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.

Increased Utilization of Forest Biomass for Energy Production: Greenhouse Gas Benefits and Ecosystem Impacts

In February 2009, the Ontario Government announced the Feed-In Tariff (FIT)Program which will play a premium for electricity that comes from renewable sources - wind, solar and biomass - to help curb fossil fuel emissions. The goal of this internship is to assess using unmerchantable wood - that which is not useful for traditional forest products such as paper and lumber - from Great Lakes - St. Lawrence forests to co-generate heat and electrical power in small gasification plants.

Chemotherapy Outpatient Scheduling Using Analytical Scheduling Tools and Simulation

The project will use analytical scheduling techniques and simulation to create, a scheduling template for use at the Odette and Juravinski Cancer Centres. The ideal schedule together with a simulation of the Chemotherapy Center at both Odette and Juravinski will be used to analyze the impact of different resources and processes in the overall chemotherapy process. Robust scheduling and possibly other techniques will be used to develop a scheduling tool for the cancer centres.

Towards 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.

Mobility-Platform-Enabled In-Situ Resource Utilization for Support of a Lunar Outpost

NASA's planned permanent return to the Moon will demand advances in many technologies. In order to enable such a goal and to maximize the capabilities of such a presence it will be necessary to use the lunar resources and materials available, commonly referred to as In-Situ Resource Utilization (ISRU). This benefit would come in a number of ways. Among the most important is that payloads launched from Earth can be smaller as supplies would be available at the mission site. This project will develop a multirobot system to support the planned and permanent return to the Moon.

Effects of Trail Density on Biodiversity

The relationship of biodiversity to trail density (e.g. meters of trail per hectare) will be the focus of this internship, an attempt to determine the carrying capacity of ecosystems for trail density.

Habitat Function of Urban Trees: Benchmarks for Green-rating Systems

This project targets a major research gap of the recently proposed Sustainable Sites Initiative (SSI), which is a North American green rating system for landscapes; scheduled to be released in 2011. Our research will focus on establishing the characteristics of urban trees that affect their ability to provision habitat to urban biodiversity (insects and birds)- which is a major objective of the SSI.

Exploring regional productivity difference – Could differences in management be the cause?

This project explores the role that management techniques play in changes in productivity, economic fluctuations and growth over time for Canada and the U.S, as well as regional productivity differences. This information should help economists create better models and policies, as well as better inform Governments and businesses about the importance of proper management and providing opportunities to train (and retrain) managers to employ the best techniques.

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