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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