I am really happy because this is my first EMI/EMC blog for Interference Technology. I was invited by Ken Wyatt to contribute periodically and it was really difficult to reject that invitation. Definitely, I am happy.
I hope to be able to include in this blog interesting information for all of you because I am sure the new year will come with many EMI/EMC activities, events, and surprises.
One of those great events is the 2018 IEEE International Symposium on EMC, Signal and Power Integrity (EMC+SIPI). The symposium is sponsored by the IEEE EMC Society (EMC-S), the world’s largest organization dedicated to the development and distribution of information, tools and techniques for reducing electromagnetic interference. Of course, the support from volunteers and some companies is critical for the success of this event.
The IEEE International Symposium on EMC+SIPI will offer five full days of electromagnetic compatibility and signal/power integrity learning and networking in the beautiful city of Long Beach, in the sunny California next July 30-August 3 2018, a wonderful place to enjoy the summer.
I have been attending the conference from many years ago. This is a highly valuable investment to learn, discover new techniques, products, tools, companies, and to enjoy the very nice people involved in the EMI/EMC/SI/PI worlds.
The agenda for this year features three days (wait for typically more than 200 excellent technical papers), two days with practical EMI/EMC and SIPI workshops and tutorials, interesting and funny Experiments and Demonstrations, sessions of fundamental and advanced topics, a GREAT Exhibit with companies offering high level technology, and Social networking events.
And, for a second year in a row the EMC+SIPI 2018 will be available to attend online!. You will be able to watch presentations LIVE or on-demand from the Symposium in Long Beach on your computer, phone, or tablet.
Let me explain briefly the most important sections you can enjoy in the symposium (I have included deadline dates for all of you interested in submitting proposals):
Technical sessions offer high quality, peer reviewed papers in the fields of EMI/EMC and SI/Power Integrity technology.
The technical sessions are presented by authors in three days from Tuesday to Thursday, in either ORAL (20 minute + 10 minute question and answer period) or POSTER (with more time to discuss the paper in more detail). Usually if the paper is accepted you will be invited to submit an extended version for possible publication in a special issue of the IEEE Transactions on Electromagnetic Compatibility.
The papers are organized in sessions with some common topic so you can attend the specific subject of your interest.
And, if you have any original, unpublished paper on all aspects of EMI/EMC and SI/PI try to submit it to the conference before January 21, 2018.
Technical sessions offer many different topics in parallel sessions and including questions to speakers. Photo is from one of my presentations in Pittsburgh (2012) by excellent photographer R. Georgerian.
ABSTRACT REVIEWED PAPERS
This is a new format to contribute to the symposium. Only a one-page extended abstract is required covering any EMI/EMC and SI/PI subject. If the extended abstract is accepted, it will be published in the symposium proceedings and you will have the possibility to present the material in a technical session.
You will be able to exchange experiences and ideas with the attendees receiving suggestions and comments, a great opportunity to socialize among other EMI/EMC and SI/PI engineers.
Surely, authors will be invited to submit a full-length paper (up to 8 pages) for publication in the IEEE Journal on Electromagnetic Compatibility Practice and Applications (J-EMCPA).
If you are interested, note deadline is February 21, 2018.
Special sessions include between four and seven technical papers around a topic of interest, or emerging technologies, especially in the region where the symposium is being held.
A key factor for the success of these sessions is the Organizer who is in charge of identification of speakers, soliciting the preparation of technical papers, ensuring deadlines are met, and moderating the session at the symposium.
The deadline for this Special Sessions was December 20, 2017.
WORKSHOPS AND TUTORIALS
Tutorials and Workshops are really interesting sessions held on Monday and Friday. Several speakers are usually involved around one topic of interest in Full Day or Half Day formats.
You will be able to meet some of the experts from industry and academia explaining different topics in a room and answering questions from attendees.
Look for the topic of your interest and plan to attend. Many people working in the same field will be in the room and sometimes very interesting contacts are possible during the coffee breaks.
It is the policy of the EMC Society that commercialism shall be prohibited in all workshops and technical sessions (written paper or notes as well as the oral presentation). This is not a commercial event to show your products.
