New Generation of Precast Sandwich Walls Using Ultra-High Performance (UHPC) Concrete and Fibre Reinforced Polymer (FRP) Connectors

Precast concrete sandwich panels are commonly used as architectural or structural walls. A typical concrete panel is made of two normal strength concrete wythes and a layer of a rigid insulation sandwiched in between. The purpose of this research is to design and experimentally validate a new generation of precast sandwich panels that are much lighter in weight by using a special ultra-high strength concrete, leading to only 25 mm thick wythes. This will lead to significant savings in shipping, handling and installation costs.

Development of a numerical wave uprush prediction tool for the Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority Lake Ontario and St. Lawrence River shoreline

Wave uprush and the potential for flooding are natural hazards that must be determined by the Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority (CRCA) prior to the approval of a near-shore development. The purpose of calculating wave uprush is to recommend building sites that are outside of the wave uprush area (and floodplain in general) to land owners and municipalities, as well as provide information for flood proofing of existing buildings, roadways, etc. The CRCA has manually calculated wave uprush at 200 sites along the more than 200 km of shoreline in eastern Lake Ontario and the St.

Customer Lifetime Value Framework for the Banking Industry

The Customer Lifetime Value (CLV) framework provides a holistic approach to measurement and management of long-terms customer relations. The goal is to take into account all of the services and products customers need or might need across an organization and maximize long term benefits for both the firm and the customer. While simple in concept, CLV is not simple to implement.

An Advanced Machine Vision-Based System for the Recognition and Counting of Indian Coins

Counting coins, with speed and accuracy, has been a challenging issue for banks and stores. People used to count coins manually before the arrival of coin counting machines. The process of counting coins manually is a very time consuming and tedious job. Moreover, mistakes are
likely to occur due to various reasons such as fatigue, eye tiredness and too many coins of nearly same shape and size cause confusion in sorting and counting.

Comparative analysis of reliability-surrogate measures using an ensemble of realistic water distribution networks

To evaluate the reliability of a water distribution system, surrogate measures are commonly used because of its easy computation and intuitive behavior. Some recent researchers have acknowledge the need to identify correlations between these indexes in order to select the ones that may be measuring similar properties of the networks and therefore are not adding further knowledge on how to make the systems more reliable.

Controlled Passive Energy Management in Prosthetic Foot Components: Cosmetic Cover Design and Performance during Simulated Gait

There is a need for higher functioning prosthetic components available at a lower cost. The Niagara Foot™ is a low cost, high function energy return prosthetic device targeted towards developing regions. The system is comprised of keel and cover components developed through partnership of Niagara Prosthetics and Orthotics International (NPOI) and Queen’s University. A new collaboration being established with the National Research Center for Rehabilitation Technical Aids (NRRA), Beijing China, aims to develop a fabrication method for the foot system.

Modelling of Surgical Workflows

Minimally invasive interventions are becoming increasingly common as they improve patient outcomes such as recovery time and infection risk; however,

these procedures can be difficult for operators to learn. To improve surgical training efficacy, computer-assisted training, which must provide feedback in the form of instruction and skill evaluation, can be used. The training system must have a sufficient model of the procedural workflow, which can be described surgical process models.

Selling Awareness: Comparing Media Representations of Domestic Violence in France and Canada

Both Canada and France evidence high levels of domestic violence and, as such, various governmental and non-governmental bodies attempt to address the problem through media awareness campaigns. The Mitacs Award will support the media analysis of recent French media campaigns developed to create awareness around domestic violence, comparing these with depictions of domestic violence employed to sell products.

National ID Systems and Techniques of Population Control: The development of surveillance-assisted political economy from colonial to neoliberal times in Japan

My project investigates the colonial development of Japan’s national identification (ID) systems, and the transformation of those surveillance techniques in our digital age. National ID systems identify individuals with a centralized ID number, collect and use the different kinds of personal data for multiple purposes. Those ID techniques have spread rapidly in the “war on terror” and the globalized economy. However, many of them are historically rooted in colonialism. Fingerprinting was invented in India under the British Empire.

Facilitators and Barriers to Knowledge Translation for Diabetes Management in Mexican Health Units

Type 2 Diabetes (T2D) is a major cause of death worldwide (“WHO | The top 10 causes of death,” 2014). In Mexico, high incidence rates of diagnosed T2D (9.2%) and obesity (34.4%) pose a burden for the health system (Instituto Nacional de Salud Publica (INSP), 2012b). A national strategy for diabetes management, the Grupos de Ayuda Mutua (GAM), has been implemented, in response to rising T2D rates. Individual GAMs consist of peer-support and education and clinical attention by a health care team.