Ottawa Chapter AESS - Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society - last updated 23 April 2015

Robot-assisted Wireless Sensor Networks:
Recent Developments and Future Challenges

Rafael Falcon - Larus Technologies, Ottawa

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

Wednesday 13th May 2015 - 7.30 pm - 9.30 pm
cash bar from 7.15 pm

This talk will focus on Wireless Sensor and Robotic Networks, an emerging class of cyber-physical systems stemming from the integration of wireless sensor networks and multi-robot systems. Recently proposed solutions to two representative problems in this field (i.e. robot assisted sensor placement and sensor relocation) will be discussed from an algorithmic perspective. The talk will outline some challenges that lie ahead in regards to real-world implementation of these systems.

Rafael Falcon received his Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from the School of Information Technology and Engineering at the University of Ottawa. He currently works as a Research Scientist for Larus Technologies Corporation, an Ottawa-based firm that specialises in High Level Informastion Fusion and decision support from a Computational Intelligence angle. His research interests are in the area of Computational Intelligence with applications to security and defense, including wireless sensor networks, robotics, maritime domain awareness and multi-sensor data fusion.

Members & Guests are welcome to attend - no charge   -   Reservations appreciated but walk-ins acceptable.

Contact: Hugh Reekie - IEEE/AESS Ottawa - 613-728-5343

Applications of Petri-Nets in Communications

Dr. Faruk Hadziomerivic, Consultant, Ottawa

Thurs 16 April, 6.30 - 8 pm

Algonquin College, Room T-129

sponsored by many Chapters incl AESS - Attendance - IEEE 13, other 3 total 16

Effective Maritime Domain Awareness: MDA
A systems approach with Radar

Tony Ponsford, Raytheon Canada

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

Thursday 16th October 2014 - 7.30 pm - 9.30 pm
cash bar from 7.15 pm

MDA processes generate actionable information for confidence-based support. As no single sensor can provide all details - eg the vessel's location, bearing, its type and activity - and overall threat assesment. A variety of inputs are required, with appropriate decision support tools.

Tony Ponsford is a Principlal Engineering Fellow and Site Technical Director. He joined Raytheon in 2001 and formed the companies' MDA group. He has extensive High Frequency Surface Wave Radar experience. He has authored over 50 technical papers on HFSWR and MDA. Tony is a Senior Member of IEEE and is AESS Ottawa Chapter Vice Chair.


Members & Guests are welcome to attend - no charge   -   Reservations appreciated but walk-ins acceptable.

Contact: Hugh Reekie - IEEE/AESS Ottawa - 613-728-5343 .

A Visit to the CBC Monitoring Station, Carp

2415 Richardson's Side Road, Carp

Wednesday, 18th June 2014, - 2-3.30pm

with Optional Social Hour at the Cheshire Cat Pub, close by, afterwards

The station was set up in 1968 to monitor international short-wave broadcasts from Sackville, NB. It was expanded in 2003 to monitor over 900 transmitters Canada-wide. It is also a maintenance and spares site for local CBC transmitters - eg Barry's Bay, Kingston, Chapleau and Cornwall.

To get there - exit the Queensway at Carp Rd, Reg Rd 5, just W of the Canadian Tire Centre or Palladium, Go north towards Carp. At the first cross-road, the Cheshire Cat Pub is on the right. But turn left onto Richardsons Side road, Easy parking at # 2415.

Run by the IEEE-AESS Ottawa Chapter, joint with VTS

Registration starts on 2nd June, cut-off 16 June.

Please specify plan to attend the Cheshire Cat Pub, with drink, snack or dinner as options
Request for registration is done by sending an email to
Hugh Reekie  613-728-5343

Two Presentations:

#1 Aircraft Avionics Equipage for FAA Next-Gen Flight Control System

Ron T. Ogan, IEEE Senior Member

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

Tuesday 7th May 2013 - 7.30 pm - 9.55 pm
cash bar from 7.15 pm

Abstract - The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has authorized transformation of the United States Air Traffic Control System from a radar-based technology to a system utilizing Global Positioning System (GPS) Technology over the time period 2013-2020 which will require all aircraft - both commercial and general aviation, operating in controlled airspace - to be in compliance by January 1st 2020. Current requirements for Automatic Dependence Surveillance - Broadcast ADS-B are stated in documents - AC 20-165, TSO-C154c and RSO-C166b. Aircraft transponders will be upgraded from Mode C (radar based) to Mode-S (GPS based) - which will provide precise position, altitude, velocity and flight direction. Aircraft equipped with ADS-B receivers and multi-funtion displays - referred to as "glass-cockpit equipment - will connect to ground stations to provide both current weather and all aircraft graphically dispalyed - for increased safety. The FAA Next-Gen Air Transportation System is presently in a transformative stage in the management and operation of how we fly. Next-Gen enhances safety, reduces delays, saves fuel and reduces aviation's adverse environmental impact.

Here are some low-cost receivers

Ron Ogan is on the AESS Board of Governors - and Treasuer - Brandon, Mississippi


#2 The Challenge of Waveform Diversity:
Digital Processing provides new Radar Opportunities

Hugh Griffiths, IEEE-AESS President
University College, London, UK

'Waveform Diversity" is defined in IEEE Std 868-2008 as "Adaptivity of the Radar waveform to optimize, dynamically, the Radar performance for the particular scenario and tasks. May also exploit adaptivity in other demains, including the antenna radiation pattern (both Tx and Rx), time domain, frequency domain, coding domain and polarization domain". In other words, modern digital technology now allows us to generate precise, wide-bandwidth radar waveforms and to vary them adaptively - potentially even on a pulse-by-pulse basis. -- This opens up many new possibilities, including ultra-low range sidelobe waveforms, orthogonally-coded waveforms for MIMO radar applications, waveforms with spectreal nulls to allow co-existence with other transmissions without mutual interference, and so-called target-matched illuminations, where a waveform may be matched to the impulse response of a specific target at a specific target angle. We may also learn from natural systems such as bats, whose acoustic signals are sophisticated and are used in an intelligent, cognitive manner. -- The lecture will describe the design of these waveforms and their applications, and the prospects for the future.

Hugh Griffiths was born in Bournemouth, UK, in 1956. He was educated at Hardye's School, Dorchester, and Keble College, Oxford University, where he received the MA degree in Physics. He also received the PhD (1986) and DSc(Eng) (2000) degrees from the University of London. He holds the Thales/Royal Academy Chair of RF Sensors in the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering at University College, London, UK.. He is a Fellow of both the IET-UK & the IEEE; in 1997 he was elected to Fellowship of the Royal Academy of Engineering. Hugh Griffiths is a Distinguished Lecturer, IEEE-AESS; the Ottawa Chapter is privileged that he has the circumstance to give us a presentation.

Members & Guests are welcome to attend - no charge   -   Reservations appreciated but walk-ins acceptable.

Contact: Hugh Reekie - IEEE/AESS Ottawa - 613-728-5343 .

