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Live Webinar on 5 May - mmWave: Next-Generation Wireless Prototyping

Live Webinar on 5 May - mmWave: Next-Generation Wireless Prototyping

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mmWave: Next-Generation Wireless Prototyping

Thursday, 5 May 20162:00 PM EDT
 
Consumers' demand for increased data rates continue to drive the requirements for next generation wireless systems to increased bandwidths. Several frequency bands above 24 GHz that offer multi GHz of bandwidth are now being considered for mobility applications. As researchers define the path forward they need access to open, reconfigurable platforms that enable both early channel sounding research and advanced prototyping of real-time 2-way communications protocols with maximum reuse. New advances in RF, ADC and DAC, and FPGA technologies provide the building blocks necessary to fully exercise this new spectrum. 
 
In this webinar, we will cover some of the leading technologies and research results from cutting edge mmWave prototypes. Real time over the air demonstrations have resulted in successfully achieving data rates above 14 Gbps which is laying the ground work for further field trials. Join us to learn more about the frequencies being considered and how you can begin building field-ready mmWave prototypes that span channel sounding and communications. 
 
 
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Master the Machine-to-Machine Essentials in One Day

Master the Machine-to-Machine Essentials in One Day
Machine-To-Machine (M2M) Essentials
What you need to know to create an M2M product
 
11 May 2016 | 9:00am to 4:30pm EDT 
Online course via WebEx • $250 IEEE ComSoc member • $280 IEEE member • $330 non-member 

You're about to explore the fascinating world of wireless Machine-to-Machine communications with our wireless expert, instructor, Lee Vishloff. This one-day live online course covers the most important facets you need to take into consideration when developing a new Machine-to-Machine product or service. 

At the end of the course, you will be able to:
  • Define M2M and clarify the main components that comprise a cellular M2M solution
  • List the possible overall processes involved in bringing a solution to the M2M marketplace
  • Describe the wireless technologies and hardware available and the selection criteria for a solution
  • List steps to consider when designing the solution up front in preparation for ease of certification
  • Describe the Over-the-Air Performance Considerations
  • List the M2M platforms available to manage the SIMS/Devices
Master all the Machine-To-Machine Essentials in just one day!
 
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Registration closes on 6 May 2016

Limited Seating. 
You will earn 0.6 IEEE Continuing Education Units for participating.
Visit www.comsoc.org/trainging for details
 

 

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Small Cells Big Future. Live Online Course on Fundamentals of 4G Small Cell Deployments

Small Cells Big Future. Live Online Course on Fundamentals of 4G Small Cell Deployments

Fundamentals of 4G Small Cell Deployments
 
4 May 2016 | 10:00pm to 2:00pm EDT 
Online course via WebEx • $125 IEEE ComSoc member • $155 IEEE member • $180 non-member 
 
With mobile data traffic expected to increase dramatically in the foreseeable future, small cell base stations are set to play an important role in expanding the targeted capacity of wireless networks. Mobile operators are realizing that to meet the demands for data, video and application access caused by smart phones and other wireless devices, there is a real beauty to going small.

In this half-day course, you will learn:
  • How small cells will change the way the operator supports the network
  • What the small cell system options are and the tradeoffs of each
  • What small cells do for the consumer
  • How small cells change the concept of traffic engineering
  • And much more
Your wireless expert and instructor, Jonathan Levine, will provide you valuable insights into vital small cell deployment challenges. Experience this exciting, interactive learning journey in real time!
 
Registration closes on 29 April 2016.

Limited Seating. 
You will earn 0.3 IEEE Continuing Education Units for participating.
 
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Join IEEE WIE for a Live Discussion

Join IEEE WIE for a Live Discussion

Live Online Google Hangout:

Our session, entitled “Women Who: Lead. Engage. Inspire.” will be held 26 April 2016 at 1 pm EDT. This interactive panel of leaders with backgrounds in both university and technology sectors will speak candidly about how they are paving the way for a future of women engineers through leadership, mentoring, and investing in themselves.

