Modeling Sensors and Instrument Transformers 🗓

Webinar Date: January 30, 2019
Time: 02:00 PM (EST)
Speaker: Nirmal Paudel (ABB), Magnus Olsson (COMSOL)
Location: On the Web
Cost: none
RSVP: required
Event Details & Registration: (Modeling Sensors and Instrument Transformers)

Instrument transformers and sensors are used in electric distribution networks to measure the current and the voltage for metering, monitoring, and protection and control use cases.
Multiphysics simulation is an integral part of research and product development at ABB. In fact, modeling has helped the organization to minimize the number of physical prototypes, reduce the development time, and develop the next generation of sensors and instrument transformers. During this webinar, Nirmal Paudel, senior R&D engineer at ABB, will discuss how to model a split-core sensor for medium-voltage use cases, considering how the accuracy of the sensor depends on various geometrical parameters, the sensor orientation, and the influence of nearby conductors in a three-phase system.
Key steps in modeling instrument transformers and sensors using multiphysics simulation will be discussed. Simulation results of different sensors will also be shown. The webinar will include a live demo in the COMSOL Multiphysics® software that features a split-core sensor for use in an underground vault. The webinar will conclude with a Q&A session.

Nirmal Paudel, Senior R&D Engineer, ABB
Dr. Nirmal Paudel is the senior R&D engineer at ABB’s Medium Voltage Instrument Transformers & Sensors in Pinetops, NC. He has been involved in developing new instrument transformers, sensors, and power harvesting devices for medium-voltage use cases

Magnus Olsson, Technology Manager, COMSOL
Magnus Olsson joined COMSOL in 1996 and currently leads development for the electromagnetic design products. He holds an MSc in engineering physics and a PhD in plasma physics and fusion research. Prior to joining COMSOL, he worked as a consulting specialist in electromagnetic computations for the Swedish armed forces.

CIS-IEEE PES-IAS-PELS February 2019 Meeting 🗓

Date: Tuesday, 12 Feb,2019
Time: 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM(All times are America/Indiana)
Speaker: Larry Conrad and Wayne Stec
Location:Indianapolis Power and Light Company
1230 W Morris St
Indianapolis, Indiana
United States 46221
Building: Safety Room
Cost: none
RSVP: required
Event Details & Registration: (URL for Webinar)

Summary: IEEE 1547 (Standard for Interconnecting Distributed Generation with Power Systems) underwent changes in 2018. Come hear about these changes and some of the lessons learned in applying this standard.

Certificates for CEU’s and PDH’s now require a fee from IEEE. Therefore this event will be $10 for each attendee requiring a Certificate. Number of CEUs/PDHs will be awarded per length of course. This meeting is free for all attendees not requiring a CEU/PDH Certificate.

Larry Conrad Larry Conrad is Owner/Manager of Conrad Technical Services LLC. He provides consulting services in electric power to electric utilities, renewable energy, and electrical design firms. Recent areas of focus include renewable energy integration, reliability, asset management, power quality, and distribution marginal costs. He is a registered Professional Engineer with B.S. degree and a M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

Before forming Conrad Technical Services, Mr. Conrad was employed for thirty-six years in the electric utility business in a variety of roles including asset management, power quality, reliability, construction and maintenance. Mr. Conrad also invented voltage sag analysis for the IEEE gold book and harmonized North American flicker standards with IEC. He set the framework with European utilities for the IEC 61000-3-2 Millennium Amendment that reduced harmonics worldwide. He participated in development of the first IEEE DG interconnection standard 1547 and was on the ballot committee for the current revision. He a member of IEEE PES Distribution Subcommittee and a long time contributor to IEEE 1366 reliability reporting guide, past chairman of the IEEE Volt Var task force focusing on conservation voltage reduction. He is a long time member of and now chairman of ANSI Committee C84 which sets the voltage standards for the USA.


Wayne Stec is Principal at Distregen LLC, Carmel, Indiana which he founded in 1999. Wayne’s consulting roles include providing guidance for the interconnection of renewable energy, battery storage, and other DER to the electric power system. Clients include national laboratories, research organizations, electric utilities, equipment and service providers, and project developers.

Wayne is a member of IEEE and currently is active in the development of several standards organizations:

SCC21 – Technical Expert in Standards Coordinating Committee 21 that oversees the development of standards in the areas of fuel cells, photovoltaics, dispersed generation, and energy storage.

