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Hybrid Biomedical Optics Imaging and Instrumentation

Tuesday, February 13th, 2018

Friday, February 16th at 12:15 p.m., Nima Tabatabaei, Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Director of Hybrid Biomedical Optics Laboratory at York University, will be presenting “Hybrid Biomedical Optics Imaging and Instrumentation”.

Day & Time: Friday, February 16, 2018
12:15 p.m. ‐ 1:15 p.m.

Speaker: Nima Tabatabaei
Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Director, Hybrid Biomedical Optics Laboratory
York University, Canada

Location: Room: ENG 210, George Vari Centre for Computing and Engineering
245 Church Street
Toronto, Ontario M5B 2K3

Contact: Saba Sedghizade, Maryam Davoudpour

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

Abstract: The focus of professor Tabatabaei’s research is on the design and instrumentation of thermal and optical imaging technologies and devices with applications in medical diagnosis and screening. Optics-based medical devices are of particular interest to him due to their intrinsic ability of revealing malignancies in early stages. The early diagnosis of diseases improves the effectiveness of treatments, promotes prevention rather than medical intervention, and is probably the only approach for us to win the war on cancer. However, one of the major challenges in optical imaging of endogenous tissue contrast is the poor specificity due to background signals from healthy tissues. Professor Tabatabaei’s research vision is to overcome this shortcoming by separating excitation and detection channels using Hybrid methods. In this scenario, crosstalk between the channels, selectively, takes place by energy conversion at malignant sites that are sensitive to the excitation thus minimizing (if not eliminating) the signals originating form background health tissues.

Biography: Nima Tabatabaei is an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and the director of Hybrid Biomedical Optics laboratory (http://www.HBOLab.ca) at the York University (Canada). He received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Materials Science and Engineering and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering (University of Toronto; 2012) before carrying out research at the Harvard Medical School and Wellman Center for Photomedicine as postdoctoral fellow. His research interests are design and development of hybrid biomedical optics imaging technologies for applications in early disease diagnosis and screening.

IEEE Ryerson Python Workshop 2

Saturday, February 10th, 2018

IEEE Ryerson Student Branch, IEEE Ryerson Computer Chapter, WIE IEEE Toronto, IEEE Computational Intelligence Chapter, and Robotics/ Automation Chapter are Please to announce the second workshop of their series of python workshops. A series of 6 workshops will give the participants the ability to use the basics of python to help them in their study or workplace. At the end of these workshops there will be a certificate given to participants who attended these workshops.

Day & Time: Monday, February 12, 2018
6:00 p.m. ‐ 8:00 p.m.

Location: Ryerson University (Victoria Building, Room VIC 301)

Contact: ieee.ryersonu@gmail.com

Organizer: IEEE Ryerson Student Branch, IEEE Ryerson Computer Chapter, IEEE Computational Intelligence Chapter, WIE IEEE Toronto, Instrumentation-Measurement/Robotics-Automation

Register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ieee-ryerson-python-workshop-2-tickets-42931234478

Providing Better Customer Value and Benefits and IT Solutions

Saturday, February 10th, 2018

Thursday, February 15th at 12:30 p.m., Jeremy Gervais, Software Engineer at Amazon, will be presenting “Providing Better Customer Value and Benefits and IT Solutions”.

Day & Time: Thursday, February 15, 2018 – 12:30 p.m.

Speaker: Jeremy Gervais
Software Engineer, Amazon

Location: Centennial College – Progress Campus, room A3-17

Contact: Nicoleta Zouri

Organizer: IEEE Toronto Women in Engineering, IEEE Toronto Instrumentation-Measurement/Robotics-Automation

Abstract: Amazon is striving to create new services, user work flows and products. Some aspects that contribute to better customer value and benefits are a reduction of payment friction and reducing costs through efficient workflow.

Introduction to Python Workshop

Thursday, February 1st, 2018

IEEE Ryerson Student Branch, IEEE Ryerson Computer Chapter, IEEE WIE, IEEE Computational Intelligence Chapter, and Robotics/ Automation Chapter are Please to announce the start of their series of python workshops. A series of 6 workshops will give the participants the ability to use the basics of python as well as Machine learning to help them in their study or workplace. At the end of these workshops there will be a certificate given to participants who attended these workshops.

Day & Time: Monday, February 5, 2018
6:00 p.m. ‐ 8:00 p.m.

Location: Ryerson University (Victoria Building, Room VIC 301)

Contact: ieee.ryersonu@gmail.com

Organizer: IEEE Ryerson Student Branch, IEEE Ryerson Computer Chapter, IEEE Computational Intelligence Chapter, WIE IEEE Toronto, Instrumentation-Measurement/Robotics-Automation

RVSP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ieee-ryerson-intro-to-python-workshop-tickets-42588313793

Canada’s Robotics Moment

Monday, January 29th, 2018

Join us for an in depth discussion on Canada’s place amidst global trends and opportunities in the robotics market.
Canada has a unique opportunity to leverage its international reputation in AI (artificial intelligence) to tap into the fast-growing commercial robotics market. Canada invested early and wisely in AI, culminating in the recent explosion in investment, commercial activity and global recognition.

Robotics is the next frontier for innovation and investment. The Canadarm delivered international profile for executing high-stakes feats of robotic ingenuity. That success has been repeated in field after field without similar recognition. It’s time to bring thought leaders and stakeholders together to shape a comprehensive national robotics strategy.

