Design and Application of a High Pressure Microwave Drop-In Biofuel Reactor System

The conversion of low value lipids, including tall oil, brown grease, and yellow grease, to hydrocarbons without the use of hydrogen or catalyst has been patented and scaled up by our group (Forge Hydrocarbons). This project seeks to develop an improvement to the existing process by incorporating microwave heating to the reactor configuration. The process is expected to help reduce the acid number and improve the process economics by decreasing the undesirable side reaction leading to coke formation.

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.

Study on Coal and Coke Mineralogy and Development of a Model to Predict Reactivity from Mineralogy of Coking Coals

Properties of metallurgical coke are very important in production of iron using blast furnace. About 90% of the coking coals produced are used for this purpose. Coal rank was historically used to evaluate coal for production of metallurgical coke. Coke reactivity index (CRI) and coke strength after reaction (CSR) with carbon dioxide are now routinely used rank and value coking coals. The properties of the other components present in the ash may be the controlling parameters defining coke properties, which has not been studied well.

Theoretical investigation of Asphaltene/Wax precipitation and deposition from crude oil: Study involving Nucleation kinetics and Bulk/Interfacial properties

The pipeline transport sector is facing the issue of precipitation of unwanted heavy molecular compounds namely asphaltene and wax eventually leading to deposit along the inner walls of the pipeline. This consumes a lot of energy and maintenance cost. The objective of this work is to provide a solution to inhibit the precipitation of these compounds by theoretically investigating the root cause of the problem. The present study focuses on investigation at both molecular scale level involving Nucleation kinetics and macroscopic level by studying bulk/interfacial properties of the system.

Optical liquid fingerprinting for dynamic process monitoring in nanofabrication

Color-based sensing enables sensors to be utilized in more places and by more people, particularly those who do not have access to or required training for sophisticated and expensive sensing technologies. This cost-effective sensing process is based on the change in an indicator’s color in response to the stimulation that is being sensed. This project seeks a novel
application for a color-based sensing method (Optical Liquid Fingerprinting technology), previously developed by the project’s partner organization.


Often, a single employment notice may receive hundreds of applications. Manual inspection of applications is extremely time-consuming, and may be approximated by a computer program. Such a program would automatically extract a number of features from each application. For example, relevant work experience, skills, and qualifications might represent appropriate features. After extracting these features, the system would be able to score and rank applications in an effort to reduce the number of applications that would then need to be reviewed.

Long-term response of boreal forest bird community to changes in habitat structure and configuration due to forestry and other land uses

Long-term effects of forest harvest and other land uses on boreal forest birds are unknown, because most studies of forestry practices on boreal birds occur over short periods, while effects of habitat fragmentation may be realized over longer periods and affected by climate change. I will analyze >20 years of forestry treatment and bird abundance data from Alberta forest sites that were revisited yearly to survey birds, and use results from these analyses to predict bird abundance within future land use scenarios created by timber supply and land use simulation software.

Genetic evaluation of sow efficiency traits using single step genomic evaluation methods

Most economically important traits associated with lactation and reproduction in pigs are either less heritable, sex-limited, expressed later in life, or difficult to measure on a routine basis. Genomic predictions using single step best linear unbiased prediction (SSBLUP) methodologies, which utilizes information on phenotypes, pedigree and markers from genotyped and non-genotyped animals simultaneously, is an alternative to phenotype and pedigree based (BLUP) methods.

Testing Erosion Prediction Tools in the Simonette River Watershed, Northern Alberta

This project aims to provide real-world, verifiable estimates of impacts to watersheds from usage of back-country logging and resource roads. fRI in partnership with the University of Alberta, MiTACS and Canfor is testing computer-based tools developed in the United States to apply them to watersheds in Alberta. Given the different geography, soil types, and relief in Alberta, these tools may need to be refined to reflect the unique conditions present in our foothills natural region.

Deterministic Decision Making Using All Geological Realizations

Predicting the quantity of mineral (gold, coper, etc) or hydrocarbon (oil, gas) extracted from a given deposit is difficult. One concern is the uncertainty in the resources underground. A few initial wells or drill holes give us access to an estimate of the quantity of resource, but there is great uncertainty because sampling can be hundreds of meters or kilometers apart.