Robert Laganière, professor at the School of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering (SIGE), was recognized by his peers by earning the Entrepreneurial Professor Award of the year.
Professor Laganière won the Entrepreneurial Professor Award for his contributions to four successful Canadian companies. His research on intelligent video surveillance led to the startup of Visual Cortek in 2006. Three years later, Telewatch acquired the company and founded iWatchLife where Dr. Laganière worked as Chief Scientist; a position he also held with his collaborations with Cognivue. Cognivue has been acquired by several companies, the most recent being NXP.
Next, professor Laganière took advantage of his computer vision expertise and collaborated with an investor from New Jersey. This new collaboration gave rise to Tempo Analytics, a new company for which he is the active CTO. This new project constitutes another opportunity for Laganière to expand his research, participate to the development of cutting-edge technologies and train highly qualified personnel.
"Due to his innovative ideas, his ability to think differently and take risks, I believe Robert personifies the definition of an entrepreneur," stated Claude D'Amours, Director of the School of EECS.
Laganière’s research interests and business partnerships have given his students the opportunity to work on cutting-edge research. This professor pledges to teach his students effective ways to develop the technologies that the industry requires. ‘’I would like to pass on to my students technology knowledge that will facilitate their placement on the workplace with strong industrial knowledge and skills’’, says Laganière.