- Chairman's Column
- Report of NSW Section Annual General Meeting
- NSW Section Committee 2002
- NSW Section web news
- Useful IEEE web addresses
- Become an IEEE Senior Member
- GOLD affinity group to be formed in NSW
- NSW CAS/SSC Chapter - Likely Delisting
- The OPeRA is almost over
- Joint technical meetings for 2002
- Details of upcoming joint technical meetings
- Free membership offer from Power Engineering
- Member profile - NSW Section Secretary Andrew
- International conferences
- A new chapter - Engineering Management Society NSW
- Join Now!
2002 New South Wales Section Committee met for the first time in February. The
membership of the Committee and office bearers is summarised elsewhere in this
issue of CIRCUIT.
this meeting I had the opportunity to set out my goals for 2002, which are
Major Conferences – Plan to hold at least one major International Conference
in Sydney every year.
Seminars & Workshops - Attract more IEEE Distinguished Lecturers to
Affinity Groups – Establish a GOLD affinity group and have at least two
successful meetings. A coordinator has been found as reported below.
Education and Professional Activities – Prepare a CDROM promoting the
profession and IEEE for distribution to schools and universities.
Students’ Activities – Revitalise the activities of our existing Student
Senior Grade Membership - Upgrade ten Members to Senior grade in 2002.
Engineering Management Society - Submit a petition to establish this new
chapter (see advertisement back page).
Chapter Activities - Encourage greater Chapter activity through a range of new
E-mail and Newsletter Activities, Home Page – Work towards placing all
member communications on the Section website.
Long Range Planning and Finances - Develop a long-term strategy for the
Section for providing better member activities and services.
list of goals leads me to a major issue and that is the future of the Electrical
Engineering (EE) profession. Two major roles of the IEEE NSW Section are the
promotion of IEEE and the EE Profession in general. In the past, EE has not had
to work very hard at promoting the profession because this happened naturally
through media interest, government authority support and university
participation. However, these days there are many competing interests and being
‘high tech’ is not enough to get noticed.
IEEE NSW Section has been and continues to be involved in promoting the
profession through sister societies, local universities and schools. It has
contributed to Professional Engineers week, attended careers evenings and
provided student prizes. Many activities are important networking opportunities
for electrical engineers to interact with students, and vice versa, with a view
to providing them with information on career opportunities. Although valuable,
these activities have been limited and somewhat ad hoc. A more strategic
approach is needed to raise the profile of EE and the IEEE.
Section Committee is now working on a plan to promote the EE profession.
Clearly, we will need to work with the other professional organizations and the
IEEE membership at large for
welcome your comments and suggestions on what should be incorporated in our plan
and what outcomes you would like to see.
happens in 2002, the goals we have set ourselves should make for a very
2. REPORT OF NEW SOUTH WALES SECTION ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
highlights of the report presented by the Chairman, Trevor Bird, to the Annual
General Meeting held on 30 November 2001 at The Castlereagh Inn, Masonic Club,
169 Castlereagh St, Sydney, were:
The APMC2000 Conference organised by the local MTT/AP Joint
Chapter and held in December 2000 was a resounding organizational and financial
success, with 459 delegates registered from 30 countries
A successful PICA 2001 Conference, organised by the local PES
Chapter, was held in May.
This Conference attracted 255 delegates from 26 countries.
The Section was a Technical Co-sponsor of the highly
successful 39th IEEE Control & Decision Conference held at
Darling Harbour in December 2000.
The Section is in a very sound financial position as a result
of surpluses generated by Globecom 98, APMC 2000 and several Workshops.
Prestigious IEEE Awards were received by four members during
Membership numbers were steady across all categories
A volunteer, Jon P Agnew, has been appointed as a Webmaster,
and he has commenced the development of the Section’s web site.
A GOLD (Graduates of the last decade) Affinity Group is being
formed with Filita Barker as Co-coordinator (see article below).
Region 10 seed funding has been secured to produce
promotional material for Electrical Engineering and IEEE.
