Pourang Irani

Canada Research Chair in Ubiquitous Analytics

Tier 2 - 2013-04-01
University of Manitoba
Natural Sciences and Engineering


Research involves

Designing and implementing software tools to facilitate interaction with information in a ubiquitous way, and to support analytic tasks anytime and anywhere.

Research relevance

This research will lead to the design, development and exploration of always-available tools that make it easier to interact with data anywhere.

Ubiquitous Interaction with Information

As data repositories grow in size and complexity, our ability to derive insight and make decisions based on these sources needs to evolve. We need innovative methods to interact efficiently with vast amounts of data, using a variety of digital devices—from mobile devices to large, digital whiteboards in collaborative settings. Such tools will soon be accessible.

Dr. Pourang Irani, Canada Research Chair in Ubiquitous Analytics, has a vision for the next generation of analytic tools—one in which ubiquitous computing will facilitate insight-driven interaction with data anywhere.

For individuals, this would mean being able to make sound decisions:,for example, before purchasing goods, or in locating the closest shelter during an emergency.

Organizations, meanwhile, would have tools that allow a higher degree of information-sharing and interaction among multiple participants in co-located or remote settings. These tools may, for example, be useful in identifying the source of a disease.

Irani’s research will advance information visualization, navigation and manipulation interfaces on ubiquitous computing platforms, to help users derive insight from data. He aims to transform the next generation of mobile and ubiquitous technologies into decision-facilitating portals.

Irani’s research will lead to innovative digital systems that, ultimately, will fade into the background as end-users naturally interact with data to arrive at decisions—anywhere, and anytime.