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Volume 4, Number 4 | 4th Quarter 2015
Dear IEEE Member,

The beat goes on here in the Nation's Capital, and it's time for your quarterly edition of the IEEE-USA Conference Brief.

We have had a great portfolio of IEEE-USA co-sponsored conferences and exhibitions, addressing diverse areas of policy and professionalism this year. And we still have a few more to go--as well as some exciting events to come in 2016! Do take a moment to consider making a presentation at, and attending, some of them. As always, if you know of a conference, seminar, or workshop you think IEEE-USA should consider co-sponsoring; or if you have an idea for a new event--locally or nationally--please don't hesitate to contact me.

Best regards,

Charles Rubenstein (
Chair, IEEE-USA Conferences Committee
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UPCOMING CONFERENCES (scroll down for more details)
2015 IEEE-USA Conferences Calendar
(Co-sponsored and/or where IEEE-USA has an Exhibition Booth)
When Where Conference
6-8 November Philadelphia, Pa. 2015 Women in Engineering (WIE) Summit USA East
17-19 November Sugarland, Texas
(Houston area)
Carbon Management Technology Conference 2015 (CMTC 2015)
12 December Philadelphia, Pa. IEEE Signal Processing in Medicine and Biology Symposium (SPMB)
14-16 December Orlando, Fl. IEEE International Conference on Wireless for Space & Extreme Environments (WiSEE)
When Where Conference
7-8 April Kansas City, Mo. 2016 IEEE Green Technologies Conference (GreenTech 2016)
16-17 April Washington, D.C. 2016 USA Science & Engineering Festival
13-14 May Vancouver, British Columbia IEEE International Symposium on Ethics in Engineering, Science, & Technology (ETHICS 2016)
5-10 June Portland, Ore. 2016 IEEE Photovoltaics Specialists Conference
18-21 July Boston, Mass. IEEE Power & Energy Society General Meeting
28-30 July New Orleans, La. IEEE-USA Future Leaders Forum
1-2 October Queens, N.Y. IEEE Booth at World Maker Faire New York
24-28 October Seattle, Wash. International Conference on Connected Vehicles and Expo (ICCVE)

2015 IEEE Women in Engineering (WIE)
Summit USA East

Conference Date: 6-8 November 2015
Philadelphia, Pa.

The IEEE WIE Summit USA East 2015 will focus on developing and improving leadership skills for individuals at all stages of their careers. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear inspirational and empowering talks presented by successful leaders from the IEEE North-East Region. Emerging technologies will also be demonstrated, engaging attendees to facilitate discussion and potential advancement of STEM outreach class ideas.

Carbon Management Technology Conference 2015 (CMTC 2015)

When: 17-19 November 2015
Where: Sugarland, Texas (Houston Area)

The 2015 Carbon Management Technology Conference (CMTC 2015) will focus on carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) technologies that provide options for lowering greenhouse gas emissions while maintaining fuel diversity for sustainable growth. CMTC 2015 provides an unbiased platform to present information on carbon management solutions for continued energy and economic growth. This conference is unique in its focus on industry and sustainable/economical CCUS options that are already being performed at large-scale.

Topics will include:
  • CO2 Capture for Fossil Energy Power Plants
  • Advanced Energy Systems
  • Atmospheric CO2 Capture Systems
  • CCUS Transportation Infrastructure
  • CO2 Utilization and Geological Storage
  • And More!
Important Dates

Abstracts still being accepted for poster presentation only.


IEEE International Conference on Wireless for Space & Extreme Environments (WISEE)

When: 14-16 December 2015
Where: Orlando, Fla.

This IEEE conference will bring together investigators from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), the European Space Agency (ESA), and other space agencies, along with aerospace and space defense industries and academic researchers, in an effort to understand and solve the emerging problems facing wireless sensing and communication in space and related extreme environments.

Full length research papers (6 pages) and posters abstracts (3 pages) are sought that address solutions to problems in all areas of wireless sensing and communication in space and extreme environments related to spaceflight.


IEEE Signal Processing in Medicine & Biology Symposium (SPMB)

When: 12 December 2015
Where: Philadelphia, Pa.

SPMB is a single-day symposium designed to promote synergy between the healthcare industries and signal processing researchers. This year's program features a special emphasis on big data applications. Featured topics include:

  • Analysis of Biomedical Signals and Images
  • Machine Learning and Pattern Recognition
  • Signal Processing in Bioinformatics
  • Time-frequency and Non-stationary Signal Analysis
  • Wearable Healthcare Devices
  • Data Mining and Analytics in Healthcare
  • Security and Reliability in Medical Technology
  • Emerging Medical Devices and Applications
Important Dates:

Early Registration: 15 November 2015


First-Ever IEEE-USA Future Leaders Forum

Conference Date: 28-30 July 2016
Tulane University
(New Orleans, La.)
Web: Facebook Page

IEEE-USA is presenting the first-ever national Future Leaders Forum, designed for students and young professionals, to be held at Tulane University in New Orleans, 28-30 July 2016. This innovative and exciting event will enable students and young professionals to gain knowledge not found in a classroom while being immersed in the traditional New Orleans culture.

Tomorrow's leaders are disrupting the monotony of business constructs at all levels--and this event embraces that. With an ideal mix of groundbreaking sessions, and uniquely formatted talks and discussions, this Future Leaders Forum will challenge traditional innovation, leadership and learning. We look forward to seeing you in New Orleans!
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