Closing the Gap of Write- vs. Read-intensive Data Stores Using SSDs Year Two

Many big data challenges are characterized not only by a very large volume of data that has to be processed but also by a high data production rate. In this project, new storage approaches for big data will be explored. Key point is the efficient use of modern hardware, especially modern storage technology such as SSDs. These new technologies have highly improved performance in comparison to traditional hardware. However, classical data structures and algorithms can not directly be applied due to the different characteristics of these devices.

Mitacs Award winner interview: Ricardo Jota, University of Toronto

Mitacs thanks the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario for their support of the Accelerate research internship in this story. Across Canada, the Accelerate program also receives support from Alberta Innovates, the Government of British Columbia, the Government of New Brunswick, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, the Government of Nova Scotia, the Government of Prince Edward Island, the Government of Quebec, the Government of Saskatchewan and Research Manitoba.

The Utilization of Bark to Make Rigid Polyurethane Foams

Polyurethane foams are so commonly used, from rigid dashboards in cars, to insulation in buildings, and the comfy mattresses we sleep upon. Replacing the petrochemical resources used to make them with renewable resources like bark would be a great stride towards sustainability. In order for this to be done the conversion process of bark into a liquid must be better understood. This project will try to elucidate how alcohols interact with the bark to digest it during the conversion process.

Online seizure detection using EEG-based features of neural rhythms measured from a wireless headset

Avertus Epilepsy Technologies Inc. is building a wireless headset that records brain waves (EEG) without requiring extensive, time-consuming, and uncomfortable patient preparation. Avertus’ SMART (Seizure Monitoring at the Right Time) Headset is a patient focused, point-of-care monitoring and detection system. Worn during the day or just at night during sleep, the SMART Headset represents safety, response when needed, and peace-of-mind. For drug companies and treating physicians, the SMART Headset provides an objective measure of seizure occurrence to assess drug efficacy.

Low-power EEG headset for remote monitoring and warning system

Avertus Epilepsy Technologies Inc. is building a wireless headset that records brain waves (EEG) without requiring extensive, time-consuming and uncomfortable patient preparation. Avertus’ headset is a patient-focused, point-of care monitoring and detection system. To design the wireless EEG headset, commercially available dry electrodes will be analyzed and characterized to determine the optimum properties for better EEG recordings. A miniaturized circuit board will be designed for each electrode to make active electrodes that can provide a high quality EEG signal right on the headset.

Metagenomic study of dechlorinating microbial communities invitro and in situ, part 2

The project is focused on study of commercial microbial cultures for biological remediation of soils and ground waters contaminated by chlorinated organic compounds. The successful elaboration and improvement of the products requires analysis on molecular-genetic level and detailed understating of organization of the microbial communities. The work benefits to industry partner by providing comprehensive information on functional and taxonomic structure, metabolic models of the studied microbial communities and key microorganisms involved in dechlorination of chloroform.

Development and Validation of the Next GenerationSimulation Platform for High-Rise Buildings

Recent years have witnessed a boom in the construction of modern high-rise buildings in megacities around the world. It is important to design a high-rise building that can effectively withstand both wind and earthquake loads. Nonetheless, in current practice, the design of high-rise buildings for wind and earthquakes is done independently. Hence, there is an urgent need to develop a set of integrated design guidelines for both wind and earthquake loads.

Prevention of hepatitis C virus (HCV) re-infection after liver transplantation

Over 170 million persons worldwide are chronically infected by hepatitis C virus (HCV), leading to endstage liver disease and cancer. HCV is the single most common indication for liver transplantation in Canada and the rest of the Western world. After transplant, HCV re-infection is universal and is the chief cause of graft loss. Treatment of post-transplant recurrent HCV is more difficult than pretransplant, with lower response rates that partly reflect the effects of immunosuppression.We propose that the ideal management of post-transplant HCV is its prevention.

Investigating the empowerment of teachers and studentsat Northern Canadian schools throughtelecommunication technology

The proposed research project investigates how the Telepresence technology (Connected North) has an impact on Northern students’ and teachers’ educational experience. Our goal is to assess the impact of its implementation within three contexts: connecting students to students, connecting students to experts, and connecting teachers to teachers. To this end, we will administer questionnaires to teachers and students before and after the introduction of the technology, as well as compare groups who experience versus do not experience the technology for a particular curriculum unit.

A wireless headset for power-aware EEG/non-EEG signals processing and seizure warning

Epilepsy is a debilitating neurological disorder affecting approximately 50 million people worldwide (World Health Organization). This project proposes to develop a SMART (Seizure Monitoring At the Right Time) Headset for these patients to monitor their brain signal and track their movements, heart rates and breathing patterns. This headset will have new types of sensors suitable for long term usage and sleep.

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