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.

Energy efficient integrated design of flight management systems and autopilots

The amount of emissions to the atmosphere is currently an important environmental concern as policy makers and Heads of State are starting to demonstrate a strong interest in energy efficient transportation, in particular energy efficient aircraft. However, current autopilot technology will often not take into account the energy used to perform a given maneuver which can lead to potentially larger fuel consumption and larger atmospheric emissions than what is strictly necessary. The task of energy optimization is typically left to a flight management system (FMS).

Glass micro-machining by glow discharge electrolysis

Beside silicon, glass is the most important material used in the constantly growing field of micro-devices. Several applications need glass because of its unique properties: chemical resistance, transparency, low electrical and thermal conductivity, and biocompatibility. Some of these devices are: micro-accelerometers, micro-reactors, micro-pumps, and medical devices. The limiting factor for increasing the usage of glass in micro-devices is its limited structuring possibility.

Magical Innovation in 3D

With new broadcast television channels playing stereoscopic content, there is an increasing need for stereoscopic animated shows and commercials.

Strategic safety stock allocation in an assembly supply chain network

The supply chain structure of an engine assembly line consists of several complex flows and processes to satisfy the requirements for on time delivery of these products. The difficulty in managing such systems is due to the fact that more than 1000 parts should be available on time in a synchronized manner to start the assembly procedures and deliver the products on time. Due to the supplier lead time variability, quality inspection related delays and other sources of uncertainty, the adherence to a production plan is almost impossible.

Integrated modeling for systematically examining the performance of the Kennedale constructed wetland for a clean Canadian water environment

Constructed wetland is a critical water infrastructure in major Canadian cities like the city of Edmonton, which treats wastewater including storm water by reducing the suspended solids and the related contaminants before entering into receiving waterbody. The design and evaluating the performance of a constructed wetland requires accurate prediction of flow fields and particle pollutants settling behaviours.