Webinar: Teleoperation, Force Sensing, Haptics and Control Issues In Medical Robotics

Date: Jun 17th, 2021, 10:30 AM to 11:45 AM (MDT)

Presented by: Dr. Rajni Patel, P.Eng., Distinguished University Professor and Tier-1 Canada Research Chair in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering with cross appointments in the Department of Surgery and the Department of Clinical Neurological Sciences at Western University, London, ON, Canada.

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Teleoperated (leader-follower) robotic systems offer advantages to the user of increased dexterity and precision, tremor filtering, motion repeatability, and the possibility of autonomous or semi-autonomous functions. In the time of a pandemic, such as COVID-19, they provide a means of improved safety for healthcare workers through the possibility of performing certain functions from short or long distances, such as patient monitoring, assessment and treatment. However, these teleoperated systems also have some disadvantages, primarily as a result of limitations of the current technology. These issues will be discussed in the talk in the context of two specific areas of application: robotics-assisted medical interventions and robotics for neurological movement disorders. Particular focus will be on issues arising from the absence of accurate haptic (sense of touch) feedback which prevents reflection to the user of realistic interaction forces between a robot and a patient or objects in the robot’s environment. The role of haptics-based teleoperation will be discussed based on experimental studies to highlight the key issues associated with incorporating force sensing, haptics and teleoperation in patient-oriented robotic systems and the advantages and potential uses of such interaction in specific applications.

An esteemed London, ON, IEEE Member, Dr. Rajni Patel, has been awarded the IEEE Canada A.G.L. McNaughton Award for 2021. Recipients of this medal are outstanding Canadian engineers recognized for their exemplary contributions to the engineering profession.

As part of recognizing this award, the IEEE, via the event primary sponsor, the IEEE London, ON, Section, Chapter EMB18, and via the event co-sponsor, the IEEE Southern Alberta Section (SAS) Chapter EMB18, have invited Dr. Patel to provide an overview of his research interests, already listed above.

Webinar: WindCharger Battery Energy Storage System

Date: Jun 30th, 2021, 11:45 AM to 01:30 PM (MDT)

Presented by: Sébastien Grégoire, P.Eng. Automation Engineer, BBA Inc. and Scott Fleming, P.Eng., PMP, Director Wind & Solar, BBA Inc.

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WindCharger is Alberta’s first utility-scale, lithium-ion energy storage project. It uses Tesla’s Megapack technology and is the first installation of this technology in Canada’s northern climate. The design team collaborated with the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) to establish the project-specific, electricity grid interconnection requirements and applicable standards.

WindCharger has a nameplate capacity of 10MW, a total storage capacity of 20MWh and can be fully charged in approximately two hours. This technology supports fully behind-the-fence renewable energy, powered by TransAlta’s Summer view II Wind Facility. The project’s total capital cost was approximately $14.5 million (CAD), approximately 50 percent funded through the support of Emissions Reduction Alberta. BBA was the lead design consultant and Iconic Power Systems completed the project’s construction.

This presentation will elaborate on the key factors that led to the selection of the technology, including performance and utility requirements. Additional information will be provided about winter operation considerations.

Webinar: Static Converters (SVCs and STATCOMs) and Synchronous Condensers

Date: Jun 17th, 2021, 12:00 PM to 01:15 PM (MDT)

Presented by: GE Power Conversion & GE Grid Solutions

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This Webinar will provided the attendee, with an overview of Static Compensators (SVCs-Static Var Compensators and STATCOMs-Static Synchronous Compensators) and Synchronous Condensers for electric utility and industrial applications. The key drivers for selecting the appropriate solution along with the design/ratings basics, description of main components, substation layout, and modeling will be outlined in the session.

Webinar: Modern Protection Systems Device Coordination

Date: Jun 08th, 2021, 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM (MDT)

Presented by: Rasheek Rifaat, P.Eng., IEEE Life Fellow, Calgary, AB, Canada

This webinar features:

1. A quick review of:
• Principles and basic aspects of protection and coordination of industrial and distribution power systems
• Protection of systems and major components
• Fault currents and voltages in symmetrical and asymmetrical conditions, symmetrical component analysis
2. Historical evolvement of protective relays reaching the current Numerical, Multifunction relays and Intelligent Electronic Devices (IED’s).
3. Protection for Main System Components: Generators, Transformers, Buses and Breakers, Feeders, Short Lines, Motors, and other system components
4. Coordinating protection of main component of modern distribution and industrial systems
5. Applications of communications for permissives, blocking, conditional operations and other coordination techniques in modern systems.
6. Concerns in setting and testing of smart relays and systems.
7. Q & A

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Rasheek Rifaat, P.Eng., IEEE Life Fellow

Rasheek Rifaat earned his B.S. Electrical Engineering at Cairo University, Egypt and his M.S. Electrical Engineering at McGill University, Canada. He serves as Technical Director for Rifaat Engineering with more than 45 years of Canadian and global experience in cogeneration and thermal power generating stations, power transmission and distribution, and electrical systems for utilities as well as mining, heavy industries and commercial facilities. Rasheek has experience with various projects, ranging from installation of control panels and 600 V MCCs for material handling systems to large 800 MW thermal generating stations.

Rasheek is experienced in transmission lines; plant generation; cogeneration and utility inter‐ties; substations and plant protection systems design; coordination and relay setting; 34.5kV, 25kV, 13.8 kV, 4.16 kV, 2.4 kV as well as 600 and 480 V plant distribution; UPS systems; automatic bus transfer; large motor circuit design; transformer installation; 240, 138, 72, 34.5 and 25 kV transmission; distribution and distribution substation systems; 25 kV rural distribution underground cable installation; power cable installations; and control of large electrical furnaces. Rasheek has performed power system studies including dynamic analysis, voltage transient and induction studies, and reliability assessment studies for transmission, distribution and industrial distribution systems. He has been very involved in all areas of project implementation and management, from feasibility to commissioning and final operation.