IEEE 1547.1 – Sub-group chair and co-chair in IEEE 1547.1 interconnection test standard

IEEE 1547.2 – Working group chair of IEEE 1547.2 application guide for IEEE 1547

IEEE PSRC – Active contributor in several Power Systems Relay Committee standards and task force documents


A Reliable Grid is a Smart Grid 🗓

— design, redesign, tech advances, integration, rel principles, machine learning, monitoring …

Webinar Date: Thursday, December 20, 2018
Time: 1:00 PM (ET)
Speaker: Alan M Ross, Vice President of Reliability, SD Myers
Location: on the Web
Cost: none
RSVP: required
Event Details & Registration:
Summary: The application of Reliability Engineering disciplines and principles provides a unique perspective to a Smart Grid. In this webinar we will look at how technology, UIoT, Machine Learning and Condition Based Monitoring can positively affect the long-term reliability of the Grid.
While reliability engineering starts at the design phase for asset management decisions, an even greater impact will be on the system those assets comprise. For the most part we are redesigning systems, not designing from scratch, adding technological advances while integrating wide-scale DER and DR into the grid.
Bio: Alan Ross is the Vice President of Reliability for SD Myers. He is a credentialed reliability professional with both the CMRP and CRL certifications and is a member of the IEEE Reliability Society. Alan Is the Chair of the Smart Grid working group for SMRP and the Electrical Power Reliability Summit and on the Planning Committee and Keynote speaker for the Comet Conference. He is a dynamic and frequent presenter or keynote speaker at NETA, Comet, EPRS, SMRP Conference and Symposium, Marcon, Reliability Conference, AIST, IMC and numerous Muni/CoOp regional organizations. Alan has published frequently in AIST Journal, Plant Engineering, Solutions Magazine, Uptime Magazine and on the blog Transformer Reliability, and numerous white papers on the adoption of new technology, reliability and leadership.

Distinguished Lecture Series: The Centrality of Control Theory in Robotics 🗓 🗺

Date: Thursday, November 29, 2018
Time: 12:30-2:30 pm
Speaker: Mark W. Spong, Professor, Excellence in Education Chair, Eric Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science, The University of Texas at Dallas
Location: Borg Warner Auditorium, 4901 Evergreen Rd, Dearborn, MI 48128
Cost: none
Event Details:

Summary: The notion of what constitutes a robot has evolved considerably over the past five decades, from simple manipulator arms to large networks of interconnected autonomous and semiautonomous agents. A constant in this evolutionary development has been the central nature of control theory in robotics to enable a vast array of applications in manufacturing automation, field and service robotics, medical robotics and other areas. In this talk we will present an historical perspective of control in robotics together with specific results in passivity-based control and control of underactuated robots. Finally, we will speculate about the future role of control theory in robotics in the era of human-robot interaction, machine learning, and big data analytics.

Mark W. Spong received his doctorate degree in systems science and mathematics in 1981 from Washington University in St. Louis. He has held faculty positions at Lehigh University (1981-82), Cornell University (1982-1984), and at the University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign (1984-2008). He is currently Professor of Systems Engineering, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and holds the Excellence in Education Chair at the University of Texas at Dallas. From 2008-2017 he was the Dean of the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science at UT-Dallas. He is also Donald Biggar Willett Professor Emeritus from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Professor Spong is Past President of the IEEE Control Systems Society and past Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Control System Technology. He is a Life Fellow of the IEEE and a Fellow of IFAC. His main research interests are in robotics, mechatronics, and nonlinear control theory. He has authored or coauthored more than 300 technical articles in control and robotics, five books and holds one patent. He has made fundamental contributions in robust and nonlinear control of robot manipulators, teleoperators, bipedal walking robots, and multi-robot systems. Professor Spong’s notable awards include the 2018 Bode Lecture Prize from the IEEE CSS, the 2016 Nyquist Lecture Prize from the ASME, the 2011 Pioneer in Robotics Award from the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society, the first IROS Fumio Harashima Award for Innovative Technologies in 2007, the IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology Outstanding Paper Award, the Senior Scientist Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, the Distinguished Member Award from the IEEE Control Systems Society, the John R. Ragazzini and O. Hugo Schuck Awards from the American Automatic Control Council, and the IEEE Third Millennium Medal.

