Michael Smith

Professor

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

BSc, Physics (Honours)

University of Hull 1966

PhD, Physics

University of Alberta, 1972

BA, (Science Education)

University of Calgary, 1977

Contact information

Phone

Office: 403.220.6142

Web presence

Personal website

Location

Office hours

Any time except when teaching during a given term.

Courses

Fall

Embedded Systems Interfacing (ENCM 511)

Mentor -- 4th year Capstone, individual and BME Thesis projects

Winter

Digital Signal Processors (ENCM 515)

Theory and Practice of Advanced DSP Processor Architecture (ENEL 653)

Mentor -- 4th year Capstone, individual and BME Thesis projects


Preferred method of communication

Please contact me by email.


Research and teaching

Research areas

  • Biomedical signal processing
  • Test driven development approaches for reliable embedded system software
  • Acoustic engineering applied to community and health issues

Research activities

Biomedical Engineering

My main areas of interest are applied signal processing, meaning developing new techniques to improve the quality of medical images and other biomedical signals. A relatively new research area for me has been the development of new algorithms to be used to improve the performance of nano-sequencers that produce signals used in DNA analyses.
 

Test driven development approaches for reliable embedded system software

I am, interested in improving techniques for developing reliable embedded systems.  The recent radio news about unreliable medical devices is a clear indication for the need for such techniques. 
 

Acoustic engineering applied to community and health issues

This is a relatively new area for me.  We have explored issues of identifying urban noise nuisances such as the Ranchland's Hum. We have been working on ways to help, and helping seniors hear better in noisy environments such as the family dinner at a local resturant, reducing their social isolation.

I am, interested in improving techniques for developing reliable embedded systems.  The recent radio news about unreliable medical devices is a clear indication for the need for such techniques. Test driven development approaches for reliable embedded system software

I am, interested in improving techniques for developing reliable embedded systems.  The recent radio news about unreliable medical devices is a clear indication for the need for such techniques. 


Biography

Trained as an experimental physicist, my early research involved the application of magnetic resonance techniques in Physics and Pathology. I undertook an BEd After in Science Education and taught Physics and Mathematics for 4 years in Junior and Senior High Schools I founded the Calgary Schools' Computer Programming Society. This ran compeitions for 20 years involving elementary, junior and senior high school students across Southern Alberta.  I am still involved with the Calgary School Systems giving presentations to 1000+ Grade 4 students and their teachers each year.  I returned to the University of Calgary when the Department of Electrical Engineering started their Computer Minor program.  I still enjoy doing research and the interaction with students in hands-on Engineering Laboratory work.


Publications

Rachel S. L. Chan*, Paul Gordon, Michael Smith. (2018). Evaluation of Dynamic Time Warp Bary-center Averaging (DBA) for Its Potential in Generating a Consensus Nanopore Signal forGenetic and Epigenetic Sequences http://hdl.handle.net/1880/106742. Proceedings of 40th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology, Honolulu, United States. 

R. Chan*, P. Gordon and M. R. Smith. (2018). Comparison of three DBA Algorithms for Nano-stream Consensus Generation. 20th Alberta Biomedical Engineering, Banff, Canada

Mai Tanaka* and Michael R Smith. (2018). Identifying Appropriate Dynamic Time Warping, DTW, Metrics to Evaluate the Quality of Vocoder Time-Stretched Speech Phrases http://hdl.handle.net/1880/106743. Proceedings of 40th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology, Honolulu, United States.

M. R. Smith. OUTREACH 2011 - 2018 -- This program is designed to encourage participation in Engineering and Science. I provide "Engineering Theatre" which involves a hands-on participation with Grade 4 Elementary Students and their teachers. I reach about 1000 students each year and was nominated for the NSERC Science Promotion Award (2017) for this work. The program is supported by Alberta Science Network, APEGA and Association for the Advancement of Science and Engineering, Calgary, Canada

M. Smith, M. Tanaka* and E. Sh. Farahani*. (2018). Murphy's Laws in the DSP World (Parts 1 - 3) Jeff Child. Circuit Cellar Magazine Published, Kick Media Corporation, U. S. A

Ehsan Shahrabi Farahani*, Samiul H. Choudhury*, Filomeno Cortese, Fiona Costello, Bradley Goodyear, Michael R Smith. (2017). Three-way ROC Validation of rs-fMRI Visual Information Propagation Transfer Functions Used to Differentiate between RRMS and CIS Optic Neuritis Patients. 39th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, Jeju, Korea. 

M. Gorobets*, A. Tran*, M. Smith and J. Miller. (2017). Extending an Automated Testing Framework to Support Agile eXtreme Programming Development Concepts in an Embedded Real-Time Environment. WATERS 2017,8th International Workshop on Analysis Tools and Methodologies for Embedded and Realtime Systems. 29th EUROMICRO Conference on Real-Time Systems, Dubrovnik, Croatia

A. Panwar, I-V. Onut, M. Smith and J. Miller. (2017). On the Concept of Automatic User Behavior Profiling of Websites. International Journal of Systems and Service-Oriented Engineering. 7(1): 1-20. 

A. Felix, A. F. Tappenden, M.R. Smith and J. Miller. (2017). Automated policy generation for testing access control software. Information Security Journal: A Global Perspective. 26(1): 17-38.

