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7th Annual E3 Symposium

Thursday, May 4th, 2017

Friday May 12, 2017 the School of Engineering Technology and Applied Science and the Centennial Energy Institute invite you to our 2017 E3 Symposium: The Future is Smart: The Transformation of Canadian Manufacturing. This event will bring together advanced manufacturing innovators from across a number of sectors in the economy. The event will feature industry titans sharing best practices.

Day & Time: Friday May 12, 2017
8:00 am to 8:45 am – Registration and Breakfast.
9:00 am to 4:00 pm – Speakers & Sessions.

Location: Centennial College: Progress Campus
Library Building Auditorium
941 Progress Avenue, Toronto, Ontario

Event Page:

Contact: Maryam Davoudpour

RF Integrated Harmonic Oscillators in Silicon Technologies

Thursday, May 4th, 2017

Friday June 9, 2017 at 2:10 p.m. IEEE Distinguished Lecturer and Professor at Lund University Pietro Andreani will be presenting “RF Integrated Harmonic Oscillators in Silicon Technologies”.

Event Media:
Event Slides
Recording of the Event

Day & Time: Friday June 9, 2017
2:10 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Speaker: Dr. Pietro Andreani
Professor, Lund University
IEEE Distinguished Lecturer and Professor

Location: University of Toronto
40 St. George Street
Toronto, Ontario Canada, M5S 2E4
Bahen Center of Information Technology
Room Number: B024

Free for everyone. Complimentary refreshments will be provided.

Contact: Dustin Dunwell

Organizers: Solid State Circuits Society

Abstract: As one of the truly fundamental analog functions in any wireless/wireline application, the voltage-controlled oscillator keeps attracting a great deal of well-deserved attention. In this presentation, we will investigate the mechanisms of phase noise generation in harmonic oscillators, including some recently published general results, after which we will analyze both classical and emergent oscillator architectures, describing pros and cons for each. Various techniques to achieve a very wide oscillator tuning range will be illustrated as well.

Biography: Pietro Adreani received the M.S.E.E. degree from the University of Pisa, Italy, in 1988, and the Ph.D. degree from Lund University, Sweden, in 1999. Between 2001 and 2007 he was chair professor at the Center for Physical Electronics, Technical University of Denmark. From 2005 to 2014 he had a 20% position as analog/RF designer at Ericsson AB in Lund, Sweden. Since 2007, he has been associate professor at the department of Electrical and Information Technology (EIT), Lund University, working analog/mixed-mode/RF IC design. He is also the head of the VINNOVA Center for System Design on Silicon, hosted by EIT. He has been a TPC member of ISSCC (2007-2012), is a TPC member of ESSCIRC (chair of the Frequency Generation subcommittee since 2012, TPC chair in 2014) and RFIC, and Associate Editor of JSSC. He has been an IEEE SSCS Distinguished Lecturer since 2017. He has authored numerous papers on harmonic oscillators and phase noise.

High Power Density Power Electronics in Aerospace Applications

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

Friday May 19, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. IAS & PELS Joint Chapter are inviting you to the technical event “High Power Density Power Electronics in Aerospace Applications”, presented by Dr. Chushan Li, Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Ryerson University.

Day & Time: Friday May 19, 2017
3:00 p.m. – 4:10 p.m.

Speaker: Dr. Chushan Li
Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Ryerson University

Location: University of Toronto
40 St.George Street
Toronto, Ontario Canada, M5S 2E4
Bahen Center of Information Technology
Room Number: BA 7180

All IEEE members and non-members are welcome to participate with no admission charge.


Contact: Sanaz Kanani

Organizers: IAS & PELS Joint Chapter, Toronto Section

Abstract: In aerospace industry, the More Electric Aircraft (MEA) architecture is emerging, which employs the concept of electrical power for driving aircraft subsystems currently powered by hydraulic or pneumatic means including utility and flight control actuation, environmental control system, lubrication and fuel pumps, and numerous other utility functions.

