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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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Leading experts in adaptive aerodynamics, and trustworthiness in artificial intelligence join Ontario Tech’s research team

From left: Dr. Horia Hangan, Canada Research Chair in Adaptive Aerodynamics, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science; and Dr. Peter Lewis, Canada Research Chair in Trustworthy Artificial Intelligence, Faculty of Business and Information Technology.
From left: Dr. Horia Hangan, Canada Research Chair in Adaptive Aerodynamics, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science; and Dr. Peter Lewis, Canada Research Chair in Trustworthy Artificial Intelligence, Faculty of Business and Information Technology.

Ontario Tech University’s mandate to explore technology for greater societal good and nationally acclaimed research leadership is getting a major boost this year with the addition of two newly appointed Canada Research Chairs (CRC).

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada will fund both new Ontario Tech CRCs, which expand the university’s CRC portfolio to 11 specific research disciplines*. They will also receive additional infrastructure support for their work through the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s (CFI) John R. Evans Leaders Fund. The CFI is providing close to $6.9 million in research infrastructure funding to new and renewed Canada Research Chairs across the country.

New Ontario Tech CRC spotlights

Horia Hangan, PhD
Tier 1 CRC in Adaptive Aerodynamics
Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science

Dr. Hangan’s international expertise is in ‘bluff body’ aerodynamics: objects that because of their shape have separated airflow over substantial parts of their surface (such as generic cylinders, cubes, spheres or vehicles).  

This CRC will develop novel on-vehicle weather-data collection systems to investigate the physics of the impact of weather stressors (wind, rain, snow and fog) on autonomous vehicles (AVs). He will collaborate extensively with Ontario Tech’s ACE Climatic Wind Tunnel as well as the university’s Environment Canada Meteorological Supersite at Windfields Farm.  

“Through on-road testing and physical simulations in ACE, we will develop weather design cases to improve AV aerodynamics, safety, and sensor functionality,” says Dr. Hangan. “These design cases will inform the AV industry in Canada, elevate the safety of AVs, and accelerate AV implementation in regions with harsh weather conditions.”

Dr. Hangan becomes the university’s fourth-ever Tier 1 CRC (previous recipients Dr. Douglas Holdway; Dr. Greg Naterer; Dr. Adam Dubrowski). He comes to Ontario Tech from Western University in London, Ontario.

Peter Lewis, PhD
Tier 2 CRC in Trustworthy Artificial Intelligence (AI)
Faculty of Business and Information Technology

Whether or not we’re aware of it, AI technology is deeply embedded in our everyday lives, from our vehicles and homes, to our workplaces, as well as media and government. But how and when do humans decide to trust these AI systems? A phenomenal worldwide effort aims to unlock the benefits of AI across society, business and the economy. Yet embedding AI in society presents a complex mix of technical and social challenges, raising questions around its responsible use and trustworthiness. Dr. Lewis explores the intersection of these issues, bringing his expertise in computational self-awareness and trust to the design, development, and adoption of AI.  

“This CRC will develop a new generation of trustworthy AI technologies with reflective capabilities, able to model and reason about their congruence with social norms and values as well as their own trustworthiness,” says Dr. Lewis. “Aligned with Ontario Tech’s vision of ‘tech with a conscience’, industry-academia collaboration will support responsible adoption of trustworthy AI.”

He arrives at Ontario Tech from Aston University in Birmingham, England.   

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“Ontario Tech University is proud of the legacy of cutting-edge discovery of its Canada Research Chairs. CRCs are national and international leaders in their specific areas of expertise. Our new research chairs in adaptive aerodynamics and trustworthy artificial intelligence exemplify the university’s commitment to excellence in evidence-based scholarship and pursuit of new knowledge and solutions related to major societal issues.”
-Dr. Les Jacobs, Vice-President, Research and Innovation, Ontario Tech University

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About the CRC program

The CRC program is a tri-agency initiative of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Canada’s national funding bodies. 

  • Tier 1 Chairs are outstanding researchers acknowledged by their peers as world leaders in their fields. Valued at $1.4 million, appointments are for seven years and are renewable once.
  • Tier 2 Chairs recognize exceptional emerging researchers, acknowledged by their peers as having the potential to lead in their field. Valued at $500,000, appointments are for five years and renewable once.

Website: chairs-chaires.gc.ca

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Ontario Tech University
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