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

Date: March 20th to March 23rd 2022

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The IEEE 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.

Webinar: Predictive Energy Management of Grid-Interactive Efficient Buildings

Date: Mar 8th 2022, 12pm to 1pm 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: New generation of Organic Photovoltaic (OPV) : Light Energy harvesting and other applications

Date: Jan 11th 2022, 11am to 12pm MST

Presented by: John Fiske , Business Development Manager, ASCA

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Today, the IOT market is booming, which leads to increase use of batteries. The consequences: a strong environmental impact and high maintenance costs. To meet this challenge, we produce high potential ASCA solar solutions in the field of Energy Harvesting.

After an overview of the OPV technology and characteristics, we will have a look at the common use cases for OPV in IoT applications, and then present other relevant applications in areas such as buildings or mobility.

IEEE Networking Night

Date: Dec 9th 2021, 5pm to 7pm MST

Presented by: IEEE University of Calgary Student Branch

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IEEE U of C invites industry professionals to share their expertise and advice from their working experience to provide insight to the skills future interns should gain!

Join us for a night of networking with industry professionals! We welcome students to ask all their questions!

Webinar: Asynchronous SAR ADC: Past, Present and Beyond

Date: Nov 30th 2021, 10am to 11:30am MDT

Presented by: Shuo Wei (Mike) Chen of University of Southern California (USC)

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The demand of low-power and high-speed ADC has been escalating in the past decade due to emerging low-power applications with wide bandwidth requirement, including both wireless and wireline systems. Historically, the ADC in this targeted specification regime has been dominated by Flash topology, where all the level comparisons are accomplished in parallel. However, the associated complexity prevents it from a true low-power solution. More than a decade ago, the asynchronous successive approximation (SAR) architecture was proposed to minimize the overall converter complexity while improving the speed of the SAR search algorithm. The first proof-of-concept silicon prototype in 130nm CMOS achieved the order-of-magnitude improvement in power efficiency. Since then, this low power ADC architecture has been widely adopted for various power-constraint, high-speed (up to 10s’ GS/s), medium to high resolution applications. In this talk, we will review the evolution of this ADC architecture, including the recent trend and potential extensions based on asynchronous operation principles, leading to various hybrid ADC architectures.

IEEE Southern Alberta Section (SAS), 2021 Annual General Meeting (AGM); Virtual Format

Date: Tue., Nov 30th, 2021, 06:00 PM to 07:15 PM (MST)

Presented by: The IEEE Southern Alberta Section (SAS) Executive Committee (ExCom)

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As an IEEE Member, in good standing of the IEEE Southern Alberta Section (SAS), you are cordially invited by the SAS Executive Committee (ExCom), to the IEEE SAS, 2021 Annual General Meeting (AGM). This meeting, in virtual format, (as hosted by the IEEE Webex app, during the current COVID 19 Pandemic in Calgary, Alberta, Canada), will provide the Section Membership with an update over the past year, (from Nov. 05th, 2020 to Nov. 30th, 2021), on the activities of the Section, (via the Chair’s Report, the Treasurer’s Report), … on the activities of the various IEEE Southern Alberta, Technical Chapters (PES/IAS, CSS/IMS, EMBS, CAS/SSC, CS, AP/MTT/COM), … the various IEEE Southern Alberta Affinity Groups (WIE, YP, SIGHT, etc.), all based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada … and an update regarding the activities of the IEEE University of Calgary (U of C) Student Branch, (via the Student Branch Chair’s Report), also based within the Southern Alberta Section. During the SAS AGM, we will also recognize the IEEE SAS Award Recipients, including IEEE SAS Scholarship Winners, for the 2021 Calendar (AGM) Year.

Webinar: Trustworthy Infrastructure (Cisco Systems)

Date: Nov 30th, 2021, 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM (MST)

Presented by: Roland Plett, Team Lead, Utility Solutions, Cisco Systems Canada, Calgary, AB, Canada

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Abstract: The operation of critical infrastructure has higher stakes than ever before and past security failures have the industry on high alert. The useful part involves understanding what happened and how to prevent it. A corporate security framework is essential for building trustworthy processes and technology systems that reach into all parts of your communication system. Standards organizations like NERC have put best practices in place to address these security threats and provide strong input to that corporate framework. In addition to the work of NERC, the Executive Order regarding critical infrastructure has a special focus on supply chain. The last part of this talk will present you with some important considerations that will make your supply chain even more trustworthy than the requirements of this executive order.

Webinar: Episodic Participation in Open Source Software Development

Date: Nov 05th, 2021, 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM (MDT)

Presented by: Dr. Ann Barcomb, Assistant Professor, The Schulich School of Engineering, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB, Canada

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Abstract: Increasingly, people want to contribute to open source software projects casually (episodically). A number of factors have driven this change, such as distributed revision control, social coding platforms, and the general trend towards “new volunteerism.” To take advantage of these contributions, communities need to adapt to the needs and expectations of episodic contributors. Yet at the same time, no community wants to invest more effort in inviting episodic contributions than it receives in return. This talk will cover research on the factors influencing retention of episodic participants, and best practices for engaging them.

Sponsored by the IEEE Southern Alberta Section (SAS), Affinity Group (AF), Women in Engineering (WIE).

Webinar: VA Metering for Managing Efficiency of Energy Delivery in Polyphase Systems

Date: Nov 03rd, 2021, 04:30 PM to 06:00 PM (MDT)

Presented by: John Voisine of Landis+Gyr Lafayette, IN, USA

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Abstract: There is a fundamental basis for the measurement of electrical energy delivered to a load. This energy is referred to as active energy, with SI unit of watt-hour (Wh). Similarly, the rate of change of active energy is called active power, with SI unit of watt (W). Algorithms used for calculating active energy and active power in revenue grade electricity meters yield consistent results. In contrast, understanding and defining the fundamental basis for apparent energy, with SI unit of volt-ampere hour (VAh) and apparent power, with SI unit of volt-ampere (VA) remains elusive. Consequently, various algorithms are used in electricity meters and these yield results that are often inconsistent and differ significantly due to such factors as harmonic content, polyphase connection system (wye, delta, etc.), and polyphase load imbalance. Active energy conforms to the law of conservation of energy whereas apparent energy does not. Rather than continue trying to understand and define the “right” or “true” meaning of apparent energy, a new concept of “Source VA” is proposed. Source VA gives consistent results on the physical sizing needs of the infrastructure used to deliver active energy. In understanding Source VA, it is helpful to think in terms of a progression of incentives used in managing the efficiency of energy delivery. The terms Source VA and Source Apparent Power are used interchangeably.