Usability of LaceUp, a foot stool that facilitates optimum body posture when putting on footwear: Perspectives of occupational therapists

The activity of putting on and tying one’s shoes is completed multiple times per day, and is taken for granted until an individual experiences mobility challenges due to pain, stiffness, weakness, or instability. A new foot stool, the LaceUp, is designed for users to sit or stand, and perform the activity of putting on and tying shoes while maintaining balance and proper posture. The objective of this study is to determine the usability and acceptance of LaceUp according to occupational therapists who work in the community with clients who need help with activities of daily living.

Mechanistic Study of the Steam-Solvent Co-Injection Process

In-situ bitumen/heavy oil recovery using hot steam is very energy-intensive with high level of greenhouse gases emission. Solvent-steam co-injection not only reduced the steam consumption but also improve the oil recovery through the dilution and in-situ upgrading of bitumen. The success of macro-scale recovery is significantly affected by micro-scale phenomena. Commercial reservoir simulators are not able to describe micro-scale mechanisms of heat and mass transfer in co-injection since pore-scale study at porous media is not well understood yet.

Damage Detection by Acoustic Emission in Hybrid Thermoset/ Thermoplastic Fiber-reinforced Polymer Composites

The industrial partner is fabricating fiber-reinforced thermoplastic composite polymer pipe products for use primarily in the oil and gas sector. This research project explores methods for damage and leakage detection for these piping systems. Of primary interest is Acoustic Emission (AE) testing to isolate, localize and identify damage effects. In this context, the design and manufacture of suitable composite samples shall be undertaken, followed by controlled experimental testing applying different mechanical loading scenarios.

Process Improvement for Plasma Transfer Arc Additive Manufacturing

Metal additive manufacturing (MAM) is newly developed manufacturing technology that is faster and more cost-effective compared to traditional methods. Although there are various types for AM, the product quality improvement in plasma transfer arc (PTA) and wire-feed AM processes will be the subject of this project. To achieve this goal, the intern will determine the key parameters of the existing PTA2M and wire-feed machines in InnoTech and then will select appropriate measuring technologies to obtain data from these AM processes.

Determination of Genomic Markers to Conduct Parentage, Differentiate Wood and Plains Bison Sub-species, and Measure Cattle Introgression in Canadian Bison

The Canadian bison industry is currently facing the issue of increasing production to meet increasing demand for bison products in a sustainable manner that improves the competitiveness and profitability of the industry. Bison retailers are currently being shorted product orders in excess of 25% on a regular basis, and demand for bison meat will only grow with the implementation of CETA and removal of the existing 20% tariff.

Development of plant-based beverage with high content and quality proteins

Plant-based beverages are inappropriate alternatives to bovine milk, due to lower protein content and not sufficient amount of essential amino acids. To produce nutritionally complete plant-based beverage with high overall acceptability, the technological interventions and fortification techniques need to be developed. Oat is one of the promising raw material for preparation of functional plant-based milk due to the presence of dietary fibres and good nutritional quality of oat proteins.

Comparing interspecific differences in ungulate habitat use in response to coal mine reclamation

Extracting coal through surface mining can damage natural habitats because it removes and fragments forests, grasslands, and shrub lands. Coal mines near Hinton, Alberta, our study area, have been reclaimed to reduce the negative effects of mining on the environment and on wildlife as per regulations in the Alberta Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act. Our study area consists of bighorn sheep, elk, and mule deer populations that use the vegetation, minerals, and topographic features of the reclaimed mines for food, protection from predators, and thermal cover.

Feature selection for Deep Learning applied to the identification of impaired drivers

DriveABLE Inc uses a set of simple video tasks to identify the impaired drivers. Video tasks come in the form of simple games and measure cognitive ability. The test results are analysed by AI powered algorithm that predicts the impairment level of the driver. Our project’s main objective is to redesign the AI in such a way that it can cover more use cases with fewer tasks. In particular we will redesign the algorithm so that it will accept incomplete tests. We will also identify redundant games in order to make overall test shorter.

Bird Density and Species Richness in Interior British Columbia – tools to inform conservation value and risk assessment in forestry

Forest companies would like to reduce the number of birds, eggs, and nests that are negatively affected by logging. They are particularly interested in reducing impacts on species at risk. The problem is that we don’t have detailed knowledge of where every bird lives, so it’s difficult to make educated choices about where and how much forest to harvest. This research will help provide a solution to this problem. We can relate bird data to landscape and forest characteristics like elevation, forest age, and forest height to understand which forest types have the most birds.

Characterizing mixed dielectrics for hard, low adhesion coatings

Surface coatings find widespread uses in everything from eyeglasses to machine tools. For electrical sensor devices, including devices for cancer screening and for toxic gas sensing, it’s especially important to have coatings that are hard and durable and adhere well to gold electrodes, but are not sticky to organic molecules. Currently-used materials have several useful properties but don’t adhere to gold without rather complicated multi-layer fabrication processes and are easily fouled by organics that stick quite easily to the coating.