IEEE Toronto Section


Archive for the ‘events’ Category

ComSoc Technical Seminar: Through-the-Earth Mine Communications Theory & Practice

Wednesday, November 1st, 2017

Thursday, November 16th at 4:00 p.m. Ekaterina Korolkova, senior teacher in the Siberian Federal University in the Department of Radio Electronics, will be presenting “ComSoc Technical Seminar: Through-the-Earth Mine Communications Theory & Practice”.

Day & Time: Thursday, November 16th, 2017
4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Speaker: Ekaterina Korolkova
Senior Teacher, Department of Radio Electronics, Siberian Federal University
Lead Engineer in Research and Manufacturing Company “Iridium” (Russian Federation)

Location: Room ENG 460, Ryerson University
245 Church St, Toronto, ON M5B 1Z4

Contact: Eman Hammad

Organizer: IEEE Toronto Communication Society

Abstract: Safety is an important factor in the mining industry. Through-The-Earth technology can provide communication both in everyday usage and in a case of emergency. Developing the TTE communication systems raises a lot of questions about main system specifications such as a transmitting frequency, current and antenna geometry. This talk is about TTE system experiment in the Republic of Kazakhstan (“Irtishskaya mine”), researches in finding appropriate system specifications and antenna geometry, and finally the implementation of designed system in October 2017. Also we will speak about some propagation difficulties in the real mine and some engineering difficulties connected with mine electromagnetic environment.

In this talk we will represent experimental and numerical modeling results. We compare widely used loop antenna and grounded dipole antenna. One of the most interesting novel results is the influence of the antenna grounding depth to the signal level in the mine.

Biography: Ekaterina Korolkova is a senior teacher in the Siberian Federal University in the Department of Radio electronics teaching “Power supply of electrical systems”, “Networks and radio systems and information protection” and “Computer networks and Internet technologies”. Also she is a lead engineer in Research and Manufacturing Company “Iridium” which is designing radio electronics and doing research works in the field of seismic prospecting and seismic communications. She graduated from Irkutsk state university of railways in 2011 and for 5 years has been working in JSC “Russian Railways” projecting different telecommunication systems for the railways. In 2011-2015 completed Postgraduate studies in the field of system analysis, management and information processing. In 2013 had a title of “Engineer of a year 2013” nomination in “Youth engineering”. Now she is working on the designing the TTE mine communication system which in October 2017 was successfully implemented in the Republic of Kazakhstan in the mine “Irtishskiy”. Ekaterina’s research interests are in areas of mine and cell communication systems, radio electronics, signal propagation and through-the-earth communication systems.

Big Data Based Recommendation Approaches for Healthcare

Monday, October 30th, 2017

IMPORTANT: This event has been rescheduled – the new date and time is to be determined.

Samee U. Khan, Ph.D. from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at North Dakota State University, will be presenting “Big Data Based Recommendation Approaches for Healthcare”.

Day & Time: TBD – Event has been rescheduled

Speaker: Samee U. Khan, Ph.D.
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
North Dakota State University

Location: University of Toronto (Galbraith Building)
35 St. George St.
Toronto, ON M5S 1A4
Room TBD

Contact: Dennis Cecic

Organizer: IEEE Toronto Computer Society

Fees: IEEE Members: Free
Non-Member (Professional): $10 + 13% HST

Abstract: Recommender systems have attained widespread acceptance and have attracted the increased attention by the masses for over a decade. Recommender systems alleviate the complexities of products and services selection tasks and are meant to overcome the issues of information overload. Just like the recommender systems’ prospects in ecommerceand several other business domains, recommender systems have also been developed to offer recommendations about healthcare services and products. Considering the high volumes and dimensionality of healthcare data, utilization of efficient techniques to manage the big data is inevitable.

In this talk, we describe the need and rationale for using the big data enabled techniques for healthcare data. As case studies, we will detail our work on developing recommendation systems for: (a) health insurance products recommendation, (b) health expert recommendation from social media, (c) identification of influential doctors from Twitter, and (d) disease risk assessment services. During the discussion on the cases studies, we will discuss the following issues that are particular to the recommender systems: (a) cold start, (b) long-tail problem, and (c) scalability.

