Real world testing of online cognitive training and rehabilitation programs

With an aging population on the rise, the prevalence of cognitive decline is expected to increase substantially. Goal Management Training® (GMT) and the Memory and Aging Program® (MAP) are cognitive interventions that have been studied extensively and applied clinically to address these needs. Although previous research has demonstrated efficacy of the in-person versions of both MAP and GMT, significant barriers exist in the utilization of these programs. In light of these challenges, online versions of MAP and GMT have recently been developed.

Additive manufacturing of high-performance polymer parts for aerospace application

Additive manufacturing (AM), 3D printing, offers flexibility in manufacturing and can process a wide range of materials. In this project, polymers and composites are investigated to increase mechanical performance, and to reduce weight, cost, and lead time of candidate parts. Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) can greatly benefit from AM processes in aircraft engine components. In addition, AM can shorten the engine design cycle, and Research and Development (R&D) activities. This requires investigation of 3D printed parts and the impact of manufacturing parameters on final part properties, e.g.

Development and Optimization of a Pile Integrated Geo-Exchange System

Ground Source Heat Pumps (GSHPs) are a clean and sustainable alternative to conventional heating and cooling technologies. Currently, the high upfront costs and technical complexity of drilling and installing GSHPs is preventing their widespread adoption. Innovia GEO Corporation is developing a novel GSHP system that integrates directly into building structural piles. While these piles are used extensively in the construction industry as a building foundation component, their use as part of a GSHP is unexplored.

Scaffolding immersive, non-fiction storytelling collaboration: experiments in live journalism

How do you build trust with an audience expecting a factual, reported story while adding elements of performance to it? This research project explores the potential of the live stage for non-fiction narrative.

Developing a Compact, Medium Range 3D Imaging LiDAR System

The main technical objective for the intern is to contribute in developing a breadboard that utilizes the laser, receiver and scanner technologies and create a potentially very small lidar.
The intern other objectives might also include:
• Investigate the transmitter choices and down?select the best one
• Examine the available detector arrays
• Evaluate whether MEMS mirrors can be used for low?power, high?frame rate applications
Adoption of compact lidar technologies is critical for Optech to remain competitive in the expanding market for lidar solutions.

Surface property optimization of an insulation coating for glass

The handling and storage of perishables like vaccines are critical to retain medical potency and effectiveness for patient administration. The delivery of vaccines can succumb to several pitfalls such as physical damage, losses in transit and expiration. One of the primary causes of vaccine wastage is a result of heat and freezing of the biological products. These sensitive perishables quickly spoil if not maintained in the correct temperature range of a refrigerator that is kept to +2°C to +8°C.

Development of an innovative UV-LED based platform for horticultural applications

We are proposing an innovative platform (The Airbox) for vertical/indoor farming using UV-LED lighting. The Airbox offers a self-contained, highly controlled environment with vertical farming techniques in conjunction with hydroponic methods all in a very compact footprint. We wish to optimize the Airbox for medical Cannabis applications, and extend its applicability to other plants and crops.

Evaluation of novel approaches to improve the medical information consumption experience for physicians

Patients expect doctors to provide them with the best available care, but it can be overwhelming for doctors to stay current on an enormous amount of new medical information. The medical staff of pharmaceutical companies create educational resources that are uniquely useful but not often used by doctors. These resources are valuable because they summarize relevant research papers for specific topics regarding the uses of companies’ medicines and keep them up to date.

Exploration of Hybrid Bio-Nanocomposite Materials for Smart Textiles and Wearable Health Technology

Wearable technology is contributing to the movement toward seamless connectivity. In the health industry, applications of wearable technology, and functional ‘smart’ fabrics more generally, are improving lives every day. Merging biotechnology with nanomaterials science is one avenue along which scientists are pursuing advanced materials with enhanced functionalities. From anti-bacterial activity to protection from the sun, the next generation of ‘smart’ textiles will draw upon the synergistic combination of components such as enzymes, nanoparticles and synthetic chemical complexes.

Developing ‘all-natural’ approaches to food-grade Malic acid production

Malic acid is a naturally-occurring chemical found in fruits such as blueberries, apples, cherries and grapes. Malic acid gives food a sour or tart taste. Because of this, it is an important food additive used to balance sweetness or salt. Examples of industrial malic acid use in snack foods are sour gummy candies and flavoured potato chips. Bartek Ingredients Inc. is a Canadian company and the largest manufacturer of malic acid in the world. Malic acid is made commercially from petroleum products, a non-renewable resource. Bartek Ingredients Inc.