Panel: Internet of Things and Cyber Security 🗓

Date: Tuesday, 21 May, 2019
Time: 9:45 AM to 11:59 AM (All times are America/Chicago)
Speaker: Prof. Yong Wang, Prof. Prakash Ranganathan
Location: 1421 Student Union Ln.
South Dakota State University
Brookings, South Dakota
United States 57007
Building: University Student Union
Room Number: 269
Cost: none
RSVP: required
Event Details & Registration:

Summary: In this panel, hosted at the 2019 IEEE International Conference on Electro/Information Technology, three speakers will discuss current trends related to the Internet-of-Things and cyber security. The IEEE Siouxland Section and local Computer Society section are making this event open to members of the region without requiring conference registration. Section members (especially industry members) are encouraged to register and attend the rest of the conference, with a full program located at:

Prof. Yong Wang, Beacom College of Computer and Cyber Sciences, Dakota State University

Prof. Prakash Ranganathan, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of North Dakota



Date: Tuesday, 11 Jun, 2019
Time: 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM (All times are America/Chicago)
Speaker: Dr. Borges Carvalho
Location: 450 5th Ave SE
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
United States 52401
Building: Cedar Rapids Public Library
Room Number: Beems A
Cost: none
RSVP: required
Event Details & Registration:

Summary: The energy needs for wireless systems is limiting the evolution of most of the IoT and 5G future solutions. In this talk an overview of the energy problem in wireless communication systems will be presented, either from a mobile network point of view, but also from a IoT point of view. The main objective is to discuss future wireless paradigms that will be changing soon with 5G and beyond, those include the spread of a distributed mobile network by using Cloud Radio Access Networks, with its associated Software Defined Radio approaches, but also the issue of battery-less wireless devices, combining wireless power transmission and backscatter communications. The talk starts first with a general overview of the energy needs for a future XG networks, and then presents in an integrated way both approaches of C-RAN and IoT wireless design. The presentation will cover topics like the hardware part of the SDR and design of battery-less wireless sensors networks. Issues like characterization of mixed-signal devices, designing of C-RAN SDR approaches, design of passive backscatter sensors will be discussed, according to the audience.

Nuno Borges Carvalho is a Full Professor at the Universidade de Aveiro, Aveiro, Portugal and a Senior Research Scientist with the Instituto de Telecomunicações (IT), Universidade de Aveiro, where he coordinates the wireless communication thematic area and the Radio Systems Group. He coauthored Intermodulation in Microwave and Wireless Circuits (Artech House, 2003) and Microwave and Wireless Measurement Techniques (Cambridge Press, 2013). He has been a reviewer and author of over 200 papers in magazines and conferences. Heco-holds four patents. His main research interests include software-defined radio front-ends, wireless power transmission, nonlinear distortion analysis in microwave/wireless circuits and systems, and measurement of nonlinear phenomena. He has recently been involved in the design of dedicated radios and systems for newly emerging wireless technologies. Dr. Borges Carvalho is the chair of the IEEE MTT-11 Technical Committee. He is a member of IEEE MTT-20, MTT-24, and MTT-26. He is an Associate Editor for the IEEE Microwave Magazine and the chair of the URSI-Portugal Metrology Group.

2019 IEEE Southeastern Michigan Section Spring Conference 🗓 🗺

Webinar Date: Thur, May 2, 2019
Time: 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM (EDT)
Speaker: Doug Patten of DENSO International America, Inc.
Location: 19000 Hubbard Dr, Dearborn, Michigan, United States 48126. Building: U of M Dearborn – Fairlane Center North
Cost: between $25 to $60
RSVP: required
Event Details & Registration:


Registration Fee Schedule:

Early Online Registration ends April 11

Special Request Meal Order Late Registration ends April 25

Day-Of / In-Person Registration Available – Credit Cards Only (No Cash or Checks)

Please register prior to the conference date of May 2.