Biography: Samee U. Khan received a BS degree in 1999 from Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology, Topi, Pakistan, and a PhD in 2007 from the University of Texas, Arlington, TX, USA. Currently, he is Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND, USA. Prof. Khan’s research interests include optimization, robustness, and security of systems. His work has appeared in over 300 publications. He is on the editorial boards of leading journals, such as IEEE Access, IEEE Communications Surveys and Tutorials, and IEEE IT Pro. He is an ACM Distinguished Speaker, an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer, a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET, formerly IEE), and a Fellow of the British Computer Society (BCS).

Fingerprints of Black-Box Optimization in Science and Engineering

Friday, October 27th, 2017

Monday November 13, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. Dr. Shahryar Rahnamayan will be presenting “Fingerprints of Black-Box Optimization in Science and Engineering”.

Day & Time: Monday November 13, 2017
3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Speaker: Dr. Shahryar Rahnamayan

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

Abstract: In this research seminar, the speaker will discuss his recent optimization research works and accomplishments, categorized in the following two main groups of contributions: theoretical/developmental and practical. The first group will cover his contributions in large-scale optimization, opposition-based computation, many-objective optimization, image-based large-scale visualization and interaction, incremental cooperative coevolution, micro-differential evolution, 3D visualization of many-objective Pareto-front, innovation, preserving constraint handling, decision making in high-dimensional objective space, and multi-modal optimization. In the practical category, the speaker will explain several real-world applications to demonstrate contributions of optimization in medical image processing, renewable energy systems, forensic science, vibration, scheduling, and wireless sensors network. In this talk, the essential role of complex black-box optimization in since and engineering will be highlighted. This seminar would be beneficial for faculty members and students who conduct “research in optimization” or “optimization in research”.

Biography: Dr. Shahryar Rahnamayan received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees both with honors in software engineering. In 2007, he received his Ph.D. degree in the field of evolutionary computation from the University of Waterloo (UW), Canada. Since 2008, he is an associate professor in the Department of Electrical, Computer, and Software Engineering, University of Ontario Institute of Technology. He is a faculty member of the BEACON Center (an NSF center for study of evolution in action) since 2014; and also adjunct professor at the Systems Design Engineering, University of Waterloo, since 2009. Dr. Rahnamayan was a postdoctoral fellow at the School of Engineering, Simon Fraser University, in 2008. His research is mainly focused on evolutionary computation and its real-world applications. Dr. Rahnamayan has 139 peer-reviewed publications mostly in evolutionary optimization areas, which received 3700 citations (h-index: 24); one of his high-impact journal papers in optimization ranked 23rd out of 194,000 in term of number of citations, 2008-2017. Dr. Rahnamayan co-founded Segasist Technologies Inc., which develops segmentation solutions for medical image analysis and radiation planning; the company raised over $2M and secured the FDA approval. Dr. Rahnamayan has been awarded several prestigious research grants, including, NSERC Discovery Grant and Applied Research and Commercialization Initiative Fund. He recently conducted research as a visiting associate professor at Michigan State University (MI, USA) for two years (2014-2016). Dr. Rahnamayan is an active reviewer for more than thirty international conference and journal papers. He has been awarded the UOIT Research Excellence Award in 2017.

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.

Energy Poverty and Sustainable Solar

Friday, October 20th, 2017

Monday November 6, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. Lisa Oelke and Tanya Deer from Solar Majengo will be presenting “Energy Poverty and Sustainable Solar”.

Day & Time: Monday November 6, 2017
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Speaker: Lisa Oelke
Solar Majengo in Lights & Electricity Program Manager
Former Manager Marketing and Business Development hb Solar Canada
Currently Regional Sales Manager for Almita Piling

Tanya Deer
President of Relsol Inc.
Technical Project Manager for Solar Majengo in Lights & Electricity

Location: Room 202, Galbraith Building
35 St George St, Toronto

Contact: Vasily Grigorovsky

Organizers: IEEE Toronto Young Professionals


Abstract: This talk illustrates a model for creating sustainable energy projects in developing countries, utilizing the presenter’s recent experience with an off-grid solar installation in Africa.

