News and Events

Top Executives Tour ICICS Facilities

On October 7, 2010, 65 senior executives from North American high-tech companies toured the ICICS facilities. This visit followed on “The Power of Peer” conference held in Vancouver from October 5–6. The conference was part of a series designed to link strategic technology planning to business success. ICICS members had the opportunity to meet these […]

Green College Visiting Professor Talks co-hosted by ICICS and ECE

On Thursday, October 14 and Friday October 15, ICICS and the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering co-hosted talks by Cecil H. and Ida Green Visiting Professor Gerhard Fettweis, Vodafone Chair Professor at TU Dresden. Abstracts of the talks and a short biography of Dr. Fettweis follow. Ten Unsolved Hot Problems in Information & Communications […]

Rising Stars of Research Tour ICICS Facilities

On August 20, 2010, twenty-eight of Canada’s top undergraduate science students toured the ICICS facilities as part of a national poster competition hosted by UBC. This event was a good opportunity for ICICS members to meet potential UBC graduate students whose research interests align with their own. The students enthusiastically toured the following labs:   […]

ICICS Graduate Scholarships

ICICS grants three $5000 scholarships per year for 2 consecutive years to incoming PhD students who will be supervised by full ICICS members. The ICICS Graduate Affairs Committee decides on recipients, with preference given to those whose research is strongly multidisciplinary in nature (e.g., will be co-supervised).

Conference Travel Support for ICICS Students

 ICICS provides up to $700 to ICICS-affiliated graduate students (Masters or PhD) once over the course of their graduate study at UBC, to travel to a conference with published proceedings. ICICS’ support must be acknowledged in papers presented. Travel support is granted on a first-come, first-served basis, and is for upcoming travel only; retroactive claims […]

Yusuf Altintas Leads National Network to Develop Virtual Machining Technology

Mechanical engineering professor and ICICS member Yusuf Altintas is Scientific Director of a recently announced NSERC Strategic Network that will develop the world’s most advanced virtual machining technology for macro- and micro-machining operations. With funding over 5 years of $5 million from NSERC and $350,000 from industry, the Canadian Network for Research and Innovation in […]

ICICS Visited by Human–Computer Interaction Expert Barbara Grosz

On Tuesday, June 22, ICICS hosted a full-day visit by Dr. Barbara Grosz, computer scientist and Dean, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, to our facilities. Dr. Grosz is an expert in human-computer interaction (see website, and 2010 Peter Wall Institute Distinguished Visiting Professor. Her ICICS visit preceded her Faculty Associates Dinner […]

Panos Nasiopoulos Is New ICICS Director

For over two decades, UBC’s Institute for Computing, Information, and Cognitive Systems (ICICS) has promoted collaborative research among its members from the three core departments of Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering, and with industry. Since 2000, faculty from across the campus have also been eligible for membership. ICICS now has 150 […]

ICICS and NSERC Co-sponsor Industry Dinner

There is a generally acknowledged need for university researchers in disciplines represented by the ICICS membership to make their collaborations with industry more meaningful. The funding agencies want to see more return on their investment: funded projects that produce results translated to society through industry. To this end, ICICS hosted a reception and dinner at […]

$931,000 in Tax Credits for ICICS-Incubated Start-up Company

Having recently celebrated his company’s tenth anniversary, Shahram Tafazoli, founder and president of Motion Metrics International Corp., couldn’t have asked for a better birthday present. On August 12, 2009, the federal Minister of National Revenue, Jean-Pierre Blackburn, presented Tafazoli with a cheque for $931,000 in Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED;) tax credits. This amount […]