Section News

IEEE Computer Society Distinguished Visitor: Dr. Prabhakar Kudva from IBM's T. J. Watson Research Center on "Development of Automation Tools for VLSI Chip Optimization and Large System Resilience"

Posted: July 8, 2014

IEEE Newfoundland-Labrador Computer, Communication, and Circuits & Systems Joint Societies Chapter cordially invite you to an IEEE Computer Society Distinguished Visitor Program presentation entitled "Development of Automation Tools for VLSI Chip Optimization and Large System Resilience" by Dr. Prabhakar Kudva from IBM's T. J. Watson Research Center, USA.

Development of Automation Tools for VLSI Chip Optimization and Large System Resilience

With the advent of software defined infrastructures, service centered computing, and big data analysis needs, chip and system infrastructures are rapidly evolving to meet the challenge. We describe the challenges and requirements for the design of an emerging generation of VLSI chip, design tools and system infrastructures defined by these advances. With examples, we will illustrate some solutions for building the infrastructures and describe some ways to specifically address the resiliency challenges. The talk will start in a tutorial manner, and delve deeper into a few challenging problems.

Dr. Prabhakar Kudva is currently in the Reliability and Power-Aware Architectures Department at the IBM T. J. Watson Research Center. He is currently focused on system resilience across the system stack, and in particular, the impact of interactions between various layers of the IT infrastructure. He leads system soft error rate resilience for IBM enterprise systems across the Systems and Technology Group and Research. He also leads projects in OpenStack cloud infrastructure resilience, as well as pursues research in managing IT systems resilience from business process management to applications.

In the past he has led the development of key VLSI CAD tools such as Placement Driven Synthesis (PDS) and other system SER evaluation tools and technologies currently in use across IBM. He has received major awards from IBM and the IEEE for innovation in these areas including the ICCAD William J. McCalla best paper award, the IEEE Region 1 Award for innovations in design automation and resilience, IBM technical achievement, innovation and patent value awards. He has represented IBM at SRC and NSF, and has taught courses in the faculties of Yale and Columbia as adjunct faculty, as well as supervised several graduate dissertations at various universities. His current research interests are in energy efficient cross-layer resilience of the entire IT stack from business process to chip technologies.

Please spread the word and bring a colleague!

Full event details:

  • Date: Tuesday, August 5th, 2014
  • Time: 10:30 AM
  • Location: Engineering Main Boardroom (EN-4002), S.J. Carew Building, Memorial University


IEEE Newfoundland-Labrador is now on Twitter!

Posted: July 8, 2014

Due to the Canada Anti-Spam Legislation recently coming into effect, the use of the IEEE eNotice service that is used by the section to communicate with the membership has been suspended until the IEEE figures out where that lies with respect to the new laws. In the meantime, the section has set up a (long overdue) Twitter feed (@ieee_r7nl) as an alternate means of providing news and information about events to members.

As usual, information about section events and news will be posted to this website as well.


IEEE Lobster Boil 2014

Posted: June 8th, 2014

The annual IEEE Lobster Boil is coming up! This is a great opportunity for all local IEEE members to connect in a relaxed social setting.

Full event details:

  • Date: Saturday, June 21st, 2014
  • Time: 6:30 for 7:00 PM
  • Location: The Fluvarium
  • Cost: Tickets are only $25 each of IEEE members and one guest; non-members $35 each.

Please specify lobster, steak, or vegetarian dinner at time of ticket purchase. Salads, rolls, dessert, tea, coffee and a drink ticket included! Catered by the Fluvarium.

Please register and purchase your tickets at https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/meeting_registration/register/26591. If you have any questions please contact Brian Kidney, bkidney at ieee.org.

Deadline for tickets: noon, Wednesday, June 18th


WISE NL-Statoil Speaker Series---"A day in a life of a Canadian astronaut" with Major Jeremy R. Hansen

Posted: June 03, 2014

For members that are interested, the upcoming WISE NL-Statoil Speaker Series lecture will be held on Friday, June 6, 2014 from 7--8 PM and features Major Jeremy R. Hansen from Canadian Space Agency. Major Hansen will speak about his career path---how, from the shy farm boy he was, he became a fighter pilot and then one of two members of the third Canadian Astronaut selection. He will provide valuable insights on women in the Canadian space industry and talk about the importance of finding and pursuing goals.

Everyone is welcome, so feel free to bring a friend or two.

The event is free, but additional details and a link for registration (to help with planning refreshments) can be found at: http://wisenl.ca/a-day-in-a-life-of-a-canadian-astronaut-with-major-jeremy-r-hansen/

Full event details:

  • Date: Friday, June 6, 2014
  • Time: 7:00--8:00 PM
  • Location: Angus Bruneau Engineering Lecture Theatre (EN-2006), S.J. Carew Building, Memorial University


IEEE Young Professionals Guest Speaker: Justin Blackwood of Solace Power

Posted: May 19, 2014

Please join us for another Young Professionals Guest Speaker Event with host Justin Blackwood from local start-up company Solace Power on May 29th at 7:00pm in room EN4000 (Engineering Faculty/Staff Lounge) at Memorial University. Justin is an RF Design Engineer and is involved in the research and development department of the company.

Company Abstract: Solace Power was founded by Kris McNeil in 2007. The company was incubated in the Genesis Centre located on Memorial University’s campus and has since started its own headquarters in Mount Pearl. The company is involved in research and development in electric field induction-based wireless technology for the purposes of developing wireless power to electronic devices.

This talk will cover who Solace Power is, what they do and how their technology works followed by a Q&A session. Pizza and refreshments will be served during the talk.

Please RSVP to jamie.schurmans@gmail.com to confirm your attendance (even if it’s tentative) so we can have an idea of how many will be attending.

Full event details:

  • Date: Thursday, May 29, 2014
  • Time: 7:00 PM
  • Location: EN4000 (Engineering Faculty/Staff Lounge), Memorial University


IEEE Student Night

Updated: March 20, 2014

On Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at 7pm, the Faculty of Engineering at Memorial is holding its annual IEEE Student Night. This event is an opportunity for graduating Electrical and Computer Engineering students to present and demonstrate their senior design projects. The evening will begin at 7pm sharp in room EN4000 in the Engineering Building at Memorial and will begin with three project presentations as chosen by classmates and instructors.

Following the presentations, there will be an opportunity to see demonstrations of all projects. Finally, the evening will conclude with the presentation of awards and consuming of pizza and drinks back in the Faculty Lounge (EN4000).

Any interested parties are encouraged to attend the evening. Students certainly will appreciate an opportunity to show to their future colleagues the accomplishments of their final year projects.

If you have any questions about the event, please contact Brian Kidney at bkidney AT ieee.org.

Full event details:

  • Date: Tuesday, March 25, 2014
  • Time: 7:00 PM
  • Location: Memorial University's Engineering Building, Room: EN4000


CANCELLED - Networking at the Yellow Belly Brewery

Posted: February 1, 2014
Updated: February 12, 2014

Please note that this Thursday’s networking event at the Yellow Belly Brewery is cancelled. The goal of the event was to gather information from members on what they wanted from their membership and also to hear what sort of events you would like to attend this year.

In lieu of the event please take 5 minutes to fill out this online survey found here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CSZWFCM

Your input is necessary for the success of future events. In addition to the survey please feel free to contact Jamie Schurmans directly with any sort of input, comments or questions.

Thank you in advance for your time.

This is the first Young Professionals event of 2014, a casual networking event. The event will begin by sampling the different kinds of beer brewed at the Yellow Belly followed by a discussion to determine what everyone would like out of their membership this year. We received some feedback from our last event on what type of events young professional members would like to be a part of and we hope this discussion will point our efforts in the right direction.

We are charging break-even registration for members which will cover the sampling and some appetizers. Cover charge for non-members will be $4 more so feel free to bring friends who may be interested in the event.

  • Member cost: $18
  • Non-member cost: $22

If possible please make payments via the online payment option at http://goo.gl/kt5nwu. Please feel free to contact me at jamie.schurmans AT gmail.com if you have any questions.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Full event details:


IEEE NL CCCS Joint Chapter Technical Talk - Modern Solutions for Testing Wireless Signals in Embedded Designs

Posted: December 13, 2013

IEEE Newfoundland-Labrador Computer, Communication, and Circuits & Systems Joint Societies Chapter cordially invite you to an IEEE Technical Presentation entitled "Modern Solutions for Testing Wireless Signals in Embedded Designs" by Ms. Rhonda Rashed, Technical Account Manager, Testforce Systems Inc., ON, Canada. The presentation will be held in EN-1040 at the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, Memorial University, at 10:00 AM on Wednesday, December 18th. The abstract for the talk is provided below.

