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Upcoming Section Meetings

Twin Cities EMC Society Chapter Meeting - May 24th - TWIN CITIES EMC27 CHAPTER on 24-May-2017

EMC Laboratory Statistical Process Control (SPC)

Measurement system variability in a test laboratory can be a source of discomfort for the test engineer, the designer and management.  This is especially true in small development laboratories where there is a question of exactly what effect a design change had on system behavior.  The use of Statistical Process Control (SPC) methods to gage and track the variability of system measurements can provide confidence in the repeatability of the system setup, and in the data it produces. 

However, the use of SPC in an EMC Lab, especially for frequency domain measurements, requires decisions to limit the quantity of the data to avoid information overload.  To accomplish this careful selection of the measurement methods is essential.  


Posted on: 4/27/2017 01:26:09 PM


Practical Machine Learning - Handwritten Number Recognition on Android - TWIN CITIES SECTION on 25-May-2017

Join us for an evening at the Bakken Museum in Minneapolis next to Lake Calhoun for our quarterly IEEE Twin Cities Section meeting.

Kyle Smaagard will be our keynote speaker presenting on the process of creating an Android app that can recognize handwriting using machine learning. The talk is accessible to all skill levels and Kyle does an excellent job at explaining how machine learning works and providing a simple - and opensource - example showing how to do it.

  • A quick primer on multi-class classification machine learning
  • How multi-class classification applies to handwriting recognition
  • A quick dive into a working Android app that implements a a handwritten number recognizer

Although math is involved, don't let it scare you, we'll keep it fairly high level. The goal is to demonstrate how surprisingly easy it is to implement machine learning concepts!

A light dinner and beverages will be provided free of charge.

The event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP under the "Registration" link below to help us plan for food and attendance.

Bio of Speaker Kyle Smaagard

Kyle Smaagard is a former Air Force Officer and self-taught programmer. His knowledge is all over the place including:

  • Satellite construction
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Android Development
  • Machine Learning

He began learning Android Development in the Spring of 2011 in a bare concrete room and hasn't stopped yet. His apps on the Play store have been downloaded more than 350,000 times and he professionally develops Android applications on a freelance basis for Gigster. For his big boy job he works at an awesome company called SPS Commerce.

Posted on: 4/25/2017 08:14:55 AM


Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) Communication System for Medical Applications and Medical Body Area Network (MBAN) System - TWIN CITIES SECTION on 24-May-2017

Bluetooth® Low Energy (BLE) and Medical Body Area Network (MBAN) technologies have become promising options for wireless medical applications. However, increased body loss at the ISM frequencies utilized in a BLE communication system and common interference sources, including Wi-Fi, IoT, wireless power charging, microwave-ovens, etc. present challenges for medical applications. MBAN frequencies are also quite close to the ISM frequency band. In this seminar, both BLE medical system & MBAN system analysis will be presented. System and interference testing will be discussed. User-hand effects on the system performance and Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) will also be examined.  The seminar will include material presented on BLE & MBAN Communication Systems for Implants and Body-worn Devices at the FDA.

Location and Registration information can be found HERE.

Biography: Dr. David Nghiem is the Founder, President and CEO of Global Wireless Technology (GWT), Inc. Dr. Nghiem has spent many years in the telecommunication and medical industries, including Harris Corporation, Qualcomm, USA Wireless and Medtronic, and has become an industry leader in medical wireless telemetry systems. He was an Assistant Dean of the Cullen College of Engineering, and a Director of the Telecommunication Center at the University of Houston. Dr. Nghiem is also a senior IEEE member. He was the Chairman of the IEEE-MTT-S Twin Cities chapter. In 2016, Twin Cities IEEE Section has honored Dr. Nghiem’s outstanding engineering career with the IEEE Outstanding Engineer Award. On February 10th, 2017 Dr. David Nghiem also gave a seminar on BLE & MBAN Communication Systems for Implants and Body-worn Devices: Issues & Solutions at the Center for Devices and Radiological Health Office of Science and Engineering Laboratories - U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Posted on: 3/24/2017 12:54:23 AM


An Integrated Approach for Implantable Medical Devices Fatigue Reliability Test - TWIN CITIES RL07 CHAPTER on 13-June-2017

Implantable Medical Devices Fatigue Reliability Test

Posted on: 2/6/2017 07:04:29 AM