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Smart Home Technologies Towards Better Healthcare

September 26, 2014
5:00 pmto6:00 pm

The Electrical and Computer Engineering Department of Dalhousie University, along with the The Signal Processing / Microwave Theory and Techniques Joint Chapter and Circuits and Systems / Solid State Circuits Society Joint Chapter of the IEEE Canadian Atlantic Section wish to invite you to the following presentation.

Title of Talk: Smart Home Technologies Towards Better Healthcare
Speaker: Prof. Jamal Deen, McMaster University
Time: 5:00pm – 6:00pm, Friday, September 26th, 2014
Place: Dalhousie University, Sexton Campus, Room B308 • Halifax • NS • Canada.
Cost: Free. Light refreshments will be served.


Over the past century, in most developed and rapidly developing countries, there has been a continual increase in life expectancy primarily due to improvements in public health, nutrition and medicine. However, this is now coupled with aging population demographics and falling birth rates, which when combined, are expected to significantly burden the socio-economic well-being of many of these countries. In fact, never before in human history have we been confronted with such a large aging population, nor have we developed solid, cost-effective solutions for the healthcare and social needs and well-being of the elderly. In this presentation, we will describe an ongoing project in Ubiquitous (U)-Healthcare – a smart medical home. In our work, we are using advances in information technology, wireless communication, web-based technologies and autonomics, to develop new, smart and cost-effective solutions for the health wellness of the elderly. Such a solution would enable elderly to lead independent lifestyles in their own homes while being continuously monitored for the early detection of symptoms, so diseases can be treated earlier than in later stages as is currently done; to promote health wellness; as well as to treat chronic illnesses. In this presentation, through a few examples, we will discuss our ongoing work and the challenges we have uncovered, plus some of the research issues we are pursuing. In particular, we will focus on the critical role of information technology (IT) in developing innovative, low-cost and high impacting solutions to the pending elderly demographic crisis. Several examples will be described to highlight IT for U-Health.

About the Speaker:

Dr. M. Jamal Deen is currently Senior Canada Research Chair in Information Technology, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, and Director, Micro- and Nano-Systems Laboratory at McMaster University, Canada. His current research interests are nanoelectronics, optoelectronics, nanotechnology and their emerging applications to health and environmental sciences. Dr. Deen’s research record includes about 490 peer-reviewed articles (about 20% are invited), two textbooks on Silicon Photonics – Fundamentals and Devices, (Wiley 2012) and Fiber Optic Communications – Fundamentals and Applications (Wiley 2014), 20 authored/edited books and conference proceedings, 16 invited book chapters, 6 awarded patents that have been used in industry, and 12 best paper/poster awards. Over his career, he has won more than fifty awards and honors.

As a graduate student, Dr. Deen was a Fulbright-Laspau Scholar and an American Vacuum Society Scholar. He is a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Electron Device Society. His awards and honors include the Thomas D. Callinan Award and the Electronics and Photonics Division from the Electrochemical Society; a Humboldt Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation; an IBM Faculty Award; the Eadie Medal from the Royal Society of Canada; the McNaughton Gold Medal (highest award for engineers from IEEE Canada), the Fessenden Silver Medal, and the Ham Education Medal from IEEE Canada. For his exceptional scholarly achievements, exemplary professionalism and service contributions, Prof. Deen was awarded three honorary doctorates – the degree Doctor of Engineering – honoris causa from University of Waterloo, Canada in 2011 and the degree Doctor – honoris causa from both Universidad de Granada, Spain in 2012 and Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona, Spain in 2014.

Dr. Deen’s peers have elected him Fellow in nine national academies and professional societies including The Royal Society of Canada (FRSC) – The Academies of Arts, Humanities and Sciences of Canada (the highest honor for scholars, academics and artists in Canada), The Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (FIEEE), The American Physical Society (FAPS), and The Electrochemical Society (FECS).

