Characterization and numerical simulation of precipitation in the climatic wind tunnel at Ontario Tech

Climatic wind tunnels (CWTs) can repeatedly control variables such as temperatures, humidity, rain, snow, etc., that cannot be controlled outdoors. This allows tests to be performed faster, in weeks instead of years, thus speeding up the product development cycle. However, generating realistic precipitation in a CWT is still a challenge, because it is not well understood and it is difficult to create repeatable precipitation as desired by industry.

Empowering a Collaborative Service Robot Prototype for Long-term Care Facilities

COVID-19 has introduced significant challenges to healthcare systems and caregivers to provide quality care to older adults and adults with developmental disabilities (DD) living in long-term care facilities (LTCFs). As a result, regular doctor visits are limited, family visits are banned, and demand for caregivers is on the rise. Utilizing a Collaborative Service Robot (CSR) technology within a LTCF can improve safety and reduce loneliness by providing a medium for the residents to connect to the outside world and simultaneously reduce the risk of transferring infection.

Automated Escalation and Incident Management in Healthcare during Mass Casualties and Pandemic Events

In healthcare, communication and clear roles and responsibilities are critical in delivering care to patients. This is difficult to achieve in the best of times; during pandemics and mass casualty events, communication is the first thing to fail, leading to inefficiency, confusion, and ultimately harm to patients. This project aims to develop an automated system that escalates critical events to the required healthcare providers in a reliable and closed-loop manner.

Analysis and optimization of a novel thermal storage system for ground-source heat pumps

Researchers at Ontario Tech University are collaborating with McClymont and Rak geotechnical engineers to develop a new sustainable thermal storage technology that addresses the main challenges that have prevented geothermal heating and cooling systems from being adopted in a meaningful way in Ontario. An innovative storage medium, based on a construction slurry, will be developed and used in the underground thermal storage, and coupled to a geothermal heat pump to provide high-efficiency and clean building heating and cooling.

Extraction of alternative biomarkers from a functional description of homeostasis

Type II diabetes affects around 9% of the North-American population. While it may be reversed by a change of life style and diet, it can cause irrepairable damage if left untreated. Tests that involve taking multiple blood samples are usually administered to find out if a subject has, or is at risk of developing, type II diabetes. We will develop an alternative test that relies on data from a wearable patch that estimates the blood sugar level continuously as the subjects go about their daily business.

Biomarkers of susceptibility for COVID-19 in wastewater for the purpose of epidemic forecastin

This project proposes for Ontario a transformative approach for identification and surveillance of COVID-19 and prediction of COVID-19 outbreaks based on wastewater-based community-testing epidemiology. WE will identify and measure SARS-CoV-2 RNA and molecular biomarkers of health excreted by populations and use modelling to predict the special-temporal occurrence of emerging outbreaks in sewage wastewaters.

Material Formulation and Sheet Extrusion of Thermoplastic-Graphite Composites for Compression Molding of PEMFC Bipolar Plates

Hydrogen is a clean source of energy with zero greenhouse gas emissions. A very efficient method to obtain power from hydrogen is by using fuel cells, which generate electricity via an electrochemical reaction in which oxygen and hydrogen combine to form water with no harmful emissions. Of the major components of fuel cells are Bipolar Plates, which cost about one-third of the total cost of the fuel cells. As a result, reducing the cost of such components, specifically the manufacturing cost, while maintaining or improving their performance is a primary goal for the producers of fuel cells.

Development and Commercialization of Photoresponsive Red-Shifted Gene-Silencing Agents

We have a technology that can potentially inactivate a class of pharmaceuticals. Pharmaceutical side-effects can have a detrimental effect on the health and wellbeing of individuals. Pharmaceutical companies can suffer significant monetary loss when drug candidates do not pass clinical trials. Given that the pharmaceutical industry is a multibillion-dollar industry, we believe there is significant interest in utilizing a technology that can control the activity of a pharmaceutical.

Designing and Evaluating Information Visualization Techniques to Increase Privacy Policy Comprehension in Multi-Device Environments

As Canadians use an increasingly wide variety of applications and digital devices for personal and business use, it becomes difficult to understand, remain up to date, and decide which data they should share with an application or on a website. Most often, users are unaware of what information a website or application uses, how or when their data will be shared, and who it will be shared with.

Connecting watershed-scale land-use with coastal wetland ecologicalintegrity: The tributary – coastal wetland nexus in Durham Region

Coastal wetlands and embayments are sensitive ecosystems located between rivers and the shoreline of lakes. Human activities (e.g., urban development and agriculture) on land can influence the functioning of these ecosystems and the quality of water that flows through them. Healthy coastal wetlands can offer significant services in the form of water quality purification, flood control, and storm surge protection, as well as provide important habitat for wildlife.