Organized by the IEEE Ottawa Section, IEEE Ottawa Lunch and Learn is an initiative to bridge the gap and derive synergy between Ottawa industry, academia, and government. The initiative, on a monthly basis, brings a speaker from either industry, academia, or government to the heart of the Kanata Tech Hub.

The seminar is accompanied by a complimentary lunch and a space to connect, communicate, and collaborate. Our attendees include members of industry, government, and academia. University and College students are encouraged to attend, network, and discover what's new and exciting in Ottawa Tech. IEEE Ottawa L&L is FREE and OPEN TO ALL.

Eric Karmouch
Dr. Eric Karmouch
Chair, IEEE Ottawa Lunch and Learn

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We are pleased to announce the following seminar.

Nikhil Adnani

IBIONICS - Doing for Blind People What Cochlear is Doing for the Deaf

- February 2018 -

Suzanne Grant, BSc, CD

Co-founder and CEO, iBIONICS

For years, visual implants using electrodes have demonstrated blind people can again see - a little. For decades Cochlear has demonstrated that by replicating natural sensory brain communication, deaf people can interpret speech, and even hear crickets chirping. iBIONICS is pulling these together - implants and sensory brain communication replication, so a playing child saying "look at me, look at me" can be seen by her blind father.
Suzanne will share how demonstrated technology is being used along with patented iBIONICS technology to move the bar in bionic vision capability. She will discuss how embracing converging technologies, Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality and Artificial Intelligence will improve user experience for blind people, bionic surgeons and clinical support teams helping DiamondEye recipients learn a revised sensory brain language.
Suzanne will speak about how the Canadian Eco-system has helped iBIONICS get where they are today and share some insight into winning grants, competitions and awards. She will wrap her talk up with the necessity for a bold global strategy that embraces diversity and entrepreneurial grit.

Suzanne's curious and adventurous nature propelled her through a diverse career of discovery, travel and pushing boundaries. From Canadian Military engineering officer she pivoted to entrepreneurship creating - The Art of Business in a frontier market. This strategic communications agency helped fortune 500 C Suite executives launch companies in emerging markets. Today, as CEO and co-founder of iBIONICS, Suzanne's mission is to return sight to blind people. She lives by her mantra - The Art of the Possible blending cutting edge technology and social change with making the world better.


Time Event Detail
11:00 - 11:30 Refreshments and Networking
11:30 - 12:00 Lite Lunch and Welcoming Remarks
12:00 - 13:00 Seminar
13:00-13:30 Questions and Networking

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Previous Speakers

We would like to thank all of our speakers for their contributions to IEEE Ottawa Lunch and Learn.

Nikhil Adnani

RF Spectrum Challenges in the Age of Netflix and Self-Driving Cars

- Presented December 2017 -

Nikhil Adnani

CTO, ThinkRF

Over the past decade we have been witnessing a wireless revolution. The way we communicate with each other has been changed forever with the proliferation of smartphones and other wireless devices. How we consume audio and video has evolved as streaming technologies such as Netflix, YouTube and Spotify have replaced traditional TV, DVDs, and CDs. Soon, even the way we get around will look different as autonomous vehicles relying on communications from thousands of sensors become technologically and commercially viable. Looking ahead, the potential is there for new applications that we can’t even begin to imagine.
All of this is exponentially driving the demand we place on the wireless spectrum. To address this, wireless engineers and scientists are having to push the boundaries and come up with more creative use of the limited RF spectrum resources that are available.
Advanced modulation techniques, increasing bandwidths and higher frequencies are just some of the methods used to address the spectrum challenge. And as we continue to ask more and more of the spectrum around us, we also need to develop new ways to measure and monitor these signals. This talk will review the growing challenges associated with using, measuring, and monitoring the radio spectrum during this period of incredible innovation.

Dr. Nikhil Adnani is currently the Chief Technology Officer at ThinkRF. During his career he has worked on a number of different radio and wireless technologies. At ThinkRF he works on wideband radio receivers for spectrum and signal analysis applications. Nikhil has a BSc and MSc from the University of Manitoba and a PhD from Carleton University, all in Electrical Engineering.

Phil Rackus

The Autonomous Network - Technology and Politics

- Presented November 2017 -

Phil Rackus

Director of Product Management, CENX

Continued growth of bandwidth and QoS hungry applications combined with competitive pressure on ARPU have created an environment where service providers are towards a completely integrated assurance model – both to increase operational efficiencies and to improve mean time to resolution of network and SPIT faults. The operational model however is still domain, and even vendor, specific – both for good reasons and bad. This discussion will focus on realistic approaches to creating a highly integrated end to end assurance model that still respects technical and political domain boundaries.

