Mile High Spark Sept-Sct 2022



September/October 2022 Volume 13 Issue 5

Section Officers:
ChairJames Sipes
Vice-Chair: Jeff Hardy
Treasurer: Sarah Beckman
SecretarySantosh Veda

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In This Issue

Message From the Chair

Editor's Column

 Conferences/Summits/Call for Papers/Workshops/Tutorials

Upcoming Events

 NEW!! IEEE Conferences

The following like takes you to the full listing of IEEE USA 2022 conferences

New! - eBooks

IEEE Denver PES/IAS represented at the PES GM 2022

Giancarlo Leone, chair of IEEE Denver Section PES/IAS Chapter, and Hassaan Idrees presented about their experiences as part of the host chapter's Local Organizing Committee at the IEEE Power and Energy Society (PES) General Meeting (GM) 2022 held at Sheraton Downtown Denver from July 17th through 21st.

They spoke about the challenges on organizing a conference in a post-pandemic world, the resources they were able to utilize, and the support they received from within the industry and academic circles of the Denver Section.

The PES GM 2022, which kicked off with a warm welcome reception at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, was touted a big success, with more than 2000 attendees in presence throughout the five-day event. The technical talks, late-breaking and super sessions, paper and poster presentations, and the plenary talks attracted a wide variety of audience, including a sizable international presence. The conference concluded with the next iteration scheduled to be held in Orlando, FL in the summer of 2023.


Message from Jim Sipes, Chair, IEEE Denver Section, Jim Sipes - 

Well, we’ve reached October, and the year is winding down as winter approaches. To celebrate our return to more normal operation, the Denver Section held a family picnic for members and their families on October 29 at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds Picnic Pavilion, near West 6th Ave. and Indiana St. in Golden. We will talk about how much fun we had in the next issue of the Mile High Spark

As of the august senior member review committee meeting, we now have two new senior members in the section. Congratulations to Karen Burnham and Michele Miller on their upgrades. Another senior member review committee meeting was held September 24, but results of that meeting have not yet been posted.

The section will be holding a senior member upgrade event on October 11 at Original Brooklyn’s in Denver. After a dinner (on the section) and some networking time, senior member volunteers will be available to interview upgrade candidates and will provide the references needed for the upgrades.

An eNotice describing the event was sent out to the section membership on September 19. If you didn’t receive the notice but are a senior member and interested in serving as a reference for candidates, or are interested in applying for the upgrade to senior member, please send a note to Jeff Hardy at or me at . I urge all who may be eligible for the upgrade to join the event if you can. Requirements for the upgrade can be found at

One of the annual events of the Section in the fall is to hold elections for Section officers. The Nominations Committee has requested nominations for the positions of Vice Chair, Secretary and Treasurer for the 2023-2024 term of office. If interested, send a note to, including the following information:

  • Name
  • Email address
  • Brief outline of what you hope to bring to the to the IEEE Denver Section in the position
  • Previous IEEE Volunteer experience, training, and impacts you'd like to highlight

An eNotice reminder was sent to the section membership on September 25; although the window for nominations closes on October 3, I’m sure if you are interested and move quickly, exceptions can be made.

Planning for the 2023 Green Technologies Conference and Region 5 Annual Meeting and Student Competitions, to be held in Denver on April 19 – 23, 2023, continues. We will need many more volunteers to make these conferences a success. Details on the conferences are at and, and the call for volunteers is at . Please join us in putting together these conferences.


From the Editor's Desk, Ernest Worthman -

Just kidding

As I had noted in the last issue of the Spark I would not be continuing as editor. However, I found out that as long as I remain part of the section, I can continue for a time. So, I'm back, at least for now.

So, here is my latest rant.

5G is passé. 5G Advanced (or 5.5G is what it is all about)

Seems 5G is becoming a dull and boring subject. Technology steps, such as A, or +, or E, or other half-steps, seem to give the marketers a sense of accomplishment that they can use to continue the thread, or hype, depending upon the actual value of the advancement.

It seems this is happening with 5G. The hype around 5G has finally abated. That happens when reality hits. In its place, I am seeing more and more data pushing 5G-A, or 5.5G; seminars, papers, discussion, etc.

The term “advanced” draws attention. It works across just about any topic or industry. It was used in 3G, 4G and LTE. How successful hyping the half-step is, however, is open to discussion.

Personally, I tend to watch these suffixes rather cursorily, looking to see if there are really any wow’s that make me sit up and take notice. Generally, there are none. But it gives companies, analysts, the media etc. some eyeballs, and that is what it is all about.

5.5G, or advanced, is the discussion about the evolution of 5G. Nomenclatures such as these keep eyes and ears on the evolution. And, of course, there is 6G. But we have to be careful not to hype 6G too early, lest the chance of it losing the opportunity for the hype to maintain traction.

