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More/All Electric Aircraft

Wednesday, July 11th, 2018

Thursday, July 26th at 2:00 p.m., Dr. Hassan Kojori, PhD, Senior Principal Engineer with Honeywell, will be presenting “More/All Electric Aircraft”.

Day & Time: Thursday, July 26, 2018
2:00 p.m. ‐ 3:00 p.m.

Speaker: Dr. Hassan Kojori, PhD
Senior Principal Engineer with Honeywell

Location: 5 King’s College Rd.
Toronto, Ontario
Canada M5S 3G8
Building: Mechanical Engineering Building
Room Number: RM 331

Contact: Kyarash Shahriari, Omid Alizadeh

Organizer: IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society (AESS), Power & Energy Chapter


Abstract: The More Electric Aircraft (MEA) is based on the concept of utilizing electrical power for driving aircraft subsystems currently powered by hydraulic, pneumatic or mechanical means including utility and flight control actuation, environmental control system, lubrication and fuel pumps, and numerous other utility functions. In this seminar, Dr. Kojori begins with an overview of the More Electric Aircraft and will discuss how various technologies developed over the past three decades have helped reduce the size, weight and life-cycle-cost of the overall system, significantly improve reliability and ease manufacturing and maintenance. Next he will cover emerging advanced technologies for All Electric Aircraft for urban transportation and discuss some of the main opportunities and challenges.

Biography: Dr. Hassan Kojori holds a PhD from the University of Toronto and is an IEEE Fellow and licensed Professional Engineer. He has over 30 years of experience in power electronics, Li-ion batteries, energy optimization and systems control for aerospace, automotive and utility industries. His original work on many technology firsts has resulted in 48 patent disclosures (27 granted), several trade secrets and more than 50 technical papers and proprietary reports. Currently, as a Senior Principal Engineer with Honeywell, he is the Conversion Portfolio Leader in the Aero Advanced Tech and Responsible for R&D for More Electric Aircraft and tactical vehicles. He has been actively engaged in collaborative research with leading local and international universities. He was adjunct professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) at the University of Toronto and Ryerson University (2000-2012) and an industry professor in the Institute for Automotive Research and Technology at McMaster University (2012-2017). Currently, he is Associate Editor, IEEE Transactions on Transportation Electrification, a board member of the Advisory Council for ECE department at Ryerson University and University of Toronto Institute for Multidisciplinary Design & Innovation and represents Honeywell at The Downsview Aerospace Innovation and Research Consortium.

Advanced Sensor Concepts, Exploitation, Signal Processing and Systems Engineering

Wednesday, June 6th, 2018

Thursday, June 14th at 11:00 a.m., IEEE AESS and SC Distinguished Lecturer Michael C. Wicks, Ph.D., will be presenting “Advanced Sensor Concepts, Exploitation, Signal Processing and Systems Engineering”.

Day & Time: Thursday, June 14, 2018
11:00 a.m. ‐ 12:30 p.m.

Speaker: Michael C. Wicks, Ph.D.
DIEEE AESS and SC Distinguished Lecturer
Endowed Chair and Professor of Electrical Engineering
University of Dayton, Dayton OH 45469 USA

Host: Dr. Raviraj Adve
Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of Toronto

Location: BA 1200 (Bahen Center)
University of Toronto
40 St. George Street, Toronto
Canada M5S 2E4

Contact: Dr. Mehrdad Tirandazian

Organizer: Aerospace and Systems, Man and Cybernetics IEEE Toronto Section

Abstract: In this talk, a number of concepts and technologies forming the foundation for the exploitation of sensors from a Big Data perspective are presented. A signal processing and systems engineering approach is discussed, and heuristic techniques are presented as being critical to leap ahead advances in sensor exploitation. While radar centric in nature, the foundation for a more general sensors approach to Big Data exploitation is discussed. Archival data is considered to be essential to the optimal exploitation of sensor phenomena, as humans are unable to fully observe or even comprehend the volumes of rapidly changing data available today. Topics as diverse as radio frequency tomography for below ground imaging, millimeter wave sensing for exquisite feature extraction, target resonance and dynamic imaging of targets obscured by clutter and cover, as well as space-time adaptive processing are presented. The integrating theme of Big Data exploitation in the Internet of Radar is discussed within the context of these enabling sensor technologies as is the “Velocity of Sensor Data.”