Led by Andra Keay, Managing Director, Silicon Valley Robotics, speakers will explore the collaborations, supports and partnerships needed to establish Canada as a global player in the commercial robotics market. A panel from industry, government and academia will discuss Canada’s strengths and how to capitalize on them to build a vibrant robotics industry. Speakers include:

Andra Keay, Managing Director, Silicon Valley Robotics
Dr. Molly Schoichet, OC, OOnt, Chief Scientist, Ontario
Hallie Siegel, Innovation Strategist
Dr. Farzad Rayegani, Dean of Applied Technology, Humber College
Dr. William Melek, Director of Mechatronics Engineering, University of Waterloo

Day & Time: Thursday, February 8, 2018
2:30 p.m. ‐ 5:30 p.m.

Location: Autodesk Technology Centre
661 University Avenue, Suite 100, MaRS Discovery District

Contact: Maryam Davoudpour

Organizer: WIE IEEE Toronto, Instrumentation-Measurement/Robotics-Automation

RVSP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/canadas-robotics-moment-tickets-42391575343?aff=AIPromo

Agenda:

2:30 pm. Welcome, Adriana Ieraci, Founder, GYBO Robotics Network

2:35 pm. A National Robotics Strategy for Canada, Hallie Siegel, Innovation Strategist

2:50 pm. Global Trends and Opportunities, Andra Keay, Managing Director, Silicon Valley Robotics

4:05 pm. Panel Discussion: Making it Happen

5:00 pm. Networking

See the event brief for speaker bios and details.

High Throughput CMOS Sensors and Actuators: An Emerging Technology for Automation of Biological Laboratories

Saturday, January 27th, 2018

Friday, February 2nd at 12:15 p.m., Dr. Ebrahim Ghafar-Zadeh (PhD, P.Eng), Director of Biologically Inspired Sensors and Actuators Laboratory, will be presenting “High Throughput CMOS Sensors and Actuators: An Emerging Technology for Automation of Biological Laboratories”.

Day & Time: Friday, February 2, 2018
12:15 p.m. ‐ 1:15 p.m.

Speaker: Dr. Ebrahim Ghafar-Zadeh
Biologically Inspired Sebsors and Actuators ( BioSA)
Dept. of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Lassonde School of Engineering
York University

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

Contact: Maryam Davoudpour

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

Abstract: Recent advances of Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor (CMOS) Lab-on-Chip (LoC) technologies have greatly attracted the attentions for a variety of life science applications including DNA sequencing, drug discovery and automation of biological laboratories. A CMOS based LoC consists of a microfluidic device for directing the biological/chemical samples towards sensors (e.g. magnetic, optical or capacitive sensors) or actuators (e.g. magnetic or electrical actuators). An array of sensors or actuators can be realized on the top of CMOS integrated circuits (IC) for accurately measurement of chemical and/or biological signals. High throughput microfluidic/CMOS technology for cellular and molecular analysis is in a very early stage of development and there are several critical challenges that must be investigated and resolved. In this talk, professor Ghafar-Zadeh will discuss new perspectives and challenges for the design and implementation of hybrid microfluidic CMOS sensors and actuators. Also he will demonstrate and discuss his recent research achievements in this emerging field of research.

Biography: Ebrahim Ghafar-Zadeh (PhD, P.Eng) received his BSc ( KNT University, Tehran Iran), MSc (University of Tehran, Iran) and PhD ( Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal, Canada) degrees in Electrical Engineering in 1992, 1994 and 2008 respectively. In recognition of his innovative research in the topic of hybrid microfluidic/microelectronic systems, Dr. Ghafar-Zadeh received several postdoctoral fellowship awards including NSERC PDF and FRQNT PDF and he perused two postdoctoral fellows in the Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering, McGill University; and the Dept. of Bio-engineering, University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Ghafar-Zadeh has published more than 100 journal and conference papers and a book titled CMOS Capacitive Sensors for Lab-on-Chip applications. Since 2013, he has been an assistant Professor, in the Dept. of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, York University, Toronto, Canada. Dr. Ghafar-Zadeh is the director of Biologically Inspired Sensors and Actuators Laboratory.

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

RVSP: https://www.meetup.com/Get-Your-Bot-On-Robotics-Hackathon/events/245069438/

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.

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

RVSP: https://www.meetup.com/Get-Your-Bot-On-Robotics-Hackathon/events/244379955/?_cookie-check=httj7lc1eoP6sV0S

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.

Agenda:
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.

Thales Project Arduino Competition

Saturday, September 30th, 2017

You probably know all about the Arduino open-source electronics prototyping platform already. Maybe you’ve used one before or perhaps you’re just interested in getting your hands on one to see just how innovative you can be. Now’s your chance!

Register for the Arduino Workshop and you could soon be exploring the powerful capabilities of Arduino, with a Thales expert on hand to show you the ropes, and the chance to win some great prizes including a fitbit altaHR and the opportunity to visit a Thales Research Centre in one of the participating regions.

Day & Time: Tuesday October 10, 2017
12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Location: Ryerson University
Toronto, ON

Contact: Maryam Davoudpour

Organizers: IEEE Toronto WIE & Instrumentation/Measurement Chapter, Girls on the Move

Register: https://www.thalesarduino.com/arduino