Mitacs will manage the Visual Analytics Research and Development Consortium of Canada (VARDEC) which is meant to bring together Canadian academics, research agencies and companies to work on research programs.
VARDEC will help develop VA for industry sectors, including defense, maintenance and reliability, simulation and training, engineering and manufacturing.
“This new consortium will provide an outstanding opportunity for Canadian researchers to work alongside top companies like Boeing to develop practical solutions in the field of VA,” said Arvind Gupta, Mitacs CEO and scientific director.
According to Boeing, analysts can use interactive visual tools to explore and synthesize large data that will enable them to obtain business insights and make more informed decisions.
Leveraging members’ existing R&D capabilities, VA will focus on applied research that could lead to the commercialization of the technology.
“Boeing recognizes the value of collaboration and how, by working with other industry experts, we can develop technology that benefits industries beyond aerospace,” said Susan Colegrove, regional director of Boeing international strategic partnerships.
Boeing has also worked with Dalhousie University, Simon Fraser University, the University of British Columbia and the Vancouver Institute for Visual Analytics on the application of VA technology in aviation safety and operational efficiency.