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2018 EVENTS  
October 11, 2018































Improve Measurement Accuracy on Switching Characteristics of SiC and GaN devices 

Speaker: Evan Shuster is presently the Director of Sales at Testforce Systems Inc. 
DATE: Thursday, October 11, 2018.
TIME: Refreshments/Registration/Networking: 06:00 p.m.; Seminar: 06:30 p.m. – 07:30 p.m.
PLACE: Ciena Optophotonics Lab (room T129), School of Advanced Technology, Algonquin College, 1385 Woodroffe Ave, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K2G 1V8. 
PARKING: after 5:00 p.m. at Lots 8 & 9. Pay $5 flat rate at the machine and display the ticket on your car dashboard.
ADMISSION: Free. Registration required. To ensure a seat, please register by e-mail contacting:  Wahab Almuhtadi.
MORE INFO: Ottawa ComSoc/CESoc/BTS Chapter website.

Abstract

This presentation highlights the industry best practices for measurements on modern power electronics devices such as SiC and GAN devices. These modern devices introduce new complexities into power conversion circuits requiring the need for precise circuit timing and higher sensitivity for gate threshold voltage and timing.
Common measurement pitfalls can be avoided by using differential and floating measurements and understanding the link between CMRR and signal frequency. Today’s power designs can have common mode voltages in excess of hundreds or even thousands of volts, while still needing to measure small differential voltages, this common mode error can be even more severe. Wide bandgap devices allow switching of higher frequencies, higher voltages and faster rise times, which requires higher bandwidth scopes and probes with high CMRR. In this presentation, some solutions for improving the measurement accuracy on SiC and GaN devices during switching will be presented.

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September 20, 2018

























Medical Device Test Strategies

Speaker: J. Max Cortner, IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Society President 
DATE: Thursday, September 20, 2018.
TIME: Refreshments/Registration/Networking: 06:00 p.m.; Seminar: 06:30 p.m. – 07:30 p.m.
PLACE: Ciena Optophotonics Lab (room T129), School of Advanced Technology, Algonquin College, 1385 Woodroffe Ave, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K2G 1V8. 
PARKING: Parking in Lots 8 and 9 after 5 p.m. is $5 flat rate, pay at a machine and display the ticket on your dashboard.
ADMISSION: Free. Registration required. To ensure a seat, please register by e-mail contacting:  Wahab Almuhtadi.
MORE INFO: Ottawa ComSoc/CESoc/BTS Chapter website.

Abstract

The Electronic medical devices challenge traditional test strategies in a number of ways. Heightened demand for quality and reliability for these life impacting electronic packages conflicts with constraints to testing including limited physical access and test times. Regulatory agencies define the boundaries of testing, but seldom provide real solutions. Current research is driving great technology which represents the frontier for successful strategies for both design validation testing and production quality control testing. Physiologic sensors make devices more effective, but are difficult to characterize and control. Lessons from battery and accelerometer testing suggest strategies for these advanced devices.

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August 13, 2018












































Convergence between Broadcast and Mobile Broadband 

CESoc DL Speaker: Dr. Ulrich Reimers, IEEE CESoc Renowned Distinguished Speaker, and Professor Institut fuer Nachrichtentechnik (IfN), Technische Universitaet Braunschweig, Germany 
DATE: Monday August 13, 2018.
TIME: Refreshments/Registration/Networking: 06:00 p.m.; Seminar: 06:30 p.m. – 07:30 p.m.
PLACE: Ciena Optophotonics Lab (room T129), School of Advanced Technology, Algonquin College, 1385 Woodroffe Ave, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K2G 1V8. 
PARKING: No fee after 5:00 p.m. at the Visitors’ Parking Lots 8 & 9. Please respect restricted areas.
ADMISSION: Free. Registration required. To ensure a seat, please register by e-mail contacting:  Wahab Almuhtadi.
MORE INFO: Ottawa ComSoc/CESoc/BTS Chapter website.

Abstract

The mobile industry has been testing the feasibility of evolved Multimedia Broadcast Multicast Service (eMBMS), an LTE embedded broadcast approach to support a growing mobile video/TV consumption and the delivery of other highly popular data services. But, eMBMS has so far only been used in small scale scenarios with local coverage. When it comes to large scale service areas with regional or even national coverage, the cellular nature of eMBMS has not proven to be attractive for cost efficient LTE broadcast content distribution. Adapting LTE broadcast to traditional High Tower High Power (HTHP) broadcasting towers and introducing this as a third service layer, i.e. as an extension of LTE unicast and eMBMS can resolve this issue as it reduces network load, energy consumption and network costs for such popular services. Additionally, it creates the possibility of cooperation between the cellular and broadcasting networks enabling a cooperative spectrum usage.
The term “Tower Overlay over LTE-Advanced+ (TOoL+)” describes the transmission of an extension of LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) offering broadcast services, especially live video, from a traditional High Tower High Power (HTHP) broadcast infrastructure, rather than in a cellular LTE-A network. TOoL+ was invented and developed by IfN. Since LTE-A is optimized for the Low Tower Low Power (LTLP) environment of cellular networks, the use of a HTHP environment requires some modifications of the LTE-A standard, e.g. the definition of a dedicated broadcast carrier and of additional OFDM parameters with longer cyclic prefixes. These modifications are represented by the term LTE-A+. In one of the modes, TOoL+ even supports a cooperative spectrum use by DVB-T2 (or ATSC 3.0 in the future) and LTE-A+ if this is attractive to market players. IfN developed a Software Defined Radio (SDR) based TOoL+ implementation to demonstrate the technological feasibility of this approach. An extended version of this demo has been used during two field trials conducted in Paris, France and in the Aosta Valley, Italy to evaluate the proposed modifications and the cooperative spectrum use in a real environment. The analysis shows that LTE-A+ is a suitable technology for HTHP broadcast to mobile devices as its coverage area is similar to that of DVB-T2.
In line with the ideas underlying TOoL+, 3GPP has recently specified FeMBMS (Further evolved Multimedia Broadcast Multicast Service) in Release 14. FeMBMS supports a long cyclic prefix and thus makes larger network cells feasible. At IfN we have already implemented FeMBMS and by the time of the lectures in Canada will have carried out a field trial in at least one European country.

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May 24, 2018




























A Microinverter Based, Self-Forming Nanogrid for ON and OFF Grid Applications 

Speaker: Edward Keyes M.Eng, Solantro Semiconductor Corporation 
DATE: Thursday, May 24, 2018.
TIME: Refreshments/Registration/Networking: 06:00 p.m.; Seminar: 06:30 p.m. – 07:30 p.m.  
PLACE: Ciena Optophotonics Lab (room T129), School of Advanced Technology, Algonquin College, 1385 Woodroffe Ave, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K2G 1V8. 
PARKING: No fee after 5:00 p.m. at the Visitors’ Parking Lots 8 & 9. Please respect restricted areas.
ADMISSION: Free. Registration required. To ensure a seat, please register by e-mail contacting:  Wahab Almuhtadi.
MORE INFO: Ottawa ComSoc/CESoc/BTS Chapter website.

Abstract

This talk will disclose a novel, microinverter based, all AC nanogrid architecture using photovoltaic panels and lithium ion battery storage. Much of the nanogrid’s hardware is based on Solantro’s Digital Power Processor chipset. The nanogrid is capable of on-grid and off-grid (islanded) operation with “hot” switching between modes. While in grid tied mode the nanogrid can provide a variety of grid support services to increase the percentage of renewables on the utility grid. These include power smoothing, peak limiting, time shifting of PV generation, and California Rule 21 behaviors. The architecture is granular and highly scaleable. It can be scaled from a single microinverter and battery into the hundreds of devices. In islanded operation the nanogrid is self forming with battery operation controlled by a novel resistive droop control method, click here.

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May 9, 2018












































Talk 1: Machine Learning in Digital Medicine
Talk 2: Cellular and Device-to-Device Networks Coexistence

Speaker: Professor Giorgio Quer, Sr. Research Scientist and Director of Artificial Intelligence, Scripps Research Institute in San Diego, California
, USA 

DATE: Wednesday May 9, 2018.
TIME: Refreshments/Registration/Networking: 06:00 p.m.; Seminar: 06:30 p.m. – 07:30 p.m.  
PLACE: Ciena Optophotonics Lab (room T129), School of Advanced Technology, Algonquin College, 1385 Woodroffe Ave, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K2G 1V8. 
PARKING: No fee after 5:00 p.m. at the Visitors’ Parking Lots 8 & 9. Please respect restricted areas.
ADMISSION: Free. Registration required. To ensure a seat, please register by e-mail contacting:  Wahab Almuhtadi.
MORE INFO: Ottawa ComSoc/CESoc/BTS Chapter website.

Abstract

Talk organization: In the following, two possible topics for a DL talk. It would be possible to do two shorter talks (30 minutes) in the same institution. 

Talk 1: Machine Learning in Digital Medicine (30 minutes): 

Digitalize human beings using biosensors to track our complex physiologic system, process the large amount of data generated with artificial intelligence (AI) and change clinical practice towards individualized medicine: these are the goals of digital medicine. At Scripps, we promote a strong collaboration between computer scientist, engineers, and clinical researchers, as well as a direct partnership with health industry leaders. We propose new solutions to analyze large longitudinal data using statistical learning and deep convolutional neural networks to address different cardiovascular health issues. Among them, one of the greatest contributors to premature morbidity and mortality worldwide is hypertension. It is known that lowering blood pressure (BP) by just a few mmHg can bring substantial clinical benefits, but the assessment of the “true” BP for an individual is non-trivial, as the individual BP can fluctuate significantly. We analyze a large dataset of more than 16 million BP measurements taken at home with commercial BP monitoring devices, in order to unveil the BP patterns and provide insights on the clinical relevance of these changes.
Another prevalent health issue we investigated is atrial fibrillation (AFib), one of the most common sustained cardiac arrhythmia, which is associated with stroke, hospitalization, heart failure and coronary artery disease. AFib detection from single-lead electrocardiography (ECG) recordings is still an open problem, as AFib events may be episodic and the signal noisy. We conduct a thoughtful analysis of recent deep network architectures developed in the computer vision field, redesigned to be suitable for a one-dimensional signal, and we evaluate their performance for the AFib detection problem using 200 thousand seconds of ECG recording, highlighting the potential of this technology.

Looking to the future, we are investigating new applications of existing wearable devices, requiring advanced processing and clinical validation, and we are participating to the All of Us research program, an unprecedented research effort to gather data from one million people in the USA to accelerate the advent of precision medicine. 


Talk 2: Cellular and Device-to-Device Networks Coexistence (30 minutes): 

The coexistence of device-to-device (D2D) and cellular communications in the same band is a promising solution to the dramatic increase of wireless networks traffic load. Mobile nodes may communicate in a semi-autonomous way (D2D mode), with minimal or no control by the base station (BS), but they will create a harmful interference to the cellular communications. 

To control this interference, we propose a distributed approach that allows the mobile nodes to acquire local information in real time, infer the impact on other surrounding communications towards the BS, and optimize mode and power selection performed with a network wide perspective. In a single-cell scenario, we develop a rigorous theoretical analysis to quantify the balance between the gain offered by a D2D transmission and its impact on the cellular network communications, while in a multi-cell scenario, we exploit a probabilistic approach with Bayesian networks. 
As a practical application, we envision a network with one macro BS, multiple small cell BSs, and several mobile D2D users, where proactive caching can be used to take full advantage of this heterogeneity. In this scenario, we propose a robust optimization framework to derive a proactive caching policy that exploits all these communication opportunities and reduces congestion on the backhaul link.

The adoption of D2D technologies may save precious resources like spectrum and energy for future 5G networks by exploiting physical proximity between terminals, helping to counteract the increasing traffic demand in cellular networks, click here.

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May 2, 2018
































Advances and Challenges in 5G Wireless Security 

Speaker: Professor Yi Qian, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Nebraska‐Lincoln, USA 
DATE: Wednesday May 2, 2018.
TIME: Refreshments/Registration/Networking: 06:00 p.m.; Seminar: 06:30 p.m. – 07:30 p.m.  
PLACE: Ciena Optophotonics Lab (room T129), School of Advanced Technology, Algonquin College, 1385 Woodroffe Ave, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K2G 1V8. 
PARKING: No fee after 5:00 p.m. at the Visitors’ Parking Lots 8 & 9. Please respect restricted areas.
ADMISSION: Free. Registration required. To ensure a seat, please register by e-mail contacting:  Wahab Almuhtadi.
MORE INFO: Ottawa ComSoc/CESoc/BTS Chapter website.

Abstract

Wireless communication technologies are ubiquitous nowadays. Most of the smart devices have Cellular, Wi‐Fi, Bluetooth connections. These technologies have been developed for many years, nonetheless they are still being enhanced. More development can be expected in the next 5 years, such as faster transmission data rate, more efficient spectrum usage, lower power consumption, etc. Similarly, cellular networks have been evolved for several generations. For example, GSM as part of 2G family, UMTS as part of the 3G family, and LTE as part of 4G family. In the next few years, 5G cellular network systems will continue the evolution to keep up with the fast‐growing needs of customers. Secure wireless communications will certainly be part of other advances in the industry such as multimedia streaming, data storage and sharing in clouds, mobile cloud computing services, etc. This talk covers the topics on security for next generation mobile wireless networks, with focusing on 5G mobile wireless network systems, followed by a discussion on the challenges and open research issues in the area, click here.

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April 26, 2018

































FPGA-based Hardware-in-the-Loop Testing for Smart Grid and Electric Motor Drive Applications 

Speakers: Sébastien Cense and François Berthelot, OPAL-RT Technologies 
DATE: Thursday, April 26, 2018.
TIME: Refreshments/Registration/Networking: 06:00 p.m.; Seminar: 06:30 p.m. – 07:30 p.m.  
PLACE: Ciena Optophotonics Lab (room T129), School of Advanced Technology, Algonquin College, 1385 Woodroffe Ave, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K2G 1V8. 
PARKING: No fee after 5:00 p.m. at the Visitors’ Parking Lots 8 & 9. Please respect restricted areas.
ADMISSION: Free. Registration required. To ensure a seat, please register by e-mail contacting:  Wahab Almuhtadi.
MORE INFO: Ottawa ComSoc/CESoc/BTS Chapter website.

