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Hybrid Renewable Energy Standalone Systems

Tuesday, March 7th, 2017

Friday March 24, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. Dr. Ambrish Chandra of Department of Electrical Engineering, École de technologie supérieure, will be presenting “Hybrid Renewable Energy Standalone Systems”.

Day & Time: Friday, March 24th, 2017
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Speaker: Dr. Ambrish Chandra
Department of Electrical Engineering
École de technologie supérieure

Location: Room BA 4287
Building: Bahen Center of Information Technology
University of Toronto
40 St. George Street, Toronto, ON, M5S2E4

Contact: Sanaz Kanani

Organizers: IAS & PLES Joint Chapter

Register: https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/44319

Abstract: Several isolated areas in the world currently use only diesel generators (DGs) to serve their requirements of electrical energy. However, the use of DGs has many drawbacks: 1) high cost of electricity, 2) air and noise pollution, 3) Loss in fuel efficiency and maintenance cost. To remedy those problems it is better to generate power from a cost-effective, environmental friendly renewable energy sources (RESs) such as wind, solar, hydro, biomass, etc. RESs are clean and almost available all over the planet but are intermittent in nature, especially wind and solar power generations. This makes their integration to micro-grid with DG difficult, especially if the local grid is not connected to the main grid. Hybrid standalone system consists of many elements such as photovoltaic panels, wind turbines, DG, energy storage system, AC and DC loads, dump load etc. Most of these elements are connected to the AC or DC bus via power electronic devices. In this presentation many possible hybrid renewable energy standalone systems will be discussed. Control of some of the systems will be discussed in detail.

Biography: Prof Ambrish Chandra did his engineering degree from the University of Roorkee (presently IIT), India, M.Tech. degree from IIT, New Delhi, India, and Ph.D. degree from University of Calgary, Canada, in 1977, 1980, and 1987, respectively. Since 1994, he is working as a Professor of Electrical Engineering at École de Technologie Supérieure (ETS), Université du Québec, Montréal, Canada.

The key differentiator of Prof. Chandra’s work is in the simplicity and practicality of the new solutions proposed by him. His most significant work is concerned with the advancement of new theory and control algorithms in the following two areas: 1) integration of renewable energy sources to distribution systems with improved power quality features, and 2) power quality improvement in distribution systems. His work has had a significant impact and is now extensively employed in the industry. During the past 20 years he has published around 300 research articles in these two areas. He was instrumental in writing six review articles on power quality; those have now become de-facto standards worldwide. Many of the articles co-authored by him have high Google citations 2036, 867, 603, 325, with total Google citations 9380, h-index 42, i10-index 99, and are being referred by many international researchers. He is a coauthor of the book ‘Power Quality – Problems and Mitigation Techniques’, John Wiley and Sons Ltd, (2015) which deals with the power quality problems in distribution systems.

Prof Chandra is Fellow of many organisations, including IEEE, CAE, EIC, IET and others. He is a Distinguished Lecturer of IEEE Power and Energy Society, and also of IEEE Industry Application Society. He is an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics. He is IEEE Power and Energy Society Montreal Chapter Chair. From May 2012 to September 2015, he was the Director of a multidisciplinary graduate program on ‘Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency’ at ÉTS. Prof Chandra is a professional engineer in the province of Quebec, Canada.

Emerging Trends in Software, Computing, & Application Development

Tuesday, March 7th, 2017

Monday March 13, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. Dr. Ilia Nika, Software Engineering Technology Professor and Coordinator of Software Programs at ICET Department of Centennial College, will be presenting “Emerging Trends in Software, Computing, & Application Development”.

Day & Time: Monday, March 13th, 2017
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Speaker: Dr. Ilia Nika
Software Engineering Technology Professor and Coordinator of Software Programs
ICET Department, Centennial College

Location: Room TRS2164 (8th Floor of the Building)
575 Bay Street (Entrance at 55 Dundas Street West), Ryerson University

Contact: Dr. Maryam Davoudpour

Organizers: WIE, Measurement/Instrumentation-Robotics, Magnetics, Computer Science Department of Ryerson University

Abstract: Software is taking the planet by storm. Whether is engineering, manufacturing, medicine, business, arts, or education, the use of software is changing the way we live and is helping to improve people’s lives.

