Design of a wave energy converter for marine buoys

This project is focused on developing a wave energy converter (WEC) and using it to power a buoy system. The buoys continuously float in the ocean and undergo a large amount of dynamic motion which could feasibly be harnessed. The goal is to develop a device that can be commercialized and installed into any buoy hull. It would convert the displacement and rotational motion of the buoy into electrical energy. This technology could be adapted for use on any floating body, such as other buoys or vessels, which could benefit from this constant and sustainable source of power.

Synchronous Fusion for Continuous Biometrics Authentication

Existing authentication techniques are vulnerable to many attacks and abuses, such as password-capturing spyware, network sniffing, social engineering and unauthorized sharing. In this context, a new identity verification technology termed continuous authentication uses behavioural biometrics to ensure that the user is not using an identity that has been highjacked or stolen.This is performed by monitoring and processing periodically biometrics infromation from human computer interactions data such as mouse movements and keystrokes.

Access Patterns in Social Games: Detecting Cheaters in a Virutal Economy

This research internship is centered on the discovery of specific behavioral trends among vast collections of user data; more specifically,the identification of cheaters among a community of social online gamers. The current approach to fraud detection, taken by Backstage Technologies Incorporated, is highly manual and heuristic. We plan to experiment with modern data mining and machine learning techniques to more accurately identify cheating trends within a dataset. Further, we plan to implement a solution based on recent literature regarding code modularity and flexible design.

Potential Tree Growth and Silvicultural Options for Maintaining Management Unit Productivity After Catastrophic Natural Disturbance

The central interior of British Columbia has experienced the largest mountain pine beetle epidemic in history and the government of BC is contemplating changes to silvicultural practices. As members of a collaborative group of government, industry and academia, the partner companies require research into two areas: forest productivity measures and economic performance measures.

Pacific North West Energy Model

Electricity generation is one of the largest sources of carbon dioxide production in Canada. The combustion of fossil fuels (coal and natural gas) release carbon dioxide which contributes to rising global temperatures. Wind energy is considered to be an alternative to the traditional methods of generating electricity, producing electricity when the wind blows strong enough to move the turbines but not so strong that the turbines shut down for safety reasons. Although wind energy can be used to produce energy, its production is both variable and uncertain.

Identifying and measuring the ecosystem and their economic value in a shade grown Mate Plantation/Atlantic rain forest restoration venture.

Guayaki is an American tea company looking for areas to showcase their environmental restoration and conservation initiatives and attract potential investors. By assessing the ecosystem services they have been working to conserve, ecosystem marketplaces will be able interpret the economic value of Guayaki‟s environmental initiatives. The Canadian owned resource management group Spectrum Resource Group would like to explore the opportunity of expanding into the ecosystem service assessment area.

StepWise: Using New Technology to Connect First Nations Youth for Friendship and Fitness

StepWise originated as a project created for the FOBIT (Faculty of Business Information Technology) event at the University Centre, February 28, 2008. Subsequently the project won 1st place for Best New Health-Related Idea in the 2008 IDC Ideas Competition. The StepWise concept involves a novel and unique usage of dance pads and free downloadable dance software. Although dance gaming technology has existed for some time, it has not previously been used to connect youth with each other via a webcam and web connection. PacifiConnections Inc.

Building Healthy, Disaster-Resilient Communities in the face of Earthquake Hazards in Coastal British Columbia

This research project aims to use a multi-methods approach to better understand what makes the health of a community and it's individual members vulnerable to earthquake hazards. Further, this project seeks to investigate how to best mitigate this vulnerability in rural and urban populations in coastal regions of Vancouver Island. The research question to be addressed is: How can the health system support the creation of healthy, disaster-resilient communities in coastal areas of British Columbia under the threat of an earthquake?

Ecological determinants of sustainable aquaculture in British Columbia

Aquaculture (the farming of marine and aquatic organisms) is the fastest growing agri‐food sector in the world and is regularly cited as a primary solution to addressing growing global food deficiency. In British Columbia the aquaculture industry is dominated by two species, Atlantic salmon and Pacific oyster. While the potential economic benefits of this industry are well understood, the direct and indirect ecological consequences are less so. A consistent feature of all industrial scale aquaculture systems is the extremely high density of production animals.

Analysis of Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles in Distribution Networks

Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles are hybrid vehicles with large batteries that are capable of travelling on electricity but still maintain the reliability of an on‐board internal combustion engine for extended trips. The batteries will typically be recharged from a standard household outlet, thus increasing the demand for electricity. It is important to understand and predict how these vehicles will affect the operation and planning of networks in British Columbia.