Past Winners

IEEE Montreal Section Gold Medal

The IEEE Montreal Section rewards its most active and great achievers members in their long career path and their impact on national and global technological and educational advancement. The IEEE Montreal Section has worked out an effective plan with the IEEE Canadian Foundation (ICF) in order to secure the recognition of Gold Medalist of each year for many years to come. This initiative is a way that the Section wants to reward all the excellent work that are being done by its star IEEE members. This recognition program is run by request for Nominations and the Selection Committee decides on the final winner among the potential candidates. The celebration of the winner award will be at our annual Annual General Meeting (AGM) and the Annual Banquet of each year.

2018: Professor Federico Rosei

Biography: Federico Rosei has held the Canada Research Chair (Junior) in Nanostructured Organic and Inorganic Materials between 2003 and 2013. He is a Professor and Director of Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique, Énergie, Matériaux et Télécommunications, Université du Québec, Varennes (QC) Canada. Since January 2014 he holds the UNESCO Chair in Materials and Technologies for Energy Conversion, Saving and Storage and since May 2016 he also holds the Canada Research Chair (Senior) in Nanostructured Materials. He received MSc and PhD degrees from the University of Rome “La Sapienza” in 1996 and 2001, respectively.

Dr. Rosei’s research interests focus on the properties of nanostructured materials, and on how to control their size, shape, composition, stability and positioning when grown on suitable substrates. He has extensive experience in fabricating, processing and characterizing inorganic, organic and biocompatible nanomaterials. His research has been supported by multiple funding sources from the Province of Quebec, the Federal Government of Canada as well as international agencies. He has worked in partnership with over twenty Canadian R&D companies. He is co-inventor of three patents and has published nearly 300 publications in prestigious international journals, has been invited to speak at various international conferences and has given countless seminars and colloquia, professional development lectures and public lectures in many countries.

He is Fellow of numerous prestigious national and international societies and academies, including: the Royal Society of Canada, the European Academy of Science, the African Academy of Sciences, the World Academy of Art and Science, the World Academy of Ceramics, the Academia Europaea, the American Physical Society, AAAS, the Optical Society of America, SPIE, the Canadian Academy of Engineering, ASM International, the Royal Society of Chemistry (UK), the Institute of Physics, the Institution of Engineering and Technology, the Institute of Materials, Metallurgy and Mining, the Engineering Institute of Canada, the Australian Institute of Physics, Honorary Fellow of the Chinese Chemical Society, Foreign Member of the Mexican Academy of Engineering, Senior Member of IEEE, Alumnus of the Global Young Academy and Member of the Sigma Xi Society.

He has received several awards and honours, to name a few: the FQRNT Strategic Professorship the Tan Chin Tuan visiting Fellowship, the Senior Gledden Visiting Fellowship, Professor at Large at UWA, a Marie Curie Post-Doctoral Fellowship from the European Union, the Sigma Xi Distinguished Lectureship, the Sichuan 1000 talent (short term) award, the Lee Hsun Lecture Award the Changbai Mountain Friendship Award and the APS John Wheatley Award, Steacie Fellowship of NSERC, Rutherford Medal of The Royal Society of Canada.

Biographie:  Federico Rosei a été le titulaire de la Chaire de Recherche (junior) en matériaux organiques et Inorganiques nano structurés de 2003 à 2013. Il est professeur et directeur du Centre Énergie Matériaux Télécommunications de l’Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique (Varennes, QC, Canada). Depuis janvier 2014, il est titulaire de la Chaire UNESCO sur les matériaux et les technologies pour la conversion, l’économie et le stockage de l’énergie. Depuis mai 2016, il est également titulaire de la Chaire de recherche du Canada (senior) sur les matériaux nanostructurés. Il a obtenu son diplôme de Maîtrise ainsi que son Doctorat à l’Université de Rome « La Sapienza » en 1996 et 2001, respectivement.