As far back as 3G, these half steps have been more hype than reality. Staying true to course, some seem to think the uptick in 5.5G is significant. In reality, it is simply the tightening of early 5G technology. It also upgrades existing components or platforms. For example, 5.5G upgrades RedCap, which stands for reduced capacity, a more efficient protocol for the internet of anything and everything (IoX). It also adds advanced positioning, which simply improves on the existing GPS accuracy. And Sidelink, which targets a more flexible approach for on-premises deployments.

However, even though some refer to it as the “next iteration of cellular” it still only adds to the 5G layer stack. It does not redefine or add any new radical functionality. One can call it a half-step on the road to 6G, but every time a standard is upgraded, do we add a tenth or a quarter or whatever? It is better to go with nomenclatures such as revisions. But those do not get a lot of attention.

To wit, and, noting that the requirements differ for indoor and outdoor, these GPS accuracy numbers are for indoor. 5G Release 16 positioning defines accuracy as three meters. Release 17 targets one meter or better. Release 18 has a lofty goal of one centimeter, but it remains to be seen if that is practical (GPS is capable of that, however, there is some discussion as to the necessity of it being that accurate for consumer-based enhanced mobile broadband—eMBB). There are also the regulatory issues of accuracy which will likely carry over from 4G.

So, does one meter or 0.1 meter define the half step? Are either of those that significant to warrant the term advanced?

As far as sidelink goes, the original NR sidelink was focused on supporting V2X related road safety services. 5.5G mainly adds support for broadcast, groupcast and unicast communications for out-of-coverage scenarios. It simply improves on the basic capability and expands the platform but, again, does not add any new options.

Similar deliverables exist for the other upgraded functions in 5.5G.

My point to all this is that when 3G went to 3.5G and 4G went to 4G advanced, the changes were incremental. The same is holding true for 5.5G.

I am fine with using terms such as advanced or enhanced for increments that add or expand functionality. However, I am not a fan of hyping them just for attention.

All in all, 5G is a nascent platform that is in a constant state of evolution. Hyping works much better for revolutionary changes. That does not make for good marketing. Thusly the marketers find ways to spin incremental improvements by wrapping them in a nice binder and calling it a “significant” as called by some of the industry players, by throwing out buzzwords that get attention, at it.

The bottom line is that few outside of the industry care, especially the consumer. To the enterprise, it may matter but only if they can see the value in it. 

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Technical Articles, Reports, App Notes, and While Papers

Securing Wireless Mesh Networks. By Steve Glass, Marius Portmann, and Vallipuram Muthukkumarasamy Queensland Research Lab, NICTA
Non-Orthogonal Multiple Access for 5G and Beyond. By uanwei Liu, Zhijin Qin, Maged Elkashlan, Zhiguo Ding, Arumugam Nallanathan, and Lajos Hanzo
Designing Tomorrow’s Li-ion Battery. By Siemens Digital Industries
Functional Layered Architectures and Control Solutions in Internet of Vehicles – Comparison. By Eugen Borcoci University POLITEHNICA of Bucharest, Serban Georgica Obreja University POLITEHNICA of Bucharest, Marius Constantin Vochin University POLITEHNICA of Bucharest 
Threats and Countermeasures of Cyber Security in Direct and Remote Vehicle Communication Systems. By Subrato Bharati, Prajoy Podder2 M. Rubaiyat Hossain Mondal, and Md. Robiul Alam Robel
Active and Passive Self-Interference Cancellation Techniques for Full-Duplex Systems in the Next Generation (5G) of Mobile Communication Networks. By Mohamed B. El_Mashade, Ashraf Aboshosha, and Ehab A. Hegazy
Fundamentals of MOSFET and IGBT Gate Driver Circuits. By Laszlo Balogh
Reducing Battery Size and Cost. By Tadiran Batteries
Three Compact Solutions for High Step-Down Voltage Ratios. By Olivier Guillemant
Curb Potential High-Voltage Issues with Galvanic Isolation. By Ernest Worthman



 Volunteer Wanted - A Unique  Opportunity for IEEE Denver Section Members

Members of the Denver section have a unique opportunity to participate in the 2022 IEEE Power & Energy Society General Meeting. The conference is coming to Denver on 17-21 July 2022 and we are looking for local volunteers to assist with the event. 

Volunteers will come together with Power & Energy peers to perform a wide variety of roles including welcoming, directing people, assisting with sessions, and coordinating. Volunteers will receive a free hour of meeting attendance, excluding paid events, for every hour of volunteer time. Lunch or dinner will be provided for volunteers taking two shifts back-to-back. Official Volunteer T-shirts and identification will also be provided.

Is it possible to share this opportunity with your section members and help promote it through your social media, event calendar, or Mile High Spark Newsletter? 

Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions. More information regarding volunteer roles, requirements, and incentives is available here:

Thank you,

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Call for Nominations

The IEEE Member and Geographic Activities (MGA) Nominations and Appointments (N&A) Committee is soliciting nominations for 2023 MGA committee member and liaison positions. These include:

MGA Committee Chair:

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  • MGA Student Activities Committee
  • MGA Training Committee
  • MGA vTools Committee
  • IEEE Women in Engineering Committee
  • IEEE Young Professionals Committee

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  • IEEE Conferences Committee
  • IEEE Educational Activities Board (EAB)
  • IEEE Publication Services and Products Board (PSPB)
  • IEEE TAB/PSPB Products and Services Committee

Each IEEE Region is encouraged to submit nominations to help ensure that MGA is globally balanced.  Self-nominations are encouraged. 


