IEEE Winnipeg Section

August 27th, 2017

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TITLE:      New Innovative Projects for All of Us


SPEAKER:    Marina Ruggieri, PhD, Fellow IEEE Professor, Telecommunications Engineering

Department of Electronics Engineering / CTIF

University of Roma “Tor Vergata”

Via Politecnico, 1

Roma 00133 Italy


DATE:       August 29, 2017 (Tuesday)

TIME:       9:30 – 11:00 AM

PLACE:      E1-270 EITC Atrium (Alan Borger Executive Conference Room)

Engineering and Information Technology Complex (EITC)

University of Manitoba, Fort Garry Campus

SPONSORS:   – University of Manitoba

                          – University of Winnipeg

                          – IEEE Computer & Computational Intelligence Chapter

                          – IEEE Engineering in Medicine & Biology Chapter

                          – IEEE Geoscience & Remote Sensing and Aerospace & Electronic Systems Chapter




IEEE is the largest technical organization in the world, with over 420,000 members. The depth of the organization comes from the knowledge and professional practice it has generated through its members since 1984.

Dr Marina Ruggieri, the current IEEE VP of the Technical Activities Board (TAB), introduced four new technical multi-disciplinary projects this year through four TAB ad-hoc committees. Our enthusiastic multidisciplinary members, together with many local representatives of the communities, commenced participating in the projects by contributing technical expertise to find solutions to major contemporary problems.

The projects are:

1. FOOD ENGINEERING: IEEE to play a role in the worldwide technological and social challenge of preparing a healthy and enjoyable future for mankind on Earth (and in exploring new planets).

2. DIG ONCE: IEEE to play a role in the worldwide technological and social challenge to connect the next billion individuals to the Internet by an effective and holistic digging for the deployment of network infrastructures.

3. IEEE AT THE NORTH AND SOUTH POLES (INSP): IEEE to play a role in the worldwide technological and social challenge of the new Arctic shipping routes and in supporting the enormous multi-continent community behind the 4000+ technical and scientific personnel in the Antarctica bases.

4. DESIGN FOR ETHICS: IEEE to play a role in the worldwide technological and social challenge of having ethics as a basic requirement in the design of all devices, systems and applications.


Under the INSP project, we are planning an expedition to Churchill and Nunavut in order to (i) develop awareness of the project mission; (ii) establish personal contacts; (iii) explore possible collaboration with IEEE; (iv) improve transportation to the North (to deliver food and medicine to remote communities); (v) improve diet (diabetes is rampant, as an apple costs as much as a can of pop); (vi) strengthen education in the communities by providing new opportunities; and (vii) enhance research of the North (in view of the changes in cargo transportation and climate).

An overview of other new IEEE initiatives will also be provided.


Dr Marina Ruggieri is the 2017 IEEE Vice President of Technical Activities Board (TAB). She is a Past Director of IEEE Division IX (2014-2015), and a Sr. Past President of the IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society (AESS). As a Fellow of IEEE, she is a member of the IEEE Fellow and Public Visibility Committees. She is proboviro (arbitrator) of the Italian Industries Federation for Aerospace, Defense and Security (AIAD); member of the Technical-Scientific Committee of the Center for Aeronautical Military Studies, and she has been Vice President of the Roma Chapter of AFCEA (2006-2015). She is co-founder and Chair of the Steering Board of the interdisciplinary Center for Tele-infrastructures (CTIF) at  the University of Roma “Tor Vergata”, that belongs to the CTIF global network, with nodes in USA, Europe and Asia. Above all, she has been very enthusiastic and dedicated to promoting four fundamental and visionary new directions in IEEE: Food Engineering; Dig Once; IEEE at the North and South Poles; and Design for Ethics.

Dr Ruggieri is Full Professor of Telecommunications Engineering at the University of Roma “Tor Vergata” and a member of its Board of Governors. She is the Principal Investigator of the 40/50 GHz TPD#5 Communications Experiment on board AlphaSat (launched on July 2013). She is author/co-author of 340 papers, 1 patent and 12 books in her research areas.

