Blockchain-based ESG and SDG rating platform

Our interns will work on an innovative platform that rates companies based on their environmental, social, and ethical performance (ESG) and their contributions to global goals (SDG). They will help create digital tokens (NFTs) that ensure the data stays secure and trustworthy, while also protecting privacy with advanced technology (ZKSnarks). The project involves developing AI algorithms that can review company reports and generate scores, along with another AI that can interact with investors in real-time.

Enhancing sea ice safety and climate monitoring by mobilizing Inuit expertise and EO data through machine learning

In many communities across Inuit Nunangat, landfast ice is relied upon for hunting, travel, education, and more throughout the winter season. As concerns around changing ice conditions grow, satellite imagery available through platforms such as Arctic Eider Society’s SIKU app offer an opportunity to combine traditional knowledge and technological information to facilitate safer travel over the ice.

Functionalization of tunicate-derived- cellulose nanocrystal additive manufacturing of their bio-derived polymer nanocomposites

Tunistrong Technologies, a sustainable biotech company utilizes invasive marine species of tunicates to produce value-added products such as cellulose nanocrystals (T-CNCs) and is the only known commercial producer of T-CNC. T-CNCs are more sustainable and greener as it is synthesized from invasive animal rather than plants. It is beneficial to demonstrate the application of T-CNCs in the green additive manufacturing (AM) space.

Durham Community Energy Plan – Evaluation Framework

In 2018 the Region of Durham created the Durham Community Energy Plan (DCEP), Durham Region's strategy for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and transitioning to a green economy. Achieving the goals of the DCEP will provide multiple economic, environmental and social benefits to Durham Region. Successful implementation of the DCEP however will require collecting and reporting on data from multiple groups (e.g. government, community organizations, postsecondary institutions, and utilities) to ensure that the goals of the DCEP are met.

Metallurgical process optimization using pulp chemistry data

The rejection of pyrrhotite from copper-nickel mineral concentrates has long been a pain point for the Canadian mining industry. The presence of pyrrhotite in the mineral concentrate takes up smelter capacity, adversely affects energy efficiency, and generates large quantities of SO2. It is well established that pulp chemistry influences pyrrhotite rejection and flotation performance; however, many pulp chemistry parameters (such as Eh and dissolved oxygen) go unmeasured in industrial processing plants.

Electrochemical-based Biosensor Assays for Detecting Drugs of Abuse in Saliva at Ultra low Levels

Drug-impaired driving represents a significant and increasing threat to the safety of Canadians and there is an urgent need for a convenient, rapid and accurate road-side testing technology for impaired driving. Current solution for roadside drug testing only provides qualitative results, while quantitative detection of drugs currently requires expensive equipment, dedicated infrastructure and specialized laboratory personnel. To address this problem, eye3concepts Inc.

Synthesis and Characterization of High-rate, Long-life, and Low-cost Li4Ti5O12-based Anode for Fast-charging Batteries

Li4Ti5O12 batteries are one of the most promising fast-charging technology due to the good structural and electrochemical stability of the Li4Ti5O12 anode. However, Li4Ti5O12 has several limitations, such as relatively low energy density and high cost, preventing the market penetration of Li4Ti5O12 batteries. The objective of this collaborative project between Dr.

SkinScreen: Using AR technology to accurately project images on the human body

The purposed research project undertaken by the intern is intended to help development of the application Skin Screen and the partner organization developing it, 2481008 Alberta Ltd. The application outlined in the project utilizes a special camera in current iPhones and iPads, the Lidar camera, which allows the user to run augmented reality applications on their device. The intended use is to allow users the opportunity to display images on a person, allowing the image to wrap around any contours of the body.

Non-destructive testing of utility poles in service

Wooden utility poles provide safe, economic, easily obtainable means of delivering power, communications, and cable television to the masses of industrial and residential locations worldwide. However, when a pole has been in service for a substantial number of years, its failure becomes more likely. Hence, the proposed project focuses on the strength estimation of in-service utility poles using non-destructive technology (NDT). The advantage of using NDT is that no further damage is caused to the poles during the investigation, which can further lead to reduced service life.

Curling Rock Launcher and Ice Sheet Printer

This project will produce a rock launching device for curling as well as a printer that will print pebbled curling ice sheets. These devices will be used to help understand the physics of curling (which are still not understood). They will also be used to enhance the fairness of curling competitions and to help train curlers in brushing. RMD Engineering of Saskatoon, as the partnering organization, will help develop these devices and will be able to commercialize the technologies developed, to help Canada stay on top of the curling world.