Evaluation of the retention of antioxidants in grape tomatoes using microwave vacuum drying

Microwave energy combined with a vacuum environment can be used for rapid low temperature dehydration and produce high quality food products. Industrial processing of tomatoes involves various treatment steps that affect the final profile of antioxidants in commercial food products. The goal of this project is to evaluate the retention of antioxidants in grape tomatoes using microwave vacuum drying. The influence of retention of antioxidants in grape tomatoes by microwave vacuum drying will be compared with air drying and freeze drying.

Intelligent sensing devices for automatized non-invasive breath-based diagnosis

There is a permanent demand for technological advances in the automotive sector that allow the timely detection of drivers under the influence of alcohol. Although there are technologies to estimate alcohol in blood such as breathalyzers with a mouthpiece, the suspect individual needs to breathe through the mouthpiece as enough to reach the sensor threshold. This is inconvenient for people. Tools to reliably assess the state of sobriety of the individual behind the wheel and timely identify alcoholized ones are still missing.

Hybrid Precoding/Combining (HPC) and Self-Interference Cancellation (SIC) for Full-Duplex (FD) Massive-Multiple-Input Multiple-Output (mMIMO) Wireless Communications Systems

The rapid advancement of wireless communications has drastically transformed the world over the last few decades. The next-generation wireless communication systems are expected to support a wide variety of requirements for diverse applications (e.g., the Internet of Things (IoT), industrial IoT (IIoT), autonomous driving, healthcare, virtual/augmented reality). Meeting such stringent requirements will bring significant challenges and require the exploration of new enabling technologies.

Understanding pediatric COVID-19 immunization rates and its impact on transmission

The COVID-19 vaccination is now widely available for children aged 5 and older, and has been shown to be both safe and effective at preventing serious health outcomes from COVID-19. However, most children in the United States are not vaccinated. In order for public health to identify sub-groups to target immunization campaigns and other efforts towards, they need to know who to target. To this end, we seek to determine what community-level characteristics predict underimmunization in children.

Improving dynamic range by using rich sensing and gain-scheduled control for improved haptic feedback

For the past several years Haply Robotics has been developing high-performance, inexpensive, haptic devices that can be used in a variety of applications, such as medical simulation for the purposes of training. Haply is currently interested in the use of commercial off-the-shelf manipulandums, such as the Valve Index (Valve Index, 2022), that measures the user’s applied grip force to characterize the user’s grip as gentle or forceful.

Controlling Ilyonectria mors-panacis in ginseng gardens with better nutrition and fungal inhibitors

North American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius L.) is a medicinal crop that was used by indigenous people in North America to treat aliments from headache to indigestion. Today, most of the North American ginseng is produced in shaded gardens in southwestern Ontario, Canada. It is a prized health supplement in traditional Asian medicine, making this an economically valuable crop for growers. However, the sustainability of the commercial ginsen crop is in jeopardy due to a soil-inhabiting fungal pathogen that causes a deadly root rot in the crop.

Signal profiling of 5-HT2A receptors to develop new biased ligands

G protein coupled receptors (GCPRs) are proteins found at the surface of cells are responsible for activating numerous intracellular signaling pathways and thus are involved in regulating about every physiological response. Activation of GPCRs occurs via a diverse array of stimuli as varied as photons, lipids, ions, small hormone or neurotransmitters through to larger peptidic and protein molecules. Currently, GPCRs are currently the target of up to 40% of marketed drugs.

Characterization study of the pressure drop throughout lifetime of the Ruby-Fill generators

The objective of this study will be to characterize the generator column line resistance, at different flow rates, throughout the generator lifecycle.

IMU-based motor variability metrics in para-swimming

Recent advances in wearable technology have allowed for a developed understanding of how swimmers move, by collecting acceleration data of the swimmers. Current advances can provide information on how each side of the body responds differently to fatigue and can automatically detect which type of stroke is being completed. However, how swimmers accelerate up and down in the water, and how their body rotates has not been explored in detail for para-swimmers.

Data mining from computer-aided design files

Currently, the service provided by Axya links manufacturers and buyers of manufactured goods. In order to find aperfect match between a manufacturer and a buyer, the computer-aided design (CAD) files they share need to beanalyzed. However, manual analysis of large amounts of CAD files is too time-consuming while requiring highengineering expertise. Based on this, it is proposed 1) to investigate ways of automating the analysis of CAD fileswith data mining; 2) to retrieve and analyze crucial features from CAD files; and 3) to identify future venues forCAD data mining system development.