In the new reality of COVID-19 pandemic, contactless cooking and serving in food industry becomes a new
essential prospect to reduce virus transmission by reducing human labor and human-food interaction. The goal
of this project is to develop an intelligent robot system to manipulate tools and food items in a restaurant counter
and kitchen environment to automate preparation of some basic dishes to serve.
Hydrogen technology in Ontario has incredible potential as an alternative energy source that can eliminate the use of harmful fuels and greatly reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Canada is currently developing a nation-wide strategy to increase the adoption of hydrogen technology; however, Ontario is underrepresented in this discussion.
The COVID-19 pandemic has created supply chain issues for medical masks worldwide. There is clearly a need for mask manufacturing and material sourcing capabilities in Canada. This proposal is a partnership with Feedband Labs to develop an enhanced ASTM 2-3 equivalent, antiviral medical mask that can be strategically sourced and produced in Canada. The 4-layer medical mask contains antiviral agents embedded into high surface area supports in the inner layer of the face mask, providing an additional layer of protection for the user.
Porous Rubber Pavement (PRP) is a new type of permeable pavement in North America. It consists of stone aggregates, crumb rubber from recycled tires, and polyurethane as a binder. Due to a higher percentage of air voids (27% to 29%) and flexible nature, it offers extensive environmental and safety benefits, including improved stormwater management, reduced skid resistance, hydroplaning and greater potential for road traffic noise reduction. In the North American context, this material is currently used for low traffic roads and pedestrian walkways as a surface material.
This project proposes to optimize a map-based web application, which integrates numerous Open Data sets with data on the number of daily cases of COVID-19 in each public health region in Ontario. The platform will be able to merge data from the province’s Integrated Public Health Information System (iPHIS) and offer real time information to government on possible local determinants of the growth in incidence of COVID-19 infections as well as what policies should be employed in arresting the spread of the disease.
Mantle314 is developing a software platform (Manifest) that will help companies to learn, assess, manage and disclose climate-related risks and opportunities. Mantle314 is currently working on minimum viable product (MVP) experience which will be the first step toward automating an end-to-end climate change-related planning and disclosure process.
This project aims to develop an easy-to-use and cost-effective saliva test, fitted for COVID-19 diagnosis and
surveillance via multiplexed detection of SARS-CoV-2 viruses, COVID-19 specific antibodies immunoglobulin M and immunoglobulin G within 15 minutes.
Rechargeable aqueous zinc ion batteries (RAZBs) have been used extensively because of their safety and low-cost. As an available cathode material for ZIBs, layered vanadium oxide (V2O5) has been considered due to its high specific discharge capacity. Because V2O5 is slightly soluble in water, it is suitable for doping V2O5 with metal ions to stabilize its layered structure and decrease the solubility of V2O5 in aqueous electrolyte systems. Hydrothermal method will be used to insert metal ions into V2O5 interlayer and shape the commercial V2O5 into nanobelts.
The overall objective of this project is to enhance the strengthening efficiency of prestressed hollow-core slabs (PHCS) by using prestressed CFRP plates. More specifically, this project aims to investigate the behavior of the PHCS elements strengthened with prestressed CFRP plates. The application of the innovative patented anchor system developed at the University of Waterloo offers a good platform to facilitate the strengthening process in an efficient and cost effect way.
As transportation to space becomes more accessible, space debris pose increasing risk to operational satellites. Objects orbiting the earth can have a detrimental effect on space travel and threaten the
spacecraft and its personnel. These objects can be anything from active and passive satellites, orbital debris, space junk, asteroids and fragments from their disintegration and collisions. The first step toward
mitigating the adverse effects of these objects is to be able to predict their motion.