Gala of Excellence in Research and Teaching

Ciena: The ÉTS’s partner of excellence in research and innovation

Monday, December 14, 2020
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Many ÉTS research partnerships are based on relationships of trust that have grown stronger over the years. This is notably the case with Ciena, a long-time partner of our institution, which received this year’s Partner of Excellence in Research and Innovation Award. This award should have been presented at the Gala of Excellence in Research and Teaching, which had to be cancelled due to the pandemic.

“The relationship between the ÉTS and Ciena began just over 16 years ago with Nortel, which was later acquired by Ciena. This partnership has enabled the ÉTS to acquire equipment that is the envy of many universities, in addition to training many students who are now in the job market,” said Charles Despins, Director of Industrial Innovation at the ÉTS.

“Collaboration with ETS connects Ciena with the brightest minds, and sharpest thinkers in communications technologies today,” said Rod Wilson, Ciena’s leader of advanced network architectures and external research. “ Ciena is extremely proud to be recognized by ETS with this honour.”

In the past year alone, nearly $2 million in research funding was provided to two teams through the ENCQOR 5G program, which brings together, in addition to Ciena, four other digital leaders. 

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Christine Tremblay and Christian Desrosiers.

One of the three projects, led by Professors Christine Tremblay and Christian Desrosiers, aims to explore self-adaptive pattern recognition methods based on deep neural networks. Carried out in close collaboration with the Ciena team in Ottawa, this project will develop applications related to network optimization, and the management and manufacturing of telecommunications equipment.  

The second project, led by the same team of professors in collaboration with Ciena and TELUS, aims to explore machine learning methods for performance prediction and failure detection in optical networks. The funds awarded will finance internships in an industrial setting for about ten postdoctoral researchers and graduate students.

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Kim-Khoa Nguyen and Mohamed Cheriet.

Carried out by Professors Mohamed Cheriet and Kim-Khoa Nguyen, the third project seeks to develop technologies that will become the nervous system of the interconnected systems of the 5G network. The two professors will be supported by some 20 master’s and doctoral students, the equivalent of 113 MITACS-funded internships. 

This highly skilled workforce will then be trained to work in Canadian industries.

Chantal Crevier

Communications Service

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