Ultrafast laser nano-structuring in transparent glass: enabling 3D fibre-photonics packaging and assembly for high temperature sensing

This Mitacs project addresses a significant barrier the partner company (Fibos Inc.) is facing with their current customers in manufacturing of fibre optical sensors that can be robust and cost effective for the high temperature and pressure environments. The market is aimed at sensing of rotor assemblies in turbines where electrical and other means of measurement are not directly possible.

Feasibility of combining monolithically integrated silicon photonics with low cost, high performance, non-hermetic surface-mount technology (SMT) packaging

This project aims at experimentally validating the commercial viability of a new silicon photonics design which provides state of the art monolithic integration of various CMOS control electronics and BiCMOS high speed RF drive electronics which may be combined with high bandwidth non-hermetic SMT packages capable of withstanding standard high volume solder reflow processes.

Intelligent Chatbot Development for the Tourism Industry

This research helps to automate ontology development in order to support semi-supervised and active learning chatbot as much as possible, so that the overhead of chatbot training that requires human supervision is minimized, while relevant knowledge management activities become more efficient. The research objectives are both to refine the quality of the chatbot interactions and to automate its development and training as much as possible, to implement and test its practical and cost saving capabilities in tourism industry.

D2K+: Deep Learning of System Crash and Failure Reports for DevOps

The objective of this project is to develop techniques and tools that leverage artificial intelligence to automate the process of handling system crashes at Ericsson, one of the largest telecom and software companies in the world, and where the handling of crash reports (CRs) and continuous monitoring of key infrastructures tend to be particularly complex due to the large client base the company serves. In this project, we will explore the use of deep learning algorithms to classify CRs based on a variety of features including crash traces, CR descriptions, and a combination of both.

Analysis and Prototype Development of a Drive System and Novel Control Algorithm for Direct Drive Brushless Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motors

Brushless permanent magnet synchronous motors (PMSMs) are widely used in many applications including automations, instrumentation, propulsion, vehicular systems, etc. This project is focused on research and development of a modified drive system and novel control algorithms for PMSMs that could improve efficiency and torque performance compared to conventional methods.

Design and development of techniques to characterize optical, mechanical and chemical properties of metallic and semiconductor thin films with applications in MEMS structures and their packaging

Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS) are complex systems with sizes in the range of few microns (human hair has thickness of 150-200 microns) which have both mechanical and electronic components. MEMS technology has entered in many industries such as optical technology, point of care diagnostics, telecommunications, automotive, and military. Today, there are hundreds of MEMS devices, e.g. microscale gyroscopes and accelerometers, used in cars to control different components, including wheels, brakes, steering, and air bags.

Machine Learning and Data Mining Approaches for Smart Buildings

The goal of this project is to develop machine learning and data mining algorithms relying on non-intrusive common sensor data to estimate and predict smart buildings’ occupancy and activities. Efficient feedbacks are automatically supplied to the end user to involve occupants and increase their awareness about energy systems. This consists of generating reports helping the occupant to understand his/her energy management system and thus to be involved in the decision-making process.

Using Rapid Eye Movement (REM) Sleep to Enable and Enhance Clinical Epilepsy Surgery

A seizure is a medical emergency. 1 in 10 people will be hit by at least one seizure in their lifetime. 1 in 26 people continue to be hit by seizures recurrently: this is epilepsy. When medications do not work, surgery is needed to cut out seizing brain tissue. Unfortunately, many people cannot presently benefit from epilepsy surgery. Our research will harness the power of dream sleep (rapid eye movement or REM sleep) to help locate where the seizures are coming from. Empowered with this information, we can help guide the surgeon on where to perform life-changing epilepsy surgery.

Video Quality-of-Experience Assessment Based on Advanced Machine Learning Technologies

The proposed Mitacs cluster project aims to apply advanced artificial intelligence (AI) technologies to attack challenging video quality-of-experience (QoE) assessment and quality assurance problems that are critical in real-world large-scale video distribution systems. Six internship students will work closely with the technical staff members at SSIMWAVE INC, a deep-tech startup company based in Waterloo Ontario, to develop AI-based automated video QoE assessment and video anomaly detection algorithms and software prototypes.

Open Air Interface for 5G and Beyond Cellular Networks

This research will focus on the design of 5G networks to provide for future wireless services include the use cases of Enhanced Mobile Broadband (eMBB), Massive Machine Type Communication (mMTC), and Ultra-reliable and Low Latency Communications (URLLC), and application area use cases such as Smart City, Smart Home/In-building, Augmented Reality, Self-Driving Cars, etc. 5G Technology has been standardized according to a broad framework in terms of the format of the transmitted wireless signals and the basic protocols including its compatibility with LTE networks.