Les intérêts de recherche du professeur Rosei se concentrent sur les propriétés des matériaux nanostructurés et le contrôle de leur dimension, forme, composition, stabilité et positionnement sur des substrats. Il possède une vaste expérience dans la fabrication, le traitement et la caractérisation de nanomatériaux inorganiques, organiques et biocompatibles. Ses recherches ont été soutenues par de multiples sources de financement de la part de la province de Québec, du gouvernement fédéral du Canada ainsi que de diverses agences internationales. Il a travaillé en partenariat avec plus d’une vingtaine de compagnies canadiennes de recherche et développement.  Il est le Co-inventeur de cinq brevets et a publié près de 300 publications dans des journaux internationaux prestigieux.  Il a été invité à prendre la parole lors de diverses conférences internationales. Il a également animé de nombreux séminaires et colloques, conférences de perfectionnement professionnel et conférences publiques dans de nombreux pays.

Il est Membre/Fellow d’un grand nombre de Sociétés et d’Académies prestigieuses nationales et internationales, incluant: la Société Royale du Canada, l’Académie Européenne des Sciences, l’Académie Africaine des Sciences, l’Académie Mondiale de l’Art et des Sciences, l’Académie Mondiale de la Céramique, l’Academia Européen, la Société Américaine de Physique, AAAS, la Société Américaine d’Optique, SPIE, l’Académie Canadienne du Génie, ASM International, la Société Royale de Chimie (UK), l’Institut de Physique, l’Institut de Génie et Technologie, l’Institut des Matériaux, de la Métallurgie et des Mines, l’Institut de Génie du Canada, l’Institut Australien de Physique, Fellow Honoraire de la Société Chinoise de Chimie, Membre Correspondant de l’Académie Mexicaine du Génie et Membre Senior de IEEE.

Il a reçu plusieurs prix et distinctions, pour n’en nommer que quelques-uns: la Bourse Nouveaux Chercheurs de FQRNT, la Bourse de recherche Tan Chin Tuan, la Bourse de recherche Senior Gledden, le professeur at Large à l’UWA, la Bourse de recherche postdoctorale Marie Curie de l’Union européenne, la Sigma Xi Distinguished Lectureship, le prix Sichuan 1000 talents (court terme), le prix Lee Hsun Lecture Award, le prix de l’amitié Changbai Mountain et le prix APS John Wheatley, la Bourse Steacie du CRSNG, la médaille Rutherford de la Société Royale du Canada.

2017: Professor Gregory Dudek

Biography: Gregory Dudek is a Professor with the McGill School of Computer Science, a member of the McGill Research Centre for Intelligent Machines (CIM) and an Associate member of the Dept. of Electrical Engineering at McGill University. He is the founder and the director of the McGill Mobile Robotics Laboratory, where he carries out most of his research. Prof. Dudek was the Director of the McGill School of Computer Science between 2008-201 6. He is the former Director of McGill’s Research Center for Intelligent Machines, a 25 year old inter-faculty research facility. Since 201 2, Prof. Dudek has lead the NSERC Canadian Field Robotics Network (NCFRN) as its Scientific Director, leading the network initiatives with 8 renowned Canadian universities as well as 1 0 industrial partners and 3 government agencies. In 2002 he was named a William Dawson Scholar. In 2008 he was made James McGill Chair. In 201 0 he was awarded the Fessenden Professorship in Science Innovation and in the same year he also received the Award for Research Excellence and Service to the Research Community, from the Canadian Image Processing and Pattern Recognition Society (CIPPRS). He has chaired and been otherwise involved in numerous national and international conferences and professional activities concerned with robotics, automated sensing systems and computer vision, including: Robotics Systems and Science (RSS), the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), the IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robotics and Systems (IROS), the International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI) and the Canadian Conference on Computer and Robot Vision (CRV). He has acted as president of CIPPRS, the Canadian Information Processing and Pattern Recognition Society, as well as, a national affiliate of the International Association for Pattern Recognition (IAPR). He is the General Chair for the 201 9 edition of ICRA, which will be hosted in Montréal. Prof. Dudek took his first sabbatical in 2000-2001 as Visiting Associate Professor at the Department of Computer Science at Stanford University and at Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC). During his second sabbatical in 2007-2008 he visited the Massachusetts Institute of technology and co-founded the company Independent Robotics Inc. In 201 6-201 7, he returned to Stanford as a visiting professor while on his third sabbatical. He obtained his PhD in computer science from the University of Toronto, with a thesis on shape understanding and computational vision. He obtained his M.Sc. in computer science at the University of Toronto, and his B.Sc. in computer science and physics at Queen’s University. He has co-authored over 200 research papers on subjects including: visual object description and recognition, navigation and map construction in robotics, distributed system design and biological perception. Among his publications we can count the book “Computational Principles of Mobile Robotics”, co-authored with Prof. Michael Jenkin, and by Cambridge University Press. His growing list of research interests revolve around the deployment of embodied autonomous agents, and includes: robot perception, autonomous navigation and state estimation, environment and shape modeling, computational vision and recommendation systems. He grew up in Montreal and favors light food. With his children he is re-discovering model-rocketry, roller-blading, and has discovered he’s not good at surfing but loves it.

