Lab-based Accelerated Vibration Testing for Articles in the Baggage Bay Area of the Motor Coach in the Vertical Direction

Motor Coach Industries Ltd. (MCI), a manufacturer of intercity coaches serving charter and tour operations, requires extensive field tests to validate the durability performance of coaches and components. To reduce the time and expense of these field tests, the intern will conduct mathematical analysis of the recorded acceleration signals in the baggage bay area of a motor coach. Using extensive acceleration data collected by MCI engineers, the intern will identify the predominant vibration modes and study the relationship among these modes.

Design of Linear-Phase Mirror-Image Symmetric Filter Banks for Image Compression Coding

The discrete cosine transform (DCT) has widely been used in image and video compression coding. However, the conventional DCT causes severe block artifacts in the compressed image in low-bit-rate coding applications. The block effect is perceived as visible discontinuities cross the block boundaries. Many researchers have proposed other techniques, such as the filter bank approach, to remove or suppress this undesirable feature.

Design and Implementation of IEEE 802.16j MMR Networks

Sparkmatrix, a provider of online tools for property managers, has positioned one of its next-generation service provisioning commodities at IEEE 802.16 networks (or Wimax). The company successfully delivered IEEE 802.11 and IEEE 802.16 services to their customers. To improve the service quality and coverage, they considered deploying relays in order to erase any possible black notes and service deficiencies in buildings and offices.

Computational Models for the Analysis of Aircraft Structures

Viking Aerospace Ltd., a company providing engineering support services for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), is currently seeking approval of a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for the DHC-3 Turboprop conversion kit. This conversion kit has provisions for a nose fuel tank. A separate STC is desired for the addition of this tank. In order to gain approval for the fuel tank STC, compliance must be shown to FAR 23 regulations.

Assymetric Lossless Compression via Algorithmic Self-organizing Structures

This internship project with Deep Compression Inc. aims to produce a prototype demonstrating a new technique for asymmetric lossless data compression. Unlike conventional compression techniques, this prototype will allow representational information to be recovered using an algorithmic recovery procedure, algorithmic self-organizing structure (ASOS).

Usability of a Vessel Compressibility Characterization Systems Using Ultrasound Imaging

A system for the detection of deep vein thrombosis (DVT), a disease where blood clots form in the legs, has been developed by the student and his supervisors at UBC. The current project is aimed at determining an approach using pre-screening criteria to evaluate the system in a clinical setting without having to examine hundreds of patients to obtain reliable results, as a consequence of the low incidence of the disease.

OpenVL Implementation on Multiprocessor Platform

The project involves creating a vision based system to perform multi-camera 3D tracking of persons in an indoor environment. The implementation of this system will be using Open Vision Library (a standard library for image processing that is designed with hardware acceleration in mind) and it will be running on one or multiple processor hardware platform developed by LightHaus. LightHaus Logic is a Vancouver-based company that develops compact high-performance systems for advanced video analytics and embedded computer applications.

Development of a Temperature-dependant Elastoplastic Constitutive Model for Metals and Alloys

The test characterization of the stress-strain relationship and the fatigue/failure behaviour under combined mechanical-thermal cyclic loadings for pressure vessels in the petrochemical industry is quite expensive and time consuming. An alternative approach is the finite element numerical analysis which requires an accurate and reliable mathematical constitutive model for the metallic materials. In this project, a temperature-dependent elastoplastic material model will be developed.

Development of Production Planning Models

The Scotsburn Dairy Group produces over 300 ice cream products for many customers in a highly variable, seasonable market. Currently, no software packages exist in the market to help small to medium-sized dairies manage their production planning and scheduling. By working with Scotsburn, a production scheduling tool will be created which is tailored to the complex needs of a dairy production facility. This tool will help Scotsburn to plan their production efficiently and effective to make the most of the capacity and remain competitive.

Cryptographic Security Solution for Laptops

In their various versions (XP, 2003, Vista, Longhorn), Windows operating systems offer different cryptographic security technologies for data such as Encrypted File System and BitLocker. The capabilities of these tools depend on the presence of hardware modules for example, the Trusted Platform Module. The aim of this project is to complete a comprehensive study of the usage made of these technologies so that step-by-step tutorials can be prepared to guide users of these technological tools as per requirements.