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Research Institutes, Centres and Groups

Research entities at Ontario Tech University often use cross-Faculty collaboration and, potentially, external partnerships to capitalize on available expertise to address today's multifaceted issues.

Their aim is to enhance or challenge current knowledge with new activities that may lead to new avenues of research. They are formal bodies which must be approved by the university's Board of Governors. Below are the current approved entities.

Research institutes are the largest and most formal of all research entities and conduct research into a number of areas of study. Membership includes faculty members from at least two Ontario Tech University Faculties, as well as significant involvement from other universities, governments, non‐profit organizations and/or businesses.

Ontario Tech University is embarking in developing strategic research areas and research institutes are an important part of this goal.  Below is the currently approved research institute.

Digital Life Institute (DLI) 

The Digital Life Institute (DLI) is an official research entity at Ontario Tech University. It examines the human and social dimensions of current and projected digital technologies. The Digital Life Institute will be a hub for critical analysis and will build upon the work of scholars interested in the social implications of disruptive technological advancement. It will position the social and ethical analysis of technology at the forefront of Ontario Tech University’s role as a leader advancing the strategic research mandate of “technology with a conscience” within the context of national and international research spheres. Its founding partners include University of Minnesota, Shizuoka University, and Temple University. 

Contact informtion:
Isabel Pedersen, PhD
Associate Professor, Faculty of Social Science and Humanities
Canada Research Chair in Digital Life, Media, and Culture
Director of Digital Life Institute
Director of Decimal: Digital Culture and Media Lab
College Member, The Royal Society of Canada
Ontario Tech University

isabel.pedersen@ontariotechu.ca

 

Research centres are more formal than research groups and have a wider research mandate may involve university resources.  Membership includes faculty researchers from different Faculties and disciplines and, perhaps, small‐scale partnerships with other universities, governments, non‐profit organizations or businesses.

Ontario Tech University is embarking in developing strategic research areas and research centres are an important part of this goal.  Below are the currently approved research centres.

Centre on Hate, Bias and Extremism

The focus of the Centre on Hate, Bias and Extremism is to explore the ways in which hate, bias and extremism challenge values of inclusion and equity, along lines of race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability and other relevant status characteristics, both singly and interactively. It recognizes the historical continuities that underlie contemporary patterns of discrimination, exclusion and violence directed toward those who are targeted.

Contact information:

Barbara Perry, PhD
Professor, Faculty of Social Science and Humanities
Director, Centre on Hate, Bias and Extremism
Ontario Tech University

barbara.perry@ontariotechu.ca

  

Centre for Small Modular Reactors (CSMR)  - more information to come

Contact information:

Kirk D. Atkinson, PhD
Associate Professor, Faculty of Energy Systems and Nuclear Science
Director, Centre for Small Modular Reactors
Ontario Tech University

kirk.atkinson@ontariotechu.ca

 

 

 

 

 

Ontario Tech University is embarking in developing strategic research areas.  Joint research centres support that goal by engaging in official agreements with external entities to focus on and prmote training and research on a global scale.  Below are the current joint research centres at Ontario Tech U.

Joint Research Centre in AI for Health and Wellness

The Joint Research Centre in AI for Health and Wellness is a unique collaborative research centre between Ontario Tech University and the University of Technology Sydney, Australia.  Nowhere else in the world exists a similar innovative advanced prototyping and simulation environment to support next-generation health and wellness solutions.

In addition to exciting, new research opportunities, the centre opens vast potential for students at the undergraduate and graduate level. 

More information is coming!   Follow them on Twitter using @ UOITHIR and #AI4HW.

Contact information:

Carolyn McGregor AM, PhD, SMIEEE
Professor, Faculty of Business and IT
Director, Joint Research Centre in AI for Health and Wellness
Research Excellence Chair in Health Informatics
Canada Research Chair (Alumni) in Health Informatics

carolyn.mcgregor@ontariotechu.ca

Centre for Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation

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The Centre for Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation brings together health research and innovative supportive agencies, educational partners, health-care delivery institutions, industry and government to examine questions focused on the prevention and management of chronic musculoskeletal and psychological conditions and disabilities.   

Contact information:

Pierre Côté, PhD
Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences
Canada Research Chair in Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation
Scientist, Centre for Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation
Ontario Tech University

pierre.cote@uoit.ca

https://twitter.com/CSDPRResearch

 

Ontario Tech University is embarking in developing strategic research areas and research groups are an important part of this goal. 

Research Groups

 

Advanced Energy Systems Research Group

Igor Pioro, PhD
Professor, Faculty of Energy Systems and Nuclear Science

igor.pioro@ontariotechu.ca

Advanced Networking Technology and Security (ANTS) Research lab

Shahram Heydari, PhD
Associate Professor, Faculty of Business and IT

shahram.heydari@ontariotechu.ca

Richard Pazzi, PhD
Associate Professor, Faculty of Business and IT

richard.pazzi@ontariotechu.ca

Khalil El-Khatib, PhD
Professor, Faculty of Business and IT

khalil.el-khatib@ontariotechu.ca

Biomolecular Research Group

Denina Simmons, PhD
Assistant Professor, Faculty of Science
Canada Research Chair (Tier II)

Denina.Simmons@ontariotechu.ca

Business Analytics & AI Research Group

Salma Karray, PhD
Professor and Associate Dean of Research
Faculty of Business and Information Technology

salma.karray@ontariotechu.ca 

Database Research Group

Ken Pu, PhD
Associate Professor, Faculty of Science

ken.pu@ontariotechu.ca 

Forensic Research Centre

Helene Leblanc, PhD
Associate Professor, Faculty of Science

helene.leblanc@ontariotechu.ca

Theresa Stotesbury, PhD
Assistant Professor, Faculty of Science

theresa.stotesbury@ontariotechu.ca

Forensic Science Research Group

Helene Leblanc, PhD
Associate Professor, Faculty of Science

helene.leblanc@ontariotechu.ca

Theresa Stotesbury, PhD
Assistant Professor, Faculty of Science

theresa.stotesbury@ontariotechu.ca

 

Smart Transportation Electrification and Energy Research Group (STEER) Sheldon Williamson, PhD
Associate Professor, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science
Canada Research Chair in Electric Energy Storage Systems for Transportation Electrification

sheldon.williamson@ontariotechu.ca 

Sport and Physical Activity Research Collaborative

Meghann Lloyd, PhD
Associate Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences

meghann.lloyd@ontariotechu.ca

Nick Wattie, PhD
Assistant Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences

nick.wattie@ontariotechu.ca

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Advanced Energy Systems Research Group

Business Analytics & AI Research Group

Database Research Group

Forensic Research Centre

Smart Transportation Electrification and Energy Research Group (STEER)

Sport and Physical Activity Research Collaborative