IEEE Kingston Section

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  (


November 3rd, 2015

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


Date:   Monday, November 9th, 2015.

Time:  3:30 – 4:30  PM

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

Speaker:  Dr. Goutam Chattopadhyay, IEEE Fellow, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California

Abstract: There are several advantages of imaging at terahertz frequencies compared to microwave or infrared: the wavelengths in this regime are short enough to provide high resolution with modest apertures, yet long enough to penetrate clothing. Moreover, unlike in infrared, the terahertz frequencies are not affected by dust, fog, and rain. Several groups around the world are working on the development of terahertz imagers for various applications. One option is to use passive imaging techniques, which were very successful at millimeter-wave frequencies, by scaling in frequencies to terahertz range.   We have developed an ultra wideband radar based terahertz imaging system that that uses a 675 GHz solid-state transmit/receive system in a frequency modulated continuous wave (FMCW) mode. The imager has sub-centimeter range resolution by utilizing a 30 GHz bandwidth. It has comparable cross-range resolution at a 25m stand-off distance with a 1m aperture mirror. A fast rotating small secondary mirror rapidly steers the projected beam over a 50 x 50 cm target at range to produce images at frame rates exceeding 1 Hz.  In this talk we will explain in detail the design and implementation of the terahertz imaging radar system. We will show how by using a time delay multiplexing of two beams, we achieved a two-pixel imaging system using a single transmit/receive pair. Moreover, we will also show how we improved the signal to noise of the radar system by a factor of 4 by using a novel polarizing wire grid and grating reflector.

Speaker Bio: Goutam Chattopadhyay  (S’93-M’99-SM’01-F’11) is a Principal Engineer/Scientist at the NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology. He received the B.E. degree in electronics and telecommunication engineering from the Bengal Engineering College, Calcutta University, Calcutta, India, in 1987, the M.S. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, in 1994, and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), Pasadena, in 1999. He has more than 200 publications in international journals and conferences and holds several patents. He has received more than 30 NASA technical achievement and new technology invention awards. He is a Fellow of IEEE.

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