RRVS April 2020 Section Meeting

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Dear valued IEEE member, 

Hope you are doing well during this difficult time and most of you are likely to be working remotely. To keep as normal as we can with our routine, we are offering this month’s Section meeting by WebEx at our regular monthly Section meeting time.  Due to the recent situation, we are unable to host face to face meetings and hope that this live WebEx meeting will bring a new experience and continue to give opportunities to members for networking and keeping current with technologies.


If you don’t have the application already, please download WebEx application on your desktop, laptop or mobile device before the meeting. Meeting will start at 7.00 PM. on April 30th, 2020.



Join us for the April section meeting.

Note: Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, this meeting is only available online. We will not be meeting face to face for the next couple of months.



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  Date and Time




  • Date: 30 Apr 2020
  • Time: 07:00 PM to 08:45 PM
  • All times are (GMT-06:00) US/Central
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  • Webex only
  • NA, Illinois
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  • Co-sponsored by IEEE Rock River Valley Section
  • Starts 05 April 2020 05:35 PM
  • Ends 30 April 2020 05:35 PM
  • All times are (GMT-06:00) US/Central
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Ephraim Suhir


Analytical Probabilistic Modeling (APM) in Aerospace Human-in-the-Loop (HITL) Problems

Here is a significant potential for the reduction in aerospace accidents and in assuring mission success and safety through better understanding the roles that various uncertainties play in the planner’s and operator’s worlds of work. In this review the rationale behind the probabilistic risk analysis (PRA) incentive in aerospace human-in-the-loop (HITL) related tasks is explained, and several recently suggested PRA models are indicated and briefly discussed: convolution model, with applications to the helicopter-landing ship (HLS), the famous miracle-on-the-Hudson event and the concept of anticipation in aviation; route segmentation model, with application to an aerospace mission outcome and double-exponential-probability-distribution-function (DEPDF) model for the probability of human non-failure, with application to the roles of the human capacity factor (HCF) and mental workload (MWL). The extension part addresses the use of the simplest version of the Boltzmann-Arrhenius-Zhurkov (BAZ) equation as a possible DEPDF model in the HITL related problems. Unlike the previously suggested DEPDFs, BAZ constitutive equation has a strong physics-of-failure background. The general concept is illustrated by a numerical example. See


Ephraim Suhir is on the faculty of Portland State University, Portland, OR, USA; Technical University, Vienna, Austria and James Cook University, Queensland, Australia. He is also the CEO of a Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) ERS Co. in Los Altos, CA, USA; Foreign Full Member (Academician) of the National Academy of Engineering, Ukraine (he was born in that country); Life Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the Society of Optical Engineers (SPIE), and the International Microelectronics and Packaging Society (IMAPS); Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS), the Institute of Physics (IoP), UK, and the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE); and Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). Ephraim has authored 400+ publications (patents, technical papers, book chapters, books), presented numerous keynote and invited talks worldwide, and received many professional awards, including the 1996 Bell Laboratories Distinguished Member of Technical Staff (DMTS) Award (for developing effective methods for predicting the reliability of complex structures used in AT&T and Lucent Technologies products), and the 2004 ASME Worcester Read Warner Medal (for outstanding contributions to the permanent literature of engineering and laying the foundation of a new discipline “Structural Analysis of Electronic Systems”). Ephraim is the third “Russian American”, after S. Timoshenko and I. Sikorsky, who received this prestigious award. He received the 2019 IEEE Electronic Packaging Society (EPS) Field award for seminal contributions to mechanical reliability engineering and modeling of electronic and photonic packages and systems and the Int. Microelectronic Packaging Society’s (IMAPS) Lifetime Achievement award for making an exceptional, visible, and sustained impact on the microelectronics packaging industry and technology.



7:00 PM Dial in

7:15 PM Introductions

7:30 PM Presentation 

8:30 PM Q and A

8:45 PM Adjourn


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