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Issue: January 2008                                                        IEEE Canada News Central

                                                                                             Happy New Year!



News of Interest


Ø      Awards & Recognition

-     IEEE Canada announces its 2008 Major Award Winners


Ø      IEEE Canada Board of Directors

-     Message from the Region 7 Director and President of IEEE Canada
-     IEEE Canada Committee Chairs 2008
-     Canadian Journal of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Winter 2008
-     IEEE Canadian Foundation announces Seven McNaughton Centre Grants to IEEE Student Branches across Canada


Ø      Section Events

-     IEEE IAS Electrical Safety, Technical and Mega Projects Conference
-     Vancouver Chapter of the IEEE Computer Society
-     Section Event Links


Ø      Conferences

-     CCECE 2008 - The 21st Canadian Conference on Electrical and Computer Engineering
-     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      IEEE News

-     Regional Activities Board (RAB) renamed to Member and Geographic Activities Board (MGA)


Ø      Message from the Editor

-     Your New Editor



News of Interest



Ø     Awards & Recognition

IEEE Canada announces its 2008 Major Award Winners

There are ten awards, six for achievement and four for service, which will be presented at the IEEE Canada Awards Banquet on the evening of May 5, 2008 in Niagara Falls during the 21st annual IEEE Canada Canadian Conference on Electrical and Computer Engineering (CCECE08). Nominations for these awards closed on Nov. 30, your awards committee then ranked the nominations and proposed the recipients who were then approved by IEEE Canada.

Colin Franklin, a Member of IEEE residing in the Ottawa Section, is retired from a long and distinguished career in Canada's space program. He is being awarded the A.G.L. McNaughton Gold Medal (IEEE Canada's highest award) for his contributions as a pioneer of the Canadian space program and a semiconductor circuit innovator.

Witold Pedrycz, a Fellow of IEEE residing in the Southern Alberta Section, is Professor and Canada Research Chair at the University of Alberta. He is being awarded the Silver Medal in Computer Engineering and Science for world?class leadership in computational intelligence and fuzzy systems.

Simon Haykin, a Fellow of IEEE residing in the Hamilton Section, is Distinguished University Professor at McMaster University. He is being awarded the R.A. Fessenden Silver Medal (Telecommunications) for pioneering contributions to radar and wireless communications.

Roy Billinton, a Fellow of IEEE residing in the South Saskatchewan Section, is Emeritus Professor at the University of Saskatchewan. He is being awarded the Silver Medal in Electric Power Engineering for pioneering research and application of reliability concepts in electric power systems.

Kim Roberts, a Member of IEEE residing in the Ottawa Section, is Director of Optical Transmission at Nortel. He is being awarded the Silver Medal (Outstanding Engineer) for continuous outstanding contributions to the field of optical communications.

Andreas Antoniou, a Fellow of IEEE residing in the Victoria Section, is Emeritus Professor at the University of Victoria. He is being awarded the Silver Medal (Outstanding Engineering Education) for outstanding contributions to engineering education in Canada.

Bruno DiStefano, a Senior Member of IEEE residing in the Toronto Section, is President of Nuptek Systems Ltd. He is being awarded the W.S. Read Gold Medal (Outstanding and Sustained Service to IEEE Canada and the Institute) in recognition of service to the profession & IEEE.

Saman Adham, a Senior Member of IEEE residing in the Ottawa Section, is Senior Director of Engineering at LogicVision Canada Inc. He is being awarded the J.J. Archambault Eastern Canada Merit Award (Silver Medal) for the conception, design, & operation of the webinar program of IEEE Canada.

Janet Bradley, a Member of IEEE, resides in the Hamilton Section. She is being awarded the M.B. Broughton Central Canada Merit Award (Silver Medal) for outstanding dedication and service to IEEE Canada and Student Activities.

David Gregson, a Senior Member of IEEE residing in the Victoria Section, is Chief Engineer and Manager of Advanced Engineering for Questar Tangent Corporation. He is being awarded the E.F. Glass Western Canada Merit Award (Silver Medal) for promotion of IEEE Canada student activities and the establishment of student awards.

