IEEE Canada Newsletter / Nouvelles de IEEE Canada
Issue: December 2002

News of Interest
Senior Member Upgrades
Upcoming Events
IEEE Commercial Releases
Submission Information

News of Interest

IEEE election results

Arthur W. Winston, director of the Gordon Institute of Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts, USA, has been selected 2003 IEEE president-elect. Winston will begin serving as IEEE president on 1 January 2004, succeeding 2003 IEEE President Michael S. Adler. An IEEE Life Fellow, Winston served on the IEEE Board of Directors from 1996-1999.

For a complete list of the newly elected officers, including division delegates and directors and officers of the Standards Association, IEEE-USA and Technical Activities, please visit

IEEE Communication Society election results

The IEEE Communications Society (ComSoc) has recently announced the results of elections for positions with terms beginning 1 January 2003. The winners are:

  • President-Elect (One-Year Term): Curtis A. Siller
  • Members-at-Large (Three-Year Term): Jorg Liebeherr, Harold Sobol, Howard
    A. Blank and Joseph L. LoCicero.

More details at

Sections Congress 2002 Recommendations

The 7th IEEE tri-annual Sections Congress was held in Washington, D.C., on 19-21 October with 605 member volunteers in attendance representing 262 of the 298 active Sections. At the closing ceremonies, all the delegates voted to prioritize these top 40 recommendations:

The Institute: Member newspaper changes format

In 2003, the IEEE's The Institute newspaper will change its format and frequency, publishing quarterly print newspapers that will be mailed to members and monthly online-only editions posted on its Web site. The Institute Online Alert, an email alert service, will be sent to subscribers each month to notify readers that the new online issue has been posted. The alert will highlight a selection of articles and contain links to the full stories. The first quarterly print edition of The Institute will arrive with the March issue of IEEE Spectrum. Read more about these changes at

Electron Devices Society graduate student fellowship

The IEEE Electron Devices Society has a fellowship for EDS student members pursuing a doctorate degree. The prize consists of US$5000 to the student, US$1000 to the student's department a US$1000 gift to the student's advisor, as well as a subsidy of up to US$3000 to attend the International Electron Devices Meeting in December 2003. Nomination packages are due no later than May 15, 2003.For a pamphlet contact Emanuel Istrate, For more information visit or contact

Computer Society Design competition deadline extended

The deadline for the annual IEEE Computer Society International Design Competition for university students has been extended to 31 December 2002. Entrants are being asked to take a PC, laptop or hand-held computer and turn it into something new and beneficial to society by adding an external interface and the appropriate software. Up to two teams per university may enter. For rules and application instructions, please visit

Research community reacts to misconduct by Bell Labs Scientist

Disbelief has greeted findings that superstar Bell Labs scientist Jan Hendrik Schon had been found guilty of serious scientific misconduct and dismissed. The new issue of IEEE Spectrum looks at the case from several angles. An analysis of the investigatory report finds that it stopped just short of declaring Schon's work bogus. A companion piece describes how journals that published much of Schon's work are handling the delicate process of retracting it, and what is happening to Schon's patent filings. Herbert Kroemer, a member of the investigating panel and an IEEE Medal of Honor recipient, discusses the case's implications for the engineering and science communities in an interview excerpted in the magazine and published in full on the Web. For more, please visit

IEEE adds 85,000 historical documents to Xplore in 2003

In 2003, IEEE will add select IEEE periodical and conference titles from as far back as 1950 to the IEEE Xplore (R) online delivery platform, totaling approximately 85,000 historic documents. Currently, IEEE periodicals and conference proceedings published after 1988 are available through IEEE Xplore. IEEE members with online subscriptions to these publications and subscribers to the IEEE/IEE Electronic Library (IEL) will have access to this material. The establishment of an historic digital archive is critical to the IEEE mission as a scholarly society. For a complete listing of the periodical and conference titles that will be included in this historical data, please visit

