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.  


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

Join us for an evening with Kyle Smaagard at the Bakken Museum in Minneapolis next to Lake Calhoun. Kyle will be 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.

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Utepils Brewery Tour and Roving Social - TWIN CITIES SECTION on 26-April-2017

Join us for a Brewery Tour and social with IEEE! This latest Roving Social (Roving - meaning that we rotate around the Twin Cities) will be at Utepils Brewery in Minneapolis. Join us for a private tour of Utepils Brewery to see the brewing process and tools of the trade.

Then join us for some free drinks and food while we talk with other professionals from around the Twin Cities. Yeah free! As a benefit to our members.

Hope to see you there!

Please RSVP so we can order the correct amount of food and plan our purchase of drinks. Click "Register Now" under the "Registration" section.

Utepils Brewery Information

Utepils is a Norwegian word that encapsulates “the longing and anticipation for the first beer enjoyed in the sunshine.” As Minnesotans, we know the feeling of longing for the end of winter hibernation. There’s nothing like stepping outside with a good beer to celebrate spring and renewal of life. That’s the Utepils moment. (And with the right beer and the right people, a Utepils moment doesn’t have to wait until spring—it can happen any time.)

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Twin Cities I&M April Chapter Meeting - TWIN CITIES IM09 CHAPTER on 20-April-2017



Thursday, April 20, 2017

4:00 – 6:00PM



Century College

FabLab (Room 2650)

3300 Century Avenue North

White Bear Lake, MN 55110




Tim Grebner from Century College will talk to us about their Engineering program as well is their Digital Fabrication Lab.  We will also get a chance to hear from some of the current students as they talk about some of their projects. 


A tour of the Century College Digital Fabrication Lab will be provided.



Kevin McCalib, Century College FabLab Manager



Since 1966, MTS has worked side-by-side with engineers in a wide range of industries to solve complex challenges. Today, their high-performance testing and sensing solutions are deployed around the world, enabling precise control of forces and motions as well as real-time feedback that optimizes performance.



Food and beverages will be provided. 



Park in the visitor spaces or anywhere in the parking lot. Enter the 2nd floor (really the “main” floor) by walking UP the entrance ramp to the front doors on the correct floor. Go left in the main hallway (west) to the FabLab rm 2650.



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Overview of RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) technologies - TWIN CITIES SECTION on 12-April-2017

Dr. David Carta will provide an overview of RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) technologies used in the Automatic Identification and Data Capture field. He will specifically focus on RFID in the LF (125kHz), HF (13.56 mHz) and UHF (900MHz) frequency ranges. He will discuss practical uses of RFID as well as cover a variety of features and benefits, as well as dispensing with some myths.

A lite dinner will be available.  Please RSVP for accurate planning.

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