IEEE Canada Newsletter / Bulletin de IEEE Canada

Issue: July 2006

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The IEEE Canada logo
Since this newsletter appears around Canada's birthday and the Canadian flag is often displayed more prominently at this time, we thought our members might like to read about IEEE Canada's "flag" - our logo.
Do you know why IEEE Canada does not use the standard IEEE Logo? Do you know what the various parts signify?
Here are the answers... Most IEEE web pages and other publications use the standard "IEEE Brand".  IEEE Canada uses a different and unique brand or logo for a similar reason to the one behind the IEEE brand. Let me explain.
The IEEE Brand consists of the logo (or kite as it is sometimes referred to) and the letters IEEE. The logo uses elements of the two predecessor organizations IRE (Institute of Radio Engineers, formed in 1912) and AIEE (American Institute of Electrical Engineers, formed in 1884) which merged in 1963 to form the IEEE. More details at
IEEE Canada was formed in 1994 by the merger of IEEE Region 7 and CSECE (the Canadian Society of Electrical and Computer Engineering which was formed in 1976 as a member society of EIC which denotes the Engineering Institute of Canada which itself was formed in 1887). More details at
The IEEE Canada brand/logo is composed of the name IEEE Canada, with the IEEE logo on the left, and the CSECE logo on the right - signifying the merger which was approved by both the IEEE and EIC boards of directors in 1994.
Actually, earlier forms of the current IEEE Canada brand/logo existed since the early 1970's when a Canadian office was opened on the northern outskirts of Toronto. More details at


Congratulations to three IEEE Canada Sections celebrating 50th anniversaries this year:

 - IEEE Southern Alberta Section

 - IEEE Victoria Section

 - IEEE South Saskatchewan Section


Awards Received by IEEE Canada Members

IEEE Board of Directors has named Professor Azizur Rahman the recipient of the 2007 IEEE Richard H. Kaufmann Award
Recognizing exceptional achievements in our profession, by both individuals and organizations, is an important part of the mission of the IEEE.  Each year the IEEE Awards Board recommends a select group of recipients to receive the IEEE's most prestigious honors.  IEEE Board of Directors has named Azizur Rahman, Professor & University Research Professor,
Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, Memorial University of Newfoundland
the recipient of the 2007 IEEE Richard H. Kaufmann Award with the following citation:

"For contributions to analysis, design, and development of Interior Permanent Magnet Motor drives."

Congratulations Dr. Azizur Rahman!

Dr. M. A. Rahman was awarded a university research professorship in the faculty in 1993. Dr. Rahman joined Memorial in 1976 and today he has 42 years of teaching and research experience and has published over 500 papers. He has worked as a resident consultant to many companies including General Electric Company, Iron Ore Company of Canada and Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro. In 2004, Dr. Rahman was awarded the William E. Newell Power Electronics Award for outstanding achievement. He is the second Canadian in history to receive this international award. In 1993, he was the first Canadian to receive the IEEE Power Engineering Society's Cyril Veinott Electromechanical Energy Conversion Award. Dr. Rahman also received the IEEE Industry Applications Society Outstanding Achievement Award in 1992. Dr. Rahman's research interests include electric machines, power systems, power electronics and drives.

Newly Elected IEEE Senior Members Featured in this Issue

Luiz Lopes
Montreal Section

Luiz A. C. Lopes received his MASc degree from the Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Brazil, in 1989 and his PhD degree from McGill University in 1996. He was an associate professor at Universidade Federal do Para, Brazil, from 1996 to 2001 where he was engaged in teaching and research in the area of power electronics. From 1999 to 2001 he was a consultant for ALBRAS (Aluminum of Brazil) on power electronics and control. He was a co-author of the "Digitalisation of the Industrial Substation of ALBRAS" project, which won first place at the FINEP 2001 Conference. His present research interests are distributed power generation and high power converters.




Amr M. Youssef

Montreal Section


Work Experience

Before joining CIISE at Concordia University, worked for the following companies and institutions

  • Cairo University

  • The Center for Applied Cryptographic Research at the University of Waterloo

  • IBM

  • Nortel Networks

Latest Professional Activities

 Program Committee member

-         IEEE Globecom'06

-         Sixth International Conference on Sequences and Their Applications, SETA'06, China.

