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INSTITUTE    FOR   COMPUTING,   INFORMATION    AND    COGNITIVE    SYSTEMS    ♦ I • C • I ♦ C • S
THE     UNIVERSITY     OF     BRITISH     COLUMBIA
Coordinating Response to Quell Catastrophe
ICICS and UBC are major players in an expansive research program designed to integrate the
disaster response of Canada's vital infrastructure networks.
► Disaster Response
► Infrastructure
Interdependency
► Interlinking Systems
Imagine a lovely afternoon stroll
back to the office after a leisurely
lunch. Suddenly the earth
shudders. Everywhere is the sound
of breaking glass, metal scraping
metal, walls falling. Car alarms
drown out screaming. A fallen
power line ignites a broken gas
main. Electrical, telecommunication and transportation systems
all grind to a halt. Hospitals and
emergency services are unable to
cope as the city succumbs to the
chaos of disaster.
This is exactly the kind of
scenario that the new Joint
Infrastructure Interdependencies
Research Program (JIIRP) aims to
avoid. Funded by the National
Sciences and Engineering Research
Council (NSERC) and the Public
Safety and Emergency Preparedness
Canada, the $2.98-million initiative involves six partner-projects at
universities across Canada.
Continued on page 2
1: Alejandro Cervantes, 2: Konstantin Beznosov, 3: Juri Jatskevich, 4: Gary Poole, 5: Brian Klinkenberg, 6: Carlos Ventura,
7: Hafiz Abdur Rahman, 8: Jose Marti, 9: Tamara Munzner, 10: KD Srivastava, 11: Jorge Hollman, 12: Kafui Monu
Fall 2005 Vol. 16, No. 2
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Honing Human-Computer Communication.... 3   Managing Metadata 7
Building on Success 4   Modulating Peaceful Coexistence 8
New ICICS/CS Addition Unveiled 5-6   Passing Notes 10 ICICS
Director's Corner
JIIRP: Continued from page 1
It has been an exciting six months. In
July 2005 we unveiled the new ICICS/CS
addition, the physical culmination of the
ICICS vision to create a world-class
interdisciplinary, human-centred technology
institute. By bringing together more
researchers under one roof, the new
laboratory, office and classroom space
facilitates collaboration, learning and teaching
across disciplines.
Our cover story in this issue of Focus
features an ICICS team's contribution to a
major national initiative to integrate the
disaster response of Canada's infrastructure
networks. Led by electrical and computer
engineer Jose Marti, the 13-member group
will use ICICS's new Interactive Workroom
to develop real-time simulation tools for
disaster response.
In this issue we also profile four recent
ICICS members. New Computer Science
head William Aiello, who came to UBC
from industry, describes his vision for a
burgeoning department in a time of flux.
Computer scientist Giuseppe Carenini's
work in computational linguistics,
human-computer interaction and information
visualization is helping to develop computer
systems that support decision making.
Electrical and computer engineer Lutz Lampe
uses communication theory to test the limits
of wireless transmission and to design
technologies for bandwidth sharing.
Computer scientist Rachel Pottinger's
research in metadata management will help
solve the problems that companies face
when they want to integrate information
from an array of databases.
We hope you enjoy this issue of FOCUS
and we look forward to telling you more
about our new facilities and research in
upcoming issues.
Rabab Ward, ICICS Director
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ICICS member and Electrical
■   and Computer Engineering professor
Jose Marti leads the largest of the six
projects—Decision Making for Critical
Linkages in Infrastructure Networks
with funding of $1.1 million. Major
industry partners include BC Hydro,
BC Transmission Corp., TELUS,
the GRVD, and Vancouver Airport
Authority.
"Most major infrastructure
companies have well-defined internal
plans of how to deal with emergencies,
but there is not enough development
in coordinating these plans," says
Marti. In a situation such as an
earthquake, tsunami or terrorist attack,
the disaster response of all essential
services and utilities must be
coordinated in real-time to minimize
loss of life and damage to communities.
The researchers in Marti's group
are world leaders in developing
real-time simulation tools for large,
extensive systems and complicated
events. Along with Prof. Marti, the
group includes ICICS members
Philippe Kruchten, Konstantin
Beznosov, Jeffrey Joyce, Juri Jatskevich,
KD Srivastava (Electrical and
Computer Engineering); Kelly Booth,
Tamara Munzner and Richard
Rosenberg (Computer Science);
Carson Woo (Commerce); as well
as UBC professors Gary Poole
(Psychology); earthquake expert Carlos
Ventura (Mechanical Engineering);
and geographical information systems
researcher Brian Klinkenberg
(Geography).
