En Route to 5G: Long-term Evolution (LTE) Enhancements for the Internet of Things (IoT) - Year Two

Cellular wireless communication has reached a level of coverage and reliability that it is considered a commodity. However, the dramatic increase in Internet traffic to and from wireless devices poses significant challenges for network operators. While the current growth of traffic is mostly due to consumers communicating more frequently and larger amounts of data over the wireless infrastructure, much of the future growth is predicted to come from non-human operated devices or so-called machine-to-machine (M2M) communication.

Characterizing phytochemical content of bioactive coffee leaf materials for use in coffee tea leaf beverages

Wize Monkey is currently the only maker of Coffee Leaf Tea in the world; they work in partnership with coffee producers in Nicaragua to develop alternative coffee based products. One of these is coffee leaf; a novel idea of harvesting leafs at optimal times to be used as a tea-based beverage. The leaf is harvested, dried, processed and blended to produce novelty based coffee leaf teas. Their business provides a humanitarian component providing stable work for up to 40 farm workers through-out the year to supply their product.

Modelling wood quality and its implications for lumber recovery in variable retention stands

For many reasons, forest management in Canada will be constrained by ecological and social forest management objectives. Along with meeting the diverse needs of society, forest managers will need to consider increased demands for renewable resources, such as wood. Wood, as opposed to concrete and steel, has a positive impact on the global carbon cycle but is also strong enough to build large buildings. Therefore, there will be an increased demand for stronger wood in the future.

Selective recovery of antimony and arsenic from copper sulphide concentrate

Many copper deposits contain significant amount of arsenic and antimony and being overlooked because of it. These impurities are currently subject to smelters penalty. Development of an efficient technology for removal of these impurities and converting them as sellable products will make a number of deposits economic that are currently not being mined. The current research will assist in identifying the most efficient technology for treating such complex minerals and to meet the rising demand for clear copper concentrates.

Developing advanced ore sorting sensing systems for gold deposits

This research focuses on novel sensor-based algorithms for sorting rocks and categorizing them as good (valuable) and bad (worthless) rocks. The sensors in the sorter will “see” the rocks characteristics, whether it’s their color or atomic density or the desired element and send a command to a mechanical arm, for example, to separate the two types of rock from each other.

Cyanide-Free Leaching of Gold Using Iodine/Iodide based lixivinat

Iberian Minerals is a junior mining company, based in Canada. The Company recently acquired Mineworx Technologies, based in Vancouver, British Columbia and is now focused on various mining technologies. One such technology we are developing is an eco-friendly, non-cyanide based leach extraction for gold processing utilizing iodine as a complexing agent. The research and development undertaken will study the feasibility of a new approach to a sustainable process in gold mining, which will see an immediate positive ecological impact on pollution through the non-use of highly toxic cyanide.

Deficit Irrigation and Crop Size Adjustment Strategies for Improving the Concentration of Aromatic Compounds in White Grapes in British Columbia Climates

In white wines, the wine aroma plays a major role in determining wine quality and economic value. In many grape varieties cultivated in BC, the aroma makeup is built in the vineyard where key aromatics accumulate in the grapes. Irrigation and crop size adjustments are two main strategies that growers have adopted to manage fruit ripening and composition.

Development of the Tat-GluN2BCTM peptide as a novel therapy for acute myocardial infarction

Acute myocardial infarction (commonly known as a heart attack) is a major disease of the cardiovascular system and a leading cause of death and hospitalization in North America. It results in 7.4 million deaths globally per annum. Current clinical medications only prevent the disease but cannot cure it after a heart attack occurs. Scientific evidence suggests that DAPK1 is a vital protein that can cause heart damage during a heart attack, and I have created a compound that is able to reduce the level DAPK1 in the heart so as to prevent heart damage.

Plant infestation diagnosis using a high-resolution sensory system for detection of biogenic signals

Pests and diseases are major problem that growers face with plants. Ecoation Innovative Solutions Inc. (EIS) is proposing a solution to this problem that turns to plants as reliable source of information about their own health and well-being. EIS will provide data from different sensory measurements for clean and infested plants. We intend to use recent advances in machine learning to build a model that automatically diagnose the plants from these measurements. The intern will work on developing the model and adapting it for different crops and cultivating environments.

Evaluating the impact of the BC Dairy Association Food Explorers program on willingness to try new foods in children

Eating a variety of foods from the four food groups is part of a healthy diet and is important for supporting the growth and development of children. Avoidance of new foods (neophobia) and familiar foods (pickiness) are common in children and limit food quantity and quality. The BC Dairy Association developed the Food Explorers program that introduces new and familiar foods to children in kindergarten and grade 1 classrooms. The goal is to increase the willingness to try new foods and ultimately positively impact diet. The program is widely delivered in BC but has not been evaluated.