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IEEE Toronto Section Annual General Meeting 2018

Monday, October 1st, 2018

On behalf of the IEEE Toronto Section, you are cordially invited to join us in our annual IEEE Toronto Section AGM/Dinner event. The AGM is a special occasion to celebrate the achievements of the Toronto Section, made possible by its dedicated volunteers and members.

Date: Saturday, November 10, 2018
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

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

FREE Registrations (by Oct. 25): Please fill out the registration HERE – space is limited and we anticipate a high demand.

– Each Chapter/Affinity group should register two representatives for the AGM (typically the Chair and Vice-Chair or other team member) and two guests of your choice.
– Each student branch should register two students representatives for the the AGM and two guests of your choice, in addition to the Branch counsellor and one guest.
– Please fill out a single registration form for you and your guest.
– You may also register for free if you have received a personal invitation from the Section Officers.
– Since space is very limited please do not register unless you are committed to attend.

PAID registrations: Additional tickets may be available in limited supply; please contact Maryam Davoudpour for special requests.

Keynote Speaker: We are delighted to announce that this year’s keynote speaker is Mr. Jim Balsillie’s, one of the most prominent tech entrepreneurs in Canadian history. This is a unique opportunity to hear his insights on the global tech landscape.

Biography: Jim Balsillie’s career is unique in Canadian business. He is a former Chairman and co-CEO of Research In Motion (BlackBerry), a Canadian technology company he scaled from an idea to $20 billion in sales globally.

He is a co-founder of the Institute for New Economic Thinking based in New York City and the Council of Canadian Innovators (CCI) based in Toronto. He currently chairs the Board of Directors of Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) and CCI. He is also the founder of the Centre for International Governance Innovation, the Balsillie School of International Affairs and Arctic Research Foundation and founding co-chair of the CIO Strategy Council.

Mr. Balsillie was the only Canadian ever appointed to US Business Council and the sole private sector representative on the UN Secretary General’s High Panel for Sustainability. He is the only Canadian member of the US Council on Competitiveness and an internationally renowned voice on innovation strategy, competitiveness and international economic policy. He testified to the US Senate on America Innovates Act, a landmark legislation for management of intellectual property.

His awards include: several honorary degrees, Canadian Business Hall of Fame, Mobile World Congress Lifetime Achievement Award, Time Magazine’s World’s 100 Most Influential People and three times Barron’s list of “World’s Top CEOs.

We look forward to seeing you all on November 10, 2018!

2018 Outstanding Section Membership Recruitment and Retention Performance

Wednesday, July 11th, 2018

We are pleased to announce that the IEEE Toronto Section has met both of its recruitment and retention goals for the 2018 membership year. Thank you and congratulations to all members of the IEEE Toronto Section!

The membership development goals were developed based on our section’s three year performance. Your effort in both recruiting and retaining your members is truly making a difference both locally and in the overall growth of IEEE.

Honorable Mention – 2017 WIE Affinity Group of the Year

Friday, June 15th, 2018

Congratulations to the IEEE Toronto WIE Affinity Group for being named as the recipient of an Honorable Mention for the 2017 WIE Affinity Group of the Year Award. This award is given for demonstrated dedication and service to women in engineering, and providing enriching opportunities to section members and the greater community.

New Executive for IEEE Toronto 2018-2019

Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018

At the beginning of the year, a new set of officers has taken over the leadership of our section for the term 2018 – 2019. They are:

IEEE Toronto Section Chair

Olivier Trescases, PhD, PEng, IEEE SM

Associate Professor, University of Toronto

Dr. Olivier Trescases received his Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering at the University of Toronto in 2007. He joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Toronto as an Assistant Professor in January 2009, and was promoted to Associate Professor in July 2014. He conducts research on power electronics for automotive, industrial, aerospace and renewable energy applications. Dr. Trescases has worked for some of the top global semiconductor companies, including Infineon, NXP Semiconductor and Texas Instruments. He is the founder of Tecium Designs, a company specializing in power electronics and power ICs in Toronto. He is the co-inventor for 12 patents. Dr. Trescases has published over 70 papers in IEEE conferences and journals. He received three best-paper awards, one IEEE Vehicular Technology award as well as the 2010 Green Innovation Award from the City of Toronto. He is currently the Vice Chair of the IEEE Toronto Section and has served on the technical committee of various IEEE conferences, including the Applied Power Electronics Conference (APEC), the International Symposium on Power Semiconductor Devices & ICS (ISPSD), the Custom Integrated Circuits Conference (CICC) and the Vehicle Power and Propulsion Conference (VPPC). He is currently an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics.

