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The Faculty of Engineering and Design’s acclaimed outreach lecture series, Ingenious Talks, is free and open to the public, and engages audiences in discussions of timely and innovative ideas in engineering, design and technology.

Each talk consists of a 40-minute presentation, followed by a Q&A and discussion. Plus, there are refreshments! All sessions take place at Ottawa’s Sunnyside Library, 1049 Bank Street from 6:30-7:30 pm.

Upcoming Lectures:

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Speaker: A.O. Abd El Halim

Topic: Better Roads, Fewer Potholes: the AMIR Technology

For over 150 years, asphalt roads have been deteriorating faster than municipalities can build and repair them. The first asphalt paving steamroller hit road building equipment markets in Europe around the year 1860, and the basic design featuring two heavy metal drums has not changed. An alternative design by Carleton Professor A.O. Abd El Halim originally conceived in the early 1980s and known as the Asphalt Multi-Integrated Roller (AMIR) aims to improve the longevity and resilience of our roadways by preventing cracking at its source. In this lecture, Professor Halim will discuss the design process behind his innovative AMIR technology, and the path to his current partnership with Ottawa-based transportation infrastructure firm R.W. Tomlinson Ltd., paving the way to a higher standard of asphalt compaction and improving the lifespan of roads – all while saving dollars.

Past Lectures:

Wednesday, May 2, 2018
Speaker: Roshdy H. M. Hafez
Topic: Broadband Wireless Public Safety Networks

Significant efforts are being made in Canada and around the world to bring the best and latest broadband wireless technologies to public safety workers.  Maintaining superior communication capabilities among first responders is crucial to saving lives. This talk will highlights advances being made to transition from voice-centric narrowband systems, to broadband multimedia communications. Issues to be discussed include: the role of HD video, IoT, 5G and UAV in providing emergency teams with comprehensive, timely and critical information.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018
Speaker: Jim Wight
Topic: Radio Engineering in Wireless Communications: From WiFi and 5G to Low Earth Orbit Constellations and Autonomous Vehicles

Radio Engineering addresses the physical links in a wireless communications network.  It focuses on the performance of diverse technologies such as antennas, RF circuits, and synchronization circuits that together form the “physical layer”. Over the past several years there has been a rapid evolution in existing wireless networks such as 5G cellular and WiFi / Bluetooth, as well as the introduction of new types of wireless networks such as satellite low earth orbit (LEO) constellations and autonomous vehicle links.  Each of these networks puts new pressures on the requirements for the different radio technologies.  This talk will introduce the evolving applications and requirements for the 5G cellular and WiFi networks, and the new applications and requirements for the new LEO constellations and autonomous vehicle networks.  It will then discuss how the physical layer technologies are addressing these requirements.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018
Speaker: Jason Jaskolka
Topic: Security and Privacy in a Connected World

Concerns related to the security and privacy of modern computer systems, networks, and devices, and the information that they use, store, and communicate are becoming a familiar fixture in the daily news. Today, systems are comprised of many different communication networks, with numerous interacting components and devices that span a variety of application areas. Each of these have their own security and privacy concerns with varying implications and priorities. This presents a growing range of complex challenges. In this talk, we will explore and discuss security and privacy challenges, and the pitfalls that we face when we aim to protect sensitive data and information in our increasingly connected world.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Speaker: Sreeraman Rajan
Topic: Tech Caretakers – Remote Vital Sign Monitoring

Canada’s population is ageing and many seniors prefer to grow old in the comfort of their home, which may be beneficial for both to the elders and their caregivers.  The remote monitoring of vital signs is one way of assuring the well-being of such seniors.  This talk presents a nonintrusive way of monitoring the vital signs of seniors without the use of wearables.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017
Speaker: Halim Yanikomeroglu
Topic: 5G (5th Generation) Wireless Networks

Wireless technologies are rapidly transforming our lives in unprecedented ways with some of the envisioned concepts and applications already pushing the limits of human imagination and creativity. Since the completion of the fourth generation (4G) LTE standard around 2010, the research community has been conceiving 5G.

The 5G standards are scheduled to be finalized by the end of 2019; the deployment of 5G wireless networks is expected to start in early 2020s.

