Ottawa Section - Events - last edited 07 April 2010

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IEEE Ottawa Events - summary - and other announcements of interest. Note that the Laser and Electro-Optics Society (LEOS) and Communications Societies have their own events web pages.
Tues 9 16 23 30 April  Video Training Seminars - sub 100 nm CMOS devices
- 9 pm              downtown, pre-registration required - $25 per session, with discounts
Wed  10   April
 2002   Career Training Seminars Continue
Mon    15
April 2002   A Sophisticated Modem for HF and VHF
pm               downtown - AESS & VTS joint meeting
Tues   16 April
        Video Training Seminars - sub 100 nm CMOS devices - 2nd session
   7 - 9
pm              downtown, pre-registration required - $25 per session, with discounts
Tues   23
April 2002   Session Initiation Protocol - SIP - a new Internet standard
pm               Computer Soc meeting - Carleton University
Tues   23
April 2002   Video Training Seminars - sub 100 nm CMOS devices - 3rd session
   7 -
9 pm              downtown, pre-registration required - $25 per session, with discounts
Tues   23
April 2002   Design Optimization by Implicit Space Mapping
pm                        MTT meeting - Distinguished Lecturer - West End  - CRC
Wed    24
April 2002   Spread Spectrum Technology - Background and Issues
pm                        EMC meeting - Distinguished Lecturer - West End
Wed    24
 April 2002   Career Training Seminars Continue
Tues   30
April 2002   Video Training Seminars - sub 100 nm CMOS devices - 4th & final session
   7 -
9 pm              downtown, pre-registration required - $25 per session, with discounts
Wed    8  May
   2002   Career Training Seminars Continue

The IEEE Ottawa Section, in conjunction with the IEEE Electron Devices, Ottawa Chapter, will be running a CMOS Video Course

Tuesdays  9, 16, 23 & 30 April 2002 - 7 - 9 pm
The Crowsnest, Naval Officer's Mess, 78 Lisgar St
- directions 

Sub-100nm CMOS

a series of videos, presented by
Mark Bohr, John R. Hauser, Hiroshi Iwai, Scott E. Thompson, H.S. Philip Wong, and Anthony Yen

The semiconductor industry has enjoyed tremendous success over the past 30+ years due to the excellent scaling properties of MOS transistors. However, new device structures, new materials, and new ways of doing circuit design will be needed to meet the technology requirements of sub-100nm CMOS. This course identifies the growing challenges for CMOS scaling and elaborate on options being explored to meet future transistor requirements. This course was presented and videotaped for the December 1999 International Electron Devices Meeting (IEDM). A team of experts from North America and the Far East representing both industry and academic perspectives were assembled to teach this course. This videotaped tutorial starts by reviewing historic trends in CMOS device scaling and identifying the characteristics and requirements of sub-100nm transistors, including both device and circuit considerations. The second lecture covers the critical area of gate oxide scaling, discussing both the limits to SiO2 and options for high-k gate dielectric materials. The third lecture reviews the issues of scaling source/drain regions and optimizing well profiles. The fourth lecture deals with the challenges of patterning sub-100nm gate dimensions and describes some of the lithography options for achieving this. The final lecture describes and discusses novel device options along with their pros and cons.

Printed course notes will be provided for those pre-registering for the full course. There will be an opportunity for discussion afterwards.

Contents #1 Introduction and Overview - Technology Performance: Trends and Challenges
#2 Gate Dielectric for Sub-100nm CMOS;
#3 Source/Drain and Wells
#4 Polysilicon Gate Patterning; Novel Device Options

Fees:Cash only: $70 for IEEE members (please provide memb #) otherwise $90.
After first presentation, $20/$25 per session. Receipts will be issued.
Registration on 9 April from 6.30 pm.
Due to pressure on space, walk-ins may not be accepted. A pre-registration is recommended to guarantee course notes - 4 April cut-off.
Saman Adham Phone: 613-722-2051 Ext.242 -

An IEEE AESS and Vehicular Technology Society joint meeting

Modulation Encoding for Difficult Radio Channels

Mark Jorgenson M.Sc., P.Eng - IPunwired Inc.

Monday 15th April 2002, 7.30 pm

The Crowsnest, Naval Officer's Mess, 78 Lisgar St - directions 

Reservations are requested -   Hugh Reekie  - 728-5343

Mark Jorgenson leads the wireless and signal processing team at IPunwired. His background includes extensive work in the areas of adaptive signal processing and beam-forming. He is the inventor of STANAG 5066 Annex G  - the worldwide standard waveform for 9600 BPS and faster wireless modem communications. Mark's present work is aimed at transmitting up to 64KBPS over the extremely difficult (fading and spreading) HF band and extending this work at even higher data rates into VHF and UHF.

