Canadian Conference on Electrical and Computer Engineering

Organizing Committee

Conference General Chair
Hussein Mouftah
University of Ottawa

Organizing Committee Chair
Ramiro Liscano
University of Ontario Institute of Technology

Technical Program co-Chairs
Rafik Goubran,
Carleton University
Voicu Groza and
Abdulmotaleb El Saddik
University of Ottawa

Local Arrangements Chair
John Grefford
CRO Engineering Ltd.

Publication co-Chairs
Raed Abdullah
Hydro Ottawa
Tariq Al-Omari
Carleton University

Publicity Chair
Bahram Zahir Azami
Hivva Technologies

Finance Chair
Branislav Djokic
National Research Council Canada

Sponsor / Exhibit Chair
Jasmin Roy
Communications Research Centre

Industrial Relations Chair
Maike Luiken Miller

Workshop / Tutorial Chair
George Yee
National Research Council Canada

DRDC Workshop Chair
Sreeraman Rajan
DRDC Ottawa

Student Activities
Vijay Narasimhan
University of Ottawa

Amir Ghavam
University of Ottawa

IEEE Canada President
Robert Hanna
RPM Engineering Ltd.

Conference Advisory Chair
Witold Kinsner
University of Manitoba

Secretary & Registration Chair
Wahab Almuhtadi
Algonquin College, School of Advanced Technolgy

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Registration co-Chairs
Preeti Raman,
EIDOS Ottawa
Soorena Merat,
IEEE Ottawa

Technology for a better World

May 7 to 10, 2006 - Ottawa Congress Centre, Ottawa, Canada



Contact: George Yee, CCECE06 Tutorial/Workshop Chair,

The tutorials below are all half-day tutorials. Odd numbered tutorials (i.e. Tutorials 1, 3, and 5) are held in the morning. Even numbered ones (i.e. Tutorials 2, 4, and 6) are held in the afternoon. Each tutorial attendee will receive a printed hand-out of tutorial materials for the tutorial he/she attends. Here is a listing of all the tutorials:

Tutorials in the morning, May 7, 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM:

Tutorials in the afternoon, May 7, 1:00 PM – 4:30 PM:

The CCECE 2006 Organizing Committee would like to express sincere appreciation to all the tutorial presenters for volunteering their time and expertise to give these tutorials.

Tutorial 1: Modeling and Optimization for High-Frequency Electronic Design
by Dr. Q.J. Zhang, Carleton University, IEEE Fellow

Sunday, May 7, 8:30 AM-12:00 PM
Room SITE C0136, University of Ottawa

Modeling and optimization of high-frequency effects are important in designing RF/microwave circuits and in signal integrity based design of high-speed VLSI packages and interconnects. Increasing circuit size and design complexity, coupled with stringent design specifications and shorter design cycles, demand tools that are faster, more accurate and automated than possible today. It becomes important to achieve EM/physics-based design accuracies not only at the component level, but also at the circuit and system levels. Efficient modeling for linear and nonlinear circuits with EM/physics oriented accuracy but much faster than direct EM/physics simulations are necessary. Recent advances in the application of neural networks and fuzzy logic for microwave design lead to new developments in efficient and automated modeling and CAD at both component and circuit levels. Applications are being made in modeling and design of microstrip and CPW circuits, multilayer interconnects, embedded passives, printed antennas, LTCC circuits, semiconductor devices, measurement standards, filters, amplifiers, mixers and so on. New CAD methods for optimization, statistical design, global modeling, and computational electromagnetics exploiting computational intelligence concepts are being developed. Knowledge based engineering concepts exploiting existing microwave knowledge and information are being formalized into advanced microwave CAD methodologies such as knowledge-aided design, knowledge-based neural networks, and space mapping. This leads to new opportunities combining equivalent circuit/empirical models, EM/physics simulation, behavioral modeling, neural network and space mapping optimization algorithms for fast and accurate design of high-frequency circuits and systems. This tutorial presents an overview of the state of the art in these emerging directions. The presentations highlight implementable methodologies for automated modeling and design of RF/microwave components, circuits and systems. The tutorial covers fundamental concepts and methodologies, industrial applications, and future trends in R&D.

