Reconfigurable Intelligent Surfaces-Assisted Visible Light Communications Systems

Bldg: Amit Chakma Engineering Building, London, Ontario, Canada

Unlike in conventional radio frequency (RF) wireless systems, the visible light communications (VLC) channel is not isotropic. Thus, one fundamental challenge for VLC is the requirement of line-of-sight, i.e., a direct pathway between the transmitter and the receiver. They are therefore limited to a short transmission range and loss of signal may occur when the receiver rotates or moves. As a result, the performance of VLC systems, such as users' throughput and reliability, can significantly be affected by both device orientation and link blockage.Meanwhile, reconfigurable intelligent surfaces (RIS) have recently emerged as a revolutionary concept that transforms the physical propagation environment into a fully controllable and customizable space in a low-cost low-power fashion. RIS research has become a focal point of interest in wireless communications communities as it offers a spectrum, energy, and cost-efficient approach for sustainable evolution in wireless systems. Although the integration of RIS in RF communications has been well investigated, its application in optical communications in general and VLC in particular is still in its infancy.In this talk, the speaker will introduce optical RIS and discuss the different approaches to integrating RIS technology into VLC systems in order to harness their full potential. Additionally, the speaker will explore some research challenges and potential research directions.Bldg: Amit Chakma Engineering Building, London, Ontario, Canada

Vancouver TALK 24: The Little Island That Can; Salt Spring Moves Towards Energy Resilience


Speaker: Simon Wheeler, Advisor, Salt Spring Energy Community SocietyThe topics will include the following:· The Solar Scholarship project, an installation on the local school roof· A large solar array on two social housing apartment buildings· Innovations in solar technology· An Agrivoltaic trial· Lobbying for Community Net Metering in BCRegistration is optional, but we want to know who to expect.10:00 AM P.D.T. You can log in at 9:45 AM (12:45 PM Montreal) to check connection and say hello.All IEEE members are welcome, especially those Life Members that don't have a local Affinity Group.We are looking for speakers for the rest of the year, contact Carl Zanon if interested.Speaker(s): Simon WheelerAgenda: 9:45 AM Zoom opens10:00 AM Welcome and speaker introduction10:05 AM SpeakerVirtual:

IEEE Ottawa Robotics Competition (ORC) April Work Period

Room: A04, Bldg: Colonel By Hall, 161 Louis-Pasteur Private, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, K1N 6N5

The IEEE Ottawa Robotics Competition is hosting a open work period for potential participants to talk to the competition organizers, ask any technical questions and get a chance to try out a sub-set of the competition tracks.This event is an in person event free for anyone wishing to attend at the University of Ottawa Colonel By Building (CBY A04).Supervision is required for those under the age of 18 and priority will be given to participating teams if there is overwhelming questions. For any further information please reach out to [email protected]: A04, Bldg: Colonel By Hall, 161 Louis-Pasteur Private, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, K1N 6N5

Advances in Holographic-Type Communications


Dive into the exciting world of holographic-type communications with Prof. Filip De Turck, an expert in network management and holographic-type technologies. This talk will explore the evolution of video streaming and the shift towards network softwarization, highlighting volumetric media's potential through practical examples. With his extensive background and over 750 publications, Prof. De Turck will address the challenges and opportunities in this field, aiming to inspire collaborative research. Join us for insights into the next-gen communication technologies.Abstract:This talk will give an overview of video streaming technologies over telecommunication networks while also taking the important evolution towards network softwarizaton into account.The importance and the opportunities provided by volumetric media delivery will be outlined by means of several examples.The most appropriate approach for volumetric media delivery and the various challenges and techniques will be highlighted next.Finally, an overview of research challenges and opportunities will be presented to stimulate further collaborative research.Short bio:Dr. Filip De Turck is a professor at the Department of Information Technology (Intec) of Ghent University and Imec, Belgium, with expertise in communication software, network resource management, adaptive multimedia service delivery, and next-generation video delivery platforms. In this research area, he is involved in and successfully completed many research projects with industry and academia, served as Chair of the IEEE Technical Committee on Network Operations and Management (CNOM), former chair of the Future Internet Cluster of the European Commission, is on the TPC of many international network and service management conferences and workshops and serves in the Editorial Board of several network and service management journals. Prof. Filip De Turck regularly organizes international workshops on the above-mentioned topics, served as Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Transactions on Network and Service Management (TNSM), and steering committee member of the IEEE/IFIP Network Operations and Management Symposium (NOMS), the IFIP/IEEE Integrated Network Management (IM) Symposium, the IEEE Conference on Network Softwarization (IEEE NetSoft) and the IFIP/IEEE Conference on Network and Service Management (CNSM). He also served as chair of the IEEE SDN Initiative Conference Committee, which coordinates initiative IEEE events and conferences on Softwarized Networks. Prof. Filip De Turck was named a Fellow of the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) for outstanding technical contributions to network resource management and adaptive service delivery and serves as a ComSoc Distinguished Lecturer. He is currently (co-)author of over 750 publications. He received the IEEE ComSoc Dan Stokesberry Award 2021 for particularly distinguished technical contributions to the growth of the network operations and service management field.At the time of the meeting, join us at on the Zoom AppMeeting ID: 98358057643Passcode: MjloQnBONWdtR1BiZVMwNU9DLzBPZz09Co-sponsored by: Pradeep KumarVirtual:

