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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 http://spaceapps.umsats.ca 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 dario_schor@umanitoba.ca.

Basic Amateur Radio Course

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

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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)

Location:

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
  • IEEE GOLD
  • IEEE TISP

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.

Registration:

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.

Content:

  • 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
Professor
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”
UMARS URL: http://www.ece.umanitoba.ca/umars/

Embedded Systems Workshop: Advanced

Thursday, December 27th, 2012

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Date:

Saturday, January 12, 2013 from 10:00-16:00 – RESCHEDULED DUE TO EXTREME WEATHER CONDITIONS

Saturday, January 19, 2013 from 10:00-16:00

Location:

E3-528 EITC
University of Manitoba

Speakers:

Dr. Amhad Byagowi and Kiral Poon

Abstract:

In this workshop, students will learn to master the Arduino development board and the Arduino IDE. Through a series of tutorials, participants will be taught how to harness the Arduino’s more advanced features to create powerful and efficient embedded systems.

This workshop will also include a project component. Participants will be taught step-by-step how to desgin and implement a persistence-of-vision text display using an Arduino, a breadboard, and some LEDs.

An Arduino is required for this workshop. Participants who do not have their own Arduino may purchase one from UMIEEE for $35.

Pre-Requisites:

Prior exposure to programming, electronics, and the Arduino development environment are strongly recommended.

Registration:

$10 for IEEE student members per workshop $15 for non-members per workshop

The deadline for ordering Arduinos through UMIEEE is January 6, 2013.

To register, complete and submit the secure registration form..

Organizers:

Contact:

For more information contact Kiral Poon or Ray Blostein.

Gallery:

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GOLD/WIE: Student-Industry Networking Event

Monday, November 5th, 2012

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Abstract:

The IEEE Graduates of the Last Decade (GOLD) and Women in Engineering (WiE) Winnipeg sections are hosting an evening of networking for young professionals. The Student-Industry Networking Event will be held on November 27, 2012 at the King’s Head in the heart of downtown Winnipeg.

This event will be an opportunity for young professional engineers to network with more experienced individuals in the field. We would like to invite the electrical and computer engineering professionals from your company to participate in this event. Admission is $10 for IEEE members, and $15 for those who are not members of IEEE. Membership in IEEE GOLD or WiE is not required.

Come and enjoy a good time. Cost includes:

  • FREE Food and 1 drink
  • Enter into a door prize for a Tablet computer

Cost:

  • $10 for IEEE members
  • $15 for non-members

Companies Confirmed:

  • TBD

Registration:

Register online by clicking here.

Event Sponsors:

Contact:

For more information, please contact Evan Thompson or Kathryn Marcynuk.

Gallery:

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Embedded Systems Workshop: Beginners

Monday, November 5th, 2012

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Date:

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 from 6-8pm

Location:

E3-558 EITC
University of Manitoba

Speakers:

Kiral Poon

Abstract:

In this workshop, participants will learn about the Arduino development board and the Arduino IDE. They will be guided through a series of tutorials to turn LEDs on/off and to read inputs from a pushbutton.

An Arduino is required for this workshop. Participants who do not have their own Arduino may purchase one from UMIEEE for $30.

Refreshments will be served from 20:00pm – 21:00pm in E1-514 EITC (IEEE Lounge).

Pre-Requisites:

Some programming experience required.

Registration:

$5 for IEEE student members per workshop
$10 for non-members per workshop

To register email kiralpoon@ieee.org.

Contact:

For more information contact Kiral Poon.