We invite you to join us at the awards banquet in May to meet and celebrate with these accomplished individuals - for more details and information on purchasing tickets, please visit the conference website at



Ø     IEEE Canada Board of Directors

Message from the Region 7 Director and President of IEEE Canada

Dear Colleagues,

As I start my term of office as Region 7 Director and President of IEEE Canada for 2008-2009, I wish to thank you all for the strong support that you have given me during my election time. Also, I would like to express my sincere thanks for those who served, in particular Bob Hanna and his team of volunteers for their contributions to IEEE Canada. A superb and well done job by all. In the mean time I would like to welcome Om Malik, our Director-Elect and the new team of volunteers to serve IEEE Canada; we are lucky to have such a motivated and devoted group.

I just wanted to share with you my short-term goals which I hope we can achieve together during 2008.

The IEEE Section Congress' 2008 Related Goals are the highlights of the year. IEEE Canada will showcase its achievements over the past twenty five years at a Sections Congress 2008 that will bring us in Quebec City a representation of over 300 IEEE Sections worldwide with total participation of over 1000 guests. I am appointing a Task Force to work with Section leaders to identify and document major achievements at the Section and Regional levels such as Milestones, Awards...etc. I would like to see the Region create a brochure and posters that will be made available for all participants at Sections Congress. In addition, IEEE Canada will celebrate the achievements of its volunteers by creating a commemorative pin to be awarded in 2008 to key leaders identified by our Region, Areas, and Sections.

On the Training and Professional Development side, I note that 2008 is the first year of the transition of our Regional Activities Board to one which is focused on members and their needs. We will sponsor a major one-day training session for our Regional Committee members at the up-coming Spring Meeting to explain in detail the actions and desired outcomes from the Members Geographical Activities Board (MGAB). The training will be lead by the creators of the model who will articulate its aims, objectives, and key implementation highlights.

IEEE Educational Activities Board's Professional Trainers will be conducting two days of Teachers Workshops during the summer of 2008. We expect to involve school guidance counselors, high school students and interested engineers.

Regarding Professional Development Presentations, we are considering the production of a DVD incorporating first rate professional productions of up to five presentations. The Distinguished Speakers Tours will be continued with the target being three tours for the Region in 2008. Each Area is requested to complete one tour during the year. And we need to continue offering at least three Webinars during the year 2008.

Regarding Members Benefits: We need to continue our efforts regarding IEEE Canada Senior Members Elevation for 2008. I believe that a goal of 150 member elevations is achievable. Also, IEEE Canada should aim to equal or exceed this past year's excellent representation of 12 candidates awarded the Fellow Grade from the ranks of its Senior Members.

The 2008 IEEE Canada Conference on Electrical and Computer Engineering (CCECE'08) will take place at Niagara Falls, Ont., May 4-7, 2008. Visit the Conference Website: ( I look forward to see you there and celebrate with you our achievements at the Gala Awards Dinner.

The IEEE-Canada Electronic Newsletter will be produced on a monthly basis and will focus on your important news and information exchange. Please provide the Newsletter Editor Brent Petersen of UNB with your articles and news items. The publication of The IEEE Canadian Review will proceed at three issues per year. This also needs your participation by submission of articles to the Editor for consideration. A message from an Area Chair as well as from a Committee Group Chair in addition to the President's message will be included in each issue. Please pay close attention to the cut-off dates.

I look forward to your suggestions and to work with you as a team to achieve our goals to make IEEE Canada the best region in IEEE.


