Technical Talk: Recent Results and Open Problems in Evolutionary Multiobjective Optimization @ Colonel By (CBY), Room A-707, University of Ottawa
May 30 @ 18:30 – 20:30
Technical Talk: Recent Results and Open Problems in Evolutionary Multiobjective Optimization @ Colonel By (CBY), Room A-707, University of Ottawa | Ottawa | Ontario | Canada

You are invited to the technical talk entitled

Recent Results and Open Problems in Evolutionary Multiobjective Optimization


Thursday May 30th, 2019


6:15 PM Arrival and networking (light snacks available)

6:45 PM Approximate start of talk (40-60 mins)

7:45 – 8:00 PM Q&A period

8:00 – 8:30 PM Post-talk networking and discussion


Colonel By (CBY) A-707

Faculty of Engineering
University of Ottawa
161 Louis Pasteur Private, Ottawa, K1N 6N5

admission is free but registration is required on EventBrite


Professor Carlos Coello, CINVESTAV-IPN, Mexico, IEEE CIS Distinguished Lecturer


Evolutionary algorithms (as well as a number of other metaheuristics) have become a popular choice for solving problems having two or more (often conflicting) objectives (the so-called multi-objective optimization problems). This area, known as EMOO (Evolutionary Multi-Objective Optimization) has had an important growth in the last 15 years, and several people (particularly newcomers) get the impression that it is now very difficult to make contributions of sufficient value to justify, for example, a PhD thesis. However, a lot of interesting research is still under way. In this talk, we will review some of the research topics on evolutionary multi-objective optimization that are currently attracting a lot of interest (e.g., handling many objectives, hybridization, indicator-based selection, use of surrogates, etc.) and which represent good opportunities for doing research. Some of the challenges currently faced by this discipline will also be delineated.

Speaker Biography

Carlos Artemio Coello Coello received a PhD in Computer Science from Tulane University (USA) in 1996. His research has mainly focused on the design of new multi-objective optimization algorithms based on bio-inspired metaheuristics, which is an area in which he has made pioneering contributions. He currently has over 470 publications which, according to Google Scholar, report over 43,900 citations (with an h-index of 83). He has received several awards, including the National Research Award (in 2007) from the Mexican Academy of Science (in the area of exact sciences), the 2009 Medal to the Scientific Merit from Mexico City’s congress, the Ciudad Capital: Heberto Castillo 2011 Award for scientists under the age of 45, in Basic Science, the 2012 Scopus Award (Mexico’s edition) for being the most highly cited scientist in engineering in the 5 years previous to the award and the 2012 National Medal of Science in Physics, Mathematics and Natural Sciences from Mexico’s presidency (this is the most important award that a scientist can receive in Mexico). He is also the recipient of the prestigious 2013 IEEE Kiyo Tomiyasu Award, “for pioneering contributions to single- and multiobjective optimization techniques using bioinspired metaheuristics” and of the 2016 The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) Award in “Engineering Sciences”. Since January 2011, he is an IEEE Fellow. He is also Associate Editor of several journals including the two most prestigious in his area: IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation and Evolutionary Computation. He is currently Vicepresident for Member Activities of the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society (CIS), an IEEE CIS Distinguished Lecturer and Full Professor with distinction at the Computer Science Department of CINVESTAV-IPN in Mexico City, Mexico.


IEEE Ottawa Robotics Competition 2019 @ Earl of March Secondary School
Jun 2 @ 08:00 – 17:00

Arduinos, 3D printing, Lego Mindstorms and displays, submarine
robots, and AI, where can you find all this? All of this and MUCH MORE will be at the IEEE Ottawa Robotics
Competition (ORC), Ottawa’s largest robotics competition for grade 5 to 12
students. The ORC is taking place on Sunday,
June 2nd
at Earl of March
Secondary School
. Best times to show up are between 10:30 am to 12:30 pm and 1:30 pm to 4 pm. The ORC is completely
open to the public, so invite your friends and family too!

Check out previous competitions at

If you have any questions, please feel free to email us at

Ottawa IEEE Lunch and Learn on state of the Canadian Internet @ CENGN (Center for Next Generation Networks)
Jun 20 @ 11:30 – 13:00

Status of the Internet in Canada and the importance of Canadian IXP’s

Jacques Latour

Chief Technology Officer, CIRA/.CA

A quick overview of the Canadian Internet exchange landscape from coast to coast to coast. Canada has its share of challenges and opportunities in building and growing the IXP infrastructure near the Canadian border, and also to support the need of the rural communities.

As an expert in developing innovative, leading-edge IT solutions, Jacques has established CIRA as a global leader among ccTLD registries. He has 25+ years of experience in the private and not-for-profit sectors and as CIRA’s CTO,is currently leading CIRA Labs, CIRA’s innovation hub and providing leadership and direction for the management and security of the .CA registry and its underlying DNS.

