University of Ontario Institute of Technology
Oshawa, Canada

The University of Ontario Institute of Technology is a public research university located in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada. The university shares its campus with Durham College. The university was founded in 2002 and accepted its first students in 2003, making it one of Canada's newest universities. The enabling legislation is the University of Ontario Institute of Technology Act, 2002. All undergraduate programs require students to lease a laptop PC from the university as a condition of enrollment, making it Ontario's only laptop-based university. Faculty members also encourage students to use their laptops to complete assignments, perform laboratory research and interact with faculty during lectures. UOIT offers a range of undergraduate programs, and graduate programs in Science, Engineering, Health and Information Technology. The UOIT campus is approximately 400 acres in the northern part of Oshawa. Wikipedia.

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News Article | May 12, 2017

TORONTO, May 12, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Over 300 free events will take place across Canada for the most ambitious edition of Science Rendezvous to date on Saturday, May 13, 2017. Science Rendezvous is Canada’s largest nation-wide science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) festival. This year’s festival will celebrate 10 years of Science Rendezvous and 150 years of Canadian science.  It will launch Science Odyssey, a ten-day showcase of Canadian innovation that is put on by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC). “We’re excited to once again take the lab to the streets – and introduce some bold, new activities across the country,” says Science Rendezvous Executive Director Katie Miller. “Each explosion and experiment helps spark the curiosity of the next generation of great Canadian innovators.” Science Rendezvous is taking over the country from St. John’s to Vancouver, Yonge-Dundas Square and five city blocks of downtown Toronto, and most research institutions in Canada. The festival specializes in giving the public one-of-kind experiences with STEM including: edible liquid capsule creations, augmented reality, robotics, solar-powered race cars, exploding fruit, and Science Chase – an Amazing Race-style competition. In addition to the hands on activities, Science Rendezvous will host NSERC's Innovation Showcase at festival sites across Canada in an effort to bring current Canadian innovation to the public, and demonstrate what can be achieved by collaboration between industry leaders and top Canadian researchers. NSERC is the largest investor in science and engineering research and innovation in Canada. As a convener, they connect universities and colleges with industry partners to enable innovation-driven activities – allowing scientists and engineers across the country to develop world-leading discoveries and work with companies to turn these discoveries into inventions and products that will benefit Canadians. The NSERC Innovation Showcase will be presented by the researchers involved and will be at selected Science Rendezvous event sites across the country.  They are free and open to the public, with most taking place between 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 13, 2017. For more information about Science Rendezvous events and the NSERC Innovation Showcase in your city visit:‐sites/ Science Rendezvous is an annual nation‐wide science festival dedicated to science outreach. Founded in 2008, it has grown to include over 300 simultaneous events in partnership with 40 of Canada’s top research institutions, 6,000 innovators and 122 community organizations across the country. This year’s Science Rendezvous activities will launch the ten-day Science Odyssey series in partnership with the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC). Science Rendezvous is an annual nation‐wide science festival dedicated to science outreach. Founded in 2008, it has grown to include over 300 simultaneous events in partnership with 40 of Canada’s top research institutions and 122 community organizations across 30 cities. This is only a sample of participating venues. See‐sites/ for more details Cybermentor - Telus Spark (Science Centre) (10am – 3pm) Enjoy a fun engineering design activity, guest speakers, industry panel, planetarium live show and reception lunch. Last year, participants designed and built LED “thunder cloud” umbrellas. This year there is an outer space theme.  