Research dollars

uOttawa receives $6.1 million in provincial funding for research into sustainable waste, a wireless sensor network and a system that can read body language. The three projects are among 19 recipients of almost $115 million allocated research projects across the province in the second round of the McGuinty government’s Ontario Research Fund program, which is UOttawa.jpgsupported dollar-for-dollar by industry and other partners. “The Ontario government understands, as does the University of Ottawa, that investing in research and innovation is key to Ontario’s ability to compete and win in the global, knowledge-based economy,” says the university’s president Gilles Patry. The province is contributing a third of $3-million being invested in uOttawa’s waste-management project to divert municipal waste from landfills, generate compost and convert methane gas into electricity. A further $3.1 million will go to developing a wireless sensor network for use in telemedicine, home security and vehicles, and just over $2 million will fund research into a surveillance system that can assess body language to control potentially threatening behaviour in public spaces such as airports. An initiative of the Ministry of Research and Innovation, the five-year Ontario Research Fund program and its partners have so far provided $230 million in funding for research at 45 universities, institutes and hospitals across the province.

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