Analysis, design, and implementation of a recommendation engine to suggest charities

The goal of this research is to investigate and build a recommendation system that suggests charities to users based on their previous donations. One of the first successful recommendation systems was Amazon’s “Customers who bought this, also bought...”. This recommendation system focuses mainly on making it easier for users to find relevant information and increasing sales. The main challenge with this research is to investigate the differences between commercially implemented e-commerce recommendation systems and a recommendation system driven by altruistic goals.

Validation of a weighted wearable training system for hockey skating

ROKET GEAR is a Canadian start-up that has developed a wearable training system for hockey skating. The system consists of adding weights strategically placed on the leg so that skaters can actually strength train while skating. As a result, the training system allows athletes to increase their effort during skating and to build strength in their leg muscles. This project will help ROKET GEAR determine the appropriate amount of weight to add to their system to maximize the strength training effects without actually disturbing the proper skating technique.

Applying Data Science and Machine Learning Techniques to Canadian Oil and Gas Extractions

Alberta’s Oil and Gas (O&G) sector plays a critical role in Canada meeting its commitment to the Paris Climate Change Agreement. However, few studies published the actual operation data for extraction operations (schemes), especially fuel consumption data to accurately project greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions for development and expansion of O&G projects.

Development of Technologies for Treatment and Management of OTSG and Evaporator Blowdown Wastes from Oil Sands Operations

The steam assisted gravity drainage (SAGD) is the most commonly employed process for extraction of oil or bitumen from oil sands reservoirs. This process involves injection of large quantity of steam into the oil reservoir. The injected steam is further recovered as produced water which constitutes high concentrations of hydrocarbons and mineral salts. Due to the large requirement of water for oil sands processing, the produced water is recycled for the production of steam to reduce fresh water intake.

Test-taker perceptions of an occupation-specific language proficiency test: Evaluating workforce access for internationally educated nurses in Canada

The objective of this research project is to study the perceptions of internationally educated nurses who are taking a language proficiency test, the Canadian English Language Benchmarks Assessment for Nurses (CELBAN) in order to practice nursing in Canada. Since effective communication is critical to quality healthcare, the CELBAN has an important role in evaluating the language skills of internationally educated nurses intending to work in Canada.

Expecting the Unexpected: Disaster Vulnerability and Evacuation Planning

While naturals disasters and extreme weather events continue to increase in both frequency and severity due to climate change, communities around the world continue to suffer major social, environmental and economic losses. However, rural communities in particular are struggling to develop adequate adaptation plans and perform risk reduction actions due to limited human and financial resources.

Mass Timber Material Estimation Tool for Use in Early Stages of Project Design

A gap exists in the mass timber industry between modelled construction strategies and its corresponding material usage data. Using a tool that associates visualization and corresponding data, material take offs and costing can be better communicated to clients.

Coupling the liquid pool and wellbore hydraulic module of the “Prediction andOptimization Software Package” – Part 4

In the last decade optimization is expanded in many applications from food production to sophisticated applications such as engine fuel efficiency. In the proposed package, it is tried to apply optimization techniques along with physics based analytical and semi-analytical methodologies to create a compelling framework which can help thermal-process based oil industry to reduce their GHG and also better evaluate their CAPEX. Many SAGD projects are overspent on their facilities due to under prediction or overprediction of their oil production expectations.

Geographic Risk Visualization for Unmanned Traffic Management

Risk evaluation is a crucial aspect of Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM) systems. Risk is calculated for missions involving unmanned systems and includes numerous factors from both ground and air risks. Currently, the risk evaluation and calculation for a mission is done by hand and based on estimations. Furthermore, the final calculated risk for a mission is difficult to conceptualize due to the high complexity of the UTM system and the method of risk calculation.

Habitat security mapping for improving human-wildlife coexistence in the Bow Valley

Tourism, nature-based recreation and residential development within the Bow Valley (BV) of Alberta’s Rocky Mountains are all valued and continually increasing. The BV is also important for large mammals as it provides habitat for iconic species like grizzly bears to live in and move through. The Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative (Y2Y) is dedicated to balancing the needs of people and wildlife, and collaborated with stakeholders to recommend how to improve human-wildlife coexistence in the BV.