Investigating Ecosystem Change in British Columbia’s Coastal Habitats

Nearshore marine ecosystems are undergoing change, with ecological, economical and cultural ramifications. Yet, we lack empirical understanding and observation of the nature of this change, over long periods of time and across continental coastlines. Additionally, the drivers of change in coastal systems are numerous: climatic forcing, predator recovery, and development of foreshore areas, amongst others. As such, deciphering the agents of change remains challenging.

Measuring the carbon footprint of soy bean in Brazil

World population is expected to increase between 8 and 11 billion people by 2050. This growth will be accompanied by an increasing demand in food. Additionally, climate change is expected to have consequences on crop productivity because there will be changes in temperature and precipitation patterns. For that reason, there is an increasing concern over food security and farmers must make use of all available technologies to meet future food needs but also make sure that the environmental impact is reduced.

Calculation of the induced voltage between overhead transmission lines and adjacent gas pipelines via electromagnetic transients simulation

The candidate will utilize his knowledge and experience in transmission line modelling to implement test cases required by BC Hydro to validate the results of measured induced voltages between the transmission lines and gas pipelines. The simulations will be performed using well-known computer packages available at power laboratories of the University of British Columbia as well as computer programs written by the candidate to implement the recently developed line model in his PhD work. Simulation results will be compared with the measurements.

Reducing homelessness using direct cash transfers and motivational interventions

This project aims to examine the effect of unconditional direct cash-transfers to recently homeless individuals in Vancouver, BC, Canada. We will conduct a randomized controlled trial to distribute a one-time unconditional $7,500 cash lump sum to 50 recently homeless individuals from shelters in Vancouver. We will also provide a supplementary motivational training for half of the participants. We will also recruit 50 recently homeless individuals as a control group, and half of these participants will also receive motivational training.

Strategy and legitimation in blockchain innovations and multisided markets

This research project will work with Canadian start-up 6Sensmatic in two areas: building a digital marketing platform and exploring strategic opportunities related to the blockchain; a digital ledger technology that underpins cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin. First, the intern will help 6Sensmatic design, develop, prototype and analyze a novel digital marketing platform that will connect firms to social media influencers that can advertise their products.

Developing a microfluidic lung-on-a-chip model for accelerating the discovery of novel therapeutic targets for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is an inflammatory disorder of the lung, and one that affects 2.6 million Canadians and 380 million people worldwide. The current therapies are very imprecise and none modifies disease progression or mortality. There is a pressing need to discover novel targets to enable precision health, promote new therapeutic discoveries, and ultimately improve the care and health outcomes of patients with COPD. However, this process is hindered by the use of outdated cell culture systems and animal models.

A survey of mental health in medical marijuana users in Vancouver, Canada.

The Canadian Mental Health Association states that all Canadians will indirectly be affected by mental health at some time in their lives through a family member, friend, or colleague and that 20% of Canadians will be affected personally. Most conditions are treated with pharmaceuticals that often come with unwanted side effects. Many patients have starting looking for alternatives from “big pharma” medications and in this search have found medical marijuana to be helpful.

Advancing Data Science Research for Social Good

Due to rapid development of technology, such as the Internet of Things, collecting data is easier and cheaper than ever before. As a result, municipal governments and urban centres across Canada are being inundated with data—data that have potential to improve public service. Despite this, local governments do not have enough data expertise to extract insight from these overwhelming datasets, which are often unstructured and “dirty” (i.e., incomplete, inaccurate, and/or erroneous).

Electrical Design for Acuva Arrow systems

The Acuva Technologies Inc. has designed and developed UV LED-based water purification machines. These machines are in their optimization stage for cost, complexity, and manufacturing time reduction. Adding some features such as graphical user interface, wireless connectivity and being self-powered increase the public popularity of these machines. Graphical LCD provides much more user-friendly interface by which the user has more control over the machine operation. Using PV solar cells to power the device when it is not easily accessible provides versatility to the machine.

Creating moments for shoppers: Impact of time on effectiveness of notifications

Over the last recent years, internet usage through mobile devices has grown rapidly and today, majority of the online traffic is coming from mobiles. This means that most of the time, a user uses his/her mobile to view the retailer website, review items or finish a purchase. Accord ingly, reta ilers have come to the idea of building a platform that would engage and re-engage users through pushing notification. However, there are multiple factors such as time of a day that a retailer would takes into account to send out notific.ation.

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