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Prof. Pasupathy presenting his keynote lecture during the ComSoc Special Workshop on his Contributions, May 11, 2007. Click for workshop website.
Communications Chapter
This page lists the related Society (or Societies if a joint Chapter) and the word "Society" is a link to that Society's web site. In addition to listing upcoming events, past events are also listed for reference as members have indicated they like to see what has happened in the past. If you would like to attend an updated version of a prior event, please contact the Chapter chair.

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Past Events († indicates event photos added)
March 31, 2014 Centre of Excellence in Next Generation Networks Info Session
March 31, 2014 Transmitting consumer products and 'electro-phobia': Why People are REALLY scared of Electromagnetic Fields?
An IEEE Distinguished Lecture
March 17, 2014 Mobile Data Explosion: Convergence of Optical and Wireless Networks
November 14th, 2013 Architectural Design for Cognitive Radio Networks
September 23rd, 2013 Scalability Study on Communication Architectures Supporting M2M-enabled Smart Grid
August 1st, 2013 Wireless Communications in Aerospace Industry
June 4th, 2013 Multi-Program Video Coding for Digital Video Broadcasting Application
May 1st, 2013 Channel Assignment for Cooperative Spectrum Sensing in Multi-channel Cognitive Radio Networks
March 20, 2013 Ad hoc Nanoscale and Molecular Communication Networks
Nov 20, 2012 The Spectrum Highway for Mobile Broadband
Nov 15, 2012 Structural Subband Decomposition: A New Concept in Digital Signal Processing
Oct 15, 2012 Small SATELLITES Developments and Radio Communication Impacts
An IEEE Distinguished Lecture
Oct 18, 2012 Cross-domain Social Media Prediction and Recommendation
Oct 18, 2012 Synchronization in Next Generation Telecom Networks
Sep 21, 2012 Integrated Biosensors for Water Quality Monitoring
Aug 17, 2012 A Geometric Method for Networks and More
Jun 11, 2012 Networking and the Smart Grid: The Relevance of Communications in the Future of Power Grid
Mar 21, 2012 Toward Immersive Communication and Collaboration
Feb 08, 2012 Event-based Audiovisual Frameworks for Multimedia Content Management
Jun 23, 2011 Reconfigurable Antennas: Architectures, Technologies, and Their Exciting Future
Oct 21, 2010 Sensing and Identification in the Internet of Things Era
Oct 14, 2010 Body Area Wireless Sensor Networks
July 26, 2010 Signal Processing Methods for Brain Connectivity Modeling
June 21, 2010 Trends in the Telecommunications Industry
June 21, 2010 Current and Future Trends in Power Systems
June 3, 2010 Remote Frequency Calibration of Passive Wireless Microsystems
May 14, 2010 Multi Gigabit Wireless Multimedia Communications: Future and Core Technologies
April 28, 2010 Trends in the Telecommunications Industry
April 3, 2009 Cognitive Radio: Research Challenges
Lecture and Online Webinar
December 5, 2008 Cognitive Radio: some perspectives on interference mitigation
November 25, 2008 Optical Amplifiers for Telecommunication Applications
November 20, 2008 Passive Coherent Location: Tracking Aircraft Using Radio and TV Stations
November 13, 2008 Sphere Decoding and the LLL Algorithm
November 7, 2008 Adding Wireless Communication to Embedded Systems
October 23, 2008 The QR Decomposition and the Decision Feedback Detectors:
Applications to Block Data Transmission Systems
September 18, 2008 The Art and Science of Research
April 25, 2008 Information Theory Applied to Fiber-optic Transmission: Limits to Spectral Efficiency of Optical Fibers Due to the Kerr Nonlinearity
jointly organized with the Circuits and Devices Joint Chapter
December 3, 2007 Spread spectrum based MAC protocol design for Store and Forward (S&F) payload
November 15, 2007 Cognitive Dynamic Systems
an IEEE Toronto Section Distinguished Lecture
October 11, 2007 Space-Time Codes: Geometry versus Algorithms
October 10, 2007 Statistical Signal Processing for Misbehavior and Attack Detection in Wireless Networks
September 14, 2007 Information Theory of Wireless Networks: A Deterministic Approach
