CEEA/ACEG 2012 ConferencePages

Tours of Local Engineering Labs at the University of Manitoba

Exact times and meeting locations are available in your Conference Program.

Biosystems Engineering – Virtual Tour (Presentation Room E3-270)

 Director: Danny Mann, Ph.D., P.Eng.

The Department of Biosystems Engineering has 11 research labs that are located around the campus in various buildings.  A brief virtual tour of these facilities will be provided to give an overview of the research being conducted in the Department of Biosystems Engineering.  The virtual tour will include stops at the Agricultural Ergonomics lab, Alternative Village – Sustainable Building Systems lab, Biofuels & Biotechnology lab, Bioprocessing Engineering lab, Computational Optimization & Geometric Modelling lab, Grain Storage Research lab, Imaging & Food Quality Assessment lab, Odour Research lab, Soil Dynamics & Machinery lab, Soil & Water Engineering lab, and Waste Management lab.

Robotics/Manufacturing Laboratory (Lab Room: E3-282)

Director: Subramaniam Balakrishnan, Ph.D., P.Eng.

There are three robotics-related laboratories that cover a considerable range of research interests. The Computer Integrated and Manufacturing laboratory has several robots and computerized machine tools. The laboratory has been used extensively in research as well as in teaching. Students enrolled in second year Computer-Aided CAD course and upper level electives in this area use the facility to design problems in assembly automation. Robots, CNC machines and custom developed fixtures and tools are extensively used to solve the design problem. The laboratory has also allowed many graduate research students in the area of intelligent automated solution for multiple machine and robotic cells. A demonstration on the newly developed cell will be shown during the laboratory tour.

Applied Electromagnetic Laboratory (Lab Room: E1-566)

Director: Lot Shafai, PhD., P.Eng,

The lab has been involved in the design and analysis of antennas and subsystems for wireless and satellite communications, radars and remote sensing applications, passive microwave components, and arrays. Measurement capability for up to 110 GHz, near field scanning, compact antenna range and far fields. Product/Services: Research and development products on antenna hardware, customized software for antennas and microwave products, and tests and measurements on antennas, microwave components, electromagnetic modelling and simulations.

Biomedical Instrumentation & Signal Analysis Lab (Lab Room: E3-518)

Director: Zahra Moussavi, PhD., P.Eng.

The lab's research involves the use of signal processing techniques for the interpretation of physiological measurements and modeling of physiological systems. The research areas includes: Obstructive sleep apnea diagnosis, diagnosis of neurological disorder, respiratory and swallowing sounds analysis, and rehabilitation. It involves close collaboration with other departments and faculties in the University of Manitoba and the associated hospitals (Misrecordia Hospital, Rehab Hospital of Health Science Center, Riverview Health Center).

Nano Systems Fabrication Laboratory - NSFL (Lab Room: E3-450)

Director: Cyrus Shafai, PhD., P.Eng.

The NSFL is an open access cleanroom micromachining lab established to provide nano-system R&D and prototyping to university and industry researchers.  As a central facility, the NSFL links multidisciplinary researchers from many university departments.Its nanofabrication infrastructure provides a comprehensive suite of state of the art equipment and software for MEMS fabrication, analysis, and testing. Some of the supported research projects have included:

MEMS for telecommunications

Gas sensors for detecting grain spoilage Nanoelectronic sensor systems Microsensors for magnetic and electric field measurement Ultra-thin dielectrics for nanoelectronics Microfluidic biosensor for cell diagnostics Conducting polymer-based nanoelectronics Magnetic, thermal, and electrostatic microactuators Micromolding and electroplating Coatings for liquid crystal research Microfluidics for industrial cooling Coatings for synchrotron FTIR microspectroscopy Spin excitations and ferromagnetic resonance in semiconductors Supercapacitor materials

Advanced RF Systems Lab (Lab Room: E3-488)

Director:  Greg Bridges, PhD., P.Eng., James Dietrich, PhD., P.Eng.

The Advanced Radio Frequency Systems Laboratory provides an array of resources to enable comprehensive analog testing of microwave systems operating over a frequency range up to 110 GHz. The lab is capable of probe-based testing on wafer or individual die. The lab’s prober accommodates up to four RF single or differential probes. Lab resources include generic RF and bias probes that are needed for many common probe-based tests. Packaged device test is available using waveguide and coaxial connectors, or a universal test fixture. Custom RF circuits and bias boards can be created with the lab's milling machine. Dedicated engineering support is available to help you get the most out of the lab resources and accelerate your research.