The O3b SatCom System -

Connecting to the other Three Billion

Neville Miller, PEng

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

Wednesday 24th October 2012 - 7.30pm - 9.30pm
cash bar from 7.15 pm

Because of the inherent time delay associated with signal tranmission via satellites in Geostationary Orbit, such Satcoms have been out-of-favour for interactive applications. But by using much lower orbits, the inherent transit-time latency is considerably reduced. Taking advantage of new sub-system developments at Ka-band, satellites can now offer a cost-effective alternative for some specific communications needs. This is patricularly relavent in areas of the world which lack an adequate terrrestrial infrastructure. Nev Miller will describe the O3b system, and the main features of the spacecraft. O3b embraces some novel ideas to meet the special needs required for network operations.

Nev Miller has over 35 years of experience as an Engineer in Satellite Communications. After graduating from Oxford University, he worked for the Marconi Company on the Intelsat "Standard A" Earth Stations installed around the world. He emigrated to Canada in 1982, and worked for Telesat Canada for over 10 years. Since 1993 he has worked as an independent contractor in many countries. He had a 3-year stint, 2002-2005 with Andrew Antennas in charge of designing a Ka-band network for Thaicom in Thailand. He has installed ground stations in Tuktoyaktuk (near Inuvik), the Pribilof Islands, in North-Eastern Siberia, the Australian Outback, the Amazon jungle, and various locations in both Nunavut and Northern Quebec - to name but a few locations. He joined O3b in January 2010.

Reservations appreciated but walk-ins acceptable..

Organized by: IET Ottawa Network and IEEE Ottawa Chapter, Aerospace & Electronic Systems Society

Contact: Hugh Reekie - IEEE/AESS Ottawa - 613-728-5343

A Visit to the David Florida Laboratory

- to see Small Spacecraft under Test

DFL, Communications Research Centre, Carling Ave.

Tuesday, October 23rd - 2-3.30pm

Our Host - Charlie Gaier

The IEEE-AESS Ottawa Chapter is privileged to have a small group to tour the David Florida Labs, which is part of the Communications Research Centre complex, Carling Ave. The
NEOS-Sat is scheduled to be at the DFL from 20 Sept 2012 for a 55-day test program. Also the M3M-Sat is expected to arrive on 8 Oct for 60 days of testing. There is no guarantee that both birds will be visible - Thermal Vac, Anechoic Chamber etc, may prohibit - but there is a likelihood that at least one will be on show!

Registration is limited to 16 persons. If a Canadian Citizen, please provide your full name and date of birth. Others should specify their full name, Canadian status (eg Landed Immigrant, Student Visa, etc), their Nationality, their passport number (with full passport photo-page scan - less than 1Mb, please) and date of birth. This is for security purposes. Those accepted will be notified by Thursday 18th October. Attendees must wear full-length trousers and enclosed shoes; shorts and open-toed footwear are not acceptable.

Registration is restricted to IEEE-AESS & VTS members until 30 September. Registration for others ends on 05th October.

Request for registration is done by sending an email to Hugh Reekie  613-728-5343 

Canadian Tracking & Fusion Group Workshop - Ottawa, 2012 - postponed to 12-14 Sept
UAV's - Unmanned Aircraft for the Canadian Forces

and the Canadian Civil & Commercial Market

Ian Glenn, MSEE, BEng (Mech), PEng CD1
Chairman and CEO, ING Engineering

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

Wednesday 11th April 2012 - 7.30pm - 9.30pm
cash bar from 7.15 pm

ING Engineering's experiences over the past three years in Afghanistan and with the civil and commercial market in Canada provides a unique view into the future of the unmanned systems sector both in Canada and globally.

Ian Glenn, Chairman and CEO of ING Engineering, will provide an overview of Canada's ScanEagle experience - where ING delivered 30,000 hours of UAV ISR support directly to Canadian troops on the ground - flying more during this deployment than all other UAV programs in Canada combined, as well as the company's current deployment with the Royal Canadian Navy. Based on this success in combat operations - where they delivered an unprecedented mission availability of over 99% - ING's team is now involved in delivering UAV services to the civil sector- ranging from oil & gas, through critical infrastructure to both law enforcement to environmental monitoring. Along the way, ING is working with Transport Canada to redefine "what is possible" - when manned and unmanned systems share the same sky.

Ian Glenn has been a leader in the Unmanned Systems field since 1996 when he assumed responsibility for the Canadian Army AV program. In 2000, Ian founded ING Engineering, Canada's Robotics Aviation Company, and serves as Chairman and CEO. With ING's unprecedented delivery of over 30,000 hours of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Services in Afghanistan with the Canadian Army for both their Small and Mini-UAV requirements over the past three years, ING Engineering now provides services across a full range of commercial and civil applications. ING addresses the aerial and underwater sensor needs of sectors as diverse as law enforcement, forestry, mining, and oil and gas with world-leading solutions that are effective, affordable, safe and environmentally sound. Ian is also Founding President of Unmanned Systems Canada. He is a former Board Member of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International. He is a Senior Member IEEE.

Ian served as a Canadian Army officer for over 22 years before realizing his entrepreneurial aspirations. His education includes a Masters of Science in Electrical Engineering (USNPGS) concentrated on digital signal processing, electromagnetics, and data fusion, as well as, a Mechanical Engineering degree (RMC), graduate studies in tank design in the UK, and the Canadian Army Command and Staff College. In 2008, he received the prestigious Catherine Fargeon Award for his contributions to the global UVS Community, as well as, the UVS Canada 2008 Individual Achievement Award. Ian is past chair of the IEEE Ottawa COMSOC and past-vice chair of the IEEE Ottawa Section. Ian is passionate about the opportunities to grow the Unmanned Systems market in Canada and internationally. As he found in Afghanistan, saving livings with unmanned systems is more than a job!

Pre-Registration appreciated: Hugh Reekie  613-728-5343 - On street vehicle parking, short walk from buses on Elgin St
 If arriving by car, travel north on Cartier St; the stub-end dead-end section of Lisgar is 2-way; most of Lisgar is one-way westbound.

Attendance 16 - IEEE 10, IET 6. Publicity:

Tuesday 10th May 2011 - 7.30 pm - 9.30 pm

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

A Double Presentation on Space Débris
Brad Wallace - DRDC, Ottawa
#1 - Space Junk: What it is and why it matters

In 1957 the Soviet Union kicked off the space age with the launch of Sputnik and, with it, came the first piece of space debris - the upper stage of the rocket that placed Sputnik in orbit. While both Sputnik and it's upper stage burned up in the Earth's atmosphere within a year, this has not been the case for all spacecraft. In fact, there are currently more than 20,000 objects greater than 10cm in size in orbit around the Earth, of which only a few hundred are working spacecraft: all the rest are debris that pose a hazard to these working spacecraft. Worse, many of these objects will continue to remain in orbit - and pose a collision hazard - for hundreds of years. -- The hazard of collision is not simply theoretical: a handful of collisions have taken place on-orbit, each one creating significant new debris that in turn poses a threat to other orbiting objects. And while such collisions may seem remote and only of intellectual interest, space-based systems play a surprisingly large role in our lives. This talk will give an overview of some of these roles before

#2 - Surveillance of space: Canadian contributions to keep space safe

Many Canadians are aware that Canada was the third country to design, build and operate a satellite in space. What most Canadians do not know, however, is that Canada has been involved in tracking Earth orbiting spacecraft since the launch of the very first spacecraft. This tracking - often called "Surveillance of Space" - is the cornerstone of keeping space safe. Forces that cannot be exactly predicted, such as the pull of the moon, atmospheric drag, and even the Earth's tides, constantly perturb the orbits of objects circling the globe and causing their predicted positions to become increasingly inaccurate. As such, orbital parameters need to be kept up to date by regular observations of the actual positions of each of the thousands objects in Earth orbit. -- This talk will overview the efforts that are taken to keep track of these objects, and will concentrate on Canadian contributions. Some practical details will be discussed as will some of the challenges. Challenges for the next generation of sensors will also be discussed.

