Research Rendezvous


This is a monthly lunchtime series for faculty to share and learn about research at OCAD U. This month we have two presenters, Richard Garvin and Nabil Harfoush.

 
DateWednesday, February 18, 2015 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm

Location

OCAD University 100 McCaul St. Lambert Lounge, Room 187

 This is a monthly lunchtime series for faculty to share and learn about research at OCAD U. This month we have two presenters, Richard Garvin and Nabil Harfoush. 

Presenter 1: Richard Garvin, Faculty of Design

Project Title: City VTOL Concept: Commercial Application in Urban Settings

Abstract: Ever been stuck in traffic? We all have and Toronto’s infrastructure pales in comparison to other large metropolitan cities across North America and the world. Not to mention cities that are growing with larger populations. In developing nations the growth of the middle class shows individuals and families aspire to own a car. Our collective growth is outstepping our ability or space for new roads or public transportation networks.  Commercial commerce is also as dependent on our road network; this includes delivery and transport trucks, first responders, anything essentially on wheels.  This project is inspired by Google’s concept to utilize small programmed drones to deliver books or carry size light objects.  Much the way society has benefited from innovations developed by NASA for the space program, we can do the same with selected military aviation.  The objective of this study is to utilize innovation currently in use and repurpose it to serve high density urban settings. This new craft has multiple role applications; it is what Chrysler did with the Mini-Van redefining a whole new category of transportation.  Presently, nothing like it exists. This innovative idea applies to scenarios on a global scale.

Presenter 2: Nabil Harfoush, Faculty of Design/MDEs in Strategic Foresight & Innovation (sLab)

Project Title: Strongly Sustainable Business Model Group

Abstract: How can organizations become sustainable in economic, social and environmental dimensions, and contribute to a new sustainable economy? Sustainability can be approached in many ways and from numerous perspectives. At Strategic Innovation Lab (sLab), the multi-disciplinary Strongly Sustainable Business Model Group (SSBMG) has chosen to explore sustainability from the perspective of business models. The SSBMG was founded with the objective of accelerating the transition of Small & Medium Enterprises (SME) to sustainability and providing a focal point for collaboration in applied research on this topic. SMEs form the largest majority of companies in all North American geographies.  The presentation will provide an overview of the various research streams of research within the group, results achieved and future plans.

DateWednesday, February 18, 2015 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm

Website Location

OCAD University 100 McCaul St. Lambert Lounge, Room 187

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm

 This is a monthly lunchtime series for faculty to share and learn about research at OCAD U. This month we have two presenters, Richard Garvin and Nabil Harfoush. 

Presenter 1: Richard Garvin, Faculty of Design

Project Title: City VTOL Concept: Commercial Application in Urban Settings

Abstract: Ever been stuck in traffic? We all have and Toronto’s infrastructure pales in comparison to other large metropolitan cities across North America and the world. Not to mention cities that are growing with larger populations. In developing nations the growth of the middle class shows individuals and families aspire to own a car. Our collective growth is outstepping our ability or space for new roads or public transportation networks.  Commercial commerce is also as dependent on our road network; this includes delivery and transport trucks, first responders, anything essentially on wheels.  This project is inspired by Google’s concept to utilize small programmed drones to deliver books or carry size light objects.  Much the way society has benefited from innovations developed by NASA for the space program, we can do the same with selected military aviation.  The objective of this study is to utilize innovation currently in use and repurpose it to serve high density urban settings. This new craft has multiple role applications; it is what Chrysler did with the Mini-Van redefining a whole new category of transportation.  Presently, nothing like it exists. This innovative idea applies to scenarios on a global scale.

Presenter 2: Nabil Harfoush, Faculty of Design/MDEs in Strategic Foresight & Innovation (sLab)

Project Title: Strongly Sustainable Business Model Group

Abstract: How can organizations become sustainable in economic, social and environmental dimensions, and contribute to a new sustainable economy? Sustainability can be approached in many ways and from numerous perspectives. At Strategic Innovation Lab (sLab), the multi-disciplinary Strongly Sustainable Business Model Group (SSBMG) has chosen to explore sustainability from the perspective of business models. The SSBMG was founded with the objective of accelerating the transition of Small & Medium Enterprises (SME) to sustainability and providing a focal point for collaboration in applied research on this topic. SMEs form the largest majority of companies in all North American geographies.  The presentation will provide an overview of the various research streams of research within the group, results achieved and future plans.

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University 100 McCaul St. Lambert Lounge, Room 187
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