Short Biography
Dr. Q.J. Zhang received the B.Eng. degree from the East China Engineering Institute, Nanjing, China in 1982, and the Ph.D. Degree in Electrical Engineering from McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada, in 1987. He was with the Optimization Systems Associates Inc. (acquired by HP in 1997), Dundas, Ontario, Canada during 1988-1990, developing advanced commercial microwave optimization software. He joined the Department of Electronics, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada in 1990 where he is presently a Professor. His research interests are modeling, optimization and neural networks for high-speed/high-frequency electronic design, and has over 170 publications in the area. He is an author of the book Neural Networks for RF and Microwave Design (Boston: Artech House, 2000), and a coeditor of Modeling and Simulation of High-Speed VLSI Interconnects (Boston: Kluwer, 1994). He is a contributor to Encyclopedia of RF and Microwave Engineering, (New York: Wiley, 2005), Fundamentals of Nonlinear Behavioral Modeling: Foundations and Applications, (Boston: Artech House, 2005), Tutorials on Emerging Methodologies and Applications in Operations Research, (New York: Springer, 2005), and Analog Methods for Computer-Aided Circuit Analysis and Diagnosis, (New York: Marcel Dekker, 1988). He was a Guest co-Editor for the Special Issue on High-Speed VLSI Interconnects for the International Journal of Analog Integrated Circuits and Signal Processing (Boston: Kluwer, 1994), and twice a Guest Editor for the Special Issues on Applications of ANN to RF and Microwave Design for the International Journal of RF and Microwave CAE (New York: Wiley, 1999, 2002). Dr. Zhang is a Fellow of the IEEE. He is on the editorial board of the IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques, the International Journal of RF and Microwave CAE, and the International Journal of Numerical Modeling. He is on the Technical Committee on CAD of the IEEE MTT Society, and co-chair of the TPC CAD subcommittee for the IEEE MTT-S International Microwave Symposium (San Francisco, California, June 2006). Dr. Zhang currently also serves on the Appraisal Committee of the Ontario Council of Graduate Studies.

Tutorial 2: Infrastructure-based Wireless Multihop, Relay, Mesh Networks CANCELLED
by Dr. Halim Yanikomeroglu, Carleton University

Sunday, May 7, 1:00 PM-4:30 PM
Room SITE C0136, University of Ottawa

Simple calculations indicate that the provision of very high data rates, beyond small pockets, is not feasible with the conventional wireless network architectures. Even the recent advances in antenna technologies (such as smart antennas and MIMO systems) and signal processing techniques (such as advanced channel coding methods) do not seem to be sufficient to alleviate the tremendous potential stress that will be incurred on the link budget in future wireless networks with the aggregate rates of 100 – 1000 Mbps. Towards that end, the augmentation of the current networks with the multihop capability is considered to be the most feasible architectural upgrade to facilitate almost ubiquitous high data rate coverage in the most cost-effective manner. In this context, there has been growing interest in both academia and industry in the concept of relaying in infrastructure-based wireless networks such as next generation cellular (B3G, 4G), WLAN (WiFi, HiperLAN2), and broadband fixed wireless (802.16, WiMax, HiperMAN) networks. Multihop communications can be facilitated through the use of low-power/low-cost fixed relays deployed by the service provider, or through other wireless terminals in the network. This tutorial will present the concept of relaying in infrastructure-based networks, with its fundamental dynamics, potentials and limitations. The tutorial will cover physical layer issues (including novel diversity techniques, virtual antenna arrays, and cooperative relaying), systems level issues (including multiple access, ARQ, radio resource management, coverage, capacity, and throughput) and networking issues (including intelligent routing, load balancing, and handoff). This tutorial is a survey of almost anything related to infrastructure-based relay, multihop, and mesh networks, from physical layer, to multiple access layer, up to networking layer. Some of the concepts discussed in the physical layer has also relevance to ad hoc and sensor networks.