Wish you All the Best



IEEE Canada Committee Chairs 2008

Educational Activities

Saman Adham

Industry Relations

Danny Wong

Other Societies

Branislav Djokic

Professional Development

Bruno DiStefano

Sections/Chapter Support

Gerard Dunphy


Aleksandra Jeremic

Life Members

Ron Potts

Membership Development

Brian Lee


Denard Lynch

Regional Student Representative

April Khademi

Women in Engineering

Susan Perkins

Publications & Communications Group Chair

Xavier Maldaque

Canadian Journal of  Computer & Electrical Engineering Co-Editors

Witold Kinsner

Christian Schlegel

Electronic Newsletter Editor

Brent Petersen

Canadian Review

Eric Holdrinet

Publicity and Advertising



Christian Pepin


Ahsan Upal

IEEE Canada Executive 2008

President IEEE Canada, Director Region 7

Ferial El-Hawary

Vice President IEEE Canada and Director-Elect Region 7

Om Malik

Past President, IEEE Canada, Past Director Region 7

Robert Hanna


Hilmi Turanli


Robert Anderson

Canada Central Area

Keith Brown

Canada East Area

Amir Aghdam

Canada West Area

Lawrence Whitby

External Relations Group Chair

Bruno DiStefano

Member Services Group Chair

Brian Lee

Publications and Communications Group Chair

Xavier Maldague

Director Emeritus

Wally Read

Director Emeritus

Ray Findlay


Cathie Lowell

IEEE Canada Area Chairs 2008

Canada Area East

Amir Aghdam

Canada Area Central

Keith Brown

Canada Area West

Lawrence Whitby


Canadian Journal of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Winter 2008

CJECE - Message from the Editors 33.1 (Winter 2008)

Dear Readers,

Here is our first issue of 2008, a special issue devoted to the best papers of the ì2007 IEEE Pacific Rim Conference on Communications, Computers and Signal Processing,î a separate editorial summarizes the highlights of that conference.

With the new year and the new volume 33 starting, some changes will take place at the CJECE. One of the two Co-Editor - X. Maldague - will shortly be replaced while W. Kinsner will stay in place for one more year in order to provide a transitional continuity. It is a policy of IEEE Canada to change the editorial team every five years, we were appointed in 2003. X. Maldague will now serve as IEEE Canada Publication Chair.

After five years, it is also time to summarize our achievements. Eighteen issues were published (some double which is no longer the case since our issues now roll out of the press promptly at each season). We also celebrated the 30th anniversary of the CJECE. Several special issues were published during that period:


30.1 (Winter 2005): Invited papers on the 30 years ahead of us


30.2 (Spring 2005): Special issue on multimedia computing and communications


31.2 (Spring 2006): Special issue on MEMS research in Canada


Special issues on CCECE 04 (29.4), CCECE05 (30.4), CCECE06 (31.4), CCECE07 (32.4), where CCECE stands for Canadian Conference on Electrical and Computing Engineering

Starting with issue 32.3 (Summer 2007), the French title was harmonized with the English one to avoid confusion with title of others IEEE Canada publications. Moreover, starting with volume 30 (Winter 2005), our publications were labeled by the publication season rather than by the publication month, thus reflecting better the availability period of the issues.

In total, we received 217 papers during that period, 65 (30 %) were published, 44 (20 %) were withdrawn, 39 (18 %) were rejected and 69 are still in the evaluation pipeline. The average publication time was down to 13 months (for 2006) from 18 months previously. We also received 5313 emails for a total size of 480 553 kBytes!

Perhaps of more interest is the journal impact factor for the CJECE. For memory, the journal impact factor (JIF) is the average number of times articles from the journal published in the past two years have been cited in the journal citation report year (see: For 2006, our JIF is up to 0.357. In our editorial of volume 30.4 (of Fall 2005), we reported a figure of 0.264. Our goal at that time was to increase our JIF, it looks like we are heading in the good direction surely thanks to the quality of the published papers and to our special issues!

We think all those figures reveal and healthy journal well integrated within its community here in Canada and abroad (many subscriptions and papers come from outside Canada).

The goal of the new editorial team will be to continue in that direction and also push further the marketing of CJECE as one of the best ECE archival journal in Canada. Although CJECE is general in nature, we do believe the best is to come, stay tuned and send us your best papers!

Meanwhile, we wish you the best for the New Year.

