Georgian students, staff and community partners showcase research, innovation and scholarship
April 17, 2017

Computer Programmer Analyst student Ben Dunn demonstrates his team's room-scale virtual reality simulator at Georgian's second annual Research, Innovation and Scholarship Day, held April 11 at the Barrie Campus.

Computer Programmer Analyst student Ben Dunn demonstrates his team’s room-scale virtual reality simulator at Georgian’s second annual Research, Innovation and Scholarship Day, held April 11 at the Barrie Campus.

What do a robotic exoskeleton, clamp force measuring system, and room-scale virtual reality simulator have in common? They’re all innovative products created and developed by Georgian students.

Dozens of students from a variety of program areas joined Georgian faculty and community partners in presenting their ideas and projects at the college’s second annual Research, Innovation and Scholarship Day, held April 11 at the Barrie Campus.

Students Robert Regner (Digital Video), Ben Dunn, Emma Hilborn and Matthew Lane (Computer Programmer Analyst) worked together to bring stories to life through their artificial intelligence and controller research. They started their project as a class assignment, then spent 18 to 20 hours each day for months leading up to the event broadening and fine-tuning their concept. Their hard work paid off – the team was awarded the Innov8 Showcase Entrepreneurship Prize.

Attendees heard from keynote speaker 17-year-old Maya Burhanpurkar, an award-winning scientist and ardent supporter of Girls in STEM. Burhanpurkar spoke about her own research journey and the lessons she’s learned along the way.

The Innov8 Showcase also featured electric vehicles, robots and a marine simulator.

Research, Innovation and Scholarship Day is an important part of Georgian’s academic environment and the college’s work with industry and community partners. It’s also a great way to engage with the Georgian research community and experience first-hand the difference this work makes in enhancing knowledge, answering questions and solving practical problems.

Learn more about research and innovation at Georgian.