AP-MTT Chapter Presents: Ettus Research SDR Hands-On Workshop

Ettus Research (a National Instruments company) will be presenting a Hands-on Workshop on USRP, UHD, GNU Radio.

Neel Pandeya (Senior Engineer)
Tim Fountain (Business Development Director)

Time and Date:  8:00AM – 04:30 PM, Thursday February 16th, 2017 

Place:  ElectroScience Lab, The Ohio State University, MRC Conference Room #132, 1330 Kinnear Road, Columbus, OH 43212 (free parking is available)

Please see this flyer for detailed information.

Note:  Lunch provided to those who register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ettus-research-usrp-uhd-gnu-radio-hands-on-workshop-columbus-registration-31233300643


Introduction to SDR (architecture, HW and SW overview, application overview)

Overview of the USRP devices (hardware and software)
Introduction to open-source software tools and frameworks
Building, installing, and configuring UHD and GNU Radio on Linux
Practical hands-on laboratory for using UHD and GNU Radio
Building SDR application based on USRP, UHD, and GNU radio
Spectrum Monitoring using GNU Radio and Gqrx
Overview of the FPGA toolchain (Xilinx Vivado)
Introduction to building FPGA images, and FPGA programming using RFNoC
Discussion of synchronizing multiple USRP devices for phase-synchronous and MIMO applications
Discussion of cellular applications (OpenBTS, srsLTE, OpenLTE, EurecomOpenAirInterface, Amarisoft)
Discussion of GNSS applications (GNSS-SDR, Skydel Solutions, etc.)
Discussion of embedded SDR workflow, embedded Linux environment (OE), and E310 SDK
Discussion and demonstration of using the E310/E312


Neel Pandeya: Neel is a Senior Software Engineer and the Manager of the Technical Support group at Ettus Research, a National Instruments Company, in Santa Clara, California. His background and interests are in open-source software development, kernel and embedded software development, wireless and cellular communications, DSP and signal processing, and software-defined radio (SDR). Prior to joining Ettus Research in 2014, Neel Pandeya worked at several start-up, mid-size, and defense companies, such as Range Networks, Draper Laboratory, Envoy Networks, Texas Instruments, and Teradyne. Neel Pandeya holds a Bachelor’s Degree in electrical engineering (BSEE) from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), and a Master’s Degree in electrical engineering (MSEE) from Northeastern University. He also has a ham radio license, and is aspiring to obtain a private pilot license.

Tim Fountain: Tim has over 25 years’ experience with industry leaders in electronics manufacturing in specific areas of RF, high speed analog to digital technologies, test and measurement, military & aerospace, consumer electronics, data acquisition and control. Tim works with customers to help them design, develop and deploy SDR technologies in the diverse areas of next generation communication systems, signals intelligence, satellite communication, telemetry and spectrum monitoring. Tim holds an MSEE in Electrical Engineering and is a Chartered Engineer.

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Jan 2017 Section Meeting

You are invited to the next IEEE Columbus Section meeting. Please come meet the new officers of the Section and help us to plan our 2017 meetings and activities.  We are seeking to expand our efforts to increase social interaction between members, societies, and our students. Your input and assistance with that would be greatly appreciated.

Tue. Jan 24, 2017

Columbus Metropolitan Library, Whitehall Branch
4445 East Broad St, Whitehall OH 43213

5:30-6:15   Arrival and refreshments
6:15-6:30   Host presentation
6:30-7:30   Business meeting

Please click here to see the detailed agenda.

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IEEE Columbus Power & Energy Society January 19th Program

Date:   Thursday, Jan. 19th, 2017                       Refreshments:  5:30 to 6:00 PM

Presentation:  6:00 to 7:00 PM                         Earn 1.0 CPD Hours

Location:  AEP Ohio Office, Conference Room 2G, 700 Morrison Road, Gahanna, Ohio 43230

Title:  “More Accurate and Optimized Substation Grounding Study Methodologies”

Abstract:  This seminar will introduce hands-on solid modeling experience of the safe, optimal ground grid design for a large Extra High Voltage (EHV) substation.  The optimized ground grid meets the IEEE-80 standards for safety without compromising on step or touch potential thresholds.  The ground grid has been designed in CDEGS software using fault current flow concepts, with multiple injection points simulating the actual conditions and fault currents at the substation.  In addition, the new clearing time analysis and grounding study safety assessment strategy are implemented.  The method focuses on substation specific data to perform substation grounding studies and does not assume the fault current split factors, or utilize the IEEE-80 curves. The method is conceptually correct, meets safety requirements, and leads to copper savings. Thus, a safe and cost-optimized ground grid for an EHV station is achievable.


