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IEEE Ottawa Section July 2020 Newsletter
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July 2020 Newsletter



 
Presented by IEEE Ottawa Women in Engineering Affinity Group:

One step up: Winning the 2020 IEEE WIE Affinity Group of the Year Award!


On June 23rd 2020, IEEE Women in Engineering (WIE) Ottawa has created a historical move by carving its name as the winner of the 2020 IEEE WIE Affinity Group of the Year Award. This award is given annually to an IEEE WIE Affinity Group that has shown outstanding leadership and initiative in organizing activities.

Out of more than 900 WIE groups in the world, IEEE WIE Ottawa was recognized to be the best for the year 2020 by the IEEE WIE Committee (WIEC). For IEEE WIE Ottawa, this award consists of the appointment of the group’s chair, Anastassia Gharib, as a voting member on the WIEC from 1 January 2021 until to 31 December 2021, prize money in the amount of $500 USD to be used for future WIE activities, and a certificate of recognition.

According to Anastassia, "one of the greatest things that inspires meand my team to organize activities as part of IEEE WIE Ottawa initiatives is the feedback from WIE Ottawa members as well as
non-members". "It is magnificent to receive thank you messages from attendees of our seminars and workshops of how our activities help them in their professional development, whether it is getting a new job, learning new things, or as simply as doing the school work. We try to be as accessible as possible to deliver high quality seminars and workshops throughout the year as well as collaborate with other IEEE and non-IEEE groups to raise awareness of IEEE WIE Ottawa. It is personally amazing for me to see how through these collaborations and outreach activities the team grows with time, giving me the accomplishment feeling. Winning the 2020 WIE Affinity Group of the Year Award is so inspiring, making the experience with IEEE WIE Ottawa unforgettable," she says.


This is a moment of pride for the WIE Ottawa team. Looking at another feather added on our hat today gives us motivation to keep going with the work we have done and thrive to be the best in what we do. Our prime focus has been a belief to share the knowledge and thus, our team always brings together events by analyzing topics that our the Ottawa community needs the most. This achievement would not have been possible without the support of our speakers, mentors, and WIE Ottawa members. Thank you all! The moment of glory has been gifted to us, and we are thankful to the IEEE WIEC for giving us another reason to be on top of our energy and give back to our community.


To all the volunteers who are and have been the part of the IEEE WIE Ottawa, kudos to all the hard work and thanks for being a great team.

#IEEEWIEOttawa


 
Presented by IEEE Ottawa Reliability Society & Power Electronics Society Joint Ottawa Chapter (R-PEL):

A Novel Maximum Power Point Tracking (MPPT) Technique for Photovoltaic Solar Panels
By
Mahdi Ranjbar


Date: Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Time: 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Location: Online webinar

Registration: Registration is required. A link to the event will be sent to those registered closer to the event date. RSVP by visiting https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/233724

Event Contact: Tanya Gachovska (tgachovska@yahoo.com)


Abstract:
A novel Maximum Power Point Tracking (MPPT) technique for photovoltaic (PV) solar panels will be presented.  Current sensors are costly components. They also require a signal conditioning circuitry to reduce the noise and condition the signal to be sampled and used by the controller.  This method takes advantage of the non-linearity of the I-V curve of the solar panel to find the MPP. By injecting high-frequency perturbation signals and monitoring the system behavior current sensing used for controlling of MPPT is eliminated. This elimination can reduce the cost of MPPT circuitry. The proposed method also shows a very fast tracking response due to the use of high-frequency signals instead of relying on low frequency and DC signals which are used in the traditional methods. Numerical analysis, simulation results, and experimental results verify the feasibility of the proposed technique will be shown.

Speaker Bio:
Mahdi Tude Ranjbar received his bachelor's degree from the University of Tehran,
Iran (2017). In this period, his main focus was on collaboration with different laboratories in ECE and Mechanical engineering departments. He started his M.A.Sc degree in 2018 at Queen's, Canada with a focus on improving the efficiency of the solar system power generation techniques.  Since March 2020, Mr. Ranjbar has joined the System Architecture group at HUADA Semiconductors where his main focus is designing power applications using Huada’s microcontrollers, gate drivers and current sense amplifiers.

