Aeration design and bioreactor optimization for nutrient recycling systems

This research project will look to help Cultivated Ecosystems Ltd. redesign their current reactor that they use for generating organic nutrients and beneficial micro-organisms to enable them to produce the quantities needed on a regular basis for commercialization. It will look at how these micro-organisms grow under different conditions and create new equipment that will ensure the products formed are beneficial for plants and soils.

Characterizing Offshore Lobster Biology and Estimating Tag Recaptures and Reporting Rates in Lobster Fishing Areas 33 and 34

Little information is known about offshore lobster. Knowledge gaps exist in general population demographics, maturity rates, and movement patterns (migrations). Most notably, nothing is known about offshore lobster in this region especially during the closed season. This project will form a collaboration between captains and their crews and researchers to collect data on the offshore fishery. The primary project goal is to ensure a healthy, viable, and sustainable fishery.

Continuous calibration, interpolation and predictive analytics using Machine Learning

The company provides devices to measure quality of curing light used in dental procedures. These devices produce high volume and high velocity data. This data is then used to forecast a future state and to make a well informed business/operation decision according to an expected future state. One of the challenges in application of such technology is to improve prediction accuracy of the forecast. The company has developed prediction models based on physical chemistry that have been very useful to both the vendors and dentists.

Advanced Building Performance Analysis Tools for Computation Design of Building Envelopes

An early-stage design analysis methodology will be investigated for evaluating preliminary building envelope design alternatives using advanced computation and analysis tools. Design alternatives will be generated based on different envelope materials, structure, insulation types and window-to-wall ratios and evaluated based on selected metrics including energy use, daylighting, life cycle analysis and life cycle costing. A master-planning project in Mississauga, Ontario, will be used as a test-bed for the methodologies explored in this research.

Wije’winen - Envisioning the New Mi’kmaw Friendship Centre through Participatory City and Principles of Reconciliation

The Mi’kmaw Native Friendship Centre (MNFC) in Kjipuktuk / Halifax, Nova Scotia is building a new centre and is designing the space to provide programming and services that will substantiate reconciliation for urban Indigenous communities. In order to engage the diverse populations residing in the North End neighbourhoods of Kjipuktuk / Halifax, the MNFC is undertaking ground breaking community engagement activities utilizing the Participartory City platform to ensure the new centre is mafde by everyone for everyone.

Developing an aptamer, graphene based electrochemical biosensor for early detection of Alzheimer disease.

At least 50 million people are living with Alzheimer disease (AD) worldwide and the number is estimated to grow to 150 million by 2050 making it a global epidemy. AD in the sixth cause of death in north America and its estimated cost of caring is $277 billion yearly, yet no cure is available for AD. This is partly because current diagnostic techniques are expensive- ranging from $1500 to $6000- or invasive- require lumbar punctures-, which makes early screening and disease monitoring difficult.

Using soil nematodes as indicators of soil health in wet meadow rangelands

Grasslands store carbon, regulate water, recycle nutrients, and conserve biodiversity. In western Canada, seasonally flooded, wet meadow grasslands, also provide habitats for species at risk. Despite their importance to conservation, little is known about the effect of grazing on these ecosystems. This research will help understand how grazing effects plants, soils, and the ecosystem services provided by wet meadow grasslands. Specifically, this project will explore links between grazing, plants, and soil nematodes, small worm-like animals, that recycle carbon and nutrients in soils.

Understanding the Operational, Human, and Policy Implications for a Roadmap to Canada’s Next Generation 9-1-1 Services

The project will create a research-based strategic plan and roadmap that describes when and how to best introduce NG-911 services in British Columbia. The research needs to consider the unique BC context including review of current legislation, our emergency response structures and practices, current technologies, societal expectations and political norms. The work also needs to consider global trends and developments in emergency communications from industry, government and emergency response agency perspectives and identify the implications in BC.

Dynamic, real time quality optimization of streamed video

Twitch is a video live streaming service and a subsidiary of Amazon. Twitch primarily focuses on video game live streaming, broadcasts of esports competitions, music and creative content. Twitch clients upload their encoded video to Twitch’s servers. The user generated content (UGC) is then transcoded. Transcoding is the process of decoding UGC, making alternations to it, and then encoding it again. During transcoding, video will be encoded at a lower bit rate or its resolution might be lowered.

Improving Construction Permitting Process using Predictive Analytics

In public sector, the decision making of construction permitting can have direct impacts on the ongoing urban development. The efficiency and predictability of the review process is critical for municipalities to provide timely and accurate results to the public. As the review process is managed digitally with process data available, using data analytics to develop predictive models can result in improvement of efficiency and predictability.