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NSERC Network for Holistic Innovation in Additive Manufacturing (HI-AM)

2017/18-2019/20 • $3,058,750
Additive manufacturing (AM), also known as 3D printing, has been identified across sectors as the next generation technology that will fundamentally change manufacturing. AM is on the cusp of being widely adopted to replace many conventional manufacturing processes and enable the development of...

Making it personal: tools and techniques for fostering effective user interaction with feature-rich software

2017/18-2019/20 • $489,650
Most feature-rich software applications that are designed to support productivity and creativity tasks -- such as spreadsheets, photo editors, and 3D modelling -- follow a "one-size-fits-all" model, offering the same user interface and functionality to all users, regardless of an increasing...

SUSTAIN: Sensor-based Unified Simulation Techniques for Advanced In-building Networks

2018/19-2019/20 • $411,000
Modern building automation systems collect and store vast amounts of data in temporal scales ranging from seconds to multiple years and spatial scales ranging from rooms to communities. But tools that facilitate management and visualization of these data are in their infancy. It has become...

Walker Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Centre (W AMIC)

2019/20 • $350,000
Today, Canadian manufacturers make up a significant portion of the countrys economy 10.5% and 1.7million jobs, according to the Advisory Council on Economic Growth despite the shift from largecompanies of 500 or more employees to small- and medium-sized enterprises (SME). In fact, according...

Experimental investigation, modeling, and simulation of mold filling and cell structure development in foam injection molding

2018/19-2019/20 • $188,572
Foam injection molding (FIM), as one of the most versatile technology in plastic foam processing, is capable of producing light-weight parts with complex three-dimensional geometries in a fast production cycle. Its applications range from packing and construction to automotive and aerospace...

NSERC/Autodesk Industrial Research Chair in Human-Computer Interaction:*Hybrid interactive systems for design and fabrication

2019/20 • $186,658
Augmented Reality,Automation,Design Tools,Generative Design,Human-Computer Interaction,Learning,Virtual Reality

Robust Structural Topology Optimization

2019/20 • $64,285
Topology optimization is a powerful tool for goal-oriented generative design of multifunctional engineering structures. In contrast to size and shape optimization approaches that work with a finite-dimensional parametric geometry model, topology optimization algorithms can, in theory, search for...

Simulating volumetric participating media visual effects with Monte Carlo methods

2019/20 • $53,166
The realistic simulation of lighting in realistic environments has applications broadly spanning many industries: architectural visualization, product design, medical imaging, visual effects for feature films, video games, virtual reality and augmented reality. In these contexts, faithfully...

Modeling, Animation and Fabrication of 3D Human Faces

2019/20 • $50,000
Realistic computer generated human faces are critical to human communication using digital media. A diverse set of applications ranging from entertainment (movies and games), medicine (facial therapy, prosthetics and forensics), education (language and speech training), avatars (social media,...

Industry Innovation Centre at Niagara ([email protected])

2013/14-2018/19 • $1,750,000
Manufacturing is the largest sector contributing to Niagara Regions gross domestic product (GDP), in excessof $2.14 billion in 2012; 16% of the regions GDP is derived through the output of manufacturers.Approximately 1 out of 9 Niagara workers makes his/her living in the manufacturing sector;...

New paradigm / new tools for architectural heritage in Canada

2015/16-2018/19 • $1,406,890
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Computational Research on the Ancient Near East - CRANE: large-scale data integration and analysis in Near Eastern archaeology

2017/18-2018/19 • $452,270
The civil conflicts that have engulfed the Middle East over the past decade have precipitated a scale of human suffering and dislocation that we have not witnessed since World War II. The destruction of cultural heritage has played a devastating role in this tragedy, obliterating the cultural...

Investigation of cell nucleation and growth in high-pressure and low-pressure foam injection molding

2016/17-2018/19 • $257,139
The industry urgently needs to improve its existing foam injection molding technology so that its functions are enhanced and its manufacturing costs are decreased. Foam injection molding technology is one solution to the challenges faced by many industries such as automotive, construction,...