 
 
Presented by IEEE Ottawa Power and Energy Society Ottawa Chapter (PES), Reliability Society and Power Electronics Society Joint Chapter (RS/PELS), Instrumentation & Measurement Society Chapter (IMS), Communications Society, Consumer Electronics Society, and Broadcast Technology Society Joint Chapter (ComSoc/ CESoc/BTS), and Educational Activities (EA):

Josephson Arbitrary Waveform Synthesizer as a Quantum Standard of Voltage and Current Harmonics

Date: Thursday, July 9, 2020

Time: 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Location: Online

Registration: RSVP by visiting https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/233847

Event Contact: Branislav Djokic (branislav@ieee.org) & Ajit Pardasani (ajit.pardasani@ieee.org)


Abstract:
Josephson arbitrary waveform synthesizers (JAWS) are becoming a viable technology for national metrology institutes and industry to establish quantum standards of direct and alternating voltage. At the National Measurement Institute of Australia (NMIA) we have extended the application of the JAWS to provide a standard of both the magnitude and the phase of harmonics in a distorted waveform. Harmonic analysis is critical in a number of industrial applications such as electric power systems, power electronics, characterization of systems and materials and acoustics and vibration. At present, in the calibrations of power analyzers, the traceability of the magnitude of the harmonics is based on ac-dc transfer measurements. However, there is a gap in the traceability of the phase of the harmonics relative to the fundamental. The NMIA calibration system uses a JAWS chip from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), USA, a precision inductive voltage divider and a set of current shunts designed and manufactured by NMIA. For distorted waveforms with harmonic magnitudes from 5% to 40% of the fundamental, the calibration system can measure odd harmonics up to the 39th with magnitude uncertainties better than 0.001 % of the fundamental for voltage (from 0.01 V to 240 V) and current (from 0.005 A to 20 A) waveforms. The best phase uncertainties range from 0.001° to 0.010° (k = 2.0), depending on the harmonic number and harmonic magnitude. We anticipate that the ability of the JAWS to generate distorted waveforms with the lowest possible uncertainty in the magnitude, and phase spectra will make it a unique tool for low-frequency spectrum analysis.


Speaker Bio:
Dimitrios Georgakopoulos (IEEE AM’11–M’12–SM’12) was born in Athens, Greece, in 1972. He received his B.Eng. degree in electrical engineering from the Technological Educational Institution of Piraeus, Egaleo, Greece, in 1996; his M.Sc. degree in electronic instrumentation systems from the University of Manchester, Manchester, UK, in 1999; and Ph.D. in electrical engineering and electronics from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology, Manchester, UK, in 2002. From 2002 to 2007, he worked as a research scientist at the National Physical Laboratory, UK. In 2007, he joined the National Measurement Institute, Australia, as a research scientist, where he has been working on the development of quantum voltage standards and low frequency electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) standards. Dr Georgakopoulos is an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Instrumentation and Measurement, member of the IEEE IMS Measurements in Power Systems Committee (TC‑39), member of the NATA Accreditation Advisory Committee for Calibrations, and member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), USA.


See more information at: https://www.ieeeottawa.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/IEEE_D_Georgakopoulos_Webinar_Flyer_09July2020.pdf


 
Presented by IEEE Ottawa Women in Engineering Affinity Group:

Resource Management for Massive Connectivity in Future Wireless Networks

Date: Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Time: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Location: Online

Registration:
Registration is required. A link to the event will be sent to those registered closer to the event date.
RSVP by visiting https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/resource-management-for-massive-connectivity-in-future-wireless-networks-tickets-111059596242

Event Contact: Anastassia Gharib (anastassiagharib@ieee.org)

