Ontario__University of Waterloo

A limited number of fully funded fellowships are available. However, Mitacs strongly recommends that you confirm the availability of $5,000 per year from your academic supervisor or university before applying.
Fellowships will be awarded competitively.

Development of Hydrogen based Integrated hybrid energy systems through Power-to-gas concept for Industrial facilities

Under Ontario’s regulations, facilities generating thousands of tonnes of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions per year must report their emissions, and industries are motivated to reduce GHGs through ‘Cap-and-Trade’ regulations. Based on the Power-to-gas concept, this research will develop a techno-economic-environmental model for hydrogen-based energy systems that include electricity from the utility grid and distributed renewable energy such as wind and solar. Toyota’s industrial facilities are used for a case study.

Applications of Artificial Intelligence in Skin Cancer Imaging, Screening, and Diagnosis

This project involves the research and development of a new skin examination system for Elucid Labs Inc. (Elucid) to add to its imaging and diagnostic capabilities in the area of skin cancer, disease, and conditions. Elucid is building a comprehensive system that identifies and tracks a patients’ moles to perform screening and risk assessment. Moreover, Elucid will be developing a multimodal microscopy system that may prove to be useful in streamlining the histopathology process pertaining to skin biopsies.

Mobile Robotic Platform for Autonomous Data Collection on Large Complex Construction Projects

Autonomous data collection on construction sites has increasing potential to replace manual surveying methods, which are expensive, non-scalable, and potentially dangerous for the workers involved. In the proposed research the intern will work with industry partners Veerum and Clearpath Robotics to advance the technology which is needed to conduct autonomous data collection on large construction projects using mobile vehicles.

Quantifying soil organic carbon sequestration performance of the City of Calgary Willow Biomass and Marginal Land Reclamation Demonstration Project: Assessing potential provincial carbon emissions offset credit opportunities

The emerging emissions trading market provides the province of Alberta an opportunity to diversify its economy and drive climate change mitigation innovation. By improving the efficiency of earning carbon credits, more economic opportunities and carbon sequestration industrial applications are feasible. The City of Calgary Dewatered Biosolids Land Application - Willow Biomass and Marginal Land Reclamation Demonstration Project represents part of the first wave of large-scale biologically driven greenhouse gas management innovation.

Advanced lithium-ion zinc battery

Recently, lithium-ion zinc (LIZ) batteries, which operate using much safer aqueous electrolytes rather than organic counterparts as in LIB, have gained tremendous attention due to their cost effectiveness and significantly higher energy density compared to typical LIB. This novel LIZ battery system is very well suited for electrical energy storage (EES) application. For operating and install necessary infrastructure such as flanges and fittings in remote project locations, the industrial partner Pro-Flange Ltd., demands uninterrupted supply of electricity for power tools and equipment.

Field Study of Community-Based Personal Support Workers’ Occupational Exposures to Injury Risk Factors

Personal Support Workers (PSWs) provide 70-80% of all paid home care. Unfortunately, they experience occupational injuries at more than twice the rate of the general population. These injuries increase costs for home care providers, reduce the availability of skilled workers, reduce workers’ quality of life, and impact the consistency of care that can be provided to clients.
This project is part of a larger study to directly measure the physical risk factors for common injuries as PSWs assist with daily activities in clients’ homes.

Accelerate development of new technologies and applications for advanced water treatment - Year two

Global population growth, urbanization and changing climate patterns have increased the demand for potable water, wastewater reuse and value recovery from wastewater, and treatment of industrial process water. Population growth also results in increased demand for the shipping of goods by ocean freight, with the associated risk of the transport of unwanted marine life from one location to another by the discharge of ballast water.

Dynamic Binary Instrumentation of Embedded Systems

The proposed research project focuses on the dynamic analysis of embedded systems. The project has a duration of six months and aims to achieve two objectives: (1) to evaluate the applicability and effectiveness of a newly proposed QoS-aware dynamic instrumentation framework on real-word time-sensitive applications, and (2) compare the outcome to that of an existing state-of-the-art framework. For this purpose, the intern will get access to real-world applications provided by the partner, Labforge, Inc.

Portable diagnostic device for outpatient BNP detection - Year two

Heart Failure (HF) occurs when the heart becomes damaged or weakened. HF is an epidemic, with approximately 1 million Canadians affected. BNP is an effective diagnostic and prognostic marker for HF. There is a direct correlation between elevated concentrations of BNP in the blood and the severity of HF symptoms. The need for point-of-care monitoring of BNP levels in the outpatient setting is imperative. The main objective is to develop a portable immunoassay-based electrochemical sensor for rapid detection and monitoring of BNP levels in outpatient’s blood, for early detection of HF.