Probabilistic Transitive Closure of Fuzzy Cognitive Maps: Algorithm Enhancement and Application to Work Integrated Learning

Shopify has a well-developed partnership with universities for a work-integrated Bachelor of Computer Science degree. It is in their best interest to see their student interns successfully transition to the work place. In the application part of this study, we will use a fuzzy cognitive map (that is, a special type of a graph) to represent expert knowledge on determinants of success and well-being of a student intern, Moreover, a relatively new mathematical model – transitive closure – will be applied to analyze this data and compute a set of guidelines for better learning outcomes.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) Powered Adaptive Flight Controller for Novel Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) with Commercial and Humanitarian Applications

The project entails research into machine learning techniques to control unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) with complex flight characteristics for surveillance and cargo transportation applications. In addition, it advances networked UAV fleet control and optimization methodologies to improve the potential of UAV fleets to perform coordinated tasks efficiently and reliably.

Building a National Ocean Literacy Strategy

This collaborative, pan-Canadian and consultation-based research project will develop an ocean literacy strategy for Canada with the aim of elevating Canadians understanding of the importance of ocean health and their capacity to participate in ways that promote a sustainable ocean ecosystem and economy. The interns will respectively coordinate the overall national consultation process (pdf#1), facilitate regional consultations (pdf #2; pdf #3; pdf #4; intern #5) and synthesize regional reports into a draft national strategy (pdf #1; intern #6).

Improved pulse pressure approximation and pattern recognition algorithm for prediction of blood pressure-related health issues

Continuous blood pressure (BP) monitor is highly beneficial for detection and prevention of stroke and cardiovascular disease. The most common BP monitor technique still relies on using a cuff that slows the blood flow, which is both uncomfortable and makes continuous monitoring impossible. Furthermore, research has shown that due to the numerous artifacts, the existing cuff-less BP monitoring technologies such as pulse transit time (PTT) and tonometry are not effective.

Calibration-Free Continuous Pulse Oximeter Monitoring Using Deep Learning

Oxygen saturation, i.e. SpO2 is the fifth most important vital sign after heart rate (HR), body temperature (BT), blood pressure (BP), and breathing rate (BR). Oxygen saturation indicates if sufficient oxygen is being supplied to the body.
Continuous SpO2 monitoring is highly beneficial for detection and prevention of several diseases.

Strengthening capacity of Canadian civil society organizations and their partners in the Global South to address gender inequality: Engagements, perceptions and uses of feminist approaches in international development

The goal of this project is to strengthen the capacity of Canadian civil society organizations (CSOs) working around the world to combat gender inequality. The Mitacs post-doctoral candidate, working closely with the Canadian Council of International Co-operation, a coalition of over 80 CSOs in Canada, will examine how different feminist approaches are applied in international development work. Through surveys and case studies, this project examines how organizations and their partners in the Global South implement feminist approaches into planning and programming.

Understanding the role and regulation of follicular fluid miRNAs in ovarian function and polycystic ovarian syndrome. 1

The polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), a multi-factorial heterogeneous syndrome with complex pathologies, affects up to 10% of women of reproductive age and accounts for 75% of anovulatory infertility. PCOS is associated with follicle growth arrest at the early antral stage, chronic anovulation, minimal granulosa cell proliferation, hyperthecosis with hyperandrogenemia, and insulin resistance.

High Value Biologics From Eggshell Membranes

Canada produces about 9 billion eggs per year; of these, about 27% are processed at egg breaking plants that yield low value eggshell (ES) and eggshell membrane (ESM) waste as a byproduct. The objective of this project is to develop processes to isolate high value products from ESM waste including HA, collagens, other proteins and anti-oxidants, using green chemistry. Our starting point will be raw ESM provided by our industrial partner, Burnbrae Farms (BBF).

Optimized Non-invasive Cuff-less Continuous Blood Pressure Measurement Technique Using Machine Learning

Continuous blood pressure (BP) monitor is highly beneficial for detection and prevention of stroke and cardiovascular disease. The most common BP monitor technique still relies on using a cuff that obstructs the blood flow, which is both uncomfortable and makes continuous monitoring impossible. Furthermore, research has shown that due to the numerous artifacts, the existing cuff-less BP monitoring technologies such as pulse transit time (PTT) and tonometry are not sufficiently accurate.

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