Memorial researcher recognized for innovative research

 By Sonia B. Glover

 Engineering expertise at Memorial University has received national recognition.
 Dr. Ray Gosine, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, has been named recipient of the Petro-Canada Young Innovator Award. This is the first Petro-Canada Young Innovator Award presented to a Memorial researcher.

 The national award is to recognize, promote and support outstanding and innovative new researchers whose work enhances their department's learning environment, and has the potential to be significant to society at large.

 Memorial President Dr. Arthur May said he is pleased with the announcement, adding that the award will enable Dr. Gosine to further his research efforts in robotic applications and intelligent systems. "Dr. Gosine is an innovative and productive researcher, and a most appropriate choice for the first Memorial recipient of this award. We are glad to see our young researchers being recognized for their efforts as they launch their scholarly careers," said Dr. May.
The  president also pointed out that the Petro-Canada Young Innovator Awards Program, which was launched at Memorial as part of the company's $500,000 contribution to The Opportunity Fund, is an important program that will not only keep our most promising researchers at home, but also attract other innovative researchers to Memorial University.

 Gary Bruce, vice-president of Offshore Development and Operations, Petro- Canada, said the company is proud of its partnership with Memorial University and is pleased to present Memorial's first Young Innovator Award to Dr. Gosine.    "We believe the Petro-Canada Young Innovator Awards Program not only provides financial support to Canada's brightest and most promising researchers, but it also acknowledges the importance of the work they are doing. Dr. Gosine exemplifies why we created this program, and we congratulate him for his work and impressive accomplishments."

 Dr. Gosine's award was announced at a special ceremony on Oct. 26 at Hampton Hall of Memorial's Marine Institute.  During the ceremony, Dr. Gosine gave a presentation on various aspects of his research. It included an overview of intelligent systems research that he has been leading for the last five years at Memorial. Dr. Gosine spoke of projects that aim to capture in a computer, the human sensing and decision- making capability necessary in many industrial applications.

 Such projects include the development of an intelligent computer vision system for defect detection, an automated system for accurate identification of fish species from commercial fish echosounders, and intelligent telerobotic mining technologies to improve the safety and efficiency of underground mining in harsh environments.

 Dr. Gosine, who was also recognized by Memorial University for his innovative research with the President's Award for Outstanding Research (PAOR) in 1997, is an associate professor in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science and the director of intelligent systems at C-CORE, Memorial's Centre for Cold Ocean Resources Engineering. His main research interests are in the area of industrial automation and intelligent systems.

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