The Third IEEE Research Boost | "Give your research an industrial edge"





























Event Description

IEEE Montreal Section, IEEE Montreal Industry Relations Committee and the Montreal Chapters of IEEE ComSoc, CAS, and TEMS, are very pleased to invite you to attend the 3rd edition of IEEE Research Boost event that will take place at Concordia University, Montreal, on November 2nd, 2017, 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM. The event aims to foster collaborative research projects and networking among the industry, government and academia, as well as to present some of the top candidates in the fields of Artificial Intelligence, 5G, Cybersecurity, Smart Grids, Smart Cities, Cloud Computing, Signal, Image and Video Processing, Computer Vision, Machine Learning, Circuits and Systems, and Biomedical Engineering. It is an evening event during which invited experts and leaders from the industry, government and academia will present some of the state-of-the-art innovations in their field of expertise. Two poster sessions are available to offer a great opportunity for Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Fellows of accepted abstracts to present the significance of their research work to the industry, government, start-up incubators and a distinguished judging panel. Three prizes of values $300, $200 and $100 will be offered to the best three participants in the poster competition. The event is of free registration, and food and refreshments will be served. Looking forward to welcome you all for an exciting event!

Event Subjects

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • 5G
  • Cybersecurity
  • Smart Grids
  • Smart Cities
  • Cloud Computing
  • Signal, Image and Video Processing
  • Computer Vision
  • Machine Learning
  • Circuits and Systems
  • Biomedical Engineering


Registration is free but the number of places is limited. To reserve your seat, please follow the instructions here: RB2017 at Eventbrite

Abstract Submission

  • Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Fellows who are interested to participate in the poster or demo sessions should submit an abstract of length not more than 550 words for their research work. 
  • The abstract should be self-contained and discuss critically the motivation, problem statement, as well as the proposed scheme and its applications.
  • The authors of accepted abstracts will be invited to submit their photos and short biographies, and they will be provided with important guidelines for the poster presentations. 
  • All abstracts should be submitted through the URL of Research Boost 2017 at Microsoft conference management toolkit (CMT) website: 
    Steps: (1) Create New Account. (2) Logout. (3) Login by using the URL of RB at CMT. (4) Select a track, and then create a new submission.
  • This chance will allow a participant to establish a research collaboration, get an internship opportunity, job offer or explore an entrepreneurship opportunity!

Important Dates

  • Registration closes: Oct. 25th, 2017
  • Abstract submission deadline: Oct. 25th, 2017 @ 23:59 hr (EDT) [No Extension]
  • Author notification: Oct. 27th, 2017

Organization Committee

  • Prof. Amy Pinchuk, Chair of IEEE Montreal Section - Co-sponsor and Co-organizer
  • Prof. Fabrice Labeau, Past Chair of IEEE Montreal Section and Chair of Montreal Chapter of IEEE Vehicular Technology Society
  • Prof. Wei-Ping Zhu, Concordia University, Graduate Program Director of the Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering - Co-sponsor and Co-organizer
  • Prof. M. Omair Ahmad, Concordia University, Chair of Montreal Chapter of IEEE CAS - Co-sponsor and Co-organizer
  • Prof. Anader Benyamin-Seeyar, Chair of Montreal Chapter of IEEE Communications Society - Co-sponsor
  • Dr. Mohamed Naiel, Chair of IEEE Montreal Industry Relations Committee
  • Mr. Raphael Tana, Vice-Chair of IEEE Montreal Industry Relations Committee
  • Dr. Hamidreza Sadreazami, Co-Chair of Event Planner Team, IEEE Montreal IRC
  • Dr. Jalal Habibi, Co-Chair of Event Planner Team, IEEE Montreal IRC
  • Mr. Mostafa Darvishi, Co-Chair of Publicity Team, IEEE Montreal IRC
  • Dr. Mohammad Rizwan Khan, Co-Chair of Publicity Team, IEEE Montreal IRC
  • Ms. Razieh Hassanshahi, Co-Chair of Event Coordinator Team, IEEE Montreal IRC
  • Mr. Omid Saatlou, Co-Chair of Event Coordinator Team, IEEE Montreal IRC
  • Mr. Steve Alphonse Siani, Co-Chair of Webmasters Team, IEEE Montreal IRC

