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$5.2 million for Canada Research Chairs at Concordia

Federal funding allows for 5 new and renewed positions, plus 1 research infrastructure project
November 15, 2018
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Christophe Guy: “Next-generation research at Concordia brings fresh thinking to problem-solving.”

The Government of Canada has awarded Concordia funding for three new Canada Research Chairs (CRCs) and two renewals, a total investment of $5.2 million over several years.

Tristan GlatardYann-Gaël Guéhéneuc and Aashiq Kachroo are the three new CRCs. The funding will support their research programs in big data analysis, the Internet of Things and the synthesis of biological processes.

Mia Consalvo and Ahmed Kishk were both given renewed research mandates in game design and wireless antenna systems, respectively.

Additionally, Michael Hallett, a professor in the Department of Biology in the Faculty of Arts and Science who currently holds the CRC in Bioinformatics Algorithms, has received $122,854 in research infrastructure funding through the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s John R. Evans Leaders Fund for his transcriptional signature networks biomarker project. This amount will be matched by Quebec’s Ministère de l’Éducation et de l’Enseignement supérieur and boosted by industry partners for a total of $310,444 over one year.

Kirsty Duncan, Canada’s minister of Science and Sport, made the funding announcement on November 13. She said that the federal government is committed to promoting equity and diversity within research and to supporting research leaders.

“These prestigious Canada Research Chairs are improving the lives of Canadians and pushing the boundaries of human knowledge, helping ensure a bright future for Canada.”

Christophe Guy, Concordia’s vice-president of Research and Graduate Studies, notes that the investment underscores the importance of fostering the creativity that leads to cutting-edge research.

“Next-generation research at Concordia brings fresh thinking to problem-solving. This vision, when paired with important funding from the federal government, helps keep Canadian innovation at the forefront of discovery.”

Meet the latest cohort of Concordia CRCs

Mia Consalvo | Photo by David Ward Photo by David Ward

Consalvo, a professor in the Department of Communications Studies in the Faculty of Arts and Science and the CRC in Games Studies and Design, will continue her work to provide the first extensive, in-depth understanding of how social class relates to video games.

She will also investigate the changing circumstances of the game industry in Canada and globally and explore live streaming of gameplay by marginalized streamers, as well as innovation in game mechanics related to moral choice in games. Renewed as a Tier 1 chairholder, Consalvo received $1.4 million over seven years.


Tristan Glatard | Photo by David Ward Photo by David Ward

Glatard, an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering and the CRC in Big Data Infrastructures for Neuroinformatics, will focus his work on three axes: the reproducibility evaluations of data analysis processes — or pipelines — across infrastructures, automated deployment and configuration of high-performance pipelines, and the decentralized sharing of big data analyses across web platforms. As a Tier 2 chairholder, he received $500,000 in funding over five years.


Yann-Gaël Guéhéneuc | Photo by David Ward Photo by David Ward

Guéhéneuc is also a professor in the Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering.

As the CRC in Empirical Software Engineering for the Internet of Things (IoT), he will research and contribute to current theories, methods and tools designed to ease the building, operation and testing of robust software for IoT devices while considering privacy and transparency of the software and data. As a Tier 1 chairholder, he received $1.4 million over seven years.


Aashiq Kachroo | Photo by David Ward Photo by David Ward

Kachroo, an assistant professor in the Department of Biology and the CRC in Systems and Synthetic Biology, will study the function of genes from complex organisms like humans in model organisms in order to enable the synthesis of these genetic systems in simplified cells. With Tier 2 funding of $500,000, he will perform the systematic humanization of all shared genes in yeast.


Ahmed Kishk | Photo by David Ward Photo by David Ward

Kishk, a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in the Gina Cody School of Engineering and Computer Science and the CRC in Advanced Antenna Systems, will lead a research program that builds on current software and equipment essential to the future fifth-generation (5G) of wireless communication. He will develop new applications related to smart cities, wearable sensors for health-care monitoring, security systems and unmanned aerial vehicles. Renewed as a Tier 1 chairholder, he received a seven-year $1.4 million grant.


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