Hosted by WIE ILC Founder and Chair and IEEE Senior Member, Nita Patel; and featuring Dr. Ramalatha Marimuthu, Head of the Department of Information Technology in the Kumaraguru College of Technology; Prof. Takako Hashimoto, Chiba University of Commerce; and Roxsana Hadjizadeh, Cisco.  Register here http://bit.ly/WIEVEGH

Hashtag: #WIELeadHangout

 

Pre-Conference WIE ILC Virtual Track

Featuring eight, live online talks focused on innovation and leadership, this interactive event is free and will be held 16-17 May 2016, from 9am-4pm EDT. WIE ILC virtual attendees will have the opportunity to enjoy highly interactive speakers designed to foster discussion and collaboration, as well as watch all 13 sessions from last year’s conference on-demand. Register here http://bit.ly/WIEVReg

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Tech Focus – Security of Communication Networks

Tech Focus – Security of Communication Networks
 
Tech Focus Featured Topic:
 
Security of Communication Networks
 
• Safeguarding 5G Wireless Communication Networks Using Physical Layer Security
• Multi-tier Network Secrecy in the Ether
• Hiding Information in Noise: Fundamental Limits of Covert Wireless Communication
• Authentication Handover and Privacy Protection in 5G Hetnets Using Software-defined Networking
 
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Communications for All Things at IEEE ICC 2016

Communications for All Things at IEEE ICC 2016
 
IEEE ICC 2016 will hold its annual premier international event 23-27 May in Kuala Lumpur at the globally-benchmarked Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre located close to some large ICT industries and research facilities. Themed "Communications for All Things,” IEEE ICC 2016 offers an unsurpassed educational agenda with 1,500+ presentations given by representatives from leading corporations and research institutions, as well as the opportunity to exchange visions and viewpoints with nearly 3,000 scholars and researchers from 70+ countries. Dedicated to the research, advancements and implementations of the next wave of wired and wireline technologies, IEEE ICC 2016 will feature hundreds of technical presentations, panels keynotes and forums exploring key industry topics ranging from 5G and IoT to mobile cloud computing and green ICT.
 
The conference will feature keynote addresses from John Cioffi (ASSIA Inc.), Seizo Onoe (NTT DOCOMO), Henning Schulzrinne (Columbia University & FCC), Mischa Dohler (King's College London) and San-qi Li (Huawei Technologies).
 
The Industry Program specifically dedicated to Industry Practitioners includes 2 CTO Forums focusing on the evolution of technology and challenges for emerging countries and 14 moderated business panels featuring representatives from various Industry giants like Samsung, Nokia, Intel, Microsoft, NEC, China Mobile, NTT Docomo addressing issues facing 5G, IoT and shared spectrum.
 
The Technical Program includes 19 tutorials, 14 workshops and a comprehensive symposia featuring 967 oral and poster presentations grouped into 13 thematic symposia, and more than 15 parallel sessions. Specific presentations will target next generation research in device-to-device communications, self-organizing networks, green communications and computing, millimeter wave communications, content centric network design, vehicular networks, Internet security, video streaming, data storage, game theory, routing and reliability, and big data networking, among hundreds of other topics.
 
Registration is open, and discounts are available through 25 April 2016. To register or learn more about the conference, please visit http://icc2016.ieee-icc.org.
 
 
Not a ComSoc Member? Join now and receive a 50%* discount on IEEE ComSoc membership and receive your New Member Welcome Kit at ICC 2016!
 
Join today as a ComSoc professional member for US$15.00* or a student member for just US$7.50*. After you sign up online, be sure to bring your confirmation email to pick up your New Member Welcome Kit at the IEEE ComSoc Booth in the Exhibition Hall. We look forward to welcoming you to ICC 2016 and to the IEEE Communications Society community!
 
*IEEE membership is an additional cost. Discount will be applied at check-out. Offer valid through 15 August 2016.
 

 

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What's Coming Up in May from ComSoc Training?

What's Coming Up in May from ComSoc Training?

3 Dynamic Live Online Courses in May
designed to help you meet the challenges in today's ever competitive wireless industry. 

 
4 May - 10:00 am to 2:00 pm EDT
Fundamentals of 4G Small Cell Deployments
Instructor: Jonathan Levine
 
11 May - 9:00 am to 4:30 pm EDT
Machine-to-Machine (M2M) Essentials
Instructor: Lee Vishloff
Learn More and Register
 
18 May - 10:00 am to 2:00 pm EDT
Wireless Evolution of the Overall Network Architecture
Instructor: Jonathan Levine
 
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Limited Seating
For more information, visit www.comsoc.org/training
 

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Download White Paper: mmWave Battle of the Bands

Download White Paper: mmWave Battle of the Bands
mmWave: Battle of the Bands
 
Abstract: 
 
Every year the number of wireless-enabled devices and the amount of data consumed continue to grow at an exponential rate (53 percent CAGR 1). As these devices create and consume more data, the wireless communications infrastructure that connects them must evolve to support the demand. Increasing the spectral efficiency of a 4G-based network is not enough to deliver the step function in data rate necessary for the three high-level 5G use cases as defined by 3GPP2, to provide ubiquitous, instantaneous mobile broadband data. Recognizing this, researchers have been looking to higher frequencies as a potential solution. Positive results from early channel-sounding work are refocusing the world’s wireless standardization bodies on how next-generation 5G wireless systems might incorporate and benefit from these new frequencies and wider bandwidths.  
 
