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Monday, May 2nd, 2016


IEEE Kingston Section cordially invites

IEEE Members, Students, Staff and Well Wishers to its

 2016 IEEE Annual Banquet.


with Guest Speaker


Dr. Arthur B. McDonald

2015 Nobel Laureate in Physics and

Professor Emeritus, Physics, Engineering Physics and Astronomy




May 25th  2016, 

from 6:00pm at the

Donald Gordon Centre, 421 Union St. Kingston, ON K7L 3N6

Dinner Menu:

Starter – Chef’s soup of the day, Spinach, Mandarin and red onion salad

Main Course options –

  1. Chicken Kiev (Halal available)
  2. Atlantic Salmon (gluten-free)
  3. Stuffed Pasta Primavera (vegetarian)

Desert – Molten Lava Cake (Fruit Salad available upon request)

Abstract of talk by Prof. McDonald:

The Sudbury Neutrino Observatory: A success story for science and engineering

The Sudbury Neutrino Observatory project involved the design, engineering and construction of a particle detector the size of a ten storey building 2 km underground under ultra-clean conditions with $300 million of heavy water as the central detection medium. With this detector it was possible observe one neutrino per hour with essentially no radioactive background in the region of interest and use this data to show conclusively that electron neutrinos produced in the core of the sun change to other neutrino flavours before reaching the earth. This requires that neutrinos have a non-zero mass, which is new physics beyond the Standard Model of Elementary Particles. The science and engineering challenges of the Nobel Prize winning project will be discussed.

Ticket Prices: (Deadline for purchase is 19 May, 2016)

Members (and max. one companion) $40.00
Student members (and max. one companion) $20.00
Non-members $50.00




Purchase tickets:

PDF version of the 2016 Banquet Announcement

Advanced Ultrasound Imaging and Interventional Photoacoustic Surgical Systems

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

The EMBS Chapter of IEEE Kingston Section and Queen’s School of Computing are proud to present the following distinguished lecture:


Advanced Ultrasound Imaging and Interventional Photoacoustic Surgical Systems

Date:   Thursday July 24th, 2014.

Time:  2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Location: Walter Light Hall 210

Speaker:  Dr. Emad M. Boctor, John Hopkins University

Abstract:  In recent years, the use of imaging to make immediate clinical and interventional decisions has grown in both sophistication and adoption. Ultrasound is an ideal imaging technology for such purposes, from the perspectives of cost, mobility, and patient radiation exposure. However, ultrasound scan acquisition remains primarily manual, subject to the skill of a particular physician or ultrasound technician, and time consuming. Additional challenges exist in the use of ultrasound to guide surgical or interventional procedures, including system integration, setup complexity and calibration, precise tracking, and real-time monitoring of a procedure’s outcome. To address these challenges we have developed a collection of novel tracking and ultrasound imaging technologies and integrated these in prototype systems. 

In this talk, we will introduce multiple system embodiments that involve robotics, tracking, ultrasound image processing, elasticity monitoring, and photoacoustic imaging. The underlying themes in these systems are (1) simultaneous tracking of interventional tools and the surgical scene with respect to the US images and (2) monitoring physiological changes, specifically tissue coagulation, throughout the procedure. For the first theme, the talk will include a description of a novel photoacoustic-based surgical tracking system applied to laparoscopic procedures. Also, we will describe a new vision-based ultrasound tracking system applied to biopsy and percutaneous procedures. With respect to the second theme, we will present a precisely-shaped acoustic ablation system under elasticity and 3DUS image guidance. In addition, a new photoacoustic-based brachytherapy imaging system will be introduced.


Speaker Bio: Emad Boctor completed the B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Biomedical Engineering from Cairo University, Egypt, in 1995 and 1998. He also earned an MSCS degree in Engineering Mathematics and Computer Science from University of Louisville, Kentucky in 2000. He then received Master’s and Doctoral degrees in 2004 and 2006 from the Computer Science Department of Johns Hopkins University. In 2007, he joined The Russell H. Morgan Department of Radiology and Radiological Science at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institute, where he initiated a research program in the field of advanced interventional ultrasound imaging. Dr. Boctor’s research focuses on image-guided therapy and surgery, a subject in which he has authored and co-authored over 35 peer-reviewed manuscripts, has filed more than 15 pending and issued patents, and has been recognized with numerous awards and fellowships. Dr. Boctor is an Engineering Research Center investigator, and holds a primary appointment as Assistant Professor in the Department of Radiology and a secondary appointment in both the Computer Science and Electrical Engineering departments at Johns Hopkins.  He is an active member of IEEE, SPIE, and the Medical Image Computing and Computer Assisted Interventions (MICCAI) societies and has been a scientific reviewer for many prestigious journals and conferences.

Host:  Prof. Parvin Mousavi (pmousavi [at]


Everyone is welcome!