Canadian Universities Help Advance Automotive Research and Development



    WINDSOR, ON, May 21 /CNW/ - Increasing fuel efficiency, creating greener
vehicle parts, preventing whiplash injuries and protecting newborns and
premature infants through better car seats are just some of the ways Canadian
automotive researchers are contributing to the car of tomorrow. These projects
are part of a $10 million investment in Canadian automotive R&D by the AUTO21
Network of Centres of Excellence and its industry and public-sector partners.
    AUTO21 is Canada's national automotive research network, with more than
220 researchers at 45 universities across the country helping to advance
vehicle technology. The two-year $10 million investment will provide funding
for 20 new projects that will provide technology and knowledge for Canada's
automotive sector. AUTO21 is providing approximately $4 million while 59
industry partners are contributing about $6 million.
    "These projects represent the highest scientific excellence and the
strongest commercialization opportunities," said Dr. Peter Frise, AUTO21 CEO
and scientific director. "More importantly, the projects are providing unique
training opportunities for graduate students at universities across Canada."
    The projects join AUTO21's current research portfolio of 32 projects.
Each project is led by an expert researcher who coordinates the efforts of a
national team of investigators and student researchers in collaboration with a
private or public-sector partner.
    "While the auto sector faces challenging times, it is important for
Canada to continue to develop innovative technologies for when the market
returns," said Dr. John Mann, chair of the AUTO21 board of directors. "Some of
the best and brightest minds in automotive research are in Canada, and it is
through this brainpower that the nation will find success in the global
market."

    AUTO21 supports research projects in six key areas: health, safety and
injury prevention; societal issues; materials and manufacturing; design
processes; powertrains, fuels and emissions; and intelligent systems and
sensors. AUTO21 is supported by the Government of Canada through a Networks of
Centres of Excellence program, and its administrative centre is hosted by the
University of Windsor.

    
    Backgrounder

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                   AUTO21 New Project Funding (2009-2011)

    AUTO21 and its partners are investing approximately $10 million in 20 new
    projects. Full summaries of the projects and information on existing
    projects can be found at www.auto21.ca.

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    Project Title                       Project Leader/University
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    Health, Safety and Injury
     Prevention
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    Innovations for Children's Safety   Dr. William Altenhof, University of
     in Vehicles                         Windsor
                                        Dr. Anne Snowdon, University of
                                         Windsor
                                        Dr. Brenda Vrkljan, McMaster
                                         University
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    Manufacturing Ergonomics Through    Dr. Jim Potvin, McMaster University
     Improved Simulation and Modeling
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    Reducing Occupant Injury in         Dr. Douglas Romilly, University of
     Rear-End Collisions                 British Columbia
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    Societal Issues
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    Understanding and Preventing        Dr. Rick Linden, University of
     Automobile-Linked Crime             Manitoba
                                        Dr. Robert Mann, Centre for Addiction
                                         and Mental Health
                                        Dr. Reginald Smart, Centre for
                                         Addiction and Mental Health
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    Materials and Manufacturing
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    Laser Transmission Welding -        Dr. Phil Bates, Royal Military
     Intercooler Development             College
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    Powder Metallurgy for               Dr. Carl Blais, Université Laval
     High-Performance Powertrain
     Components
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    Renewable, Recyclable and           Dr. Amar Mohanty, University of
     Lightweight Structural Prototype    Guelph
     Parts                              Dr. Mohini Sain, University of
                                         Toronto
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    Recyclable, Lightweight Polymeric   Dr. Hani Naguib, University of
     Nanocomposites                      Toronto
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    Advanced High-Strength Steel        Dr. Keith Pilkey, Queen's University
     Microstructures for Low and
     High-Rate Applications
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    Lightweight Cast Components and     Dr. Jerry Sokolowski, University of
     Magnesium Recycling                 Windsor
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    High-Strength, Lightweight Cast     Dr. Mary Wells, University of
     Powertrain Components               Waterloo
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    Magnesium Casting Processes III     Dr. Jeff Wood, University of Western
                                         Ontario
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    Powertrains, Fuels and Emissions
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    Energy Storage in Lithium Ion       Dr. Gillian Goward, McMaster
     Batteries                           University
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    Second Generation Biofuels for      Dr. Murray Thompson, University of
     Sustainable Transportation          Toronto
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    Infrastructure for Wide Market      Dr. Maxime Dubois, Université Laval
     Adoption of PHEV
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    Design Processes
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    Multidisciplinary Optimization of   Dr. Bartosz Protas, McMaster
     Hybrid and Electric Vehicle         University
     Batteries
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    Intelligent Systems and Sensors
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    Wireless Sensor Networks for        Dr. Soumaya Cherkaoui, Université de
     Communicative and Adaptive Cars     Sherbrooke
                                        Dr. Shahrokh Valaee, University of
                                         Toronto
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    Mems-Based Intelligent Active       Dr. Sazzadur Chowdhury, University of
     Safety Systems                      Windsor
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    Self-Sustained Active Smart Engine  Dr. Farid Golnaraghi, Simon Fraser
     Mount Isolators                     University
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    Pollution and Particle Sensors for  Dr. Wai Tung Ng, University of
     Environment- Aware Vehicles         Toronto
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    Automotive Glass Exciter            Dr. Colin Novak, University of
     Technologies                        Windsor
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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) 890-6830

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