New Paradigms in Cache Architectures 🗓 🗺

— (ADA Center) – cache, computer architecture, embedded …

Seminar Date: Thursday, October 18, 2018
Time: 12:00pm – 1:30pm (EDT)
Speaker: Dr. Shankar Balachandran, Research Scientist, Intel Microarchitecture Research Lab
Location: 3725 BBB, 2260 Hayward St, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Cost: none
RSVP: none
Event Details & Registration:

Summary: The memory wall continues to be a major performance bottleneck for modern processors. Caching has been well recognized as a powerful solution to filter requests going to the main memory and boost performance. Unsurprisingly, the general industry trend has therefore been to increase the amount of cache that is put on die. In fact, recent advances in technologies like embedded DRAM (eDRAM) and high bandwidth memory (HBM) have even allowed building very large multi-MB to GB caches. Research in cache subsystems is driven by the conventional wisdom that increasing the hit rate in the cache subsystem improves average latency and bandwidth and hence gains performance. At the Micro-Architecture Research Lab, Intel India, we have been fundamentally re-investigating caching, and have shown that there is more to cache design than just increasing cache hit rates. In this talk we will discuss two of our recent works in this direction. The first part of the talk is on efficient management of large HBM or eDRAM caches. We show that blindly increasing hit rates for such large caches can in fact be detrimental to performance. Instead we develop a dynamic access partitioning scheme that sacrifices some amount of hit rate in order to tap the main memory bandwidth and increase overall performance. This work was adjudged as the best paper at HPCA 2017. In the second part of the talk, we will do a fundamental re-analysis of the popular three level cache hierarchy and show that it is not the most efficient way of designing on-die caches. Instead we will show that at a much lower area, a two level cache hierarchy aided with a learning of the program behavior, can be more efficient. This presents interesting power-performance-area trade-offs for cache designers. This work was published at ISCA 2018.

Dr. Shankar Balachandran is a Research Scientist at the Intel Microarchitecture Research Lab at Bangalore, India. His primary area of research is in core microarchitecture, focusing on the memory and caching subsystem at present. He received his PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Dallas in 2005. He was on the faculty of Computer Science and Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT Madras) from 2005 to 2016, where his research focused on design automation, VLSI design, and multicore programming.

8-10 November 2018 at Columbia University; New York City – Ubiquitous Computing; Electronics & Mobile Communication Conference 🗓

We are pleased to announce the 9th IEEE Annual Ubiquitous Computing; Electronics & Mobile Communication Conference (IEEE UEMCON 2018); to be held on 8-10 November 2018 at Columbia University; New York City; USA. The conference aims to bring together scholars from different backgrounds to emphasize dissemination of ongoing research in the fields of Computing; Electronics and Mobile Communication. Contributed papers are solicited describing original works in above mentioned fields and related technologies. The conference will include a peer-reviewed program of technical sessions; special sessions; business application sessions; tutorials; and demonstration sessions.

Accepted and presented papers will be submitted for publication to: IEEE Xplore Digital Library.

1. Jason Nieh
Columbia University
2. Dan Rubenstein
Columbia University
3. Yang (Richard) Yang
Yale University
4. Rajeev Narayanan
IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center; Yorktown Heights
5. Changxi Zheng
Columbia University
6. Venkatesh Venkataramanujam
Amazon Robotics; Massachusetts
7. In cheol Jeong
Johns Hopkins University

– Full Paper Submission: 22nd August 2018
– Acceptance Notification: 10th September 2018
– Camera Ready Paper Submission: 25th September 2018
– Registration: 25th September 2018
– Presentation :25th October 2018
– Conference Date: 8-10 November 2018





General Queries:;

Contributed papers are solicited describing original works in the fields and related technologies mentioned below.The conference will include a peer-reviewed program of technical sessions; special sessions; business application sessions; tutorials; and demonstration sessions. All accepted and presented papers will be submitted to IEEE Xplore Digital Library for publication.

