Development of a CNC Machine Tool Performance Simulation System: "The VCNC System"

Industry uses computer numerical controlled (CNC) machine tools to manufacture parts efficiently at high speed. Before batch manutfacturing is performed confidently, a trial]and]error cutting test is required to validate if part tolerances are violated, which is a costly and time]consuming procedure. The objective of this research project is to develop a Virtual CNC System, which can simulate the CNC motion in virtual environment.

Identification of Rubber Material Properties within Automotive Components

The present project deals with the mechanical characterization of elastomere materials. An original method is proposed to identify the material parameters. It consists of performing only one mechanical of an automotive component containing an elastomere material, measuring the displacement/strain field using Digital Image Correlation software.

Development and Performance evaluation of 3D powerline reconstruction method using airborne LiDAR data

The North American electric power distribution network comprises a vast critical infrastructure of interconnected grids and power lines. Effective management of this system requires timely, accurate power line mapping and monitoring. Scene analysis for powerline change monitoring requires precise detection of all key corridor objects (i.e., powerlines, towers, insulators, splices, switches and other components as well as the terrain, buildings, trees, etc.).

Characterization and Treatment of Water from Decorative Water Features and Other Building Water Sources

Decorative water fountains have been widely used the inside/or outside of large buildings, squares, amusement parks, shopping malls and other architectural settings. Concerns have been raised recently about potential negative impact associated with the transmission of waterbourne infection. As well, the green building movement, particulary LEEDS criteria proposed by US green Building Council demands the efficient use of water on all sites and reuse of non]potable water sources.

Evaluation of the Effect of Air Sparging on the Performance of Industrial Copper Electrowinning

As part of a program to improve the profitability of operations at Quebrada Blanca, Chile, Teck is testing an air sparging system in their industrial copper electrowinning cells. This represents a unique opportunity to measure the effects of gas sparging on product quality and metal production cost, and to generate a predictive model to help optimize the operation of electrowinning cells employing gas sparging.

Intelligent Low-cost Cell Planning

In this project, in collaboration with the Linxoft team, the intern will focus on new and complex location-based intelligence search engines using advanced optimization algorithm and new software toolkit to query data in both spatial and non-spatial relational databases, perform radius-based search calculations, and plot the results onto a mapping interface such as Google Maps, Virtual Earth, or MapInfo.

City of Hamilton Public Policy for Elimination of Diaper Disposal in a Landfill

The City of Hamilton and McMaster University School of Engineering and Public Policy are developing a proposal for public policies that will divert disposal diapers from landfill. The project will recommend the most effective and efficient public policies to address the diaper waster diversion initiatives of the city to meet their waste reduction goal. The waste management goal of the City of Hamilton is to divert 65% of the waste from landfill to other uses by the end of 2011. In 2007 they achieved the diversion rate of 40$.

Applications of Behavioral Synthesis for Chip Design

In this project, we attempt to investigate the feasibility of using behavioral synthesis technology for large scale chip project. The project will be completed in Metabacus Inc, an Ontario startup company that develops and markets behavioral synthesis technology, which automatically converts software into chip designs. Although promising, one obstacle for the wide deployment of behavioral synthesis as the next generation chip design methodology is demonstrating the success of the technology on large-scale chip project.

Vehicle Communications and Applications Knowledge and Technology Transfer

This project is in partnership with AUTO21. This proposal is to help perform knowledge and technology transfer activities to implement the proposed techniques for vehicular communications on real systems and demonstrate their capabilities to our industrial partner. The techniques regard first a scalable solution for authentication and authorization of communicating entities in vehicular networks to secure exchanges of information while preserving the privacy of parties; and second an interference management medium access control for safety message transmission in vehicular networks.

Technologies for the Elimination of Used Diapers

The City of Hamilton and McMaster University School of Engineering Practice are developing a proposal for environmentally friendly technologies that will eliminate the need to send the soiled diapers to a landfill. The project will recommend the most effective technologies and estimate the costs of building such a facility. The City has set a goal of diverting 65% of the waste from a landfill to other uses. The residential diversion rate has increased from 20% in 2002 to 40% in 2006.