Posted on December 01, 2018


Our department is proud to have been awarded more than $1.6 million in government research grants! This funding is going to support cutting-edge research in artificial intelligence, fiber-optics, ambient intelligence, signal processing, renewable energy, biomechanics, and mechatronics.

The Discovery grants have been awarded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) to nine ECE professors for the next five years of research. Four applicants from our faculty have been additionally granted the Early Career Researcher award.

In addition to his Discovery grant, Professor Xiaodan Zhu has been awarded the highly prestigious Discovery Accelerator Supplement, as well as the DND/NSERC Discovery Grant Supplement, each amounting to $120,000. Dr. Zhu’s research is in the areas of deep learning, natural language processing, and artificial intelligence.

Here is the list of the nine recipients and their proposed research titles.

John Cartledge, Autonomous Constellation Shaping for Coherent Optical Fiber Communications

Suzan Eren, Transforming Hybrid Micro-Grids from Theory into Reality through Innovative Power Electronics Technology

Ali Etemad, Towards Ambient Affective Intelligence and Interaction in Smart Environments

Saeed Gazor, Cognitive Inference and Signal Processing in Adversarial Uncertain Environments

Michael Greenspan, Efficient Robust Global Registration of 3D Data

Keyvaan Hastrudi-Zaad, Fundamental Solutions for High Fidelity Human Haptic Interaction

Praveen Jain, Flexible Power Electronics Converters for Future Energy Networks.

Ravi Prakash, Development of Organic Transistor Based Smart, Low-cost and Disposable Chemical and Biological Sensor Devices

Xiaodan Zhu, Exploring Better Distributed Representation and Composition Models for Semantics