Conference Attendee Fees: Early / Late

Students/Retired/Unemployed (Members)………$25 / $35

IEEE, SWE, and ESD Members ……………………$45 / $60

Non Members ………………………………………..$60 / $80

Student Table Sponsor (8 students)………………$250

Silver Sponsorship Registration*…………………..$500

Gold Sponsorship Registration*…………………….$1000

Platinum Sponsorship Registration*……………….$2000

Diamond Sponsorship Registration*……………….$3000

Doug Patten Doug Patten of DENSO International America, Inc. Topic: Sustaining The Next Big Thing in the Automotive Industry

While everyone is moving past the automotive industry for the Next Big Thing the current ones have not succeeded yet. Things like automation and electrification still need big things to happen to be sustainable in broad market applications. As we look at the automotive space I will share what has maybe passed and what the Next Big Thing that are still needed.


Doug Patton is Senior Technical advisor at DENSO International America, Inc. (DIAM), and senior director of DENSO Corp. Located at DENSO’s North American headquarters in Southfield, Michigan, he provides input and support on all aspects of R&D in North America. In his previous position as Executive Vice President Engineering and CTO he oversaw all North American product engineering and development, campus facilities and operations including all testing and technical services, and Engineering Administration. He was responsible for climate control, engine components, and systems and components, engine electrical, safety products, cluster, in-vehicle-infotainment (IVI) and body electronics and small motor engineering.

Doug Patton earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering in 1977 and a Master of Business Administration degree in 1984, both from Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois.

He serves as president of the DENSO Foundation Board, is on the Board of Directors for the Engineering Society of Detroit (currently past president), and is also a member of the SAE, where he was the 2017 president. He is also an Engineering Society of Detroit Fellow.

Doug Patton is a member of the Detroit Economic Club, Lawrence Technological University’s College of Engineering Advisory Board, the Engineering Advisory Council of Kettering University and the Executive Leadership Team of the North American International Powertrain Conference.


Address:24777 Denso D, , Southfield, Michigan, United States, 48033… Bio

Annual Chicago IEEE EMC MiniSymposium 🗓 🗺

Meeting Date: May 7, 2019
Time: 8:00 AM (CST)
Speaker(s): Dr. Eric Bogatin
Location: Itasca Country Club, 400 East Orchard, Itasca, IL 60143
Cost: $0 for students after 1pm; $75 otherwise
RSVP: Required
Event Details & Registration: (EMC MiniSymposium)

“If you are working in the EMC field, our MiniSymposium is for you! At our MiniSymposium you will come away with new ideas about troubleshooting techniques, specification updates, and a better understanding on how to measure critical parameters.
While there, browse tabletop booths of manufacturers, EMI/EMC Test Houses, and increase your knowledge of suppliers in this industry.
Meet with fellow EMC Engineers and learn more about how our local IEEE EMC Chapter can assist you in your daily challenges.
See you there” – Frank Krozel, 2019 IEEE EMC MiniSymposium Chairman

Dr. Eric Bogatin
is currently a Signal Integrity Evangelist with Teledyne LeCroy and the Dean of the Teledyne LeCroy Signal Integrity Academy, at . Additionally, he is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Colorado – Boulder in the ECEE dept, and technical editor of the Signal Integrity Journal.
Bogatin received his BS in physics from MIT and MS and PhD in physics from the University of Arizona in Tucson. He has held senior engineering and management positions at Bell Labs, Raychem, Sun Microsystems, Ansoft and Interconnect Devices. He has written six technical books in the field and presented classes and lectures on signal integrity world wide.

Moon Talk- Roll Collins Radio Played in Race to the Moon 🗓

Date: Tuesday, 07 May, 2019
Time: 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM (All times are US/Central)
Speaker: Rod Blocksome
Location: 450 5th Avenue SE,
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
United States 52411
Building: Cedar Rapids Downtown Library
Room Number: Whipple Auditorium
Cost: none
RSVP: required
Event Details & Registration:

Summary: Join us along with IEEE Members to hear Rod Blocksome describe the making of the “Moon Talk” documentry followed by a showing of the 37-minute video.

