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Hatching A Tech Startup

Saturday, November 18th, 2017

Tech startups have special challenges. Founders need to keep an eye on technology disruption, they have to find, recruit and keep the best talent, and they have to stay ahead of their competition. In the early stages there are no funds and never enough resources or time. In spite of this tech startup founders find a way to stand up their first product and land their first customers.

Join us for an afternoon with tech startup founders Melinda Jacobs, Cofounder, Lucent Sky, Maria Karam, Founder, Tactile Audio Displays Inc and the Inventor’s Nest, and Eddy Song Fonder of Inlighten Co as they share their own stories of the early stages of their businesses.

Come and hear how they do it and how they turn their ideas into products customers want.

Day & Time: Monday November 27th, 2017
3:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Speakers: Melinda Jacobs, Cofounder, Lucent Sky
Dr. Maria Karam, Founder, Tactile Audio Displays Inc & Inventor’s Nest
Eddy Song, Founder, Inlighten Co.

Location: Room: ENG 288, George Vari Centre for Computing and Engineering
245 Church Street
Toronto, Ontario M5B 2K3


Contact: Dr. Maryam Davoudpour

Organizer: Get Your Bot On!, WIE IEEE Toronto, Instrumentation-Measurement/Robotics-Automation, Magnetics, and Computer Science Department of Ryerson University.

Agenda: 3:30 p.m. – Doors Open and Networking
4:00 p.m. – Welcome and Speakers
4:50 p.m. – Panel and Q&A
5:30 p.m. – Closing Remarks
6:00 p.m. – Close

Biography: Melinda Jacobs is cofounder of Lucent Sky, an application security vendor based in San Francisco and Taipei. Originally from Fredericton, Melinda studied as a Loran Scholar at the University of Toronto and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the University of Toronto Alumni Association (UTAA). Last year Melinda presented a keynote at the Lean Startup conference in San Francisco and is a frequent presenter on social entrepreneurship, security and risk. She was recently named a Senior Fellow of the Canadian International Council and now resides in Toronto.

Dr. Karam is the inventor and President of Tactile Audio Displays inc., and a Senior visiting research fellow at Kings College London UK. Dr. Karam’s specializes in the research and development of tactile communication systems and multi sensory technology integration in luxury autonomous vehicles, accessibility, and immersive entertainment environments. Maria is also the founder of the Inventors Nest, a new innovation and collaboration hub for artists, scientists, and techies. (please shorten or select the parts you think are relevant). I have also been a member of the IEEE since 2005.

Eddy Song is the founder of Inlighten Co. Inlighten makes fashionable clothing from fibre optic textiles. Their first products are popular with the EDM community.

ComSoc Tutorial: “Cooperative Self-Driving Vehicles”

Friday, November 17th, 2017

Tuesday, November 21st at 1:00 p.m., Shahrokh Valaee, Professor in the Edward S. Rogers Sr. Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Toronto, will be presenting “ComSoc Tutorial: Cooperative Self-Driving Vehicles”.

Day & Time: Tuesday, November 21, 2017
1:00 p.m. ‐ 3:00 p.m.

Speaker: Shahrokh Valaee
Professor, Edward S. Rogers Sr. Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Toronto

Location: Room SF (B560) Basement
Sandford Fleming Building
10 King’s College Road, Toronto, M5S 3G8

Contact: Eman Hammad

Organizer: Communications Society

Abstract: We are witnessing the emergence of autonomous Vehicles, which intend to be an assistant to, or completely replace the driver. Unfortunately, we also notice accidents that such self-driving vehicles are involved in. Engineers wonder whether autonomous driving can provide a safe driving experience. In this talk, we will show that autonomous driving will indeed be the start of a new chapter for automobiles that will pave the path for the more advanced Connected Car technology. Autonomous vehicles use advance sensing to enhance safe driving. However, sensing quickly loses its effectiveness in high speeds, severe weather conditions, and non-line-of-sight. In a recent tragedy, a Tesla car could not detect a truck and crashed into it resulting in fatal accident. Most of such accidents can be prevented if wireless communication and networking is available for vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) communication. But, what is the most appropriate communication technology that can be used in cars and also be attractive for future buyers? In this talk, we will review the techniques and challenges for cooperative communication in Connected Vehicles. We will discuss the IEEE1609 and IEEE802.11p suite of standards, and C-V2X. The talk will discuss the shortcoming of these technologies in addressing the most challenging problem of interference management in vehicular communication. We will show how the concept of pseudo-orthogonality, network coding and compressive sensing can reduce congestion on the wireless channel.

