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

News of Interest
Upcoming Events
Submission Information

News of Interest

Discontinuation of the IEEE.CA E-mail Alias Service and distribution lists ( by C. Philip Choy, IEEE Canada Electronic Services Chair)

As of the end of May 2002, the IEEE.CA E-mail Alias Service and distribution lists will no longer be available. In the mean time, you can use the IEEE.ORG E-mail Alias Service and distribution lists which will be available on a continuous basis, supported in a data centre operated by full time IEEE staff.

The IEEE.ORG E-mail Alias Service offers many advantages, including  integrated virus scan for your e-mail. Should someone sent you an infected e-mail or attachment(s), you will receive a warning that it had happened with the bad attachment(s) removed. The service also offers the same forward anywhere capability as IEEE.CA. Moreover, the IEEE.ORG e-mail ids are a privilege for IEEE members in good standing. As a legitimate IEEE member, you can manage your own IEEE.ORG e-mail forwarding address as well and do not have to look for the appropriate parties to update it for you.

If you have not done so, you can set up and transfer to your IEEE.ORG e-mail alias now by visiting the web site IEEE Distribution list/mailing list setup instructions are also available from the same web site

We are continuing to find ways to serve you better and more efficiently. I hope you will find these more robust services make your on-line life safer.

IEEE peer review: what does it mean ?

All papers submitted to IEEE journals, transactions, letters and magazines go through a strict peer review process prior to acceptance and publication. This ensures high quality technical content, and provides all authors with an equal opportunity for publication. The IEEE Xplore (TM) online interface, where subscribers can read all current IEEE papers, has posted a new article detailing how the peer review process works. It is available at

Nominate an IEEE Fellow

An IEEE Fellow is a member of unusual distinction in the profession. This recognition is conferred only by invitation of the Board of Directors on a person of extraordinary qualifications and experience who has made important individual contributions to one or more of the IEEE fields of interest. The deadline for receipt of the nomination form and reference letters is 15 March 2002. Fellow kits can be downloaded from the Web at

IEEE Societies welcome suggestions of members who should be nominated for Fellow. If the nominee is not an IEEE Senior Member, the Senior Member application and its three supporting references must be submitted no later than 4 February 2002. Senior Member forms may completed online

Website offers resources for IEEE online publications

If you need information about IEEE online products, it might be time to visit the IEEE Online Publications Web site. The comprehensive site contains news, pricing and licensing details, tips for using the IEEE Xplore interface, and other important details related to IEEE online resources. Launched last year, the site now garners over 40,000 visits a month. Visit it today at

Compete in the 2002 IEEE Regional Student website competition

The 2002 IEEE Regional Student Website competition offers up to US$1000 to winners. Each of the ten IEEE Regions supports the competition for which any IEEE Student Branch may chose to enter. The deadline for submission is 1 April 2002. For complete details, visit

IEEE Computer Society announces free online training courses

The IEEE Computer Society has announced a new benefit for its members: free access to thousands of dollars worth of online training. The society's new Distance Learning Campus offers 100 interactive, Web-based courses on subjects such as Java, Cisco, HTML, Unix and Windows Network Security. Courses include voiceovers, 3-D graphics, Flash animations, on-screen text, and "visual sentences" to turn complex concepts into easy-to-understand images. For more information, visit

To join the IEEE Computer Society or any other IEEE technical society, visit

Nominate a Senior Member Initiative Continued for 2002

With 1,515 elevations in 2001, the Nominate a Senior Member Initiative (NSI) surpassed its goal of 1,500 new Senior Members. This program pays Sections and Societies with cash awards for successfully nominating Senior Member candidates. Last year the Electron Devices Society (EDS) used the program to earn US$1,250 by sucessfully nominating 125 EDS members to IEEE Senior Member grade. The NSI program is being continued for 2002 - with a new “stretch” goal of elevating 1,750 new Senior Members. Region 7 has a goal of 70 new members.

