Portraits

In this section, we present researchers from Innsbruck specializing in Canadian studies or collaborating closely with Canadian colleagues and institutions.
Canadianists portrayed so far:


 

tollinger Assoz. Prof. Dr. Martin Tollinger ist Mitglied des wissenschaftlichen Beirats des Zentrums für Kanadastudien.

 

Martin Tollinger ist seit 2012 Associate Professor am Institut für Organische Chemie an der Universität Innsbruck. Er studierte Chemie an der Universität Innsbruck und promovierte im Jahr 1999. Direkt anschließend wechselte er als Erwin-Schrödinger-Stipendiat in das Forschungslabor von Prof. Lewis E. Kay an der University of Toronto, wo er im Bereich der kernmagnetischen Resonanzspektroskopie tätig war. Zusätzlich war er während seines Kanada-Aufenthalts am SickKids Research Institute in Toronto in der strukturbiologischen Forschung aktiv.

Die Rückkehr nach Österreich erfolgte im Jahr 2004 – jetzt mit Familie – an das Institut für Biomolekulare Strukturchemie der Universität Wien und wurde durch ein Erwin-Schrödinger-Return Fellowship des Österreichischen Wissenschaftsfonds ermöglicht. Von 2006 bis 2010 arbeitete er als Universitätsassistent an den Max F. Perutz Labors (einem joint venture der Universität Wien mit der Medizinischen Unversität Wien), wo er 2010 in den Fächern Biophysikalische Chemie und Strukturbiologie habilitierte.

In seiner aktuellen Forschung beschäftigt sich Martin Tollinger mit der Entwicklung neuartiger Messmethoden der kernmagnetischen Resonanzspektroskopie sowie deren Anwendung zur Bestimmung des dreidimensionalen Aufbaus von Proteinen mit atomarer Auflösung. Weitere Schwerpunkte seiner Arbeit stellen die Untersuchung der Flexibilität dieser Moleküle sowie ihrer Interaktion mit pharmazeutisch wirksamen Substanzen dar. Die Kombination dieser experimentellen Ansätze ermöglicht ein Verständnis der Funktionsweise der Bausteine des Lebens und eignet sich als Methode zur Optimierung von potentiellen Wirkstoffen.

Durch seinen mehrjährigen Aufenthalt in Kanada verfügt Martin Tollinger über wertvolle Kontakte im akademischen Bereich, sowohl an der University of Toronto als auch an anderen Hochschulen zwischen Quebec und British Columbia. Diese ermöglichen den Austausch von Doktoranden in gemeinsamen Forschungsprojekten sowie zur gegenseitigen Nutzung der vorhandenen Infrastrukturen im Bereich der biophysikalischen Chemie. Zudem finden regelmäßige Besuche von Wissenschaftlern in beiden Richtungen statt und eine weitere Intensivierung der Zusammenarbeit mit kanadischen Forschungsinstituten ist absehbar.

Martin Tollinger ist seit 2013 Mitglied des Beirats des Zentrums für Kanadastudien der Universität Innsbruck und fungiert in dieser Funktion als Ansprechpartner für Studenten der Studienrichtungen Pharmazie und Chemie.

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Moser

 

The Romance philologist Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Ursula Moser is the initiator and founder as well as the current Director of the Canadian Studies Centre of Innsbruck, the first of its kind in Austria (1997).

Since the late 1980s, she has built strong academic tieswith numerous Canadian and especially Quebec universities. Not least of all for this reason, she was awarded the “Ordre des francophones d’Amérique” in 2012.

 

Ursula Moser was appointed to the Leopold-Franzens University of Innsbruck in 2002 where she holds a chair in French and Spanish Literatures at the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures and earned her doctorate “sub auspiciis Praesidentis rei publicae” in French and English in 1976. Her attachment to America, however, had started long before. Her interest in cultural contact, in concepts of multiculturalism and transculturality, in minority situations and, above all, in their different and aesthetic manifestations in the francophone literatures of the Americas prompted her to go to Louisiana as early as 1983 and shortly afterwards to Québec. For many years the province of Quebec remained the centre of her research interests.

Ursula Moser’s research included Quebec poetry and prose, but also what is referred to in Quebec as “écriture au féminin”. She was one of the first to discover and introduce the Quebec concept of migrant literature into Romance Languages Studies in Europe. At the same time, she examined the generation of writers who, since the late 1970s, had come to Canada and Quebec from Latin America, but also from countries like Haiti. In 2004, she was the first non-Canadian to be awarded the renowned “Prix Jean Éthier-Blais de critique littéraire” for her monograph dedicated to the Haitian novelist Dany Laferrière. One year later, the International Council for Canadian Studies in Ottawa listed this book among the “30 best books of the last 30 years”.

