Teaching Activities

Prof. Emil M. Petriu


 ELG 4912 Electrical Engineering Design Project I (Fall 2015)




   Lecture:          Monday, 14:30 - 16:00, MRT-015 

   Laboratory:   Tuesday, 14:30 - 17:30, STE-0130   &  Wednesday, 14:30 - 17:30, STE-2052


·      Syllabus


·      In order to be allowed to participate in the laboratory sessions:

(i)     all students must attend the mandatory “Health, Safety and Risk Management in Engineering” lecture by Dr. Pierre Laflamme and the “Electrical Hazards, EECS Lab Safety Guidelines” presentation by Mr. Alan Stewart, and then sign the attendance documents certifying their participation;

(ii)    before proceeding with any hands-on experiments, all students must carry out a “Project Hazard and Risk Assessment” of their specific project, experimental setups and protocols. This assessment should be done using the standard form (French version, or English version). 

·      Report Format


·      What is a Professional Engineer?,  PEO Code of Ethics


·      Health, Safety and Risk Management in Engineering (by Dr. Pierre Laflamme), Electrical Hazards, EECS Lab Safety Guidelines (by Alan Stewart),

     uOttawa Electrical Safety Guidelines, uOttawa Office of Risk Management - Electrical Safety, 

     Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System - A Guide to the Legislation, Safety Code 6: Health Canada's Radiofrequency Exposure Guidelines

Links of interest: 

MetaScan 3: Emerging Technologies, Policy Horizons Canada, 2013, IEEE Smart Grid Newsletter Compendium 2015, IEEE Spectrum,  Robotics Trends,  Medical Design Briefs,

Electrical, Computer, and Software Engineering - historical perspective, Engineering Practice and Design, Robotic Systems -Basics, Robotic Systems -Sensors, Position Recovery, 

Behavior-Based Robot Control, Virtual Environments, Biology Inspired Robots, World’s first humanoid Open Source 3D printed robot InMoov, 4 Reasons Programming Robots is Difficult,

Intellectual Property and Patents (by Mr. Wing T. Yan), IP@Nelligan - Intellectual Property Law Blog, The Association of University Technology Managers - AUTM

Hardware/Software Co-design and the SPLASH Effect (by Dr. Rami Abielmona), Mission-Driven Robotic Intelligent Sensor Agents, Soft Computing Control of a Mobile Robot (by. Dr. Moufid Harb),

Leadership in Project Management (by Mr. Raymond Perras, P. Eng.), Investigating the Collapse of Nortel: What We Learned  -  Abstract (by Peter MacKinnon & Peter Chapman), 

Keysight Technologies – Metrology & Calibration Standards, Electronic Instrumentation Lab (Alan Stewart), uOttawa Makerspace, about Makerspace 

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·   Dilbert on the Turing Test





Courses Taught in Previous Years


 ITI 1100 Digital Systems

Elements of Digital Logic Circuits (pdf), Asynchronous Arbiter (p1, p2, p3, p4)


ELG 7177  Topics in Communications I: Neural Networks and Fuzzy Systems


Soft Computing: Neural Networks and Fuzzy Logic (slides), Computers & the Human Brain / Neuromorphic Computing Timeline (Jeremy Norman’s HistoryofScience.com),  Fuzzy Cognitive Map [Wikipedia], Fuzzy Systems in Instrumentation: Fuzzy Control (slides, paper1, paper 2, paper3, paper4, paper5, paper6), Neural Network Primer (pdf), Perceptron (pdf), Associative Memory (pdf),  Neural Networks-Basics (slides), Biologically Plausible Artificial Neural Networks (by Joao Luis Garcia Rosa, at IJCNN 2005), Bio-Inspired and Cognitive Neural Networks (by Leonid Perlovsky, at IJCNN 2007), Applications of Random-Pulse Machine Concept to NN Design (paper), Instrumentation Applications of Multibit Random Data Representation (paper), NN Models for Virtual Environments (paper)NN Models of 3D Objects (paper)NN Modelling of 3D Object Elastic Behaviour (paper), NN Mapping and Clustering pf Elastic Behavior From Tactile and Range Imaging (paper), Neural Networks-Modelling Applications (slides), Behavior-Based Neuro-Fuzzy Controller for Mobile Robot Navigation (paper, slides)


* IEEE Computational Intelligence Society - Multimedia Tutorials Center

* The MathWorks™ Fuzzy Logic Toolbox™

* The MathWorks™ Neural Network Toolbox™

* Bionic eye gives blind man sight (BBC News)

* Google Tech Talks “Neuroplasticity, memory … and human (your) potential,” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UyPrL0cmJRs
* Google Tech Talks “The Next Generation of Neural Networks” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AyzOUbkUf3M&NR=1



ELG 5124  Virtual Environments

IntroductionCollaborative Virtual Environments [Prof. N.D. Georganas]3D Object Location,  Graphical Perspective [Wikipedia], General Homogeneous Transformation Matrix (p1, p2, p3),  Computer Graphics (Prof. M. Haage, Lund U, Sweden), Geometry of Perspective Drawing [Prof. A. Treibergs, U of Utah], Projective Geometry Applied to Computer Vision [Stanford U], 3D Object Recovery Using Structured Light (slides) (paper1) (paper2paper3), Coded Structured Light Bibliography [J.P. Marco]3D Object Modelling - Issues and Techniques [A.M. Cretu'], 3D Viewing, Kinematics and Dynamics Modelling [J.C. Delannoy], Head Tracking for Desktop VRRobot Kinematics [Wikipedia],  An Introduction to Robot Kinematics (file), Kinematic Model of Robot ArmKinematics - Differential Motions, NN Modelling of Geometric and Elastic Properties of 3D Objects (slides),  EM Models for EDA (paper, slides), Solid Modelling [Wikipedia], 3D Human Anatomy and Biology Models [3DScience.com], Human Head Model (paper1, paper2, paper3, slides),  Humanoid Avatar - Modelling and Animation (paper1, paper2, paper3, slides1, slides2), Animation-Demo Reel [M.D. Petriu],  Active Research Topics in Human Machine Interfaces [SAND2000-2779, Unlimited Release],  Haptic Interfaces (state-of-the-art survey, slides),  Microsoft Surface Computing - Multi-Touch Technologies (video1, video2), Virtual Environments - Applications ( Ch. 8 in [Burdea&Coiffet, 2003], slides), Man-Computer Symbiosis [J.C.R. Licklider],  Robotic, Human, and Symbiotic Sensor Agents (paper1, paper2, paper3, paper4, paper 5, paper6, slides),  Multimedia – From Wagner to Virtual Reality, Computer and Video Games [Wikipedia]

Cortona VRML Client
ZBrush by Pixiologic
3D Interaction CyberForce® Tactile Feedback System
New Wildcat Realizm Graphics Technology
X-Plane by Laminar Research
Google Earth  - A 3D interface to the planet
Google SketchUp 6
MapWindow GIS: open source programmabale geographic information system tools
Humanoid Animation Working Group
ISO/IEC FCD 19774:200x, Humanoid animation (H-Anim)
Poser 7 - Art of 3D Figure Design ( e frontier)
The Sims
Second Life, Sweden plans Second Life embassy, Banks in Second Life have frozen withdrawals .
The Ultimate Distance Learning
Second Life is releasing code to the open source community
10 Downing Street virtual tour
Mars Exploration Rover (CNN)        
Game theorists share Nobel prize
2007 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES)
IBM Research Unveils 3D Avatar to Help Doctors Visualize Patient Records ans Improve Care 
Make Your Very Own Virtual World with OLIVE (IEEE  Spectrum, Jan 2008)