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Section Executive Committee

The operation of the IEEE Victoria Section is managed by the Section Executive committee, whose members are elected or appointed every two years. The officers are elected by the membership of the Section - the others are appointed by the Section Chair. We are always looking for IEEE members to assist in our volunteer activities. If you are interested in finding out more about becoming a Section or Committee volunteer, please contact the Section Chair whose email address is provided below.

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Officers

Chair Alexandra Branzan Albu

Alexandra Branzan Albu - Chair

Alexandra Branzan Albu is an associate professor with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Victoria (BC), Canada. She holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering from Politehnica University of Bucharest. Dr. Branzan Albu’s research focus is on computer vision. From a practical standpoint, her contributions to this field involve raising and solving research questions that are closely linked to societal needs such as environmental monitoring, medical imaging, rehabilitation, and aging-in-place. Due to the interdisciplinary and applied nature of the research problems under investigation, Alexandra has developed a number of industrial collaborations with companies such as Intel, SAP, Kongsberg-Mesotech, MTU Canada who have all provided funding for her research. Her research is also funded by the Canadian Natural Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC Canada). Since 2014, Dr. Branzan Albu has been serving on the executive committee of the International Association of Pattern Recognition (IAPR) as secretary. Since January 2017, she is the Chair of the IEEE Victoria Section. She has previously served as Technical Program Chair (2008-2012) and Student Branch Coordinator (2016) of the Victoria Section.
Past Chair David Gregson
Vice Chair Kin Fun Li

Kin Fun Li - Vice Chair

Kin Fun Li, PEng, SMIEEE, is the Director of Graduate Professional Program (Telecommunications and Information Security) at the University of Victoria, where he teaches both hardware and software courses in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He dedicates his time to teaching and research in computer architecture, and web search and mining. He is actively involved in the organization of many international conferences, including the biennial IEEE Pacific Rim in Victoria. Li also supports and participates in numerous international activities to promote the engineering profession and education.
Secretary Mihai Sima
Treasurer Christopher Prince

Committee Chairs

Conference Coordinator Michael McGuire

Michael McGuire - Conference Coordinator

Michael McGuire, Associate Professor and Department Chair, Electrical and Computer Engineering Dr. McGuire is an Associate Professor with the Digital Signal Processing Group. He works on applying digital signal processing algorithms to communications systems. He develops methods for networks to predict their future states to support better management of limited resources. He is also investigating physical layer security for wireless systems. After completing his Master’s degree at UVic, he was employed at Lucent Technologies for 2 years before completing his PhD at the University of Toronto.
Technical Program Chair Poman So
WIE Affinity Group Chair Maia Hoeberechts

Maia Hoeberechts - WIE Affinity Group Chair

Dr. Maia Hoeberechts is a member of the Ocean Networks Canada User Engagement division based at the University of Victoria. In her role as Associate Director, User Services, she manages the Data and Learning and Engagement teams, which are together responsible for creating products and services which meet the needs of the scientific, educational and broader user community. She continues her research involvement as Adjunct Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Victoria focusing on interdisciplinary connections between ocean science and computer science, principally in the areas of computer vision, data analytics and scientific visualization. Maia holds a PhD in Computer Science in the area of computability theory and a BSc in Philosophy and Computer Science from Western University. Her doctoral research focused on the interface between theory and practice in computer science. Since January 2017, Dr. Hoeberechts is the Chair of the Women in Engineering Affinity Group of the Victoria Section.
Awards and Recognition Chair Nikitas Dimopoulos
Industry Relations Chair Greg Pascucci
Membership Development Kelly Manning

Kelly Manning - Membership Development

Kelly completed 3 years of Physics Honors at UVic, then noticed that the same Physics PhDs who had been his 1st year lab instructors were also 4th year lab instructors, switching to a 5 year double major in Math ( C Sc specialty ) and Physics, graduating in 1977. - worked in BC Government IT from 1977 to 2005, included being the Technical Architect for the Dial-up version of BC Online / Access BC in 1989, and eliminating the long name search waits in BC Pharmacies after the roll out of BC Pharmanet in 1995. - contracted with TELUS DBA Team 7 for a year after his voluntary departure from the BC Public Service, declining a contract offer from MAXIMUS BC. - 2006 until 2016 Kelly worked for CGI as the Mainframe Technical Lead, DBA and Security Admin, supporting contracts with Health, Transportation and Highways, and Education. CGI’s most recent ASSM contact with Health was split between Saguenay, Québec and Victoria, which gave Kelly an opportunity to bring his 1963 to 1970 public school French and 1983 UVic Diplôme de Langue Français back from archival memory. IEEE Victoria Section meetings were where Kelly got his first introduction to multimedia computers, and to the world wide web. Kelly has served as IEEE Victoria Computer Chapter Chair, as Section Chair, Section Treasurer and as Section Membership Development Officer.
Student Activities Fayez Gebali

Fayez Gebali - Student Activities

Dr. Gebali has been an IEEE member since 1976. He received his B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering (first class honors) from Cairo University, his B.Sc. in Mathematics (first class honors) from Ain Shams University, and his Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering form the University of British Columbia. Dr. Gebali is a Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Victoria.
Educational Activities Kin Fun Li
UVic Student Liaison Amanda Dash
Section Webmaster Tony Kroeker

Tony Kroeker - Section Webmaster

Tony Kroeker graduated from UVic with a MASc in Computer Engineering. He is also a founder of a local startup Tutela Technologies, which specializes in crowd sourcing network measurement data from hundreds of millions of smartphones all over the world. He specializes in distributed systems, software architecture, and data analysis.

Technical Society Chairs

Circuits and Systems
(joint with Vancouver Section)
Ljiljana Trajkovic
(Vancouver Section)
Computer Amirali Baniasadi
Oceanic Engineering Jim Collins



Victoria Section Established: October 5, 1956
Council Affiliation: Western Canada Council
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