WP 2.1.2: Advanced, Intelligent, Analytics Driven Apps for Software Defined and Functionally Virtualized Networks

Networks are moving towards being adaptive. This means that automation will be used to replace processes which are today highly manual. This project proposes a development of knowledge in the area of algorithms required to enable adaptive networks. The project will train two PhD students to understand optical networks and devise optimization algorithms in the areas of interest. In particular, the algorithms will be devised to be fast and near-optimal to enable their implementation in the network in accordance with operator’s goals of making the network near-optimal and adaptive.

Haptic API/SDK for Distributed Full Body Haptics

The research seeks to develop an easy to use and program SDK in the Unity software framework for the design and integration of expressive haptic effects for a distributed series of worn haptic actuators. The project’s central objective is to develop a cross platform composition tool for designers that makes it easy to integrate haptic effects into new kinds of XR-based immersive experiences ranging from games and VR experiences to full body, immersive room-based environments.

Exploring surface nanoscale axial photonics resonators for ultrahigh-resolution optical gyroscope applications

We will fabricate cylindrical glass microstructures that keep light traveling in circles for a very long time. The circular trajectory of the confined light changes very sensitively due to rotational motion of the cylinders, and these changes can be measured by detecting angular velocity. Therefore, the project aims at developing these cylinders that allow light for many rounds of propagation without leaking, as a way to increase the sensitivity to rotations.

Automating Configuration Management and Deployment in Large-scale Data Centers Augmented with Edge Data Centers

Data centers are now growing and expanding massively. They are large scale and heterogeneous. In addition, they rely more and more on emerging technologies such as Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) with “network softwarization” as their key feature. Moreover, they are now being augmented with edge data centers rooted in concepts such as cloudlets, ETSI Mobile Edge Computing (MEC), and fog computing. Such data centers bring a host of new challenges when it comes to the automation of configuration management and deployment.

Identification and characterization of new antimicrobial chemical series

Antibiotic resistance represents a major health problem for society. With the expanded use of antibiotics, microorganisms have developed various mechanisms of resistance to overcome the effects of once highly effective agents. There is therefore an urgent need to identify new therapies to counteract resistant strains. The intern will design and identify new drugs that are capable of treating patients infected with bacterial strains showing resistance to current drugs used in the clinic.

Automating Configuration and Performance Management of Data Centers

Data centers (DCs) in network softwarization and 5G eras are significantly different from those operated nowadays by public cloud providers. They are massively distributed, closer to end-users, heterogeneous (e.g., multi-access edge, central office as a data center, etc.) and rely on much more complex technologies (e.g., Network Functions Virtualization [NFV] and Software-Defined Networking [SDN]). This makes their Operation and Management (O&M) much more challenging. Much more intelligence is required for automating the various tasks.

Identification of potential areas and associated benefits of MUT on the territory of the city of Montreal

The City of Montreal desires to evaluate the potential for the implementation of Multi-purpose Utility Tunnel (MUT) within its territory and to assess the overall benefits it could derive from it. This exercise would be initiated by a review of the state of the art to identify the criteria of choice and the associated benefits of developing MUT that have been used in the places around the world where MUT have been built. In a second step, we will work with the city to analyze the opportunity of building MUT by involving all the partners associated to the project.

Multi-level modeling methodologies for aircraft thermal architecture optimization - Year two

The proposed project will contribute to Bombardier’s research initiative “Virtual Aircraft” with the overall objective to improve modelling and simulation throughout the development process to enable innovation and reduce development risk to extensive design space exploration.
The objective of the project is to develop models of thermal aspects, traditionally investigated later in the design, when the aircraft architecture is already defined, to enable the development of an aircraft thermal architecture analysis and optimization.

Flight, energy, and traffic management systems for electric and hybrid aircraft

Leading aircraft manufacturers have gradually turned their attention to the development of all-electric prototype airplanes, some of which have been flown recently. Such is the case of the Airbus E-fan aircraft that in 2015 has crossed the English Channel, completing the 74 kilometer flight from Lydd, England to Calais, France, in about 37 minutes. With battery performance constantly improving, its advantage over kerosene fuel becomes more and more evident, especially in terms of being CO2 emission free.

Order picking optimization at a pickup-van storage manufacturing warehouse

Ranger Design is a manufacturer of van storage units and accessories. Since order picking activities are considered to be an integral part of its warehouse operations and perceived to be conducive to significant improvements, re-engineering and optimization of the order picking process are in order. As such, the company is looking for an opportunity to reduce the travel time involved in order picking by re-engineering and optimizing the order picking process.