Biography - Dr. Brad Wallace gained his Ph.D. in Astrophysics from the University of Calgary in 1996. After post-doctoral fellowships for the National Research Council of Canada and the US Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, in late 2000 Dr. Wallace moved to Ottawa to begin work as a Defence Scientist in Surveillance of Space at DRDC. During his time at DRDC Dr. Wallace has led the R&D efforts in surveillance of space, was the project manager for the creation of a network of ground-based telescopes for surveillance of space, the primary investigator for a microsatellite-based surveillance of space telescope, and the temporary project manager for a microsatellite project to perform monitoring of maritime traffic approaching Canadian waters. Dr. Wallace is also the founder of Luminance Communications, a company that specializes in training technical professionals in presentation and speaking skills.

Meet 'n greet from 7.15pm; Cash bar

The Ottawa Chapter, Vehicular Technology Society needs new officers: Isaac Ginsburg is stepping down as Vice Chair.
During the intermission there will be elections for Vice Chair & Secretary.

Barry Pekilis was elected Vice Chair and Bhagvat Joshi was elected Secretary of the VTS Ottawa Chapter.

Attendance 14 - 8 IET 5 IEEE

Pre-Registration appreciated: Hugh Reekie   - On street vehicle parking, short walk from buses on Elgin St
 If arriving by car, travel north on Cartier St; the stub-end dead-end section of Lisgar is 2-way; most of Lisgar is one-way westbound.


Thursday 20th January 2011 - 8.00 pm - 9.30pm

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

"Arctic on a Desktop"
A Personal Account of Arctic Monitoring & Prediction during the 2010 "Nanook" Naval excercise

Steve Shelton & Tim Raglin - Raytheon Company

This talk presents a personal account of the deployment of a prototype "Arctic on a Desktop" Situational Awareness and Decision Supply System that was used aboard the U.S. Second Fleet's naval destroyer 'USS Porter' during the 2010 "Nanook" excercise.
The situational awareness and decision support application is being developed to meet the need for reliable and relevant Arctic situational awareness. This system utilizes environmental data obtained from a suite of remote sensors (satellites, radars), autonomouus sensors (data buoys, unamnned vehicles), and manned sensors (shipboard, coastal observing stations) and integrates computer-based ocean and atmospheric models with geophysical data points to provide the user with an accurate near-real-time graphical display of a specific Arctic location - for a given date and time. The system also monitors and evaluates multiple environmental factors to provide trending, analysis, prediction and decision support to aid in the safe navigation of a vessel by indicating passable zones decision aid to indicate for example: ice free areas and optimal shipping routes.

Steve Shelton is the lead for Raytheon's Multi-National Arctic Monitoring and Prediction Initiative under the Energy Surety and Environment Enterprise Campaign. Steve has served in various leadership rôles in his career at multiple locations throughout Raytheon, including Cape Canaveral, Fla., where he was the Systems Engineering lead for multiple launch teams. Steve holds a Batchelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from Utah State University and a Master of Science Degree in Aerospace Engineering from California State University, Northridge.
Tim Raglin is the Program Manager for the Omaha-based Special Projects team and is currently leading the development and demonstration team for Raytheon's Multi-National Arctic Monitoring and Prediction initiative under the Energy Surety and Environment Enterprise Campaign. Tim served 24 years as a Meteorology and Oceanography (METOC) professional in the US Navy prior to joining Raytheon in Jnauary 2007. During his Naval career, he served in a variety of duty stations and held leadership[ positions prviding METOC support aand services at the strategic, operational and tactical levels. His most recent assignment as Special projects Program Manager culmoinated in a deployment to the USS Porter (DDG 78) to test and asses cap[ability o fthe Raytheon Arctic monitoring and Prediction (RAMP) Situation Awareness System during a 30-day underway period in the Arctic environment. Tim holds a Batchelor of Arts in management from Idaho State University and a Master of Business Administration from Bellevue University. He graduated with honours from both the US Navy Meteorology and Oceanography Observing and Forecasting Academies.
Meet 'n greet from 7.30pm.
Steve Shelton, Denver, CO talked about the set-up and the voyage.
Tim Raglin & Bob Bowne, Omaha NE, talked about the results

Attendance 5 IEEE members, 5 guests. Thanks to Tony Ponsford for finding the speakers.
Hugh Reekie   - O n street vehicle parking, short walk from buses on Elgin St
 If arriving by car, travel north on Cartier St; the stub-end dead-end section of Lisgar is 2-way; most of Lisgar is one-way westbound.

AESS members are reminded that free video tutorials are available on selected topics.

There is a possibility of a visit to Ottawa on the subject: GPS and Intertial Data Processing by James Farrell, Vigil Inc, Washington DC USA. This would be part of the IEEE-AESS Distinguished Tutorial Program. If you are even remotely interested, please contact Hugh Reekie who will contact you by email with a short questionnaire - likley early Summer 2010. The activity would be an all-day event, possibly sometime in 2011. There would be a small fee for AESS members (to cover materials), a higher fee for IEEE members. Non members also welcome. All interested should respond.

past events:

Hugh Griffiths - Shrivenham Defence College, UK

Thursday 15th July 2010 - 7.30 pm - 9.30pm - The Crowsnest, Naval Officer's Mess - 78 Lisgar St., Ottawa
Bistatic Radar - Past, Present and Future

Bistatic Radar is now a subject of considerable interest, and numerous systems are now being built and evaluated. It has a long and fascinating history going back to before the Second World War. The talk will review the history of Bistatic radar, including recently-discovered material on a German WW II system "Klein Heidelberg"; the talk will also attempt to explain the current interest in the topic, with examples from present-day research.

Hugh Griffiths was born in Bournemouth, UK, in 1956. He was educated at Hardye's School, Dorchester, and Keble College, Oxford University, where he received the MA degree in Physics. He also received the PhD (1986) and DSc(Eng) (2000) degrees from the University of London. . He is a Fellow of both the IEE & the IEEE; in 1997 he was elected to Fellowship of the Royal Academy of Engineering. Hugh Griffiths is a Distinguished Lecturer, IEEE-AESS; the Ottawa Chapter is privileged that he has the circumstance to give us a presentation.

Admission free, all welcome; reservations appreciated Hugh Reekie on street vehicle parking, short walk from buses on Elgin St
 If arriving by car, travel north on Cartier St; the stub-end dead-end section of Lisgar is 2-way; most of Lisgar is one-way westbound.