Invited Talk: Organic Transistors as Sensory Platforms for Health and Environmental Applications (IEEE Sensors Council Chapter)


Organic Thin Film Transistors (OTFTs) rely on polymer-based semiconductors, dielectrics, and conductive materials, often in conjunction with some inorganic materials such as metal nanoparticles, metal oxides, etc., to create tunable device behavior. OTFTs offer many benefits for implementation as sensory platform including solution processability, cost-effectiveness, ease of manufacturing, and superior compatibility to functional nanomaterials and biomolecules. These benefits have led to intense research in using OTFT as a sensory platform for chemical, biological, and environmental applications.In my talk, I will share some of our recent research highlights on implementing OTFT based non-invasive biosensor technologies for detection of metabolites and proteomic biomarkers. Target applications include monitoring body homeostasis and identifying early signs of pathogenesis for certain diseases including Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease. More specifically, the talk will cover electrolyte gated FET (EGFET) platforms, and carbon nanoparticles based OTFTs. Amongst the sensors discussed, we will take a closer look at integrating functional nanomaterials within device framework to achieve the desired sensory response. Various device design and modeling strategies will be briefly discussed.Speaker(s): Dr. Ravi PrakashVirtual:

IEEE CTSoc (interactive) Webinar on IoT Cybersecurity


ABSTRACTPer the webinar title yet, enhanced by your feedback and questions provide to when you register by Apr. 12th.( (or copy/paste to IEEE members and the public. Webinar link will be provided to registrants.This event is brought to you by the IEEE Consumer Technology Society, Industry and Standards Activities. It is also supported by the IEEE Montreal Section – Consumer Technology Society Chapter, and the IEEE Ottawa Section: Reliability Society & Power Electronics Society Joint Ottawa Chapter (R-PEL).INDUSTRY EXPERT PRESENTER:Carey Frey is an accomplished cyber security executive with more than 20 years of combined industry, intelligence, and technical experience. At TELUS, Carey leads both the security solutions business and corporate programs to protect the company’s people, assets and information. Prior to joining TELUS, he served as the Director General of Cyber Defence and the Director General of Cyber Security Partnerships for the Communications Security Establishment (CSE).Carey was responsible for IT security advice and services for Canadian organizations in the private sector. He was also instrumental in bringing security innovation to the Government of Canada and building collaborative cyber security relationships with major information and communication technology companies and Shared Services Canada. A native of rural Saskatchewan, Carey holds a Master’s Degree in Public Policy and Public Administration from Carleton University and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science from the University of Regina.Looking forward to your great interaction!Peace,Hamidreza SadreazamiIEEE CTSoc, Montreal Chapter Chair&Raed Abdullah, P.Eng., IEEE SMIEEE CTSoc, VP Industry & StandardsIEEE Ottawa Section, Reliability Society & Power Electronics Society Joint Ottawa ChapterCo-sponsored by: IEEE Montreal Section: CTSoc Chapter; IEEE Ottawa Section: Reliability Society & Power Electronics Society Joint Ottawa Chapter (R-PEL).Speaker(s): Carey Frey, Virtual:

