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GRSS 2016 STRATUS WORKSHOP on Oct 28th at RIT!

GRSS 2016 STRATUS workshop on October 28th at RIT.
GRSS 2016 STRATUS workshop on October 28th at RIT.

2016 Systems and Technologies for Remote Sensing Applications Through Unmanned Aerial Systems (STRATUS) Workshop.

Date: 28 October 2016

Time: 08:00 AM to 05:00 PM

A one day workshop held in the Louise Slaughter Hall, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY

The emergence of low-cost and easy-to-use Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), commonly referred to as drones, has lead to an explosion of their use for numerous applications. In particular, these new platforms have enabled new imaging and earth remote sensing technologies and applications previously unavailable due to the high cost of manned aircraft or satellites. This workshop will bring together academics, industry representatives, and domain specialists to share perspectives on this rapidly evolving topic.


Rochester Section – Western NY Image and SignalProcessing Workshop Nov 18, 2016

Date: 18 November 2016

Rochester, NY


The 19th annual Western New York Image and Signal Processing Workshop (WNYISPW) will be held on November 18th, 2016 at the SLA (078) building at Rochester Institute of Technology.  The WNYISPW is a venue for promoting image and signal processing research and for facilitating interaction between academic researchers, industry researchers, and students. The workshop comprises both oral and poster presentations (see attached call for papers).


For more information:

Workshop website:


Paper submission:


Important dates:

Submission of paper/poster:         New deadline!  October 31, 2016 

Early bird registration ends:          November 4, 2016

Conference date:                           November 18, 2016


Keynote Speakers

Dr. Jiebo Luo, Department of Computer Science at University of Rochester, "Video and Language"


Video has become ubiquitous on the Internet, TV, as well as personal devices. Recognition of video content has been a fundamental challenge in computer vision for decades, where previous research predominantly focused on understanding videos using a predefined yet limited vocabulary. Thanks to the recent development of deep learning techniques, researchers in both computer vision and multimedia communities are now striving to bridge videos with natural language, which can be regarded as the ultimate goal of video understanding. We will present recent advances in exploring the synergy of video understanding and language processing techniques, including video-language alignment, video captioning, and video emotion analysis.


Professor Jiebo Luo joined the University of Rochester (UR) in 2011 after a prolific career of over fifteen years at Kodak Research Laboratories. His research spans computer vision, machine learning, data mining, social media, biomedical informatics, and ubiquitous computing. He has published extensively in these fields with 270+ peer-reviewed papers and 90+ granted US patents. He has been involved in numerous technical conferences, including serving as the program chair of ACM Multimedia 2010, IEEE CVPR 2012, and IEEE ICIP 2017. He has served on the editorial boards of the IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence (TPAMI), IEEE Transactions on Multimedia (TMM), IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems for Video Technology (TCSVT), Pattern Recognition, ACM Transactions on Intelligent Systems and Technology (TIST), Machine Vision and Applications, and Journal of Electronic Imaging. He is a Fellow of the SPIE, IEEE, and IAPR. He is a Data Science CoE Distinguished Researcher with the Georgen Institute for Data Science at UR.

Dr. Jason Yosinski, Geometric Intelligence, "A Deeper Understanding of Large Neural Networks".


Deep neural networks have recently been making a bit of a splash, enabling machines to learn to solve problems that had previously been easy for humans but hard for machines, like playing Atari games or identifying lions or jaguars in photos. But how do these neural nets actually work? What do they learn? This turns out to be a surprisingly tricky question to answer — surprising because we built the networks, but tricky because they are so large and have many millions of connections that effect complex computation which is hard to interpret. Trickiness notwithstanding, in this talk we’ll see what we can learn about neural nets by looking at a few examples of networks in action and experiments designed to elucidate network behavior. The combined experiments yield a better understanding of network behavior and capabilities and promise to bolster our ability to apply neural nets as components in real world computer vision systems.


Jason Yosinski is a researcher at Geometric Intelligence, where he uses neural networks and machine learning to build better AI. He was previously a PhD student and NASA Space Technology Research Fellow working at the Cornell Creative Machines Lab, the University of Montreal, the Caltech Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and Google DeepMind.

His work on AI has been featured on NPR, Fast Company, the Economist, TEDx, and on the BBC. When not doing research, Mr. Yosinski enjoys tricking middle school students into learning math while they play with robots.


