Topic: "How Wireless Took Me Out of Computer Science and into
the Real World"
Thursday, March 30, from 5:15 PM until 6:30 PM
University of Wisconsin
Computer Science Department 1210
W. Dayton St.
RSVP: Please Register at the IEEE Madison Section event
Non-member guests are always welcome.
Parking: Lot 17and Union South lots are the closest.
link for space availability.
Talk: More, different, and
When I was working at various network, security, and firewall
companies as an undergraduate, that was my mantra. Unfortunate
obstacles like unreliable networks, wireless or otherwise, were mere
externalities that our clever code would deal with. We thought we
were good at catching all the exceptions: we were, after all, UNIX
and C rockstars.
At some point, that attitude changed. It became increasingly clear
that outages and failures were simply part of the larger
Inter-networking world, especially in the context of the
externalities we so emphatically wanted to ignore. That motivated me
to start asking fundamental questions about the nature of
communications systems, especially popular ones like wireless and
Fast-forward 20 years, and here I am -- still working on improving
fundamental aspects of wireless systems.
If you're interested in applying your skills to an ever-growing,
valuable business sector, this is the presentation for you.
Especially when contrasted by a backdrop of many protracted or
stalled "fiber to the X" projects in the US.
Since not every engineer gets to work with wireless systems every
day, I'll cover some wireless data network history, along with a few
general topics in wireless data systems. I'll then move on to
describe the extra "stuff" you might encounter in designing and
running a truly mobile network, weaving in personal experiences I've
had in operating 5NINES' 4G network in the Madison, Wisconsin
Finally, I'll present some of the latest cutting-edge wireless
research that the UW WiNGS lab has been conducting with 5NINES,
paying special attention to how we use a single 4G WiMAX & LTE
network to co-operate a functional mobility network that supports
experimental work alongside normal Internet access users.
Bio: Anton is an energetic, broadly experienced technology
executive focused on developing and deploying high value, cutting
edge communication networks. Over the past 10 years as CTO and
partner at 5NINES LLC, Anton has become internationally recognized
as a uniquely gifted expert in wireless networking. He’s pioneered
ultra-low-latency radio communication for high frequency trading
firms, and as a principal at Windy Apple Technologies Inc., he
co-designed, deployed, and operated a point-to-point, long haul
microwave network, spanning the 700+ mile distance between Chicago
and New York City. Previous to Windy Apple, the only other company
to deploy a terrestrial microwave network of this scale was
AT&T. Anton has also applied his insights most famously in the
realm of Internet routing security, where he was featured in a 2008
WIRED article titled “Revealed: The Internet's Biggest Security
Hole.” Past experience includes technical systems and intellectual
property valuation for M&A in the Internet Service Provider and
Mobile Network Operator industries..
ECN Meeting: "Entrepreneurs and Consultants Meetup"
Topic: Your Activities
Thursday, April 6th, 11:45-1:00 PM
2100 Winnebago Street
Talk: Be prepared to give give a brief introduction
to what you do ("Elevator Speech"). This is your
opportunity to discuss your company, or your consulting
Cube at The WSM"
Event: Family Fun Event and Technical Talk on the
Ice Cube Project
Saturday, April 29th, from 9:00 AM until 2:00 PM
Museum opens at 9:00 AM and closes at 3:00 PM
Lunch at 12:00 Noon
Technical Talk at 1:00 PM
Speaker: Professor Francis Hazen of the IceCube Project
Talk: The IceCube Project
Pizza and a Drink -- Free!
Wisconsin Science Museum
211 N. Carroll St., Madison, Wisconsin
Building: Madison College Downtown Campus
Room Number: 6th Floor South
RSVP: Please Register at the IEEE Madison Section event
Non-member guests are always welcome.
Member Donations: IEEE Madison will Match them (up to a
Event: This is a Family
Event along with a Technical Talk and a Benefit for the Wisconsin
Science Museum. Bring the whole family to explore the
Wisconsin Science Museum and enjoy a lunch on us. For those
more technically interested, stay for the technical talk about the
NSF-Sponsored IceCube Neutrino Detector now operational in
Talk: IceCube is the world’s largest neutrino
detector, which encompasses a cubic kilometer of ice at the South
Pole Station in Antarctica. It is a huge particle detector that
records the interactions of a nearly massless subatomic particle
called the neutrino. IceCube searches for neutrinos from the most
violent astrophysical sources: events like exploding stars,
gamma-ray bursts, and cataclysmic phenomena involving black holes
and neutron stars. It is a powerful tool to search for dark matter
and could reveal the physical processes associated with the
enigmatic origin of the highest energy particles in nature.
In addition, exploring the background of neutrinos produced in the
atmosphere, IceCube studies the neutrinos themselves; their
energies far exceed those produced by accelerator beams.
