$2.4 million in research funding for 5G wireless, pipeline safety, connected cars and the future energy and data transmission

Posted on Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Minister of Science Kirsty Duncan and professor Karin Hinzer / La ministre des Sciences Kirsty Duncan et la professeure Karin Hinzer

Minister of Science Kirsty Duncan and professor Karin Hinzer

After a tour of University of Ottawa researcher Karin Hinzer’s SunLab, federal Minister of Science Kirsty Duncan announced $41 million in NSERC research funding for Canadian postsecondary institutions, including $2.4 million for advanced research at uOttawa.

“Today's announcement by Canada’s minister of science, Kirsty Duncan, reaffirms the federal government's commitment to research, innovation and training, three essential pillars of a modern economy,” said Mona Nemer, VP research at the University of Ottawa. “On behalf of all of our researchers, I would like to thank you for your ongoing support of the cutting-edge research you make possible with these grants.”

“The Strategic Partnership Grant Program allows me to focus on critical emerging research that will fundamentally change how we source and transmit power and data,” said Dr. Karin Hinzer, founder of the SUNLAB and Canada Research Chair in Photonic Nanostructures and Integrated Devices and Associate Professor at the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Ottawa. “These new data and power networks will enable the Internet of Things and new smart environments that will improve the quality of life for our population.”

Below is a summary of the projects University of Ottawa researchers will be undertaking thanks to the NSERC grants.

Dr. Karin Hinzer
The next industrial revolution will arise out of the Internet of Things: vast numbers of devices will exchange copious data at high rates, creating one of the world’s largest hardware technology markets. This project will create a new class of devices with very high efficiencies capable of supporting commercially viable optical power/data links.  The work will be done in two stages: the first stage will demonstrate techniques for improved efficiencies at the present wavelengths, while the second stage will add nanostructures (quantum dots) and materials selections at new wavelengths, essential to success.

Dr.  Jules Blais
This project will assess risks associated with a diluted bitumen (dilbit) spill to water, the major environmental risk from pipelines. It will provide important information on the long-term impact of dilbit spills in aquatic environments and assist in planning remediation strategies. This information is critical for local decision makers, including Environment and Climate Change Canada, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, the National Energy Board and the Ontario Ministry of the Environment, which are responsible for managing lands affected by pipeline breaches.

Dr. Azzedine Boukerche
With the recent advances of wireless communication and vehicular networking, we are witnessing a growing interest in V2X-based applications, which connect vehicles to essentially everything. This project focuses on opportunistic content delivery for enabling the next generation of vehicular network applications, such as emergency and natural disaster management, social networking, real-time audio/video communication, content sharing, social or hybrid TV, video-on-demand, free flowing traffic, cooperative collision avoidance, driverless vehicles and platooning.

Dr. Jianping Yao
In recent years, an increasing amount of global IP traffic has been generated by consumers, spurring growth in capacity and reduction in latency. To meet these requirements, 5th generation wireless technology is being studied to support 1000-fold gains in capacity, with connections for at least 100 billion devices, and a 10 Gb/s individual user experience capable of extremely low latency and response times. The new knowledge generated from this project and the training of highly qualified personnel associated with the different stages of the work will contribute to enhancing Canada’s global competitiveness, especially in the information and communication technology sectors.

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