Mr. Mark Jorgenson is Director of Engineering for IPunwired Inc., Ottawa

IEEE Computer Society Meeting

The SIP Protocol and Internet Ad hoc Communications

Dr. Ramiro Liscano, Senior Research Engineer, Mitel Networks

Tuesday, April 23, 2002  - 7:30 pm

Carleton University, Minto Centre, Board Room 2014 MC

Cost: Free - all welcome

Registration: George Yee, e-mail:

Abstract: The IETF Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) is quickly becoming the Internet standard for establishing communication sessions. The SIP community is actually a family of protocols that is concerned with Internet-based distributed communications. The strength of these protocols lies primarily in the capability to deploy services beyond conventional Internet telephony. One such style of service is nbased on presence and Instant Message (IM) and is crucial for advanced ad hoc communications. Such type of services leverages multimedia sessions, location information, presence information, and personal policies. The SIP family of protocols like SIP, SIMPLE, and CPL all contribute to the deployment of ad hoc communication applications.

The presentation will discuss how the concept of "presence" and "awareness" is vital for enabling ad hoc communications and overview how the SIP protocols help support ad hoc style of communications.

Ramiro Liscano is a Senior Research Engineer at Mitel Networks in the Strategic Technology Group. He is currently involved with several university partnership projects that are investigating ad hoc networking, service discovery, distributed call control, and mobile computing. From 1995-2000 he was a research scientist in the Network Computing Group at the Institute for Information Technology at the National Research Council where he was investigating the use of Personal Communication Agents (PCA) for the classification and appropriate routing of a user's communications.  Dr. Liscano received his Ph.D. from the Systems Design Engineering Dept. at the University of Waterloo in 1998. He has published over 80 papers in the past 15 years, is an adjunct professor at Carleton and Dalhousie universities, and is a member of the IEEE Computer Society and APEO.

IEEE Distinguished lecturer Presentation hosted by the Ottawa EMC Chapter

History and Usage of Spread Spectrum Clock Generation (SSCG)

Dr. Keith. B. Hardin, EMC Technology Group, Lexmark, Kentucky

Wednesday, April 24, 2002 - 7 pm to 9 pm

At: FIDUS SYSTEMS Inc., 900 Morrison Drive, Suite 203, Ottawa

Contact : Syed Bokhari, Chairman, IEEE Ottawa EMC chapter -

Office :613-828-0063 Ext. 377, Cell: 613-277-9311

Abstract : Various aspects of Spread Spectrum Clock Generation, or SSCG, will be presented. SSCG intentionally broadbands a normally narrowband signal by frequency modulating the trapezoidal clock signal with a unique modulating waveform. The modulating waveform causes a digital clock signal to have a spectrum with sideband harmonics that are nearly uni- form in amplitude when measured with an EMI receiver. This has the effect of spreading the energy of a discrete frequency harmonic over a wider bandwidth, thereby reducing the amplitudes of the harmonics. SSCG can reduce emission amplitudes as much as 2 - 22 dB, depending on the frequency of measurement and the frequency deviation. The presentation will discuss the background that led to this invention and the issues a designer should be aware of when using this technology.

Dr. Keith B. Hardin received a Bachelor of Science in 1981 and Masters of Engineering in 1982 from the University of Louisville specializing in Electrical Engineering. He joined IBM in the typewriter and printer development teams which designed and d eveloped a number of products. In 1989, Dr. Hardin was selected to participate in the IBM Resident Study Program, which provided full support for him to pursue a Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering, specializing in ElectroMagnetic Compatibility (EMC) at the University of Kentucky under Dr. Clayton Paul. The degree was completed in 1991 and he returned to Lexmark International as an engineer in the EMC department. Dr. Hardin is a NARTE certified EMC engineer ; he is now a Senior Technical Staff Member in the EMC Technology Group at Lexmark in Kentucky. He consults with internal and external customers for EMC compliance and performs research to advance Lexmark's understanding of EMC phenomena. His interests are in reducing emissions of information technology equipment and attaining EMC compliance with minimal cost. He is a co-inventor of Spread Spectrum Clock Generation which is used in millions of products every year.