Location Information:

Room B308 is located in the 3rd floor of the ‘B’ building of Sexton Campus. After 4:30PM you may park in any unreserved spots on the campus parking lot, you should notice signs indicating that a valid parking pass is only required before 4:30PM. Do not park in reserved spots, typically those nearest to the building.

IEEE ComSoc Distinguished Lecture: Carrier-Grade Networks toward the Future – NGN and Its Issues

August 21, 2014
5:30 pmto7:00 pm

The Communications Society Chapter of the IEEE Canadian Atlantic Section, along with the Dalhousie Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, wish to invite you to the following Distinguished Lecture presentation.

Title of Talk: Carrier-Grade Networks toward the Future – NGN and Its Issues
Speaker: Prof. Koichi Asatani, Nankai University, Tianjin, China
Time: 5:30pm – 7:00pm, Thursday, August 21st, 2014
Place: Dalhousie University, Sexton Campus, Room B310 • Halifax • NS • Canada

About the Talk:

Carrier-grade networks for the future are being developed as Next Generation Networks (NGN). The NGN is a converged solution after the legacy telecom networks by enabling QoS management and controls in IP network like in legacy telecom networks and by supporting economical, versatile multi-media applications like those on the Internet. NGN supports voice, Internet services and further services which are being and will be developed in the future with flexible and cost effective manners and with high dependability and high security. It also supports third-party applications through the open interface. NGN also provides more flexible access arrangements such as fixed-mobile convergence (FMC) with generalized mobility, and horizontal and vertical roaming as well as improved security.

The concepts and architecture of NGN are described. The current status of NGN implementation in a commercial offer in Japan is touched upon. Issues for the global evolution of NGN are also described, such as IPv6 related issues, impacts of smartphones, cloud computing, global standards and regulations.

About the Presenter:

Koichi Asatani received his B.E.E.E., M.E.E.E. and Ph. D. degrees from Kyoto University in 1969, 1971 and 1974, respectively. From 1974 to 1997, Dr. Asatani was engaged in R&D on optical fiber communication systems, hi-definition video transmission systems, FTTH, ISDN, B-ISDN, ATM networks, IP Networks and their strategic planning in NTT. In 1997 he joined Kogakuin University as a professor, and in 1999 he joined, Graduate School of Global Information and Telecommunication, Waseda University as a visiting professor, both in Tokyo, Japan. He is currently a Professor, Nankai University, Tianjin, China and a Professor Emeritus, Kogakuin University. He is a Fellow of IEEE and a Fellow of IEICE. He was appointed as a distinguished lecturer of IEEE Communications Society for 2006-2009 and 2011-2012, 2013-2014.

He is a founder of Communications QoS, Reliability and Performance Modeling series symposium at ICCs and Globecoms. He served as co-chair for this symposium at ICCs and Globecoms for 2002-2004. He is Ex-Chair and Advisory Board Member of IEEE Technical Committee on Communication Quality and Reliability (CQR-TC), Feature Editor on Standards (1993-1999), Senior Technical Editor (1999-2005) of IEEE Communications Magazine. He also served as Executive Chair, ICC2011 in Kyoto. From 1988 through 2000, he served as Vice-Chairman of ITU-T SG 13 (formerly CCITT SG XVIII), responsible for digital networks including GII, IP networks, NGN and Future Networks. He serves as Chair for National Committee on Next Generation Networks in Japan. He is also serving as Chair, R&D and Standardizations Working Group, Next Generation IP Network Promotion Forum. He is serving as IEEE Communications Society Director, Member Programs Development for 2014-2015 term. He was also elected as Board of Governor, IEICE and Chair, IEICE Standardization Committee for 2014-2016.

