Multi-agent Quadrotor Control and Distributed Intelligence in GPS Denied Environments

Networks are ubiquitous in our world. In broad terms, a networked control system consists of sensors, actuators and controllers interconnected and coordinated through a communication network. Networked control with distributed intelligence can open new directions in the industry of robotic entertainment allowing for pursuer-evader games to be played with multiple robots. The research proposed here will give a first step in this direction.

Comparing and Improving Approaches to Topic Modeling

The proposed research project aims at evaluating and improving a technique in Statistical Natural Processing called Topic Modelling in order to apply it to real-life scenarios. Topic modeling is a techniques that allows the quick discovery of what the main topics of a document collection are, and thus automatically answers the question “What do these documents talk about?”.
Several approaches have been proposed to implement topic modeling, but their evaluation have rarely taken the end-use into account.

An Interdisciplinary Approach to Investigating Innovative Online and Blended Pedagogical Practices - Duplicated

This proposal outlines an interdisciplinary, multi-method program of research to develop evidence-based frameworks for implementation and evaluation of innovative instructional practices offered by KnowledgeOne, an international online learning provider for post-secondary institutions, and its elearning partner, Concordia University.

Agent-based scheduling in community health care

In this project, the intern will design a community health care scheduling system for the allocation of home visits to care givers in community health care. The system adopts an agent-based distributed system architecture which take patients scheduling preferences on time, location and care givers into account when assigning care givers to home visit appointments. In addition, the system will also provide care givers with the opportunity to express their preferences and availability constraints in taking service appointments.

Auditing in the cloud, Using OpenStack Congress

In a multi-tenant cloud environment, several tenants share the same physical resources. To ensure security of tenants’ data and process, appropriate security measures should be implemented by the cloud provider at multiple layers. Particularly, appropriate controls for end-to-end network isolation must be put in place. The proposed research project aims at elaborating innovative and efficient approaches and methods to audit end-to-end network isolation in the cloud.

Interactive Agent-based eLearning Environment

Mentorina is launching an intelligent learning system that helps teachers observe, measure, and improve each student’s individual performance in the classroom. Teachers can design individualized assignments or exams and through cognitive and metacognitive assessments, they can accurately measure how quickly students are learning the material and can determine each student’s level of comprehension. Through an interactive social media platform, teachers can then help improve a student’s performance on an individual basis.

Morphodynamic model development to better integrate the impact of riparian vegetation on bank erosion

Morphodynamic models are increasingly used in watershed management to predict the evolution of river channels and to test management scenarios prior to their implementation. The impact of plants in riparian zones is particularly critical to better document, but the current models rarely integrate this component. This project will use a bank erosion module and a vegetation module, recently developed during the intern’s PhD research to address some of the weaknesses of existing morphodynamic models, to develop knowledge on the effects of riparian plants on bank erosion.

Enhancing service quality in community health care through preference-based scheduling

In this project, the intern will develop an integrated patients and care givers scheduling system for the allocation of health care resources in community health care. This system provides patients with an online preference collecting interface for them to express their preferences on time, location, and care givers when estimating their service costs and booking a service appointment. In addition, the system will also provide care givers with the opportunity to express their preferences and availability constraints in taking service appointments.

Development of Cost-Effective Solutions for Energy Management in Smart Buildings

This project aims at developing control strategies under the paradigm of Demand Response (DR) in the context of the Smart Grid in order to improve energy efficiency and to reduce operational cost in commercial buildings and communities. The emphasis is put on consumer side energy management strategies that able to balance energy demand and supply and to reduce the overall operational cost while providing an enhanced performance.

Development of efficient and inexpensive thermal storage “on demand” for Dish/Stirling System

In this project we aim to study means of development of a new concept of the thermal energy storage (TES) technology which allows for the collection of thermal energy for later use. With the Solar Power System it is necessary to balance energy demand between day and night time. On the one hand, TES can help improve the performance of a power generating system by achieving full load operation of the thermodynamic cycle at high efficiency. On the other hand, demand for energy for personal needs is unsteady during the day.