Environmental testing of existing and proposed ropeless fishing system line management methods

The proposed research will examine differences amongst existing and potential alternatives for storing retrievable buoy line/rope on the ocean floor in ropeless fishing systems. Prior research has yet to evaluate respective strengths and weaknesses of alternatives (i.e. spooling, coiling, bagged). The proposed research will test the various methods of rope containment at varying depths and water conditions. It is predicted that loose coiling methods may become tangled and unreleasable in strong underwater currents/tides.

Disturbance thresholds and factors influencing community dynamics of epiphytic cyanolichens in Nova Scotia, with an emphasis on rare and at-risk species

The coastal wet mixedwood forests of Nova Scotia are globally important for lichen biodiversity, but several lichen species are now declining or endangered. This is concerning for forest managers, because forest companies may be subject to penalties if they inadvertently destroy the habitat of an endangered species. The causes of lichen declines are not fully understood, but hypotheses include forest harvesting, acid deposition (from SO2 emissions), and grazing pressure from slugs.

Searchable Social and Environmental Impact Measurement Database

Stakeholders from all business sectors are increasingly looking to businesses to address pressing social and/or environmental issues. Co-operatives are facing the same challenges, and must also use non-financial indicators to demonstrate their co-operative difference.
The purpose of this project is to develop a web-based searchable database of existing tools and frameworks to measure social and environmental performance of business and enterprises.

The Functional Resilience Question-AIR: Validation of an assessment tool designed to measure employee resilience

The purpose of this research is to validate the Functional Resilience Question-Air (FRQ; Kinley, 2016), an assessment tool based on scientific principles that use the latest research on resilience and neuroplasticity. Specifically, the Functional Resilience Question-Air identifies employees’ personal strengths, providing them with a global resilience score as well as a personalized development plan.

Dynamic clustering of temporally incremental energy consumption patterns in a knowledge cloud

This project will develop a new mechanism for grouping objects in a dynamic environment, where new objects are regularly added with limited or incomplete information. Furthermore, the information about the existing and new objects increases over time. This new grouping mechanism will be called dynamic clustering of temporally incremental patterns. The proposal will be tested using energy consumption patterns for a large number of buildings. The types of the buildings will vary based on their usage such as office buildings, warehouse, shopping malls, hospitals, educational institutes, etc.

Social and Environmental Impact of Co-operatives

The intern will work with the project supervisors to develop an online tool to capture 15 key performance indicators (KPIs) that reflect social and environment performance of co-operatives in Canada. The intern will attend focus meeting with the supervisors in order to identify the co-operative participants’ requirements. The intern will complete a systems mock-up and detailed user requirements document that will be approved by CEARC. An online web-based system will be developed to gather submitted data, produce benchmarks and functionality to create on-demand reports.

PACTA: Automated text mining and analysis of business contracts

PACTA is a cutting edge SaaS contract management and analysis product designed for SMBs that proactively manages and tracks business contracts and obligations, thereby minimizing business risk and saving up to 9% of the bottom line. The objective for the full-time 8-month internship, in partnership with Dr. Lingras at SMU and Mitacs is to identify and implement automated text mining technologies and processes as well as analysis and testing tools into a business critical environment.

Research & Develop Online Tools for Climate Change Mitigation Services in Developing Countries

Through this Mitacs initiative, the Sobey School of Business, Saint Mary’s University, and OEA Technologies, Inc., will cooperatively research and develop online and social media tools that facilitate delivery of professional environmental services in developing countries. OEA Technologies’ specific interests are climate-change related oceanographic services and small-island developing states. “Innovation and diversification are not optional for ocean technology companies”, says Dr. Brian Whitehouse, president of OEA Technologies, Inc.

2013 NS Farmers' Markets Economic Impact Study

The project is to complete an economic impact study on the farmers' market sector in Nova Scotia. The method used to collect the necessary information is called a Rapid Market Assessment. This method is a participatory research method meaning the staff, volunteers, vendors, and customers of the farmers' markets will directly participate in gathering the necessary information. The first step of this project is to train farmers' market staff, volunteers and vendors across the province in this methodology.

Calibration of the laser metrology system on the X-ray telescope Astro-H

The Canadian ASTRO-H Metrology System (CAMS) is a laser-based device that will be designed and built in Canada and flown in space onboard the x-ray telescope, ASTRO-H. The purpose of the CAMS is to accurately measure structural deformations of the telescope structure during observations so the scientific images acquired can be enhanced by removing the errors introduced by the motion. The proposed internship focuses on the implementation of the CAMS device alongside the x-ray telescope.