IEEE Kingston Section

October 31st, 2014

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




Date:   November 6th, 2014.

Time:  2:00 PM – 3:15 PM

Venue: Queens University, Kinesiology 100 (28 Division Street)

Speaker:  Dr. Humberto Pinheiro,  Dept. of Electrical Engineering, University of Santa Maria, RS, Brazil


Abstract: This talk will address the modulation for static converters. It starts by reviewing classical “Selective Harmonic” and “Carrier Base Modulation”, their spectra and applications in single phase, in three phases with three and four wires, as well as, in cascade multilevel converters. Then, the degrees of freedom of multilevel converters are explored in a systematic way by using a “Geometric Approach” providing a simple tool for power electronics engineers to explore the entire converter capabilities in the well-known carrier based framework.

Finally, the “Space Vector Modulation” is presented for different converters from single phase to three phase cascade converters where its main advantages and challenges discussed, as well as new concepts, such as time varying space vectors, are introduced.


Speaker Bio: Dr. Humberto Pinheiro received the B.S. degree from Federal University of Santa Maria (UFSM), Santa Maria, Brazil, in 1983, the M.Eng. degree from the Federal University of Santa Catarina, Florianópolis, Brazil, in 1987 and the Ph.D. degree, from Concordia University, Montreal, Canada, in 1999.  From 1987 to 1999 he was a Research Engineer of a Brazilian UPS company as well as a professor at Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul where he lectured on Power Electronics. Since 1991, he has been with the UFSM. His current research interests include modulation and control of static converters and drives. Dr. Humberto Pinheiro is a member of the IEEE Power Electronics and Industrial Electronics Societies.



Everyone is welcome! Light refreshments after the talk at ECE Grad Lounge


October 21st, 2014

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





Date:   Thursday October 23rd, 2014.

Time:  1:30 PM – 3:00 PM

Venue: Queens University, Jeffrey Hall, Room 127

Speaker:  Dr. Shiban Koul, Professor, Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi, India.


Abstract: In recent years there has been rapid changes in radio frequency (RF) and microwave techniques as well as technology. This trend continuously enables the use of increasingly higher frequencies with their inherent advantages of smaller components and larger bandwidth. In particular, the use of planar circuit architectures and the integration of micro-machining technology has opened up new opportunities in terms of reduction in cost, weight, volume, power consumption as well as the extension of operating frequencies. In keeping with the advances in technology, the engineering design approach is also undergoing a rapid advancement by improved digital signal processing (DSP) techniques and CAD tools. Thus the scope of RF design techniques and technology, that was confined to lower microwave frequencies  (~10 GHz), has expanded to millimeter wave frequencies (30-300 GHz).

The present talk is focused on motivating undergraduate and graduate students to pursue a career in RF and microwave engineering. The lecture starts with the behavior of conventional circuit elements at RF and microwave frequencies and then describes equivalent lumped circuit models for distributed transmission line elements. Different technologies available to the designer will be presented. Starting from conventional microstrip technology, other key technologies, will also be described. Use of modern computer aided design (CAD) approaches to design and develop complex microwave and millimeter wave circuits will also be outlined.


Speaker Bio: Shiban K Koul is a Dr.R.P.Shenoy Astra Microwave Chair Professor and Deputy Director (Strategy and Planning) at the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi. He is also the Chairman of Astra Microwave Products Limited, Hyderabad, a major company involved in the Development of RF and Microwave systems in India. His current research interests include: RF MEMS, device modelling, microwave and millimetre wave IC design and reconfigurable microwave circuits including antennas. Dr. Koul has successfully completed 28 major sponsored projects, 52 consultancy projects and 40 technology development projects. He is the author/co-author of 248 Research Papers and 7 state-of-the art books and 3 book chapters. He holds 6 patents and 6 copyrights. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, USA (IEEE), Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE), Fellow of the Institution of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers (IETE), Member of the Micro and Nano Technology Foundation (MANCEF), USA, Member of the Indian Society of Smart Materials (ISSS), Chief Delegate for world Micro machine Summit from India. He is the Chief Editor of IETE Journal of Research, Associate Editor of the International Journal of Microwave and Wireless Technologies, Cambridge University Press, a member of the National Committee for URSI Commissions B, and an academic expert member on the board of smart materials and research (B-smart). He is on the Editorial boards of the Journal of IETE and the Microwave and Optical Technology Letters, John Wiley, USA. He had delivered more than 190 invited technical talks at various international symposia and workshops.

