Computer scientist receives $135k for state-of-the-art infrastructure

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Professor Maura Grossman received a John R. Evans Leaders Fund (JELF) award from the Canada Foundation for Innovation, which will provide her with infrastructure support to expand her research programs. The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science, made the funding announcement in Sudbury today.

portrait of Maura GrossmanGrossman's $68k JELF award from CFI is matched provincially by a $68k Ontario Research Fund – Research infrastructure (ORF-RI) award, bringing total infrastructure funding to $135k.

The support will be used to construct a bank of computer servers to expand the power and effectiveness of high-recall information retrieval systems. The objective of such technologies is to identify substantially all information relevant to a particular information need in massive data sets and high-volume data streams.

This task is especially important in areas where the consequences of missing or untimely results have serious implications — from legal and policy domains to health and safety arenas to defence and financial spheres, among others.

“Maura and her co-PI Gord Cormack will collaborate with public and private entities in Canada to improve competitiveness by allowing users of high-recall information retrieval systems to identify mission-critical information that would otherwise be difficult to find in a world where the amount of data is increasing at an incredible rate,” said Mark Giesbrecht, Director of the David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science.

John R. Evans Leaders Fund

The John R. Evans Leaders Fund was developed to help Canadian universities attract and retain top research talent. In this funding round, 10 researchers at the University of Waterloo received nearly $793k in infrastructure support. More information on the awards and the Canada Foundation for Innovation is available at

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