June 12, 2017 - Ottawa – Anita Vandenbeld, Member of Parliament for Ottawa West-Nepean, announced an investment of $2.3 million to Algonquin College as part of NSERC's (the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada) College and Community Innovation program. Over the course of five years NSERC will fund a new, cutting edge Data Analytics Centre.
This Data Analytics Centre funding reflects our government's growth oriented, long-term approach to innovation emphasizing partnerships on the local and national level, bridging the gap between future innovators and industry. This approach allows Canadian students to gain workplace experience and build networks that will assist them in their future careers. The first such institution in a Canadian college, the Data Analytics Centre will allow Algonquin College to harness big data for projects involving machine learning, predictive analytics, distributed intelligence, and data mining.
“With this technology Algonquin College will have new methods of providing applied research support to local businesses and industry. Companies will benefit from access to college expertise and resources; faculty will gain new knowledge and insights to integrate into the curriculum; college students will benefit from a real world, engineering experience,” said Anita Vandenbeld, “In short, our government's funding and this cutting edge technology will further anchor Algonquin College's position as one of Canada's premiere institutions.”
This funding is part of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada's investment in 37 new projects for a total funding of $37.4 million.
NSERC’s College and Community Innovation (CCI) program is one of the largest vehicles for funding research at colleges and CÉGEPs across the country. The CCI program helps build research knowledge and provides researchers the opportunities to share their expertise with business to improve processes and technologies.
“We live in the world of big data. More and more, nearly every aspect of our lives, our economy, and our world can be assessed, quantified and tracked. Each and every one of us have more information at the tip of our fingers then many of our ancestors could have possibly learned in a lifetime. Data Analytics can transform that noise into knowledge and harness it for research, business, and innovation.” said Anita Vandenbeld.
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