IEEE Kingston Section

April 6th, 2017

The  IEEE Kingston Joint Communications and Computer Chapter is proud to sponsor the following IEEE lecture:

Telecommunication Engineering as Distinct Education Discipline – Reflections on the TEE Movement and Project ISTEE

Date:        Thursday, April 13th, 2017.

Time:       1:30PM

Venue:     WLH302 , Walter Light Hall, Queens University, Kingston.

Speaker:  Dr. Tarek S. El-Bawab, Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Jackson State University (USA)

Abstract: In this talk, we discuss recent efforts which led to recognition of telecommunication engineering (TE) as a distinct education discipline in the US and other countries. These efforts have concluded by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc., (ABET) approval of its new Criteria for Electrical, Computer, Communications, Telecommunication(s) and Similarly Named Engineering Programs. We reflect on the history of the Telecommunication Engineering Education (TEE) initiative and movement (2008-2014) which resulted in this development. We discuss the impact of progress in Network Science and Engineering and the evolution of the Internet on modern Telecommunications, and examine these developments in light of other developments in the arena of engineering education.
The talk will look into the work that needs to be done to capitalize on these events and developments in several areas/directions; and the roles of numerous stakeholders thereto. For example, Telecom is an area of high standardization activity and the new discipline requires curricular components, syllabi, course(s) and innovative instruction methods to fill a knowledge gap in this particular area. We discuss ongoing efforts that are proceeding forward in this regards through a project ISTEE (Integrating Standards into Telecommunication Engineering Education). This project is a partnership now involving US academia, industry, the US Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Technology (NIST), and the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE).

Speaker Bio: Tarek S. El-Bawab led the Telecommunication Engineering Education (TEE) initiative and movement (2008-2014), which resulted in recognition of telecommunication engineering as a distinct ABET-accreditable education discipline on November 1, 2014. He is the first recipient of the IEEE Communications Society’s (ComSoc) Education Award, due to this work (2015). The citation of this award reads: “for outstanding contributions to the definition, and to the accreditation criteria, of modern communication/telecommunication engineering education; and for making changes to our education system that benefit our community, society, and the profession.”

Dr. El-Bawab research interests include telecommunications, network architectures, optical networks, performance analysis, enabling electronic/photonic technologies, telecom standards, and engineering education. Currently, he is with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Jackson State University (USA). Before this he was with Alcatel-Lucent (USA) as a Project Manager with the Network Strategy Group (CTO organization). Earlier, he was involved in networking research with a number of organizations, including Alcatel-Lucent (USA); the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Colorado State University (USA); and the Department of Electronic Systems Engineering, University of Essex (UK). Before this he led large-scale international telecommunication projects in the Middle East for 10 years. He is Member of IEEE-Eta Kappa Nu (HKN) and an IEEE ComSoc Distinguished Lecturer. He has more than 70 scholarly journal/conference papers and patents. His book Optical Switching is one of the most comprehensive references in its subject. He is the Editor of Springer’s Series: Textbooks in Telecommunication Engineering, and the Associate Editor in Chief (AEiC) of the IEEE Communications Magazine.

Tarek has served IEEE and ComSoc in numerous capacities. He is Board Member of the IEEE Educational Activities Board (EAB), and of the EAB’s Committee on Global Accreditation Activities (CGAA). He is member of ComSoc’s Educational Services Board (ESB). He served as member of the Board of Governors, Director of Conference Operations, and member of the Online Content Board (OCB) of ComSoc (2014-2015). He is a founding/active member of several ComSoc technical committees, and served as Chair of the Transmission, Access, and Optical Systems (TAOS) Technical Committee for two terms. He has served as symposium chair, workshops Chair, and organizer in several ICC/Globecom Conferences, and organized/chaired the ICC/Globecom International Workshop on Optical Networking Technologies (IWONT) for 10 years. Tarek is also member of the IEEE Computer, Electron Devices, and Photonics Societies.
Dr. El-Bawab has a B.Sc. in electrical engineering, and a B.A. in history, both from Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt. He holds an M.Sc. in solid state science from the American University in Cairo, and an M.Sc. in telecommunications and information systems from the University of Essex, UK. He obtained his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Colorado State University.

This seminar is open to the general public with free admission and refreshments. For further information, please contact Dr. Francois Chan

November 17th, 2016

The  IEEE Kingston Joint Communications and Computer Chapter is proud to sponsor the following IEEE lecture:

Advancements in the Internet of Things Leading to Big Sensed Data

Date:        Monday, November 28th, 2016.

Time:       2:00PM

Venue:     WLH302 , Walter Light Hall, Queens University, Kingston.

Speaker:  Dr. Sharief Oteafy, School of Computing, Queens University

Abstract: The Internet of Things (IoT) is proliferating on reliable and scalable collection of sensed data. Meanwhile, the growing realizations of Wireless Sensor Networks (WSNs), sensing over smart devices (tablets, smartphones) and wired sensors, are all generating an exponentially increasing amount of data. The ensuing advent of Big Sensed Data (BSD) is generating critical challenges. First, collected data is mainly insightful to each deployed network, any “sense-making” processes to be built upon heterogeneously collected data faces significant interoperability problems, exposing challenges with varying quality, data-labelling inconsistencies, inaccuracies, time-sensitivities and different reporting granularities. Second, sensing systems inherently adopt a collect-and-report model, whereby collected data is indiscriminately pushed onto the networking infrastructure, regardless of the Quality of Information (QoI) or its value (VoI). Not only do we face scalability issues, but establishing reliable Information Services on top of BSD is not attainable over inconsistently collected, validated and reported data. Thus, the future of Big Data is hampered by the sheer volume of reported data, its uncalibrated discrepancies, and worse by the flood of redundant and lower quality data. Real-time decision making is inherently built on the efficacy of ubiquitous sensing systems, not on the aggregation of devices that are isolated in operation and management. In a time when important IoT applications such as health Informatics and emergency services require rapid and scalable access to contextual information about patients, mobile crowds and the general public, the status quo falls significantly short.

