A self-driving wheelchair is cruising the halls of University of Toronto this summer. The autonomous wheelchair, a joint project between U of T, Université de Sherbrooke, and Cyberworks Robotics, is being tested by 20-year-old Xinyi Li, an undergraduate student at Zhejiang University who’s in Canada for 12-weeks as a Mitacs Globalink intern.
Whether it’s in the shower, on the commute to work, or when helping little ones fall asleep, singing is an everyday activity in many people’s lives. But a research project based at the Université Laval hopes to demonstrate that singing can also benefit neurological health.
It’s like something out of science fiction: machines so powerful and intelligent that they can solve even the most complex questions of our time. It’s called quantum computing, and right now, Canadian research and industry are at the bleeding edge of it.
Twenty-one-year-old undergrad Wilmer Yan is making an educational journey around the world this summer. Wilmer, who calls Sydney, Australia, home, is in Canada as a Mitacs Globalink intern where he’s working with Professor Mike Smith at the University of Calgary.
For women who have experienced some form of gender-based violence, accessing help within the health system can be a much more fraught experience — and one student is determined to better understand the many determinants that guide victims’ decisions to seek — or avoid — care.
Twenty-two-year-old undergrad Luanna Siqueira is getting used to the quietness of Regina this summer — a city she describes as “small and cozy” compared to the hustle and bustle of her home city, João Pessoa, Brazil, with a population of more than 800,000.
The human body contains over 600 muscles that connect to the brain via a network of trillions of nerves. So imagine how difficult it must be to understand how these muscles and networks communicate with one another.
“By modelling real and simulated floods, the program helps researchers develop prevention and response plans,” Houssem explains. “We also gain insight into morphology, or how a body of water changes shape over time, and sediment transport, and how all these factors affect flooding and what we can do to prevent it."
“We have found that there is certain types of sounds that humans process faster than spoken word. For example, people tend to process the sound of a scream — in my study’s case, a screech from a violin — faster than they would process someone saying ‘I’m feeling scared,’” cites Karina.