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.

Tool Development for Bolus Shaping in Radiation Therapy

During External-Beam Radiotherapy in cancer therapy, Bolus, a thick sheet of flexible material, is used to cover the skin surface in order to minimize damage healthy tissues. A significant problem of using bolus is air gaps generated between the bolus and patient’s skin if an inaccurate shape of bolus was made. In this research, an efficient process of shaping and cutting bolus will be developed to improve the efficiency and efficacy of bolus forming in order to minimize the air gap. This new approach utilizes an unfolding and folding method.

Advanced Control and Monitoring Systems for Autonomous Snow Removal Equipment at Airports

Airports in Canada have the difficult tasks of needing to remain open during adverse weather conditions in the winter. The research that we are undertaking is to develop and deploy a fully autonomous snow removal equipment for Canadian airports. Operating a snowplow is a dangerous and exhausting task for human operators, often they are unable to see clearly when they are operating in extreme conditions. Airports are also finding it increasingly more difficult to recruit and retain seasonal workers. A potential solution for these issues is a fully autonomous snow removal system.

Investigating polysomnography parameters and screening for obstructive sleep apnea using breathing sound analysis during wakefulness

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is still an underdiagnosed common disorder. Undiagnosed OSA, in particular, increases the perioperative morbidity and mortality risks for OSA patients undergoing surgery requiring full anesthesia. OSA screening using the gold standard Polysomnography (PSG) is expensive and time-consuming. This proposal presents three research projects/points to apply advanced signal processing and machine learning techniques on breathing sounds’ signals for screening OSA disorder during wakefulness.

Characterization of Carotenogenic Heterotrophs for Production of High-Value Antioxidants

The development of novel biotechnologies will be a key component of the economic growth and development of Canada’s changing economy. A critical component of this will be fostering the development of start-up companies that can capitalize on these new opportunities. The Myera Group is an indigenous-led company in Manitoba that is developing novel biotechnologies for Canada’s new economy. This project focuses on the development of microorganisms that can produce a profile of novel high-value carotenoids (chemically related to ?-carotene).

Dynamic System Equivalents for Transient Stability Studies

It is difficult to perform the dynamic analysis on large scale power systems within a desirable time frame. Most utilities therefore resort to reduce the scale of power system by representing the external system using an equivalent network. This project proposal in conjunction with Manitoba HVDC Research Centre aims to develop simulation based methods complemented with modal methods to obtain a dynamic system equivalent for the external power system.

Passive Network Synthesis Approach for Modeling Multiport Frequency Dependent Network Equivalents

In this research, a new approach to model Frequency Dependant Network Equivalent (FDNE) will be introduced and implemented in PSCAD/EMTDC. FDNEs are used to accelerate and reduce the size of unnecessary part of the network under simulation. The new approach utilizes Brune’s network synthesis and Tellegen’s extension to create a multiport network whose impedance is the same as the given FDNE. Unlike other fitting methods, the proposed method inherently guarantees the passivity of the fitted network, thus no need for further passivity enforcement.

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