Detailed Program Booklet

Program at a Glance


Sun, Sep 2412:00 – 21:00Registration (Umbria Room)
13:00 - 14:00Panel: Indigenous Way of Knowing
Mr. John Desjarlais, Dr. Dennis Michaelson and Dr. Edward Doolittle
Moderator: Leanna Bellegarde
(Umbria Room)
Tutorial: Time-Series Forecasting with Meta-Learning: Basics and Applications
Dr. Di Wu, Dr. Arnaud Zinflou and Dr. Benoit Boulet
(Campania A Room)
14:00 - 15:00
15:00 - 16:00Panel: Socio-Economical Impact Due to Initiatives Towards Green Engineering
Dr. Robert Crawhall, Dr. Maike Luiken, Dr. Richard Boudreault and Dr. Siddarth Pandey
Moderator: Dr. Samantha Sriyananda
(Umbria Room)
Tutorial: Deep Learning for Computer Vision – A Cloud-based GPU Deployment and Testing
Dr. Abdul Bais
(Campania A Room)
16:00 - 17:00
17:00 - 18:00Tutorial: Generative AI (GenAI) and its impact on Post-Secondary Education
Dr. Kin-Choong Yow
(Campania A Room)
18:00 - 19:00Break
19:00 – 21:00Reception
(Verdi Ballroom)
Mon, Sep 258:00 – 18:00Registration (Umbria Room)
8:45 – 9:00Opening Ceremonies

Dr. Raman Paranjape, Conference Chair, CCECE 2023
Rob Anderson, IEEE Region 7 Director
(Umbria Room)
9:00 – 9:45Keynote Address I

Unleashing Canada's Innovation Capacity: Creating Opportunities and Impact Through Entrepreneurial Thinking

Dr. Elizabeth Cannon, PhD, PEng, OC, AOE, FRSC, FCAE
President Emerita and Professor, Geomatics Engineering, University of Calgary

(Umbria Room)
9:45 – 10:15Coffee Break
10:15 – 11:55Technical Session: Machine Learning I
(Umbria Room)
Technical Session: Power I
(Campania A Room)
Technical Session: Computer Vision I
(Campania B Room)
Technical Session: Bioengineering I
(Sorrento Room)
11:55 – 13:15Lunch (Umbria)
Keynote Address II

Saskatchewan's Electricity Transition

Tim Eckel, Vice President, Energy Transition and Asset Management, SaskPower
13:15 – 14:55Technical Session: Machine Learning II
(Umbria Room)
Technical Session: Power II
(Campania A Room)
Technical Session: Computer Vision II
(Campania B Room)
Technical Session: Bioengineering II
(Sorrento Room)
14:55 – 15:20Coffee Break
15:20 – 17:00Technical Session: Machine Learning III
(Umbria Room)
Technical Session: Power III
(Campania A Room)
Technical Session: Computer Vision III
(Campania B Room)
Technical Session: Control
(Sorrento Room)
17:00 – 17:15Break
17:15 - 17:45Transportation to Banquet (Busses will depart from Delta Hotel)
18:30 – 20:30Conference Banquet and IEEE Region 7 Awards Gala
(Terrace Rotunda, 10 Research Drive)
20:30 – 21:30Transportation to Delta Hotel
Tues, Sep 268:00 – 17:30Registration (Umbria Room)
8:45 – 9:00Opening Remarks or Announcements

Dr. Raman Paranjape, Conference Chair, CCECE 2023
(Umbria Room)
9:00 – 9:45Keynote Address III

Geothermal Power Generation in SE Saskatchewan - DEEP Earth Energy Production

Kirsten Marcia, President and Chief Executive Officer, DEEP Earth Energy
(Umbria Room)
9:45 – 10:15Coffee Break
10:15 – 11:55Technical Session: Machine Learning IV
(Umbria Room)
Technical Session: Power IV
(Campania A Room)
Technical Session: Circuits
(Campania B Room)
Technical Session: Cybersecurity I
(Sorrento Room)
11:55 – 13:15Lunch & Keynote Address IV: RH Tanner Industry Leadership Keynote

