A scalable solution for sensing and sorting ore in the mineral mining process

This project intends to research the building of scalable, low-cost and robust alternatives and improvements to existing systems for mineral sensing and sorting in order to achieve greater productivity and efficiency by means of improving speed and accuracy in the process of mining minerals from low grade rocks. The project will combine developments in embedded and streaming systems, parallel computing and machine-learning to create a more specialized system for this domain. The project will be based on an existing platform of MineSense, a leading company in this area.

GPU-based fast fluids for video games

Animated fluid effects based on physical simulation have been a staple part of visual effects industry. They are characterized by offline simulation and rendering that produces high-fidelity dynamics and visuals. As the technology for computer games advances, the opportunity to create such effects in real-time as either a playback technique or dynamic simulation is becoming feasible. The internship will explore the integration of fast methods for fluid dynamics to determine their effectiveness for use in the video game industry.

Desirable density in Vancouver's rental housing market

Vancouver’s rental market is Canada’s most expensive. Financial constraints and need for more space often push families outside of the down-town area towards suburban areas. This research will propose a new type of housing likely to increase Vancouver’s retention capabilities towards this type of inhabitant. Census information shows that a net loss of 2% of new families decide to leave the city annually, suggesting that the housing infrastructure they require is not available. The market offers small apartments with no access to the outside and priced beyond the average financial means.

A novel analgesic in a surgical model of osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is the most common form of joint disease affecting over 80% of the human population above 75 years old and burdening health organizations worldwide. Osteoarthritis is characterized by progressive joint degeneration resulting in chronic pain and loss of joint function. Currently there is no cure for osteoarthritis; available treatments are only symptomatic targeting pain and are associated with significant side effects, emphasizing the need for new treatments.

Improved Simulation of Shockwaves in Compressible Fluid Flows

The reliable simulation of shockwaves is critical in the prediction and study of many physical phenomena, where abrupt changes in material properties due to shockwaves can greatly affect regions of interest and activate physical mechanisms. The predominant method for simulating flows with shockwaves, shock-capturing has been around for more than sixty years.and have been successfully applied to a wide range of problems. However, often, in compressible fluid flow simulations, large errors appear as a result of the presence of shockwaves.

A Fuzzy Expert System on Qualitative Mineralogy

This project involves the evolution of an existing computer software system designed to teach mineralogy and assist in the identification of a mineral specimen. The current system operates in a proprietary hypertext-based software environment that needs to be upgraded to run in a Windows-based browser such as Firefox or MS-Explorer.

Implementation of an Engine Control Unit for Automotive Fuel Injection

The objective of the research project is to implement an engine control unit (ECU) that we acquired recently to an automotive engine test bench for the fuel injection control purpose. The engine system to be used is a Sunbird engine (port-fuel-injection gasoline engine) that UBC Mechanical Engineering has. The ECU is a MotoHawk microcontroller which determines the amount of fuel to be injected based on sensor measurements. To measure the air-to-fuel ratio in real time, a wide-band oxygen sensor will be installed before the three-way catalytic converter in the exhaust pipe.

Award Winner Interview: Joanna Triscott

Because of this research, BC Children’s Hospital can how examine all new cases of pediatric brain tumors throughout the entirety of Western Canada with precision and accuracy – thus reducing the (often excessive) intensity of treatment for children with cancer while still effectively treating the disease.  Below is an exclusive interview with Ms.

Coming full-circle to Canada

After having come to Canada for a summer English language camp in 2010, Barbara Paes of Universidade de Brasília was always looking for opportunities to return to Canada. So when her friend told her about the Mitacs Globalink program one week before the application deadline, she hurried to apply before it was too late. Now studying at the University of British Columbia’s Brain Research Centre, Barbara has fallen in love with Canada all over again.

Taking the pulse of new life-saving Smartphone application

Vicky comes to Canada from the Beijing Institute of Technology in China, where she is working towards a Bachelor’s degree in Computing Science.  She chose to apply to the Globalink program over others because it engages students from different countries, which has allowed her to network globally during her exchange: “You can really feel the collision of cultures here through Globalink – I think that is really unique.”