IEEE Kingston Section

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

March 28th, 2016

The  IEEE Kingston in collaboration with Queens University Electrical and Computer Engineering Department is proud to sponsor the following  seminar:

Fundamentals and applications of the temporal Talbot effect: from pulse repetition-rate control to passive waveform amplification

Date:       Thursday, March 31st, 2016.

Time:       11:00 – 12:00

Venue:     Mackintosh-Corry B201, Queen’s University Campus

Speaker:  Dr. José Azaña, Canada Research Chair, Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique, Montréal, Canada

Abstract: The temporal Talbot effect comprises a set of self-imaging phenomena in the problem of linear group-velocity dispersion of periodic waveform (pulse) trains. This seminar will provide an overview of the fundamentals of the temporal Talbot effect, and some of its most prominent applications, including energy-preserving pulse repetition rate control, clock recovery from data signals, and noiseless amplification of repetitive waveforms without using active gain.

Speaker Bio: José Azaña holds a Telecommunication Engineer degree and a PhD degree in Telecommunication Engineering from the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM), Spain. Presently, he is a Professor and a Canada Research Chair at the Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique – Centre Energie, Matériaux et Télécommunications (INRS-EMT) in Montreal, Qc, Canada. His research interests include ultrafast photonics, optical signal processing, all-fiber and integrated-waveguide technologies, high-speed telecommunications, all-optical computing, measurement of ultrafast events, light pulse interferometry and broadband microwave signal generation and manipulation.

Prof. Azaña’s research outcome has been reported in more than 450 publications in top scientific journals and technical conferences, including nearly 200 contributions in high-impact peer-review journals (with most publications in the IEEE, OSA and Nature editorial groups), and many invited and co-invited journal publications and presentations in leading international meetings. Prof. Azaña is a Fellow of the OSA (Optical Society of America) and his research work has been recognized with several prestigious awards and distinctions, including the 2008 IEEE-Photonics Society Young Investigator Award, and the 2009 IEEE-MTT Society Microwave Prize.

This seminar is open to the general public with free admission.