Critical Links and Human
Decision Making
"The most critical part for us is
to understand where and how all of
these infrastructures are linked and
therefore become interdependent and
vulnerable," Marti says. With the world
coming to BC's doorstep for the 2010
Olympics, coordinated real-time
emergency preparedness of our hydro,
telecommunications, transportation,
water and other critical infrastructure
systems is essential.
The other major challenge is to
integrate human decision making with
the simulation of events as they are
unfolding. In a rapidly-developing
disaster situation, there may not be
enough time to implement the best
decision model. "We need to model
decision-making processes in a
dynamically changing environment
where each decision would have
consequences in certain locations at
certain times," emphasizes Marti.
Integration after Deregulation
Traditionally, public power
companies in Canada have managed
every aspect of electric power delivery,
from generation to transmission and
distribution. With deregulation, each
of these areas is managed separately.
"While one goal is to promote the
development of small, distributed
generation as a better economic and
environmental alternative to large-scale
coal or nuclear power generation,
deregulation also increases the
challenges of mitigating the risk of
blackouts and coordinating the disaster
response," says Marti, who also leads
the Power Systems Group at UBC.
Adding Insight to the Picture
"Although the power system's
control centre is well developed, a
lot of information is delivered in a
text-based form," says Marti. When a
catastrophe occurs, the time it takes to
interpret this information is crucial.
Powerful computational tools and
processing algorithms are not enough.
Clear and comprehensive visualization
is needed to prioritize the complex
hierarchy of decisions involved in
managing a catastrophic event.
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Jose Marti can be reached at
604.822.2364 or jrms@ece.ubc.ca
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FOCUS Honing Human-Computer Communication
New ICICS member Giuseppe Carenini combines research in computational linguistics,
human-computer interaction and information visualization to develop computer systems that
effectively support decision making.
► Computational Linguistics
► Human-Computer Interaction
► Information Visualization
How do we understand and create
language, and why is this of interest to
computer scientists? Filtering information,
generating evaluative arguments, or
influencing and aiding decision making
are all tasks that we perform in language.
They are also key tasks for computers.
However, the language skills we take for
granted are difficult to translate into binary
code. Computational linguistics is an
area of computer science that models
how humans interpret and generate
language—from building words to ordering
and combining them into sentences to
express meaning about objects and
events in time and space.
Breaking the Bottleneck
"The bottleneck in computer-
supported decision making is the ability
of computers to convey information to
humans and vice versa," says ICICS   1
member Giuseppe Carenini. "If we can
enable a computer to communicate using
natural language, particularly in
combination with graphics, we should
be much closer to realizing interactive   .
decision making."
There is a growing interest in this
field, as more and more people make
decisions by relying on large amount of
text-based information available on the
Web. Summarization is a key aspect of
Carenini's work. It involves taking
thousands of documents on a specific
topic, such as customer reviews, extracting
key information and summarizing it in
knowledge-intensive ways that are
tailored to user preferences. When
buying a digital camera, for example,
you would like to know whether—and
why—other people liked or disliked any
specific feature you were interested in.
This could range from brand, price and
megapixels to LCD size, camera weight
or white balance.
"When we make decisions, we try
to simplify the situation so it becomes
easier. The value of this technology is to
ensure that we consider all the information
that is relevant to us, and not just focus
on an arbitrary subset of information,"
says Carenini. Buying a house or vacation
package are other examples of major
purchases where online tools are
increasingly relied upon to provide
information used in decision making.
Value Charting User Preference
"The advantage of using language
models is that you can tailor them to what
people want, or know," Carenini notes.
Building user preferences into the system
includes modelling human reasoning,
preference and inference. "In some ways
computational linguistics is a subfield of
AI and AI is a subfield of computational
linguistics," says Carenini, who is also a
member of the LCI group and an associate
member of the IMAGER Lab at UBC.
His work also incorporates value charts,
which use graphic visualization and interactive techniques to display linear models—a
mathematical tool used in decision analysis.
Continued on page 9
Fall 2005 Building on Success
o has assumed the position of Head of Computer Science at an exciting time in the
department's history—inheriting new facilities, high enrolment and world-renowned faculty.
