The Electronic Newsletter of the IEEE Toronto Section - the latest news
about upcoming events and the people that make them happen - Section and
Chapter meetings, workshops, conferences, and other events of interest
occuring in Toronto and surounding areas. Posted every month.
Now formatted for portrait-orientation printing.
Daylight Savings Time Reminder - SPRING FORWARD, FALL BACK is
the old addage that reminds us to set our clocks forward one hour before
we go to bed on Saturday evening, April 2 so we are ready for daylight
savings the following morning. Don't forget to make the rounds
and also adjust all of your electronic equipment that does not remember
to automatically adjust - I have to check my watches, outside lighting
timers, old VCR, breadmaker, and so on. Then there is the
reminder from our Fire Departments to replace batteries on smoke and
Carbon Monoxide detectors (what! you don't remember where it is or if
you have one...) Here are a couple of links about daylight savings
time - the technical stuff from our Canadian National Research
Council and some general information and historical tidbits from
the CBC News web site.
Upcoming Chapter/Group Meetings
Apr 7, 2005 at 3:00 p.m. Dr. Omid Jahromi of Bioscrypt
Inc. will present a seminar entitled "Biometric Identity Verification",
organized by our Signals & Applications and Computer Chapters. Click
Apr 8, 2005 at 5:00 p.m. Dr. Alyssa Apsel of Cornell
University will present a seminar entitled "Merging Traditional VLSI with
Photonics", organized by our Solid State Chapter. Click for details.
Apr 12, 2005 at 6:00 p.m. Haydn Povey of ARM Ltd.
will present a seminar entitled "Future-Proof Your Embedded Design with
ARM-Based MCUs", organized by our Computer Chapter. Click for details.
Apr 14, 2005 at 3:30 p.m. Dr. Ali Sayed, F-IEEE, of the
EE Dept. at UCLA will present a Signal Processing Society Distinguished
Lecture entitled "Signal Processing Challenges in Wireless Location",
organized by our Signals and Applications Chapter. Click for details.
Apr 18, 2005 at 6:30 p.m. Randy Park, Professional
Speaker and Author, will present a seminar entitled "Thinking for Results",
organized by our Engineering & Human Environment Chapter. Click for details.
Apr 21, 2005 at 7:00 p.m. Dr. Ian Hastings, Director of
Reactor Development Operations at Atomic Energy Canada Ltd., will present a
seminar entitled "Nuclear Power Generation – Where are we going?", organized
jointly by our Power Engineering Chapter and Life Members Affinity Group.
Click for details.
Apr 22, 2005 at 6:30 p.m. Round table discussion on:
"How to have an effective meeting with your manager" + at 7:30
p.m. "WIE Affinity First Anniversary Celebration",
organized by our Women in Engineering Affinity Group.
Click for details. Note: Revised Date
Apr 26, 2005 at 4:00 p.m. Dr. Luca Dal Negro, of the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will present a seminar entitled
"Silicon-based Light Emitting Nanomaterials and Photonic Structures",
organized by our Circuits & Systems Chapter. Click for details.
May 5, 2005 at 2:00 p.m. Tour of the Trillium Hospital
(Mississauga Site) featuring their Cardiac Department with the latest
technical equipment for diagnostics and treatment. This tour should
appeal to those interested in instrumentation and medical applications as
well as anyone interested in the state of our health care system.
Organized by our Life Members Affinity Group.
Click for details.
May 11, 2005 at 6:30 p.m. Captain Stephen Boyne of
Defense Research & Development Canada, will present a seminar entitled
"Human Factors Engineering; Military applications, Civilian benefits",
organized by the PEO Toronto Dufferin Chapter and supported by our
Engineering and Human Environment Chapter. Click for details.
Apr 9, 2005 1-day course, “Positioned for Success,
Differentiating Yourself”, Celia Desmond & Carolyn Wright, lecturers
Click for details
Now is the time to register if you have not done so.