IEEE-SA brings American community together through new portal

The IEEE Standards Association has announced the creation of StandardsAmericas (TM), a web portal for the standards community in North, Central and South America. The portal supports those who want to learn about, participate in and access technical standards, and integrates information on IEEE-SA offerings, provides regional and global news tied to standards, and links to other standards development organizations. Find the new portal at

Weekly technical article focus premiers on IEEE home page

Been to the IEEE home page recently? A new addition to the site offers a weekly look at three exciting new IEEE technical papers newly available through IEEE Xplore. The feature, on the right-hand side, will be updated on a weekly basis. These articles are accessible by subscribers with appropriate institutional or personal subscriptions. Articles may be purchased if you do not currently subscribe. Check out this week's selections at

Call for Papers - DRCN 2003

The Design of Reliable Communication Networks 4th International workshop (DRCN 2003) will be held in Banff, Alberta from October 19-22, 2003. Important dates are:

Paper Submissions due: April 15, 2003
Notification of acceptance: June 2, 2003
Tutorial proposals due: June 15, 2003
Final papers due: August 15, 2003

For more information, please visit


Robert H. Tanner, 1915-2002

With his wife of 62 years by his side, Robert Tanner quietly passed away on November 2, 2002 in Naples, Florida. Left to mourn are his beloved wife, Joan; his sons and daughter Chris, Rosemary (Raymond Langston), Peter (Susan), and David (Natalie); and his grandchildren Emily Wanechko and Laura, Heather, and Michael Tanner. Following service in the Royal Signals during WWII, Robert emigrated to Canada with his young family in 1947. He joined Northern Electric in Belleville, Ontario. He moved to
Ottawa in 1960 where he helped found Northern Electric's research and development division, Bell Northern Research. An acomplished accoustical engineer, with the acoustic design of many churches and theatres to his credit, Robert was especially proud of his work on the Festival Theatre in Stratford, Ontario; the Elgin and Winter Garden Theatres in Toronto, and the Naples Philharmonic Hall. He was active for many years in the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers), serving as President in 1972. The IEEE awarded him the McNaughton Gold Medal, the Haraden Pratt Award for Service, and the United States Activities Award for Engineering Professionalism. In 1989, Concordia University in Montreal bestowed on him an Honorary LL.D. for his services to engineering. Robert and Joan moved to Naples, Florida in 1975. Private arrangements have been made. Donations in Robert's name to The Hospice of Naples, 1095 Whippoorwill Lane, Naples, Florida 34105 would be greatly appreciated. Condolences may be sent to Joan at 1001 Arbor Lake Drive, Naples, Florida, 34110.
(Source - Nov 6, 2002 Globe & Mail)


Senior Member Upgrades

The following members were upgraded to Senior Member status at the November 2002 Admission and Advancement Panel meetings in Itasca, IL:

  • Blair MacCuish - Hamilton
  • Antony M. Kormos - Kitchener-Waterloo
  • Lowell Winger - Kitchener-Waterloo
  • Benoît Nadeau - Montreal
  • Zahir Azami - Ottawa
  • Bijan Raahemi - Ottawa
  • George Bailak - Toronto
  • Ali Sheikholeslami - Toronto
  • Shahrokh Valaee - Toronto

IEEE Canada had a Senior Member Elevation Goal of 70 members for 2002. Region 7 surpassed the goal by having 75 member elevations in 2002. Congratulations to the members!

