Research & Development

Integral to product innovation and technological advancement is research and development. Within the CITM ecosystem are partners who are unparalleled in their investment, resources, and commitment to  advancing the transportation and automotive sector with a focus on technology, materials, systems, processes, and infrastructure.

In 2007, a pressing need and desire for change by business leaders, civic leaders across all levels of government, and academics specializing in the study of transportation and logistics resulted in the formation of the McMaster Institute for Transportation & Logistics (MITL). Through alliances with private and public stakeholder organizations, MITL strives to advance evidence-based solutions for more sustainable movement of goods and people.

The McMaster Manufacturing Research Institute (MMRI) includes facilities, equipment, instrumentation, and experts focused on enhancing the competitiveness of Ontario’s manufacturing sector. Supporting continuous improvement through initiatives targeting tooling improvements, process development/optimization, and Industry 4.0 technologies such as process modeling, sensor integration, industrial Internet of Things (IIOT), and Artificial Intelligence (AI) / Machine Learning (ML), MMRI aims to actualize higher levels of digitization, drive better decision making, and ultimately improve overall competitiveness.

As a world class research and development within McMaster’s Faculty of Engineering, CMHT focuses on advanced automotive technology and utilizes a state-of-the-art research facility to explore Autonomous driving, Connected vehicles, Electrification, and Shared (ACES) mobility solutions in the automotive world.

McMaster’s Automotive Resource Centre is one of Canada’s leading research facilities in electric and hybrid vehicles. Led by the Canada Excellence Research Chair (CERC) in Hybrid Powertrain Program: Electric, Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle Research, teams of engineers, scientists, social scientists, and their students collaborate to develop sustainable solutions such as building efficient and cost effective hybrid and electric powertrains and identifying light materials to improve vehicular fuel efficiency.

The McMaster Centre for Software Certification (McSCert) develops tools and methods to create certifiably safe, secure, and dependable software necessary for mission-critical systems where software failure can have devastating physical, financial, or political consequences. This includes software that controls medical devices, automobiles, aircraft, manufacturing plants, nuclear generating stations, space exploration systems, elevators, electric motors, trains, banking transactions, telecommunications devices, and a growing number of industry and consumer devices.

As part of Mohawk’s IDEAWORKS hub, The Sensor Systems and Internet of Things (IoT) lab allows companies to become more effective in their adoption of IoT for industrial use (IIoT). The research team supports the adoption of IIoT technologies through the development of proof-of-concept and prototype systems in collaboration with industrial partners.

The Energy and Power Innovation Centre (EPIC) is part of Mohawk College’s IDEAWORKS and provides expertise and facilities to support companies with their operational challenges with a particular focus on energy and resource management. EPIC also supports utilities and electrical companies with developing new solutions, as well as training in state-of-the-art facilities.

The Centre for Climate Change Management is a part of Mohawk College IDEAWORKS and supports regional transitions to a low-carbon economy by bringing together municipal, industry, and community partners. These partnerships promote collaboration and enable the design of climate change and sustainability solutions to improve neighbourhoods, businesses, and public institutions.

As part of Mohawk College IDEAWORKS, the Additive Manufacturing Innovation Centre (AMIC) provides designers and manufacturers with a collaborative applied research environment to explore metal additive manufacturing technology on an industrial scale. AMIC supports industrial adoption of advanced manufacturing, digital transformation, and Industry 4.0 technologies for increased efficiency and better product design.