A Generalized Model Predictive Path Planning System for Autonomous Vehicles on Structured Roads

Autonomous vehicles process the data received from their sensors to recognize the road and the obstacles in their perception module, and determine the desired route via the decision making module. Then, in the path planning module, they plan a path so that the vehicle follows the route while it observes the rules, avoids obstacles, and keeps the vehicle stable. Two common path planning methods, potential fields and model predictive controllers, have been combined in this project to develop a path planning module that is general, optimal, and predictive.

Design and implementation of wideband and low-side-lobe-level antenna array in LTCC technology for automotive millimeter-wave radar sensor applications

This project is a collaboration between MMSENSE Technologies and the Centre for Intelligent Antenna and Radio Systems (CIARS) at the University of Waterloo to research, investigate, and design an integrated radar module at millimeter-waves.

Exposing the Invisible ? Wind?s Potential in Architecture

The objective of this project is to improve the communication between architects and wind engineers so that affects associated with wind such as pedestrian comfort, building strength and ventilation may be considered earlier on within the design phase of a project. By documenting the development of the invisible yet extremely prominent winds that flow through the intersection of Bay and King in Toronto, Ontario, I hope to apply and emphasize how key concepts of aerodynamics apply to a full-scale example that is relatable.

Investigation and Implementation of Integrated Electronic Scanning Automotive Radar Sensor front-end module at 77/79GHz band for Short and Long Range, High Angle and Range Resolution detection

The main objective of this project is to investigate, design, fabricate and characterize an integrated front end module for next generation of automotive radar sensors, which have the ability of pedestrian detection and detecting short-range and long-range objects
around the car. To meet such requirements and to reduce the size of the radar sensor, next generation of automotive radar sensors should be designed at millimeter wave (76-81 GHz) with sufficiently low production cost for mass market. This introduce several research
challenges in both transceiver and antenna array.

Housing Boom and Bust in Resource-based Economy-the Case of Ordos City, China

Ordos is a resource-based city located in Inner Mongolia, China, which currently undergoes a financial crisis caused by a collapsing housing market. During the past 15 years, the housing market in Ordos City has experienced a boom and bust cycle. This research aims to conduct a systematic and scientific research to thoroughly explore the reasons behind this unfortunate crisis. The significance and uniqueness of this research lie in the discussion of housing market in a resource-based economy, which is a missing part in the existing studies.

Rechargeable Hybrid Aqueous Gel Batteries for Start-Stop Applications in Automobile Vehicles

Currently, all types of vehicles utilize a 12 volt lead-acid battery for start-stop, controls, comfort features, redundancy, and safety features. We aim to replace it by introducing a new rechargeable hybrid aqueous battery, which is lead-free and possesses more than twofold higher energy storage capacity. There are requirements to further improve the rate capability and to reduce water-loss of this battery. In this proposed research, we will use nanotechnology to re-design the cathode materials and electrode structures to improve the rate capability.

Versatile applications of a safe and efficient peptide in gene/drug delivery

Gene therapy is one of the most attractive new therapeutic strategies in the treatment of multiple diseases. However, to apply gene therapy in clinic, an efficient and safe delivery system must be developed to transport these therapeutic reagents to target organs. The existing gene carriers suffer from either high cytotoxicity or immunogenicity problems, which will cause severe side effects when used in human. The new peptide based delivery system we developed demonstrated better performance and lower toxicity than the commercialized product on market.

Postcard from Vietnam: grad student researches the human and environmental risks of agricultural growth

Fast forward a few months later, I reached out to him to supervise a project, an opportunity made possible through the Mitacs Globalink Research Award.

I am a master of public health student at the University of Guelph. I am working on a project titled “Health risks of agricultural intensification in Vietnam,” under the supervision of Dr. Sherilee Harper at the University of Guelph, Dr. Tran Thi Tuyet Hanh at the Hanoi School of Public Health, and Dr. Nguyen Viet Hung at the International Livestock Research Institute.

From data to dollars

Enter Hamid Alemohammad. Originally from Iran, Hamid came to Canada in 2006 to pursue a PhD in mechanical engineering at the University of Waterloo.

Following the completion of his degree, he was awarded an eight-month Mitacs Accelerate internship in 2012 with a developer of customized test solutions for automotive components such as power steering equipment, fuel injectors, and throttle bodies. 

Postcard from Vietnam: Supporting sustainable fisheries with GIS

The temperature was 46 degrees for almost the entire first two weeks here, and I’m quite sure to have lost ten pounds in that time. Luckily, Hanoi is one of the great street food capitals of the world, where you can get a tasty bowl of Bún chả famous to the city, with freshly grilled meats in it for $1 or $2 and gain back any of that lost summer weight.