Take a look at the future solution to our fresh water requirements and desalinate water with bicycle power. Kwantlen Polytechnic University – Langley Campus (11am – 3pm) KPU Langley will be transformed into a family-friendly science festival where the public will get a chance to participate in hands-on experiments, magic shows, tour high-tech patient simulator nursing labs and the state-of-the-art craft brewing lab (19+). Check out the robots, dancing fire display, face painting and walk the campus labyrinth as part of World Labyrinth Day. Simon Fraser University – Burnaby campus (11am – 3pm) Discover the seemingly bizarre behaviour of gases and how they fit in our natural world at the science magic shows. Celebrate International Astronomy Day with tours of Trottier Observatory, astronomy presentations and astronaut photo shoots. Come get your hands on hundreds of other exciting activities including Let’s Talk Science’s game show, Science Chase, liquid nitrogen ice cream making, molecular viewers and more. Let’s Talk Science with the University of British Columbia – The Old Barn Community Centre (10am – 2pm) Join UBC’s Let’s Talk Science for a hands-on day of science discovery. Make edible DNA and DNA bracelets, and finish the day off with slime.  Discover the future of touch screens, the foldable technology, and a glimpse into the future. Aurora Research Institute at East Three Schools (11am – 3pm) Meet with researchers and conduct hands-on experiments while discovering science in a whole new way. Learn about greenhouse composting and build your own flashlight! Check out harpoon-throwing, 3D printing, flying drones, fish dissections and meet visiting scientists at Science Rendezvous’ northernmost participating site. Complete the Science Chase passport to enter for a chance to win one of our exciting prizes. University of Manitoba, Fort Garry Campus, Science and Engineering Bldg (11am – 4pm) Sprint across a vat of corn starch and water to experience a non-Newtonian fluid, take home a balloon sculpture of all your favourite biomolecules and micro-organisms, scream as you test out the bed of nails, then scream some more for instant ice-cream (with just a touch of liquid nitrogen), jam out with a keyboard made of fruit, or play the piano with your feet as you run up and down a flight of stairs. The University of Manitoba is partnering with the Université de Saint-Boniface, Science First, and H2O CREATE to reveal the science all around us. University of Winnipeg (11pm – 3pm) Watch the Chemistry Magic Show, walk on non-Newtonian fluid and spot critters with your high powered scopes. Meet Batmen and Batwomen on campus as they try to save their species. The Prairie Climate Center will explore climate science with all. Memorial University (11pm – 3pm) Discover glow-in-the-dark crystals, explore microscopic pond life, make slime, and solve puzzles. There might even be an explosion or two. Participants will get a chance to do fun and safe hands-on science activities. Plus, there’ll be a marine animal touch tank. Come and see what scientists are up to at Memorial University. Ryerson University at Yonge-Dundas Square (10am – 4pm) Come celebrate Science Rendezvous' 10th event in the heart of downtown Toronto. Ryerson’s Science Rendezvous event takes place in Yonge-Dundas Square, on the south-east corner of Yonge and Dundas in downtown Toronto, one of Canada’s liveliest public areas. Our event offers hands-on activities, demonstrations and stage shows in robotics, water science, energy, engineering, architectural science, and many other scientific areas. This year Ryerson's Faculty of Science is launching the first North American Soapbox Science. The award-winning science outreach platform, created in the UK in 2011, promotes women in science. We have activities for young children, teens and adults. Spend the day with Canadian scientists and innovators and get connected with science. University of Toronto St. George campus (11am – 5pm) Science Rendezvous at the University of Toronto (St. George Campus) will feature numerous exhibits that integrate science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and human ingenuity.  