Document Engineering via Semantic Correlations - Year Two

We propose to develop smart algorithms for document generation, by innovating in the field of natural language processing and document intelligence. We envision the next generation of business applications able to parse and understand documents, to compose documents automatically, and to respond intelligently to voice commands. Our industrial partner, Koneka Inc. has a document automation platform that generates documents by assembling clauses (content-blocks) together based on a set of user inputs.

En Route to 5G: Long-term Evolution (LTE) Enhancements for the Internet of Things (IoT) - Year Two

Cellular wireless communication has reached a level of coverage and reliability that it is considered a commodity. However, the dramatic increase in Internet traffic to and from wireless devices poses significant challenges for network operators. While the current growth of traffic is mostly due to consumers communicating more frequently and larger amounts of data over the wireless infrastructure, much of the future growth is predicted to come from non-human operated devices or so-called machine-to-machine (M2M) communication.

Physical simulation of light sources for integrated photonics

The objective of this proposed project is to develop a prototype numerical simulation software that can simulate the physical processes inside semiconductor lasers and exchange information with a simplified compact model. The combination of these two models can better balance the trade-off between accuracy and simulation performance. The resulting integration will be suitable for studying issues arising from the integration of semiconductor lasers in photonic integrated circuits with 1000s of elements, which is a critical challenge for the next generation of optical communications devices.

Quini Data – Changing the wine industry with sensory and behavior wine intelligence solutions

The objective of this project is to develop an analytics platform that will give us an understanding of sensory data in predicting trends and relationships between sales and wine sensory data. The wine sensory data we will use in this project is entered by reviewers and consumers rating various attributes such as Aroma, Appearance and Flavor during wine tasting. The Wine Sales data is gathered by the BC liquor board.

Internet of things for rural and remote areas over TVWS backhaul

In the Internet of Things (IoT), physical objects are connected to achieve a variety of applications. Many rural and remote communities lack the fast connectivity to the Internet that will allow the advent of IoT. This project aims at providing this connectivity by exploiting unused TV channels, gradually made available by a growing number of regulators worldwide for digital communication applications.

Building Information Modeling Enabled Dependency Risk Analysis for Resilient Building Design and Operation

The performance we require from our buildings is ever increasing. Heightened security needs, the push for increasingly efficient use of resources, improved comfort, flexibility of facility space, and changing threats from climate change or other environmental factors are some of the challenges facing designers and operators. There are a complex array of interrelated components that are necessary to confront these challenges. Integrating these systems effectively is essential to meeting the challenges facing designers while providing value to the client.

Development of wearable device for real time non-contact hydration monitoring

A well-maintained hydration status is important for the well-being of human body. Significant deviation from the proper hydration state, either dehydration or hyper hydration, could lead to neurologic complications or even fatal results. Existing hydration measurement carried out in laboratory settings, such as blood and urine test, though accurate, require both expensive equipment and professional experiences. Some newly developed devices which measure saliva, sweat, or bio-impedance improved measurement flexibility but either with compromised accuracy or limited to specific activities.

High Average Power - Frequency domain Optical Parametric Amplifier (HAP-FOPA)

The goal of this proposal is to make the most advantage of the recently developed technique of Frequency domain Optical Parametric Amplification (FOPA) by pushing this technology to unprecedented levels. The IP has been protected by the group of prof. François Légaré from INRS_EMT. The main inventor, Bruno Schmidt, has founded few-cycle Inc. to commercialize this disruptive technology in Canada. Prof. Légaré and few-cycle Inc.

Scaling Geocontextualization

Urban design and development is an iterative process that involves community engagement and multiple feedback cycles. Advances in internet technologies and web mapping technologies has made it possible to display design plans on websites and to collect feedback on specific locations or aspects of the provided design. Using web mapping applications to feedback from the community is formally known as facilitated volunteer geographic information (FVGI).

Underwater Acoustic Channel Characterization for Ultra-Sonic Communication Applications

There is an increase in commercial subsea activity, as well as a growing need to monitor the health of our oceans and rivers. Remote sensors must be deployed underwater. Because of the high level of activity along the coast, in harbours, and even in rivers, the sensors are often deployed in shallow environments. To reduce the costs, small untethered nodes are preferable, and the remote data is transmitted to the surface via a wireless technology. In this work, underwater ultra-sonic communication is proposed to enable a short range telemetry link.