Mr. Rifaat is an IEEE Life Fellow and a registered member of the Association of Professional Engineers in Alberta, Saskatchewan and PEO, Ontario (Canada)

Southern Alberta Section’s 65th Anniversary

The IEEE marked the 65th anniversary of the Southern Alberta Section (SAS), officially, on Monday, May 10th, 2021.

Please watch for more details on this IEEE SAS web site regarding the founding and history of the IEEE in Southern Alberta, later in the Spring/Summer of 2021.

Webinar: Development of Low Cost, Reconfigurable Robots for Neurorehabilitation

Date: May 27, 2021, 7pm to 8pm (MDT)

Presented by: Dr. Michelle Johnson

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Approximately 15 million people suffer a stroke each year and 70% of strokes occur in low and middle income countries where healthcare infrastructure and clinical resources are inadequate. Robotic devices can improve functional outcomes, increase access to and length of therapy, and maximize resources in a variety of rehabilitation environments. Meta-analyses and clinical trials show that rehabilitation outcomes with robots are comparable to standard and intensity-matched stroke rehabilitation and significantly improve functional outcomes in terms of motor control with low to modest improvements in ADL function. However, high costs limit access to robotic devices, relegating them to urban and large hospitals and rehabilitation centers making them less available to settings such as nursing homes, remote, rural,community-based healthcare facilities, or public rehabilitation clinics. A method to overcome such limitations could be to implement a modular and reconfigurable approach in the design of these systems, maintaining at the same time, a low-cost, high performance and a large versatility to multiple working conditions and scenarios. This talk will present an overview of the rehabilitation robotics field and highlight our efforts towards developing affordable and re-configurable robot systems for neurorehabiliation.

Analytics-Driven Cyber-Physical Security for a Converged Smart Grid

Date: May 5, 2021, 12pm to 1pm (MDT)

Presented by: Dr. Deepa Kundur, Ph.D., P.Eng.

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The field of cyber-physical security has evolved greatly over the
last decade especially in the context of critical infrastructures
such as the smart grid. The current challenges aim to address the
increased sophistication of cyberattacks in the context of a more
automated grid. Emerging polymorphic and stealthy attacks
necessitate more coordinated and intelligent approaches to
mitigation. In addition to the typical defense-in-depth paradigm,
more harmonized protection and resilience strategies are
essential. Development of next-generation tools for cyber-physical
security requires the adoption of effective models that are
compatible with salient trends in smart grid infrastructure
including Information Technology/Operational Technology (IT/OT)
convergence. The resulting data-rich cyber- physical environment
from IT/OT convergence suggests a strong need for greater
data-driven modelling paradigms and analytics. In this talk, we
provide examples of deep learning in the context of anomaly
detection for the cyber-physical protection of transmission
protection systems. We then present a brave new world of
opportunities for smart grid cyber-physical security using a data
analytics-driven approach.

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Insights into transceiver design for 5G mm-wave equipped cell-phones

Date: May 5, 2021, 2pm to 3pm (MDT)

Presented by: Venumadhav (Venu) Bhagavatula of Samsung

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The explosive growth services delivered via the internet onto the mobile handset has result in an insatiable demand for higher data-rates. Millimeter-wave CMOS radios – a research topic for over a decade – is now finally on the cusp of large-scale deployment. In this talk I will describe the challenges and state-of-the-art in circuits and architectures for 28GHz/38GHz 5G NR transceivers targeting user-equipment or UE applications.

Arc Resistant Switchgear – Why It Should Be Part of Your Safety Program

Date: May 12, 2021, 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM (Mountain Daylight Time)

Presented by: Michael W. Wactor, P.E, Technical director
for Corporate Product Development of Powell

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When properly designed, tested, and installed, arc resistant
switchgear provides increased arc flash hazard protection for
personnel operating around the equipment. However, there are many
factors that influence the equipment performance and many effects
from an arc flash that are often overlooked. To obtain the maximum
benefits from arc resistant equipment installation, one must
understand how the fault behaves, how equipment is tested and
evaluated and how this relates to the goals of the total safety

This presentation will discuss the physics of an arc fault and how
this affects design, testing and application. It will highlight
some of the fundamental features of arc resistant design to show
how such designs are used to address the fault hazards and how
this relates to the requirements of other safety documents such as
NFPA 70E and Z462. It will also discuss how the equipment works in
conjunction with other protective devices to minimize operator
exposure to arc fault hazards.

The presentation will conclude with how the test requirements,
performance criteria, and test results interpretation found in the
IEEE Guide C37.20.7 relate to actual application and discuss
upcoming changes proposed for the document.

International Standards Organization (ISO) Advancements of Mining Automation and Interoperability

Date: Apr 13 Apr 21, 2021, 12pm to 1pm (mountain time)

Presented by: Tim Skinner, President SMART Systems Group
Inc., Global Mining Guidelines (GMG) Group Vice-Chair, CIM
Distinguished Member of Smart Systems Group Inc.

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The ISO TC82 Mining SC8 Subcommittee for Advanced Automated Mining
Systems was formally established in early 2018. Since then the
standards development work plan has been initiated and is
exceeding expectations. This presentation will present an update
on the status of current mining automation and interoperability
standards development activity and the planned program of work.