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IEEE Philly - Section Night (2 PDH)

Tuesday, September 17, 2019, 6:00 PM until 9:00 PM
Sheraton University City
3549 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA  19104
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IEEE Section Night


Date: Tuesday September 17, 2019

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Location:Sheraton University City,3549 Chestnut St.
Philadelphia, PA

Cost: No Charge for Meeting. | Dinner: Pre-Registered online: $25; Students: $15 | Walk-in: $35; Students: $25 Please note that the dinner fee of $25.00 is mandatory at the time of registration. To pay at the door the fee is $35.00.

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Note:The real cost of dinner is higher, which is subsidized by the section. You may attend the talks only for free (with no dinner), however, we ask that you pre-register. *Parking is paid by the IEEE Philadelphia Section, make sure you have your parking ticket stamped at the meeting.

PDHcertificates are free for IEEE members. For non-members, the cost is $9 per certificate. You can pay during registration or by check at the meeting. Two (2) PDH certificates for continuing education requirements. Certificates will be emailed 2-3 weeks after the meeting.

First Talk:A Representation of Numbers in a New Natural Non-Orthogonal Geometry

Speaker:John J. Sudano



Math is incredibly important in our lives. Without it we would not have cars, comfortable houses, phones, air conditioning, nor would wehave been able to send a man to the moon. The operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division are the crucial properties. These critical properties can only occur with numbers of dimensions 1, 2, 4 and 8. All four sets are used to bring insights and understanding to the physical world. Presently these critical properties have been implemented only in an orthonormal geometry. This lecture introduces a natural alternative geometrical space with non-orthogonal basis rays. Any number in an n dimensional space can be represented by n positive numbers and a zero. Within this space a unique representation of numbers is introduced with properties of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division in dimensions 1, 2, 4 and 8. Rotation degrees of freedom are included, greatly enriching the multiplication tables and possiblyopening the doors to a new world of useful applications. Throughout history the evolution and the complex development of a society haveadvanced hand in hand with the development of language and mathematics, which are the tools that allow for the understanding of complexprocesses and for solving them. Hopefully the mathematics introduced in this lecture can be used to a better understanding of new complex processes.

Second Talk:Overload

Speaker:Donald McEachron

"It occurred to her that mercy was the ability to stop, if only for a moment. There was no mercy where there could be no stopping." From Dune by Frank Herbert. As a teaching faculty at a major university, I have recently become aware of several disturbing trends in higher education. One of these trends is the tendency of students to practice what one referred to as 'final and flush' - the retention of materials only to the end of a given course, and the application of learning primarily and, in some cases, solely to performance on the final examination. I havealso observed that many students do not read beyond the first few words of any document - examination questions are often answeredincorrectly because students fail to read any question with more than one sentence past that initial sentence. Finally, the number of students experiencing what has been termed 'melt-down' seems to be increasing - many students - intelligent and capable - simply disappearduring the course of a class only to try and make up materials at a later date. In partial explanation of these trends and others, I hypothesize that our societies are culturally evolving to serve our complex devices in the place of the humans that use them - in other words, our strategies and expectations are based more on the performance and capabilities of computers and less on the actual abilities,desires and needs of human beings. The mismatch between designed devices and evolved biological systems can lead to unexpected and unintended consequences which should be considered in engineering strategies. This idea will be explored using a wellknown mismatch between our 24/7 society and the circadian rhythms inherent in all human beings as well as investigating possible solutions to the overload problems in higher education.

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Questions? Contact the IEEE Philadelphia Section office