IEEE Kingston Section

November 3rd, 2015

 IEEE Kingston Microwave Theory and Techniques Society and the IEEE Kingston Section is proud to sponsor the following  seminar:


Date:   Monday, November 9th, 2015.

Time:  3:30 – 4:30  PM

Venue: Kinesiology Building (28 Division St.) Room 101, Queen’s University. Kingston, Ontario

Speaker:  Dr. Goutam Chattopadhyay, IEEE Fellow, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California

Abstract: There are several advantages of imaging at terahertz frequencies compared to microwave or infrared: the wavelengths in this regime are short enough to provide high resolution with modest apertures, yet long enough to penetrate clothing. Moreover, unlike in infrared, the terahertz frequencies are not affected by dust, fog, and rain. Several groups around the world are working on the development of terahertz imagers for various applications. One option is to use passive imaging techniques, which were very successful at millimeter-wave frequencies, by scaling in frequencies to terahertz range.   We have developed an ultra wideband radar based terahertz imaging system that that uses a 675 GHz solid-state transmit/receive system in a frequency modulated continuous wave (FMCW) mode. The imager has sub-centimeter range resolution by utilizing a 30 GHz bandwidth. It has comparable cross-range resolution at a 25m stand-off distance with a 1m aperture mirror. A fast rotating small secondary mirror rapidly steers the projected beam over a 50 x 50 cm target at range to produce images at frame rates exceeding 1 Hz.  In this talk we will explain in detail the design and implementation of the terahertz imaging radar system. We will show how by using a time delay multiplexing of two beams, we achieved a two-pixel imaging system using a single transmit/receive pair. Moreover, we will also show how we improved the signal to noise of the radar system by a factor of 4 by using a novel polarizing wire grid and grating reflector.

Speaker Bio: Goutam Chattopadhyay  (S’93-M’99-SM’01-F’11) is a Principal Engineer/Scientist at the NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology. He received the B.E. degree in electronics and telecommunication engineering from the Bengal Engineering College, Calcutta University, Calcutta, India, in 1987, the M.S. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, in 1994, and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), Pasadena, in 1999. He has more than 200 publications in international journals and conferences and holds several patents. He has received more than 30 NASA technical achievement and new technology invention awards. He is a Fellow of IEEE.

This seminar is open to the general public with free admission and refreshments served afterwards.


October 15th, 2015

IEEE Kingston Section is proud to sponsor the following Distinguished Speaker Seminar:


Date:   Thursday, November 26th, 2015.

Time:  12:05  PM

Venue: Walter Light Hall, Room 302, Queen’s University. 19 Union Street, Kingston, ON K7L 3N6.

Speaker:  Richard Timmons, P.Eng, M.Sc., President, Co-owner Guildline Instruments Limited

Abstract: For over 50 years Guildline Instruments has been the world leader in designing and manufacturing DC High Current Sources and Measurement Shunts. The range of current is from 10A to 10,000A. These instruments and shunts are the most accurate in the world and have accuracies/uncertainties in the ppm to 100 ppm range (i.e. parts per million or 3 to 6 digits accuracy).

Engineering issues include: safety, electronics design, mechanical design, modularity, power handling, heat dissipation, resistive material, and measurement automation. Key design approaches will be discussed to address these issues.

As well, business issues such as product planning, funding R&D expenses, gross margin/profit targets, engineering reuse, manufacturing challenges, marketing and selling approaches will be discussed in the context of developing and selling these products.

Speaker Bio: Richard Timmons is the President and co-owner of Guildline Instruments Limited, a Canadian company that has been in business since 1957 designing and manufacturing precise instruments and standards for electrical and temperature metrology. Under his leadership, Guildline has re-designing all of Guildline’s DC instruments and standards and is releasing new instruments for temperature and AC measurements. Richard has over 35 years experience in running technology companies. He is a recognized specialist in Instrumentation Design with particular strengths in systems engineering, algorithm design and analysis, and user interfaces.

