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Research Groups

3IT's expertise is recognized in several areas thanks to the work carried out by our groups of excellence.

By combining our strong disciplines, we explore emerging scientific disciplines and we made promising innovations in society. Discover our research chairs and research groups.

Reasearch Chairs

The chairholder is Serge Ecoffey, professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in the Faculty of Engineering. The goal of the chair is to develop innovative materials and processes for microfabrication and integration.

Professors Julien Sylvestre and Dominique Drouin hold this chair with IBM Canada, whose objective is to use advanced encapsulation technologies for performance scaling.

Dr. Jean-Sébastien Plante has taken up the challenge to create “muscles” that will be used by robots in the near future. He and his research team are designing a new generation of actuators based on intelligent fluids known as magnetorheological fluids (MFs).

Professor Nady Braidy, who holds this chair, aims to understand, create and assemble new nanomaterials that have multiple simultaneous functions. In addition to retaining their individual properties, these nanomaterials develop additional ones as a result of their synergy.

The research will lead to the design of new scanners capable of supporting cutting-edge biomedical research with a view to better diagnosing certain diseases. Dr. Réjean Fontaine is seeking to use his expertise in complex IT and electronic system design to help make such scanners a reality.

Held jointly by Professors Paul Charette and Luc Fréchette, the Chair will develop and improve materials, manufacturing processes, and applications for the microsystems and microphotonics of tomorrow.

3IT Research Groups

The CRN2 is one of 35 research centers recognized and funded by the Université de Sherbrooke. With a remarkable level of state-of-the-art material sharing, research collaboration and industry partnerships, CRN2 has become one of the largest micro-nanofabrication structures in Canada.

CRED's mission is to provide expertise in knowledge management that supports the effective transfer of a new biomedical research technology or procedure into clinical practice in a collaborative context. It is also to foster research and development that meets the needs of industry, regulators and users.

Createk is a mechanical engineering research group that conducts research projects in advanced technology development. Createk trains creative engineers with an aptitude for technological innovation, and promotes and supports technological entrepreneurial development through the Createk - J.R. André Bombardier Family Competition.

EPIQ is interested in the manipulation of the spin of electrons confined in quantum boxes and in the development of ways to control spin in the context of quantum information. The research carried out in this team aims at exploiting quantum mechanical effects for information processing purposes.

To accomplish its triple mission of research, training and transfer, GAUS relies on a multidisciplinary team of nearly 70 people as well as on a laboratory infrastructure unique in Canada. The pooling of their complementary expertise around a common objective, the synergy made possible by the active participation of important industrial partners and the construction of a common scientific base relevant to these industrial partners allow GAUS to develop knowledge and innovation while ensuring technology transfer and commercialization.

The GRAMS is a multidisciplinary organization that aims to use electronics and microelectronics to develop biomedical instrumentation. The group's activities cover among other things the detection of photons in a very broad energy spectrum ranging from the visible to the mega-electronvolt through the X-ray.

The NECOTIS group conducts multidisciplinary research in the area of intelligent systems and man-machine communication. Exploratory, basic research and applications are developed around bio-inspired neural network systems for information and signal processing. Also, new signal processing and recognition techniques are developed based on biological knowledge.

R&D in technological innovation raises fundamental ethical, environmental, economic, legal and social issues (E3LS). These issues continue in the face of the adoption and implementation of the new uses proposed in the environments for which they are intended. Thus, the evaluation of emerging technologies and technological innovation must be re-examined in light of the social transformations converging today towards the requirement of "responsible innovation". The latter requires new approaches and new methodologies.

GRPA’s research focuses mainly on digital signal processing, with applications to voice and audio compression and enhancement. This research is often, but not always, guided by industrial demands. It frequently results in contributions to the development of new speech and audio coding standards by standard development entities and international organizations (including ITU, ETSI, 3GPP2 and MPEG). GRPA's mission is to remain a world leader in the field of signal compression and enhancement.

INTER is a strategic cluster financed by the Fonds de recherche sur la nature et les technologies (FQRNT) of Quebec. Its mission is to support active interdisciplinary and intersectorial collaborations going beyond of boundaries and usual practices in several disciplines such as natural sciences, engineering, clinical sciences and management of innovation to develop innovative interactive technologies allowing the science to advance and to treat better, faster and at lower cost a big amount of persons.

Quantum Institute of Université de Sherbrooke brings together internationally recognized leaders in research and interdisciplinary training in science and quantum technologies. IQ is a collaborative environment at the interface of quantum computing, quantum materials and quantum engineering offering students, its members and its partners exceptional scientific and professional opportunities. Its ambitious project is to meet the needs of the 21st century digital age.

LN2 aims to produce integrated interdisciplinary research in the field of micro-nanotechnologies. It proactively develops original partnerships between industry and academia in an international context, particularly between France and Canada.

IntRoLab is a research laboratory pursuing the goal of studying, developing, integrate and using mechatronics and artificial intelligence methodologies for the design of autonomous and intelligent systems. Research activities involve software and hardware design of mobile robots, embedded systems and autonomous agents, and in-situ evaluation. Application areas are service robots, all-terrain robots, interactive robots, assistive robotics, telehealth robotics, automobile and surgical robots.

Since 2002, the DOMUS laboratory studies cognitive assistance, medical monitoring and televigilance for people with cognitive disorders. The results of the research performed at DOMUS are applicable to people with cognitive deficits due particularly to head trauma, schizophrenia, Alzheimer's disease and cognitive impairment. 

CoRoM is an NSERC-CREATE training program that offers a collaborative robotics specialization to master and PhD students. Senior undergraduates can also complete research internships through the CoRoM program. The program is jointly offered by Université de Sherbrooke, ÉTS, and Université Laval.

R-ELISA is a multidisciplinary research group working on the development of a new allergen detection method. The aim is to offer the agri-food industry an effective, robust and less expensive method. Ultimately, this technological leverage will enable stakeholders to revolutionize allergen detection and improve the use of precautionary allergen labelling to change the lives of allergy sufferers.