Short Biography
Dr. Halim Yanikomeroglu was born in Giresun, Turkey, in 1968. He received a B.Sc. degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from the Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey, in 1990, and an M.A.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering (now ECE) and a Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Toronto, Canada, in 1992 and 1998, respectively. Dr. Yanikomeroglu was with the Research and Development Group of Marconi Kominikasyon A.S., Ankara, Turkey, from January 1993 to July 1994. Since 1998 Dr. Yanikomeroglu has been with the Department of Systems and Computer Engineering at Carleton University, Ottawa, where he is now an Associate Professor with tenure. His research interests include almost all aspects of wireless communications with a special emphasis on infrastructure-based multihop/mesh/relay networks. At Carleton University, he teaches graduate courses on digital, mobile, and wireless communications. Dr. Yanikomeroglu has been involved in the steering committees and technical program committees of numerous international conferences in wireless communications; he has also given several tutorials in such conferences. He was the Technical Program Co-Chair of the IEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference 2004 (WCNC'04). He was an Editor for IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications during 2002-05, and a guest editor for Wiley Journal on Wireless Communications & Mobile Computing; he was an Editor for IEEE Communications Surveys & Tutorials for 2002-03. Currently he is serving as the Chair of the IEEE Communications Society’s Technical Committee on Personal Communications (TCPC), he is also a member of IEEE ComSoc’s Technical Activites Committee (TAC). He is a member of the Advisory Committee for Broadband Communications and Wireless Systems (BCWS) Centre at Carleton University. Dr. Yanikomeroglu is a registered Professional Engineer in the province of Ontario, Canada.

Tutorial 3: Recognition in Video
by Dr. Dmitry O. Gorodnichy, National Research Council Canada

Sunday, May 7, 8:30 AM-12:00 PM
Room SITE F0126, University of Ottawa

Video processing is no longer a prerogative of a few. With video-cameras now affordable, computers powerful enough to process video in real-time, and a large pool of Open Source video libraries available for everybody, it is now possible practically for anybody with basic engineering skill to create a video processing system. The variety of applications for video processing is just as impressive: from surveillance, video coding and annotation to computer-human interaction and collaborative environments to multi-media, video conferencing and computer games, to name a few. Building a vision system for a specific application however is a big challenge, because of the complexity and the versatility of the video recognition problem inherent to all video processing tasks, regardless of whether it’s tracking of objects, recognition of events or person identification. While for humans it is very easy to give a meaning to observed visual stimuli, for computers it is not, and engineering skills alone may not be sufficient to resolve the problem. This tutorial is aimed at providing a compressive background to the problem of recognition in video and presenting an overview of the available solutions to this problem. Both live demonstrations and simple video coding techniques will be shown. By the end of the tutorial, the audience will be able to create their own perceptual vision system using a web-cam in a Windows environment.

Short Biography
Dr. Dmitry O. Gorodnichy, PhD (CompSci) from U. of Alberta, PhD (Math) from Ukrainian AcSc, , MSc (cum laude) from Moscow Institute of Technology, publications:, project page:, is a project leader for Perceptual Vision Technology project at the Institute for Information Technology of the National Research Council of Canada. He is an author of over 50 publications dedicated to the problems of associative recognition, vision-based robotics, and more recently, video perception and face processing and recognition in video, including the publications in Neural Processing Letters, Robotics Today, Image and Vision Computing, and an IEEE IJCNN Best Presentation Award paper. Dr. Gorodnichy is the editor of the Special Issue of the Image and Vision Computing journal on Face Processing in Video Sequences and an organizer and program chair of several international workshops on Face Processing in Video (IEEE FPiV’04, CRV FPiV’05) and Video Processing for Security (CRV VP4S-06). The work of Dr. Gorodnichy on designing Perceptual Vision Interfaces Nouse (Nose as Mouse) was featured by global media worldwide, including New Scientist, BBC, CNN in UK, ABC in Australia, New York Times in USA, and CBC, Maclean’s Magazine, and Discovery Channel in Canada. Dr. Gorodnichy is holder of NRC-CNRC Outstanding Scientific Achievement Award, Young Investigator Award from the Canadian Image Processing and Pattern Recognition Society and is listed as one of the Leaders of Tomorrow by the by Canadian Partnership Group for Science and Engineering (PAGSE).