Bridging Academia and Industry: Insights from 5G and AI Innovations

Abdallah Shami, Ph.D., P.Eng., FCAE, FEIC, The University of Western Ontario
(Umbria room)
13:15 – 14:50Technical Session: Machine Learning V
(Umbria Room)
Technical Session: Communications I
(Campania A Room)
Technical Session: Computer Engineering
(Campania B Room)
Technical Session: Cybersecurity II
(Sorrento Room)
14:50 – 15:20Coffee Break
15:20 – 17:00Technical Session: Machine Learning VI
(Umbria Room)
Technical Session: Communications II
(Campania A Room)
Technical Session: Signal Processing
(Campania B Room)
Technical Session: Green Technologies
(Sorrento Room)
Wed, Sep 27
9:00 – 16:30Tour A

Canadian Light Source

Saskatoon, SK
Tour B

SaskPower Boundary Dam

Estevan, SK
9:30 – 11:30Tour C1

SaskTel Telco Cloud Journey and the Enablement of 5G

Regina, SK
Tour D1

SaskPower Grid Control Centre and Slip Simulator

Regina, SK
11:30 – 13:30
13:30 – 15:30Tour C2

SaskPower Grid Control Centre and Slip Simulator

Regina, SK
Tour D2

SaskTel Telco Cloud Journey and the Enablement of 5G

Regina, SK


UmbriaCampania ACampania BSorrento
2023-09-2510:15 - 11:55Machine Learning IPower IComputer Vision IBioengineering I
1Subtractor-Based CNN Inference Accelerator
Victor Gao; Issam Hammad; Kamal El-Sankary; Jason Gu
A Hour-Ahead Wind Speed Forecasting Using One-Dimensional Convolutional Neural Network
Mohammadhossein Nazemi; Shaikat Chowdhury; Alimul H Khan; Xiaodong Liang
AI-Based General Visual Inspection of Aircrafts Based on YOLOv5
John David Maunder; Jiesi Zhang; Jianming Lu; Tianyi Chen; Zach Hindley; Eric Saczuk; Michal Aibin
Investigating Multimodal Sensor Features Importance to Detect Agitation in People with Dementia
Abeer Badawi; Khalid Elgazzar; Bing Ye; Kristine Newman; Alex Mihailidis; Andrea Iaboni; Shehroz S. Khan
2On the Performance of Legendre State-Space Models in Short-Term Time Series Forecasting
Jiuqi Elise Zhang; DI WU; Benoit Boulet
Data-Driven Approaches for Distribution Transformer Health Monitoring: A Review
Aman Samson Mogos; Xiaodong Liang; Chi Yung Chung
Dual-Modality Deep Feature-Based Anomaly Detection for Video Surveillance
Parth Lalitkumar Bhatt; Dhruva Shah; Chrstopher R. N. Silver; Wandong Zhang; Thangarajah Akilan
Investigation of Cavitation Detector for Sonothrombolysis
Sergio S Furuie; Wilton Ruas da Silva; Vitoria S Souza; Patricia A S Guenkawa
3Quality Prediction and Prioritizing the Modelled Protein Structures Using TOPSIS and Regression Methods
Tarandeep Singh Aulakh; Haryali Dhillon
A Soft-Switched Step-Up Non-Isolated Zeta-Flyback Converter for Solar PV Applications
Alireza Asadi; Omid Mohammadpour; Xiaodong Liang
Monitoring Wheat Midge Populations Using CNNs on White Sticky Cards of Pheromone Traps in Field Settings
Ikenna Nwoko; Muhib Ullah; Abdul Bais; Shaun Sharpe; Tyler Wist
Connected ResU-Net: A Deep Learning Model for Segmentation of Breast Cancer Ultrasound Images
Oisharya Dhar; Kin Choong Yow
4An Investigation of Latency-Accuracy Trade-Off in Inter-Frame Video Prediction Using Quantized CNNs
Tharuki R De Silva; Pradeepa Yahampath
Frequency Control Techniques for Solar PV Systems: A Review
Mohammadhossein Nazemi; Xiaodong Liang
