EMCS VP for Standards, takes a well-deserved break after
chairing the EMCS Standards Open House in Istanbul. John
Norgard (right) was there to support Don and field questions
from the over 50 guests present.
Standards on the Bosporus!
What a day we had in Istanbul, Turkey at our
EMC Society Standards Open House on Sunday, May 11, before the
start of the IEEE International Symposium on EMC. This was held
at the Hilton Hotel held overlooking the Bosporus Sea. Before
going into the summary of the workshop, I thought it would be
of special interest to note that Istanbul is divided into two
parts: the part where the open house and symposium was in Europe,
and the other part on the other side of the Bosporus Sea was in
Asia. Hence our venue essentially bridged Europe and Asia (both
still in Region 8 of the IEEE), a highly unusual aspect of our
In any event, after flying via Frankfurt for over 10 hours and
arriving just five minutes from the start of the Open House, Andy
Drozd and I were on adrenalin to describe the work of the IEEE
Standards Association (SA) as well as our own standards development
activity. But much to our surprise, sitting out in the audience
was a sold out venue with just under 50 in attendance from all
over the world, but primarily Region 8. That indeed kept the adrenalin
going. If it were not for the situation in the Far East with embargos
on travel there would have been many more present. We want to
thank Elya Joffe (who also presented his work on IEEE Standards
473 on site surveys and the Standards Advisory and Coordination
Committee) who helped spread the word of this special Open House.
We were especially happy to see attendees from local Turkish institutions.
Here is a partial list of the organizations represented. The attendees'
varied positions included researchers, professors, consultants,
senior engineers, IEC TC officers, etc. and from countries including
Mexico, Russia, UK, Germany, Switzerland, Israel, Korea, Turkey
and the USA.
There was even a member of NATO present to cover
the military interest. I must note that I am using the sign-in
sheet that was handwritten and I apologize in advance if I misspelled
any of the above names or did not enter the organization correctly
in the partial attendance list above.
Our program was a bit different than what we did in Sao
Paulo, Brazil last November at our last international Open House.
We spent more time on showing a new set of Power Point slides
developed for us and placed on a CDROM by John Day, Manager of
E-business for the IEEE SA, and his colleagues. This included
an overview of the IEEE Standards Association (SA), Standards
Process. Don Heirman (Vice President for Standards of the EMCS)
went through each step in the process from initiating a standards
project to showing the forms to use along the way. By the way,
this is included on the SA web site under: http://www.standards.ieee.org/resources/
development/. By clicking on any of the subjects, more details
are shown. I urge our readers interested in our standards activity
to visit the site, which is an excellent resource to what our
work is all about.
EMCS VP for Technical Services, Andy Drozd, EMCS VP for
Member Services, and Jose Perini, EMCS Region 9 Membership
Coordinator, (from left) relax after attending the EMCS
Standards Open House in Istanbul.
Next I presented the SA's Global Portal Network
focusing on its features and impact and for our Regions 8 and
10 audience, the two major portals: Standards Asia and Standards
Europe. These can be reached by the following URLs: http://www.standardsasia.net
Again, when you have a chance, look up these exciting sites to
see what is happening in various standards activity in these regions
of the IEEE. Also shown in these portals is the standards community
"spotlight" which contains brief interviews/biographies
of local IEEE standards users.
After many questions on the process, we passed around business
cards for follow-up questions, which we started to get days after
the symposium via email.
The next part of the Open House was devoted to a review of the
organization of the EMC Society standards committees. Here again,
John Day's folks prepared a CDROM on the above Standards Association
web sites and also made a copy of our own standards site on http://www.emcs.org.
By the way, when you get to the EMCS web site via this URL, click
on the "Standards" button on the left hand side of the
home page to see what we showed at the Open House. After that
introduction to our Society web site, Andy Drozd (chair of the
working group on Computational Electromagnetics) was the next
presenter who showed an update on his project P1597 on computational
electromagnetic computer code validation. There were several questions
from the professors who were there from Italy and Germany on the
work as well as those who use the codes in their work assignments.
Andy handled their questions with aplomb. Next, Elya Joffe (chair
of the EM Site Survey working group) presented the progress of
his working group on updating our Standards 473 on EM Site Surveys.
He explained the inclusion of modern test instrumentation and
application to even measurement of biohazard fields. Finally,
Bill Radasky (chair of the Intentional EMI working group) discussed
our newest standard, project P1642 that is looking at recommended
ways to protect public accessible computer systems from intentional
EMI. Obviously, this EMI is intended to render these systems unusable.
(See Bill's article below on the meeting of TC-5 in Istanbul where
P1642 was discussed at length.) Elya and Bill both received many
questions and maybe even a few new volunteers to work on these
projects. After all, this was one of the main purposes of the
Open House and a measure of its success.
The Standards Open House held during
the Istanbul Symposium drew a record crowd! Don Heirman
speaks to attendees about the IEEE standards process. Elya
Joffe, Symposium Chairman, at right later presented the
Standards Advisory and Coordination Committee (SACCom) talk
which evoked much interest.
I then spoke on behalf of John Kraemer who is the chair of the
Standards Education and Training Committee. I showed the list
of Newsletter articles published in the past three years and highlighted
the special session on Monday afternoon at the IEEE Boston EMC
symposium. Elya next rounded out the Standards presentations with
a presentation of the work of his Standards Advisory and Coordination
Committee. He especially highlighted the openings he has on his
committee for representatives from CENELEC, the European electro-technical
standards committee, and other international Standards Development
organizations with whom we desire to better coordinate.
Again, our thanks go especially to our Region 8 and 10 visitors
who came to hear about our EMCS standards work and who listened
to other standards updates. Our special thanks go to our host-Elya
Joffe-for his help in the local arrangements and publicizing the
Open House not only in a special email to those who advanced registered,
but to placing the meeting on the Istanbul symposium web site.
We have to do this again, maybe the next time in the original
venue of Tel Aviv. For more information, please email me on firstname.lastname@example.org.
TC-5 (HPEM Transients) Meeting in Istanbul
by Bill Radasky, Chairman TC-5
Early Wednesday morning on May 14 at 7:00 a.m., approximately
20 individuals turned out for the first meeting of TC-5 held in
the city of Istanbul, Turkey. TC-5 deals with the subject of high
power EM transients such as ESD, lightning, nuclear EMP and most
recently Intentional EMI. Bill Radasky, Chairman of TC-5, organized
this meeting to inform the international community of the interesting
and expanding work being performed under this committee of the
IEEE EMC Society.
The agenda for the meeting was quite full beginning with a discussion
of the major tasks of the committee in the past (mainly reviewing
papers for presentation at our annual conference; however, this
year papers were reviewed for both Istanbul and Boston). The most
important part of the meeting was to inform the attendees of the
new work of the committee in the area of Intentional EMI (Standards
Project 1642-See Don Heirman's article on the Istanbul Standards
Open House above). These new efforts included the organization
of the invited session on Intentional EMI for the first time at
an IEEE EMC Conference in Istanbul (9 papers presented). In addition,
a Special EMC Transactions Issue on Intentional EMI is under development
and, finally, a new standards working group is beginning work
on the topic of protecting publicly accessible computers from
the threat of Intentional EMI (the first meeting is planned for
Bill Radasky solicited interest from the attendees in any and
all areas of work and was able to sign up a majority of the attendees
to become members of TC-5. He plans several mailings of information
to the members to keep them aware of the ongoing work and to solicit
their contributions in the future. All in all, this was a highly
successful meeting, and thanks must be given to Elya Joffe and
John Norgard for making this meeting possible. EMC