A product and technology strategist, Phil has been involved in many of Ottawa’s most interesting technology innovations over the last 20 years. An alumni of Bell Labs research, a founding member of N-able technologies (acquired by Solarwinds) and a key member of intrepreneurial projects at Corel, Alcatel-Lucent and Nokia, Phil brings a keen insight into the commercial and technology challenges facing the industry today and tomorrow.

Inez Dekker

Personal Creativity - An Interactive Workshop

- Presented October 2017 -

Inez Dekker

University Lecturer, Researcher, and Public Speaker

As Engineers and Scientists you have challenges that are both wide in scope and bound by critical limitations as well. Modern creativity research suggests that the flexibility and focus required for such complex challenges can be strengthened and toned through apparently unrelated creative activities. Drawing from current scientific research and evidence emerging from several domains of study, this interactive workshop explores the psychology of creativity, your beliefs about what creativity is, and how exploring your personal creative spark can have a positive impact on your personal and professional development. Workshop takeaways focus on specific tips that will empower you to 1) Learn about the science of creativity, 2) Develop your awareness to enable greater creativity (personally and professionally), and 3) Build on different tools, skills, and knowledge to unleash your creative side.

Inez Dekker is a believer in life-long learning, development, and self-discovery. After running a family business for several years, she started university at the age of 39, earning a BA (Psychology), and an MA (Organizational Psychology), and also took courses in the PhD Management program, all from Queen's University in Kingston. She taught university courses for eight years at the Queen's School of Business, Athabasca University, and the Sprott School of Business, including the Psychology of Personality, Organizational Behaviour, Organizational Culture, Leadership, and more. For the past 10 years, Inez has been engaged in personnel research for the Canadian military. To satisfy her own need to express herself through original art and craftwork, she has explored a variety of mediums. She writes and performs original poetry, has competed at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word, and continues to be active in the Lanark County Live Poets' Society (LiPS).

John Clarke

Data Centric Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Applications

- Presented September 2017 -

John Clarke

Product Manager, Data Management Systems, General Dynamics Mission Systems Canada

The research and development team at General Dynamics Mission Systems is evolving our intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance application to ensure that it can keep pace with the rapidly evolving ISR field. Airborne military sensors are growing increasingly capable, and commercial and open source intelligence data is now widely available and of very high quality. To modernize our system has meant exploring new approaches. The presentation will describe the ISR mission, and cover some of the new development approaches, including moving a monolithic application towards data centric microservices, using open source tools to manage and present geographic data, containerization of services to allow rapid deployment and high reliability, and machine learning to improve the workflow for operators.

As Product Manager, Data Management Systems, John Clarke provides direction, vision and leadership for the system at the heart of the airborne surveillance and command and control platforms produced by the Air and Naval business unit of General Dynamics Mission Systems-Canada. John joined General Dynamics in 2002 having spent twelve years at Bell Northern Research. Prior to assuming his current role, John was the software development manager for the Data Management System for the Airbus H225M helicopter, designed to perform land and naval surveillance missions for the Polish armed forces. Previous to his role on the Polish program, John has held a number of project management and software management positions throughout the company, including the design and development of a self defense system for helicopters and the control software for a remotely operated underwater vehicle deployed with the Swedish Navy's stealth corvette. John holds a Bachelor of Computer Engineering and Management from McMaster University. He lives in Stittsville, Ontario with his wife, daughter and son. General Dynamics Mission Systems-Canada is one of Canada's leading C4ISR and defence and security electronics companies, with a worldwide reputation for excellence in the production of technology-based, integrated solutions for land, airborne, maritime and public safety applications. With state-of-the-art facilities in Ottawa, Calgary and Halifax, the company's success is based on strong systems engineering experience, ongoing investment in research and development and collaboration with commercial and military systems industry leaders.

Steven Woodward

"Resiliency by Design" - Dynamic Categorization Working Session

- Presented August 2017 -

Steven Woodward CCSK, CSQA, CFPS

CEO, Cloud Perspectives

While the term 'resiliency' is frequently used, it is seldom defined, clarified or used in a meaningful context. This leads to rework, costs exceeding budgets, frustration and most importantly, solutions that do not provide the resiliency that was required by the business. The technology storms continue to form and merge, including Internet of Things, Software Defined Everything, Block Chain, Fog Computing and Cloud Computing. In order to provide or consume trusted and resilient services, the solutions must be clarified, planned, designed and governed accordingly. Resiliency can take many forms; performance, security, integrity and even personal safety. We will identify some foundational elements and considerations, then a working taxonomy mind-map will be provided to highlight some resiliency categories. During the session specific resiliency subjects of interest will be identified by the attendees and further "mindmaps" will be generated to express specific resiliency considerations. The working activities provide an opportunity to network and exchange ideas that will build resiliency as the technology storm front continually advances.

