IEEE Canada Newsletter / Bulletin de IEEE Canada
Issue: August 2004

News of Interest
Senior Member Upgrades
Upcoming Events

   Upcoming Events - Kitchener-Waterloo
   Upcoming Events - Montreal
   Upcoming Events - Ottawa
   Upcoming Events - Toronto
   Upcoming Events - Rest of Canada
   Upcoming Events - US
   Upcoming Events - International

IEEE Commercial Releases
Submission Information

News of Interest

IEEE Affinity credit card French site now available

A good news for French speaking members of the Region-7 of IEEE, mainly in Québec. It's now possible to get an IEEE affinity credit card, with the documentation in French.

Web site:

Site Web français de carte de crédit d'affinité d'IEEE maintenant disponible

Veillez prendre note qu'il est maintenant possible d'obtenir une carte d'affinité IEEE avec le formulaire et la documentation en français, incluant le Québec. Ceci est une bonne nouvelle pour les membres de la région-7 de IEEE.

Site web:

Indonesia honours McNaughton

General McNaughton's contributions to engineering are remembered through the IEEE's McNaughton Medal award. The IEEE Canadian Foundation honours him by naming resource centers in student branches in his memory. Now Indonesia is honouring him by bestowing their highest civilian award, Bintang Jasa Utama, on General McNaughton for his contribution to the modern Indonesian state.

The complete Globe & Mail story is archived at

Sections Congress comes to Quebec

The IEEE Regional Activities Board (RAB) met on 18 June 2004. At the meeting they approved the IEEE Quebec Section as the Host Section of the 2008 Sections Congress.  The complete meeting summary may be reviewed at

SC 2008 will be held on 19-22 September 2008. 2008 will see Quebec celebrate its 400th anniversary of foundation and the section its 50th anniversary.

2005 student member renewals, new applications only via web

Starting in September 2005, IEEE will only accept membership applications and/or renewals from Students via the web. To accommodate this change, paper application forms and renewal forms for Students will no longer be produced. IEEE will, however continue to offer a brochure highlighting the benefits of Student membership. These brochures will be distributed to Sections and Student Branches during August.

This past February, the online Student application was enhanced to improve access and to allow students from any school in the world to join IEEE online. Features of the enhanced version include:

  • Join IEEE online with a credit card
  • Instant access to online services with an IEEE web account
  • Students can now self-certify that they qualify for IEEE student membership, and no longer need the approval of the Student Branch Counselor or faculty member. Undergraduate or graduate students taking at least 50% of a normal full-time program/course of study in IEEE designated fields are eligible for Student membership in IEEE.
  • Improved data integrity since the Student enters his/her information directly. No re-keying of data is required.
IEEE is aware that there are many Students who do not have a credit card. Students who wish to pay by check or other means can still make use of the online application form. Once the online application or renewal form has been completed, the user will be presented with an option to "Continue to Checkout", or "Print and Mail with Payment". By choosing the "Print and Mail" option, the information that has been entered is temporarily stored and matched with the form when it arrives at the IEEE Operations Center with payment.

This new policy is the result of an action taken by the IEEE Board of Directors in November 2003. The Board acknowledged that there may be extenuating circumstances where paper applications would still be acceptable. For example, someone who wishes to join IEEE at a conference where there is no Internet connection available. For these situations, an electronic version (PDF format) of the student application can be provided.

For additional information on this change, please contact IEEE Student Services at .

Contiguous Section Affiliation

Your IEEE mailing address automatically determines your Section affiliation. However, you may choose to affiliate with a neighboring Section instead of the one assigned. This is a common request from commuters who live near Section boundaries.

Once the change is made, you will receive meeting notices, newsletters and other information from the new Section, and only that Section. You will be on the new Section's roster with the mailing address provided. Contiguous Section affiliation status remains on your record until such time as it is manually removed. If you relocate out of the area contiguous to the Section assignment requested, you will be automatically reassigned to the appropriate Section.

To make a request for change of Section affiliation, you can send an email to . The email must include name, member number, current Section and the Section with which you wish to be affiliated.

IEEE announces new way to access online technical information

The IEEE has announced the release of IEEE Enterprise, a new product developed to deliver online technical information to businesses with a need for instant access to IEEE content. Subscribers to IEEE Enterprise will be able to choose from three levels of access to IEEE information. Each level will allow a specific number of full-text article downloads from the online collection of IEEE magazines, journals, transactions and conference proceedings. Access continues until all downloads are exhausted, at which point a subscription may be renewed. For more information on IEEE Enterprise, visit

Let's get small: New IEEE Virtual Museum exhibit

A new IEEE Virtual Museum exhibit, "Let's Get Small: The Shrinking World of Microelectronics," offers visitors a broad overview of the ever-shrinking world of electronics, from the transistor of the 1950s, to the integrated circuits of the 1960s, to the microprocessors of 1970s, and finally to the 21st-century field of nanotechnology. This online exhibit, written for the non-expert, explains how and why these technologies emerged. "Let's Get Small" also contains interactive and multimedia animations to help visitors explore the way transistors work, the way integrated circuits were made, and the ways computers use microelectronics to manipulate digital information. The exhibit can be found at

Two new IEEE IEEE journals coming in 2005

The IEEE has approved two new periodicals for publication in 2005: IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics and IEEE Journal on Display Technology. These journals will focus on emerging "breakthrough" technologies that can have a tremendous impact on industry as well as everyday lives. Both titles will be available through IEEE Xplore and various IEEE online collections, as well as by individual subscription. For more information on IEEE journals and magazines and subscription options, visit

Senior Member Upgrades

The following members were upgraded to Senior Member status at the June 2004 Admission and Advancement Panel meetings:

  • Shahram Shirani - Hamilton
  • Anthony M. Ponsford - Kitchener-Waterloo
  • Vincent Hayward - Montreal
  • Marc Lacroix - Montreal
  • William K. Marshall - New Brunswick
  • Carlisle M. Adams - Ottawa
  • Xiaoyi Bao - Ottawa
  • Alan B. Blatchford - Southern Alberta
  • Dragan V. Brankovich - Southern Alberta
  • Wai Tung Ng - Toronto
  • Shawn S. Otal - Toronto
  • Krzysztof Iniewski - Vancouver
  • Vincent G. Rowe - Vancouver

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

Upcoming Events


  • Neuroprocessing: Applications in Image Compression and Audio Processing

4 August 2004
University of Waterloo,
Waterloo, Ontario
For more information, please visit


  • International Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control 50th Anniversary Joint Conference (UFFC 2004)

23-27 August 2004
Montréal, Québec
For more information, please visit

  • World Conference on Nondestructive Testing

30 Aug - 3 Sep 2004
Montréal, Québec
For more information, please visit

  • IEEE Bipolar/BiCMOS Circuits and Technology Meeting

12-14 September 2004
Montréal, Québec
For more information, please visit


  • Photonics North

27-29 September 2004
Ottawa Congress Centre
Ottawa, Ontario
For more information please visit

  • NATO Advanced Study Institute in Biophotonics Applications

29 September - 9 October 2004
Crowne Plaza Hotel,
Ottawa, Ontario
For more information please visit

  • Dam Safety Risk Assessment Seminar and Workshop

30 September - 1 October 2004
The Westin Ottawa,
11 Colonel By Drive,
Ottawa, Ontario
For more information please visit

  • IEEE Instrumentation & Measurement Technology Conference

16-19 May 2005
Ottawa, Ontario
For more information please visit


  • 2004 Annual Dinner and General Meeting

16 October 2004
The Old Mill Inn,
21 Old Mill Road,
Toronto, Ontario
For more information, please visit

Rest of Canada

  • Newfoundland Electrical and Computer Engineering Conference (NECEC)

12 Oct 2004
Holiday Inn
Portugal Cove Road
St. John's, Newfoundland & Labrador
For more information please visit


  • UT-IEEE Engineering Management Conference

12-13 August 2004
Austin, Texas
For more information please visit

  • IEEE Computer Society Technical Committee on Microprocessors and Minicomputers

22-24 August 2004
Stanford University
For more information please visit

  • Workshop on Accelerated Stress Testing and Reliability

6-8 September 2004
For more information please visit

  • IEEE Radio and Wireless Conference (RAWCON 2004)

19-22 September 2004
Atlanta, GA
For more information please visit

  • IEEE Conference on Sensor and Ad Hoc Communications and Networks

4-7 October 2004
Santa Clara, CA
For more information please visit

  • Power Systems Conference and Exposition (PSCE'04)

10-13 October 2004
New York City
For more information please visit

  • IEEE Broadcast Symposium

13-15 October 2004
Washington, DC
For more information please visit

  • Digital Avionics Systems Conference (DASC)

24-28 October 2004
Salt Lake City, Utah
For more information please visit


  • International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA)

22-27 August 2004
Buenos Aires, Argentina
For more information please visit

  • IEEE Power Electronics and Motion Control Conference

2-4 September 2004
Riga, Latvia
For more information please visit

  • International Symposium on Personal, Indoor and Mobile Radio Communications Conference (PIMRC)

5-8 September 2004
Barcelona, Spain
For more information please visit

  • European Signal Processing Conference (EUSIPCO-2004)

7-10 September 2004
Vienna, Austria
For more information please visit

Many IEEE Canada sections maintain their own listings of upcoming events:
Canadian Atlantic
Newfoundland and Labrador
New Brunswick
Northern Canada
Southern Alberta

For more IEEE conferences, visit IEEE Conference Search at

IEEE Commercial Releases

New book on nonlinear dynamic modeling

The study of nonlinearities in physiology has been hindered by the lack of effective ways to obtain nonlinear dynamic models from stimulus-response data in a practical context. A considerable body of knowledge has accumulated over the last thirty years in this area of research. A new book from Wiley-IEEE Press summarizes that progress, and details the most recent methodologies that offer practical solutions to this daunting problem. Find out more about "Nonlinear Dynamic Modeling of Physiological Systems" by Professor Vasilis Z. Marmarelis by visiting

Publishers weekly honors Wiley-IEEE Press Book on history of Telecom

"The Worldwide History of Telecom," a book from IEEE Press and John Wiley & Sons, has recently won an award from Publisher's Weekly magazine. From smoke signals to satellites, "The Worldwide History of Telecommunications" by Anton A. Huurdeman chronicles humanity's endlessly creative methods of communicating across a distance. To purchase this book or find more information, visit

New book on Electrical energy and transport

Dr. George G. Karady and Dr. Keith E. Holbert offer an in-depth introduction to the basic concepts of electric motor operation and energy transport in their new book, "Electrical Energy Conversion and Transport: An Interactive Computer-Based Approach." This Wiley-IEEE Press title is designed to support interactive teaching and computer assisted self-learning, and includes a set of PowerPoint slides for instructor assistance. For more information, or to purchase, visit

Discounted online management courses now available to IEEE members

Both IEEE and IEEE Computer Society members may now purchase low-cost access to an online collection of 26 management courses from renowned sources such as the American Management Association and Peter Drucker. A special introductory offer for the full 26-course package is available through 31 August: US$59 for IEEE Computer Society members (regularly US$99), US$89 for IEEE members (regularly US$129). For more information, visit

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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