2014 Spring Newsletter / Faculty News

Research Lab News

Since the publication of the last issue of our newsletter, we are pleased to announce the founding of two new research labs at the School and the arrival of three new postdoctoral researchers.

Data Mining & Security (DMaS) Lab

The Data Mining & Security (DMaS) Lab, led by Dr. Benjamin Fung, was established in 2013. The lab aims at developing real-life data mining systems for efficiently extracting hidden knowledge from large volumes of data. The research emphasizes on addressing challenges in text mining, web mining, social network mining, stream data mining, and crime data mining with the considerations of security, privacy, social, policy, and economic issues.

DMaS works closely with the healthcare, law enforcement, and private sectors. DMaS collaborators include: Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC), the research arm of Canada’s Department of National Defence (DND), IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center, National Cyber-Forensics and Training Alliance Canada (NCFTA Cda), a nationally and internationally respected organization that focuses on the investigation of cyber-crimes impacting Canadian citizens, businesses, and organizations, and Société de transport de Montréal (STM).

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Accessible Computing Technology (ACT) Research Group Research Lab

The Accessible Computing Technology (ACT) Research Group Lab, led by Dr. Karyn Moffatt, was established in 2012. The Lab seeks to develop technologies that are accessible to a broad range of users, including older adults and people with disabilities. Particular attention is placed on understanding the role of social relationships on the use and adoption of new technologies.

ACT partners with organizations such as the Better Living Health and Community Services and receives research support from the Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), le Fonds de recherche du Québec–Nature et technologies (FQRNT), and the Graphics, Animation and New Media Center of Excellence (GRAND-NCE).

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Multimodal Interaction Laboratory (MIL)

Three new postdoctoral researchers joined the Multimodal Interaction Lab (MIL), led by Dr. Catherine Guastavino.

Dr. Jochen Steffens, who joined the School in 2014, is working on heuristics governing global soundscape evaluations. His research investigates the effect of crucial moments in temporal experiences on overall retrospective evaluations in the context of soundscape perception.

Dr. Cédric Camier, who joined the School in 2014, is working on psychoacoustic and moving source spatial reproduction.

Dr. Fouaz Sofiane Ayachi, who joined the School in 2012, is working on the physical characterization and perception of vibration transmission.

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