Biographie: Gregory Dudek est professeur à l’École d’Informatique de l’Université McGill, membre du Centre de recherche sur les Machines Intelligentes à McGill (CIM) et membre associé du Département de Génie Électrique de l’Université McGill. Il dirige actuellement le Laboratoire de robotique mobile de McGill (MRL), où il réalise la plupart de ses recherches. Entre 2008 et 201 6, Prof. Dudek est directeur de l’École d’informatique de McGill. Il est l’ancien directeur du Centre de recherche sur les machines intelligentes à McGill (CIM), un centre de recherche interfacultaire qui existe depuis plus de 25 ans. Depuis 201 2, il est le directeur scientifique du Réseau Canadien CRSNG pour la Robotique de Terrain (RCCRT), où il travaille sur des initiatives en collaboration avec huit universités canadiennes renommées ainsi que 1 0 partenaires industriels et 3 organismes gouvernementaux. En 2002, il est nommé titulaire d’une chaire de recherche William Dawson. En 2008, il est nommé titulaire d’une chaire de recherche James McGill. En 201 0, il obtient la chaire Fessenden en Innovation Scientifique. Il reçoit également le prix de l’excellence en recherche et du service à la communauté de la recherche de l’Association Canadienne du Traitement de l’image et de la Reconnaissance des Formes (ACTIRF). Il a présidé et participé à de nombreuses conférences nationales et internationales et à des activités professionnelles liées à la robotique et la vision par ordinateur. Il contribue, entre autres, à l’organisation et à la programmation des événements suivants: Robotics Science and Systems (RSS), la Conférence internationale IEEE sur la robotique et l’automatisation (ICRA), la Conférence internationale IEEE/RSJ sur la robotique et les systèmes intelligents (IROS), la Conférence internationale conjointe sur l’intelligence artificielle (IJCAI), la Conférence canadienne sur la robotique et la vision par ordinateur (CRV), la Conférence internationale IEEE sur la mécatronique (ICM) ainsi que la Conférence internationale sur la mécatronique intelligente et l’automatisation (ICMA). Il a participé comme président de l’Association canadienne de traitement des images et de reconnaissance des formes (ACTIRF) ainsi que un affilié national de L’Association internationale de reconnaissance des formes (IAPR). Actuellement, il est l’organisateur général de l’édition 201 9 de l’ICRA, qui aura lieu à Montréal. En 2000-2001 , il est professeur invité au département d’informatique de l’Université Stanford et au Centre de recherche Xerox Palo Alto (PARC). Pendant son année sabbatique en 2007-2008, il visite l’Institut de technologie du Massachusetts (MIT) et co-fonde la compagnie Independent Robotics Inc. Pendant son dernier année sabbatique, entre 201 6-201 7, il retourne à l’Université Stanford comme professeur invité. Il obtient son doctorat en informatique à l’Université de Toronto, sa thèse portant sur le sujet de la Vision Computationnelle. Il obtient sa maîtrise en informatique à l’Université de Toronto et son baccalauréat en informatique et en physique à l’Université Queen’s. Il est l’auteur de plus de 200 textes de recherche sur des sujets tels que: la description et la reconnaissance d’objets visuels, la navigation et la construction de cartes en robotique, la conception de systèmes distribués et la perception biologique. Parmi ses publications, on peut compter le livre intitulé “Computational Principles of Mobile Robotics” co-écrit avec Michael Jenkin et publié par Cambridge University Press. Ses intérêts de recherche tournent autour du déploiement d’agents autonomes dans un corps robotique, et ils comprennent: la perception en robotique mobile, la navigation et l’estimation d’état en robotique, la modélisation numérique de l’environnement et des formes, la vision computationnelle ainsi que les systèmes de recommandation automatisés. Il a grandi à Montréal et préfère les aliments légers. Avec ses enfants, il redécouvre l’astromodélisme, le patin à roues alignées et bien qu’il ait découvert qu’il n’est pas doué pour le surf, il adore ça.

