An announcement by the Government of Canada to invest $40 million in BlackBerry QNX will support Carleton University’s research leadership in autonomous systems and provide great opportunities for Carleton students.

The announcement was made today in Kanata by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and focused on the next generation of connected and autonomous vehicles.

“This investment in cutting-edge technologies will generate 1,000 much needed co-op placements, as well as new scholarships for young women and Indigenous people,” said Carleton President Benoit-Antoine Bacon. “We are proud to partner with BlackBerry QNX to continue to build Carleton’s and Ottawa’s leadership in next-generation autonomous systems.

President Benoit-Antoine Bacon and QNX Co-Founder Gordon Bell

Carleton has emerged as a national leader in autonomous systems. “The research we do here at Carleton on fully autonomous vehicles will lead to the introduction of more efficient, active safety features that will improve road safety,” said Rafik Goubran, vice-president (Research and International). “Additionally, increasing the automation level in vehicles will extend the number of years of driving for older drivers, assisting with their mobility and social engagement. It will also increase accessibility for all persons.”

Carleton has a long-standing partnership with BlackBerry QNX that will be strengthened through today’s announcement. The university has a critical mass of more than 100 faculty members and their students who are conducting interdisciplinary research in aspects of autonomous systems. This include telecommunications, connectivity, cybersecurity, machine learning, sensor technology, accessibility, big data and public safety.

The university welcomes expanded collaborations with BlackBerry QNX and increasing experiential learning opportunities for Carleton students.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

Friday, February 15, 2019 in , ,
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