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Setting in with Programming – Python – Workshop 3

Saturday, July 27th, 2019

Monday November 11th, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. Enas Tarawneh will be presenting a Python workshop, “Setting in with Programming – Workshop 3”.

Day & Time: Monday November 11th, 2019
1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Speaker: Enas Tarawneh

Organizers: IEEE WIE, WICSE

Location: Lassonde Building (LAS-3033)

Contact: Hina Tabassum

Pre-requisites: Workshop 1 and 2

Registration Link: http://bit.ly/2OiCSPO

Snacks will be served.

Workshop Description: This workshop will cover (1) creating ROS processing nodes (includes creating classes, functions) (2) passing messages between nodes (includes abstracting the problem) (3) capture the images from the webcam and (4) apply different image processing in separate nodes and display continuous processing results.

Note: Bring your own laptop with a python installation (2.7, 3.3-3.6) and Speech Recognition Package installation. Installation guidelines will be sent to registered attendees.

Biography: Enas Tarawneh is a PhD student at York University in the department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering. She works in the Vision, Graphics and Robotics (VGR) Laboratory as a research assistant. Her most recent research involves the development and evaluation of a cloud-based avatar (intelligent agent) for human-robot interaction that is part of a project funded by VISTA. She holds an OGS and VISTA doctoral scholarship. Prior to this, Enas worked as an academic Lead, instructor and e-learning coordinator in the Institute of Applied Technology in UAE in which she received an award for “Distinguished Curriculum Support” and another for “Excellence in E-learning coordination”. Most importantly Enas, is a wife and mother of three, that believes that open-mindedness and positivism is the best accomplishment and the source of true happiness.

Setting in with Programming – Python – Workshop 2

Saturday, July 27th, 2019

Monday October 7th, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. Enas Tarawneh will be presenting a Python workshop, “Setting in with Programming – Workshop 2”.

Day & Time: Monday October 7th, 2019
1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Speaker: Enas Tarawneh

Organizers: IEEE WIE, WICSE

Location: Lassonde Building (LAS-3033)

Contact: Hina Tabassum

Pre-requisites: Workshop 1

Registration Link: http://bit.ly/2Y171HP

Snacks will be served.

Workshop Description: This workshop will cover the (1) use and application of existing packages (2) file manipulation (3) GUI input/output (4) speech recognition package (5) use microphone or file for input (6) output audio capture result through play or file (7) output text result through terminal and GUI.

Note: Bring your own laptop with a python installation (2.7, 3.3-3.6) and Speech Recognition Package installation. Installation guidelines will be sent to registered attendees.

Biography: Enas Tarawneh is a PhD student at York University in the department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering. She works in the Vision, Graphics and Robotics (VGR) Laboratory as a research assistant. Her most recent research involves the development and evaluation of a cloud-based avatar (intelligent agent) for human-robot interaction that is part of a project funded by VISTA. She holds an OGS and VISTA doctoral scholarship. Prior to this, Enas worked as an academic Lead, instructor and e-learning coordinator in the Institute of Applied Technology in UAE in which she received an award for “Distinguished Curriculum Support” and another for “Excellence in E-learning coordination”. Most importantly Enas, is a wife and mother of three, that believes that open-mindedness and positivism is the best accomplishment and the source of true happiness.

Setting in with Programming – Python – Workshop 1

Saturday, July 27th, 2019

Monday September 16th, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. Enas Tarawneh will be presenting a Python workshop, “Setting in with Programming”.

Day & Time: Monday September 16th, 2019
1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Speaker: Enas Tarawneh

Organizers: IEEE WIE, WICSE

Location: Lassonde Building (LAS-3033)

Contact: Hina Tabassum

Registration Link: http://bit.ly/2y9bKaY

Snacks will be served.

Workshop Description: Beginner lesson (assumes no knowledge in programming). This workshop will cover (1) input/output, (2) variables (3) numbers (4) string (5) lists /arrays (6) if-else (7) loops

Note: Bring your own laptop with a python installation (2.7, 3.3-3.6) and Speech Recognition Package installation. Installation guidelines will be sent to registered attendees.

