Ottawa Chapter IEEE Vehicular Technology Society - last updated 09 Masrch 2013
Connecting The Mobile World

QNX's View of Automotive Infotainment

Andy Gryc, QNX Systems, Kanata, Ontario

Wednesday, 27th March 2013 7.30 pm

Bytown A Room, R A Centre, 2451 Riverside Drive, Ottawa
optional pub supper, 5.30 for 6pm, Field House Restaurant in the RA Centre

Andy Gryc is a Product Marketing Manager for QNX Software Systems - part of the Blackberry Mobile Phone Group. He will provide a brief overview of what QNX is doing in the Automotive Space - what it takes to build todays complex automotive infotainment systems - and some of the trends impacting automotive software. He will finish by showcasing QNX's infotainment software in a demonstrator vehicle, which will highlight capabilities being enabled for the 2014/2015 vehicle production year.

Andy Gryc oversees marketing for the award-winning QNX car Application software - based on HTML5. He previously served as lead embedded engineer for the GM OnStar system.

Organized by: IET Ottawa Network and IEEE Ottawa Chapter, Vehicular Technology Society

Prior reservation - for pub supper and/or attendance - appreciated

Contacts: Hugh Reekie - IEEE/VTS Ottawa - 613-728-5343 - Bhagvat Joshi -

Interoperability & Interference in Modern Railway Systems

& its I&M Implications

Dr. Andrea Mariscotti, Univ of Genoa, Italy

Friday 5th October 2012 - 7 pm - 8.30 pm
networking from 6.30 with refreshemnts

Room P-210, Algonquin College

Pre-registration Required. Summary & registration info:

A downloadable page with full details and abstract is available:

Andrea Marsicotti in Ottawa - pdf - 5 Oct 2012

This event is sponsored by many IEEE Ottawa Chapters & Groups, including VTS Ottawa Chapter

Advanced Traveller Information Systems - ATIS

Barrie Kirk, Globis Consulting, Ottawa

Wednesday 26th September 2012 - 7.30 pm - 9.30 pm

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

Travellers increasingly want to be connected at all times and the Bob Burrows talk to VTS Ottawa in February 2012 addressed connected cars. This presentation on Advanced Traveller Information Services (ATIS) focuses more on the information that drivers and other travellers increasingly want.

ATIS provides practical and timeley help to travellers - both with pre-trip planning and en-route. The "package" includes route information, traffic speed and incidents, point-to-point travel times, road construction, weather, parking availability, border wait times, &c. ATIS also provides transit information such as schedules, arrival times and transfer details. Finally, ATIS also includes points of interest to travellers such as restaurants, rest areas, hotels and local tourist spots.

The presentation describes technologies used for the collection and processing of data for ATIS and the dissemination of the resulting information to drivers and passengers in their vehicles via smartphones and connected vehicles. The presentation also addresses other ATIS dissemination technologies such as variable message signs, radio stations, web sites and social media. Finally, ATIS ecosystem, driver distraction and privacy issues are described.

Barrie Kirk, P. Eng. has been a consultant since 1982 specializing in the management and engineering aspects of information and communications technologies. His projects over the last few years have focussed on connected vehicles, automotive infotainment, traveller information services and vehicle use surveys. Barrie's wide range of public and private sector clients over the last 30 years include Bell Mobility, Rogers, Environment Canada, Industry Canada, Tansport Canada, ITS Canada, the Bank of Montreal, Shaw, the European Space Agency and the Government of Bermuda. Barrie is a partner in Globis Consulting. He is also a member of the Canadian Advisory Committee for ISO/TC204 (Intelligent Transportation Systems), and ITS Connected Vehicle Technical Committee.

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.

Reservations appreciated but walk-ins acceptable.. Attendance 8 - 4 IEEE - 4 IET-UK

Organized by: IET Ottawa Network and IEEE Ottawa Chapter, Vehicular Technology Society

Contacts: Hugh Reekie - IEEE/VTS Ottawa - 613-728-5343 - Bhagvat Joshi -

Evolution of the Air Interface - from 2G to 4G and Beyond:
Reaching the Limits of the Physical Layer

Frank Rayal, BliNQ Networks/TSI

Kanata, Ontario

Wednesday 2nd May 2012, 7 pm

Registration, Refreshments and Networking: 06:30 p.m.; Talk: 07:00 p.m. - 08:00 p.m. Time for networking after the event.