  Date and Time




  • Date: 02 Nov 2017
  • Time: 05:00 PM to 09:00 PM
  • All times are (GMT-05:00) Canada/Eastern
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  • Concordia University
  • 1450 Guy St.
  • Montreal, Quebec
  • Canada H3H 0A1
  • Building: John Molson Building
  • Room Number: MB-9 ABCD
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  • For additional information, please contact:

    Dr. Mohamed Naiel
    Chair of IEEE Montreal Industry Relations Committee, IEEE Montreal Section

    Mr. Raphael Tana
    Vice-Chair of IEEE Montreal Industry Relations Committee, IEEE Montreal Section

  • Co-sponsored by IEEE Montreal Section, IEEE Montreal Industry Relations Committee and the Montreal Chapters of IEEE ComSoc, CAS, and TEMS


Invited Keynote Speakers - Session 2 Invited Keynote Speakers - Session 2

Mr. Mohamed Musbah, Head of Product at Maluuba (a Microsoft Company)
Talk Title: "Building Literate Machines at MSR Maluuba"

Bio: Mohamed Musbah is a Head of Product at Maluuba, a Canadian AI company that’s teaching machines to think, reason and communicate with humans (acquired by Microsoft in January 2017). Based in the AI epicenter of Montréal, Maluuba applies deep learning techniques to solve complex problems in language understanding. Mohamed leads the development of products at Maluuba alongside the company’s language understanding and deep learning teams. Previously, Mohamed worked in product management at Microsoft and Facebook. He holds a BS in software engineering from the University of Waterloo.

Dr. Maria Toeroe, Expert of Software Architectures and Technologies at Ericsson Canada
Talk Title: "Enabling 5G – Are we doing MAGIC?"

Bio: Dr. Maria Toeroe holds an Expert position at Ericsson in the area of Software Architectures and Technologies. She has been with Ericsson since 2000 working on dependable software, service availability and fault tolerance. She has been representing Ericsson in standardization bodies and opensource communities such as the Service Availability Forum, ETSI NFV and OPNFV. Maria is the Ericsson technical coordinator of the research collaboration with Concordia University on Model-Based Software Management. As an Affiliate Professor she co-supervises the students in the program. She has numerous publications and has also served as organizer and program committee member of different conferences. Maria holds a PhD from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Informatics of the Budapest University of Technology and Economics.

Dr. Negar Ghourchian, Senior Data Scientist at Aerial Technologies Inc.
Talk Title: "Smart Living with Internet of Things"

Bio: Negar has received her Ph.D. in Machine Learning applications in Modeling Human Activities and Behavior from Mcgill university in 2016, M.Sc. in Speech Recognition and Signal Processing from University of Quebec in 2010, and B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from Shahid Beheshti University, Iran, in 2005. Since 2015, Negar has joined Aerial Technologies Inc. as a research scientist. She is now a senior data scientist in Aerial developing variety of smart motion-aware products and solving practical challenges in smart home and healthcare applications. Negar is passionate about intersection of human-computer interaction, artificial intelligence, and developing context-aware eco-systems.

Lexi Kaplin, Chief Product Officer, emojiHEALTH, and Ambassador, NEXT Canada
Talk Title: "NextAI: A Global Hub for AI Innovation"

Bio: Lexi Kaplin has been involved in Startups for the past four years, where she gained experience in product development, strategy and execution. She was part of two incubator programs, the Next 36 and the Queen’s Innovation Connector, where she learned from Canada’s top entrepreneurs and completed MBA level classes from institutions such as MIT, Harvard and Georgetown. During her time at school, Lexi founded Lumos Energy Strips, her first start-up, a fast acting caffeine shot in a breath strip.

