IEEE Illumination Conference

  • IEEE Illumination 2018


    February 2nd and 3rd, 2018


    Louis' Loft
    93 Campus Dr, Saskatoon
    SK, Canada

    Ticket Prices

    Wine and Cheese:

    $20 student members
    $25 student non-members
    $40 professional members

    Whole weekend / Conference:

    $30 student members
    $35 student non-members
    $50 professional members

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Speaker: Kris Dechka

Friday, February 2nd, 2018

Kris graduated in Electrical Engineering from the UofS in 1998 and started with Vecima Networks at their wireless research facility in Victoria BC. At this facility, he mainly worked on millimetre wave frequency passive and active components as well as developing radios conforming to the Wimax specification. He transferred to Vecima’s Saskatoon RnD department in 2008 and began to work in the development of transmitters designed to work as part of the DOCSIS (Data over Cable Service Interface Specification) CMTS (Cable Modem Termination System). After moving back to Saskatoon he started working on his MSc in Electrical Engineering researching ways of cancelling the spurious emissions of radio frequency digital to analog converters. He is currently the Supervisor of FPGA Development at Vecima and actively working on our development of our Entra line of products designed to operate as remote physical layer and remote media access control / remote physical layer devices.

Speaker: Julian Demkiw

Friday, February 2nd, 2018

Julian Demkiw is a graduate of the electrical engineering program at the U of S. After spending time on the USSU executive as a student, Julian started his career in university administration working in public relations, fundraising, student service and now as Chief of Staff to the President of the University. Since graduating from engineering, Julian earned his Master’s degree in professional communication working with faculty from the Graham Centre. Julian is currently working on his Ph.D. in educational administration with hopes to continue his career progression in post-secondary education.

Speaker: Michael Bradley

Wednesday, January 31st, 2018

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Michael Bradley will be speaking at Illumination this year!

Michael Bradley earned an Honours B.Sc. in Applied Physics from the University of New Brunswick and a Ph.D. in Physics from MIT, with a thesis entitled “A sub-ppb measurement of the mass of 133Cs for a new determination of the fine-structure constant”. Following his Ph.D. he spent three years working in the R&D labs of Axcelis Technologies (formerly the Eaton Semiconductor Equipment Corp.) developing new plasma ion implantation systems for silicon chip processing. In 2003 he joined the Department of Physics and Engineering Physics at the University of Saskatchewan (U of S), where he set up a CFI & NSERC- funded semiconductor plasma processing research lab. He also spent two years working at the Bureau International des Poids et Mesures (BIPM) in Sèvres, France where he built the first prototype for a proposed new superconducting Watt Balance. Prof. Bradley is currently Professor in the Department of Physics and Engineering Physics at the U of S, where he runs an active lab in the U of S Plasma Physics Laboratory (U of S PPL). His research interests focus on the development of new plasma source technologies, pulsed plasmas, and use of plasmas for materials processing applications including nanofabrication. Prof. Bradley is the current Chair of the Canadian Association of Physicists Division of Plasma Physics (CAP-DPP).

Speaker: Andrew Dyck

Friday, January 26th, 2018

We are pleased to announce that Andrew Dyck will be speaking at this year’s conference!

Andrew obtained a Bachelor of Science in Engineering with a major in Computer Engineering and joined ESTI in the position of Infrastructure Analyst shortly after in 2013.

Andrew was born and raised in Saskatoon, where he quickly developed a keen interest in all things technical and computer related. He pursued his degree in computer engineering to further his knowledge and areas of expertise in both the hardware and software fields, as well as gaining valuable knowledge in the areas of design and project management. Andrew currently holds the position of Senior Infrastructure Engineer at ESTI.

In his free time, Andrew prefers to pursue his favourite hobbies such as golf, fishing, and canoeing; in his downtime, he likes to hang out with friends, play games, read, or catch up on his favourite TV shows.

Speaker: Lance Pitka

Friday, January 26th, 2018

We are pleased to announce that Lance Pitka will be speaking at this year’s conference!

Lance is currently in the second year of a Master’s degree in electrical engineering with a focus on digital signal processing. His research focuses on improving internet speeds via a cable network. Lance completed his undergraduate degree in electrical engineering here at the U of S while being involved with the IEEE student branch, Robotics Club, and Areodesign Team. Outside of school, Lance works part-time as a firmware developer, and in his spare time, he enjoys anything related to fitness and the outdoors.

Speaker: Matthew Dalzell

Sunday, January 21st, 2018

Illumination 2018 is pleased to announce that Matthew Dalzell will be speaking at this year’s conference!

Matthew has been a science communicator and educator for over 15 years. This includes being
the communications coordinator with the Canadian Light Source from 2004 to 2012, and the
communications officer and partnerships manager with the Sylvia Fedoruk Canadian Centre for Nuclear
Innovation from 2012 to 2017. In 2013 he became a charter member of the Western Branch of the
Canadian Nuclear Society, currently serving as co-chair. Matthew also serves as co-chair of the Canadian
Nuclear Society’s Generation IV and Small Reactor Division and is a member of the society’s Education
and Communications Committee.

