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Meetings and Events for 2004-2005 Season (beginning Sept. 2004)
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21 SEPTEMBER 2004 (TUESDAY), 6:30PM - 9PM at IIT Rice Campus

Title: QoS Challenges of Voice in Packet Networks

Speaker: Chris Stegh, Avaya Inc.

Abstract:
With carriers and enterprises moving quickly from TDM towards packet-based telephony, engineering the IP network for adequate voice quality provides new challenges.   The speaker will overview the differences between packet and TDM networks, outline the major impairments of voice in a packet network, provide audio examples of poor voice quality, explain some engineering tradeoffs to minimize impairments, talk about the IETF's Quality of Service options (DiffServ, RSVP), and close with specific challenges of QoS in intranets and Internet before beginning an open discussion.

About the Speaker:
Chris Stegh is a Senior Systems Engineer with Avaya, who has spent 8 years focused on designs and implementations of IP networks.   His EE degree is from Northern Illinois University and his MBA from the University of Iowa.   His background with many customer networks and multiple vendors' gear will make this talk more general to the technology, not to a specific hardware implementation.

Time: (see top of this page for directions to IIT Rice Campus)
  6:30pm: Social (Free snack and beverages)
  7:00pm: Presentation

Sponsorship
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IEEE Communication Society Chicago Chapter, IEEE Computer Society Chicago Chapter and IEEE Fox Valley Subsection.

Reservations are not required, and there is no charge to attend.
However, registering your intent to attend at ieeechi@yahoo.com is very appreciated.
For More Information, including contacts, see http://www.ewh.ieee.org/r4/chicago/calendar.html


27 OCTOBER 2004 (WEDNESDAY), 6:00PM - 9PM at IIT Rice Campus

Title: From Sandbox to Playground: Virtual Environments and Quality of Service in the Grids

Speaker: Kate Keahey, Argonne National Laboratory

Abstract:
Grid computing, defined as flexible, secure, coordinated resource sharing within virtual organizations (VOs), is becoming increasingly more widespread.   This mode of computing seeks to create a model in which VOs authorize the sharing of software and hardware resources in well-defined ways (for example by determining the quality of service (QoS) with which a service will be delivered) and according to potentially dynamic policies.   To fulfill its promise such a model requires abstractions and protocols expressing the negotiation for the QoS associated with a service as well as support for the creation and management of environments satisfying the clients as well as the providers protection and enforcement needs.

In this talk, I will first describe an agreement-based model of resource management in the Grid as outlined by the WS-Agreement specification of the Global Grid Forum.   I will then describe how it can be applied to the creation and management of dynamic virtual environments in the Grid, and finally how such environments can be combined to form virtual playgrounds.   I will discuss the issues and challenges related to implementing those abstractions in the Globus Toolkit 3 and show a quantitative and qualitative comparison across different currently existing technologies that can be used to implement such abstractions: Unix accounts, sandboxes and virtual machines.   The talk will conclude with a discussion of how the use of these new protocols and technologies can influence the development of computational Grids.

About the Speaker:
Kate Keahey is an Assistant Computer Scientist in the Distributed Systems Laboratory in the Mathematics and Computer Science Division at Argonne National Laboratory.   She received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Indiana University where she was working on extensions to the CORBA system, adapting this infrastructure to work with parallel applications.   After graduating, Dr Keahey worked at the Los Alamos National Laboratory on component architectures for high-performance applications.   At that time, she became a founding member of the Common Component Architecture (CCA) Forum seeking to define a standard for high-performance component frameworks.   After moving to Argonne National Laboratory in 2001, her work focused on issues related to Grid computing, in particular enforcement, resource management, and quality of service in the Grids.   She is an active member of the Global Grid Forum, chairing the Grid Economic Services Architecture working group, and actively participating in the work of other working groups, primarily in the area of resource management.

Time: (see top of this page for directions to IIT Rice Campus)
  6:00pm: Networking time
  7:00pm: Presentation

Sponsorship
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IEEE's Fox Valley Subsection, IEEE Communication Society, and Illinois Institute of Technology's Center for Professional Development (Rice Campus).

