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Women in Robotics Series: Erica Tiberia

Wednesday, December 21st, 2016

Thank you for joining us for the Women in Robotics Series last night with Erica Tiberia, Entrepreneur, Roboticist, and Educator. Erica shared her experiences competing in the NASA Sample Return Challenge and what she has learned pursuing her passions in science and technology. It was an inspiring talk and Erica generously shared her robot secrets, demonstrating and displaying the robot and the tech inside.

More photos are accessible through the series hashtag on Twitter at #WinRSeries

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IEEE N3XT Toronto a Success!

Wednesday, December 21st, 2016

IEEE N3XT™ Toronto was a success with 135 attendees. 53% of the attendees were Young Professionals, 23% were women, and 32% identified as Founders or Entrepreneurs. This is the second year that IEEE N3XT™ has brought great content and networking to the Toronto technical entrepreneur community.
– IEEE N3XT™ Committee

Testimonial from an attendee who went to the Austin and Toronto N3XT events:

“The guest speakers at IEEE N3XT in Austin were amazing — great job. The motivational speeches and knowledge of the experts in the various tracks were just what I needed and I decided to attend Toronto as a result of the good time I had. The IEEE N3XT in Toronto was a great opportunity for me. I came to Toronto to learn how to improve my pitch. The event not only helped with the development of my startup idea, I feel even more confident with the judges feedback on how I can structure my pitch to make it better. I left Toronto with a plethora of information, freindly and unforgettable connections, and new found skills that I can apply to help develop and grow my future. Thanks!”
– David Gramlin, IEEE Student Member, Purdue University; U.S. Airforce

IEEE GlobeCom Workshop: Call for Papers

Saturday, June 18th, 2016

IEEE GlobeCom Workshop: Call for Papers

IEEE is organizing the Workshop on Cyber-Physical Smart Grid Security and Resilience (at IEEE GLOBECOM) in Washington, DC this December.

This workshop addresses issues of cyber-physical smart grid security and resilient energy system design and operation. Emphasis is placed on efficient strategies that harness communication networking, computation and/or control to improve security and resilience through increased adaptability, reliability and functionality.

Paper submission deadline is 1 July. More info can be found in the workshop homepage. See the call for papers at

Engineering Career Fair 2016 A Great Success

Saturday, May 21st, 2016

In collaboration with the American Society of Mechanical Engineers – Ontario Section, IEEE Toronto Section organized a highly successful Engineering Career Fair on May 12. Over 2700 engineers and numerous employers participated, talking informally, learning about job opportunities and qualifications. Both employers and candidates appreciated the opportunity to meet face-to-face in one common venue. Stay tuned for new editions of the career fair, and other career-related events we are planning.

Photo from Engineering Career Fair 2016

New Executive for IEEE Toronto

Tuesday, January 12th, 2016

At the beginning of the year, a new set of officers has taken over the leadership of our section for the term 2016 – 2017. They are:

IEEE Toronto Section Chair

Thamir (Tom) Murad, PhD, PEng, FEC, IEEE SM

Director, Head of Siemens Engineering and Technology Academy

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.

IEEE Toronto Section Vice-Chair

Olivier Trescases, PhD, PEng, IEEE SM

Associate Professor, University of Toronto

Olivier Trescases received his PhD from the University of Toronto in 2007. From 2007 to 2008, he worked as a concept engineer and mixed-signal IC designer at Infineon Technologies in Austria. While at Infineon, he designed application-specific ICs in BCD technologies for safety-critical automotive applications, such as electronic control units for airbag modules. Dr. Trescases joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Toronto as an Assistant Professor in 2009 and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2014. He conducts research on power electronics for automotive, industrial, aerospace and renewable energy applications. He is the co-inventor for six patents. Dr. Trescases has published over 60 papers in IEEE conferences and journals. He received three best-paper awards, one IEEE Vehicular Technology award as well as the 2010 Green Innovation Award from the City of Toronto. He is a member of the executive committee for the IEEE Toronto Section and has served on the technical committee of various IEEE conferences, including the Applied Power Electronics Conference (APEC), the International Symposium on Power Semiconductor Devices & ICS (ISPSD), the Custom Integrated Circuits Conference (CICC) and the Vehicle Power and Propulsion Conference (VPPC).

