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Issue: April 2008                                                        IEEE Canada News Central



News of Interest


Ø      IEEE Canada Board of Directors

-     2008 Spring IEEE Canada Board of Directors Meeting
-     2008 IEEE Canada Award Ceremony
-     Renew Your Membership for 2008
-     Membership Dues in Special Circumstances


Ø      Section Events

-     IEEE GOLD - Toronto Section Explores New Ways to Communicate with Members - Facebook
-     IEEE SAS PES/IAS: Symmetrical Components in Power Systems Protection - Short Course


Ø      Conferences

-     CCECE 2008 - The 21st Canadian Conference on Electrical and Computer Engineering
-     Electrical Power & Energy Conference 2008 (EPEC 2008)
-     7th International Conference for Upcoming Engineers (ICUE 2008)
-     Society of Women Engineers Detroit Professional Development Conference 2008
-     CNSR 2008 - The Sixth Annual Conference on Communications Networks and Services Research
-     ISTAS 08 - IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society
-     WICSA 2008 - Working IEEE/IFIP Conference on Software Architecture
-     IEEE Conference Search


Ø      Awards & Recognition

-     Senior Member Upgrades
-     Newly Elected IEEE Senior Member Featured in this Issue

o    Keyvan Hashtrudi-Zaad


Ø      Message from the Editor

-     Seeking a New Editor



News of Interest


Ø     IEEE Canada Board of Directors

2008 Spring IEEE Canada Board of Directors Meeting

IEEE Canada Spring Board of Directors meeting will be held at the Sheraton Fallsview Hotel in Niagara Falls, ON, on May 2 - 4, 2008. Representatives from all Canadian IEEE Sections will review current activities and discuss strategic plans to enhance organization's performance. IEEE Canada Board meeting will be held in conjunction with 21st CCECE08 conference.

2008 IEEE Canada Award Ceremony

IEEE Canada Award Ceremony will be held on May 5 at the Sheraton Fallsview Hotel in Niagara Falls, ON, during the CCECE'08 following the long established tradition. Awardees will shorhly after be listed at

Renew Your Membership for 2008

There's still time to renew your 2008 membership if you haven't already done so. Remember, IEEE membership can connect you with professionals who can open doors to many opportunities. Use your IEEE Web Account and password to renew online at

Membership Dues in Special Circumstances

IEEE realizes that economic circumstances may impact some members' ability to pay the full amount of IEEE membership dues. For this reason, the following special circumstance categories have been established. Special circumstances are not available to Student members. Only one category may be claimed in any year.

-  Minimum Income Provision

-  Retired Provision

-  Unemployed Provision

-  Permanently Disabled



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Ø     Section Events


IEEE GOLD Toronto Section Explores New Ways to Communicate with Members - Facebook


As many of you may know by now, Facebook has become an international phenomenon.  – It’s one of the most popular social networking sites on the Internet. Members may create personal profiles and add friends and colleagues to their “Friends List”, which allows them to view each other’s personal profiles.  In addition to this, through this medium, it is possible to send messages to one another, create events (and invite whoever you please), create groups and more.

There are millions of users from all around the world on Facebook and it has become one of the most important tools for advertising events, both social and technical in nature.  As a result, in the Toronto Section, my GOLD group has created a Facebook Group “IEEE GOLD – Toronto Section”.  There is almost 100 members – both IEEE and non-IEEE members, and not only from Toronto. 


April Khademi is a PhD Candidate in Electrical Engineering at the University of Toronto.  She was awarded an NSERC-CGSD for her research, which concerns Medical Image Processing for the Objective

Quantification of Pathology in MRI. In addition to her research and teaching activities, April also provides engineering services through Khademi Consulting in the biomedical and DSP domains.

April has been an active member in IEEE for the last several years.  She has served on the Local Arrangement Committee of IEEE’s ICME 2006, was the Secretary for the Toronto Section GOLD group from 2006 to 2007 and is the registration Chair for IEEE’s CCECE 2008.

Through this Facebook Group, GOLD sends messages to all the members of our upcoming events, and we maintain a list of the upcoming events in the “Recent News” section.  We also have pictures of our past events, a “Wall” for blog-type discussions, links to our homepage and more.

