Bishop’s University Researcher Funded By Mitacs To Collaborate With Industry Partner
Dr.Layachi Bentabet, professor in Bishop’s University’s Computer Science Department, has been awarded a Mitacs research grant in the amount of $30,000. This grant will be used to offer a scholarship to Ms. Tegan Maharaj, a Computer Science Masters student at Bishop’s University, who is currently carrying out a research project at iPerceptions, an industrial partner located in Montreal. iPerceptions is an enterpriselevel company that uses a survey platform to collect information consumers’ use of websites or apps in order to analyze the data and advise their clients on how to improve their online platforms.
The Mitacs grant allows a graduate student or postdoctoral fellow to work on-site with an industry partner and then complete his or her research at the university under the guidance of a faculty supervisor. Ms. Maharaj is looking for new ways to improve data analysis at iPerceptions through machine learning. She is thus conducting research into the ways that data regarding consumer habits can be better analyzed. The experience so far, she notes, has been invaluable: “I love research for its own sake,” she says, “but having practical applications for the things I’m trying and learning makes a world of difference to my motivation. It’s exciting just to learn new things, but until you use those skills and concepts to solve a real problem, they only exist inside your head. This internship has allowed me to take things out of my head and make them exist in the real world, and maybe even be useful to someone! So rewarding.”
Mitacs is a Canadian research internship program that provides interns with opportunities to transfer their skills from theory to real-world application and allow companies to gain a competitive advantage by accessing highquality research expertise. The industry partner benefits from these internships as the intern can bring new perspectives, expertise and solutions to problems it faces. Mitacs partners with the Fonds de recherche du Québec - Nature et technologies, which contributed $10,000 to Dr. Bentabet’s grant.