Multi-format Environmental Information Dissemination
Project Leader: Guy Lapalme (Université de Montréal)
This project, funded by contributions from Environnement Canada (2008 thru 2014) by a Mitacs/Mprime grant (2009 thru 2011), explores new ways of customizing and translating the mass of daily information produced by Environment Canada (EC). This information in digital format is later transformed into weather and environmental forecasts, specifically warnings and alerts that must be broadcast in real-time in at least two languages, in many different formats and in a way that takes location into account. Given the critical importance of weather and environmental information in many spheres of activity, this project explores innovative ways for combining, condensing and displaying the specific types of data encountered in the environmental domain. It combines data-mining techniques in order to extract important information, with cognitive and linguistic methods for displaying it to the users in a meaningful way.