Common Ground Event

This is designed to connect engineers in academia and industry working in a similar space,  and help us to develop research programs that are relevant to the local community.

There is no charge, and we will provide a light snack.

Escalier ajustable CanStep

L’escalier ajustable CanStep aide les physiothérapeutes à réduire le temps de récupération de leurs patients . Louis Goudreau , un ingénieur au Centre de réadaptation de L’Hôpital d’Ottawa a conçu les escaliers pour être plus fiable et moins cher que d’autres escaliers comparables . L’escalier est maintenant utilisé par l’hôpital d’Ottawa pour aider les patients avec des blessures qui les empêches d’accéder leurs domiciles.

”Une des plus grande barrières physiques à surmonter avant le congé du patient est de pouvoir monter et descendre les escaliers. Le patient doit pouvoir entré et sortir de la maison et aussi accéder au 2ième étage où se trouve la plupart du temps la chambre à coucher et la salle de bain principale.”

-Yvon Boudriat, Physiothérapeute

La réadaptions physique peut maintenant être accélérée grâce à la formation physique progressive utilisé avec ces escaliers ajustables. Le patient commence avec une hauteur de marche courte , et augmente la hauteur progressivement au cours de la réadaptation .

VIDÉO:  Yvon Boundriat, physiothérapeute au centre de réadaptation à l’hôpital d’Ottawa partage son témoignage de l’impact de ces escaliers sur la réadaptions physique dans notre vidéo ci-dessous.

Les partenaires commerciaux sont maintenant invité à aider l’équipe de recherche à commercialiser la technologie afin qu’elle puisse être disséminer aux patients en dehors de l’hôpital d’Ottawa . Les licences pour la technologie sont maintenant disponibles.

Pour plus amples renseignements, voir les liens ci-dessous.



Services de technogénie de la réadaptation (lien anglais)


CanStep Adjustable Stairs


The CanStep Adjustable Stairs helps physiotherapists decrease patient recovery times by allowing patients to practice finely adjusted stair heights.  Louis Goudreau, an engineer at the Ottawa Hospital Rehabilitation Center designed the stairs to be more cost effective, reliable, durable and safer than similar commercially available designs.  The resulting design is now currently in use by patients whose injuries prevent them from getting up flights of stairs. These stairs address one of the main concern’s that physiotherapists have in regards to their patients; their patient’s ability of safely getting in and out of their homes. With this new piece of equipment recovery can be accelerated through incremental physical training that begins with practicing a short step height, and eventually increasing the height as recovery progresses. 

In the video below,  physiotherapists discuss the impact that this device is having on their patients.



The team is now seeking commercial partners to help them commercialize the technology so that it can benefit patients beyond the scope of  the Ottawa Hospital. The patent pending technology is available for license.

For more information and any licensing inquiries check out the links below.



Rehabilitation Engineering


Mobile App Puts Vaccination Information in the Hands of Canadians

Pioneering work led by Dr. Kumanan Wilson led to the launch of ImmunizeCA — a smartphone app that puts critical vaccination and public health information at the fingertips of Canadians. ImmunizeCA provides access to vaccination schedules based on information specific to people’s home province or territory, and to reliable, expert-approved, bilingual information about vaccinations for children, adults and travellers. It also offers useful tools such as appointment reminders and local outbreak notifications.

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Nouvelles entreprises présenté par le Ottawa Business Journal partage des connections communes avec l’université d’Ottawa

 Six nouvelles entreprises présenté dans un article du Ottawa Business Journal partage des connections communes avec l’université d’Ottawa. L’article annuel intitulé Startups to Watch, a présenté dix nouvelles entreprises prometteuses de la ville d’Ottawa. Read more of this post

Zec Wind Power builds the future of small scale energy generation out of a collaboration with the University of Ottawa

Zec Wind Power builds the future of small scale generation out of a collaboration with the University of Ottawa


Pierre Guillemette and Georges El-Hage of Zec Wind Power, and their prototype turbine

OTTN and uOttawa’s Technology Transfer and Business Enterprise Office (TTBE) is pleased to see Zec Windpower continue to achieve significant milestones in the development of their simplified wind turbine system that will provide advantages for the growing market for small scale electricity generation. After working with researchers at the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Engineering, the company received a seed investment that has allowed them to hire recent graduates and students from the university, and build a large prototype in their new facilities.

