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This flagship series brings together Parliamentarians with experts in science and engineering, showcasing outstanding Canadian research accomplishments. Its purpose is to provide unbiased insight into topical scientific issues, within a non-partisan forum. This prestigious forum represents a unique opportunity for scientists to communicate important findings to a distinguished and influential audience.

The series is organized by PAGSE, an umbrella group of 25 + science and engineering organizations operating under the auspices of the Royal Society, and is supported by NSERC.

Virtual manufacturing: on the computerized cutting edge


Yusuf Altintas, The University of British Columbia

In manufacturing, even the slightest error in cutting, or "machining", a part can cost thousands of dollars in materials and lost production time. Dr. Yusuf Altintas has eliminated costly physical trials through made-in-Canada virtual cutting software that enables manufacturers in key sectors like automotive or aerospace to machine parts correctly, cost effectively, and in the shortest amount of time possible.

His talk will provide a glimpse into the future of this sector. The long-term collaboration between Pratt & Whitney Canada and Dr. Altintas—the NSERC- Industrial Research Chair at the University of British Columbia, led to the development of virtual cutting software that incorporates the physics of the cutting process in integrated mathematical algorithms that enable more repeatable and consistent results in production. His team then trains industry to deploy the know-how in their production shops. These innovations are reducing technology costs by 50%, and are licensed to more than 200 companies, research centers and universities worldwide.

Dr. Altintas is among the international leaders in this branch of manufacturing. He is a Fellow of a number of distinguished academic societies including the Royal Society of Canada and the Canadian Academy of Engineering. He is a recipient of the Gold Medal from Engineers Canada.

This presentation will be in English.

Organized by: The Partnership Group for Science and Engineering (PAGSE) and Mr. Joe Comartin, Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons.
Supported by: CANARIE inc. and Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)

--the Speaker of the Senate
--the Speaker of the House of Commons

November 20, 2014, 7:30 am - 8:30 am
Location: Parliamentary Dining Room, Centre Block
Cost: No charge to Members of the House of Commons, Senators and Media. All others $25. Payment must be made in advance by credit card. Pre-registration is required. No refunds for cancellations after November 17, 2014.
Registration: Please register by contacting Donna Boag, PAGSE 613-991-6369,
Registration Deadline: Monday November 17, 2014