Spin Polarized Transport in Monolayer WSe2 Quantum Structures


Spin Polarized Transport in Monolayer WSe2 Quantum StructuresAbstract: Monolayer transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs), a semiconducting member of the two-dimensional material family, have been suggested to be promising candidates for various quantum applications. However, challenges associated with the quality of electrical contacts in TMDs have hampered the progress of transport studies, especially at low temperature and in the low carrier density regime.In this talk, a device structure is presented which allows us to obtain low resistance ohmic contacts to monolayer TMDs while still accessing the low carrier density regime in transport experiments. The low-temperature magneto-transport measurements resulting from this fabricated device is presented and the unexpected spin polarized states are discussed.------------------------------------------------------------------------Transport polarisé de spin dans les structures quantiques monocouches WSe2Résumé : Il a été suggéré que les dichalcogénures de métaux de transition (TMD) monocouches, un membre semi-conducteur de la famille des matériaux bidimensionnels, seraient des candidats prometteurs pour diverses applications quantiques. Cependant, les défis associés à la qualité des contacts électriques dans les TMD ont entravé la progression des études de transport, en particulier à basse température et dans le régime de faible densité de porteurs.Dans cet exposé, une structure de dispositif est présentée qui nous permet d'obtenir des contacts ohmiques à faible résistance avec des TMD monocouches tout en accédant au régime de faible densité de porteurs dans les expériences de transport. Les mesures de magnéto-transport à basse température résultant de ce dispositif fabriqué sont présentées et les états polarisés en spin inattendus sont discutés.[]About / A proposThe High Throughput and Secure Networks (HTSN) Challenge program is hosting regular virtual seminar series to promote scientific information sharing, discussions, and interactions between researchers. programme Réseaux Sécurisés à Haut Débit (RSHD) organise régulièrement des séries de séminaires virtuels pour promouvoir le partage d’informations scientifiques, les discussions et les interactions entre chercheurs. by: National Research Council, Canada. Optonique.Speaker(s): Justin Boddison-Chouinard, Virtual:

Zero Dollar Consultancy with Phil Gerbyshak: Kickstart Your Consulting Journey!


Overview:Ready to dive into the world of consulting without breaking the bank? Join Phil Gerbyshak for "Zero Dollar Consultancy," where you'll learn how to launch your consulting business with minimal financial investment. Get the inside scoop on snagging your first clients, using budget-friendly tools, and staying motivated through the ups and downs.Key Learning Objectives:1. Starting Your Consulting Business:- Learn the basics of getting your consulting gig off the ground without emptying your wallet.- Find out how to carve your niche and show off your expertise in the market.2. Getting Customers on a Budget:- Discover sneaky (but ethical!) ways to reel in those first clients without splurging on marketing.- Dive into the art of networking and leveraging referrals to keep the client train chugging along.3. Budget-Friendly Tools:- Explore the wild world of affordable software and tools to keep your business running smoothly.- Find out which freebies and low-cost goodies can help you stay organized and professional.4. Staying Sane and Bouncing Back:- Phil's got your back with tips on staying motivated, avoiding burnout, and bouncing back from setbacks.- Learn how to take care of yourself while hustling hard in the consulting game.Program Format:No boring lectures here! Dive into "Zero Dollar Consultancy" with Phil Gerbyshak through a mix of live sessions, interactive workshops, and handy resources. Ask all your burning questions and get real, practical advice from someone who's been there, done that.Plenty of Time for Q&A:Got a question? Fire away! Whether it's about snagging clients, dealing with stress, or just sharing your own experiences, there's plenty of time to chat and learn from Phil and your fellow consulting hopefuls.Ready to kickstart your consulting journey? Sign up for "Zero Dollar Consultancy" today and get ready to hustle smarter, not harder!Speaker(s): Phil Gerbyshak, Virtual:

Webinar: NFPA 70E 2024 Edition / CSA Z462 2024 Edition Changes & Updates


Significant changes to the CSA Z462 Workplace electrical safety Standard, 2024 Edition have occurred and Z462 is technically diverging from NFPA 70E 2024 Edition. New electrical hazard classification information is included in CSA Z462 related to dc and capacitors. This webinar will present the changes that occurred to both NFPA 70E 2024 and CSA Z462 2024 and place specific focus on the CSA Z462 2024 Edition.Speaker(s): Terry W. BeckerVirtual:

Kaiser Chair Energy Security Talk Series Sponsored by IEEE PELS: Grid Modernization – Paving the path for the future

Room: KAIS 2020/2030, Bldg: Kaiser , 2332 Main Mall, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, V6T 1Z4

