Welcome Message from the Co-Chairs

The 29th Annual IEEE Canadian Conference on Electrical and Computer Engineering (CCECE 2016) will be held in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada from May 15 to 18, 2016. CCECE is the flagship conference for researchers, students, and professionals in the area of Electrical and Computer Engineering from Canada and around the world to meet annually in a Canadian city to disseminate their research advancements and discoveries, to network and exchange ideas in order to strengthen existing partnerships and foster new collaborations. CCECE 2016 general theme, Advancing Society Through Electrical and Computer Engineering reflects the profound impact of ECE research on our daily lives. CCECE 2016 will address the following many themes which are listed and described to the right.

Our theme, Advancing Society Through Electrical and Computer Engineering reflects the profound impact of ECE research on our daily lives. Take a moment and reflect how information and communication technology now governs the way we do business and much of the way we socialize. The Internet continues to grow quickly and is becoming more accessible to the third world. Our robot population and capability is increasing. Our whole solar system is becoming more familiar and is more beckoning than ever before. In short, we are amid the information and communications revolution, and the driver for all these advances is the technology produced by research in ECE.

Electrical Engineering started to separate from physics over a hundred years ago and the gap in their respective research emphases has continued to widen. Computer science in turn separated from electrical engineering and these areas have already started diverging, although computer engineering retains its close connections, as the title ECE suggests. Many popular applications such as biomedical engineering are also developing from electrical engineering. ECE has become a core science in its own right, using the tools of mathematics and physics (and even chemistry for aspects of new electronic materials), while also riding the world of computers. From our toolkit from the natural sciences, new scientific areas have necessarily been created within ECE, from information theory to cognitive techniques, and other areas that most of us haven’t imagined yet will evolve in the future. ECE is creating the unnatural sciences!

There will be high quality tutorials and keynotes to expand your knowledge of ECE technology. Poster sessions will be highlighted, where you can directly discuss new results with their creators. Your ECE research will be binned into 8 tracks for this conference. The eclectic nature of ECE research means that some projects may not appear to fit into one of the tracks, but don’t worry - we will make a clear place for reporting any quality ECE research project at CCECE. The papers will be archived in IEEE Xplore.

Vancouver is Canada’s west coast hub and is an amazing place to visit or live in. The conference venue is within walking distance of many attractions such as Stanley Park and award-winning shopping and restaurants. We can promise that the sea-to-sky experience will be unforgettable, from the superb Vancouver aquarium to the panoramic views from Grouse Mountain where grizzlies can be viewed. Take a few days before and after the conference to check the gulf islands, whale watching, and even the Rockies!

On behalf of a distinguished organizing committee, please feel a warm invitation to attend CCECE 2016. We are excited to see you and your recent work. We promise a high quality and fun conference. Your attendance will allow you to contribute, absorb and enjoy this snapshot of a revolution!

Rodney Vaughan & Rabab Ward
General Co-Chairs, CCECE 2016

NEW Important Dates

  • Tutorial proposals (view call):Dec. 13, 2015
  • Invited sessions proposals (view call):Jan. 8, 2016
  • Regular paper submission (view call):Jan. 13, 2016
  • Acceptance notifications:Feb. 21, 2016
  • Final paper submission:March 16, 2016

Research budgets in ECE are increasingly being directed to specific applications in health care in order to impact health outcomes and create new health industries from ECE technology.

Our demand for better communications systems and control systems is a driver for many science areas, from new materials to new signal theory and processing. New communications techniques and new networks for accessing and distributing the world's data are now widely regarded as so important that a country's economy can depend on their uptake. The research progress transfers relatively quickly to public usage, and regularly defines new products of large-scale commerce.

Computers have become ubiquitous, from mainframes which allow massive computation for many users, to microcontrollers which appear in nearly all electrical devices. New computer engineering and new software concepts strive to ultimately improve systems performance and enable new solutions.

