The Twenty-Sixth Annual Newfoundland Electrical and Computer Engineering Conference

Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

Holiday Inn, 180 Portugal Cove Rd., St. John's, Newfoundland

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Keynote Speaker: Kris McNeil, Founder and President, Solace Power

Building a New Type of Wireless Power: The Story of Solace Power & RC2 ™ Technology

Kris McNeil started Solace Power in 2007 as an engineering research and development company based out of Memorial University's technology incubator, the Genesis Centre. His singular vision was to cut the cords and find a way to deliver wireless power to products that typically use cords and cables for electronic charging. Ten years later, Solace's Resonant Capacitive Coupling technology, or RC2, has reached commercialization and is being used by enterprises in multiple industries around the world. Solace recently signed a multi-year licensing agreement with Byrne, a leading power and data solutions company located in Rockford, Michigan to integrate Solace's RC2 ™ technology into their mobile power solutions for commercial office, education and healthcare furniture. And this is just the beginning. Kris McNeil will discuss the evolution of the company and share his insights on building the new power system and raising millions of dollars in public and private investment along the way.
Headshot of Keynoe Speaker Kris McNeil

Bio: Kris founded Solace Power in 2007 with a vision of delivering wireless power to products that use cords and cables for electronic charging. He has over 15 years' experience working with technology start-ups, including Consilient Technologies and ICAN. Kris has raised over $11 million in public and private investment and led the commercialization of Solace's patented Resonant Capacitive Coupling (RC2) technology. In 2016, he led Solace's team to win the prestigious Sikorsky Entrepreneurial Challenge, which recognizes top innovative companies by Sikorsky Innovations. Solace is the only Canadian company to ever win the Sikorsky Challenge. He is a leading entrepreneur in the emerging wireless technology space and advisor to a variety of start-ups and accelerators in Atlantic Canada. Kris won the 2017 EY Atlantic Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Technology & Communications. He holds a joint degree in Computer Science and Mathematics from Memorial University.

Luncheon Speaker: David Shea of Kraken Robotics

Kraken Robotic Systems and the Search for the Avro Arrow

Mr. Shea will tell the exciting story of how Kraken Robotics used cutting-edge Canadian underwater technology to resurrect cutting-edge Canadian Aerospace Technology in the search for the Avro Arrow models.
Headshot of Luncheon Speaker David Shea

Bio: David has extensive experience managing integration of commercial sonar systems with a variety of AUVs. David was the Engineering Manager at Marine Robotics Inc (an AUV spinoff from Marport), and was the lead design engineer for the SQX-500 AUV at Marport Canada. He has designed, built and operated AUVs for International Submarine Engineering (ISE), the University of Southern Mississippi (USM) and the University of Victoria (UVic). David holds a BEng in Electrical Engineering from UVic, with a specialization in Mechatronics.

Conference Chair: James P. Millan, NRC

Headshot of Conference Chair Jim Millan

Bio:Dr. Millan is the Director of Research and Development of Ocean Coastal and River Engineering Research Centre of the National Research Council located in Ottawa, Ontario and St. John's Newfoundland. He is responsible for directing the R&D activities of the research and technical staff and for managing the operations of an extensive range of model test laboratory facilities. Trained as an Electrical Engineer, Dr. Millan has had a varied career with the NRC spanning over 33 years. In his early career, he developed electronic instrumentation, hardware, software and control systems to support physical modeling and field trials of marine vessels and offshore structures. During his research career, the focus was on control systems, modeling, system identification and navigation of ocean vehicles for improved safety and efficiency of operations. Dr. Millan is active in various standards organizations and advisory groups, including the advisory council of the International Towing Tank Conference (ITTC), the ISO SC7 working group on floating structures and the Engineering and Applied Science Advisory Council (EASAC). A senior member of IEEE, he has taught undergraduate courses as an adjunct professor at Memorial University of Newfoundland and worked on a variety of technology transfer projects with industrial partners as well as technology development projects with various federal government departments and agencies.

NECEC 2017 will include presentations on projects and activities completed or in progress in all areas of electro-technology:

Communications and Networks Computing and Software Circuits and Systems
Controls, Instrumentation and Robotics Ocean Engineering Power and Alternative Energy
Signal/Image Processing and Vision Remote Sensing Security and Privacy
Biomedical Engineering Other ECE Topics

Important Dates
  • September 11 - Website opens for submissions
  • September 15 20 - Deadline for receipt of abstracts
  • October 6 - Notification of acceptance
  • October 10 - Open for registration
  • October 20 23 - Deadline for Paper Submission
  • October 20 - Early Registration Deadline
  • November 14 - Online registration closes at noon. Registration can still be done at the day of the conference, but meals may not be guaranteed.
  • November 15 - NECEC 2017 Presentation Day

About the Conference

NECEC is presented by IEEE Newfoundland and Labrador Section in cooperation with Memorial University of Newfoundland as a forum where professionals in electrical, electronic and computer engineering as well as information technologies can present their work to the growing technical community within the province. The conference will focus on technical concepts, innovations and implementations.

Registered conferees will be provided with lunch, refreshment breaks, and conference proceedings on compact disc.

Proceeds from this event and past conferences are used to sponsor IEEE Scholarships, which are awarded to students in Terms IV and VI of the Electrical Engineering or Computer Engineering program at MUN.