Five years ago, McGill associate professor of computer science (and co-director of the Reasoning and Learning Lab) Joelle Pineau began collaborating with professor Paul Cohen’s team at École Polytechnique de Montréal. Pineau’s specialty is coding algorithms, while the Polytechnique crew are focused on engineering challenges. Their new “smart wheelchair” senses obstacles and can use programmed maps to self-navigate specific terrains.
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Volume 4, Number 2
Catherine Bradley has made and designed costumes for theatre companies across Canada, including the Stratford Festival, the National Arts Centre, the Montreal Opera and the National Ballet. Since 1988, she’s also taught the art of costuming, and its history, in McGill’s Department of English. Her research project, dubbed the Digital Costume Illustration System, allows a layperson to easily transform a digital photograph of an actor into a detailed costume drawing that is perfectly proportioned to that person’s exact measurements.
Volume 4, Number 1
From the tender age of five, all Hans Larsson ever wanted to be was a vertebrate paleontologist. He devoured dinosaur books and pestered his parents into summer camping trips in the fossil-rich Alberta badlands—which is how a 14-year-old Larsson ended up meeting paleontology legend Philip Currie. Currie was impressed by this enthusiastic kid and gave him two pieces of advice: keep pursuing scientific study, and go to McGill. Larsson did both.