Accelerate Research projects

  • Programming Techniques for QUBO Compatible Processors II

    Drs. Philip Stamp, Marcel Franz, Robert Raussendorf, Eldad Haber, Ozgur Yilmaz, Kai Behrend, Alejandro Adem, Karthik Pattabiraman, Andrey Pavlov, Daniel Lee & Chris Godsil
    Maritza Hernandez-Gaete, Hedayat Alghassi, Gili Rosenberg, Dominic Marchand, Navid Ghadermarzy, Majid Dadashikelayeh, Pooya Ronagh, Ehsan Seyedin, Jaspreet Oberoi, Poya Haghnegahdar, Galo Rojo, Vijaykumar Singh, Arman Zaribafiyan, Seyed Saeed Changiz Rezaei & TBD
    1QB Information Technologies
    Information and communications technologies
    Simon Fraser University, University of British Columbia, University of Waterloo

    The main problem this internship project explores is the selection, conversion, and encoding of mathematical models that pertain to the finance industry for processing on available types of analog optimization processors. This research investigation aims to develop new algorithms and code that take advantage of an analog optimization process which acts as an "oracle" for a classical Turing Machine computer. This will be done by developing methods to translate a range of problems into the ideal form for currently available adiabatic annealing hardware. 1 QBit will develop software applications to translate problems into quadratic unconstrained binary optimization (QUBO) problems, enabling a broader range of practical problems to be addressed by a computer that has access to an oracle that answers a problem via an annealing process. This project is part of 1 QBit's exploration of how to best utilize an annealing oracle for various optimization problems. This research puts 1QBit and Canada in a leadership role as a software developer of this novel approach to computation and optimization.

  • A Window into the Mind at a Price You Can Afford: Developing an Online and Offline Pupil-Size Analysis Plug-in

    Amir Raz
    Derek Albert
    Information and communications technologies
    McGill University

    We will harness the power of Mirametrix eye-tracking technology to offer a viable means of probing internal mental processes that were previously intractable without more expensive or invasive techniques. Through the innovative application of popular statistical methods and state-of-the-art machine learning techniques, we will produce a software plug-in capable of online and offline pupil size analysis. The present study aims to make pupillometry more affordable and practicable for applications in research, education, clinical practice, and human-device interfaces such as video games. This partnership will help Mirametrix attract a wider demographic, gain competitive advantage, and increase sales revenue.

  • Sterilization of Foie Gras - Demonstration of Safety and Stability under Minimal Processing Conditions

    Hosahalli Ramaswamy
    Nikhil Hiremath
    Aurpal Inc.
    Food Science
    Consumer goods
    McGill University

    The goal of this project is to demonstrate the adequacy of mild thermal processes (Fo ~1 min) for meeting the requirements for commercial sterility of foie gras in cans or jars. It was previously demonstrated that the sensitivity of thermal destruction of microbial spores increases with an increase in FFA concentration. The proposed project will be focused on the safety and stability of the product under industrial processing conditions. The study would encompass the following: incorporate a characterized surrogate (C. supergenes) at a high concentration level into foie gras in the can or the jar, establish an equivalent thermal process and demonstrate deliverance of the desired degree of sterility. In this study selected spore formers will be incorporated into fois gras, contained in small pouches/pans/simulated particles and placed in the central regions of test cans, and are given processes equivalent to different Fo values. The survivors will determine the level of severity of the process and incubation tests will determine the stability of the product, storage studies will indicate stability.

  • Decision Making Using Multi-Criterion DecisionAnalysis

    Dr. David Poole
    Sanjana Bajracharya
    AeroInfo Systems - A Boeing Company
    Computer science
    Aerospace and defense
    University of British Columbia

    This project is to enable groups of people to better brainstorm decisions in which people can have divergent opinions. Building on ValueCharts that lets people input their utility, we will build a tool that lets decision makers explore the space of the expressed opinion to see where there are differences and whether they matter to the decision being made.