In this talk we will present several emerging trends in software, computing, and application development, as well as show some of the recent applications in various areas. Most importantly, we will relate the recent changes to ongoing curriculum updates to computing program across the education system.

Biography: Ilia has a Ph.D. in Applied mathematics, and more than 30 years of experience in mathematical modeling, software development, teaching, applied research, and curriculum development.

His main areas of expertise include mathematical modeling, Java and .NET programming, and mobile application development. Ilia has developed several automated systems for signal processing of geophysical data including the solution of inverse resistivity problem in resistivity logging. He is very interested in applications of machine learning in both engineering and education and has developed an application for predicting student retention in community colleges using institutional data and ensemble learning. Ilia has developed and taught courses in Software Systems Design and Computer Communications & Networking degree programs, as well as courses in Software Engineering Technology programs. Ilia has been principal investigator and/or co-investigator in several ARIC projects. He is also an Information Technology Management and Continuing Education part-time instructor, at Ryerson University (2007 – Present). Currently he is teaching Emerging Technologies course for Software Engineering Technology students, Centennial College.

Cyber Security for Utilities Seminar

Tuesday, February 28th, 2017

Wednesday March 22, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. the IEEE Toronto Computer Society/Industrial Relations will be presenting “Cyber Security for Utilities Seminar”.

Day & Time: Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Speakers: Steel McCreery
Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories (SEL)

Doug Westlund, P. Eng.
AESI

Location: University of Toronto
35 St. George St.
Toronto, Ontario
Canada M5S 1A4

Building: Galbraith Building
Room Number: 202

RSVP is required for this event. Please visit https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/44162 for more details and to register.

FEES:
IEEE Members: Free
Non-IEEE Students: Free
Non-Member (Professional): $10 + HST

Abstract: Cyber Security is one of the hottest technology topics ensuring the safety and reliability of the Electrical Grid against cyber-attacks from hackers. This seminar will be a great opportunity for students, new grads, and engineers to have a general overview on cyber security issues and challenges for utilities in North America. Industry Standards such as NERC CIP will be discussed, as will career opportunities on this field.

Join us on our first seminar on Cyber Security with IEEE Toronto Section. We look forward to seeing you at the event!

Biographies:
Steel McCreery is an Integration Application Specialist II Communications, providing communications and automation applications engineering support to sales, consultants, utility and industrial customers in addition to SEL’s internal Engineering Services team.

Doug Westlund, P. Eng., has 30 years’ experience in technology and cyber security in the utility and telecommunications markets. In his role at AESI he assists utility executive teams and their Boards with strategic planning and risk management. He has led more than 100 cyber security projects for generation, transmission and distribution utilities, developed risk management for the Ontario LDC insurer (MEARIE), and developed cyber security best practices and programs for the American Public Power Association and its 2,000 distribution utility members.

Big Data

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

Monday March 6, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. Dr. Ann Cavoukian will be presenting “Big Data”.

Day & Time: Monday, March 6th, 2017
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Speaker: Dr. Ann Cavoukian

Location: Room TRS2164 (8th Floor of the Building)
575 Bay Street (Entrance at 55 Dundas Street West), Ryerson University

Contact: Dr. Maryam Davoudpour

Organizers: WIE, Measurement/Instrumentation-Robotics, Magnetics, Computer Science Department of Ryerson University

Biography: Dr. Ann Cavoukian is recognized as one of the world’s leading privacy experts. She is presently the Executive Director of Ryerson University’s Privacy and Big Data Institute. Dr. Cavoukian served an unprecedented three terms as the Information & Privacy Commissioner of Ontario, Canada. There she created Privacy by Design, a framework that seeks to proactively embed privacy into design, thereby achieving the strongest protection possible. In 2010, International Privacy Regulators unanimously passed a Resolution recognizing Privacy by Design as an international standard. Since then, PbD has been translated into 39 languages.

Dr. Cavoukian has received numerous awards recognizing her leadership in privacy, most recently as of the Top 100 Leaders in Identity (January, 2017).

Health Apps by Design: A Reference Architecture for Mobile Apps for Health

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

Monday February 27, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. Dr. Karim Keshavjee will be presenting “Health Apps by Design: A Reference Architecture for Mobile Apps for Health”.

