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IEEE Communications Society Seminar – August 14, 2018

Tuesday, July 31st, 2018

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IEEE COMMUNICATIONS SOCIETY, Winnipeg Section, and Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Manitoba, are hosting the following technical seminar.

You are welcome to attend.

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TITLE: Stable Throughput Regions of Opportunistic NOMA and Cooperative NOMA with Full-Duplex Relaying

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SPEAKER: Dr. Vincent Wong

DATE:   Tuesday, 14 August 2018

TIME:     10:00 am

PLACE: E1-270, EITC, University of Manitoba, Fort Garry Campus

ORGANIZER: IEEE Communications Society (Winnipeg Section)

ENTRANCE FEE: Free

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ABSTRACT:

Non-orthogonal multiple access (NOMA) is a spectrally efficient multiple access technique, which has the potential to meet the rapidly increasing traffic demand of the fifth generation (5G) wireless networks. With NOMA, multiple users can be simultaneously served by the same base station via exploiting the power domain in addition to the time and frequency domains. However, by sharing the frequency channel and transmit power among the paired NOMA users, NOMA may not always achieve better performance than orthogonal multiple access (OMA). In this talk, the basic idea of NOMA transmission is discussed. For downlink NOMA transmission with dynamic traffic arrival for spatially random users, two variants of NOMA schemes, namely opportunistic NOMA and cooperative NOMA with full-duplex relaying, are proposed to enhance the stable throughput region, which is characterized by using tools from queuing theory and stochastic geometry.  Results show that the sum rates of the proposed NOMA schemes over OMA are higher when users having more diverse target data rates are paired.

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BIOGRAPHY OF THE PRESENTER:

Vincent Wong is a Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of British Columbia. His research areas include protocol design, optimization, and resource management of communication networks, with applications to the Internet, wireless networks, smart grid, mobile cloud computing, and Internet of Things. Dr. Wong is an Editor of IEEE Transactions on Communications and an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing. He has served as a guest editor of IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications and IEEE Wireless Communications. Dr. Wong is a Fellow of the IEEE.

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For additional information, please contact:

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Jun Cai, Ph.D., P.Eng.

Chair, IEEE Communications Society Chapter, IEEE Winnipeg Section

Professor

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

University of Manitoba

Winnipeg, MB Canada R3T 5V6

Email: jun.cai@umanitoba.ca

Telephone: 1-204-4746419

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IEEE Communications Society Seminar – August 10, 2018

Tuesday, July 31st, 2018

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IEEE COMMUNICATIONS SOCIETY, Winnipeg Section, and Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Manitoba, are hosting the following technical seminar.

You are welcome to attend.

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TITLE: Novel Chirp Spread Spectrum Methods for Low-Power Wide-Area Networks

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SPEAKER: Dr. Ha Nguyen

DATE:   Friday, 10 August 2018

TIME:     10:00 am

PLACE: E1-270, EITC, University of Manitoba, Fort Garry Campus

ORGANIZER: IEEE Communications Society (Winnipeg Section)

ENTRANCE FEE: Free

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ABSTRACT:

Low-power wide-area networks (LPWANs) have recently emerged as a promising communication technology for the Internet of Things (IoT). LPWANs are designed to achieve large coverage ranges, extend battery lifetimes of end-devices, and reduce the operational cost of traditional cellular networks. By exploiting the unlicensed, industrial, scientific, and medical (ISM) frequency band and transmitting small packets at low data rates, these networks can be operated with very low reception sensitivities. The long-range and low-power properties of LPWANs make these networks an interesting candidate for smart sensing technology in civil infrastructures as well as in industrial applications.

This talk first introduces the chirp spread spectrum (CSS) technique used in low-power wide-area networks known as LoRa. Then it presents novel approaches to modulate and demodulate LoRa signals with high implementation efficiency, flexibility and excellent performance. The last part of the talk explains a method to exploit the phase information of CSS signals to encode extra information bits, leading to throughput improvement of the conventional CSS system.

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BIOGRAPHY OF THE PRESENTER:

Dr. Ha Nguyen received the B.Sc. degree from Hanoi University of Technology (HUT), Vietnam, in 1995, the M.Sc. degree from the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Thailand, in 1997, and the Ph.D. degree from the University of Manitoba in 2001, all in electrical engineering. He joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Saskatchewan in 2001, and became a Professor in 2007. He currently holds the position of NSERC/Cisco Industrial Research Chair in Low-Power Wireless Access for Sensor Networks. His research interests fall into broad areas of Communication Theory, Wireless Communications, and Statistical Signal Processing.

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For additional information, please contact:

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Jun Cai, Ph.D., P.Eng.