After sixteen years in industry, ICICS
member William Aiello returned to
academia nine months ago to take the helm
of UBC's Department of Computer Science
at a very exciting time. Aiello left his position
as director of Network Security at AT&T
to head a department of 53 faculty members, 200 graduate students, 900 under-
grads, and 35 staff members. He seems to
be taking this quantum leap in stride.
"It is quite remarkable that we have
increased our enrolment of undergrad
students, whereas averages for the rest of
North America have decreased by 15 to 20
percent as a result of the dot.com fallout."
Aiello credits the department's success to
its excellent faculty, strong international
reputation, and to the provincial
government's Double the Opportunity
Initiative (DTO), intended to double the
number of CS and ECE graduates in BC.
Although Aiello admits that DTO has put
considerable pressure on the department in
terms of space, teaching and administrative
resources, he says "now that the new
buildings are complete, it is time to
absorb the change and see what we can
improve upon."
With a background in physics,
applied mathematics (a PhD from MIT)
and a career in network and computer
security, Aiello is at home in a field that is
increasingly complex and interdisciplinary.
Computer security cuts across all aspects
of computer science and industry. "The
software market has been mostly driven
by functionality and price without a high
priority historically placed on security
issues, so if you are now working in
security you are practically tripping over
problems," he says, "and that keeps the
work exciting."
Computer Science—the New Physics
Post WWII, every scientist or engineer
had to have some knowledge of physics.
"One of the exciting things about computer science is that it is a
discipline that affects every single aspect of modern life: commerce, medicine,
engineering, science, government, the arts,you name it."
Today the other essential common
discipline is computer science. Every
researcher uses computers as a tool in a
central way, notes Aiello, but the impacts
of computer science run much deeper.
Early work in areas such as statistics, coding
theory and information theory wasn't
concerned with how much computing
time would be required to model and
compute solutions to problems. "As theory
becomes richer and more complex, most
disciplines have adopted combinatorial
and algorithmic viewpoints that take into
account the feasibility of computations,"
Aiello explains. "So the way in which
computer science is affecting the
foundations of other disciplines is very
exciting,"
Building Space and Community
Incorporating this expansive vision
of computer science into research and
teaching is one of Aiello's main goals.
The interdisciplinary mandate of ICICS
has created a research environment that
has opened up exciting opportunities for
computer scientists to work with
researchers across disciplines.
Continued on page 9
FOCUS New ICICS/CS Teaching and Research Addition
On July 19,2005, the $40-million,
seven-storey new addition to the Institute
of Computer, Information and Cognitive
Systems/Computer Science (ICICS/CS)
building opened its doors to students,
researchers and the general public. The
vision of a multi-disciplinary, human-
centered technology institute was first put
forward in 1999, with a CFI proposal that
took a year and a half to write and involved
over 80 faculty members. The ICICS
initiative evolved from the Centre for
Integrated Computer Systems Research
(CICSR), formed in 1986 with 35 faculty
members from the core departments:
Computer Science, Electrical and Computer
Engineering and Mechanical Engineering.
Today, with 138 faculty members and
over 700 graduate students from 18 UBC
departments, ICICS has blossomed into
one of the leading non-health science
interdisciplinary research groups in the
world, with research support of over
$ 15 million. Over the past five years,
ICICS researchers have filed 48 invention
disclosures and 18 patents.
On hand for the opening ceremonies
were Dr. Eliot Phillipson, President and
CEO of the Canada Foundation for
Innovation (CFI), Ms. Arlene Paton, the
province's Assistant Deputy Minister of
Advanced Education, and UBC President
Martha Piper.
Funding for the ICICS side of the
addition came from an $8.8-million
grant from CFI; $8.2 million from the
BC Knowledge Development Fund;
and a $2.6-million donation from
Dr. Stewart and Mrs. Marilyn Blusson.
Industry partners Nortel Networks Inc.,
Partners for the Advancement of
Engineering Education (PACE) and others
have provided $2.4 million in cash and
in-kind support.
The computer science portion of
ICICS/CS and the adjoining Hugh
Dempster Pavillion were funded by a
$17.6-million grant from the provincial
government's Double the Opportunity
(DTO) program.
High-Tech Labs Support Leading Research
ICICS' specially designed research labs
include the Physical Measurement Lab, the
Human Measurement Lab, the Interactive
Multimedia Lab (IMM-N), the Multimedia
User Experience Lab (MUX lab), the Open
Media Environment, as well as a sound
studio and observation studios. They have
state-of-the art equipment, over-height
ceilings for mounting cameras, sensors and
other devices, and raised flooring to house
electrical and communication wiring.
