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Wireless Frontiers 2017 – A Student Professional Night

January 11, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Space is limited – Preregistration is required. Please RSVP to Candice Loo (c.loo.1997 at ieee.org)


4:00-4:05pm – Welcome and Introduction
Candice Loo, UBC ECE
The IEEE Communication Society’s student chapter at UBC is providing important opportunities for students with an interest in wireless communications.

4:05-4:50pm – Vancouver’s Digital Strategy
Peter Leathley, City of Vancouver
Since it was formulated in 2012, the City of Vancouver’s Digital Strategy has sought to enhance multidirectional digital connections amongst citizens, employees, business, and government and thereby enhance service delivery and achieve key economic, social and environmental outcomes. In this presentation, we describe recent wireless initiatives that the Digital Strategy team is pursuing.

4:50-5:00pm – The UBC Wireless Ventures Competition
Prof Dave Michelson, UBC ECE
Since its inception ten years ago, the UBC Wireless Ventures Competition has challenged students to propose a wireless application or service that benefits a particular community at UBC and present it to a panel of judges. In this presentation, we present the rules and schedule for the 2017 edition.

5:00-5:20pm – The UBC Orbit Team
Sebastian Cline, UBC ECE
The Orbit Team represents UBC in the Canadian Satellite Design Challenge, a competition to design and build a cubesat satellite. This presentation summarizes the recent accomplishments and future plans of the UBC Orbit team.

5:20-5:30 pm – Wireless Certification
Prof Dave Michelson, UBC ECE
Wireless certification can be a valuable first step toward a career in wireless communications. This presentation summarizes the wireless certifications available to students and junior engineers, including AGIís STK, IEEE ComSocís WCET, iNarte EMC and Amateur Radio.

Pizza will be served after the fourth presentation at 5:30 pm

5:45-6:15 pm – The AURORA Connected Vehicle/Smart Transportation Testbed at UBC
Prof Dave Michelson, UBC ECE
The AURORA Connected Vehicle/Smart Transportation Testbed that is being deployed at UBC (and its sister testbed at the University of Alberta) are Canada’s first entries into the field of Connected Cars. This presentation explains how UBC students can contribute to and benefit from the AURORA testbed project.

6:15-7:00 pm – LoRa Wireless Technology
Robert Barton, Cisco Systems
LoRa is a new low power wireless sensor network standard that allows establishment of much longer links than are possible using previous technologies. This allows replacement of conventional mesh topologies with far more efficient star of stars topologies. This presentation summarizes both: 1) the essential features of LoRa networks and 2) efforts to develop a LoRa testbed at UBC.


Candice Loo (ELEC 2) is chair of the UBC student chapter of the IEEE Communications Society.

Peter Leathley is Senior Program Manager – Digital Infrastructure & Assets with the City of Vancouver and originator of the LoRaVAN proposal. He has previously served in various roles at Rogers Communications, the Vancouver Economic Development Commission and Pulse Energy.

Prof. Dave Michelson, P.Eng., leads the Radio Science Lab at the University of British Columbia and is co-Director of the AURORA Connected Vehicle/Smart Transportation Testbed. He is a member of the LoRaVAN proposal team, and an elected member of the IEEE Communications Society’s Board of Governors.

Sebastian Cline (IGEN 3) leads Orbit, the team that represents UBC in the Canadian Satellite Design Challenge. Rob Barton, P.Eng., is a Principal Systems Engineer at Cisco Systems and a Cisco IoT Fellow. He is CCIE and CDIE certified. He is a co-author of End-to-End QoS, 2nd Edition, the definitive guide to network QoS: WAN, campus, branch, data centre, service provider, and wireless networks.




January 11, 2017
4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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