Smart Energy Network at residential to community levels: optimization of natural gas, electricity and heat with end-use devices

There is growing pressure from intergovernmental organizations, governments and consumers to reduce the quantity of greenhouse gases being released into the atmosphere. Investments in green technology such as renewable energy sources, battery technology and carbon capture and sequestration can often yield significant reductions in carbon emissions. However, the corresponding economic costs of these projects can regularly result in a balancing act between environmental benefit and affordable energy consumption. Smart Energy Network, SEN, systems could provide a solution to this dilemma.

RF Resonant Chemical Sensor System for Biomarker Detectionand Biomedical Applications

Sober Steering is developing a wearable alcohol sensor system that communicates with a vehicle to prevent drunk driving. The FitBit-style wearable device will communicate wirelessly with a Sober Steering module located behind the dash of the vehicle to provide interlock functionality and instant alerts. The wearable alcohol sensor system will be monitored and controlled by a smart phone app (ideally controlled by parents or fleet vehicle dispatch). The proposed project aims to further develop sensors capable of providing alcohol sensing functionality for the wearable device.

Multivariate polynomial interpolation: efficient algorithms and applications

This research project aims at providing efficient methods to solve a mathematical problem which has practical applications in digital communication and online storage. In the domain of communications, these methods perform the decoding stage of some error-correcting codes, which are used to ensure reliable data transmission over an unreliable or noisy communication channel such as in Digital Video Broadcasting (digital television), or when reading Blu-Ray discs or bar codes.

Provincial-Federal Relations: Limits and Possibilities in Petroleum Management in Alberta and the Kurdistan Region

This project is comparing two systems of petroleum management between a province and its federal government by looking at two case studies: Alberta and Canada on the one hand, and Kurdistan and Iraq on the other. Alberta’s oil reserves are ranked third in the world and Iraq is the second largest crude oil producer in the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC). Alberta’s management of petroleum resources is in harmony with the Canadian federal government because ownership and profit-sharing are both enshrined in the Canadian Constitution.

Human Performance of Finger Identification for Multitouch Input

The project first aims at developing a robust and low latency hardware system for identifying which fingers are in contact with a surface. The second objective is to implement and refine finger identification interaction techniques that would improve the interaction with touch surfaces (smart phone, tablets, tabletops). These techniques will be evaluated to state of the art interaction techniques in controlled experiments. The expected outcomes are the development of the most robust and low latency finger identification prototype to date.

Development of novel electrospun nanofibrous membrane incorporating cellulose nanocrystals for wastewater treatment.

The proposed research project aims at developing a novel nanofibrous membrane incorporating cellulose nanocrystals (CNCs) for wastewater treatment. Sustainable nanomaterials such as CNCs possess many interesting properties like high specific surface area, good mechanical strength, biodegradability and large amount of primary hydroxyl groups for surface functionalization. Hence incorporation of these CNCs can have synergistic effects on the membrane performance.

IMMERSe- To and From the whiteboard: Supporting whiteboard transitions in a design workflow.

Designers often turn to traditional or digital whiteboards (i.e., SMART Kapp) during meetings to discuss designs created in complex design software (i.e., AutoCAD). However, the transition of content from these advanced tools to and from the whiteboard can be highly disruptive to the overall sense of immersion in the design task. For instance, reproducing a design on the whiteboard for a meeting and afterwards documenting the discussed changes can be time consuming, annoying, and a potential source of inaccuracy.

Spatio-Temporal Resolution Enhancement for HighFrame Rate Display

The quality of projected video plays a huge role in the digital projector market. Methods to increase the quality of projected video at lower costs are constantly being researched. A promising approach to reducing cost and increasing the quality of viewed video is the combination of up-converting the frame rate of high-resolution video and projecting higher resolution video using lower resolution, high frame rate projectors.

Intern developing facial recognition app for Google Glass

Working under the supervision of Professor Shi Cao in the Department of Systems Design Engineering, Shefali is using her computer science background to help develop an innovative face recognition app for Google Glass — a type of “wearable technology” — like glasses with an optical head-mounted display.

Hailing from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science, in Pilani, India, Shefali says she is thrilled to take part in research involving Google Glass, calling her project an “amazing opportunity to have hands-on experience with today’s technology.”

Combining Structural and Behavioural Modelling of Software Product Lines

Embedded Software is designed to work with and control physical systems such as car brakes. These systems come in many configurations and the software embedded on them also has to be configured for each one. Software product lining is a methodology to develop a family of related systems that can be configured for each product, reducing development costs and reusing common parts. Our research will explore ways to model quality attributes, such as response time or cost, of different products and will provide tools to consider those attributes when designing or using a software product line.

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