A winning collaboration

Posted on Thursday, February 12, 2015

Guy-Vincent Jourdan

In November of 2014, history repeated itself when master students Di Zou and Xinghao Xu, IBM architect John Peyton, and professors Gregor v. Bochmann, Guy-Vincent Jourdan, and Iosif-Viorel Onut received the IBM CAS Research Collaborator of the Year award for their "Distributed Crawling and Security Assessment of Rich Internet Applications" project.  

This is the third time this group of researchers from the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) has been in the spotlight for the excellence of their work. In fact, IBM paid tribute to this NSERC CRD project in 2010 and 2012.  

This EECS research drew IBM’s attention because of the quality of the results, which can contribute to the improvement of IBM’s product line. The EECS academic research was selected because it is in line with IBM products and clients interest.  

CASCON is a showcase event for industrial and academic thought leaders and researchers from around the world. This annual conference on computer science technologies is hosted by the Centre for Advanced Studies (CAS) Research of the IBM Canada Lab, in partnership with the National Research Council of Canada. IBM also has an office in Ottawa. 

CASCON is a yearly conference held in Toronto, which is a good meeting place for computer science research in Canada, and in particular, for all university collaboration projects of IBM Canada”, explains Prof. Bochmann. IBM also maintains valuable partnership with industrial and academic leaders in Ottawa. 

For Professor Guy-Vincent Jourdan this award means a lot.

It was a great honour to receive this prize. We have been working on the general topic of Rich Internet Applications for several years, and getting the significance of our research to be acknowledged like this is fantastic”, says Jourdan. “All of our collective energy is invested in this research! What is recognized here is the outcome of several years of work by an entire team, in particular the work of several Master’s and PhD students who have spent many months working on very specific and often quite arid technical problems, so it is really nice to see this work recognized and appreciated by people outside our own research circle”.

When asked how much this award means to his research, Professor Jourdan explains that it is difficult to measure the impact of such a prize. “It sheds lights on our research domain, and that in itself is very important”.

Most importantly, Jourdan recognized the unique situation of Canada where several leading research groups work on the general topic of Rich Internet Applications and the contribution of IBM prize in promoting their general research agenda in the future.

 “We are hoping that, in some modest ways, it helps bring attention to the important contributions that the Faculty provides to its industry partners. At the very least, this award helps cement the long-lasting partnership IBM has with the Faculty of Engineering”, concludes Jourdan.

The uOttawa and Engineering communities are delighted with the news of this success. “Gregor, Congratulations to you, Guy-Vincent, and all members of your team”, praised Dean Claude Laguë.


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