Shutting down large sections of St. George St, this event offers visitors of all ages and backgrounds a chance to interact with world-class researchers, witness awe-inspiring demonstrations, partake in hands-on experiments and, above all, have fun while discovering science in a whole new way. Come and see robots, solar cars, and 3D worlds, build bridges and arches, solve math tricks, identify Earth’s minerals, observe tabletop river bedforms, make slime, extract DNA, meet with zebrafish, leeches, and hissing cockroaches. Get in your time machine and conquer the ultimate Science Chase to be crowned the Science Rendezvous Time Travelling Hero of 2017. Science Odyssey Funfest (10am-4pm) Science Odyssey Funfest in Ottawa is a celebration and learning experience to spark youth’s interest in science and technology. Join us for family-friendly fun with hands-on science and research activities led by federal government departments, universities and external partners. The event will take place right across the street from Dows Lake, which is also where the Canadian Tulip Festival will be held. Queen’s University at Rogers K-ROCK Centre (10am – 3pm) The Rogers K-Rock Centre becomes a giant Science Discovery Centre with something for everyone. Participate in the Math Midway, make a kaleidoscope, be a mathemagical sculpture, explore space inside a Planetarium, see Canada's first Green Chemistry Magic Show, and meet the “real” Batman! There will be special presentations throughout the day inside the Rogers K-Rock Centre and outside on The Tragically Hip Way. The first 1000 families will receive a booklet filled with experiments that can be done at home and passes to local museums. University of Guelph-Humber (10am – 3pm) The Science of YOU: Learn about your body from the inside out. Begin with a peek inside our cells, basic anatomy and the science behind our brains. Explore the science of fitness, health and how the mind and body are connected. University of Ontario Institute of Technology & Durham College (10am – 3pm) Come learn how to make an indicator out of cabbage in our colorful chemistry lab. Explore the rainbow with an exciting dry ice experiment. Discover the magnetic properties of cereal. Uncover visually what is really in those tasty treats you love to eat. Hands-on workshops will allow you to experience being a real scientist. Solve a CSI Oshawa mystery using forensic techniques, play biodiversity bingo, create soap sculptures, flaming gummy bears and much more. GRAND FINALE CELEBRATION (2:30-3pm): music, cake and prizes in celebration of Science Rendezvous' 10th anniversary, Durham College's 50th anniversary and Canada's 150th Birthday. University of Toronto Mississauga and Let’s Talk Science at the Central Library (11am – 4pm) Join Let's Talk Science and scientists from the University of Toronto Mississauga at the Central Library for a day of fun science experiments for all ages. Learn about and get your hands on the innovative research happening in your city. University of Waterloo and Let’s Talk Science (9am – 4pm) Come celebrate Canadian innovation at the St. Jacobs Farmers’ Market, and get your hands on science with fun activities for the whole family. Waterloo Public Library, Main Branch is also hosting activities from 11 — 11:45am. Western University (2pm – 11pm) Activities include making slime, panning for gold, programming mini-robots with color coded lines, solar observing, building Mars rovers to traverse the Martian landscape, and measuring action potentials in muscles. Take part in an action packed Science Chase and be dazzled by the Science stage show that will showcase engaging demonstrations from various science disciplines! University of Windsor Campus and Let’s Talk Science (10am – 4pm) The Science Carnival will once again feature many exciting demonstrations and hands-on activities, including: astronomy demos, Science Photo Booth, robots, Chemistry Magic Show, Phunky Physics Show and much more. York University at Main Street Markham Farmers’ Market (10am – 3pm) Science Rendezvous will be combined with the grand opening of the annual Farmers’ Market (starting at 8am). Activities include squishy circuits, constellation tattoos, vortex smoke cannon, Art of Bubblology, DNA jewelry and so much more. 24 heures de science 24 Hours of Science is Science Rendezvous’ French sister festival – a full day of activities related to science and technology for audiences of all ages starting on Friday at noon, ending at noon on Saturday. Multiple events across Quebec in French and English ( University of Saskatchewan and Let’s Talk Science (10am – 3pm) Take a walk with the dinosaurs, explore the science of dark matter, design your own rockets and Lego robots. Tours of the Natural Science Museum and Rayner’s Dairy Barn will be available. University of Regina (11am – 3pm) The University of Regina is hosting the Canada-Wide Science Fair on May 15 – 20, 2017 and will be open to the public May 20, 2017 from 9am-12pm.