Reservations are not required, and there is no charge to attend.
Professional Engineers: this meeting qualifies for Professional Development Hours


17 NOVEMBER 2004 (WEDNESDAY), 6:00PM - 9PM at IIT Rice Campus

Title: Role of Green Power and Distributed Generation in Electricity Restructuring

Speaker: Professor Mohammad Shahidehpour, Electric Power and Power Electronics Center, IIT

Abstract:
With further developments in green power technologies and lower manufacturing costs of distributed generation (DG), it is envisioned that DG will account for a higher percentage of electric power generation in the near future.   DG technologies include wind, microturbines, fuel cells, photovoltaic, tidal, geothermal, biomass, and storage, while the green power encompasses a subset of these technologies which are pollution free with abundant resources for power generation and minute operating costs.   This talk will review the green power phenomenon and its applications to DG for locational pricing, peak load shaving, and transmission congestion management.   A software application for managing DG in a utility company will be demonstrated.

About the Speaker:
Mohammad Shahidehpour is a full professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and Director of the Electric Power and Power Electronics Center at Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT).   He is the author of 300 technical papers and four books on electric power systems planning, operation, and control.   He is the recipient of the Edison Electric Institutes Outstanding Faculty Award, HKNs Outstanding Young Electrical Engineering Award, Sigma Xis Outstanding Researcher Award, IITs Outstanding Faculty Award, and University of Michigans Outstanding Teaching Award.   He is the past president of the National Electrical Engineering Honor Society, and serves as the Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Power Systems.   Dr. Shahidehpour has lectured across the globe on electricity restructuring issues and has been a visiting professor at several universities.   He is a Fellow of IEEE.

Time: (see top of this page for directions to IIT Rice Campus)
  6:00pm: Networking time
  7:00pm: Presentation

Sponsorship
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IEEE Fox Valley Subsection.

Reservations are not required, and there is no charge to attend.
Professional Engineers: this meeting qualifies for Professional Development Hours


24 MARCH 2005 (THURSDAY), 6:00PM - 9PM at IIT Rice Campus

Title: The Technology of I-PASS

Speaker: Bruce Whiteside, Senior Systems Engineer at TranCore's Technical Center in Lisle, Illinois

Abstract:
I-PASS - Some folks love it, others hate it.   Regardless of your opinion about whether Interstate Highways should be Freeways or Tollways, there is a lot of interesting technology that makes the Illinois Tollway I-PASS system work.   Mr. Whiteside will provide an overview of the technology used at the lane, at the plaza and on the networks that permit the I-PASS system to handle well over one million transactions per day.   As a Senior Systems Engineer with TransCore, the Illinois Tollway's contractor supplying its I-PASS technology, Mr. Whiteside will also preview Open Road Tolling, and other technologies available from TransCore.

About the Speaker:
Mr. Whiteside is a Senior Systems Engineer at TranCore's Technical Center in Lisle, Illinois.   He is an award-winning engineer, manager and inventor with over thirty years of experience in product development in high technology, networked, microprocessor systems.   As Senior Systems Engineer, Mr. Whiteside provides technical leadership for the development staff of TransCore's toll collection technology used by Illinois Toll Authority's I-PASS system.   He is responsible for contributions to process, technology, architecture, and feature feasibility analysis.

Prior to TransCore, from 1997 to 2001, Mr. Whiteside was one of six Staff Engineers in a 100+ strong development staff of Tellabs's flagship digital cross-connect product line.   Before Tellabs, Mr. Whiteside was a Member of Technical Staff at Bell Labs in Naperville, Illinois, where he developed synchronized data base operations in support of CDMA wireless telephony.   He also designed and developed PC based performance analysis systems for wireless systems.

Mr. Whiteside has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering and a Masters in Business Administration.   He has a U.S. Patent in wireless telephony and is a Senior Member of IEEE's Computer and Communications Societies.

Time: (see top of this page for directions to IIT Rice Campus)
  6:00pm: Networking time
  7:00pm: Presentation

Sponsorship
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IEEE Fox Valley Subsection.

Reservations are not required, and there is no charge to attend.
Professional Engineers: this meeting qualifies for Professional Development Hours


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