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SCV-SPS - 5/7 | Scale-space processing for Light Field Cameras - Light field scale-and-depth (Lisad) spaces, scale-space analysis, scale of objects... (AMD Sunnyvale, 6:30 pm)

SCV-TEMS - 5/7 | How to Hire the "A Team" - define the A team, why you are an unemployed A team member, how to pick out the A team on a non A team looking resume...(AMD Sunnyvale, 6:00 pm)

SCV-REL - 5/7 | Making Use of Reliability Statistics - ariability causes failures, statistics is the language of variability, find the resources to learn the statistical tools necessary to be successful... Food sponsored by I.C.E. Labs, ISO 9001 & 17025 Reliability Test Lab, www.rel-test.com. (Qualcomm, Santa Clara, 6:00 pm)

SCV-CS - 5/7 | Overview of HDR (High Dynamic Range) - Image Processing, Multimedia, Signal Processing, Computer Graphics... Cosponsored with Bay Area Multimedia Meetup (Microsoft, Mountain View, 6:00 pm)

SCV-CNSV - 5/11 | The USPTO and Silicon Valley: Opportunities for Engineers and Inventors - impact of the new Menlo Park Satellite Office (soon to move to San Jose), and the impact of the PTAB ... (HP, Palo Alto, 7 pm)

SCV-EMC and SCV-APS - 5/12 | Introduction to Antenna Calibration Methods: An overview of new antenna developments, related standards, calibration and what you need to know for efficient and compliant EMC testing - antenna calibration, measuring instrument, reference standard, traceability and measurement uncertainty... (SIEMIC test lab, Milpitas, 5:30 pm networking and light dinner, 6:30 pm presentation)

OEB-SPS - 5/13 | Signal and Image Sciences Workshop - Learning Tools for Big Data Analytics ... (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, HPC Innovation Center (HPCIC), 9 am to 5 pm)

SCV-PV - 5/13 | Long-Duration Energy Storage and PV: Renewable Energy's BFFs - critical parameters for configuring a PV and storage project to maximize value and returns, availability of long-duration storage systems ... (PARC, Palo Alto, 6:30 pm)

SCV-COMSOC - 5/13 | NFV, SDN, and the Need for Optimized Server and Processor Architectures - Software Defined Networks (SDN), Network Function Virtualization (NFV), evolution of cloud computing ... (TI, Santa Clara, 6:30 pm)

OEB-LMAG - 5/13 | Plans for the Future of the Group - Planning meeting, social purposes, technical achievement, active input wanted ... (Englander Sports Pub & Restaurant, 11:30 am)

SF-CS - 5/14 | Why you should pay attention to Go (golang) - unreliable VMs, talk to multiple databases, queues, caches, APIs; Go Language to solve problems... (Spunk, SF, 6 pm)

OEB-PES and ISA NorCal - 5/19 | Elect/I&C Design and Construction of a 750 foot-deep Slanted Well - Test wells to monitor and test water quality factors, Electrical and Instrumentation/Control aspects of the project ...
(RSVP By May 14th, Buttercup Grill and Bar, Oakland, 5:30 pm)

SCV-NANO - 5/19 | The Promise and Progress of NanoPhotonics - Quantum Dots and Photonic Crystals, Nanoscale optical electronics and sensors, Nanoscale Silicon Photonics,  Nanoplasmonics, Photonic Metamaterials ... (TI, Santa Clara, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm)

SCV-EDS - 5/19 | Nanoscale Vacuum Electronics - entirely and exclusively silicon technology, drive voltage of only 2 V, potential for THz electronics ... (TI, Santa Clara, 6 pm)

SCV-CS - 5/19 | NFIC: Smartgrid Ecosystems: Public and Personal - Smartgrid, Power, Optimization, Regulation, Solar..., Sponsors: IEEE SCV CS, NATEA-SV, Stanford Student IEEE (Stanford, 4:00 pm)

SCV-EMBS - 5/20 | The Voice of the Body — Samsung's Simband and SAMI - physiological sensors all on your wrist, cloud-based data platform for collecting data, open source hardware and software ... (Stanford University, 7:30 pm)

SCV-SPS - 5/21 | Perceiving Graphical and Pictorial Information via Hearing and Touch - use of hearing and touch for conveying graphical and pictorial information to visually impaired people. ... (AMD Sunnyvale, 6:30 pm)

OEB-IAS - 5/21 | Lessons Learned From Power System Failures - Electrical Failure Investigations - electrical power system failures, Lessons learned, improve system reliability.. (Zio Fraedos, Pleasant Hill, 5:30 pm)