News Article | May 5, 2017

The five new international conferences that will take place in Toronto as a result of the dedication from Leaders Circle Ambassadors will take place between 2017 and 2024 and will gather worldwide thought leaders across a variety of subjects including immigration law, industrial technology, and public health. The combined estimated economic benefit generated for Toronto by these new international meetings is estimated to be more than $22 million. A research grant awarded by the Leaders Circle was presented by Ontario's Minister of Research, Innovation and Science, Minister Moridi, to Dr. Patrizia Albanese from the Department of Sociology at Ryerson University to acknowledge her efforts in leading the successful convention bid for the 2018 ISA World Congress of Sociology and to support the Project named "What are International Meetings Worth on an Intellectual Level? An Ethnographic Case Study & Evaluation of an International Networking Opportunity among Canadian Junior Scholars in the Lead-Up to a World Congress". "High-profile international meetings in Ontario provide a spotlight for our leading researchers, entrepreneurs and innovators to shine," said Reza Moridi, Ontario's Minister of Research, Innovation and Science. "The Leaders Circle acknowledges and rewards the efforts of professionals who bring important international meetings to Toronto. For the province's researchers and innovators, this recognition is an added bonus that helps sustain them on their path to discovery." "Toronto has a rich research and innovation story to tell and The Leaders Circle is proud to help members tell these stories to the world," said Kathy Nicolay, Leaders Circle Manager. "Tonight's theme of 'coming together' reflects our successful bidding partnerships and also celebrates new strategic partnerships with thought leaders from various industries." "I absolutely would recommend working with Leaders Circle and Tourism Toronto for anyone who is beginning down the path of trying to bid for an international congress," said Ambassador Corinne Eisenbraun, Director of Education & Policy Programs at Dietitians of Canada. "They had the depth in their support staff to really help us put forward a highly professional presentation.  We can bring the content expertise and the subject matter expertise, but the real business of hosting a congress and of putting such an event on needs professional support through the Leaders Circle and Tourism Toronto." Dr. Maurice Bitran Chief Executive Officer & Chief Science Officer at the Ontario Science Centre Association of Science – Technology Centres 2019 Annual Conference Ms. Catherine Paisley Vice President, Science Education & Education Experience at the Ontario Science Centre Association of Science – Technology Centres 2019 Annual Conference Dr. Dimitri Androutsos Chair and Professor, Ryerson University Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering 2021 IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing (ICASSP) Dr. Kostas Plataniotis Professor, University of Toronto Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering & Bell Canada Chair in Multimedia 2021 IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing (ICASSP) Dr. Xiao Ping (Steven) Zhang Professor, Ryerson University Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering 2021 IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing (ICASSP) Dr. Sheldon Williamson Associate Professor, University of Ontario Institute of Technology Department of Electrical, Computer and Software Engineering IEEE 18th International Conference on Industrial Technology Ms. Corinne Eisenbraun Director of Education Policy & Programs, Dietitians of Canada 19th International Congress of Dietetics About the Leaders Circle The Leaders Circle program partners with top thinkers, innovators, and researchers throughout the Toronto region to bring international meetings to the city. These meetings showcase Toronto as a place of innovation, excellence and opportunity. Supported by the Metro Toronto Convention Centre and Tourism Toronto, the Leaders Circle ensures Toronto hosts international meetings that provide a transfer of knowledge, build on the city's global reputation, promote innovation and ground breaking institutions, and leave a legacy of social and economic benefits to the city and region. For more, please visit

University of Ontario Institute of Technology | Date: 2017-02-08

When an information space is larger than the display, it is typical for interfaces to only support interacting with content that is rendered within its viewport. Various embodiments are described herein for several spatial off-screen exploration techniques that make use of the interaction space around the physical display to support interacting with off-screen content. These techniques include one or more of Paper Distortion, Dynamic Distortion, Content-Aware Dynamic Peephole Inset, Spatial Panning, and Point2Pan. To enable a detailed analysis of spatial interaction systems, a web-based visualization system was developed called SpatialVis, which visualizes logged data of a video screen capture of the associated user interface for various spatial interactions by the user.

