IEEE Kingston Section

March 31st, 2019

The Joint Communications & Computer Chapter of IEEE Kingston Section is proud to present the following IEEE distinguished lecture:







Date:  Tuesday April. 2nd, 2019.

Time:  10:30 AM

Location: Queens University, Walter Light Hall, Room 302

Speaker:  Dr. Ashutosh Dutta


Talk 1: Security in SDN/NFV and 5G Networks-Opportunities and Challenges – 30 minutes

Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization (NFV) are the key pillars of future networks, including 5G and Beyond that promise to support emerging applications such as enhanced mobile broadband, ultra low latency, massive sensing type applications while providing the resiliency in the network. Service providers and other verticals (e.g., Connected Cars, IOT, eHealth) can leverage SDN/NFV to provide flexible and cost-effective service without compromising the end user quality of service (QoS). While NFV and SDN open up the door for flexible networks and rapid service creation, these offer both security opportunities while also introducing additional challenges and complexities, in some cases. With the rapid proliferation of 4G and 5G networks, operators have now started the trial deployment of network function virtualization, especially with the introduction of various virtualized network elements in the access and core networks. These include elements such as virtualized Evolved Packet Core (vEPC), virtualized IP Multimedia Services (vIMS), Virtualized Residential Gateway, and Virtualized Next Generation Firewalls. However, very little attention has been given to the security aspects of virtualization. While several standardization bodies (e.g., ETSI, 3GPP, NGMN, ATIS, TIA) have started looking into the many security issues introduced by SDN/NFV, additional work is needed with larger security community involvement including vendors, operators, universities, and regulators. This tutorial will address evolution of cellular technologies towards 5G but will largely focus on various security challenges and opportunities introduced by SDN/NFV and 5G networks such as Hypervisor, Virtual Network Functions (VNFs), SDN Controller, Orchestrator, Network slicing, Cloud RAN, and security function virtualization. This tutorial will also highlight some of the ongoing activities within various standards communities and will illustrate a few deployment use case scenarios for security including threat taxonomy for both operator and enterprise networks. In addition, I will also describe some of the ongoing activities within IEEE Future Network initiative including roadmap efforts and various ways one can get involved and contribute to this initiative.


Talk 2: Mobility Handover Optimization Framework and IEEE 5G Initiative – 30 minutes

As mobile networks continue to grow and converge with the Internet, new wireless devices and their use are outnumbering the use of fixed network. Mobility management needs to meet the requirements of existing and emerging network technologies and applications. It may be supported in different layers of the network protocol stack. At the IP layer, Mobile IP, an IP-based mobility management, has the advantage of being applicable in any IP-based network, but is faced with many deployment challenges. Numerous variants of Mobile IP have been proposed to address these challenges in different network environments. Research in mobility management has become more active, especially with the mobile networks continuing to evolve from hierarchical towards more flattened network and densification of wireless networks. This talk presents the basics, recent advances, and future directions for mobility protocols at various layers (e.g., network, transport and application). This talk then provides taxonomy of existing mobility protocols, illustrates an abstract mobility model that can be used to support various handoff scenarios. Various handoff optimization methodologies will be explained supported by experimental and simulation results. This talk cites a few deployment scenarios to describe applicability of mobility protocols to various network environments. Finally, the talk goes through the best practices for mobility management and provides some research directions.


