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IEEE Toronto Section Annual General Meeting

Saturday, September 12th, 2015

IEEE Toronto Section Annual General Meeting

When: Saturday, October 17, 2015 from 6:30 to 10 pm

Where: 21 Old Mill Road
Toronto, Ontario
Canada, M8X 1G5

The Annual General Meting (AGM) of the IEEE Toronto Section is an occasion to celebrate our achievements, made possible by its dedicated volunteers and members. This year, the AGM will also include the elections for a new set of Section officers, to serve in 2016-2017.

6:30 PM: Reception and Cash bar
7:00 PM: Sitting and Introductions
7:30 PM: Dinner and Keynote Presentation on the Canadarm, by Craig Thornton, MDA
8:30 PM: Section Report by Emanuel Istrate
9:00 PM: IEEE Toronto Section Awards
9:40 PM: IEEE Toronto Section Elections
10:00 PM: Closing Remarks

Please notice the following:
• Dress code is Elegant Casual.
• Section members (and one guest) can purchase tickets by contacting The cost is CAD$50,00 (Life Members) and CAD$70,00 (Other Members).
• Seats are limited; RSVP is mandatory.

To attend the AGM, please register here:
Registration closes on October 9.

Bio for Craig Thornton:
Craig Thornton is Vice President and General Manager of the Robotics and Automation Division within MDA’s Information Systems Group. Craig’s team was/is responsible for key Canadian signature programs such as the iconic Shuttle Remote Manipulator System (i.e., Canadarm) for the now retired Shuttle Fleet and the Canadarm2 & Dextre robotic systems for the International Space Station. The Robotics and Automation Division has also achieved many successes in the application of its space robotics heritage to “terrestrial” applications. These include the NeuroArm (now known by the trade name SymbisTM) neurosurgical robot, inducted into the Space Technology Hall of Fame in 2014, as well as robotics and automation systems for other medical, nuclear, mining and security applications. Craig worked at Spar Aerospace for 10 years before its acquisition in 1999 by MDA, where he held a variety of both technical and management positions, including Director of Engineering and Manufacturing. In 1999, he left MDA to grow and develop a small business (CIMTEK Inc.) in the field of automated, electronic, functional test equipment and services. During the next 9 years, Craig and his partners built the business through several acquisitions in the UK and the US and the establishment of Greenfield operations in Monterrey, Mexico and Suzhou, China. After building CIMTEK to an attractive size, Craig and his partners sold the business in early 2008. Following the sale, he was involved in several small technology start-ups as an angel investor and senior manager until his return to MDA in 2010. Born and educated in Ontario, Canada, Craig holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Human Biology/Biomechanics from the University of Guelph and a Masters of Applied Science in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering from the University of Toronto. Craig has been happily married to Jane for 32 years. He has two sons, Michael and Jason. Michael is a 4th year B. Comm. student at Ryerson University and Jason is a 3rd year Electrical Engineering Student at McMaster University. Craig is an avid soccer player and coach, mountain biker, skier and wind surfer. He has also been known to race Porsche’s from time-to-time. When he’s not doing any of these things he is likely sitting on the dock at his cottage with his family, friends and a cold beverage.

2015 IEEE International Conference on Application-Specific Architectures, Systems, and Processors (ASAP)

Monday, June 15th, 2015

Sponsored by the IEEE Computer Society, the conference covers the theory and practice of application-specific systems, architectures and processors, building upon traditional strengths in areas such as computer arithmetic, cryptography, compression, signal and image processing, network processing, reconfigurable computing, and all types of hardware accelerators.

Abstract submission is on February 27, 2015.
Papers are due on March 6, 2015.
Notifications are sent out May 15, 2015.
The conference will be held July 27-29, 2015.

For more information about the conference see:

For more details on the Call for Papers see:

IEEE Authors and Canada’s Open Access Policy

Sunday, April 12th, 2015

IEEE’s publication policies enable Canadian research authors to comply with requirements of the Tri-Agency Open Access Policy on Publications issued in late February 2015. This policy requires free and open access (OA) to research funded by grants from any of three agencies: the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).

The policy specifies that the public access requirements apply to articles published in peer-reviewed journals. (Articles submitted to conference proceedings are not specified.) Grant recipients must acknowledge agency contributions in all peer-reviewed publications, quoting the Funding Reference Number (FRN for CIHR or Application ID for NSERC, SSHRC). Canada’s policy requires that grant recipients must make their work publicly available in one of two ways, both of which are compatible with IEEE’s author posting policy:

1. Publication in “Gold” OA Journals
From Tri-Agency OA Policy: “Grant recipients can publish in a journal that offers immediate open access or that offers open access on its website within 12 months. Some journals require authors to pay article processing charges (APCs) to make manuscripts freely available upon publication. The cost of publishing in open access journals is an eligible expense under the Use of Grant Funds.”

IEEE policy: Sometimes called “gold” open access, payment of an APC to make an article freely available immediately upon publication is available in several new, fully open IEEE journals. IEEE’s traditional journals also provide gold OA for individual articles through a program called “hybrid” open access. (See IEEE Open Access Publishing Options for more information.)

2. Deposit in Online Repositories
From Tri-Agency OA Policy: “Grant recipients may meet requirements by depositing their final, peer-reviewed manuscript into an institutional or disciplinary repository that will make the manuscript freely accessible within 12 months of publication. It is the responsibility of the grant recipient to determine which publishers allow authors to retain copyright and/or allow authors to archive journal publications in accordance with funding agency policies.”

IEEE policy: Authors’ self-archiving of their articles, sometimes called “green” open access, is permitted under IEEE’s author posting policy. PSPB Operations Manual Section 8.1.9 states: “Authors and/or their employers shall have the right to post the accepted version of IEEE-copyrighted articles on their own personal servers or the servers of their institutions or employers without permission from IEEE … [and] IEEE allows its authors to follow mandates of 2 agencies that fund the author’s research by posting accepted versions of their articles in the agencies’ publicly accessible repositories.” Authors may deposit their own version (or “postprint”) of a peer-reviewed article in a publicly accessible repository operated by their institution or in any repository that is acceptable to the CIHR, NSERC or SSHRC. (See IEEE FAQ for more information.)

Implementation Dates
The CIHR updated its policy in January 2013 to require public access to its funded research, and the policy applies to all CIHR grants awarded 1 Jan. 2008 and onward.
For research funded in whole or in part by NSERC or SSHRC, the new policy applies to all grants awarded 1 May 2015 and onward.

Open Data Requirements
Of the three agencies covered by the policy, only CIHR requires that research authors make their supporting data publicly available. CIHR requires that authors deposit “bioinformatics, atomic, and molecular coordinate data into the appropriate public database (e.g. gene sequences deposited in GenBank) immediately upon publication of research results.” Examples of research outputs and corresponding public repositories are provided in the Annex. Funded researchers are required to retain original data for five years after the end of the grant.

The grant recipient is responsible for ensuring adherence with the Tri-Agency policy. According to the Tri-Agency web site, “in the event of an alleged breach of agency policy, the process outlined in Section 6.1 of the Tri-Agency Framework: Responsible Conduct of Research may be followed.”

Other Online Resources
Publishing Documents for OA Authors – IEEE’s Open Access Publishing Agreement and the CC BY License

SHERPA-RoMEO – Index of publishers’ policies

For further information on IEEE policies, please e-mail