The University of Ottawa Faculty of Engineering has disclosed several research and technology partnership opportunities to OTTN in recent years.

The Faculty of Engineering has become a strong partner for industrial research partnerships. The faculty has participated in OTTN technology development programs, and other research partnerships programs such as OTTN’s www.sme4sme  program and partnership programs available from NSERC, OCE, and other specialised industry programs such as SDTC, and the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Trade.

The Faculty of Engineering has a strong focus on inter-disciplinary research in the following strategic areas: 

  • e-Society
  • Bio and health engineering
  • Critical infrastructure design and survivability
  • Sustainable energy and environmental technologies

As evidence of the high level of applied research taking place at the Faculty of Engineering, the OTTN is please to highlight the following list of projects and technologies that are open for licensing and research collaboration with Faculty of Engineering researchers. All University of Ottawa technologies can be viewed at the AUTM Global Technology Portal.

CARS Microscopy

CARS microscopy technology is an imaging technique for biological samples that provides high resolution and chemical selectivity. A prototype is ready for testing in your application.

Carbon Fibre Parts Manufacturing for 3D shapes

This 3D preform technology saves time and labour costs for composite parts manufacturing in the automotive, aerospace, sports, and other market sectors.

CO2 Scrubber Based on Surface Modified Nanoporous Silicas

These recyclable Carbon Dioxide (CO2) adsorbents show high adsorption capacity that is highly selective for CO2 and is fast and reversible, thus allowing the adsorbent to be reused repeatedly in a rapid high throughput periodic cyclic adsorption process. It has use in varied applications such as industrial emmissions scrubbing and closed loop breathing devices for medicine, recreation, and rescue.

Compact and Low Cost Femtosecond Laser

This femtosecond laser is fiber based is much smaller than existing solid state lasers, enabling a portable unit for the first time. Now confocal and nonlinear optical microscopy can move from the central lab to the clinic. It has potential to improve techniques in dentistry (surgery and cosmetics), micro-machining, ophthalmology (laser eye surgery), tattoo removal, and other surgical applications (Nano-surgery and heart surgery).

Efficient Cooling for Refrigeration, Ventilation, and Industrial Process

This evaporative cooling system provides a compact heat sink for chillers used in ventilation, appliances, and industrial process. No matter how warm it is outside, this system can provide efficient evaporative cooling, at a fraction the size of traditional evaporative coolers, offering a strong alternative to air cooling.

Shoulder surfing resistant graphical password with haptics

This technology addresses the problem of identity theft. The technology combines the use of user defined graphical shapes entered onto an input device which is also capable of measuring the relative pressure of application of the input mechanism (stylus) at varying points in the shape.

Fault detection for Gearboxes and Bearings

This software system detects faults at a much earlier stage than current systems, allowing the operator to better optimize system maintenance. Early detection of faults in gearboxes and bearings is crucial in order to minimize expensive repairs with significant down time for applications such as wind turbines, where stresses are high, and failure results in expensive repairs in remote locations.

H.264 Watermarking Scheme for video and audio

This robust and imperceptible digital watermark scheme can be used to protect digital media from pirating and tampering. It effectively protects the holders of copyright, while maintaining the flexibility and high definition video and audio quality the consumers expect.

Higher Efficiency Wireless Sensor Networks Optimised for Load

The technology is a traffic splitting protocol for multipath routing in wireless sensor networks that enables a better distribution of traffic for longer lasting and more efficient sensor networks. Most systems look for the shortest path, but the shortest route is not always the fastest when networks are congested. This algorithm enables a node to choose the path according to load, as well as length of the path in order to optimise the resources of the network.

Image rendering for Smart phones and thin clients

This algorithm has been developed specifically for mobile devices, smart phones, set top boxes, and dumb terminals, that have limited processing, networking, and display capabilities. It enables higher quality images and user experiences for games offered through Gaming as a Service (Gaas) on these devices.

Reconfiguarable Multimedia Collaboration System (RCMS)

The Reconfigurable Multimedia Collaboration System (RMCS) acts as processor performing SIP and XML related tasks at the hardware level. The RMCS is an embedded system for establishing multimedia communications sessions with multiple users through the internet. Sessions may be established with arbitrary number of users and communication may take place using audio, video or text data.

Light Weight Cooling Garment for 3-4 hours use

This cooling garment includes a pouch that provides extended cooling for workers in hot environments through the use of pre-charged light weight pouches. The technology is called absorptive membrane vacuum evaporative cooling (AMVEC). It provides heat removal without requiring the portable power supply of water cooled systems.

LVM Fault Localization Technology for Transparent Optical Networks

The fault localization technology for transparent optical networks is designed to minimise data loss in response to a network fault such as a cable break. The technology is designed for large networks with a significant number of nodes or/and distance in order to minimise network down time due.

Multibase Computation on ECC

A method and apparatus for accelerating scalar multiplication in an elliptic curve cryptosystem (ECC) over prime fields is provided.

Optimal Routing in networks with Forced Routing requirements

This traffic routing algorithm provides an advantage for networks where there is a forced path imposed through forced routing. Forced routing is seen in optical networks when governments or other organisations have mandated that traffic pass a specific server for security and monitoring purposed, thereby leaving a bottleneck in the system. Forced routing can also be imposed in wireless networks where certain nodes have power constraints. This technology minimises the impact these bottlenecks.

Reducing Interference in wireless signals

The technology provides an adaptive clear channel assessment (ACCA) technique for improving the performance of ZigBee/IEEE 802.15.4 communications when there is varying interference from collocated wireless local area networks (WLANs). The technique improves the performance of ZigBee network, reduces network interference problems, and reduces energy consumption.

Retrobelt – Seismic Retrofit of Concrete Columns

Retrobelt provides a quick and affordable method to protect square, elliptical, and circular columns against earthquake damage. The RetroBelt has been extensively tested under simulated seismic loading in the the Univerity of Ottawa Structures Laboratory.

RoboAL 2 Robot Assembly

This package will allow a fourth year engineering student or equivalent to build the RoboAL 2 robot.

RFID Security

Our algorithms offer a low cost means to protect data transmitted by RFID tags without compromising security. Radio frequency identification tags (RFID) are widely used because they are cheap and versatile. These properties also make them vulnerable to data skimming by third parties, as most security sustems increase the cost and power requirements. Our technology differs by using minimal processing resources so RFID tag users can ensure the data stored on their tags cannot be deciphered by others, while they maintain the characteristics that attracted them to RFID in the first place.

About Ottawa Technology Transfer Network
The Ottawa Technology Transfer Network (OTTN) is a collaboration among academic research institutions affiliated with the University of Ottawa and who's goal is to enhance the economic impact of research commercialization through the sharing of best practices, enhanced market knowledge, student engagement and proactive industrial interation. OTTN members include the University of Ottawa, the Ottawa Hospital Research Institutie (OHRI), the Childrens' Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) and the Unviversity of Ottawa Heart Institute (UOHI)

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