As an example of innovative ICICS
infrastructure, the Interactive Multimedia
Lab has a 16 ft. x 9 ft. glass screen
with a 4 ft. x 3 ft. array of projectors
that will be connected to a high-speed
switching matrix so that video from
various sources can be combined and
displayed on the screen in a variety of
formats. The screen is so large that a
window had to be designed for the side of
the building to install it. The room will
also have local computers that can render
images directly onto the screen. Research
in this area will investigate new
techniques for managing and presenting
large amounts of information in various
settings, including face-to-face and online
group meetings (see JIIRP article, cover).
ICICS is one of the few research
institutes in the world that has this
technology.
Major research areas, many showcased
at the opening, include computer
animation, computer vision and robotics,
artificial intelligence, physical measurement
and motion capture, human measurement,
and human—computer interaction.
"ICICS is internationally renowned
for innovation and collaboration," says
director Rabab Ward. "The interdisciplinary
research that ICICS supports is
fundamental to attracting some of the
best scientists in the world. The new
facilities will help us retain them—and train
tomorrow's leading researchers."
FOCUS i Sid Fels and Edgar Flores
demonstrate a mechanical jaw
that can simulate the human
jaw in all six directions. It has
applications in dentistry,
orthodontics, speech, an
communications.
►  Robert Bridson demonstrates
physics-based animation that
uses ground-breaking software to
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produce natural, fluid movement.
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been seen in Star Wars II and the
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-\ Managing Metadata
New ICICS member Rachel Pottinger is working to solve common problems that arise when
companies and institutions try to work with data from different databases.
► Metadata Management
► Data Integration
► Schema Merging
On average, any one company has over
80 databases. This represents a staggering
amount not only of information, but of
man-hours dedicated to application design
and data entry. The merging of information
from one database to another, and the
design of generic systems that can be
used across an organization, present
formidable metadata problems that
computer scientist Rachel Pottinger is
working to solve.
"One of the interesting things about
metadata management is that it is not
something a lot of people are working on,
admits Pottinger. "But when you start
talking to people in other fields about
what you are doing, they all understand
because they all have metadata problems."
"The question in metadata management is how much can we do
that is generic and still solve the problems that are relevant."
Corporate Mergers and Merging Schema
The corporate merger is a good
example of a major metadata challenge.
The customer databases of two merging
banks might be different. In one, each
customer's information might be stored
by name, where one field is used for
both first and last name. In the other,
two fields might be used; one for first
name and another for last name. The
new organization then has the dilemma
of trying to figure out what data
corresponds with what name, or how to
merge data from both databases—without
missing or mixing up any fields or records.
Combining differently structured
databases or "merging schemas" comes
with its own set of problems, however.
"You still need to be able to rewrite the
queries to ensure that you are able to
access all of the data," says Pottinger.
Creating a Common Schema
While corporate mergers might be
an obvious example, a more common
one is dealing with databases within an
organization, such as human resources,
payroll, customer service and accounts
payable. Universities and other institutions
also have "mega" metadata problems.
Even within ICICS, each department
has different databases.
"Everyone has their own requirements
and their own preferred format for
information, which means that everyone
is building their own case-by-case
application, often with the same
information in many fields." says
Pottinger. "What we would like to do
is record the information once, rather
than having to do it several different
times." Pottinger is working on a system
that will be generic enough to use in
different data models (relational or XML),
yet able to solve application-specific
problems.
Continued on page 9
Fall 2005 Modulating Peaceful Coexistence
Electrical and computer engineer Lutz Lampe uses communication theory to test the limits
of wireless transmission and design technologies for bandwidth sharing.
Bandwidth Sharing
► Wireless Sensor Networks
► Communication Theory
The holy grail of next-generation wireless
systems is an ongoing search to discover
how to reliably transmit as many bits per
second per Hertz bandwidth with as little
power as possible, using relatively simple
algorithms that can run increasingly small
devices. "We also want to do this in a
network, with many users and multiple
source and receive points," says ICICS
member Lutz Lampe.
He likens his basic research in coding
modulation to an insurance system,
where all bits of data are interdependent.
Transmission of data bit by bit, independently, is prone to data loss. However, the
more bits that are dependent upon each
other, the more reliable the transmission
—up to the point of overload. "A good
example is a CD," says Lutz. "If it has one
scratch, you won't hear anything, but if it
has too many scratches, it won't play." His
work involves an intricate balance between
pushing the limits of performance
and reducing complexity.