Directions to FIDUS SYSTEMS INC - 900 Morrison Drive, Suite 203,Ottawa, Ontario

The IEEE AP/MTT Ottawa chapter invites you to a presentation

Optimization by Space Mapping

Dr. John Bandler, McMaster University

Tuesday, April 23rd at 8:00 pm

Communications Research Centre, 3701 Carling Ave., Ottawa - Building #94
This is the only building located outside the guarded area of the campus.
The entrance is at the left end of the building under the tilted roof. Parking is at the right end of the building.

Space Mapping: a sensible concept for engineering optimation exploiting surrogates

Engineers have been using optimization techniques for device, component and system modeling and CAD for decades. One of the frontiers that remain is the successful application of optimization procedures in problems for which direct application of traditional optimization approaches is not practical. The recent exploitation of iteratively refined surrogates of 'fine', accurate or high-fidelity models, and the implementation of space mapping and related methodologies are attempts to address this issue.  Space mapping optimization intelligently links companion 'coarse' (ideal or low-fidelity) and 'fine' (practical or high-fidelity) models of different complexities. Examples include full-wave electromagnetic simulations with empirical circuit-theory based simulations, or an engineering device under test coupled with a suitable simulation nsurrogate. The aim is to accelerate iterative design optimization. It is a simple CAD methodology, which closely follows the traditional experience and intuition of engineers, yet appears to be amenable to rigorous mathematical treatment. The exploitation of properly managed 'space mapped' surrogates promises significant efficiency in engineering design.

The original concept of space mapping, first conceived by Bandler in 1993, and the aggressive space mapping approach to engineering design-optimization will be discussed. The new expanded space mapping design framework exploiting preassigned parameters will be discussed.The new Implicit Space Mapping (ISM) concept in which we allow preassigned parameters is briefly reviewed, not used in optimization, to change in some components of the coarse model.

Reference is made to a report on recent neuroscientific findings that appear to support the notion that the Space Mapping process is a fundamental means used consciously or subconsciously in daily choices made by humans and to assess social rewards. We have devised novel physical examples to illustrate the idea: Cheese Cutting Problem, Shoe Selection Problem, Wedge Cutting Problem, etc. New results applicable to RF, wireless and microwave circuit design, integrating electromagnetic simulations are presented. The approach taken is, however, general and should be of wide interest.

John W. Bandler studied at Imperial College of Science and Technology, London, England, from 1960 to 1966. He received the B.Sc.(Eng.), Ph.D. and D.Sc.(Eng.) degrees from the University of London, London, England, in 1963, 1967 and 1976, respectively. He joined Mullard Research Laboratories, Redhill, Surrey, England in 1966. From 1967 to 1969 he was a Postdoctorate Fellow and Sessional Lecturer at the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada. Dr. Bandler joined McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada, in 1969. He has served as Chairman of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Dean of the Faculty of Engineering. He is currently Professor Emeritus, directing research in the Simulation Optimization Systems Research Laboratory.

Dr. Bandler was President of Optimization Systems Associates Inc. (OSA), which he founded in 1983, until November 20, 1997, the date of acquisition of OSA by Hewlett-Packard Company (HP). OSA introduced the CAE systems RoMPE in 1988, HarPE in 1989, OSA90 and OSA90/hope in 1991, Empipe in 1992, Empipe3D and EmpipeExpress in 1996. OSA created the product empath in 1996 which was marketed by Sonnet Software, Inc., USA. Dr. Bandler is President of Bandler Corporation, which he founded in 1997.

Dr. Bandler was an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques (1969-1974), and has continued serving as a member of the Editorial Board. He was Guest Editor of the Special Issue of the IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques on Computer-Oriented Microwave Practices (1974) and Guest Co-Editor of the Special Issue of the IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques on Process-Oriented Microwave CAD and Modeling (1992). He joined the Editorial Boards of the International Journal of Numerical Modelling in 1987, the International Journal of Microwave and Millimeter-Wave Computer-Aided Engineering in 1989 and Optimization and Engineering in 1998.

Dr. Bandler has published more than 340 papers. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, a Fellow of the IEEE, a Fellow of the Institution of Electrical Engineers (Great Britain), a Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada, a Member of the Association of Professional Engineers of the Province of Ontario (Canada) and a Member of the MIT Electromagnetics Academy. He received the Automatic Radio Frequency Techniques Group (ARFTG) Automated Measurements Career Award in 1994.

NOTE: The conference room seats comfortably about 25 people
please confirm your attendance with me by contacting me by email or phone as given below.
Cookies and refreshments will be served! I hope to see you there!

