uOttawa Engineer receives Synergy Award for Innovation

Posted on Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Professor Emil Petriu of the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of Ottawa, has been awarded the Synergy Award for Innovation, Small and Medium-Sized Companies category, for his work with long-time industry partner Larus Technologies Corporation.

The annual Synergy Awards for Innovation, given out by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), recognize examples of university and industry collaboration that stand as examples of best practices of effective partnership.

Today’s networked society relies increasingly  on sensor technology to detect and monitor physical or environmental conditions. Many industries have trouble managing an ever-growing volume of sensor data, even though they rely on accurate information to make decisions essential to their daily operations. Professor Emil Petriu of the University of Ottawa teamed up with Larus Technologies Corporation to develop innovative solutions to this problem. 

"One of the most valuable contributions offered by our partnership is an excellent training environment which exposes the participating students to the challenging product development issues for a new generation of intelligent mission-critical sensor surveillance technologies used in four key infrastructure domains – health, energy, transportation and security,"  explains Professor Petriu.

The long-standing partnership has produced countless multi-sensor monitoring technologies that have led to better risk assessment and improved decision support systems. Among their many accomplishments, the team has developed a system that uses computational intelligence and advanced learning techniques to analyze large volumes of data and consistently produce accurate predictions and information to enhance the situational awareness of decision-makers. The technology has been applied to defence, security, health care and infrastructure protection, and has garnered local and international recognition and applications.

Over the past decade, the University of Ottawa has grown countless industrial partnerships, like this one, creating a dynamic and stimulating environment for research in Canada for the benefit of Canadian society.

The Synergy Awards for Innovation were launched in 1995 by NSERC to recognize partnerships in natural sciences and engineering research and development (R&D) between universities and Canadian industry. In 2014, a category for colleges was added. Since their inception, the Awards have honoured the most outstanding achievements of these collaborations in the natural sciences and engineering.

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