The Twenty-Third Annual Newfoundland Electrical and Computer Engineering Conference

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

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



Presented with the generous support of our sponsors.


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Pre-Registration Open Until 4 PM on Thursday, October 30th

(registration will only be possible on-site on the conference day after this)

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Keynote Speakers: Yves Fontaine, P.Eng (Senior Manager - Network Planning, Bell Aliant) and Chris Hardy (Industry Marketing, Ciena)

Closing the Agility Gap for Optical Transport Networks: unleashing the information-powered carrier

Network traffic is increasing from every vantage point, but can be easily categorized into: user-to-content and content-to-content traffic. User-to-Content from a traffic volume point of view is video (YouTube, Netflix), and Content-to-Content traffic is more about machine to machine interactions such as database communications, one of the largest examples being Facebook which owns a data warehouse of over 300 Petabytes spanning multiple global datacenters. Network consumption models have to reliably scale and adapt to the very variable but steadily growing traffic demands. In order to meet the insatiable growth of network traffic, service providers have had to evolve core networks from 10G, to 40G and currently to 100G. Core packet optical networks also are becoming more robust and agile via Layer 1 control plane and the emergence of Software Defined Networks to provide highly reliable and adaptive service platform to respond to today's data and content hungry consumers. Today's talk will discuss Bell Aliant's Core Fibre Transport Network evolution projects followed by Bell Aliant's Transport partner, Ciena, discussing the evolution to Software Defined Networks enabling new agile core services for optical transport networks.

Yves Fontaine received the Electronics Technology Diploma (1976) from the College of Cape Breton and the Bachelor of Engineering degree (1985) from Memorial University of Newfoundland. Yves spent 5 years in broadcasting (1975--1980). He joined Bell Aliant in 1985 and is currently part of the Network Planning group. Yves has been an active IEEE volunteer, including Chair of the NL Section (1998--2001). He is also a past board member of the NL Provincial Canadian Parents for French (CPF) organization.

Chris Hardy received his B. Eng (EE) from Memorial University of Newfoundland (1994) and has worked the past 20 years in software, networking and cloud based companies in Canada's Silicon Valley North based out of Ottawa. Chris is currently a senior advisor for Ciena in Service Provider(SP) Industry Marketing developing insights which are leveraged to enable new SP service delivery architectures for the largest service providers around the globe. Chris fully embraces the power of today's connected world and has in the past 12 months relocated to make his work homebase out of St. John's.

Luncheon Speaker: Gerard Dunphy (Manager, Project Execution (Non-Regulated), Nalcor)

The Engineer as Humanitarian

This presentation will discuss the role of the engineer as humanitarian, particularly as it relates to IEEE. It will discuss the need for humanitarian engineering activities and will focus more specifically on the activities that IEEE has undertaken to address this need.

Gerard M. Dunphy (SM 1998) received the Bachelor of Engineering (1989) and Master of Engineering (1999) degrees from Memorial University, and the Master of Business Administration (2010) degree from Royal Roads University. He is also a certified Project Management Professional. He has been an active IEEE volunteer for almost 30 years. Most recently, he was Publications Chair for the 2014 International Humanitarian Activities Conference held June 1-4 in Montreal.


NECEC 2014 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 Oceanic Engineering Power and Alternative Energy
Signal/Image Processing and Remote Sensing Technology, IP and Innovation Management Other ECE Topics

Accepted authors and presenters can now submit their papers by following the instructions at the "Paper Submissions" link here or in the side bar.

Important Dates
  • August 8 - Open for submissions
  • September 5 EXTENDED: September 12 - Deadline for receipt of abstracts
  • September 30 - Notification of acceptance (moved from original date)
  • September 30 - Open for registration
  • October 10 - Deadline for Paper Submission
  • October 15 - Early Registration Deadline (Extended)
  • November 3 - NECEC 2014 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.