Steven Woodward is CEO of Cloud Perspectives, located in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. He is a member of the National Institute of Standards for Technology (NIST) cloud computing working groups (under the US Department of Commerce), a co-leader of the Cloud Audit and Cloud Carrier sub-groups, while contributing to Standards, Reference Architecture, SLAs, Security, Broker and Services topic areas. Steven is also a Director of the Cloud Security Alliance Canadian Chapter, a member of the ISO/ IEC SC7 (software systems) and SC38 (cloud and distributed processing) and chair of IFPUG's (ISO 20926 software sizing) ISO Committee. He fosters collaboration and cooperation within and between standards groups (ISO/IEC, IEEE, IFPUG, TMFORUM, ITU-T, CSA, OMG) to clarify and quantify realistic expectations for cloud computing and the controls that build trust. His previous IEEE presentations included: SOSE in Maui, HONET in Northern Cyprus and EPEC in Ottawa. He has several published chapters in software metrics books, edits and frequently contributes articles to various communities, and is frequently interviewed by research companies. Steven's education, advisory, planning and execution services have resulted in saving millions of dollars, while mitigating risks, for private and public sector organizations around the world.

Ian Glenn

The Rise of the Industrial Drone

- Presented July 2017 -

Ian Glenn

CEO/CTO, ING Robotic Aviation Inc.

This talk will focus on the transformative impact of drones on mapping and charting, as well as, for inspection and monitoring tasks. Modern industrial drones provide the ability to provide highly accurate mosaics, point clouds, DEMs, and DSMs of areas of interest in the single digit centimetre resolution range. These bundled solutions accomplish so much more than traditional methods - cost effectively and safety. ING Robotic Aviation is focused on data-driven robotic aviation delivered in harsh conditions globally. The company has flown drones the equivalent of 81 times around the planet since 2008. Ian will highlight with real world examples the possibilities that these disruptive technologies now offer. From wildlife to wind turbines, industrial drones are transforming many sectors.

Ian has led the creation of Canada's most dynamic growth sector - unmanned aviation. His leadership in the field started over two decades ago, driving the creation of national drone standards with Transport Canada to enable the creation of the industry. Along the way he launched UVS Canada, the organization that grew into Unmanned Systems Canada which is Canada's national sector organization. As the Chief Executive and Chief Technology Officer of his company, ING Robotic Aviation, over the past 15 years he has developed and integrated UAV systems and provided services across the globe in harsh conditions including war zones. ING Robotic Aviation often has undertaken technically difficult projects that moved the regulatory yardstick forward by demonstrating safe, robust, and validated results that served to expand the operational envelope for all the civil and commercial sector. ING has also been highly and consistently visible as a sponsor of student activities. As a pioneer of industrial drones, he has created new markets and capabilities introducing UAVs to the resource, agriculture, forestry, utility, film, construction, and defence and public safety sectors. Ian is a true pioneer in a technology and aviation emergence that will happen only once in our professional lifetime. He has grasped this evolution, and expended considerable energy in guiding it for the benefit of all Canada.

Chris Alisson

A 101 to Machine Learning using Python

- Presented June 6, 2017 -

Chris Allison

Senior Coordinator, GC2.0 Tools at Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat

Machine Learning, a method of teaching computers to learn and make predictions based on data without being explicitly programmed, is a core part of predictive analytics and key technologies like image recognition, self-driving cars, unsupervised data analytics and search / recommendation engines. Featured in more MOOC's than you can shake a stick at, machine learning is taking off - and Python has one of the top ML ecosystems around! Chris Allison will present an introductory primer on machine learning using Python's Scikit-Learn and Gensim. Code and examples included!

