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News Article | February 15, 2017
Site: www.marketwired.com

TORONTO, ON--(Marketwired - February 09, 2017) - Instructors from EQ Trainers delivered employment skills workshops for youth in the Greater Toronto Area. Workshop participants learned about the local job market from representatives of area employers and benefited from networking opportunities with industry professionals. These workshops were organized at the campus of University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) and at the YMCA Employment Services office in Whitby. Attendees included recent graduates interested in full-time positions as well as current students seeking summer internship and co-op placements. "We work closely with student associations at universities and colleges because they help us to bring our programs to their campuses," said Vik Pant, Founder of EQ Trainers. "By partnering with YMCA Employment Services we are also able to expand the reach of our programs to those youth that are not enrolled in universities or colleges." Participants learned about critical success factors in competitive job markets through lectures that were delivered by industry practitioners from leading organizations in Canada. These workshops helped participants to enhance their emotional intelligence and improve their chances of finding gainful employment. Experienced professionals imparted career skills such as building differentiated LinkedIn profiles, interviewing, and negotiating compensation packages. "This EQ Trainers session was very informative and allowed me to get a better understanding of what is expected of me in the job market," said Aditi Bhavsar, a third year business and commerce student at UOIT. "The instructors did an excellent job of training students in many aspects of professional and leadership skills." Guest speakers from premier organizations including American Express, the Canadian National Exhibition, and Oracle spoke with attendees at these workshops. They shared their experiences about the Canadian employment market and discussed relevant vacancies in their organizations. Industry experts also offered guidance to participants while they developed their personalized action plans for applying to job openings. EQ Trainers has calibrated its workshops to accommodate several factors that are changing the employment landscape of full-time starter jobs that are available to youth in Canada. These factors include offshoring and automation of entry level jobs, proliferation of short-term gigs (so-called "gig economy"), as well as the legitimation of unpaid trainee internships. "Domain knowledge is a necessary but not a sufficient condition for launching a successful career in the current economy," said Yash Sharma, Corporate Account Manager at American Express. "Professional communication, organizational success, and workplace leadership skills, which are the focus of EQ Trainers workshops, are crucial for differentiating oneself in a crowded job market." EQ Trainers is a non-profit social venture that offers employment skills training to university and college students in Canada. Its training modules are designed to increase the employment opportunities that are available to graduates of Canadian universities and colleges. EQ Trainers offers inter-personal skills training via on-campus seminars, lectures, and workshops that help participants to improve their emotional intelligence. Its name reflects its team's focus on Emotional Quotient -- which is the cornerstone of entrepreneurial and professional success in today's knowledge-driven global economy.


Zhu E.,University of Toronto | Nargesian F.,University of Toronto | Pu K.Q.,UOIT | Miller R.J.,University of Toronto
Proceedings of the VLDB Endowment | Year: 2016

We study the problem of domain search where a domain is a set of distinct values from an unspecified universe. We use Jaccard set containment score, defined as |Q ∩X|/|Q|, as the measure of relevance of a domain X to a query domain Q. Our choice of Jaccard set containment over Jaccard similarity as a measure of relevance makes our work particularly suitable for searching Open Data and data on the web, as Jaccard similarity is known to have poor performance over sets with large differences in their domain sizes. We demonstrate that the domains found in several real-life Open Data and web data repositories show a power-law distribution over their domain sizes. We present a new index structure, Locality Sensitive Hashing (LSH) Ensemble, that solves the domain search problem using set containment at Internet scale. Our index structure and search algorithm cope with the data volume and skew by means of data sketches using Minwise Hashing and domain partitioning. Our index structure does not assume a prescribed set of data values. We construct a cost model that describes the accuracy of LSH Ensemble with any given partitioning. This allows us to formulate the data partitioning for LSH Ensemble as an optimization problem. We prove that there exists an optimal partitioning for any data distribution. Furthermore, for datasets following a powerlaw distribution, as observed in Open Data and Web data corpora, we show that the optimal partitioning can be approximated using equi-depth, making it particularly efficient to use in practice. We evaluate our algorithm using real data (Canadian Open Data and WDC Web Tables) containing up over 262 million domains. The experiments demonstrate that our index consistently outperforms other leading alternatives in accuracy and performance. The improvements are most dramatic for data with large skew in the domain sizes. Even at 262 million domains, our index sustains query performance with under 3 seconds response time. © 2016 VLDB Endowment 21508097/ 16/08.


