Ph.D. scholarship available on Cognitive Orthesis with Augmented reality

I’m currently offering a Ph.D. scholarship for 4 years within the Ph.D. program in Cognitive Computing. Here are the details :

Title: Augmented Reality Cognitive Orthesis for Assistance in Activities of Daily Life

Program: Doctorate in cognitive computing (Ph. D.) from Télé-Université du Québec (TÉLUQ) and Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), Montreal, Canada. See program description here: www.dic.uqam.ca

Director: Charles Gouin-Vallerand, Associate Professor of Computer Science, Director of the LICEF Research Centre, Télé-Université du Québec 

Description: With the growth of new mobile and intelligent technologies and the connectivity of objects such as smart phones, tablets and smart glasses, Augmented Reality (AR) is increasingly within reach. This enables the provision of information associated with the users’ environment, by affixing virtual contents to real physical objects. With the integration of context- awareness and activity recognition, it is possible to provide dynamic and adapted assistance to the users to help them in their daily life activities, in the form of cognitive orthesis. For example, to help people with cognitive deficits (e. g. Alzheimer’ s) to move around and be more independent in their activities of the daily life.

Ph.D. thesis candidates will have several challenges to overcome both on the computer science and ergonomics side. It will be necessary to integrate and develop new techniques for the recognition of the activity. Strategies and techniques to assist with AR must take into account several factors: mental load, techniques of user interactions vs. virtual content, effect of cognitive biases, etc. The resolution of these scientific challenges is a priority to the commercialisation and democratisation of cognitive ortheses by augmented reality.

As part of his or her thesis, the candidate will join a research team at the LICEF Research Centre (licef.teluq.ca) composed of post-doctoral researchers and doctoral candidates in research fields such as data mining, human-machine interactions, mobile computing and ubiquitous computing.

Wanted profile: Master’s degree in computer science (Canada) or computer science, with expertise in augmented reality, mobile computing, diffuse computing (ubiquitous computing), computer environments for human learning and/or human-machine interactions. People with a background in ergonomics will be considered if they have a thorough knowledge of computer science (programming and AI). Fluency in English and French, both written and spoken, is required.

Funding: Research scholarship available for 4 years of $21,000 cnd/year. TÉLUQ University also offers support scholarships for doctoral students, based on student progress, for a total of $7K (https://www.teluq.ca/site/universite/bourses.php).

Deadline for applications: Applications will begin to be evaluated from 5 January 2018.

Required documents: cover letter, curriculum vitae, master’ s/master’s transcript and at least one letter of recommendation

Contact: Charles.Gouin-Vallerand@teluq.ca

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Carton.mobi Project

Since a little bit more than a year, my team (mostly my Ph.D. student Damien Brun Landry), me and Sébastien Georges (Prof. at Université du Maine, France) are working on a new hardware and software augmented reality prototype : the Carton.mobi project. It is a DIY and OpenSource AR Headset, inspired from the Google Cardboard project (Carton meaning “cardboard” in french).

This project was supported by 2 startups : L’Ile Imagin’air and 44 Screens; and by the NSERC.

Here is some press release on the project :

You can get involved in the project here : http://www.carton.mobi and the facebook page : https://www.facebook.com/cartonmobi.

Here is the first paper presented at MoMM’16 : http://r-libre.teluq.ca/1029/

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Guten Tag from Salzburg, Austria

I had the opportunity to present our work (with Perrine Ruer and Evelyne Vallières) about a coaching system to increase the awareness of senior drivers about their driving fatigue at the conference Persuasive Technologies 2016. The conference was really nice, thanks to the organizers!

Here is a link to the paper (on the Springer LNCS website) or to the TELUQ’s R-libre repository.

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Project funded by Datawind and MITACS

I’m really happy to announce that with my colleagues Richard Hotte (TELUQ/LICEF), Emmanuel Duplàa (UOttawa) and Michael Gardoni (ETS), we received from the MITACS and the IT company Datawind Inc. a funding of 200k$ for a project on the development of learning mobile application dedicated to the children of developing countries. Here is the official press release. The team around this project includes 2 Postdocs, 5 Ph.D. and 2 master students.

In this project, I will more specifically work on the design and the evaluation of children-tablet interactions based on the learning scenarios developed by the project team. These interaction designs will be context-aware and adapted to the capabilities of the learners (i.e. children).

DATAWIND is a leading provider of wireless web access products and services. Based on several international patents, DATAWIND’s breakthrough technologies solve the bandwidth limitations of cellular networks by accelerating content delivery by factors of 10x to 30x – resulting in a superior mobile web experience at a lower cost. Most recently, DATAWIND’s Aakash/UbiSlate tablets have received worldwide attention, as the company executes a vision to empower the next 3 billion people with computing and internet access. (Official description!)

