IEEE Canada Newsletter / Nouvelles de IEEE Canada
Issue: September 2000

News of Interest
Upcoming Events
IEEE Commercial Releases
Submission Information

News of Interest

Vehicular Technology Society Election 

Sabah Towaij, a long time active IEEE member, is running for a position on the Board of the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society. Hi bio is below:

Over the last thirty-five years, Dr. Towaij's carrier has spanned academia, private industry and government in the field of telecommunication with emphasis on wireless and mobile communications. He has numerous publications. He obtained his M.Sc. and PH.D. in Electrical Engineering in 1965 and 1973 from the University of Manchester and Manitoba, respectively.

Dr. Towaij has extensive experience, in radio spectrum management, radio regulation and spectrum engineering over the last 22 years both nationally and internationally. He has been very active in the work of the International Telecommunication Union both in the study groups as well as in the World Radio Conferences, since 1975 and is recognized as an ITU expert in wireless communications. He has been on a number of ITU missions to assist state members in planning their wireless telecommunication networks. He is one of the key founders of the work on IMT-2000 (3G) in the ITU and from 1985-99 has been ITU-R IMT-2000 program manager.

Frequently invited to be a speaker in a number of international conferences and seminars, he has also organized and chaired a number of ITU-IMT-2000 seminars and workshops in various parts of the world.

Dr. Towaij has been very active in the IEEE VTS as speaker, chairing sessions, and he was the Vice Chairman and Program Manager of VTC98, which was one of the most successful, both in attendance and revenue.

Dr. Towaij has held several managerial positions with Industry Canada responsible for the engineering and planning of Canadian radio spectrum for the land mobile service. Presently, he is the Director of New Wireless Services and technology, in the Spectrum Engineering Branch of the Department of Industry in the Canadian Government.

If you are running for a position in a society, please let us know so that we can publicize it in the newsletter to the members.

Video Signal Transmission Standard To Be Revised

The IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) Standards Board recently approved a new standards revision project: P511 Standard on Video Signal Transmission Measurement of Linear Waveform Distortion. The scope of the original STD 511 is for the rapid interpretation of linear (amplitude independent) distortions caused by non-ideal (imperfect frequency response and group delay) transmission of primarily, but not limited to, analog composite NTSC (system M) video signals. The results are useful to qualify signals to established proof-of-performance limits and are useful to indicate problems during operational and maintenance tests. The scope of P511 is to amend STD 511's scope and related language within the document to more clearly and specifically cover the affects of analog/digital composite/component video processing on these linear measurements and to include component as well as composite NTSC video. For more information or to participate, contact: James R Redford

Travel around the world with ease

IEEE Global Travel Services now offers substantial discounts for IEEE members on airfare, hotel, car rental and airport transportation. Make your reservations online at our secure site, request an airfare e-ticket or receive free express delivery on paper tickets.

  • Continental Airlines discounts up to 18% 
  • United Airlines discounts up to 12% 
  • American Airlines discounts up to 10% 

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IEEE-SA Membership continues to climb

The IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) currently has 22 corporate members, and is expected to reach 6000 individual members by year end. The IEEE-SA, a forum where innovators in market-driven technical fields and industries exchange ideas, has seen steady membership growth since its inception in 1998. Through their collective expertise, members contribute to the integrity and value that IEEE standards hold today. Membership in the IEEE-SA gets you connected to a growing network of worldwide organizations, where you can make contacts, gather information, build consensus on industry issues, and access standards balloting pools and groups. If you are interested in joining the growing list of individuals and companies setting the pace for the development of standards for sound engineering practices, visit Membership dues for existing IEEE members or society affiliates is US$10.

Upcoming Events

  • 2000 IEEE Conference on Electrical Insulation and Dielectric Phenomena (CEIDP 2000)
15-18 October 2000
Victoria, British Columbia
For further information, please contact:
Dr. Vishnu K. Lakdawala
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Old Dominion University
Norfolk, VA  23529
Tel: (757)-683-4665
Fax: (757)-683-3220
or Conference Services Department, IEEE Operations Center at (732)-562-3878
  • 2000 IEEE International Carnaham Conference of Security Technology
23-25 October 2000
Ottawa, Ontario
For further information, please contact:
Mr. Larry D. Sanson,
186 Woodwalk Ct.,
Nicholasville, KY  40356
Tel: (606)-223-9840
Fax: (606)-224-3225
or Conference Services Department, IEEE Operations Center at (732)-562-3878
  • PSLM 2000 Conference
6-8 November 2000
Calgary, Alberta
For further information, please visit 
  • Newfoundland Electrical and Computer Engineering Conference(NECEC 2000)
15 November 2000
St. John's, Newfoundland
For further information, please visit 
  • IEEE international Conference on Electronics Circuits and Systems (ICECS)
17-20 December 2000
Beirut, Lebanon
For further information, please contact:
Prof. M. Sawan
Electrical & Computer Engineering Dept.
Ecole Polytechnic de Montreal
P. O. Box 6079, Station Centre-Ville
Montreal, Quebec, Canada H3C 3A7
Fax: (514)-340-4147
  • Canadian Conference on Electrical and Computer Engineering (CCECE 2001)
13-16 May 2001
Delta Chelsea Hotel
Downtown Toronto, Ontario 
  • 2001 IEEE Nuclear & Space Radiation Effects Conference (NSREC 2001)
16-20 July 2001
Vancouver, British Columbia
For further information, please contact:
Professor Marty Shaneyfelt,
Sandia National Labs,
MS 1083 P. O. Box 5800
Albuquerque, NM  87185-1083
Tel: (505)-844-6137
Fax: (505)-844-2991
or Conference Services Department, IEEE Operations Center at (732)-562-3878

IEEE Commerical Releases

IEEE announces back to school special for ASPP & POP Online

Special offer for academic institutions! Get FREE access (September - December 2000) with a commitment to IEEE's 2001 Online All-Society Periodicals Package (ASPP) or Proceedings Order Plans (POP)*. Jonathan Dahl, IEEE Staff Director, explains, "The idea is that it gives universities plenty of time to orient their faculty and students to the new interface before their paid subscription begins in January." In 2001, add online access to your print subscription for one flat fee ($6,000 for ASPP or POP Online, $10,000 to add POP ALL Online to POP+). POP and ASPP Online both feature the intuitive, new IEEE Xplore(TM) interface, weekly updates, searchable citation records, full-text PDF files, and a backfile starting from 1998. For more information or to request a free trial, email 

To qualify for September to December 2000 free access, the customer must send a signed letter of intent by 1 November 2000 and a paid subscription by 31 December 2000 for 2001 ASPP or POP Online.

Submission Information

You can send any submissions by email to the editor:
Abhi Gupta at

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