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Sustainable and intelligent Next G systems

Remaining at the forefront of developments in next generation, sustainable and intelligent systems

Monday, March 14, 2022
Mohamed Cheriet.
Mohamed Cheriet.

 A large delegation of Québec experts – including Luc Sirois, Chief Innovator of the Quebec Innovation Council, Mohamed Cheriet, General director of the Centre interdisciplinaire de recherche en opérationnalisation du développement durable (CIRODD) and professor at the École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS), as well as his colleague Charles Despins, also professor at ÉTS and a member of the CIRODD – will take  part in the International Workshop on Sustainable, Intelligent Next G Systems (SINGS), a webinar on the future of telecommunications and the Internet organized by the Canadian Academy of Engineering. This workshop will be held on March 15, 2022.

As telecommunications become the way of the future in all spheres of daily life, this event is an opportunity to see how research can contribute to making these technologies more efficient, secure, resilient and sustainable.

"Beyond the opportunities offered by 5G, 6G and wifi, it's important to understand how these innovations influence everything else. It's critical to look at this issue as a whole, to see it as a system. This allows us to anchor the Canadian perspective and its stakes in a rapidly evolving global context. This event is a space to address the issues of collaboration - between academia, industry and governments, but also between countries - public policies, research and innovation opportunities as well as the necessary funding", explains Mr. Cheriet, member of the event's organizing committee.

Charles Despins
Charles Despins.

"This event brings together a targeted group of senior industry leaders, government policy makers and leading academics from various countries. It follows a similar event in the United States and a second in the United Kingdom. The genesis of these three events stems from the interest of our foreign colleagues in our structuring partnerships. Quebec's reputation in terms of industrial-university research and innovation partnerships is well established," adds Mr. Despins, who will be moderating one of the webinar panels.

According to him, this webinar is a unique opportunity for Quebec to assert the leadership of its scientific community on the Canadian and international scenes.

"Embedded systems are transforming industries and citizens' lives now. They make possible advanced management of companies and institutions based on data. In society, they will enable more nurturing environments to address major challenges, such as preventive health care, aging, climate change in housing, transportation, and many other facets of our lives as citizens and leaders. We must also remain at the forefront of developments in next generation, sustainable and intelligent systems. This is one of the things that a conference like this allows us to do," says Sirois, Chief Innovator.

"An event like this one allows Quebec researchers to benefit from increased visibility. The same is true with the recent appointment of Rémi Quirion, Chief Scientist of Quebec, as head of INGSA. We feel that there is a momentum, a strong interest for our expertise and it sets things in motion. It accelerates the completion of projects, by creating new partnerships and collaborations. With reputable academic institutions, such as ÉTS, and credible strategic groups, such as CIRODD, we can say that research in Quebec is doing well," concludes Mr. Cheriet.

For the full program of the International Workshop on Sustainable, Intelligent Next G Systems and to register for free, visit the Canadian Academy of Engineering website.

About Mohamed Cheriet

Mohamed Cheriet has been a professor in the Department of Systems Engineering at ÉTS since 1992. He is one of few researchers to have established and led research initiatives of international scope ranging from green computing to human sciences. He has made fundamental contributions in the areas of data processing and recognition, cloud computing, future Internet, and green and sustainable ICT.

He is the founding president of the Montreal section of the IEEE Computational Intelligent Systems Society (a professional and technical association with more than 365,000 members in 150 countries), holder of the Eco-Cloud Canada Research Chair in Ecological Sustainability (2013-2020), director of the Greenstar Internet Network, director of the Synchromedia Laboratory, and member of the ÉTS Sustainable Development Subcommittee. He also participated in the creation of the Open Air Lab for Intelligent Living (LabVI), a project co-sponsored by Videotron, Ericsson, ÉTS and the Quartier de l'innovation de Montréal.

Dr. Cheriet has won numerous awards, including the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, the ÉTS Board of Directors Research Excellence Award, the JM. Ham Outstanding Engineering Educator Award from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Canada, Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, the Engineering Institute of Canada, and the International Association of Pattern Recognition.

About Charles Despins

Charles Despins has worked for more than thirty years in the academic and industrial sectors of the information and communications technology (ICT) industry. In addition to his duties as a professor at INRS-Telecommunications, he has held́ various positions in the private sector, notably at CAE Electronics, Microcell and Bell Nordiq as Vice President and Chief Technology Officer. He has also served as a consultant for cellular network deployments in India and China. He was also President and CEO of the Prompt consortium for 13 years, where he set up the vast "EcoloTIC" mobilization project.

He is now a professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering at ÉTS after having served as Director of Research and Partnerships at ÉTS. He is a Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada and was the recipient of the IEEE Canada Engineering Excellence Award.

Fifteen years ago, he was one of the first Canadian researchers to speak out on the role of ICT as a key driver of sustainable development. He is co-chair of the IEEE Sustainable ICT initiative where academics and industry from various countries are developing industry standards for green ICT.


CIRODD is a research, development, and reference center for the operationalization of sustainable development. Through transdisciplinarity and sustainable innovation, CIRODD brings drives innovative synergies between researchers from various disciplines and practitioners to accelerate the socio-ecological transition of our societies and make them significantly more sustainable.  

A product of the Fonds de recherche du Québec - Nature and Technology (FRQNT) and Society and Culture (FQRSC), CIRODD is the first strategic group in sustainable development in Quebec. 

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