In this seminar, Dr. Chushan Li presents an overview of More Electric Aircraft, and highlights the researches on developing high power density power electronics converters for aerospace applications. These researches enable the MEA applications and significantly reduce the weight, size, and life-cycle-cost of the overall system, improve reliability and result in ease of manufacturing and maintenance. The results are also applicable to wide applications in general industry. Finally, discussions related challenges and potential opportunities are given to show the research potentials in this area.

Biography: Dr. Chushan Li received the B.E.E. degree and Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the Department of Electrical Engineering, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China, in 2008 and 2014, respectively. Currently, he is a postdoctoral fellow in Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Ryerson University, Canada.

From April to September in 2008, he was an internship student with the Power Application Design Center in National Semiconductor (Hong Kong) Co.Ltd. From December 2010 to October 2011, he was a visiting scholar with the Freedom Center in North Carolina State University. From December 2013 to June 2014, he was a research assistant in Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

His research interest includes high power density power converter design and AC-DC power conversion. He has published 31 technical papers and held 7 patents. In 2013, he has received First-Class National Scholarship for Graduate Student in China.

Engineering the Internet of Things – Digital Twin Seminar

Thursday, April 13th, 2017

Friday April 28, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. IEEE Toronto and SimuTech Group will be hosting the seminar “Engineering the Internet of Things – Digital Twin”.

Day & Time: Friday April 28, 2017
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Location: Ryerson University
George Vari Centre for Computing and Engineering
Room: ENG 288
245 Church Street
Toronto, Ontario M5B 2K3

Cost: Free including lunch


Contact: SimuTech Group – Mohsen Tayefeh
IEEE Toronto – Dr. Maryam Davoudpour

Organizers: IEEE Toronto (WIE, Signals & Computational Intelligence, Measurement/Instrumentation-Robotics, Magnetics chapters), Computer Science Department of Ryerson University, SimuTech Group (ANSYS Elite Channel partner)

Abstract: High-tech–industry product development teams routinely use coupled multiphysics software to analyze the trade-offs among speed, bandwidth, signal integrity, power integrity, thermal performance and EMI/EMC.

The Internet of Things is a network of smart products, or “things”, that use embedded sensors, software, and electronics to communicate with each other over a network. The communication data can be analyzed by cloud based software to derive actionable information, leading to predictive and prescriptive outcomes.

In this seminar, the following topics will be discussed:

– Engineering the Internet of Things
– 5 Engineering Challenges for Smart Product Development
– Case Study: Search and Rescue Drone-Satellite System
– Signal Integrity/EMI/EMC, Human body, Federal Regulations
– User experience – Wearable devices (Multiphysics Simulation)
– Digital Twin – GE and ANSYS collaboration
– Case Study: prescriptive maintenance case study
– Lunch
– RF Antenna placement
– Step by step workshop – Antenna analysis
– PCB design – Power Integrity
– Thermal management (CFD)
– Networking, Door prize/draw (Drone)

Trends of the Smart Grid Development

Friday, April 7th, 2017

Friday May 12, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. IEEE Fellow and Professor Wei-Jen Lee, Electrical Engineering Department University of Texas at Arlington, will be presenting “Trends of the Smart Grid Development”.

Day & Time: Friday May 12, 2017
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Speaker: Professor Wei-Jen Lee
Electrical Engineering Department University of Texas at Arlington
Director of the Energy Systems Research Center
IEEE Fellow

Location: Bahen Center of Information Technology, Room: BA 7180
University of Toronto
40 St. George Street
Toronto, Ontario
Canada M5S 2E4


Contact: Hoda Youssef

Organizers: IEEE Toronto IAS & PELS Joint Chapter

Abstract: The electrical power system in the US has been named as “the supreme engineering achievement of the 20th century” by the National Academy of Sciences. While the power system is a technological marvel, it is also reaching the limit of its ability to meet the nation’s electricity needs. In addition, our nation is moving into the digital information age that demands higher reliability from the nation’s aging electrical delivery system.

The modernization of the electricity infrastructure leads to the concept of “smart grid”. A comprehensive smart grid design should cover both top-down and bottom-up approaches. For the current centralized generation and transmission system, upgrading the power delivery infrastructure, enforcing the system security requirement, and increasing interoperability are well known techniques to improve the reliability and the controllability of the power system. For the bottom-up approach, one of the most important features is its ability to support a more diverse and complex network of energy technologies. Specifically, it will be able to seamlessly integrate an array of locally installed, distributed power sources with smaller CO2 footprint, such as fuel cells, photovoltaic, and wind generation, into the power system.