Whispering over Wideband
rrrent wireless systems operate
slatively narrow (licensed) frequency
bands. Recently, the communications
industry has been re-examining the use
of ultra-wideband (UWB) signalling, in
the 3 GHz to 10 GHz range. One
advantage of higher bandwidths is that
they support much higher data rates.
Lampe is collaborating with seven ICICS
colleagues, including principal investigator
Robert Schober (ECE) on a major UWB
project. This research is funded by NSERC,
Noika Products Ltd., and Bell Canada
and supported by Sierra Wireless, EXI
Wireless Systems Inc., and OMNEX
Control Systems Inc.
UWB technology would allow
high-speed systems to transmit with
extremely low power. In fact, since the
signal power of UWB devices would fall
below the "audible" level of other systems,
they could operate across licensed
narrowband systems without interference.
"In effect, you are speaking with such a
low voice that others can't hear you,"
explains Lampe. His part in the project is
evaluating and testing industry proposals
against the limits of communication theory,
which solves queries such as "what is needed to transmit one bit of data reliably."
Boosting Bandwidth Usage
with Spectral Sharing
In related research, Lampe is principal
investigator on a Bell Canada funded
project to develop coexistence mechanisms
that enable efficient bandwidth sharing.
The issue of coexistence is not confined to
licence-exempt bands, such as the heavily
used Industrial, Scientific and Medical
(ISM) bands. Licensed bands are extremely
underutilized—in the neighbourhood of
less than 5 percent. Lampe is working on
coding modulation schemes that would
allow flexible spectrum management, or
"spectral sharing" among currently licensed
and licence-exempt bands.
Wireless Sensor Networks
Wireless sensor networks (WSNs) is
another area where Lampe's work in coded
modulation plays a key part.
Continued on page 9
Rediscovering Power Line
Communication
Another interesting niche for
communications theory research is
in power line communication. ECE
Prof. Lutz Lampe organized the
International Symposium on Power
Line Communication held in
Vancouver in April, 2005. "There has
been a revival of interest in this
technology for use in remote areas,"
says Lampe. Many rural areas still
do not have cable or telephone
lines, but power lines are no longer
a luxury.
"If the line is there, we can use it
for communications," he says.
"The challenge is that power lines
weren't designed to carry a
communication signal, so this
requires new technology." For
example, a hybrid of power line
and wireless technology has been
successfully applied to provide
internet services to remote recreational areas on Vancouver Island.
FOCUS ►   Carenini: Continued from page 3
"Combining value charts with language
models will provide a system that allows
the user to visualize preferences and all of
the alternatives, while at the same time
generating evaluative arguments and
pointing out important aspects of the data."
In future work, Carenini hopes to
apply the same techniques to historical
information, such as summarizing different
biographies of the same person, or different
historical accounts of the same event.
"This would allow us to easily identify
core information and perhaps even
conflicting information," he explains.
Writers of biography and history should
take note—and be sure to check your facts.
Giuseppe Carenini can be reached at
604.822.5109 or carenini@cs.ubc.ca
►   Aiello   Continued from page 4
And with the new CS and ICICS buildings
now complete, the department can only
continue to thrive.
"It is great to have new lecture and
lab space, but one of the things I like
most about these buildings is that they
will enhance a sense of community by
bringing students together in a communal
space," Aiello says. With increases
in global competition and the dizzying
speed of technological change, undergrad
programs must continue to be innovative
to maintain enrolment. Programs must
provide higher level skills, such as project
and team management, as well as good
technical basics. "The R&D effort in
information technology continues to
surpass any other discipline, including
pharmaceuticals, so there are still plenty
of opportunities in IT and computer
William Aiello can be reached at
604.822.2308 or aiello@cs.ubc.ca
►   Pottinger: Continued from page 7
Managing New Types of Data
Often data is stored in spreadsheets
rather than databases because it is easier to
view and share information, and to change
schemas (add or delete records or fields).
Medical and scientific researchers often
store data this way, Pottinger notes.
She is interested in fusing databases
and spreadsheets in order to gain the
sophisticated querying capabilities of
databases while retaining the advantages
of spreadsheets.
"Many ICICS researchers have very
interesting data that they need to combine
from many different sources," Pottinger
says. She sites Jose Marti's group who
are working on visualizing information for
disaster recovery (see JIIRP article, cover).
"These are the big problems in real
applications that I am interested in helping
to solve."
