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EduManCom Seminar

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

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Title:

Designing High Speed External Memory Interfaces in Altera FPGAs

Date:

Monday, October 3, 2011 @ 4:00-5:00pm

Location:

E3-270, EITC Building, University of Manitoba Fort Garry Campus

Speaker:

Kalen Brunham, P.Eng
Senior Member of the Technical Staff
Altera Corporation
Toronto, Ontario

Abstract:

The fundamental challenge in designing high speed external memory interfaces for protocols such as DDR3 is the unknown phase relationship between the memory components and the memory controller. In addition, static timing analysis breaks down as it does not take into account the reduction in pessimism as a result of memory interface calibration. This presentation outlines these challenges and reviews how Altera addresses them by building self calibrating memory controllers and employing cutting edge flexible static timing analysis.

Speaker Bio:

Kalen Brunham is a Senior Member of the Technical Staff in the Software and IP department at Altera’s Toronto Technology Center. Over the 8 years he has been with Altera he has been involved in a number of projects including competitive architecture analysis, external memory interface IP development, and IP usability. His current interests are in debug tools for external memory interfaces and high level IP integration in FPGAs. Kalen holds an M.Sc from the University of Manitoba in the area of signal and data compression.

Organizers:

IEEE EduManCom Chapter & Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering.

Cost:

This will be a free event.

Contact:

For questions or more information: Ken Ferens 474-8517

Beginners Embedded Systems Workshop

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

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Date:

Monday, October 3, 2011 from 6:00pm to 8:30pm

Location:

E1-514 EITC
University of Manitoba

Speakers:

Craig Nemeth, Matthew Sebastian, Frank Serafin (VE4FHS), Troy Denton, and Matthew Woelk (VE4MDW)

Abstract:

This hands-on workshop is designed to introduce first and second year students to the design of embedded systems. Each student will receive a Texas Instruments MSP430 LaunchPad development board to work with and take home after the workshop.

A team of experienced mentors will demonstrate how to:

  • use Code Composer Studio,
  • program the embedded microprocessor in C,
  • debug embedded programs, and
  • use input/output ports to interface external components.

Pizza & pop served in E1-514 EITC from 6:00-6:30pm. Workshop in E3-528 from 6:30-8:30pm

Registration:

$5 for UMARS/UMIEEE/UMSATS members
$10 for non-members.

Registration includes pizza, pop, development board, programming cables, and software to continue learning at home.

Only 15 spots available on a first-come-first-serve basis. Register online before October 2, 2011 by clicking here.

Organizers:

Event Sponsor:

  • Shell Canada

Contact:

For more information contact Dario Schor, VE4SCH or Frank Serafin, VE4FHS.

Gallery:

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Orbital Mechanics using STK

Sunday, July 3rd, 2011

Orbital Mechanics

Date:

Thursday, July 14, 2011 from 6:30-8:30pm.

Location:

E2-210 Engineering Information and Technology Complex
University of Manitoba Fort Garry Campus

Speaker:

Mr. Greg Linton

Abstract:

In this tutorial, participants will learn about the six orbital elements and different types of orbits using the Satellite Tool Kit (STK) from Analytical Graphics Incorporated.

STK is a very powerful software used to model complex space systems such as:

  • Determine when faces of the satellite are facing the sun,
  • Model different antennas and their effect on communications with a particular ground station, and
  • Studying and planning attitude manoeuvres.

This tutorial will begin with a simple introduction to Keplerian Orbital Elements and different types of orbits using STK. The participants will model the orbit for a the T-Sat mission that is being designed by members of the University of Manitoba Space Applications and Technology Society (UMSATS).

Speaker Bio:

Mr. Greg Linton studied at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay and graduated with an Electrical Technologist Diploma in 1999 and a Bachelor of Science in Physics the following year. Greg joined Canadian Forces School of Aerospace Studies in October of 2006 as a Space Instructor. Since then he has hosted students from across the Canadian Forces as part of the Space Section’s well known courses and instructed for the Aerospace Systems Course. His current topic areas include display technologies, statistics and space sciences.

In addition to training DND employees he participates in the Aviation and Aerospace In Manitoba Day, which introduces 650 grade six students to aerospace careers and opportunities. Greg also helps out with the Manitoba Space Adventures Camp, in which high school students learn about a number of advanced space topics. Activities at the camp include the use amateur weather research balloons that reach over 70,000 feet in altitude.

Greg started his masters studies with the University of Manitoba in the fall of 2010. His thesis topic studies the use of broadband satellites internet communications for the command and control of micro-satellites. He is an active member of UMSATS’ Communications Team.

Cost:

FREE!

Registration:

There are 40 spots available on a first-come-first-serve basis.
Register online by clicking here.

Organizers:

University of Manitoba Space Applications and Technology Society
IEEE EduManCom Chapter
IEEE Computer and Computational Intelligence Chapter
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Manitoba

Contact:

For more information contact Dario Schor.

Gallery:

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UMIEEE: Introduction to LaTeX Seminar

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

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Date:

Tuesday, February 15, 2011 from 6-8pm

Location:

E2-155 EITC, Fort Garry Campus, University of Manitoba

Abstract:

Back due to popular demand, UMIEEE is proud to offer Introduction to LaTeX.

LaTeX is a powerful typesetting system, used for producing scientific and mathematical documents. Unlike WYSIWYG tools such as MS Word, it uses plain text files that contain formatting commands making it very suitable for large documents.

Presentation outline:

  • What is TeX and why should I use it?
  • Installation and configuration
  • Basic document class and compilation
  • Cross-references, labels, and table of contents
  • Abstracts and keywords
  • Bullets and lists
  • Images and floating
  • Equations and the math environment
  • Basic tables
  • Keeping references with Bibtex
  • Showcase of advanced features
  • Discussion and question period

Speaker Bios:

Matthew Sebastian and Dario Schor are both Master students in Computer Engineering at the University of Manitoba.

Cost:

  • IEEE Members $5
  • Others $10

Register:

Register before February 14th by clicking here.

Organizers:

  • UMIEEE
  • IEEE EduManCom Chapter

Poster:

Links:

EduManCom Curriculum Focus Group

Thursday, January 13th, 2011

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Title:

Curriculum Focus Group

Date:

Tuesday, February 22, 2011 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Location:

Quality Inn & Suites Winnipeg
635 Pembina Hwy

Abstract:

The purpose of the CFG is to get Industry’s perspective of what a graduate of an electrical and computer engineering (ECE) program should be able to do once they enter the workforce. The Industry’s perspective will then be used as input to help identify gaps and to modify, shape, and restructure the ECE Curriculum at the University of Manitoba. The forums are being planned biannually to facilitate continual improvement of the program. Please read the attachment for more details.

Registration:

Please let me know if you are able to participate. The Industry Forum will give you the opportunity to give back and to lend your experience to developing better understanding of our industry and what it values and expects from those who work within it. I urge you to think this over carefully, share this with your colleagues in other departments of your organization, and to let Ken Ferens know if you can give a small amount of your time to this most important activity.

Registration:

Registration is required. Contact Ken Ferens if you are interested in attending.

Organizers:

IEEE EduManCom Chapter & Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering.

Contact:

For questions or more information: Ken Ferens 474-8517