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IEEE Winnipeg Section Meeting – March 21, 2019

Friday, March 15th, 2019

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: Thursday, March 21, 2019

Time: 5:30 pm

Location: Room E2-221, 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.

2019_02_28_Minutes

2019_03_21_Agenda

IEEE Winnipeg Section Meeting – February 28, 2019

Wednesday, February 27th, 2019

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: Thursday, February 28, 2019

Time: 5:30 pm

Location: Room E2-221, 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_12_17_Minutes

2019_02_28_Agenda

2019 AGM Slides now available

Tuesday, February 19th, 2019

The slides from this year’s AGM, including Dr. Mark Alexiuk’s presentation on applied machine learning, are available below!

IEEE_AGM_2019_part1

IEEE_AGM_2019_part2

IEEE Women in Engineering International Leadership Summit (Article)

Thursday, February 7th, 2019

On September 15-16th, 2018, the IEEE Women in Engineering International Leadership Summit (WIE ILS) took place in Mississauga, ON. The theme of the summit was STEMPowered Leadership, with the goal being to engage and empower women in engineering. Held at the same venue that weekend were the IEEE Young Professionals Summit and Student Congress. Joint events allowed for more perspectives to be shared and exposed many young engineers to the mission and philosophy of WIE. Several Winnipeg Section WIE members were fortunate to attend the event.

U of M students Aimee Carvey, Hannah Fogel and Valorie Platero share their experiences below.

 

Local Conference Participants (L-R): Hannah Fogel, Valorie Platero, Aimee Carvey, Nasim Abdollahi, Martin Rickey, Leo Zheng, Adam Brown

Attending the WIE ILS provided us with the opportunity to learn about current developments in improving the representation of women in engineering. Keynote speakers and panel discussions talked about one of the most prominent efforts in this endeavour, 30 By 30. 30 By 30 is an initiative started by Engineers Canada that encourages companies and academic institutions to work towards increasing the percentage of women in the field of engineering to 30% by the year 2030. Panels also discussed current emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence and blockchain and how women’s perspectives are influencing these research areas. Speakers from IEEE provided information about other resources and outreach programs run by IEEE.

Many workshops during the weekend were led by female engineers who are very successful in their fields. They shared their personal experiences and gave advice for other women navigating the industry. The conference also had social events that enabled us to network and connect with other female engineers in various stages of their careers. This helped us gain valuable insight and advice in planning our own careers and potential mentorships in the future.

At the awards banquet Saturday evening, Nasim was presented with the Best Section of the Year award for small- and medium-sized sections. This is a great accomplishment that speaks to the dedication of our local volunteers.

We returned home hopeful and inspired to plan for WIE events in Winnipeg in the coming year. We would like to thank Professor Philip Ferguson and the IEEE Winnipeg Section for sponsoring our attendance at the summit.

IEEE Winnipeg Section Annual General Meeting – Jan. 29, 2019

Friday, January 4th, 2019

***** The date of the AGM has been changed to Tuesday January 29 *****

The 2019 Annual General Meeting (AGM) for the IEEE Winnipeg Section will be held on Tuesday January 29 from 6-9 pm at the Best Western Plus Airport Hotel. All local IEEE members are invited and encouraged to attend this event and a buffet dinner will be provided. Section highlights from 2018 will be shared and the 2019 Executive Committee will be elected. The minutes from last year’s AGM and the agenda for the business portion of the meeting are available below.

2018_AGM_Minutes

2019_AGM_Agenda

 


The evening’s keynote presentation will be delivered by Dr. Mark Alexiuk, CTO of Sightline Innovation Inc:

Title: Applied Machine Learning – A Prairie Perspective
 
Bio: Mark Alexiuk is a graduate of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Program (BSc, MSc, PhD) at the University of Manitoba.
Throughout his career he has worked with Manitoban companies, including those in the fields of medical devices (IMRIS) and identity/information services (IMT).
Currently, as CTO of Sightline Innovation, he leads a 24 person developer team to provide a data trust environment and enterprise applied machine learning solutions for challenging  problems in manufacturing, healthcare and agriculture. His research interests include exploratory data analysis, pattern recognition and applied machine learning. 
AbstractArtificial intelligence (AI) has matured over many decades.  Early technologies included rule-based systems and perceptrons. Significant effort is currently being invested in reinforcement learning, deep learning and generative adversarial networks. Superhuman mastery has been obtained in selected areas (checkers, chess, Jeopardy, Shogi), practical applications have been deployed to the mass market (machine translation) while artificial general intelligence (AGI) remains elusive. Software scalability, distributed but connected devices, inexpensive storage and computation together amplify into a seemingly imminent and immense power of AI that excites the imagination (universal prosperity and social good!)  while simultaneously engendering fear (loss of control; loss of livelihood through automation!). Tempering these thoughts are observations: AI is yet brittle and can be fooled; technical systems have residual complexity; goal setting has its own challenges; emergence can be observed but not necessarily planned. This talk explores selected opportunities to apply technology and frankly discusses challenges in data acquisition, annotation, optimization and robustness, for applications in manufacturing, healthcare, and agriculture.