IEEE Section Night


1st Talk: A Representation of Numbers in a New Natural Non-Orthogonal Geometry

2nd Talk: Overload

  Date and Time




  • Sheraton University City
  • 3549 Chestnut St.
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • United States 19104
  • Starts 29 August 2019 02:13 PM
  • Ends 17 September 2019 03:00 PM
  • All times are US/Eastern
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John J. Sudano of Reliant Scientific LLC


A Representation of Numbers in a New Natural Non-Orthogonal Geometry

Math is incredibly important in our lives. Without it we would not have cars, comfortable houses, phones, air conditioning, nor would we
have been able to send a man to the moon. The operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division are the crucial properties. These critical properties can only occur with numbers of dimensions 1, 2, 4 and 8. All four sets are used to bring insights and understanding to the physical world. Presently these critical properties have been implemented only in an orthonormal geometry. This lecture introduces a natural alternative geometrical space with non-orthogonal basis rays. Any number in an n dimensional space can be represented by n positive numbers and a zero. Within this space a unique representation of numbers is introduced with properties of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division in dimensions 1, 2, 4 and 8. Rotation degrees of freedom are included, greatly enriching the multiplication tables and possibly
opening the doors to a new world of useful applications. Throughout history the evolution and the complex development of a society have
advanced hand in hand with the development of language and mathematics, which are the tools that allow for the understanding of complex
processes and for solving them. Hopefully the mathematics introduced in this lecture can be used to a better understanding of new complex


Dr. John Sudano is presently CEO of Reliant Scientific LLC, where he is doing research in pure mathematics, in Bayesian and Belief processes
for the automated integration of dissimilar sensor information for identification, error estimation, and information discrimination in hostile environments. He developed the Generalized Belief Fusion Algorithm. As a pioneer in tracking design with many implementations presently deployed, he is presently continuing his interest to include novel tracking techniques addressing complex applications. He received a Ph.D. from New York University, an M.S. from Michigan State University, and a B.S. from Fairleigh Dickinson University, all in Physics. He served as
Chairman of the Executive Committee of the IEEE Philadelphia section in 2004. In 2005, he served as the General Chairman of the 8th
International Conference on Information Fusion in Philadelphia, and in 2007 as the Chairman of the 2nd Annual Sensor Fusion Europe
Conference held in Brussels.

Donald McEachron, Ph.D. of Drexel University



“It occurred to her that mercy was the ability to stop, if only for a moment. There was no mercy where there could be no stopping.” From Dune by Frank Herbert. As a teaching faculty at a major university, I have recently become aware of several disturbing trends in higher education. One of these trends is the tendency of students to practice what one referred to as 'final and flush' - the retention of materials only to the end of a given course, and the application of learning primarily and, in some cases, solely to performance on the final examination. I have
also observed that many students do not read beyond the first few words of any document - examination questions are often answered
incorrectly because students fail to read any question with more than one sentence past that initial sentence. Finally, the number of students experiencing what has been termed 'melt-down' seems to be increasing - many students - intelligent and capable - simply disappear
during the course of a class only to try and make up materials at a later date. In partial explanation of these trends and others, I hypothesize that our societies are culturally evolving to serve our complex devices in the place of the humans that use them - in other words, our strategies and expectations are based more on the performance and capabilities of computers and less on the actual abilities,
desires and needs of human beings. The mismatch between designed devices and evolved biological systems can lead to unexpected and unintended consequences which should be considered in engineering strategies. This idea will be explored using a wellknown mismatch between our 24/7 society and the circadian rhythms inherent in all human beings as well as investigating possible solutions to the overload problems in higher education.


Donald McEachron, Ph.D. Teaching Professor C o o r d i n a t o r, A c a d e m i c As s e s sme n t a n d Qu a l i t y Improvement S c h o o l o f B i o m e d i c a l Engineering, Science and Health Systems Drexel University.  He currently hold the position of Teaching Professor and currently serve as the Coordinator for Academic Assessment and Quality Improvement for the School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems at Drexel University. He hold a B.A in Behavioral Genetics from the University of California at Berkeley and a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of California at San Diego. In December, 2006, He completed a M.S. in Information Science at Drexel. He have worked extensively in the areas of imaging, editing three monographs on imaging applications in biomedicine, as well as numerous papers and presentations. However, my primary biomedical research has focused on chronobiology, biological rhythms and human performance engineering. M y m o s t r e c e n t b o o k i s Chronobioengineering: An Introduction to Biological Rhythms with Applications, Volume 1, published as part of the Synthesis Lectures series on biomedical engineering by Morgan-Claypool. Along with collaborators, Dr. Eugenia Ellis from Civil and Architectural Engineering and Dr. Elizabeth Gonzalez from the College of Nursing and Health Professions, I am working as part of the dLUX Lighting Laboratory at Drexel University to develop new lighting systems which provide the correct intensities
and wavelengths with the appropriate timing to reestablish and maintain human internal temporal order within artificial structures.
Current research involves the use of such lighting in a in a low-cost apartment residence for individuals 62 years of age and older. In addition to my work at Drexel, I have served as Chair of the Engineering in Biology and Medicine Society, Philadelphia Chapter, IEEE Philadelphia Section and am a Fellow and Founding Member of the International Behavioral Neuroscience Society. My work in chronobiology led to my being selected as the January Man-of-the-Month, 2015 by Disruptive Women in Health Care.


Dinner Starts at: 6:00 pm
1st Talk: 7:00 pm
2nd Talk: 8:00 pm

Please note that the dinner fee of $25.00 is mandatory at the time of registration.

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