Eco-responsible parking lots technical monitoring project in Quebec

A significant part of urban areas are used by parking spaces that facilitate single car use while contributing to heat island effects and rainwater management challenges. Traditional parking management strategies have not been able to address the environmental and quality of living aspects in cites. The main purpose of this project is to provide a state-of-the-art review of eco-responsible parking lots and analyze their usage and environmental impact.

The use of infrared thermography to measure injury biomarkers in knee musculoskeletal injuries of professional football players

Football has some of the highest injury rates among sports, with lower extremity injuries being the most common. Infrared thermography is an emerging technology that can be used to aid rehabilitation by mapping out temperature distribution of the body using a specialized camera. This technique can measure temperature increase caused by inflammation and could be used to monitor the healing process.

From meal planning to grocery shopping cart; a smart software platform combining personalized recommendations, grocery shopping, and healthy-eating-behavior building

Families need help with their weekly food needs due to busy schedules, stressful weekly meal planning and rising food costs. This research project aims at combining recipes, nutrition, family profiles and preferences, and grocery shopping to recommend healthy and varied meal plans to families. These meal plans will be the base to build grocery shopping lists that are optimized with grocery products that cater to family preferences and needs, saving them both time and money.

Simulating the Use of Agriculture as a Nature-Based Carbon Capture Solution for Mitigating Climate Change

Unmitigated climate change is expected to have catastrophic impacts on our way of life, causing governments and corporations to step in to pledge to reduce our emissions. However, to prevent warming beyond 2°C above pre-industrial levels, emissions reductions will likely not be enough, so we will need to take carbon dioxide directly out of the atmosphere, such as through planting more forests or changing how we do agriculture.

Managing tree models plasticity and mixing GLMs with regression trees for insurance ratemaking

Predicting policyholders' claims over a year is crucial for a Property-Casualty insurance company. These expenditures, popularly called losses, are incurred by the insurer when reimbursing the policyholders' claims. The insurance company is required to pay any legitimate claim made by a policyholder, in exchange the latter pays an amount of money, called the premium, to the company to buy this entitlement. Annual premium must be calculated with precision to ensure a fair deal on both sides.
It is the task of actuaries to set premiums for all policyholders; this is called ratemaking.

Arthropods as indicators of climate changes in the province of Québec

Climate change is an important driver of environmental modifications and creates important changes in the ecosystem functioning. It is important to be able to follow these changes, but following whole ecosystems is impossible. Thus, it is recommended to follow bioindicators accurately reflecting the environment state. Arthropods (spiders, insects, etc.) are particularly sensitive to climate changes and are expected to react rapidly. Following their reactions (displacement northward, changes in abundances) could be insightful of climate change impacts.

Characterizations of Meltblown polypropylene waste in mask manufacturing

Within the production process of Meltblown filtration materials for facial mask manufacturing, there is a considerable generation of clean waste of Meltblown polypropylene (PP) fabric. The direct disposal of these clean PP wastes represents a significant economic loss and, moreover, poses serious environmental pollution since PP is a non-biodegradable polymer that may take hundreds of years to decompose when landfilled.

Development of a psychophysiological training tool for flight instructors

The world is facing a severe pilot shortage, so many pilots must be trained in the upcoming years to support the transport of passengers and cargo around the world. This partnership between Concordia University, Keplr and Mitacs aims to develop a tool that will support flight instructors deliver more effective, personalized flight training. This project will leverage psychophysiological measures and cutting-edge AI methods to develop indicators of trainee workload that can be used to personalize training, similar to how smart watches can tailor a cardio workout.

Anonymous Age Verification Using Electrocardiogram (ECG) Obtained from Smart Wearables

Age-verification mandatory procedure for delivering certain services and products. Traditionally, identification documents have been a common mechanism of age-verification. However, this current strategy is subject to certain risks regarding privacy protection and online forgery. This demonstrates the value in anonymous age verification schemes using biometrics. Considering its age-dependent attributes, Electrocardiogram (ECG) is a potential solution. Preliminary experiments have been conducted regarding age estimation- classification from ECG obtained in clinical settings.

Effect of protein source during ketogenic weight loss intervention on lipid metabolism and inflammation

Safe and healthy weight loss is becoming increasingly important as the obesity burden in Canada continues to grow, with 63.1% of adult Canadians classified as overweight or obese in 2018 according to Statistics Canada. Ketogenic diets are diets that are low in sugar and are very popular for weight loss. However, these diets may be associated with adverse long-term cardiovascular health outcomes depending on the source of protein supplementation (animal versus plant-based). We do not know why this is the case.