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Modeling Semantics of Content on Twitter (What did you mean when you said Yoyo!)

Tuesday, August 11th, 2015

October 22, 2015 at 12:00 p.m. Dr. Ebrahim Bagheri, Associate Professor and the Director for the Laboratory for Systems, Software and Semantics (LS3) at Ryerson University, will be presenting “Modeling Semantics of Content on Twitter (What did you mean when you said Yoyo!)”.

Speaker: Dr. Ebrahim Bagheri
Associate Professor and the Director for the Laboratory for Systems, Software and Semantics (LS3) at Ryerson University.

Day & Time: Thursday, October 22, 2015
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Location: Kerr Hall West
379 Victoria Street, Toronto, Ontario
Ryerson University
Room: KHW057
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Organizer: IEEE Systems Chapter – Toronto Section

Contact: E-mail: Alexei Botchkarev

Registration: Registration is free, but space is limited. Please register via this link:

Abstract: The microblogging service, Twitter, has gained wide popularity with over 300M active users and over 500M tweets per day. The unique characteristic of Twitter, only allowing short length messages to be communicated, has brought about interesting changes to how information is expressed and communicated by the users, i.e., the semantics of information when expressed on Twitter differ from when expressed on other medium. For instance, the word ‘metal’ when observed on Twitter carries a different semantic meaning, most likely referring to heavy metal music, as opposed to when used in other contexts where its predominant sense is the metal material. In this talk, I will discuss how the meaning and senses of words can be captured and modeled on Twitter to enable better and more efficient search, retrieval and recommendation of content.

Biography: Ebrahim Bagheri is an Associate Professor and the Director for the Laboratory for Systems, Software and Semantics (LS3) at Ryerson University, and has been active in the areas of the Semantic Web and Software Engineering. He was one of the research theme leaders of the national project on Radiation Emission Monitoring at the National Research Council Canada and was responsible for leading the development of the Semantic Web and Knowledge Engineering components of that project. In 2011, he co-chaired the Canadian Semantic Web Conference in Vancouver, BC ( His work on Semantic-Driven Information Extraction has resulted in two provisionally patented technologies namely Denote and Derive. Denote is a semantic annotation platform based on Linked Open Data and Derive is an extensible architecture for unsupervised knowledge extraction and object (concept and property-value pair) population from the Web. He has been involved in projects that encompass the use of Semantic Web technologies in the areas of e-commerce and business process modeling funded by NSERC, AIF and IBM. Over the past 5 years, he has led projects worth over $5M CAD including various NSERC research and development projects with over 12 industrial partners. He is a senior member of IEEE, an IBM Faculty Fellow and a member of PEO.

Intelligent connectivity enablers for converged heterogeneous 5G-IoT ecosystem

Thursday, July 2nd, 2015

Presentation slides for the “Intelligent connectivity enablers for converged heterogeneous 5G-IoT ecosystem” event uploaded.

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Parallel-MLFMA Solutions of Large-Scale Problems Involving Dielectric and Composite Metamaterial Structures

Sunday, June 28th, 2015

July 15, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. Prof. Levent Gurel will be presenting “Parallel-MLFMA Solutions of Large-Scale Problems Involving Dielectric and Composite Metamaterial Structures”. [Distinguished Lecture]

Speaker: Prof. Levent Gürel
CEO, ABAKUS Computing Technologies Adjunct Professor, Dept. of ECE, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Day & Time: Wednesday, July 15, 2015
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Location: Room BA 1210
Bahen Centre
University of Toronto – St. George Campus
40 St. George Street

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Organizer: IEEE Electromagnetics & Radiation Joint Chapter

Abstract: It is possible to solve extremely large electromagnetics problems accurately and efficiently by using the multilevel fast multipole algorithm (MLFMA) and parallel MLFMA. This has important implications in terms of obtaining the solution of previously intractable physical, real-life, and scientific problems in various areas, such as (subsurface) scattering, optics, bioelectromagnetics, metamaterials, nanotechnology, remote sensing, etc. Accurate simulations of such real-life electromagnetics problems with integral equations require the solution of dense matrix equations involving millions of unknowns. Most recently, we have achieved the solutions of larger than 1,000,000,000×1,000,000,000 (one billion!) dense matrix equations! Solutions of these extremely large problems cannot be achieved easily, even when using the most powerful computers with state-of-the-art technology. Instead, we have been solving some of the world’s largest integral-equation problems in computational electromagnetics by employing fast algorithms implemented on parallel computers. For more information:

In this talk, following a general introduction to our work in computational electromagnetics, I will present integral-equation and MLFMA formulations of dielectric/composite structures. Then, I will continue with rigorous modeling of three-dimensional optical metamaterial and plasmonic structures that are composed of multiple coexisting dielectric and/or conducting parts. Such composite structures may possess diverse values of conductivities and dielectric constants, including negative permittivity and permeability. It is possible to formulate and use different types of integral equations depending on which ones have better conditioning properties. I will briefly mention the development of effective Schur-complement preconditioners specifically for dielectric problems. Solutions of complicated real-life problems involving metamaterial structures, red blood cells, and dielectric photonic crystals will be presented. If time permits, various challenges encountered during the solutions may be touched upon.