IEEE Toronto Section Vice-Chair

Ali Nabavi, PhD, PEng, IEEE SM

Senior Research Associate, University of Toronto

Dr. Nabavi is a Senior Member of IEEE and a professional engineer in the Province of Ontario. He received the B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in electrical engineering from Amirkabir University of Technology, Tehran, Iran, in 1987 and 1990, respectively, and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Toronto in 1996. Upon graduation he joined the University of Mazandaran, Iran as a faculty member in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Since then he has been actively engaged in research and development in the general area of power systems, power electronics and teaching and supervising of graduate students. He was elevated to the rank of associate professor in 2003. Since 2004, he has been with the Centre for Applied Power Electronics (CAPE), University of Toronto, as a Senior Research Associate and has been actively collaborating on research projects with various utilities and advanced industries. During his academic career, he have supervised more than 29 graduate students, published more than 25 journal papers, 45 technical papers, numerous proprietary industry presentations and technical reports and six patent disclosures in the areas of energy systems, power electronics and power systems.

IEEE Toronto Section Secretary

Maryam Davoudpour, PhD, IEEE SM

Professor, Humber College

Dr. Davoudpour received the M.A.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from the Moscow State Technical University of Bauman in Information Technology and Control Complex Systems, and she also holds a B.Sc in Electrical Engineering. She joined Ryerson University in 2008 and recently Humber College. She works in both industry and academia, and was involved in various successful R&D projects. She was a NSERC fellow for her post-doctoral work. She is a member of the DMZ (Digital Media Zone) at Ryerson University.

Dr. Davoudpour’s research interests are in the areas of Nonlinear Modeling, Knowledge-Based Expert Systems, Petri Nets, Modeling Context Aware Systems and Internet of Things.
She is an active reviewer of various IEEE publications and conferences. Dr. Davoudpour is the chair of the IEEE Instrumentation, Measurement, Robotics and Automation chapter in Toronto and she is the Chair of Women in Engineering (WIE) at IEEE Toronto, as well as the WIE representative for Central Canada.

IEEE Toronto Section Treasurer

Marjan Alavi, PhD, PEng

Professor, Sheridan College

Dr. Alavi received her Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering (Control and Instrumentations) from K.N. Toosi University of Technology in 2004 and her Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering (Micro- and Nano-Electronic Devices) from Sharif University of Technology in 2007. She received the Singapore International Graduate Award in January 2010 and has a Ph.D. from the School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering of Nanyang Technological University (NTU). She was a research associate at NTU working with Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology and Rolls-Royce on developing model-based fault diagnosis, fault tolerant control, and prognosis methods for hybrid systems. She was a member of the Electronics Department at Bloorintar Co. where she designed and manufactured programmable power supplies and electronic lab instruments. She was also a member of the Academic Board at Azad University where she taught several courses including Analog and Digital Electronics and was a researcher at the University of Toronto. She has 14 refereed publications and serves as a reviewer for IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics.

We are grateful to Olivier, Ali, Maryam, and Marjan for their dedication to the IEEE and the Toronto Section, and wish them all the best in their new positions.

2017 Outstanding Section Membership Retention Performance

Saturday, September 16th, 2017

We are happy to announce that the IEEE Toronto Section has been awarded the “2017 Outstanding Section Membership Retention Performance” based on it’s three year membership development performance. Thank you to all of the volunteers that helped achieve this goal and all of our valuable members who continue to contribute to the advancement of electrical, electronics and computer engineering and computer science.

IEEE Toronto Section Elections

Sunday, September 10th, 2017

The IEEE Toronto Section is active in serving the local members, the electrical engineering profession and the public through a large number of events, organized by a team of dedicated volunteers. In order to continue these activities, the section will hold elections on Saturday, October 21 for the positions of Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary and Treasurer. The positions are for 2-year terms, from January 2018 to December 2019. The elections will take place during the Annual General Meeting of the section. In preparation for the elections, the section’s Nominations Committee has nominated the following volunteers as candidates.