He is currently a serving ADCOM member and a Member of IEEE MTT society’s technical committees on Microwave and Millimetre Wave Integrated Circuits (MTT-6) and RF MEMS (MTT-21), Member of India Initiative team of IEEE MTT-S, Membership Services Regional Co-coordinator Region-10, Vice Chair Education Committee MTT-S, and MTT-S Speaker bureau lecturer. He is also a Distinguished IEEE MTT-S lecturer for the period 2012-2014. He is also the recipient of the 2014 IEEE Distinguished Educator Award presented by IEEE MTT-S.



Everyone is welcome! Light refreshments available.

Free pizza will also be served to those who RSVP to by 10/22/14.


September 15th, 2014

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




Date:   Tuesday September 16th, 2014.

Time:  2:45 PM – 4:00 PM

Building: Sir John A. MacDonald Hall, Faculty of Law Building, 128 Union Street

Room: Dentons Canada LLP, Classroom 001 (Basement of MacDonald Hall)

Speaker:  Dr. Jeffrey Pawlan

Abstract: This lecture will begin with the definition, history and evolution of Software Defined Radio (SDR). The lecture will then introduce the concepts of oversampling and undersampling as it applies to SDR. There will also be an introduction to the details of correctly driving and implementing an A/D converter as this is one of the most important components for SDR. Explanations of the firmware and software portions of SDR, and a comparison with state-of-the art conventional analog circuitry, will also be shown. Following these discussions, a live demonstration of SDR will be presented during the talk. Software Defined Radio (SDR) is the culmination of advances on several fronts and probably the most significant area of development in radio systems today. The entire worldwide cellular system uses SDR. NASA and the US military communications are now almost exclusively using SDR. Soon new automobile radios will be SDR to accommodate multiple modulation formats. The role of the electrical and computer engineer in this new technology will be shown so that the audience can adapt and feel that their skills are needed in the evolving field of communications.


Speaker Bio: Dr. Jeffrey Pawlan (IEEE M’89–SM’96) has been a consultant as owner of Pawlan Communications for 25 years. Prior to that, he had worked for many companies in California in very diverse areas of analog, RF, and microwave design and has been an engineer for 40 years. Some of his work was for NASA projects including the very successful design of the SARSAT/COSPAS search and rescue satellite ground stations. He also taught engineering part-time. Born and raised in the Los Angeles area, he attended UCLA and several other universities. He enjoyed learning many different fields and has 13 years of higher education including a Doctorate degree. Dr. Pawlan has worked on projects for consumer, industrial, and military applications covering a wide range of the spectrum from LF to 50GHz. In addition to his primary involvement with the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society (MTT-S), he is also a member of the IEEE Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control Society (UFFC-S) concentrating on low phase noise oscillators and phase noise measurements, a member of the IEEE Antenna and Propagation Society (AP-S), and also the Communications Society. He has published several papers and has two patents.
He is serving as a member on the IEEE SCV Section ExCom and also is on the ExCom of the Central Area, Region 6. He is a member of two MTT technical committees, MTT-9 and MTT-20. He has been designing RF and microwave hardware for Software Defined Radio uses within instrumentation and military satellite communications since 1984. For the past nine years he has been concentrating on Software Defined Radio technology with his own radio designs including the development of very capable software and hardware. He has presented talks in a workshop at the 2010 IMS in Anaheim, the 2011 IMS in Baltimore, the 2012 IMS in Montreal, and also at chapter meetings and a short course.


Everyone is welcome! Light Refreshments afterwards. 

