Sensor Development for Intelligent Apiary

This project will design an Apiary Management System to control and study environmental conditions that affect beehive health and honey production. Several efforts will be undertaken in developing this intelligent hive concept. In-hive environmental sensors will be implemented and thermal backplane will be developed to regulate the temperature within the hive. Sensors will be installed for studying bee movement, activity, and population. In the environment surrounding the apiary, food type and availability will be studied.

Assessment of safety and efficacy of probiotics use in premature infants

Probiotics are suggested to greatly reduce the risk of mortality and risk of infection in the gut of preterm infants. However, probiotics are rarely given to babies in hospitals in North America. The aim of this study is to assess the effectiveness of probiotics supplementation in improving intestinal heath and preventing gut complications in premature infants. In this study, 25 preterm infants in St. Boniface Hospital will receive the probiotic for four weeks and 25 infants in the Winnipeg Health Science Centre will not receive probiotics.

Advanced Computational Algorithms for Transient Stability Simulation Using Dynamic Phasors

The main objective of the proposed research project is to develop a new transient stability simulation method based on advanced computational and modeling techniques that is both fast and accurate. Transient stability studies are an important part of system planning and operation as they ensure that a system will maintain stable operation following severe disturbances. However, traditional simulation techniques were not designed for the size and complexity of modern power systems.

Testing of Fibre Properties for their Biomedical Applicability

Natural fibres have been used in many industry sectors such as automobiles, aerospace, construction, etc., but their use in the biomedical industry is relatively new. The major obstacle to their use is the lack of information on relevant fibre properties. This project focuses on testing three critical properties: antimicrobial properties, antioxidant properties, and water sorption in flax, hemp, canola, and sweet clover fibres. Testing these properties will be a stepping stone for proving the applicability of natural fibres in biomedical applications.

Evaluating the impact of workplace indoor environmental quality on employee comfort and wellness

The design and quality of the indoor environment is understood to play an important role in the well-being and productivity of building occupants. While many building and design strategies have been employed to enhance the indoor environmental quality of workplace environments there is a surprising a lack of empirical evidence drawn from buildings in-use that shows how such strategies actually affect occupants.

Management and mining of big energy sector data

With advances in techniques, high volumes of valuable data are generated in many domains (e.g., energy sector) at a rapid rate. Consequently, a scalable and flexible system for efficient storage and fast management of these distributed data is needed. In this proposed research project, we plan to design and implement a cloud-based data storage & management system that is flexible, scalable and fast to handle distributed data in a parallel fashion for the partner organization.

Development of High-Performance Microwave Radio Network Systems with Broadband and Polarization Diversity Antennas to be Integrated with High-Speed Optical Fiber Networks

Objectives: Manitoba Hydro Telecom (MHT) has proposed the development of a state-of-the-art optical communication network using Reconfigurable Optical Add Drop Multiplexers (ROADM) employing Wave Division Multiplexing (WDM). MHT will use ROADMs compliant with currently established industry standards such as ITU G.709 and G.8032. ROADMs with WDM methods with 50 GHz channel spacing enable up to 88 wavelengths to be carried on a single optical fiber.

Addressing Basis Risk in Agricultural Index-Based Insurance

The objective of the proposed research is to design and implement an innovative IBI scheme capable of minimizing basis risk. Forage insurance will be used as an example to empirically examine the effective implementation of the IBI, through establishing an adequate relationship between the weather index and forage yield. Therefore, a second objective of the proposed research is to help increase producer demand for forage insurance.

High resolution PET imaging systems for small animal imaging

There is an increasing demand for high resolution multimodality imaging of research animals, such as mice and rats, to allow non-invasive monitoring of disease models and therapeutic interventions. This project focuses on the development of a new positron emission tomography (PET) imaging system that can be operated inside a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) system. Once complete, this system will allow simultaneous high resolution PET/MRI imaging of research animals.

An analysis of crowdfunding strategies and underlying psychological mechanism of crowdfunders’ behaviors

Indie Ink, in collaboration with the National Crowdfunding Association of Canada (NCFA), is laying the groundwork for publishing a book about crowdfunding via a crowdfunding campaign that would illustrate to the masses how this new venture is transforming Canada. This research project on planning and executing a crowdsourcing and crowdfunding campaign to gather content and a portion of the funds for the book’s production will be highly valuable for both Indie Ink and the academic community.