An Integrated Approach using Process Models and Business Analytics for Efficient Delivery of Patient Care

The use of business process modeling (BPM) and analytics has demonstrated exceptional results in improving efficiency and effectiveness in various industries. Health care processes however, are characterized by uncertain, exception and continual evolution. This project aims to apply flexible, adaptive and evolutionary process modeling protocols coupled with operations research and other analytic methods to the health care environment.

Test Automation with TTCN-3

Development of an Avionics system test methodology, based on the Test and Test Control Notation (TTCN-3). This will include (1) a gap analysis between TTCN-3 and current avionics test languages and environments and (2) a large scale case study. Of particular interest, will be the ability to model and verify both continuous control and discrete event aspects of avionics systems. This project will be used to improve verification and validation of CMC Electronics' innovative new avionics designs.

Algorithms for public health

“Through this research internship, I have learned a lot about the various applications and software used for mapping virus genes,” Ye explains.

Alongside Dr. Stephane Aris-Brosou, from the University of Ottawa’s Department of Biology, Ye is creating a novel algorithm to analyze the evolution and transmission network of the virus.

Stepping towards a dream job

“Certainly searching for a job is much more than sending resumes and waiting for an interview. The business skills I’ve learned through Mitacs Step have provided me with valuable communication and networking abilities, the know-how to create impactful resumes and business cards, as well as appropriate manners and etiquette during an interview or at a industry event, all of which I’ve applied to my present job hunt.”

Covering designs for efficient de-identification of health records

In Canada, research ethics boards vary widely in the way they interpret risk to patients when their personal information is being re-used for research purposes. However, many research ethics boards will permit information to be shared without consent when they believe there is a low risk of re-identification. PARAT is Privacy Analytics’ de-identification software tool. It automatically performs generalization and suppression on cross-sectional, longitudinal, and geospatial data.

Occurrence of the Timiskaming-type sedimentary rocks in the North Caribou Greenstone belt

Jason Duff, who is completing MSc program at the University of Ottawa, recently found evidence for sedimentary rocks in the North Caribou greenstone belt that are 2680 million years old, younger than other rocks in the belt. The rocks elsewhere in the belt contain 3.0 billion year sedimentary and volcanic rocks including the host rocks for the Musselwhite mine.

Increasing Marketing Campaign Performance Using Influential Users in Social Networks

In recent years, with the emergence of online social networks and the growing interest in genetics and biological networks, the research community has been tasked with analyzing knowledge extracted from multirelational datasets. Such analysis, generally known as Knowledge Discovery in Databases (KDD), is concerned with the computer aided discovery of useful knowledge in databases. An example of the extracted knowledge would be user interest data which improves the accuracy on viewing and predicting market trends, and allows for enriched customization and customer targeting.

Hog Urine Treatment by Membrane Distillation

The objective of this project is to test the feasibility of the membranes for membrane distillation (MD), developed recently by University of Ottawa researchers, to treat hog urine for the production of clean water in lab scale as well as with a demo unit. The MD process is eventually integrated as a part of the ATD waste management system to produce clean water, which is recycled to the barn or used for irrigation.

Addiction Neuromodulation System

In the prior Mitacs funding cluster, a clinical trial of opioid addiction was initiated and approved by both Health Canada and the ethics board of the Saint Joseph General Hospital. This research project expands upon that work. A smoking cravings reduction program using SmartStim transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) has been initiated by NorDocs, and Quit4 (an established smoking cessation program) is an early adopter. The projects in this cluster all focus upon optimizing and studying this new business.

Engaging youth in a developmental evaluation of Raising the Grade

Raising the Grade is an innovative after-school program launched this year by the Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada (BGCC) in 25 clubs across Canada. Through the use of online learning tools, mentorship, and the early promise of a scholarship, the program hopes to engage youth at risk of dropping out of high school and help them graduate from high school and enroll in post-secondary education. The proposed internship is part of a long-term developmental evaluation of Raising the Grade being conducted by the Social Research and Demonstration Corporation (SRDC).