SCE History Timeline

Comparative History of Systems and Computer Engineering at Carleton and in the world

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Carleton and Stanford share courses via Communications Technology Satellite

This experiment was presented in a paper co-authored by Carleton Professor David Coll – here is an excerpt of the paper: “NASA Ames Research Center, Stanford University and Carleton University are participants in an experiment to develop, demonstrate, and evaluate college course sharing techniques via satellite using video compression. The universities televised seminar and lecture courses via CTS. The experiment features real-time video compression with channel coding and quadra-phase modulation for reducing transmission bandwidth and power requirements.”

Significant advances in Communication Theory by Carleton researchers

“In the summer of 1963, Prof. D.A. George made a significant theoretical contribution to communications theory in the form of specification of the optimum receiver for data signals corrupted by intersymbol interference (George, 1965). A practical version of this receiver was implemented in the following years (Coll & George, 1965) which led to a patent being issued to the Crown for the Transversal Equalizer (US patent 3, 521, 037). The experimental receiver was implemented using digital signal processing built from logic modules operating under the real-time control of a DEC PDP-5 mini-computer. Because the receiver had a computer in it, subsequent research was able to lead to a receiver that automatically adjusted itself to changing channel conditions (Coll & Storey, 1966; Coll, 1967; George, et al., 1970). Such adaptive equalizers are now routinely incorporated into all high-speed modems.”

ANIM8: an early, innovative system for animating simulations developed by Carleton researchers

Murray Woodside & colleagues created a program for animating simulations, called ANIM8. ANIM8 used a simulation-type object-oriented language to declare visual objects and move them around, driven by time-varying parameters from the simulation. The project was presented at a conference in 1973 and lead to a publication in IEEE Transactions in Education in 1976.

The OCRInet is setup

Carleton University was one of the founding members of OCRInet, a fibre optic network set up in 1994.

“The Bold and the Brave - A History of Women in Science and Engineering” by Monique Frize

"The Bold and the Brave" investigates how women have striven throughout history to gain access to education and careers in science and engineering.

The Wired Scientific City Project

The Wired Scientific City Project is started by Don George and Dave Coll with funding from the Department of Communications, centered on distance work supported by video technology.

A turning point in linear filtering

Rudolf E. Kalman publishes his seminal paper describing what would be known as the Kalman filter.

Monique Frize is appointed Professor in the Department of SCE

Monique Frize, a biomedical engineer and an expert in medical instruments and decision support systems, is appointed Professor in the Department of Systems and Computer Engineering.

Monique Frize is awarded the Gold Medal from PEO

Professor Monique Frize is awarded the Gold Medal from Professional Engineers Ontario.

Dave Falconer is awarded the IEEE Canada R.A. Fessenden Medal

Dave Falconer is awarded the IEEE Canada R.A. Fessenden Medal for outstanding technical contributions to the area of data transmission in both wireline and wireless environments.

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