A Novel Approach for Fall Detection Using Thermal Imaging and a Stacking Ensemble of Autoencoder and 3D-CNN Models
Chrstopher R. N. Silver; Thangarajah Akilan
Penetration Depth Quantification of Open-Ended Coaxial Probes for Dielectric Spectroscopy of Layered Media
Hossein Asilian Bidgoli; Nicola Schieda; Carlos Rossa
5Impact of Plug-In Electric Vehicle Charging and Roof-Top PVs on Distribution Transformer Health: A Case Study in Saskatoon, Canada
Aman Samson Mogos; Xiaodong Liang; Chi Yung Chung
Categorization of Speech Frequency Following Response to English Vowels
Ruichen Zuo; Xingzhong Zhang; Jiying Zhao
13:15 - 14:55Machine Learning IIPower IIComputer Vision IIBioengineering II
1Multimodal Deep Learning Model for Subject-Independent EEG-Based Emotion Recognition
Shyamal Yogeshchandra Dharia; Camilo E. Valderrama; Sergio G. Camorlinga
Wind Speed Forecasting Using ARMA and Boosted Regression Tree Methods: A Case Study
Mariana Castillo; Xiaodong Liang; Sherif Faried
American Sign Language Character Recognition Using Convolutional Neural Networks
Atesam Abdullah; Raja Hashim Ali; Zain Ul Abideen; Ali Zeeshan Ijaz; Nisar Ali; Abdul Bais
Exploring Gene Expression and Clinical Data for Identifying Prostate Cancer Severity Levels Using Machine Learning Methods
Ahmed Al Marouf; Reda Alhajj; Jon Rokne; Sunita Ghosh; Tarek A. Bismar
2Single Channel Speech Enhancement Using U-Net Spiking Neural Networks
Abir Riahi; Eric Plourde
Sensitivity in Low Power Photo-Voltaic Harvesters/Charger
Maziar Rastmanesh
Replacing Averaging with More Powerful Self-Attention Mechanism for Multi-Image Super-Resolution
Dingyi Zhao; Jiying Zhao
Medical Imaging RPA System Design
Zhenjie Zhou; Yiwu Chen; Fangyuan Huang; Yun Feng; Michal Aibin
3Estimating Post-Synthesis Area, Delay, and Leakage Power of Standard Cell Based FPGA Tiles
Mousa Al-Qawasmi; Andy Ye
A Quantum Minimum Cut-Set Method for Vulnerable Node Localization Against False Data Injection Attacks
Zhuoheng Wu; Yuan Liu; Hao Liang
Lightweight Model for Emotion Detection from Facial Expression in Online Learning
Md Rayhan Kabir; M. Ali Akber Dewan; Fuhua Lin
Significance of Major Transportation Hubs in the Prediction of COVID-19 in Canada
Amirhossein Motavali; Kin Choong Yow
4Evaluating the Benefits of Asymmetry Features for Emotion Recognition
Camilo E. Valderrama; Fatima Islam Mouri; Sergio G. Camorlinga
Battery Energy Storage and Their Ancillary Services with Renewable Energy: A Review
Mariana Castillo; Xiaodong Liang; Sherif Faried
Scene Parsing Using Fully Convolutional Network for Semantic Segmentation
Nisar Ali; Ali Zeeshan Ijaz; Raja Hashim Ali; Zain Ul Abideen; Abdul Bais
Electrocardiogram Removal to Establish a Motion Artifact Database
Jonathan Kulpa; Adrian D.C. Chan
5Firefly Optimized Federated SVM Model for Breast Cancer Prediction
Supriya Y; Chemmalar Selvi Govardanan, Assistant; Gokul Yenduri; Gautam Srivastava; Thippa Reddy Gadekallu
A Comparative Analysis for Control of Heating and Cooling Systems of a Real Office Building with TRNSYS
Mohammad Ghiasi; Farrukh Ahmed; Raman Paranjape; Zhanle Wang; Mehran Mehrandezh
15:20 - 17:00Machine Learning IIIPower IIIVision IIIControl
1Automatic Analysis of Online Course Discussion Forum: A Short Review
Dharamjit Parmar; M. Ali Akber Dewan; Dunwei Wen
