Accelerate Research projects

  • Mapping Our Common Ground

    Drs. Jon Corbett & Rosaline Canessa
    Logan Cochrane & Bruno de Oliveira Jayme
    Geography, geology and Earth science
    Finance, insurance and business
    University of British Columbia - Okanagan, University of Victoria

    The Mapping our Common Ground Mitacs- supported Internships will support the Evaluation and Communications functions for the UVIC Community Mapping Collaboratory. Supported by lead Academics from UVIC and UBC, key staff working at the Collaboratory and key advisors from the Community Mapping Collaboratory Steering Ctte (including Wendy Brawer from the global Green Map system and WSANEC indigenous mapping leaders Kevin Paul and John Elliott), the two interns will research the academic and popular literature, information, tools, applications and innovation in the community mapping field. This work will result in a Evaluation framework for Community Mapping and an On-line Common Ground Mapping Network for use by academics and communities in Canada and worldwide and both Web –based and Classroom focused Learning Curriculum tools and resources.

  • Simulation of the underwater vehicle

    Dr. Ralf Bachmayer
    Go Beyond Consulting Inc.
    Automotive and Transportation
    Memorial University of Newfoundland

    The internship will be centred on the simulation of the dynamics of the Proto towed vehicle platform. Go Beyond will produce an initial design for the intern to work with, which will strongly resemble a torpedo-shaped AUV. The Proto simulation research will take that design and study various aspects of its dynamics. The outcome of the project will be a functioning dynamical model of Proto, which will help to influence the real-world prototype.

  • Textile Sensor Development for an EMG muscle activity monitoring system

    Dr. Leonard MacEachern
    Tim Inglis
    GestureLogic Inc.
    Information and communications technologies
    Carleton University

    GestureLogic is building a product that optimizes athletic performance. The product is a wearable sensory network that monitors muscle activity. The goal of this research is to take this inherently complex muscle data that is acquired by the sensory network and translate it to useful biometrics for the consumer with the help of intelligent algorithms. The algorithms will help intuitively visualize important metrics such as strength of muscle contractions, heart rate and fatigue. The benefit to the partner organization is twofold. The research will help advance the organizations core product, increasing the organizations time to market. By solving some of the key problems associated with the product, the internship will also help de-risk the company’s product cycle for future investors.

  • The Development of Physical Ability Standardsas a Bona Fide Occupational Requirement(BFOR) for the Ottawa Paramedic Service

    Dr. Steve Fischer
    Kathryn Sinden
    Movement Performance Centre, Ottawa Paramedic Service
    Medical devices
    Queen's University

    Paramedics provide essential emergency care services for Canadians. However, in providing this service, paramedics are exposed to many highly demanding task and situations. Further, these high demands are often referred to when paramedics suffer pain, discomfort and even injury. While efforts are underway to lessen these demands where possible, due to the nature of paramedic work it is not feasible to eliminate all high demand, potentially hazardous tasks. So it remains important to prescreen potential paramedics to ensure that they demonstrate the abilities required to meet all of the demands of their work. This project aims to develop an evidence-based pre-hire physical abilities test for paramedics. To achieve this aim, the research team will follow the best practices guideline that resulted from the 2001 Bona Fide Occupational Requirements Forum, based in part on the Supreme Court of Canada’s decision on the Meiorin case.

  • A middleware solution for remote Monitoring, data collection and communication

    Dr. Mohamed Shehata
    Mahmoud Ahmed
    Blue Oceans Satellite Systems Inc.
    Aerospace and defense
    Memorial University of Newfoundland

    The proposed research project is intended to develop a software solution (middleware) that will work in conjunction with a remote communication device (i.e. ability to communicate via satellite and/or cellular networks) to greatly reduce the cost and complexity of monitoring in-field sensors including wireless sensors and critical industrial equipment from a centrally located office environment. The initial target market for this technology is the oil and gas sector within North America with target applications of environmental and critical infrastructure monitoring.