IEEE Toronto Section Secretary

Ali Nabavi, PhD, PEng, IEEE SM

Senior Research Associate, University of Toronto

Dr. Nabavi received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in electrical engineering from Amirkabir University of Technology, Tehran, and his Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Toronto in 1996. Upon graduation, he joined the University of Mazandaran, Iran, as a faculty member in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Since then he has been actively engaged in research and development in the general area of power electronics, motor drives and teaching and supervising of graduate students. He was elevated to the rank of associate professor in 2003. Since 2004, he has been with the Energy Systems Group, Department of ECE, University of Toronto, as a Senior Research Associate and has been actively collaborating on several research projects with various utility and aerospace industries including ABB and Honeywell. His research interests include analysis, operation and control of power electronics in power systems.

IEEE Toronto Section Treasurer

Marjan Alavi, PhD

Lecturer, George Brown College

Dr. Alavi received her Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering (Control and Instrumentations) from K.N. Toosi University of Technology in 2004 and her Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering (Micro- and Nano-Electronic Devices) from Sharif University of Technology in 2007. She received the Singapore International Graduate Award in January 2010 and has a Ph.D. from the School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering of Nanyang Technological University (NTU). She was a research associate at NTU working with Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology and Rolls-Royce on developing model-based fault diagnosis, fault tolerant control, and prognosis methods for hybrid systems. She was a member of the Electronics Department at Bloorintar Co. where she designed and manufactured programmable power supplies and electronic lab instruments. She was also a member of the Academic Board at Azad University where she taught several courses including Analog and Digital Electronics and was a researcher at the University of Toronto. She has 14 refereed publications and serves as a reviewer for IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics.

We are grateful to Tom, Olivier, Ali and Marjan for their dedication to the IEEE and the Toronto Section, and wish them all the best in their new positions.

IEEE Toronto Section Annual General Meeting

Saturday, September 12th, 2015

IEEE Toronto Section Annual General Meeting

When: Saturday, October 17, 2015 from 6:30 to 10 pm

Where: 21 Old Mill Road
Toronto, Ontario
Canada, M8X 1G5

The Annual General Meting (AGM) of the IEEE Toronto Section is an occasion to celebrate our achievements, made possible by its dedicated volunteers and members. This year, the AGM will also include the elections for a new set of Section officers, to serve in 2016-2017.

6:30 PM: Reception and Cash bar
7:00 PM: Sitting and Introductions
7:30 PM: Dinner and Keynote Presentation on the Canadarm, by Craig Thornton, MDA
8:30 PM: Section Report by Emanuel Istrate
9:00 PM: IEEE Toronto Section Awards
9:40 PM: IEEE Toronto Section Elections
10:00 PM: Closing Remarks

Please notice the following:
• Dress code is Elegant Casual.
• Section members (and one guest) can purchase tickets by contacting The cost is CAD$50,00 (Life Members) and CAD$70,00 (Other Members).
• Seats are limited; RSVP is mandatory.

To attend the AGM, please register here:
Registration closes on October 9.

Bio for Craig Thornton:
Craig Thornton is Vice President and General Manager of the Robotics and Automation Division within MDA’s Information Systems Group. Craig’s team was/is responsible for key Canadian signature programs such as the iconic Shuttle Remote Manipulator System (i.e., Canadarm) for the now retired Shuttle Fleet and the Canadarm2 & Dextre robotic systems for the International Space Station. The Robotics and Automation Division has also achieved many successes in the application of its space robotics heritage to “terrestrial” applications. These include the NeuroArm (now known by the trade name SymbisTM) neurosurgical robot, inducted into the Space Technology Hall of Fame in 2014, as well as robotics and automation systems for other medical, nuclear, mining and security applications. Craig worked at Spar Aerospace for 10 years before its acquisition in 1999 by MDA, where he held a variety of both technical and management positions, including Director of Engineering and Manufacturing. In 1999, he left MDA to grow and develop a small business (CIMTEK Inc.) in the field of automated, electronic, functional test equipment and services. During the next 9 years, Craig and his partners built the business through several acquisitions in the UK and the US and the establishment of Greenfield operations in Monterrey, Mexico and Suzhou, China. After building CIMTEK to an attractive size, Craig and his partners sold the business in early 2008. Following the sale, he was involved in several small technology start-ups as an angel investor and senior manager until his return to MDA in 2010. Born and educated in Ontario, Canada, Craig holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Human Biology/Biomechanics from the University of Guelph and a Masters of Applied Science in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering from the University of Toronto. Craig has been happily married to Jane for 32 years. He has two sons, Michael and Jason. Michael is a 4th year B. Comm. student at Ryerson University and Jason is a 3rd year Electrical Engineering Student at McMaster University. Craig is an avid soccer player and coach, mountain biker, skier and wind surfer. He has also been known to race Porsche’s from time-to-time. When he’s not doing any of these things he is likely sitting on the dock at his cottage with his family, friends and a cold beverage.

