What is a farmed salmon? Understanding the life of a seafood commodity from ocean to table

Farmed Atlantic salmon is one of the world’s most valuable and widely traded seafood commodities. It is a significant component of Canada’s agrifood sector, and is BC’s largest agricultural commodity. It provides much needed employment in rural, remote and sometimes aboriginal communities in BC. However in BC, the sector has been consistently challenged by social license; a constraint that reflects the diverse perspectives about farmed salmon.

wearable electric field sensor

The project focuses on the design and development of a wearable electric field sensor. Mathematical simulation, mechanical design, optical system built-up and signal processing will be involved. The project will be conducted in the Laboratory of Ultra High Precision Mechatronics at Beihang University (BUAA), Beijing. The student will need to analyze and simulate the relation between electric field and surface wave using different materials. In the second phase, the student will design the sensor structure and develop the system.

Brain Decoding Models for neurodegenerative disease aided diagnosis and classification

Globally, brain-related diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease and Epilepsy have a huge toll on patients, loved ones, and healthcare systems. The research project aims to establish a model to better diagnose neurodegenerative diseases. There is a wealth of clinical test data, symptoms, and observations associated with the long list of neurodegenerative diseases. In order to better understand underlying causes of these diseases, neuroinformaticians are developing software tools to link the volumes of data to underlying causes of each brain-related illness.

Calibrating static errors in Adaptive Optics systems for Extremely Large Telescopes

The proposed research project involves calibrating an Adaptive Optics system – a technology that essentially corrects telescopes for the changing atmosphere so that the ‘twinkling’ is taken out of stars. This technology has become increasingly complex, an example being the proposed instrument called NFIRAOS that will be built by Canada for the future Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT).

Penetration of diluted bitumen on shorelines in the event of a marine spill

The goal of this research is to create a knowledge tool that can assist responders to act quickly and effectively in the event of a marine oil spill. In order to accomplish this goal, we will (1) develop a simple field test to gauge shoreline permeability in relation to stranded diluted bitumen on natural shorelines; (2) compare those findings against a series of experiments recently conducted by Environment Canada in a project named Bit_Ex; and (3) develop maps that estimate potential diluted bitumen retention for areas along British Columbia?s coast.

Diversity and structure of coastal eelgrass communities and their importance for maintaining juvenile Pacific salmon

On the coast of British Columbia, both eelgrass meadows and Pacific salmon species are declining, yet eelgrass community dynamics and reliance of juvenile salmon on these communities are poorly understood. We will assemble the first large-scale dataset from monitoring efforts of coastal BC organizations in order to assess eelgrass community diversity and structure across environmental and human disturbance gradients (including boating, fishing, and non-native species).

Harnessing the power of the ocean

His supervisor, Dr. Bradley Buckham, recommended that Clayton apply for a Mitacs Accelerate internship and suggested coastal engineering consultancy Triton Consultants, as the industry partner. 

“When I approached Triton, they were hesitant at first as they were a small company; but when I mentioned the co-funding provided by Mitacs, my internship with them became feasible,” Clayton explained.

Positioned for Success

However, his experience led to a change in perspective. “In a big company, there isn’t as much opportunity to make decisions that lead to improvements in a technology.”

Rohit had come to Canada in 2012 to pursue an MBA focused on entrepreneurship at the University of Victoria. During his program, he undertook a Mitacs Accelerate internship with Limespot, a small e-commerce start-up with five employees, a far cry from his experience at Blackberry.

Political Scandal and the evolution of political culture

Precisely what a nation finds scandalous says a great deal about the shared values of the population, and should indicate something about the nature of political culture within that community. The Profumo Affair in Britain, and the sex scandals of a variety of American politicians – from Jefferson’s slave mistress through Anthony Weiner’s most recent “sexting” scandal – suggest a certain fascination with the private lives of politicians and a predilection to moralize about them.

Postcard from China: UVic PhD student improves wireless monitoring

So far, my research has been conducted with software simulation and mathematical modeling; however, testbed implementation is more realistic and accurate.

Thanks to my home supervisor, Dr. Jianping Pan, I applied for the Mitacs Globalink Research Award to undertake a project with Dr. Ruonan Zhang at Northwestern Polytechnical University (NWPU) in Xi'an, China. Dr. Zhang is a UVic alumnus: he received his PhD there and joined NWPU in 2010. One of his research areas is testbed development and implementation for wireless networks.