VTC2019-Fall Workshop 9
Enhancing Diversity in the Engineering World: Experiences, Views, and Suggestions
22 September 2019, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA.
The aim of this workshop is to enhance diversity in IEEE Vehicular Technology Society—and in the Engineering Community as a whole—by fostering the connection of women and other groups that represent minorities.
The workshop intends to create an opportunity for sharing experiences about the challenges faced by women and minorities in the engineering world, and views on how to enhance diversity and increase the presence of minorities at all stages of the engineering career.
This pioneering workshop will be an onsite interactive discussion. We encourage everyone to attend and contribute their experiences and ideas. Please contact the organizer for further details, and to discuss contributions.
|Travel Grant Application Submission Deadline:||September 5th, 2019|
|Travel Grant Award Notification:||September 9th, 2019|
Keynote Speakers and Panelists
Title: Reflections of a female wireless communications engineer
Sarah Kate Wilson earned her A.B. in Mathemathics from Bryn Mawr College and her Ph.D. in Electrial Engineering at Stanford University. She has worked in both academia and industry and is currently a Professor of Electrical Engineering at Santa Clara University. Her research area includes wireless radio frequency communications, visible light communications and underwater acoustic communications.
She served as the Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Communications Letters from 2009-2011, and has been an associate editor for IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, IEEE Communications Letters, IEEE Transactions on Communications and the Journal of Communications and Networks. She was the IEEE Communications Society Director of Journals for the term 2012-2013, overseeing four society journals and their Editors-in-Chief. She was the elected Vice-President for Publications for the IEEE Communications Society for the term 2014-2015, overseeing all journals, magazines and online content.
She has received the IEEE Education Society Harriett Rigas Award, the IEEE Women in Communications Engineering Service Award, the IEEE Communications Society Joseph LoCicero Award for Exemplary Service to Publications and is a Fellow of the IEEE for "contributions to Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing." She was the co-general chair (with Andrea Goldsmith) of the IEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference (WCNC) in 2017 http://wcnc2017.ieee-wcnc.org/ in San Francisco which was awarded the IEEE iCon award for the best IEEE Conference of 2017.
Olga Borić –Lubecke received the B.Sc. degree from the University of Belgrade, Belgrade, Yugoslavia, in 1989, the M.S. degree from the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, in 1990, and the Ph.D. degree from the University of California at Los Angeles, in 1995, all in electrical engineering. Since 2003, she has been with the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, HI, USA, where she is currently a Professor of electrical engineering. Prior to joining UH, she was with Bell Laboratories, Lucent Technologies, Murray Hill, NJ, USA, where she conducted research in RF integrated circuit technology and biomedical applications of wireless systems. From 1996 to 1998 she was a visiting researcher at the Institute of Physical and Chemical Research, in Sendai, Japan. From 1995 to 1996 she was a resident research associate at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA. She has authored or coauthored over 200 journal and conference publications, two books and several book chapters, and her research has been featured by various media outlets. She has two patents and is a distinguished member of the National Academy of Inventors, UH Chapter. Dr. Borić -Lubecke was co-recipient of the Emerging Technology Award at TechConnect 2007, and co-founded and served as Chief Technical Advisor for a start-up company, Kai Medical. She is also co-founder and president of Adnoviv, Inc. Her current research interests include RF and high frequency integrated circuits, wireless systems, biomedical applications, and renewable energy.
Dr. Boric-Lubecke was the adviser–author of several award-winning IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society (IEEE MTT-S) and IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMB-S) student papers. She served as the workshop chair for the 2003 IEEE IMS, technical program vice-chair for 2007 IEEE IMS, and technical program co-chair for 2017 IEEE IMS, and 2018 IEEE IMS technical program advisor. She served as associate editor for the IEEE Microwave and Wireless Components Letters from 2012 to 2015, and for IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques from 2015-2017. She currently serves as IEEE EMBC associate editor, and IEEE MTT Fellow Selection Committee Member.
Prof. Borić –Lubecke is an IEEE Fellow and Foreign Member of the Academy of Engineering of Serbia.
Title: We know what to do to increase diversity and inclusion in engineering; why don't we do it?
Dr. Laura Bottomley is an Associate Professor, Teaching in the Colleges of Engineering and Education at NC State University and the Director of Women in Engineering (WIE) and The Engineering Place (TEP) for K-20 Outreach. Under Bottomley, NC State’s Women in Engineering program is successfully boosting the number of women engineers in academia and industry. WIE was selected as the outstanding program for 2008 by WEPAN, the Women in Engineering Program Advocates Network and featured in ASEE Prism Magazine in 2015 for it success. In 2015 the Women and Minorities in Engineering Programs received the ABET Claire L. Felbinger Award for Diversity. With TEP, Dr. Bottomley and her colleagues reach more than 20,000 students, teachers and parents each year through camps for K-12 students, programs that send college students into schools, and teacher workshops in STEM and engineering for K-12 teachers.
