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August 2013

New waves of communication

After hearing about Mitacs from previous Globalink students, Soumendu Majee, an Electronics and Electrical Engineering undergraduate from Kharagpur’s Indian Institute of Technology, jumped at the opportunity to come to Canada.

Alongside Dr. Frank Rudzicz of University of Toronto’s Department of Computer Science, Soumendu is constructing software that will improve the quality of life of individuals with speech disorders.

Using electroencephalography (EEG) signals from patients, Soumendu is collecting data from linguistic centers of the brain and areas involved in motor planning. This data will contribute to the development of tools that will allow patients to communicate via EEG signals by the use of an artificial articulator.

“Mitacs has provided me with an invaluable experience to participate in research in my field of interest, while simultaneously helping those who struggle with communication.” Although Soumendu applied to other research programs, Mitacs Globalink was his first choice. “Canada is a beautiful country with nice, polite people. Given the country’s acclaimed academic institutions, it’s the ideal place to study and participate in research.”

Soumendu looks forward to his future, “My dream is to pursue my PhD and embark on a career in Signal Processing and Machine Learning research in Canada. Mitacs Globalink is providing me with the insight and exposure I need to take the next steps.”

Mitacs would like to thank the following government and international partners, in addition to our full and associate university partners, for their support of Globalink in 2013: Western Economic Diversification Canada, the Government of Alberta, the Government of British Columbia, Le Fonds de recherche du Québec – Nature et technologies, le Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior of Brazil, the China Scholarship Council, the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education and the National Autonomous University of Mexico.