Room P215, P-Building, Algonquin College

1385 Woodroffe Ave. Ottawa

Parking: No fee after 5 p.m. at the Parking Lots 8 & 9. Please respect restricted areas.

Registration: Free. Pre-Registration requested. To ensure a seat, please register by e-mail contacting: or

Abstract We all hear of the latest and greatest smartphones and networks - 2G/3G/4G/LTE and beyond, but are you curious to know how they evolved and what may be the next new interface? Frank Rayal of BliNQ Networks/TSI will present the evolution story in this interactive presentation.

Frank brings over 18 years of experience in the wireless industry where he held leadership positions with vendors to pioneer radio access and backhaul solutions as well as to provide design services to network operators. He defined a line of innovative compact base stations and established strategic alliances with ecosystem partners at Redline Communications. At Ericsson, Frank worked extensively with operators to deploy three networks in the Americas, after which he defined product and sales & marketing strategies for beamforming antenna systems at Metawave Communications. Frank holds a BS in Electrical Engineering (High Honors) from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, and a MASc in Electrical Engineering and an MBA from the University of Toronto, Canada.

Organizer: Bhagvat Joshi, Hugh Reekie 25 Attended - 13 IEEE and 7 IET - See a map of Algonquin College

Organized by: IEEE Ottawa Alliance of IEEE Consultants Networks (AICN) and IEEE Ottawa Chapter Vehicular Technology Society

Contacts: Bhagvat Joshi - Chair AICN, Hugh Reekie - Chair VTS

From High Speed Trains to Intelligent Transportation Systems

Prof Bing Bu - Beijing Jiaotong University, China

Friday April 27th, 2012 - 11 am

SITE Conference Room 5084, University of Ottawa

Prof Bing Bu is a Visiting Professor at Carleton University

China has scored "top marks" in high-speed railway development worldwide, achieving a speed of 486.1 Km/h in 2010, with an operating speed of 350Km/h in many areas of China. These achievements required extensive research in the State Key Labroratory of the Rail Traffic Control and Safety Group in China. In this presentation, Prof Bing Bu will describe some recent research work in this laboratory. In particular, he will present new wireless network technologies - eg Cellular Networks and LANs - used to control both high-speed inter-urban and urban metro automated trains. Results from field trials will be presented. Finally, research challenges and future direction will be discussed.

Prof Bing Hu obtained his Ph.D. from Beijing Jiaotong University in 2001. Until 2007, he worked at Siemens in the R&D of TD-SCDMA. Also, during that time, as a delegate from Samsung, he studied standardization work of EUCH and LTE. Since 2007 he has been an Associate Professor and Assistant Director in the State Key Labs of Rail Traffic Control and Safety, where he participates in R&D of the first China-designed CBTC system. He is in charge of DCS in CBTC, now used in many Chinese Rail Systems. He is also in charge of many Driverless Train Operation system projects. His primary research interests are the theory and applied techniques for the improvement of train-to-ground wireless communications - and methods for optimizing train control.

All are welcome to this seminar. For more information about similar lectures, see

This presentation is run by NSERC DIVA with the support of the IEEE VTS Ottawa Chapter

Connected-Vehicle Applications:

Are we ready for Implementation?

Bob Burrows, G4 Apps Inc, Oakville, Ontario

Thursday, 16th February 2012 7.30 pm

Courtside A Room, R A Centre, 2451 Riverside Drive, Ottawa
optional pub supper, 5.30 for 6pm, Field House Restaurant in the RA Centre

Mobile connectivity through wireless communications is poised to change transportation not only for drivers, fleet managers, emergency responders, transit riders and road operators but also for cyclists and pedestrians. Advances in Connected Vehicle (CV) technologies, applications and services promise to create tremendous business opportunities whilst reducing congestion, improving efficiency - creating economic growth and also saving lives. Historically, the CV field - formerly known as Vehicle Infrastructure Integration - VII - focussed on reducing crashes and improving road safety - using Dedicated Short-range Communications (DSRC): 75Mhz of licensed spectrum at 5.9 Ghz is reserved for vehicle-to-vehicle - V2V - and vehicle-to-infrastructure - V2I - safety traffic.

