An Integrated Interface for a Mixed Reality Based Medical Education System

How to build a medical education ecosystem and improve the learning outcome? Currently a medical education system based on mixed reality is missing and bad user interfaces can leave students confused and struggling instead of learning efficiently. The goal of this project is to leverage mixed reality technology, develop a medical education system, and make it easy to use.

Development of Advanced Smart Medical Bandage Using Memory Polymeric Film/Yarn Actuator - Year two

Bandages have been used to provide compression therapy to manage chronic venous disorders such as leg ulcers and other muscle related orthopedic issues. They have several major problems such as pressure loss over time, no external pressure control, and no massage benefit which make inefficient treatment. There is an imperious need of any innovation which could solve these practical issues. Based on the applicant’s research expertise, a stimulus responsive smart memory polymeric material is proposed to use as a film/yarn in the bandage to control the pressure externally.

Antioxidant capacity and anti-inflammatory bowel diseases effect of hemp seeds grown in Canada

Hemp seed is a super fruit because its bioactive compounds have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial capabilities. Hemp seeds have the potential as a food therapy to reduce inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD). In this project, we will collect hemp seeds from 20 hemp cultivars grown in different provinces in Canada. Antioxidant capacities of hemp seeds will be determined by using different chemical assays. Selective hemp seeds of different levels of antioxidant capacities will be used to investigate the anti-IBD effect using both in vitro ?gut-on-a-chip?

Spatial and Temporal Variability of Primary and Secondary Production in the Salish Sea from a Coupled Model (SalishSeaCast with SMELT) – Part 2

We have developed a model that simulates currents, nutrient distributions, and plankton growth in the Salish Sea. This project focuses on continued development of that model and its application to answering scientific questions. These questions include: 1) How much does the timing and amount of plankton growth vary from year to year, and what factors explain increases or decreases? 2) What is the impact of the timing and amount of plankton growth in the Salish Sea on food availability for salmon populations, particularly along migration routes?

Development of a multifunctional in situ-forming scaffold with antimicrobial activity for treatment of complex wounds

Pressure ulcer is one of the top five leading causes for re-hospitalization of spinal cord injured patients. In general, there are three main difficulties associated with treating these ulcers: 1) Presence of cavities and tunnels which makes it difficult to treat with conventional regimens, 2) A high chance of infection and, 3) Susceptibility to weight-bearing pressure on bony areas of the body.

Addressing Energy Poverty in British Columbia’s Rural and Indigenous Communities

Rural and indigenous communities in Canada experience energy poverty due to poor quality housing, lower incomes, high fuel costs, limited access to natural gas, and in some cases no access to grid electricity. Ecotrust Canada’s Community Energy Initiative seeks to address Energy Poverty by improving access to affordable heat in rural and indigenous communities across Canada. Residential heating constitutes majority of energy costs for Canadian households, and so, heating system retrofits are a compelling opportunity to address high energy costs.

Model based optimisation of operational level harvest planning and integration with tactical level plans: Towards the improvement of planning process performance

In this project, computer based models will be developed to support operational harvest planning suitable for the use by a large forest products company operating in British Columbia, Canada. The models aims to enhance decision making processes related to equipment/crew allocation, scheduling, transportation and vehicle routing.

Improving Situation Awareness for a Collaborative Service Robot in Care Environment - Year two

Development of Collaborative Service Robot (CSR) technologies usually targets a certain population group like seniors or people with developmental disabilities (DD) and requires tailored and dedicated research and development. This project is ultimately seeking to provide a proof of concept of a CSR platform that can assist people with DD. The overall project involves research and development focused on two broad robotics themes: autonomous navigation and situation awareness.

Non-contact vital sign detection of the newborn - Year two

Medtronic is a global leader in medical technology and biomedical engineering, working towards non-contact vital signs detection. This technology would be especially helpful in the case of high-risk or premature newborns. Continuous or at least frequent monitoring of newborns outside of clinical environments improves quality of life for parents and newborns recently discharged from the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Feasibility of such monitoring depends in part on the monitors being non-invasive and non-obtrusive.

Advancing biological phosphorus removal from wastewater using applied genomics

Wastewater can be damaging to the environment if left untreated. Microorganisms play important roles in removing harmful pollutants, such as organics and nutrients, within wastewater treatment plants. For instance, certain wastewater bioreactor designs promote the growth of specialized microbes that sequester phosphorus into their cells, which prevents harmful algal blooms in natural waters and enables sustainable nutrient recovery as fertilizer.