Day & Time: Monday, February 27th, 2017
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Speaker: Dr. Karim Keshavjee

Location: Room TRS2164 (8th Floor of the Building)
575 Bay Street (Entrance at 55 Dundas Street West), Ryerson University

Contact: Dr. Maryam Davoudpour

Organizers: WIE, Measurement/Instrumentation-Robotics, Magnetics, Computer Science Department of Ryerson University

Biography: Karim is a Family Physician with over 25 years of experience designing, developing and implementing Electronic Health Records/Electronic Medical Records and helping clinicians use them effectively. Currently working on architecting a scalable and sustainable technology system that will help us prevent diabetes cost-effectively. Diabetes prevention is feasible, but is not cost-effective. I believe an engineered solution could change things dramatically.

An Introduction to UAV Regulations

Monday, February 6th, 2017

There has been an exponential surge in the use of the small unmanned aerial vehicles (sUAV), also known as drones, ranging from recreational to professional and research activities. However, whether used as a great toy to record spectacular images from the air or a great tool for activities such as mapping, construction or emergency response, the sUAV can crash or collide with other objects, or can cause privacy concerns. This is why most countries regulate the operation of sUAS to mitigate the risks from potential inflight accidents with manned aircrafts that operate in the same airspace, collisions with vehicles and power lines, crashes in populated areas, or privacy violations that can raise trespassing and security concerns. The presentation will address various regulations and operational aspects we need to be aware of for the safe and legal operation of a sUAV.

Speaker: Costas Armenakis, PhD, PEng

Registration: Registration is free, and is open to IEEE members and non-members, but space is limited. Please RSVP through the registration website or contact Kyarash Shahriari / Dante Bolatti.

Remote Access: This meeting is accessible through IEEE WebEx service for those who may not be able to attend. Please contact Kyarash Shahriari or Dante Bolatti for more details.

Day & Time: Tuesday, February 28th, 2017
3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Location: York University
4700 Keele Street
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Building: Petrie Science & Engineering Building (building #17)
Room Number: 422

Contacts: Kyarash Shahriari
Dante Bolatti

Biography:
Dr. Costas Armenakis is an Associate Professor and Program Director of Geomatics Engineering at the Lassonde School of Engineering, York University, Toronto, Canada. He has over 30 years of research experience in photogrammetry, remote sensing and GIS working on the acquisition, handling, processing and management of geo-spatial data and information from terrestrial, aerial and space-borne image sensors. His research interests are in the areas of photogrammetric engineering and remote sensing mapping, focusing on unmanned mobile sensing and mapping systems and the use of unmanned aerial vehicle systems for geomatics. He is an ISPRS Fellow and former President of the ISPRS Technical Commission IV on Digital Mapping and GeoDatabases. Currently he serves as Co-Chair of the ISPRS ICWG I/II: UAS & Small Multi-Sensor Platforms: Concepts & Applications.

Micro-Scale Robots: Magnetic Actuation for Wireless Manipulation

Saturday, February 4th, 2017

Monday February 13, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. Dr. Diller, Assistant Professor in the department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the University of Toronto, will be presenting “Micro-Scale Robots: Magnetic Actuation for Wireless Manipulation”.

Speaker: Dr. Diller
Assistant Professor, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, University of Toronto

Day & Time: Monday, February 13th, 2017
12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Location: Room TRS2164, 575 Bay Street (Entrance at 55 Dundas Street West)
Ryerson University (TRS2164 is on the 8th floor of the building)

Organizer: WIE, Measurement/Instrumentation-Robotics, Magnetics, Computer Science Department of Ryerson University

Abstract: Micro-scale mobile robots can physically access small spaces in a versatile and non-invasive manner. Such microrobots under 1 mm in size have potential unique applications for object manipulation, local sensing and cargo delivery in healthcare, microfluidics and advanced materials fabrication. These devices are powered and controlled remotely using externally-applied magnetic fields for motion in 2D and 3D. This talk will introduce our experimental work in micro-manipulation using single and teams of these devices.

Biography: Dr. Diller is an Assistant Professor in the department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the University of Toronto. He received his B.S. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering at Case Western Reserve University, and Ph.D. at Carnegie Mellon University in 2013. His current work focuses on fabrication and control relating to remote actuation of micro-scale devices using magnetic fields, medical robotics, smart materials, and swimming at small size scales.

