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September 2014

Ray Pan creates a home in Canada

Ray Pan is a natural communicator. With his warm and friendly personality, Ray has spent the summer building connections not only with researchers but also with local industry during his Mitacs Globalink Research Internship at Simon Fraser University in the School of Interactive Arts and Technology with Dr. Carman Neustaedter.

As a Computer Science major from the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, Ray has always had an interest in networks and networking — both on computers, and among people. This interest has served him well as he helped to build a household notification system that helps family members to keep track of domestic chores and appointments, as well as to inform each other of personal schedules and shared commitments.

The notification system is part of a larger research project exploring computer-mediated family communication. Ray has also been able to meet with local business people during his internship, including two start-up technology companies with whom his professor is collaborating.

Overall, Ray’s close collaborations with other researchers in his lab and the experience of his internship have given him a sense of home right here in Canada. He plans to apply to the Globalink Graduate Fellowship so that he may receive funding assistance to return to SFU as soon as possible to work with Dr. Neustaedter.

“The experience has taught me so much about universities here, but also about industry and I’ve made so many friends and connections!”


Mitacs would like to thank Industry Canada, the Government of Alberta, the Government of British Columbia, the China Scholarship Council, le Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior of Brazil, the Ministry of Education Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education, the National Autonomous University of Mexico and Sorbonne Universités for their support of Globalink.