IEEE Kingston Section

March 17th, 2015

IEEE Kingston Section is proud to co-sponsor SPAC 2015 with the Queen’s University and Royal Military College of Canada’s IEEE student branches.

When:    Saturday, March 21st From 2:30 – 8:30pm

Where:   University Club – 168 Stuart Street

Tickets:  $35 (dinner and general admission)



IEEE Student Professional Awareness Conference (SPAC) is a formal dinner event that aims to bridge the gap between students and their career goals. SPAC offers students and employers a unique opportunity to network with one another in a professional environment along with professionals and academics representing their respective fields. SPACs are student-organized conferences that involve discussions on various professional development topics. These conferences:

  • Significantly enhanced the leadership and non-technical skills of engineering students.
  • Train pioneers and innovators to tackle the dynamics of the technology profession.
  • Bridge the professional needs of technologists-in-training and wisdom of technology leaders from different fields.

SPAC is a globally recognized event hosted by various IEEE groups across the world. This year, the Queen’s University and Royal Military College of Canada’s IEEE student branches are proud to present SPAC 2015.

Theme: Innovation

Innovation can be viewed as the application of improved or novel solutions to meet the changing or newly discovered requirements of society. This year’s SPAC conference hopes to expand on the ideas of personal innovation to ensure a prosperous career. Speakers will be asked to expand upon the personal, industrial, and professional innovations that have shaped their careers and helped them differentiate themselves and become leaders in their respective fields. This could include ideas revolving around how they developed their own communication style, or how specific inventions, material and conceptual, have changed the way they work. The overriding goal of this conference is to effectively portray innovation as more than an image of invention, and for students to better understand how daily innovations, personal, logistical and technological; can help create successful engineers, businesses, and industries.

Speakers at SPAC 2015

  1. Kenan Huskovic – Vice President of MMM group Limited. One of the top 100 growing Engineering consulting firms in North America. Kenan is an industry leader in the engineering consulting and has many years of experience working on mechanical and electrical design of high-profile building projects.
  2. Peng Sang Cau – Founder and CEO at Transformix Engineering Inc. Transformix has recently revolutionized the CNC assembly industry and as a result is gaining a huge amount of international recognition. This has taken Ms. Cau around the world with Prime Minister Stephen Harper to represent Transformix and Canadian engineering. Lastly, she is a proponent of increased funding for Research and Development.
  3. Sumit Oberai – Sumit is the CIO and EVP Loyalty at Indigo Books. Sumit was part of two start-ups that were founded by Queen’s Engineers – DocSpace, which was acquired by Critical Path for $500M CAN in 2000 and Eloqua Corporation which was acquired by Oracle for $871M in 2012. Mr. Oberai has started his career as a software developer at Nortel Networks and also spent time in strategy consulting at McKinsey & Company.
  4. Ian Thompson – Electrical and Instrumentation & Control Directorate, AMEC Foster Wheeler. A Queen’s SCI ’86 grad who started in structural engineering but has become the head of the Electrical and I&C department at a world-leading Oil and Gas Company. He has more than 25 years of experience in power generation, managing engineering projects and project managers.

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March 17th, 2015

IEEE Kingston Section and Queen’s department of Electrical and Computer Engineering are proud to sponsor the following Distinguished Speaker Seminar:



Date:   Thursday, March 19th, 2015.

Time:  2:00 – 3:15 PM

Venue: Etherington Auditorium, 94 Stuart Street

Speaker:  Frank R. Kschischang, Distinguished Professor of Digital Communication. The Edward S. Rogers Sr. Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, University of Toronto.


Abstract: The generalized nonlinear Schrödinger (NLS) equation governs pulse propagation in optical fibers, describing the interplay between loss, noise, dispersion, and Kerr nonlinearity, and providing a challenging, yet commercially important, channel model for communication engineers and information theorists. In this work we explore the data-communications applications of the nonlinear Fourier transform, a signal-analysis technique that simplifies (for the NLS in lossless and noiseless fibers and certain other types of models) the complicated nonlinear spatio-temporal signal evolution to the action of a multiplicative “filter” in the nonlinear frequency domain. We propose a nonlinear analogue of linear frequency-division multiplexing that, unlike many other fiber-optic transmission strategies, deals with both dispersion and nonlinearity unconditionally and without the need for dispersion or nonlinearity compensation methods. (Joint work with Mansoor I. Yousefi and Siddarth Hari.)

Speaker Bio: Frank R. Kschischang  has been a faculty member with the University of Toronto since 1991. While on sabbatical leave, he visited MIT, Cambridge, MA in 1997-98 and ETH, Zürich, in 2005. While on research leave, he visited the Technical University of Munich in 2011, and in 2012-13, supported by both a Killam Research Fellowship and a Hans Fischer Senior Fellowship of TUM/IAS.
Kschischang’s research interests are focused primarily on the area of channel-coding techniques, applied to wireline, wireless and optical communication systems and networks. In 1999 he was a recipient of the Ontario Premier’s Excellence Research Award and in 2001 (renewed in 2008) he was awarded the Tier I Canada Research Chair in Communication Algorithms at the University of Toronto. Jointly with Ralf Koetter he received the 2010 Communications Society and Information Theory Society Joint Paper Award. He received the 2012 Canadian Award in Telecommunications Research. He is a Fellow of IEEE, of the Engineering Institute of Canada, and of the Royal Society of Canada. He has received six departmental teaching awards, the 2006 Faculty Teaching Award, and the 2010 University of Toronto Faculty Award of Excellence.
During 1997-2000, Kschischang served as an Associate Editor for Coding Theory for the IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, and since January 2014, he serves as this journal’s Editor-in-Chief. He also served as technical program co-chair for the 2004 IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory (ISIT), Chicago, and as general co-chair for ISIT 2008, Toronto. He served as the 2010 President of the IEEE Information Theory Society.

