Automating an Infosec Question Answering Function

Tugboat has 1000s of questions and responses submitted by clients. Users upload questions which can be answered using the “Auto Answer” functionality. The “Auto Answer” technology leverages weighted search vectors to search answer databases and prioritize which answers to recommend for a given question.

The objective of the project is to leverage this dataset by training a machine learning model to automate and improve the “Auto Answer” functionality described above. The current approach uses ideas from the information retrieval domain serving as the baseline.

Prototyping of a large-area heater on a PVC membrane with inkjet-printing of silver ink

A novel approach using inkjet-printer will be used for fabricating low-cost and large-area heaters on a Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) substrate, laminated on polyvinyl chloride (PVC) membrane. The PVC membrane with a laminated heater will be used as a de-icing material for roofs in buildings. Silver nanoparticle inks will be printed and patterned to create a unique design that is electrically activated. This project will investigate a method to reduce the printing process time, uniform large-area inkjet-printing, and temporal control the inkjet-printed heater.

Development of MXene/Graphene composite electrodes for high performance capbattery

Burning fuels such as gasoline and diesel in our vehicles causes green house gas emissions and it is a major cause of global warming. If electric vehicles replace gasoline powered vehicles, the emission will be much lower. The peak power demand of an electric vehicle during acceleration is the key factor for its battery size. The large battery size causes less optimal use of energy and finally ends up with lower mileage in electric vehicles. These limitations could be solved by combination of battery system with supercapacitors.

Mobile energy efficient tissue culture laboratory for northern agriculture development and crop improvements

Food production and agriculture in Canada’s far North is met with many challenges. Short growing seasons, poor soil, extreme weather all impact the ability to effectively and efficiently produce food locally. In addition, Northern communities are at the end of a South to North supply chain, suspectable to multiple disruptions, both physical and economic. Our mobile lab allows for exponential plant cloning through sustainable processes.

Structural Controls of Mineralization of the Sixtymile, Yukon Gold project

Demand for metals, including gold, is ever increasing particularly as modern technologies, including sustainable energy production, rely on such finite resources. As easily accessible surficial deposits in traditional mining areas such as the Sixtymile gold district, YK, deplete ever more advanced approaches to exploration are required that search deeper in the ‘bedrock’. However, exploration for gold in the bedrock of the Sixtymile gold district requires advanced knowledge of the subsurface distribution of rock types, which is controlled by geological processes such as faulting.

Supporting adaptive grizzly bear population management in British Columbia using dietary profiles

Stable isotope analysis is an important tool for identifying the primary foods present in wildlife diets. This project will use stable isotopes, collected from approximately 1000 hair samples, to develop dietary profiles of grizzly bears in British Columbia, Canada. The dietary profiles, representing the proportion of meat, fish, other marine fods, and vegetation in an individual bear’s diet, will be used to understand how the availability and quality of different foods, topography, climate and human pressures combine to influence bear diet throughout the province.

Hidden Champions Businesses II: A Survey of Recent Theory and Empirical Evidence

This investigation will examine real-world potential Canadian hidden champions through a survey to gain further insight into what characteristics enable hidden champions to thrive. This survey will also expose a need for a more thorough case study (titled “A case study on Hidden Champions in North America, Europe and Asia) to examine the nuances of regional hidden champions and how they express themselves differently around the world.

Improving Competency-Based Medical Education through Technology

Competency-based medical education (CBME) is an approach to training that combines educational objectives and time-based learning. CBME is currently being rolled out in residency training programs across Canada and represents the biggest change in medical education since the early 1900s. This project aims to determine perspectives of current residents in CBME- and non-CBME-based residency training programs at Memorial University of Newfoundland.

Process study, simulation and optimization of direct conversion of biomass to ethyl evulinate

Increasing concerns about global warming related to greenhouse emission, and depletion of fossil fuel resources, bring biomass as a promising environmentally friendly and sustainable alternative to supply chemicals and fuels. One attractive option is the conversion of biomass obtained from recycling activities to high-value chemicals.

What does the extant literature and needs assessment determine is the most effective mentorship model for low SES Black children?

The purpose of this project is to support the effective planning, design, development, implementation, and maintenance of a new mentorship program through the YCMA of Greater Toronto serving Black youth in priority neighbourhoods in Toronto’s east end, namely the Galloway, Malvern and Dorset Park neighbourhoods in Scarborough.