Accelerate Research projects

  • Generating predictive models from advertisements

    Claude-Guy Quimper
    Michael Morin
    Cossette Media
    Engineering, computer and electrical
    Media and communications
    Université Laval

    We want to analyze the data collected about customers in order to better understand their behavior. Such an analysis could reveal which advertisements are more likely to interest the customers, what is the return on investment of an advertisement and what are the advertisements tactics that are the most successful. The advances in machine learning, in statistics, and in computer science allows to extract his knowledge from large data bases often called: big data.

  • Rogers “Innovation Pitch”

    Dr. Cheri Bradish
    David Bender & Aileen O'Doherty
    Rogers Communication
    Business
    Media and communications
    Ryerson University

    To take an innovative look at issues facing Rogers hockey coverage, community outreach and engagement and opportunities for value creation by reaching new hockey audiences. The goal will be to connect with and develop students across the country who are interested in sports media and business. At the same time, to also develop important thought leadership on the challenges and opportunities facing Rogers as it enters into the groundbreaking hockey media rights deal starting in 2014.

  • Neighbourhood Sustainability Assessment: Connecting Impact with Policy Intent

    Dr. Sean Markey
    Kierstin Bird
    SFU Community Trust
    Resources and environmental management
    Education
    Simon Fraser University

    The Neighbourhood Sustainability Assessment: Connecting Impact with Policy Intent project seeks to conduct a sustainability assessment of the UniverCity neighbourhood on Burnaby Mountain. The Community Capital NSA tool will be used to evaluate how well the UniverCity neighbourhood is meeting its vision of being a model sustainable complete community. Results will be subjected to a comparative analysis with the results of an earlier assessment done by the Foundation for Sustainable Area Development’s FSA assessment tool. The comparative results analysis will contribute to the international dialogue surrounding rapid vs. in-depth assessment practices, sustainability assessment frameworks and indicators. The comparative analysis will also work to validate the results of the two assessments, influencing the future sustainability action and reporting priorities of one of Canada’s leading sustainable neighbourhood developments.

  • Developing an Active Worker Strategy for Office Workers

    Dr. David Andrews
    Emilie Halle
    Teknion
    Furniture and household appliances
    University of Windsor

    The overall goal for the Active Worker Strategy is to increase movement within the workplace. Office workers tend to be inactive within their working environment, which may cause an increased risk of developing work-related pain later in life. This investigation is going to look into creating office layout guidelines in order to promote a more active worker, and provide an early intervention to possible pain developers. Using technologies such as FitBits, we will attempt to better understand the amount of movement an office worker performs in a day. Mobility strategies will then be introduced to half of the participants to determine if education improves in-office mobility. In addition, it will be determined if worker anthropometric measures, lumbar/pelvis flexibility tests, and eVAS self-report of pain have a significant impact on identifying pain developers from non-pain developers.

  • Oscillation-based Fuel Cell Diagnostics

    Dr. Michael Eikerling
    Amir Niroumand
    Greenlight Innovation
    Chemistry
    Fuel cells
    Simon Fraser University

    In this project, we propose two diagnostic tools that can identify dynamical processes in various fuel cell operating regimes, using the difference in the time constant of these processes. For example, conductive transport of electrons is faster than diffusive transport of gasses. We oscillate current and pressure at different frequencies, and measure the cell voltage. We use the amplitude ratio and phase different of these oscillations to detect dynamical processes in the fuel cells. Specifically, we are interested to study water transport in the catalyst pores and hydrogen transfer leak through membrane pinholes using pressure and current oscillations, respectively. These diagnostic tools enable Greenlight to build fuel cell test stations with enhanced capabilities.

  • Adaptive and Emotionally Aware Chatbots

    Dr. Pascal Poupart
    Ricardo Salmon, Marek Grzes & Pan Pan Cheng
    Kik Interactive
    Computer science
    Information and communications technologies
    University of Waterloo

    This research focuses on the development of machine learning and natural language processing techniques for automated textual dialog systems called chatbots. More specifically, we will develop algorithms to allow chatbots to adapt to new topics and concepts in open ended domains. We will also develop algorithms to recognize the emotions of users through their text messages and select emotionally adequate responses. The outcome will be emotionally aware chatbots that can adapt to new domains. This will address an important need for automated dialog tools that allow organizations to engage with users in a personalized fashion via text messaging platforms. For instance, a music band or a film producer may launch a chatbot that impersonates the lead singer or main character to interact with fans, answer questions, announce new releases, etc. Kik Interactive, a leader in text messaging, will directly benefit from this research as it seeks to market such communication tools to its partners.