The first four generations of wireless networks have had one primary goal: providing wireless connectivity to mobile phones (and, more recently, to tablets). One of the prime highlights of the contemporary 4G LTE networks has been video streaming on smart phones. The 5G wireless will be our first experimentation with novel use-cases (including those in transportation, education, health, entertainment, public safety & security, automation, and robotics) towards a global wireless super-connectivity.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017
Speaker: Mohamed Ibnkahla
Topic: The Internet of Things

The Internet of Things (IoT) is expected to connect billions of objects and devices through global dynamic information exchange leading to diverse applications ranging from smart homes and smart energy systems to e-health and connected vehicles. The IoT is expected to result in major cost savings, new revenues, and employee productivity enhancements. The talk will give a survey of  IoT applications and technological advances and will highlight some of the major design and deployment challenges of IoT systems.

2016-2017 Health Care Series:

From demonstrating how 3D printing can be used in biomedical engineering to how health care facilities are planned and designed, Ingenious Talks’ health care series aims to expand public access to engineering and illustrate the impact that applied science and technology makes in our daily lives.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Speaker: Ali Arya
Topic: Games That Make You Move

Gamification and exergaming in particular have been broadly employed in health and fitness as an attempt to promote exercise and lifestyles that are more active. Motivated by the popularity and availability of wearable activity trackers, this talk discussed the design of activity tracker-based games, looking at gameplay options, user behaviors, usage patterns, engagement, and parameters that affect them.

Using this foundation, the notion of player modeling can be analyzed to better understand user data, allowing developers to create adaptive and customized experiences and potentially more effective ways to engage users. Ultimately, this will enable the industry to move forward from simple exercise games to artificial intelligence (AI) based personal trainers that can recommend activities for a healthier lifestyle.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Speaker: Eranga Ukwatta
Topic: Machine Learning in Medical Imaging

With the advancement of medical imaging technologies, such as MRI and ultrasound, we increasingly require robust computer algorithms to harvest relevant and useful imaging measurements from big data for clinical decision making.

This talk described medical image analysis algorithms that have been developed at Carleton to quantify new imaging biomarkers from MRI and Ultrasound imaging for cardiovascular disease prognosis. These biomarkers include three-dimensional (3D) measurements of atherosclerotic plaque and scarred (injured) tissue in the cardiac muscle in patients suffering from heart attacks.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017
Speaker: Andrew Speirs
Topic: Orthopaedic Biomechanics

Osteoarthritis is a painful degenerative disease that costs the Canadian healthcare system billions of dollars each year. It has been difficult to study because the affected tissues such as cartilage are deep inside our joints, covered by other tissues and are relatively inaccessible. This talk described methods we use to study the disease, especially in the early stages, to better understand the causes and that may lead to prevention or a cure. The methods include medical imaging (CT and MRI), computer simulation and laboratory testing.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Speaker: Chantal Trudel
Topic: Health Care Planning and Design

Ingenious Talks - Health Care Planning and Design Full Poster - December 7

How are technology considerations and human-centered design principles influencing the design of our healthcare system? This talk discussed trends related to healthcare technology, planning and design, as well as gaps that are driving ingenuity and a demand for innovation.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016
Speaker: Andy Adler
Topic: Imaging with Electricity

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Technologies which see inside bodies from the outside (using X-rays, ultrasound, MRI) have revolutionized medicine and many other industries. One of the earliest ideas was to create these images with applied electrical currents. Recently improved computer algorithms have created new possibilities for electrical impedance imaging. This talk looked at the kinds of images one can make with this technology, from measuring heart pressure to fluid flows inside active volcanoes.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016
Speaker: Hanspeter Frei
Topic: 3D Printing in Biomedical Engineering

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3D printing has captured the increasing interest of manufactures, the maker movement and the media due to its potential to revolutionize how products are designed, produced and distributed. This talk provided insight on several 3D printing technologies, with a particular focus on biomedical engineering. In addition to demonstrating the exciting potential of this technology, this talk discussed some of the challenges that must be addressed before 3D printing can migrate to the mainstream and expand its application.

