Corporate Talk


Mike Mabey

Mike Mabey is a founder and Chief Technology Officer at QuirkLogic™, where he oversees creative innovation and all technical aspects of getting great products in the hands of customers. He has a 20-year history of successfully leading challenging, large-scale technology endeavors, and in partnership with Nashir Samanani has launched over half a dozen globally used products. Mike co-founded Elluminate, where he was responsible for the company’s technology vision and implementation from inception to acquisition. He built and led teams that created the award-winning Elluminate Live! real-time collaboration software, including a proprietary Collaborative Communication Framework, virtual room management systems, and integration with key enterprise systems. As a result of Elluminate’s acqusition, Mike became Vice President and CTO for the Collaborate division of Blackboard, a global edtech market leader. He oversaw product development and global hosting for a suite of business-critical cloud services that saw double-digit growth and usage in over 175 countries. Mike was also co-founder and CTO of EraSoft Technologies, which was acquired by ViaSoft. There his product line quickly became the industry leader in its class—growing from concept to over 70% of the global market share in under 36 months. Mike’s teams’ products at Viasoft won numerous awards, including the coveted Windows Winlist and PC World’s Best Buy.

Title of the Talk:

Innovation, Creativity, and the Power of the Pen
Innovation and creativity are understood as key components of business success and economic growth, but only a small minority of people feel that they are living up to their creative potential. Recent studies have shown that modern technologies may be interfering with our ability to tap into our inherent creativity, whereas using simpler methods such as a pen comes with significant neurological benefits. This talk is about the benefits of using a pen for both brainstorming and collaboration and describes a new and unique technology that Quirklogic is developing to bring analog writing advantages to a digital world.

Bruce Matichuk

Bruce Matichuk received his BSc. (1986) and M.Sc. (2007) in Computer Science from the University of Alberta - he left the Ph.D. program in 2010 to pursue entrepreneurial activities. His first company, Celcorp, built an Intelligent Agent based integration system for which several patents were awarded. The application was successfully installed at Liberty Mutual Insurance Company, Holiday Inn, American Airlines and many other fortune 500 companies. Bruce left Celcorp to help start Poynt, a well-known intelligent system platform for locating services, and CliniTrust, a high security email platform for doctors. Bruce then worked as a lecturer in the JR Shaw School of Business teaching technology strategy for several years before leaving to launch another AI tech start-up in Silicon Valley. Currently his new start-up, Salu Design Group Inc. (Health Gauge), is focused on the application of Neural Nets to measure Blood Pressure and a non-invasive means of reading glucose. Bruce is working with another start-up, Aidant Intelligent Technology, developing a face and behavior identification system with intelligent event processing. Bruce also writes for Troy Media and presents on the emergence of AI and its impacts on business and society.

Title of the Talk:

AI Emerging


Artificial Intelligence (AI) is everywhere. It’s in our phones, the applications we use, the cameras we walk by, our cars and even in our homes. Recent advances have propelled AI and Machine Learning to the forefront of business thinking and product innovation. AI is having an increasingly larger impact in our daily lives, in the workplace, in healthcare, education, and everywhere. Business leaders need to be thinking about AI and how they can harness the power of AI to enhance and to accelerate their business.
This talk provides a look at how AI is emerging – reviewing the history of AI and presenting important and current ground-breaking applications. The Health Gauge AI platform is presented as an example of emerging applications in healthcare. Current work in vision-based behavior analytics is presented along with a discussion of the use of AI in monitoring.

Laine Hotte

Laine Hotte joined Trakopolis in November 2014. As Chief Technology Officer, he is responsible for leading the Trakopolis research and development team, where he examines the short and long-term needs of the organization, utilizing his teams to help Trakopolis reach its objectives, as well as driving cross-company engineering initiatives and collaboration. Prior to joining Trakopolis, he worked as a software architecture consultant for the American Heart Association technology department from May 2008 to October 2014, where he provided enterprise level architectural design, team leadership and development. Mr. Hotte holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computing Science from the University of Alberta.

