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Gulak recognized with RBC Research Prize

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ECE alumna Foteini Agrafioti (far left), head of the new RBC Research Institute, and RBC CEO David McKay (far right) present awards to Professor Glenn Gulak, second from right, and U of T colleagues at MaRS. The RBC Research Prize recognizes Gulak’s leading work in cybersecurity for the financial sector. (Photo: Chris Sorensen) June 28, 2017Professor Glenn Gulak of The Edward S. Rogers Sr. Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering (ECE) is one of four University of Toronto researchers recognized with an RBC Research Prize at the launch of the new RBC Research Institute, a collaboration with U of T.Professor Gulak won a $25,000 prize for his work in developing better cyber-security systems for the financial sector. The algorithms on which the systems are based are “provably secure against the imminent arrival of quantum computers that will weaken virtually all of the attack surfaces currently secured by conventional forms of encryption,” Gulak said.U of T researchers Gerald Pe…

ECE professor inducted into Canadian Academy of Engineering

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June 27, 2017Professor Wei Yu. (Photo by NSERC.) Professor Wei Yu of The Edward S. Rogers Sr. Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering (ECE) was among nine University of Toronto professors and alumni inducted as Fellows of the Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE).The CAE is a national institution through which Canada’s most distinguished and experienced engineers provide strategic advice on matters of critical importance to Canada. The new CAE fellows were inducted on June 26 in Ottawa, as part of the Academy’s Annual General Meeting and Symposium.Professor Yu has made highly influential contributions to the field of information theory and communication engineering. His research addresses fundamental limits of information transmission in communication networks. Yu proposed dynamic spectrum management methods that have been used in millions of digital subscriber lines worldwide and also contributed significantly to the capacity analysis and optimization techniques for multiu…

ECE’s Sandro Young named U of T’s top student

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Sandro Young (CompE 1T6+PEY) displays his Governor General’s Silver Medal. June 13, 2017Sandro Young (CompE 1T6+PEY) always knew he was interested in computers, circuits and electronics. What started as a middle-school passion — Young was an active participant in science fairs in grades seven and eight — eventually led him to study in The Edward S. Rogers Sr. Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering (ECE) where today, he graduates as U of T’s top student.“I never set out to be the top graduating student,” says Young. “But I’ve pretty much always been interested in science, math and technology — especially programming, software and computer architecture, so ECE was a great fit for me, and I enjoyed all of the courses and projects along the way.”Young graduates with a number of scholarships, awards and medals in recognition of his academic achievements, including one of three Governor General’s Silver Medals bestowed to U of T’s most academically outstanding undergraduate stud…

ECE Alumna Catherine Lacavera to receive honorary degree

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Catherine Lacavera. June 12, 2017Years after graduating from The Edward S. Rogers Sr. Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering (ECE) and well into her established career in patent and intellectual property litigation, Catherine Lacavera (CompE 9T7) ran into someone she hadn’t seen since the first year of her undergraduate studies.“It’s funny, the person said: ‘you were always going to be a patent lawyer at a big company,’” says Lacavera. “I guess that’s what I had said in my first year of undergrad, but I had forgotten that I had started out with that in mind.”An internationally recognized leader in the field of intellectual property law, and the Director of IP, Litigation and Employment at Google, Lacavera and her team have handled more than 1000 patent lawsuits, along with all types of other litigation involving Google, around the world. On June 13, Lacavera will return to where she first set her ambitious career goals when the University of Toronto recognizes her career a…

Poon renewed as Canada Research Chair

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Tyler IrvingJune 7th, 2017Four projects led by U of T Engineering faculty — in fields from from tissue engineering to computing with light — have earned support from the Canada Research Chairs (CRC) program. Among them is Professor Joyce Poon, of The Edward S. Rogers Sr. Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering (ECE), who has been renewed as a Canada Research Chair in Integrated Photonic Devices.The new and renewed chairholders join 24 of their colleagues across the University of Toronto for a total of 28 CRCs, the highest number of any Canadian institution. In total, 142 new or renewed CRCs were announced in the latest round.“The University of Toronto is proud of the tremendous globally important research our 15 new and 13 renewed Canada Research Chairs are involved in,” said Vivek Goel, U of T’s vice-president of research and innovation. “We also appreciate the ongoing support of the Government of Canada in funding this research, which enables U of T to attract and retain…

