Experimental and Numerical Investigations of a Rice Husk Pyrolysis Reactor

A rice husk pyrolysis reactor producing syngas and char was developed by GreenGenTech Energy Inc. (Ottawa, ON) and is currently being built and commercialized in China by a partner company called Ruizhantai. The reactor is fully functional and some sites have been running continuously for two years, although requiring skillful operation during start-up or when agglomeration of husk occurs. Aiming at optimized and more automatically controlled operations, GreenGenTech Energy Inc.

Space-borne water quality assessment

Understanding river water quality is critical for various purposes such as ensuring drinking water safety, protecting public health and aquatic habitat, monitoring pollution, and disease control. The traditional approach to investigating water quality is by acquiring water samples at fixed-locations, which is time and cost consuming and cannot discover spatial distribution of water quality over a large area. The goal of this proposal is using remote sensing imagery to provide a complementary method to map and monitor water quality in large areas at real time.

A Flexible Next-Generation Network Platform

CENGN (http://www.cengn.ca/ ), the Center of Excellence in Next Generation Networking, is a newly formed tri-council funded center of excellence for commercialization and research (CECR) that will bridge the gap between research and commercialization, which is critical to building successful startup companies. CENGN is a consortium of industry, academic and research leaders who are putting their expertise and equipment on the table to lower the barrier to entry for SMEs and researchers.

Head Start Ottawa: review of program structure and implementation

The objective of this project is to review the program structure, program delivery and client satisfaction for 10 Head Start early childhood education centres operating in Ottawa, ON. Through a mixed-methods approach that combines interviews, surveys, and drawing activities with children we will gain insights on the strengths and challenges experienced by families, children and operators of the Head Start programs.

Designing for complex IT environments based upon workflow analysis and managed field studies

CA Technology wants to design the right software products well. Their user interaction designers recently began interviewing end users in their workplace and developing archetypal descriptions of typical users called ‘personas’. The good thing about personas is that they encourage designers to take a people-first perspective, which is great most of the time. But, sometimes when the software being designed is for complex IT environments personas are not enough. This is often the case for CA’s business software. This research will expand on the popular persona approach.

Defining SDN protocols to enable Orchestration of Service Provision across Multiple Optical Transport Networks

The primary goal of the intern project is to research and propose implementations that enable streamlining the APP (application layer) interface to flow through the SDN layered model. The target solution would enable a SDN-standardized approach of handling the APP communication with the data plane.

Statistical Analysis of Prostate Brachytherapy Treatment Data

This project is a continuation of a previous internship that made use of longitudinal data on patients with prostate cancer obtained over a period of fifteen to seventeen years to initiate a long-term comparison of external-beam radiation therapy and brachytherapy treatments. The key objective is to demonstrate that Brachytherapy treatments offer the best outcomes at the lowest cost in comparison to other treatment modalities. Much work has been completed; however a great deal more still remains.

Helping socially-withdrawn Chinese children: The protective role ofparents

A three-wave longitudinal study will be conducted to examined the social, emotional, and academic implications of shyness and unsociability in Chinese children as well as the potential protective role that authoritative parenting plays. Participants in the initial sample consisted of 1500 grade 3 to 6 students, randomly selected from four primary and junior high schools in Shanghai. Assessment of shyness, unsociability, parenting practices, and adjustment are obtained from multiple sources, including peer nominations, self-reports, parent-reports, teacher-reports, and school records.

Translating a Quantum Computing Actor-network through Controversy

Quantum computing has emerged as a new paradigm of computation with potentially far-reaching consequences. However, this change in the form, abilities, and characteristics of computation has not been well studied or theorized in communication studies and related fields. This project draws upon Actor-network Theory (ANT) to challenge the assumptions about computation/computers found in current writing in communication studies and expand the use of ANT to a new and intriguing area of technosocial development.

Diagnosing Security Risks in an Industrial Control System using a Novel Real-Time Device

The integration of control system workstations with wireless networks in critical infrastructure systems raises a major challenge as it now requires the ability to detect cyber security threats which could ultimately cripple the organization’s network.

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