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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…

ECE professors and alumni honoured at the Ontario Professional Engineers Awards gala

Huawei and U of T sign strategic partnership agreement

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Professor Vivek Goel (left), vice president, research and innovation for the University of Toronto, and Jun Zha, president of Huawei’s Central Research Institute, celebrate the signing of a bilateral strategic partnership agreement between the two groups. (Credit: Roberta Baker) November 16, 2016Marit MitchellThe University of Toronto and multinational telecommunications giant Huawei ratified a bilateral research partnership agreement Thursday in a signing ceremony at U of T’s Faculty Club. The agreement will see Huawei commit $3 million to a wide range of projects, in fields from computer hardware and software to bioengineering and materials.“This partnership is a wonderful example of the innovative thinking at Huawei, at the University of Toronto, and in our Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering,” said Vivek Goel, vice president, research and innovation at the University of Toronto. “It demonstrates the value of active collaboration, of leveraging talent and resources, and of …

Developing a bot for Microsoft: One ECE undergrad’s professional internship

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Computer Engineering undergraduate student Ankita Singal worked at Microsoft headquarters in Redmond, Washington, this past summer (Courtesy: Ankita Singal) Arthur KaptainisNov 4, 2016If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to spend a summer immersed in one of the world’s largest software giants, just ask Ankita Singal (Year 2 CompE)— she spent last summer in Redmond, Washington, as an Explore Microsoft Intern.“I’m not an Xbox addict,” Singal, a student in The Edward S. Rogers Sr. Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering (ECE), said. “I actually don’t own one. But I am a Windows user. I was accustomed to using Windows, so it worked well.”How did a first-year student land such a prestigious, paid internship? Singal started by dropping off her resumé at the Microsoft booth at the 2015 Fall Career Fair — an annual project of the student-run You’re Next Career Network. After a phone screening, Microsoft flew Singal to Redmond for an on-site interview — which she clearly ac…

Enabling low-cost quantum key distribution

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Professors Hoi-Kwong Lo, left, and Joyce Poon, right. October 28, 2016Professors Hoi-Kwong Lo and Joyce Poon in The Edward S. Rogers Sr. Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering (ECE) are working on making quantum key distribution for the masses. Quantum key distribution is a method of sharing a secret key to encrypt and decrypt information with security guaranteed by quantum mechanics. In situations that require impenetrable communication systems for exchange of information, this method of encryption is used — but it comes with a cost, and a footprint.Despite its effectiveness, use of quantum key distribution is limited because it requires large and complicated equipment. “Right now it is only used in very select industries, like some military and financial institutions,” says Professor Lo. “It’s a niche market because it’s so expensive, and the equipment involved uses discrete components.” Classical methods of producing encryption keys that allow you to shop online with re…

Jonathan Rose receives OCUFA Teaching Award

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ECE Professor Jonathan Rose (right) has been recognized with an OCUFA Teaching Award. Rose is known for his emphasis on the teaching of engineering design and his long record of innovation in both undergraduate and graduate courses. (Credit: Engineering Strategic Communications) September 27, 2016Carolyn FarrellProfessor Jonathan Rose has been recognized by the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations (OCUFA) with an OCUFA Teaching Award. These awards recognize outstanding contributions to teaching and learning at the undergraduate and graduate levels.Rose teaches classes ranging from large first-year courses introducing computer programming, to specialized graduate courses on Computer-Aided-Design algorithms and software. He is particularly known for his emphasis on the teaching of engineering design and his long record of innovation in laboratory and design courses. In 2011, he created the innovative graduate course ECE 1778 Creative Applications for Mobile Devices, w…

Professor Enright Jerger awarded a Hart Professorship

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September 2, 2016Professor Natalie Enright Jerger is one of seven U of T Engineering faculty members to receive the inaugural Percy Edward Hart and Erwin Edward Hart Professorships.The professorships were created by a landmark bequest from the estate of alumnus Erwin Edward Hart (CivE 4T0). The seven professors are all within the first 10 years of their careers and have demonstrated a high level of research excellence and exemplary graduate student mentorship, enhancing emerging research and education across the Faculty.“Our inaugural Hart Professors exemplify the richness and diversity of research and education across our Faculty,” said Cristina Amon, dean of the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering. “They are addressing society’s most relevant challenges, from sustainable energy to human health, while nurturing the next generation of global engineering leaders.”Professor Enright Jerger has been named the Percy Edward Hart Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering.  En…

Battery-sized microscope gives new insights into brain activity during seizures

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U of T doctoral researchers Iliya Sigal (right) and Dene Ringuette are part of a team that designed a miniature microscope that could open new doors for epilepsy and seizure monitoring and treatment. (Photo: Luke Ng / University of Toronto) August 22, 2016Luke NgA team of researchers from the University of Toronto, Sunnybrook Research Institute and the University Health Network’s Krembil Research Institute have developed a miniature microscope—about the size of a AAA battery—that can be used to peer into a rodent’s brain during an epileptic seizure. The technique could offer insights into what causes epilepsy, and lead to more effective treatments.More than 15,000 Canadians are diagnosed with epilepsy each year. Of these, about half are due to unknown causes. Long-term drug therapy can treat the symptoms of epilepsy, but there is currently no cure.A common challenge scientists face when studying epilepsy in rodents is the ability to monitor their brain function while the animal is awak…

