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Integrated Community Energy and Harvesting Systems (ICE-Harvest)

2017/18-2019/20 • $800,000
Integrated Community Energy and Harvesting System (ICE-Harvest) is a cooperative research project that provides an innovative mechanism for community based integration of thermal and electrical energy use and production that significantly reduces greenhouse gas emissions (GHG). The problem is...

Advanced Electrified Vehicle Motor Control Technologies

2017/18-2019/20 • $800,000
Electrified vehicles (EV) - which include hybrid, battery, plug-in, and fuel cell technologies - will be critical in helping Ontario meet its 2020-2030 GHG emissions targets. The next generation of EVs will require improved electric motor and associated control technologies.The project will...

Battery-Enabled EV Fast -Charging Station

2017/18-2019/20 • $658,680
The salient barrier to large-scale EV adoption is "range anxiety", i.e., i) long charging time, ii) relatively smallrange of distance coverage per charge iii) and lack of necessary or readily-accessible charging infrastructure,particularly in rural areas. The most common used EV chargers are...

Multi-level adaptive systems and algorithms for agile and opportunistic sensing

2017/18-2019/20 • $600,000
Sensing or inference using data from heterogeneous and geographically-distributed sensors has many civilian as well as defense applications. For example, in defense-oriented surveillance systems, multiple unidentified targets are tracked using noisy data from sensors such as radar, sonar,...

Landscape carbon accumulation through reductions in emissions (L-CARE): developing brownfield management protocols for carbon sequestration and habitat use

2018/19-2019/20 • $555,497
Brownfield management represents an important opportunity for carbon (C) sequestration and storage to help*meet industrial climate change mitigation targets. C is four times more plentiful in the terrestrial biosphere than*in the atmosphere, but conventional ecosystem management for climate...

Realizing GHG Emissions Reductions for Large-Scale Infrastructure Projects in Ontario

2017/18-2019/20 • $553,333
To avoid the most catastrophic effects of climate change, and meet Ontario's 2020-2030 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction goals, fundamental changes must be made in infrastructure design and construction. The infrastructure sector contributes $80 billion to Canada's GDP; its GHG impacts...

Process evaluation of long-glass fibre reinforced polyamides by compression moulding

2018/19-2019/20 • $428,618
This research project will develop and verify simulations of thermoplastic compression molding of sheet based composite materials. The project will have multiple phases including a first phase of generation of experimental results for validation in future simulations of both part molding and...

Compressed Air Energy Storage in Salt Caverns

2016/17-2019/20 • $403,496
As renewable resources such wind and solar are increasingly integrated into the power grid, the intermittentand dispersed nature of these resources is having a significant impact on the reliability and resilience of the gridsystem. A storage medium not only can facilitate renewables integration,...

Redefining trace mineral nutrition in dairy cattle

2017/18-2019/20 • $400,000
Trace minerals represent a small but crucial component of a dairy cow's diet. Despite its importance, our knowledge regarding trace mineral absorption and utilization in dairy cattle is limited. Inorganic sources of trace minerals are often supplemented in diets of dairy cattle to optimize...

Elevated Temperature Forming of 7000-series Aluminum Automotive Structural Components

2018/19-2019/20 • $396,800
The proposed research will address the efficient fabrication of automotive components using 7000-series aluminum sheet alloys to reduce automobile weight. These alloys offer tremendous weight reduction potential due to their high specific strength compared to conventional steels; however, their...

Enabling and Leveraging whole-chassis sensing in VR, AR, and Handhelds

2018/19-2019/20 • $343,328
This project seeks to develop fundamentally new user interface software, built to take advantage of capacitive sensors capable of detecting detailed hand postures on and around electronic devices. The partner organization's innovative technologies create a unique opportunity to answer the...

Industrial wastewater treatment within the "design space" scientific framework

2017/18-2019/20 • $305,275
The research program will develop new detection and treatment technologies for the processing of industrial wastewater (WW) from industrial and commercial facilities (ICFs). The industrial relevance of the work described in the project is overwhelmingly high - the Wastewater Systems Effluent...

Transforming steelmaking into an environmentally sustainable industry: development of breakthrough extraction and refining technologies

2017/18-2019/20 • $300,000
This proposal describes the plan for the development of breakthrough technologies for the extraction of iron from ore, refinement of the final steel product, and valorization of the slag byproduct. Primary steel, with the annual demand of 1.6 billion tons, is produced by carbothermic reduction...

Radar Systems for Unsupervised Unobrusive Detection of On-body Concealed Weapons

2018/19-2019/20 • $280,064
This project aims at providing an effective engineering solution to the increasing acts of armed violence in public spaces - a trend which is of great concern to security professionals and civilians alike. If terrorist or criminal agendas are the motives, prevention is difficult but possible....

Development of a Hot Stamping Process Model for a 2,000 MPa Ultra High Strength Steel

2018/19-2019/20 • $260,000
This research, to be undertaken as a collaboration between Ford, Promatek Research Centre (Magna) and the Universities of Waterloo and Guelph, will address the hot stamping and final properties of a new ultra high strength steel alloy, Usibor 2000-AS. This alloy has a strength of 2,000 MPa...

New dimensions for mass cytometry and imaging mass cytometry

2017/18-2019/20 • $240,475
Biological systems are exceptionally complex. To understand the biochemical processes that influence diseases in whole organisms, information about all the cell types present and their activities is required. Mass cytometry is a new analysis method that enables the simultaneous quantification of...

Rapid routes to highly branched, interfacially active silicones

2017/18-2019/20 • $192,000
Silicone polymers are requisite materials in almost every technological area of developed societies, from antifoams, to wound dressings and intraocular lenses. Their susceptibility to acid and base means that facile and practical synthesis leads to complex mixtures of (lower value) materials...

Engineering a novel biocatalyst for the production of bio-diluents

2018/19-2019/20 • $157,786
In 2015, GHG emissions totaled 20.5 million tonnes across all their facilities. More broadly, CO2 emissions from Canadian oil and sands account for 9.3 per cent of Canada's GHG emissions. Suncor is motivated to reduce the GHG footprint of their oil sands products in order to achieve their...

Efficient algorithms for online ad markets with time constraints

2017/18-2019/20 • $150,000
Algorithmic trading is an essential part of today's economy. This proposal in on the design and implementation of algorithmic trading in the context of ad auctions in the wireless mobile context. This work is being done in collaboration with our industrial partner Addictive Mobility, Toronto...

Stability of polydiorganosiloxane polymers

2018/19-2019/20 • $150,000
Silicone polymers are used in a number of applications globally, as sealants, lubricants, coatings, etc. However, those silicones that are used for applications outside are subjected to a number of harsh environmental factors such as UV radiation, moisture, salts, and abrasives. *Of particular...

Development of cost-effective and high-performance penetration resistant materials and gloves

2018/19-2019/20 • $138,885
Personal protective equipment (PPE) and wearables such as gloves are used in a wide range of occupations including law enforcement, military, food processing, manufacturing, resource extraction and healthcare. The global body armor and PPE market was worth about US$3.8 billion in 2014 and is...

Condition monitoring of lubricating oils in diesel engines

2017/18-2019/20 • $136,667
Our industrial partner, Gastops Ltd, is a Canadian world leader in condition monitoring of rotating machinery. In collaboration with Carleton University, the company is now studying physical and chemical mechanisms of degradation in lubricants, potentially enabling developments of technologies...

Material characterization and constitutive modelling of elastomers subject to strain rate

2018/19-2019/20 • $128,000
Service life prediction and warranty consideration are two important parameters in the design of vital elastomeric engineering products for the automotive, aerospace, and medical sectors. The performance of rubber components under different loading and environmental conditions is dictated by the...

Dispersion of cellulose nanocrystals in aqueous media

2016/17-2019/20 • $100,000
In order to produce stable and processable cellulose nanocrystals (CNCs), fundamental understanding on the relationship between surface chemistry, interactions forces and colloidal stability of CNC is necessary. We will develop analytical tools for the quantification of interaction forces,...

Design optimization of electric mines

2018/19-2019/20 • $75,000
For the last hundred years, diesel-powered trucks have dominated the mining industry. These diesel trucks emit dangerous emissions and high amounts of heat, which necessitate the use of immense ventilation infrastructure to maintain a safe work environment for underground miners. The recent...

Analyzing and increasing user engagement in online forums

2018/19-2019/20 • $68,000
The project is a collaboration between the research team of Prof. Marbach at the University of Toronto and the company VerticalScope. Founded in 1999, VerticalScope is a privately held corporation headquartered in Toronto, Canada, that specializes in the acquisition and development of online...

Innovations in MF/UF membrane technologies: Development and scale-up of electrically conductive membrane coatings and recycled membranes for wastewater reuse

2019/20 • $60,667
The proposed research aims to develop innovations in membrane technologies and accelerate those innovations to the pilot-scale for industrial applicability. The project is divided into three components: 1. Electrically conductive membranes to prevent surface fouling 2. Recycling fouled membranes...

Superhydrophobic graphene - polymer coatings for corrosion resistant automotive fluid delivery systems

2019/20 • $50,000
This project uses surface engineering methods to improve the corrosion resistance of fuel and brake tubes used in automotive fluid delivery systems by fabricating graphene-polymer composites with superhydrophobic surfaces. For the fabrication of textured surfaces with superhydrophobic properties...

Intelligent AI-based Computer Vision for Robust Manufacturing Quality Assurance

2019/20 • $50,000
ATS (Automation Tooling Systems) Inc. provides solutions for factory design and automation. Their life sciences division provides manufacturing solutions for world leading manufacturing companies engaged in the production of medical devices, pharmaceuticals and diagnostics. ATS also develops...

Very-small-form-factor on-chip er-yb optical amplifiers

2019/20 • $50,000
One of the critical elements in transceivers for Metro and Long-haul optical communications systems is an optical amplifier for boosting the power of the high-speed optical signal. However, as the size of pluggable transceivers continuously shrinks to increase the density and data handling...

Additive manufacturing of a novel low-cost titanium alloy: enhancement of processing and properties for aerospace applications

2019/20 • $36,750
Additive manufacturing of metal components is an emerging technology that will transform Canada's manufacturing landscape. Integral to Canada's success in this area is the development of new materials that are tailored to the complex physical processes occurring during AM. This project will...

Novel scanning, milling and data handling strategies for circuit analysis

2019/20 • $27,645
Computer chip manufacturing companies use high resolution electron microscopes to scan a chip and high-powered ion beams to remove material (dig under the surface), expose buried features, and thereby determine whether other companies are copying their chips and infringing upon their...

Prospecting crop root mycobiomes for yield-enhancing bioproducts

2019/20 • $13,000
Large variation in yield within fields of a single crop genotype is observed frequently. This variation often cannot be linked to soil conditions or nutrient levels but is instead related to the composition or activity of the soil microbial communities. This project will yield novel data on the...

Use of-omics technologies toward profitability and beef consumers' satisfaction

2017/18-2018/19 • $279,900
Canadian beef producers have a tremendous opportunity to meet the increasing global demand for high quality animal protein products. However, high feed costs and inconsistent quality remain significant challenges. Research has been underway towards addressing these challenges through the use of...

Comprehensive kinetic and modelling study of basic oxygen steelmaking

2016/17-2018/19 • $267,193
The Basic Oxygen Steelmaking (BOS) process is relatively mature and well understood in qualitative terms. However, optimizing operations has been based largely on a statistical models of process data and, although efficient in day to day operation generally limit control to known operating...

Advancing water main renovation and design

2017/18-2018/19 • $200,000
Every city and town in Ontario and Alberta, and across Canada and North America, supplies potable water to residences and business through thousands of kilometres of distribution and transmission pipelines. A large percentage (often over 50%) of these critical water distribution pipes have been...

Development of cloud-based collaborative BIM modelling software

2017/18-2018/19 • $200,000
Construction practitioners, researchers, and other stakeholders of construction in Canada are becoming increasingly cognizant of the need for a transformation in home building methods. The automotive sector has enjoyed the benefits of automated design and manufacturing for years, and now the...

Enhancing liquid metal quality and productivity in a slab caster through physical and mathematical modelling

2016/17-2018/19 • $200,000
Flat product manufacturers are under constant pressure to increase productivity, and simultaneously maintain high quality of continuously cast steel slabs because of stringent quality demands imposed by their customers. However, increasing productivity has detrimental effects on slab quality,...

Open source cyber fusion center

2017/18-2018/19 • $200,000
Small businesses, including early-stage startups with high-growth potential, face the same cybersecurity threats as large companies, including cyber-crime, cyber-espionage, and cyber-vandalism that can compromise the confidentiality and integrity of sensitive business data and the availability...

Joint optimization of route design and schedules for fixed route transit systems

2016/17-2018/19 • $179,972
The proposed research programme, a partnership between the University of Toronto and Trapeze, has two maingoals. The first is to develop a cloud-based software solution for jointly devising tactical route plans and schedules for fixed-route transit systems, while the second is to apply this...

A dynamic and user-centric data cleaning system for Watson Analytics

2016/17-2018/19 • $178,000
Poor data quality is a serious and costly problem affecting organizations across all industries. Real data is often dirty, containing missing, erroneous, incomplete, and duplicate values. It is estimated that poor data quality cost organizations between 15% and 25% of their operating budget....

Air atomization of metallurgical slags for production of a slag by-product, heat recovery, and metal recovery

2016/17-2018/19 • $158,571
Metallurgical slags are generated at the rate of over 600 million tonnes per year. Although the material is often used in some applications, there are numerous opportunities for producing a variety of higher value-added products from it. Further, thermal energy of slag and valuable metals that...

Hyper Desalination of Brine Water

2016/17-2018/19 • $150,000
The oil and gas and mining industries discharge most of their wastewater to surface freshwater bodies,tidewater and to public and municipal sewers. Of the water discharged a large portion is not treated beforebeing released. Recirculation of water within these industries also occurs but could be...

Ontario quinoa industry optimization

2017/18-2018/19 • $149,400
Quinoa is a highly nutritious pseudocereal originating from South America. The large majority of quinoa is grown by subsistence farmers, but interest in quinoa as a high quality nutritious food source is increasing, and in turn the need for fully-developed commercial scale production systems is...

An evaluation of membrane aerated biofilm reactor technology in anabling shortcut nitrogen removal

2017/18-2018/19 • $127,967
Carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus are the primary stressors that pollute lakes, drinking water wells, streams and wetlands. Most stressors come from human activities and through municipal and home sewage systems. Thus, wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) are required to remove carbon and nutrients...

Fabrication of graphene based nanomaterials from zenyatta graphite for energy and environmental applications

2017/18-2018/19 • $100,000
Graphene, a two-dimensional sheet comprising a single layer of graphite, possesses unique properties and strong potential for myriad applications. According to Allied Market Research, the global graphene market is expected to garner $149.1 million by 2020, and a 44% compound annual growth rate...

Smart sensors for smart highways: developing a clean technology for measuring air quality on highways

2017/18-2018/19 • $100,000
Air pollution, the world's largest environmental burden on health, is associated with 7 million premature deaths every year globally. Comprehensive and accurate air quality monitoring is the first and most crucial step to controlling air pollution. Many municipalities are adopting smart city...

Research and Development in the Expansion of the m-CARDS Platform to allow for the Deployment of a Mobile Cardiac Diagnostic Centre in Alberta.

2017/18-2018/19 • $100,000
Submitted by Mohawk College's mHealth & eHealth Development and Innovation Centre (MEDIC), this proposal addresses the need for providing better care for heart disease and stroke patients, as well as the modernization of homecare services for Canada as a whole. Mohawk College will develop a...

Using advanced nano-delivery of micronutrients to enhance animal health

2017/18-2018/19 • $100,000
Good animal health is essential for economically profitable animal husbandry. Healthy animals have strong rates of growth and can defend themselves from disease-causing organisms. One strategy to support healthy animals is through nutrition. The present project's aims are to increase...

Development of a heat strain estimator algorithm control for personal cooling in ultra-deep mining

2017/18-2018/19 • $96,750
One occupation featuring continuous high levels of heat stress is ultra-deep mining, with the rock face attemperatures approaching 60°C and chamber temperatures commonly at 40°C with high humidity. Thus, evenmoderate physical work can cause miners to quickly exceed existing occupational heat...

Ontario Screen Industries Technology Access Centre

2012/13-2017/18 • $1,750,000
The Ontario Screen Industries T AC will provide technology innovation support services within this multi-billion dollar production industry , including film, television and interactive media. With the GTA as the center of its activity, this is a key sector in Ontario's innovation agenda and a...

Low-RFI Radio Astronomical Signal Processing for High-Speed Transient Analyses

2016/17-2017/18 • $300,000
We propose here to develop critical, RFI-quiet technology, suitable for processing radio astronomical signals,to allow us to search the sky in real time for easily-RFI-confused rapid transient events known as Fast RadioBursts (FRBs), ultimately to localize their positions with revolutionary...

Multi-site cement industry low carbon fuel implementation and supply chain assessment

2016/17-2017/18 • $285,000
The cement and concrete industries play an important and growing role in Canada's infrastructure and green building ambitions. While the industry is a strong and innovative contributor to a growing clean economy, the industry is also a large emitter of carbon dioxide. The overall objective of...

Landscape carbon accumulation through reductions in emissions (L-CARE): developing brownfield managment protocols for carbon sequestration and habitat use

2017/18 • $242,583
Brownfield management represents an important opportunity for carbon (C) sequestration and storage to helpmeet industrial climate change mitigation targets. C is four times more plentiful in the terrestrial biosphere thanin the atmosphere, but conventional ecosystem management for climate change...

Development of cost-effective label-free protein biosensors using magnetic bio-inks

2017/18 • $218,500
Canada's increasing aging population is confronted by a lack of timely diagnosis for various autoimmunediseases with turnaround times varying from a few days to weeks, leading to rising healthcare costs withunfavorable economic and societal implications. Traditional methods for disease detection...

