Investigation on object recognition on very large volumes of image data

Istuary Innovation Labs, Inc partners with innovators, entrepreneurs, technical talent and experts in North America to build technology companies for fast-growing markets, such as China, and to capitalize on quickly expanding and unmet demand. Founded in 2013, Istuary’s core business consists of Innovation Labs and Idea Labs. We partner with Istuary Venture Capital to fund development of technology internally through Innovation Labs and externally through Idea Labs. Investigation on object recognition on very large volumes of image data will be conducted.

CYPRESS Video Analytic Framework

High definition acquisition devices have been commonly used in video capture. Millions of videos are recorded and stored daily. Due to the rapidly growing volume, effectively searching and matching the desired video clips from archives has become increasingly challenging. It may need days and weeks to locate the target information, such as suspected criminals, traffic violated vehicles, or accidental fall in care homes. While Google engine is designed for web searching, we propose to build a framework for efficient video searching.

Smart Learning and Course Management System

This is a research and development (R&D) project. The primary objective is to develop a Smart Learning and Course Management System with a pilot demonstration of an entrepreneurship development course. The target audience for the course is students interested in learning the fundamentals of running a startup company. The secondary objective is to document and inform the development and learning analytics through design-based research. 

Network Virtualization and Slicing in 5G Mobile Networks

Unlike services provided by current mobile networks only focus on voice and data, the services provided by 5G networks can range from high data rate services (e.g., VR) to ultra-reliable low latency communication (e.g., vehicle communication). Therefore, a more flexible and effective 5G mobile network is expected to be designed and operated. Network virtualization and slicing has been proposed to address these challenges to enable a new way to design, deploy and manage networking services. Can we implement network virtualization and slicing into 5G networks directly?

Numerical Modelling of Laser Cladding Technology using Pastes and Tapes

Laser cladding is an additive manufacturing technology for applying high-quality metal coatings to parts in order to improve their mechanical wear properties, and thus increase their lifespan. Currently, these metal coatings are created by depositing metal powders on the work piece and welding them together with the laser. A significant amount of powder is lost in this process, which is a large factor in the cost of this type of cladding.

Automated Impact Analyses to Support Code Review Practices

Large software systems are updated incrementally to add new features or fix bugs. It is a common practice in the software industry to have each incremental change reviewed by a peer to detect software quality issues and transfer knowledge among team members. While peer review boasts technical and non-technical benefits, it is still primarily based on low-level textual differencing, which place the prior and updated versions of the software source code next to one another.

Anomaly Detection in Event Data

The proposed research project targets anomaly detection of event data. The project has a duration of six months and aims to achieve two objectives: (1) to evaluate the effectiveness of a novel approach for real-world data, and (2) compare it to alternative methods. The intern will use existing research resources, and will apply them to real-world data provided by the partner, Acerta Analytics Solutions, Inc. to evaluate the different methods.

Comparative Analysis on Various Blockchain Technologies and How Can They Transform the Financial Services for Scotiabank

Blockchain is an emerging technology that has the potential to change the way financial participants transact with each other. It enables direct transfer of value and financial assets between participants over networks without the need for a central authority (internet of value). It does this by combining the functionality of different technologies - distributed systems, smart contracts, mutual consensus verification, and cryptography. Given its potential Scotiabank is investing in technical research and business application.

Learning robotic grasping for e-commerce sortation

We are conducting research on using techniques from Artificial Intelligence (specifically Machine Learning, Reinforcement learning, and computer vision) to automate the ability of a robotic arm equipped with a hand-like gripper to pick a wide variety of items. The robot uses the visual scene, provided through cameras, in order to choose which item to pick, and needs to then plan and execute a grasp. This is an open research problem at the cutting edge of robotics and AI and we plan to use a combination of state of the art academic research as well as internally developed algorithms.

Labeling a user’s speech in real-time for always-on VoIP

TurnMeUp is an iOS app for always-on voice communications. Users leave the app running in the background and can talk to the recipient (also using the app) at any time. This app is especially useful for coworkers listening to their own music in the background without needing to enter and exit voice call sessions manually. To conserve bandwidth and ensure that users listen to music without being unnecessarily interrupted, TurnMeUp sends voice signals to the recipient only if the user is speaking.

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