A computer vision system for the evaluation of swine welfare based on analysis of lesions on carcases

Human-caused bruises, tail lesions caused by tail biting, ear lesions, among other things, in slaughter pigs are detrimental to animal welfare, a violation of the Animal Welfare Act, and a source of public concern. Animal-based indicators of welfare are quantifiable characteristics on the animal that are reflective of what the animal has experienced. The evaluation of animal welfare indicators on swine carcasses could offer a cost-effective method to welfare analysis and quality assurance.

Smart sensor technology “de-risking” food animal transportation

Innovation starts with asking the right questions.

For Transport Genie Ltd., a deceptively simple question vexing Canadian biosecurity experts sparked a collaboration that accelerated development of the company’s smart sensor technology and brought it to the cusp of commercial success.

Based in Aurora, Ont., the company is working with two Mitacs interns supervised by University of Saskatchewan’s Dr. Terry Fonstad to advance sensors that monitor animal welfare during transport.

Curling Rock Launcher and Ice Sheet Printer

This project will produce a rock launching device for curling as well as a printer that will print pebbled curling ice sheets. These devices will be used to help understand the physics of curling (which are still not understood). They will also be used to enhance the fairness of curling competitions and to help train curlers in brushing. RMD Engineering of Saskatoon, as the partnering organization, will help develop these devices and will be able to commercialize the technologies developed, to help Canada stay on top of the curling world.

Development of eco-restoration practices through a coproduction process on Indigenous traditional territories in boreal Saskatchewan

Restoration practitioners and Indigenous communities have a vested interest in understanding how to promote healthy
resilience ecosystems following anthropogenic disturbance. Working together our goal is to develop effective eco-restoration
practices on Indigenous territories through a co-production process. Reconciliation requires new ways of conducting natural
science and the rigorous application of both Indigenous knowledge and Western science is needed to support decision

Classification, affiliation, and deanonymization of cryptocurrency activities

Bloomberg recently reported that theft and embezzlement of cryptocurrencies, such as Bitcoin and Ether, have become an annual USD $200 million business. Indeed, just between January 2021 and March 2022 investors have lost over US$1 billion in cryptocurrency scams according to the report by the US’s Federal Trade Commission. More than 46,000 people have lost money in crypto fraud since the beginning of 2021, making it the leading source of payment scams. Cryptocurrency has become a vehicle for money laundering, payments for ransomware, illicit activity, and even funding of extremist groups.

Promoting Health Among Indigenous Youth through Wellness & HOPE

The proposed community rooted project affords an opportunity for interns to immerse themselves in community engaged research activities and work closely with our partner organizations (Île-à-la-Crosse & James Smith Cree Nation and Diabetes Canada). Guided by relational approaches and the interns will each spend time on site in their respective communities where they will gain experience in sharing and transferring health-promoting messaging specific to diabetes prevention that is grounded in Métis and Cree (respectively) ways of knowing and doing.

Utilization of Fusarium Damaged Kernels (FDK) as a Feedstock to Black Soldier Fly Larvae (BSFL)

By 2050, the world population is predicted to increase to 9.6 billion, 2 billion more from today's population. This presses the necessity to increase the food production at a huge amount. There is a lot of efforts to address this issue, and this project is aiming to contribute to this issue through using agricultural by-products for animal feedstock production. Fusarium fungi are common pathogenic microbes in small grain crops, such as wheat, rye, and barley. The infestation of Fusarium results in small kernel with contamination of toxic secretion of Fusarium (mycotoxins).

Advancing Materials Science using Resonant Inelastic Scattering - Year Two

This program will focus on the detailed characterization of the luminescence of a series of next-generation doped phosphors for lighting applications. These narrow-band-emitting, high-efficiency phosphors have demonstrated outstanding potential for use in phosphor-converted light emitting diodes. This technology is poised to replace traditional incandescent lights and it is expected to lead to an outstanding reduction of 15% in global energy consumption in the lighting sector with substantially greater long-term reductions.

Renewable Energy in Remote Indigenous Communities

Remote Indigenous communities governed by Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation (PBCN) will be engaged in a multi-criteria geospatial evaluation. The focus of the internships is to research the factors that can constrain and enable renewable energy (RE) development in the communities. The geospatial assessment will be based on structured cartographic modelling and map overlays that are informed by community participation.

Use of Advanced Customizable Leach Columns as a tool to characterize the physiochemical processes occurring in mine waste rock and tailings

Mining generates large amounts of waste (e.g. waste rock and tailings), some of which contains sulfide minerals that oxidize and produce acid rock drainage (ARD) when exposed to oxygen. Mine waste is commonly stored on-site in storage facilities which can account for > 80% of all ARD produced. Several methods exist to address ARD potential, but these tests are rarely linked to specific environmental conditions or repository designs.