December 9th, 2016

Date and Time:

Tuesday, January 17, 2017 from 6:00 – 9:00 PM


Best Western Plus, Winnipeg Airport Hotel
1715 Wellington Avenue
Winnipeg, MB


The meeting is open to all IEEE members and your participation is important in making this a successful event. Highlights from 2016 will be presented along with an introduction of the nominees for the 2017 Executive Committee. Dinner will be served following the brief business portion of the meeting along with presentations from a keynote speaker.

The agenda for the business portion of the meeting and the speaker will be announced shortly.

We hope to see you there!

WebEx Information:

For the first time, those members wishing to attend from outside Winnipeg can request WebEx access. Please email for details.


Dario Schor, Chair, IEEE Winnipeg Section


December 9th, 2016


Collaborative DDoS Defense and New IoT Threats


Jem Berkes
Research Lead
Galois Inc., USA

Date and Time:

Monday, December 19, 2016 from 1:30-3:00pm


E1-270 EITC
University of Manitoba, Fort Garry Campus


Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks have grown dramatically in size over the last few years. Attacks can easily generate over 500 Gbps of traffic, threatening ISPs and critical internet infrastructure. This talk has two parts. Part 1 will cover the current state of DDoS and our research into using distributed network sensors in a decentralized detection and mitigation scheme. Part 2 explains new IoT-based botnet threats that have emerged in just the last months.

Speaker Bio:

Jem Berkes has 15 years of experience developing software to defend against Internet-based threats, particularly malware, remote exploits, and spam. At Galois, Mr. Berkes is the Research Lead for DDoS Defense and previously worked on experimental operating system defenses and probabilistic programming languages. Mr. Berkes received a B.Sc. in Computer Engineering from the University of Manitoba in 2005 and a M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Waterloo in 2008.


Salman Khan
Ph.D. Candidate ECE

November 17th, 2016

Where: E2-399 EITC, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB

When: Wednesday, November 16, 2016, 5:30-6:30 PM

See agenda below (pdf):


November 17th, 2016
IEEE women in Engineering (WIE) Winnipeg Section
is pleased to present a technical seminar on Robotics

Seminar Title: Artificial Intelligence and Humanoid-Robot Athletes

Speaker: Mr. Amir Hosseinmemar of Autonomous Agent laboratory (AALab),
University of Manitoba

Date: 2.30 – 4.30 pm21 November 2016

Location:  E3-262 (Senate Chamber)   EITC Bldg.

University of Manitoba, Fort Garry Campus

Registration: Admission Free
Starts 08 November 2016 12:00 AM
Ends 21 November 2016 12:00 AM
All times are Canada/Central
This technical seminar is open to all graduate/undergraduate students and all the professionals from industry
There will be coffee and donuts for all participants
In the growing world of technology, humanoid robotics has emerged as one of the fastest evolving fields. As a human when we play a soccer game, a basketball game, jogging or climbing, we are doing tasks that are easy for the human brain to understand. We do not think about solutions such as solving for the x, y, z positions of each individual joint or how to calculate the angular velocity of each particular joint. Similarly, when we walk, we do not think about the parameters of each individual joint, we instead decide about walking pace and stride. However, no existing humanoid robot can do any of these tasks as well as humans. Moving and controlling balance is a very simple task for humans but for a biped robot controlling balance and motion is a very complicated and expensive task. In order to advance the state of the art, fully autonomous humanoid-robots that use artificial intelligence need to be examined against solid benchmarks so that current abilities can be measured and so that goals can be set and progress charted. One means of setting such benchmarks is through robotics competitions: researchers around the world can compete against each other in real time, and share their ideas and solutions. HuroCup is a benchmark competition that is recognized worldwide and has been growing since 2002. It consists of many different sporting events such as weightlifting, basketball, etc. RoboCup is another benchmark with the focus on playing soccer. The elements of artificial intelligence and control in these tasks are all important components in broader applications for humanoids (e.g. rescue, household robots) In this seminar, speaker will talk about AALab’s work on Hurocup and RoboCup challenges in recent years and how these two benchmarks lead researchers to improve artificial intelligence and robotics.
Mr. Hosseinmemar is currently a PhD candidate in computer science program, at University of Manitoba. He received M.Sc. in computer science, B.Sc. (honors) in computer science, and diploma in electronic. He is in third year working with the successful group in Autonomous Agent laboratory (AALab). His research is on active balancing of humanoid robots and push recovery and artificial intelligence under supervision of prof. Jacky Baltes and Co-supervision of prof. John Anderson. He is the leader of the teen size humanoid team. The kid size and teen size robotic teams of the group have won many prices over years.
IEEE Women in Engineering (WIE) is the largest international professional organization dedicated to promoting women engineers and scientists. It focuses on inspiring girls around the world to follow their academic interests to a career in engineering.
Our proud sponsor for this event would be the Graduate Student Association of University of Manitoba (UMGSA).
After the technical talk by Ms. Hosseinmemar, He will show couple of athletic robots. Come and see female athletic robots, Jennifer, Clara.
Please register using the link before 21st November.
October 25th, 2016