Effects of Control Strategies on the Assessment of Power Converter Losses in Electric Vehicle Drivetrains
Stephane Menye; Pascal Lingom; Joseph Song-Manguelle; Jean Maurice Nyobe-Yome; Mamadou Lamine Doumbia
Face Mask Detection Using Vision Transformer
Bhavik Pandya; Darshana Patel; Kin Choong Yow
Trajectory Planning for a Fully Parallel Manipulator Using a Bio-Inspired Model Based on Central Pattern Generator
Ismail Mobasher; Yadollah Farzaneh
2STACKION: Ion Channel-Modulating Peptides Identification Using Stacking-Based Ensemble Machine Learning
Md. Mamun Ali; Kawsar Ahmed; Francis M. Bui; Li Chen
Balanced Graph Partition for Resilient Load Restoration Against Natural Disasters
Wenlong Shi; Hao Liang
Self-Attention Blocks in UNet and FCN for Accurate Semantic Segmentation of Difficult Object Classes in Autonomous Driving
Seyed-Hamid Mousavi; Kin Choong Yow
Design and Development of a Novel Haptic Device for Plucked Musical Instrument AR Simulation
Pooyan Nayyeri; Everly Conrad-Baldwin; Kourosh Zareinia
3Generative Conditional Facial Reenactment Method Using a Human Expression Palette
Wes Sauder; M. Ali Akber Dewan; Vive Kumar
An Observer-Based Event-Triggered Cooperative Secondary Control of Microgrids Under Switching Topologies
Masood Mottaghizadeh; Innocent Kamwa; Abbas Rabiee; Seyed Masoud Mohseni-Bonab
KORSAL: Key-Point Detection Based Online Real-Time Spatio-Temporal Action Localization
Kalana G Abeywardena; Shechem K Sumanthiran; Sakuna Jayasundara; Sachira R Karunasena; Ranga Rodrigo; Peshala Jayasekara
Barrier Lyapunov Function Based Trajectory Tracking Controller of a Quadrotor UAV
Adel Khadhraoui; Mohamad Saad
4FedRSMax: An Effective Aggregation Technique for Federated Learning with Medical Images
Md. Nazmul Hossen; Kawsar Ahmed; Francis M. Bui; Li Chen
Impact Evaluation of EV Integration into Residential Power Distribution System
Mohamed Elhendawi Ahmed; Zhanle Wang; Raman Paranjape; Shea Pederson; Darcy Kozoriz; James Fick
Upsampling of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Images of Sugarcane Crop Lines with a REAL-ESRGAN
Emília Alves Nogueira; Juliana Felix; Afonso Ueslei Fonseca; Gabriel Vieira; Julio Cesar Ferreira; Deborah S. A. Fernandes; Bruna Mendes Oliveira; Fabrizzio Soares
Employing a Redundant Degree of Freedom for a Parallel Manipulator to Enhance Performance Indexes
Ismail Mobasher; Behrooz Lotfi
5Novel Control of Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) as STATCOM (BESS-STATCOM) for Stabilization of a Critical Motor
Rajiv K. Varma; Milad Ahmadi; Cristian Arpino
Indoor Testbed for Autonomous Localization Intelligent Control and Sensing
Joel Moore; Emmanuel Buraga; John Enright
2023-09-2610:15 - 11:55Machine Learning IVPower IVCircuitsCybersecurity I
1Performance Comparison of Voice Activity Detectors for Acoustic Beehive Monitoring
Mahsa Abdollahi; Nico Coallier; Pierre Giovenazzo; Tiago Falk
Increasing Ethene Yield via Oxidative Coupling of Methane at Low Temperature: An Application of Machine Learning and DFT in the Design and Innovation of Effective Catalyst Compositions
Lord Ikechukwu Ugwu; Hussameldin Ibrahim; Yasser Morgan
FPGA-Based 8x8 Bits Signed Multipliers Using LUTs
Noureddine Chabini; Rachid Beguenane
Protection of Power System State Estimation Against False Data Injection Attacks