August 29, 2007 Cooperative and Opportunistic Communication
May 11, 2007 Special Workshop on the Contributions of Prof. Subbarayan "Pas" Pasupathy
April 26, 2007 Distributed Source Coding: Theory and Algorithms
October 12, 2006 Multi-resolution Images Mosaicing
October 6, 2006 Reducing the Complexity of Graphical Models via Cycles
September 25, 2006 Multiuser Detection in a Dynamic Environment
an IEEE Communications Society Distinguished Lecture
May 1, 2006 Processing, Protecting and Providing Multimedia Information
March 20, 2006 The Google Matrix and Its Eigenvalues
February 20, 2006 Trellis Decoding of Error-correcting Codes
November 14, 2005 Broadband Wireless Access - The Next Wireless Revolution
September 7, 2005 Distributed Space-Time Transmission Schemes for Broadband Cooperative Communications
July 28, 2005 Application of Heuristic Algorithms to Multiuser Detection
June 23, 2005 Overview of Terrestrial Wireless R & D at CRC
March 3, 2005 Telecommunication Network Architecture, taking industry to new heights
November 2, 2004 From Marconi to Wireless Internet: A Tutorial , presentation [PPT]
an IEEE Communications Society Distinguished Lecture
November 1, 2004 Broadband Wireless Access at Frequencies Below 11 GHz
an IEEE Communications Society Distinguished Lecture
July 8, 2004 Capacity and Outage Issues of Wireless MIMO Systems on Correlated Fading Channels
IEEE Toronto Communications Chapter
May 26, 2004 Location Tracking of Human Subjects and User Modeling, Opportunities and Challenges
April 27, 2004 Mutual Information and MMSE in Gaussian Channels
March 17, 2004 An Introduction to Intellectual Property Protection
January 8, 2004 The interaction of theory and intuition in the development of FM (and what we can learn from it)
December 4, 2003 Fiber Optic Sensor Networks in Smart Structures
December 2 on, 2003 Telecommunications Management Certificate Program at U of T
November 12, 2003 Forensic Recovery of Digital Evidence
November 4, 2003 Cooperative Communication in Wireless Networks
February 27, 2003 Some Aspects of Hardware Implementation of LDPC Codes IEEE Communications Society, Toronto Section Technical Seminar
January 29, 2003 Industrial Ethernet - Issues and Requirements IEEE Instrumentation & Measurement Society / IEEE Communications Society Joint-Sponsored Lecture
November 14, 2001 Active Networks: Applications, Routing and Implementation Communications Society/ Instrumentation & Measurement Society lecture web site
November 2, 2001 OEO and OOO Metropolitan Area Networks Communications Society and Lasers and Electro-Optics Society lecture
July 16, 2001 The Hybrid Optical Network joint LEOS and Communication Society lecture
July 16, 2001 The Hybrid Optical Network joint LEOS and Communication Society lecture
May 25, 2001 Crossing the Law-Engineering Divide lecture
May 4, 2001 Adaptive Digital Communication Receivers lecture
January 25, 2001 Analysis of Receiver Structures and Optical Amplifiers in Optical CDMA Systems
January 22, 2001 Architecture, Modeling and Performance Evaluation for IP Traffic over Optical Networks lecture - for an electronic copy of the presentation in PowerPoint format, please contact Emanuel Istrate at
November 20, 2000 Broadband Wireless Access Systems Using Millimeter Waves - Problems, Opportunities, and Technologies download lecture slides [PDF]
October 18, 2000 Is your Stock Portfolio Ready for Telecommunications OSS?
May 6, 1998 Switching, Services and Business of Telecommunications
April 23, 1998 High-Speed Wireless Access
April 7, 1998 The Challenges of Building a Broadband Network
History of the Toronto Chapter

Our Chapter has been active for years. In 1995, we set for ourselves a new vision and a new approach. The goal is to make a difference and to be useful to the community in general, and members in particular, in harmony with Society???s objectives.

To achieve this goal, we simply need to reach out, and moreover, attract participation and involvement. This, in turn, brings up new inter-related questions:
- Whom to reach out to?
- How to reach out?
- How to get attention and win participation?
- How to maintain continuity and growth?