This meeting is run by the IEEE-AESS Ottawa Chapter, attendance 12 - 11 IEEE members

A Double-Lecture evening on advances in Radar:

Dr Jian Wang - Raytheon Canada, Waterloo

Wednesday 14th July 2010 - 7.30 pm - 9.30pm -The Crowsnest, Naval Officer's Mess - 78 Lisgar St., Ottawa
#1 - Signal Processing & Advances in Primary Surveillance Radar

After the events of September 11th in New York City, Primary Surveillance Radar (PSR) has been required to play a significant rôle in performing the dual tasks of Air Traffic Control and Homeland Security. This talk discusses the modernization of the legacy En-route Long Range Radar (LRR) network. This network consists of 68 L-band radars that are used for the joint purposes of ATC and surveillance. First, the architecture of the Radar System is presented; then the key components selected for upgrade are identified. Not only are there hardware upgrades, but signal processing algorithms are also changed.

#2 - Wind Farm Clutter Mitigation Techniques in Air Traffic Control Radars

In the past decade, many countries have launched programs to deploy wind turbines as alternative sources of electrical energy. When deployed in wind farms, this technology has raised concerns from both Air Traffic Control (ATC) and military authorities. This is because the turbine blades return Radar echoes that have the potential to distract and confuse the Air Traffic picture by creating false detections that can effectively mask genuine aircraft returns. Most of the mitigation solutions offered today are based on such measures as range-azimuth gating or inhibiting track initiation in the vicinity of the wind farms. These draconian measures can result in a significant degradation in Radar performance and potential Air Traffic Control disruption. The presentation presents a set of "clean" solutions that mitigate - and in some case completely eliminate - the effect of wind-turbine returns.

Dr. Jian Wang is a Senior Systems Engineer at Raytheon Canada Ltd, Waterloo, where he is the Senior Radar Processing Engineer for both the PSR and HFSWR systems. He obtained his Masters in 2001 and his Ph. D in 2004, in Signal Processing, both at the University of Victoria, BC.

The assistance of Tony Ponsford, Raytheon Canada, in arranging this double presentation is recognized.

This meeting is run by the IEEE-AESS Ottawa Chapter; attendance 8 - all IEEE members.

Tour of the Radarsat 2 Reception & Data Processing Site - Cantley, Quebec

Thursday, 10th June 2010, 9.30am - noon

We are privileged to have this opportunity to visit this high-tech Satellite Earth Station. The first portion is to visit the CCRS Reception Facility, run by NRCan. Then we walk to an adjacent building for the subsequent tour of the Radar Production Facility run by MacDonald Dettweiler Associates, where the information is stored, processed and passed on to customers. Registration is by sending an email (or telephoning) Hugh Reekie. Please bring photo ID with you.

Directions - Consulting a map is advised: North on Rte 5; exit to Rte 105 Blvd St Joseph north. Right on to Ave du Pont. Over Alonzo Wright bridge; left onto Rte 307; north on Rue St Louis. Past the very visible hydro dam, and go north into open country. Road becomes Montee de la Source. After Chemin Duclos on the left and then Chemion Claude Lauzon on the right, see a church on the right. Turn left onto Chemin St Andrew. After many bumpy twists & turns, take Chemin McLelland to the right and, eventually, park by the station.

Radarsat 2 is a C-band Radar satellite with regular and cross-pol reception. It was launched in December 2007 into sun-synchronous near-polar orbit.Websites: Radarsat-2 - MDA Geospatial Corp - Canada Centre for Remote Sensing NRCan -  attendance 16 - 8 IEEE

Inmarsat I-4 and BGAN Services

Marie-Lise Sakkal - Stratos Wireless, Inc, Ottawa

Thursday, 10th December 2009 7.30pm - Bytown A Room, R A Centre
optional pub supper, 6pm, Field House Restaurant

Joint meeting IEEE-AESS & IET Ottawa Network

A NOISY LIFE: Worldwide Adventures in VHF Noise
Hugh Chivers, La Jolla Sciences, San Diego, California

RA Centre Ottawa, Riverside Drive, Courtside A Room
Thursday 28 May 2009,
6.30 p.m. for optional supper - 8.00 p.m. for the meeting

The speaker will present a personal history of radio noise observations from student days at Jodrell Bank, University of Manchester, to polar observations in the Antarctic and the Arctic and sometimes in between. La Jolla Sciences solid state Riometers, developed 30 years ago, have now been installed throughout the world and thus precipitated a series of adventures for the speaker. .

Social hour with refreshments from 7.30 pm - All welcome. The presentation is open to all.

Joint meeting: IET-Ottawa LN & IEEE-AESS Ottawa Chapter == Attend 9 - 4 IEEE 5 IET.

A Double Lecture evening on Radar for Canada's 200Km Eco-Zone:

Overview of Tracking and Data Fusion techniques
Dr Zhen Ding - DRDC Ottawa

HFSWR for Surveillance in Canada's 200 Km Economic Zone
Dr Tony Ponsford - Raytheon Canada

The Crowsnest, Naval Officer Mess - 78 Lisgar St - Tues 21st April 2009 - 7.30 pm - 9.30pm

Dr Zhen Ding's presentation A review of the current technical solutions and future trends for multiple target tracking and data fusion is given. Applications are presented from Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA) with HF Surface Wave Radar and Above Water War (AWW) for navy ships. The presentation is divided into three sections: firstly, two tracking problems are described and illustrated by a single sensor (radar) tracking example. Solutions for handling target maneuvers and false measurements are discussed, respectively. Then, the two problems are extended to a system with multiple sensors where data fusion becomes critical. Various architectures and algorithms for data fusion are discussed. Finally, a few recent achievements and some unresolved issues are presented.   Dr Tony Ponsford's presentation To protect maritime sovereignty, security forces require real-time data for location, identification and activity of ships in the 200 nautical mile Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). Today, monitoring of surface activity within the EEZ is limited and largely dependent on co-operative vessels advising their plans to shore stations. Recent advances in technology provide maritime nations with opportunities to provide detailed information about targets - both cooperative and non cooperative. This talk gives an overview of a network-centric approach to maintaining a dynamic picture of surface activity within the EEZ. The use of land-based HF Surface Wave Radar (HFSWR) provides persistent surveillance of all ships. But translating this track information into actionable data also requires records with a high percentage data AIS - Automated Identification Systems . Those radar tracks not associated with an appropriate AIS, can be tagged for priority attention.

Dr. (Jack) Zhen Ding graduated from Northwestern Polytechnic University, Xi'an, China, with Bachelor, Master - then his Ph. D. in Electrical Engineering in 1995. He then was a researcher at NPU-USA (1989-1995) in the Multiple Target Tracking Research Center - then at Wright State University, Dayton (1996-1997), then at McMaster University, Hamilton (1998), and then at Raytheon Canada, Waterloo ON (1999-2007). Since May 2007, Dr. Ding has been a Defense Scientist in the Radar Systems Section, DRDC Ottawa.

