Marcelle-Gauvreau Engineering Research Chairs program

Improve the performance of connected objects through edge computing

Thursday, January 14, 2021
julien gascon-Samson
Julien Gascon-Samson.

In December, the ÉTS launched its Marcelle-Gauvreau Engineering Research Chairs program. Five ÉTS faculty members each hold a chair. Today, we present one of the chairs, Professor Julien Gascon-Samson.  

The Internet of Things (IoT) is growing at lightning speed. All these connected objects generate massive data that must be collected and processed in real time in order to function efficiently. Currently, most of the data is centralized in a computing cloud, which contributes to network congestion and reduced data processing speed. However, devices that support the operation of connected objects, such as sensors, actuators, and gateways, are becoming increasingly efficient. So much so that they can now process data themselves. 

Professor Julien Gascon-Samson, from the Department of Software Engineering and Information Technology, is interested in this proximity between the data produced and the data consumed, which is commonly known as edge computing. Through the Marcelle-Gauvreau Engineering Research Chair on applications and services in edge computing, the professor wants to propose a set of paradigms, abstractions and services that will make it possible to design applications linked to the Internet of Things (IoT) that can be distributed on a large scale, in a unified and interoperable manner. It also aims to ensure that these applications can be seamlessly deployed across the various components of the cloud and edge infrastructure without compromising their performance. 

About Professor Gascon-Samson  

Julien Gascon-Samson is a professor in the Department of Software Engineering and Information Technology and chairholder of the Marcelle-Gauvreau Engineering Research Chair on applications and services in edge computing. He specializes in edge computing. He is interested in the issues surrounding the rapid and high-performance processing of data produced by the Internet of Things (IOD). In particular, he is looking to relocate the various stages of data processing from cloud computing centres in order to deploy them as close as possible to the nodes that produce and consume the data. His research focuses on distributed system architectures, publish-subscribe communication paradigms, distributed flow processing and the Web of Things.

Professor Gascon-Samson’s research has been published 14 times in the last five years. It has also enabled him to establish external collaborations and to obtain several grants, such as an NSERC Discovery Grant and a collaborative research and development (CRD) grant in partnership with the University of British Columbia and Intel. 

About the Marcelle-Gauvreau Engineering Research Chairs Program 

The Marcelle-Gauvreau Engineering Research Chairs program, which was launched by the École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS) this past December, is designed to highlight the remarkable career paths of professors who, in addition to demonstrating research excellence, have had to show determination and resilience in the face of adversity. Five of the ten chairs were awarded to internal professors. Five more chairs will be awarded to external faculty and professors in the spring of 2021.

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