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      IEEE Canada Board of Directors

-     IEEE Canada President-Elect 2010-2011 Candidates
-     IEEE Canada President-Elect 2010 - 2011 Candidates Featured in this Issue
-     IEEE Canada Presents 2009 Major Awards
-     IEEE Celebrates 125th Anniversary
-     Renew Your Membership for 2009
-     Membership Dues in Special Circumstances


      Your News

-     Ottawa Section hosts distinguished lecture on uncertainty systems
-     Vancouver Section studies Smart Energy and Smart Grid


      News of Interest

-     Vancouver Section hosts Industrial Tour: Canadian Circuits
-     TISP (Teacher-In-Service-Program) R7 (Canada) workshop
-     IEEE Career services
-     New Home and Auto Group Insurance Program


      Students' Corner

-     Over 10,000 reasons to pay attention to IEEE Last Call
-     IEEE student member winner of 2009 CEMF IBM undergraduate scholarship
-     IEEE Canada 2008 student paper winners
-     UBC IEEE Student Branch - Silicon Valley Field Trip


      Our Members in the Spotlight

-     2009 IEEE Canada A.G.L. McNaughton Gold Medal: Wolfgang J. R. Hoefer
-     2009 IEEE Canada R.A. Fessenden Medal: David Falconer


      Call for Papers

-     IEEE Toronto International Conference Science and Technology for Humanity
-     IEEE Symposium on Computational Intelligence for Security and Defense Applications
-     Symposium on Engineered & Natural Complex Systems, IEEE TICSTH 2009
-     Request for proposal to host EPEC 2010


      Conferences and Workshops

-     Upcoming IEEE Conferences in Canada
-     IEEE Power and Energy Society 2009 General Meeting
-     All IEEE Conferences in Canada



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     IEEE Canada Board of Directors

IEEE Canada President-Elect 2010-2011 Candidates

IEEE Canada Board of Directors has nominated the following candidates for the IEEE Canada President-Elect 2010-2011:

  • Dr. Keith Brown
  • Dr. Maike Luiken
  • Mr. Marcelo Mota

    This is an election year for IEEE Canada. We encourage you to vote when you receive your ballot from IEEE.

    IEEE Canada President-Elect 2010 - 2011 Candidates Featured in this Issue


    For complete biography and position statement, please click here

    Senior Engineer
    Nuclear Division
    Ontario Power Generation
    Pickering, Ontario, Canada

    Keith Brown is a senior engineer with Ontario Power Generation's Nuclear Division and an adjunct professor of electrical and computer engineering at Ryerson University, Toronto. He has performed research and development in short-range radio frequency communications and also had the unique and rewarding experience of having served 15 years with the Canadian Forces; retiring from active duty in 2003. He holds degrees in mathematics and physics, advanced degrees in electrical and computer engineering (MSc'99, PhD'03), and a diploma in business management, all from the University of Alberta. He has published in excess of 23 technical documents and maintains a keen interest in the application and development of advanced instrumentation. Dr. Brown is a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, a Member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and a licensed professional engineer in both Alberta and Ontario.


    IEEE Ethics and Member Conduct Committee, Region 7 Hearing Panel Delegate, 2006-08.


    RAB Section Sustained Membership Growth Award (As Section Chair), 2005, 2004.

    KEITH BROWN - Position Statement (excerpt)

    It is my goal to bring more energy and enthusiasm to the region, its members and volunteers as Region 7 Delegate-Elect/Director-Elect. I am confident I can serve the needs of our members based on my industry experience as well as my IEEE involvement, having lived and volunteered in two of the three geographical areas within IEEE Canada. IEEE Canada has been very successful - but we can do better.

    As Delegate-Elect/Director-Elect, my goals are:

  • Work with the sections, chapters and student branches to support their goals and
  • Grow the membership by promoting opportunities for our members and volunteers     to expand and maintain their professional networks
  • Build a sustainable leadership team where the members and volunteers
        increasingly find value and enjoyment through their involvement within the

    My varied experience and insight makes me ideally suited to represent Region 7 as Delegate-Elect/Director-Elect and I would be honored to serve in such a capacity.


