Québec__Université Laval

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Speeding towards the 5G highway

According to the US Federal Communication Commission, 5G “is a virtual cornerstone for critical 21st century opportunities related to economic growth, education, employment, transportation, and more. These new networks and technologies will enable…innovations not yet imagined.”

With the explosion in consumer and industrial demand for faster and high-capacity mobile networks, the 5G download speed of up to 100 times faster than current 4G technology will enable Canadian businesses to deliver a new generation of products and services and compete robustly in the global marketplace.

The History of the Quebec Common Gaol

This is a project to update the Literary and Historical Society of Quebec's permanent exhibit, Doing Time: The Quebec City Common Gaol (1808 – 1867). Since the exhibit was launched in 2011, much research has been done on the history of the gaol.  Doing Time is seen by some 25,000 visitors per year. For some, it is their only exposure to the history of prison life. The exhibit needs to be as accurate as possible. Revision will be done by an intern working under the supervision of Donald Fyson, professor of history at Université Laval and specialist in the gaol's history.

Development of a new compact configuration for enzyme-mediated carbon dioxide desorption unit based on detailed study of desorption kinetic mechanism and local-scale mass-transfer phenomena

The CO2 thermal desorption process in the stripper for the regeneration of solvents is central to the design of CO2 capture process from technical and operational standpoints, requiring huge amounts of energy and posing considerable challenges on plant operation.

Anaerobic co-digestion of organic and cellulosic wastes for increased biogas production

The goal of this research project is to study and develop optimal strategies for operating anaerobic co-digestion processes involving organic waste with cellulosic substrate derived from paper wastes. The effects of enzymatic treatment to boost degradation of the paper wastes in anaerobic conditions will also be evaluated. Furthermore, best approaches for transitioning feedstock compositions, such as from lower to higher paper content and vice versa, will be investigated.

Counteracting colony collapse; research team seeks to solve honeybee mystery

French Biological Engineering Master’s student, Marie Marbaix is spending her summer contributing to the global investigation into colony collapse disorder. For 12 weeks, she’s joined Professor Levon Abrahamyan at the Université de Montréal to study the co-infection of mites and viruses in honeybees through a Mitacs Globalink research internship. The researchers want to know if co-infection — being afflicted with more than one parasite or virus at once — could be contributing to honeybee deaths, and ultimately, colony collapse.

Assessment of deep learning for analyzing radar signals in maritime environment

The proposed internships aim at investigating the relevance of deep learning (DL) techniques for target detection in radar data processing. More specifically, we are looking to demonstrate the feasibility of DL techniques to deal with unusual types of data (i.e., radar data) in situations where an well performing processing with classical techniques is a challenge (e.g., detection of objects in noisy scenes from a maritime environment caused by the interference produced by the reflection of the radar waves on the sea).

Full characterization of Drug-Drug interactions using deep learning methods

Better understanding Drug-Drug interactions (DDIs) is crucial for planning therapies and drugs co-administration. While, considerable efforts are spent in labor-intensive in vivo experiments and time-consuming clinical trials, understanding the pharmacological implications and adverse side-effects for some drug combinations is challenging. The majority of interactions remains undetected until therapies are prescribed to patients. We propose to use computational tools for predicting interactions in order to reduce experimental costs and improve safety.

Exorbitant food-recall costs face reduction thanks to tiny proteins

That’s a huge cost to swallow for farmers and companies around the world whose livelihoods depend on food safety and healthy animals.

Development of New Chromophores for Soil Detection on Surgical Instruments

Small surgical instruments can be used multiple times if cleaned properly after each surgery. At the end of the cleaning process, a visual inspection of each instrument is performed in order to detect any traces of soil such as blood, tissue or any other biological materials. However, the human eye is not a flawless sensor and soils that are not visible to the naked can be present.