Development of a fully automated refuse collection system

The proposed project involves the development of a fully automated system for municipal waste collection. We will develop a ruggedized vision-based control system and a truck-mounted robot to pick up municipal waste containers and deposit their contents into the back of a standard waste collection vehicle. The solution is envisioned as an add-on for existing trucks that will not require municipalities to replace their entire fleets. Waterloo Controls estimates the annual market to be in the range of 5000 – 10000 units.

Neurological structures extraction and analysis for spinal disease diagnosis and intervention

31 pairs of spinal nerves, containing both sensory and motor nerve fibers, serves two important functions: pathway for sensory, motor impulses and are essential for spinal reflexes. Damage of spinal nerves has been one of the major concerns in diagnosis, treatment and spinal intervention. This project proposes to promptly and accurately extract neurological structures from MRI images. Once achieved, the partner organizations can use this for surgical planning and treatment. It will greatly improve their efficiency and reduce complications during surgical interventions.

Postcard from China: Western University student is establishing pest control strategies

At Western University, I work with Genomics in Agricultural Pest Management (GAP-M), an international consortium with researchers from Canada, Spain, Belgium, France, and the United States. GAP-M is focusing on the study of spider mite genomes to develop strategies to reduce crop damage and increase yields. By using comparative analysis of three spider mite species’ genomes and their feeding models, we hope to find new systems for pest control strategies.

Understanding the structure of a shake to guide product development

Enviroshake Inc. markets a very successful product: composite roof shakes. These shakes have the appearance of cedar but outperform cedar roof shakes in lifetime. The current composite roof shake is primarily composed of a mixture of commercial plastics blended with wood fillers. Enviroshake Inc. would like to redefine the binding agent to a lower priced material whilst maintaining or improving upon the performance of the shakes.

PET/MR imaging in lung cancer radiotherapy applications

Recently, a new whole-body PET/MRI scanner was developed and installed at St. Joseph’s Healthcare in London, Ontario and remains the only installation in Canada. Two major challenges concerning PET imaging include the need for correcting for loss of photons, called attenuation, due to interactions with patient tissues and the impact of respiratory induced organ/tumour motion during scanning. Corrections for attenuation are currently performed using X-ray CT.

Polytomous item response theory models in the creation of a personality computer adaptive test

The goal of the current proposal is to use Classical Test Theory and polytomous Item Response Theory models in order to revise a personality-based assessment and create a computer adaptive test of personality for the partner organization and to make recommendations for future personality researchers. The intern will plan and conduct a validation study using 1200 subjects.

Scalability of an autonomous trading platform

This project will build on the work previously completed in the Mitacs project done by Dr. Michael Bauer, Omid Mola and Cyborg Trading Systems (CTS) – Integration of an Autonomous Trading Platform. The previous project formed the foundation of developing an autonomic system in an algorithmic trading application. The initial project was successful in determining that an autonomic system could be implemented by utilizing CTS’s proprietary framework.

Intern’s innovation accelerates global expansion!

For Cyborg Trading Systems (CTS) – a financial technology services company that serves an international network of banks, brokers and professional traders – keeping ahead of competition is absolutely essential.  Battling huge enterprises like Thomson Reuters, Bloomberg and Goldman Sachs would seem an almost impossible task for a Canadian SME.  With the cost of infrastructure, technology and global employees rising by the second, Lukez is always looking for any and all opportunities to innovate.

Sensorless control of brushless DC motors at low speeds

Accelerated Systems is a leader in the design and implementation of control systems for electric vehicles; especially vehicles driven by permanent-magnet brushless DC (BLDC) motors.  One of the key technological challenges in the use of BLDC motors is that traditional control, especially at low speeds, requires external sensors to determine the rotor position.  These external sensors then become an added cost and maintenance challenge.  In this project, we will investigate novel control strategies that infer the rotor position from measurements of motor voltages and currents only.  A succes

Web tools for intelligent real-time data analysis

Data analysis plays an important role in healthcare as it enables service providers to discover hidden knowledge in the data, allowing them make more informed decisions about patients’ health. The continuing increase in the amount of data and lack of skilled people, however, has made data analysis very challenging. This project aims at developing web-based analytics and visualization tools to help researchers uncover new knowledge within the data much faster through automated analysis.