Predicting Risk of Aggressive Responsive Behaviours among People Suffering from Dementia using Natural Language Processing (NLP) and Machine Learning (ML).

Patients with dementia will eventually experience significant loss of cognitive function. Many will have difficulty properly communicating life’s challenges and instead become agitated, resulting in verbal or physical aggression. Monitoring the risk of a resident harming themselves or others due to aggressive behavior is a priority within a long-term care facility where dementia is present. Caregivers at Shannex regularly record resident health and behaviour using computing systems.

Quantifying fish-turbine interactions using VEMCO's new high residency acoustic electronic tagging technology-Phase 2

It remains unclear if fishes that occupy Canada's leading tidal energy test site in Minas Passage, Bay of Fundy, Nova Scotia, will be negatively affected by turbine installations. The objective of this project is to determine fishes' interactions with operating turbines. Of approximately 70 species of fishes that interact with Minas Passage only three have abundance estimates (Gaspereau River Alewife; Shubenacadie River Striped Bass; Saint John River Atlantic Sturgeon) that are necessary to predict effects at the population level.

THC and CBD ratios in cannabis grown in hydroponic or aquaponic systems

A new era has dawned in the world of cannabis research. After becoming only, the second country in the world to legalize cannabis Canada is now in an ideal position to establish cross country research programs into the world of cannabinoids. The cannabis plant is a cornucopia of chemicals with a very wide range of effects and possible medicinal uses. It is thus essential that peer reviewed research is established to study cannabis.

Recovery of common loon populations on acid-stressed Ontario lakes

We will use a database of more than 30 years of scientific survey and citizen-science observations of common loon breeding on lakes in Ontario, as well as other parts of Canada, to determine whether loons now breed successfully on lakes where they were negatively affected by acid rain (and other human threats like development). Our data will be augmented by new surveys on the same lakes we have surveyed for three decades.

Quantifying fish-turbine spatio-temporal overlap for assessing risk to migratory fishes using VEMCO’s new high residency acoustic electronic tagging technology

The lack of scientific data on the potential effects of instream tidal power is delaying the decision-making process on a technology that shows promise for reducing carbon emissions, and for which Canada could become a global leader in the production of infrastructure. It remains unclear if fishes that occupy Canada’s leading tidal energy test site will be negatively affected by turbine installations. The objective here is to determine spatial and temporal overlap of fishes with areas scheduled for turbine deployment.

Quantifying fish-turbine interactions using VEMCO’s new high residency acoustic electronic tagging technology

It remains unclear if fishes that occupy Canada’s leading tidal energy test site in Minas Passage, Bay of Fundy, Nova Scotia, will be negatively affected by turbine installations. The objective of this project is to determine fishes’ interactions with operating turbines. Of approximately 70 species of fishes that interact with Minas Passage only three have abundance estimates (Gaspereau River Alewife; Shubenacadie River Striped Bass; Saint John River Atlantic Sturgeon) that are necessary to predict effects at the population level.

Development of Bacterial Semiochemicals for Insect Pest Management

This MITACs proposal seeks funding to establish an internship cluster dedicated to development and testing of novel semiochemical solutions with potential for worldwide distribution and sales. The objective of this three-year project is to enable successful development, testing and commercialization of effective and environmentally-responsible pheromone-based detection and mitigation products that will complement Integrated Pest Management (IPM) strategies for controlling insect pests in agriculture and forestry within Atlantic Canada and beyond.

Mapping the surface flow velocity of Minas Passage using RADAR data

This project will investigate the use of RADAR data to estimate the ocean surface velocity in regions of interest, specifically where tidal turbines will be deployed in Minas Passage, Bay of Fundy. The Fundy Ocean Research Center for Energy (FORCE) currently owns a single RADAR on the North side of the Minas Passage. Initial investigations have been done with this single RADAR; however, more intensive analysis must be done to reach the long-term goal of having a network of RADARs in the area.

Going with the flow: Advancement of data collection and analysis tools for utilizing drifter data in tidal energy applications.

This project aims to further develop cost-effective methods for characterizing fluid flow fields in high-energy tidal channels, with a focus on use of low-profile drifters to calibrate and validate numerical models of ocean flows. The project will focus on the Finite-Volume Community Ocean Model (FVCOM) used by Acadia and Luna Ocean, primarily for tidal energy site assessment in the Bay of Fundy. The use of measurements gathered by various types of drifters provides a cost effective method for mapping flow fields, resolving spatial and short-term temporal variation in tidal flows.

Quantifying Fishway Passage Success of Alewife, Alosa pseudoharengus, and its relationship to Marine Nutrient Transfer from the Ocean to Freshwater Ecosystems

Alewife (Alosa pseudoharengus) is a key species in the ecology of the upper Bay of Fundy, Canada, that provides food to numerous predators and scavengers. Each year, Alewife migrate into freshwater systems to spawn in lakes. Dams and fishways often impede the migration of Alewife, which can have detrimental effects on Alewife populations, as well as nutrient exchange between marine and freshwater ecosystems.

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