Virtualized radio-VLBI digital media

2016/17-2017/18 • $200,000
We propose to build real time portable radio baseband data digital media infrastructure, enabling linking of the Algonquin Radio Telescope to an international VLBI network. This work includes the customization and permanent deployment of a custom receiver, FPGA real-time acquisition, high speed...

Development of novel technology for connections in high pressure flexible polymer piping systems

2016/17-2017/18 • $200,000
In order to increase market share in a competitive global environment, Flexpipe Systems, a division of ShawCor Ltd., recently launched a new product called FlexFlow Linepipe, which is a larger diameter fiber-reinforced thermoplastic composite linepipe that will be made available in 6" and 8"...

Wireless Sensing and Tracking in Harsh, Low-Light Underground Mines

2016/17-2017/18 • $199,996
Mining plays a key role in Canadian economy. Approximately 375,000 people across Canada work in themining and mineral processing industries. Mining contributed $57 billion to Canada's Gross Domestic Product(GDP) in 2014. However, the mining sector still remains unsafe. Mining workers are exposed...

Big data analytics for the Maritime Internet of Things (IoT)

2016/17-2017/18 • $196,669
The Internet of Things (IoT) is an emerging phenomenon that enables ordinary devices to generate sensor dataand interact with one another to improve daily life. The maritime world has not escaped the influence of theIoT revolution. We are in the midst of a technological wave in which vessels are...

Ubiquitous robotics to support older adults with dementia

2016/17-2017/18 • $195,000
Dementia affects more than 35 million people worldwide, and experts predict this number will almost double every 20 years. Robotics is viewed as a viable technology in the support of older adults with dementia, with a significant market available through home, community, and institutional...

Integrated modular phased-array system technology for next generation satellite communication

2016/17-2017/18 • $194,600
Satellite systems have extended the boundaries of information networking to the most remote places (far from cities and highways, in the middle of the ocean, and deep in space) far beyond the reach of any other communication systems. In addition, many emerging applications such as broadband...

Computer aided cardiac image diagnosis

2016/17-2017/18 • $188,000
We propose to develop a cloud based information system for computer facilitate and full automatic computer aided cardiac image diagnosis. Cardiac disease is considered as a significant medical problem worldwide. Non-invasive cardiac imaging (e.g. Cardiac CT and MRI) has offered a great tool to...

Computational tools for analyzing and detecting software supply chain attacks

2015/16-2017/18 • $175,643
Software supply chain attacks -- attacks where malware is covertly inserted into reputable and otherwise benign software somewhere in the chain between development and final use by the customer have become a growing concern. With the potential to affect enterprises, public organizations and...

Powering clinical trials research through a secure and integrated data management platform

2016/17-2017/18 • $166,666
As the quantity of data generated in all sectors of Canadian life continues to grow exponentially, new tools are needed to amalgamate and analyze them in a secure and reliable way. This is perhaps most evident in the fields of biomedicine and health care, where there is a natural tension between...

Next generation power converters for aerospace applications

2016/17-2017/18 • $160,000
The main objective of this proposal is to investigate and commercialize the next generation of universal power converters for aerospace applications. In aircraft, electricity is generated by AC generators and then is converted into DC by autotransformer rectifier units (ATRU) to power different...

Hydrothermal upgraging of non-food corn-oil into high value alternative fuels

2017/18 • $153,669
In this NSERC CRD project we will work with Aduro Energy and Greenfield Specialty Alcohols on examining how to produce high quality fuels from corn-oil waste produced during ethanol production. Preliminary work at Western University has shown that decarboxylation chemistry of several model...

Optical frequency domain reflectometry on a chip

2016/17-2017/18 • $152,000
This project will investigate integrated photonic devices, circuits, and proof-of-concept prototypes for on-chip optical frequency domain reflectometry (OFDR) systems. OFDR is an interferometry technique that extracts the positions and optical scattering strengths of scatterers along the...

Social media text mining for detecting behavioral and psychological conditions in children

2017/18 • $142,856
The widespread usage of social media by children has recently raised problems related to cyberbullying andother threats to their well-being. VISR.CO has an app that alerts parents to issues their kids are facing online.They analyze the social interactions kids are experiencing on social...

Fast and accurate biophotonic simulations for photodynamic cancer therapy treatment planning

2016/17-2017/18 • $142,856
Photodynamic Cancer Therapy (PDT) treats cancer by using a compound that, when activated by light, destroys cells. By limiting where tissue is exposed to light, one can destroy cancerous cells with a procedure that is less invasive than surgery, but with fewer side-effects than traditional...

Advanced rotor analysis method for the next-generation small multirotor aerial vehicle

2016/17-2017/18 • $136,800
The objective of the proposed study is to develop a rotor design and analysis method that is suitable for small multirotor aerial vehicles, such as quadcopters. The subsequent method will result in rotor systems with improved flight performance, such as endurance or high-speed flight...

Air jet interaction with a wetted surface: towards designing the next generation auto wash facilities

2015/16-2017/18 • $123,077
The use of salt and other harsh chemicals is common in Canada to keep roads safe for driving in winter. These chemicals, while effective at keeping ice at bay on the roads, lead to premature degradation of vehicles. Suncor has developed a next-generation car wash facility, called Glide Wash,...

Developing starch based formaldehyde-free non-isocyanate wood adhesives from agriculture resources for particleboard production

2016/17-2017/18 • $121,428
Recently, with the increased health concerns for free formaldehyde exposure as well as other health risksassociated with isocyanate adhesives, there is a strong market demand for environmentally friendly alternativewood adhesives systems. In this collaborative project, the university and...

High bandwidth EEG data hosting and analytics in cloud-based storage systems

2016/17-2017/18 • $120,000
In latest years, with the advent of Big Data, especially in the area of biometrics data collected from wearablemonitoring devices, there is a high need for Cloud-based solutions (include large scale distributed storagesystems) for storage and high bandwidth on-the-fly data analysis. Examples of...

Equivalent optically transparent circuits: an optimization-driven methodology for the design of optically transparent sensors and antennas

2016/17-2017/18 • $100,000
Touch sensors are indispensable components of the user interface of personal electronic devices such as smartphones, tablet computers and wearable health monitors. These sensors are ordinary circuits, whose usual copper wires are replaced by optically transparent (practically invisible)...

Bio-based automotive and industrial lubricants by the optimal hydroisomerization of free fatty acids

2016/17-2017/18 • $80,000
Plant-based oils can be processed to produce long-chain hydrocarbons that can be used to replace conventionalfossil fuels. Altranex has developed a process that produces very high quality hydrocarbon chains that can beused as lubricants. Ideally hydrocarbon lubricants have a large fraction of...

Nano-enhanced, miscanthus-based hybrid biocomposites for light-weighting automotive applications

2016/17-2017/18 • $80,000
This proposal looks to design and engineer the nano-enhanced miscanthus-based biocomposites. The maintarget is to develop light-weight auto parts from polymeric biocomposites, which are cost-performancecompetitive with talc or glass fibre-filled polymer composites, currently used in automotive...

Co-development and implementation of a novel random number generator compliant with federal information processing standard 140-2 level 2

2017/18 • $75,000
Ultra Electronics TCS (Ultra-TCS) provides advanced C4ISR (Command, Control, Communications,Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance) and EW (electronic warfare) systems around theglobe. Their products include Ultra ORION, a family of software-enabled tactical radio systems....

Design and Development of Northern Ontario-based Learning Management System for New Day Wellness

2017/18 • $25,000
The sprawling and sparsely populated land mass of Northern Ontario can make the delivery of goods and services across theregion a challenge. New Day Wellness a workplace wellness training company has identified many unserved and underservedrural and remote northern communities and is proposing...

Modelling to Improve Positioning Accuracy in Urban Environments for Autonomous Vehicles

2017/18 • $25,000
Autonomous Vehicles (AVs) are poised to cause major transformations in transportation, and will enable efficiencies in vehicledesign, energy consumption, vehicle ownership, and road utilization (as well as large business opportunities).A key challenge for developing fully autonomous transport...

KE2 Technologies FloPatch: A Flexible Smart Sensor Bandage

2017/18 • $25,000
KE2 Technologies is a medical device company focused on developing non-invasive smart-sensors to improve the clinical management of critically ill patients. KE2's flagship smart-patch product, the FloPatch, uses continuous wave Doppler to provide instantaneous flow monitoring data to physicians,...

Foam Profile Testing Machine For Combat Sports

2017/18 • $25,000
Hayabusa Fightwear Inc. (HFI) of Kingston Ontario is a leading developer and manufacturer of protective fighting equipment forboxing, MMA and other forms of combat sports. To remain an industry leader, the company is looking to take a leading role inimproving the safety of their striking...

Investigating optimal surface coating strtegies for linking SQI scapture probes on plastic amd glass subtrates

2017/18 • $25,000
The aim of this project is to offer a cost-effective strategy for attaching proteins to glass and plastic substrates (the main substratesthat SQI Diagnostics currently uses) that are stable, functional and properly bond to the substrates. This project will have threemain steps toward reaching...

Anatomical Navigation Simulation and Training for Neuromuscular Injection Procedures

2017/18 • $25,000
This project will involve the Design and Evaluation of a Virtual-Reality and Augmented Reality Training tool for use in Clinical Skillsdevelopment of Myoelectric Needle Guidance.The use of Augmented Reality will assist clinicians for targeting clinical treatments and also will allow the...

Additive manufacturing for automotive tooling with conformal cooling

2017/18 • $25,000
Injection molding process is commonly used to produce automotive components. Injection molding of polymer components facesincreasing demands for part quality and production rate. Proper thermal management of the injection molding tooling is key toachieving simultaneous improvements in rate and...

Simulation and Optimization of Airflow Channels and Equipment Layout in Beverage Coolers

2017/18 • $25,000
QBD Cooling Systems Inc. (QBD), a leading modular refrigeration and beverage cooler manufacturer, would like to optimize thedesign of their new and innovative modular beverage cooling unit by increasing the thermodynamic efficiency of their cycle, andthereby reducing the power consumption in...

Scalable conversion of graphite to high-purity graphene and graphene oxide for use in functionalized thin coatings for solid lubrication applications

2017/18 • $25,000
This project aims to develop highly purified graphene and graphene oxide in large scale from the Albany natural source of high quality graphite currently being developed by Zenyatta Venture Inc. The project will initiate collaboration between Zenyatta Ventures Ltd and the NanoMechanics and...

Automating classification of ShoeBOX audiograms

2017/18 • $25,000
Clearwater Clinicals ShoeBOX product enables audiometry testing to be completed in the field and outside of the sound booth. Ithas already been widely adopted, including monitoring hearing in the context of occupational health and safety in industrialsettings. Once a subjects hearing sensitivity...

Anomaly Detection for Advanced Metering Infrastructure

2017/18 • $25,000
Utilismart provides meter data management and advanced metering infrastructure software solutions for utilities, municipalities, industrial, commercial, and residential consumers. Presently, Utilismart serves over 100 utility consumers, primarily small and midsize public power utilities. Data...

Ultralow adhesion silicone coatings to reduce rates of biofilm formation and associated infection

2017/18 • $25,000
'Hospital acquired infections' refer to infections that patients acquire within hospitals due to contaminated medical devices, or dueto procedures that expose healthy tissue to external bacteria. These secondary infections can often be very hard to treat,especially with a recent rise in...

Low-Cost Reconfigurable Apertures for Cubesat Ground Stations

2017/18 • $25,000
Kepler Communications is a company establishing an in-space telecommunications network for enabling global machine-tomachine (M2M) communications using cubesats. There are significant research challenges in designing low-cost ground segment antennas that provide adaptive beam-steering...

Rapid propagation systems for commercialization of novel dayliliy germplasm

2017/18 • $25,000
Daylilies are a versatile group of plants grown primarily as ornamentals in North America with great diversity in flower size, colour, and other characteristics. Despite the large degree of diversity available, few cultivars are commercially available and are not necessarily selected based on...

Enhancing conductivity of laser fabricated porous silicon substrates with Graphene and Metal by Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD)

2017/18 • $25,000
In this project, we introduce a new method for laser-based fabrication of nanofibrous silicon structures induced by laser pulses. Single crystalline silicon wafers are laser processed using a pulsed nanosecond laser system at different laser parameters before undergoing metallic and graphene...

Low crude protein amino acids diets for laying hens: Optimizing isoleucine levels for egg size, reduced nitrogen excretion and gut health

2017/18 • $25,000
Profitability and sustainability are very important considerations for our poultry customers. The poultry sector in Canada is intransition because of pressure to adopt alternative housing for layers (litter floors, cage-free) and to reduce the use of subtherapeutic antimicrobial growth promoters...

Properties of Skin-Mimicking Films in Ionic Solutions

2017/18 • $25,000
Skin cancer is the most prevalent form of cancer, with over 80,000 cases of skin cancer in Canada annually. Sunscreen and sunprotection industry is projected to reach $14.5 billion by 2020. Suncayr, a Canadian company, develops unique preventativemeasures to avoid the common problems associated...

Development of ultrafast colorimetric assays and devices for integration into the Nix Color Sensor

2017/18 • $25,000
Point-of-care tests (POCT) are simple medical tests that can bring complex disease diagnostic and screening tests currently performed at centralized facilities to patients bedside and thus are envisioned to significantly improve the quality of healthcare. However, only a few POCT systems have...

Integrated FM-radio node for power grid optimization

2017/18 • $25,000
In this project in collaboration with E-radio Inc. we will investigate the possibility to create a fully integrated FM radio RDS (RadioData System) receiver for the optimization of the electrical power grid. The idea is to design a very sensitive FM radio (beyond thestate of the art) that can be...

Ozone distribution for bulk produce decontamination

2017/18 • $25,000
Recalls of fresh produce due to bacterial contamination occur regularly. Every year Canadians become ill or die from consumingcontaminated fresh produce. A 2014 occurrence of Listeria contamination at an American apple supplier killed several consumersof caramel apples in that country and...

Developing Visible Light Measurement Methods to Detect Gold and Sulphide Minerals on Unpolished Drill Core and Crushed Rock

2017/18 • $25,000
The Gold Sniffer is a visible light optical device that can detect gold and other minerals with a single 90 second measurement on avariety of samples such as drill core, crushed rock, pulps, sand and similar materials. The device detects micron-sized gold, goldalloys, pyrite, chalcopyrite, and...

Procedure development to estimate the nodularity of cast iron using ultrasonic testing equipment

2017/18 • $25,000
Wabi Iron and Steel Corp. specialize in the design and development cast iron parts. Magnesium (Mg) is used as a spheroidizer inthe casting process. The amount of Mg in the melt determines the nodularity of the cast iron, which in turn determines themechanical properties of the casting. The...

Low-cost fiber-based broadband terahertz source

2017/18 • $25,000
The field of time-resolved terahertz (THz) spectroscopy has grown very rapidly over the last few years. This non-invasive optical technique, based on the generation of optical radiation in the mid- and far-infrared region, can reveal valuable information about the nature of various materials and...

Validation and Optimization of a Novel Technology for Seed and Grain Sanitization

2017/18 • $25,000
Valley Bio Limited aims to validate and optimize their existing grain and seed sanitization technology in order to maximize theprocesses efficiency, all while minimizing potential downstream negative effects to grain and seed storage. Microorganismcontamination, being one of the main factors to...

Modeling Concrete Infrastructure Affected by Alkali-Aggregate Reaction (AAR)

2017/18 • $25,000
The main objective of this research program & collaboration between uOttawa and GHD is to develop a finite element analysis (FEA) model to assess concrete infrastructure affected by alkali-aggregate reaction (AAR), especially dams. This project will include a critical assessment of some of the...

A Holow Cathode DC Plasma Torch for Waste Treatment

2017/18 • $25,000
As traditional waste repositories, such as landfills, become less and less available, treatment of waste in an environmentallyresponsible manner has become one of our central problems. Since many types of waste are organic, incineration has beenincreasingly used for reduction of the waste...

Development of High Performance, High Bio Based Content Thermoset Elastomeric Compliant Materials Technology

2017/18 • $25,000
PU foams are essential components of an immense range of products. One of the main advantages of using PU foams is the ease of processing/forming the foamed products and large tailor-ability of foam properties through adjustment of micro-configurations. One of the main components of PU foams is...

Additive Manufacturing of Selected Automotive Components

2017/18 • $25,000
Developing a new product or modifying an existent design in the automotive industry is often a very costly and time-consumingprocess. The automotive industry has been using Additive Manufacturing (AM) technology as an important tool in the design anddevelopment of automotive components because...

Experimental Studies on the Scalability of a Vortex-Driven Hydroelectric Power Generator

2017/18 • $25,000
In this project, a new generator of electrical energy from a water stream will be investigated for scalability of the concept. Thisgenerator consists of an array of hydrodynamically-shaped bodies that when immersed in a water stream oscillate about theirlongitudinal axes. The forced periodic...

Simulation of Corrosion-Induced Damage in Reinforced Concrete Parking Garage Structures

2017/18 • $25,000
The main objective of the collaboration between uOttawa and GHD is to explore the structural implications of corrosion-relatedissues in concrete parking garage structures and to simulate their behaviour using commercial structural design softwarepackages. This will include a critical assessment...

Development of a passive refrigeration system

2017/18 • $25,000
Northern Edge Algonquin is a highly acclaimed off-grid nature retreat located on Kawawaymog Lake, Algonquin Park. The team atNorthern Edge Algonquin proudly offers a unique experience to visitors, providing not only an exceptional tourism experience, butexposure to the practical modern...

An Evaluation of NurseAchieve: Preparing Canadian Nursing Students to Write the NCLEX-RN Exam

2017/18 • $25,000
The Achieve Group of Companies (PharmAchieve /NurseAchieve) are among Canada's largest health care training companieswith 5 full time employees and some 250 contractors hired annually cross Canada. PharmAchieve have demonstrated product andtechnology leadership in standardized exam preparation...

Evaluating adsorption of PFAS on Liquid Activated Carbon for the remediation of contaminated sites

2017/18 • $25,000
Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are emerging groundwater contaminants which pose widespread risks to drinking water resources in Canada, the United States, Europe, China, and Australia. PFAS compounds are relatively mobile in groundwater and are generally recalcitrant to natural and...