Abstract

This presentation will highlight OPAL-RT’s latest FPGA-based electrical hardware solver for real-time simulation of high-frequency grid and drive converters, for smart grid and electric motor drive applications. As the development of FPGA-based systems is typically for advanced users, OPAL-RT’s solution is oriented towards non-flashing technology using a generic and optimized approach to solve power electronics circuit for these applications. As motor controller's algorithms become more complex, so do tests and development of new control strategies. This presentation will also highlight the latest developments of OPAL-RT efforts to work efficiently with these new challenges and to improve time to market of grid converters and electric motor drive systems. OPAL-RT turnkey system for ECU testing and rapid motor prototyping is in line with this philosophy as the user interface allows easy modification of motor or drive topology without requiring knowledge in FPGA or reprogramming the FPGA. The objective of this approach is to enable hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) testing with submicrosecond time steps, click here.

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February 5, 2018












































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

Speaker: Suzanne Grant, BSc, CD, Co-founder and CEO, iBIONICS 
DATE: Monday February 5, 2018
TIME: Refreshments, Lunch, and Networking: 11:30 a.m.; Seminar: 12:00 p.m. - 01:30 p.m.  
PLACE: The Marshes Golf Club, 320 Terry Fox Drive, Kanata. View Map
PARKING: Free parking available.
ADMISSION: Open to all, free of charge. Registration is required by e-mail. Space is limited:
REGISTRATION: Register here, or contact Eric Karmouch ekarmouch@marchnetworks.com. 
MORE INFO: Ottawa ComSoc/CESoc/BTS Chapter website, or contact  almuhtadi@ieee.org

Abstract

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. 

Bio

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
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2017 EVENTS    
Decem 5, 2017











































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

Speaker: Nikhil Adnani, CTO, ThinkRF 
DATE: Monday December 5, 2017
TIME: Refreshments, Lunch, and Networking: 11:30 a.m.; Seminar: 12:00 p.m. - 01:30 p.m.  
PLACE: The Marshes Golf Club, 320 Terry Fox Drive, Kanata. View Map
PARKING: Free parking available.
ADMISSION: Open to all, free of charge. Registration is required by e-mail. Space is limited:
REGISTRATION: Register here, or contact Eric Karmouch ekarmouch@marchnetworks.com. 
MORE INFO: Ottawa ComSoc/CESoc/BTS Chapter website, or contact  almuhtadi@ieee.org

Abstract

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. 

Bio

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.

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November 5 , 2017
































The Autonomous Network - Technology and Politics 

Speaker: Phil Rackus, Director of Product Management, CENX 
DATE: Monday November 5 , 2017.
TIME: Refreshments, Lunch, and Networking: 11:30 a.m.; Seminar: 12:00 p.m. - 01:30 p.m.  
PLACE: The Marshes Golf Club, 320 Terry Fox Drive, Kanata. View Map
PARKING: Free parking available.
ADMISSION: Open to all, free of charge. Registration is required by e-mail. Space is limited:
REGISTRATION: Register here, or contact Eric Karmouch ekarmouch@marchnetworks.com. 
MORE INFO: Ottawa ComSoc/CESoc/BTS Chapter website, or contact  almuhtadi@ieee.org

Abstract

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. 

Bio

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.


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October 19, 2017

































































Measurement, Control and Protection in a Robust Smart Grid with a Reference to Energy Management Systems for Smart Buildings in a Smart 

Speaker: Dr. Anura Jayasumana, Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Colorado State University, USA 
  DATE: Thursday October 19, 2017
TIME:11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.   
PLACE: NRC, M-36, Kelvin Room, 1200 Montreal Road, Ottawa, ON Canada  K2G 1V8 . 
PARKING: at the Visitors’ Parking.
ADMISSION: Free. Registration required. To ensure a seat, please register by e-mail contacting: Branislav Djokic or Wahab Almuhtadi.
MORE INFO: Ottawa ComSoc/CESoc/BTS Chapter website.

Abstract

The smart grid is a modern electric system. It has its own architecture, communications, sensors, metering, automation, computing hardware and software to improve the efficiency, reliability, flexibility and security of the electric power supply system. In particular, the smart grid, when fully deployed, will facilitate the (i) increased use of digital information and measurement, control & protection technologies, (ii) deployment and grid-integration of distributed energy resources (DERs), (iii) operation of demand response and energy efficiency programs, and (iv) integration of consumer-owned smart devices and technologies.
The smart grid requires advanced control at both component and system levels. Different non-linear controls, such as back-stepping control, feedback linearization, model predictive control, and sliding mode control are applied to control DERs, and their grid integration. Another control technique gaining application in the smart grid space is based on multi-agent systems (MAS) which provide autonomy, reactivity and proactivity. MAS are complex systems composed of several autonomous agents with only local knowledge and limited abilities, but are able to interact in order to achieve a global objective. As speedy communication facilities, such as fibreoptics, microwave, GSM/GPRS, 3G/4G are becoming the integral parts of the functioning smart grid, the integration of MAS in smart grid applications is becoming simple and feasible. This lecture focuses on the measurement & control issues of the smart grid and how MAS can provide an efficient tool to address such issues. In addition, an overview of the related challenges and opportunities for energy efficient building operation and management with deployment experience in the US will be provided, click here.

Bio

Professor Saifur Rahman is the founding director of the Advanced Research Institute (www.ari.vt.edu) at Virginia Tech, USA where he is the Joseph R. Loring professor of electrical and computer engineering. He also directs the Center for Energy and the Global Environment (www.ceage.vt.edu). He is a Life Fellow of the IEEE and an IEEE Millennium Medal winner. He is the president-elect of the IEEE Power and Energy Society (PES) and will serve in this role in 2018 and 2019. He was the founding editor-in-chief of the IEEE Electrification Magazine and the IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy. In 2006 he served on the IEEE Board of Directors as the vice president for publications. He is a distinguished lecturer for the IEEE Power & Energy Society and has lectured on renewable energy, energy efficiency, smart grid, electric power system operation and planning, etc. in over 30 countries. He served as the chair of the US National Science Foundation Advisory Committee for International Science and Engineering from 2010 to 2013. He has conducted several energy efficiency related projects for Duke Energy, Tokyo Electric Power Company, the US Department of Defense, the State of Virginia and the US Department of Energy. 


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October 19, 2017
























































Role of Smart Building Energy Management Systems in the Development of a Smart City  

Speaker: Professor Saifur Rahman, Director, Virginia Tech Advanced Research Institute, USA  
  DATE: Thursday October 19, 2017
TIME: Refreshments/Registration/Networking: 06:00 p.m.; Seminar: 06:30 p.m. – 07:30 p.m.  
PLACE: Ciena Optophotonics Lab (room T129), School of Advanced Technology, Algonquin College, 1385 Woodroffe Ave, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K2G 1V8. 
PARKING: No fee after 5:00 p.m. at the Visitors’ Parking Lots 8 & 9. Please respect restricted areas.
ADMISSION: Free. Registration required. To ensure a seat, please register by e-mail contacting:  Wahab Almuhtadi.
MORE INFO: Ottawa ComSoc/CESoc/BTS Chapter website.

Abstract

The demand of electrical energy is increasing drastically and electricity consumed in small and medium sized buildings in India is growing at a high rate. Therefore, there is a need for smart buildings or zero energy buildings. In India, most of the electrical equipment in small and medium sized buildings are operated manually in the sense that there is no automation for monitoring and control of air conditioning, plug loads and lighting systems. As a result, the lot of electrical energy is wasted. It is also observed that the power factor often drops below acceptable ranges with increasing inductive loads which causes circuit currents to reach unacceptable limits.
BEMOSS (Building Energy Management Open Source Software) using ICT devices and integrated with renewable energy can provide a cost-effective solution for the aforesaid problem and would be helpful in the development of smart buildings and smart cities in India.
This lecture will provide an in-depth understanding of the challenges and opportunities for energy efficient building operation and managementd, click here.

Bio

Professor Saifur Rahman is the founding director of the Advanced Research Institute (www.ari.vt.edu) at Virginia Tech, USA where he is the Joseph R. Loring professor of electrical and computer engineering. He also directs the Center for Energy and the Global Environment (www.ceage.vt.edu). He is a Life Fellow of the IEEE and an IEEE Millennium Medal winner. He is the president-elect of the IEEE Power and Energy Society (PES) and will serve in this role in 2018 and 2019. He was the founding editor-in-chief of the IEEE Electrification Magazine and the IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy. In 2006 he served on the IEEE Board of Directors as the vice president for publications. He is a distinguished lecturer for the IEEE Power & Energy Society and has lectured on renewable energy, energy efficiency, smart grid, electric power system operation and planning, etc. in over 30 countries. He served as the chair of the US National Science Foundation Advisory Committee for International Science and Engineering from 2010 to 2013. He has conducted several energy efficiency related projects for Duke Energy, Tokyo Electric Power Company, the US Department of Defense, the State of Virginia and the US Department of Energy. 


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2016 EVENTS    
December 19, 2016














































RF Technology for 5G Cellular Basestations 

Speaker: Dr. Thomas Cameron, PhD, CTO, Communications Business Unit, Analog Devices 
DATE: Monday December 19, 2016.
TIME: Refreshments, Lunch, and Networking: 11:30 a.m.; Seminar: 12:00 p.m. - 01:30 p.m.  
PLACE: March Networks, 303 Terry Fox Drive Kanata, ON K2K 3J1 (Second Floor). 
PARKING: Free parking available.
ADMISSION: Open to all, free of charge. Registration is required by e-mail. Space is limited:
REGISTRATION CONTACT: Eric Karmouch ekarmouch@marchnetworks.com. 
MORE INFO: Ottawa ComSoc/CESoc/BTS Chapter website, or contact  almuhtadi@ieee.org

Abstract

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. 
To view the talk, click here.

Bio

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 CTO, Communications Business Georgia Institute of Technology.

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November 17, 2016












































Smart Surveillance Systems: Trends and Recent Research  

Speaker: Dr. Robert Laganiere, Professor at the University of Ottawa 
DATE: Thursday November 17, 2016.
TIME: Refreshments, Lunch, and Networking: 11:30 a.m.; Seminar: 12:00 p.m. - 01:30 p.m.  
PLACE: March Networks, 303 Terry Fox Drive Kanata, ON K2K 3J1 (Second Floor). 
PARKING: Free parking available.
ADMISSION: Open to all, free of charge. Registration is required by e-mail. Space is limited:
REGISTRATION CONTACT: Eric Karmouch ekarmouch@marchnetworks.com. 
MORE INFO: Ottawa ComSoc/CESoc/BTS Chapter website, or contact  almuhtadi@ieee.org

Abstract

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. 
To view the talk, click here.

Bio

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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July 21, 2016





































































IoT impact on the future of Healthcare and Wellness

Speaker: Fawzi Behmann, President TelNet Management Consulting, Inc.
DATE: Thursday July 21, 2016.
TIME: Refreshments, Registration and Networking: 06:00 p.m.; Seminar: 06:30 p.m. – 07:30 p.m.  
PLACE: Algonquin College, 1385 Woodroffe Ave., School of Advanced Technology, T-Building, Ciena Optophotonics Lab, Room T129. 
PARKING: No fee after 5:00 p.m. at the Visitors’ Parking Lots 8 & 9. Please respect restricted areas.
ADMISSION: Free. Registration required. To ensure a seat, please register by e-mail contacting: almuhtadi@ieee.org.
MORE INFO: Ottawa ComSoc/CESoc/BTS Chapter website.

Abstract

Several technologies are converging empowering IoT and delivering a greater impact and advance services to multiple markets by 2020’s.
This presentation will introduce the concept of IoT and architectural evolution from a pre-IoT to Collaborative IoT impacting many markets such as home, health, automotive, enterprise, transportation and infrastructure. This will be enriched by several examples.
The talk will then focus on healthcare and wellness exploring current and emerging solutions at hospitals, clinics, care centers and homes. Solution building blocks include sensing, aggregation, and data analytics.
Examples of some of the adjacent technologies such as 3D, Robot, Drone and Wearables will be highlighted.
Finally the talk will conclude with some of the factors and challenges to deliver scalable solutions, delivering better quality of services and experience. These include development platforms, 5G, virtualization, collaborative applications and security. 
To view the talk, click here.

Bio

Fawzi is a visionary, thought leader, author and contributor in advancing adoption of technology in serving humanity. Fawzi spent over 30 years in industry and held various executive and leadership positions with Tier 1 companies in the areas of communications and networks spanning Semiconductor, communication systems and service provider. Fawzi was a principle architect and championed the definition and the developing of integrated pre-IoT telecom alert system and networking management solution at Teleglobe Canada. He was a senior product manager with Nortel Networks for product release for enterprise, broadband edge and core nodes. Fawzi also served as the Director of Strategic Marketing with Motorola/Freescale for SoC networking & Communications product line in Austin, Texas.
Fawzi is passionate about technology automation and has founded TelNet Management Consulting Inc. in 2009 offering consulting services in the areas of technology trends and positioning for smart networking and IoT/GIS solutions. Examples included Solar Energy, Public Safety – emergency response systems. He organized and chaired workshops, tutorials and was a distinguished speaker on key topics such as IoT, 5G, virtualization and Big Data/Analytics. Fawzi is a board member with several companies and had several publication including a recent book on the subject of future IoT “Collaborative Internet of Things for Future Smart Connected Life and Business “ published by Wiley, June 2015 https://eu.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-1118913744,subjectCd-EEJ0.html
Fawzi is a senior member of IEEE, and is currently the ComSoc NA vice chair, CTS Conference & PACE Chair, and ComSoc/SP/CS Austin chapter chair. He was the recipient of several awards from Industry and IEEE including CEO Freescale Diamond Chip Award in 2008, and IEEE ComSoc Chapter of the year award in 2015 and Outstanding R5 member award for 2013, 2014 and 2015.
Fawzi holds a Bachelor of Science with honors and distinction from Concordia University, Montreal; Masters in Computer Science from the University of Waterloo, Ontario and Executive MBA from Queen’s University, Ontario Canada.
To view the whole bio, click here.

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July 14, 2016













































Topic 1: Recent Progress in Microwave Antenna Precision Measurement at National Institute of Metrology (NIM) of China
Topic 2: Quantum Based Self-traceable RF E-field Sensing by Using Rydberg States


Speaker: Dr. Zhenfei Song, EMC Laboratory, Information & Electronic Division, National Institute of Metrology (NIM) of China
DATE: Thursday, July 14, 2016,  2016  .
TIME: Seminar: 
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM.  Refreshments will be served.
PLACE: University of Ottawa School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) SITE Building, Room SITE 5084 Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K1N 6N5. 
ADMISSION: Free. Registration required. To ensure a seat, please register by e-mail contacting: 
Qingsheng Zeng or Wahab Almuhtadi.
MORE INFO: 
Ottawa ComSoc/CESoc/BTS Chapter website.

