IEEE Kingston Section

March 15th, 2016

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

National and International Management of Radio Frequencies for Wireless Services

Date:       Tuesday, March 15th, 2016.

Time:       3:00 – 4:00PM

Venue:     Kinesiology, Room 101, Queen’s University (28 Division Street), Kingston, Ontario

Speaker:  Dr. Veena Rawat, O.C.

Abstract: Wireless services have become an essential part of every citizen. These services use a natural, renewable resource called radio frequencies/spectrum. The radio frequency spectrum is a very precious resource which must be managed to ensure efficient and equitable access for the services which use it. There are several variables, political, socio-economics, technical among others, one must consider when managing the spectrum resource. The talk will cover what is involved in managing the spectrum at national and international levels, development of policies and regulations, using Canada, US and ITU, a UN Agency as examples.

Speaker Bio: Dr. Rawat is an internationally acclaimed expert in Radio Frequency Spectrum Planning and Management, currently working as a Communications Technologies Consultant, providing advisory services to a number of organizations and corporations nationally and internationally. In 2014 she became an Officer of the Order of Canada for her “contributions to telecommunications engineering and for leadership in establishing the global regulatory framework for radio spectrum management.”

From 2011 to 2014, Dr. Rawat worked as Vice President and Ambassador to ITU for BlackBerry. During 2004-11, Dr. Rawat was President of Communications Research Centre, the only Canadian federal government research lab conducting R&D in all communications technologies. Before heading CRC, Dr. Rawat spent 28 years within the Canadian Government where she held executive positions managing programs related to radio frequency spectrum engineering for all wireless and space communication services.

She has been keynote and invited speaker, panelist and moderator for over 100 conferences and events dealing with technology trends, wireless technologies, radio spectrum matters, and Canadian S&T matters. She has served on the Board of numerous national and international professional organizations.

Dr. Rawat has had many “firsts” in her career, a trail blazer, starting from first female PhD  ever in 1973 in Electrical Engineering from Queens University, Kingston, Ontario, to being the first female (and first Canadian as well) ever to chair ITU’s highest level meeting WRC (World Radio Conference) in 2003 held in Geneva for which she was awarded ITU’s gold medal by the Secretary General.  Other key awards include: IEEE for Public Service in Communications – 2012; from the Govt of Canada the highest Public Service Award of Excellence – 2011; From Canadian Women in Communications’ Canadian Woman of the Year – 2004; Canadian Women’s Executive Network’s Canada’s Most Powerful Women, Top 100 (2005).

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

February 4th, 2016

The  IEEE Kingston AP/MTT Joint Chapter in collaboration with IEEE Kingston Section is proud to sponsor the following  seminar:


Date:         Wednesday February 10th, 2016.

Time:        2:30PM

Venue:     Walter Light Hall, Room 302, Queen’s University. Kingston, Ontario

Speaker:  Dr. Ashwin K. Iyer, University of Alberta

Abstract: The spectacular growth of metamaterials (MTMs) research has been fueled by fantastic ideas like invisibility using MTM “cloaks” and imaging with unlimited resolution using MTM “superlenses”. These ideas, however, are just manifestations of a much more tangible concept: that MTMs afford unprecedented control over electromagnetic (EM) waves. This talk will focus on new ideas being developed at the University of Alberta involving cylindrical MTM geometries. Many microwave devices exhibit cylindrical symmetry (e.g. circular waveguides/apertures, dielectric-resonator antennas, radomes, etc.) and can benefit from the incorporation of MTMs. For example, we recently discovered that hollow circular waveguides lined with thin, cylindrical MTMs could potentially be operated well below their natural cutoff frequencies. This is tantamount to extreme miniaturization, which is unprecedented in the case of hollow-waveguide technology. I will present theory, simulations, and experiments verifying below-cutoff propagation and discuss three distinct and intriguing applications: (1) miniaturized waveguide probe antennas, capable of higher-spatial-resolution near-field characterization of antennas and surfaces, (2) enabling a new type of MRI based on traveling waves, and (3) the miniaturization of aperture arrays leading to new mechanisms for extraordinary transmission.

Speaker Bio: Dr. Ashwin K. Iyer received the BASc., MASc., and PhD degrees in elettrical engineering from the University of Toronto, Canada, in 2001, 2003, and 2009 respectively. He joined the faculty of the University of Alberta Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering in the fall of 2009, where he now leads a growing group of talented graduate students in the analysis, characterization and experimental validation of metamaterial phenomena and their applications to imaging and antennas.

