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


An Evening with Power Integrity Experts @ Fidus Systems, Ottawa
Jul 17 @ 17:00 – 19:30

Speaker 1: Hisham Abed, P.Eng., Ericsson

Topic: Power Integrity – Best design practices

Speaker 2: Dr. Ihsan Erdin, Celestica

Topic: Power Integrity Optimization amidst MLCC shortage

Parking: Free

Registration:  Free, and is on a first to reply basis. Preference given to IEEE EMC and CPMT society members. Seating is limited. E-mail reservation is required.

Pizza and soft drinks will be served.

Organizer: Dr. Syed Bokhari, Chairman, IEEE Ottawa
EMC chapter,

Office :(613) 595 – 0507 Ext. 377, Cell: (613) 355 – 6632



The Lightning Phenomenon @ 4124-ME (Meckenzie Building), Carleton University
Oct 22 @ 12:00 – 13:00

IEEE  Distinguished Lecturer Presentation hosted jointly by the IEEE Ottawa EMC and CASS/SSCS/EDS Chapters:


Speaker  :     Dr. Marcos Rubinstein, Professor, University of Applied Sciences of Western Switzerland

Topic    :     The Lightning Phenomenon

Date     :     Tuesday October 22, 2019

Time     :     12(noon) – 1pm

Location :     4124-ME (Meckenzie Building), Carleton University, 1125 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa – K1S5B6


Registration:  Free, Please E-mail Ram Achar (

Refreshments: Served


Parking  : Payment based Metered Parking spots in the campus



               Ram Achar, Dept. of Electronics, Carleton University

               Chairman CASS/SSCS/EDS Chapters


               Dr. Syed Bokhari, Chairman, IEEE Ottawa EMC chapter



Lightning is one of the primary causes of damage and malfunction of telecommunication and power networks and one of the leading causes of weather-related deaths and injuries.

Lightning is composed of numerous physical processes, of which only a few are visible to the naked eye.

This lecture presents various aspects of the lightning phenomenon, its main processes and the technologies that have been developed to assess the parameters that are important for engineering and scientific applications. These parameters include the channel-base current and its associated electromagnetic fields.

The measurement techniques for these parameters are intrinsically difficult due to the randomness of the phenomenon and to the harsh electromagnetic environment created by the lightning itself.

Besides the measurement of the lightning parameters, warning and insurance applications require the real-time detection and location of the lightning strike point. The main classical and emerging lightning detection and location techniques, including those used in currently available commercial lightning location systems will be described in the lecture. The newly proposed Electromagnetic Time Reversal technique, which has the potential to revolutionize lightning location will also be presented.



Marcos Rubinstein received the Master’s and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Florida, Gainesville.

In the decade of the 1990’s, he worked as a research engineer at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne and as a program manager at Swisscom in the areas of electromagnetic compatibility and lightning. Since 2001, he is a professor at the University of Applied Sciences of Western Switzerland HES-SO, Yverdon-les-Bains, where he is currently responsible for the advanced Communication Technologies Group. He is the author or coauthor of 300 scientific publications in reviewed journals and international conferences. He is also the coauthor of nine book chapters and the co-editor of a book on time reversal. He served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Open Atmospheric Science Journal, and currently serves as an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on EMC.

Prof. Rubinstein received the best Master’s Thesis award from the University of Florida, the IEEE achievement award and he is a co-recipient of the NASA’s Recognition for Innovative Technological Work award. He also received the ICLP Karl Berger award. He is a Fellow of the IEEE and an EMP Fellow, a member of the Swiss Academy of Sciences and of the International Union of Radio Science.

Special IEEE Lunch and Learn – CTO of Telus – Dr. Ibrahim Gedeon on 5G
Feb 19 @ 11:30 – 13:00
Special IEEE Lunch and Learn - CTO of Telus - Dr. Ibrahim Gedeon on 5G

“A Candid Conversation on 5G”

Dr. Ibrahim Gedeon

CTO, Telus

Ibrahim Gedeon is one of the global telecommunications industry’s eminent thought leaders. He has carved out an international career by combining tremendous insight and skill as an applied scientist with a lighthearted and non-conventional approach to leadership. As Chief Technology Officer for TELUS a leading national telecommunications company in Canada, he is responsible for all technology development and strategy, security, service and network architecture, service delivery and operational support systems, as well as service and network convergence, and network infrastructure strategies and evolution. Under his leadership the TELUS wireless broadband network has become one of the best in the world.

Ibrahim also serves on the board of the Next Generation Mobile Networks Alliance, the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions and the Institute for Communication Technology Management. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the American University of Beirut and a Master’s in Electronics Engineering from Carleton University. In 2010, Ibrahim received a Honourary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of British Columbia. In 2014, he was elected as a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE) in recognition of his significant contributions to the field of engineering. He has been named five times to the Global Telecoms Business magazine’s GTB Power 100, a list of the 100 most powerful and influential people in the telecoms industry.

Ibrahim served in many IEEE executive and leadership posts on the Society, Region, Section, and Chapter level. He is currently the Senate Chair of IEEE Ottawa Section, the Industry Advisor of the IEEE Communications Society for the North America Region, and the Industry Advisor for the IEEE Consumer Electronics Society. Ibrahim is very well known a keynote speaker, he organized and hosted several national and international conferences. He was the General Chair of the 2012 IEEE International Conference on Communications – ICC2012 (IEEE Communications Society’s flagship conference), and he is currently the General Chair of the 2021 IEEE International Conference on Communications – ICC2021 that will be held in Montreal on June 14-18, 2021. He received many awards, just to name few, the Consumer Electronics Society’s Distinctive Exemplary Industry Leader Award in 2019, and the IEEE Canada’s Outstanding Canadian Engineer Award in 2001.



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