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IEEE Toronto Centennial Workshop: Distributed Machine Learning, The Future of Programming in The Present

Wednesday, November 14th, 2018

Saturday Dec 1, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. Reza Dibaj, Chair of Magnetics Chapter, IEEE Toronto Section, will be presenting an IEEE Toronto Centennial Workshop: “Distributed Machine Learning, The Future of Programming in The Present”.

Day & Time: Saturday December 1st, 2018
5:30 p.m. ‐ 6:30 p.m.

Speaker: Reza Dibaj
Chair of Magnetics Chapter, IEEE Toronto Section

Organizers: Magnetics Chapter, IEEE Toronto Centennial College Chapter, WIE IEEE Toronto

Location: Room A3-17
Centennial College, Progress Campus
941 Progress Ave., Toronto, Ontario, M1G 3T8

Contact: Reza Dibaj

Abstract: Machine Learning (ML) and statistical techniques have provided a new era that enables us to convert the data to information and transform the information into actionable knowledge. Moreover, distributed computing ecosystems provide the ability to break down the computation burdens among commodity hardware, thanks to cloud environments. Among all the attempts in this road, SciKit and TensorFlow are two states of the art libraries that can be used in Python and this seminar will open the gate to know their bases.

SSCS Distinguished Lecture: Considerations and Implementations For High Data Rate Interconnect

Monday, November 5th, 2018

Thursday Nov 15, 2018 at 1:30 p.m. Dr. Daniel Friedman, Distinguished Research Staff Member, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, will be presenting “SSCS Distinguished Lecture: Considerations and Implementations For High Data Rate Interconnect”.

Day & Time: Thursday November 15th, 2018
1:30 p.m. ‐ 2:30 p.m.

Speaker: Dr. Daniel Friedman
Distinguished Research Staff Member
IBM T.J. Watson Research Center

Organizers: IEEE Toronto Solid-State Circuits Society

Location: Bahen Centre Room B024
40 St. George Street
Toronto, ON M5S 2E4

Contact: Dustin Dunwell

Abstract: Cloud computing requires many different interconnects. These links provide connectivity between and among CPUs, accelerators, memory, and switches; each link comes with its own distance and bandwidth requirements. Wireline transceivers are responsible for sending and receiving data from one chip to and from another, thus enabling required connectivity. Key specifications for such designs include data rate, power consumption, area, and connection distance. Distance and data rate specifications, in particular, drive the choice of physical channel to be used for the connection, which in turn drives requirements including the equalization capabilities of the transceiver. For short chip-to-chip channels with limited frequency-dependent loss, simple transceivers with little or no integrated equalization are appropriate, while for longer channels crossing backplanes and involving multiple transitions through connectors, complex transceivers with adaptive transmit and receive equalization are the right choice. As connection distances grow even longer, optical interconnect becomes an attractive option. In this talk, a framework for understanding serial link design will be presented, including a discussion of basic equalization strategies and key challenges. Next, several design examples will be presented, covering approaches to key classes of interconnect, from short reach channels to backplane channels to enabling highly integrated optical approaches. The talk will conclude with a discussion of emerging directions in this field.

Biography: Daniel Friedman is currently a Distinguished Research Staff Member and Senior Manager of the Communication Circuits and Systems department of the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center. He received his doctorate from Harvard University in 1992 and subsequently completed post-doctoral work at Harvard and consulting work at MIT Lincoln labs, broadly in the area of image sensor design. After joining IBM in 1994, he initially developed field-powered RFID tags before turning to high data rate wireline and wireless communication. His current research interests include high-speed I/O design, PLL design, mmWave circuits and systems, and circuit/system approaches to enabling new computing paradigms. He was a co-recipient of the Beatrice Winner Award for Editorial Excellence at the 2009 ISSCC, the 2009 JSSC Best Paper Award (given in 2011), and the 2017 ISSCC Lewis Winner Outstanding Paper Award; he holds more than 50 patents and has authored or co-authored more than 75 publications. He was a member of the BCTM technical program committee from 2003-2008 and of the ISSCC international technical program committee from ISSCC 2009 through ISSCC 2016; he served as the Wireline sub-committee chair from ISSCC 2012 through ISSCC 2016. He has served as the Short Course Chair from ISSCC 2017 to the present and is a member of the SSCS Adcom since 2018.