Dr. A.M. (Tony) Ponsford was a Merchant Navy Officer. He joined Raytheon Canada Limited in 1991 and established the company's Maritime Domain Awareness Group. His career in HFSWR started at Birmingham University where he was employed as a Research Associate, obtaining a Ph.D.for his pioneering research. He moved to Canada in 1987 and joined NORDCO Limited, St. John's, NF, to establish Canada's first HFSWR test bed. This, in turn, became the world's first shore-based, EEZ surveillance sensor for tracking of ships, icebergs and aircraft to 200 NM. Two of these systems were then deployed on Canada's East Coast. He has participated in various international forums on Maritime Surveillance and has established many research programs between Raytheon Canada, the Canadian Government and Universities.

meeting sponsored/advertized jointly by IEEE Ottawa Chapters AESS, Computational Intelligence & Robotics/Control Systems & IET-UK Ottawa Network - attendance 33 IEEE memb 24 (AESS 3, CI 2) IET 8

Tour - Vintage Wings Canada Aircraft Collection, Gatineau Airport
Saturday 21st March 9.30 am - noon, with optional lunch afterwards

Please register with Hugh Reekie 613-728-5343 by 18 March, preferably by email

Vintage Wings of Canada operates year-round from its hangar at the Gatineau Airport , 20 minutes from downtown Ottawa. Their 23,000 sq ft hangar houses not only a significant collection of operating historic aircraft, but also a complete maintenance facility. Our tour is for 10 am - noon; but before we start we will have the pleasure of meeting someone who flew Spitfires in the Battle of Britain. Alan Griffin, an 87 year old former RAF pilot, who is also a Curator of The Museum of Canadian Scouting, will join us and share his love and enthusiasm for the aircraft that he flew as a young man. So please arrive by 9.15 am. We may be split into two groups. Aircraft to be seen include a Supermarine Spitfire, Hawker Hurricane, de Havilland Tiger Moth a North American Harvard and an amphibious de Havilland Beaver; there are usually nine aircraft on display. The facility is not a museum and our tour group has privileged access; friends and teenage children welcome.

48 attended; 14 IEEE; 22 IET-UK

See - Run jointly IEEE AESS & VTS Ottawa Chapters & IET-UK Ottawa local network

Satellite Communications & Telesat's Multimedia Satellite: Anik F2

Ali Shoamanesh, Senior Systems Specialist, Telesat Canada

8pm Thursday 12 February 2009 - RA Centre, Riverside Drive, Courtside A Room

The presentation will start with a few slides about Telesat; it will then discuss types of satellite communications - FSS, BSS, MSS. Both generative and non-generative payloads will be mentioned. The most sophisticated satellite that Telesat has purchased to date - Anik F2, with multi Ka-band spot beams and access to internet - will then be described. The types of modulation used will be mentioned. Also discussed - the reasons why these satellites cannot use modulation methods that are presently used terrestrially.

Park in the East lot of the RA Centre and enter by the corner door. - The RA Centre is located near Bronson and Riverside Drive.
Meeting funded by & run jointly with IET Ottawa Network = 12 attended - 6 IEEE 6 IET

A Double Lecture evening:

The Crowsnest, Naval Officer Mess - 78 Lisgar St Thur 30 Oct 2008 - 7 pm - 9.30pm
A Distinguished Lecture - Myron Kayton - The Evolution of Aircraft Avionics

* Avionic Subsystems * State of the Art in 1955 * Antenna farm and avionics bay * Wiring and Data Bus
* System architecture 1910-present * Software * Cabin Electronics * Avionics Hardware * Testing * Air Traffic Control
* Military-Unique Avionics

Myron Kayton has over 50 years of experience designing avionic, communication and computer-automation systems. As a consulting engineer, he has served many clients with various design and analysis activities. He has worked on automated process systems, upper-stage spacecraft, commercial communication systems and many land, sea and air navigations systems. From 1968-1981 he was chief engineer for Spacelab Avionics. From 1965-1968 he directed contractors at the NASA Johnson Space Center - on inertial navigation systems, flight controls and radars. From 1960-65 he designed multi-sensor navigation systems at Litton industries. A Life Fellow of IEEE, he has served as President of IEEE-AESS. He has written many papers and books; standard texts are Avionics Navigation Systems and Navigation: Land, Sea Air and Space; he has served on standards committees and has presented many specialist lectures at UCLA. He is an IEEE-AESS Distinguished Lecturer. Dr Kayton has a PhD (MIT 1960) MS (Harvard) and a BS (Cooper Union). He is interested in history, languages and tennis.

- and - Ernest Brown - "Radio Waves Across the North" or Seat-of-your-pants Air Navigation in the Yukon - WWII

One of Ernie's colleagues in Lethbridge, AB, compiled a booklet of stories of many radio-operators who had been on stations of the Northwest Staging Route during WWII. So Ernie compiled "Radio Waves Across the North" to tell the story. For some of these stories, see -

A farm lad from southern Ontario, Ernie studied Radio Operating in 1940, and achieved his 'Second Class Certificate in Radio' in 1941. Volunteering, he was assigned to a ship of the Holland America Line as Second Radio Officer. On the second trip they were torpedoed and rescued. On another ship, they carried supplies to Iceland, then proceeded to USA, only to be torpedoed again and rescued by HMCS St Croix. While on survivor leave he got a job at DOT & spent 1942 at the Ottawa Monitoring Station intercepting German wireless signals. In 1943 DOT asked for volunteers to go to the Northwest to operate air/ground and point-to-point communications at remote locations. He went from radio operator to Officer in Charge at Fort Churchill Radio Range, to Technician in Winnpeg Office, and later to Ottawa HQ & retirement in 1976. - there will be a bar break between the presentations

Meeting sponsored jointly - Ottawa IEEE Chapters AESS, VTS and Robotics / Control Systems
Attendance 20 - 14 IEEE - 10 IET - 6 neither affiliation

Radio Astronomy in Canada: 60 years of monitoring at 10.7 cm - the little index that could

Ken Tapping, Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory
National Research Council, Penticton, British Columbia

Thursday 1st May 2008, 8 - 9.30pm - RA Centre, 2451 Riverside Drive - Courtside A Room, East Block
Optional pub supper, 6.30 pm Fieldhouse Restaurant - just along the hall - 2 course specials $12

story of how measurements with WWII radar parts became an international solar index used in everything from satellite drag models, radio propagation predictions, weather radar calibrations, space weather forecasting and climate change studies.

In 1946, Arthur Covington and his colleagues at the National Research Council in Ottawa used the receiving part of a wartime radar to make Canada's first radio telescope. Its operating wavelength. 10.7 cm, was simply what the radar was designed to operate at. The small antenna and crude receiver meant that the radio telescope was only sensitive enough to detect the Sun. So Canada's first radio astronomers used the instrument to measure the intensity of solar radio emissions and how they changed with time. .25 attended - 9 IEEE

meeting sponsored by IET-UK Ottawa Network with support from IEEE-AESS Ottawa Chapter

:MEOSAR - a 21st Century Satellite System for Search and Rescue
Jim King, Communications Research Centre

8pm Tuesday 22 Jan 2008 - RA Centre, Riverside Drive, Courtside B
optional pub supper in the adjacent Field House Restaurant, 6.30 pm

The international satellite-based Search and Rescue System - SARSAT - has a number of limitations. Despite payloads on newer synchronous spacecraft, which reduce problems with the LEO constellation to a degree, both time delays and limited coverage create problems for distress detection. Jim will talk on the new MEOSAR system, which overcomes these difficulties; his presentation includes details of the configuration, including pictures, graphics and some satellite orbit animations.