Lexi Kaplin now leads product development at emojiHEALTH, a media company focused on making healthcare more accessible using chatbots. Her core focus is bridging the gap between new technologies and applications in the market. 


Invited Keynote Speakers - Session 4 Invited Keynote Speakers - Session 4

Dr. Sachitha Kusaladharma, Horizon Post-doctoral Fellow, Concordia University 
Talk Title: "Cognitive Radio Networks"

Bio: Dr. Sachitha Kusaladharma received the B.Sc. degree (first-class honors) in Electronic and Telecommunication engineering from the University of Moratuwa, Moratuwa, Sri Lanka, in 2010, and the M.Sc and PhD degrees in wireless communications from the University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada in 2013 and 2017 respectively. Dr. Kusaladharma is currently with Concordia University, Montreal, Canada, where he is a Post-doctoral Fellow with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. His research interests include cognitive radio networks, communication theory, multiple-input multiple-output systems, and wireless sensor networks. He has received multiple scholarships/awards including the Alberta Innovates Technology Futures Graduate Student Scholarship in 2013, and the best paper award at the International Conference on Communications (ICC) in 2017.

Dr. Amanda Rossi, Business Development Specialist for Mitacs at Concordia University
Talk Title: "Mitacs Research Funds for Collaborative Innovation"

Bio: Dr. Amanda Rossi joined Mitacs in 2017 following a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre. Previously completing her undergraduate and graduate studies at Concordia University, Amanda is a trained physiologist and epidemiologist with a passion for research and innovation. Her role at Mitacs is to connect university-based researchers with industry and community partners to drive economic development in Canada through collaborative innovation projects and simultaneously engage graduate students in work-integrated learning experiences. Her full profile is available at:

Dr. Guillermo Mendoza-Suarez, Advisor, Research, Development and Partnerships at Concordia University
Talk Title: "Academia-Industry Partnerships"

Bio: Dr. Guillermo Mendoza-Suarez started his professional career as an academic researcher in Materials Science and Engineering. After 10 years in academia, he made the transition into industry working as an R&D manager in military and law enforcement technologies and in manufacturing, where he spent 7 years. He has been with Concordia for the past 3 and half years in the role of Advisor, Research Development and Partnerships where he brings opportunities for industrial collaboration to Concordia’s ENCS Faculty.

Invited Keynote Speakers - Session 2


Invited Keynote Speakers - Session 4



Event Agenda

17:00 Registration opens

17:00 Session 1: Poster session, networking and refreshments 

18:00 Session 2: Keynote Invited Speakers
          Welcome Speech by Prof. Anader Benyamin-Seeyar, IEEE Montreal Section, Prof. Wei-Ping Zhu, Concordia University, and Mr. Raphael Tana, IEEE Montreal IRC

18:10 Mr. Mohamed Musbah, Maluuba
          "Building Literate Machines at MSR Maluuba"

18:30 Dr. Maria Toeroe, Ericsson Canada
          "Enabling 5G – Are we doing MAGIC?"

18:50 Dr. Negar Ghourchian, Aerial Technologies Inc.
          "Smart Living with Internet of Things"

19:10 Ms. Lexi Kaplin, emojiHEALTH, and Ambassador, NEXT Canada
          Part I - "Chatbots: A Commercial Channel for AI"
          Part II - "NEXT AI: Global Hub for AI Innovation"

19:30 Session 3: Poster session, networking and refreshments

19:50 Session 4: Keynote Invited Speakers

19:50 Dr. Sachitha Kusaladharma, Concordia University
          "Cognitive Radio Networks"

20:05 Dr. Amanda Rossi, Mitacs
          "Mitacs Research Funds for Collaborative Innovation"

20:20 Dr. Guillermo Mendoza-Suarez, Concordia University
          "Academia-Industry Partnerships"

20:35 Session 5: Closing remarks and award ceremony

Poster and Demo Sessions: Bios and Abstracts of the participants are here.

