NSERC Awards Lakehead Researchers $2 Million
Dr. Rui Wang, Vice President (Research) at Lakehead University said, "NSERC has and will continue to be a critical source of grants for Lakehead scholars to enable them to explore new areas of study or to continue research projects already started. We are very pleased with the quality and quantity of research at Lakehead University funded by NSERC, without which our researchers would be unable to continue their important work. In addition, the grants also enable the researchers to hire graduate students to assist on projects."
Among the researchers who were awarded funds were:
Bill Parker (Faculty of Forestry and the Forest Environment)- Abstract from NSERC Grant.
This research proposal is directed at investigating the ability of two different climate correlative approaches that spatially model species' future distributions at the population level under a changing climate, and thus, at providing the Forestry Sector with the knowledge and methods to make successful transfers of key populations of their most economically important species. Also, this research will provide direction to the overarching conservation goal of forestry: i.e. preserving the adaptive potential (biodiversity) of our key forest species. Population level data collected from range-wide provenance tests and from Dr. Parker's own regional common garden trials, together with the methodologies that he has developed over the past 20 years, will be used to achieve these goals. Population suitability models and response functions will be used as predictive models, and validation will be attempted by comparing results of the two approaches and through retrodiction (predicting the past) by each method.
Rachid Benlamri (Department of Software Engineering)- Abstract from NSERC Grant.
Context-aware mobile learning is an important requirement for next generation intelligent e-learning systems. However, context-management in real-world applications is a complex information processing task. In this research program, context reflects timeliness and mobility to nurture pervasive learning throughout an enterprise ecosystem. The aim is to dynamically provide useful learning resources on demand, anywhere, in a learner-driven context and on a learner's schedule. This is particularly important for corporate learning providers in order to make it possible for organizations to transform learning into a strategic lever. As learning material scale up and longer instruction times become common, knowledge acquisition becomes time-dependent and is increasingly acquired on the fly due to considerable changes in today's know-how economy requirements. However, the process of inferring, communicating, and presenting context-aware learning resources to mobile learners poses new challenges to the research community. This is mainly due to the limitations of mobile technology (i.e. limited bandwidth on wireless networks, and limited resources on mobile devices), and to the lack of cognitive mobile-learning models (i.e. problems related to domain-knowledge representation and contextual information retrieval, time-constrained instruction, and human-computer interaction). This research program contributes toward solving some of the challenging problems in cognitive mobile-learning by making use of the progress in Semantic Web theory, e-learning standardization, and mobile computing. The approach is to develop a knowledge-centered framework based on ontological formulation that structures knowledge into meaningful content and creates an environment where software agents roaming around peer-to-peer learning object repositories can readily carry out sophisticated learning services discovery and compositions. The use of ontology aims at providing customized learning patterns which are delivered on-demand to the learner and/or combined with other patterns to form a self-adjusted learning route according to the learner's needs and available learning time.
In addition to the eighteen university researchers receiving grants, nine graduate students from Lakehead University have been awarded NSERC Postgraduate Scholarships. These scholarships are awarded to students engaged in Master's or Doctoral programs in the natural sciences or engineering across Canada on the basis of academic achievement. This financial support allows these scholars to fully concentrate on their studies and to seek out the best research mentors in their chosen fields.
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Lakehead University: NSERC Grants - 2007-2008
Total Grants: $2,003,346
New Discovery GrantsMorris, D.W., Department of Biology, "The Evolutionary and Population Ecology of Habitat Selection", $267,550
Spivak, G.J., Department of Chemistry, "Synthesis and Applications of Ruthenium Carbynes", $140,000
El Ocla, H.E.M., Department of Computer Science, "Radar Detection Systems of Targets in Random Media Using Wireless Network-based Communication System", $108,700
Alexandrov, D.G., Department of Electrical Engineering, "Excitons of the Structure and their Application for Design of Electron Devices", $81,000
Benlamri, R., Department of Software Engineering, "Framework for Context-Aware Mobile Learning", $75,000
Ulanova, M., Faculty of Medicine (West Campus), "Role Integrin Receptors in Recognition of Pathogen-associated Molecular Patterns and Innate Immunity", $140,000
Dang, Q.L., Faculty of Forestry and the Forest Environment, "Responses of Boreal Trees to Rising Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide Concentration", $35,000
Parker, W.H., Faculty of Forestry and the Forest Environment, "Seed Transfers of Boreal Conifers in an Uncertain Future Climate", $100,000
Fralick, P.W., Department of Geology, "Precambrian Sedimentary Assemblages: Keys to Understanding Ocean-atmosphere Evolution and Tectonic Processes on the Young Earth", $111,500
Hollings, P.N., Department of Geology, "Xenoliths in 2.7 Ga Diamondiferous Lamprophyres: a Record of Upper Mantle Compositions and Metasomatism During Orogeny", $121,200
Mitchell, R.H., Department of Geology, "Mineralogy and Petrology of Kimberlites and Alkaline Rocks", $242,450
McAuliffe, E., School of Kinesiology, "The Effect of Autonomic Nervous System Activation on Object- and Space-based Attention" $78,725
Sedov, A., Department of Mechanical Engineering, "Multi-modal Ultrasonic Nondestructive Evaluation with Phased Arrays", $50,000
De Guise, H., Department of Physics, "Applications of Algebraic Methods in Quantum Physics", $85,000
New Research Tools and Instruments (RTI) GrantsLiao, B., Department of Chemical Engineering, "A gas Chromatography for Biotechnology and Environmental Engineering Research at Lakehead University", $30,676.00
Tayebi, A.T., Department of Electrical Engineering, "Experimental Design of a Mono-ducted-fan VTOL Aircraft", $25,696.00
Liu, K., Department of Mechanical Engineering, "Experimental Facility for Research on Vibration Control and Fluid-structure Interactions", $22,444.00
Total value of new RTI Grants: $78,816
NSERC Strategic Project Grant (awarded during 2006-2007)Nirsdosh, I., Department of Chemical Engineering, "Arylhydroxamic Acids as New Flotation Collectors with Economic and Environmental Advantages Over Xanthates"
Total Value of new Strategic Project Grant: $288,405