February 2015 edition – Vol.7 no.2

FRQNT Strategic cluster grant renewal
Following the submission of our application for renewal of the strategic cluster grant to the FRQNT, and the meeting with the visiting committee, we are now waiting for the final decision from Fond de recherche Québec which we should receive by the end of the month of April. Meanwhile we continue on with our various activities with increasing motivation. We will continue to promote our members by highlighting their respective research by publishing their profile, right here in this monthly newsletter.

4th edition of the ReSMiQ Innovation day (RID2015)
Following the success of the RID2014 (see Signal Vol.6 no.4) we are preparing the next edition which will be held on September 17th. Participants will attend the keynote speeches, discussion panel and numerous presentations by representatives from academia and industry. A special session is dedicated to the presentation of undergraduate and graduate student projects where they will demonstrate their scientific and technical expertise during a competition where each presenter will display their project via a technical demonstration, a live experiment. Prizes will be awarded to the best presentations. The project application deadline is April 17, 2015. Visit resmiq.org to see all the details. We are counting on all members to encourage their students in participating.

Annual symposium and scientific poster competition
The scientific poster competition for graduate students, organized for the 6th year, attracted a record number of proposals. The selected posters will be presented at our annual symposium in the 83rd Conference of ACFAS to be held in Rimouski. Please note that the date has been changed and that the symposium will be held on Friday, May 29, 2015.

Dr. Philipp Häfliger from the Nanoelectronics Group of the University of Oslo presented a seminar entitled “Microelectronics for the Body and for Space: The Nanoelectronics Group at the University of Oslo” at Polytechnique Montréal, organized by Montréal Chapters of the IEEE Solid State circuit society (SSCS) and the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society (CASS), and ReSMiQ.
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– Dr. Sawan from Polytechnique Montréal welcomes Dr. Philipp Häfliger from the Nanoelectronics group of the University of Oslo in Norway as part of a sabbatical leave.

– Drs. Savaria, Langlois and Boyer from Polytechnique Montréal, and Dr. Abdi from Concordia received a collaborative research and development grants from NSERC with Ericsson.

– Dr. Miled from Université Laval received an ENGAGE grant from NSERC with FlowJEM.
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– Dr. Peter from Polytechnique Montréal welcomes the 9th International summer school organized by the international research network on Nano and Micro Systems (NAMIS) to be held at Polytechnique Montréal from June 29 to July 3, 2015. More details





ReSMiQ in collaboration with the Montréal Chapters of the IEEE Solid State Circuits Society (IEEE-SSCS) and of the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society (IEEE-CASS) invites you to attend the following seminar to be held on April 13, 2015, at 10:00 am at Polytechnique Montréal.
Speaker: Camilla Baj-Rossi , École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland

Title: Implantable Device for Monitoring Drugs and Metabolites in Small Animals for Applications in Personalized Medicine

Intensive course

ReSMiQ in collaboration with the Montréal Chapters of the IEEE Solid State Circuits Society (IEEE-SSCS) and of the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society (IEEE-CASS) invites you to attend the following seminar to be held on May 14, 2015, at 10:30 am at Polytechnique Montréal.
Speaker: Carlos Galup-Montoro , Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (UFSC), Brazil

Title: Ultra-Low-Voltage (ULV) IC Design

Financial support and Scholarships

– Financial support for undergraduate students
A financial support of 2000$ for 3 month starting May 1st for undergraduate students supervised by a member of ReSMiQ.
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– Microsystems Experimental Demonstration Competition
Undergraduate and graduate students are invited to demonstrate their scientific and technical expertise during the 4th edition of the ReSMiQ Innovation Day by submitting their project. More than 5 000$ in awards.
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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 ten (10) Quebec universities involved in microsystems research.

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Call for participation

32nd IEEE Canadian Conference on Electrical and Computer Engineering (CCECE),
from May 5 to 8, 2019, Edmonton, Canada.

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

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17th IEEE International NEWCAS Conference (NEWCAS),
from June 23 to 26, 2019, Munich, Germany.
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The 32nd International Conference on Industrial, Engineering & Other Applications of Applied Intelligent Systems (IAE-AIE)
from July 9 to 11, 2019, Graz, Austria.

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62nd IEEE International Midwest Symposium on Circuits and Systems (MWSCAS),
from August 4 to 7, 2019, Dallas, United States.

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Call for contributions

XXXIV Conference on design of circuits and integrated systems (DCIS),
from November 20 to 22, 2019, Bilbao, Spain.

Submission deadline: April 30, 2019.
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The Conference on Design and Architectures for Signal and Image Processing (DASIP)
from October 16 to 18, 2019, Montréal, Canada.

