Time series analysis for forecasting television ratings and market share

Television ratings in Canada are collected by BBM Canada, a not-for-profit organization that serves all the major television networks in Canada. Monthly surveys of 30,000 households collect a range of data on demographic variables and television viewing habits. The proposed research is to investigate models that take into account market swings between various modes of television signal delivery: off-air, cable, digital satellite and digital cable.

Identification and Evaluation of Exemplary Practices of Initiatives for the Commercialization of Innovation

The project aims to improve The Centre of Excellence for Commercialization of Research (CCR)’s business model and develop potential practices that would further help Canadian companies in commercialization. In this project the intern will identify the most effective practices including those as may generalize to improve the partner organization’s commercialization model. The project aims to classify programs and services which are related to CCR’s objective of having exemplary commercialization practices.

High Performance GPU Cluster Computing: Astronomical DSP

Graphical Processing Units (GPU)'s have matured, and now provide the highest computational performance per dollar.  To be scalable, a tighly coupled cluster of GPU's must support efficient implementations of real world algorithms.

Determination of vessel wall shear stress in the cerebral vasculature using magnetic resonance imaging and computational fluid dynamics

Our project consists of a combination of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and numerical simulations to model the blood flow dynamics in major cerebral arteries. In doing so, we hope to determine the shear stresses that are inflicted on the vessel walls of the brain, which should correlate with the vessel’s ability to dilate in response to a vasoactive stimulus. This autoregulatory effect can be measured in terms of cerebrovascular reactivity and is shown to be a useful biomarker for cerebral disease.

Investigation of single nanoparticle properties by scanning probe microscopy and Raman spectroscopy

This project consists of two parts: the synthesis of a variety of nanoparticles using a technique we have developed recently, and the study of individual nanoparticles to examine their properties and polydispersity. Both parts carry major challenges and present unique opportunities for research. The eventual goal of our program is to be able to design nanomaterials with desirable properties in a controlled manner.