IEEE AESS Robert T. Hill Dissertation Award – Call for Nominations

Call for Nominations – 2017 Robert T. Hill Best Dissertation Award – Nominations due 15 August 2017
The Robert T. Hill Best Dissertation Award is an annual IEEE AESS award to recognize candidates that have recently received a Ph.D. degree and have written an outstanding Ph.D. dissertation that has made particularly noteworthy contributions in a field of interest of the Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society. Its purpose is to grant international recognition for the most outstanding Ph.D. dissertation by an AESS member in the year she/he is nominated. The winner of this distinguished award receives a commemorative plaque and a $1000 honorarium.

The AESS is currently seeking nominations for the 2017 Robert T. Hill award intended to recognize an AES society member who was awarded the PhD degree based upon a required dissertation in the past 24 months. To be eligible, a candidate must be a recent graduate of an accredited university that requires a dissertation to receive a Ph.D. degree.  The nominee should have been an IEEE AESS member or student member in good standing for at least one year at the time of nomination. Preferentially, the nominee should have been awarded the Ph.D. degree in the last 24 months prior to the nomination. Nominations are typically made by a dissertation advisor and are submitted using the nomination form found at AESS Awards (IEEE AESS Robert T Hill Best Dissertation Award). A 200-word summary of the significance of the dissertation and two additional endorsing references will be required. For nomination form or more information, please contact:

Prof. Kathleen Kramer (,
Chair of 2017 Robert T. Hill Award Committee and AESS Vice President for Education

Please use this Nomination Form to nominate a candidate for the Robert T. Hill Best Dissertation Award.

Robert (Bob) Tyler Hill (1935 – 2014) was an electrical engineer and Life Fellow of the IEEE who pioneered the development of ship-borne phased array radar systems and championed international cooperation between radar engineers. After his retirement, Bob worked with great enthusiasm, energy and success as an educator and proponent of the radar art, showing particular dedication to nurturing and inspiring the next generation of young engineers. This AESS award was dedicated to rising young engineers was established and named after Robert Tyler Hill to honor his remarkable legacy in technical excellence, international collaboration, and professional education.

35th Digital Avionics Systems Conference in Sacramento – Last weeks to pre-register


Check out our tutorial program for Sunday-Monday, then our technical program kicks of Tuesday, September 27 with

PRIMAL KOPARDAKAR –  Principal Investigator of Unmanned Aerial Systems Traffic Management (UTM) and Manager, Safe Autonomous Systems Operations Project at NASA Ames

Unmanned Aerial System Traffic Management System (UTM) for Safely Enabling Low-altitude UAS operations”

The 35th meeting of the DASC continues its history as the industry-leading avionics conference distinctive for its dual focus on both avionics and air traffic management.  We are pleased to bring you a program themed on “Enabling Avionics for UAS/UTM” located in California near NASA Ames Research Center where the future for UAV traffic management is being shaped.   Register today at

DASC attendees:  You must use the link to get to the low discounted hotel rates we have arranged for you, the hotel will not appear to have rooms available through other sites or by phone  DASC discount rates at Hyatt Regency Sacramento

2016 IEEE Global Humanitarian Conference – Oct. 13-16 — Call for Papers


In Seattle for the 6th IEEE’s Global Humanitarian Technology Conference (GHTC), authors have until April 18 to submit their abstract to IEEE’s premier humanitarian technology conference. The conference is where multiple disciplines interact to identify, create and advance technology to benefit humanity. The focus is research, applied technology, and case studies pertaining to humanitarian technology and its application in the following areas: energy, healthcare, disaster management, connectivity & communication, humanitarian challenges & opportunities, water & sanitation, agriculture, education, and humanitarian technology deployment. To submit a paper abstract:

IEEE/AIAA 35th Digital Avionics Systems Conference – September 25-29, 2016

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The 35th Digital Avionics Systems Conference (DASC) will be held in Sacramento, California September 25-29, 2016. The 35th meeting of the DASC continues its history as the industry-leading avionics conference distinctive for its dual focus on both avionics and air traffic management. We are pleased to bring you a program themed on “Enabling Avionics for UAS/UTM” located in California near NASA Ames Research Center where the future for UAV traffic management is being shaped.

Join leaders in the avionics community & focus on contemporary issues in UAV Air Traffic Management. Plenaries will include UAS/UTM experts and decision makers from industry, government and academia, with featured invited speakers Parimal Kopardekar of NASA Ames, Rob Eagles of International Air Transport Association (IATA), and Mykel Korchenderfer of Stanford University.

In Sacramento, our conference venue will allow you to enjoy the center of a vibrant and historical downtown of the Gold Rush Era. You can visit the living history of Old Sacramento while tasting the cuisine of America’s farm-to-fork capital and exploring a region with more than 200 wineries. Sacramento is within 90 miles of the cultural and scenic attractions of the San Francisco Bay, Lake Tahoe and Napa Valley. Please plan now to join us this September in Sacramento, the star on the map of California.

For registration, program, tutorial, and accommodation information, visit



Mentoring for IEEE Students – Call for Mentors

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IEEE Region 6 is partnering with MentorNet to help students pursuing degrees in IEEE to connect with professionals who understand the workplace. MentorNet is an open social network for mentoring that connects STEM students, from freshman year through doctoral levels, with mentors working in a variety of STEM fields. Mentees attend U.S. colleges and universities.  After we “stock up” on IEEE mentors we will invite IEEE students to join and Mentornet will connect them to a mentor who then accepts them and they commit to participate in mentoring over a 4-month period.

