Identification, localization, and characterization of human body inflammation using thermographic imaging

The research project undertaken by the intern is to investigate the relationship between inflammation and temperature, use that knowledge to define thermal metrics and develop a standard operating procedure for 3D thermal body imaging. During the project the intern will build a phantom to evaluate and optimize the performance of a commercially available 3D thermal imager for the identification, characterization and localization of inflammation.

Anomaly Detection in Highly Noisy Signals from Electrical Rotating Machines

Equipment failure is the primary source of unplanned downtime in industries working with rotating electrical machines. Fault detection at the early stages is an essential solution for reducing this downtime. Condition monitoring of machinery is the process of capturing and monitoring parameters such as vibrations to identify a developing fault. This project uses the data resulting from condition monitoring to develop anomaly detection algorithms for improving early-stage fault detection and diagnosis processes.

Hydrology and geochemical cycling of a complex urban stormwater system

The hydrologic cycle in major cities is influenced by roadways, rooftops, and other features, resulting in greater runoff and poorer water quality. At airport sites across Canada, de-icing compounds can also degrade water quality by altering water chemistry in surface ponds as well as subsurface water (i.e., groundwater). This project aims to characterize water movement between surface stormwater ponds and groundwater at the Calgary International Airport, to better understand the physical connections between these key parts of the hydrologic cycle.

Evaluation of CO2 Storage Potential in the Deep Mannville Coals - Phase 1: Vertical Well Injection Testing

To support blue hydrogen economy processes that generate CO2 as a by-product, and greenhouse gas (GHG) sequestration studies in general, the injection and storage of CO2 into deep (~1500m), un-minable coal seams hosted in the Mannville Formation of Alberta will be studied. A vertical (pilot) well will be drilled, cored, and completed in the target Mannville coal seams, and tested to determine the suitability of deep Mannville coals of Alberta for CO2 sequestration.

Biomarkers for detection of breast cancer and multiple myeloma using liquid biopsy - Year Two

Blood tests are highly sought after to enable earlier cancer detection. We previously developed a blood test for breast cancer that is in prospective clinical study in Alberta, Manchester (UK), Oklahoma (USA) and South Korea. The proposed project will investigate some clinical samples collected through this work to support the primarily focus of identifying biomarkers for a new cancer, multiple myeloma (MM). MM has a need for new monitoring approaches as it accounts for 10% of hematologic malignancies and is hard to cure, with a low five-year survival rate.

Performance Evaluation of Solvent Co-Injection Scenarios in Steam Assisted Gravity Drainage (SAGD)-Based Bitumen Recovery

Through the outlined objectives and methodologies, this project aims at evaluating the performance of the solvent assisted bitumen recovery techniques under various operation scenarios and in presence of reservoir heterogeneities. The objectives are fulfilled through advance numerical reservoir simulation studies, detailed review of the present technologies, and analyzing the laboratory/field production results. Ms. Fazlyeva will be accomplishing the outlined tasks under direct supervisions of senior reservoir engineering and technology developers.

Development of optimized contact materials for interconnect layers in reversible solid oxide fuel cells for the conversion of CO2 and H2O to syngas

SeeO2 Energy has developed world-leading catalysts for reversible solid oxide fuel cell (RSOFC) systems with promising performance to produce syngas from H2O:CO2 feeds. The company has scaled-up the technology and has moved closer towards commercialization by building larger cells. However, assembling the RSOFC stack presents challenges due to issues associated with contact materials especially at the oxygen side of interconnects. The contact material connects the respective electrodes and interconnect and provides high electrical conduction paths between the interconnect and electrodes.

The effect of video learning on socialization and physical literacy in individuals with autism spectrum disorder

There are thousands of people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in Canada. Many are isolated socially, and
their health is compromised because they are not physically active. New innovative approaches are being investigated that can lead to more effective strategies to enhance the quality of life for people with ASD and their families.

Development of coconut oil-like seed oil through heterologous expression of thioesterases in Arabidopsis

Canola oil cannot be used in the margarine and surfactant industry in contrast to Cocos nucifera (coconut) that grows in tropical and subtropical regions. Although the canola industry is one of the most innovative, obtaining coconut oil-like canola seed oil has not been established yet. In this proposal, we will investigate multiple approaches to facilitate the development of a coconut oil-like seed oil in Arabidopsis. Our goal is to develop applied approaches to develop coconut oil-like canola seed oil, which will be an important supply for the Canadian industry.

Advancing sea ice monitoring in the Arctic using innovative radar technologies

Year-round sea ice monitoring in the Arctic is critical for understanding and predicting global climate change. Current satellite-based observation shows limitation in identifying sea ice types. This project aims to utilize advanced satellite-based radar imagery to develop novel Arctic sea ice monitoring system. Proposed research aims to contribute towards developing innovative sea ice products through next-generation Earth Observation technology.