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IEEE Computer and Computational Intelligence Seminar – High Level Design Tools for FPGAs (Jan. 4, 2018)

Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the IEEE Winnipeg Section Computer and Computational Intelligence Chapter is pleased to present:


Seminar Title: High Level Design Tools for FPGAs

Speaker: Paul White


Date: Thursday January 4, 2018 – 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM

Location: EITC E2-350, University of Manitoba, 75 Chancellor’s Circle, Winnipeg, MB, Canada

Contact: Ian Jeffrey, Chair, IEEE Computer and Computational Intelligence Chapter, Winnipeg –


Presentation Abstract:

High-level languages are commonplace in software design, and now they are coming to FPGAs too! In this talk, you will learn about some of Intel PSG’s High Level Design tools for FPGAs. These tools include the brand new High Level Synthesis (HLS) compiler, as well as DSP Builder, and OpenCL.


Biography of the Speaker:

Paul White graduated from the University of Manitoba Dept. of Computer Engineering in 2014, and completed a MSc. in Biomedical Engineering in 2017. He currently works at Intel Programmable Solutions Group as an Application Engineer supporting the newly released Intel HLS compiler.


IEEE Seminar – New Innovative Projects for All of Us – August 29, 2017

Sunday, August 27th, 2017

=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= IEEE SEMINAR -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=

TITLE:      New Innovative Projects for All of Us


SPEAKER:    Marina Ruggieri, PhD, Fellow IEEE Professor, Telecommunications Engineering

Department of Electronics Engineering / CTIF

University of Roma “Tor Vergata”

Via Politecnico, 1

Roma 00133 Italy


DATE:       August 29, 2017 (Tuesday)

TIME:       9:30 – 11:00 AM

PLACE:      E1-270 EITC Atrium (Alan Borger Executive Conference Room)

Engineering and Information Technology Complex (EITC)

University of Manitoba, Fort Garry Campus

SPONSORS:   – University of Manitoba

                          – University of Winnipeg

                          – IEEE Computer & Computational Intelligence Chapter

                          – IEEE Engineering in Medicine & Biology Chapter

                          – IEEE Geoscience & Remote Sensing and Aerospace & Electronic Systems Chapter




IEEE is the largest technical organization in the world, with over 420,000 members. The depth of the organization comes from the knowledge and professional practice it has generated through its members since 1984.

Dr Marina Ruggieri, the current IEEE VP of the Technical Activities Board (TAB), introduced four new technical multi-disciplinary projects this year through four TAB ad-hoc committees. Our enthusiastic multidisciplinary members, together with many local representatives of the communities, commenced participating in the projects by contributing technical expertise to find solutions to major contemporary problems.

The projects are:

1. FOOD ENGINEERING: IEEE to play a role in the worldwide technological and social challenge of preparing a healthy and enjoyable future for mankind on Earth (and in exploring new planets).

2. DIG ONCE: IEEE to play a role in the worldwide technological and social challenge to connect the next billion individuals to the Internet by an effective and holistic digging for the deployment of network infrastructures.

3. IEEE AT THE NORTH AND SOUTH POLES (INSP): IEEE to play a role in the worldwide technological and social challenge of the new Arctic shipping routes and in supporting the enormous multi-continent community behind the 4000+ technical and scientific personnel in the Antarctica bases.

4. DESIGN FOR ETHICS: IEEE to play a role in the worldwide technological and social challenge of having ethics as a basic requirement in the design of all devices, systems and applications.


Under the INSP project, we are planning an expedition to Churchill and Nunavut in order to (i) develop awareness of the project mission; (ii) establish personal contacts; (iii) explore possible collaboration with IEEE; (iv) improve transportation to the North (to deliver food and medicine to remote communities); (v) improve diet (diabetes is rampant, as an apple costs as much as a can of pop); (vi) strengthen education in the communities by providing new opportunities; and (vii) enhance research of the North (in view of the changes in cargo transportation and climate).

An overview of other new IEEE initiatives will also be provided.