Improving Communication Skills for Engineers

Saturday, February 4th, 2017

Wednesday February 22, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. IEEE Toronto Section’s Industry Relations Committee and Young Professionals Affinity Group 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.

This seminar is free; light refreshments will be provided.

Please register at the link below:
https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/improving-communication-skills-for-engineers-tickets-31690711772

Day & Time: Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Location: Room 202, Galbraith Building, 35 St. George Street

Organizer: IEEE Toronto Section’s Industry Relations Committee, Young Professionals Affinity Group

Event Details:

6:15 pm-6:40 pm: Registration and Welcoming
6:40 pm-7:00 pm: 1st Speech by Dr. Tom Murad
7:00 pm-7:20 pm: 2nd Speech by Mr. Hugo Sánchez-Reategui
7:20 pm-7:40 pm: 3rd Speech by Mr. Ted Lyberogiannis
7:40 pm-8:00 pm: Open Panel and Q&A with Speakers
8:00 pm-8:30 pm: Closing and Networking

Other topics that will be covered in this seminar include:
§ What university does not teach you: the minimum level of knowledge and skills an engineer requires to perform engineering work independently, including academic knowledge, sector specific technical knowledge, business specific knowledge, emerging technologies, supervisory, management, and communication skills.
§ How much you can benefit from mentors in achieving your career goals.
§ Why life-long learning is critical for your career and life success.

Biography of speakers:

Dr. Tom Murad
Dr. Tom Murad is the Head of Siemens Engineering and Technology Academy, in Siemens Canada, with over 35 years of experience in professional engineering and technical operations executive management including more than 10 years of academic and R&D work in industrial controls and automation. In the last four years, he worked within Siemens Canada as the Head of Expert House and Engineering Director in the Industry Sector. Prior to joining Siemens Canada, Tom was the Senior Vice President and COO of AZZ-Blenkhorn & Sawle, an engineering system integration and technical solutions provider in Ontario, specialized in power distribution and controls in various industrial and infrastructure applications. He has previously held various V.P. and Director positions in a number of engineering and industrial organizations internationally, and contributed to many large global industrial projects. Dr. Murad is a Fellow of Engineers Canada and a member of Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO), APEGA in Alberta, and NAPEG in the Northwest Territories, as well as a Senior Member of IEEE in various technical societies. Tom earned a Bachelor of Engineering and a Doctorate (Ph.D.) in Power Electronics and Industrial Controls from the Loughborough University of Technology in the UK. He also received a Leadership Program Certificate from Schulich Business School, York University. Currently, Dr. Murad serves on a number of advisory boards in the industry and academia. He has been an active member of the PEO Licensing “Engineering Experience Review” Committee for the last 12 Years.

Mr. Hugo Sánchez-Reategui
Hugo Sanchez-Reategui has been a consultant of PowerStream Inc. for the past 6 years confirming capacity for Embedded Distributed Generators dealing with stakeholders, developers, utilities and government agencies. Hugo is a current member of Professional Engineers of Ontario (PEO), active member of Toastmasters International (Public Speaking) for the past 7 years. He earned a Bachelor of Engineering at National University of Callao, Peru and IEEQB Program Certificate at Ryerson University in 2010. Currently, Hugo mentors undergrad students, international engineers and junior Toastmasters members. His technical interests include Smart Grid Technologies, Distribution Reliability, Substation Communications and Protection of Distribution Systems.

Mr. 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 currently works as a 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 competed at the Semi-Finals of the World Championships of Public Speaking on two occasions – most recently placing 3rd in his Semi-Final this past August in Washington, DC. He has delivered talks to dozens of different audiences including the National Job Fair, students at the University of Toronto and the Water Environment Association of Ontario. He is a firm believer in the power of communication and that anyone can become a good public speaker if they practice enough – even those of us who studied engineering!

Innovative Radio Systems and Antennas for Space Telecommunication Applications

Friday, February 3rd, 2017

Wednesday February 8, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. Dr. Hervé Legay, Thales Alenia Space, will be presenting “Innovative Radio Systems and Antennas for Space Telecommunication Applications”.

