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Granular Computing: Pursuing New Frontiers of Artificial Intelligence and Data Science

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018

IEEE-NCS, PES and Comp/Comm Chapter Presents
Tuesday, November 20th, 2018, 6:00 to 8:30pm, doors open at 5:30pm

Granular Computing: Pursuing New Frontiers of Artificial Intelligence and Data Science


Presented By: Prof. Witold Pedrycz


Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been enjoying a great deal of interest in the recent years owing to its successful applications reported in various areas including robotics, computer vision, and a plethora of systems engaging natural language processing. Data Science becomes instrumental in data analysis discovering essential dependencies and building prediction and classification models.

We advocate that bringing the concepts, methodologies, and formal frameworks of Granular Computing into the area of AI and Data Science can open new and promising avenues of further research and applications. Granular Computing is defined as a coherent and unified platform of acquiring, processing and communication of information granules delivering a highly needed abstraction mechanism.

The talk is self-contained: the principles and formalisms of information granules along with their underlying design principles are discussed in detail. It is shown that the notion of information granularity assumes an important position by bridging the gap between symbolic and sub-symbolic way of processing realized in AI.

The roles of information granules in various faculties of AI such as knowledge representation, concept formation and their hierarchical organization, problem solving mechanisms are elaborated in detail.   It is also emphasized that information granules play a visible role in revealing and characterizing interpretable relationships (dependencies) in data.



Witold Pedrycz (IEEE Fellow, 1998) is Professor and Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Computational Intelligence in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada. In 2009 Dr. Pedrycz was elected a foreign member of the Polish Academy of Sciences and in 2012 a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. Witold Pedrycz has been a member of numerous program committees of IEEE conferences in the area of fuzzy sets and neurocomputing. In 2007 he received a prestigious Norbert Wiener award from the IEEE Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Society. He is a recipient of the IEEE Canada Computer Engineering Medal, a Cajastur Prize for Soft Computing from the European Centre for Soft Computing, a Killam Prize, and a Fuzzy Pioneer Award from the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society.

His main research directions involve Computational Intelligence, fuzzy modeling and Granular Computing, knowledge discovery and data science. His current h-index (Google Scholar ) is 100. Dr. Pedrycz is involved in various editorial activities. He is an Editor-in-Chief of Information Sciences, Editor-in-Chief of WIREs Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery (Wiley), and Co-editor-in-Chief of Int. J. of Granular Computing (Springer) and J. of Data Information and Management (Springer).  He serves on an Advisory Board of IEEE Transactions on Fuzzy Systems and is a member of a number of editorial boards of international journals.


Location: ETLC 1-003 room at University of Alberta, 116 St NW Edmonton, AB T6G 2V4



Power System Harmonics of Modern Nonlinear Loads w/ Young Professional – Intro to High-Speed Motor Bus Transfer

Friday, September 28th, 2018

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018, 6:00 to 8:30pm, doors open at 5:30pm

Power System Harmonics of Modern Nonlinear Loads w/ Young Professional – Intro to High-Speed Motor Bus Transfer


Young Professional Opening Talk: Intro to High-Speed Motor Bus Transfer

Presented By: Daniel Lang, P.Eng., PES/IAS Chapter Vice-Chair 


Process conditions in many industrial facilities often cannot tolerate discontinuity of critical loads, even momentarily. Operational continuity is provided mainly by high-speed motor bus transfer schemes. This need for speed comes with a trade-off as these systems require complex high-speed relaying to prevent catastrophic transient torsional stresses being imposed on the motor shaft. This presentation provides an overview of typical high-speed bus transfer schemes and their limitations, as well as the extensiveness of the applicable standards.


Daniel Lang is an electrical engineering consultant with GP Technologies in Edmonton. His professional practice involves all areas of power system analysis and design, specifically power system transient and steady state analyses, protective relaying, power system stability, and design of LV and MV distribution systems. Daniel is a Professional Engineer registered in the Province of Alberta and is a member of the IEEE.


Main Technical Seminar: Power System Harmonics of Modern Nonlinear Loads

Presented By: Alexandre Nassif, Ph.D., P.Eng., S.IEEE, NCS Chair and Canada-West PES Chapter Representative 


For decades, harmonics have represented a challenge to electric utilities, manufacturers of power electronics equipment, and users of large nonlinear loads in general. This presentation will cover a background of harmonic generation, propagation, and effects in both distribution and transmission systems. It will present techniques for modeling, measurement and identification of harmonics. It will cover applicable standards, induction coordination issues, and issues that affect measurement reliability.


