Two UWindsor professors win Canada Research Chairs

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Two University of Windsor professors have been awarded Canada Tier 2 Research Chairs.

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Law Professor Manoj Mate and Engineering Professor Ning Zhang will each receive $120,000 in annual funding for five years, renewable for an additional five years. Mate will hold a Canada Research Chair in International Business Law, while Zhang will hold one in Edge Computing and the Internet of Vehicles.

“I am absolutely delighted that these two outstanding early-stage researchers have been awarded Canada Research Chairs,” said KW Michael Siu, vice president of research and innovation at UWindsor.

“Both are recognized leaders in their respective fields, and I am confident that they will make significant contributions to knowledge about international business law, as well as edge computing and the Internet of Vehicles.”

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This week, the Government of Canada announced $151 million in funding for 188 new and renovated Canada Research Chairs at 43 institutions across the country. The CRC program, launched in 2000, is a national strategy to attract and retain a diverse cadre of world-class researchers in engineering, the natural sciences, the health sciences, the humanities, and the social sciences.

“The Canada Research Chairs announced this week embrace the full diversity of Canada, both in terms of background and training, and in the variety of disciplines they represent on the board,” said Ted Hewitt, president of the Social Science Research Council. and Humanities Canada and chair of the CRC program steering committee.

Manoj Mate, Professor of Law at the University of Windsor.
Manoj Mate, Professor of Law at the University of Windsor. University of Windsor photo /Windsor Star

“This, in turn, helps drive the research excellence we expect from these outstanding scholars, as well as their contributions to the well-being and prosperity of Canadians.”

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Zhang is researching mobile edge computing, in which roadside servers cache data content and run different computational tasks for vehicles. He and his research team are also developing intelligent systems for caching and serving content, scheduling computational tasks, and managing AI-assisted resources to ensure vehicles can access the data needed to complete computational tasks in real time.

It’s all part of the Internet of Vehicles, a wireless network used to exchange information between vehicles, infrastructure and pedestrians using smart devices and sensors inside and outside vehicles. The Internet of Vehicles can improve road safety and efficiency by providing information to support decision-making. But for it to work properly, it depends on the timely acquisition and processing of data.

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Mate’s experience leads him to lead two transnational studies in Asia and North America to examine how private actors affect the way international trade law is implemented at the national level.

A study examines the role that private companies play in how international trade and development rules are implemented in the World Trade Organization dispute resolution processes in India and China in the solar, textile and agricultural sectors.

In the second, he discusses the role of industry stakeholders and lawyers in implementing the provisions of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement on automotive rules of origin in Canada and the United States.

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