SCV-CPMT - 5/21 | The Current Capabilities and Future Challenges of Acoustic Microscopy (AM) for 3D Interconnect & Underfill Inspection - C-SAM® systems, can be applied to 3D IC interconnect, especially in wafer bond quality, thickness, bow, warp, sori and flatness... (TI, Santa Clara, 11:30 am)

SCV-CE - 5/26 | Making Better Pixels - three key aspects of next generation consumer imaging, higher dynamic range and wider color gamut to generate better pixels... (NVIDIA, Santa Clara, 6:30 pm)

SCV SSCS - 5/28 | The Return of Neuro-Inspired Computing - Why Now? - Computational paradigms, interaction between neuroscience and information technology may lead to an exciting future ... (Maxim, San Jose, 6 pm)

SF-PES, SFSU, SF-IAS - 5/29 | Measurement, Safety, and Protection Workshop - Motor and Transformer Protection, Arc Flash Hazard Mitigation using Bus Protection Schemes, and Micro- synchrophasors.... (SFSU, The Annex 1, 8 am to 5 pm)

SV-HIST - 6/1 | EDA's pivotal role in development of fabless semiconductor industry - how EDA helped transform the semiconductor industry into the fabless semiconductor mode ... (Keypoint Credit Union, Santa Clara, 6 pm)

SCV-SPS - 6/3 | Computational Imaging: From Photons to Photos - Computational imaging, changing the rules of image capture, clever algorithms, dedicated hardware architectures ... (AMD Sunnyvale, 6:30 pm)

SCV-VTS - 6/3 | How Deep Learning will Enable Self-Driving Cars - algorithms for teaching machines to understand images, speech and video, "hierarchical representation" to get smarter... (nVidia, Santa Clara, 6:30 pm)

SCV-CS - 6/9 | Assembling Data and Predictive Analytics to Hiring and Team Assembly - Big Data Analytics, Management, Human Resources ... (Cadence, San Jose, 6:30 pm)

SCV-IMS - 6/9-11 | VNA Tools-Uncertainty Calculator Workshop - Vector Network Analyzers (VNAs), metrological traceability, error correction algorithms, ISO-GUM ... (Anritsu Company, Morgan Hill, 8:00 am)

SCV-CNSV - 6/11 | Annual CNSV Dinner Meeting: The Fairchild Patent Notebooks - Curating the Founding Documents of Silicon Valley - Fairchild Patent Notebook highlights, incl. Robert Noyce and Gordon Moore, a unique insight into the work and life of each author... (Turmeric Restaurant, Sunnyvale, 6:00 pm)

SF-NANO - 6/16 | An introduction to the 3D Subnanometer Compositionally Sensitive Technique of Atom Probe Tomography - Local Electrode Atom Probe (LEAP), semiconductor applications, advantages for yield and data quality ... (TI, Santa Clara, 12 noon)

SF-PES - 6/17 | Community MicroGrids - achieves higher penetrations of renewable energy with greater reliability and resilience...
(CPUC, San Francisco, 11:30 am)

OEB-IAS, SCV IAS-PES, SF PES - 6/18 | Large-Scale Microgrids Design and Deployment - design and deployment of large Microgrids, future of the electric grid reliability, integration....
(Zio Fraedos, Pleasant Hill, 5:30 pm)



UPCOMING CLASSES for Working Engineers
UCSC Extension in Silicon Valley - Engineering Classes
Conveniently located at 2505 Augustine Drive, Santa Clara, near the Great America Parkway / Bowers Ave exit off Hwy 101. Browse the full course listing at www.ucsc-extension.edu/engineering

Designing Networks and Systems for High Availability Starts Monday, June 15
C++ 11 Standard Programming: Advanced Topics and Gaming Project Starts Tuesday, June 16
Computer Networking Essentials Starts Tuesday, June 16
Linux Device Drivers, Advanced Starts Tuesday, June 16
System and Functional Verification Using UVM (Universal Verification Methodology) Starts Tuesday, June 16
Practical DFT Concepts for ASICs: With Nanometer Test Enhancements Starts Tuesday, June 16
Python Programming for Beginners Starts Wednesday, June 17
DSP Applications in Audio, Imaging, and Communications Systems Starts Wednesday, June 17
Switching and Routing Starts Wednesday, June 17
Web Applications Testing, Comprehensive Starts Wednesday, June 10
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The Electronic Materials Symposium is an inter-disciplinary conference that presents a broad spectrum of expert views on problems at the intersection of electronic materials and devices. The one-day symposium seeks to inform participants about challenges that excite today's materials scientists through a series of invited talks by experts in their respective fields.