Step 1: Join.  IEEE members can now complete your profile at MentorNet or Special for AESS Mentoring – Include Aerospace in your technical interests. In answer to the question “Are you affiliated with any of MentorNet’s partner organizations?” select IEEE Region 6. You will need to complete a 1 hour online training.


IEEE Rising Stars Conference in Vegas January 2-4 – Register by December 4


Come to connect and be inspired. Rising Stars brings together the most promising students and young professionals to learn from each others and the top tech companies from around the world. IEEE Rising Stars is at the Excalibur Hotel in Las Vegas January 2-4.

The program of technology celebrities will be sharing knowledge on both next-generation technology and next-level professional development.  Sessions include:

• The Next Big ThingsrisingstarsBWlogo
• Ninja Polymers
• Disruptive Solutions
• Rocket Boosters
• Career Growth for Young Professionals
• Startup to Starting Up
• Software Emersion
• Cybersecurity
• Lightening Presentations
• Maximizing Soft Skills Value
• Pitch Workshop
• Global Integrated Sensors
• 3D Printing in Space

The first event begins at 3 pm on January 2. The complete program is available at Rising Stars Conference Program

Rising Stars is held in conjunction with Storage Visions, a 1000-attendee event on rapidly evolving digital storage technology. Registration for the Storage Visions reception at only $50/person with Rising Stars registration provides exhibits entrance to the over 3,600 exhibitors unveiling the latest in consumer technology at CES 2016.


IEEE Student Members can get the $199 rate (and IEEE Members the $349 rate) through December 4 only. Rates rise midnight December 4. Register at: Rising Stars Conference Registration

Excalibur_Exterior_23450_low-300x197Special low Excalibur Hotel rates are available only through the conference. Discounted rooms can and will sell out. They are available only through December 16, priced from $41 plus resort fee ($15) plus taxes, with $20 per person per night for third and fourth person. Excalibur Hotel IEEE Reservation

IEEE Region 6 – Getting in Shape

IEEE Region 6 Executive Committee met in San Francisco on November 14.  We made plans for and around 2016 conferences, events, and meetings that will lead off with IEEE Rising Stars in Las Vegas on January 2.  While we agreed on being cool and creative as one of the goals for Region 6, we also agreed on a new logo. The horizontal version is below and there’s a square-er one that shows off the 6. Both logos are seen at the IEEERegion 6 website.logo - horizontal 4

IEEE Region 6 Area Meetings in October…San Jose on October 3, Las Vegas on October 17, and Los Angeles on October 24

There are 3 IEEE Region 6 Area Meetings this fall:

October 3 brings together the R6 Northwest and Central Areas for their first joint meeting in in San Jose, CA, for a meeting of section leaders and student branches from 7 states: Alaska, Washington, Northern Idaho, Oregon, Northern Nevada, Hawaii, and Northern California.  Central-Northwest.

October 17 brings together the R6 Southwest and Northeast Areas for their first joint meeting in Las Vegas, NV for a meeting of section leaders and student branches from 7 states including New Mexico, Arizona, San Diego (California), Las Vegas (Nevada), Idaho, Montana, and Utah.  NorthEast-Southwest.

October 24 is the Southern Area Meeting in Los Angeles, CA.  Southern Area includes California sections in Los Angeles and surrounding counties from the Central Coast and Ventura to Riverside County.


IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference in Seattle October 8-11, 2015

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The 5th Global Humanitarian Technology Conference is in Seattle.  The details are at  Conference highlights include:

  • Maurizio Vecchione, Sr. Vice President of Global Good & Research – plenary
  • Major IEEE Young Professionals event on October 8.
  • “The Future of Humanitarian Technology” panel from NGOs, the UN and the Red Cross
  • “The Internet of Things (IoT) for Humanity” with a panel of industry partners
  • IEEE SIGHT Gaetano Borriello Memorial Symposium on Humanitarian Technology
  • UNESCO 70th Anniversary celebration
  • IEEE Smart Village workshop on Energy, Education, and Empowerment

Interactive special sessions that support in-field humanitarian efforts:

  • Open Data Kit Workshop –data services for humanitarian efforts
  • Entrepreneurship and Education workshops
  • Demonstrations and Exhibitions – water, sanitation, energy, communication and connectivity

Registration is at

April 18 – IEEE Region 6 Southwest Area 2015 Student Poster Contest


Awards to best poster and display of technical project and/or significant student branch activities.

  • Judging will be based upon poster and any reasonable supporting activities (live demonstration, video, etc.) provided in support of the poster presentation.
  • Entries must be from student members of branches located within IEEE Region 6 Southwest Area.
  • Multiple student technical project entries allowed from each branch. At most one student branch activity project entry from each branch is also welcome.
  • Entries should supply student name, branch, member number, and project title.
  • Posters can be printed for you and set up at the meeting if you supply file. Submit poster pdf that is sized no higher than 36” to Students may also register to reserve display space and bring their already-printed poster.


Date:  18 April 2015    Time:  10:00 to 13:00

Location:  SDSU College of Engineering

Call for Participation – To enter, please register with Dr. Xun Luo at by April 12. Entries of both technical projects and or significant student branch activities are welcome.

Killarney in July – Tutorial at IJCNN

I can only stay for the beginning of the conference, but Dr. Stephen Stubberud and I are teaching a tutorial at the IEEE International Joint Conference on Neural Networks on “Successful Applications of Neural Networks for Information Fusion”.  All tutorials are July 12, but we haven’t heard yet what 2-hour time-slot we’ll be assigned to.  I’m looking forward to bringing together technical interests in fusion and neural networks and always like to keep in touch with my Irish roots.

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