Distinguished Industrial Speakers


 

We are pleased to welcome you to the 4th Annual NSERC DIVA Workshop, held in Ottawa, Canada. This Workshop aims to provide DIVA research members and its private and public sector partners with a venue to interact with each other, disseminate and share state-of-the-art research on vehicular networks, intelligent transportation systems and wireless mobile ad hoc networking.

Jordan Melzer, senior Engineer, TELUS communications 
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Title : Smart Dumb Cars and Dumb Smart Cars: Intelligence, Communication, and Security in the Fast Lane

Abstract : TBA

Bio : Jordan Melzer is a senior engineer at TELUS communications who explores the future of broadband Internet access.  Prior to joining TELUS, Jordan earned a PhD in wireless communications from the University of Southern California.  He has previously worked as a communications researcher at Nortel Networks and TrellisWare Technologies.  Jordan first worked on 4th generation cellular systems in 1998.





Salim Hanna, senior Researcher, Communications Research Center (CRC) 
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Title : What is Holding Intelligent Transportation Systems Back ?

Abstract : TBA

Bio : Salim Hanna obtained his PhD in 1987 form Imperial College, London, England. Then he worked 3.5 years at Carleton University. Thereafter, he joined Industry Canada where he worked on various aspects of spectrum management and chaired the ITU-R Task Group on Ultra-wideband technology. Salim moved to the Communications Research Center in 2010. He is currently with the Advanced Systems Group working on next generation systems. His research interests include: cognitive radio, Wi-Fi, short-range devices, and intelligent transportation systems.





Barry Gander, Co-Founder at i-CANADA, Executive Vice President at Canada Advanced Technology Alliance (CATA) 
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Title : Future Challenges in Intelligent Transportation Systems and their Applications

Abstract : TBA

Bio : For 30 years Barry Gander has helped jump-start the development of advanced technology organizations in Canada and abroad. Working with companies, associations, the public sector and academia, Barry has established a network of leaders who thrive on cutting-edge initiatives. He is active in Canada, the U.S. and the Middle East. As EVP of Canada’s largest high-tech association, the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATA) Barry has helped showcase the best of Canadian innovation to global markets. The i-CANADA program, which he co-founded, aims to create an “Intelligent Nation” by establishing a grass-roots movement of communities that network at ultra-fast speed. Through this program, Barry works in some 50 cities, having established a Governors Council that is headed by a Premier who is assisted by Mayors and CEOs of large companies. He has authored several best-selling books and created new social networks, utilizing novel technology and tools.





Jeremy Gribben, Chief Technical Officer, Ajile Light Industries 
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Title : Towards Accurate Real-Time Range Imaging Using Structured Light Illumination

Abstract : TBA.

Bio : Jeremy Gribben received the B.Sc. degree in computer science from Carleton University, Ottawa, ON, Canada, and the M.Sc degree from the University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON, Canada. He has many years of industry experience in developing sensor technologies, and is currently the Chief Technical Officer at Ajile Light Industries in Ottawa, ON. His current research interests include localization systems in wireless ad hoc networks, and signal processing algorithms of sensor data.





Pierre Boucher, Director, Research, Ericsson Canada Inc. 
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Title : Smart Communications for Intelligent Transport

Abstract : TBA

Bio : Pierre Boucher is Director for Research at Ericsson’s R&D and Services Centre in Montreal. He is responsible for research activities on broadband systems and networks for the R&D centre’s collaborative research and innovation projects with universities and institutions. Areas covered by his group include research in packet technologies, intellectual property management and incentive program management. Mr. Boucher’s interests are in cloud networking and computing and applications of ICT in healthcare, smart communities and sustainable development. Mr. Boucher represents Ericsson on various boards promoting research and innovation in the telecommunications sector and in the community, such as Prompt, CATA, ADRIQ and TechnoMontréal. Prior to his 20 years at Ericsson, Mr. Boucher worked for Rogers in Network Research with a focus on OSS systems.





John Hnatyshyn, Senior Engineer, Transport Canada 
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Title : Federal Government Support for Transit Infrastructure and ITS Projects in Canada

Abstract : TBA

Bio : John Hnatyshyn has been at Transport Canada since 2008 and is currently Director, Transportation Infrastructure Projects. He is currently responsible for highway, road and gateway projects in the Western Region and Intelligent Transportation Systems projects and was previously responsible for the oversight of contribution agreements for federal support of infrastructure projects in the public transit sector. All told, Mr. Hnatyshyn has been responsible for the oversight of over $5 billion in federal contributions to infrastructure projects across the country. Prior to joining Transport Canada, Mr. Hnatyshyn worked at Infrastructure Canada, where he played a variety of key roles in the creation and administration of most Infrastructure Canada programs, including the Canada Strategic Infrastructure Fund, the Border Infrastructure Fund, the Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund, and the Building Canada Plan. He has previously worked at the Climate Change Secretariat, Industry Canada, the Treasury Board Secretariat, Finance Canada, and the Privy Council Office. Mr. Hnatyshyn holds a Bachelors Degree with Highest Honours in Political Science from Carleton University, and a Masters Degree in Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.