Treasurer, Graeme Gwilliam, reported on the Section’s healthy financial
position, which will be improved, when the PICA Conference finances are
Chairmen of the Chapters also presented reports to the
meeting, which concluded at 7:55 pm. An excellent dinner in Cello’s Dining
Room followed the meeting. Thanks to all who made this event such an enjoyable
NSW Power Engineering Chapter
Processing Chapter Committee 2002
NSW Antennas &
Propagation/Microwave Theory & Techniques Chapter Committee 2002
NSW Industrial Applications,
Power Electronics/Industrial Electronics Chapter Committee 2002
NSW Circuits & Systems
Chapter Committee 2002
NSW SECTION WEB NEWS
WEBSITE GIVEN A FACELIFT
new NSW Section Web Master, Jon Paul Agnew (email@example.com), has been quick
to start improving the NSW Section web site. A new layout was installed in
December and new content was added in January. With this face lift the web site
now has the look of other IEEE web sites. The latest contact details of the
Section Committee and the Chapters can be obtained. Also, in the ‘News’
section, upcoming lectures, meetings, workshops and other activities will now be
listed as they are announced. The latest and past issues of CIRCUIT can be
downloaded as well. The Section web page gives a direct link to all Chapter web
pages. Place the website address ( http://ewh.ieee.org/r10/nsw
) in your Bookmarks so as to keep up to date with the latest Section news and
AVAILABLE ON THE WEB http://ewh.ieee.org/r10/nsw
the remainder of this year, CIRCUIT will be mailed to members and will also be
available from the website. Next year, CIRCUIT will be mailed to only those
members requesting a printed copy. If you require a printed copy of CIRCUIT to
be mailed to you in 2003 please contact the Editor via email (
the Secretariat at the address on the front page of this issue.
REGISTER FOR A PERSONAL EMAIL ALIAS “firstname.lastname@example.org”
IEEE members do not realise that the IEEE offers an Alias service with free
Virus Scanning. IEEE members can register or update a personal alias of their
choice (subject to availability), which will forward email to their real
Internet email address. This overcomes the need to notify the IEEE (or the
Section) if you change your home email address. To obtain an email alias go to
the IEEE website (www.ieee.org), click on
“Web Account” and follow the directions.
In 2001 IEEE's Email Alias service with virus
scanning stopped 158,126 viruses from being delivered to members. This is more
than six times the 24,000 infected messages stopped in 2000. This free benefit
offered to IEEE members is one of many advantages of an IEEE Email Alias. To
continue to have access to this service, members in Region 10 must have renewed
their membership by the end of April. To find out more about the IEEE Email
Alias, visit http://eleccomm.ieee.org/personal-aliases.shtml.
5. USEFUL IEEE WEB ADDRESSES
the IEEE is relying on the Internet to deliver services to members. Some
useful web addresses are summarised below for your information.
IEEE Operations Centre: www.ieee.org
IEEE Regional Activities: www.ieee.org/ra
Region 10: www.ewh.ieee.org/reg/10
Senior Member upgrade:
Region 10 Student Branch activities: www.cairo.utm.my/ieee/r10s
IEEE Contract administration:
Volunteer travel accident/medical plan. This is available to all
IEEE volunteers and applies outside your normal country of residence. It starts
and ends when you leave/arrive in your own country. For details see www.ieee.org/organizations/vols
IEEE GOLD (Graduates of the last decade) program: www.ieee.org/organizations/rab/gold/programs.html
Educational activities: www.ieee.org/eab/
Professional development: www.ieee.org/pdi
Career resources: www.ieee.org/eab/education.htm
IEEE Award programs: www.ieee.org/about/awards,
6. BECOME AN IEEE SENIOR MEMBER
Many members may not be aware of the benefits of IEEE Senior
Membership. As well as recognizing your performance and contribution to the
profession in a tangible way, each new Senior Member receives an attractive fine
wood and bronze engraved Senior Member plaque and a US$25.00 gift certificate
toward one new Society membership. Who can become a Senior Member? Anyone with
ten years in the profession (not 10 years of IEEE membership.) Your educational
experience is counted towards this ten-year requirement. Other criteria are five
years of significant performance and have three IEEE Senior Member or Fellow
references. If you are nominated only two references are needed. Now it is even
easier to become a Senior Member via the IEEE website. Details and application
forms are obtained at
7. GOLD AFFINITY GROUP TO BE FORMED IN NSW
A GOLD affinity group is in the process of being formed. Thanks to
several people volunteering as a result of a recent article in CIRCUIT, this is
about to become a reality. The Coordinator of the GOLD Affinity Group is Filita
Barker and she is looking for people to assist her to establish the group and
organise activities. Filita received the Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical)
from the University of New South Wales in 1999 and currently is employed by TNA
Australia Pty Ltd. GOLD (Graduates of the last decade) is a relatively new
initiative of IEEE and it seeks to encourage participation of recent graduates
in IEEE and electrical and electronic engineering professional activities more
generally. GOLD groups around the world are involved in many activities ranging
from liaison with the Student Branches to organizing conferences. Anyone who has
graduated in the last ten years and is interested in participating in the GOLD
Affinity group, please contact Filita Barker, email email@example.com.