Dr Marina Ruggieri is the 2017 IEEE Vice President of Technical Activities Board (TAB). She is a Past Director of IEEE Division IX (2014-2015), and a Sr. Past President of the IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society (AESS). As a Fellow of IEEE, she is a member of the IEEE Fellow and Public Visibility Committees. She is proboviro (arbitrator) of the Italian Industries Federation for Aerospace, Defense and Security (AIAD); member of the Technical-Scientific Committee of the Center for Aeronautical Military Studies, and she has been Vice President of the Roma Chapter of AFCEA (2006-2015). She is co-founder and Chair of the Steering Board of the interdisciplinary Center for Tele-infrastructures (CTIF) at  the University of Roma “Tor Vergata”, that belongs to the CTIF global network, with nodes in USA, Europe and Asia. Above all, she has been very enthusiastic and dedicated to promoting four fundamental and visionary new directions in IEEE: Food Engineering; Dig Once; IEEE at the North and South Poles; and Design for Ethics.

Dr Ruggieri is Full Professor of Telecommunications Engineering at the University of Roma “Tor Vergata” and a member of its Board of Governors. She is the Principal Investigator of the 40/50 GHz TPD#5 Communications Experiment on board AlphaSat (launched on July 2013). She is author/co-author of 340 papers, 1 patent and 12 books in her research areas.

She received many awards and honours, including: the 1990 Piero Fanti International Prize; the 2009 Pisa Donna Award as Women in Engineering; the 2013 Excellent Women in Roma Award; and Excellent and Best Paper Awards at international conferences.



Witold Kinsner, PhD, PEng


Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, University of Manitoba

Tel: (204) 474-6490; email: or

IEEE Canada President, 2016-2017

IEEE Region 7 Director/Delegate, 2016-2017

Computer and Computational Intelligence Seminar

Thursday, April 25th, 2013



Perception-Based Computing


Thursday, May 2, 2013 from 2:30-3:30 PM


Rm E2-251, EITC (Engineering & Information Technology Complex)
Fort Garry Campus
University of Manitoba


Piotr Wasilewski, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Faculty of Mathematics, Computer Science & Mechanics
Warsaw University, Poland


This talk addresses the basic notions of Perception Based Computing (PBC). Perception is characterized by sensory measurements and ability to apply them to reason about satisfiability of complex vague concepts used, such as guards for actions or invariants to be preserved by agents. Such reasoning is often referred as adaptive judgment. Vague concepts can be approximated on the basis of sensory attributes rather than defined exactly. Approximations usually need to be induced by using hierarchical modelling. Computations require interactions between granules of different complexity, such as elementary sensory granules, granules representing components of agent states, or complex granules representing classifiers that approximate concepts.

We base our approach to interactive computations on interactive information systems and rough sets. Such systems can be used for modelling advanced forms of interactions in hierarchical modelling. Unfortunately, discovery of structures for hierarchical modelling is still a challenge. On the other hand, it is often possible to acquire or approximate them from domain knowledge. Given appropriate hierarchical structures, it becomes feasible to perform adaptive judgment, starting from sensory measurements and ending with conclusions about satisfiability degrees of vague target guards. Thus, our main claim is that PBC should enable users (experts, researchers, students) to submit domain knowledge, by means of a dialog. It should be also possible to submit hypotheses about domain knowledge to be checked semi-automatically.

PBC should be designed more like laboratories helping users in their research rather than fully automatic data mining or knowledge discovery toolkit. In particular, further progress in understanding visual perception (as a special area of PBC) might be possible, if it becomes more open for cooperation with experts from neuroscience, psychology, or cognitive science. We anticipate that PBC might become important in many research areas.

Speaker Bio:

Dr. Piotr Wasilewski received his PhD in mathematical logic from Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland in 2005. In 2009, he received his PhD in cognitive psychology from Warsaw University. During 2009/2010, he was a Post Doctoral Fellow at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Manitoba, Canada. From 2010 he has been an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Mathematics, Computer Science and Mechanics, Warsaw University. Piotr Wasilewski is (co)author of 28 scientific publications.

His areas of interests include perception based computing, interactive granular computing, soft computing methods and application such as rough set theory and formal concept analysis, reasoning with incomplete information, approximate reasoning, wisdom technology, adaptive and autonomous systems, human-computer interaction, cognitive science, intelligent systems, knowledge discovery and data mining. He served on Program Committees of several international conferences. He is a reviewer for several scientific journals, and serves as an expert in the field of computer science for the Polish National Science Centre.


Free, All are welcome.



For questions or more information contact Witold Kinsner at 474-6490.

