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May
2
Thu
The return of the IEEE Ottawa Lunch and Learn @ Mitel HQ
May 2 @ 11:30 – 13:30
The return of the IEEE Ottawa Lunch and Learn @ Mitel HQ | Ottawa | Ontario | Canada

Organized by the IEEE Ottawa Section, IEEE Ottawa Lunch and Learn is an initiative to bridge the gap and derive synergy between Ottawa industry, academia, and government. The initiative, on a monthly basis, brings a speaker from either industry, academia, or government to the heart of the Kanata Tech Hub.

The seminar is accompanied by a complimentary lunch and a space to connect, communicate, and collaborate. Our attendees include members of industry, government, and academia. University and College students are encouraged to attend, network, and discover what’s new and exciting in Ottawa Tech. IEEE Ottawa L&L is FREE and OPEN TO ALL.

Topic:

Perspectives on AI, the future impact on Engineering, Science and Technology

– May 2nd, 2019 –

Robin Grosset

Patent Agent, CTO Mindbridge AI

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is set to disrupt many professions and the future of any role will certainly involve AI. This is true for doctors, lawyers, accounts and even engineers. In this session, we will look at the factors which are bringing about this disruption. We will also explore the importance of explicability and a human-centric approach in AI technology to support improving professional judgement.

 

Robin currently works at MindBridge where he leads the development of a next generation AI Auditor which helps professionals detect and prevent financial anomalies including fraud.

 

Robin has a track record as an entrepreneur having founded successful software start- ups. He joined Cognos and subsequently IBM through acquisitions. In 2012 he was appointed IBM Distinguished Engineer. At IBM, he was a part of the Watson Group where he served as technical lead and chief architect of IBM Watson Analytics. Robin holds many patents in the areas of analytics, data processing and security. MindBridge Ai is a venture-backed FinTech company based in Ottawa, Canada. Through the application of machine learning and artificial intelligence technologies, the MindBridge platform detects anomalous patterns of activities, unintentional errors and intentional misstatements. Using MindBridge Ai Auditor, organizations across multiple industries can minimize financial loss, reduce corporate liability and can focus on providing higher value services to their clients.

May
30
Thu
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

Date

Thursday May 30th, 2019

Time

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

Location

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

Speaker

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

Abstract

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.

 

Jun
20
Thu
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.

Agenda

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.

Nov
24
Sun
Modern Day Applications of Power Electronics – Who Can Benefit?
Nov 24 @ 00:46 – 01:46
Modern Day Applications of Power Electronics – Who Can Benefit?

AbstractApplication of power electronics is widespread in everyday
life. Some applications are considered as “nice to have it;” in other cases,
they are essential. This presentation discusses a wide variety of daily-used
applications around the world. Also covered is an advanced topic, such as SMART
Controller that today’s grid requires for voltage regulation, power factor
regulation, unbalance voltage/current regulation, harmonic elimination and so
on. A SMART Controller that is based on functional requirements and
cost-effective solutions is derived from utilizing the best features of all the
technical concepts that are developed until now. Final year students of
electrical engineering undergraduate curriculum, post graduate students,
researchers, academicians and utility engineers will benefit from attending
this course. The participants will hear from an expert who actually designed
and commissioned a few utility-grade SMART controllers since their inception in
the 1990s.

 

Speaker’s
Bio

Kalyan Sen, a
Fulbright Scholar, is the Chief Technology Officer of Sen Engineering
Solutions, Inc. (
www.sentransformer.com) that specializes in
developing SMART power flow controllers—a functional requirements-based and
cost-effective solution. He
received
BEE,
MSEE, and PhD degrees, all in Electrical Engineering, from Jadavpur University,
India, Tuskegee University, USA, and Worcester Polytechnic Institute, USA,
respectively. He also received an MBA from Robert Morris University, USA.

 

Dr.
Sen spent more than 30 years in academia and industry and became a Westinghouse
Fellow Engineer. He was a key member of the Flexible Alternating Current
Transmission Systems (FACTS) development team at the Westinghouse Science &
Technology Center in Pittsburgh. He contributed in all aspects (conception,
simulation, design, and commissioning) of FACTS projects at Westinghouse. He
conceived some of the basic concepts in FACTS technology. He has authored or
coauthored more than 25 peer-reviewed publications, 8 issued patents, a book
and 4 book chapters in the areas of FACTS and power electronics. He is the
coauthor of the book titled, Introduction
to FACTS Controllers: Theory, Modeling, and Applications
, IEEE Press and
John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 2009, which is also published in Chinese and Indian
paperback editions. He is the co-inventor of Sen Transformer.

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