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Canada Excellence Research Chair
Canada Research Chairs – Tier I
Canada Research Chairs – Tier II
Reza Arani (Smart Grid Cyber-Physical Security)
Reza Arani is developing new controls and designs to ensure that smart power grids are secure, sustainable and resilient. His research considers factors such as increasing digital communications along the grid and the growing availability of renewable and clean energy sources. In particular, his work addresses potential digital and physical vulnerabilities in the power system while innovating ways to eliminate, mitigate or detect attacks and threats.
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Ali Mazalek’s work explores emerging modalities in new media. She works at the forefront of computing and interaction design trends that support a tighter integration of the physical and digital worlds. Mazalek designs and develops tangible and embodied interaction systems that enable humans to be more creative across both science and art disciplines. Her Synaesthetic Media Lab is a playground where physical materials, analog sensors and digital media happily co-exist and come together in novel ways to support creativity and expression.
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Julia Spaniol’s research explores the impact of aging on both contextual decisions, such as the timing of an event, and decision-making generally. As these thought processes decrease when people get older, motivational and emotional capacities tend to stabilize or improve with age. Spaniol investigates how motivation and reward can affect cognition throughout a lifespan and how maximizing older adults’ cognitive strengths could help counterbalance cognitive deficits.
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