In this Issue:



South Dakota Student Branch visits the U of M


On Sunday September 11th, the University of Manitoba IEEE Student Branch (UMIEEE) received a delegation of students from the South Dakota State University (SDSU) IEEE Student Branch, who were visiting Winnipeg for a tour of local power systems engineering companies. The group of thirteen students were joined by Dr. Reinaldo Tonkoski, a Power Systems professor at SDSU.

UMIEEE Officers Chelsea Taylor, Matthew Kehler, Mark Rabena, and Erik Johnson met the SDSU delegation in the EITC at the U of M. The tour was kicked off with a greeting and speech by IEEE Canada Chair Dr. Kinsner, followed by a tour of the UMIEEE McNaughton Centre laboratory space as well as the UMIEEE lounge. The group then visited the UMSATS design room and listened to a presentation about the most recent UMSATS nano-satellite, and then moved on to a quick presentation about the UMSAE student design teams, with a focus on the Formula Electric team. Following the tour, the group dined at Barley Brothers.

The next day, the SDSU group proceeded to visit RTDS Technologies, ERL Phase Power Technologies, and PTI Transformers before returning to the United States.



Submitted by

Chelsea Taylor
Vice Chair – IEEE University of Manitoba Student Branch



Waves Chapter Hosts Multiple Events


On May 10, 2016 the Waves Chapter hosted Dr. Edmund Miller, an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer for the Antennas and Propagation Society and IEEE Life Fellow. The talk was held at the Engineering & Information Technology Complex at the University of Manitoba. Dr. Miller’s talk was entitled “An Exploration of Radiation Physics”, in which he summarized some of the main observations regarding radiation physics in both the time and frequency domain.

The technical session was well attended with 22 IEEE members and 7 guests.



On September 22, 2016, the Waves Chapter co-sponsored a talk entitled “Neuroimaging of Brain and Spinal Cord at Ultra-High Magnetic Fields” along with the IEEE Computer & Computational Intelligence Chapter, IEEE Engineering in Medicine & Biology Chapter, and the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Manitoba. Details for this session are listed in the article here.

Submitted by

Chaitanya Narendra
Vice Chair – IEEE Winnipeg Waves Chapter



Distinguished Visitor Welcomed by the Computer and Computational Intelligence Chapter


Thanks to the IEEE Distinguished Visitors Program (DVP) and the IEEE Winnipeg Section, the Winnipeg Computer and Computational Intelligence Chapter (CIC) welcomed Dr. Andre Oboler to give two seminars this past August. The talks Computational Intelligence and the Challenge of Hate Speech, Incitement and Extremism in Social Media and Software Engineering for the Research Environment were given on August 24th at the University of Winnipeg and August 25th at the University of Manitoba, respectively, and were well received and well attended. Lakehead University participated in both talks remotely. Moreover, these events marked the first collaboration between the University of Manitoba (Dr. Ian Jeffrey), University of Winnipeg (Dr. Christopher Henry) and Lakehead University (Dr. Laura Curiel) for the Winnipeg CIC Chapter.