Abstract
In this presentation the IEEE and ComSoc Standards Activities are positioned and explained as a part of the IEEE total value proposition and the IEEE role in technology evolution from a concept to R&D and to standards and deployment. IEEE Standards Activities ecosystem will be explained. We will address the role and modus operandi of IEEE Standards Association and the role of Technical Societies and Councils, Industry and Academia in the IEEE standardization activities. It will be a tutorial of how the IEEE Standardization cuisine works and how any materially or professly interested party can participate in the standardization process.
We will highlight the unique IEEE standardization process and IEEE standards-related policies. Sample communications and networking standardization and pre-standardization projects in such areas as PLC, Smart Grid, IoT, SDN, Big Data and 5G will be addressed. ComSoc standards–related technical activists, such as conferences and publications will be discussed.. 
To view the talk, click 
here.

Bio

Alexander Dr. Zhenfei Song received his Bachelor degree in Applied Physics from Shandong University, China, in 2006, and the Ph.D. degree in Electronics from Beihang University (BUAA), Beijing, China, in 2012.
He is currently an Associate Research Fellow with the EMC laboratory, Information & Electronic Division of National Institute of Metrology (NIM). His research interests include microwave antenna calibration and E-field measurement.
To view the whole bio, click here.

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2015 EVENTS    
March 26, 2015







































Challenging Problems and Opportunities in Semiconductors and Microsystems
Speaker: Kenneth D. Wagner, ITAC Semiconductor Microsystems Council Chairman, Distinguished Engineer, PMC-Sierra, Inc.
DATE: 
Thursday, March 26, 2015. 
TIME: Networking: 2:30 am – 2:45 pm; Talk: 2:45pm – 3:45pm. Refreshments will be served
PLACE: ME3380, Mackenzie Eng. Building, Carleton University, 1125 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
PARKING:  fees . Please respect restricted areas.
ADMISSION: Free. Limited, RSVP by Mar 25, 2015
MORE INFO: Ottawa ComSoc/CESoc/BTS Chapter website

Abstract

This Seminar is meant to expose students, researchers and industry professionals to the challenges and opportunities facing the semiconductor industry today. It will be followed during 2015 by additional in-depth seminars on specific topics of interest. The Seminar will survey contemporary problems associated with semiconductor development and production. Topics to be reviewed include device power reduction, power and signal integrity, low cost high capacity functional verification (simulation, validation and emulation), embedded firmware and software development, the 3rd party semiconductor IP ecosystem and the evolution of the fabless semiconductor industry. Each topic will be covered in a format that highlights the challenges and opportunities to be found in contemporary microsystem development. The format is meant to be an open exchange where audience members are encouraged to ask questions and contribute to the discussion.

Bio
IKen joined PMC-Sierra, Inc. in 2000 as Director of Design Services and CAD. In that role, he managed the corporate IC design infrastructure for ASIC/SOC/ASSP development. Then, as Vice-President of Engineering for the Communication Products Division, he managed the development of wireline and wireless backhaul platforms for telecommunications. Now, as a Distinguished Engineer in the IC Technology Group, he leads advanced CAD R&D, including next generation implementation methodology, low power initiatives and embedded software – to enable development and manufacture of networking and storage ICs in advanced process nodes. Ken also developed PMC’s internal procedures for coordinating silicon and software IP, services and CAD tools procurement.

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March 20, 2015


































Challenges in the Next Wave of Connectivity 
Speaker: Dr. Patrice Gamand, Ph.D, RF Fellow and Technology Manager, Corporate CTO office, NXP Semiconductors
DATE: 
Friday, March 20, 2015. 
TIME: 14:00 -16:00. Refreshments will be served. 
PLACE: ME4124, Mackenzie Eng. Building, Carleton University, 1125 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
PARKING:  fees . Please respect restricted areas.
ADMISSION: Free.
MORE INFO: Ottawa ComSoc/CESoc/BTS Chapter website

Abstract

High data rate, high frequencies, wide bandwidth, capacity and other characteristics are the key drivers for future communications. That is the trend since decades! but today, it seems more concrete and we need solutions. The presentation will address the Internet of Things and 5G applications and will review the main technical challenges we are facing. One of them being the low power aspect. However, because of the consumer market type of applications, miniaturization and cost cannot be neglected. So, high data rate, high capacity, high frequency are associated with low power, low cost and low (small) form factor. Therefore, innovative solutions have to be found in all areas including testing and packaging in addition to architecture and design breakthrough. The presentation will cover (partially) these aspects and will be illustrated by examples from NXP.

Bio
(IEEE M'05-SM'06) received the Ph.D. degree in microelectronics from the University of Lille, France, in 1984. He then joined Philips Research Laboratories in France, where he has been involved in microwave and millimeter-waves ICs in III/V technologies. In 1993, he joined Philips Semiconductors, Caen, France as design group leader and RF development manager. In 2006, he took over the General Management of the RF Innovation Center at NXP Semiconductors. He is currently RF Fellow and Technology Manager at Corporate CTO office at NXP Semiconductors. He is authored or co-authored of more than 60 technical papers in several areas in microwave and RF domains. He holds over 33 patents.

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February 4, 2015


































An Overview of the Build in Canada Innovation Program (BCIP)
Speaker: Helen Braiter, Director, Build in Canada Innovation Program (BCIP), Ottawa Canada
DATE: 
Tuesday February 4, 2015. 
TIME: Refreshments, Registration and Networking: 6:00 p.m.; Seminar: 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. 
PLACE: Algonquin College, 1385 Woodroffe Ave., School of Advanced Technology, T-Building, Ciena Optophotonics Lab, Room T129.
PARKING: No fee after 5:00 p.m. at the Visitors’ Parking Lots 8 & 9. Please respect restricted areas.
ADMISSION: Free. Registration required. To ensure a seat, please register by e-mail contacting: Qinghan.Xiao@drdc-rddc.gc.ca or sreeraman@ieee.org.
MORE INFO: Ottawa ComSoc/CESoc/BTS Chapter website

Abstract

Created to bolster innovation in Canada’s business sector, the Build in Canada Innovation Program (BCIP) helps Companies Bridge the pre-commercialization gap by procuring and testing late stage innovative goods and services within the federal government before launching them into the commercial market. The BCIP is a new $40 million program which aims to promote innovation and support Canadian business development. It was announced in Budget 2010 and made permanent in Budget 2012 with the addition of a military procurement component. The BCIP is a unique program that focuses on innovations that are at a stage of development where they can participate in an operational testing environment.

Bio
Helen Braiter has been with PWGSC for 15 years and is the Director of the Build in Canada Innovation Program (BCIP) in the Office of Small and Medium Enterprises and Strategic Engagement (OSMESE). An environmental engineer by training, Helen has worked in many areas within the Acquisitions Branch of PWGSC including policy, risk management and supplier engagement. She was recently awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for fostering a culture of innovation in the government and for supporting innovative Canadian businesses.

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January 29, 2015  Modeling in Power Electronics - Comparison of the Forward Voltage Drop of Si and SiC High Voltage Diodes
Speaker: Dr. Tanya K. Gachovska, Solantro Semiconductor Corp., Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
DATE: 
Thursday, January 29, 2015
TIME: Refreshments, Registration and Networking: 
06:30 p.m.; IEEE ComSoc Distinguished Lecture: 07:00 p.m.  08:00 p.m.
 
PLACE: Algonquin College, 1385 Woodroffe Ave., School of Advanced Technology, Building-T, Optophotonics Lab (Room T129) 
PARKING: No fee after 5:00 p.m. at the Visitors’ Parking Lots 8 & 9. Please respect restricted areas.
ADMISSION: Free. Registration required. To ensure a seat, please register by e-mail contacting: Raed Abdullah raedabdullah@ieee.org or Wahab Almuhtadi almuhtadi@ieee.org.
MORE INFO: Ottawa PES Chapter website

Abstract

Obtaining high efficiency of a power converter requires use of well chosen components to build it. Power semiconductor switches are responsible for significant power losses. For the same breakdown voltage, silicon carbide (SiC) bipolar devices have significantly thinner, lightly doped drift region (n-base) compared to silicon (Si) devices. Consequently, SiC bipolar devices have lower voltage drops in the drift region and lower switching losses. The reduction of power loses is important for power electronics applications in Smart Grids, higher voltages and higher switching efficiencies in switchgear and custom power systems/devices (in Distribution Systems for Medium Voltage levels and in Distributed Energy Resources such as solar, wind, and energy storage systems), EPRI Solid-State Intelligent Universal Transformer, etc. The forward voltage drops of bipolar devices are the sum of the drift region voltage drop and the junction voltages. The junction voltages of Si devices are significantly smaller as compared to a SiC device since their band gap is smaller. Therefore, for lower voltage devices (< 6.5 kV), the forward voltage drops are smaller for Si as compared to SiC devices. For high voltage devices, the opposite is true. In this seminar, physics-based models of Si and SiC diodes will be presented and used to calculate the forward voltage drop for different breakdown voltages and the simulation results are compared to determine the appropriate choice of Si and SiC devices based on their breakdown voltage. The instrumentation and measurements for obtaining the experimental data for modeling will be discussed
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More
information:
Oluwadara Fagbohun, Wahab Almuhtadi or Abdul Al-Azzawi.

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2014 EVENTS  
November 27, 2014 History of Engineering in Canada: What We Should Know about It    
  SPEAKERS: Dr. Dimitrios Georgakopoulos, Research Scientist, National Measurement Institute, Sydney, Australia 
DATE: Tuesday, September Novemebr 27, 2014
TIME: 6:00 pm – 7:45 pm, 
        Refreshments and Networking: 6:00 pm – 6:30 pm,  
        Seminar, Q & A: 6:30 pm – 7:45 pm.

PLACE
: Algonquin College, 1385 Woodroffe Ave., School of Advanced Technology, T-Building, Room T129.

PARKING
: No fee after 5:00 p.m. at the Visitors’ Parking Lots 8 (green) & 9 (red). Please respect restricted areas. Map: to view the map, 
click here.
ADMISSION: 
Free, but registration is strictly required, please register by e-mail contacting:   Branislav Djokic or  Wahab Almuhtadi
MORE INFO
: Please click on "Announcement" - pdf file.
ORGANIZED BY
: IEEE Power and Energy Society Ottawa Chapter (PES), IEEE Ottawa Educational Activitities, and IEEE Algonquin College Student Branch
Other info, contact:
 Wahab Almuhtadi.
 

Abstract

Abstract - Although usually taken for granted, engineered structures, machines and devices are all around us. Their history is also all around us and available to be studied. Unfortunately, the history of engineering is not usually taught to students of engineering, business, history, economics, or politics. The general public gets aware of it mainly as the result of failures and disasters. In addition, the media is
prone to mislabel any successful engineering as science. Over the past century, engineering’s scientific base has increased significantly, but its practice still requires much input from experience.
Economists and politicians frequently refer to technology and innovation, which may be - but not entirely - associated with engineering. The general public, the media, economists or politicians do not appear to know the achievements and names of prominent engineers, past or present, but business people may well do. While engineers may seek careers in business, they seldom seek political office.
There have been ways in which distinction among engineers and their creations have been officially recognized. Engineers have sometimes identified their own heroes, particularly from the 19th century. Engineers tend to write for their peers and rarely for non-engineers. But non-engineers have written up much of the history of engineering in Canada for the general reader. Engineers have used
anniversaries of the profession as opportunities for reaching a wider audience.
The pace of change is fast in many branches of engineering, but their histories still have much to teach today’s professionals.

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November 25, 2014 Aggregating Forecast Functions for Next Generation  
  DL SPEAKERS: Dr. Mo El-Hawary, Fellow IEEE, IEEE PES Distinguished Lecturer , Professor, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS
DATE: Tuesday, November 25,  2014
TIME: 6:00 pm –8:00 pm, 
        Refreshments and Networking: 6:00 pm – 6:30 pm,  
        Seminar, Q & A: 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm.

PLACE
: Algonquin College, 1385 Woodroffe Ave., School of Advanced Technology, T-Building, Room T129.
PARKING: No fee after 5:00 p.m. at the Visitors’ Parking Lots 8 (green) & 9 (red). Please respect restricted areas. Map: to view the map, 
click here.
ADMISSION: 
Free, but registration is strictly required, please register by e-mail contacting:   Branislav Djokic or  Wahab Almuhtadi
Abstarct
Conventional dispatch support functions perform Resource, Demand, Cost and Pricing Forecasts independently as a prelude to conducting environmental/economic dispatch in an electric power system. This approach does not acknowledge the natural interdependence of the resource and demand variables. It is then imperative to account for the coupling between forecasts and generation decisions. The advent of smart grid and the increasing share of intermittent non-hydro renewables pose some challenging problems. In this talk, some relevant questions will be posed and then some potential solutions addressed.
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September 10, 2014 Bayesian Methods for Sparse Signal Recovery  
 
Speaker: DL:Prof . Bhaskar D. Rao,  University of California, San Diego, USA
DATE: 
Wednesday September 10, 2014.
TIME: Noon – 1:30PM (Pizza and soft drink will be served at 11:30AM) 
PLACE: School of Information Technology and Engineering (SITE), University of Ottawa 161 Louis Pasteur, CBY-A707, Ottawa, ON 
PARKING: No fee after 5:00 p.m. at the Visitors’ Parking Lots 8 & 9. Please respect restricted areas.
ADMISSION: Free. Registration by E-mail contacting: Yifeng Zhou (yifeng.zhou@crc.gc.ca); Jun Li (jun_li71@hotmail.com).
MORE INFO: Ottawa ComSoc/CESoc/BTS Chapter website
Abstract
Compressive sensing (CS) as an approach for data acquisition has recently received much attention. In CS, the signal recovery problem from the observed data requires the solution of a sparse vector from an underdetermined system of equations. The underlying sparse signal recovery problem is quite general with many applications and is the focus of this talk. The main emphasis will be on Bayesian approaches for sparse signal recovery. We will examine sparse priors such as the super-Gaussian and student-t priors and appropriate MAP estimation methods. In particular, re-weighted l2 and re-weighted l1 methods developed to solve the optimization problem will be discussed. The talk will also examine a hierarchical Bayesian framework and then study in detail an empirical Bayesian method, the Sparse Bayesian Learning (SBL) method. If time permits, we will also discuss Bayesian methods for sparse recovery problems with structure; Intra-vector correlation in the context of the block sparse model and inter-vector correlation in the context of the multiple measurement vector problem.