Bob will present his views in two sessions: The first will identify CV stakeholders, and the objective of present CV programs. Using G4 App's own work, he will explore the nature and scale of efforts required for developing safety applications. The second session focuses on CV mobility, convenience and environmental applications.

Collaborative V2V safety research has been underway for some time, within the global automotive industry. In 2012 the USDOT is sponsoring a 2,800+ vehicle trial called the Safety Pilot Model Deployment in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Safety pilot focuses on light duty passeneger vehicles, but also includes some trucks and buses - as well as smart infrastructure, such as intelligent traffic signals. The goal is to collect enough data to allow th USDOT to make a decision by the end of 2013 on whether or not to move forward to rulemaking - that would lead to regulations requiring safety applications being installed on all new vehicles, along with a separate aftermarket safety retrofit propgram for the existing US vehicle fleet.

Bob Burrows has a B.A.Sc in Electrical Engineering from the University of Waterloo and an M.Sc, from the Sloan School of Business at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; he spent the majority of his career in leadership positions in sales, marketing and product development in the telecommunications industry. Prior to starting G4 APPS, he founded Vectrics, a division of Magna International. Focussed on image-processing based safety sysyems for volume production autombobiles; he led this to industry-wide recognition for leading-edge software development and test methods. Bob is currently CEO of G4 Apps and an active member of the North American CV Community - including advising USDOT on mobility applications. He is also the founder of the Intelligent Transportation Systems Society of Canada's CV Interest Group - CVIG, and he is a member of the Automotive Parts Manufacturer's Association CV Working Group

Directions etc: Park in the RA Centre East lot and enter by the East Wing door.
free parking & admission; open to all. Attendance IEEE - 4 IET 4 guests 8 total 16.

Complimentary light refreshments available prior to the first presentation, and during the intermission.

Pre registration appreciated- - 613-728-5343
Run jointly by IEEE VTS, IEEE AESS Ottawa & IET-UK Ottawa

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 moving to discuss the orbital environment and some of the recent events which have impacted this environment. The effects of collisions, and some of the efforts that are being undertaken to reduce the chances of collisions, will be discussed.

#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.

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.


Unleashing the Power of Picocells

Stephen Rayment - BelAir Networks, Ottawa

Wednesday, 9th February 2011 8 pm

Courtside B Room, R A Centre, 2451 Riverside Drive, Ottawa
optional pub supper, 6 for 6.30pm, Field House Restaurant in the RA Centre

With mobile traffic growing exponentially, it's clear that mobile carriers will need to deploy smaller cells; but deployment and operational issues have historically reduced the cost-effectiveness of small cell architectures. In this presentation, Stephen Rayment, CTO of Belair Networks, will present a new deployment model for outdoor metropolitan picocells that overcomes the traditional barriers of small cell deployments.

Stephen Rayment is co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of BelAir Networks. He brings more than 30 years of product and technology experience in the telcommunications industry - most of that focussed on wireless - and has worked extensively with service providers deploying new wireless technologies. Previously, he led the development of broadband fixed wireless products, the launch of broadband multimedia satcom equipment and the design of the industry's first wireless PBX, at Bell-Northern Research and Nortel Networks. Stephen is author of more than a dozen patents, and is active in industry standardization, having served as an officer in IEEE 802.11. Stephen holds a B.Sc and a M.Sc in Electrical Engineering from Queen's University, a Diploma in Administration from the University of Ottawa, is a graduate of the MIT Sloan School's Management of Technology program and is a Senior Member of the IEEE.