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Konichiwa from ACM Ubicomp 2015

In the context of the Human Behavior Understanding workshop (www.cmpe.boun.edu.tr/hbu/2015/) at ACM Ubicomp 2015 in Osaka, Japan,  my Ph.D. student Mehdi Boukhechba and my colleague from the LIARA lab @ UQAC published a paper on an online user’s activity prediction system that is able to support the concept drift. Here is the link to download the paper : http://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-319-24195-1_8 

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A new laboratory on Smart Cities and Mobile Computing is born!

Finally, after the official announcement of the CFI (Innovation Canada) made today, I can also officially announce that I received 887 000$cad (329k$ from Innovation Canada, 329k$ from the Quebec Superior Education, Research, Science and Technologies department and 227k$ from private funding) for the acquisition of a laboratory on smart cities and mobile computing, which will be called LIMVI (in french Laboratoire de recherche en Informatique Mobile et Villes Intelligentes). The team around this funding is composed by me (main investigator), Évelyne Vallières from LICEF/TELUQ, Bruno Bouchard from UQAC, Sylvain Giroux from Université de Sherbrooke and Dragos Vieru from LICEF/TELUQ.

With this funding, we will acquire 3 groups of components:

  1. a mobile laboratory i.e. an highly equipped and adapted recreational vehicle to conduct studies and validations directly in urban environments;
  2. several wireless sensor nodes + sensors for urban deployment
  3. a fleet of wireless devices (smart phones and tablets) for development and field experimentations.

This research infrastructure is unique in Canada and will help my team and my colleagues involved to develop new assistive technologies for users in urban environments that are context-aware and adapted to user profiles. These assistive technologies will mainly aim to improving the quality of life of seniors and persons with special needs in their activities of daily living in the smart urban environments.

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Paper presentation at Momm 2013 in Vienna, Austria

On December 2nd, I had the honor to break the ice and be the first presenter in the Context-Awareness track on the ACM International Conference on Advances in Mobile Computing and Multimedia (MoMM2013), Vienna, Austria.

The reference to my paper is :

  • Gouin-Vallerand Charles, Jesus Alberto Montero De la Cruz, “Analysis of a context-aware recommender system model for smart urban environment”, In Proceeding of the 2013 ACM Conference on Advances in Mobile Computing and Multimedia (MoMM2013), Vienna, Austria, December 2013
And you can take a look at my Prezi presentation : http://prezi.com/2cykx09mlnou/?utm_campaign=share&utm_medium=copy&rc=ex0share
I had fun to visits the several Christmas market and drank cups of Gluhwein. Cheers !

 

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FCAA-Quebec project on road safety with elders

I’m pretty proud to announce that my colleagues and I (Prof. Evelyne Vallières, Daniel Lemire and Richard Hotte) signed an agreement for a research project with the Foundation of the Canadian Automobile Association (CAA), division Québec, for 180k$ for 2013 to 2015. This project will focus on the effects of fatigue (tiredness) on elder drivers (55+ … I know that people between 55 and 65 don’t want to be categorized as “elders” :-) ) and will study retroaction methods, based on a coaching approach, to increase the self-awareness of the drivers face to their driving behaviors. Personnally, I will work on the Computer Science part of the project, where we will build drivers’ models based on the car, contextual and users’ information. We are currently experimenting different machine learning algorithms with prototype data from the car and a driver (me !).

This research project will extensively use the “Smart” car LISA (french acronym for smart laboratory on road security), a car full of sensors, camera and facial recognition systems, which is financed by the CFI (Nomade Project, 400k$).

I will post more info on this exciting project in the next months, so stay tuned!

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Talk : “Ambient Intelligence at the service of dependant people”

I was giving this morning (March 7) a talk on my researches at the University of Quebec at Montreal (UQAM) for the Ph.D. student in Cognitive Computer Science, entitled “L’intelligence ambiante au service des personnes dépendantes” or if you prefer :  “The Ambient Intelligence at the service of dependant people”.

You can look at my slides at : http://prezi.com/fzky2afrlipe/seminaire_dic_7mars  They are only in french !

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New job and new blog

After 5-6 years of post-graduate education between the Quebec and France, 1 year of Postdoc at CMU in Pittsburgh and 2 marvelous kids, I finally reach my goal : get a position as professor in computer science in a university in Quebec, the Télé-Université du Québec.

Sometime, it’s fun to remember all the path I followed to reach this goal and all the people (mostly my family …) asking when I would finally get a job (for a lot of them, doing research during a Ph.D. is not a job). I can officially say that at 31 years old, I have my first official job ! (internship and student job doesn’t count ;) )

Ok, enough talk about that. Let me introduce this new website and blog. In that blog, you will find all the information about my research interests, projects, publications and topics I will write, from computer science to research in general, maybe a little bit about politic and surely some stuff about my next trips (conferences or not). You will probably notice several english grammatical errors in my future posts, I apologize, french being my first language, I’m still working to improve my english (even if I wrote several scientific papers in english). So, stay tune and don’t forget to submit comments !

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