Research Experts

Jon Ziprick*

Able to advise graduate and undergraduate students


Dr. Jonathan Ziprick is a faculty member in the ACE (Applied Computer Education) Department at Red River College. He has a PhD in Physics from the University of Waterloo, and more than 10 years experience doing research across both academia and industry, in the varied fields of computer science, mechanical engineering, physics and mathematics. Dr. Ziprick has supervised both undergraduate and graduate students in research projects leading to publications in high impact journals.


Dr. Ziprick is able to supervise research projects in:

  • machine learning
  • precision farming and digital agriculture
  • image processing
  • mathematical modelling
  • numerical methods for partial differential equations
  • quantum information/computing
  • quantum gravity

The following projects have open student positions:

  1. Plant Phenotyping: There are two different streams of research required here:
    • Robotics: Students working on this aspect will build an automated camera system, installed on a greenhouse bench seeded with a particular plant species, capable of capturing images of plants from a variety of angles, at a variety of light frequencies, at all stages of growth.
    • Machine learning: Students working on this aspect will train deep neural networks on a large set of labelled images of plants. The goal is to develop software capable of identifying a particular plant from an image, and to evaluate the health of the plant.
  2. Peer-to-Peer Learning: Students working on this project will use a decision tree to determine which teaching techniques are most effective for different types of learners.
  3. Deep Neural Networks: The goal of this project is to build a deep neural network from the bottom up and quantitatively test different constructions that are commonly in practice, and to innovate in order to improve on existing models.

Students who would like to work on these projects are encouraged to contact Dr. Ziprick by email at


  • PhD Physics (2014)
    University of Waterloo and Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics
    Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
  • MSc Physics (2009)
    University of Manitoba
    Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
  • BSc Physics (2007)
    University of Winnipeg
    Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
  • BSc Mechanical Engineering (2001)
    University of Manitoba
    Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada


  • 2014, $35 000, AARMS Postdoctoral Fellowship (for 2 years)
  • 2009, $70 000, NSERC PhD Canada Graduate Scholarship (for 2 years)
  • 2009, $20 000, University of Waterloo President’s Graduate Award (for 2 years)
  • 2009, $15 000, Government of Ontario Ontario Graduate Scholarship
  • 2007, $35 000, NSERC MSc Canada Graduate Scholarship (for 2 years)
  • 2007, $15 000, Government of Manitoba Manitoba Graduate Scholarship
  • 2007, $12 000, University of Manitoba University of Manitoba Graduate Fellowship
  • 2006, $825, University of Winnipeg Dr. H. Shubin Memorial Scholarship in Physics
  • 2006, $6 300, NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award
  • 1994, $2 250, Government of Canada Canada Scholarship


  • Current Courses:
    • Programming 1 – 1st year course on coding with Java.
    • Database Management Systems 1 – 1st year course on databases and SQL.
  • Past courses:
    • Numerical Methods – 3rd year course using Matlab to solve equations numerically.
    • Linear Algebra – 1st year course on vectors and matrices.
    • Quantum Mechanics – 3rd year course on mathematical formalism of quantum mechanics.
    • Mathematical Physics – 2nd year, two term course on advanced topics in mathematics.
  • Summer Schools:
    • Gravity Summer School – Three day summer school for graduate students; gave lectures on general relativity and black holes.
    • International Summer School for Young Physicists – One week long summer school, guiding six first year students through a research project.