Dr. Bottomley has served on numerous national committees including the National Assessment of Educational Progress assessment for engineering and technological literacy (NAEP TELS), various IEEE extension projects and with the National Academy of Engineering to guide the Implementation of K-12 Engineering. Among her recognitions are two Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics, Science and Engineering Mentoring Awards (PAESMEM) from the White House (one programmatic and one individual) and an Informal Education Award from IEEE. She was also inducted into the YWCA Academy of Women for her contributions to eliminating racism and empowering women, and, in 2012, was named one of 125 Transformational Women at NC State. She is a Fellow of IEEE and ASEE. Bottomley received her bachelor's and master's degrees in electrical engineering from Virginia Tech in 1984 and 1985, respectively. She received her Ph.D. in electrical engineering from NC State in 1992.
Carmela Cozzo is a Distinguished Engineer and Standards Expert at Futurewei. She has over 18 years of experience in research and standardization of wireless communications systems in leading telecommunications companies. She has actively contributed to the 3GPP standardization of 5G/4G/3G systems as RAN1 and RAN delegate. She is currently the rapporteur of NB-IoT and working on NR UE power saving and next release of 5G. Prior to this, she was with Ericsson Research where she focused on algorithm design of advanced receivers for HSPA systems. She holds a Ph.D. in EE from North Carolina State University, and a Laurea degree in EE from the University of Rome, Italy.
She is a Senior Member of IEEE, served as editor of the IEEE Transaction on Vehicular Technologies and as reviewer of major IEEE journals and conferences. She is the IEEE VTS Liaison to Women in Engineering Committee, and Chair of the IEEE VTS Committee on Women in VTS and Diversity. She holds several patents, has authored several IEEE papers and contributed to workshops/panels in wireless communications.
Title: My Walk With The Vivacious Other Gender - A Scientific Perspective
Lajos Hanzo has held industrial and academic posts in Hungary, Germany and the UK. Since 1986 he has been teaching and conducting research at the University of Southampton. He considers himself privileged that he has had the chance to collaborate with dozens of talented female scientists from diverse parts of the globe.
Title: Enabling Wireless Autonomous Systems
Nageen Himayat is a Director and Principal Engineer with Intel Labs, where she conducts research on distributed learning and data centric protocols over 5G/5G+wireless networks. Her research contributions span areas such as machine learning for wireless, millimeter wave and multi-radio heterogeneous networks, cross layer radio resource management, and non-linear signal processing techniques.
Prior to Intel, Dr. Himayat was with Lucent Technologies and General Instrument Corp, where she developed standards and systems for both wireless and wire-line broadband access networks. Dr. Himayat obtained her B.S.E.E degree from Rice University, and her Ph.D. degree from the University of Pennsylvania. She also holds an MBA degree from the Haas School of Business at University of California, Berkeley.
Dr. Peiying Zhu is an IEEE Fellow and Huawei Fellow. She is currently leading 5G wireless system research in Huawei. The focus of her research is advanced wireless access technologies with more than 200 granted patents. She has been regularly giving talks and panel discussions on 5G vision and enabling technologies. She served as the guest editor for IEEE Signal processing magazine special issue on the 5G revolution and IEEE JSAC on Deployment Issues and Performance Challenges for 5G. She co-chaired various 5G workshops in IEEE GLOBECOM. She is actively involved in 3GPP and IEEE 802 standards development. She is currently a WiFi Alliance Board member. Prior to joining Huawei in 2009, Peiying was a Nortel Fellow and Director of Advanced Wireless Access Technology in the Nortel Wireless Technology Lab. She led the team and pioneered research and prototyping on MIMO-OFDM and Multi-hop relay. Many of these technologies developed by the team have been adopted into LTE standards and 4G products. Peiying Zhu received the Master of Science degree and Doctor Degree from Southeast University and Concordia University in 1985 and 1993 respectively.
