The effects of AI empathic music therapy on psychosocial and cognitive functions of older adults: a pilot and validation study

Music therapy is an evidence-based effective intervention to promote psychological, social and emotional health, and it is specifically favored by older adults. However, little is known on the efficacy of the AI-assisted empathic music therapy in which the music is continuously adapted to individuals’ mood. To fill this gap, the proposed project will assess the added benefits of the AI music therapy (AIT) compared to traditional music therapy (TMT) in older adults.

Disinfection efficacy of Far-UVC light in a healthcare facility

UV light is known for its antimicrobial properties. In this project, we expect to use a proprietary lamp which will provide a specific light that will target bacterial, fungal and viral strains commonly found in health care facilities. Results of the project will have a direct impact in the sterilization of areas with a high traffic of health care providers. The company mission is to design, test, and manufacture customizable UVX light. The project is also relevant to COVID-19, as one of the strains used in the panel of pathogens is considered a replacement of the COVID-19 virus.

Low carbon footprint carbon nanofiber admixture for cementitious materials applications

To reduce carbon footprints, the development of new materials with enhanced properties is of great importance. The construction industry, with a record of 9.95 Gt of CO2 production in 2019, is the 3rd largest sector contributing to climate change31. One way of reducing the amount of carbon in their manufacturing process is by adding materials in their concrete that can replace traditional commodities and are produced sustainably.

Design and Development of a Non-Parasitic DC Fast Charging Station for E-Transportation

The main objective of this project is to design, develop, and demonstrate Canada’s very first non-parasitic EV (NPEV) fast charging station for e-transportation based on hydrogen fuel cell as the main source of power. The TerraVis® Energy system will be a unique solution capable of providing true 100% green electricity without impinging on the energy infrastructure.

Investigating the characteristics of reinforced compressed earth block

Around half of the world’s population are living in some form of earthen building. Compressed earth blocks are widely known as a low-cost material that has high thermal capacity, low environmental impact, and ease of construction. The project will address three items: material characterization, development length of steel reinforcing bars and performance under freeze-thaw cycles. The material characterization work will focus on testing a series of CEBs under concentric compression as well as prisms of the same materials in four-point bending to get the compressive and the tensile strengths.

Fault-Tolerant Control of Switched Reluctance Machine (SRM) Drives

Zero-carbon emission is an ambitious target in upcoming years to limit climate change. Electric motor drives play an important role in this trend, primarily in transportation electrification and renewable energies. To get more environment friendly, electric motor drives are expected to reduce their carbon footprint in their manufacturing and recycling process. In this regard, the Switched Reluctance Machine (SRM) drives are most competitive. Upgrading SRM drives fault-tolerant capability further improves their positive impact on reducing their carbon footprint.

From Waste to Hydrogen: Assessment of Alternative Hydrogen Production Processes

With the Focus around the world shifting to net-zero emissions as a solution to the climate crisis, countries are
stepping up with hydrogen strategies and committing large amounts of funding to make hydrogen a reality.
However, the main problem remains: On the supply side, hydrogen currently cannot be offered competitively
with Diesel/NG prices, and on the demand side, technologies, such as fuel cells, are not widely commercially
available yet to offtake hydrogen on a large scale.

Development of shatter-proof greenhouse window panels from recycled PMMA

This project aims to develop a new polyrotaxane-based additive compatible with a poly(methyl methacrylate) matrix using called controlled radical polymerization technique, which is much tolerant to impurities, and thus can be carried out at a much lower cost than anionic polymerization. The new additive will provide great impact resistance to rigid poly(methyl methacrylate) at low concentrations (ideally, 1-2% by weight).

Creating He- using H- ion source beam on He0

Metals, and particularly alkali metals, are contaminants in silicon wafers used to make computer chips and power electronics devices [1,2,3]. The movement of contaminating ions in the SiO2 under the influence of an applied voltage across the oxide causes the electrical characteristics of the transistor, such as the threshold voltage, to change [4]. This is particularly problematic for the class of ion implanters used in the production of silicon-based computer chips and power electronics devices requiring negative ion beams for the implant process [5].

Development of Advanced Alkaline Stable Electrocatalysts for Alkaline Membrane Electrolysers

The proposed research will advance novel electrocatalysts developed and tested at the University of Toronto into pilot scale testing facilities at DCL International. The work will demonstrate the stability and catalytic activity of these novel materials in the developing field of hydrogen generation using alkaline membrane electrolysis.

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