Our team of faculty researchers with world-class expertise supports the B²C Lab’s core objective of positioning Canada as a leader in ATSC 3.0 and 5G convergence research and development, leading to product and service solutions to help advance commercialization and adoption of the 3.0 standard in Canada. Our research team continues to grow. Learn more below about how you can join our team!
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The B²C Lab wants to connect with faculty, staff members and external researchers interested in participating in research projects with industry and students.
Meet our Researchers
Francis Syms, MASc, PEng, PMP, holds B.Eng. and M.Sc. degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering. He is a licensed Professional Engineer (P. Eng.) and a certified Project Management Professional (PMP). Francis is a professor in the Faculty of Social & Community Services at Humber and leads a small technology consulting firm focusing on cybersecurity and telecommunications. He has designed, developed and launched many products including smartphones, tablets, IoT devices, telecommunications services, mobile applications, and enterprise platforms. He has over 25 years of industry experience — working with product development firms, service providers and contract manufacturers. Francis holds a US patent in encrypted communications. His current research includes cybersecurity, predictive crime modelling, and digital communications.
Mihai Albu, BSc, PhD., Computer Science, Mihai has 22 years of research experience in academic and industrial settings. Since joining Humber in 2019, he has led research projects with three partners including Bombardier. His past research was focused on large-scale biological data analysis. As a principal investigator on projects at Centennial and Mohawk Colleges, his areas of expertise included computer science algorithms, machine learning and artificial intelligence, virtual reality and automatic pattern recognition.
M. Tanvir Alam, PhD. (IT), MSc. (CS), M.Eng. (EE), DS, ELITE, ToA, member (IEEE), is a professor in the Faculty of Applied Sciences & Technology. Alam received several awards during his academic tenure including IPRS and ATSE. He worked as an R&D scientist at Boeing and held several positions in the IT industry in the past 20 years. He served as a sessional lecturer for McMaster University, Bond University, Central Queensland University and several career colleges. His research interests include cloud computing, software-defined networks, biometric security, blockchain technologies, combinatorial optimization, predictive analytics, web and distributed systems. He supervised many applied research projects funded by NSERC ARD, Engage, and OCE CVTA grants. He was the technical lead and industry relations coordinator of the successful 900K NSERC IE grant application for WIMTACH, Centennial. Alam authored a book on 3GPP IP Multimedia Subsystem and published his work in several peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings.
Akram Afifi, PhD., P.Eng., PMP, Geomatics/Civil Engineering, is a professor in the Faculty of Applied Sciences & Technology, Humber Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning. Akram initiated the Humber unmanned and autonomous systems lab to support applied research and innovation initiatives in collaboration with industry and academic alliances. As a result, a few projects and relationships have been established with worldwide industry partners to develop aerial and ground autonomous systems. Dr. Afifi obtained his PhD. degree in Geomatics Engineering from the department of Civil Engineering, Toronto Metropolitan University (TMU). He also holds an adjunct professor position in the department of Civil Engineering at the same institution. Akram received numerous awards in recognition of his academic and leadership achievements, including a Dennis Mock award from Toronto Metropolitan University, as well as "Best Paper" and "Best Poster" awards at various conferences and professional events. He was also honoured by several academic and professional institutions worldwide.
Maryam Davoudpour, PhD., M.Sc., B.Sc., professor of Applied Technology, received her M.Sc. and PhD. degrees from the Bauman Moscow State Technical University in Information Technology and Control Complex Systems. Davoudpour has extensive industrial and academic experience and has been involved in various successful R&D projects in the areas of nonlinear modelling, knowledge-based expert systems, Petri nets, modelling context-aware systems and Internet of Things. She is the chair of the IEEE Instrumentation, Measurement, Robotics and Automation chapter in Toronto and the chair of Women in Engineering (WIE) at IEEE Toronto, as well as the vice-chair of WIE IEEE Canada and also a WIE representative for Central Canada. Maryam was selected as an Honorable Mention of the 2018 WIE Inspiring Member of the Year Award by the IEEE Women in Engineering Committee (WIEC) for her inspirational leadership and outstanding contributions to the IEEE WIE and IEEE communities.
Georges Livanos, B.Eng., M.E.Sc., Electrical and Computer Engineering. Prior to studying engineering, Georges was a technologist with a diploma in Electronics Engineering Technology from Humber College. Georges accumulated a total of 15 years of industry experience mainly in the health-care sector, first as a technologist and later as a biomedical engineer, before going into teaching in 2001. Georges typically teaches courses in two streams, including digital signal processing, image processing, video, and Fourier analysis, as well as physics-based courses, such as fibre optics, electromagnetics and microwaves. In 2014 he received an NSERC grant for research in HVAC controls. In September 2015 Georges received the Humber Research Excellence Award. He is co-inventor, with two others, of one US and Canadian patent.
Orren Johnson, B.Sc. (Hons), is a graduate of the University of East London, UK. He has over 30 years of experience in the software industry as a developer and entrepreneur and is currently a partial-load professor at the Faculty of Applied Sciences & Technology, Humber Institute of Technology. Orren ran two successful software practice organizations, the first of which started in 1999 and was one of the first to achieve a gold partnership status with Microsoft Canada. The second organization, which started in 2008, achieved the Microsoft Canada Partner of the Year award in 2010 for virtualization. Orren’s expertise ranges from data analytics to software engineering and all aspects of the software development life cycle. Orren is currently involved in a research project using machine learning and analytics to provide improved aircraft maintenance scheduling.
Daryoush Mortazavi, P.Eng., M.Sc., PhD., Electrical Engineering, has focused his research on the areas of biomedical image processing in MS diagnosis and LSPR biosensors. Additional interest in research includes Industry 4.0, IoT, IIoT and AI. He is a licensed professional engineer (P.Eng.) in Ontario. Daryoush’s industry experience includes automation and control systems. He has taught numerous practical courses in several institutions, including Humber College. Daryoush has been awarded several NSERC Engage grants to design and implement IoT systems in various applications of smart homes, smart buildings, smart cities, indoor navigation and related areas. He has worked on a range of different technologies in Industry 4.0 projects, including Wi-Fi, BLE, LoRa, Zigbee, ZWave, and serial protocols of UART, SPI, and I2C. Also, he has worked on various AI and ML algorithms like GAN, RNN, SVM, KNN, and so on.
Mike Wise, BA, MA. Mike Wise is the program coordinator for Humber's graduate certificate in Journalism. He comes to Humber College after a 32-year career with CBC Toronto as an award-winning reporter and TV anchor. While at Canada's public broadcaster, he covered everything from provincial politics to technology to local arts for TV, radio and online platforms. Most recently, he hosted CBC's 11:00 local newscast for almost a decade. Mike started working at CBC when he was just 17 and still in high school. One of his first responsibilities was to work on the 1988 federal election broadcast, even though he wasn't legally old enough to vote. Mike holds an honours degree in Political Studies from Queen’s University. He is currently working on his master’s degree in Communication and Technology from the University of Alberta.