AUTO21 and partners invest $20 million to increase Canada's automotive research capabilities



    WINDSOR, ON, June 3 /CNW/ - Canada's automotive research community is
celebrating a recent investment of approximately $20 million in new project
funding by the AUTO21 Network of Centres of Excellence. Together with its 240
private and public sector partners, the national automotive research
organization is funding 54 projects during the next two years that will
enhance Canada's reputation as a leader in automotive R&D and help develop
future vehicles that are safer and more environmentally friendly.
    The funding was announced by the Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of
Industry, at the AUTO21 national conference in London, Ontario. Through the
federal Networks of Centres of Excellence program, the Government of Canada is
providing about $10 million of the total investment.
    The projects range from child seat safety, to elderly driver education
programs, to hybrid and lightweight materials research. More than 300
researchers at 43 universities will participate in the investigations, which
will also provide training opportunities to more than 500 student researchers
by the end of the two years. Approximately 240 private and public sector
organizations, including automakers, parts suppliers and materials companies
are contributing the remainder of the funding.
    "Since 2001, AUTO21 has proven its ability to develop the technologies,
knowledge and the people required by the Canadian automotive sector. This
additional funding brings the total amount of AUTO21's R&D investment to more
than $85 million," said Dr. Peter Frise, AUTO21 Scientific Director and CEO.
"These 54 projects will provide benefits to Canadians through new automotive
technologies that keep vehicle occupants safer, reduce energy consumption and
increase product quality."
    Each project will be led by an expert researcher, who will coordinate a
national team of investigators. Summaries of the new projects can be found
online at www.auto21.ca. AUTO21 research falls within six key areas: health,
safety and injury prevention; societal issues; materials and manufacturing;
design processes; powertrains, fuels and emissions; and intelligent systems
and sensors.



    
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                                                            Backgrounder

                       AUTO21 Project Funding 2008-2010

    AUTO21 and its partners will support the following 54 projects for
2008-2010. Full project summaries can be found at www.auto21.ca.

