Renewable Energy & Sustainability Center - Educational Seminars

Long Island Photonics Conference

Friday, October 21, 2016  8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Location: Campus Center, Ballrooms A & B Farmingdale State College

The Renewable Energy and Sustainability Center at Farmingdale State College invites you to a full day conference on photonics technology. The conference includes a series of lectures on the fundamental concepts as well as research and developments in optics and photonics technology. Emphasis will focus on the latest achievements in photonics technology. Distinguished experts both from academia and industry will be invited to give keynote and invited lectures. In addition, the conference will host an exhibition of photonics and related products from the relevant organizations. This conference  is co-sponsored by IEEE's Photonics Society of Long Island.


The workshop will include a wide range of topics in the field of photonics technology. Broad categories of the topic include:

  • Fundamentals of light and optics
  • Solar energy and photovoltaics
  • Fiber optic communication
  • Optoelectronics
  • Nonlinear optics
  • Semiconductor Laser
  • Biophotonics
  • Microwave photonics
  • Optical networks and systems
  • Career in photonics


Engineers, technicians, Professors, Teachers and students are encouraged to attend. 

Registration Fee

IEEE Member:    $25
Non-Member:   $50
Students:    Free
PDH Credit for Professional Society Member   Free
PDH Credit for Non-Member:   $20

Exhibitor Fee

Early Bird (before 09/21/2016): $150
Regular: $200
Each exhibitor will be entitled for two free registrations.

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Or register via phone to Anna Godas (631) 794-6175

Conference Chairs

M. Nazrul Islam
Professor & Chair, Security Systems & law Enforcement Technology, Farmingdale State College
Chair, IEEE Long Island Section

Adam Filios
Associate Professor & Chair, Electrical & Computer Engineering Technology, Farmingdale State College
Chair, IEEE Photonics Society and Director, Solar Energy Center, Farmingdale State College

Marjaneh Issapour
Professor of Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology
Director of Renewable Energy and Sustainability Center (RESC)
Farmingdale State College
First vice- chair of IEEE- Long Island
Chair of Educational activities committee of IEEE-LI 

Distinguished Lecture: Advanced Techniques of Radar Detection in Non-Gaussian Background


For several decades, the Gaussian assumption on the disturbance modeling in radar systems has been widely used to deal with detection problems. But, in modern high-resolution radar systems, the disturbance cannot be modeled as Gaussian distributed and the classical detectors suffer from high losses. In this talk, after a brief description of modern statistical and spectral models for high-resolution clutter, coherent optimum and sub-optimum detectors, designed for such a background, will be presented and their performance analyzed against a non-Gaussian disturbance. Different interpretations of the various detectors are provided that highlight the relationships and the differences among them. After this first part, some discussion will be dedicated to how to make adaptive the detectors, by incorporating a proper estimate of the disturbance covariance matrix. Recent works on Maximum Likelihood and robust covariance matrix estimation have proposed different approaches such as the Approximate ML (or Fixed-Point) Estimator or the M-estimators. These techniques allow to improve the detection performance in terms of false alarm regulation and detection gain in SNR. Some of results with simulated and real recorded data will be shown.

October 18 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location : Roosevelt Room 111

The Long Island (LI) Chapter of IEEE Signal Processing Society (SPS) and Aerospace and Electronic Systems (AES) in collaboration with the Educational Activities Committee of IEEE LI and Renewable Energy and Sustainability Center of Farmingdale State College Presents the following Distinguished Lecture: Advanced Techniques of Radar Detection in Non-Gaussian Background

Tuesday evening, October 18 at Farmingdale State College, SUNY.

The lecture is FREE and all are invited, IEEE Members, Non-Members, and Students.

6:00 – 6:30 PM FREE Pizza & Water (Networking)
6:30 – 6:45 PM Introduction
6:45 – 7:45 PM Dr. Greco’s Distinguished Lecture
7:45 – 8:00 PM Questions & Answers

Seating is limited, so please register at your earliest convenience if you plan on attending.


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Maria Sabrina Greco graduated in Electronic Engineering in 1993 and received the Ph.D. degree inTelecommunication Engineering in 1998, fromUniversity of Pisa, Italy. From December 1997 to May 1998 she joined the GTRI, Atlanta, USA as a visiting research scholar.

In 1993 she joined the Dept. of Information Engineering of the University of Pisa, where she is Associate Professor since Dec. 2011. She’s IEEE fellow since Jan. 2011 and she was co-recipient of the 2001 IEEE AESS Barry Carlton Award for Best Paper and recipient of the 2008 Fred Nathanson Young Engineer of the Year award for contributions to signal processing, estimation, and detection theory. In May and June 2015 she visited as invited Professor the Université Paris-Sud,Paris, France. 

She has been general-chair, technical program chair and organizing committee member of many international conferences over the last 10 years. She has been lead guest editor of the special issue on "Advanced Signal Processing for Radar Applications" of the IEEE Journal on Special Topics of Signal Processing (J-STSP), December 2015, guest co-editor of the special issue of the J-STSP on "Adaptive Waveform Design for Agile Sensing and Communication," June 2007, and lead guest editor of the special issue of International Journal of Navigation and Observation on” Modelling and Processing of Radar Signals for Earth Observation, August 2008. She’s Associate Editor of IET Proceedings – Sonar, Radar and Navigation, Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Magazine, member of the Editorial Board of the Springer Journal of Advances in Signal Processing (JASP), Senior Editorial board member of IEEE J-STSP, and senior area chair of IEEE Transactions on SP. She's also member of the IEEE AESS and IEEE SPS Board of Governors and Chair of the IEEE AESS Radar Panel. She's been SP Distinguished Lecturer for the years 2014-2015, and she's AESS Distinguished Lecturer for the years 2015-2016 and member of the IEEE Fellow Committee.

Her general interests are in the areas of statistical signal processing, estimation and detection theory. In particular, her research interests include clutter models, coherent and incoherent detection in non-Gaussian clutter, CFAR techniques, radar waveform diversity and bistatic/mustistatic active and passive radars. She co-authored many book chapters and more than 170 journal and conference papers.

Brand Yourself in the Energy World

  • 10/6
  • 10/13
  • 10/20
  • 10/27
Time: From 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Location: 2350 Broadhollow Rd, Farmingdale, NY 11735 
Lupton Hall Room 130A


While solar systems are a growing enterprise and gaining popularity on regional and national scales, the people involved from the beginning of the process are getting the short straw. Getting started in solar systems can be tricky, but the key isn't marketing your skills: it's marketing yourself.

Dr. Corinne Graham has 18 years of experience under her belt across the retail and marketing spectrum, and she's here to help. Her seminar, "Brand Yourself in the Energy World" will teach rising technicians about getting themselves known in order to gain on-site experience and a trusted client base in a step-by-step process. The course will cover key branding realms: marketing, web presence, brand identity, media relations, and social media.

Marketing: How to effectively communicate your skill set to the right people. Covers market analysis to target your ideal audience as well as basic communication skills.

Brand Identity: How to turn yourself and your business into a recognizable and well-known entity. Covers logos, naming, how to differentiate yourself, as well as basic copyright law.

Web Presence:The basics of having yourself and your company out there on the internet, where you can be found by potential clients and showcase your skills. Covers start to finish of putting a website together and internet etiquette.

Media Relations: Establishing a relationship with newspapers, blogs, and various other media outlets to get your brand known to a wider audience. Covers press releases, publicists, and the pros and cons of doing your own Public Relations.

Social Media: Creating an online presence verses a web presence includes various social media marketing, including Facebook pages, twitter, and Periscope. Covers social media etiquette and the basics of the various platforms to determine what is right for you.