IEEE Kingston Section

April 13th, 2015

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


Date:   Thursday, April 23rd, 2015.

Time:  1:00  PM

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

Speaker:  Dr. Abdallah Shami, Western University, London, Ontario


Abstract: Cloud computing is continuously growing as a business model for hosting information and communication technology applications. Although on-demand resource consumption and faster deployment time make this model appealing for the enterprise, other concerns arise regarding the quality of service offered by the cloud. One major concern is the high availability of applications hosted in the cloud. This talk will discuss the tremendous effect that the placement strategy for virtual machines hosting applications has on the high availability of the services provided by these applications. In addition, a novel scheduling technique (CHASE) that takes into consideration the interdependencies between applications components and other constraints such as communication delay tolerance and resource utilization will be presented. Furthermore, this talk will present the advantages and shortcomings of CHASE compared to an optimal solution, OpenStack Nova scheduler, high availability-agnostic, and redundancy-agnostic schedulers.

Speaker Bio: Abdallah Shami received the B.E. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the Lebanese University, Beirut, Lebanon in 1997, and the Ph.D. Degree in Electrical Engineering from the Graduate School and University Center, City University of New York, New York, NY 2003. Since July 2004, he has been with Western University, Canada where he is currently Professor and Associate-Chair (Graduate) in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. His current research interests are in the area of network optimization, cloud computing, and wireless networks.

Contacts: Dr. Francois Chan, RMC ECE Dept, or Prof. Hossam Hassanein, Queen’s Univ.,

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




April 2nd, 2015
Congratulations to Queen’s ECE team on winning the 2015 IEEE Eastern Ontario Student Paper Competition. The Queen’s ECE team consisting of three members – Thomas Coulter, Falgun Trivedi and Kieran Williams with their project “Wireless Follow Focus” won the 1st-place after competing with the best teams from Carleton University, RMC, and Algonquin College.

Members of the team from Queen’s ECE (leftmost and two rightmost) in a photo after the award

This year the competition took place at University of Ottawa and Queen’s ECE team was being supervised by Dr. Michael Greenspan, an ECE faculty at Queen’s.

April 2nd, 2015
The 2015 Queen’s IEEE Student Project Competition was held on Tuesday March 24 at Walter Light Hall, Queen’s main campus. The two projects which advanced to round II  were all exciting and the judges - Prof. Ahmad Afsahi, Prof. Yan-Fei Liu and Prof. Carlos Saavedra​ did a great job.

The winners of the competition were:

1st Place – Team: Thomas Coulter, Falgun Trivedi and Kieran Williams
Supervisor: Prof. Michael Greenspan
Project: Wireless Follow Focus

2nd Place -Team: Stephaney Daley​
Supervisor: Prof. Anthony Noble
Project: Image Analysis of the PICO Dark Matter Detector

The ECE Department at Queen’s also supported by providing pizza and refreshments for the event


March 31st, 2015
The RMC IEEE Student paper competition was held on 26 Mar 2014 in conjunction with the RMC ECE fourth year project presentations. There were a total of 14 excellent projects presented.  Prizes of $150, $90 and $60 were awarded to the first, second and third place project groups respectively.

From left to right: Jean-Francois Lizee, Pascal Laberge-Leblanc and Dr. McGaughey (Chair of IEEE Kingston Section)

RMC Student Paper Competition Winners
1st           Pascal Laberge-Leblanc and Jean-Francois Lizee, Main Électromécanique Contrôlée Par Signaux Électromyographies
2nd          Leverton and Mackey, Hardware based Symmetric Network Encryption
3rd          Albrecht and Machnee, DNS Covert Channel Detection Tool
Mr. Laberge-Leblanc and Mr. Lizee will represent RMC at the IEEE Regional Student Paper Competition on 1 April 2015 at the University of Ottawa.