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Septemebr 2, 2014 Quantum Voltage Standards and Electrical Power Standards at National Measurement Institute Australia  
  SPEAKERS: Dr. Dimitrios Georgakopoulos, Research Scientist, National Measurement Institute, Sydney, Australia  DATE: Tuesday, September 2,,  2014 TIME: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm,          Refreshments and Networking: 6:00 pm – 6:30 pm,           Seminar, Q & A: 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm. PLACE: Algonquin College, 1385 Woodroffe Ave.School of Advanced Technology, T-Building, Room T129. PARKING: No fee after 5:00 p.m. at the Visitors’ Parking Lots 8 (green) & 9 (red). Please respect restricted areas. Map: to view the map, click here. ADMISSION: Free, but registration is strictly required, please register by e-mail contacting:  Branislav Djokic or  Wahab Almuhtadi
Abstract:
Advances in quantum electrical metrology and access to low uncertainty electrical standards by instrument manufacturers and calibration laboratories are making low uncertainty measurements feasible at decreasing costs. In the area of electrical power, a number of applications, driven either by regulation or innovation, create new opportunities for National Metrology Institutes. E.g., wide area power quality monitoring systems using synchronisation based on global positioning systems require challenging measurements (such as measurements of phasor quantities and frequency rate of change). Other applications, such as the efficiency measurements of solid-state lighting and the electrical power of appliances in standby mode require measurements under distorted voltage and current conditions and at low power factors. This talk will give an overview of the activities in these areas at the National Measurement Institute, Australia, with emphasis on the technical challenges involved.
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August 18, 2014 Carrier Ethernet for Cloud Computing - Trends and Issues of FTTH and G-PON  
  Speaker ComSoc DL: Koichi Asatani, Ph D, Professor, Nankai University, Tianjin, China; Professor Emeritus, Kogakuin University, Tokyo, Japan; IEEE Distinguished Lecturer, IEEE Fellow, IEICE Fellowalist
DATE: 
Monday August 18, 2014..
TIME: Refreshments, Registration and Networking: 
06:30 p.m.; IEEE ComSoc Distinguished Lecture: 07:00 p.m.  08:00 p.m.
 
PLACE: Algonquin College, 1385 Woodroffe Ave., School of Advanced Technology, Building-T, Optophotonics Lab (Room T129) 
PARKING: No fee after 5:00 p.m. at the Visitors’ Parking Lots 8 & 9. Please respect restricted areas.
ADMISSION: Free. Registration required. To ensure a seat, please register by e-mail contacting: Raed Abdullah raedabdullah@ieee.org or Wahab Almuhtadi almuhtadi@ieee.org.
MORE INFO: Ottawa ComSoc/CESoc/BTS Chapter website

Abstract

Thanks to the penetration of broadband access technologies for Internet, real-time applications like VoIP, streaming applications like IPTV and many other delay-sensitive applications are growing very fast.
FTTH is the key broadband technology and is replacing ADSL. It provides stable high throughput, realizing even Gbps class. It also plays a very important role in Next Generation Networks (NGN). The NGN is Carrier-grade network for the future and a converged solution after the legacy telecom networks by enabling QoS management and controls in IP network like in legacy telecom networks and by supporting economical, versatile multi-media applications like those on the Internet with secure manners.
In realizing FTTH, G-PON is widely adopted. International Standards on FTTH, G-PON in particular has been established and is being further developed.
This lecture consist of the following contents: Introduction to Access Networks, Fundamentals of FTTH,
Requirements to FTTH, Regulatory Aspect of FTTH, Global Standards on FTTH and G-PON, Market Trends and Further Issues.

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July 17, 2014 Open Source and Open Hardware, A Slippery Slope or a Brave New World   
  SPEAKERS: Glenn McKnight, Director of the Foundation for Building Sustainable Communities (FBSC), Entrepreneur, Community Engager, IT & Education Projects Specialist
DATE: Monday July 17, 2014..
TIME: Refreshments, Registration and Networking: 
06:00 p.m.; Seminar: 06:30 p.m.  07:30 p.m.

 PLACE: Algonquin College, 1385 Woodroffe Ave., School of Advanced Technology, T-Building, Room T129.
PARKING: No fee after 5:00 p.m. at the Visitors’ Parking Lots 8 (green) & 9 (red). Please respect restricted areas. Map: to view the map, 
click here.
ADMISSION: 
Free, but registration is strictly required, please register by e-mail contacting:  Raed Abdullah 
MORE INFO
: Please click on "Announcement" - pdf file.
Other info, contact:
 Wahab Almuhtadi.

Abstract

T
:his talk does not discuss the design of power supplies, as this is well known. It will provide a bird's eye view of design considerations which are important in specifying power supplies for consumer products. It covers topics such as dynamic loads, feedback loop stability, thermal considerations, safety aspects, layout issues, EMI/EMC issues. Focus is on constraints that power supplies require for the consumer market.

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April 30, 2014 Overview of Green Wireless Communications Research at Edinburgh  
  ComSoc DL SpeakerProf. John S. Thompson, Personal Chair in Signal Processing and Communications, the School of Engineering in the University of Edinburgh, UK
DATE: 
Wednesday April 30, 2014.
TIME: Refreshments, Registration and Networking: 
06:00 p.m.; IEEE ComSoc Distinguished Lecture: 06:30 p.m.  07:30 p.m.
 
PLACE: Algonquin College, 1385 Woodroffe Ave., School of Advanced Technology, Building-T, Optophotonics Lab (Room T129) 
PARKING: No fee after 5:00 p.m. at the Visitors’ Parking Lots 8 & 9. Please respect restricted areas.
ADMISSION: Free. Registration required. To ensure a seat, please register by e-mail contacting: Wahab Almuhtadi almuhtadi@ieee.org.
MORE INFO: Ottawa ComSoc/CESoc/BTS Chapter website

Abstract
The Recent Green Radio Research Programme in the UK was a major collaboration between academic and industrial researchers. The main aim of the project was to try to reduce the carbon footprint of mobile wireless networks. Recent work has shown that mobile base stations account for a significant portion of the energy consumed in such networks. Therefore the programme focussed on designing more efficient base station designs as well as new concepts to reduce energy in networks as a whole. This talk will give an overview of the research and some of the key findings as well as describing future directions, specifically relating to a new project in the area of smart grid technology.

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March 28, 2014 Transmitting consumer products and "electro-phobia": Why are People REALLY scared of Electromagnetic Fields?  
  CESoc DLSpeaker: Elya B. Joffe, Senior EMC Engineer and V.P. of Engineering, K.T.M. Project Engineering, Israel
DATE
Friday March 28, 2014.
TIME: Refreshments, Registration and Networking: 
06:00 p.m.; IEEE CESoc Distinguished Lecture: 06:30 p.m.  07:30 p.m.
 
PLACE: Algonquin College, 1385 Woodroffe Ave., School of Advanced Technology, Building-T, Optophotonics Lab (Room T129) 
PARKING: No fee after 5:00 p.m. at the Visitors’ Parking Lots 8 & 9. Please respect restricted areas.
ADMISSION: Free. Registration required. To ensure a seat, please register by e-mail contacting: Wahab Almuhtadi almuhtadi@ieee.org.
MORE INFO: Ottawa ComSoc/CESoc/BTS Chapter website

Abstract

The Why are people really scared of Electromagnetic Fields (EMF) ? Are they really the “killing fields” as denoted by the press, or…
Some common claims against EMF include:
• Science still does not know how dangerous the radiation is, but,… within a year, a decade, a century, it will…”
• Standards for limiting dangerous exposure were prepared by biased parties”
• Standards consider thermal effects only, whereas, many a-thermal effects, including cancer, are not considered”
• Wait and see - EMR exposure will be similar to asbestos and smoking…” (and yet, they keep on smoking…)
• Well known, respectable scientists do not exclude connection between EMR and cancer”
• Prudent Avoidance - better be safe than sorry”
This presentation attempts to shed light on the issue of “Electrophobia”, or “Why are people really scared of Electromagnetic Fields”. It discusses the history of EMF usage, the evolution of EMR standards, from the turn of the 20th century to date, and the evolution of the public response to the EMF and its usage.
Although it covers only technically acceptable figures, statistics etc., it rather addresses this controversial issue from a users’ point of view, addressing the sources of fear, the facts and fallacies, and the risk in… risk research.

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March 18, 2014 Evolution to LTE Advanced   
  Speaker: Frank Rayal, P.Eng, SMIEEE, Founding Partner – Xona Partners, Ottawa, ON, Canada
DATE
Tuesday March 18, 2014.
TIME: Refreshments, Registration and Networking: 
06:30 p.m.; IEEE Seminar: 07:00 p.m.  08:00 p.m.
 
PLACE: Algonquin College, 1385 Woodroffe Ave., School of Advanced Technology, Building-T, Optophotonics Lab (Room T129) 
PARKING: No fee after 5:00 p.m. at the Visitors’ Parking Lots 8 & 9. Please respect restricted areas.
ADMISSION: Free. Registration required. To ensure a seat, please register by e-mail contacting: Bhagvat Joshi bjoshi@ieee.org  or Mike Bourassa michael.bourassa@ieee.org, or Wahab Almuhtadi almuhtadi@ieee.org.
MORE INFO: Ottawa ComSoc/CESoc/BTS Chapter website or https://www.ieeeottawa.ca/aicn webiste.

Abstract

With over 266 networks in 99 countries, LTE is the de facto world-standard for mobile communications. This
presentation will address the evolution of LTE to meet ITU requirements for high mobile broadband data rates. The talk focuses on key LTE-Advanced features such as carrier aggregation, interference management for heterogeneous networks, advanced MIMO and coordinated multipoint to provide an overview of the evolution of 4G networks for the next five years. It will combine the principles of these technologies with real-world data and results to present an objective view of the evolutionary path of LTE.

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2013 EVENTS    
October 28 2013 Carrier Ethernet for Cloud Computing  
  Speaker: Peter Green, P.Eng., Senior Product Manager for Ethernet Products and Solutions BTI Systems, Ottawa, Canada
DATE: 
Monday October 28, 2013.
TIME: Refreshments, Registration and Networking: 
06:30 p.m.; Seminar: 07:00 p.m.  08:00 p.m.
 
PLACE: Algonquin College, 1385 Woodroffe Ave., School of Advanced Technology, Building-T, Room T129 
PARKING: No fee after 5:00 p.m. at the Visitors’ Parking Lots 8 & 9. Please respect restricted areas.
ADMISSION: Free. Registration required. To ensure a seat, please register by e-mail contacting: Wahab Almuhtadi almuhtadi@ieee.org.
MORE INFO: Ottawa ComSoc/BTS/CESoc Chapter website

Abstract
The IT industry is investing in technologies to support the transition form distributed dedicated IT infrastructure to a centralized hosted cloud computing service. The promises of cloud computing includes the reduction for IT capital costs, access to dynamically scalable server resources and infinite storage capacity. For many businesses this transition has not been successful, as connectivity to the cloud has dramatically limited the capabilities of a cloud service offering. Utilizing best effort Internet for cloud connectivity has had a negative impact on application responses and bring into question the security of corporate information. To address these challenges investment are being made into a new class of connectivity services, namely Carrier Ethernet. This technical talk will review some of the key communication technologies that have been developed to enable a reliable and secure transition to cloud computing services.

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October 9, 2013 IEEE Open House
The ACSB will be hosting an IEEE Open House this coming Wednesday, Oct. 9th from 10am-3pm in the ACCE building (CA). We have a table and some chairs already reserved and we'll be set up on the first floor next to the living wall. We need some help during that time to talk to students and promote IEEE so please let me know what you schedules are like that day. We need some volunteers ! I would like to arrange some snacks and coffee to give out along with all the IEEE promotional stuff I received already. Let's make it a successful event and boost our membership even further!. 

More
information: Brett Tylor

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September 25, 2013

Design Considerations for Consumer Power Supplies

Speaker:
Stefan Mozar, President of IEEE Consumer Electronics Society (CESoc)

Date:
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Time:
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm,
Refreshments and Networking: 6:30 pm – 7:00 pm,  
Presidential Talk and Seminar, Q & A: 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Location:  Algonquin College, Room T129, T-Building, 1385 Woodroffe Ave., Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Parking:
 
No fee after 5 p.m. at the Parking Lots 8&9. Please respect restricted areas.
ADMISSION: Free. Registration required. To ensure a seat, contact Dr. Wahab Almuhtadi (almuhtadi@ieee.org

ABSTARCT:
This talk does not discuss the design of power supplies, as this is well known. It will provide a bird's eye view of design considerations which are important in specifying power supplies for consumer products. It covers topics such as dynamic loads, feedback loop stability, thermal considerations, safety aspects, layout issues, EMI/EMC issues. Focus is on constraints that power supplies require for the consumer market. 

More information: Brett Tylor, Wahab Almuhtadi or Abdul Al-Azzawi.

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September 10, 2013

Energy Aware Computer Systems and Networks

Speaker: Distinguished Lecturer:
Professor Erol Gelenbe, Head of Intelligent Systems and Networks Research Group Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Imperial College, London, UK


Date:
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Time:
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm,
Refreshments and Networking:
6:30 pm – 7:00 pm,  
DL Seminar, Q & A: 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Location:  Algonquin College, Room T129, School of Advanced Technology, T-Building, 1385 Woodroffe Ave., Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Parking:
 
No fee after 5 p.m. at the Parking Lots 8&9. Please respect restricted areas.
ADMISSION: Free. Registration required. To ensure a seat, contact Dr. Wahab Almuhtadi (almuhtadi@ieee.org

Abstract:
ICT is becoming one of the main culprits for CO2 emissions, already on a par with air travel since 2007. Energy consumption by ICT is estimated to increase by 4% a year, despite the increasing energy efficiency of electronic and computer equipment, due to the ever increasing usage of computers and telecommunications. On the positive side, ICT offers the potential to manage energy more efficiently, help better match energy supply and demand, and dynamically substitute renewable energy sources in the place of fossil fuels. At the same time, one would like to think that ICT is saving energy and CO2 emissions in other areas (such as transport), by substituting on-line activities for physical activities, such as working at home rather than commuting to an office. But such trends are difficult to identify, while the recent economic crisis in Europe and the USA has definitely had an impact on energy consumption in industry and other fields of activity. Within ICT itself, communications represent close to 25% of energy consumption, with data centres accounting for another 20% or so, the rest being attributed to PCs, terminal devices and office equipment including local networks. This lecture will focus on the ICT aspects of energy consumption from a performance engineering perspective, and show how some of our established methods, with measurements, can be used to understand the trade-offs between QoS and energy consumption, and help reduce the energy consumption in servers and networks.

