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The WOW Dinner Toronto 2019

Monday, May 20th, 2019

The WOW Dinner is the world’s leading #womenintech dinner promoting diversity & inclusion in tech and related industries. The inspirational global series of networking events coming to Toronto on May 21, 2019 at the Gladstone Hotel, and coincides with the Collision Conference held just blocks away. The event welcomes people of all genders and orientation. Expect an evening of great conversation with a vibrant group and an eclectic mix of innovators, amazing food and inspiring speakers!

Day & Time: Tuesday May 21st, 2019
5:30 p.m. ‐ 8:00 p.m.

Organizers: Newhaus Communications, Green Capulet, IEEE Toronto WIE

Price: All IEEE members can get tickets for $50.


Location: The Gladstone Hotel

ComSoc Industry Visit: Siemens RUGGEDCOM

Saturday, May 11th, 2019

IEEE Toronto ComSoc Chapter in partnership with IEEE Toronto Industrial Relations are inviting all interested to a unique opportunity to visit Siemens RUGGEDCOM Facility at 300 Applewood Crescent, Concord, ON L4K 4E5.

RUGGEDCOM is a Canadian based company that is a subsidiary of Siemens. RUGGEDCOM networking products are designed to meet, even surpass internationally recognized industry standards for fast, reliable, standardized communications in numerous mission-critical industrial applications around the world.

During the visit we will get to take a factory tour, meet with an R&D engineer and tour the R&D lab. RUGGEDCOM will host us for a lunch afterwards.

Day & Time: Thursday May 23rd, 2019
10:00 a.m. ‐ 1:00 p.m.

Organizers: IEEE Toronto ComSoc

Transportation: The location is not far from Vaughan Metropolitan Centre (TTC). registered individuals are welcome to coordinate their own transportation to the location.

Meeting point: We plan to meet inside the building entrance at 10am.


Location: Siemens Ruggedcom, 300 Applewood Crescent
Concord, Ontario, Canada L4K 4E5


Assessment of Egocentric Spatial Orientation using Virtual Reality for Diagnosis and Monitoring Alzheimer’s Disease

Saturday, May 11th, 2019

Friday May 24th, 2019 at 12:15 p.m. Prof. Zahra Moussavi, Director of the Biomedical Engineering Program at University of Manitoba and Canada Research Chair, will be presenting “Assessment of Egocentric Spatial Orientation using Virtual Reality for Diagnosis and Monitoring Alzheimer’s Disease”.

Day & Time: Friday May 24th, 2019
12:15 p.m. ‐ 1:15 p.m.

Speaker: Zahra Moussavi
Director of the Biomedical Engineering Program
Professor & Canada Research Chair
Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
University of Manitoba

Organizers: IEEE Toronto WIE, IEEE Toronto, IEEE Toronto Engineering in Medicine and Biology Chapter, UHN

Location: TRI-UC, Basement Lecture Theatre
550 University Ave., Toronto, M5G 2A2


Contact: Dr. Maryam Davoudpour

Abstract: Memory and cognitive declines are associated with normal brain aging but are also precursors to dementia, in particular the so called the pandemic of the century, Alzheimer’s disease. While currently there is no cure or “vaccine” against dementia, based on brain’s plasticity, there are hopes to delay the onset or to slow the progression of disease.

Alzheimer’s disease is multi-facet condition; thus, the key to its management is in multi- disciplinary approaches. The clinical diagnosis of neurodegenerative disorders, in general, is based on an extensive evaluation of cognition and behavioral performance along with functional status, which provides a variable grade of accuracy especially at early stages of the disease. In this talk, I will review diagnostic objective methods that can assist Alzheimer’s diagnosis. In particular, I will elaborate on the application and research outcomes of virtual reality egocentric spatial assessment for and its potentials for a differential diagnosis of Alzheimer’s versus other types of dementia.

