November 2015 edition – Vol.7 no.10

While our center advances the organization of the main social and technical activities of ISCAS 2016, we are involved in the preparations of two major satellite events which are CASFEST 2016 and the Symposium ReSMiQ-Meiji-ISEP 2016.

Our center is closely involved in the organization of CASFEST 2016, one of the satellite activities of the ISCAS2016 conference. This year the topic is “Lab on CMOS Systems” and will review the various technological breakthroughs in this field. The call for papers is now underway and will end on 18 December. CASFEST be held at Polytechnique Montreal on May 26, 2016.
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ReSMiQ-Meiji-ISEP 2016 Symposium
ReSMiQ joined forces with colleagues from France (ISEP) and Japan (Meiji) to make our annual symposium an event of international significance. We plan to host guest speakers who will talk about the impact of circuits and systems to improve human health and quality of life. A poster competition featuring projects by students from France, Japan and Canada will also be part of the program. The symposium will take place during the first day of the conference ISCAS 2016, Sunday, May 22, at the Sheraton Centre in Montreal. We hope to see many of you there.



– Dr. Sawan from Polytechnique Montréal offered an invited talk at IEEE-ISOC 2015, held in Gyungiu, South Korea. More details


– Dr. Massicotte from Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières received an ENGAGE PLUS grant from NSERC with Simaudio Inc.

– G. Gagnon-Turcotte, M.Sc. candidate supervised by Dr. Gosselin from Université Laval received one of the best paper award at BIOCAS 2015 held in Atlanta, U.S.A.

– Dr. Beltrame from Polytechnique Montréal is the co-recipient of a NSERC Strategic grant.

– Dr. Gosselin from Université Laval is the co-recipient of a grant from the Weston Brain Institute in collaboration with colleagues from CRIUSMQ and COPL.


– Dr. Nicolescu from Polytechnique Montréal is TPC Co-chair of MPSoC’16 to be held from July 11 – 15at Nara, Japan.

– Dr. Sawan from Polytechnique Montréal is general Co-chair of ICM 2015 to be held from December 20 – 23 at Casablanca, Morocco.



Scholarships and financial support

Financial support for graduate students
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Scholarship and financial support for graduate students
ReSMiQ scho;arships, supplementary scholarship, financial support
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ReSMiQ scholarship for post-doctoral fellow
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Financial support for conference participants
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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 contributions

XXXIII  Conference on design of circuits and integrated systems (DCIS),
from November 14 to 16, 2018, Lyon, France.
Submission deadline : May 1st, 2018.
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IEEE Biomedical Circuits and Systems Conference (BioCAS2018),
from October 17 to 19, 2018, Cleveland, U.S.A.
Submission deadline : June 11, 2018.
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IEEE Life Science Conference (LSC2018),
from October 28 to 30, 2018, Montréal, Canada

Submission deadline : June 4, 2018.
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Call for participation

31st Canadian Conference on Electrical & Computer engineering (CCECE),
from May 13 to 16, 2018, Québec, Canada.
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2018 International Symposium on Circuits and Systems (ISCAS),
from May 27 to 30, 2018, Florence, Italy.

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16th IEEE International NEWCAS Conference (NEWCAS),
from June 24 to 27, 2018, Montréal, Canada.
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The 31st International Conference on Industrial, Engineering & Other Applications of Applied Intelligent Systems (IAE-AIE2018)
Du 25 au 28 juin 2018, Montréal, Canada.
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61st IEEE International Midwest Symposium on Circuits and Systems (MWSCAS),
from August 5 to 8, 2018, Windsor, ON, Canada.
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Prof. G. Gagnon
École de technologie supérieure
Member of ReSMiQ since 2010

ghyslain_GagnonGhyslain Gagnon received the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from Carleton University, Canada. Currently, he is an associate professor with the Electrical Engineering department of École de technologie supérieure, Montreal, Canada and head of the ÉTS microelectronics and communications laboratory (LACIME). He worked for ISR Technologies where he designed and implemented several critical synchronization modules for a software-defined radio used in high-speed wireless telecommunications systems. Prof. Gagnon research interests are mixed-signal circuits and systems, digital signal processing, and wireless communications. He led many industrial partnership research projects in the fields of sensor networks to monitor electrical energy consumption, smart control heating equipment and radiofrequency localization. He has filed two patents and has published several journal and conference refereed papers. He is currently member of the ReSMiQ Executive Committee. En savoir plus

