AI Powered Adaptive Assessment

This project focuses on the problem of time and the human resources involved in conducting a secure offline/online pre-recruitment or training assessment. We are proposing an online secured platform powered by Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning for safe and smooth online assessments, boasting of an advanced reporting and automated process to save time and ensure the right decisions are made regarding employee performance.

Effectiveness of Cannabis strains at reducing seizure rate in a zebrafish model of epilepsy

Cannabis has been used for centuries to treat epilepsy and related convulsive disorders. While Anecdotal evidence suggests a therapeutic benefit in some patients, there is little information as to what compounds within Cannabis plants may have medicinal benefits. This work will highlight specific strains (which CEPG will grow locally in Jackson’s Arm, NL) that will potentially provide effective seizure control in epileptic patients.

Cost-Effective Computer Simulation for the Offshore and Marine Industry

Computer simulations have been widely used by the offshore and marine industry, but they typically use different software to simulate different components of a single operational scenario. For example, the tool can be used for the analysis of wave loads of a moored structure in ice infested areas, eliminating the need for analyzing wave load, mooring tension, and ice loads, separately.

Granular Jamming-based Mechanism for Robot Fish Actuation

With the advantages of swimming with quiet, compliant, and continuous strokes, soft robot fish have significant potentials to be used in the study of marine life and ocean environment quietly without disturbing marine animals. Our project is to design and build a robot fish that is self-contained and capable of mimicking body kinematics of biological fish in nature. A new actuation mechanism is proposed in this project. It will efficiently transmit the motor power to the continuous oscillation of soft tail to allow the robot fish to maneuver in the water.

Dynamic Modeling of Hydrate Formation and Dissociation in the Presence of Thermodynamic and Kinetic Hydrate Inhibitors

This project supports a joint industry project (JIP) involving operator companies active in offshore Newfoundland and Labrador. The JIP is supported through a contract with Petroleum Research NL (PRNL). The project aims to remove obstacle to cost effective developments from marginal oil fields in Atlantic Canada. This will be through developing strategies and techniques to manage the formation of solid like natural gas hydrate in subsea production systems. The MITACS support will be used to hire a Postdoctoral fellow (PDF) to support the activities envisaged in the main JIP project.

Effectiveness of an electronic technique and adherence monitoring device on the clinical outcomes of patients with asthma: an exploratory pilot randomized controlled trial

Mobile health (mHealth) strategies hold a great promise to enhance treatment outcomes while mitigating health care costs. It allows health care providers to tailor treatments to each individual based on their lifestyle. The primary objective of this project is to assess the effectiveness of the BreatheSuite Metered Dose Inhaler device in improving the technique and adherence of inhaled medications among children with asthma.

Wind Powered Heat Generator

Imagine a freezingly cold winter day with the strong wind blowing outside your house somewhere in Newfoundland, and you are comfortably sitting in your room with heating and warm water - even during a power outage! This could be realized with a novel device that directly converts the wind energy to heat. This project aims to develop such a technology. The kinetic energy from the rotational motion of a small wind turbine is converted to thermal energy through fluid agitation and friction in a unique heat generator with specially designed rotating blades, baffles, and working fluid.

Porous polymeric extraction devices for fast, convenient, and portable monitoring of organic contaminants in marine environments

Organic contaminants enter the marine environment through atmospheric transport, runoff into waterways, or directed disposal into the ocean. They are prone to long-range, bioaccumulation and can have adverse effects on human health and the environment. In this project, a simple and convenient extraction device developed for analysis of organic pollutants will be examined for various types of environmental monitoring such as active and passive sampling. Our proof-of-concept studies have shown the that these devices provide simple, high throughput, reliable and green analyses.

Advance WAAM for hybrid manufacturing and additive repair purposes

Nowadays, the need for newer, more flexible, and efficient production methods is higher than ever. As a disruptive manufacturing technology, powder-based additive manufacturing (AM) systems are best suited for the fabrication of complex but small components. The limited enclosed working envelope of the powder-based AM processes, along with their low deposition rate, hinder their capabilities in the fabrication of large-scale parts.

Development of Decision Support System for Dynamic positioning Control of Vessel

Current work presents an overall framework for control and monitoring of dynamic position of vessel in the offshore facilities. In the core of the framework a control system will be used to keep vessel in desired position and an estimator to estimate ice, wind speed etc. Outer layer of the framework presents a monitoring system that alert the operator when vessel moves away from safe operation zone. All the results of the framework will be presented in a graphical user interface. The graphical user interface will give a complete overview of the position control and monitoring state.