Apr 23, 2005 1-day course, “Breakthrough Thinking”,
Celia Desmond & Randy Park, lecturers Click for details
May 7, 2005 1-day course, “Networking with Others: The
most important job you will ever have”, Celia Desmond & Carolyn Wright, lecturers
Click for details
May 13 & 14, 2005 2-day course, “Project Management –
Meeting those pesky Requirements”, Celia Desmond, lecturer
Click for details
May 21, 2005 1-day course, “Understanding Personality
Type: Reading Character through TRUE COLORS”, Carolyn Wright, lecturer
Click for details
Jun 4, 2005 1-day course, “Essential Communications for
Engineers”, Celia Desmond, lecturer
Click for details
The 18th Annual Canadian Conference on Electrical and Computer
Engineering will be held May 1-4, 2005 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
Saskatoon is more than farming! It is home to a top university,
a significant number of high-tech industry and government labs, and this year
- a GREAT conference.
It is time to book your flight and hotel - also April 2 is the deadline
for the early bird registration rate.
Please visit their web site for additional information and links for
conference, tutorials, hotel and flight registrations, as well as their
LinuxWorld & NetworkWorld 2005 Conference & Expo, April
18 - 20, 2005, Metro Toronto Convention Centre.
Your Connection to Today's Applications and Solutions
- Linux overview [PDF]
- Network overview [PDF]
LinuxWorld Conference & Expo Canada & NetworkWorld Conference & Expo
Canada are the #1 Linux/Open Source and Network IT events in the third
largest region in North America, following New York and San Francisco.
Both events are co-located in Toronto, providing a powerful
combination of education and vendors. The conference offers
dynamic keynotes, case studies, tutorials and hands on labs by renowned
industry specialists, while the trade show feature high profile experts
from leading vendor companies. All this under one roof - A Total Linux &
Network Experience! For more information and registration, please
visit the LinuxWorld conference & expo web site and the NetworkWorld conference & expo web site.
IEEE members - free admissionto the trade show with this IEEE Pass [PDF], as well as 25% discount on pre-registration for
the conference and tutorials if you use code A101 when you
pre-register and show your IEEE membership card at the door.
Empowered's Test & Management 2005, April 26, 2005,
The Holiday Inn on King, 370 King Street West
Empowered's Test & Management 2005 hits Toronto
April 26th, plus dates in Winnipeg, Calgary, Vancouver, Montreal and Ottawa.
This focused full-day event features 6 educational sessions on testing and
managing emerging technologies, applications and services.
Join us for sessions on
Testing Triple Play,
IP Service Diagnostics,
and Quality, IP/MPLS &
Morning sessions cover Managing Configurations, Testing Applications and
Security, and Enabling IT Service Management.
If your focus is developing new technologies, creating new service
offerings, or leveraging both to reduce costs & improve service, make
time in your schedule for Test & Management 2005!
IEEE members attend free if you Register Now!
Report on "Telecommunication Network Architecture, taking industry to
new heights" - March 3
Dr. S. Heeralall presented a new kind of telecommunication network
architecture which she is now advocating based on her experience working
in global telecom industry for more than twenty years. The seminar was
centered around the answers to a question of “What networks should the
industry build in order to really appeal to the market?”. The seminar
was tailored for both technical and non-technical audience and was
attended by people from the academia as well industry. Among the
audience, 18 were IEEE members and 6 were guests. At the end of the
presentation, lively discussions took place on the possible paths in the
evolution of the existing telecommunication networks towards the
proposed architecture. Dr. Heeralall finally emphasized the need for a
multi-disciplinary approach to the design of the telecom network
architecture and also the research program to further advance this new
kind of discipline in telecom network architecture.
Contributed by Alagan Anapalagan,
chair of our Communications Chapter - which organized
Report on "Patents: From an Inventor's Viewpoint" - March 14
This seminar provided first-hand insight on the patenting process from a
successful inventor. Mitchell, an experienced lecturer and
instructor, gave a very interesting and lively presentation in a format
easy to understand and follow. He shared his experiences with his
two successful patents and one rejected patent. Steering the
intricacies of the patenting process could seem a daunting task to an
inventor. Mitchell showed how it could be done. The
important Do's and Don'ts of patenting were discussed. This
seminar provided excellent and valuable real-life information about the
patenting process. The audience participated enthusiastically.
