Developing Intelligent Approaches for Factories of the Future - An intelligent strategy for robotic part inspection in advanced manufacturing - Year two

This project explores incorporation of artificial intelligence tools for advanced control techniques in order to improve quality on industrial production lines. Particularly, the novelty of this project suggests the use of the recent embedded computer systems and icloud computer assistance. This strategy is currently used for commercial products (i.e., application related to communication). However, this project explores how to use AI and dynamic optimization tools by identifying both dynamic structure and parameters.

Supporting Community Engagement in the Maker Movement

The Ville Cooperative ( is a holistic community centre, working to empower the local community to learn, share and grow in the spirit of health, wellness, and sustainability. One of the areas in which it hopes to realise it’s vision is through the newly rebranded fabrication lab - Learning Lab @ The Ville.
The Ville’s Learning Lab, like most makerspaces and fabrication labs, is currently undersubscribed; the space is neither heavily used nor being used near its potential.

Numerical Simulation of Turbulence and In-Situ Tidal Turbine Performance in Minas Passage

Turbulence is a significant issue at every site being considered for instream tidal energy development. This turbulent flow creates fluctuating forces on tidal turbine blades and support structures, reducing turbine performance and shortening turbine lifespan. Thus, improving and validating numerical models of turbulence and turbine operation in turbulent flow is necessary to better predict device operation and, thus, develop efficient and financially viable tidal energy projects.

Population estimation and interaction of non-native predators with Atlantic salmon

Possible interactions between smallmouth bass and chain pickerel (non-native predators) and Atlantic salmon smolt will be examined. Predation pressure on Atlantic salmon smolt by these non-native predators will be studied using a population estimate of smallmouth bass and chain pickerel as well as a stomach content survey of the non-native predators. Reliance on Atlantic salmon smolt for a food source by the non-native predators will be estimated based on stomach content data.

The Development of an Improved Model for Start-up Accelerators

The goal of this study will be to develop a new and improved model for start-up accelerators. These accelerators can be defined as programs that help start-ups develop their business model and acquire capital such that they can grow and thrive in today’s business environment. To create the new model, start-ups that are part of the Masters in Technology Management and Entrepreneurship (MTME) program will be examined. This way, it will be possible to find which program characteristics have the greatest effect on start-ups and how they can be improved.

Do Physical Activity Levels Predict Functional Improvements following a Structured Exercise Program for Women Undergoing Breast Cancer Treatment?

Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in Canadian women, representing 26 percent of all diagnostics. The overall cancer survival rate has increased from 25% in the 1940s to 60%. Thus, the proportion of breast cancer survivors is increasing significantly. There is a consensus that survivors benefit from exercise during and after treatment. However, the benefits of exercise may vary as a function of the stage of disease, the nature of the medical treatment, and the current lifestyle of the patient.

Ahead of Time Compiled Code Generation

Compilers are large software projects consisting of many separate but common components like code generators, garbage collectors, and runtime diagnostic tools, to name but a few. Historically compiler developers have had to write each of these components from scratch. The Eclipse OMR project was created to provide generic components for use in new compilers and language runtime environments. OMR has enough flexibility to accommodate a wide range of programming languages without sacrificing performance, portability, or robustness.

Valorization of surface enhanced pulp fibers into value-added products

Domtar Inc. is investigating potential value-added applications for an advanced fiber they produce, which is referred to as SEPF (surface enhanced pulp fiber). SEPF is a key platform material for the development of new value-added, bio-based products from existing pulp and paper manufacturing sites and their forest based supply chains. The main objective of this work is to use SEPF for the preparation of said value-added products, such as, for example, paper, paperboard, or fiber-reinforced plastics, among others.

Development of a reject refining method in the magnesium bisulfite pulping process

Twin Rivers Paper previously installed and ran a reject refining process in order to improve their pulp yield. However, once the process was implemented it decreased the cleanness in the produced pulp which is undesirable for customers therefore the process was shut down. Currently the rejected chips are either being burned or sent to landfill but the issue with this is that there are still good fibers within those rejects that are able to be pulped.

Buffer Width and the Persistence of Black Duck Populations in Forested Wetlands of New Brunswick, Canada

The American Black Duck is the most abundant breeding waterfowl species in New Brunswick (NB), and, although previously common throughout New Brunswick (NB), notable declines in breeding black duck abundance have been reported in the commercially forested area of NB in the last 20 years. In NB, forestry operations must maintain >=30m buffers around waterbodies. These areas are important to waterfowl as nesting habitat and as a barrier to sources of disturbance in areas adjacent to wetlands. It is unknown if NB’s 30m requirement is adequate to maintain quality black duck habitat.