Directions etc: Park in the RA Centre East lot and enter by the East Wing door.
free parking & admission; open to all.
23 attended - 10 IEEE members-
Pre registration appreciated- - 613-728-5343
Run jointly by IEEE VTS, IEEE AESS Ottawa Chapters & IET-UK Ottawa Centre

Past events - 2001 Mr 02 2002 2003

Mark Steffka - General Motors - Michigan

Tuesday, 29th June 2010 6pm - 8pm
Fidus Systems - 900 Morrison Dr, Unit 203, Ottawa

This presentation covers EMC engineering approaches as applied to automotive systems - from the conventional "legacy" systems - to the latest developments in automotive propulsion. This includes the system architecture and EMC aspects of todays hybrid/electric vehicles. There will be a discussion about the unique electromagnetic environment in which present-day automotive systems are required to function. An overview of some of the EMC test methods presently used for automotive components, systems and "vehicle level" requirements will also be discussed. Typical auto EMC needs are identified and discussed - along with some case studies. Mark Steffka has 30+ years experience in the R&D of automotive, aerospace and military systems. He is presently with GM Powertrain EMC - working on engineering matters for hybrid, electric and fuel cell vehicles. He lectures and gives specialist courses, and has written many books. He has served both IEEE and SAE in various capacities.

Admission is free on a first-come basis. Preference is given to EMC, MTT/AP and VTS members of IEEE. Seating ls limited.
Pizza and pop refreshements available - no charge. Send an email to or 613-828-0063 Directions:
Mark Steffka has been invited to Ottawa as a Distinguished Lecturer of IEEE EMC Society

This meeting is run by the IEEE Ottawa Chapter EMC Society & is supported by the Ottawa Chapters MTT-AP and VTS

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, 2451 Riverside Drive, Ottawa
optional pub supper, 6pm, Field House Restaurant

The Inmarsat-4 (I-4) constellation of spacecraft has set a new benchmark for Global Mobile Communications. The three 6-Ton spacecraft are powerful - and provide an enhanced traffic-user profile over the Inmarsat Broadband Global Area Network - BGAN. As with existing Inmarsat satellites - but with unprecendented speeds - the service allows people to access e-mails, corporate networks and the Internet - and to transfer files and make telephone calls - along with other data services - from small satellite terminals. BGAN is the first mobile satellite service to deliver broadband data and voice simultaneously through one device. This unique innovation positions BGAN alongside the world's most advanced digital commercial mobile services - for land, maritime and aeronautical applications.

Marie-Lise Sakkal is Director, Enterprise, Government and Defence Canada for Stratos Wireless Inc., a Stratos Global Company, in Ottawa. She is responsible for business development of mobile satellite service solutions to government and corporate accounts - both across Canada and in international markets. The satellite services include MSAT, Iridium and Inmarsat. Marie-Lise has previously held various positions in consultative selling, sales and product training in the telecomms field, delivering both programs and tailored service solutions in many markets, including Canada, the US and the Caribbean.

Directions etc: For supper: park in the East lot and enter by the RA Centre East Wing door.
For presentation: park in main lot, enter by the main door and go upstairs; free parking; open to all.
Pre registration appreciated- - 613-728-5343
Run jointly by IEEE AESS, "RAS & CSS" joint & VTS Ottawa Chapters

Tour - Ottawa Traffic Control Centre - 175 Loretta Ave N

Tuesday 19th May 2009 - 6pm - 7.30pm
We will visit the Traffic Control Centre, and see how traffic is managed, using many cameras, detectors and communications links. We then visit the sign shop. Limited to 25 persons.

The Traffic Control Centre operates from 6 a.m. - 7 p.m. Monday to Friday - with an on-call team available 24 hours day, 7 days a week. Monitoring is extended into evening and weekend periods when incidents or special events in the City causing major disruptions to normal traffic patterns occur.Traffic control operators continuously monitor the Traffic Control System. Operators are immediately able to adjust the traffic signal timing and phasing for a number of intersections. Problems detected by the system or reported by the public are either directly resolved by operators or immediately dispatched to maintenance crews. Reports are relayed to the media in order to inform the public of traffic conditions.Traffic operators continuously monitor video images from traffic monitoring cameras. These cameras are located at the most critical intersections in the City of Ottawa. Currently, 70 intersections are equipped with traffic cameras with additional cameras installed on a continuous basis. .

