Evaluating Autonomous Vehicles at UCSD

Thursday April 15, 2021 @ 6:30PM
IEEE Computer and Computational Intelligence Societies
– Consultants Network
– Consumer Technology Society
– Reliability Society

San Diego Chapters
Evaluating Autonomous Vehicles at UC San Diego
Speaker: Henrik I. Christiansen

Autonomous vehicles have a long history in San Diego. As we transition not only to use of autonomous vehicles on the highway but also for micro-mobility services it is of interest to explore how we can solve problems such as integration into local communities, but also leverage use of technologies such as sensor fusion, object (road-user) tracking, dynamic planning, and machine learning to build next generation vehicles for community service. Over the last 2-3 years we have setup a laboratory at UC San Diego to develop, test and evaluate technologies for autonomous vehicles. In this presentation we will outline the overall program, some of the key challenges, results from the research/educational efforts and discuss our strategy for the future.

Speaker Bio:
Henrik I Christensen is a distinguished professor of computer science and engineering at UC San Diego and the director of robotics. He also coordinates the Autonomous Vehicle Laboratory. He is the main author of the US National Robotics Roadmap (2009, 2013, 2016 & 2020). He has published more than 300 papers and 8 books. He was awarded the Engelberger Award, the highest honor from the robotics industry 2014 and also named Boeing Supplier of the Year 2014. He has transitioned technology to many companies across automotive, aerospace, logistics, diagnostics and AI. He is the co-founder of six companies. He is a fellow of IEEE and AAAS.

Location:  Virtual talk by Webex at the RSVP link below.
Date and Time:Thursday April 15, 2021 at 6:30PM.
Cost: Free.
RSVP:  Vtools  https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/268631
Questions: Natasha Balac nbalac@eng.ucsd.edu.

Cyber Security Summit



San Diego Section IEEE members can get free access to the summit.  IEEESD21

Secure Free Admission (Regularly $95) with Registration Code:  IEEESD21

Note, this event is not sponsored by IEEE San Diego Section.


The IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC) is one of the IEEE Communications Society’s two flagship conferences dedicated to driving innovation in nearly every aspect of communications. Each year, around 3,000 researchers submit proposals for paper presentations and program sessions to be held at the annual conference.


More information can be found



Global OCEANS 2021 San Diego – Porto

IEEE/OES co-chair of the Global OCEANS 2021 San Diego – Porto conference to be held this September 20th to 23th.

The event for global maritime professionals to learn, innovate, and lead in the protection and utilization of the world’s largest natural resource – our Oceans.

More Info: https://global21.oceansconference.org/

The San Diego portion will be an in-person event.

Robert Wernli – Global OCEANS 2021 Co-Chair

Consultants’ Network of San Diego – “Patent Eligibility of Software”

Monday, September 13, 2021

IEEE Consultants’ Network of San Diego – Topic: Patent Eligibility of Software”

 Speaker:   Rob Cogan, Continuum Law


“Patent eligibility” is critically important for software inventions. The 2014 Supreme Court case Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International held that putting an old method on a computer would not make it patentable. This decision turned the world of computer-related inventions on its head because it created so many ambiguities. Since then, several more Supreme Court decisions and carefully crafted sets of guidelines from the Patent Office have provided some clarification. Today’s rules are equally applicable to complex software as to game apps. A better understanding of patent eligibility goes hand-in-hand with a better understanding of value. We will also touch on such matters as whom to name as the inventor of a program generated by artificial intelligence, copyright ownership of code, and working as a software consultant.



Rob Cogan is Principal Attorney at Continuum Law in downtown San Diego. The firm handles high tech business issues for small and large companies, patent-trademark-copyright, and contracts. Most recently he has been guiding companies across the legal minefields of California’s new laws regarding classification of independent contractors and employees.

Rob is among the first attorneys to prosecute a software patent application to allowance at the United States Patent Office. He litigates software issues, creates joint software development agreements, and registers copyrights in source code.

His electrical engineering degree is from The Cooper Union in New York City, and his law degree is from the George Washington University National Law Center.


This meeting will be held online.  Please RSVP Here on IEEE Vtools.  We will send an e-mail to all registered participants on Sunday evening with meeting connection information. 

San Diego IEEE Consultants’ Network Meeting Date and Time:
September 13, 2021 (Monday)
6:00 – 7:00 pm – Presentation
7:00 – 7:30 pm – Introductions and Announcements

Consultants Network of SD and Foothill: “Small Business Development Centers”

IEEE Consultants’ Network of San Diego
Topic: Small Business Development Centers”


     Uriel Argüelles, Business Advisor / Financial Consultant, OCIE SBDC


Introduction to Orange County Inland Empire Small Business Development Center (OCIE SBDC) – a look at the available resources: Marketing, Funding, Management, and Business Planning, Government Contracts.

