Optimal mechanical design of the UV-radiation tower for Phoenix robot at the AIS – An extendable UV-radiation module for disinfecting plants

One of the practical methods for treating powdery mildew is to use a UV lighting system carried by an autonomous robot. The height of the plants can be different from one greenhouse to another or even within the same greenhouse. Hence, having a varying-height UV lighting system would be essential. . To enhance the robot's efficiency in treating plants in narrow regions found in greenhouses, we propose to design a motorized and extendable UV lighting module. A control system would adjust the height of the UV lighting module to expose the upper parts of plants accordingly.

Development of the SR.ai Sustainability Research and Investing Platform

The field of responsible investing is rapidly expanding, with even greater attention on the importance of responsible investment with each passing year, as seen most recently in the aftermath of the impactful 2021 COP26 summit, where responsible investment was key focal point. Directing our financial resources in a sustainable direction has the potential to have a massive impact on helping us meet the Sustainable Development Goals set forth by the UN.

Engineered clay as a novel phosphorus (P) sorbent

Fort Nelson & its surrounding area have been devastated economically by recent changes to their Gas Industry leaving more than 1000 well sites abandoned and not restored. Currently, the area is looking to explore other natural resources in an attempt to save their livelihoods. A previous MITACs partnership with Mindbody Networks Inc. (2018-2020) revealed several clay deposits distributed throughout the Northern Rockies Regional Municipality (NRRM), are very efficient adsorbents for potential environmental application, which are believed to hold answers to the economic future of the region.

Re-conceptualizing youth concussion recovery: A virtual multimedia storytelling project

Youth concussion rates are rising across Canada. In response, efforts are being made to enable the recovery of injured youth. However, little is known about what recovery ‘is’ (how youth understand their own recovery, what constitutes a ‘good’ recovery). This omission represents a major gap in knowledge of youth concussion. This research project will partner with youth who have experienced concussion as ‘storytellers’, to (1) investigate, challenge, and transform conventional ways of thinking about youth concussion, and (2) refine a virtual method for research with this group.

An immersive VR-BCI-robotic interface for visuomotor rehabilitation augmentation.

Neurological conditions such as stroke are a major cause of disability in Canada, estimated to affect 1.5 million Canadians. Canadians living with neurological conditions face many ongoing challenges with reduced functioning and activity limitations. According to the World Health Organization, one in six people worldwide have a stroke. Two out of three survive, but up to 85% suffer from paralysis and only 5% fully restore.

Quantifying Effect of Behavioral Biases on Investing

The intern will research quantitative techniques to identify biases that influence traders’ performance. By developing software tools that utilize statistical as well as machine learning methods in order to identify these biases and integrate into a product it will enable traders and financial managers to get feedback on how they can avoid these biases and improve their performance in the future.

The effect of indoor light spectrum and intensity on viability and infectivity of indoor pathogens on different surface materials

Indoor environments have became a predominant habitat for modern individuals. Physical spaces can have meaningful effects on how we feel, how we interact with others, and how we perceive our experiences. Comfort in physical spaces encompasses different facets including thermal comfort, visual comfort, noise nuisance, as well as indoor air quality. Combination of these make a built environment a healthy environment for its occupant.

Wearable Storage & UV Disinfection Device

Health care workers operate in diverse spaces and rely on a variety of handheld tools to perform their day-to-day duties when attending to patients. Efficient, wearable storage and disinfection of these tools is essential in ensuring safe and effective job performance. UV lighting has been safely and effectively used in hospital environments to disinfect operating rooms prior to surgery. Personal UV disinfection devices are currently commercially available for the general public.

Evaluation of lignin-based amendments for hydrocarbon remediation applications

Leaky fuel tanks and spills from fuel storage and retail locations have resulted in over 30,000 hydrocarbon contaminated brownfield sites across Canada. The objective of this project is to develop an injectable solution that will encourage local bacteria in the subsurface to degrade oil, diesel, and gasoline hydrocarbons on brownfield sites. Lignin, a by-product from the pulp and paper industry, will be modified to form a material that can both adsorb fuel hydrocarbons and attract hydrocarbon-degrading bacteria.

Design, development, and manufacturing of an ultra-efficient heat pump for cold climates

It is well known that space heating is the largest component of energy consumed by Canada’s building sector. Additionally, 64% of the energy used for space heating is from non-renewable sources. For Canada’s remote and rigid communities, which are our immediate target market, this percentage is even higher, greater than 75%. Heat energy naturally flows from higher to lower temperatures. However, heat pump-based technologies can transfer heat energy from lower to higher temperatures with the aid of an external energy source.

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