AI Optimized On-Board Computer for Edge computing in Aerospace Applications

Space systems such as small satellites and rovers operating in earth’s orbit, or more recently in interplanetary missions are starting to utilize the features of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in their designs, to reduce human interactions, minimize error and preserve communication bandwidth. AI in space applications can be seen in service vehicles, autonomous image and signal processing, Earth observation, telecommunication and surveillance.

Can targeting substance misuse risk in university students be an effective strategy for injury prevention?

The proposed research project is a novel addition to a larger funded trial evaluating a substance misuse intervention program for university students, Univenture, that is being carried out at five universities across Canada. The postdoctoral project is experimental in nature and aimed to investigate whether the personality-targeted psychological intervention for substance misuse also results in reduced risk-taking behaviors and physical injury among 1st and 2nd year university undergraduate students.

Well-being in Nova Scotia’s communities: Applying a community well-being framework to track provincial health

Engage Nova Scotia currently holds the most information on Canadian’s well-being in one place, both in terms of number of Canadians and the content of the information. Drawing from the Canadian Index of Well-Being framework, we are able to compare well-being between communities in Nova Scotia to better understand what helps or hinders a high quality of life. This project will focus on analyzing the well-being data and developing infrastructure within the organization to build on this research.

Optimizing Wall Formwork Shuttering Design Using Prefabricated Panels in Concrete Construction

Determining an optimal formwork shuttering solution is not a well answered problem, relying heavily on the designer’s preferences and past experiences rather than efficient algorithms and standardized procedures. This results in inefficient solutions that increase overall costs and construction time. Globally, formwork is nearly a $6 billion USD/ year industry; even minor improvements in efficiency of design will result in huge cost savings.

This research aims to develop a standardized methodology and identify general heuristics for solving typical wall formwork problems.

Research into an Implementation Framework for National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) in NL

On June 3, 2019, the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) released its Final Report. Among its 231 recommendations, Calls for Justice 5.7 and 9.2(iii) urge the federal, provincial, and territorial governments to take specific steps to strengthen civilian oversight of police services by ensuring stronger Indigenous participation in police boards and other oversight authorities.
Frameworks for civilian oversight of police services exist in many Canadian and other common law jurisdictions.

Improvement and validation of the integrity of a novel commercial software for utility pole design

The conventional utility pole design methodologies used a decade or so ago produced poles that would be considered “safe” but in most cases they were not cost-effective solutions. This is because the resulting poles were usually over-designed, mainly due to several simplifying assumptions and incorporation of various rules-of-thumbs in the design procedures. Such design practices were, however, challenged by various regulators and legal/public agencies.

Optimized Controllers for Second-life Battery Energy Storage Systems

The world’s electricity grids need affordable batteries to store large amounts of energy and allow for increased renewable power sources like wind and solar. Instead of building new batteries from scratch, millions of used batteries from retired electric vehicles can be given a second life on the electricity grids for a lower price and a smaller environmental footprint. This research project will develop a new computer program that can manage large groups of second-life batteries so they work effectively together as a team and even outperform more expensive batteries.

A low-power remote IoT device to sense ultrasonic signals for multiple channel system

In the end of this project, the proposed design will be published in two peer-reviewed journals. Also, the measure the data will be saved and analyzed in the UW-STREAM lab. After the analysis, the data converter speed, the channel selection capability and also the power consumption will be summarized and reported. From those data, both the partner and we can make a commercialized strategy. The desired applications and also the way to integrate the proposed design with the current product can be decided.

Forecasting Single Detached Residential Heat Demand byMonitoring Central Thermostat Response to Weather Conditions

This research seeks to find a method of predicting how much heating is required to maintain comfort in homes. By collecting information such as outside weather conditions and inside temperatures along with thermostat ontime, a method of predicting the needed heat for the home will be determined. Research involves installing devices in homes that record this information which will then reported to the researcher to create a mathematical representation of how unique home heating systems respond to outside conditions.

Harnessing the potential of land-based Aquaculture by-productsthrough the use of aerobic bioreactor technology

The overall project goal is the adoption of ensiling and aerobic bioreactor system used within recirculating aquaculture systems, a developing industry within aquaculture. RAS, produce waste streams incorporating various fish wastes. Some RAS operations integrate fish processing facilities onsite, further increasing waste products. Currently waste products form these systems are disposed of through outside contractors at cost. Through ensiling and aerobic processing, the overall aim is to bring control of waste processing in-house and create additional revenue stream from the waste.