Building Social Community Integration

This work facilitates point-of-impact field research and iterative prototyping toward the continued development of a production-quality social media environment – as part of a larger, ongoing program of research and development – with Iter, an electronic resource facilitating the work of a community focused on medieval and renaissance culture and its artefacts via the ‘knowledge management’ of that community, comprised of academic researchers, those in the cultural and heritage sectors, and beyond.

Elder Financial Abuse: What role should banks and financial institutions play regarding intervention in cases of suspected financial abuse, involving power of attorney arrangements?

Elder financial abuse is a nation-wide problem that affects banks and investment firms. Many experts recognize that a large number of these elder financial abuse cases involve power of attorney arrangements (Sasha Angus, personal communication, July 2013). Ambiguity exists regarding the role of banks and financial institutions regarding this problem. OBSI regularly encounters these types  of financial abuse cases involving power of attorney arrangements.

Personal Analytics to Enhance Smarter Commerce

Personal analytics refers to a recent trend where individuals wish to collect, analyze and visualize personal information so that they can gain knowledge about one’s behaviours, habits and thoughts in the context of their personal goals. The trend of self-tracking is rapidly increasing as people are becoming smarter about choices available to them, and seek awareness into the value of the actions they take and the purchases they make.

Cloud-based Reengineering and Interoperability of a Primary Care EMR

Computer-supported Electronic Medical Record (EMR) systems are increasingly replacing conventional paper-based information management in primary health care clinics. Recently, there has been a trend to make these EMR systems available in a Cloud-based, interoperable and network-centric architecture. The internship will research ways to increase the interoperability of an existing EMR product, with respect to emerging health information interchange standards and protocols.

Cancer Care Coordination: A Pilot Project

Emerging my previous research with BC Cancer Agency is the notion of care coordination, a fundamental component of supportive care. Care coordination is an approach to care that attends to the unique needs of patients from the time of diagnosis through treatment and beyond across the following domains: practical, family (relationships), emotional, spiritual, physical, social, informational, and psychological.

A step forward in computer security

Marcelo is currently working on a project where he analyzes short online documents, such as emails, to check the identity of the author. His research is integral to the field of computer security because there have only been a handful of studies on this topic.  “Authorship verification of online documents can play a critical role in various criminal cases such as blackmailing and terrorist activities, says Marcelo.” “Sharing my research with others is integral to the field of computer security, and Mitacs Step has provided me with the necessary communication skills to do so.”

Resource assessment for wildlife based ecotourism:monitoring of black, Spirit and grizzly bears

Wildlife viewing-based ecotourism relies on accurate accounting and predictable presence of their target animal populations. Spirit Bear Lodge, a community owned company of the Kitasoo/Xai’xais First Nation, operates a bear viewing operation throughout their Traditional Territory on the central coast of British Columbia.

Measuring consumer response to online advertising: the case of mobile applications

To research will help Tap for Tap to generate and collect information on user behavior that can help improve their matching algorithms. The core of the work consists in analyzing a large dataset of app users’ responses to advertising. Clearly, much of this search for determinants of successful matching will be statistical in nature. Still, this search will also be guided by an alert eye on the mechanisms that may lie behind the relationships uncovered in the data.

Novel Approaches for Identifying, Tracking and Preventing Technology-Induced Error

In Canada healthcare is being modernized and transformed through a range of new healthcare information technologies and systems. Applications of information systems such as electronic health records (EHRs), electronic medical decision support and an increasing range of mobile health applications promise to transform and improve healthcare and increase patient safety. However, although such technology has huge potential benefits, research has shown that if not designed, tested and implemented properly such technology also has the potential to introduce new types of error – i.e.

Cebas Subsurface Scattering Shaders

This project seeks to develop GPU based versions of CPU implemented Subsurface scattering shaders. Rendering in video games and movies require increasingly complex simulation of skin and other effects from translucent materials As a visual effects solution provider, Cebus Visual Technology is very interested in implementing their shaders on the GPU to increase the computational throughput. Such an experience would be beneficial for an internal student.