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

Fields-CQAM Public Lectures: What is missing from common practice in machine learning? @ Carleton University
Jun 20 @ 19:00 – 20:00

Fields-CQAM Public Lectures: Ali Ghodsi, University of Waterloo


What is missing from common practice in machine learning?

AI, and machine learning in particular, is enjoying its golden age. Machine learning has changed the face of the world over the past two decades but we are still a long way from achieving a general artificial intelligence. In this talk, I will discuss a couple of elements that I believe are missing from common practice in machine learning, including incorporating causality and creating a new framework for unsupervised learning.




Ali Ghodsi is a Professor in the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science at the University of Waterloo. His research involves statistical machine-learning methods. Ghodsi’s research spans a variety of areas in computational statistics. He studies theoretical frameworks and develops new machine learning algorithms for analyzing large-scale data sets, with applications to bioinformatics, data mining, pattern recognition, robotics, computer vision, and sequential decision making.




6:00 PM – 7:00 PM.


7:00 PM – 8:00 PM.




FIELDS CENTRE OF QUANTITATIVE MODELLING AND ANALYSIS: WORKSHOP ON Machine Learning in the Presence of Class Imbalance @ Residence Commons, Carleton University
Jun 21 @ 08:30 – 16:30
FIELDS CENTRE OF QUANTITATIVE MODELLING AND ANALYSIS: WORKSHOP ON Machine Learning in the Presence of Class Imbalance @ Residence Commons, Carleton University | Ottawa | Ontario | Canada


8:30 am – 9:00 am Registration
9:00 am – 9:15 am Opening Remarks Rafik Goubran Carleton University
9:15 am – 10:00 am Keynote Presentation:

Data Mining and Machine Learning for Authorship and Malware Analyses

Benjamin C. M. Fung
McGill University
10:00 am – 10:30 am Break
10:30 am – 11:45 am Cybersecurity: Top 5 class imbalance ML challenges and data sets
Stephan Jou
Class Imbalance in Fraud Detection
Robin Grosset
MindBridge Analytics Inc.
Handling class imbalance in natural language processing
Isuru Gunasekara
IMRSV Data Labs
11:45 am – 12:45 pm Lunch
12:30 pm – 2:10 pm Adaptive learning with class imbalanced streams
Herna L. Viktor
University of Ottawa
Radar-based fall monitoring using deep learning
Hamidreza Sadreazami
McGill University
Privacy-preserving data augmentation in medical text analysis
Isar Nejadgholi
National Research Council
Failure modelling of a propulsion subsystem: unsupervised and semi-supervised approaches to anomaly detection
Julio J. Valdés
National Research Council
2:10 pm – 2:25 pm Break
2:25 pm – 3:40 pm TBD Reddy Nellipudi DB Schenker Hierarchical Sentence Classification in Unstructured Audit Reports
Daniel Shapiro
Deep Learning techniques for unsupervised anomaly detection
Dušan Sovilj
RANK Software Inc.
3:40 pm – 3:50 pm Closing Remarks




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