Quality engineering method for certified open source software based on product line practice

The goal of the project is to help the industrial partner with evaluating, customizing and adopting advanced software engineering and quality assurance methods based on the notion of software product line (SPL) engineering practices. The software system considered in this project is an electronic medical record (EMR) system that is used in hundreds of clinics in Canada (OSCAR). EMRs are safety-critical as well as security-sensitive. Therefore, it is important to establish systematic and mature quality assurance practices.

Optimization of the Orpyx SurroSense Insole to provide valid and reliable measurements of plantar pressure and foot kinematics in distance running

There is a major technology gap for simple unobtrusive pressure insoles that can be used while running to provide feedback to athletes looking to improve performances and prevent injuries. Orpyx Medical Technologies have created a pressure sensitive insole capable of providing real-time foot pressure feedback to patients with peripheral neuropathy. With minor modifications, the Orpyx SurroSense Rx TM insoles could be used to address the measurement needs of runners. This project will provide hardware modification recommendations to Orpyx to optimize their insoles for running.

Aboriginal B-Model Canvas

This project will provide the necessary research for the development of a business model for Aboriginal entrepreneurs in Northwestern British Columbia. Nesika Management Ltd. has previously used Alexander Osterwalder’s Business Model Canvas to teach First Nations entrepreneurs, but finds that the model lacks cultural specificity and is not ideal for the needs of Aboriginal entrepreneurs.

Development of a low-cost underwater robot for inference of localization and environmental mapping

We will continue work on an inexpensive device developed for water column monitoring, using technology in development by Kinsol Research. The overall research project currently being undertaken is to create a device that can autonomously descend through a column of water to pre-set depths, gather measurements from various sensors (e.g. temperature and light level) during its descent, and then return to the surface. Future applications for this device include: water monitoring, research into multi-robot underwater problems, and engineering education.

Device classification for telecommunication industry

As information technology (IT) and telecommunication systems continue to grow in size and complexity, the types and the number of telecommunication and networking devices required to support provider’s services have surged. Identifying these devices in a network is a challenging task, since they usually lack proper or accurate documentation describing their operating characteristics.

Exploring a century of change through repeat photography on the Alsek River

Historical survey images of mountains, glaciers, vegetation, and river features captured during the 1906 Alaska Border Survey will be repeated on the Alsek River by PhD student Christopher Rhodes. The sites of the original images will be accessed by river rafting during expeditions with Canadian River Expeditions down the Alsek River. The goal is to track landscape and ecological changes using repeat photography. For the intern, this is a critical component of his PhD thesis.

Paulina Ramirez Niembro connects to culture in Victoria

Paulina is part of a team working on the Centre for Youth and Society’s “Stronger Together” research project that includes Indigenous community knowledge keepers and students from the Indigenous Communities Counselling program in the Department of Educational Psychology and Leadership Studies. She has assisted in building the knowledge base for two projects involving indigenous culture as it relates to youth mental health, and to youth cultural identity.

CanDo: A Smart App for Cognition

We propose to leverage social networking in a series of apps designed to improve the quality of life for persons with cognitive disabilities. We believe the success of companies for recreational athletes, some with over 15 million users, is linked to motivation and partnering, in addition to the analysis and tracking features. Building on our previous research and these applications for recreational athletes, we plan to evolve our user-centric model for personalized interfaces, data collection, and analytics for persons with cognitive disabilities and their caregivers.

Assessing emergency shelter patterns to inform solutions to homelessness

The mandate of the Greater Victoria Coalition to End Homelessness is to end homelessness in the Capital Region by 2018. Significant progress has been made, 162 units of supportive and 129 units of affordable housing have been built since 2009, yet homelessness remains a significant problem in Victoria, BC (Pauly et al., 2013). There continues to be a constant number of people using the emergency shelters annually (approximately 1650 for the past three years) and the number of people waiting for social housing has remained high (Pauly et al., 2013).

Admissions Sherpa – An Investigation of Agile Strategies for Modern Web Platforms

This project isto develop a new website which will provide an infrastructure for non-profit admission. The admission professionals will be using this websites to conduct the interviews, in terms of providing them with the guiding question. The use of check boxes and other visual tools, such as radio buttons, text boxes, etc. will help provide every individual's needs. The main goal is to provide a webpage as simple as possible in terms of handling and provide the best practice admission experience for a prospective student.

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