A Factorized Multi-scale Appearance Model

2017/18 • $25,000
Modern 3D computer graphics software packages are used to synthesize convincing photorealistic images ofvirtual worlds for use in a variety of applications, including architectural visualization, advertisement,interactive gaming, and visual effects for feature film productions.At the core of...

Articulatory Speech Synthesis for Natural User Interfaces

2014/15-2016/17 • $588,200
For years, articulatory synthesis research has been largely overshadowed by formant-based and acoustic-based speech synthesis techniques. While successful in some domains (e.g., voice-based databases), these techniques still cannot produce natural looking and sounding speech from text from an...

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...

Methodology and application of building information models (BIM) for campus energy management

2014/15-2016/17 • $72,000
Buildings in Canada (and much of the developed world) are responsible for about about 50% of electricity use, 35% of greenhouse gas emissions, and 15% of water consumption. Many buildings and building clusters are metered to allow tracking of this performance, but these data are often too vast...

Structural topology optimization under uncertain loading

2016/17 • $25,000
Structural topology optimization is a flexible tool that has proven to be particularly useful in the conceptual and preliminary design stages. This project will be concerned with the development of new algorithms for robust structural topology optimization under uncertain loading conditions....

SpeechViz: Visually enhanced exploration of motion-audio datasets of speech production

2016/17 • $25,000
Large databases are generated as part of human research efforts worldwide. Increased accessibility to data is vital for initiatives that aim to advance our understanding of human anatomy and function and to explain variation among people. To create models for human function and performance...

PHuman: Parametric, multiscale modeling and simulation of human anatomy

2011/12-2015/16 • $760,000
Computer modeling and simulation of the human body is rapidly becoming a critical and central tool in a broad range of disciplines, including engineering, education, entertainment, physiology and medicine. Detailed geometric models of human anatomy are available for use as instructional aids and...

A fast and robust exemplar-based character shape matching and deformation approach for an interactive character creation and animation setup workflow

2013/14-2015/16 • $137,340
In computer graphics, character creation and animation remain difficult because humanoid characters are expected to have a high level of realism in their appearance and animation. Autodesk Evolver lets users create humanoid characters by mixing polygon meshes from 49 ready-made "ancestor...

Application of Constraint Programming in Goal-Driven Mechanical System Design

2015/16 • $25,000
Autodesk is a world leader in design and engineering software. Their new generation of engineering tools use artificial intelligence to achieve Goal Driven Design (GDD). With GDD, the engineer specifies to a computer the properties of a desired object and the computer designs this object. This...

Application of Natural Language Processing for Design Requirements Modeling

2014/15 • $25,000
Autodesk Research aims to develop a next-generation CAD system that supports goal-directed design. Such asystem would automatically generate potential design solutions based on design requirements. Therefore, weidentified two main research problems: 1) Extracting requirements knowledge from text...

BoneBot: Towards an automated pipeline for scanning large-scale bone collections

2014/15 • $25,000
Digital human modelling and simulation increasingly guide the decision-making process in many facets of biomedical and industrial research. However, most models are based on the anatomy of a single person, making it unreasonable (perhaps risky) to generalize simulation results to an entire...

Interactive data visualizations for design optimization

2014/15 • $12,500
In goal-driven design, the first step in the design workflow is for users to specify functional requirements. CADgeometry is generated computationally to satisfy those functional requirements. This inverts the typical designprocess of today, which requires constructing CAD geometry first, then...

Centre for Real-time Production

2010/11-2013/14 • $1,797,500
The Centre for Real-time Production (CRP) will investigate opportunities for innovation in the application of real-time technologies within film, television and interactive media pipelines. An initiative of the Sheridan College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, the Centre will be...