For more details on the NSI program and SM goal chart updates for 2002, see


William Matthew Lower

Passed away peacefully January 12th, 2002 in his 83rd year after a long illness. Born and educated in Toronto, he served in WWII as an RCAF officer in command of an RAF Mobile Radar Unit in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. He was awarded the prestigious "Member of the Order of the British Empire" for his outstanding military service. Following his return, he graduated from U of T in Engineering Physics and worked in the electronics industry. Truly a proud Canadian, Bill's career emphasized the growth of business and technology in Canada. Bill's engineering/business career included;  development engineer for Canadian Arsenals, supervisor of special  products for Canadian Westinghouse Electronics division, vice-president and general manager for Feranti-Packard electronics division, and director and marketing manager of special products for Litton Systems Canada. Bill was the general chairman of the International Electrical and Electronics Conference and Exhibition (informally known as the IEEE Toronto Conference) in 1969. This conference operated from 1956 to 1985. The conference management group of IEEE volunteers funded many IEEE activities in Canada and evolved into the foundation which continues this tradition. At the time of his illness in mid 2001 he was a director and secretary of the IEEE Canadian Foundation whose web site at contains more information.

Upcoming Events

  • IEEE Applied Power Electronics Conference and Exposition 2002 (APEC 2002)
10-14 March 2002
Dallas, Texas
For more information please visit
  • Ontario 2002 Electronic Code
12-13 March 2002
Valhalla Inn
Toronto, ON
For more information please visit
  • Fundamentals of Electrical Distribution Systems
13-15 March 2002
Valhalla Inn
Toronto, ON
For more information please visit
  • Coupling People And Technology In Complex Systems
21 March 2002
Mechanical Engineering Building
Clarice Chalmers Conference Room, Room 331
Toronto, Ontario
An IEEE Toronto Section Engineering and Human Environment Society event. For more information, please visit
  • IEEE Virtual Reality 2002
24-28 March 2002
Orlando, Florida
For more information please visit
  • IEEE International Performance, Computing, and Communications Conference (IPCCC 2002)
3-5 April 2002
Phoenix, Arizona
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  • Writing Effective Reports, Proposals, Letters, and Email
8 April 2002
Centre de Recherche Informatique de Montréal (CRIM)
Monteal, Quebec
An IEEE Montreal Section event. For more information please visit
  • 8th IEEE/IFIP Network Operations and Management Symposium (NOMS 2002)
15-19 April 2002
Florence, Italy
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  • IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC 2002)
28 April - 2 May 2002
New York Marriott Marquis
New York, NY
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  • Canadian Conference on Electrical & Computer Engineering (CCECE 2002)
12-15 May 2002
Hotel Fort Garry
Winnipeg, Manitoba
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  • AIAA International Communications Satellite Systems Conference (ICSSC 2002)
12-15 May 2002
Montreal, Quebec
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  • 6th IASTED International Multi-Conference on transmission and distribution
13-14 May 2002
Marina Del Rey, California
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  • IEEE International Symposium on Circuits and Systems (ISCAS 2002)
26-29 May 2002
Scottsdale, Arizona
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  • Conference on Precision Electromagnetic Measurements (CPEM 2002)
16-21 June 2002
Ottawa, Ontario
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  • 48th Annual Pulp and Paper Industry Technical Conference
17-21 June 2002
Sheraton Centre, Toronto
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  • IEEE Infocom 2002
23-27 June 2002
New York City
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  • IEEE International Conference on Power Engineering (LESCOPE'2002)
26-29 June 2002
The Sheraton Hotel
Halifax, Nova Scotia
For more information please visit
  • 2002 IEEE International Symposium on Biomedical Imaging: Macro to Nano
7-10 July 2002
Washington, DC
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  • International Conference on Modeling and Simulation of Electric Machines, Convertors and Systems
18-21 August 2002
École de technologie supérieure
Montreal, Quebec
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  • Accelerated Stress Testing Workshop 2002
2-4 October 2002
Hotel Wyndham Montreal
Montreal, Quebec
For more information please visit

IEEE Montreal maintains a page of upcoming events at
IEEE Toronto maintains a page of upcoming events at
For more IEEE conferences, visit IEEE Conference Search at

Submission Information

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

Please ensure you send in your submission by the 20th of the month

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