Modular Energy Storage and Control Systems

The excessive burning of fossil fuels into our atmosphere is causing our climate to change rapidly. This change in climate will have detrimental effects on home security, crop yield, energy security, and water scarcity. Many geopolitical and social pressures are present to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. As of now over 70% of electricity in Nova Scotia is being generated by fossil fuels, more specifically over 50% of all electricity in Nova Scotia is coming from coal fire power-plants, one of the heaviest GHG emitting sources of energy.

Repurposing poultry industry wastes to generate high value microbial metabolites for plant growth promotion

The global population is projected to rise from about 7.2 billion in 2014 to 9.6 billion people in 2050 as predicted by the World Resources Institute. With a rapid growth of world’s population, there is a dire need for food. To cope with this ever-increasing demand for food, the use of large amounts of fertilizers, chemical pesticides and antimicrobial agents are being adopted. Although the use of agrochemicals increased plant productivity, they come at the cost of damage to the environment, agro-ecosystems and living organisms facing harmful residual effects.

Infra-Climate Hybrid Bridge Design System

Integral Abutment Bridges (IABs) are unique structures in the sense that they are rigid compared to typical bridges that have bearing connections. Bridges are designed to withstand forces sourcing from its own weight and ongoing traffic as well as temperature forces. As the temperature varies (cyclic in nature), the bridge experiences contraction and expansion forces that result in varying internal stresses within the structure that causes the bridge to wear.

Innovating a crop assessment system using a real-time, hardware-based drone image processing system to support on-the-spot decision in agriculture

Agricultural producers are concerned about producing food, increasing productivity, and making sustainability, while drones along with governments, technology leaders, and industry are playing an important role as a part of solution of this [9]. This drone imagery is for farmers so that, they can fly their fields, and not only pinpoint issues such as, irrigation leaks, leaf color variation or pest, but also highlight where these issues are occurring. But the image processing time is often too late to remedy that solution.

Enhancing horticultural production through carbon dioxide enrichment and heat recovery from municipal organics composting

Vertical farming is an innovative urban agricultural practice that can efficiently use resources to supply food for communities, while high energy cost is becoming an economic bottleneck to long-term development and growth of the technology. The potential exists to capture and take advantage of by-products generated from the biological decay of the organics during the composting process, including CO2 gas and heat.

A Usability Study of Teacher Help: Classroom Management

The goal of the proposed research project is to evaluate the usability of a new module for an existing eLearning program for classroom teachers called Teacher Help. The new module is designed to provide training in evidence-based classroom management strategies to decrease disruptive classroom behaviour.

Research and Data Analysis of Aycoutay Wellness Device user scans

The Aycoutay Health Screening Device is based on well-established EEG technology. It is a modern, computerized EDA based health monitoring/screening device that performs a comprehensive analysis of the bio-electrical activity of each organ and gland, as well as the critical interrelationship between them, using algorithms that translate this electrical data into diagnostic information. It is designed for wellness consumers and provides a primary diagnostic estimation or an opinion about state of internal organ systems.

Development of a CSA Standard on Geotechnical Design for Buildings

The National Building Code of Canada (and hence Canada) currently lacks an enforceable minimum safety standard for the design of its foundations. It is becoming increasingly apparent to the geotechnical community that the lack of a minimum standard of practice for such a critical component of each building, its foundation, leads to either inefficient designs, and so a waste of limited funds, or to designs which fall below a societally acceptable level of safety.

Identification of high-frequency periodic acoustic fish tags with deep learning

Innovasea produces fish tags and receivers to track the presence and motion of fish and marine mammals while underwater. Fish tracking (acoustic telemetry) is used by researchers worldwide to determine the abundance and habits of marine life, make decisions about fishing seasons and allowed catches, and help protect marine mammals. Innovasea has developed a novel high-frequency tag technology that is suitable for very small fish and generates more precise trajectories.

Assessing Equipment and Technologies for use in the Development of Dykelands and Upland in Atlantic Canada for Sustainable Agricultural Production

The research in this Master’s project is focused on documenting and analyzing the contemporary costs associated with maintaining and/or developing agricultural dykeland and the costs associated with the development of upland. It will also recognize the evolution of land development equipment and identify modern equipment and technologies appropriate to maximize agricultural potential on both dykeland and upland.