Systems Group in the Automated Systems Section of the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Caltech. He supervised that group from 1988 to 1989. Since September 1989, he has been at the University of Washington in Seattle, where he has been Professor of Electrical Engineering since 1997, and served as Associate Chair for Education from 1999 to 2001. He was awarded the National Science Foundation's Presidential Young Investigator Award and the Early Career Achievement Award from the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society and is an IEEE Fellow. His currently active interests include haptic (force feedback) displays, and surgical robotics. He has consulted on robotic surgical devices with the Food and Drug Administration Panel on surgical devices.

Saturday Afternoon Keynote: Mohamed A. El Sharkawi

The Smart Grid

The primary role of the existing power grids is to provide the links between the producers of the electric energy and the consumers. These grids have served their purpose with great success for many decades mainly because they were developed to meet the needs of large and predominantly carbon?based energy producers located remotely from the load centers.

Nowadays, the world is striving at developing lower?carbon generation technologies as well as higher efficiency devices and systems. This societal demand has led to rapid changes in the old generation notion, mainly because of the increasing penetration of renewable energy systems and the emerging of several microgrids. The current and future developments in renewable energy can only succeed if the customers are allowed to interact with the grid and become suppliers as well as users of electric energy. These fundamental changes will require the distribution grid to become more vibrant and interactive which will demand significant changes in the grid design, operation, protection and control. In addition, the grid must become flexible enough to allow new technologies and systems to be installed and operated without significant or expensive regulatory procedures. The key role of the Smart Grids is to achieve these goals.

Beside the usage of more environmentally compatible generations, the Smart Grid will reduce the transmission congestions and blackouts, reduce peak demands, increase system capacity, reduce restoration time, implement self diagnosis and self healing techniques, increase security and tolerance to attacks or natural disasters, and increase environmental benefits.

To build a smart grid, several innovations need to be developed or implemented including advanced sensing, communication, routing, protection, and control technologies. These technologies encompass generation, transmission and distribution systems as well as consumer appliances and equipment.

About the speaker: Mohamed A. El-Sharkawi is a Fellow of IEEE. He received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of British Columbia in 1980. In 1980 he joined the University of Washington as a faculty member where he is presently a Professor of Electrical Engineering. He also served as the Associate Chair and the Chairman of Graduate Studies and Research. Read a full list of El-Sharkawi's accomplishments.

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