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Sheridan's Mobile Computing Symposium

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Sheridan's Mobile Computing Symposium
Emerging Trends: Opportunity in Innovation.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

10:00-6:00 p.m.

Sheridan College | Trafalgar Campus | 1430 Trafalgar Road | Oakville, ON
SCAET Building - Room S235 (main lecture hall off the foyer)

About the Conference:

Hosted by Sheridan College | Faculty of Applied Science and Technology, in collaboration with Sheridan Applied Research and Innovation, this symposium will explore the landscape of mobile computing today and the trends of tomorrow.

Targeted to executives and management in a variety of industries, if you're interested in exploring emerging mobile trends, learning about AI and IoT, exploring Cognitive Computing and witnessing how students in 2016 approach real-world mobile computing challenges, this is the symposium for you!

With industry presenters like Rogers, SOTI, Microsoft, Apple, IBM and IDC, you'll gain a broader understanding of the mobile landscape, and have the opportunity to see where the big players are headed. And with the added presentations from NSERC and OCE, you'll gain the opportunity to explore the collaborative research efforts of students, faculty and industry.

The intention of this engaging and interactive symposium is to increase your awareness of emerging mobile trends and give you insight into where the mobile world is headed. Avoid disappointment, reserve your ticket now!

140 participants

Regular Rate (after Oct 14th) - $125 per attendee (luncheon and parking included)


For further information, please contact Karolina Hryciuk, 905-845-9430, ext. 5730 or email

Industry Speakers

Mobile Computing Symposium Anthony Bartolo from MicrosoftAnthony Bartolo, Senior Technical Evangelist for Microsoft

As a Sr. Technical Evangelist for Microsoft, Anthony Bartolo is responsible for educating and assisting the IT professional community through knowledge transfers addressing the enablement of Microsoft offered services within said IT Professionals respected organizations.

Anthony’s insight and experience center around enterprise mobility solution methodologies educating on people enablement without sacrificing industry accepted security enforcement. His knowledge is shared extensively across both social and traditional media and is backed by his years of working for wireless carriers, OEMs and now at a leading mobile first / cloud first enabler. Anthony regularly conducts conversations on Twitter at and frequently submits posts to

Mobile Computing Symposium Christopher Emery from RogersChristopher Emery, Senior Director, Corporate Strategy and Planning - Rogers Communications Inc.

As Senior Director, Corporate Strategy and Planning - Rogers Communications Inc., Christopher Emery is responsible for overseeing analysis and the preparation of recommendations on strategic initiatives as well as the preparation and maintenance of “the three year plan” for Rogers Enterprise Business Unit.

With over twenty five years of progressive strategic marketing and general management experience, Christopher has a diverse professional background with experience in sales and sales management, product marketing, product line management, partnership and alliance management, market analysis and strategic planning and analysis.

Christopher holds an Executive MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business, UWO, and a diploma in Applied Science from Loyalist College.

Mobile Computing Symposium Manish Nargas IDC CanadaManish Nargas, Research Analyst, Consumer & Mobile Research/Wearables, IDC Canada

As a Research Analyst, Consumer and Mobile Research, Manish is responsible for conducting insightful research and analysis of Canadian Consumer services and technology markets. Manish delivers continuous intelligence services (CISs) relating to both mature and emerging consumer technologies with a focus on usage trends and adoption. Prior to joining the Consumer and Mobile Research team, Manish delivered in-depth analysis of the burgeoning Additive Manufacturing market from a Canadian perspective with IDC Canada.

With an Engineering specialization in Telecommunications and a MBA in management of technology trends and innovation, Manish provides a unique lens on the Canadian consumer services and technology markets.

Steve Whitney, Business Unit Executive, IBM Digital Business Group

Steve has been with IBM Canada for over 30 years in a variety of sales and leadership roles. As part of the Global Technology Services team for over 15 years, he currently leads the GTS, Digital Sales team selling Infrastructure and technology support services across Canada.

Prior to his current assignment, he led the Workplace Services team for 2 years and before that was part of a team that developed and led Strategic Outsourcing opportunities.