News Article | November 21, 2016
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TORONTO, ON--(Marketwired - November 21, 2016) - dynaCERT Inc. (TSX VENTURE: DYA) ( : DYFSF) ("dynaCERT" or the "Company") is pleased to provide a corporate update. All outstanding warrants of the company have been exercised funding the company treasury with $2,928,974. Funds will be used for operations for production of the HydraGen™ units. We are now planning new R&D efforts in different applications, a targeted marketing programme and focused attention on increasing sales. dynaCERT has engaged a seasoned manufacturing consultant to develop our new production facility as we continue to assemble units in our current premises. The production target in our new facility is 6,000 units per month to fulfill anticipated sales. In addition to the agency agreements previously announced, we are actively interviewing strategic sales firms in different regions across North America and Europe with direct contacts to the local transportation, heavy equipment and power-generation firms. The plan is to create a wide distribution network that represents dynaCERT and the HydraGen™ product effectively. Automotive Centre of Excellence (ACE) at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) testing results reported in press release dated November 15, 2016, verified up to 19.2% fuel consumption reductions. As well, results yielded up to 40% reductions in greenhouse gases for the Class 8 diesel truck engines. We continue to test smaller versions of the HydraGen™ unit, for use on diesel engines in the light truck and passenger vehicle markets, at an independent third party accredited facility in the United States. Results from the American testing centre will be press released when received by dynaCERT. dynaCERT has submitted several applications for Federal and Provincial grants supporting business growth, Research and Development and expansion of our technology and Intellectual Property. This includes developing, testing and verification for off-road construction vehicles, railroad locomotives, ocean-going ships, off-the-grid systems and land-based power generation units. Jim Payne, President and CEO of dynaCERT, states, "We are thrilled with the recently announced third party validation and testing results. The HydraGen™'s capability to reach up to 40% in the reduction of greenhouse gases and over 19% in fuel savings met and exceeded our expectations. Trucks equipped with the HydraGen™ unit can reduce particulate matter by over 65%, significantly reducing the black smoke being emitted into the environment. The 550+ pages of testing results have provided the company with valuable data enabling us to further program our new Smart ECU to maximize performance for all applications." As released on November 08, 2016, dynaCERT Inc. was chosen as one of Canada's Top 20 hottest most innovative small- and mid-market tech public companies for 2016 by the Canadian Innovation Exchange (CIX). dynaCERT's President and CEO, Jim Payne will be presenting our company and technology to an audience of Canada's top tech investors and peers at the CIX public investor day. This year's event will be held at MaRS Discovery District in Toronto on November 23, 2016 and is unique to any other showcase event in Canada. dynaCERT Inc. manufactures, distributes, and installs Carbon Emission Reduction Technology for use with internal combustion engines. Our patent-pending technology creates hydrogen and oxygen on-demand through electrolysis and supplies these additives through the air intake to enhance combustion, resulting in lower carbon emissions and greater fuel efficiency. Our technology is currently in use with on-road applications. More information can be found at www.dynaCERT.com. Except for statements of historical fact, this news release contains certain "forward-looking information" within the meaning of applicable securities law. Forward-looking information is frequently characterized by words such as "plan", "expect", "project", "intend", "believe", "anticipate", "estimate" and other similar words, or statements that certain events or conditions "may" or "will" occur. In particular, forward-looking information in this press release includes, but is not limited to periodic updates of results, testing programs and results, negotiations with third parties concerning potential business transactions, and the timing of certain going forward projects. Although we believe that the expectations reflected in the forward-looking information are reasonable, there can be no assurance that such expectations will prove to be correct. We cannot guarantee future results, performance or achievements. Consequently, there is no representation that the actual results achieved will be the same, in whole or in part, as those set out in the forward-looking information. Forward-looking information is based on the opinions and estimates of management at the date the statements are made, and are subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual events or results to differ materially from those anticipated in the forward-looking information. Some of the risks and other factors that could cause the results to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking information include, but are not limited to: uncertainty as to whether our strategies and business plans will yield the expected benefits; availability and cost of capital; the ability to identify and develop and achieve commercial success for new products and technologies; the level of expenditures necessary to maintain and improve the quality of products and services; changes in technology and changes in laws and regulations; the uncertainty of the emerging hydrogen economy; including the hydrogen economy moving at a pace not anticipated; our ability to secure and maintain strategic relationships and distribution agreements; and the other risk factors disclosed under our profile on SEDAR at www.sedar.com. Readers are cautioned that this list of risk factors should not be construed as exhaustive. The forward-looking information contained in this news release is expressly qualified by this cautionary statement. We undertake no duty to update any of the forward-looking information to conform such information to actual results or to changes in our expectations except as otherwise required by applicable securities legislation. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking information. Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of the release. On Behalf of the Board


