Investigation and Development of a Modular Control Board for Advanced, Automated Dispensing Machines

This project will investigate a low cost, modular control board that enables centralized control, data collection, and communication between the sensors and devices required for advanced, automated dispensing machines. The objective of this project is to develop a standardized, low-cost microcontroller, allowing for different sensors and devices to be easily integrated together. Additionally, programs will be developed to facilitate the communication and control of the sensors and devices which will be integrated with existing software.

Dynamic Systems Modeling of Insulin to Glucose in Diabetic Pregnant Females

This project aims to find dynamic systems models of pregnant females exhibiting Type 1 Diabetes for their insulin to glucose behavior. Once a model is identified, this will enable development of an automatic feedback control scheme as a standalone device. This will greatly improve the quality of life of the individual and provide a margin of safety for the fetus during gestation. The project will collect data of injected insulin over time from an automated injection system and also gather measured glucose levels at selected intervals.

Knowledge Modeling and Product Development for Canadian Indoor Hydroponic Farming

Urban population is facing unprecedented growth resulting in the need for additional agricultural resources. Traditional farming practices seem vulnerable to cater to urbanities’ needs, placing an additional burden on the food and agriculture system. Furthermore, the unsettling environmental impact of traditional farming practices has aroused the metropolitan population to search for alternatives, such as indoor urban agriculture and vertical plant systems. This study aims to address the key issues faced by the Canadian urban population to generate knowledge for indoor hydroponic systems.

3D Ultrasound Volume Reconstruction from Inside-Out Tracking of a 2D Probe

Small, handheld, point-of-care ultrasound devices (POCUS) have been increasingly used in recent years by non-specialists for a wide variety of diagnostic and treatment tasks. Since POCUS devices produce two-dimensional (2D) images, but anatomical structures are three-dimensional, we would often like to construct 3D volumes from a sequence of 2D US scans.

Improving Mineral Data Acquisition with Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems

The research project will focus on improving data quality acquisition for mineral exploration using new and improved remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) for long-range surveying. Vertical take-off and landing fixed wing RPAS will be made that can travel further than typical multirotor drones and close to the ground to acquire high resolution data at scale.

Intelligent Control of Clean Combustion Low Carbon GDI Engine: Oxygen Sensor, Fuel Injection, and Engine Cold-start

Internal combustion engines currently power an overwhelming majority of automotive vehicles, i.e., more than 95% passenger cars and virtually all commercial trucks worldwide. The proper performances of oxygen sensors are essential for precise control of air-fuel ratio to optimize engine combustion efficiency and emission performances. This project will characterize the impacts of physical and chemical exhaust gas conditions on the O2 sensor performance to improve the O2-sensor for guiding partner's application in the production engine including other NOx sensor and H2 sensing feasibilities.

New Techniques for Continuous Biohydrogen Production from Poplar Biomass

Through decades of mining and oil exploration, over 10,000 contaminated sites are found in Canada with toxic levels of heavy metals and harmful contaminants. In many cases, the contamination is on local farmland and the impacts on the environment and especially on the native communities and Indigenous inhabitants is devastating. This project will be committed to use abandoned mines in order to provide biomass by planting poplar trees which are resistant to the contaminations in order to lead biomass to the biohydrogen production.

Process Design for Cogeneration of Carbon Black and Hydrogen by Methane Pyrolysis

Carbon black (CB), a valuable commodity for rubber and plastic industries, is currently produced using the traditional processes with low conversion efficiency and high carbon dioxide emission. Plasma reactors, on the other hand, produce CB and hydrogen from decomposition of methane with no direct emissions and can achieve 100% conversion efficiency. Commercializing this process requires accurate control over CB morphology and process yield, which depends on the particle dynamics and the chemical reactions during the decomposition of methane.

Improving dynamic range by using rich sensing and gain-scheduled control for improved haptic feedback

For the past several years Haply Robotics has been developing high-performance, inexpensive, haptic devices that can be used in a variety of applications, such as medical simulation for the purposes of training. Haply is currently interested in the use of commercial off-the-shelf manipulandums, such as the Valve Index (Valve Index, 2022), that measures the user’s applied grip force to characterize the user’s grip as gentle or forceful.

Production line for personalized camping car cabinets

Today’s customer desire more and more personalized products and often want to get involved in the design of them. The manufacturing of personalized furniture is a good example of this trend. NavCamper is a SME in Quebec, producing personalized camping cars. The production of personalized cabinets for these camping cars is currently very labour intensive. To remain cost efficient and address the issue of shortage of personal to hire, NavCamper wants to automate the production.