Date: August 15th, 2018

Time: 6pm – 8pm (food catering 6-6:45pm, technical presentation 6:45-8pm)

LocationSpaces Works Levi’s Plaza, 1160 Battery Street East, Suite 100, San Francisco, CA 94111

Tech Talk: Toward the Next-Generation Neural-Machine Interfaces (NMI) for Electromyography (EMG)-Controlled Neurorehabilitation (jointly w EMBS SF)

SpeakerXiaorong Zhang, PhD of SFSU, Assistant Professor in Intelligent Computing & Embedded Systems

Dr. Xiaorong Zhang is currently an Assistant Professor in the School of Engineering and the Director of the Intelligent Computing and Embedded Systems Laboratory (ICE Lab) at San Francisco State University. She has broad research experience in human-machine interfaces, neural-controlled artificial limbs, embedded systems, and intelligent computing technologies. She is a recent recipient of the NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award to develop the Next-Generation Neural-Machine Interfaces (NMI) for Electromyography (EMG)-Controlled Neurorehabilitation.  She is a member of IEEE and the Society of Women Engineers (SWE). She has served in the professional societies in various capacities including Associate Editor of the IEEE Inside Signal Processing E-Newsletter, Co-Chair of the Doctoral Consortium at 2014 IEEE Symposium Series on Computational Intelligence, Faculty Advisor of the SWE SFSU chapter, and Program Committee Member of various international conferences. She received her bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering from Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China in 2006, and her master’s and Ph.D. degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI in 2009 and 2013, respectively.

Session Abstract: This talk will mainly introduce Dr. Xiaorong Zhang’s research project recently awarded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The lives of millions of patients worldwide are severely impacted by upper extremity loss or impairment. An emerging technology, electromyography (EMG)-based Neural Machine Interface (NMI), offers enormous potential in the restoration of function through neuroprosthetics for this population, including amputees, stroke survivors, and cerebral palsy patients. The technology senses bioelectrical signals from muscles, interprets them to identify the intended movement of the patient, and makes decisions to control neurorehabilitation applications (e.g., a prosthetic limb). While neurorehabilitation system design has progressed remarkably over several decades, no system is currently capable of meeting all desired technical specifications for commercial and clinical implementation. Dr. Zhang will discuss the applications, challenges, design methods, and future trends of EMG-based NMIs mainly from a computer engineering perspective.


Date: July 18th, 2018

Time: 6pm – 8pm (food catering 6-6:45pm, technical presentation 6:45-8pm)

Location: Spaces Works Levi’s Plaza, 1160 Battery Street East, Suite 100, San Francisco, CA 94111

Tech Talk: Economic Thinking of Communication Networks

SpeakerJianwei Huang, PhD, FIEEE of Chinese University of Hong Kong

Dr. Huang is the co-author of 9 Best Paper Awards, including IEEE Marconi Prize Paper Award in Wireless Communications in 2011, the IEEE Communications Society Young Professional Best Paper Award in 2017, and Best (Student) Paper Awards from IEEE WiOpt 2015/2014/2013, IEEE SmartGridComm 2012, WiCON 2011, IEEE GLOBECOM 2010, and APCC 2009. He has co-authored six books: “Wireless Network Pricing,” “Economics of Database-Assisted Spectrum Sharing,” “Monotonic Optimization in Communication and Networking Systems,” “Cognitive Mobile Virtual Network Operator Games,” “Social Cognitive Radio Networks,” and “Radio Resource Management for Mobile Traffic Offloading in Heterogeneous Cellular Networks.” He received the CUHK Young Researcher Award in 2014 and IEEE ComSoc Asia-Pacific Outstanding Young Researcher Award in 2009.

Dr. Huang has served as an Editor of IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking, Editor of IEEE Transactions on Network Science and Engineering, Editor of IEEE Transactions on Cognitive Communications and Networking, Editor of IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, Editor of IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications – Cognitive Radio Series, Editor and Associate Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Communications Society Technology News. He has served as a Guest Editor of IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications, IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid, IEEE Network, and IEEE Communications Magazine. He also serves as a Co-Series-Editor of Wiley Information and Communication Technology Series, an Area Editor of Springer Encyclopedia of Wireless Networks, and a Section Editor for Springer Handbook of Cognitive Radio.

Dr. Huang has served as Chair of IEEE Communications Society Cognitive Network Technical Committee, Chair of IEEE Communications Society Multimedia Communications Technical Committee, and a Steering Committee Member of IEEE Transactions on Multimedia. He has served as or will serve the General/TPC/Symposium Co-Chairs of IEEE ICC 2020, NetGCoop 2018/2014, IEEE WiOpt 2018/2017/2012, IEEE SDP 2017/2016/2015, IEEE ICCC 2015/2012, IEEE SmartGridComm 2014, IEEE GLOBECOM 2017/2013/2010, IWCMC 2010, and GameNets 2009. He is the recipient of IEEE ComSoc Multimedia Communications Technical Committee Distinguished Service Award in 2015 and IEEE GLOBECOM Outstanding Service Award in 2010.

Session Abstract: Today’s communication networks are highly complex, carry heterogeneous traffic in diverse environments, and are often owned by multiple profit-making entities. To successfully maintain, optimize, and upgrade such large distributed networks, it is important to design new economic incentive mechanisms as well as develop new technologies. The market deregulation of the telecommunication industry in many countries makes such economic consideration even more urgent, as there are often conflicting goals between the regulators and the commercial operators.

