Since the Innovation at the Cutting Edge is delivered jointly by McGill, Concordia and the École de technologie supérieure, students can be involved and explore cross-disciplinary research. Students can select through a vast pool of research opportunities, based on their current career path but can also point them in new directions for further education, provide them with valuable qualifications and develop networking opportunities. Here are several research laboratories that students can explore in the contexte of this program:
- Architected Materials and Advanced Structures Group: Their expertise lies in solid mechanics, structural optimization, and fabrication of architected materials. Through a combined approach of experiments, theory, and simulations, they study the mechanical properties's response across the spectrum of length scale. They also study the role of cellular architecture in plant tissues, in particular in response to water stimuli. The outcome of these investigations serves as a springboard that they often exploit to develop advanced technology of practical use, particularly in medicine and aerospace. Their current interests are: micromechanics of architected materials; hierarchical structures, functionally graded materials, and fiber steered laminates with variable stiffness; graded cellular architecture in plant tissues; structural (topology, shape and size) optimization, multiobjective optimization, and robust optimization accounting for manufacturing uncertainties.
- Biomedical Technology and Cell Therapy Research Laboratory (McGill University): The primary research interests of this laboratory are in several innovative areas of artificial cell, microencapsulation, nanomedicine, regenerative medicine, biomaterial and medical device engineering, cell therapy, cell and tissue engineering, and innovative biomedical technology developments. The research is focused for the development of new medical treatment strategies, including novel cell and drug-based therapies.
- Control and Robotics Laboratory (ÉTS): The Control and Robotics Laboratory (CoRo) at the École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS) concentrates its activities on applied research. The laboratory is equipped with the state-of-the-art infrastructure, including several industrial robots, a robot arm, a laser cutting machine, various parallel robot prototypes, microscopes, and a wide range of metrology instruments. Their research efforts are focused on the following areas: Precision robotics, Parallel robotics; Mechatronics and haptics; and Control.
- Dr Jake Barralet's Lab: This McGill laboratory specializes in bioceramics, in particular; low temperature syntheses of nanocrystalline and amorphous inorganics, cold setting materials (cements) and precipitation to create new or improved materials or devices for tissue repair or delivery.
- Imaging and Orthopaedics Research Laboratory (ÉTS): The Imaging and Orthopaedics Research Laboratory (LIO) at the École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS) develops and test health technologies in various disciplines: Morpho-functional assessment, Regulatory requirements and quality management systems, Materials characterisation, Medical imaging and numerical methods, Geometric and biomechanical modeling, Robotics Simulation and virtual reality. Their researches involve 3D MSK reconstruction, Decision Support system, Function of the lower limb, should; Wheelchair propulsion; advanced biomaterials and design of prostheses, surgical instruments and medical robots.
- Micro and Nanosystems Engineering for Life Science (McGill University): This group is investigating the design, manufacturing, and application of novel micro/nano devices and systems to address emerging issues in biology and medicine. Leveraging their multidisciplinary capabilities, their research projects bridge technological advances in robotics, bioMEMS, biomaterials, and biochemical analysis, with both fundamental biological research and clinical diagnosis/treatment needs.
- Tactile Sensors Laboratory (Concordia University): The laboratory features special equipment for the development and testing of intelligent tactile sensors for robots and endoscopes, haptic sensors; AND feedback systems for minimally invasive surgery and robotics, micromachining, teletaction in minimally invasive surgery.
- Thomas Fevens' Lab (Concordia University): This lab, part of the Computational Mathematics and Visualization Lab, focuses on research in the areas of cancer malignancy classification using cytological and histopathological imagery, clinical image segmentation, and applying deep learning to medical imaging problems. Some of my students also are members of the 3D Graphics lab.