Sunday, November 4th, 2018

Saturday November 10th, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. the “App-a-thon” is starting – a competition in which students are challenged to create a Mobile Application within a span of 24-hours. This is an open-ended hackathon where creativity and technical skills are encouraged to develop a unique App.

Day & Time: 10:00 a.m. Saturday November 10th – 10:00 a.m. Sunday November 11th, 2018

Organizers: IEEE Ryerson Student Branch, IEEE Toronto WIE

Location: Room ENG 303
George Vari Engineering and Computing Centre
Ryerson University
Toronto, ON M5B 1Z4



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Photonics Integration for Applications in Astrophotonics and Quantum Information

Sunday, November 4th, 2018

Friday Nov 16, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. Mario Dagenais, Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Maryland, will be presenting “Photonics Integration for Applications in Astrophotonics and Quantum Information”.

Day & Time: Friday November 16th, 2018
2:00 p.m. ‐ 3:00 p.m.

Speaker: Mario Dagenais
Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Maryland

Organizers: IEEE Toronto Circuits & Devices Chapter

Location: Room SF1101
10 King’s College Rd,
Toronto, ON M5S 3G4

Contact: Mengqi Wang

Abstract: We will describe our work on optical integration on a chip, in particular how to realize a complex waveguide Bragg grating for rejecting several emission lines from the atmosphere for astronomical observation and how to implement an integrated spectrometer based on Arrayed Waveguide Gratings (AWGs) or on echelle gratings. We will also present our work for creating an on-chip ultra-high rejection filter (> 100 dB) for applications in quantum information.

Biography: Professor Dagenais’ research interests are in photonics integration, high efficiency photovoltaic conversion, and nitride optoelectronics. Professor Dagenais received his Ph.D. from the University of Rochester in 1978 working in Quantum Optics and photon correlations under the direction of Professor Mandel. Together with Jeff Kimble, he made the first observation of photon antibunching. He was a Research Fellow at Harvard University from 1978 to 1980, where he worked in nonlinear optics with Professor Bloembergen. From 1980 to 1987, he worked at GTE Laboratories on photonic switching and semiconductor lasers. He joined the University of Maryland in 1987 where he has been Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering since 1991. He has more than 300 archival and conference publications. He has co-chaired several national and international meetings. Professor Dagenais is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America, a Fellow of IEEE, and a Fellow of the Electromagnetic Society.

Improving Communication Skills for Engineers

Thursday, November 1st, 2018

Monday, November 19th, 2018, Hugo Sánchez-Reategui, Consultant of Alectra Utilities (formerly PowerStream Inc.), and Ted Lyberogiannis, Senior Manager at an electrical utility in Toronto, will be presenting “Improving Communication Skills for Engineers”.

Day & Time: Monday November 19th, 2018
6:15 p.m. ‐ 8:30 p.m.

Organizers: IEEE Toronto Young Professionals Affinity Group and Industry Relations Committee

Location: 350 Victoria St
Toronto, Ontario
Canada M5B 2K3
Room Number: LIB 072

Contact: Miad Fard


Abstract: We are excited to announce that IEEE Toronto Section’s Young Professionals Affinity Group and Industry Relations Committee will be hosting a seminar on Improving Communication Skills for Engineers with distinguished speakers who will share their experiences and speak about the opportunities, possibilities, and challenges in an engineering workplace and the required communication skills. You will hear first-hand tips on how to become an excellent communicator to advance your career.

The focus of this seminar is on communication skills one requires to be successful in an engineering profession. This seminar could be of special interest to engineering students, new graduates, young engineers, and young professionals in general.


Hugo Sánchez-Reategui

Hugo Sanchez-Reategui has been a consultant of Alectra Utilities (formerly PowerStream Inc.) for the past 8 years confirming capacity for Embedded Distributed Generators dealing with stakeholders, developers, utilities and government agencies.He is a current member of Professional Engineers of Ontario (PEO), OSPE (Ontario Society of Professional Engineers) , past member of Toastmasters International (Public Speaking) for 7 years and VP of Public Relations of Toastmasters (elected twice). He earned a Bachelor of Engineering at National University of Callao, Peru and IEEQB Program Certificate at Ryerson University in 2010.

