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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:

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.
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

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.

Clustered File Systems for High Performance Computing and Big Data by Doug Oucharek Manager, Intel Corporation (26 Nov. 2013)

DougOucharek26Nov2013Doug Oucharek

Manager of the Lustre Core Development group, Intel Corporation

 Clustered File Systems for High Performance Computing and Big Data

Time & Date: 5pm-6pm, Tuesday November 26th, 2013

Location: E 103, Okanagan College, Kelowna Campus, 1000 KLO Rd., Kelowna, BC V1Y 4X8

Registration is opened:

Talk Abstract: The world of HIgh Performance Computing (HPC) is one of vast numbers: tens of thousands of compute nodes clustered together, petabytes of shared storage, and kilometres of network cables.  The demands HPC places upon storage systems are the most extreme of any other computing discipline.  In this talk, I will be outlining the specific requirements of HPC storage systems, and delve into the architecture of “Lustre”: an open source parallel distributed file system used by the majority of the top 100 supercomputers.  I will also be talking about the future of HPC file systems and how Big Data is adopting HPC file systems to improve performance.

Speaker Biography: Doug Oucharek is the manager of the Lustre Core Development group at Intel.  He was pulled into Intel as part of an acquisition of a startup supporting Lustre called “Whamcloud”.  Prior to working for Whamcloud, he spent over 25 years working on various networking products at several companies including Nortel, Motorola, IBM, HP, and Broadcom.  Doug works and lives in Naramata, BC, Canada.

The Evolution of Telecommunications Networks, and Exploration of Future Topologies by Ian Horseman, Telus Comm. Inc. (14 Nov. 2013)

Ian Horseman

TELUS Communications Inc.

The Evolution of Telecommunications Networks,

and Exploration of Future Topologies

Time & Date: Cancelled. New date will be announced later. We are sorry.

Location: TBA

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. After doing so, the future state of networks can be projected. The talk will shed light on where we are going. It will give the audience a sense of why we need fibre to the home, and how we could get 1 Gbps connectivity to our phones.

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 11 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 (KMTS). He helped analyze and deploy wireline, mobility and fixed wireless networks within its serving area.

In 2008, Ian moved to Kelowna, BC to work for TELUS. In his current role he has managed the deployment of telephone carrier systems, DSL network nodes (ADSL, and VDSL2), GPON and FTTx networks within BC. He is also a member of the November 2013 graduate cohort at UBC Okanagan, and will hold a Masters (M.Eng ’13) focusing on small cell mobility networks and project management.

An Introduction to Investing Outside the Box by Alex Miller, The Kelowna Society of Investors (KSI) (13 November 2013)

Alex Miller

The Kelowna Society of Investors (KSI)

An Introduction to Investing Outside the Box

Time & Date: 3pm-4pm, Wednesday, November 13th, 2013 (before the Venture Okanagan Investor Forum at OC)

Location: E 403, Okanagan College, Kelowna Campus, 1000 KLO Rd., Kelowna, BC V1Y 4X8

Talk Abstract: The presentation will share some of the options available for investment beyond the usual portfolio of stocks, bonds, and mutual funds. I will present the basics on investing in real estate, providing private loans, investing in the exempt market and investing directly in businesses. Following the presentation I will introduce a panel of experts (accountant, lawyer, exempt market dealer, etc.) to answer questions about their specific areas of investment.

The talk will be conducted before the Venture Okanagan Investor Forum on November 13th at Okanagan College. The Venture Okanagan Investor Forum will be hold in the room H115 at Okanagan College at 5:30 pm, after our talk. For more information about Venture Okanagan Investor Forum visit

Speaker Biography: Alex Miller is a local entrepreneur and investor. After growing up in Mississauga, Ontario and studying in London at the University of Western Ontario Alex moved to Kelowna in 2005 to join his father in the family retirement home business. Over the course of several years Alex worked his way up though the company, eventually buying out his father and taking over as President of the property management arm of the company. After selling the company in January of 2013 he joined Nitesco Media, an online marketing company that boasts a portfolio of thousands of websites under management. As their Director of Sales he helps local professionals harness the power of the Internet to find new clients for their practices. Alex has always been an avid investor. He started with the stock market as a teenager and has branched out into a number of other areas since then. His background in the retirement home business gave him the confidence to jump into real estate investing and private lending about five years ago. He then took the profits from those endeavors and started looking at investing directly into businesses. In 2012 he invested in his first tech startup and later that year joined the VA Angels as a charter member. 2012 also saw Alex form the Kelowna Society of Investors, a community group that focuses on educating it’s members about investing and presenting them with non-traditional opportunities to do so.

Okanagan College Department of Computer Science seeks capstone design projects from industry

The Okanagan College Department of Computer Science is looking for project proposals from industry, for its Capstone Project courses COSC 224 and 470/471.

In the capstone project course, second year students in teams of 3 to 5 and senior students in teams of 7 to 15 work on projects proposed by industry, or other organizations.

The projects can be general projects in software development or more specialized: software engineering.

For additional information on the projects and the Capstone Software Project courses, please visit: and

TrainingBC workshops to be held in Kelowna, August 26-30, 2013

The IEEE Okanagan Subsection is pleased to support TrainingBC in offering a series of professional development workshops for the BC technology sector.

In August 2013, there will be five practical workshops for senior managers of small and medium sized technology enterprises which will be held at the Centre for Learning at Okanagan College, Kelowna. These workshops, being hosted by Okanagan College on behalf of the Discovery Foundation’s Technology Education Program, are being offered free of charge for this one-time special event.

For more information, or to apply for a workshop, please visit or send an email to