This presentation discusses the opportunities and challenges for the development of Smart Grid, highlights the smart grid related researches that I have been involved recently, and explores the possibility for future collaborations. The presentation concludes with the listing of issues needed to be addressed to ensure successful integration procedures that will eventually create new structures of efficient, modular and environmentally responsive electricity infrastructure that will have an impact nationally as well as globally.

Biography: Professor Wei-Jen Lee received the B.S. and M.S. degrees from National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan, R.O.C., and the Ph.D. degree from the University of Texas, Arlington, in 1978, 1980, and 1985, respectively, all in Electrical Engineering.

In 1986, he joined the University of Texas at Arlington, where he is currently a professor of the Electrical Engineering Department and the director of the Energy Systems Research Center.
He has been involved in the revision of IEEE Std. 141, 339, 551, 739, 1584, and dot 3000 series development. He is the Vice President of the IEEE Industry Application Society. He is an editor of IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications and IAS Magazine, editorial board member of Journal of Modern Power Systems and Clean Energy (MPCE) and CSEE Journal of Power and Energy Systems, and guest editor of IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid. He has been inducted as a member of Academy of Distinguished Scholar at the University of Texas at Arlington since 2012. He is the project manager of IEEE/NFPA Collaboration on Arc Flash Phenomena Research Project.

Prof. Lee has been involved in research on utility deregulation, renewable energy, smart grid, microgrid, energy internet and virtual power plants (VPP), arc flash hazards and electrical safety, load and wind capacity forecasting, power quality, distribution automation and demand side management, power systems analysis, online real-time equipment diagnostic and prognostic system, and microcomputer based instrument for power systems monitoring, measurement, control, and protection. He has served as the primary investigator (PI) or Co-PI of over one hundred funded research projects with the total amount exceed US$12 million dollars. He has published more than one hundred and thirty journal papers and two hundred forty conference proceedings. He has provided on-site training courses for power engineers in Panama, China, Taiwan, Korea, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, and Singapore. He has refereed numerous technical papers for IEEE, IET, and other professional organizations.

Damped AC Partial Discharge Testing for Medium Voltage Underground Cables

Friday, April 7th, 2017

Friday April 28, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. Philipp Legler will be presenting “Damped AC Partial Discharge Testing for Medium Voltage Underground Cables”.

Day & Time: Friday April 28, 2017
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Speaker: Philipp Legler

Location: Megger, 550 Alden Rd
Markham, ON L3R 3L5, Canada

Contact: Ali Naderian

Organizers: IEEE DEIS Toronto Chapter Event

Abstract: Partial discharge (PD) measurements are increasingly used as a reliable and non-destructive diagnostic method for detecting weak spots in the insulation of underground cables. Partial discharge measurements are also routinely used in laboratories for testing cable reels prior to commissioning and in the field to verify installation quality.

The most important factor to consider when choosing a test frequency is that the partial discharge characteristics at the new frequency must be like those at 50/60 Hz, otherwise the results cannot be reliably interpreted. This is especially true when measuring partial discharge inception voltage (PDIV), the voltage at which partial discharge first occurs.

Over the past 10 years, the damped alternating current (DAC) technique has been established as a very effective method for partial discharge testing. This method is one of the voltage shapes listed for PD testing in IEEE 400.3: “Guide for Partial Discharge Testing of Shielded Power Cable Systems in a Field Environment”. In this presentation, the concept of DAC PD test will be discussed and some practical examples will be presented.

IEEE Toronto ComSoc: Watson IOT Platform Hands-On Workshop

Tuesday, April 4th, 2017

Thursday May 4, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. Gayathri Srinivasan, IBM Business Development Executive, will be presenting “IEEE Toronto ComSoc: Watson IOT Platform Hands-On Workshop”.