Commercial-ready entangled photon source based on poled optical fibers

2017/18 • $25,000
Quantum entanglement sources are to quantum technology what lasers are to optical technology. The invention of lasers hascreated a photonics industry worth of $650 billion in 50 years, with applications cover everything from DVD players to industrialcutting and welding, from laser surgery to...

Estimating Bus Passengers' Origin Destination Travel Route using Data Analytics on Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Signals

2017/18 • $25,000
Traffic congestion in major cities significantly contributes to delays for the public as well as for businesses that rely heavily on roadtransportation of goods and services. It is clearly understood that public transportation is the most import mode of travel to reducetraffic congestion and...

Antimicrobial properties of graphene films

2017/18 • $25,000
Graphene is a potentially disruptive technology in the medical sector. The focus of this project is to evaluate the antibacterialproperties of Grafoids graphene materials and correlate the materials characteristics (such as its wetability, surface coverage,film thickness, surface morphology, and...

Biogas-Booster from Sugar Refining Waste Stream

2017/18 • $25,000
Anaerobic digestion is a sustainable technology to convert organic waste into bio gas. Anaerobic digesters are commonly found on farms and co-located with the food-processing industry. Typically anaerobic digesters use a consortium of bacteria converting a seasonally varying feedstock into...

Microbiological Food Safety in Fermented Foods

2017/18 • $25,000
Fermented foods have long been known to confer health benefits, yet in Canada there has been a deficit in the types that areavailable for consumption. The recent creation of small business dedicated to making novel fermented food options, has been metwith excitement in different parts of the...

Current-Control Methods in Graphene Transmission Lines for Tunable Antennas on Printed Circuit Boards

2017/18 • $25,000
Graphene is a one-atom thick two-dimensional (2D) material material made of carbon. It was first isolated in 2004 and, since thattime, many other 2D materials have been successfully isolated in the laboratory but graphene continues to be the most widelystudied. The material has exceptional...

Deep Unsupervised Learning for Network Anomaly Detection

2017/18 • $25,000
Network intrusion detection is a complex and evolving challenge with the increasing size and complexity of modern computernetworks and the vast quantity of data they generate. Processing this vast amount of information in today's networks is beyondhuman capabilities and necessitates automated...

Point of Purchase Decision Data Analysis to Deliver Actionable Retailer Insights

2017/18 • $25,000
TUKU Inc. located in London, ON connects physical products to shoppers smartphones, providing rich product and serviceinformation to inform and inspire confident in-store purchase decisions. They are currently in a position to collect a significantrange of unique consumer purchase consideration...

Building Automation Potable Water Sensor Analytics and Support / Diagnostics Protocol

2017/18 • $25,000
Currently water leaks in buildings are poorly detected and water usage is monitored irregularly or only for the building as a whole.Water leaks in particular in multi-unit buildings have caused significant rise in insurance premiums. In order for many condodevelopments to obtain insurance,...

Design and Development of 'PainTracker': An Integrated Solution for Psychological Assessment and Treatment

2017/18 • $25,000
Collecting and tracking accurate and reliable information from patients dealing with psychological reactions related to rapid andabrupt changes to their health status or personal situation is very difficult and the only source of information is patients self-reportbased on their memory. Patients...

Optimization of High Efficiency Synthesis Process and Isolation of Furfural

2017/18 • $25,000
DMT Creative Enterprises started in 1994, specializes in design, engineering and fabrication of equipment for the constructionindustry. Company owner Dave Thiessen has a farm production business that started in 2002 with farm land of 500 acres. DMTstarted a research and development project to...

FlangeTrak Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software

2017/18 • $25,000
Since 1986, INTEGRA Technologies has been delivering services and products to ensure the safety and reliability of the NorthAmerican energy infrastructure. INTEGRAs focus is on Leak Detection, Leak Correction, and Leak Prevention. INTEGRA, withits head office in GrandBend and local operations in...

Streaming Video Quality Measurement and Optimization

2017/18 • $25,000
ClearcableTM is a specialized telecommunications technical consulting firm focused on the needs of Service Providers by thedeveloping new business revenue streams, maintaining existing infrastructure and proposing new advancements intelecommunications sectors globally. ClearcableTM was founded...

Methanation System for Upgrading Landfill Gas into Pipeline Quality Renewable Natural Gas by Thermocatalytic Conversion of CO2

2017/18 • $25,000
Renewable natural gas (RNG) can be produced from landfill gas (LFG), a product of the decomposition of an organic material. Since LFG contains large amounts of CO2 (up to 55 vol%), it must be processed prior to use, which is conventionally done by separation using pressure swing adsorption or...

Establishing the amino acids kinetic pattern of endurance runners

2017/18 • $25,000
Recently, running has increased in popularity. Thousands of Canadians regularly run each year, whether it is socially, for weightloss, healthy lifestyle, or competition. Running benefits heart and mental health and can help in maintaining a healthy weight.However, long-term running, especially...

Evaluation of Glycine betaine, Bacillus amyloliquefaciens, and mycorrhizal inoculants on drought stress in urban trees

2017/18 • $25,000
High post-transplantation tree mortality is an important limitation in efforts to enhance tree cover in Canadian cities, one resultingin large costs to municipalities and tree owners. Lallemand Plant Care has developed several products that enhance plant stressresistance in agricultural crops,...

Improved design capabilities for cable concrete in erosion control applications

2017/18 • $25,000
Cable concrete mats consist of a series of individual, precast concrete blocks, linked together by stainless steel cables andconfigured in the shape of rectangular mats, with spaces between blocks to allow vegetation to grow through and over them, andare used by contractors and engineers to...

Pressure Transducers for High Temperature Environments

2017/18 • $25,000
Accurate pressure control is necessary for the automotive, aerospace and pharmaceutical industries. In addition to operating at high pressures, it is often necessary to deal with high temperatures. While there are some patents in this area, the costs are high and the systems often require...

Assessing the potential of ecobee smart thermostats to save energy through load shifting

2017/18 • $25,000
In 2014, buildings accounted for approximately 12% of Canadas greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Over 12% of households arecondominiums, which is projected to rise as high as 53% within the next 20 years. HVAC energy use represents more than half ofenergy consumption in these buildings, so reducing...

Development of Nanobubbles and Glycoliposomes as Innovative Nanomaterials and Drug Delivery Platforms for Improving Hydrophobic Pharmaceutical Solubility in Water

2017/18 • $25,000
Many effective drugs are hydrophobic, meaning they do not dissolve well in water, this allows them to interact very well withenzymes and proteins in the body. Critical Outcome Technologies (COT) has a number of hydrophobic drugs in itspharamaceutical pipeline, and requires new types of...

Development of an automated detection algorithm to improve efficiency of Operating Room Black Box analyses

2017/18 • $25,000
Operating rooms present one of the most complex, high-risk situations in clinical settings, and the Operating Room Black Boxsystem seeks to enable the analysis of surgical procedures to improve patient safety. The Black Box is a device that recordsaudio, video, environmental, and biometric data...

Automated Security Testing of an Electronic Asset Transfer Platform

2017/18 • $25,000
Ensuring that software is bug-free is a significant technical challenge, recognized as such in both industry and academic research. Exacerbating this challenge is the very real possibility that malicious parties can tease out and trigger bugs for personal and institutional gain. The technology...

Design and development of an Electronic Coupon Clearing Portal

2017/18 • $25,000
TripleData is a Toronto-based software development company that has been creating and managing complex software systemssince 2002. Among its commercially successful products are Grexen Experience for real-time feedback collection in stores,Grexen Beacon for in-store targeted messaging and...

Development of an Automated Image Processing Framework for Segmenting Floor Plans for Optimal Placement of Internet Access Points

2017/18 • $25,000
The objective of this proposal is to develop a software tool consisting of image analysis techniques to automatically convert pixel based digitalized Floor Plans (FPs) into a structured data. Our proposed software will automatically extract the information present into the FPs and represent it...

Fire performance of PEX piping systems

2017/18 • $25,000
This research addresses key challenges faced by our industry partner, Uponor Ltd. (Canada) related to fire performance ofcrosslinked high density polyethylene (PEX) pipe and piping systems. These systems are used in many applications: radiantheating, plumbing, energy transport and fire...

On-demand production of hydrogen and heat for fueling transportation and power generation

2017/18 • $25,000
Hydrogen, if produced from a renewable source such as water, is a promising solution to the climate change and global energyneed. Meanwhile, thanks to its various energy conversion technologies through either powering fuel cells or fuelling engines andturbines, hydrogen is a green fuel to...

Analyzing the chemistry of 'Modern Coffee' roasting techniques

2017/18 • $25,000
Modern coffee roasting, also known as third wave roasting, is a method that produces coffee characterized by a sweet, rich, andclean taste. Modern coffee roasting requires close control over the time-temperature roasting profile of the coffee beans. It iscurrently unknown why modern coffee...

Next Generation Engineered Doors for Extended Electromagnetic Attenuation

2017/18 • $25,000
Cyber-attacks are becoming more sophisticated and it is becoming increasingly challenging to ensure the safety of datatransmitted through mediums such as cell phones, emails, and other modes of communication from offices and boardrooms thatdeal with sensitive business transactions. No enclosure...

Query-based legal information retrieval system

2017/18 • $25,000
Clausehound has developed a cloud-based, legal document drafting product for small businesses which provides them with alower-cost alternative to traditional legal providers. While the Clausehound product is currently in the market and generatingrevenues, improving the accuracy at which...

Machine Learning of Connectivity and Usage Patterns for Improved Online Contact Search

2017/18 • $25,000
The Networking Effect (TNE) is an all-in-one e-tool that supports connectivity and the building of business relationships. It letsindividuals and organizations build, increase and manage their business network quickly and easily. More than just a database ofbusiness cards, TNEs goal is to go...

Development of a B2B SAAS platform to provide telecom costs reduction analytics

2017/18 • $25,000
Costek, a Toronto-based company, helps its clients achieve the optimum results from their telecom services whilst reducing their overall telecom spend. The Costek mission is to, over the next five years, help medium sized businesses save at least $10B in telecom spend. They have developed an...

Identification of the Microorganisms Enhancing Cyanide Degradation during Gold Recovery from a Heap Leach Operation

2017/18 • $25,000
New Golds Mesquite gold mine is experiencing significant cyanide consumption at its heap leach operation. As a result, the process cannot rely on a steady stream of unutilized cyanide that can be recycled to the heap for further gold recovery. Consequently, nearly all of the free cyanide...

Silicone Coatings to Inhibit the Development of Condensation on Chilled Food Display Cases

2017/18 • $25,000
A major challenge in the production of display cases for chilled food products is avoiding the build-up of condensation on thedisplay case glass. Current methodologies for limiting condensation are energy intensive, typically requiring the installation ofheaters near the glass, fans, or...

New Heat-treatment Procedure for Wear Resistant Overrunning Alternator Decoupler Pulley

2017/18 • $25,000
The dynamic optimization of timing systems advanced by Litens Automotive allow the combustion engines toachieve long durability and improved fuel efficiency. The belt tensioner consist of a pulley bore surface slidingagainst the clutch wire. The material selection requirements for the pulley are...

Novel Reagent Generation for Cancer and Stem Cell Cultures

2017/18 • $25,000
Custom Biologics is a global service provider for developing, validating and implementing cell-based, ligand-binding andbioanalytical pharmacokinetic bioassays to support the drug development testing requirements of biotherapeutics and smallmolecules. Our assay development and regulatory...

Supercritical Fluid Extraction for Upgrading Wax Products Derived from Recycled Plastic Feedstock

2017/18 • $25,000
This proposal describes the plan for the development of a breakthrough technology based on supercritical fluid extraction (SCFE)for the removal of contaminants that cause color and odor in specialty chemicals such as waxes derived from recycled polymers.Polyethylene and polypropylene feedstock...

Enhanced Cooling Channel Performance in Injection Molds

2017/18 • $25,000
Advancements in light emitting diode (LED) technology have created new opportunities for automotive manufacturers to use LEDsin vehicle head and tail lights. Thicker plastic lenses and complex profiles are required to optimize the optical characteristics ofLED lights. Plastic thickness is a...

Enhanced carbon fiber-epoxy composites for rowing racing shells

2017/18 • $25,000
This project is between the Charpentier lab at UWO and Hudson Boat Works in London, Ontario. Hudson has the currentchallenge of making their boats lighter and faster while using new resins. In particular, the project will investigate eliminatingpinhole defects on the surface of epoxy resins used...

Next generation of catalytic system for exhaust emission control

2017/18 • $25,000
The program brings together Ford Canada and researchers from the University of Toronto to develop aftertreatment technology forabatement of pollutants from the next generation automobile engine exhaust. The focus is on evaluating and developing newgeneration of catalysts for the oxidation of...

Valley Growers: Enhancing Productivity through Automation

2017/18 • $25,000
Sudbury, Ontario is a place renowned for pulling minerals out of the ground, but Valley Growers is doing its best to put anotherunderground resource, potatoes, on the map. Dating back to the 19th century, Sam Rainville discovered that potatoes grown inthe rich, sandy soil north of Sudbury...

Material Characterization, Modeling and Optimization of Elastomeric Vibration Isolation Pad

2017/18 • $25,000
Vibration isolation solutions employs elastomeric grommets, pads and isolation mounts, among others. These elastomericisolators are typically used to reduce the effect of vibration and/or impact at the light to heavy equipment mountings, generated by mechanical and electric machine/equipment...

Design and development of a cloud-based, key-less entry system

2017/18 • $24,991
Fortek Security Systems is Toronto-based Access Control Systems Company serving a variety of businesses includingcommercial and residential buildings, hotels and businesses. Fortek has systems installed all over Canada, USA, Australia, Libyaand Mali. In the proposed project, Fortek is partnering...

Optimizing light sources for optical quantum computing applications

2017/18 • $24,990
We propose to design highly-optimized light sources for quantum computing applications. The light sources will be compatible withphotonic integrated circuit (PIC) processing technologies, in order to be directly integrated with modern optical signal processingtechnologies. The challenges to be...

Optimization of selective laser melting for application to automotive tooling

2017/18 • $24,980
Exco Engineering, an Ontario based world leader in the design and fabrication of tooling for high pressure die casting, has recentlyinitiated significant R&D to adopt Additive Manufacturing (AM) for producing molds and dies. AM refers to a class of industrialtechnologies that build objects...

Physiologically-Adapted Virtual Reality Experiences for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

2017/18 • $24,931
This project will catalyze a new collaboration between Shaftesbury and the University of Toronto/Holland Bloorview KidsRehabilitation Hospital to design a virtual reality experience for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Many children withASD have difficulty coping with new situations...

Float Switch Development for Proprietary Rainwater Collection System

2017/18 • $24,900
NEEB Engineering Inc. of Guelph Ontario is developing a rainwater harvesting system that will directly address water conservationand sustainability efforts of groundwater based municipalities. The company is in the final stages of the design of the harvestingsystem, and they have approached The...

Truck Wheel Fastener Alarm Systems for the Prevention of Runaway Wheels

2017/18 • $24,674
Escaped wheels from Transport Trucks is a highly dangerous, often fatal occurrence. Wheel escapes are attributed to two issues:1. The failure of wheel studs and 2. Bearing failure/over heat. The problem is exacerbated by the large number of trucks andtrailers on the highways. According to...

Drain-water heat recovery system for residential housing

2017/18 • $24,050
Residential building use about 20% of their total energy on heating water. The use of a drain water heat recovery (DWHR) unit canrecover a large portion of this energy to pre-heat hot water for use in the home, representing a large opportunity for savings in bothenergy and hot-water costs....

High Power Density Pulsating Power Electronics Systems for Fast Charging of Li-ion Batteries

2017/18 • $21,600
In numerous battery-powered systems, including mobile devices and automotive fast charging is highly desirable feature.However, existing fast charging system cause degradation of the battery negatively affecting its lifetime. Also, the modern batterycharging systems are usually bulky and/or...

Intelligent Drains: use of biostatic drain plumbing fittings to interrupt travel of biofilm forming bacteria

2017/18 • $21,500
Intelligent drains refer to the provision of drain fittings attached to, and downstream of, hospital handwash sinks, said fittings which both stop the spread of pathogenic biofilm travel upward into the patient room and downstream to other fixtures, and suppress bacterial populations in the...

RBRO Solutions Inc.

2017/18 • $21,300
RBRO Solutions is a full-service provider of content management solutions that help organizations gain the greatest value fromtheir content. One of RBRO's product family is called "Link2DMS" and contains a feature set devoted to serving documents fromthe Document Management System (DMS) through...

OS enhancement for zero-latency UI response

2015/16-2016/17 • $265,208
Users have an expectation of responsiveness when they make input to a computer. The slower the device responds, the greater the impact on the user's performance, and the greater their frustration. Until recently, the developers of interactive computing software, such as applications and...

Real Virtuality: making the virtual, physical

2015/16-2016/17 • $180,000
Screens and speakers can provide a kind of embodiment for virtual 'objects'. While these are effective at providing a sense of the object, they stop short of providing embodiment in the remaining senses: touch, smell, and taste.n this project, we examine the use of robotics technology to...

New tests for the detection of bacteria in water

2015/16-2016/17 • $160,000
The proposed innovation is new tests for Enterococcus sp. (ENT) and Pseudomonas aeruginosa (PA) bacteria in water that can be done on-site, with an automated detection system that requires the user only to pour a sample into a test cartridge and insert the cartridge into an instrument. This will...

Advanced technologies for autonomous robotic harvesting of mushroom

2015/16-2016/17 • $150,000
The mushroom growing industry is valued at over $100 billion per annum worldwide according to the NationalAgricultural Statistics Service. All types of mushrooms destined for the fresh market are currently harvested byhand. The labour cost for harvesting mushrooms accounts for more than 30% of...