The company built a strong relationship with Dr. Riahd Habash of the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, an expert in mechatronics, and energy and power engineering, as well as with Dr. Ming Liang of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, an expert in vibration analysis and control, and other forms of non-destructive testing. TTBE helped the company make the most of their research collaborations through helping them to secure funding for the collaboration from sources such as NSERC Engage, SME4SME, and the Ontario Centres of Excellence. The students involved in the project also received entrepreneurship training through TTBE and Faculty of Engineering programs, making them ideal hires for this start-up company.

The company (formerly Trias Innovation) has turned the output of the research collaboration into a seed investment that resulted in the formation of Zec Wind Power. Their new indoor demonstration unit located in Ottawa, Canada has demonstrated that they can provide a cost of energy that is 18% lower than the competition, and brings them within range of the cost of natural gas electrical generation at just under 10 cents / KWh.  They are now starting to prepare the company for the next financing round so that they can build an outdoor demonstration unit, which is key towards them turning their expressions of interest from potential customers into purchase orders. We look forward to following their progress, and uOttawa is proud to be a part of their success so far.

For more information on the resources related to this project, and general resources related to industry collaborations, check out the links below.

Technology Transfer and Business Enterprise office (TTBE) at uOttawa

NSERC partnership programs

Ontario Centers of Excellence:


Startup Garage Student Entrepreneurship Program:

Professor Riadh Habash

Professor Ming Liang

Reference for the levelised cost of energy for new natural gas and wind installations

Zec Wind Power

Aditude Media to demonstrate powerful marketing tool developed in collaboration with the University of Ottawa.

Imagine you are standing with a group of friends near a digital sign and it immediately changes its content to something based on your age group or gender.  This is now possible with the use of a real time face recognition that can differentiate the age and gender characteristics of whoever is standing or walking near the sign.  This technology demonstrates what can happen when industry collaborates with leading labs at the University of Ottawa.

Professor Laganiere with the recognition system

Professor Laganiere with the recognition system

The face recognition technology used in the product was developed by Dr. Robert Laganière, a professor from the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Ottawa. This new capability came at very little cost to the company as an Engage grant from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) covered all the research costs incurred by the university. The Engage grant provides $25 000 in research funding for university researchers to work on a technical problem defined by the industry partner.

The resulting product from this research will likely be turning heads as it will enhance the effectiveness of digital signage advertising, increasingly more common in malls, busy streets and lobbies of large office buildings.

The demonstration will be held at Invest Ottawa, December 19th, from 2:30 pm to 5pm.

For information on how your company can connect with top researchers at the University of Ottawa, contact Stéphanie at the Technology Transfer and Business Enterprise Office at She will put you in touch with one of our business and technology transfer officers.

To learn more about Professor Laganière’s research, please go to

To learn more about Aditude Media Inc., please go to

Industry can get $50,000 of research done at a cost of $5,000 with the new VIP program

University of Ottawa researchers showed up in force this week to learn about the new VIP program that provides up to $50,000 in funding to work on a specific problem defined by industry partners. This new grant program was highlighted in a workshop organized by the Technology Transfer and Business Enterprise office (TTBE) at the university. VIP brings together funding opportunities from NSERC, OCE and Connect Canada. It builds from the popularity of the NSERC Engage program that has been enthusiastically received by the academic research community at the University of Ottawa, a testament to the research community’s interest in building new relationships with industry.

With a single application form, a project can receive $25,000 from NSERC and $20,000 from OCE for a 12 month research program, and an additional $5,000 from Canada Connect for a student intern who will spend time both at the company and at the university over a 4-6 month period. Since each academic researcher must meet NSERC’s strict guidelines for research excellence, industry partners are assured that they are working with strong research partners.


NSERC’s John Jackson explains VIP program to UOttawa researchers.