Please click here for the abstracts, in English and French, of the Winter 2008 (vol. 33.1) issue of the Canadian Journal of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

X. Maldague + W. Kinsner

IEEE Canadian Foundation announces Seven McNaughton Centre Grants to IEEE Student Branches across Canada

The IEEE Canadian Foundation's Board of Directors is pleased to have approved a number of submissions for McNaughton Centre grants during its December meeting.

The successful IEEE Student Branches, listed from west to east, are at the University of British Columbia, University of Calgary, University of Saskatchewan, McMaster University, Carleton University, Concordia University, Carleton University, and the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières. These are all "upgrade grants" - intended to help our students maintain or improve their existing centres (formally known as IEEE McNaughton Learning Resource Centres) by replacing or extending the life of obsolete equipment. These grants range from $832 to $2500 for a total of about $10,000.

Each application for a grant must be accompanied by three "letters" of support from; the IEEE Student Branch Counselor (a faculty member) whose role is to oversee the student management of the centre and confirm that the students have raised a minimum of 25% towards the cost of upgrading (the foundation reimburses up to 75% of the submitted receipts), the department chair whose role is to guarantee support for the student branch activities, and the dean whose role is to guarantee the space and basic services needed for the continuing operation of the centre. Applications are received once each year by the November 15 deadline and considered at the board's December meeting.

These centres are intended to enhance the learning experiences of IEEE student members at Canadian universities and colleges, as well as encouraging IEEE membership and activities, and interaction between the IEEE Student Branch and the local IEEE Section. Ted Glass (1975-76 Winnipeg Section Chair and 1978-79 Canadian Director) created the first centre at the University of Manitoba in 1979 in memory of General Andrew G. L. McNaughton, one of Canada's most distinguished electrical engineers. Since 1980, the foundation has provided about $390,000 in McNaughton Centre grants. There are about 30 such centres at universities and colleges across Canada. More information is available at

Finally, I close by thanking those of you who responded to my last message in which I asked you to support our foundation by donating online using the link from our home page - your response was very gratifying and enables us to offer grants such as the ones described above. If you have not donated over the last 12 months, please visit our website (see link just above) and make your donation - you will receive a tax receipt right away.

Bob Alden, IEEE Canadian Foundation President



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Ø     Section Events



IAS Electrical Safety, Technical and Mega Projects Conference

On November 19-21, 2008, the third annual Electrical Safety, Technical and Mega Projects conference will take place in Edmonton, Alberta at the Mayfield Inn. IEEE Canada is a sponsor of this conference and it is an excellent service to our members particularly those working in the industry. Detailed information can be found by visiting the websites accessible from: or click here


Vancouver Chapter of the IEEE Computer Society

Member and Friends of the Vancouver Chapter of IEEE Computer Society,

In February 18-22, 2008, our chapter is the host of the 7th Working Conference on Software Architecture at the Plaza 500 hotel near Vancouver city hall, which will attract some 150 software architects, practitioners and researchers. See our special web site

The conference itself is 3 days, mid week: 19-20-21, with an interesting program.

But maybe of special interest for our local members who want to learn more about software architecture is a range of 9 tutorials on software architecture on the Monday 18th and Friday 22nd, which can be attended individually, without having to sign up for the whole conference, and all at a very reasonable price. Since this is an IEEE Conference, special discounts applies for IEEE members, but price will rise 25% after February 3rd... so sign up early. And very very deep discount for students.... So a good value for all our members.



Architecting SO services with Rational Software Architect, Lee Ackerman & N. Porter, IBM


Evaluating a Service-Oriented Architecture, Phil Bianco, SEI


Software Architecture for Safety-Critical Systems, Jeff Joyce, Critical Systems Labs


Architecture and Agile Methodologies, Rebecca Parsons, ThoughtWorks


Security Patterns and the Design of Secure Architectures, Eduardo Fernandez


Economics-driven architecting, Ipek Ozkaya, Rick Kazman, SEI, CMU


Introduction to SysML and OOSEM, Abe Meilich, Lockheed Martin


Representing application architectures in Software Factories, W. Kozaczynski, MSFT


An Introduction to architecture-level reliability analysis, R. Roshandel, N. Medvidovic, USC

... more later. Register here:

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

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 Sheraton Fallsview in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. The venue, the city of Niagara Falls with more than 15 million visitors annually is abundant of activities that are bound to entertain people of all ages and walks of life. Niagara Falls is located 125 km southeast of Toronto City and 27 km north of Buffalo City, New York. Niagara Falls often said to be the honeymoon capital of the world, features most popular falls that are spectacular wonders of the world and provide breathtaking views.