Invited Industry Partners

Allison Gray, NVIDIA, "Deep Learning with GPUs"; and

Ken Cleveland, Mathworks. "Deep Learning with Matlab".


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37th IEEE Sarnoff Symposium – Newark, New Jersey Sept 19-21, 2016


Date: 19-21 September 2016

Newark, New Jersey 

The 37th IEEE Sarnoff Symposium

We are pleased to announce that IEEE Sarnoff Symposium 2016 will be held at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), September 19-21, 2016. The advent of Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization (NFV) has introduced a paradigm shift in telecom and networking. Internet of Everything (IoE) with concomitant advances in Wireless, Wireline and Data Center network technologies have fostered ubiquitous network connectivity. The entire networking and telecom ecosystem comprising of Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), Silicon Providers, Independent Software Vendors (ISVs), System Integrators and Service Providers has been impacted by this change. Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) are intersecting in unique ways to provide value added services to various vertical industries such as Energy and Utilities, Healthcare, Transportation, Retail, Media and Entertainment, Finance and Public Safety.


While keeping the focus on research in core network technologies from academia and inviting submissions from ecosystem stakeholders, IEEE Sarnoff Symposium 2016 will also provide the platform to cover the perspectives of vertical industries. Keeping this in mind, our Call for Papers encompasses a wide variety of topics covering theory, application and practice and has a broad appeal for researchers and practitioners alike.


Through a series of keynote talks, invited talks, technical paper presentations, panel sessions, tutorial sessions, industry exhibits and poster sessions, IEEE Sarnoff Symposium will bring together leading researchers and practitioners in academia and industry to deliberate, discuss and share findings on leading edge research, implementation experiences and challenges. 


Please visit here for more information:



PE/IAS Tour of the New University of Rochester Substation and the Cogen Plant on October 27

PES/IAS tour of the UR Substation, and the Cogen Plant - Oct. 2016.
PES/IAS tour of the UR Substation, and the Cogen Plant - Oct. 2016.
PES/IAS tour of the UR Substation, and the Cogen Plant - Oct. 2016.
PES/IAS tour of the UR Substation, and the Cogen Plant - Oct. 2016.
PES/IAS tour of the UR Substation, and the Cogen Plant - Oct. 2016.
PES/IAS tour of the UR Substation, and the Cogen Plant - Oct. 2016.

Date: 27 October 2016

Time: 04:30 PM to 06:30 PM

500 Kendrick Rd

Rochester, New York



The Power and Energy/Industry Applications Society took a tour of the new University of Rochester Substation on Kendrick Rd, and the Cogen Plant on Elmwood Ave.

We had 14 participants, (of which 11 were IEEE members, and 3 guests).   We had several of the local engineering firms represented, a few professors, and a few students.

Steve Mischissin and Mike Yergeau were our guides at the Substation, and Richard Gardner conducted the tour at the Cogen. 

September 27th, Computer Science and Computational Intelligence Societies presents “Analysis of Bitcoin Network Structure and Anonymity Characteristics”

September 27th, 2016, 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm, 70-2500

Sponsored by Rochester IEEE Joint Chapter of Computer Science and Computational Intelligence

Golisano College of Computing & Information Sciences
20 Lomb Memorial Dr, Rochester, NY 14623
Rochester, New York
United States 14623
Building: Building 70 – GCCIS Building
Room Number: 70-2050


In 2008 a paper published under the name Satoshi Nakamoto describes a system for anonymous and decentralized electronic cash called Bitcoin. The Bitcoin network uses a proof-of-work scheme to verify transactions, which are then saved in a permanent ledger called the blockchain. This decentralized system is said to provide anonymity. In this talk, we will discuss the overall structure of the Bitcoin network and what privacy and anonymity implications lie within.

Short Bio

Liam Morris is a Site Reliability Engineer at Google and an alum of the RIT Computer Science department. His academic interests focus primarily on cryptography, especially with homomorphic cryptosystems, privacy, and anonymity. In 2015 he completed his BS and MS in Computer Science with his thesis, “Anonymity Analysis of Cryptocurrencies.” Liam is currently a visiting faculty member in the Hampton University Computer Science department.

Please contact Bo Yuan for more information (

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Product Safety! RG&E Live Line Demonstration! October 14th

RG&E Live Line Demonstration


The demo will emphasize safety while working around high voltage equipment. 


Location: 1300 Scottsville Rd on Wednesday, 10/14 starting at 7:00 PM. No reservations required. Park on the south side of the building and the entrance is clearly marked.



