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Tractor-Trailer Data – Past, Present, and Future

It has always been important for vehicle operators to be aware of what is going on with their vehicle and their surroundings.  As technology has evolved, regulations have followed with the goal of keep our roads safe.  This is especially important with Class 8 heavy trucks.  What information is exchanged on our current tractor-trailer systems?  What technologies are being used?  What information do we want to be available?  What work is being done to solve these challenges?

Paul Miller – Staff Electrical Engineer at Grote Industries
Wednesday, May 10, 2023 – 6:30 PM
Upland Brewery, 707 W Riverside Drive, Jeffersonville, IN 47130
Price: Free.  Members and guests will order and pay for their own food and drinks

A Deep Reinforcement Learning-based Approach for Intelligent Spectrum Optimization for Future Aeronautical Communications

The emergence of new aerial vehicles into the airspace and the continued growth of aviation operations will cause increasing demands for wireless communications throughout the National Airspace System (NAS). In particular, the emerging concepts of Urban Air Mobility (UAM) and Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) open a new paradigm for urban air transportation. By partnering with NASA Glenn Research Center (GRC), the University of Louisville has been investigating intelligent spectrum management solutions to maximize the spectrum utilization efficiency for aeronautical communications in support of future air transportation systems. This seminar will present the latest development of the Deep Reinforcement Learning (DRL) based solutions on air-ground and air-air communications.

Speaker: Dr. Hongxiang Li – Associate Professor University of Louisville Ph.D. University of Washington Seattle, 2008
Thursday, April 20th, 2023
University Club – Univ. of Louisville Campus
200 E Brandeis Ave, Louisville, KY
$15 members and guests, $10 life members and students

Overcurrent Protective Device (OCP) Basics

Circuit breakers and fuses in our electrical power distribution systems are easily overlooked.  However, these devices are critical for the safe and reliable operation of the equipment and systems in our world.  These devices support and, in some cases, enable the energy transition with microgrid control and EV charging.

During this session, we looked at the characteristics of low voltage fuses and circuit breakers up to 6000 amps, their standards and construction, and the consequences of application outside of design characteristics.  Code and standard requirements for ground fault protection will be examined, along with the basics of how these systems function.

Speaker: Eric Elwell, P.E. – Eaton Corporation
Thursday, March 2nd, 2023
Eaton Corporation, 4620 Proximity Drive, Suite A, Louisville, KY 40213
Price: Free

Louisville & Lexington Sections Joint Holiday Party

As NASA moves closer to sending humans to Mars and beyond, technology to enable surgery during long-range space travel is of great interest. We are developing technology to provide such capability in the unique environment of zero gravity, and have successfully deployed an automated suborbital experiment on Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShip Two in 2021. UofL’s Louisville Automation and Robotics Research institute (LARRI) is exploring these and other cutting-edge technologies, such as neuro-adaptive control algorithms, robotic nursing assistants, soft sensors to realize robotic skin, artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning to assist children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), digital twins, and drone technology.

Speaker: Dr. Tommy Roussel
Tuesday, December 6th, 2022
University of Louisville Golf Club

SCADA and Remote-Control Operations for Natural Gas

For over 100 years, natural gas has been known as a safe, cost-effective fuel source used in home heating and cooking, commercial, and industrial processes, and more recently power generation. As the industry has matured, so have the tools and technologies that are used to control the pipelines, valves, and regulators that are critical to the operation of the system. Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems, along with PLCs and RTUs in the field, provide the operator with real-time capabilities to monitor and control the gas pipeline network which allows for improved operation and emergency response. In this talk, Brian will discuss how LG&E utilizes the SCADA system to safely deliver natural gas from the transmission pipeline to the customer’s home. […]

Speaker: Mr. Brian Lenhart III
Tuesday, Nov 8, 2022, 5:30 PM
LG&E Broadway Office Complex

Overview of SAMTEC Products and Manufacturing

Please join us for a 45-minute presentation on SAMTEC, Inc.  SAMTEC is a premier manufacturer of high-performance cables, fiber-optic and RF connectors.  Application areas will be discussed, along with manufacturing techniques, design and solutions/applications.

The presentation will be followed by a tour of SAMTEC’s manufacturing facility.  After the tour, we will regroup for a discussion and wrap-up.  We anticipate that the meeting should be complete by 4:00 pm.

Speaker: Mr. Jack Shine
Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2022, Presentation at 1:30 PM
SAMTEC, 520 Park E Blvd, New Albany, IN 47150
Price: FREE!!

Louisville Section Social Event – Lou City FC vs. Phoenix Rising FC

This is our annual social event at the Louisville Football Club game.  We will have access to the corner bar before the game.  The bar is no-host.  Carpooling is suggested.  All tickets will be electronic.  To receive your ticket from John Doyle, you will need a SeatGeek account.  Go to to set one up.  Once you pay for your tickets, they will be delivered to your SeatGeek account.  No printed tickets will be provided. 

You will have to download your tickets before entering the game.

