IEEE Kingston Section

May 28th, 2014

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


Stored Energy and Current Optimization for Small Antennas

Date:   May 30th, 2014.

Time:  11:00 AM

Location: Royal Military College of Canada, Currie Building, Currie Hall

Speaker:  Dr.Mats Gustafsson (IEEE AP-S Distinguished Lecturer )

Abstract:  Design of small antennas is challenging as the Q-factor, efficiency, and radiation resistance must be controlled simultaneously. In this presentation, current optimization is used to analyze small antennas. The stored energy is expressed in the current density in the antenna structure and the optimal current distribution is formulated as a convex optimization problem. The optimal currents provide insight for antenna design and present performance limits of antennas. We present several optimization formulations such as the maximal gain Q-factor quotient, minimal Q for superdirectivity, minimal Q for given far field, and efficiency. The effects of antennas embedded in structures such as mobile phones are also discussed. Results are shown for different antenna geometries and compared to state of the art designs showing that many antennas perform almost optimally.

Speaker Bio: Mats Gustafsson received the M.Sc. degree in Engineering Physics 1994, the Ph.D. degree in Electromagnetic Theory 2000, was appointed Docent 2005, and Professor of Electromagnetic Theory 2011, all from Lund University, Sweden. He co-founded the company Phase holographic imaging AB in 2004.  His research interests are in scattering and antenna theory and inverse scattering and imaging with applications in microwave tomography and digital holography. He has written over 70 peer reviewed journal papers and over 90 conference papers. Prof. Gustafsson received the Best Antenna Poster Prize at EuCAP 2007, the IEEE Schelkunoff Transactions Prize Paper Award 2010, and the Best Antenna Theory Paper Award at EuCAP 2013. He serves as an IEEE AP-S Distinguished Lecturer for 2013-15.

Everyone is welcome! 

May 10th, 2014

IEEE Kingston Section cordially invites

IEEE Members, Students, Staff and Well Wishers

to its 2014 IEEE Annual Banquet.

There will be an interesting talk by

Dr. Ted Hsu (MP for Kingston)

which will be followed by a sumptuous 3-course meal.

 Join us


May 20th  2014

at the

Delta Hotel  Conference Center

Delta Hotel (downtown Kingston).




For Tickets See:

  • At RMC:  Mr. Cenk Aytimur (
  • At Queen’s: Mr. Toritseju Okpotse ( for student tickets

Ticket Prices:

Members (and +1) Student members (25 tickets) Non-members
$45.00 $25.00 $50.00

For further details, please see the event poster

March 31st, 2014

With great pleasure, the IEEE Kingston Section invites nominations for the following 2014 Section awards:

1.       IEEE Graduate Research Awards

2.       Outstanding Engineering Teaching Award

3.       Outstanding Volunteer Award

Applications should be sent by email to Dr. Osman at


March 31st, 2014

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


On a New Feedback Control Paradigm for Stock Market Trading Without a Price Model


Date:  Thursday April 3rd, 2014.

Time:  2:00 – 3:15 PM

Location: Queens University, Walter Light Hall, WLH 205

Speaker:  Professor B. Ross Barmish, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Abstract:  In this seminar, I will describe a new paradigm for stock market trading which does not use a model for the time-varying price p(t). Neither predictions about future stock prices nor a parameter estimation scheme is involved. Instead, our new paradigm, based on feedback control considerations, involves reactive adaptation of the investment level I(t) to trends in the gains and losses over time. In the finance literature, such a model-free scheme falls under the umbrella of “technical analysis.” After explaining what is meant by technical analysis, I will address a longstanding conundrum in finance: Why is it that so many asset managers, hedge funds and individual investors trade stock using technical analysis despite the existence of a significant body of literature claiming that such methods are of questionable worth with little or no theoretical rationale? Whereas existing work on this question by academics and practitioners in finance involves extensive statistical analysis of a trading algorithm via back-testing with historical data, our feedback-based approach is aimed at providing a theoretical rationale which explains why such trading methods result in either success or failure.

Speaker Bio: B. Ross Barmish received the Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from McGill University in 1971. In 1972 and 1975 respectively, he received the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees, both in Electrical Engineering, from Cornell University. From 1975 to 1978, he served as Assistant Professor of Engineering and Applied Science at Yale University. From 1978 to 1984, he was as an Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Rochester and in 1984, he joined the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where he is currently Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering. From 2001 to 2003, he was with the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Case Western Reserve University, where he served as Department Chair while holding the endowed Nord Professorship. Over the years, he has been involved in a number of IEEE Control Systems Society activities such as associate editorships, conference chairmanships, the Board of Governors and prize paper committees. He has also served as a consultant for a number of companies and is the author of the textbook New Tools for Robustness of Linear Systems, Macmillan, 1994. Professor Barmish is a Fellow of both the IEEE and IFAC for his contributions to the theory of robustness of dynamical systems. He received the Best Paper Award for Journal Publication in Automatica, covering a three-year period, on two consecutive occasions from the International Federation of Automatic Control. He has also given a number of plenary lectures at major conferences and is the IEEE Control Systems Society winner of the 2013 Bode Prize. In conjunction with this award, he provided a Keynote Plenary at the 2013 Conference on Decision and Control, held in Florence, Italy.

Everyone is welcome!