Dr. Sri Krishnan, Conference Chair

CCECE ( is a 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 3 to 4 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.


Dr. Alagan Anpalagan, Technical Program

CCECE 2008 will feature 8 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, special sessions in hot topics, social programs, IEEE Canada Awards and Banquet night, best student paper awards luncheon, and industrial exhibitions.

You can participate in CCECE 2008 in many ways: by submitting your original research results as a full length technical paper, by submitting tutorial proposals, by organizing a special session, and by attending the plenary talks, tutorials, panel discussions and nearly 90 technical sessions planned for May 4 to May 7, 2008. Information on submission of technical papers, tutorial proposals, special sessions proposals are in the weblinks of the main conference website

Dr. Bob Dony, Technical Program


The deadline to receive papers and tutorial proposals are December 7, 2007. We look forward for your enthusiastic participation in the conference.

Best wishes,
CCECE'08 Organizing Committee



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



WICSA 2008

Working IEEE/IFIP Conference on Software Architecture 2008

The Conference for Software Architects by Software Architects:


19-21 February 2008, (Main conference)
18, 22 February 2008, (Tutorials)
Vancouver, BC, Canada


WICSA is the premier gathering of practitioners and researchers interested in finding out about and improving on the state of practice of Software Architecture. Since its inception, WICSA has functioned as a working conference, where researchers meet practitioners and where practicing software architects can explain the problems that they face in their day-to-day work and so influence future research in the field. This environment means that WICSA 2008 is the ideal venue for researchers and software architecture practitioners to discuss successes, failures, and ideas with each other, with these insights helping to identify how best to move the state of both research and practice forward.


*Deadline for early registration is February 3*


On-line registration is available at


*WICSA 2008 - Conference Keynote Presentations*


"Software Architectures for Data Intensive, High-Performance Computing" Ian Gorton, Senior Research Scientist, Pacific Northwest Regional Laboratory (Feb 19)


"Software Architecture in Game Development" Andrew Brownsword, Chief Architect, Electronic Arts (Feb 21)



IEEE Conference Search

For more IEEE conferences, visit IEEE Conference Search at


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Ø     IEEE News


Regional Activities Board (RAB) renamed to Member and Geographic Activities Board (MGA)

Effective January 1, 2008, the Regional Activities Board (RAB) has been renamed and reorganized. The new name is Member and Geographic Activities Board (MGA). This is the organizational unit that all IEEE Sections, Chapters, Affinity Groups, Student Branches, etc. report to - within the IEEE structure. There will likely be articles explaining these changes in the coming weeks and months. For now, be aware that this change has occurred and that the resulting changes to both the IEEE and the IEEE Canada web sites are underway. There will be a period of time when web site links have not been correctly modified. If you find a broken link on any IEEE related web site, it will be very helpful if you send details of the error to the appropriate webmaster - please paste the complete URL of the web page containing the error into your message and include the link name and its location on that page.



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Ø     Message from the Editor - Your New Editor

Alex Bot has been a wonderful editor; working with Bob Hanna, over the past few years, the newsletter has provided a great deal of timely information. I hope and will make the effort to be as valuable an editor to everyone who has an interest in this IEEE Canada Newsletter. It is a pleasure to be contributing again at the regional level.



Brent R. Petersen, Ph.D., P.Eng., University of New Brunswick


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Submission Information

You can send any submissions by email to the editor:
Brent Petersen at

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




Editorial Team


Brent Petersen , Ph.D., P.Eng., University of New Brunswick


Lena Jin, Sr. Applications Engineer, Silicon Optix Inc


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