Three teams composed of ÉTS members are finalists at the ADRIQ Innovation Awards Gala

René jr Landry, Ghyslain Gagnon et Jacques de Guise are members of these teams

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Three teams composed of ÉTS members have distinguished themselves this year by qualifying for the finals in the Partnerships and Sectoral Industrial Research Groups categories of the Association for the Development of Research and Innovation in Québec (ADRIQ) Innovation Awards Gala.

René junior Landry, researcher in the Department of Electrical Engineering and director of LASSENA, as well as our Dean of Research Ghyslain Gagnon and their respective partners, are among the finalist teams in the Partnerships category of the ADRIQ Innovation Awards. A project carried out by Jacques de Guise of the Department of Mechanical Engineering and his team from the Imaging and Orthopaedics Laboratory (LIO) in collaboration with numerous partners is also a finalist, this time in the Sectoral Industrial Research Groups category. 

Here’s a quick look at these projects.

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René jr Landry.

Designing an automated landing system adapted to mobile maritime platforms and heliports 

This project, carried out by Professor Landry's team in collaboration with Laflamme Aéro, aims to create an automated landing system for drones and autonomous vehicles on mobile maritime platforms and vessel heliports. Since this system will be used for a variety of maritime surveillance and rescue missions, it must be able to self-locate using satellite signals by combining inertial navigation sensor data with some other complementary autonomous navigation system such as video or LIDAR. 

However, mobile platforms are often of restricted size and present difficulties in using a traditional marker system, not to mention that sea swells can create signal instability. Professor Landry’s team is therefore seeking to design a system that will synchronize the platform’s movements with the drone’s to enable a landing that is safe for both the platform and the drone.

This project is a finalist in the Partnerships category. 

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Ghyslain Gagnon.

Improving the Diagnosis and Treatment of Heart Disease   

Cardiac disease is Canada’s second-largest cause of death and affects the lives of more than 1.6 million Canadians. A project conducted by Ghyslain Gagnon and his team, in collaboration with Sig.num Pre-emptive Healthcare and Concordia University, aims to democratize electrocardiograms (ECG) so they may be used at home, in hospitals or in clinics without the need for specially trained personnel. In other words, undergoing an ECG will become just as easy as taking your blood pressure at the pharmacy!  

The design of this innovative electrocardiogram is based on new signal processing algorithms and on flexible circuits and printable inks capable of capturing the heart’s electrical signals and reducing the device’s sensitivity to body movements. 

In addition to improving the diagnosis of heart disease and saving lives, this new technology will also contribute to improving the health of the planet. ECG sensors, currently designed for single use only, will become reusable. This will be added value for the environment since, at the time of writing, more than 30 million such sensors are discarded annually worldwide. 

This project is a finalist in the Partnerships category. 

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Jacques de Guise.

Designing patient-adapted medical devices and surgical instruments

Jacques de Guise and his team at the Imaging and Orthopaedics Laboratory (LIO) are running a project in collaboration with the CHUM, CHU Ste-Justine, TELUQ, EOS Imaging, Spinologics and Medicus, working on the design of a technology platform to support precision medicine for musculoskeletal system disorders. This platform will allow clinicians to quickly image the 3D/4D anatomy of certain joints, such as the spinal column, knee and ankle and to obtain numerous related anatomo-geometrical and functional measurements, while reducing patients’ exposure to x-rays. 

Thanks to biomechanical models that integrate patient-specific data, it will be possible to design medical devices and surgical instrumentation adapted to each patient.  

This project is a finalist in the Sectoral Industrial Research Groups category. 

Announcement of the Winners: November 19

We’ll be watching closely during the upcoming ADRIQ Innovation Awards Gala, happening in virtual mode on November 19. One of Québec’s most prestigious galas, it has highlighted innovation in businesses and organizations for the past 30 years. We wish all the finalists good luck. 

To find out more: 

Chantal Crevier

Communications Service

514 396-8800, poste 7893

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