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    Project                           Project Leader/University
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    Health, Safety & Injury Prevention
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    Injury Prevention in the Auto     Dr. Jack Callaghan, University of
     Industry                          Waterloo
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    Advanced Seat Design              Dr. Doug Romilly, University of
                                       British Columbia
                                      Dr. Jennifer Durkin, University of
                                       Waterloo
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    Enhanced Child Safety in          Dr. Andrew Howard, Hospital for Sick
     Automobiles                       Children, Toronto
                                      Dr. Anne Snowdon, University of Windsor
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    Childhood Automobile Safety       Dr. Beth Bruce, Dalhousie University
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    Enhancing Vehicular Mobility in   Dr. Michel Bedard, Lakehead University
     Older Adults                     Dr. Jan Miller Polgar, University of
                                       Western Ontario
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    Safe Platform for Evaluating/     Dr. Denis Laurendeau, Université Laval
     Enhancing Driver Qualifications
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    Societal Issues
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    Automobile-Linked Crime in Canada Dr. Rick Linden, University of Manitoba
                                      Dr. Robert Mann, Centre for Addiction
                                       and Mental Health
                                      Dr. Reg Smart, Centre for Addiction
                                       and Mental Health
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    Automotive Industry-Government    Dr. Dimitry Anastakis, Trent University
     Relations in the 21st Century
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    Canadian Labour Market            Dr. Charlotte Yates, McMaster
     Regulation, Relations and         University
     Innovation
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    Teen and Novice Driver Network    Dr. Jeff Caird, University of Calgary
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    Materials and Manufacturing
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    Laser Welding of Thermoplastics   Dr. Phil Bates, Royal Military College
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    Powder Metallurgy for High-       Dr. Carl Blais, Université Laval
     Performance Automotive Components
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    High-Efficiency Machining         Dr. Mohamed Elbestawi, McMaster
     Processes                         University
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    Wrought Magnesium for Auto Parts  Dr. Marek Niewczas, McMaster University
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    Fine-Celled Foam Structures for   Dr. Chul Park, University of Toronto
     TPO Components
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    Renewable Biofibres and           Dr. Mohini Sain, University of Toronto
     Biomaterials for Interior Parts
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    Processing Technologies of Light  Dr. Steven Cockcroft, University of
     Materials Cast Components         British Columbia
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    Optimization of Composite         Dr. Pascal Hubert, McGill University
     Manufacturing by Resin Injection
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    Chemically Enhanced Formability   Dr. Dmitri Malakhov, McMaster
     of Automotive Aluminum Alloys     University
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    Magnesium Casting Processes II    Dr. Jeff Wood, University of
                                       Western Ontario
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    Hydroforming of High-Strength     Dr. Michael Worswick, University of
     Steels                            Waterloo
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    New Generation Steels II          Dr. Stephen Yue, McGill University
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    Welding and Joining of Advanced   Dr. Norman Zhou, University of Waterloo
     Materials
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    NVH Design of Magnesium           Dr. Noureddine Atalla, Université de
     Alloys-Based Front Dashes         Sherbrooke
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    Advanced Tribology for Products   Dr. Ahmet Alpas, University of Windsor
     and Manufacturing
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    Micro-Machining of Dies and       Dr. Yusuf Altintas, University of
     Moulds                            British Columbia
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    Next Generation Compaction System Dr. Jack Jeswiet, Queen's University
                                      Dr. Il Yong Kim, Queen's University
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    Magnesium granule Micro-Structure Dr. Hani Henein, University of Alberta
     of Semi-Solids
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    Powertrains, Fuels and Emissions
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    Hydrogen Safety and               Dr. Pierre Bénard, Universite du
     Infrastructure for Hydrogen       Quebec a Trois-Rivieres
     Vehicles
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    On-Board Fuel Cell-Powered        Dr. Brant Peppley, Queen's University
     Auxiliary Power Units
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    Combustion of Low-Emission        Dr. Steven Rogak, University of
     Automotive-Tailored Natural Gas   British Columbia
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    Ultra Clean Diesel Engines        Dr. Nasser Ashgriz, University of
                                       Toronto
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    Enabling Biodiesel Fuel Use for   Dr. Murray Thomson, University of
     Sustainable Mobility              Toronto
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    Flexible operation of HCCI Using  Dr. Charles Koch, University of Alberta
     Intelligent Control
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    Battery Storage and Optimization  Dr. Eric Bibeau, University of Manitoba
     of Plug-in Hybrid Vehicles
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    PEM Fuel Cells for Automotive     Dr. Xianguo Li, University of Waterloo
     Applications
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    Low-Cost High-Density Storage     Dr. Boyd Davis, Queen's University
     for Fuel Cells
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    Computer-Aided Design of          Dr. R. E. Hayes, University of Alberta
     Catalytic Converters
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    Design Processes
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    Collaborative Design Tools for    Dr. Stephen Lambert, University of
     Distributed Multidisciplinary     Waterloo
     Design Projects
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    Neuro-Fuzzy Systems for           Dr. Brian Surgenor, Queen's University
     Inspection in Manufacturing
     Processes
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    Model-Based Damage Diagnosis of   Dr. Faouzi Ghrib, University of Windsor
     Components
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    Hybrid Active Safety Systems and  Dr. Greg Rohrauer, University of
     Intelligent Grid Interfacing      Ontario Institute of Technology
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    Life Cycle Environmental          Dr. Heather MacLean, University of
     Assessment and Policy             Toronto
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    Productivity and Safety in        Dr. Zbigniew Pasek, University of
     Non-Structural Speed Fastening    Windsor
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    Intelligent Systems and Sensors
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    Integrated Navigation and         Dr. Elizabeth Cannon, University of
     Communications Systems            Calgary
     Development
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    Vehicle Communications and        Dr. Brahim Chaib-draa, Université Laval
     Applications                     Dr. Soumaya Cherkaoui, Université de
                                       Sherbrooke
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    Cephalo-Occular Behaviour &       Dr. Denis Laurendeau, Université Laval
     Visual Search Patterns of
     Drivers
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    Smart Technologies for Improved   Dr. Alain Berry, Universite de
     Acoustic Environment in           Sherbrooke
     Automobiles                      Dr. Patrice Masson, Universite de
                                       Sherbrooke
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    Electrical Power Management and   Dr. Wai Tung Ng, University of Toronto
     Safety Systems
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    Dynamic Collaborative Driving     Dr. Jan Huissoon, University of
                                       Waterloo
                                      Dr. Francois Michaud, Université de
                                       Sherbrooke
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    Wireless MEMs-Based Sensor Nodes  Dr. Luc Frechette, Université de
     for Intelligent Systems           Sherbrooke
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    Distributed Intelligent Sensing   Dr. Jonathon Wu, University of Windsor
     and Control for Factory
     Automation
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    Vehicular Telematics over WiFi    Dr. Victor Leung, University of British
     and WiMax Multihop Networks       Columbia
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    Inertial Sensor Cluster for       Dr. Edmond Cretu, University of British
     Adaptive Path Prediction          Columbia
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For further information:

For further information: Stephanie Campeau, Communications Manager,
AUTO21 Network of Centres of Excellence, Tel: (519) 253-3000, ext. 4129, Cell:
(519) 981-4598

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