2022 IEEE IAS PCIC Conference: Denver

Date: Mon., Sep 26th 2022 to Thu., Sep 29th 2022

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Registration is open for the 2022 IEEE Industry Applications Society (IAS), Petroleum and Chemical Industry Committee (PCIC) Conference in Denver, CO.

From the IEEE-PCIC website: ieeepcic.com/2022conference/

The annual IEEE-PCIC conference is an exchange of technical ideas – not a trade show – that brings together professionals with a common focus on electrical installations and safety. The PCIC Executive and Local Committees take great pride in providing a high quality conference while keeping registration and participation costs reasonable.

IEEE Canada Technology Leadership Webinar Series – XVI


Moon Lander Program and Science in Space

Date: Tue., Jun 21st 2022, 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM (MDT)

Presented By: Yonatan Winetraub of SpaceIL

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This presentation will provide a behind the scenes look at the challenges and opportunities of working on three vastly different projects, all leading toward potential scientific studies in space. Attendees will learn about the technical innovations and obstacles associated with building and launching a private interplanetary lander, which in 2019 was the first private mission to reach the moon. The presentation will then talk about the development of a STEM project that was launched to the International Space Station in February 2022. The goal of this project is to study and control the growth of biological organisms in space. Lastly, the presentation will discuss a molecular imaging system to study living organisms at the cellular level. This system based on Optical Coherence Tomography and machine learning is capable of providing non-invasive imaging of living tissue at the molecular level, allowing longitudinal studies of healthy and diseased tissue over time to better understand the development, progression and potential treatment response for diseases such as cancer. These projects work toward a long-term goal of future lunar missions providing scientific platforms for molecular biology experiments studying the development, progression, and treatment of disease in space.

AI & Data: Transforming the Healthcare Industry

Hosted By: Southern Alberta Section Young Professionals

Date: Wed., Jun 8th 2022, 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM (MDT)

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The IEEE Young Professionals Committee, Southern Alberta Section invites you to AI & Data: Transforming the Healthcare Industry.

Join us for a one-hour virtual webinar featuring Utpal Mangla, General Manager at IBM, and Atul Gupta, Lead Data Scientist at IBM.

Utpal and Atul will take us on a journey through Healthcare Initiatives in AI and data focusing on imaging, new drug discovery and prescriptive diagnosis. During this webinar, we will learn how AI solutions are human centric and should “augment” intelligence. We will explore how data can help transform the patient experience and bring together multi-disciplinary health institutions across the industry. We will dive deep on Healthcare initiatives in AI and Data focusing on

  • Imaging
  • Discovery of New drugs
  • Prescriptive Diagnosis

Attendees joining will be entered into a door prize draw for the event!

Webinar: Inductive Bias in Deep Learning: From Structure to Training

Date: Wed., Apr 20th 2022, 03:00 PM to 04:00 PM (MDT)

Presented by: Dr. Yani Ioannou, Assistant Professor, University of Calgary

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Abstract: Machine learning requires assumptions and data, with the assumptions based on domain knowledge. With the exponential increase in dataset set and computation we’ve been able to reduce the domain expertise and inductive bias we integrate in computer vision models, from manually designed features such as SIFT, to learning representations with deep learning. Recently this approach has been pushed even further, with Convolutional Neural Networks (CNNs), integrating strong inductive bias in their structure, being replaced with Vision Transformers (ViT), or even fully-connected neural networks with alternative training regimes. In this talk, Dr. Yanni Ioannou, Assistant Professor at the University of Calgary, will discuss the current limits of this approach, and the need for more domain-agnostic learning.

Sponsored locally by the IEEE Southern Alberta Section (SAS) Computer Society (C16)

Webinar: AI in Power Systems: Working Towards a Smarter Grid

Date: Mon., Mar 28th 2022, 06:00 PM to 07:00 PM (MDT)

Presented by: Leanne Dawson, Graduate Student, University of Calgary

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Abstract: Join us to learn, from Leanne Dawson, how Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning is used to improve the planning and operation of electrical records. The talk will also cover one case study of how weather data and ML techniques can be used to increase the capacity of the existing electrical grid.

Sponsored locally by the IEEE Southern Alberta Section (SAS) University of Calgary, Student Branch

Workshop: IEEE & IAS Electrical Safety, Technical, Maintenance, and Projects (ESTMP) Workshop, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Date: Sun., Mar 20th, 2022 to Wed., Mar 23rd, 2022

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The IEEE Industry Applications Society (IAS), ESTMP Workshop provides a forum for exchanging and advancing industry knowledge in the areas of electrical safety, engineering, project optimization, maintenance and reliability of electrical systems. The Workshop is designed to share new and innovative concepts, best practices and lessons learned that deliver high value and stimulate innovation.

