Capturing expert model in crisis management using SYnRGY

SYnRGY is a computational tool designed to support command and control operations in the context of crisis management. Although SYnRGY has been designed from a user-centered perspective, some degree of training is required to bring novice users up to a level of competence required to use the system. The objective of the current proposal is to capture the expert model of crisis management and design a prototype intelligent tutoring system based on that model. The objective will be achieved in three phases. The purpose of the first phase is to develop a realistic crisis management scenario.

Shrinkage of polymer coatings on wood veneers in aircraft structures: understanding the causes of the problem and possible solution

A common problem in aircraft cabinetry is deterioration of high gloss finishes, giving an "orange-peel look", which is attributed to some kind of dimensional instability. This can be related to the veneer, the varnish, their interactions and how they evolve over time and in different environmental conditions (temperature and humidity) to which the aircraft cabinetry are exposed during their manufacturing and usage. This problem is costly to Bombardier Aerospace, who must frequently rework the cabinetry surfaces. 3M Canada is interested in providing solutions.

Selectomics to monitor and predict the emergence of resistance to new therapeutic approaches

Multiple antibiotic resistances have increased over the past decades, challenging our ability to treat bacterial infections and thwarting our ability to develop new antimicrobial agents. Many resistance genes have not evolved within the pathogenic isolates but were acquired by lateral transfer. We recently showed that genes conferring glycopeptide resistance are highly prevalent in the human flora. Some of these genes are present in novel commensal anaerobic species of the gut suggesting that these bacteria may serve as a reservoir for resistance genes.

Development of Zn, Co, Ni, As, Sb and Free Cyanide Speciation Protocol Using Capillary Electrophoresis For Cyanidation Processes

The recovery of gold from its ores normally involves a leaching process with cyanide, resulting in the formation of gold cyanide along with a range of other metallocyanides from the crude ore. Therefore, monitoring of the different cyanide species at various stages of the process and in waste solutions is crucial for providing the optimal conditions for the leaching procedure and for environmental protection. AEM wishes to extend the recently developed protocol (or develop new one(s)) in order to analyze the speciation of Zn, Ni, Co, As and Sb complexes in the cyanidation process water.

Exploration of Novel Fuels for Gas Turbine Applications

The internship for each student will be under the supervision of Gilles Bourque PhD, the Combustion Research and Technology Team Leader. Mr Bourque has been working for the past 12 years at RR Canada of which 10 in the Combustion department. The student will be an integral part of his team and as such will also interact with key members of the team on a daily basis.

Determining road sub-soil anisotropic resilient modulus on site using a self-boring pressure-meter

The proposed research initiative consists of on-site and laboratory tests to evaluate the compaction quality of road sub-soils. To that end, we will use a self-boring pressure-meter to determine the on-site resilient modulus and compare it with results obtained by the Quebec transportation department using triaxial equipment for deviatoric loading in accordance with the LC-22-400 method. Studies demonstrate that the resilient modulus is an essential parameter for road design and analysis.

Using wireless location technologies in mobile video games

This research is part of the GéoÉduc3D project, funded by the Geomatics for Informed Decisions (GEOIDE) Network. It aims to propose educational interactive games based on geospatial technologies. The games would explore thematic questions of interest to youth and teenagers. The internship will focus on wireless location in interior spaces. More specifically, it will introduce the player's geographic real-time position in a mobile game in an efficient and robust way. Position information will be relayed via WiFi networks.

An Algebra-Based Approach to Program Verification

We want to study the feasibility of using an algebra-based approach to performing program analysis. In particular, we are interested in the code comparison problem: tackling this problem enables us, among other things, to identify differences between two versions of a code or to check whether an optimized code is equivalent to its non-optimized version. We aim to reduce the comparison of programs to a simple algebraic manipulation similar to those that are constantly performed in classical algebra.

Developing a Fourier Transform Imaging Spectrometer in the Visible Field and Determining Abundance Gradients in Barred Spiral Galaxies

This doctoral project consists in developing and validating a Fourier transform imaging spectrometer for astronomy applications from 350 to 950 nm. The prototype discussed is called SpIOMM (Mount Mégantic Observatory Imaging Spectrometer) and is developed at Laval University.

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