University of Calgary

Department of Computer Science hunts for research challenges

UToday HomeApril 12, 2013

By Marie-Helene Thibeault

The Department of Computer Science invites industry partners to submit research challengesThe Department of Computer Science invites industry partners to submit research challenges in anticipation of its May 9 Industry Day, held on the main campus. Photo courtesy Department of Computer ScienceWhen academics partner with industry to solve concrete problems, the sky is the limit.

At least, that’s what the University of Calgary’s Department of Computer Science is hoping to demonstrate on May 9 with Industry Day, an annual event organized to promote linkages between the university and the ICT industry in Alberta.

“We think it’s a win-win situation when we leverage the expert knowledge of our researchers to address challenges that could potentially result in improvement of real business projects,” explained event chair Guenther Ruhe.

“As an added benefit of this initiative, industry challenges might raise a question a researcher has not yet considered and is interested in working on,” he added.

While the Department of Computer Science’s annual Industry Day will offer attendees an opportunity to discuss submitted research challenges, the event is also intended to showcase latest IT-related research in the form of poster and oral presentations.

University of Calgary professors Zongpeng Li, Jeff Boyd and Mario Costa Sousa will address topics such as data-driven computing, computational media design, and visualization innovations for the O&G sector.

Industry guest speakers at this year’s event will include Peter Garrett, president of Calgary Innovates, who will address the state of IT entrepreneurism in Calgary, and Rob Eastick from CMG, who will offer an overview of partnership opportunities between industry and academia.

Throughout the morning event, industry partners, academics and students will be encouraged to learn, network, and discuss current IT innovations and challenges as well as future trends.

The presentations will be followed by a best poster award and an open discussion on the research challenges submitted by industry members.

Research challenges should reflect real-world business projects and be linked to areas of particular interest such as advanced database systems, biological modeling and visualization, computer graphics and games, digital media and computer games, networking, human-computer interaction, information security and cryptography, programming languages, software development and evolution, spatial analysis and interactive computing.

Submitted research challenges with high feasibility have the potential of being eligible for an NSERC Engage grant. This federally-funded program supports research projects that specifically foster collaboration between industry and academia.

Industry partners are invited to submit research challenges prior to May 2 at:

For more information concerning the Department of Computer Science’s Industry Day, please visit:


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