Automated optimization of robotic tasks and transitions using graph-based approaches

In recent years, machining with robots has become a trend in the manufacturing industry. The concept offers an economical solution for medium to low accuracy machining applications. However, due to the complexity of the robot kinematics, planning for these paths is challenging. Jabez Technologies has developed a semi-graphical approach that can program large robot-paths. This approach has been very well received by the industry and has proven to be extremely robust in practice. However, this approach is semi-automatic and cannot work without user input.

Enhancement of quality, shelf life and microbiological safety of spices

This project is based on establishing process validation procedures for the current thermal (steam) and chemical (ethylene oxide treatment) sterilization processes used for the handling of spices, herbs and dried vegetables at the Cell Foods facility located in Dorval, Quebec. Validation of their current processes will ensure the required pathogen destruction for the spice foods processed at the plant. Salmonella is most commonly known pathogen related to the microbial outbreaks blamed to have involved spices. Handling of Salmonella requires level-II lab facility.

Bioremediation potential of a bacterial inoculant, Inocul-M consortium, on switchgrass (Panicum virgatum L.) plants grown in soils amended with biochar and spiked with polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons.

Remediation and reclamation of contaminated lands could be achieved by incorporating biofuel agro-ecosystems that utilizes large biomass plant species with low-nitrogen requirements and have high bioremediation potential, such as switchgrass (Panicum virgatum L.), in conjunction with biochar, a carbon–rich soil amendment, and inoculated with beneficial plant and soil microbes.

Development of Fast Longitudinal Cortical surface extraction, deformation, and Normalization (FALCON) for the measurement of cortical thickness over time from brain magnetic resonance images Year Two

The project involves development, validation, and application of new medical image analysis algorithm where cortical thickness is measured from serial brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) with improved efficiency and greater sensitivity. Cortical thickness is a relatively new metric that correlates with clinical and cognitive worsening in a variety of neurologic disorders such as multiple sclerosis and Alzheimer's disease.

Digital Tools and Techniques to Enable Mass Customization of Prefabricated Housing

Mass customization is a multifaceted process that involves managing various aspects, such as managerial, and technical. Housing, unlike other products, requires a considered response to social and cultural issues when gathering clients’ preferences. There have been valuable contributions to the process of mass customization of housing in diverse domains.

Development of lead-free solder alloys for electronic assembly

The objective of this project is to develop lead free solder alloys with superior mechanical and physical properties. For various reasons (some mentioned above), Sn-based multicomponent alloys with alloying elements, Ag, Cu and/or Bi are likely to be the most promising [2] [8]. For further improvement of Sn-based solder joints, in this work the effects of alloying and/or micro-alloying elements (e.g., Bi, Ag, Cu, Zn, Al, Sb, Ge, Se…) on microstructure, mechanical properties, interfacial reactions, wettability, reliability and melting behavior of Sn-based solders are investigated.

Translating knowledge about optimization of surgical recovery into achieved outcomes forpatients: A dismantling trial in colorectal surgery

This study will be a three-arm, dismantling randomized trial aimed to assess the extent to which recovery after colorectal surgery is influenced by postoperative facilitation of nutrition and mobilization. Adult patients (> 18 years) with colonic or rectal diseases planned for colorectal resection at the Montreal General Hospital will be considered for inclusion. Criteria for exclusion will be: metastatic disease, medical conditions that preclude adequate postoperative feeding and/or mobilization (e.g.

Developmental potential of oocytes after cryopreservation

Overall aim of the project: To establish the protocol for oocyte cryopreservation which results in a high success rate of embryo development. We will first use mouse oocytes to test the effects of various compounds supplemented in the cryopreservation medium on subsequent oocyte competence. The mouse has been useful model for elucidating various aspects of oogenesis and reproductive development events including, global oocyte gene expression, intra-oocyte redox state, and critical events during meiotic initiation in the ovary, follicle formation and oocyte growth and maturation.

Assessment and selection of competent oocytes for embryo development

Research project aims:

1) To capture and compare microRNA (MIR) signatures in mouse ovarian follicular fluid and spent media of cumulous cells-oocyte complexes (COCs) isolated from infertility mouse models to identify one or more unique MIR signatures that will distinguish competent oocytes from incompetent oocytes.

Development of Fast Longitudinal Cortical surface extraction, deformation, and Normalization (FALCON) for the measurement of cortical thickness over time from brain magnetic resonance images

The project involves development, validation, and application of new medical image analysis algorithm where cortical thickness is measured from serial brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) with improved efficiency and greater sensitivity. Cortical thickness is a relatively new metric that correlates with clinical and cognitive worsening in a variety of neurologic disorders such as multiple sclerosis and Alzheimer's disease.

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