Applied Research in Performance Enhancement for Quantum Annealing

D-Wave Systems develops and manufactures quantum annealing processors. These processors implement a model of quantum computation that seeks to solve hard problems by exploiting quantum effects such as tunneling and superposition. The aim of this project is to study and improve the performance of quantum annealing processors by mitigating inherent and implementation-dependent failure mechanisms for near-term quantum annealing devices.

Micro Action Impact Measurement Index for the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (aka Project MAI-MI)

In a historic United Nations (UN) summit, world leaders adopted 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a universal call to action to address the global challenges we face by the year 2030, including those related to poverty, inequity, environmental degradation, prosperity, and peace and justice. Together, the UN and their partners have underscored the importance of evidence-based and transparent long-term pathways, in which sound metrics and data are critical for turning the SDGs into practical tools for problem solving, tracking progress and accountability.

Augmented decision making capabilities for innovation management and continuous improvement by organizations

In this project, our goal is to set up a framework of data collection to support user profiling which could be used to identify influential users in decision-making. The profile will be built based on the information of individual users obtained by collecting user activities in rewarding challenges that encourage employees, customers and partners to participate. In order to derive the profile, natural language processing tools are applied to extract useful information.

GIS-based Wildfire Catastrophic Risk Economic Capital Modelling

Models used for Wildfire catastrophe insurance as of today are not considering substantial information, such as geographic information and environmental constraints. The objective of the project is to establish a theoretical framework and an empirical process to enhance Aviva Canada’s current Wildfire Economic Capital (EC) model, to be able to determine the amount of capital needed to be allocated to ensure the company remains solvent, in case of occurrence of risks.

Development and Application of Marine Mammal Density Estimation Methods for Directional and Omnidirectional Hydrophones

Estimates of the population density of marine mammals in an area and the change in population over space and time are critical inputs for managing the interactions of human activity and mammal populations. Visual surveys from boats, shore stations, and aircraft have served as the basis for most population estimates currently used by managers. However, these survey methods are generally only performed in good weather conditions and require many trained observers.

Advanced analytics and predictive statistics in continuous flow sports.

Hockey has long been shown to be among the least predictable of all professional sports. Recent developments in data collection methods have created the demand for more detailed and advanced predictive modelling techniques to extract value from and apply the data to real world problems. This project focuses on predicting important outcomes in hockey at both team and player levels. Game winners and scores will be predicted using Bayesian approaches tailored to accommodate evaluative statistics and relevant pre-game factors.

Learning Jungle AI Recommender System for Enhanced Education

Devhaus Corporation operates 20 early child education centers across 5 countries including Canada, USA, Singapore, Cambodia and Philippines. To further implement its principle of Observation to Education, Devhaus is partnering with York University research team to develop an Artificial Intelligence Recommender System to help teachers across the world select optimal lesson plans for each kid based on the learner's behaviors.

Optimization of Savings and Retirement for Canadians

There are numerous financial goals that most Canadians face. Retirement, funding post high school education, managing debt, purchasing appropriate amounts of insurance and saving for lump sum purchases. Each of these goals has various accounts and savings vehicles associated with them. The research projects we are proposing will help Canadians define their own financial situation, focus on their goals in the optimal order, and best utilize savings vehicles and government benefits to best meet their goals. Glencairn Financial Inc.

Improving energy system planning solutions by accounting for inherent uncertainties through robust optimization

More and more distributed energy resources (smart loads, self-generation, electric vehicles, etc.) are installed directly at the customers.  This causes fluctuations in the distribution network that can reverse the power flow or increase the cold pick-up effect.

An Artificial Intelligence algorithm for creating personalized learning journeys for students

With the fast growing information available on the web, students are often greeted with countless learning materials. As such, personalization is an essential strategy for facilitating relevant learning materials to satisfy students’ needs. The scope of this project is to design a recommendation system by using a deep learning process for personalized learning based on a quiz module. At the end of the project, we would be able to determine how students like to learn and to evolve the learning path based on strengths to enhance the learning experiences.

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