    For complete biography and position statement, please click here

    Dean, Applied Research, Business Development and Innovation, Sustainable Development
    Lambton College,
    Sarnia, Ontario, Canada

    Maike Luiken obtained her Staatsexamen in Mathematics and Physics from the Technical University in Braunschweig, Germany (1979) and her Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Waterloo (1982).Maike has over 30 years of professional experience in teaching, research and educational administration, community and network building and especially in connecting industry partners, government agencies and researchers in advanced technology projects. She has worked in both the public and private sectors in Canada, the USA and Germany.Maike is a founder of the Ottawa Photonics Research Alliance (OPRA), the Ottawa Wireless Research Alliance (OWRA) and is a member of numerous boards including Unmanned Vehicle Systems (UVS) Canada.Her areas of expertise include sustainable development, advanced data communications, leadership and management of research projects in College and University environments, development of educational simulations and leading edge on-line learning modules.Maike is a SMIEEE and a Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada.


    IEEE Sustainability AdHoc Committee, 2009. RAB Student Activities Committee, 2003-05


    Ottawa Section Volunteer Recognition, 2002-04.
    London Section Volunteer Recognition, 2007.

    MAIKE LUIKEN - Position Statement (excerpt)

    IEEE members are at the forefront of science, technology and applications development and are vital to meeting our evolving technological and societal challenges - like global warming - and to enabling a sustainable future for all.

    As Region 7 Delegate-Elect/Director-Elect, I shall contribute to the IEEE missions by:

  • Enhancing the members' experience by advocating activities inclusive of all
        members, industrial and community partners
  • Supporting the Sections in providing locally accessible activities of interest and
        relevance to members' careers and professional development
  • Enabling a very satisfactory IEEE volunteer experience through support, training
        and recognition
  • Enhancing the visibility, branding, and impact of IEEE through increasing
        collaborative activities between industry, business, organizations, academia and
  • Promoting the use of advanced communications technologies for member
  • Promoting and supporting two IEEE Canada conferences and
        local IEEE conferences and workshops
  • Engaging the public through IEEE activities
  • Practising prudent financial responsibility

    Representing the interests of the IEEE Canada members, I will make our voice and concerns heard nationally and internationally.


    For complete biography and position statement, please click here

    Director, IT Programs
    Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA)
    Toronto, Ontario, Canada

    Marcelo Mota holds a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from the Federal University of Bahia, Brazil, and a Master degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Warwick, England. He joined the Greater Toronto Airports Authority in 2001 and currently holds the position of Director, IT Programs. Marcelo has a total of 27 years of experience in the IT, Energy, Government, and Consulting industry. He was the Director of Business Development and Operations & Technical Support of a provincial information technology company. Prior to this, Marcelo spent 17 years at a large hydro company, holding the positions of Head of the Corporate Strategic Planning Division, General Manager of the Tenders & Contracts Department, General Manager of the IT Department, Regional Manager of the Metropolitan Area, and Head of a number of Engineering Divisions. He is also a Project Management Professional certified by the Project Management Institute.


    Educational Activities Board (EAB): Board Member, 1997.
    EAB Transnational Committee Chair, 1997-98.
    EAB Outreach Committee, 1998.
    EAB Section Outreach Committee, 2003.
    Member and Geographic Activities Board (MGAB), Board Member, 1997.
    MGA Section/Chapter Support Committee, 1997.
    Publication Services and Products Board (PSPB), Board Member, 1997-98.


    Larry K. Wilson Transnational Award, 2008.
    IEEE Third Millennium Medal, 2000.

    MARCELO MOTA - Position Statement (excerpt)

    After working diligently for 20+ years to ensure that the Institute keeps providing its members with value, I have accumulated a great amount of administrative experience and operational acumen related to IEEE operations. This, together with my relevant technical and business career, will set me up for success in serving the IEEE Canadian members. In being elected, I will:

  • Stimulate and empower Sections to be more active in creating the local
        environment for one of IEEE's most important service: members networking with
        their peers and sharing knowledge and ideas
  • Encourage and seek more and stronger partnerships with other professional
        associations. The use of Technical Cooperation Agreements signed with local
        and national societies and governmental agencies to conduct joint initiatives will
        be the tool to implement this partnership goal
  • The growth and sustainability of the IEEE - and its Regions and Sections -
        depends on its capacity of being perceived as a source of knowledge and
        influence. The establishment of a set of policies and projects concerning
        positioning and outreach will also be a priority

    IEEE Canada Major Award Presented at CCECE 2009

    There are eleven awards, seven for achievement and four for service, which will be presented at the IEEE Canada Awards Banquet on the evening of May 4, 2009 in St. John's during the 22nd annual IEEE Canada 22nd Canadian Conference on Electrical and Computer Engineering (CCECE09). 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.

