Computer vision system for ice detection on power cables

In northern countries, ice storms can cause major power disruptions such as the one that occurred in the Toronto area on December 2013 that left more than 300,000 customers with no electricity immediately after the storm. Prediction of ice formation on power cables can help on taking actions for removing the ice before a major problem occurs. Currently Manitoba Hydro HVDC Research Centre has a vision based ice detection system that uses digital images taken from the overhead line conductors.

Modeling and HIL Simulation of Modular Multilevel Converters

The proposed internships will be aimed at developing advanced computer (software) and hardware platforms for simulation of modern power-electronic converter systems used in emerging electric power transmission systems. In particular, modular multi-level converter (MMC) simulations will be targeted. These converters are considered the primary candidates for dc systems used to integrate renewable energy sources into the existing grid. These two internships will develop functional models that can be readily used for the analysis and design of systems involving modular multi-level converters.

Automatic Image Filtering Using Deep Learning

Two Hat Security is a company that develops next generation moderation tools for social networking apps. Since images are of the most important data shared by social networking apps, an important problem for the company is to identify images that are unsafe or inappropriate. In particular, images containing certain objects (e.g. knife, gun, bikini, etc.) are considered unsafe. It is obviously not practical to manually sift through all the images to find the unsafe ones.

Learning from our Kogums (Grandmothers): Integrating Participatory Video as a Tool to Share Knowledge through OPCN’s Ithinto Mechisowin Program

Hydroelectric dams are hallmarks of colonization in Canada, as they destroy food sources, homeland, habitation, and natural resources of Indigenous peoples. O-Pipon-Na-Piwin Cree Nation (OPCN), an Indigenous community in northern Manitoba, Canada, was flooded and forced to relocate from ancestral lands to a nearby settlement under such circumstances. Regaining strength from their inherent cultural values grounded in their relationship with the land, OPCN eventually formed a community-based food program called Ithinto Mechisowin Program (IMP) ('food from the land').

PMU Based Load Modelling and Validation Methodology

Load Modeling accurately has been a fundamental and critical subject for many years in power industry. Recently with the deployment of Phasor Measurement Units (PMU), real time data to
analyze the loads has become feasible. Previously, load modeling has been focused on using some models based on pre-assumed certain form of the models, as a consequence the
prediction error would be considerable. We propose to use techniques that do not need such assumptions, therefore it should promote the prediction accuracy of the analysis.

Our Home and Native Resources: Community planning and sustainable development to build prosperity in Wasagamack and Garden Hill First Nations

This Indigenous participatory research will work with community members from Garden Hill and Wasagamack First Nations to plan community development and work towards achieving sustainable livelihoods in their traditional territories. Research will consider traditional land use and occupancy, and how branding, community development, capacity-building and social enterprise development can lead to self-sustenance and prosperity. Future plans and enterprises must ensure a good life for these First Nation communities and consider opportunities for the youth, and women.

Innovative Game-Based Rehabilitation Platform for children with motor and cognitive impairments due to neuro-developmental disorders and acquired brain injuries

We have developed an innovative computer-aided, game-based platform for rehabilitation. The platform includes an embedded automated assessment subsystem, which provides electronic measures of fine and gross motor skills and specific psychomotor skills. The primary objective of this research project is to evaluate the test-retest reliability and convergent validity of the standardized assessment subsystem embedded into our game-based rehabilitation platform.

Long-range drone to deliver food and medicine to Canada’s North

In response, local researchers and companies have partnered to develop a new generation of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). They hope to develop UAVs — commonly known as drones — that are robust enough to transport large cargo across vast distances without needing a pilot or GPS.

Characterization of chemosensory proteins in exosomes

Cells in our body secrete round structures lined by cell membrane under normal as well as stressful conditions. These “structures” or “micro vesicles” are termed as exosomes. They contain information from parent cells that can be transferred to other cells, thereby acting as cell-to-cell communication units. In this study I aim to identify the presence of bitter taste responsive proteins in exosomes. Bitter taste responsive proteins are also known as chemosensory proteins. These proteins have demonstrated significant role in pathophysiological conditions.

Beehive data creates buzz with farm-to-table technology

Determined to meet new standards for food traceability, head apiarist Allan Campbell sought a technology-based solution to improve record keeping and management of his entire beekeeping operation.

Allan turned to Bruce Hardy, CEO of Winnipeg software company Function Four, for his expertise in software-based records management.

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