Mohsen Khalaf; Abdelrahman Ayad; Deepa Kundur
2Cloud-Based Knowledge Extraction (CBEx) System: A Solution for Real-Time Data Analysis for Rapid Decision Making
Julian Falardeau; Melita Hadzagic; Elisa Shahbazian
Dynamic Eccentricity Fault Detection in Synchronous Machines Using Principal Component Analysis
Latifa Yusuf; Ilamparithi Thirumarai-Chelvan
An Efficient VHDL Implementation of Two Artificial Neural Networks on Zynq-7000 FPGA
Kaveh Sadeghikhah; Lei Zhang; Raman Paranjape
RSM: A Real-Time Security Monitoring Platform for IoT Networks
Imran Bin Jafar; Irfan S. Al-Anbagi
3Dark Web Traffic Detection Using Supervised Machine Learning
Sahra Zangeneh Nezhad; Amirali Baniasadi
Stator Inter-Turn Fault Detection in BLDC Motors: A Signal-Processing Based Method
Ahmad Jafari; Mohammad Amin Jarrahi; Jawad Faiz
Comparing FPGA-Based Adders and Application to the Implementation of a Digital FIR Filter
Justin Woelfle; Noureddine Chabini; Rachid Beguenane
Efficient BGP Intrusion Detection Model Using Machine Learning: A Comparative Study with AdaBoost as the Optimal Classifier
Mohamed Manaf Abdoun; Mouhcine Guennoun; Amine Amar; Tarek Saad; Mostafa Taha
4Space Mapping Technique on Microwave Filter Circuit Model Using Artificial Neural Network for Parameter Extraction
Olufemi Oluyemi; Paul Laforge; Abdul Bais
Analysis of Reluctance Synchronous Motor Under Hybrid Fault Condition
Fatemeh Ghalavand; Latifa Yusuf; Ilamparithi Thirumarai-Chelvan
A 56 GHz InP VCO for Use in 112 GBaud/s (112 GBit/s NRZ or 224 GBit/s PAM-4) InP Integrated Optical Receiver Front-End CDR Block
Shakeeb Abdullah
Virtual Network Embedding for Delay-Sensitive and Trust-Aware Smart Grid Applications
Parinaz Rezaeimoghaddam; Irfan S. Al-Anbagi
5Mitigation of Denial of Service and Time Delay Attacks on the Automatic Generation Control of Power Systems
Anthony Kemmeugne; Mohsen Khalaf; Minh Au; Deepa Kundur
13:15 - 14:55Machine Learning VCommunications IComputer EngineeringCybersecurity II
1Analyzing the Benefits of Data Augmentation for Smart Grid Anomaly Detection and Forecasting
Xijuan Sun; Di Wu; Benoit Boulet
A Novel Underwater Packet Flooding Protocol
Steven F. T. Porretta; Evangelos Kranakis; Michel Barbeau; Aaron Webstey; Stephane Blouin
A Design Iteration Towards a Multi-Modal Software System for Improving Home Care Experiences in Saskatchewan
Tim Maciag; Trevor Douglas; SM Rizwan Islam Rhythm; Ramona Kyabaggu; Cheryl A. Camillo
An RTDS-Based Early-Stage Attack Detection Mechanism for Smart Grid Networks
Ali Salehpour; Irfan S. Al-Anbagi
2Mitigating Infectious Disease Transmission with Face Mask Detection Using Machine Learning
Adewale Soetan; Lei Zhang
Analysis of Experimental Data Fusion Schemes for Underwater Communication over a Hydrophone Array
Ahmad Traboulsi; Michel Barbeau; Stephane Blouin
DedupBench: A Benchmarking Tool for Data Chunking Techniques
Alan Liu; Abdelrahman Baba; Sreeharsha Udayashankar; Samer Al-Kiswany
Trust-Based Blockchain Mechanism for V2X Networks in a Smart Grid Environment
Aditya Pathak; Irfan S. Al-Anbagi; Howard Hamilton
3Borer GPR Interpretation During Potash Mining
Victor C Okonkwo; Matthew van den Berghe; Craig Funk; Raman Paranjape
