IEEE Canada Newsletter / Bulletin de IEEE Canada
Issue: June 2005

News of Interest
Senior Member Upgrades
Upcoming Events

   Upcoming Events - Ottawa
   Upcoming Events - Toronto
   Upcoming Events - Rest of Canada
IEEE Commercial Releases
Submission Information

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News of Interest

Try the NEW Free Keyword Search in IEEE XPLORE

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Report Claims Biomass Could Meet 30% of U.S. Petroleum Needs

Ethanol harvested from biodegradable biomass could meet as much as a third of the U.S. population's petroleum needs, according to a feasibility study conducted by the Oak Ridge Laboratory and commissioned by the U.S. Department of Energy. The report claims that a sixfold increase in agricultural production could generate in excess of 1.3 billion tons of dry organic biomass, and could reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 10 percent. For more information, or to view the report, visit:

IEEE Student Members: Graduating? Update your Address

If you're about to graduate, update your IEEE membership record now with your post-graduate or continuing education information to ensure your membership benefits continue without interruption. Visit:

Call for Papers: New Information Forensics & Security Publication

The IEEE Signal Processing Society has issued a call for papers for IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security, a new journal coming in 2006. The title will provide a unified focus for archival research on the fundamental contributions and the mathematics behind information forensics, information security, surveillance, and system applications that incorporate these features. For a full list of topics and submission details, please visit:

Dr. Norman C. Beaulieu Receives the Thomas W. Eadie Medal

Dr. Norman C. Beaulieu, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, has received the Thomas W. Eadie Medal awarded by the Royal Society of Canada in recognition of major contributions to Engineering and Applied Science. The Royal Society of Canada, the Canadian Academy of the Sciences and Humanities, presents medals and awards to Canadians for extraordinary achievement in the social sciences, humanities, and pure and applied sciences. These awards come as a culmination of a lengthy nomination and selection process and are a tribute to the outstanding contributions being made by Canadians in all areas of research and scholarship.

All medals and awards are funded and/or administered by the Royal Society of Canada and are illustrations of the Society’s longstanding commitment to recognizing excellence in research. The Thomas W. Eadie Medal, in recognition of major contributions to Engineering of Applied Science, with preference given to those having an impact on communications, in particular the development of the internet, is awarded thanks to the generous financial support of Bell Canada.

The citation of the award reads,

"Norman Beaulieu, FRSC, is Professor, iCORE Research Chair and Canada Research Chair in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Alberta. He is a scientific leader in the analysis and modelling of wireless communications systems. He has discovered ingenious mathematical solutions and models for a wide range of digital communications components and applications, including prediction of coverage areas and outage rates of cellular telephony systems, error rate performances of interference hampered receivers, error propagation in decision feedback equalizers, efficient and statistically accurate simulation methods and tools, and novel electrical pulse shapes for data modems. International researchers have widely used his methods, models and results to design wireless communication components and systems, and to predict the quality of service experienced by users of wireless networks.

Professor Beaulieu is also internationally recognized for his leadership in the communications field. He is the only resident Canadian to serve as Editor-in­-Chief of the world's leading research journal for communications, the IEEE Transactions on Communications. His exemplary leadership on international engineering organizations is complemented by service to Canadian engineering entities. He was instrumental in the creation of the Alberta Informatics Circle of Research Excellence (iCORE) Wireless Communications Laboratory and has given extended service as President of the Canadian Society for Information Theory."

The awards will be presented at the Society’s Awards Banquet on the evening of Sunday, November 27, 2005, following the Induction Ceremony of newly elected Fellows of the Royal Society of Canada.


Senior Member Upgrades

The following members were upgraded to Senior Member status at the May 2005 Admission and Advancement Panel meetings:

  • Marek Wartak - Kitchener-Waterloo
  • H.C. Liu - Ottawa
  • Tricia J. Willink - Ottawa
  • Barry M. Wood - Ottawa
  • JingTao Yao - South Saskatchewan

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

Upcoming Events


  • Canadian InfoSec Summit 2005 - The IP Security Forum for CIOs

01-02 June 2005
Westin Hotel, Ottawa
The organizers offer 25% addmission discount to IEEE members
For more information please visit

  • Communications & Nav-Aids at Joint Arctic Weather Stations, a retrospective

09 June 2005
The Crowsnest, Naval Officer's Mess
78 Lisgar St., Ottawa
Organized by Ottawa Chapters, AESS and VTS and the Ottawa Centre IEE-UK
For more information please visit


  • Microwave passive circuit design without hardware prototyping: How close it comes with state-of-art electromagnetic simulation

06 June 2005
Bahen Centre for Information Technology, Room 1240
University of Toronto
40 St George Street, Toronto
Organized by IEEE Electromagnetics and Radiation Joint Chapter
For more information please visit

  • International Symposium on Electrical Insulation (ISEI) 2006

11-14 June 2006
The Delta Chelsea Hotel
Toronto, Ontario
For more information please visit

  • Leading Women Overcome Obstacles on the Way Up

16 June 2005
Mr Greek Restaurants Inc
568 Danforth Ave
Toronto, Onartio
For more information please visit

Rest of Canada

  • Canadian Symposium on Remote Sensing (CSRS)

"Managing Resources & Monitoring our Environment"
14-16 June 2005
At the Old Orchard Inn in Wolfville, Nova Scotia.
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 Wiley-IEEE Press Title Examines Effect of Exposure on Power Cables

A new title published by Wiley-IEEE Press applies leading-edge computational tools and techniques to examine the effects of heat and moisture in power cables exposed to the elements. Authored by Dr. Anders, a field researcher with over thirty years experience, "Rating of Electric Power Cables in Unfavorable Thermal Environment" examines six representational models to aid fieldworkers in operation and design decisions. The title also highlights key innovations in analysis tools and techniques for cable ampacity and cyclic loads. Learn more, or purchase this title, at:

Over 1400 Proceedings, Papers now Available from IEEE ICASSP Conference

The proceedings of the 2005 IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing Conference (ICASSP) are now available. ICASSP, held in this year in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, is one of the world's largest and most comprehensive technical conferences focused on signal processing and its applications. Key topics of the conference included signal processing theory and methods, image and multidimensional signal processing, speech processing, machine learning, sensor array and multichannel systems, bio-imaging and more. To purchase the complete proceedings of the conference from ShopIEEE, visit:

Second Edition of "IEEE 802.11 Handbook" Published

The IEEE Standards Information Network has published a second edition of the "IEEE 802.11 Handbook: A Designer's Companion." Authored by Bob O'Hara and Al Petrick, the new edition provides the most up-to-date information available on the IEEE 802.11 standard and its numerous amendments, and includes a preface authored by Stuart J. Kerry, Chair of the IEEE 802.11 Committee, along with a detailed list of abbreviations and acronyms. For more information, visit:

Submission Information

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Jeffery MacKinnon at newsletter {at}

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