Hugo has been an active volunteer member of IEEE Toronto (largest IEEE section in Canada) since 2016, he has been supporting student branches, chapters and IEEE Canada conferences. During his past volunteering role of 2 years (2016 – 2018) with IEEE Toronto, he led the Industry Relations Committee, managing a selected group of volunteers to work on technology topics i.e. Cyber Security, Smart Grid, Smart Cities and other emerging technologies showing the awareness of these topics and promoting the IEEE brand as a technology leader in Canada and North America.

In addition, Hugo mentors undergrad, new grad students and participates as a speaker in IEEE events.
His technical interests include Smart Grid Technologies, Distribution Operations, Substation Communications and Protection of Distribution Systems.

Ted Lyberogiannis

Ted is a Professional Engineer with a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Toronto and a Master’s degree in Electrical Power Systems from the University of Waterloo. He is also currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Energy and Infrastructure Law from Osgoode Hall Law school. He currently works as a senior manager at an electrical utility in Toronto.

Upon graduating from his Bachelor’s degree in 2004, he realized that his technical abilities would be of little use if he was unable to communicate effectively. Shortly after graduating, he began practicing his public speaking by joining a local Toastmasters club at his work. He is now an experienced Toastmaster who has won dozens of public speaking contests and has competed at the Semi-Finals of the World Championships of Public Speaking on two occasions. He is a firm believer in the power of communication and that anyone can become a good public speaker if they practice enough.

Voith Hydro Coil Factory Tour

Thursday, November 1st, 2018

IEEE Dielectric and Electrical Insulation Ontario has arranged a facility tour of Voith Hydro Coil Factory in Mississauga on Wednesday, November 14th, 2018.

Day & Time: Wednesday November 14th, 2018
12:00 p.m. ‐ 2:00 p.m.

Organizers: IEEE Toronto Dielectrics & Electrical Insulation Chapter

Location: 2185 N Sheridan Way
Mississauga, Ontario
Canada L5K 1A4

Contact: Ali Naderian, PhD., P.Eng., SM IEEE


Abstract: Voith Hydro Mississauga has been serving many customers and all Voith Hydro locations worldwide by manufacturing coils and delivering distinctive services. The location combines both a high-tech facility, which was completely modernized in 2009, and highly experienced and specialized staff. The forward-looking decision in 1990 to relocate the old Westinghouse Hydro Generation Service to Mississauga was a great success. This helped us to innovate our products and create new jobs”, explains Peter MacLennan, COO of Voith Hydro Mississauga.

Please register by Oct 2 2018 in order to attend.

Connecting your IoT Device with LoRaWAN to The Things Network (TTN)

Monday, October 29th, 2018

Saturday, December 1st 2018, Dennis Cecic, P. Eng., SMIEEE., Senior Technical Training Engineer with Microchip Technology Canada Inc., will be presenting “Connecting your IoT Device with LoRaWAN to The Things Network (TTN)”.

Day & Time: Saturday December 1st, 2018
10:00 a.m. ‐ 2:00 p.m.

Speaker: Dennis Cecic, P. Eng., SMIEEE.
Senior Technical Training Engineer with Microchip Technology Canada Inc.
Chair of the IEEE Toronto Computer Society

Organizers: IEEE Toronto Computer Society

Location: Room ENG101, Ryerson University (George Vari Engineering and Computing Centre)
245 Church Street
Toronto, Ontario
Canada M5B 1Z4

Contact: Dennis Cecic, P. Eng., SMIEEE.


Abstract: The long range and low-power capability of LoRaWANTM combined with the flexibility and ease of use of The Thing Network’s open source data network makes this one of the easiest ways for an embedded engineer to create an end-to-end IoT solution.

In this hands-on workshop, attendees will learn how to send sensor data from a low cost, low-power sensor all the way to a user application. The class will walk through connecting a LoRaWAN-enabled endpoint through a LoRaWAN gateway to The Things Network’s servers and finally to an end user application.

Upon completion, attendees will be equipped to deploy each piece of this IoT solution.


RSVP is required for this event. Please visit for more details and to register.