News Article | November 15, 2016
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TORONTO, ON--(Marketwired - November 15, 2016) - dynaCERT Inc. (TSX VENTURE: DYA) ( : DYFSF) ("dynaCERT" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that a major milestone has been reached in the development and validation of their HydraGen™ unit for Class 8 truck application. Fuel consumption and emissions testing of the HydraGen™ unit on a Class 8 truck while exposed to real world road load and environmental conditions was carried out using the Climatic Wind Tunnel (CWT) of the Automotive Centre of Excellence (ACE) at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) in Oshawa, Ontario. The objective of this dynamometer testing was to simulate real-life environments with high accuracy and repeatable conditions on an in-service Class 8 truck to determine how much H /O was required for a minimum of 8% fuel reduction while at the same time maintaining the same power and torque. Fuel consumption was measured by rerouting the fuel supply system to an external fuel drum placed on a precision scale. As fuel was consumed the scale measured the weight of the drum over the time of the test. The fuel weight and time were recorded by the CWT data acquisition system. Emissions were measured by using portable emissions equipment supplied by dynaCERT. Several trials were done with two different Class 8 tractors at different combinations of velocity, force load and H /O settings. There was 20+ hours of testing completed producing over 550 pages of valuable data which has been instrumental in the further development and algorithms for our new Smart ECU. While altering flow of gases, and depending on different settings of H /O , test results verified a range of fuel consumption reductions from 2.7% to 19.2% equally on post EGR and pre-EGR engines. Emission reduction ranged from 10% to 40% of greenhouse gases (Carbon Monoxide, Carbon Dioxide, Nitrogen Oxide) and greater than 65% reduction in particulate matter. ACE is a research and testing facility that offers chambers and technology for climatic, structural durability and life-cycle testing and research. Facilities include one of the largest and most sophisticated climatic wind tunnels on the planet. In this test chamber, wind speeds can reach 280 kph with temperatures that range from -40 to +60°C. With our solar arrays and storm generators we can create any weather condition imaginable from sweltering jungle downpours to the paralyzing cold of an arctic storm. We use these chambers to test automotive and aerospace products, to improve the performance of elite athletes and to provide services to many other markets including the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle industry. More information can be found at ace.uoit.ca. Jim Payne, President & CEO of dynaCERT states, "We are pleased to announce these positive results. The management and engineering team at ACE was a pleasure to work with. Their professionalism and commitment to work through 20+ straight hours of testing was very impressive. As a Canadian company, we look forward to an ongoing relationship working with this state of the art Canadian facility, the "Automotive Centre of Excellence", as we further develop our product suite and offering to the market." dynaCERT Inc. manufactures, distributes, and installs Carbon Emission Reduction Technology for use with internal combustion engines. Our patent-pending technology creates hydrogen and oxygen on-demand through electrolysis and supplies these additives through the air intake to enhance combustion, resulting in lower carbon emissions and greater fuel efficiency. Our technology is currently in use with on-road applications. More information can be found at www.dynaCERT.com. Except for statements of historical fact, this news release contains certain "forward-looking information" within the meaning of applicable securities law. Forward-looking information is frequently characterized by words such as "plan", "expect", "project", "intend", "believe", "anticipate", "estimate" and other similar words, or statements that certain events or conditions "may" or "will" occur. In particular, forward-looking information in this press release includes, but is not limited to periodic updates of results, testing programs and results, negotiations with third parties concerning potential business transactions, and the timing of certain going forward projects. Although we believe that the expectations reflected in the forward-looking information are reasonable, there can be no assurance that such expectations will prove to be correct. We cannot guarantee future results, performance or achievements. Consequently, there is no representation that the actual results achieved will be the same, in whole or in part, as those set out in the forward-looking information. Forward-looking information is based on the opinions and estimates of management at the date the statements are made, and are subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual events or results to differ materially from those anticipated in the forward-looking information. Some of the risks and other factors that could cause the results to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking information include, but are not limited to: uncertainty as to whether our strategies and business plans will yield the expected benefits; availability and cost of capital; the ability to identify and develop and achieve commercial success for new products and technologies; the level of expenditures necessary to maintain and improve the quality of products and services; changes in technology and changes in laws and regulations; the uncertainty of the emerging hydrogen economy; including the hydrogen economy moving at a pace not anticipated; our ability to secure and maintain strategic relationships and distribution agreements; and the other risk factors disclosed under our profile on SEDAR at www.sedar.com. Readers are cautioned that this list of risk factors should not be construed as exhaustive. The forward-looking information contained in this news release is expressly qualified by this cautionary statement. We undertake no duty to update any of the forward-looking information to conform such information to actual results or to changes in our expectations except as otherwise required by applicable securities legislation. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking information. Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of the release. On Behalf of the Board


