e-Newsletter: August 2023


Dr. Rabab K. Ward receives IEEE Fourier Award for Signal Processing

Congratulations to Dr. Rabab K. Ward on receiving the 2023 IEEE Fourier Award for Signal Processing during the recent IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing in Greece. The award was presented by IEEE President and CEO Saifur Rahman on behalf of the Board of Directors for outstanding contributions to advancing signal-processing techniques and their practical applications, and for technical leadership. Dr. Ward has been a trailblazer for women in Signal Processing, the first woman appointed as a professor in engineering in British Columbia, and previously the President of the IEEE Signal Processing Society.


Register now for our Summer Social Event – August 26th

The Vancouver section will once again be holding a summer social event, a fun family-oriented picnic-style event for our members, guests, and friends of the section. Last year’s summer social event was a big success, and we are planning to have an even bigger and better event this year!

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IEEE Day October 3, 2023 – Save the date!

IEEE Day is a global day of celebration for IEEE. Each year the Vancouver Section organizes a local celebration. We bring together our IEEE members, guests and friends of the section for a special occasion, which includes networking, a special guest speaker, refreshments, and a visit to the Vancouver Section Centennial Monument!

For more information about IEEE Day activities around the world, visit
https://ieeeday.org and please register for the Vancouver Section celebrations. We look forward to greeting you on IEEE Day!



CIT Summer Series

The continuing summer series is an opportunity to engage with the Computer Society on a regional level, as there will be several exciting seminars. These would also count toward your Professional Development hours, so please register.

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Upcoming Events

IM/DD and Coherent Optical Fiber Transmission Systems: Challenges and Opportunities

Prof. David V. Plant, McGill University

Joint Transportation Chapter

Thursday, August 17, 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm, Online.

The insatiable growth of data center traffic mandates increasing the capacity of cost-effective transceiver technologies to meet the foreseen demand. Competing configurations include Intensity Modulation / Direct Detection (IM/DD) and coherent transceiver architectures. In this presentation, we will discuss the challenges and opportunities associated with these two options including such topics as: wavelength, reach modulation format, modulator technology, and power consumption.

David V. Plant has been a Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at McGill University, Montreal, Canada, since 1993 where he currently holds a Tier I Canada Research Chair in Optical Fiber Communications Systems. He received his Ph.D. from Brown University, and he was at UCLA as a Post-Doc before joining McGill University.

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Kinematically Redundant Hybrid Parallel Robots for Physical Human-Robot Interaction

Dr. Kefei Wen, University of British Columbia

Organizer:Joint Control, Robotics & Cybernetics Chapter

Thursday, August 31, 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm, Online and at UBC Point Grey Campus, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Building: MacLeod Room Number: 3038.

Robots that physically interact with humans are making their way into many applications like in manufacturing and healthcare. Many parallel robots are favourable candidates that can be used as physical human-robot interaction interfaces since the actuators are mounted on or close to the base, thereby reducing the inertia of the moving parts and ensuring back-drivability.

Dr. Kefei Wen is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of British Columbia. He received the B.S. and M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Yeungnam University, Korea, in 2012 and 2015, respectively, and the Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Université Laval, Canada, in 2020.

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