A Self-Detection Gradient Descent Approach for Semi-Underground LoRa Communication Networks in Smart Irrigation Systems
Chen Kong; Yuan Liu; Hao Liang
Robust Client and Server State Synchronisation Framework for React Applications: React-State-Sync
Viral Tagdiwala; Artik Bharoliya; Parth Patel; Dhwanil Shah; Michal Aibin
Evaluating Security of MQTT Protocol in Internet of Things
Ayman Al-ani, Sr.; Wong Kang Shen; Ahmed K. Al-Ani; Shamsul Arfeen Laghari; Omar Elejla
4Anomaly Detection for IoT Networks: Empirical Study
Marwa A. Elsayed; Patrick Russell; Biswajit Nandy; Nabil Seddigh; Nur Zincir-Heywood
iLEACH: An Improved LEACH Algorithm Using Residual Energy and MDC
Arun K Mani; Yaser Al Mtawa; Camilo E. Valderrama
Goal-Driven Reusable Test Case Design
Ibtesam Bashir Gwasem; Weichang Du; Andrew McAllister
Demystifying Canada's Artificial Intelligence and Data Act (AIDA): The Good, the Bad and the Unclear Elements
Aoun E Muhammad; Kin Choong Yow
15:20 - 17:00Machine Learning VICommunications IISignal ProcessingGreen Technologies
1Statistical and Data Analytics Approaches to Parameter Tuning for Enhancing QoS of E-Banking Transactions: A Case Study of Sample Bank
Hooman Razavi; Mohammad Reza Jamali; Morvaridsadat Emsaki; Fatemeh Gholian-Jouybari; Hossein Bonakdari; Mostafa Hajiaghaei-Keshteli
Network Traffic Classification Using Distributed ML-Based Data Parallelization Approach
Muhammad Musa K Abid Hussain; Muhammad Jaseemuddin; Rasha Kashef
Development of an Efficient ECG and PPG Signal Processing-Based Spoof Detection System Using Convolutional Neural Networks
Fatemeh Sadat Mousavi; Alireza Esmaeilzehi; Dimitrios Hatzinakos
Multi-Timescale Stochastic Electrical and Thermal Energy Management for Sustainable Communities with Wastewater Treatment Plants
Siyao Ma; Hao Liang; Myrna Bittner
2Classification of Parkinson Disease with Feature Selection Using Genetic Algorithm
Mahnoor Iftikhar; Raja Hashim Ali; Nisar Ali; Abdul Bais
Exploring HTTPS Certificate Ecosystem: Analyzing the Entire IPv4 Address Space
Sina Keshvadi; Yogesh Sharma
Methods to Increase Capacitance in a Gap-Coupled Coaxial Resonator to Perform Dielectric Characterization Using Reflected Group Delay
Gaurav Walia; Paul Laforge
Technology and Economic Analysis of Second-Life Batteries as Stationary Energy Storage: A Review
Kaila Neigum; Zhanle Wang
3Enhancing Traffic Management with YOLOv5-Based Ambulance Tracking System
Ankurbhai Harshadbhai Patel; Sheshang Degadwala; Dhairya Vyas
Trajectory-Based User Tracking and Beam Assignment in a Hallway Using Phased Array Antenna
Md Thouhidul Islam Chowdhury; Raman Paranjape
Modelling the Relationship Between the Objective Measures of Car Sickness
Oluwaseyi Elizabeth Shodipe; Robert S Allison
Electric Vehicle Charging Station Infrastructure: A Comprehensive Review of Technologies, Challenges, and Mitigation Strategies
A k m Yousuf; Zhanle Wang; Raman Paranjape; Yili Tang
4Quantifying the Financial Impact of Cyber Security Attacks on Banks: A Big Data Analytics Approach
Hooman Razavi; Mohammad Reza Jamali; Morvaridsadat Emsaki; Ali Ahmadi; Mostafa Hajiaghaei-Keshteli
Analysis of Electrochemical Ammonia Production Rate via Smoothing Filters for Solar Energy Storage
Miswar A Syed; Osamah Siddiqui; Mehrdad Kazerani; Muhammad Khalid