Biography: Enas Tarawneh is a PhD student at York University in the department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering. She works in the Vision, Graphics and Robotics (VGR) Laboratory as a research assistant. Her most recent research involves the development and evaluation of a cloud-based avatar (intelligent agent) for human-robot interaction that is part of a project funded by VISTA. She holds an OGS and VISTA doctoral scholarship. Prior to this, Enas worked as an academic Lead, instructor and e-learning coordinator in the Institute of Applied Technology in UAE in which she received an award for “Distinguished Curriculum Support” and another for “Excellence in E-learning coordination”. Most importantly Enas, is a wife and mother of three, that believes that open-mindedness and positivism is the best accomplishment and the source of true happiness.

Opportunities, Challenges and Implementations of Silicon Integration and Packaging in mmWave Radar and Communication Applications

Friday, July 26th, 2019

Friday August 9th, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. Dr. Xiaoxiong Gu, Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE EMC Society, will be presenting “Opportunities, Challenges and Implementations of Silicon Integration and Packaging in mmWave Radar and Communication Applications”.

Day & Time: Friday August 9th, 2019
10:00 a.m. ‐ 11:00 a.m.

Speaker: Dr. Xiaoxiong Gu (IBM)
Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE EMC Society

Organizers: IEEE Toronto Electromagnetics & Radiation Chapter, IEEE EMC Society

Location: Room BA 1200
Bahen Centre for Information Technology
40 St George St, Toronto, ON M5S 2E4

Contact: Prof. Piero Triverio

Abstract: Co-design and integration of RFIC, package, and antennas are critical to enable multiple aspects of 5G communications (backhaul, last mile, mobile access) and are particularly challenging at mmWave frequencies. This talk will cover various important aspects of mmWave antenna module packaging and integration for base station, backhaul, and user equipment applications, respectively. We will first present a historical perspective on Si-based mmWave modules and approaches for antenna and IC integration including trade-offs. We will focus on the challenges, implementation, and characterization of a 28-GHz phased-array module with 64 dual polarized antennas for 5G base station applications. We will then introduce a software-defined phased array radio based on the 28-GHz hardware. The highly re-configurable phased array radio features beam shaping/steering control as well as data TX/RX function control from a single Python-based software interface. Second, we will present a W-band phased-array module with 64-element dual-polarization antennas for radar imaging and backhaul application. The module consists of a multilayer organic chip-carrier package and a 16-element phased-array TX IC or a 32-element RX IC chipset. Third, we will describe a compact, low-power, 60-GHz switched-beam transceiver module suitable for handset integration incorporating 4 antennas that supports both normal and end-fire directions for a wide link spatial coverage.

Biography: Xiaoxiong Gu received the Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Washington, Seattle, USA, in 2006. He joined IBM Research as a Research Staff Member in January 2007. His research activities are focused on 5G radio access technologies, optoelectronic and mm-wave packaging, electrical designs, modeling and characterization of communication, imaging radar and computation systems. He has recently worked on antenna-in-package design and integration for mm-wave imaging and communication systems including Ka-band, V-band and W-band phased-array modules. He has also worked on 3D electrical packaging and signal/power integrity analysis for high-speed I/O subsystems including on-chip and off-chip interconnects. He has been involved in developing novel TSV and interposer technologies for heterogeneous system integration.

Dr. Gu has co-authored over 80 peer-reviewed publications and holds 9 issued patents. He was a co-recipient of IEEE ISSCC 2017 Lewis Winner Award for Outstanding Paper and IEEE JSSC 2017 Best Paper Award (the world’s first reported silicon-based 5G mmWave phased array antenna module operating at 28GHz). He was a co-recipient of the 2017 Pat Goldberg Memorial Award to the best paper in computer science, electrical engineering, and mathematics published by IBM Research. He received an IBM Outstanding Technical Achievement Award in 2016, four IBM Plateau Invention Awards in 2012 ~ 2016, the IEEE EMC Symposium Best Paper Award in 2013, two SRC Mahboob Khan Outstanding Industry Liaison Awards in 2012 and 2014, the Best Conference Paper Award at IEEE EPEPS in 2011, IEC DesignCon Paper Awards in 2008 and 2010, the Best Interactive Session Paper Award at IEEE DATE in 2008, and the Best Session Paper Award at IEEE ECTC in 2007. Dr. Gu is the co-chair of Professional Interest Community (PIC) on Computer System Designs at IBM. He is a Senior Member of IEEE and has been serving on different program committees for MTT-S, EPEPS, ECTC, EDAPS and DesignCon. Dr. Gu was the General Chair of IEEE EPEPS 2018 in San Jose, CA. He is also a Distinguished Lecturer for IEEE EMC Society in 2019-2020.

