IEEE Seattle Section

June 1st, 2015

Please Join the June IEEE Seattle  Technical Lecture and Seattle Section EXCOM meeting

June 9th, 2015

6:00PM-6:45pm   Technical Lecture  

Speaker – Prof. Les Atlas, , IEEE Fellow , Vice Chair of   Signal Processing Society Seattle Chapter . V.M. Bloedel Hearing Research Scholar and Professor of Electrical Engineering University of Washington, Seattle, USA

7PM-8:30PM    Seattle Section EXCOM ,   Chair,  Dr. Sheree Wen

Location :   Microsoft Research Building 99, Room 1919, 14820 NE 36th Street, Redmond, WA 98052-6399

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Title : Decompositions of Natural Signals Still Need Fresh Ideas

Abstract :

Musical tones are the simpler and more regular elements of the sensations of hearing, and that we have consequently first to study the laws and peculiarities of this class of sensations.

Hermann von Helmholtz, On the Sensations of Tone as a Physiological Basis for the Theory of Music, 2nd English Edition (A. Ellis).

This passage was written 135 years ago. Yet we still have no unique accepted formal foundation for going beyond what Helmholtz brilliantly saw as the building blocks he called musical tones, which we now call frequency. Helmholtz also saw that beats of simple tones and beats due to combinational tones or differential tones [op. cit., Page 159] formed sum and difference beats. Generations of engineers went on to generalize and heavily capitalize this notion of modulation. The hand-held revolution has been heavily dependent on it.

Over the last 15 years our University of Washington Lab has refined a sum-of-products model of natural signals, such as speech and music, where low frequency information-bearing waveforms modulate higher frequency carriers. While this basic view is not new, careful analysis shows that, in general, past assumptions that carriers are narrowband, and that modulators are non-negative and real, is incorrect. Deeper analysis shows that these past assumptions break down and more information is available when there is: 1) significant statistical correlation between real and imaginary parts of the modulators and 2) significant correlation between differing frequency regions of the original signal.

The above theoretical results have had practical impact. For example, our recent results show how improved analysis of sonar and enhancement of reverberant speech signals (like the echoes heard in speakerphones) is possible. Also, as was just publicized on National Public Radio (, we will show how it is now possible, in the few patients we have tested, to encode musical timbre (the difference between musical instruments) for cochlear implants for the profoundly deaf. More work remains from these new views and the impact could extend beyond one-dimensional acoustic signals.

This research is joint with many others and is currently supported by the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation, the Army Research Office, and the Office of Naval Research.


Les Atlas received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University in 1979 and 1984, respectively. He joined the University of Washington in 1984, where he is a Professor of Electrical Engineering. His previous work, now commonly used within machine learning and for big data, includes the original concepts of convolutional neural networks (with T. Homma and R.J. Marks II) and active learning for better generalization (with D. Cohn and R. Ladner). Professor Atlas received a 2004 Fulbright Senior Research Scholar Award and a 2012 Virginia Merrill Bloedel Scholar Award. He is a Fellow of the IEEE for contributions to time-varying spectral analysis and acoustical signal processing.

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Sheree Wen

Chair, Seattle Section


May 5th, 2015

Hooray !!!

Our IEEE Seattle  Signal Processing Society Chapter is born

Our  Signal Processing Chapter Officers were  elected  during the first  SPS chapter meeting on Friday May 1st 2015.

Chair:  Dr. Li Deng , IEEE fellow

Vice Chair:  Professor  Les Atlas,  IEEE fellow

Secretary: Dr. Jianshu Chen

Treasure:  Dr. Yelong Shen

Congratulations   !!!!


Dr. Sheree Wen

Chair of Seattle Section

Interim Chair of  Signal Processing Chapter


April 23rd, 2015

Great News, !!!

Our New Signal Processing  Chapter has been  approved .

Please join our first meeting at Microsoft Research , Building 99 . room 3800

Time,  Friday May 1st 2015 , 5pm

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Please nominate our new officers for Signal Processing Chapter  , Chair, Vice Chair , secretary and treasure.

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I am looking forward to seeing you.

Sheree Wen

Chair , Seattle Section

April 23rd, 2015

Please join our monthly Lecture   and EXCOM meeting

Time ;  Tuesday  May 12th , 6pm- 6:45 pm  Seminar , The State of LTE –  Titus Lo 

                                                   7pm to 8:30pm   EXCOM meeting

place ; Microsoft research Building 99 Room 1919. 14820 Northeast 36th Street

Title: The State of LTE

Abstract: It is expected that LTE becomes the dominant force in the wireless market for many years to come. This talk will provide an overview of the state of LTE technologies and services. In particular, we will cover some aspects of advanced, broadcast, device-to-device, machine-type, and unlicensed spectrum LTE features

Bio;  Dr. Titus Lo is a consultant in the areas of wireless communications technology, with more than 25 years of experience in various telecomm and wireless technologies. Having worked in different sectors of the wireless industry, he has a deep understanding of the telecomm and wireless industry ecosystem. He is a pioneer in the field of smart antenna technology for wireless communications and satellite communications and an expert in OFDM/OFDMA technology. He has given numerous talks on topics related to LTE/LTE-A to local technical and industrial communities. He received his B.A.Sc. from the University of British Columbia, Canada, and his Ph.D., from McMaster University, Canada, in electrical engineering. He is the current chair of IEEE Seattle Communications Society and Vehicular Technology Society Joint Chapter.

