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University’s new Canada Research Chair exploring the next frontier for smart devices

Dr. Khalid Elgazzar, the university's newest Canada Research Chair (pictured, below right), will explore The Internet of Things: the link between Internet-enabled computing devices (items such as kitchen appliances) and advancements in wireless technologies.
Dr. Khalid Elgazzar, the university's newest Canada Research Chair (pictured, below right), will explore The Internet of Things: the link between Internet-enabled computing devices (items such as kitchen appliances) and advancements in wireless technologies.

The rapid rise of the Internet since the 1990s has revolutionized culture, business and consumer products, and supported the advent of new technologies like ‘smart’ and wearable devices, as well as social media.

Today billions of devices–from electronics to coffee makers to jet engines–are plugged into to the Internet. The massive network of connected ‘things’ will change the way we live and work. For example, your refrigerator could leave you a message about needing to purchase groceries.

The question is: Where do we go from here?

Enter University of Ontario Institute of Technology researcher Khalid Elgazzar, PhD, the university’s new Canada Research Chair (CRC) in the Internet of Things (IoT).

Dr. Elgazzar, Assistant Professor with the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, explores the link between physical infrastructure and technology innovations. He aims to uncover new information on the expansion of Internet-enabled computing devices (things) and advancements in wireless technologies. His findings will have applications for the seamless interaction of ‘smart’ services in areas such as health care, transportation, industrial automation, emergency response and law enforcement. 

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Dr. Elgazzar understands user privacy concerns could inhibit the adoption of the IoT. His research includes developing a dynamic and robust authorization control system strictly adhering to privacy policies.

“The massive deployment of embedded computing devices can revolutionize the way people carry out everyday tasks,” says Dr. Elgazzar. “These devices must naturally respond to people’s explicit and implicit needs, without even paying attention to such interactions. To unleash the full potential of IoT, we must enable informed decisions on how to transform real-time sensor data into useful actions that help people live smarter, safer and more productive lives.”

Funding for the CRC is valued at $500,000 over five years.

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The Canada Research Chairs (CRC) program provides significant support to the University of Ontario Institute of Technology to enable research that will advance society by moving innovative ideas into tangible solutions. Our Chairs explore social, scientific and engineering challenges of importance to Ontario, Canada and the world. We celebrate the arrival of Dr. Khalid Elgazzar and believe his CRC research program will generate new knowledge and critical applications in the Internet of Things.
-Jennifer Freeman, Director, Office of Research Services, University of Ontario Institute of Technology

About the Canada Research Chairs program

Created in 2000, the Canada Research Chairs Program invests approximately $265 million per year to attract and retain some of the world's most accomplished and promising minds. Nearly 1,700 Canada Research Chair holders are working at over 70 post-secondary institutions across the country in a wide range of fields. Chairholders aim to achieve research excellence in engineering and the natural sciences, health sciences, humanities, and social sciences. Website: chairs-chaires.gc.ca

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University of Ontario institute of Technology
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bryan.oliver@uoit.ca

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About the University of Ontario Institute of Technology
The University of Ontario Institute of Technology advances the discovery and application of knowledge through a technology-enriched learning environment and the delivery of innovative market-driven programs responsive to the needs of students and industry. With more than 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in more than 90 programs, the university promotes social engagement, fosters critical thinking and integrates outcomes-based learning experiences inside and outside the classroom. The university's commitment to accelerating economic growth and social innovation is realized through faculty research collaborations with leading organizations such as Ontario Power Generation, IBM, The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) and the Durham Regional Police Service. To find out more, visit uoit.ca.

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