According to the bylaws of the IEEE Toronto Section, additional nominations from the membership are being solicited. They must be received by October 6, 2017. Please see below for details.

IEEE Toronto Section Chair

Olivier Trescases, PhD, PEng, IEEE SM
Associate Professor, University of Toronto

Dr. Olivier Trescases received his Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering at the University of Toronto in 2007. He joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Toronto as an Assistant Professor in January 2009, and was promoted to Associate Professor in July 2014. He conducts research on power electronics for automotive, industrial, aerospace and renewable energy applications. Dr. Trescases has worked for some of the top global semiconductor companies, including Infineon, NXP Semiconductor and Texas Instruments. He is the founder of Tecium Designs, a company specializing in power electronics and power ICs in Toronto. He is the co-inventor for 12 patents. Dr. Trescases has published over 70 papers in IEEE conferences and journals. He received three best-paper awards, one IEEE Vehicular Technology award as well as the 2010 Green Innovation Award from the City of Toronto. He is currently the Vice Chair of the IEEE Toronto Section and has served on the technical committee of various IEEE conferences, including the Applied Power Electronics Conference (APEC), the International Symposium on Power Semiconductor Devices & ICS (ISPSD), the Custom Integrated Circuits Conference (CICC) and the Vehicle Power and Propulsion Conference (VPPC). He is currently an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics.

IEEE Toronto Section Vice-Chair

Ali Nabavi, PhD, PEng, IEEE SM
Senior Research Associate, University of Toronto

Dr. Nabavi is a Senior Member of IEEE and a professional engineer in the Province of Ontario. He received the B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in electrical engineering from Amirkabir University of Technology, Tehran, Iran, in 1987 and 1990, respectively, and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Toronto in 1996. Upon graduation he joined the University of Mazandaran, Iran as a faculty member in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Since then he has been actively engaged in research and development in the general area of power systems, power electronics and teaching and supervising of graduate students. He was elevated to the rank of associate professor in 2003. Since 2004, he has been with the Centre for Applied Power Electronics (CAPE), University of Toronto, as a Senior Research Associate and has been actively collaborating on research projects with various utilities and advanced industries. During his academic career, he have supervised more than 29 graduate students, published more than 25 journal papers, 45 technical papers, numerous proprietary industry presentations and technical reports and six patent disclosures in the areas of energy systems, power electronics and power systems.

IEEE Toronto Section Secretary

Maryam Davoudpour, PhD, IEEE SM
Professor, Humber College

Dr. Davoudpour received the M.A.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from the Moscow State Technical University of Bauman in Information Technology and Control Complex Systems, and she also holds a B.Sc in Electrical Engineering. She joined Ryerson University in 2008 and recently Humber College. She works in both industry and academia, and was involved in various successful R&D projects. She was a NSERC fellow for her post-doctoral work. She is a member of the DMZ (Digital Media Zone) at Ryerson University.

Dr. Davoudpour’s research interests are in the areas of Nonlinear Modeling, Knowledge-Based Expert Systems, Petri Nets, Modeling Context Aware Systems and Internet of Things.
She is an active reviewer of various IEEE publications and conferences. Dr. Davoudpour is the chair of the IEEE Instrumentation, Measurement, Robotics and Automation chapter in Toronto and she is the Chair of Women in Engineering (WIE) at IEEE Toronto, as well as the WIE representative for Central Canada.

IEEE Toronto Section Treasurer

Marjan Alavi, PhD, PEng
Professor, Sheridan College

Dr. Alavi received her Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering (Control and Instrumentations) from K.N. Toosi University of Technology in 2004 and her Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering (Micro- and Nano-Electronic Devices) from Sharif University of Technology in 2007. She received the Singapore International Graduate Award in January 2010 and has a Ph.D. from the School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering of Nanyang Technological University (NTU). She was a research associate at NTU working with Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology and Rolls-Royce on developing model-based fault diagnosis, fault tolerant control, and prognosis methods for hybrid systems. She was a member of the Electronics Department at Bloorintar Co. where she designed and manufactured programmable power supplies and electronic lab instruments. She was also a member of the Academic Board at Azad University where she taught several courses including Analog and Digital Electronics and was a researcher at the University of Toronto. She has 14 refereed publications and serves as a reviewer for IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics.