8. NSW CAS/SSC CHAPTER - LIKELY
NSW Chapter for Circuits & Systems / Solid State Circuits is likely to be
delisted following an unsuccessful attempt in November 2001 to attract interest
in members forming a Committee. For a Chapter to be active the IEEE requires at
least two meetings per year. No meetings have been held since the Chapter was
formed in 2000.
it is not too late! If anyone is willing to take on the role of Chairman in
2002, please contact the Section Chairman.
9. THE OPERA IS ALMOST OVER
On 1 March, the IEEE Transactions/Journals Online Periodicals and
Research Area (OPeRA) will be taken down. Members may access their personal
subscriptions via IEEE Xplore™ at www.ieee.org/ieeexplore.
An IEEE Web Account is required for access.
IEEE Computer Society members must go to its website at www.computer.org for full-text access to
10. JOINT TECHNICAL MEETINGS FOR
All members are invited to attend the listed joint meetings
with the I.E. Aust., ITEES and IEE. All meetings are held at 5.30 for 6.00 pm
(with light refreshments) at the Institution of Engineers, Australia Lecture
Theatre, 118 Alfred St., Eagle House, MILSONS POINT unless otherwise shown.
||Power Electronics for Power Quality
||Greenhouse & Emissions Trading - Implications for the Energy
||Steel Lifting Magnets
||Internet Security – Half Day Seminar
||R. Dixon Hughes
||Modern Traffic Control
||Hybrid Electric/Petrol Vehicle
||Metropolitan Fibre Networks
||Steel Lift ing Magnets
||Recovery from Power Plant Accidents – Half day Seminar
||Intelligent Transport Systems
||Repairable Systems Reliability – Analysis of Failures
||Reliability of Professional Engineers - & I.E. Aust. Electrical
11. DETAILS OF UPCOMING JOINT
DUAL LECTURE – POWER QUALITY
Thursday, 14 March 2002, 5.30-8.00
Professor Vic Gosbell, the Technical Director of the Integral Energy Power
Quality Centre, School of Power Engineering, at the University of Wollongong,
will speak on Power quality monitoring to establish utility
regulators see one of their tasks as the maintenance of appropriate levels of
customer quality of supply, including voltage variations, unbalance, harmonics
and voltage dips. It is impractical to measure the supply quality of each
customer and some sampling technique has to be applied. The detailed methodology
of cost-effective evaluation of an entire utility network is being studied at
the University of Wollongong in association with several distribution companies.
The talk will give an overview of issues such as which disturbance types to
measure, whether to measure at low of medium voltage and how to characterise the
mass of resulting data so that performance acceptability can be easily
established. If a utility is required by regulators to set up a monitoring
program, the data can be used for much more than just to satisfy regulatory
promising forms of PQ data analysis such as trends and correlations and their
application will be briefly discussed.
Sakai, the Senior Design Engineer/Manager
of Toshiba’s Fuchu manufacturing complex and an advisor to the Japanese
Government on solar energy systems, will speak on Power electronics technology for power quality improvement.
quality is becoming an important subject. Improvement of power quality is a
challenge to the modern engineer. The causes of poor power quality are well
understood and with more comprehensive standards being implemented, measurement
and compliance will be an important issue in future. Commercialisation of
developing technology, such as dedicated microprocessors for controlling
semiconductor-switching devices and improved power electronic switching devices,
have enabled a number of innovations for improving power quality. Modern power
electronic switching devices such as IGBT, LLT, GTO & IEGT are
the synthetic Ý conversion of power. These devices have enabled the
commercialisation of Static Var Compensators, Active Power Filters, Solid State
Switches and Circuit Breakers which, when integrated into power system design,
can improve power quality.
future, IEGT devices will enable more powerful energy conversion and NAS MW
Class battery storage systems are expected to have a key role in the improvement
of power quality. This lecture will overview the present state of power
electronic development and introduce new innovative ways to improve power
quality. A key point of this lecture will include comparing both equipment level
and system level solutions.