Adaptive energy ecosystems - improved operability, efficiency and economics for electricity and gas infrastructure

2014/15-2016/17 • $138,456
The convergence of the electrical grids with the natural gas distribution/storage infrastructure increases the flexibility for managing intermittent renewable supplies. Renewable Natural Gas, Power-to-Gas (PtG) and other gas-based energy storage solutions offer the ability to improve the...

Design, optimization, and control on a novel diesel engine aftertreatment system with multi-chamber catalytic converter (MCCC)

2014/15-2016/17 • $120,000
This research aims at smoothly transferring the MCCC technology from gasoline engine catalytic converter to diesel engine aftertreatment system. Multi-Chamber Catalytic Converter (MCCC), which is proposed, patented, and fully owned by Vida Holdings Corp. Ltd., is a modification to the current...

Advanced materials development for safer energy pipelines

2015/16-2016/17 • $120,000
Compromise of a material's structural integrity caused by corrosion is a common problem in industrial applications that require metals to be exposed to chemical environments. Depending on the metal's industrial in-service use, different forms of corrosion exist and, depending on the exposure...

Miniaturized particle sizer for field application

2015/16-2016/17 • $82,850
Sprays and nozzles are used in a wide range of industries with a variety of applications that include coating, cooling, cleaning, painting and fueling. In all these applications, the spray characteristics impacts an industrial or agricultural process. The characteristics include the spray...

Big data analysis and optimization of rural community broadhand wireless networks

2016/17 • $62,500
Wireless networks are resource constrained due to non-availability of extensive fiber backbones to carry ruraltraffic. In addition, causes such as non-line of sight, rough terrains, weather, water reflection, foliage and power make the available capacity unpredictable. However, these constraints...

Automatic vehicule identification using WiFi positioning

2016/17 • $57,142
Automatic vehicle location (AVL)/ Automatic Vehicle Identification (AVI) is a means for automatically determining and transmitting the geographic location of a vehicle as well as identifying particular vehicle "identity" such as its license plate, make, model and potentially human driver, all...

Differential mobility spectrometry as a new tool for drug discovery

2016/17 • $54,600
Differential mobility spectrometry, or DMS, is a powerful tool that is being employed in a rapidly growing number and variety of applications involving ion detection and characterization. Analytical laboratories associated with the pharmaceutical industry, medical research, and environmental...

Transparent and Stretchable Energy Harvester for Smart Contact Lens

2016/17 • $50,000
A better platform for clinical data acquisition and management will revolutionize the healthcare system by harnessing the capabilities of data analytics. It will help with early intervention, priority care, outbreak monitoring, and generate new knowledge by finding correlations in the existing...

Development of coating methodology to provide anti-dust, self-cleaning coating on panels

2016/17 • $25,000
Morgan Solar has a patented optics technology for concentrating sunlight onto solar photovoltaic devices. The technology allows the combination of high energy-conversion efficencies and a lightweight and low-cost form factor. However, compared to smooth glass covers commonly used on traditional...

Thermalhydraulic analysis of EnviroCoil heat exchanger for refrigeration

2016/17 • $25,000
With increasing energy cost and constraints on emission standards, there is a strong need to reduce energy consumption and/orincrease equipment efficiency. Refrigeration equipment accounts for over 1.8 trillion kWh of annual energy consumption globally.This includes commercial, industrial, and...

Toward portable ex-vivo lung perfusion devices

2016/17 • $25,000
Lung transplantation is the ultimate treatment for patients suffering irreversible, life-threatening pulmonary conditions. Theavailability of this treatment, however, is severely limited by the lack of suitable donor lungs. Lung grafts are especially affected bythe conditions leading to donor...

The use of conformal cooling in tooling via DMLS Additive Manufacturing

2016/17 • $25,000
This project, in partnership with Mohawk College, aims to explore the advantages and the limitations of conformal coolingchannels in mould inserts manufactured by direct metal laser sintering (DMLS/3d metal printing) technology. Dynaplas,located in Toronto, is a custom injection moulder of high...

Reducing hospital acquired infections: elucidating the biocidal properties and mechanisms of novel copper containing materials

2016/17 • $25,000
Aereus Technologies (Aereus), is an Ontario-based innovative company incorporated in 2009 that is commercializing Aereus Shield. Their patented process produces a durable, attractive coating proven to kill harmful bacteria on contact. In Canada, Aereus Shield is marketed as an antimicrobial for...

Optimization of a graphene ink printing process

2016/17 • $25,000
Material printing is becoming an important technology for many applications, such as electronics, nanotechnology, and tissueengineering. Here, very small amounts of ink, consisting of liquid and small particles of the material to be printed, are dispensed,much like in an ink-jet printer. Printed...

Optimization of the effective performance of new foam-based building insulation

2016/17 • $25,000
Considering that in Canada buildings account for 20% of energy consumption and 33% of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions,energy consumptions from Canadian buildings must be halved by 2030 to achieve the targets established with the ParisAgreement. This target motivates the research in new insulating...

Density Testing and Packaging Process Selection For Micronized Graphite

2016/17 • $25,000
Great Lakes Graphite (GLK) is an industrial mineral company focused on production and supply ofvalue-added carbon products. Their Matheson Micronization facility, entering production at the end of2015, will produce micronized graphite (graphite with particle sizes in the scale of 10mm) for a...

Solar powered barge system for mineral exploration

2016/17 • $25,000
New mining plays, such as iron ore in the Labrador Trough region and chromite development in Northern Ontario are expected tobring significant economic benefits to Canada. These sites were found through extensive exploration activities. Many geologistsbelieve Canada still has a great deal of...

Circuit optimization of power modulator for excimer gas discharge

2016/17 • $25,000
Gas discharge lasers have a long history, with many years of research dedicated to understanding the electrical characteristics ofthe laser gas plasma. The proposed research project will explore gas discharge laser power modulator design utilizing recentlycommercialized silicon carbide...

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) for Fish Telemetry Research

2016/17 • $25,000
RME Geomatics is a division of a large publicly traded company, Rocky Mountain Equipment, that specializes in airbornesurveying technology using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), popularly referred to as drones. Industrial applicationsinclude remote sensing and high-resolution mapping of...

Development of Energy and Thermal Systems for Modular Concrete Building

2016/17 • $25,000
St. Lawrence College and Anchor Concrete of Kingston, Ontario have developed a partnership to optimise the operational profileof the companys RediCast Structure System (Patent Pending). This new modular building design takes aim at energy waste instructures by integrating the supply of...

Premium Fertilizer Development from Commerical Lechate

2016/17 • $25,000
Since August 2009, Lafleche Environmental has been processing organic material in its multiple state-of-the-art compost facility. These facilities receive various biodegradable feedstocks and bulking agents including food scraps, food processing residues, paper/cardboard, leaf and yard waste,...

Investigating optimal surface functionalization strategies for linking Nanophyll coatings to glass and glazed tiles

2016/17 • $25,000
This project involves developing a process for covalent attachment of TiO2 nanoparticles on selected substrates such as glass.Nanophyll Inc. develops active coatings for various applications i.e. anti-pollution, anti-microbial; using photovoltaic andphotocatalytic materials. Stabilizing these...

Improving productivity and robustness in high-volume, high-speed, dry drilling of safety critical automotive component production

2016/17 • $25,000
Located in Burlington, Ontario, Summo is a manufacturer of formed tubular components and assemblies for the automotive industry. Through an intense focus on research and development on innovative production techniques, Summo is able to remain globally competitive on quality and cost, allowing...

Development and modeling of second stage anaerobic digestion for waste stream using particulate processes

2016/17 • $25,000
The research and development that will be carried out in this project is to enhance the digestibility of sludge treated usinganaerobic digestions. Anaerobic digestion is the preferred treatment process for sludge due to its low nutrient requirements, lowbiomass yield, and biogas production....

Development of a mini digital core module (MDCM) for aerospace application

2016/17 • $25,000
Safran Electronics Canada (SE-C) located in Peterborough, Ontario is a subsidiary of the French corporation SAFRAN. SEC is one of the major suppliers of electronic components and parts for aircraft manufacturers in Ontario and Canada. SE-C activities include research, development, certification,...

Development of tools for non-invasive surgical procedures

2016/17 • $25,000
The project focuses on improving the safety of minimally invasive surgical procedures. More specifically, it involves the exploration of custom catheters and sheaths that allow surgeons to access the circulatory system with ease. Though minimally invasive, these procedures run the risk of...

Manufacturing process automation for premium toothpick flavouring and branding

2016/17 • $25,000
Daneson Ltd. (www.daneson.com) is a Toronto-based company providing flavoured toothpicks to high end retailers globally.Danesons current offering of four natural non-alcoholic gourmet flavours and two infused with premium spirits are sold in storessuch as Collete in Paris, Restoration Hardware...

Voila Learning - Development of a Virtual Immersion Campus & Mobile Education Experience

2016/17 • $25,000
Voilà Learning is an organization that unites hundreds of members, teachers, educators and school principals with a commongoal: to encourage students in their acquisition of the French language, and to help parents meet the needs of their childrenstudying French. Voila learning provides both...

Multiplexing confocal with a sparse CMOS imager

2016/17 • $25,000
Envirosen designs and develops customized photo detectors for clients seeking specialized sensing and imaging applications. The company's technology has the advantages of high acquisition speed and fast temporal resolution when compared to existing photo detector technologies. One of the...

Non-invasive drug delivery by phytospherix nanoparticles

2016/17 • $25,000
Phytospherix is a naturally occurring nanoparticle technology developed by Mirexus, an Ontario company. Our objective is toevaluate the suitability of Phytospherix technology for non-invasive (needle-free) drug delivery. Therapeutic effectiveness of drugsis hampered by the lack of alternative...

Soil-specific cone penetration test interpretation framework for tailings

2016/17 • $25,000
Tailings dams are massive man-made earth structures used for disposing large quantities of mining byproducts, known as tailings.A great majority of the rock crushed for ore extraction do not contain sufficient amounts of desired minerals. These silt-and-sandsizedmaterials are mixed with water...

Development of Analytical Methods for the Determination of Advanced Active Ingredients in Cosmetics and Health Products

2016/17 • $25,000
Apollo Health & Beauty Care is a major manufacturer of store-brand health and beauty care products. Apollo also develops newformulations for their customer base comprised of high-profile retailers and distributors. There is a demand for Apollo to constantlyinnovate in the cosmetics field.In...

Usability Testing of AWE AR applications

2016/17 • $25,000
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Industry Corporation - Rapid digital character asset library (RaDiCAL)

2016/17 • $25,000
This project, to be conducted at Sheridan's Screen Industries Research and Training Centre (SIRT), is designed to develop arapid digital character asset creation pipeline and library that will allow Industry Corporation to produce animated television contentbased on their original intellectual...

3D Visualization for Sensor-based Physiotherapy Application

2016/17 • $25,000
Cardon Rehabilitation and Medical Equipment Ltd. is developing the Automated Rehabilitation System (ARS) which tracks themotion of rehabilitation patients during exercise sessions. This system will provide patients with guidance and feedback on theirexercise motion, as well as enhance patient...

Automated Rod Insertion in an Automotive Catalytic Converter

2016/17 • $25,000
Reducing emissions in automobiles with internal combustion engines continues to be a major concern. This proposal focuses on the catalytic converter, the main component to reduce harmful emissions. When heated to the right temperature, converters transform toxic exhaust gases into harmless...

Vision Picking Application

2016/17 • $25,000
Portable Intelligence Inc., a software provider of supply chain solutions is pleased to submit this project proposal to develop a new picking module based on augmented reality technology for its warehouse management system, RF Plus. AR uses images, animation, and wearable technology such as...

Intelligent fins insertion and bonding system for advanced heat sinks technology

2016/17 • $25,000
Located in Mississauga, Ontario, Mersen Canada Toronto Inc. (http://ep-ca.mersen.com) is a leader in the electrical power industry, manufacturing a variety of electronic components including fuses, switches, power resistors, DC bar contactors,laminated bus bars and heat sinks. The growing use of...

Design and assessment of a DNA-ladder for biomarker detection using single-molecule fluorescence methods

2016/17 • $25,000
In the era of quantitative biology, big data and customized health care solutions, fast and reliable access to genomic information iscrucial. The industry partner in this project, ACGT Corporation (http://www.acgtcorp.com/), has more than two decades ofexperience in supplying DNA sequencing...

Building Walls for Employee Safety and Profits in Mining

2016/17 • $25,000
Every day, mining companies spend millions of dollars closing tunnels in their underground mining operations in a processthat is characterized as risky at best. Due to the risk of closing off these tunnels, specific regulations are in place, such asplacing walls back 20 feet from the tunnel...

III-V on Si SOA array gain block for a datacentre interconnect application

2016/17 • $25,000
Data centers are undergoing a massive transformation. Traditional network architectures can't keep up to changing data trafficpatterns driven by factors like exponential storage growth, cloud computing and data analytics. These transformations do not onlyrequire servers network interfaces to...

Investigating parameters of crystallization for malic acid production

2016/17 • $25,000
Bartek Ingredients Inc. (Stoney Creek, Ontario) is the largest producer of malic acid worldwide, which is used primarily as an ingredient for food and beverage applications. Malic acid occurs naturally in various fruits and vegetables, which contributes to their pleasantly sour taste. With...

Portable THz sources

2016/17 • $25,000
This project is concerned with conducting a feasibility study of using the BRW platform developed in my group as a nonlineardevicefor use in conjunction with Oz Optics. The pump lasers (1550 nm wavelength) available from Oz Optics now would serve asan optimal seed pump for the new products,...

Polyploidization for improvement of medical cannabis

2016/17 • $25,000
Medicinal plants supply humans with many important therapeutic compounds in the treatment of illness and injury. Cannabinoidsare natural chemicals found in marijuana plants, used by patients in managing various medical conditions. Tweed Inc. as one ofCanada's largest licensed producers of...

Corrosion and adhesion of zinc-aluminum alloy coating on low carbon steel for fuel lines

2016/17 • $25,000
Due to market competition and government regulation, auto makers are in high demand to provide extended warranty of vehicleswithout additional cost. Improvement of component quality has become increasingly urgent for auto part suppliers. Fuel lines invehicles perform a critical duty of carrying...

Building a cloud-based engine for cross-platform video apps

2016/17 • $25,000
Ciscos recent study indicates that global Internet traffic will increase nearly threefold over the next 5 years and video traffic willbe 82 percent of all Internet traffic by 2020 and Internet gaming traffic will also grow sevenfold from 2015 to 2020. You.i TVsvision is to create stunning...

Tranqool - Humber VIPI

2016/17 • $25,000
TranQool is a Toronto-based healthtech company with the mission to empower everyday people to manage their emotional wellbeing by providing an easy, affordable and personalized Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) experience. On TranQool, users are matched with licensed therapists based on their...

Monolithic and laminated glass light scattering detection and analysis

2016/17 • $25,000
Agnora is a manufacturer of monolithic as well as laminated glass products including oversize windows for retail and commercialapplication. Agnora focuses on the high end of the market where customer satisfaction demands the highest visual and overallperformance standards of glass viewed from a...

Development of an electrochemical sensor for monitoring drug binding

2016/17 • $25,000
As the leading form of dementia, Alzheimers disease is a healthcare priority in Ontario and world-wide. There is still no cure,because there is a serious lack of understanding in interaction of biomolecules implicated in the progression of Alzheimer's disease. Based on our ability to monitor...

Remote electromagnetic technology for bath level measurement in pyrometallurgical

2016/17 • $25,000
The production of metals such as iron, nickel, copper, aluminum, lead, cobalt and platinum is typically done through smelting theconcentrated ores in several smelting and purification processes. Impure and low ore pellets that are introduced into thepyrometallurgical furnace are commonly...

Seismic performance assessment of a multistory steel structure with yielding braces through hybrid simulations

2016/17 • $25,000
The industry partner, Cast Connex, has developed an innovative structural element (Yielding Brace System, YBS) which can reduce the dynamic response of a structure from earthquake loads. The brace is equipped with a yielding connector, which is intended to dissipate energy during an earthquake...

Optimization of DENTAQ® probiotic for superior cavities prevention

2016/17 • $25,000
Integra Medical Inc. is a commercialization stage biotechnology company with the vision to become a leading developer andinternational marketer of innovative probiotic-based, microbiome-modulating products and therapies with proven safety andefficacy. As a result of focused R&D efforts, pilot...

Scalable simulation for management of large and dense crowds

2016/17 • $25,000
Management of large and dense crowds is an important task needed to properly plan events ranging from football games, toconferences, to religious events (such as Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca called Hajj). The size of the crowd can range from tens ofthousands (in the case of a football game) to...

Design and testing of intrusion detection system

2016/17 • $25,000
The topic of this project is development of network Intrusion Detection System (IDS) and a simulator of network attack traces usedfor its testing. IDS has hybrid architecture in two dimensions. Firstly it contains elements of misuse detection combined withanomaly detection system. Anomaly...

Experimental and theoretical investigation of the acoustical attenuation characteristics of innovative compact silencers

2016/17 • $25,000
Stoddard Silencers of Canada is developing a new conceptual model of absorptive vent silencers to attain the same noisereduction in almost half of the dimensions of the conventional absorptive silencers. The vent silencers are used mainly in heavyindustries, such as power generations, oil...

Development and characterization of novel polymer composite coating for oil pipeline leakage detection

2016/17 • $25,000
Shawcor Ltd and the University of Toronto are collaborating to develop a novel oil leakage sensing layer that can be embeddedwithin the future oil pipeline systems. With this additional functional layer, it is possible to warn possible leakages beforecatastrophic failure occurs. Oil leakages can...

Next generation runway deicer

2016/17 • $25,000
In Canada and other parts of the world with cold climate, airports have to apply deicers to runways during the winter so thataircrafts can land safely. Nachurs Alpine in New Hamburg, Ontario, is a major supplier of runway deicers. Their product is basedon potassium and sodium salts of acetates...

Occupant-in-the-loop building controls for a low-energy community

2016/17 • $25,000
Windmill, a large and environmentally sustainable real estate developer in Canada is developing a large community in Ottawa, ONand Gatineau, QC. They are aiming to make this the most sustainable community in the world and are targetting ambitious goalssuch as net-zero carbon emissions. An...

