Accelerate Research projects
Dr. Jonathan Wild
Mohamed Touizrar, Alejandro Aspinwall ,Pawel Leskiewicz & TBD
ProStudioMasters is poised to become a key player in the emerging market of high quality, high bandwidth, uncompressed audio distributed over the internet. The interns will provide support by compiling information to be included in the container file along with the audio: metadata such as correct attributions (composers, performers), historical circumstances of the recording, analytic capsule summaries of classical works, aesthetic and cultural importance of the recording, and other necessary items that vary with the repertoire. The intern's research qualifications for this work, his deep musical understanding befitting a doctoral student, his broad familiarity with multiple genres from a personal history of performing and composing widely, his experience as an archival librarian and the quality of his written communication provide extraordinary value to ProStudioMasters while guaranteeing the student an exceptional opportunity to enjoy a work experience in the environment of a fast-moving industry, and to be rewarded for the skills acquired over a number of years.
Dr. Kamal Gupta
Moovee Innovation Inc.
Automotive and Transportation
Simon Fraser University
Amidst various causes of car accidents, those which result due to unseen vehicles or objects play an important role. Automatic Blind spot detection system is, therefore, one of the solutions which can improve the safety feature of a vehicle. Moovee Innovations, Inc., our partner company, is developing a light-weight vehicle designed to travel at urban speeds, under the name project Insecta. It needs an automatic blind spot detection system as part of their Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) that is capable of warning the driver of hazardous road situations. The proposed research project will develop such a system and integrate it within ADAS.
The Role of Public Participation in Identifying Stakeholder Synergies in Renewable Energy Project Development: the Case Study of Ontario, Canada
Dr. Philip Walsh
S2E Technologies Inc.
Over the past several decades, the scope of decision-making in the public domain has changed from a focus on unilateral regulatory verdicts to a more comprehensive process that engages all stakeholders. Consequently, there has been a distinct increase in public participation in the environmental decision-making process. While the potential benefits of public engagement are substantial in terms of identifying synergies between public and industry stakeholders that encourage project development, this participation does not come without its challenges. To meet global energy demands and fulfill ambitious targets for greenhouse gas reduction, renewable energy has received increased attention as a feasible alternative to non-renewable electrical generation. However, current literature on renewable energy highlights potential technological, economic, social, or public barriers to renewable energy investment. This research provides a case study of the Ontario, Canada renewable energy generation market and identifies the facilitators and constrainers that affected public input to renewable energy project development in this Province and to provide guidance for developers on improving public consultation in the renewable energy project development decision-making process.
Dr. Victoria Lemieux
Coast Capital Savings Credit Union, Junior Achievement of BC
Library and museum studies
Finance, insurance and business
University of British Columbia
This research proposal will focus on identifying supplementary topics that will provide enriched learning opportunities for the Junior Achievement Dollars with Sense (DwS) middle school curriculum. The key areas to be investigated will include fundamentals of consumer credit cards, public stock market basics, and banks and banking. These areas are introduced in the Dollars with Sense program and this research project will seek to develop evaluative criteria, create and effective enrichment materials for two of these focus areas. Using a range of research techniques, data will be collected from classroom teachers, business professionals who volunteer as instructors, and middle school students as well as by analyzing standards from several different jurisdictions, and other financial course materials. This data will form the knowledge base for the creation of supplementary course materials in two of the enrichment areas for Coast Capital and Junior Achievement to publish and implement.
Dr. Samar Abdi
Engineering, computer and electrical
Information and communications technologies
In recent years, the rise of ultrabooks and mobile devices has been accompanied by an ever-increasing need for reliable high-bandwidth wireless communications. Their widespread use, combined with the industry’s move to virtualized cloud services, has put additional pressure on the Internet’s back-end infrastructure. Moreover, this increased load has coincided with a progressive shift in use-cases, as customers expect dependable and secure low-latency Voice-over-Internet-Protocol (VoIP) communications, fast software downloads and an almost instantaneous streaming of content. Ericsson is a world-leading provider of telecommunications equipment and services to mobile and fixed network operators: more than forty percent of the world's mobile traffic passes through Ericsson networks. The purpose of this postdoctoral project is to research and develop methods for improving the performance and flexibility of next-generation Internet back-end routers and switches, ensuring that they meet the networking requirements of the future.