    Achievement Awards

    Wolfgang Hoefer, a Fellow of IEEE residing in the Victoria Section, is an Emeritus Professor at the University of Victoria. He is receiving the A.G.L. McNaughton Gold Medal (IEEE Canada's highest award - for exemplary contributions to the engineering profession) for pioneering research in microwave engineering, computational electromagnetics, and working with industry to develop practical time domain simulators.

    David Falconer, a Fellow of IEEE residing in the Ottawa Section, is a Professor of Systems and Computer Engineering at Carleton University in Ottawa. He is receiving the R.A. Fessenden Award (Telecommunications) for outstanding technical contributions to the area of data transmission in both wireline and wireless environments.

    William McDermid, a Fellow of IEEE residing in the Winnipeg Section, is the former Director of the High Voltage Test Facility at Manitoba Hydro. He is receiving the Electric Power Engineering Award for outstanding contributions to the development of rotating machine insulation testing.

    Ken (KC) Smith, a Fellow of IEEE residing in the Toronto Section, is an Emeritus Professor at the University of Toronto. He is receiving the Computer Engineering and Science Award for lasting technical and educational contributions to electronics for computing.

    Rajnikant Patel, a Fellow of IEEE and EIC residing in the London Section, is a Distinguished University Professor & Tier-1 Canada Research Chair at the University of Western Ontario. He is receiving the Outstanding Engineer Award for continuous outstanding contributions to the field of robotically enhanced surgery. Note: Commencing this year, this award is available to recognize technical excellence in fields other than telecommunications engineering, electric power engineering, or computer engineering or science.

    John Cartledge, a newly elected Fellow of IEEE residing in the Kingston Section, is a Professor at Queen's University. He is receiving the Outstanding Engineering Educator Award for outstanding contributions in inspiring postgraduates in fiber optics research

    Lorry Wilson, a member of IEEE residing in the Southern Alberta Section, is President and CEO of Lorry Wilson & Associates. He is receiving the Industry Leadership Award for pioneering leadership in restructuring the electric utility industry in Alberta as the first CEO of the Alberta Power Pool. Note: this is the first year this award is being presented.

    Service Awards

    Dave Kemp, a Senior Member of IEEE and a Fellow of EIC residing in the Winnipeg Section, is a consultant in project and risk management following a 35 year career with Manitoba Telecom Services. He is receiving the W.S. Read Gold Medal (for outstanding and sustained service to IEEE Canada and the Institute) in recognition of 45 years of dedicated leadership and service to IEEE at the local, national, and international levels.

    John Grefford, a Senior Member of IEEE and a Fellow of EIC residing in the Ottawa Section, is Program Support Officer with Defence Construction Canada. He is receiving the J.J. Archambault Eastern Canada Merit Award for dedicated and outstanding service to the IEEE Ottawa Section, IEEE Canada and EIC.

    David Whyte, a Senior Member of IEEE residing in the Toronto Section, is the Managing Principal of CDI Datacom Inc. He is receiving the M.B. Broughton Central Canada Merit Award for outstanding contributions to the IEEE Toronto Section and the IEEE Canadian Foundation over the past 25 years.

    Dave Michelson, a Senior Member of IEEE residing in the Vancouver Section, is an Assistant Professor at the University of British Columbia. He is receiving the E.F. Glass Western Canada Merit Award for outstanding contributions to the IEEE Vancouver Section and the IEEE Communications Society.

    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 "".

