Seminar: Power system harmonics of modern nonlinear loads @ Ciena Optophotonics Lab, Room T129, T-Building, School of Advanced Technology, Algonquin College
Oct 9 @ 18:30 – 19:30
IEEE Ottawa Section Seminar

SPEAKER: Alex Nassif, P.Eng., Ph.D., Specialist Engineer, Planning and Operations, Global Electricity Business Unit, ATCO Electric

  • Refreshments, Registration and Networking: 6:00 p.m.
  • Seminar: 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
ADMISSION: Free. Registration required. Please contact
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IEEE Ottawa PES, RRS/PELS, IMS, and ComSoc/CESoc/BTS Chapters,
Educational Activities (EA) and Algonquin College IEEE Student Branch.
Technical Talk: Improve Measurement Accuracy on Switching Characteristics of SiC and GaN devices @ Algonquin College, T-Building, Room T129
Oct 11 @ 18:00 – 20:00


  • Refreshments, Registration and Networking: 18:00
  • Seminar: 18:30 – 20:00.

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This presentation highlights the industry best practices for measurements on modern
power electronics devices such as SiC and GAN devices. These modern devices introduce new
complexities into power conversion circuits requiring the need for precise circuit timing and higher
sensitivity for gate threshold voltage and timing.
Common measurement pitfalls can be avoided by using differential and floating measurements and
understanding the link between CMRR and signal frequency. Today’s power designs can have
common mode voltages in excess of hundreds or even thousands of volts, while still needing to
measure small differential voltages, this common mode error can be even more severe. Wide
bandgap devices allow switching of higher frequencies, higher voltages and faster rise times, which
requires higher bandwidth scopes and probes with high CMRR. In this presentation, some solutions
for improving the measurement accuracy on SiC and GaN devices during switching will be

Speaker’s Bio

Evan Shuster is presently the Director of Sales at Testforce Systems Inc. Testforce is North
America’s largest Representative of premium test equipment. Evan has thirty years of Test and
Measurement experience. Originally from Montreal, with a career start at Bell Canada, Evan has held
directorial positions at several small to mid-sized companies in Canada and the United States. Evan
has built up hugely successful Technical Account Manager teams with market focus covering
Semiconductors, Power and Wireless Technologies to name a few. Evan has previously created and
delivered Technical Training courses and has been a guest lecturer at several Universities and
Colleges across Canada.

74th Annual IEEE Ottawa Section AGM and Banquet @ Shaw Centre, Trillium Ballroom
Oct 19 @ 17:30 – 22:15

We are pleased to welcome you to the 74th Annual General Meeting of the IEEE Ottawa Section. This year’s theme is Disruptive Technologies. 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.

Date: Friday 19 October 2018

Time: 05:30 PM to 10:15 PM

  • 05:30 PM Networking and Arrival
  • 06:00 PM AGM Business (optional)
  • 06:30 PM AGM Banquet Dinner
  • 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: Zahra Mohammad, Vice-Chair, IEEE Ottawa Section

Registration Link

Speaker: Rodney Wilson, Chief Technologist, Research and Education Networking of Ciena

Portrait of Rodney Wilson

Mr. Wilson is responsible for Ciena’s leadership & global interactions with universities and the research community, including national research and education networks. His particular focus is on collaboration with advanced high-performance networks being created by national government for research and education purposes. These networks experiment with emerging, pre-commercial hardware and software solutions. Mr. Wilson directs Ciena’s involvement with these research networks. Further, representing Ciena’s CTO organization, he orchestrates intersections between emerging technologies and Ciena research and development groups.

Prior to his current role, he was a senior advisor for the CTO at Nortel, and held other advanced technology roles during 13 years with the company, including director of broadband switching and optical Ethernet R&D. He served as Network Architect for the University of Toronto’s global bibliographic network service. He served as Chair of the Patronage Committee, IEEE International Conference of Communications 2012 (ICC 2012) Ottawa, and as member of the Organizing Committee ICC 2012. He is a frequent speaker at IEEE conferences and events, including the annual SuperComputing SC conference series sponsored jointly by IEEE and ACM. Originally trained in Electrical Engineering at Ryerson University in Toronto Ontario, and is a graduate of the Executive Management school at Stanford University in Palo Alto California. He is a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee medal for his service to Canada.


The IEEE Ottawa Section Nominations and Appointments Committee proposes the following nominees, who have agreed to serve, if elected, as the 2019 IEEE Ottawa Section Executive.

IEEE Ottawa Section Executive Slate

  • Chair: Dr. Winnie Ye
  • Vice-Chair: Mr. Ajit Pardasani
  • Treasurer: Mr. Abdulhak Nagy
  • Secretary: Mr. Travis Jardine

The elections will be held during the AGM Business at 06:00 PM.


  • IBM
  • The Robotics Centre
  • Smart & Biggar
  • Carleton University Faculty of Engineering and Design
  • Infinera
  • Syntronic
  • Purecolo
  • + More!!


