Developing and Assessing Composite Production Technology

Police commonly create composite pictures of criminals in order to aid their search for suspects. Traditionally, composites have been created from large sets of pictures or line drawings of features, (e.g. eyes, mouths, noses, hair). Such systems produce poor likenesses. 3D Sherlock Software is a computer-based program for developing facial composites that relies on three dimensional facial images. The program works iteratively based on images selected by users to move towards a better and better likeness of the target individual.

State of the Art Study of Civil Infrastructure for Advanced Rapid Transit

This project is in partnership with ISIS Canada. Bombardier’s Advanced Rapid Transit (ART) solution is a medium capacity transit system, filling the gap between street‐running trams (low capacity) and heavy rail metros (high capacity). This internship aims to understand the design decisions and how new approaches and technology can reduce the costs of civil infrastructure for ART systems. The prime focus of this study is on the guideway (beams, columns, footings) and its cost.

Large-scale Solar Farm Optimization for Ontario

Solar photovoltaic cells convert sunlight directly into electricity. As the technology has evolved it has become increasingly attractive to companies to invest in large solar farms. Solar energy is an inherently intermittent resource. For companies to invest millions (each 10MW solar PV farm represents an investment somewhere between $40 ‐ $45 million) in developing solar farms they must possess extremely reliable predictions of the energy output of the system.

Development of a New Non-contact Rotational Position Sensor for Fault Detection in Gear Boxes

Litens Automotive currently uses an axially mounted non-contact magnet based rotational position sensor in several applications to accurately and precisely measure shaft rotational position. This type of sensor has no moving parts, which allows it to be extremely durable with respect to useful life. With this robustness, coupled with low per unit cost, it has great potential to be used in mass produced items.

The Effects of Weight and Weight Distribution on Muscular Activity and Trunk Posture when Sighting a Rifle

The advent of new weapon-mounted technologies poses new challenges for assault rifle design. Changes in rifle weight and center of mass (COM) can have significant impacts on soldiers’ rifle handling and ability to engage a target. Defense Research and Development Canada (DRDC), as part of a larger NATO Task Group, have hired Human Systems Inc., to investigate integration issues associated with new weapon systems. Testing will be conducted on a highly secured live-fire range using experienced Canadian soldiers as subjects. Human Systems Inc.

Novel Control System for Haptic Actuation

Haptics is a growing area of robotics in which users physically interact with dynamic real/virtual environments via active robotic hand-controllers, known as “haptic devices”. Recent emerging applications of haptic technology such as rehabilitation or surgical training simulators require stable high-performance human-to-human interaction in real/virtual environments. Such haptic interaction requires powerful high-performance haptic devices that can produce large force/torque levels suitable for human-level interactions over sustained periods of time.

Light-Weight Problem Determination in DB2

The desire to offer on-demand 24/7 services means there is pressure to quickly identify and resolve problems in a database management system (DBMS). Problem determination tools rely on the existence of sufficient monitoring data to support analysis but monitoring introduces overhead and so causes decreased application performance. The proposed research seeks to provide effective light-weight tools for monitoring and analysis to support problem determination in DBMSs.

Light-weight Monitoring of DB2

The desire to offer on-demand, 24/7 services means there is pressure to quickly identify and resolve problems in a database management system (DBMS). Problem determination tools rely on the existence of sufficient monitoring data to support analysis but monitoring introduces overhead and so causes decreased application performance. The proposed research seeks to provide effective light-weight tools for monitoring and analysis to support problem determination in DBMSs.

Simplified Mathematical Models to Describe Ethylene Oxide Catalyst Activity and Selectivity

The scope of this project is to develop alternative simplified mathematical models for the description of ethylene oxide catalyst activity and selectivity decline based on plant historical data. The models will be employed and evaluated for on line performance monitoring and prediction. Adaptive, online model estimation procedures may be required for these purposes.

A Defense System Against DDoS Attacks

Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks are widely regarded as a major threat to the Internet because of their ability to make a service unavailable and create a huge volume of unwanted traffic. Unwanted traffic control is one of the most important challenges of Bell Canada. Current countermeasures cannot assure higher quality of service under a tremendous increase in unwanted traffic.

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