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Introduction to Robotics Class 4

Tuesday, June 26th, 2018

Students will learn the basic robot building blocks through hands on examples. By the end of the lesson students will precisely control a motor through Arduino code. The flow of information and signals will be examined. Students should read online tutorials on:
1. How to control a servo motor via Arduino
2. How a rotary encoder sensor works and how to use them via Arduino.

Date & Time: Monday June 18th, 2018
3:30 p.m.

Organizers: IEEE Toronto WIE, IEEE Toronto Robotics Chapter, IEEE Humber Student Affinity Group

Location: Humber North Campus, J Building

For information, please contact: Dr. Maryam Davoudpour

Introduction to Microcontrollers

Friday, June 15th, 2018

The workshop is to introduce students to Ardunio microcontroller programming, a way to get the knowledge about microcontrollers. This involves hardware component and software components.

Date & Time: Wednesday June 13th, 2018
2:30 p.m.

Organizers: IEEE Toronto WIE, IEEE Toronto Robotics Chapter, IEEE Humber Student Affinity Group

Location: Humber North Campus, J Building

For information, please contact: Dr. Maryam Davoudpour

Introduction to Robotics Class 3: Introduction to Encoders and Feedback

Sunday, June 10th, 2018

Students will learn the basic robot building blocks through hands on examples. By the end of the lesson students will precisely control a motor through Arduino code. The flow of information and signals will be examined. Students should read online tutorials on:
1. How to control a servo motor via Arduino
2. How a rotary encoder sensor works and how to use them via Arduino.

Date & Time: Monday June 11th, 2018
3:30 p.m.

Organizers: IEEE Toronto WIE, IEEE Toronto Robotics Chapter, IEEE Humber Student Affinity Group

Location: Humber North Campus, J Building

For information, please contact: Dr. Maryam Davoudpour

Engineering Gateways: Communicating for Success as Women in Engineering

Sunday, June 10th, 2018

Tuesday, July 24th at 1:00 p.m., come join IEEE Canada Women in Engineering (WIE) and IEEE Toronto WIE Group for “Engineering Gateways: Communicating for Success as Women in Engineering” Panel at the IEEE Professional Communication 2018 (ProComm’18). Diverse perspectives will be brought to this panel on topics such as communications, self-promotion, professional branding, and strategies for intervention.

Day & Time: Tuesday, July 24, 2018
1:00 p.m. ‐ 2:15 p.m.

Speakers: Namir Anani
President and CEO of Information and Communications Technology Council

Christine Laperriere
Lead Coach and Executive Director of the Women of Influence Advancement Centre

Teresa Sing
VP Business Development, Refine Recruitment

Jennifer van Amerom
Founder and CEO, Refine Recruitment

Deborah-Tihanyi
Associate Professor, Teaching Stream, Director, and Communication Coordinator
University of Toronto

Location: Bahen Centre for Information Technology
University of Toronto
40 St. George Street, Toronto
Canada M5S 2E4

Register: https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/173431

Contact: Dr. Maryam Davoudpour

Organizer: IEEE Canada Women in Engineering (WIE) and IEEE Toronto WIE Group

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.

Introduction To Robotics Class 2: Practical Introduction to Robot Subsystems

Saturday, June 2nd, 2018

Students will learn the basic robot building blocks through hands on examples. By the end of the lesson students will precisely control a motor through Arduino code. The flow of information and signals will be examined. Students should read online tutorials on:
1. How to control a servo motor via Arduino
2. How a rotary encoder sensor works and how to use them via Arduino.

Date & Time: Monday June 4th, 2018
3:30 p.m.

Location: Humber North Campus, J Building

Organizers: IEEE Toronto WIE, IEEE Toronto Robotics Chapter, IEEE Humber Student Affinity Group

For information, please contact: Dr Maryam Davoudpour

Introduction To Robotics and Automation

Tuesday, May 29th, 2018

Welcome to IEEE Introduction to Robotics and Automation. This course develops students’ skills and self-confidence in common automation practices. The student will learn the parts of a robot, how they work together and the theory and code used to control them.

Date & Time: Monday May 28th, 2018
2:30 p.m.

