Creating a Positive Safety Culture and Continuous Improvement in Alberta’s Construction Industry

To create the impetus for industry-level improvements in safety, the COAA has embarked on an initiative “Twice as Safe, Twice as Productive by 2020”. The purpose of this project is to support this initiative by understanding the safety cultures and the levels of maturity across the construction industry and motivating improvements in all Albertan construction companies. This will be accomplished by first surveying individuals working for owner companies, contractors, subcontractors and suppliers.

Benefits of yeast derived mannan-oligosacchride supplementation on piglet gut microbial profiles and health

Increasing prevalence of antibiotic resistance is becoming a major public health concern and is linked to use of sub-therapeutic antibiotics in agriculture. Sub-therapeutic antibiotics have been used for years in swine production to mitigate diarrheal diseases observed at weaning. Thus, development of alternative nutritional strategies to minimize sub-therapeutic antibiotic use is vital. Mannan-oligosaccharides may be useful as a feed additive to mitigate post-weaning diarrheal diseases.

Diagnostic Screening for Conscious Awareness in Brain Injury and Disease: Developing the Visual Component

Presently medical personnel do not have adequate tools to assess disorders of conscious awareness after severe brain injury if the patients have difficulty speaking & moving. These people are frequently deemed unresponsive when they may be “in there" but unable to respond. Our research team has developed a rapidly administerable, portable system that measures brain waves in response to sounds & spoken sentences. Once diagnosis has been established, personnel are more equipped to make decisions regarding a patient's candidacy for rehabilitation.

Framework Design and Prototyping of a Personal Task and Time Management Mentor Package with A Dynamic, Multi-facet, Data-oriented and Associative Engineering Management Method

There have been many new operational drivers that require changes to the traditional training processes in small and medium companies, i.e. the advancement of technology, the mass retirement of the baby boomer generation, and the ever more dynamically-changing values of the web-generation workforce. Dealing with bridging the skill gaps may deem to uproot the company paradigm and demand for a new and more efficient model. Is there a solution to reduce the growing pain of workforce renewal?

A New Framework for Method-Level Dynamic Software Updating

Dynamic Software Updating (DSU) is a necessity in the operation of a large computing infrastructure that must deliver high availability. An issue very relevant to the industry is that legacy applications running in data centers were often designed and constructed without due consideration for the need of partial upgrades in the future. The goal of this research is the development of a framework that allows for an automatic retrofitting of legacy applications to enable a selected set of individual methods to be dynamically updated.

Development of new methods for metabolomic screens

In this project we aim to generate simple assays similar to commercial pregnancy tests that can detect the presence of specific molecules (metabolites) related to disease conditions. We will use our knowledge and
experience to generate easy-to-use strips that will allow specific detection of health-relevant metabolites that can be used in clinical or at-home settings by patients and physicians; providing for the rapid submission and
analysis of results.

Evaluation Capacity Network: Aligning Evaluative Thinking and Practice among Early Childhood Stakeholders

This project aims to provide much needed evidence to non-profit organizations working with vulnerable children and their families in five inner city schools. The All in for Youth initiative is a collaboration of eight organizations offering integrated, multi-dimensional supports to improve academic outcomes and resiliency of vulnerable children, support family health and stability, get communities involved, and inform policy and systems change.

Genomic and metabolomic approaches to improving new economically important traits in pigs

Consumers are increasingly interested in how their pork is raised especially in terms of welfare (the five freedoms) and the use of antibiotics (in relation to antimicrobial resistance). This project will focus on pig behavioural traits such as aggressiveness, tail biting and social interaction and seek to develop new tools to allow these traits to be included within selection programs.

Alberta Diversification and Organizational Resilience Project

The aim of this project is to research and develop tools to assess and aid the diversification of organizations in the province of Alberta. Alberta is rich in resources, both tangible and intangible. Nevertheless, the price of oil, Alberta’s dependence on this tangible resource and related service have skewed the Province’s investment and entrepreneurial profile. There is a call from private and public sectors to once again diversify the production and service base of the Province’s economy.

Smart public toilets using Internet of things

The washrooms can be equipped with smart objects to be controlled and monitored to increase the customer satisfaction. This technology utilizes connected washroom equipment such as toilet paper, towels, soap dispensers, and water leakage sensors. In smart washrooms, the condition of the washroom is monitored and the management is informed when anything needs attention. This smart system can save time and reduce maintenance costs by replacing supplies only when needed.

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