Bringing together over a hundred researchers and federating more than thirty research centers, laboratories and affiliated chairs around sectors of excellence and priority areas of intervention, the Institute for Information Technology and Societies (IITS) is a unique structure in Canadian Universities.
Created in 2005, IITS plays a liaison role between Laval University researchers and industry as well as different levels of government in order to harmonize the research strengths found on the campus with the community’s needs. From this synergy, promising and innovative projects in information technologies in a variety of fields emerge.
- Stimulate and support the development of knowledge and innovation in the field of information technology among members of the academic community and external partners, through the implementation of applied research projects.
- Promote and disseminate knowledge in the field of information technology through the organization of transfer activities and the implementation of various communication tools.
- Participate in the advancement of knowledge by investing in the next generation of professionals and researchers, by attracting new students in the fields related to information technology and by participating in the creation of new continuing education programs or summer programs.
- Serve as a liaison between the various sectors involved in information technology innovation (researchers, business people, institutions) in order to create new business opportunities and promote the national and international importance of IT research.
Areas of intervention
IITS focuses on the different uses of digital and information technologies in today’s society, while prioritizing three sectors of excellence and six axes of intervention.
Sectors of excellence
Education and Knowledge Transfer
From online platforms to immersive learning environments, from literacy to digital skills, to information sharing between actors in a domain, new avenues for education and knowledge transfer are emerging. They bring new pedagogical opportunities and new learning challenges for educational and practice settings, as well as for society.
Technologies and Innovation
Digital-related applications are advancing rapidly thanks to the contribution of basic research through the development of new materials and processes. From optics to robotics, from vision technologies to algorithmic approaches, from data science to new uses engendered by digital technology, these innovations are crucial to the development of our societies.
Culture and Society
While the ways of doing things in society evolve in contact with the digital world, new cultural foundations are developing through the new uses they engender. From one practice to another, ICTs shape cultures and their manifestations, from creation to diffusion. Relationships between individuals tend to change, as new forms of citizen engagement emerge.
Priority axes of intervention
Big Data and the Internet of Things
Massive data are essential for the digital world, both for their potential and the issues that are linked to them, while the number of connected objects accelerates their multiplication.
Healthcare and Innovation
Digital and technological developments must keep the individual at the heart of their concerns. Practices are evolving to maximize the potential of ICT for sustainable health.
Robotics and Artificial Intelligence
Machine learning and deep learning offer new possibilities to evolve robotics, which continue to further their potential for collaboration with humans.
Smart Cities and Communities
Digital technologies contribute to the development of our communities in urban and rural areas. For example, it is found in the governance as well as in the planning of the territories.
Smart Green Architecture
Supported by recent technological developments, the home automation sector is experiencing a major boost. Connected objects will change the way in which tomorrow’s housing will be organized, while new materials will bring new ways of building.
Humans in the Digital Age
Digital technology is transforming society. Humans, in their ways of being, acting and thinking, are affected in a multitude of ways by these mutations. The world in which we live is now digital. It is time to analyze and understand the impacts of this evolution to know the nature of the changes thus created.