  • Extreme Entertainment
Seminar: Simultaneous Wireless Information and Power Transfer (SWIPT) with Nonlinear Energy Harvesting @ Rm 2455, Mackenzie Building, Carleton University
Nov 28 @ 16:00 – 17:00

Upcoming YP Seminar Details:


Recently, simultaneous wireless information and power transfer (SWIPT) using radio frequency (RF) waves has drawn an upsurge of research interest in various areas of communications, signal processing, and networking. SWIPT is considered as promising technology for practical energy-limited applications such as wireless sensor networks, wireless body networks, low-powered devices, internet of things (IoT), etc. Also, in the next generation wireless systems such as 5G, wireless RF energy harvesting is considered to be a promising solution to the energy scarcity issue. In the literature, SWIPT has been generally studied under the ideal (and unrealistic) assumption of linear energy harvesting, which means that the energy (or power) conversion efficiency of the energy harvesting circuit is constant over the infinitely wide range of the input RF power. However, as validated in many field measurements, the energy conversion efficiency of the actual energy harvesting circuit highly depends on the input RF power level. Specifically, due to the nonlinearities of the practical diode such as the turn-on voltage and saturation issue, the linearity assumption of the energy harvesting circuitry is significantly deviated in practical situations. In this talk, we present the recent research results on SWIPT considering the nonlinear energy harvesting. In particular, we will talk about the fundamental performance limit of SWIPT in terms of rate-energy (R-E) trade-off, the approach of using multiple energy harvesting circuits, mode selection between energy harvesting and information transfer, and optimal dynamic power allocation for SWIPT.

Speaker Biography:

Il-Min Kim received the B.S. degree in electronics engineering from Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea, in 1996, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), Taejon, Korea, in 1998 and 2001, respectively. From October 2001 to August 2002 he was with the Dept. of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS) at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, USA, and from September 2002 to June 2003 he was with the Dept. of Electrical Engineering at Harvard University, Cambridge, USA, as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow. In 2003, he joined the Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada, and he is currently a Professor. His research interests include machine (deep) learning for various systems (especially with sensors), IoT (and IoE), signal processing for IoT, (mobile) crowd sensing, fog/cloud networks, communication security, blockchain for wireless communications, physical layer security, energy harvesting and SWIPT, compressive sensing, military communications and Radars, and 5th generation (5G) and beyond 5G wireless communications systems. He holds a number of patents either issued or pending in U.S., Japan, Germany, and Korea.

Wrokshop: Connected and Autonomous Aerial Networks @ The Maker Lab, 4463 ME (Mackenzie Building), Systems and Computer Engineering, Carleton University
Feb 7 @ 10:00 – 16:00

In recent years, there has been an increasing interest in aerial (airborne) networks. The domain is
very broad and includes (but not limited to) the connectivity and networking of aerial users (ex:
cargo/delivery drones), as well as aerial BSs (UAV-/drone-BSs), high-altitude platforms (HAPs),
very low earth orbit (VLEO) satellites, flying ad hoc networks (FANETs), and VHetNets (vertical
heterogeneous networks); enabling technologies such as machine learning for autonomous
operation, free-space optical communications, network slicing, and energy harvesting are
of paramount importance in this emerging framework. This workshop presents the current
research on connected and autonomous aerial networks. It is supported by IEEE Ottawa Young
Professionals. Many of the speakers are IEEE Young Professionals including PhD candidates and
researchers. This workshop also falls within the scope and goals of the IEEE Future Networks



  • 10:00 am – 4:30 pm, Thursday, 07 February 2019
  • The Maker Lab, 4463 ME (Mackenzie Building), Systems and Computer Engineering, Carleton University
  • Lunch will be provided; Sponsored by IEEE Young Professionals.



  • Arrival: 10:00-10:15 am
  • Morning Session: 10:15 am – 12:00 pm
    • Session Chair: Dr. Sahar Aghajanzadeh
      • Connected and Autonomous Aerial Networks in 2030s
    • Dr. Halim Yanikomeroglu, Professor / Carleton
      • Adaptive Routing in Flying Ad Hoc Networks
    • Dr. Burak Kantarci, Professor / uOttawa
      • Cellular-Connected UAV in Integrated Aerial and Terrestrial Networks
    • Nesrine Cherif, PhD candidate / uOttawa & Carleton
  • Lunch: 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
    • The Caf – Carleton University, Residence Commons, 3rd floor
  • Afternoon Session I: 1:30 – 2:45 pm
    • Session Chair: Dr. Jalal Khamse-Ashari
    • Integrated Terrestrial-Nonterrestrial Wireless Access in Beyond-5G Networks
      • Mohamed Alzenad, PhD candidate / Carleton
    • Space-Air-Ground Networks: Challenges and Opportunities
      • Dr. Wael Jaafar, NSERC PDF / Carleton
    • FSO (Free-Space Optical) Communications Opportunities in Aerial Networks
      • Dr. Sahar Aghajanzadeh, Research Associate / Carleton
  • Coffee Break: 2:45 – 3:15 pm
    • Afternoon Session II: 3:15 – 4:30 pm
    • Session Chair: Dr. Wael Jaafar
    • Aerial Coverage in Cellular Networks
      • Dr. Jordan Melzer, Senior Engineer, Technology Strategy / TELUS
    • Beamforming Techniques in Aerial Networks
      • Hossein Vaezy, Visiting Researcher / Carleton & PhD candidate / IUT, Iran
    • A Look into 3GPP Release-16 from the Perspective of Aerial Networks
      • Irem Bor-Yaliniz, PhD candidate / Carleton & Network Design Engineer / Huawei Canada Research Centre

Workshop Sponsored by: IEEE Young Professionals



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