Driver behavior in response to potential hazards and path intrusions in a simulated environment

2016/17 • $25,000
Driver errors when responding to roadway hazards are the most common causes of motor vehicle collisions. While there are waysto reduce collision risk through improved roadway design, most roadway systems have potential conflict zones that rely on driverability and decision making for safe...

Identification and use of fungal disease resistance for improvement of medical cannabis production

2016/17 • $25,000
Cannabis sativa L. (marijuana) has been cultivated and used for medicinal purposes throughout human history. Cannabis contains a wide variety of active compounds, among them the well known tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), cannabidiol (CBD), cannabinol (CBN). It can be used for treatment of a range of...

Optimization of astrophysical simulation performance on accelerator platforms

2016/17 • $25,000
High Performance Computing (HPC) methods are widely implemented in modern science to solve highly nonlinear problems,which can be solved only numerically. Considerations of electricity, time, and funds lead to an increase in usage of heterogeneousarchitectures co-processors and graphics...

Highly efficient, self-powered traffic event detection system

2016/17 • $25,000
Real-time traffic monitoring and control is essential for efficient operation of modern transportation networks. Effective IntelligentTransportation Systems (ITS) and transit strategies reduce travel time, improve safety, and reduce pollutant emissions. However,the cost of traffic sensor and...

Bacteria detection in milk using a portable microfluidic system

2016/17 • $25,000
Microbial contamination of milk is of utmost concern to human health in the dairy industry. Strict regulations call for low-cost, rapid,and on-site screening of milk for microbial contamination at the point of milk acquisition and consumption. Dairy Quality Inc. is acompany that provides dairy...

Combined experimental and numerical analysis of a pit turbine design

2016/17 • $25,000
Canadian Hydro Components Ltd. (CHC) is designing an expanded series of standardised pit turbines to accommodate a broader range of hydro sites where the net head is not high enough to accommodate more traditional vertical axial-flow solutions. The purpose of this proposal is to address the flow...

Advanced 3D metal additive manufacturing for dental metal substructures

2016/17 • $25,000
The use of additive manufacturing (AM) (commonly termed 3D printing) in dentistry has gained momentum over the last 30 years,where computer aided design and manufacturing is used for production of dental restorations. Potential benefits of AM forfabrication of metal substructures are...

Assessment and optimization of Supercritical Fluid Extraction (SFE) technology for Treatment of Perfluorinatedcompounds (PFCs) contaminated soil

2016/17 • $25,000
Perfluorooctane Sulfonate (PFOS) and Perfluorooctanoic Acid (PFOA) are emerging contaminants which were added to theVirtual Elimination List under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA) in 2009. They are stable chemical compoundsthat are human-made substances and have been used as...

Active Playground Equipment- Corrosion Resistant Articulation Hinge

2016/17 • $25,000
Active Playground Equipment Inc in Sarnia, ON offers one of the largest selections of outdoor fitness equipment in Canada. Theydesign, manufacture and install turnkey outdoor fitness equipment in parks, schools, and other facilities. Active Playground isplanning to aggressively expand their...

Development of Environmentally Friendly Fish Attractant

2016/17 • $25,000
Fish Attractants are used by fishermen to attract and hold fish onto a lure. A wide variety of fish attractants exist commercially andfish attractant patents. Not a single type or formulation is effective for catching a wide variety of fish which has led to thedevelopment of different fish...

Development of Wonder.pics

2016/17 • $25,000
One of the hottest topics for any online business is creating efficient conversion points: landing pages, display ad, product's pagesetc. But there isn't an effective way to pick up the most important part of them a right picture.AdWiser.net Inc is a Toronto-based company concentrated on...

Clear Blue Sorbents for water remediation

2016/17 • $25,000
Clear Blue Sorbents is an all-private Canadian Company whose manufacturing plant is located in Haldeman County, just outsideHagersville Ontario. The company manufactures produces a variety of products that are used to remediate and pick up spilledhydrocarbons on land or on water. These products...

Identifying chemical markers of aging efficiency in coffee

2016/17 • $25,000
This project is a new collaboration between Bridgehead 2000 Inc, an Ottawa-based coffee company, and Professor Jeffrey Smith of Carleton University's chemistry department. Bridgehead is looking to better understand the aging process of their coffees, in order to be able to predict whether or not...

Development of image classification algorithms for fluid libraries

2016/17 • $25,000
Drug Facilitated Sexual Assault is a long standing crisis that is just entering public awareness. Several studies suggest that one inevery four women will be sexually assaulted in their lifetimes and one in four of those assaults will be facilitated by drugs or alcohol.To address this problem,...

Automated 3D inspection for deep drawing parts

2016/17 • $25,000
Kirchhoff Van-Rob is a Tier One automotive parts supplier and a major manufacturer of large structural assemblies, chassiscomponents and etc., more than 2,000 deep drawing parts per day were manufactured for customers like BMW, Ford, or GM.Geometry Dimensions & Tolerances (GD&T) of all...

Deep learning for wound segmentation and analysis

2016/17 • $25,000
Swift Medical is a company dedicated to the improvement of wound care through provision of better measurements, fasteranalysis, and trending of wound progression over time. With more than six million chronic wounds in North America alone, costingmedical systems over $50 billion to treat each...

Adsorption separation of CF4 and O2 from Ne gas

2016/17 • $25,000
High purity noble gases are used extensively in advanced manufacturing. Parts per million levels of oxygen and carbontetrafluoride are commonly found as contaminants in these gases. This project will investigate whether adsorption of theseimpurities by an adsorbent material can be used to...

3D-printable mold

2016/17 • $25,000
The Data Cable Co. Inc. fabricates specialty cables. Along with developing wire harness and cable designs, some parts ofthe cable requires specialty molding as part of their cable designs. There are several mold making techniques, and themold fabrication strategy focuses on the product design,...

Odor characterization and reduction in a chicken mortality composter

2016/17 • $25,000
The objective of this research project is provide poultry farmers with a cost effective and efficient method to compost their mortalities on farm with reduced odours levels emitted. A compost mixer has been developed to decrease the primary phase of composting time from approximately 3 months to...

Improvement of unique 'clinching' metal forming process tooling

2016/17 • $25,000
Norlok is a trusted leader and innovator in mechanical joining of sheet metal, designing and building "clinching" equipment out of their facility in Brantford, ON. Norlok is a prime example of a small, Ontario company who is able to remain competitive on the global market by pursuing innovative,...

Development of a Cognitive Module to Enable Medical Confidence Workflow

2016/17 • $25,000
Medical Confidence is a Canadian healthcare navigation provider based in Richmond Hill, Ontario who is fully aligned with theCanadian Health Act, and who works in partnership with individuals, physician specialists and family practitioners. MedicalConfidences mission is to EMPOWER healthcare...

Research and Development of a System to Analyze Impact of Story and Audience Attributes on ReaderBehaviour

2016/17 • $25,000
Working with Seneca College, ENGINEERING.com seeks to have a highly scalable and sophisticated matching system designedand developed in collaboration with Seneca College. It will deliver engineering-related content based on both explicit individualpreferences and other more nuanced indicators....

Sila-aromatic polymers for foundry resins

2016/17 • $25,000
Polymers used in the making of moulds for the foundry industry must be low cost and extremely thermally tolerant; molten metal ispoured into the sand-based moulds containing these polymers. The traditional polymers used in these applications are formedfrom a reaction between phenol and...

Interfacial engineering and material analysis of field joint coatings

2016/17 • $25,000
Canusa-CPS, a division of ShawCor, produces a wide variety of products and systems used for protecting the weld area ofpipeline from corrosion. Normally, the systems are made of three layers, epoxy coating for corrosion protection, intermediate layer(adhesive) and polyolefin top layer for...

AMD - Centennial - VR platform

2016/17 • $24,998
The proposed research project is driven by the success of the Oculus Rift which in 2012 demonstrated the feasibility of consumergrade Virtual Reality (VR) headsets. This created a mass appeal and has led to the accelerated development of applications andsupporting hardware. Application usage can...

Development of Cyber Intelligence Framework for monitoring and detecting abnormal computing resource utilization

2016/17 • $24,990
J-SAS Inc. is collaborating with Seneca College to develop a comprehensive architecture for their proprietary productProtechSuite, a cybersecurity platform that will offer IT professionals a holistic insight into the enterprise security health. Theplatform architecture will deliver a Cyber...

The influence of flooring properties on force attenuation and balance control

2016/17 • $24,975
Fall-related injuries are an important public health issue affecting seniors. They are the leading cause of hospitalizations inseniors and cost the Canadian economy approximately $2.8 billion in direct annual costs. Of particular concern are hipfractures and traumatic brain injuries (TBI), both...

Investigation of the use of alternative materials and additives to improve the performance of road safetyagents

2016/17 • $24,910
St. Lawrence College Applied Research and Denchem Surface Solutions of Ottawa, Ontario have engaged in an applied researchpartnership to investigate using organic waste by-products as chemical additions to produce more effective road safety agents.Denchem is interested in reducing the...

Constrained screen device centric information ranking R&D for semantic monitoring & analysis platform

2016/17 • $24,901
Gnowits platform automatically monitors web sources for mission-critical business intelligence purposes by employing humanlikeartificial intelligence to crawl though, extract and analyze new documents in real-time. Each month, we make over 10 billion webcalls, and from the accessed data generate...

Somatic embryogenesis and cryopreservation of elite lines of Cannabis sativa

2016/17 • $24,794
Medical marihuana is a relatively new industry with licensed producers serving over 40 000 patients across Canada. Tweed Farmsis the largest licensed producer by area, with approximately 350 000 square feet of greenhouse approved for this application. Toproduce a consistent product for patients...

Computational aeroacoustics of engine test cells

2016/17 • $24,750
MDS Aero Support develops and supplies test facilities and test systems for aviation, industrial, and marine gas turbines. Theengine test cells are designed to accurately reproduce in-use conditions in a controlled setting. For large thrust gas turbines, MDShas observed the emergence of an...

Measurement and mitigation of beam damage in high-current focused ion beam milling of soft materials

2016/17 • $24,650
Focused Ion Beam (FIB) Microscopes are powerful tools to study the microstructure of materials in three dimensions (3D). Theyhave the capability, when used in conjuction with a scanning electron microscope (SEM), to machine materials at the nanometerscale. Using these functions in a coordinated...

An examination of the role of processing variables upon the particulate morphology/ distribution in a two phase mixing process

2016/17 • $24,500
This research will examine model two phase systems comprised of high purity graphite particles mixed into a polymeric matrix, with the aim to produce polymer matrix composites with superior properties for specific applications. This will be accomplished by developing a compounding process which...

Novel soft-tissue surgical navigation system: computational optimization with lightweight form-factor

2016/17 • $24,449
Virtual Possibilities Inc. (VPI) is commercializing novel surgical navigation system technology designed to markedly improve the safety profile and accuracy of laparoscopic procedures. We are looking to work with McMaster University to develop a solution capable of reducing surgical toolpatient...

Optical sensor for improved copper production

2016/17 • $24,400
Copper ranks third in production among metals in the world and Canada is a significant part of this production. However, processcontrol in non-ferrous smelters is extremely limited, especially when compared to iron and steel or petrochemicals. While there area number of possible entry points to...

Novel methods for event detection with noisy physiological signals

2016/17 • $24,175
Pathway Communications is developing a wearable device for patient monitoring outside of hospital settings. The device is a smalland seamlessly wearable chest patch that continuously monitors vital signs including electrocardiogram, respiration, bodytemperature, and physical activity levels....

Low-cost millimeter-wave/Terahertz imaging inspection system based on synthetic aperture focusing technique

2016/17 • $24,000
In recent years, Millimeter-wave and Terahertz imaging systems have become an attractive solution for medical imaging, pharmaceutical, security, manufacturing quality control, industrial non-destructive testing, counterfeit detections, and inspection. The millimeter-wave and Terahertz radiations...

Street tree decline and mortality in structural soil cells: investigating causes to improve planting and maintenance best practices (DTAH)

2016/17 • $23,650
Ryerson researchers will work with DTAH, a prominent Toronto-based architecture firm, to investigate and isolate causes of streettree decline and mortality. DTAH is committed to the highest of standards in streetscape design with many international projectsrecognized for commitment to...

Airbus Helicopters Canada - Improving productivity of composite material trimmingwork station through automated solution

2016/17 • $21,906
Airbus Helicopters Canada, operating in Fort Erie, Ontario since 1984, approached the Walker Advanced ManufacturingInnovation Centre at Niagara College to collaborate on an applied research project focused on productivity. The company,responsible for manufacturing, marketing, selling,...

Korah Limited

2016/17 • $14,520
Korah limited, an IT consulting and software development company, is partnering with Centennial Colleges WIMTACH(Wearable, Interactive and Mobile Technologies Access Center in Health) to evaluate and enhance Contact Centre Robot(ccRobot), Korahs proprietary machine-learning based software system...

NSERC - SENTINEL - Bioactive Paper Strategic Network

2010/11-2015/16 • $7,594,000
Bioactive paper that can detect and deactivate dangerous bacteria and viruses in food and water will deliver health benefits around the world. Bioactive Paper is a made-in-Canada concept articulated in the first phase (2005-2010) of the Sentinel Bioactive Paper Network, an NSERC strategic...

Evaluation and optimization of in situ chemical oxidation for groundwater remediation

2012/13-2015/16 • $930,652
Groundwater is an immensely important and conditionally renewable natural resource that is used as a supply for domestic and agricultural consumption and sustains a physical and chemical balance with the surface water system. Contamination caused by a wide spectrum of hazardous organic compounds...

Ground target tracking (attitude control) system for next generation greenhouse gas monitoring nanosatellite demonstrator

2014/15-2015/16 • $266,667
The proposal addresses the challenge of enabling low-cost dedicated satellites to monitor and confirm compliance of greenhouse gas (GHG) emitting sources worldwide, and specifically the use of nanosatellites (satellites under 25kg) to perform space-based applications that require precise ground...

Modular Reconfigurable Aircraft Cabin Interiors

2014/15-2015/16 • $200,000
The worldwide aircraft industry is increasingly investing in cabin interiors research to develop new technologies to optimize passenger experience, so the Canadian aircraft industry must catch up. Due to the multiple customer requirements in both business and commercial aircraft, it is...

Separation and purification unit for Tc-99m produced by low energy cyclotrons

2014/15-2015/16 • $166,666
The overall objective is to develop a commercial system for producing the medical imaging isotope Tc-99m by irradiation of a high power solid target of molybdenum-100 with a proton beam (15 MeV) at high currents using a medical cyclotron. The goal of the current proposal is to design and build...

Advanced thermal management technologies for the next generation aerospace power converters

2014/15-2015/16 • $160,000
The project is expected to address the increasing power demand in new and future aircrafts. Power converters play an important role in aerospace electric power systems, including engine starter, air compressor, and flight control. With the increasing demand for more electric aircrafts, the...

Novel electro-spark deposition (ESD) technology and applications

2014/15-2015/16 • $153,848
Electro-spark deposition (ESD), a micro-welding process, is increasingly used to apply surface coatings for repair of damaged high value precision products or modify their surfaces for a abroad range of aerospace, defense, automobile, nuclear and medical applications. Huys Industries Limited, a...

Development of high temperature polymer bearing material

2014/15-2015/16 • $149,044
Grease-free bearings are becoming attractive to many industrial sectors as replacements to metallic bearings as they minimize both maintenance and environmental disposal expenses by operating without lubricants. An ideal bearing material should demonstrate low friction and low wear in the...

Real-time optimization for performance and efficiency in manufacturing systems

2014/15-2015/16 • $127,486
Global market pressures have had a dramatic impact on the management and operation of manufacturing systems. The increasing frequency of market and energy cost fluctuations has caused a drastic change in the way that manufacturing sites must be managed and operated. Many Canadian companies are...

Environmentally compliant alloys for aerospace electronics

2014/15-2015/16 • $71,428
Human beings are not the only entities that age. All materials age by the atomic movement of atoms and molecules that make up their microstructure, or by chemical reaction with the surrounding environment. Over time, these tiny movements and reactions end up changing the material structure,...

Understanding the fluctuating flow around two-wheel landing gear systems and innovative solutions for noise mitigation

2014/15-2015/16 • $58,334
Since the dawn of commercial aviation, noise pollution has been a negative by-product of aircraft. Several surveys have shown direct associations between extended exposure to aircraft noise and various health problems. As a result of strong public response to this issue, noise policies became...

Design, development and validation of general surgery and urology simulators for surgical skills training

2013/14-2015/16 • $58,000
The objective of this project is to investigate new techniques and materials based on thermally cross-linked polyvinyl alcohol (PVA), a hydrophilic biocompatible polymer with tissue-mimicking mechanical properties, and to increase the complexity of the properties obtained in order to match more...

Design Improvement, Optimization and Automation of Aclarus's Water Treatment System

2015/16 • $25,000
Aclarus is an Ontario-based company established in 2011 with advanced Canadian built ozone water systems, which has the unique ability to disinfect, oxidize and improve the aesthetics of the source water on demand. The core of the system is based on exclusive proprietary ozone generating and...

Development of Mobile Energy Service Management System

2015/16 • $25,000
We are building an Enterprise Mobile Workforce Management solution for utilities. This mobile solution will automate service delivery of repairs and maintenance across a wide area or undefined service territory. Mobile workforce management incorporated into utilities' fleet service operations...

Foot Powered Washing Machine Optimization of Operating Conditions and Proof of Efficiency

2015/16 • $25,000
There have long been testing standards of laundry detergent and stain removing ability. These tests, however, have not routinely been applied to traditional automatic laundry machines. The laundry machines themselves are more often evaluated for degree of dryness after the rinse cycle, power and...

Advanced LEV electric drive train development

2015/16 • $25,000
Accelerated Systems Inc. (ASi) creates intelligent drivetrain solutions for battery electric and hybrid vehicles. The unique focus on non-automotive vehicle applications helps customers capitalize on the same opportunities that car companies are realizing for fuel efficiency and environmental...