2015-2016 Sensor Series:

Ingenious Talks’ 2015-2016 sensor series showcased how sensors are being integrated into a wide array of technologies, such as aircraft engines and wearable devices, to being utilized to create intelligent infrastructure.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Speaker: Jacques Albert
Topic: Fibre Optics for a Greener Fuel Sector

Ingenious Talks - Fibre Optics for a Greener Fuel Sector Full Poster - May 4

While the era of fossil fuels will eventually come to an end, they will undoubtedly remain widely used for the foreseeable future. Recognizing this fact, researchers worldwide are working towards finding effective means to reduce the environmental impact and risks associated with the exploration, extraction, distribution and processing of fossil fuels.

Part of the solution consists of implementing optical fibre sensors, threaded underground over kilometers of pipeline and throughout oil and gas industrial sites. These sensors will help to reduce energy and water waste, as well as to ensure potential contamination is identified and addressed quickly. This talk addressed recent advances and exciting new discoveries in fibre chemical and physical sensors designed for this purpose.

Thursday, April 14, 2016
Speaker: Banu Örmeci
Topic: Sensors in Water Quality Monitoring

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Effective monitoring of our water supply is critical to the protection of public health and our environment. While the observation and analysis of water supplies and distribution systems has always been key to public safety, it has become an even greater priority in recent years due to increasing vulnerabilities for contamination.

This talk provided an overview of current water quality monitoring systems and demonstrate how a transition to real-time monitoring can provide timely and reliable data and enable rapid response in emergency situations. This talk also presented some of the novel technologies that have been developed at Carleton.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Speaker: Shawn Kenny
Topic: Sensors in Geohazard Monitoring

Ingenious Talks - Sensors in Geohazard Monitoring Full Poster - February 3

Remote sensing has revolutionized how we observe the earth and collect data. The information obtained from remote sensors can be analyzed across a range of scientific disciplines to examine and study processes and events that may impact the natural and built environment. Sensor networks can be used to monitor changes in land cover and use, manage natural resources and infrastructure, promote security, and support sustainable development and humanitarian efforts.

This talk explored the use of remote sensing in the field of civil engineering, and focus on how this technology can be used to address the potential effects of ground movement geohazards on linear infrastructure.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Speaker: Jie (Peter) Liu
Topic: Sensors in Intelligent Systems

Ingenious Talks - Sensors in Intelligent Systems Full Poster - November 4

Intelligent systems have rapidly evolved over the past few years, to a point where they have begun to seamlessly integrate with industry and everyday life. Combining advanced sensors with technologies such as artificial intelligence, computer vision and speech recognition software, robotics and more has enabled us to better assess and enhance the systems our society has grown to rely upon.

From applying real-time health monitoring to aircraft engines to utilizing sensors to create a truly intelligent robotic vacuum cleaner that maps and memorizes, integration of intelligent systems will continue to have an increasing impact on our lives. In a world that runs on energy, using sensors to establish a lithium ion battery management system could ensure our devices operate in a more efficient and reliable way with a much longer cycle life. It may not be long before we even see smart roadways that utilize sensors to determine real-time traffic flow and facilitate the harvesting of kinetic energy wasted by vehicles to generate power.

This talk discussed these examples of intelligent systems and their related sensors.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015
Speaker: David Lau
Topic: Smart Bridges in Smart Cities

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The 12.9 km long Confederation Bridge, connecting Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick in eastern Atlantic Canada, is the world’s longest bridge built over ice covered sea water.

By utilizing hundreds of built-in sensors, which continuously collect data and information about how the bridge moves and responds to harsh environmental conditions, Carleton University’s team of researchers and graduate students have been able to carry out exciting new research in the emerging field of smart structures and infrastructure health monitoring.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015
Speaker: Adrian Chan
Topic: Sensors in Wearable Devices

Ingenious Talks - Sensors in Wearable Devices Full Poster - October 7

Technology never stops evolving. We are all familiar with advancements in computing and wireless communications, but the proliferation of technology continues to impact all aspects of our lives, making daily life easier and more efficient.

Sensor technology has emerged to the forefront with the rise of real-time data analytics. More recently we see sensor technology being integrated into what we wear, whether through our portable technology or even clothing itself. This talk covered the exciting potential of these trends.