Congratulations to Dr. Sonia Aissa for winning the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society 2022 Women’s Distinguished Career AwardIEEE Canada extends its congratulations to Dr. Sonia Aissa on being awarded the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society 2022 Women’s Distinguished Career Award. This is primarily for her outstanding contributions to spectrum-sharing and cooperative communications, leadership in women-in-engineering and service to the wireless community.
Biography Sonia Aissa received her Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from McGill University, Montreal, QC, Canada, in 1998. Since then, she has been with the Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique (INRS), Montreal, QC, Canada, where she is a Full Professor. During her career in telecommunications, she has held various research posts in Canada, Japan, Malaysia, and the UK. Her research interests include the modeling, design and performance analysis of wireless communication systems and networks, and wireless power technologies.
Professor Aissa is Fellow of the IEEE and Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering. Her awards include the NSERC University Faculty Award 1999; the Quebec Government FRQNT Strategic Faculty Fellowship 2001-2006; the INRS Performance Award multiple times, for outstanding achievements in research, training and outreach; the 2007 FRQNT-SYTACom Technical Community Service Award; the 2021 IEEE WICE Outstanding Achievement Award, and the 2022 IEEE VTS Women's Distinguished Career Award. She is recipient of multiple IEEE Best Paper Awards and of the 2012 IEICE Best Paper Award; and recipient of NSERC Discovery Accelerator Supplement Award. She was a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Communications Society (ComSoc) 2013-2016.
Professor Aissa has an outstanding record of service to the IEEE, and serves regularly on many of its committees. She was a Member-At-Large of ComSoc's Board of Governors 2014-2016. Her editorial activities include: Area Editor, IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications 2014-2019; Editor, IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications 2004-2012; Associate Editor and Technical Editor, IEEE Communications Magazine 2004-2015; and Technical Editor, IEEE Wireless Communications Magazine 2006-2010. She currently serves as Editor-At-Large for the IEEE Transactions on Communications and as Editorial Board Member for IEEE Access. She has been involved in organizing many flagship conferences of the IEEE, including the 2021 IEEE International Conference on Communications for which she served as the TPC Chair. She is active in promoting women in engineering and is the Founder of the IEEE Women in Engineering Affinity Group in Montreal. She will be Member-at-Large of the IEEE Communications Society Board of Governors in 2023–2025.For more information, please visit:
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Scholarships, Awards, and Prizes
Canadian Award for Telecom ResearchThe Canadian Award for Telecommunications Research (CATR) is awarded biennially by the Canadian Society of Information Theory (CSIT), recognizing distinguished contributions made by an individual in Canada to research in the field of telecommunications. The scope of the award includes information theory, communication theory, networking, and signal processing with application to communications.
The nomination for CATR 2023 is now open. See also: http://infotheory.ca/index.php/catr-call-for-nominations/
We solicit nominations of individuals with outstanding records of achievement. Nominations shall consist of:
- A detailed CV for the candidate
- Letters from at least three referees, preferably at arm’s length from the nominee
- A written statement summarizing the candidate’s accomplishments, putting them in the wider context of contemporary research, and a citation of no more than 25 words.
This year the award committee consists of:
- Frank R. Kschischang (University of Toronto)
- Halim Yanikomeroglu (Carleton University)
- Yindi Jing (University of Alberta)
- Anas Chaaban (University of British Columbia, Secretary of CSIT)
- Yongyi Mao (University of Ottawa, President of CSIT)
IEEE Canadian Foundation
IEEE Canadian Foundation Donor-Supported Grants AwardedThe IEEE Canadian Foundation supports Canadian student engagement, learning and collaborative team work through donor-supported grants – approved at the December Board meeting are:
McNaughton Learning Resource Centre Grants
- University of Saskatchewan (resources for design Project Club)
- Concordia University (3D printer, soldering setup and board assembly enhancements)
- Memorial University (establish maker space)
- Carleton University (upgrade to maker space)
- University of Calgary (Canadian students design/deploy alternate energy - Peru solar)
- UBC Agrobot (Building a competitive autonomous agricultural robot)
- UBC Hydroponics (Develop a low-cost and low-maintenance autonomous hydroponics grow system)
- McGill University ("Incorporating Sustainability Into Our Endeavors" Workshop)
- Concordia University (Pilot a student-centered portfolio site in technical communication)
- University of Alberta (Student team for Alberta Rocketry Research’s deployable payload development)
- University of British Columbia (Thunderbots autonomous soccer-playing robots)
- University of Waterloo (A) (Rocketry development of redesigned power and live telemetry systems, and greatly improved mission control software)
Upcoming OpportunitiesThe next round of IEEE Canadian Foundation scholarships, grants and prizes closes March 15 – Check details here
- IEEE Canadian Foundation Scholarships (five offered)
- IEEE Canada Power Quality Scholarship (Northern Canada & Southern Alberta Sections Only)
- IEEE Canada Women In Engineering Prize
- Dr. Raymond D. Findlay Scholarship
- Dr. Robert T.H. Alden Scholarship
- Gargantini - Strybosch Scholarship
- IEEE Canadian Foundation Special Grants
- IEEE Canada Vehicular Technologies Travel Grants
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- Vehicular Technology Travel Grants for IEEE Student Members presenting papers:
- Mr. Akash Samanta University of Ontario Institute of Technology Rapid Thermal Modeling and Discharge Characterization for Accurate Lithium-ion Battery Core Temperature Estimation
- Ms. Anindita Golder University of Ontario Institute of Technology A Supercapacitor and Fuzzy-PID Controller-based Active Charge Balancing Scheme for Lithium-ion Batteries
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