Control is a traditional theoretical and practical subject in engineering, and its impact is seen in everyday systems such as vehicles. As robots move into more sophisticated roles, the required control calls for new ECE research.

Electronic devices and systems are the basic building blocks for all ECE systems, and the development of new devices and new integration techniques is core ECE research.

The research of energy systems intersects other areas from physics and chemistry to chemical engineering, but ECE research especially addresses electrical energy, including its conversion from say, chemical sources. Electronic systems that generate, divide, store, and distribute energy are the focus of new research that ultimately affects everyone. Energy and its efficient deployment is a classical topic of ECE. In recent times, information and communications technology has emerged as the dominant user of electrical energy, and this has renewed interest in energy-efficiency in our technology.

The theory, modelling, analysis and manipulation of signals is the core tool-box for electrical and computer engineering, with applications in almost every industry.


Honorary Committee

  • CCECE Founding Chair

    Vijay Bhargava (University of British Columbia)

  • Honorary Co-Chairs

    Andreas Antoniou (University of Victoria)
    James Cavers (Simon Fraser University)
    Hermann Dommel (University of British Columbia)


Organizing Committee

  • General Co-Chairs

    Rodney Vaughan (Simon Fraser University)
    Rabab Ward (University of British Columbia)

  • IEEE Canada Representatives

    Amir G. Aghdam (2014-2015 President)
    Wahab Almuhtadi (Conference Advisory Committee Chair)

  • Technical Program Co-Chairs

    Ljiljana Trajkovic (Simon Fraser University)
    Shahriar Mirabbasi (University of British Columbia)

  • Tutorials Co-Chairs

    Bob Gill (British Columbia Institute of Technology)
    Ivan Bajic (Simon Fraser University)
    Thomas Johnson (University of British Columbia - Okanagan)

  • Publication Co-Chairs

    Vincent Wong (University of British Columbia)
    Hamed Shah-Mansouri (University of British Columbia)
    Mohamed Elgendi (University of Alberta)

  • Publicity Chair

    Dave Michelson (University of British Columbia)
    Craig Scratchley (Simon Fraser University)

  • Patronage/Exhibition Chair

    Bob Gill (British Columbia Institute of Technology)

  • Local Arrangements Chair

    Jeff Bloemink (British Columbia Institute of Technology)

  • Registration Chair

    Cathie Lowell (CL Consulting, IEEE Canada Administrator)

  • Finance Co-Chairs

    Steven McClain (British Columbia Institute of Technology)
    Lee Vishloff (Tech-Knows Services)

  • Treasurer

    Ashfaq (Kash) Husain (Dillon Consulting)

  • Website and Social Media Chair

    Stephen Makonin (Simon Fraser University)

Technical Program Committee

  • Bioengineering

    Purang Abolmaesumi (University of British Columbia)
    Edmond Cretu (University of British Columbia)
    Carolyn Sparrey (Simon Fraser University)

  • Communications and Networks

    Lin Cai (University of Victoria)
    Victor Leung (University of British Columbia)

  • Computer and Software Engineering

    Amirali Baniasadi (University of Victoria)
    Mieszko Lis (University of British Columbia)

  • Control and Robotics

    Mehrdad Moallem (Simon Fraser University)
    Ryozo Nagamune (University of British Columbia)

  • Devices, Circuits, and Systems

    Igor Filanovsky (University of Alberta)
    Sudip Shekhar (University of British Columbia)

  • Power and Energy Circuits and Systems

    Y. Christine Chen (University of British Columbia)
    Juri Jatskevich (University of British Columbia)
    Jason Wang (Simon Fraser University)

  • Signal Theory and Signal Processing

    Parvaneh Saeedi (Simon Fraser University)
    Z. Jane Wang (University of British Columbia)

  • Invited Sessions

    Fabio Campi (Simon Fraser University)
    Jernej Polajnar (University of Northern British Columbia)


