Safety App Plugin for Women who Experience Dating-App Facilitated Sexualized Violence

While online dating has been available for many years, the increase in modern technology has spurred a growth in the
amount of online dating apps and dating app users. There is reason to believe that as dating moves online, so does
sexualized violence against women. This project will examine how various online dating apps are facilitating experiences
of sexualized violence against women and how their safety can be improved through plugin technology.

Assessing the Market for the Finfish Vaccine

The aquaculture industry is growing rapidly worldwide and provides job opportunities as well as food for humans. However, diseases that are bacterial or viral, having a devastating effect on this sector. Every year huge economic losses are occurring due to bacterial diseases. Though there are several commercial vaccines available on the market, their efficacy is still questionable.

Development of Smart Structural Control System for High-Rise Buildings Along the Coastline to cope with Extreme Loads

Civil infrastructures, particularly high-rise buildings, Along the Coastline are susceptible to damage when subjected to extreme loads like earthquakes, hurricanes, and tsunamis. These loads are associated with the tragic loss of life and high structural repair costs. Current research trends focus on developing design techniques to mitigate the adverse effects earthquakes have on structures. However, a major challenge with the current research trend is related to the high level of uncertainty in the actual response of structures during earthquakes (desired versus predicted response).

Spatiotemporal influence of sea cage aquaculture on wild fish dietary habits and biological characteristics

Research will involve capturing of commercially valuable wild fish species aggregated around sea cage aquaculture sites in different parts of Newfoundland, including one previously sampled. These specimens will then have samples taken that will be evaluated for an ‘aquaculture signature’ that would indicate direct or indirect consumption of sea cage feed and waste that becomes available to the local environment.

Development of an effective process with aid of micro-organisms and fungus for reduction of environmentally destructive effect of spill oil toward ocean ecosystem protection.

The risk of an oil spill in the marine environment always exists during offshore oil production and transportation. The oil spill can affect the marine ecosystem, including seabirds, aquatic organisms and even humans health, both directly and indirectly. The best solution to the oil spill incident is collecting the spilled oil, extracting that from the marine environment and potentially taking it back to the energy cycle. However, depending on the situation and severity of the oil spill incident, it can be partially possible or even impossible.

Design and optimization of low-frequency piezoelectric energy harvesters

Portable electronic applications are typically powered by batteries, which have limited lifespan and size constraints. Energy harvesting from the spatial environment is a promising solution to sustainable power supplies for low-power portable devices and sensor networks. Vibration-based energy harvesting has received much attention due to the recent advances in microfabrication of piezoceramic materials. These smart materials can convert mechanical parasitic vibrations to electric charge through the direct piezoelectric effect.

Sustainable functionalized magnetic particles for efficient treatment of marine oil pollution

Oily wastewater production and discharge from different sources such as industries and daily human activities are the main sources of marine oil pollution. More importantly, accidental oil spills occurred in oil extraction/production, refining, and transportation stages can cause detrimental impacts on the aquatic ecosystems and marine environments.

Artificial Intelligence to Support Autonomous Seabed Mapping Operations

Presently the Ocean Mapping Community is spending a lot of time manually cleaning the raw sonar survey files. If this cleaning process is done by an Artificial Intelligence system as clean as a human would do, this could be transforming the entire Ocean Mapping community. Therefore, we propose a novel solution of using an Artificial Intelligence Algorithm – Reinforcement Learning to clean the sonar survey files. The proposed algorithm was used by Google’s DeepMind to beat GO Grandmasters.

Sensor development for in-situ microplastics monitoring in water bodies

Plastics are all around us, and unfortunately, they either do not go through decomposition or take decades to decompose. Consequently, tiny plastic particles, called microplastics, are found in oceans, rivers, and even in drinking water. Living species in the oceans consume them, and these microplastics enter to our food chain and pose significant health concerns as they can be toxic to humans and animals. Currently, the detection of microplastics takes too much time and effort, and it requires laboratory equipment.

Further development of protein-based biosensors and assessment of their commercialization potential within the Canadian aquaculture industry

In the agri-food industry, monitoring the production and/or processing of raw materials can be important for ensuring the quality of the end-product. Measurement of specific compounds during processing can provide the feedback required to make informed adjustments resulting in a quality enhancement of the product. Biosensors are the devices that can provide detection and/or quantification of specific chemical compounds in a sample. For biosensors to be integrated into existing processing they need to provide accurate results in little time, be cheap, and simple to operate.

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