January Newsletter

IEEE-MSN Newsletter


Madison Section

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Vol. 21, No. 1 Serving
IEEE Members of South Central Wisconsin
January 2018
  • Upcoming Events

    • January 
      Meeting: “Challenges & Solutions in IoT End-Point Security”

        Expert in Io=T for Biomedical Devices

        • Topic: Challenges & Solutions in IoT End-Point Security:
          A Case for Implantable Medical IoT
      • Joint IEEE-Student Branch/EMB18 Chapter Professional Meeting
      • Date:  Thursday, January 25th at 4:45 PM
      • Dinner:  Pizza and a Drink
      • Fee:
        Members: $5, Guests: $5, Students Free
        • Location: 
              Engineering Hall, Room: EH2535
              1415 Engineering Drive
              Madison,  WI
      • Please Register at the IEEE-Madison 
        event page
      • Non-member guests are always welcome.

        Talk: Implantable medical IoT devices are used for
        monitoring, diagnosis, and therapy of an ever-increasing range
        of medical conditions, leading to improved quality of life and
        outcomes for patients. Advances in the use of implantable
        medical IoT devices have been accompanied, and in great part
        enabled, by increases in their functional complexity, wireless
        connectivity to allow for post-deployment monitoring, and
        programmability to allow therapy to be tuned to the evolving
        needs of each patient. These factors have also led to a rapid
        growth in concerns about security and reliability of
        implantable medical IoT devices, as underscored by recent
        trends in warnings and recalls of these devices due to
        failures, and a series of successful attacks on them
        demonstrated by academic researchers and the hacker community.
        The unique usage models of implantable medical IoT devices,
        and the need to provide very high levels of security and
        reliability under very stringent resource constraints, set
        them apart from other classes of computing platforms.

        In this presentation,Dr. Kim will present the security and
        reliability challenges faced by designers of implantable
        medical IoT devices, and two techniques for improving the
        security and reliability are introduced. First, a zero-power
        contactless signal probing technique is introduced. Long-term
        signal monitoring for continuous physiological data collection
        and device status monitoring for improved reliability is
        enabled by inductively coupled circuits with no active power
        consumption. Second, a vibration-based physically secure
        communication technique is presented. Mechanical vibration has
        a short transmission range and is highly perceptible, and thus
        it is suitable as an auxiliary channel for exchanging a
        cryptographic key to establish a secure wireless channel.

    • February
      ECN  Meeting: “2018 Kickoff Meet and Greet”

        Meet and Greet

      • Entrepreneurs and Consultants Network Meeting
        • Professional Meeting
        • Date:  Thursday, February 8th at 11:30 AM
        • Fee:
          • Location: 
                2100 Winnebago Street
                Madison,  WI
        • Snacks and Drinks are available at Sector67
        • Please Register at the IEEE-Madison 
          event page
        • Non-member guests are always welcome.

        prepared to give give a brief introduction to what you do
        (“Elevator Speech”).  This is your opportunity to discuss
        your company, or your consulting expertise.

    • Section News

      • Section

      • 2018 Officer Election Results:
        Chair: Tom Kaminski, Vice Chair: Nate Toth, Treasurer: Charles
        Gervasi, Secretary: Steve Schultheis, with Clark Johnson, Dennis
        Bahr, San Rotter, and Craig Heilman as Member at Large. 
        Congratulations to the elected officers.

      • Meeting

        December ECN Meeting:  
        Several people presented their interests and “tech toys” for
        the meeting.  Jack Kissingler, a new member of IEEE
        (welcome, Jack!) showed a PIC-microcomputer based device
        that mimicked a cat’s ability to follow a sound.  The
        device used a pair of microphones and a fast ADC to
        correlate the direction of sound arrival and drive a servo
        to move the cat’s head.  Scott Olsen brought in an
        InfraRed camera and explained how he uses it to find wasted
        energy in facilities.  He mentioned that the cameras
        used to cost many tens of thousands of dollars, but are now
        in the range of a consumer pocketbook as attachments to cell
        phones.  Also shown was a weather sensor network
        complete with a 3D printed sensor housing that looked like a
        bird house, a Turtlebot 3 robot, and an add-on Matrix
        Creator Raspberry Pi hat.

        December Social Event: Twenty-five people attended an
        evening meeting/election event at Brasserie V on Monroe
        Street.  After a brief election, the evening turned to
        a social event, honoring the IEEE-Madison Volunteers. 
        Many thanks to our volunteers.  For 2017, they were Tom
        Kaminski – Chair,/ECN Chair/Newsletter Editor, Scott Olsen –
        Vice Chair, Charles Gervasi – Treasurer, Steve Schultheis –
        Secretary, Nate Toth – Webmaster, Dennis Bahr – Engineering
        in Medicine and Biology Chapter Chair,  Chuck Kime –
        Life Member Affinity Group Chair, Charles Cowie – Life
        Member Affinity Group Vice Chair, David Jensen – Life Member
        Affinity Group Secretary,  Members at Large: Clark
        Johnson, Craig Heilman, Dennis Bahr, Sandy Rotter.

