Internet of Smarter Things: A Data-driven Perspective

All over the world, sensors, smart objects, and other devices are connecting through the reach and power of the Internet. And they are dynamically generating, analyzing, and communicating intelligence to increase operational efficiency, power new business models, and improve quality of life. Connecting the unconnected is the Internet of Things (IoT). The project would focus on researching IoT technologies in a selected segment of the IoT spectrum of possible devices and applications.

Developing a new magnetic sensor for application in biosensing and surveying

Detecting subtle chemical and physical changes occurring at the early stages of chronic disease and many other infectious diseases caused by harmful bacteria is still a challenge, as ultra-sensitive sensors with large signal-to-noise-ratio are required to detect them. We recently explored new ways to enhance the sensitivity of magnetic nano-sensors and theoretically demonstrated that under optimum design conditions, the sensitivity can be improved by up to a thousand - higher than any of the biosensors currently available on the market.

Transitioning from Print to Interactive Digital Publishing

PUBLIC is an innovative art journal published by Public Access exploring the intersection between art, technology and contemporary culture. This fellowship develops PUBLIC’s open access interactive web platform, PUBLIC:PORTAL, using information visualization and design to showcase the journal’s cutting-edge collaborative and cross-disciplinary work. Working with the Sensorium Centre for Digital Arts and Technology at York University, PUBLIC’s information designers, as well as Public Access’s network of artists and researchers, the fellow will develop the pilot issue of PUBLIC:PORTAL.

Utilization of Machine Learning in an Automated Framework for Evaluation and Management of Information Security Risk

During the internship in collaboration with RootCellar Technologies, research will be conducted towards the design of an adaptive machine-learning solution and its integration with the existing RootCellar framework for automated evaluation and management of information security risk in small and medium size enterprise networks. The existing framework is very advanced in terms of end-point risk monitoring as well as its compliance with the NIST CVSS System.

Calibration and characterization of micro-spectrometer

Project will see the calibration and characterization of a next-generation spectrometer for advancing both atmospheric research and the Canadian space community by providing instruments for atmospheric research for UAVs and nanosatellites. Calibrating these spectrometers will give the science community a new way to monitor atmospheric gases such as greenhouse gas or pipeline leaks with the option of a low-mass, low-cost and reliable measurement from an airborne platform.

Biomolecular Quantitation and Structure Analysis to Accelerate Development of New Vaccines

Manufacturing of consistently high quality products is the commitment of the pharmaceutical industry. To achieve this, new products must be thoroughly tested and the results meet government-approved product specifications. Improving existing and adopting improved analytical technologies for product testing ensure the production of safe and effective products. This is particularly critical for the manufacturing of biologic products which, relative to small molecular drugs, have a larger size, are more complex in structure and are thus more difficult to characterize.

The Evolving Legal Services Research Project, Phase II, Stage 3

How can public legal education and information help Canadians get justice in our legal system? With the demand for publicly-funded or low-cost legal services far exceeding the supply, public legal education and information (PLEI) is filling an increasingly larger role in meeting the legal needs of people with modest means. Yet we know relatively little about how PLEI can help people deal with their legal problems. examines the effectiveness of PLEI in helping low- and modest-income people address their legal problems.

Conserving the buzz: An interdisciplinary, multi-stakeholder approach to pollinator conservation in Ontario, Canada

Southern Ontario is one of the most critical regions in Canada in terms of wildlife-human conflict. It has one of the highest proportions of species at-risk but also dense human population and agricultural productivity. This project proposes to research whether habitat for at-risk pollinators can be adequately incorporated onto private farmland using methods from natural and social sciences. In addition, it seeks to determine whether farmers experience a perceived and/or actual financial benefit from this habitat in the form of increased ecosystem services (e.g.

Multiple shock dependencies with applications to insurance risks

Traditional insurance models build on the assumption of independence of risks. One of the main causes of the recent financial crisis, this assumption has facilitated the quantification of risks for decades, but it has often lead to risks' under-estimation and as a result under-pricing. Importantly, one of the prime pillars of the novel concept of Enterprise Risk Management is the requirement that insurance companies have a clear understanding of risks' interconnections within the risk portfolios. However, modeling dependence is not an easy call.

Investigating Player Behaviour in Social Networking Games

Social Network Games are multi-player games played through social networking sites (e.g. Facebook). Working in conjunction with Big Viking Games, the Canadian company behind Facebook games such as YoWorld and FishWorld, this research seeks to add much needed knowledge about who plays Social Network Games, what activities they undertake while participating in these gameworlds, as well as why some people quit playing.

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