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Smart Connected Vehicles Innovation Centre

Accelerating autonomous vehicle innovation. Located in its uOttawa Kanata North campus, the Smart Connected Vehicles Innovation Centre is focused on research that problem-solves issues related to the connectivity, physical and cyber security, decision-making, and sustainability of vehicles and networks.

About the SCVIC

In October 2021, the University of Ottawa opened its Smart Connected Vehicles Innovation Centre in Kanata North, recognized as Canada’s largest technology hub.

The open-access centre offers rapid, low-cost experimentation and testing for connected and autonomous vehicles allowing researchers and industry partners to access self-driving car prototypes, drones, and certain types of ground robots. Its indoor experimental test bed is paired with state-of-the-art computing infrastructure for collecting vast amounts of data, along with powerful workstations for running advanced machine-learning models.

Not only is the centre embedded in one of Canada’s key connected autonomous vehicle (CAV) clusters and on Ottawa’s private test track, the centre is positioned to bring together experts from various fields — social scientists, economists, ethics and compliance specialists, and decision-makers, alongside engineers and computer scientists — to maximize innovation.


The team behind the Smart Connected Vehicles Innovation Centre (SCVIC) is already leading the research in their field.

Best Paper Award, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers [IEEE] GlobeCom 2021 Communication QoS, Reliability and Modeling Symposium

In the first year of SCVIC, Professor Burak Kantarci and his team won the prestigious Best Paper Award from the IEEE Global Communications Conference (Globecom), which is a flagship conference of IEEE Communications Society. Professor Kantarci’s research team presented their research at the symposium held in Spain, and the award was announced on December 8, 2021.  This award underscores the intellectual merits, technical strengths and quality of the work being done at the lab. The project is realized in collaboration with Ciena, a lab partner, and funded by the OCI 5G ENCQOR program.

All Predict Wisest Decides: A Novel Ensemble Method to Detect Intrusive Traffic in IoT Networks

Minister’s Award of Excellence in the category of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (awarded to Dr. Burak Kantarci)

In 2020-2021, Dr. Kantarci collaborated with several major companies and secured investments to build the first ever university research lab in the Kanata North Technology Park.

Contact us

Dr. Burak Kantarci

Associate Professor and Founding Director of the Smart Connected Vehicles Innovation Centre
[email protected]
613-562-5800 ext. 6955