2015 Mitacs Postdoctoral Award for Outstanding Innovation: Pamela Ovadje, University of WindsorPamela Ovadje, a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at University of Windsor is the recipient of the Mitacs Postdoctoral Award for Outstanding Innovation.
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Doctoral student partners with children’s gaming start-up to communicate social issuesThe collaboration helped Renée to find a renewed sense of purpose: “Partnering with Decode through Mitacs Accelerate re-energized my research. Putting myself out there to try something different has led me to an interesting tangent that’s now leading me into the next step of my career.”
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Calgary medical start-up taps into research talent through MitacsEarly in the development of their HUAR tools, the company identified a need to tap into the expertise of a researcher with an understanding of acoustics and sound processing. Having been introduced to Mitacs’ programs through their local Business Development representative, the company was paired to Ali Zareian, a PhD student from the Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering at the University of Calgary.
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Developing water-tight solutions for Quebec’s construction industryCompanies like Les Enduits STEF stepped in to fill the gap by developing water-tight membranes and coatings that could be applied to a house’s exterior during construction. In need of a research-based solution, the company was introduced to a postdoctoral fellow from the Université de Sherbrooke to do the job.
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Protecting children and teenagers from cyberbullyingKen developed an algorithm that can accurately predict the risk of a chat message in a computationally efficient manner. His algorithm was able to identify a number of spelling variants of blacklisted words and evasive patterns that had previously gone undetected by human moderators.