More information: Brett Tylor, Wahab Almuhtadi or Abdul Al-Azzawi.

 
 

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September 3, 2013

The Design of Modern Engineering Curriculum: Outcome-based Learning

Speaker:
Professor Samy Mahmoud, PhD., P.Eng., Chancellor, University of Sharjah, Sharjah, UAE, and Professor Emeritus of Systems and Computer Engineering, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada
And following by:
A Panel Discussion represented by Leaders from Academia and Industry


Date:
Monday, September 3, 2013
Time:
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm,
Refreshments, & Networking: 6:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Seminar
: 7:00 pm – 7:40 pm
Panel Discussion: 7:40 pm – 8:00 pm
Location:
 Algonquin College, Room P303, P-Building, 1385 Woodroffe Ave., Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Parking:
 
No fee after 5 p.m. at the Parking Lots 8&9. Please respect restricted areas.
ADMISSION: Free.  Registration required. To ensure a seat, contact Wahab Almuhtadi, Raed Abdullah, or Rami Abeilmona

Abstract:
Traditionally, the design and determination of course content of undergraduate engineering curriculum in any give specialization have been based on specified minimum coverage of material in five categories: basic sciences, mathematics, engineering science, engineering design, and arts, humanities and social sciences. This specified minimum coverage is measured by lecture and tutorial hours and hours of laboratory sessions. Elective courses are included in the curriculum to complement the weight of the compulsory material taught in any of the five categories. Meeting the specified minimum coverage in each of the five categories is a pre-requisite for accreditation of the program by the concerned professional authority.

More recently, alternative approaches to curriculum development and program offering emerged with focus on the outcome of the learning process as the starting point. In these modern approaches, the desired outcome of the learning process dictates the program structure in terms of course content, sequence, and the mode of delivery. Likewise, evaluation of the effectiveness of the learning process is focused on the student at the end of the program in terms of what the student actually and effectively learned and the extent to which the learning outcomes defined for the program have been realized.
The design and offering of engineering programs based on the “learning outcome methodology” allows for the incorporation of three important aspects that are deemed necessary in modern engineering practices, namely innovation, sustainability (social, environmental and economic) and social awareness and responsiveness. In this talk, the concept and methodology of the outcome based design approach will be presented along with illustrative examples. It is hoped that the presentation will stimulate discussions on ways to make engineering education more relevant to the rapid social and economic developments taking place at the global level. 

More information: Brett Tylor, Wahab Almuhtadi or Abdul Al-Azzawi.

 
 

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March 27, 2013 Eastern Ontario Student Paper Competition - 2013:
Participating students came from Algonquin College, Carleton University, University of Ottawa, Royal Military College (RMC), and Queens University. Competition to be
held at Carleton University, Ottawa.

More information
Rules for the Paper Competition 2013: Please click here.
Date: Wednesday March 27, 2013
Time:
6:15pm to 9:30pm 
Location: Carleton University, Room 2014 MC (Minto Centre), 1125 Colonel By Dr, Ottawa, ON K1S 5B6
Campus Map and Direction.
Contact: Natalia Gorbenko Abdul Al-Azzawior Wahab Almuhtadi.

 
 

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March 14, 2013

IEEE Student Professional Awareness Conference SPAC 2013

Organized by: IEEE Carleton Student Branch, IEEE uOttawa Student Branch, and IEEE Algonquin Student Branch
Title: IEEE SPAC 2013, theme: “Steps to Success!”
Speakers
Lili-Ann Foster
(President of Renaud Foster Management Consultants);
Marcellus Mindel (Academic Partnerships Head, Centre for Advanced Studies, IBM Canada)
Date & Time: Thursday, March 14, 2011, 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Location: Westin Ottawa, Ottawa, ON., Canada

Admission: Early Bird Tickets Special!(by March 8th): IEEE student members*:$20 ,Non-member students:$25
Regular Tickets: IEEE student members*:$25 Non-member students:$30
Regular Tickets: IEEE Members*:$60 Non-members:$60
Registration: Get your tickets at your local IEEE student chapter (Algonquin / Carleton / uOttawa) and save on ticket fees! or you can also get them online:
 Eventbrite - IEEE SPAC 2013
Details:
https://www.ieeespac.ca/
Contact:  SPAC Organizers at org-spac@ieee.carleton.ca
Abstract: IEEE Student Professional Awareness Conference (SPAC) is a formal dinner event that aims to bridge the gap between students and their career goals. SPAC offers students and employers a unique opportunity to network with each other in a professional environment along with professionals and academics representing the field of Engineering.
Click here for more info about the event.


More information: Brett Tylor, Wahab Almuhtadi or Abdul Al-Azzawi.
 
 

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March 6, 2013

Insight for Tax Efficient Business

SPEAKERS: Matt Pearson, Ph.D., Senior Manager & Ottawa Leader, SR&ED and Business Incentives, Ernst & Young
DATEWednesday March 6, 2013
TIME: 6:00 pm Refreshments, Registration and Networking,  6:45 pm- 8:00 pm Seminar.
PLACE: Algonquin College, 1385 Woodroffe Ave., Building P, Room P211B, 1385 Woodroffe Ave..

PARKING: No fee after 5:00 p.m. at the Visitors’ Parking Lots 8 (green) & 9 (red). Please respect restricted areas. Map: to view the map, 
click here.
ADMISSION: Free, but registration is strictly required,  pre registration required REGISTER NOW 
MORE INFO
: Please click on "Announcement" - pdf file.
ORGANIZED BY
: IEEE Ottawa PES, IMS, and RS&PEL Chapters, Ottawa Educational Activities, and Algonquin College IEEE Student Branch

Abstract:
Small business owners and sole proprietors form the basis of our economy, and there are many government grants and tax incentives available to help foster their growth, particularly in high technology.
Unfortunately many of those incentives are not well understood, and not well leveraged. This seminar will outline some of the ways to build a tax efficient business, and will give an overview of various tax incentives and grants available. We will follow the typical evolution of a business to illustrate some of the key points, such as the pros and cons of sole proprietorship versus incorporation, and even family trusts.
An introduction to the SR&ED program will be provided, along with some insights on when a company should begin claiming and how to get started. We will also review a number of other grants and incentive programs spanning from small start-ups to larger corporations. We will look at who qualifies, when and how to apply, how to avoid common mistakes, and how to leverage multiple programs for maximum benefit.

More information:
 Natalia Gorbenko, Wahab Almuhtadi or Abdul Al-Azzawi.

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January 17, 2013

Acceptance and efficiency testing of newly installed hydro generatorss

SPEAKERS: Emmanuel Côté & David Jarry-Bolduc, Hydro-Québec, Montreal, Quebec
DATEThursday, January 17, 2013
TIME: 5:30 pm Refreshments, Registration and Networking,  6:00 pm- 7:30 pmSeminar.
PLACE: Algonquin College, 1385 Woodroffe Ave., School of Advanced Technology, T-Building, Room T102.

PARKING: No fee after 5:00 p.m. at the Visitors’ Parking Lots 8 (green) & 9 (red). Please respect restricted areas. Map: to view the map, 
click here.
ADMISSION: Free, but registration is strictly required, please register by e-mail contacting: Wahab Almuhtadi or  Branislav Djokic or Raed Abdullah 
MORE INFO
: Please click on "Announcement" - pdf file.
ORGANIZED BY
: IEEE Ottawa PES, IMS, and RS&PEL Chapters, Ottawa Educational Activities, and Algonquin College IEEE Student Branch

Abstract:
Acceptance and efficiency testing is a practice that utilities use worldwide in order to ensure the proper performance and contractual guarantees of newly installed hydro generators. Hydro-Québec’s generation testing department has the primary mission of performing these tests. The department is composed of a multidisciplinary team of engineers, technologists, and computer specialists who are deployed province-wide in order to accomplish their mission. Every generating station being unique, this implies that every testing solution must also be unique.
Over the years their work has resulted in significant savings in the operating schemes of the generation equipment, as well as early detection of potentially critical design flaws. This presentation will start with a brief history of Hydro-Québec’s testing department, followed by an overview of how they integrate different instrumentation and measurement equipment in order to increase the reliability and accuracy of their results. The presentation will end with different examples to demonstrate how these methods resulted in a success story for Hydro-Québec..

More information:
 Natalia Gorbenko, Wahab Almuhtadi or Abdul Al-Azzawi.

 
     

 2012 EVENTS

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December 21, 2012 Power System Line Protection 
SPEAKER: 
Meliha Selak, BC Hydro, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
DATEFriday, December 21, 2012
TI
ME: 5:30 pm Refreshments, Registration and Networking,  6:00 pm- 8:00 pm Seminar.
PLACE: Algonquin College, 1385 Woodroffe Ave., School of Advanced Technology, T-Building, Room T129.

P
ARKING: No fee after 5:00 p.m. at the Visitors’ Parking Lots 8 (green) & 9 (red). Please respect restricted areas. Map: to view the map, click here.
ADMISSION: Free, but registration is strictly required, please register by e-mail contacting: Wahab Almuhtadi or  Branislav Djokic or Raed Abdullah 
MORE INFO
: Please click on "Announcement" - pdf file.
ORGANIZED BY
: IEEE Ottawa PES, IMS, and RS&PEL Chapters, Ottawa Educational Activities, and Algonquin College IEEE Student Branch.

Abstract:
Power system lines provide connections among various parts of the electrical power system and the associated equipment. As the transmission & distribution circuits vary widely in their characteristics, configurations, length, and relative impedance, their protection and protective techniques are also different. The protective techniques commonly used for line protection are overcurrent, distance and differential (pilot) protection, depending on requirements. Several fundamental factors influence the final choice of the protection applied to a power line: type of circuit (overhead, cable, single line, parallel lines, multi-terminals), line function and
importance (effect of service continuity, realistic and practical time requirements to isolate the fault from the rest of the system), coordination and influence on power system stability (steady state and dynamic state simulation) and EMTP. In addition to these four factors, economic factors must be considered as well. The seminar topics will include:
 Power System Introduction and Power System Modeling  Fundamental Principles of Protective Relaying  Reliability (Dependability and Security)  Radial lines, Lines with sources on both ends and Multiterminal lines  Communication Assisted Scheme (Permissive Schemes)
 Direct Transfer Trips (DTT)  Applications and Settings (multi-functional protective devices)

More information
:  Natalia Gorbenko, Wahab Almuhtadi or Abdul Al-Azzawi.
 
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October 5, 2012 Interoperability and Interference in Modern Railway Systems and its Instrumentation & Measurement Implications

Speaker: Dr. Andrea Mariscotti, Professor, University of Genova, Italy
D
ate
Friday, October 5, 2012
TIME: 6:30 pm Refreshments, Registration and Networking,  7:00 pm- 8:30 pm Seminar.
Location
: Algonquin College, 1385 Woodroffe Ave., School of Advanced Technology, P-Building, Room P210.

Parking
: No fee after 5:00 p.m. at the Visitors’ Parking Lots 8 (green) & 9 (red). Please respect restricted areas. Map: to view the map,
click here.
Admission: Free, but registration is strictly required. please register by e-mail contacting: Branislav Djokic or  Wahab Almuhtadi or Raed Abdullah
More details
Please click on "Announcement" - pdf file.
O
rganized by
: IEEE Ottawa PES, IMS, and RS&PEL Chapters, Ottawa Educational Activities, and Algonquin College IEEE Student Branch
.


Abstract:
The seminar will provide a review of the architecture and elements of an electrified transportation system, including: AC distribution and connection to the high voltage primary network, substations and other machines (transformers), traction line and its characteristics (imperfections, frequency response, etc.), trains and vehicles as moving, time varying, highly distorting loads. Power Quality phenomena will be covered: definitions and relationships with similar phenomena in the industrial sector: harmonics, inter-harmonics, flicker, voltage fluctuations, transients, stability of the fundamental frequency; applicable standards and requirements; methods for measurement and evaluation.

More information:
 Natalia Gorbenko, Wahab Almuhtadi or Abdul Al-Azzawi.
 
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June 15, 2012

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

Speaker:  Dr. Fabrizio Granelli, Dept. of Information Engineering and Computer Science (DISI) of the University of Trento, Italy
Date:
Friday June 15, 2012
Time: Registration and Networking: 10:30 pm – 11:00 am; Seminar: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Location:  Room 211, 2nd floor, Ottawa Convention Centre, 55 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 9J2. See the Map/Direction.
Parking: Public parking, to see the location and payment method, click here.
Admission: Free. Registration required. To ensure a seat, please register by e-mail contacting:  yifeng.zhou@crc.gc.ca; almuhtadi@ieee.org, or Jun Li at jun.li@crc.gc

Abstract:
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.

More information:  Cameron Hunt, Wahab Almuhtadi or Abdul Al-Azzawi.

 
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May 24, 2012

Evaluating Canada’s energy alternatives
and the place of nuclear energy among them

Speaker: Arnold Eyre, Fellow CSSE, and Don Lawson, Fellow CSSE Canadian Society for Senior Engineers (CSSE)
DateThursday, May 24, 2012
Time: 6:00 pm Refreshments, Registration and Networking,  6:30 pm- 7:45 pm Seminar.
Locat:ion Algonquin College, 1385 Woodroffe Ave., School of Advanced Technology, P-Building
, Room P214.
Parking: No fee after 5:00 p.m. at the Visitors’ Parking Lots 8 (green) & 9 (red). Please respect restricted areas. Map: to view the map,
click here.
Admission: Free, but registration is strictly required. please register by e-mail contacting: Branislav Djokic.
More details: Please click on "Announcement" - pdf file.
Organized by
: IEEE Ottawa PES and RS Chapters, Ottawa Educational Activities, and Algonquin College IEEE Student Branch
Contact:
 Branislav Djokic or Wahab Almuhtadi

NOTE: For advance reading on the subject, the CSSE white paper “Energy Compass - A Recommended Canadian Energy Decision Framework” can be downloaded by clicking here.