  • Rethinking Waste as Resource: Identifying Best Practices for Product and Packaging Stewardship

    Dr. Ian Colquhoun
    Pegah Djamzad
    Reclay StewardEdge Inc.
    Resources and environmental management
    Environmental industry
    Western University

    Current global consumption patterns are creating a significant pressure on the biodiversity of the planet, challenging the business as usual linear model of production which extracts virgin resources and disposes of waste indiscriminately. Despite the large sum of waste produced, only a portion of those are recycled or reused as valuable resource for future production of consumer goods. Many businesses are recognizing this unique niche market and the benefits of reevaluating waste as a resource. This research focuses on identifying key strength and weaknesses in the current regional and municipal waste disposal and recycling initiatives in Canada. Additionally, this research will identify best practices that can be implemented to grow recycling rates of producer packaging by encouraging closed loop and cyclical waste management practices. The data generated will ultimately serve to develop pilot programs that address gaps within the current waste management initiatives in Canada. This research will greatly assist in the partner organization, Reclay StewardEdge’s mission of inspiring and supporting industry leaders in implementing leading stewardship solutions.

  • Transport phenomena inside and across membrane inpolymer electrolyte membrane fuel cell

    Dr. Erik Kjeang
    Abhishek Nanjundappa
    Ballard Power Systems Inc.
    Engineering
    Energy
    Simon Fraser University

    Polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cell (PEMFC) has emerged as an eminent technology to address today’s growing energy crisis and environmental issues. PEMFC technology faces multiple challenges before widespread commercialization. Water transport inside a PEMFC has a significant impact on the cell performance and durability. In this internship a numerical model is implemented to study the transport phenomena inside and across the membrane of a PEMFC. The numerical model will be used to investigate the effects of cell operating temperature and current on water distribution on both cathode and anode sides, as well as inside the membrane. The present internship will expand the modelling capabilities of FC-APPOLO, an in-house open-source application package for simulation of performance and durability of PEMFC developed by Ballard power systems.

  • Implementing A Community Model of Policing: A Case Study of Change

    Dr. Linda Duxbury
    Greg Dole
    Peel Regional Police
    Business
    Legal
    Carleton University

    Over the past several years, serious concern has emerged in many Western nations over the future and sustainability of public policing. The situation in Canada is no different. Key stakeholders in the Canadian policing community have expressed serious concern about the sustainability of policing. A model of public policing has emerged in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan that may represent a way forward for municipalities as well as larger jurisdictions across the country. The Community Mobilization Prince Albert (CMPA) model is a significant departure from the way in which public policing has been delivered in this country. Borrowed from the HUB model that was put in place in Scotland, the CMPA HUB model is based on suppression, prevention and intervention. This is a community approach to policing, wherein social agencies and services collaborate with the police to stop crime before it happens. The Scottish and Prince Albert HUB models have been met with considerable acclaim, however there has not been much measurement of the model’s effectiveness. The Peel Regional Police have now decided to run a pilot project to develop a made-in-Peel HUB model.

  • Narrations augmentées en littérature jeunesse : processus créatifs multimodaux et mécaniques collaboratives

    Nathalie Lacelle
    Prune Lieutier
    Éditions André Fontaine
    Languages and linguistics
    Media and communications
    Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières

    Ce projet vise à documenter et analyser les processus de création et mécaniques collaboratives impliqués par la mise en place de livres augmentés jeunesse, et ce à travers le développement d'une séries d'oeuvres associant animation, texte, musique, et fonctionnalités interactives. Effectué avec le partenaire Les Éditions André Fontaine, en particulier dans le cadre de sa collection jeunesse Fonfon, il s'attèlera à analyser et compiler des données précises permettant, à terme, de dégager d'éventuelles perspectives d'adaptation dans des contextes d'apprentrissage, notamment en ce qui concerne les propres activités de création des jeunes. 

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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. 

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