The chair's research program will include work leading to the development of flexible, cost-effective, high performance, and human-friendly multimedia communications. Ultimately, the work of this chair will contribute to the application of expertise in distance health and education, and towards the development of interactive, multimedia communication capabilities into homes, businesses and institutions. This will enable greater access of the information highway in rural areas.
Dr. John Robinson has been appointed to this chair. Dr. Robinson received a PhD in Electronic Systems Engineering from the University of Essex in the United Kingdom in 1985. He has held teaching posts at the University of Waterloo and at the University of Essex. He was a member of the scientific staff and manager of Multimedia Conferencing in the Network Services Department of Bell-Northern Research (BNR) Ltd., one of Canada's largest communications research companies.
Dr. Robinson has written numerous articles and technical reports in the field of
telecommunications. He has won several awards for his work including the Phillips Prize (1985)
for work in his M.Sc. program, and two BNR Awards for Excellence (1987, 1988) for the
development of a multimedia terminal, and for exceptional contributions to Northern Telecom and
Bell Canada projects.
In addition to ongoing research, this initiative will also form the basis of an academic program in fisheries conservation at Memorial. Research will contribute to the understanding of groundfish stock dynamics and will support the development of a conservation-based fishery in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Dr. George Rose has been appointed to this chair. Born in St. John's, he attended the University of Guelph and Laurentian University and received his PhD from McGill University. He is an expert in fisheries ecology, oceanography, and the use of acoustics in the monitoring and conservation of large marine ecosystems.
His research has concentrated on the use of advanced hydroacoustics and its application in assessment techniques. He is well known for his work on fisheries oceanography, fish distribution ecology, and acoustics.