IEEE Ottawa Seminar Series on AI and Machine Learning @ Vitesse - Reskilling
Oct 30 @ 11:30 – 13:30

IEEE Ottawa Seminar Series on AI and Machine Learning: AI-Driven 5G Networks & Beyond

By Hatem Abou-Zeid, Ericsson Canada

IEEE Ottawa Seminar Series on AI and Machine Learning

Presented by IEEE Ottawa CS Chapter, ComSoc Chapter, and SP Chapter, jointly with Vitesse- Reskilling


Wednesday, Oct 30, 2019


359 Terry Fox Drive, Kanata, Ontario


11:30 AM – 12:00 PM: Light Lunch and Networking

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM  : Presentation and Q&A

1:00 PM – 1:30 PM    : Post Presentation Networking

Enabling IoT Services Through Secure 5G Core Slices @ Ciena-Optophotonics Lab, Algonquin College
Oct 31 @ 18:00 – 19:30

The IEEE Ottawa Section, IEEE Ottawa Joint Chapter of Communications Society, Consumer Electronics Society, and Broadcast Technology Society (ComSoc/CESoc/BTS), IEEE Ottawa Joint Chapter of Reliability Society, IEEE Ottawa Educational Activities (EA), IEEE Ottawa Women In Engineering (WIE), IEEE Ottawa Young Professionals (YP), and Algonquin College Student Branch (ACSB) in conjunction with School of Advanced Technology, Algonquin College are inviting all interested IEEE members and other engineers, technologists, and students to ComSoc Distinguished Lecture on:


Enabling IoT Services Through Secure 5G Core Slices


Prof. Ashraf Matrawy, PhD, PEng, SMIEEE,

School of Information Technology, Faculty of Engineering, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada


Thursday October 31, 2019

TIME: Refreshments, Registration and Networking: 06:00 p.m.; Seminar: 06:30 p.m. – 07:30 p.m.

PLACE: Ciena-Optophotonics Lab (Room T129), T-Building, School of Advanced Technology,

               Algonquin College, 1385 Woodroffe
Ottawa, ON Canada  K2G 1V8

PARKING: after 5:00 p.m. at Lots 8 & 9. Pay
$5 flat rate at the machine and display the ticket on your car dashboard.

Admission: Free
Registration. To
ensure a seat, please register by e-mail contacting: Wahab Almuhtadi

 The key motivation for this work is that future smart services (e.g. IoT applications) will have competing and perhaps conflicting networking performance requirements. These services will also require flexible and agile deployment. 5G networks, an essential component of future virtualized infrastructures, deal with this issue – in part – by relying on network slicing. To define a network slice, one has to consider the allocation of resources – both in the radio and core parts – of the 5G network to form a logical entity where a service could be deployed. Network slicing has emerged as a key-enabler for proving heterogeneous services. It takes advantage of the virtualization elements of future networking infrastructures where multiple services can be hosted on the same physical infrastructure.

This talk will give a quick overview of network slicing with emphasis on 5G core networks. It will also discuss the requirement for network slice isolation and different methods that were proposed to implement it. Finally, an overview of our research group ongoing work on mitigating Distributed Denial-of-Service (DDoS) attacks using slice isolation. Our approach is to tackle slice isolation as a resource allocation problem to deal with the trade-off between offering security while achieving a certain level of performance. In other words, we utilize a mathematical optimization model to solve a security problem. In our proposed solution, we use slice isolation as security constraints for the optimization model to proactively mitigate DDoS attacks. Our experimental test results show how DDoS could be mitigated and the impact on slice availability. We believe this work will encourage further research in securing 5G network slicing.


Speaker’s Bio

Dr. Ashraf Matarawy ( is a Full Professor at the School of Information Technology, Faculty of Engineering, Carleton University. He is also a senior member of the IEEE and a licensed P. Eng. in Ontario. Dr. Matrawy leads the Next Generation Networks group at Carleton and is a Network co-Investigator of Smart Cybersecurity Network (SERENE-RISC). His research interests include reliable and secure computer networking, secure virtualized infrastructures, and security routing in IoT. In addition to his academic work, he did consulting work for different industrial and government organizations ( He spent his sabbatical leaves working for industry, at Cloackware Research Center in 2010-2011 and at TELUS in 2017-2018. He serves on the editorial board of the IEEE Communications Surveys and Tutorials journal and Wiley’s Security and Privacy Journal. He has served as a technical program committee member of IEEE CNS, IEEE ICC, IEEE Globecom, IEEE LCN, and IEEE/ACM CCGRID and other conferences. Dr. Matrawy has more than 10 year experience in undergraduate and graduate curriculum development for the Network Technology programs at Carleton University. He served as associate director for the School for three and half years and as coordinator for the Networking program for six years.