Alexandre Nassif is a specialist engineer in ATCO Electric. He has published more than 50 technical papers in international journals and conferences in the areas of power quality, DER, microgrids and power system protection and stability. Before joining ATCO, he simultaneously worked for Hydro One as a protection planning engineer and Ryerson University as a post-doctoral research fellow. He holds a doctoral degree from the UofA, is a Professional Engineer in Alberta and a Senior Member of IEEE.


Location: German Canadian Cultural Association, 8310 Roper Rd NW, Edmonton, AB T6E 6E3


Artificial Intelligence Applications to Power Systems 2018

Tuesday, August 7th, 2018

Dear IEEE NCS PES/IAS members,

The Northern Canada Section, in conjunction with the IAS/PES and Comp/Comm local Chapters, as well as AlbertaAI and UofA, is proud to announce we are hosting a full-day workshop called “Artificial Intelligence Applications to Power Systems“.

University of Alberta
Donadeo Innovation Centre for Engineering (ICE), 8th floor
Edmonton, Alberta

Wednesday, September 5, 2018



IEEE 1547 Standard and DER Interconnection

Tuesday, June 5th, 2018

Please join NCS PES/IAS (Edmonton area) for “IEEE 1547 Standard and DER Interconnection” event:

Many countries have implemented renewables portfolio standards (RPSs) to accelerate the pace of deployment of renewables generation, which are distributed across the distribution power system. As the penetration of renewable power generation increases, electricity grids are beginning to experience challenges, which are often caused by intermittent nature of some common renewable generation types, sudden changes of the output power due to grid disturbances, low short circuit duty of the inverter based generators, and impact on the transmission and distribution system protection.
Due to the increasing amount of Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) interconnections with the Electric Power System, the IEEE 1547 standard is going through a major revision to address some of the technical challenges associated with high penetration of DERs i.e. grid support functionalities, etc.
The participants will learn about the benefits and challenges of the renewable energy resources interconnections as well as major changes to the IEEE 1547, i.e., voltage regulation, response to abnormal system conditions (including voltage and frequency ride through), power quality, islanding, interoperability, etc.
The participants will also learn about the utility concerns/solutions to adopt the revised IEEE 1547 standard.


University of Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta

Friday, June 8, 2018

3:00PM to 6:00PM (3 hours)
All times are: Canada/Mountain (MST)

2.30pm: Doors open
2:30-3:00pm: Networking and Refreshments
3:00-6:00pm: Presentation


Babak Enayati received his PhD in Electrical Engineering from Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY in 2009. He is currently a Lead Research Development and Demonstration Engineer at National Grid, Waltham, MA. He joined IEEE in 2006 and currently is Senior Member, IEEE and the IEEE PES Governing Board Member-At-Large. Babak is the Vice Chair of the IEEE Standards Coordinating Committee 21 (SCC21) and IEEE 1547, Standard for Interconnecting Distributed Resources with Electric Power Systems. Babak is also the Chair of IEEE PES Distributed Resources Integration working group. Babak is a registered Professional Engineer (PE) in the state of Massachusetts.

Register at:

Registration closes Tuesday, June 5, 11:55pm. Registration and pre-payment is extremely helpful. At the door registration and payment is acceptable.

Grid Energy Storage: Policies and Applications

Wednesday, October 25th, 2017

Alberta established the regulatory framework for its electric system when generators and loads were clearly differentiated. Energy storage facilities are blurring those distinctions with their ability to rapidly switch between supplying electricity to the grid and withdrawing electricity from it. Requests to connect energy storage facilities to the transmission system have prompted the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) to examine the costs that should be attributed to energy storage facilities, the technical standards with which they must comply, and the rules under which they must operate. The AESO currently has initiatives underway to clarify and, where appropriate, develop tariff provisions, standards, and rules that apply to energy storage facilities. Although the existing regulatory framework provides some guidance, participants in Alberta’s electric industry can also contribute to the evolution of grid energy storage policy.


Energy Storage compensates for variations in generation within milliseconds and secures stable grid operation. Energy storage solutions make it possible to integrate an increasing amount of solar and wind power generation into distribution grids without the need for immediate extension. In addition to that, energy storage solutions ensure a self-sufficient and reliable energy supply in micro-grids with renewable generation. Energy-efficient processes are of the highest importance for industrial businesses in order to keep energy costs down and exceeding the maximum load only once can lead to incurring high costs. In addition to that, even the shortest interruption of energy supply can lead to a complete failure of production plants. The consequences can have an enormous impact on loss of quality, time, and finances.


