Highly Sensitive Magnetometer

This internship with Photon Control, a Vancouver-based engineering design, development, and manufacturing company is the first phase of a project to design a highly sensitive magnetometer that will act as a non-invasive interface of a human brain to a machine or computer though many other commercial applications of this device are also anticipated. Electrochemical activity in the brain can be interpreted as a “signal” which in turn can be manipulated by a computer to derive information related to thoughts or intentions.

Estimating Abundance and Other Population Parameters for Harlequin Ducks

Harlequin Ducks were marked with individually numbered tags over a 12 year period. In each year, new birds were marked and some of the older birds were resighted. Based on the pattern of when these marks are seen, important parameters such as the abundance, survival rates, and migration rates of the ducks can be estimated. The study undertaken by the intern has a number of unique features (e.g.

Predicting suitable habitat for deep-sea corals in BC

Although the existence of deep-sea coral reefs has been known for centuries, it is only in the last decade that interest and understanding of these ecosystems have increased. There is a growing concern about the diversity and magnitude of anthropogenic (human) threats to these fragile habitats. Bottom trawling poses by far the largest threat. These corals are in need of protection, but a lack of basic information on the distribution and extent of deep sea corals in BC is constraining managers’ ability provide this protection.

Machine Translation for Social Gaming

This project with Koolhaus Games, an electronic game developer, aims to use state-of-the-art natural language processing technology as part of a novel and innovative social networking and social gaming engine. Social networking games are popular, particularly among children, and the team hopes to use natural language processing technology to provide a transparent, multi-lingual interface for communication between children from various countries who speak different languages.

Assessing the Feasibility of an Automated Public Bicycle System in Metro Vancouver

This project involves working with Translink - the Greater Vancouver transit authority, covering buses, skytrain, seabus, trains, and ferries - to conduct initial research to examine the viability of an automated public bicycle system similar in scale and design to systems recently initiated in Paris, Lyon and Oslo.

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.

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