1. Indigenous Ways of Knowing

“Indigenous Ways of Knowing” encapsulates the rich diversity and complexity of how Indigenous communities learn and teach. It challenges the oversimplification of Indigenous experiences by highlighting the multifaceted knowledge across different Indigenous groups. This term emphasizes that learning isn’t limited to human interactions, but extends to the entire natural world, including plants, animals, and objects often considered lifeless. These ways of knowing are intricate and location-specific, varying among communities. However, they consistently revolve around a profound reverence for the land and the imperative of maintaining a mutually beneficial connection with it.

Panelists: John Desjarlais, Dr. Dennis Michaelson, Dr. Edward Doolittle

Moderator: Leanna M. Bellegarde

2. Socio-Economical Impact Due to Initiatives Towards Green Engineering

Engineering products and services wield significant environmental, social, and economic influence. Understanding their impacts and making design choices that optimize positive outcomes across these spheres is crucial. Engineers play a pivotal role in bolstering sustainability’s three pillars: environment, society, and economy. However, a focus on environmental and economic factors often sidelines social sustainability due to limited comprehension and resources. Amidst the global shift in manufacturing and energy usage, numerous engineering projects are emerging. This presents an opportunity for Canada and other participants to integrate green engineering principles, ensuring balanced and sustainable advancement across all three pillars.

Panelists: Dr. Robert Crawhall, Dr. Maike Luiken, Dr. Richard Boudreault, Dr. Siddharth Pandey

Moderator: Dr. Samantha Sriyananda


1. Time-Series Forecasting with Meta-Learning: Basics and Applications

Time series issues, like forecasting and detection, are prevalent in various fields, impacting industrial system functionality. Accurate handling of these problems is vital; for instance, precise electric load prediction ensures power grid efficiency. Approaches encompass statistical and machine learning methods. Machine learning models, e.g., support vector regression, LSTM, and transformers, excel here. Limited data and evolving distributions challenge these models. Meta learning, or learning to learn, accelerates the process, proving effective in few-shot scenarios. The tutorial’s objectives are to introduce meta learning basics, recent advancements, classic time series problems, industrial applications, real-world case studies, and potential research directions.

Presenters: Dr. Di Wu, Dr. Arnaud Zinflou, Dr. Benoit Boulet

2. Deep Learning for Computer Vision – A Cloud-based GPU Deployment and Testing

Businesses globally harness artificial intelligence (AI) to tackle challenges. Healthcare achieves precise diagnoses, retail offers personalized shopping, and automakers enhance vehicle safety and efficiency. Deep learning, using layered neural networks, excels in object detection, speech recognition, and language translation. This tutorial empowers participants with hands-on computer vision exercises, employing popular deep learning tools on cloud-based GPU workstations. It trains models from scratch, imparts techniques for accuracy, and teaches utilization of pre-trained models for efficiency. A collaboration between NVIDIA Deep Learning Institute and the University of Regina, this tutorial equips attendees to independently create new deep learning applications.

Presenter: Dr. Abdul Bais

3. Generative AI (GenAI) and its impact on Post-Secondary Education

ChatGPT and Generative Artificial Intelligence (GenAI) has taken the world by storm and revolutionized various fields, including computer vision, natural language processing, and creative arts. This tutorial aims to provide participants with a brief understanding of generative AI techniques, their applications, and how it would affect post-secondary education. Whether you are a student, researcher, educator, or professional seeking to explore the fascinating realm of AI creativity, this tutorial will equip you with the knowledge and skills to embark on your generative AI journey.