In summer 2002, Ursula Moser taught as a visiting professor at the Université de Montréal and six years later, in 2008, at the University of Alberta where her research interests focused on the francophone literatures of Western Canada. For many years, she was on the editorial board of the bilingual International Journal of Canadian Studies and from 2008 to 2011 she served as its associate editor. At present, she is member of several committees for Canadian research awards and peer-reviewed journals (Canadian Literature, Globe: Revue internationale d’études québécoises, Études françaises, Voix et images, Alternative francophone, MuseMedusa). Since 2014, Ursula Moser has been an external evaluator of Quebec research centres for the Fonds de recherche du Québec (Société et culture). Her outstanding involvement in scientific research and her many cultural achievements earned her the “Ordre des francophones d’Amérique” in 2012. In 2010, she received the “Go for Gold” medal for her commitment to Austro-Canadian cooperation from the Canadian Ambassador in Vienna.

As to her experience in university and science management, Ursula Moser has devoted herself to promoting networking between institutions in Canada and in the German-speaking countries ever since the 1990s. In doing so, she has tried to act as a mediator between the two official languages English and French, an objective she still pursues as director of the Canadian Studies Centre in Innsbruck. From 1993 to 1995, she was vice president of the Association for Canadian Studies in German-speaking Countries (GKS), from 1995 to 1997 she was the association’s president. For more than 15 years, she chaired the liaison group set up by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Science and Research for the Canadian Centre for Austrian and Central European Studies (Wirth Institute) at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. Since 2006, she has been a member of the scientific boards of the Austro-Canadian Society in Vienna and of the Centre for Canadian Studies at the University of Graz. From 2008 to 2010, she was a member of the advisory committee of the Canadian Studies Institute at the University of Alberta and since 2011 she has been a research affiliate with the Canadian Literature Centre at the latter university.

Through her longstanding and continuing commitment, Ursula Moser has contributed significantly to the success not only of the Innsbruck Canadian Studies Centre, but also of the Centre d’étude de la chanson québécoise, the only European collection of recordings of francophone popular music from Northern America, which is affiliated with the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures of the University of Innsbruck. Besides, Ursula Moser is the editor of the book series canadiana oenipontana focusing on Canadian studies, with 12 published volumes to date. In her position as director of the Canadian Studies Centre, she has organized more than 20 interdisciplinary conferences on Canada-related topics.

Ursula Moser’s teaching interests also include Canada-related topics, and it is with enthusiasm that she takes her students on field trips to Quebec, Montreal and Ottawa. She is the contact person responsible for the academic exchange programs with the Université de Montréal, the CRÉPUQ and the University of Alberta, and even today she tries to spend as much time as possible in the country of her choice…


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Gregor Weihs

 

 

Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Gregor Weihs is a member of the scientific Advisory Board of the Canadian Studies Centre.

He has been teaching at the University of Innsbruck since2008. He is part of an ever expanding network of research collaborations and research projects established during his stay in Canada, the country he considers his “previous academic home”.

 

 

 

Gregor Weihs has been a professor of Photonics at the Institute for Experimental Physics of the University of Innsbruck since 2008 and is still an associate of the University of Waterloo’s Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC). He received his diploma from the University of Innsbruck in 1994 and his doctorate “sub auspiciis Praesidentis rei publicae” (with Anton Zeilinger) from the University of Vienna in 2000, where he was appointed research assistant. From 2001 to 2004, he was a consulting assistant professor at Stanford University in California and a research fellow at the University of Tokyo. After his habilitation in experimental physics at the University of Vienna in 2005, he joined the Department for Physics and Astronomy and the IQC of the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada, as an associate professor and was appointed to the Canada Research Chair in Quantum Photonics. He is a fellow in the Quantum Information Processing program of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR) and was awarded a Starting Grant by the European Research Council (ERC) in 2010.

His research focuses on quantum optics. Gregor Weihs has developed semiconductor-based devices such as integrated sources of entangled photon pairs for application in quantum communication. He has developed the first entanglement based free-space quantum key distribution system that was deployed across several buildings in Waterloo.

Gregor Weihs has strong connections with Canada both in his academic and in his private life. He lived in Canada with his wife and four children for four years and also has relatives there. Waterloo, Ontario, is probably best known as the home of the Blackberry. The city’s international reputation for research in physics is owed to Mike Lazaridis, the founder and, until recently, chairman of Blackberry, who has provided generous financial support in founding the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics and the IQC. In cooperation with the IQC, student exchanges take place on a regular basis, and numerous cooperation projects, especially with the Professors Laflamme, Jennewein, and Resch, have been implemented. Most recently, a graduate student from Waterloo joined Professor Weihs’ research group in Innsbruck for two months.