Biography: Zahra Moussavi is a professor, a Canada Research Chair, and the founder and director of Biomedical Engineering Graduate Program at University of Manitoba. Her current research focuses are on medical devices instrumentation and signal analysis for sleep apnea management and Alzheimer’s diagnosis and treatment using virtual reality, rTMS and EVestG technologies. She is the recipient of several awards including the “Canada’s Most Powerful Women (Top 100)” and “Manitoba Distinguished Women” in 2014 and IEEE EMBS Distinguished Lecturer, 2014 and 2019. She has published more than 259 peer-reviewed papers in journals and conferences, and has given 94 invited talks/seminars including 2 Tedx Talks and 9 keynote speaker seminars at national and international conferences. Aside from academic work, on her spare time, she writes science articles for public; also has developed and offered memory fitness programs for aging population.

Poster Link: Click here

Cyber Attacks on Internet of Things Sensor Systems for Inference

Friday, April 12th, 2019

Tuesday May 7th, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. Professor Rick S. Blum, will be presenting “Cyber Attacks on Internet of Things Sensor Systems for Inference”.

Day & Time: Tuesday, May 7th, 2019
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Speaker: Professor Rick S. Blum
Robert W. Wieseman Endowed Professor of Electrical Engineering
Electrical and Computer Engineering Dept., Lehigh University

Organizers: IEEE Signal Processing Chapter Toronto Section

Location: Room SLC-508, Ryerson University

Contact: Mehrnaz Shokrollahi
Yashodhan Athavale
Michael Zara

Abstract: The Internet of Things (IoT) improves pervasive sensing and control capabilities via the aid of modern digital communication, signal processing and massive deployment of sensors. The employment of low cost and spatially distributed IoT sensor nodes with limited hardware and battery power, along with the low required latency to avoid unstable control loops, presents severe security challenges. Attackers can modify the data entering or communicated from the IoT sensors which can have serious impact on any algorithm using this data for inference. In this talk we describe how to provide tight bounds (with sufficient data) on the performance of the best algorithms trying to estimate a parameter from the attacked data and communications under any assumed statistical model describing how the sensor data depends on the parameter before attack. The results hold regardless of the estimation algorithm adopted which could employ deep learning, machine learning, statistical signal processing or any other approach. Example algorithms that achieve performance close to these bounds are illustrated. Attacks that make the attacked data useless for reducing these bounds are also described. These attacks provide a guaranteed attack performance in terms of the bounds regardless of the algorithms the estimation system employs. References are supplied which provide various extensions to all the specific results presented and a brief discussion of applications to IEEE 1588 for clock synchronization is provided.

Biography: Rick S. Blum received a B.S.E.E from Penn State in 1984 and an M.S./Ph.D in EE from the University of Pennsylvania in 1987/1991. From 1984 to 1991 he was with GE Aerospace. Since 1991, he has been at Lehigh University. His research interests include signal processing for cyber security, smart grid, communications, sensor networking, radar and sensor processing. He was an AE for IEEE Trans. on Signal Processing and for IEEE Communications Letters. He has edited special issues for IEEE Trans. on Signal Processing, IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Signal Processing and IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications. He was a member of the SAM Technical Committee (TC) of the IEEE Signal Processing Society. He was a member of the Signal Processing for Communications TC of the IEEE Signal Processing Society and is a member of the Communications Theory TC of the IEEE Communication Society. He was on the awards Committee of the IEEE Communication Society. Dr. Blum is a Fellow of the IEEE, an IEEE Signal Processing Society Distinguished Lecturer (twice), an IEEE Third Millennium Medal winner, a member of Eta Kappa Nu and Sigma Xi, and holds several patents. He was awarded an ONR Young Investigator Award and an NSFResearch Initiation Award.

Improving Speech Understanding in the Real-World for Hearing Devices: Solutions, Challenges and Opportunities

Friday, April 12th, 2019

Thursday April 18th, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. Dr. Tao Zhang, Director of Signal Processing Research Department, will be presenting “Improving Speech Understanding in the Real-World for Hearing Devices: Solutions, Challenges and Opportunities”.

