Robotic Inspection of CANDU Fuel Channels

Fuel channel inspection is critical to safe operation of CANDU reactors. However, the existing techniques used to inspect fuel channels are slow. Fuel channel inspection represents a major bottleneck during maintenance shutdowns of CANDU reactors. To reduce inspection time, it is proposed to develop a robotic inspection system. Multiple copies of this inspection system can be utilized simultaneously to reduce inspection time. In previous work, a proof-of-concept robotic crawler capable of pushing an inspection head through a fuel channel was developed.

Monocular 3D Object Reconstruction in Autonomous Driving

3D object reconstruction is a crucial task for autonomous driving. Many important fields in autonomous driving such as prediction, planning, and motion control generally require a faithful representation of the 3D space around the ego vehicle. Reliable and accurate 3D reconstruction with one RGB video alone in autonomous driving is the goal of this project. This project will present a reliable and accurate method for perspective projection reconstruction of rigid and non-rigid objects from single-view and realistic videos.

Animal identification and emotion detection using deep convolutional neural networks

According to a recent report, when it comes to animal protection laws Canada has not been performing adequately, receiving a grade of “D” on the Animal Protection Index (API). The low marks received were for not having adequate legislation protecting wildlife in captivity, working animals, farm animals, animals used in research and companion animals. At the same time, public support for improving animal welfare is high.

New Techniques for Continuous Biohydrogen Production from Poplar Biomass

Through decades of mining and oil exploration, over 10,000 contaminated sites are found in Canada with toxic levels of heavy metals and harmful contaminants. In many cases, the contamination is on local farmland and the impacts on the environment and especially on the native communities and Indigenous inhabitants is devastating. This project will be committed to use abandoned mines in order to provide biomass by planting poplar trees which are resistant to the contaminations in order to lead biomass to the biohydrogen production.

Design, development, and manufacturing of an ultra-efficient heat pump for cold climates

It is well known that space heating is the largest component of energy consumed by Canada’s building sector. Additionally, 64% of the energy used for space heating is from non-renewable sources. For Canada’s remote and rigid communities, which are our immediate target market, this percentage is even higher, greater than 75%. Heat energy naturally flows from higher to lower temperatures. However, heat pump-based technologies can transfer heat energy from lower to higher temperatures with the aid of an external energy source.

Design and Development of a Non-Parasitic DC Fast Charging Station for E-Transportation

The main objective of this project is to design, develop, and demonstrate Canada’s very first non-parasitic EV (NPEV) fast charging station for e-transportation based on hydrogen fuel cell as the main source of power. The TerraVis® Energy system will be a unique solution capable of providing true 100% green electricity without impinging on the energy infrastructure.

Examining the patient experience with electronic cognitive behavioural therapy

Electronic or internet-based cognitive behavioural therapy (eCBT has been implemented widely in healthcare settings, but has become even more prevalent since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting decrease in availability of face-to-face treatment. The purpose of this study is to explore the personal experiences of patients and providers who have transitioned between face-to-face CBT and eCBT and their motivations for switching and persisting in the eCBT modality. This project will add to the limited research on the implementation of eCBT in real-world healthcare settings.

Waste Collection / Street Sweeping / Snowplow Route Optimization

A key objective of this project is to develop an advanced routing strategy that can generate optimal routes for curbside waste collection, residential sweeping, and snowplowing services to improve operational efficiency and save overall costs. To achieve this goal, optimal routing models and algorithms will be developed by integrating graphic theory, vehicle routing problem, and optimization, as well as GIS (Geographic Information System) techniques.

Understanding the role of impurities in Made-in-Canada cathode active materials for automotive lithium-ion batteries

The reliance on raw materials from overseas to build lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) is a major concern for automotive companies building battery electric vehicles in North America. Canada’s rich Ni deposits is a potential solution to this problem. However, Canadian Ni ore are sulfides, so battery manufacturers are reluctance to use it due to possible trace impurities (e.g. Fe). Thus, this project is focused on demonstrating the viability of NMC cathode active materials (CAM) using Ni ore sourced only from Canada.

Customer Development Interviews for the Interview and Interrogation Assessment Instrument

This research is being conducted by a team of forensic psychologists working on a project to advance the way expert witnesses evaluate interrogations for coercion and risk factors for false confession. There is a solid base of research on coercive interrogation practices and on factors that may result in individuals being more vulnerable to coercion and false confession (e.g., youth, individuals with mental illness), yet, unlike other areas of forensic psychological assessment there exists no standardized way of evaluating coercion in police interrogations.

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