Implementation and advancement of algorithm for extracting oxygen saturation data from multispectral analysis of the eye

To work on the development of a tool enabling the measurement of blood oxygenation in the eye in vivo, using non-invasive methods. More specifically, the student involved will work on the development, implementation, and advancement of an algorithm for the measurements of oxygen saturation (through oxyhemoglobin content) in the retina.

Fiber-optic ultrasound generation and detection system for high-resolution ultrasonic and photoacoustic imaging

Our vision is to develop fiber-optic high-frequency ultrasound generation and detection system for ultrasonic and photoacoustic imaging in biological and biomedical applications such as intravascular imaging in ICU for patients with real-time imaging and monitoring capability.The research will be conducted with our partner organization iNano Medical to provide the need of the spatially resolved ultrasound imaging, for which better location and identification of cancer cells could be offered using our ultrasound generator and detector.

Development of a High Power Picosecond Infrared Laser for Medical Applications

This project will focus on furthering the development of a compact picosecond infrared laser (PIRL) system for use in surgical applications. This laser system, which represents a new paradigm for laser surgery, is unique in its ability to provide high-speed cutting of biological tissue without the collateral damage to surrounding tissues inherent in current surgical laser technologies. Furthermore, this laser allows for the possibility of real-time diagnostics, as molecular fragments of the ablated tissue are left intact and can be analyzed through mass spectrometry.

The viscous disk model for 66 Ophiuchi constrained by spec

My project focuses on a particular kind of massive star that are surrounded by disks called B-emission (Be) stars. These objects
are ideal laboratories for studying disks. Massive stars can spew out a thousand times more energy per second than our Sun and
because the disk is formed from gas launched from the star, they are not shrouded in dust like star forming regions where we find
disks. They are also numerous – hundreds of Be stars exist right in our own galaxy!
Despite decades of study we still don’t know why the disk forms and this is the major puzzle in this field of research.

Assessing and improving the performance of quantum annealing processors

Quantum computers are believed to offer significant advantages over classical computers, specifically in solving non-deterministic polynomially hard problems. One of the known schemes of quantum computation is quantum annealing, which is suitable for solving many types of hard optimization problems with a wide range of applications including machine learning, finance, security, and healthcare. D-Wave Systems Inc. develops the only commercially available quantum annealers, which are being successfully applied to solve certain types of problems.

Evaluation of the Ever Active Schools Physical Literacy Project

SHAPE will work alongside an initiative called Ever Active Schools, who is involved with promoting and supporting healthy and active school communities through a comprehensive school approach. One of the projects SHAPE and Ever Active Schools is working on is a professional mentoring opportunity named Physical Literacy in Residence that is being implemented in 72 in-need primary and secondary schools across Alberta. The proposed study is an evaluation of this Physical Literacy in Residence project.

Molten Salt Reactor Dynamics Analysis Phase 1

This project seeks to understand how a next-generation nuclear reactor, a molten salt reactor, behaves under various conditions. Particular attention is paid to aspects of the reactor’s performance that could have an impact on its safe operation. This research focuses on how the various properties of the reactor evolve in time after a change to the reactor’s operating configuration is made. The analysis is done using state-of-the-art computer codes and a multi-physics approach that model both the nuclear and thermal behaviour of the reactor.

Magnetotelluric exploration at the Canoe Reach geothermal prospect

Geothermal energy extracts heat from the ground which can be used directly, or converted into electricity. In a geothermal power plant hot water is extracted from an underground reservoir with a borehole, and geophysics is used to locate these reservoirs. In the planned research, a geophysical method called magnetotellurics (MT) will be used to image the subsurface of a geothermal prospect at Canoe Reach in British Columbia. This method measures the electrical resistivity of the subsurface and can detect locations where hot water is present.

Design and fabrication of transmon qubits

Despite the monumental advances made in classical computing technology over the past decades, computationally expensive tasks are still presenting daunting challenges to researchers and industry. Quantum computing has the potential to revolutionize many facets of information technologies by pushing the frontiers in various fields ranging from machine learning to cryptography. This research project aims at designing and fabricating the fundamental building block of a quantum computer, a qubit, using industry standard nano-fabrication techniques.

Monodisperse PhytoSpherix Nanoparticles Modified for Key Applications in Personal Care, Food and Nutraceuticals

Our previous work has shown the promise of monodisperse phytoglycogen for many applications. However, these experiments only scratch the surface of potential uses since the chemistry of the particles (as extracted) is fixed. Nanoparticles offer very high surface areas, and glucose units are easily modifiable, thus there exist a multitude of ways to chemically modify the surface to produce a wide variety of new material properties.