Seven Carleton researchers doing work in fields as diverse as nanosatellites, indigenous art and wireless communications have received funding for their work from Ontario’s Ministry of Research and Innovation. In total, Carleton researchers received nearly $1.4 million from the ministry. The largest grant was awarded to a group led by Halim Yanikomeroglu. The group received $740,300 from the Research Excellence program to pursue research on next generation cellular networks.
“Some of Ontario’s best researchers work at Carleton,” said Glen Murray, Minister for Research and Innovation. “Their ideas fuel job creation and economic growth, and our government is proud to support them.”
Yanikomeroglu’s group is peering 10 to 15 years into the future when the need for faster and more robust digital wireless networks will outstrip current capability. The group anticipates that technologies such as 3D holography and telepresence will place new demands on wireless infrastructure and they’re looking for solutions to these problems now.
Telecommunications companies around the world are watching closely and some have thrown their support behind the project. Huawei, a leading worldwide telecoms provider, has contributed $1-million in funding and in-kind support, while Telus has given $100,000 in in-kind support. Bell Mobility and Industry Canada’s Communications Research Centre are also keeping a close eye on the project. This research will help Ontario stay competitive when next-generation wireless standardization activities start in 2015.
“I am delighted to be part of the team that brought this highly prestigious grant to Carleton University, along with Professors Richard Yu and Minyi Huang,” said Yanikomeroglu. “We will use this five-year grant to develop technologies, as well as human capital and expertise, for truly ubiquitous and pervasive broadband connectivity.”
Carleton University President Roseann O’Reilly Runte thanked the ministry for this award as well as those going to six other Carleton research projects. She said: “These awards reflect well the broad range of brilliant research at Carleton University.”
“We’re proud of the exceptional work our Ottawa researchers do,” said Yasir Naqvi, MPP for Ottawa-Centre. “Their contributions are making the world a better place, starting right here with new ideas and jobs in our community.”
Four received Research Infrastructure grants:
- Jeffrey C. Smith is investigating lipids, a major building block of cells. His work on lipid behaviour could lead to new treatments for diseases. Smith received $140,000 to continue his work.
- A group led by Winne Ye is developing advanced sensing technologies that will transform the way that infectious diseases are diagnosed. The group received $112,475.
- Anton de Ruiter was given $92,400 to continue developing advanced guidance systems for nanosatellites with the goal of increasing the types of research missions they can be used for.
- Ruth Phillips is currently developing culturally sensitive, marketable products for museums in Canada and beyond. Phillips received $26,778 as part of the grant.
Two received Early Researcher Awards:
- A team led by Michel Dumontier is developing data-sharing communities among biologists that will help accelerate scientific discovery. The team received $140,000 to continue its research.
- Fei Richard Yu’s research team received $140,000 to continue working on clean wireless products that use less energy and emit fewer greenhouse gasses.
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