Statistical Analysis of Prostate Brachytherapy Treatment Data

Using data obtained over a period of 15 years from Brachytherapy procedures used on patients to treat prostate cancer, statistical analysis will be carried out to confirm the hypothesis that Brachtherapy treatments offer the best outcomes at the lowest cost incomparison to other treatment modalities. The first stage of the project will be to review the scope and objectives of the study with the stakeholders and finalize the methodology for this analysis.

Human Health Risk Assessment of Manganese and Inorganic Manganese Compounds and the Application of Categorical Regression in the Quantitative Risk Assessment of Manganese

Risk Sciences International is currently completing a comprehensive risk assessment of the potential human health effects of manganese. This assessment involves a systematic review of the worlds’ literature on epidemiological and toxicological studies of manganese, following which an international expert panel has scored all of the adverse health outcomes identified through this review using a 12-point severity scoring scale.

Testbed for New Energy-Efficient Data Center

Data centers are being deployed worldwide. They provide the fundamental computing and communication resources for both business customers and regular consumers. Different from traditional data centers, today's data centers must have the capability to provide services to millions of users on a dynamic basis. New data centers are designed to deploy large number of commodity servers and low-cost Ethernet switches to achieve scalability and cost efficiency. Energy consumption is another major issue that must be addressed.

Development of Novel Chemistry for Copper Deposition by ALD

Copper is an important metal for microelectronics: it acts as interconnects (i.e., the wiring) between the devices in the microchip. As microchips get smaller, it is more difficult to make this wiring by traditional methods. Thus, a new technology (atomic layer deposition, ALD) is positioned to enable the deposition of copper when interconnects need to be formed on the nanoscale. Presently, there is no ALD process that adequately deposits copper with the necessary conductivity to act as an interconnect.

Security Mechanisms for Mobile Cloud Computing

Cloud computing, with its low cost and scalability, is becoming more and more popular today. By outsourcing computation requirements to cloud, consumers as well as business entities can reduce their IT costs significantly while enjoying more and better services. Mobile devices are among the earliest to adopt this new computing paradigm due to their limited computing capability and power supply. However, the multi-tendency nature of cloud computing also introduces new security challenges such as leak of information. This project is targeted at these security challenges.

Improving the capability, precision, and durability of the Ignition Quality Tester (IQT) in the renewable diesels Cetane number range

This proposal aims to improve the capability, precision, and durability of the Ignition Quality Tester (IQT™). This project includes an experimental investigation of the following areas; Testing of new primary reference fuels, PRFs, and Check fuels, CFs to expand the range of ASTM D6890-11a standard from (33 to 65 DCN) to (15‐100 DCN); Investigate experimentally the impact of the oxygen concentration in the charge air on the response of a fuel sample in the IQT™ system.

Visualization of the cool-flame and hot flame combustion process within the IQT™

There is an interest in the optical determination of the combustion process within the IQT™. This would be performed using optical probes integrated within the IQT™. From these probes, the location of the cool-flame and hot combustion process will be identified for different fuels within the IQT. Along with the location of combustion, the ignition delay will also be measured using the chemiluminescence of the combustion products and will be compared to the actual IQT™ method of ignition delay determination using pressure transducers in the combustion chamber.

The Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) game in mineral exploration – how is it played?

Using the same Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) voluntary codes (“rules”), different junior mineral exploration companies obtain different CSR outcomes, i.e. the rules do not make the game. The overall study aims to find out how the game is played ‘on the ground.’ This internship covers part of the exploratory phase of the project that aims to understand the context and to help decide on aspects that should receive priority attention in the more detailed main study. It will also help identify participants in the more detailed study that will follow.