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IEEE Workshop on Technical Standards and Consensus Building

The IEEE Standards Education Committee, in association with the University of Strathclyde Student Branch, invite you to the IEEE Workshop on Technical Standards and Consensus Building.

Delivered by highly experienced standards developers and open to all, this unique workshop is designed to teach students, educators and working engineers about technical standards and standards development. The workshop covers engineering standards in general, but with a focus on electrical engineering, with examples from communications and electric vehicles. Topics include the importance of standards to industry, fundamentals of standards development, case studies on IEEE 802.11n (WiFi) and IEEE 802.3 Ethernet Standards, and an interactive multi-hour consensus-building exercise.

Attendees can gain one Continuing Education Unit (CEU) from the IEEE for taking part. Strathclyde research students registered for the Postgraduate Certificate in Researcher Professional Development will gain one credit for RD901 from taking part.

There is no charge to attend and lunch will be provided, but you must register here.


10:00 AM – 10:15 AM: Welcome and introduction; Workshop Overview and Objectives

10:15 AM – 11:00 AM: Standards – A Practitioner’s View & Case Study on IEEE Standard 802.11n

11:00 AM – 11:30 AM: Industry Case Study on IEEE 802.3 Ethernet Standard

11:30 AM – 12:00 PM: Introduction to Consensus-Building Exercise: All workshop participants will be presented with a scenario that requires their group to reach consensus by following IEEE principles.

12:00 PM – 3:00 PM: Working Lunch and Group Consensus-Building Exercise

3:00 PM – 4:30 PM: Group Presentations and Lessons Learned Discussion

4:30 PM: Adjourn


David Law is a Distinguished Technologist at Hewlett Packard Enterprise and has worked on the specification and development of Ethernet products since 1989. Throughout that time Mr. Law has been a member of the IEEE 802.3 Ethernet Working Group, where he has held a number of leadership positions, including Chair of IEEE 802.3 since 2008 and Vice-Chair between 1996 and 2008. In 2000, Mr. Law received the IEEE-SA Standards Medallion. In 2009 he received the IEEE-SA Standards Board Distinguished Service award and in 2012 he received the IEEE-SA International Award. Mr. Law has a BEng (Hons) in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Strathclyde University, and is a senior member of the IEEE.

Dr. Adrian Stephens is a Principal Engineer in Intel’s Connectivity Standards and Technology group (part of the Mobile Communications group). His focus is on developing IEEE 802.11 standards. He is Chair of IEEE 802.11 and is its technical editor. He is a member of IEEE-SA RevCom and the Standards Board. He coordinated (internally and externally) Intel’s MAC proposal for IEEE 802.11n. He managed an industry group that successfully proposed an initial draft for the IEEE 802.11ac amendment. Adrian has over 20 years of product development and research experience working for industry and government. Adrian received a B.A. (’77) and a Ph.D. from Cambridge University. He is a senior member of the IEEE.

Dr. James Irvine is a Reader in the EEE Department at Strathclyde University in Glasgow. His research interests include resource management and security for wireless systems. He is on the Advisory Board of the CommNet 2 programme, and is a co-author of seven patents, two books and over 130 technical papers. Technical Programme Chair of VTC2004-Spring in Milan, and General Chair of VTC2015-Spring in Glasgow, Dr Irvine was elected in 2002 to the Board of the IEEE VTS, where he is chair of the VTS Technical Advisory Committee, and President for 2008-09. He has served on three of the five major operational boards of IEEE (on technical activities, publications, and education), and chaired the IEEE Standards Education Committee 2014-5.

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