    Bob Alden
    IEEE Canada Awards and Recognition Committee Chair

    IEEE Celebrates 125th Anniversary

    To check out local events for this occasion, please refer to the following for more information:

    Renew Your Membership for 2009

    There's still time to renew your 2009 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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         Your News

    Ottawa Section hosts distinguished lecture on uncertain systems

    June 15, 2009, 6:30-9:00PM @ Algonquin College, Room T302

    The stability and performance analysis of dynamic systems affected by structured uncertainties usually requires the solution ofnon-convex optimization problems. A possible way to tackle such problems is to construct a family of convex relaxations which provide upper or lower bounds to the solution of the original problem. In this talk, convex relaxations for several robustness problems are presented by exploiting classical results and providing new insights on the theory of homogeneous polynomial forms. In particular, a general framework is introduced for dealing with positivity of forms via the solution of linear matrix inequalities, which are a special class of convex problems. Lyapunov analysis of uncertain systems affected by time-invariant or time-varying uncertainty, computation of the parametric robust stability margin, robust performance analysis for polytopic systems, are examples of problems addressed within the proposed framework. This talk is conducted by Dr. Graziano Chesi, IEEE Distinguished Lecturer, from the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, University of Hong Kong.

    Vancouver Section studies Smart Energy and Smart Grid

    June 8, 2009, 7-9 PM, @ BCIT SW3-1750

    The Smart Grid promises a more reliable and energy efficient means of delivering power. The Zigbee wireless standard will be an integral part of the smart grid for communicating information from the utilities to the end-users. Until recently, Zigbee was primarily used in home automation and sensor networks where its low power and mesh capabilities were an ideal fit. Now with the Zigbee PRO and Smart Energy profile additions, Zigbee has found a new application in Home Area Networks (HANs) for managing energy. This standards oriented approach allows utilities to reduce a home's energy consumption and allows residents to be more aware of the energy they use. With a certification process in place, suppliers can build products that will integrate seamlessly with other products to form the HAN. Many of the 40 million smart meters that will be installed across North America in the next 5 years will have Zigbee radios built-in.

    The speaker, Chris Tumpach, is VP of Hardware Engineering at Rainforest Automation.

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         News of Interest

    Vancouver Section hosts Industrial Tour: Canadian Circuits

    Friday May 22, 2009, 3pm, 12-13140 88th Avenue, Surrey, BC

    From the wire-wrapped circuit boards of WWII era radios, to today's sophisticated iPhones - printed circuit board (PCB) technology has evolved in an unprecedented pace. While consumer electronic products have become indispensable parts of our daily lives, we rarely get an opportunity to experience how a PCB is actually designed and built. Canadian Circuits Inc. has been working in this highly competitive technical industry since 1993. The company provides state-of-the-art PCB fabrication solutions that include:

  • Electrical Testing
  • Carbon-Screening for keypad contacts & conductive tracks
  • Peel Coat Peelable Solder mask
  • In-house Photo-Plotting Services
  • Copper plating up to 5 oz.
  • Rigid-Flex Circuits as thin as 5 mil.
  • Control Impedance capability

    The tour at Canadian Circuits will allow us experience the full-cycle PCB fabrication process, current state-of-the-art and relevant technical challenges & solutions.

    TISP (Teacher-In-Service-Program) R7 (Canada) workshop

    Friday May 15, 2009, 4:30pm, Montreal Marriott Chateau Champlain, run by IEEE EAB and Montreal Section

    The purpose of this workshop is to help IEEE members improve the teaching of and in pre-university schools (primary schools, middle schools and high schools). In this workshop, IEEE members will learn how to work with teachers of pre-university schools, and how to conduct hands-on sessions for these teachers on engineering topics. The teachers will then use these sessions on a regular basis with their own students.

    The workshop was a big success, with more than 100 participants from 15 different sections of Canada and other participants from China and Japan to learn and appreciate the objectives of TISP workshop in promoting the IEEE Pre-university programs around the world. Presentations were delivered by Dr. Ferial El-Hawary, Mrs. Christie Brown and Mr. Jan Novac (two top representatives of Quebec's Ministry of Education), and Mrs. Jacinthe Desrochers, teacher of Science & Technology at College Mont-Saint-Louis.

    A Web-page has been created that contains the agenda, slides presentations, evaluation results, lesson plans, pictures and more . Please visit:

    Your continuous engagement is needed...

    IEEE Career services

    Looking for a new job? Check out the following site!


    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.

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    * 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

    Over 10,000 reasons to pay attention to IEEE Last Call

    IEEE Canada - TELUS Innovation Award

    If over $10,000 in cash awards and an all expenses paid trip to exciting Toronto, Ontario are not enough reason to pay attention to this final call for papers then let me sweeten the deal!