Advanced endoscopy imaging technology

2015/16 • $25,000
During gastrointestinal (GI) endoscopy, it is critical to localize lesions for effective diagnosis and treatment. For example, it is important to document the location and extent of colorectal cancer lesions and/or inflammatory, potentially pre-neoplastic diseases (e.g. Crohns disease,...

Advanced thread locking adhesive technology

2015/16 • $25,000
The consumption of thread locking adhesives has been growing rapidly over the past decade. The global market for this type of materials has increased by more than 250% from $160 million in 2008 to $420 million in 2014 with an aggregate annual growth rate of more than 20%. Thread locking products...

Process selection for refractory gold ores and concentrates

2015/16 • $25,000
The goals of this project are to develop (1) a practical methodology to categorize different gold ores based on the mineralogy, and (2) an effective method to determine the optimum method for gold recovery from gold ores and concentrates. The project will focus on treatment of difficult-to-treat...

Real Time and Contextually Aware Pedestrian Warning System

2015/16 • $25,000
The increased usage of smart phones and mobile devices comes with heightened traffic safety risks. This is due to the fact the users perception of their surrounding environment decreases while using devices involving talking, listening to music, and other activities. A 2012 Maryland study...

Optimizing the Pre/Post Sort Alkaline Battery Sorting Process for Recycling

2015/16 • $25,000
Raw Materials Company Inc. (RMC) is a recycling-based manufacturing company that transforms waste alkaline batteries into fertilizer that can increase the yield of the average acre of corn by 20%. Founded in 2009 and located in Port Colborne, RMC has developed a proprietary, world-class alkaline...

Telemetry data monitoring (TDM) system for UAVs and the general aviation market.

2015/16 • $25,000
The Project entails the development of an intelligent wireless mesh network that will form part of an advanced, cloudconnected aircraft telemetry system capable of reading multiple sensors on light aircraft and sorting, compressing, encrypting, and sending these data to appropriate personnel via...

Developing novel microparticle and nanoparticle-based controlled release formulations for agriculture

2015/16 • $25,000
Increasing the productivity of agricultural fields, particularly in the context of the shrinking availability of prime agricultural land and increasing weather stresses, is essential to both secure our existing food supplies as well as provide for the growing world population. In this context,...

Rich internet application web crawler R&D employing headless web browsers and smart DOM parsing

2015/16 • $25,000
Gnowit Inc. provides web monitoring to its clients for competitive intelligence, lead generation and reputation management purposes. The company delivers effective news media and government transcript monitoring in real-time as they happen. Gnowits difference lies in their fully automated...

Metabolic engineering of cannabis biopathways

2015/16 • $25,000
Innovation generates new products and the sale of new products drives growth. The medical marijuana plant, Cannabis sativa, produces a range of compounds with proven and potential value as pharmaceuticals. In some instances, these compounds are produced at low levels but increasing their level...

Joint prioritization and optimization of critical spare part provisioning

2015/16 • $25,000
Canadian Bearings Ltd. (CB) is a Mississauga-based company that provides industrial equipment and services to manufacturers and is seeking to expand its service offerings in the area of asset management, which is defined as "the coordinated activity of an organization to realize value from its...

Risk assessment for linear assets with estimation and model-based uncertainty

2015/16 • $25,000
An asset is anything that has potential value to an organization; asset management is the co-ordinated activity of an organization to realize value from its assets. Riva Modeling is a Toronto-based software company that offers holistic physical asset management solutions that integrate data from...

Hematite recovery from HPAL residue

2015/16 • $25,000
The proposed project investigates the opportunities to recover hematite, which is an iron feed suitable for steelmaking, from the residue of High Pressure Acid Leach (HPAL) process generated during the extraction of nickel and cobalt from low grade laterite ores. Finding scientifically sound and...

High-resolution compact ultrasound imaging system for emergency applications

2015/16 • $25,000
InnoMind Technologys ComUltra is a software/hardware solution for high quality compact ultrasound imaging. For ultrasound companies/manufacturers who need a high resolution portable ultrasound technology to let them produce faster, smaller, and more affordable machines and let them enter a...

Design and characterization of communication system for space applications

2015/16 • $25,000
Aflare Systems Inc. is relatively new and innovative company with the focus on product and services in the aerospace and space sectors. Aflares current emphasis is in the area of communications systems design to provide reliable and robust solution for Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) and small...

Development of flexible organic materials with enhanced piezoelectricity

2015/16 • $25,000
Techno Scientific Inc. (TSI) manufactures a wide range of non-destructive testing products from single transducers and interface modules to automated scanning systems as well as complete turnkey inspection and robotic systems. In particular, TSI produces a number of specialized systems based on...

Energy harvesting in an insole

2015/16 • $25,000
We will develop an integrated micro-power unit to supply power to a GPS tracker. It will harvest mechanical energy from compression in the shoe insoles during walking. Since the tracker will be uses by seniors and others, an important constraint on the power unit is that it does not diverge from...

Performance analysis and biomechanical power estimation using a novel lower-limb wearable sensing system

2015/16 • $25,000
Wearable technology is experiencing very rapid growth in terms of new applications being explored and the number of wearable devices sold in the market. Applications range from virtual reality to health and fitness. Activity, fitness, and athletics-related devices are one of the most dominant...

Thermal and fluid flow analysis of innovative Cleanalytic catalytic converter

2015/16 • $25,000
With increasingly more stringent emission standards as well as higher fuel economy requirements for modern vehicles, the need for improved or new catalytic converter technologies continues to grow. A new generation of catalytic converters, designed and patented by Vida Holdings, offers improved...

Protein detector molecule modification for readout

2015/16 • $25,000
Aterica is a consumer-focused digital health company that develops health measurement, monitoring, and diagnostic products to enable individuals and families to actively manage their health on their own terms. Our technical team is comprised of professionals from many disciplines, including...

Adaptive modification technique for enhanced yield

2015/16 • $25,000
GaN Systems is pleased to be developing market leading power switching technology in the nations capital. Leveraging its patented Island TechnologyTM designs, the company has partnered with researchers at the University of Carleton to design innovative high current gallium nitride transistors...

Development of TPU foaming technology for incorporation in EHC's escalator handrails

2015/16 • $25,000
Handrails are essential components of an escalator that allow the users a means of support and grip while moving. This is important for the safety of the users, especially those who have weakness or trouble balancing. One of the main components of handrails is the inner carcass, which gives...

Development and characterization of unique polymer dielectric coating for medical devices

2015/16 • $25,000
Cardiac arrhythmia, or irregular heartbeat, is a condition of which the patients heart cannot function properly; the heart can be either beating too fast, too slow, or in any other irregular patterns. Most of the time, arrhythmia occurs without any symptoms, but in serious conditions, may lead...

Optimization of real-diamond coated tooling for high-value CFRP composites machining

2015/16 • $25,000
Rising energy costs, coupled with an increases public focused on environmentally responsible products is pushing vehicle manufacturers to produce more efficient vehicles for both ground and air travel. One major means to increase efficiency is through light-weighting reducing the weight of the...

Machining tooling and process development

2015/16 • $25,000
Mersen Canada Toronto Inc. is a manufacturer for the electrical power industry operating out of Mississauga, Ontario. Their location has become Canadas largest supplier of heat sinks, which they manufacture from both copper and aluminum. Mersens success has arisen from their unique manufacturing...

Controls on mineralization around the Foy Offset Dyke, Sudbury

2015/16 • $25,000
Since the Nickel and Copper ores were first discovered in the Sudbury region in 1883, this region has grown to be the largest and most profitable mining district in North America, with past production plus current inventory, using todays prices, estimated at $400 billion. Not surprisingly,...

Exploring the use of EK-TAP technology for in situ remediation of groundwater and soil contaminated with oil-field produced wastewater

2015/16 • $25,000
Hydraulic fracturing and oil sands extraction are being increasingly used as means of recovering unconventional fossil fuel sources in Canada and around the world. The extraction technologies utilize large volumes of freshwater, and generate wastewater, known as oil-field produced wastewater....

Connecting Link2Feed to Collective Impact Platforms

2015/16 • $25,000
Link2Feed provides food banks with software solutions to better manage operations and resources in order to increase their level of accountability and overall community impact. Link2Feed has been serving food banks for over 5 years and currently has 5 full time employees. The core Link2Feed...

Development of One-Touch Lock-Out (OTLO) System for industrial Applications

2015/16 • $25,000
Beacontree Technologies Inc. (BTI) located in Toronto, ON was founded in 2005 to address Radio Frequency IDentification (RFID) solutions. BTI decided to branch out to pursue Near Field Communication (NFC) technology when smartphone/tablet manufacturers adopted NFC readers in their devices. The...

Optimizing growing recipes for leafy green vegetables through nutrient analysis using mass spectrometry

2015/16 • $25,000
Rebel Farms is a vertical farming company based in Ottawa, Ontario. They use a specialized bioponic growing system to grow leafy green vegetables indoors. This bioponic system controls the lighting cycles, water delivery, and nutrient delivery in order to grow the vegetables in an organic...

Refining learner knowledge and responses through a coadaptive tutoring system

2015/16 • $25,000
This project would bring together the expertise of researchers at the University of Torontos Department of Computer Science, and the innovative software platform being developed by the Ontario-based start-up NeuRecall Inc. This software is an intelligent tutoring system, running in web browsers...

Investigating nutraceutical effects on biomarkers for hair growth

2015/16 • $25,000
The hair loss market is large, and projected to rise with the increase of worldwide aging populations. There is an unmet need for clinically effective and safe therapeutic options. Current hair loss solutions include costly hair transplant surgeries that have mixed results and hormonal therapies...

Robust optimal scheduling of hydropower generation systems

2015/16 • $25,000
Optimal scheduling of hydropower generation systems involves a complex network of water resource systems, including reservoirs, transmission busses, and their respective hydraulic and transmission requirements. These systems are moreover subject to uncertainty in energy prices, energy loads,...

Separation of C4+ hydrocarbons from natural gas using silicalite membranes

2015/16 • $25,000
Dundee Energy Ltd. is an international oil and gas processing company that manages offshore natural gas and onshore light oil reserves in and around Lake Erie, Ontario. Dundee operates and maintains two drilling rigs and has compression and processing facilities on shore. By managing reserves...

Development and implementation of advanced machining technologies for aerospace component manufacturing

2015/16 • $25,000
Aerospace manufacturing in Ontario continues to provide high quality, high paying jobs and a source of high value added business where the ability to efficiently produce complex, quality parts from exotic materials is crucial. Dellcom Aerospace ellcom.ca) is a manufacturer of aerospace...

Development of a mass spectrometry-enabled assay for the identification of new cellular targets for antibody-drug conjugates that utilize a novel payload delivery mechanism

2015/16 • $25,000
ImmunoBiochem has developed a disruptive technology that will revolutionize the field of Antibody-Drug Conjugate (ADC) therapeutics. ADCs comprise a novel class of targeted therapeutics that combine the high specificity of monoclonal antibodies with highly-potent chemotherapeutic small-molecule...

Automatic background initialization in the presence of foreground clutter for video surveillance of crowded environments

2015/16 • $25,000
Due to increasing security concerns and emphasis on public safety, Aimetis Corp. seeks to design a video analytics systems for monitoring crowded environments like public transit hubs. This project aims to investigate computer vision algorithms for learning the appearance of a static background...

Development of Finite Element models for a Swaging process

2015/16 • $25,000
Located in Mississauga, Ontario, Mersen Canada Toronto Inc. (http://ep-ca.mersen.com) is a leader in the electrical power industry, manufacturing a variety of electronic components including fuses, switches, power resistors, DC bar contactors, laminated busbar and heat sinks. The growing use of...

Exploring novel additives for colour retention of the treated wood products

2015/16 • $25,000
In this OCE VIP I and NSERC Engage project, Shelburne Wood Protection Ltd. (SWPL) will partner with the University of Toronto's researcher to develop a new treated wood products line targeting the decking market. The research project will be focused on investigation of treatment chemical and...

Visual SLAM for automated industrial robotic cleaners

2015/16 • $25,000
Cyberworks Robotics is an Ontario company that has been making robotic systems for over 30 years. Primarily, Cyberworks sold robot guidance systems that are mounted on the industrial cleaning machines. Traditionally, Cyberworks used ultrasonic sensing as the primary means of seeing the...

Atomic layer deposition tool design, development, and testing

2015/16 • $25,000
This project is a new collaboration between Angstrom Engineering in Kitchener, Ontario, and Professor Sean Barry of Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario. Angstrom Engineering is a leader in the manufacturing of thin film deposition equipment used by researchers around the world to develop new...

Silicone-modified glycogen

2015/16 • $25,000
Mirexus is developing innovative technology to exploit their key product, a natural glycogen dendrimer produced from corn (CG for corn glycogen). The product, monodisperse poly(saccharidic) nanoparticles of about 70 nm in diameter in water, are highly hydrophilic, and have a very interesting...

Development of an Automated Stone Facing Machine

2015/16 • $25,000
Algonquin Natural Stone and the research team propose to develop a mechanical method and machine design for facing veneer stone used in residential and commercial construction. During the course of the proposed project, the research team will test mechanical methods of breaking veneer stone to...

Development of high throughput PCR-based pathogen screening diagnostic test for Cannabis production systems

2015/16 • $25,000
The yield and quality of medical cannabis is of critical importance. A major concern is the detection of potential contaminating human and plant pathogens at early stages, before crop loss or damage ensues. While the procedure for testing of chemical contaminants is well established,...

Advanced lithium-ion zinc flow battery

2015/16 • $25,000
The industrial partner in this proposal, Pro-Flange Limited, is a Canadian company founded on the principle of providing industrial solutions for various infrastructure components such as flanges and fittings through Canada and the world. They cover a broad range of industries including...

Catalytic conversion of lignin derived monomers to value-added chemicals

2015/16 • $25,000
DuPont is an advanced, science-based company, operating the Kingston Technology Centre in Kingston, ON with more than 110 employees, including 35 Ph.Ds. in chemistry and chemical engineering. This Centre is part of a global network of over 10,000 scientists and engineers that have launched more...

Simulating the dynamic structure of polysaccharide nanoparticles for drug attachment and delivery

2015/16 • $25,000
Nano-materials offer enormous potential for a wide variety of commercial applications. However, two major factors have restricted the adoption of conventional nanotechnology: the high cost of making synthetic nanomaterials and the toxic nature of synthetic nanoparticles. Mirexus has solved these...

Development of a novel testing methodology for heavy equipment axles

2015/16 • $25,000
Hitachi Construction Truck Manufacturing Ltd. (HTM) Canada, a subsidiary of Hitachi Construction Truck Manufacturing Ltd.(HTM) Japan, produces world class rigid dump trucks for use in surface mining and large scale construction projects. At its location in Guelph, Ontario, Canada, HTM designs...

Development of predictive simulation tools for wall assembly fire performance

2015/16 • $25,000
Fire performance of materials and wall systems are critical issues that need to be carefully addressed to minimize losses and property damage in the event of a fire. As a result, building products act as barriers to the spread of fire, resulting in significant increase in valuable time for safe...

Deploying real-time data collection for measuring overall equipment efficiency (OEE) as a productivity tool in manufacturing

2015/16 • $25,000
The manufacturing industry depends on machine efficiency and productivity in order to ensure sustainable and profitable operations. In the course of business, it is common to undertake a productivity audit of overall equipment effectiveness (OEE). However, this evaluation is often reported much...

An efficient gene knockout system for eukaryotic microalgae

2015/16 • $25,000
Eukaryotic microalgae are a group of ecologically important photosynthetic organisms that hold significant biotechnological promise for the green production of biofuels, biopharmaceuticals, and structured nanodevices. The biotechnological potential of microalgae has been hindered by the lack of...

High Metabolic Rate (HMrate) for Biological wastewater and sludge treatment processes using new BioStreme

2015/16 • $25,000
The research and development that will be carried out in this project is to resolve an important problem with biological wastewater and sludge treatment processes related to the metabolic and biological reaction rates for wastewater and sludge treatment processes. Biological processes have...

Ultrasensitive fiber strain sensor

2015/16 • $24,999
OZ Optics together with Queens researchers will design and build a prototype sensor system with unprecedented sensitivity. The instrument is suited for strain and vibration measurements in artificial and natural structures, i.e. it is equally suited for monitoring the structural health of...

Development of an animated geometry testing and adaptive learning platform for online math competitions

2015/16 • $24,999
Caribou Contests Inc. creates and organizes worldwide online mathematics competitions for youths in grades 3-12. These contests feature interactive gameplay type problems that are designed to engage students in math competition. Participating schools host Caribou Contests six times during the...

Determination of Shelf-life and Optimal Storage Conditions for Cricket Powder

2015/16 • $24,999
Entomo Farms, previously Next Millennium Farms, is a local company who specialize in insect protein production. Their insect protein powder, which is specifically and exclusively processed for human consumption, is unique, innovative, extremely nutritious and an environmentally sustainable model...

FreeMKet: Ubiquitous marketplace for mobile service exchange

2015/16 • $24,998
Bringing products and services to market and transacting in a secure environment is challenging, especially in developing countries. On the other hand, cellphone penetration is among the highest in the world. For example, latest statistics show that Africa has more than 500 million mobile users,...

Modulators for optical communication

2015/16 • $24,995
Demand for higher network bandwidth has been increasing due to applications such as video streaming and cloud computing. This increased demand can be met only by increasing the data rate and the capacity of the data center's interconnects. The conventional copper links suffer from attenuation,...

Exploring the potential of using crushed brick products in green infrastructures for environmental remediation

2015/16 • $24,991
It is projected that by 2050 about 64% of the developing and 86% of the developed world will be urbanized. Urbanization, if not managed properly, can create an array of environmental issues, such as flooding and surface water pollution due to increases in the proportion of impermeable surfaces....

