Student Names: Stephanie Koehl, James Nguyen, Francesco Rao, Jonah Krochmalnek, and James Garell-Jones.
Profile: Skyvolt is a sustainable aerospace engineering company developing an electric propulsion system to be retrofitted into small aircraft.
Profile: Fusion Vision System [FVS] is an Augmented Reality Smart Visor that could be attached to the firefighter helmet. FVS provides enhanced vision and information sharing abilities that will allow firefighters to see through smoke, locate victims and find fire sources. By using the live video stream and indoor localization provided by FVS, the commanders can make better decisions and help firefighters extract from the compound.
Name of student: Peter Yang
Brief Company Description:
Reviewerly is a Shopify plugin that drives product reviews for ecommerce sites by embedding a CTA button on their order confirmation page. Upon clicking, customers automatically connect to Facebook Messenger and promise to leave a review within a fixed deadline to claim a partial refund or other incentive. These reviews, once completed, are embedded on a store’s product pages along with their respective ratings and user-generated photos.
By capturing customers after the point of sale, streamlining communication with a Facebook chatbot, and incentivizing customers with compelling rewards, Reviewerly can generate social proof for online brands faster than any other solution on the market. And with a unique pricing model that charges businesses based on the reviews received and not requests sent, Reviewerly is the only risk-free tool for fostering brand credibility.
Ryerson Rams Robotics
Profile: Ryerson Rams Robotics (R3) is a robotics collective out of Ryerson University in Toronto, Ontario. Our team of over 80 students is composed of students from almost every faculty at the university, including every engineering discipline, science, art, and business. This “open doors” approach allows the team to be diverse in its activities, making the robots only a portion of what the team does. Each year R3 participates in dozens of outreach events, including demonstrations at local sporting events, running workshops to promote youth STEM, and presenting at conferences all over the province. Our outreach helps promote STEM education while also increasing robotics and Martian exploration in the public consciousness.
Team Members: Omar Shariff, Hamza Mahdi, Feroz Balsara, Gabe Casiano, Anas Mahdi, Adam Yang
Advisor: Zohair Khan
AgeRate is developing a novel epigenetic test that can accurately and affordability reveal an individual’s biological age. The test consists of proprietary DNA-methylation analysis and a machine learning algorithm that can reveal the biological age of blood or saliva samples. An individual will send their sample to our lab facility and within 4 weeks they will have access to their test results. The results can be accessed through a secure online platform that will display their biological age, how fast they are ageing (their AgeRate), how their biological age has influenced their risk of disease, why they are ageing faster or slower than average and what actions they can take to potentially slow the ageing process. Research has shown that lifestyle choices and environmental factors have a significant impact on an individual’s biological age. Thus, by adopting a healthy lifestyle an individual can see an improvement in their test results overtime. It is recommended that the test be performed annually so individuals can monitor their risk of disease and gauge the efficacy of their lifestyle changes or health interventions.
Cole Kirschner & Nathan Cawte
Company name: Lexivalley Inc.
Team: Yihao Fang, Jue Li, Wenbo Wang
Lexivalley offers easy to use, experiential learning tools that reduce the barrier to AI education through interactive, fun robotics kits and simplified AI programming tools.
Team Members: Hira Nadeem, Tyvaughn Holness
The McMaster Interdisciplinary Satellite Team is a group of McMaster University students that is currently designing, fabricating, and planning to launch a small satellite (CubeSat) into low earth orbit in order to study the effects of ionizing radiation on the human body. A project of this magnitude offers a brand new learning opportunity as this newly developed project will give students an opportunity to enhance their academic experiences through experiential learning. The students on this team are actively participating in every step of the process, from designing, modelling and launching, and this will truly be an enriching educational experience. As a part of the Canadian CubeSat Project with the Canadian Space Agency, McMaster NEUDOSE is one of 15 teams across Canada with the opportunity to launch their satellite in 2022.
Recent advancements in space technology have resulted in space exploration becoming a rapidly growing field, and the desire for human space exploration is drastically increasing. Previous manned missions include flights to Low Earth Orbit (LEO), such as to the International Space Station (ISS), however upcoming flights are planned to go beyond LEO, such as to asteroids and eventually Mars. A major consideration in such missions is that the space environment is significantly different from that of Earth, especially with respect to the radiation environment. This drastic difference results in concerns regarding radiation dose. The NEUtron DOSimetry & Exploration (NEUDOSE) mission aims to further our understanding of long-term exposure to space radiation by investigating how charged and neutral particles contribute to the human equivalent dose during LEO missions.
ImaginAble Solutions is a biomedical engineering company committed to enhancing the quality of life for individuals living with accessibility issues. The company’s mission is to allow an individual’s imagination to overcome their personal obstacles.
