A Quick Look at ComSoc San Diego Chapter in 2016

By Liangping Ma - InterDigital Communications, Inc., IEEE ComSoc San Diego Chapter Chair, USA
Dr. Zhensheng Zhang was discussing with IEEE members. The left most was Dr. Anantharaman Balasubramanian, a regular volunteer.

Serving the greater San Diego area, a wireless communication hub of the world, the IEEE ComSoc San Diego chapter has been very active in bringing in world-class researchers and professionals to its members. Since the start of 2016, we, in collaboration with our sister chapters, including the Vehicular Technology Society (VTS) Chapter, Signal Processing Society (SPS) Chapter, Broadcast Technology Society (BTS) Chapter, Aerospace & Electronic Systems Society (AESS) Chapter in San Diego and other ComSoc Chapters in California, have invited seven distinguished lecturers (DLs), prominent researchers, or professionals to give technical talks to our members, in an effort to help our members stay up to date with the latest advances in wireless and related technologies. We have seen excellent turnout for these talks.

Dr. S.R. Subramanya presenting.

On January 29, Dr. Zhensheng Zhang kicked off the technical talks for 2016 with a comprehensive overview of the latest cognitive network technologies. On February 19, Dr. S.R. Subramanya led us to dive into public key cryptography. On March 21, Mr. David Layer and Mr. Paul Shulins gave us a fresh look at broadcast radio technologies. On May 2, Dr. H. Anthony Chan gave a talk on 5G and the future wireless Internet, and a second talk on Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Function Virtulization (NFV). That was double service—thank you, Dr. Chan! On August 26, Dr. Touradj Ebrahimi talked about the nitty gritty of Quality of Experience (QoE) and Quality of Life (QoL). On September 21, Dr. George T. Schmidt shared his broad knowledge of navigation sensors and systems in GPS degraded or denied environments.

Dr. H. Anthony Chan was receiving a certificate after TWO talks from Dr. Byung K. Yi (CTO of InterDigital, VTS Chapter Chair).

Success would be impossible without the help of corporate sponsors, in particular, InterDigital, whose CTO, Dr. Byung K. Yi, has been very supportive of such events, and whose employees (Dr. Tianyi Xu, Wei Chen, and Dr. Anantharaman Balasubramanian) are regular volunteers.

Moving forward, we would like to complement our technical events with additional interactive technical training sessions. To that end, one of the events that we are planning is a workshop on antenna design in collaboration with ANSYS Inc.

Dr. Touradj Ebrahimi was presenting.

We are confident that 2016 is going to be another great year for the ComSoc San Diego chapter and our members!