Modern Solutions for Testing Wireless Signals in Embedded Designs

The market for wireless devices is increasing rapidly. Embedded designers are incorporating WLAN chipsets into over 50% of their products. The need for an affordable test tool along with the ability to correlate these signals with analog and digital signals is required. In this technical session we will present a new solution which not only provides time correlation between the analog and RF domains but also provides a cost effective method of performing demodulation of 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, analog modulation (AM, FM, PM) and general vector signal analysis using the new MDO4000B - the widest acquisition bandwidth VSA in the industry.

Topics covered include:

  • Mixed Domain Analysis overview and architecture of the MDO
  • SignalVU-PC Vector Signal Analysis software
  • Tracking EMI & noise issues down to the source
  • Digital debug of low speed serial busses
  • Live demonstration of Tektronix Mixed Domain Oscilloscope

Rhonda Rashed has her Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of New Brunswick and 14 years of experience in test and measurement instrumentation. Testforce, Canada's premier supplier of test and measurement equipment and integrated systems, has earned a reputation for offering quality products, superior knowledge, and dedicated customer service that results in our customers increasing their productivity and lowering cost of test. For over 22 years our passionate and dynamic approach has allowed us to serve a variety of applications including aerospace, education, telecommunications, power, RF & microwave and wireless.

Full event details:

  • Lecturer: Rhonda Rashed, Technical Account Manager, Testforce Systems Inc.
  • Date: Wednesday, December 18th, 2013
  • Time: 10:00 AM
  • Location: EN-1040, S.J. Carew Building, 1st Floor, Memorial University


2013 Newsletter Available Online

Posted: November 26, 2013

The IEEE Newfoundland-Labrador Section's 2013 Newsletter is now available online. It can be found at http://ewh.ieee.org/r7/newfoundland_labrador/newsletter/nov2013/.


Nomination Period for 2014--2015 Executive

Posted: November 22, 2013

Our Nominations Committee has compiled a list of candidates for the 2014-15 executive. In accordance with our bylaws (http://ewh.ieee.org/r7/newfoundland_labrador/bylaws.php) members have 14 days to nominate alternate candidates by petition.

The slate of nominees is as follows:

  • Chair: Brian Kidney (automatic ascension from Vice Chair)
  • Vice Chair: Andrew Cook
  • Treasurer: Weimin Huang
  • Secretary: Susan Moore

Any additional nominations can be submitted to Nominations Committee Chair Lori Hogan (lori.hogan AT ieee.org) on or before FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2013.

Thanks to those agreeing to serve.


IEEE Newfoundland and Labrador Section Annual General Meeting

Updated: November 18, 2013

The IEEE Newfoundland and Labrador Section invites you to our Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Monday, November 25th, at Memorial University. This event is an opportunity for the executive to report to the membership our activities for 2013. More importantly, it is an opportunity for the membership to provide feedback to your executive, as well as make suggestions and requests for the coming year. After the AGM there will be a reception with refreshments.

Full event details:

  • Date: Monday, November 25, 2012
  • Time: 7:00 PM
  • Location: Main Engineering Boardroom (EN-4002), Engineering Building, Memorial University


OES Technical Lecture Program: Dr. Richard Charron on "3D Modelling of Underwater Structures"

Posted: November 14, 2013

The Oceanic Engineering Society (OES) Newfoundland and Labrador Chapter, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) NL Section, and Marine Technology Society (MTS) NL Chapter are pleased to present a talk by Dr. Richard Charron, Chief Science Officer of Whitecap Scientific Corporation, on the topic of 3D Modelling of Underwater Structures.

The generation of 3D models from video, laser and/or sonar data is a very active domain in the machine vision community. The general objective is to reconstruct metrically-correct 3D models of objects directly from sensor data, preferably with minimal post-processing intervention.

The presentation will describe recent techniques and trends which, together with sensor developments, are showing good promise for generation of photo-realistic models of large environments. Results from a recent demonstration project will highlight the promise and some of the technical challenges when the task is carried out under water.

Dr. Charron is co-founder and Chief Science Officer at Whitecap Scientific Corporation since 2011, where he is engaged in developing vision-based technologies with special focus on marine applications. He received the BSc degree in Mathematics from the University of New Brunswick, MMath in Applied Mathematics from the University of Waterloo, and PhD degree in Mathematics from the University of New Brunswick. He held academic appointments at the University of New Brunswick and Memorial University of Newfoundland from 1984-2000. Dr. Charron was Director of Sonar Signal Processing at Guigne International from 2000 to 2006, and continued on as Director of Research and Development at PanGeo Subsea from 2006 to 2011.

For further information, please contact Neil Riggs (neil.riggs AT ieee.org). This notice is also available as a PDF.

Full event details:

  • Lecturer: Dr. Richard Charron, Chief Science Office, Whitecap Scientific Corporation
  • Date: Wednesday, November 20th, 2013
  • Time: 7:00 PM
  • Location: Engineering Faculty/Staff Lounge (EN-4000), S.J. Carew Building, 4th Floor, Memorial University


IEEE Distinguished Lecture: Dr. Tony Ponsford of Raytheon Canada on "Effective Maritime Domain Awareness"

Posted: November 6, 2013
Updated: November 10, 2013 (location revised)

The IEEE NL Section along with IEEE Canada Area East are pleased to announce the upcoming IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society (AESS) Distinguished Lecture by Dr. Tony Ponsford of Raytheon Canada Limited on Tuesday, November 12th, 2013. The abstract for the talk is provided below.

Effective Maritime Domain Awareness - A Systems of Systems approach to Generating Actionable Intelligence

This lecture presents a personal view of the complex issue of providing effective Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA) of a country’s Exclusive Economic Zone to meet the needs of both Maritime Security and Maritime Safety.

Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA) is about generating actionable information for confidence-based decision support. This requires collecting information pertaining to the whereabouts of all maritime targets in the surveillance area, including classification of vessel type and activity, positive identification, and threat assessment. No single sensor can achieve this and effective MDA requires a combination of passive and active surveillance and reconnaissance systems.

Assembling this picture, however, is only part of the solution. The key to effective MDA is the use of decision support tools that analyze vessel track information and identify anomalous vessel behavior.

The talk addresses eight specific areas of Maritime Domain Awareness:

  1. Requirement for Maritime Domain Awareness
  2. Maritime Regions and the Legal Framework
  3. Layers of Maritime Domain Awareness
  4. Comparison of Surveillance/Reconnaissance Options – Passive and Active
  5. Requirement For Persistent Surveillance
  6. Data Association, Fusion and Data Mining
  7. Finding “the needle in the haystack” - identifying anomalistic behavior
  8. Architectures for Maritime Domain Operations Centers

Dr. Ponsford graduated with distinction from Plymouth Navy College (UK) in 1977. In 1982 he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Maritime Technology, graduating with first class honours, from the University of Wales Institute of Science and Technology. Whilst working at the University of Birmingham (UK) as a research associate Tony was awarded a doctorate in philosophy in recognition of his pioneering work in High Frequency Surface wave Radar.

Tony joined Raytheon Canada Limited in 1991 where he is currently an Engineering Fellow and Technical Director, Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA). Tony’s career in Maritime Domain Awareness started whilst serving as an Officer in the Merchant Marine where he worked with Shell Tankers in developing concepts of MDA. In the 1980’s, working as a research associate at the University of Birmingham, he initiated the development of High Frequency Surface Wave Radar (HFSWR) for persistent surveillance of a nation’s 200 nautical mile (nm) Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).

Whilst at Birmingham University, Tony’s work came to the attention of the Canadian Government who subsequently offered him the opportunity to further develop HFSWR and the concept of Integrated Maritime Surveillance. In 1987 he joined NORDCO Limited in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada, as the Senior Scientist and Technical Director of the newly formed Integrated Maritime Surveillance business unit. In this capacity he established Canada’s first HFSWR test bed facility at Cape Bonavista. This development progressed into the world’s first shore-based, real-time, EEZ surveillance sensor that provided persistent, all-weather, tracking of ships, icebergs and aircraft throughout the EEZ. Two prototype systems were subsequently deployed on the Canadian East Coast and international sales followed. In 2011 Raytheon Canada received a contract to design and deliver a Next Generation HFSWR with options to install these systems in an Integrated Maritime Surveillance network that w ould provide persistent, real-time surveillance of Atlantic and Pacific EEZs , as well as the approached to the Canadian Arctic.