Berg P.,Norwegian University of Science and Technology | Boland A.,UOIT
Natural Resources Research | Year: 2014

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) commissioned a special report on emissions scenarios in 2000 so as to forecast global carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions for a variety of assumptions. These scenarios have been subjected to a multitude of criticisms, alleging overoptimistic predictions for fossil fuel production rates. Intrigued by this controversy, this paper employs the Hubbert linearization technique to solve for ultimately recoverable resources (URR) of fossil fuels for six significant IPCC scenarios. The predictions are substantially higher than geological URR estimates found in recent literature, ranging from 19 to over 200% higher for oil, 16 to over 500% for coal, and 171 to over 500% for natural gas, depending on the scenario. Subsequently, the atmospheric CO2 concentrations resulting from full consumption of URR related to IPCC data, as well as literature-based URR, are determined with a simple model. The former concentrations range from 640 to over 1,300 ppm. In comparison, the peak-based URR in the literature yield 463-577 ppm. All of these figures are higher than the 450 ppm 'threshold' which some see as critical. Therefore, despite peaking fossil fuels, concern over climate change is still warranted. At the same time, the fossil fuel production inputs to the IPCC's CO2 emissions models appear predominantly overoptimistic, which calls into question the accuracy of the climate change assessment outputs. Moving forward, the IPCC is encouraged to re-assess its fossil fuel forecasts, incorporating more reasonable scenarios for peak production of fossil fuels. © 2013 International Association for Mathematical Geology.


Hassanzadeh O.,IBM | Pu K.Q.,UOIT | Yeganeh S.H.,University of Toronto | Miller R.J.,University of Toronto | And 3 more authors.
Proceedings of the VLDB Endowment | Year: 2013

A basic step in integration is the identification of linkage points, i.e., finding attributes that are shared (or related) between data sources, and that can be used to match records or entities across sources. This is usually performed using a match operator, that associates attributes of one database to another. However, the massive growth in the amount and variety of unstructured and semistructured data on theWeb has created new challenges for this task. Such data sources often do not have a fixed pre-defined schema and contain large numbers of diverse attributes. Furthermore, the end goal is not schema alignment as these schemas may be too heterogeneous (and dynamic) to meaningfully align. Rather, the goal is to align any overlapping data shared by these sources. We will show that even attributes with different meanings (that would not qualify as schema matches) can sometimes be useful in aligning data. The solution we propose in this paper replaces the basic schemamatching step with a more complex instance-based schema analysis and linkage discovery. We present a framework consisting of a library of efficient lexical analyzers and similarity functions, and a set of search algorithms for effective and efficient identification of linkage points over Web data. We experimentally evaluate the effectiveness of our proposed algorithms in real-world integration scenarios in several domains. © 2013 VLDB Endowment.


