Exact Positioning Systems using Ultrawideband Technology


Scott McMillan

XCo Tech Inc., Software and Sensor Innovation, British Columbia, Canada


Exact Positioning Systems using Ultrawideband Technology

Time & Date: 5 pm – 6 pm, April 27th, 2015
E103, Okanagan College, 1000 KLO Rd, Kelowna, BC V1Y4X8 (parking info)

Talk Abstract: XCo has developed Gauge, the first performance wearable to precisely measure your location, speed and acceleration. Built for sport and healthcare applications, it is the first wearable to fully integrate precise movement metrics with other body sensor data such as heart rate monitors and concussion sensors. This is made possible by combining XCo’s proprietary real-time software with our breakthroughs in cost-effective ultra-wideband positioning and data telemetry technology. The patent pending system is capable of determining location of a person or asset down to a few centimeters both indoors and outdoors. It has overcome the inability of GPS, video, WiFi and other RF based systems to track movements precisely and reliably. More importantly, XCo has achieved this level of performance at a fraction of the cost of other sport and asset tracking systems. Sport teams, facilities and athletes are the first target market for Gauge. Using this system, which includes tracking stations, wearable devices and software, athletes and teams can attain a competitive edge in their training without taking unnecessary risks of injury or illness. Performance data is displayed in real time to anyone, anywhere and may be used to monitor workload, technique, tactics and to minimize injuries. A healthy ROI may be achieved by facilities and other service providers who have purchased a system. Using the same technology platform, XCo is developing equally powerful products for the healthcare industry, in particular, remote patient monitoring. Positional information combined with clinical vital signs provides new value and safety features to in-home, assisted living and hospital tracking systems. Based in British Columbia, XCo’s founding team has deep experience in the sports, healthcare and information technology sectors.

Speaker Biography: Scott has a Master of Science degree in Exercise and Sport Science. Specializing in biomechanics, the study of human kinetics and kinematics, he has been using sensor technology for over 20 years to analyze human movement and performance. Prior to founding his own companies (Factor 9 Coaching, Blur Sports Inc and now XCo), he worked for the Adidas Innovation Team. At Adidas, he spent six years working across the company to bring new ideas to market. He has worked with and developed many sensor based products through all stages of innovation and commercialization.

Refreshments will be provided. For further information please contact:

Youry Khmelevsky (email: youry at ieee.org). Registration Page: (https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/34302)

Wearable technology devices – market opportunities in augmented reality applications



Dr. Michael Conyette
Wear Geared Inc.

 Wearable technology devices – Market opportunities in augmented reality applications

Time & Date: 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm, Friday, February 6th, 2015
E103, Okanagan College, 1000 KLO Rd, Kelowna, BC V1Y4X8 (parking)

Talk Abstract:  Wearable tech and computing are natural evolutions of the smartphone technology. Technology is becoming more personal—where it could adapt to the natural ways we communicate, learn, and create. For instance, travelers no longer have to remove a phone from a pocket to retrieve information on boarding passes, gate updates, or reservation information because wearable tech devices are expected to change the fundamentals of human machine interaction. Wearable technologies of all sorts will transform the marketplace and impact elements of a tourist’s destination experience. Tourism venues and other firms need to realign their business practices and software developers will play a critical role. Wear Geared is a development partner with a leading manufacturer of smart glasses, Epson. The next-generation Moverio BT-200 smart glasses by Epson will change how people experience the world around them and are setting the new standard in Augmented Reality (AR). Our team at Wear Geared is growing quickly as we explore the full potential of an AR application for our vertical market clients in the travel sector.

Speaker Biography:  Dr. Michael Conyette, MBA, and Doctor of Business Administration: President of 4 ventures, 1 in Travel. Experience: Management, Sales & Marketing, Education, Smart Glasses, and AR. He is the visionary and founder of Wear Geared. During his doctoral research in the travel area a number of years ago he became inspired by the opportunity that exists for travelers to use wearable technology devices such as smart glasses during vacation related activities. Over the past few years he monitored developments in the smart glasses marketplace and AR and discovered that now the capability exists to launch a new product to serve the needs of vertical market clients in the travel space.

Refreshments will be provided. For further information please contact:

Youry Khmelevsky (email: youry at ieee.org). Registration Page: http://is.gd/dFXRRO

Bonding and Grounding – What, Why and how?


Ark Tsisserev, P.Eng.
EFS Engineering Solutions Ltd.