Biography: Dr. Wicks is a leading research scientist in remote sensing, signal processing and systems engineering, with a current focus on distributed sensing and radio frequency technology. He has pursued a variety of research interests in his career, including: cognitive radar, radio frequency tomographic radar, counter explosive sensor technology, cognitive radar and radio, space object sensing, missile defense, deep earth probing radar, multi-dimensional adaptive processing for airborne and space based radar, ultra-wideband radio and radar, passive and active multi-static systems, and concealed weapons / contraband detection and carrier identification. He pioneered the concept of knowledge-based signal processing and waveform diversity, and has led national and international research teams on the design, development and fielding of novel algorithms, architectures and systems for remote sensing from space, air and surface platforms.

Sponsored research is currently focused on advanced algorithms for the detection and track processing of airborne targets obscured by wind farm clutter, as is research on spatially and spectrally diverse sensing for the automatic detection, identification, and feature exploitation of objects under cover, e.g. below ground, inside structures, or under foliage. Space object identification is also a topic of current research. The design and analysis of distributed radar for exoatmospheric surveillance is complimented by analysis and experiments for side-looking imaging and surface moving target indication radar. Recent research has resulted in the development of a mobile waveform diverse distributed MIMO radar system and a radio frequency tomography test bed at the University of Dayton. Research on integrated close-in sensing and long range wide area surveillance radar is addressing feature extraction, in addition to detection processing and track formation. Algorithms and architectures for the numerical and symbolic (heuristic) processing of sensor data is a primary focus of this research.

System of Systems Engineering – Systems Analysis and Policy Optimization

Wednesday, October 25th, 2017

Monday November 27, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. Kyarash Shahriari will be presenting “System of Systems Engineering – Systems Analysis and Policy Optimization”.

Day & Time: Monday November 27, 2017
3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Speaker: Kyarash Shahriari

Location: Room ENG 210
George Vari Engineering and Computing Centre
245 Church Street, Toronto, ON M5B 1Z4

Contact: Mehrdad Tirandazian

Organizers: IEEE Toronto Systems Chapter, IEEE Toronto Aerospace & Electronic Systems Chapter

Abstract: The new social/economical/environmental context we are living in necessitates ever-increasing complex and collaborative systems. This has given birth to a new category of systems called System of Systems (SoS). SoS is a collection of interconnected complex systems each of which are independent in structure and governance, occasionally competitors in their activities, but collaborate together, by force or in a volunteer basis, to achieve specific objectives and to look for emergent properties which are not otherwise achievable. Examples of the SoS are System of financial institutions in a country; a regional electrical grid including distributed power generators operating together in an open energy market; or transportation network in provincial, federal, or international level. Treating the previously known complex systems in SoS context implies new modeling, simulation, and analysis engineering tools together with new optimization methodologies. The main benefits, especially for policy makers and authorities, would then be the simplicity of analysis and adjustments of policies which results in costs reduction for both authorities and stakeholders. In this talk we review the concept of SoS, the differences between SoS and previously known complex systems, and the state of the engineering tools for these systems.

Biography: Kyarash received his B.Sc.’2000 in Electronics Engineering, and MSc’2003 and PhD’2007 in Control Systems Engineering respectively from Institute National Polytechnique de Grenoble (INPG) and Universite Joseph Fourier, Grenoble, France. He started his professional career with Atkins Rail, London, UK, as Systems Research Engineer where he worked on developing integrated system-oriented frameworks for Safety, Security, and Sustainability Analysis. After moving to Canada in 2008, he joined LACM laboratory, Laval University, as research fellow and Centre de recherche industrielle du Quebec (CRIQ), Quebec City, a year after, as Research Officer with the main focus on Complex Dynamic Systems Control, System of Systems Engineering, Energy Efficiency and Continuous Improvement in energy intensive industries. To accept new challenges, Kyarash moved to aerospace industry in 2013 and joined Aversan Inc. / Honeywell Aerospace as Control Systems Design Engineer where he work on Environmental Control Systems (ECS) in aircrafts.

Kyarash is a Senior Member of the IEEE, he was the founder chair of Young Professional Affinity Group, Quebec City Section, and is currently holding Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society (AESS) chapter chair, Toronto Section. He is also registered professional engineer in Quebec and in Ontario Provinces.

Kyarash’s main field or interests are System of Systems, Advanced Control Systems, and Energy Efficiency.

Navigation Sensors and Systems in GNSS Degraded and Denied Environments (Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying About GPS)

Sunday, March 12th, 2017

Tuesday March 28, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. George T. Schmidt, IEEE AESS Distinguished Lecturer & Board of Governors, will be presenting a distinguished lecture, “Navigation Sensors and Systems in GNSS Degraded and Denied Environments (Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying About GPS)”.