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August 14th, 2014

The Joint Communications and Computer Chapter of IEEE Kingston is proud to announce the 2014 Communications Society Distinguished Lecturer Tour (DLT) Program to Central/Eastern Canada:




Date:   Tuesday August 19th, 2014.

Time:  2:00 PM

Location: Queens University, Walter Light Hall, Room 302

Speaker:  Prof. Koichi Asatani, IEEE Distinguished Lecturer, IEEE Fellow, IEICE Fellow Ph D, Professor, Nankai University, Tianjin, China Professor Emeritus, Kogakuin University, Tokyo, Japan

Abstract: Thanks to the penetration of broadband access technologies for Internet, real-time applications like VoIP, streaming applications like IPTV and many other delay-sensitive applications are growing very fast.

FTTH is the key broadband technology and is replacing ADSL.  It provides stable high throughput, realizing even Gbps class. It also plays a very important role in Next Generation Networks (NGN). The NGN is Carrier-grade network for the future and a converged solution after the legacy telecom networks by enabling QoS management and controls in IP network like in legacy telecom networks and by supporting economical, versatile multi-media applications like those on the Internet with secure manners. In realizing FTTH, G-PON is widely adopted. International Standards on FTTH, G-PON in particular has been established and is being further developed.

This lecture consist of the following contents: Introduction to Access Networks, Fundamentals of FTTH, Requirements to FTTH, Regulatory Aspect of FTTH, Global Standards on FTTH and G-PON, Market Trends and Further Issues.


Speaker Bio: Koichi Asatani received his B.E.E.E., M.E.E.E. and Ph. D. degrees from Kyoto University in 1969, 1971 and 1974, respectively. From 1974 to 1997, Dr. Asatani was engaged in R&D on optical fiber communication systems, hi-definition video transmission systems, FTTH, ISDN, B-ISDN, ATM networks, IP Networks and their strategic planning in NTT. In 1997 he joined Kogakuin University as a professor, and in 1999 he joined, Graduate School of Global Information and Telecommunication, Waseda University as a visiting professor, both in Tokyo, Japan. He is currently a Professor, Nankai University, Tianjin, China and a Professor Emeritus, Kogakuin University. He is a Fellow of IEEE and a Fellow of IEICE. He was appointed as a distinguished lecturer of IEEE Communications Society for 2006-2009 and 2011-2012, 2013-2014.

He is a founder of Communications QoS, Reliability and Performance Modeling series symposium at ICCs and Globecoms.  He served as co-chair for this symposium at ICCs and Globecoms for 2002-2004.  He is Ex-Chair and Advisory Board Member of IEEE Technical Committee on Communication Quality and Reliability (CQR-TC), Feature Editor on Standards (1993-1999), Senior Technical Editor (1999-2005) of IEEE Communications Magazine. He also served as Executive Chair, ICC2011 in Kyoto. From 1988 through 2000, he served as Vice-Chairman of ITU-T SG 13 (formerly CCITT SG XVIII), responsible for digital networks including GII, IP networks, NGN and Future Networks.  He serves as Chair for National Committee on Next Generation Networks in Japan. He is also serving as Chair, R&D and Standardizations Working Group, Next Generation IP Network Promotion Forum. He is serving as IEEE Communications Society Director, Member Programs Development for 2014-2015 term. He was also elected as Board of Governor, IEICE and Chair, IEICE Standardization Committee for 2014-2016.

He has published more than fifty papers, and gave more than 120 talks including keynotes and invited talks at international conferences. He is author or co-author of nineteen books including “Designs of Telecommunication Networks”(IEICE, 1993, in Japanese), “Introductions to ATM Networks and B-ISDN)” (John Wiley and Sons, 1997), “Multimedia Communications” (Academic Press, 2001), “Introduction to Information Networks-Fundamentals of Telecom & Internet Convergence, QoS, VoIP and NGN-” (Corona-sha Publishing, in Japanese, 2007).

His current interests include Information Networks including Broadband networking, Internet Interworking, IP telephony, NGN, Future Networks and their QoS aspects.


Everyone is welcome!

Light Refreshments afterwards.  

For more information, please contact Dr. François Chan,