Speaker: Dr. Francis Hazen is a theoretician studying
problems at the interface of particle physics, astrophysics and
cosmology. Since 1987, he has been working on the AMANDA
experiment, a first-generation neutrino telescope at the South
Pole. AMANDA observations represent a proof of concept for
IceCube, a kilometer-scale observatory recently completed.
The IEEE-Madison Section has formed a panel of volunteers who will
review applications for elevation to Senior Member. There many
benefits to Senior Member status including recognition, executive
leadership, letters of commendation, and a gift certificate and
Senior Member Plaque. Also, Senior Members get to review
others for Senior Membership. If you are interested in
elevation to Senior Membership, follow the detailed instructions in
Membership Details Link. Then send an email to the Section
Chair ( tjkaminksi (at) ieee.org ) with a copy of the resume
submitted. Your resume will be reviewed and forwarded to the
panel for approved references.
January LMAG Meeting: The
January LMAG event was a tour of the UW Helically Symmetric
Experiment (HSX) laboratory with an introductory presentation,
Optimized Stellarators in the Path toward Fusion Energy, by Dr.
David T. Anderson, the director of the laboratory. A
stellarator is a device used to confine hot hydrogen plasma with
magnetic fields in order to sustain a controlled nuclear fusion
reaction. David gave an excellent summary of the concepts and
history of fusion research up to the very latest German stellarator.
The talk was followed by an excellent tour given by Dave and
graduate student Laurie Stephey.
The HSX apparatus is a UW designed and constructed stellarator.
It consists of a stainless steel tubular containment vessel
surrounded by magnetic field coils distributed around the path of
the vessel. The overall shape of the containment tube is a torus,
but the tube cross sectional shape is roughly triangular with large
radius corners, the closed path of the tube deviates from a
generally circular path and the tube itself is twisted helically.
The exact shape and placement of the components are the essentials
of the HSX stellarator design.
The hydrogen plasma is heated by microwaves. The current for the
field coils is supplied by a flywheel energy storage system. Energy
is accumulated gradually and then released as a 200 millisecond,
13,400 amp pulse of current. A variety of instruments and computer
software is used to acquire and analyze the characteristics of the
plasma in the stellarator. Additional instruments and computers are
used to control and monitor the operation of the stellarator
February Section Meeting:
Dr. Thomas Jahns gave a talk to a packed room on his vision for a
re-imagined power grid. He discussed the advances in key
technologies including microgrids and energy storage, that are
resulting in rapid increases in the installed electric power
production in industrial plants as well as in commercial and
residential buildings. This new distribution system architecture
provides a promising framework for distributed energy resources to
deliver the same services as we now receive from our current grid
system at competitive rates, with reduced power losses, lower
emissions, and improved reliability. Dr. Jahns also discussed the
WEMPEC program that provides a world-renowned consortium of
companies that provide power systems components and enabling
The March Section Meeting
is being held jointly with the Computer Sciences Department at
UW-Madison. Anton "Tony" Kapela will give a talk based on his
experience gained through practical considerations in the design
of Wireless Networking for 5Nines (link here).
He has been collaborating on NSF-supported primary mobility
networking research, via connection with the UW "WiNGS" lab at
UW-Madison. Tony also designed and implemented a Chicago to New
York City wireless network in 2010. The purpose of that network
was to "beat" the velocity of propagation of single-mode fiber
optic cable (typically .6 to .7 of (c)) by using free-space radio
waves (6 GHz FCC part 101 licensed band), relaying across some 17
tower sites, landing on either end atop tall buildings in each
metro area. At the time, the best time to beat was 13.3
milliseconds round-trip -- he got the latency down to under 9.9
milliseconds by 2011 with under $2M of initial investment. This
should be an interesting talk, merging the practical with the
theoretical and loaded with war-stories.
The April joint IEEE-Madison Section and LMAG meeting
is planned as a Family Event with a visit to the Wisconsin Science
Museum and a technical talk on the IceCube Neutrino Detector Array
in Antarctica. This is also your opportunity to support the
Wisconsin Science Museum with a tax-deductible donation
that will be matched by the IEEE-Madison Section (up to a
limit!). Make it a family fun day with a visit to the Farmer's
Market (in session that Saturday), a visit to the museum including
a free lunch, and a great technical talk. Find out how
burying strings of detectors into a kilometer-scale ice cube
produced the world's biggest neutrino detector.
The Wisconsin Society of Professional Engineers, in conjunction withe
the IEEE-Milwaukee Section is putting on a seminar on Project
Management that will give 8 PDH Hours. IEEE-Madison has agreed
to partially fund the cost of the seminar for IEEE-Madison Members who
attend. For details about the conference see the Milwaukee IEEE
Section link here. If you elect to
attend, contact CJ Gervasi for the partial reimbursement ( cgervasi
(at) fourlakestechnology.com ).
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you have a meeting topic that you would like to see us host and
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