Ebrahim Bagheri has been awarded the prestigious NSERC Industrial Research Chair in Social Media Analytics.
The motivation for the establishment of this chair, valued at $1.5 million over five years, is to develop a world-class research program and increased research capacity in the area of social and semantic technologies, and particularly their application to derive actionable insight through social media analytics.
According to Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, Industrial Research Chairs (IRC) are intended to:
- assist universities in building on existing strengths to achieve the critical mass required for a major research endeavour in natural sciences and engineering of interest to industry; and/or
- provide an enhanced training environment for graduate students and, where appropriate, postdoctoral fellows by exposing them to research challenges unique to industry and the opportunity for significant ongoing interactions with the industrial partner(s).
assist in the development of research efforts in fields that have not yet been developed in Canadian universities but for which there is an important industrial need; and