Biography: Shahrokh Valaee is a Professor in the Edward S. Rogers Sr. Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Toronto. He is the founder and the Director of the Wireless and Internet Research Laboratory (WIRLab) at the University of Toronto. Professor Valaee is the Lead TPC Chair of PIMRC 2017, and has served as Networks Track Co-Chair of WCNC 2015, TPC Co-Chair of ICT 2014, Tutorial Chair of PIMRC2014, Co-Chair of the Wireless Networks Track of WPMC 2012, and the TPC chair of PIMRC 2011, among other conference chairing activities. He has served as an Editor of IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, and IEEE Signal Processing Letters, and as a guest editor for several journals including IEEE Wireless Communications Magazine, Wiley Journal on Wireless Communications and Mobile Computing, and EURASIP Journal on Advances in Signal Processing. He is currently serving as an Editor of Journal of Computer and System Science and the Area Editor of Localization and Location Based Services of Springer Encyclopedia of Wireless Networks. Professor Valaee is a Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada. His research includes, vehicular networks, localization and tracking, and cellular systems.

Why Deep Learning Works So Well?

Friday, November 17th, 2017

Monday, November 27th at 10:30 a.m., Prof. C.-C. Jay Kuo, Fellow of IEEE and Dean’s Professor in Electrical Engineering-Systems, University of Southern California, will be presenting “Why Deep Learning Works So Well?”.

Day & Time: Monday, November 27, 2017
10:30 a.m. ‐ 11:30 a.m.

Speaker: Prof. C.-C. Jay Kuo, Fellow of IEEE, AAAS, SPIE
Dean’s Professor in Electrical Engineering-Systems, University of Southern California

Location: Room ENG 358
George Vari Engineering Building (Intersection of Church & Gould)
Ryerson University
245 Church St, Toronto, M5B 1Z4

Contact: Xiao-Ping Zhang, Alireza Sadeghian, Alex Dela Cruz

Organizer: Electrical and Computer Engineering and CASPAL Ryerson
Signals & Computational Intelligence Chapter

Abstract: Deep learning networks, including convolution and recurrent neural networks (CNN and RNN), provide a powerful tool for image, video and speech processing and understanding nowadays. However, their superior performance has not been well understood. In this talk, I will unveil the myth of the superior performance of CNNs. To begin with, I will describe network architectural evolution in three generations: first, the McClulloch and Pitts (M-P) neuron model and simple networks (1940-1980); second, the artificial neural network (ANN) (1980-2000); and, third, the modern CNN (2000-Present). The differences between these three generations will be clearly explained. Next, theoretical foundations of CNNs have been studied from the approximation, the optimization and the signal representation viewpoints, and I will present main results from the signal processing viewpoints. I will use an intuitive way to explain the complicated operations of the CNN systems.

Biography: Dr. C.-C. Jay Kuo received his Ph.D. degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1987. He is now with the University of Southern California (USC) as Director of the Media Communications Laboratory and Dean’s Professor in Electrical Engineering-Systems. His research interests are in the areas of digital media processing, compression, communication and networking technologies. Dr. Kuo was the Editor-in-Chief for the IEEE Trans. on Information Forensics and Security in 2012-2014. He was the Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Visual Communication and Image Representation in 1997-2011, and served as Editor for 10 other international journals. Dr. Kuo received the 1992 National Science Foundation Young Investigator (NYI) Award, the 1993 National Science Foundation Presidential Faculty Fellow (PFF) Award, the 2010 Electronic Imaging Scientist of the Year Award, the 2010-11 Fulbright-Nokia Distinguished Chair in Information and Communications Technologies, the 2011 Pan Wen-Yuan Outstanding Research Award, the 2014 USC Northrop Grumman Excellence in Teaching Award, the 2016 USC Associates Award for Excellence in Teaching, the 2016 IEEE Computer Society Taylor L. Booth Education Award, the 2016 IEEE Circuits and Systems Society John Choma Education Award, the 2016 IS&T Raymond C. Bowman Award, and the 2017 IEEE Leon K. Kirchmayer Graduate Teaching Award. Dr. Kuo is a Fellow of AAAS, IEEE and SPIE. He has guided 140 students to their Ph.D. degrees and supervised 25 postdoctoral research fellows. Dr. Kuo is a co-author of about 250 journal papers, 900 conference papers and 14 books.