Attendance IET 8 IEEE 14 total 17 supper 7 - see photo at:
This event run and funded by IET-Ottawa Network, with publicity assistance from IEEE AESS Ottawa Chapter

What's up at Google? - Neil Fraser - a Google Software Wizard

Tuesday 11th December 2007, 8 - 9.30pm - RA Centre, Riverside Drive
meet the speaker in the lecture room, 6.15pm; optional dinner 6.30 pm; Presentation 8pm

An informal presentation about some of the ways Google does things, and some of the "projects in progress". The presentation will include a tour of the companies headquarters. For more details about the company see "The perfect search engine would understand exactly what you mean and give back exactly what you want." says Google co-founder Larry Page. To that end, Google has persistently pursued innovation and pushed the limits of existing technology to provide a fast, accurate and easy-to-use search service that can be accessed from anywhere. To fully understand Google, it's helpful to understand all the ways in which the company has helped to redefine how individuals, businesses and technologists view the Internet.
Google is involved in everything from space exploration:
to cheap clean energy: to electric cars: -

Neil Fraser was educated at Lisgar Collegiate Ottawa, a Batchelor's Degree from Carleton University & a Masters Degree in Software from the Open University, UK. To find out more about his life and interests, see

Pre registration requested (state whether dinner required, in the adjacent Field House Restaurant, in the RA Centre) - Hugh Reekie 613-728-5343 Attendance 50: IET 15; IEEE 10; guests 25 (CRC Friends 8, BIFHSGO 2) - including 2 teenagers
Sponsored by IET-UK Ottawa Network with support and publicity from IEEE AESS & Computer Society Chapters, Ottawa

IEEE-AESS Ottawa Chapter & IET Ottawa Branch Joint Meeting

SuperDARN - an HF Radar to Investigate the Northern Ionosphere
George Sofko, University of Saskatchewan

The Crowsnest, Naval Officer Mess - 78 Lisgar St
Wednesday 25 July 2007 - 7.30 pm - 9.30pm - bar available

SuperDARN is an International Radar Network of 12 specialist HF Radars used for Studying the Earth's Upper Atmosphere, Ionosphere, and Connection into Space. See Prof Sofko is responsible for radars at Rankin Inlet, Prince George BC and Saskatoon; he will give an overview of the entire prgram. The web pages shows some real-time results.The initial part of Prof Sofko's research career in radar studies of the ionosphere was done at VHF; however, it was realized that, at HF, there is enough refraction to allow the ionospheric rays to reach perpendicularity with the magnetic field (i.e. perfect magnetic aspect sensitivity) over a considerable range interval from a few hundred km away from the Tx to thousands of km away. Since the scatterers are believed to have their greatest cross-section when we look perpendicular to the source, the return to HF began in the late 80's and the 8-18 MHz range has been used ever since.

Prior to the presentation, Hugh Reekie will give a brief overview of some other general aspects of HF Radar. The Nostradamus HF Radar, installed near Paris, France and reviewed in AESS Systems Magazine, Oct 2006, will be described, together with newer CODAR sea-surface Radars, developed in part by the University of Maine, and installed worldwide for sea state measurements. 18 attended.

Dr. Sofko is the leader of the Canadian SuperDARN Super Dual Auroral Radar Network team, funded by an NSERC CSP for which he is the Principal Investigator and including collaborators at the Universities of Alberta, Western Ontario and New Brunswick. SuperDARN is an international network of HF radar pairs.

Site Visit - in conjunction with IET Ottawa Branch - Plasco Processing Plant - Trail Road Ottawa

Saturday 21 July 2007 - 10 am - 11.30 am
Arrangements made though Plasco's Ken Campbell
- By prior registration only. Please reserve by 18 July. Limit - 18 persons

Plasco have now started days of "Trials Mode" for their plant. The selected date is during a scheduled "Maintenance Mode" timeslot, but this may change, so the trip may be cancelled - but unlikely

Plasco Energy Group began construction on its plasma gasification demonstration project at the site of Ottawa's Trail Road Landfill in September 2006, in a partnership with the City of Ottawa. The $27 million plant will to divert 85 tonnes of waste a day from the city's landfills - while generating enough electricity to run the facility and power 3,600 homes. A recent CBC page reports an Ontario Funding Announcement:

IEEE VTS AESS & Retired/Life-Member meeting

The Northwest Passage: Is Canada's Sovereignty over its Waters at Risk?

Gerry Kenney - Wednesday 30th May 2007

The Crowsnest, Naval Officer Mess - 78 Lisgar St - 1 pm - 2pm - Sandwich lunch - noon

luncheon: $5 IEEE members, $10 others with advance reservation, $15 with no reservation - all welcome - meeting no charge - 613-728-5343 -

Gerard Kenney, or Gerry, as he likes to be called, is a Graduate of McGill University of Montreal in Communications Engineering. Gerry's work as a telecoms engineer has taken him to many countries of the world for the Canadian International Development Agency, as well as to the northern reaches of his native land while with Bell Canada in the 60s and 70s. For Bell, Gerry was responsible for the engineering management aspects of the telephone system based on short wave radio that served the eastern half of the Northwest Territories, Labrador and Nouveau Quebec.

In the late 60s while he was travelling on Ellesmere Island, Gerry was shown the horizontal member of a wooden burial cross, which had been found near Grise Fiord. The cross was in memory of a Norwegian sailor, Ove Braskerud, who had left his bones in the frigid waters of nearby Harbour Fiord in 1899. That chance encounter with Braskerud's cross eventually led to some research and finally three books on the Arctic. Dangerous Passage, published last year, is Gerry's third book about the North. His previous books are: Arctic Smoke & Mirrors, published in 1994, and Ships of Wood and Men of Iron, published in 2004.

Gerry is now retired which gives him more time to pursue his interest in writing about - and exploring - things northern. Last September, he traveled to Gjoa Haven on Prince William Island, Nunavut where he met with the grandchildren of Roald Amundsen, the Norwegian sailor who was the first captain ever to take a ship through the Northwest Passage in 1903 to 1906. Gerry lives in Ottawa and has two daughters, Amanda in Montreal and Jessica in Ottawa. Attendance 14. 4 IEEE LM; 8 IEEE; 6 IET.

