Demonstration of Dissipative coupling from an Electrical-Magnetic friction coupled pendulum system

Laboratory pedagogy is considered absolutely critical for physics and engineering education ranging from high school to university. Among all universities worldwide, a well-known first-year physics experiment demonstration is a spring-coupled pendulums system. It demonstrates the coherent coupling; the underlying physics is reflected from classical mechanics to advanced quantum systems. It has excellent application from a tuned mass damper that reduced the unwanted vibration in skyscrapers and precision machining to data transformation of a quantum computer.

Development of an embedded piezoelectric sensor for bearing fault detection

Rolling element bearings act as the heart of rotating machines. Any imperfection in their condition can lead to an abrupt failure which can be catastrophic. For more than two decades, implementing sensors for condition monitoring of bearings has been beneficial in preventing abrupt failure and fault detection. These sensors require a noise-free atmosphere to have optimal performance, however, noise and vibration from other machines are an unpreventable part of an industrial environment.

Improvement of a Portable Assistive Device Concept for Hand Rehabilitation

As the number of patients with stroke and Parkinson's Disease (PD) increases, it is essential to obtain treatment progress data efficiently for the home rehabilitation. For the therapy of hand disabilities, a system is required to collect data, process and control hand motions during rehabilitation. Current rehabilitation devices that are available in the market are costly and not portable. Existing hand training devices use contact-based sensing approaches that are expensive and inaccurate.

A model retrieval system for efficient bolus shaping

Bolus covers patient’s skins to correct varying surface contours for desired dose distribution in cancer care. The existing method of bolus shaping is a manual process by cutting the bolus material into 2D pieces and wrapping the pieces on the targeted body area, which is inaccuracy and time-consuming. An accurate and efficient bolus shaping method is proposed to increase the bolus shaping accuracy and reduce air gaps by applying a 3D-2D-3D process. In order to improve the efficiency, a model retrieval system will be developed based on feature extracting and image-based matching methods.

Design improvement and prototyping of an upper limb rehabilitation device

Upper limb rehabilitation devices mirror the skeletal structure of patients’ limbs and moves patients’ arms for recovery in rehabilitation exercises. Existing rehabilitation devices in the market have problems of adaptability and portability, which cannot meet different requirements of rehabilitation. This project will improve the design and build a prototype the device. The detail design will be improved in dimensions and specifications based on relation of design parameters and functions. The device prototype will be made by 3D printing.

Stored-Grain Bin Monitoring by Electromagnetic Imaging

The safe storage of grains is crucial for the food supply worldwide; for example, the storage loss is estimated to be between 2% to 30% depending on different geographic locations. In this project, an advanced signal processing algorithm (a deep learning approach) is developed to enhance the identification process of the moisture contents (MC) of grain bins from the measured electromagnetic data. This deep learning approach for grain bin monitoring will significantly accelerate the identification process of the MC as compared to existing techniques.

Computer Game-Based Rehabilitation Platform Targeting Manual Dexterity: Transitioning Clinical Programs to Community

This study will develop a novel smart rehabilitation device and gaming software that is versatile and will provide highly effective, individualized exercise programs with embedded electronic records, timely feedback, and support for safe independent use in community centers and private homes. Through this study we will further gain deeper insights into the type of person who will find “therapeutic” games compelling, fun, and effective, and why this works.

Assessment of RNA quantities from environmental water samples using CBSAlife TRIzol (RNA Isolation) extraction kit

CBSAlife Ltd, a company based in Manitoba, supplies microbial reagents and products to the scientific community at a reduced cost. CBSAlife Ltd has prepared a newly available kit for RNA extraction and is keen on generating data that validates the efficacy of this product, required for increased sales.In the proposed study, a total of nine 10L environmental water samples from Red River, Winnipeg, MB will be collected over a three-month period.

Novel Microwave Isolator

A microwave Isolator is a two-port device that acts as a unidirectional trap, protecting sensitive components in a system from signal reflection. It is analogous to the diode in a DC circuit or the check valve in a fluid-flow system. Isolators are commonplace in power amplifier, radar, antenna, and transceiver systems, making them essential in laboratory, commercial, military, and even space applications. Commercial isolators are offered as discrete devices in shield metal cans with limited isolation (10-25 dB, the larger, the better protection).

Spike sleep state deep learning classifier

Epilepsy is a difficult disorder to assess and even more so automatically. It is observed that in REM sleep epileptiform activity differs from other states of consciousness. REM sleep could hold the key to a better understanding of epilepsy, however robust features that work on different people and types of epilepsies are required. The purpose of using a deep learning model to classify epileptic spikes into designated sleep states can help designate those robust features.