IEEE Toronto teams with Ontario IEEE Sections at Science Teacher’s K-12 Conference

Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

For the 12th year running, IEEE Ontario sections banded together to reach more than 1,000 STEM teachers gathered for their annual 3 day conference. IEEE volunteers from London, Ottawa, Peterborough and Hamilton-Niagara were joined by Toronto Section LMs and Students. We met with 110 teachers and handed out information packets and IEEE promotional items, supplied by the IEEE EAB. Since we can offer more than 130 free, classroom-proven lesson plans which use simple material, teachers are always interested. It is always rewarding to hear from teachers who are using these lessons in their classrooms, and want to engage with IEEE in K-12 activities like classroom visits and workshops.

Our goal is simple: to get students and teachers enthusiastic about engineering using hands-on lessons.

For more information about IEEE’s K-12 outreach visit: or http: //

Machine Learning Workshops

Tuesday, November 14th, 2017

Join us for an interactive series on Machine Learning with Alice Rueda.

This series comprises of two weekly workshops:

Tuesday Session: A more hands-on approach, where students will get a chance to implement Machine Learning principals.

Friday Session: A research-based inspirational talk on Machine Learning.

Follow the IEEE Ryerson Computer Chapter Facebook events page for more information:

Organizers & Sponsors: IEEE Ryerson Student Chapter, IEEE Ryerson Computer Chapter

IEEE Toronto 2017 AGM Pictures

Sunday, November 12th, 2017

The following are pictures from our IEEE Toronto 2017 Annual General Meeting.

Data-Driven Care: Enabling Science and Technologies

Friday, November 10th, 2017

Tuesday, November 21st at 5:00 p.m., Dr. Philip Asare, Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Bucknell University, will be presenting “Data-Driven Care: Enabling Science and Technologies”.

Day & Time: Tuesday November 21st, 2017
5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Speaker: Dr. Philip Asare
Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Swanson Fellow in Sciences and Engineering
Multicultural Student Services Faculty Fellow (Fall 2015)
Bucknell University

Location: Room ENG-LG 12
George Vari Engineering Building (Intersection of Church & Gould)
Ryerson University
245 Church St, Toronto, M5B 1Z4

Contact: Alireza Sadeghian, Alex Dela Cruz

Organizer: Signals & Computational Intelligence Chapter

Abstract: Recent advances in medical technologies provide an opportunity to collect and use a variety of data to assist in the delivery of care to patients in and out of the clinic. In the clinic, tools can be developed that provide insights into patient state that were not previously possible. In some cases various actions can be automated to assist clinicians in delivering care. Outside the clinic, patients can be empowered to manage their own care as they go about their daily lives without being confined to the hospital. Quite a number of impressive technologies have been demonstrated in the research space with a few emerging as commercial projects on the market; however, there are a number of challenges to overcome in order to realize the full potential of these technological advances. This talk will describe past and on-going work in this area by the speaker and others to ensure that the data are trustworthy, the tools that depend on the data are robust and safe, and the technologies are more likely to be adopted by the healthcare ecosystem. These would hopefully lead to the greatest possible impact for patients and their care providers.

