Mapping thermal refugia in salmon streams using a remotely piloted aircraft system (RPAS)

Climate change predictions make it highly likely that Pacific salmon will be exposed to future water temperature extremes. Given the importance of cold water to maintain Pacific salmon, the availability of discrete cold-water patches in rivers/streams that can act as thermal refugia may become increasingly critical to protect salmon. Such refugia can be provided by the input of cooler tributaries or from influxes of cold groundwater.

Engaging students to maximize the online learning experience

Using simplified language understandable to a layperson, provide a general, one-paragraph description of the proposed research project to be undertaken by the intern(s) as well as the expected benefit to the partner organization. (100-150 words)EDUCO Education Inc. (EDUCO) operates with a mission to revolutionize learning techniques and provide state-of-the-art learning resources for students to push education in the right direction. This research will focus on understanding precisely how students become engaged in an online setting.

Developing a novel Rammed Earth technology for climate-adapting construction

The Rammed Earth (RE) has become the newest trend in construction owing to its energy-efficient, eco-friendly, and sustainable approach. The recent research has modernized rammed earth construction by using cement treatment to improve its strength and durability. The non-compensable damages to the environment associated with cement production and application pose significant arguments against its widespread use in rammed earth construction. Our partner organization, Innovative Earth Inc.

Sensor for the detection of space debris, communication signals and moon dust

This research project will develop new methods for detecting space debris, communication signals, and moon dust equipped on spacecraft and satellites to be launched in the future. One of the major concerns with equipment orbiting Earth is the possible collision with space debris. Also, a lunar outpost equipped with the Canadarm3 is planned for completion by 2024 as part of the lunar Gateway. Spacecraft travelling to the lunar outpost and to the surface of the moon will be heavily affected by abrasive moon dust, resulting in the need to detect its presence.

Automating Baseball Analytics from Cameras

The intent of the project is to explore, research and develop technologies that are able to capture the 3D motionof baseball players, in particular pitchers and hitters from smartphone cameras. The purpose is to analyze thetracked poses for analyzing the potential of players while on scouting outings.

Self-Sovereign Identity Based on Blockchain – Implementation in IoT

Over the past years, Internet of Things (IoT) has been gradually making up essential parts of our life whether as autonomous vehicles, smart homes or other forms. The main job of IoT devices is data collection. Data collection can be considered as the building block of IoT. In the current IoT architecture, the data collected is processed by a cloud-based IoT platform. However, in several cases, the data collected may contain personal information and insights. This leads to the growing concern around privacy and security in IoT.

Extending Assessments of Cognitive Decline into Virtual Reality

Early detection of dementia among seniors has been an ongoing struggle, leading to underdiagnosis, late diagnosis, and delayed intervention. Using virtual reality powered hardware and proprietary motion tracking software provided by Innerva Virtual Inc., this project intends to create a dual-task assessment to measure mild cognitive impairment (MCI) among older adults, a leading symptom of dementia. We will measure the effectiveness of using standardized virtual environments to facilitate gait assessments and measure MCI.

Design of a Bio-Inspired Vibro-Based Burrowing Probe for Subsurface Investigation of Extra-Terrestrial Bodies

Our project investigates the effects of ultrasonic/sonic vibrations on assisting penetration for subsurface investigation of remote surfaces such as the Moon and Mars, where there are restrictions on mass and volume transportation. Such lateral vibrations, at a lower frequency, are used by snakes to hide in granular materials. Our final goal is to design a prototype that can withstand the lunar environment, contains the required scientific instruments and has a bio-inspired burrowing tool.

Investigating Imaging Data to Determine Early-Stage Pressure Ulcer Detection in the Development of a Smart Device Application for Persons Experiencing Neuropathy

There is a scarcity of affordable custom pressure mapping equipment that enables a more independent life for persons suffering from neuropathy due to paraplegia or aging. Such individuals with limited mobility are at risk of developing pressure ulcers due to their lack of reactive nerve signaling, which can be life threatening.

Dilution prediction and reduction in underground mines based on stoping methods using artificial intelligence

Given that dilution is a problem that reduces the profit of many underground operations, the dilution monitoring, prediction, and reduction convey the capability to increase operational efficiency. The proposed research aims to develop an unplanned dilution monitoring, prediction, and reduction tool. The research methodology will be based on artificial intelligence (AI)-based models. More specifically, the research will focus on the applicability of ensemble classifiers, naive Bayes classifiers, logistic regression, and neural networks.