The presentation will cover how Energy Storage solutions function as a modular system that combine cutting-edge power electronics for grid applications with high-performance lithium-ion batteries.

IEEE Recommended Practice for Motor Protection in Industrial and Commercial Power Systems: Overview and What’s New!

Saturday, April 8th, 2017

Tuesday, May 16th, 2017, 6:00 to 8:30pm, doors open at 5:30pm

IEEE Recommended Practice for Motor Protection in Industrial and Commercial Power Systems: Overview and What’s New!


Presented By: Lorraine K. Padden, PE and John A. Kay, C.E.T. 

Technical Seminar Abstract:

IEEE Std. 3004.8 covers the protection of motors used in industrial and commercial power systems. It is likely to be of greatest value to the power-oriented engineer with limited experience in the area of protection and control. It can also be an aid to all engineers responsible for the electrical design of industrial and commercial power systems. This recommended practice is an update to IEEE Std 242-2001 (Buff Book) chapter 10. A general update was made to the material from chapter 10 of the Buff Book. Material added or expanded includes details for reduced-voltage motor starting, recommended protection functions using multifunction motor protection relays for contactor controlled fused starters and breaker controlled starters along with single-line and three-line diagrams, adjustable speed drive applications, DC motor protection, motor bus transfer, partial discharge monitoring, and a detailed example of motor protection using a multifunction motor protection relay.

• A general overview will be presented highlighting the practical use of the recommended practice for selecting typical motor protection for low voltage and medium voltage motors.

• The use of multifunction motor protection relays is common place and the key setting differences will be highlighted for MV motors with contactor controlled fused starters vs. breaker controlled starters. Misapplication of protective settings can be detrimental to equipment and personnel.

• Protecting motors powered by Adjustable Speed Drives can be challenging. These challenges and recommended protection functions will be presented.

• Thought leaders in motor protection are identifying methods to detect motor problems prior to motor failure. These methods include vibration, winding temperature, on-line partial discharge, and others covered in the recommended practice.

• Information on reduced-voltage starting, motor bus transfer, applications in hazardous (classified) locations, and arc flash hazards for motors will be discussed.

Mak Hakim receiving the 2016 PES Outstanding Engineer Award from NCS Section chair Dr. Alex

U of A student branch co-chair receiving IEEE scholarship from Dr. Alex

Kelly presenting a token of appreciation to both Lorraine and John

Click here to download the presentation.

Click here to see the archived e-notice.

Effects of Modern Variable Speed Drives on Motor Winding Insulation

Friday, March 17th, 2017

Wednesday, April 19th, 2017, 6:00 to 8:30pm, doors open at 5:30pm

Effects of Modern Variable Speed Drives on Motor Winding Insulation


Presented By: Blake Lloyd, P.Eng., F.IEEE, Past-president IAS 

IAS Distinguished Lecturer Technical Seminar Abstract:

For over 70 years, researchers have understood that fast rise-time voltage surges from a circuit breaker closing can lead to an electrical breakdown of the turn insulation in motor stator windings.  Rapid advances in power electronic components in the past decade have lead to a new source of voltage surges.  Inverter-fed drivers (IFDs) of the pulse width modulated (PWM) type that use insulated-gate bipolar junction transistors (IGBTs) can create tens of thousands of fast rise-time voltage surges per second.  Anecdotal evidence suggests that the large number of voltage surges from IFDs can lead to gradual deteriorations and eventual failure of the turn insulation—both in low voltage (less than 1,000V) and medium voltage (2.3 to 4.16kV) motors .  This presentation describes the characteristics of voltage source PWM drives Impact on random wound (LV) motor stators  as well as the impact on form wound (MV) stators.  It will also describe the relevant standards to qualify insulation systems for converter fed motors

Young Professional Opening Talk: Alberta`s Safety Code and Quality Management Plan

A high level view of how public safety is protected and the interfaces between engineering professionals and Alberta government Acts, Regulations, and processes.

Presented By: Carl Lam, P.Eng., M.IEEE, PES & IAS Chapter Chair 


Carl presents Blake with a token of appreciation


To download the presentation slides, please click here 

To view the archived event notice, please click here


Partial Discharge in Electrical Insulation

Thursday, April 28th, 2016

Edmonton on Tuesday, May 31, 2016, 5:30pm to 9:00pm, doors open at 5:30pm

“Partial Discharge in Electrical Insulation”

Presented by: Dr. Greg Stone

Technical Seminar Abstract:
Partial discharges (PD) are small electrical sparks that can occur within or on the surface of electrical insulation in power cables, transformers, switchgear and stator windings rated 4 kV and above. In most equipment, PD directly attacks the insulation and will result in electrical breakdown of the equipment. In rotating machines, PD is normally a symptom of other types of insulation degradation. By measuring PD, either off-line or on-line, it is sometimes possible to obtain a warning of imminent equipment failure.

