Language Technologies for Health Informatics (New)

We seek to develop an Integrated and Distributed Software Platform for Text Mining, Semantic Web, Machine Learning. Students are invited to carry out applied research in optimizing existing Natural Language Processing (NLP) platforms such as Unstructured Information Management Architecture (UIMA) and other tools to be integrated for real-time big data processing. We apply this technology to High-Frequency, Real-Time Complex Event Processing (CEP), including in Finance, Healthcare, and Cybersecurity. The applications are not industrial grade but will serve as demo to recruit external partners.

Institutional Investor Preferences and Performance in Different Interest Rate Environments

Pension funds and insurance companies generally have prior commitments with fixed terms. As a result, these institutional investors might need to alter their investment strategies drastically with low interest rates, which will in turn affect the performances of their portfolios. In this research project, we plan to study the effect of interest rates on the strategies and performances of pension funds and insurance companies. We will achieve this using state-of-the-art econometric methodologies such as regression models with time varying coefficients and TOBIT models.

Investigating the Implementation of Machine Learning Algorithms on Adiabatic Quantum Solvers

Machine learning is an active field of research and development to provide tools and technologies for finding significant patterns in data. Behind every face detection and face recognition software in digital cameras or social network websites a constantly under-development machine learning algorithm is working. Nowadays in any practical applications of machine learning we have to analyze huge amounts of data. Using classical approaches to train machine learning algorithms for some classes of algorithms is either very slow, requiring a lot of computing resources, or inefficient.

Risk Analysis and Efficiency Measurement of Protocols for Missing Children in Saskatchewan

We aim to use Saskatchewan’s data and current protocols to explore and identify the risk factors for the challenge of investigating cases of missing children. We will be using a variety of analytical methods in order to come up with a set of valuable recommendations for improving the process of investigating the cases of missing children.

Un nouveau rôle pour la finance dans les secteurs réglementés

Le projet consiste à adapter un outil informatique de modélisation financière servant à l’aide à la prise de décision créé par Solutions Modex afin qu’il puisse connaître un nouveau rôle; soit de servir d’outil de transparence pour l’aide à la négociation des entreprises réglementés lors de la soumission d’un projet d’investissement à leur régulateur. Il s’agira d’évaluer s’il existe un impact significatif de la réglementation, soit de la décision finale du régulateur sur les projets.

Forex data gathering and analysis acceleration

A prototype Forex currency trading system has demonstrated a proof of concept on a static data set. The current project proposes to implement the trading system for real-time applications.

Improving estimates of complex option-based employee compensation

Stock-based compensation allows employers and employees to share in the risks and rewards of their company’s success. In addition to intangible benefits such as team building and goal sharing, there can also be large financial rewards for employees and similar costs to employers. These costs must be reported in the company’s financial documents such as quarterly and annual reports. Current (and future) vesting rules for stock options are making them difficult to price, and this makes financial reporting difficult.

Financial analysis and evaluation model for willow plantations at Grappe agroénergétique des Coteaux

The project has to do with the financial evaluation of using different types of trees as biomass for energetic consideration. This initiative is designed to develop a model to analyze and evaluate the economic benefits of the intensive cultivation of willow trees and compare them with results obtained with traditional forestry practices. The project also aims to determine optimal production conditions for poplar plantations and the cultivation of other woody plants, including triticale and switch grass.

Reaching for a Better Understanding of the Portfolio Optimization Process

Fund managers must select a portfolio of assets from a group of securities so as to balance the conflicting goals of maximizing portfolio return and minimizing portfolio risk. There are many elegant approaches to this problem. All suffer from the same flaw – they all require estimates of the expected future risk and return of the constituent securities as well as of the correlations between the returns of pairs of these securities.

Risk Rating Enhancement for Vancity

Vancouver City Savings Credit Union (Vancity) and its subsidiary, Citizens Bank of Canada, is looking to improve its current commercial mortgage risk rating systems to better predict the default possibility of commercial mortgage loan customers. In this project, the intern will begin with familiarizing herself with the principles, processes and operation of the existing rating model and applications as well as understating the risk profile and loan performance data.