March Technical Meeting, joint IEEE-AESS & IET Ottawa:

A Royal Air Force Engineer - some personal observations
Something old, something new, something technical - and it's all true!
Squadron Leader Alan James, RAF
- Courtside A Room, RA Centre, 2451 Riverside Drive

Thursday 15 March. 2007, 6.30 pm for optional dinner - 8.00 pm for the meeting
attendance 20; 10 IEEE 10 IET
Social hour in Courtside A 6 pm; Dinner 6.30 pm in the Field House Restaurant, presentation in Courtside A at 8 pm. Bar available. -

March Site Visit - joint IEEE-AESS & IET Ottawa:

Fugro's Airborne Geophysics Survey Activities
Hosted by Richard Smith - Fugro N.V. - at Uplands Airport
Thursday 8th March or Wednesday 14th March. (date to be established) 2007, 8.00 pm

A rare opportunity has recently been offered: Fugro, a world-wide airborne geophysics company headquartered in The Netherlands, has an aircraft and offices in Ottawa, and the companyís Richard Smith is pleased to welcome a small group of engineers for a short tour. There is an opportunity to look at their CASA 212 aircraft during one of its layovers in the city; it has an active airborne electromagnetic system installed. This will be followed with a presentation describing the company, the services offered, and how the data gathered from the airborne measurements are processed to produce end-user information ñsuch as maps and reports. Visit

We meet in the lounge inside the main entrance at the north-west corner of the Shell Aerocentre, 300 Comet Pvt at 5.50 pm, for a 6 pm start. After a review of the electronics and hardware on the aircraft we will adjourn to a boardroom for an informal presentation. This activity is in support of Fugroís Outreach Program for the International Year of Planet Earth (IYPE); it has been co-ordinated by IET's David Boteler and Hugh Reekie, together with Peter Fernberg of NRCanís Geomagnetic Laboratory in Ottawa. The two selected date opportunities suggest a good chance that the aircraft will be available. Please reserve by contacting Hugh Reekie by 3rd March. The selected date will be known by 5th March; soon afterwards you will be contacted with a firm date and any other possible changes of arrangements. Attendance 12 - 7 IET & 5 IEEE.

Some of us are likely to go on to a local hostelry for a pub supper after the visit - probably the Royal Oak, Hunt Club. Everyone is welcome to join us. This activity is jointly planned by the IET Ottawa Branch and the IEEE-AESS Ottawa Chapter. It is limited to 18 persons on a first-come basis; open to all. For reservations contact Hugh Reekie 613-728-5343.

How to get there: Go south on the Airport Parkway and approach the airport. After passing the underpass, take the first street left (Airbus Pvt). Then, at the junction, turn left. The Aerocentre is on the right; there is a big parking lot.

Joint meeting with IET: Barcodes, RFID and handheld computers - how to track anything
John Rivenell - SAGEdata, Ottawa
Thurs 18 Jan 2007 - 8pm - Courtside A room, RA Centre, 2451 Riverside Drive

Radio Frequency Identity (RFID) Tags are changing the way we do things. Over 90% of what you have read about RFID is nonsense.
But the 10% that is true is going to have a huge impact on you. Find out how and why. The presentation is hosted jointly by the Ottawa Branch of the the Institute of Engineering and Technology - the IET - formerly the Institution of Electrical Engineers - IEE at the IEEE AESS Ottawa Chapter. The presenter, John Rivenell, C.Eng. MIEE. MIQA. MIAM has considerable experience in the field.
-- . 12 + 12 attended IET IEEE

 Social hour in Courtside A 6 pm; Dinner 6.30 pm in the Fieldhouse Restaurant, presentation in Courtside A at 8 pm.

Organized by: IEEE Ottawa Reliability Society and Power Engineering Society Chapters and Educational Activities Committee with support from AESS Ottawa Chapter

Title: Software in Safety Critical Aeronautical Products - Speaker: Branimir Dulic, P.Eng.,Aircraft Certification Branch, Transport Canada

Tuesday, October 31, 2006, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm, Algonquin College, Ottawa
IEEE members: Free Non-members, Retired/Job Seekers: $5 Non-members, Students: $3 Non-members: $10

IEE/IET and IEEE-AESS joint Ottawa technical visit - Thursday 15 June 7 - 9 pm

Visit to NEPTEC, Kanata - host Ian Christie

A plant tour, including an overview of Neptec's optical camera assistance with Space Shuttle tile examination system. For a company profile, see

Neptec is located at 303 Legget Drive, Kanata - between Herzberg Road and Schnieder Road - close to the old Canadian Marconi Building. Registrants are asked to be in the parking lot by 6.50pm, to permit an orderly entry by the main door; pub visit afterwards. Attendance - 15 - prior registration only

Two AESS Distinguished Lecturer presentations:

Avionics for Manned Space - by Myron Kayton, Santa Monica, California
The Crowsnest, Naval Officer's Mess, 78 Lisgar St., Ottawa  Monday 10 April 2006 - 7.30pm

+ Earliest spacecraft, X-15  +  Ballistic Spacecraft, US and Russian +  Space stations, US and Russian +  Space Shuttle +  On-board vs Ground Navigation + Tracking networks and TDRS  +  Shuttle upgrade, return to Moon +  Manned missions to Mars

Reservations appreciated - contact Hugh Reekie 613-728-7343   Free admission - bar available - By car, go north on Cartier and turn right (eastern end of Lisgar is 2-way).
Members and friends of the Canadian Royal Astronomical Society are most welcome to attend

Sponsored jointly by IEEE Ottawa Chapters AESS and Robotics/Control Systems and IEE-UK Ottawa Branch - 20 attended - 8 AESS 12 IEEE 4 IEE-UK

For IEEE-AESS, VTS and Life/Retired members and for IEE Ottawa Branch members:

A Backside Lunar Observatory - an Innovative Proposal - Myron Kayton, Santa Monica, California

RA Centre, 2451 Riverside Drive - Courtside A Room - 11 April 2006 - 8 pm; Social hour; Dinner 6.30 pm

 + Radio Astronomy  + Lunar librations  + Location of ObservatoryData transmission to Earth  +  Relay stations  +  Lagrangian Satellite Lunar Trajectories  + Relay Station Construction  +  Maintenance + Organization of Preliminary Design Team  +  References

24 attended - 10 IEEE 12 IEE-UK, 6 AESS 3 Life members
A CV for Myron Kayton is available - Sponsored jointly by IEEE Ottawa Chapters AESS and VTS, and IEE-UK Ottawa Branch

Sponsored by the IEEE Ottawa Chapters, AESS and Robotics & Control Systems & IEE Ottawa Centre

Space Weather and its Effects on Technology - by David H. Boteler
The Crowsnest, Naval Officer's Mess, 78 Lisgar St., Ottawa Thursday 16 February 2006 - 7.30pm - 9.30pm

Abstract: During solar eruptions high energy particles are thrown out from the Sun and travel to the Earth where they cause the aurora, ionospheric disturbances and magnetic storms. This sequence of phenomena is now referred to as "space weather". These phenomena affect technological infrastructure in a variety of ways. . A recent magnetic storm, in October 2003, was more focussed over Europe - and caused a power blackout in Sweden. Natural Resources Canada operates the Canadian Space Weather Forecast Centre ( which provides forecasts of magnetic storms and related hazards to Canadian industry and emergency organisations. In addition we work closely with industry to understand the physical processes involved, assess the hazard and look at ways of mitigating the impact. This talk will give an overview of these processes, the forecast services available and will describe work being done to mitigate the effects. Attendance 12 - 8 IEEE members.

David Boteler has a B.Sc in Electronic Engineering, M.Sc in Geophysics and Ph.D. in Physics and extensive experience in engineering and geophysics, including work on multidisciplinary projects in the Arctic and Antarctic. He is a Fellow of IET and a Senior Member of IEEE.

