IEEE Winnipeg Section

IEEE
November 17th, 2017

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 minutes from the previous meeting and the proposed agenda for this meeting are attached.

Date: November 21, 2017

Time: 5:30

Location: SPC-305 Stanley Pauley Centre, University of Manitoba Fort Garry Campus

2017_10_17_Minutes

2017_11_21_Agenda

 


November 7th, 2017
The Lakehead University student branch is hosting an event this Thursday (Nov. 9) in which Karen Bartleson, the president of IEEE, will be giving a presentation entitled “Advice I’d Give My Younger Self”. The talk will cover lessons she has learned throughout her career that she wish she knew at the beginning. The event details are below:
Title: “Advice I’d Give My Younger Self”
Speaker: Karen Bartleson, IEEE President and CEO
Location: Lakehead University Campus, Braun Building room 1021
Date and Time: Thursday November 9th, 10-11am EST (9-10am CST)
There will also be a coffee and light snack social mixer after the event for IEEE members, followed by a pizza lunch.
The presentation will also be live streamed for members who wish to watch remotely. Web access is available via the following link:
Users must allow all prompts and disable any popup blockers from their browsers or allow popups when setting up. Also, anyone using a Mac should use Safari as their browser since this has worked the best in the past. Users will also have to install a plugin and possibly enable it depending on their default settings. To enable, navigate the Safari>Preferences menu and then on the Websites Tab, in the left hand menu, the option to enable the RealPresence Web Suit plugin will be present.
On PC please use Internet Explorer or Chrome.
If you are setting up access prior to the meeting you can call Lakehead Technology Services at 1-866-652-8657 to set up a test after you have configured your computer.
There is also an available teleconference if the web access does not work or if you’d rather join this way.
Toll free: 1-888-892-7292
Passcode: 46266#
For more details or questions concerning this event please contact Craig MacSemchuk at camacsem@lakeheadu.ca.

October 31st, 2017
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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.
All are welcome to attend.
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TITLE: Massive Device Connectivity with Massive MIMO

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SPEAKER:  Dr. Wei Yu
DATE:    Friday, 24 November 2017
TIME:      2:30 pm
PLACE:     Room E2-160, EITC, University of Manitoba, Fort Garry Campus
ORGANIZER:  IEEE Communications Society (Winnipeg Section)
ENTRANCE FEE: Free
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ABSTRACT:
Massive connectivity is a key requirement for future 5G wireless access. This talk considers a massive device communications scenario in which a large number of devices need to connect to a base-station, but user traffic is sporadic so that at any given coherence time only a subset of users are active. For such a system, user activity detection and channel estimation are key issues. This talk first provides an information theoretical analysis for massive connectivity by illustrating how the cost of user identification and channel estimation affects the achievable degree-of-freedom. Next, we present a two-phase framework in which compressed sensing techniques are used in the first phase to identify the devices and their channels, while data transmission takes place in the second phase. We propose the use of approximate message passing (AMP) for device identification and show that state evolution can be used to analytically characterize the missed detection and false alarm probabilities in AMP. This talk further considers the massive connectivity problem in the massive MIMO regime. We analytically show that massive MIMO can significantly enhance user activity detection, but the non-orthogonality of pilot sequences can nevertheless introduce significant channel estimation error, hence limiting the overall rate. We quantify this effect and characterize the optimal pilot length for massive uncoordinated device access.
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BIOGRAPHY OF THE PRESENTER:
Wei Yu (S’97-M’02-SM’08-F’14) received the B.A.Sc. degree in Computer Engineering and Mathematics from the University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada in 1997 and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, Stanford, CA, in 1998 and 2002, respectively. Since 2002, he has been with the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, where he is now Professor and holds a Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Information Theory and Wireless Communications. His main research interests include information theory, optimization, wireless communications and broadband access networks. Prof. Wei Yu currently serves on the IEEE Information Theory Society Board of Governors (2015-17). He served as an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Information Theory (2010-2013), and currently serves as an Area Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications. He currently chairs the Signal Processing for Communications and Networking Technical Committee of the IEEE Signal Processing Society. Prof. Wei Yu received a Journal of Communications and Networks Best Paper Award in 2017, a Steacie Memorial Fellowship in 2015, an IEEE Communications Society Best Tutorial Paper Award in 2015, an IEEE ICC Best Paper Award in 2013, an IEEE Signal Processing Society Best Paper Award in 2008, and an Early Career Teaching Award from the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering, University of Toronto in 2007. He is recognized as a Highly Cited Researcher. Prof. Wei Yu is a Fellow of IEEE and a Fellow of Canadian Academy of Engineering.
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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
Associate Professor
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, MB Canada R3T 5V6
Telephone: 1-204-4746419
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October 16th, 2017

Date: October 17, 2017

Time: 5:30-6:30 pm

Location: Room E2-221, Engineering & Information Technology Complex (EITC), University of Manitoba, Winnipeg MB

The proposed agenda for this meeting and the minutes from the previous meeting (September 19) are attached below:

2017_10_17_Agenda

2017_09_19_Minutes

We look forward to seeing you there!


October 16th, 2017
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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.
All are welcome to attend.
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TITLE: Time-Sensitive Networking (TSN) – A topic on Industrial Ethernet
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SPEAKER:  Dr. Guillaume Mantelet
DATE:    Thursday, 26 October 2017
TIME:      1:00 pm
PLACE:     Room E3-262, EITC, University of Manitoba, Fort Garry Campus
ORGANIZER:  IEEE Communications Society (Winnipeg Section)
ENTRANCE FEE: Free
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ABSTRACT:

Deterministic Ethernet aims at filling the gap left by the IEEE802.1Q standard to proprietary solutions (e.g. CAN buses), regarding soft and hard real-time applications. Ethernet was first thought to be probabilistic by nature in order to provide reliability and fairness for accessing to the medium. However, the unpredictable delivery of Ethernet frames may lead to unwanted loss, delay and jitter in streams, with potentially disastrous consequences on life-critical applications – one cannot accept a smart car controller freezing, waiting for a delayed sample coming from a sensor.

In this presentation, we will discuss Deterministic Ethernet, and Time-Sensitive Networking and show how with an accurate Timing and Synchronization protocol (IEEE802.1AS), a Time-Aware scheduler (IEEE802.1Qbv) can ensure the tight time-delivery of frames. Also, we will talk about drafts and future concepts of TSN, such as the frame preemption (IEEE802.1Qbu). Practical use cases and a review of the state-of-the-art tools will be provided to achieve determinism in an existing network.
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BIOGRAPHY OF THE PRESENTER:

Dr. Guillaume Mantelet has been working in Embedded Software Engineering at Iders – a GE Transportation company, since 2015. He received his M.Sc. in Telecommunications and Network Engineering (2007) and Ph.D in Electrical Engineering (2012) at Ecole de Technologie Superieure in Montreal. Before joining Iders, he worked as a Software Quality Assurance Specialist at Accedian Networks (2012).

Dr. Mantelet’s core expertise is “layer 2” oriented, and includes the establishment of end-to-end paths in optical transmission lines, and the definition of a control plane, Carrier Ethernet and more specifically, concepts touching the Quality of Service in Ethernet networks, and more recently Deterministic Ethernet. Starting with a scientific training, he could leverage his knowledge by developing tools in embedded projects.
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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
Associate Professor
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, MB Canada R3T 5V6
Telephone: 1-204-4746419
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