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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...

NSERC/MDA/CSA/CEMI Industrial Research Chair in Earth and Space Exploration

2015/16-2019/20 • $500,000
Mineral exploration and mining employs approximately 400,000 Canadians and generates billions of dollarsfor the Canadian economy but the face of mineral exploration and mining in Canada, and around the world, ischanging. There is a rapidly growing focus on advanced mineral exploration and...

Additive Manufacturing of Aerospace Components - II

2018/19-2019/20 • $291,750
Additive Manufacturing (AM) refers to an emerging class of technologies that build 3D objects by the controlled addition of materials in a layer-by-layer fashion to produce objects at or near their final shape. This disruptive technology is forecasted to have a Canadian market for AM products...

Software-Controlled Active Electronically Scanned Array Radar for Airbone Ground Surveillance

2017/18-2019/20 • $246,000
Tracking the states of mobile objects (e.g., ground vehicles, ships, aircraft, people) has many applications in communications, law enforcement, defense and biomedical engineering. A wide variety of sensors (e.g., radar, video, sonar, infrared), which may be stationary or mounted on mobile...

Optical Sensor Baffle Design Investigation and Configuration for Aluminum Additive Manufacturing

2019/20 • $25,000
MDA develops and delivers advanced surveillance and intelligence solutions, defence and maritime systems, radar geospatial imagery, space robotics, satellite antennas, and communication subsystems. The objective of the proposed project is to evaluate Additive Manufacturing (AM) processes using...

Numerical modelling of flexible wheel-soil interaction for planetary rovers

2019/20 • $25,000
Space exploration is rapidly evolving and NASA has made firm commitments to return to the Moon in the 2020s and Mars in the 2030s. This includes the provision of robotics to support new missions to explore the Moon, Mars, asteroids, and other bodies in the solar system. Much of this effort will...

Virtual Ground Station for Automated Spacecraft Operations

2019/20 • $10,000
Historically, managing and controlling spacecraft from the ground has been a very manual activity. Highly-trained and qualified engineers initiate communication with the spacecraft, downlink data and send specific commands. Engineers study data carefully, looking for signs of abnormal behaviour...

Interference mitigation in satellite communications

2014/15-2018/19 • $720,000
Satellites act as relay stations and form a critical part of the world-wide communications infrastructure. They are used for communications, positioning, remote sensing, in civil and/or military applications such as Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB), high-definition video, amateur radio...

Advanced electromagnetic surfaces for next-generation communications systems

2015/16-2017/18 • $538,400
Wireless communication systems continue to develop at a remarkable pace, providing ubiquitous connectivity, unprecedented data rates, and ever-growing user capacity. Nevertheless, the continued growth of these systems is irrevocably tied to the availability of radio spectrum. Expansion of...

Technologies for Reconfigurable antennas Used in Satellite and Terrastrial inks (TRUST)

2015/16-2017/18 • $299,979
Telecommunication systems used in public safety and defence applications need to operate with a variety of protocols and frequencies. This is realized by using software defined radio. Currently, reconfigurable antennas allowing fast switching between channels over a broad range of frequencies in...

NSERC Canadian Field Robotics Network (NCFRN)

2012/13-2016/17 • $5,200,000
The NSERC Field Robotics Network (NFRN) brings together Canadian mobile robotics researchers,companies, and government players to integrate research efforts on the development of outdoor (field) roboticssystems to address the scientific, technological and operational challenges that hinder the...

3D Printing of Adaptable Wireless Systems

2013/14-2016/17 • $479,958
We are proposing the development of novel materials and methods for new additive manufacturing and its application towards smart electronics and antennas for high frequency communications. With the proliferation of electronic devices, and wireless communications protocols, cutting edge...

A novel neurosurgery-specific haptic hand-controller for robot-assisted surgical systems

2015/16-2016/17 • $234,250
A robotic surgical system consists of a workstation, where the surgeon operates, and a surgical site, where the robotic armsexecute the surgeons commands. Providing proper commands by the surgeon for the surgical robot requires sensoryfeedback from the surgical site. The surgeons interface,...