Bruce Archambeault, explaining fundamentals in EMC during the Fundamentals Tutorial in 2015 (Dresden, Germany)
The Consultants Toolkit Workshop with Jerry Meyerhoff, Daryl Gerke, and Ken Wyatt in Ottawa, Canada in 2016. Photo by A. Mediano.
If you are interested in organizing a Workshop or Tutorial, deadline is January 30, 2018.
EXPERIMENTS & DEMONSTRATIONS
EMC and SI/PI Experiments and Demonstrations are instructive, fun, exciting, and “live” events. The demos are a very popular event in the symposium.
Typical demos show radiation from PCBs, shielding evaluation in both cables and enclosures, filtering demonstrations, grounding strategies, special techniques using instruments, and more. The goal is to demonstrate EMI/EMC and SI/PI concepts through interactive experiments and demonstrations both in hardware and software formats.
This is one of my favorite parts of the events especially because they are short (typ. 15-20 minutes in a cycled way) and feature hands-on participation with speakers.
In 2018 the Experiments and Demos are organized again by Robert Scully and Sam Connor so success is guaranteed.
This year I hope to be able to offer again some of my hardware demos. See you there!
Attending one of the experiments and demos sessions with John McCloskey (NASA). Photo by Arturo Mediano.
If you are interested in organizing one of these demos, deadline is February 21, 2018.
Through the Exhibit, many companies (usually more than 100) will show you the last technology, products, techniques and software for the EMI/EMC and SI/PI fields. Three days of intensive exposition from Tuesday to Thursday to meet people from the commercial world.
This is a great opportunity to make business or to find a product useful to solve a problem or need. And, for people from academia like me, this is an excellent event to be in contact with day-by-day needs in industry and great for companies.
I love the Exhibit and we must appreciate the sponsorship from those companies to support the organization of the symposium.
A top view of the exhibit booths in EMC2014 (Raleigh). Photo by A. Mediano.
A great opportunity to make business or to find a product through the booths. Photo by A. Mediano.
CLAYTON R. PAUL GLOBAL UNIVERSITY (GU)
From several training activities in the symposium I like to remark the GU, created in 2007 in Honolulu and named in honor of Clayton R. Paul.
Classes are developed in parallel to the symposium but students can participate in many activities when they are not in class. The Global University is oriented to present basic concepts and skills to engineers novel and veterans with interest in improving their understanding fundamentals, review their knowledge, or discovering new techniques and design strategies.
The instructors are experts in the field with strong capabilities to explain the fundamentals of EMI/EMC and SI/PI.
I had the honor to be one of the GU instructors in the past, when Mark Steffka was the organizer (what a great engineer, instructor, and person). For 2018, the Global University Chair is Dale Becker so be prepared for a great learning activity.
Additionally to the technical contents, you will find many Social Events to enjoy with colleagues in a nice environment: the Welcome Reception on Tuesday, the Evening Gala on Wednesday, and for example the Awards Luncheon on Thursday.
Social events are very important for networking and to see old friends. EMC 2011 in Long Beach (left) and EMC2016 in Ottawa (right). Photos by Arturo Mediano.
With my friends Patrick Andree and Ken Wyatt. Photo by Arturo Mediano.
Note that the organization offer special possibilities for family and friends of all ages who accompany a registered, technical attendee or exhibitor. A complete program is available to enjoy Long Beach attractions.
So, are you interested in EMI/EMC or SI/PI?
Do you want to present the result of your work in a high level environment receiving feedback from attendees and creating new relations?
Would you like to meet some of the most important experts and specialists in those fields?
Do you want to enjoy a full week in the sunny California at the end of July?
I hope to see you in Long Beach. Perhaps we can share a coffee? Feel free to contact and I will be glad to meet you there.
Finally, let me send my best wishes to you for a healthy and happy 2018.
PLEASE, CHECK THE SYMPOSIUM WEBSITE TO CONFIRM THE INCLUDED DATES!
Preliminary Full Paper Manuscript Submission: January 21, 2018
Abstract Reviewed Papers: February 21, 2018
Special Sessions: December 20, 2017
Experiments and Demonstrations: February 21, 2018
Workshops and Tutorials: January 30, 2018
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