Speaker Bio: Sharief M. A. Oteafy (S’08–M’13) is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the School of Computing, Queen’s University. Dr. Oteafy received his PhD in 2013 from Queens University, focusing on adaptive resource management in Next Generation Sensing Networks, introducing the notion of Organic WSNs that adapt to their environment and scale in functionality with resource augmentation. Dr. Oteafy’s current research focuses on dynamic architectures for enabling large scale synergy in the Internet of Things; encompassing dynamic resource management across IoT platforms, in addition to managing the proliferation of Big Sensed Data. Dr. Oteafy is actively engaged in the IEEE Communications Society, and an IEEE and ACM member since 2008. Dr. Oteafy is an active member of the IEEE ComSoc Standards Association as the AHSN Standards Liaison, and a member in the ComSoc Tactile Internet standard WG. Dr. Oteafy co-authored a book on “Dynamic Wireless Sensor Networks”, published by Wiley, and presented over 40 peer-reviewed publications in Sensing systems and IoT. Dr. Oteafy co-chaired a number of IEEE workshops, in conjunction with IEEE ICC and IEEE LCN conferences, and served on the TPC of numerous IEEE and ACM symposia. Dr. Oteafy has delivered tutorials on Big Sensed Data management in IEEE ICC, IEEE CAMAD and IEEE Globecom conferences, and serves as an Associate Editor in IEEE Access.


This seminar is open to the general public with free admission and refreshments. For further information, please contact Dr. Francois Chan

September 3rd, 2016

The  IEEE Kingston Communications and Computer Chapter is proud to sponsor the following IEEE lecture:

A Perspective on the Development of Defence Electronic Systems

Date:       Thursday, September 8th, 2016.

Time:       3:00PM

Venue:     S4214 (Sawyer Building),  Royal Military College of Canada

Speaker:  Robert Inkol (previously with Defence Research and Development Canada – DRDC)

Abstract: In the development of defence electronic systems, there are inevitably numerous challenges and pitfalls that must be identified and addressed if useful results are to be realized. This presentation draws on the author’s previous experiences with Defence R&D Canada to explore real world issues in the development of defence electronic systems. While this presentation is of particular interest to engineers who are or will be involved in the development, procurement and life cycle management of defence electronic systems, it will also be of interest to those having a broader interest in system engineering.

Speaker Bio: Robert Inkol (M’73 – SM’86)  received the B.Sc. and M.A.Sc. degrees in Applied Physics and Electrical Engineering from the University of Waterloo in 1976 and 1978, respectively. From 1978 to 2012, he was a Defence Scientist with Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC) where he was responsible for the technical leadership of various electronic warfare related projects and research programs. He was responsible for numerous contributions to the application of very large scale integrated circuit technology and digital signal processing techniques to electronic warfare systems. In addition to having produced numerous publications, Mr. Inkol holds four patents. He is a Senior Member of IEEE, and has served as a reviewer for various publications and as a Technical Program Committee member for several IEEE conferences. In 2012, he received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal. Since 2014, he has carried out several studies and investigations on EW related topics for MDA Corporation.

This seminar is open to the general public with free admission and refreshments. For further information, please contact Dr. Francois Chan

May 2nd, 2016


IEEE Kingston Section cordially invites

IEEE Members, Students, Staff and Well Wishers to its

 2016 IEEE Annual Banquet.


with Guest Speaker


Dr. Arthur B. McDonald

2015 Nobel Laureate in Physics and

Professor Emeritus, Physics, Engineering Physics and Astronomy




May 25th  2016, 

from 6:00pm at the

Donald Gordon Centre, 421 Union St. Kingston, ON K7L 3N6

Dinner Menu:

Starter – Chef’s soup of the day, Spinach, Mandarin and red onion salad

Main Course options –

  1. Chicken Kiev (Halal available)
  2. Atlantic Salmon (gluten-free)
  3. Stuffed Pasta Primavera (vegetarian)

Desert – Molten Lava Cake (Fruit Salad available upon request)

Abstract of talk by Prof. McDonald:

The Sudbury Neutrino Observatory: A success story for science and engineering

The Sudbury Neutrino Observatory project involved the design, engineering and construction of a particle detector the size of a ten storey building 2 km underground under ultra-clean conditions with $300 million of heavy water as the central detection medium. With this detector it was possible observe one neutrino per hour with essentially no radioactive background in the region of interest and use this data to show conclusively that electron neutrinos produced in the core of the sun change to other neutrino flavours before reaching the earth. This requires that neutrinos have a non-zero mass, which is new physics beyond the Standard Model of Elementary Particles. The science and engineering challenges of the Nobel Prize winning project will be discussed.

Ticket Prices: (Deadline for purchase is 19 May, 2016)

Members (and max. one companion) $40.00
Student members (and max. one companion) $20.00
Non-members $50.00




Purchase tickets:

PDF version of the 2016 Banquet Announcement