Dr. Ponsford is a regular participant in national and international forums on Maritime Surveillance and has established several collaborative research in Tracking and Fusion to meet present and future surveillance requirements. Tony is also one of the founding members of the Canadian Tracking and Fusion Group and has over 50 publications and magazine articles related to Maritime Domains Awareness.

Current, Tony holds 5 patents with a further 8 patents pending. His TracShare system for exchanging navigation radar track data was the overall winner of Raytheon’s Network Centric System Innovation Challenge Competition in 2011.

In 2011 Tony received the IEEE Ottawa Section “Outstanding Engineer Award” for his scientific contributions in the development and advancement of High Frequency Surface Wave Radar and Maritime Domain Awareness. He is Co-Chair of the IEEE AESS Ottawa Chapter and was Co-Chair of the Organizing Committee for IEEE Radar Conference 2013 that took place in Ottawa 29th April - 3rd May with the theme “The Arctic – The New Frontier”.

Please spread the word of this talk to all who may be interested. Full details are below.

Full event details:

  • Lecturer: Dr. Tony Ponsford, Raytheon Canada Limited
  • Date: Tuesday, November 12th, 2013
  • Time: 7:00 PM
  • Location: Engineering Board Room (EN-4002), S.J. Carew Building, Memorial University


IEEE GOLD Lunch & Learn: Startup St. John's

Posted: October 29, 2013

IEEE GOLD presents a lunch and learn with local organization Startup St. John?s Wednesday October 30th beginning at 12:00 noon. The presentation will be an introduction to their organization as well as how they are involved in the community and why IEEE members may be interested in what they do.

A short background on Startup is written below from their website:

Startup St. John's was born in early 2012 as a grassroots driven movement bringing together people passionate about collaboration, innovation and learning. Our mission is to bring people together to support one another (in both success and failures) as we create fantastic new companies in Newfoundland and Labrador. We are made up of entrepreneurs, technologists, designers and entrepreneurs who work for other organizations.

This may be a good opportunity for our members who are interested in being entrepreneurs or who would like to discuss ideas they have with other like-minded individuals. The presentation will take roughly 20 minutes with a Q&A period afterwards. We will also take the opportunity to ask attendees to take a quick questionnaire on what members would like to see for future GOLD events.

Pizza will be served for lunch.

Anyone interested in learning more please visit their website: http://www.startupstjohns.ca/

Feel free to spread the word if interested.

Full event details:

  • Date: Wednesday, October 30th, 2013
  • Time: 12 -- 1 PM
  • Location: EN-4035, S.J. Carew Building, Memorial University


IEEE Technical Talk: A Kernel Machine Tutorial for Pattern Recognition

Posted: July 04, 2013
Updated: July 08, 2013 (date was changed)

Please Note: This talk was originally scheduled for July 10th, but has been rescheduled for a week later (July 17th) as indicated below.

The IEEE Newfoundland and Labrador Section is pleased to announce our latest technical talk, A Kernel Machine Tutorial for Pattern Recognition by Dr. Jason Rhinelander. The event will be held on Wednesday, July 17th, 2013 from 3:00-4:00 PM in EN4002.

A Kernel Machine Tutorial for Pattern Recognition

Kernel machines have been successfully applied to solve many problems in the area of pattern recognition. The term "kernel machine" refers to a family of machine learning algorithms that can be used for classification, regression, clustering, principle component analysis and adaptive filtering. The kernel function is employed to map the input space to a high dimensional feature space which gives the kernel machine the ability to represent non-linear relationships in the input data.

The purpose of this tutorial is to provide a high-level introduction to some popular kernel machines and to present a road map for practitioners looking to learn more about this exciting and advancing field. Knowledge of a high-level programming language such as Matlab or Python is helpful, but not essential. Examples will be used to illustrate key concepts and suitable references to the existing literature will be given. Individuals working or interested in the area of kernel machines are invited to attend and there will be time for a group discussion after the presentation.

Jason Rhinelander received his PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carleton University in 2013. His doctoral research focused on online pattern recognition using kernel machines and resulted in multiple publications in IEEE conference proceedings and an IEEE journal article. Dr. Rhinelander received his M. Eng. and B. Eng. in Electrical Engineering from Memorial University in 2003 and 2001, respectively. His research interests are in the area of pattern recognition for security and defence applications.

In 2013 Dr. Rhinelander founded Reiland Systems Limited in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Reiland Systems Limited provides computer system and software design consulting services to client companies and organizations. Reiland Systems Limited also supplies system integration services and components for security and surveillance networks.

Dr. Rhinelander has worked as a sessional professor at Carleton University and a sessional and full-time contract professor at Memorial University, teaching over ten undergraduate courses in accredited engineering programs. He also volunteers his time reviewing journal articles for Control and Intelligent Systems (ACTA Press) and for IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, Part B – Cybernetics.

Please spread the word and bring a colleague!

Full event details:

  • Date: Wednesday, July 17th, 2013
  • Time: 3:00 -- 4:00 PM
  • Location: Engineering Board Room (EN-4002), S.J. Carew Building, Memorial University


IEEE Lobster Boil 2013

Updated: June 12, 2013

The annual IEEE Lobster Boil is coming up! This is a great opportunity for all local IEEE members to connect in a relaxed social setting.

Full event details:

  • Date: Sunday, June 23rd, 2013
  • Time: 6:30 for 7:00 PM
  • Location: The Fluvarium
  • Cost: Tickets are only $25 each of IEEE members and one guest; non-members $35 each.

Please specify lobster, steak, or vegetarian dinner at time of ticket purchase. Salads, rolls, dessert, tea, coffee and a drink ticket included! Catered by the Fluvarium.

Deadline for tickets: noon, Wednesday, June 20th

For tickets, contact Lori Hogan (lori.hogan (at) ieee.org), Amy Hsiao, Brian Kidney, or any other member of the IEEE Newfoundland & Labrador Section Executive.


IEEE Distinguished Lecture: Paul Gartz of Boeing on "Systems-of-Systems"

Updated: May 21, 2013

IEEE Newfoundland and Labrador Section in conjunction with the IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society is pleased to announce that Paul Gartz, IEEE Distinguished Lecturer, will be delivering a lecture in St. John's on May 27, 2013 on the topic of "Systems-of-Systems and Systems Engineering: The Value to Business and Economic Growth". (See the abstract (PDF).)

Paul Gartz has spent over forty years in the aerospace and communications industries working large-scale, multi-billion dollar programs on commercial, defense and civil projects... including many world firsts. He developed the first overall systems engineering (SE) best practices for Boeing Commercial Airplanes, led the Boeing effort to get the world’s first combined model-based SE/Software Engineering tools and datasets, and, as SE architect, technically led systems engineering efforts on many of Boeing’s modern transports.

The talk will review 21st century best practices for advanced, systems engineering and systems thinking. It can be practically applied at any level of complexity or size to improve business and technical results. As a national skill base, it can advance whole industry sectors and even a country for competitive advantage at a global and GDP level. Japan vividly demonstrated this via the Toyota method from the 1960s onward.

Please spread the word and bring a colleague!

Full event details:

  • Date: Monday, May 27th, 2013
  • Time: 6:15 for 6:30 PM
  • Location: Bruneau Lecture Theatre (EN-2006), S.J. Carew Building, Memorial University


IEEE Student Night

Updated: March 18, 2013

On Monday, March 25, 2013 at 7pm, the Faculty of Engineering at Memorial is holding its annual IEEE Student Night. This event is an opportunity for graduating engineering students to present and demonstrate their senior design projects. The evening will begin at 7pm sharp in room EN2040 in the Engineering Building at Memorial and will begin with three project presentations as chosen by classmates and instructors.

Following the presentations, there will be an opportunity to see demonstrations of all projects. Finally, the evening will conclude with the presentation of awards and consuming of pizza and drinks in the Faculty Lounge.

Any interested parties are encouraged to attend the evening. Students certainly will appreciate an opportunity to show to their future colleagues the accomplishments of their final year projects.

If you have any questions about the event, please contact Rob Collett at robert.collett at gmail.com or Brian Kidney at bkidney at ieee.org.

Full event details:

  • Date: Monday, March 25, 2013
  • Time: 7:00--10:00 PM
  • Location: Memorial University's Engineering Building, Room: EN-2040


Networking at Quidi Vidi

Posted: February 18, 2013
Updated: February 28, 2013 (date of event was corrected)

This is the first GOLD event for 2013, a casual networking event around a tour of the Quidi Vidi Brewery to be held on March 14th, 2013.

