uOttawa Researcher, Cognivue and NSERC Engage partnership featured on BDC site

Dr. Robert Laganiere is working with Cognivue Corporation as part of an NSERC Engage grant which links companies with technical problems with university expertise.
An excerpt from the story follows:

Robert Laganière isn’t a professional driver. But since September (2010), this computer science professor’s job description has included taking a car out for a spin. “I’m having fun making lane changes,” Laganière says with a chuckle from his office at the University of Ottawa. Laganière is working on a project that could one day prevent car accidents. It could also become an important source of revenue for a local high-tech firm, CogniVue Corporation.

With video that Laganière’s collects on his road trips, his team at U. of O.’s VIVA lab is working to improve a CogniVue algorithm. It allows a camera to detect the car’s position and sound a warning when it moves into a neighbouring lane. And that, hopefully, will lead to products that automakers are looking for.

“Driver awareness technology is our primary target market,” says Tina Jeffrey, Product Marketing Engineer at the Gatineau, Quebec’s CogniVue. This is the first time that Laganière has joined forces with CogniVue, a company that develops Image Cognition Processors and software for use in devices that require real-time image and video analytics. Their partnership is benefiting from a grant from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).

The full story is available at http://www.bdc.ca/EN/advice_centre/articles/Pages/building_partnerships_between_business_and_universities.aspx

About Ottawa Technology Transfer Network
The Ottawa Technology Transfer Network (OTTN) is a collaboration among academic research institutions affiliated with the University of Ottawa and who's goal is to enhance the economic impact of research commercialization through the sharing of best practices, enhanced market knowledge, student engagement and proactive industrial interation. OTTN members include the University of Ottawa, the Ottawa Hospital Research Institutie (OHRI), the Childrens' Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) and the Unviversity of Ottawa Heart Institute (UOHI)

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