Mobile Computing Symposium Shawn Slack City of MississaugaShawn Slack, IT Director & CEO, City of Mississauga

Shawn leads a team of over 150 dedicated technology professionals that provide IT services for Canada’s sixth largest City. Shawn recently delivered a new IT Master Plan which focusses on fostering open & accessible government, enabling decision-making via analytics, creating a connected and engaged workforce, and improving service through innovation and partnerships.

Shawn speaks about the City of Mississauga's technology leadership to anyone who will listen including, most recently, audiences in China, Brazil and the United States.

Sven Tretrop, Manager, Architecture & Innovation, City of Mississauga

Sven's section of the City of Mississauga is responsible for a variety of IT functions including application architecture, network architecture, IT security, software licensing, database management and business planning.

Ron Kremer, Project Leader, Internet of Things, City of Mississauga

Ron Kremer has been directly involved with building and maintaining the City of Mississauga’s network and voice infrastructure since joining the City’s IT Division in 1990. He was recently seconded from his regular job of “Program Manager, Network Services” to concentrate on building out the City’s state of the art fibre infrastructure in support of numerous upcoming Smart City initiatives. He now has the rather unique title of “Project Leader, Internet of Things”.

Mobile Computing Symposium Martin Lord OCEMartin Lord, Business Development Manager, Ontario Centres of Excellence

Martin manages program delivery and consults with entrepreneurs. His interests are wireless communications, cybersecurity, multimedia, human-machine interfaces, and connected/automated vehicles. He has been spearheading multidisciplinary industry-academic collaborations, resulting in the consortia 3DFLIC, iGO3D, and NEXT.

Martin has worked for small and large companies and his career spans over 25 years in R&D and international business development of technology. Martin holds an M. A. Sc. from the University of British Columbia and a B. Eng. (Honours) from McGill University, both in electrical engineering.

John Jackson, Acting Regional Office Manager, NSERC

John Jackson is the Acting Manager for the Ontario Regional Office of NSERC, the federal government’s principal fund-granting agency for college and university-led research in science, engineering, and mathematics. John has been with NSERC for seven years, having had previous career engagements at two major automotive corporations as well as ten years service as marketing director for a Toronto-based consulting engineering company.

John holds a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Toronto and is a registered professional engineer in Ontario.

Mark ArteagaMark Arteaga, Founder & CEO, RedBit Development

Mark Arteaga is founder of RedBit Development. Mark specializes in implementing clients’ visions for their customer’s business needs and implementing those visions into realities with mobile and web based software solutions.

With clients such as Microsoft, Bell Media, Orkin, Telerik and the Art Gallery of Ontario as well as others, Mark has vast experience in helping solve business problems through software and bringing his clients visions to life.

Mark’s love and knowledge of game changing technology is felt in his presentations, technical articles and mentoring activities. You can contact Mark via his personal blog at or

Scott Brissenden from GoogleScott Brissenden, Software Engineer Manager, Google

Scott Brissenden is a Manager at Google, where he is leading a team of Software Engineers to build features for the Firebase mobile platform. Firebase is a rich suite of products that help mobile developers quickly build high-quality apps, grow their user base, and earn more money. Scott's primary focus is to help make mobile development in iOS, Android and Web easy and awesome for everyone.

Scott has over 10 years of industry experience building tools and CAD software for developers. Prior to working at Google, Scott was a Senior Engineering Manager and Software Developer at Altera Corporation (now part of Intel) where he worked to design and build developer tools and compiler software for Field-Programmable-Gate-Arrays.

Scott has a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Waterloo, and a Master's Degree from the University of Toronto.

Oscar RambaldiniOscar Rambaldini, VP Product Management, SOTI

Oscar Rambaldini serves as VP of Product Management at SOTI where he is responsible for leading the team that oversees the direction and roadmap of products and services for SOTI. Starting with SOTI in January 2006, Oscar has over 10 years of experience in the field of enterprise mobility management, and has played a central role in SOTI's growth.

Prior to joining SOTI, Oscar grew his career from Software Developer to Software Development Manager at Kasten Chase where he worked on a variety of high security communication solutions certified for classified and mission critical correspondence. Oscar has a Bachelor of Applied Science in Computer Engineering from the University of Toronto.