Wilson Howe

The president of Symroc, Wilson Howe, is a highly skilled engineering, project management and business management professional with track record of success in developing and improving projects for industrial operations. He is a results-oriented team leader with strategic vision, strong planning skills, execution insights, and people management capability. Wilson has much experience and skills in Project Management, Design Engineering, Project Execution, Economics Evaluation, Program and Portfolio Management, Industrial Plant Operations, Work Process Design and Optimization, Project Organization Structure and Governance, Benchmarking and Assessment, Asset Management, Operational Excellence Systems and Implementation, and Business Management in petroleum and related industrial operations.

Title of the Talk:

Challenges and Successes of IOT Sensing Development for Broadband Seismic/ Vibrations Monitoring.


Seismometers, geophones and vibration sensors are normally used in earthquake monitoring, resource exploration surveys, equipment/facilities monitoring and research projects. These sensors and systems are of high importance to the industrial world and are playing increasingly important roles in industrial, commercial, academic and environmental protection areas.  Currently, there are several challenges and issues associated with seismometers, geophones and other vibration sensing products. These are:

  • Frequency range and accuracy issue (e.g. severe attenuation at both above and below the resonant frequency; distortion in phase frequency domain, and inability to provide high resolution and high accuracy due to bandwidth limitations)
  • Seismometers are not usable for frequency above 100Hz, and are often in large physical dimensions, with high power consumption, complex installation requirement, and very poor affordability
  • Common exploration geophones have no detection ability in low frequency range and high frequency range
  • MEMS accelerometers have high self noise levels, not usable for low frequency earthquake detection, and are not compatible with third party equipment and systems

Combining the challenges above, currently there are no real “IOT” type of broadband seismic and vibration sensors in the world market today.  There is a current need for affordable IOT broadband seismometers and vibration monitoring systems that can detect broader range of frequency, with flexible installation, flexible output format, easy data transfer, and real- time monitoring capability.  However, this can not be achieved by slight modifications to any existing technology and products currently in the market.

This presentation will discuss the current instrument design types,  current issues and challenges, and introduce the new technology that may bring a significant step change to the world market for seismic and vibration monitoring.

Soroush Karimzadeh

Soroush Karimzadeh is the CEO and co-founder of Novarc Technologies. Previously, he was a project manager at Autopro Automation, managing industrial automation projects for oil and gas and mining companies. Prior to this, he was a project engineer at Kruger Products, designing, developing and implementing automated systems for paper machines and converting lines. Before Kruger, Soroush founded and lead a startup technology company creating a novel SaaS CRM platform and also helped as a development associate for a National Investment Banking Conference. Soroush holds an MBA in Strategy and Finance from University of British Columbia and has passed all three levels of the CFA program. He holds a Master of Applied Science in electrical engineering from University of British Columbia and a bachelor of science in electrical engineering from Sharif University of Technology.

Title of the Talk:

Advancements in application of collaborative robots in the manufacturing industry.


Collaborative robots have been able to tackle the high-mix low-volume automation challenge. In this presentation, we will discuss the application of cobots in pipe welding. An overview of the problem as well as prior art work will be outlined. Current status of application of a cobot for this problem is presented and how vision-based AI can be applied to further automate this process.  This case study demonstrates how cobots have the potential to fill in white spaces in manufacturing industry where traditional robots have not been able to provide a viable option."

Matt Eskandar

Matt Eskandar, P.Eng. graduated from U of A with a degree in Electrical Engineering in 1991. Matt is the founder and President of MR Control Systems International Inc. ( Matt’s extensive experience in monitoring, control and automation projects in multiple industries worldwide has inspired him to develop a new generation of Monitoring and Control Systems that goes beyond conventional SCADA Systems. Matt is an active member of IEEE, APEGGA and APEGBC. He presently serves as a Chairman of the Southern Alberta IEEE Control Systems and Instrumentation joint chapters.


Title of the Talk:

A Universal industrial grade communication interface for Automaton, Industrial Mobile and IoT applications


Over 300 different industrial communication interfaces (protocols) have been developed since the introduction of the microprocessors into the industrial automation industries. Majority of these protocols have been created in isolation to address specific requirements or to provide a better marketing edge over competitors.