Chair, IEEE Communications Society Chapter, IEEE Winnipeg Section

Professor

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

University of Manitoba

Winnipeg, MB Canada R3T 5V6

Email: jun.cai@umanitoba.ca

Telephone: 1-204-4746419

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IEEE Young Professionals Annual BBQ – July 25, 2018

Friday, July 6th, 2018

Please join the IEEE-YP Winnipeg Section for our annual summer barbecue!

As always, there will be food, games, and door prizes!

There will also be a brief presentation from the University of Manitoba ECE students
who won the 2018 IEEE Young Professionals award for their Capstone project.

Time: Wednesday, July 25th at 6:00pm

Place: Assiniboine Park, Picnic Site 20 (near the Pavilion – see poster below for more details)

2018 IEEE YP Summer BBQ Poster

Advance admission (payable by Interac e-Transfer) is $4.50 for IEEE members and $9.00 for non-members.

Regular admission (payable in cash at the door) is $5.00 for IEEE members and $10.00 for non-members.

The cost of admission includes a hotdog or hamburger, snack, and a drink.

Vegetarian options are available upon request.

Please email klamothe@icloud.com to RSVP!

IEEE Winnipeg Section Meeting – June 19, 2018

Friday, June 15th, 2018

The monthly meeting of Section, Chapter, and Affinity Group representatives to discuss issues and the operation of the IEEE Winnipeg Section. This meeting is open to any IEEE members that are interested in becoming more involved. The details of the meeting are:

Date: June 19, 2018

Time: 5:30 pm

Location: Room E2-351, Engineering and Information Technology Complex (EITC), University of Manitoba, Winnipeg MB

The minutes from the previous meeting and the proposed agenda for this meeting are available below.

2018_05_15_Minutes

2018_06_19_Agenda

High Performance Computing Conference – June 21, 2018

Friday, June 15th, 2018

The Manitoba Consortium for High Performance Computing invites you to a one-day conference which will discuss Manitoba’s Future in High Performance Computing. 

The Conference will be held on June 21st at the University of Winnipeg. A summary of the event is listed below.

For a current listing of presenters please visit our conference web page

 

We encourage you to attend and to forward this invitation to your colleagues who are interested in this topic. 

The cost to attend is $30 and registration is done online through the link indicated below.  

 

Thanks to support from IEEE, the cost for student participation is being mitigated and student registration is completed by contacting Alfonz Koncan at alkoncan@mts.net.

This will be an excellent event for introducing all elements and opportunities for HPC use in industry and academia for Manitoba.

Our lineup of speakers features talks from WestGrid, Boeing Seattle, Tangent Animation, Sightline Innovation Inc, Ubisoft and many others.  We hope you will be able to attend.

 

To register for Manitoba’s Future in High Performance Computing please follow this link:

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/manitobas-future-in-high-performance-computing-tickets-46159464200?aff=efbneb

 

CONFERENCE OVERVIEW:

Manitoba’s Future in High Performance Computing

Theme:                         HPC offers many opportunities for Manitoba’s Industry, Small Businesses and Academe, to collaborate and succeed together.

Date of Event:              June 21st, 2018. (Thursday)

Time:                            8:00 am to 5 pm (with a networking session and cash bar to follow)

Location:                      University of Winnipeg, Eckhardt Gramatté Hall

Type of Activity:           Networking Workshop with Industry, Academic and Government participants

Sponsors:                    University of Winnipeg, University of Manitoba, Red River College, IEEE, ICTAM, IEEE, ADE & Company Inc., EnviroTREC  


Executive Summary 

New advances in parallel multi-core computing technology will endow the average user with the computational power once only available to a handful of researchers worldwide using supercomputers. 

This revolution has brought high performance computing (HPC) to the masses. The goal of this conference is to bring together stakeholders to discuss Manitoba’s needs for the new HPC economy.

The use of HPC in modeling complex physical phenomena such as weather, fluid dynamics, molecular interactions, astronomical calculations and engineering design is well known to researchers and technology leaders in those fields.

In particular, HPC is being used by industry to improve products, reduce production costs and decrease the time it takes to develop new products by virtue of developing a virtual product and reducing the number of physical designs that follow.

The intention for this conference is to introduce more people to the possibilities of using HPC in their enterprise, by providing a cross section of examples and methods on how this technology can be used in their field of application.

A one-day conference and networking event will be held on June21st to present these ideas across a broad spectrum of talks.

Keynote speakers and other presenters at this workshop will focus their commentaries on current capabilities and future interests in training students for related industry development in Manitoba. 

 

Post Script to HPC programmers and users:

WestGrid has generously promoted our conference to their users and followers.

In turn they have asked that we assist them with the promotion of a Computing Summer School which will be held at the University of Manitoba from June 25th to June 28th.

To register for their summer school please follow this link: WestGrid Summer School.