Matthew holds a Master’s of Geological Sciences and bachelor degrees in education and science from
the University of Saskatchewan. He has served for 25 years in the Royal Canadian Naval Reserve and is
currently commanding officer of Saskatoon’s naval reserve division, HMCS Unicorn. Matthew is a
recipient of the Province of Saskatchewan Centennial Medal and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.

Speaker: Andre Doucette

Friday, December 15th, 2017

Illumination 2018 is pleased to announce that Andre Doucette will be speaking at this year’s conference!

Andre is VP Software at ORA. His background designing and producing some 50 mobile apps really comes in handy as he ensures ORA’s software products are simple, stable, and robust. You can see his minimalist and simple design philosophy in his apps across many industries, including banking with Affinity Mobile and its Mobile Pay feature, retail with Co-op CRS, workplace safety with ARMS, and of course, ORA the personal alert. Andre has a PhD, MSc, and BSc in Computer Science, with a focus on Human-Computer Interaction.

Keynote Announced: Michael Wesolowski

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016

Michael Wesolowski

Illumination 2016 is pleased to announce that Michael Wesolowski will be our keynote speaker for the conference this weekend!

Dr. Mike Wesolowski is the Research and Commercial Manager for the Sylvia Fedoruk Canadian Centre for Nuclear Innovation. His role includes strategic development of the research capacity of the Saskatchewan Centre for Cyclotron Sciences, strengthening existing relationships with academic partners and facilitating research and commercial access to the Cyclotron by securing relationships with potential users.

He is also cofounder of Luxsonic Technologies Incorporated, a pre-revenue Saskatchewan based start-up that was founded in 2014 by two medical imaging researchers who share a passion for developing innovative solutions to the day-to-day problems faced by medical professionals. A finalist in the 2015 Tech Venture Challenge, Luxsonic is currently developing products for the teleradiology marketplace. Dr. Wesolowski is also one of the founding members of the Society of Postdoctoral Scholars at the University of Saskatchewan, a volunteer organization that acts as a social hub and information portal for postdocs on campus while providing a formal and continuous structure through which postdocs can communicate with U of S administrators and the Canadian Association of Postdoctoral Scholars.

Dr. Wesolowski has a PhD in Physics from the University of Waterloo and wide ranging multidisciplinary research experience in physics, nanotechnology, nuclear pharmacokinetics and medical imaging. His doctoral work involved the characterization of carbon and organometallic nanomaterials which were synthesized using high intensity pulsed laser systems. This includes pioneering work in the facile laser based synthesis of 1D polyyne chains which may one day serve as wires in molecular devices. Prior to joining the Fedoruk Centre, Dr. Wesolowski was a Postdoctoral Fellow in Medical Imaging at the University of Saskatchewan where he worked on the development of x-ray phase contrast imaging technologies, detection of prostate cancer using positron emission tomography computed tomography (PET-CT), and the study of kidney function using newly developed techniques in nuclear medicine.

Speaker: Angelika Ortlepp

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016

Angelika Ortlepp

Illumination 2016 is excited to announce that Angelika Ortlepp will be speaking at the conference this weekend!

Angelika Ortlepp is the founder of Suncatcher Solar, a family business that grew out of a strong interest in using solar power and other renewable energy.

Angelika, who designed and lives in the first Suncatcher Solar home, is a professional engineer with a degree in Engineering Physics and an M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering. For many years, she taught labs for the Department of Physics and Engineering Physics at the University of Saskatchewan. She introduced renewable energy to the curriculum and supervised design projects on solar energy. Her “living lab” home and the resulting thesis have provided first hand knowledge and real life experiences to share with students and a growing list of clients.

Since that first experimental prototype, Suncatcher Solar has completed an extensive list of renewable energy projects across Saskatchewan and designed passive solar homes for clients throughout Canada. This spring they will be installing the first solar power system for the Saskatchewan Environmental Society’s Solar Co-operative.

Speaker: Cinnati Loi

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016

Cinnati Loi

Illumination 2016 is excited to announce that Cinnati Loi will be speaking at the conference this weekend!

Cinnati Loi received his B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering with Great Distinction and B.Sc. (3-Yr) in Computer Science with Great Distinction in 2008 from the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK, Canada. During his undergraduate program, he has worked as a hardware student engineer intern at SED Systems, a Division of Calian Ltd., Saskatoon, SK, Canada, where he designed hardware and software for satellite communication modems.

He received his M.Sc. at the University of Saskatchewan in 2010. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Saskatchewan in 2015 under the supervision of Dr. S.-B. Ko and holds the National Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarship.

He currently works as a Hardware Engineer at SED Systems, Inc.