In what will be become Canada’s first research and training program for the people behind multi-sensor systems like driverless vehicles and sensor dependent systems, UBC Okanagan is joining researchers from the University of Calgary and Royal Military College of Canada to undertake the initiative.
Richard Klukas is an associate professor in the School of Engineering whose research focuses on wireless positioning and navigation.
Klukas will collaborate with the program’s lead researcher, Naser El-Sheimy, from the University of Calgary.
“This program allows us to work together with our partner institutions — and with industry — to meet the requirements for the next generation.” Says El-Sheimy. The program will offer management and entrepreneurial training along with workshops designed to encourage student and industry interaction.
For Klukas, the opportunity to share his expertise in the areas of optical, ultra-wideband and wifi signals and sensors for positioning and navigation is very exciting. “By bringing together expertise from across the country, “says Klukas “we’re ensuring that the workforce of tomorrow will be well-equipped with the tools and knowledge to succeed.”
Klukas will also be collaborating with Kyle O’Keefe, a professor of geomatics engineering at the University of Calgary, on a vehicle-to-vehicle positioning project using ultra wide-band radio technology.
The initiative will be Canada’s first research and training program focused on multi-sensor systems (MSS) technology applications and analytics.
The program is funded by a grant from the Collaborative Research and Training Experience (CREATE) through the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).