As far as student mobility is concerned, Gregor Weihs actively and successfully contributed to the implementation of an EU-funded training program (TEP) focused on student exchange (2008-2011). It was signed by the universities of Calgary, Waterloo, Erlangen, Innsbruck, Paris Sud, the École Polytechnique, ENS Lyon, and Lithuania; in 2013, further universities joined the partnership. The CIFAR Quantum Information Processing program is a research network consisting of the best researchers in quantum information processing world-wide. They meet at regular intervals to discuss new challenges. Gregor Weihs is a member of this network, thus maintaining contacts with Canada’s most distinguished scientists in the field.

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Manfred Husty

 

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Manfred Husty has been a member of the Canadian Studies Centre’s Advisory Board for many years. He is passionately dedicated to initiating scientific collaborations with Canadian colleagues and institutions. He supports the Canadian Studies Centre by his expertise and his impressive network of contacts with Canada.



 

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Manfred Husty has been a member of the Canadian Studies Centre’s Advisory Board for many years. He has demonstrated an ongoing commitment to fostering scientific collaborations with Canadian colleagues and universities. He has been a professor of geometry at the Faculty of Engineering Sciences (former Faculty of Civil Engineering) at the University of Innsbruck since September 2000. He started his academic career with a teaching degree in mathematics/geometry and sports science at the Karl-Franzens University of Graz, and he received his doctorate in 1983 from Technical University Graz. In 1989, he obtained his postdoctoral qualification (‘habilitation’) for geometry at the Montanuniversität Leoben. In 2000, he was appointed to the University of Innsbruck, where he held the position of dean of the faculty from 2004 to 2008.

Manfred Husty’s ties with Canada are longstanding and firm. Early in his career, he received the Erwin Schrödinger Fellowship of the Austrian Science Fund and spent one year at McGill University in Montreal as a research fellow – a powerful start at one of the best universities in North America. His work at the Centre for Intelligent Machines (CIM) led to a number of joint publications with Canadian colleagues, including Professor Paul Zsombor-Murray, with whom he has stayed in close contact both professionally and in his private life.1 One year later, he was elected an associate member of the CIM, where he not only served as an internal expert for Master’s and PhD theses, but also as a supervisor for students. He thus supervised John Hayes, who temporarily carried out his research at the Montanuniversität Leoben and who is a full professor at Carleton University (Ottawa) today.2 Manfred Husty continued to strengthen his relationships with Canadian scientists and universities in the following years. He lectured in Edmonton, Quebec, Victoria, Ottawa, and several times in Montreal. In 2009, he was eventually appointed visiting professor at the Université Laval in Quebec. He worked again in close cooperation with one of his colleagues – Professor Clément Gosselin – and his students (especially with M. Tale Masuleh), the results being a most significant research output.3

Whereas the University of Innsbruck has only few agreements with Canadian partner universities at the moment, Manfred Husty’s ongoing collaboration with Canadian colleagues still proves extremely fruitful (a five month research stay of a master student of Carleton University at the Faculty of Engineering Sciences in Innsbruck, co-organization of the International Conference on Geometry and Graphics ICCG in Montreal in 2012, etc.). Manfred Husty currently works on a book co-authored by Paul Zsombor-Murray which will be published by Springer. He is a member of the editorial board of the scientific journal Transactions of the Canadian Society of Mechanical Engineers and is involved in a transnational project of the Austrian Science Fund with the Université Laval entitled “Algebraic Methods in Collision Detection and Path Planning”. After the project’s completion in 2014, the collaboration with Laval will continue and even be extended.

Manfred Husty has been a member of the Advisory Board of the Canadian Studies Centre in Innsbruck for many years and has supported the centre’s activities with enthusiasm and dedication. The centre benefits from the vast network of his innumerable contacts with Canadian universities and scientists.

