IEEE Ottawa News

[Webinar Recording]: Environmental Entrepreneurship – Bridging the Gap between Innovation and Function

On Dec. 2nd, 2020, we had a privilege to host a webinar about environmental entrepreneurship and bridging the gap between innovation and function. If you missed it, check out the […]
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IEEE WIE Ottawa Receives the 2020 WIE Canada Award!

We are glad to inform you that the IEEE WIE Ottawa Affinity Group is the winner of the 2020 IEEE WIE Canada Group of the Year Award for Large Sections. IEEE WIE Ottawa would like to […]
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2020 Ottawa Photonics Student Paper Award

The IEEE Ottawa Photonics Chapter, is pleased to announce the winner of the 2020 Ottawa Photonics Student Paper Award First Place: Nikaya Snell,  Winning paper “Nanowatt Thermal Radiation Sensing using Silicon […]
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IEEE Ottawa Section 76th Annual General Meeting

This year due to the public health concerns and restrictions on public gathering due to the COVID-19, 76th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the IEEE Ottawa Section will be held […]
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Call for Nominations: IEEE Ottawa Section Annual Awards 2020 Deadline: 30 November

IEEE Ottawa Section presents every year at its Annual General Meeting (AGM) the Year IEEE Ottawa Section Awards as recognition for its members, volunteers, chapters, affinity groups and student branches […]
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Upcoming Events

Storms in the World of Safety-Critical Software Development @ Online
Apr 21 @ 19:00 – 21:00

This is a joint event from the IEEE Ottawa Section Consultants Network (AICN) and IET Ottawa. The even is open to all and there is no charge to attend. Pre-registration is mandatory as spaces are limited.


Synopsis: We are becoming increasingly reliant on the software embedded in safety-critical medical devices, industrial robots, railway signalling systems, (semi-)autonomous cars, aircraft control systems and soft-drink dispensers (sic!). Producing and verifying these systems is a specialised form of software development and this type of development is currently facing rapidly-changing challenges. In this talk, Chris will outline some of these challenges, including the Safety of the Intended Functionality, the relationship between security and safety, and our exposure to intellectual debt. Although these problems are a long way from being solved, Chris will describe one approach that may become our place of refuge from the storm.


Speaker: Chris Hobbs

Software Safety Specialist – Blackberry QNX

Chris Hobbs works for BlackBerry QNX as a programmer and system designer, specializing in the area of Safety-Critical development. His work includes both helping in the safety certification of QNX’s products and working as a consultant with QNX’s customers, helping them develop safe systems. He has over 50 years of programming experience, most recently in C, Python and Ada, and he is the author of several books including Embedded Software Development for Safety-Critical Systems (second edition). In his spare time Chris sings Schubert Lieder and is a keen pilot.



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