A visionary in the Internet community, Jacques led the development of CIRA’s Internet Performance Test, is an outspoken advocate for the adoption of IPv6 and represents the .CA registry internationally as a member of a variety of working groups and advisory groups, including being a member of ICANN’s Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC), TLDOPS standing committees and TechDay and DNSSEC Planning Program Committee.

Jacques is committed to the development of a new Canadian Internet architecture. He has served as the catalyst for the creation of a national Canadian IXP association, CA-IX, and is a member of the Manitoba Internet Exchange’s (MBIX) and the DNS-OARC Board of Directors.

Jacques holds an Electronics Engineering Technologist diploma from Algonquin College in Ottawa, is ITIL v3 Foundation certified and is a certified Agile ScrumMaster.


11:30 – 12:00  Lite Lunch, Networking, and Welcoming Remarks
12:00 – 13:00  Seminar

Distinguished Lecture by Professor Mohamed-Slim Alouini “Smart Villages: When Connectivity Meets Affordability” @ Carleton University, ME4463
Jun 20 @ 13:00 – 14:00
Distinguished Lecture by Professor Mohamed-Slim Alouini "Smart Villages: When Connectivity Meets Affordability" @ Carleton University, ME4463   | Ottawa | Ontario | Canada

The role of Internet and Communication Technology (ICT) in
bringing about a revolution in almost all aspects of human life needs no
introduction. It is indeed a well-known fact that the transmission of
information at a rapid pace has transformed all spheres of human life such as
education, health, and economy to name a few. In addition, with the advent in
Electronics and Photonics Technology (EPT), we have observed sustained growth
and expansion in computation and display technology. From user demography
perspective, urbanized population are the major beneficiary of such advances.
Therefore, the benefits of ICT and EPT are yet to be experienced by almost 4
billion people in the world who are still “unconnected or under-connected” and
suffer as such from the “digital divide,” a term coined in order to emphasize
the lack of ICT infrastructure in many parts of the world.

Major challenges for widespread adoption of ICT and EPT in
these areas are related to cost, lack of power supply, and complexities
associated with learning and usage. However, if we can categorically overcome
these challenges, then these technologies can be used for food, water, shelter,
energy, environment, education, healthcare, and security. In addition, the
wide-spread availability of these technologies, will lead to smart suburbs,
smart towns, smart villages, etc., without the need to necessarily live in
smart cities. This would reverse the trend and allow a more sustainable world
with a more balanced distribution of the population density. In this context,
this talk will present recently proposed solutions to provide high speed
connectivity in rural areas along progress in affordable electronics to serve
and contribute to the development of far-flung regions.

In particular, new solutions for both: (i) integrated
satellite-airborne-ground networks providing global coverage and connectivity
and (ii) terrestrial mesh/multi-hop directive networks connecting underserved
areas will be discussed.

Moreover, some examples of democratized wearable
electronics using Do-It-Yourself (DIY) assembly of paper along Android DIY
applications capturing and displaying vital health signs over connected
smartphones for real-time diagnosis will be presented.

The Future of Power Electronics: Wide bandgap devices and advanced digital power processors @ Solantro semiconductor corp.
Jun 20 @ 17:00 – 19:30
The Future of Power Electronics: Wide bandgap devices and advanced digital power processors @ Solantro semiconductor corp. | Ottawa | Ontario | Canada


The IEEE Reliability Society & Power Electronics Society Joint Ottawa Chapter and PELS Student Chapter are inviting all interested IEEE members and prospective members to celebrate the 1st PELS Day  with a seminar and tour in Solantro’s labs


The Future of Power Electronics:  

wide bandgap devices and advanced digital power processors


Tanya Gachovska and Chris Winkler



June 20th, 2019


    Refreshments, Registration and Networking: 17:00

    Seminar: 17:30 – 18:30;

    Trip: 18:30 19:30


    Solantro Semiconductor Corp.

    146 Colonnade Rd; Suite 200; Ottawa ON, Canada; K2E 7Y1



Wide bandgap semiconductors have drawn a lot of attention in power applications due to their superior material properties, such as withstand to high critical electric field so the breakdown voltage is a minimum of 10X higher and thus can be thinner devices because of the 100 times smaller on-resistance than Si. Their significantly smaller conduction and switching losses compared to Si devices enable high-frequency switching leading to size decrease of the overall system. Smart control of wide bandgap devices, by utilizing advanced digital processorsfurther benefits power application by enabling designs with low parts count, high power density and a low BOM cost. Also, by supporting variable frequency operation and control methodologies, low EMI/RFI and high efficiency can be achieved. Presented will be some benefits of wide bandgap semiconductors and their control with Solantro’s advanced digital power processor (SA4041) for Smart Power Supplies, and other applications.

After the presentation, a tour showing the Smart Grid project together with Solantro’s Power development, operation and testing labs will be conducted. Solantro engineers will be happy to answer questions during the tour.


Free: Register by email:

Since the event is at
Solantro and the space is limited, only people registered for the event will
be admitted


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