December 2018 edition – Vol.10 no.5


The FRQNT’s mid-term evaluation process of ReSMiQ ended with a meeting between the center’s management and the evaluation committee at the FRQNT offices in Montreal. We are awaiting the verdict of this committee, but we are confident that the result would be positive.

After an evaluation of all our scholarship and financial aid programs, it was decided to improve them in order to better serve the research members and to increase support for students in their studies and research. We invite you all to consult the web portal to know the new rules of our various programs.

As for the technical activities of our members, we have completed the 7th edition of the ReSMiQ Innovation Day (JIR) which was enriched by numerous technical demonstrations. in addition to lectures given by two ReSMiQ members (Paul-Vahé Cicek from UQAM and Wei-Ping Zhu from Concordia University) and Jeyanandh Paramesh from Carnegie Mellon University in the United States (DL IEEE SSCS). Many thanks and congratulations to all the students who submitted their project and congratulations to the winners of the contest. Furthermore, after an undeniable success in Montreal last June, the 17th NEWCAS conference will be held in Munich between June 23 and 26, 2019. We congratulate the team that completed NEWCAS’18 with great success. It is for this purpose that we strongly encourage ReSMiQ members to submit their publications in large numbers and thus continue the tradition of quality of this conference initiated in 2003.

ReSMiQ’s management team wishes you a happy holiday season and a Happy New Year 2019.



– Dr. Gosselin from Université Laval receive jointly with his colleagues the prestigious NSERC Brockhouse Canada 2018 award for their research work on designing tools to improve knowledge of the brain.
More details : Le Soleil / CRSNG / U. Laval : Le Fil, Fac. de génie, Fac. de médecine

Benoit Gosselin, U. Laval; Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada.

– Dr. Gosselin and his colleagues from Université Laval received a Research Tools and Instruments Grants from NSERC to develop innovative tools to support brain research.

– Dr. Langlois and Dr. David from Polytechnique Montréal are supervising Ahmed Abdelsalam at the Ph.D. whose recent article entitled “POLYBiNN: A Scalable and Efficient Combinatorial Inference Engine for Neural Networks on FPGA” received the Best paper Award at the Conference on Design and Architectures for Signal and Image Processing (DASIP 2018), held in Porto, Portugal, from October 10th to 12th.
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– Dr. Beltrame from Polytechnique Montréal is the recipient of the Nanjing City Prize for Innovation in Science and Engineering at the IEEE RO-MAN conference held in Nanjing, China.


– Dr. Beltrame from Polytechnique Montréal organized PANGÆA-X 2018, a field experiment in Lanzarote in the Canary Islands jointly with the European Space Agency (ESA). Astronaut Matthias Maurer used robotic control systems and the team tested multi-robot planetary exploration with 6 drones.
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Scholarships and financial support

Scholarships and financial support for graduate students
– Financial support
– Supplementary scholarship
– ReSMiQ scholarship for M.Sc. and Ph.D.
– ReSMiQ Ph.D. Completion scholarship


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ReSMiQ Scholarship for Postdoctoral Fellows
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Financial support for conference participants
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ReSMiQ-FRQNT Scholarship for International Internship
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Financial support for invited researcher
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Financial support for undergraduate students
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IBM warns of instant breaking of encryption by quantum computers: ‘Move your data today’. Welcome to the future transparency of today as quantum computers reveal all currently encrypted secrets — a viable scenario within just a few years. more details

Nuclear Imaging Enters a New Era: combining diagnosis and therapy, nuclear medicine has the potential to advance cancer treatment and care. more details

Physiological Sensing Now Open to the World: New resources are allowing us to learn, experiment, and create imaginative solutions for biomedical applications. more details

World’s smallest optical implantable biodevice: Japanese researchers describe a new implantable device no bigger than the width of a coin that can be used to control brain patterns. more details


SIGNAL is the main monthly information medium of the Microsystems Strategic Alliance of Québec (ReSMiQ). This newsletter aims to be an active link between the members of ReSMiQ and all individuals who have an interest in research and innovation in microsystems. We commit ourselves to promote in it our members’ research and increase ReSMiQ’s visibility.

ReSMiQ is a group of researchers in an interuniversity research center that can count on the support of the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Nature et technologies (FRQNT) and nine (9) Quebec universities involved in microsystems research.

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Call for participation

IEEE International Conference Artificial Intelligence Circuits and Systems (AiCAS),
from March 18 to 20, 2019, Hsinchu, Taiwan.

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2019 International Symposium on Circuits and Systems (ISCAS),
from May 26 to 29, 2019, Sapporo, Japan.

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Call for contributions

32nd Canadian Conference on Electrical & Computer engineering (CCECE),
from May 5 to 8, 2019, Edmonton, Canada.
Submission deadline: January 15, 2019.
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17th IEEE International NEWCAS Conference (NEWCAS),
from June 23 to 26, 2019, Munich, Germany.
Submission deadline: February 10, 2019.
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62nd IEEE International Midwest Symposium on Circuits and Systems (MWSCAS),
from August 4 to 7, 2019, Dallas, TX, U.S.A.