    • How about the opportunity to present your years of study and hard work to a new audience?
    • How about the opportunity to meet your peers from across Canada? Check out your competition, make new friends and have some fun!
    • How about the opportunity to connect face to face with Senior IEEE and Industry leaders?
    • How about owning the bragging rights to participating in, and possibly even winning a National, Industry sponsored competition that highlights all the qualities Hiring Managers are looking for in graduate candidates?
    • And if none of those reasons sound interesting, what about the satisfaction of proving your team, your school is NUMBER ONE!

    THIS IS THE LAST CALL FOR PAPERS FOR THE 2009 IEEE Canada - TELUS Innovation Award. Please follow the submission guidelines found at

    Friday June 12 will be the final day for submissions. Thank you to all participants who have already submitted projects!

    IEEE student member winner of 2009 CEMF IBM undergraduate scholarship

    The Bahar Memarian from the University of Toronto and Neha Sharma from the University of Western Ontario have been named the 2009 recipients of the $2,500 IBM Canada Undergraduate Scholarships by CEMF. Both Ms. Memarian and Ms. Sharma will also receive a summer job opportunity at an IBM Canada facility.

    Ms. Memarian of North York, Ontario is a second year electrical engineering student at the University of Toronto. She believes in the positive impact women in engineering can have and says she has learned that "much creativity and diversity is added to a project when the group includes both male and female members." Ms. Sharma of London, Ontario is a third year electrical student at the University of Western Ontario where she is specializing in biomedical signals and systems. Her personal motto is "if you have an interest in something, don't let anything stop you."

    The Foundation is proud to present both Bahar and Neha with these well-deserved scholarships. Both are outstanding young women who are already demonstrating they will be leaders in the future and are excellent role models for others," says Suzelle Barrington, ing., CEMF president. Along with the $2,500 scholarship, both students are being funded by Foundation to attend the CEMF Annual Awards Luncheon in Montreal during the Annual General Meeting of Engineers Canada being held on May 22, 2009.

    The Canadian Engineering Memorial Foundation was founded in 1990 and honours the memory of the 14 women from cole Polytechnique in Montreal who lost their lives on December 6, 1989. CEMF is committed to creating a world where engineering meets the needs and challenges of Canadians by utilizing the skills and talents of men and women alike, promoting engineering as a career choice with the generous support of Canadian corporations and many individual engineers from coast to coast.

    The Foundation provides a total of 13 scholarships at the undergraduate, Masters and PhD levels of study and promotes engineering as a career choice for women through their website, press releases, Annual Awards Luncheon and scholarship winner presentations to high school students. Bahar Memarian is an IEEE student member.

    IEEE Canada 2008 student paper winners

    Congratulations to the winners of the IEEE Canada student paper awards 2008. The following are the winners and paper titles:

    Central Area (Life Member Award $500)
    "Closed-Loop MIMO Systems using Phase Steering"
    Ben Leung, Queen's University
    Branch Counselor: Keyvan Hashtrudi-Zaad

    Eastern Area (Life Member Award $500)
    "The Unshredinator: A Machine Vision Approach to Shredded Document Reconstruction"
    Simon Silk, Memorial University of Newfoundland
    Branch Counsellor: Dennis Peters

    Western Area (Life Member Award $500)
    "A Road Quality Measurement System using GPS Technology"
    Mark Roy and Paul Klassen, University of Manitoba
    Branch Counsellor: Witold Kinsner

    Western Area (Hackbusch Award (runner up) $250)
    "Radio Frequency Identification: A Wireless Scale"
    Aaron J. Gillrie, University of Victoria
    Branch Counsellor: Kin Li

    UBC IEEE Student Branch - Silicon Valley Field Trip

    By Aryan Navabi

    The field trip from April 30 to May 8 was organized by UBC IEEE Student Branch. The goal of this field trip was for students to become more familiar with the recent technologies being used in industry and university laboratories. UBC IEEE Student Branch executives contacted companies and IEEE student branches in Stanford University and University of California, Berkeley, to get in touch with laboratory technicians to arrange tours to their facilities. 24 students registered for the trip and registration fee was $600 for non-IEEE members and $500 for IEEE members.

    The following cities were visited: Seattle April 30-May 2; San Francisco May 2-3; San Jose May 3-8.

