"This project was only possible due to EMSAT meeting faculty from Memorial at a research matching event organised by NEIA and NSERC. Us and the researcher have similar interests and we hope this to be the start of more work together in the future."
- Dan Brake, CEO, EMSAT Corp.

Following NEIA's research matching event in 2014, EMSAT engaged with the department of Computer Sciences at Memorial University to work with a professor and PhD candidate who are expert in change detection/pattern recognition algorithms. The collaboration was to develop algorithms to help detect patterns and anomalies in environmental data. The initial project helped produce software which uses statistical algorithms for detection of anomalies and changes in oceanographic datasets and we plan to expand this to use machine learning algorithms to make the models even more effective.

OCTOBER 8-9, 2015


INNOVATION SESSION Click here to download a promotional poster for the innovation session component of Newleef 2015.

Does your firm have a problem, challenge, or opportunity it would like for university or college staff to investigate?

The Newfoundland and Labrador Environmental Industry Association (NEIA) is calling for business interest in its Innovation Session at its Newleef 2015 conference.

At our Innovation Session, businesses can ask questions like:
  • Is there a better way to forecast fog?
  • How can we pour concrete later in the winter?
  • What can we do with the waste my business is generating?
  • Are there new methods of aboriginal engagement we should be aware of?
  • Are there locally sourced alternatives for my product/service inputs?
  • How can I decrease pollutants during our manufacturing process?
  • Is there someone who can help us develop an algorithm?
  • Is there a better way to ship my products?
What's the benefit of engaging with university and college staff? Your company gains from the expertise of academics focused on your research and development issues as well as learning about what researchers have to offer.

University and college researchers can access funding to help your firm by applying their expertise to your challenges or opportunities through a short-term research and development (R&D) project

Firms interested in participating are encouraged to contact Abbie Lacey as soon as possible at abbie@neia.org.

This will mark NEIA’s fourth Innovation Session, with each of the three previous resulting in collaborations between industry and academia – collaborations supported by funding agencies.

The Innovation Session draws environmental sector researchers across a range of disciplines including engineering, marine systems, geography, biology, chemistry, geo sciences, environmental studies, food sciences, technology programs, etc.

It is an opportunity for firms to discover local research expertise with an eye to solving existing challenges or generate new business ideas and initiatives.