Abstract:
The seminar will describe and discuss the CSSE white paper “Energy Compass - A Recommended Canadian Energy Decision Framework,” which can be downloaded for advance reading by clicking here.
Part 1, by Arnold Eyre. Canada’s 26 primary energy alternatives are identified: 10 indigenous-energy-use alternatives, 10 energy conservation alternatives, and 6 energy-export alternatives. The 26 energy alternatives are then evaluated and ranked according to their relevance to the future well-being of Canadians, defined coincidentally by 26 factors.
Part 2, by Don Lawson. In the aftermath of Fukushima nuclear power plant accident, the prospects of nuclear power in Canada will be outlined since the use of indigenous Canadian nuclear fuel takes a prominent place among 26 alternatives. The case for a Canadian energy strategy and the issues in Ontario’s electricity supply will be discussed
.

More information:
 Cameron Hunt Wahab Almuhtadi or Abdul Al-Azzawi.

 
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March 27, 2012 Eastern Ontario Student Paper Competition - 2012:
Participating students came from Algonquin College, Carleton University, University of Ottawa, Royal Military College (RMC), and Queens University. Competition to be
held at Algonquin College, Ottawa.

More information
Rules for the Paper Competition 2012: Please click here.
Date: Tuesday March 27, 2012
Time:
5:00pm to 8:30pm, 
Location: Algonquin College
Faculty of Technology and Trades
School of Advanced Technology
T-Building, Room # T304
1385 Woodroffe Avenue,
Ottawa, Ontario K2G 1V8
Campus Map and Direction.
Contact: Cameron Hunt, Abdul Al-Azzawior Wahab Almuhtadi.

 
March 15, 2012

IEEE Student Professional Awareness Conference SPAC 2012

Organized by: IEEE Carleton Student Branch, IEEE uOttawa Student Branch, and IEEE Algonquin Student Branch
Title: IEEE SPAC 2012, theme: “From Passion to Practice”
SpeakersHarley Finkelstein, CPO (Chief Platform Officer) of Shopify, David Boertjes, technical advisor working on Ciena’s next generation optical transport system, Ciena, and Professor Winnie Ye, Canada Research Chair in Nano-scale IC Design for Reliable Opto-Electronics and Sensors, Carleton University
Date & Time: Thursday, March 15, 2012, 6:00 PM - 10:30 PM
Location: Westin Ottawa, Ottawa, ON., Canada

Parking: Free
Admission: Early Bird Tickets Special!: IEEE student members*:$20 ,Non-member students:$25
Regular Tickets (March 4th + Door) New Prices!: IEEE student members*:$25 Non-member students:$30
Regular Tickets: IEEE Members*:$60 Non-members:$60
Registration: by dropping by the IEEE Carleton Student Branch or IEEE UOttawa Student Branch
Details:
https://www.ieeespac.ca/
Contact:  Abdulhak Nagy, Jeffrey Arcand
Abstract: IEEE Student Professional Awareness Conference (SPAC) is a formal dinner event that aims to bridge the gap between students and their career goals. SPAC offers students and employers a unique opportunity to network with each other in a professional environment along with professionals and academics representing the field of Engineering.
Click here for more info about the event.
.


More information: Cameron Hunt,  Wahab Almuhtadi or Abdul Al-Azzawi.

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March 2, 2012

Greener Video Coding

Speaker:  Prof. Ricardo L. de Queiroz, Universidade de Brasilia
Date:
Friday March 2, 2012
Time:
Registration and Networking: 5:00 pm – 05:30 pm; Seminar: 05:30 p.m. – 06:30 p.m.
Location:  Algonquin College, Room T129, T-Building, 1385 Woodroffe Ave., Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Parking
: at the parking area # 9. Please respect restricted areas. No fee after 5:00 p.m.
ADMISSION: Free. Registration required. To ensure a seat, please register by e-mail contacting:  Wahab Almuhtadi at almuhtadi@ieee.org, Yifeng Zhou at yifeng.zhou@crc.gc.ca; or Jun Li at jun.li@crc.gc.ca.  

Abstract:
Computers and information technology are proving themselves as energy-hungry partners in a society with carbon emission issues to be resolved. Video coding is a very computation-intensive, energy-demanding task. We approach green computing applied to video by setting task parameters in order to minimize energy consumption for a given performance. We applied the concept to H.264/AVC video coding, showing that one can substantially reduce energy consumption at the expense of a small rate-distortion (RD) performance penalty. We used a state-of-the-art implementation, x264, for tests and show RD results for comparisons and discussions.
 More information:
 Cameron Hunt Wahab Almuhtadi or Abdul Al-Azzawi.

 

 2011 EVENTS

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September 22, 2011

Why Instrumentation & Measurement is Critical in Underground Construction and What Challenges it Faces
Speaker: 
Dr. Michael Gard, Charles Machine Works, Perry, Oklahoma, USA
Date: Thursday, September 15, 2011
Time: Registration, Refreshments and Networking: 06:30 p.m.; Seminar: 07:00 p.m. – 08:15 p.m.
Location: Algonquin College, Room B156, B-Building, 1385 Woodroffe Ave., Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Parking: No fee after 5 p.m. at the Parking Lots 8 & 9. Please respect restricted areas.

Admission: Free. Registration required. To ensure a seat, please register by e-mail contacting: Branislav Djokic.
Organized by: IEEE Ottawa IMS, PES, and RS Chapters, Ottawa Educational Activities, and IEEE Algonquin College Student Branch.
Contact:
Branislav Djokic or Wahab Almuhtadi
or Cameron Hunt

Abstract:
This Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD) is a construction technique used to emplace utilities without trenching or digging. Although borehole creation is a mechanical process, surprisingly complex electronics and software are needed to locate, detect and avoid existing utilities; plan the borepath; determine depth; steer the drill string; and control the machine. The primary tools for routine field operations rely on magnetic field measurements and are significantly constrained by power limitations, physical demands of the construction environment, and a difficult, highly variable, and unpredictable medium (soil, sand, gravel, and rock). This presentation introduces the basic physics, technology, and
techniques employed in obstacle location and borepath tracking; reviews recent experimental research involving data telemetry and unconventional applications of the industry’s magnetic field technology; reviews the current state of ground penetrating radar (GPR) in HDD applications; and touches on some difficult and unanswered problems still awaiting solutions.

 

 
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September 22, 2011

Autonomous Aero-Visual and Sensor Based Inspection Network for Asset Monitoring

Speaker:  Dr. Arun Somani, Iowa State University, Ames, IA, USA
Date
:
Thursday September 22, 2011
Time: Registration and Networking: 06:00 p.m.; Seminar: 07:00 p.m. – 08:00 p.m
Location: Algonquin College, Room T129, T-Building, 1385 Woodroffe Ave., Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Admission: Free. Registration required. To ensure a seat, please register by e-mail contacting: Wahab Almuhtadi at almuhtadi@ieee.org

Organized by:  IEEE Ottawa Communications Society, Broadcast Technology Society, and Consumer Electronics Society (ComSoc / BTS / CES) Joint Chapter, IEEE Ottawa Power Engineering Society Chapter (PES)
and  IEEE Algonquin College Student Branch (ACSB)
More information:
 Cameron Hunt Wahab Almuhtadi or Abdul Al-Azzawi.
Abstract: This talk introduces a theoretical and experimental program to develop the inspection and fault detection technology needed to integrate MAVs for persistent intelligence, reconnaissance, maintenance and surveillance for obscured or logistically challenging assets in non-urban environments. The design is explained using a context of heterogeneous deployment of wireless sensors for real-time asset monitoring by anticipating exceptional conditions and building the system to cope with them. The system converges towards an error-free state with self-stabilization, the ability to fall back to a safe mode in a financially feasible manner. This sophisticated mechanism requires a real-time capacity estimation capability to sustain the quality-of-service, which can be achieved by a distributed sensor network. We discuss issues in design and information propagation in such sensor clustered topology, optimization for power-aware networking, and link and node capacity assignment to achieve the desired goals
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April 12, 2011

Nuclear Power Plant Incident in Fukushima, Japan - a Canadian Perspective

Speaker:  Fred Boyd, Canadian Nuclear Society, Canada
Date: Friday, September 23, 2011
Time: Registration, Refreshments and Networking: 06:30 p.m.; Seminar: 07:00 p.m. – 08:15 p.m.
Location: Algonquin College, Room B156, B-Building, 1385 Woodroffe Ave., Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Parking: No fee after 5 p.m. at the Parking Lots 8 & 9. Please respect restricted areas.

Admission: Free. Registration required. To ensure a seat, please register by e-mail contacting: Branislav Djokic.
Organized by: IEEE Ottawa IMS, PES, and RS Chapters, Ottawa Educational Activities, and IEEE Algonquin College Student Branch.
Contact:
Branislav Djokic or Wahab Almuhtadi
or Cameron Hunt
Abstract: An illustrated account of the consequences of the major Richter scale 9 earthquake and ensuing huge tsunami of 11 March 2011 on the nuclear power units at the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant in Japan. This presentation will focus primarily on the most significant events at the plants that led to fuel failures and release of radioactive substances. The extent and nature of those releases will be noted. The action of the Japanese government and the reaction of the international community will be mentioned. A very brief introduction to nuclear power will be offered for those who have not taken “Nuclear 101” and, in conclusion, the action of the Canadian regulator including some comparisons of the design of the Fukushima reactors and CANDU.

 
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April 12, 2011

Communications for the Smart Grid

Speaker:  Dr. Stephen Bush, Researcher at General Electric Global Research, Niskayuna, NY, USA
Date
:
Tuesday April 12, 2011
Time: Registration and Networking: 06:00 p.m.; Seminar: 07:00 p.m. – 08:00 p.m
Location: Algonquin College, Room T129, T-Building, 1385 Woodroffe Ave., Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Admission: Free. Registration required. To ensure a seat, please register by e-mail contacting: Wahab Almuhtadi at almuhtadi@ieee.org

Organized by:  IEEE Ottawa Communications Society, Broadcast Technology Society, and Consumer Electronics Society (ComSoc / BTS / CES) Joint Chapter, IEEE Ottawa Power Engineering Society Chapter (PES)
and  IEEE Algonquin College Student Branch (ACSB)
More information:
Kristjan Solvason_Brown Wahab Almuhtadi or Abdul Al-Azzawi.
Abstract:

Electric power grids around the world are rapidly evolving to make more extensive use of communication technology. New intelligent electronic devices are being developed and deployed in which communications is becoming a ubiquitous and natural part of power systems allowing new forms of collaborative behavior. An analogy is often made between the interconnection of personal computers many decades ago resulting in the rise of the Internet and what is happening within the power grid today. However, the power grid is a large and complex machine with many aspects; it comprises a very broad set of topics. This hour-long talk will begin with a review of power systems and focus upon emerging communications capabilities within the power grid including: metering and demand-response, distributed generation, fault detection isolation and restoration, and a brief overview of emerging standards. We will end with a discussion of more speculative innovations that may impact the smart grid further into the future.

 
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March 30, 2011 Eastern Ontario Student Paper Competition - 2011:
Participating students came from Algonquin College, Carleton University, Royal Military College (RMC), and Queens University. Competition to be
held at RMC.

More information
Rules for the Paper Competition 2011. Please click here 5:00pm to 8:30pm,  Queen’s University, Walter Light Hall, Room-302 19 Union Street, Kingston, Ontario K7L 3N6

Contact: Kristjan Solvason-Brown, Patrick Couture,  Wahab Almuhtadi or Abdul Al-Azzawi.
 

 
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March 10, 2011

IEEE Student Professional Awareness Conference SPAC 2011

Organized by: IEEE Carleton Student Branch, IEEE uOttawa Student Branch, and IEEE Algonquin Student Branch
Title: IEEE SPAC 2011
Speakers: Erin Bury, Ian Graham and Bruce Firestone
Date & Time: Thursday, March 10, 2011, 6:00 PM - 10:30 PM
Location: Fairmont Chateau Laurier, Ottawa, ON., Canada

Parking: Free
Admission: Early Bird Tickets Special!: IEEE Members*:$10 ,Non-members:$15
Regular Tickets (March 4th + Door) New Prices!: IEEE Members*:$15 Non-members:$20
Regular Tickets: IEEE Members*:$20 Non-members:$25
Registration: by dropping by the IEEE Carleton Student Branch or IEEE UOttawa Student Branch
Details:
https://www.ieeespac.ca/
Contact: Avinash Kothapalli, Davy Zou, Daphne Ong, Kristoffer,  or Kristjan Solvason-Brown.
Abstract: IEEE Student Professional Awareness Conference (SPAC) is a formal dinner event that aims to bridge the gap between students and their career goals. SPAC offers students and employers a unique opportunity to network with each other in a professional environment along with professionals and academics representing the field of Engineering.
Click here for more info about the event.
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More information: Kristjan Solvason-Brown,  Wahab Almuhtadi or Abdul Al-Azzawi.
 
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February 16, 2011

Beyond Engineering Series: Non-traditional Career Paths

Organized by: IEEE Ottawa EiT and  IEEEAlgonquin Student Branch
Title: Non-traditional Career Paths
Speakers: Shubha Nijhawan Thomas Choi, Barbora Dej,and Alicia Liu
Date & Time: Wednesday, February 16, 2011, 6:00

(Registration and Networking: 05:30 p.m.; Seminar: 06:00 p.m. – 08:30 p.m
)
Location: Algonquin College, Room P303, P-Building, 1385 Woodroffe Ave., Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Parking: Free after 5:00 PM in parking area #9
Admission: Free,
Registration required. To ensure a seat, please register by e-mail contacting: thamelenee@ieee.org
Details:
https://ottawa.ieee.ca/eit/

Abstract
: Engineering/Science degrees can enable many career paths, some of which are non-traditional paths. Through this seminar, we would like to open your eyes for other career options including law, entrepreneurship, finance and academics.
Click here for more info about the event.
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More information: Emily Chen, Kristjan Solvason_Brown Wahab Almuhtadi or Abdul Al-Azzawi.
 
 
     

 2010 Events

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December 9, 2010

RFID - Newly Emerging Technology and Research Areas

Speaker:  Dr. Qinghan Xiao, IEEE Senior Member, a Defence Scientist, Defence R&D Canada (DRDC), Ottawa, Canada
Date
:
Thursday December 9, 2010
Time: Registration and Networking: 03:30 p.m.; Seminar: 04:00 p.m. – 05:00 p.m
Location: Algonquin College, Room P210, P-Building, 1385 Woodroffe Ave., Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Admission: Free. Registration required. To ensure a seat, please register by e-mail contacting: Gerry Crichlow at crichlg@algonquincollege.com  or Bashir Morshed at  morsheb@algonquincollege.com or Wahab Almuhtadi at almuhtadi@ieee.org
or Abdul Al-Azzawi
Organized by:  IEEE Ottawa Communications Society, Broadcast Technology Society, and Consumer Electronics Society (ComSoc / BTS / CES) Joint Chapter, the Algonquin College Student Branch and Department of Electronics and Electro-Mechanical Studies, Algonquin College.

