Transition towards an automated and centralized staff scheduling system

The project includes the integration of a new software for crew scheduling at ViaRail, which will make uniform the crew scheduling rules. Crew scheduling is currently distributed over 5 geographical centers at ViaRail, with each center producing schedules independently. Consequently, the project will include three phases: collecting the current practices for crew scheduling in the five centers, analyzing the collection of those rules and proposing a unified process for crew scheduling across the five centers in view of the crew scheduling software purchased by ViaRail.

Optimal Placement of Fault Circuit Indicator to Improve the Reliability of Distribution Systems using CYME Reliability Module

Within the past decades, there has been a significant growth in the electric power systems that have resulted in a large increase in the development of transmission and distribution lines. Distribution system is the final connection between the utility provider and the customers and constitutes a major component of the power system. However, since most distribution lines are overhead and spread over a wide area, they are susceptible to unexpected events such as short circuit fault or an open circuit fault.

Provision and Exploitation of Biosolids in Quebec

The project consists of a study on the disposal and upgrading of dried and dehydrated sludges from  the treatment of municipal and industrial wastewater. The study would be limited to the province of Quebec. As a specialist in the treatment of wastewater, Degremont supplies high performance technologies for the dehydration and drying of wastewater treatment sludges. The most appropriate system for handling the sludge needs to be optimized.

Modeling and analysis of Inertial filter for Engine exhaust applications

The scope of this project is to model and analyze inertial filters used by combustion engines to facilitate exhaust gas recirculation acting as coarse filtration units. This would help to reduce environmental pollution caused by heavy duty diesel engines. By using Finite Element Analysis model to investigate, the design will incorporate the best ratio among the geometric parameters which will enable the least pressure drop for stipulated flow rate. Lower the pressure drop higher will be the fuel savings.

Test Automation with TTCN-3

Development of an Avionics system test methodology, based on the Test and Test Control Notation (TTCN-3). This will include (1) a gap analysis between TTCN-3 and current avionics test languages and environments and (2) a large scale case study. Of particular interest, will be the ability to model and verify both continuous control and discrete event aspects of avionics systems. This project will be used to improve verification and validation of CMC Electronics' innovative new avionics designs.

lnfluence of odour presentation on panelist response variability

Olfactometry is the science of using human subjects to measure odours without bias, as no instrument yet can replace the human nose. Recently, the method presenting odours to panellists has been identified as a potential element affecting response and measurement variability. Furthermore, the sensitivity of electronic noses also developed to measure odours remains an issue. The objective of the research is to use 3 odours and present them in 3 different ways to 6 panellists, and compare panelists' response to that of two widely used commercial noses.

Development of RWA tools for the design, operation and migration of terrestrial and submarine coherent networks

The project covers the design and optimization of long-haul and ultra long-haul wavelength division multiplexing (WDM) networks. The objective is to develop routing and wavelength assignment (RWA) algorithms for next-generation terrestrial and undersea networks that are based on the use of high-speed dual-polarization coherent transponders. The goal is to improve the performance and accuracy of the RWA results and therefore to get more powerful tools for increasing network capacity and planning network migrations.

FlexMOSS: A Flexible Multicore Operating System Scheduler model for power efficient embedded devices

Battery life is a key concern for smartphone makers, and the power consumed by smartphone applications is directly tied to battery life. In this project the intern will develop fast, early and accurate models of smartphone power consumption, before the hardware and the operating system are available. These models will be useful for early optimization of smartphone applications and operating systems, thereby improving battery life, while meeting time-to-market constraints.

Condition Assessment of Concrete Bridges using GPR Technology

Bridge Management Systems (BMSs) are being used worldwide by transportation agencies as a means to effectively manage the stocks of existing bridges. Quebec Ministry of Transportation (MTQ) own and maintain a huge inventory of over 9,600 bridges, i.e. provincial: 5,300 and municipal: 4,300 bridges. MTQ uses visual inspection, which is always subjective to operators’ technique, experience, and interpretation, to record defects on bridges and assess their conditions. Although visual inspection can find most of the external flaws; however, it cannot detect internal defects in structures.

Design and integration of a robotic loading system for an automated saw grinding machine

The fan assembly is a critical component of a Thrust Cushion Vehicle (TCV) designed by Slipstream Vehicles Ltd. It provides both the lift and thrust for the TCV. However, given the novelty of the patented fan, there is insufficient data to predict the fan performance. This project will focus on development of a new set of numerical fan models for estimation and analysis of the fan performance. Once these models shown to be valid through comparison to field data, they will be used to scale up the fan performance and for optimization studies.