        January, 2018 Life Member Affiliate Group Meeting:
        Professor Barmish gave an excellent presentation on his
        research into algorithmic stock trading and showed some of
        the results that he and his graduate students have attained.
        His primary interest is in applying control theory to stock
        trading using simple
        based on the current value and past history of the stocks to
        be traded. First, he motivated his interest in not using
        predictive models, because models do not do well under
        extreme changes.  Second, he used illustrative examples
        of historic stock data to see how different algorithms
        behaved.  Using Apple, Inc. stock, he showed how day
        traders would have performed poorly using daily trades and
        not holding the stocks.  The best strategy would have
        been to buy-and-hold the stocks for the period discussed. A
        simple control algorithm would have fared better, but not as
        well as the buy-and-hold for the period. Dr. Barmish also
        discussed some of the practical issues, such as where you
        get historic data and how you can manage to defer trading
        fees with a big enough investment. He encouraged everyone to
        try it and join in with his research group if you are
        Barmish Algorithmic Trading

    • Upcoming Meetings

      January Joint Meeting:
      Sorry about the short notice. The “Internet of Things (IoT)”
      presents a new opportunity for low-cost, flexible device
      connection. Please join us at UW-Madisno Thursday, January 25th to
      hear about some of the security issues as Professor Kim from the
      Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the
      University of Wisconsin-Madison,tells us about the research at the
      Wisconsin Embedded Systems and Computing (WISEST) Lab.

      Future Meetings: A February 22nd section meeting at
      MG&E at 5:00 PM on Power quality is planned.  In late
      February or Early March, a talk on UAVs from the regulatory and
      perspective will be given by Chris Johnson.  Chris is
      teaching a new course at the College of Engineering “Introduction
      to UAVs”. A March 15th meeting at ETC on Lighting is in the works
      as well.  The LMAG group is planning a talk by Andrea Hicks
      of the UW Energy Group on energy life cycle awareness and rebound
      effect. Sometime in May, a 2-hour seminar on Ethics (suitable for
      your Wisconsin PE License Renewal) will be held. 

    • Regular Meetings

      • Section Meetings

        The third Thursday of January through May, and September through
        December is reserved for a meeting to provide recent research,
        developments, trends and/or innovations in one of our membership’s
        technical areas.

      • Life Member
        Affinity Group

        The first Thursday of January, March, May, September and November
        is reserved for a meeting on a topic selected from a broad range
        including such areas as technology, science, history, culture and

      • IEEE-MSN-ECN
        Networking Meetings

        • Purpose: Presentations, Discussions, networking
        • Date: First Thursday of even-numbered months
        • Time: 11:45 AM to 1:00 PM
        • Location: Sector67, 2100 Winnebago Street (East Side of
        • Parking: Park in lot or on Winnebago Street.
        • Process: Members are encouraged to make introductions,
          describe endeavors, and make request for: contacts in target
          companies, needs, resources.
    • Membership Upgrades

    • Those interested in upgrading their IEEE membership level should send
      their resumes or other information showing five years of significant
      performance in an IEEE-designated field to Charles J Gervasi via email
      at cj(at)cgervasi.com. Madison Section Board will attempt to find
      Senior IEEE members knowledgeable in the applicant’s area of practice
      who may be able to provide references. You are invited to attend the
      informal networking portion of the monthly Section meetings (starting
      at 11:30am) to meet the Section Board members and discuss intentions.

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    • Madison IEEE Section

      The IEEE-Madison Section of the IEEE is a section in Region 4 of the
      IEEE-USA organized to serve IEEE members in the Madison, WI area
      with over 600 members. The 2017 Officers and Board Members are Tom
      Kaminski – Chair, Nate Toth – Vice Chair, Charles Gervasi –
      Treasurer, Steve Schultheis – Secretary, Nate Toth – Webmaster, Tom
      Kaminski – ECN Chair, Dennis Bahr – Engineering in Medicine and
      Biology Chapter Chair,  Chuck Cowie – Life Member Affinity
      Group Chair, San Rotter – Life Member Affinity Group Vice Chair,
      Scott Olsen – Membership Development Chair,
      Members at Large: Clark Johnson, Craig Heilman, Dennis Bahr,
      Sandy Rotter.

    • Job Openings

      Check out WIEES.com
      for electrical engineering jobs in Madison and the surrounding
      region. This site is maintained as a service for electrical
      engineers. Jobs are displayed starting with the most recent postings
      first. You can filter results by location and job type. If you are
      hiring an electrical engineer in our area, for full-time or contract
      work, you can post the job in the Contact
      on the WIEES.com site.

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    • Contact Us

      The IEEE-Madison Section has a number of volunteer positions open
      if you are interested in helping out. Please direct any questions
      or comments to Tom Kaminski (Newsletter Editor) via email to

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