University of Saskatchewan and Cisco Establish Research Chair to Pursue Innovative Mining Solutions

Tue Nov 20, 2012 1:00pm EST

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  SASKATOON, SK, Nov 20 (Marketwire) -- 
The University of Saskatchewan and Cisco Canada today announced an
agreement to establish a Research Chair in Mining Solutions. The primary
role of the Research Chair will be to promote, support, and lead
research, development and innovation at the University through
industry-linked projects within the mining sector in Canada. 

    Facts and Highlights:

--  Cisco is providing a $2 million contribution over 10 years to
    establish a Research Chair in Mining Solutions. The Chair will focus
    on the University's wish to enhance the relevance of both the research
    and academic programs to the mining industry by solving some of their
    technical challenges through its research programs.
--  The Research Chair will engage in activities directed at advanced
    technologies and strategies that will involve research, development,
    and innovation in the use of transformational business architectures,
    technologies, and solutions for the mining industry. These
    technologies and strategies are differentiated by a compelling value
    proposition based on their capabilities to drive collaboration,
    productivity and efficiency in the mining sector in Canada.
--  The Research Chair will be focused on specific projects covered by
    four major research areas or themes as follows:
    --  Mining and processing technologies
    --  Environment, safety management and technology
    --  Exploration, social license and policy research
    --  Transformation and innovation
--  The Chair holder will connect to the University's strategic goals and
    long-range vision to position the University as one of the world's
    premier institutes of higher learning while working closely with the
    University's other chairs in a network to enhance innovation, training
    and educational activities and to share best practices.
--  The mining industry in Saskatchewan is the third largest in Canada and
    a vital part of both the provincial and national economies, with an
    estimated value of mineral production of more than $7.0 billion in
    2010. Opportunities for networking and communications technology
    growth within the industry may include:
    --  Remote monitoring of robotic mining equipment; critical equipment
        parameters such as temperature; seismic activity and tunnel
        closure rates; ventilation air flow rates and air quality; and
        biometric data on human workers related to health and location
    --  The collection of data on various aspects of mine site
        investigations, as well as mine design and mine operations, for
        further research.
    --  Enhanced distance communication and collaboration for improved
        interaction between remote mine sites and offsite participants,
        including partners, engineering consultants, and students
        throughout the world.


Supporting quotes:

    Nitin Kawale, president, Cisco Canada:

    "Saskatchewan already has a vast tradition of leadership in energy
research along with a large and prosperous mining industry. There is a
great opportunity for the mining industry to be even more productive by
exploring the potential afforded by technologies such as networking and
communications. This agreement will not only help to position the
University as one of the world's premier institutes of higher learning,
it will also help to expand the Saskatchewan economy, and Canada's, by
promoting, coordinating and implementing policies, strategies and
programs that encourage sustainable economic growth." 

    Ilene Busch-Vishniac, president, University of Saskatchewan:

    "The University of Saskatchewan is thrilled with this investment. As one
of the leading research-intensive universities in Canada, we are
continually looking to undertake new research opportunities. This
initiative will further develop our knowledge base, enhance our
relationships with industry and government partners, and create
efficiencies in the growing mining sector in Canada. The strategies,
technologies and innovations that this chair will create will undoubtedly
produce positive effects not only for the U of S, but also for our

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    About University of Saskatchewan
 The picturesque University of
Saskatchewan campus is located in the heart of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan on
the banks of the South Saskatchewan River. Since 1907, the role of the
university has continually evolved and we are now one of the top 15
medical-doctoral, research intensive universities in Canada. Our campus
is also home to facilities unique to a university, including the Canadian
Light Source, Canada's only synchrotron, and VIDO-InterVac, a facility
that studies infectious diseases in both animals and humans.

    Each year, we welcome about 20,000 students to study in our 13 colleges
and three graduate schools, including higher numbers of international
students and one of the highest populations of Aboriginal students among
medical-doctoral universities. Our growing alumni family includes about
138,000 people around the world.

    While we offer over 50 degrees, diplomas and certificates in over 100
disciplines, our signature areas of strength include research into
Aboriginal Peoples, agriculture, energy and mineral resources, animal and
human health, synchrotron science and water security.

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