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IEEE Winnipeg Section Meeting – October 10, 2019

Friday, September 20th, 2019
Please join us at the monthly IEEE Winnipeg Section meeting! All IEEE members interested in becoming more involved with the local Section are welcome and encouraged to attend. The details of the meeting are below:
Date: October 10, 2019
Location: Room E2-351, Engineering Information and Technology Complex (EITC), University of Manitoba Fort Garry Campus
Time: 5:30 pm
Food will be provided!

The minutes from the previous meeting and the proposed agenda for this meeting are available below:

2019_09_11_Minutes

2019_10_10_Agenda

IEEE Waves Chapter Seminar – Automotive Radar – A Signal Processing Perspective on Current Technology and Future Systems – October 10, 2019

Friday, September 20th, 2019

IEEE Winnipeg Waves Chapter (APS/MTTS/VTS) is pleased to present the following seminar:

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Seminar Title:

Automotive Radar – A Signal Processing Perspective on Current Technology and Future Systems

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Speaker:

Dr. Markus Gardill

IEEE Distinguished Microwave Lecturer (IEEE MTT Society)

Head of the Group Radar Signal Processing & Tracking

InnoSenT GmbH, Germany

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Date:

Thursday, Oct 10, 2019 at 1.30 pm

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Location:

EITC E1-270 (Fort Garry Campus; Engineering Building)

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ABSTRACT:

Radar systems are a key technology of modern vehicle safety & comfort systems. Without doubt it will only be the symbiosis of Radar, Lidar and camera-based sensor systems which can enable advanced autonomous driving functions soon. Several next generation car models are such announced to have up to 10 radar sensors per vehicle, allowing for the generation of a radar-based 360° surround view necessary for advanced driver assistance as well as semi-autonomous operation. Hence the demand from the automotive industry for high-precision, multi-functional radar systems is higher than ever before, and the increased requirements on functionality and sensor capabilities lead to research and development activities in the field of automotive radar systems in both industry and academic worlds.

 

Current automotive radar technology is almost exclusively based on the principle of frequency-modulated continuous-wave (FMCW) radar, which has been well known for several decades. However, together with an increase of hardware capabilities such as higher carrier frequencies, modulation bandwidths and ramp slopes, as well as a scaling up of simultaneously utilized transmit and receive channels with independent modulation features, new degrees of freedom have been added to traditional FMCW radar system design and signal processing. The anticipated presentation will accordingly introduce the topic with a review on the fundamentals of radar and FMCW radar. After introducing the system architecture of traditional and modern automotive FMCW radar sensors, with e.g. insights into the concepts of distributed or centralized processing and sensor data fusion, the presentation will dive into the details of fast-chirp FMCW processing – the modulation mode which is used by the vast majority of current automotive FMCW radar systems. Starting with the fundamentals of target range and velocity estimation based on the radar data matrix, the spatial dimension available using modern single-input multiple-output (SIMO) and multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) radar systems will be introduced and radar processing based on the radar data cube is discussed. Of interest is the topic of angular resolution – one of the key drawbacks which e.g. render Lidar systems superior to radar in some situations. Consequently, traditional and modern methods for direction of arrival estimation in FMCW radar systems are presented, starting from traditional monopulse-like algorithms to modern frameworks for superresolution DoA estimation. The presentation will then introduce the great challenge of FMCW radar system interference. While FMCW radar interference is a challenge which can be handled using adaptive signal processing in today’s systems, it will become a severe problem with the increasing number of radar-sensors equipped vehicles in dense traffic situations in the near future and a solution to the expected increase in interference is still an open question.

 

It is this problem of interference, together with some added functionality, which motivated the proposal of alternative radar waveforms such as pseudo-random or orthogonal-frequency division multiplexing (OFDM) radar for automotive radar systems. Although not yet of great interest from an industrial perspective, the fundamentals and capabilities of both technologies will be introduced in the remainder of the anticipated presentation.