Speaker Bio:  Ashutosh Dutta is currently Senior Wireless Communication Systems Research Scientist and JHU/APL Sabbatical Fellow at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Labs (JHU/APL), USA. Most recently he served as Principal Member of Technical Staff at AT&T Labs in Middletown, New Jersey. His career, spanning more than 30 years, includes Director of Technology Security and Lead Member of Technical Staff at AT&T, CTO of Wireless at a Cybersecurity company NIKSUN, Inc., Senior Scientist in Telcordia Research, Director of Central Research Facility at Columbia University, adjunct faculty at NJIT, and Computer Engineer with TATA Motors. He has more than 90 conference and journal publications, three book chapters, and 30 issued patents. Ashutosh is co-author of the book, titled, “Mobility Protocols and Handover Optimization: Design, Evaluation and Application” published by IEEE and John & Wiley that has recently been translated into Chinese Language. Ashutosh served as the chair for IEEE Princeton / Central Jersey Section, Industry Relation Chair for Region 1 and MGA, Pre-University Coordinator for IEEE MGA and vice chair of Education Society Chapter of PCJS. He co-founded the IEEE STEM conference (ISEC) and helped to implement EPICS (Engineering Projects in Community Service) projects in several high schools. Ashutosh currently serves as the Director of Industry Outreach for IEEE Communications Society and is the founding co-chair for IEEE 5G initiative. He also serves as IEEE Communications Society’s Distinguished Lecturer for 2017-2020. Ashutosh serves as the general co-chair for the premier IEEE 5G World Forum. He was recipient of the prestigious 2009 IEEE MGA Leadership award and 2010 IEEE-USA professional leadership award. Ashutosh obtained his BS in Electrical Engineering from NIT Rourkela, India, MS in Computer Science from NJIT, and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University under the supervision of Prof. Henning Schulzrinne. Ashutosh is a senior member of IEEE and ACM.

This seminar is open to the general public with free admission, pizza and refreshments.

For more information, please contact Dr. François Chan,




January 29th, 2019

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Queen’s University and the EMB/RA/CS Societies Joint Chapter of IEEE Kingston Section are proud to present the following distinguished seminar:




Date:  Friday Feb. 8th, 2019.

Time:  9:30 – 10:30 AM

Location: Queens University, Dupuis Hall Auditorium.

Speaker:  Professor Achim J. Lilienthal, Mobile Robotics and Olfaction Lab, Computer Science at Örebro University, Sweden.


Abstract:  In this presentation I will first briefly introduce the Mobile Robot & Olfaction lab at Örebro University, Sweden. Grounded in a basic research interest in perception systems we study, as the name suggests, topics in mobile robotics and mobile robot olfaction (gas-sensitive robots). Following this dichotomy, I will present recent work addressing the creation and use of spatial Maps of Dynamics (MoDs), and long-term human motion prediction (mobile robotics) as well as recent developments in mobile robot olfaction, including bout-guided gas source localization and robot assisted gas tomography.


Speaker Bio:  Prof. Achim J. Lilienthal is head of the Mobile Robotics and Olfaction Lab at Örebro University, Sweden. His research interests are mobile robot olfaction, rich 3D perception, navigation of autonomous transport robots, human robot interaction and mathematics education research. Achim Lilienthal obtained his Ph.D. in computer science from Tübingen University, Germany and his M.Sc. in Physics from the University of Konstanz, Germany. The Ph.D. thesis addresses gas distribution mapping and gas source localisation with mobile robots. The M.Sc. thesis is concerned with structure analysis of (C60)n+ clusters using gas phase ion chromatography.

Light Refreshments to follow after the seminar from 10:30-11:30AM, at ECE Lounge, Walter Light Hall- Room 314.

This seminar is open to the general public. For more information, please contact:

Prof. Joshua Marshall  (joshua<dot>marshall<at>

Prof. Keyvan Hashtrudi-Zaad    (khz<at>

November 5th, 2018

The Joint Communications & Computer Chapter of IEEE Kingston Section is proud to present the following IEEE distinguished lecture:





Date:  Tuesday Nov. 13th, 2018.

Time:  2:00 – 3:00 PM

Location: Queens University, Walter Light Hall, Room 302

Speaker:  Professor Halim Yanikomeroglu

Abstract:  As the 5G standards are currently being developed with a scheduled completion date of late-2019, it is time to reinitiate a brainstorming endeavour followed by the technical groundwork towards the subsequent generation (6G) wireless networks of 2030s.

