Carleton University’s Institute for Advanced Research and Innovation in Smart Environments (ARISE) embodies our commitment to university-industry-government partnerships. This hub creates the space for interdisciplinary and cross-institutional thinking to thrive, enabling growth in research and systems thinking. The mobilization of knowledge and ideas across sectors enables interdisciplinary approaches to research that is a priority of Carleton, Ontario and Canada.

Partnerships housed in ARISE focus on research in pursuit of technological innovation and commercialization in the fields of Clean Technology, Health Technology, and Information and Communication Technology.

ARISE learning spaces bring together professors and students from our five faculties—ScienceEngineering and DesignSprott School of BusinessPublic Affairs and Arts and Social Sciences — to collaborate and conduct world-class research and training in areas such as 5G wireless, smart cities and data analytics.

The collaborative research and training environment of ARISE, supported by industry, will enable students to gain marketable skills. Relationships fostered here are meant to inspire entrepreneurial thinking, facilitate industry-driven research, and fuel growth.

Carleton Celebrates Sustainability Partners in New Smart Environments Building


The vision of ARISE is to create a dynamic work environment to foster research and innovation in smart technologies. We aim to connect Carleton’s researchers with industry, academia and government in an effort to support growth and foster a multi-pronged approach to problem solving.


  • Establish world-class research laboratories in areas of strategic interest to Canada in collaboration with MNEs, SMEs and NFPs in the region.
  • Train Highly Qualified People (HQP) in advanced research and equip them with skills that are relevant to industry.
  • Serve as a hub for industry to pursue their R&D needs and attract investors to exploit intellectual property across the university
  • Foster, incubate and grow emerging high-value technologies based on research originating from the Institute.
  • Pursue partnerships, share resources and facilitate knowledge transfer between relevant research and innovation networks, researchers and research centres across Ontario and Canada.

Information and Communications Technologies

Clean Technologies

Health Science and Technologies

  • 5G Wireless Communication
  • IoT and Smart Cities
  • Big Data Analytics
  • Cyber Security
  • Autonomous Vehicles
  • Smart Buildings
  • Energy Transitions: Sustainability Interactive Modelling and Visualization Research Facility
  • Waste Water Technology
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Permafrost
  • Intelligent Assistive Devices
  • Sensor Technology
  • Accessibility Design and Innovation

ARISE Occupants



Global Water Institute Jarislowskly Endowed Chair ( plus 20 other partners )
Energy Efficiency Canada; Transitions Centre Ivey Foundation, Trottier Foundation, McConnell Foundation, Donner, Borealis, Jarislowsky
Permafrost Net NSERC- SNG, Canada-Nunavut Geoscience Office, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry; further partners (40) here:
AGE WELL SAM 3  National Innovation Hub IBM, Esprit, Aerial, Telus, Able Technology, Best Buy
5G Wireless Network Lab Ericsson
Mech & Aero Bombardier, Pratt & Whitney, NASA (TBC)
Internet of Things Cisco, Public Safety, CHEO, Macadamia, Twelve Dot
Cybersecurity and autonomous vehicles General Dynamics Mission Systems-Canada, Transport Canada, QNX ( plus new CREATE Partners)
Accessibility Living Lab Ottawa Area Hospitals, Ontario Ability Centers , Healthcraft, Kinova Robotics (plus other parters)

Green Globes Rating

The Green Globes system is an internationally recognized, third party certification and building environmental design and management tool. It allows an evaluation against such factors as: project management, energy consumption, site use, space and water optimization, and waste management.

Building Design & Features

Dedicated to Knowledge Integration, ARISE provides various types of workspaces to further facilitate knowledge sharing and innovation between all research groups and students. Fitted with a large multipurpose space, this area can easily be reconfigured to allow for screenings, job fairs, exhibitions, workshops, receptions and lectures for researchers, partners, campus and public use. Workspace collaboration suites provide flexible areas of easily reconfigured furnishings to support a variety of work modes and informal meetings with some small to medium sized meeting spaces.

Each floor provides a collaboration space where researchers can advance ideas through cross-pollination. Serving as a flexible workspace, researchers are able to informally gather to share ideas and collaborate. The space includes flexible technology, standing height tables, work benches, informal seating and enclosed meeting spaces to facilitate and encourage researchers to touch down, connect and advance their research goals through conversations.