Day & Time: Thursday May 4, 2017
1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Speaker: Gayathri Srinivasan
Business Development Executive
IBM Watson Internet of Things Academic Initiative

Location: Galbraith Building, Room Number: GB202
University of Toronto, 35 St George St
Toronto, ON M5S 1A4

Contact: Eman Hammad

Organizers: IEEE Toronto ComSoc

Register: Register for free at

Abstract: The IEEE Toronto Section and University of Toronto – ECE are inviting all interested IEEE members and other engineers, technologists and students to our FIRST hands-on workshop: Watson IoT Platform hands-on.

Workshop agenda:
1. Presentation: IoT Overview
2. IBM Bluemix overview
3. IoT Starter app using Watson IoT boilerplate on Bluemix
4. Work with simulated devices/sensors
5. Learn the basics of Node-Red application development environment
6. Learn to create dashboards
7. Real-time-insights: Use sensor value thresholds to determine actions and text alerts
8. Use Watson APIs (Watson text to speech & Language Translation) capabilities for the alert
9. Explore weather insights
10. Learn to add additional nodes to the node-red environment including dashboard
11. General Q&A

Biography: Gaya Magie is a Business Development Executive leading the IBM Watson Internet of Things Academic Initiative. Gaya collaborates with educational institutions world wide to help faculty and students build IoT skills leveraging IBM resources and platforms available for academia. Gaya has been with IBM since 2001 and has over 18 years of industry experience across various aspects of the business, including development, support, project management, product management, partner relations and sales. In 1996, Gaya received her Bachelor’s degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Madurai Kamaraj University in India. Gaya pursued her higher education in the US and in 1998, received a Master’s degree in Computer and Electrical Engineering from West Virginia University. As an IBM employee and continuing to pursue her higher education, Gaya received her Master’s in Business Administration in Global Management.

Regularization by Denoising (RED)

Sunday, April 2nd, 2017

Thursday April 13, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. Dr. Peyman Milanfar, Leader of Computational Imaging team in Google Research, will be presenting an IEEE Signal Processing Society Distinguished Lecture, “Regularization by Denoising (RED)”.

Day & Time: Thursday April 13, 2017
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Speaker: Dr. Peyman Milanfar
Leader of Computational Imaging team in Google Research
Visiting Faculty at Electrical Engineering Department, UC Santa Cruz

Location: University of Toronto, Bahen Center (Room BA 5281)
40 St. George Street, Toronto, ON M5S 2E4

Contact: Mehrnaz Shokrollahi

Organizers: IEEE Signal Processing Chapter Toronto Section

Abstract: Image denoising is the most fundamental problem in image enhancement, and it is largely solved: It has reached impressive heights in performance and quality — almost as good as it can ever get. But interestingly, it turns out that we can solve many other problems using the image denoising “engine”. I will describe the Regularization by Denoising (RED) framework: using the denoising engine in defining the regularization of any inverse problem. The idea is to define an explicit image-adaptive regularization functional directly using a high performance denoiser. Surprisingly, the resulting regularizer is guaranteed to be convex, and the overall objective functional is explicit, clear and well-defined. With complete flexibility to choose the iterative optimization procedure for minimizing this functional, RED is capable of incorporating any image denoising algorithm as a regularizer, treat general inverse problems very effectively, and is guaranteed to converge to the globally optimal result.

Biography: Peyman leads the Computational Imaging/ Image Processing team in Google Research. Prior to this, he was a Professor of Electrical Engineering at UC Santa Cruz from 1999-2014, where he is now a visiting faculty. He was Associate Dean for Research at the School of Engineering from 2010-12. From 2012-2014 he was on leave at Google-x, where he helped develop the imaging pipeline for Google Glass. Peyman received his undergraduate education in electrical engineering and mathematics from the University of California, Berkeley, and the MS and PhD degrees in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He holds 11 US patents, several of which are commercially licensed. He founded MotionDSP in 2005. He has been keynote speaker at numerous technical conferences including Picture Coding Symposium (PCS), SIAM Imaging Sciences, SPIE, and the International Conference on Multimedia (ICME). Along with his students, he has won several best paper awards from the IEEE Signal Processing Society. He is a Fellow of the IEEE “for contributions to inverse problems and super-resolution in imaging.”