Speaker: Dr. Hervé Legay
Thales Alenia Space, France

Day & Time: Wednesday, February 8th, 2017
4:00 pm

Location: BA 1230, Bahen Centre for Information Technology
40 St. George Street, Toronto, ON M5S 2E4

Contact: Sean V. Hum

Organizer: IEEE Toronto Electromagnetics & Radiation Chapter

Abstract: We stand at the dawn of a new era for the space telecommunication ecosystem, marked by a consistent exponential growth in throughput as well as the irruption of new systems based on constellation of satellites. For these challenges, new models for disruptive innovation are imagined for the future generation of payloads:
• Developing new antennas and RF subsystems concepts inspired by optics, or based on metamaterials (composite media with an internal periodic structure that provides specific characteristics such as filtering, phase-shifting, absorbing, etc.)
• Integrating of smart and agile RF systems with signal processing capability that exploit mechanically actuated RF components, smart RF surfaces as well as innovative deployment schemes.
• Introducing into space cost efficient manufacturing techniques, based on additive and subtractive processes, metallised plastics, thin organic large area electronics, etc. Recent achievements in these innovative concepts developed at Thales Alenia Space will be presented, identifying their perspectives and their limitations.

Biography: Hervé Legay was born in 1965. He received the electrical engineering and Ph.D. degrees from the National Institute of Applied Sciences (INSA), Rennes, France, in 1988 and 1991, respectively. For two years, he was a Postdoctoral Fellow with the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB, Canada, where he developed innovating planar antennas. He joined Alcatel Space, Toulouse, France, in 1994, which is now Thales Alenia Space. He initially conducted studies in the areas of telecommunication satellite antennas and antenna processing. He designed the architecture and the antijamming process of the Syracuse 3 active antenna. He is the author of 27 patents. He is currently responsible for the R&T studies on space antennas, director of the joint laboratory MERLIN involving Thales Alenia Space and IETR (Institut d’electronique et de Télécommunication de Rennes). He coordinates the collaborations with academic and research partners. He was appointed Antenna Expert in Thales. Dr. Legay is a co-prize-winner of the 2007 Schelkunoff prize paper award. He received the Gold Thales Awards in 2008, a reward for the best innovations in the group Thales.

Innovations in Communications

Friday, January 20th, 2017

Thursday January 26, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. the IEEE Toronto Communication Society is inviting all interested IEEE and other engineers, technologists and students to our FIRST technical/social event themed “Innovations in Communications”.

Speaker: Ahmed Alsohaily, Technology Strategy, Telus
Presenting “Low Power Wireless Access for Internet of Things Connectivity”

Alberto Leon-Garcia, Professor, University of Toronto
Presenting “Enabling Smart Infrastructures with Multitier Cloud Computing on Software-Defined Infrastructure”

Nebu Mathai, Director, Strategic Initiatives + Advanced Engineering Cognitive Systems Corp
Presenting “Cognitive Electromagnetic Spectrum Operations: Emerging Trends and Technologies”

Day & Time: Thursday, January 26th, 2017
5:00 pm – 7:00+ pm

Location: Room SF 2202, Sandford Fleming Building
10 King’s College Rd, Toronto, ON M5S 3G8

Contact: Eman Hammad

Organizer: IEEE Toronto Communication Society

Kindly RVSP for event and dinner here.

We are also extending the invitation to interested volunteers to join our team, and for interested speakers to contact us.

Schedule: 5:00 pm – 5:05 pm Opening Remarks
5:05 pm – 5:30 pm Talk #1: Low Power Wireless Access for Internet of Things Connectivity
5:30 pm – 5:40 pm Coffee Break
5:45 pm – 6:15 pm Talk #2: Enabling Smart Infrastructures with Multitier Cloud Computing on Software-Defined Infrastructures
6:15 pm – 6:45 pm Talk #3: Cognitive Electromagnetic Spectrum Operations: Emerging Trends and Technologies
6:45 pm – 8:00 pm Dinner and Networking

Talk #1: Low Power Wireless Access for Internet of Things Connectivity

Abstract: This talk will discuss the emergence of Low Power Wireless Access (LPWA) connectivity to cater to many Internet of Things (IoT) applications. After providing an overview of LPWA challenges, potential solutions and innovations, 3GPP Narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) solution will be detailed as prime candidate technology for providing LPWA connectivity.