As Ethernet is gaining more popularity in industrial applications, several new Ethernet based protocols have emerged during the last 25 years. In parallel with this shift from propriety protocols to Ethernet based approach, several new applications such as mobile access, business interface, and IoT have created new demands on more intelligent protocols.

Using our experience with over 70 different protocols in multiple industries, MR Control Systems has developed an industrial grade protocol to address many of these new challenges. This implementation has proven to be so effective that Inmarsat (a global mobile satellite communication provider) certified our product for industrial automation applications over satellite communication link (

In this presentation, we will examine requirements for a wide range of industrial communication interfaces. We will then examine the architecture of the EVENTA M2M protocol. As a conclusion, we will present a roadmap for the development and support of a truly universal protocol that can replace majority of the current interfaces.

Masoud Kalantari

Masoud Kalantari joined NCS Multistage as their Research and Development Manager in 2017. Prior to NCS, Dr. Kalantari served as the Senior Mechanical Engineer for National Oilwell Varco since 2012. Dr. Kalantari earned a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Concordia University. He was affiliated with the Centre for Intelligent Machines at McGill University, and has worked collaboratively on downhole research projects with the University of Calgary, Concordia University, and McGill University. Dr. Kalantari has accumulated an extensive engineering and research background in downhole tools. In addition to his academic and professional experiences, Dr. Kalantari has authored and co-authored more than 20 international journal and conference papers. He also holds numerous inventions and patents in downhole drilling area.

Title of the Talk:

Smart Downhole Valves, Communication, and Optimization for Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR)


Designing mechatronics valves for Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) applications is a challenging task due to elevated temperature, high pressure, and corrosive downhole environment. In addition, the lack of direct access to the system post-installation requires not only that the mechatronics valves are able to survive the downhole environment, but that they operate reliably during the EOR life cycle.

At NCS, we are developing downhole valve technology to address the needs of oil and gas operations, including EOR applications. Smart valve technology currently under development at NCS includes a system for high speed downhole communication with a minimum of ten different valves and sensors on a single conductor. The system also includes sophisticated optimization algorithms for valve operation based on reservoir conditions, in addition to SCADA systems for communicating information and operational adjustments in real time, with instructions delivered from our customers and from the NCS control center to remote wellbore locations using satellite communication.

Stephen Achal

Stephen Achal is currently the Chief Scientist, Vice President Research and Development at ITRES Research in Calgary, Canada. He has over thirty years of professional experience in almost every aspect of optical remote sensing and Earth observation.He’s also led large, complex and hyperspectral-related scientific field expeditions on all seven continents.

Title of the Talk:

Hyperspectral Imaging Systems and Their Applications – A Designer’s Perspective


Hyperspectral imaging systems have been around for more than four decades.During that time, many diverse forms of hyperspectral imaging systems have been designed to address a wide variety of ground-based, airborne and spaceborne
applications. Designs ranging from whiskbroom to pushbroom to full-frame to hybrid combinations have their merits and pitfalls for acquiring data in various parts of the optical spectrum (from the ultraviolet to the very longwave infrared).Each design uniquely optimizes and trades-off key parameters such as signal-to- noise ratio, MTF vs wavelength, spectral and spatial resolution, complexity and cost-to-build. Generally, the older generation systems were large and heavy to maximize the key parameters to produce traceable, accurate and robust data products.

Recent advances in focal plane array technology coupled with novel optical designs have made possible the development of compact, low-cost hyperspectral imaging systems. These new systems are capable of operating from small platforms such as UAVs and small/micro satellites. These smaller units are opening up new and productive commercial avenues that enable smaller, entrepreneurial groups to develop diverse turn-key applications such as crop classification and crop stress detection, mineral mapping, water quality assessment, target-of-interest detection, gas quantification, etc..

Important Deadlines

Full Paper Submission:2nd September 2018
Acceptance Notification: 17th September 2018
Final Paper Submission:20th October 2018
Early Bird Registration: 4th October 2018
Presentation Submission: 20th October 2018
Conference: 1st – 3rd Nov 2018

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