Knowledge Recombination and Alliance Strategy in Science-based Businesses

Project Objectives:

1. To identify the best practices in knowledge recombination by comparing science-based multinational corporations and start-up firms.

2. To suggest refinements in alliance strategies for science-based multinational corporations and start-up firms.

3. To uncover processes and organizational structures to productively exploit the confluence of biotechnology and nanotechnology by MNCs.

Post Doctoral Fellow Name: Dr. Varkey Jon Thomas

Optical transistors and nano-features for security applications

We study a novel type of optical transistors using metallic nanohole arrays. The transistors operate based on strong coupling between surface plasmon polaritons and excitons via the metallic nanofeatures. One such transistor can act as a control unit, a photo-detector or a modulator and can open innovative practical applications in many fields. The physical structures of the transistors are flexible, light weight and ultrathin, so that they can be integrated in large scale with other types of thin-film optoelectronic components.

Hydrogen Storage in Two-Dimensional Layered Nanomaterials

The project will develop a revolutionary, conformable hydrogen storage tank solution for fuel cell electric vehicles. The specific objective of this research collaboration is to develop a hydrogen storage medium that is stable at ambient conditions, has a high gravimetric hydrogen storage capacity and can be packed into a fuel tank for use in vehicles. The research will focus on assessing the feasibility and development of two-dimensional layered nanostructures, such as graphene, as a viable material to store hydrogen.

Performance and success metrics and impact evaluation of Surrey Innovation Boulevard health tech cluster

Innovation hubs or clusters are widely viewed as powerful engines of economic growth. Looking specifically at biotech cluster, each cluster / innovation hub varies from one another due to their origin and industry,thus each individual cluster needs customized research methodologies and metrics to track their success and impact on the Canadian health, economy and people. To support the recent and rapidly growing novel medical technology market and position Canada as a global player, it is critical to understand the unmet needs and success factors, within such clusters.

Mind-sets at White Water West: Analysis and Instructional Intervention

This research project will investigate the attitudes and beliefs towards learning and different kinds of training programs at a company called White Water West, with the intention of then addressing any identified problem through the design, development, and implementation of learning programs and materials. This proposal is for a single internship unit of four months, focused on analyzing the situation for a potential problem, and the design of a recommended solution.

Operational and Strategic Plan Development of an Accelerator in the Technological Innovation for Health Care sector1.3. Academic Discipline:[ Y ]Business

The proposed project is to research the steps needed to take in order to build and sustain an accelerator/incubator in the health care sector, which will provide core processes and steps to the partner organization. The following steps would be undertaken:

o Analysis of other successful incubators/accelerators in the health care space.

o Partnership wish list.

o Strategic plan

o Operational management plan

o Benchmark and KPIs for continuous analysis and performance evaluations

Dermoscopy Imaging and automated analysis for skin cancer screening

The research focuses on development and implementation of advanced software algorithms designed for the automated analysis of skin lesion images. The algorithms will be designed to run on mobile computing devices such as smartphones and tablets, and could be used by the general users as well as doctors for computer-assisted screening and diagnosis of skin cancer. For users, our computer program will automatically compute the risk score for skin lesions based on the previously diagnosed cases, and for doctors, it will use machine learning to assist in making the best diagnostic decision.

Our Mutual Friend: Developing collaborative tools to increase researcher & practitioner networking

This project will create three online tools to help researchers initiate collaborations, decrease the hassles of project management during collaborations, and reduce the time spent applying for research grants. The first tool will help researchers find new partners for collaborative efforts by asking them a series of questions about their research interests and collaborative style, then suggesting collaborators and offering to initiate contact between researchers. The second tool will offer a simple, free-to-use, web-based tool that veers away from systems such as SharePoint.

Barriers and Facilitators to the Integration of Mental Health Servicesin Primary Care in Vietnam from the Perspective of Health Workers: Individual,Organizational and Structural Factors

Access to appropriate mental health services is critically limited for many people living in low and middle-income countries. Making services for depression available in primary health care increases the successful diagnosis and treatment of depression and improves the quality of people’s lives. As the first point of contact with patients, primary care workers are essential to the successful delivery of depression care.

Detecting Trends in Conversations using Natural Language Processing and Visualization

At WorkSafeBC, an overwhelming amount of data is being produced, particularly in conversation logs between people who have an active claim with WorkSafeBC and various practitioners with whom they have regular contact (usually over the phone). These records are transcribed into text and the information is far beyond what any analyst could possibly read and understand without the help of analysis and visualization tools.