Region 3 Members,

This is your Monthly Member Communication – January 2021 Edition

Happy New Year to everyone and we hope that you have had a restful and blessed holiday season.  Now it’s time to hit the ground running with more shared technologies and virtual continuous learning events. Please browse through these virtual meetings below, and hopefully a few of these technical topics will spark your interest!

January 2021 – Region 3 Virtual Meetings & Announcements

Monday – January 4th, 2021 (4:00pm – 5:00pm CST) Alabama Section

Digital Switchgear, By: Francis Seifein, P.E., MSEE of ABB Corporation

The Alabama Section has invited Francis Seifein, P.E., MSEE of ABB Corporation, to present on how to upgrade our infrastructure to a safer more Reliable grid in the 21st century with Digital switchgear and IEC61850. This virtual event will be held on Monday, January 4th, 2021. All attendees are requested to register for the virtual meeting on vTools.

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Thursday – January 7th, 2021 (12:05pm – 1:00pm EST) Jacksonville Section

Explaining Machine Learning Results with LIME, By: Robert Hobbs

How can Machine Learning developers explain a model’s results?

One tool is LIME, the Local Interpretable Model-Agnostic Explanations.

LIME allows developers to load specific exemplars and see the factors that drove the model to provide a specific result. The seminal paper “Why Should I Trust You?: Explaining the Predictions of Any Classifier” proposed the Local Interpretable Model-agnostic Explanations (LIME) as an approach to explain how models handle specific instances. As the name implies, the process reflects predictions at the locale of the value space under review. This webinar will provide: A short background on LIME, Examples using different model types, and a Discussion of LIME’s limitations and alternatives.

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Tuesday – January 12th, 2021 (2:00pm – 3:00pm EST) Jacksonville Section

Robust and Explainable Machine Learning for Radiological Systems, By: Dr. Ulas Bagci

Computer Vision for Collaborative Computer Aided Diagnosis Vision researchers have been analyzing the behaviors of radiologists during screening to understand how and why they miss tumors or misdiagnose. In this regard, eye-trackers have been instrumental in understanding the visual search processes of radiologists. However, most relevant studies in this aspect are not compatible with realistic radiology reading rooms. In this talk, I will share our unique experience for developing a paradigm-shifting computer-aided diagnosis (CAD) system, called collaborative CAD (C-CAD), that unifies CAD and eye-tracking systems in realistic radiology room settings.

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Thursday – January 14th, 2021 (12:05pm – 1:00pm EST) Jacksonville Section

Need to Explain Machine Learning Results? Try SHAP, By: Robert Hobbs

Effective and Ethical Machine Learning requires the ML team to have the ability to explain why a model yields certain results. This week, we will look into an alternative tool Shapley Additive Explanations or SHAP. The summary view of the values from a model SHAP can be a valuable tool in explaining to team members, business owners, and outside parties how a model works without exposing underlying proprietary information.

The first session gave an overview of LIME as a tool to let developers run a specific example and see how factors combined to yield a specific forecast or classification. Where LIME provides the factors for a specific value region, SHAP provides “average marginal contribution of a feature value over all possible coalitions.” Where LIME is specific, SHAP reflects a larger region of values rather than one instance. However, SHAP also takes much more processing power and time. Today’s session will step through several examples of using SHAP and address some potential trade-offs.

SHAP and LIME are valuable tools that can run as separate libraries in models. Both SHAP and LIME are in a number of other, larger toolsets such as FastAI.

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Wednesday – January 20th, 2021 (11:15am – 12:30pm CST) Huntsville Section

JCAM Presents: IEEE-ICES & RF Safety Awareness, By: Kevin Fisher, of Smith & Fisher Firm

Understanding RF Safety standards and measurements is important for engineers and designers.

Gaining an appreciation of the history behind RF safety standards, and how they are implemented and measured enhances the engineer’s effectiveness and confidence. An added benefit is the ability to convey safety information to customers and the general public for best practices and to alleviate concerns about unknown risks.

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Friday – January 22nd, 2021 (10:00am – 2:00pm EST) Florida West Coast Section

Recommended Practice for Establishing Methods and Procedures that Provide Supplemental Support for Implementation Strategies for Expanded Use of IEEE Standard 1547, By: Mr. Wayne Hartman

This session explores the IEEE 1547.8, Draft 8, “Recommended Practice for Establishing Methods and Procedures that Provide Supplemental Support for Implementation Strategies for Expanded Use of IEEE Standard 1547.” 4CEH’s will be presented.

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Friday – February 12th, 2021 (8:00am – 4:30pm EST) Florida West Coast Section

Arc Flash – Update and Training on NFPA 70E-2021, By: John Leedy, PE

This training session will be devoted to the subject of Electrical Safety in the workplace. Topics such as “how does electrical safety and the NFPA-70E apply to the workplace” and “what is required to be compliant with the standards” will be covered. A copy of the standard, NFPA-70E-2021 Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace is included in the training costs. 8CEH’s will be offered.

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Wednesday – February 17th, 2021 (7:00pm – 8:00pm EST) Melbourne Section, Power and Energy Society

Modern Power Quality Analysis, By: Naomichi Miyairi/Product Marketing Engineer

An overview will be provided on what power quality is and how to evaluate power quality in real-world scenarios. We will introduce the most common causes of power quality issues and the impact of the power waveform.

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Wednesday – Sunday, March 10th – 14th, 2021 (All Day Events) Region 3 Conference

SoutheastCon 2021: Engineers connecting the World

Register is now open for the 2021 SoutheastCon.  SoutheastCon 2021 has moved to a fully virtual platform! The planning committee is working hard to give you the BEST virtual experience that 2021 has to offer.  The conference will have many of the same tracks you’ve seen and love, as well as some innovative new items hosted on a virtual platform.  The IEEE SoutheastCon 2021 Committee is closely monitoring developments related to the rapidly evolving COVID-19 pandemic. Health and safety of our participants is the number one priority of our committee. The committee is working diligently with IEEE and SAC to define a course of action that will take local regulations into consideration while ensuring that the hard work of our authors and students are not minimized by the impact of this pandemic. If you plan on submitting a paper for this conference, the deadline is 1/10/2021, which is quickly approaching!

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Looking forward to seeing you all at these meetings.  Let’s have an awesome New Year folks!



Sonya Dillard, Chair

R3 Member Communications Committee