Current Covid-19 Available Resources: – an opportunity to learn about resources available through local and federal governments, as well as to ask questions about, PPP forgiveness, EIDL, and more.

-Engineering your Business and understanding the importance of Financial Projections by using Financial Statements (P&L, Balance Sheet, Cash Flow)


Uriel has held various leadership roles in several Fortune 500 financial services companies. As a Corporate Banker, he supported and guided business clients with planning, problem-solving, and navigate complex economic events. Uriel graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Management from California State University, Northridge, and earned an Executive MBA from Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA. As a Financial Consultant, he prides himself on helping entrepreneurs and business owners navigate business finance complexities and obtain access to capital.

Uriel has experience as a business owner and has worked with some of the largest banks and wealth management companies such as Citibank, Bank of America, JP Morgan Chase, and Merrill Lynch. Bringing the business and financial expertise used by fortunate 500 companies to the small businesses and individuals in the community. 

This meeting will be held online.  Please RSVP Here on IEEE Vtools.  We will send an e-mail to all registered participants on Sunday evening with meeting connection information.    

San Diego IEEE Consultants’ Network Meeting Date and Time:
July 12, 2020 (Monday)
6:00 – 7:00 pm – Presentation
7:00 – 7:30 pm – Introductions and Announcements

We meet on the second Monday.
No charge.

We are asking everyone to RSVP so that we can provide the meeting connection information via e-mail.  All are welcome. Signup two guests. Please RSVP Here:
Vtools: https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/276819

San Diego Section New Officers Training

2021 – Section and Chapter Officers Training

  • vTools (create an event, broadcast the event, manage the event, report the event)
  • OU Analytics

Presented by Chris Gunning

Please register at https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/265595

Consultants Network – Engineering the Future in the post-COVID era

‘Engineering the Future in the post-COVID era’

S. K. Ramesh, Ph.D., Fellow IEEE

We are witnessing an extraordinary test of the human spirit the past few months as governments and institutions worldwide take steps to protect people and prevent the spread of the global pandemic resulting from COVID-19. The world as we knew it has changed; forever. IEEE’s mission of “Advancing Technology for Humanity” has never been more relevant.

As we all work to learn the impacts on our global economy, two constants remain certain—innovation, and economic development, will remain critical drivers of regional and human success. Organizations like IEEE will play a vital role in this redeveloped world. With the switch to telework and telehealth, the technologies created by IEEE members are clearly making a difference, and will continue to play an important role in the new world economy when we emerge from this pandemic. IEEE has the power to support our members worldwide, and hold our profession together during these uncertain times.


Programs such as EPICS in IEEE, and IEEE’s Humanitarian Activities bring together students, NGO’s, and professionals to address challenges in their local communities through innovative technological solutions. This presentation will address the vast resources available through IEEE and the IEEE Learning Network (https://iln.ieee.org) to keep our members connected, engaged, and supported – as we ‘Engineer the Future’ together in a post-COVID world.


S. K. Ramesh
Director, AIMS2 program, and
Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
California State University, Northridge, USA
Email: s.ramesh@ieee.org

S. K. Ramesh is a renowned engineering educator with over three decades of leadership experience as a dean, department chair, and faculty member in the California State University system. He is presently a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at California State University, Northridge, and founding Director of CSU Northridge’s internationally recognized AIMS2 program (www.ecs.csun.edu/aims2) that mentors and supports Latino/Latina students and underrepresented minorities in engineering. Earlier, he served as dean of CSUN’s College of Engineering and Computer Science from 2006-17. The programs he established serve industry practitioners in high wage, high demand fields, including renewable energy, assistive technology, and advanced manufacturing.

Dr. Ramesh has been an active IEEE volunteer for 39 years and has served in several leadership roles on the IEEE Board of Directors, IEEE-HKN Board of Governors, ABET Board of Directors, and as IEEE’s representative on the ABET Board of Delegates. As 2016-17 Vice President of Educational Activities, he championed collaboration, diversity, and inclusive excellence, through innovative programs like the IEEE Learning Network (ILN). IEEE-HKN (the Electrical Engineering Honor Society) expanded to serve all ten Regions of IEEE under his leadership as the 2016 IEEE-HKN President.

Ramesh is an IEEE Fellow recognized for “contributions to entrepreneurship in engineering education”, and his research interests cover high-speed optical communication systems, devices, and electronic circuit design. His many recognitions include the John Guarrera Engineering Educator of the Year, William Johnson International award for leadership and contributions to the profession, and the IEEE Region 6 Community Service award. For additional information please see: http://www.csun.edu/engineering-computer-science/ramesh

Register @ https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/262390