The 43rd Annual Northern California Electronic Materials Symposium, which is co-sponsored with IEEE MBSS, will be held at Keysight Technologies Inc. in Santa Clara on Friday, May 22, 2015. The program features presentations on advanced electronic materials processing techniques and devices, and analytical techniques by outstanding speakers who have made significant contributions to their respective fields. Registration will begin at 8:00 am.

The following speakers will present. Please see the program for more details.
Dr. Bryan Jackson, IBM: Neuromorphic Computing
Prof. Subhasish Mitra, Stanford University: Nanoelectronics
Prof. Tony Heinz, Columbia University/Stanford University: 2D electronic materials
Dr. Bryce Meredig, Citrine Informatics: Materials Informatics
Krishna Parat, Intel: Advanced Memory Technology
Prof. Gerd Ceder, Massachusets Institute of Technology: Materials Informatics
Prof. Roger Falcone, University of California, Berkeley: Advanced Characterization
Lunch speaker: Dr. Milton Chang, Incubic



Fundamental Science, Innovations, Applications & Technology
CLEO: Laser Science to Photonics Applications [more]
    -- May 10-15, 2015     -- San Jose Convention Center
    -- 18 Training Courses, 22 Tutorials     -- 1900+ presentations
Complimentary Exhibits Pass, provides access to the Exhibit Hall with over 250+ participating companies and educational sessions on the show floor.   Short Courses: - Foundations of Nonlinear Optics   - Intro to Ultrafast Optics   - Frontiers of Guided Wave Nonlinear Optics   - Optical Terahertz Science and Technology   - Coherent MidInfrared Sources and Applications   - Plasmonics   - NanoCavity Quantum Electrodynamics and Applications   - Finite Element Modeling Methods for Photonics and Optics ... and many more.   Register by April 13 to save; More information and Advance Program: http://www.cleoconference.org/



EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY PCBA Debug Engineer
Meyer Sound Labs Inc. is a premier global supplier of professional audio products ranging from large scale stadium sound reinforcement systems to state of the art sound ambience synthesis and distribution systems. The company prides itself on attaining the highest achievable sonic fidelity to create the most realistic experience for its customers.

We are seeking an electrical engineer with proven track record in analyzing and repairing failed digital and analog circuits, spotting failure trends and communicating those trends to the assembly groups. The PCBA debug engineer has responsibility to support our Berkeley Digital Systems manufacturing and Field Service groups by analyzing and communicating the cause of circuit board and electronic chassis failures.

The successful candidate must be proficient to conduct root cause analysis in both factory and field PCBA failures, identifying trends, and taking action to resolve test yield issues. Please see the our website www.meyersound.com for more information on this and other positions. Send resumes to hr@meyersound.com.



Join the Computer History Museum - Half Price for IEEE Members! [www.computerhistory.org/]
The present rate for IEEE members to become a member of the Computer History Museum is 50% off the regular price. This applies to either the single, family or senior member rate. This special pricing is for IEEE members world-wide, negotiated by your Santa Clara Valley Section. Discounted family membership is $75; General membership is $37.50; for seniors/military, it's $30.
Register online at www.chmdeal.com(have your current membership number available, to get the discount), or call the CHM at 650-810-1010 during the day.



Region 6 is hosting a Career and Talent Expo June 1-30, 2015. This unique event will link IEEE members to companies looking for individuals with our members' skills and talents.
This virtual event, free for all IEEE members ($125.00 for non-members), will provide participants the opportunity to match not only their technical experience but also their personal skills, with companies with appropriate jobs to fill. A personal skills assessment tool is being provided to all Expos attendees, at no charge, to assist in the corporate interviewing and job benchmarking process. See http://ieee-region6.org/2015/career-and-talent-expo-2015/ for more information.



IEEE Membership Dues Are Now Half Price

Join IEEE this month and receive a special half-year dues rate. You will receive full membership benefits for the rest of 2015 when you join. That's ten months for the price of six.
Our members realize that IEEE membership offers unparalleled opportunities for career advancement, networking, and continuing education. It is the best investment you can make in yourself, no matter what stage you are at in your career. See what's waiting for you when you join IEEE.
Don't wait, join IEEE now to become part of the world's largest professional association for the advancement of technology. New members (or returning members with a lapse in service) joining between 1 March and 15 August are billed at half-off the full-year membership dues, and receive membership benefits through 31 December.

