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GRAND Digital Wave Workshop (Winnipeg)

March 5, 2013 | Winnipeg, MB

Invitation to Industry and Researchers
GRAND NCE Workshop
Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Digital Media Jobs Creation

The Graphics, Animation and New Media Network of Centres of Excellence (“GRAND”) is pleased to hold a workshop at the University of Manitoba on March 5, 2013 on the general subject of Emerging Digital Media Technologies, Methodologies and Practices: Developer Solutions, Industry Needs and Approaches to Collaboration.

The workshops will provide a forum for the communication of research results and highlight the development of innovative graphics, animations and new digital media emerging from Canada’s research universities. In addition, the workshop offers industry an opportunity to network with researchers and a platform for future collaboration on key graphic, animation and digital media problems and needs.  It is hoped that the workshop will stimulate discussions between industry and the GRAND research community and cement on-going working relationships. Overall, the intent of the workshop is to encourage industry and research interaction that could lead to future product development and commercialization and stimulate entrepreneurship, innovation and digital media jobs creation.

 As technology transfer is a major issue for research community and industry alike, the workshop will identify the challenges and rewards of licencing technology from Canada’s universities and include discussions on IP protection and technology transfer/commercialization avenues.

Date: March 5, 2013   
Conference/Workshop Fee: Free
Time:  11 am – 5 pm  (Lunch provided)
Location: University of Manitoba, University Centre, 5th Floor
Due to space constraints please register early.  We can only accommodate 50 participants.  


Mark Salopek

Please include in your RSVP, your organization title, contact info, and any food allergies.

Tentative Agenda 
11:15am - 12:00pm Networking & Lunch

12:00pm - 12:10pm Welcome & Opening Remarks

12:10pm -12:25pm GRAND’s Vision and Technology Transfer and Commercialization, Goals, Objectives and Challenges

12:30pm – 12:45pm Animation and Simulation – Game Development – GRAND Contributions
Speaker:  Jesse Vivanco, MOBRO

12:50pm – 1:05pm Industry-Research Institution Collaboration – The MITACS Program – Benefits,
Opportunities,  Success 
Speaker:  Chris Bowman, MITACS, Saskatchewan/Manitoba

1:10pm – 1:25pm Animation and Simulation Tools for the Digital Media Professional – Rapid Creation of 3D Imagery from 2D Images
Speaker: Javad Sadeghi, University of Calgary

1:30pm – 1:45pm Manitoba Startup – Experiences, Adventures and Achievements – Smart Badges
Speaker: Khalid Shariff, Project Whitecard

1:50pm - 2:05pm GRAND Technologies – University of Manitoba
Speaker:  Pourang Irani, University of Manitoba

2:10pm – 2:25pm Wavefront’s Wireless and Mobile Commercialization Incubator: Accessing support and resources for wireless and mobile development
Speaker: Richard Miller, WAVEFRONT, Vancouver, BC

2:30pm - 3:10pm Refreshment and Networking Break

3:15pm – 3:30pm The ATOM Project: Automating Clothing Dimension Technology for Application in
Online Clothing Retailing
Speaker: Javad Sadeghi, University of Calgary

3:35pm – 3:50pm Gaming for Educational Applications – Creating a Meaningful Game that Instructs and Stimulates
Speaker: Samad Kardan, University of British Columbia

3:55pm - 4:10pm Next Steps, Wrap-up and Closing Remarks

Venue Location

University Centre  (Building 26 on the Map)
5th Floor
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, MB  R3T 2N2 Canada
Tel 204-474-7664