Stephen Fai

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Recent Research Projects

Collaborative Learning of Usability Experiences

2015/16-2019/20 • $1,500,000 • PI,CO
Within typical HCI activities, usability and usability testing focuses on determining how well people can use a system's functionality. A skilled usability professional employs research-based methods and principles to understand users' conceptual model of a task and then design an interface that...

Engineering Students Supporting Heritage and Sustainability (Heritageengineering)

2015/16-2019/20 • $1,350,000 • PI,CO
The conservation, rehabilitation, and sustainability of existing structures and designated historic buildings is a crucially important issue, both in Canada and worldwide. However, heritage buildings are not the only issue. Even the most energy-efficient new building cannot offset its embodied...

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

2018/19-2019/20 • $411,000 • PI,CO
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...

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

2014/15-2016/17 • $72,000 • PI,CO
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...

POP // CAN // CRIT: current conditions in popular Canadian architecture criticism

2015/16 • $17,050 • PI,CO
POP // CAN // CRIT: Current Conditions in Popular Canadian Architecture Criticism is a national symposium exploring the present state of mainstream architecture criticism in Canada. This unprecedented one-day event will bring together the country's top architecture critics, both journalistic and...

CIHR Training Grant in Neurodegenerative Lipidomics: A Targeted Systems Biology Approach to Integrative Research Training

2010/11-2014/15 • $1,654,500 • PI,CO
Alzheimer¿s Disease (AD) followed by Parkinson¿s Disease (PD)are Canada¿s most common and devastating neurodegenerative disorders. Insidious cognitive and physical decline renders victims dependent upon custodial care at an annual cost of $9 billion. The lack of therapeutic options has been...

Cultural diversity and material imagination in Canadian architecture

2011/12-2012/13 • $192,700 • PI,CO
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...

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