About Optical Sensing Technologies for Infrastructure, Water and Mobile Health

The IC-IMPACTS 2015 Summer Institute will provide a forum for Canadian and Indian graduate students to engage in active dialogue about current and emerging sensing technologies to monitor infrastructure, clean water and infectious diseases.

Academic researchers and representatives from industrial firms working in the optical sensing field will share their experiences mobilizing technologies for commercialization; speak about issues facing the optical sensing technologies industry; and identify emerging research challenges and opportunities for community-based application.

Institute highlights include:

  • Speakers from Canada, India, and other countries will share insights on current, leading-edge research and best practices in applying innovations into community contexts
  • Applied case studies will showcase real-world experiences on commercializing research and implementing innovations directly into community contexts
  • Opportunities for graduate students to showcase their research through poster sessions
  • Participation in a theme-focused topic challenge: working in teams, participants will identify current and emerging innovative sensing technologies (or concepts) to monitor infrastructure, clean water and infectious diseases and collaboratively create an intervention that accelerates the identified technology or concept into a safe, effective, affordable and scalable community-based application
  • Program design supports networking and knowledge sharing


About the Summer Institute

The objective of the IC-IMPACTS Summer Institute is to develop a future generation of researchers and innovation leaders who are able to lead complex multidisciplinary research teams, transfer knowledge across domains, and who will have the skillset to commercialize their research and apply their innovations directly into community contexts to affect real change. Equally, the development of networks and understanding of the latest developments and challenges within the industrial sector and international landscape of innovation are vital to generating an entrepreneurial mindset.

Specifically, the 2015 IC-IMPACTS Summer Institute in optical sensing technologies has been designed to:

  • Build participants’ knowledge and understanding of the latest developments and challenges within the academic, industrial sector and international landscape of innovation in the field of optical sensing technologies;
  • Provide a meaningful and high quality training experience for participants; and,
  • Develop connections between students and research groups between Canada and India.



IC-IMPACTS, the India-Canada Centre for Innovative Multidisciplinary Partnerships to Accelerate Community Transformation and Sustainability, brings together a team of expert researchers, industry innovators, community leaders, government agencies, and community organizations, to work hand-in-hand to find solutions to the key challenges that affect the quality of life of millions of people in Indian and Canadian communities.

IC-IMPACTS is a partnership among three of Canada’s leading research universities (The University of British Columbia, University of Alberta, and University of Toronto), and internationally reputed academic institutions in India (Indian Institutes of Technology in Bombay, Roorkee and Delhi; Birla Institute of Technology and Science in Pilani, V.P. Ches Institute; and the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology.) Collectively, these institutions form the hub of a strategic network of academic institutions, non-governmental organizations, industrial leaders, community partners, and governments across Canada and India.

Working closely with communities in Canada and India, IC-IMPACTS and its partners develop solutions to the most urgent needs of each nation: poor water quality, unsafe and unsustainable infrastructure, and poor health from water-borne and infectious diseases.

By providing real-world experiences in implementing solutions in community contexts, IC-IMPACTS’ goal is to train and equip a generation of entrepreneurial researchers and innovators with essential skills in research, innovation, commercialization, and leadership. These “innovation leaders” will continue the work of IC-IMPACTS around the world, driving knowledge economies and enabling enduring social change.