Tutorial 4: Antennas and Channel Modeling for Ultra Wideband (UWB) Communications
by Dr. Qiubo Ye and Mr. Qingsheng Zeng, Communications Research Centre Canada

Sunday, May 7, 1:00 PM-4:30 PM
Room SITE F0126, University of Ottawa

This tutorial is divided into two parts. In the first part, basics about UWB communication technologies are briefly introduced, including the history, FCC regulations and the existing UWB techniques. Then, antenna concepts are reviewed, UWB antennas are compared with the conventional broadband antennas, and the challenges facing antenna designers are described. Next, some UWB antennas are designed by going through the procedures of simulation, fabrication and measurement. A set of criteria for identifying and evaluating UWB antennas is proposed. In the second part, UWB channel modeling, it first addresses how the frequency selectivity of propagation processes causes differences between UWB channels and narrowband. The pathloss due to free space loss, reflection, transmission, diffraction and scattering are described. Then large scale channel modeling is discussed, followed by small scale channel modeling. The former includes passloss modeling in free-space and non-free-space environments, shadowing, link budget calculations, etc. while the latter contains statistical modeling of channel impulse responses, effect of model parameters, etc. Next, some new techniques for channel modeling in time domain and their applications in UWB receiver design are presented. Finally, this part is summarized with the conclusions.

Short Biography
Dr. Qiubo Ye obtained his Ph.D. degree in EE from the University of Manitoba. He is currently a Project Leader and Research Scientist in Electromagnetics and Compatibility for the Communications Research Centre, Ottawa, Canada. Prior to that, he was a Visiting Assistant Professor in the ECE Department, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Terre Haute, IN, USA, and a R & D Engineer in Zeland Software, Inc., Fremont, California, USA. His research involves Ultra-Wideband (UWB) antenna design, computational electromagnetics, EM scattering by large structures, and similar studies.

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Mr. Qingsheng Zeng received his B.Eng. from Taiyuan University of Technology, Taiyuan, M.Eng. from Xidian University, Xian, China, and M.Sc. from INRS-Telecommunications, University of Quebec, Montreal, Canada, all in electrical engineering. He is a PhD candidate in the School of Information and Technology Engineering (SITE), University of Ottawa. He was an engineer in the Second Institute of the Chinese Electronic Industry Ministry for one year, a lecturer in Taiyuan University of Technology for five years, and a visiting scholar in the Institute of High Frequency Technology, Ruhr University, Bochum, Germany, for two years. He joined Communication Research Centre Canada (CRC) as a research engineer in 2001. He undertook research and teaching in several fields, including electromagnetics, antennas, optoelectronics, wireless and speech communications. Since 2001, his research has been focusing on electromagnetic compatibility / interference (EMC / EMI) analysis in ultra wideband (UWB) and microwave communications. He has been engaged not only in the research at CRC but also in the activities of CNO Task Group 1/8 on UWB technology for Industry Canada. He has been making his contributions to International Telecommunication Union (ITU). His work has formed one part of the Consultation Paper on the Introduction of Wireless Systems Using Ultra-wideband Technology, Spectrum Management and Telecommunications Policy, Industry Canada.

Tutorial 5: Processing, Protecting and Providing Multimedia Information CANCELLED
by Drs. Dimitri Androutsos, Sri Krishnan, and Xavier Fernando, Ryerson University

Sunday, May 7, 8:30 AM-12:00 PM
Room SITE J0106, University of Ottawa

This tutorial will be given in three parts, as follows:

Part I. Processing and Retrieval (Dr. Androutsos)