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1 1. F. Bulca, J. Angeles, P. J. Zsombor-Murray, and M. L. Husty. On the workspace of mechanisms. In Proc. 9th World Congress on the Theory of Machines and Mechanisms, vol. 1, pages 75-79, Milano, Italy, 1995.
2. P. Zsombor-Murray, M. L. Husty, and D. Hartmann. Singular Stewart-Gough platforms with spherocylindrical and spheroconical hip joint trajectories. In Proc. 9thWorld Congress on the Theory of Machines and Mechanisms, vol. 3, pages 1886-1890, Milano, Italy, 1995.
3. P. Zsombor-Murray and M. L. Husty. Central line surface symmetries in 4-bar mechanisms. In Proc. 15th Canadian Congress of Applied Mechanics CANCAM, vol.1, pages 246-247, Victoria, Br. Columbia, Canada, 1995.
4. F. Bulca and M. L. Husty. Kinematic mapping of spherical three-legged platforms. In Proc. 15th Canadian Congress of Applied Mechanics CANCAM, vol.2, pages 874-875, Victoria, Br. Columbia, Canada, 1995.

 

2 Joint publications from that period:
1. P. Zsombor-Murray, M. J. D. Hayes, and M. L. Husty. Extreme distance to a spatial circle. CSME Transactions, 28(2A):221-235, 2004. Special issue: Selected Papers of the 2nd CCToMM Symposium on Mechanisms, Machines, and Mechatronics.
2. M. J. D. Hayes and M. L. Husty. On the kinematic constraint surfaces of general threelegged planar robots. Mechanism and Machine Theory, 38(5):379-394, 2003.
3. M. J. D. Hayes, M. L. Husty, and P. J. Zombor-Murray. Singular configurations of wristpartitioned 6R serial robots: a geometric perspective for users. CSME Transactions, 26, No. 1:41-55, 2002.
4. M. L. Husty and M. J. D. Hayes. Workspace characterization of planar three-legged platforms with holonomic higher pairs. In J. Lenarcic and M. M. Stanisic, editors, Advances in Robot Kinematics, pages 267-276. Kluwer Acad. Pub., 2000. ISBN 0-7923-6426-0.
5. M. L. Husty, M. J. D. Hayes, and H. Loibnegger. The general singularity surface of a planar three-legged platform. In A. Kecskemethy, M. Schneider, and C. Woernle, editors, Advances in Multibody Systems and Mechatronics, pages 203-214. Duisburg, 1999. ISBN 3-9501108-0-1.
6. M. L. Husty, P. J. Zombor-Murray, and P. Gervasi. Geometry in mechanics. In J. Lenarcic and M. L. Husty, editors, Advances in Robot Kinematics, pages 267-276. Kluwer Acad. Pub., 1998. ISBN 0-7923-5169-X.
7. M. J. D. Hayes, M. L. Husty, and P. Zsombor-Murray. Kinematic mapping of planar Stewart-Gough platforms. In Proceedings of CANCAM 1999, pages 319-320, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, 1999.
8. M. J. D. Hayes, M. L. Husty, and P. Zsombor-Murray. Solving the forward kinematics of a planar 3-legged platform with holonomic higher pairs. In J. Angeles and Zakhariev, editors, NATO-ASI Workshop on Computational Methods in Mechanism Design, pages 525-535, Varna, Bulgaria, 1997.

 

3 1. M.T. Masouleh, C. Gosselin, M.L. Husty, and D. R Walter. Forward kinematic problem of 4-dof parallel mechanisms (3T1R) with identical limb structures acuated by revolute actuators using the linear implictization algorithm. In Proceedings of ASME DETC 2011, 2011.
2. M. T. Masouleh, D. R.Walter, M. L. Husty, and C. Gosselin. Forward kinematic problem of the symmetric 5-dof parallel mechanisms (3T2R) using the linear implictization algorithm. In Proceedings of the 13th World Congress in mechanism and machine science, 2011. http://www.somim.org.mx/conference_proceedings/pdfs/A7/A7_361.pdf.
3. M.T. Masouleh, M. L. Husty, and C. Gosselin. A general methodology for the forward kinematic problem of symmetrical parallel mechanisms and application for 5-PRUR parallel mechanisms (3T2R). In Proceedings of ASME DETC 2010, number 86261, 2010.
4. M.T. Masouleh, M. L. Husty, and C. Gosselin. Forward Kinematic Problem of 5-PRUR Parallel Mechanisms Using Study Parameters. In J. Lenarcic and M. M. Stanisic, editors, Advances in Robot Kinematics, pages 211-221. Springer, 2010.
5. M. L. Husty and C. Gosselin. On the singularity surface of planar 3-RPR parallel mechanisms. Mech. Based Design of Structures and Machines, 36:411-425, 2008.
6. M.T. Masouleh, C. Gosselin, M.L. Husty, and D. R Walter. Forward kinematic problem of 5-RPUR parallel mechanisms (3T2R) with identical limb structures. Mechanism and Machine Theory, 46(7):945 - 959, 2011.