Jasmin Roy - Chairman of the IEEE AP/MTT Ottawa Chapter

email: - phone - 613-998-2180

IEEE Ottawa Section Career Planning Seminar Series

Are you just starting your engineering or technology career and concerned about getting your first job? Have you been laid off from your job and looking for help in landing your next one? Do you want to update your resume and job search skills (just in case), or are you contemplating a career change?

The IEEE Ottawa Section is offering a seminar series to its members and other engineers to help them with their career planning. The presenters are experts in the area of career transition and job search with a combined total of over 50 years experience who have volunteered their support.

Presented by the Algonquin IEEE Student Branch

Biweekly on Wednesdays starting March 27, 2002

6:00pm Refreshments, 6:30pmto 8:30 pm. Workshop or Seminar

Most are at Algonquin College, Rideau Campus, 200 Lees Ave.

Parking after 5 p.m. free in regular parking lots. Please, respect restricted parking areas

Summary of Seminars


For this session, note location change: Cock & Bull Pub & Eatery, 3791 Richmond Road, Bells Corners (To Be Confirmed - see this page later)  This is also the location of the network

Admission: IEEE members: Free Non-members: $5.00

RSVP to Tom Lavrisa or 765-7981  - Refreshments included (except Cock & Bull Pub)

Ottawa will host OPTO Canada 2002

May 9-10, at the Ottawa Congress Centre

a SPIE (The International Society for Optical Engineering) sponsored international meeting with a focus on optoelectronics, photonics, imaging, biophotonics, and lasers. For exhibiting and sponsorship opportunities see website at OPTO Canada 2002 - Free technical Exhibit!! Advance Program now available on line. Preregister by April 24 for conferences and short courses - conference and course prices vary.

Student Scholarships are now available - ask for details

METRICS 2002 - 8th International Symposium on Software Metrics

June 4-7, 2002 - Tutorials on June 4 - Ottawa, Canada

Focus: Software quality and productivity

Objective: The METRICS conference aims at providing participants with a thorough and complete insight into the state practice and research with respect to software measurement, process improvement, and quality engineering. Academic papers as well as industry presentations and tutorials will provide relevant information to participants of diverse background and interest. We emphasize both industry and academic participation, thus offering a forum for interaction between research and practice.

Industry participants: IBM, Nortel Networks, Alcatel, TCS-Tata Consultancy Services, InfoSys, Lockheed Martin, Philips, Ericsson, Motorola, Xerox, ...

Information and on-line registration:

Consider attending IEEE's Conference on Precision Electromagnetic Measurements

CPEM 2002


Ottawa 16 - 21 June 2002

Call for Papers

First World Congress on Information Technology in Environmental Engineering

ITEE 2003, Technical University of Gdansk, Poland, June 24 - 27, 2003

The Ottawa Chapter, IEEE Reliability Society, SRE, and ASQ are planning a Reliability Symposium in Ottawa sometime in October 2003.

Volunteers are needed for chair and committee positions as follows:

Your help will be greatly appreciated and recognized.
Also, if you wish to present a paper, we will be making requests at the end of 2002.

Raed Abdullah <>    updated 02 April 2002

First Wednesday of every month -- an informal lunch at the Royal Oak, near Home Hardware, just S of the rail crossing on Eagleson. Set up by Colin Billowes and Hugh Reekie, the group has been meeting monthly since early 1998 - changed from first Mondays to first Wednesday, as of Nov 2000.
To make asmall wall poster for a publicized event on this web page, try one of two ways: #1 Save the file locally; open in your own HTML text editor, edit out unwanted items and print, sized to fit. #2 Print the whole file at a selected percentage print size, trim with scissors, paste in centre of white sheet and re-copy.
* Lisgar St. is accessible by public transit from Elgin St. By car, travelling north on Elgin, turn right a block or two south of Lisgar, as it is a one way West at Elgin. Continue to Cartier where you turn left, or North. Proceed to Lisgar and find some parking. Lisgar is two-way east of Cartier, and Lisgar Collegiate is at the eastern end.The Naval Officer's Mess (and Crowsnest) is the last building on the right (or south side) before Lisgar Collegiate; there is a small parking lot which can be used - blocked off (Spring 2002) due to construction..
The Section phone number is: (613)860-1407 please leave a message. The section's mailing address is:
IEEE Ottawa Section, Suite 213, 1568 Merivale, Nepean, Ont., K2G 5Y7

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