The focus of the tutorial is to understand the current research and trends in accessing and retrieving multimedia data based on their content and semantic meaning. The tutorial will address various ways that features and semantic meaning are identified and indexed and how multimedia applications and services can use this data to efficiently and effectively access the underlying multimedia information. The great surge in the amount of digital data that is available today has greatly increased the need for effectively accessing media by their content and meaning. Data is generated both by consumers and industry very easily and very quickly. However, as this amount increases, the inherent value of this multimedia data decreases since it becomes increasingly difficult to find specific images, video scenes or music. If we cannot find the multimedia content that we want, then what value does more and more multimedia data have? Recent research has focused on methods and techniques to automatically identify salient features and semantic meaning. All multimedia data, i.e., images, video and audio, have low-level content that can be identified and extracted. This content can then be used to retrieve data or can further be used to build high-level semantic meaning. This allows multimedia data to then be retrieved by cognitive concepts such as storyline, audio genre, specific actor or speaker or even by specific actions of events (e.g., action segments of a sports broadcast). In this tutorial we will discuss the multimedia retrieval problem. We will investigate various low-level methods that have been developed and how higher-level semantic concepts have become the new trend in creating new and exciting ways to manage multimedia, opening doors to new applications.

Part II. Security and Watermarking (Dr. Krishnan)

In recent years, the multimedia content has been reproduced and distributed in digital form. Today’s technology allows people to copy multimedia content and redistribute it over the Internet at a very low cost. Therefore, need for copyright protection has been aroused for maintaining the rights of the multimedia content (audio, image and video). Watermarking is the process of embedding a special data into the host signal for copyright ownership. A watermark added to the host signal should satisfy the following conditions. 1) It should be imperceptible by the user. 2) It should be robust to any kind of manipulations on the host data such as filtering, compression, noise, re-sampling etc. 3) It should be successfully extracted to prove the ownership. In this tutorial, different watermarking schemes and their advantages and disadvantages will be covered. Most of the existing algorithms embed the watermark information in the frequency domain of the signal using the simultaneous masking properties. There are also some watermarking techniques proposed that use the temporal masking properties. Techniques to embed the watermark in the joint time and frequency domains will also be discussed in the tutorial. Watermarking can only be applied to new media contents and is not feasible for copyright protection of pre-existing digital materials. Multimedia fingerprinting techniques are gaining popularity for information security applications. A Multimedia fingerprint is a compact representation of the perceptually relevant parts of an audio or video content. A well designed fingerprint can be used to identify a multimedia object, even if it is severely distorted by compression or other signal processing techniques. Some of the applications for fingerprinting include integrity verification, content-based identification, broadcast monitoring, and digital rights management. A Fingerprinting system consists of two major blocks: fingerprint extraction and matching. In Fingerprint extraction, using perceptually relevant features of the signal, a compact representation of the signal is developed. In the later part, fast and efficient search and matching criteria are developed to match the fingerprint with the fingerprint database. Various fingerprinting schemes including the joint time and frequency based methods, and their advantages and shortcomings will be discussed in the tutorial.

Part III . Transmission and Delivery over Access Networks (Dr. Fernando)

In this portion, we focus on the critical challenges facing access networks or the last mile bottle neck for multimedia delivery. We will look at the current and emerging technologies to address them. The dominant broadband access technologies today are Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) and cable modems. DSL leads, with global subscribers exceeding 100 million, while cable-modem subscribers worldwide will total 55 million in 2005. Data over Cable Service Interface Specifications (DOCSIS) is the ITU standard for multimedia delivery over cable. Although DSL is primarily for data, Voice over DSL (VoDSL) is becoming hot in corporate access networks. Furthermore, emerging broadband technologies such as fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) access are gaining in importance. There were 2.8 million FTTH users by March 2005. 30 million people in Japan will have FTTH by 2010 [1]. With FTTH approach, multimedia signals such as (high definition or conventional) video, digital audio and high-speed (Internet) data signals are simultaneously transmitted over optical fiber all the way to the home. The video signal could be either radio frequency (RF) video or internet protocol (IP) video. The IP video is similar to Internet traffic with additional streaming requirement. However, the RF video signal is analog and sub carrier multiplexing is needed to transmit multiple television channels. Furthermore, the RF video is a proven technology that already dominates existing fiber-coaxial networks and has better quality. We will compare the pros and cons of RF video and video over IP technologies for multimedia delivery. Broadband wireless multimedia access is also on the rise. Emerging WiMAX (IEEE 802.16) is a wireless metropolitan-area network technology that provides up to 50- kilometers of service area, without the need of direct line-of-sight to the base station, and provides data rates up to 75 Mbps. Radio over fiber (ROF) technique is another way for broadband access. For example, Chinese government is adapting ROF technology for its future wireless networks. Furthermore, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has authorized the use of spectrum at 71-76 GHz, 81-86 GHz, and 92-95 GHz in for wireless multimedia delivery in October 2003 that makes 1-10 Gb/s wireless transmission viable. These mm wave will need ROF technology. Reference: [1] Hiromichi Shinohara (NTT Corp.), ‘Broadband Access in Japan: Rapidly Growing FTTH Market’ IEEE Communication Magazine, September 2005, Vol. 43, No. 9, pp: 72-78.