Electric Power Systems Lab (Lab Room: E1-468)

Director:  Ani Gole, PhD., P.Eng.

Winnipeg has become an internationally recognized centre of expertise in power system simulation. This reputation is based on the work of the Manitoba HVDC Research Centre, RTDS Technologies Inc. and the Power Systems Group at the University of Manitoba. RTDS Technologies Inc. is a spin-off company from the HVDC Centre and is the world's first manufacturer of Real Time Digital Simulators for the power systems industry. This is a massively parallel computer capable of solving, in real time, the equations which govern the behaviour of power systems and their control apparatus. The University of Manitoba was the first University in the world to be equipped with an RTDS(TM) and to date there are only two others, both in the Pacific Rim region where there is rapid expansion of electrical networks to underpin the economic expansion.

The Electric Power Systems lab provides the undergraduate electrical machines and power systems students with the experimental component of their courses. The lab features six fully equipped LabVolt workstations, each with power supplies, computer based data acquisition, power electronics and controls, multiple electrical components, and a large selection of electric motors. Students typically working in groups of two at each station can recreate electrical configurations from the class lectures and then take measurements and experiment with modifications. Results of the experiments can be printed for inclusion in the laboratory report.

The lab also features real time digital simulation equipment from RTDS Technologies. With this state-of- the-art hardware, power electronic control systems and firing circuits along with power electrical power systems components can be simulated in real time enabling the output to be connected to the power electronic devices in the LabVolt equipment.  This capability is normally only available in industry so it provides our students with a unique opportunity to experience the most up to date simulation capability.

Robotics/Walkers Laboratory (Lab Room: E1-451)

Director: Christine Qiong Wu, PhD., P.Eng.

This lab includes (i) Laboratory for Design of Mechanisms (LDM) and (ii) Nonlinear Systems Research Laboratory (NSRL), established in 1998. The LDM and NSRL share common goals: To conduct fundamental and applied research in the areas of nonlinear dynamics and mechanism design; to train both undergraduate and graduate students in the fields nonlinear dynamics and mechanism design, and to conduct industrial research projects.

Robotics/Control Laboratory (Lab Room: E1-322) 

Director: Nariman Sepehri, PhD., P.Eng.

This lab includes  (ii)  The fluid power and telerobotics research laboratory was established in 1992. The goal is to conduct fundamental and applied research to improve control and enhance reliability in fluid power actuation systems. A wide range of applications are being considered: robotics (underwater/mining hydraulic manipulators), manufacturing (injection molding), aerospace (flight control actuators), off-highway (excavator machines) and healthcare (pneumatic prostheses).


Tour of NEW Canadian Museum for Human Rights (private tour)

Through special connections we have been able to arrange private interior and exterior tours.  If you are interested in the Interior tour – steel toed shoes ARE required  http://humanrightsmuseum.ca/

More details to follow.


Hermetic Code Tour - Manitoba Legislative Building (private tour)

Exclusive guided one and half hour tour of the Manitoba Legislative Building by Don Finkbeiner, assistant to Frank Albo. 

Have you ever wondered why the Manitoba Legislative Building has sphinxes on the roof?  Have you ever wanted to learn the true identity of the Golden Boy and hidden meanings behind the building’s mystical design?  Join Frank Albo, researcher and academic inspiration behind the bestselling book The Hermetic Code, for an unforgettable evening of magic, mystery and architectural wonder.  Meet inside the Manitoba Legislative Building and begin to unlock mysteries of Canada’s most unique architectural landmark.  Don (Frank's assistant) will take you along step-by-step to reveal a trail of occult clues concealed in the buildings architectural including: hidden hieroglyphic inscriptions, numerological codes, and Freemasonic symbols so intelligently masked that they have escaped historians and visitors for nearly a hundred years!  Is the Manitoba Legislative Building really a conduit of magical power?  Is the building’s location in the centre of North America a site for numerous earth energies?  Come and find out for yourself! 

Cost of $ 26.25 ($25.00 + $1.25 GST) / person for tour – payable at conference registration.


Examining Future Directions for Engineering Education

University of Manitoba

Winnipeg, Manitoba

June 17, 2012 - June 20, 2012

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