    The following companies, schools and locations were visited and tours to facilities were given by staff and engineers: Microsoft, Google, Sun Microsystems, Anritsu, Cisco, Intuitive Surgical, Lick Observatory, Intel Museum, Museum of Flight, Stanford University, UC Berkeley . Each company arranged a discussion panel with the students and their engineers. Students were all satisfied with the management and scheduling of the trip. The tours in all companies were also informative and gave students an overall picture of what to expect after graduation.

    The UBC IEEE student branch thanks UBC Applied Sciences, IEEE Canadian Foundation, and IEEE Vancouver Section for sponsoring this field trip. Also many thanks to students who oranized this event: Stanley Lee, Faye Limbo, Aman Bhatia, Salma Farzim, Edwin Jaury, Andy Tsai, Chen Yan, and Branch Chair (and able photographer) Aryan Navabi.


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         Our Members in the Spotlight

    IEEE Canada A.G.L. McNaughton Gold Medal: Wolfgang J. R. Hoefer

    Wolfgang J. R. Hoefer (LFIEEE) is Professor Emeritus of Electrical & Computer Engineering at the University of Victoria. He holds a Dipl-Ing. diploma from the RWTH Aachen (1965), and a D.Ing. degree from the University of Grenoble (1968). He joined the University of Ottawa in 1969 and was Chair of Electrical Engineering from 1978 to 1981. In 1992 he joined the University of Victoria as a Professor and NSERC Industrial Research Chair in RF Engineering, heading the Computational Electromagnetic Research Laboratory (CERL) until his retirement in 2006. He also held visiting appointments at the Universities of Grenoble, Rome, Nice, Perugia, Munich and Duisburg, the Ferdinand Braun Institute Berlin, the ETH Zrich, AEG-Telefunken, CRC Ottawa, the Institute of High Performance Computing in Singapore, and Georgia Tech. He is the Founder and President of Faustus Scientific Corporation since 1996.

    Dr. Hoefer's research in microwave engineering and computational electromagnetics has shaped the technologies and design tools for analog microwave and high-speed digital communication systems. He advanced the CAD of planar and E-Plane circuits, pioneered the application of Finite Difference Time Domain (FDTD), Transmission Line Matrix (TLM) and Multi-resolution Time Domain (MRTD) methods in microwave circuit design, and spearheaded the development of modern time-domain TLM electromagnetic field simulators. His modeling technology forms the basis of the EM Simulator MEFiSTo, commercialized by Faustus Scientific Corporation.

    Dr. Hoefer is an IEEE Life Fellow (F'91, LF'06), and a Fellow of the BC Advanced System Institute (1992), the Royal Society of Canada (2003), and the German Academy of Science and Engineering (ACATECH, 2007). He was Associate Editor of the IEEE MTT Transactions (1998-2000), Chair and Co-chair of the MTT-15 Technical Committee on Field Theory (1989 to 2004), and an IEEE MTT Distinguished Microwave Lecturer (2005-2007). Among other distinctions he received the Peter B. Johns Prize (1990), the ACES Mainstay Award (2004), the IEEE MTT Distinguished Educator Award (2006), and an honorary doctorate (2007) from the TU Mnchen, Germany.

    2009 IEEE Canada R.A. Fessenden Medal: David Falconer

    Mr. David Falconer (LFIEEE) is Professor Emeritus and Distinguished Research Professor in the Department of Systems and Computer Engineering at Carleton University, which he joined in 1980. He received the BSc degree in Engineering Physics from the University of Toronto in 1962 and the S.M. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from M.I.T. in 1963 and 1967 respectively. After a postdoctoral fellowship at the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, he was with Bell Laboratories, Holmdel, New Jersey from 1967 to 1980. During 1976-77 he was a visiting professor at Linkping University in Sweden. He was Founding Director of Carleton's Broadband Communications and Wireless Systems (BCWS) Centre from 2000 to 2004.

    His research career has mainly focused on adaptive signal processing for wired and wireless modems, and currently, next-generation broadband wireless communications systems. He and his over 70 Carleton masters and doctoral graduates have made significant contributions to advanced wireless systems though participation in TRIO and CITR, the IEEE 802.16 wireless MAN standards group and in the European Union WINNER Project. He was the elected Chair of Working Group 4 of the Wireless World Research Forum (WWRF) in 2004 and 2005.