He has published more than fifty papers, and gave more than 120 talks including keynotes and invited talks at international conferences. He is author or co-author of nineteen books including “Designs of Telecommunication Networks”(IEICE, 1993, in Japanese), “Introductions to ATM Networks and B-ISDN)” (John Wiley and Sons, 1997), “Multimedia Communications” (Academic Press, 2001), “Introduction to Information Networks-Fundamentals of Telecom & Internet Convergence, QoS, VoIP and NGN-” (Corona-sha Publishing, in Japanese, 2007).

His current interests include Information Networks including Broadband networking, Internet Interworking, IP telephony, NGN, Future Networks and their QoS aspects.

Invitation to Participate in the Dalhousie ECE Graduate Conference on April 8 (Tuesday) in the McCain Arts and Social Sciences Building

April 8, 2014
8:30 amto5:30 pm

The Dalhousie ECE Graduate Conference for 2014 will be held on April 8 (Tuesday) in the McCain Arts and Social Sciences Building (6135 University Ave, Halifax). This is a free of charge whole day event starting at 8:30am. Please observe that this event is NOT held on the old TUNS campus but on Dalhousie’s upper campus.

The ECEGC is an annual forum where, in a one day meeting, close to a hundred graduate students in the ECE Department at Dalhousie present their research through oral and poster presentations, share ideas and provide constructive criticism of their colleagues works. The single-session conference provides an opportunity for students to network with all ECE faculty members and industry representatives and provide them an opportunity to see the more expanded aspects of their work. The main objective for the ECE Graduate Conference is to have students participate in academic discourse and learn about the expectations of the academic community.

Attached is the ECEGC-2014 poster and program.

This event offers an opportunity for all electrical and computer engineers to learn firsthand about all new developments in various ECE areas and to interact directly with ECE graduate students and professors at Dalhousie.

Everyone is welcome to attend.

The McCain Arts & Social Sciences Building is located at 6135 University Avenue.

For further information, please contact:

Jacek Ilow, Ph.D, P.Eng.
Professor and Graduate Advisor

Dalhousie University
Dept. of Elect. & Comp. Eng.
Halifax, Canada
tel: (902) 494-3981

Joint RAS-IMS Chapters participating in National Engineering Month (Sat Mar 29, 10am – 2pm)

March 29, 2014
10:00 amto12:00 pm

March is National Engineering Month (NEM) and Engineers Nova Scotia will be recognizing this with their annual Mic Mac Mall displays and competitions. More information on this can be found at:

This year’s NEM Engineering High School Design Competition will be the design of a robot arm (all materials will be supplied). The local IEEE Joint Robotics and Automations Society / Instrumentation and Measurement Society will assist the IEEE Teacher-in-Service-Project (TISP) with the implementation and judging.

The event will occur between 10am – 2pm on Sat Mar 29th but the judging itself will not occur until around noon.

More information can be found at:

*** We are looking for roboticists to assist as judges. If you are available and interested please contact me. ***

IEEE will have a booth at Mic Mac Mall as part of the event. If you are at the Mall next Saturday, please drop by to visit anyways.

Best Regards,

Chair / IEEE Canadian Atlantic Section Joint RAS-IMS Chapters

Open IEEE Section Networking Event with Students

March 19, 2014
5:30 pmto8:00 pm

The Dalhousie Student Branch, Life Members Affinity Group and Eta Kappa Nu Society Chapter of the IEEE Canadian Atlantic Section wish to invite you to the following event.

Event: Open IEEE Section Networking Event with Students
Time: 5:30pm – 8:30pm Wednesday March 19, 2014
Place: T-Room (campus bar), Dalhousie University, Sexton Campus • Halifax • NS • Canada

About the Event:

This is a great opportunity to meet up with fellow IEEE members and students.

The event is being held at the T-Room at Sexton Campus (Barrington St, bw Spring Garden and Morris St. (enter at the gym before 6pm)

There will be a cash bar, but snacks and soft drinks will be provided.

If you have any questions, directions, etc please contact me at or call at 902-237-9984.

I look forward to seeing you there.


Jeff MacKinnon

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