Biography: Philip Asare is an Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Swanson Fellow in the Sciences and Engineering at Bucknell University, in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, in the USA. He is currently a Visiting Scholar/Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Ryerson University during his leave from Bucknell for the 2017-18 academic year. His research interests are in the general are of cyber-physical systems with medicine being one of his primary application areas. He was a Scholar-in-Residence at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the 2012-13 academic year working with researchers in the Office of Science and Engineering Laboratories on regulatory approaches for emerging mobile connected medical devices. His work in this area has received a best student paper and best paper award at the Interncation Conference on Body Area Networks (BodyNets). He most recently co-organize the Prototype to Patient Treatment workshop as part of the 2016 Annual Wireless Health Conference through the National Science Foundation Nanosystems Engineering Research Center (NERC) for Advanced Self-Powered Systems of Integrated Sensors and Technologies (ASSIST). Asare is a member of the IEEE and its Computer Society and Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS). He is also a member of the ACM and its Special Interest Group on Embedded Systems (SIGBED).

Global, Regional and Local Impacts of Climate Change – A European Union Perspective

Thursday, November 9th, 2017

Dr. Tsanis, Full Professor in the School of Environmental Engineering at the Technical University of Crete, will be presenting “Global, Regional and Local Impacts of Climate Change – A European Union Perspective”.

Day & Time: Wednesday November 15th, 2017
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Speaker: Dr. Tsanis
Full Professor, School of Environmental Engineering, Technical University of Crete (TUC), Greece
Director, Water Resources Management and Coastal Engineering Laboratory, TUC
Associate Member, Climate Service Center Germany (GERICS)
Professor Emeritus, Department of Civil Engineering, McMaster University

Location: Conference Room at the Centre for Urban Energy
147 Dalhousie St
Toronto, ON M5B 2R2

Contact: Omid Alizadeh

Organizer: Power & Energy Chapter

Abstract: Following an introduction on European Union (EU) climate change projects and possibilities of international research collaboration, this presentation will focus on climate change impact assessment applications at global, regional (EU) and local scale (island of Crete). Climate change impacts on water resources (supply-demand), hydrometeorological extremes (floods and droughts) and on various sectors such as tourism, cities and energy (PV) will be presented. Climate change impact assessment models can ensure that a wide range of important factors are taken into consideration in improving the engineering practices and plannings, also from an energy perspective.

Biography: Dr. Tsanis is a Full Professor in the School of Environmental Engineering at the Technical University of Crete (TUC), Greece, a Director of the Water Resources Management and Coastal Engineering Laboratory at TUC, an Associate Member of Climate Service Center Germany (GERICS) and a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Civil Engineering at McMaster University.

Dr. Tsanis is a graduate of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece (Dipl. Civ. Eng.) and University of Toronto (M.A.Sc. and Ph.D., Civil Engineering). After receiving his Ph.D. he worked as a NSERC Visiting Fellow in the National Water Research Institute (NWRI) in Burlington and as a University Research Fellow and Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at McMaster University.

Dr. Tsanis is currently participating in several international research projects (NSERC, FP7 & H2020, ESA, EEA) studying the impact of climate change on extreme events (droughts and floods), ecosystem tipping points, agriculture, cities, tourism, energy and climate change adaptation and governance in water management and forecasting of hydrometeorological extremes that produce floods with radar and satellite remote sensing and lightning activity.

Overview of Blockchain Technology

Thursday, November 9th, 2017

Omid Sadeghi, serial entrepreneur and technology advisor, will be presenting “Overview of Blockchain Technology”.

Day & Time: Monday November 13th, 2017
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Speaker: Omid Sadeghi
Director of BlockchainHub at York University

Location: Room: ENG 288, George Vari Centre for Computing and Engineering
245 Church Street
Toronto, Ontario M5B 2K3

Contact: Dr. Maryam Davoudpour

Organizer: WIE IEEE Toronto, Instrumentation-Measurement/Robotics-Automation, Magnetics, and Computer Science Department of Ryerson University.

Abstract: Blockchain protocol and technology are said by many to be among the greatest accomplishments of human intellect since the Internet. Blockchain is the software technology underlying what is commonly known as Bitcoin, however, the technology is not exclusive to Bitcoin. Swarms of innovators are working feverishly to design and deploy new business platforms that incorporate blockchain technology.

In this session, we learn about the concepts of cryptocurrency and blockchain, what are the potential for this technology and when a blockchain solution would be applicable to an enterprise.

