The Centre de recherche interdisciplinaire sur les technologies émergentes (CITÉ, the interdisciplinary research centre on emerging technologies) was created in the Faculté des arts et des sciences of the Université de Montréal in 2003. The centre was founded by three departments in the university: communications (COM), computer science (DIRO), and the school for information science (EBSI). CITÉ is composed of interdisciplinary research groups of diverse origins who share an interest in information and communication technologies.
In 2008, the centre’s research mandate was broadened to include various researchers and issues in literature and the humanities, and a number of new groups joined CITÉ: the Laboratoire de recherche en communication multimédia (LRCM, the research laboratory for multimedia communication), the Centre de recherche intermédiales sur les arts, les lettres et les techniques (CRIalt, the intermedial research centre for arts, letters and techniques), the TEXTO4SCIENCE group, and the Laboratoire de recherche en sciences humaines numériques (the digital humanities research lab).
CITÉ includes more than 600 professors and researchers from about thirty disciplines in the hard sciences, the social sciences, the literary arts, and the humanities. A partnership was undertaken with the RBC research chair in electronic commerce at HEC-Montréal, the business school affiliated with the Université de Montréal. A research group directed by Élise Dubuc exploring the digital preservation of aboriginal cultures was added in 2012.
CITÉ offers a series of lunchtime conferences in order to disseminate knowledge emanating from these interdisciplinary activities.
More information on CITÉ can be found at http://www.cite.umontreal.ca/