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Welcome to Research

Les Jacobs PhD
Whether you are a community member or business partner looking for innovative research support, or a student or faculty researcher looking for resources and information, this website provides everything you need to know about the significant research activity taking place at Ontario Tech University.

This spirit, combined with an unwavering dedication to innovation and scholarship, continues to propel our research agenda forward.

Through our interdisciplinary relevant research, we address the challenges of the 21st century. We do this by:


We continue to build on our research infrastructure, introducing new facilities such as the:

  • Software and Informatics Research Centre (SIRC), which provides a new and dedicated space for research and innovation.
  • The Microgrid Research and Innovation Park, a unique facility for the research, testing and training of skilled engineers to improve and develop the microgrid concept for broader use and seamless power transition during power failures.
  • ACE, a climatic wind tunnel, unique in the world, which offers an exceptional facility for research, development and validation work.
  • The Ontario Tech University-CMCC Centre for Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation, where health research and innovative supportive agencies, educational partners, health-care delivery institutions, industry, and government work together to examine questions focused on the prevention and management of chronic musculoskeletal, and psychological conditions and disabilities.
  • STEAM 3D Maker Lab, a unique rolling classroom used to examine how emerging digital media and interactive tools can challenge traditional curricular and teaching/learning methods. It’s used to develop an understanding of the intersection of new digital technologies and pedagogies, and how they can be used to support technology enriched and practice-integrated active learning, in the classroom and the real world. This includes the development and evaluation of teaching practices to support active student learning, address the digital literacy needs of at-risk students, and promote greater interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) through the Arts (STEAM).
  • Decimal Lab, a research lab designed to explore proposed digital lives through the study of digital technologies as they emerge and are proposed for the future, and the consequences that this evolution spurs. The Decimal Lab concentrates on personal media that people carry, pocket, wear, implant, and consume in order to understand how this transformation to very personal tech is affecting life, society, culture and the arts. Research creation projects take a critical media approach, intending to provoke meaningful dialogue and reflection.
  • Crime Scene House, a unique facility for staging mock crime scenes that is used to facilitate hand-on training for students. It serves as a laboratory for answering important research questions around decomposition, blood spatter patterns analysis, recovery of evidence, and more.
  • High-performance computing allows us to investigate problems that were previously beyond reach and to conduct computational engineering and science research that has numerous benefits. 

Our faculty members collaborate with students in the classroom, lab and field, offering undergraduate and graduate students hands-on research experience. This opportunity, combined with our commitment to fostering an entrepreneurial culture helps to set us apart from other universities. Learn more at Brilliant Catalyst.

We support our researchers in all aspects of the research process including: 

  • Assistance with developing and administering grants.
  • Support with cultivating partnerships and the implementation of contracts.
  • Technology transfer and commercialization, and other novel forms of knowledge mobilization.
  • Innovative business development and entrepreneurship activities. 

Our office serves as the conduit between the university, and community or business partners interested in pursuing research collaborations with the university. 

Please contact us at any time—we look forward to working with you. 

Les Jacobs, PhD
Vice-President Research, Innovation
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