Scale-up and Optimization of 3D Gel Dosimeters Year Two

The project aims at designing and manufacturing a series of products (gel dosimeters) that can be used for quality assurance of the radiation treatment of cancer: before treatment, a gel dosimeter is irradiated instead of the patient, and its colour changes to show the pattern of the delivered radiation dose. Then that colour change is imaged in a scanner and compared against the planned treatment. Any significant differences between the planned and delivered dose can be fixed before the patient is subjected to the radiation.

Understanding the cognitive processes involved in faking behavior Year Two

Personality testing is widely used for personnel selection across a range of positions and industries. The detection and prevention of faking behavior is a key issue in this context. Faking occurs when applicants intentionally alter their responses to personality assessments in an attempt to enhance their probability of being selected for the job. As a result, applicant faking can interfere with the ability to make accurate hiring decisions.

Sensors Western Operational Research and Development (SWORD)

Accurate monitoring of a patient’s vital signs – including body temperature, blood pressure, and pulse oxygenation – is central to the ability of clinicians to provide appropriate medical care. In spite of this, the standard equipment used to take these measurements is inefficient, inconvenient, and expensive. Adept Diagnostics will break into the medical device market with the development of novel wireless sensor systems to track these physiological variables continuously and inobtrusively.

Development of High-Performance Lithium-Ion Batteries for Electric Vehicle Application

Electric vehicles (EVs) are considered as next-generation automotive for green and sustainable transportation. Lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) are the most promising energy storage system for EVs among different available techniques. However, in order to power EVs on the road, currently commercial LIBs need to be greatly improved in terms of performance, safety, and cost, which are mainly dependent on the electrode materials.

Developing 3D GIS Web Services and Applying It in Oil and Gas Pipeline GeographicalInformation System

Currently, developing 3D pipeline GIS (Geographical Information System) with 3D data interoperability is not only highly required by pipeline industry but also essential for building 3D SDI (Spatial Data Infrastructure). This project proposes a novel approach to develop a new 3D GIS Web Services framework and components that is suitable for 3D Pipeline GIS and 3D SDI. The specific objectives of the project are to:

1) Develop a new 3D GIS Web Services framework that is suitable for 3D pipeline GIS considering its data feature.

Computer aided system based on Image processing technique for assessment ofspinal cord from MRI Year One

The spinal cord is one of the most important neurological structures in the body. Noninvasive image-based assessment of this structure is an increasingly demanding healthcare service. This project is a preliminary development stage of a computer-aided spinal-scan assessment software toolkit which aims at faciiitating the diagnosis of spinal cord problems. In parlicular, the proposed project is to design computational methods which automatically extract image fearures.

Multifunction system for measuring endothelial cell remodeling under laminar and turbulentpulsatile flow related to heart disease Year One

A London-based company, Novel Cardiovascular Systems Inc, has developed a unique multifunction system for measuring endothelial (arterial wall) cell remodelling under different types of laminar, turbulent and intermittent pulsatile flows that are associated with the onset and development of heart disease, notably atherosclerosis (narrowing of the artery). In order to accelerate the product to market, NCSI must validate the system with respect to cell biology and blood flow mechanics.

Action spectra characteristic of typical and potentially new challenge organisms used in polychromatic UV reactor validation Year One

Trojan Technologies provides UV-based technologies for water, wastewater and reuse wastewater treatment. This proposal is directed towards optimizing and developing the validation protocols for UV systems provided by Trojan. The study results will expand Trojan's ability to provide more holistic and sustainable reactors for water/wastewater treatment as well as expand the polychromatic UV market.

Unlocking big opportunities in small packages: Application of novel nano-scale studies toenhancing mineral exploration and mining efficiency

Recent advancements in TEM sample preparation techniques using the latest generation of dual focused ion and electron beam (FIB-SEM) instrumentation allows for high-resolution examination of textures, elemental composition and structures of minerals at unprecedented resolution. These instruments enable the extraction of FIB-prepared TEM foils at any desired location of the sample (Wirth, 2004, 2009).

Scale-up and Optimization of 3D Gel Dosimeters

Objectives: As stated in the Background section, the main goals of the proposed project are the design of a library of gel dosimeters and their fabrication on a commercial scale in batches of at least 20 litres.