Vancouver City Savings Credit Union (Vancity) and its subsidiary, Citizens Bank of Canada, is looking to improve its current commercial mortgage risk rating systems to better predict the default possibility of commercial mortgage loan customers. In this project, the intern will begin with familiarizing herself with the principles, processes and operation of the existing rating model and applications as well as understating the risk profile and loan performance data.
In “shared control” of a machine, a user works cooperatively with an intelligent system to continuously direct or steer the machine’s operation. In this project with Spark Robotics Technology Inc., a provider of products and services for the defense and security industry, the research team will apply this concept to the problem of navigating or searching information streams.
Kintama Research Corporation is the developer of the Pacific Ocean Shelf Tracking (POST) acoustic tracking array, which monitors the continental shelf and major river systems in the west coast of North America. This array provides measurements on the marine movements and survival of Pacific salmon and other fish. Kintama is interested in the design of a network architecture to allow near real-time remote access to the underwater hydrophones sited on bridges or other fixed structures along the rivers.
The overall objective of this pilot study is to develop design, manufacturing and clinical protocols for the application of Klearway’s oral appliance therapy to a child population. By evaluating orthodontic records (questionnaires, x-rays and dental study models) together with blood oxygen levels before and after treatment, new applications for Klearway’s oral appliance use and new protocols in children may be defined. Five to ten children enrolled in the undergraduate orthodontic clinical program at the University of British Columbia will be recruited.
Considerable information has been acquired on soil dynamics in areas under oil sands reclamation and a variety of models have been developed that simulate moisture dynamics and ecosystem productivity. However, to date, nutrient and moisture dynamics have been considered largely in isolation; for models to be useful in reclamation, they need to be capable of representing how soil moisture influences nutrient cycling, how available moisture limits vegetation growth and how ecosystem development can change nutrient cycles and moisture dynamics.
Zeugma Systems is currently developing the next generation wireline networking equipment which allows the telecommunication service providers to deliver multimedia services over bandwidth constrained infrastructure. The platform of this equipment contains various 3rd party, off-the-shelf, packet switching and processing devices. In this project, queuing models and network simulators will be used to analyze the system level behaviour of this platform. The simulation model includes various traffic management and scheduling algorithms.
Marijuana grow-operations are an increasing phenomenon in BC and of concern are the children who are found to be living in these dangerous and toxic environments. This study, in partnership with the BC Mental Health and Addictions Research Network and the BC Child and Youth Health Research Network as well as the BC Ministry of Children and Family Development, will build upon the intern’s extensive experience in the field of child protection and her decade-long commitment to working with these children to ensure their safety from the hazards that indoor marijuana grow-operations present.
General Fusion is currently working to develop a relatively small, low-cost fusion reactor; work has reached the proof-of-concept stage. The reactor consists of an enclosure filled with molten lead, spun about one axis to create a plasma-filled cavity. A mechanically-induced shock wave travels radially inwards, focusing as it propagates and collapses the plasma cavity. This collapse heats and pressurizes the plasma and initiates a fusion reaction that releases energy, re-expanding the cavity and causing another shock to propagate radially outwards through the lead.
The intern will be completing experimental work on compost-based stormwater filters. The experiments will provide necessary data for the development of a predictive mathematical model that will be used to predict the service and maintenance schedule of a compost-based stormwater filter. Specifically, the intern will be collecting data for the dissolved metal uptake capacity of the compost, determining how fast the metals are uptaken, and finally, constructing and gathering data from a pilot site at the University of British Columbia.
CanGEA - the Canadian Geothermal Energy Association - is a non-profit association encouraging research, exploration and development of high temperature geothermal energy resources in Canada. Geothermal energy is a renewable, reliable source of electricity and heat. Geothermal power sources produce long term revenues with no fuel costs and no emissions. Thus, the purpose of this project is to investigate the possibility of generating environmentally-friendly electricity from abandoned gas and oil wells in the Canadian Foothills in eastern BC.