Leveraging the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging to Support Healthy Aging Programming in the Community-Based Seniors’ Services Sector

Transportation problems are one of the most common barriers, after health problems, that prevent older Canadians from participating in more social, recreational, or group activities. United Way Healthy Aging is working closely with the community-based seniors’ services sector to bring solutions to seniors’ transportation. Through the Better at Home program, United Way Healthy Aging supports a network of over 80 agencies across the province to deliver seniors’ transportation services, typically in the form of seniors’ shuttles, buses, and volunteer driver programs.

History of the Indian Peoples’ Association in North America (IPANA)

This project seeks to chronicle an alternative history of a cosmopolitan diasporic community of South Asians by foregrounding inter-community organizing by the Indian Peoples Association in North America (IPANA) in anti-racism and labour rights struggles in the 1970s and the 1980s. It is a history erased from the repertoire of conventional diaspora studies, which tends to imagine a community through such concepts as an exclusive ethnoreligious community and homeland nationalism. Dr. Hari Sharma, in whose memory the Dr.

EM Sensing for Contactless Thickness and Conductivity Measurement

One of the essential components of a lithium-ion battery is its electrodes, with the most common type comprising conducting coatings applied to both sides of a metal foil. The goal of this project is to develop a sensor for measuring thickness, conductivity, dielectric response and moisture content of the coating. The main challenge of this project is the lift-off requirement: the sensor must be suspended at least 5mm above the coating, i.e., the measurement must be taken without touching the sample.

Custom NLP pipeline for information extraction in a clinical setting

State-of-the-art natural language processing tools are rapidly improving in being able to identify real-world objects in texts (e.g. person, location, organization). However, the vocabularies and document structures used in a medical setting can vary from general language corpus from which the NLP models were trained; resulting in poor performance.This project will fine-tune existing NLP models to perform highly on medical text documents in order to recognise and extract pertinent information about a patient (e.g. diseases, medical findings) in a structured format.

Improved Collision Detection through Neural Guided Motion Planning

One of the primary challenges of creating robots that can complete useful real-world tasks is providing the robotwith the ability to navigate through its environment while avoiding collisions with objects. In order to do this,robotics relies on the use of collision checkers to determine which actions will result in a collision. The time takenfor a robot to come up with a collision-free path depends on how fast it can check for collisions and how often ithas to query the collision checker.

Improved detection of Blueberry Scorch virus, a major pathogen in BC blueberry farms

Disease and death of blueberry plants caused by Blueberry Scorch Virus (BlScV) is a major problem in Blueberry farms of British Columbia, a key sector of the local agricultural economy. Correct diagnosis is instrumental to separate from non-lethal Shock Virus as BlScV-infected plants should be removed to reduced spread to other plants. In recent years, however, a substantial portion of diseased plants test negative for both viruses using the preferred and affordable ELISA method.

A sustainable electrochemical process for elimination of synthetic microfibers

Humans ingest over 50,0000 microplastic-particles every year. The main contributor to microplastic contamination is synthetic-fiber. One lo laundry load can release an average of 700,000 microplastic fibers. Wastewater treatment plants cannot catch all these microfibers, so they end in the oceans. New regulations, which require washing machine manufactures to implement microfiber filtration system are going to start on 2024. Viridis is a cleantech company addressing urgent global water pollution challenges from microplastics to harmful contaminants by eliminating them from water.

Expanding the analytical capacity of Nanopore sequencing for infectious disease surveillance and diagnostics in a One Health framework

The alarming increase in the scale at which infectious diseases spread and devastate global socioeconomics necessitates timely characterization of the disease-causing agent to devise effective intervention strategies to stop the spread of disease at the source of introduction. It is known that domestic and wild animals play significant roles in the transmission of pathogens to humans via direct contact or the ingestion of contaminated foods. Hence, the proposed project will partner with an animal health diagnostic lab, Prairie Diagnostic Services Inc.

Compact LED Based Photoacoustic Imaging System for Cardiovascular Imaging

Photoacoustic imaging is an emerging technology that holds great promise for clinical applications. Photoacoustic imaging uses light to generate high-frequency sound waves, which can be detected using existing ultrasound technology and transformed into a comprehensive image. By adjusting the wavelength of light, different types of tissue can be targeted and imaged. Photoacoustic imaging can offer higher resolution and contrast at greater penetration depths than conventional ultrasound.

Climate Plan for Resilience on Cortes Island

In Canada, climate change is altering local environmental patterns, damaging built infrastructure, causing acute injuries during natural catastrophes, and leading to chronic health issues. Rural and remote island and coastal communities have been disproportionately impacted by climate change and climate events. As such, climate scientists globally have been calling for climate change planning efforts and action plans.