 This seminar is intended for a general audience interested in Electrical & Computer Engineering. Everyone is welcome!



March 12th, 2015

The EMBS Chapter of IEEE Kingston and Queen’s School of Computing are proud to sponsor the following Distinguished Lecture:



Date:   Thursday, March 19th, 2015.

Time:  2:30 – 3:30 PM

Venue: Queens University, Dupuis 217

Speaker:  Prof. Rajni Patel, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Western University. Distinguished University Professor and Tier-1 Canada Research Chair.


Abstract: Teleoperated (master-slave) surgical robotic systems such as the da Vinci® (from Intuitive Surgical Inc.) offer advantages to the surgeon of increased dexterity and precision, filtering of hand tremors, and high-definition 3D visualization of the surgical site. Currently a major disadvantage is the absence of haptic (sense of touch) feedback that prevents reflection of tool-tissue interaction forces to the surgeon. An ongoing project at CSTAR is concerned with an investigation of the role of haptics in robotics-assisted minimally invasive surgery. For this purpose an extensive test-bed has been developed which allows researchers to perform tasks using sensorized da Vinci® instruments and haptic devices so that both visual and haptic interaction are possible. This talk will start with a brief overview of teleoperation and haptics and the design of the haptics-enabled test-bed at CSTAR. The rest of the talk will be concerned with several applications using the test-bed that demonstrate the key issues associated with incorporating haptics in a teleoperated environment for minimally invasive surgery.

Speaker Bio: Rajni Patel received his Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Cambridge, England, in 1973 and currently holds the position of Distinguished University Professor and Tier-1 Canada Research Chair in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering with a cross appointment in the Department of Surgery at Western University. Dr. Patel is a founding member of CSTAR (Canadian Surgical Technologies & Advanced Robotics) and also serves as its Director of Engineering. His current research focus is on robotic and other mechatronic applications in minimally invasive surgery and therapy, haptics and teleoperation, surgical training and skills assessment and rehabilitation systems. Dr. Patel is a Life Fellow of the IEEE, and a Fellow of the ASME, the Royal Society of Canada and the Canadian Academy of Engineering.

 Everyone is welcome! Light refreshments available 



November 11th, 2014

The IEEE Kingston Antennas Propagation (AP) and Microwave Theory and Techniques (MTT) local chapter is proud to sponsor the following Distinguished Lecture:



Date:   Tuesday, November 11th, 2014.

Time:  1:30 PM

Venue: Queens University, MacDonald Hall (See Notes below for directions.)

Speaker:  Dr. Arun K. Bhattacharyya, Distinguished Engineer,  Northrop Grumman Corporation IEEE Distinguished Lecturer, Antennas and Propagation Society Redondo Beach, CA, USA


Abstract: In this talk we present an engineering procedure for analyzing and designing antenna arrays. The talk begins with a discussion on designs for beam scanning and steering. Effects of mutual coupling on the performance of an array will also be described. The talk will show how Floquet Analysis can be employed to analyze a finite array to compensate for mutual coupling effects. A step-by-step procedure for aperture arrays and sub-arrays will be presented next. Design examples include patch and horn arrays. A methodology for analyzing multilayered array structures with different periodicities will also presented and applications of such structures in phased array antennas, radar, and space communications will be highlighted.

Speaker Bio: From November 1985 to April 1987, Dr. Arun Bhattacharyya (IEEE F’02) was with the University of Manitoba, Canada, as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the electrical engineering department. From May 1987 to October 1987, he worked for Til-Tek Limited, Kemptville, Ontario, Canada, as a senior antenna engineer. In October 1987, he joined the University of Saskatchewan, Canada, as an Assistant Professor of the Electrical Engineering Department and was then promoted to the rank of Associate Professor in 1990. In July 1991 he joined Boeing Satellite Systems (formerly Hughes Space and Communications), Los Angeles as a senior staff engineer, and was then promoted to scientist and senior scientist in 1994 and 1998, respectively. Dr. Bhattacharyya became a Technical Fellow of Boeing in 2002. In September 2003 he joined Northrop Grumman Space Technology group as a staff scientist, senior grade.

He became a Distinguished Engineer which is a very rare, and honorable, recognition in Northrop Grumman.

He is the author of “Electromagnetic Fields in Multilayered Structures-Theory and Applications”, Artech House, Norwood, MA, 1994 and “Phased Array Antennas, Floquet Analysis, Synthesis, BFNs and Active Array Systems”, Hoboken, Wiley, 2006. He has authored over 95 technical papers and has 15 issued patents. His technical interests include electromagnetics, printed antennas, multilayered structures, active phased arrays and modeling of microwave components and circuits.

Dr. Bhattacharyya is the recipient of numerous awards including the 1996 Hughes Technical Excellence Award, the 2002 Boeing Special Invention Award for his invention of High Efficiency horns, the 2003 Boeing Satellite Systems Patent Awards,  and, the 2005 Tim Hannemann Annual Quality Award, Northrop Grumman Space Technology.


 Everyone is welcome! Pizza and Light refreshments available to attendees, no RSVP required!


1] An online map of the Queen’s Campus Building:

[2] To find the lecture hall, one needs to enter through the main entrance of MacDonald Hall, and then continue downstairs (slight left). Follow the corridor and then continue to the basement. The lecture hall is named “Dentons Canada LLP”, Classroom 001.