We have some big ideas for 2013 and we will be chatting with everyone that comes to determine what you would like out of your membership.

We are charging break-even registration for all members, and $4 more for any of your non-member friends.

  • Member cost is $14.
  • Non-member cost is $18.

Payment is can be through paypal, if you don't have an account it is easy and secure to use. Otherwise it will be cash only at the door.

Please contact Jeff MacKinnon at jeffery.mackinnon@ieee.org if you have any questions. If you would rather pay via cash please contact him and he will accommodate you.

Additional details, directions, and registration information can be found on the IEEE.org Vtools page for this meeting.

Full event details:

  • Date: Thursday, March 14, 2013
  • Time: 6:30--8:30 PM
  • Location: Quidi Vidi Brewery, 33 Barrows Road, St. John's, NL A1A 1G3, Canada


Talk on "Model the Complex Human Genome to Disease Association Using Information Theory and Network Science"

Updated: February 4, 2013

IEEE Newfoundland-Labrador Section and the Computer, Communication, and Circuits & Systems Joint Societies Chapter cordially invite you to an IEEE Technical Presentation entitled "Model the Complex Human Genome to Disease Association Using Information Theory and Network Science" by Dr. Ting Hu from Computational Genetics Laboratory at Dartmouth College, USA. The talk will be held Wednesday, February 13th, 2013 at 3:00 PM in room EN-4002 (Main Boardroom) of the Engineering Building, Memorial University.

Dr. Ting Hu is currently a postdoctoral researcher at Computational Genetics Laboratory at Dartmouth College. Before she began her postdoctoral training, she received her PhD in Computer Science from Memorial University. Dr. Ting Hu’s research interests lie on two inter-related areas, bio-inspired computing and bioinformatics, particularly modeling and simulation of large datasets.

Dr. Hu will be presenting on the following topic:

Model the Complex Human Genome to Disease Association Using Information Theory and Network Science

With the fast development of genotyping techniques, scanning human whole genome is becoming feasible and affordable in the very near future. The increasing amount of genetics data imposes great promises and challenges for biomedical and health care research. Understanding the relationship between genetic variations and phenotypic traits has the potential to improve our ability to diagnose, treat, and prevent human diseases. One major contributor to this complex relationship is the non-additive effect of gene-gene interactions. The effect of a given gene on a trait can be dependent on one or more other genes. We used Information Gain from Information Theory to quantify the effect of gene-gene interaction and used networks to model the aggregation of those interaction effects in order to provide a global landscape of clustered interacting genes. We applied our framework to a large population-based bladder cancer data collected from New Hampshire, USA. We were able to identify a network of interacting genetic variants that possesses unique topological characteristics, which suggest the intricate and robust genetic architecture of bladder cancer that has not been described previously.

Full event details:

  • Date: Wednesday, February 13, 2013
  • Time: 3:00--4:00 PM
  • Location: Main Engineering Boardroom (EN-4002), Engineering Building, Memorial University


Annual General Meeting and Technical Tour of the Newfoundland Hydro Energy Control Centre

Updated: November 21, 2012

With the kind participation of Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro, IEEE Newfoundland and Labrador Section is pleased to provide a tour of the NLH Energy Control Centre at Hydro Place on Columbus Drive. (Directions are below.) The tour will be followed by the annual general meeting (AGM) for the section.

Newfoundland Hydro requests that all participating IEEE members arrive at Hydro Place promptly by 7:00 PM on November 26. Safety is of paramount importance to Hydro, so they request that all visitors back in their vehicles in the parking lot to ensure a clear view when they exit their parking spaces.

All people taking the tour will gather in the building lobby to be signed in and provided with visitor badges. Hydro will also hold a brief safety orientation when you arrive.

Everyone will then be escorted to the Energy Control Centre to begin the tour. The AGM will follow the tour, and refreshments will be provided.

Full event details:

  • Date: Monday, November 26, 2012
  • Time: 7:00--9:00 PM
  • Location: Hydro Place
  • Directions: Hydro Place is located at 500 Columbus Drive. To access the building you should take the Captain Whelan Drive exit off Columbus Drive and enter the Hydro Place parking lot from Captain Whelan Drive. The main entrance and lobby will be visible when you turn on to the parking lot.


Technical Talk with Mr. Peter Stokes, Director of CFI Projests at CMC Microsystems

Added: November 09, 2012

IEEE Newfoundland and Labrador is pleased to announce an upcoming technical talk with Mr. Peter Stokes, Director, CFI Projests at CMC Microsystems. The talk will be held on Friday, November 16th from 11:00 AM--noon in room EN-4002 of the Engineering (S.J. Carew) Building at Memorial University.

Mr. Stokes will be speaking on the following topics:

  • The National Design Network in Canada.
  • What is new at CMC.
  • Tools, technologies, and collaboration opportunities available for your research projects.
  • Information on how to obtain CAD tools at highly subsidized prices; how to select and access microelectronics, FPGA, embedded software, MEMS, microfluidics, and photonics manufacturing technologies and go about designing and manufacturing a research prototype; how to access test and characterization equipment; and how to connect with other researchers in Canada with like interests.
  • Embedded Systems Canada (emSYSCAN), a $50M national CFI project.
  • Prototyping support available for microsystems start-up companies.

Speaker Bio: Mr. Peter Stokes is Director, CFI Projects at CMC Microsystems. His current role is project manager of the $50M Embedded Systems Canada project, emSYSCAN, a nation-wide initiative that provides platform-based microsystems design and prototyping environments for multidisciplinary research. He has 25 years of experience working with microsystems researchers in Canadian universities and industry. Key contributions have been in the areas of research support, methodology development, semiconductor manufacturing operations and as project manager for the $22M System-on-Chip Research Network, SOCRN. Prior to CMC, Peter worked at Novatel with the cellular telephone engineering group and at DIPIX Technologies in hardware design for digital imaging via satellite. Peter is an Electronics Engineering Technologist, has an MBA from Queen's University, and is a member of the IEEE.

Full event details:

  • Date: Friday, November 16, 2012
  • Location: EN4002 (Main Boardroom), Engineering Building, Memorial University
  • Time: 11:00 AM

Career Development Talk by Ray Findlay

Added: October 11, 2012
Updated: January 13, 2013

On October 17th, Dr. Ray Findlay will give a talk on the topic of "Leadership and Career Development" at 7:00 PM in EN4000, the Faculty/Staff Lounge of the S.J. Carew (Engineering) Building.

Ray Findlay (B.A.SC., 1963, M.A.Sc., 1965, and Ph.D. 1968, University of Toronto) is a professional engineer (P.Eng., Ontario) and vice-president of JDRF Electromag Research, Inc., a company whose principal mandate is research and development.

Ray is an emeritus professor at McMaster University, where he taught electrical machines at both the graduate and undergraduate level for 24 years, and before that for 14 years at the University of New Brunswick, during one of those years he was an NRC Senior Industrial Research Fellow at General Electric Company in Peterborough. During his career at McMaster, Ray has been Assistant Dean, Professional Affairs, and Director of Engineering and Management at McMaster. Ray has also been a Research Fellow at the University of Southampton, (UK), at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization, Sydney, Australia, and the Katholieke Universiteit, Belgium.

Ray's technical interests include low frequency electromagnetic fields and losses in electrical power devices in which he has more than 200 publications. Ray's research interests are in low frequency electromagnetic devices. He has been an invited distinguished lecturer several times on electric machines or electrical conductors in Europe, North and South America, and in Asia. He has supervised or cosupervised 13 Ph.D. students to completion, and 28 Master's degree students. In addition, Ray has a strong interest in the history of engineering and engineering education in Canada in which he has 10 papers, three Chapters in books and an extensive website.

He has held several positions within IEEE from the Section, Chapter and Society levels to VP Regional Activities (1996-7) and President (2002). Ray was Director of the Canadian Region,(1994-5), and the first President of IEEE Canada (1995). As President of IEEE he gave more than 100 planned speeches or workshops around the world, on both technological advancements and professional development and leadership. Ray is a Life Fellow of IEEE and a Fellow of EIC. He has been awarded the ASEE-Dow Outstanding Young Faculty Award, IEEE Regional Activities Innovation Award, EIC Canadian Pacific Railway Engineering Medal, IEEE Canada Merit Award, IEEE Millennium Medal, the IEEE Canada W.S.Read Outstanding Service Award, and the Toronto Section Centennial Medal and the IEEE Canada McNaughton Medal, 2007, and the IEEE Haraden Pratt Medal, June, 2010.

