MONTREAL, CANADA, Oct. 20, 2014) - Presagis, a leading provider of commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) modeling, simulation, and embedded graphics software, and Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada, are kicking off a strategic innovation partnership to develop new UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) technologies. These research activities are supported by a grant from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Engage program and will be led by Ryerson University researcher Dr. Joon Chung.
The objective of this project is to research and develop reconfigurable UAV instrument panels through the development of virtual UAV Ground Control Stations. The virtual Ground Control Station will explore the potential of supporting multiple UAV applications with switchable instrument panels. In addition to these reconfigurable instrument panels, the research project will also be used to drive user experience enhancements to Presagis’ software.
“At Presagis, we are constantly working to develop and bring to market innovative new software products for aircraft manufacturers, government agencies, academia, and the aerospace and defense industries. The UAV industry is expanding rapidly with new applications. We view this joint project as an exciting learning opportunity in itself, but also as a way to research a software tool-chain that will address emerging industry needs for the design, development, simulation, and training of UAV operators.” said Eric Simon, Presagis’ Head of Innovation for Modeling and Simulation. “Upon completion of this NSERC Engage research project, we will be in a strong position to productize the newly-developed technologies and offer a specialized UAV software framework that addresses UAV simulation and training requirements.”
Presagis will be involved in every phase of the research and development effort, and will provide University with the complete Presagis Modeling and Simulation software suite, including Creator, Terra Vista, Vega Prime, STAGE, FlightSIM, HeliSIM, and VAPS XT for Simulation. In addition to the in-kind contribution of software, a Presagis software engineer will be directly involved in the development of the proposed UAV instrument panels and virtual Ground Control Stations.
“We are excited to collaborate with researchers of a leading undergraduate engineering school in Canada on the next generation of software products for our customers,” said Mr. Simon. “Together we can create the advanced and affordable technologies that our industry needs, while furthering our students’ education and helping to stimulate a highly skilled workforce.”
Ryerson University is a public research university located in downtown Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The University is home to Canada’s third-largest undergraduate engineering school: the Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science has 4,100 undergraduate students enrolled in 13 bachelor programs, and 480 graduate students in six master’s and four doctoral programs. To learn more about the George Vari Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science, visit www.ryerson.ca.
Presagis is a global leader providing commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) modeling, simulation and embedded graphics solutions to the aerospace and defense markets and is the only developer to deliver a unified COTS software portfolio based on open-standards. Presagis combines cutting-edge technology with innovative services to help customers streamline development workflows, reduce project risks, and create detailed models and complex simulations, in addition to developing DO-178B certifiable applications. The company services more than 1,000 active customers worldwide, including many of the world’s most respected organizations such as Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Airbus, BAE Systems, and CAE. For more information, visit www.presagis.com.
About NSERC Engage Program
NSERC aims to make Canada a country of discoverers and innovators for the benefit of all Canadians. The agency supports university students in their advanced studies, promotes, and supports discovery research, and fosters innovation by encouraging Canadian companies to participate and invest in postsecondary research projects. NSERC researchers are on the vanguard of science, building on Canada’s long tradition of scientific excellence. NSERC Engage projects must be aimed at solving a company-specific problem through the generation of new knowledge or the application of existing knowledge in an innovative manner. It must be focused on specific short-term objectives and address a research challenge that lies within the natural sciences and engineering fields. To learn more about the NSERC Engage Program, visit:www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca.