Evaluating the impact of workplace indoor environmental quality on employee comfort and wellness

The design and quality of the indoor environment is understood to play an important role in the well-being and productivity of building occupants. While many building and design strategies have been employed to enhance the indoor environmental quality of workplace environments there is a surprising a lack of empirical evidence drawn from buildings in-use that shows how such strategies actually affect occupants.

Management and mining of big energy sector data

With advances in techniques, high volumes of valuable data are generated in many domains (e.g., energy sector) at a rapid rate. Consequently, a scalable and flexible system for efficient storage and fast management of these distributed data is needed. In this proposed research project, we plan to design and implement a cloud-based data storage & management system that is flexible, scalable and fast to handle distributed data in a parallel fashion for the partner organization.

Development of High-Performance Microwave Radio Network Systems with Broadband and Polarization Diversity Antennas to be Integrated with High-Speed Optical Fiber Networks

Objectives: Manitoba Hydro Telecom (MHT) has proposed the development of a state-of-the-art optical communication network using Reconfigurable Optical Add Drop Multiplexers (ROADM) employing Wave Division Multiplexing (WDM). MHT will use ROADMs compliant with currently established industry standards such as ITU G.709 and G.8032. ROADMs with WDM methods with 50 GHz channel spacing enable up to 88 wavelengths to be carried on a single optical fiber.

Addressing Basis Risk in Agricultural Index-Based Insurance

The objective of the proposed research is to design and implement an innovative IBI scheme capable of minimizing basis risk. Forage insurance will be used as an example to empirically examine the effective implementation of the IBI, through establishing an adequate relationship between the weather index and forage yield. Therefore, a second objective of the proposed research is to help increase producer demand for forage insurance.

High resolution PET imaging systems for small animal imaging

There is an increasing demand for high resolution multimodality imaging of research animals, such as mice and rats, to allow non-invasive monitoring of disease models and therapeutic interventions. This project focuses on the development of a new positron emission tomography (PET) imaging system that can be operated inside a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) system. Once complete, this system will allow simultaneous high resolution PET/MRI imaging of research animals.

An analysis of crowdfunding strategies and underlying psychological mechanism of crowdfunders’ behaviors

Indie Ink, in collaboration with the National Crowdfunding Association of Canada (NCFA), is laying the groundwork for publishing a book about crowdfunding via a crowdfunding campaign that would illustrate to the masses how this new venture is transforming Canada. This research project on planning and executing a crowdsourcing and crowdfunding campaign to gather content and a portion of the funds for the book’s production will be highly valuable for both Indie Ink and the academic community.

Land Use Mapping and Planning for Sustainable Development with Island Lake First Nations and other East-side Communities in Manitoba

Participatory community development research alongside Garden Hill First Nation (FN), Wasagamack FN and other East-side FN community members is the focus of this Mitacs research. Student interns will assist in recording each community’s traditional land use through maps, videos, interviews, development of plans and branding. A geographical information system will allow an analysis of different natural resources and land uses. This research will build capacity in the community to plan and implement sustainable development in the East-side communities considering cultural priorities.

Mitacs Globalink intern finds her niche at the University of Manitoba

“I had also been accepted to a program in Spain to do research,” she says, “but I chose Canada because it has some of the best universities in the world so I knew I’d get the best opportunity to learn because of Globalink!” She was impressed by the organization of the program and the hands-on approach that Mitacs takes to welcoming the students for their research terms every summer.

Association Mapping of Phytochemical Composition and Antioxidant Properties in Whole Grain Rice (Oryza sativa L.)

Phytochemicals including vitamins, carotenoids and phenolic compounds have been widely accepted as the functional substances that make cereal grain health beneficial. Increasing evidence has shown the relation between these antioxidant phytochemicals and reduced risks of oxidative-stress related chronic diseases, such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes and some cancers. Among these cereal grains, rice is of critical importance in agriculture, because of its wide consumption over the world.

Parallel intelligent multiple-run facility for optimal design of power systems

The research aims to develop a new computer algorithm for automating simulations of complex power systems when simulations are used for design. The new algorithm will be able to find multiple optimal solutions, which will give the designer the ability to scrutinize and select the most suited option. Additionally the algorithm will be parallel in nature, which means it can be executed simultaneously and in unison on several computing machines.

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