Currently working on his PhD, M. Courtemanche earned his Bachelor’s and Masters degrees at Université de Sherbrooke. His current research focuses on underwater light scattering and microwave scattering. Co-owner and founder of RS Conception inc., M. Courtemanche is working with federal agencies, Sherbrooke University and the private sector to create the next cutting edge sensors and sensors platforms.
Fields of Interest
Sensor and sensor platform design, light scattering, data clustering, remote sensing oceanography, remote sensing of the cryosphere, collaborative science.
Dr. Elisabeth Levac
With an educational background that combined geology, physical geography and a bit of biology, in institutions scattered across North America, it is no wonder Dr. Levac has many research interests. She came to Bishop’s after a Ph.D. in earth sciences from Dalhousie University.
Dr. Levac has been monitoring biogenic aerosols (pollen and spores) in Sherbrooke since 2006 and is now conducting research into the health impacts of these biogenic aerosols on human health. Pollen travels far and gets everywhere, as her research in the Canadian Arctic shows. This is why one of Uberg’s projects is to develop a device that will scan pollen grains and identify them. A “truly” cool project but beyond the mechanics, the optics and the electronic sensors this will require, we will need to train a machine. If you have any interest in pollen, optics or artificial intelligence, please join us.
Another thing worth mentioning: Dr. Levac can supervise master students at McGill and at the Université de Sherbrooke as she is an adjunct professor at both places.
Dr. Russell Butler
Dr. Butler’s research is focused on applying deep learning techniques for deriving reliable biometrics from non-invasively acquired physiological signals in the healthy human. Currently, his lab is in the process of acquiring MRI scans and long-duration smartwatch recordings from a cohort of healthy subjects in order to uncover neuroanatomical correlates of heart rate variability over a period of several months. For example: can someone’s gray matter thickness be predicted based on their heart rate variability during sleep? Dr. Butler hopes to eventually apply insights gained from this multimodal dataset to aging or clinical cohorts, in order to provide early warning signs of cerebrovascular or cardiac incidents based on the smartwatch signal alone.
Having recently completed her bachelors of science, Alyx has gone on to pursue a specialization in the field of knowledge mobilization. Alyx joined the UBERG team in the beginning of 2020 and began her work with the profiling buoys until the pandemic lockdowns. Since then, Alyx has gone on to take on the role current role as UBERG’s knowledge translation director.
Her fields of interest include freshwater ecology, environmental science, animal behavior, and knowledge mobilization.
Presently doing his thesis on the Ubergaiter, in the course of a Masters in Computer Science under the co-direction of Bruno Courtemanche and Dr. Russell Butler. After going out of the conventional computer science path, Steven took some of Bruno’s courses in GIS and this encounter steered him towards remote sensing, biology and geographical information systems. There to help with the UBERG projects, aiming to bridge between environmental research and the programming of sensors, servers and drones to achieve them.
Through the years, so many students participated in devising, designing, building, testing and deploying research tools.