Impact of Net Metered Solar Energy on Distribution Networks

The research will comprise effects of penetration of photovoltaic on existing distribution network. This will include power quality, voltage stability and customer load when there is a penetration. The graphs would display and let the utility organization know till what level the penetration should be done on a distribution network. The advantages and the need for doing the research is that the load can be distributed from the utility to the photovoltaic panels which are installed and the utility would have to generate less by the existing means. In this case by means of Hydro.

Prototyping for Manufacturing Point-of-Care Instruments

Remote health settings require affordable blood tests to provide care. ChipCare aims to reduce the cost of these tests by producing a user-friendly device the size of a credit-card reader. Disposable cartridges that go into the device will bring down costs. One aim of this project is to improve the design of the reader in a 3D modelling software. The newer version of the reader can then accept multiple sized cartridges. This will expand the detection scope by allowing multiple diseases to be detected.

Comparative study of approximate and rigorous approaches to lightning discharge through power system towers

The project performs comparative study of simplified and rigorous approaches to analysis of lightning strike discharge through complex 3D structures of the power line towers and their grounding systems. Simplified models of the commercial tools such as PSCAD and TFlash will be compared to the new rigorous electromagnetic model (EM) based on full-wave algorithms analysis.

Wi-Fi Based Activity Recognition

Sensing technologies require the deployment and maintenance of complex and large infrastructures. This research proposal is focused on people’s activity recognition technologies though existing WiFi infrastructures. The information gathered by this technology can be applied to different industries like home automation, security, etc. In the future, this technology will powered applications in the home automation industry as the one described next. Mary comes home and leaves her cellphone on the couch. As the system recognizes her, no alarm is activated.

Efficient Prototyping of Linear Actuators Through Numerical Modeling

Within the gaming and aviation industries, there is a demand for simulators that imitate flight. Peripheral flight yokes are often used. The industry desires yokes that are both affordable and realistic. Recently, Iris Dynamics Ltd. has developed a new flight yoke that offers superior performance with respect to its competitors at a relatively low price.

Growth, characterization and performance evolution of nitridenanowire photocatalyst for energy conversion

The splitting of water into its constituents i.e. hydrogen and oxygen using sunlight is one of the key sustainable energy technologies to enable clean, storable and renewable source of energy. Additionally, the more efficient oxidation of such fuels in lower cost fuel cells enable the broader potential use of such solar fuels in many applications. Here we propose to develop high quality group III-nitride nanowire photocatalyst for efficient and stable solar water splitting using advanced growth, structural and optical characterization techniques.

Integration of INTERCONNECT and Cadence with an emphasison co-simulation of CMOS drivers and optical ring modulators

The idea of using light for transferring data has been developed rapidly since 1960s. Today, using light for short-distance communication, as an alternative for copper wires, is rapidly growing mostly because of its broadband communication characteristics. Optical communication systems consist of both electronic and photonic components. Designing such systems will benefit from an Integrated Development Environment (IDE) to co-simulate electrooptical subsystem efficiently and accurately.

RF Resonant Chemical Sensor System for Biomarker Detectionand Biomedical Applications

Sober Steering is developing a wearable alcohol sensor system that communicates with a vehicle to prevent drunk driving. The FitBit-style wearable device will communicate wirelessly with a Sober Steering module located behind the dash of the vehicle to provide interlock functionality and instant alerts. The wearable alcohol sensor system will be monitored and controlled by a smart phone app (ideally controlled by parents or fleet vehicle dispatch). The proposed project aims to further develop sensors capable of providing alcohol sensing functionality for the wearable device.

Treatment and Recovery Monitoring of Post Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Symptoms

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is a significant health problem mainly because of its plausible prolonged sequelae and lack of objective measures for recovery. There are usually some disabling persistent post-TBI symptoms (mostly neurological) that do not respond to the current clinical and physical rehabilitation. This proposal aims to investigate the effect of a promising treatment for persistent post TBI symptoms, and to monitor TBI patient?s recovery by an objective technique along with standard clinical assessments.

Eye Gaze Tracking for Surgical Robotics

Surgical robots are dramatically changing the way in which surgeries are performed. As operating a surgical robot is quite different than traditional surgical tools, surgeons face significant learning curves when training to gain competency. A useful tool for analyzing the learning process of surgeons is eye gaze tracking. Eye gaze tracking technology may be used for monitoring the surgeon’s gaze while operating a surgical robot. The proposed research project will involve Gazepoint and Intuitive Surgical Inc. as industry partners.