Capacity Planning and Optimization of WiMAX for Smart Grid

There are many international efforts to modernizing the current aging power grid towards an efficient grid known as “smart grid” (SG). To implement SG, many sensors are attached to different points of the power grid infrastructure. These sensors collect data and can be used for controlling, protecting, and monitoring the status of the grid by receiving comands from the utility control center. Hence, communication is a keypoint in realizing smart grid. With the recent advances in wireless technologies, there is a preference to use new standards for the communication in SG.

An Integrated Technology Architect for Real Time Care Process Management

Patients are facing excessive wait times at hospitals, especially within Emergency Departments. Long wait times expose patients to unnecessary risks, and are very costly to hospitals. In addition, a number of governmental and medical guidelines impose limits on patient wait times. This has prompted hospitals to explore technologies that can enhance patients flow and reduce wait times. This research aims to address patients wait time issues by deploying a Care Process Management system (CPM) that models and monitor clinical pathways as a process model.

Correction of Non-ideal Lighting Conditions for Face Recognition in Alcohol Ignition Interlock Devices

The alcohol interlock system manufactured by Alcohol Countermeasure Systems (ACS) is an in-vehicle breath alcohol testing instrument that prevents a vehicle engine from being started if the breath alcohol concentration of the driver is over a pre-set limit. With the current countermeasures, the alcohol interlock devices, with a high certainty, can confirm that the blown air is from a human, but fails to indicate whether he/she is the intended driver.

An Integrated Approach using Process Models and Business Analytics for Efficient Delivery of Patient Care

The use of business process modeling (BPM) and analytics has demonstrated exceptional results in improving efficiency and effectiveness in various industries. Health care processes however, are characterized by uncertain, exception and continual evolution. This project aims to apply flexible, adaptive and evolutionary process modeling protocols coupled with operations research and other analytic methods to the health care environment.

Smart PV Modules with Laminated On-Cell Energy Storage

Efficient yet simple energy storage schemes and smart electronics will not only boost PV system efficiencies but it will also lead to many innovative applications at the system level such as solid state lighting, active bypass diodes, bifacial configurations etc. This research project seeks to develop a novel and efficient on-cell energy storage scheme.

Efficient Signal Processing and Radio Resource Management (RRM)for Coordinated Multiple-Antenna Multi-Node Downlink Transmission in Heterogeneous Cellular Networks

Reliable high-speed wireless data transmission is the primary goal of future cellular systems. A key impediment to achieving this goal is interference on receivers from transmitters in adjacent cells. This problem becomes even more challenging when the types of transmitters and cell sizes vary within a heterogeneous network (HetNet). The performance of users near a cell edge suffers the most. There are several ways to mitigate interference and improve performance.

New Carrier Types and Services for Long-term Evolution (LTE) Machine-Type Communication (MTC)

Machine-to-machine (M2M) communication is a new paradigm of communication equipments which do not involve human interaction. M2M networks are predicted to have a huge market in the near future with numerous potential applications, such as home automation, patient monitoring, transportation, and smart metering. Long-term evolution (LTE), the 4th generation cellular standard, is expected to play a big role in enabling M2M.

Conducting Enterprise Architecture in the Context of an SME that is Adopting an ERP

Despite the vast literature that has accumulated around ERP technologies over the years, there is still a great need to better our understanding of the forces at play in the adoption of ERP technologies, and this, particularly in the context of small and medium size organizations. In addition, the field of enterprise architecture (EA) has been emerging as a technology for helping organizations cope with complexities of technology adoption and organizational transformation (Lapalme & de Guerre, 2013).

Validation of Android-based NFC technologies as a Platform for Authentication Solutions

Today, a growing number of mobile devices come enabled with Near Field Communications (NFC) “out-of-the-box.” This has opened the door to an explosion of new possibilities for smartphones, such as those running on the Andriod platform. These new NFC capable Android devices could potentially replace RFID technologies, which are widely used in a variety of authentication applications, such as control access cards. However, it is unclear that all such cards can actually be “cloned” on the Android platform, which only offers a limited access to its NFC capabilities.

Smartphone-based Real-Time Automatic Image Tagging

Mobile phone, media and entertainment sectors are of critical importance to our economy. With the massive usage of mobile devices (e.g., British Columbia has the highest smartphone penetration among all provinces in Canada) and increasing popularity of smartphone camera applications and mobile social networks, automatic image tagging is crucial for the next-generation mobile social media services. The tag is basically an automatic description for the photo.