“I was inspired by one of my colleagues at university who was part of the program last year and now promotes it in India. I was lucky enough to be selected to come here to Canada for research into leukemia in children.”
Manish is about to begin his final year of studies for a Bachelor of Technology degree with a major in Biotechnology and a minor in Computer Science at the Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati.
Severe brain damage induced by a stroke produces a reduction of immune functioning, which can result in fatal infections threatening the survival of patients after a stroke. Given that 20-25% of patients fall victim to infection post-stroke, this research is highly significant.
Coming from the Birla Institute of Technology & Science in India, he is completing a five year degree combining a Bachelor of Electrical and Electronics Engineering with a Masters of Economics.
“Mitacs Globalink is very well known in my college back home and it has a great reputation. For students, it’s a big deal to be accepted for an internship because it is so competitive. I’ve been to Canada on holiday before with my family and really love the country and the culture here and was very happy at being able to return.”
Diego comes from Guadalajara, Mexico’s Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education where he is working towards his undergraduate degree in Biotechnology. It was his initial intrigue with DNA that drove him to this field of study, but now the possibility that his research will have real world impact has pushed him to pursue his masters.
Shouvik is researching Terahertz electromagnetic waves (T waves), which are unique in their ability to make visually opaque objects transparent. T-wave imaging provides remarkable opportunities for applications in non-destructive testing and imaging, medical diagnosis, health monitoring, and chemical and biological identification.
Marcelo is currently working on a project where he analyzes short online documents, such as emails, to check the identity of the author. His research is integral to the field of computer security because there have only been a handful of studies on this topic. “Authorship verification of online documents can play a critical role in various criminal cases such as blackmailing and terrorist activities, says Marcelo.” “Sharing my research with others is integral to the field of computer security, and Mitacs Step has provided me with the necessary communication skills to do so.”
The idea had its fair share of skeptics at the time, but also some influential champions within the NCE. In 1998, after reviewing a slate of about 80 applicants, the NCE selection committee decided that four would become Networks of Centres of Excellence, including the Mathematics of Information Technology and Complex Systems or Mitacs.
Mitacs was created to overcome three main hurdles facing the academic community and the very people and sectors that could benefit most from advanced mathematical and statistical techniques, tools and methodologies.
As part of the program, Mitacs took care of arranging housing and stipend details, making it simple to host international undergraduate students. As Fernanda Lorenzetti Alves and Hengxhi Ma, both from Brazil, started their first research project, their energy and dedication had a valuable impact right from the start.
After completing his PhD in Robotics at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, he worked at IBM before moving to York University to take up a position at the School of Information Technology in 2001 where he is now an Associate Professor.
Dr. Chen has supervised three post-doctoral fellows through Mitacs-Accelerate internships, each lasting for at least 12 months, and is in the process of applying for two more. He credits Mitacs for helping him secure more funding for his diverse research goals.
Originally from Norway, he moved to Canada 1964 and completed a Masters of Science and a PhD in Mathematics at the University of Calgary, before joining the Department of Computer Science at the university as a professor.