Graduate student researchers play a significant role in the research projects that CITO – A Division of OCE Inc. supports. Working under the guidance of the lead researcher, graduate students frequently make a considerable impact on the success of a research project.

CITO has created several vehicles to highlight excellence among CITO-supported graduate student researchers, including:

The annual Student Research Excellence Scholarship. Scholarship awards totalling $30,000 have been presented to six students this year.
The winners for best poster at CITO’s annual conference

These scholarship and poster award winners profiled here are among the finest graduate student researchers working in Ontario today:

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Ms. Simonne, PhD candidate in the School of Information Technology and Engineering at the University of Ottawa, is researching a technology that will improve email management software.

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Mr. Marty, who is currently working towards his PhD. in Electrical Engineering at the University of Waterloo, in association with Nortel Networks, has developed a novel space-time transmission scheme for the open-loop MIMO-OFDM systems suitable for next generation mobile systems.

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Ms. Guan Mi, a research assistant and Computer Science PhD. candidate at the University of Toronto, is researching “distributed content-based publish/subscribe for process execution over service grids.” Business partner Cybernation Inc. is interested in Ms. Li’s research to the extent that negotiations for two patents and an exclusive license are in progress.

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Ms. Dong Cyi, a PhD. candidate in Electrical Engineering at McMaster University, and a teaching assistant in the same department since 2004, is also a research assistant at the university to study a soliton multiplexing communication system. “In this project, we propose to employ solitons in a multiplexing scheme because of their various desirable properties for communications such as their mutual interference, their time-bandwidth efficiency, their relative ease to generate, as well as their robustness to noise,” says Dr. Dong. Research areas of interest include data communication and signal processing; waveform design and soliton communication; and wireless communication networks including radio resources management, access control and routing protocols.

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Mr. Banet, who earned his B.Sc. in Experimental Psychology and his M.A.Sc. in Cognitive Psychology, is working towards his PhD. in Human Oriented Technology at Carleton University. He is pioneering technology that essentially allows people with visual disabilities to function in a world of sight through sound. A prototype technology based on the research allows a camera cell phone user to capture the image of text, receives the image at a server with “optical character recognition (OCR) and text-to-speech software.” The system then sends a simulated speech equivalent back to the cell phone, allowing the user to listen to the content. Mr. Shuji, with an extensive background in product management, marketing, and business development.

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Mr. Sood Noraine, Computer Science PhD. candidate at the University of Ottawa, is studying and experimenting with methods of representing laws of physics within a software model used in virtual environments. Mr. Noraine’s research in 3D virtual reality has applications spanning surgery training and gaming. “The university is currently in the process of patenting Mr. Noraine’s design of extensible physics engine and it is expected that partnership with related VR industries will begin soon,” says Dr. Jorge. Mr. Noraine has a Master’s degree in Computer Science as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Software Engineering,

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Dr. Burlington, Computing Science PhD. Candidate at Queens’ University, is a research assistant participating in several research projects concerning computer-assisted and orthopedic surgery. Mr. Ma’s previous work on registration “has been incorporated into a commercial image-guided surgery system by iGO Technologies, Inc.,” says Dr. Bellitis, who is developing an after-market system using computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Mr. Ma, a recipient of the Teaching Award for the best instructor in the School of Computing in 2001, earned his M.A.Sc. and B.A. in Computing Science  as well as his B.Sc.H in Engineering Physics.