Canadian research leaders

Canadian research leaders

Queen’s University adds two new and two renewed Canada Research Chairs.

By Anne Craig

September 8, 2020


Queen’s University welcomed two new and two renewed Canada Research Chairs as part of the Government of Canada’s recent $140 million of Canada Research Chairs announcement. One of the country’s highest research honours, the Canada Research Chairs program advances the nation’s position as a leader in discovery and innovation.  Queen’s is home to over 40 Canada Research Chairs .

Ning Lu (Electrical and Computer Engineering) and Amber Simpson (School of Computing; Biomedical and Molecular Sciences) are the two new Tier 2 chairs while Gregoire Webber (Law) and Dylan Robinson (Faculty of Arts and Science) are renewed Tier 2 chairs. Tier 2 Chairs are recognized as emerging leaders in their research areas and Queen’s will receive $100,000 per year over five years for each Tier 2 Chair.

The research focus of the new and reviewed chairs ranges from the foundations of law and government and new approaches to treating patients with cancer to Indigenous public arts across North America and innovative resource management solutions.

“The CRC programs allows Queen’s to attract and retain some of the world's most accomplished and promising minds from a diversity of disciplines,” says Kimberly Woodhouse, Vice-Principal (Research). “I look forward to seeing these new and renewed chairs further develop their research programs.”

Dr Ning LuDr. Lu’s (Canada Research Chair in Future Communication Networks) research recognizes the Internet of Things as an emerging network paradigm connecting billions of wireless devices. Proper network resource management will play a critical role in reaping the benefits of this emerging technology. His research will have wide-ranging applications in telecommunications from smart homes to emergency response.

amber simpsonDr. Simpson (Canada Research Chair in Biomedical Computing and Informatics) examines how we can harness the power of artificial intelligence and machine learning to identify tailored treatments for patients with cancer. She is seeking to transform how clinicians treat patients with cancer using a data-driven approach.

Gregoire Webber Dr. Webber (Canada Research Chair in Public Law and Philosophy of Law) is looking to enrich our understanding of the responsibilities of government, our responsibilities to each other, and our obligation to the law.

Dylan RobinsonDr. Robinson’s (Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Arts) research addresses how Indigenous artists are weaving their histories and futures back into the fabric of civic infrastructure by creating new public artworks.

For more information on the program, visit the Canada Research Chairs website.