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Issue: February 2009                                                        IEEE Canada News Central



This Issue's Content:


      IEEE Canada Board of Directors

-     Engineering Institute of Canada Awards for 2009 - IEEE Members


      Your News

-     Ottawa Section exploits energy return in a personal lift assistive device
-     Montreal Section examines tradeoffs and optimization in analog CMOS design
-     Kingston Section learns human cognition, wireless communications, and radar
-     Hamilton Section reveals understanding in the blink of an eye
-     London Section decides on sustainability
-     Vancouver Section host workshop on amateur radio


      News of Interest

-     New Home and Auto Group Insurance Program


      Call for Papers

-     IEEE Toronto International Conference - Science and Technology for Humanity
-     IEEE Symposium on Computational Intelligence for Security and Defense ApplicationsIEEE Toronto International Conference



-     Upcoming IEEE Conferences in Canada
-     Invitation to CCECE 2009 in St. John's, Newfoundland
-     All IEEE Conferences in Canada


      Features, Views and Analysis

-     Integration of Wide-Scale Renewable Resources into the Power Delivery System



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     IEEE Canada Board of Directors

Engineering Institute of Canada Awards for 2009 - IEEE Members

Engineering Institute of Canada Awards for 2009 - IEEE Members



Honours etc




Savvas Chamberlain


FIEEE, FCAE,DEng(hon), Premiers Award, ON Entrepreneur of the year 2004

Tongwen Chen


FIEEE,  Killam Professorship

Mark S Fox


Fellow, Assoc. for Artificial Intelligence

Fadhel M Ghannouchi


FIEEE, Research Excellence 2007, Canada Research Chair (tier1), 2005

Ling Guan


FIEEE, Canada Research Chair (tier 1) 2001 08, Ontario Dist. Researcher Award, 2002

Victor C M Leung


FIEEE, FCAE, Telus Mobility Research Chair, 2000

Maike Luiken


IEEE Section Service Awards, 2003,04,05. & 07

Xavier Maldague


Fellow, Alexander von Humbolt

David Plant


P. Eng., FIEEE, FOSA, R.A. Fessenden Medal (IEEE), Teaching Excellence (McGill), NSERC & Bell Industrial Research Chair.

Lotfollah Shafai


FIEEE, FCAE, IEEE Fessenden Award, 2003, Manitoba Premier Award in Design 83, etc.

Wilson Xu


FIEEE, P, Eng., NSERC/iCore Research Chair 2007, Killam Professor, 2005.

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     Your News

Ottawa Section exploits energy return in a personal lift assistive device

February 5, 2009, 5:30-7 PM, @Carleton University, Mackenzie Building 4359

Researchers (Dr. Joan Stevenson et. al.) at Queen's University have developed an on-body personal lift assistive device (PLAD) that uses elastic elements to off-load some of the back muscles' force requirements during lifting and forward bending during manual materials handling tasks. The elastic elements are anchored at the shoulders and feet and have a pelvic spacer to create an improved moment arm for the elastic elements. The PLAD has gone through five design iterations and numerous scientific studies to determine its effectiveness and use-acceptability. In summary, the PLAD has reduced the back muscle force requirements by ~20% across all studies and 80% of automotive workers who wore it said they would wear it for specific assembly tasks.

Montreal Section examines tradeoffs and optimization in analog CMOS design

January 30, 2009, 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM, @ cole Polytechnique de Montral, Lassonde Building M-1420

Tradeoffs and optimization of performance are illustrated first by the design of differential pairs and current mirrors. Then, three, 0.18 ?m CMOS operational transconductance amplifiers are optimized for DC, balanced, and AC performance. Measured performance shows significant tradeoffs in voltage gain, output resistance, transconductance bandwidth, input-referred flicker noise and offset voltage, and layout area. Because of the technology normalization present when using the inversion coefficient, the design optimization methods presented are readily extended to smaller geometry processes. The methods provide design intuition leading towards optimum design, while minimizing trial-and-error simulations. Dr. David M. Binkley of University of North Carolina at Charlotte, USA, will be leading the workshop.

Kingston Section learns human cognition, wireless communications, and radar

January 28, 2009, 4:30 - 6 PM, @ Queen's University, WLH-302

Dr. Simon Haykin from McMaster University will begin by describing what can be learnt from human cognition, which leads naturally to the multidisciplinary subject of cognitive Dynamic Systems, its attributes and system retirements.The emergence of Cognitive Dynamic Systems is fast becoming transformational on many fronts. The lecture will then focus on Cognitive Radio, its potential for impacting wireless communications and the research challenges involved in its future development.

Hamilton Section reveals understanding in the blink of an eye

February 21, 2009, 6 - 9 PM, @ Ancaster Old Mill, WLH-302

The Hamilton section is hosting its annual dinner evening at the Old Mill. Dr. Yaser Haddara will be the distinguished.

