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Centre for Mobile Innovation (CMI)



Minister’s Awards of Excellence

2 out of the Six Sheridan employees from the Centre for Mobile Innovation have been recognized with Awards of Excellence by the Honourable Ross Romano, Minister of Colleges and Universities in Ontario, for their contributions on campus, in the community and beyond.  Our recipients are Dr. Ed Sykes, and Dr. Tarek El Salti.  The awards program was open to all 24 colleges and 22 universities in Ontario.  More than 200 submissions were received, from which 39 recipients were selected.  Sheridan took home 15% of the awards.

The Centre for Mobile Innovation's mandate is to focus applied research to generate innovative solutions to healthcare problems through the use of leading mobile and related technologies. Have a look at one of our recent collaborations with Cloud DX on the
Discovery Channel — Daily Planet.

CloudDX was highlighted on GlobalNews for the SingularityU piece, along with an interview with David W.

Dr. Ed Sykes is the Director for Sheridan’s Centre for Mobile Innovation (CMI).
Please contact Dr. Sykes for more information (905) 845-9430 Ext 2490
1430 Trafalgar Rd, Oakville, Ontario  L6H 2L1  |

Centre for Mobile Innovation (CMI) — Research Output

Centre for Mobile Innovation (CMI) — Student Research Job Postings


Research Areas

The Centre for Mobile Innovation will focus on healthcare, creating innovative solutions to problems through the use of leading mobile and related technologies including:

• Internet of Things (IoT)
• Wearable Computing
• Augmented/Virtual Reality (AR/VR)
• Machine Learning

Research Projects

Driven by industry need, Centre for Mobile Innovation research projects evolve organically from small and medium-sized enterprises.

Students are involved from the onset, knowledge transfer happens smoothly and wholly, research results are shared, and students gain practical interaction with the workforce and true-to-form projects.

With this in mind, students are well prepared for emerging computing and industry has a go-to for solution of computing challenges.

CMI Highlights

2019 CMI Showcase

On Wednesday, June 19th, Sheridan’s Centre for Mobile Innovation (CMI) welcomed local industry partners and the College’s faculty researchers and students, to a celebration of their research achievements and a formal opening of the CMI.

The evening was led by Master of Ceremonies and Vice Provost of Research, Andrea England, and featured remarks from Provost and Vice President, Academic, Dr. Melanie Spence-Ariemma, and CMI Director, Dr. Ed Sykes. Industry and Community partners were visibly impressed with our student researchers learning of their research projects and insights as they toured the CMI. Many offering accolades throughout the evening for the impressive knowledge of the students, guests enjoyed a light dinner, certificate presentations to both student researchers and faculty research leads recognizing their significant efforts at the CMI. The evening concluded with a Kahoot! quiz to test the guests’ knowledge of CMI, and the event wrapped up as a success.

SingularityU Canada Global Impact Challenge 2019

Calling all Thought Leaders

Promote change and inspire innovation. The SingularityU Canada Global Impact Challenge wants you! An open call to innovators, entrepreneurs, scientists, and technologists to identify new technology opportunities in digital computing, food security, advanced manufacturing, artificial intelligence and the oceans industries.

The 2019 SingularityU Canada Global Impact Challenge's goal is to deliver a BIG idea that positively impacts Canadian lives. The idea will need to be scalable to one billion people worldwide in 10 years.

With an array of impressive prizes beyond bragging rights, if you're innovative and entrepreneurial, this is a challenge you won't want to miss!

Welcome to the new Centre for Mobile Innovation

Exciting times are near as Sheridan's Centre for Mobile Innovation prepares for its new home at the Trafalgar campus, in SCAET. Take a sneak peak of what's in store for you when you pop by the new CMI!

Research Projects

Holland Bloorview Waiting Room Games

A joint research project to gamify rehabilitation centre waiting rooms for children, making rehabilitation wait times more fun and waiting room activities more current and engaging.

Mobile Device Management

Students were engaged in collaboration with a local industry partner to explore Mobile Device Management projects involving an iOS Kiosk and iBeacons.

Mobile Devices at the Cinema Theatre

This project explored Mobile Device Management through Paths, an innovative massively multiplayer real-time socially engaging game that was designed, developed and evaluated as part of this project. An iterative refinement application development methodology was used to create the game which can be played on any smartphone and with group interactions viewed on the large theatre screen.

Enhancing Businesses with Mobile Computing

In collaboration with a local industry partner, this research project explored how iPads can be used to support sales rep activities in the field, and engaged three students in an applied research project.

Telecommunications Partnership in Mobile Computing

In collaboration with our telecommunications partner, students worked on several proof of concept projects that explored cloud-integrated and context aware mobile computing. One of these projects, for the Sheridan Family Channel, placed third at the 2014 Polytechnics Canada Applied Research Student Showcase.

QFIT - Gamification of Fitness using Mobile and Wearable Computing

QFIT is an undergraduate research project conducted by students in the Bachelor of Applied Computer Science (Mobile Computing) degree. The goal of the project is to provide engaging and immersive fitness experience that will encourage individuals to improve their physical and mental well-being. The research project combines wearable computing and cloud services in the context of gamification. The student researchers won the World-Wide UX Challenge in the Imagine Cup—Innovation Path 2015.

Youth Cyber Safety Academy

This project is a collaboration with Peel Police, the Peel District School Board, the Dufferin Peel Catholic District School Board, and community partners to create the innovative Youth Cyber Safety Academy. The Academy will help 8,000 Grade 5 Region of Peel students learn about Internet safety and cyber responsibility. The program has been designed to build critical thinking skills that will empower students to promote safety and social responsibility while protecting themselves online.

Mobile innovation in the medical sector

Through a partnership with Sheridan College, m-Health Solutions developed a heart diagnostic tool that detects cardiac arrhythmia by tracking and sending patient symptoms as well as readings from its heart reading mobile tool to its cardiac centre. With approximately one million Canadians suffering from some form of cardiac arrhythmia to varying degrees, accurate diagnosis is very important.

Developed by two students, the app lets patients select from an easy-to-follow menu of different physical symptoms (dizziness, light-headedness, pressure), exertion and activity level. This information aligns with the heart activity reading. These details are then sent to m-Health’s cardiac centre for analysis.

Cognitive Learning Assistant System (C.L.A.S.)

C.L.A.S. explores the application of control theory to the design of a cognitive control system that can be used to predict and improve student performance though cloud connected feedback loops. With the control system in place, the research aims to study the correlation between healthy living and mental health and the impact of physical and mental well-being in student performance.

The project uses a combination of universal applications (desktop, mobile and wearable) that measure the learning activities and the engagement of the students in the learning process and provide data to a cognitive control system that resides in the cloud. The control system analyzes the data and provides actionable insights aimed at improving the student’s performance. The system is designed to support students in the learning process. The aggregated insights can also be used for measuring student performance, program quality assurance, for analyzing the effectiveness of new programs or the effect of curriculum changes on student performance and engagement.