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.
The goal for this project is to support the research of three master’s students whose work would help advance the methods for estimating – using energy-economy-emissions models – the likely emissions, economic and equity impacts of GHG-reducing policies by governments at three levels in Canada: federal, provincial-territorial, municipal. The modelling innovations and applications from these three interns will improve Canada’s ability to achieve its GHG commitments, notably its net-zero by 2050 target.
This project is intended to discover new drugs to treat bone diseases. Getting drugs too bone is very difficult due to poor vascularization of bones and require high doses of a potent drug which can lead to unacceptable side effects. This project intends to design, synthesize and characterize novel “bone-targeting prodrugs” to treat osteoporosis, help repair bone fractures and injuries and to treat bone cancers. These prodrugs will bind selectively to bones and then slowly release the active drugs over days and weeks so as to provide enhanced efficacy and reduced side effects.
Rappelon is robotic platform that works at heights on vertical surfaces. The robot can pass obstacles and working on facades with complicated geometries. With this robot, some dangerous and laborious tasks can be automated. They include highrise window cleaning, water tank painting and wind turbine blades maintenance. This project focuses on developing algorithms to keep the robot stable and make it move in different directions.To this end, analytic models as well as computer software will be developed to predict the position of each component, forces and loads on the building.
Most of the cost of a product is determined by its design. Among current design theories and methods, there lacks a formal design method to support the design of a product that can be used as two or more products, an example of which is a sofa bed. Design for Versatility (DFV), as a design theory and methodology, will be developed to help designers to design a product that can perform functions of two or more products.
Innovation in health-science companies goes hand in hand with uncertainties that may lead to product failures. Failures may offer opportunities to learn valuable lessons to improve organizational practices. However, firms may fail to learn because business leaders may regard these failures as threats to their personal reputation and professional image and try to justify these failures or blame them on others.
Over the last 20 years, online shopping has been steadily increasing, and recently doubled since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. Shoppers have also become more ethically conscious and interested in fair trade, sustainability, the source of goods, and company working conditions and taxes. However, for the average online shopper, the ability to make ethical choices is limited as the necessary information can be difficult to find.
Transportation is now recognized as a social determinant of health. And yet the current transportation system is not set up to meet the day-to-day needs of the aging population. Within the next decade, a quarter of the population in BC will be over the age of 65. As the population ages, a decline in cognitive and physical abilities will require people to give up driving. To promote healthy aging, we need to introduce, at scale, a range of reliable alternative transportation services for older adults.
The overall objective for this project is to support the research of one master’s student who would help advance the methods for modelling energy-climate policies, a field in which EMRG in the School of Resource and Environmental Management at SFU is one of the leading research units in the country and in which Navius Research Incorporated is the leading Canadian consulting firm, providing support to governments and other stakeholders in the development and assessment of energy and climate policy.
This proposed Mitacs project will investigate and further develop EIS (Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy), or AC-impedance-based measurement hardware used for diagnosing faults in PEM (Proton Exchange Membrane) fuel cell systems (FCS), and incorporation of this on-board EIS function in the fuel cell dc/dc converters used to transfer power from the fuel cell to the vehicle traction drive.