Presenting Faculty

Dr. Iain McNab, Dean, Faculty of Applied Science and Technology, Sheridan

As Dean of Sheridan’s Faculty of Applied Science and Technology, Iain presides over some of North America’s most recognized Information Systems Security programs. Iain graduated with a BSc in chemical physics at the University of Sussex. He then joined the research group of Professor Alan Carrington, FRS, at Oxford University, where he earned his doctorate through research. Iain then became tenured faculty in physics at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne and led his own research group, gaining an international reputation for his work on the structure of gas phase molecular ions.

Iain has taught courses in chemistry, physics and mathematics at the Universities of Oxford, Southampton, Newcastle-upon-Tyne and Toronto, and at Seneca College and Sheridan. He’s published over 50 scientific papers in international journals.

Ed Sykes, Director, Centre for Mobile Innovation and Applied Computing Professor, Sheridan College

Ed received a BSc in mathematics and computer science and a MSc in computer science from McMaster University. In July 2012, he defended his PhD in computer science from the University of Guelph. He has a BEd (1993) from the University of Western Ontario, an MEd (1998) and a PhD (2006) in education (cognition and learning) from Brock University.

Ed has conducted applied research in Human Computer Interaction (HCI) and machine learning algorithms. He is also forging ahead in mobile computing research, specifically in the areas of context-aware and cloud-integrated mobile computing.

Ed was an adjunct assistant professor of computer science in the department of computing and software at McMaster University, and has 17 years of teaching experience at Sheridan College. He has also taught undergraduate and graduate-level courses at McMaster University and Brock University.

Ed is the recipient of the first SHARCNET College Research Chair appointment. SHARCNET is the largest High Performance Computing (HPC) consortium in Ontario and the largest in Canada. SHARCNET has had a significant impact on teaching, learning, and applied research activities both at Sheridan College and the other 17 member institutions.

El Sayed Mahmoud, Applied Computing Professor, Sheridan College

El Sayed teaches computer science courses and leads a data analytics research group. He graduated with a BSc in Computer Engineering from Ain Shams University, Egypt and received his PhD in Computer science from the University of Guelph.

El Sayed has nine years of experience in Artificial Intelligence research and more than 15 years of experience in teaching. The goal of his research is to develop robust data analytics systems that provide innovative solutions for business and health applications including relevant problems of mobile computing, social networks and privacy. He has published ten peer-reviewed scientific papers.

Shirook Ali, Applied Computing Professor, Sheridan College

Shirook has extensive and diversified engineering experience in applied research and development, teaching, innovation, knowledge transfer and partnership from her years in academia and in industry. Prior to joining Sheridan College Shirook led advanced research and technology teams in the high technology industry of wireless mobile communication working at Huawei Technologies and BlackBerry Limited. Shirook advanced technologies in areas such as smart antennas and related topics for handset applications, radio frequency (RF), channel modeling and propagation, multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) antenna systems for 4G and 5G technologies, mmWave, tunable devices and systems, smart energy/gird, as well as the Internet of Things (IoT).

Shirook holds 22 US and international patents in addition to several pending patents in the areas of mobile communication. She has authored more than 60 peer-reviewed journal and conference papers as well as a book chapter in the area of wireless communication. Shirook contributed a series of RAN4 contributions in 3GPP standards.

Shirook has been awarded an NSERC Discovery Grant in support of her research in the area of Nanotechnology and energy harvesting as well as grants sponsored by the Minstry of Transportation Ontario (MTO) for her work in intelligent transportation systems (ITS).

 Mobile Computing Symposium agenda

Click here to download a copy of the agenda.

Major Sponsors

Sheridan would like to acknowledge the generous support of all of our Symposium Sponsors and Partners.
Mobile Computing Symposium sponsors and partners

Sheridan's Mobile Computing Symposium Committee

Magdin Stoica | Program Coordinator, Mobile Computing, Faculty of Applied Science and Technology and Symposium Committee Co-Chair

Ed Sykes | Research Coordinator, Centre for Mobile Innovation, Faculty of Applied Science and Technology and Symposium Committee Co-Chair

Mark Buchner | Industry Liaison, Faculty of Applied Science and Technology and Symposium Committee Chair

Philip Stubbs | Associate Dean, School of Applied Computing - Davis, Faculty of Applied Science and Technology

Heather McElrea | Marketing and Information Specialist, Faculty of Applied Science and Technology

