A fully customized image sensor for fluorescence imaging in biomedicine

Customized image sensors will be designed by EnviroSen specifically for advanced microscopes used in biomedical imaging. The goal is to develop image sensors with improved efficiency, image resolution and speed compared to existing technologies for novel microscopes for fluorescence lifetime imaging. The McMaster Biophotonics group has recently developed a novel microscope that is capable of detecting fluorescence lifetimes of biological samples with 400 times improvement in image acquisition speed.

Smart fusion of multi-sensors for UAVs Navigation

Nowadays, there is a rapid increase in the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) for commercial and civil applications. Fully autonomous or remotely controlled UAVs requires a reliable and continuous navigation system providing meter level accuracy. The cost, size, and power demand of navigation systems providing this level of accuracy preclude their use on commercial UAVs. To provide a viable and alternative option, this research will focus on developing a navigation system for UAVs that minimizes costs, while maintaining reasonable performance standards.

Prototype of a CHP system based on an upgraded gravity-feed wood-pellet furnaceintegrated with a steam-powered micro turbine for small- to mid-scale applications usingCFD simulation and experimental 2

Biomass combustion is used to generate combined heat and power (CHP). The combustion furnace of this study (WiseWay) has been providing heat in small scales using wood pellets. The target of this project, however, is to upgrade the stove’s design (for larger scale purposes and other biomass types) and integrate it with a steam microturbine (NextGrid). The resulting system is attractive to the environment and economy because it provides heat and electricity in one package, at a cheaper price compared with oil and gas, with less pollutants emitted.

CryoDrive: The effects that implementation of cryogenic engines would have on underground mining processes

Cryogenic engines, such as the Dearman engine, produce work and substantial cooling with zero emissions at the point of use, due to their liquid nitrogen ?fuel? supply. Background work has shown that technically, (power, turn down ratio, responsiveness, torque), there are few identifiable factors that would prevent this type of engine from being very effective if installed in underground mining vehicles.

3-D UAV Magnetometry for Improved Target Characterization in Mineral Exploration

Geophysical exploration is one of the primary forms of preliminary site investigation used to characterize ore potential and the economic viability of newly discovered mineral deposits. The current platforms for collecting magnetic data include dense coverage but low resolution airborne surveys and high resolution but low coverage terrestrial surveys. The recent
proliferation of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) offers an opportunity to fill the observation gap inherent in conventional
survey methods.

Foundation design system for FortisBC’s power poles

Traditional design method for the foundation of the transmission poles simply assigns a standard set of depths based on the length and diameter of poles. Although, this method has proven to be conservative and reliable, but it does not incorporate site-specific soil properties, water table, and weather conditions in its calculations. As a result, a new foundation design system which will integrate site specific conditions for each pole will provide more safe, economical, and reliable performance of transmission poles for the long-term benefit of FortisBC.

Role of Dissolved Oxygen Concentration on Gold Recovery from Sulphide Ores via Cyanidation and Thiosulphate Leaching Processes

The proposed research project pertains to the analysis and understanding of the role of oxygen in gold extraction and recovery process. Currently most gold mining operations apply air in their gold recovery process, but there are some data showing that the gold recovery with air application is not efficient. It is believed that the use of oxygen gas would result in higher gold recovery and ultimately lower costs. Also we believe the application of oxygen gas instead of air would minimize or eliminate the need for addition of lead nitrate into the gold recovery process solutions.

Game private networks and game server performance emulation and evaluation

This infrastructure will allow new servers to be automatically deployed and configured for use as private game servers, while also monitoring their performance and usage statistics. By using the novel predictive models, which are to be developed in this proposed project, new virtual servers will be automatically created and added when the traffic levels require more resources to maintain optimal performance. The goal of these network tests is to identify the point at which the network software can no longer keep up to the flow of traffic.

Heap leaching of refractory gold ore by integrating enhanced bio-oxidation of pyrite and chloride-based gold leaching

Gold occurs in association with pyrite and arsenopyrite in the Carlin-type gold deposit, with little gold being contained in carbonaceous materials. Extracting this gold requires pretreatment, such as pressure oxidation or roasting, to remove carbonaceous materials and sulphides, followed by the application of alkali cyanide or thiosulphate solution to leach gold. These processes are energy-intensive and may generate potentially harmful substances to the environment.

Investigations in real-time spinal magnetometry using magnetoencephalography (MEG) for therapeutic biofeedback

Oscillatory neuronal activity can be quantified to help diagnose states of health and disease in the brain. These activities change on a fast time scale of milliseconds, which can only be captured by direct measurement of the brain’s electromagnetic activity. This is accomplished utilizing MEG and EEG technology, which can measure non-invasively these fast changes on the scalp surface. Moreover, using MEG, these signals can be observed within the brain volume through a localization process.

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