Carleton Research Projects Worth $820,000 Receive CFI Funds

Three Carleton University research projects worth approximately $820,000 have received funds from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI). The projects receiving CFI funds will conduct research on digital media, sensor systems and freshwater resources.

“Carleton attracts leading researchers who are committed to innovation and collaboration,” said Rafik Goubran, vice-president (Research and International). “These new resources will further enable their important work. We are grateful for the continued support of CFI and their support for research excellence.”

The projects are focused on improving the lives of Canadians:

  • Creative Interactions Lab: Emerging User Interfaces for Digital Media
  • Advanced Sensor Signal Processing Laboratory
  • Aquatic Ecosystems and Environmental Change Laboratory

The CFI funds, part of the John R. Evans Leaders Fund (JELF), covers 40 per cent of the costs and is matched by the Ontario Research Fund. The remainder is provided by the university and/or partners.

About the Projects Receiving CFI Funds

Creative Interactions Lab: Emerging User Interfaces for Digital Media

Led by Audrey Girouard, associate professor in the Faculty of Engineering and Design, this project will create a human computer interaction research space to enhance the design and development of innovative ways people can interact with digital media. The research will investigate new inputs and displays used in games, virtual reality, large displays and health care.

Advanced Sensor Signal Processing Laboratory

Led by Sreeraman Rajan, a Canada Research Chair in Sensor Systems in the Faculty of Engineering and Design, the goal of this lab is to develop a framework for best sensing, processing and inferring from many information-gathering sensors. This research will result in smaller, lighter and inexpensive sensors that consume less power.

Sensors are only as valuable as the data they produce. The quality of sensed data will be significantly improved by using multiple sensors and the enhanced signal processing techniques developed in this lab.

Aquatic Ecosystems and Environmental Change Laboratory

Led by Jesse Vermaire, assistant professor cross appointed in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and the Faculty of Science, this project will establish a laboratory to better understand how human activities are changing the near-shore environment of lakes and rivers and better conserve and manage freshwater resources in Ontario.

Fresh water is one of Ontario’s most important resources for both public health and the economy.  This lab will enable researchers to track long-term data and help environmental managers conserve freshwater and support Ontario as a global leader in clean technology and the bio economy.

About Carleton Research

Carleton is a dynamic, interdisciplinary research-intensive institution with a creative international approach to research that has led to many significant discoveries and works in science and engineering, business, public affairs and the arts. Home to many noted award-winning researchers, Carleton is uniquely committed to discovery, knowledge, and understanding of the world around us.

Carleton’s location in Ottawa—the nation’s capital allows unique access for our researchers across many disciplines to such places as Canada’s national labs and museums, Library and Archives Canada, federal government departments and of course, Parliament Hill.

Through the building of sustainable communities, we foster new ideas to create a more prosperous future for Canada and the world.

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