IEEE WIE Lunch and Learn: Security Considerations for Digital Health Technologies @ Room 118, Leeds House
Nov 2 @ 12:00 – 14:00
IEEE WIE Lunch and Learn: Security Considerations for Digital Health Technologies @ Room 118, Leeds House | Ottawa | Ontario | Canada

Registration is required. Space is limited!


Attending lecture only is FREE, refreshments will be served.

Attending lecture with lunch afterwards:

  • IEEE WIE Members: FREE
  • IEEE Members: 10 CAD
  • Non-members: 12 CAD


12:00 – 01:00 PM: Seminar

01:00 – 02:00 PM: Lunch


Seminar Information:


Given the fast pace of innovation in digital health technologies, specifically in relation to the evolution of medical devices with more complex software and increased network connectivity, a new frontier of cybersecurity vulnerabilities has emerged. As a result, designers of such technologies face many challenges and must consider many inter-related factors that contribute to such an insecure environment.


In this talk, we will identify the key classes of vulnerabilities to which modern medical devices and digital health technologies are exposed, discuss the security and privacy challenges in designing these technologies, and outline some of the defensive measures that can address this complex and multi-faceted problem.



Dr. Jason Jaskolka is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Systems and Computer Engineering and the Director of the Cyber Security Evaluation and Assurance (CyberSEA) Research Lab at Carleton University. He received his Ph.D. in Software Engineering in 2015 from McMaster University. His research interests include cybersecurity evaluation and assurance, security-by-design, and formal methods and algebraic approaches for software and security engineering. He is interested in applying his research to critical infrastructures, cyber-physical and distributed systems, and the Internet of Things (IoT).


Lunch Information:

Located on the 3rd Floor Residence Commons, the caf is an all-you-care-to-eat dining hall featuring 14 unique stations that offer a wide variety of food choices. 

More information:

5G for Smart Everything: From Smart Meters to the New Power Grid. What is needed to get there? @ Building M-36, National Research Council (NRC) Canada
Nov 12 @ 14:00 – 15:00

Title: 5G for Smart Everything: From Smart Meters to the New Power Grid. What is needed to get there ?

Speaker: Akshay Sharma, Executive Research Fellow, neXtCurve:

Date/TimeTuesday, November 12, 2019, from 2 – 3 pm.

Admission: Free, but registration is required for security purposes. Please contact by e-mail: branislav or


Abstract: This talk discusses how 5G with Edge Computing, and Ultra-low latency (sub-5ms) with Gigabit speed bandwidth will be a game changer with Smart Meters and a new Electric Grid can be enabled with Smart Lamposts. As we transition to DevOps, AIOps, newer Closed Loop Automation systems will occur. As we connect AI-powered Virtual Personal Assistants to IoT devices in the home, now we have to imagine the entire macro-infrastructures being all hyper-connected. What is needed to get there will be discussed at the seminar.


Speaker’s Bio: Akshay Sharma is originally from Ottawa, B. Eng Computer Systems Engineering from Carleton, a tech analyst, formerly from Gartner, having authored or co-authored over 280 research notes, on emerging technologies like SD-WAN, 5G, mobile video, cloud CDN, IoT, etc. in the past decade. A frequent speaker at tech events, he is often quoted in leading institutions like CNN, Wall St. Journal, etc. He is a former CTO of one of the first video/WiFi smartphone firms, former Chief Architect at Siemens Mobile, and has been given awards by the NJ IEEE Chapter on talks he gave on 5G and Cybersecurity. He is on the tech advisory board for 5G and DevOps startups: LB-N, Kovair, along with others. Mr Sharma’s recent publications include: Search Results for “akshay” – neXt Curve

75th Annual IEEE Ottawa Section AGM and Banquet @ Shaw Centre
Nov 15 @ 17:30 – 22:15

We are pleased to welcome you to the 75th Annual General Meeting of the IEEE Ottawa Section.

This annual event provides an opportunity for recognizing and honouring outstanding individuals and groups within the IEEE Ottawa Section and hearing from academia and industry leaders through keynote speeches.

