IEEE Kingston Section

May 10th, 2015

IEEE Kingston Section is proud to sponsor the following Distinguished Speaker Seminar:



Date:   Thursday, May 28th, 2015.

Time:  2:00  PM

Venue: Walter Light Hall, Room 302, Queen’s University. 19 Union Street, Kingston, ON K7L 3N6.

Speaker:  Professor Tian-Wei Huang, The National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan. IEEE Distinguished Microwave Lecturer


Abstract: In our daily life, we have smart phones and smart TVs. We also have smart antennas and smart baseband chips, but we still need auto-calibration smart radio frequency integrated circuits (RFICs). Especially for millimeter-wave RFICs with GHz bandwidth, the narrow-band baseband calibration cannot compensate for broadband non-ideal properties. For future multi-band, multi-standard radio, auto-band-switching is essential to optimize RF performance and to simplify the system control interface. A frequency sensor can be used to detect the frequency of the input signal and perform automatic band-switching. We also need a phase-error calibration method to compensate the phase errors from all RFIC blocks. To further optimize system performance, IQ modulator/demodulator are the key components to compensate IQ mismatch at RF frequencies. All the above built-in self-calibration and auto-switching functions are reviewed in the talk in an effort to pave the road towards next-generation millimeter-wave 5G mobile smart RFIC.


Speaker Bio: Tian-Wei Huang was born in Taipei, Taiwan, in 1965. He received the B.S. degree in electrical engineering from National Cheng Kung University, Tainan, Taiwan, in 1987, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), in 1990 and 1993, respectively.

In December 1993, he joined TRW Inc. (now Northrop Grumman), where he designed millimeter-wave and microwave Gallium Arsenide and Indium Phosphide RFICs for satellite applications. From 1998, he was engaged in research on 28-GHz transmitter design and power amplifier packaging for local multipoint distribution service (LMDS) systems at Lucent Technologies, San Jose, USA. From 1999 to 2002, he was with Cisco Systems, where he developed the high-speed cable modem head-end and Wi-Fi systems.

In August 2002, he joined the faculty of National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan. Prof. Huang was the recipient of the IEEE 2009 Transaction on Advanced Packaging Best Paper Award. Currently, he is a technical program committee member for the IEEE RFIC symposium. He is also a voting member of IEEE 802.11 Wi-Fi gigabit wireless standards. His research interests include millimeter-wave RF-CMOS design, and 5G millimeter-wave and Wi-Fi gigabit links.

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




April 13th, 2015

IEEE Kingston Section is proud to sponsor the following Distinguished Speaker Seminar:


Date:   Thursday, April 23rd, 2015.

Time:  1:00  PM

Venue: Walter Light Hall, Room 302, Queen’s University. 19 Union Street, Kingston, ON K7L 3N6.

Speaker:  Dr. Abdallah Shami, Western University, London, Ontario


Abstract: Cloud computing is continuously growing as a business model for hosting information and communication technology applications. Although on-demand resource consumption and faster deployment time make this model appealing for the enterprise, other concerns arise regarding the quality of service offered by the cloud. One major concern is the high availability of applications hosted in the cloud. This talk will discuss the tremendous effect that the placement strategy for virtual machines hosting applications has on the high availability of the services provided by these applications. In addition, a novel scheduling technique (CHASE) that takes into consideration the interdependencies between applications components and other constraints such as communication delay tolerance and resource utilization will be presented. Furthermore, this talk will present the advantages and shortcomings of CHASE compared to an optimal solution, OpenStack Nova scheduler, high availability-agnostic, and redundancy-agnostic schedulers.

Speaker Bio: Abdallah Shami received the B.E. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the Lebanese University, Beirut, Lebanon in 1997, and the Ph.D. Degree in Electrical Engineering from the Graduate School and University Center, City University of New York, New York, NY 2003. Since July 2004, he has been with Western University, Canada where he is currently Professor and Associate-Chair (Graduate) in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. His current research interests are in the area of network optimization, cloud computing, and wireless networks.

Contacts: Dr. Francois Chan, RMC ECE Dept, or Prof. Hossam Hassanein, Queen’s Univ.,

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




April 2nd, 2015
Congratulations to Queen’s ECE team on winning the 2015 IEEE Eastern Ontario Student Paper Competition. The Queen’s ECE team consisting of three members – Thomas Coulter, Falgun Trivedi and Kieran Williams with their project “Wireless Follow Focus” won the 1st-place after competing with the best teams from Carleton University, RMC, and Algonquin College.

Members of the team from Queen’s ECE (leftmost and two rightmost) in a photo after the award

This year the competition took place at University of Ottawa and Queen’s ECE team was being supervised by Dr. Michael Greenspan, an ECE faculty at Queen’s.

April 2nd, 2015
The 2015 Queen’s IEEE Student Project Competition was held on Tuesday March 24 at Walter Light Hall, Queen’s main campus. The two projects which advanced to round II  were all exciting and the judges – Prof. Ahmad Afsahi, Prof. Yan-Fei Liu and Prof. Carlos Saavedra​ did a great job.

The winners of the competition were:

1st Place – Team: Thomas Coulter, Falgun Trivedi and Kieran Williams
Supervisor: Prof. Michael Greenspan
Project: Wireless Follow Focus

2nd Place -Team: Stephaney Daley​
Supervisor: Prof. Anthony Noble
Project: Image Analysis of the PICO Dark Matter Detector

The ECE Department at Queen’s also supported by providing pizza and refreshments for the event