Bonding and Grounding – What, Why and how?

Time & Date: 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm, Monday December 8th, 2014
E 103, Okanagan College, 1000 KLO Rd., Kelowna, BC V1Y 4X8 (parking info.)

Talk Abstract: Understanding the objective of bonding of electrical equipment and methods of bonding. Difference between grounding of electrical equipment and grounding of electrical systems. Specific functions of bonding and grounding conductors. Particular requirements for grounding of High Voltage Installations. Issues of step and touch potential in HV installations. Fundamentals of understanding requirements for High Voltage station and station ground electrode. Principal difference between bonding, grounding and neutral conductors and their sizing.

Speaker Biography: Arkady Tsisserev is the President of the EFS Engineering Solutions Ltd, electrical and fire safety consulting company. Before joining the world of the electrical consulting business, Ark was the Electrical Safety Regulator for more than 25 years. Since 1993 he has held the position of the Electrical Safety Manager, Chief Electrical Inspector & City Electrician for the City of Vancouver. Before moving to the City of Vancouver he was Head of Electrical Section for the City of Winnipeg Inspections Department. Ark has written and published many articles, course notes, and taught various CE Code and fire alarm and emergency system courses at UBC, University of Manitoba and via other venues, such as industry associations and community colleges. Ark writes by-monthly columns for the “International Association of Electrical Inspectors News” and for “Electrical Line” journals. Ark is an active member of many industry associations and is involved in numerous technical committees with such organizations as CSA, NFPA, IEEE, ULC, SCC, SFPE and IEC. Mr. Tsisserev was for many years chairing the BC Electrical Code Adoption Committee. Ark is Chair of the CSA Technical Committee for the development of the CE Code and Chair of the CSA Strategic Steering Committee for the Requirements of Electrical Safety. He also actively participates in the ULC Technical Committee for the development of ULC S500 series standards. Ark represents the CSA on the NEC Technical Committee, and he chairs the Canadian National Committee on the IEC TC 64. Ark started his work in the electrical industry in 1962 as a construction electrician. Ark is a certified electrical inspector in the Province of BC and a member of various provincial engineering associations in Canada. He has obtained his PhD Degree in Electrical Engineering from the State University in Kharkov, Ukraine in 1972 and Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Manitoba in 1984.

Refreshments will be provided. For further information please contact:

Youry Khmelevsky (email: youry at ieee.org). Registration Page: http://is.gd/dRCB8Q

GPN-Perf: Investigating Performance of Game Private Networks (NSERC CCI ARD Level 1 Project Results)


Rob Bartlett and Alex Needham, WTFast, Kelowna, BC


Trevor Alstad, Brad French, Simon Detlor, Heath Caswell, Zane Ouimet and Marc Schroth, BCIS Program and Youry Khmelevsky, Computer Science Department, Okanagan College, BC

 GPN-Perf: Investigating Performance of Game Private Networks (NSERC CCI ARD Level 1 Project Results)

Time & Date: 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm, Friday, December 5th, 2014
E 103, Okanagan College, 1000 KLO Rd., Kelowna, BC V1Y 4X8 (parking info.)

Talk Abstract: Online video games are interactive competitions among individual players competing in a virtual environment. A Gamers Private Network, or GPNTM, connects players to a common game service across the Internet. In this talk we will describe an experimental, local, and virtualized investigation of the parameters for minimal and stable connection latency in GPNs. Our conclusions isolate the effect of player type and number, activity vs idleness, and router and server virtualization. They provide a clear basis for future modelling and predictive use of latency information in GPNs. Nine Computer Science students in COSC 470 Software Engineering Project course started a related capstone project. They were able to develop a new simulation bot for the Minecraft online game and a new SW engineering prototype.

This work has been funded by NSERC’s College and Community Innovation Program – Applied Research and Development Grant Level-1 (July – December 2014).