November 19, 2010

Networked 3-D Virtual Collaboration in Science and Education: Towards ‘Web 3.0’ (A Modeling Perspective)

Speaker:  Prof. Michael Devetsikiotis, ComSoc Distinguished Lecturer, Electrical and Computer Engineering, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC
Date: Friday November 19, 2010
Time:
Refreshments, Registration and Networking: 06:30 p.m.; Seminar: 07:00 p.m. – 08:00 p.m
Location: Algonquin College, School of Advanced Technology, Building-T, Room T129 Nortel Lab, 1385 Woodroffe Ave., Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Parking: at the Parking Lots 8 & 9. Please respect restricted areas. No fee after 5:00 p.m.
Admission: Free. Registration required. To ensure a seat, please register by e-mail contacting: Wahab Almuhtadi at almuhtadi@ieee.org, Patrick Couture or Abdul Al-Azzawi
Organized by:  IEEE Ottawa Communications Society, Broadcast Technology Society, and Consumer Electronics Society (ComSoc / BTS / CES) Joint Chapter, IEEE Ottawa Reliability, and the Algonquin College Student Branch.
October 21, 2010

AC Current Measurements The Applications, Design, and Calibrations of Rogowski Coils
Speaker:  Dr. Branislav Djokic, P. Eng., Institute for National Measurement Standards, NRC, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
DateThursday, October 21, 2010
Time: Refreshments, Registration and Networking: 06:30 p.m.; Seminar: 07:00 p.m. – 08:00 p.m.
Place: Algonquin College, 1385 Woodroffe Ave., School of Advanced Technology, T-Building, Room T334.
Parking
: No fee after 5:00 p.m. at the Visitors’ Parking Lots 8 (green) & 9 (red). Please respect restricted areas. Map: to view the map, click here.
Admission: All welcome - Free.
Registration: pre-registration Registration required. To ensure a seat, please register by e-mail contacting: almuhtadi@ieee.org.
Organized by: IEEE Ottawa Section, IMS Chapter, PES Chapter, Reliability Chapter, IEEE Ottawa Section, and Algonquin College Student Branch.
Contact: details - Wahab Almuhtadi
, Abdul Al-Azzawi ,  Raed Abdullah, and Patrick Couture

October 20, 2010

Sensing and Identification in the Internet of Things Era

Speaker: Prof. Hossam Hassanein, ComSoc Distinguished Lecturer, School of Computing, Queen's University, Kingston, Canada
Date:
Wednesday October 20, 2010
Time: Refreshments, Registration and Networking: 06:30 p.m.; Seminar: 07:00 p.m. – 08:00 p.m
Location: Algonquin College, School of Advanced Technology, Building-T, Room T129 Nortel Lab, 1385 Woodroffe Ave., Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Parking: at the Parking Lots 8 & 9. Please respect restricted areas. No fee after 5:00 p.m.
Admission: Free. Registration required. To ensure a seat, please register by e-mail contacting:  Wahab Almuhtadi
, Abdul Al-Azzawi, or Patrick Couture
Organized by:  IEEE Ottawa Communications Society, Broadcast Technology Society, and Consumer Electronics Society (ComSoc / BTS / CES) Joint Chapter, IEEE Reliability Ottawa Chapter, Algonquin College Student Branch in conjunction with School of Advanced Technology-Algonquin College.

October 6, 2010

- Based Management of Optical Networks for Next Generation Disaster Recovery Networking Solutions with WDM Systems
- Cloud Computing and Security

Speaker:  Mr. Andrew MacKay, Chief Technology Officer of Superna, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Date: Wednesday October 6, 2010
Time: Refreshments, Registration and Networking: 06:30 p.m.; Seminar: 07:00 p.m. – 08:00 p.m
Location: Algonquin College,, P-Building, Room P-215,
1385 Woodroffe Ave., Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Parking: at the Parking Lots 8 & 9. Please respect restricted areas. No fee after 5:00 p.m.
Admission: Free. Registration required. To ensure a seat, please register by e-mail contacting: Wahab Almuhtadi.
or contact: 
Patrick Couture, Abdul Al-Azzawi 
Organized by:  IEEE Ottawa Communications Society, Broadcast Technology Society, and Consumer Electronics Society (ComSoc / BTS / CES) Joint Chapter, IEEE Reliability Ottawa Chapter, Algonquin College Student Branch in conjunction with School of Advanced Technology-Algonquin College.

September 30, 2010

Intelligent Buildings in an Intelligent Grid – the Next Great Network Build-Out
SpeakerMr. Wes Biggs, President and Chief Executive Officer, Triacta Power Technologies, Inc.
DateThursday, September 30, 2010
Time: Refreshments, Registration and Networking: 06:30 p.m.; Seminar: 07:00 p.m. – 08:00 p.m.
Place: Algonquin College, 1385 Woodroffe Ave., School of Advanced Technology, T-Building, Room T334.
Parking
: No fee after 5:00 p.m. at the Visitors’ Parking Lots 8 (green) & 9 (red). Please respect restricted areas. Map: to view the map, click here.
Admission: All welcome - Free.
Registration: pre-registration Registration required. To ensure a seat, please register by e-mail contacting: almuhtadi@ieee.org.
Organized by: IEEE Ottawa Power and Energy Society Chapter, ComSoc/BTS/CES Joint Chapter, Reliability Chapter, IEEE Ottawa Section, and Algonquin College Student Branch.
Contact: details - Wahab Almuhtadi,  Branislav Djokic,
Raed Abdullah
, Abdul Al-Azzawi  , and Patrick Couture

To view or download the presentation, please click here.

September 16, 2010September 16, 2010

Renewable and Sustainable Energy
SpeakerAlan Rotz, IEEE Power and Energy Society (PES) President
Date
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Time: Refreshments, Registration and Networking: 09:45 a.m.; Seminar: 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Place: National Research Council, 1200 Montreal Road, Ottawa, Building M-50, Auditorium.
Parking
: No fee. Please respect restricted areas.
TIME: Refreshments, Registration and Networking: 11:15 a.m.; Seminar: 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

PLACE: University of Ottawa, SITE, Room 5084, 800 King Edward Avenue, Ottawa.
PARKING:        https://www.protection.uottawa.ca/en/parking-map.html, or no-cost parking on King Edward Avenue, Mann Avenue, and Greenfield Avenue. Please respect the parking restrictions.
Admission: Free for both events.
Registration: Pre-registration required. To ensure a seat, please register by e-mail contacting: branislav@ieee.org.
Organized by: IEEE Ottawa PES and Reliability Chapters, Educational Activities, and EPMG of INMS/NRC.
Contact: details - Wahab Almuhtadi, Branislav Djokic,
Raed Abdullah, Abdul Al-Azzawi, and Patrick Couture

To view or download the presentation, please click here.
September 16, 2010

 Achieving Software Reliability: A Look at Security Testing

Date: September 16, 2010
Speaker:
Dr. George Yee
Organized
by
:  IEEE Reliability Society, Power Electronics Society, and Algonquin College Student Branch.
Contact: details - Wahab Almuhtadi,
Raed Abdullah , and Patrick Couture

June 17, 2010

Mobile Agents for Autonomous Wireless Ad Hoc Networks

Speaker:  Dr. Victor C.M. Leung, ComSoc Distinguished Lecturer, Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of British Columbia
Date:
Thursday June 17, 2010
Time: Refreshments, Registration and Networking: 06:30 p.m.; Seminar: 07:00 p.m. – 08:00 p.m
Location: Algonquin College,
School of Advanced Technology, Building-T, Room T129, 1385 Woodroffe Ave., Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Parking: at the Parking Lots 8 & 9. Please respect restricted areas. No fee after 5:00 p.m.
Admission: Free. Registration required. To ensure a seat, please register by e-mail contacting:
Wahab Almuhtadi at almuhtadi@ieee.org or Patrick Couture Cout0009@algonquincollege.com Organized by: IEEE Ottawa Power and Energy Society Chapter, ComSoc/BTS/CES Joint Chapter, IEEE Ottawa Section, and Algonquin College Student Branch.

May 13, 2010

Pyrolysis Oil: Heat, Electricity, Green Transportation Fuel, and Chemicals too

Speaker: Randal R. Goodfellow, Senior Vice President Corporate Relations, Ensyn Technologies Inc.
Date: Thursday, May 13, 2010

Tiime: Refreshments, Registration and Networking: 06:30 p.m.; Seminar: 07:00 p.m. – 08:00 p.m
.
Place: Algonquin College, 1385 Woodroffe Ave., School of Advanced Technology, T-Building, Room T129.
Parking
: No fee after 5:00 p.m. at the Visitors’ Parking Lots 8 (green) & 9 (red). Please respect restricted areas. Map: to view the map, click here.
Admission: All welcome - Free.
Registration: pre-registration Registration required. To ensure a seat, please register by e-mail contacting: almuhtadi@ieee.org.
Organized by: IEEE PES Ottawa Chapter, Reliability Chapter, IEEE Ottawa Section, and Algonquin College Student Branch.
Contact: details - Wahab Almuhtadi,
Raed Abdullah , and Patrick Couture

May 12, 2010

Multigigabit Wireless Multimedia Communications: Future and Core Technologies

Speaker:  Prof. Dr. Vijay K. Bhargava, FRSC, FIEEE, University of British Columbia, Candidate for IEEE Communications Society President-Elect
Date:
May 12, 2010
Time:
Refreshments, Registration and Networking: 06:30 p.m.; Seminar: 07:00 p.m. – 08:00 p.m
Location: Algonquin College, School of Advanced Technology, Building-T, Room T129, 1385 Woodroffe Ave., Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Parking: at the Parking Lots 8 & 9. Please respect restricted areas. No fee after 5:00 p.m.
Admission: Free. Registration required. To ensure a seat, please register by e-mail contacting:
 Wahab Almuhtadi, or Balakumar Balasingam, Raed Abdullah, Patrick Couture.
Organized by: IEEE Ottawa Power and Energy Society Chapter, ComSoc/BTS/CES Joint Chapter, IEEE Signal Processing, Oceanic Engineering, and Geoscience and Remote Sensing  (SP, OE, & GRS) Joint Chapter, IEEE Ottawa Section, and Algonquin College Student Branch.
March 4, 2010

IEEE Student Professional Awareness Conference SPAC 2010

Organized by: IEEE Carleton Student Branch, IEEE UOttawa Student Branch, and IEEE Algonquin Student Branch
Title: IEEE Connects! 2010
Speaker: David Ritonja, Peter Kuciak, and Celia Desmond
Date & Time: Thursday March 4, 2010, 6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Location: Fenn Lounge, Residence Commons, Carleton University,, 1125 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, ON, Canada K1S5B6

Parking: Free
Admission: Early Bird Tickets Special!: IEEE Members*:$10 ,Non-members:$15
Regular Tickets (March 4th + Door) New Prices!: IEEE Members*:$15 Non-members:$20

Regular Tickets: IEEE Members*:$20 Non-members:$25
Registration: by dropping by the IEEE Carleton Student Branch or IEEE UOttawa Student Branch
Details:
https://ieee.engsoc.org/spac/index.php
Contact: mhaggag@ieee.carleton.ca and davidi.gonzalez.r@gmail.com, Cout0009@algonquincollege.com  
Abstract: IEEE Connects! is Student Professional Awareness Conference (SPAC) is a formal dinner event that aims to bridge the gap between students and their career goals. SPAC offers students and employers a unique opportunity to network with each other in a professional environment along with professionals and academics representing the field of Engineering.
The theme for the night is “Prepare to meet your Future”. There will be 3 speakers at this event, followed by an hour of networking opportunities for the sponsors and students.


More information: Patrick Couture, Abdul Al-Azzawi or Wahab Almuhtadi


 2009 Events

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April 23, 2009 Marine Renewable Energy - Growing Canada’s Renewable Energy Supply
More information
Speaker Melanie Nadeau, Manager, Ocean Energy, CanmetENERGY, Natural Resources Canada
https://canmetenergy.nrcan.gc.ca/eng/renewables/marine_energy.html
Organized by: IEEE Ottawa PES, and IEEE Algonquin Student Branch
Date & Time
: Friday April 23, 2009. Refreshments, Registration and Networking: 06:30 p.m.; Seminar: 07:00 p.m. – 08:00 p.m.
Location: Algonquin College, 1385 Woodroffe Ave., School of Advanced Technology, Building-T, Room T129
Parking: No fee after 5:00 p.m. at the Visitors’ Parking Lots 8 & 9. Please respect restricted areas.
Admission: Free. Registration required. To ensure a seat, please register by e-mail contacting:
Wahab Almuhtadi, Patrick Couture, or Abdul Al-Azzawi
April 17, 2009 Impact of Renewable Energy Resources on the Electrical Power System Stability
More information
Speaker:  Prof. Dr. Mo El-Hawary, IEEE Fellow, IEEE PES Distinguished Lecturer, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Organized by: IEEE Ottawa PES, and IEEE Algonquin Student Branch
Date & Time
: Friday April 17, 2009. Refreshments, Registration and Networking: 06:30 p.m.; Seminar: 07:00 p.m. – 08:00 p.m.
Location: Algonquin College, 1385 Woodroffe Ave., School of Advanced Technology, Building-T, Room T129
Parking: No fee after 5:00 p.m. at the Visitors’ Parking Lots 8 & 9. Please respect restricted areas.
Admission: Free. Registration required. To ensure a seat, please register by e-mail contacting:
Wahab Almuhtadi, Patrick Couture, or Abdul Al-Azzawi
March 26, 2009 Eastern Ontario Student Paper Competition - 2009:
Participating students came from Algonquin College, Carleton University, Royal Military College (RMC), and Queens University. Competition to be
held at RMC.