Rosen M.A.,University of Ontario Institute of Technology
Energy | Year: 2010

Hydrogen demand as an energy currency is anticipated to rise significantly in the future, with the emergence of a hydrogen economy. Hydrogen production is a key component of a hydrogen economy. Several production processes are commercially available, while others are under development including thermochemical water decomposition, which has numerous advantages over other hydrogen production processes. Recent advances in hydrogen production by thermochemical water decomposition are reviewed here. Hydrogen production from non-fossil energy sources such as nuclear and solar is emphasized, as are efforts to lower the temperatures required in thermochemical cycles so as to expand the range of potential heat supplies. Limiting efficiencies are explained and the need to apply exergy analysis is illustrated. The copper-chlorine thermochemical cycle is considered as a case study. It is concluded that developments of improved processes for hydrogen production via thermochemical water decomposition are likely to continue, thermochemical hydrogen production using such non-fossil energy will likely become commercial, and improved efficiencies are expected to be obtained with advanced methodologies like exergy analysis. Although numerous advances have been made on sulphur-iodine cycles, the copper-chlorine cycle has significant potential due to its requirement for process heat at lower temperatures than most other thermochemical processes. © 2009 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Lin X.,University of Ontario Institute of Technology
IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications | Year: 2013

Privacy-preserving Vehicular Peer-to-Peer Network (VPNET) is particularly vulnerable to sybil attack, where a malicious vehicle can abuse its multiple unlinkable pseudo-ids to pretend multiple and distinct vehicles in the network. To make the matter even worse, due to the privacy-preserving network environment, zero-day sybil vulnerability is hard to defend against, i.e., a vehicle cannot locally detect a sybil attacker before the attacker is formally revoked. In this paper, aiming at mitigating zero-day sybil vulnerability in privacy-preserving VPNET, we propose an efficient Local Sybil Resistance scheme, called LSR, to locally detect sybil attack. Especially, in the proposed LSR scheme, if a vehicle never signs an event more than once, the signatures it signed cannot be linked, and its privacy can be well protected. However, if a vehicle signs two or more signatures on the same event, any vehicle can easily link these signatures and thus detect a sybil attack locally. Moreover, with two-layer/multi-layer reporting, a sybil attack can be quickly reported to a trusted authority (TA) for tracking the sybil attacker's real identity and making global revocation. Detailed security analysis demonstrates that the proposed LSR scheme can enhance the security of a privacy-preserving VPNET, such as locally detecting sybil attack, preventing a sybil attacker's future attacks before its being revoked by TA, et al. In addition, performance evaluation via extensive simulations also confirms the high effectiveness of the proposed LSR scheme. © 2013 IEEE.

Ammam M.,University of Ontario Institute of Technology
RSC Advances | Year: 2012

Classical electrophoretic deposition (EPD) relies on continuous direct current (CDC) to deposit charged particles on electrodes. In recent decades, modulated electric fields such as pulsed direct current (PDC) and alternating current (AC) have been investigated. This paper reviews EPD under these modulated electric fields and major applications of the deposited microstructures. The paper starts with a short overview of EPD principals such as the electrical double layer of the charged particle, electrophoretic mobility and main suspension parameters including zeta potential, particle size, conductivity, viscosity and stability of the suspension. The EPD mechanisms from the earliest model reported by Hamaker and Verwey to latest models including Sarkar and Nicholson model and influence of the electrohydrodynamics and electroosmosis as well as electrode surface and its electrochemical double layer on the deposition process have been briefly discussed. Two categories of modulated electric fields, PDC and AC fields have been addressed with their advantages and disadvantages. It is found that compared to CDC, PDC offers the advantage of: i) reducing the coalescence between gas bubbles induced by water electrolysis from aqueous suspensions, hence yielding deposition of smooth and uniform coatings, ii) reducing aggregation and disaggregation of nanometer sized particles, leading to formation of uniform and homogenous deposits and, iii) PDC generates low change in pH near the electrode, thus it is convenient for deposition of biochemical and biological species in their highly active states. The main disadvantage of PDC over CDC lies in the decrease of the deposition yield. The latter can be more pronounced if low time-pulses are used. Various categories of AC signals including symmetrical fields with no net DC component and asymmetrical AC signals without and with net DC component have been discussed. Overall, the deposition rate under AC fields increases with polarization time and amplitude. With respect to frequency, the deposition rate increases with frequency up to certain value then drops at elevated frequencies. It is noted that deposition under AC signals offers the possibility to produce superior quality coatings from aqueous suspensions because electrolysis of water as well as particle orientation during the deposition could be controlled. From the application standpoint, PDC and AC, offers new application perspectives such as in biotechnology. Because under modulated electric fields, EPD can now be accomplished from aqueous suspensions with low water electrolysis rates, a variety of biochemical and biological species can be deposited to yield highly active layers suitable for a wide range of applications including biosensors, biofuel cells and bioreactors. This journal is © 2012 The Royal Society of Chemistry.