Event Websitehttps://wie.ieeeottawa.ca/


Abstract:
Future wireless networks (beyond 5G/sixth-generation (6G) networks) are envisioned to support 3D communication by integrating terrestrial and aerial networks. The objective is to provide connectivity to a large number of devices (known as massive connectivity), to support substantial traffic demands, and expand coverage. However, effective resource management in future wireless networks is a challenge because of massive resource-constrained devices, diverse quality-of-service (QoS) requirements, and a high density of heterogeneous devices. In this seminar, I will present my recent research progress which is focused on communication networking aspects of the Internet of Things (IoT), with emphasis on algorithm design, network architecture development, and system-level performance analysis. I will provide a brief discussion on my three most significant contributions which focuses on the design of novel algorithms and communication protocols for IoT networks, that have both (i) enhanced network performance, in terms of spectrum efficiency, coverage, and energy efficiency, and (ii) satisfied a wide range of IoT devices’ requirements and constraints. I will then share long-term goal of my research program which is to develop efficient and low complexity resource management schemes to tackle the challenges of seamless connectivity of heterogeneous devices anytime and anywhere. Finally, I will present my short-term objectives in the next five years which are to develop resource management schemes for massive connectivity in future terrestrial networks, aerial networks, and self-sustainable networks (SSNs) while considering different objectives and constraints, including network scalability, reliability, latency, efficiency
(spectral usage and energy consumption), and complexity.



Speaker Bio:
Waleed Ejaz (S’12-M’14-SM’16) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Applied Science & Engineering at Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops, BC, Canada. He is also the founding director of Next Generation Wireless Networks (NEWNET) research laboratory. Previously, he held academic and research positions at Ryerson University, Carleton University, and Queen’s University in Canada. He received the B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Computer Engineering from the University of Engineering and Technology, Taxila, Pakistan and the National University of Sciences and Technology, Islamabad, Pakistan, and the Ph.D. degree in Information and Communication Engineering from Sejong University, Republic of Korea, in 2014. He has co-authored over 90 papers in prestigious journals and conferences, and 3 books. His current research interests include Internet of Things (IoT), energy harvesting, 5G and beyond networks, and mobile edge computing. He is an Associate Editor of the IEEE Communications Magazine, IEEE Canadian Journal of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and the IEEE ACCESS. Dr. Ejaz completed certificate courses on “Teaching and Learning in Higher Education” from the Chang School at Ryerson University. He is a registered Professional Engineer (P.Eng.) in the province of British Columbia, Canada. Dr. Ejaz is a senior member of IEEE, member of ACM, and ACM distinguished speaker.


#IEEEWIEOttawa

 
 
Presented by IEEE Ottawa Power and Energy Society Ottawa Chapter (PES), Reliability Society and Power Electronics Society Joint Chapter (RS/PELS), Instrumentation & Measurement Society Chapter (IMS), Communications Society, Consumer Electronics Society, and Broadcast Technology Society Joint Chapter (ComSoc/ CESoc/BTS), and Educational Activities (EA):

Role of the Smart Grid in Facilitating the Integration of Renewables
by
Professor Dr. Saifur Rahman
Director, Advanced Research Institute, Virginia Tech, USA


Date
: Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Time: 6:300 PM - 7:30 PM

Location: Online

Registration: RSVP by visiting https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/234594

Event Contact: Branislav Djokic (branislav@ieee.org) & Ajit Pardasani (ajit.pardasani@ieee.org)


Abstract:
With the focus on environmental sustainability and energy security, power system planners are looking at renewable energy as supplements and alternatives. But such generation sources have their own challenges - primarily intermittency. It is expected that the smart grid – due to its inherent communication, sensing and control capabilities – will have the ability to manage the load, storage and generation assets (including renewables) in the power grid to enable a large-scale integration of distributed generation. In a smart grid, information about the state of the grid and its components can be exchanged quickly over long distances and complex networks. It will therefore be possible to have the integration of sustainable energy sources, such as wind, solar, off-shore electricity, etc. for smoother system operation. But in order for this to be possible, the electric utility will have to evolve, and change their ways of operation to become an intelligent provider of these services. This lecture introduces the operational characteristics of renewable energy sources, and various aspects of the smart grid - technology, standards and regulations. It also addresses the interplay among distributed generation, storage and conventional generation to provide an efficient operational strategy in the context of the smart grid.


