IEEE Kingston Section

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.


December 11th, 2015

 IEEE Kingston Communications & Computer Chapter is proud to host the following Distinguished Lecture:


Date:   Tuesday, December 15th, 2015.

Time:  3:30 PM

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

Speaker:  Fawzi Behmann, President of TelNet Management Consulting Inc.

Abstract: The talk will shed light and respond to the following questions:
Q1: What is Collaborative IoT?
Q2: What are some of the key drivers influencing the advancement of Collaborative IoT?
Q3: What are some of the key examples and benefits?
Q4: Is it too early to talk about IoT KPI (Key Performance Indicators)?
While IoT is still largely unknown amongst the general public, it is expected to make a big impact in 2015 and beyond. Estimates indicate that the number of connected devices will reach 4.9 billion this year, and various sources point out to 50-200 billion devices connected by 2020.
This presentation will provide a quick overview on the evolution of IoT, explore future opportunities that calls for innovative approach supported by industry initiatives and standards activities. The presentation will explore the need for platform to launch and accelerate collaborative IoT applications, and present a few examples addressing smart health & fitness, smart home, smart energy, smart car, smart parking, smart public safety and smart cities.

Speaker Bio: Fawzi Behmann is a visionary, thought leader, author that has been blessed with great academic and career opportunities.  He holds a Bachelor of Science with honors and distinction from Concordia University, Montreal, QC, Masters in Computer Science from University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON, and  Executive MBA from Queens University, ON. All this has contributed to a solid base in science, math, logic, technology and business.
This academic foundation empowered Fawzi in his career path in the area of communications and networking spanning supply-chain from service provider with Teleglobe Canada, to equipment vendor with Nortel Networks, to semiconductor with Motorola/Freescale in Canada and USA. Since 2009, Fawzi started TelNet Management Consulting, Inc, offering consulting services to consortiums in the areas of processor technology evolution, clients for IoT, SoC Architecture solutions for key markets and IoT. Recently, Fawzi collaborated with consortiums and offered consultation and proposals for risk-based GIS in the area of public safety to Interior ministry of Ghana and Togo and Strategy and roadmap to ministry of Environment & Water at UAE.
Fawzi has been a keynote & distinguished speaker, and presenter at several domestic and international conferences. He is  active in international forums and standards activities with ITU, ITRS and IEEE. He is currently the chair of IEEE COMSOC/SP Austin chapter and in 2015 was a recipient of R5 Outstanding member service award and IEEE Communications Society Chapter Achievement and Chapter of the year award across 212 chapters globally.
Finally, Fawzi is a recent co-author of a new book on the future of IoT “Collaborative Internet of Things for Future Smart Connected Life and Business” published by Wiley (June 2015) and is available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

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

For more information, please contact Dr. Francois Chan  (