The “IEEE GOLD – Toronto Section” Facebook group has been very well-received by its members.  It promotes interactivity and also gives us another way of getting IEEE GOLD’s message out there.  Due to the positive response received, I strongly recommend other Affinity Groups, Chapters and Sections to create their own groups.  It requires little maintenance and is a fun way to keep in contact with your members.

IEEE is coming out with its own social networking tool.  It’s called “MemberNet”.  If you log onto myIEEE with your web account info, you will see it there.  It’s still in its Beta version, but you can easily sign up – I believe it will be fully functional very soon (within a month). You can easily search other IEEE members and maintain a profile. It’s similar to “Linked In”.

April Khademi

IEEE Toronto Section, GOLD Chair

IEEE Canada, Regional Student Representative


IEEE SAS PES/IAS: Symmetrical Components in Power Systems Protection - Short Course


The Power Engineering and Industrial Applications Societies of IEEE Southern Alberta Section are pleased to host a two-day short course on theory and applications of symmetrical components in power systems protection.


   A Short Course on the Theory and Applications of Symmetrical Components in
   Power Systems Protection


   Roger Hedding, Regional Technical Manager For the Substation Automation and
   Protection, Division of ABB , USA

   Ahmed Osman, PhD, Electrical and Computer Eng. Department, University of


   Wednesday - Thursday, June 4 -5, 2008, 8:30 - 16:30


   University of Calgary , Alberta , Canada

For more information, please visit:

Hamid Zareipour,
Technical Sessions Chair, PES/IAS Chapter, IEEE SAS

Section Event Links

Many IEEE Canada sections maintain their own listings of upcoming events:

Canadian Atlantic




Newfoundland and Labrador

New Brunswick

Northern Canada


Southern Alberta







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Ø     Conferences


CCECE 2008

The 21st Canadian Conference on Electrical and Computer Engineering (CCECE08) - Update

Niagara Falls, Ontario

May 4 - 7, 2008


You are invited to participate in the 21st Annual Canadian Conference on Electrical and Computer Engineering (CCECE) to be held in the Sheraton Fallsview Hotel in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. CCECE is the flagship conference for researchers, students, and practicing engineers in the area of Electrical and Computer Engineering from Canada and around the world to meet annually for four days in a Canadian city to present the latest technological advancements and discoveries, to network, and exchange ideas, to strengthen existing partnerships and foster new collaborations.

CCECE 2008 ( will feature 7 mini-symposia covering all areas of Electrical and Computer Engineering, tutorial sessions ( in leading topics, plenary talks from senior executives in industry and academia, around 90 technical sessions, the IEEE Canada Awards and Banquet night (, best student paper awards luncheon, career fair, and industrial exhibitions. Interested people can register for the conference at Early-bird registration closes on April 4, 2008.

The following eight high quality tutorials are scheduled for CCECE 2008:

Sunday May 4, 2008 - 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Tutorial A: High Performance Chip-to-Chip Signalling

Presenter: Prof. Tony Chan Carusone

Tutorial B: Reliability Evaluation of Electric Power Systems

Presenter: Prof. Roy Billinton

Tutorial C: Affinity Propagation: Theory and Practice

Presenter: Prof. Brendan Frey

Tutorial D: IP-Oriented QoS in the Next Generation Networks: Application to Wireless Networks

Presenter: Prof. Pascal Lorenz


Sunday May 4, 2008 - 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Tutorial E: Large Area Digital Imaging Technology

Presenter: Prof. Karim Karim

Tutorial F: Predictive Control in Power Electronics and Drives

Presenters: Drs. Ralph Kennel, Marian Kazmierkowski, Jose Rodreguez, and Patricio Cortes

Tutorial G: Intergrated Antennas for Wireless and Other Applications

Presenter: Prof. Yahia Antar

Tutorial F: Opportunistic Networks: Specialized Ad Hoc Networks for Emergency Preparedness and Response

Presenter: Prof. Isaac Woungang

More details on tutorials are in

More information about the conference is available in

Look forward to seeing you in Niagara Falls in May!


