Requirements for emulating inertia with voltage-source converters

The research in this proposal examines the growing concern of frequency swings in modern power systems. With the increasing penetration of generation from renewable resources, the share of conventional modes of generation will be diluted and as a result the system’s natural ability to maintain its frequency is diminished. Advanced converter systems may be able to help; however, their ability to do so is limited by several factors such as converter topology and device ratings, among other things.

Passivity Guaranteed Frequency Selective Time Domain Simulation of Very Large Linear Electric Power Systems

In this research, a new approach to efficiently simulate large RLC represent power systems will be introduced and implemented in RTDS. The new approach utilize principle component analysis to search the subspace of state space vectors corresponding to a customer designed frequency band excitations and using projection method to form the reduced order system. Unlike other frequency dependent network equivalent methods, the proposed method reserves all internal information of original system and also inherently guarantees the passivity of the equivalent network.

Learning Partnership for Community Development and MinoBimaadiziwin in Brokenhead Ojibway Nation

Post-secondary education, if community-led and projects-based, has the potential to transform education, food and housing policy, as well as build capacity locally in Brokenhead First Nation compared to two First Nations lacking road access. This partnership will explore optimal solutions to resolve development challenges through applied adult education, particularly applied to housing, food and community development.

A Cross-Cultural Study of Electromyography Input for Older Adults

The proposed research concerns the use of Electromyography (EMG) input, via the Myo Armband, for older adults (OAs). EMG input, such as that available through off-the-shelf products, such as the Myo armband (made by a Canadian firm, Thalmic Labs from Waterloo), enables access to interactive commands in an intelligent home setting. Gestures facilitated by EMG armbands require brisk movements, and require extending our arms/forearms beyond the level of comfort of even the range-of-motion possible by OAs.

Application of advance signal and image processing to develop objective diagnostic and monitoring technologies as well as predicting the response to treatment for Alzheimer's disease

An ongoing study in Winnipeg is investigating the possibility of using repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation to help treat the cognitive and memory declines in Alzheimer's disease. The objective of this project is to analyze in detail the current results of this study. We will look for connections between MRI scans of the participants and their response to the treatment. We will also look at anxiety and resting motor threshold (a measure of how sensitive they are to our treatment device), to see how they change the effectiveness of treatment.

Characterization of Active Ingredient in Buckwheat – Part 2

Buckwheat contains an active ingredient that lowers blood glucose in diabetic rats. The active ingredient is not a known compound such as chiro-inositol or rutin. The goal of this project is to characterize the bioactive compounds in buckwheat fractions obtained by countercurrent chromatography (CCC) and having biological activity.

The effects of the dietary supplement Cardioflex on reducing cardiovascular disease risk factors in adults.

Heart disease and stroke are the leading causes of death and prescription drug use in Canada. In 2011, it was estimated that 1.6 million Canadians are living with heart disease or the effects of a stroke. One person every 7 minutes dies from heart disease or stroke in Canada. The purpose of this clinical trial is to take adults who are at risk for developing cardiovascular disease but are otherwise healthy and to determine whether daily supplementation with Cardioflex for 90 days will reduce their risk factor markers such as blood lipid (e.g. cholesterol and triglyceride).

Assessment of the impact of Canadian beef production on biodiversity

This project will develop a life cycle impact assessment (LCIA) model that will characterize beef production impacts on biodiversity across Canada. The outcomes of this project will provide science-based information regarding the impact of beef cattle production on biodiversity thereby providing greater transparency and improved public confidence in the beef sector. Further, it will give producers the knowledge necessary to engage with the general public, regarding the environmental, social and economic benefits of the beef industry.

Development and implementation of a haptic-enabled multimodal robotic platform (H-MRP) for upper-limb fine motor skills retraining

Upper limb physical impairments complicate the patient’s everyday tasks and possibly his ability to be independent with functional activities. Robotics technology is a promising approach for the rehabilitation of upper limb physical impairment. Indeed, the use of robotic systems helps therapists apply flexible, scheduled, and consistent therapy for long period of time, and has great flexibility in performing various training scenarios.

Implementation of New Constitutive Models in SoilVision's Products

Application of numerical tools is an integral part of engineering design nowadays. Commercially available software provides engineers powerful tools to design new infrastructure and/or assess the performance of natural and built structures.
SoilVision Systems Ltd. (SVS) provides next-generation finite-element numerical modeling software technologies to geotechnical, geoenvironmental, and hydrogeological engineers worldwide.
The proposed research will focus on two SVS's products: SVSOLID and SVSEISMIC.

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