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.

Vision-based 3D object localization for manufacturing applications

The industrial scale manufacturing automation largely works because of robotic systems which are preprogrammed to reliably carry out the same sequence of steps over and over again. As a result, when scenarios change, or become more complex, robotic systems need to be re-programmed. Moreover, in high value added manufacturing applications, it is impractical to program every single motion of a robot manually. The project aims to develop fully autonomous robotic manufacturing and inspection systems that do not require extensive programming by end-users.

Transforming animal by-products into functional meat products using 3D Printing

The utilization of meat by-products (e.g., heart, liver, kidney, intestines, and tongue) is necessary due to their adverse effects on environment. Livestock by-products represent about 52% of the cattle live weight. Since greater amounts of animals live weight is rendered unfavorable for regular consumption, it becomes important to develop technologies for the effective utilization of meat by-products. Furthermore, the large scale disposal of meat by-products in landfills raises environmental concerns. In this regard, their reuse in 3D printing technology could be an alternative.

The Center of Change

The research project proposed will be used to improve the financial feasibility of an urban agricultural greenhouse. The first objective of this project is to create a business model that will supplement revenue to a greenhouse by offering mental health services. The second objective of this project is to test and assess the performance of a smart climate control system prototype that fuses climate sensor data with infra-red imagery of crops.

Parallel Operation of Grid-Forming Inverter Systems Considering DC-Side Dynamics

Renewable energy resources such as wind and solar power are often tied to the grid using dc-ac power-electronic converters. Unlike large power plants, these sources of energy have a dispersed nature, i.e., they are comprised on many small units that are operated in parallel to form a large power plant. This project deals with investigating the dynamics of these highly sophisticated, paralleled sources, their modeling, and control interactions. In particular, the project will consider the implications of paralleling and the impact these sources have on the dc side of the converters.

3D Acoustic Finite Element Modelling of the upper Airway for Obstructive Sleep Apnea Disorder Screening during Wakefulness

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is an undiagnosed sleep disorder affecting up to 10% of the population. OSA patients experience morning headaches, depression and daytime sleepiness which increase the accident risk factor. Polysomnography (PSG) is the gold standard of OSA diagnosis, however, it’s expensive and time consuming. Therefore, it’s not practical to conduct PSG for patients prior to surgery requiring full anesthesia. Our research team was able to use tracheal breathing sounds for OSA diagnosis during wakefulness.

Evaluation of LTD 3.0 Framework Adoption and Implementation

The Long-Term Development (LTD) 3.0 framework and its previous versions have been distributed by Sport Canada to national sport organizations since 2005 to improve participation and physical activity levels across the country, although the LTD’s acceptance and rollout has not been evaluated.

Use of food waste in beef cattle production systems

The purpose of this project is to evaluate the current and future potential of beef cattle to up-cycle and redirect food loss and waste (i.e. surplus food) to feed. This project will identify short and long term solutions for incorporating surplus food into beef cattle diets.