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April 2013

Globalink Professor Profile: Dr. Christian Desrosiers of École de Technologie Supérieure

When it comes to medical imaging technology, accuracy is the number one priority for manufacturers, medical technicians and patients alike. Dr. Christian Desrosiers and his research team at École de Technologie Supérieure in Montréal uses machine learning and data analysis to advance the accuracy of those machines such Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scanners. In such a cutting-edge research field, it is equally important to have new students that could carry the torch and further advance the body of knowledge. Therefore, having hosted three international students in recent summers, Dr. Desrosiers sees value in making cross-cultural connections to potential graduate students through Mitacs Globalink.

Each student brings different experiences and perspectives to their individual projects, playing a key role in Dr. Desrosiers research. His lab’s first Mitacs Globalink student, Indian student Kuldeep Kumar began a project in the summer of 2011 using machine learning to extract data from social networks in order to analyze their growth and evolution. In 2012, Globalink student Qiquan Shi from China continued, and advanced that same research.

In addition, Davi Carniero of Brazil used machine learning to annotate MRI images for accuracy and developed more efficient and robust working methods for the medical imaging analysis software. He will be able to finish his project upon his return to ÉTS through the Globalink Graduate Fellowship. Dr. Desrosiers is excited to welcome him back to continue this state-of-the-art research.

Dr. Desrosiers recommends Mitacs Globalink to other researchers at ETS, saying that he finds the application process to be simple, and the students to be top-notch.

“Having students of various cultures and backgrounds in the laboratory is one of the best parts of hosting Mitacs Globalink students. In addition, all three students I have hosted so far have been very bright and talented— definitely comparable to the top ten percent of Canadian students.”

Mitacs thanks the Government of Canada and the Government of Quebec for their support of the Globalink research internship in this story. Across Canada, the Globalink program also receives support from Alberta Innovates, the Government of British Columbia, the Government of New Brunswick, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, the Government of Nova Scotia, the Government of Ontario, the Government of Prince Edward Island, the Government of Saskatchewan, and Research Manitoba.

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