We realized, and many other Chapters have probably experienced, that just finding a speaker, looking after the arrangements, running an advertisement in the newsletter, or even sending a mail-out to all members would not do! To explain why, let???s try to answer the above questions. We may consider multiple dimensions in answering whom the Chapter should reach out to. On the one hand, there are multiple levels from high schools, to college and university students, to professionals. On the other hand, the new environment consisting of technology, market and regulatory drivers, integration of services, convergence of industries, competition, globalization, market liberalization and alliances have created a broad spectrum of topics (within and around telecommunications) and linked to that, many new players. This spans across academia, government and public agencies, banks and enterprises, utilities, management and consulting firms, a broad array of industries, and many interested individuals are interested in these topics.

The key theme of our Chapter???s vision and framework for activities is to not only adapt to this new environment but take a leadership role in it to make a true difference. We have consciously followed steps to try to include all and to try to cover all! We have called this a Total Approach! Right here, it becomes obvious that the questions of who to reach out to, how to reach out to, and what to bring in order to win their continuous participation are hard to separate. Who they are suggests what they would be interested in and how they can be reached out to. This reaching out and interaction with members and non-members on a local level and bringing technical seminars, tours and tutorials, to social and student activities, membership programs and others, is very much in harmony with IEEE goals and the Society???s objectives and expectations.

We have taken new steps in the past few years to invite a broad range of expert speakers from universities, industries, major consulting firms, .. outside the Chapter, and offer numerous technical seminars. These cover such range of topics as ATM and High Speed Networking, CATV, LMDS and other Broadband Access, Emerging Residential Video Services, Video Compression, Future Networks, Optical Networks, Multimedia, Trends in Software Technologies, Internet, Wireless/PCS, Microwave and Millimeterwave Applications, Satellites, Industry Trends and Regulatory Developments. This variety of ???hot??? topics and a persistent effort to bring in expert speakers have been essential for our Chapter to be useful at all, and to expect members and non-members to participate and even further their level of involvement. Organizations have become increasingly efficient and more knowledge-based. Individuals have less free time and travel relatively long distances between work, home and other activities. This means the only way to attract them, and rightfully so, is to respond to their needs, in the new dynamic, diverse and efficient environment. In so far as the content goes, the broad range of hot topics referred to earlier, with emphasis on new and emerging technologies, applications and trends, offered by expert speakers, does indeed respond to (knowledge) needs in this new environment. In addition, participants get further rewarded by networking with others, and by attending an ensemble of Chapter events to get a better grasp of the promised end-to-end picture.

Our technical events have taken a variety of formats: an hour-long presentation preceded by a reception, a half or full day workshop with multiple speakers, half-day tutorials, or a cluster of seminar series. They have been general (open to all) or targeted. This brings in another important aspect of Toronto Chapter???s activities: ???inviting in" versus "going out to"! Events for targeted groups and on-site delivery demand particular attention and, sometimes, greater effort, although they may be less frequent in comparison. Our Chapter has visited and given seminars/talks to high schools, colleges, university student events, professional organizations in nearby towns, Toronto Technology Network luncheon, Professional Engineers of Ontario, Toronto High-Tech Show, and several other events. We have expanded our policy of inclusion through co-sponsoring events with other Chapters within Toronto Section, with other Sections such as IEEE Peterborough, with the Society Chapters, such as North Jersey and Ottawa (on Society???s Tour of Distinguished Speaker), and with local conferences and workshops.

We have learned that creating a dynamic network of participants, expanding on that, and maintaining regular liaison help our continuity and growth a great deal. The Toronto Chapter maintains its liaison with the core participants, with members and with the community on many levels, from Internet, to newsletters and flyers, announcements and personal liaison. It does take effort, useful plans and programs and persistence to keep this network together and to bring in new participation.

Our goal remains the same: reach out, take leadership role, and make a true difference, in ways expected of IEEE Communications Society local Chapter. We have tried to take a Total Approach, consistent with the new environment, to attract participation, maintain continuity and growth, and respond to the knowledge needs and interests of our members and of our community as a whole. We have been rewarded by some success, but this remains a continuous challenge. The good part is that it is a truly worthwhile and continuously rewarding exercise!

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