Research Specializations and Centres

Seneca’s applied research expertise lies in six areas:

  • software and data sciences
  • life sciences
  • design and animation
  • engineering
  • health sciences
  • business and finance


Software & Data Sciences 33%, Life Science 28%, Design & Animation 18%, Business & Finance 7%, Engineering 7%, Health Sciences 7%

Centres of Excellence in Research

Data Analytics Research Centre (DARC)

Established in 2019, the Data Analytics Research Centre (DARC) focuses on harnessing the power of data to drive innovation and enhance business productivity and competitiveness. With expertise to support the continuum of advanced data analytics, Seneca faculty and students collaborate with industry partners to tackle business and technical challenges through all stages of data utilization, from data storage and processing, to data modelling and analysis and data visualization.

Projects fall within the broad themes of descriptive, prescriptive and predictive data analysis, addressing challenges such as variability and risk analysis, pattern detection and recognition and prediction and optimization.

DARC has physical space inside Seneca Innovation on the second floor of the Centre for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE) at Newnham Campus.

Open Source Technology for Emerging Platforms (OSTEP)

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) Industrial Research Chair for Colleges (IRCC) in OSTEP was established to provide early access by local small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to emerging computer platforms through collaboration with global open-source communities to increase their global competitiveness. This includes the development of open source software for emerging enterprise platforms, such as ARM64, DevOps (Software Development and IT Operations) technologies and methodologies and application in super-embedded systems.

The OSTEP program, led by Chris Tyler of the School of Software Design & Data Science, advances the state of open source software to make it possible for local companies to migrate from legacy computer systems to these emerging platforms, taking full advantage of new features, including reduced space, power and cooling requirements that are now demanded by the market.

Seneca Centre for Innovation in Life Sciences (SCILS)

Located at the Seneca@York campus, SCILS serves a previously unmet need among SMEs in Ontario. SCILS enables industry-academic partnerships to further develop, enhance and validate life sciences technologies and products in the areas of diagnostics and cosmetics. As an integral component of the life sciences innovation ecosystem, through partnerships with regional innovation centres, incubators and industry associations, SCILS connects SMEs with Seneca faculty and students to collaborate on applied research projects.

Ultimately, through its focus on life sciences talent and investment in research and development, SCILS will play a significant role in the growth of the life sciences sector in Ontario, enabling early-stage diagnostics and cosmetics companies to reach commercialization and scale their businesses. 

Learn more about SCILS


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