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IEEE RobConIM Seminar – Computer Vision Applications for Human-Machine Collaboration – October 17, 2019

Sunday, October 13th, 2019

IEEE Robotics, Control, Instrumentation and Measurement (RobConIM) Seminar Series


Computer Vision Applications for Human-Machine Collaboration


SPEAKER: Ryan Batke, Fluid Power and Telerobotics Research Laboratory University of Manitoba

DATE: Thursday, October 17, 2019

TIME: 3:00 PM

PLACE: Room E2-361; Engineering & Information Technology Complex (EITC), Fort Garry Campus, University of Manitoba

ORGANIZER: IEEE Robotics, Control, Instrumentation and Measurement Chapter – Winnipeg Section


This research is centered around the integration of computer-vision based perception capabilities with existing machines for the purpose of developing human-machine collaboration applications. In this research a 6-DOF hydraulic manipulator controlled via a haptic device is integrated with a standard HD webcam and two computer-vision-based applications were developed. Vision-based teleoperation is used to control the manipulator through the use of a fiducial marker replacing the haptic device. Additionally, a second application was developed in which a virtual safety wall is created around the manipulator to improve safety in environments where operators work in close proximity to moving machines.

Embedding fiducial markers onto clothing for the use of human identification and tracking was also tested via a third application in which the markers are tracked in a 3D environment to produce a 2D map of the user’s movements along with travel metrics.


Ryan Batke is currently working toward his BSc degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Manitoba.


Contact: Nariman Sepehri, PhD, PEng
Chair, IEEE RobConIM
Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Manitoba, (204) 474-6834

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RobConIM Seminar – Development and Implementation of a State-Space Control System for a Single Inverted Pendulum – October 9, 2019

Monday, September 30th, 2019

IEEE Robotics, Control, Instrumentation and Measurement (RobConIM) Seminar Series presents:


Development and Implementation of a State-Space Control System for a Single Inverted Pendulum


SPEAKER:     Chris Dyck, NSERC USRA Researcher

                      Gerald Mainman Power Systems Dynamics & Control Lab

                      University of Manitoba

DATE:           Wednesday, October 9, 2019

TIME:           3:30 PM

PLACE:         E2-350 EITC Bldg. (Engineering & Information Technology Complex)
Fort Garry Campus
University of Manitoba

ORGANIZER:    IEEE Robotics, Control, Instrumentation & Measurement Chapter –
Winnipeg Section

The goal of this project was to design and implement a control system to balance a single inverted pendulum. One method to implement a control system is state-space formulation. State-space control systems allow for the reduction of the complexity of physical physics, and allows for straight-forward implementation on micro-controllers.

In student laboratories, Quanser’s real time controller could be used to design Simulink block diagrams to control the pendulum. The purpose of this project is to bring the existing control system to a low-cost embedded system which functions as a platform that can implement and test various control system techniques. By writing code in a ubiquitous programming language, C, students and researchers can build upon the state-space controller or implement other controllers. By closing the control loops through an Arduino, the pendulum was successfully balanced.

Chris Dyck (S’17) is currently working toward the BSc degree in electrical engineering at the University of Manitoba. He has held NSERC USRA’s at the University of Manitoba and Waterloo working on topics such as microwave imaging, quantum biology and control systems.

IEEEXtreme Programming Competition 13.0 Information Session – October 1, 2019

Monday, September 30th, 2019

Dear University Undergraduate & Graduate Student Programmers,

Want to put your programming skills to the test? How about for 24 straight hours!? Then sign up to compete in the IEEEXtreme Programming Competition 13.0!

Students from the University of Manitoba IEEE Student Branch, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Computer Science, ENGAP, or any other University Department, are encouraged to participate in this international programming competition. Our location for the competition will be in E2-609 EITC, at the University of Manitoba Fort Garry campus. The event runs Friday October 18th at 7pm until Saturday October 19th at 7pm.

In order to compete in the event you must be registered as either a student member or a graduate student member of the IEEE. You compete in teams of up to 3 people, and each team requires a proctor (IEEE Member Supervisor). The registration deadline is October 7th and registration can be done here:

Starting to sound complicated? Do you already have questions like:

  • How do I become an IEEE student member?
  • How do I register for the competition?
  • How do I find a proctor?
  • What languages are supported?
  • I don’t have a ton of programming experience, will this be fun anyway?
  • Really, 24 hours? Do I need to stay the whole time, and more importantly, do I get fed?
  • I’m interested but don’t have a team and I want one. Help?
  • I heard that this year there are prizes for our local teams? Is this true?

Then please join us at our:

IEEEXtreme Programming Competition 13.0 Information Session:

5:30-6:30 pm, Tuesday October 1st, in E2-330 EITC, University of Manitoba Fort Garry campus.

The information session will consist of a short presentation of what to expect, including some tips, and how to participate in the IEEEXtreme Programming Competition. The presentation will be delivered by students that have participated in past competitions. There should be ample time for questions, looking for potential teammates and/or assisting with getting teams registered and finding proctors.

If you are unable to attend this information session due to scheduling conflicts, please contact Jolene at umkoza (at) myumanitoba (dot) ca and we will email you the presentation shortly after the info session. Alternatively if there are any general questions please feel free to contact Jolene directly.

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.



IAS Technical Seminar – EV Fast Charging Technology – Power Electronics Part – October 7, 2019

Monday, September 30th, 2019

University of Manitoba IEEE Industry Applications Society (IAS) SBC is pleased to present the following Technical Seminar:

EV Fast Charging Technology – Power Electronics Part

Dr. River Tin-ho Li

Senior Manager

Power Electronics Team, Smart Power & Energy System

Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute (ASTRI)

DATE:                Mon. Oct. 7, 2019

TIME:                10:30 am. to 11:30 am 

LOCATION:     E3262 EITC Bldg., Senate Chamber 

                Ft. Garry Campus, University of Manitoba


This technical seminar is open to all graduate and undergraduate students, researchers, faculty members and professionals.

Stay after for Networking, Free Coffee and Donuts


Transport electrification is being focused again in recent years. Many car manufacturers have been releasing and promoting electric passenger cars and buses around the world. Electrical vehicles help to massively reduce the impact of industrial development on the environment. In this presentation, we will review the power electronics technology development in EV DC fast charging since 2010, particularly focus will be put on the power stage topology development so as to achieve the wider and wider voltage charging range of vehicles.  The development trend in the near future will also be explored.


Dr. River Tin-ho Li received his B.Eng., and Ph.D. degrees in electronics engineering from the City University of Hong Kong in 2004 and 2010 respectively.

In 2006, he was a Senior Electronics Engineer at Emerson Network Power China responsible for power supply burn-in energy recycle system development. In 2010, he joined ABB Switzerland as a Scientist and responsible for PV inverter and EV charger research activities. He was transferred to ABB China in 2013 and set up the power electronics research team. In 2018, he joined Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute (ASTRI), where he is currently a Senior Manager of Power Electronics Team. His research interests include power electronics converter topologies and efficient switching techniques for low voltage applications.

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