A grid modernization journey may be wide-scoped or narrow, fast-paced or gradual with incremental changes -- but as with any journey, it is important to have a vision for where are you going and what your targets are. Without some kind of vision, even a blurry one, how will you know when you have arrived at your destination? Grid modernization is not a project that has a beginning date and finish date. It is an overarching vision of the future that is implemented in increments, through multiple well-defined projects. The projects are your building blocks, your bricks along the path and you have to align them some in parallel, some interdependent and some independent. To be successful, grid modernization must challenge - and most likely will - change how you plan, design, engineer, operate and maintain your system. It must be agile and flexible – which is a new idea for many utilities, and may feel like a riskSpeaker(s): D. Jim Papadoulis, Valentina DabicRoom: KAIS 2020/2030, Bldg: Kaiser , 2332 Main Mall, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, V6T 1Z4

IEEE EDS Distinguished Lecturer Seminar: Prof. Federico Rosei “Multifunctional Materials for Emerging Technologies”

Room: ASB 10900 (Big Data Hub Presentation Studio), Bldg: Applied Science Building, 8888 University Dr., Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada, V5A 1S6, Virtual:

IEEE EDS Distinguished Lecturer SeminarTitle: "Multifunctional Materials for Emerging Technologies"Speaker: Federico Rosei, Centre for Energy, Materials and Telecommunications, Institut National De La Recherche Scientifique (INRS)AbstractThis presentation focuses on structure property/relationships in advanced materials, emphasizing multifunctional systems that exhibit multiple functionalities. Such systems are then used as building blocks for the fabrication of various emerging technologies. In particular, nanostructured materials synthesized via the bottom–up approach present an opportunity for future generation low cost manufacturing of devices. We focus in particular on recent developments in solar technologies that aim to address the energy challenge, including third generation photovoltaics, solar hydrogen production, luminescent solar concentrators and other optoelectronic devices.Biographical detailsFederico Rosei (MSc (1996) and PhD (2001) from the University of Rome “La Sapienza”) is Full Professor at the Centre Énergie, Matériaux et Télécommunications, Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique, Varennes (QC) Canada, where he served as Director (07/2011–03/2019), currently on leave. He held the Canada Research Chair (Junior) in Nanostructured Organic and Inorganic Materials (2003–2013) and the Canada Research Chair (Senior) in Nanostructured Materials (2016–2023). Since January 2014 he holds the UNESCO Chair in Materials and Technologies for Energy Conversion, Saving and Storage. Since March 2023 he holds the Chair of Industrial Chemistry at the Department of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Trieste.Dr. Rosei’s research interests focus on structure/property relationships in nanomaterials and their use as building blocks in emerging technologies. He has worked in partnership with over twenty Canadian R&D companies. He is co-inventor of three patents and has published over 480 articles in prestigious international journals (including Science, Nature Phot., Nature Mater., Nature Chem., Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci., Adv. Mater.) which have been cited over 24,900 times (H index = 82). He is Fellow of numerous prestigious national and international societies and academies, including: the Royal Society of Canada, the European Academy of Science, the Academia Europaea, the European Academy of Sciences and Arts.He has received several awards and honours, including the Brockhouse Medal (Canadian Association of Physics 2022), the Canadian Light Source – TK Sham Award in Materials Chemistry (CSC 2023), the Spirit of Salam Award (ICTP 2023), a Guggenheim Fellowship in Engineering (2023), Knight of the National Order of Quebec (2023) and the AVS Nanotechnology Recognition Award (2024).[]Speaker(s): Prof. Rosei, Room: ASB 10900 (Big Data Hub Presentation Studio), Bldg: Applied Science Building, 8888 University Dr., Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada, V5A 1S6, Virtual:

Crafting the Future: Trans Canada Brewing Company Tour & Networking Event

1290 Kenaston Blvd #1, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, R3P 0R7

Get ready for an extraordinary evening of discovery and connection at Trans Canada Brewing Company! 🍻✨ Join us for an exclusive tour of their cutting-edge facilities, where we'll uncover the secrets behind extensive automation and pioneering fermentation techniques. From witnessing precision-controlled brewing processes to exploring innovative automation systems, this event promises to be an immersive journey into the future of brewing technology. Plus, don't miss the chance to network with industry leaders and like-minded professionals in a vibrant and welcoming atmosphere. Mark your calendars and prepare to be inspired! #TransCanadaBrewing #InnovationInBrewing #NetworkingEvent[]Co-sponsored by: Gurman Ubhi1290 Kenaston Blvd #1, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, R3P 0R7