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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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Ontario Tech researcher Dr. Ahmad Barari appointed to major international engineering leadership post

Manufacturing currently in massive transformation thanks to the integration of smart technologies

Dr. Ahmad Barari, Associate Professor, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, Ontario Tech University.
Dr. Ahmad Barari, Associate Professor, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, Ontario Tech University.

The Austrian-based International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC) announces the appointment of Dr. Ahmad Barari of Ontario Tech University as Vice-Chair of IFAC’s Technical Committee (TC 5.1) on Manufacturing Plant Control.

Dr. Barari is an Associate Professor of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering with Ontario Tech’s Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science.

The international TC 5.1 committee has a leadership role in research, development and dissemination of knowledge in the area of future manufacturing and the creation of societal values for sustainable development. The committee aims to bridge the chasm between needs of the industry and academic research, to help drive economic prosperity. 

Founded in Paris in 1957, IFAC is the worldwide organization tasked with promoting the science and technology of automatic control in all systems including engineering, physical, biological, social or economic, in both theory and application. Automatic control, or automation, is technology used to control devices or processes with reduced or minimal direct human intervention. The innovations in this area lead to safer, more intelligent, more sustainable and more efficient industrial operations.

IFAC is also concerned with the impact of control technology on society.  Applications include the design and operation of systems that solve a wide range of societal issues in sectors such as health care, energy, environment, food, security, disasters and pandemic response.

TC5.1 is investigating and developing ‘Next Generation Manufacturing’ and ‘Industry 4.0’ (also known as the ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’) visions to help manufactures adapt to rapid change and integrate new technologies, such as intelligent cyber-physical systems, digitalization, intelligent robots and cobots, artificial intelligence, digital twins, autonomous drones, 3D printing, and more. TC 5.1 will meet the intelligent cyber-physical and digital manufacturing needs of industry for reliable and efficient product development.