The scope of this project is to develop alternative simplified mathematical models for the description of ethylene oxide catalyst activity and selectivity decline based on plant historical data. The models will be employed and evaluated for on line performance monitoring and prediction. Adaptive, online model estimation procedures may be required for these purposes.
Kintama Research Corporation is the developer of the Pacific Ocean Shelf Tracking (POST) acoustic tracking array, which monitors the continental shelf and major river systems in the west coast of North America. This array provides measurements on the marine movements and survival of Pacific salmon and other fish. Kintama is interested in the design of a network architecture to allow near real-time remote access to the underwater hydrophones sited on bridges or other fixed structures along the rivers.
This internship with Photon Control, a Vancouver-based engineering design, development, and manufacturing company is the first phase of a project to design a highly sensitive magnetometer that will act as a non-invasive interface of a human brain to a machine or computer though many other commercial applications of this device are also anticipated. Electrochemical activity in the brain can be interpreted as a “signal” which in turn can be manipulated by a computer to derive information related to thoughts or intentions.
Zeugma Systems is currently developing the next generation wireline networking equipment which allows the telecommunication service providers to deliver multimedia services over bandwidth constrained infrastructure. The platform of this equipment contains various 3rd party, off-the-shelf, packet switching and processing devices. In this project, queuing models and network simulators will be used to analyze the system level behaviour of this platform. The simulation model includes various traffic management and scheduling algorithms.
Point Grey Research Inc. is a worldwide leader in the development of advanced digital camera technology products. Point Grey designs, manufactures and distributes IEEE-1394 (FireWire) cameras, stereo vision cameras and spherical digital video cameras to a broad spectrum of industries. To take fully advantage of the advanced digital camera technology and reduce the extra cost in data transmission between cameras and servers, it is preferred that most image processing tasks could be done on-camera.
General Fusion is currently working to develop a relatively small, low-cost fusion reactor; work has reached the proof-of-concept stage. The reactor consists of an enclosure filled with molten lead, spun about one axis to create a plasma-filled cavity. A mechanically-induced shock wave travels radially inwards, focusing as it propagates and collapses the plasma cavity. This collapse heats and pressurizes the plasma and initiates a fusion reaction that releases energy, re-expanding the cavity and causing another shock to propagate radially outwards through the lead.
The intern will be completing experimental work on compost-based stormwater filters. The experiments will provide necessary data for the development of a predictive mathematical model that will be used to predict the service and maintenance schedule of a compost-based stormwater filter. Specifically, the intern will be collecting data for the dissolved metal uptake capacity of the compost, determining how fast the metals are uptaken, and finally, constructing and gathering data from a pilot site at the University of British Columbia.
CanGEA - the Canadian Geothermal Energy Association - is a non-profit association encouraging research, exploration and development of high temperature geothermal energy resources in Canada. Geothermal energy is a renewable, reliable source of electricity and heat. Geothermal power sources produce long term revenues with no fuel costs and no emissions. Thus, the purpose of this project is to investigate the possibility of generating environmentally-friendly electricity from abandoned gas and oil wells in the Canadian Foothills in eastern BC.
Industrial minerals are an important part of the economy in British Columbia, however, this sector faces several serious challenges due to lack of a national instrument for industrial minerals. “National Instrument 43-101 (NI 43-101)” is a rule developed by the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) and administered by the provincial securities commissions that govern how issuers disclose scientific and technical information about their mineral projects to the public. It covers oral statements as well as written documents and websites.
The detection of a power circuit breaker's operation through measuring electromagnetic emissions produced by the arc in the interruptor tube is a promising method for ensuring the remote supervision of these devices and for identifying operation faults before they lead to an explosion. Project researchers will develop an algorithm to determine computationally the position of the faulty interruptor tube. This algorithm will use as inputs a minimal number of measure points and will have to deduce the position based on the signals' arrival times at each of the measure points.