More information
Rules for the Paper Competition 2009. Please click here 6:00pm to 10:00pm,  Building: Azrieli Pavillion, room: 132, Carleton University, 1125 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, Ontario

Contact: Patrick Couture, Abdul Al-Azzawi or Wahab Almuhtadi
 

March 24, 2009 Everything They Never Taught You in School about Money
Description: So you're now making some money. So what do you do with it? This workshop will give you an overview of the most important financial concepts that everyone should know. This will give a good base to what's to come in future topics.
Organized by: IEEE Ottawa GOLD, and IEEE Algonquin Student Branch
Date & Time
: March 24, 2009. Refreshments, Registration and Networking: 06:30 p.m.; Seminar: 07:00 p.m. – 08:30 p.m.
Location: Algonquin College, 1385 Woodroffe Ave., School of Advanced Technology, Building-T, Room T117
Parking: No fee after 5:00 p.m. at the Visitors’ Parking Lots 8 & 9. Please respect restricted areas.

Admission: IEEE Members - Free, Non-Members - $2.00, RSVP: ottawa.gold@ieee.org by March 23, 2009
Contact: Patrick Couture, Abdul Al-Azzawi, Wahab Almuhtadi
March 19, 2009 Compensation of Long Input Delays for Unstable Nonlinear and PDE Systems
More information
Speaker:  Prof. Dr. Miroslav Krstic, Sorenson Distinguished Professor and Director of the Center for Control Systems and Dynamics at UC San Diego
Date & Time: March 19, 2009. Refreshments, Registration and Networking: 06:30 p.m.; Seminar: 07:00 p.m. – 08:00 p.m.
Location: Algonquin College, 1385 Woodroffe Ave., School of Advanced Technology, Building-T, Room T119
Parking: No fee after 5:00 p.m. at the Visitors’ Parking Lots 8 & 9. Please respect restricted areas.
Admission: Free. Registration required. To ensure a seat, please register by e-mail contacting:
Wahab Almuhtadi.
or contact: 
Patrick Couture, Abdul Al-Azzawi 
March 19, 2009 Compensation of Long Input Delays for Unstable Nonlinear and PDE Systems
More information
Speaker:   Kim Roberts, Nortel, 3500 Carling Ave, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Date & Time: March 19, 2009. Refreshments, Registration and Networking: 06:30 p.m.; Seminar: 08:00 p.m. – 09:00 p.m.
Location: Algonquin College, 1385 Woodroffe Ave., School of Advanced Technology, Building-T, Room T119
Parking: No fee after 5:00 p.m. at the Visitors’ Parking Lots 8 & 9. Please respect restricted areas.
Admission: Free. Registration required. To ensure a seat, please register by e-mail contacting:
Wahab Almuhtadi.

 or contact: 
Patrick Couture, Abdul Al-Azzawi 
February 27, 2009

Student Branch: IEEE Connects! 2009

Organized by: IEEE Carleton Student Branch, IEEE UOttawa Student Branch, and IEEE Algonquin Student Branch
Title: IEEE Connects! 2009
Speaker: Alexander Macklin, Jennifer Ng, and Ibrahim Gedeon
Date & Time: Friday, February 27, 2009, 6:00 PM - 10:30 PM
Location: Rideau Room, Sheraton Ottawa Hotel, 150 Albert Street, Ottawa, ON., Canada

Parking: Unconfirmed
Admission: Early Bird Tickets Special!: IEEE Members*:$10 Non-members:$15
Regular Tickets: IEEE Members*:$20 Non-members:$25
Registration: by dropping by the IEEE Carleton Student Branch or IEEE UOttawa Student Branch
Details:
https://www.ieeeconnects.com
Contact: Jieyi Rong and Andrew Shaver
Abstract: IEEE Connects! is a formal dinner event that aims to bridge the gap between students and their career goals. Students and employers will have the opportunity to network with each other in a friendly environment along with professionals and academics representing the field of Engineering. Successful professionals from the field of engineering will share their experiences to illustrate how a student can prudently plan their career in the present day context and embark into his most desired professional career.


More information: Patrick Couture, Abdul Al-Azzawi or Wahab Almuhtadi

January 24-25, 2009

Battle Royale LAN Party!

Organized by: IEEE Carleton Student Branch, IEEE UOttawa Student Branch, and IEEE Algonquin Student Branch.

On January 24th-25th, students from engineering and computer science societies from Carleton University and the University of Ottawa are organizing the second annual Battle Royale LAN party. The event is happening at Carleton University, university center 2nd floor, Porter Hall.  The event starts at noon of the 24th and ends at 1pm on the 25th. 

Click here for more information on the event!
Also, visit: https://www.battleroyale.ca/
More information
Contact: Patrick Couture, Abdul Al-Azzawi or Wahab Almuhtadi

 

 2008 Events

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December 16, 2008 Potluck/Christmas Party Invitation
Photonics Programs and IEEE Algonquin College Student Branch would like to invite faculty, staff and students to attend a Potluck/Christmas Party
Date: Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Time: from 11:30 to 13:30
Place: Room T334
Note: Any contribution is appreciated.

Contact: Abdul Al-Azzawi or Wahab Almuhtadi

November 19, 2008 Branch Meeting
Photonics Programs and IEEE Algonquin College Student Branch would like to invite faculty, staff and students to attend a Potluck/Christmas Party
Date: Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Time: from 17:00 - 19:00
Place: Room T324a
Click her for the Meeting Agenda

Contact: Abdul Al-Azzawi or Wahab Almuhtadi

November 10, 2008 Seminar:
Photonics: Illuminating a world of Opportunity

Speaker: Dr. Sylvain Charbonneau, Director, Institute for Microstructural Sciences, National Research Council of Canada
Contact: Wahab Almuhtadi  or Abdul Al-Azzawi
More information: download or to view the: 
March 31, 2008 Eastern Ontario Student Paper Competition 2008:
Participating students came from Algonquin College, Carleton U, Ottawa U, Queens U & RMC
. Competition to be held at Carleton University.

More information
Rules for the Paper Competition 2008. Please click here 6:00pm to 10:00pm,  Building: Azrieli Pavillion, room: 132, Carleton University, 1125 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa Ontario

Contact: Jason Tang or Wahab Almuhtadi
 

March 8 & 9, 2008 Battle Royale LAN Party
24 hours computer gaming event hosted jointly by the IEEE Branches from Algonquin College, Carleton U, and Ottawa U.

Contact: Jason Tang or Wahab Almuhtadi

March 3, 2008 “Mechanical Reliability in Electronics - A Lifetime of Strange Failures and Conditions”
Speaker: D. Hugh M. Reekie. Held jointly with Ottawa RS, EMC, AP/MTT, EA.

More information
Contact: Jason Tang or Wahab Almuhtadi

February 27, 2008. "Advances in Wireless Sensor Networks"
Speaker: Dr. Hussein T. Mouftah, Canada Research Chair and Distinguished University Professor SITE, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Held Jointly with Ottawa ComSoc/BTS Joint Chapter and Ottawa Women In Engineering.

Time: 6:00pm to 10:30pm, Room: T119.

More information
Contact: Jason Tang or Wahab Almuhtadi

 

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March 29, 2007 Eastern Ontario Student Paper Competition 2007:
Participating students came from Carleton U, Algonquin College, Queens U & RMC
held at Algonquin College.

More information
Rules for the Paper Competition 2007. Please click here.
6:00pm to 10:30pm
T-Building, Room T119, School of Advanced Technology, 1385 Woodroffe Av., Ottawa, Canada
Contact: Jason Tang or Wahab Almuhtadi
 

May 5-6, 2007 OACETT Professional Practice Exam Seminar
More information
Contact: Jason Tang or Wahab Almuhtadi
May 17, 2007 “RoHS Reliability Impact” and “Value Stream Mapping” Speaker: Larry Akre, Sr. Procurement Quality Engineer. Held jointly with Ottawa RS, Robotics, RS, EMS, and EA

More information
Contact: Jason Tang or Wahab Almuhtadi

Nov. 22, 2007 “Own or be Pwned” – A little goes a long way..,
Speaker: Ozan Gonenc and Ryan Thomas, Deloitte and Touche. Held jointly with Ottawa RS, AICN, WIE, AP/MTT.

Contact: Jason Tang or Wahab Almuhtadi

Nov. 29, 2007 Fools Gold or Pay Dirt - Is Network Scanning Detection a Worthwhile Activity?”
Speaker: David Whyte, PhD Candidate, CRC, Carleton U. Held jointly with AICN, WIE, AP/MTT.

Contact: Jason Tang or Wahab Almuhtadi


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November 28, 2006 OACETT Information Session
https://www.oacett.org/

The Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists Ottawa chairman Eric P. Leitner will be presenting a short introduction to OACETT and the advantages of membership and certification followed by an open discussion / question period.

All 2nd, 3rd, 4th year engineering students are welcome.

2:00pm to 3pm Room TBA

Contact: Jason Tangg
November 9, 2006

EPS2006 Tutorial Day
https://www.ewh.ieee.org/soc/pes/ottawa/EPS2006/

Tutorial 1: Communication System Selection and Application in Distribution Systems including Stations by Eduardo Chaiquin., SCADA Specialist, Former Professor

Tutorial 2:Tutorial 2: Protection and Control Issues with Distributed Generation by Franz Kropp, P.Eng., Stations Supervisor, Hydro Ottawa

Lunch Tutorial:Lunch Tutorial: The Evolution of Fault Detection & Restoration by  Eduardo Chaiquin., SCADA Specialist, Former Professor

Tutorial 3: Tutorial 3: Converter Fed Microgrids: Challenges and Solutions by Charles Sao, PhD Candidate, University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada

7:30am – 5:00 pm. 7:15am Registration & Breakfast
Algonquin College, 1385 Woodroffe Ave., Advanced Technology Building ( T ), Room T102A&B.
PARKING: Please use visitors parking.  See map
Contact: 
ieee@algonquincollege.comieee@algonquincollege.com, Branislav DjokicWahab Almuhtadi

 

November 1, 2006
Seminar: Software in Safety-Critical Aeronautical Products
Branimir Dulic, P.Eng., Aircraft Certification Branch, Transport Canada, Ottawa
DATE:
Wednesday November 1, 2006Wednesday November 1, 2006
TIME:TIME:
6:00 p.m. Refreshments, Registration and Networking; 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Seminar.
PLACE:
National Research Council, 1200 Montreal Road, Building M-50, Room 115.
Admission:
IFree. Registration is required for security reasons.
To ensure a seat, please register by e-mail:
raedabdullah@ieee.org
Contact: Raed Abdullah,
 Branislav Djokic, Wahab Almuhtadi, Jason Tang

 

2005 Events                                                                                                top

November 17, 2005

Achieving Cleaner and More Efficient Electricity Production Using Free Spinning Reserve

Speaker: Prof. Stan Pejovic, Ph.D., P.Eng.
Department of Civil Engineering, University of Toronto

Thursday, November 17, 2005, 6:00 p.m. Refreshments, Registration and Networking; 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Seminar.
Algonquin College, 1385 Woodroffe Ave., Advanced Technology Building ( T ), Room T106.
PARKING: No fee after 5:00 p.m. at the Visitors' Parking Lots 8 & 9. Please respect restricted areas.
Contact: 
ieee@algonquincollege.comieee@algonquincollege.com,  Jurek SasiadekBranislav DjokicWahab AlmuhtadiRaed AbdullahJuan Acosta, Soorena MeratSoorena Merat

March 18, 2005March 18, 2005

Synchronous Optical NETwork/Synchronous Digital Hierarchy (SONET/SDH)

Speaker: Burt Christian, Agere Systems, Ottawa
Friday, March 18, 2005 - 6:30 p.m. Refreshments, Registration and Networking; 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Seminarr
Algonquin College,, 1385 Woodroffe Ave.., Advanced TechnologyyBuilding (T), Room T1177
Information Contact:: ieee@algonquincollege.comm,
 Branislav Djokic, Wahab Almuhtadi, Raed Abdullah

 

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September 1, 2004

IEEE Algonquin College Student Branch BBQ

In order to promote the IEEE at Algonquin, the IEEE Algonquin College Student Branch will be having a 2-day BBQ where the IEEE will be meeting new and returning Engineering Technician and Technologist students and offering them the opportunity to join the IEEE and be part of a great community.

For further information, please contact ieee@algonquincollege.com

June 11, 2004

Power System Stability and Trends in Wide Area Protection

Speaker: Prof. Dr. Miroslav Begovic, Georgia Institute of Technology; IEEE Fellow
Fiday, June 11, 2004 - 6:30 p.m. Refreshments, Registration and Networking; 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Seminarr
Algonquin College,, 1385 Woodroffe Ave.., Advanced TechnologyyBuilding (T), Room T1177
Information Contact:: ieee@algonquincollege.comm,
 Branislav Djokic, Wahab Almuhtadi, Raed Abdullah.

 

June 10, 2004

IEEE Algonquin Student Branch Website is awarded Third Place in Worldwide!

The IEEE has announced that the Algonquin College branch has won third place worldwide out of over 100 Student Branches that participated.

The IEEE Student Branch Web Site Contest Page for more information.

Congratulations go out to Red River College and the University of British Columbia for their excellent websites.

 

June 10, 2004

IEEE Algonquin Student Branch Website is awarded First Place in Canada!

The IEEE Canada Student Activities Committee has announced that the Algonquin College branch has won the Region 7 Student Branch Website Contest.

Please visit the IEEE Canada Student Branch Web Site Contest Page for more information.

Congratulations go out to all Student Branches for their participation and a special congratulations to thee Universiti Teknologi Malaysiaafor winning 1st place overall..

May 5, 2004May 5, 2004

What is the Meaning of ‘Safe' in Nuclear Technology?
Qualification of Electrical Equipment for Harsh Environmental Conditions in Nuclear Power Plants
Speaker: Dr. Artur Faya, Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission
Wednesday, May 5, 2004 - 6:30 p.m. Refreshments, Registration and Networking; 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Seminarr
Algonquin College,, 1385 Woodroffe Ave.., Advanced TechnologyyBuilding (T), Room T1177
Information Contact:: ieee@algonquincollege.comm,
 Branislav DjokicBranislav Djokic, Wahab Almuhtadi, Raed Abdullah
To view the presentation: Click here.

May 1, 2004

Social Event - The Family Guy Marathon

Date: Saturday, May 1, 2004
Time:
11:00 - 23:00
Location:  
Woodroffe Campus - T Building
Price:
free
Pizza and Pop:
free for members; $1.00/slice and $0.50/pop for non-members

April 14, 2004

Algonquin College IEEE Student Branch Launches New Website

This new website will be entered in the IEEE website contest. To read more about the contest, visit the IEEE Student Branch Web Site Contest Page.

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