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In 2015, the UN General Assembly adopted a framework for action to accelerate the transition to a globally sustainable society, entitled Transforming Our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Canada is committed to implementing the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which include 169 targets. Of these, 103 involve information and communications technologies (ICTs).
“The implementation of the UN agenda requires not only that ICTs be “greened and sustainable” but also that we make society greener and sustainable through ICTs,ˮ says Mohamed Cheriet, a professor in the Systems Engineering Department at ÉTS and director of the Synchromedia Laboratory for multimedia communication in telepresence. Dr. Cheriet is also Canada Research Chair holder in Smart Sustainable Eco-Cloud, which is dedicated to developing knowledge acquisition and artificial intelligence for sustainability built on a smart, sustainable eco-cloud.
A standard for measuring the ICT footprint
No matter which hat he wears, Dr. Cheriet has always sought to reduce the GHGs emitted by ICTs. He recently led a working group as part of IEEE’s Sustainable ICT initiative, which introduced a new standard to measure ICT infrastructure emissions in real time – an important step towards making ICTs more sustainable.
The strength of cross-disciplinary research: CIRODD
Professor Cheriet is also the General Director of the Centre interdisciplinaire de recherche en opérationnalisation du développement durable (CIRODD – Centre for interdisciplinary research into the operationalization of sustainable development), an FRQNT strategic research cluster located at ÉTS since spring 2019. Now in its second mandate, this centre brings together close to 100 leading researchers from 13 universities and five CEGEPs and colleges working in a broad range of research fields whose aim is to implement sustainable innovation practices using a transdisciplinary approach.
Inducted as a Fellow into the Canadian Academy of Engineering, the Engineering Institute of Canada and the International Association for Pattern Recognition, Dr. Cheriet has received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and many IEEE awards. These honours are a testament to the importance of this eminent researcher’s work for society. Mohamed Cheriet has a single goal: the well-being and transformation of society.