Major engineering conferences planned

Leading experts in the fields of geotechnical engineering, information theory, and materials science are coming to the Okanagan in May and early June as the School of Engineering at UBC Okanagan hosts two major conferences.

Each of the conferences will feature presentations open to the public.

From May 17 to 20, UBC Okanagan will host the 2011 Canadian Workshop on Information Theory. For the first time, the Canadian Society of Information Theory will sponsor a School of Information Theory in conjunction with this conference.

Professors Mung Chiang, from Princeton University, and Syed Ali Jafar, from the University of California Irvine, will be the inaugural instructors for this first Canadian School of Information Theory.

Conference organizer  Julian Cheng says three talks will be open to the public:

• May 18: Vahid Tarokh, professor and senior fellow of electrical engineering at Harvard University

• May 19: Frank Kschischang, professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Toronto

• May 20: David Tse, professor at the University of California at Berkeley.

The second major conference is the 23rd Canadian Materials Science Conference from June 22 to 24.

This conference is co-chaired by Spiro Yannacopoulos, director of the School of Engineering, and Lukas Bichler.

Bichler notes that this conference brings together students, faculty and industry representatives from across Canada to share research in materials science, materials processing, development, characterization and application.

The June 23 keynote address by C. Ravi Ravindran, past-president of the Canadian Academy of Engineers, will be open to the public. “Being selected to host such an extraordinary group of national conferences reflects the excellence of our faculty and our programs in civil, mechanical and electrical engineering,” said Yannacopoulos.

“It is an indication of the high regard Canada’s engineering profession has for our young but vibrant school. We look forward to sharing with a national audience the School of Engineering and our beautiful Okanagan setting.”

Information about the conferences including any pre-registration requirements to attend the public talks is available at: 2011 Canadian Workshop on Information Theory,; 23rd Canadian Materials Science Conference,


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