Multilingual B2B Supplier Detection and Information Extraction

At Tealbook, we search the web to make the world’s business-to-business supplier websites readily accessible. We extract important sentences and keywords to create a searchable database that buyers can then use to find the right supplier for their needs. But right now, we are limited to servicing English-language organizations. Can we expand our services to French? To German? To Korean? To any of the other 7000 languages in the world? Doing so would not only allow Tealbook to reach a wider audience, but also help the world stay interconnected in any language.

Goal-Conditioned Reinforcement Learning

The goal of the project is to improve upon the methodology behind goal conditioned learning. In this framework, similar to the setup in traditional reinforcement learning, an agent interacts with an environment. However, instead of training the agent to maximize return, the agent is trained to reach a given goal at the end of the trajectory. That is, given a rollout-specific goal, the agent attempts to reach it.

Detection and Characterization of the Synovium in Musculoskeletal Ultrasound

Arthritis is a chronic disease that severely decreases the quality of life and affects almost 4.6 million Canadians, costing $33 billion for the Canadian economy every year. Affected individuals experience pain and disability through an extended period of time. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA), a common form of arthritis, is an autoimmune disease characterized by the inflammation of the synovium, or synovial membrane, a connective tissue that provides a cushion between bones and tendons and muscle around a joint.

Graduate Research Assistant for the TRANSFORM Project

The proposed internship will take place in the TRANSFORM Research Hub located at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada. The TRANSFORM Project comprises a global network of researchers committed to building the capacity of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in adopting truly sustainable business practices. The primary objective of this internship will be to support the development of a comprehensive database for the first phase of the TRANSFORM Project.

AI in Ophthalmology triage automation

There are currently 18 retina specialists in the province of Alberta, approximately half in Calgary and half in Edmonton. Retinal diseases are common. For example, approximately 6.5 percent of people age 40 and older have some degree of macular degeneration. Diabetes retinopathy affects approximately 500,000 Canadians. Many retinal conditions are treatable when detected early, however retinal specialists are concentrated in large urban centres. There are 700+ optometrists across the province today capable of taking and transmitting retinal images for consultation with a retinal specialist.

Towards quantum?encoded optical communications over existing fiber networks

Two fundamental pillars of communications/communications networks are trust and truth; in particular, we must ensure that the message (or data) that a sender wishes to transmit does indeed reach the intended receiver without being altered or eavesdropped by an unwanted party. This project focuses on demonstrating one concept of the quantum internet. The quantum internet is not based on quantum communications per se, but rather considers exploiting quantum principles for encoding and decoding data transmitted over existing fiber networks as a means for obtaining secure transmission.

Analysis and optimization of a novel thermal storage system for ground-source heat pumps

Researchers at Ontario Tech University are collaborating with McClymont and Rak geotechnical engineers to develop a new sustainable thermal storage technology that addresses the main challenges that have prevented geothermal heating and cooling systems from being adopted in a meaningful way in Ontario. An innovative storage medium, based on a construction slurry, will be developed and used in the underground thermal storage, and coupled to a geothermal heat pump to provide high-efficiency and clean building heating and cooling.

Development of ballistic/knife resistant composite panels for personal protective equipment (PPE)

In the wake of recent school shootings in U.S. and increasing gun crimes in Canada, parents consider taking additional measures to protect themselves and children safe. We aimed at the development/manufacture of affordable and flexible bullet/knife resistant backpacks for civilians. The backpacks could be used as a shield against bullets/knife to save life. Current available products are expensive and not affordable for everyone. Additionally, they are not flexible/comfortable for everyday use and lack protection against knife attacks.

A Wide Bandgap Based Step-up Power Converter With Enhanced Self-Reconfigurability for Medium Voltage Renewable Power Network

Wind and solar photovoltaic energy are the fastest growing sources of electricity in Canada, targeting to reach 10% of Canada’s total generation by 2040. Aligned with Canada’s energy transition, this research aims at developing a novel, highly efficient, compact, and reliable power electronics interfaces for high power renewable energy resources. The use of power electronics converters is an attractive solution to significantly reduce the weight and size of the step-up voltage conversion unit in today’s high power renewable energy systems.

Enzymatic nano-immobilisation facilitated by 2D materials for antifouling coatings - Year two

Enzyme immobilisation is crucial for preserving the enzyme activity while enabling the enzymes to be recovered and reused for multiple applications in biocatalysis. However, immobilisation can change the structure and functionality of enzymes. Therefore, immobilisation of enzymes needs to be carefully investigated and controlled at fundamental levels. The emerging two-dimensional (2D) materials, such as graphene and transition metal dichalcogenides exhibit unique physico-chemical properties which make them well suited for enzyme immobilisation.