The interest and excitement carried on - with a lot individual
discussions and networking afterwards. Contributed by Ed Lovrek,
chair of our Engineering and Human Environment Chapter - which organized
this event. If you wish to view/listen to this presentation,
just click on this link to the web site where it
is stored in IEEE Canada's digital library as a Windows Media file.
Report on "Claim Your Career Equity" - March 23 event
Finding ones niche - that one thing that makes one
invaluable to the team or company - is a challenge.
Our careers often face turbulence as a result of not
being aware of this. Ms. Fox, who has been a career
coach and has coached GenX, mid-career and senior
professionals and leaders to make rapid measurable
career improvements for the past 15 years, gave an
informative talk at WIE Affinity March meeting. About
15 members and guests who were present at this meeting
listened to Ms. Fox talk about the importance of
investing time and money on career management and
development. Ms. Fox identified feasible practices
and tasks that one can do in order to control and
steer one's career. She interjected numerous real life
stories of career situations and improvements. I
left the meeting with lots of information to dwell on
and act upon. Many thanks to Ms. Fox for her time and
such a great presentation and to our guests who
participated in this event. Contributed by Visda Vokhshoori, chair
of our Women in Engineering Affinity Group - which organized this event.
Congratulations to six of our members who have been recently elevated to
Senior Member grade;
Sridhar Krishnan Engineering in Medicine & Biology Society, Signal Processing Society
Jody Levine Dielectrics & Electrical Insulation Society, Power Engineering Society
Baochun Li Communications Society
Alain Tabue Power Engineering Society
Alan Wallis Industry Applications Society
Pelle Westlind Computer Society
If you wish to
apply for Senior Member elevation, or nominate someone else, please use this link.
Are you planning to apply for an IEEE Senior Membership grade?
Keep in mind that the next Admission & Advancement (A&A) panel meeting
will be held in April. Application and reference forms have to be
received at IEEE Operations Center by April 6. For the details of
the IEEE Senior Member Program, please visit our IEEE Toronto page of helpful information and links.
IEEE Toronto LEOS Paper Prize May 6, 2005 is the deadline
for students members of the IEEE Toronto LEOS Chapter to apply for the award
for the best student technical paper in the areas of lasers, electro-optics,
optical communication or networks, or nonlinear optics. Click for details.
2005 IEEE Electron Devices Society Graduate Student Fellowship
May 15, 2005 is the deadline
for graduate students who are members of the IEEE EDS Society to apply for
this US$5,000 award (plus travel stipent). This year fellowship is
awarded to promote, recognize, and support graduate level study and research
within the Electron Devices Society's field of interest:
Click for details.
Student Ethics Competitions are planned for all 10 IEEE Regions - The IEEE
Ethics and Member Conduct Committee wants to raise the ethics awareness of
IEEE members while they're still in school. To this end, the committee
is launching the IEEE Student Ethics Competition, which will provide student
members with experience in applying ethical concepts to situations that might
arise in the workplace. Find out more at this IEEE web site.
New Improved Version of IEEE Xplore 29 Mar. --
IEEE Publications announces that IEEE Xplore Version 2.0 was
successfully launched this weekend, as scheduled. This release
marks a milestone in the evolution of the IEEE's web delivery platform
because it adds not only an updated graphic design, but also adds many
new functions to improve the user's experience and facilitate web-first
publishing. IEEE Xplore is already widely used: during the first
two months of this year the users retrieved 4.55 million documents a
month -- an increase of 25% over the first two months of 2004. We
expect these enhancements will help further increase the use of IEEE's
superb technical information. Why not visit the IEEE Xplore 2 web site.