Wednesday, July 20, 2022, 7:00 pm
Lynn Family Stadium, 350 Adams St, Louisville, KY 40206
Price: $20 Members/Guests, $15 Life Members and Students

Louisville Section Social Event – Louisville Bats vs. Iowa Cubs

This is our annual social event. We always get seats in the shade (Section 222), with access to
the VIP concierge level included in your ticket price. Printed tickets will be provided. You must
contact John Doyle to reserve your tickets. He will have to arrange to meet you with the
tickets before the game. We will be in Against the Grain before the game if you need to pick
up the tickets the day of the game. Don’t wait until the last minute!

Thursday, June 23, 2022, 7:00 PM
Bats Stadium, 401 East Main St, Louisville, KY 40202
Price: $15 Members/Guests, $10 Life Members, $5 Students

Classification of Blended and Single Malt Scotch Whiskey via Smart Sensing

Well-trained human experts can undoubtedly find the differences between whiskies, but it is still not an easy job for most consumers.  For whisky authentication to become a feasible option for consumers, a rapid and simple on-site authenticity assessment solution, or an electronic nose (e-nose), has been developed.  This talk will introduce a new e-nose prototype (NOS.E) developed by the NOS.E team to identify differences between whiskies. [ … ]

Speaker: Dr. Seun Akeyo
Thursday, May 19, 2022, 6:00 PM
WebEx Virtual Meeting
Price:  FREE!!
Price: $15 members and guests, $5 for Students – Feast Barbecue and Soft Drinks Served

Transmission Relaying and Communications

Electric Utilities have devised many different means to provide fast and reliable fault isolation on transmission lines over the last several decades.  End-to-end communications have played an important role in this pursuit.  With communications-assisted relaying schemes, line faults can be isolated much quicker, reducing risks to grid stability as well as damage caused by the fault.  In this talk, Jason will discuss some of the schemes and communication systems that have been employed in high-speed line relaying. […]

Speaker: Mr. Jason Finn
Tuesday, April 26, 2022, 7:00 PM
Louisville Gas and Electric, 820 W Broadway, Louisville, Kentucky, United States, 40202
Price: $20 members and guests, and $10 for Students – Pizza and Beer Included

Combatting the Spread of Online Misinformation

Dr. Thomas will discuss several different methods used to understand and describe human behavior on the Internet, and the effect of offline events on online communities. The central focus of this work is a broad investigation into how groups of people behave online. Dr. Thomas will present research into better understanding the effects of policies enacted by governments and social media companies on online behavior. A discussion of an alternative means, other than censorship, to inhibit the spread of misinformation and propaganda online will be presented, as well as preliminary results thereof. […]

Speaker: Dr. Pamela Thomas
Tuesday, February 22, 2022, 12:00 PM
The University Club of Louisville, 200 East Brandeis Avenue Louisville, Kentucky United States 40208
Price: $10 Members and Guests, $5 Students – Catered

Louisville & Lexington Sections Joint Holiday Party

Topic: Modernization of the Electric Grid at LG&E and KU

The electric distribution system is in a time of significant change.  Increasing customer expectations and technological advances have reshaped what services are desired and how those services are delivered.  LG&E and KU are in the process of implementing modern centralized monitoring and controls across the electric distribution system to better manage the service reliability, power quality, efficiency, and safety of energy delivered to customers.

Speaker: Dr. Nick Jewell
Tuesday, December 7, 2021
Doors & Cash Bar: 6:00 PM – Dinner: 6:30 PM – Presentation: 7:00 PM
University of Louisville Golf Club, 401 Champions Way, Simpsonville, KY 40067
Price: $20 members, guests, and students

Training today’s Students for Tomorrow’s Workforce: Automation and Industry 4.0

Participants will get a chance to tour the Amatrol manufacturing plant in Jeffersonville, Indiana and learn how Amatrol is designing training systems to teach tomorrow’s technologies for automation, robotics, mechatronics and Industry 4.0.  In-person IEEE meeting to follow Amatrol presentation and tour.

Speaker: Mr. Jason Everett
Tuesday, November 16th, 2021 – 10:00 AM
Amatrol Inc, 2400 Centennial Boulevard, Jeffersonville, Indiana, United States, 47130
Price: FREE!!

Louisville Section Social Event – Hive and Barrel Meadery

Topic: Mead Making

Join us in the beer garden at 3rd Turn Oldham Gardens, for a Louisville Section social meeting.  The section will host heavy hors d’ oeuvres from the Backside Grill at Oldham Gardens, and provide a taste of several meads from the Hive and Barrel Meadery.

The Hive and Barrel shares space with the 3rd Turn Brewery.  For those who don’t like mead, the 3rd Turn Oldham Gardens has 32 beers on tap.  This is a no host bar. 

Speaker: Joel Halbleib, Mead Maker
Friday, September 10, 2021, 5:00-7:00 PM
3rd TURN OLDHAM GARDENS, 6300 Old Lagrange Rd, Crestwood, KY 40014
Price: $10 Members/Guests, $10 Life Members, $5 Students

Louisville Section Social Event – Louisville Bats vs. Memphis Redbirds

This is our annual social event at the Louisville Bats game.  We always get seats in the shade (Section 222), with access to the VIP concierge level included in your ticket price.  Printed tickets will be provided.  You must contact John Doyle to reserve your tickets.  He will have to arrange to meet you with the tickets before the game.  We will be in Against the Grain before the game if you need to pick up the tickets the day of the game.  Don’t wait until the last minute!

