IEEE Kingston Section

March 31st, 2014

With great pleasure, the IEEE Kingston Section invites nominations for the following 2014 Section awards:

1.       IEEE Graduate Research Awards

2.       Outstanding Engineering Teaching Award

3.       Outstanding Volunteer Award

Applications should be sent by email to Dr. Osman at


March 31st, 2014

The IEEE Kingston Section is proud to present the following distinguished speaker seminar:


On a New Feedback Control Paradigm for Stock Market Trading Without a Price Model


Date:  Thursday April 3rd, 2014.

Time:  2:00 – 3:15 PM

Location: Queens University, Walter Light Hall, WLH 205

Speaker:  Professor B. Ross Barmish, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Abstract:  In this seminar, I will describe a new paradigm for stock market trading which does not use a model for the time-varying price p(t). Neither predictions about future stock prices nor a parameter estimation scheme is involved. Instead, our new paradigm, based on feedback control considerations, involves reactive adaptation of the investment level I(t) to trends in the gains and losses over time. In the finance literature, such a model-free scheme falls under the umbrella of “technical analysis.” After explaining what is meant by technical analysis, I will address a longstanding conundrum in finance: Why is it that so many asset managers, hedge funds and individual investors trade stock using technical analysis despite the existence of a significant body of literature claiming that such methods are of questionable worth with little or no theoretical rationale? Whereas existing work on this question by academics and practitioners in finance involves extensive statistical analysis of a trading algorithm via back-testing with historical data, our feedback-based approach is aimed at providing a theoretical rationale which explains why such trading methods result in either success or failure.

Speaker Bio: B. Ross Barmish received the Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from McGill University in 1971. In 1972 and 1975 respectively, he received the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees, both in Electrical Engineering, from Cornell University. From 1975 to 1978, he served as Assistant Professor of Engineering and Applied Science at Yale University. From 1978 to 1984, he was as an Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Rochester and in 1984, he joined the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where he is currently Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering. From 2001 to 2003, he was with the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Case Western Reserve University, where he served as Department Chair while holding the endowed Nord Professorship. Over the years, he has been involved in a number of IEEE Control Systems Society activities such as associate editorships, conference chairmanships, the Board of Governors and prize paper committees. He has also served as a consultant for a number of companies and is the author of the textbook New Tools for Robustness of Linear Systems, Macmillan, 1994. Professor Barmish is a Fellow of both the IEEE and IFAC for his contributions to the theory of robustness of dynamical systems. He received the Best Paper Award for Journal Publication in Automatica, covering a three-year period, on two consecutive occasions from the International Federation of Automatic Control. He has also given a number of plenary lectures at major conferences and is the IEEE Control Systems Society winner of the 2013 Bode Prize. In conjunction with this award, he provided a Keynote Plenary at the 2013 Conference on Decision and Control, held in Florence, Italy.

Everyone is welcome! 

March 27th, 2014

The IEEE Kingston Section is proud to present the following distinguished speaker seminar:


Emerging Concepts and Technologies towards 5G Wireless Networks


Date:  Thursday March 27th, 2014.

Time:  3:30 – 4:45 PM

Location: Queens University, Richardson Hall, Room 200

Speaker:  Professor Halim Yanikomeroglu

Abstract:  Despite the recent advances in wireless technologies, the wireless community faces the challenge of enabling a further traffic increase of up to 1,000 times in the next 10-15 years, while no customer is willing to pay more for the wireless pipe itself: the so called “traffic-revenue decoupling”. Moreover, many experts warn that the low-hanging fruits in wireless research (especially in information theory, communications theory, and signal processing) have already been collected. While the research community is full of ideas (as usual), many of these ideas are either not-too-relevant (i.e., not in the bottleneck areas) or they are in areas in which progress toward a tangible implementation is too slow.

The talk will start by presenting the key technologies in LTE and LTE-Advanced; then it will highlight the emerging challenges and opportunities in beyond-2020 wireless networks as well as the bottleneck problems.
In the second part of the talk, the potential research directions towards coping with the bottleneck problems, especially in the context of radio access network (RAN), resource allocation, layers 1, 2, and 3, will be discussed; the underlying mathematical tools will also be highlighted:

  • Thoughts on 5G PHY
  • Non-coherent communications
  • New frontiers in resource allocation and quality of experience
  • Steerable beamforming at the terminal with resource allocation
  • Uplink of massive machine-type communications
  • Heterogeneous traffic modeling in space and time
  • Inter-cell load coordination (ICLC) for non-uniform traffic
  • Interdisciplinary approaches in decision making
  • Cell switching off in dense small cell deployment
  • Robust algorithms and protocols
  • Layer 8 – User-in-the-loop (demand shaping in space and time)
  • Millimeter wave communications
  • Advanced antenna technologies

In the absence of a clear technology roadmap towards 5G, 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 the Department of Systems and Computer Engineering at Carleton University, Ottawa. His research interests cover many aspects of wireless technologies with a special emphasis on cellular networks. Dr. Yanikomeroglu has coauthored about 60 IEEE journal papers; his papers have received more than 5,000 citations. In recent years, Dr. Yanikomeroglu has been involved in several collaborative research projects with the Canadian and international industry; this collaborative research has resulted in 15 patents (applied and granted). Dr. Yanikomeroglu is currently leading the Project 5G funded by the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development & Innovation, Huawei Technologies, and Telus. Dr. Yanikomeroglu has been involved in the organization of the IEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference (WCNC) since its inception in 1999 in various capacities, including serving as the Steering Committee member, and the Technical Program Chair or Co-Chair in 2004, 2008, and 2014. He was the General Co-Chair of the IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference Fall 2010. Dr. Yanikomeroglu has served in the editor boards of IEEE Transactions on Communications, IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, and IEEE Communications Surveys and Tutorials. He is a former chair of the IEEE’s Technical Committee on Personal Communications (now called, Wireless Technical Committee). Dr. Yanikomeroglu is a recipient of several teaching and research excellence awards. He is a Distinguished Lecturer for the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society.

Everyone is welcome! 

January 22nd, 2014

It is our pleasure and honour to announce that one of the members of the IEEE Kingston Section, Dr. Yahia Antar, is the 2014 recipient of the IEEE Canada RA Fessenden Silver Medal. Established in 2000, the RA Fessenden Silver Medal is awarded to outstanding Canadian engineers recognized for their important contributions to the field of telecommunications engineering.

Congratulations Dr. Antar!