Dr. David Dunne
Simon Fraser University
In the past, Canada’s fisheries have been improperly managed, which has led to overfishing and general downturn of fisheries economics. Because of this, the federal government has mandated that all fisheries be monitored to ensure that the proper regulations and quotas are being followed. Recently, the onus for this monitoring has been transferred to the fisheries themselves and they are finding it costly and overwhelming. Ecotrust Canada is designing a new, less expensive and more user-friendly monitoring system and is currently testing it out in Northern BC as well as in Maine. The intern will evaluate the work that has already been done from a business perspective, and will use a holistic research perspective to design a business plan so that the new system can be released on a larger scale in 2014.
Dr. Robert Shipley
City of Guelph
University of Waterloo
Cultural Planning encourages recognition of a community's network of interrelated assets, and maintains that it is beneficial to conserve built cultural heritage resources. Many municipalities, including the City of Guelph, have undertaken cultural mapping initiatives, which are considered an initial step and a defining feature of this vein of planning. Guelph’s mapping initiative identifies the location of a variety of assets including buildings and structures; however, several non-designated or non-listed historic properties are currently not included. These resources are acknowledged in an inventory of over 2000 properties created by Gordon Couling – a notable figure in Guelph's heritage conservation movement. My project will assess the validity of Couling’s inventory, maintaining a specific focus on architectural and contextual value as defined by the criteria for determining cultural heritage value or interest provided by Ontario Regulation 9/06 within the Ontario Heritage Act (OHA). This research will assist the City of Guelph in deciding if they should pursue formal protection for individual resources, or if concentrations of significant properties represent potential heritage conservations districts.
Dr. Paul Ragogna
The project will manufacture new coatings that will repel ice. These coatings can be applied onto metal, wood, glass, etc, and in particular can aid in the prevention of ice build-up on wind-power turbines. The coatings will be comprised of new materials that have not been applied as ice-repellent (or water repellent) coatings before. In addition a device to measure the adhesion of ice to the coating will be developed. 3M will benefit from investigating these materials because they offer a new technology that can be applied as both hydrophobic or hydrophilic coatings with a simple modification. These materials may also have utility for different applications, which 3M can actively pursue. 3M will also gain a method to test a coatings’ ability to repel ice, which it requires to screen potential coating candidates.
The role of remote ischemic preconditioning (RIPC) in preventing organ dysfunction following hemorrhagic shock: a translational study
Dr. Ori Rotstein
Chung Ho Leung
CellAegis Devices Inc.
University of Toronto
Dysfunction of vital organs is one major reason why trauma victims die after sustaining a major injury, even though the organs themselves may not have been directly injured. One intervention proposed to prevent development of distant organ injury is called “Remote Ischemic Preconditioning” (RIPC), wherein application of intermittent occlusion and release of blood flow to a limb by sequentially inflating and deflating a blood pressure cuff. This project will study mechanisms whereby RIPC protects the liver after hemorrhagic shock, which may help suggest alternative or additive beneficial interventions to those achieved with RIPC. In addition, in a pilot study, we will investigate the effects of RIPC in trauma patients, with specific focus on the coagulation and immune systems, both known to be deranged in these patients. These studies will potentially benefit patients and serve as proof of principle for the use of the CellAegis RIPC device in the trauma setting.
Dr. Norman O'Reilly
Media and communications
University of Ottawa
Four leagues, the NFL, NHL, NBA and MLB, dominate professional sport in North America. One of the disparities between all four leagues is the number of regular season games played, or for the purpose of this study competition time. There are also large differences between league revenues and thus the study will examine if there is a relationship between league revenue and competition time. A series of studies will be analyzed to determine if in fact there is a relationship between competition time and league. The results of the study will show the amount of competition time that is beneficial for each league in order to generate the highest amount of revenue. This study is beneficial to the partner organization, as it will provide a large professional sport database for client proposals and projects. The results can also be used to leverage future projects, attracting new clients in the professional sport sector.
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From my perspective, the true value of the Mitacs-Accelerate internship is the individual relationships developed with people working for the industrial partner. Through the internship, although I became more familiar with methods, ideas, and technical issues related to my area of research, it was the networking experiences that I found to be most rewarding. I have no doubt that these relationships will continue to be of value throughout my career.