Mr. Timmons has been actively involved in university and government research and commercialization initiatives and has been a guest lecturer at University of Toronto, Queens University, Carleton University and the University of Ottawa.

He graduated in 1977 from Carleton University with an Honours Degree in Applied Mathematics with Highest Standing. Over the next 15 years, Richard went back to university on a part-time basis to obtain a Masters Degree with Distinction in Information Systems, and to complete all of the academic requirements for an undergraduate engineering degree. He is a Professional Engineer licenced to practice in the province of Ontario. While at university, he was awarded six scholarships for academic excellence.

This seminar is open to the general public with free admission and refreshments served afterwards.


October 14th, 2015

IEEE Kingston Section is proud to sponsor the following Distinguished Speaker Seminar:


Date:   Monday, October 19th, 2015.

Time:  2:30 – 3:00 PM

Venue: BIO 1103, Queen’s University.  Kingston, ON K7L 3N6.

Speaker:  Dr. Andrew Eckford, Associate Professor, York University

Abstract: How can we communicate using molecules? This question may unlock new applications in nanorobotics and medicine, but has only recently attracted attention from communication and information theorists. The answer to the question is surprisingly difficult: not only is the medium unfamiliar to communication engineers, but the mathematical details of the communication environment are complicated. In this talk, we present three examples to illustrate the current state of the field: for nanonetworking applications, we present the additive inverse Gaussian channel model; for biological applications, we discuss the information-theoretic capacity of intercellular signal transduction; and for experimental applications, we present a new low-cost, easy-to-use platform to evaluate macroscale molecular communication.

Speaker Bio: Andrew Eckford received the B.Eng. degree from the Royal Military College of Canada in 1996, and the M.A.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Toronto, in 1999 and 2004, respectively, all in electrical engineering. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at York University, Toronto, Ontario. He held postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Notre Dame and the University of Toronto, prior to taking up a faculty position at York in 2006. His research concerns the application of information theory to nonconventional channels and systems, especially the use of molecular and biological means to communicate. Dr. Eckford’s research has been covered in media including The Economist and The Wall Street Journal. He is also a co-author of the textbook Molecular Communication, published by Cambridge University Press, and was a finalist for the 2014 Bell Labs Prize.

This seminar is open to the general public with free admission and refreshments served afterwards (in WLH 314 – ECE Grad Lounge).


May 11th, 2015


IEEE Kingston Section cordially invites

IEEE Members, Students, Staff and Well Wishers

to its 2015 IEEE Annual Banquet.

There will be an interesting talk by

Prof. Y.M.M. Antar

as well as a sumptuous 3-course meal.

 Join us


May 27th  2015, 

from 6:00pm at the

Senior Staff Mess (SSM) at Royal Military College of Canada

Dress code: Semi Formal (No jeans allowed in SSM)


Dinner Menu:

Baby Spinach with Fig Dressing Steamed Asparagus Butter & Garlic Colored Napoleon Roasted Potatoes Buns and Butter Chocolate lava Cake OR Fruit Salad Coffee Select one Menu Option while purchasing the ticket

  1. Stuffed Chicken Spinach & Feta w mushroom sauce (Halal option is available)
  2. Cheese Ravioli w 3 Cheese Sauce (Vegetarian option)
  3. Roast Beef au Jus

Abstract of talk by Prof. Y.M.M. Antar:

Research itself is a by-product of good education.  Research by-products include:   technological innovation, knowledge integration, interdisciplinary collaboration, team work, people integration and most important training the future leaders of our society.

However, the path to doing good research is full of challenges, surprises and rewards.  This talk will reflect on these aspects through many years of research and teaching.

Ticket Prices: (Deadline for purchase is 19 May, 2015)

Members (and max. one companion) $40.00
Student members (and max. one companion) $25.00
Non-members $50.00

For Tickets See:

PDF version of the 2015 Banquet Announcement