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April 10th, 2015

Technicial Seminer; The ABCs of Electric Vehicles (EVs) — By Dr. Eric Sortomme  6pm-6:45pm


Time:  Tuesday,   April 14th, 2015

6 pm- 6:45 pm   Technical  seminar presented by Dr. Eric Sortomme
                             The ABCs of Electric Vehicles (EVs) 

7 pm- 8:30pm    Seattle Section ExCom meetingChair; Sheree Wen

Location :   Microsoft Building 99, Room 1919, 14820 NE 36th Street, Redmond, WA 98052-6399

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Title: The ABCs of Electric Vehicles (EVs)

Presenter: Dr. Eric Sortomme, IEEE PES, Senior Power Systems Engineer, Alstom Grid

Abstract:Electric vehicles (EVs) have the potential to reduce fossil fuel consumption and increase energy independence. If their charging is managed properly, they can also be a tool for fortifying the grid and increasing the integration of renewable energy sources such as wind and solar. However there are many differences in the ownership experience between a traditional internal combustion vehicle and an EV. These range from maintenance requirements and daily refueling, to road tripping and group charging with other EV owners. This presentation will focus on the various issues associated with daily EV usage and EV ownership. This information is important to consider when planning for mass EV adoption. It is also important to convey to the public so they are more informed about life with an EV.

Bio: Eric Sortomme received a B.Sc. degree (magna cum laude) in electrical engineering from Brigham Young University, Provo, UT, in 2007 and the Ph.D. degree from the University of Washington, Seattle, in 2011. His employment experience includes internships with Wavetronix LLC and Puget Sound Energy. He is currently a Senior Power Systems Engineer at Alstom Grid, Redmond, WA. He has authored or coauthored many technical publications. His research interests are smart grid technologies, including microgrids and vehicle-to-grid, and wind power integration. Dr. Sortomme is a co-recipient of the 2010 UW Department of Electrical Engineering Chair’s Award. He has been a member of IEEE since 2007 and has served as the Electric Vehicle Working group chair and the Seattle Chapter vice-chair



March 31st, 2015

The abstract submission dateline for GHTC15 is extended to April 14th 2015 . Please share your effort with us.     GHTC 2015 CFP Extension

* Please submit abstract online at

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Please Contact GHTC15 

Conference Chair: Joe Decuir at       

Conference Vice Chair: Sheree Wen at Swen@ieee,org      

March 18th, 2015


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 Proficient in HTML is not required.

Incredible low price, only $50

Please join us next Saturday March 28th ,  9am – 6pm

During this one day workshop, you will be powered with the precious skills of building a great website for business  and personal use.

Place ; Microsoft research  Building 99, Room 1919, 1927

14820 NE 36th Street Redmond, Washington United States 98052-6399

Please  join our Saturday night dinner , reception and networking at at Haiku  for  $45

 For workshop attendees ; Please  join optional free website consultation on building of your dream website , Sunday March 29th,  9am -12pm 

For Seattle section,  chapter and branch officers or interested members, please  feel Free to join a  free class by Ed Perkins :

Using IEEE Vtools for all your  IEEE officer  duty needs 1pm -3:30pm.


Workshop  Instructor Lance McBride, and Ed Perkins

Objectives; Build a  functional website based on WordPress. Master with Pages, photos, media and links.

   With Lance McBride : Add extra website functionalities include events, blogs, comments, social media, links, statistics, calendar, sync and ensure security.

   With  Ed perkins : Build website with business functions including membership, registration, comments, questions, shopping cart, linked with Excel or accounting data base, credit card transactions and etc.

 Takeaways; building and publishing a live and functional website by yourself and is capable of building websites for business use, master functionalities and ensure security.

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Sheree Wen Ph.D

Chair, Seattle Section



February 27th, 2015
Recent Advances in Deep Learning at Microsoft: A Selected Overview
Time:     March 10, 2015 , 6:00 pm – 6:45 pm

Where:  Microsoft research Building 99 Room 1919
               14820 Northeast 36th Street
               Redmond, WA 98052

Presenter: Dr. Li Deng, IEEE Fellow, Manager, Microsoft Research
Seattle Section March EXCOM
Time:     March 10, 2015, 7:00pm – 8:30 pm
Where:  same place
Chair :  Dr. Sheree Wen
For more information  please go to events or register here

January 28th, 2015

The IEEE Seattle Section EXCOM Meeting and Technical Seminar


Time:  Tuesday,  February 10th, 2015

            6 pm- 6:45 pm   Technical  seminar presented by Joe Decuir

                Internet of Things: Support IP Smart Objects over Bluetooth Smart

            7 pm- 8:30pm    Seattle Section ExCom meeting, Chair; Sheree Wen

 Location :   Microsoft Building 99, Room 1919, 14820 NE 36th Street,

                      Redmond, WA 98052-6399


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January 8th, 2015

Chair :  Dr.  Sheree Wen

Vice Chair :  Dr.  Zhengyou Zhang

Secretary : Dr. Leon Turner

Treasure:  Mr. Nicklas  Havens