$2.9 million awarded to Waterloo researchers for infrastructure

Monday, August 12, 2019

The Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) has awarded funding to 23 University of Waterloo researchers for infrastructure.

The announcement was made today by the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Sport, as part of a $61 million investment for state-of-the-art research labs and equipment through the John R. Evans Leaders Fund (JELF) that will support 261 projects across Canada.

The John R. Evans Leaders Fund helps exceptional researchers at universities across the country conduct leading-edge research by giving them the tools and equipment they need to become leaders in their field.

The funding for Waterloo research is valued over $2.9 million. The researchers are:

Applied Health Sciences

  • Paolo Dominelli (Kinesiology): Integrative physiology laboratory to study sex-differences during exercise ($100,000)

Arts

  • Alexis Dolphin (Anthropology): Ancient and contemporary environmental bioindicators laboratory (ACEBioLab) ($91,500)

Engineering

  • Eihab Abdel-Rahman (Systems Design Engineering): Electrical drive and detection system ($80,000)
  • Arash Arami (Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering): Neuromechanics-based assistive robotics: Towards optimal personalized robotic assistance ($182,000)
  • Sahar Pirooz Azad (Electrical and Computer Engineering): Control and protection of next-generation power electronically enabled hybrid AC-DC power systems ($100,000)
  • Elliot Biro (Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering): Understanding weld cracking using in-situ thermography and simulation ($80,000)
  • Dongpu Cao (Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering): CogSim: An interaction-aware tri-simulator facility for research on driver behaviours and cognitive autonomous driving ($150,000)
  • Kerstin Dautenhahn (Electrical and Computer Engineering): Infrastructure for research on social and intelligent robotics ($350,000)
  • Amir Khandani (Electrical and Computer Engineering): Infrastructure for research on next generation wireless networks ($80,000)
  • Nima Maftoon (Systems Design Engineering): A therapeutic device for otitis media ($120,000)
  • Etienne Martin (Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering): Scanning electron microscope ($100,000)
  • Tizazu Mekonnen (Chemical Engineering): Rational design of multiphase and multifunctional renewable – resourced polymers ($100,000)
  • Oliver Schneider (Management Sciences): Haptic computing lab ($80,000)
  • Valerie Ward (Chemical Engineering): Microalgae biomanufacturing laboratory ($80,000)
  • Christopher Wilson (Electrical and Computer Engineering): Taking superconducting electronics to the next level of integration ($170,819)
  • Seyed Majid Zahedi (Electrical and Computer Engineering): Resource management in heterogenous clusters: Maximizing efficiency and guaranteeing security, privacy, and fairness ($80,000)

Environment

  • Peter Deadman (Geography and Environmental Management): GIS-based virtual and augmented reality tools ($72,000)
  • Paul Parker (Geography and Environmental Management): Engaging technology and people to achieve advanced building performance ($85,228)

Mathematics

  • Anita Layton (Applied Mathematics): The virtual physiological human project ($100,000)
  • Ali Mashtizadeh (Computer Science): Scalable systems software for next generation architectures ($101,000)
  • Omid Salehi-Abari (Computer Science): Intelligent connectivity lab: Software-hardware systems for the Internet of Things ($150,000)

Science

  • Thorsten Dieckmann (Chemistry): High resolution NMR facility for structure eluicidation ($352,810)
  • Emmanuel Ho (School of Pharmacy): Advanced microbicide research and analysis facility (AMRAF) ($123,378)
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