2016: Professor David Plant

Biography: Dr. David V. Plant received the Ph.D. degree from Brown University Providence, RI, USA, in 1989. He was a Research Engineer at the University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, USA, in 1989–1993, and has been a Professor at McGill University, Montreal, QC, Canada, since 1993, where he holds a James McGill Professorship. He has received five teaching awards and numerous other awards including the IEEE Photonics Society Distinguished Lectureship, the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society Microwave Prize, the IEEE Photonics Society Distinguished Service Award, a Killam Research Fellowship, and the IEEE Photonics Society Engineering Achievement Award. He is a Fellow of the IEEE, the OSA, the Engineering Institute of Canada, the Canadian Academy of Engineering, and the Royal Society of Canada.

2015: Professor Ke Wu

Biography: Dr. Ke Wu received B.Sc. degree (with distinction) in radio engineering from Nanjing Institute of Technology (now Southeast University), China, in 1982 and D.E.A. and Ph.D. degrees in optics, optoelectronics, and microwave engineering (with distinction) from Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble (INPG) and University of Grenoble, France, in 1984 and 1987, respectively. Dr. Wu is a professor of electrical engineering and Tier-I Canada Research Chair in RF and millimeter-wave engineering at the Ecole Polytechnique (University of Montreal). He has been the Director of the Poly-Grames Research Center. He was the founding Director of the Center for Radiofrequency Electronics Research of Quebec (Regroupement stratégique of FRQNT). He has also held guest, visiting and an honorary professorship at many universities. He has authored or co-authored over 1000 referred papers, and over 20 books/book chapters and filed more than 30 patents. He has graduated 52+ Ph.D. and 84+ M. Sc. students. He has frequently provided consulting services to corporations, governments, and universities worldwide. He has given 400+ invited and distinguished lectures as well as numerous keynote speeches around the world. He is among the most-cited researchers in the field with 23260+ citations and 66 h-index and 500+ i10-index (Google Scholar). His current research interests involve substrate integrated circuits (SICs), antenna arrays, advanced CAD and modeling techniques, wireless power transmission and harvesting, and development of low-cost RF, millimeter-wave and terahertz transceivers and sensors for wireless systems and biomedical applications. He is also interested in the modeling and design of microwave and terahertz photonic circuits and systems. Dr. Wu is a member of Electromagnetics Academy, the Sigma Xi Honorary Society, and the URSI. He has held key positions in and has served on various panels and international committees including the chair of technical program committees, international steering committees, and international conferences/symposia. In particular, he was the general chair of the 2012 IEEE MTT-S International Microwave Symposium. He has served on the editorial/review boards of many technical journals, transactions, proceedings and letters as well as scientific encyclopedia including editors and guest editors. He is currently the chair of the joint IEEE chapters of MTTS/APS/LEOS in Montreal. Dr. Wu is an elected IEEE MTT-S AdCom member for 2006-2015 and served as Chair of the IEEE MTT-S Transnational Committee, Member and Geographic Activities (MGA) Committee and Technical Coordinating Committee (TCC) among many other AdCom functions. He is the 2015 IEEE MTT-S President-Elect and will become the 2016 IEEE MTT-S President. Dr. Wu is the inaugural three-year representative of North America as Member of the European Microwave Association (EuMA) General Assembly. He was the recipient of many awards and prizes including the first IEEE MTT-S Outstanding Young Engineer Award, the 2004 Fessenden Medal of the IEEE Canada and the 2009 Thomas W. Eadie Medal of the Royal Society of Canada, the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2013, the 2013 FCCP Education Foundation Award of Merit, the 2014 IEEE MTT-S Microwave Application Award, the 2014 Marie-Victorin Prize (Prix du Quebec – the highest distinction of Québec in the natural sciences and engineering), and the 2015 Prix d’Excellence en Recherche et Innovation of Polytechnique Montréal. He has been recognized as the “father of substrate integrated waveguides and circuits” in the world. He is a Fellow of the IEEE, a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE) and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (The Canadian Academy of the Sciences and Humanities). He was an IEEE MTT-S Distinguished Microwave Lecturer from Jan. 2009 to Dec. 2011.