Our first product, Guided Hands is an assistive device designed for people experiencing limited fine motor skills in writing, painting, drawing and using a tablet/computer. Guided Hands guides and supports hand movements, reducing pain and hand fatigue in people living with dystonia, ALS, Huntington’s Disease, arthritis, strokes, spinal cord injuries and many others.
ImaginAble Solutions works with McMaster University Manufacturing Research Institute, Hamilton Health Sciences, Innovation Factory and The Forge to introduce Guided Hands to those that imagine a life of independence and opportunity!
Attendees: Lianna Genovese, Founder and CEO of ImaginAble Solutions
With the 50th anniversary of the moon landing occurring this year there a new eagerness to understand outer space. This telescope allows for a more cost-effective route into astronomy and astrophysics, this is done by allowing the user a first-hand view of many planets, stars and constellations in our galaxy. It also allows for learning about new technologies such as raspberry pi and 3D printing as they become more prevalent in modern science.
Team: Mathew Maradin
Institution: Hillfield Strathallen College
Online Monitoring Systems Based on AI
My project in McMaster Manufacturing Research Institute is to use online monitoring systems based on Artificial Intelligence to monitor and categorize the behavior of the adhesion layer during the machining process and currently, we are using different techniques like surface micro-texturing technology and HPC systems to control its size.
This will help the industry to increase tool life, improve productivity and enhance surface integrity.
Team: Yassim Ahmed
Institution: McMaster Manufacturing Research Institute
Axcessiom Technologies Inc. is a software & electronics manufacturing start-up company with a mission to create technology that improves people’s lives. They strive to build the most intuitive and accessible products possible, while keeping safety, reliability and affordability in mind. They are currently working on designing a facial gesture recognition system that will allow people with disabilities to drive their vehicles safely and effectively.
Shanjay Kailayanathan, CEO of Axcessiom Technologies Inc.
Hanna Haponenko, CTO of Axcessiom Technologies Inc.
St. Ann Storm Bots – Future STEM Stars
St. Ann’s Storm Bots device: “Walnut” is an autonomous LEGO robot that the team designed and built to perform mission tasks on table top playing-field. The tasks involve navigation, capture and transporting objects.
Bishop Ryan Catholic Secondary School
George Geczy, Advisor
Introduction: In low and middle income countries (LMICs), diarrhea and dehydration are a leading cause of death in children less than 5 years of age, causing almost 1500 deaths per day. Contributing to this, is the lack of Intravenous (IV) Fluid Pumps making it extremely difficult and even unsafe to treat children with IV fluids in LMICs.
The challenge and goal of this project was to create an IV Fluid Delivery System (IV FDS) prototype and then 3D printed model for use in LMICs that is affordable, safe, easy to use, consistent and accurate in delivering a resuscitation dose of IV Fluid and is entirely mechanically powered, using zero electricity or batteries.
Phase 1: Prototyping and testing the IV FDS: A Class 1 Lever system and a conical pinch clamp were developed and tested over several prototypes. Using the current prototype, 10 trials at 5 different volumes of 50 ml, 100 ml, 200 ml, 300 ml, and 400 ml were conducted to simulate a 20 mL/kg resuscitation dose of fluid for children weighing 2.5 kg, 5 kg, 10 kg, 15 kg, and 20 kg, respectively.
Phase 2: Designing and testing a 3D Printed IV FDS: TinkerCad and Cura Software were used to design and prepare the model of the IV FDS for 3D printing. A Creality Ender 3 Printer and 1.75 PLA were used to print the IV FDS model.
Phase 3: The 3D printed IV FDS along with the results of Phase 1 and Phase 2 were presented to health care providers for their input and suggestions.
Results: Phase 1: IV FDS Prototype: The mean volumes (mL) and volumes per kg (mL/kg) dispensed by the FDS were 55 + 8 and 22 + 3 (50 mL trial), 100 + 13 and 21 + 3 (100 mL trial), 190 + 15 and 19 + 2 (200 mL trial), 302 + 20 and 20 + 1 (300 mL trial), and 400 + 34 and 20 + 2 (400 ml trial).
Phase 2: 3D Printed IV FDS Pinch Clamp: The mean volumes (mL) and volumes per kg (mL/kg) dispensed by the FDS were 49 + 13 and 20 + 5 (50 mL trial), 107 + 13 and 21 + 3 (100 mL trial), 193 + 27 and 19 + 3 (200 mL trial), 295 + 32 and 20 + 2 (300 mL trial), and 383 + 17 and 19 + 1 (400 mL trial).
Phase 3: Health care providers were enthusiastic about the IV FDS. Suggestions for improvement included re-designing the IV FDS to allow it to be hung from a height, measuring the time it takes for the IV FDS to deliver a fluid dose, adapting the pinch clamp to allow it to transition from the bolus dose to a maintenance dose of fluid, colour coding the lever arm according to the BroselowTM system, and testing the IV FDS with non expert users.
