May - 2017

Wireless Symposium and Summer School
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
All day - Virginia Tech Research Center
Wireless @ Virginia Tech will be hosting the 27th Annual Wireless Symposium & Summer School at the Virginia Tech Executive Briefing Center located on the second floor of the Virginia Tech Research Center in Arlington, VA. We will post the agenda on the the Wireless@VT LinkedIn page once it has been finalized.
Reading Day
Thursday, May 4, 2017
All day - Virginia Tech
Classes End
Wednesday, May 3, 2017
All day - Virgina Tech

March - 2017

Virginia Mountain Section of IEEE Meeting
Thursday, Mar 23, 2017
6:00am - 9:00pm - Holiday Inn – Roanoke
A broad overview of deep learning and its applications.
David L. Livingston, Ph.D., P.E.
Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Virginia Military Institute

Deep neural networks (DNNs) trained using deep learning methods are considered the state-of-the-art in current artificial intelligence research and development. DNNs are the bases of many applications including the voice recognition systems on Android phones and face recognition on Facebook. Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Amazon, ... all have active research programs in deep learning.

In this presentation, we’ll discuss the history of deep learning, the basic methods used to train deep neural networks, and show that there are a number of easily-learned tools that make the process of designing, training, and applying deep networks accessible to engineers and computer scientists. We’ll also examine a sample of the many interesting applications of deep learning to solving difficult problems in weak artificial intelligence and discuss its potential in the development of strong artificial intelligence.

Dave Livingston was born and raised in Hampton Roads and earned a B.S.E., M.E., and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. He started his professional career at IBM Endicott where he worked as a staff engineer participating in the design of the IBM PC-XT/370 and IBM PC-AT/370. Dave went back to academics as an Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Old Dominion University and as a Professor and Department Head of Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technology at Virginia Western Community College. He joined the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Virginia Military Institute in 1999, where he is currently a Professor of ECE. His research interests include computational intelligence?particularly neural networks and reinforcement learning, embedded systems, and robotics.

Dave, currently a Senior Member, joined the Virginia Mountain Section of the IEEE in the early 90’s and has served in every officer position in the VMS and the VMS Computer, Controls, and Industrial Electronics Society. He is a member of Eta Kappa Nu, Tau Beta Pi, and Phi Kappa Phi; and was awarded the IEEE Millennium Medal in 2000.

To satisfy his artistic needs, Dave plays bass guitar in the VMI Jurassic-rock quintet: The Coprolite Band.

Meeting Details:
Thursday, March 23rd, 2017
Executive committee meeting: 5:45 PM
Social: 6:30 PM
Dinner: 7:00 PM
Presentation: 7:30 PM

Members and Guests: $20, Educators and Students $10
Dinner will be a buffet so dietary restrictions will not be needed for this meeting.
Major Design Experience Info Session
Wednesday, Mar 22, 2017
2:00pm - 3:30pm - Surge 103A
ECE 4805/4806 Info Session
Information session for students interested in enrolling in this two semester class in the Fall of 2017. This is a unique opportunity to develop real-life business and professional skills, be coached/ mentored by seasoned corporate executives, and gain a valuable competitive advantage when interviewing and when you start your career.
Seminar-Quantum engineering of III-V semiconductor, and their application for daily life (Bradley Distinguished Lecture)
Friday, Mar 17, 2017
4:00pm - 5:05pm - Goodwin Hall auditorium (Room 190)
Why is security important? An Intel perspective
Monday, Mar 6, 2017
1:30pm - 2:30pm - Whittemore 457A
Talk by ECE alumnus Abhranil Maiti on research at Intel's Security Center of Excellence

Why is security important? An Intel perspective

Security is one of the critical areas of focus for Intel while designing ICs for variety of applications such as servers, PCs, smartphones, and IoTs. A process of product security assurance is followed to ensure that all Intel products are thoroughly analyzed to identify any vulnerability that may be exploited by an adversary, if not mitigated. This talk will cover Intel's areas of focus in security during different phases of its product life cycle. This talk aims to help the audience get an understanding of how Intel approaches security while designing its products. The purpose is to trigger interest as well as ideas for solving security problems typically found in the industry. This may lead to future research collaboration between Intel and VT. We also hope to attract motivated minds to join our work force to directly contribute to this challenging area.