Day & Time: Thursday, April 18th, 2019
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Speaker: Dr. Tao Zhang
Director of Signal Processing Research Department
Starkey Hearing Technologies

Organizers: IEEE Signal Processing Chapter Toronto Section

Location: Room BA 1230, University of Toronto

Contact: Mehrnaz Shokrollahi
Yashodhan Athavale
Michael Zara

Abstract: The cocktail party problem has remained to be one of the most challenging problems for hearing aids even after decades of extensive research. In this talk, we will review our research on the cutting-edge single-microphone speech enhancement with emphasis on deep learning-based approaches. We will introduce and discuss our research on the multi-microphone speech enhancement with an emphasis on robust and real-time algorithms. We will present our latest research on the multimodal speech enhancement by considering brain signals (i.e. EEG) and microphone signals in a single joint-optimization framework. Finally, we will discuss the challenges and opportunities in deploying these algorithms in practice. We will present our perspectives on future research directions especially in the areas of individualizations and customizations using big data and machine learning.

Biography: Tao Zhang received his B.S. degree in physics from Nanjing University, Nanjing, China in 1986, M.S. degree in electrical engineering from Peking University, Beijing, China in 1989, and Ph.D. degree in speech and hearing science from the Ohio-State University, Columbus, OH, USA in 1995. He joined the Advanced Research Department at Starkey Laboratories, Inc. as a Sr. Research Scientist in 2001, managed the DSP department from 2004 to 2008 and the Signal Processing Research Department from 2008 to 2014. Since 2014, he has been Director of the Signal Processing Research department at Starkey Hearing Technologies, a global leader in providing innovative hearing technologies. He has received many prestigious awards including Inventor of the Year Award, the Mount Rainier Best Research Team Award, the Most Valuable Idea Award, the Outstanding Technical Leadership Award and the Engineering Service Award at Starkey.

He is a senior member of IEEE and the Signal Processing Society and the Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. He serves on the IEEE AASP Technical Committee and the industrial relationship committee and the IEEE ComSoc North America Region Board, He is an IEEE SPS Distinguished Industry Speaker, the IEEE SPS Industry Convoy for the Unites States (Region 1-6) and the Chair of IEEE Twin-cities Signal Processing and CommunicationChapter.

His current research interests include audio, acoustic, speech signal processing and machine learning; multimodal signal processing and machine learning for hearing enhancement, health and wellness monitoring; psychoacoustics, room and ear canal acoustics; ultra-low power real-time embedded system design and device-phone-cloud ecosystem design. He has authored and coauthored 120+ presentations and publications, received 20+ approved patents and had additional 30+ patents pending.

Diversity and Inclusion in Computing

Saturday, March 30th, 2019

Monday April 1st, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. Aislin O’Hara of O’Hara & Associates Consulting, will be presenting “Diversity and Inclusion in Computing”.

Day & Time: Monday April 1st, 2019
7:30 p.m. ‐ 9:00 p.m.

Speaker: Aislin O’Hara of O’Hara & Associates Consulting

Organizers: IEEE Toronto Systems Chapter

Location: Room ENG 103, Ryerson University
George Vari Engineering and Computing Centre
245 Church Street,
Toronto, Ontario
Canada M5B 2K3

Contact: Mehrdad Tirandazian


Abstract: Josh Bersin, world class industry analyst & founder of Bersin by Deloitte cited Diversity & Inclusion as one of the hottest topics for 2019 technology companies. Through this presentation, we will uncover what diversity & inclusion really means, why it matters and what strategies can be used to foster inclusion. We will explore some case studies showing best practices and listen to a testimonial from a person living with a disability. Students will learn the ways diversity and
inclusion is protected under the Ontario Human Rights Code, participate in a rich discussion on common misconceptions and leave with a deepened understanding on how the technology sector can leverage diversity to become a more successful industry as a whole.

Biography: Aislin is a Certified Professional Consultant on Aging with 12 years of experience executing accessible & inclusive customer experience solutions within the public sector. Presently, Aislin is the Principal Consultant and founder of O’Hara & Associates Consulting, which helps businesses prepare for the demographic shift in our population by providing age-friendly strategies and advice on designing accessible & inclusive solutions. Most recently, Aislin was the Project Lead – Customer Experience for TTC Wheel-Trans, the 3rd largest specialized transit agency in North America, whose customer base is vastly comprised of seniors and persons with disabilities. Aislin was responsible for designing and implementing various accessible, diverse & inclusive customer facing initiatives for the Wheel-Trans Transformation Program. Aislin’s work on accessible customer service design was recently published in the Journal of the Transportation Research Board and was recently presented at the January 2019 Washington conference.