CCECE 2008 Organizing Committee


Electrical Power & Energy Conference 2008  

(EPEC 2008)


The theme for the Electrical Power and Energy Conference (EPEC) 2008 is “Energy Innovation”. With attention being placed on the following sub-topics:


    Extending the Limits of Transmission and Distribution

    Expanding Generation and Alternative Energy

    Intelligent Grid Technologies

    Conservation and Energy Efficient Technologies


The topics are designed to highlight the current activities and achievements as well as investigate the future progression and expansion of both the local and global electrical power and energy industries. The conference is sponsored by IEEE Canada and co-sponsored and organised by IEEE Vancouver Section. EPEC 2008 is the result of the Electrical Power Symposia (EPS) that was originally hosted in 2001 by the IEEE Ottawa Section.,"

EPEC 2008 will take place: 6-7 October, 2008, Vancouver

More details at:


7th International Conference for Upcoming Engineers

(ICUE 2008)


University of Toronto,
Toronto, Ontario


ICUE was started by members of Ryerson University in 2001 to promote achievements by upcoming engineers. In order to attract more talented engineers to the conference, it has been expanded such that it may be hosted by other universities. This year this conference is being hosted by the IEEE student branch at University of Toronto on Monday, May 12.


ICUE has been developed to be known as an International Conference which provides the young engineers to develop their understandings both in academicals and industrial sections of their field. Moreover, they get the opportunity to express themselves technically in a more viable environment.


"The International Conference for Upcoming Engineers (ICUE) will be featuring Industrial speakers, Academical Speakers, paper presentations by undergraduate students, design projects demonstrations, and social gatherings. ICUE 2008 focuses on emerging technologies in the field of wireless communications and digital electronics and other prominent engineering fields. On behalf of the ICUE 2008 organizing committee, we are delighted to invite you to join us on May 2008 at University of Toronto for the 7th annual International Conference for Upcoming Engineers."


ICUE 2008 offers an outstanding opportunity for upcoming engineers, both undergraduate and graduate, to present their designs, operating prototypes, and research papers to their peers and experts from around the world. Submissions should cover design, technical and/or management aspects. Topics include, but are not limited to:


Biomedical Engineering

Communications and Networking

Circuits, Devices and Systems

Computer Systems and Application

Control and Robotics

Power Electronics and Systems

Cross Disciplinary and Emerging

Signal and Multimedia Processing


Areas (e.g. MEMS and







Other Topics





Society of Women Engineers Detroit Professional Development Conference 2008

The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) in Detroit holds a professional development conference titled Knowledge For Growth with participation of the IEEE Southeastern Michigan Section (to which Windsor, ON belongs).

The award winning program will be held at the General Motors Warren Technology Center on Saturday, April 19, 2008 from 7:30am to 3:30pm. Take the Ride of Your Life with our keynote speaker, Joyce Weiss. She is a certified speaking professional (CSP) and started Joyce Weiss Training and Development LLC, a best practices certified company in 1987. Dynamic, thought-provoking, and funny, Joyce is a renowned author and speaker motivating thousands of individuals to excel themselves and their companies. Joyce combines practical advice and enthusiasm to produce results in your team. Check out two of her books; Take the Ride of Your Life! and Full Speed Ahead....

The conference will have a special focus on environmental technologies and how they apply to our industry
and at home. Breakout session speaker topics this year include:

·    The Growth of Cleantech and Opportunities in Alternative Energy

·    Sustainability - What’s It Mean and What’s It All About

·    The Art of Negotiation

·    Careers in Hybrids and Electrical

·    Leadership in Drive... Making Bold Moves

·    Managing Effective Meetings

·    Interviewing Skills Panel

·    Being Feminine and Professional

·    How to Sustainably Refuel Your Body, Mind and Spirit: Learn to Recognize and Vanquish the Big 10 Energy Vampires

·    Hybrid Powertrains

·    Simple Life Work Management

·    Leading a Global Team

·    Assessing the Health of Your Career

·    Developing Your Personal Brand

For more information and to register, please visit

Submitted by:

Dr. Angela C. Sodan
University of Windsor, Computer Science



CNSR 2008

The Sixth Annual Conference on Communication Networks and Services Research (CNSR2008)

May 5 - 8, 2008

Halifax, Nova Scotia

This annual conference is jointly sponsored by Dalhousie University, University of New Brunswick (UNB), Université de Moncton (UdeM) and the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency's (ACOA) Atlantic Innovation Fund (AIF).