Dr. Findlay will also be awarded an honorary doctorate by Memorial on October 19th. A short abstract of his talk is below.

Leadership and Career Development

How do we influence people? Can we improve our ability to influence others? What?'s involved? How is this important to our career? What is leadership and how can we develop it? We will examine these questions with the objective of seeking to improve our ability to influence. This discussion will examine the image we present to others and illustrate the importance of image and leadership ability in achieving our career objectives.

Full event details:

  • Date: Wednesday, October 17, 2012
  • Location: Faculty Lounge (EN4000), Engineering Building, Memorial University
  • Time: 7:00 PM

Update: The event was very well attended and beneficial for new and established IEEE members. Many thanks to Dr. Findlay for his excellent talk.

Dr. Ray Findlay's Presentation

Scholarship Opportunity for Women in Engineering

Added: October 11, 2012

The Section wishes to advise eligible members that scholarship opportunities for women in engineering are available from the Canadian Engineering Memorial Foundation. From their press release (English, French (DOC)):

In its continued tradition of recognizing leadership and excellence, the Canadian Engineering Memorial Foundation is proud to once again announce the launch of its annual scholarship program for women in engineering across the country.

Ten scholarships totaling $80,000 will be awarded to women studying engineering at the undergraduate, master’s and PhD level in 2013.

Five $5,000 CEMF Undergraduate Engineering Scholarships (one scholarship is awarded in the Atlantic, Québec, Ontario, Prairies and British Columbia regions) are available for undergraduates.

As well, for mining and metallurgical engineering students, global mining giant Vale — and a CEMF partner of over 20 years — has reaffirmed its commitment to a five-year scholarship and summer job program to run from 2012 to 2016. Through the CEMF Foundation, Vale is offering three $10,000 Vale Undergraduate Engineering Scholarships and one $10,000 Vale Master’s Engineering Scholarship. The scholarships are open to women interested in mining and metallurgical engineering (or a related field), and include a possible summer job opportunity with Vale — providing the winner with an excellent work opportunity.

“On behalf of all our scholarship recipients, past and future, CEMF thanks Vale for its continued dedication and support, including sponsoring all of CEMF’s 2012 winners to attend the 2012 awards luncheon in Niagara Falls this past summer,” says Huntley O’Connor, CEMF president. “We are extremely proud of our partnership with Vale.”

Finally, the Foundation continues to honour one incredibly accomplished woman in engineering with its prestigious $15,000 Claudette MacKay-Lassonde Scholarship. This scholarship is offered to a woman who is a leader in her community, is involved in research and teaching, is enrolled full-time in a graduate engineering program at the PhD level and, as with all CEMF scholarships, is dedicating her time and energy to promoting engineering as a career to young people.

Supporting diversity, encouraging leadership and making a tangible difference are the cornerstones of the CEMF scholarship program. Together with our scholarship partner Vale, we are committed to helping talented young women shape the future of our society.

All applications and criteria are available now online at www.cemf.ca. Deadline for applications is midnight, January 4, 2013 for Vale scholarships and midnight, January 11, 2013 for CEMF scholarships.

More information about the Canadian Engineering Memorial Foundation can be found at their website or in this fact sheet (PDF).

IEEE Day Lunch and Learn, Tuesday, 02 October 2012

Added: September 28, 2012
Updated:January 13, 2013

In recognition of IEEE Day on Tuesday, October 2, 2012, Dr. Yuanzhu Chen of the Department of Computer Science will be giving a talk on Proactive Source Routing in Mobile Ad Hoc Networks. The talk will be held in the Engineering Faculty Lounge (EN4000) from 12:00--1:00 PM. A pizza lunch will be provided.

Proactive Source Routing in Mobile Ad Hoc Networks

A mobile ad hoc network (MANET) is a wireless communication network where nodes that are not within direct transmission range establish their communication via the help of other nodes to forward data. It can operate without a fixed infrastructure, support user mobility, and falls under the general scope of multi-hop wireless networking. Such a networking paradigm originated from the needs in battlefield communications, emergency operations, search and rescue, and disaster relief operations. Later, it found civilian applications such as community networks.

Innovative routing in mobile ad hoc networks is crucial for unleashing the full potential of such networks. In this presentation, we will present a new Proactive Source Routing (PSR) protocol that has a very small communication overhead but provides nodes with more network structure information than distance-vector based protocols. The value of the source routing protocol includes: 1) better control of path selection by the source nodes for congestion avoidance, load and energy consumption balancing, and bypassing untrusted areas, 2) alleviation of IP forwarding at intermediate nodes, and 3) support for opportunistic data forwarding. PSR complements DSR (Dynamic Source Reouting) as a proactive counterpart to provide responsive data transportation services in heavily loaded networks. The performance results show that PSR achieves performance similar to OLSR (Optimized Link State Routing) and DSDV (Destination Sequenced Distance Vector), but with only a small fraction of the communication overhead.

Full event details:

  • Date: Tuesday, October 2, 2012
  • Location: Faculty Lounge (EN4000), Engineering Building, Memorial University
  • Time: 12:00 PM
  • Food: A pizza lunch will be provided.

Update: The event was a great success and was very well-attended. Thanks to all involved.

Dr. Yuanzhu Chen's Talk

IEEE Canada History Committee Seeks Volunteers

Added: July 19, 2012

The IEEE Canada History Committee wants to engage volunteers who have an interest in history as it relates to our fields of interest and have the capacity to contribute to the activities of the committee. If interested, please submit a note expressing your interest to Dave Kemp, IEEE Canada History Committee Chair, d.kemp at ieee.org.

Technical Talk: Dr. Ram Achar, "Meeting the Signal Integrity Challenges of High-Speed Circuit and Systems"

Added: July 7, 2012

IEEE Newfoundland-Labrador Section and the Computer, Communication, and Circuits & Systems Joint Societies Chapter cordially invites you to an IEEE Circuits and Systems Society (CASS) Distinguished Lecture entitled Meeting the Signal Integrity Challenges of High-Speed Circuit and Systems by Dr. Ram Achar, Professor in the Department of Electronics at Carleton University. The talk will be presented on Monday, July 16, at 7:00 PM in EN-4000 (the Engineering Faculty Lounge) at Memorial University.

Prof. Achar is an active researcher contributing to the advancement of computer-aided design tools and methodologies for analysis of high-frequency circuits and systems. He has published over 170 peer-reviewed articles in international journals/conferences, six multimedia books on signal integrity and five chapters in different books.

Dr. Achar currently is a professor in the department of electronics engineering at Carleton University. Prior to joining Carleton university faculty (2000), he served in various capacities in leading research labs, including T. J. Watson Research Center, IBM, New York (1995), Larsen and Toubro Engineers Ltd., Mysore (1992), Central Electronics Engineering Research Institute, Pilani, India (1992) and Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India (1990). His research interests include signal/power integrity analysis, circuit simulation, parallel and numerical algorithms, EMC/EMI analysis, microwave/RF algorithms, modeling/simulation methodologies for sustainable and renewable energy, and mixed-domain analysis.

Dr. Achar received several prestigious awards, including Carleton university research achievement awards (2010 & 2004), NSERC (Natural Science and Engineering Research Council) doctoral medal (2000), University Medal for the outstanding doctoral work (1998), Strategic Microelectronics Corporation (SMC) Award (1997) and Canadian Microelectronics Corporation (CMC) Award (1996). He was also a co-recipient of the IEEE advanced packaging best transactions paper award (2007). His students have won numerous best student paper awards in international forums.

Dr. Achar currently is a Distinguished Lecturer (DLP) of the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society (CASS). Previously, he served as the general co-chair of IEEE international conference on Electrical Performance of Electronic Packages & Systems (EPEPS-2010,2011) and as International Guest Faculty on the invitation of the Dept. of Information Technology of Govt. of India, under the SMDP-II program. He also currently serves on the executive/steering/technical-program committees of several leading IEEE international conferences, such as EPEPS, EDAPS, ECTC, SPI, ASP-DAC etc. and in the technical committees, EDMS (TC-12 of CPMT) and CAD (MTT-1). He is a founding faculty member of the Canada-India Center of Excellence, a member of the Canadian standards committee on nanotechnology, chair of the joint chapters of CAS/EDS/SSC societies of the IEEE Ottawa Section, and is a consultant for several leading industries focused on high-frequency circuits, systems and tools. Dr. Achar is a practicing professional engineer of Ontario.

He received the B. Eng. degree in electronics engineering from Bangalore University, India in 1990, M. Eng. degree in micro-electronics from Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani, India in 1992 and the Ph.D. degree from Carleton University in 1998.