New composites material for space applications

2014/15-2016/17 • $180,000
In recent years, significant advancements have been made in composite materials including toughened resins, high modulus fibres and the use of nanochemicals. The North American space industry has been using cyanate ester resin for many years for their applications. Cyanate ester resins offer...

Radar identification and countermeasures

2015/16-2016/17 • $64,000
Sophisticated radio frequency emitters such as modern radars have the ability to adapt their operating mode inreal time. Understanding their usage of electromagnetic spectrum and their coexistence with other radio frequency users is important in military and civilian applications. This CRD...

Modelling and analysis methods and tools to support mobile robotics design and control: phase 2

2016/17 • $62,000
This new proposal represents the continuation of the existing collaboration and builds on the previous CRDproject that has just been completed. In our collaboration, we have been studying rovers operating onunstructured terrain, particularly soft soil. We develop dynamic models, analytical and...

Characterization of space radiation effects performance of advanced signal processors for earth observation application and the study of single event mitigation schemes

2015/16-2016/17 • $50,000
Over the past several decades, satellites have become more capable. New technologies have been adopted for space missions. These new technologies have significantly improved satellite performance. For remote sensing satellites, the trend is towards more complex and multi-sensor payloads that...

Enhanced adaptive control for robotic applications

2016/17 • $25,000
This engage grant application is to initiate research with MDA Incorporated, during which the goal is to develop improved control algorithms for robotics applications.Robotic systems are complex mechanical systems, often with numerous joints, and are typically highly nonlinear and subject to...

Software radios for highly integrated system architecture

2012/13-2015/16 • $709,998
This project aims to establish new design methods and digital signal processing techniques for robust and efficient universal navigation and communication equipment in the fields of aeronautics and aerospace. New avionic standards are under study and strong arguments exist for the adoption of...

Additive manufacturing technologies for aerospace components

2013/14-2015/16 • $438,300
Additive Manufacturing (AM) is sought as a very promising processing route to produce components in a more efficient manner, i.e. with shortened supply chains and reduced manufacturing costs / lead times. These aspects are all serious considerations to maintain and allow growth of economical...

Anomaly Detection in Spatiotemporal Data in Maritime Security

2013/14-2015/16 • $109,200
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Manufacturing processes development for one piece RF diplexer in aluminum

2015/16 • $25,000
The project focuses on the joining of a specific aluminum component to save weight by replacing bolted joint by welded, brazed or adhesive bonded joints. Integration of new joining processes will have an impact on the design of new components and the results of this project could apply to an...

Improving of GPS localization by 3D vision

2015/16 • $25,000
GPS-based positioning is often poor near high buildings or interferences such as some electronic devices. This research aims to enhance GPS position accuracy by analyzing a video captured from a camera bound to the GPS sensor. This research is particularly useful for unmanned aerial vehicles...

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,...

NSERC Digital Surface Software Application Network (SurfNet)

2010/11-2014/15 • $4,269,000
The SurfNet Network is a Canadian research alliance of academic researchers and industry partners. The goalof SurfNet is to develop human-focused software applications for digital surfaces that will enhancecollaboration and interaction activities in many vertical markets. Digital surfaces, such...

NSERC/MDA/CSA Industrial Research Chair in Planetary Geology

2010/11-2014/15 • $500,000
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On the Distributed Monitoring of Adaptive Operational Plan Execution

2011/12-2014/15 • $190,434
Information monitoring is essential in work-flow execution environments to provide statistical interpretation onexecuting processes, based on control functions on process parameters. Monitoring aims toward anoptimization trade-off between timely response and comprehensive data gathering. The...

Lidar-Based Visual Odometry, Teach & Repeat, and SLAM for Mobile Robots

2010/11-2014/15 • $120,000
Mobile robots are beginning to be used in a wide variety of situations, including planetary exploration (e.g., NASA Mars Exploration Rovers) and safety-and-security (e.g., bomb disposal robots). As applications become more ambitious, there will be a demand for increased autonomy and robustness...