2014: Professor Vijay K. Bhargava

Biography: Dr. Vijay Bhargava (FIEEE) is currently a professor at the University of British Columbia, completing all of his post-secondary education at Queen’s University in Kingston. Previously he held positions with the Indian Institute of Science, Concordia University, and the University of Victoria. His many years of service for IEEE Region 7 (Canada) began in Montreal Section. He served as Student Branch counselor at Concordia, then in various capacities including Section Chair, and later similarly in Victoria Section. In 1987 he founded the IEEE Pacific Rim Conference in Communications, Computers and Signal Processing—now a well-established biennial conference in Victoria. In the same year, Vijay was appointed editor-in-chief of the Canadian Journal of Electrical and Computer Engineering, which had been struggling financially. To generate funding he founded the Canadian Conference on Electrical and Computer Engineering. It is now a flagship conference of IEEE. He served as the Director of Region 7 (Canada) during 1992 and 1993. During his tenure, he forged new programs, initiated steps for the creation of IEEE Canada, and led the building of a massive reserve for the Region. He was nominated twice for the Office of IEEE President-Elect. A Fellow of the IEEE, the Royal Society of Canada, the Canadian Academy of Engineering and the EIC, Vijay’s teaching, research and service to the profession have been recognized through various awards, including IEEE Canada’s Outstanding Engineering Educator Award in 2010. He is married to Yolande Henri of Warwick, Québec. Their son Alexandre is a behavioral neurologist and daughter Maude is a clinical dietitian.