IEEE Virtual Museum Launches Exhibit on Electronic
Instruments 23 Mar. --
The IEEE Virtual Museum has launched its latest exhibit, "Songs in the
Key of E," which explores the numerous ways electronics have been used
to create music. With examples such as the singing arc, the theremin and
the synthesizer, among others, the exhibit highlights both the inventors
of electronic instruments and the instruments themselves, and uses audio
clips to demonstrate the various sounds. This is the eighth IEEE Virtual
Museum exhibit since its launch in 2002. Aimed at pre-college students
and their educators, the museum explores the global impact of electrical
and information sciences and technologies to demonstrate how relevant
engineers are to society. To view this exhibit, visit the IEEE Virtual Museum web site.
myIEEE - your personal IEEE web page - click on the myIEEE image
on the left, and login to your unique personalized page. You will need
your IEEE web account to login - if you don't have one yet, get one right now
- its free - click here.
This is a new IEEE service - with limited capabilities at present - it is
using the IEEE membership data base to automatically create links to IEEE
services that reflect your geographic and technical choices. Look for
more features in future. This personalized web page for you, makes it
easy for you - in one place - to control the information IEEE has on file
about you - for example; to get or update your IEEE email alias, update
your mailing address, telephone or fax number, change your mailing list
preferences, or your credit card information, renew your membership, learn
about upgrading your membership level and applying. You can also click to
view any of the home pages of the IEEE Societies that you belong to....
IEEE has partnered with Insight, Inc. to provide discounts on over
250,000 computer hardware/software products available on the site.
IEEE members receive discounts on all products
presented here, and this discount will vary by item. IEEE members
always receive Insight’s best price – the lesser of the discount price
or their advertised special price. Insight hosts three separate
websites for their company in Canada, USA and UK. Click on the
Insight image on the left to view their web site and get more info,
then click on the Canadian flag to apply for your personal Insight account
and use IEE491261 for your password to get your discount. There is no
obligation to buy when you create your account, but it will give you
access to view the IEEE member discounts.
Future Senior Members of the IEEE Toronto Section
Have you been
in professional practice for at least ten years and have shown significant
performance over a period of at least five of those years? You should
be an IEEE Senior Member. Need help in obtaining your three
references? We will help you - just contact Alex
, our membership chair.
Please click this link to find out the advantages, the requirements,
and an explanation of the process including key links to apply online.
Volunteering a few hours a month is a
very rewarding experience - we have a great group of about 45 volunteers
who contribute to the smooth running of our Section - by distributing the
workload over many Section members, the individual load is kept small - we
are looking for a few additional members to help out in the following
- Vice Chair & Secretary for our Power Engineering Chapter
If you are interested, please contact
- Vice Chair & Secretary for our Women In Engineering Group
If you are interested, please contact
- Vice Chairs for our Engineering and Human Environment Chapter
with specific Society responsibilities - one each for the Education Society,
the Engineering Management Society, the Professional Communication Society,
and the Reliability Society. For descriptions of these positions refer
to this position profile. If you are
interested in volunteering as a chapter Vice Chair please contact chapter
NOTE - Alex Bot says "thank you" to Lena Jin who has volunteered to be the
webmaster for the 2006 IEEE Intelligent Transportation System Conference which
will be held in Toronto between September 5 & 8 in 2006 - IEEE Toronto will
be the host Section.
Bell Canada's Anniversary
This year marks the 125th anniversary of Bell Canada, the country's
largest telecommunications company. The Bell Telephone company of Canada
was incorporated on April 29, 1880. The company originally provided the
new service of voice telephony to 2100 subscribers in Ontario, Quebec,
Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Manitoba. It has since evolved into the
current Bell Canada Enterprises (BCE) spanning all modern areas of
telecommunications. A chronicled history and further information can be
found on BCE's website
in the history section:
April Fools Day
The web has some great web sites about April Fools Day
- which occurs on April 2.
You miss it - you miss it !
This web site is the source of the
delightful image on the left
as well as some interesting historical information.
Then we have this web site which contains the
"Top 100 April Fool's Day Hoaxes of All Time".
web site has some more
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