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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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Investigating transportation electrification; and what our online activities say about today’s culture

Packed room takes in 2016 Research Excellence Award Speaker Series

2016 UOIT Research Excellence Awards Speaker Series, Science Building (March 23, 2016).
2016 UOIT Research Excellence Awards Speaker Series, Science Building (March 23, 2016).

How ‘green’ are clean energy technologies? What patterns can we extrapolate from the massive ocean of data society generates online each and every day?

These were just some of the topics examined March 23 by two Canada Research Chairs at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) as the Office of the Vice-President, Research, Innovation and International hosted the Research Excellence Award Speaker Series. 

The event featured the two recipients of the 2015 UOIT Research Excellence Award:

Dr. Collins, Canada Research Chair in Linguistic Information Visualization discussed how his research lab investigates language data to provide insights into culture and society.

Our ability to communicate through language is often considered the hallmark of humanity. Through language data, we leave traces of our individual personalities and our culture online. From the secret language of passwords, to the public broadcast of social media, Dr. Collins’ team has created interactive visualizations for exploring and revealing patterns in language data.

Dr.  Williamson, Canada Research Chair in Electric Energy Storage Systems for Transportation Electrification, showcased the launch and current status of the university’s new research program on transportation electrification and electric energy storage systems. He also introduced the university’s new, one-of-a-kind Advanced Storage Systems and Electric Transportation (ASSET) research facility. The university’s research initiatives within the newly established Smart Transportation Electrification and Energy Research (STEER) group have the potential to provide a significant link for future progress concerning efficiency and performance improvement of electric transportation and personal e-mobility vehicles.