The documentary looks back 50 years at the critical role Collins Radio played in the space race to the moon.

The program incuding “Moon Talk,” will be presented Tuesday, May 7, at 5:30 p.m., at the Cedar Rapids Public Libraray, Whipple Auditorium. The public is invited. Admission is free.

On December 21, 1968, Apollo 8 became the first manned space flight to leave Earth’s orbit and fly to the moon. For the next six days, the only link astronauts Frank Borman, Jim Lovell and Bill Anders would have to Earth was through equipment and a pioneering communication system developed by Collins Radio – based in Cedar Rapids, Iowa – and its subcontractors.

The film celebrates the men and women of the Collins Radio Company who had the vision, beyond the technology available in the 1960s, to create and manufacture a communication system to reach the moon.

The documentary features rare 16-millimeter film footage and photos, and interviews with employees who recall working on the Apollo program.

“The idea was to get the job done correctly. And I remember times we slept under tables at night because we had meetings in the morning…We knew if the communication failed, it was a good chance that some of them wouldn’t get back – if not all of them. And that was on our mind almost all the time.” Jim Westcot, Collins Radio Apollo Program Administrator.

Michael M. Collins, the eldest son of Collins Radio founder, Arthur Collins, remembers the Apollo 8 astronauts’ Christmas Eve broadcast. The moon explorers ended it with a reverent reading from the first book of the Bible. Millions of citizens of Earth watched the live broadcast on television as it was transmitted a quarter million miles through harsh space via Collins Radio equipment and systems.

This documentary is one of a three-part series being produced by the Arthur A. Collins Legacy Association. The Association is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Its mission is to collect, preserve and interpret the legacy of Arthur Collins and the Collins Radio Company he founded. More information can be found at

Rod Blocksome was raised on a Western Kansas wheat farm and attended Kansas State University where he earned BS and MS degrees in Electrical Engineering. He served 4 1/2 years as an officer in the US Air Force. He retired in 2010 after 42 years with Collins Radio Co. & Rockwell Collins in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Rod was a Senior Systems Engineer in Advanced Communications at Rockwell Collins and was honored as a corporate engineer-of-the-year in 2002.

In 1995, Rod added Curator of the Rockwell Collins Museum to his volunteer activities. After retirement, Rod and others formed the Arthur A. Collins Legacy Association (AACLA), a non-profit corporation dedicated to preserving the history of Arthur Collins and the company he founded and using his story to promote STEM educational activities.

Currently the AACLA is producing a series of high quality documentaries on the role of Collins Radio in the US space program. The video consists of three episodes:

Episode #1 – “Steps to the Moon” due for release Dec. 2019, tells the story of research activities during the 1950’s and early 1960’s that set the stage for winning the Apollo Communications contracts.

Episode #2 – “Moon Talk” was released in Dec. 2018 and tells the story of Collins Radio role up through Apollo 8 which was the first time humans left the earth and traveled to the Moon.

Episode #3 – “Live from the Moon” due for release in June 2019, continues the story from Apollo 9 through 17 with emphasis on the triumph of Apollo 11, and the near disaster of Apollo 13.


Date: Wednesday, 24 Apr, 2019
Time: 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM(All times are America/Chicago)
Speaker: Dr. Michael Ropp
Location: urks & Caicos Cabana Grille
5001 S Western Ave
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
United States 57108
Cost: none
RSVP: required
Event Details & Registration:

Summary: In this speaking event, Dr. Michael Ropp (President of Northern Plains Power Technologies) will discuss the impact of distributed energy resource interconnection standards on electric power system operations. A social and networking event will also take place, with food and beverages provided by Turks & Caicos Cabana Grille. Please indicate on the RSVP if you have any dietary restrictions. Vegetarian options will be provided.