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Live Webinar on 19 April: Create it – Make it Ubiquitous with 5G Standardization

Live Webinar on 19 April: Create it – Make it Ubiquitous with 5G Standardization
Future mobile networks will change everything about how we live, work, and interact.
This webinar series will focus on experiencing the Living Network –
how to create it through emerging 5G technologies and standards,
how 
to 
connect it through IoT interoperability and applications,
and how to live it through IoT and 5G use-cases.
 
LIVE WEBINAR:
 
Tuesday 19 April 2016, 11 AM EDT

Create it – Make it Ubiquitous with 5G Standardization
 
The wireless industry is highly focused today on designing the next generation of mobile communications technology, so-called “5G”, where this new Living Network is expected to have a transformative effect across many vertical industries. As with previous generations, standardization of mobile technology is a critical step in bringing together industry views and ideas, while ultimately ensuring that devices and networks are able to communicate with each other. Standardization efforts for 5G are already under way within the ITU-R, where a timeline and process for IMT-2020 has been established. Detailed specifications for new 5G radio interfaces are expected for approval within ITU-R by 2020. The 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) has recently kicked-off their next generation standardization efforts and is considered to be one of the primary standard bodies to submit candidate technology for IMT-2020 consideration.
 
The second webinar in InterDigital’s Creating the Living Network™ webinar series will bring together a panel of industry experts in 5G standardization to discuss their views on how 5G standards will unfold and what new technologies will likely be introduced. Specific topics to be addressed include 5G service requirements and their impacts on 5G networks, potential 5G Radio Access Network architectures and protocols, as well as 5G Physical-Layer/Air Interface design.
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Speakers:
 
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Michael Thelander, President, and Founder, Signals Research Group
Adrian Neal, Vodafone and Editor of 3GPP's SMARTER
Diana Pani, InterDigital and 3GPP RAN WG2 Vice-Chair
Matthew Baker, Nokia and 3GPP RAN WG1 Vice-Chair
Dexter Johnson, Moderator

 
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GE Digital, IEEE and Schneider Electric Join OpenFog Consortium Board of Directors

GE Digital, IEEE and Schneider Electric Join OpenFog Consortium Board of Directors
Affiliation with IEEE, Japan Country team, 17 new members and new workgroups expand fog computing initiatives on a global scale
April 12, 2016 08:53 AM Eastern Daylight Time
 
FREMONT, Calif.-- (BUSINESS WIRE) -- OpenFog Consortium (OpenFog) announces an affiliation with The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE); new Board Directors from GE Digital, IEEE and Schneider Electric; 17 new members; and its first country team in Japan, signifying the rapid growth and market interest in fog computing. The new members are leaders in fog computing research and technologies and will support OpenFog’s work to create an open reference architecture for fog computing that supports intelligence at the edge of an end-to-end IoT solution.
 
OpenFog and IEEE Communications SocietyGE Digital, IEEE and Schneider Electric have joined OpenFog’s Board of Directors, effective immediately. The new Board members are Greg Petroff, Chief Experience Officer at GE Digital; Pascal Brosset, Senior Vice President of Strategy & Technology, Schneider Electric Global Solutions; Dr. Douglas N. Zuckerman, IEEE Communications Society Past President and an IEEE Life Fellow; and Dr. Russell Hsing, Chair Professor of National Chiao Tung University in Taiwan and an IEEE Life Fellow.
 
“Cloud to edge to device integration and inter-operability, supported by the right standards, are key to the realization of the tremendous potential of Industrial IoT,” said Pascal Brosset, Senior Vice President of Strategy & Technology for Schneider Electric Global Solutions. “By joining the OpenFog Consortium, Schneider Electric reinforces its commitment to the development and adoption of such standards, in line with its pioneering adoption of open networking standards at the heart of automation architectures to bridge the IT/OT divide.”
 
“Breaking down the barriers of technology silos and supporting better integration of the various architecture efforts will be key to advancing the Industrial Internet,” said Greg Petroff, Chief Experience Officer for GE Digital. “Collaboration with the OpenFog Consortium will help unite the community around standards that drive integration toward solving the world’s toughest challenges.”
 