2015 IEEE International Conference on Application-Specific Architectures, Systems, and Processors (ASAP)

Monday, June 15th, 2015

Sponsored by the IEEE Computer Society, the conference covers the theory and practice of application-specific systems, architectures and processors, building upon traditional strengths in areas such as computer arithmetic, cryptography, compression, signal and image processing, network processing, reconfigurable computing, and all types of hardware accelerators.

Abstract submission is on February 27, 2015.
Papers are due on March 6, 2015.
Notifications are sent out May 15, 2015.
The conference will be held July 27-29, 2015.

For more information about the conference see:

For more details on the Call for Papers see:

IEEE Authors and Canada’s Open Access Policy

Sunday, April 12th, 2015

IEEE’s publication policies enable Canadian research authors to comply with requirements of the Tri-Agency Open Access Policy on Publications issued in late February 2015. This policy requires free and open access (OA) to research funded by grants from any of three agencies: the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).

The policy specifies that the public access requirements apply to articles published in peer-reviewed journals. (Articles submitted to conference proceedings are not specified.) Grant recipients must acknowledge agency contributions in all peer-reviewed publications, quoting the Funding Reference Number (FRN for CIHR or Application ID for NSERC, SSHRC). Canada’s policy requires that grant recipients must make their work publicly available in one of two ways, both of which are compatible with IEEE’s author posting policy:

1. Publication in “Gold” OA Journals
From Tri-Agency OA Policy: “Grant recipients can publish in a journal that offers immediate open access or that offers open access on its website within 12 months. Some journals require authors to pay article processing charges (APCs) to make manuscripts freely available upon publication. The cost of publishing in open access journals is an eligible expense under the Use of Grant Funds.”

IEEE policy: Sometimes called “gold” open access, payment of an APC to make an article freely available immediately upon publication is available in several new, fully open IEEE journals. IEEE’s traditional journals also provide gold OA for individual articles through a program called “hybrid” open access. (See IEEE Open Access Publishing Options for more information.)

2. Deposit in Online Repositories
From Tri-Agency OA Policy: “Grant recipients may meet requirements by depositing their final, peer-reviewed manuscript into an institutional or disciplinary repository that will make the manuscript freely accessible within 12 months of publication. It is the responsibility of the grant recipient to determine which publishers allow authors to retain copyright and/or allow authors to archive journal publications in accordance with funding agency policies.”

IEEE policy: Authors’ self-archiving of their articles, sometimes called “green” open access, is permitted under IEEE’s author posting policy. PSPB Operations Manual Section 8.1.9 states: “Authors and/or their employers shall have the right to post the accepted version of IEEE-copyrighted articles on their own personal servers or the servers of their institutions or employers without permission from IEEE … [and] IEEE allows its authors to follow mandates of 2 agencies that fund the author’s research by posting accepted versions of their articles in the agencies’ publicly accessible repositories.” Authors may deposit their own version (or “postprint”) of a peer-reviewed article in a publicly accessible repository operated by their institution or in any repository that is acceptable to the CIHR, NSERC or SSHRC. (See IEEE FAQ for more information.)

Implementation Dates
The CIHR updated its policy in January 2013 to require public access to its funded research, and the policy applies to all CIHR grants awarded 1 Jan. 2008 and onward.
For research funded in whole or in part by NSERC or SSHRC, the new policy applies to all grants awarded 1 May 2015 and onward.

Open Data Requirements
Of the three agencies covered by the policy, only CIHR requires that research authors make their supporting data publicly available. CIHR requires that authors deposit “bioinformatics, atomic, and molecular coordinate data into the appropriate public database (e.g. gene sequences deposited in GenBank) immediately upon publication of research results.” Examples of research outputs and corresponding public repositories are provided in the Annex. Funded researchers are required to retain original data for five years after the end of the grant.

The grant recipient is responsible for ensuring adherence with the Tri-Agency policy. According to the Tri-Agency web site, “in the event of an alleged breach of agency policy, the process outlined in Section 6.1 of the Tri-Agency Framework: Responsible Conduct of Research may be followed.”

Other Online Resources
Publishing Documents for OA Authors – IEEE’s Open Access Publishing Agreement and the CC BY License

SHERPA-RoMEO – Index of publishers’ policies

For further information on IEEE policies, please e-mail