She received many awards and honours, including: the 1990 Piero Fanti International Prize; the 2009 Pisa Donna Award as Women in Engineering; the 2013 Excellent Women in Roma Award; and Excellent and Best Paper Awards at international conferences.



Witold Kinsner, PhD, PEng


Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, University of Manitoba

Tel: (204) 474-6490; email: or

IEEE Canada President, 2016-2017

IEEE Region 7 Director/Delegate, 2016-2017

August 15th, 2017

IEEE Women In Engineering (WIE) Winnipeg section would like to invite all students and staffs in the University of Manitoba ECE department, as well as IEEE Winnipeg Section members for a networking event. IEEE WIE is the largest international professional organization dedicated to promoting women engineers and scientists and inspiring girls around the world to follow their academic interests to a career in engineering.

Date: 18 August 2017

Time: 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM

Location: University of Manitoba, E2-350 EITC 

Refreshments: Coffee and Donuts

Registration: Not Required

Join us on Friday for a casual networking event before the new school term.

To view updates, future events, pictures, and videos from WIE Winnipeg section please visit:

June 21st, 2017

This year the annual BBQ will be hosted by the WIE group on Wednesday, July 5th. This is a good opportunity to enjoy a summer evening outdoors and meet some new people from the section in a fun and relaxing setting. Food and drinks will be provided (burgers, hotdogs, drinks, etc.). Halal meat and Vegetarian options will be available if you choose the vegetarian when you register. There is a sand volleyball court next to the picnic site for anyone that wishes to play.

When: Wednesday, July 5, 2017, 6pm-9pm

Where: Assiniboine Part, picnic site 4

Registration: Registration is required in advance and is available at: The registration fee is $5.50 for IEEE members and $10.50 for non-members. Registration includes entry into a draw for a door prize.

For more information please email the event contact.

June 14th, 2017

Date: June 20, 2017

Time: 5:30-6:30 pm

Location: Room E2-399, Engineering & Information Technology Complex (EITC), University of Manitoba, Winnipeg MB

The proposed agenda for this meeting and the minutes from the previous meeting (May 16) are attached below:



We look forward to seeing you there!

May 23rd, 2017


In this Issue:




Meet our 2017 Executive


Chair: Ekram Hossain

Ekram Hossain is a Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada. He is an IEEE Fellow and a Member (Class of 2016) of the College of the Royal Society of Canada. He received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from University of Victoria, Canada, in 2001.

Dr. Hossain’s current research interests include design, analysis, and optimization of wireless/mobile communications networks and cyber physical systems, and network economics. He serves as an Editor for IEEE Wireless Communications. Also, he is a member of the IEEE Press Editorial Board. Previously, he served as the Editor-in-Chief for the IEEE Communications Surveys and Tutorials from 2012-2016, an Area Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications in the area of “Resource Management and Multiple Access”’ from 2009-2011, an Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing from 2007-2012, and an Editor for the IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications – Cognitive Radio Series from 2011-2014.

Dr. Hossain has won several research awards including the IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference (VTC–Fall 2016) “Best Student Paper Award” as a co-author, University of Manitoba Merit Award in 2010, 2014, and 2015 (for Research and Scholarly Activities), the 2011 IEEE Communications Society Fred Ellersick Prize Paper Award, and the IEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference 2012 (WCNC 2012) Best Paper Award. Dr. Hossain was a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Communications Society (2012-2015). Currently he is a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the province of Manitoba, Canada.


Vice-Chair: Steven Howell

Steven Howell received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Manitoba in 2010 and 2013 respectively and is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Manitoba. Steven currently works at Manitoba Hydro as a Grid Supply Engineer in the System Planning Department responsible for performing system impact studies for prospective generation interconnections as well as performing integrated resource plans for future generation expansion. Additionally, he is a sessional instructor at the University of Manitoba.

Steven has been a member of IEEE for 10 years and has served in various capacities in various affinity groups and has most recently served as Treasurer of the Winnipeg Section since 2015. Steven is a registered professional engineer in the Province of Manitoba.