  1. S.M. Hassan, V. Husain and J. Ziprick, Quantum gravitational collapse as a Fermi system,” Phys. Rev. D 97 104032 (2018), arXiv:1707.02585 [gr-qc].
  2. J. Ziprick, J. Gegenberg and G. Kunstatter, Polymer Quantization of a Self-Gravitating Thin Shell,” Phys. Rev. D 94 104076 (2016), arXiv:1609.06665 [gr-qc].
  3. M. Ali, V. Husain, S. Rahmati and J. Ziprick, Linearized gravity with matter time,” Class. Quant. Grav. 33 105012 (2016), arXiv:1512.07854 [gr-qc].
  4. V. Husain, S. Rahmati and J. Ziprick, Linearized 3D gravity with dust,” Phys. Rev. D 93 024039 (2016), arXiv:1509.06091 [gr-qc].
  5. J. Ziprick and J. Gegenberg, Discrete Hamiltonian for general relativity,” Phys. Rev. D 93 041502(R) (2016), arXiv:1507.07591 [gr-qc].
  6. V. Husain and J. Ziprick, 3D gravity with dust: classical and quantum theory,” Phys. Rev. D 91 124074 (2015), arXiv:1506.00725 [gr-qc].
  7. J. Ziprick, Point particles in 2+1 dimensions: general relativity and loop gravity descriptions,” Class. Quant. Grav. 32 045005 (2015), arXiv:1409.7455 [gr-qc].
  8. L. Freidel and J. Ziprick, Spinning geometries = Twisted geometries,” Class. Quant. Grav. 31 045007 (2014), arXiv:1308.0040 [gr-qc].
  9. J. Ziprick, Point particles in 2+1 dimensions: toward a semiclassical loop gravity formulation,” Canadian Journal of Physics 91(6) 467 (2013), arXiv:1209.1344 [gr-qc].
  10. L. Freidel, M. Geiller and J. Ziprick, Continuous formulation of the Loop Quantum Gravity phase space,” Class. Quant. Grav. 30 085013 (2013), arXiv:1110.4833 [gr-qc].
  11. C.D. Leonard, J. Ziprick, G. Kunstatter and R.B. Mann, Gravitational collapse of K-essence Matter in Painleve-Gullstrand coordinates,” JHEP 10 028 (2011), arXiv:1106.2054 [gr-qc].
  12. J. Ziprick and G. Kunstatter, Quantum corrected spherical collapse: A phenomenological frame- work,” Phys. Rev. D 82 044031 (2010), arXiv:1004.0525 [gr-qc].
  13. J. Ziprick and G. Kunstatter, Dynamical singularity resolution in spherically symmetric black hole formation,” Phys. Rev. D 80 024032 (2009), arXiv:0902.3224 [gr-qc].
  14. J. Ziprick and G. Kunstatter, Numerical study of black-hole formation in Painleve-Gullstrand coordinates,” Phys. Rev. D 79 101503 (2009), arXiv:0812.0993 [gr-qc].
  15. G. Kunstatter, J. Louko and J. Ziprick, Polymer quantization, singularity resolution, and the r^{-2} potential,” Phys. Rev. A 79 032104 (2009), arXiv:0809.5098 [gr-qc].
  16. R.G. Daghigh, G. Kunstatter and J. Ziprick, The mystery of the asymptotic quasinormal modes of Gauss-Bonnet black holes,” Class. Quant. Grav. 24 1981 (2007), arXiv:gr-qc/0611139.

Selected Presentations

  1. Gravitational waves: a new window to the universe,” University of Winnipeg, Physics Colloquium (Nov. 2017).
  2. Polymer quantization,” University of Winnipeg, Physics Colloquium (Jan. 2017).
  3. Basic elements of loop quantum gravity,” CAP6 Congress, Ottawa, ON (2016). (Invited talk.)
  4. Cosmological constant in loop gravity,” Loops, Erlangen, Germany (2015).
  5. Spinning geometry = Twisted geometry,” Loops, Waterloo, ON (2013).
  6. Twisted triangulations,” Theory Canada, Sherbrooke, QC (2013).
  7. Relating the kinematics of loop gravity and general relativity,” CAP Congress, Calgary, AB (2012).
  8. Continuous formulation of the loop gravity phase space,” quantum gravity seminar at Perimeter Institute, Waterloo, ON (2012).
  9. Geometric operators in loop quantum gravity,” Loops, Madrid, Spain (2011).
  10. Singularity and event horizon formation with loop quantum gravity corrections,” CAP Congress, Quebec City, QC (2008).