The R-Tech data rover – from prototype to commercial product

Manitoba has an opportunity to transform agriculture practices through advances in sensors, robotics, and machine learn-ing. Real-time, automated methods of in-field data collection are needed to increase productivity and sustainability in production agriculture, to expedite plant breeding and research, and to further the uptake of organic farming. To this end, we are developing a self-propelled, GPS-guided data rover for the rapid collection of plant images and environmental data in test plots, organic farms, and with partner EMILI, across a full-scale commercial farm.

Economic Benefit of Recreation in Manitoba – A provincial capacity building project

In this project, two students from the Master of Arts in Applied Economics program will calculate the economic value and impact of the recreation sector in Manitoba. Their report will provide an evidence base from which Recreation Manitoba and its clients can decide on recreation initiatives with the highest economic return on investment. This information can in turn be used in Recreation Manitoba’s funding proposals for public and private granting bodies.

Development and evaluation of a made-in-Manitoba data rover for the rapid collection of ground-level phenotypic data

Global food security is one of the most pressing issues of our time. Developing new farming practices and technologies that take advantage of large amounts of data collected from a myriad of different sensors offers our best bet for a greener future, with a stable supply of nutritious food for everyone. A move toward digital agriculture, as it is called, is expected to bring critical innovations such as automated methods of plant care and inspection.

The Biocontrol of Blackleg Using Carnivorous Bacteria

Canola is one of Canada’s most important agricultural crops. Blackleg is a serious disease of canola potentially causing losses of hundreds of millions of dollars per year. This project will provide a new method of biocontrol of blackleg which will prevent or reduce losses to canola. This biocontrol method uses bacteria which are predators of other bacteria and fungi such as Leptosphaeria maculans, the cause of blackleg. The Mitacs intern for this project will isolate these predatory bacteria from soil and determine whether they can kill or stop the growth of Leptosphaeria maculans.

Development and integration of systems for intraoperative Magnetic Resonance Imaging

In this project we are designing and building radiofrequency (RF) coils to be used for intra-operative magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). The RF coils will be designed to optimize SNR while not interfering with the space constraints of the intraoperative magnet and with the sterile surgical field. A volume RF coil will be placed at ISO center and two surface receive RF coils will be used around the head.

Connectivity of Poweshiek skipperling habitat in the Manitoba Tall- Grass Prairie Preserve (MTGPP)

Most tall-grass prairie in Canada has been lost over the last century, leaving only a handful of small, disconnected patches of habitat. The Poweshiek skipperling – a small prairie butterfly - has become critically endangered as a result. The Manitoba Tall-Grass Prairie Preserve (MTGPP) is home to the last surviving Canadian population of the species.

E-Journalism and Social Media for the Arctic Research Foundation (ARF)

This research project proposes to identify and develop successful ways of engaging Arctic voices and community with the Arctic Research Foundation’s (ARF) digital communications platforms. The platforms will promote community understanding of ARF’s mission and may inform the Foundation of potential sites of intervention and innovation. The intern will cultivate community relations while seeking new and interactive strategies of story-sharing that draw attention to the diverse life of the Arctic. The intern will also improve and expand the growth of a non-Northern audience.

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) thermometry

We are creating a powerful tool for improvements in surgeries of the brain and spine. A new magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machine will be used inside operating rooms so patients undergoing surgery can be imaged in the middle of the surgery for quality control. For instance, surgeons can obtain an MRI to ensure the entire tumor was removed before ending the surgery. Beyond surgery, low field MRI has many exciting applications to improve treatment options. A technique called MR thermometry can map the temperatures of tissues inside the body.

Predicting Hydrological Impacts on Remote Infrastructure Using Satellite Imagery and Machine Learning

After 17 months of closure due to flooding and washouts, Arctic Gateway Group (AGG) took over operation of Hudson Bay Railroad (HBR) in September 2018 and reopened 29 washouts in 54 days. Servicing northern First Nations communities and the Port of Churchill, one of the most important aspects of the HBR is safety. As a result, water monitoring and management remains a critical priority for the company. In particular, the section of rail line known as the ‘Herchimer’ remains an isolated and difficult portion of the track to monitor.

Building a Digital Development Readiness Tool with Indigenous Communities

This project will develop a new tool to identify strengths and needs in communities. This tool will be designed for and designed with Indigenous communities. This project will be a partnership between an Indigenous tech company, Function Four, and a research team at the University of Winnipeg. F4 already has and digital community assessment tool and the team will build on this tool to create the comprehensive assessment tool. This tool will assess areas that include community infrastructure, food production, health, and sovereign wealth development in Indigenous communities.