IEEE Kingston Section

September 15th, 2014

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




Date:   Tuesday September 16th, 2014.

Time:  2:45 PM – 4:00 PM

Building: Sir John A. MacDonald Hall, Faculty of Law Building, 128 Union Street

Room: Dentons Canada LLP, Classroom 001 (Basement of MacDonald Hall)

Speaker:  Dr. Jeffrey Pawlan

Abstract: This lecture will begin with the definition, history and evolution of Software Defined Radio (SDR). The lecture will then introduce the concepts of oversampling and undersampling as it applies to SDR. There will also be an introduction to the details of correctly driving and implementing an A/D converter as this is one of the most important components for SDR. Explanations of the firmware and software portions of SDR, and a comparison with state-of-the art conventional analog circuitry, will also be shown. Following these discussions, a live demonstration of SDR will be presented during the talk. Software Defined Radio (SDR) is the culmination of advances on several fronts and probably the most significant area of development in radio systems today. The entire worldwide cellular system uses SDR. NASA and the US military communications are now almost exclusively using SDR. Soon new automobile radios will be SDR to accommodate multiple modulation formats. The role of the electrical and computer engineer in this new technology will be shown so that the audience can adapt and feel that their skills are needed in the evolving field of communications.


Speaker Bio: Dr. Jeffrey Pawlan (IEEE M’89–SM’96) has been a consultant as owner of Pawlan Communications for 25 years. Prior to that, he had worked for many companies in California in very diverse areas of analog, RF, and microwave design and has been an engineer for 40 years. Some of his work was for NASA projects including the very successful design of the SARSAT/COSPAS search and rescue satellite ground stations. He also taught engineering part-time. Born and raised in the Los Angeles area, he attended UCLA and several other universities. He enjoyed learning many different fields and has 13 years of higher education including a Doctorate degree. Dr. Pawlan has worked on projects for consumer, industrial, and military applications covering a wide range of the spectrum from LF to 50GHz. In addition to his primary involvement with the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society (MTT-S), he is also a member of the IEEE Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control Society (UFFC-S) concentrating on low phase noise oscillators and phase noise measurements, a member of the IEEE Antenna and Propagation Society (AP-S), and also the Communications Society. He has published several papers and has two patents.
He is serving as a member on the IEEE SCV Section ExCom and also is on the ExCom of the Central Area, Region 6. He is a member of two MTT technical committees, MTT-9 and MTT-20. He has been designing RF and microwave hardware for Software Defined Radio uses within instrumentation and military satellite communications since 1984. For the past nine years he has been concentrating on Software Defined Radio technology with his own radio designs including the development of very capable software and hardware. He has presented talks in a workshop at the 2010 IMS in Anaheim, the 2011 IMS in Baltimore, the 2012 IMS in Montreal, and also at chapter meetings and a short course.


Everyone is welcome! Light Refreshments afterwards. 

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August 14th, 2014

The Joint Communications and Computer Chapter of IEEE Kingston is proud to announce the 2014 Communications Society Distinguished Lecturer Tour (DLT) Program to Central/Eastern Canada:




Date:   Tuesday August 19th, 2014.

Time:  2:00 PM

Location: Queens University, Walter Light Hall, Room 302

Speaker:  Prof. Koichi Asatani, IEEE Distinguished Lecturer, IEEE Fellow, IEICE Fellow Ph D, Professor, Nankai University, Tianjin, China Professor Emeritus, Kogakuin University, Tokyo, Japan

Abstract: Thanks to the penetration of broadband access technologies for Internet, real-time applications like VoIP, streaming applications like IPTV and many other delay-sensitive applications are growing very fast.

FTTH is the key broadband technology and is replacing ADSL.  It provides stable high throughput, realizing even Gbps class. It also plays a very important role in Next Generation Networks (NGN). The NGN is Carrier-grade network for the future and a converged solution after the legacy telecom networks by enabling QoS management and controls in IP network like in legacy telecom networks and by supporting economical, versatile multi-media applications like those on the Internet with secure manners. In realizing FTTH, G-PON is widely adopted. International Standards on FTTH, G-PON in particular has been established and is being further developed.

This lecture consist of the following contents: Introduction to Access Networks, Fundamentals of FTTH, Requirements to FTTH, Regulatory Aspect of FTTH, Global Standards on FTTH and G-PON, Market Trends and Further Issues.


Speaker Bio: Koichi Asatani received his B.E.E.E., M.E.E.E. and Ph. D. degrees from Kyoto University in 1969, 1971 and 1974, respectively. From 1974 to 1997, Dr. Asatani was engaged in R&D on optical fiber communication systems, hi-definition video transmission systems, FTTH, ISDN, B-ISDN, ATM networks, IP Networks and their strategic planning in NTT. In 1997 he joined Kogakuin University as a professor, and in 1999 he joined, Graduate School of Global Information and Telecommunication, Waseda University as a visiting professor, both in Tokyo, Japan. He is currently a Professor, Nankai University, Tianjin, China and a Professor Emeritus, Kogakuin University. He is a Fellow of IEEE and a Fellow of IEICE. He was appointed as a distinguished lecturer of IEEE Communications Society for 2006-2009 and 2011-2012, 2013-2014.

