IEEE (Winter 2022) Ferroelectrics School (IEEE-UFFC-S), Univ’ of Calgary Campus, Calgary, AB, Canada

Date: Mon., Dec. 05th, 2022, to Fri., Dec. 09th, 2022

Location: “In Person” Workshop, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB, Canada

Sponsored by: IEEE Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control Society (UFFC-S), their local FerroSchool Committee and in part, the IEEE Southern Alberta Section

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Workshop/School: IEEE (Winter 2022, Calgary) Ferroelectrics School (IEEE-UFFC-S), U of Calgary Campus, Calgary, AB, Canada

The IEEE (Winter 2022) “FerroSchool”, … is a week-long educational event, … initiated, supported and run by the IEEE Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control Society (UFFC-S), … and their local U of C committee, to be held from:

Mon., Dec. 05th, 2022, to Fri., Dec. 09th, 2022,

at the University of Calgary,
Calgary, AB, Canada.

See the following for more details.

IEEE-UFFC Society:

The FerroSchool Committee Contacts at the University of Calgary:

Chair – Associated Prof., Michelle Dogos

Assistant Chair – Postdoctoral Associate, Dr Stuart Burns:
Department of Chemistry
University of Calgary
2500 University Drive NW, Calgary, AB T2N 1N4, Canada

Bringing Back Pipelined ADCs in the Era of SAR ADCs

Date: Fri., Dec. 08th, 2022, 04:00 PM – 05:00 PM (MST) Alberta

Location: Virtual

Sponsored by: IEEE Southern Alberta Section, Jt. CAS04/SSC37 Technical Chapter

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Topic: Recent Trends and Advances in High Performance Fractional-N PLL Design

While SAR ADCs have become one of the most successful ADC architectures over the past decade owing to the compactness and the power-efficiency in advanced CMOS processes, pipelined ADCs seem to be somewhat out of the designer’s attention. However, we still can find some recent designs reporting competitive performances, often with SAR ADCs as their sub stage, utilizing opamp-free residue amplifiers. As high-speed single channel ADCs is preferable for time-interleaving (TI) to reduce the number of channels, the pipelined architecture is likely to remain as one of the best suited ones in achieving both high resolution and high speed. With this perspective, this talk reviews the development history of the pipelined ADCs and introduces recent architectures including the single-amp dual-residue pipelined ADC.

Recent Trends and Advances in High Performance Fractional-N PLL Design

Date: Fri., Nov. 20th, 2022, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM (MST) Alberta

Location: Virtual

Sponsored by IEEE Southern Alberta Section, Jt. CAS04/SSC37 Technical Chapter

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Topic: Recent Trends and Advances in High Performance Fractional-N PLL Design

High performance fractional-N phase-locked loops (PLLs) are essential elements of any advanced electronic systems. In recent years, both analog and all-digital PLLs employing sampling or sub-sampling phase detector have gained popularity and demonstrated below 100-fs integrated jitter and superior figure-of-merit. This talk focuses on this PLL architecture and elaborates the advanced design techniques to achieve low jitter, low fractional spurs, fast locking, and low power operation. Both circuits design and digital calibration techniques will be presented in detail. In addition, recent advances in reference clock generation will also be discussed as it is crucial for high performance PLLs.

IEEE Vancouver TALK 11: My 40 Years at SPAR (Lorne Keyes)

Date: Sat., Nov 19th, 2022, 09:45 AM – 11:00 AM (MST) Alberta

Location: Virtual

Sponsored by the: IEEE Vancouver Section Life Member (LM) Affinity Group, IEEE Southern Alberta Section Life Member (LM) Affinity Group, etc.

Speaker: Lorne Keyes

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Topic: SPAR Aerospace was the Canadian company that produced equipment for the Canadian Space Agency, associated with the NASA Space Shuttle missions. It is most famous for developing the Canadarm (Shuttle Remote Manipulator System). Canadarm 2 is still in use on the International Space Station. (SPAR Aerospace is now part of MDA.)

Lorne Keyes will be reminiscing on his 40 year career at SPAR during this presentation.

IEEE Southern Alberta Section (SAS), 2022 Annual General Meeting (AGM)

Date: Tue., Nov 15th, 2022, 06:00 PM to 07:30 PM (MST)

Location: Virtual

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, 2022 Annual General Meeting (AGM). This meeting, in virtual format, (as hosted by the IEEE Webex app), will provide the Section Membership with an update over the past year, (from Nov. 2021 to Nov. 2022), on the activities of the following groups:

all based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Furthermore, during the IEEE SAS 2022 AGM, we will also recognize the IEEE SAS 2022 Award Recipients, including IEEE SAS 2022 Scholarship Award Winners/Recipients, for the IEEE SAS 2022 (AGM/Awards) Calendar Year (Oct. 01th,, 2021 to Sep. 30th, 2022).

Lastly, there will be some discussion, at the end of the AGM meeting, related to the new IEEE “on-line” e-voting processes, being first introduced within the IEEE here in late 2022, at the Section level, and will be in full effect, … to the best of our knowledge, … within the IEEE, as a whole, in 2023, 2024 and beyond. [See: Latest 2022 IEEE Southern Alberta Section ExCom Officer Election Voting Rules/Guidelines]

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.