Kweh-Kwuch-Hum Archaeological Survey

The intern will assist the Chehalis First Nation by leading the archaeological component of the Kweh-Kwuch-Hum Spiritual Areas and Forest Management Policy Pilot Project. This larger project began in January 2007 when the Chehalis Indian Band entered into discussions with the BC Ministry of Forests and Range regarding the designation of Kweh-Kwuch-Hum (Mt. Woodside) as a “Spiritually Sensitive Area”. A primary goal of this project is to develop a process which supports the establishment of areas that can be demonstrated to be important traditionally, culturally and spiritually.

Towards an Optimal Scale for Injury Surveillance: Evaluating Spatial Dependency and Community Socio-economic Context on Intentional and Unintentional Injuries in British Columbia

Traumatic injuries place a tremendous burden on families, communities, industry, and the health care system. Moreover, the risk of severe injury, especially amongst the young and elderly, disproportionately affects those who are disadvantaged. Investigating the linkage between the environment and injury is complex as the interrelationship between location, socioeconomic status, age, and family demographics is often greater than the sum of their parts. The internship team will propose a geographic information science (GIS) based approach for trauma research.

Quantifying the Responses of Songbirds and Woodpeckers to Changes in Habitat at the Stand and Landscape Scales: Testing for Thresholds and Setting Management Targets

How do species respond to changes in habitat, and can their responses be used to set reliable management targets? The intern’s research is focused on determining whether forest birds respond non-linearly to the loss of forest habitat due to logging. For example, theoretical models show that the probability of finding forest birds within a given patch of forest declines sharply when less than 30% of forest cover remains in the patch. A point of sharp decline in a graph of a particular response to habitat loss is referred to as a 'critical threshold' or 'habitat threshold'.

Petrological and Geochemical Profiling of Copper-gold Mineralization in the Iron Range Region of BC

Eagle Plains Resources is a junior exploration company exploring for minerals in Western Canada. The goal of this project is to understand the nature and type of the copper-goal mineralization present in the Iron Range, Kootenay region of BC.

Detrital Mineral Geochronology of the Wernecke Supergroup in the Yukon: Enhancing the Framework for Mineral Exploration

This project is designed to provide new information on the source of the sediment in the Wernecke Supergroup, a widespread geological formation in northern Yukon that was deposited approximately 1.8 billion years ago. This formation is important because it hosts numerous mineral occurrences that are attracting considerable mineral exploration activity. The source of the sediment will be identified by ion probe analysis on detrital (sedimentary) grains of the mineral zircon.

Sampling Plans and Analysis Strategies for Environmental Assessment of Diamond Mine Impacts in Northern Canada

Rescan Environmental Services has conducted an extended aquatic effects monitoring survey as part of the environmental assessment of the diamond mine operations in northern Canada. Yearly water and sediment samples have been taken over the past 12 years at reference lakes (those not affected by mine operations) and impact lakes (lying in a downstream gradient from the containment facility).

Real-time Animation of Deformable Objects for Computer Games

Radical Entertainment is a video game developer which creates and develops games for all current and next generation platforms. Each year, computer games become graphically more realistic due to advances in computer technology and animation. The object of this project is simulation of deformable objects (such as a mattress or jelly-like substances) in real-time for computer gaming purposes. The equations of motion for such objects is quite different and more difficult to solve than those used for rigid bodies.

Convex Decomposition of a Triangle Soup

Radical Entertainment is a video game developer which creates and develops games for all current and next generation platforms. Collision detection forms an indispensable part in today’s 3D game engines. Due to increasing size of the 3D objects used in game development, high-performance collision detection running directly on these objects requires a significant amount of work. To allow for real-time collision detection between a 3D object and other objects in the game environment, the typical approach is to first find for each object a set of best-fitting convex hulls.

User Behavior Modeling and Scalabitliy Analyzing for VoIP Network

Eyeball Networks is a leading developer of software for the VoIP, video telephony and instant messaging industry. In this project, the intern will investigate and model user behavior of VoIP networks developed by the company. Based on a statistical user behavior model, he will then develop a test tool to collect specific Quality-of-Service performance metrics, so as to analyze the scalability of system, and to formulate its relation with the user behavior model.

Transliteration from Arabic to English

Machine translation has been an active field in Natural Language Processing. Although the quality of translation cannot reach that of a human, it is getting closer. One of the major sub-tasks in this field is ‘transliteration’, which is mapping the letters from the source language to the letters of target language. It would be useful for translating the proper names, location names and any out-of-vocabulary word found in the source text.

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