Kay R.H.,University of Ontario Institute of Technology
Computers in Human Behavior | Year: 2012

The purpose of this article was to provide a comprehensive review of research on video podcasts from 2002 to 2011 in order to guide future studies and educational practice. Fifty-three, peer-reviewed articles were selected from an extensive search of the literature. Key topics included the history and growth of video podcasts, types of podcasts, previous literature reviews, benefits and challenges of using video podcasts, methodological concerns, and suggestions for future research. Key benefits included positive affective and cognitive attitudes toward video podcasts, control over learning, improved study habits, and increased learning performance. Key challenges included a variety of technical problems, preference of some students for lectures, and reduced class attendance. Methodological concerns involved insufficient description of video podcasts examined, limited sample selection and description, and the absence of reliability and validity estimates for data collection tools. Suggestions for future research include focusing on the quality and design of video podcasts, pedagogical strategies, viewing patterns and impact on learning effectiveness, and in individual differences in video podcast use. © 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Ammam M.,University of Ontario Institute of Technology
Journal of Materials Chemistry A | Year: 2013

Today, sensing represents one of the key topics in current science and technology. Polyoxometalates (POMs), which are defined as early transition metal clusters, are considered as one of the most growing fields of research and development in sensing. This paper discusses the promising prospects of POMs in sensing. The paper starts with brief definitions about the formation of POMs. The two basic structures of POMs, Keggin and Dawson, as well as some combined structures are discussed. The interesting properties of POMs particularly as acid catalysts, in medicine, in redox chemistry and in magnetism are briefly mentioned. The main methods used for the deposition of POMs on solid supports (substrates) including chemisorption, electrodeposition, encapsulation in polymers and sol-gels, immobilization using the Langmuir-Blodgett process, layer by layer assemblies as well as deposition via formation of hybrid POM-organic moieties are discussed with their advantages and disadvantages. Finally, the potential applications of immobilized POMs on solid substrates as sensors for the detection and determination of analytes both in liquid and in the gas phase are addressed and compared. This journal is © The Royal Society of Chemistry 2013.

Dincer I.,University of Ontario Institute of Technology
International Journal of Hydrogen Energy | Year: 2012

This paper discusses environmentally benign and sustainable, as green, methods for hydrogen production and categorizes them based on the driving sources and applications. Some potential sources are electrical, thermal, biochemical, photonic, electro-thermal, photo-thermal, photo-electric, photo-biochemical, and thermal-biochemical. Such forms of energy can be derived from renewable sources, nuclear energy and from energy recovery processes for hydrogen production purposes. These processes are analyzed and assessed for comparison purposes. Various case studies are presented to highlight the importance of green hydrogen production methods and systems for practical applications. © 2011, Hydrogen Energy Publications, LLC. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

University of Ontario Institute of Technology | Date: 2015-07-07

Embodiments relate generally to access control, and more particularly to systems and methods for providing access control based on user intent. An intent-based access control method is provided comprising: receiving, from a user, a request to gain access to a protected resource; presenting stimuli to the user to evoke a physiological or behavioral response at one or more time points or time periods; receiving a signal of the physiological or behavioral response, the one or more physiological signals associated with one or more time codes that correspond to the one or more time points or time periods for the presenting of the stimuli; processing the received signal to assess an intention of the user; and in response to the processing, selectively granting the user access to the protected resource. Various systems, methods, and non-transitory computer-readable media are also described.

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