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.

FYI: The ESTMP 2022 Early Bird discount registration deadline is Tue., Feb 15th, 2022

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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: Neural Interfaces for Controlling Finger Movements

Date: Mon., Jan 17th, 2022, 06:00 PM to 07:00 PM (MST)

Presented by: Cynthia A. Chestek, PhD. Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Neuroscience and Robotics, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

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Michigan Engineering, Chestek Lab

Cynthia A. Chestek received the B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering from Case Western Reserve University in 2005 and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University in 2010. She is now an associate professor of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, where she joined the faculty in 2012. She runs the Cortical Neural Prosthetics Lab, which focuses on brain and nerve control of finger movements as well as to high-density carbon fiber electrode arrays. She is the author of 53 full-length scientific articles. Her research interests include high-density interfaces to the nervous system for the control of multiple degree of freedom hand and finger movements.

Abstract: Brain machine interfaces or neural prosthetics have the potential to restore movement to people with paralysis or amputation, bridging gaps in the nervous system with an artificial device. Microelectrode arrays can record from hundreds of individual neurons in motor cortex, and machine learning can be used to generate useful control signals from this neural activity. Performance can already surpass the current state of the art in assistive technology in terms of controlling the endpoint of computer cursors or prosthetic hands. The natural next step in this progression is to control more complex movements at the level of individual fingers. Our lab has approached this problem in three different ways. For people with upper limb amputation, we acquire signals from individual peripheral nerve branches using small muscle grafts to amplify the signal. Human study participants have recently been able to control individual fingers online using indwelling EMG electrodes within these grafts. For spinal cord injury, where no peripheral signals are available, we implant Utah arrays into finger areas of motor cortex, and have successfully decoded flexion and extension in multiple fingers simultaneously. Decoding “spiking band” activity at much lower sampling rates, we recently showed that power consumption of an implantable device could be reduced by an order of magnitude compared to existing broadband approaches, and fit within the specification of existing systems for upper limb functional electrical stimulation. Finally, finger control is ultimately limited by the number of independent electrodes that can be placed within cortex or the nerves, and this is in turn limited by the extent of glial scarring surrounding an electrode. Therefore, we developed an electrode array based on 8 um carbon fibers, no bigger than the neurons themselves to enable chronic recording of single units with minimal scarring. The long-term goal of this work is to make neural interfaces for the restoration of hand movement a clinical reality for everyone who has lost the use of their hands.

Webinar: New Generation of Organic Photovoltaic (OPV): Light Energy Harvesting and Other Applications

Date: Jan 11th 2022, 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM (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.

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IEEE Networking Night

Date: Dec 09th 2021, 5: 00 PM to 07:00 PM (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!

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: Asynchronous SAR ADC: Past, Present and Beyond

Date: Tue., Nov 30th, 2021, 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM (MST)

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.

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).