Topics and Technical areas of interest include but are not limited to the following:

TRACK I: Ubiquitous Computing
– Big Data; Data Management and Analytics
– Cloud Computing and Data Center Systems
– Algorithms and Theory
– Security and Privacy
– Energy Management and Green Computing
– Sensor Networks & Systems
– Mobile and Wireless Computing
– Artificial Intelligence
– Natural Language Processing
– Signal and Image Processing
– Information Retrieval
– Machine Learning
– Internet of Things

TRACK II: Electronics
– VLSI and Microelectronic Circuit Embedded Systems
– System on Chip (SoC) Design
– FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Array) Design and Applications
– Electronic Instrumentations
– Electronic Power Converters and Inverters
– Control Theory and Applications
– Robotics and Autonomous Systems
– Intelligent Control
– Modern Electronic Devices

TRACK III: Mobile Communication
– Ad hoc networks
– Body and personal area networks
– Cloud and virtual networks
– Cognitive radio networks
– Cooperative communications
– Future wireless Internet
– Mobile and wireless IP
– Multi-hop networks
– Network architectures
– Network Security
– Routing; QoS and scheduling
– Satellite communications
– Wireless multicasting; broadcasting and geocasting
– Telecommunication Systems

TRACK IV: Informatics and Engineering Applications in Medicine and Biology (Special Session)
– Data science; advanced analytics and big data in health
– Knowledge discovery and data mining in healthcare
– Natural language processing
– Ontology development for medical knowledge representation and management
– Digital and Connected Health
– Serious games for health
– Virtual and augmented reality applications in healthcare
– Telemedicine and telerehabilitation
– Learning Healthcare Systems and Big Data
– Innovations in clinical decision support
– Engineering applications in biology and medicine
– Mobile health; health sensors; and wearable appliances
– Translational bioinformatics and electronic phenotyping
– Bioinformatics applications for precision health
– Novel techniques for the integration of biological and clinical data
– Bioinformatics for molecular diagnostics and prognostics

1. IEEE Region 1
2. IEEE New York Section
4. Columbia University- College of Dental Medicine

1. Regular Paper: 7 pages maximum (3 additional pages allowed but at an extra charge)
2. Short Paper (Work-in-Progress): 6 pages maximum (2 additional pages allowed but at an extra charge)
3. Poster: 5 pages maximum

IEEE UEMCON uses EDAS for submission.
Authors need to:
1. Create an account (if not already registered) with EDAS at
2. Submission link:

1. Workshop on Data Analytics and IoT- Concepts to Implementation
2. Poster Presentation
3. Corporate Keynote series
4. Special Session on Informatics and Engineering Applications in Medicine and Biology

Invitations are open for conducting the special session on any topic related to the conference theme.
If interested; kindly send the proposal in the contact here (;

Kindly promote IEEE UEMCON 2018 to interested individuals and communities in your vicinity.
Looking forward to seeing you at IEEE UEMCON in November 2018!

Best regards;

Prof. Joseph Finkelstein
Columbia University
General Chair IEEE UEMCON 2018
Prof. Son Vuong
University of British Columbia
General Chair IEEE UEMCON 2018
Prof. Satyajit Chakrabarti
Institute of Engineering & Management
General Chair IEEE UEMCON 2018


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Control Challenges in Automotive Electrical Traction Drives 🗓

— power electronics, real-time control, fast dynamics, embedded platform, control challenges …

Webinar Date: Thursday, March 15, 2018
Time: 1:00 PM (ET)
Speaker: Sabin-Constantin Carpiuc, MathWorks
Sponsor: IEEE Transportation Electrification Community
Location: on the Web
Cost: none
RSVP: required
Event Details & Registration:
Summary: Vehicle electrification is a key research direction in the automotive business, with many challenging problems and opportunities arising. An important part in automobile electrification is represented by the electric drive with integrated electric machine, power electronics, high voltage battery and real-time control software. However, the implementation in a micro-controller based embedded system is a difficult task because these applications are characterized by fast dynamics that are subject to hard physical and control constraints. Therefore, it yields a complex embedded platform that must meet tough requirements and compulsory safety standards. The goal of this presentation is to discuss the operation of automotive electrical traction drives at the system level and to analyze the arising control challenges. The talk will cover aspects from modeling, control, hardware implementation and testing in automotive electrical traction drives. The talk will also include relevant case studies.
Bio: Sabin-Constantin Carpiuc received the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in systems engineering from the “Gheorghe Asachi” Technical University of Iasi, Iasi, Romania, in 2012, and 2015, respectively. From March 2010 to June 2016, he was with the Powertrain Division, Business Unit Hybrid Electric Vehicle, Continental Automotive Romania, Iasi R&D Center, Iasi, Romania. From October 2010 to June 2016, he has been also an Associate Teaching Assistant with the Department of Automatic Control and Applied Informatics, the “Gheorghe Asachi” Technical University of Iasi. In June 2016, he joined the Physical Modeling group at MathWorks in Cambridge, United Kingdom.
His research interests include physical modeling, electric machines and power electronics, automotive electric traction drives, model predictive control and optimization, constrained control and automotive control systems.

