We are in the process of creating and growing a team of researchers expert in the field of machine learning and data-mining. Ultimately, our aim is to create solutions to eliminate the need to manually define personalization strategies. We are in the process of signing partnership agreements with retailers capable of collecting large-scale datasets of customer behaviour. Through a data-sharing/consulting partnership we plan to perform research on the design of recommender systems customized for the data-sets available to brick and mortar retailers.
Heart failure is among the causes of death in developed countries. Scientific and medical research has made improvements in treating this condition. Mathematical modelling and computer simulation would help in developing the necessary technologies to detect and treat heart blockages and also give a better understanding and protocols for ablation, the clinical procedure used to treat this condition.
Hypersensitivity to sensory stimuli causes overstimulation, inducing overwhelming emotional distress in individuals with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Reveal is a wearable device designed by Awake Labs that monitors anxiety levels in ASD children and interfaces with parents and caregivers. It predicts behavioural meltdowns by tracking and classifying key physiological markers of anxiety using machine learning technology. However, the features between which this model is trained to differentiate were developed ad hoc, and built from data that was collected from adults without ASD.
Planetary boundaries can be understood as limits for the Earth’s tolerance towards environmental impacts in the form of, for example, greenhouse gas emissions, water use and the release of nitrogen and phosphorous. This project aims at making planetary boundaries useful to the environmental management within companies. This will happen by developing a method that quantifies environmental impacts of a company in the language of planetary boundaries.
The continuum of HIV care is highly complex. It includes prevention, testing, patient care, treatment, and support services. This project will help Providence Health Care utilise its limited resources to provide the best treatment and care for people living with HIV in Vancouver. Care for HIV patients includes antiretroviral therapy, treatment of co-morbidities, monitoring clinical markers of disease progression (CD4 count and viral load), and support services to ensure treatment adherence and retention in care.
User intention prediction of event data, collected during the business process, has become an important topic in Web Analysis and Business Intelligence. Commercial organizations have realized its importance for providing cost-effective opportunities to improve their decision-making in digital marketing strategies. We aim to develop and implement a statistical prediction model to make the prediction of user intention, using the retroactive video tracking data, while the anonymous customer navigates on the website.
Solar cells which convert solar energy directly into electricity are among one of the most viable solutions to the worlds foreseeable energy crisis and global environmental issues. One key strategy to improve the efficiency of solar cells is to enhance the overlap between their absorption spectra and the solar spectrum. When two or more subcells with distinct and complementary absorption spectra are stacked, the tandem solar cells are created and a broader range of the solar spectrum can be absorbed and more solar energy can be harvested.
Monte Carlo simulation methods are commonly used as a risk management tool to estimate the risk exposure of financial asset portfolios. However, the traditional brute-force Monte Carlo (BFMC) method is often very timeconsuming, which makes it difficult to serve the risk management needs of modern insurance industry. An alternative approach, the least-squares Monte Carlo (LSMC) method, could substantially reduce the computation cost by fitting a proxy function of liabilities using simple nonlinear regression methods.
In recent years, improvements in technology provide the opportunity for investors to use computer algorithms to produce low-cost guidance on possible portfolio investment mixes and strategies. This project is directed at the research and development of one such Robo- Advisor algorithm based on forward-looking scenario optimization, in order to determine the efficacy of the strategy. Here optimal portfolios are selected based on investors views on future scenarios, goals and risk tolerance.
Natural disasters that are associated to the atmosphere (known as atmospheric perils) such as hurricanes, tornadoes and hail, flooding, drought, and wildfire, caused over $100 billion in damage throughout the world in 2015. Insurance companies often cannot afford to be responsible when such catastrophes occur, and so they purchase insurance to protect themselves (called reinsurance) from these large risks.