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Hands-on with innovation at Queen's

  • Mayor Bryan Paterson speaks with a QICSI student team regarding their start-up, during his tour of innovative research and development groups at Queen's.
    Mayor Bryan Paterson speaks with a QICSI student team regarding their start-up, during his tour of innovative research and development groups at Queen's.
  • Mayor Paterson tries out BitDrone programmable matter at the Human Media Lab, as HML director, Roel Vertegaal (Computing) looks on.
    Mayor Paterson tries out BitDrone programmable matter at the Human Media Lab, as HML director, Roel Vertegaal (Computing) looks on.
  • Mayor Paterson tries out the ReFlex bendable smartphone.
    Mayor Paterson tries out the ReFlex bendable smartphone.
  • Andras Lasso, Associate Director of the Perk Lab, demonstrates innovative new surgical equipment that improves recovery and prognosis for patients undergoing surgery for breast cancer.
    Andras Lasso, Associate Director of the Perk Lab, demonstrates innovative new surgical equipment that improves recovery and prognosis for patients undergoing surgery for breast cancer.
  • Mayor Patterson tries out another Perk Lab innovation, which utilizes virtual reality to assist in neurosurgery.
    Mayor Patterson tries out another Perk Lab innovation, which utilizes virtual reality to assist in neurosurgery.

On Thursday, August 10, Kingston Mayor Bryan Paterson took part in a tour of campus to learn more about the innovative research and entrepreneurship activities taking place at Queen's.

The tour commenced with a visit to participating teams in the Dunin-Deshpande Queen's Innovation Centre Summer Initiative, where Mayor Paterson met with students and learned about the problems their new companies aimed to address, as well as the challenges and opportunities they've experienced.

Next, the tour visited the Human Media Lab, where lab director Roel Vertegaal demonstrated many of the lab's leading-edge creations, including a bendable smartphone and "programmable matter".

Finally, the tour visited the Perk Lab, where lab director Gabor Fitchinger (Computing) and his students demonstrated new computer-assisted surgical tools and medical education techniques.