Pre-registration required, with 17 May cut-off - email Hugh Reekie - 613-728-5343

When registering, please provide the names of all planning to attend, and indicate if you intend to visit the"Rose and Crown" pub afterwards. 7 attended 5 IEEE members

past meetings
Tour - Vintage Wings Canada Aircraft Collection, Gatineau Airport
Saturday 21st March 9.30 am

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.

To get there: When driving from Ottawa, take King Edward Ave, north over the McDonald-Cartier Bridge & follow "Quebec Autoroute 5 North" to the Autoroute 50 exit (Exit 2 - about one kilometre after the bridge). Go east on Autoroute 50 for about 20 km to the Boulevard de l'Aeroport exit (Exit 154). Turn left onto Boulevard de l'Aeroport and follow it; it becomes Rue Arthur Fecteau. VWC is at the very end of the road - 1699 Arthur Fecteau Street.See - Run jointly IEEE AESS & VTS Ottawa Chapters & IET-UK Ottawa local network

48 attended; 14 IEEE; 22 IET-UK
Attendance was over forty!!

A workshop: Vehicle-Infrastructure Integration - VII: The Vehicle of the Future
Tuesday 4th March 2008, 6.15pm - RA Centre, 2451 Riverside Drive - Courtside B

A 3-presentation workshop to review recent progress & projects in the VII field

PDF files of these presentations are available. email Hugh Reekie

Steve Shladover - 1.2 Mb   Jim Misener 200kB

18:15 - Registration Opens; please pre-register below - 18:30 - Food & Refreshments -- 19:00 - Steven Shladover, PATH - VII - The Vehicle of the Future -- 19:45 - James Misener, PATH - Spanning the Spectrum: Addressing a VII Plan for Now and the Future -- 20:30 - Barry Pekilis, Transport Canada - Planned VII Initiatives for Canada - 20:45 - Open Discussion & Wrap Up; 21:15 - Conclusion

Vehicle-Infrastructure Integration - VII is the use of wireless communications to link moving vehicles with each other and with roadside readers to enable safety-related information, traveller navigation-related advice, and location-related information to be freely available in real-time to road users. VII holds the promise to increase safety reduce congestion and fuel consumption, and advance traveller convenience. At California PATH, VII and the future of transportation is a key area of research and development.  Some links of interest: - -

Steve Shladover, ScD - Research Engineer California PATH (Partners for Advanced Transit & Highways) University of California, Berkeley - Steve has been researching issues related to intelligent transportation systems for 35 years, since his time as a student at MIT. After eleven years of work in private industry, he joined the University of California PATH program as Technical Director and subsequently served as Deputy Director and Acting Director. He has led PATH's research on transportation automation, and is currently active in a wide range of projects related to vehicle-infrastructure co-operation. He was the first chair of the ITS America Committee on Advanced Vehicle Control and Safety Systems and currently chairs the TRB ITS Committee. He leads the U.S. delegation to the ISO/TC204 Working group on vehicle-roadway warning and control systems.

Jim Misener - Program Leader - Transportation Safety Research, California PATH (Partners for Advanced Transit & Highways), University of California, Berkeley - Jim is leading the safety-related projects for California PATH, including the intersection collision avoidance project. He is also the California PATH lead for Vehicle-Infrastructure Integration through the Vehicle-Infrastructure Technology Applications Laboratory (VITAL) at PATH. His research sponsors include US DOT, Caltrans and several car companies. He is Chair of ITS California and an active member of SAE J2735 (DSRC Technical Committee), where he leads the Digital Map Subcommittee. He has been a member of IEEE for 13 years.

Barry Pekilis - Senior Research Co-ordination Officer, Intelligent Transportation Systems, Transportation Technology & Innovation, Transport Canada, Ottawa - Barry is responsible for managing the VII file at Transport Canada. He has a Ph.D. in Software Reliability Engineering from the University of Waterloo and extensive experience in ITS, systems integration, and software development. Barry provides the ITS Policy Branch with technical advice and expertise on a diverse range of ITS-related research projects, contracts and contribution agreements that are funded by the department.

