Usability analysis and guideline development for user interface design in a public health information system

The design of usable public health information systems is critical in areas such as healthcare. In this project an analysis of the usability of a pan-Canadian public health information system will be conducted. The approach will involve application of usability engineering methods to identify issues and areas where the system’s user interface could be modified and optimized. This work will lead to the development of a set of guidelines and recommendations for the development of a next generation user interface for Panorama.

Exploring the digital divide: The use of digital tools in Ontario public schools

Governments around the world are investing to bridge the “digital divide,” which refers to the gap among populations in terms of ability to access digital tools and the Internet. This effort is especially evident in public schools, because education has been identified as one contributing factor of the divide. Thus, it is of great public interest to investigate whether schools are providing enough opportunities for youth to engage with ICT as an effort to bridge the digital divide. This proposed research seeks to develop a deeper understanding of ICT use in Ontario’s public schools.

Understanding of intra-annual wood formation and phenological development of black spruce and balsam fir over the spatial gradient in the boreal forest of Quebec

Climate warming may have resulted in altered initiation and termination dates of the primary growth (e.g. phenological development) and the secondary growth (e.g. stem xylem growth) of trees in the boreal forest, consequently impacting wood quality, forest growth and productivity, and carbon sequestration.

Designing for Urban Agriculture in a smart community

This project will develop appropriate strategies for a “Smart Community” of the future with respect to the integration of food growing and processing spaces into the community. This may range from rooftop greenhouses, residential growing sunspaces, community gardens, food producing building components, etc. As well this proposal will investigate how food production will interact with other essential systems and infrastructure in such a community.

The Limits of Solidarity

The Limits of Solidarity is an original transmedia research/creation project for new screens, creatively and critically investigating various practices and projects of global solidarity that engage with issues of gender and sexuality.

Analyzing and benchmarking a large-scale laboratory utilization data through network analysis and visualization techniques

Dr. Calvino Cheng Incorporated aims at developing higher health care quality and efficiency through the increased use of automation and better data visualization. Within Capital District Health Authority (CDHA), 3/5 of laboratory ordering originates in the outpatient setting. This is at approximately a cost of $3.3 million per month (CDHA quality assurance data). Unfortunately it is currently not possible to interpret any laboratory ordering data without insights into size, type, network, and practice patterns of both family practices and walk-in clinics.

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