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Issue 1 • Date Jan.-Feb. 2010

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  • [Front cover]

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  • IEEE Expert Now

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  • Table of contents

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  • Editorial

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  • The way ahead

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  • IEEE Student Branch profile: To serve and connect

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  • Solar flair: An open-road challenge

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    Imagine that you've been working on a student project team for two years. You've made many friends and together you are about to finish an 11-day, 2,500-mile trek from Austin, Texas, USA, to Calgary, Alberta, Canada, on photons alone. Over those two years your team has sacrificed much to design, build, develop, and now race a solar electric-drive vehicle. The race has been grueling, but now you see people lining the road and cheering you on those final few miles. This is a student project--are these just friends and families? The deeper you get into Calgary, the bigger the crowds. Flags are hoisted and banners wave. Someone says the crowd estimate is 35,000 strong. Finally, you near Olympic Park, cross the finish line, and the massive celebration begins. You are the North American Solar Car (NASC) champions! Sound like fantasy? No, this is reality. This is open-road solar car racing. View full abstract»

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  • Upgrading yourself - technical and nontechnical competencies

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    A good balance between technical and nontechnical skills for better career. The ideal training schedule or procedure. Identifying the competencies (both technical and nontechnical) needed for the role a professional in work environment. Self assessment of competencies is a good practice. Then define priorities for each one depending on their importance for the role. Then a professional should create a development plan based on time and resources available. It is better to be over prepared than under prepared. There should always be an opportunity of self development. View full abstract»

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  • Side-stepping the valley of death in New York City

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    Five years ago, I had never heard of the "valley of death." But recently it appears all around me, lying in wait for any misstep. As a research professor in biomedical engineering, I spend a great amount of time carefully shepherding seemingly successful technologies from falling into this valley of oblivion. Typically, one enters the valley of death when you have developed a working medical instrument in academia for proof-of-concept, but there are no viable commercial applications on the horizon. Academic projects are often started to improve medical care while reducing costs to society, but those goals must change to the singular goal of profit when a technology goes to industry. Thus, many technologies are never licensed to industry after success in academia, thereby falling into this valley of death. Reasons may be the lack of protection of intellectual property, that the new technology cannot be manufactured at a low enough cost, or withstand the rigors of the hospital environment. Review from federal government agencies may be seen as too costly a hurdle, although the National Institutes of Health are shifting their attention to tackle this problem. View full abstract»

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  • Providing a cushion for wireless healthcare application development

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    Recent advances in the electronics industry and wireless communication have enabled the evolution of innovative application domains. Smaller embedded processors and systems have allowed a new level of mobile communication and interaction in everyday life. In particular, the expansion of broadband wireless services and the advancement of handheld technology have allowed for real-time patient monitoring in locations where not previously possible. Low-cost sensors and wireless systems can now create a constantly vigilant and pervasive monitoring capability at home, work, and in conventional point-of-care environments (e.g., primary care physician offices, outpatient clinics, and rehabilitation centers). A large research community (e.g., the UCLA Wireless Health Institute) and a nascent industry is beginning to connect medical care with technology developers, vendors of wireless and sensing hardware systems, network service providers, and enterprise data management communities. Wearable devices focusing on personal health, rehabilitation, and early disease detection are now being prototyped. All of this has led to the new notion of "wireless healthcare." In this paper, we have presented an infrastructure for a typical wireless healthcare application-a smart cushion for back pain prevention. Many other interesting applications can be developed based on similar frameworks. For instance, the Nike+iPod sport kit can be simply implemented by integrating the on-cushion circuitries into the insole of the shoes. Due to the configurability of the system, design issues such as power and reliability can be optimized through modifications of the data sampling rate, communication frequency, and the analysis algorithms running on the handset. View full abstract»

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  • Following virtual trails

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    In the virtual world, implemented by the Internet, Web, satellite navigation, and other technologies, people are also roaming around that exploits the knowledge of others by following their trails. The advantage of utilizing trails is that they are adaptive, systems can catch all types of trails, and the program only has to distinguishes trails-it does not have to comprehend the common goals of all these users. The paper exploits the idea of a trail, presents a set of examples, and discusses what extent the concept may be used in the virtual world. It also presents a simple case implementation of a trail detection system. The author concluded that thebasic idea is to utilize the knowledge and decisions of others in order to find a good solution faster. The raw data that is needed is there already, often internally to the site, but some Web sites are willing to share this data with their users. View full abstract»

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  • Reinventing electric distribution

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    This article will focus on areas of ongoing technological improvement and highlight topics of interest both on professional and personal levels. In today's world, energy is scarce, costly, and it is harder to meet the demand after every new peak. To respond to these challenges, distributors have developed a package of fresh solutions involving the use of new technologies, commonly referred to as the "smart grids". View full abstract»

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  • Surviving cyber warfare with a hybrid multiagent-base intrusion prevention system

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    Inspecting network traffic that only protects the network and its entire host is not sufficient to secure the network and is a time wasting task, since network traffic payloads may contain polymorphic or encrypted malicious code and executables. The proposed system ensures the preemptive protection against zero-day attacks and malwares, by applying behavioral analysis techniques that focus on objects' behaviors rather than the behaviors of threats. View full abstract»

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  • Signals and Systems II Part I: Signals and their representations

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    The goal of this series is a principles-based capability to design signal-processing architectures to convert signals between various forms. Signals are continuous-time or discrete-time, real or complex, and baseband or passband. Operations used on those signals include analog filtering, digital filtering, interpolation, decimation, and frequency shifts. The approach is rigorous but largely graphical with little explicit mathematics. View full abstract»

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  • Gamesman solutions

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  • IEEE sponsoring regional student design competition

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  • 2010 Student Activities Committee e-mail address

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  • IEEE Media Advertising Sales Offices

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  • Gamesman problems

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IEEE Potentials is the magazine dedicated to undergraduate and graduate students and young professionals.

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Editor-in-Chief
David Tian
Carnegie Mellon University
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