The seminar will review the following:
• What is PD and under what conditions does it occur
• Examples of PD in power cables, transformers, switchgear and stator windings
• PD measurement as factory acceptance test of equipment
• Off-line PD testing at site
• On-line condition monitoring of power cables, transformers, switchgear and machines.

Follow the link below to download the presentation slides:

Designing Electrical Systems for On-Site Power Generation

Thursday, March 3rd, 2016


Tuesday, April 5th, 2016, 6:00 to 8:30pm, doors open at 5:30pm

Technical Seminar:

“Designing Electrical Systems for On-Site Power Generation”

Co-sponsored by Cummins Power Generation

Technical Seminar Abstract:

Diesel and natural gas powered generator sets are used in all kinds of facilities to provide emergency standby power in the event of a grid failure or to serve as the prime source of power when a grid connection is not practical or economical. Reliable operation requires a design that accounts for the on-site generator performance under normal loading, transient and fault conditions. In this seminar we will review some of these key considerations including, but not limited to:

• Proper generator sizing for motor loads accounting for locked rotor kVA

– in “across the line” motor starting applications.

– in VFD motor starting applications.

• Generator short circuit characteristics and their effects on arc flash incident energy.

• Grounding (system and/or equipment) and ground fault detection of on-site

Power generation systems:

– When to switch the neutral in emergency standby systems

– Grounding and ground fault detection schemes for paralleled generator sets in both grid connected and islanded applications


Rich S accepting token of appreciation from Kelly B

Rich S accepting token of appreciation from Kelly B


Download the .pdf presentation here: IEEE NCS Seminar, On site power generation, April 2016.

Archived e-Notice can be found here.

Hazardous Location Standards for Canada

Wednesday, January 13th, 2016

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016, 6:00 to 9:00pm, doors open at 5:30pm

“Hazardous Location Standards for Canada”

Presented by: Tim Driscoll F.IEEE, Marty Cole SMIEEE, D. George Morlidge SMIEEE

Women in Engineering/ Young Professional opening talk “Smart Grid & WAMS” Presented by Vaishali Rampurkar

Technical Seminar Abstract:

The 2015 (23rd) Edition of the Canadian Electrical Code (CEC) has taken one step closer to the rest of the world and one step further away from the US National Electrical Code (NEC). For decades, both the CEC and NEC have used the term “Class” to identify the various types of hazardous materials. The 2015 CEC has removed the term “Class” from Section 18 and replaced it with the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) Zone system terms. Class I, which was changed in 1998 to include Zones, becomes simply Zones 0, 1 and 2. Class II and Class III were merged to become Zones 20, 21 and 22. Class II and III has been relocated to Annex J along with Class I for legacy facilities. Class/Division equipment can still be used, and Table J1.2 was updated to identify the types of equipment that can be used in both Zone and Division classified facilities.

All new installations must use the Zone system for area classification. In Alberta, the 2015 CEC comes into force January 2016, and the other western provinces in a similar timeframe.

The 2nd Edition of API RP505, Recommended Practice for Classification of Locations for Electrical Installations at Petroleum Facilities Classified as Class I, Zone 0, Zone 1 and Zone 2, is due for publication in early 2016. There are some significant changes from the 1st Edition, which will be discussed in this presentation.

There are a number of significant changes currently being discussed within the CEC Section 18 (Hazardous Locations) subcommittee for the 2018 CEC, and a preview of these will also be covered in this presentation.

Practical applications on area classification will be discussed, in particular, typical errors and over classifications that are made and the impact to those facilities. The role of combustible gas detection in area classification will also be included.

George, Tim, and Marty accepting their appreciation gift from Shagufta

George, Tim, and Marty accepting their appreciation award from Shagufta

Download the .pdf presentation here: IEEE SAS-NCS Seminar, HazLoc Jan 2016.

Vaishali accepting her gift from Carl

Vaishali accepting her gift from Carl

 Download the .pdf presentation here: IEEE WIE YP opening talk; Smart Grid Jan 2016.

For more details for the event see the attached Notice.