Interactive image segmentation for the diyorama mobile engine

Hololabs Studio Inc. is developing a mobile platform called Diyorama, which enables users to arrange images into interactive 3-D scenes with an aesthetic similar to paper craft and collage art. Users can include image from their photo libraries, social networks, or image search results in order to create customized playable scenes from existing content. The research project adds the ability to interactively extract foreground objects from unwanted background imagery in order to provide useful assets for building one’s scene.

Solution of complementarity problems arising from rigid body dynamics simulations

Modeling and simulation of realistic motion is one of the important topics in mechanical engineering and related areas. Such simulations become much more challenging when rigid body dynamics with frictional contacts appears. The total number of contact points is very important and is a key element to determine the difficulty level of the simulation, meaning that if the number of contact points increases, the simulation becomes too difficult or even impossible. In this project, we would like to develop algorithms by which we can do the simulation for large number of contact points.

Computational nanoscale design of advanced lithium iron phosphate battery cathodes

Advanced energy storage materials are essential to the continued economic prosperity of our society, as we move towards the electrification of the transportation industry and the further development of our renewable energy resources. Accelerating the pace of discovery and development in advanced energy storage materials will therefore be vital to maintaining economic competitiveness in the twenty-first century.

Research and implementation of haptics device integration with a dynamics simulation engine and applications to milling and drilling force feedback (second stage)

Virtual environments represented by multibody system models play an important role in many applications. Adding the possibility of the user directly interacting with such environments via physical touch using haptics can significantly enhance the usability and range of application of simulated environments.

SN-38 (or 5-FU) drug encapsulation in liposomes transported by magnetotactic bacteria for localized colorectal cancer treatment

 

Cancers are treated today with the appropriate combination of chemotherapy drugs, surgery and radiation. Chemotherapy is almost invariably dosed intravenously, and enters the systemic blood flow where it circulates around the whole body, coming into contact with healthy cells as well as cancerous ones. This systemic dosing has two big problems: too little drug gets to cancer cells, and too much drug comes into contact with healthy cells, causing side effects. Frequently, these dose-limiting side-effects prevent us from delivering the maximally effective anti-cancer drug dose.

Improving Metallic Yield in a Steel Rolling Plant through Optimization

The objective of this project is to use optimization to improve metallic yield (the percentage of raw material that ends up as usable product) in an ArcelorMital Steel Rolling Plant. The metallic yield of the rolling operations depends upon the length of billets from which the final product is manufactured. Ideally, a single customer order would be filled using billets of precisely the length that would yield the minimum achievable amount of scrap.

Research and implementation of Haptics Device Integration With a Dynamics Simulation Engine and Applications to Milling and Drilling Force Feedback

Virtual environments represented by multibody system models play an important role in many applications. Adding the possibility of the user directly interacting with such environments via physical touch using haptics can significantly enhance the usability and range of application of simulated environments.

Effects of Nozzle Design and Tool Rotational Speed on MQL Performance in Machining of Aerospace Materials

Minimum Quantity Lubrication (MQL) is a new technology used nowadays in machining processes and is very promising for near dry machining. Compared to dry machining and flood machining processes MQL  has clear economical and ecological advantages. However, MQL implementation is still applied using a trial and error approach. Limited research work has been done on evaluating the effect of MQL on product quality, especially, in aerospace materials (composites and difficult to cut materials like Inconel).

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