IEEE Toronto Centennial Workshop: Distributed Machine Learning, The Second Step

Monday, July 15th, 2019

Tuesday July 30th, 2019 at 2:30 p.m. Reza Dibaj, Chair of Magnetics Chapter in the IEEE Toronto Section, will be presenting “IEEE Toronto Centennial Workshop: Distributed Machine Learning, The Second Step”.

Day & Time: Tuesday July 30th, 2019
2:30 p.m. ‐ 3:30 p.m.

Speaker: Reza Dibaj
Chair of Magnetics Chapter, IEEE Toronto Section

Organizers: Magnetics Chapter, IEEE Toronto Centennial College Chapter, WIE IEEE Toronto

Location: Room B3-09
Centennial College, Progress Campus
941 Progress Ave., Toronto, Ontario, M1G 3T8

Contact: Reza Dibaj

Abstract: At the beginning of the workshop, we quickly recap what we did in the previous session and knowing more about the definition of good features in our datasets. To continue our journey that we have started in the previous workshop, we will dive deeper into ML by applying our Decision Tree algorithm on a classical iris dataset. We will thoroughly practice training and testing data, using a step-by-step hands-on. Finally, we will use visualization tools to show what is happening under the hood in a decision tree and how it works as one of the most interpretable algorithms in ML.

IEEE Toronto Centennial Workshop: Distributed Machine Learning, Basic Concepts

Monday, July 15th, 2019

Tuesday July 23rd, 2019 at 2:30 p.m. Reza Dibaj, Chair of Magnetics Chapter in the IEEE Toronto Section, will be presenting “IEEE Toronto Centennial Workshop: Distributed Machine Learning, Basic Concepts”.

Day & Time: Tuesday July 23rd, 2019
2:30 p.m. ‐ 3:30 p.m.

Speaker: Reza Dibaj
Chair of Magnetics Chapter, IEEE Toronto Section

Organizers: Magnetics Chapter, IEEE Toronto Centennial College Chapter, WIE IEEE Toronto

Location: Room B3-09
Centennial College, Progress Campus
941 Progress Ave., Toronto, Ontario, M1G 3T8

Contact: Reza Dibaj

Abstract: Machine Learning is an indispensable part of data science and there is no need to have a thorough programming background to benefit from it. Machine Learning (ML) and statistical techniques have provided a new era that enables us to convert the data to information, and transform the information into actionable knowledge. SciKit and TensorFlow are two states of the art libraries that can be used in Python and this seminar will open the gate to know their bases. The first seminar is about “Hello World!” Machine Learning program, using python language and SciKit learn library.

Data Mining and Machine Learning with Application to Medical Data

Monday, July 1st, 2019

Wednesday July 17th, 2019 at 12:15 p.m. Prof. Steven Wang, Professor in Statistics at York University, will be presenting “Data Mining and Machine Learning with Application to Medical Data”.

Day & Time: Wednesday July 17th, 2019
12:15 p.m. ‐ 1:15 p.m.

Speaker: Prof. Steven Wang
Professor in Statistics
Department of Mathematics and Statistics York University

Organizers: IEEE Toronto Robotics, IEEE Toronto WIE, EMB, UHN

Location: TRI-UC, Basement Lecture theatre
550 University Ave., Toronto, M5G 2A2

GoToMeeting: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/435099981

Contact: Prof. Azadeh Yadollahi

Abstract: In this talk, we will discuss some applications of data mining and machine learning to medical data. We will discuss a variety of topics: genetic analysis, signal processing method for ECG and EEG, personalized medicine, autoimmune disease and human microbiome analysis. We will also share our experience on data including issues related to data cleaning and missing values.

Biography: Dr. Steven Wang is a professor in Statistics at the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. He received his Ph.D. in Statistics from the University of British Columbia in 2001 and did one year Postdoc on Data Mining at the Pacific Institute of Mathematical Sciences. He joined York University in 2002 and currently a full professor in Statistics. His research included statistical theory, data mining, optimization and machine learning. With his co-inventors, he has applied a Canadian and US patent for deep learning method. In the past 10 years, his research is focused on machine learning and medical data.

Poster: See Poster

MIMO Signalling: Knowing the Classics Can Make a Difference

Monday, June 3rd, 2019

Thursday June 6th, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. Prof. Wing-Kin (Ken) Ma, Chinese University of Hong Kong, will be presenting an IEEE Signal Processing Society Distinguished Lecture “MIMO Signalling: Knowing the Classics Can Make a Difference”.