Business Problem Solving

Monday, March 25th, 2019

Friday April 5th, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. Omar Malik, Founder of Eureka Six Sigma, will be presenting “Business Problem Solving”.

Day & Time: Friday April 5th, 2019
5:00 p.m. ‐ 7:00 p.m.

Speaker: Omar Malik
Founder of Eureka Six Sigma

Organizers: IEEE Toronto Engineering and Human Environment Joint Chapter

Location: Room Number: BA 4287
40 St George St, Toronto, ON M5S 2E4

Contact: Muthanna Al-Khishali, Ph.D., SMIEEE, LSSYB


Abstract: We are drowned in an ocean of problems at work and life. These problems force us to take decisions on a daily basis which are strongly influenced by multitude of factors such as past experience, exposure, cognitive biases, personal relevance, status and age etc. The outcome of decisions affects a multitude of customers and users etc., many of which may be unhappy with the final result. If we have to consider errors in judgment and unreliable decision making, we will find roots in poorly scoping, understanding, defining elaborating and analyzing problems.

We are going through an important technological and organizational change in the workplace. There is a need to:

bridge the gap and focus on engineering science and technical courses integrated with industrial practice and
upgrading engineering curricula to help students transition from a project based to a problem-based learning.

Agenda: * 90 minutes Lecturing on:

– Problem solving

– Root Finding

– Decision making

* 30 minutes Q&A

Biography: Omar Malik is founder of Eureka Six Sigma – a prime corporate training, certification and consulting company. In the past 10 years, Omar has spearheaded major change and continuous improvement initiatives in manufacturing, services & technology industries in North America. He is the creator of a 5 steps problem solving framework known as OUI-SI. In this session Omar is going to present and introduce various OUI-SI steps that can enable engineering and business executives to problem solve in any business environment.

Omar teaches lean six sigma, quality, and process excellence etc. at University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies. He is recipient of ‘The excellence in teaching award’ and can be reached at

Blockchain Ecosystem TO: Public Launch Event for IEEE Toronto Blockchain

Saturday, March 23rd, 2019

This is an open, free event taking place at WeWork, and organized by the IEEE Toronto to launch our NEW local Blockchain Group during Blockchain Week in Toronto. The IEEE is the largest technical association in the world. You can find more about IEEE Blockchain at

The event is designed for anyone interested in networking with actual blockchain “builders”, not just engineers. It won’t be technical, we’ll get to network and enjoy some good conversation and learning.

We’ll have an introduction to both the Greater Toronto ecosystem (there are many great blockchain initiatives and organizations in our city) and to concrete examples of ACTUAL realizations with a real world impact using Blockchain / Distributed Ledger technologies.

Day & Time: Tuesday April 23rd, 2019
6:00 p.m. ‐ 8:00 p.m.

Organizers: IEEE Toronto Consultants Network

Location: WeWork
100 University Avenue
Toronto, ON M5J 1V6

Contact: Greg Boutin


Agenda: 6-6.30pm: Networking (food and drinks provided)
6.30-7.40pm: Engaging 10-to-15-minute presentations by blockchain entrepreneurs and experts in Toronto (to be detailed shortly on this page)
7.40-8pm: More networking and wrap-up (we may head to a local bar after that if there is interest)

Security in SDN/NFV and 5G Networks-Opportunities and Challenges

Thursday, March 21st, 2019

Monday April 1st, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. Dr. Ashutosh Dutta, Director, Industry Outreach-IEEE Communications Society, will be presenting an IEEE ComSoc distinguished lecture “Security in SDN/NFV and 5G Networks-Opportunities and Challenges”.

Day & Time: Monday April 1st, 2019
3:00 p.m. ‐ 4:00 p.m.