Shelley Barr | Coordinator, Conference and Event Services

Karolina Hryciuk | Assistant to the Dean, Faculty of Applied Science and Technology and Committee Secretary
email: karolina.hryciuk@sheridanco

Dianna Dinevski | Industrial Liaison Manager, Sheridan Undergraduate Research
email: dianna.dinevski@sheridancoll

Iain McNab | Dean, Faculty of Applied Science and Technology |

Christine Szustaczek | Director, Corporate Communications & External Relations | Foreign embassy and consulate trade offices

Jane Cockton | Associate Director, Creative Strategy

Kelly Karius | Project Manager, Sheridan Undergraduate Research

Gillian Morris | Manager, Planning and Projects, Faculty of Applied Science and Technology

More Information

Karolina Hryciuk | 905-845-9430, x5730 |

Student Competition


Mobile Computing Symposium: Opportunity in Innovation


Sheridan College and the Organizing Committee of the 2016 Mobile Computing Symposium are pleased to announce the Mobile Innovation Student Challenge, a competition in which teams of 2-3 Sheridan students participate in a poster competition that showcases a solution to a real-world business or community problem using an emerging mobile computing trend.


  1. Design a solution to a real-world business or community organization problem
  2. Use tomorrow's computing technologies to solve today's problems
  3. Present your proposed solution to the Mobile Computing Symposium attendees through a poster presentation
  4. Solve today's problems with tomorrow's technologies
  5. Re-invent how technology is used in real-world business and community organization Opportunity


  1. Demonstrate creative problem solving
  2. Innovate with using one of the four emerging computing trends that are the subject of the symposium:
    • Internet of Things
    • Wearable Computing
    • Cognitive Computing / Intelligent Apps
    • Augmented / Virtual Reality
  3. Solve real-world problems that face today's businesses and communities
  4. Network with the symposium attendees and showcase your work and your skills

Win one of three prizes: Mobile Computing Symposium Grand Prize ($2,500 CAD), SOTI Innovation Prize ($1,500 CAD and Think-Tank Session) and the Fan Favourite Prize ($1,000 CAD).


  1. Organize in a team of 2 to 3 students. There is a limited number of team spots available so enter the competition through registration early.
  2. Identify a real-world business / community problem to solve. Attendees to the symposium are invited to submit a real-world business need which will be available to all competing teams. While the information becomes available, teams can also research, interview, select businesses and community organization they have relationships with.
  3. Select an emerging technology with immediate real-world applications. Focus on the technologies that are showcased in the symposium: Internet of Things, Wearable Computing, Cognitive Computing / Intelligent Apps and Augmented / Virtual Reality
  4. Design a solution that solves the problem identified and uses the technology or technologies selected. The school will support teams with devices, software, technologies needed.
  5. Describe the solution using a poster that will be presented during the Mobile Computing Symposium. All attendees will have an opportunity to review all submissions, interact with students, ask questions. The panel of judges will select the winners of the grand prize and the innovation prize. Attendees will vote for the fan favourite.

Competition Evaluation Rubric

  1. Real-World Application. Is the solution applicable to a real-world business or community organization? Is the problem being solved real for the organization?
  2. Innovation and Creativity. Using an emerging trend is bound to lead to an innovative solution. How creatively is the technology being used to solve the problem identified?
  3. Technical Relevance. How well does the proposed solution makes use of the identified emerging computing trend that are being highlighted in the symposium?
  4. Impact. How impactful is the solution to the business or community organization? Does it serve an essential purpose or is it just a marginal problem?
  5. Feasibility. How feasible is the design being proposed? Is it implementable immediately? Is it cost-effective? Are there risks associated with the solution and are they mitigated?

Registration Process and Logistics

Register for the Mobile Computing Symposium through the link provided on About section on Student registration in the competition is free. Please apply the promotional code communicated via email and flyers.

Upon successful registration, students will be enrolled in a SLATE virtual community entitled VC - Mobile Symposium Student Competition, which should appear on the SLATE home page within 24 - 48 hours after registration.

Students must use the Groups feature within the SLATE site to self-enroll into a competition group. The Groups feature is available in the More Tools section.

The SLATE site contains more information, links and resources such as the poster that students will need to use for the competition.

If you have any questions regarding the student competition, please email Prof. Magdin Stoica,