Pricing and Resource Allocation in Edge Computing

The emerging edge computing (EC) paradigm promises to deliver superior user experience and enable a wide range of Internet of Things (IoT) applications by bringing storage and computing facilities closer to the end users. Virtualization technologies such as Software-Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization (NFV) will allow sellers and buyers to access the open EC ecosystem.

Production Data Analysis From Mechanised Forest Operations

The aim of the study is to look at the available research on forest machinery production data and collect further data on forest machinery working in conditions that have not been studied before. In so doing we hope to determine what value the production data collected in British Columbia provides as a management tool when it is used in the conventional way and compare that to systems around the world that have access to the same or more advanced production data.

Assessing Harvest and Post Harvest Fruit Quality in Blueberry

Blueberry is a soft fruit species for which consumption has increased drastically in the last two decades. The rapid increase in consumption is mainly driven by the health benefits and pleasant flavour of the fruit. However, consumers assess fruit quality in terms of flavour, texture and aroma and use these features as the main criteria for purchasing product. Nonetheless, there is a lack of study for these quality traits for blueberry at harvest and post harvest stages.

Ultrasonic Power Transmission and Data Communication through Metallic Barriers for Non-Destructive Testing in Hazardous Industrial Spaces

The need to inspect harsh environments and confined spaces is present in virtually all industries. Inspecting these industrial facilities are key to optimize operation and maintenance costs. Hazardous industrial spaces (e.g., confined spaces) are among the most challenging and costly areas to inspect. In BC alone, over the last decade, WorksafeBC has reported about 18 fatalities per year as the result of operation in confined spaces. To mitigate the risks, remote monitoring and inspection is an attractive alternative to conventional methods.

Digital Platforms as an Enabler of Collective-Action for Community based Energy Efficiency Improvements

This research is focused on the design and development of a new digital platform for capturing energy and environmental performance data from building systems. Through interviews with key UBC staff and researchers this research will heavily focus on identifying matches between the key pains, reasons and capabilities needs of building owners and municipalities and new information technology features and functions.

Towards Developing Trust in Online Third-Party Reporting Systems for Survivors of Sexual Assault

Over 600,000 sexual assault happen in Canada every year, however, 95% of sexual assault go unreported. We are working towards building a research-based online third-party reporting system that will aid the reporting of sexual assault. Survivors will now have the opportunity to document their evidence and experiences and submit the report at their own convenience. VESTA is committed to building research backed technology that draws on the principles of building technology for good.

Determination of emerging contaminants-loaded on sludge-based activated carbon: chemical leachability and stability

Sewage sludge wastes have been treated by diverse techniques to obtain sludge-based activated carbon (SBAC). These materials show excellent properties as sorbents of, e.g., organic pollutants, heavy metals, and nitrogen/phosphorous-based nutrients. In a previous research, the loading of emerging contaminants on SBAC has been achieved.

Hydrogeochemical investigation of elevated geogenic uranium in a subarctic region

Northern Canada faces environmental changes from growing resource extraction and global warming, which make an understanding of baseline conditions critical. In the Dawson Range, Yukon, naturally elevated concentrations of uranium have recently been discovered in groundwater at levels that exceed federal water-quality guidelines. This region is also the focus of advanced mineral exploration and falls within traditional territories of several First Nations. Mining activities may enhance uranium mobilization through the generation of waste rock and tailings.

Improving the Accuracy of Data Loss Prevention Systems

Scotiabank employs teams of cybersecurity specialists across its global operations and partners with a variety of external organizations to prevent and investigate any electronic attempts to gain access to the Bank’s data. At the same time, employees are continuously educated and expected to look for warning signs and efforts to infiltrate that data as well. Currently, Scotiabank’s Data Loss Prevention (DLP) systems have a high false positive rate in identifying data breaches and cyber-attacks, which require significant manual intervention.

Scale-up synthesis of novel amine-containing polymers and their initial application as materials for additive manufacturing and responsive coatings/adhesives

In the pursuit of materials that combine the inherent stability of a plastic with additional novel features, this project aims to develop a new platform of nitrogen containing polymers. Using novel synthetic pathways, we have developed and characterized such materials with features such as enhanced strength, adhesion, and self-healing capabilities. This project seeks to bring these materials from the academic bench-top to commercial production scale.

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