CONNECTED CAR DETROIT Tuesday March 13, 2018 @ The Henry Hotel in Dearborn, Michigan 🗓

— CONNECTED CAR DETROIT March 13, 2018 @ The Henry Hotel in Dearborn, Michigan
Meeting Date: Tuesday, March 13th, 2018
Time: 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM EDT
Speaker: (name, affiliation)
Location: The Henry
300 Town Center Drive
Dearborn, MI 48126
Cost: Tickets | $795*
*Free tickets are available to automakers. Discounted tickets are available to government / academia.

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

8am: Registration and networking breakfast
Main Stage
9am: Keynote
Ned Curic, Vice President Amazon Alexa Automotive, Amazon
9:30am: The economic and societal impact of connected cars (panel discussion)
Key stakeholders discuss the technologies and trends that will shape the evolution of the connected car over the next decade and beyond.
Mike Tinskey, Ford Motor Company | Bob Gruszczynski, Volkswagen | Ravi Puvvala, Savari | Marjorie Loeb, Mayer Brown
10:30am: Networking break
Track 1
Session 1: Connected Services
Moderated by Greg Basich, Assoc. Director, Automotive Infotainment & Telematics and Connected Mobility services, Strategy Analytics
11am: Presentation by General Motors
11:20am: The digital dealership: How connectivity and automation is key to customer experience and the bottom line
Russ Lemmer, Executive Vice President of Mobility, Silvercar
11:40am: Re-imagining service delivery for the connected car
Raj Paul, VP of IoT & Connected Services, DMI
12pm: Presentation by TomTom
Track 2
Session 1: Data
Moderated by Michele Bertoncello, Partner, McKinsey & Company
11am: Presentation title TBC
11:20am: Building automotive security from the inside out
Chuck Brokish, Director of Automotive Business Development, Green Hills Software
11:40am: Presentation by HARMAN
Geoffrey Wood, Director, North America Business Development, Automotive Cyber Security, TowerSec Harman
12pm: Presentation by IMS
Ben Miners, Vice President of Innovation, IMS
12:30pm: Networking lunch
Track 1
Session 2: Connected Services
Moderated by Richard Wallace, Director – Transportation Systems Analysis, CAR
1:30pm: Presentation title TBC
1:50pm: Empowering innovation with the USPTO
Faris Almatrahi, Supervisory Patent Examiner, US Patent & Trademark Office
2:10pm: Connected cars – 4 opportunities to engage drivers
Kai Adolphs, Global Automotive Product Research Director, Kantar TNS
2:30pm: The future of connected vehicles and their potential impact
Ozgur Tohumcu, CEO, Tantalum
Track 2
Session 2: Connectivity
1:30pm: Presentation title TBC
1:50pm: Presentation title TBC
2:10pm: ethernet Testing a foundational testing approach
Jeff Warra, Sr. Technical Marketing Engineer, Spirent Communications
2:30pm: Presentation by Globalstar
Greg Ewert, President, Connected Car & Intelligent Transport Systems, Globalstar
3:00pm: Networking break
Track 1
Session 3: UX
Moderated by Paul Carrannanto, Managing Director, Automotive and Industrial Equipment Practice, Accenture
3:30pm: Presentation title TBC
3:50pm: Presentation title TBC
4:10pm: User validation: It’s more than clusters and cup holders
Jonathon Baugh, Experience Architect, Pillar Technology
4:30pm: Presentation title TBC
Track 2
Session 3: ADAS
3:30pm: Presentation title TBC
3:50pm: Presentation title TBC
4:10pm: Presentation title TBC
4:30pm: Presentation title TBC
5pm: Networking drinks
6pm: Close

Spare event 🗓

Co-sponsored by: Kimball Williams

Ethics in Engineering Symposium:

Details to be forthcoming

Link to on-line event: To be published soon.


Day 1

Time Topic

8:00 AM Welcome





5 PM Closing & Thank you

Day 2

Time Topic

8:00 AM Welcome





5 PM Closing & Thank you

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