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Feature-Rich Multimedia Authoring Tools and UI Designs

December 18, 2015
12:00 pmto1:00 pm

The Division of Engineering at Saint Mary’s University, along with the CIS/SMC Joint Chapter and Communication Chapter and Computer Chapter of the IEEE Canadian Atlantic Section wish to invite you to the following presentation.

Title: Feature-Rich Multimedia Authoring Tools and UI Designs
Speaker: Dr. Yasushi Akiyama
Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm, December 18th, 2015
Place: Saint Mary’s University, Loyola Building (L179)
Cost: Free. Registration required to estimate attendance.
Refreshments: Refreshments and Pizza will be served.
RSVP: Please register here for the event.

Abstract:

Many novice users struggle with multimedia authoring (MMA) tasks. MMA tools often have extensive feature sets and correspondingly complex user interfaces that impede these users’ creative endeavours.

First, I will discuss issues often observed in the design of feature-rich software tools such as MMA tools. I will then introduce several common approaches to address the barriers they pose for novice users. Finally, I will discuss a new approach that I developed to provide support for novice users so they can utilize existing MMA systems more effectively.

Biography:

Dr. Akiyama is a Human-Computer Interaction researcher and a part-time faculty in the Department of Math and Computing Science at Saint Mary’s University.

His research focuses on the design, implementation and evaluation of digital tools that support creative tasks. His most recent project investigates and proposes a new concept of multimedia authoring environment that incorporates the Interactive Task-Viewer (ITV). The ITV is a support tool that visualizes complex multimedia authoring tasks and allows users to interact with it in order to obtain more task contextual information. Users can also use the ITV to perform certain MMA operations capitalizing on the task contextual information, rather than searching through menus and controls of the complex UI of existing MMA tools.

Location Information:

A campus map of Saint Mary’s University can be found at the following url: http://www.smu.ca/webfiles/campus-map-15.pdf. Two-hour parking is available on many of the city streets around the campus.

Satellite Communication

December 11, 2015
11:30 amto12:30 pm

The Electrical and Computer Engineering Department of Dalhousie University, along with the CIS/SMC Joint Chapter and Communication Chapter and Computer Chapter of the IEEE Canadian Atlantic Section wish to invite you to the following presentation.

Title: Satellite Communication
Speaker: Freddy Ferrer
Time: 11:30am-12:30pm, Friday, December 11, 2015
Place: Dalhousie University, Sexton Campus, Room C104 • Halifax • NS • Canada
Cost: Free
Refreshments: Pizza and drinks will be served

Abstract:

This talk will review basic theory and general equations of a telecommunication satellite, exposing their main concepts, the most relevant parameters and general equation from which it can describe telecommunication link also some considerations relevant to: antennas, radiation intensity, modulation, Bandwith, polarizations, noise, Eb/No, FEC, BER, equipments and components used in a satellite installation, etc

Biography:

Mr. Freddy Ferrer studied at the Technological Institute of Monterrey, Mexico (1970), received in Electrical Engineering, he joined the National Polytechnic University (UNEXPO) that year and then took Graduated Courses in Avionics in the Cranfield Institute of Technology, Bedford, England (1973-1974).

He is currently Professor of UNEXPO in retired status. He has taught different lectures in undergraduate and graduate courses in this University and also in Central University UCLA, University of Tachira (UNET) Yacambu University, University Fermín Toro. He has participated in various national and international seminars and courses; in the design of Mobile Radio Systems, Satellite links, TV and FM stations. Since 2009 Mr. Ferrer teaches the Satellite Communication Course for the Venezuelan National Telecommunications Commission (CONATEL) where they have trained over 300 professionals in this area.

Location Information:

Room C104 is located on the ground floor of the ‘C’ building of Sexton Campus. 1360 Barrington Street, Halifax.

IEEE Canadian Atlantic Section 2015 Annual General Meeting

November 25, 2015
11:00 pm
November 27, 2015
12:30 amto9:00 pm

The IEEE Canadian Atlantic Section wishes to invite you to attend their 2015 Annual General Meeting taking place on Friday November 27, 2014 @ 5:30 pm in the private function room of the China Town Restaurant on the Bedford Highway near Bedford, Nova Scotia. Details of the event and of the guest speakers can be found below.

Time: 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, Friday, November 27, 2015
Place: China Town Restaurant
381 Bedford Highway, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3M 2L4
Refreshments: A Buffet-Style meal will be provided to all attendees.
Registration is required!
RSVP: Deadline is November 25th at 11pm, but space is limited so register early!
Register here
Schedule: 5:30 pm: Opening with Dr. Amir Aghdam, IEEE Canada president
5:45 pm: AGM
6:30 pm: Dinner
7:00 pm: Keynote speaker, Dr. Sue Molloy, “Sea the connection between renewable energy and electric boats in Nova Scotia”
8:00 pm: IEEE CAS Awards
Cost: $35 for IEEE members
$15 for IEEE student members
$40 for non members
Payment: Cheque or Cash at the door.
(Receipts will be provided.)

