Category Archives: Technical Activities

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

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

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.

“Future of UAVs in National Airspace” in San Diego October 13

The IEEE San Diego Consultants’ Network is noteworthy for being one of the most successful Consultants’ Networks and its active LinkedIn group “IEEE Consultants’ Network of San Diego” reflects that — it has over 300 members, more than the groups of all but the biggest IEEE sections.

On the technical front, IEEE-AESS has a key technical focus on UAVs so this talk was perfect for a joint event. No RSVP required for San Diego Consultants’ Network meetings — always the second Monday of the month.

This meeting on “The Future of UAVs in National Airspace” was by Barry R. P. Jackson. More information here:

DASC 33 in Colorado Springs Oct 5-9


The 33rd DASC – Digital Avionics Systems Conference was 33 for AIAA and IEEE-AESS, but a first for me. This conference provides a forum for the exchange of new knowledge in digital avionics among professionals and students in the fields of commercial, military, and general aviation and space applications. It serves the needs and professional interests of AIAA and IEEE members and promotes in a public environment their contributions and achievements in the arts, sciences and technology of aeronautics and astronautics. I am very pleased to be involved with this effort and will be part of the organization for DASC 34 in Prague in September 2015.

Back from the International Symposium on INnovations in Intelligent SysTems and Applications (INISTA) – June 23-25

Although I firmly believe in the preeminence of Region 6, I left the region last week to participate in INISTA 2014 in Alberobello, Italy in the Puglia region of Italy.  I have been to many conferences, but this one provided some special experiences, not the least of which was that I was kept pretty busy.

Day 1:  Chaired the session on Industrial Applications.  The conference had an American presence, but its roots are in Turkey with last year’s conference being in Bulgaria (and next year’s in Madrid).  Their industrial applications were interesting, from intelligent methods to formulate yogurt to control oil drilling.

Day 2:  Member of the judges commission for the poster session for Puglia region projects related to a fascinating program Puglia Smart Lab | Open Living Labs featuring collaborative technology projects across healthcare, social services, culture, civil protection, and the environment.  The idea is to open up knowledge access and services for the benefit of the region in relatively small, short-term projects.  Judging was a quite a task as there were 24 posters and entries each gave a short presentation.

Day 3: Presented work I co-authored with Stephen Stubberud, “Threat Assessment for GPS Navigation”  which applied evidence accrual techniques including fuzzy Kalman filtering and image correlation techniques GPS security. It was well received.

“The Cloud Meets the Bluetooth Smart” – Standing room only on April 30

It wasn’t easy but we managed to arrange a truly last minute Distinguished Lecture engagement for Joe Decuir.  (Sincere thanks to several folks for their graciousness on Monday and Tuesday as we worked to plan a talk for Wednesday.)  The University of San Diego Student Branch stepped up and became co-sponsors as well.

I was aiming for 15 attendees, even though it’s a great topic, given the last minute notice and the meeting conflicts.  Having well over twice that number of members to find seats for was a great problem to have.

It was clearly a topic of great interest and impressive how many current developers were there to get the inside scoop from speaker Joe Decuir whose known both for his industry achievements and his leadership on the standards.  Thank you, Joe, for a valuable contribution.

On the IEEE-AESS side, there was a Linkedin post just this morning on how all this is relevant to AESS.  (I had thought we were staying a little far from core topics in the name of bringing a great talk in, but now I can say Consumer Electronics has met AESS here.

Meeting on Radar Systems – High Interest on April 9

I hosted a meeting on Radar Systems with Stephen Pendergast to an overly full house under the auspices of the San Diego Chapter of AESS that I chair. Stephen has 45-years of radar experience and is a life member of IEEE — I noticed he was teaching a continuing education course on this and arm-twisted him into presenting to our IEEE members. I used e-notice (a tool available to all IEEE volunteers across the world) to publicize and we filled up. I expanded the capacity. We filled up. I expanded the capacity. We filled up again. (repeat two more times).

So. once again– it was a “sell out” (it’s perhaps wrong to say sell out when it’s free to members and we only got $10 in revenue).

It was very satisfying to note how happy our audience was with the meeting. It did make me wonder, though, because in this group of 50, I was the only woman engineer in attendance.

Is it the topic? Is it the type of notice?

Thanks very much to Stephen for letting me distribute his slides and for agreeing to be a pilot test for a system we’re developing in San Diego to have videos of meetings.

AESS on Satellite Communications – March 25

On Tuesday, March 25, I hosted a meeting  featuring Dr. Roy Axford of SPAWAR Systems Center with is talk on “Satellite Communications and the US Navy”. Once again, we had to turn away many interested IEEE members as we just didn’t have enough room for everyone who wished to attend.  Some of you decided to come even though you were warned it was full, so we were a little too tight for comfort. Dr. Axford was gracious enough to agree to come back again later in the year and he had gotten permission to distribute the slides, so just write me to ask.

IEEE AESS Tutorial – February 22

Dr. Stephen Stubberud and I presented a 6 hour tutorial “An Introduction to Kalman Filters” for the IEEE San Diego AESS Chapter.  This event was sold out almost immediately and we moved venues to increase capacity but still had to turn away too many.  We have saved an overflow list and will give them first priority for a re-do later in the year.