Model predictive controller and monitoring systems for Marine Autonomous Surface Ships (MASS)

For marine autonomous surface ships (MASS), a more acceptable operation is ‘constrained autonomous operation’ where the ship operates fully autonomously. Most of the existing systems have strictly defined operational constraints or limited available decision spaces; therefore, autonomous decisions are only allowed for some predefined scenarios. However, marine environment is dynamic; the environmental disturbances (wind, wave, current, ice), surrounding obstacles (ship, ice) can change quickly.

AI, IoT, and Cloud-Based Technologies to improve safety in the marine industry

With thousands of accidents annually, often resulting in hundreds of deaths and injuries, billions in economic losses, and devastating environmental pollution, the marine industry remains one of the most dangerous industries nationally and internationally. The work environment on ships is inherently risky and poses numerous challenges to the ship crew. Moreover, the nature of their work requires them to engage in different job tasks and responsibilities that are physically and mentally demanding in an environment full of risks.

Privacy and Security Preservation in Internet of Medical Things (IOMT) Devices

Medical devices, like other computer systems, can be vulnerable to security breaches, potentially impacting the safety and effectiveness of the devices. Left unmitigated, these vulnerabilities could allow unauthorized users to access, control, and issue commands to compromised devices, potentially leading to patient harm, identity theft, ransomware, and other illicit activities on patients’ accounts. However, security is constrained by the processing power, scheduling time, and energy resources available to those devices.

Marine Way

This internship will contribute to the market research and go-to-market strategy development of the Marine Way app, a citizen science mapping mobile application that will help combat the global ghost gear problem. The resultant outcome of the internship is expected to contribute to the establishment of a company and the future publication of the mobile app, which will fit well with the partner organization’s constant strive to encourage technological advancements in Canada.

Development of a tele-health rehabilitation system to provide automatic assessment of patients’ performance, improve patients’ adherence and enable remote rehabilitation-Phase I

Poor physical recovery, especially in remote rehabilitation, is the problem that will be addressed in this project.
This project is Phase I of development of Fun-exercise module. Fun-exercise system uses gamification to boost patients’ adherence to their prescribed home-exercises. To achieve this goal, Fun-exercise will use mentally stimulating and customizable games paired with a set of wearable sensors to provide feedback to ensure activities are being done correctly. In phase I, patient study and conceptual design of the Fun-exercise module will be undertaken.

Development of in vitro human cells preclinical testing to evaluate the toxicity of test drugs using diffusion NMR techniques

Preclinical testing is used as a method to guarantee the safety of new drug in humans. One of the parameters to measure during preclinical testing is the toxicity. The toxicity is an indicator of the amount of dose that can damage a living organism. The idea of this project is to measure the diffusion of the test drug at different dose concentrations to determine the aggregation limit. This method is cheaper and avoids the use of animal testing.

Development of a novel nutritional feed additive using guanidinoacetate and methionine for the poultry industry

Creatine has been used as a feed additive in the poultry industry to improve energy metabolism and growth performance. However, because of creatine's relative instability in foodstuffs, GAA has recently been explored as a potential alternative to creatine supplements. GAA is the immediate precursor for creatine production in the body. For this process, another amino acid: methionine, is essential. Therefore, to get the best outcome of GAA supplements, an adequate amount of methionine should be available.

An EDA tool for layout retargeting of analog integrated circuits in advanced technologies

With the advances in the technology and shrinkage of the device sizes, many new challenges have been introduce in the design process of electronic devices. Therefore, the designers are required to spend so much time and effort and go through several cycles of design and test to tackle these challenges. This is even more serious in analog IC designs, where even small deviations from device parameters may lead to huge performance loss. Electronic design automation (EDA) tools can provide great support to the designers by addressing the new technology challenges.

Development of natural antimicrobial topical product from traditional Philippine medicinal plants

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) occurs when antibiotic drugs and products stops working, making it difficult to treat infections and diseases which could lead to further health complications and death. Therefore, development of antibiotic products is needed to control the increasing cases of AMR. Medicinal plants are a great source of natural antibiotic compounds to make antibiotic drugs and products.

An Environmental Scan of Self-Management Interventions in Clinical Practice

One approach that is commonly used to treat chronic condition is self-management interventions. Self-management refers to the daily “tasks that individuals must undertake to live well with … chronic conditions” (Adams et al., 2004). To help people with chronic conditions develop the skills needed to manage their conditions, several self-management interventions have been created. Many of these interventions have been extensively researched; however, moving these research findings into the real-world is difficult since the real-world is much less controlled than the research world.

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