Complex Behavior Recognition from Aerial Video (CBRAV)

2013/14-2014/15 • $44,800
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Online just-in-time sensor calibration for robotic systems

2014/15 • $25,000
With continued reductions in sensor cost, robotic systems are now often able make use of multiple sensors and sensing modalities to enable robust operation. However, to accurately fuse data from several sensors into a single, consistent representation, the sensors must be calibrated relative to...

Supervisory control system for multi-robot teams

2014/15 • $25,000
While most robots perform tasks in isolation, interest is growing in the use of multi-robot teams (MRTs) toimprove overall system performance and provide new capabilities to robotic systems. MRTs can perform taskswith increased efficiency and can execute tasks not capable by a single robot...

Investigating appropriate data types for custom implementations of Synthetic Aperture Radar Applications

2014/15 • $25,000
Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) imaging technology is used in satellite systems to generate images of the earthin space that can be transmitted to the ground for further analysis. Instead of relying on light bouncing of theearth's surface to generate the images, SAR imaging uses electromagnetic...

Optimal path-planning and direct adaptive control for vehicle proximity operations

2014/15 • $22,005
Upcoming space vehicles will require advanced capabilities to achieve complex and risky missions in a fullyautonomous way. Such complex missions include autonomous proximity operations such as the robotic captureof a free-flyer cargo vehicle designed to resupply the International Space Station,...

Continued Study Single Event Effects in Programmable Devices for Space Instrumentation

2014/15 • $12,500
The aerospace industry is an important sector in the Canadian economy. MDA has been a leading company inCanada for space instrumentation. Radiation effects in microelectronics are a significant reliability concern forspace electronic systems. One type of radiation effects, namely the single...

Méthodologie de conception, vérification, et test des systèmes embarqués tolérants aux radiations

2010/11-2013/14 • $295,500
L'incessante réduction de la taille des transistors rend l'électronique généralement plus sensible à l'effet des radiations cosmiques, ce qui a un impact sur la fiabilité des systèmes embarqués sujets à ces radiations. Certains intervenants du secteur de l'aéronautique n'hésitent pas à...

Modelling and Analysis Methods and Tools to Support Mobile Robotics Design and Control

2011/12-2013/14 • $150,000
Wheeled mobile robots operating on unstructured terrain play an important role in many applications. This project aims at the development of advanced methods, models, and tools to assist in the design, control, and operation of such robotic systems. An important part in the proposed project is...

Strut design based on lattice structure for satellite antennas

2013/14 • $25,000
Satellite antennas need to resist severe mechanical and acoustic vibrations as well as accommodate largethermo-elastic distortions when are launched and orbit in space. One critical requirement is that satelliteantennas must very lightweight to minimize the cost required to launch them in orbit....

Enhancing maritime domain awareness and threat detection through space-time knowledge extraction of novel geographic information sources

2013/14 • $24,974
MDA Systems Ltd. (MDA) is a global leader in communications technology and a pioneer of the Canadian geospatial industry. Satellite-based data are now able to describe the location of all ships at sea in near-real time. As such, MDA is developing enhanced maritime surveillance capacity to...

Visual analytics for emergency management

2010/11-2012/13 • $457,475
Visual analytics, "the science of analytical reasoning facilitated by the interactive visual interface", seeks to develop an evidenced-based approach to the design and evaluation of cognitive systems comprising one or more human decision-makers supported by advanced information and communication...

Exploring simplifications to electronically steerable antennas for meteorological radars

2010/11-2012/13 • $380,400
Long range present day weather radars, whose color images are often seen on television, provide forecasters with information concerning incoming or developing storms. Accurate forecasting is essential to increase our preparedness and reduce the costs of such severe weather. Existing systems do...

Understanding the behavior of carbon fiber reinforced composites in extreme thermal cycling space environment and development of conductive structural adhesive for same

2010/11-2012/13 • $242,000
This research proposal has two objectives: One is to obtain an understanding for the failure mechanism of composite structures used in extreme thermal cycling fatigue due to exposure to space environment. The second objective is to develop structural adhesives that exhibit good electrical...