Day & Time: Thursday June 6th, 2019
10:00 a.m. ‐ 11:00 a.m.

Speaker: Prof. Wing-Kin (Ken) Ma
Chinese University of Hong Kong

Organizers: IEEE Signal Processing Chapter Toronto Section
IEEE Communications Chapter Toronto Section

Location: Room BA-2135, University of Toronto
http://map.utoronto.ca/building/080

Contact: Mehrnaz Shokrollahi, Yashodhan Athavale, Michael Zara,

Abstract: In this talk the speaker will share two stories of how his research was benefitted by learning from the basics. The first story concerns physical-layer multicasting, a topic that has been dominated bybeamforming and optimization techniques. We will see how the classical concept of using channel coding to fight fast fading effects gives spark to rethink multicasting, and how that leads to a stochastic beamforming approach that goes beyond what beamforming achieves. The second story considers one-bit massive MIMO precoding, an emerging and challengingtopic. Current research on this topic mostly focuses on optimization, often in a sophisticated, if not complicated, manner. We will see how the traditional idea of Sigma-Delta modulation for DAC of temporal signals can be transferred to the spatial case, leading to one-bit massive MIMO precoding solutions that are simple and have quantization error well under control.

Biography: Wing-Kin (Ken) Ma is a Professor with the Department of Electronic Engineering, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. His research interests lie in signal processing, optimization and communications. His mostrecent research focuses on two distinct topics, namely, structured matrix factorization for data science and remote sensing, and MIMO transceiver design and optimization. Dr. Ma is active in the Signal Processing Society. He served as editors of several journals, e.g.,Senior Area Editor of IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing, Lead Guest Editor of a special issue in IEEE Signal Processing Magazine, to name a few. He is currently a member of the Signal Processing for Communications and Networking (SPCOM) Technical Committee. He received Research Excellence Award 2013– 2014 by CUHK, the 2015 IEEE Signal Processing Magazine Best Paper Award, the 2016 IEEE Signal Processing Letters Best Paper Award, and the 2018 IEEE Signal Processing Best Paper Award. He is an IEEE Fellow and is currently an IEEE SPS Distinguished Lecturer.

The WOW Dinner Toronto 2019

Monday, May 20th, 2019

The WOW Dinner is the world’s leading #womenintech dinner promoting diversity & inclusion in tech and related industries. The inspirational global series of networking events coming to Toronto on May 21, 2019 at the Gladstone Hotel, and coincides with the Collision Conference held just blocks away. The event welcomes people of all genders and orientation. Expect an evening of great conversation with a vibrant group and an eclectic mix of innovators, amazing food and inspiring speakers!

Day & Time: Tuesday May 21st, 2019
5:30 p.m. ‐ 8:00 p.m.

Organizers: Newhaus Communications, Green Capulet, IEEE Toronto WIE

Price: All IEEE members can get tickets for $50.

Register: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/the-wow-dinner-toronto-for-women-in-tech-tickets-59334500087

Location: The Gladstone Hotel

ComSoc Industry Visit: Siemens RUGGEDCOM

Saturday, May 11th, 2019

IEEE Toronto ComSoc Chapter in partnership with IEEE Toronto Industrial Relations are inviting all interested to a unique opportunity to visit Siemens RUGGEDCOM Facility at 300 Applewood Crescent, Concord, ON L4K 4E5.

RUGGEDCOM is a Canadian based company that is a subsidiary of Siemens. RUGGEDCOM networking products are designed to meet, even surpass internationally recognized industry standards for fast, reliable, standardized communications in numerous mission-critical industrial applications around the world.

During the visit we will get to take a factory tour, meet with an R&D engineer and tour the R&D lab. RUGGEDCOM will host us for a lunch afterwards.

Day & Time: Thursday May 23rd, 2019
10:00 a.m. ‐ 1:00 p.m.

Organizers: IEEE Toronto ComSoc

Transportation: The location is not far from Vaughan Metropolitan Centre (TTC). registered individuals are welcome to coordinate their own transportation to the location.

Meeting point: We plan to meet inside the building entrance at 10am.

Register: https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/198904

Location: Siemens Ruggedcom, 300 Applewood Crescent
Concord, Ontario, Canada L4K 4E5

Contact: Toronto_Chapter@comsoc.org