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Postdoctoral scholars are 'key to Montreal's academic institutions'

A third annual research day unites the city's fellows

This year's theme was "interdisciplinary and interinstitutional research." | Photo by Chuma Paemka The event's 2016 theme was "interdisciplinary and interinstitutional research." | Photo by Chuma Paemka

This week, on March 21, postdoctoral fellows from Concordia joined forces with four other Montreal post-secondary institutions and Université Laval to show off their work at the city's third annual Postdoctoral Research Day. 

"Postdoctoral candidates are key to Montreal's academic institutions," says Paula Wood-Adams, Concordia's dean of Graduate Studies. "Oftentimes they come from outside of Canada and bring a fresh perspective to research and research creation."

The theme for this year's edition, hosted by Université de Montréal, was "interdisciplinary and interinstitutional research."

Many of the estimated 2,000 postdocs working in Montreal are involved in multidisciplinary research activities that are breaking down traditional barriers and forging new and exciting academic disciplines, Wood-Adams points out, adding that they're also teachers and mentors who enrich the university experience for students and faculty.

This year's keynote speaker was Maryse Lassonde, scientific director and a member of the Board of Directors of the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Nature et technologies. 

Concordia's 2016 presenter: Mama Nsangou Mouchili

After Lassonde's talk, five postdocs from the invited institutions presented their research.

Concordia's delegate was Mama Nsangou Mouchili, a postdoctoral fellow funded jointly by Mitacs and Ericsson. His research interests are in mobile telecommunications, especially the modeling of the performance of cellular systems.

"I am now working on big data analytics and capacity planning for Internet of Things networks," he says.

The Internet of Things, or IoT, is the network of physical objects embedded with electronics, software, sensors and network connectivity that enables them to collect and exchange data.

"A cloud-based IoT/M2M [Internet of Things/Machine-To-Machine] network solution is an attempt to reduce the investment cost and accelerate the deployment of more IoT services on a virtualized and shared infrastructure."

His presentation at the Postdoctoral Research Day focused on how the upcoming 5G mobile networks will merge modern IT technologies, including cloud computing, virtualization, IoT/M2M and big data analytics.

The postdoctoral research presentations were followed by a workshop where the participants were invited to discuss the theme of interdisciplinary and interinstitutional research.

Concordia is the only Montreal university with a permanent postdoctoral officer who supports this population through a centralized registration process and various financial commitments.

Find out more about postdoctoral studies at Concordia.



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