Michael Ropp received the Bachelor’s degree in Music from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1991, and the Masters and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering in 1996 and 1998, respectively, from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA. He is presently the President and Principal Engineer of Northern Plains Power Technologies, Brookings, SD. Dr. Ropp has over twenty years of experience in power engineering, power electronics, and photovoltaics. He has authored over seventy technical publications and holds four patents. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE and is active in standards creation, and is a registered Professional Engineer in South Dakota and Hawaii. His primary technical interests are in the planning, design, modeling and simulation, control, dynamics, protection, reliability, diagnosis and event analysis of low-inertia, distributed and inverter-dominated power systems. Dr. Ropp also has a long-standing fascination with electrified transportation, and he occasionally still gets to make some music.

International Microwave Symposium 🗓 🗺

Conference Date: Sun, 2 Jun – Fri, 7 Jun, 2019
Time: All Day (EDT)
Speaker: Dr. William Chappell, Director of the Microsystems Technology Office (MTO), Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
Location: Bosten, Massachusetts
Cost: Exhibition pass free, discounted for other sections
RSVP: required
Event Details & Registration:

General Chair’s Welcome

Join us in Boston, 2-7 June 2019 for IMS2019!

The IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society’s 2019 IMS Microwave Week will be held 2-7 June 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. IMS Microwave Week consists of three related conferences offering technical sessions, interactive forums, plenary and panel sessions, workshops, short courses, industrial exhibits, application seminars, historical exhibits, and a wide variety of other technical and social activities including a guest program. The International Microwave Symposium (IMS) is the centerpiece of the Microwave Week technical program, which includes the Radio Frequency Integrated Circuits Symposium (RFIC) and the Automatic Radio-Frequency Techniques Group Conference (ARFTG). With over 10,000 participants and 1000 industrial exhibits of state-of-the-art microwave products, IMS Microwave Week is the world’s largest gathering of Radio Frequency (RF) and microwave professionals and the most important forum for the latest research advances and practices in the field.

“The Mind and Body of Intelligent RF”
Abstract: Dr. Chappell’s address, “The Mind and Body of Intelligent RF,” will focus on what’s needed in the physical layer (hardware) to keep up with the ambitions for the intersection of artificial intelligence (AI) and the RF spectrum. He will review the outcomes of the ongoing DARPA challenge, Spectrum Collaboration Challenge (SC2), which is exploring the use of intelligent RF to parse a fixed spectrum allocation without a spectrum manager or predetermined rules. The challenge uses radios to explore the intelligence, i.e. a mind, required to autonomously interact. While this is primarily a digital challenge, the outcomes are important for the IMS community in terms of the desired radios that will be needed. The radio front end that dynamically interacts with the physical world, i.e. the body, will be different than today’s radios which follow a previously determined script. As one of the DARPA performers in the challenge has put it, “The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.”

Dr. William Chappell … Dr. William Chappell is director of the Microsystems Technology Office (MTO). Serving in this position since June 2014, he has focused the office on key thrusts important to national security. These thrusts include ensuring unfettered use of the electromagnetic spectrum, building an alternative business model for acquiring advanced DoD electronics that feature built-in trust, and developing circuit architectures for next-generation machine learning. MTO creates the MEMS, photonic, and electronic components needed to gracefully bridge the divide between the physical world in which we live and the digital realm where our information resides. In 2018, he led the initiation of the Electronics Resurgence Initiative, a 1.5 billion dollar initiative focused on the building blocks of next generation electronics.

Prior to his role as MTO director, Dr. Chappell managed DARPA programs on adaptable radio frequency (RF) systems and low-cost antenna array technologies. These technologies included the development of phase change switches for adaptable RF systems, the “RF FPGA” concept, and fully digital array systems with direct digital sampling at each element.

Before joining DARPA, Dr. Chappell served as a professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department of Purdue University, where he led the Integrated Design of Electromagnetically-Applied Systems (IDEAS) Laboratory and received numerous research and teaching awards. Dr. Chappell’s research focused on high-frequency components, specifically the unique integration of RF and microwave components based on electromagnetic analysis. This research ranged from advanced RF sensors (such as mass spectrometry and radar), advanced packaging, and filter design.

