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Waves Chapter and Computer and Computational Intelligence Chapter Technical Seminar – Topology Optimization: Not Simply Throwing Parameters at the Wall – October 7, 2019

Monday, September 30th, 2019

The IEEE Waves Chapter and the IEEE Computer and Computational Intelligence Chapter are pleased to present


Seminar Title: Topology Optimization: Not Simply Throwing Parameters at the Wall

Speaker: Dr. Rasmus Ellebæk Christiansen 


All are welcome to attend!



Date: Monday October 7th, 2019 – 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM

Location: EITC E1-270 (off the Engineering Atrium) University of Manitoba, 75 Chancellor’s Circle, Winnipeg, MB, Canada

Contact: Ian Jeffrey, Chair, IEEE Winnipeg Section, Winnipeg – Ian (dot) Jeffrey (at) umanitoba (dot) ca.


Presentation Abstract:


The rigorous engineering of physical systems, such as carefully designing the load carrying members in an airplane or the optical components in a microscope, is a cornerstone in the improvement and development of new devices and the advancement of science.

Present day engineering solutions often rely on parameter studies, analytical design rules and human intuition, all of which have limitations, regularly resulting in sub-optimal devices hereby leaving room for improvement. Meanwhile, ongoing advances in mathematical modelling and growth of computational power has facilitated the development of powerful design tools, such as topology optimization, providing unprecedented freedom to explore and exploit the vast design spaces available for a multitude of physical problems.

This talk will present a range of engineering solutions created using topology optimization, with a focus on wave propagation problems within electromagnetism; give a brief introduction to structural optimization in general and a detailed discussion of density based topology optimization in particular. Recent results of using topology optimization to solve design problems considering plasmonic field localization, enhanced Raman scattering and photonic cavity design will be discussed.


Biography of the Speaker:


Rasmus holds a BSc in Physics and Nanotechnology (2011), a MSc in Computational Mathematics (2013) and a PhD-degree (2016) from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU). His PhD-fellowship was focused on the development, application and experimental validation of topology optimization based methods for solving wave propagation based design problems in acoustics and optics.


He currently works as a Postdoctoral researcher at DTU, where he have been involved in several projects, among which are the SunTune project and the NATEC project. The SunTune project is centered at Aarhus University and concerns the design of passive solar cell components aimed at increasing their operating efficiency. This includes the design of metallic nanoparticles for localized electromagnetic field enhancement. The NATEC project is centered at the Department of Photonics at DTU and is focused on the design of active and passive photonic structures for applications in optical data processing and terabit communication.


Currently, he is visiting the Department of Mathematics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) as a short term scholar, where he works with Professor Steven G. Johnsons group on light matter interaction problems, treating phenomena such as Raman and Cherenkov scattering as well as designing optical metasurfaces.



My Journey Through IEEE by Dario Schor – October 1, 2019

Monday, September 30th, 2019

The IEEE Winnipeg Section, the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the IEEE Computer and Computational Intelligence Chapter is pleased to present:


Seminar Title: My Journey Through IEEE

Speaker: Dario Schor


All are welcome to attend!


The IEEE Winnipeg Section is pleased to have long-time IEEE Winnipeg Section Member Dario Schor provide us with an overview of his experience as an IEEE member. Coinciding with our IEEE Day Activities, Dario’s past contributions at the student, young professional, member, and executive levels of the IEEE Winnipeg Section will inspire both those interested in IEEE, and those already volunteering.



Date: Tuesday October 1st, 2019 – 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM

Location: EITC E2-330, University of Manitoba, 75 Chancellor’s Circle, Winnipeg, MB, Canada

Contact: Ian Jeffrey, Chair, IEEE Winnipeg Section, Winnipeg – Ian (dot) Jeffrey (at) umanitoba (dot) ca.


Presentation Abstract:


IEEE is the world’s largest technical organization.  It publishes technical journals, sponsors conferences, develops technology standards, and supports the professional interests of more than 400,000 members. In this presentation, I’ll share my journey over the last decade volunteering with IEEE. Throughout, I’ll highlight many of the tangible and intangible benefits for students and young professionals to get involved.



Biography of the Speaker:


Dario Schor is currently a Software Engineer at Magellan Aerospace while pursuing a Space Studies Ph.D. at the University of North Dakota. He obtained his B.Sc. and M.Sc in Computer Engineering from the University of Manitoba before attending the 2013 Space Studies Program from the International Space University in Strasbourg, France. Dario has served in various roles within IEEE Canada and the Winnipeg Section.


