On Friday, October 12, through the Ignite program, Innovate BC awarded $944,600 to accelerate commercialization of innovative and technological research projects. Of that investment, a total of $841,500 was awarded to Simon Fraser University projects. To date, Innovate BC has awarded $4.3 million in Ignite funding since the program launched in 2016.
A mobile app that helps families manage the care of seniors living at home is being unveiled today (Oct. 1), National Seniors Day, at a launch event at Surrey’s Innovation Boulevard.
Created by Christina Chiu, a Simon Fraser University health sciences alumna and current UBC graduate student, the CareCrew app, known as Caren, enables users to share to-do lists and digitally log updates, while viewing and making changes to a plan of care that is personalized to seniors’ needs and preferences.
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 Canadians to inform, the Innovation Agenda’s areas for national action.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.