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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

Spatially Coupling Data Transmission for Multiple Access Communications

December 16, 2013
5:00 pmto6:30 pm

The Communications Society Chapter and the Signal Processing / Microwave Theory and Techniques Society Joint Chapter of the IEEE Canadian Atlantic Section wish to invite you to the following presentation.

Title of Talk: Spatially Coupling Data Transmission for Multiple Access Communications
Speaker: Dr. Dmitri Truhachev, Dalhousie University
Time: 5:00pm – 6:30pm, Monday, December 16th, 2013
Place: Dalhousie University, Sexton Campus, Room B311 • Halifax • NS • Canada

About the Talk:

We consider a signaling format where information is modulated via a superposition of independent data streams. Each data stream is formed by replication and permutation of encoded information bits. The relations between data bits and modulation symbols transmitted over the channel can be represented in the form of a sparse graph. The modulated streams are transmitted with a time offset enabling spatial coupling of the sparse modulation graphs.

We prove that a two-stage demodulation/decoding method, in which iterative demodulation based on symbol estimation and interference cancellation is followed by parallel error correction decoding, achieves capacity on the additive white Gaussian noise (AWGN) channel. In addition, we show that the proposed signaling format is universal for the multiple access channel and the entire capacity region can be achieved asymptotically.

About the Presenter:

Dr. Truhachev received a B.S. degree, with distinction, in applied mathematics from Saint Petersburg State Electrotechnical University, Russia, in 1999, and a Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from Lund University, Lund, Sweden, in 2004. Dr. Truhachev is currently an Assistant Professor with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Dalhousie University, Canada. Prior to that, he held postdoctoral fellow and research associate positions at the University of Alberta.

Dr. Truhachev is a recipient of the Alberta Ingenuity Postdoctoral Fellowship award. He served as a Co-chair of the Canadian Summer School on Communications in 2011. His major research interests include communications and error control coding with emphasis on graphical models and iterative processing on graphs, information theory, ad hoc wireless networks, and bioinformatics.

Learning Robots: A Small Step For You But A Large Step For Neuroscience!

November 22, 2013
5:30 pmto7:30 pm

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

Title of Talk: Learning Robots: A Small Step For You But A Large Step For Neuroscience!
Speaker: Dr. Thomas Trappenberg
Time: 5:30pm, Friday, November 22nd, 2013 (light dinner provided)
Place: Dalhousie University, Sexton Campus, Room C365 • Halifax • NS • Canada
Cost: Free to IEEE members
$3 for non-IEEE members
RSVP: Please notify (Chair / IEEE Robotics and Automation Society – Halifax Chapter) if you plan to attend

About the talk:

The discipline of machine learning is experiencing a resurgence of activity. New data collection techniques and advances in probabilistic approaches have facilitated real-world applications for machine learning. Certain challenges for robots operating in dynamic environments have met with success through the use of machine learning.

The presentation outlines ventures into robotics with the motivation of greater understanding into brain processes. Neuroscience has made considerable progress through imaging techniques that inspired promising theories on brain functions. Robots are an interesting platform to: test if these theories provide viable solutions to real problems; illuminate gaps, and glean insight into how the brain processes information. Examples will be presented of such robotics applications and the relationship drawn between dynamical neural fields and noisy state estimation and Bayes filters.

The presentation should be of special interest to those in electrical, industrial, and mechanical engineering, computer science, and neuroscience.

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