IEEE EMBS Chapter Distinguished Lecture (DL) Series: How Robotics Are Revolutionizing Rehabilitation

Date: Thu., Oct 20th, 2022, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM (MDT) Alberta

Location: Virtual

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IEEE EMBS Chapter Distinguished Lecture (DL) Series:

Speaker: Dr. Hermano Igo Krebs of MIT

Topic: How Robotics are Revolutionizing Rehabilitation

Capitalizing on the new understanding of brain plasticity, we introduced a paradigm shift in clinical practice in 1989 when we initiated the development of the MIT-Manus robot for neuro-rehabilitation and deployed it into the clinic. Since then we collected evidence to support the potential of enhancing and augmenting recovery following a stroke, first during the sub-acute and then the chronic phase. Our efforts and that of others led to the endorsements starting in 2010 from the American Heart Association, the American Stroke Association, and the Veterans Administration for the use of rehabilitation robots for the Upper Extremity, but not yet for the Lower Extremity. AHA recommendations were the same in the 2016 revision. Furthermore, it was demonstrated in the VA system that upper extremity robotic therapy has an economic advantage over manual therapy. More recently we completed a pragmatic study RATULS under the auspices of the National Health Service of the United Kingdom and its NIHR Health Technology Assessment Programme, which enrolled 770 stroke patients. Thus, we have developed novel robotic treatment and evaluation tools and have managed to collect the experimental evidence that demonstrates the unequivocal therapeutic benefits stemming from robot-aided rehabilitation for the upper extremity as well as present shortcomings. This talk will present an overview of our past rehabilitation robotics efforts and more recent efforts addressing the identified shortcomings.

Speaker Biography:

Dr. Hermano Igo Krebs is a Principal Research Scientist at MIT’s Mechanical Engineering Department and the Director of The77Lab. He holds affiliate positions as an Adjunct Professor at University of Maryland School of Medicine, Department of Neurology, and as a Visiting Professor at Fujita Health University, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (Japan), at Osaka University, Mechanical Science and Bioengineering Department (Japan), at Keio University, System Design Engineering Department (Japan) and at Loughborough University, The Wolfson School of Mechanical, Electrical, and Manufacturing Engineering (UK). Dr. Krebs is a Fellow of the IEEE and received the 2015 IEEE-INABA Technical Award for Innovation leading to Production “For contributions to medical technology innovation and translation into commercial applications for Rehabilitation Robotics.” Furthermore, he was one of the founders and the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Interactive Motion Technologies from 1998 to 2016. He successfully sold it to Bionik Laboratories, a publicly traded company. He later founded 4Motion Robotics.

IEEE Power and Energy Society (PES) Entrepreneur Committee, Clean Energy Entrepreneurship Workshop, University of Calgary

Date: Sat., Sep 24th, 2022, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM (MDT) Alberta, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM (CST) Saskatchewan

Location: University of Calgary, EEEL Bldg. Rm 161

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The IEEE Power and Energy Society (PES) Entrepreneurship Committee, the IEEE Smart Village initiative, the IEEE Student Branch (SB), at the University of Calgary (U of C), along with the Sustainable Energy Systems Development (SEDV) MSc Program at the University of Calgary, will be holding a day long workshop titled: “Clean Energy Entrepreneurship”, on Sat., Sep. 24th, 2022, between 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM (MDT), same as 4:00 PM Central (CST), at the EEEL Bldg., Rm. 161 venue/classroom, on the University of Calgary Campus, Calgary, AB, Canada.

The main objective of this workshop is to inspire the next generation of Southern Albertans to consider clean energy entrepreneurship as a career choice. The other sub themes of this workshop are indigenous clean energy perspectives and access, the creation of sustainable and socially responsible enterprises and a low carbon future for Alberta.

Breakfast, lunch and snacks will be provided, during the event, along with a Certificate of Completion for the workshop.

There will be a “virtual” option available for those who cannot attend “In Person”. Please see the full Workshop Program below and then please register via the link included above.

See additional contact info’, for the event organizers, on the event poster below and on the IEEE vTools event registration page.

*** Update: If you wish to attend this event in Calgary in person, as of Wed. Sep 21st, 2022, please e-mail Niru Kumar at***


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:

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.

Towards Wireless Networking, Sensing, and Security in the Sub-Terahertz Regime: Design and Experiments

Date: Aug 11th, 2022, 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM (MDT)

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The spectrum above 100 GHz offers plentiful bandwidth for ultra-high-speed communication and high-resolution sensing, thereby providing a promising foundation for realizing unprecedented capabilities in next-generation wireless networks. In this talk, I will begin by presenting emerging transceiver architecture that can enable directional sub-THz steering without traditional multi-antenna arrays. I will discuss how to exploit the key characteristics of sub-THz signals and the proposed architecture for high-resolution localization. Such sensing modalities can then be exploited to enable highly directional, high data rate links that are robust to client and environmental mobility. I will address one of the main concerns with sub-THz networking which is high power consumption by introducing the first ultra-wideband retro-directive backscatter above 100 GHz. Finally, I will discuss new security paradigms in this regime: while the conventional wisdom suggests that physical layer security improves with narrow beams, I will explain new vulnerabilities introduced by the control plane as well as emerging low-cost smart reflecting surfaces. I will conclude the talk by illustrating fundamentally new techniques for wireless authentication and security.

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