ECE doctoral student receives prestigious Vanier Scholarship

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Reza Rafie. (Photo: Jessica MacInnis) June 6, 2017Faster, cheaper, better: Reza Rafie’s doctoral research is looking at how we can increase data rates to improve communication speed on fibre networks. Rafie’s research, under the supervision of Professor FrankKschischang, in The Edward S. Rogers Sr. Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering (ECE), is two-fold: “One of the objectives of my project is to estimate the capacity of non-linear fibre — the ultimate limit to the rate at which one can reliably transmit information — for this unconventional nonlinear channel,” says Rafie. “The other objective of my project is to exploit the nonlinear Fourier transform — a powerful tool in the theory of nonlinear dispersive waves — to design communication mechanisms that can operate at data rates very close to the capacity of fibre.”Rafie has received a 2017 Vanier Scholarship for his ongoing research in fibre-optic communications. Worth $50,000 per year for three years, Vanier Scholarsh…

Hart Teaching Innovation Professorships: Innovative ways ECE professors enrich the student experience

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Tyler Irving and Kevin SoobrianMay 30th, 2017Two professors from The Edward S. Rogers Sr. Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering (ECE) are among the six U of T Engineering faculty members named for the inaugural Hart Teaching Innovation Professors. Enabled by a landmark $20 million bequest from the estate of alumnus Erwin Edward Hart (CivE 4T0), the professorships support innovation in engineering education, from technology enhanced active learning (TEAL) to Indigenous outreach.“These professors are leaders in pedagogical practice and are driving our Faculty’s innovation in engineering education,” said Cristina Amon, Dean of the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering. “Their creativity and dedication enrich the student experience and inspire the global engineering leaders of tomorrow.”The new professorships complement the Percy Edward Hart and Erwin Edward Hart Professorships for early-career researchers, announced last fall. They are part of a rich suite of initiat…

Grads to Watch: Meet two of ECE’s global engineering leaders

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Tyler Irving

May 24th, 2017
At Spring Convocation on June 13, 2017, students from The Edward S. Rogers Sr. Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering (ECE) will mark both the end of one journey and the beginning of another. Having enriched their community as undergraduate and graduate students, they will transition into our vibrant, global network of Skule™ Alumni, where they will continue to address pressing challenges around the world.This year’s “Grads to Watch” from ECE embody the spirit of U of T Engineering; they demonstrate the engineering values of creativity, innovation and global impact. Watch their next steps!William Graydon (CompE 1T6 +PEY)
From simulations to cybersecurityWilliam Graydon. (Photo: Kevin Soobrian) During his undergraduate degree, Graydon researched traffic simulations under the supervision of Professor Alberto Leon-Garcia (ECE). His goal was to produce results faster so that these simulations can be used for real-time data prediction, for example, est…

‘The future is (mostly) electric’ says ECE Professor at San Jose alumni event

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May 23, 2017Lightweight materials, high-efficiency electric powertrains, high-density lithium batteries, sensors and machine learning: if you are looking for the latest in advanced engineering technologies, look no further than your driveway. Electric vehicles (EVs) hold great potential for multidisciplinary collaboration to help revolutionize the way humans transport people and things.On Thursday May 4, alumni and current students of U of T Engineering gathered to hear about the latest innovations in electric vehicles from Professor Olivier Trescases of The Edward S. Rogers Sr. Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering (ECE). Hosted by Alex Grbic (CompE 9T4, MASc 9T6, PhD 0T3) at Intel’s Programmable Solutions headquarters in San Jose, the event brought together nearly 50 California-based alumni and students currently on their Professional Experience Year (PEY) internship placements in the Bay Area. Alumni, students and friends heard about new research thrusts in electric v…

Deep Genomics applies machine learning to develop new genetic medicines

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ECE professor Brendan Frey is the founder and CEO of Deep Genomics, a startup company applying deep learning techniques to revolutionize genomic medicine. The company is now applying its platform to accelerate the development of genetic medicines that could be used to treat disorders of the eye, liver and central nervous system. (Courtesy: Deep Genomics) Marit MitchellMay 4, 2017Genetic mutations are the cause of countless diseases and disorders, from cancer to autism to cystic fibrosis. Now, startup company Deep Genomics is applying decades of research into machine learning and genomic science to develop genetic medicines — accelerating treatments that address the root causes of these conditions.“If you have smoke billowing out of the tailpipe of your car, you don’t just put a filter on the tailpipe — you have to look under the hood and address the original problem,” says Professor Brendan Frey, the co-founder and CEO of Deep Genomics, and a professor in The Edward S. Rogers Sr. Depar…

