IEEE Smart Tech Metro Area Workshop series is coming to Detroit on 7-8 September, 2012

IEEE Smart Tech Metro Area Workshop series is coming to Detroit on 7-8 September, 2012. The two-day intensive workshop will be held at the Best Western PLUS Sterling Inn Banquet & Conference Center in Sterling Heights, Michigan. Smart Tech Workshops offer parallel, all-day track sessions that allow attendees to immerse themselves in a given technology. Attendees may choose one full-day track on each day of IEEE Smart Tech. Some tracks are repeated to accommodate schedules and ensure you won’t miss anything.

 IEEE Smart Tech Metro Area Detroit,


DATE: Thursday, April 26th, 2012


PLACE : Raffel’s – 10160 Reading Road (see below for directions)

TIME : 5:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. –  Social Time
 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. –  Dinner
 7:00 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. –  Presentation
COST:   $12- $20, See information in Reservations

Buffet Menu: Asparagus Spears in a Fresh Cream Sauce served on Toast
Points, Hot Sliced Roast Beef in Gravy, Parmesan Chicken Breast, Zucchini
Carrot Dressing, Buttered Noodles, Sauteed Vegetables, Tossed Salad, Dinner
Rolls and Butter, and Dessert.


Lt Col (USAF retired) Kent Tiffany is a subject matter expert with Unmanned
Aerial Vehicles (UAVs)  over the past 12 years.  His briefing will present
his past history with Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, Global Hawk and the X-45A
UCAV programs; where he had directinvolvement at Edwards AFB, CA, from
initial flight test to him operationally deploying Global Hawk to the war
shortly after 9/11.  With permission from the U.S. Air Force, he’ll discuss
his support to his company’s present contracts for the Next Generations
Remotely Piloted Aircraft (NGRPA) program, and his work for developing
technologies for the Global Hawk Airborne Sense and Avoid effort (ABSAA). 
Last, Mr. Tiffany though his own company has been working on developing
super long endurance UAV for Group 2 class aircraft(up to 55 lbs.), where
his company’s UAV may be capable of staying airborne for days, weeks and
even possibly months at a time without landing or refueling. 

The briefing will go into some of the technical challenges of developing
the Next Generations Remotely Piloted Aircraft (NGRPA) program with the
multiple aircraft control, automation assist for Close Air Support (CAS)
mission with an aircraft capable flying at nearly 500 mph, pulling 4-Gs and
firing possible weapons with turreted guns, lasers, or other kinetic type
weapons where latency for communications and lack of ground situational
awareness prevents the pilot manually controlling the aircraft during the
engagement sequence.  He will also discuss the challenges of the Airborne
Sense and Avoid effort (ABSAA) effort for Global Hawk, where the challenges
in technology and the certification process with the DoD and the FAA drive
high risk for this program.  Last, he’ll discuss briefly about the future
Department of Homeland Security CBP mission with protecting our Nation’s
borders of over 12,000 miles of border (19,000 with Alaska and Hawaii).

LOCATION:  Raffel’s is located at 10160 Reading Road, south of Glendale-
Milford Road on the east side of Reading. Take I-75 to the Glendale-Milford
Rd. Exit, go east on Glendale-Milford Road approximately ¾ of a mile to
Reading Rd. and turn right on Reading.

RESERVATIONS:  (Please note New Procedure) Please make reservations for
each meeting by going to:  Please
click on the appropriate link and complete the reservation.  You may now
pay on-line. 

Members: $12.00
Non-members: $15.00

Two ways to pay for dinner:
1) [Register and pay the fee now] using PayPal.
2) [Register and pay the fee at the meeting]. Check or cash; correct change

Make checks payable to “IEEE Cincinnati Section”.
Those desiring to use their bank’s bill payer service to send a check,
rather than paying at the meeting, should contact for details.

Reservations close at noon on Thursday, APRIL 19th, 2012.

An email to prior to the close of
reservations is required to properly cancel your reservation. Failure to
cancel does not eliminate your responsibility to pay for the dinner.
Refunds for PayPal payments are more complicated, and we request that you
leave the funds on deposit for a future meeting.

WALK-INS: Walk-ins are available for this meeting.
WALK-INS (those without dinner reservations who want dinner): If you
don’t have a dinner reservation, there may not be enough food to serve you.

Walk-ins pay a higher rate: $15.00 for members, $20.00 for non-members.
Cash or checks only; correct change appreciated.

All Reservations must be made by noon, THURSDAY APRIL 19th, 2012

If you plan to attend the meeting and do not want dinner, please click the
[Register only (skip optional payment)] button when you register.

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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. 9, September 1997.

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  Bown was born in Fairport, NY, in 1891 and graduated in engineering from Cornell University in 1913. He continued his education at Cornell, where he received the master’s degree in 1915 and the Ph.D. degree in 1917. He served as a physics instructor while completing his graduate studies and was an officer in the U.S. Army Signal Corps (Fig. 2) during 1917-1919. He joined the development and research department of the American Telephone and Telegraph Company in Continue reading


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