Biography: Prof. Levent Gürel (Fellow of IEEE, ACES, and EMA) received the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) in 1988 and 1991, respectively, in electrical and computer engineering. He worked at the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, New York, in 1991-94. During his 20 years with Bilkent University, he served as the Founding Director of the Computational Electromagnetics Research Center (BiLCEM) and a professor of electrical engineering. He is also an Adjunct Professor at UIUC. Prof. Gürel is the Founder and CEO of ABAKUS Computing Technologies, a company that is geared towards advancing the use of cutting-edge computing technologies for solving difficult scientific problems with important real-life applications and societal benefits. He is conferred the UIUC ECE Distinguished Alumni Award in 2013 and the IEEE Harrington-Mittra Award in Computational Electromagnetics in 2015. He was named an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer for 2011-2014 and is still serving in emeritus capacity. He was invited to address the 2011 ACES Conference as a Plenary Speaker and a TEDx Conference in 2014. Among other recognitions of Prof. Gürel’s accomplishments, the two prestigious awards from the Turkish Academy of Sciences (TUBA) in 2002 and the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK) in 2003 are the most notable. Since 2003, Prof. Gürel has been serving as an associate editor for Radio Science, IEEE Antennas and Wireless Propagation Letters, IET Microwaves, Antennas & Propagation, JEMWA, PIER, ACES Journal, and ACES Express.

Mechatronics in Surgery and Rehabilitation

Sunday, June 28th, 2015

July 06, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. Ana Luisa Trejos, Ph.D., P.Eng., will be presenting “Mechatronics in Surgery and Rehabilitation”.

Speaker: Ana Luisa Trejos, Ph.D., P.Eng.

Day & Time: Monday, July 06, 2015
3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Location: Room ENG 288
Computer Science Department
George Vari Centre for Computing and Engineering
Ryerson University
245 Church St.
Toronto, ON, M5B 2K3

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Organizer: IEEE Magnetics Chapter, IEEE Instrumentation & Measurement Joint Chapter

Contact: Maryam Davoudpour, E-mail:

Abstract: Mechatronic systems have the advantage of being able to make smart decisions in response to what is perceived in the environment. The medical field presents unique challenges for the development of mechatronic devices that can assist in the advancement of more effective and less invasive treatment options. At Western University, significant advances in the design and development of mechatronic devices for surgery and rehabilitation have been achieved. In this presentation, Dr. Trejos will describe some of the undergoing projects at Canadian Surgical Technologies and Advanced Robotics (CSTAR), focused on robotic systems for surgery and surgical training, and at the Wearable Biomechatronics Laboratory (WearME lab), related to rehabilitation devices.

Biography: Dr. Trejos is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Biomedical Engineering program at the Western University and an Associate Scientist at Canadian Surgical Technologies and Advanced Robotics, Lawson Health Research Institute. She received her B.Sc. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Costa Rica in 1997, her M.A.Sc. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of British Columbia in 2000 and her Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Western in 2012. From 2000 to 2003 she worked as an Applications Engineer for Progressive Moulded Products in Concord, Ontario. Since 2004, she has been working on the design, development and testing of medical mechatronic systems. Her research is focused towards evaluating how novel mechatronic devices can improve patient care during surgery, therapy and rehabilitation. This includes the development of smart devices for minimally invasive surgery and the design of wearable mechatronic braces that can provide improved treatment options for musculoskeletal disorders. Another component of her research entails the development and evaluation of systems for surgical training and motor skills assessment.

Electrical Energy Storage Options

Monday, June 15th, 2015

June 24, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. Paul N. Acchione, Past President and Chair of the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers, will be presenting “Electrical Energy Storage Options”.
Speaker: Paul N. Acchione
Past President and Chair of the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE)
Management Consultant at Market Intelligence & Date Analysis Corporation

Day & Time: Wednesday, June 24, 2015
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
A light supper will be served 6:00-6:15

Location: Room BA 4287
Bahen Centre for Information Technology (BA)
40 St. George Street
Toronto M5S 2E4
University of Toronto – St. George Campus
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Organizer: Toronto – IEEE Industry Applications and Power Electronics Joint Chapter

Contact: Marjan, Email:

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

Abstract: The seminar will discusses the types and benefits of electrical storage and the costs involved. Also included is engineering information from the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE’s) electrical power system studies, including:

• Ontario’s electrical demand profile
• Cost impact of dispatching generation (load following)
• Benefits, challenges and costs of various types of storage
• Alternatives if we don’t use storage
• How much storage is needed to effectively integrate variable renewables

Biography: Paul has a B.A.Sc. and M.Eng. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Toronto. Paul is a licensed professional engineer in Ontario and is a member of ASME, ANS, IEEE and ISA and a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering. Paul has over 44 years of engineering and management experience in the power generation industry. He worked for 31 years with Ontario Power Generation (OPG) and its predecessor companies. Paul was the 2013-14 President and Chair of the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE) and is a volunteer with OSPE’s Energy Task Force. Paul is a Management Consultant at Market Intelligence & Data Analysis Corporation.