Monica Wachowicz

Monica Wachowicz

Department of Geodesy and Geomatics Engineering
University of New Brunswick

Chair title

NSERC/Cisco Industrial Research Chair in Real-time Mobility Analytics

Chair program

Industrial Research Chairs program


Associate Chairholder since 2015


The research aims to establish a centre of expertise in Internet of Things (IoT) technologies and their application in real-time mobility analytics. Cisco expects the Internet of Things to have much greater impact on society than the Internet. Dr. Wachowicz brings to the University of New Brunswick the vision and know-how to build new analytical and mapping solutions using Cisco IoT technologies. She possesses solid experience in multidisciplinary teams in government, industry and research organizations.

The key research activities are the following:

  • Develop real-time streaming sampling models for gathering massive mobility data streams from IoT devices, in order to cope with sampling biases and heterogeneity
  • Advance graph-based data-mining techniques to address scalability problems and to improve patterns’ applicability in real-time IoT applications
  • Implement a map-as-interface design to provide a greater sense of “people in motion” through the design of “maps you can move in” between the physical and the virtual worlds of IoT
  • Build and deploy a living laboratory as an international resource for demonstrating the usefulness of R&D outcomes in real-world scenarios

Collaboration between the Chair and Toronto’s Cisco IoT Centre will foster a world-class research program. The program will produce the next generation of engineers trained to extract value from mobility data streams generated by the 26 billion IoT devices expected to be in use by 2020. There is currently no research traineeship in real-time mobility analytics in geomatics engineering in Canada or anywhere in the world.

This Chair will take advantage of low-cost IoT devices that improve processes and lives. This will have an impact on how small and medium-sized enterprises in Canada adopt real-time IoT applications in their business operations and value chains. It will also allow these enterprises to examine the feasibility of transferring the underlying innovation to their own business. Cisco estimates that 95% of business executives are planning to deploy IoT within three years.

The next generation of applications will provide ways for citizen groups, businesses, and governments that have an interest in generating more efficient and equitable cities to interact in the envisaged living laboratory. The laboratory will consist of use cases that take account of the different viewpoints of the involved actors and that are rooted in specific contexts of use that will require new forms of governance for an IoT world.


  • Cisco Systems Canada Co.

Contact information

Department of Geodesy and Geomatics Engineering
University of New Brunswick



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