As a driven, passionate and creative leader and change agent, Chris Allison's career, skills and experiences span across public service, private interests and personal goals. Chris' goal is to reimagine and revitalize the public service - transforming it into an organization that can meet and exceed the needs and expectations of Canadians. Over the past 15 years Chris has worked on immigration enforcement, investigated war crimes, patrolled Toronto with the Toronto Police Service, conducted surveillance and counter smuggling activities with as an RCMP officer, participated in public relations duties in Japan, managed national security activities with the Canada Border Services Agency, developed legislation, regulations and policy on import, export and cross-border law enforcement operations, contributed to the re-writing of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, created and lead a community of passionate managers in Public Safety Canada, worked to improve the traveler experience with the CBSA and currently lead the Government of Canada's enterprise social network and wiki - working to build a single, collaborative and high performing public service to better serve Canadians. Driven and imaginative, Chris has reverse mentored three Deputy Ministers on innovation and technology on the Deputy Minister Committee on Policy Innovation, reimagined and built new ways to improve the traveler experience and acted as a catalyst for change - driving innovation in policy thinking, service delivery, information management and collaboration. An avid Python developer, Chris has built web apps, event simulations, conducted social network analysis, graphed and analyzed social media, analyzed big data with Spark, built machine learning classifiers and used natural language analysis to directly improve his organizations. As per his Twitter bio, Chris is focused on GoC leadership, community, culture, creativity and innovation. He is a geek, gamer, Python developer and storyteller.

Stuart Russell

Challenge Everything: Why Audacity Is the Key to Long-Term Growth in Technology Companies

- Presented May 2, 2017 -

Stuart Russell

CTO & Co-Founder, You.i TV

Success in technology comes down to identifying and taking advantage of inflection points - but doing so is easier said than done, especially if you're in a position where you're already successful. The technologies that succeed in the long run are the ones that have the audacity to challenge the status quo, and take advantage of the recurring patterns of innovation. Stuart Russell has experience doing this with multiple technologies in multiple companies, including his current role as CTO and co-founder of You.i TV. When he was building You.i Engine with his team, they challenged multiple accepted beliefs, about everything from GPUs to engine toolsets to platform design and development conventions. The result has been a product that's powering some of today's leading TV interfaces, and wins out against more traditional approaches frequently. He'll bring this experience to his presentation, which will break down the innovation inflection points using historical and current examples, and provide you with a framework for how to look for and identify your next audacious move. It's the real key to long-term, sustainable success in the technology industry, and will power the next wave of technology innovation in Ottawa, in Canada and the world.

Stuart Russell is the Co-founder of You.i TV, and the creator of the technology on which the company is based. An expert in optimized computer rendering algorithms and physics, Stuart is more than just a software engineer or designer - he is a software innovator. Stuart has invented and patented software technology including rendering engines and emulators, and has won numerous software and business awards and accolades, including multiple wins of Best Software by Smartphone Magazine (then known as PocketPC) and an Ernest C. Manning nomination.

Walter Knitl

Internet of Things - Things You Need to Know

- Presented April 4, 2017 -

Walter Knitl

Principal, Praxiem

The Internet of Things (IoT) is upon us and with it the beginnings of the biggest techno-socio-economic paradigm shift since the printing press. It will touch us all irrespective of our sphere of endeavour or way of life. It's poised to deliver great benefits, but also some cautionary side effects. So what is it? The answer is likely coloured by your background, biases and your first touchpoints with IoT, resulting in many siloed perspectives. Individual silos may separately hold that IoT is mainly about sensors, or data, or 5G, or machine learning, or security risk, or social risk, and so on. A hardware designer's silo is different from the data scientist's, which is different from that of the government policy wonk. Ever hear of "to a hammer everything's a nail" or "six blind men and the elephant" - it also applies to IoT. This seminar breaks down the siloes by exploring the full IoT space through its several dimensions, and its impacts.

Walter Knitl is the principal at Praxiem - a consultancy helping clients with the discovery and delivery aspects of getting their innovations to market in the form of products or services. He is a proponent of the Internet of Things as a lever for economic growth and social good. To that end, he is an organizing team member of the IoT613 conference, and curates the Internet of Things eXchange Ottawa website. Walter has a record of successful ICT product introductions at Ottawa technology companies including Ericsson, Nortel, Mitel, Ontario Centre for Microelectronics and Bell-Northern Research. His extensive experience consists of both business roles including Product Management, Account Management and Commercial Management, as well as technical roles in software and hardware R&D and telecommunication standards development.