ECE Awards Roundup: August 2016

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August 11, 2016From left: Professor Natalie Enright Jerger and Professor Andreas Moshovos IEEE Micro Top Picks from 2015 Computer Architecture ConferencesTwo papers from The Edward S. Rogers Sr. Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering (ECE)’s Computer Engineering Group were recognized as IEEE Micro Top Picks from 2015 Computer Architecture Conferences. These top picks outline the year’s most significant research papers in computer architecture based on novelty and potential for long-term impact.Professor Natalie Enright Jerger along with MASc graduate Ajaykumar Kannan and Gabriel H. Loh of AMD were recognized for their paper “Exploiting Interposer Technologies to Disintegrate and Reintegrate Multicore Processors“, presented at the International Symposium on Microarchitecture held in Waikiki, Dec. 5-9, 2015. Their paper explores how to disintegrate a multi-core processor on an interposer while addressing the problem of a fragmented network-on-chip (NoC.) Many aspects of our …

Recycling carbon dioxide: U of T researchers efficiently reduce climate-warming CO2 into building blocks for fuels

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U of T Engineering researchers Min Liu (left), Yuanjie Pang and their team designed a way to efficiently reduce climate-warming carbon dioxide into carbon monoxide, a useful chemical building block for fuels such as methanol, ethanol and diesel. (photo: Marit Mitchell) August 3, 2016Turning carbon dioxide into stored energy sounds like science fiction: researchers have long tried to find simple ways to convert this greenhouse gas into fuels and other useful chemicals. Now, a group of researchers led by Professor Ted Sargent of The Edward S. Rogers Sr. Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering (ECE) at the University of Toronto has found a more efficient way, through the wonders of nanoengineering.Drs. Min Liu and Yuanjie Pang, along with a team of graduate students and post-doctoral fellows in U of T Engineering, have developed a technique powered by renewable energies such as solar or wind. The catalyst takes climate-warming carbon-dioxide (CO2) and converts it to carbon-mon…

SAVI meets for final AGM with future in mind

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July 15, 2016Smart Applications on Virtual Infrastructures (SAVI), a national NSERC Strategic Network, held its final annual general meeting on July 6 and 7 at the Bahen Centre for Information Technology at the University of Toronto. For the past five years, the partnership, comprised of industry, academia, research and education institutions, and high performance computing centres from across Canada, has worked collaboratively to identify and mitigate some of the greatest challenges facing today’s Internet: massive demand for data driven by the rapid explosion of mobile devices, soaring need for storage and processing power, and the need to secure information and infrastructure at every level.Led by Professor Alberto Leon-Garcia, of The Edward S. Rogers Sr. Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering (ECE) and scientific director of the SAVI research team, SAVI was established to explore key elements of future application platforms including the creation of the SAVI testbed—a…

Global leader in machine learning presents at BizSkule

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From left: Professor Brendan Frey (ECE), U of T Engineering alumnus and CEO of Jupiter Networks Rami Rahim, Dean Cristina Amon and ECE Chair Professor Farid Najm. (Photo: Carlos Fogel) July 7, 2016Your computer can identify you in photos, sort your email and keep your money safe online, but like anyone starting a new job, first it needs to learn how. The field of machine learning has exploded in recent years, and researchers are now developing software systems that can “learn” by exposure to training data sets and make “decisions” about real-world problems in ways that approach or exceed human abilities.On Thursday, June 23, alumni of the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering, current students and friends of the Faculty gathered at a BizSkule Speaker Series event in California to learn about the next frontier of machine learning from one of the field’s experts, Brendan Frey, a professor in The Edward S. Rogers Sr. Department of Electrical & Computer E…

ECE profs meet to establish research priorities

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July 6, 2016Ten years ago, the iPhone had yet to be released, expansion of renewable energy had yet to be proposed through the introduction of Ontario’s Green Energy Act, and Intel had just released the Core 2 Duo processor E6320. Thanks to advances in research, a lot can happen in a decade. Faculty members from The Edward S. Rogers Sr. Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering (ECE) gathered on June 29 to discuss the departmental research vision for the next five to 10 years.Nearly 40 faculty members from ECE converged to discuss research themes and brainstorm how to identify and navigate common challenges related to research. Research themes discussed included data, machine learning and neuromodulation. The group heard presentations from ECE professors Al Leon-Garcia on data and Brendan Frey on machine learning. Dr. Taufik Valiante, the Director of the Surgical Epilepsy Program at the Krembil Neuroscience Center, an Affiliate Scientist at the Toronto Western Hospital Resea…