Attendance: 41 total; IEEE 11; IET 8; SAE 3; ITS Cda 14; Transp Cda 12
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Directions etc: Park in the East lot and enter by the  RA Centre East Wing door; free parking; open to all -

This event is sponsored by Ottawa IEEE Chapters: Vehicular Technology Society, the Joint Chapter for Robotics & Automation and Control Systems and the IET-UK (formerly IEE) Ottawa Network - with significant support from Transport Canada and ITS Canada 

What happened to Electric Cars?

Tuesday 4th December 2007 RA Centre - Courtside B Room, East Block

An action-packed EV-ening to review recent progress/events and projects in the Electric Car field

5.30pm - Take a look at some EVs - Electric cars - 6 pm - Information table open - 6.30pm - Registration
6.40pm - Introduction of Speakers and Video -
WKtEC - 7.15pm (90 mins)
- Darryl McMahon of EVC Ottawa will give 2 presentations, 6.45 & 9 pm - 9.45pm Wrap up and Close

Pre registration suggested - Hugh Reekie 613-728-5343 - please register by 27 Nov Informal meal & drinks -
no charge for pre registrants; $10 walk-ins, $5 students and retired walk-ins
Students welcome

Park in the East Lot near Data Centre Road & enter by the East door - where the outdoor EV display is located.

Darryl McMahon is a member both of the Electric Vehicle Council of Ottawa and the Electric Mobility Council of Canada. See web sites: "The hydrogen economy" http:// .
Plug-In Hybrids - The Chevy Volt Plug-In Hybrid
The Tesla Roadster - Advanced Li Batteries -
EV-World online magazine
Honda hydrogen fuel celled vehicles -

Sponsored by IET-UK Ottawa Branch &
IEEE: VTS & Control Systems/Robotics Joint - Ottawa Chapters and
EVC Ottawa

attendance 55; (9 walk ins 15 no shows). IEEE 20; IET 16; EVCO 16; SAE 4

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Four EVs on display: elec car, elec truck, Toyota Prius, elec assist enclosed tricycle. Info package of 36 pages distributed.

Electronic Controls for Diesel Engines: Performance, Emissions and Economy

Brent Rubeli, NRCan

Wednesday 2 May 2007 - 8pm - with optional 6.30pm dinner
Courtside A Room, RA Centre, 2451 Riverside Drive

The integration of electronic control systems to mass production diesel engines began in 1986 with the Detroit Diesel Series 60 engine. This system revolutionized the industry and paved the way for rapid advances in engine calibration. Since that time, the modern diesel engine has become a clean, quiet, smooth-running power plant with impressive flexibility and reliability. This presentation will discuss the historical development of diesel engine electronic controls, modern system elements, the use of control flexibility for emissions compliance and remote monitoring, and future technology developments.

Brent Rubeli has worked for over ten years in diesel engine certification and emission control system development. In addition to new engine type approval, he has designed automatic regeneration systems for diesel particulate filter technology, and recently was part of theteam that developed a mining-specific calibration for the Cummins ISB. Brent is currently employed at the Natural Resources Canada Diesel Emissions Laboratory, Bell's Corners.

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 and the IEEE VTS Ottawa Chapter. The presentation is open to all. Please reserve ( state if dinner is required) by contacting Hugh Reekie or phone 613-728-5343. Please provide name and contact information - and identify any guests that you intend to bring.

 Social hour in Courtside A 6 pm; Dinner 6.30 pm in the Fieldhouse Restaurant, presentation in Courtside A at 8 pm.
How to get there: The RA Centre is located near Bronson and Riverside Drive

Field trip on Wed 9 May to NR . Can diesel labs Bells Corners 1- 2.30 pm. 8 attended 5 IEEE.

