30 September 2008

Research and Innovation Rounds

Office of Research and Innovation’s Research Rounds - Oct. 8

What do 3D learning objects, intercultural competency, interactive voice recognition and eye-capturing candy shape have to do with college research?

Come find out on October 8th at the Office of Research and Innovation’s Research Rounds. Following the presentations we will be announce the winners of our second round of GBC Seed Funding.

Date: October 8, 2008
Time: 11 am to 1:00 pm
Location: Photography Studio (room 108), School of Design, 230 Richmond St. East, James Campus (map)
Lunch: to follow the presentations

Space is limited, so please RSVP by October 3, 2008 to

23 September 2008

ORION and CANARIE sponsoring “Powering Innovation – a National Summit”

“Powering Innovation – a National Summit”, in Toronto Nov. 3 and 4, 2008.

ORION, Ontario’s advanced research and education network, and CANARIE, Canada’s Advanced Network, are co-hosting the conference, which will focus on research and innovation enabled by new and advanced technologies.

This is a rare opportunity to meet and network with researchers, CIOs, top educators, tech industry partners and government representatives from across Canada. Hear best-selling author of Innovation Nation, Dr. John Kao; celebrated physicist and chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley Dr. Robert J. Birgeneau; advanced visualization guru Dr. Chaomei Chen, of Philadelphia’s Drexel University; and many more. Don’t miss “A Boom with View” with the Ontario College of Art & Design’s Sara Diamond; or Dr. Gail Anderson and her talk on forensic science research, or CBC Radio’s Nora Young.

Join us for engaging sessions on cyberinfrastructure; the greening of IT; the march towards applications in the “cloud”; innovative visualization technologies; teaching and learning in a web 2.0 universe; commercializing innovation; and more. Interact with exhibitors and showcases from the latest in holographic 3D imaging, to IP-based television platforms, to the latest in super advanced networking.

Register by Sept. 30 and save over $50.00. Special discounts are also offered to ORION and CANARIE-member institutions.

Learn more and consult the latest updates to the Summit program at www.orioncanariesummit.ca.

10 September 2008

Open Source IP

An article today about the Intellectual Property (IP) system calls for the open source model of technology development to be used by the drug development community. McGill University's Richard Gold of the Centre for Intellectual Property Policy at McGill University. Open sourcing IP through collaborative engagement fits with technology development business models using the principles of open access. Wider diffusion could feasibly result in drug patents. The push behind this kind of open source learning or "crowdsourcing" reflects current trends in collaborating to compete as one avenue for fostering innovation.