Rachel Pottinger can be reached at
604.822.0436 or rap@cs.ubc.ca
►   Lampe: Continued from page 8
Applications for WSNs have spread from
military to civilian use, including security
surveillance, fire protection, avalanche
detection, and environmental and health
monitoring. Lampe is working with ICICS
and ECE colleagues Victor Leung (PI),
Vikram Krishnamurthy and Shahriar
Mirabbasi to develop better techniques for
collecting, processing, transmitting, and
receiving sensor data. They are supported
by several industry partners, including
Victoria-based Valhalla Systems Inc., Novax
Industries Corp., OMNEX Control
Systems, Wireless 2000, Lockheed Martin
ORINCON Defence, and VeriChip Corp.
"Since these networks use hundreds or
thousands of low-cost sensors, the key again
is energy efficiency and low complexity."
"In wireless communication,
more bits per second per Hertz
bandwidth translates into more
revenue per Hertz."
Lutz Lampe can be reached at
604.822.8261 or lampe@ece.ubc.ca
Fall 2005 Passing Notes:
"Multimedia and Mathematics 2005"
Workshop
A Banff International Research Station
(BIRS) workshop organized by ICICS
brought university and industry together
to share ideas about the latest advances
in multimedia and mathematics.
Six graduate students, 26 faculty
members from 14 universities, and 8
researchers from Microsoft, Apple, Hewlett
Packard, the TiZ Media Foundation, and
NSF made up the 40 participants
(29 men, 11 women) from Canada, the
UK, Australia, and the US. With a focus
on discovering common ground, they
explored the mathematical modelling,
analysis, and representation of the
information in their respective media
fields.
Recognition for Lifetime Achievement
James Little, Acting Associate Dean of
Science and Computer Science professor,
has been recognized for Research
Excellence and Service to the Research
Community from the Canadian Image
Processing and Pattern Recognition
Society.
Public Art Project Has ECE Connection
The city of Vancouver has chosen Sidney
Fels (ECE) and artists Fiona Bowie and
Rebecca Belmore to construct a $180,000
piece of electronic public art for the new
community centre complex to be built at
1 Kingsway.
Canada Research Chair for Kevin Murphy
Computer Science professor Kevin
Murphy has been awarded a Canada
Research Chair in Machine Learning and
Computational Statistics. The funding for
his research in artificial intelligence and
robotics totals $500,000, plus infrastructure
funding of up to $37,515.
Clarence de Silva Elected
Mechanical Engineering professor
Clarence de Silva has been elected as the
Chair of the Dynamic Systems and Control
Division of the American Society of
Mechanical Engineers (ASME).
Joint Infrastructure Interdependences
Research Program Grant
Jose Marti (ECE)—leading a team of
ICICS members from several departments,
including Philippe Kruchten, Konstantin
Beznosov, Jeffrey Joyce, Juri Jatskevich,
and KD Srivastava from ECE; Kellogg
Booth, Tamara Munzner, and Richard
Rosenberg from CS; and Carson Woo
from Commerce—has received a $ 1.3-
million grant to develop simulation and
communication tools for coordinating
sonses during large-scale emergencies.
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ECE Professors Awarded NSERC Grant
Jose R. Marti and KD Srivastava, working
with UBC's Industry Liaison Office and
Powertech Labs Inc., have been awarded
$125,000 for developing a device that detects
faults inside a power transformer's tank.
Honours for Izak Benbasat
Izak Benbasat—Chair of UBC's Sauder
School of Business Management,
Information Systems Division—has been
ranked the fifth most productive
information systems scholar worldwide in
a study published in the Association for
Information Systems (CAIS) journal.
Benbasat, the only Canadian named to the
top ten, holds the Canada Research Chair
in Information Technology Management
and was recently elected to the Academy
of Humanities and Social Sciences of the
Royal Society of Canada for his exceptional
contributions to scholarship.
Two ECE Professors Receive NSERC Award
Guy Dumont and Sidney Fels have
received $499,355 from the NSERC/CHRP
program for their project to develop a
device that will improve the safety of
anesthesia. The new device will monitor
changes in patient conditions, reducing
the number of errors in the operating
room.
CFI Grant for Kevin Leyton-Brown
Computer Science professor Kevin
Leyton-Brown has received a Canada
Foundation for Innovation New
Opportunities Fund grant for $75,747
to build a 96-node computer cluster.
Leyton-Brown aims to improve the
practical performance of algorithms for
hard computational problems.
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