The DVP provides funding and support to encourage local chapters to offer high-calibre seminars by prominent IEEE members. In particular, the DVP covers the cost of airfare for DVP speakers within IEEE regions. In this case, Dr. Oboler resides in Region 10 (Asia and Pacific), but was planning on visiting North America during August. The result was that Dr. Oboler reached out to contacts across the continent to share his expertise on the online hate challenge to social media, controlling Wikipedia, and improving the research process. With respect to Winnipeg, the CIC Chapter acted swiftly to provide Dr. Oboler forums to disseminate his important message on the dangers of social media in regards to hate speech, incitement and extremism.



The positive outcomes of Dr. Oboler’s visit was exposure for Winnipeg Section members to a preeminent researcher in the field of online hate and social media, and increased membership awareness on these important issues. Additionally, Dr. Oboler was able to work with the Canadian Museum for Human Rights during his visit to Winnipeg and hopes to strengthen this relationship through further collaborations and funding opportunities in the upcoming year. As evidenced by this experience, the DVP is an important resource available to section chapters, with many benefits to our members and the local community.

More information regarding Dr. Oboler’s work can be found at the following links.

Online Hate Prevention Institute:

Dr. Andre Oboler’s personal website:

Submitted by
Dr. Christopher Henry
Vice Chair – IEEE Winnipeg Computers and Computational Intelligence Chapter



Marathon Programming Competition at Lakehead and the U of M


The IEEE Xtreme 10.0 was held on Friday, October 21, 2016. In this annual worldwide competition, teams of 2 or 3 of student or graduate student members attempt to solve a series of programming problems over the course of 24 hrs. Each team is supported by a proctor within their student branch. This year, there were over 2600 teams from across the world adding up to more than 6700 participants. The Winnipeg Section was well represented with 25 students and many proctors from the University of Manitoba coordinated by Dr. Ian Jeffrey and Lakehead University coordinated by Dr. Laura Curiel.

Lakehead University:


Megan Eyben, John Simko, and Tomas Rakusan


Dr. Zhou, Dr Christoffersen, Dr Ahmed, Dr Ikki, Mr Servais, Dr Natarajan, Dr El-Ocla and Mr Toombs.

Financial Support:

Faculty of Engineering in Lakehead University


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University of Manitoba:


  • Team TuringCompete: Jordan Engel, Max Hughson, and Isaac Weibe
  • Team SlashDevSlashNull: Erik Johnson, Dan Milanese, and Huy Hoang Bui
  • Team TheNullTerminators: Lucas Wiebe-Dembowski and Amanjyot Singh Sainbhi
  • Team houseOfCodes: Chen Niu and Tom Neusitzer
  • Team BananaBrosPlusBen: Kevin Brown, Nicholas Geddert, and Benjamin White
  • Team AndYetItCompiles: Chai Narendra, Trevor Brown, and Keeley Edwards
  • Team BalmerPeak: Becca Moffat, Rachel Peters, and Paul Schellenberg
  • Team EARSSupreme: Maxine Fehr, Tim Tebinka, and Harman Brar


Vladimir Okhmatovski, Mike Domaratzki, Ahmad Byagowi, Ken Ferens, Sherif Sherif, Bob McLeod, Dustin Isleifson, Puyan Mojabi, Carl Ho, Witold Kinsner, Dario Schor, and Joe LoVetri

Organizational Support:

Mount-first Ng, Glen Kolansky, Guy Jonatschick, Chai Narendra, Trevor Brown, Janice Tilly, Keverley Malawski, Kirk Dyson, Amy Dario, Christopher Henry, Kevin Lamothe / IEEE UofM Student Branch, The Faculty of Engineering, and The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Financial Support:

The Faculty of Engineering, The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, IEEE Winnipeg Section


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For more information on the IEEE Xtreme Programming Challenge, please visit

Congratulations to all the students participating and a special thank you to all proctors, organizers, sponsors for making this possible.


Submitted by
Dario Schor
IEEE Winnipeg Section Chair


Special thanks to all those who contributed to this edition of the IEEE Winnipeg Section Newsletter.

Contributions for future issues, along with feedback and suggestions can be sent to:

Brent Schellenberg
IEEE Winnipeg Section Newsletter Editor