Treasurer: Nuwan Perera

Nuwan Perera received the B.Sc. (Eng.) degree from University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka in 2003 and the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from University of Manitoba in 2007 and 2012 respectively.He works at ERLPhase Power Technologies, Winnipeg and is responsible for designing protection/control solutions, leading power system studies, providing the technical specifications for development projects and providing technical support for the application & sales team.

Nuwan is an IEEE member for over 10 years. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the Province of Manitoba.


Secretary: Trevor Brown

Trevor Brown completed his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Manitoba in 2014 and 2016, the latter under the supervision of Dr. Puyan Mojabi and Dr. Ian Jeffrey. He recently began his Ph.D studies under the direction of Dr. Mojabi in September 2016.

Trevor is an IEEE Graduate student member, and has participated in a number of events including a beginner level Embedded Systems workshop, an IEEE GOLD LaTeX workshop, the IEEE Xtreme Programming competition, and various lectures sponsored by the IEEE Waves chapter.

Trevor has served as the Secretary of the Winnipeg Section since 2015. His vision for the Winnipeg Section is to focus on improving the balance between academic and industrial involvement by effectively communicating the numerous benefits of IEEE to both local professionals and the future professionals, students. To accomplish this he plans to increase member awareness of IEEE-related events and improve coordination with the Section website. He also plans to continue maintaining and distributing accurate Sections records and support the Chair and Vice-Chair with any initiatives they undertake.



Emerging Leader Award presented to Nasim Abdollahi


On March 16, 2017, Ms Nasim Abdollahi received the University of Manitoba Emerging Leader Award for her contributions as Chair of the IEEE Women in Engineering (WIE) Chapter. Since her appointment in 2016, Nasim has revitalized the chapter, increased participation, organized seminars, networking, and outreach events.

The Emerging Leader Award recognizes the outstanding contributions that students make to the social, cultural or economic well-being of communities on and/or off campus. Furthermore, students must demonstrate cross cultural understanding, sustained leadership, and initiative that is worthy of recognition.

Congratulations on behalf of the IEEE Winnipeg Section and we look forward to continuing to work with you to grow Winnipeg WIE activities.

For more information on the University of Manitoba Emerging Leader Award, please visit:



2017 Capstone Award Recipients


The IEEE Capstone Awards were handed out on Thursday, April 20, 2017 at the University of Manitoba. These awards recognize outstanding final year undergraduate projects through a certificate and a cash prize. The projects are selected by a panel of industry judges who evaluate the written reports, whether the group completed the goals of the project, and the technical complexity of the project. The award recipients for 2017 were:

IEEE Winnipeg Section Ted Glass Award

Students: Erik Johnson, Adam McAllister, Rajveersinh Raol, Pooja Raval, Mark Yacoub, and Qihuan Yang
Project: Implementation of a Quadcopter Flight Controller with Obstacle Avoidance and Navigation
Advisers: Dr. Ian Jeffrey and Dr. Dustin Isleifson

IEEE Winnipeg Section 1st Prize

Students: Rebecca Moffat, Rachel Peters, Paul Schellenberg, Ben White, and Isaac Wiebe
Project: The Design and Implementation of the MusicBot 5000
Advisers: Dr. Ian Jeffrey and Dr. Derek Oliver

IEEE Winnipeg Section 2nd Prize

Students: Roslyn Debacker, Marian Grocholski, Winston Grocholski, and Nathan Moschler
Project: HomeUnit: An Internet of Things Air Quality Monitor
Advisers: Dr. Ken Ferens

IEEE Winnipeg Section 3rd Prize

Students: Christian Chabikuli, Joshua Fast, Kurtis Gibson, Mark Kolynchuk, and Kristian Torres
Project: Design and Implementation of an Exercise Monitoring System using 3-D Wireless Skeleton Tracking
Advisers: Dr. Jun Cai

The IEEE Winnipeg Section will also like to thank the industry judges Stephen Dueck (Chair of the Capstone Awards), Owen Preston, Dawn Nedohin-Macek, and Jason Kuyp for all their efforts reviewing the reports.