Dr. Chappell received his Bachelor of Science (summa cum laude), Master of Science, and Doctorate of Philosophy degrees in Electrical Engineering, all from the University of Michigan.


University Center, Kochoff Hall, University of Michigan – Dearborn Monday, April 1, 2019

Please join us for the 2019 Dearborn Cybersecurity Day at the University of Michigan-Dearborn on Monday, April 1, 2019. The venue will be at the Kochoff Hall in the University Center on campus.

This annual event will feature a slate of distinguished speakers from academia, industry, and government discussing the current challenges and future opportunities in cybersecurity. The range of topics is broad and diverse such as discussing future trends in cybersecurity, overviewing the state of the art of security and privacy protection techniques, and understanding cybersecurity within the federal or state government. The event will also include a PhD Forum where PhD students can showcase their research results. There will be a lot of opportunities to engage with the nationally distinguished speakers, students, faculty, scientists, lead engineers, and other attendees from the local community on cybersecurity and privacy.

Admission to this event is free with complimentary breakfast, coffee, and luncheon but Registration is required.

Please contact us for any matters by writing to


Morning Sessions

8:00 – 8:45:  Registration

8:45 – 8:55:  Introduction and Welcome

Anthony England, Professor and Dean, College of Engineering and Computer Science

9:00 – 9:50:  Keynote 1: State of Michigan Cybersecurity Efforts and Partnerships

Chris DeRusha, Chief Security Officer, State of Michigan

9:50 – 10:10 :  Coffee Break

10:10 – 11:00:  Keynote 2: A Computer Architecture Perspective on Computer System Security

Nael Abu-Ghazaleh, Professor, University of California-Riverside

Abstract: Computer systems are facing a growing threat from increasingly motivated, organized and sophisticated attackers. The problem is complicated by the rapid evolution that computing platforms are experiencing and will continue to experience: towards mobile and embedded devices, many-core systems, virtualization, data centers and clouds. These emerging platforms offer new system and use models and therefore are subject to new vulnerabilities and threat models. This talk motivates the role that computer architecture must play in the security of current and emerging systems. I will define this role spanning three primary directions: (1) understanding vulnerabilities exposed by the architecture; (2) architecture support for monitoring to improve resilience to attacks, but also to rapidly detect and contain successful attacks; and (3) Security for emerging architectures. I will animate these directions with examples from our recent work, and discuss implications for future systems.

11:00 – 11:50: Keynote 3: SecureDL:  A Security, Privacy, and Governance Policy Enforcement Framework for Big Data

Murat Kantarcioglu, Professor, University of Texas Dallas

Abstract: Recent cyber attacks have shown that the leakage/stealing of big data may result in enormous monetary loss and damage to organizational reputation, and increased identity theft risks for individuals. Furthermore, in the age of big data, protecting the security and privacy of stored data is paramount for maintaining public trust, and getting the full value from the collected data.  In this talk, we will discuss our SecureDL system that is built on top of existing NoSQL databases such as Hadoop and Spark and designed as a data access broker where each request submitted by a user app is automatically captured. These captured requests are logged, analyzed and then modified (if needed) to conform with security and privacy policies, and submitted to underlying NoSQL database. Furthermore, SecureDL can allow organizations to audit their big data usage to prevent data misuse and comply with various privacy regulations. SecureDL is totally transparent from the user point of view and does not require any change to the user’s code and/or the underlying NoSQL database systems. Therefore, it can be deployed on existing NoSQL databases.