Biography: Omid Sadeghi is a serial entrepreneur and technology advisor with domain expertise in commercialization and developing customer-centric products. Omid holds an undergraduate degree in Design Engineering and an MBA degree from Schulich School of business (Winner of more than $40,000 student awards).

He is the director of BlockchainHub at York University to connect Research, education, and commercialization in Blockchain space. BlockchainHub currently run numerous educational programs and run various projects including setting up a state of the art Blockchain-based certification system for York University.

Omid is active in building and supporting technology and engineering communities, especially in Toronto. He is on the advisory board of different blockchain initiatives and a board member of Professional Engineers of Ontario-ETC.

Women in Robotics: Roboticist Dr. AJung Moon, Open Roboethics Institute

Wednesday, November 1st, 2017

Join us on November 7 to hear about the work of Dr. AJung Moon, founder and CEO of Generation R, and founder and Director of the Open Roboethics Institute (ORI). Dr. Moon has been speaking and advising internationally on roboethics issues since 2012. Her company, Generation R is the first consulting firm in the world to deliver ethics assessments of predictive algorithms for today’s businesses.

Come and hear about her experiences working with the private sector, helping them assess their ethical risk as they implement these advanced technologies.

Day & Time: Tuesday, November 7th, 2017
6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Speaker: Dr. AJung Moon
Founder and CEO of Generation R
Founder and Director of the Open Roboethics Institute (ORI)

Location: Normative (2nd Floor)
91 Oxford Street, Toronto, ON


Contact: Dr. Maryam Davoudpour

Organizer: IEEE Women in Engineering, Instrumentation/Robotics, Get Your Bot On! and more.

Abstract: Ethics is increasingly becoming a buzz word in AI and robotics. Machine learning algorithms and robotics systems have been developed and used for years, but never before has the discussion about ethics of the technologies been getting so much attention. What is all this AI ethics and roboethics discussion all about? What ethical risks do you and your organization end up (often unknowingly) taking on as you increasingly implement machine autonomy into your organization? Most importantly, what can you do about them? Small and large companies today are struggling to innovate their operations with data-driven, predictive algorithms without the full understanding of what undesirable effects these algorithms can have on their organization and our society. As applications of robotics extend to areas outside of industrial environments, roboticists are increasingly noticing the importance for designers and policy makers to address the question of “What should a robot do?” It turns out that discussions about ethics becomes quite sexy when mixed with autonomous, intelligent technologies.

Dr. Moon will share relevant studies and examples (from right here in Canada!) to paint a broad landscape of the fascinating world of AI ethics and roboethics.

Note: Dr. Moon will also give an academic talk at the University of Toronto Institute for Robotics and Mechatronics on Nov 7 at 5pm where she will present technical and non-technical approaches to integrating ethics in the design of technological systems.

6:30 pm – Networking
7:00 pm – Speaker and Q & A
8:00 pm – Networking
9:00 pm – Close

Biography: Dr. AJung Moon is a roboticist on a mission to make ethics a core part of AI and robotics technologies. She is a founder and CEO of Generation R, the first consulting firm in the world to deliver ethics assessment of predictive algorithms for today’s businesses. She is also a founder and Director of the Open Roboethics Institute (ORI), an international think tank that has been spearheading open discussions on roboethics topics since 2012. She holds a PhD in Mechanical Engineering (Vanier Scholar) from the University of British Columbia with a specialization in the design of human-inspired interactive robot behaviours and roboethics.

She advises numerous national and international organizations on ethical and societal implications of AI and robotics, including the OECD, ICRC, and the United Nations Convention on Conventional Weapons. She serves on the Executive Committee of The IEEE Global Initiative for Ethical Considerations in AI and Autonomous Systems and served as a founder and co-chair of the IEEE Global Initiative’s committee on embedding values into autonomous intelligent systems. She is a co-chair of the Canadian Robotics Strategy, and a panelist of the International Panel on the Regulation of Autonomous Weapons (IPRAW). Now she is excited to be on the program committee of the new, AAAI/ACM Conference on AI, Ethics, and Society.