OpenFog’s new strategic affiliation with IEEE through its Communications Society will co-create and co-promote fog networking concepts and architectures and collaborate on marketing, education and standards initiatives. IEEE Communications Society President Harvey A. Freeman said “The IEEE agreement with OpenFog will strengthen IEEE's industry engagement in activities fostering the growth of this important technology area.” IEEE is the world’s largest professional organization advancing technology for humanity.
“This collaborative agreement with IEEE brings together a plethora of skills and experience that will lead to significant advancements in fog technology,” said Helder Antunes, chairman of OpenFog Consortium. “We anticipate more rapid progression towards our goal of establishing open architectures, along with education around best practices that will lead to industry innovation.”
 
Additionally, the first OpenFog country team was launched in Japan. SAKURA Internet, the first OpenFog Contributing member in Asia, will chair two innovation areas. The first area is to promote growth of IoT scenarios in Japan and the second area is leading future testbeds in Japan. Other OpenFog members on the team include representatives from ARM, Cisco, Dell, Fujitsu, Intel, Microsoft and Toshiba. OpenFog regional teams meet in local time zones and languages, and focus on core regional initiatives, such as robotics.
 
“The industry is embracing OpenFog to lead in defining the next horizon of IoT transformation and architecture. Our newest Board members of IEEE, Schneider Electric and GE Digital will help us to accelerate in this direction,” said Jeff Fedders, president of OpenFog Consortium. “We are excited to welcome innovative stakeholders in the Japan region, with SAKURA Internet as the first contributing member from Asia to support our newly created Japan Country Committee along with our new influencing members Toshiba and Fujitsu. We are thrilled to have these IoT industry leaders bring their expertise to focus areas like industrial automation, robotics, and machine learning into the definition of fog architectures.”
 
“Fog computing will become the innovation to dramatically raise the value generated by the Internet and the computing power,” said Osamu Ogasahara, Fellow, SAKURA Internet. “The initiatives in OpenFog Consortium are essential to realize this innovation. SAKURA Internet is committed to contributing to the creation of new models such as the standardization of the data marketplace of the future along with its focus on Internet infrastructures.”
 
OpenFog workgroups continue to develop an open, interoperable architecture for fog computing, with focus on distributing the resources and services of computation, networking, storage and control across the Cloud to Things continuum. Following up on the release of its OpenFog architecture white paper, the Consortium has formed additional workgroups to address fog computing challenges in the areas of Communication, Security, Testbeds, Manageability and Software Infrastructure.
 
Joining in this work are the new Contributing Members GE Digital, SAKURA Internet and Schneider Electric. Other new members are Arizona State University, FogHorn Systems, Fujitsu, Georgia State University, MARSEC Inc., National Chiao Tung University, Nebbiolo Technologies, PrismTech, Real-Time Innovations, Dr. Steven Low of California Institute of Technology, Stichting imec Nederland, Toshiba, Vanderbilt University and Wayne University.
 
The next OpenFog meeting will be held at Princeton University, in Princeton, New Jersey, May 17-18th. Keynotes will include Dennis Strigl, former President and Chief Operating Officer of Verizon Communications; representatives from DARPA, National Science Foundation, the U.S. Airforce Research Laboratory; and prominent researchers from academia.
 
About OpenFog
 
Formed by ARM, Cisco, Dell, Intel, Microsoft and Princeton University in November 2015, the OpenFog Consortium has a global membership representing the leading thinkers and pioneers in fog computing technologies and deployments. For more information, visit www.openfogconsortium.org or on Twitter @openfog.
 
Contacts
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Jennifer Kupferman, 510-492-4027
 

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ComSoc New York Chapter Hosts Embedded System Technical Session That Benefits Engineering Students

ComSoc New York Chapter Hosts Embedded System Technical Session That Benefits Engineering Students
By Bonnie Tran, Richard Sam and Warner Sharkey, P.E.
 
On March 30th, the ComSoc NY Chapter kicked off its 2016 theme "Communications Engineering for Embedded Systems" with a presentation on Voice over Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) and MEMs directional microphones. The session was held at Columbia University, Hamilton Hall and was presented by Technical Fellow, Mr. Tom Hopkins – who has been with STM for 35 years as an applications engineering manager and Manager of IoT Systems, Dr. Mateo Fusi – who is operating in the East AME Region (East Coast USA and Canada) for STM. 
 
NY Chapter
ST Microelectronics (STM) - headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland - is a leading global semiconductor company and is among the largest in the world. Their spectrum of hardware-software products support advanced connected solutions in industry sectors such as automotive, energy and IoT. The company is entering the market of wearable technology and part of their portfolio is the STM32Cube, a comprehensive software tool that significantly reduces development efforts, time and cost. With a wide range of free libraries, users can indulge in a variety of projects.
 