Thursday, 11 April 2002
the areas of home telemedicine and virtual surgery
Telecommunications and Industrial Physics.
surgery, where the surgeon navigates via previously recorded 3D images, is
becoming increasingly common. Robotic surgery replaces the sometimes uncertain
and inaccurate hand movements of a surgeon with precisely-computed robotic
New user interfaces allow surgeons to use virtual reality techniques to
manipulate instruments by remote control in keyhole surgery.
In CSIRO, we are working on a number of initiatives in this area.
We are using artificial intelligence techniques to interpret medical
images, so as to produce 3D models, on which surgeons can plan and rehearse
CSIRO's haptic workbench creates stereoscopic views of organs, which
simulate the precise sense of touch associated with different tissues, and
promises to be an important part of surgical training and rehearsal.
New communications technology being developed by CSIRO is making it
possible for a number of surgeons to work in the same virtual space, and
eventually to perform true telesurgery for patients in remote or inaccessible
EMISSIONS: INDUSTRY IMPLICATIONS
Kearney is the
Renewable Energy at Sustainergy
greenhouse effect has been a topic for discussion for many years now; with
trends suggesting major industry shifts once emissions become a part of daily
Fossil fuels are a principal cause of greenhouse emissions.
With 90% of Australia’s electricity coming from coal, can we continue
to enjoy the low-cost electricity that we have come to rely on?
What are the alternatives?
Can renewable energy and other fuels fill the gap?
What is the size of the task asked of Australia at Kyoto, and what will
RISK - SAFETY –
CAUSATION: ASKING THE LAW QUESTION
Thursday, 13 June 2002
Ron H. Stillman is currently Adjunct Professor, Department of Electrical
Engineering and Telecommunications, University of New South Wales and partner in
a consulting practice specialising in power system risk engineering, forensic
and statistical analysis.
During the course of a year there will be tens of thousands of outages to power
supplies in Australia.
Some will involve a serious component or equipment failure and some will
involve injury to persons, and or damage to property. The question which
inevitably arises if pursued in a court of law, is, that based on the premise
that negligence is a failure to recognise an obvious risk - could such a failure
have been avoided, and why did the cause leading to failure go undetected? It
may also be suggested that the supply authority, knowing of the risk, simply
proceeded no matter what the outcome - the basis for criminal negligence.
discussion attempts to explore some of the underlying concepts of risk, safety
and causation in a legal action for negligent liability as the result of an
accident in which persons are injured and or property damaged. The legal
worldview of risk is different from that of the engineer, consequently it is
vital to appreciate its importance and to understand the practical constraint
placed on the usefulness of reliability theory and risk analysis techniques.
legal system is concerned with judgments which involve probabilities. In civil
cases the standard of proof is expressed in the context of the “balance” or
“preponderance” of probabilities. In criminal proceedings, it is enunciated
in terms of
“beyond” reasonable doubt, both of which are expressions of
uncertainty without necessarily stating the degree of doubt in statistical or
Risk is the chance or possibility of danger, loss, injury, or other
adverse consequences arising out of uncertainty.
The single most important question which engineers have to address is
concerned with safety; what can be delivered and what does society expect?
Whilst an engineering system may be reliable, it may not necessarily be
safe, nor risk free.
Safety is the elimination of danger where danger is the balance between
the chance of an undesirable event ending in an accident and the cause and
consequences of an accident.
restructuring of the electricity supply industry in Australia has drastically
changed the legal nature of the old quasi-state power authorities. Statuary
immunities inherent in the doctrine of policy considerations are now subsumed
into the ordinary law of liability for negligence.
details available at the time of publication. Please check the news section in the weeks preceding the meeting.