Submission deadline: March 8, 2019.
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IEEE Biomedical Circuits and Systems Conference (BioCAS2019),
from October 17 to 19, 2019, Nara, Japan.

Submission deadline: June 10, 2019.
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Prof. Sébastien Roy
Université de Sherbrooke

Member of ReSMiQ since 2005

Sébastien Roy received the Ph.D. in System Engineering (Telecommunications) from Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada. He was a professor for several years in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering at Laval University, Quebec. Canada. He was also a visiting professor at the University of Rennes I and Institut National de Science Appliquées (INSA), France. He is currently Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada. Recently, he was the chair of this department and he is also a Co-Founder and a Co-Leader of the Center of Excellence in Integrated Intelligent Systems. He is a member of the Interdisciplinary Institute for Technological Innovation (3IT) under the 3IT.micro umbrella and is the founder of the Man-Machine Interface Research Group (MMIRG). His research interests are in wireless communications (smart antennas, self-organized networks), signal processing (multisource and adaptive processing) and digital architectures (parallel structures, fast arithmetic processing, algorithm-architecture matching). Prof. Roy holds 11 patents, is the author or coauthor of 5 book chapters and more than 100 articles in scientific journals and international conferences. He has been active in industrial consulting and has been a member of various scientific councils and organizing committees of international scientific events. More details

Below is a selection of publications in recent years followed by representative work.

  1. H. Fu, S. Roy, and J. Cheng, "Applying Hankel's Expansion for Performance Analysis in Double-Nakagami (Generalized-K) Fading Channels," IEEE Transactions on Communications, (Online early access) May 15th, 2018.
  2. F. Fang, H. Zhang, J. Cheng, S. Roy, and V. C. M. Leung, "Joint User Scheduling and Power Allocation Optimization for Energy-Efficient NOMA Systems With Imperfect CSI," IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications, vol. 35, pp. 2874-2885, Nov. 2017.
  3. V. Vakilian, J.-F. Frigon, and S. Roy, “On increasing the slow fading channel diversity using block coded MIMO-OFDM with reconfigurable antennas,” IEEE Trans. Vehicular Technology, vol. 65, no. 9, pp. 7207–7218, Sept. 2016.
  4. T. Duc-Tan, T. H. Huynh, S. Roy et D. V. Dao, “Constrained optimum design of 3-DOF micro accelerometers,” IETE Journal of Research, 2 Oct. 2014.
  5. V. Vakilian, J.-F. Frigon, S. Roy, “On the Covariance Matrix and Capacity Evaluation of Reconfigurable Antenna Array Systems,” IEEE Trans. Wireless Communications, vol.13, no.6, pp.3452–63, June 2014.
  6. P. Leroux and S. Roy, “Designing and optimizing swarming in a distributed base station network : application to power control,” ACM Trans. Autonomous Adaptive Syst., vol. 7, no. 4, pp. 24 :1–24 :19, July 2012.
  7. J. C. G. Pimentel, E. Gad, and S. Roy, “High-order A-Stable and L-Stable State-Space Discrete Modelling of Continuous Systems,” IEEE Trans. Circuits and Systems I, vol. 59, no. 2, pp. 346-359, Feb. 2012.


On Increasing the Slow-Fading Channel Diversity Using Block-Coded MIMO-OFDM With Reconfigurable Antennas

In this paper, we propose a new block coding scheme to increase the diversity gain of multiple-input-multiple-output (MIMO) orthogonal frequency-division multiplexing (OFDM) systems over slow-fading wireless channels. We assume that the antenna elements at the transmitter are reconfigurable and capable of independently changing the physical characteristics of their radiation patterns. The composite right-left handed leaky-wave antenna is an example of reconfigurable antennas with such characteristics. We use this feature of the antennas and develop a block coding scheme that exploits, in addition to the spatial and frequency diversity, a new additional degree of diversity, which is called state diversity. We determine the maximum achievable diversity order of the proposed coding scheme in spatially correlated frequency-selective channels. To demonstrate the performance of the proposed block coding technique, we provide numerical results and compare them with those of the previously developed coding schemes for MIMO-OFDM systems. The results indicate that the proposed code achieves significantly higher diversity and coding gain, even in spatially correlated channels, compared with the existing counterparts.

Fig. 1. Block diagram of a reconfigurable MIMO-OFDM system employing reconfigurable antennas at the transmitter.

Fig. 2. The bit error rate (BER) versus SNR for a reconfigurable multiantenna system with Mt=2, P=2, Mr=1 in a two-ray channel with a delay spread of 20 μs. Our proposed coding scheme outperforms the codes presented before by about 6 and 4 dB, respectively. This performance improvement demonstrates the superiority of the proposed QOSF scheme, which can exploit the extra radiation pattern diversity gain offered by the use of reconfigurable antenna elements.