LuCID Dryer Process Optimization

The project concentrates on MEMS (Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems) fabrication process optimization. MEMS devices comprise suspended structures, such as cantilevers, gyros, membranes, etc., which are created by removing sacrificial material around them in order to have these structures released to perform their designated function. Currently, these structures are being released with the use of either dry etch or chemical vapor techniques. Wet chemistry release of suspended structures is favorable: minimized costs, parallel process and most importantly reduced impact on the environment.

Development of design algorithms for WDM software defined networks

New developments in optical networks management is allowing to control network with a higher degree of abstraction. Software defined networks aim at providing simple mechanisms to manage open interface between devices and equipment within the network and the software controlling them. Furthermore, managing networks using software allows adapting them to evolving traffic patterns and applications, dedicating bandwidth where it is needed.

"Software Acceleration of Video Noise Filtering and its Integration into Real-Time Video Applications

The project is about removing noise from video signals (for example, those taken by a mobile phones or professional cinema camera). Our current software first detects the type and power of the noise and based on that remove the noise from video. This proposal has three objectives. The first is to handle a specific type of noise called structured noise, not handled yet in our denoising software developed in previous MITACS projects.

Coalescence Free Surfaces

Water injection in the industrial gas turbines is frequently used to improve the turbine performance during hot days. Injected water evaporates in the compressor section providing effective cooling leading to increased gas density and improved performance. Water injection technology poses several technological challenges. The injection system needs to be optimized to provide a uniform droplet size distribution across the inlet cross section.

IMS applications deployed in virtualization and cloud environments (OpenStack and KVM)

The IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) is a key component in the Mobile Next Generation Network, which is used by telecommunications operators throughout the world to provide access to multimedia and broadband services. As these services become more sophisticated, and as the number of clients rises drastically, it is increasingly expensive to install and operate a network that will satisfy the users' expectations. Cloud computing (combined with high-speed networks) provides a potential method for reducing the installation and operational costs of IMS.

GPU Scheduler Modeling for Early Power-Performance Estimation of Mobile Applications

User experience and battery life are key concerns for smartphone makers. Given the growing trend of graphic-rich applications on mobile devices, embedded Graphics Processing Units (GPUs) are increasingly being incorporated in smartphone hardware platforms. In this project the intern will develop fast, early and accurate models of embedded GPUs, before the GPU hardware is available.

A New Generation of Destratification Systems for Large Building Spaces

Thermal stratification is known as “the single biggest waste of energy in buildings today” during heating seasons in large building spaces, where hot air is trapped in the upper section whereas working zones are maintained colder in the lower causing excessive energy losses through ceilings and thermal comfort problems. Texas Electroniques Canada Inc.

Assembling a system for continuous production of carbon nanopearls

Carbon nanopearls are an exciting novel class of materials that present unique characteristics, and they turn out to be an excellent alternative to carbon nanotubes for different applications. Presently, they are experimented with success as material for cold cathodes for electron?beam based instrumentation applications and they can be used for the development of polymer nanocomposites with specific properties. We plan to develop a new chemical vapor deposition reactor with a mechanism for allowing a prolongation of the nanocatalyst lifetime that can favour the material growth process.

IMS applications deployed in virtualization and cloud environments (OpenStack and KVM)

The IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) is a key component in the Mobile Next Generation Network, which is used by telecommunications operators throughout the world to provide access to multimedia and broadband services. As these services become more sophisticated, and as the number of clients rises drastically, it is increasingly expensive to install and operate a network that will satisfy the users' expectations. Cloud computing combined with high-speed networks provides a potential method for reducing the installation and operational costs of IMS.

The impact of a serious mobile video game on girls’ perceptions, attitudes and behaviors about global water issues and education

We want to learn about the video game “Get Water!” at the Linden School for Girls in Toronto with students between the ages of 10 – 14, from their perspective. This research will involve their teachers and parents as co-researchers who will be asked to keep a journal for two weeks about anything the girls may say directly about the game, or about global water issues or girls education, or anything the girls may do in relation to the game or water issues, for example research on the internet about water or girls education.

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