Please contact David Krispinsky for more information (



2017-2018 IEEE-USA Science & Technology Government Fellowships

2017-2018 IEEE-USA Science & Technology Government Fellowships


Connecting Engineers & Scientists with Public Policy


Congressional Fellowship – Seeking two U.S. IEEE members interested in spending a year working for a Member of Congress or a congressional committee.


Engineering & Diplomacy Fellowship – Seeking one U.S. IEEE member interested in spending a year serving as a technical adviser at the U.S. Department of State.


Engineering & International Development Fellowship – Seeking one U.S. IEEE member interested in serving as a technical advisor to the U.S. Agency for International Development.


The Fellowships run from September 1 to August 30 every year. For eligibility requirements and application information, go to



The application deadline for 2017-2018 Fellowships is

23 December 2016.



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Washington Internships for Students of Engineering (WISE)

Connecting Engineers & Scientists with Public Policy Since 1980


Each year, IEEE selects three outstanding engineering student members to participate in the nine-week WISE program in Washington, D.C.  Students discover how government officials make decisions on complex technological issues, while also learning how engineers and scientists can contribute to legislative process and regulatory decision-making.


The WISE Program is ranked as one of the best Internship opportunities in the U.S. by the Princeton Review.


IEEE-USA, IEEE Life Members, and IEEE Technical Activities Board collectively support IEEE’s participation in the annual WISE program. For more information on the program and application forms, please visit:


Deadline for the 2017 program

31 December 2016


WISE Summer 2017 program dates

June 5 – August 4



pdf icon 2017-WISE-student-internships.pdf

40th IEEE EDS Activities in Western New York Conference on Nov. 4th at RIT

Friday Nov 4th, 2016

Louise Slaughter Building on the RIT campus

(CIMS, Bldg. 78, Conference Rooms 2210-2220)

Rochester Institute of Technology

Rochester, NY

The focus of this conference is to bring engineers and researchers together to share information on a wide variety of topics related to microelectronic devices and systems.  The conference will be a joint event technically co-sponsored by the Electron Devices Society and the Photonics Society of the IEEE Rochester Chapter.  The conference will be held at RIT in the CIMS facility on the west side of the campus; please visit the following link:

The conference registration will be at 10:30AM, and the first invited presentation will follow opening remarks at 11AM.  There will be an afternoon coffee break / poster session, and a reception will follow the technical presentations.  The conference agenda will end at 5PM.

A luncheon will be served at noon to those that pre-register:

Invited Speakers:

 We are exceedingly pleased to have the following invited speakers for this event.   

Michael Shur, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, “Physics and limiting mechanisms of ultrafast response of field effect transistors”

Yiquan Wu, Alfred University, “Optical and Photonic Transparent Ceramic Materials”

Shadi Shahedipour-Sandvik, SUNY Polytechnic Institute

Siddharth Rajan, Ohio State University


Call for Posters:

 Abstracts are being solicited for poster presentations in microelectronics and photonics, especially those which promote research and development activity in Western New York.  Abstracts must be received by October 28th.  Submission can be done electronically to the emails below using MS‑Word or pdf formats.

EDS Conference co-chairs: 

Dr. Karl D. Hirschman, Electrical & Microelectronic Engineering

Dr. Jing Zhang, Electrical & Microelectronic Engineering  

Rochester Institute of Technology                                              

Ph. 585-475-5130

MTT/AP Societies 2016 IEEE International Conference on Antenna Measurements & Applications Focus on Antenna Systems on October 23-27, 2016 in Syracuse


The 2016 IEEE International Conference on Antennas and Applications (2016 IEEE CAMA) is an international conference sponsored by the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society (IEEE AP-S) to cover all areas related to Antenna Measurements in Controlled and Non-Controlled (In-Situ) Environments, Antenna Testing, Electromagnetic Measurement Techniques Including Systems Considerations, and all relationships of these areas to applications such as Electromagnetic Metrology, Scattering and Diffraction Measurements, Radar Measurements, Terrestrial and Space-Based Communications including Wireless, Mobile, Satellite and Telecommunications, Multi-Antenna Systems, Transmitting and Receiving Antennas, Electromagnetic Systems, Microwave, Millimeter-Wave and Sub-Millimeter Techniques and Technology, RFID, Inverse and Imaging Techniques, Industry Applications, Biomedical and Medical Applications, Civil Engineering, Geophysical Measurement Techniques, Homeland Security, etc.

Please register at the Conference website!