Conductance detectors using microfabricated electrodes

Universal NanoSensor Technologies (UNS-Tech) develops and commercializes microfabricated conductivity detectors. In this MITACS cluster, UNS-Tech will partner with Prof. Young-June Kim to test UNS-Tech’s patented silicon microchip conductance detectors and to explore new detector architectures based on micro- and nano-patterned thin metal films. The results will be analyzed and the findings will be published in scientific journals. Interns participating in this cluster will benefit from this internship by gaining tremendous knowledge of electronics-based detectors.

Investigation of suitability and feasibility of home dialysis – An Evaluation to enhance capacity planning

Chronic Kidney Disease can require patients to undergo dialysis or transplantation as treatment options. Ontario Renal Network (ORN) is responsible for setting the strategic direction of services, their aim is to improve the quality of life of every patients. The project will try to define suitability criteria for home dialysis patients by analyzing historic patient data. Once factors affecting suitability are discovered, the success score for each patient can be developed. This analysis can then be applied to new incoming patients.

Defocus and Aberration Modeling for RGB-Infrared Cameras

Conventional camera sensors record three color channels: red, green and blue. In this project we will investigate computational photography algorithms for cameras that record a near-infrared channel (NIR) in addition to RGB. This channel is particularly useful for biometric imaging and holds great potential in consumer imaging applications as well. The key challenge in simultaneously capturing RGB and NIR is that lens behavior depends on wavelenth and thus the NIR channel may be defocused compared to the other three.

Security and Automation Considerations for Internal Licensing Database Management System

This proposed research will create a modern internal licensing database management system, which will be developed at Side Effects. The main objectives of this applied research are (1) manage customer and license information; (2) ensure the security of the system; (3) test the application efficiently and automatically; (4) generate a useful report based on the licensing data. With the participation of the intern in the design and implementation of the data core of the system, the company will benefit by being able to manage complex software licensing agreement with greater efficiency.

Quality Vigilance of Baked Goods through DigitalImage Analysis – I, II

Product quality is a factor in insuring business success and user satisfaction. It is acheived through vigilance within quality systems. This project will explore how quality-by-design can be supported through serial recording of material signatures extracted from image analysis of baked goods produced by the industrial partner TWI Foods. An innovative digital image recording system will be used, the BioTIFF/Intercase system, developed by gDial Inc in collaboration with the Dr Peter Pennefather of the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy.

Analyzing User Reviews of Mobile Applications using Natural Language Processing

The proposed project is to research and develop a user review analysis system for mobile games using machine learning and natural language processing techniques. Traditionally, user review analyses are done by humans, which is inefficient and relatively slow. The project will involve research in the specific areas of topic modeling, sentiment analysis and opinion spam detection. The result of the research will be developed into a deliverable solution. One use of the review analysis system is to retrieve valuable information for the game development team in order to improve the game.

Sustainable and Resilient Neighbourhood Design

This research investigates how a neighbourhood in London, Ontario may be designed to be both sustainable and resilient, where “resilient” means capable of dealing with future shocks and stresses. One major future shock/stress will be climate change impacts, such as extreme temperature or precipitation. This research will also conduct preliminary energy modelling of a simplified community using both current and future London temperatures.

Towards a Theory of Idea Evaluation

As the world increasingly depends on the creation of new and novel ideas, the ability to manage them become paramount,. Ideation is a process that enables organizations to create, value and manage a portfolio of ideas. It can be divided into three areas: 1) Idea representation, aka Ontologies, 2)Idea evaluation and portfolio management, and 3)Idea process management. The objectives of this research are to: 1. Identify and analyze current short comings in the innovation processes, 2. Develop an ontology for ideas and the innovation process, 3.

Mitacs-Accelerate funds over $900,000 in research into cloud computing

The professor at the University of Toronto’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering is bringing together research students from nine universities as part of the Smart Applications on Virtual Infrastructure (SAVI) Network. 

SAVI was set up to examine the future of cloud computing and software-defined networking, and Mitacs-Accelerate is helping to make the huge collaboration possible.  By using Accelerate clusters, multiple students are being matched with 20 company partners for a total of 50 internships over two years.

Feasibility Study of a Community Microgrid: Key Components, Control and Communications

This project involves the feasibility study of specific community microgrid technologies for the development of a Smart Community in London, Ontario by SE2 Technologies Inc. A first of its kind, such a community will represent a learning platform for universities and other cities in Canada. The smart community will consist of a minimum of 50 residential units situated in London, Ontario, and will be Net ZERO energy, built electric car ready and emphasize Smart Grid technology including the demonstration of a community microgrid.