    Dr. Falconer received awards for papers published in IEEE Communications Transactions and IEEE Vehicular Technology Transactions in 1983, 1986 and 1992. From 1981 to 1987 he was Editor for Digital Communications of the IEEE Transactions on Communications. He was Vice Technical Chair of the IEEE VTC Conference in 1998, Honorary Conference Chair of the CNSR Conference in 2007, and Executive Chair of the IEEE WCNC Conference in 2008. He received the 2008 Canadian Award for Telecommunications Research and a 2008 Recognition Award from the IEEE Technical Committee on Wireless Communications.


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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

    Symposium on Engineered & Natural Complex Systems: Modeling, Simulation & Analysis

    To be held at
    2009 IEEE Toronto International Conference -Science and Technology for Humanity TIC-STH 2009 September 27-29, 2009 Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre Toronto, Ontario, Canada


    We cordially invite prospective authors to submit papers to the "Symposium on Engineered & Natural Complex Systems: Modeling, Simulation & Analysis" to be held at the TIC-STH 2009 conference in Toronto. This interdisciplinary Symposium provides forum to discuss the state-of-the-art research across a broad spectrum of the IEEE science and technology fields of interest and is not limited to the traditional IEEE areas. The Symposium topics include, but are not limited, to the following:

    • Structure, function and dynamics of complex systems, i.e. data communication networks, cyberspace, transportation networks, organizational networks, power grids, biological, physical, social, ecological, epidemiological and other complex systems & networks
    • Emergence, multiscale phenomena, self-organization, self-similarity, long range dependence, phase transition, pattern formation, synchronization, robustness, reliability, fragility, interdependence, cooperation, adaptation, evolution, clustering, small world, degree distribution, diameter, motifs, etc...
    • Analysis & control techniques of dynamics & performance, mean field & information theory of complex systems & networks
    • Cellular automata, agent based & individually based and other models of complex systems & networks and their simulations

    The accepted papers will be published in the IEEE TIC-STH 2009 Proceedings indexed by IEEE Xplore - Most Respected Scientific Full-Text Database. All paper submissions will be peer reviewed, must conform to the IEEE TIC-STH 2009 submission policy and should be in English language:

    The Symposium provides an opportunity to Publish Lengthier Papers - Up to 6 (six) Pages With No Extra Fee. Additionally, high-value tutorials are included with registration.

    Important Dates

      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  

    Request for proposal to host EPEC 2010

    Your Conference Advisory Committee, CONAC, is seeking RFPs from Sections interested in hosting the Electrical Power & Energy Conference (EPEC) in the fall of 2010. To obtain a copy of the RFP contact A. Kash Husain at The RFP is due April 20th, 2009.

    Your proposal should include, as a minimum, information on the following points:

    • Sponsoring Section(s)
    • Proposed Location
    • Proposed Dates
    • Conference Chair & other key Organizers
    • General Theme
    • Supporting potential Corporate / Academic Sponsors
    • Conference Plan

    A Kash Husain
    Chair, CONAC



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    Upcoming IEEE Conferences in Canada

    2009 IEEE Electrical Insulation Conference (EIC)
    1-3 June 2009, Montral, Qubec
    sponsored by the IEEE Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation Society

    2009 IEEE Power & Energy Society General Meeting
    26 Jul - 30 Jul 2009, Calgary Telus Convention Ctr. Calgary, AB, Canada
    General Chair: Bill Kennedy
    Program Chair: Om Malik

    IEEE Power and Energy Society 2009 General Meeting

    July 26-30, 2009, Telus Convention Center, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

    Investment in Workforce and Innovation for Power Systems

    The IEEE Power Engineering Society General Meeting brings together an international group of practicing engineers, operators, planners, policy makers, economists, academics and others with interest in the field of electric power and energy. It thus provides an exceptional venue for learning about the latest developments in all aspects of electrical power and energy, and discussing issues with experts in related fields from all over the world.

    The conference will begin with a timely and valuable plenary session and will also include tutorials on a number of up-to-date topics in this area. Paper, panel and poster sessions will be scheduled, with top papers drawn from all committees to be featured in Super Sessions.

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    • Transmission Capacity Enhancements in the 21st. century
    • Wind Power- Real or Imaginary
    • Regulatory and Public Challenges to Utility Enhancements
    • Going "Green"
    • Integrating Distributed Generation
    • Smart Grid
    • Training Future Workforce for the Electric Power and Energy Industry

    For additional information about the meeting visit the website

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