Majengo Children’s Home, Tanzania, East Africa is the site of a 6.25 kilowatt off-grid rooftop solar system.

The presenters will draw on their experience of designing a solar system for sub-Saharan Africa to supply the electrical load requirements for 85 orphaned children and 20 staff. They will touch on the 2.5-year process of raising the funds, sourcing a partner in Tanzania to supply the components, and maximizing local involvement.

The financing model used for this project will be explored in addition to the methods currently being used in other projects to enhance sustainable solar projects in communities at risk in both the developing world and within our own Indigenous communities.

Biography: Ms. Oelke brings international experience in her present role as Manager Marketing and Business Development for hb solar Canada having lived in Canada, France and Jamaica and travelled extensively throughout her career. Her work with at risk teens in Jamaica W.I. in 2004 and volunteering with the Majengo Children’s Home, Tanzania in 2013, were the inspiration for the Solar Majengo project. Ms. Oelke is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario. This is her eighth year in the solar industry. In August she will travel to Iqaluit to do research in identifying a future not for profit solar project in Nunavut.

Having established the first photovoltaic certification lab in Canada, Ms. Deer is a veteran of the solar industry, with experience spanning from testing products to qualifying solar systems of various sizes. Ms. Deer was responsible for the technical aspects of the Majengo Children’s Home Off-grid PV System, including interacting with suppliers and on-site personnel for the design, component sourcing, and installation of the off-grid system. She is heavily involved with standards development to increase the reliability of PV systems, including those for off-grid and rural applications.

Manufacturing Facility Tour of SIEMENS RuggedCom in Vaughan

Monday, October 16th, 2017

IEEE Toronto and SIEMENS Canada are proud to present a manufacturing facility tour of SIEMENS RuggedCom in Vaughan.

Day & Time: Thursday, November 2, 2017
9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Location: 300 Applewood Crescent, Vaughan
ON L4K 4E5, Canada

Contact: Omid Alizadeh

Organizers: IEEE Toronto’s Siemens and Industry Relations Committees and Power & Energy Chapter.

* Please register to reserve your spot and ensure to include your affiliation in the ‘Special Request’ box.

Cost: No charge!

Abstract: RuggedCom designs and manufactures rugged communications networks for mission critical applications in harsh environments. RuggedCom is a “Center of Excellence” for Industrial Switches and Routers for harsh environments and critical infrastructure (based on IEC61850). Our products perform reliably in virtually all types of mission-critical networks – in substation automation, self-healing power grids and “smart grid” systems, in intelligent transportation systems for traffic management and railway control systems, as well as in process control and manufacturing automation systems used across multiple industrial sectors.

IEEE Toronto’s Industry Relations Committee and Power & Energy Chapter would like to thank Siemens RuggedCom for hosting this very successful tour and their amazing hospitality.

Cyber Security of the Digital Substation: Hands-on Training

Wednesday, October 4th, 2017

IEEE Toronto Industrial Relationships, Communication Society chapter and University of Toronto Electrical Engineering Department are excited to invite all interested to a two-days hands-on workshop on:

Cyber Security of the Digital Substation: Hands-on Training
Facilitated by Steel McCreery, Integration Application Specialist II Communications, Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories

Day & Time: Saturday & Sunday, October 21-22, 2017
4-hour workshop (10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.) on Saturday
6-hour workshop (9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.) on Sunday

Location: Room BA 7180
Bahen Centre for Information Technology
40 St George St, Toronto, ON M5S 2E4

Cost: $10.00 + Tax (event is of limited capacity to 24 seats because of equipment limitations).
Register at

Requirements: Participants should bring their own laptop that has a 10/100 Base T Ethernet port and have administrator rights for their computer to configure the Ethernet port IP address.

