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Carleton Particle Physics among Notable Research Areas Funded by NSERC

Carleton University has received more than $12.6 million in funding from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), including funding for 14 early career researchers.

Highlighting the announcement are three Discovery Accelerator Supplements (DAS) and strong support for particle physics research.

“The researchers at Carleton continue to conduct cutting-edge research as they strive for excellence and understanding of issues that are important to the future of Canada and the world,” said Rafik Goubran, vice-president (Research and International). “NSERC’s incredible support will help researchers pursue their goals while solidifying the university’s position as a leading research institution.”

The DAS program provides substantial and timely additional resources to accelerate progress and maximize the impact of superior research programs.  The projects funded under this notable program are in areas of strength for Carleton and are in demand with industry, particularly in the National Capital region: cybersecurity, machine learning and data analytics, and digital media and accessibility in information technology.

  • Sonia Chiasson, Canada Research Chair and professor in the School of Computer Science is investigating how the effects of poor cybersecurity impact everyone. While many security incidents have a human component, she is looking into system designs that place unreasonable demands on users by ignoring human capabilities and real-world context.
  • Audrey Girouard in the School of Information Technology will study the use of deformation for screenless devices. This will include curving a flexible stylus to adjust the size of a brush for digital artists, bending a screen-free smartphone for visually impaired users, and stretching a bracelet to change the volume of music while running.
  • Yuhong Guo in the School of Computer Science will investigate “collective” machine learning algorithms. Her research aims to overcome the boundaries of traditional machine learning and data analysis, and provide new tools that address a significant need resulting from big data.

Carleton’s leading research in particle physics was also recognized by NSERC with support for three researchers in the Department of Physics:

  • Alain Bellerive’s research involves developing the Time Projection Chamber for the International Linear Collider (ILC), the next proposed world facility to study subatomic physics at the energy frontier that will complement the Large Hadron Collider (LHC).
  • Mark Boulay’s research involves the DEAP­ (Dark Matter Experiment using Argon Pulse-shape)operation and analysis. The origin of dark matter in our universe is currently one of the most important questions in particle astrophysics. This proposal builds on research using liquid argon in the search for dark matter.
  • David Sinclair’s research supports the EXO program searching for neutrinoless double beta decay in xenon. This pioneering detector was the first to reach sensitivity at the hundred-kilogram scale.

“This award will enable Carleton faculty, postdocs and students to participate in an international effort to find evidence for a new nuclear decay process that may be key to understanding the dominance of matter over antimatter in the universe and hence life as we know it,” said Sinclair.

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

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