This event was successfully held “In person”. Please join us at the next ESTMP Conference to be held in Calgary, AB, Canada, in 2024.

IEEE ESTMP 2022 (Edmonton) Home Page

Webinar: On-Chip Antennas: The Last Barrier to True RF System-on-Chip

Date: Thu., Mar 17th 2022, 10:00 AM to 11:15 AM (MDT)

Presented by: Prof. Atif Shamim, is associated with the Electrical and Computer Engineering Program at KAUST, where he is currently an Associate Professor and Principal Investigator of the IMPACT Lab. (KAUST = King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, which is a private research university located in Thuwal, Saudi Arabia)

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Abstract: Antennas are an integral part of wireless communication devices and traditionally have remained off the Integrated Circuits (ICs which are also commonly known as chips) resulting in large-sized modules. In the last decade, the increased level of integration provided by silicon technologies and emerging applications at millimeter-wave frequencies has helped to achieve true System-on-Chip solutions bringing the antennas on the chip. This is because antenna sizes at these frequencies become small enough for practical on-chip realization. Though, there are a number of benefits of putting antennas on-chip, such as monolithic integration resulting in compact systems, robustness due to the absence of bond wires or other connection mechanisms between the antenna and the circuits, lower cost due to mass manufacturing in standard CMOS processes, etc. However, there are a number of challenges to overcome, for instance dealing with silicon substrate high conductivity and permittivity (resulting in poor radiation efficiency), metal stack-up and layout restrictions, and on-chip characterization through delicate probes, etc. Furthermore, the co-design of circuits and antenna which sometimes have contradicting requirements needs knowledge of both domains. This talk aims to discuss the above challenges in detail as well as the proposed solutions. In particular, many design examples will be shown for the gain and radiation efficiency enhancement of on-chip antennas. The talk will conclude with the upcoming trends in the field of on-chip antennas.

This virtual event is sponsored by the IEEE AP Society Distinguished Lecturer Program
Sponsored locally by the IEEE Southern Alberta Section (SAS). Joint AP/MTT/COM Technical Chapter

Webinar: Power System Grounding and Bonding

Date: Thu., Mar 10th 2022, 06:00 PM to 07:30 PM (MST)

Presented by: Dr. Ali Moshref, Lead Power Systems Engineer at BBA, Vancouver, BC, Canada.

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Abstract: Grounding and bonding techniques are of the upmost importance in electrical system performance and overall cost. But above all, it plays an essential role in personnel safety and equipment protection. In this regard, engineers should have a good understanding of grounding and bonding issues and practical solutions to the most common problems. Participants will gain a general understanding of grounding and bonding methods, common issues and practical solutions:

Understand the basic principles of grounding and bonding of electrical systems and equipment
Know the applicable standards and design methods
Know how to measure and improve an existing grounding and bonding system
Apply sound grounding and bonding techniques in designing new installations.

This event is jointly sponsored by the IEEE:
Northern Canada Section (NCS), Jt. PE31/IA34 Chapter
Southern Alberta Section (SAS), Jt. PE31/IA34 Chapter
and co-sponsored by BBA.

Webinar: Predictive Energy Management of Grid-Interactive Efficient Buildings

Date: Tue., Mar 08th 2022, 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM (MST)

Presented by: Alexandre Pavlovski, PhD, P. Eng. President and CEO, Green Power Labs Inc.

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The discussion is focused on the key connected technology aspects of Grid-Interactive Efficient Buildings (GEB) – the buildings optimizing in real time their heating, ventilation and air conditioning while actively using distributed energy resources like solar and storage to enable load flexibility and ancillary grid services as well as address occupant needs and preferences, and achieve energy use and cost reduction and de-carbonization.

Dr. Pavlovski will share Green Power Labs’ experiences in clean technology development related to weather-to-energy predictive analytics, predictive building control and predictive grid control for energy management of GEBs.

Webinar: RF Power Amplification Characterization For Design and Performance Optimization

Date: Wed., Jan 26th 2022, 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM (MST)

Presented by: Dr. Souheil Ben Smida of Heriot-Watt University

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The design of RF PAs is a well-researched subject. There is a significant amount of contributions that range from active device manufacturing and modelling to the optimization of complete transmitter systems that require digital and analogue engineering skills.

This talk will cover the very fundamental principles of a simple PA design which are essential to understanding, in order to be able to perform research and innovate in this field. Then, some PA architectures that perform in an efficient manner will be discussed and the methodology to optimize them will be explained in a simplified way. Finally, the talk will cover a couple linearization techniques to compensate for PAs distortions and the challenges that an engineer/researcher would face to tackle the problem.