IEEE Kingston Section

March 27th, 2014

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


Emerging Concepts and Technologies towards 5G Wireless Networks


Date:  Thursday March 27th, 2014.

Time:  3:30 – 4:45 PM

Location: Queens University, Richardson Hall, Room 200

Speaker:  Professor Halim Yanikomeroglu

Abstract:  Despite the recent advances in wireless technologies, the wireless community faces the challenge of enabling a further traffic increase of up to 1,000 times in the next 10-15 years, while no customer is willing to pay more for the wireless pipe itself: the so called “traffic-revenue decoupling”. Moreover, many experts warn that the low-hanging fruits in wireless research (especially in information theory, communications theory, and signal processing) have already been collected. While the research community is full of ideas (as usual), many of these ideas are either not-too-relevant (i.e., not in the bottleneck areas) or they are in areas in which progress toward a tangible implementation is too slow.

The talk will start by presenting the key technologies in LTE and LTE-Advanced; then it will highlight the emerging challenges and opportunities in beyond-2020 wireless networks as well as the bottleneck problems.
In the second part of the talk, the potential research directions towards coping with the bottleneck problems, especially in the context of radio access network (RAN), resource allocation, layers 1, 2, and 3, will be discussed; the underlying mathematical tools will also be highlighted:

  • Thoughts on 5G PHY
  • Non-coherent communications
  • New frontiers in resource allocation and quality of experience
  • Steerable beamforming at the terminal with resource allocation
  • Uplink of massive machine-type communications
  • Heterogeneous traffic modeling in space and time
  • Inter-cell load coordination (ICLC) for non-uniform traffic
  • Interdisciplinary approaches in decision making
  • Cell switching off in dense small cell deployment
  • Robust algorithms and protocols
  • Layer 8 – User-in-the-loop (demand shaping in space and time)
  • Millimeter wave communications
  • Advanced antenna technologies

In the absence of a clear technology roadmap towards 5G, the talk has, to a certain extent, an exploratory view point to stimulate further thinking and creativity. We are certainly at the dawn of a new era in wireless research and innovation; the next twenty years will be very interesting.

Speaker Bio:  Halim Yanikomeroglu is a professor at the Department of Systems and Computer Engineering at Carleton University, Ottawa. His research interests cover many aspects of wireless technologies with a special emphasis on cellular networks. Dr. Yanikomeroglu has coauthored about 60 IEEE journal papers; his papers have received more than 5,000 citations. In recent years, Dr. Yanikomeroglu has been involved in several collaborative research projects with the Canadian and international industry; this collaborative research has resulted in 15 patents (applied and granted). Dr. Yanikomeroglu is currently leading the Project 5G funded by the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development & Innovation, Huawei Technologies, and Telus. Dr. Yanikomeroglu has been involved in the organization of the IEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference (WCNC) since its inception in 1999 in various capacities, including serving as the Steering Committee member, and the Technical Program Chair or Co-Chair in 2004, 2008, and 2014. He was the General Co-Chair of the IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference Fall 2010. Dr. Yanikomeroglu has served in the editor boards of IEEE Transactions on Communications, IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, and IEEE Communications Surveys and Tutorials. He is a former chair of the IEEE’s Technical Committee on Personal Communications (now called, Wireless Technical Committee). Dr. Yanikomeroglu is a recipient of several teaching and research excellence awards. He is a Distinguished Lecturer for the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society.

Everyone is welcome! 

January 22nd, 2014

It is our pleasure and honour to announce that one of the members of the IEEE Kingston Section, Dr. Yahia Antar, is the 2014 recipient of the IEEE Canada RA Fessenden Silver Medal. Established in 2000, the RA Fessenden Silver Medal is awarded to outstanding Canadian engineers recognized for their important contributions to the field of telecommunications engineering.

Congratulations Dr. Antar!

January 22nd, 2014

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

Biomedical Signal Analysis


Date:  Wednesday, March 5th, 2014.

Time:  2:00 – 3:15 PM

Location: Queens University, Walter Light Hall, Room 205

Speaker:  Professor Sri Krishnan, Ryerson University

Abstract:  A signal can be considered to be stationary if its statistical characteristics do not change with time. However, most real world signals are non-stationary and have highly complex time-varying characteristics. Common signal analysis and modelling techniques and classical time-frequency distributions (TFDs) do not readily provide the time-varying signal features of interest. There are several limitations with the classical parametric signal representations, and these problems could be obviated by using true nonstationary signal analysis tools such as adaptive signal representations and adaptive TFDs. Construction of proper adaptive TFDs and the methodologies for extracting instantaneous and quantifiable signal parameters will be discussed in detail. The extraction and monitoring of spectral and related parameters with time is of immense use in a variety of signal analysis applications such as RADAR, biomedical, and geophysics. The application of the extraction and classification of complex instantaneous signal parameters with respect to three real world biomedical signals (cardiac electrograms, pathological speech signals and knee vibration signals) will be discussed in detail.

Speaker Bio:  Sri Krishnan joined Ryerson in 1999 as an assistant professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering, and has held the positions of assistant chair, graduate program director and chair. He was appointed associate dean (research, development and graduate programs) in 2011, and became interim dean in 2013. Dr. Krishnan was instrumental in founding Ryerson’s undergraduate degree program in biomedical engineering, the first of its kind in Canada. He oversaw the launch of several new program options in electrical engineering, and fostered numerous international collaborations and industry partnerships. Under his direction, the PhD program in electrical and computer engineering was launched, and he played a pivotal role in establishing the faculty’s Research and Innovation Office (RiO).

Dr. Krishnan’s research expertise is in biomedical signal processing. He holds one US patent and has published nearly 220 papers in refereed journals and conferences. An active collaborator with clinicians, industries and researchers, Dr. Krishnan has attracted significant research funding from many of Canada’s most prominent agencies, and holds a Canada Research Chair in Biomedical Signal Analysis. He holds a BEng in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Anna University in Chennai, India, and an MSc and PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of

Dr. Krishnan is a registered Professional Engineer in Ontario, and a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). Dr. Krishnan has been the recipient of several prestigious awards including the Ryerson-Sarwan Sahota Distinguished Scholar Award in 2011, the Ontario Research Innovation Award from Biodiscovery Toronto in 2008, and the Canadian Engineers’ Young Engineer Achievement Award from Engineers’ Canada in 2007.


Everyone is welcome! 

January 22nd, 2014

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

Early Frontiers for 5G Cellular Technologies


Date:  Friday January 24th, 2014.

Time:  11:00 – 12:00 AM

Location: Queens University, Walter Light Hall, Room 302

Speaker:  Dr. Ahmed Iyanda Sulyman

Abstract: This talk will focus on the specifications emerging for 5G Gigabit cellular systems and the early frontier technologies, such as mm-wave mobile technologies and massive MIMO, which system developers are hoping to explore for realizing such an ambitious wireless data rate. Then the speaker will review some of the challenges that potentially hinder the deployments of these emerging technologies, and highlight some research issues that are still open to be solved. Finally, the activities of the speaker’s research group in this area will be briefed.

Speaker Bio:  Dr. Ahmed Iyanda Sulyman received the PhD degree from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Queen’s University, Canada in 2006. He was an Adjunct Teaching Fellow at Queen’s University during 2004-2006, a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Royal Military College of Canada, during 2007-2009, and has been with the Department of Electrical Engineering at King Saud University, Saudi Arabia, since 2009, where he is currently working as an Associate Professor. His research interests are in wireless communications and signal processing. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE, and has authored/co-authored one book, five book chapters, and over fifty journal and conference articles.


Everyone is welcome!