Xuan Wu received the BS degree in EE from Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Nanjing, China in 2011 and the MS degree in EE from Arizona State University, Tempe, in 2013. Right now he is working as a Station Design Standards Engineer at American Electric Power and a part-time Ph.D student at The Ohio State University. His research interests include electromagnetic & electrostatic coupling effects, substation fault analysis and grounding design and transmission/operation planning. He has contributed to several utility guidelines and published more than ten journal/conference papers in power system transmission areas. Xuan is an IEEE member and treasurer of IEEE PES Columbus Chapter.

Vinod Simha received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from B.M.S. College of Engineering Bangalore, India and University of Texas at Arlington, USA in 2001 and 2005, respectively. He has designed low voltage switchgear and switchboards for OEMs, simulated load flow studies for Transmission Planning. He is a Principal Engineer in Station Engineering Design Standards at AEP, and enjoys computer simulation in grounding, induced voltage, and fuse co-ordination and other substation engineering topics. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of Ohio, and a Senior Member of the IEEE and IEEE-SA.

Please RSVP by Jan. 17th to Jerod Marker at jrmarker@aep.com or 614-552-1409


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2017-18 Columbus Officers

Congratulations to our new 2017-18 elected Officers for Columbus!

Jeffrey D Keller – Chair

Carl N Lee – Vice Chair

Dr Fang Luo – Treasurer

Howard Jones – Secretary

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AP-MTT Presentation (Dec 7)

IEEE AP-MTT Columbus Chapter Presents: 

Fully Adaptive Radar
Dr. Muralidhar Rangaswamy, Sensors Directorate
Air Force Research Laboratory, WPAFB, OH
Date: 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM, Wednesday, December 7th, 2016
Place: ElectroScience Lab, The Ohio State University, MRC Conference Room #132, 1330 Kinnear Road, Columbus, OH 43212     RSVP: Graeme Smith smith.8347@osu.edu
Abstract: This lecture will provide an overview of adaptive radar processing from the standpoint of bringing to bear optimally and adaptively, all available degrees of freedom on transmit and receive to address the problem of detection, tracking, and classification from a single as well as a multi-sensor perspective. The idea of closed loop radar processing will be introduced. Pertinent research challenges will be identified and ameliorating solutions will be discussed. Important issues of training data heterogeneity, computational cost, waveform optimization and design as well as joint transmit-receive adaptive processing will be addressed.
Bio: Muralidhar Rangaswamy received the B.E. degree in Electronics Engineering from Bangalore University, Bangalore, India in 1985 and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, in 1992. He is presently employed as the Senior Advisor for Radar Research at the RF Exploitation Branch within the Sensors Directorate of the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL). Prior to this he has held industrial and academic appointments. His research interests include radar signal processing, spectrum estimation, modeling non-Gaussian interference phenomena, and statistical communication theory. He has co-authored more than 200 refereed journal and conference record papers in the areas of his research interests. Additionally, he is a contributor to 8 books and is a co-inventor on 3 U.S. patents. He received the IEEE Warren White Radar Award in 2013, and the 2005 IEEE-AESS Fred Nathanson memorial outstanding young radar engineer award. He was elected as a Fellow of the IEEE in January 2006 with the citation “for contributions to mathematical techniques for radar space-time adaptive processing”. He received the 2012 and 2005 Charles Ryan basic research award from the Sensors Directorate of AFRL.

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2017-18 Columbus Section Officer Election now open (Dec 1-15)

Welcome to the 2017-18 Columbus Section Officer Election! I would like to take this opportunity to personally express my sincere appreciation for you being an IEEE member!

Our duty and responsibility is to ensure that your voting rights are protected and you are confident that your vote is accurately cast and tabulated. We will utilize the vTools.Voting system for our elections. Please log-in to vote in the election.

Voting will start from today and close on December 15.

Please select one candidate for each position or specify a write-in candidate for position of Chair, Vice-Chair, Treasurer, & Secretary.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me at jpax@devry.edu if you have a question, comment, or complaint regarding your voting experience.

Also, think about becoming more involved in your Columbus Section, we are here to serve you but you need to become involved to make IEEE relevant to you!  We have great society’s that are active and need your help!  We have great school chapters that are always looking for the professional community to get involved in their activities & share your experiences.  Contact me if you have any interest or stop by one of our future 2017 Executive Committee meetings!  Visit IEEEColumbus.org for postings, events, contact information.

Thank you for voting – your vote counts!

