In-Kind Student Edition: Skills and Services Impact Study

To date, there is a gap in the research determining how in-kind giving can be used to motivate student engagement. In tandem with Algonquin College, this project seeks to understand how in-kind giving can help students get involved in achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Through a mixed-methods approach involving interviews, focus groups, and surveys, the research will create a student handbook. This handbook will guide student engagement toward in-kind giving and illustrate how this engagement will deliver on the UN-SDGs.

Statistical perspectives on the use of pharmacovigilance data and electronic health records to verify predicted chemical hazards of drugs from in-vitro toxicological data

The liver is considered as one of the organs that are highly susceptible to drug-induced toxicity, leading to a diverse set of responses such as acute liver injuries, black-box warnings, and possible market withdrawal of medications in spite of having first appeared non-toxic and effective in animal and clinical studies. Over the last few decades, drug safety assessment have been limited to animal studies and human clinical trials.

Vehicle Dynamics Modelling and Simulation for Use in the Development of a Self-Healing Auto Cyber Security System (SHACS) Proof-of-Concept

Vehicles rely on small computers located in various places. The electronic signals sent between these computers must be dependable. However, currently these signals can easily be hacked which threatens the vehicle and the people in and around it. A project is underway, involving Akimbo Technologies Inc., Solana Networks Inc., and the Carleton University Applied Dynamics Laboratory to develop methods for protecting vehicles from this threat.

What makes for high performing teams in technology start-ups?

The project will focus on exploring latest academic and expert literature on high performance team management, develop and empirically validate practical insights for executive managers of new companies. The focus will be on: a) distinguishing factors of team success and successful team leadership in tech start-ups; b) the role of HR departments in designing high performing teams; c) key elements of organizational culture in highly performing teams; d) the role of managers in the long-term success of technology startups.

Design Development for Prefabricated Building Components using Hemp and Lime

The intern will work with a multi-disciplinary research team from architecture, civil engineering, mechanical
engineering, biology, business development and materials research in the design development phase of a project
to create a bio-mass panel prototype from cellulose (hemp biomass). As the most abundant organic polymer on
the planet, cellulose is currently emerging as a sustainable material alternative to plastics and other non-recyclable
materials.

Interpretable Machine Learning for Predictive Analytics in Employee Benefits Insurance

In recent years, many machine learning methods have been developed for predictive analytics and automated decision making. However, the lack of explanation resulted in both practical and ethical issues. In this project, we will employ and advance interpretable machine learning methods for various predictive analytics tasks in employee benefit insurance. The proposed methods can be used by the partner organization to improve transparency and hence trust in a wide range of applications that involve predictive analytics.

A conversational assistant for accessing Covid-related benefits

We will develop a conversational assistant that can answer Canadian employee and employer questions about Covid benefits. The assistant will ask the user a minimal, easy-to-understand set of questions to help them figure out whatever benefits they are eligible for and will direct them to the relevant sites for applying for these benefits. The partner organization will thus have yet another tool with which to support their clients through this crisis.

Design and Construction of a Low-Cost, High Step-Up, High Isolation AC/DC Converter

This work will develop a high voltage power supply that is lower cost than currently available systems and has the unique feature of being electrically isolated from the input, meaning that multiple supplies can be stacked to increase the output voltage. This work will be used for fusion research but may find many uses in other renewable systems.

Developing a facility-level energy load shape simulation method for utility planning

Utility planners require an understanding of how and when energy is used among their customers.

Integrating state-of-the-art sustainable design with heritage conservation through an online information system

Although ambitious climate change laws are encouraging the sustainable retrofits required to meet carbon emissions reductions targets, a lack of understanding of the synergies between sustainability and preservation often results in interventions which adversely impact heritage values or are less effective than they could have been. Interns will work with MTBA Associates, Inc.

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