Student research projects focus on digital world

Photo: Myles Fisher shows off the ‘after’ web pages from his research project redesigning web pages for a St. Catharines cafe and art gallery.

Welland Campus recently became home to a specialized group of student researchers who are helping local companies create a better presence online, and across multiple platforms.

Representatives of the Digital Media and Information Technology division of Niagara Research, now housed in the newly renovated Pavilion, presented current projects Jan. 28 as part of the Niagara Research Speakers’ Series.

Team members presented their current work, explaining the role they play interacting with an industry partner, under the supervision of Dave Natalie, senior research associate with Niagara Research. Student research assistants who presented include: Brandon Abram, Myles Fisher, Collin Price, Ravi Sagar and Jane Scott.

The projects included website redesign for a St. Catharines cafe and art gallery; website redesign for an online sport management event planning tool; a custom search engine optimization for an engine geared specifically for stock images; improved interface and algorithm adjustments for hearing test software; a tool connecting event goers with social media; and a project that created an online business model for a regional grocery delivery service.

Natalie also made a brief presentation about his latest project, which involves an online tracking tool for mileage or related expenses for employees, which he is currently adapting to multiple mobile platforms.

At different times during the year, paid student positions become available, as projects arise, so Natalie encouraged those in attendance to watch Blackboard for future postings.

Niagara Research, Niagara College’s Research and Innovation Division, works closely with business, industry and community partners to identify challenges that are in need of real-time solutions.

Through applied research projects, skilled student and faculty teams help local businesses and community organizations become more innovative, overcome challenges, and develop, test or simulate new products or processes.

Working on applied research projects provides students with the opportunity to bring the skills and knowledge they have learned in the classroom to a new level, presenting fresh and innovative ideas to industry partners.

There will be upcoming events in the Speakers’ Series featuring projects in the Business Services, and Agriculture and the Environment. Watch Blackboard and InsideNC for details.

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Collin Price presents his research project.

The student research assistants from Niagara Research’s Media and Information Technology division who presented their projects included (from left) Myles Fisher, Brandon Abram, Dave Natalie (senior research associate), Jane Scott, Collin Price and Ravi Sagar.

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