Optimization problems in satellite mission planning

2011/12-2012/13 • $70,000
Canada's space-based surveillance capabilities are steadily increasing and gaining continued importance. Reasons include security issues, environmental changes and disasters, and monitoring of old and new transportation routes including challenges like opening the Arctic passage for summer...

Applications of InSAR in natural hazards research

2010/11-2012/13 • $44,682
Simon Fraser University (SFU) is partnering with MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates (MDA), ThreeteK Ltda. (Brazil), the Universidade Federale do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), and the Canada Centre for Remote Sensing (CCRS) to apply advanced satellite-based geospatial analysis methods to improve...

Study single event effects in programmable devices for space instrumentation

2012/13 • $25,000
MDA has been a leading company in Canada for developing complex space electronics. Radiation effects in microelectronics are a significant reliability concern for space instrumentation. One type of radiation effects, namely the single event effects due to radiation particles, has become more...


2010/11-2011/12 • $427,500
Securing or monitoring Canada's ports and coastal borders is a complex and difficult task due, in part, the lack of appropriate technology to robustly acquire data in a flexible manner, as well as the challenge of interpreting the data. The AquaNet project will develop autonomous vehicle and...

Wave propagation, antennas and radio systems for future energy efficient aircraft

2010/11-2011/12 • $160,000
The future generations of aircraft will be designed with an increased emphasis on energy efficiency, which calls for reductions in weight and air drag. In this context, the transition from an aluminum to a lighter-weight carbon fiber-based composite fuselage undertaken by major industry players...

Space-based and Airborne Ground Moving Target Indication Radar: Meta-level Tracking and Resource Management

2010/11-2011/12 • $135,000
This project deals with surveillance applications using multifunction radars in the recently launched RADARSAT-2 space-based radar and airborne radars (such as Canada's fleet of CP140 Aurora patrol aircraft). Such multifunction radars are sophisticated sensors that can operate in multiple modes....

Performance evaluation of model-based pose determination and tracking in sparse range data

2010/11-2011/12 • $60,000
In this project we will investigate the model-based pose determination and tracking of satellites in sparse range data. This project builds upon previous work where we have successfully demonstrated these capabilities in uniform random sparse range data sequences. In this project, we will extend...

Design and development of patch antennas and patch antenna arrays for space applications

2011/12 • $25,000
Demands for low frequency, portable and high data rate satellite communication systems operating at UHF bands, creates a need to develop new compact UHF antennas with high gain and large bandwidth. However, if the antenna physical size is decreased, the available bandwidth and gain will decrease...

Human activity recognition from aerial surveillance video

2011/12 • $25,000
We propose to develop algorithms that allow unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to sense hu- mans from aerial video data. We aim to develop algorithms that can recognize human activities, for example detecting humans waving at a search and rescue UAV, or surveillance of activities relevant to a UAV operator.

Advanced User-Interface design and experimental evaluation for Unmanned Vehicle operations

2011/12 • $24,996
MDA is a leading Canadian company that develops robotic systems for various domains such as space, planetary exploration, nuclear industry, tele-surgery, and first response. Such tele-operated and semi-autonomous robots extend human capabilities to inaccessible and hazardous environments without...

Autonomous 3D Site Mapping using Rover(s)

2010/11 • $30,000
Personal identification no. (PIN) 207086 This project involves building a three-dimensional (3D) map of a region of interest using one or more planetary rovers (i.e., mobile robots). The map itself will be built from topographical data (acquired from a 3D sensor such as a laser rangefinder or...

Spatiotemporal stereo vision for space and terrestrial robotics

2010/11 • $23,077
The research that my collaborators and I carry out is in the general area of computer vision, the attempt to endow machines with a sense of sight. From a theoretical point of view this is an important endeavor as it bears on fundamental issues in complex information processing, and may yield...

Acquiring, representing and manipulating large scale 3D structures

2010/11 • $9,152
Personal identification no. (PIN) Family name of applicant Jenkin SUMMARY OF PROPOSAL FOR PUBLIC RELEASE (Use plain language.) This plain language summary will be available to the public If your proposal is funded. Although tt is not mandatory, you may choose to The ability to construct high...

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