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

1. Y. Nijsure, G. Kaddoum, G. Gagnon, F. Gagnon, C. Yuen, R. Mahapatra, "Adaptive Air-to-Ground Secure Communication System based on ADS-B and Wide Area Multilateration", online at in IEEE Trans. on Vehicular Technology, 2015.

2. N. Lezzoum, G. Gagnon and J. Voix, "Voice activity detection system for smart earphones," IEEE Trans. on Consumer Electronics, vol. 60, no. 4, pp. 737-744, 2014.

3. G. Beaufort-Samson, M.-A. Levasseur, F. Gagnon and G. Gagnon, "Auto-Calibration of Hall Effect Sensors for Home Energy Consumption Monitoring", Electron. Lett., vol.50, no.5, pp.403-405, 2014.

4. G. Kaddoum, G. Gagnon, and F. Gagnon, "Spread Spectrum Communication System with Phase Synchronization Unit using Chaotic Symbolic Dynamics Modulation," International Journal of Bifurcation and Chaos, vol. 23, no. 2, pp. 1350019-1–135001914, 2013.

5. M.-A. Carbonneau, N. Lezzoum, J. Voix, and G. Gagnon, "Detection of Alarms and Warning Signals on a Digital In-Ear Device," International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics, vol. 43, no. 6, 2013.

6. G. Gagnon, F. Choquette, J. Belzile, and F. Gagnon, "Minimisation of carrier frequency acquisition time in QAM systems," Electron. Lett., vol. 45, no. 5, pp. 276–277, 2009.


Adaptive Air-to-Ground Secure Communication System based on ADS-B and Wide Area Multilateration

A novel Air-to-Ground (ATG) communication system, Fig. 1, based on adaptive modulation and beamforming enabled by Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) and multilateration technique is presented in this work. From an aircraft geolocation perspective, the proposed multilateration technique uses the Time-Difference-of-Arrival (TDOA), Angleof-Arrival (AOA), and Frequency-Difference-of-Arrival (FDOA) features within the ADS-B signal to implement the hybrid geolocation mechanism. Moreover, this hybrid mechanism aims at the optimal selection of multilateration sensors to provide a precise aircraft geolocation estimate by minimizing the Geometric Dilution of Precision (GDOP) metric and also imparts significant resilience to the current ADS-B based geolocation framework to withstand any form of attack involving aircraft-impersonation and ADS-B message infringement. From an ATG communication perspective, the ground Base Stations (BSs) can use this hybrid aircraft geolocation estimate to dynamically adapt their modulation parameters and transmission beampattern, in an effort to provide a high data rate secure ATG communication link. Additionally, we develop a hardware prototype, Fig.2, which is highly accurate in estimating the AOA data and facilitating TDOA, FDOA extraction associated with the received ADS-B signal. This hardware setup for the ADS-B based ATG system is analytically established and validated with commercially available universalsoftware-defined-radio-peripheral (USRP) units. This hardware setup displays a 1.5 AOA estimation accuracy, whereas the simulated geolocation accuracy is approximately 30 m over 100 nautical miles for a typical aircraft trajectory. The adaptive modulation and beamforming approach assisted by the proposed GDOP minimization based multilateration strategy achieves significant enhancement in throughput and reduction in packet error rate.

Fig. 1 General system architecture for the ATG communication coupled with the ADS-B multilateration technique for aircraft surveillance.


Fig.2 Multilateration sensor unit hardware prototype.