12. FREE MEMBERSHIP OFFER FROM POWER
ENGINEERING SOCIETY (PES)
Did you know that the Power Engineering Society (PES) offers free membership to IEEE
Student Members for one year?
If you are in the first year of IEEE Student membership and following a
four-year undergraduate program in Electrical Engineering (Power), you may be
eligible for this benefit.
Some students in Region 10 have already received one year’s IEEE
membership free by becoming PES members.
More are sure to follow in the future as the scheme becomes more
To apply, complete the coupon on the PES web site
and follow the instructions.
13. MEMBER PROFILE - NSW SECTION
SECRETARY ANDREW PARFITT
Andrew Parfitt has been Secretary of
the New South Wales Section since 2000. Before coming to Sydney, he was a long
standing member of the South Australia Section and was Chairman in 1998. For
this commitment to the South Australia Section, he was presented with a 10 Year
Service Award in 2001. As well as the position of NSW Section Secretary, he is
Vice Chair of the NSW Antennas & Propagation /Microwave Theory &
Andrew Parfitt received BE and PhD degrees from the University of Adelaide. From
1987 to 1992 he was with the Defence Science and Technology Organisation at
Salisbury in South Australia before joining the Electrical and Electronic
Engineering Department of the University of Adelaide as a member of academic
staff in 1992. He was Associate Dean (Undergraduate Matters) in the Faculty of
Engineering at the University of Adelaide from 1995 to 1997. In 1998 he joined
CSIRO Telecommunications and Industrial Physics in Sydney where he is currently
a Principal Research Scientist. Andrew’s research interests include antenna
and radio frequency engineering, and he has published widely in the areas of
printed circuit and integrated circuit antenna technology and numerical
electromagnetics. He is currently leader of CSIRO’s Space & Satellite
Communications Team and the Advanced Radio Frequency Subsystems project in the
Cooperative Research Centre for Satellite Systems. He holds adjunct Associate
Professor positions at the University of Sydney and with the Institute for
Telecommunications Research at the University of South Australia. From 1998 to
1999 he was a Visiting Fellow at Macquarie University. Andrew is a senior member
of the IEEE, and was Chairman of the
Technical Program Committee of the 2000 Asia-Pacific Microwave
14. INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCES
of the conferences listed below and other forthcoming international events,
visit the IEEE web address www.ieee.org/conferencesearch.
IEEE/IEEJ Joint IAS Power Conversion Conference – Osaka Int. Conf. Center,
Japan, 2-5 April
International Underwater Technology Symposium The Sanno Hotel, Tokyo, Japan,
Chips V Computer Society Tokyo Prince Hotel, Japan, 18-20 April
Int. Joint Symp Applications of Ferroelectrics New Public Hall Nara, Japan, 28
Power Electronics Specialist Conf. Cairns Convention Centre, Queensland, 23-27
Intelligent Transportation Systems Conference, Mandarin Hotel, Singapore, 3-6
International Symposium on Electrets, Monash University, Clayton, Vic., 2-4
IEEE Speech Coding Workshop Tsukuba Intl Congress Centre, Japan, 6-9
IEEE/PES Transmission & Distribution Conference, Yokohama, Japan, 6-10
International Conference on Power System Technology, Kunming, China, 13-17
International Power Quality Conference, Singapore, 21 October
GLOBECOM 2002 IEEE Global
Telecommunications Conf Taipei Int. Convention Centre, Taiwan, 18-22 Nov
Rim Int. Symp on Dependable Computing Tsukuba-city Ibaraki, Japan, 16-18
2003 IEEE 7th
Int Conf Properties & Applications of Dielectric Materials Nagoya, Japan,
2003 INTELEC-IEEE International Telecommunications Energy
Conference, Yokohama, Japan, 19-23 Oct
15. A NEW CHAPTER - ENGINEERING MANAGEMENT
SOCIETY NSW - JOIN NOW!
Wade H Shaw, President, IEEE Engineering Management Society, was
formally advised of plans to form a NSW Chapter of EMS. We have his personal
support. A core group of members already exists. To find out more, contact
Claude LeCompte on (02) 8925 1624 or Stefan Mozar on (02) 8850 4454.
Trevor S. Bird