Wednesday, November 13
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Room 102

Over the last decade, there has been an increasing surge of interest for proposing, development, and investigation of Autonomous Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) with advanced levels of autonomy in order to manage the ever-increasing requirements in complexity and autonomy across different interconnected fields. An autonomous system is an artificial system capable of performing a pre-defined number of specified tasks with high accuracy and in an autonomous fashion. Generally speaking, a fully autonomous system can: (i) Obtain/learn information about the environment; (ii) Work over an extended horizon without human intervention; (iii) Move, fully or partially, throughout its operating environment without human intervention; (iv) Avoid harmful situations, and; (v) Learn new knowledge to adjust/adapt to changing environments. Given recent exponential growth in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and advancement of Deep Neural Networks (DNNs), autonomous systems are gaining more and more attention in a wide range of practical applications of significant engineering importance requiring complex perception-action cycles including surveillance, cognitive radio, traffic control, and robot-mediated industrial and domestic applications. Despite recent advancements, autonomous CPSs are still in their infancy and suffer from several shortcomings. For example, autonomous systems lack in adaptability to internal and external non-stationary conditions. Many real-world CPSs frequently experience non-stationary conditions (i.e., unknown situations) due to uncertain interactions with the environment and users, cyber-attacks, failures, and/or structural changes. These shortcomings call for an urgent quest to develop novel and innovative signal processing and machine learning models to further improve and enhance advanced autonomous human-machine interactions.


IEEE SPS AutoDefence Winter School on Autonomous Systems

​Presentation Session: IEEE SPS AutoDefence Winter School (1:00pm-4:30pm)
  • Presentations 
  • Break at 2:30-2:45
  • Presentations
  • General discussion on scientific objectives


Detailed program for the AutoDefence Winter School is as follows:

IEEE SPS AutoDefence Winter School on Autonomous Systems

Title:                               IEEE SPS AutoDefence Winter School on Autonomous Systems

Date:                                  13 November 2019

Time:                                  Presentations from 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Location:                           The Shaw Centre 55 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa





Scientific Team

Investigators and Co-Investigators

Roscoe Klinck                                Portfolio Manager

Ming Hou                                                     Integrator


Svetlana Yanushkevich (PI-1)                               University of Calgary

Henry Leung (CO-1)                                              University of Calgary

Yaoping Hu (CO-2)                                                University of Calgary

Yingxu Wang (CO-3)                                             University of Calgary

Marina Gavrilova (CO-4)                                     University of Calgary

Konstantinos Plataniotis (CO-5)                         University of Toronto

Mark Coates (CO-6)                                             McGill University

Fakhri Karray (CO-7)                                            University of Waterloo

Arash Mohammadi (CO-8)                                 Concordia University

Program Management Team

Initial Recipient – Administration Team

Alexandre Noppen                       Program Manager

Jennifer Mitchelmore                      Program Officer


Svetlana Yanushkevich, Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Calgary

Helder R.Oliveira, Research admin/PDF in PI-1’s team

Session 1: Micro-net Winter School (1-4:30)

Sessions 2: Financial Management (1:00-2:30)

  • Micro-net CO-Is and PI presentations (with  Integrator in attendance)
  • Break at 2:30-2:45 (to wrap-up with Fin.Management at Session 2)
  • General discussion on scientific objectives
  • Financial Claim Template
  • Progress Report
  • PAYE
  • Fiscal Year Budgets


Keynote Speakers

1. Presenter:​ Dr. Ming Hou
Senior Defense Scientist, Defense Research & Development Canada (DRDC)
Title of Talk: Human Interactions with Technology and Human-Autonomy/AI Teaming

2. Presenter:​ Prof. Svetlana Yanushkevich
Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Calgary
Title of Talk: Towards Trustworthy Technologies for Cognitive Human-Machine Systems

3. Presenter:​ Prof. Yingxu Wang
Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Calgary
Title of Talk: On Autonomous Systems:  From Reflexive, Imperative and Adaptive Intelligence to Autonomous and Cognitive Intelligence

4. Presenter: Prof. Konstantinos N. Plataniotis
Affiliation: Professor,
Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Toronto
Title of Talk: Acquiring Information from Surprise

5. Presenter: Prof. Yaoping Hu
Affiliation: Professor,  
Human-Computer Interaction within Virtual Environments, Associate Member,  Hotchkiss Brain Institute
Title of Talk: Integration of Sensory Cues for User Interaction with Uncertain Information
6. Presenter: Prof. Mark Coates
Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, McGill University​
Title of Talk:​ Graph Neural Networks: Learning from Graph-Structured Data in Networked Autonomous Systems

7. Presenter: Prof. Marina Gavrilova
Associate Head Computer Science Department, University of Calgary, Editor in chief TCS Journal Springer 
Title of Talk:​ Cybersecurity Solutions Through Deep Learning of Social Behavioural Traits for Identity Recognition

8. Presenter: Prof. Arash Mohammadi
Assistant Professor, Concordia University, Director Membership-Services IEEE SPS
Title of Talk:​ Distributed, Event-based, and Secure Multi-Agent Autonomous Systems​

9. Presenter: Prof. Henry Leung​
Professor,  ECE, University of Calgary
Title of Talk:  Decision Support for Autonomous Systems

10. Presenter: Prof. Fakhri Karray,
Professor, University of Waterloo, University Research Chair, Director, Centre for Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence
Title of Talk:  Advances in Continual Learning and Applications in Continuous and Categorical Classification


Organizing Committee

Arash Mohammadi
Concordia University, Canada

Svetlana Yanushkevich
University of Calgary, Canada

Konstantinos N. Plataniotis
University of Toronto, Canada

Yingxu Wang
University of Calgary, Canada

Mark Coates
McGill University, Canada

Fakhri Karray
University of Waterloo, Canada

Marina Gavrilova
University of Calgary, Canada

Henry Leung
University of Calgary, Canada

Yaoping Hu
University of Calgary, Canada



With GlobalSIP 2019 registration (add as Optional Item during registration):
Students: $25
Non-Students: $75

Without GlobalSIP 2019 registration:
Students: $40
Non-Students: $100
Contact Brianna Orr if you are interested in this option.

For inquiries please contact: Dr. Arash Mohammadi (, and/or Dr. Svetlana Yanushkevich (