Development of rechargeable hybrid aqueous batteries for cost-effective, large scale energy storage

High capacity battery systems are becoming as important as their smaller analogues which are currently in use in mobile devices. Rechargeable lithium-ion battery packs serve as uninterruptible power supplies or energy stores in electronic vehicles (EVs) and realize the EV technology for many countries. This promotes sustainable development while addressing air quality and climate change. The main challenges are to increase the affordability, power density, and safety for such lithium-ion batteries.

IMMERSe – Supporting Awareness and Encouraging Collaboration in Bring-Your-Own-Device Classroom Environments

When students use mobile devices in a classroom, teachers cannot easily know if students are actively engaged in group activities or if they are distracted. For example, a student may be observing the activities of others rather than contributing to group workspace. Even though students are in close proximity, they can be too focused on their own work and fail to notice relevant work from other groups. The students may miss the opportunity to collaborate and learn from each other.

Continuous Blood Glucose Monitoring via contact lens platform

Medella Health is developing contact lenses that continuously detect blood glucose levels to better manage diabetes and improve the quality of life for diabetic patients. Patients have a difficult time monitoring and maintaining their blood glucose levels because current systems are invasive, discontinuous and do not generate the continuous feedback necessary for patients to take immediate action.

The Business Case for Sustainability: Cost Savings and New Revenue Generation through Implementing Sustainable Community Plans in Small Ontario Municipalities

The proposed research project to be undertaken by the intern aims to find cost-saving trends of market-based instruments and other mechanisms for small municipalities. By collecting data indicating the performance of different types of market-based instruments and other mechanisms the intern will be able to distinguish which ones have seen the most positive results in regards to cost-savings. This benefits the partner organization, as they will receive hard evidence concerning the effectiveness of their suggested policies and procedures within sustainable community plans.

Audio Hardware Calibration and Audiometry

This project is to focus on building an application that can be used to perform a audiology-grade calibration of consumer headphones (and microphones) on a mobile device (such as an iPhone or iPad). The intern will use mathematical techniques (such as spectral analysis) to help gather and analyze user information more efficiently in order to provide a fast, accurate assessment of the user’s hardware capabilities for the purposes of hearing testing.

Modernization of Chinese Earth-Sheltered Dwellings

The proposed research project will be to visit survey and document post and modern cave dwellings, live in the villages, getting to know the local villagers and craftsmen, and engage in cross-cultural and interdisciplinary research. Through method of record, from measured drawings to statistical analysis, full scale details to test of structural performance or climate regulations, which we can apply to cave dwelling as a preparation for their application to more complex architecture.

An exploratory investigation of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) applications to support the Vietnam Cleaner Production Centre’s sustainable Pangasius bocourti (Basa Fish) industry project

This research project will explore how a Geographic Information System (GIS) analysis can aid in enhancing the sustainable Basa fish industry in Vietnam. Enhancement is achieved through increasing market value, reducing the impact on global seafood supply chains and reducing negative local environmental impacts. GIS is an application that allows for complex spatial analysis of large quantities of data, some of its frequent uses are to:

Built Stories: a Web-based and Mobile Information System for Community Led Heritage Asset Inventory and the Preservation of History, Culture and Built Heritage

The overarching aim of the study, of which the proposed MITACS funded work is part, is to determine if heritage designation impacts properties and to better understand some people’s support and other peoples resistance to designation. One aspect in particular concerns a building's time-on-the-market (TOM). Although there have been studies on designation, there is a gap in academic literature that explains how heritage designation may impact a building’s TOM and how people’s perception of that factor influences their attitudes toward heritage conservation.

A Technology Management Analysis Platform

The context of emerging technologies, this project aims to develop a practical management tool that can help technology firms to fully assess new technology value proposition, formulate the risks & opportunities profile, and develop implementation plan.

Application of Process Analytical Technologies for Diagnosis and Monitoring of Vaccine Antigens

The objective of the study is to exploit process analytical technologies within the framework of metabolic engineering to elucidate the causes of spectrofluorometric patterns relevant to biological formation of vaccine antigens. The ultimate benefit would be less variability in the processes which would minimize potential vaccine shortages.