For more information on the Nominate a Senior Member Initiative (NSI) Program, please visit

Upcoming Events

  • IEEE International Conference on Engineering of Complex Computer Systems (ICECCS 2002)

2-4 December 2002
Greenbelt, MD, USA
For more information please visit

  • Airborne GMTI Radar Development at MacDonald Dettwiler

3 December 2002
Richmond, British Columbia
For more information please visit
An IEEE Vancouver Aerospace, Geoscience and Remote Sensing Chapter event

  • Power Quality

4 December 2002
DalTech Room B311
Halifax, NS
For more information please contact Glen Rockett
An IEEE Canadian Atlantic Section CAS Chapter event

  • International Congress on Biological and Medical Engineering (ICBME 2002)

4-7 December 2002
For more information please visit

  • From Semi Fuel-Cells to Hybrid Electric Vehicles and Solid Oxide Fuel Cells

18 December 2002
Vancouver, British Columbia
For more information please visit
An IEEE Vancouver Industry Applications Chapter event

  • The Visual Display of Quantitative Information

5 January 2002
Vancouver, British Columbia
For more information please visit
An IEEE Vancouver Joint Communications Chapter event

  • Reliability and Maintainability Symposium on Product Quality & Integrity (RAMS)

27-30 January 2003
Tampa, FL
For more information please visit

  • Industrial Ethernet - Issues And Requirements

29 January 2002
Toronto, Ontario
For more information please visit
An IEEE Toronto Instrumentation & Measurement Society & Communications Society event

  • 2003 UNB Robotics Competition

7-9 February 2003
Fredericton, New Brunswick
For more information please visit

  • IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC 2003)

9-13 February 2003
San Francisco, CA
For more information please visit

  • International Conference on Telecommunications (ICT 2003)

23 February - 1 March 2003
Papeete, Tahiti
For more information please visit

  • International Symposium on Advanced Radio Technology (ISART 2003)

4-7 March 2003
Boulder, CO
For more information please visit

  • CCECE 2003: Canadian Conference in Electrical and Computer Engineering

4-7 May 2003
Montreal, Quebec
For more information please visit

  • International Conference on Control and Automation (ICCA'03)

10-12 June 2003
Montreal, Quebec
For more information please visit

  • IEEE Power Engineering Society's International General Meeting & Technical Conference

13-17 July 2003
Toronto, Ontario
For more information please visit

  • Design of Reliable Communication Networks (DRCN 2003)

19-22 October 2003
Banff, Alberta
For more information please visit

IEEE Montreal maintains a page of upcoming events at

IEEE Toronto maintains a page of upcoming events at

IEEE Vancouver maintains a page of upcoming events at

For more IEEE conferences, visit IEEE Conference Search at

IEEE Commercial Releases

IEEE Signal Processing Electronic Library now available to Members

A new comprehensive electronic collection on two DVD-ROMs offers more than 50 years of IEEE Signal Processing Society periodicals and technical proceedings of the two major Society conferences and of most workshops. The IEEE Signal Processing Electronic Library (IEEE SPeL) allows full-text searches as well as author, title, subject and date searches. IEEE SPeL is available to IEEE Members for purchase. To find out more, visit

New IEEE Proceedings cover latest Aerospace research

Just released, the proceedings of the 2002 IEEE Aerospace Conference promote interdisciplinary understanding of aerospace systems, their underlying science and technology, and their applications to government and commercial endeavors. Contents cover the broad range of aerospace technologies. To see a full list of topics covered in the 2002 conference, or to purchase a copy of the proceedings, visit

DSP Conference Proceedings offer look at research printed

The 2002 14th International Conference on Digital Signal Processing, held in Greece this past July, provided conference attendees with coverage on topics such as: adaptive and array signal processing, biomedical signal and image processing, blind equalization, computer vision, digital watermarking, and chaos, fractals and speech processing. Now available from the IEEE Online Catalog & Store, the conference proceedings offer the opportunity to read through the research presented at the conference. Find out more at

New system theory book provides practical coverage

System theory is becoming increasingly important to medical applications. Yet biomedical and digital signal processing researchers rarely have expertise in practical medical applications, and medical instrumentation designers usually are unfamiliar with system theory. The new Wiley-IEEE Press book "System Theory and Practical Applications for Biomedical Signals" by Gail D. Baura bridges those gaps in a practical manner, showing how various aspects of system theory are put into practice by industry. Find out more at

Submission Information

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