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NSERC Prizes 2019: Paul Charette

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Université de Sherbrooke
In partnership with Teledyne DALSA Semiconductor Inc.


Video Name

NSERC Prizes 2019: Paul Charette


NSERC Communications



Release Date

May 6, 2019


Paul Charette and his team are “sharing their vision with the masses.” The Université de Sherbrooke researcher led a team of members from Université de Sherbrooke and Polytechnique Montréal that collaborated with industry partner Teledyne DALSA to create the world’s first high-resolution infrared camera for non-military use. Their groundbreaking technology provides for the first time an important and affordable infrared vision tool for industries and civilians looking to enhance night time vision, safety and monitoring capabilities. The team faced significant challenges in terms of microfabrication materials and processes to greatly lower production costs without sacrificing performance. Their efforts paid off: the team’s partner, Teledyne DALSA, became the only company in the world to market a high-resolution thermal camera serving the needs of a large and eager consumer base. Thanks to their collaboration, individuals and businesses now have an affordable high-performance night vision tool for autonomous driving, surveying environmental changes, monitoring energy efficiency of heavy equipment and detecting forest fires.

Paul Charette

We had several consecutive projects with Teledyne DALSA on things, I would say, of a smaller scale and at one point Teledyne DALSA realized that there was an opportunity, in fact, to create something completely new in the field of infrared cameras, technologies that already exist, but that are so expensive to manufacture right now. We have multiple applications on the non-military side, on the civilian side, like environmental monitoring, safety and autonomous nighttime road navigation. All of these applications are in high demand for these technologies, but because they were too expensive to manufacture, it was simply not feasible.

Claude Jean

If we had done the project independently, there may have been some avenues that we would not have explored. And maybe it would have led to a product of lower quality. It was only logical to approach the Université de Sherbrooke because of their ability to collaborate, which has enabled us to implement elements that are a bit more fundamental.

Oussama Moutanabbir

Several students of different levels, who participated in the project, were extremely motivated not only by interesting scientific questions, but also by the environment.

Dominique Drouin

As university professors, we are used to working with rather academic equipment, and here at C2MI, we had access to equipment that is of a level that could be used for production. So it really allowed us to work on—to transfer these new processes, more precisely or more quickly, to the industrial partner.

Claude Jean

I think that the product we developed, and the product we put on the market is a product that really stands out.

Paul Charette

And in fact, the union of cultures has worked so well, and this union really works, in my opinion, when people work in the same physical place. So, the main advantage of C2MI is that manufacturers and universities have offices and workplaces in the same building, which is extremely rare, at least in Canada.