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.
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.
After 20 years as an Indigenous graphic designer and consultant, Michelle Nahanee returned to school to pursue a master of arts degree in communication at Simon Fraser University.
Her thesis, “Decolonizing Identity: Indian girl to Squamish Matriarch”, examines the naming conventions she grew up with and how these contributed to her identity as a Squamish person. One example, she says, is the renaming of her community from Mission Indian Reserve #1 to Eslha7án.
Health experts from Canada and India converged on SFU’s Surrey campus over the weekend to share details on how innovation and technology are advancing health care in these countries.
Organized by the Canada India Network Society (CINS) and co-hosted by Fraser Health and SFU, the 3rd CINI conference (also held in 2014 and 2010) focused on Health Civil Society: Building links between Canada and India via Sustainable Health through Patient engagement, social innovation and technology.