Aerial Technology Advisor Professor Xue (Steve) Liu Receives 2017 Mitacs Award for Exceptional Leadership

Aerial is thrilled to announce that Prof. Xue (Steve) Liu was awarded the 2017 Mitacs Award for Exceptional Leadership in the Professor category due to his collaboration with our company and the TandemLaunch incubator.

Mitacs builds partnerships between academia, industry, government and the world – to create a more innovative Canada. Mitacs Awards is a series of honours that recognize outstanding students and professors who have participated in the Mitacs Accelerate, Elevate, and Globalink programs that allow students to intern in highly innovative companies aligned with their research.

Prof. Liu and his students had the opportunity to collaborate on two Aerial projects: WiFi based activity recognition and device-free and device-oriented approaches for people’s activity identification using WiFi signals. This great collaboration resulted in several papers, including one that was published at IEEE INFOCOM 2017.

Prof. Liu comments “Through the collaboration with Aerial, TandemLaunch, and Mitacs, not only did the participating students get to work on meaningful real-life problems and were trained to work in industry, but also we were able to help Aerial expedite the go-to-market of Aerialytix, its unique and patented technology.”

Michel Allegue, co-founder and CTO at Aerial, who co-supervised the Mitacs interns, concurs: “Thanks to Mitacs, several PhD students were able to get involved with our patented technology and actual day-to-day data, as well as apply their University education to real-life situations. New skills get developed including excellent time management, prototyping and being able to demo results to various audiences. It is also a great opportunity to gain familiarity with programming languages and open source tools used in industry.”

The entire team at Aerial would like to congratulate both Prof. Liu for this award. Continue your outstanding and inspiring work!