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Silicon Valley Hosts Presentation for New Alberta Ingenuity Center Tecterra

Dr. Naser El-Sheimy, Scientific Director of Tecterra, Gives Presentation
Dr. Naser El-Sheimy, Scientific Director of Tecterra, Gives Presentation

On Wednesday, October 21, Carnegie Mellon University’s Silicon Valley campus hosted Alberta Minister of Advanced Education and Technology Doug Horner and Dr. Naser El-Sheimy, Scientific Director of Tecterra during an invitation-only Roundtable Seminar to initiate discussions with researchers and business executives in the geomatics industry.

The first of its kind in the world, Alberta’s newest Ingenuity Centre is working with entrepreneurs and researchers to use real-time geographical information to address global challenges in resource management. The new centre, Tecterra, is one of five Alberta Ingenuity Centres for Research and Commercialization that focuses technology and research to build more sustainable industry practices. Built on a partnership between the provincial and federal governments, the University of Calgary, the University of Lethbridge and the University of Alberta, Tecterra focus is on bringing together government, industry and educational resources to advance technology in various ways. Tecterra is focused on the commercialization of new services and products that can address resource management challenges and emerging geospatial opportunities relating to Canada’s energy, forestry, agriculture and environment sectors.

Tecterra represents a model of how partners working together can strengthen Alberta’s growing high tech sector. The more than $50 million investment includes: $21.6 million from the Alberta government ($11.6 million from Alberta Advanced Education and Technology and $10 million from Alberta Ingenuity), $11.6 million from the federal government’s Centres of Excellence for Commercialization and Research program, as well as a further $20 million anticipated from industry and other end users.

Dr. Griss & Hon. Horner
Dr. Griss & Hon. Doug Horner at
Tecterra Presentation

Dr. Martin Griss, director of the Silicon Valley campus, was pleased to host the event. “We value the opportunity to get acquainted with Tecterra and the Albertan government,” Dr. Griss said. “We have many similar goals in our research efforts, especially in the area of sensor networks and disaster recovery.”

For more information about Tecterra, please contact Dr. Naser El-Sheimy at elsheimy@ucalgary.ca or (403) 220.7587