Postcard from China: PhD student’s research builds a bridge between disciplines

Issues surrounding resources and sustainability, like water in developing countries, often require an interdisciplinary approach. Challenges related to water access are much more severe than in developed countries, due to factors such as rapid population growth, inadequate infrastructure, and lack of robust resource management policies. Compounding these challenges is an absence of appropriate theories and tools for knowledge integration to bridge the gap between resource management and research.

Treaties and Boundaries Project

The role of this internship is to assist in reaching the SSHRC goal for the Dreamcatcher system of capturing cultural data, traditional ecological knowledge, and traditional land use, creating as full a historical, cultural, and economic record as possible, as well as strong land use management/consultation, water and asset management, and public health systems. This information will inform cultural research, treaty negotiations, and community development.

A Condition Based Monitoring Pilot for the Baggage Handling System at the Pearson International Airport

Maintenance of baggage handling equipment, passenger boarding bridges and aircraft support equipment currently costs the Pearson International Airport (PIA) $10M annually. Much of this cost is associated with routine inspections, replacing drives, lifts and similar industrial process equipment. Current maintenance undertaken by PIA is reactive; replacing or repairing parts on the equipment after break-down. This is an expensive process. In this proposal, the intern will implement a condition based maintenance pilot on the baggage handling system (BHS) at PIA.

Smart Energy Network at residential to community levels: optimization of natural gas, electricity and heat with end-use devices

There is growing pressure from intergovernmental organizations, governments and consumers to reduce the quantity of greenhouse gases being released into the atmosphere. Investments in green technology such as renewable energy sources, battery technology and carbon capture and sequestration can often yield significant reductions in carbon emissions. However, the corresponding economic costs of these projects can regularly result in a balancing act between environmental benefit and affordable energy consumption. Smart Energy Network, SEN, systems could provide a solution to this dilemma.

RF Resonant Chemical Sensor System for Biomarker Detectionand Biomedical Applications

Sober Steering is developing a wearable alcohol sensor system that communicates with a vehicle to prevent drunk driving. The FitBit-style wearable device will communicate wirelessly with a Sober Steering module located behind the dash of the vehicle to provide interlock functionality and instant alerts. The wearable alcohol sensor system will be monitored and controlled by a smart phone app (ideally controlled by parents or fleet vehicle dispatch). The proposed project aims to further develop sensors capable of providing alcohol sensing functionality for the wearable device.

Multivariate polynomial interpolation: efficient algorithms and applications

This research project aims at providing efficient methods to solve a mathematical problem which has practical applications in digital communication and online storage. In the domain of communications, these methods perform the decoding stage of some error-correcting codes, which are used to ensure reliable data transmission over an unreliable or noisy communication channel such as in Digital Video Broadcasting (digital television), or when reading Blu-Ray discs or bar codes.

Provincial-Federal Relations: Limits and Possibilities in Petroleum Management in Alberta and the Kurdistan Region

This project is comparing two systems of petroleum management between a province and its federal government by looking at two case studies: Alberta and Canada on the one hand, and Kurdistan and Iraq on the other. Alberta’s oil reserves are ranked third in the world and Iraq is the second largest crude oil producer in the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC). Alberta’s management of petroleum resources is in harmony with the Canadian federal government because ownership and profit-sharing are both enshrined in the Canadian Constitution.

Human Performance of Finger Identification for Multitouch Input

The project first aims at developing a robust and low latency hardware system for identifying which fingers are in contact with a surface. The second objective is to implement and refine finger identification interaction techniques that would improve the interaction with touch surfaces (smart phone, tablets, tabletops). These techniques will be evaluated to state of the art interaction techniques in controlled experiments. The expected outcomes are the development of the most robust and low latency finger identification prototype to date.

Development of novel electrospun nanofibrous membrane incorporating cellulose nanocrystals for wastewater treatment.

The proposed research project aims at developing a novel nanofibrous membrane incorporating cellulose nanocrystals (CNCs) for wastewater treatment. Sustainable nanomaterials such as CNCs possess many interesting properties like high specific surface area, good mechanical strength, biodegradability and large amount of primary hydroxyl groups for surface functionalization. Hence incorporation of these CNCs can have synergistic effects on the membrane performance.

IMMERSe- To and From the whiteboard: Supporting whiteboard transitions in a design workflow.

Designers often turn to traditional or digital whiteboards (i.e., SMART Kapp) during meetings to discuss designs created in complex design software (i.e., AutoCAD). However, the transition of content from these advanced tools to and from the whiteboard can be highly disruptive to the overall sense of immersion in the design task. For instance, reproducing a design on the whiteboard for a meeting and afterwards documenting the discussed changes can be time consuming, annoying, and a potential source of inaccuracy.

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