The Centre focuses on mobile technologies, predictive software, and internet connectivity to customize content delivery to meet user needs. With funding support received from the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev), the Centre’s mission is to create knowledge, commercialize research, create jobs, and stimulate productivity and performance in Southern Ontario. It currently has more than 50 researchers, companies, and industry partners working across multiple disciplines.
“RC4 is the latest development in Ryerson’s Research and Innovation strategy,” said Wendy Cukier, Vice-President, Research and Innovation. “We facilitate collaboration between industry, government, and academia.” RC4 is interdisciplinary and leverages the value of both the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and SSH (Social Sciences and Humanities) fields. “Not only are we developing and commercializing tools, we are working with end user organizations large and small to effectively use these tools to improve productivity and innovation.”
Hossein Rahnama, chief scientist of RC4, spoke at the event and described how technologies developed at RC4 are transforming the way industries operate across verticals including manufacturing, transportation, health, public safety and consumer applications.
Stephen Erwin, head of the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario (MTO)’s Intelligent Transportation Systems spoke at the event about the MTO’s partnership with Rahnama and RC4. He remarked on the incredible innovation that resulted in CAVALIS, a software framework that delivers easy-to-use and customized traveller information services. “The RC4 team developed an application that is very valuable for users in their day-to-day lives. We worked with a phenomenal team that brought energy, excitement, and all kinds of new approaches to the work we do,” says Erwin.
Richard Lachman, Director of the Transmedia Centre at Ryerson, described its role as a node in the RC4 network. “The Transmedia Centre does a lot of work supporting new forms of storytelling on new platforms. We use context-awareness computing to customize content for people based on who they are, where they are, and what they are doing.” For instance, Lachman created ScopifyROM, a digital application developed in partnership with industry partner Kensington Communications for the Royal Ontario Museum. ScopifyROM allows visitors to access behind-the-scene videos on their personal devices, providing a more in-depth experience of the larger stories behind the artefacts.
Other speakers included:
Matt Kyan (Program Director, Masters in Digital Media) who described several of his cloud-based solutions including Beyond 4 Colours, which customizes design and printing needs, and Synaptop, an operating system that supports virtual collaboration during audio-visual content creation.
Srinivas Krishna (Founder and President, AWE Company) who worked with Kyan, Ling Guan (Canada Research Chair in Multimedia and Computer Technology), and He Yifeng (Assistant Professor Electrical and Computer Engineering) to develop the Time Tablet™. This technology powers an immersive 3D mixed reality experience, allowing computer generated objects and characters to interact with users in real-world space. For instance, at Fort York visitors can access videos placed strategically throughout the tour on their Time Tablet™, which transports them back in time to experience Fort York in its prime.
Yashodhan Athavale(Research Engineer) who presented on behalf of his supervisor Sri Krishnan (Canada Research Chair in Biomedical Signal Analysis) about the collaboration between RC4 and the Signal Analysis Research (SAR) Lab. By analyzing human biological signals the team is developing and early warning system for heart attacks.
David Didur (Co-Founder, Think2thing Inc.), based in RC4’s Advanced Manufacturing and 3D Printing Lab node, spoke about the transformative effects of cloud-based 3D printing services for design and manufacturing.
Ali Mazalek (Canada Research Chair in Digital Media and Innovation) showcased her research using digital technologies to create human-computer interfaces that will improve our ability to understand and think about complex problems. This human-centred perspective will allow people to manipulate physical objects on tangible interfaces to create computer-based 3D designs.
The event highlighted RC4 as a gateway to advanced computing and a forum for creating collaborative partnerships that are critical to the success of positioning Ontario-based companies as leaders in this emerging global industry.RC4 consists of the hub located at Dundas and Yonge as well as three nodes around Ryerson including the Ryerson Transmedia Centre, the recently founded Advanced Manufacturing and 3D Printing Lab, and the Ryerson Ubiquitous and Pervasive Computing Lab (UPCL).