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All IEEE Young Engineers’ Humanitarian Challenge 2015 (AIYEHUM 2015)

June 21, 2015

To all CAS Student/Young Professional:

IEEE Region 10 has invited Canadian engineers to participate in the All IEEE Young Engineers’ Humanitarian Challenge 2015 (AIYEHUM 2015). Proposals are due 2015 June 21. See the competition website for more information, and if you have any questions please feel free to contact your local section executive.

AIYEHUM is a project competition where young scientists and engineers (between the ages of 16 and 35 years) submit proposals of projects which are oriented around humanitarian issues. These
proposals can be their curriculum projects or other projects that are developed out of passion.

The short-listed project proposals will be given a grant of up to US$500 for prototype development. IEEE will assign a mentor for all short-listed teams. All successfully completed projects will be evaluated again and top teams will be partially funded to go to the IEEE Humanitarian Technology Conference to present their work. In addition, IEEE will also give prize money to winning teams.

Laurence T. Yang
CAS Chair

Christopher Whitt
CAS Vice-Chair

Energy-aware Wireless Transmitters for Broadband Communication Systems

May 5, 2015
2:00 pmto3:30 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: Energy-aware Wireless Transmitters for Broadband Communication Systems
Speaker: Prof. Fadhel Ghannouchi, University of Calgary
Time: 14:00pm – 15:30pm, Tuesday, May 5th, 2015
Place: Dalhousie University, Sexton Campus, Room B310 • Halifax • NS • Canada.
Cost: Free. Light refreshments will be served.


The next wave in the information revolution will consist of bringing intelligence to the information and communication technology (ICT) sector, allowing seamless and intelligent networking and communication between different users using different services and operators. This will lead to the convergence of communication technologies, aiming at the development and deployment of cooperative, broadband and ubiquitous networks that involve existing and future wireless and satellite communications systems. A critical element in enabling the convergence of different communication systems is the development of software defined radio (SDR) that can be used across different frequency bands and for multi-standard applications. This SDR has to be developed to support different frequency carriers and modulation schemes concurrently, in addition to being power- and spectrum-efficient, in order to be able handle Gbps data rates, while being less energy-hungry and more environmentally friendly.

The design of power amplifiers as critical components in any SRD based communication terminal has to be considered closely together with the system architecture, in order to ensure optimal system level performance in terms of quality of signal and power efficiency. This implies the use of adequate transmitter architectures that convert the analog baseband information to architecture-dependent signals, such as Sigma-Delta pulse width modulation based transmitter architecture, polar architecture and LINC architecture. This talk lays out the principles behind SDR Radio systems and examines the design of software-enabled linear and highly efficient RF/DSP co-designed power amplifiers/transmitters for multi-standard and multi-band applications. Recent advances and practical realizations will also be presented and discussed.

About the Speaker:

Fadhel Ghannouchi is currently a professor, Alberta Innovates/Canada Research Chair and founding Director of the iRadio Laboratory ( in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Calgary, Alberta. His research interests are in the areas of RF and wireless communications, nonlinear modeling of microwave devices and communications systems, design of power- and spectrum-efficient microwave amplification systems and design of SDR systems for wireless and satellite communications applications. His research has led to over 650 refereed publications and 16 US patents (4 pending), 4 books and 3 spun-off companies.

Location Information:

Room B310 is located on the third floor of the ‘B’ building of Sexton Campus. Enter through the doors off Queen Street, and take the staircase to the left to the third floor.

IEEE Canada Industry Forum

May 4, 2015
1:30 pmto4:30 pm

The organizers of the IEEE Canada Industry Forum wish to extend to everyone an invitation to attend the upcoming free forum which is taking place as part of the IEEE Canadian Conference on Electrical and Computer Engineering being held in Halifax this year.

Title of Event: IEEE Canada Industry Forum
Time: 1:30pm – 4:30 pm, Monday, May 4th, 2015
Place: Halifax World Trade and Convention Centre
Cost: FREE
RSVP: If you are not already attending the CCECE conference, you can register for this free event here.
Details: More details on the event can be found here.

Young Professionals Networking Event

March 26, 2015
11:00 pm
March 27, 2015
6:00 pmto7:30 pm

The IEEE CAS Young Professionals Group would like to invite you to a professional Networking Event at the PropellerBrewery on Gottingen, co-sponsored by the Dalhousie Student Chapter and Dalhousie HKN Chapter. This is a great opportunity to meet other professionals in the area and build your professional network.

Space is limited, please register early.

The deadline for registrations is March 26th, 2015 at 11:00pm.

Time: 6:00pm – 7:30pm, Friday, March 27th, 2015
Location: Propeller Brewing Company • 2015 Gottingen Street • Halifax • NS • Canada.
Registration Deadline: 11:00pm, Thursday, March 26th, 2015
Register: Here
Cost: $5 for Student Members
$5 for Graduate Students
$10 for IEEE Members
$15 for non-IEEE members
Local Contact: Jeffery MacKinnon

Spiri – Designing for Autonomy

December 12, 2014
5:30 pmto7:00 pm

The Robotics and Automation / Instrumentation and Measurement Society Joint Chapter of the IEEE Canadian Atlantic Section wishes to invite you to the following presentation.

Title of Talk: Spiri – Designing for Autonomy
Speaker: Dr. Patrick Edwards-Daugherty, Pleiades
Time: 5:30pm – 7:00 pm, Friday, December 12th, 2014 (includes a light supper at the beginning)
Place: Dalhousie University • Sexton Campus • Room C360 • Halifax • NS • Canada
RSVP: Please RSVP to by Wednesday, December 10th so we can assess numbers for the light supper and seating
Cost: FREE to IEEE Members
$5 for non-IEEE members


Spiri is a small, unmanned aerial system (UAS) designed for consumer as well as industrial applications. It distinguishes itself from most other lightweight quadcopter drones in the quality of its sensors, the capacity of its on-board computer, and the facility with which it may be programmed and accessorized.

These feature advantages lend themselves to using Spiri as a testbed platform for developing autonomous systems of one or many agents, and for developing intelligent human-machine interfaces.

Areas of active research with Spiri include SLAM, visual tracking with a form of object permanence, haptic controllers and feedback, gesture as a means of communication to a flock, music and natural language as a means of communication with a flock, emergent play based on multi-agent interactions using tones, lights, and motion, self-organization of flocks, feature recognition, autonomous perching and perch sharing when both Spiri and perch are in motion, and others.

About the Speaker:

Patrick Edwards-Daugherty was born in 1974, grew up in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and studied theoretical physics at McGill and Cambridge before founding Pleiades in 1999. There, he and his team developed e-learning systems and virtual worlds before pivoting into robotics. Work on Spiri was begun in 2012, and it is set to be released in early 2015.

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