-         IASTED Communication, Network and Information Security workshop, CNIS 2005, Phoenix, Arizona, USA

-         12th workshop on Selected Areas in Cryptography (SAC’2005), Waterloo, Canada.       

Current Research interests

  Cryptography and Network Security

  •  Sequence Design for FH-CDMA

  •  Software Protection

  •  Information Hiding

  •  Speech Recognition and Synthesis

  •  Hardware  Implementation of Cryptographic Algorithms


Christophe Caloz

Montreal Section

Dr. Caloz has authored and co-authored over 160 technical conference, letter and journal papers, and he holds several patents. He has authored the first unified textbook on metamaterials, which is entitled "Electromagnetic Metamaterials: Transmission Line Theory and Microwave Applications" (Wiley and IEEE Press, 2005). In addition, he has authored three book chapters: "Microwave Coupler and Resonator Applications of Negative-Index Planar Structures" (in "Electromagnetic Metamaterials: Physics and Engineering Aspects," John Wiley and Sons, 2006), "From Bragg Structures to Micro-Engineered Materials," (in "Periodic Structures," Research Signpost, 2006), "Composite Right/Left-Handed Metamaterial Antennas," (in "Handbook of Metamaterials," to be published.)

Research interests

  • Electromagnetic Metamaterials

  • Ferroelectric and Ferrimagnetic Structures
  • Microwave Passive and Active Components
  • Resonating and Leaky-Wave Integrated Antennas and Retrodirective Systems
  • Nonlinear and Active Devices
  • Ultra Wideband (UWB) Technology
  • Microwave Photonics
  • Terahertz Components and Systems
  • Numerical Modelling
  • Photonic Band-Gap Structures



Yousof Pakzad

Ottawa Section


Senior software designer with more than 10 years experience in the telecommunications and broadcast industries. Experience includes: research, embedded software and hardware development, and teaching undergraduate courses in Electrical Engineering. 

Work and Research Interests:

·         Software Engineering, software design and development

·         Embedded Systems and Embedded Linux

·         VOIP and SIP

·         Networking and Network Security

·         Web Services

Current Volunteer Works

·         Newsletter Editor and Member of Publication Committee, IEEE-Ottawa Section

·         Web design and maintenance for non-for-profit organizations


Habib Hamam

New Brunswick Section


Dr. Habib Hamam has been an associate professor in electrical engineering at Université de Moncton. Since 2002. He was in charge of a research project in collaboration between the ENSTB and the French Research Center for Telecommunications (CNET - France) dealing with single mode fibre interconnects (1995-1996). He came to Canada through a project in collaboration between the ENSTB and Université Laval dealing with optical signal processing. In 1997, the School of Optometry of Université de Montréal invited him to set up a laboratory of optics of the eye with focus on the optical impacts of laser surgery. Dr. Habib Hamam has graduated from the Technical University of Munich (Germany) as a engineer in information processing in 1992. He earned his Ph.D degree in telecommunications from Université de Rennes I jointly with the France Telecom Graduate School of Brittany (ENSTB - France) in 1995. He also obtained a postdoctoral diploma in “Habilitation of Conducting Research in Signal Processing and Telecommunications” from Université de Rennes I in 2004.

Major field

·  Optical Communications Systems

Minor fields

·  E-Learning

·  Biomedical Engineering

·  Communication and information theory

·  Photonics and Switching Networks

·  Optics


Changcheng Huang

Ottawa Section


Dr. Huang received his B. Eng. in 1985 and M. Eng. in 1988 both in Electronic Engineering from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China. He received a Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada in 1997. From 1996 to 1998,  he worked for Nortel Networks, Ottawa, Canada where he was a systems engineering specialist. He was a systems engineer and network architect in the Optical Networking Group of Tellabs, Illinois, USA during the period of 1998 to 2000. Since July 2000, he has been with the Department of Systems and Computer Engineering at Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada where he is currently an associate professor. Dr. Huang won the CFI new opportunity award for building an optical network laboratory in 2001. He is currently an associate editor of IEEE Communications Letters.