Day & Time: Tuesday, March 28th, 2017
1:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Speaker: George T. Schmidt
EEE AESS Distinguished Lecturer & Board of Governors
IEEE Life Fellow, AIAA Fellow

Location: Room EPH 207, Eric Palin Hall, Ryerson University
87 Gerrard Street East, Toronto

Contact: Kyarash Shahriari

Organizers: AESS Toronto Chapter


Abstract: Position, velocity, and timing (PVT) signals from various Global Navigation Systems (GNSS) are used throughout the World. However, the availability and reliability of these signals in all environments has become a subject of concern for both civilian and military applications. Most of the 16 critical infrastructure sectors for the US economy, security, and health are dependent on GPS signals. More than 90% of the US military guided weapons use GPS. Accuracy and other planned improvements for GPS are explained as well as technology approaches for increasing system robustness. International news reports about a successful GPS spoofing attack on a civilian UAV in the USA have only increased concerns over the planned use of UAVs in the national airspace and safety of flight in general. Other examples of the effects of GPS interference and jamming are illustrated in this presentation. This is a particularly difficult problem that requires new and innovative ideas to fill the PVT gap when the data are degraded or unavailable. One solution is to use inertial and/or other sensors to bridge the gap in navigation information and maintain world-wide navigation capability. This presentation summarizes with examples four different methods for combining GPS and other systems to achieve mission success when GPS becomes unavailable.

Biography: George T. Schmidt is an IEEE Life Fellow. He is a member of the Board of Governors of the IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society (AESS). He is also a Distinguished Lecturer for that society.

He was the Director of several recent NATO Research and Technology Organization Lecture Series related to Navigation Sensors and Systems in Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) Degraded and Denied Environments.

In 2013 he completed 17 years of service as Editor-in-Chief of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics. He was responsible for managing the peer review of more than 6500 submitted papers. He is an AIAA Fellow.

From 1961 through 2007, he was at the MIT Instrumentation Laboratory and the Draper Laboratory, Cambridge, Massachusetts. His final position was as the Draper Director of Education. Prior to that position he was the Leader of the Guidance and Navigation Division and Director of the Draper Guidance Technology Center.

For many years he was a Lecturer in Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT, retiring in 2010.

He has received several awards including the AIAA International Cooperation Award in 2001 and the NATO Science and Technology Organization’s highest technical award, the von Kármán Medal in 2005.

He is author or contributing author of more than 100 technical papers, reports, encyclopedia articles, and books. He received his S.B. and S.M. degrees in Aeronautics and Astronautics from MIT and his Sc.D. in Instrumentation from MIT.

An Introduction to UAV Regulations

Monday, February 6th, 2017

There has been an exponential surge in the use of the small unmanned aerial vehicles (sUAV), also known as drones, ranging from recreational to professional and research activities. However, whether used as a great toy to record spectacular images from the air or a great tool for activities such as mapping, construction or emergency response, the sUAV can crash or collide with other objects, or can cause privacy concerns. This is why most countries regulate the operation of sUAS to mitigate the risks from potential inflight accidents with manned aircrafts that operate in the same airspace, collisions with vehicles and power lines, crashes in populated areas, or privacy violations that can raise trespassing and security concerns. The presentation will address various regulations and operational aspects we need to be aware of for the safe and legal operation of a sUAV.

Speaker: Costas Armenakis, PhD, PEng

Registration: Registration is free, and is open to IEEE members and non-members, but space is limited. Please RSVP through the registration website or contact Kyarash Shahriari / Dante Bolatti.

Remote Access: This meeting is accessible through IEEE WebEx service for those who may not be able to attend. Please contact Kyarash Shahriari or Dante Bolatti for more details.

Day & Time: Tuesday, February 28th, 2017
3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Location: York University
4700 Keele Street
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Building: Petrie Science & Engineering Building (building #17)
Room Number: 422

Contacts: Kyarash Shahriari
Dante Bolatti

Dr. Costas Armenakis is an Associate Professor and Program Director of Geomatics Engineering at the Lassonde School of Engineering, York University, Toronto, Canada. He has over 30 years of research experience in photogrammetry, remote sensing and GIS working on the acquisition, handling, processing and management of geo-spatial data and information from terrestrial, aerial and space-borne image sensors. His research interests are in the areas of photogrammetric engineering and remote sensing mapping, focusing on unmanned mobile sensing and mapping systems and the use of unmanned aerial vehicle systems for geomatics. He is an ISPRS Fellow and former President of the ISPRS Technical Commission IV on Digital Mapping and GeoDatabases. Currently he serves as Co-Chair of the ISPRS ICWG I/II: UAS & Small Multi-Sensor Platforms: Concepts & Applications.