FEES: All $29.95 + 13% HST

Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Attendees will be provided with a sensor board for use during the workshop. Attendees may purchase the sensor board separately:

Attendees are expected to download courseware and install software onto their laptop computers before attending the event per instructions here (see README.txt):

Biography: Dennis is a Senior Technical Training Engineer with Microchip Technology Canada Inc., specializing in microcontrollers, embedded software and the internet of things (IoT). His industrial embedded design experience includes development of microwave, infrared and acoustic motion sensors for the commercial security system market, as well as specialty devices for assisted living. He has also developed and taught courses in 32-bit microcontrollers and DSP in the school of electronics at Seneca College. He holds a B. Eng. Degree in Electrical Engineering from Ryerson University. Dennis is also the current Chair of the IEEE Computer Society – Toronto Chapter.

Experience with an on-line hydro generator expert system monitoring system

Friday, October 12th, 2018

Thursday, November 15th 2018, IEEE Toronto Industry Application Society will be hosting a talk on “Experience with an on-line hydro generator expert system monitoring system”.

Day & Time: Thursday November 15th, 2018
6:00 p.m. ‐ 7:00 p.m.

Organizer: IEEE Toronto Industry Application Society

Location: Building: Bahen Centre for Information Technology
University of Toronto
40 St. George Street
Toronto, Ontario
Canada M5S2E4

Contact: Hoda Youssef


Abstract: Current technological advances in condition monitoring are employing an increasing number of complex sensors and advanced monitors to diagnose the operating status and condition of hydro generators and turbines. Advanced systems routinely employed may include bearing vibration, air gap, shaft voltage, and current monitoring, partial discharge, and flux monitoring. Proper interpretation of this often complex information can lower operating and maintenance expenses, in addition to reducing unscheduled outages and catastrophic failures. However, the volume of available data from these monitors, and the extensive interpretation necessary to evaluate the complex waveforms and spectrums can overwhelm plant personnel and resources. Sophisticated software and algorithms are often necessary to correlate and interpret this data to establish the overall generator and drive train condition. HydroX™ (for Hydro Expert) is a commercial knowledge-based expert system program for on-line monitoring of hydro-generators. Working with the New York Power Authority, the system was developed over five years by Iris Power and GE -Bently Nevada. After a further two years of prototype evaluation at NYPA’s St. Lawrence Power Project on two 60MVA generators, the validated system is now commercially available and will be described.

Utility Protection Relay Fundamentals

Friday, October 12th, 2018

Wednesday, October 17th 2018, Eric Stark, Sr. Engineering Training & Consulting with RNItechnology, will be presenting “Utility Protection Relay Fundamentals”.

Day & Time: Wednesday October 17th, 2018
5:30 p.m. ‐ 7:30 p.m.

Speaker: Eric Stark
Sr. Engineering Training & Consulting with RNItechnology

Organizers: IEEE Toronto & IEEE Ryerson

Location: Ryerson University 341 Yonge St
Toronto, Ontario
Canada M5B 1S1
Building: Student Learning Centre (SLC)
Room Number: Collaboratory Zone (3rd Floor)

Contact: Sadeed Bari


Biography: Eric Stark is currently a Sr. Engineering Training & Consulting with RNItechnology. Eric’s mission is to educate the masses on how to protect a smart grid, something he is more than qualified for considering his 31 years of experience in electrical engineering, control, automation and protection. He is a sought after expert and trainer for Protection & Control, Engineering and Project management with expert knowledge in Protection & Control relays and SCADA. In addition, Eric has organized, consulted and delivered successfully, achieving 100% customer satisfaction on numerous engineering events and training around the globe like USA, Canada, Malaysia, South Africa, Nigeria, Uganda, Ghana and Middle East.

Iguana Interface Engine, A day in the life of an integration engineer

Saturday, October 6th, 2018

Iguana interface engine allows integration with EHRs and other healthcare applications. Several EHRs systems can be connected via Iguana: Epic, Allscrips, Meditech, athenahealth, Cerner, etc. Iguana can process any data format and supports all protocols.

Date & Time: Friday, October 12, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Speakers: Amandeep Aujla, Integration Engineer at iNTERFACEWARE

Location: Centennial College, Progress Campus, Room A3-15

Organizer: Education Committee, IEEE Toronto Section

Contact: Dr. Maryam Davoudpour