The 23rd Midwest Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Science Conference

The 23rd Midwest Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Science Conference
April 21-22, 2012
Engineering Research Center
University of Cincinnati
Cincinnati, OH, USA.

Paper submission deadline: February 24, 2012

For more information please visit

or write to the MAICS conference E-mail address:

Special Member/ Non-Member Meeting!!! Linux Install Fest

Linux Install Fest

(updated 2/23/2012)

 Feb 25th, 2012

 Pizza provided by IEEE.

 Cost:  Complementary

Did you know that Linux operating systems runs the 10 fastest supercomputers in the world? Linux is an open source OS that runs on a variety of platforms ranging from televisions and network routers to mainframes and supercomputers. (

Would you like to harness the power of Linux to breathe life into an old computer, Continue reading

Call for speaker

The IEEE-USA conference will be held in Cincinnati, OH this year.  The program begins the evening of 3 May and continues until lunch time on 6 May 2012.  The theme for this conference is Innovation taking Flight.  The Cincinnati section is a co-sponsor with the Dayton and Columbus sections.  The main plenary program begins on Friday, 4 May.  The Cincinnati section has a 20 minute time slot assigned for a speaker at 11:00 a.m. Friday.  The Executive committee for our Cincinnati section is looking for a person that would be willing to prepare and give this short speech.  Contact Stephen Fridrick, chair, for more information.  (, 513-243-5361)


Tour of AMP Electric Vehicles


Thursday, February 23, 2012  (Limited)


Amp Electric Vehicles (see below for directions)


5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. –  Pizza & Social


6:30 p.m. to ~8:00 p.m. –  Presentation/Tour


$5 for Pizza.  (Not required to attend meeting)



MENU SELECTIONS:   Pizza and water provided, vending machine available for soft drinks


LOCATION:  AMP Electric Vehicles, 100 Commerce Drive

(aka Commerce Blvd and Commerce Way)  Loveland,  Ohio  45140

From Montgomery Road, turn south-east onto Union Cemetery Rd. Turn right at the first street; Commerce Blvd (it may say Commerce Drive). Do a U-Turn at the first opening in center median, then turn right into parking lot of AMP Electric Vehicles. Use the main entrance of the building. If the parking lot is full, turn right onto Union Cemetery Rd, and then turn right into the rear parking lot of AMP Electric Vehicle.

RESERVATIONS:  (LIMITED TO 30- MEMBERS ONLY FOR THIS MEETING) Please make reservations for each meeting by going to:  Please click on the appropriate link and complete the reservation. 

Reservations close at noon on February 16th, 2012.

An email to prior to the close of reservations is required to properly cancel your reservation.

All Reservations must be made by noon, Thursday February 16, 2012

 PE CREDITS:  Depending on the subject matter, attendance at IEEE Cincinnati Section Meetings now qualifies the attendee for Professional Development Hours towards renewal of Professional Engineers Licenses. Required documentation will be available following the meeting!  The Section Meetings also provide a great opportunity to network with fellow engineers in the area.



This meeting will be held at the AMP Electric Vehicles manufacturing facility in Loveland, OH. Following a pizza dinner, attendees will receive a technical presentation on the vehicles, the motors and the batteries by Don Wires, Director of Engineering, of AMP Electric Vehicles. The presentation will be followed by a Question and Answer session, and a tour of manufacturing facility.

You must be an IEEE member to attend this meeting!  Space is limited to 30 attendees!


Don Wires:   Mr. Wires joined Amp Electric Vehicles after retiring from Procter and Gamble after 35 years. Mr. Wires was the first Technology Associated Director for Power, Control, & Information Systems at P&G. While at P&G Mr. Wires focused on advanced manufacturing processes across most of the company’s brands, with particular emphasis on high speed converting machine processes. Mr. Wires was responsible for the machine control direction for converting operations on a global basis, is co-author of several patents on machine automation and safety systems, and an early leader in developing a mechatronics approach to complex machine design at P&G. Mr. Wires was responsible for setting the automation direction on projects as large as one billion dollars across the Americas, Europe, Africa, and Asia, He was instrumental in applying servo technology to high speed converting processes. He is the first Engineering Technology Distinguished Alumni Graduate of the University of Cincinnati College of Engineering and Applied Science.


If you are interested in upgrading your membership to Senior Member, please contact any member of the Executive Committee.


The following individuals are IEEE members who are new to our Section: 


Nick Aerni

Ken Baker

Asitha Bandaranayake

Amal Chaturvedi

James Damato

Ronald Dexter

Tyler Gaerke

Richard Harrell

Jordan Laycock

Jason Long

Chad Mclelland

Joshua Smith

Krishnan Venkat

Nathan Wendt

Xinyu Xing




We wish to welcome these members to the Cincinnati Section!!!

Scanning the Past: A History of Electrical Engineering from the Past

Submitted by Marc Bell, Editor

Copyright 1997 IEEE. Reprinted with permission from the IEEE publication, “Scanning the Past” which covers a reprint of an article appearing in the Proceedings of the IEEE Vol. 85, No. 7, July 1997.

Frank J. Sprague and the Electrification of Urban Transportation

Frank J. Sprague (Fig. 1), known for his pioneering contributions to electric traction, electric elevators, and other applications of electric motors, was born 140 years ago this month. In recognition of his achievements in the field of electric power, he received the Edison Medal of the American Institute of Electrical Engineers (AIEE) in 1910. He also served as president of the AIEE during 1892-1893.

The son of the plant superintendent of a hat factory, Sprague was born in Milford, CT, and graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1878, the same year that the Edison Electric Light Company was incorporated. He served for about two years on a naval ship known as the Richmond and acted as a special correspondent of the Boston Herald while General Ulysses S. Grant spent time on the ship during visits to China and Japan. Subsequently, Sprague served aboard the Lancaster, stationed in the Mediterranean, and installed an electric call bell on the ship. He managed to observe an exhibition of electric lighting systems, including that of Edison, in Paris, France in 1881.

In 1882, Ensign Sprague was granted leave to attend and report on the Crystal Palace Electrical Exhibition in London, England. He served on the awards jury for exhibits of dynamos, electric lights, and gas engines Continue reading


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White House Official, Environmental Policy Analyst to Deliver Keynotes at Carbon Management Technology Conference in Orlando in February

WASHINGTON (28 December 2011) — Katharine Jacobs of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and Robert Fri, visiting scholar at Resources for the Future, will deliver keynote addresses at the first Carbon Management Technology Conference, 7-9 February 2012 in Orlando, Fla.

Jacobs, assistant director, climate adaptation and assessment in the OSTP Environment and Energy Division, will discuss “Climate Change Adaptation in the United States” on Tuesday, 7 February. Fri, who has more than 35 years experience as an administrator and analyst of energy and environmental policy, will discuss “America’s Climate Choices” the next day.

The conference, sponsored by eight engineering societies, will bring together key stakeholders to share the latest technologies, strategies and systems related to the management and Continue reading