PeerScholar in the K-12 Educational System

This project explored the effectiveness of an educational technology called peerScholar, which is an online peer-assessment tool used to enhance student learning. To date, all of the findings on peerScholar have focused on the development of critical thinking skills at the University level. However, given that learning begins earlier, the proposed research will examine the effectiveness of peer-assessment, via peerScholar, throughout Grades 9 to 12. The goal Is to replicate, and to extend, the peer-assessment findings with younger students.

Managing Collections of Models in Software Development

The proposal research concerns the creation of innovative tools to improve the quality and effectiveness of modeling in software development.  Specifically, the research will focus on three areas: how to express the relationships between models to make sure that models are properly synchronized with each other; how to express different variations within the model so that the same model can be used to produce software for different situations and how to express the intent (purpose) of a model so that it can be more easily understood and checked to make sure that it correctly satisfies its pu

eHealth and hearing loss: Effect of remote programming of hearing aids and rehabilitation support on device usage

Information and communication technologies (ICTs) are poised to have increasingly larger roles in health care systems globally and one possible scenario is that Ontario emerges as a leader in providing eHealth innovation and service delivery.  Although ICT-based methods of service delivery are well established in particular areas of health care, the potential benefits for hearing health care have not been fully realized due to a number of technological and non-technological barriers.  Foremost among them, successful aural rehabilitation requires face-to-face consultations where practitioner

Visualizing meaningful changes in multivariate data of the hemodynamic response during cortical activation

This project involves working with researchers at the Bloorview Kids Rehab in Toronto to aid them in developing safer and more advanced brain]computer machines for individuals with severe physical limitations. The intern is developing a computer-based visual analytics tool that will help them further interpret the data they are collecting about brain activity. This tool will enable them to identify and compare change points in the data which could not previously be identified; a necessary step to developing advanced brain]computer machines.

Managing Service Level Agreements in Distributed Systems

This project seeks to simplify the development and management of business processes deployed on a distributed Service Oriented Architecture (SOA). The target architecture is an enterprise system with distributed services coordinated by application workflows or business processes. Declarative goals, specified in Service Level Agreements (SLA), are used to assist in the development of such applications, and to automate the monitoring, deployment, and resource provisioning tasks.

Using electronic detection to enhance performance of HPLC equipped with UV-Vis optical detection

In this internship, UNS-Tech will partner with Prof. Woolley to detect products of interest to his lab using UNS-e-chip. The antibiotics, developed by Prof. Woolley, are novel systems that can be activated by light or enzymes. The assay will employ UNS-Tech’s state-of-the-art electronics-based detectors for HPLC. The results will be analyzed and the findings will be published in scientific journals. The intern will benefit from this internship by gaining tremendous knowledge of synthesis of products of great value to the pharmaceutical industry.

Analysis of Greenhouse Gas Emission for Chinese Cities

Chinese cities are amongst the fasted growing cities in the world and they have per capita greenhouse gas (GHG) emission rates that are similar to western cities. This research quantifies GHG emissions for the three Chinese city]provinces of Beijing, Shanghai and Tianjin. A computer model is then developed for projecting the future growth in Shanghaifs emissions under current policies and infrastructure plans.

Effective Policies for Healthy Food Solutions: The Role of Public-Private Partnerships for Public Health

This project is in partnership with the Canadian Obesity Network. Human diet and nutrition have changed toward a diet dominated by increased food portions; low consumption of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, cereals, and legumes; and the increase in high consumption of foods rich in saturated fat, sugars and salt. As a result, societies have witnessed a dramatic increase in obesity and chronic diseases. The agri-food system cannot be missed in the battle of reducing this complex health problem.

Tools and Strategies for Multi-Stakeholder Sustainability Planning: Toronto Hydro IT Infrastructure Offices Case Study

The Sustainability Office (SO) proposes to work with Toronto Hydro's IT Infrastructure department to develop a comprehensive and integrated sustainability and energy management program. This divisional pilot will serve as a model for progress towards Toronto Hydro's sustainability goal of achieving a reduced environmental footprint operation.

Toward Automating Pattern-based Application Integration

Integration is a core IT operation, and is aided by a number of available best]practice techniques for integration (integration patterns). However the application of these patterns has little to no automated support. They are applied by consultants on a per-customer basis, making it an expensive and time consuming task. A computer science student from the University of Toronto will work with IBM at their Toronto Center for Advanced Studies on building a set of heuristics to aid the understanding and the application of integration patterns.