Summary and Conclusions: This prototype design describes the first entirely mechanical 3D printed IV pump system in the world. It uses zero energy, is easy to use, safe, reliable and compact. The prototype and 3D pinch clamps that were developed and tested, consistently and safely clamped off the IV tubing after the desired amount of volume was delivered with only minimal and clinically irrelevant variation. The IV FDS effectively and reliably delivered a volume of fluid that was very close to the desired volume, varying only slightly from the intended 20 mL/kg resuscitation dose.
The entire cost of the 3D printed IV FDS was less than $6. In summary, the IV FDS that was developed is an inexpensive, safe, easy and effective system that can deliver consistent resuscitation volumes of IV fluid to children across various weight ranges without any need for electricity or batteries. With minor variations, this system has potential to have a real impact on millions of lives worldwide. Provisional Patent Number US/62/849,374.
A.B. Lucas Secondary School
Dr. Jeremy Burton, Advisor
Description of the project/exhibit:
A Pineapple a Day Keeps the Doctor Away- It’s not so difficile
A leading cause of hospital-acquired infection is Clostridium difficile. C. difficile infection can result in serious illness, prolonged hospital stays, and increased hospital costs. C. difficile is easily transmittable and hard to disinfect, as alcohol-based hand rub is ineffective against C. difficile spores. By discovering a natural enzyme to break down a C. difficile spore and allow ethanol from alcohol-based hand rub to perforate and kill the cell, this project focuses on developing a novel method for C. difficile disinfection.
The Hospital for Sick Children
Anna Goldenberg, Head of AI & Mentor, Crystal Tran & Goldenberg Lab
Description of the project/exhibit:
What is the point of innovation if more than half the world’s population doesn’t have access to it? Since the beginning of time, we have used innovation and emerging technology to mimic the way we view human life. Although, we need to come up with a more efficient way of channeling that innovation towards 80% of the planet not having access to basic medical resources to keep them alive, which also means redefining medical models for telemedicine (doctor to patient communication).
As the constant advancement of technology and VR prevails, it is apparent now more than ever that there are concrete benefits towards channeling VR within the realm of healthcare, and developing a new sense of reality, with optimizing doctor-patient communication on a virtual/3D platform. Instead of relying on old forms of technology to deploy doctor to patient connection through, like facetimes, wearables or emails, Virtuary’s objective is to create a central platform for that care, much like telemedicine, except through cutting edge technologies like VR.We develop adaptations of physical hospitals and put them into the VR world, so doctors could view patients through a 3D lens, decreasing the rate of misdiagnosis. Using SLAM, we can detect an object’s motion in real time and translate that to the virtual world. If doctors were walk around in real-time, that is what would translate to the virtual hospital.VR equipment is used to stimulate one’s senses to make them interact with the environment.
Doctors would have to use the VR equipment to connect with another patient over the virtual platform. Doctors have the choice to interact and virtually see the hospital environment from another clinic, view the other patients or the database storing their 3D virtual organs.
Experts here could train local doctors in developing countries by guiding them through VR surgery if both clinics are logged onto the interface at the same time. To get better visualization & measurements, full body scans are needed to virtually communicate/guide during surgical stimulation. This project is currently being launched with The Hospital for Sick Children as a department wide colllaboration between the global health team, VR team & telemedicine group. One of Virtuary’s biggest advantages & goals, is the collaborative factor and partnering up with organizations to bring this vision about.
Whether it’s hardware resources, media, database research or a platform to speak about these solutions, collaborating with organizations such as the WHO, UN, MSF and many more promotes an even larger awareness about global health worldwide.Through partnering up with different organizations like the UN, Me to We, WHO & hospitals as well, we can get access to hospitals in remote areas to test this technology on.
Virtuary is built on 3 main features within it’s interface.
- Virtual Reality: Using Virtual Reality to enhance telemedicine communication by providing virtual connection for doctors & patients, meant for medical visualization of anatomy
- 3D Medical Visualization: Having a 3-dimensional lens to view anatomy structures, patients and diseases virtually, to prevent misdiagnosis, which comes with VR
- Access to Medical Experts: Virtuary allows doctors to view patients in real time (virtually) even in developing country clinics for medical consultation and training. The next best thing to having a doctor sitting physically in front of you, is having them virtually in front of you.
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Carlo Carandang, Advisor
Description of the project/exhibit:
I developed a clinically relevant AI analytics platform (w/ UI) to find solutions against the automated EMR-driven differentiation between the diagnostics of various psychiatric conditions (namely depression and anxiety) and calculating the correlated probabilistic mental health risks from patient cases.