Submission deadline: May 17, 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. Daniel Massicotte
Université du Québec à Trois rivières
Member of ReSMiQ since 2008

massicotte_daniel08WebDaniel Massicotte received the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the Polytechnique Montréal, Quebec, Canada. He is currently a Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of the Université du Quebec à Trois Rivieres (UQTR). He is also Head of the Research Group in Industrial Electronics and Founding President and Chief Technology Officer of Axiocom Inc. He is the author or coauthor of more than 125 scientific papers in internationals conferences and journals as well as author or coauthor of seven invention patents. He was visiting professor and researcher at several universities in France, Chile, and Poland. Prof. Massicotte received the Douglas R. Colton Medal for Research Excellence awarded by the Canadian Microelectronics Corporation (CMC), the PMC-Sierra High Speed Networking and Communication Award, and Complex Multimedia/Telecom IP Design Contest from Europractice and the ReSMiQ Recognition Award for outstanding contributions to the center outreach. He was Chairman of the IEEE-NEWCAS Conference 2014. More information

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

J. Abboud, F. Nougarou, I. Pagé, V. Cantin, D. Massicotte, M. Descarreaux,"Trunk motor variability in patients with non-specific chronic low back pain", European journal of applied physiology, Springer, 114:2645–2654, 2014.

X. Ji, W.-P. Zhu, and D. Massicotte, "Adaptive Power Control for Asymmetric Two-Way Amplify-and Forward Relaying with Individual Power Constraints", IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology, Vol. 63, No. 9, pp. 4315 – 4333, 2014.

F. Nougarou, D. Massicotte, M. Descarreaux,"Detection Method of Flexion-Relaxation Phenomenon Based on Wavelets for Patients with Low Back Pain", EURASIP J. on Advances in Signal Processing, Special Issues on Advances in Nonstationary Electrophysiological Signal Analysis and Processing, 2012.

H. Achigui, C.J. Fayomi, D. Massicotte, M. Boukadoum, "Low-Voltage, High-Speed CMOS Analog Latched Voltage Comparator using the Flipped Voltage Follower", Microelectronics Journal, Elsevier, pp. 785-78, 2011.

M. Ahmed-Ouameur, D. Massicotte, "On MSE EXIT Chart Analysis and Real Time DSP Implementation for Iterative (Turbo) Detection", J. Signal Processing Systems, Springer, Avril 2010.

G. Simard, M. Sawan, D. Massicotte, "High Speed OQPSK and Efficient Power Transfer Through Inductive Link for Biomedical Implants", IEEE Trans. on Biomedical Circuits and Systems, 2010, pp. 192-200.


Trunk motor variability in patients with non-specific chronic low back pain

Jacques Abboud, François Nougarou, Isabelle Pagé, Vincent Cantin,
Daniel Massicotte and Martin Descarreaux

Purpose: To identify and characterize trunk neuromuscular adaptations during muscle fatigue in patients with chronic low back pain (LBP) and healthy participants.
Methods: Forty-six patients with non-specific chronic LBP and 23 healthy controls were asked to perform a trunk muscles fatigue protocol. Surface electromyography was recorded using two adhesive matrix of 64 electrodes applied bilaterally over the erector spinae (Fig. 1). Pain score, kinesiophobia and physical disability were analyzed through different questionnaires. To characterize motor variability, dispersion of muscular activity center of gravity was computed. Motor variability between groups was compared using repeated-measures analyses of variance (Fig. 2).
Results: Score of disability and kinesiophobia were significantly higher in patients with LBP. Results indicated a significant group effect characterized by an increased motor variability in the healthy group through the entire fatigue task on the left (p = 0.003) and right side (p = 0.048). Interestingly, increasing muscle fatigue led to increased motor variability in both groups (on both sides (p < 0.001) but with a greater increase in the healthy group.
Conclusion: Muscle recruitment is altered in patients with chronic LBP in the presence of muscle fatigue. Consequently, these patients exhibit changes in muscle recruitment pattern and intensity (lower levels of motor variability) during sustained isometric contraction that may be attributed to variation in the control of motor units within and between muscles. However, patients with LBP are able to increase their motor variability over time but with a lower increase compared to healthy participants.
Fig. 1: Representation of two 64-electrode matrices used in the recording of erector spinae muscle activity.

Fig. 2: Stages of EMG data analyses. a) Bipolar myoelectric signals from 60 electrodes of one matrix in a random healthy participant during the fatigue task. b) Center of gravity displacement from RMS values at each 0.5 s. c) Center of gravity dispersion throughout the six phases.