Here is a listing of other specialist Society Chapters of the IEEE in the Ottawa Section.
The AESS Ottawa Chapter officers are presently:

Meetings are often held usually on Monday or Tuesday evenings of the winter months on a range of specialist topics, sometimes in conjunction with other technical chapters or societies. See the IEEE Ottawa Section Home Page ; see the list of upcoming events. 

Sponsored by the IEE-UK Ottawa Centre and IEEE Ottawa Chapters AESS & Control/Robotics

Tour of The Diefenbunker, Carp - 7 pm, 25 October 2005

Buried deep under a hillside in the village of Carp, the Diefenbunker was designed to house crucial elements of the Canadian government in the event of nuclear war. Exhibits and recreated areas provide a startling glimpse into Cold War history. You will be able to take a guided tour of this unique facility, which covers over 100,000 square feet and occupies four stories underground. Some of the focal points include the Prime Minister's suite, the War Cabinet Room, the CBC radio studio, the Bank of Canada vault, and the Emergency Government Situation Centre.The Diefenbunker is a privately funded museum which relies upon tour admissions, philanthropy and grants to survive.

Brian Jeffrey, one of the most experienced and knowledgeable of the Diefenbunker volunteer guides, has agreed to conduct the tour. More information about the Diefenbunker visit 32 attended - 16 IEE and 16 IEEE. 14 went to the pub.

Sponsored by the IEEE Ottawa Chapters, AESS, COMSOC , VTS & The Retired & LM Group - and the Ottawa Centre IEE-UK - for the benefit of all retired engineers

Communications and Aids to Navigation at the Joint Arctic Weather Stations - A Retrospective covering 50 years
The Crowsnest, Naval Officer's Mess, 78 Lisgar St., Ottawa  Thursday 9 June 2005 - 11am - 2pm
John Gilbert - formerly with Transport Canada, Communications Canada and Industry Canada

The talk will cover the facilities, operations and use of communications and aids to navigation at the five Joint Arctic Weather Stations (JAWS) with emphasis on 1957 - The International Geophysical Year (IGY). The first part of the talk will provide an historical overview of communications and aids to navigation across Canada comparing the populated areas of Canada with the extreme isolation of the Arctic. The establishment of the Joint Arctic stations will be described briefly. The stations, and their date of establishment, were Eureka (1947), Resolute Bay (1947), Isachsen (1948), Mould Bay (1948) and Alert (1950). The second part of the talk will illustrate, through anecdotes and key events, the challenges of communications and navigation at the stations. Illkustrations shown have been mainly gathered and identified over the past three years at the web site: This brief retrospective of the communications and navigational activities of the JAWS in the 1957 provides a baseline against which to contrast the dramatic technological advances in these fields over the intervening 50 years.

Register with Hugh Reekie before 1st June - or 728-5343 The presentation is in 2 parts - 11am - 11.50am and 1 - 2pm.
An AESS Ottawa Chapter meeting will be held at 12.50pm, for officer elections. A light sandwich lunch will be served, noon, $5 for pre-registrants (IEEE & IEE members), $7 pre-registrant non-members and $10 without reservations. Cash Bar. Attendance 12; IEEE members 8 . LM - 1.

Sponsored by IEEE-AESS, VTS, Control Systems/Robotices Ottawa Chapters & IEE Ottawa Centre present an evening for everyone, but especially Retired and Life Members:
In celebration of the Pioneers and Voyageurs: to Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Beyond

Dr. Bill Ward, MIT Lincoln Lab, Boston, MA - an AESS Distinguished Lecturer - his CV is below
Thursday 10th February 2005, 8 pm

RA Centre, Courtside A Room, 2451 Riverside Drive
use East parking lost and access by the new, corner entrance
send an email stating numbers, and yes/no for dinner
- Hugh Reekie - 613-728-5343
reservations appreciated, but walk-in dinners without reservation is acceptable
80 attended the lecture -- 47 IEEE members, 20 IEE-UK members - 65 attended the dinner

IEEE-AESS Ottawa Chapter & The Friends of CRC present:

Northern Canada Distant Early Warning Radar -- MIT Lincoln Labs "From the DEW Line to the Texas Towers"

Dr. Bill Ward, MIT Lincoln Lab, Boston, MA - an illustrated presentation

Friday 11th February 2005, 9.30 am - CRC Auditorium, Bldg 2A - 3701 Carling Avenue
Bill Ward is an AESS Distinguished Lecturer - pre-registration is required for all visitors without card access to Building 2, CRC

Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Lincoln Laboratory has pioneered advanced electronics since its beginning in February 1951 as a Federally Funded Research and Development Center. Its fundamental mission has remained little changed since its inception: the application of science and advanced technologies to critical problems of national security. Early Lincoln Laboratory research focused on the design and prototype development of the Dew Line and BMEWS networks of ground-based radars and aircraft control centers for continental air defense.  Attendance - 24 total - 12 IEEE members

18 Nov 2004, 7.30 pm - Double Presentation - New Initatives in Air Traffic Control - Clint MacNeil, NAV-CAN Ottawa - details

A major event from the past was a visit by one of IEEE-AESS's Distinguished Lecturers, when a joint dinner presentation was given with the Retired/Life Member Group of IEEE Ottawa:

A History of Navigation - Myron Kayton, Santa Monica, California -- RA Centre, 2451 Riverside Drive, Ottawa
Tuesday 4 Feb 2003, Dinner - 6 pm - presentation 7.45 pm for 8 pm

There has been interest from various sources for an active IEEE Life Member group in Ottawa, and informal lunchtime gatherings have been held. A midwinter dinner and presentation have been arranged. The Dinner is at the Fieldhouse Restaurant in the new East Block of the RA Centre. For the dinner, select from the full menu and make payment as in any restaurant; there is no set menu..  Myron Kayton, who has his own consulting company in California, is well informed about all types of radars and navigation systems. He is an excellent speaker, and is coming to Ottawa under the AESS "Distinguished Lecturer" program. There will be a discussion at 7.45 pm to consider the formal creation of a Life Member group in Ottawa - presently it is informal. The technical presentation will start at 8 pm. The "Courtside A" lecture theatre is just a moments walk from the restaurant - there is a special elevator for those unable to take the stair - Attendance 18 - IEEE 8, non-member 10

Other presentations in 2003 were:

The St Lawrence Seaway Vessel Automatic Identification System - AIS -- Bert Tepper - Canadian Coast Guard

Ship-Shore Communications in Canada, and the Introduction of Digital Selective Calling -- George Olmstead - Canadian Coast Guard - Fisheries and Oceans Canada

both presented on Mon Apr 28 2003 - Attendance 18 - IEEE 10, non-member 8

Tour of Montreal VIS Seaway Information Systems
Two presentations were included in the site visits - Saturday 24 May 2003 - 16 attended - some from Montreal
Co-sponsored by the IEEE AESS, Robotics-&-Automation/Control-Systems and VTS Ottawa Chapters,

Inertial Navigation Systems - Myron Kayton, Santa Monica, California
Monday 3 Feb 2003, 1.30 - 3.30 pm - Auditorium, Bldg 2A, Communications Research Centre - 3701 Carling Ave, Ottawa - Attendance 37 - IEEE 16, non-member 21

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