He is a founder of Communications QoS, Reliability and Performance Modeling series symposium at ICCs and Globecoms.  He served as co-chair for this symposium at ICCs and Globecoms for 2002-2004.  He is Ex-Chair and Advisory Board Member of IEEE Technical Committee on Communication Quality and Reliability (CQR-TC), Feature Editor on Standards (1993-1999), Senior Technical Editor (1999-2005) of IEEE Communications Magazine. He also served as Executive Chair, ICC2011 in Kyoto. From 1988 through 2000, he served as Vice-Chairman of ITU-T SG 13 (formerly CCITT SG XVIII), responsible for digital networks including GII, IP networks, NGN and Future Networks.  He serves as Chair for National Committee on Next Generation Networks in Japan. He is also serving as Chair, R&D and Standardizations Working Group, Next Generation IP Network Promotion Forum. He is serving as IEEE Communications Society Director, Member Programs Development for 2014-2015 term. He was also elected as Board of Governor, IEICE and Chair, IEICE Standardization Committee for 2014-2016.

He has published more than fifty papers, and gave more than 120 talks including keynotes and invited talks at international conferences. He is author or co-author of nineteen books including “Designs of Telecommunication Networks”(IEICE, 1993, in Japanese), “Introductions to ATM Networks and B-ISDN)” (John Wiley and Sons, 1997), “Multimedia Communications” (Academic Press, 2001), “Introduction to Information Networks-Fundamentals of Telecom & Internet Convergence, QoS, VoIP and NGN-” (Corona-sha Publishing, in Japanese, 2007).

His current interests include Information Networks including Broadband networking, Internet Interworking, IP telephony, NGN, Future Networks and their QoS aspects.


Everyone is welcome!

Light Refreshments afterwards.  

For more information, please contact Dr. François Chan,

July 31st, 2014

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




Date:   Friday August 1st, 2014.

Time:  2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Location: Walter Light Hall, Room 302

Speaker:  Dr. Yihong Qi, Chief Scientist, General Test Systems Inc

Abstract: This presentation gives an introduction to the fundamentals and advances of the over the air test for wireless terminals, such as cellular phone, GPS/Beidou receivers, WiFi and Blue-tooth terminals etc. Topics that will be addressed include total radiated power and total isotropic sensitivity fundamentals, CTIA standard test and measurement uncertainties. Advances in the over the air test will also be discussed including new understanding of measurement uncertainty sources and compact zone test and systems.


Speaker Bio: Yihong Qi (IEEE M’92–SM’11) received the B.S. degree in electronics from the National University of Defense Technologies, Changsha, China, the M.S. degree in electronics from the Chinese Academy of Space Technology, Beijing, China, and the Ph.D. degree in electronics from Xidian University, Xi’an, China. From 1989 to 1993, he was a Postdoctoral Fellow and then an Associate Professor with Southeast University, Nanjing, China. From 1993 to 1995, he was a Postdoctoral Researcher at McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, Canada. From 1995 to 2010, he was with Research in Motion, Waterloo, ON, where he was the Director of advanced electromagnetic research. He is the Chief Scientist in General Test Systems Inc., he founded DBJay in 2011. He is also an Adjunct Professor in the Missouri University of Science and technology EMC Laboratory, Rolla, MO, USA, and an Adjunct Professor in Hunan University, Changsha. He is an Inventor of 166 published and pending patents. Dr. Qi is a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE EMC Society for 2014 and 2015 and he also serves as a Co-chair of the IEEE EMC SC-4.


Everyone is welcome! Light Refreshments afterwards. 

July 25th, 2014

The MTT-S /APS Joint Chapter of IEEE Kingston Section are proud to present the following distinguished lecture:




Dr. Mohammad S. Sharawi
Associate Professor
Electrical Engineering Department
King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM)
Dhahran, Saudi Arabia

Day/Time: Monday, August 11th, 2014, 11 AM
Location: The Royal Military College of Canada
Room: S4202 Sawyer Building

Multiple-Input-Multiple-Output (MIMO) antenna systems are a key enabling technology for 4G wireless
communications and beyond. MIMO antenna systems provide significant data rate increase in multipath
wireless communication systems. The use of multiple antenna elements within the user terminals poses several
challenges with conflicting requirements. While the user handset device size is limited, the integration of
multiple printed antennas is such small devices yields significant coupling and correlation between the antenna
structures and their radiation patterns. Issues such as the correlation coefficient and isolation have direct impact
on the achievable capacity (data rate) of a MIMO communication system and degrades its performance. The
design of novel antennas and coming up with isolation enhancement mechanisms is a topic of continuous
importance. In this talk, we will review some of the metrics needed to characterize MIMO antennas, and then
touch upon some of the recent developments in printed MIMO antenna designs for mobile handsets along with
some of the isolation mechanisms used to improve their performance. Several design examples and prototypes
will be presented and discussed.
Mohammad S. Sharawi is an Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering at King Fahd University of
Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM), Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. He is the founder and director of the Antennas and
Microwave Structure Design Laboratory (AMSDL). He obtained his Ph.D. in RF Systems Engineering in 2006
from Oakland University, Michigan. Dr. Sharawi is currently on sabbatical leave at the University of Calgary,
AB, Canada. He is the author of the book “Printed MIMO Antenna Engineering,” and has more than 100
published papers in refereed journals and international conferences. His research interests include MIMO and
Printed antennas, Antenna arrays, Applied Electromagnetics and System level integration.


Seminar is open to the public. Free admission.