Micrometeorology Web System and Custom Hardware Array for Fruit Growers

2015/16 • $24,889
Sarapoint Global Ltd. will be collaborating with Niagara Colleges Agriculture & Environment Innovation Centre on an OCE VIP1 and NSERC Engage project. The scope of the project is to develop and test a web system that will gather, analyze and visualize micrometeorology data, and to test a...

Understanding Agile: An in-depth analysis of Agile success and its drivers

2015/16 • $24,859
Info-Tech Research Group is the worlds fastest growing information technology research and advisory company, serving over 30,000 IT professionals. They produce unbiased and highly relevant IT research to help CIOs and IT leaders make strategic, timely and well informed decisions. Info-Tech's...

Productivity Improvement for RedRick Operations Process

2015/16 • $24,856
Since its inception RedRick has been busy solely concentrated on the development and growth of the business and not able to focus on improving the operations. Now that the business is developed and established RedRick would like to optimize their operations to be more effective and efficient....

Automated Control of Motorized Wheelchairs

2015/16 • $24,850
Current powered wheelchairs, although improving their users mobility, still present considerable restrictions. External assistance is still required to perform simple tasks, such as moving the wheelchair closer to its user, to board a wheelchair on a special transport, or to control the...

Technology-augmented human editing

2015/16 • $24,700
Scribendi.com is an Internet based editing and proofreading company that has been in business since 1997 and now has worldwide annual sales of more than $5 million. From its headquarters in Chatham, Ontario, Scribendi.com serves English-speaking and English-learning authors, academics and...

Evaluating vertical transverse dispersion at sand/clay interfaces in groundwater systems

2015/16 • $24,000
Groundwater contamination is a serious threat to human and ecosystem health. Remediation of contaminated sites is often challenging because most sites are heterogeneous and contaminants are sequestered in low permeability zones such as clay lenses at these sites. Contaminants slowly diffuse out...

Data analytics for click stream logs

2015/16 • $23,000
Pelmorex Media Inc. is a multi-media company specializing in weather and traveler-related content and technology. Flagship brands include The Weather Network and its French counterpart MétéoMédia, Canada's most popular weather information Web sites and applications, as well as the most...

3D telemedicine headset

2015/16 • $22,700
The NSERC telemedicine project will provide improved timeliness and more cost-effective lifesaving specialized medical care, especially for remote and northern Canadian communities and to military groups, leveraging Monroes and its partner organizations technologies and world class capabilities,...

Wireless sensor network for steelmaking optimization

2015/16 • $22,500
The optimization of steelmaking processes is based on multiple sensors placed around the furnace to monitor several parameters such as gases concentrations, temperature and vibrations. These sensors have to survive in the very harsh environment of the furnace in order to provide reliable...

Low-cost high performance antenna system for UAV-ground communication

2015/16 • $22,000
Low-cost and light-weight UAV systems have become an attractive solution for newsgathering, environmental monitoring, extending communication services to remote areas, and even package delivery, among numerous other emerging applications. The proper operation of a UAV depends on a highly...

20/20: NSERC Ophthalmic Materials Network

2010/11-2014/15 • $4,220,600
Vision, arguably the most critical of the senses, is dependent on healthy ocular tissues. Unfortunately, disease, aging and congenital defects affect the health of these tissues. 20/20: NSERC Network for the Development of Advanced Opthalmic Materials brings together 11 Canadian researchers from...

NSERC Photovoltaic innovation network

2010/11-2014/15 • $4,072,750
The proposed NSERC Photovoltaic Innovation Network is comprised of 29 top scientists and engineers working in the field of advanced solar cell research, in 13 universities across Canada. The Network has strong support from partners in the private and public sector in Canada, who together aim to...

NSERC Smart Microgrid Network (NSMG-Net)

2010/11-2014/15 • $3,512,625
The NSERC Smart Microgrid Network (NSMG-Net) is developing technologies, in partnership with Canadian power utility companies, that will establish Canada's next generation electricity system, the Smart Grid. Comprised of a network of integrated intelligent Microgrids, Canada's Smart Grid will...

Novel water technology for livable communities

2013/14-2014/15 • $168,201
Drinking water systems around the world consist of water pipelines that have been in service for over 50 years will little or no maintenance. Over the years, these often-neglected, out-of-sight, and out-of-mind water assets have become encrusted with scale and deposits that reduce water quality...

Integrated circuit and antenna technologies for low-cost ka-band phased array system for satellite communication on-the-move

2013/14-2014/15 • $154,500
The satellite communication market is rapidly growing. Availability and high potential of higher frequency Ka-band (20/30 GHz) systems in recent years, have led to huge investments in the technology. Currently, the majority of ground terminals are installed in fixed locations. However, several...

Bioprocessing of nickeliferous sulphidic wastes from mining activities

2013/14-2014/15 • $140,000
We propose to investigate the amenability to bio-processing of a metallurgical waste stream produced by the Xstrata Nickel smelting operations in Sudbury, Ontario, namely nickeliferous pyrrhotite concentrate. This is an iron-sulphur mineral (approx. stoichiometry Fe1-xS) that is rejected because...

Low cost concentrated photovoltaic energy yield analysis for Canadian and global locations (CPVEYA)

2013/14-2014/15 • $95,000
Recent technological advances have reduced the cost of solar power considerably, making it competitive with fossil-based fuels across an ever increasing range of markets. In this project, the University of Ottawa's SUNLAB is combining its expertise with an emerging Canadian high-tech exporter -...

Improving operational efficiency by real-time in-network distribution system monitoring and hydraulic optimization

2013/14-2014/15 • $94,968
In Ontario and globally, reduced water losses and energy savings from increased operational efficiency are common goals of drinking water distribution system modeling. Most water utilities have limited capabilities for on-line distribution system monitoring; most often only at the demand metered...

Ontario energy supply network modeling, evaluation, and optimization of gas-power conversion and supply technologies

2013/14-2014/15 • $64,444
Ontario is moving toward integrating power and gas supply networks to achieve high performance hybrid energy supply to cover regional energy demands in terms of electricity, thermal, fuel, and water, supply technologies and scenarios while optimizing environmental impacts and overall costs. The...

Developing an electroplating technology for antioxidant coating on ultrahigh-strength steels for hot-stamping process

2014/15 • $56,741
Ultrahigh strength steel (UHSS) are increasingly demanded in automotive industry to reduce the weight ofvehicles, which will increase the fuel efficiency to reduce emission of greenhouse gas. Thanks to the superiorstrength, UHSS materials can also maintain the safety and crash survival standard....

Immunoassays for salmonid cytokines

2012/13-2014/15 • $50,000
Fish health is a serious concern for the aquaculture industry. Monitoring of fish health however is hampered by our limited knowledge of the mechanisms that control fish immunity. While we have sequenced fish genomes and have studied the expression of the genes involved in immunity in important...

Modeling and simulations of active photonic devices using transmission line model

2013/14-2014/15 • $27,000
Photonic devices are important components of fiber optics communication systems and also many popular devices, such as laser printers and compact disc players. Conceptualization, design, modeling, fabrication and testing of these devices are long and costly processes. Computer simulations...

Krown rust control product efficacy study

2014/15 • $25,000
Corrosion remains a major issue impacting vehicles, especially in North America. The strip across southern Canada and theNorthern United States is one of the most corrosive environments in the world. Vehicle corrosion can impact the vehicle by:1) reducing resale values and lead to early vehicle...

Improved CMOS non-volatile memory by the study and modeling of electrical breakdown in thin SiOx

2014/15 • $25,000
Sidense develops industry-leading, one time programmable (OTP) embedded Non-Volatile Memory (NVM) IP that is utilizedby semiconductor device manufacturers to develop a wide range of Integrated Circuits in standard-logic CMOS processes. Sidense Logic NVM IP is broadly applied in several...

Aircraft landing gear development

2014/15 • $25,000
In this research project, we focus on developing a standardized approach for simulation of the dynamic behavior of aircraft landing gear during the landing and ground maneuvering events. These results will be correlated to structural loads experienced by the landing gear and used to develop a...

Wind load mitigation of solar panel arrays

2014/15 • $25,000
Wind exerts different types of loads on the solar panel array mounted on roofs (Sliding, uplift and overturning forces) wherethese effects are the maximum. Determining the magnitude of these loads depends on the climate, geometric (oraerodynamic) parameters of the solar panel system (slope,...

Smart capital project and facility management software

2014/15 • $25,000
Sansys provides consulting, training and custom Web-based applications to effectively manage capital projectsand operation of facility infrastructure projects. The two main Sansys products are: MyProjects software forcapital project management and the Facility Infrastructure Equipment Management...

Catalytic processing of shale and bio gases to higher value products

2014/15 • $25,000
Catalytic reaction of methane and carbon dioxide is one of the most promising routes to upgrade the methane contained innatural gas or from biogas into synthesis gas (syngas), the primary chemical building block for the production of commoditychemicals and value added products. Existing...

Effects of impurities on the catalytic abatement of methane from natural gas engine exhaust

2014/15 • $25,000
Methane emission from natural gas engine exhaust is not being regulated currently but is expected to be regulated within the next few years. In order to meet the increasingly stringent environmental regulations, advanced catalytic technology is required for the abatement of un-combusted methane....

Development of mobile device-based surrogate systems for connected and autonomous vehicle technologies

2014/15 • $25,000
As connected and autonomous vehicle technologies continue to emerge, there is an increasing need to evaluate theirwelfare effects on operations. However, studies performed using only computer simulations in a lab rely on assumptions about travel behaviour and effects from the environment. In...

Pressure Sensing Mattress

2014/15 • $25,000
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Optimization of cutting parameters and conditions to enhance tool life

2014/15 • $25,000
With rising energy costs, global competition pressures and increased customer demand for cheaper, more efficient products, the manufacturing sector needs to dramatically improve machining efficiency. This will not only lead to increases in the competitiveness and profitability of the...

Time-resolved imaging of photoacoustic tomography

2014/15 • $25,000
One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime and one in 35 die of it today. Early detection of fastgrowing cancer reduces mortality. Several imaging modalities are used to screen for and to diagnose breast cancer, butnone has the concurrent spatial and temporal...

Design optimization and performance characterization of an air source heat pump system coupled with building integrated photovoltaic-thermal (BIPV/T) collectors

2014/15 • $25,000
Buildings consume a significant amount of primary energy and a major source of greenhouse gases (GHG) emissions. Several proven technologies available for building heating/cooling differ in terms of energy saving potential, GHG emissions mitigation and dependency on fossil fuels. The successful...

Autonomous Context-aware Inventory Management (ACIM)

2014/15 • $25,000
Everyday millions of pallets traverse a complex network of producers, transporters, distributors and vendors. At every stage, different rules govern availability, production rates and distribution routes, re-stocking decisions and an avalanche of logistics. There are significant barriers in the...

Firewood Processing and Packaging Automation Cell

2014/15 • $25,000
J.A. Millson Enterprises (Millson's) wishes to engage in the design, manufacture, and marketing of machinery for the production and distribution of firewood that has been split and packaged into 1 and 0.5 cubic foot bags, for palletized delivery. Currently, Millson's prototype machinery...

Precision Thin Titanium Sheet Laser Weld Process Innovation

2014/15 • $25,000
The business activity of Precision Titanium Components (Precision Titanium) is the development and manufacturing of specialized components and alloys of titanium and other reactive metals, finding new applications for these metals in order to achieve improvement and increased efficiencies in the...

Sintering of ultra high purity alumina powders

2014/15 • $25,000
The objective of this proposal is to examine the possibility of sintering high purity alumina (Al2O3) powder. Thesupporting company, Polar Sapphire is a start-up company in business of manufacturing high purity aluminapowders (99.999%) for use as raw material for the growth of transparent single...

MARZ Video Portal

2014/15 • $25,000
This project is a collaboration between Sheridan College and its Screen Industries Research and Training Centre, and industry partner MARZ Livz Inc., that is designed to create a unique integrated on-line Film Development Kit (FDK), initially aimed at the significant international audience for...

3D Previsualization and Configuration Tool

2014/15 • $25,000
Seradex chose Sheridan College to help build a 3D Previsualization and Configuration Tool. Sheridan is a global leader in 3D multi-media development with expertise in photo realistic 3D modeling and animation, interactive video technology, and HTML5/WEB GL/X3D. Partnering with Sheridan will...

Mathematical modelling of ground source heat exchangers

2014/15 • $25,000
GeoSource Energy Incorporated is a design-build company focused on sustainable/renewable energy sourced throughgeothermal. Since their establishment in 2004, they have distinguished themselves through their dedication to innovationand quality through their continual investment in state of the...

Ultra-low power indoor positioning Bluetooth beacon

2014/15 • $25,000
Toronto based E-Twenty Development (www.etwenty.co) has implemented an indoor positioning system that uses acombination of smartphone inertial sensors and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons. The state-of-the-art system is able totrack and localize users in large complex facilities such as...

Effects of dietary inclusion levels of hydroponically sprouted barley on growth performance in sheep and beef cattle

2014/15 • $25,000
Post Farm Structures Fodder 365 program is a Research and Development program aimed at growing sproutedseed fodder in enclosed structures (barns) as a supplement to the primary feed sources for livestock herds in SW Ontario and all of Canada. A successful POST Fodder 365 solution aligns with...

Demonstration of a compact 77 GHz beam forming network for automotive radar applications

2014/15 • $25,000
MIS Automotive is developing a suite of advanced, next generation automotive safety sensors. These sensors have capabilities well beyond the current state of the art.For this project, MIS is collaborating with the University of Waterloo to leverage their depth and capabilities radar beam...

Cell Production Augmentation Techniques

2014/15 • $25,000
Regenerative medicine involving the transplantation of cell-based implants holds great promise for improving the clinical efficacy of conventional treatments. This is possible because the implantation of repair-specific cells (such as stem cells) have the ability to restore tissue to normal...

Steam Control and Valve Automation

2014/15 • $25,000
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Development of protocols to optimize the analysis of biological fluids by capillary electrophoresis

2014/15 • $25,000
Although the prevalence and broad impact of mental illness has attracted substantial research attention, ourknowledge of how and why they develop is still quite limited. One major obstacle to theimproved understanding and treatment of mental illness concerns the highly variable and subjective...

Characterization and assessment of antimicrobial efficacy of SunWash photocatalytic polymers

2014/15 • $25,000
The Food and Beverage industry, in particular, struggles to maintain a sanitary environment in all stages of food preparation.Biofilms can be found in natural and artificial systems in a very wide diversity of circumstances. Biofouling on foodprocessing, food packaging, and food contact surfaces...

Innovative RFID based real-time inventory location tracking - Manufacturing pilot

2014/15 • $25,000
Peytecs RFID based proactive real-time location tracking solution has a wide range of applications in the agriculture,manufacturing and retail industries. This pilot project will allow Peytec to work with a world-leading manufacturer to designand implement Peytec integrated solution into an...

Adaptive signal control system using connected vehicle data

2014/15 • $25,000
Conventional signal control systems use pre-determined signal timing schedules which often contribute to traffic congestion and delay. Adaptive signal control technologies adjust the traffic lights to accommodate traffic flow patterns, enable the use of maximum capacity of infrastructure and...

A label-free thermoelectric reader for quantitative interpretation of results from single- and multi-test lateral flow assay devices

2014/15 • $25,000
The research and development that will be carried out in this project is to resolve an important problem withautomated, quantitative and label-free interpretation of results from Lateral Flow Assay (LFA) devices such asthe home-used pregnancy test strips. LFA devices have gained great popularity...

Liricco Valta Android Application Development

2014/15 • $25,000
Lambton College and Liricco Technologies Ltd. have partnered to develop an Android-based solution to control the Valta line of energy management products. This green-energy technology is already available with an iOS-based smartphone control system, and Liricco reached out to Colleges Ontario...

Innovative Accelerated Corrosion Technique for Industrial Protective Coatings Based on Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy

2014/15 • $25,000
It is quite common for high performance structural components and industrial equipment to experience some form of corrosion irrespective of what type of material is used. Accordingly, corrosion resistance is a critical property requirement for materials used in many sectors of the economy...

Development of Intrinsically Safe Remote Monitoring the CARBER Isolation Tool

2014/15 • $25,000
CARBER is one of the leading companies in servicing tools for the petro-chemical and many other industries where piping is one of the main production plant feature. CARBER Isolation is the only tool in providing a 100% confirmed and monitored Isolation and provides the safest means of performing...

Application of carbon dioxide and formaldehyde as tracers for optimizing sub-slab venting system design

2014/15 • $25,000
Sub-slab venting (SSV) and sub-slab depressurization (SSD) are common practices to control intrusion of volatile organiccompounds (VOC) and radon from subsurface to indoor air to protect the occupants from exposure to these harmful gases. These techniques are based on technology that is about 30...

Hovercraft Redesign

2014/15 • $25,000
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Development of a stilbene-enriched icewine grape skin extract

2014/15 • $25,000
Wine grapes are a natural source of resveratrol and a variety of related molecules with health benefits. One of the main groups of such molecules is called stilbenes. These beneficial molecules are produced primarily in grape skins. Over the course of the fall season there is an accumulation of...

Development of a wireless hardware interface for electromyography signals

2014/15 • $25,000
Intronix Technologies Corporation designs and produces progressive portable medical devices for neuromuscular diagnostics and treatment delivery. Its innovations in injection guidance provide technology that drives clinical solutions todeliver confidence, improve workflow efficiency, and provide...

Development of fixturing and locating device for MRI/TRUS system

2014/15 • $25,000
Focal Healthcare Inc. is a Toronto-based developer and manufacturer of medical devices, with a vision to shape the nextgeneration of prostate cancer management through technical innovation. Our first products, the Fusion Bx(TM) and FusionTx(TM) systems, will greatly improve the way that prostate...

Biofilm challenge testing of SunWash self-cleaning coatings

2014/15 • $25,000
There are an estimated 4 million cases of foodborne illness cases in Canada each year leading to detrimental effects on the health of the population along with direct and indirect economic losses. Many of the high profile outbreaks that have occurred can be traced to the formation of biofilms of...

