NECEC 2020

The 29th Annual Newfoundland Electrical and Computer Engineering Conference

November 19, 2020
Holiday Inn St. John's Conference Centre
St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador


From Space to Sea – The evolution of space-based technology for iceberg detection

by Kelley Dodge, Senior Project Manager and Engineer, C-CORE

About: C-CORE has been investigating the use of space based satellites for iceberg detection since 1997. Advanced imagery from C-Band Synthetic Aperture Radar satellites can be used to detect and monitor icebergs space. Canadian and European satellites such as RADARSAT-1/2, RADARSAT Constellation Mission, ENVISAT and Sentinel-1 offer continuous advancements that yield operational applications through research and development. C-CORE has spent over two decades studying these satellites in order to operationalize the technology to support industries such as recreation, tourism, and oil and gas. This presentation explores the capabilities and development of this technology and its varied use from many different industry perspectives.

Bio: Kelley Dodge is an electrical engineer working with C-CORE in St. John’s, NL. Kelley graduated from Memorial University of Newfoundland in 2000 with a B.Eng. and has a Masters certificate in Project Management. Kelley’s career at C-CORE has focused on statistical analysis of single, dual and quad‑polarized SAR imagery for the evaluation and demonstration of iceberg and ship detection and classification capabilities. She has been involved with the software design and development of C-CORE’s Iceberg Detection Software. She has also led the development and management of commercial Ship/Iceberg Detection Services offered nationally and internationally.

Electronics Workbench of the Future - How augmented reality is accelerating hardware development

by Darryl Day, Co-Founder and CTO, inspectAR

About: Continuous advancements in the electronics industry have produced smaller and more complicated circuit board designs with more memory, faster speeds, and better power performance as a result. For the end consumer, this has been great. However, for the engineers and technicians performing assembly, test, verification, and debug on these boards, their job has become much more difficult. The systems they design and work on endlessly increase in complexity while they are left with shorter design cycles, components which are nearly microscopic, and a pandemic forcing them to collaborate remotely on top of all of that. Constantly switching between lab equipment, datasheets, and design software all while sitting at a lab bench is time-consuming and error-prone. This is where inspectAR comes in, an augmented reality lab tool used to overlay all the information you need about your design in a single viewport. Highlight nets, open up datasheets, markup changes, all with a click of a button. The application tracks your physical board in real time using either a smartphone or desktop + external camera. This presentation explores the Newfoundland based company inspectAR including its journey as a company, how its technology is impacting the hardware sector, and its future goals.

Bio: Darryl Day is a Co-Founder and CTO of inspectAR which is based out of St. John's, NL. Darryl graduated from Memorial University of Newfoundland in 2019 with a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering. Darryl's career has been rooted in the electronics industry with his passion to develop new emerging technologies. Some of his prior work experience includes working with the ASIC team at Avalon Holographics developing holographic displays, hardware design at BreatheSuite developing inhaler addons, and electronics design at Neuralink developing brain-machine interfaces. During Darryl's time in University, he would also work on personal projects as well as was involved with Paradigm Hyperloop during their 2nd place win at the 2017 global SpaceX Hyperloop competition. Darryl's love for entrepreneurship led him to start inspectAR with 3 of his close friends and colleagues at Memorial during their last year of school. In just under eighteen months inspectAR was acquired by Cadence System Designs giving Darryl his first successful exit as an entrepreneur.