Development of a radio correlator backend for astrophysics using the t0.CRS

Canada is a world leader in radio astronomy, in part due to its expertise in designing and building the digital signal processing systems that correlate signals between many antennas. Members of the team have played a key role in developing technology that correlates the signals between telescopes consisting of hundreds or thousands of radio antennas. This project will support the development of a high bandwidth backplane that will allow circuit boards to be integrated together into a next-generation radio telescope correlator.

To develop an AI model for predicting future lung cancer in low-dose screening CT

Screening with low-dose CT has been shown to significantly reduce lung cancer related mortality in high-risk ever-smokers. Interval cancer (IC) is a rising challenge in lung cancer screening because it usually presents in an advanced stage (stage III/IV non-small cell cancer) or is more biologically aggressive (i.e., small cell histology) and have a poorer prognosis than prevalent cancers. The dilemma is how to catch IC early because the regularly scheduled follow-up CT is often too late.

Conserved epitope locations and entry mechanisms in SARS-CoV-2 Spike protein and their applications to viral evolution and novel vaccine design

As the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect people throughout the world, the inherent possibility of SARS- CoV-2 to mutate and evolve into further novel variants and strains of which considerable dangers and public health risks apply remains prevalent. As the world has already witnessed, these new variants carry the potential to be both more infectious and better biologically equipped to evade our current antibody and vaccine therapies.

Understanding and characterizing flux noise in D-Wave's superconducting circuit stack

While quantum computers in theory can solve problems exponentially faster than conventional computers, in practise they are quite challenging to build. One of the main problems facing the technology used by D-Wave, IBM, and google is the presence of flux noise. The current project aims to understand the origin of flux noise in D-Wave's superconductor-based quantum hardware. We will measure noise using two different kinds of experiments and we will apply our recently developed theory to model our results in terms of interacting magnetic impurities on top of the wires.

Ryan Underwood Mitacs Elevate with General Fusion: Investigation of Novel Photon Detection Devices for Fusion Diagnostic Applications

General Fusion is pursuing a fast, efficient, and collaborative path to practical fusion power. Its vision is a world with clean, limitless energy, and General Fusion’s mission is to deliver it using its proprietary Magnetized Target Fusion technology. General Fusion is building a Fusion Demonstration Plant to prove this technology and will require numerous state-of-the-art fusion fuel measurement tools. TRIUMF has research experience in relevant electronics and measurement tools.

Life Cycle Analysis of Electricity Generation and Battery Technologies for use in Ontario

As Ontario’s electricity grid continues to evolve, all technologies must be evaluated on a life cycle basis. This will ensure that potential environmental impacts and economic costs are understood in advance of installation, and will permit fair and comprehensive comparisons amongst alternatives.
This project seeks to investigate the life cycle environmental and cost performance of utility-scale photovoltaic (PV), wind, small modular reactor (SMR), and battery technologies for use in Ontario.

The Implicit Language of Our Bodies: Developing Immersive Technologies to Transfer Embodied Experiences

While much of how we interact with the world is grounded in the body, embodied forms of knowledge have received little attention in research and practice. The inherent difficulty in communicating embodied experiences, and the paucity of tools to do so, poses a significant barrier to sharing it—a problem which is only exacerbated by our increasingly digital and disembodied world. Here, we will develop immersive technologies to directly transfer embodied experiences.

Evaluate the Long-term effectiveness of a Family-based Childhood Obesity Management Program

Generation Health (GH) is a family-based intervention targeting families of children who are off the healthy weight trajectory. The GH is a 10-week program offered across BC where children and their families meet once a week online. Parents will be provided with healthy lifestyle content and will engage in discussions on how to engage in health behaviours, and children will participate in physical activities aiming to enhance their motor skills. Families will also have access to a web portal with content and suggestions of activities to be completed.

RFSoC readout development for massively scalable kinetic inductance detectors

This project covers the development and validation of electronics designed to operate large arrays of superconducting sensors used for experimental astrophysics experiments. These sensors have strict requirements for signal processing and noise, making them challenging to operate at scale. However, the next generation of astrophysics instruments will require tens-to-hundreds of thousands of such sensors. The research to be carried out in this proposal includes the prototyping and validation of hardware and signal processing algorithms intended to meet these challenges.

Evaluating the efficacy of a 91-day self-talk mental health self-care journal

Self-talk describes our inner monologue, or “inner voice”, that we are often conscious of. This self-talk can be important and helpful, such as when it is encouraging us, calming our fears, or giving us confidence. However, often this self-talk is negative, and can make us feel sad, upset, or worthless. There has been a recent surge in the popularity of health-promotive self-care products, or products aimed at providing individuals with “the knowledge, skills, and attitudes required to achieve and maintain good health”.