Short Biography
Dr. Dimitri Androutsos ( is an Associate Professor at Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada. He is the author of over 50 peer-reviewed international journal articles, conference papers and book chapters. He is a senior member of the IEEE and an executive committee member of the IEEE Toronto Chapter. He has also been on numerous technical committees for international conferences and is a reviewer for many leading international journals. He has also been a recent guest editor for IEEE’s Signal Processing Magazine on the topic of Semantic Retrieval of Multimedia. In addition, Dr. Androutsos is a Professional Engineer of Ontario and a member of Sigma Xi. He has been with the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering at Ryerson University since January 2004 where he teaches and performs research in the areas of image, video and multimedia processing. Before his academic position, he worked in industry both in the United States and Canada on signal and image processing projects ranging from object tracking for the film industry to voice-over-IP system development

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Dr. Sri Krishnan ( Sridhar (Sri) Krishnan received the B.E. degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Anna University, Madras, India, in 1993, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, in 1996 and 1999 respectively. He joined Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada in 1999 as an Assistant Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering, and is currently an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department. Sri Krishnan's research interests include biomedical signal processing, multimedia watermarking, and biometrics. Three papers authored with his graduate students won the best paper awards adjudicated by IBM T.J. Watson Research in International Conference on Multimedia and Expo (ICME) 2002 held in Switzerland, IEEE Canada in CCECE 2003 held in Montreal, and Micronet, a Network of Centres Annual Workshop in 2004. Sri Krishnan is a registered Professional Engineer (P.Eng.) in the Province of Ontario. He is a Senior Member of IEEE, and is associated with the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, IEEE Signal Processing Society, and the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society. He was the IEEE Student Branch Counselor of Ryerson University from 2001 to 2003. He is the Founding General Chairman of the International Conference for Upcoming Engineers (ICUE) hosted annually by an IEEE student branch in Region 7 (Canada). From October 2003 to October 2005 he served as the Chair of the IEEE Signals and Applications Chapter of Toronto Section. This joint chapter represented six IEEE societies, and in 2005, Sri Krishnan was recognized with a Certificate of Appreciation by the six parent societies for his notable and outstanding contributions to IEEE and the Engineering profession. Since October 2005 he is serving as the Chair of the newly formed IEEE Signal Processing Chapter of the Toronto Section.

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Dr. Xavier Fernando ( is an Associate Professor and Coordinator of the Signal Processing and Communications Research Stream at Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada. He is the author of about forty peer-reviewed journal articles and conference papers. He has contributed to a book and has one patent for optical fiber based wireless access scheme. He won the best paper award in Canadian Conference on Electrical and Computer Engineering (CCECE - 2001). He has worked for AT&T for three years as an R&D Engineer. He is a Senior Member of IEEE, registered Professional Engineer in Canada. He is the Chair of the IEEE Communications Society, Toronto Chapter that won the Chapter Achievement Award in 2004. He is actively involved in many other professional societies and technical committees. His research focuses on signal processing for cost-effective broad band multimedia delivery via optical, copper and wireless networks. He is a TPC Chair for IEEE International Conference on Multimedia and Expo (ICME) 2006. His student projects won both the first and second prize at Opto Canada – the SPIE regional conference in Ottawa in 2002. He has won the research grants and awards from Finnish International Development Agency (FINNIDA), Alberta Informatics Circle of Research Excellence (ICORE), Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) of Canada, Canadian Foundation of Innovations (CFI) and Ontario Innovations Trust Fund (OIT).

