Modelling the Effects of Biodegradation and Seasonal Factors on Soil Vapour Transport: application and adaptation of the MIN3P code.

Soil vapour transport and intrusion into buildings has emerged as a highly relevant issue at contaminated sites with volatile contamination. Advanced modeling tools for vapour transport are relatively limited. Further, there has only been limited in-depth evalution of important factors such as hydrocarbon vapour biodegradation and seasonal influences on site conditions and their impact on vapour intrusion. The interaction between building and subsurface conditions is also not well understood.

Automatic Enhancement of Handheld Photographs

This internship proposes to create a support vector machine based classifier which classifies image aesthetics, ranking images from 1-7. An existing classifier has been developed which classifies professional quality photographs. To be of use to Vidigami, the classification method needs to be developed which can provide an aesthetics score for average quality photographs.

An Improved Optical System for a Monocular Virtual Reality Display.

Incorporating a head-mounted display (HMD) into a high-performance sport goggle involves many technical challenges. Optically, the microdisplay must be magnified to a comfortable size for viewing, and the image must be shown in an area of the goggles that does not detract from the main field of view. This means that the magnifying assembly must be as small, lightweight, and unobtrusive as possible, but still maintain excellent visual fidelity. The focus of this research will be to produce the smallest, most cost-effective optical device that fulfills these requirements.

Spinal Cord Injury

The Centre for Operations Excellence (COE) at the Sauder School of Business, University of British Columbia (UBC) was asked by the Spinal Cord Injury Solutions Network (SCISN) and The Rick Hansen Foundation to participate in the early stages of planning a Canada wide, long term, multi-year project (LT Project) that will evaluate alternative methods for managing spinal cord injury care through simulation experiments. The COE will carry out a pilot study with the goal of producing recommendations for the planning and execution of the LT Project.

Exploring Methodologies for Probabilistic Scenario Analysis at Boeing

The Centre for Operations Excellence (COE) at the Sauder School of Business at UBC will collaborate with Boeing Commercial Airplanes through its BC based subsidiary AeroInfo Systems to assess methodologies to allow for analysis of plausible scenarios of the future global business environment. The methodologies would provide a means for what‐if testing to describe the effects of scenarios on the demand for commercial aircraft, and Boeings order book in particular.

Development of SCODA DNA Extraction for Forensics Applications.

Nucleic acid analysis in forensic science is a major focus for DNA‐based identification in case‐work samples. Approximately 5% ‐ 10% of samples are known to fail as a result of contaminants carrying through the purification process, or as a result of insufficient yield in the DNA extraction step. Whereas, most crime scene exhibits produce meaningful results, inhibitors, minute traces of DNA, degraded DNA, and environmental insults, reduce the investigative potential of some of the most crucial exhibits.

Investigating methods of long-term follow-up for patients with Metabolic Syndrome

This project was in partnership with the Canadian Obesity Network. Providence Healthcare has estrablished a reputation as one of the leading centres for cardiovascular research and treatment in Canada. Providence Healthcare and AstraZeneca, a research-based pharmaceutical company, are interested in furthering science and improve patient outcomes. The purpose of this study is to determine the best method of long term follow up for patients with Metabolic Syndrome once they have completed an intensive lifestyle modification program.

Modeling transpiration deficits after disturbances and evaluating the sensitivity of southwest Yukon forest ecosystems to climate change

Climate models project that summers in the southwest Yukon will become increasingly warmer and drier, leading to more forest fires, a longer fire season and slower tree growth. This raises the question of how to manage forest resources sustainably so that they will continue to provide long-term benefits to local communities.

Development of a CNC Machine Tool Performance Simulation System: "The VCNC System"

Industry uses computer numerical controlled (CNC) machine tools to manufacture parts efficiently at high speed. Before batch manutfacturing is performed confidently, a trial]and]error cutting test is required to validate if part tolerances are violated, which is a costly and time]consuming procedure. The objective of this research project is to develop a Virtual CNC System, which can simulate the CNC motion in virtual environment.

Application of collaborative online knowledge strategies in public service broadcasting

This project will ensure the success and long]term viability of the Canadian music wiki in development at CBC Radio 3. The usergenerated,participatory online resource focuses exclusively on Canadian music and Canadian musicians, using wiki software that empowers citizens to become creators of content. This project would examine issues of quality assurance and usability, develop and implement a communication and marketing plan, and examine and develop best practice guidelines for community management.