U of T received funding Sept. 24 for the establishment of two new
large-scale, collaborative research networks, one that will use nanotechnology to develop faster ways of
detecting cancer, and another, led by DCS' René
e Miller, that will develop
better information management systems for business applications.
Gary Goodyear, Canada's minister of state for science and technology,
announced the creation of nine new networks as part of the Natural
Sciences and Engineering Research Council's Strategic Network Grants
program. Miller's U of T-based network will receive $5 million
over five years.
The Business Intelligence Network (BIN), to be led by U of T
computer scientist Renée Miller, will create a mechanism to enhance
collaboration between the top Canadian knowledge and information
management researchers and the top Canadian companies in business
"Business intelligence means using information to make informed
decisions," says Miller, who is the Bell Canada Chair of Information
Systems at U of T. "From a research perspective, it includes everything
from strategy and policy management, to information retrieval, to data
integration and data exchange. Our goal is to provide new solutions for
businesses and government organizations to enable them to solve modern
business problems and make decisions using integrated, trustworthy, and
The network itself will be interdisciplinary, bringing together
computer scientists, industrial engineers, and information managers to
develop new systems for stewardship, curation, and information
practice. In addition to Miller and other U of T computer scientists,
the BIN network includes researchers from the universities of Alberta,
British Columbia, Ottawa and Waterloo, as well as Carleton and
Dalhousie. Investigators are working with researchers at SAP, IBM,
iAnywhere, Palomino, IC-Agency, Bell Canada, and Zerofootprint.
"The Business Intelligence Network represents an exceptional
partnership that will transform the existing patchwork of systems
currently available in complex organizations," said U of T President
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