Network-Centric Applied Research Team

The Purpose of This Lab:

We are a multidisciplinary Computational Public Safety-focused research lab located in the Department of Computer Science at Ryerson University. Computational Public Safety involves the application of computational resources, theory and practice in support of an improvement to public safety processes. It is the goal of this lab to one day contribute to saving someone’s life.

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People In This Lab

Alex Ferworn
Lab Director
     Dr. Ferworn is a Professor of Computer Science at Ryerson University. Alex earned his PhD from the U of Waterloo, his MSc from the U of Guelph and his B. Tech from Ryerson.
     Alex is the program Director of the Network-Centric Applied Research Team (NCART) lab focusing on the fledgling field of “Computational Public Safety”. Curious, he seeks out collaborations with individuals and groups in fields as widely diverse as archaeology, law enforcement, physics, disaster management, fire protection, Enlish, Psychology, Early Childhood Education, and fashion.
     His award-winning work has been widely publicized in the media. He is a past recipient of the Information Technology Association of Canada’s (ITAC) “IT Hero” award. In 2013 he was named the EURAXESS Canadian “Science Slam” champion for his ability to communicate complex ideas to a general audience in compelling ways. “Partners In Research” named him their Canadian “Technology Ambassador” of 2014 for his body of work and his outreach activities. In 2019 his work in finding lost and wandering patients with dementia was featured at the CRAM Learning Festival.
His stated goal is to one day contribute to saving someone’s life.

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N-CART Selected Publications

📄Hanna, D., Ferworn, A., Abhari, A. Police Learning: Examining the Use of Simulations in Police Training and the Associated Learning Theories. Toronto: Ryerson University, 2017.

📄Hanna, D., Ferworn, A., Lukaczyn, M. , Abhari, A., Lum, J. (2018). Using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) in Locating Wandering Patients with Dementia. IEEE/ION Position Location and Navigation Symposium. Monterey, CA, April 2018.

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