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CONFERENCE CALENDAR
CLEO: Laser Science to Photonics Applications, May 10-15, San Jose Convention Center
Medical Device Trends - Robotics & Accelerated Product Development conference , May 21, Santa Clara Convention Center
Electronic Materials Symposium May 22, 2015, Keysight Technologies Inc. in Santa Clara
Women In Technology International (WITI) Summit, May 31-June 2, DoubleTree Hotel, San Jose
Workshop on Civic Technology and Smart Cities, June 8th, San Francisco
Entertainment Technology in the Internet Age: The Race is On! , June 16 - 17, 2015, at Stanford University
Packaging and Integration of Electronic and Photonic MicroSystems (InterPACK), July 6-9, 2015, The Fairmont Hotel, San Francisco
Rock Stars of Cybersecurity October 27, 2015, San Jose
Rock Stars of Tech Startups November 10, 2015, The Village, San Francisco

CALL FOR PAPERS
Asilomar Conference, before May 1st; conference is November 8-11, Pacific Grove
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS
Workshop on Civic Technology and Smart Cities, before May 8th; conference is June 8th, San Francisco
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT COURSES
Besser Associates
UCSC Extension in Silicon Valley - Engineering Classes



Entertainment Technology in the Internet Age: The Race is On! June 16 - 17, 2015, at Stanford University

ETIA-2015-Logo The convergence of connectivity, bandwidth, and technology improvements is rapidly expanding entertainment distribution over the web to the living room, mobile, and beyond. Often scoffed at as an inferior entertainment platform, the web is now poised to leapfrog traditional distribution mechanisms, because of the rapid pace of innovation and ability to upgrade with a software download. The concept of this conference is to explore the "old", the "new", and the "future" in the context of the technology requirements for delivering a compelling entertainment experience over the web. Is traditional media in danger of being overrun? Find out by joining us for this 2 day event on the beautiful Stanford campus where technical, creative, and ecosystem experts will explore how the Internet is changing entertainment and provide context to help understand technology and application trends. A must attend for engineers, creatives, and researchers focused on future of entertainment over the Internet. For more information, visit www.etia2015.org



SME Silicon Valley's Medical Device Trends - Robotics & Accelerated Product Development Conference
Learn how you can position yourself to make a difference in a $110 billion sector by attending the upcoming Medical Device conference presented by SME Siicon Valley Chapter. May 21, 2105, 8:00am - 4 pm, Conference information.
. Topics include: local manufacturing, robotics, 3D printing, government incentives and regulatory issues, management tools, and careers. You won't want to miss this event, held on May 21, from 8:30 am - 4:00 pm, at the Santa Clara Convention Center, in conjunction with the Design 2 Part show.
Explore the potential of digital health; advanced technologies and manufacturing are creating new possibilities for life-saving tools. Many of America's 6,500 firms in this sector have fewer than 50 employees, and offer tremendous personal and professional opportunities.
Understand how to apply lean manufacturing techniques. Gain new ideas. Meet people who share your interests:
* 3D printing, laser, and robotics demonstrations
* Bay Area medical device manufacturing
* Robotic trends in medical industry
* Robotics in surgery
* Accelerated new product development
* Do's and don'ts for applying modern manufacturing & development approaches
* Lean product development and regulatory compliance in medical devices
* "Regulatory Fog" avoidance
* Financial Incentives for R&D and manufacturing
* Connections with sponsors and Design 2 Part trade show
* Career pathways in the medical device industry
LOCATION: Santa Clara Convention Center, 5001 Great America Parkway, Santa Clara, More information on event
DISCOUNTED PRICE: Register by May 7th for nonmember early bird rates. The standard non-member pricing is $85 but reduced to $65 using the Promotional Code PROMO2015. STANDARD TICKET COST: After May 7th, the standard non-member cost is $125 but reduced to $105 with the Promotional Code PROMO2015. Sign up for registration

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The worldwide leader in RF and Wireless Training
Besser Associates - Upcoming Courses for Engineering Professionals
Headquartered in Mountain View since 1985, we have delivered theory with hands-on practical training to professionals working with analog, RF, wireless, digital, and networking technologies -- to over 45,000 people. Get more information on these upcoming local courses:
April, 2015
- RF and High Speed PCB and EMI Design Fundamentals: May 4-5, San Jose
- Phase Noise and Jitter: May 13-15, Web Classroom, WebEx
June , 2015
- GaN Power Amplifiers: June 2-4, Web Classroom, WebEx
- RF Technology Certification: June 22 to Nov 23, Web Classroom, WebEx
August, 2015
- RF Design: Core Concepts: August 24 to 28, Web Classroom, WebEx
- RF Design: Applied Techniques: Sep 14-Sep 18, San Jose
- Power Regulation & Conversion Design for VLSI and SoC Systems : Sep 15-Sep 18, San Jose
- Applied Embedded Control Systems: September 14-18, San Jose
For these and other classes, or customized/private courses at your facility, consult our Schedule or visit the website: www.besserassociates.com Besser logo