Speaker Bio:

Prof. Dr. Saifur Rahman is the founding director of the Advanced Research Institute (www.ari.vt.edu) at Virginia Tech, USA, where he is the Joseph R. Loring Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He also directs the Center for Energy and the Global Environment (www.ceage.vt.edu). He is a Life Fellow of the IEEE and an IEEE Millennium Medal winner. He was the founding Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Electrification Magazine and the IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy. In 2006, he served on the IEEE Board of Directors as the Vice President for Publications. He is a Distinguished Lecturer for the IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES) and has lectured on renewable energy, energy efficiency, smart grid, electric power system operation and planning, etc. in over 30 countries. He was IEEE Power and Energy Society President 2018-2019 and is now a candidate for IEEE President-Elect 2021. He chaired the US National Science Foundation Advisory Committee for International Science and Engineering, 2010-2013. He conducted several energy efficiency projects for Duke Energy, Tokyo Electric Power Company, US National Science Foundation, US Department of Defense, State of Virginia and US Department of Energy.

 


See more information at: https://www.ieeeottawa.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/IEEE_S_Rahman_IMS_Webinar_Flyer_28July2020.pdf

 
Presented by IEEE Ottawa Power and Energy Society Ottawa Chapter (PES), Reliability Society and Power Electronics Society Joint Chapter (RS/PELS), Instrumentation & Measurement Society Chapter (IMS), Communications Society, Consumer Electronics Society, and Broadcast Technology Society Joint Chapter (ComSoc/ CESoc/BTS), and Educational Activities (EA):

Role of the Smart Grid in Facilitating the Integration of Renewables
by
Professor Dr. Saifur Rahman
Director, Advanced Research Institute, Virginia Tech, USA



Date: Thursday, July 30, 2020

Time: 6:300 PM - 7:30 PM

Location: Online

Registration: RSVP by visiting https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/234586

Event Contact: Branislav Djokic (branislav@ieee.org) & Ajit Pardasani (ajit.pardasani@ieee.org)


Abstract:
Smart grid is a modern electric system with its architecture, communications, sensors, measurements, automation, computing hardware and software for improvement of the efficiency, reliability, flexibility and security. In particular, the smart grid, when fully deployed, will facilitate the (i) increased use of digital information and measurement, control & protection technologies, (ii) deployment and grid-integration of distributed energy resources (DERs), (iii) operation of demand response and energy efficiency programs, and (iv) integration of consumer-owned smart devices and technologies. Different non-linear controls, such as back-stepping control, feedback linearization, model predictive control, and sliding mode control are applied to control DERs, and their grid integration. Another control technique gaining application in the smart grid space is based on multi-agent systems (MAS) which provide autonomy, reactivity and proactivity. As speedy communication facilities, such as fiber-optics, microwave, GSM/GPRS, 4G/5G are becoming the integral parts of the functioning smart grid, the integration of MAS in smart grid applications is becoming simple and feasible. This lecture focuses on the measurement & control issues of the smart grid and how MAS can provide an efficient tool to address such issues. In addition, an overview of the related challenges and opportunities for energy efficient building operation and management with deployment experience in the US will be provided.



Speaker Bio:

Prof. Saifur Rahman is the founding director of the Advanced Research Institute (www.ari.vt.edu) at Virginia Tech, USA where he is the Joseph R. Loring Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He also directs the Center for Energy and the Global Environment (www.ceage.vt.edu). He is a Life Fellow of the IEEE and an IEEE Millennium Medal winner. He was the founding Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Electrification Magazine and the IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy. In 2006, he served on the IEEE Board of Directors as the Vice President for Publications. He is a Distinguished Lecturer for the IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES) and has lectured on renewable energy, energy efficiency, smart grid, electric power system operation and planning, etc. in over 30 countries. He was IEEE Power and Energy Society President 2018-2019 and is now a candidate for IEEE President-Elect 2021. He chaired the US National Science Foundation Advisory Committee for International Science and Engineering, 2010-2013. He conducted several energy efficiency projects for Duke Energy, Tokyo Electric Power Company, US National Science Foundation, US Department of Defense, State of Virginia and US Department of Energy.
 

See more information at: https://www.ieeeottawa.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/IEEE_S_Rahman_IMS_Webinar_Flyer_30July2020.pdf

 
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