Growing a brighter future with Mitacs-Accelerate

But one of the biggest costs greenhouse operators face is for the energy required to run their lighting systems.  Many greenhouses use inefficient electric lights to compliment light from the sun, particularly in winter.

GE Lighting Solutions, based in Lachine, Québec, sought to develop a new range of LED lighting applications for the greenhouse industry which not only cut down on energy use but also increase plant growth and yields.

Discovering “La vie en rose”

For Qiquan Shi, coming to Canada from a tiny village in Guizhou Province in China was the opportunity of a lifetime.  A 2011 Globalink student had told him about the program and he recognized it as his chance to explore the world, despite coming from an impoverished farming family.  Overcoming all obstacles, he achieved outstanding academic success at Wuhan University in China, which gained him the recognition he needed to be selected for the highly-competitive Globalink program.  It enabled him to come to Canada to do advanced research at l’École de technologie supérieure in Montreal.

A chance to excel in Canada

Together, the students and their professor developed a system to visualize the evolution of a software program from its first inception to the latest edition. The system provides useful information to software engineers and designers as they continually advance computer software packages to be faster and more user-friendly for new computer operating systems.

Magical Innovation in 3D

With new broadcast television channels playing stereoscopic content, there is an increasing need for stereoscopic animated shows and commercials.

Canada is his oyster

In collaboration with fellow Mitacs Globalink student Nayantara Duttachoudhury, he has developed a system to visualize the evolution of a software program from its first inception to the latest edition. It’s something like being able to see —in a simple, compact way— the changes of internal computer code from the first-ever edition of “Multi-tool Word” in 1983 to the current Microsoft Word 2010. This type of information is useful to software engineers and designers as they continually advance software to be faster and more user-friendly for new computer operating systems.

Amplifying knowledge into a new Canadian experience

For Pragyan Hazarika, he is able to practice his engineering skills through fun games like laser tag. At an annual event he and his friends organize at India’s National Institute of Technology- Surathkal, the students design and build their own laser guns and sensor vests for the game.  Using the skills he has learned in practical applications of electrical and communications engineering through this festival, Pragyan will be completing a summer internship at the École de Technologie Supérieure in Montréal.

Taking home fond memories of Canada

However, now that she’s here, she cannot stop singing praises for the beautiful city and culture of Québec as well as the top-quality research climate which she has now been a part of.

“I wasn’t originally thinking about doing an internship abroad during my undergraduate degree, but when my Professor in Brazil told me about Mitacs Globalink, I had to apply!”

At the heart of the Quartier des spectacles’ projections

The company which conceives, produces and communicates commercial, event-related, museum-based and artistic experiences to touch, amaze and surprise, specializes in the production and projection of living imagery and soundscapes feels inspired by the possibilities the newly implanted art-and-culture dedicated architectural space at the heart of Montréal’s downtown core, and hopes to showcase its world-renowned know-how there, as it does at New York’s Metropolitan Opera where it is responsible for the scene effects in Robert Lepage’s production of Wagner’s cycle, or by making sparks fly unde

Connecting to Cascades

Each summer, Globalink students undertake a research project with a Canadian university which allows them to experience state-of-the-art research facilities, Canadian society and build friendships with local students.

Portrait of a past landscape to chart the future

Her research project, which saw her elaborate a portrait of the preindustrial forest in the Mauricie region which helped AbitibiBowater gain a desired environmental certification, fitted very well with her wider research interest as a modeler. “Accelerate provides something relatively few other internship programs offer: its short, four to six month time frame, gives you a lot of flexibility to pursue a very defined project within a larger research context,” Dr. Tittler explains.

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