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Carleton Early Research Award Winners Investigate Social Issues and Innovative Technology

The Ontario government announced today that three Carleton University researchers are recipients of Early Researcher Awards (ERA). Each researcher will receive $150,000 to support projects on electric vehicles, cybercrime and youth, and skilled migration.

They are prof. Martin Geiger, cross-appointed to the Department of Political Science and the Institute of European, Russian and Eurasian Studies, Dale Spencer, professor in the Department of Law and Legal Studies, and Xiaoyu Wang, professor in the Department of Electronics.

Project Details:

Xiaoyu Wang – Smart Electric Vehicle Energy Management System Technology

Ontario is building sustainable transportation systems to lower its carbon footprint through the electric vehicle (EV) incentive program and EV deployment projects. However, Ontario’s power grid is not prepared for an increased number of EVs and requires an infrastructure upgrade for large- scale EV charging. In line with Ontario’s Innovation Agenda in energy, engineering and emerging technologies, Wang’s research will address the EV charging challenge and develop analytical tools and approaches for optimal energy management of grid-connected EVs.

Dale Spencer – Digital Culture, Youth and Policing: Risk-taking and Police Response in the Information Age

Spencer’s research program explores how young people understand and mitigate cyber risks, more specifically forms of violence associated with the use of digital communication. In line with the Ontario Innovation Agenda in the area of digital media and information technology, his research will investigate youth experiences of cybercrime and interactions with police. Spencer will also examine the experiences of Ontario police officers when policing youth and responding to youth-related crimes associated with digital communication.

Martin Geiger – Migration Management in a Comparative Perspective: Clusters in the Global Competition for STEM Labour

Innovation in Canada strongly depends on migrant workers with degrees and skills in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Ontario’s Innovation Agenda stresses the importance of attracting foreign talent in order to remain globally competitive. Geiger’s project investigates how technology clusters use provincial and federal programs when recruiting STEM migrants. Analyzing and comparing clusters in Ontario, British Columbia and Quebec, the U.S., Europe, Asia and Australia, this project informs talent recruitment and retention for innovation and growth.


“These award recipients are leading important research initiatives that will have a significant impact on the lives of Ontarians. This invaluable funding drives innovation and further establishes Carleton as a major research contributor across a variety of important fields.”

– Rafik Goubran, vice-president (Research and International)

“The increasing adoption of electric vehicles raises challenges for Ontario’s electric grid. Through this ERA project, I will develop new smart grid technologies to minimize the impact of electric vehicle charging on the grid. The new technologies will help accelerate Ontario’s electrification of transportation.”

– Wang

“With innovations in digital communication technology, there has been an emergence of cyber-based social problems, including less prototypical forms of violence that harm victims. While cyberbullying and sextortion cases like those of Rehtaeh Parsons and Amanda Todd, respectively, occurred in other provinces, this project will provide a preventative framework for responding to online victimization and will position Ontario as a pinnacle of policing best practice in addressing this problem.”

– Spencer

“This project was designed in close collaboration with students. This is really great, and I think it is meaningful to know the project will also help recruiting and retaining bright Carleton students interested in studying migration policies, and how clusters attract foreign talent, both in Canada and worldwide.”

– Geiger

A list of Carleton researchers who have previously won Early Research Awards is available here.

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