|2:00pm – 2:15pm||Opening Remarks, Carmela Cozzo, Futurewei|
|2:15pm – 2:45pm||Keynote Speaker #1, Katie Wilson, Santa Clara University|
|2:45pm – 3:15pm||Keynote Speaker #2, Olga Boric-Lubecke, University of Hawaii|
|3:15pm – 3:45pm||Keynote Speaker #3, Laura Bottomley, North Carolina State University|
|3:45pm – 4:15pm||Coffee Break|
|Panel: A diverse engineering world, Moderator: Carmela Cozzo, Futurewei|
|4:15pm – 4:30pm||Panelist #1, Lajos Hanzo, University of Southampton|
|4:30pm – 4:45pm||Panelist #2, Nageen Himayat, Intel|
|4:45pm – 5:00pm||Panelist #3, Peiying Zhu, Huawei|
|5:00pm – 5:30pm||Panel Discussion|
|5:30pm – 5:45pm||Concluding remarks: Alexander M. Wyglinski, IEEE VTS President|
NSF Travel Grants for US-based Graduate and Undergraduate Students
As part of NSF's commitment to maintain United States' research competitiveness and diversity, we are pleased to offer competitive travel grants to the Diversity Workshop at VTC2019-Fall in Honolulu, Hawaii.
|Travel Grant Application Submission Deadline:||September 5th, 2019|
|Travel Grant Award Notification:||September 9th, 2019|
Eligibility - Graduate students currently pursuing Ph.D. degrees in accredited higher education institutions in the United States will be eligible for a travel award funded by this grant.
Diversity - this travel grant will be reserved for promoting diversity in the student attendees of the VTS “Diversity in VTS” workshop. In particular:
- One-third (33%) of the travel awards will be reserved for women,
- One-third (33%) of the travel award will be reserved for underrepresented minorities including those who identify as African Americans, American Indians/Alaska Natives, and Latinos, and
- One-third (33%) of the travel award will be reserved for first-time attendees.
No more than one awardee per institution.Application Process
An application for a travel award will consist of:
- A letter from the student (required contents are discussed below),
- The student's vita, and
- A supporting letter from the student's graduate advisor.
The letter from the student should include:
- A brief summary of research interests and accomplishments to date,
- A description of areas reflected in the VTS “Diversity in VTS” workshop 2019 program that would impact the student's research, and
- A statement about why the Diversity in VTS workshop attendance is important to the student.
The advisor's recommendation letter to the committee should include:
- Confirmation that the student is a bona-fide Ph.D. or M.S. candidate in good standing at an accredited institution in the United States,
- The suitability of the VTS “Diversity in VTS” 2019 workshop program material to the student's research area,
- Ways this particular student would benefit from attendance at the conference, and
- The strengths and potential contributions of the student.
The grant will cover the following expenses per student (up to a maximum of $1000 per student):
- Economy airfare up to $600 USD (approximate domestic airfare cost on US carrier roundtrip to Honolulu airport)
- Lodging for up to three nights at $100 USD for one night
- Meals and incidentals at $50 USD per day for up to 2 days
If you have any questions, please contact Prof. Katie Wilson
Title: Market Participation of Electric Vehicles for Frequency Regulation Service Using an Aggregator
Plenary Speaker: Prof. Vincent Wong
Title: Enterprise Wireless Network Security and Protection
Abstract: Wireless networks have increasingly being used in our daily life because of being now available everywhere, for example, from airport, to restaurants, to coffee shop. One popular wireless local area networking (WLAN) technology is Wi-Fi, which is defined in IEEE 802.11 standards, also known as IEEE WLAN standards. Booming Wi-Fi networks, particularly millions of public Wi-Fi access or hotspots all over the world, are bringing tremendous convenience to our daily lives. The rapidly evolving Wi-Fi technologies have become ubiquitous, for example, allowing people to stay connected anywhere, anytime. However, it also suffers from several security problems. As the result, threat of unauthorized access has increased. Due to the growing importance of wireless security, there is an increasing demand for more secure means of securing wireless access within an enterprise wireless network. In this talk, I will first show that the existing security system deployed in an enterprise wireless network is not entirely safe due to a combination of vulnerabilities caused by the operating systems used by mobile devices, as well as misconfigured wireless network systems that pose huge security and privacy risks. One such highly practical attack uses a combination of attacking tactics, including fake Access Point (AP), Man in the middle, Denial of service, and Brute force attacks. The attack is called Evil Twin, which is used against Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) enterprise wireless networks. Then, I will propose a lightweight client-side solution for defending Evil Twin attack. Finally I will present my view of future directions in this research area.