For more details about Dr. Achar, his Research Activities/Contributions and Publications, Please visit: http://web.doe.carleton.ca/~achar/

Dr. Achar will be presenting on the following topic:

Meeting the Signal Integrity Challenges of High-Speed Circuit and Systems

The intense drive for signal integrity has been at the forefront of rapid and new development in CAD algorithms focused on high-speed circuits and systems. With increasing demands for high signal speeds coupled with decreasing feature sizes, interconnect effects such as signal delay, distortion and crosstalk become the dominant factors limiting the performance of high-speed systems. On the other hand, interconnect structures can be diverse and present at any of the hierarchical packaging levels including integrated circuits, printed circuit boards, multi-chip modules and backplanes. If not considered during the design stage, interconnect effects can cause failed designs. Since extra iterations in the design cycle are costly, accurate prediction of these effects is a necessity in high-speed designs. Although conventional CAD tools such as SPICE are used routinely by many engineers for simulation and general circuit analysis, these tools do not handle adequately the new emerging challenges of interconnect effects.

In this talk, high-frequency issues and signal integrity in high-speed designs will be discussed. Advanced signal integrity modeling/simulation strategies applicable to various levels of system hierarchy will be described. Also the underlying concepts leading to high-frequency effects, signal parameters and time-frequency relations will be reviewed. Particular emphasis will be placed on distributed, long and large coupled interconnects. Modeling approaches to handle high-frequency current distribution related effects, such as skin, proximity and edge effects will be considered. Particular emphasis will be placed on preserving the macromodel properties, such stability, causality and passivity. Various levels of interconnect modeling will be considered and the applications cover wide spectrum of on-chip, multichip, packages, printed circuit boards, backplanes/connectors.

Full event details:

  • Date: Monday, July 16, 2012
  • Location: Faculty Lounge (EN4000), Engineering Building, Memorial University
  • Time: 7:00 PM

CANCELLED - Technical Talk: Dr. Prasad Gudem, "Recent Advancements in Cellular Receivers"

Updated: June 25, 2012

Please be advised that Friday's lecture by Dr. Gudem, "Recent Advancements in Cellular Receivers" has been CANCELLED due to a family emergency.

Dr. Prasad Gudem of Qualcomm Inc. will be delivering a technical talk entitled Recent Advancements in Cellular Receivers on Friday, June 29, 2012 at 11:00 AM in the Faculty of Engineering Boardroom.

Prasad Gudem received a Ph.D. degree from the University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada in 1996 and a B.Tech. degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, India in 1988, both in Electrical Engineering. Prior to joining Qualcomm, he worked on device modeling for analog and RF applications at Cadence Design Systems and cellular transceiver design in SiGe at IBM Watson Research Center. He is currently a Senior Director of Engineering in the analog/RF IC group at Qualcomm, San Diego, California. Since joining Qualcomm in 2002, he led the development and commercialization of five generations of cellular transceivers. He has over 25 IEEE publications and over 50 patents. He taught several graduate-level classes and co- advised numerous Ph.D. students in the area of RFIC design at the University of California at San Diego, La Jolla, California. Dr. Gudem was the recipient of the Graduate Teaching Award for the 2001-2002 academic year in recognition of his outstanding teaching of the ECE265 course sequence “Communication Circuit Design: I, II, and III”.

Dr. Gudem will be presenting on the following topic:

Recent Advancements in Cellular Receivers

In this talk, we will briefly review the history of wireless receivers. The rest of the talk will focus on the evolution of cellular receivers for the past decade based on the author’s experience in leading five generations of commercial cellular transceiver chips. Cellular receivers need to meet stringent sensitivity and linearity requirements while keeping low power consumption required to extend battery life. In the first case study, we will discuss how diversity receiver was enabled in commercial phones to meet the market demand to increase data throughput without doubling power consumption. In the second case study, we will discuss how an inter-stage SAW filter was eliminated in commercial cellular phones without increasing power consumption. In the third case study, we will discuss how voltage scaling was employed in commercial phones to reduce power consumption of receivers to reach the much desired and anticipated milestone of 8 hour talk time. In the final case study, we will discuss an ever increasing data centric cellular market demand that needs to be met with innovations to support receiver carrier aggregation without increasing power consumption.

Full event details:

  • Date: Friday, June 29, 2012
  • Location: Main Boardroom (EN4002), Engineering Building, Memorial University
  • Time: 11:00 AM

CANCELLED - IEEE Distinguished Lecturer: Dr. Fabrizio Granelli, “Networking and the Smart Grid”

Added: June 3, 2012

Please be advised that Wednesday's lecture by Dr. Fabrizio Granelli, "Networking the Smart Grid" has been CANCELLED. His flight was unable to land in St. John's. Apologies for such short notice.

IEEE Newfoundland and Labrador Section in conjunction with the IEEE Communications Society is pleased to announce that Dr. Fabrizio Granelli, IEEE ComSoc Distinguished Lecturer for 2012-13, will be delivering a lecture in St. John’s on June 6, 2012.

Fabrizio Granelli is Associate Professor at the Dept. of Information Engineering and Computer Science (DISI) of the University of Trento (Italy). From 2008, he is deputy head of the academic council in Information Engineering. He received the «Laurea» (M.Sc.) degree in Electronic Engineering from the University of Genoa, Italy, in 1997, with a thesis on video coding, awarded with the TELECOM Italy prize, and the Ph.D. in Telecommunications from the same university, in 2001. Since 2000 he is carrying on his research and didactical activities (currently Associate Professor in Telecommunications) at the Dept. of Information Engineering and Computer Science – University of Trento (Italy). He was coordinator of the Networking Laboratory in 2006-2010. In August 2004 and August 2010, he was visiting professor at the State University of Campinas (Brasil). He is author or co-author of more than 130 papers published in international journals, books and conferences. His main research activities are in the field of networking, with particular reference to performance modeling, cross-layering, wireless networks, cognitive radios and networks, green networking and smart grid communications.

Professor Granelli will be presenting on the following topic:

Networking and the Smart Grid: the relevance of communications in the future of power grid

The Smart Grid represents a clear step forward in improving power generation, distribution, consumption. Indeed, the Smart Grid is a digitally enabled electrical grid that gathers, distributes, and acts on information about the behavior of all participants (suppliers and consumers) in order to improve the efficiency, importance, reliability, economics, and sustainability of electricity services.

In this scenario, communications gain a central point as a key enabling technology in supporting the “intelligence” of the system. Nevertheless, the area of communications and associated knowledge can even play a greater role, in supporting modeling, simulation and design of the next generation power grid.

The seminar aims at providing an overview of the concept and architecture of the Smart Grid, focusing on the contributions of the communications community in terms of communications infrastructure and methodologies. Sample scenarios will be presented to illustrate the relevance of communications in the power grid.

Full event details:

  • Date: June 6, 2012
  • Location: Faculty Lounge, Engineering Building, Memorial University
  • Time: 6:45 for 7:00 PM

Please spread the word and bring a colleague!

IEEE Spring 2012 Newsletter

Added: May 28, 2012

The IEEE Newfoundland-Labrador Section Spring 2012 Newsletter is now available online at http://ewh.ieee.org/r7/newfoundland_labrador/newsletter-spring-2012.php.

Annual IEEE Lobster Boil

Added: May 22, 2012

Saturday, June 2, 2012, 6:30 for 7pm

The Fluvarium

Tickets only $25 each for IEEE members and one guest; non-members $35 each. Please specify lobster, steak or vegetarian dinner at time of ticket purchase. Salads, rolls, dessert, tea, coffee and a drink ticket included! Catered by the Fluvarium.

Deadline for tickets: noon, Wednesday, May 30th

For tickets, contact Brian Kidney at bkidney@ieee.org or any member of the IEEE Newfoundland & Labrador Section Executive.

IEEE Student Night

Updated: March 24, 2012

Monday, March 26, 2012, 7pm-10pm

Memorial University's Engineering Building, Room: EN-4000

On Monday, March 26, 2012 at 7pm, the Faculty of Engineering at Memorial is holding its annual "IEEE Student Night". This event is an opportunity for graduating engineering students to present and demonstrate their senior design projects. The evening will begin at 7pm sharp in the Engineering Faculty Lounge (room EN4000) in the Engineering Building at Memorial and will begin with three project presentations as chosen by classmates and instructors.

Following the presentations, there will be an opportunity to see demonstrations of all projects. Finally, the evening will conclude with the presentation of awards and consuming of pizza and drinks.