[1] Non-Orthogonal Multiple Access in Future 5G Networks with Correlated and Cooperative Sources,
Nazli Ahmad Khan Beigi*, and Mohammad Reza Soleymani, Concordia University

[2] User Association and Load Balancing Model in an Ultra-Dense HetNet,
Edena Rakotomanana*, École de Technologie Supérieure

[3] Reducing The Decoding Complexity of the LDPC Codes,
Sareh Majidi Ivari*, and Mohammad Reza Soleymani, Concordia University

[4] Beam Steering Components for 5G Applications,
Mohamed Ali*, Shoukry Shams, and Abdel Razik Sebak, Concordia University

[5] Model-based Correction of Ultrasound Image Deformations Due to Probe Pressure: Towards Experimental Validation,
Jawad Dahmani*, Catherine Laporte, Yvan Petit, Karelle Pageau, Matthew Brown, Mathieu Seguin, and Leonid Kuznetsov, École de Technologie Supérieure

[6] Real-time Recognition of Suicidal Attempts and Drug Overdose Behaviour Using an RGB-D Camera,
Rafik Gouiaa*, École de Technologie Supérieure

[7] Emotion-Based Intelligent Guidance Planning for Aerial Robots,
Amin Haeri*, Concordia University

[8] A Neural Network Chatbot for Farsi,
Farhood Farahnak*, Concordia University

[9] Language Model Utilization in a Persian P300 Speller,
Hessam Amini* (1), and Hadi Veisi (2)
(1) Concordia University, (2) University of Tehran

[10] Using N-gram Language Models to Identify Author’s Mother Tongue,
Elham Mohammadi*(1), Hadi Veisi (2), and Hessam Amini (1)
(1) Concordia University, (2) University of Tehran

[11] Fully-automated Tongue Detection in Ultrasound Images
Elham Karimi* (1), Catherine Laporte (1), and Lucie Ménard (2)
(1) École de Technologie Supérieure, (2) Université du Québec à Montréal

[12] Image Denoising Using Adaptive Total Variation and Tchebichef Moment as Sparse Regularizer,
Ahlad Kumar*, M. Omair Ahmad, and M.N.S. Swamy, Concordia University

[13] Fusion of Deep-learning-based Descriptors and Human Memory Model for Weakly Supervised Content-Based Image Retrieval in Large-Scale Datasets,
Farzad Sabahi*, M. Omair Ahmad, M.N.S. Swamy, and Fahimeh Rookhosh, Concordia University

[14] Simultaneous Compression of ECG, PPG and Respiratory Signals and its Application in Web-based Remote Healthcare Systems,
Sourav Mukhopadhyay*, M. Omair Ahmad, M.N.S. Swamy, Concordia University

[15] Adaptive Real-Time Feature Extraction and Matching,
Muhammad Reza Pourshahabi*, Concordia University

[16] Introduction of Adaptive Directivity Controlling Parameter for First-Order Steerable Differential Microphone Arrays,
Ali Sarafnia*, M. Omair Ahmad, and M.N.S. Swamy, Concordia University

[17] Continuous Software Integration for Robotic Swarms and IoT Devices,
Vivek Shankar Varadharajan*, David St-Onge, and Giovanni Beltrame, Polytechnique Montreal

[18] Measurement-Based Handover Method for Communication-Based Train Control Systems,
Mei Ya Chan (1), Sami Baroudi*(1), Joseph Siu (2), and Jorg Liebeherr (1)
(1) University of Toronto, (2) Thales Canada Transportation Solutions

[19] Modular Multilevel Converters for Flexible Integration of Renewable Energy Resources into Smart Grids,
Mohammad Sleiman*, and Kamal Al-Haddad, École de Technologie Supérieure