The proposed research will work to characterize plasmas of the type that form where the charging roll contacts the photoreceptor in a typical xerographic printer. Laboratory experiments will form discharges under ambient atmospheric conditions and at the high-vacuum exit of a dielectric-barrier-discharge pulsed molecular beam. Spectroscopic measurements will record fluorescence emission signatures of plasmas under these conditions, and time-of-flight mass spectrometry will monitor the presence of reactive intermediates.
This project aims to explore the feasibility of and the tradeoffs involved with accelerating multi-camera synchronization algorithms on multicore processors. Specifically, this project plans to explore acceleration using ‘traditional’ multicore CPUs and massively-parallel Graphics Processing Units (GPUs). PluralEyes, a product for synchronizing audio and video recordings released by Singular Software, a Vancouver-area company, is the software application informing this research and stands to directly benefit from the insights gained.
Climate change is becoming a factor to be accounted for in forest planning, especially in reclamation activities where the objective is to create a self-sustaining forest ecosystem in areas degraded by human activities, such as open-pit mining activities in northern Alberta Oil Sands. Oil Sands will produce up to 50% of Canadian oil demand in the following years, but when the mining activity ends, large areas of land are deprived of vegetation. Mining companies have the legal requirement to re-establish a functional forest ecosystem suitable for wildlife habitat.