Bio: Xiaodong Lin received the PhD degree in Information Engineering from Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, China, and the PhD degree (with Outstanding Achievement in Graduate Studies Award) in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Waterloo, Canada. He is currently an Associate Professor of Information Security with the Faculty of Business and Information Technology, University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT), Canada. His research interests include wireless communications and network security, computer forensics, software security, and applied cryptography. Dr. Lin serves as an Associate Editor for many international journals. He has served or is serving as a guest editor for many special issues of IEEE, Elsevier and Springer journals and as a symposium chair or track chair for IEEE/ACM conferences. He also served on many program committees. He currently serves as Vice Chair for Publications of Communications and Information Security Technical Committee (CISTC) – IEEE Communications Society (January 1, 2014 - December 31, 2015). He is a senior member of the IEEE.
Title: Harmonic Assessment and Mitigation for Systems with Mass-Distributed Harmonic Sources
Abstract: In recent years, the proliferation of energy-efficient but harmonic-producing home appliances has significantly changed the nature of power system harmonic problems. The main concerns nowadays are the harmonics produced by small, mass-distributed harmonic sources such as personal computers and energy efficient lights. The unique random and distributed nature of these harmonic sources brings new challenges to harmonic studies. Traditionally, harmonic assessment methods are developed to analyze the issues caused by large industrial harmonic loads. These loads usually have typical harmonic spectra and are concentrated in limited locations. Accordingly, traditional harmonic assessment methods are mostly deterministic and focused on the analysis of systems with dominant harmonic sources. As a result, they have difficulties in determining the collective impact of the harmonic-producing home appliances widely distributed in today's residential distribution systems. In fact, the collective impact of mass-distributed residential harmonic sources is quite substantial and has resulted in several power-quality issues. A critical one is that residential distribution systems are injecting a significant amount of harmonic currents into transmission systems. These currents may induce overloading of transmission capacitors, tripping of HVDC filters, increased incidents of transmission harmonic resonances and other problems. However, little research has been done to address this newly emerging critical issue. In this talk, I will discuss our recent research works on harmonic assessment and mitigation for systems with mass-distributed harmonic sources, focusing on a filtering scheme that utilizes the tertiary winding of a substation transformer and an analytical method for probabilistic modelling of secondary residential system. Several open issues will be identified at the end of this talk to inspire future research.
Bio: Hao Liang received his Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Waterloo, Canada, in 2013. From 2013 to 2014, he was a postdoctoral research fellow in the Broadband Communications Research (BBCR) Lab and Electricity Market Simulation and Optimization Lab (EMSOL) at the University of Waterloo. Since 2014, he has been an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Alberta, Canada. His research interests are in the areas of smart grid, wireless communications, and wireless networking. He is a recipient of the Best Student Paper Award from IEEE 72nd Vehicular Technology Conference (VTC Fall-2010). He served as the Technical Program Committee (TPC) Co-Chair for International Conference on Smart Grids for Smart Cities (SGSC) 2015 and the Student Travel Grant Chair for IEEE International Conference on Smart Grid Communications (SmartGridComm) 2015 and IEEE/CIC International Conference on Communications in China (ICCC) 2015. He was a TPC Member of various international conferences in both information/communication system discipline and power/energy system discipline, including IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC), IEEE Global Communications Conference (Globecom), IEEE VTC, IEEE Innovative Smart Grid Technologies Conference (ISGT), and IEEE SmartGridComm. He was the System Administrator of IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology (2009-2013).
Title: Achieving Near-Optimal Traffic Engineering in Hybrid Software Defined Networks
Abstract: Software Defined Networking (SDN) is an emerging networking paradigm which intends to merge networks into the age of the cloud, providing fine-grained control, simplified configurations, unprecedented flexibility and seamless scalability. However, due to many unresolved challenges as well as the deployment cost, network evolution to fully SDN systems will take a long time. In fact, SDN elements are incrementally deployed in enterprise networks, producing a transitional network form of hybrid SDN (H-SDN). An H-SDN system consists of traditional networking elements and SDN elements, accommodating both conventional traffic and SDN traffic. In this talk, I will introduce our study on traffic engineering (TE) in H-SDN, where the SDN controller strategically routes SDN traffic so as to optimize the TE performance over all network links shared with uncontrollable conventional traffic. We propose fast algorithms for the TE problems with provable approximation guarantees.
Bio: Wei Song (M'09-SM'14) received the Ph.D. degree in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON, Canada, in 2007. In 2009, she joined the Faculty of Computer Science, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, NB, Canada, where she is now an Associate Professor. Her current research interests include cooperative wireless networking, energy-efficient wireless networks, and device-to-device communications. She is the Communications/Computer Chapter Chair of IEEE New Brunswick Section. She is also an editor of IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology and Wireless Communications and Mobile Computing (Wiley).
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