Women In Technology International (WITI) Summit -- May 31-June 2 -- DoubleTree Hotel, San Jose

The WITI Summit is the annual gathering of tech-savvy women, held in the heart of Silicon Valley. Executive women, entrepreneurs, and technology thought leaders from around the world converge to collaborate on innovative solutions to common business challenges; explore new business opportunities that underscore how technology is powering change; and build and expand strong connections in a welcoming networking environment of women committed to helping each other succeed.

Use code WOMEN for $200 discount off the prevailing cost of a 3-day pass. Visit www.witi.com/summit

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS
Patricia Arquette, Actor, Humanitarian, Co-Founder of GiveLove
"Emboldening Women To Believe They Have A Purpose"
Linda Bernardi, Chief Innovation Officer, Cloud And IoT, IBM
"Disruption, Innovation, IoT, and Women: Disrupt to Succeed!"
Tiffani Bova, Vice President And Distinguished Analyst, Gartner
"Reimagine IT: The Digital Dragon is Upon Us!"
Sandy Carter, General Manager/Cloud Ecosystem & Developers, And Social Business Evangelist, IBM
"Geek Girls are Chic: Five Career Hacks"
Wendy Wallbridge, President / Executive Coach, On Your Mark
"Spiraling Up for the WITI Summit!"



CALL FOR PAPERS
Alisomar ConfTree Logo 49th Annual Asilomar Conference on Signals, Systems, and Computers

Asilomar Hotel and Conference Grounds, Pacific Grove, California, November 8-11, 2015.
Authors are invited to submit papers before May 1st, 2015, in the following areas: Communications Systems; MIMO Communications and Signal Processing; Networks; Signal Processing and Adaptive Systems; Array Signal Processing; Biomedical Signal and Image Processing; Architecture and Implementation; Speech, Image and Video Processing.
www.asilomarssc.org For detailed information see Call for Papers



San Francisco State University Presents Workshop on Civic Technology and Smart Cities on June 8th, 2015, at Towers Conference Center, San Francisco State University
This workshop is synchronized with the National Day of Civic Hacking.

The purpose of the Civic Technology (CivicTech) Workshop is to bring together civic leaders, and researchers, designers, and developers interested in the field of civic technologies and smart cities, Green Information and Technologies for Civic Engagement, Sustainability, Energy Aware Systems and Technologies.
Advances in Information Technology present new opportunities for enhancing and building smart cities that better engage informed citizens, and utilize resources in a smarter and more sustainable manner. Developing useful technologies to solve urban problems requires understanding management and operational issues from the perspective of civic leaders, and leveraging a range of IT approaches to work toward solutions.
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS
Papers must be submitted by May 8th.
We invite submissions in one of the main topic areas: 1) CIVIC ENGAGEMENT and 2) SMART CITIES. Please go to http://commons.sfsu.edu/wctsc for more information.

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ASME InterPACK 2015 Conference and Exhibition on Packaging and Integration of Electronic and Photonic MicroSystems to be held on July 6-9, 2015 at The Fairmont Hotel, San Francisco
Focus of InterPACK: • Advanced Packaging • Electro-Thermal-Mechanical Issues in Packaging (Multi-Physics) • Materials and Processes • MEMS and MEMS Packaging • Manufacturing and Test • Modeling and Simulation • Nanotechnology and NEMS • Photonics and Optics • Reliability • Thermal Management • Emerging Technologies • plus Panels, Workshops, Tech Updates, Tutorials.
Save, through June 1st. Visit the website: www.asmeconferences.org/InterPACK13



Volunteer Opportunity! Enhance STEM Education! Teaching Opportunities for Partners in Science (TOPS) of the Santa Clara Valley is looking for scientists and engineers who are willing to partner with science teachers to enhance the science curriculums of grades K-8 in the Santa Clara Valley. It’s a program that promotes in-depth relationships of a volunteer with a science teacher and his/her class on a weekly basis to amplify labs and class sessions with the scientists’ real-world experience.
Here’s a chance to make a real difference to students in aiming their education at a career in science or engineering. To find out more, go to www.topsofscv.org STEM logo



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