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Catching Bad Guys with Math: Real World Data Science Use Cases for Cyberattack Detection and Prevention

- Presented March 7, 2017 -

Stephan Jou

CTO, Interset

There is a lot of buzz about the potential of data science, machine learning and analytics in cyberattack and advanced persistent threat (APT) threat detection, but what are the techniques and tools in use and working in the real world? Properly implemented, data science can be a highly effective tool against APT, cyberattacks, and fortify an organization's interior defense. Our distinguished speaker, Stephan Jou leads the technology and data science teams at Interset, a leading edge Ottawa company that has developed an award-winning solution, based on machine learning, to detect and prevent cyberattacks. This seminar shall describe the feature engineering, mathematical models, visualizations, development techniques and open source tools in real world implementations developed over the past two years, illustrated through four real-world customer examples. The information and techniques will be presented with visualizations, real (anonymized) data, and accessible descriptions of the mathematics, so that deep experience in statistics or mathematics is not required. Attendees will learn about how data science has been used to detect data theft from a manufacturing company, insider theft in a military defense contractor, system admin data loss in a life sciences company, and compromised account detection in a media company.

Stephan Jou is CTO of Interset, a leading edge cybersecurity company that uses machine learning and behavioral analytics to provide unprecedented insight into how corporate intellectual property is being attacked, moved, shared and utilized. Jou was a Technical Architect, Research Staff Member and Sr. Manager at IBM's Business Analytics Office of the CTO. In his career at Cognos and IBM, he has architected and lead the development of over ten 1.0 Cognos and IBM products in the areas of cloud computing, mobile, visualization, semantic search, data mining and neural networks. A frequent speaker, Stephan has also contributed to the Verizon Data Breach Investigation Report and ISSA Magazine on the use of data science in cybersecurity. Jou holds a M.Sc. in Computational Neuroscience and Biomedical Engineering, and a dual B.Sc. in Computer Science and Human Physiology, all from the University of Toronto. He has held advisory positions on NSERC Strategic Networks and is involved in setting goals for NSERC Strategic Research Grant research topics in the areas of analytics and security.

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RF Technology for 5G Cellular Basestations

- Presented December 19, 2016 -

Dr. Thomas Cameron

CTO, Communications Business Unit, Analog Devices

As we embark on the road to 5G, the next generation wireless communications system, there are countless challenges and opportunities emerging for the engineering community. 5G represents both an evolution and a revolution of mobile technologies, to reach the high level goals that have envisioned by the global wireless community. While 5G is generally seen to the technology to deliver ultra-broadband mobile services including HD and ultra-HD video streaming, 5G technology will also enable cellular to enter the world of machines providing connectivity to autonomous vehicles, dense networks of industrial sensors and intelligent machines, to name a few. In this presentation we will review some of challenges and opportunities for RF innovation as we bring 5G to reality in the coming years.

Dr. Thomas Cameron is the CTO for the Communications Business Unit at Analog Devices. In this role he contributes to industry leading innovation in integrated circuit technology for cellular basestations and microwave backhaul systems. He is currently working on research and development of radio technology for 5G systems in both cellular and mmwave frequency bands. Prior to his current role at Analog Devices he was Director of Systems Engineering for the Communications Business Unit. Dr. Cameron has over 30 years of experience in research and development of technology for telecom networks including cellular basestations, microwave radios and cable systems. Prior to joining Analog Devices in 2006, he had spent many years in the Ottawa area contributing to the development of numerous RF systems and integrated circuits at Bell Northern Research, Nortel, Sirenza Microdevices and WJ Communications. Dr. Cameron holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Robert Laganiere

Smart Surveillance Systems: Trends and Recent Research

- Presented November 17, 2016 -

Dr. Robert Laganiere

Professor, University of Ottawa

In the past decades, video surveillance systems have evolved from simple local digital video recorders to large scale cloud-based video monitoring solutions. The large amount of visual data captured by these visual systems calls for the design of more intelligent methods that can extract higher-level understanding of the observed scenes. If the pixel was the fundamental element that gave to computers the sense of sight, object detectors and classifiers are becoming the new fundamental bricks that will give computer the faculty to see and interpret the world. This talk discusses some of the challenges related to the development of the next generation of video surveillance systems.

Robert Laganiere is a professor at the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science of the University of Ottawa. He is also a Faculty member of the VIVA research lab and is the co-author of several scientific publications and patents in content-based video analysis, visual surveillance, driver-assistance, object detection and tracking. Robert authored the OpenCV2 Computer Vision Application Programming Cookbook in 2011 and co-authored Object Oriented Software Development published by McGraw Hill in 2001. He co-founded Visual Cortek in 2006, an Ottawa-based video analytics startup that was later acquired by iWatchLife.com in 2009. He is also a consultant in computer vision and has assumed the role of Chief Scientist in a number of startups companies such as Cognivue Corp, iWatchlife and Tempo Analytics. Robert has a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering degree from Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal (1987) and M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from INRS-Telecommunications, Montreal (1996).


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