D-Cubed: Driver Drowsiness Detection

The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has indicated that driving while drowsy is the cause of 22 to 24 percent of car crashes, and results in a four- to six-times higher crash/crash risk compared to driving while alert.

The travel behaviour of recent immigrants in the Greater Toronto Area

The proposed research will explore how diverse recent immigrant populations in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) use the transportation system to meet their daily-life needs.  The objectives are to explore how these groups make use of surrounding urban environments, provide a description of the processes used to secure transportation and the barriers faced, and examine the differences in experience across various urban and suburban jurisdictions.  Certain findings will have implications for low-income households in gernal, and for other groups with limited driving ability.  The proposed projec

Managing Collections of Models in Software Development

The proposal research concerns the creation of innovative tools to improve the quality and effectiveness of modeling in software development.  Specifically, the research will focus on three areas: how to express the relationships between models to make sure that models are properly synchronized with each other; how to express different variations within the model so that the same model can be used to produce software for different situations and how to express the intent (purpose) of a model so that it can be more easily understood and checked to make sure that it correctly satisfies its pu

Life cycle assessment (LCA) of Ontario Vehicle End-of-Life (VEOL) Processes

Life cycle assessment (leA) methods will be use to study end-of-life vehicle (ElV) dismantling and shredding processes, dismantling in particular, to identify and quantify the flows of EL Vs through these processes, as well as the El V parts and materials recovered for reuse, remanufacture and recycling. Understanding the eco-efficiencies associated with these activities, will:

1) allow the Ontario auto recycling industry to benchmark the environmental contributions Ontario dismantlers make in the overall vehicle end-of-life (VEOl) recycling process;


Since the advent of Subway operations, the task of inspecting and repairing track, signals, and related wayside infrastructure has been essential to safely move millions of people every day.  It has also been one of the most hazardous jobs in the railway industry.  Accordingly, Bombardier is considering Roadway Worker Protection to be a priority.  The new technology, called TrackSafe, is a turnkey solution developed by Bombardier in partnership with the McMaster RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) Applications Lab to create improved location awareness to track workers and train operators

Intelligent Electric Vehicle Charging System Project

The goal of this project is to explore new technology directions in the design and development of Electrical Vehical (EV) charging stations. Each of the interns will study the feasibility and/or viability of new technologies as to their benefits for consumers, owners of fleets, and electrical power utilities. The first intern will review the existing and emerging technologies for electrical storage and connection technologies.

Optimization of Road Alignment Design

In the road construction process, a civil engineer commonly uses software to outline the horizontal and vertical road alignment on a topographical map. The software then calculates the amount of earth that needs to be excavated, or filled, at certain points of the alignment as well as pavement costs, land costs and other expenses. Softree, the partner company, provides such software. There is currently no commercial software that offers the user an automated optimization of the alignment based on the total cost.

Economic Assessment of Marine Infrastructure in Western Newfoundland ¨C A Community-Based Approach

The Association of Canadian Port Authorities has determined that marine-related infrastructure is essential for Canada, and in particular, Newfoundland and Labrador, to sustain a competitive advantage in the global economy. International trade is expected to triple by 2020, much of it transported by ship. There is a growing need for ports to have correct equipment, technology, and trained personnel to provide a seamless transportation chain, and eliminate congestion and resulting cost increases along the supply chain (Industry Information, 2007).

Evaluation of an Educational Intervention for Employees Exposed to Workplace Trauma

Experiencing a traumatic event at work has detrimental effects on the individual and the organization he/she works for. In some cases, exposure to a traumatic event leads to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD); a debilitating anxiety disorder. In this study, 2 groups of Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) employees will be compared: those receiving the usual care (TAU group) and a group receiving an educational intervention (BPI group). The primary outcome is the proportion of participants seeking treatment.

Where the highway ends: a study of accessibility in the Pearl River Delta region, China

The project focuses on the relationship between economic development and transportation accessibility in extended metropolitan regions. A GIS-based analysis will examine this relationship for the Pearl River Delta (PRD), which is a large and expanding urban region in southern China. The intern will develop technique to measure how the location and geometry of highway systems affect urban and industrial growth and how accessibility to transportation systems informs the proximity and time/ distance measure of industrial firms.