Four ECE students win Cressy Student Leadership Awards

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April 26, 2017Four students from The Edward S. Rogers Sr. Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering (ECE) received Gordon Cressy Student Leadership Awards at a ceremony on Tuesday, April 25. William (Billy) Graydon (Year 4 CompE), Kevin Rupasinghe (Year 4 ElecE), Anamjit Singh Sivia (Year 4 CompE), and Milan Maljovic (Year 4 ElecE) were among a record-number 28 U of T Engineering students to receive the award.“These ECE students exemplify the many ways in which our undergraduate students demonstrate leadership in the department, at the faculty, on campus, and in the greater community,” said Professor Farid Najm, chair of the ECE department. “Congratulations to William, Kevin, Anamjit, and Milan on this well-deserved recognition.”See the complete list of winners from U of T Engineering.Named after the former U of T Vice-President of Development and University Relations, the Gordon Cressy award recognizes graduating students who have demonstrated leadership qualities by contri…

Supermileage Team aims to retake top spot at Shell Eco-Marathon Americas

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Supermileage Team lead Mengqi Wang (ECE PhD candidate) hopes improvements to her team’s student-designed and student-built vehicles will get them to the podium at the Shell Eco-Marathon Americas competition. (Photo: Marit Mitchell) Marit MitchellApril 25, 2017The University of Toronto’s Supermileage Team is hoping to retake the top spot at the Shell Eco-Marathon Americas (SEMA) competition, having snagged a silver medal last year.The team, composed of U of T Engineering students, has been working around the clock to design and build two hyper-efficient vehicles to race in two categories: gasoline prototype and battery electric. They’ll put them to the test April 27 to 30 in Detroit, Mich.“Last year we didn’t meet our own expectations — the team felt pretty deflated after the race,” says Supermileage team lead Mengqi Wang (ECE PhD candidate). “A lot of things went wrong that we weren’t expecting.”Read more about the Supermileage Team in Canadian GeographicThis year, they’ve made some cr…

Clinic in a box, hand-gesture controlled smartwatch and wearable tremor stabilizer: student inventions tackle real-world challenges at Design Week 2017

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Students, professors, industry members and guests visit the Bahen Centre for Information Technology to see fourth-year design projects by ECE students. April 18, 2017Over the course of three days, fourth-year undergraduate students in The Edward S. Rogers Sr. Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering (ECE) showcased their capstone projects during ECE’s annual Design Fair from April 4 to April 6, 2017. The strongest projects were selected to participate in the Design Showcase on Friday April 7: the conclusion of a year-long design project by some of the brightest young minds in electrical and computer engineering. Students Joanna Zhou, Miranda Davis and Asha Shafiq (all Year 4, CompE) developed a prototype of a wearable device to counteract the tremors that a person with Parkinson’s disease faces in completing everyday tasks. The Hand Stabilizer consists of an accelerometer to read the tremors; a microprocessor that interprets the readings of the accelerometer and calculates th…

ModiFace invests in developing augmented reality, artificial intelligence talent at U of T Engineering

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ModiFace technology lets users virtually manipulate their appearance, trying on makeup products and hair styles in 3D and real time. The company is hiring 50 Professional Experience Year (PEY) internship positions. (Photo: ModiFace) Marit MitchellApril 11, 2017Augmented reality startup ModiFace is investing $4 million to create new undergraduate and graduate student internships, and to support leading research at U of T Engineering.The company, founded by Professor Parham Aarabi of The Edward S. Rogers Sr. Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, uses augmented reality (AR) and artificial intelligence (AI) to build advanced facial visualization software for the beauty and medical industries. ModiFace technology powers over 100 AR applications by Fortune 500 brands including Sephora, L’Oreal, Allergan, Vichy and Clairol, among others.“The future of ModiFace is highly dependent on our access to the best AR engineers in the world,” says Aarabi. “For AR, it takes about a year f…

