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Research related to the theoretical foundations of information and communication technology (ICT), the design and deployment of ICT in a variety of settings, and the evaluation of the use of ICT and its impact on individuals, organizations, and society. It involves research into the study and design of systems that capture, store, transmit, process, and use information in a manner that is efficient, accurate, reliable, secure, profitable, and responsible.

Key research areas include foundational and design areas, including algorithms and complexity, data management, software engineering, computational modeling, computer networks, and intelligent computing; ICT impact, including telemedicine, distance education and e-learning technology, electronic commerce, and privacy; geographic information systems, autonomous ocean systems; managing (storing, retrieving, filtering, and processing) the vast amounts of data collected by businesses and other organizations using web-based and sensor-based data collection (data collection includes scientific, health, pharmaceutical, commercial, geographic, and social network data, remote sensing, communication networks, information technologies, and computational modeling; it spans traditional structured databases and unstructured text); electronic health service delivery in remote areas of the province (including tele-oncology, tele-psychiatry, tele-video resuscitation) and innovative interactive teaching programs for remote areas (i.e., electronic continuing medical education – MD.cme); and cultural and social impacts of ICT.

 


Exploring the inaccessible

Memorial researchers are working to develop new technologies that will allow autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) to be used for resource exploration in difficult areas.

Local underwater acoustic imaging technology development company PanGeo Subsea has partnered with the university to determine if their instrument, a sub-bottom imager (SBI), can be integrated onto Memorial’s Explorer AUV. When attached to a vehicle, the SBI is pulled along the bottom of the ocean just a few metres above the ground. It emits sound pulses down into the earth to generate a 3-D picture of what’s underneath – useful information for those interested in oil and gas development in Newfoundland and Labrador. See More...