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BIO:

Markus Gardill was born in Bamberg, Germany in 1985. He received the Dipl.-Ing. and Dr.-Ing. degree in systems of information and multimedia technology/electrical engineering from the Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany, in 2010 and 2015, respectively. In 2010, he joined the Institute for Electronics Engineering at the Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nürnberg as a research assistant and teaching fellow. From 2014 to 2015 he was head of the team Radio Communication Technology. In late 2015 he joined the Robert Bosch GmbH as an R&D engineer for optical and imaging metrology systems and leading the cluster of non-destructive testing for the international production network. In 2016 he joined the automotive radar business segment of InnoSenT GmbH, where he is currently head of the group radar signal processing & tracking. His main research interest include radar and communication systems, antenna (array) design, and signal processing algorithms. His particular interest is spatio-temporal processing such as e.g. beamforming and direction-of-arrival estimation with a focus on combining the worlds of signal processing and microwave/electromagnetics. Dr. Gardill is an IEEE Young Professional. He is member of the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society (IEEE MTT-S) and currently serves as co-chair of the IEEE MTT-S Technical Committee Digital Signal Processing (MTT-9). He regularly acts as reviewer and TPRC member for several journals and conferences, will act as associate editor of the Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques beginning with 2020 and serves as Distinguished Microwave Lecturer (DML) for the DML term 2018-2020 with a presentation focussing automotive radar systems.

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IEEE Technical Seminar – From Concept to Competition: The Rise of UMSATS Rocketry – October 4, 2019

Friday, September 20th, 2019

IEEE Winnipeg (Geoscience & Remote Sensing / Aerospace & Electronic Systems Society ) is pleased to present the following seminar:

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Seminar Title: 

From Concept to Competition: The Rise of UMSATS Rocketry

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Speakers:

Mr. Kevin Dick

Undergraduate Student, University of Manitoba Engineering

UMSATS Rocketry Team: Co-founder, Safety lead, and Avionics member

Mr. Sawyer Rempel

Undergraduate Student, University of Manitoba Engineering

UMSATS Rocketry Team: Co-founder and Program Manager

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Date:

Friday, October 4, 2019 at 12:30 PM

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Location

EITC E3-262 (Fort Garry Campus; Engineering Building; “Senate Chamber”)

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ABSTRACT

U of M Rocketry, a division of the University of Manitoba Space Applications and Technology Society (UMSATS), was formed in the Summer of 2018 to compete in the Intercollegiate Rocket Engineering Competition known as the Spaceport America Cup. On June 20, 2019, the team achieved its first goal of performing a nominal ascent and complete recovery of their rocket. With this initial success, the team is now expanding and taking on even more ambitious goals.

The rocketry team is focused on designing as much of the rocket as possible, and, as a result, had to overcome many real-world challenges. These challenges included building a custom flight computer, interfacing the subsystems, composite fabrication, designing for manufacturing and assembly, and system aerodynamic testing) Numerous components were purchased commercially in order to simplify the design process for the preliminary year though the team intends to replace these with student designs in future iterations.

There were many successes over the past year, but some mistakes were made along the way to the launch pad. Each mistake provided a new learning opportunity and deeper insight into the inner workings of rocket engineering. They also resulted in innovative ideas that the team looks forward to experimenting with this coming year and beyond. This presentation will focus on the development of the rocketry team, summarize the competition, and present lessons learned and future plans.

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IEEE Winnipeg Section Meeting – September 11, 2019

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2019

The monthly meeting of Section, Chapter, and Affinity Group representatives to discuss issues and the operation of the IEEE Winnipeg Section. This meeting is open to any IEEE members that are interested in becoming more involved. The details of the meeting are:

Date: Wednesday Sept. 11, 2019
Location: Room E2-304, Engineering Information and Technology Complex (EITC), University of Manitoba Fort Garry Campus
Time: 5:30 pm
Pizza and refreshments will be served!

The minutes from the previous meeting and the proposed agenda for this meeting are available below:

2019_08_12_Minutes

2019_09_11_Agenda

IEEE Winnipeg Section Meeting – August 12, 2019

Monday, August 12th, 2019

The monthly meeting of Section, Chapter, and Affinity Group representatives to discuss issues and the operation of the IEEE Winnipeg Section. This meeting is open to any IEEE members that are interested in becoming more involved. The details of the meeting are:

Date: Monday, August 12, 2019

Time: 5:30 pm

Location: Room E2-390, Engineering and Information Technology Complex (EITC), University of Manitoba, Winnipeg MB

The minutes from the previous meeting and the proposed agenda for this meeting are available below.

2019_05_23_Minutes

2019_08_12_Agenda