Innovator combats algal bloom that may kill fish

When 31-year-old Jason Deglint was completing his PhD in systems design engineering at University of Waterloo, he decided to tackle a problem that costs an estimated $2 billion in damages and losses in the aquaculture industry: the harmful algae blooms that kill fish.

Deglint dedicated his thesis research to developing a smart, low-cost prototype imaging system to analyze samples in the lab. With support from the Mitacs Accelerate Entrepreneur program, his efforts resulted in the creation of Blue Lion Labs, a new small business based in Waterloo, Ontario.

When classical computers reach their limits, quantum to the rescue!

When Vladyslav Los, an undergraduate student at RWTH Aachen University, in Germany, applied to the Mitacs Globalink Research Internship program, he knew he wanted to study in the area of quantum physics and quantum computing. It was during an interview with Dr. Adrian Lupascu, Associate Professor at the University of Waterloo’s Institute for Quantum Computing, that he began to see an exciting path forward.

Dr. Lupascu had a project for an intern that wanted to look at how to do optimal control in multi-level systems, or how to control quantum systems that have multiple states.

Exploring the geometry of hybrid classical-quantum algorithms optimization landscapes.

In this project the intern will work with an expert team from the company Xanadu, to explore new computational methods and approaches which could be helpful for optimizing hybrid calculations involving both classical and quantum computing combined together.

Design of a Wearable Soft Sensor to monitor Skin Health

For people with mobility impairments, such as spinal cord injury survivors, rehabilitation and at home care settings come with the possibility of costly, painful pressure ulcers and skin breakdown. Occurring at a high frequency, current practice requires constant vigilance by caretakers and individuals using self-management practices. This injury comes from a prolonged application of pressures, temperatures and humid environments causing the skin to die from a lack of blood flow, usually from situations that an able-bodied person can avoid, but those with mobility impairments cannot.

Implementation Framework for AAL Technologies to Support the Continuum of Care in Smart Communities

The Canadian healthcare system is not yet prepared to access and leverage IoT (Internet of Things) data to support clinical decision making outside of hospital settings (Nguyen et al., 2017). With advances in low-cost IoT technology, it is now possible to meaningfully incorporate a variety of sensors into our homes and communities, leading to the implementation of Smart Homes (Risteska Stojkoska & Trivodaliev, 2017) and Smart Communities to support healthy living (Bencardino & Greco, 2014; De Filippi et al., 2019).

Development of AI-enabled Intelligent NDT Platform

Nondestructive evaluation (NDE) is frequently performed for various manufacturing sectors, but its current practices require human operators to be involved in all aspects of the data collection, transfer and analysis. With the advent of Industry 4.0, NDE technology needs to be upgraded to “NDE 4.0” comprising essential aspects such as automatic and autonomous NDE, interconnectivity for data communication, and real-time data analytics using AI, which cannot be achieved with current technology.

Ownership of Content in an Overlay Platform

The notion of ownership is fundamental and essential in a number of settings, including the setting that is the focus of this proposal: information over the Internet. Ownership of some content, in turn, endows the owner with certain rights over the content.

Infrastructure Sensor-based Automated Driving: Development and Demonstration

In this proposal, we intend to answer how infrastructure sensors can be used for autonomous driving. Using infrastructure sensors make automated driving safer, more simplified, and cost effective especially for multiple autonomous vehicles operating in known environments such as large residential/commercial complexes and resorts. Infrastructure sensors replace the main onboard vehicle perception sensors with infrastructure sensors mounted on the side of the road, for example on light posts.

Detecting defect inducing changes

This project will look at improving the quality of software by using AI to determine if a defect / issue exists and if so where it exists for easier fixes. This research is innovative and this domain is not proven. The student will explore new techniques for a highly relevant issue in industry. The industry partner will gain insight and knowledge into how improvements can be made ultimately resulting in faster time to market and potential cost savings.

Laura Secord Campus Commons Material Deconstruction and Reuse

Willowbank Centre for Cultural Landscape will work with a University of Waterloo student to engage in an emerging process of building disassembly and material reuse. Demolishing a building and sending the debris to landfill sites is a huge loss of resources, energy, and historical value. This project becomes a prototype on how to reuse building materials in other contexts.

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