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Helping socially-withdrawn Chinese children: The protective role ofparents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.

Making connections improves wireless connectivity

As a PhD student in the Department of Systems and Computer Engineering at Ottawa’s Carleton University, Hassan’s research focused on the efficiency of wireless systems — finding newer and better ways to control how cellular and Wi-Fi systems allocate network resources optimally.

An emerging power: Brazilian South-South Cooperation in Mozambique and Haiti

This project considers how the rise of Brazil to global power status has changed its foreign policy direction, especially with regards to how it engages with other developing nations. In particular, this study considers how emerging powers like Brazil have dramatically increased the development assistance – what they call South-South Cooperation - they have provided to other developing countries over the previous decade. Why has assistance become such a valued foreign policy tool?

Security Investigation and Solutions to Online Advertising Fraud Problems

The market share of online advertising, also known as Internet advertising, has been increasing dramatically in recent years. On the other hand, malicious behaviors, such as click fraud, have degraded the effectiveness of online advertising. Via fraud clicks, a considerable amount of revenues have been lost to fraud conductors. For instance, based on a report published by PricewaterhouseCoopers, click fraud accounts for as much as 36% of all advertising clicks, which costs defrauded advertisers hundreds of millions of dollars annually.

Collective will and the Brazilian Left: how is a real movement built out of a crisis of praxis?

This project is intended to follow and analyse the most recent activities of groups identified to be in the Brazilian Left. Through fieldwork and theoretical analysis, the goal is to understand how the Left views itself, how collective will can be developed within these groups, and if a critical pedagogical methodology can assist in this process. The ethnographic methodology employed in this project will help to identify who the main actors are and what kind of activities have been prioritized by Left organizations.

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