Research Interests

·         Self-Similar traffic modeling

·         Fast simulation techniques

·         Congestion control mechanisms for broadband networks and Internet

·         Internet architecture and protocols

·         Optical network architecture and control issues

·         Networking protocols for wireless ad hoc networks



IEEE Canada Vehicular Technologies Research & Travel Grants

IEEE Canadian Foundation Special Grants

August 15 is the deadline for the IEEE Canadian Foundation to receive application for IEEE Canadian Foundation Special Grants .  For more information and links to the online application forms, see


2006 IEEE Canada Power Quality Scholarship
Congratulations to Cody Wilson at the University of Calgary who is first the winner of the IEEE Canada Power Quality Scholarship - this scholarship is available to IEEE student members in full time attendance at either the University of Alberta or the University of Calgary, who are in their penultimate year and whose program of study includes courses in electric power engineering. This scholarship was recently established by the trustees of the Alberta Power Quality exposition & conference which ran successfully from 1988 to 1995. For more information on this and other scholarships and grants, please view the IEEE Canadian Foundation web site at
IEEE Canada Women in Engineering Prize
Last call for nominations - August 15, 2006 is the extended deadline for nominations to recognize female IEEE Canada members who received their first professional degree within the last ten years and who are active in IEEE activities. For more information and a link to the online nomination form, please view

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Congratulations and our sincere appreciation to all entities listed here that have supported IEEE Canada.

Supporting Friend of IEEE Regional Activities Award Recipients

2005 Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro, Newfoundland Labrador, Canada, Region 7
"For continued involvement and support of many IEEE activities within IEEE Canada at the Section and Regional levels."

2005 Zenon Environmental, Inc., Ontario, Canada, Region 7
"In recognition of continued support for IEEE Hamilton Section Activities."

2005 Gennum Corporation, Ontario, Canada, Region 7
"In recognition of continued support for IEEE Hamilton Section Activities."

2004 University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
"For ongoing support to the Canadian Conference on Electrical and Computer Engineering."

2003 Memorial University of Newfoundland, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
“In recognition of Memorial’s supporting contributions to the IEEE Newfoundland and Labrador Section and in particular, its role in hosting CCECE’ 97.”

2003 Yvonne Raymond, Faculty of Engineering & Applied Science, Memorial Univ. of Newfoundland, Canada
“In recognition of substantial organizational contributions to the IEEE Newfoundland-Labrador Section Conferences (NECEC 1990-2003).”

2003 Aliant, Inc., Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
“In recognition of Aliant’s substantial ongoing support of many IEEE activities throughout Newfoundland and Labrador.”

Sustaining Friend of IEEE Regional Activities Award Recipients

1997 Fran Hustak, Electrical & Computer Engineering, McMaster University, Ontario, Canada
"For dedicated administrative support of IEEE activities both in Canada and worldwide from 1988 to 1997."

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Upcoming Events


  • LEOS Annual 2006

October 29th-November 2nd, 2006
Hilton Montreal Bonaventure Hotel,
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
For more information please visit

  • SMC 2007

Oct. 7-10, 2007
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
For more information please visit

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  • 9th Annual International IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Conference (ITSC 2006)

The University of Toronto Civil Engineering Department
and the IEEE Toronto Section.
September 17-20, 2006
Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre
Toronto, Canada
For more information please visit

  • IEEE Symposium on Computational Intelligence in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology

28-29 Sept 2006
Renaissance Downtown hotel.
Toronto, Ontario
For more information please visit

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  • Toyota Plant Tour in Cambridge

October 30, 2006
Bus Stop at Davis Centre on
University of Waterloo Campus
For more information please visit

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  • 2006 Graduate Student Conference

October 15, 2006
University Centre,
Univ. of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB
For more information please visit

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  • The 5th IEEE International Conference on COGNITIVE INFORMATICS (ICCI 2006)

July 17-19, 2006
Beijing, China
Theme: Autonomic Computing and Neuroinformatics
For more information, please visit

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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

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

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