Printable solar cells just got a little closer

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Post-doctoral researcher Hairen Tan and his colleagues in Professor Ted Sargent’s lab have removed a key barrier to the manufacture of low-cost perovskite solar cells. (Photo: Kevin Soobrian) February 16, 2017Tyler IrvingA U of T Engineering innovation could make printing solar cells as easy and inexpensive as printing a newspaper. Dr. Hairen Tan and his team have cleared a critical manufacturing hurdle in the development of a relatively new class of solar devices called perovskite solar cells. This alternative solar technology could lead to low-cost, printable solar panels capable of turning nearly any surface into a power generator.“Economies of scale have greatly reduced the cost of silicon manufacturing,” says University Professor Ted Sargent (ECE), an expert in emerging solar technologies and the Canada Research Chair in Nanotechnology and senior author on the paper. “Perovskite solar cells can enable us to use techniques already established in the printing industry to produce sol…

Team led by Lie receives funding from relaunched Connaught Global Challenge Award

Cristina Amon reappointed Dean of U of T Engineering

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Dean Cristina Amon speaks with students at the site of the new Centre for Engineering Innovation & Entrepreneurship, a vibrant hub for engineering education, innovation and commercialization by entrepreneurship. (Credit: Roberta Baker) January 26, 2017Professor Cristina Amon has been reappointed as Dean of the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering at the University of Toronto for a special third term to June 30, 2019.In addition, Dean Amon will serve in the role of Provostial Advisor on Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) at the University for the period of July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018. In this new role she will be advising Professor Cheryl Regehr, U of T’s vice-president and provost, on matters related to women in STEM at the University and will work with the Vice-Provosts and Divisions to develop strategies for recruitment, retention and professional development.“With a relentless pursuit of excellence, Dean Amon has taken the country’s premier engin…

Adve, Voinigescu named Fellows of the IEEE

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January 4, 2017Professors Ravi Adve (left) and Sorin Voinigescu were named Fellows of the IEEE, effective January 2017. Professors Ravi Adve and Sorin Voinigescu have been named Fellows of the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). The two professors in The Edward S. Rogers Sr. Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering (ECE) were inducted in the 2017 cohort, joining 28 ECE faculty members, including Emeritus Professors, who hold the grade of fellow.Professor Adve was elevated with the citation “for development of signal processing techniques for airborne radar.”“My research areas include physical layer wireless communications and signal processing for radar systems,” says Professor Adve. “It’s an honour to be recognized by my peers for doing innovative work that has pushed the ball forward in the field.”Professor Adve’s work with airborne radar and advanced signal processing aims to detect and track small or slow moving targets at large ranges. While appli…

ECE Awards Round Up: Dec. 2016

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December 16, 2016From left: Professor Brad Lehman, Professor Peter Lehn, Dr. Gregory Kish. Lehn, Ranjram and Kish receive IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics First Place Paper AwardProfessor Peter Lehn of The Edward S. Rogers Sr. Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering (ECE), and graduate students Mike Ranjram and Gregory Kish, received the First Place Prize Paper Award for 2015 in the IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics. Dr. Kish has since joined the faculty at the University of Alberta, and Mr. Ranjram is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.Titled “A Modular Multilevel DC/DC Converter with Fault Blocking Capability for HVDC Interconnects,” the paper introduces a modular multilevel dc/dc converter, termed the DC-MMC, that can be deployed to interconnect HVDC networks of different or similar voltage levels.IEEE is the world’s largest technical professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for the benefit of humanity. …

Remembering Margaret and John Bahen

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Margaret and John Bahen (CivE 5T4). Both U of T alumni, their visionary philanthropy is seeding breakthroughs in medicine, engineering, math and computer science. December 6th, 2016The University of Toronto has lost two remarkable alumni and supporters. Margaret and John Bahen (CivE 5T4) both passed away in November, within days of one another. The couple, who met at U of T and raised three children together, leave behind many friends and family members, as well as a strong legacy at their alma mater.The Bahens gave generously to the Faculties of Medicine and Applied Science & Engineering. Their commitment to advancing medical research and scholarship, and their lasting contributions to the campus through their support of the Bahen Centre for Information Technology, leave an indelible mark.“The University is proud to count John and Margaret among our most distinguished alumni and champions,” says U of T President Meric Gertler. “We greatly appreciate their dedication to advancing e…