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Meet Concordia’s newest cities researchers

These 5 exceptional scholars are at the leading edge of smart, sustainable and resilient communities and municipalities
April 17, 2019
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Graham Carr: “Developing seamless integrated approaches to research while leveraging technology, design and planning is one of the great challenges of the 21st century.”

From infrastructure systems to biodiversity, several new Concordia researchers are using their distinct expertise to shed light on cities-related issues.

Joining Ursula Eicker, Concordia’s newly appointed Canada Excellence Research Chair in Smart, Sustainable and Resilient Communities and Cities, five tenure-track cities cluster hires will further consolidate the university’s leadership in the rapidly changing field of municipal matters.

“Developing seamless integrated approaches to research while leveraging technology, design and planning is one of the great challenges of the 21st century,” says Graham Carr, provost and vice-president, Academic.

“As part of our Strategic Directions Game Plan, we are pleased to welcome Jing Hu, Alice Jarry, Chunyan Lai, Mohamed Ouf and Carly Ziter — five extremely collaborative individuals whose research and creative activities will help meet the economic, social and environmental demands of present and future generations.”

Here are the five new cities cluster hires and the research programs that they will develop:

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Jing Hu 

Philosophy

  • Defining the concept of “humanicité” for smart, sustainable cities and communities, Hu will examine the role of emotions in moral theory and how they can be changed and shaped in order to become virtues.

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Alice Jarry

Design and Computation Arts

  • Jarry will explore ways in which design can be optimized for environmentally-responsive cities.

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Chunyan Lai

Electrical and Computer Engineering

  • In her work on the electrification of transport, Lai will develop methods to support the design of more efficient, compact, lightweight and reliable motor drives.

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Mohamed Ouf

Building, Civil and Environmental Engineering

  • Ouf will study how buildings can be designed in order to predict occupant preferences that maximize comfort and minimize energy consumption.

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Carly Ziter

Biology

  • Ziter will look at ways in which green spaces in and around our cities can be managed to provide benefits to people, while also conserving biodiversity.

 

 

Learn more about how Concordia is reimagining and reinventing communities and cities.

 



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