ENCQOR 5G initiative

Two professors were awarded an important grant to finance their researches into machine learning in optical networks

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Christine Tremblay, a Professor in the Electrical Engineering Department who specializes in optical networks, and Christian Desrosiers, a Professor in the Software and IT Engineering Department who specializes in machine learning, were recently awarded a grant worth hundreds of thousands of dollars to finance industrial co-op work terms for post-doctoral researchers and students at the graduate and post-graduate levels.

The grant, which is intended for cutting-edge research into machine learning in optical networks, was awarded by Mitacs in partnership with Ciena Canada, one of the five leading digital corporations administering the ENCQOR project to develop technology and infrastructure for 5G networks.

This granting cluster was a product of the Mitacs Accelerate program. Under the direction of Christine Tremblay and Christian Desrosiers, and within the context of the ENCQOR 5G initiative, the co-op students will carry out research on using AI technologies such as deep neural networks within optical network space.

The research project entitled "Self-Adaptive Pattern Recognition with Deep Neural Networks" will be conducted in close collaboration with Ciena’s Ottawa team. They will explore self-adaptive forecasting and pattern detection methods based on deep neural networks, with a view to developing applications related to network optimization, management and manufacturing of telecommunication equipment.

5G: A new generation of technology

It is worth noting that 5G will surpass the existing 4G technology in terms of speed (up to 100 times faster), and will allow for the connection of large quantities of devices and decreased lag time (the time it takes for a device to transfer a piece of information), which will shrink to less than a millisecond (from the current 40 milliseconds). Security, speed and quality are among the top considerations in implementing this new generation.

The Montréal-based innovation site for the ENCQOR 5G initiative is located at Centech (ÉTS)

In the summer of 2018, ÉTS was chosen as one of the five Canadian innovation sites for the ENCQOR (Evolution of Networked Services through a Corridor in Quebec and Ontario for Research and Innovation) 5G initiative. The other sites are in Toronto, Waterloo, Ottawa and Québec City. This wide-ranging project, which is administered by five private-sector partners, including Ciena, and by the governments of Québec, Ontario and Canada, involves the deployment of a pre-commercial 5G telecommunication network and the testing of software applications within the network..

The Montréal innovation site is hosted at Centech – the ÉTS high-tech business accelerator – in the newly renovated former Planetarium located at 1000 rue St-Jacques.

This project is made possible by the ENCQOR 5G initiative, funded by the governments of Canada, Quebec and Ontario as well as leading industry players Ericsson, Ciena, Thales, CGI and IBM. ENCQOR is coordinated by Innovation ENCQOR, and delivered in Ontario by Ontario Centres of Excellence and in Quebec by Innovation ENCQOR, CEFRIO and Prompt. The program has a mandate to bring together SMEs and academia to contribute to the advancement of research, innovation and demonstration of applications through a pre-commercial 5G test bed.

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