Getting to Groundbreaking (G2G) Year 3 Focus on Hi-Rise

The Gettingg to Groundbreaking project 2015-16 seeks to engage two masters student interns for Sept 2015-June 2016 in order to complete original research into the home building policy and process applicable to high-rise developments in municipalities in the Metro Vancouver region and Abbotsford The interns will conduct survey, interview, secondary and case studyba. sed research, consultation across the spectrum of interests in housing policy and development issues, and will construct and maintain a unique database, for a third annual iteration of this study.

Developing Energy-Efficient HVAC-R Systems for Smart Buildings

AYO Smart Home Ltd. is pursuing the development of integrated energy management technologies for smart buildings. Various approaches such as heat recovery, solar energy, energy storage, and passive cooling are being investigated by the AYO Smart Home Ltd. company. Novel technologies for Heating, Ventilating, Air-Conditioning, and Refrigeration (HVAC-R) are also considered as a crucial part of the investigation.
HVAC-R systems consume 50% of the total energy in buildings and 20% of the total national energy usage in European and American countries.

Training, engagement, and retention: a ?learning region? approach to rural youth

Youth are tomorrow?s leaders, parents, professionals, and workers, as well as today?s assets. However, the disengagement and out-migration of rural youth are critical challenges for rural communities and regions. In the Lower Columbia and surrounding West Kootenay-Boundary region these challenges are compounded by struggles to meet existing labour force needs. This project will review, summarize, and distribute existing information related to youth training, engagement, and retention to help inform relevant actors in the region.

Shielding the brain from injury

Despite the use of helmets, contact sports such as football and hockey account for a high number of TBIs. Given the popularity of these sports, how can we improve the players’ safety?

Taking up the challenge of helmet safety

It was 2010 and Daniel Abram had started a postdoctoral fellowship in mechatronic systems engineering at Simon Fraser University. Originally from Iran, Daniel was challenged by his supervisor, Dr. Farid Golnaraghi, to find a way to make sport helmets safer.

Green Codes: Alternative Means of Approval when Building Green in Non-Charter Municipalities

Given tre extraordinary natural resources used for the construction, operation and demolition of buildings and the extensive impact that buildings have on natural cycles and the environment, there is an urgent need to shift towards greener buildings. In Canada, regulation presents obstacles to building green. This project will investigate the building code variances used in the top performing green buildings constructed in non-charter municipalities.

Development of a 'Point of Care' traumatic brain injury management device using electroencephalography to guide treatment and rehabilitation

Using electroencephalography based technology, it is possible to study brain function over short periods of time. Building on previous Mitacs funded research, we are developing a point of care device based on the Halifax consciousness scanner called NeuroCatch, that is cheap, portable and easy to use. The ability to monitor changes in brain function after injury is critical in determining the effectiveness of therapy and guiding rehabilitation.

Fiber Optic Temperature Sensors: Phosphor Deposition and Processing Improvements

Photon Control R&D LTD is a Burnaby, British Columbia company that designs and manufactures a wide range of optical sensors & instruments to measure temperature, pressure, position, and flow in the semiconductor, oil and gas, power, life science, and manufacturing industries. The operating principle of many of their products is based on the optical response of phosphor materials and is well suited to applications in harsh environments.

Action-driven 3D Indoor Scene Modeling

3D indoor scenes are ubiquitously needed in the virtual world, e.g. 3D games, movies and virtual reality. These scenes provide the essential virtual environments for 3D characters to perform daily activities and tasks. Current scenes on public available datasets, e.g. Trimble 3D warehouse, are usually clean and well organized, and might not be sufficient to serve as the realistic environment needed in applications that involve human interaction. In this project, we aim to produce scenes which are like having been used or interacted by human.

Malaria Detection using Optofluidics and Retinal Imaging

The proposed project is to develop an affordable point-of-care malaria detection system. The system would have two modes of operation. The screening mode is based on optofluidics, a combination of optics, and microfluidics. Optofluidics can be used to analyze blood samples to detect malaria biomarkers. Imaging of the blood samples can be done quickly and without laborious procedures, which is a benefit for remote areas that are affected the most by malaria.

Investigating Nano-Media in Communications, the Arts and Creative Communities Year Two

Investigating Nano-Media develops and disseminates groundbreaking technological innovations in the field of nanooptics and explores the possibilities of a new nano-material--nano-media--for communication, media and art practices. We deploy a pioneering multi-functional nano-fabric that comprises nano-substrates with embedded functionalities and new advanced fabrication processes. This unique nano-fabric is then further augmented by the processes of ‘nanography’ and ‘nano-photography’.