One reasonable starting point in this new 6G discussion is to reflect on the possible shortcomings of the 5G networks to-be-deployed. 5G promises to provide connectivity for a broad range of use-cases in a variety of vertical industries; after all, this rich set of scenarios is indeed what distinguishes 5G from the previous four generations. Many of the envisioned 5G use-cases require challenging target values for one or more of the key QoS elements, such as high rate, high reliability, low latency, and high energy efficiency; we refer to the presence of such demanding links as the super-connectivity.

However, the very fundamental principles of digital and wireless communications reveal that the provision of ubiquitous super-connectivity in the global scale – i.e., beyond indoors, dense downtown or campus-type areas – is infeasible with the legacy terrestrial network architecture as this would require prohibitively expensive gross over-provisioning. The problem will only exacerbate with even more demanding 6G use-cases such as UAVs requiring connectivity (ex: delivery drones), thus the need for 3D super-connectivity.

In this talk, we will present a 5-layer vertical architecture composed of fully integrated terrestrial and aerial layers for 6G networks of 2030s:

  • Terrestrial HetNets with macro-, micro-, and pico-BSs
  • Flying-BSs (aerial-/UAV-/drone-BSs);                      altitude: up to several 100 m
  • High Altitude Platforms (HAPs) (floating-BSs);       altitude: ~20 km
  • Very Low Earth Orbit (VLEO) satellites;                  altitude: 200-1,000 km
  • Geostationary Orbit (GEO) satellites;                        altitude: 35,786 km

In the absence of a clear technology roadmap for the 2030s, the talk has, to a certain extent, an exploratory view point to stimulate further thinking and creativity. We are certainly at the dawn of a new era in wireless research and innovation; the next twenty years will be very interesting


Speaker Bio:  Halim Yanikomeroglu is a Professor at Carleton University. His research covers many aspects of communications technologies with emphasis on wireless networks. He supervised 20 PhD students (all completed with theses). He coauthored 360+ peer-reviewed research papers including 120+ in the IEEE journals; these publications have received 11,000+ citations. He is a Fellow of IEEE, a Distinguished Lecturer for the IEEE Communications Society, and a Distinguished Speaker for the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society. He has been one of the most frequent tutorial presenters in the leading international IEEE conferences (29 times). He has had extensive collaboration with industry which resulted in 25 granted patents (plus more than a dozen applied). During 2012-2016, he led one of the largest academic-industrial collaborative research projects on pre-standards 5G wireless, sponsored by the Ontario Government and the industry. He served as the General Chair and Technical Program Chair of several major international IEEE conferences.


This seminar is open to the general public with free admission, pizza and refreshments.

For more information, please contact Dr. François Chan,

October 25th, 2018


IEEE Kingston Section cordially invites

IEEE Members, Students, Staff and Well Wishers to its

 2018 IEEE Annual Banquet.


with Keynote Speaker


Prof. Karen Rudie

IEEE Fellow, Professor,

Dept. of Electrical & Computer Engineering,

Queen’s University Kingston, Ontario




October 29th  2018, 

from 6:00pm at the

Renaissance Event Venue (Lower Salon) – 285 Queen St, Kingston, ON K7K 1B7



Dinner Menu:

  1. Chicken Breast Fricassee
  2. Georgian Stuffed Pepper (Vegan)


About the keynote speaker:

Professor Karen Rudie received her Ph.D. from the University of Toronto, in the Systems Control Group. Just before coming to Queen’s she was a postdoc at the Institute for Mathematics and its Applications in Minneapolis. Since 1993 she has been at Queen’s University where she is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, with a cross-appointment in the School of Computing. She was an IEEE Control Systems Society Distinguished Lecturer and has served as an Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology, the Journal of Discrete Event Dynamic Systems, IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, and IEEE Control Systems Magazine. She is a Fellow of the IEEE. Her research focuses on the control of discrete-event systems.


Ticket Prices: (Deadline for purchase is 26 October, 2018)

Non-student registration $35.00
Student registration $20.00




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