A new research chair at ÉTS

Helping developing countries move forward thanks to the Internet Montréal

April 6, 2016
We don't always realize it, but the Internet is a significant medium for economic, cultural, political and educational development for developing countries. And yet, 58% of the world's population still do not have access to it. The Dr Richard J. Marceau Chair on Wireless IP Technology for Developing Countries, launched at ÉTS, will help to resolve this problem. Under the leadership of François Gagnon, Professor in Electrical Engineering at ÉTS, research will help people in developing countries and in isolated regions to access the Internet thanks to existing infrastructures.
  François Gagnon, professor in Electrical Engineering at ÉTS, is the chair holder of the Richard J. Marceau Chair on Wireless IP Technology for Developing Countries.

"The main challenge will be to use infrastructures that were set up in these countries and isolated regions some twenty years ago, so that they can not only transmit voice communications, but also data, at a lower cost and completely secure, without adversely affecting the environment," states Professor Gagnon.

By having access to the Internet, these populations will be able to make better decisions for their crops, have better access to microcredit, teachers and medical services. In other words, telemedicine, transactional banking services and online training will make their appearance in places that would otherwise be out of reach.

To meet these objectives, the Chair will collaborate with the Universidad Técnica Particular de Loja in Ecuador and its SmartLand Project. This initiative uses natural resources in a novel way by collecting social, biological, environmental and cultural data and indicators. The data collected by SmartLand will build on technologies developed by the Chair.

Media5 Corporation will contribute to funding the Richard J. Marceau chair. Founded in 1992, this company has a long history of technological innovation. It provides IP
communication solutions in more than 75 countries. Its products focus on IP communication gateways, secure session controllers, unified communications platforms and a suite of software development tools for VoIP communications. Media5 is known for its advanced performance, integration and flexibility of its products.

With this chair Media5 Corporation will complement its leading edge technology and thus broaden its potential product portfolio: cloud based Rich Communication Services, RCS, latency managed sessions for Heterogeneous Networks, Ultra Secure Session Boarder Control. These are the key elements to enable virtual or augmented reality and to provide for a competitive, internationally accessible and high performance digital workspace.

This collaboration will once again enable ÉTS to leave its mark on the industry... and to change the world, one project at a time!

Chairholder: François Gagnon

François Gagnon earned his Bachelor of Engineering and PhD in Electrical Engineering from the Polytechnique Montréal, and has been a professor in the Faculty of Electrical Engineering at the École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS) since 1991. He was department chair from 1999 to 2001.

In addition to holding the Richard J. Marceau Chair, François Gagnon is the chairholder of the NSERC-Ultra Electronics Industrial Research Chair, the most prestigious industrial chair in Canada. He also founded the Communications and Microelectronic Integration Laboratory (LACIME) and was its first director, and COMunité, a group that unites high-level, competent, complementary and creative researchers and industrial partners.

Who is Richard J. Marceau?

Richard J. Marceau is a graduate of McGill University and the Polytechnique. He was professor and director of École Polytechnique's Electrical Engineering Department, then Dean of the Faculty of Engineering of the Université de
Richard J. Marceau is currently Vice-President Research at Memorial University.  By naming the chair after Mr. Marceau, the ÉTS wishes to honour the creativity and dynamism of this great man, who has contributed so much to our universities.
Sherbrooke. In addition to being the cofounder of the Institute of Electrical Power Engineering (IGÉE), Mr. Marceau was provost of the Ontario Institute of Technology for eight years. He is currently Vice-President Research at Memorial University.

By naming the chair after Mr. Marceau, the ÉTS wishes to honour the creativity and dynamism of this great man, who has contributed so much to our universities.

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