A. Rafay* , M. Smith, W. Flaman and J. Long. (2017). The JEADI ARM Project: Just Enough Additional Development Interfaces for low-cost ARM Boards (Part 1 - 3). C. J. Abate. Circuit Cellar Magazine Published, Kick Media Corporation, U. S. A

P. Adibpour* and M. Smith. (2016). Total Variation Assisted Fourier Shift Manipulation to Remove Gibbs' Artifacts in Compressive Sensing Techniques. IEEE Nuclear Science Symposium / Medical Imaging Conference 2016, Strasbourg, France

O. Das*, A. Gaspard* and M. R. Smith. (2016). Investigating an Urban Noise Nuisance - The Ranchlands' Hum. 38th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, Orlando, United States

S. Lucut* and M. R. Smith. (2016). Dermatological Tracking Of Chronic Acne Treatment Effectiveness. 38th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, Orlando, United States (THCT17.38)

E. Shahrabi*, P. Adibpour*, and M. R. Smith. (2016). Application of a Fourier Shift Preprocessing Stage to Improve the resolution of resting state fMRI images. Proceedings of 32nd Canadian Medical and Biological Engineering Society. 32nd Canadian Medical and Biological Engineering Society, Calgary, Canada (A4 #4)

P. Adibpour* and M. R. Smith. (P. Adibpour* and M. R. Smith. (2015). An Approach to Improve the Effectiveness of Wavelet and Contourlet Compressed Sensing Reconstruction. 24th International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, Toronto, Canada

M. R. Smith, S. Islam*, D. Deng* and Miller J. (2015). Enhancing Hardware Assisted Test Insertion Capabilities on Embedded Processors using an FPGA-based Agile Test Support (ATS) Co-processor. Journal of Signal Processing Systems. 79(3): 285 - 298.

M. R. Smith, M. E. MacDonald, J. Woehr* and P. Adibpour*. (2015). Overcoming the Image Position-Dependent Resolution Inherent in DFT and CS Reconstructions. 24th International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, Toronto, Canada

M. R. Smith, E. A. Marasco* and M. Gorobets*. (2015). Earned Mark Analysis: -- Student self-evaluation tool to compare expected, planned, desired and actual student performance during project-oriented experiential courses. University of Calgary Conference on Post-secondary Learning and Teaching, Calgary, Canada

E. A. Marasco*, M. R. Smith and M. Gorobets*. (2015). Advantages of making a S.E.L.F.I.E. – Self Evaluation Learning Framework in Exams. University of Calgary Conference on Post-secondary Learning and Teaching, Calgary, Canada

A. Gaspard* and M. R. Smith. (2015). Sound Ecology and Acoustic Health, Parts 1 - 5, C. J. Abate. Circuit Cellar Magazine Published, Kick Media Corporation, U. S.A,

S. Choudhury*, B. Goodyear, F. Costello, and M. Smith. (2014). Comparing Two and Three Way Receiver Operating Characteristics for Optic Neuritis Transfer Functions. 2014 Joint ACTRIMS – ECTRIMS Meeting, Boston, United States

M. Gorobets*, M. R. Smith and E. Marasco. (2014). Assessing Class Performance and Progress using Grade Self-Estimation in Undergraduate Embedded Systems Courses. Proceedings of 2014 Canadian Engineering Education Association (CEEA14) Conference. 2014 Canadian Engineering Education Association (CEEA14) Conference,, Canmore, Canada (Paper #55)

M. E. MacDonald, E. Lee*, T. Lee, J. Woehr*, C. Estere, M. R. Smith and R. Frayne. (2014). Dual Compartmental Fitting of Dynamic Susceptibility Contrast in Early Ischemic Stroke. 23rd International Society of Magnetic resonance in Medicine, Milan, Italy

S. Hayder* and M. Smith. (2014). Quantitative Comparison of Indoor RFID Channel Models Using Bootstrap Techniques. IEEE Wireless Communication and Networking Conference, Istanbul, Turkey

E. Marasco*, M. R. Smith and M. Lowe*. (2013). Combining Embedded DSP with SQL to Help Improve the ‘Sound Ecology’ of a City Community: Part 1 - 2. C. J. Abate. Circuit Cellar Magazine, Published, Kick Media Corporation, U. S. A

L. Graham*, M. Moshirpour, M. R. Smith and B. Far. (2013). Designing Interactive Health Care Systems: Bridging the Gap Between Patients and Health Care Providers. International Conference on Biomedical and Health Informatics, Valencia, Spain

M. R. Smith, G. Grimika*, M. Epstein, E. Marasco*, R. Patching, and K. Scott. (2013). Characterization of the "Ranchlands Hum'; a Calgary Noise Nuisance.INCE Noise-Con, Denver, United States of America

A . Deng*, M. R. Smith, S. Islam* and J. Miller. (2013). FPGA-based Test Insertion Mechanism. IET Irish Signal and Systems Conference, LetterKenny, Ireland

M. R. Smith, J. Woehr*, E. Marasco* and M. E. MacDonald. (2013). Impact of DFT Properties on the Inherent Resolution of Compressed Sensing Reconstructed Images. Irish Signals and Systems Conference, 2013, Letterkenny, Ireland

A. Kwan*, F. Ghannouchi, O. Hammi and M. R. Smith. (2012). LUT-based Digital Predistorter Implementation for FPGAs using LTE signals with 60 MHz Bandwidth. IET Science, Measurement & Technology. 6(3): 181-188. 

Y. Liu*, M. R. Smith, E. Fear and R. Rangayyan. (2012). Evaluation and Optimization of Computer-aided Diagnosis with Artificial Neural Networks Utilizing Small-sized Sample Sets. Biomedical Signal Processing and Control. 8(3): 255-262. 


Awards

Nominated for NSERC Prize for Science Promotion, 2017

Killam Interdisciplinary Research Award -- Joint award with Dr. R. Frayne (Medicine) and Dr. E. Fear (Engineering), 2012

Teaching Excellence Award, The University of Calgary, 3rd and 4th year Electrical and Computer Engineering, Schulich School of Engineering, 2012

The Wighton Fellowship for innovative and distinctive contributions to undergraduate laboratory instruction, Stanford Fleming Foundation and the National Council of Deans of Engineering and Applied Science, 1994