Professor Tiago H. Falk of INRS's Energie Matériaux Telecommunications Research Centre has won the 2016 Young Investigator Award presented by Sigma Xi in recognition of his research excellence in physical sciences and engineering. He is the first Canadian scientist to win this award.
At his MuSAE (Multimedia/Multimodal Signal Analysis and Enhancement) Lab, professor Falk and his team conduct research at the cross-roads of multimedia communications and biomedical engineering. This research has led to assistive technology for people with disabilities as well as new tools to help diagnose Alzheimer's disease, detect autism in infants, and identify serious symptoms of depression.
The quality and originality of professor Falk's work had previously earned him two distinctions in 2015: the Early Career Achievement Award from the Canadian Medical and Biological Engineering Society and the Rayonnement Bell award. He is also a member of the Global Young Academy. Professor Falk will receive the Young Investigator Award at Sigma Xi's annual meeting this November in Atlanta. At the meeting, he will give a talk entitled "A Tale of Two Disciplines: How Multimedia and Biomedical Technologies Can Come Together for the Betterment of Human Kind" in which he will discuss the challenges posed by his interdisciplinary research.
About Sigma Xi
Founded in 1896, Sigma Xi is an international science and engineering honour society with a membership of nearly 100,000 scientists and engineers. Among other missions, it aims to encourage cooperation among researchers in all fields of science and engineering and to promote public understanding of science and its role in improving the human condition.