Speakers Biographies:

  1. Rob Bartlett: Founder/CEO, WTFast. He is 15 year serial Internet entrepreneur, 11 years in online gaming. The WTFast team is comprised of seasoned professionals and successful entrepreneurs experienced in the gaming, private network and freemium model spaces.
  2. Trevor Alstad:  NSERC CCI ARD Level 1 project lead. He is an undergraduate student of BCIS program, Computer Science Department, Okanagan College. He is graduating in the Summer 2015. His joint research paper “Minecraft computer game simulation and network performance analysis” received the Best Paper Award at The 2nd International Conferences on Computer Graphics, Visualization, Computer Vision, and Game Technology (VisioGame 2014, 29-30 November, 2014). Trevor is a founding director of Outdoors Okanagan Society, and Chief Technical Officer of current local web based project for the society. His family, including his five children, are involved in several community based projects such as the Adopt a Stream program and Yellow Fish Road program through the City of Kelowna.
  3. Brad French, Simon Detlor, Heath Caswell, Zane Ouimet and Marc Schroth are the COSC 470 SW Engineering capstone project students, BCIS Program, Computer Science Department, Okanagan College, Kelowna, BC, Canada.

Refreshments will be provided by IEEE Okanagan Subsection and by Okanagan College. Registration Page: http://is.gd/xeGAtV

Agile project management techniques used at Disney Interactive


Shane Spraggs, Sr. Manager, Production Operations, Disney Interactive

Agile project management techniques used at Disney Interactive

Time & Date: 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm, Wednesday, November 19th, 2014
E 103, Okanagan College, 1000 KLO Rd., Kelowna, BC V1Y 4X8 (parking info.)

Talk Abstract:

Shane will provide an overview of agile project management techniques used at Disney Interactive to deliver features and content on a weekly basis for Club Penguin, a massively multiplayer online game for kids aged 6-12.

Agile as a project management approach has been around since 2001 and evolved from extreme programing in the late 90’s. It aims to improve value to the customer through rapid iterative development.

The presentation will cover best practices, key learnings, misconceptions, and pit falls from our years of using Scrum, a popular interpretation of agile project management.

Speaker Biography:

Shane Spraggs is Sr. Manager of Production Operations at Disney Interactive where oversees project management and the productivity of Studio production.

The Kelowna Studio of Disney Interactive is responsible for the world renowned kids game, Club Penguin. The game is played world-wide in six languages by millions of kids via clubpenguin.com and on iOS.

Prior to Disney, Shane was co-owner of Acro Media, a successful local web development company. With over 15 years’ experience driving teams to successfully deliver in the online space, Shane brings a well-rounded perspective to project management and product delivery.

Shane is the President of the Okanagan Project Managers Group and has his PMP and CSM certification.

Refreshments will be provided. For further information please contact:

Youry Khmelevsky (email: youry at ieee.org). Registration Page: http://is.gd/tPCcYJ

The Evolution of Telecommunications Networks, and Exploration of Future Topologies


Ian Horseman, TELUS Communications Inc.

The Evolution of Telecommunications Networks,
and Exploration of Future Topologies

Time & Date: 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm, Wednesday, November 5th, 2014
Location: E 103, Okanagan College, 1000 KLO Rd., Kelowna, BC V1Y 4X8 (parking info.)

Talk Abstract: Telecommunications networks have many inventors to credit with their creation, from Alexander Graham Bell, and Marconi, to innovators like John Walson. Their contributions mixed with a myriad of topology decisions combined to build a system that most of us rely on today. Have you ever wondered how they are built? Why technologies are chosen? Or, what variables will shape the network of the future?

This talk will outline the genesis of telecommunications networks to date. It will examine the underlying causes for technology choices, and explore what holds change back. The talk will shed light on where we are going tomorrow. Have you ever asked: Why do we need fibre to the home? Or, How could we get 1 Gbps connectivity to our phones. – Come find out.

Speaker Biography: Ian Horseman is currently an access planner for TELUS Communications Inc., where he is part of a team of specialists which determine what shape TELUS’ network will take in the future. He has worked in telecommunications in a variety of roles for the past 12 years.

While doing his undergrad (B.Eng ’04) at Carleton University he was also a Technician for Bell Canada. After completing his degree he worked in a multi-discipline engineering role at Kenora Municipal Telephone Service. He helped analyze and deploy wireline, mobility and fixed wireless networks across its serving area. In 2008, Ian moved to Kelowna, BC to work for TELUS. In his current role he manages the technical outcomes of larger capital projects. He has deployed, telephone carrier systems, DSL network nodes (ADSL, and VDSL2), and various GPON/FTTx networks in BC.

Ian is also a proud member of the November 2013 graduate cohort at UBC Okanagan, and holds a Master’s degree (M.Eng ’13) focusing on small cell networks and project management.

Refreshments will be provided. For further information please contact:
Youry Khmelevsky (email: youry at ieee.org). Registration Page: http://is.gd/XtzAVt

Codec Enabled Audio Communications over IP/Mobile Internet (10/09/2014)


Dr. Gaoyong Luo, Chair

Department of Electronics Information, Guangzhou University, China

Codec Enabled Audio Communications over IP/Mobile Internet

 Time & Date: 5 pm – 6 pm, Thursday, October 9, 2014

Location: EME 1153, UBC, Okanagan Campus, Kelowna, BC

Talk Abstract: The Mobile Internet (by 3G/4G/5G network) is very widely spread today. Audio over Internet Protocol (IP) terminals are increasingly being used in radio operations for streaming of radio programs over IP networks from remote sites or local offices into main studio centers. The IP networks used are invariably well-managed private networks with controlled quality of service, which refers to the ability to reduce delay and jitter over IP. The internet is increasingly also used for various cases of radio contribution, especially over longer distances. Radio correspondents will have the choice in their equipment to use either the Mobile Internet/WiFi or other available IP networks to deliver audio, reaching many millions of people using terminals such as office desktops, personal digital assistants (PDAs) and mobile phones. With the increase of bandwidth (data rates) available for mobile internet user, on-line conversation by audio over IP instead of voice over IP is now possible, which offers better quality of service. It is expected that audio over IP systems will be used more and more for live IP streaming. However, with very few exceptions, IP equipment from one manufacturer has until now not been compatible with another manufacturer’s unit. Some of the audio over IP units are still in a somewhat immature, more or less prototype stage but further development continues. The requirements for interoperability are based on the use of RTP over UDP for the audio session and SIP for signaling. The packet payload audio structure is defined for commonly used audio formats in radio contribution. Four mandatory codec formats are specified: G.711, G.722, MPEG Layer II and linear PCM. Other audio formats can be used as well, but the latency is a big concern. The audio encoding itself introduces delays from milliseconds for PCM to more than hundreds of milliseconds for some bit-rate reduced coding formats. In the case of a two-way conversation, the total round trip delay should be kept as low as possible, because otherwise a conversation becomes difficult, especially when non-experienced reporters or the general public are interviewed. In addition, the IP network itself has a delay, from a few tenths of milliseconds in well managed networks up to 500ms or more on very long distances over the internet or satellite links. This talk will address the continuous development of IP networks combined with more sophisticated audio over IP terminals in the era of mobile internet. Connections over the internet with different types of telephony and professional units for broadcasting will improve telephone audio quality and worldwide access to Reporters by the newly developed WiFi terminals using very low delay audio coding technology, which results in IP audio codecs that can provide rock solid studio to transmitter link (STL), remote broadcast and audio distribution solutions. Small handheld units and also software codecs in mobile phones will provide very efficient tools for users. This talk is based on the collective inputs from many manufacturers, and long term research on audio communications over IP and wireless channel.

Speaker Biography: Dr. Gaoyong Luo is a Professor and has been heading the Department of Electronics Information at Guangzhou University. He has a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Brunel University, UK. Since 1998, he has been with Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College and Buckinghamshire New University. He has taught thousands of students and supervised the work of master students and Ph.D. students. His main research interests are in the field of wavelets, spread spectrum communications, wireless positioning, remote sensing, audio coding, and power line communications, with expertise in coding and modulation theory and applications to communication systems. Dr. Luo has published over 70 refereed journal/conference papers and many patents. He is the author of Wavelets in Engineering Applications (Science Press, 2014). He is an IET member, and serves as a technical program committee member or session chair for a number of international conferences. He has given invited talks on signal processing, communications and internet of things technology. He serves as reviewer in many including IEEE and IET journals and conferences, such as IEEE Transactions on Image Processing, International Journal of Remote Sensing, IET Electronics Letters and International Symposium on Intelligent Signal Processing and Communication Systems.

Refreshments will be provided. For further information please contact:

Julian Cheng (Email: julian.cheng@ubc.ca)

New Senior Member Named from Okanagan Subsection!

At the last A&A (Admission and Advancement) Review Panel meeting in August, the following members of the Vancouver Section were elevated to Senior Member grade (see the Vancouver section congratulation here: http://is.gd/jTlhDj):

Lawrence, Ramon (Okanagan Subsection)

The Okanagan Subsection of Vancouver Section offers its congratulations to our newest senior members on the achievement of this notable career milestone!

