This research examines the problem of youth homelessness which has significant social and economic costs for both the affected individuals and society as a whole. The research will result in a report to be delivered to Family Services Windsor Essex that will guide this organization’s youth homelessness initiatives.
Understanding cognitive workload of the operator is paramount in Ergonomics. Despite the danger that human factors like distraction, inattention and mental stress have on operators’ performance, little is known on how to measure operators’ cognitive load and mental state in a reliable and valid fashion. Atlas Copco is at the forefront of designing adaptive tools that minimize the risk of injuries. This partnership with Dr.
Electronic systems have advanced to the point that our daily activities depend on them and we trust the Integrated Circuits (IC) within the electronic devices to perform their required operation. Due to current manufacturing trends, ICs are outsourced to third parties, and may cause the integrity of the IC to be compromised. Systems that rely on ICs are then open to attacks; hardware and internal structure of the ICs can be modified, without the knowledge of the designer.
In industry, inspection of manufacturing floors is handled by humans. The drawback of using humans for this repetitive task is that collected data can be highly prone to bias due to small sample size and industrial engineers can miss relevant details during the cycle time analysis. Calculations often misinterpret the real factory situation. This research aims at finding an automatic computer-vision-based system for manual inspection. Some industries are trying to use wearable sensors, so that they can monitor worker activities.
This project is developed to leverage 3D printing to fabricate personnel protective equipment and other products that can help us navigate the COVID 19 pandemic. 3D printing can be used to quickly fabricate a design idea, but it is a slow process, and there is some inherent porosity, so using this process to make masks is problematic, and other products may prematurely fail. We can use the 3D printed parts for proof of concept, and as patterns to fabricate low volume molds.
New opportunities lead to new challenges. The additive Manufacturing (AM), or 3D printing process has created new opportunities as it has reduced advanced process planning times. However, this is not true for new multi-degree of freedom machines being introduced to fabricate complex metallic components. Research to facilitate AM CAD/CAM needs to be performed, and this research project focuses on developing advanced process planning solutions for bead based deposition systems. This research will support machine tool builders developing new AM equipment, and their customers.
From 2014-2018, Krown Corporation, a pioneer in corrosion treatment, partnered with University of Windsor Faculty of Engineering researchers to conduct a comprehensive assessment on how to measure and assess the degree of corrosion on a vehicle, so that it may be communicated to the vehicle owner.
E-commerce has become one major marketing channel for many firms in Canada and world-wide and has increased dramatically in recent years. As firms migrate from traditional physical retail channels to combined physical and virtual channels, the shift brings new significant challenges to supply chain and logistics management. Blockchain is able to maintain authoritative records in a fully decentralized, secure, and trustless manner and far-reaching implications in supply chain management. Blockchain technology will revolutionize several aspects of supply chains; financial and non-financial.
Additive Manufacturing (AM), or 3D printing, has captured the public’s imagination, but it is not a ‘done in one’ process for metallic components, although this is the perception. It is a relatively new manufacturing process which is increasing its presence in the manufacturing domain. Advanced design and manufacturing software solutions need to be developed to leverage the process potentials for machine tool or robotic-based systems, which is the focus of this project.
Sustainable public transfer systems are getting a lot of attention, and many organizations are transforming their fleets into systems that rely on alternative fuels; the Electric Vehicle (EV) being most popular. The environmental, geopolitical and financial advantages of EV vehicles are well studied; however, security of these systems is not given full attention. The most common method of recharging EVs is to use exchange or recharge stations.