The BLUEVOICELINK1, an expansion software package for STM32Cube, runs on the STM32 ARM. It includes drivers and middleware for Bluetooth Low Energy (BlueNRG) and MP34DT01-M digital MEMS microphones. The expansion is built on STM32Cube software technology to ease portability across different STM32 microcontrollers. The software comes with examples of implementation of the drivers for X-NUCLEO-IDB04A1 and X-NUCLEO-CCA02M1 when both are connected to a NUCLEO-F401RE. 
 
The NUCLEO-F401RE is an STM32 Nucleo board. It enables users to build prototypes with any STM32 microcontroller line. During the session, Mateo and Tom used the NUCLEO-F401RE board along with MEMS microphones and BLE modules to demonstrate the transmission of Voice over BLE and the beam-steering capability of their microphone software. 
 
Processor boards
As part of the demo, Tom spoke into a MEMS microphone module and his audio drove the speakers placed on the other side of the table. Then he turned the microphone 90 degrees and showed that the speakers turned silent. This demonstrated that, although the microphones captured his voice regardless of the angle, the beam-steering software filtered the voice signals based on the directions they came from. Another demo illustrated the Voice over BLE capability. The Bluetooth connection was set up between a smartphone and one of their sensor modules. As Mateo spoke into the module, equipped with a microphone, his voice commands to the smartphone, running voice recognition software, controlled music audio.
     
Warner Sharkey
 
As the session ended, more than half of the thirty-three students who attended received two sets of ARM processor boards along with the Bluetooth and Microphone MEMS boards for their own use and learning, courtesy of STM. And as more companies enter the realm of IoT and open-source software and hardware, thinkers and innovators will have an ever-increasing array of tools to choose from.
 
Chair: Warner Sharkey - cruisingsailor@ieee.org 
Vice-Chair: Richard Sam - richard.s.sam@ieee.org 
Secretary: Praveenkumar Khethavath - pkhethavath@lagcc.cuny.edu
Interim Treasurer/WIE and Student Coordinator: Bonnie Tran - bt2389@columbia.edu
ComSoc NY Web Site: http://ny.chapters.comsoc.org/
 
 

 

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Webcast: Massive MIMO Technology Insights and Challenges (Sponsored Content)

Webcast: Massive MIMO Technology Insights and Challenges (Sponsored Content)

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Massive MIMO Technology Insights and Challenges
 
Explore Massive MIMO — a new technology expected to be deployed in 5G!
 
In this Webcast, you will learn what massive MIMO really means:
Is massive MIMO just MIMO with more antennas?  
Can massive MIMO be added to existing communications standards?  
Will massive MIMO only be used at millimeter frequencies?
What are some of the issues that will impact the performance of massive MIMO?
How could Massive MIMO be deployed in 5G communications Systems?  
How can massive MIMO systems be tested?
 
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Ensure That You Have Rights to Use Photos and Images

Ensure That You Have Rights to Use Photos and Images

Staff and volunteers/members must ensure they have the right to use any photo or image on any website, marketing materials, etc. before doing so. IEEE has recently fielded an increasing number of inquiries regarding potential unauthorized use of photographs. 
 
IEEE's status as a not-for-profit organization does not exempt it from the requirement to obtain permission to use copyrighted images. With so many images available on the internet, it is easy and tempting to download and use images. However, this can lead to issues that must be resolved later. 
 
Before using any photo or image, be certain you have permission. Some tips for avoiding issues include the following: 
  • ComSoc has a license to use photos from two stock image libraries (Getty Images and ShutterStock) and can provide guidance on how to use the image in accordance with the terms of the license which may include a limitation on sharing and distribution.
  • Only use images when the rights are clearly known (i.e., the person posting it took the picture themselves).
  • Do not use images found by searching on the internet (Google, etc.).
  • Do not use any photographs if the permissions are unclear or unknown. Copyright holders have greater access to photo search tools so searching for reuse of a photo is a simple task. More and more, people are making the effort to protect their intellectual property. IEEE Legal has settled many claims by legitimate copyright holders resulting from alleged unauthorized use of photos. 
IEEE encourages both staff and volunteers/members to respect copyright laws and not infringe on the intellectual property rights of others. Take the steps to secure permission in every instance.
 
Please contact the ComSoc Marketing staff (http://www.comsoc.org/about/staff) with any questions.

 

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