Valuing Youth Voice after Disaster: Recovery & Resilience in Wood Buffalo

In the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, a lot can be learned from young people who experienced the 2016 Fort McMurray wildfire disaster. Knowing and hearing their concerns will be critical for shaping how they and their communities recover and build a more resilient future. This means ensuring that youth have support to explore and implement creative solutions to complex, post-disaster challenges.

Material environments as metaphors: enhancing the well-being of people with dementia

The living environments have been increasingly considered as significant to the well-being of people with dementia in both research and practice. Addressing this, practitioners, including developers, operators, and architects who are in charge of the environmental creation of dementia care facilities, need to know the specific requirements of people with dementia, in order to apply this knowledge to their practical works.

High-Quality Urban Representation/iCity: Urban Informatics for Sustainable Metropolitan Growth

The intention of this collaborative research effort is to create an accurate digital 3D model of the City of Toronto waterfront that can be used by city planners to visualize factors relevant to the city when making high-level decisions regarding infrastructure and policy. This project is a collaboration between OCAD University and Esri Canada Limited, a software company that specializes in geographical information systems (GIS). EC has offered the use of their proprietary software CityEngine, which optimizes the process of creating realistic 3D city and geographical models.

A Culturally Inclusive AAC App for Autistic Children in China

"Verbal language is significant in communicating our thoughts for daily living. However, children with autism often have problems with verbal communication. Early intervention is extremely significant to autistic children because it can encourage their verbal language, self-care and social skills. Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) tools based on pictures can benefit autistic children by compensating for writing and speech. In Canada, there are diverse AAC apps available for autistic children while in China, they do not have them.

Designing a safe, non-intrusive game for children to potentially detect Child Sexual Abuse (CSA)

Child Sexual Abuse (CSA) is a universal problem. It produces lifelong ill effects. Children should be made aware of it and educated about protecting themselves. They need easy ways to recognize and express attempts of CSA. This project aims to design an educational game that creates awareness in children about CSA. It will be conducted in Canada and India to study how cultural differences might influence the design. Children will not be directly involved in the research.

Designing a culturally inclusive information system for Canadian universities to enhance international student recruitment

The number of Asian students getting their post-secondary education abroad has doubled over the past decade to around 2.5 million. In the same period, the number of agents in the admission business in China has increased ten times to nearly 400. High school students in China find it difficult to make informed decisions independently about application and admission to foreign universities because the western university websites and information sessions are not designed keeping their cultural practices in mind.

Steering the Innovation Process: Accelerating Ideas to Impact in Water Treatment - Conclusion

Demand for water and wastewater treatment has grown substantially in recent years, leading to a increased need for innovative technology. To remain a global leader in UV-based treatment technology, Trojan must continue to innovate through its intesive research and development program. One of Trojan's distinguishing features has been the rigorous analysis and testing that our products undergo during design, development and validation.

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.

Optimisation, développement et validation du SNAD 1.0

L’entreprise Nadeau Design a développé le SNAD, un véhicule urbain qui s’utilise avec des équipements sportifs actuels tel que la planche à roulettes ou le patin à roues alignées pour bénéficier d’une assistance motorisée électrique lors des déplacements.

Investigating Open Scholarship and Inclusive Practices in Higher Education

This project investigates the development of an online service that empowers individuals at higher education institutions to develop and deploy surveys that reveal how faculty,  staff, and students at their institutions perceive open scholarship and inclusive practices. We believe that individuals at higher education institutions will be better able to understand and advocate for open and inclusive practices if they have an empirically based understanding of the beliefs, attitudes, and intentions around these issues held by students, faculty, and staff at their home institutions.