The proceedings from CNSR2008 will be archived through the IEEE Digital Library.

Technical papers describing original research in the field of communication networks and services are invited. Topics and areas to be presented at the conference are listed below. However, papers outside these areas are also welcome with a requirement that they describe current original work in the fields described, either theoretical or applied and have not been published elsewhere. Both industrial and academic contributions are invited.

  • Ad Hoc Networks
  • Adaptive Web Systems
  • Antenna Systems
  • Architectures for Voice/Data Services
  • Broadband Wireless Networks
  • Communication Algorithms
  • Communication Systems
  • Critical Infrastructure Protection
  • Data Mining
  • Digital Broadcast Technologies
  • Emerging Communication Technologies
  • Emerging Web Technologies
  • Intelligent Transceiving Architectures
  • Intrusion Detection Systems
  • Mobility in Communication Systems
  • Network Management
  • Network Security
  • Optical Networks
  • Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing
  • Protocol Design
  • Quality of Service in Communication Systems
  • Radio Propagation
  • Sensor Networks
  • Signal Processing for Communications
  • Software Radio
  • Space-Time Coding and Decoding
  • Traffic Engineering and Modelling
  • Ultra-Wide Band
  • Voice Over IP
  • Web Information Management
  • Web Services
  • Wireless Security



2008 IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society (ISTAS)

The 2008 International Symposium on Technology and Society (ISTAS) will be held in Fredericton, New Brunswick, June 26 - 28, 2008.


ISTAS is the annual symposium of the IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology (link).


The theme for ISTAS 08 is: Citizens, Groups, Communities and Information and Communication Technologies.

ISTAS 08 will be a multi-disciplinary event for researchers in engineering, computer science, social sciences, arts and humanities; as well as community-based researchers, policy makers and technology user communities. Papers and discussions will address both the social and technical aspects of the specific topics.
For the call for papers and further information, visit



IEEE Conference Search

For more IEEE conferences, visit IEEE Conference Search at


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Ø     Awards & Recognition

Senior Member Upgrades

The following members were upgraded to Senior Member status at the February 2008 IEEE Admission and Advancement Panel meeting.


Hamilton Section



Hamilton Section



Kingston Section



Kingston Section


Hashtrudi Zaad

London Section



Montreal Section



Montreal Section



New Brunswick Section


Castillo Guerra

Northern Canada Section



Ottawa Section



Ottawa Section



Ottawa Section



Toronto Section



Toronto Section



Toronto Section



Toronto Section



Vancouver Section



Vancouver Section



Vancouver Section

Lutz Hans-Joachim


Newly Elected IEEE Senior Member Featured in this Issue

Keyvan Hashtrudi-Zaad

Kingston Section


Keyvan Hashtrudi-Zaad received his B.Sc. degree from the Department of Electrical Engineering of Sharif University of Technology (SUT), Tehran, Iran in February 1991; his M.A.Sc. degree from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of Concordia University, Montreal, Canada in December 1994; and his Ph.D. degree from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of the University of British Columbia (UBC), Vancouver, Canada in November 2000. He is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of Queen's

Research Interests

Prof. Hashtrudi-Zaad's research interests largely lie in the areas of control systems, robotics, human machine interfaces and telerobotics. These include:

  • Advanced control systems design for telerobots and haptic interfaces.
  • Medical and Biomedical applications of haptics and telerobotics.
  • Human arm and environment impedance identification.
  • Applications of neural networks and intelligent systems in biomedical engineering.
  • Robot motion and contact control.
  • Network theory, stability and passivity analysis.
  • Dynamic payload monitoring of heavy-duty hydraulic machines.

Modeling and control of flexible link and joint manipulators, integral manifolds, and singular perturbations.



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Ø     Message from the Editor

If you have any articles/events for the May 2008 Newsletter, please forward them to us at


IEEE Canada is seeking a volunteer to be the Newsletter Editor. Please contact if you are interested by this position.





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