Keynote speaker: Dr. Sue Molloy

Sue Molloy, Ph.D., M.Eng., B.Eng., B.Sc.
Consultant, Glas Ocean Engineering
Sue@glasocean.com

Title:

Sea the connection between renewable energy and electric boats in Nova Scotia

Abstract:

Nova Scotia has committed significantly to investing in the future of Tidal Power. This commitment had produced an exciting opportunity for companies and researchers interested in furthering the development of marine energy; one of those opportunities is in electric boats. Many rural communities around Nova Scotia are in a position to produce tidal power but restricted access to transmission lines puts limits on the quantity of power that can be supported. Energy storage and power line upgrades are options being considered and electric cars and vessels provide a significant storage opportunity. This talk will cover the tidal power opportunity here in NS, the current maritime industry interest in electric vessels and the potential for intersection here in NS. Dr. Molloy will be drawing from her experience in the tidal power industry, her expertise in ship propulsion, her attendance at the recent Electric and Hybrid World Expo in Amsterdam, her work as a Canadian delegate on IEC Marine Energy Standards Committees and her participation in authoring the NSBA report “Review of All-Electric and Hybrid-Electric Propulsion Technology for Small Vessels”.

Biography:

Sue Molloy, PhD, MEng, BEng, BSc, based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, is a consulting engineer, researcher and adjunct professor in Ocean Engineering, specializing in Marine Renewable Energy, Eco-Ships and sustainable engineering. In March 2014, Sue was appointed General Manager of Black Rock Tidal Power (BRTP). Sue is the international convener for the International Electrotechnical Committee TC114 River Turbines ad-hoc committee and one of the Canadian delegates on the Design subcommittee of IEC TC114 Marine Energy. Sue was founded the instrumentation R&D program for FORCE and was a co-chair of the Fundy Energy Research Network (FERN) Engineering Sub-Committee. Sue has taught sustainable engineering, turbomachines and other courses for the Dalhousie University Faculty of Engineering and has taught sustainable design and renewable energy at OCAD University in Toronto. Sue is an adjunct professor in the Faculty of Engineering at Dalhousie, a research associate at ACER at Acadia University and Research Fellow of the Verschuren Center at CBU. Sue is currently working on the development of a 5MW tidal power project in the Bay of Fundy at FORCE with BRTP and performing research on small scale turbines and electric vessels.

Call for Award Nominations for 2015

November 15, 2015

The Canadian Atlantic Section of the IEEE awards up to FIVE prestigious awards to members or honorary members of the IEEE on an annual basis at its Annual General Meeting (AGM). The Awards and Nominations Committee is soliciting nominations for the following:

The Murugan Memorial Award
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The Murugan Memorial Medal was established in June of 1986, one year after the tragic and untimely death of its namesake, Gnanendran Murugan, Chairman of the IEEE Canadian Atlantic Section 1983-84. This Medal is presented on an annual basis to “the member who best demonstrates the qualities of professionalism and dedication to the purposes of the IEEE”.

Bronze Medal
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The Bronze Medal is awarded to the member who, in the opinion of the awards committee, best demonstrates the qualities of professionalism, integrity, and dedication to the purposes of the IEEE. The Medal may not be awarded in any particular year.

Outstanding Engineering Achievement Award
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The Canadian Atlantic Section will provide an Outstanding Engineering Achievement Award, in the form of a plaque, to an outstanding engineer recognized by the Canadian Atlantic Section who has shared their technical and professional abilities (in industry, government or an institution of higher learning) and, in doing so, has made an outstanding contribution to engineering within the territory of the Canadian Atlantic Section. The Outstanding Engineering Achievement Award may not be awarded in any particular year.

Outstanding Industrial Contribution Award
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The Canadian Atlantic Section will provide an Outstanding Industrial Contribution Award, in the form of a plaque, to an industry professional and practitioner in an area of significant interest and importance to the IEEE residing within the territory of the IEEE Canadian Atlantic Section who, through technical abilities and professional conduct, has made an outstanding contribution to the technology profession in the Canadian Atlantic Section. The Outstanding Industrial Contribution Award may not be awarded in any particular year.

Outstanding Engineering Education Award
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The Canadian Atlantic Section will provide an Outstanding Engineering Education Award, in the form of a plaque, to an outstanding individual or organization recognized by the Canadian Atlantic Section who has shared their professional and educational abilities (in the private sector or an institution of higher learning), and, in doing so, has made an outstanding contribution to engineering and technical education within the territory of the Canadian Atlantic Section.

Citation for Distinguished Service
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The Citation for Distinguished Service to the IEEE Canadian Atlantic Section recognizes and honors outstanding services and contributions of service to IEEE Canadian Atlantic Section. The certificate and copy of the citation is presented at the AGM.

Nominations in the form of the nominee’s brief biography and reason for being nominated can be sent directly to the chair of the Awards & Recognition Committee, Dr. Mae Seto mae.seto@ieee.org and to Mr. Dirk Werle dwerle@ca.inter.net. They are due no later than November 15, 2015.

Call for Nominations for the 2016 IEEE CAS Executive

November 20, 2015

The annual general meeting (AGM) of the IEEE Canadian Atlantic Section is quickly approaching (November 27, 2015) and the term of the current executives is finishing soon. The nominating committee is now asking for nominations of the Section executives: Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Treasurer for the term of 2016. Self-nomination is highly appreciated and especially encouraged and welcome.

Please send your nominations no later than November 20, 2015 to Dr. Laurence T. Yang, Chair of the Nomination Committee, at ltyang@ieee.org by email .

IEEE CAS Nomination Committee
Dr. Laurence T. Yang, Chair
Dr. Jason Gu
Dr. Jason Rhinelander

 
 
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