Multi-species sustainable fisheries management using scientific and traditional ecological methods - Year two

I am conducting a multi-species fish population monitoring project in Quebec’s largest lake (Mistassini), to facilitate community-based fisheries management with the Cree Nation of Mistissini. Mistassini is home to recreational fisheries for walleye, lake trout, brook trout and pike. With a 31% increase in the regional human population since 2001 and increasing fishing pressure, effective monitoring of Mistassini’s harvested fish populations is essential.

Bio-Aggregate Based Construction Materials for Sustainable Farm Buildings

This research aims in utilizing agriculture wastes in production of sustainable eco-friendly construction materials for farms building. The mechanical and durability performance of the proposed eco-friendly construction material exposed to the aggressive agriculture environment will be evaluated. The research will investigate the effects of different factors mainly related to physical properties of used wastes and binding materials.

Adapting Human Performance Techniques, Illusion Aesthetics, and Specialized Apparatus from the World of Stage Conjuring to Contemporary Circus Disciplines

The vast majority of performance techniques, illusion aesthetics, and specialized apparatuses used by stage conjurors are still unknown and remain unexplored by the circus world. The tacit knowledge that magicians exchange amongst themselves is rarely transferred to members outside of their subculture, which leads to creative stagnation in their communities and beyond. The purpose of this project is to create an intensive and sustained collaboration between North American illusion experts and elite circus artists to produce new physical vocabulary for new equipment.

Ecology, Conservation and Welfare of Captive and Wild Animals

Animal welfare and behaviour is a concern in captivity but is also a factor affecting conservation success. An animal ability to cope with stressors, which varies between and within species, can affect survival of individuals and compromise a population's viability. Human-induced stressors impact individuals differently depending on their personality, which applies to captive and wild settings.

Human Errors Analysis in an Aircraft Engine Assembly Center

Human operators show significant variability in performance when operating in complex manufacturing systems that are usually referred to human errors. Such errors are identified as the failure to perform an action within the safe operating limit and often lead to product quality defects. Approximately 50%-80% of the incidents and accidents in safety-critical systems have been associated with human error.

Accuracy Assessment of Optical Tracking for Orthopedic Robotic Surgical Tool

Highly accurate spatial measurement systems are among the enabling technologies that make image-guided surgery possible in modern operating theatres. We consider the problem of positional accuracy assessment for robotic surgical tool while using a multiple camera optical tracking system (OTS). Since the position of the surgical tool with respect to the bone is guided by tracking markers placed on the patient, to properly assess the surgical tool accuracy, the positional accuracy of the OTS must first be well understood.

LAFORCE: Log Analytics For Operational Intelligence

The goal of this project is to explore the use of log analytics and machine/deep learning techniques to improve Ubisoft operational intelligence. Logs contain a wealth of information, but often hindered by the lack of best practices, tools, and processes. Despite the importance of logging, the area has not evolved much over the years. At Ubisoft, logs are used extensively for various system diagnosis tasks. The analysis of logs, however, is usually performed manually, limiting the full potential of the information contained in logs.

Graphene-copper coatings for enhancing dropwise condensation

During this project, with the cooperation of Concordia University which has extensive knowledge in surface coatings and NanoXplore which produces Graphene, the intern will try to apply the graphene coatings on copper substrate in order to improve heat exchange in various applications. Graphene is a type of carbon material with outstanding properties. This novel material has many potential applications that can be beneficial to various industries who seek to improve the surface properties using scalable coatings.

Role of larval mortality in dynamics of forest tent caterpillar outbreaks

Forest tent caterpillars causes serious damage to hardwood forests across Canada, and outbreaks are currently on the rise in several provinces.
Recent research by our team and others suggests that while parasites and disease play a key role in ending outbreaks, predators attacking young caterpillars could be important in preventing the start of outbreaks.
This project measures predation on young caterpillars in outbreaking and non-outbreaking forests and identifies the predators responsible.

Ice accretion formation, its location and severity detection

As one of the most cost-competitive forms of renewable energy, the wind has remarkable potential for fulfilling the increasing demand for global energy in an environmentally responsible way. Wind turbines in cold climate are becoming one of the most popular trends for wind energy developments. Because of highly variable operational conditions, wind turbines demand a high degree of maintenance to provide a safe, cost-effective and reliable power output with acceptable equipment life.