Cyber Security Threats Seminar at the U of M


On December 19 2017, IEEE EduMan chapter at University of Manitoba, Winnipeg hosted a housefull seminar titled “Collaborative DDoS Defense and New IoT Threats”. Jem Berkes, an alumnus of the University of Manitoba and currently a research lead in a US based cyber security company Galois Inc. Portland Oregon, conducted the session and shared his current work to handle growing challenge of Distributed Denial of Service Attacks (DDoS). This talk had two parts; part 1 covered the current state of the art on DDoS attacks and how this apparently simple technique and tactic of threat actors is becoming a nightmare for security experts, and in part 2, DDoS threats specific to the domain of Internet of Things (IoT) were discussed.

More than 22 participants attended the seminar, including 7 IEEE members and the remaining were students, faculty and industry experts. Head of Manitoba Internet Exchange and members of local ISPs attended the event and the discussion extended for more than 2 hours. Jem has proposed a collaboration with Manitoba Internet Exchange to fight DDoS threats and received encouraging response. Further, Jem visited the cyber security research group working under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Ken Ferens. Jem was given a tour of the malware sandbox developed by his research group, and he advised them on key security issues. This seminar was very successful, because not only students, professors, researchers and industrial experts participated in the event and shared their knowledge, but Jem’s advice is helping University of Manitoba graduate students in cyber security to steer their work towards industrial challenges.

For more information about the EduMan Chapter, contact:
Prof. Ken Ferens, Ph.D., P.Eng.



Robotics Highschool Outreach Workshop presented by Women In Engineering


The IEEE WIE Winnipeg Chapter presented a workshop on Robotic Simulation using the “Processing” software for high school students. Students were from different high schools in Winnipeg. The outreach day was organized by Winnipeg Girls In Gaming Group.

The afternoon session started by introducing IEEE and IEEE WIE. Then two videos from IEEE WIE TV Chanel were presented. The main part of the outreach was engaging students by offering the robot simulation workshop. During the workshop students became familiar with basics of programing while enjoying the robots they made.

This workshop was held at Tec Voc High School on March 6, 2017. Attendance was 40 people, including 3 IEEE Members.


For more information about Winnipeg’s WIE Chapter, contact:
Nasim Abdollahi
IEEE Winnipeg Women In Engineering Chapter



IEEE Canadian Foundation Scholarship Awarded to Kevin Lamothe


On January 17, 2017, Mr. Kevin Lamothe, Chair of the University of Manitoba IEEE Student Branch received the IEEE Canadian Foundation Scholarship recognizing his participation in educational programs within the organization. Kevin has been an active member of IEEE serving in various roles over the last few years. He lead major renovations of the IEEE McNaughton Learning Resource Centre, helped organized a number of workshops at the University of Manitoba, and collaborated on initiatives with the IEEE Red River College Student Branch.

The scholarship recognizes IEEE student members in their penultimate year who have been active in their branches for at least one year and taken on leadership roles. The award is intended to pay a major portion of the final year tuition fees and related academic expenses to encourage students who demonstrate commitment to the IEEE McNaughton Learning Resource Centre and related activities.

The Winnipeg Section is very proud of Kevin’s accomplishments.

For more information on the IEEE Canadian Foundation, please visit



Congratulations to IEEE Senior Members


The IEEE Winnipeg Section is honored to recognize the excellence of its valued members, especially when they have performed for a long time at a particularly high-quality level.

Congratulations to the following newly elevated IEEE Senior Members:

  • Dr. Nuwan Perera
  • Dr. Ali Banitalebi Dehkordi
  • Mr. Paul Forsyth

Do you know an outstanding IEEE member who is not yet an IEEE Senior Member? Do you feel that you are qualified for such recognition? If you are interested in becoming a Senior Member or nominating a fellow IEEE member please see for an application and for qualification requirements.

For questions and assistance with references, please contact:
Dario Schor
Membership Development 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