Design and secure implementation of a new white-box transform based on permutation polynomials

Irdeto has a need to create software that is protected in the white-box attack context, which means that attackers have direct access to the software, can execute it, modify it, and stop it to read the data being processed by the software. If attackers are able to modify software in ways that are useful to them, they can cause a wide range of problems including stealing data, gaining unauthorized access to systems, and stealing cryptographic keys.

Advancing Retail Analytics

The proposed research will develop enhanced clustering and segmentation algorithms of high dimensional data. Cozumo Technologies, a world leader in the real-time capture and transmission of point-of-sale customer data, will use the research to improve their existing models of customer segmentation and offer generation. It is clear that real-time handling of big data represents a very large business opportunity that is being actively pursued by
many countries around the world. Leadership in Canada in this sector will have obvious economic benefits to the country.

Statistical Analysis of Prostate Brachytherapy Treatment Data

This project is a continuation of a previous internship that made use of longitudinal data on patients with prostate cancer obtained over a period of fifteen to seventeen years to initiate a long-term comparison of external-beam radiation therapy and brachytherapy treatments. The key objective is to demonstrate that Brachytherapy treatments offer the best outcomes at the lowest cost in comparison to other treatment modalities. Much work has been completed; however a great deal more still remains.

A statistical analysis of customer satisfaction prediction and call volume forecasting

Large businesses can incur enormous costs in servicing customers through call centres. Depending on the size of a company, the volumes of calls can be in thousands of calls per hour. Intern Thomas Bennett will work with Adroit Vista and his academic supervisors to develop a statistical methodology to optimally extract information from call center operational data sources to understand the customer experience and forecast call volume.

Investigating QUBO-Compatible Algorithms for Trading and Scheduling Optimization Problems

This project attempts to develop new solution to two problem types that are known to be intractable optimization problems. These include a scheduling problem, the PSP (Project Scheduling Problem), and a problem found in trading (leg-pricing). These problems are investigated to evaluate the applicability of recently developed quantum annealing processors, which specialize in optimization problems, to the examples specific characteristics. These examples are used to explore the suitability of quantum annealing hardware to related problems in scheduling and trading.

Collaborative Research on A spectral method for Cahn-Hilliard Equation

Cahn-Hilliard, appears in mathematical physics, describes the motion of two phase separating from each other. It has a wide range of applications in diverse fields such as material sciences, nanotechnology and semiconductor fabrication. There is a considerable research interest in studying the solution of the equation; however, the exact solution is hard to find. Therefore, it is desirable to develop accurate and efficient numerical algorithms to solve the problem. Spectral method has been proved having very good approximation and fast computation speed.

Health economics and modeling collaboration between sanofi Pasteur and York: pertussis study

Pertussis, caused by the strict human pathogen B. pertussis or Bordetella parapertussis, is a highly contagious, potentially life-threatening respiratory tract illness when it occurs in unprotected infants. Despite the introduction of acellular pertussis (aP) vaccines and great initial success of the immunization program, pertussis outbreaks were reported in adolescents and adults in Canada since 1993. This trend was demonstrated as shift in pertussis epidemiology from infants and young children.

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.

Long term modelling of power prices

Power prices are a significant contributor to the overall risk of almost any large-scale industry. In particular, energy companies such as TransAlta who are active participants in many regional power markets have a strong interest in understanding the long-term risks they are exposed to. This project seeks to develop a model that will help TransAlta to understand some of the uncertainty in medium  to long-term power prices in California, the Pacific northwest, and Alberta.

The Hitchin—Kobayashi Correspondence

The goal of this project is to study the Hitchin--Kobayashi correspondence which relates solutions of certain differential equations to certain geometric objects with algebraic structure. The differential equations of interest are related to those studied in particle physics. By viewing them from an algebraic perspective, we can often find properties of the space of solutions which would otherwise have been difficult to see.