Afternoon Sessions

12:00 – 1:40:  Luncheon & Panel: Career and Trend in Cybersecurity


  • André Weimerskirch, Vice President Cybersecurity and Functional Safety, Lear Corporation
  • Sol Bermann, Chief Privacy Officer and Interim Chief Information Security Officer, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
  • John Moore, Vehicle Cyber Research Supervisor, Advanced Engineering and Research, Ford Motor Company
  • Robert Kaster,  Chief Technical Expert, Bosch

1:40 – 2:00:  Coffee Break

2:00 – 4:30:  PhD Forum

  • Linxi Zhang – A Deep Learning Based Intrusion Detection System for In-Vehicle Network
  • Azeem Hafeez – Linking received packet to the transmitter through physical-fingerprinting of ECU and CAN Channel
  • Nevrus Kaja – Fuzzy Based Threat Assessment Model
  • Raghavendar Changalvala – Detection of LiDAR data tampering in self-driving cars
  • Ahmad Nasser – Defending Automotive Safety-Critical Systems Against Code Reuse Attacks

4:30 – 4:50:  Closing Remarks



Registration is now open and is required.


Date: Wednesday, 20 Mar, 2019
Time: 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM (EST)
Speaker: Dr. Simon Bland
Location: 1301 Beal Ave
Ann Arbor, Michigan
United States 48109
Building: EECS
Room Number: 1005
Cost: none
RSVP: none
Event Details & Registration: (URL for Webinar)

Summary:The last 2 decades have seen an explosion in high energy density physics research, spurred on by the development of national facilities such as NIF and Z. Despite their relative small size, universities have played a leading role in this research – both with ‘in house’ experiments and through joint work on larger facilities. In this talk I will describe some of our research at Imperial College including how we have pioneered the use of plasmas ablating from wire array z‐pinches to create astrophysical relevant experiments and explore radiative shock waves; how we are using pulsed power driven wire explosions to create highly convergent shock waves for equation of state measurements; and how we utilize new X‐ray diagnostics to explore materials in situ ‐ whilst having fun with a shoe boxed sized pulser on a synchrotron.

Dr. Simon Bland is a senior lecturer at Imperial College London, leading efforts to produce materials in extremes of pressure, temperature and density through short bursts of electrical energy. His group runs a 2 million ampere cutting‐edge pulsed power facility – MACH – dedicated to isentropic compression and convergent shock waves, whilst also developing and using novel diagnostic techniques. Prior to establishing his own research program, Dr. Bland worked on the MAGPIE facility exploring wire array z‐pinches for fusion and laboratory astrophysics. He has authored or co‐authored more than 100 papers, and greatly enjoys working with a team of undergraduates and graduates in his research.

Fixing the TCP-IP transport problem over the WAN 🗓 🗺

Webinar Date: Sat, 09 Feb, 2019
Time: 06.00 PM to 07:30 PM (EDT)
Speaker: Nigel Lambert of Bridgeworks
Location: 118 Library Drive, Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan, United States 48309-4479
Building: Dodge Hall, Room Number: DH 202
Cost: none
RSVP: required
Event Details & Registration:

Summary: These days – we all collaborate and share massive amounts of data over the Wide area Network (aka Internet sometimes) which runs using the robust TCP/IP protocol. Yet despite that, moving data is major problem which challenges many engineers, development teams, global design groups, corporate enterprises and academic researchers.

Enabling the fastest movement of data and files over any type of WAN using industry standard TCP-IP, irrespective of distance and variations in network conditions. Bridgeworks, has several solutions which deliver the highest WAN Data Transfer Speeds. What is interesting is that they seem to be able to provide consistent accelerated outcomes across all data types including encrypted, encoded, compressed or any combination thereof. Uses cases include offsite backup, recovery, replication, big data and content distribution. This technical talk should be of interest to all modern day engineers and researchers alike.

In addition, there will be a live demo of the technology …

Nigel Lambert Bridgeworks have looked at the problem of data movement and come at it from an entirely new perspective. In mastering the rules of data movement over distance, Bridgeworks have now broken them to provide you with the ability to move significant volumes of business critical data in real time removing unacceptable time lags, that risk failure, delay or presents major costs to your business.


Nigel has spent the last quarter of a century building markets in Europe and South Africa with disruptive, compelling Networking and Infrastructure technologies. Working across channels at all levels – distribution, reseller, vendor and always focussed on the end-user. Relevant to this session Nigel played a central role bringing Riverbed into European markets in 2004.

Nigel Lambert is WW Sales Director of Bridgeworks.