Biography: Ahmed Alsohaily (S’13–M’15) received his Ph.D. from the University of Toronto in 2015 and is currently the Assistant Director of the Wireless Lab at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in University of Toronto, where he holds a MITACS Elevate postdoctoral fellowship. He is also a member of the Technology Strategy team at Telus responsible for standardization at 3GPP RAN. He actively contributes to the IEEE ComSoc Standards Development and serves as an advisor to the NGMN Alliance

Talk #2: Enabling Smart Infrastructures with Multitier Cloud Computing on Software-Defined Infrastructure

Abstract: In this project we discuss the SAVI approach to integrate IoT, SDN, and cloud computing technologies into a platform that can support smart applications. From 2011 to 2016 the NSERC Strategic Network for Smart Applications on Virtual Infrastructures (SAVI) investigated the convergence of computing, networking, and sensing to create an agile platform for smart applications. We introduce SAVI’s multitier computing cloud that converges computing, SDN and sensing, and we describe the testbed that was deployed across Canada and federated with the U.S. We discuss use cases that are operational on SAVI including: service chaining, testbed-wide orchestration, intrusion-detection and protection using NFV, multilayer monitoring and modeling using machine learning, and a live intelligent transportation dashboard for the Greater Toronto Area

Biography: Professor Alberto Leon-Garcia is Distinguished Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Toronto. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Electronics an Electrical Engineering “For contributions to multiplexing and switching of integrated services traffic”. He is also a Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He has received the 2006 Thomas Eadie Medal from the Royal Society of Canada and the 2010 IEEE Canada A. G. L. McNaughton Gold Medal for his contributions to the area of communications. Professor LeonGarcia is author of the leading textbooks: Probability and Random Processes for Electrical Engineering, and Communication Networks: Fundamental Concepts and Key Architecture. Leon-Garcia was Founder and CTO of AcceLight Networks in Ottawa from 1999 to 2002. He was Scientific Director of the NSERC Strategic Network for Smart Applications on Virtual Infrastructures, and Principal Investigator of the ORF Research Excellence project on Connected Vehicles and Smart Transportation.

Talk #3: Cognitive Electromagnetic Spectrum Operations: Emerging Trends and Technologies

Abstract: Electromagnetic spectrum operations (EMSO; a major component of CEMA, Cyber Electromagnetic Activities) are fundamental to a variety of defense and public security contexts. Forward-thinking roadmaps have highlighted the need to extend this to cognitive EMSO on dynamic land/water/air/space platforms.

Current solutions for CEMA — all based on COTS technologies — are lacking in several respects. Higher performance solutions have unfavorable size, weight and power (SWaP) characteristics, and low agility; the lower-end offers questionable quality of measurement with low flexibility. Additionally, the lack of sufficient edge computing to handle the high loads of radio signal processing often preclude aggressive real-time online sensing.

This talk will present a solution for RF situational awareness that disruptively surmounts these issues in all respects. Rather than employ COTS technologies with poor SWaP and mediocre performance, we present a custom integrated circuit (IC) that enables ultra-low SWaP with high-performance. Central to the solution is the integration of significant on-chip computing resources that enable processing of high-bandwidth RF data directly at the source. The lack of a hardened algorithmic processing chain enables flexible and rapid reconfiguration of the sensor-actuator personality. On-chip computation further facilitates a very agile loop from the high-level algorithmic processing to the low-level RF, analog and digital front ends.

We will also discuss how this uniquely Canadian technology aligns with and enables advanced defense applications.

Biography: Nebu John Mathai, PhD, PEng, is the Director of Strategic Initiatives and Advanced Engineering at Cognitive Systems Corp, a Waterloo, Ontario company. In this dual-mandate role, he directs a team at the forefront of advanced radio and computer science/engineering, while engaging with industrial, government and defence partners who require the bleeding edge. His team produced the highperformance low-power multi-processor computing architecture that forms the foundation of the company’s cognitive-radio-on-chip offering. Beyond this, they have developed real-time RF propagation and data fusion tools, and software suites for advanced cognitive radio sensing and communications applications. He also leads a number of strategic initiatives to anticipate and execute on the RF situational awareness requirements posed by next-generation civilian and defence roadmaps pertaining to electromagnetic spectrum operations.