Presenter: Dr. Kin-Choong Yow


On Wednesday, September 27th, we will be offering both full day tours and shorter local tours.

Full Day Tours

Canadian Light Source Tour, Saskatoon, SK

Join us for an afternoon in the beautiful city of Saskatoon for an afternoon tour at the Canadian Light Source! The Canadian Light Source is the only synchrotron in Canada and one of the largest scientific infrastructure investments in our country’s history. The Canadian Light Source (CLS) is one of the largest science projects in Canada’s history. The facility speeds up electrons to produce intensely bright synchrotron light that allows scientists to study materials at a molecular level. Over 1,000 researchers from around the world use the CLS every year. On your tour, you’ll learn about the history, how the machine works, and examples of how researchers have used the facility to conduct groundbreaking research in the fields of health, agriculture, the environment, and advanced materials.

This tour costs are $65.00 per participant, and has a maximum registration of 40 participants. Tour costs includes lunch and bus transportation from the Delta Hotel to Saskatoon and back. These tours include a box lunch – if you are taking this tour and have special dietary needs, please make a note of it during registration.

SaskPower Boundary Dam Power Station Tour, Estevan, SK

Take this unique opportunity to explore SaskPower’s Boundary Dam Carbon Capture facility in Estevan, SK. In the fall of 2014, the Boundary Dam Power Station became the first power station in the world to successfully use Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) technology. By capturing and safely storing CO2 emissions before they reach the atmosphere, SaskPower can help ensure a brighter future for both our province and the world. For a more in depth preview to the Boundary Dam Power Station and CCS Facility, see the link following link:

This tour costs are $65.00 per participant, and has a maximum registration of 40 participants. Tour costs includes lunch and bus transportation from the Delta Hotel to Estevan and back. These tours include a box lunch – if you are taking this tour and have special dietary needs, please make a note of it during registration.

Part-Day Local Tours

The part-day local tours will occur in the city and will not have any additional cost. There will be two sessions, one running in the morning and one in the afternoon.

SaskTel’s Telco Cloud Journey and the enablement of 5G

The Telco industry has evolved from the use of custom built hardware appliances to the deployment of cloud native applications on general purpose compute clusters. This evolution has had a significant impact on Telco network architectures and how SaskTel designs, deploys, and operates Telco Networks and Services. This lab tour will demonstrate SaskTel’s journey in establishing Telco Cloud and how it is leveraged to deploy 5G. We will also demonstrate SaskTel’s use of Augmented Reality to visualize complex network deployments on Telco Cloud infrastructure. We hope you can attend to learn about Telco Cloud and why 5G is moving to a cloud based architecture.

There is no cost for this tour. There will be two opportunities to take this tour, once in the morning and once in the afternoon. Participants will walk from the Delta Hotel to the SaskTel 5G Lab in the connected Cornwall Center. The maximum capacity for this tour is 15 participants.

SaskPower Grid Control Centre and Slip Simulator

The one of a kind control centre, located in Regina SK, employs approximately 65-75 people who are in charge of 14,000 kilometres of transmission lines in the province. This facility monitors and predicts the power usage for the province of Saskatchewan and subsequently determines the plan of how the province receives the power it needs.
The SaskPower “slip simulator” offers a unique experience for workers and is used to help individuals learn to walk on ice and slippery surfaces safely. This part of the tour will include a short presentation on the slip simulator and discussion on SaskPower’s experience with the training and the trends noted since implementation. Participants of the tour will be invited to participate in experiencing the slip simulator first-hand, please be aware that time may be limited to participants.

There is no cost for this tour. There will be two opportunities to take this tour, once in the morning and once in the afternoon. Participants will receive transportation departing/returning to the Delta Hotel for the SaskPower Grid Control Center tour. The maximum capacity for this tour is 24 participants. Please take note of the hazard acknowledgment linked here for participants wishing to take part in experiencing the slip simulator.

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