Any interested parties are encouraged to attend the evening. Students certainly will appreciate an opportunity to show to their future colleagues, the accomplishments of their final year projects. Parking has been arranged for Area 16, next to the University Centre.

If you have any questions about the event, please contact Robert Collett at robert.collett at gmail.com.

Radar Vision: An Evening With Two Local Leaders in Radar Research and Revelopment

Added: January 31, 2012

Thursday, February 2, 2012, 19:00 hours

Engineering Boardroom (EN 4002), Engineering and Applied Science Building, Memorial University

The IEEE - Oceanic Engineering Society and Marine Technology Society - Newfoundland and Labrador Section are pleased to present Radar Vision, an evening with two local leaders in radar research and development:

Mr. Joe Ryan, President, Delta Radar Inc.
Mr. Ryan will give an overview of his work as a leader in the development of radar technology for marine navigation and surveillance over the past three decades, including research and product development and commercialization efforts in advanced radar signal processing and HF surface wave radar. He will also discuss recent advances in radar hardware technology including Software Defined functionality that will provide new product development and research opportunities. Multi-mode radar offers the potential to bring vision-like capabilities to radar and extend its usefulness in the fields of navigation in ice, ocean parameter measurement and small target detection.
Ms. Madlena Hakobyan, PhD candidate, C-CORE
Ms. Hakobyan will describe her work in using ground based synthetic aperture radarfor monitoring motion and deformation, with a particular emphasis on monitoring changes to coastlines and coastal infrastructure.

For additional information, or to register, please contact either Randy Gillespie (randy.gillespie@mi.mun.ca) or Ralf Bachmayer (Bachmayer@mun.ca)


Annual General Meeting, OES Chapter AGM, and Technical Talk

Updated: November 29, 2011

Monday, December 5, 2011, 7pm-9pm

EN 4002 (Main Boardroom), Engineering and Applied Science, Memorial University

The IEEE Newfoundland-Labrador Section would like to invite you to its Annual General Meeting, this coming Monday, December 5th at 7pm. The agenda includes:

  • A brief review of 2011 Section highlights, and an outline for plans for 2012 events and activities
  • Report and business arising from the Oceanic Engineering Society Chapter
  • A talk by MUN's Sailbot team. MUN Sailbot is a student-driven effort to design and build a low cost 2-m robotic sailboat for entry into international competition in 2011 (Annapolis, Maryland) and 2012 (Vancouver, British Colombia). Come listen to Jordan Smith and others speak about the team's challenges and triumphs!

An informal wine and cheese reception will follow the meeting.


Technical Talk - Outlook and Challenges in Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) Protection of Modern and Future Integrated Circuits

Added: November 14, 2011

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011, 2:15pm

EN 4002 (Main Boardroom), Engineering and Applied Science, Memorial University

Speaker

Juin J. Liou, Pegasus Distinguished Professor, University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida, USA, Chang Jiang, Scholar Endowed Professor, Ministry of Education, China Feng Chia Chair Professor, Feng Chia University, Taiwan, Fellow of IEEE, Fellow of IET, Fellow of SIMTech

Abstract

Electrostatic discharge (ESD) is one of the most prevalent threats to electronic components. It is an event in which a finite amount of charge is transferred from one object (i.e., human body) to the other (i.e., microchip). This process can result in a very high current passing through the microchip within a very short period of time, and more than 35% of chip damages can be attributed to such an event. As such, designing on-chip ESD structures to protect microchips against the ESD stress is a high priority in the semiconductor industry. The continuing scaling of CMOS technology makes the ESD-induced failures even more prominent, and one can predict with certainty that the availability of effective and robust ESD protection solutions will become a critical and essential component to the successful advancement and commercialization of the next-generation CMOS technology.

An overview on the ESD sources, models, protection schemes, and testing will first be given in this talk. This is followed by the discussions of the challenges for designing and realizing ESD protection solutions in modern and next-generation integrated circuits.

Biography

Biography of Juin J. Liou: Juin J. Liou received the B.S. (honors), M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Florida, Gainesville, in 1982, 1983, and 1987, respectively. In 1987, he joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Central Florida (UCF), Orlando, Florida where he is now the Pegasus Distinguished Professor and UCF-Analog Devices Fellow. His current research interests are Micro/nanoelectronics computer-aided design, RF device modeling and simulation, and electrostatic discharge (ESD) protection design and simulation.

Dr. Liou holds 7 U.S. patents (1 more filed and pending), and has published 9 books, more than 240 journal papers (including 16 invited articles), and more than 190 papers (including 78 keynote or invited papers) in international and national conference proceedings. He has been awarded more than $10.0 million of research contracts and grants from federal agencies (i.e., NSF, DARPA, Navy, Air Force, NASA, NIST), state government, and industry (i.e., Semiconductor Research Corp., Intel Corp., Intersil Corp., Lucent Technologies, Alcatel Space, Conexant Systems, Texas Instruments, Fairchild Semiconductor, National Semiconductor, Analog Devices, RF Micro Device, Lockheed Martin), and has held consulting positions with research laboratories and companies in the United States, China, Japan, Taiwan, and Singapore. In addition, Dr. Liou has served as a technical reviewer for various journals and publishers, general chair or technical program chair for a large number of international conferences, regional editor (in USA, Canada and South America) of the Microelectronics Reliability journal, and guest editor of 3 special issues in Microelectronics Reliability and Solid-State Electronics.

Dr. Liou received ten different awards on excellence in teaching and research from the University of Central Florida (UCF) and six different awards from the IEEE. Among them, he was awarded the UCF Pegasus Distinguished Professor (2009) – the highest honor bestowed to a faculty member at UCF, UCF Distinguished Researcher Award (four times: 1992, 1998, 2002, 2009) – the most of any faculty in the history of UCF, UCF Research Incentive Award (three times: 2000, 2005, 2010), UCF Trustee Chair Professor (2002), and IEEE Joseph M. Biedenbach Outstanding Engineering Educator Award in 2004 for his exemplary teaching, research, and international collaboration. His other honors are Fellow of IEEE, Fellow of IET, Fellow of Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology, Fellow of UCF-Analog Devices, Distinguished Lecturer of IEEE Electron Device Society (EDS), and Distinguished Lecturer of National Science Council. He holds several honorary professorships, including Chang Jiang Scholar Endowed Professor of Ministry of Education, China – the highest honorary professorship in China, NSVL Distinguished Professor of National Semiconductor Corp., USA, Chang Gung Endowed Professor of Chang Gung University, Taiwan, Feng Chia Chair Professor of Feng Chia University, Taiwan, Chunhui Eminent Scholar of Peking University, China, Cao Guang-Biao Endowed Professor of Zhejiang University, China, Honorary Professor of Xidian University, China, Consultant Professor of Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China, and Courtesy Professor of Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China. Dr. Liou was a recipient of U.S. Air Force Fellowship Award and National University Singapore Fellowship Award.

Dr. Liou has served as the IEEE EDS Vice-President of Regions/Chapters, IEEE EDS Treasurer, IEEE EDS Finance Committee Chair, Member of IEEE EDS Board of Governors, and Member of IEEE EDS Educational Activities Committee.


Nominations for 2012-2013 Executive

Added: Oct 18, 2011

Our Nominations Committee has compiled a list of candidates for the 2012-2013 executive. In accordance with our bylaws members have 14 days to nominate alternate candidates by petition.

The slate of nominees is as follows:

  • Chair: Cheng Li (automatic ascension from Vice Chair)
  • Vice Chair: Brian Kidney
  • Treasurer: Geoff Holden
  • Secretary: Andrew Cook

Technical Talk - Spectrum Sensing with Incomplete Channel Information

Added: September 6, 2011

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011, 5:00pm - 6:00pm

EN 4002 (Main Boardroom), Engineering and Applied Science, Memorial University

Speaker

Claudio R. C. M. da Silva, Assistant Professor in the Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Virginia Tech

Abstract

Dynamic spectrum access is a new concept that offers the potential for more efficient use of the radio spectrum and improved spectrum sharing. In such systems, users first identify idle or underutilized spectrum with the use of spectrum sensing and/or white space databases and then, following pre-defined rules, dynamically access the "best" frequency bands on an opportunistic and non-interfering basis. In this talk, we address one important issue yet to be overcome in order to bring sensing-based dynamic spectrum access to reality, which is the design of spectrum sensing algorithms for realistic propagation environments. First, we present the design of methods for the detection and classification of communication signals when the channel state is unknown. We then discuss spectrum sensing in the presence of man-made and natural noise.

