IEEE NL section AGM 2023-2024


The IEEE NL Section welcomes you to its annual general meeting. The section executive will give a summary of its activities in the past year, as well as a brief overview of activities planned for the forthcoming year.

Dr. Tom Murad, President-elect of IEEE Canada, will attend and give a presentation on behalf of IEEE Canada.

Detailed agenda of the meeting and technical activities will be shared closer to the event. 

All are welcome to attend.

  Date and Time




  • Date: 31 Jan 2024
  • Time: 06:00 PM to 08:30 PM
  • All times are (UTC-03:30) Newfoundland
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  • 45 Arctic Ave,
  • Memorial University of Newfoundland
  • St John`s, Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Canada A1C 5S7
  • Building: Core Science Facility
  • Room Number: CSF 1203

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  • Co-sponsored by Memorial University of Newfoundland


Tom Tom of IEEE canada


IEEE Canada president`s remarks


Dr. Tom Murad is the Head of Siemens Engineering and Technology Academy, in Siemens Canada, with over 35 years of experience in professional engineering and technical operations executive management including more than 10 years of academic and R&D work in industrial controls and automation.

In the last four years, he worked within Siemens Canada as the Head of Expert House and Engineering Director in the Industry Sector. Prior to joining Siemens Canada, Tom was the Senior Vice President and COO of AZZ-Blenkhorn & Sawle, an engineering system integration and technical solutions provider in Ontario, specialized in power distribution and controls in various industrial and infrastructure applications. He has previously held various V.P. and Director positions in a number of engineering and industrial organizations internationally, and contributed to many large global industrial projects.

Dr. Murad is a Fellow of Engineers Canada and a member of Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO), APEGA in Alberta, and NAPEG in the Northwest Territories, as well as a Senior Member of IEEE in various technical societies.

Tom earned a Bachelor of Engineering and a Doctorate (Ph.D.) in Power Electronics and Industrial Controls from the Loughborough University of Technology in the UK. He also received a Leadership Program Certificate from Schulich Business School, York University.

Currently, Dr. Murad serves on a number of advisory boards in the industry and academia. He has been an active member of the PEO Licensing “Engineering Experience Review” Committee for the last 12 Years.


Xianta Xianta of Memorial University of Newfoundland


Building Intelligent Interface for Natural Artificial Limb Control

Human-machine interfaces hold immense importance, especially in the realm of prosthetics and exoskeleton control. However, attaining a level of control over these devices that feels natural and intuitive continues to be a significant challenge. An example of this challenge is the difficulty in effectively translating the motion intentions of amputees into the movements of prosthetic hands. Traditional methods, such as surface electromyography pattern recognition, are plagued by a range of issues including susceptibility to noise, limited resolution, and the induction of a high cognitive workload on the user.

This presentation will delve into the ongoing research and the persisting challenges faced in the field of prosthetic hand control interfaces. We will also discuss the solutions developed in our laboratory, which are centered around the integration of multimodal inputs. These include computer vision techniques, muscular signal processing, and tactile sensing modalities. Our approach aims to create a more seamless and intuitive interaction between the user and the prosthetic device, thereby reducing the cognitive burden and improving the functionality.


Dr. Xianta Jiang is an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science at Memorial University of Newfoundland, with a cross-appointment to the Department of Biomedical Science in the Faculty of Medicine. He earned his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Simon Fraser University (SFU) in Canada in 2015. During the years 2015 to 2019, he worked as a postdoctoral researcher at SFU's Faculty of Engineering Science as well as at the University of Alberta's Faculty of Medicine.
His primary research areas encompass machine intelligence, ubiquitous computing, and human-computer interaction. His research endeavours are financially supported by prestigious sources such as the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), the New Frontiers in Research Fund, and Mitacs. Dr. Jiang serves as an expert reviewer for CIHR's Biomedical Engineering Committee and the Canadian Multiple Sclerosis Foundation.
Furthermore, he takes on the role of Associate Editor for the journals Frontiers in Computer Science and Frontiers in Neurorobotics. He extends his expertise as a reviewer for more than 20 internationally acclaimed journals. He is the core membership of the Human Neuroscience Centre at Memorial University. H has published over 60 high-quality papers, including appearances in reputable journals like IEEE Transactions, AAAI, CHI, Frontiers in, and IJCHI.