Location: Humber North Campus, J Building

Organizers: IEEE Toronto WIE, IEEE Toronto Robotics Chapter, IEEE Humber Student Affinity Group

For information, please contact: maryam.davoudpour@ieee.org

29th Biennial Symposium on Communications – BSC 2018 (Toronto)

Friday, May 18th, 2018

BSC 2018 will take place in Toronto, Ontario from June 6 to 7, 2018. Find out more information at http://infotheory.ca/bsc2018/

Important Dates:
Submission deadline: Apr. 5, 2018
Acceptance notification: April 29, 2018
Final papers due: May 13, 2018
Conference dates: June 6 – 7, 2018

Main Sponsor:

Canadian Society for Information Theory

Technical Co-Sponsors:

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Incorporated (IEEE)
Toronto Section SP Chapter
Toronto Section WIE Affinity Group
Toronto Section COM/BT Jt Chapter
Toronto Section IM/RA Joint Chapter

Dr. Prabha Kundur’s Seminar on Sustainable Electric Power Systems in the 21st Century

Friday, May 18th, 2018

Wednesday, June 6th at 6:00 p.m., Dr. Prabha Kundur, President of Kundur Power Systems Solutions Inc., will be presenting a seminar on “Sustainable Electric Power Systems in the 21st Century”.

Day & Time: Wednesday, June 6, 2018
6:00 p.m. ‐ 8:00 p.m.

Speaker: Dr. Prabha Kundur
President of Kundur Power Systems Solutions Inc.

Location: 10 King’s College Rd
Toronto, Ontario
Canada M5S 3G8
Building: Sanford Fleming building
Room Number: Room 1105

Contact: Omid Alizadeh

Organizer: Power & Energy Chapter, University of Toronto Student Branch

Register: https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/172987

Abstract: IEEE Toronto is honoured to have Dr. Prabha S. Kundur give a presentation on Sustainable Electric Power Systems in the 21st Century: Requirements, Challenges and the Role of Intelligent Systems Technologies, on Wednesday, June 6th, 6:00 pm-8:00 pm, Room 1105 at Sanford Fleming building, University of Toronto.

Sustainability of electric power systems requires balancing the business across three areas: economic, social and environmental. This will have a profound impact on how power systems are planned, built and operated in the future. In the evolving electricity supply industry environment, the challenges are to produce, transmit, and use energy in an environmentally friendly manner, to reduce costs by improving operating efficiency and business practices, and enhance the reliability and quality of power supply. In particular, there will be increased focus on improving the security and reliability of power systems while addressing environmental concerns, such as greenhouse gas emissions and global warming issues. There will also be greater emphasis on “smart” use of energy. Research, development and application of intelligent systems technologies will play a major role in shaping the future directions of power systems in this regard.

This presentation will describe these changes affecting the electric power industry and highlight new technologies that will influence the changes.

Light refreshments will be provided.

Biography: Prabha Kundur holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Toronto and has over 40 years of experience in the electric power industry. He is currently the President of Kundur Power system Solutions Inc., Toronto, Ontario. He served as the President and CEO of Powertech Labs Inc., the research and technology subsidiary of BC Hydro, from 1994 to 2006. Prior to joining Powertech, he worked at Ontario Hydro for nearly 25 years and held senior positions involving power system planning and design.

He has also served as Adjunct Professor at the University of Toronto from 1979 to 2017 and at the University of British Columbia from1994 to 2006. He is the author of the book Power System Stability and Control (McGraw-Hill, 1994), which is a standard modern reference for the subject. He has performed extensive international consulting related to power system planning and design, and has delivered advanced level technical courses for utilities, manufacturers and universities around the world.

Dr. Kundur has a long record of service and leadership in the IEEE. He has chaired numerous committees and working groups of the IEEE Power & Energy Society and was elected a Fellow of the IEEE in 1985. He served as the Chair of the IEEE Power System Dynamic Performance Committee from 2001 to 2003. From 2004 to 2010, he served as a member of the IEEE PES Executive Committee and as the PES Vice-President for Education. He is the recipient of several IEEE awards, including the 1997 IEEE Nikola Tesla Award, 2005 IEEE PES Charles Concordia Power System Engineering Award, and the 2010 IEEE Medal in Power Engineering.

Dr. Kundur was elected as a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering in 2003 and as a Foreign Member of the US National Academy of Engineering in 2011.

He has been awarded two honorary degrees: Doctor Honoris Causa by the University Politechnica of Bucharest, Romania in 2003, and Doctor of Engineering, Honoris Causa by the University of Waterloo, Canada in 2004.

IEEE Ryerson Python Workshop 7

Saturday, May 5th, 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 7 and final workshop of their series of python workshops. At theend of this workshop the participantwill be awarded thecertificates forcompletion their attendance of the workshop.

Day & Time: Monday, April 2, 2018

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