Biography

Claudio R. C. M. da Silva is an Assistant Professor in the Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech. His current primary research interests are opportunistic spectrum access and cognitive communications, including single-radio and cooperative spectrum sensing, coexistence of heterogeneous wireless systems, and the scalability of cognitive networks. He received the B. S. and M. S. from the State University of Campinas, Brazil, in 1999 and 2001, respectively, and the Ph.D. from the University of California, San Diego in 2005, all in electrical engineering.

Dr. da Silva received the best student paper award at the 2003 IEEE Conference on Ultra-Wide Band Systems and Technologies, and was a California Institute of Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2) graduate student fellow for the 2001-2002 academic year. He spent the summer of 2004 with the Corporate Technology Group of Intel Corp. Dr. da Silva is a Senior Member of the IEEE and has served on the technical program committee of numerous IEEE conferences in the communications area.


NECEC 2011 Call for Papers

NECEC 2011 is fast approaching. The call for papers is out (PDF available here) and abstracts are due by September 12th.

For more information, please visit http://necec.engr.mun.ca.


Technical Talk: Advances on Bearingless Motor Drives

Added: August 1, 2011

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011, 11:00 am

Memorial University's Engineering Building, Faculty Lounge, Room: EN-4000

Speaker

Dr. Akira Chiba, FIEEE, Professor of Electrical Engineering Tokyo Institute of Technology

Abstract

Recent research and development of bearingless motors are presented. Bearingless motor is a combined electric motor with magnetic bearing functions. The first prototype was successfully suspended at MUN in 1990 when the presenter was a postdoctoral fellow. The recent developments are involved with wide gap and compact structures. In the presentation, a project on a wide gap bearingless motor with full 5-axis active suspension is presented. In addition, a novel winding structure of a middle point current injection type bearingless motor is presented. Some other bearingless motors are also introduced.

This presentation focuses on how to use a combination of rapid prototyping, Customer Development Cycles and Lean Start-up principles to quickly iterate through ideas, define your customers, collect their feedback and build the minimum product that they will pay for. It also discusses important concepts such as sticking to very slim vertical markets, providing whole experiences, and the Smoke Test Landing page.

Biography

Akira Chiba (IEEE S'82-M'88-SM'97-F'07) was born in Tokyo, Japan in 1960. He received the B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tokyo, Japan, in 1983, 1985 and 1988, respectively. In 1988, he was a Research Associate at the Department of Electrical Engineering, Faculty of Science and Technology, Tokyo University of Science, Tokyo. From 1992 to 1993, he was a Research Lecturer; from 1993 to 1997, a Senior Lecturer; from 1997 to 2004, an Associate Professor; and from 2004 to 2010, a Professor. Since 2010, he has been a Professor in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Graduate School of Science and Engineering, Tokyo Institute of Technology. From 1990 to 1991, he was a Postdoctoral Fellow of the Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada at Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada. He has been studying magnetically suspended bearingless ac motors, super high-speed motor drives, and HEV and EV motors. He is the author or co-author of more than 720 papers including the first book on "magnetic bearings and bearingless drives" in 2005; and he has 56 patents including submitted ones so far.


Technical Talk: Michael Winter, Cambrai Solultions

Added: July 21, 2011

Friday, July 29th, 2011, 3:15 pm

Memorial University's Engineering Building, Faculty Lounge, Room: EN-4000

On Friday, July 29th, 2011, the IEEE Newfoundland-Labrador Section Computer, Communication, and Circuits & Systems Joint Societies Chapter is co-sponsoring a talk with the Memorial University Computer Engineering Research Lab (CERL). Mr. Michael Winter will speak about his own experiences as an entrepreneur and will share knowledge about how to start a company. All IEEE members are invited to attend.

Biography

Michael Winter graduated from MUN Computer Engineering in 2008. Throughout Michael's six years in MUN he became passionate about entrepreneurship and using technical skills to bring new ideas to market. After graduating Michael joined the St. John's based start-up Virtual Marine Technology and led the development of their small boat equipment simulator. Then in October 2009 Michael and two other MUN engineering students were recruited by Canadian entrepreneur Sir Terry Matthews to join his Ottawa based Wesley Clover incubator and start Cambrai Solutions. With Wesley Clover's guidance Cambrai made their first sale 6 months after founding and have since deployed their software in the UK, US, and Australia.

Abstract

Most start-ups fail because of a lack of customers, not a failure of product development. Traditionally entrepreneurs developed an idea, a business plan, a product, then hopefully sold it to customers. But my mentors have taught me how that plan is entirely backwards. Start with the customers first, then build a product for them.

This presentation focuses on how to use a combination of rapid prototyping, Customer Development Cycles and Lean Start-up principles to quickly iterate through ideas, define your customers, collect their feedback and build the minimum product that they will pay for. It also discusses important concepts such as sticking to very slim vertical markets, providing whole experiences, and the Smoke Test Landing page.


Lobster Boil

Added: June 1, 2011

Friday, June 24, 2010, 6:30 for 7pm

The Fluvarium

Tickets only $20 each for IEEE members and one guest; non-members $30 each. Please specify lobster, steak or vegetarian dinner at time of ticket purchase. Salads, rolls, dessert, tea, coffee and 2 drink tickets included! Catered by the Fluvarium.

Deadline for tickets: noon, Monday, June 20th

For tickets, contact any member of the IEEE Newfoundland & Labrador Section Executive.


Technical Talk: Dr. Hai Jiang - Cooperative Wireless Multicast

Tuesday, April 26, 2011 at 2:30pm

Memorial University's Engineering Building, Room: EN-4002

Cooperative Wireless Multicast : Cooperation Strategy and Incentive Mechanism

Speaker: Dr. Hai Jiang, Assistant Professor
Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of Alberta, Canada

Abstract:

Multicast is a bandwidth efficient mechanism to provide wireless services for a group of nodes. Providing reliable wireless multicast is challenging due to channel fading. This work investigates cooperation among receiving nodes to enhance the reliability of wireless multicast. A time division based cooperative multicast strategy is proposed, and the optimal scheduling scheme is found to maximize the system throughput. It is shown that the optimal relay number is bounded by a threshold, and the optimal time allocation can be found using an efficient algorithm. Numerical results show that the proposed strategy can enhance network performance when the average channel condition between receiving nodes is better than that of the direct link. To provide incentive for cooperation, this work further studies the interactions among selfish nodes using a game theoretical approach. The cooperative multicast process is modelled as a repeated game and the desired cooperation state which satisfies absolute fairness and Pareto optimality is found. A Worst Behaviour Tit-for-Tat incentive strategy is designed to enforce cooperation and its effectiveness is studied under both the perfect and the imperfect monitoring scenarios. To address the issue of imperfect monitoring, an interval based estimation method is proposed. Simulation results show that the proposed strategy can enforce cooperation efficiently even the monitoring is imperfect.

Speaker Bio:

HAI JIANG received the B.S. degree in 1995 and the M.S. degree in 1998, both in electronics engineering, from Peking University, China and the Ph.D. degree in 2006 in electrical engineering from the University of Waterloo, Canada. Since July 2007, he has been an Assistant Professor at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Alberta, Canada. His research interests include radio resource management, cognitive radio networking, and cross-layer design for wireless multimedia communications. He received an Alberta Ingenuity New Faculty Award in 2008 and a Best Paper Award from IEEE GLOBECOM 2008. He served as a Co-Chair for the General Symposium at the International Wireless Communications and Mobile Computing Conference (IWCMC) 2007, the Communications and Networking Symposium at the Canadian Conference on Electrical and Computer Engineering (CCECE) 2009, and the Wireless and Mobile Networking Symposium at the IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC) 2010.


IEEE Student Night

Friday, April 1, 2011, 7pm-10pm

Memorial University's Engineering Building, Room: EN-4002

On Friday, April 1, 2011 at 7pm, the Faculty of Engineering at Memorial is holding its annual "IEEE Student Night". This event is an opportunity for graduating engineering students to present and demonstrate their senior design projects. The evening will begin at 7pm sharp in the Engineering Boardroom (room EN4002) in the Engineering Building at Memorial and will begin with three project presentations as chosen by classmates and instructors.

Following the presentations, there will be an opportunity to see demonstrations of all projects. Finally, the evening will conclude with the presentation of awards and consuming of pizza and drinks.

Any interested parties are encouraged to attend the evening. Students certainly will appreciate an opportunity to show to their future colleagues, the accomplishments of their final year projects.

If you have any questions about the event, please contact Dr. Dennis Peters at dpeters at engr.mun.ca.