Configuration Design, Modeling, and Simulation of the Smart Hybrid DC-AC Microgrid

The smart hybrid DC-AC microgrid is an emerging technology with remarkable potential benefits such as (i) facilitating integration of distributed energy resources and renewables, (ii) improving reliability and quality of the electrical energy supplied to the consumers, (iii) increasing the efficiency of power generation, transmission, and distribution systems, and (iv) facilitating implementation of Electric Vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure.

Extension of Capabilities for the Measurement Radio Propagation Parameters in Cluttered 5G Coverage Scenarios

Work conducted during this project will involve the extension and further development of existing methods for detailed measurement and subsequent modelling of radiowave propagation characteristics in indoor environments at extremely high frequencies. Results will enable the determination of the powers, time delays, and angles of arrival of waves incident upon a receive antenna over direct, reflected, and diffracted paths between a transmit antenna and a receive antenna.

Using Mobile Augmented Reality for Customized STEM Education

Discovery Agents is a leader in mobile, augmented reality educational technology, with products and services intended to enhance student and teacher experiences within informal and formal educational settings. With a growing industry demand for diverse science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) professionals, this study proposes to examine the impact of the Discovery Agents Mission Builder tool on STEM learning and perceptions among middle school students.

Industrial application of Surface Enhanced Raman Scattering (SERS) for detection and monitoring of water pollutants

When light interacts with matter, different effects may take place, depending on the particular characteristics of both light and matter. The result of this interaction, typically a quantitative change in the characteristics of the light (i.e., intensity, wavelength, phase), can be used to measure the presence of a particular specimen of interest. Specifically, Surface-enhanced Raman Scattering (SERS) has demonstrated to be able to detect accurately very low concentrations of chemical species.

System Engineering Methodology for Implementation of Networked Aircraft Control Systems on Distributed Integrated Modular Architecture

The aerospace industry is experiencing a quiet revolution fueled by intense technology developments. Major engine improvements are coming to the market, composites and other advanced materials have now become mainstream.

Real-Time Modeling and Simulation of Alternative Modular Multilevel Converter Topologies

By creating real-time and hardware porotypes, the proposed research provides opportunities for better investigation of these converters and for development of advanced and effective methods for their control. The three interns that will be trained during this research partnership will gain in-depth knowledge of modern power system equipment and knowledge of the latest developments in real-time simulation of such systems.

Rail Bulb Replacement – phase 2

The scope of this project is to develop a modern Railway signaling system using LED technology to replace the old system employing incandescent bulb. We propose a novel design and control to avoid using low-lifetime components as the existing commercial systems. The current and voltage monitoring functionalities are added to detect exactly which LED that fault occurs, it helps to maintain system and easily adjust light intensity efficiently.

Non-intrusive failure diagnosis for distributed systems

Software failures are catastrophic. For example, a software failure resulted in the 2003 northeast blackout which lasted 7 hours and took over 55 million people in Ontario and U.S. out of power. Unfortunately, it is dauntingly difficult to diagnose such failures because the underlying software systems are extremely complex. This research is the first to propose non-intrusive failure diagnosis that does not require any modifications to the software.

NOWCASTING: Enhancing wind power forecasts using live observational data

The intern will develop and evaluate new algorithms to improve the accuracy of short-term wind power forecast. The algorithm will be fed with near real-time data (wind speed, wind direction, air temperature, power production, turbine availability) from wind farms in order to improve the forecast over the next 24h. Once the best algorithm has been selected, the intern will then apply this new algorithm directly into WPred’s IT infrastructure and will train WPred’s scientific staff to use the algorithm.

Color management for ultra-bright conditions in OLED Displays

The objective of the proposed research project is to develop a realistic color appearance model based on the human visual system’s functioning that addresses the issue of reflections under high luminance levels. This will be incorporated into algorithms used in the color reproduction and retargeting algorithms of OLED displays. This model should give rise to reduced power consumption in OLED displays, while maintaining a high perceived quality of images. The project will also explore the effect of display reflections from OLED screens.