2015 American Control Conference (ACC) @ Palmer House Hilton
Jul 1 – Jul 3 all-day

The 2015 American Control Conference (ACC) will be held in Chicago on Wednesday-Friday, July 1-3 at the Hilton Palmer House. The ACC is co-sponsored by IEEE.

The ACC is the annual conference of the American Automatic Control Council (AACC, the U.S. national member organization of the International Federation for Automatic Control (IFAC)). National and international society co-sponsors of ACC include American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), IEEE Control Systems Society (IEEE-CSS), International Society of Automation (ISA), Society for Modeling & Simulation International (SCS), and Society for Industrial & Applied Mathematics (SIAM).

Chicago Section Board Meeting @ Devry University - Room A230
Jul 14 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Chicago Section Board Meeting – Open to all IEEE members

Technology and Engineering Management Society @ Illinois Institute of Technology, Rice campus, Room # 103
Jul 16 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm


6:30 p.m. : Networking,

7 – 7:15: General introduction and announcements,

7:15 – 9:00: Presentation, Q/A and networking


Speaker: Robert P. Greenspoon is a founding member of Flachsbart & Greenspoon, LLC. He is a registered patent attorney who concentrates his practice in the trial and appeal of patent cases and other complex litigation. He is also a former federal district court law clerk. In patent cases, Mr. Greenspoon represents both NPEs and operating companies, and both rights holders and accused infringers. He holds a winning appellate record, having argued numerous cases before the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, as well as cases before the Fourth and Eighth Circuits. His most recent appellate win came on March 2, 2015, when the Eighth Circuit reinstated his client’s case against a bank, remanding to allow a determination of whether it should be held accountable for aiding and abetting a $190 million Ponzi scheme.

Engineers, engineering managers and other business leaders are the vanguard of new ideas. Not only do they invent, they also sit on company committees that require them to pass judgment on the ideas that others invented. But how do they make the cut? How can engineers gain the sophistication to decide what ideas deserve patent protection, versus some other form of intellectual property protection, versus none at all?


Practicing attorney Robert Greenspoon will help provide a complete perspective on intellectual property that will give practical insights into these questions. In particular, how do disputes percolate, how are they brought into the court system, and how are they resolved? Mr. Greenspoon will also discuss developments in the courts and in Congress that have recently, and dramatically, altered the role played by patents. On the one hand, new tools exist to fend off accusations of patent infringement, but those tools simultaneously devalue patents for everyone — particularly inventors of software-driven advances.


IEEE Technology and Engineering Management Society (TEMS), Chicago Chapter
IEEE Chicago Section

This meeting qualifies for 0.1 Continuous Education Unit (CEU) or 1 Professional Development Hours (PDH) for Professional Engineers


Device to Device: Research Trend and Future Perspective @ IIT West campus
Jul 20 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Seminar Abstract: 

As driven by the profusion of media-hungry handheld devices and online applications, there has been an unprecedented consumer demand for faster and cheaper mobile broadband usage. Given the impossibility of meeting this demand by adding spectrum, researchers around the whole world are bending over backwards to squeeze out more data bits from the limited available frequency resources. Among various efforts towards this end, device-to-device (D2D) communication which allows mobile UEs in proximity to communicate directly via licensed/unlicensed band with /without the support from the operator, has gained intensive research interests from academia, industry, and standard bodies. In this talk, I will showcase the potentials of D2D communications to improve system capacity, enhance spectral efficiency, increase coverage and connectivity, and identify the new challenges to co-existence and network management. In particular, I will introduce the applications of D2D for traffic relay 
ing in disaster relief, and for load balancing in futuristic wireless networks. Finally, new research directions will be demonstrated. 

About the speaker: 

Nei Kato is a Distinguished Lecturer of IEEE Communications Society and Vehicular Technology Society. He is a fellow of IEEE and IEICE.

Nei Kato received his Bachelor Degree from Polytechnic University, Japan, in 1986, M.S. and Ph.D. Degrees in information engineering from Tohoku University, in 1988 and 1991 respectively. He joined Computer Center of Tohoku University as an assistant professor in 1991, and was promoted to full professor position with Graduate School of Information Sciences, Tohoku University, in 2003. He became a Strategic Adviser to the President of Tohoku University in 2013. He has been engaged in research on computer networking, wireless mobile communications, satellite communications, ad hoc & sensor & mesh networks, smart grid, and pattern recognition. He has published more than 300 papers in peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings. He currently serves as a Member-at-Large on the Board of Governors, IEEE Communications Society, the Chair of IEEE Ad Hoc & Sensor Networks Technical Committee, the Chair of IEEE ComSoc Sendai Chapter, the Associate Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Network M 
agazine, the Associate Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Internet of Things Journal, an Area Editor of IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology. He has served as the Chair of IEEE ComSoc Satellite and Space Communications Technical Committee(2010-2012), the Chair of IEICE Satellite Communications Technical Committee(2011-2012). His awards include Minoru Ishida Foundation Research Encouragement Prize(2003), Distinguished Contributions to Satellite Communications Award from the IEEE Communications Society, Satellite and Space Communications Technical Committee(2005), the FUNAI information Science Award(2007), the TELCOM System Technology Award from Foundation for Electrical Communications Diffusion(2008), the IEICE Network System Research Award(2009), the IEICE Satellite Communications Research Award(2011), the KDDI Foundation Excellent Research Award(2012), IEICE Communications Society Distinguished Service Award(2012), Distinguished Contributions to Disaster-resilient Networks R&D Award from Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, Japan(2014), seven Best Paper Awards from IEEE GLOBECOM/WCNC/VTC, and IEICE Communications Society Best Paper Award(2012). Besides his academic activities, he also serves on the expert committee of Telecommunications Council, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, and as the chairperson of ITU-R SG4 and SG7, Japan. 

Chicago Section Board Meeting @ Devry University - Room A230
Aug 11 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Chicago Section Board Meeting – Open to all IEEE members



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