  • Extending and refining the original automated text mining algorithm for an initial market trial

    Dr. Liang Chen
    Negar Hassanpour
    Goldstream Publishing Inc.
    Computer science
    Information and communications technologies
    University of Northern British Columbia

    Text documents often include information pertaining to geographic locations. Mapping these place names to specific geographic locations currently requires a considerable amount of human effort to match the text with a GIS or other mapping system. This becomes especially challenging when the same place name is represented by multiple places, such as in the naming of waterbodies (e.g. lakes and rivers). To overcome this challenge, we propose a new algorithm that could improve the accuracy of geo-parsing applications, with the intention of testing this in a real world situation and evaluate these results.

  • Export Marketing & Needs Analysis for Solanum Genomics Int’l Inc. (SGII)

    Dr. Karen Mudock
    Brando Lee-Young
    BioAtlantech, Solanum Genomics International Inc.
    University of New Brunswick

    This project will help Solanum Genomics International determine the export potential of one its technologies for improving potatoes. The commercial opportunity for this technology lies in improving the potato by increasing its genetic variability through a process called somaclonal variation. By understanding the market and its needs - knowing what traits the market is interested in, this technology can be used to select and clone for those traits and ensure a product with a market identified. The end result being an identified market for one of Solanum’s technologies.

  • Realistic and High-Performance Rendering Renewal

    Dr. Derek Nowrouzezahrai
    Mahdi Mohammad Bagher
    Microsoft Canada
    Computer science
    Digital media
    Université de Montréal

    The goal is to investigate the realistic appearance models for complex reflectance properties, modeling reflectance, masking and inter-reflection at many scales. In the end, comparison and basis-space representation will be leveraged to develop an interactive rendering application for pre-visualization and in-game portrayal of complex materials.

  • Improving user engagement with a social network gaming platform: Identifying and adapting to significant user traits and behaviors

    Dr. Cristina Conati
    Dereck Toker
    East Side Games
    Computer science
    Digital media
    University of British Columbia

    This project will involve leveraging existing work completed from a previous MITACS grant, by using statistical modeling and machine learning techniques in order to identify significant player behaviour in terms of the effectiveness of multiple communication/messaging channels. This project aims to build, evaluate, and expand on an existing prototype system already running which has established both a significant revenue stream, as well as a test-bed for countless research opportunities in the field of games user research, social network systems research, and information visualization research. The ultimate goal of this project is to widen the scope of this messaging tool in order to improving player engagement and monetization, as well as generate a significant academic research publication stream.

  • Personalization of Web Tasking

    Dr. Patrick Martin
    Khalid Elgazzar
    IBM Canada
    Computer science
    Information and communications technologies
    Queen's University

    A web task is defined as the set of services, sessions, and sequence of interactions that are required to perform a certain user objective. The current Web tasking model does not consider user preferences and context when executing a Web task. The proposed research project aims to improve the experience of Web users through personalization of Web tasks. Personalization integrates the user's personal context with the task execution plan to serve the user's interest at best. We will develop a flexible task representation model that can accommodate the user's context, mechanisms for context solicitation, interpretation and transfer, and efficient context aggregation and handling.

  • Datalink Processing System (DLPS) - Research and Development - Naval to Air Force Replatforming

    Dr. Stéphane Somé
    Dany Wilson
    IBM Canada
    Engineering, computer and electrical
    Information and communications technologies
    University of Ottawa

    The IBM DLPS software is used to provide an intelligent interface system that enables a ship’s Command System to interface to Tactical Data Links for the exchange of information with other friendly units. The DLPS software integrates the ship's Command System data with the tactical networks of data links. IBM would like to expand and modernize the DLPS solution through the use of new technologies and improved software programming techniques. Our proposed research will develop a framework consisting of reverse engineering tools and methods to assist in the evolution of the DLPS software. IBM Canada sees potential benefits of this research work as improving maintainability, adaptability and contributing to a more robust architectural framework for DLPS and positioning the DLPS for renewed application within a new Force environment. An improved Canadian DLPS product increases commercialization opportunities for DLPS globally.

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 Mitacs-Accelerate has been invaluable in establishing that link and in the process maybe dispelling some of the myths around academic work as well.  Because of Accelerate, I am able to bring what I think is cutting edge academic research knowledge to industry in a format that benefits both me and the partner companies.  Thank you for the opportunity.

Nathalie Prevost, Mitacs-Accelerate intern at Simon Fraser University with partner Vivity Labs Inc.

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