Information Communication Technologies (ICTs) and New Forms ofPolitical Engagement in Canada

Over the past three decades, there have been drastic declines in voter turnout and traditional political participation across North America, particularly among younger demographics. As young people increasingly move away from institutionally-driven practices, political participation is no longer only defined by voting in elections, volunteering with civic associations and town hall meetings but increasingly manifests through civic media – political engagement facilitated by digital tools.

Cited: Partnered Knowledge Mobilization Between Research and Media Organizations

Cited is a multi-media program that tells stories about research and academia to a general audience. It is experimenting with a unique co-creative approach that puts students, journalists, and researchers together on the same team. Mitacs interns will work with Cited media partners to conduct original research that builds interviews, documentaries, and other media related to research and academia—particularly in the social sciences and humanities. These will be distrusted widely through a network of partners across North America.

Developing a novel solar cell incorporating graphene and collaborative technologies

The rapid depletion of fossil fuels (such as Coal, Natural gas, Oil etc.) and the escalation in environmental pollution have prompted increased investigations in the field of alternative energy sources. In this context, solar cells are being studied to satisfy the increasing power needs of today’s society as photovoltaic power uses pollution-free energy source, solar energy. Silicon solar cells are still very expensive due to both the using of expensive materials and the employing costly processing steps.

Is no news bad news? An investigation of local news poverty in Canada

Upheavals in the news industry have sparked concerns about the availability of local news, particularly in smaller cities, suburban municipalities and rural areas.

Between free market and national regulation: Chinese telecommunications and Internet policy in post-WTO era

My research project examines the regulation of China’s Internet telecommunication sectors in the post-WTO era. It situates the current state of regulation (media ownership, competition,foreign-direct-investment, and content controls) against the historical development of Chinese telecommunication and internet industries.

Religion in the Media: Canada and Brazil

This project will focus on the following research questions:
1) How do the mainstream media (specifically newspapers) in Canada and Brazil portray and represent majority and minority religions in secular context?
2) Are there key areas of controversy in which such portrayals and representations are focused, and do these differ in the two countries?
3) Can common methodological resources and comparable data sets be developed to allow comparison to be undertaken?

Hacking an off-the-shelf EEG headset for a motor imagery brain-computer interface

The goal of the project is to hack an Emotiv EEG headset such that it allows for the development of a motor imagery (left and right hand) based brain-computer interface (BCI). As sold, the Emotiv headset does not posses electrodes over the sensorimotor area; however, if the headset is worn backwards some electrodes would be located over that area. This project would validate the use of such "hacked" approach and compare the BCI performance to that obtained with a medical grade EEG equipment which possesses electrodes in the sensorimotor region.

Development of a smartphone-based acoustic environment tracker for speech enhancement applications

Speech signals propagating in enclosed environments are distorted by two important, environment-related factors: a) the multiple reflections of the signal from the walls and other objects present in the room, which are called coloration and reverberation, for early and late reflections respectively, and b) competing acoustic signals coming from other sound sources than the speaker, called background noise.

New Models in Online Science Journalism

A sense of urgency has emerged in the last decade about the future of science journalism. While it is often argued as an important source of information for non-specialists, science journalism has been heavily criticized as unable to connect with citizens in ways that allow meaningful engagement with science. This critique has intensified as diverse informational environments have appeared online and contentious scientific issues (e.g GMOs, stem cells, climate change, biofuels) have moved towards the misuse of scientific evidence.

Global Innovators: Broadcasting to Digital Technologies

This position supports a research project on the changes in the communication technologies from broadcasting to digital technologies by examining the global innovators. This work will investigate the core elements of the people who were at the centre of the last century of communication technologies’ transformation. This research will focus on the catalysts of conversion from one medium to the next from broadcasting to the various visual technologies to the modern-day users of the all-encompassing digital technologies.