The Effects of Active Road Signs on Road Safety and Driving Behavior

This project seeks to evaluate the benefits of deploying active road signs on road safety and driving behavior. Different types of iluminated and traffic responsive traffic signs will be considered, under urban and rural setting. Two case studies will be analyzed for this purpose. The company expects to identify demonstrate that their products are beneficial to improve road safety. This represents an initial stage of the larger project. Eventually, the industrial partner seeks to develop a global framework for deployment of active traffic signs based on several factors (e.g.

Arterial travel time reliability and travel time prediction

The objectives of this study are: 1) examining the reliability and distribution of arterial travel time collected from probe data derived from two different modes, 2) examining the factors that have significant contribution to arterial travel time reliability, and 3) predicting the travel time for urban signalized arterials for a given scenario. The travel time reliability analysis will be developed for vehicular traffic and for the transit modes.

Calgary’s water main asset management using predictive models

All water utilities, engineering consulting firms, and provincial and federal departments in Canada responsible for design, operation, maintenance, rehabilitation, and development of a water distribution system would directly benefit from the outcomes of the proposed research. Efficient and effective asset management of water distribution infrastructure is a demand driven issue for any water utilities due to resources and budget constraints. The proposed research is targeting any water utilities under a good notion to improve asset management practices in Canada.

The use of geophysical imaging for improved monitoring and management of saltwater intrusion

Saltwater intrusion poses a high level of risk to fresh water resources in coastal communities throughout Canada and the world. Saltwater intrusion is driven by withdrawal of groundwater from aquifers, and by rising sea level. The goal of this work is to demonstrate the usefulness of geophysical methods (electrical resistivity tomography and distributed temperature sensing) for improved monitoring and management of saltwater intrusion at the basin scale. These methods, which are similar to those used in medical tomography, allow for mapping the distribution of saltwater intrusion.

Creative Funding Opportunities for Cultural Space Projects: Lessons for Toronto

This research project investigates public and private investment ideas and strategies for local culture and heritage projects, with an emphasis on lessons for Toronto, Canada. The study will identify emerging trends and developments in the areas of urban planning, heritage preservation, cultural investment and local governance. The research will be based on current thinking from academic literature, public policy, professional expertise, and first-hand accounts of those working in the philanthropic and charitable giving sectors.

Development of a Truly Intelligent Robotic Vacuum Cleaner for Household Applications

Robotic vacuum cleaners (RVCs) have been leading the industry as domestic helpers for several years now, with continuous improvements in functionality and performance. Nowadays, consumers are showing more and more interest in purchasing RVCs. The market size has grown up to 350 billion dollars per year. However to date, most RVCs on the market are intended only for household minor cleaning, and none of them can truly mimic human being in performing a regular deep cleaning.

Structural Health Monitoring of Rebecca Street Bridge

Cole Engineering Group Ltd. is conducting rehabilitation for the Rebecca Street Bridge (William Anderson Bridge) located in the Town of Oakville. The four-lane steel girder bridge with a composite concrete deck was constructed in 1961 over the Sixteen Mile Creek. The bridge also spans over Water Street, parking lots and a rowing club storage facility. Ryerson University, along with a graduate student proposes to engage in the Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) of the Rebecca Street Bridge using the MIRA 3D Shear Wave Tomographer.

Embedded Philosophy in Near-Living Architecture

The intern will investigate the architectural potential and philosophical merit of Near-Living Architecture, a design that allows environments to be aware and empathetic to their occupants. To do this, the intern will edit and contribute to the upcoming Near-Living Architecture Monograph, a written work describing the vision, execution and future applications of research conducted by PBAI. Furthermore, the intern will lead independent research on the topic of emergence, which reveals itself in this work, to create scholarly contributions to the field.

Developing a physically-based, geomorphic model to evaluate the probability of pipeline exposure at stream crossings

There are currently tens of thousands of locations throughout North America where pipelines cross stream channels. At these locations, instability of the stream bed and banks poses a serious risk to pipeline infrastructure, and has the potential to cause environmental harm.

Affective mechanisms for interactive environments

The proposed internship, developed between the University of Waterloo and Philip Beesley Architect Inc. (PBAI), will develop and validate prototypes for novel expressive interactive sculpture environments. The work incorporates human perceptual studies and machine learning techniques for generating models for perception and generation of affective expression within experimental architecture and installations, and systematically deriving the relationship between affect and structure.