High Performance Computing Conference – June 21, 2018

Friday, June 15th, 2018

The Manitoba Consortium for High Performance Computing invites you to a one-day conference which will discuss Manitoba’s Future in High Performance Computing. 

The Conference will be held on June 21st at the University of Winnipeg. A summary of the event is listed below.

For a current listing of presenters please visit our conference web page


We encourage you to attend and to forward this invitation to your colleagues who are interested in this topic. 

The cost to attend is $30 and registration is done online through the link indicated below.  


Thanks to support from IEEE, the cost for student participation is being mitigated and student registration is completed by contacting Alfonz Koncan at

This will be an excellent event for introducing all elements and opportunities for HPC use in industry and academia for Manitoba.

Our lineup of speakers features talks from WestGrid, Boeing Seattle, Tangent Animation, Sightline Innovation Inc, Ubisoft and many others.  We hope you will be able to attend.


To register for Manitoba’s Future in High Performance Computing please follow this link:



Manitoba’s Future in High Performance Computing

Theme:                         HPC offers many opportunities for Manitoba’s Industry, Small Businesses and Academe, to collaborate and succeed together.

Date of Event:              June 21st, 2018. (Thursday)

Time:                            8:00 am to 5 pm (with a networking session and cash bar to follow)

Location:                      University of Winnipeg, Eckhardt Gramatté Hall

Type of Activity:           Networking Workshop with Industry, Academic and Government participants

Sponsors:                    University of Winnipeg, University of Manitoba, Red River College, IEEE, ICTAM, IEEE, ADE & Company Inc., EnviroTREC  

Executive Summary 

New advances in parallel multi-core computing technology will endow the average user with the computational power once only available to a handful of researchers worldwide using supercomputers. 

This revolution has brought high performance computing (HPC) to the masses. The goal of this conference is to bring together stakeholders to discuss Manitoba’s needs for the new HPC economy.

The use of HPC in modeling complex physical phenomena such as weather, fluid dynamics, molecular interactions, astronomical calculations and engineering design is well known to researchers and technology leaders in those fields.

In particular, HPC is being used by industry to improve products, reduce production costs and decrease the time it takes to develop new products by virtue of developing a virtual product and reducing the number of physical designs that follow.

The intention for this conference is to introduce more people to the possibilities of using HPC in their enterprise, by providing a cross section of examples and methods on how this technology can be used in their field of application.

A one-day conference and networking event will be held on June21st to present these ideas across a broad spectrum of talks.

Keynote speakers and other presenters at this workshop will focus their commentaries on current capabilities and future interests in training students for related industry development in Manitoba. 


Post Script to HPC programmers and users:

WestGrid has generously promoted our conference to their users and followers.

In turn they have asked that we assist them with the promotion of a Computing Summer School which will be held at the University of Manitoba from June 25th to June 28th.

To register for their summer school please follow this link: WestGrid Summer School.

IEEE Computer and Computational Intelligence Seminar – High Level Design Tools for FPGAs (Jan. 4, 2018)

Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the IEEE Winnipeg Section Computer and Computational Intelligence Chapter is pleased to present:


Seminar Title: High Level Design Tools for FPGAs

Speaker: Paul White


Date: Thursday January 4, 2018 – 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM

Location: EITC E2-350, University of Manitoba, 75 Chancellor’s Circle, Winnipeg, MB, Canada

Contact: Ian Jeffrey, Chair, IEEE Computer and Computational Intelligence Chapter, Winnipeg –


Presentation Abstract:

High-level languages are commonplace in software design, and now they are coming to FPGAs too! In this talk, you will learn about some of Intel PSG’s High Level Design tools for FPGAs. These tools include the brand new High Level Synthesis (HLS) compiler, as well as DSP Builder, and OpenCL.


Biography of the Speaker:

Paul White graduated from the University of Manitoba Dept. of Computer Engineering in 2014, and completed a MSc. in Biomedical Engineering in 2017. He currently works at Intel Programmable Solutions Group as an Application Engineer supporting the newly released Intel HLS compiler.