Industry partners who want to learn more about working with University of Ottawa research teams under this VIP program can contact the Technology Transfer and Business Enterprise (TTBE) office at the University of Ottawa. TTBE staff would be happy to help industry connect with researchers, as well as identify the appropriate funding opportunities for the project of interest.

To contact TTBE, email Stéphanie Richer at ttbe@uOttawa, or phone 613-562-5399.

Digital Transformation in Health 4.0 challenges industry and hospitals to improve health care delivery through collaboration

“I would like to challenge those of you here today to take real action towards making today’s meeting a success by talking to some of the people you have met on how you can work together to solve some of the issues we heard about today. If you can come up with a good project, OCE has funding for it.” That was the call to action by John Fielding, Regional Director at Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE). This capped off a half day of presentations and workshops at Digital Transformation 4.0, an annual event that brings industry, academia, and the health care sector together to stimulate the modernisation of the health care sector through the use of digital technologies.


Digital Transformations in Health 4.0 is the fourth in a series of events put on by the University of Ottawa’s Technology Transfer and Business Enterprise Office. The theme of this year’s event was the use of digital technologies in optimizing patient-engagement and patient-centred care. It featured speakers from both the hospitals and the private sector who were incredibly open about issues they are facing.

From the hospital side, it was clear that the system  requires change. All stakeholders in the system, including management, doctors, and patients see the need for change, and are looking at how they can deliver the most appropriate care, without putting the patient at risk. Industry is taking note of this, and sponsoring companies such as CAE and MDI Solutions, as well as other participants such as MyOfficeTool gave concrete examples as to how they are partnering with hospitals to improve health care delivery.

For the entrepreneurs in attendance, the opportunities were clear despite structural barriers that are necessary in any large organisation. This event provided a forum with the 3 breakout sessions to enable people to get together and start tackling those barriers in order to realise the opportunities.

 OTTN and TTBE, as well as the Ontario Centres of Excellence are looking forward to helping to build partnerships  for improving healthcare.  Together, we will be following up with participants to ensure there is a lasting impact from this half day conference. 


Smart video monitoring company iWatchLife combines university research excellence and industry market savvy.


When Dr. Robert Laganière, professor at uOttawa’s School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science developed an intelligent video surveillance system, he knew it had the potential to change the field of video surveillance. He did not know, however, that in a few short years, global consumer electronics company Samsung would be distributing it through the latest version of their home monitoring camera.

With the help of the University of Ottawa’s Technology Transfer and Business Enterprise office, Dr. Laganière secured prototype and commercialization funding from the Ottawa Technology Transfer Network, NSERC and OCE. This resulted in a start up company founded by Dr. Laganière, his students, and the University of Ottawa.

Soon after, Dr. Laganière met Charles Black, CEO of Telewatch. Together, they pursued the emerging market for consumer video monitoring and formed a new company called iWatchLife.

“The partnership with Dr. Laganière’s team enabled us to capitalize on the emerging market for home monitoring by bringing to market one of the first cloud based monitoring systems that you could access from any device” says Charles Black.

iWatchLife provides consumers with the power to monitor their property and their loved ones from almost anywhere, with little cost, and by focussing their attention only to activities that are of greatest concern to them. This includes alerting people to things like medical emergencies or break-ins at their home.

As of 2013, professor Laganière works as chief scientist at iWatchLife. The company has 15 employees, the majority of them being graduates of uOttawa and several from Dr Laganière’s lab. In addition, the iWatchLife Smart Event Detection product is touching many lives as it is being distributed around the world through a partnership with Samsung.

The iWatchLife story shows the direct impact that academic research can have on industry and society. The University of Ottawa’s Technology Transfer and Business Enterprise office is set up specifically to help companies access technology and build lasting relationships with researchers such as Professor Laganière. In developing such partnerships, companies have a valuable resource to help them adapt to change and grow into emerging market opportunities.

For more information on Robert Laganière’s research visite

To see how you can benefit from Smart Event Detection, visit the iWatchLife website at

 Other technologies available for license from the University of Ottawa can be viewed at the Global Technology Portal