IEEE Day 2020


IEEE Montréal Section is inviting you to celebrate the 11th anniversary of IEEE Day, a day commemorating the first time IEEE members gathered to share their technical ideas in 1884. Come join us for a virtual conference gathering bright minds from academia and industry where keynote speakers will share their ideas on how to leverage technology for a better tomorrow and deal with the current pandemic running across the entire world. Meet Montréal’s active IEEE student branches and affinity groups, check out their exciting projects and activities, and listen to successful IEEE members from academia and industry share their experience. This FREE event is open to all students, young professionals, and IEEE members. It offers a unique opportunity to expand your social and professional network and get involved in your university’s IEEE student branch. There will be a contest inspired by the COVID situation and the top three winners will be awarded gift cards.


 1st place: 80$CAD  
 2nd place: 60$CAD  
 3rd place: 40$CAD  


Participating Groups: IEEE YP Montreal, IEEE WIE Montreal, IEEE SIGHT Montreal

Participating IEEE Student Branches: Polytechnique Montreal, INRS, ÉTS


  Date and Time




  • Date: 06 Oct 2020
  • Time: 11:00 AM to 02:00 PM
  • All times are (GMT-05:00) Canada/Eastern
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  • Montreal, Quebec
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  • Starts 17 September 2020 12:49 PM
  • Ends 06 October 2020 02:00 PM
  • All times are (GMT-05:00) Canada/Eastern
  • No Admission Charge


Dr. Saida Maaroufi Dr. Saida Maaroufi of École Polytechnique de Montréal


Dr. Saida MAAROUFI is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Mobile Computing and Networking Research Laboratory (LARIM), Polytechnique Montreal and Associate Professor at ISTEAH. She received her Ph.D. degree in computer engineering from Polytechnique Montreal. She has taught courses on networking and computer engineering since 2008. Her research broadly revolves around wireless and mobile computing with specific interests on context-aware ubiquitous computing, interworking architecture design, machine learning, network softwarization and network security. She is the Chair of IEEE Montreal Section and IEEE Women in Engineering (WIE) Montreal. She also serves as the Area East Chair of IEEE WIE Canada. She is the recipient of several awards among which are the 2020 IEEE J.J. Archambault Eastern Canada Merit Award and the 2016 IEEE Canada Women in Engineering Prize sponsored by the Judy Clift Fund.



Prof. Fabric Labeau

Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, McGill University

Biography: F. Labeau is the Deputy Provost (Student Life and Learning) at McGill University, where he also holds the NSERC/Hydro-Québec Industrial Research Chair in Interactive Information Infrastructure for the Power Grid. His research interests are in applications of signal processing. He has (co-)authored more than 200 papers in refereed journals and conference proceedings in these areas.

He is the Director of Operations of STARaCom, an interuniversity research center grouping 50 professors and 500 researchers from 10 universities in the province of Quebec, Canada. He is Past President of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Sensors Council, Senior Past President of the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society, and a former chair of the Montreal IEEE Section.

He has been or will be involved as a general co-chair for the IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference (VTC Fall 2016), URSI General Assembly and Scientific Symposium 2017, IEEE SENSORS 2019, IEEE GlobalSIP 2019, IEEE Energy and Power Engineering Conference (EPEC 2019), IEEE International Conference in Image Processing (ICIP) 2021; as Technical Program co-chair for the IEEE Canadian Conference on Electrical and Computer Engineering (CCECE) 2018, IEEE International Conference in Image Processing (ICIP) 2015, IEEE International Conference on Ubiquitous Wireless Broadband (ICUWB) 2015, IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference (VTC), Fall 2006 and Fall 2012.

He is the Past President of the IEEE Sensors Council, former President (2014-2015) of the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society,  and a former chair of the Montreal IEEE Section.

He was a recipient in 2015 and 2017 of the McGill University Equity and Community Building Award (team category), of the 2008 and 2016 Outstanding Service Award from the IEEE

Amy Pinchuk Amy Pinchuk


Dr. Amy Pinchuk is the president and founder of InField Scientific Inc (1994). InField specializes in electromagnetic compatibility and interference (EMC/EMI), electromagnetic environmental effects (E3), Radiation Hazards (RADHAZ), and computational electromagnetic analysis. For the past twenty-four years, InField’s primary focus has been electromagnetic analysis and testing of military shipboard environments for the Royal Canadian Navy and for the New Zealand Royal Navy. She has also taught a Software Engineering course at McGill University.

She received her Ph. D. (1988), M. Eng. (1985) and B. Eng. (1983) from McGill University under the supervision of Dr. Peter Silvester. She was a visiting scholar at Cambridge University in England (1985). Dr. Pinchuk is the IEEE Montreal Section Chair and the EMC Society Chapter Chair. She was also a member of the IEEE EMC Society Board of Directors, and the Canadian Chair for URSI Section B. She is also the author of several children’s books which focus on engineering for youngsters.



Dr. Takfarinas Saber

School of Computer Science at University College Dublin

Biography: Takfarinas Saber received his Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from University College Dublin (UCD), Ireland in 2018. He is currently a Lecturer in the School of Computer Science at UCD, a member of UCD Complex Software Lab, and a Funded Investigator with Lero, the Irish Software Engineering Research Centre. Previous he held a Post-Doctoral position at UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School.



Dr. Syed Hassan Ahmed

Product Specialist at JMA Wireless

Biography: Syed Hassan Ahmed completed his BS from KUST, Pakistan, and his M.S./Ph.D. from Kyungpook National University, South Korea, both in computer science & engineering, in 2012 and 2017, respectively. Later, he was a post-doc with the University of Central Florida, Orlando, USA and on the faculty of the CS Department of Georgia Southern University (GSU) at Statesboro, USA, where his research interests included sensor and ad hoc networks, cyber-physical systems, vehicular communications, and Future Internet. Currently, Dr. Hassan is with JMA Wireless as a Product Specialist with a focus on distributed antenna systems and mmWave products.



11:00 -- 11:25   Opening remarks - Introduction to IEEE Montreal section: Dr. Saida Maaroufi

11:25 -- 11:30   Video clip featuring IEEE Montreal section activities along with different groups (5-10 minutes)

11:30 --: A quick instructions to voters about the contest

11:30 -- 11:55   Invited speaker: Dr. Amy Pinchuk

11:55  Q&A with Dr. Amy Pinchuk - A music track with photos will be played as an alternative if there are no Qs.

11:55 -- 12:00   Break: A funny video clip with a piece of music featuring involving groups in the event: best shots and best moments of AGs and SBs activities

12:00 -- 12:25  Invited Speaker: Dr. Syed Hassan Ahmed, "Towards Named Data Networking in Connected Cities”

12:25 -- 12:50  Invited Speaker: Dr. Takfarinas Saber

12:50 -- 01:00:  Q&A with Dr. Syed Hassan Ahmed and Dr. Takfarinas Saber

01:00 --:           A quick call to make final votes

01:00 -- 01:30   Invited Speaker: Prof. Fabric Labeau

01:30 -- 01:35  Q&A with Prof. Labeau

01:35 -- 01:40   Student Branch Presentation (Poly)

01:40 -- 01:45   Student Branch Presentation (ETS)

01:45 -- 01:50   Student Branch Presentation (INRS)

01:50 --:         Closing video