London Section decides on sustainability

January 26, 2009, 5:30 - 8 PM, @ Lambton College, N-105

This event features the following three talks:

EcoNomics - Integrating Sustainability into Corporate Decision Making and Operations
Wes Funk, B.Comm., B.Sc., M.E.Des. - Director, EcoNomicsTM

Planning & Forensic Tools for Large-Scale Monitoring Initiatives
Jon Fennell, Ph.D., P.Geol. P.Geo., P.Eng. - Director, Water Resources, Principal Hydrogeologist

An Integrated Approach to Industrial Water Management - The Complete Solution.
Stuart Torr, M.Eng., P.Eng. - Manager of Water, WorleyParsons Calgary

Vancouver Section host workshop on amateur radio

February 9, 2009, 7 - 9 PM, @ British Columbia Institute of Technology, SW3-1750

Adam Farson (VA7OJ/AB4OJ) traces the history of amateur radio from the bulky piece of radio equipment in the 1940s- 50s to present day technology based on digital signal processing.

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     News of Interest

New Home and Auto Group Insurance Program

The IEEE Financial Advantage Program is pleased to announce that The Personal Insurance Company is now a provider of home and auto group insurance to IEEE Canada members. One of Canada's largest group insurers, The Personal insures members and employees of over 550 organizations and has over 650,000 policies in force across the country. The advantages of this voluntary benefit include preferred rates not available to the general public, exceptional service, and personalized protection.

IEEE Canada members*, their spouses and dependants** are eligible for this new program.

To find out how much you can save, get a quote from The Personal by phone or on their Web site. Take advantage of your home and auto group insurance plan. Get a quote from The Personal
Tel: 1-888-476-8737

* One must be a member in good standing of the IEEE at the time of application and continue active membership in order to be eligible for the group rates.
** Certain conditions apply.


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     Students' Corner

Northern Saskatchewan Section Holds Graduate Research Symposium

First Place:
Mr. Eric Pelet: "Detection of QPSK symbols in presence of a phase offset"

Second Place:
Mr. Bud Fogal: "Effects of Temperature on the Transport Properties of Amorphous Selenium Direct Conversion X-ray Photoconductors"

Third Place:
Ms. Dange Huang: "Load Forecast Uncertainty in Bulk Electric System Reliability Assessment "


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     Our Members in the Spotlight

Newly elevated IEEE Felows

The IEEE Grade of Fellow is conferred by the Board of Directors upon a person with an extraordinary record of accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest.

Congratulations to IEEE R7 Class of 2008 Fellows!

John Cartledge, IEEE-F, Kingston, Ontario

for contributions to modulation dynamics of optical devices

Omar Ramahi, IEEE-F, Waterloo, Ontario

for contributions to computational electromagnetics in electromagnetic compatibility

Xuemin Shen, IEEE-F, Waterloo, Ontario

for contributions to resource management of wireless networks

Ming Yu, IEEE-F, Cambridge, Ontario

for contributions to the design and tuning of microwave filters and multiplexers

Kazimierz Adamiak, IEEE-F, London, Ontario

for contributions to the numerical analysis of applied electrostatic and electro-hydrodynamic processes

Terence Peters, IEEE-F, London, Ontario

for contributions to medical imaging and image-guided surgery

Louis Durand, IEEE-F, Montreal, Quebec

for contributions to instrumentation and methods for assessing cardiovascular
and respiratory diseases

Abdulmotaleb El Saddik, IEEE-F, Ottawa, Ontario

for contributions to interactive haptic audio visual systems

John Lodge, IEEE-F, Ottawa, Ontario

for contributions to the application of signal processing and communications theory

David Parnas, IEEE-F, Ottawa, Ontario

for contributions to software engineering

Adam Skorek, IEEE-F, Trois Rivieres, Quebec

for contributions to electro-thermal analysis of industrial processes

Michal Okoniewski, IEEE-F, Calgary, Alberta

for contributions to computational electromagnetics

Francis Dawson, IEEE-F, Totronto, Ontario

for contributions to modeling of excitation and detection of electrical arcs

Brendon Frey, IEEE-F, Totronto, Ontario

for contributions to information processing and machine learning

Nicholas Hamilton Piercy, IEEE-F, Innisfil, Ontario

for leadership in development, design and implementation of modern network architecture and topologies in the cable industry

Jonathon Rose, IEEE-F, Toronto, Ontario

for leadership in development, design and implementation of modern network architecture and topologies in the cable industry

Ian Cumming, IEEE-F, Vancouver, British Columbia

for achievements in synthetic aperture radar signal processing


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     Call for Papers

IEEE Toronto International Conference - Science and Technology for Humanity

Important Dates

  Tutorials Proposals submission

  Friday, January 9, 2009

  Paper Proposals Submission (Title/Abstract)  

  Friday, March 6, 2009

  Submission of Full Length Papers for Review

  Friday, May 1, 2009

  Notification of Acceptance

  Friday, June 26, 2009

  Final Paper Submission Deadline

  Friday, July 31, 2009

  Author's Registration Deadline

  Friday, July 31, 2009

  Advance Registration Deadline

  Friday, August 28, 2009  

The TIC-STH conference is an international forum for state-of-the-art research across a broad spectrum of the IEEE science and technology fields of interest.

