McGill to participate in two of Canada’s five new ‘superclusters’

Published: 15 February 2018

McGill University will participate in two of the five “superclusters” selected by the Government of Canada for funding under its Innovation Superclusters Initiative:

AI-Powered Supply Chains Supercluster (SCALE.AI): More than 30 faculty members from McGill’s Faculties of Science and Engineering, along with their research groups, are expected to be active in this supercluster, which will bring the retail, manufacturing, transportation, infrastructure, and information and communications technology sectors together to build intelligent supply chains through artificial intelligence and robotics. These researchers provide expertise in data generation, data handling, decision modeling, and system output, as well as integration, cybersecurity and infrastructure. In addition, researchers and partners from the Bensadoun School of Retail Management and from the Desautels Faculty of Management will bring their expertise in all aspects of supply chain management as well as their specific competence about the retail and consumer goods sector.

Protein Industries Supercluster: Based in the Prairies, the Protein Industries Supercluster will use plant genomics and novel processing technology to increase the value of key Canadian crops, such as canola, wheat and pulses that are coveted in high-growth foreign markets, such as China and India, as well as to satisfy growing markets in North America and Europe for plant-based meat alternatives and new food products. Researchers from McGill’s Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and its Department of Food Science will contribute to this initiative; and the McGill Centre for the Convergence of Health and Economics (MCCHE) and the Bensadoun School of Retail Management will be a vibrant knowledge base for aspects of retail that span the full agri-food chain.

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