Joint meeting IEE/IET Ottawa Branch & IEEE VTS
Getting Light Rail Back on Track in Ottawa

April 19th 2007 - Exhibition from 6 pm, Optional Dinner 6.30pm, Presentation 8 pm

David Jeanes, President - Transport 2000

RA Centre, 2451 Riverside Drive, Courtside A Room - use East entrance
Exhibition from 6pm, optional dinner 6.30 pm Presentation 8pm

David Jeanes, a Professional Engineer, President of Transport 2000 Canada and Spokesperson for "Friends of the O-train will talk about the status and prospects for light rail in Ottawa. The diesel O-Train which has been running for mor3e than 5 years has met all its objectives and is carrying nearly twice the forecast ridership, with 10-15% growth each year. But the panned electric light rail project by three levels of government is an on-going controversy. The presentation of technology and service options, display of models and maps, will show there is still a future for light rail as the solution for Ottawaís growing transit problems.

The presentation is open to all. Please reserve ( state if dinner is required) by contacting Hugh Reekie or phone 613-728-5343. Please provide name and contact information - and identify any guests that you intend to bring.

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

Joint meeting IEE/IET Ottawa Branch & IEEE VTS
Energy Alternatives - for new vehicle designs - Prof James Gover, Kettering University, Flint, MI

Wednesday 27 Sept 2006, 7.30 - 9.30 pm - - Mackenzie Engineering Bldg

With the high cost of gasoline, and the environmental damage resulting from its ignition, there is a strong need to examine alternate fuels for road vehicles. This presentation will go into the topic in some detail.

The Minto CASE (Centre for Advanced Studies in Engineering) building on Campus Ave, is directly opposite the O-Train exit (southbound arrivals) See  Campus Map.


Joint meeting IEE/IET Ottawa Branch & IEEE VTS, Reliability and Robotics/Control Systems Ottawa Chapters:

Hybrid Vehicle Development:a Review of Technologies and Efficiencies
Prof James Gover, Kettering University, Flint, MI - Thursday 28 Sept 2006
RA Centre, 2451 Riverside Drive, Ottawa - 6pm Social hour; Dinner 6.30 pm presentation 8 pm

A presentation will be a detailed review of Hybrid Vehicle Technology, with emphasis on technologies that are being researched and the results of various analyses of hybrid and fuel cell vehicle efficiencies with emphasis on economics.

* Dr. James Gover earned his BS and MS in electrical engineering and his Ph.D. in nuclear engineering.* He retired from Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, New Mexico, after 35 years: 25 years in technical and management assignments and 10 years in national policy research. He is a member of the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society, IEEE Power Electronics Society, IEEE Power Systems Society and Society of Automotive Engineers.

Joint meeting IEE/IET Ottawa Branch , IEEE VTS, Reliability & IEEE EMC Chapters
EMI/EMC - for Hybrid Vehicle Designs

Prof James Gover, Kettering University, Flint, MI
Tuesday 26 Sept 2006, 7.30 - 9.30 pm - light refreshments

Minto CASE Board Room, Carleton University - attendance limited to 20
A review of the demands and constratints required for Electromagnetic Interference and Electromagnetic Compatibility are presented. With both high currents and high voltages involved, and with electronic processes and instrumentation, the control of EMI is very demanding.

CML Emergency Services 9-1-1 and Radio Products

29 Sept 2005, 7 pm - a meeting at CML Gatineau
9 attended - 7 IEE 2 IEEE - an excellent presentation

Thursday 9th June 2005 - 11 am - 2pm - John Gilbert:
Communications and Aids to Navigation at the Joint Arctic Weather Stations
A Retrospective covering 50 years - a luncheon meetimg downtown - details

We co-sponsored:
In celebration of the Pioneers and Voyageurs:to Jupiter, Uranus, Neptune and Beyond
Dr. Bill Ward, MIT Lincoln Labs, Boston, MA - an AESS Distinguished Lecturer
a vividly illustrated presentation, using NASA material
Thursday 10th February 2005, 8 pm more details - 80 attended - 65 for dinner

Advances in Air Traffic Surveillance Systems - a double presentation
The Crowsnest, Naval Officer's Mess, 78 Lisgar St., Ottawa
Thursday 18th Nov 2004 - 7.30 - 10.00 pm
Clint MacNeil
- NAV CANADA, Ottawa - Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast (ADS-B)

ADS-B is a modern day radar-like surveillance system that utilizes very accurate GPS position reports on aircraft, and reports them to ground based stations via the aircraft's transponder using the Mode-S Extended Squitter function. It is anticipated that ADS-B will be able to improve and reduce surveillance costs in most regions by the end of the decade. ADS-B has been in development since the early 90's and is expected to be one of the main air traffic control systems by the end of this decade.