Have a Happy Holiday season!  John R Pax

2015-16 Section Chair / Columbus

To place your vote, go to https://voting.vtools.ieee.org. You will need your IEEE web account to vote. If you don’t have an IEEE web account, go to http://www.ieee.org/web/accounts. A web-based tutorial on how to vote is available at http://sites.ieee.org/vtools/documents/2013/10/3-voter-instructions-tutorial-pdf.pdf

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AP-MTT Mtg (Dec 5)

Columbus IEEE AP-MTT Chapter Presents: 

 apmtt.png Solution of Extremely Large Forward and Inverse Problems

in Computational Electromagnetics: BIG DATA Aspects


Prof. Levent Gürel, IEEE Distinguished Lecturer

ABAKUS Computing Technologies, Adjunct Professor, ECE, UIUC

Date: 12:00 – 01:00 PM, Monday, December 5th, 2016 

Place:  ElectroScience Lab, The Ohio State University, MRC Conference Room #132, 1330 Kinnear Road, Columbus, OH 43212

Abstract: As we solve some of the largest problems in the interdisciplinary domain of computational electromagnetics, we have to deal with various aspects of big-data issues routinely. Most recently, we have achieved the solutions of larger than 1,500,000,000×1,500,000,000 (1.5 billion!) dense matrix equations! This achievement is an outcome of a multidisciplinary effort involving physical understanding of electromagnetics problems, novel parallelization strategies (computer science), constructing parallel clusters (computer architecture), advanced mathematical methods for integral equations, fast solvers, iterative methods, preconditioners, linear algebra, and big data. Solving such large problems on a regular basis requires the generation, representation, storage, processing, analysis, transfer and communication, visualization and interpretation of extremely large data sets in the order of multiple terabytes. Accurate formulations of real-life electromagnetics problems with integral equations necessitate the solution of extremely large dense matrix equations. Solutions of such tremendously challenging problems cannot be achieved easily, even when using the most powerful computers with state-of-the-art petascale computing capabilities. Instead, we have been solving some of the world’s largest integral-equation problems in computational electromagnetics by employing fast algorithms implemented on parallel computers. To achieve optimal management of multiple large data sets, we design and implement the handling of data in various levels of cache, memory, and disk, leading to meticulously designed out-of-core (OoC) schemes. That way, we enable the solution of unprecedentedly large problems with limited amounts of DRAM. In order to avoid decelerating the solution, we optimize communications among CPU cores, among processors, among nodes, from CPU to disk (and back), and in the case of heterogeneous architectures, we carefully control the data traffic to/from GPUs. Furthermore, we employ MPI and OpenMP simultaneously in a parallelization strategy designed to reduce data duplications among processes so that vast numbers of cores can be efficiently utilized without requiring extra memory.

I will present fast and accurate solutions of large-scale electromagnetic forward and inverse problems involving three-dimensional geometries that are larger than 1000 wavelengths using the multilevel fast multipole algorithm (MLFMA) and parallel MLFMA. Solving the world’s largest computational electromagnetics problems has important implications in terms of obtaining the solutions of future grand-challenge problems in imaging, (subsurface), optics, nanotechnology, bioelectromagnetics, metamaterials, remote sensing, as well as plethora of other disciplines of science, e.g., acoustics, elastics, quantum mechanics, astrophysics, molecular dynamics, electro-statics, fluid dynamics, thermodynamics. For more information: http://captains.of.computing.technology/.

 Bio: Prof. Levent Gürel (Fellow of IEEE, ACES, and EMA) received the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) in 1988 and 1991, respectively, in electrical and computer engineering. He worked at the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, New York, in 1991-94. During his 20 years with Bilkent University, he served as the Founding Director of the Computational Electromagnetics Research Center (BiLCEM) and a professor of electrical engineering. He is also an Adjunct Professor at UIUC. Prof. Gürel is the Founder of ABAKUS Computing Technologies, a company that is geared towards advancing the use of cutting-edge computing technologies for solving difficult scientific problems with important real-life applications and societal benefits. He is conferred the UIUC ECE Distinguished Alumni Award in 2013 and the IEEE Harrington-Mittra Award in Computational Electromagnetics in 2015. He is an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer. He was invited to address the 2011 and 2017 ACES Conferences as a Plenary Speaker and a TEDx Conference in 2014. Among other recognitions of Prof. Gürel’s accomplishments, the two prestigious awards from the Turkish Academy of Sciences (TUBA) in 2002 and the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK) in 2003 are the most notable. Since 2003, Prof. Gürel has been serving as an associate editor for Radio Science, IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation, IEEE AWPL, IET Microwaves, Antennas & Propagation, JEMWA, PIER, ACES Journal, and ACES Express.

RSVP:   Elias A. Alwan | Post-Doctoral Researcher
Electrical & Computer Eng. Dept | ElectroScience Laboratory
1330 Kinnear Rd., Columbus, OH 43212

614.377-0198 Mobile| alwan.2@osu.edu

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