Assessing the Effects of Low Impact Development on the Receiving Headwater Streams of the Northeast Pickering Land Development

The Northeast Pickering land holding was acquired with the intention of developing an innovative and environmentally conscious community. The proposed undertaking intends to implement low impact development features which manage rainwater where it falls. This rainwater management approach is an environmentally sustainable alternative to the common practice of routing rainwater through curbs and pipes to stormwater pond facilities.

A comparative analysis of glycan variation and its effects on therapeutic protein function

There are many exciting therapeutic applications for proteins. Many diseases are caused by faulty enzymes, which can sometimes be replaced. Antibodies and antibody-like molecules are being developed to specifically target cancers and other diseases. However, in order to administer these products, they must be made in a way that has minimal effect on the patient’s immune system. To make them viable commercially, they also have to be made in a robust, cost-effective process.

Canadian Architectural Education, Accreditation, and Certification trends in a Changing Environment

The proposed research will follow four steps within the scope of this Mitacs grant:
1. Collect data from existing sources, including the CACB, regarding Canadian Schools of Architecture statistics;
2. Find gaps in the data collection and seek out the missing data from Schools of Architecture and/or the partner organizations;
3. Collate the data as a whole and begin quantitative analysis according to several questions outlined above (i.e. how many hours does each School devote to design studio instruction per week?);

Application of antimicrobial aereus particles with marine paints

This proposal is to accelerate the Aereus Technologies’ development of antimicrobial coatings. Antimicrobial coating has been becoming an effective solution to battle the hospital-acquired infections. Aereus Technologies is developing an antimicrobial coating consisting of marine paint and biocidal copper-alloy based microparticles. One of the key concerns for this new coating is that the microparticles are expected to oxidize when they are exposed to human palm sweat or disinfection agents in healthcare settings.

Effectiveness of vegetation and habitat characteristics as predictors of insect parasitoid populations

Climate change, land development, invasive species, and other disturbances can alter the composition, structure, and functions of native vegetation across landscapes. These disturbances also impact insect parasitoids, which are a key, and often overlooked, component of biodiversity. By their ability to control other insect populations, they are integral for fostering resilient and functional forests.

Fall and injury prevention in older adults to position Schlegel Villages as‘Safety Innovators’

As a result of the baby boomer generation, an increasing proportion of Canada’s population is now comprised of older adults / senior citizens. Increased numbers of these older adults are living in private Retirement Homes, and these consumers are emphasizing resident safety programs/policies when deciding between facilities. Towards providing state-of-the-science care for their residents, the industry partner (Schlegel Villages Inc.) wants to lead the marketplace as a ‘Safety Innovator’ through programs to prevent falls (and fall-related injuries).

Cultivating Ethos in the Tech Sector

The rapid development of technology and its ubiquitous integration with modern society has clarified for business and technology leaders the need for ethical conversations about the role technology can and should play in our lives. By interviewing primary stakeholders in the technology sector and putting their ideas in conversation with literature about the role of ethics in tech, this project will foster a critical dialogue between businesses, governments and users to overcome the ethical challenges posed by technological innovation.

Automatic Approach to Design Efficient Deep Neural Networks

Deep neural networks have demonstrated state-of-the-art modeling accuracy on a wide range of real-life problems, with some cases surpassing human performance. Despite the promise of deep neural networks as an enabling technology for a large number of industries and fields, there are two particular key challenges in the design of deep neural networks in real-world, operational scenarios. First, the design of deep neural networks is a very time consuming process for a machine learning expert, and often results in complex, non-optimal deep neural networks.

Evaluating deposition of tear film components on contact lenses in a sophisticated in vitro eye-blink model

Contact lenses are one of the most successful biomedical devices on the market, with approximately 140 million wearers worldwide. Despite their success, these devices still struggle with discomfort, which ultimately leads people to stop using the product. One of the reasons is the buildup of tear film components on contact lenses while wearing them. The objective of this project is to understand how tear film components deposit on contact lenses using a sophisticated eye model. This eye model, OcuBlink, was developed by the partner organization, and simulates some key properties of the eye.

The Muskrat Hut

Also known as Wachusko weesti, the Muskrat Hut project aims to design a sustainable, locally sourced four-season prototype unit that comprises a composting toilet, shower/sauna, heat source, energy source (solar and wind), and a kitchen area.