Women in Robotics Speaker Series: Dr. Pooja Viswanathan, Co-founder and CEO, Braze Mobility

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

Monday April 10, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. Dr. Pooja Viswanathan, Co-founder and CEO, Braze Mobility, will be speaking as part of “Women in Robotics Speaker Series”.

Day & Time: Monday, April 10, 2017
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Speaker: Pooja Viswanathan
Co-founder and CEO, Braze Mobility

Location: Health Innovation Hub
263 McCaul Street, Room 120

Light Refreshments will be served (sponsored by IEEE EBMS)

Register and find out more at Meetup:

Biography: Dr. Pooja Viswanathan is the Co-founder and CEO of Braze Mobility Inc. Dr. Viswanathan has a PhD in Robotics and Assistive Technology, is a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Toronto and the AGE-WELL Network of Centres of Excellence, and is an Ontario Brain Institute Entrepreneur. Dr. Viswanathan is a passionate and accomplished innovator and still makes time for mentorship and education of the next generation of young innovators.

Engineering Skills Gaps: “Jobs without people” and “people without jobs”

Sunday, March 19th, 2017

Friday March 31, 2017 at 2:30 p.m. Dr. Farzad Rayegani, Associate Dean, School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Technology, will be presenting “Engineering Skills Gaps: ‘Jobs without people’ and ‘people without jobs'”.

Day & Time: Friday, March 31st, 2017
2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Speaker: Farzad Rayegani, Ph.D., P.Eng., FEC.
Associate Dean, School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Technology

Location: Room ENG 288
George Vari Centre for Computing and Engineering, Ryerson University
245 Church Street, Toronto, Ontario M5B 2K3

Contact: Dr. Maryam Davoudpour

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

Biography: Farzad Rayegani is credited with developing an applied research program involving students, graduates and faculty mentors to address technological and educational needs of the Halton and Peel regions. Over the past 10 years, he has been simultaneously partnering with SME enterprises on product and process innovation projects while developing an applied research program involving students, graduates and faculty mentors to examine issues of product development / refinement, process automation, systems integration and manufacturing management. In the past year, this work has been bolstered by a range of successful, high-profile, federally funded projects with companies in both regions.

Under his leadership, through the Centre for Advanced Manufacturing and Design Technologies (CAMDT), Sheridan has been reaching out to a significant number of manufacturers in Brampton, Mississauga and Oakville, particularly small and medium enterprises, to support adoption and integration of efficient manufacturing practices and product innovation performance and improvements. CAMDT now supports over a dozen local and regional SMEs who are struggling with limited availability of technological, human, financial, and management resources.

Under his leadership, Sheridan College recently become a member of the CDIO Initiative – a worldwide movement to restore the balance between teaching practice skills and the fundamentals of math and science to engineering students. What started as a partnership between MIT and a few Swedish universities in 2001 has gained significant international momentum, with 103 institutions adopting the model. Sheridan is the fifth Canadian institution and the first college in the world to be accepted.

As a CDIO collaborator, Farzad is seeking to develop a new curriculum structure based on a new philosophy for engineering education. The framework educates students to Conceive, Design, Implement and Operate complex, value-added engineering products, processes and systems in a modern, team-based, global environment. He aims to develop a curriculum rich in project-based, hands-on learning, producing engineers who are “ready to engineer” when they graduate.

Farzad is ASME chair on additive manufacturing. As the committee chair, he will be leading the launch of ASME’s inaugural additive manufacturing challenge designed to give mechanical and multi-disciplinary undergraduate students around the world an opportunity to re-engineer existing products or create new designs that minimize energy consumption and/or improve energy efficiency. As chair, he will also be collaborating with ME department heads to develop educational material on behalf of ASME to benefit the educators and students.

Farzad was recently designated an Engineers Canada Fellow by Engineers Canada. This prestigious award is presented in recognition of exceptional contributions to the engineering profession in Canada.

Farzad has been a full-time professor in Sheridan’s Faculty of Applied Science and Technology since 2004. Currently, he is the associate dean of the School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering & Technology and director of the Centre for Advanced Manufacturing and Design Technologies (CAMDT).