Winnipeg International Space Apps Challenge

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

2013_04_20_spaceappsThe Winnipeg International Space Apps Challenge will take place on April 20-21, 2013 at the University of Manitoba. In this event, UMSATS is partnering with NASA to participate in a 48hr hackathon to solve problems with people from all over the world. Go to for details.

There are four major categories of challenges:

  • Software – APIs, databases, and other tools for managing data collected from space
  • Open Hardware – technologies for space exploration
  • Citizen Science – why we explore space presentations
  • Data Visualization – visualizing data already collected by others


This event is free and open to anyone ages 16+. The top two solutions will receive prizes and be entered into the worldwide competition where they will be judged by a panel of NASA judges.

For more information please contact Dario Schor at

Basic Amateur Radio Course

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013


Course Title:

Radio Course on Regulations, Theory & Practice for Basic Radio Certificate Qualifications

Course Dates & Times:

  • Session #1. February 2, 2013
    (once a week, Saturday morning at 10:30 AM, one and a half hours)
  • Session #2. February 9 (10:30 AM)
  • Session #3. February 9 (12:30 AM)
  • Session #4. March 2 (10:30 AM)
  • Session #5. March 9 (10:30 AM)
  • Session #6. March 16 (10:30 AM)
  • Session #7. March 23 (10:30 AM)
  • Optional Session #8. April 6, 2013 (Exam)


Room E2-350, EITC (University of Manitoba, Fort Garry Campus)

Course Instructor:

W. Kinsner, PhD, PEng, VE4WK
Accredited Examiner, Industry Canada

Course Organizers:

  • UMARS (University of Manitoba Amateur Radio Society)
  • IEEE Computer & Computational Intelligence Chapter
  • IEEE Student Branch, UofM McNaughton Student Centre

Course Fee:

$10 (payable just before the first session)
(includes membership in UMARS for one year.
There is NO extra charge for the exam.)
Payable just before the first meeting, February 2, 2013.


Register online by clicking here.

Motivation to become a ham:

Operating amateur radio requires a licence issued to a person by the Government of Canada, after a successful examination of the person’s basic qualifications. The exam can be taken either after a self-study period, or by taking a course. The basic licence allows you to communicate on many amateur radio bans. Thus, the basic amateur radio qualifications course can be your ticket to the vast universe of amateur radio.

For T-Sat members, this is an exciting opportunity to learn about amateur radio in order to be able to operate the UMARS ground station, and talk to any amateur satellite.

Course Outline:

The objective of the course is to prepare students to the exam for Basic Radio Certificate Qualifications (administered on behalf of Industry Canada), and to provide rudimentary experience with amateur radio. If passed, the student obtains a radio licence to operate amateur radio using all the modes (AM, FM, PSK, and other digital modes) on all the frequency bands (from kilohertz to terahertz), as assigned to amateur radio operators in Canada and elsewhere.


  • Motivation and Introduction
  • Regulations: Bands, Q-codes and Operation
  • Electrical & Electronic Background
  • Wave Propagation
  • Transmission Lines
  • Antennas
  • Modulating, Receiving, and Amplifying Electronic Components
  • Block Diagrams of CW, FM, AM, SSB Transmitters & Receivers
  • Operation & Interference

Demonstrations and Workshops (time permitting):

  • Demo of radio equipment (microphone, loudspeaker, receiver, transmitter, antennas, power meter, SWR meter).
  • My very fist QSO (how to establish and maintain a radio contact).
  • Demo of the UofM satellite ground station, and a QSO through a satellite.
  • Fox hunting and a demo of relevant equipment and operations.
  • Packet radio and a demonstration of relevant equipment and operations.
  • APRS (Automatic Packet Reporting Systems) and a demonstration of relevant equipment and operations.
  • New Developments: D-Star radio.
  • Exam

Course Format:

This eight-session non-credit course takes only a quarter of the time required by a regular equivalent course. This is possible because of the background of our university students and practising engineers who take the course. Other individuals who are willing to study a bit harder, may also take the course.

Each session will cover parts of the core material (regulations, theory, practice) and a short demonstration after the session, as specified above.

Course Material:

The instructor will use his own slides during the lectures. Additional documents can be downloaded from Industry Canada (as specified in class).

More information:

For more information, please contact the instructor.

Witt Kinsner, VE4WK
Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering University of Manitoba Winnipeg, MB R3T 5V6
t: 1-204-474-6490
f: 1-204-261-4639
e: “W. Kinsner, VE4WK”