Date/Time: Thursday, August 10th, from 11:45 AM
until 1:00 PM
Speaker: Tom Kaminski.
Bring Your Own
Location: Sector67 2100
RSVP: Please Register at the IEEE Madison Section event
Non-member guests are always welcome.
Talk: Inexpensive System-On-a-Chip devices have
radically changed the application of digital signal processing to
common problems. The Raspberry Pi has now become the third
most prevalent general purpose computer (after the PC and Apple
devices) in the world. It can also be used to implement
instruments and serve as a system integration device. Tom will
discuss what you need to produce a product or a device for home
use. In particular, he will demonstrate several audio
devices, the Raspberry Pi 3 and Pi Zero devices, and a
RaspberrryPi controlled robot (Turtlebot 3) running ROS.
Speaker: Tom Kaminski is a retired instructor of
Automation from Madison College. He has been working on using SoCs
to solve system integration problems for years and has several
products using SoCs under development, including a Sonic Boom
recorder for use by NASA.
LMAG Meeting: "Prairie du Sac Hydro Tour"
Event: Hydro Plant Tour
Date/Time: Thursday, September 7th, from 3:30 PM
until 5:00 PM
Tour Guide: Amanda Blank, Alliant Energy
Location: Prairie du Sac
Carpool from West Towne Mall at 2:00 PM
RSVP: Please Register at the IEEE Madison Section event
The tour is limited to 24 people
Carpool?: Please contact
Tom Kaminski if you can drive others
Tour: The planned September Life Member Affinity
Group event is a tour of Alliant energy’s Prairie du Sac
Hydroelectric plant on Thursday September 7th from 3:30 to 5:00
PM. The plant is located about one mile north of Prairie du Sac.
It operates 8 generators with a total capacity of about 31
megawatts. The Prairie du Sac Dam is about 40 feet high and the
total water flow rate is about 10,000 cubic feet per second. The
9500 acre Lake Wisconsin is formed by the dam. The plant was put
into service in September 1914.
The tour is planned to start with a presentation by Amanda Blank,
the plant manager. After the presentation we will have a guided
tour of the plant including the generator floor, control room and
bus room. Additional personnel will provide information and answer
questions about those areas. The tour will conclude with the
outdoor features of the facility.
Carpool transportation to and from the dam is being organized. Due
to liomited on-site parking, Tom Kaminski, Chuck Cowie and Dave
Jensen have volunteered to take about 9 additional people. The
tour can accommodate a maximum of 24 people. Three or four
additional volunteers may be needed. Contact Tom Kaminski
(firstname.lastname@example.org) if you can drive. The planned departure time
is about 2:00 to 2:45 PM from West Towne Mall.
The June ECN Meeting
featured a talk by Dominic DiMarco, formerly of MobleIgniter, an
IoT startup. He gave us an annotated tour of his professional
career as an Entrepreneur, using specific events in his career to
make a point about being an Entrepreneur. Dominic stressed that
there are many more aspects of the career than being a
technologist. He emphasized the need to sell and make connections,
encouraging everyone to join LinkedIn instead of Facebook,
especially young professionals. Also, he explained that you must
"pay it forward" by agreeing to help others as you have been
helped. You never know when the connections you make will be
needed. He detailed how he used his experience and connections to
arrive at his current position. Dominic also discussed his
experience trying to produce a product "PooPuppets" (details here)
based on printing a comic drawing on a pet refuse bag. He
literally called over a hundred US manufacturers and got no
response. He posted requirements on a Chinese site and got many
responses in days, selecting one for the manufacturing effort.
June Section Meeting Talk: Dr. Bandara Gamini gave a talk on
collaborative Robots and their use in industry. This new class of
robots is now being offered by a number of auomation systems vendors
in order to work more cooperatively with humans. There are two very
important differences compared to the older generation robots.
First, they operate safely without the need for extensive cages or
guard space, and second, they are much easier to program. Several
examples were given of robot programming where the "programing"
consisted of guiding the robots by hand through the operations
rather than using a "pendant" for programming. Also, videos of
operating robots showed them slowing down to safe speeds when humans
approached, and stopped quickly when humans touched them.
Dr. Gamini also related his experience in working with companies to
use these new robots, Discussions with the audience revealed
that in many cases, companies can afford the capital cost of the
robots, but do not have the trained manpower to program and maintain
them. The new robots might change that dynamic.
The August ECN meeting was moved to allow the speaker more
time to prepare the demonstration. Note
the date change for that meeting. Sorry about the late
announcement of the event. The
September LMAG Tour has a limited number of participants, so
please sign up as soon as possible. Also, if you can drive
others to the Prairie du Sac site, please contact Tom Kaminski
(email@example.com). Scott Olsen is preparing a joint IEEE
Section/UW-Madison Student Branch Barbeque pig roast at Lucky's 1313
Brew Pub on September 15th. Stay tuned for more information.
The September Section Meeting will tentatively be on an
overview of railroad electrification, especially its economics. It
seems that the BNSF has a repeating five-year cycle to re-evaluate
Micro Volunteers: Do you have
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have a meeting topic that you would like to see us host and could find
a speaker. Maybe you have time to call a few members who might
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