Height Monitoring Systems for Reduced Vertical Separation - and - Multilateration Systems for Airport Monitoring

Reduced Vertical Separation Standards for aviation have been implemented in many parts of the world since 1997. To ensure compliance and safety, several Height Monitoring Systems have been setup around the world to passively measure aircraft altimetry error in flight. The concept and techniques used for these systems are discussed. Multilateration Systems are the modern day method of radio direction finding. Instead of determining a position from two bearings on a signal, real time range measurements to the nanosecond level are used to accurately determine an aircraft position in and around airports. .

Clint MacNeil is a Project Engineer with NAV-CANADA; he was formerly with the Avionics Group at Transport Canada.

For further information and reservations, contact - Hugh Reekie 728-5343 (after 10 Oct 2004) or Isaac Ginsburg (before 10 Oct)
This meeting is sponsored by the IEEE Ottawa Chapters of the Vehicular Technology Society, the Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society and the Joint Chapter on Robotics and Control Systems. 12 attended 4 IEEE members.

Announced in June 2004 . . .  -  The Ottawa Chapter has done it again.!!
The Ottawa Chapter of VTS has won the 2003 Chapter of the Year Award

As was the 2002 award, the award consists of an engraved plaque with the Chapter Chairman's name on it.
Myron Kayton, who attended the Los Angeles VTS Conference in September accepted the award on our behalf.

Half-Day Workshop on Ottawa's O-Train

A review of O-Train status, its operating characteristics, and how it compares with other innovative light-rapid urban transit systems

8.30 am - 12.30 pm, Saturday 1st May 2004 - Carleton University, Room 5050, Minto CASE Building

Why not travel to and from the event via O-Train? The lecture theatre is 2-minutes away from the Carleton O-Train station, and 5 -10 minutes from parking lots (off Campus Ave, no charge weekend parking).The Minto CASE (Centre for Advanced Studies in Engineering) building on Campus Ave, is directly opposite the O-Train exit (southbound arrivals); northbound arrivals use the underpass. Minto CASE Building is #27 on the Campus Map. On approaching the building, go through the main doors and take the elevator (on the left) to the fifth floor; Room 5050 is off the elevator lobby.
Free admission - light refreshments. Reservations appreciated. Enquiries -
Hugh Reekie 728-5343 or

This workshop is run with the Support of IEEE Vehicular Technology Society, the IEEE Ottawa joint Chapter Control Systems and Robotics , the IEEE Ottawa Chapter of AESS and IEE-UK Ottawa Centre. Publicity support from the Bytown Railway Society is acknowledged.

The Ottawa, Ontario, Canada Chapter of the IEEE-VT Society was formed in 1989, by Hugh Reekie who was working at the time on the mobile satellite - MSAT -program at the then Department of Communications, Government of Canada. In 1993, the Chapter co-ordinated activities to run the international Vehicular Navigation and Information Systems Conference - VNIS '93 - at the Ottawa Congress Centre.

Up-coming meetings and courses run by the Ottawa Section IEEE, including VTS, are summarized on the Ottawa Section Events page. Most meetings are open to all with no admission charge; there is a charge for courses.

The IEEE-VTS Ottawa Chapter officers are: Chairman: Hugh Reekie 164 Bayswater Ave OTTAWA Ontario Canada K1Y 2G3; Vice Chairman Isaac Ginsburg. Meetings (often held on Tuesday evenings of the winter months) cover a range of specialist topics, sometimes run in conjunction with other technical chapters or societies. A sample listing of past meetings and training courses is shown below.