Recycling of Landfill Waste Plastics for the Manufacture of Fence Structures

The project examines the use of recycled plastics sourced from waste landfills for construction and infrastructure
applications such as fence panels, an idea developed by EcoFence. Through the course of this project a
comprehensive study is conducted to evaluate the mechanical and physical characteristics, such as strength
and sound absorption. The measured data is compared to those of conventional fencing materials such as vinyl,
composite wood and concrete.

Default Rates and Recovery rate on Commercial loans in the Alberta Business Environment

International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) for loss allowances are changing, and financial institutions are proactively adapting existing methodologies and developing new ones to remain compliant. The main ingredient in the myriad of evaluations that banks are required to perform for compliance is risk assessment. The first goal of this research project is to review best practice risk models, with a special focus on modeling the evolution of default probabilities and potential losses given a default.

Development of an Echo Cancellation Scheme for Full Duplex DOCSIS 3.1 Technology

Data-Over-Cable Service Interface Specifications (DOCSIS) 3.1 is a technology that utilizes orthogonal frequency-division multiplexing (OFDM) technology to provide downstream (DS) transmission capacities of up to 10 gigabits per seconds (Gbps), as well as orthogonal frequency-division multiple access (OFDMA) technology to provide upstream (US) transmission capacities of up to 1 Gbps per channel. Full duplex (FDX) communication, via the concurrent transmission of the US and DS on the same frequencies, has been proposed for boosting the US capacity.

The Characterization of Effective Dielectric Constant in Low Temperature Co-fired Ceramic (LTCC) Fabrication Process for Development of Advanced Millimeter-Wave RF Front End Systems and Components

High frequency millimeter-waves are quickly becoming essential for many industrial and commercial applications including high resolution automotive radar and high-speed wireless communication systems. While millimeter-waves offer many benefits, they also introduce new engineering challenges, due to the smaller wavelengths and dielectric properties of materials at high frequencies. One of the primary challenges relates to the accurate characterization of the substrate material parameters, which are relied heavily upon in design and simulation of millimeter-wave circuits.

Estimating Real-Estate Property Prices and Days on Market through Machine Learning

In collaboration with Western Canada Realty, we aim to develop a real-estate valuation online service for the Alberta real-estate market, especially for Edmonton. The product resembles Trulia and Zillow on a high level, which are real-estate price estimation web services in U.S. The system requires a backend that takes as input house pricing information from several sources including real-estate property assessment publicly available from the City of Edmonton website and recent house transaction records on MLS®.

Material environments as metaphors: enhancing the well-being of people with dementia

The living environments have been increasingly considered as significant to the well-being of people with dementia in both research and practice. Addressing this, practitioners, including developers, operators, and architects who are in charge of the environmental creation of dementia care facilities, need to know the specific requirements of people with dementia, in order to apply this knowledge to their practical works.

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.

Improving obesity prevention and management in primary care: Patient experience of personalized assessment and care planning and impacts on patient self-management

Over 14 million Canadians live with overweight or obesity. Patients want conversations with their primary care team about weight and create personalized plans to improve their health. Primary care clinicians want to have these conversations too, but don’t know how. This project partners with an interdisciplinary primary care team (ESPCN) and the Canadian Obesity Network (CON) to create an intervention for personalized obesity assessment and care planning, and study how it supports patients in their everyday lives.

Towards a rational design of slender masonry walls

Design of loadbearing, out-of-plane (OOP), tall masonry walls tends to have stringent limits related to their buckling stability and the scarcity of research on their structural reliability. This currently puts the masonry industry at a disadvantage as a construction alternative compared to other structural options.

Towards a rational design of slender masonry walls

Design of loadbearing, out-of-plane (OOP), tall masonry walls tends to have stringent limits related to their buckling stability and the scarcity of research on their structural reliability. This currently puts the masonry industry at a disadvantage as a construction alternative compared to other structural options. The dearth of masonry research and innovation in slender wall design since the 1980’s, when working stress and prescriptive-based design was common, has had a negative impact on the use of conventional slender masonry walls as limit states and objective-based design was adopted.

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