You’re invited to register for workshops and tutorials being held Sunday September 18th

You can choose one session in the morning and one in the afternoon.

Morning Sessions:

  • Meta-Learning in the Real-world
  • Introduction to Codes and Standards

Afternoon Sessions:

  • Vertically Integrated Ocean Data
  • Continual Curriculum Improvement

For conference attendees, you can register for one session for $80, or two sessions for $100!

For those not attending the conference, registration per session costs:

  • $50 for students
  • $100 for IEEE members
  • $120 for non-IEEE members

Space is limited, register soon!

Morning Sessions

Meta Learning in Real-world: Basics and Applications


Deep learning has achieved impressive success in different real-world applications. However, most deep learning algorithms would require a large amount of training data. Meta-learning, also known as learning, to learn, has shown the capability of learning fast with a limited number of samples. In this tutorial, we aim to present the recent progress of meta-learning algorithms and real-world applications of meta-learning. Specifically, we will introduce three lines of meta-learning methods, i.e., gradient-based methods, metrics-based methods, and memory-based methods.  Furthermore, we will also present the application of meta-learning in real-world systems such as smart grids and transportation systems. Finally, we will discuss the challenges and potential research directions.

Presenter’s Biography

Di Wu is currently an Adjunct Professor at McGill University. Di did postdoctoral research at Montreal MILA and Stanford University in 2018-2019. He received the Ph.D. degree from McGill University, Montreal, Canada, in 2018 and the MSc degree from Peking University, Beijing, China, in 2013. Di’s research interests mainly lie in designing algorithms (e.g., Reinforcement learning, operation research) for sequential decision-making problems and data-efficient machine learning algorithms (e.g., Transfer Learning, Meta-Learning, and Multitask Learning). He is also interested in leveraging such algorithms for applications in real-world systems (e.g., Communication Systems, Smart Grid, and Intelligent Transportation Systems).

Introduction to Codes and Standards


Codes and Standards are indispensable because of the essential role they play in our lives. They touch every aspect of our lives by ensuring safety, quality and reliability of products and services. Additionally, codes and standards guarantee compatibility between different markets to facilitate international trade. According to Raymond G. Kammer, the past director of the US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), about 80% of global merchandise trade is affected by standards and by regulations that embody standards. Therefore, it is important to understand the standards development process, the different types of standards, and how to become actively involved in the development process.

This tutorial provides attendees having little or no background of codes and standards with the information required to develop a basic understanding of the topic. It also serves as a refresher for experienced attendees. The 5W’s method will be used to engage attendees and historical examples to emphasize the importance of complying with codes and standards. Innovation and its relation to standards will be discussed. Finally, a real-life design example will be shared with attendees to demonstrate how codes and standards are applied in practice.

Presenter’s Biography

Nehad El-Sherif, M.Sc., P.Eng., MBA, SMIEEE is the Founder and President of MNKYBR Technologies Inc., a Canadian company specialized in R&D and engineering services. El-Sherif is a Professional Electrical Engineer with experience in software & hardware design, new product development, product certification, business development, product management, sales & marketing, and electrical safety. He authored and co-authored IEEE peer-reviewed papers, technical articles, white papers and delivered technical presentations at various industry conferences. El-Sherif is a senior member of IEEE and an executive board member of IEEE Industry Applications Society (IAS) and IEEE Canada. He serves on NFPA Code Making Panel 2 (CMP-2) for the continued development of the National Electrical Code (NFPA 70), CSA Z462 (Workplace Electrical Safety Standard) technical committee, as well as various UL and CSA product safety certification standards technical panels. El-Sherif received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from Ain-Shams University, Cairo, Egypt and an MBA from the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada. He is a sessional lecturer at the University of Saskatchewan and holds two patents.

Afternoon Sessions

Vertically Integrated Ocean Data


The world’s oceans are part of the larger biome in which we live, yet only about 5-10% of the Earth’s seabed has been mapped. We know that we must know more about the oceans which we live beside, gather our food from, and play in. 

There is a significant process to collect information about the seabed, process the information into a usable format, and present that information in an understandable and useful way. This workshop will introduce participants to this process, using a hands-on approach. 

The goal of the workshop is to walk participants through the process of collecting, processing, hosting, and using ocean data. Although there is a myriad of ocean data types that look at the water column, the seabed, and the ground beneath the seabed, we will focus on seabed mapping using sidescan sonar data. Sidescan sonar presents a very usable and intuitive ‘map’ of the seabed that is visually comprehensible, comparatively easy to process, and useful to many users.

Presenter’s Biography

The workshop will be hosted by Steve DeLory of Terradepth, Inc. Terradepth’s mission is to enable human interaction with the ocean. Steve DeLory is the Chief Engineer and VP Marine Operations at Terradepth. With decades of experience on, in and around the ocean, Steve straddles the worlds of building ocean data collection platforms, employing the platforms effectively, and ensuring ocean data is usable. Steve is a Project Management Professional, and licensed as a Professional Engineer in the Province of Nova Scotia (inactive), and States of Colorado and Texas (active). He holds degrees in electrical engineering, space operations and project management.

About Terradepth: Terradepth is increasing human interaction with the ocean by sending our high-tech autonomous submersibles farther, longer and deeper than any human being has gone before. Collecting comprehensive, high-resolution ocean data empowers society with information and knowledge crucial to the sustainable advancement of a variety of key industries. Immersive, virtual marine information can assist with projects in sectors such as global telecom, clean energy, national security and many more. By turning Earth’s oceans into an immersive and accurate virtual world, we can connect humanity with the last unexplored frontier on our planet.

Continual Curriculum Improvement


This workshop is intended to present and discuss current challenges and opportunities in modern Electrical and Computer Engineering Programs.  Panelists will present recent projects that are intended to improve the undergraduate curriculum in engineering.  Potential subjects include: 

  • how to use the experience we gained during pandemic to deliver our material; 
  • the delivery of a hands-on course to integrate prior knowledge; 
  • how to use Graduate Attributes to assess and improve our curriculum; 
  • efficiently mounting a Computer Engineering program; 
  • managing increasingly large cohorts in our curriculum;

Panelists – To be announced

The workshop is organized by Canadian Heads of Electrical and Computer Engineering (CHECE).