A collaborative project between Maplesoft, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada (TMMC) and the University of Waterloo (UW) has won a Synergy Award for Innovation.
The Maplesoft-TMMC-UW collaborative project was recognized for designing automotive systems and model-based controllers that improve vehicle safety and comfort while reducing fuel consumption and emissions.
Instituted by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), the annual Synergy Awards for Innovation recognise examples of collaboration that represent an effective partnership between industry and colleges or universities. NSERC awarded the University of Waterloo with a research grant of $200,000. Maplesoft and Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada will each have the opportunity to hire an NSERC Industrial R&D Fellow for two years.
Dr John McPhee, Professor and NSERC/Toyota/Maplesoft Industrial Research Chair in Mathematics-based Modelling and Design at UW, and his research team developed the core technology behind Maplesoft’s modelling and simulation platform, MapleSim.
Implementing technology from this partnership has resulted in shorter design cycles, less expensive testing and improved product quality.
‘The partnership between the University of Waterloo’s Dr. John McPhee, Maplesoft and Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada is an excellent example of university researchers working side-by-side with industry to achieve mutual benefits,’ said Janet Walden, Chief Operating Officer of the NSERC.