We will first illustrate how economics can help us better understand the networking industry reality, predict user behaviors, envision new network services, and provide policy recommendations. Then we will focus on the case study of incentive mechanisms for user-provided networks (UPNs). UPNs is a new communication paradigm, which enables users to improve their communications experiences by exploiting the diverse communication needs and resources of other users. The success of UPNs, however, relies on carefully designed incentive mechanisms that effectively encourage users’ voluntary participations and cooperations. We will introduce a new paradigm of cooperative video streaming based on the concept of UPN, where mobile users crowdsource their Internet connectivities and adaptively choose video downloading sequences and streaming qualities. We will introduce a multi-dimensional auction framework, which effectively incentivizes users to cooperate in a distributed fashion.

Jianwei Huang is an IEEE Fellow, a Distinguished Lecturer of IEEE Communications Society, and a Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researcher in Computer Science. He is a Professor and Director of the Network Communications and Economics Lab (, in the Department of Information Engineering at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He received Ph.D. from Northwestern University in 2005, and worked as a Postdoc Research Associate at Princeton University during 2005-2007. His main research interests are in the area of network economics and games, with applications in wireless communications, networking, and smart grid.


Date: January 31th, 2018

Time: 6:30pm – 8:30pm (food catering 6:30-7:15pm, technical presentation 7:15-8:30pm)

Location: Synapse Product Development, 640 Bryant St, San Francisco, CA 94107 

Tech Talk: 5G: Ready or Not, Here It Comes

Speaker Jay S. Banwait: Jay received his B.S. in Physics from King’s College University of London, England and his Master’s Degree from Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, California. He spent the early part of his career as a RF/Microwave Designer, Project Lead and Program Manager at various RF/Microwave instrumentation companies including Gigatronics and Anritsu. He has worked on the design and development of passive and active RF/Microwave component designs covering frequencies up to 80 GHz. In addition, to System and Sub-System development catering to both the commercial and defense markets. In the late 1990’s, Jay was active in transceiver design in a number of start-ups catering to the high volume low cost communication markets of Wireless Local Loop, WiFi and Bluetooth. He moved to Northrop Grumman ESL Labs in San Jose CA in early 2003 and took on the position of the RF Department manager. He was later promoted to the Electrical Engineering Section Manager managing a multidisciplinary team of Engineers on the Design and Development of RF/Microwave Subsystems for the Aero defense Industry. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE and has served on several IEEE Technical Program Committees in addition to positions in the local MTT chapter, IEEE Santa Clara ExCom and steering committees for the International Microwave Symposium. He is currently the Co-chair for IMS 2025 that will be held in San Francisco.

Session Abstract: The 3GPP specification committee recently solidified the first phase of the 5G specifications and with it the big unknown for 5G has shifted from what 5G will be, to how will 5G be implemented. Turning 5G standards and ideas into functional commercial products creates a whole new set of challenges ranging from designing new ICs with integrated antennas for mmWave communications to new test methodology to test systems with integrated phased arrays or massive numbers of antenna elements. This presentation will share an update on how the understanding of 5G is progressing  and its impact on future challenges from both a business and technology point of view.


Date: December 13th, 2017

Time: 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Location: Santa Clara, CA 95052

Tech Talk: Amateur Radio Satellite

Speakers Michelle Thompson & Jeffrey Pawlan

Session Abstract: The open-source movement in software and hardware has dramatically changed our engineering culture and economy for the better. With open-source on the ascendancy, and all the obvious advantages, amateur radio seems to be the perfect place for open-source software to triumph. Amateur radio experimenters have access to and an increasingly large amount of involvement within one of the most interesting and powerful open source projects in the radio world: GNU Radio. The amateur radio service includes satellites. The history of amateur satellite service in the United States dates back to 1961 when the satellite Oscar 1 hitch-hiked a ride to space along with a government spy satellite. Quietly, hams pursued a half-century long, astonishingly successful private space program that is still little-known outside of ham radio today, but has launched over 80 satellites, almost all of them as hitch-hikers along with other payloads that were the main purpose of the launch. The challenge that we face as amateur satellite developers is that Communications satellites were regulated as munitions under ITAR for many years. ITAR is the International Traffic in Arms Regulations. Both amateur and commercial satellite development in the United States were very negatively impacted by ITAR. Open Source development, which we pursue, is all about openness and sharing. This talk will cover the impact of regulatory decisions on the collaborative history of AMSAT, the current efforts to get back on track within AMSAT, how one particular AMSAT project was restructured to avoid ITAR, and how both AMSAT-DL and AMSAT-NA are working together to implement an amateur-radio centric open source version of DVB-S2 for use in amateur satellite payloads and satellite simulators. Technical details of the DVB-S2 and S2X protocol will be discussed. This project is called Phase 4 Ground and is ongoing.


Date: July 12th, 2017

Time: 6pm – 8pm

Location: Santa Clara, CA 95052

Tech Talk: 5G: Technologies and Standards

Speaker Liangping Ma of InterDigital, Inc.

Session Abstract: The buzz word 5G has generated a lot of excitement recently. But what is 5G? How is it different from the existing standards such as LTE and Wi-Fi? In this talk, we give an overview of 5G. We then focus on several key technologies of 5G, including waveforms, numerology, channel coding and beamforming, and explain how they may deliver the promised performance by diving into a use case — Remote Surgery.


Other recent IEEE events in San Francisco:

Meeting of the Executive Committee was held on July 12, 2018

Meeting of the Engineering in Medicine & Biology Society was held on June 26, 2018

Meeting of the Executive Committee was held on June 14, 2018

Meeting of the Executive Committee was held on May 10, 2018

Meeting of the Engineering in Medicine & Biology Society was held on May 4, 2018

Chapter of the Engineering in Medicine & Biology Society was formed on April 2, 2018 ieee/sf-embs

Meeting of the Executive Committee was held on March 29, 2018