Design and development of a mobile robotic platform for performing automated visual inspection on pipelines, automobiles, and infrastructures in extreme environmental conditions

An early damage/anomaly detection on objects such as: pipelines, turbomachinery, vehicles, and structural elements can save thousands of dollars that goes in the repair and maintenance costs. Various contemporary robotic inspection technologies exist that aim to solve this problem. However, a challenge arises when the objects of interest are present in remote regions with extreme/harsh environmental conditions that are unsuitable for humans. Such environments can potentially pose a threat to human safety.

QandA/I Proof of Concept

Onlea Enterprises, Inc. is an ed-tech company that works with partners to build engaging online learning experiences. A major part of our work is with Universities and Colleges to create high-quality online courses. Currently, we provide services (course development, consulting) to these partners. These interactions have identified several areas where there are opportunities to automate part of the process of offering an online course. With many institutions offering asynchronous courses, available 24x7x365, there is a need to match course support with student needs.

Using a high-protein meal replacement to impact energy metabolism, body composition, and appetite of adults with excessive fat mass

Obesity has become an important public health problem worldwide. Weight loss strategies based on meal replacements and a higher protein intake have been growing in popularity. The synergistic effects of a combined high-protein meal replacement (HP-MR) on metabolism have only been recently explored by our research group during my doctoral studies. This was done using Almased (Almased USA, Inc., Wellington, FL, USA), a commercially available HP-MR. As an expansion of my previous work, this proposal is part of the Premium Study.

Exploration of Hydrogen Silsesquioxane (HSQ) Formulations and the use of HSQ as a Precursor for Silicon Quantum Dots for Use in Polymer Coatings - Year two

The project will entail the production and characterization of hydrogen silsesquioxane (HSQ), a useful material for both lithography and production of silicon nanomaterials. This material is the workhorse for Applied Quantum Materials Inc. (AQM), as it is one of their central products that they supply to the e-beam lithography industry as well as the precursor for their silicon nanomaterials.

Fischer–Tropsch Synthesis for Production of Synthetic Jet Fuel - Year two

Greenfield Global is developing a process to produce jet fuel from renewable materials, such as waste biomass and organic municipal waste. Fischer–Tropsch synthesis converts a mixture of carbon monoxide and hydrogen (synthesis gas) that was produced from the waste biomass and organic municipal waste into a synthetic crude oil that can be refined to produce jet fuel. This project deals only with Fischer–Tropsch synthesis.

Monitoring the Frost Heave of Screw Pile in glacial deposits of Alberta: a case study in the field

In Canada, screw piles are widely used in supporting residential and commercial buildings. While the design of screw piles are general well-known to engineers, the uplift displacement of screw piles during the winter season is still mysterious, especially in cases where screw piles are installed in frost-susceptible soils. The present project is intended to conduct a field test of screw piles in the clay of Alberta and therefore to provide a case study for the engineering performance of screw piles in cold regions.

Revision of Socio-Spatial Conceptions for Designing Public Spaces and Built Environments in Post Pandemic Alberta - Year two

This design research project explores existing and ongoing perspectives on (post) pandemic conceptions in built environment settings in Alberta, from an architectural design perspective. The results will add to the scholarly research on sustainable design of “public spaces” to support (post) COVID-19 period health concerns and recommendations, thereby contributing to the development of healthier design and more equitable, sustainable communities in Alberta.

Evaluation of dehydrated corn silage for lactating dairy cows

Dehydrated corn silage is produced by drying corn silage to a moisture content of approximately 10%. It is being exported to Japan to be used as a forage for dairy cows, and its market is expected to expand in the future. However, its feeding values have not been studied. The objective of the proposed project is to determine nutritional values of dehydrated corn silage for dairy cows.

Operationalizing Bayesian multi-state models and financial institution resources for business firm life cycle modelling

Like most living organisms, the life cycle of a business can be divided into distinct, complex phases. These life stages are determined by various internal and external factors such as financial resource availability, managerial ability, and market conditions. The ability to model firm life stages would help financial institutions (FIs) such as ATB identify and meet the time-specific needs and challenges of their business clients. However, properly analyzing the wealth of data collected by FIs is difficult.

Refinement of a Colour-based Metabolomic Biosensor System (Part 2)

This project involves designing a portable device for measuring concentrations of certain metabolites in a person’s
blood or urine. This is an easy-to-use device that connects to a smartphone to display a final result based on
measurements of multiple components to generate a specific health diagnosis. Different tests can be run on the
same device. The device works by loading custom-made fluidic chips into the device which contains dried
chemical reactions.

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