Every year, IEEE-USA Awards are given to recognize professionalism, technical achievement, and literary contributions to public awareness and understanding of the engineering profession in the United States.

IEEE-USA has authorized the presentation of Awards and Recognition for the purpose of recognizing excellence, outstanding service and contributions in furtherance of its objectives. The awards are administered by IEEE-USA’s Awards and Recognition Committee and have been approved by the IEEE Awards Board and the IEEE Board of Directors.

In addition to IEEE-USA awards, other forms of recognition are also available, including awards from other entities within IEEE and also outside the organization.

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Conferences/Summits/Call for Papers/Workshops/Tutorials

The 2022 IEEE Conference on Network Function Virtualization and Software Defined Networks (IEEE NFV-SDN) will be held in 14–16 November 2022 in Chandler, AZ, USA. The NFV-SDN conference is an important forum for the ongoing exchange of the latest ideas, developments and results amongst ecosystem partners in both academia and industry. The conference fosters knowledge sharing and discussion on new approaches as well as work addressing gaps and improvements in NFV and SDN-enabled architectures, algorithms and operational frameworks for virtualized network functions and infrastructures.

Author Submission Guidelines for Call for Papers

Prospective authors are invited to submit original full technical or fast-track papers for publication in the IEEE NFV-SDN 2022 Conference Proceedings and for presentation in the technical sessions. We solicit submission of high-quality full papers reporting original and novel research results on all the above topics. Papers must be written in English, unpublished, and not submitted elsewhere. Full papers must be formatted as the standard IEEE double-column conference template.

Full Technical Papers

Full technical papers should have a maximum paper length of six (6) printed pages (10-point font), including figures, without incurring additional page charges (maximum 1 additional page with over length page charge of USD100 if accepted). Papers exceeding 7 pages will not be accepted at EDAS. Submit papers here.

Fast-Track Papers
In addition, we welcome fast-track papers from the research community up to four (4) pages in length (10pt font); max. one additional page with over length page charge of USD100 if accepted. These papers should focus more on recent and newly-developing results. FAST-TRACK papers will be reviewed with a more open mind towards the scope of evaluation or breadth of topics compared to longer papers. We recommend that authors check both calls for papers before submitting. Submit papers here.

Demo Papers

The IEEE NFV-SDN 2022 conference also invites demonstration papers in the NFV and SDN realms addressing (but not limited to) the topics above. The demonstrations should be configured to run in a cloud environment accessible via the Internet and presented from the exhibition space floor on the demonstrator’s laptop. Also, an author of an accepted demo is required to register for the conference at the full or limited rate and present the demo at the IEEE NFV-SDN 2021 conference. Submit papers here.

Doctoral Symposium

The Doctoral Symposium is an innovative feature of the IEEE NFV-SDN conference series. It provides an opportunity for PhD students to discuss and get valuable feedback on preliminary research work from experienced researchers from both industry and academia. It will help to build and strengthen collaboration amongst the communities researching and working in the areas of NFV and SDN. The doctoral symposium has the status of an IEEE workshop and provides an excellent opportunity for networking amongst Ph.D. students and experienced researchers. Accepted submissions are published in the conference proceedings. Submit papers for early stage PhD work here and papers for late stage PhD work here.

For information on submission, please see the Call for the Doctoral Symposium

IEEE Global Communications Conference

IEEE Global Communications Conference (GLOBECOM) will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 4-8 December. Themed “Accelerating the Digital Transformation through Smart Communications,” this flagship conference of the IEEE Communications Society will feature a comprehensive high-quality technical program including 13 symposia and a variety of tutorials and workshops.

GLOBECOM 2022 will also include an attractive Industry program, with keynotes and panels from prominent research, industry and government leaders, business and industry panels, and vendor exhibits.

 The 8th IEEE World Forum on the Internet of Things (WFIoT2022)

WFIoT2022 seeks submissions and proposals for original technical papers and presentations that address the Internet of Things (IoT), its theoretical and technological building blocks, the applications that drive the growth and evolution of IoT, operational considerations, experimentation, experiences from deployments, and the impacts of IoT on consumers, the research community, the public sector, and commercial verticals. The World Forum will be held as a hybrid event, accepting in person and virtual presentations, and will be conducted 26 October-11 November 2022.

IEEE Photonics Society Conference: 13-17 November 2022, Vancouver, Canada
The IEEE Photonics Conference’s topics cover vast technical areas within the photonics community and the interests of our members. Attendees will be able to participate in Plenary Sessions, Invited Talks, Panel Discussions, Tutorial Talks, Workshops, Special Symposia, and the Industry Day programming, across the conference’s topical areas. 

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