Information and Communications Technologies (ICT): ÉTS Researchers at the Core of Emerging Technologies

With expertise in the area of connectivity between individuals and between objects, ÉTS researchers are recognized for the reliability, robustness and performance of their hardware and software solutions. Artificial intelligence, including machine learning, reasoning and the representation of knowledge, the improvement of software quality and the reduction of their environmental footprint are among the issues that ÉTS faculty are working to solve in the field of information and communications technologies (ICT).

Strategic Research Directions in ICT at ÉTS

At ÉTS, 75 professors from three departments, those being automated production engineering, electrical engineering, and software engineering and information technologies, conduct ICT research activities. Their research interests cover a wide range of themes in the areas of connectivity, intelligence and software engineering. 

Connectivity:  

  • Wireless and optical communications, 5G, cognitive networks, V@V communications, digital video and multimedia, the Internet of Things, tactile internet; 
  • Optics/photonics and optoelectronics;
  • Microelectronics, microsystems, RF components and embedded systems;
  • Cloud computing and dematerialization;
  • Cyber-security.

Intelligence: 

  • Artificial intelligence and automatic learning;
  • Big data, deep learning, information fusion, blockchains;
  • Computer vision, haptics, human-computer interfaces, image processing, text analysis, recognition of shapes, activities and speech;
  • Cognitive and self-aware networks;
  • Quantum computing.

Software Engineering: 

  • Static analyses and empirical studies on software;
  • Development, evolution and software testing assistance tools.

ICT in Québec

A true engine of the Québec economy, the information and communications technologies (ICT) sector includes more than 7,300 companies and 130,000 jobs, and represents 5.1 per cent of GDP and 3.1% of employment in Québec. Its annual growth over the past 13 years, from the point of view of GDP, has been 2.2 times faster than that recorded by the rest of the economy. 

In addition, Québec is recognized as a leader in the field of artificial intelligence. Fortune magazine has identified Québec as one of the top world-leading locations in this field. 
 

The Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) Sector in Québec
The annual growth of the ICT sector over the past 13 years, from the point of view of GDP, has been 2.2 times faster than that recorded by the rest of the economy
The sector includes more than 7,300 companies and 130,000 jobs
70% of Québec’s ICT industry is located
in Greater Montréal
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