Seminars and workshops

India Mission 2011
Ammar Kouki and Jean François Boland represented LACIME at the India Mission 2011, organised by Quebec’s Economic Development, Innovation and Export Trade Ministry. The Mission comprised three mixed workshops with Indian colleagues; these workshops were hosted by the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore (IISc Bangalore), the Indian Institute of Technology Madras in Chennai (Madras IIT), and the Indian Institute of Technology in Delhi (IIT Delhi). Collaboration projects with Indian colleagues were discussed and are currently being developed. Moreover, LACIME is preparing to welcome three undergraduate trainees from various member institutions of India’s network of technology institutes during the 2001 summer session.

Kouki (3rd from left, 2nd row) and Boland (2nd from left, top row) from LACIME with the other participants of the Quebec research and development mission in India during a workshop held at IIT Delhi, in February 2011.

A working session at IISc Bangalore

Jean-François Boland networks with some Indian colleagues during a break.

A working session at IISc Bangalore

The Sytacom Workshop

ÉTS hosted the 2009 SYTACom Annual Workshop. The presentations of the day focused on themes developed by professors Vahid Tarokh (Harvard University), Alberto Leon-Garcia (University of Toronto) and François Gagnon (ÉTS). A total of 120 persons participated in this event which allowed 36 students to present their research projects during the poster session. Moreover, 14 graduate students affiliated with SYTACom were able to test their oral skills during a skills contest. This event also afforded the opportunity to grant SYTACom Recognition Awards to members in recognition of their exceptional contributions. The winners were Leslie Rusch (Université Laval) for the Graduate Supervision Award, Harry Leib (McGill University) for the Networking and Dissemination Award, François Gagnon for the Industrial Collaboration Award, and Ke Wu for the Community Service Award.

Presentations by CREER research-professors (14 January 2009)

This was the first of two days of presentations by research-professors from the Center of Research in Radiofrequency Electronics (CREER) [], a new strategic group of the Fonds québécois de recherche sur la nature et les technologies (Quebec Fund for Research in Nature and Technology).
On this occasion, all of the group’s [] researchers presented a 20-minute summary of their current research activities and research projects. This activity has many objectives; it aims at: enabling CREER members to get to know each other better, making interactions and collaboration more productive for all, encouraging joint application submissions for the 2009 grants programs, and giving the group more exposure in and beyond Quebec.


Harvard University

Following an invitation from Professor Vahid Tarokh of Harvard University, COMunité went to Cambridge, Massachusetts, to attend a workshop at Harvard. Professor Tarokh and his team made us feel very welcome. It should first be stated that Professor Tarokh is a leading expert in his field, and one of the top 10 most cited researchers in computer science. He invented the space-time coding concept used in most modern wireless systems. Together with some of their students, professors Tarokh and Gagnon presented their respective research activities and also had the opportunity to discuss lengthily on the convergence of their research. Mr. Denis Couillard of Ultra Electronics also attended the workshop and presented their views on cognitive radios. Research collaboration is expected in several areas including, among others, dynamic frequency band allocation for ad hoc networks, distributed algorithms and signal processing for asynchronous chips. Student exchanges have also been planned. In brief, future relations seem very promising, and our activities are obviously complementary. For example, while they have new algorithms and a theory that supports them, we have the capacity to demonstrate their practical application.

The CREER Worksop (2008)

The Center of Research in Radiofrequency Electronics (CREER) brings together university researchers in the radiofrequency field. Professors Ammar Kouki, François Gagnon and Vahé Nerguizian of ÉTS are members of this group that comprises 10 affiliated universities. On the first day, professors successfully made their presentations in the Nortel amphitheatre at ÉTS. Over fifty participants attended the presentations which focused on the main results or research areas of the research-professors.

Workshop of the Ultra Electronics (TCS ) Chair in Wireless Communications (2008)

In collaboration with government agencies, the ÉTS Ultra Electronics (TCS) Chair provides support for several Master’s and Doctorate students involved in wireless communications research. This collaboration aims at exploring future technologies that can be used in Ultra products. This research also allows for training a highly qualified staff. For several years now, our students have annually been presenting their work to close to a dozen Ultra engineers in the form of a conference, presents an excellent opportunity to generate constructive suggestions and comments. The conference has been replaced by a poster session. It is our hope that this less formal and more accessible model will result in a profitable interaction for all.

Club Télécom (March 2008)

ÉTS hosted Club Télécom’s 38th dinner meeting, which brings together the main players of the Quebec telecommunications community and promotes exchanges and alliances. Throughout this event, the participants were able to visit many stands offering solutions to various technological aspects of security. The guided tour of ÉTS telecommunications infrastructure, given by COMunity, proved to be a great success. In fact, about 50 participants attended the presentation given by Professor François Gagnon, and subsequently had the opportunity to appraise the facilities used by ÉTS researchers and students to carry out their research.

A demonstration at Prompt's 2008 Annual Symposium

Marché Bonsecours hosted PROMPT’s 2008 Annual Symposium: Meshing Innovation. During this event, ÉTS, in collaboration with INRS-EMT, McGill University, Concordia University, Nortel, Bell Canada, ISR Technologies and Ultra Electronics performed a live mobile deployment demo of the emergency unit. As part of this joint demonstration, ÉTS brought the WiMAX (base and customer station) communication system and the mobile unit with telescopic mast while INRS provided an agile antenna with a configurable radiation pattern, and McGill University defined the scenario and presented simulations of radiation impact in a medical context.