IEEE Seminar – New Innovative Projects for All of Us – August 29, 2017

Sunday, August 27th, 2017

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TITLE:      New Innovative Projects for All of Us


SPEAKER:    Marina Ruggieri, PhD, Fellow IEEE Professor, Telecommunications Engineering

Department of Electronics Engineering / CTIF

University of Roma “Tor Vergata”

Via Politecnico, 1

Roma 00133 Italy


DATE:       August 29, 2017 (Tuesday)

TIME:       9:30 – 11:00 AM

PLACE:      E1-270 EITC Atrium (Alan Borger Executive Conference Room)

Engineering and Information Technology Complex (EITC)

University of Manitoba, Fort Garry Campus

SPONSORS:   – University of Manitoba

                          – University of Winnipeg

                          – IEEE Computer & Computational Intelligence Chapter

                          – IEEE Engineering in Medicine & Biology Chapter

                          – IEEE Geoscience & Remote Sensing and Aerospace & Electronic Systems Chapter




IEEE is the largest technical organization in the world, with over 420,000 members. The depth of the organization comes from the knowledge and professional practice it has generated through its members since 1984.

Dr Marina Ruggieri, the current IEEE VP of the Technical Activities Board (TAB), introduced four new technical multi-disciplinary projects this year through four TAB ad-hoc committees. Our enthusiastic multidisciplinary members, together with many local representatives of the communities, commenced participating in the projects by contributing technical expertise to find solutions to major contemporary problems.

The projects are:

1. FOOD ENGINEERING: IEEE to play a role in the worldwide technological and social challenge of preparing a healthy and enjoyable future for mankind on Earth (and in exploring new planets).

2. DIG ONCE: IEEE to play a role in the worldwide technological and social challenge to connect the next billion individuals to the Internet by an effective and holistic digging for the deployment of network infrastructures.

3. IEEE AT THE NORTH AND SOUTH POLES (INSP): IEEE to play a role in the worldwide technological and social challenge of the new Arctic shipping routes and in supporting the enormous multi-continent community behind the 4000+ technical and scientific personnel in the Antarctica bases.

4. DESIGN FOR ETHICS: IEEE to play a role in the worldwide technological and social challenge of having ethics as a basic requirement in the design of all devices, systems and applications.


Under the INSP project, we are planning an expedition to Churchill and Nunavut in order to (i) develop awareness of the project mission; (ii) establish personal contacts; (iii) explore possible collaboration with IEEE; (iv) improve transportation to the North (to deliver food and medicine to remote communities); (v) improve diet (diabetes is rampant, as an apple costs as much as a can of pop); (vi) strengthen education in the communities by providing new opportunities; and (vii) enhance research of the North (in view of the changes in cargo transportation and climate).

An overview of other new IEEE initiatives will also be provided.


Dr Marina Ruggieri is the 2017 IEEE Vice President of Technical Activities Board (TAB). She is a Past Director of IEEE Division IX (2014-2015), and a Sr. Past President of the IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society (AESS). As a Fellow of IEEE, she is a member of the IEEE Fellow and Public Visibility Committees. She is proboviro (arbitrator) of the Italian Industries Federation for Aerospace, Defense and Security (AIAD); member of the Technical-Scientific Committee of the Center for Aeronautical Military Studies, and she has been Vice President of the Roma Chapter of AFCEA (2006-2015). She is co-founder and Chair of the Steering Board of the interdisciplinary Center for Tele-infrastructures (CTIF) at  the University of Roma “Tor Vergata”, that belongs to the CTIF global network, with nodes in USA, Europe and Asia. Above all, she has been very enthusiastic and dedicated to promoting four fundamental and visionary new directions in IEEE: Food Engineering; Dig Once; IEEE at the North and South Poles; and Design for Ethics.

Dr Ruggieri is Full Professor of Telecommunications Engineering at the University of Roma “Tor Vergata” and a member of its Board of Governors. She is the Principal Investigator of the 40/50 GHz TPD#5 Communications Experiment on board AlphaSat (launched on July 2013). She is author/co-author of 340 papers, 1 patent and 12 books in her research areas.

She received many awards and honours, including: the 1990 Piero Fanti International Prize; the 2009 Pisa Donna Award as Women in Engineering; the 2013 Excellent Women in Roma Award; and Excellent and Best Paper Awards at international conferences.



Witold Kinsner, PhD, PEng


Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, University of Manitoba

Tel: (204) 474-6490; email: or

IEEE Canada President, 2016-2017

IEEE Region 7 Director/Delegate, 2016-2017