Public Forums

  • Industry Forum Committee

    Lee Vishloff (Tech-Knows Services)
    Kexing Liu (IEEE Canada)

  • Women in Engineering Forum Committee

    Bob Gill (British Columbia Institute of Technology)
    Elena Uchiteleva (IEEE Canada)

Keynote Speakers

Andrew Wilkinson


Ibrahim Gedeon

Chief Technology Officer

Ralf Groene

Head of Industrial Design
@ Microsoft

Jeremy Hilton

VP of Processor Development @ D-Wave

Kip Morison

Chief Information Officer
@ BC Hydro

Alan Thompson

Chief Systems Engineer

Andrew Goldenburg

@ University of Toronto


Tutorial Registration: If you are registering for the conference do this first before registering for the tutorials to receive a reduced price in tutorials. You can also register for tutorials without being registered for the conference by first creating an account in the EDAS registration system. Then register for the tutorial of your choice. Download the tutorials program for a schedule of when each tutorials will run. Note that Tutorials 2, 4, and 7 have been cancelled.

1. Ground Fault Protection, Symmetrical Components and other Practical Protection Concerns

Rasheek Rifaat (Jacobs Canada)

Power Systems The majority of distribution system faults start as line-ground (L-G) faults. Accordingly, attention has been given to grounding or isolation of neutral points of sources and transformers and L-G fault protection. (more...)

3. Wireless Communications with Energy Harvesting Nodes

Md. Jahangir Hossain (UBC - Okanagan), Imtiaz Ahmed (McGill U.)

Communications & Networking Energy harvesting (EH) has attracted considerable attention from academia and industry as an environmentally friendly supply of energy for the wireless communication nodes. (more...)

5. Radiation Effects in Aerospace: Environment, Effects, Modeling, Design and Test

David Hiemstra (MDA), Li Chen (U. Saskatchewan),
Ewart Blackmore (TRIUMF), Manoj Sachdev (U. Waterloo)

Engineering Physics The tutorial targets researchers who are interested in gaining knowledge in radiation effects for space applications. (more...)

6. Social Learning and Controlled Sensing

Vikram Krishnamurthy (UBC)

Signal Processing This tutorial describes the fundamentals of social learning and controlled sensing for adaptive decision making. (more...)

Author Information

Paper Submission Guidelines

Submitted papers must be unpublished and should not be submitted elsewhere at the same time. Accepted papers should not exceed 6 pages in two-column IEEE Conference Proceedings style. Accepted papers longer than 4 pages will be charged $100 for each extra page. Papers should be submitted as PDF files through the EDAS paper submission system (button is below). All submitted papers will be peer reviewed by at least three independent reviewers.

Important Note

To be published in the CCECE 2016 Conference Proceedings and to be eligible for publication in IEEE Xplore, an author of an accepted paper is required to register for the conference at the full (member or non-member) rate and the paper must be presented by an author of that paper at the conference unless the TPC Chair grants permission for a substitute presenter arranged in advance of the event and who is qualified both to present and answer questions. For authors with multiple accepted papers, one full registration is valid for one paper and the author pays an additional $200 dollars for each additional paper. However, only one copy of the proceedings will be provided.


Conference Registration: To register for the conference you must go to the EDAS registration system and create an account (if you do not already have one), then register for the events you would like to attend. For a summary of registration fees download the registration fees schedule.

Tutorial Registration: If you are registering for the conference do this first before registering for the tutorials to receive a reduced price in tutorials. You can also register for tutorials without being registered for the conference by clicking on the link below and creating an account in the EDAS registration system. Then register for the tutorial of your choice. Register for attending tutorials using the EDAS registration system. Download the tutorials program for a schedule of when each tutorials will run.

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Venue, Hotel & Transit

Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle
Downtown Hotel

1128 W Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC, V6E 4R5

Phone: +1 (604) 684-1128

Make your reservations.

This map shows the rapid transit route from the airport (YVR) to the conference venue/hotel.