The Okanagan Subsection of Vancouver Section encourages all eligible members to apply for upgrade to senior member status.

To see the complete list of recently elevated IEEE Senior Members, or to learn how to become an IEEE Senior Member, please visit:


Scalable parallel programming: hardware, algorithms and applications (08/25/2014)


HAINS Gaétan Joseph Daniel Robert

LACL, Université Paris East, Créteil, France

Scalable parallel programming: hardware, algorithms and applications

Time & Date: 5pm – 6pm, Monday, August 25th, 2014
Location: EME 1202, UBCO, Kelowna Campus, Kelowna

Talk Abstract: We will present and explain the Bulk-Synchronous Parallel (BSP) model of
parallel computation. BSP was invented in 2009 by Leslie Valiant and has been applied to almost every possible parallel algorithm, parallel hardware and parallel software application. BSP allows a clean and portable understanding of how parallel hardware can «couple» efficiently or not with big data and large-scale simulations.
We outline categories of applications where infinite scalability is either, easy, conditional and
complex or mostly impossible. Measured machine parameters allow performance prediction for computations of unlimited size in many application areas.

Speaker Biography: HAINS Gaétan Joseph Daniel Robert, Computer Scientist. Education: BSc,
honours, 1985; MSc, 1987, D.Phil., 1990. Appointments: Researcher, CRIM Montreal, 1989;
Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, University of Montreal, 1989-95; Visiting Professor
ENS Lyon, 1994; Visiting Researcher, Fujitsu-ISIS, Japan, 1994-95; Professor, 1995-, Director,
2000-05, 1st class professor 2004-, Laboratoire d’informatique fondamentale d’Orleans,
University of Orleans; Programme Officer, Software research programs at Agence Nationale de
la Recherche (ANR) 2005-06; Professor 2006-, Director 2007-, Laboratoire d’Algorithmique,
Complexité et Logique, Université Paris 12. Honours: Commonwealth Scholar, 1986-89; IISF
Visiting Scholarship, 1992. Address: LACL, Université Paris East, 94000 Créteil, France.
Website: http://hains.org.
Outstanding Scientists of the 21st Century, S. Rains ed., First edition, International Biographical
Centre, Ely, Cambridgeshire UK, 2007.

Refreshments will be provided. For further information please contact:

Youry Khmelevsky (email: youry at ieee.org)

Chasing Channels- Adaptive Codebooks for Limited Feedback MIMO (11 August 2014)


Dr. Pawel DmochowskiSchool of Engineering and Computer Science

Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

Chasing Channels- Adaptive Codebooks for Limited Feedback MIMO

Time & Date: 10:30am-11:30pm, August 11, 2014

Location: EME 1121, UBC Okanagan campus

Talk Abstract:Multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) systems have received considerable attention over the last two decades owing to the improvements in link throughput and/or the reliability of signal reception. In order to achieve the full capacity gains, channel state information is required at the transmitter, thus necessitating feedback of this information from the receiver to the base station. Given the multi-carrier nature of 4G systems, this feedback overhead is restricted to a few bits per subcarrier. Consequently, the performance of limited feedback closed-loop MIMO systems is very sensitive to the codebooks used to achieve such channel quantization.

Codebooks in current standards, such as LTE, were optimized for independent identically distributed Rayleigh fading channels, whereas realistic propagation environments exhibit both temporal and spatial channel correlations. In this talk we will demonstrate the inefficiency and performance loss of standard codebooks in realistic channel models (such as WINNER II), thus motivating adaptive codebook techniques. We will present methods for perturbing the standard codebooks, specifically focusing them around the channel and following the channel trajectory throughout transmission – thus significantly reducing the quantization errors. Blind adaptation methods, i.e. without introducing additional feedback requirements, will be presented.

Speaker Biography:

 Pawel A. Dmochowski (IEEE S’02, M’07, SM’11) was born in Gdansk, Poland. He received a BASc (Engineering Physics) from the University of British Columbia in 1998, and MSc and PhD degrees from Queen’s University at Kingston in 2001 and 2006, respectively. He is currently a Senior Lecturer in the School of Engineering and Computer Science at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. Prior to joining Victoria University of Wellington, he was a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) Visiting Fellow at the Communications Research Centre Canada as well as a Sessional Instructor at Carleton University in Ottawa. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE and is actively involved in the IEEE New Zealand Central Section Committee. His research interests include Cognitive Radio, limited feedback and Massive MIMO systems.