  • Randomized Controlled Trial of a Behavior Change Intervention to Increase Aerobic and Resistance Exercise and Quality of Life in Older Prostate and Breast Cancer Survivors: The OutPACE Trial

    Dr. Erin McGowan
    Richard Buote
    H P Fitness Inc.
    Sports and recreation
    Memorial University of Newfoundland

    Age is a key factor in cancer burden, with 28% of new cancer cases and 22% of cancer deaths occurring in individuals between the ages of 60-69. Despite this, little research has examined cancer survivorship in older adults. This is unfortunate, as older cancer survivors experience poorer quality of life, functional status, and general health compared with individuals with no cancer history. Older cancer survivors also are at an increased risk of developing recurring and secondary cancers, as well as other chronic diseases (e.g., cardiovascular). Research has established that exercise and physical activity can improve cancer survivors fatigue levels, strength, quality of life, well-being, health and physical functioning while preventing cancer recurrence. However, few cancer survivors are meeting physical activity guidelines for aerobic or resistance training. The purpose will be to explore the utility of a behaviour change intervention on aerobic and resistance exercise in older prostate and breast cancer survivors; and explore effects of the intervention on quality of life, fatigue, and physical functioning.

  • Investigating Stream Clustering and Correlation for Heterogeneous Gaming Data

    Dr. Nur Zincir-Heywood
    S. Baran Tatar
    GTech Canada ULC
    Computer science
    Information and communications technologies
    Dalhousie University

    In today’s world it is important to make data-driven decisions. However, as the data volume increases and as it evolves continuously and dynamically, in other words as we get more and more streaming data, it becomes more challenging to use such data for decision making and support. Thus in this research, we aim to develop and evaluate the stream clustering algorithms to study how they can assist the decision making process in online gaming platforms. To this end we will also study correlation techniques in conjunction with clustering to address the issues with hereogenous data sources. Our overall aim is to investigate the feasibility of such tecniques in identifying player behaviours for tactical online marketing strategies.

  • Enhancing agricultural production through the use of alkaline stabilized biosolids

    Dr. Gordon Price
    Kambiz Khosravi
    2 Ridge Farms, Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture
    Dalhousie University

    Agricultural use of municipal biosolids has many possible benefits for producers, including improved soil physical properties and fertility supplements for crop production. However, recent concerns with pharmaceutical ingredients, consumer product ingredients, and hormones entering into sensitive ecological environments such as surface or ground water has brought into question the continued use of biosolids in agriculture. The goal of this project is identify the presence of key emerging substances of concern , based on high volume use or sales of the products, in an agricultural ecosystem which has been exposed to multiple applications over four years. Furthermore, the project will evaluate the fate and transport potential of these compounds, specifically as it relates to their movement into water or plant tissues.

  • LANGA – Big Data for Language Learning

    Dr. Stan Matwin
    Sreejith Puthiyamadathil Gopalakrishnan
    Copernicus Studios Inc.
    Computer science
    Digital media
    Dalhousie University

    LANGA is a project at Copernicus Studios (Halifax, NS) that is experimenting with the use of automated speech recognition in on-line video games to assist in language learning. Over the past 2 years, the company has been developing prototypes of the game and testing them in conjunction with the NeuroCognitive Imaging Lab at Dalhousie University. A key element to both the commercial success of the product and the research supporting its efficacy is scaling from lab-based testing of small numbers of people, to on-line delivery that supports thousands and possibly millions of users. In scaling to large numbers of users, we need to maintain the ability to test changes to the games and rapidly and accurately visualize the results of these tests. To enable this, we require the development of a robust and scalable database architecture (“back end”) to store user profiles and gameplay data. This database will need to be designed around both the needs of the game itself (e.g., tracking users and their progress), the unique demands of the speech recognition technology (storing sound files and speech recognition data).

  • Patient decision aid for musculoskeletal injuries in Mild Hemophilia

    Dr. Ralph Deters
    Richard Lomotey
    SAKINA Information Sciences, Saskatoon Health Region
    Computer science
    Information and communications technologies
    University of Saskatchewan

    Hemophilia is a genetic bleeding disorder in which the blood flow is impaired from clotting. If you have hemophilia, you may bleed for a longer time than others after an injury. The primary goal of our work is to enable patients with the condition to make effective decisions when injuries occur. For instance, our proposed application will aid the patient to seek either immediate attention from a healthcare provider if the injury is a major one. Moreover, if the injury is not severe, then the patient will be guided to perform some activities that will lead to other decisions as to whether the patient is well or needs some self-assessment. This research puts the partner organization in a strategic position to broaden out their campaigns and services to patients with the condition of mild hemophilia.

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 From my perspective, the true value of the Mitacs-Accelerate internship is the individual relationships developed with people working for the industrial partner. Through the internship, although I became more familiar with methods, ideas, and technical issues related to my area of research, it was the networking experiences that I found to be most rewarding. I have no doubt that these relationships will continue to be of value throughout my career. 

Gurjit Singh, Mitacs-Accelerate intern at the University of Toronto with partner Oticon Canada

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