Nanotechnology for biomedical applications

the project concerns the preparation, characterization and in vitro evaluation of drug delivery systems.

Quantifying stratified turbulence in gravity currents

The student working on this project will determine how the internal mixing dynamics influence the degree to which gravity currents entrain fluid. Gravity currents are important flows for oceanography that form when dense water cascades down the continental slope. There are also many important engineering applications, such a dense waste-water disposal from a desalination plant, or the fate of underwater turbidity currents.

Optimal adaptation of radiation therapy treatments

Intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) is an advanced cancer treatment technology that uses beams of high energy x-rays to deliver radiation to a tumour. In IMRT, radiation beams are divided into many small beamlets. The intensities of each radiation beamlet are computed using specialized software. In this software, the treatment planning problem is modeled as a mathematical optimization problem, and solved using mathematical algorithms.

Optical Spectroscopy of Nanomaterials

The project is aimed at exploring various physical properties on the nanoscale using optical spectroscopy. In particular a focus on Raman and Optical spectroscopy of nano materials and bulk compounds on the nanoscale to better understand the interplay between numerous physical processes. This not only allows us to explore the basic physical underpinnings of novel effects but better characterize and optimize devices. Three different materials will be the focus of this study, high temperature superconductors, topological insulators and semiconductor nano wires.

Reducing NETosis for improving lung health

Background, knowledge gap and therapeutic value: Lung disease is the primary cause for the morbidity and mortality of patients with cystic fibrosis (CF). One of the major culprits of the CF airway diseases is chronic inflammation associated with dying neutrophils, accumulating DNA and colonizing Pseudomonas aeruginosa. However, the factors and pathways that regulate the pathological changes, particularly relevant to neutrophil death, in CF airways are unclear.

Mobility management for next-generation heterogeneous wireless systems

To support the ubiquitous availability of broadband applications and services, multiple network-access technologies, including the wired Internet and various wireless networks, are expected to co-exist and interoperate. This integration of heterogeneous access networks brings forth unique challenges in the design of multimedia applications and services, since no single network meets the ideal of high bandwidth, universal availability, and low cost.

Multihop cooperative wireless communications

Collaborative network participants can jointly achieve advanced networking functions beyond simple relaying of data packets. They enable distributed network reconfiguration and autonomous tuning of software and hardware among peers, to support diverse and evolving application requirements and networking environments. However, the combination of mutual interference, network scale, decentralized control, and possible multihop radio instability, brings new challenges to the paradigm of intelligent collaboration in future generation wireless networks.

Scalable and Reliable Storage Virtualization

Two emerging technologies, virtualized and cloud storage, are transforming the storage infrastructure of computing systems. Both technologies enable increased resource sharing, promising more flexible, manageable, and cost-efficient use of storage resources. However, these shared storage technologies raise several challenges for storage providers. Storage systems must meet the competing and conflicting performance demands of customers.

Development for the Symphony of Devices

The multitude of computing devices owned (and carried) by any given person is increasing. There is a clear need and opportunity to not simply replicate experiences across form factors, but rather to enable applications to easily span form factors. In the future, it is easy to anticipate that experiences will seamlessly grow and shrink by annexing nearby displays and input devices: the Netflix of the future is not one that can simply play the same movie on multiple devices.

Award Winner Interview: Sachin Goel

The research resulted in the creation of a strain of E-coli that can utilize sugars simultaneously to efficiently produce Biofuel.  Below is an exclusive interview with Mr. Goel, who won the Mitacs Undergraduate Award for Outstanding Research Achievement, as presented by the Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway at the 2nd Annual Mitacs Awards Reception, held November 28th in Ottawa.

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