Biographie: Vijay Bhargava (FIEEE) est actuellement professeur à l’Université de la Colombie-Britannique, et a complété toute son éducation post-secondaire à l’Université Queen’s de Kingston. Précédemment il a occupé des postes à l’Indian Institute of Science, l’Université Concordia, et l’Université de Victoria. Ses nombreuses années de service pour la Région 7 (Canada) de l’IEEE ont débuté à la section de Montréal. Il a servi comme conseiller de la branche étudiante à Concordia, puis a occupé divers postes incluant celui de président de section et a plus tard fait de même à la section de Victoria. En 1987 il a fondé l’ « IEEE Pacific Rim Conference » pour les communications, l’informatique et le traitement de signal – qui est maintenant une conférence bisannuelle bien établie à Victoria. La même année Vijay a été nommé rédacteur-en-chef du Journal canadien de génie électrique et informatique, qui éprouvait alors des difficultés financières. Pour lever des fonds, il a établi la Conférence canadienne de génie électrique et informatique. Cette conférence fait maintenant office de porte-étendard pour l’IEEE Canada. Il a servi comme directeur de la région 7 (Canada) en 1992 et 1993. Pendant sa mandat il a forgé de nouveaux programmes, a initié les étapes pour la création de l’IEEE Canada, et a mené à l’établissement d’un important fonds de réserve pour la région. Il a été mis en nomination deux fois pour le poste de président élu de l’IEEE. Il est Fellow de l’IEEE, de la Société royale du Canada, de l’Académie canadienne du génie et de l’ICI. L’enseignement, la recherche et le service à la profession de Vijay ont été soulignés par de nombreux prix, y compris celui d’Excellence en enseignement du génie de l’IEEE Canada en 2010. Il est marié à Yolande Henri de Warwick, Québec. Leur fils Alexandre est neurologue comportemental et sa fille Maude est diététicienne clinique.

2013: Professor Renato Bosisio

Biography: Professor Renato G Bosisio is professor Emeritus of Electrical Engineering at École Polytechnique (University of Montreal), and founding director of “Centre de recherche Poly-Grames ”(CRP) established to provide electrical engineering graduate students with advanced research facilities in microwave and millimeter wave engineering. CRP’s experimental and theoretical facilities enable graduate students to undertake advanced research projects on active and passive microwave components, devices, hybrid and monolithic integrated circuits and sub-assemblies The theoretical and experimental research facilities available at CRP provide unique training skills to numerous electrical graduate students enrolled in Doctoral and Masters programs at École Polytechnique. Most graduate students terminating their research projects at CRP join companies in America, Europe, and Asia, to work on design, fabrication and testing of modern communication equipment. Some graduates have joined the teaching staff of electrical and computer engineering departments in other Canadian universities. CRP research activities have attracted scientists and researchers from all over the world. Pr. Bosisio and his research team invented a new six-port receiver for software defined radio (SDR) applications. Renato G. Bosisio is Life Fellow of IEEE, a member of order of Professional Engineers of Quebec, a member of Phi Kappa Phi, Sigma Psi learned societies and McNaughton medalist.

Biographie: Professeur émérite de génie électrique à l’École Polytechnique (Université de Montréal), Renato G. Bosisioest le directeur fondateur du Centre de recherches Poly-Grames (CRP). Le CRP a été mis sur pied dans le but d’offrir, aux étudiants des cycles supérieurs en génie électrique, des installations de recherche évoluées dans le domaine des micro-ondes et des ondes millimétriques. Grâce à ses locaux consacrés aux expériences et au travail théorique, le CRP permet aux étudiants des deux cycles supérieurs de mener des projets de recherche avancés sur les composants passifs et actifs, les circuits intégrés monolithiques et hybrides, et les sous-systèmes. Ces installations, sont mises à la disposition des usagers du CRP, et ils permettent aux étudiants inscrits aux programmes de maîtrise et de doctorat de Polytechnique de recevoir une formation unique. La plupart des étudiants des cycles supérieurs qui ont réalisé des projets au CRP sont, dans les Amériques, en Asie ou en Europe. Certains diplômés font partie du corps enseignant dans des départements de génie électrique ou informatique d’universités canadiennes. De plus, les activités de recherche du CRP ont attiré des scientifiques et des chercheurs des quatre coins du monde. Le Professeur Bosisio et son équipe ont inventés un nouveau récepteur pour des applications en Software Defined Radio (SDR). Professeur Renato G. Bosisio est Life- Fellow de l’IEEE, membre de l’Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec, des sociétés savantes Phi Kappa Phi et Sigma Psi. Il a obtenu la médaille McNaughton de IEEE Canada en 2004.


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