Tutorial 6: Automated Test Equipment (ATE) Fixtures – Glue and Black Magic CANCELLED
by Bob Stevenson, P. Eng., CMC Microsystems, Patricia Greig, Queens University and National Microelectronics and Photonics Testing Collaboratory, and James Dietrich, P. Eng., University of Manitoba and National Microelectronics and Photonics Testing Collaboratory

Sunday, May 7, 1:00 PM-4:30 PM
Room SITE J0106, University of Ottawa

This tutorial will feature three segments: • An overview of CMC Microsystems ( how graduate students and researchers can engage and work with CMC • An overview about the National Microelectronics and Photonics Testing Collaboratory: opportunities for research clients to test and validate their microsystems concepts • A tutorial on Automated Test Equipment (ATE) fixtures The Automated Test Equipment (ATE) Fixtures tutorial aims to demystify the art of creating successful test fixtures for ATE test equipment, and provide guidance in the creation of test fixtures for the National Microelectronics and Photonics Testing Collaboratory (NMPTC). The tutorial will provide an overview of basic fixturing concepts, guidelines for the design of high performance fixturing solutions, and design traps to avoid when interfacing with sophisticated test systems. The tutorial will use a combination of lecture and examples to demonstrate the application of design skills with actual test fixtures. Although the tutorial will reference various design tools available to researchers, it will not provide instruction on how to acquire or use such tools. The tutorial will also provide information on test fixtures for optoelectronic and millimeter wave device testing. CMC recommends that attendees possess a basic knowledge of electronics principles, although there will be no use of rigorous mathematics during the tutorial. About CMC Microsystems: CMC Microsystems ( provides national infrastructure for microsystems research and technology development, accelerating Canadian competitiveness through the development of highly qualified people and the commercialization of research. CMC offers products and services that include microelectronics, micromechanics (usually implemented in the form of microelectromechanical systems or MEMS), microfluidics, photonics/optoelectronics and embedded software. Researchers depend on CMC’s services to design, manufacture and test microsystems concepts for future applications in many industrial sectors.

Short Biography
Bob Stevenson, P. Eng., is a Senior Engineer in Microsystems Test Engineering at CMC Microsystems. Mr. Stevenson brings 30 years of experience in the design of research and industrial data acquisition and test systems. As a Senior Engineer at CMC Microsystems for over 10 years, he brings a broad range of experience to the area of test with expertise in the design of high performance test fixtures. Prior to his role with CMC, Mr. Stevenson was responsible for the design of test instrumentation at the Nuclear Research Lab at Queen’s University. Over the past 20 years, he has presented many test papers and tutorials at a variety of national and international conferences. He holds two degrees in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering from Queen’s University at Kingston.

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Patricia Greig is a Photonics Lab Engineer in the Advanced Photonic Systems Laboratory, Queen’s University, National Microelectronics and Photonics Testing Collaboratory. Ms. Greig possesses extensive experience in optical test and high performance test systems. As the Photonics Lab Engineer at the Advanced Photonic Systems Laboratory at Queen’s University, she is helping to establish a state-of-the-art optical testing facility for the National Microelectronics and Photonics Testing Collaboratory. Prior to her role at CMC, Ms. Greig performed device testing at Nortel Networks and contributed to the development of a test lab at Cornell University as well as on-site research facilities in South America.

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James Dietrich, P. Eng., is a mmWave/RF Test Engineer in the Advanced RF Systems Laboratory, University of Manitoba, National Microelectronics and Photonics Testing Collaboratory. Mr. Dietrich possesses several years of experience in the test and simulation of RF devices and systems. As a mmWave/RF Test Engineer at the Advanced RF Systems Lab at the University of Manitoba, he is responsible for helping to build a high performance mmWave test facility with measurement capabilities out to 110 GHz for the National Microelectronics and Photonics Testing Collaboratory. He brings strong interest and expertise in devices working in the 60 to 90 GHz range to this project. His previous experience includes the development of electromagnetic field solving software for arbitrary design at Integrated Engineering Software and a teaching position at the University of Manitoba.

Note: This conference is being arranged in conjunction with the CCC 2006 conference

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