Organization: Univ of Waterloo

IBM and OCE launch cloud computing pilot

IBM, the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) and several Ontario-based universities and health institutes are participating in a pilot project to deliver anywhere, anytime access to IBM’s proprietary business software via cloud computing – an emerging compute model for delivering and consuming information technology capabilities as a service. The software — IBM’s WebSphere Integration Developer…

Ontario invests $7.5 million in biofuels research

The Government of Ontario is providing $7.5 million to two biofuels projects to support the new Bioproducts Initiative at the Univ of Western Ontario (UWO). UWO’s new Institute for Chemicals and Fuels from Alternative Resources will receive $5 million to turn agricultural byproducts into fuel and chemicals such as organic insecticides, pesticides and fertilizers. The…

SSHRC invests $22 million in 11 knowledge clusters

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) has awarded $22 million over seven years in 11 knowledge networks. The networks span the range of SSHRC disciplines and include the Research Network for Business Sustainability at the Univ of Western Ontario, an international entrepreneurship strategic knowledge cluster at the Univ of Waterloo, a sustainable prosperity…

Precan-auto parts program makes first project awards

A new collaborative fund from Precarn Inc and the Automotive Parts Manufacturers Association (APMA) has resulted in the first three awards for R&D projects designed to generate prototype development for the auto parts industry. Precarn is contributing $1.5 million through the Collaborative Auto R&D Program for projects worth $3.5 million. Matching funds are provided by…

Ontario universities sign India agreements

Ontario universities and businesses signed a flurry of deals and MOUs with Indian counterparts as part of an official Ontario mission to India and Pakistan. MOUs for student and faculty exchanges and R&D initiatives were signed by McMaster Univ, York Univ, Univ of Waterloo, Ryerson Univ and Univ of Windsor. PCI Geomatics signed an MOU…

NSERC funds quantum research network

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) has funded a new national network based at the Univ of Waterloo‘s Institute of Quantum Computing (IQC). QuantumWorks is one of several innovation platforms funded by NSERC and had its official unveiling last week. Heading QuantumWorks is Dr Raymond Laflamme, IQC’s director and Canada Research Chair holder…

NSERC releases fourth edition of business directory

Science and Engineering Research Canada (NSERC) has released the 2005 edition of its Research Means Business directory, listing 141 companies built upon NSERC-funded research. Ten universities account for 98 of those firms, led by the Univ of British Columbia (17), the Univ of Toronto (14) and the Univ of Waterloo (14). The directory was previously…

U of W places fourth in computing machinery contest

A student team from the Univ of Waterloo (U of W) won a gold medal after placing fourth in the world finals of the 29th annual International Collegiate Programming contest, held by the Association for Computing Machinery. The U of W team easily outpaced its North American rivals. The next closest North American teams from…

Canada-India S&T mapping study released

A major Canada-India S&T Mapping Study says that current linkages between the two countries are weak but that India represents “a huge opportunity for participation by Canadian S&T institutions” The report notes that India plans to double its investment in S&T to $8.5 billion in its current 10-year plan. It contains a wide range of…

NSERC backs telelearning research network

A new research network for telelearning has emerged in the wake of the defunct TeleLearning Network of Centres of Excellence. LORNET is a research network of six universities that has received $7.5 million in financing from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) through its Research Networks Grants Program for large-scale, multisectoral projects. Another…