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Research Excellence Award Speaker Series

The Research Excellence Awards recognize faculty members who have achieved national and/or international success and recognition through their research activities, and who have enhanced the University of Ontario Institute of Technology's reputation as a research-focused institution.

The Office of the Vice-President Research, Innovation and International (VPRII) presented the 2017 Research Excellence Awards on December 5 to:

This year’s Research Excellence Awards Speaker Series took place Tuesday, March 27 at 5 p.m. in the Software Informatics Research Centre, Room 3110. The event featured presentations by the award winners; each presented highlights of their work and explained how their research has the potential to positively impact society. 

Research Excellence Awards 2018


View the REASS introduction by Doug Holdway, PhD, Interim Vice-President, Office of the VPRII, and Steven Murphy, PhD, President and Vice-Chancellor, University of Ontario Institute of Technology.

View the researchers' presentation videos below:

Research abstracts

  • Shahryar Rahnamayan, PhD - Revealing A Novel Scheme to Tackle Applied Optimization Problems: Transforming Complexities into Enhancement Factors

    This talk will reveal a novel problem-solving scheme that transforms the complex property of real-world problems as enhancement factor for nature-inspired algorithms. In this direction, several applied optimization case studies, including large-scale, noisy, many-objective, and highly constraint problems, are discussed accordingly. This seminar would be beneficial for faculty members, post-doctoral fellows and graduate students who conduct 'research in optimization' or 'optimization in research.'

  • Hendrick de Haan, PhD - Biophysics Simulations as a Microscope: Using Computers to see the Nanoscopic

    The world of the small is one of the frontiers of scientific research. This is particularly true for biological systems where what happens across nanometers can determine the health and behaviour of entire organisms. While there are continuously amazing advancements in experimental techniques to explore biology at small scales, this is an inherently challenging pursuit as the systems are nanoscopic, the dynamics occur very quickly, and the material is 'squishy'. Simulations that are rooted in physics and applied to biological systems are able to resolve small length scales, fast time scales, and soft-matter interactions, and are thus an excellent complement to experimental studies. In this talk Dr. de Haan will discuss research being conducted in his lab that applies biophysical principles to simulate and analyze biological material, including DNA, carbohydrates, proteins, viruses, bacteria and red blood cells. The focus of this talk will be to highlight how experiments and simulations can be used together to give deep insight into biological systems and to develop innovative solutions for new bio- and nano-technologies, advanced materials, and improved health for humans, animals and crops.

  • Pierre Côté, PhD - Invisible Disabilities: Understanding its Hidden Impact

    Musculoskeletal pain and mental health disorders are the two leading causes of disability worldwide. Despite large societal investments in the treatment of these conditions, the prevalence of resulting disabilities continues to grow. One reason for this epidemic is that musculoskeletal pain and mental health disorders are difficult to prevent, problematic to diagnose and challenging to treat. Dr. Côté’s research program aims to find solutions to these problems by studying the causes of these invisible disabilities. The goal of his research is to inform the development of interventions and policies to prevent and rehabilitate disability related to musculoskeletal pain and mental health disorders.



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