In our increasingly digital future, where new technology is transforming the way we access information, shop, live, socialize and work, how are Canadians positioned to thrive?
Enter the Innovation Agenda, launched in 2016 by the Government of Canada to make innovation a national priority. Simon Fraser University’s Director of Entrepreneurship, Sarah Lubik, was selected as one of 10 innovation leaders tasked with helping form—and engage with Canadians to inform—the Innovation Agenda’s areas for national action.
Strains of the HIV virus have mutated in Saskatchewan, placing individuals who contract HIV in the province in danger of quickly progressing to life-threatening, AIDS-defining illnesses if they are not taking HIV antiretroviral therapy.
Simon Fraser University has been awarded the 2018 Sustainability Innovation Award in Facilities Management at this year’s APPA Annual Conference in Washington D.C. The award recognizes the institution’s efforts to implement a standardized four-stream Zero Waste system uniformly across all three campuses.
“As SFU continues to advance sustainability into all aspects of the university, it is an honor to be recognized for innovation in sustainability by our fellow university facilities family,” says Todd Gattinger, director of maintenance and operations at Facilities Services.
A research team from SFU’s School of Interactive Arts and Technology (SIAT) has come up with a way to replace the use of ‘blurring’ faces in news reports when anonymity is needed. The team's method uses artificial intelligence (AI) techniques that aim to improve visuals while amplifying emotions tied to the story.
Could a few seconds of warning be enough to mitigate the devastation of an impending earthquake? Tiny sensors being developed in a Simon Fraser University lab could help to give a pre-emptive head’s up, enough to secure critical infrastructure, such as bridges or power lines, and potentially, save lives.
Researchers in professor Behraad Bahreyni’s Intelligent Sensing Laboratory at SFU’s Surrey campus are creating ultra-sensitive accelerometers—tiny microsystems (less than 1cm2) that are capable of capturing the most sensitive seismic activities.
Last year Simon Fraser University received designation as an Ashoka U Changemaker Campus for its commitment to social innovation leadership. This honour doesn’t come lightly, as there are currently just over 40 institutions globally that have received the designation — SFU is the first university in British Columbia to be designated.
Simon Fraser University and Nanotech Security have joined forces to commission a $4.5-million electron beam lithography system at SFU’s 4D LABS.
The JEOL Election Beam Lithography (EBL) system establishes SFU as the first university in Western Canada to benefit from its capabilities, which include creating nanotechnology up to 10,000 times smaller than a human hair.
On June 14th the 2018 FIFA World Cup will be underway in Russia, with 32 International Teams competing in the month-long tournament for the ultimate prize in world football. Tens of millions of fans will be cheering for their teams across the globe with many of them competing in various online fantasy leagues, which often include cash prizes.
That’s why SFU startup FootyStats is providing fans and fantasy soccer players free access to its advanced World Cup analytics, so that they can get an edge in predicting the outcome of games using data and statistics.
A member of the Cayuga Nation from Six Nations of the Grand River in Ontario, Jonathan Boron grew up with with first-hand knowledge of the struggle Indigenous communities experience in regaining rights to their territories. That’s why he wanted to study environmental law.
Instead, however, the new alumnus is graduating this month with a master of resource management from SFU’s Faculty of Environment and has won a dean’s graduate scholarship worth $84,000 to continue with a PhD over four years.