Speaker: Dr. Ashutosh Dutta, Director, Industry Outreach-IEEE Communications Society, IEEE 5G Initiative Founding Co-Chair and Senior Scientist JHU/APL (Johns Hopkins University/Applied Physics Lab)

Organizers: IEEE Toronto ComSoc

Location: Room Number: BA 4287
40 St George St, Toronto, ON M5S 2E4

Contact: Eman Hammad

Abstract: Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization (NFV) are the key pillars of future networks, including 5G and Beyond that promise to support emerging applications such as enhanced mobile broadband, ultra low latency, massive sensing type applications while providing the resiliency in the network. Service providers and other verticals (e.g., Connected Cars, IOT, eHealth) can leverage SDN/NFV to provide flexible and cost-effective service without compromising the end user quality of service (QoS). While NFV and SDN open up the door for flexible networks and rapid service creation, these offer both security opportunities while also introducing additional challenges and complexities, in some cases. With the rapid proliferation of 4G and 5G networks, operators have now started the trial deployment of network function virtualization, especially with the introduction of various virtualized network elements in the access and core networks. These include elements such as virtualized Evolved Packet Core (vEPC), virtualized IP Multimedia Services (vIMS), Virtualized Residential Gateway, and Virtualized Next Generation Firewalls. However, very little attention has been given to the security aspects of virtualization. While several standardization bodies (e.g., ETSI, 3GPP, NGMN, ATIS, TIA) have started looking into the many security issues introduced by SDN/NFV, additional work is needed with larger security community involvement including vendors, operators, universities, and regulators. This tutorial will address evolution of cellular technologies towards 5G but will largely focus on various security challenges and opportunities introduced by SDN/NFV and 5G networks such as Hypervisor, Virtual Network Functions (VNFs), SDN Controller, Orchestrator, Network slicing, Cloud RAN, and security function virtualization. This tutorial will also highlight some of the ongoing activities within various standards communities and will illustrate a few deployment use case scenarios for security including threat taxonomy for both operator and enterprise networks. In addition, I will also describe some of the ongoing activities within IEEE Future Network initiative including roadmap efforts and various ways one can get involved and contribute to this initiative.

Biography: Ashutosh Dutta is currently Senior Wireless Communication Systems Research Scientist and JHU/APL Sabbatical Fellow at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Labs (JHU/APL), USA. Most recently he served as Principal Member of Technical Staff at AT&T Labs in Middletown, New Jersey. His career, spanning more than 30 years, includes Director of Technology Security and Lead Member of Technical Staff at AT&T, CTO of Wireless at a Cybersecurity company NIKSUN, Inc., Senior Scientist in Telcordia Research, Director of Central Research Facility at Columbia University, adjunct faculty at NJIT, and Computer Engineer with TATA Motors. He has more than 90 conference and journal publications, three book chapters, and 30 issued patents. Ashutosh is co-author of the book, titled, “Mobility Protocols and Handover Optimization: Design, Evaluation and Application” published by IEEE and John & Wiley that has recently been translated into Chinese Language. Ashutosh served as the chair for IEEE Princeton / Central Jersey Section, Industry Relation Chair for Region 1 and MGA, Pre-University Coordinator for IEEE MGA and vice chair of Education Society Chapter of PCJS. He co-founded the IEEE STEM conference (ISEC) and helped to implement EPICS (Engineering Projects in Community Service) projects in several high schools. Ashutosh currently serves as the Director of Industry Outreach for IEEE Communications Society and is the founding co-chair for IEEE 5G initiative. He also serves as IEEE Communications Society’s Distinguished Lecturer for 2017-2018. Ashutosh serves as the general co-chair for the premier IEEE 5G World Forum. He was recipient of the prestigious 2009 IEEE MGA Leadership award and 2010 IEEE-USA professional leadership award. Ashutosh obtained his BS in Electrical Engineering from NIT Rourkela, India, MS in Computer Science from NJIT, and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University under the supervision of Prof. Henning Schulzrinne. Ashutosh is a senior member of IEEE and ACM.

FICI International Competition of clean tech, high tech and smart cities

Monday, March 18th, 2019

Day & Time: Sunday March 17th, 2019
12:00 p.m. ‐ 4:00 p.m.

Organizers: IEEE Toronto WIE

Location: Apple and Beeton Hall
Reference Library, Toronto