Additional nominations for any of the above positions are solicited from the section membership. Nominations must be made in writing, and must be supported by signatures of at least 10 section voting members. Please submit such nominations to the chair of the Nominations Committee, Dr. Emanuel Istrate, at e.istrate@ieee.org. The deadline for nominations is Friday, October 6, 2017. Also, please contact Dr. Istrate for any questions regarding the elections.

Voting for the above positions will take place at the 2017 Annual General Meeting (AGM) of IEEE Toronto, on October 21. More details for the AGM will be announced on the IEEE Toronto Web Page.

Dr. Thamir (Tom) Murad awarded the Order of Honour.

Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

We are very happy to announce that the IEEE Toronto Section Chair, Dr. Thamir (Tom) Murad has just been included in the 2017 Order of Honour of the Professional Engineers of Ontario (PEO). The Order of Honour is a recognition to professional engineers who have rendered conspicuous service to the engineering profession. More information on this year’s recipients is at: http://peo.on.ca/index.php/ci_id/30880/la_id/1.htm

Congratulations, Tom!

Women in Robotics Series: Erica Tiberia

Wednesday, December 21st, 2016

Thank you for joining us for the Women in Robotics Series last night with Erica Tiberia, Entrepreneur, Roboticist, and Educator. Erica shared her experiences competing in the NASA Sample Return Challenge and what she has learned pursuing her passions in science and technology. It was an inspiring talk and Erica generously shared her robot secrets, demonstrating and displaying the robot and the tech inside.

More photos are accessible through the series hashtag on Twitter at #WinRSeries

This series was brought to you by the following partners. Follow them for more events like this:
* Women Engineers Toronto ( @WE_Toronto ),
* IEEE Toronto Section, Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS)
* IEEE Women in Engineering Toronto Section (WIE)
* Get Your Bot On! ( @GetYourBotOn )
* and our host Health Innovation Hub ( @H2i_UofT )

Hope to see you again next time!!

WeTO, GYBO, IEEE EMBS, and IEEE WIE

IEEE N3XT Toronto a Success!

Wednesday, December 21st, 2016

IEEE N3XT™ Toronto was a success with 135 attendees. 53% of the attendees were Young Professionals, 23% were women, and 32% identified as Founders or Entrepreneurs. This is the second year that IEEE N3XT™ has brought great content and networking to the Toronto technical entrepreneur community.
– IEEE N3XT™ Committee

Testimonial from an attendee who went to the Austin and Toronto N3XT events:

“The guest speakers at IEEE N3XT in Austin were amazing — great job. The motivational speeches and knowledge of the experts in the various tracks were just what I needed and I decided to attend Toronto as a result of the good time I had. The IEEE N3XT in Toronto was a great opportunity for me. I came to Toronto to learn how to improve my pitch. The event not only helped with the development of my startup idea, I feel even more confident with the judges feedback on how I can structure my pitch to make it better. I left Toronto with a plethora of information, freindly and unforgettable connections, and new found skills that I can apply to help develop and grow my future. Thanks!”
– David Gramlin, IEEE Student Member, Purdue University; U.S. Airforce

IEEE GlobeCom Workshop: Call for Papers

Saturday, June 18th, 2016

IEEE GlobeCom Workshop: Call for Papers

IEEE is organizing the Workshop on Cyber-Physical Smart Grid Security and Resilience (at IEEE GLOBECOM) in Washington, DC this December.

This workshop addresses issues of cyber-physical smart grid security and resilient energy system design and operation. Emphasis is placed on efficient strategies that harness communication networking, computation and/or control to improve security and resilience through increased adaptability, reliability and functionality.

Paper submission deadline is 1 July. More info can be found in the workshop homepage. See the call for papers at http://toronto.ieee.ca/toronto/files/2016/06/SGSR_GC_Workshop_CFP.pdf.