Abhranil Maiti received his PhD from ECE Department, Virginia Tech in 2012. During his PhD, he was a member of Secure Embedded Systems lab. He is currently working as a senior security researcher in Security Center of Excellence (SeCoE) at Intel, Hillsboro, OR. His areas of interest are embedded systems security, System-on-Chip (SoC) security, secure hardware primitives (PUF/TRNG), security validation, and formal verification.
Spring Break Begins
Saturday, Mar 4, 2017
All day - Virginia Tech

February - 2017

Seminar- Extremely High Mobility and Low-power Transistors and Ge Photonics for IoT Applications.Prof. Mantu Hudait.
Friday, Feb 24, 2017
4:00pm - 5:00pm - Goodwin Hall auditorium (Room 190)
Virginia Mountain Section of IEEE Meeting
Thursday, Feb 16, 2017
6:00pm - 9:00pm - Holiday Inn – Roanoke
In-Flight Entertainment Systems and the Application of Radomes.

The use of antennas in terrestrial and other surface systems is often clear from pole-mounted cellar arrays, domes and even the large “golf ball” radomes covering the larger, and often gimballed antennas. In airborne systems, however, the antennas are exposed to a much harsher environment. In these cases, a different style of radome is required since it must conform to the aerodynamics and structural requirements of the aircraft. This imposes challenges to the strict performance requirements of airborne weather radar as well as satellite communication system on airborne platforms. The addition of a radome creates several deleterious effects on the system that the radome is meant to protect. In this talk, a brief introduction to the effects and electrical loading of radomes will be presented. Examples will be drawn from commercial, in-flight entertainment systems that have been increasingly present on commercial and private aircraft.

Brad Davis earned his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Tech in 2000 in electrical engineering and holds a professional engineer’s license. Brad’s expertise lies in design, construction, modeling and testing of passive and active electromagnetic systems. His background includes industrial experience in electromagnetic wave propagation, diffraction and scattering, the design and development of antennas, radar systems, sensor systems, and power systems. He is a graduate of Virginia Tech, and he currently works for General Dynamics in the areas of radomes, antennas and related electromagnetic applications and simulations. Dr. Davis was previously employed by NanoSonic, Inc., Virginia Tech, Central Maine Power, Westinghouse and GTE. He has published over 40 journal and conference papers.

Meeting Details:
Thursday, February 16, 2017
Social: 6:30 PM
Dinner: 6:45 PM
Presentation: 7:30 PM

Members and Guests: $20, Educators and Students $10
Let us know if you have special dietary restrictions (vegetarian, dairy or gluten allergy, etc.)

Holiday Inn – Roanoke
3315 Ordway Drive
Roanoke VA 24017

Directions to Holiday Inn – Roanoke:
From I-581 take exit 3W Hershberger Rd. Turn right at the first traffic light (near WDBJ-7 studios & Zaxby’s) onto Ordway Drive. Continue past Big Lots and the Holiday Inn is on the right.

Reservations: Please RSVP by noon, Monday February 13. Please specify the number of attendees and any dietary restrictions. Please RSVP to George Williams, Vice-Chairman, at
Seminar-Mandatory Title IX Training- Dale Robinson,
Friday, Feb 3, 2017
4:00pm - 5:00pm - Goodwin Hall auditorium (Room 190)

January - 2017

Seminar-Inference and Learning over Large-Scale Social Networks- Georgios B. Giannakis,ADC Chair in Wireless Telecommunications and McKnight Presidential Chair in ECE, Department of Electrical
Friday, Jan 27, 2017
4:00pm - 5:00pm - Goodwin Hall auditorium (Room 190)
Georgios B. Giannakis, ADC Chair in Wireless Telecommunications and McKnight Presidential Chair in ECE, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Minnesota:
Spring Semester Classes Begin
Tuesday, Jan 17, 2017
All day - Virginia Tech, Various
Classes begin for Spring Semester 2016