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The IEEE EMC Society, United Kingdom and Ireland Chapter Technical Seminar – in conjunction with the IEEE Circuits & Systems, and Instrumentation & Measurements Chapters

Technical Seminar Agenda

13:30 – Welcome – Brian Jones EMC Chapter Chair
13.35 – A Sensor Network for Automated Forest Fire Detection and Fighting – Professor Izzet Kale, Head of Department of Engineering, University of Westminster
14:10 – Confronting uncertainty: stochastic EMC – Christos Christopoulos, Professor Emeritus, Faculty of Engineering, University of Nottingham
14:45 – Break (tea/coffee, etc. may be purchased in Costa Coffee on the ground floor)
15:15 – Use and Abuse of Screened Cables – Tim Williams, Elmac Services
16:00 – UK implementation of EMCD, RED and LVD – Richard Harris, Assistant Director at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)
16:30 – Closing remarks, and close of meeting
16:45 – “Networking” in The King & Queen, 1 Foley Street (5 minutes’ walk from meeting venue)

Papers abstracts

  1. A Sensor Network for Automated Forest Fire Detection and Fighting – This talk will detail a new paradigm in wild forest fire fighting concentrating on the low-power autonomous sensor nodes that are central to the detection and monitoring and fire fighting process. The sensor nodes were developed at the University of Westminster’s Applied DSP and VLSI Research Group as part of a European Project. The talk will also include footage from recent, real-fire field trials held in Greece and Spain.
  2. Confronting uncertainty: stochastic EMC – The talk will cover techniques which allow the prediction through experiment and/or simulation of the statistics of the response of systems with uncertain parameters from a small numbers of trials.
  3. Use and Abuse of Screened Cables – Screened cables are a standard weapon in the EMC armoury, but their use and specification is often rather haphazard. This presentation looks first at how a screened cable works, with reference to electric fields, magnetic fields, and its effect over different frequency ranges. Types of screen are reviewed, and the parameter of transfer impedance, as a means of specifying screening performance, is presented, along with its correlation with shielding effectiveness. A cable screen is only as good as its termination at either end, and the optimum way of dealing with this is discussed.
  4. UK implementation of EMCD, RED and LVD – Richard will bring us up to date with the situation in respect of the transposition of 2014/30/EU, 2014/35/EU and 2014/53/EU into Statutory Instruments.

Information on speakers

Professor Izzet Kale – Izzet is Head of the Department of Engineering and Director, Applied DSP and VLSI Research Group, in the Faculty of Science and Technology, University of Westminster

Christos Christopoulos – Christos was born in Patras, Greece in 1946. He received the Diploma in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens in 1969 and the MSc and DPhil from the University of Sussex in 1979 and 1974 respectively.
In 1974 he joined the Arc Research Project of the University of Liverpool and spent two years working on vacuum arcs and breakdown while on attachments at the UKAEA Culham Laboratory. In 1976 he joined the University of Durham as a Senior Demonstrator in Electrical Engineering Science. In October 1978 he joined the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, University of Nottingham, was promoted to Professor of Electrical Engineering in 1990 and became the Director of the George Green Institute for Electromagnetics Research (GGIEMR) in 2001. He is now Emeritus Professor.
Further information is available at https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/engineering/people/christos.christopoulos

Tim Williams – Tim Williams works as an independent consultant on all matters to do with EMC, including design, test and management. He is the author of EMC for Product Designers (Elsevier 2016), originally published in 1992 and now in its fifth edition.

Richard Harris – Richard is Assistant Director at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). The department brings together responsibilities for business, industrial strategy, science, innovation, energy, and climate change.

The event is an open meeting, with all welcome. There is no charge for attendance, however, if you plan to attend you need to register by informing Roy Ediss
Email: roy.ediss@ieee.org

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