Heritage Architecture and Digital Archives

The intern will work coilaboratively with the Canadian Heritage Information Network to develop a knowledge based digital archive for heritage conservation generally and, more specifically, for materials applications and methods of construction related to heritage buildings. The archive, entitled Heritage Architecture and Digital Archives (HADA) will not only address technological challenges, but also effectively contextualize the complex and diverse forms of information that distinguish this field of study.

Measuring material nuclear properties for Prompt Gamma Neutron Activation (PGNA) spectroscopy

The objective of the research project is to design a method of measuring the neutron and photon attenuation properties of complex samples (such as toxic waste or mining ore) with a wide range of shapes and masses. Measuring these properties will permit accurate analysis of the sample’s elemental composition via Prompt Gamma Neutron Activation Analysis (PGNAA). Currently, accurate analysis of samples via PGNAA is typically restricted to low mass (<100g) samples with controlled geometries. This limits the usefulness of PGNAA.

Screening for Risky Cannabis Use in a Canadian Population Survey

The purpose of this internship with the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse is to compare the effectiveness of two instruments that assess risky/problematic cannabis use (i.e. the ASSIST and the CUDIT), for predicting cannabis‐related harms in the new national survey of drug and alcohol use, and to recommend which of the two instruments be retained in future cycles of the survey. Second, the research will need to validate criteria (i.e. cut‐off scores) for identifying problematic/risky use of cannabis.

Cultural Diversity and Material Imagination in Canadian Architecture

Nowhere is Canadafs rich cultural diversity more present than in the techniques of construction brought to our country by the hands of our immigrants. Whether a religious monument or a simple farm house, architecture makes visible the invisible workings of the material imagination. In this sense, the fabrication of buildings, not just their form, is a cultural artifact. Alarmingly, an increasing scarcity of specialized and skilled tradespersons, complex building codes, and industrialized building systems threaten this invaluable cultural resource.

Use of LUMINEX and Lateral Flow Devices to Measure Fungal Antigens

The purpose of this project is to undertake development research to apply methods for analyzing proteins from fungi that grow on damp building materials that are antigenic in humans. This will allow the presence of the fungal antigen to be detected in dust samples by methods similar to those used for pregnancy test kits and those used for measuring house dust mite and animal allergens in houses. In this case, such methods are used to aid in the rapid assessment of houses and buildings with potential mould problems and in epidemiology studies.

Executing the Quartz Analysis Engine on a Cell Processor Based Cluster

The aim of this project is to assist Flagstone RE, a global reinsurer in evaluating whether the Quartz Analysis Engine, which is currently running on a conventional cluster, could benefit from being ported to a cluster of cell processors. Improved performance could allow for timely processing of larger data sets, resulting in better prediction accuracy.

Low Power Design for Ambulatory Physiology Platform

Biopeak Corp, a medical device company, is developing a non-invasive, integrated, sensing platform that would allow people to be monitored for multiple parameters continuously day and night. This presents some major challenges in terms of wearable electronics that can survive several days of use, including size, power management, ease of use and comfort. All these issues require technological innovation. The research to be performed as part of this internship work will be to focus on one of the subsystems in this product.

Extracting Commonality within Network Data Streams

Alcatel-Lucent manufactures telecommunications equipment, ranging from telephone handsets to internet routers. The Research & Innovation group within Alcatel-Lucent is mandated with evaluating new technologies and new ideas that may benefit Alcatel products, thereby benefiting Alcatel-Lucent’s customers, and ultimately the end users.

Clustering of Network Data Streams for Alcatel-Lucent

Alcatel-Lucent manufactures telecommunications equipment ranging from telephone handsets to internet routers. The Research & Innovation group within Alcatel-Lucent is mandated with evaluating new technologies and new ideas that may benefit Alcatel products, thereby benefiting Alcatel-Lucent’s customers, and ultimately the end users. One current area of research is the ability to group streams of traffic into clusters, so that similar types of traffic can be treated together, and to allocate resources suitable for the stream.

Change Detection in Network Data Streams for Alcatel

Alcatel manufactures telecommunications equipment, ranging from telephone handsets to internet routers. The Research & Innovation group within Alcatel is mandated with evaluating new technologies and new ideas that may benefit Alcatel products, thereby benefiting Alcatel’s customers, and ultimately the end users. One current area of research is the ability to detect when the behavior of a stream of traffic has changed, and to then reallocate resources suitable for the changed stream.

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