Workshop Agenda: Saturday Oct. 21 (10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.) – Ethernet Fundamentals
This four hour session will focus on the practical aspects of implementing Ethernet-based LANs within the substation.
Topics include:
– OSI model
– Ethernet media and topologies commonly used within substations
– Ethernet hub operation and CSMA/CD
– Switch learning and operation
– SEL-2730M Managed 24-Port Ethernet Switch hardware overview and ordering options
– Hands-on lab exercises using the SEL-2730M Switches include:
– Login and account management
– Configuration of QoS (VLANs and priority)
– Configuration and testing of Rapid Spanning Tree protocol (RSTP)
– Time permitting the class will have a brief overview of the routing process: ( IPv4 addressing , DHCP , DNS, ARP, routing process)

Sunday Oct. 22 (9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.) – Cyber security
In this session, participants will:
– Discover that sensible cybersecurity is not difficult.
– Learn how to set up a virtual private network (VPN) to provide confidential communications and maintain data integrity.
– Understand the importance of authentication.
– Configure firewall rules to prevent malicious traffic from entering or exiting private networks to protect cyber assets.
– Understand the role of syslog to report and collect device events.
– Learn the methods to secure both Ethernet and wireless communications.

Trainer Biography: Steel McCreery

Integration Application Specialist II Communications with Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories since May 2012. McCreery provides communications and automation applications engineering support to sales, consultants, utility and industrial customers in addition to SEL’s internal Engineering Services team.

Professional Experience Summary:
– Professional with thirty three years of applications experience in the areas of data communication, automation and training.
– Developed national and international training centres for GE Multilin, Siemens and Omron.
– The Sales Applications Engineer for Data Communications, Automation and Networking products.
– Extensive experience in the design and commissioning of control systems and communication networks for industrial and electrical power utility applications.

IEEE Toronto Section Annual General Meeting 2017

Saturday, September 30th, 2017

All members, along with their guest, are invited to attend the IEEE Toronto Section Annual General Meeting (AGM). The AGM is an occasion to celebrate the achievements of the Toronto Section, made possible by its dedicated volunteers and members.

This year, the AGM will also include elections for a new set of Section Officers, to serve in 2018 – 2019.

Date: Saturday, October 21, 2017
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.


Cost: Life members (inc. one guest): $50.00 CAD. Other members (inc. one guest): $70.00 CAD.
Contact our section secretary, Ali Nabavi for details.

Location: 21 Old Mill Rd, Toronto, ON, Canada
Building: Brûlé C

Please notice the following:
• Dress code is Elegant Casual.
• Seats are limited; RSVP is mandatory.

We look forward to seeing you all on October 21, 2017!

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


History of Technological Innovation: The First Revolution in Information Technology

Friday, September 22nd, 2017

Thursday October 26, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. Ken Bousfield, Partner at Bereskin & Parr LLP, will be presenting “History of Technological Innovation: The First Revolution in Information Technology”.

Day & Time: Thursday October 26, 2017
5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Speaker: Ken Bousfield, B.A.Sc., LL.B
Partner at Bereskin & Parr LLP

Location: Sidney Smith Hall, Room 1074
University of Toronto
100 St. George Street, Toronto, M5S 3G3

Contact: Emanuel Istrate

Organizers: IEEE Toronto Engineering and Human Environment Chapter in collaboration with the Impact Centre at the University of Toronto

Abstract: Using the invention of the printing press as a starting point, this fast-paced presentation traces technological developments in the spread of information, and the larger economic consequences flowing from that development.

More than five hundred years ago, an inventor in the information technology sector saw a business opportunity in an unmet economic need. The IT start-up he founded became an agent of profound change. The obstacles encountered by the inventor continue to face IT start-up ventures today.

The rapid spread of printing transformed the process of accumulation, organisation, preservation and dissemination of knowledge. It had, and still has, effects on every field of human endeavour, whether in commerce, education, science and engineering, or arts and literature. This presentation discusses the pre-existing technology, the change in technology, the further changes driven by the original innovation, and the effects of that technological change.

Join us for an entertaining, thought-provoking presentation that identifies important lessons for innovation in a knowledge-based society.

Biography: Ken Bousfield, P.Eng., LL.B (Toronto); B.A. Sc. (Mech. Eng., Waterloo) is a partner at Bereskin & Parr, a firm specializing in Intellectual Property Law. He has been a patent lawyer for 23 years. He has had a life-long interest in the history of technological innovation.