This event sells out every year and attracts 150+ members and leaders from academia, industry, and government. In addition to a great agenda, there will be plenty of time allotted for socializing, networking and enjoying a night of entertainment.

This year’s theme is Smart Cities and Marc René de Cotret, Director, Service Transformation, City of Ottawa, will present Smart City 2.0, the City of Ottawa’s smart city strategy built on three pillars: connectivity, a smart economy, and an innovative municipal government.

Date: Friday 15 November 2019

Time: 05:30 PM to 10:15 PM

  • 05:30 PM: Networking and Arrival
  • 06:00 PM: AGM Business (optional)
  • 6:30 PM: AGM Awards Banquet
    • 7:15 PM: Keynote
    • 8:00 PM: Awards
  • 09:00 PM: post-AGM Social and Networking
  • 10:15 PM: Closing

Location: Shaw Centre (formerly Ottawa Convention Centre), Trillium Ballroom

Address: 55 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, ON

Event contact: Ajit Pardasani, Vice-Chair, IEEE Ottawa Section

Registration Link:


Marc René de Cotret, Director, Service Transformation of City of Ottawa

Topic: Smart Cities

Smart City 2.0, the City of Ottawa’s smart city strategy, is built on three pillars: connectivity, a smart economy, and an innovative municipal government. Marc’s presentation will provide a high level overview on the progress of the implementation of the strategy, focusing on some recent key initiatives. These include projects related to the autonomous vehicle test track, open data program and mobile app as well as initiatives to better leverage artificial intelligence and augmented reality, among others. Finally, he will conclude with a look ahead at upcoming projects.


Marc René de Cotret joined the City of Ottawa’s Innovative Client Services Department as the Director of Service Transformation in April 2017.

He leads the Service Transformation team, which is responsible for delivering the City’s strategic planning process, smart city strategy, digital and innovation initiatives, open data program, and organizational effectiveness efforts to cultivate a culture of innovation and client-centric service delivery.

Prior to joining the City, Marc was an Associate Partner with the Digital Operations practice of IBM’s Global Business Services. He has extensive consulting experience in strategy, business operations, and transformation. He has worked for large-scale clients in numerous sectors including all levels of government, public safety, health care, construction and engineering, defense, pulp & paper, industrial shipbuilding, nuclear regulatory, and taxation.

Marc has a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Ottawa.

Acceptance of the AGM 2018 Minutes

The acceptance of the AGM 2018 minutes will be held during the AGM Business portion at 06:00 PM. The minutes can be viewed at:


The IEEE Ottawa Section Nominations and Appointments Committee will propose the nominees for the 2020 IEEE Ottawa Section Executive. The elections will be held during the AGM Business portion at 06:00 PM.



The AGM provides a few booths to organizations that wish to showcase their accomplishments / products. For $250, an organization will get a display booth and two complimentary admissions to the events. If interested, please contact Michael Lalondeat



A three course dinner will be served.


  • Garlic & Cauliflower – (Vegetarian, Vegan and Gluten Free) – Roasted Garlic and Truffled Cauliflower Soup with Charred Cauliflower

Main Course Menu Options:

  • Artichoke Caprese Chicken Supreme – Stuffed Ontario Chicken Supreme, Spinach Orzo Pasta, Thyme Butter Braised Baby Vegetables and Olive Oil Demi-Glaze
  • Miso Glazed Salmon (Dairy Free) – Buckwheat Noodles, Sesame Seed Braised Daikon and Carrots with Lemongrass Lobster Broth and Lobster Salsa
  • White Bean Truffle Cassoulet – (Vegetarian, Vegan and Gluten Free) – White Bean Cassoulet with Eggplant and Lentil Meatless Meatballs, Fleur de Sel Crouton


  • Cheesecake – (Vegetarian) – White Chocolate, Pumpkin and Local Goat Cheese with Berry Splash and Cardamom Spread

NOTE: a Tatin or a fruit plate is available as dessert upon request. Please leave a comment in the “Special Requests” field on the registration page if you have any dietary restrictions or require any accommodations.

  • Tatin – (Vegetarian, Vegan, Dairy Free, and Gluten Free) – Upside Down Peach Tort with an Oat Crumble Crust)*for those that cannot have the cheesecake due to dietary restrictions*


All prices include HST. HST (# 86168 0296 RT0001).



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