Stable isotope vectoring toward PGE-Cu mineralization in the Coldwell igneous complex, Marathon, Ontario

2014/15 • $25,000
Mineral exploration is a pillar of Ontarios economy with annual mineral production topping $5.5 billion a year, creating>90,000 jobs, $1.8 billion in exports, more than $300 million in government revenue and a better standard of living for all Canadians. Canada is a world leader in these fields...

Repellent coatings

2014/15 • $24,993
Siltech is a specialties manufacturer of chemical compounds with applications in various sectors (e.g. inks andcoatings, oil and gas, personal care, agriculture, mould release, etc.). Recently a number of clients haveapproached Siltech about high-tech repellent coatings known as superhydrophobic...

Mobile Solution to Collect and Distribute Consumer Data for Energy Information Management

2014/15 • $24,990
Screaming Power is excited to announce their new project partnership with OCE, NSERC, and Connect Canada that will revolutionize the collection and distribution of energy information. This project partnership will result in a mobile solution that will allow utilities to securely communicate with...

Space Database UX

2014/15 • $24,915
Toronto, Ontario based Space Database Inc. is launching development of a novel marketing tool that will greatly enhance the way the commercial real estate space is marketed and sold. This tool will use evolving web browser standards (HTML5 and WebGL) to render office buildings and individual...

Meta-transcriptome of high-yield corn endophytic microbiome

2014/15 • $24,788
A&L Biologicals has a mandate to develop and implement agricultural tests that growers can use for the production and maintenance of healthy soil, and the associated high crop yields. A&L Biologicals identified a farmer, Dean Glenny, who hasestablished an extraordinarily productive ecosystem...

Development of low-energy bio-wheel technology for wastewater treatment and reuse

2014/15 • $24,750
Municipal and industrial wastewater treatment plants commonly employ aerobic biological processes to degrade organic contaminants, nutrients and other contaminants in order to mitigate water pollution and/or reuse wastewater. These processes require energy-intensive aeration, which alone...

Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) analysis of building integrated photovoltaic/thermal systems

2014/15 • $24,167
Buildings account for about 30% Canadas primary energy consumption and 33% of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.Replacing large scale fossil fuel-based energy generation with distributed energy generation from renewable resources has been identified as a potential way to significantly lower GHG...

Generating Process Efficiency Through Mechanical Design and Automation

2014/15 • $23,955
industry. Traditionally, the global cider industry has been mostly controlled by well-established international producers suchas Strongbow and Somersby, as well as North American producers such as Molson and Labatt Keiths. However, Ontario iswell positioned for a competitive advantage in this...

Innovative Co-generation Platform for Heating and Electricity

2014/15 • $21,000
The recent power outages in the GTA in the winter of 2013-2014 were devastating to households using natural gas heating because these systems largely require electricity to operate and generate heat. Next Grids proposed co-generation platform would guard against this risk as power and heat would...

Design and prototyping of patient interface for computerized Oral Health Risk Assessment Tool

2014/15 • $20,624
Root2Crown Inc. is pleased to announce a collaborative project with the George Brown College School of Design in developing a patient-side dental health application. Root2Crown will draw on George Browns Post-Graduate Students in Digital Design - Game Design to create an application targeted at...

Non-electric Baseboard Humidifier Solution

2014/15 • $15,098
Rumidifier Home Comforts Inc. (Rumidifier) approached Niagara Research, the research and innovation department atNiagara College, to collaborate on an Advanced Manufacturing research project. The scope of the project is to create andtest a prototype product using a concept developed by...

Refaced Surface Cleaner Prototype

2014/15 • $9,415
1,000 Islands Lawn and Landscaping (1,000 Islands) approached Niagara Research, the research and innovationdepartment at Niagara College, to collaborate on an Advanced Manufacturing project. The scope of the project is to createand test a functional prototype using a concept developed by...

Development of an iOS Language Learning Application for Mobi-Learning

2014/15 • $3,009
Mobi-Learning Inc. is an Ontario-based start-up specializing in the design and development of innovative mobile learning products and services. These support student-centered learning as well as increase opportunities for instruction and practice outside the classroom. Their current focus is the...

NSERC/Business Intelligence Network

2010/11-2013/14 • $4,137,050
The NSERC Business Intelligence Network will create an innovation platform to enhance the collaboration of the top Canadian knowledge and information management researchers and the top Canadian companies in business intelligence, an area that is central to NSERC's strategic Advanced...

Sustain Niagara: Supporting Innovation in Agricultural Land Management

2010/11-2013/14 • $1,550,000
The growing fields of remote sensing, real-time wi-fi sensor networks, GIS, high performance computing and augmented reality (AR)/Human Computer Interface design (HCI) offer an opportunity to expand Niagara Colleges participation in local industry by providing technology and expertise to help...

NSERC Chair in Design Engineering

2010/11-2013/14 • $600,000
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New catalyst technologies for rubber and elastomeric polymers

2011/12-2013/14 • $294,000
This research proposal is concerned with the development of fundamentally new approaches to low-costchemical technologies used in the production and modification of synthetic rubber products and nitrile-butadiene rubbers in particular. These strategies are based on 4 fundamentally new catalysts...

Metal-free antifouling solutions for the aquaculture industry

2013/14 • $189,773
This project will involve the application and field testing of treatments to inhibit biofouling on aquaculturenets. The net-treatment technology is already developed in the Walker group. The field trials of these materialswill be undertaken in collaboration with Cooke Aquaculture, which is a...

Temporal Specifications For Online Security System Monitoring and Synthesis

2012/13-2013/14 • $75,969
Software, hardware and embedded system designs are changing to meet changing demands. Next generation systems will operate in a connected and reactive manner that challenges systems and designs that were suitable in standalone environments. For instance, distributed health care networks must be...

Analogue signal processing unit and calibration methodology for a dual miniature cardiac pressure-volume sensor

2012/13-2013/14 • $40,000
The objective of this research is to design, fabricate and test a calibration system that includes the front-end signal processing interface for a dual pressure/volume (PV) implantable sensor for cardiac monitoring. The sensor itself is implanted inside a mouse heart or, in the case of larger...

Development of miniature high-precision autosampler for automatic capillary electrophoresis injection control

2013/14 • $25,000
AES (Advanced Electrophoresis Solutions, Ltd.) provides end-to-end solution for whole column detection based high performance capillary electrophoresis (CE). Autosampler is a key component for their CE devices for automatic injection supply. The currently used HPLC (High-performance liquid...

Prototype Development: Energy Efficient Cold Climate Greenhouse

2013/14 • $25,000
A major barrier for local food production in northern boreal climates is markedly short growing seasons. Attempts to prolonggrowing seasons using standard green housing techniques and technologies, while somewhat effective, are not sustainabledue to cool spring and fall overnight temperatures...

Breath alcohol interlock integration into automotive system

2013/14 • $25,000
Alcohol Countermeasure Systems (ACS) delivers alcohol interlock services such as a handheld unit for testing breathalcohol level of drivers before starting the engine. Future cars will provide an integrated platform that connects systems andservices from a variety of companies. In this project...

Development of an optimally-sized powertrain with integrated charging system for cost reduction and efficiency improvement in electric golf carts

2013/14 • $25,000
Solar powered electric golf carts serve as a sustainable solution for transportation inside the green golf courses. Thisemission free vehicle suits the ambience of a golf course and leads to minimal operating costs. However, like many othercommercially available on-road light-duty low-speed...

Learning Apps Development for Company Product for Android and IPAD Technology

2013/14 • $25,000
Brain Power Studio is asking for support from the Ontario Centres of Excellence and from the National Sciences and Engineering Research Council to assist them in partnering with Canadore College to develop a production process and evaluate technical challenges for twenty new learning mobile...

Automated web data extraction for Canadian fundraising institutions

2013/14 • $25,000
For most business, the volume of useful data available on the Web that can boost their competitive intelligence is an overpowering aspect that needs to be taken into consideration. Unfortunately, search engines, such as Google, can only provide a small fraction of that knowledge. Search engines...

Detection of fraudulent payment transactions in mobile environment

2013/14 • $25,000
Fraudulent bank card/credit card transactions around the globe are causing financial institutions substantial losses and atthe same time, their customers are subjected to fraud leading to frustration and time loss, and in some cases monitorylosses for the customers.The ultimate goal of these...

Automated capacity engineering for ultra large scale deployments

2013/14 • $25,000
In this project, inBay Technologies in Ottawa, in collaboration with the Software Analysis and Intelligence Lab (SAIL) at Queen's University, are working (first-time collaboration) on the development of an automated framework to reduce the costand to improve the accuracy of capacity planning...

Non-wetting, non-adhesive moulded silicone materials for healthcare applications

2013/14 • $25,000
There is a growing trend of women using the menstrual cup, made of medical grade silicone, for better hygienemanagement. However, concerns from a consumer perspective on the menstrual cup still remains, such as bacterial buildupmay lead to possible infection, ease of cleaning, as well as ease of...

Biofouling control by ultrasound-induced cavitation within water treatment systems

2013/14 • $25,000
The efficient treatment of water is important to any entity that relies on water for daily business. A particularly big concern inwater treatment is fouling, specifically membranes, filters and even at the bottom of containers causing significant, sometimes irreversible problems. The treatments...

Smart home design to mitigate energy use of occupants

2013/14 • $25,000
Buildings represent a significant environmental impact particularly with regards to their substantial energy use.Furthermore, they are imposing substantial demand on our aging energy generation and supply infrastructure. S2e Inc., inpartnerships with a large established property developer, is...

Omega Tool light weighting of dies

2013/14 • $25,000
Mold making techniques have focused on meeting the customers functional and process requirements; however, today,molds are increasing in size and sophistication, and are difficult to manufacture, transport, and set up due to their size andmass. Presently, mold weight saving techniques focus on...

Advanced design of scalable vehicle wash systems using physical modeling techniques

2013/14 • $25,000
AWASH System manufactures the Powerbrush H2O machines to wash large commercial and transportation vehicles,including trucks and buses. After gaining market success, they have recognized a market need for small scale commercialwashing systems and are venturing into a new market sector of small...

Production of plastic pellets containing recycled agricultural mineral fiber

2013/14 • $25,000
Modern agricultural operations including greenhouses and hydroponics generate a lot of plastic waste, mainly film. Plasticfilm even after long term use, retains excellent molecular and mechanical properties and can be recycled to produce otherplastic products. The present proposal is aimed at...

Development of a Prototype Power Wheel Chair / Enhanced Mobility Device

2013/14 • $25,000
The current population is aging and with aging comes an increase in disability and a restriction of mobility, due to physical disabilities confining people to wheelchairs. There are several types of wheelchairs available on the market, but they primarily provide the individual with wheeled...

Verifying the responsiveness of web services under load

2013/14 • $25,000
Fruit and vegetable produce certifications have rapidly become a critical step in global competitiveness. Current methods used to certifications are manual and resource intensive, representing a significant cost to Canada's fruit and vegetable producers. Delays in securing certifications have a...

Next-generation light sources for solar simulators

2013/14 • $25,000
Photovoltaic (PV) cell research and manufacturing are rapidly evolving in Ontario. Emerging technologies such as multi-junction cells, organic thin films, and dye-sensitized solar cells all require careful evaluation of their performance. When assessing the performance and verifying the output...

Seamless integrated cabin connectivity

2013/14 • $25,000
Internet speed available today for flying aircraft is limited (maximum of 3 Mbps at Ku-Band) compared to more than 10 Mbps available to customers anywhere in the developed world. Bombardier Aerospace (BA) wants to provide its customers flying in its business aircraft, internet speeds comparable...

Novel Solvent-free Approach for Production of High Functional Protein Powders from Beans

2013/14 • $24,990
Bean protein is a cost effective and environmentally conservative protein resource that has economic advantages over more expensive meat and dairy-based proteins which are most commonly used to meet the worlds nutritional demand. According to the report by Pathfinders Research and Development...

Sani Sport testing and optimization for Fire Fighter Equipment Sanitation

2013/14 • $24,979
Routine cleaning and disinfection of turnout gear for Fire Fighters is of paramount importance. In their work, Fire-fighters are repeatedly exposed to pathogenic microorganisms. Research shows that 78% of firefighter service calls are not fire related. Typical calls are for emergency medical...

OOYAVAH: Building a Case for 3D Technology on Your iPad

2013/14 • $24,978
OOYAVAH Inc. is developing an innovative technology that fills a need in the stereoscopic 3D market. As 3D gains popularity in consumer and professional applications, the demand for stereoscopic 3D visualization on the most popular mobile platform, the Apple iPad, will grow dramatically. To take...

Dialysis Platform for Integrated Communication (DiCAT) Prototype

2013/14 • $18,120
Our solutions enable people living with chronic conditions to care for themselves and transition out of the hospital environment. DiCAT, our first offering, is a mobile technology solution for home dialysis that aims to simplify the self-care process and thus reduce the intimidation that...

Condition based maintenance: models and software

2010/11-2012/13 • $264,816
Manufacturing, service, and process-oriented companies can spend 25% to 50% of their total cost of operations on maintenance of critical equipment. Examples of these include mining companies, steel producers, airlines, pulp mills, oil producers, as well as many others. The unavailability of a...

The development of an advanced waste heat recovery and energy generation system for pizza ovens

2011/12-2012/13 • $172,000
This project will develop a Pizza Oven Waste Energy Recovery (POWER) system that captures wasted heat (thermal energy) and converts it to electricity for use in restaurants or for sale to the energy grid. Created for electric or natural gas pizza ovens in the short term, this compact device is...

Developing an ultralow surface energy and highly gas permeable membrane for storing highly volatile liquids

2012/13 • $40,000
Through the natural cleaning properties of hydrogen peroxide, Oxygon Technologies Inc. (Oxygon) has developed a cleaning product which is extremely green. The peroxide formula applied in the products is environment friendly because hydrogen peroxide is essentially water and oxygen. The concept...

Mining Research Partnership Forum 2012

2012/13 • $25,000
Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) and the Centre for Excellence in Mining Innovation (CEMI) are working with industry and NSERC to fund $2-3 million in university and industry based, transformative R&D in productivity, energy, water and waste relating to Ontario's mining industry and its value...

Runtime Automated Configuration Engineering-RACE

2010/11-2011/12 • $201,600
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New process and product technologies for organophosphorus compounds

2010/11-2011/12 • $100,000
This research proposal is concerned with the development of novel approaches to existing and new organophosphorus products, which are widely used in chemical and pharmaceutical industries. One aspect of the proposed research targets novel processes with high material conversion efficiency which...

Wireless Data and Power Link to a Miniature Implantable Volume-Pressure Sensor for Cardiac Monitoring

2010/11-2011/12 • $40,000
The objective of this research is to design, fabricate and test a wireless power transmission system intended for providing power and data link to an integrated circuit which is serving as a novel miniature pressure sensor with implantable telemetry for cardiac monitoring. We will develop...

Development of a reconfigurable microfluidic platform for the automation of laboratory protocols and production of biochips

2011/12 • $30,880
Throughput demands on protocols used to study the human genome, proteome, and pharmaceutical testing are increasing exponentially. Despite giving excellent results, the protocols traditionally used in these pursuits have relatively long cycle times due to the inefficient mass transport of...

Development of bio-based products for automotive interior trim converstock and coated fabrics

2010/11 • $87,270
The plastic processing industry is one of Canada's key industrial sectors. It is well aiming to reduce its dependency on fossil fuel based plastic and actively researching on renewable resources consistent with the concept of sustainable development and reduced greenhouse gas emissions. In order...

Emissions catalysts- Integrating the reaction chemistry

2010/11 • $71,719
Current predictions indicate that the use of diesel and lean-burn gasoline engines in passenger vehicles will increase relative to today's gasoline engines due to their better fuel economy and reduced CO2 emissions. Coincidentally, upcoming environmental policy throughout most of the world is...

Development of novel 3D metal silicide nanowires as electrocatalyst support for low cost and high durability PEM fuel cells

2010/11 • $69,360
Cost and durability are two major roadblocks that have to be overcome before proton exchange membrane fuel cell (PEMFC) system can become economically viable. Current PEMFC technology still suffers from low platinum utilization, limited mass transport capability, and poor electrochemical...

Inverse methods in computational modeling of welding processes

2010/11 • $40,050
The goal of this project is to continue the development of advanced engineering tools integrating the Optimization Theory with recent progress in mathematical and computational modeling of complex, multi-physics processes involved in industrial welding. We will apply and further elaborate the...

Secure communication architecture for wireless networks in automotive environments

2010/11 • $37,200
Wireless technologies enabling cellular mobile telephony and wireless Internet access have proliferated to an extent that they are integral parts of our society. Exciting networking paradigms such as wireless ad hoc networks and wireless sensor networks have been studied in significant detail....

Aerial demonstration of visual target tracking with AMD Fusion Processor

2010/11 • $25,000
Many high speed control applications exist which require real-time processing of large amounts of sensor data with both serial and parallelizable computational elements. An example of such an application is the autonomous tracking of ground targets using an aerial vehicle, for use in sporting...

Implementing restricted Boltzmann machines using fusion technology for classifying and searching images and videos in large scale digital libraries

2010/11 • $25,000
Search and management of large-scale image, video and multimedia data is one of the critical steps in bringing the huge volume of digital media on the Internet into our everyday life. Currently, the progress in this field is severely limited by the proper annotation of data. In particular, among...

Applications exploiting heterogeneous processor architectures for improved throughput and energy-efficiency

2010/11 • $24,940
High transistor density in deep sub-micron ICs has created a "power wall", limiting the rate of clock frequency scaling in general purpose microprocessors. The rate of increase in processor speed has tapered off in recent years and the two main microprocessor vendors, Intel and AMD, now...

Theoretical models for parallel computation in CMP and GPU architectures: algorithm analysis & design, cache efficiency and performance prediction

2010/11 • $21,970
In recent years, we have witnessed a shift in computer processor development away from higher clock frequency sequential processors to multicore processors, also known as chip multiprocessors (CMP). CMPs have become the dominant architecture in current computer platforms, and programmers face...

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