IDEAS2.0: Integrative Data-Enabled Approaches to Sustainability across Scales

2011/12-2013/14 • $452,760
Many Canadian communities have set aggressive economic, environmental and social sustainability targets. Meeting these ambitious targets requires better, faster and less expensive ways of evaluating different design options and tradeoffs against the most important performance measures (e.g.,...

Next generation green buildings

2013/14 • $25,000
This application is for a workshop to be held in Vancouver on Tuesday, March 25, 2014. It will bring togetheracademic researchers, industry leaders and government officials to identify and address research andtechnology needs in the development and commercialization of next generation green...

An initial evaluation of data management approaches to support the Parametric Human Project

2013/14 • $25,000
The increasingly data-intensive nature of science has led researchers and funding agencies to promote the worldwide sharing and integration of data. Many data sharing initiatives now exist and have greatly advanced our fundamental understanding of human genetics, neuroscience, and physiology....

Natural-language user specification and biomimetic structures for computer-aided design

2013/14 • $25,000
Autodesk Research aims to develop an intelligent CAD system that supports goal-oriented design. Such a system would automatically generate potential design configurations based on user-described design goals. Two specific problems have been identified. First, Autodesk wishes to enable more...

Improving end-user capability with the DesignDEVS simulation system

2013/14 • $24,983
DesignDEVS is prototype software developed by Autodesk for implementing and testing simulations. Itspurpose is to help communities of researchers and practitioners collaborate effectively on simulation projects.The "DEVS" in "DesignDEVS" stands for Discrete Event System Specification, a...

HUMANOVA: Human Anatomy in an Ontology with Variations

2013/14 • $24,900
Technological advances have led to an increased use of computer-based modelling and simulation to guide thedecision-making process in many facets of biomedical and industrial research. Included in many scenarios aredigital human models, which are used to evaluate human-related outcomes and the...

Cultural diversity and material imagination in Canadian architecture

2011/12-2012/13 • $192,700
Cultural Diversity and Material Imagination in Canadian Architecture (CDMICA) is a Digital Media priority area initiative addressing knowledge creation and mobilization for both the tangible and intangible qualities of our built heritage. Building on a record of collaborative research in the...

Development of Discrete Event System Specification (DEVS) building performance models for integration into building information modelling (BIM) for building energy design

2012/13 • $25,000
Despite the power that building performance simulation (BPS) has to significantly and cost-effectively influence building designs, it often is not integrated into the design process, and at best, is used to confirm performance to comply with building energy codes. Building information modeling...

Interoperable Simulation-ready IFC-driven DEVS Models

2012/13 • $25,000
Successful construction projects require an enormous amount of data collected and analyzed in the pre-design phase of the project. Building Information Management (BIM) software are a new set of tools that can be used to generate and manage data for buildings during the project life cycle. BIM...

Interaction Techniques for Non-planar and Flexible Computing Devices Based on OLED and E-Ink Display Technologies

2010/11-2011/12 • $341,300
Electrophoretic Ink (E-Ink) and Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) technologies, combined with thin-film, flexible circuit substrates are starting to deliver displays that are so thin and flexible, they are referred to as digital paper. These technologies will allow for displays that curve...

Meaning from Motion for Interaction and Visualization

2010/11-2011/12 • $241,120
This interdisciplinary art/science research collaboration explores how motion can express meaningful and semantically rich information. Motion has a rich capacity to evoke sophisticated affect and express certain qualities that evoke the impression of emotion, personality and attitude. We...


2011/12 • $200,000
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Technology for rich group interaction in networked games

2010/11 • $160,050
Canada has become a world leader in the development of networked games. Through these networks, gaming has become a highly social activity, allowing distant friends and family to keep in touch, and providing new collaboration and communication experiences for a wider range of people. Recent...

Simulation software for determining sensors location in building design

2010/11 • $25,000
Energy consumption of residential and commercial buildings currently accounts for about 30-40% of global energy use [1]. To reduce this amount of inefficiency in buildings using sensor network and simulation will help us to predict the most efficient place of energy consumption resources in the...

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