Thursday, July 22, 2021, Game at 7:00 PM
Bats Stadium, 401 East Main St, Louisville, KY 40202
Price: $15 Members/Guests, $10 Life Members, $5 Students. 
$2.00 beer from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm, Ticket Price includes $5.00 in Concessions

Louisville Section Social Event – Racing Louisville FC vs. North Carolina Courage FC

This is the womens’ soccer (football) team. Group photo on field after the game.  Carpooling and prepaying parking is suggested.  All tickets will be electronic, and will be delivered to your SeatGeek account.  No printed tickets will be provided.  You have to download your tickets before entering the game.  Contact John Doyle to reserve your tickets and pay in advance.

Wednesday, June 23, 2021, 7:00 PM
Lynn Family Stadium, 350 Adams St, Louisville, KY 40206
Price: $20 Members/Guests, $15 Life Members, $10 Students

Batteries: How they are changing our world!

Participants will get a chance to learn more about how batteries are impacting all areas of our lives every day.  They are no longer just a part of simple portable devices and toys.  They are something bigger. The Crane Battery Innovation Center is exploring applications for batteries that are non-traditional and breakthrough technology evolutions.

Speaker: Mr. Ben Wrightsman
Wednesday, April 21, 2021, 7:00 PM
Location:  IEEE WebEx Virtual Meeting
Price:  FREE!!

Real-World Cybersecurity

Join us for a discussion with real security professionals. Our guest speaker is Brandon Grindatti, Security Engineer Specialist for Waystar Inc.  He specializes in Incident Response, Log Review, Malware Research, and remediation. He has a Bachelors of Science in Business Informatics. He is a IUS Computer Security Group Co-Founder, and four-time Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition competitor as well as four-time CCDC Room Judge.  He has worked in the Cyber Security Realm professionally for over five years, and as a hobbyist for over eight.  He is GIAC Certified for Incident Handling, and currently working on his CISSP.

Brandon will be talking about Ransomware, and how you get Pwned.

Speaker: Brandon Grindatti
26 Mar 2021, 06:30 PM to 07:30 PM
Location: Online via Zoom
Price: FREE!!

Measurement of student engagement in the STEM classroom using machine learning and biometrics

The measurement of student engagement in STEM courses (Science, Technology, Mathematics, and Engineering) is investigated using machine learning and biometrics to measure the emotional and behavioral states of students in the classroom. The approach collects multi-dimensional biometrics via camera and wristband monitors of facial expressions, eye gaze, hand/head/body movement, and heart rate. From these data, a software model is trained to classify student engagement. Engagement is classified from behavioral and emotional states with cognitive engagement inferred by machine learning. The ability to measure student engagement in real time can be used by the instructor to tailor the presentation of material in class, identify course material that engages and disengages with students, and identify students that are engaged, or disengaged and at risk of failure. Further, this approach allows quantitative comparison of teaching methods, such as lecture, flipped classrooms, classroom response systems, etc. such that an objective metric can be used to close the loop on teaching evaluation.

This work has been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Speaker: Dr. Chris Foreman
24 Mar 2021, 07:00 PM to 08:30 PM
Location: IEEE WebEx Virtual Meeting
Price: FREE!!

Advanced Control Systems for Grid Connected Inverters

Power Electronics are an enabling technology for a wide range of commercial and industrial applications.  Grid connected inverters are a central component of renewable energy sources (Photovoltaic Solar (PV-solar), wind), battery storage systems, as well as micro-grids. To optimally integrate these renewable resources, it is necessary to rethink the electric power grid itself by adjusting the centralized generation model and progressively transitioning to a distributed generation (DG) based power grid architecture through power electronic inverters and their control.

Our research focuses on developing novel control and observation strategies to improve the steady state error and dynamic performance of grid connected inverter systems. [ … ]

Speaker: Dr. Michael L. McIntyre, P.E. Associate Professor, ECE Department
Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021, 7:00 PM to 8:00pm
Location:  IEEE WebEx Virtual Meeting
Price:  FREE!!

Integration of Large PV Power Plants and Batteries in the Electric Power System

The declining cost of renewable energy, coupled with the need for cleaner sources of energy and environmental protection policies have led to the growing penetration of inverter-based resources, such as solar photovoltaics (PV), wind, and Battery Energy Storage Systems (BESS) into the electric power system.

The intermittent nature of these resources poses multiple challenges to the power grid. [ … ]

This presentation will review an approach for developing detailed models of utility-scale solar PV and BESS that are validated using data retrieved from an operational 10 MW PV farm and 1 MW/2 MWh BESS.  [ … ]

Speaker: Dr. Seun Akeyo
Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020, 6:30 PM
Location:  IEEE WebEx Virtual Meeting
Price:  FREE!!