Sood V.,UOIT | Patel H.,Gujarat University
2010 Joint International Conference on Power Electronics, Drives and Energy Systems, PEDES 2010 and 2010 Power India | Year: 2010

This paper presents a detailed comparison of direct and vector control strategies for a Voltage Source Converter (VSC) operated HVDC transmission system. The system is, simulated with EMTP-RV simulation package, to investigate its operational performance. The simulation results with both control strategies shows a satisfactory performance under steady state behaviour, but, due to cross-coupling between the control parameters direct control technique is unable to provide independent control of active power, reactive power and AC voltage. This can provide non-optimal recovery behaviour under transient and dynamic conditions. The simulation results provided validate the vector control strategy for optimal independent control of system parameters such as active and reactive power during transient and steady state operation. © 2010 IEEE.


Sood V.K.,UOIT
2010 Joint International Conference on Power Electronics, Drives and Energy Systems, PEDES 2010 and 2010 Power India | Year: 2010

In this paper, a hybrid power flow controller (HPFC) configuration for flexible AC transmission system (FACTS) is evaluated. It consists of a reactive power compensator and two voltage source converters (VSCs). Here the VSCs can exchange power through a common DC circuit. The system is simulated using Electro Magnetic Transients Program - Restructured Version (EMTP-RV). A dynamic control scheme is presented. The validity of the mathematical model and feasibility of active and reactive power flow in the controller has been evaluated. Simulation results present the performance of HPFC. © 2010 IEEE.


Waller E.,UOIT | Kaye M.H.,UOIT
European Journal of Engineering Education | Year: 2012

Problem solving is an essential skill for nuclear engineering graduates entering the workforce. Training in qualitative and quantitative aspects of problem solving allows students to conceptualise and execute solutions to complex problems. Solutions to problems in high consequence fields of study such as nuclear engineering require rapid and accurate analysis of the problems, design of solutions (focusing on public safety, environmental stewardship and ethics), solution execution and monitoring results. A three-month course in problem solving, modelling and simulation was designed and a collaborative approach was undertaken with instructors from both industry and academia. Training was optimised for the laptop-based pedagogy, which provided unique advantages for a course that includes modelling and simulation components. The concepts and tools learned as part of the training were observed to be utilised throughout the duration of student university studies and interviews with students who have entered the workforce indicate that the approaches learned and practised are retained long term. © 2012 Copyright Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.


Youssef M.Z.,UOIT | Orabi M.,Aswan University | Tarbouchi M.,Royal Military College of Canada
Conference Proceedings - IEEE Applied Power Electronics Conference and Exposition - APEC | Year: 2015

This paper presents a new trend in the transportation industry to adopt the multilevel inverter-based propulsion systems and gives the design procedure of a new dc/ac 3-phase 7-level inverter for powering rail metro cars. The novelty of the proposed inverter lies within the proposed control methodology, which uses a new switching pattern that guarantees a modified space vector pulse with modulation (SVPWM) to eliminate the unwanted harmonics from the output voltage. The new algorithm is developed using numerical iterative solution using a modified Newton-Raphson technique that was downloaded to the processor using digital signal processing (DSP) code. The mathematical model is simple but proven to be effective. As a result, a higher operating efficiency at full-load of 98.5% is achieved. Analytical, simulation and experimental results of a 1500Vdc/700Vac 400kW converter are presented to offer the proof of concept. The converter provides real estate savings for the train under floor layout, higher operating efficiency as well as better cost than the conventional two level pulse width modulated (PWM) hard switched converters. © 2015 IEEE.

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