Designing for Urban Agriculture in a smart community

This project will develop appropriate strategies for a “Smart Community” of the future with respect to the integration of food growing and processing spaces into the community. This may range from rooftop greenhouses, residential growing sunspaces, community gardens, food producing building components, etc. As well this proposal will investigate how food production will interact with other essential systems and infrastructure in such a community.

Correction of Non-ideal Lighting Conditions for Face Recognition in Alcohol Ignition Interlock Devices

The alcohol interlock system manufactured by Alcohol Countermeasure Systems (ACS) is an in-vehicle breath alcohol testing instrument that prevents a vehicle engine from being started if the breath alcohol concentration of the driver is over a pre-set limit. With the current countermeasures, the alcohol interlock devices, with a high certainty, can confirm that the blown air is from a human, but fails to indicate whether he/she is the intended driver.

Development of an On-body Sensor Network Using a combination of INS and USID System and its application to ExoLegs™

Bionik Laboratories Inc. has developed ExoLegs™, a battery powered, motor driven, robotic pair of legs intended for use in rehabilitation and mobility enhancement of individuals with paraplegia. ExoLegs represents a technology that improves rehabilitation and recovery of paraplegics and reduces secondary health issues that result from confinement to wheelchairs for extended periods.

Pushing the boundaries of digital media technology

AWE Company is currently using the technology to take tourists back in time to the Canadian historical site of Fort York, the birthplace of Toronto’s urban center, which served as the city’s primary defense from the mid 1700s to late 1800s.

The Time Tablet™ utilizes a camera to blend virtual objects with real environments providing users with the unique experience of being virtually transported to Fort York in its prime.

The Community Learning Hub Knowledge Mobilization

While the use of specific drugs including cannabis cocaine, ecstasy, and heroin by youth 15-24 in Canada decreased in 2011 (Health Canada), the rate of drug use by youth 15-24 years of age remains much higher compared to that of adults 25 years and older.  (Health Canada).  Early intervention and education for youth has been suggested to provide protective effect (Hurry & Lloyd), and interactive approaches to that education and intervention have been found to be beneficial (Shiner & Newburn).


Mitacs Globalink student facilitates growth in Toronto communities

Mariana is working on a research project with Dr. Leila Farah from Ryerson University’s Department of Architectural Science. Her research project –The Inclusive City: Cultivating Toronto’s Social Fabric, One Garden at a Time – will see Mariana first researching neighbourhoods in Toronto to identify specific communities with crime-related issues, and then survey spaces where urban gardens could be incorporated. The next step will be to develop the design proposal, as well as a well-thought-out plan for implementation of the urban participatory gardens.

AWE Technology Development Project - The Virtual History of Fort York

Divani's AWE Augmented Reality product is expected to assist Fort York to create a more engaging experience for the attraction’s 100,000 annual visitors. By combining the historical value of Fort York with the immersive experience of AR, the organization will be able to increase revenue to assist with its financial goals. Divani Films is expected to benefit from a successful rollout by generating new revenue streams from the licensing of AWE technology and/or forming additional partnerships within the tourism industry as well as other industries (gaming, sports, etc.).

Analysis and Evaluation of Heathwood Green Home

In order to meet the new 2012 Ontario Building Code (OBC) standard and further differentiate its leadership in the housing market, Heathwood Home has developed a pilot study to examine the cost-benefit of different energy efficiency upgrades and renewable energy technologies that could apply to low-rise residential dwellings. The overall objectives of the proposed study will be three-fold. First, through building energy simulation and other life-cycle based method, cost-benefits of different potential upgrades will be determined.

Developing advanced techniques for denoising Low-dose CT Images

Computed Tomography (CT) is one of the most widespread non-invasive imaging modalities in medical diagnostics. Recent concerns regarding radiation induced cancer, has drawn a lot of attention to reduce the radiation dose used during CT scanning. However, the signal to noise ratio of scans taken at lower radiation dose is considerably lower than at higher dosages, resulting in poorer diagnostic accuracy. Hence post processing of low-dose scans has become a major concern in medical image processing.

Modelling Guidance for Low Impact Development Practices

To combat the degradation of receiving water resulting from stormwater runoff approaches that focus on retaining and infiltrating stormwater at the source, referred to as Low Impact Development (LID) practices, are being proposed more frequently in recent years. Toronto and Region Conservation Authority recently initiated monitoring of precipitation and runoff from a large industrial site, comprised of several buildings and extensive paved areas, in which several LID practices have been constructed: rainwater harvesting system, biofilters, vegetated swales and porous pavement.