The format of the conference is several parallel Symposia focusing on the advanced scientific and technological problems, especially of the interdisciplinary nature.

  • Systems (including systems engineering, education, standards, processes and methodologies; design aspects for robust design, human factors, safety, security and usability; quality control and system management; risk management)
  • Superconductivity(including the science and technology of superconductors and their applications, including materials and their applications for electronics, magnetics and power systems, where the superconductor properties are central to the application)
  • Technology Management(including technology policy development; management of research; education of personnel engaged in managing innovation; the economics of innovation; the impact of technology on society)
  • Advances and History of the Pacemakers(In conjunction with the IEEE Milestone celebration - External Cardiac Pacemaker)
  • Aerospace and Electronic Systems
  • Enterprise Architecture
  • Information and Knowledge Management
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Sustainable Development
  • Intelligent Transportation Systems in a Large City
  • Sensors (including the theory, design, fabrication, manufacturing and application of devices for sensing and transducing physical, chemical, and biological phenomena, with emphasis on the electronics, physics and reliability aspects of sensors and integrated sensor-actuators)
  • Nanotechnology (including the theory, design, and development of nanotechnology and its scientific, engineering, and industrial applications)
  • Electronic Design Automation (including the theory, implementation and use of EDA/CAD tools to design integrated electronic circuits and systems; tools that automate all levels of the design, analysis and verification of hardware and embedded software up to and including complete working systems)
  • Biometrics(biometric characterization of human beings, based on physiological and/or behavioral features and traits, in particular for identification, identity verification, authentication, encryption, recognition and medical diagnosis)
  • High-Performance Computing
  • Quantitative Methods in Managing Scientific and Technology Projects
  • Continuous Operations and Disaster Recovery
  • Emerging Scientific Methods and Technologies

The Second IEEE Symposium on Computational Intelligence for Security and Defense Applications (IEEE CISDA 2009)
Ottawa, Canada
8-10 July 2009

Sponsored by The IEEE Computational Intelligence Society

Important Dates

  Tutorial/Special Session Proposals submission:

  February 15, 2009

  Full Paper Submission:  

  March 15, 2009

  Notification of Acceptance/rejection:

  April 15, 2009

  Submission of Camera-Ready Submission:

  May 15, 2009



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Upcoming IEEE Conferences in Canada

ANTEM/URSI 2009 - 13th International Symposium on Antenna Technology and Applied Electromagnetics and the Canadian Radio Sciences Meeting
15 Feb - 18 Feb 2009, The Banff Centre Banff, AB, Canada

2009 3rd Annual IEEE Systems Conference
23 Mar - 26 Mar 2009, Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle Hotel Vancouver, BC, Canada

2009 IEEE International Reliability Physics Symposium (IRPS)
26 Apr - 30 Apr 2009, Fairmont Queen Elizabeth Hotel Montreal, QC, Canada

2009 IEEE Commercial Power Systems (I&CPS) Annual Technical Conference
3 May - 7 May, 2009, Calgary, AB, Canada

2nd Climate Change Technology Conference 2009
May 12 - 15, 2009, McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

The 2009 Canadian Workshop on Information Theory
May 13, 2009 - Friday, May 15, 2009, School of Information Technology and Engineering (SITE), University of Ottawa

2009 IEEE Power & Energy Society General Meeting
26 Jul - 30 Jul 2009, Calgary Telus Convention Ctr. Calgary, AB, Canada

Invitation to CCECE 2009 in St. John's, Newfoundland

Deadline to receive proposals: December 5, 2008

The Newfoundland and Labrador Section is very proud to be hosting the 22nd Canadian Conference on Electrical and Computer Engineering (CCECE), which will be held at the Delta St. John's and the St. John's Convention Centre May 3-6, 2009. This annual flagship conference of IEEE Canada serves as an excellent opportunity for researchers and professionals in the IEEE fields to meet and present their work.

The theme for CCECE '09 is "From Electrons to Oceans: Innovation at Many Scales." St. John's is one of the oldest cities in North America with a rich history and distinctive culture. Only minutes from the most easterly point in North America, St. John's has the sophistication of a modern city and the "friendliness" of a small town.

A welcome reception for all delegates will be held Sunday evening at The Rooms. We will offer pre-conference tutorials. The Conference sessions themselves, on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, will be conducted in the conference facilities at the Delta St. John's with plenary sessions and meals in the St. John's Convention Centre. In addition, an active and enticing social program will be offered to all attendees, partners, and guests.

