Analysis and Quantification of the Textural Information in Pigmented Skin Lesions

There are certain features of skin lesions or moles that are indicative of cancer. Texture (spatial variation of colour/intensity) or patterns is known to be one of these features. This research seeks to quantify this textural information in order to improve the performance of methods to automatically diagnose melanoma. Currently, dermatologists are very proficient at interpreting this textural information, and easily outperform automated techniques.

Semi-Automatic Video Motion Capture: Lifting 2D Estimates to 3D

Motion Capture (mocap) is a very powerful technology that allows one to digitize natural motion and use it in many areas. Currently, mocap is expensive and intrusive. The core of this project is to develop a pipeline for semi-automatic extraction of 3D motion data from ordinary video sequences. Besides being able to avoid many of the expensive and time consuming aspects of traditional motion capture, the intern will be able to extract motion data in a non-intrusive fashion from readily obtainable video data.

Object Recognition Systems on Digital Cameras

Point Grey Research Inc. is a worldwide leader in the development of advanced digital camera technology products. Point Grey designs, manufactures and distributes IEEE-1394 (FireWire) cameras, stereo vision cameras and spherical digital video cameras to a broad spectrum of industries. To take fully advantage of the advanced digital camera technology and reduce the extra cost in data transmission between cameras and servers, it is preferred that most image processing tasks could be done on-camera.

Mapping the Human Kineome and Phosphoproteome

This internship is the first in a series of four which Kinexus is undertaking with ACCELERATE BC which will support its overall ambitious goal of creating high resolution maps of internal cell communication networks that are gender, age, tissue and disease-specific. These maps will be needed for identifying disease diagnostic biomarkers that are phospho-sites and drug targets that are kinases. The dividends of these efforts will be improved diagnostics and therapeutics for personalized medicine delivery.

Computational/Experimental Protocol for Development of a Therapeutic Agent for Treatment of Tuberculosis

It is estimated that one third of the world’s population is infected by Mycobacterium tuberculosis. With the emergence of drug resistant tuberculosis, the World Health Organization has declared tuberculosis a global health emergency. UDP-galactopyranose mutase, an enzyme essential for tuberculosis bacterial growth and infection, will be studied by a protocol which combines advanced NMR and computational modeling techniques.

Basic Design Considerations for Implanted and Embedded Antennas

Nokia is interested in research of both in-body (implanted) antennas and antennas in close proximity to the human body. Nokia is particularly interested in making positive use of the electromagnetic coupling between the antenna and the human body, know as positive body effects. The internship research will focus on fundamental antennas, electric and magnetic dipoles in lossy matter, with a goal to show, quantitatively, that the magnetic dipole is better suited to implanted applications.

Antibody Modeling Using a Combined Computational/Experimental Protocol

The proposed project combines structural biochemistry with high-performance molecular simulations to generate valuable insight into the development of the next generation of ligands that can be used to develop vaccines. The collaboration between the academic and industry partner creates an ideal opportunity to combine theoretical and experimental approaches for better lead generation and development of scientific knowledge. Zymeworks will have an opportunity to validate its ZymeCAD™ platform for pharmaceutical applications.

Roof Plane Generation Algorithm for Slope Roofs

Automated Systems Research (ASR) has been supplying software to the roofing estimation market for close to 20 years. While the lack of competition in this niche market has provided for a steady ongoing business opportunity, it has created a vacuum of research in this area. One of the recurring research problems at ASR is that of generating the entire surface of a sloped roof given the building’s polygonal outline and also the roof slope angle at each outline edge.

Evaluating Harvest Management Procedures for Spatially-structured Fish Populations

Many fish populations have spatial structure which is not explicitly recognized in assessment or management. For example, Pacific herring are managed as five discrete stocks in BC, but there is evidence of both regional and within-stock diversity that may determine the capacity of the five large stocks to sustain themselves over time. This spatial structure is maintained by movement of fish among and between sub-populations within the greater, coast-wide metapopulation.

Algorithm for Robust Spam Blog Detection

In the world of today’s internet, ‘web notifications’ are becoming increasingly common. As opposed to a traditional search which is executed once against entered keywords, a web notification search is performed on a regular or continual basis, keeping track of available information changes in real time. The user is then notified once an item of interest appears on-line. Notification services receive continuous pings from blogs which inform of updates.