Dr. Iyer was part of the pioneering effort at the University of Toronto in the early 2000s in developing metamaterials that exhibit a negative refractive index (NRI). Dr. Iyer’s contributions have greatly influenced the evolution of metamaterials and have mobilized much of the work in this area. He has contributed to several of the leading publications in the fields of RF/Microwave engineering, antennas, physics, and optics, with a total citation count of over 2500, and he has co-authored 4 invited chapters appearing in the earliest conferences on the subject of metamaterials.

Dr. Iyer has received numerous awards, including the 2008 R. W. P. King Award for the best paper published in the previous year by an author under the age of 36 years, and the 2015 Donald G. Dudley Jr. Undergraduate Teaching Award, both presented by the IEEE AP-S. His students are also recipients of several major national and international awards for their research. He currently serves as an associate editor of the IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation and co-chair of the IEEE Northern Canada Section’s joint chapter of the AP-S and MTT-S societies. Dr.  Iyer is a member of the IEEE and a registered member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA).

This seminar is open to the general public with free admission and refreshments served afterwards.


January 20th, 2016






The IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS) International Student Conference (ISC) 2016 will be hosted at Carleton University located in Ottawa, Canada. The ISC 2016 will run from May 29, 2016 to May 31, 2016 with an overarching theme of ‘Expanding the Boundaries of Biomedical Engineering and Healthcare’. Over the course of the conference, distinguished Keynote speakers will provide insight into their specialties. The conference program will also feature workshops, oral and poster presentations, a design competition, sessions for students and young professionals, as well as exhibitions and networking breaks.

For more details, see PDF version of Call for Papers.



January 14th, 2016

 IEEE Kingston Microwave Theory and Techniques Society and the IEEE Kingston Section is proud to sponsor the following  seminar:


Date:   Wednesday January 20th, 2016.

Time:  2:00 – 3:00PM

Venue: Walter Light Hall, Room 302, Queen’s University. Kingston, Ontario

Speaker:  Dr. Jose Carlos Pedro, IEEE Fellow and IEEE Distinguished Microwave Lecturer

Abstract: Despite the many studies that have been undertaken to understand the wonderful world of nonlinearity, most undergraduate electrical engineering programs are still confined to linear analysis and design tools. As a result, the vast majority of microwave designers still cannot profit from the significant technological advancements that have been made in nonlinear circuit simulation, active device modeling and new instrumentation for performance verification. So, they tend to conduct their designs relying on experience, empirical concepts, and many trial and error iterations in the lab.  This talk will reveal the ubiquitous presence of nonlinearity in all RF and microwave circuits and the recent efforts made to understand, model, predict, and measure its diverse manifestations. We aim to bring microwave engineers’ attention to newly available techniques, and attract researchers to pursue further studies on this scientifically exciting topic.  Starting with some elementary properties of nonlinear circuits (like nonlinear signal distortion, harmonic generation, frequency conversion and spectral regrowth), we will show that nonlinearity is present in all wireless circuits, either to perform a desired signal operation or as unintentional distortion. In this way, we will show how oscillators, modulators or mixers could not exist without nonlinearity, while power-amplifier designers struggle to get rid of its distortion effects.  After this theoretical overview, we will introduce some recent advancements in nonlinear microwave circuit analysis tools and illustrate different types of models that are currently being used to represent and predict device, circuit, and system performance. Finally, we will focus the talk on the key metrics that are used to characterize nonlinear behavior, as well as newly developed lab instruments and their ability to assess device performance.


Speaker Bio: Prof. Jose Carlos Pedro received the Diploma and PhD Degrees in Electrical Engineering from University of Aveiro – Portugal, in 1985 and 1993, respectively.   Currently, he is a Full Professor at the same University, and a Senior Research Scientist at the Telecommunications Institute, where he heads the Wireless Circuits and Systems group.  He was Head of the Department of Electronics, Telecommunications and Informatics of the University of Aveiro from 2007 to 2011. He has authored or co-authored more than 150 papers in international journals and symposia and he is the leading author of the book Intermodulation Distortion in Microwave and Wireless Circuits published by Artech House in 2003.  He was an Associate Editor of the IEEE T-MTT from 2005 to 2010. He was the General Chair of the IEEE technically sponsored INMMIC Workshop of 2006 and the TPC Chair of the IEEE Region 8 EuroCon-2011.  Prof. Pedro received the Marconi Young Scientist Award in 1993 and the 2000 Institution of Electrical Engineers (IEE), U.K., Measurement Prize.   In 2007, Prof. Pedro was awarded the Fellow grade by the IEEE  for Contributions to Nonlinear Distortion Analysis of Microwave Devices and Circuits.

This seminar is open to the general public with free admission and refreshments served afterwards.