The conference committee is co-chaired by Dr. Wally Read and Dr. John Quaicoe, and the technical committee is led by Dr. Eric Gill and Dr. Dennis Peters. Experienced, enthusiastic, and dedicated volunteers from the Section round out the organizing committee and will help to ensure that the conference is very successful.

Following the lead of CCECE '08, the conference will be structured into a seven mini-symposia in the areas of Circuits, Devices and Systems; Control and Robotics; Communications and Networking; Computers, Software and Applications; Ocean Engineering; Power Electronics and Energy Systems; and Signal and Multimedia Processing. A full paper review process will be used to ensure that the conference is of very high technical quality. The deadline to receive papers and tutorial proposals is Friday, December 5, 2008. For further details please refer to Call for Papers at

We predict that CCECE 2009 will be an unforgettable experience - an overwhelming technical and financial success that also offers a wealth of activities and networking opportunities for delegates. We hope to see you in May!

For further information and updates see the conference website at

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     Features, Views and Analysis

Integration of Wide-Scale Renewable Resources into the Power Delivery System

The following article is based on conversation with Puica Nitu with the disclaimer that the ideas presented in this article strictly represent a personal view on the topic. It is of interest to continue expanding on the topic of this Symposium with future editorials.

The Ontario's energy outlook presented by the Ontario Power Authority estimates 9,673 MW of renewable resources by 2010 and additional 6,027 MW by 2025. And this is Ontario alone.

Canada strongly supports the development of renewable energy technologies. NSERC, CanREN, provincial governments and agencies promote and support renewable solutions. Throughout North America, renewable energy is expected to rise by 40% by year 2025.

The entire world is energized through private investments, intensive R&D and research grants in the quest for efficient and sustainable solutions. Germany is become world leader in solar energy. Denmark and Ireland have massively invested in wind power. In the United States, the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) of DOE focuses on a wide range of renewable energy sources, partnering with other government entities and the private sector to better leverage the Federal investment in research, development and deployment of new technologies. Apart from investing in technologies, stakeholders form new business partnerships to influence this global dynamic movement.

The emerging technologies have great impact on the planning and the operation of the power system. Each technology presents opportunities but also brings a new set of challenges, both technical and business in nature as the entire system is been affected. The impact is also felt on the side of the large power producers. The generators' operating profiles change as the generation mix evolves. The penetration of renewable resources impacts power system reliability requirements and displaces generation dispatch schedules. It has impacts on an ever evolving grid (transmission and distribution) and on the stability of the power system. Most interestingly, the integration of new renewable resources, distributed generation, energy storage and smart demand responses has its own set of complexities. This integration is aimed towards managing peak loads, offering new value-added services and enhancing asset use.

Climate change concerns, energy security and relatively high energy prices will continue to support the deployment and advancement of new technologies. In the same time attention is given to make the existing networks smarter. The smart grid brings information and digital technology to the power network to facilitate new communication and monitoring which leads to improved reliability, security, and power management.

Canada's objective is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 20% from the 2006 level by year 2020. There are various mechanisms to ensure these targets ranging from conservation, renewable generation and carbon emissions caps and trading.

Ontario accounts for half of Canada's emissions. There is a consultative process with respect to the Carbon legislation, with an expectation that the current cap and trade will evolve and a national cap will soon be put in place.

According to Environment Canada there is a decrease in the Green House Gas emissions since 2003 which is primarily due to the change in the generation mix and lower emissions from fossil fuel production. Renewable energy is changing the generation mix and has a major role in a country's carbon footprint.

CIGRE and IEEE PES in cooperation with US and Canada's National Committees are organizing the Symposium Integration of Wide-Scale Renewable Resources into the Power Delivery System to be held in Calgary July 29-31, 2009.

CIGRE (International Council on Large Electric Systems) is one of the leading worldwide Organizations on Electric Power Systems, covering their technical, economic, environmental, organizational and regulatory aspects. With members in over 80 countries, CIGR is the largest worldwide forum that unites large producers, manufacturers, system operators and regulatory bodies, bringing together technical innovation, requirements and operating experience. CIGRE fosters sharing experience on key developments of energy supply. It is the point where strategy (vision roadmap, energy security and commercial leverage) meets tactics (operations, maintenance and extended life cycle).

The main theme of the joint Symposium is the Integration of Wide-Scale Renewable Resources into the Power Delivery System. The topic of this symposium is very timely. Renewable resources along with conservation are the fastest growing supply mechanisms in the province of Ontario.

Puica is Program Manager with Ontario Power Generation Inc, member of the Strategic Energy Panel for the Natural Research Council of Canada, national representative in Cigre and IEEE Senior Member. She has an extensive experience in the North American utility industry.





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